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summer fashion trends – gingham

If you never heard about gingham last year, by now you’ve surely gotten an education. Gingham as been exploding on the fashion scene from gingham dresses to shoes and accessories. A playful pattern striking nostalgic feelings of summer, it’s no wonder it’s taken over the spotlight. Here’s the low down on one of the hottest summer fashion trends of 2018!

What is gingham

Check mate! But really… checks. In case you’ve been living in a fashion black hole, gingham is a printed fabric designed with overlaying checks. Look familiar? You’ve probably seen it inside just about ever picnic basket, as well as a common lining material from seasons past. This year, it’s all about the mini-gingham print as a new essential print for the warm weather season.

You can find almost any fashion accessory and clothing item now offered in gingham. For this post, I’ve styled a gingham dress outfit, but you’ll also find it on bags, skirts, tops and even shoes (I actually have a pair of gingham heels coming soon from SENSO, so stay tuned!).

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photography:JOEY PETRICK | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | gingham dress:H&M | luxury leather pumps c/o:M. GEMI | corset belt c/o:DAVID LERNER | tote bag c/o:FOLEY & CORINNA | newsboy cap:TOPSHOP

Who’s wearing it

So just who are the lovely women rocking the gingham trend? Celeb style like Karlie Kloss and Reese Witherspoon have been spotted rocking the trend, along with insta-famous bloggers like Happily Grey and Sea of Shoes. Heck, there’s even a fashion blogger who’s named her entire blog after gingham! Whether you’ve been a big fan of print before or not, let’s just say, it’s time to jump on the trend.

As a minimalist luxury fashion blogger, prints are not usually my thing… but gingham along with it’s cousin plaid are a couple prints even I like to rock with their more minimalistic tone (in monochrome of course). If you typically reach for solids, gingham is a nice place to start getting your foot in the water to experiment with other material patterns.

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photo cred left to right: Karlie Kloss, Livvy Land, Happily Grey

How to style a gingham dress outfit

For this look, I’ve paired a fashion steal H&M gingham dress with some luxury accessories to tone down the print in a more subtle approach to the trend. The dress itself is casually and airy – perfect for summer style. Layered over is a corset belt (another huge trend for summer 2018), and some gorge leather pumps from M. Gemi.

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Gingham is a fast fashion trend, and as you guys know, I always recommend going for the steal on pieces that you’ll probably only wear a season, and splurging on classic luxury fashion pieces that you’ll be able to wear again and again. So while the gingham dress was under $20 from H&M, the splurge here is in the accessories. My pumps from M. Gemi are a luxury item, but the patent black, classic silhouette will be a go-to grab for years to come.

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Photo cred and shop the styles: Farfetch


Looking to jump on the gingham summer fashion trend? You can shop some steals from H&M here, or if you know this trend will be right for you, shop some key styles from luxury fashion gurus like Farfetch who has a wide variety of gingham dresses, tops, and handbags galore.

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23 minimal styles featured on ELLE

What’s up blogosphere, super excited to share with you guys some recent press on ELLE Greece! Noticed a pop in site visits, and when I checked it out, I may have lost my mind a bit over the heading “If you like the minimal style do not miss these 23 combinations” featuring 23 looks exclusively from my Instagram account.

“Fashion & travel blogger Kristina, manager of, uses white, black and gray to create simple but sexy sets that inspire you to make your own combinations using the same slim palette in a cute way.”ELLE Greece

Since starting a fashion blog just about 3 years back, I never could have imagined a renowned fashion publication like ELLE would ever even notice a small-city blogger like myself. I’m grateful and humbled by you guys and the blessings that have been poured down. It’s been an incredible journey, and I just wanted to post a quick message to say thank you all tremendously for your love and support. You have no idea how inspiring you are to me, and I hope to provide the same real, genuine inspiration back to you, whether in fashion, lifestyle, or just a smile on your face today.

This blog wouldn’t exist without you guys, so keep sharing your thoughts and voices and I hope you guys always keep me on track with posting content that you’re excited to see and experience. If you guys want to see all 23 looks, be sure to check out the post on ELLE here! (It’s in Greek haha, so you might need a translator… but at least you can check out their outfit picks!).

All my love,
Kristina Petrick

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minimalist fashion essentials – the leather legging

Whether you know me from my fashion blog or as a personal friend, if you see me around more than a couple times a year, you know my best friend is a pair of quality leather leggings. In fact, if you see me a few times a week, the likelihood of you seeing me in a pair is pretty much 100%. Leather leggings are the ultimate minimalist fashion must have, making paring outfits and looking effortlessly chic a breeze. As one of my most worn items, I partnered with David Lerner to give you the whole scoop. Here’s how to wear them, where to where them, and what to look for in quality leather leggings.

Let’s start with what to wear with leather leggings. The beauty of this fashion trend – the combinations are endless. Consider your leggings the sexier version of a black skinny jean. You get the point, but if you want a bit more guidance, here are a few of my favorite ways to wear them.

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photography:JOEY PETRICK | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | crop knit c/o:DAVID LERNER | leather leggings c/o:DAVID LERNER | ankle boots c/o:PUBLIC DESIRE | cahier bag: PRADA | newsboy cap: TOPSHOP | timepiece c/o:ABBOTT LYON

Everyday style in leather leggings

Like the look I’ve styled for this post, leather leggings are a great combo with loose, long sleeve sweaters. This lightweight knit from David Lerner is just lower than crop length, offering a flattering line just below the waste. If you’re looking for a cozier combination, go for an oversized, chunky knit and tuck just the front for a look that’s casual, yet effortlessly chic. You can wear this look to the office, out with friends, or even running errands.

Rock on in leather leggings

Want to bring out your inner Nirvana? Leather has long since been a tradition of classic rock groupies. Pair them with your favorite band T or cutoff and a pair of western booties for a boho-rocker vibe. This is a great look for festivals, concerts and pub hopping.

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Sex it up in leather leggings

For my girl bosses, if you want to make a bold, sexy statement, leather leggings can be the highlight of your evening attire. The important attention in this look is paying attention to your body type. If you’re top heavy, skin-hugging leather leggings can make your bottom half look even slimmer, making your body look less proportioned. If you’re trying to balance out leaner legs, go for a blouse that falls over the waistline of your leggings. If you’re straight, hourglass or bottom heavy, you just might be able to get away with a mid-drift bearing crop if you’re really trying to stop traffic. Try it on, see how you feel most comfortable. Wear this look out to club-bars and edgy cocktail venues.

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Types of leather leggings

As a huge fashion trend for 2018, there are now dozens of types of leather leggings available on the market for every look you’re going for. You can find them cropped, flared, skinny and bootleg. There are also several design features like lace-up sides, color blocking, and stitched details to choose from. I tend to go for a more classic, cropped-skinny leg which is the most versatile in a minimalist fashion wardrobe. But do shop around to find the pair that best fits your personality! I’m also a huge fan of wet-look leather leggings, they fit perfectly into the vinyl fashion trend, and add a real pop of texture and shine to your look.

How to choose your leather leggings

If you’re like me and plan to wear your leather leggings on the regular, knowing what to look for is going to be important. From Forever21 to Givenchy, the price range for leather leggings has a huge gap, but not all have been created equal. If you opt for a low-cost pair from a fast-fashion store, don’t expect them to last long. Because most leather leggings are made from synthetic materials, cheaper versions may rip or tear during wear (or even just trying to get them on). I’ve also seen them stretch, shrink, and deform in the wash… so understand for this item, you’re going to get what you pay for.

Look for a pair with a little bit of stretch so they hug your curves in the most flattering way. This is also a piece I recommend going for the investment – your cost-per-wear will definitely pay off now that you can wear them for every occasion! I have a half dozen pair from David Lerner, and have always found their quality exceptional… I even through them in the wash and dryer week after week, and they’re still good as new (some nearly a year later!). If you want my recommendations, you can shop my favorites on their site. Happy shopping, and here’s to looking effortlessly chic and sexy in leather leggings for every occasion!

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this is a sponsored post in collaboration with David Lerner. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

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Mondaine Helvetica No1 Timepiece Review

Sleek, bold… italic. Yes, I’m talking about a font and not just fashion. Who here is a fan of the ever fresh Helvetica typeface? Well there’s good news for you font feens, Mondaine has just released a new timepiece collection in ode to the iconic style, and I have partnered with them to give you a Mondaine watch review. Introducing the Helvetica No1 collection, a minimalist timepiece collection designed with a modern play on design. The collection itself is quite broad with a wide enough selection for every minimalist timepiece lover. You’ll find options in gold, silver, leather and mesh bands… even faces in different styles and designs.

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photography:KRISTINA PETRICK | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III & iPHONE X | minimalist fashion timepiece c/o:MONDAINE


Steering towards the direction of sleek style, I chose to review the 38mm Helvetica No1 Light. Simple and concise, it’s definitely the ideal for everyday wear with a clean, modern design and attention to details in the components. The rim of the face is in a muted brushed steel with a coordinating mesh band. The face itself is in a soft, eggshell white with minimal components aside from the subtle typography design on the lower right side. The back of the face is engraved with the timepieces special features like the Swiss made stamp, stainless steal material, sapphire crystal face and water resistant design.

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When selecting minimalist fashion pieces, I always recommend paying attention to the details, as this is what will keep your wardrobe collection refined rather than simple. If you haven’t filled your space for an essential silver timepiece, this one is definitely worth a look.

The piece came packaged impeccably with a canvas-covered Helvetica book in a large flat box, making a big impression on delivery. It could be a great gift idea for someone in design, or just someone who appreciates minimal style.

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Want to shop the style? You can check out the entire collection at

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this is a sponsored post in collaboration with Mondaine. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

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baby it’s cold outside, but at least we look good doin’ it

Confession of a fashionista, I hate winter. Not dislike, nor do I find it disagreeable. I loath it entirely. The cold, the snow, defrosting my car in the mornings, shoveling the sidewalk, winter fashion, wearing so many layers I feel like an over-stuffed burrito – no thank you. Though I was able to escape the first of the year on a tropical adventure to Bali, I still came home to a fair amount of the season’s harshest.

Attempting a mental escape, I decided to have some fun with fashion, regardless of the relentless snow fall. My lifesaving piece, this xllullan winter coat. Think modern art splashed onto your childhood comforter – sewn into a luxury winter coat. It’s perfect. Just what I needed to save me from the worst of the season. The best part, it’s actually so warm, I was able to getaway with some more-than daring trends of the season.

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photography:KUNDAN KUMAR | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | winter coat c/o:XLLULLAN | over the knee boots c/o:EGO OFFICIAL | criss cross bralette c/o:ADORE ME


How to look cute in the cold? Layers. And in this look, I’ve paired together some of my absolute favorite trends for 2018 fashion. Thick, opaque black tights and over-the-knee boots allowed me to get away with wearing a vinyl miniskirt even in the 40 degrees and melting snow. Vinyl fashion has made a huge debut in the fashion world this past year, and I couldn’t resist pulling it out to heat up the look. I have probably a half-dozen pair of OTK boots, and these are one of my favs – a steal from EGO official. The sock boot style makes them hug your legs while still being able to stretch over skinny jeans for more casual style.

Sheer everything is also a statement style of the season, but can be hard to pair with winter fashion. This black sheer crop with criss-cross bralette shown underneath was actually toasty warm under my blanket of a coat. Plus, when it came to cocktail hour in the evening, I was fully prepared. You can shop the brnalette style at Adore Me, and be sure to stay tuned for my Instagram story series featuring my Valentine’s day picks!

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The trend no minimalist fashion blogger can miss out on this season – the newsboy cap. I picked up this one online from TopShop, but you can also find similar styles anywhere from Forever21 to top luxury fashion brands. It not only added a vintage European flair to the look, it also kept the icicles from forming in my hair during my bout outdoors.

How do you find balance between warmth, comfort and winter fashion? Here’s to staying toasty no matter the method to your madness, and may Spring arrive soon!