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Comfort meets style with #MANO sneakers

By Anna Katina

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Comfort meets style

Hello my friends! As you can see, I try to write more often again! This is my second article this month, whoop! Last week, I introduced you the fair fashion store Akabo, this week I would like to talk about some sneakers… not any sneakers but THE sneakers I got from MANO at Belle Etoile, the shopping centre in Bartringen. So, you must know that I’ve never been a huge sneaker fan. I always wear sandals, from Spring to Autumn, occasionally I wear Converse. And as MANO asked me if I’d like to test their new trainers, I was not sure because yeah – usually, not my kind of footwear. But I accepted because I thought it could be an interesting challenge for me. So they were standing in my room for a week or so and every day I looked at them and thought – what could you wear with these? And then my mum passed by and said: ‘Wow, these are great, can I have them if you don’t wear them?’ Immediately I put them on without even thinking about how and if they would match my outfit xD. I was surprised how comfortable they are!! I felt tall, confident and like I was walking on pillows, perfect shoes for a shooting day! We went to a parc where I needed to take photos for Luxembourg City and my mum said – let’s do outfit photos! OK! When I saw the photos I was like – these shoes… with this skirt, aaaaahhhh – I love it!!!! For the rest of the week I didn’t come out of my new babies. I tried different looks and I liked every single combination! In fact, you can where them with a romantic, girlie look but also with denim shorts!


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When I shared some impressions on my Instastory, people (you my friends!) went crazy! Where did I get them? What brand? #SnekaerGoals,… I thought okok, you need to write about these!! This kind of sneaker is also called ‘dad sneaker’. The trend has been introduced by Balenciaga and the characteristics are the several colour and fabric layers and the oversized sole, the kind of trainers our dads used or use to wear!

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‘Dad trainers are everywhere, but would you wear them?’ Visual answer from Fashion Icons HERE!

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Here is another combination: denim shorts and a hippie cardigan, my kind of everyday look! You can wear the trainers (also available in white) with any colours as they are in delicate desaturated tones. I used to think that sneakers make short legs but now I figured out that it’s the opposite xD.

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So my friends, do you like my new trainers? And the way I combined them? I really recommend them to any girl who likes comfortable shoes which are out of the ordinary and who want to add a few centimetres to their height. Thank you MANO and Belle Etoile for inspiring me every day with fashion news! Kisses, Anna

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Route d’Arlon
L-8050 Bertrange



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Let's talk fair fashion!

By Anna Katina

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Hello my friends! I hope you’re all doing great! I’m currently in the middle of the wedding marathon (and I love it!!). Soon I’ll be in Croatia and Cuba! (Cameras all ready !!). I didn’t write about Tokyo yet and I think about it from time to time because I have so much to tell you about this city but I need the right amount of energy to finally write about this crazy trip. Let’s see.

Now I’m back with a new store review! Last time, I introduced you the lovely The Place. Today, it’s about another store in the city but with a different concept. I am talking about Akabo! Located a few steps from Place de Paris, the shop is a little fashion revolution on the Luxembourgish fashion market!. The founders, Lyne & Karel Lambert, believe in a philosophy of making decisions for daily life called ethical living which concerns consumerism, sustainability and environmentalism.

So what is fair fashion? It’s a about who made your clothes, under which conditions, it’s also about what impact the production has on the environment and the impact of the fabric and components on our health.. Wearing fair fashion is knowing that what you wear is made with respect for humans, animals and the environment – fashion, which you can wear with pride and confidence!

“There were questions we could not avoid, like:

Why are there organic grocery stores, but no shops selling sustainable fashion (bearing in mind that the fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters and violators of human rights!)? Does sustainability always mean odd or do cool and fashionable labels exist? How can we support a fashion revolution? What can we do? “

The store has two points of sale. The Akabo Buttéck and the Akabo Bus. I paid a visit to the bus this week after discovering it at a music festival where I was like – how mega cool is that?!

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The fashion bus

We all know food trucks, but a fashion truck, really?? 😀 The interior design is super cool, the clothing selection is nice and there is something for the whole family! So, where and when can you find the fashion bus? Akabo has a planning on their website where you can track the bus. Usually it’s parked next a Naturata. That day, I found it in Munsbach. And if you would like them to be at an event, you just call them and they’ll come to your party. The next fashion date on wheels is: July 25th in Soleuvre. Infos here.

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The store also sells the cutest backpacks. Of course I am already the proud owner of a small Ansvar backpack! About the brand – Ansvar is the first backpack to be certified by both the Fairtrade Standard and the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). In Scandinavia “ansvar” means responsibility. The products are exclusively made from sustainable materials, such as organic cotton canvas (naturally water resistant but they recommend a GOTS-certified impregnation spray to improve the water repellence) and vegetable-tanned leather. Also, the buckles are free from chrome and nickel. I love the size I went for because it may look small, but my camera and additional lenses and accessoires fit perfectly!

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Another cool brand I discovered in the bus is Mud Jeans. Denim, you should know, has a huge enviromental impact. I’m glad to see that brands like Mud Jeans offer alternatives. “Producing one pair of jeans takes 8.000 liters of water, yikes.” Read more about it here.

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So I went for an outfit which is totally me. Pastel colours, short, wide – perfect for work as for a date, casual chic. Thanks a lot to the lovely Jessica who consulted me so well on my choice! I love the fabric of this combination, it feels soft and light! The brand is Lovjoi, they make organic clothing and you always know who has made your clothes because it’s written on the clothing tag! My combo is made of Lyocell – a natural cellulose found in wood pulp. The fiber is fully biodegradable, economical in its use of energy, natural resources and yes – vegan.

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What I also love about my choice is that it is for me a proof that fair fashion is trendy! Many people think that fair/eco/vegan fashion is about basic, simple cuts and colors – well no, you can wear conscious fashion and look trendy at the same time! What do you want more?! 😀

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Necklace from Pictofactum. I love it! I wore it at a wedding in France a few weeks ago and received so many compliments! Pictofactum is a German brand from Berlin. Since every piece is handmade, each one is unique. The ceramic shapes are finished in a variety of different ways. They are gold-plated, glazed, polished and textured. The earring studs are all 925 silver. “Illusion, geometry, asymmetries and the interplay of different colours, surfaces and textures describes the necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets.” The head designer’s most important value is the quality and the origin of her used materials, all made in Europe.

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Bag from Valentino

So guys, I hope I could give a little idea of what the cute Akabo store is about!

Akabo Buttéck

8 rue de Bonnevoie
L-1260 Luxembourg



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Spotted in Luxcity - The Place!

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THE PLACE (to be!)

Hello my friends! I hope you are doing great, Spring is finally here, for real! Whoop! So, full of Spring vibes, I decided to present you a new fashion spot in Luxembourg City. Maybe you know this store already? The name is The Place and it has opened a few months ago (former Marc Jacobs store)! I really wanted to talk about this place, because I love the interior and the brand selection. That’s why I contacted the store manager to tell her that I would love to pass by and create some looks for my blog and Instagram. And here we go, when I was in Rome last week, I shot a first look and then back in Lux, a second one. The Place sells a selection of different brands like Essentiel Antwerp (I love this brand – classic cuts in eye-catching colours and patterns plus wonderful details), Furla, Marc Jacobs, Pinko, Ama Pure, Barbara Bui and Iro. Scroll down to discover the shop from the inside.

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Beautiful light! I love stores with large windows because you can see the real colours of the clothes. I’m also a big fan of this interior design, minimalistic and clean, so photogenic.


I immediately fell in love with this polka dress. If you look closer, you see that among the dots, there are cute little ants on the dress! The dress is availble in mutliple colours and cuts! I took the blue one for the shoot, and a longer one in red is already in my suitcase for Mallorca.. Photo will follow on Instagram!

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The new Marc Jacobs designs are fantastic! I’m glad that the designer moved in a new direction! This shoulder bag is available in many different colours and combinations! I added it to my look in Roma.

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Furla heaven!

The Place Luxembourg

ANNA IN WONDERLAND – a total ‘The Place’ look

So my friends, let’s dress up! The first look I went for is girly and playful, totally me. I looove the collar of the dress, here you can see the beautifl sequin work – can you spot the ants?? ;)) And, how amazing is this dress – bag match, please??? ;P

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Blue is my new pink. You can wear this dress for shopping, a Summer brunch or even a vintage-inspired wedding! To show the beauty of the collar, I recommend to pin your hair up – go for a messy bun or ponytail, nothing complicated !

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CITY TRIP – a look for exploring

And here is a second look. Shot in Roma! When visiting a city, I like to feel compfy! That’s why I went for some cool denim shorts combined with a basic top and a long shirt (it’s actually a dress, but I like to wear it with shorts). Also, the Marc Jacobs bag seemed perfect to me for this look – a large strap which won’t slip off so easely, a minimalistc yet colorful design.

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The Place

34, rue Notre-Dame Luxembourg

So guys, what do you think? Do you like my outfits? Have you heard of ‘The Place’ before? Let me know! As for me, I just can’t get enough of their products, looking forward to my next visit! But now I’m off to Mallorca and I will be back soon with a new article – It’s time to blog about my trip to Tokyo in February, sorry for being late with this one! x, Anna


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