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So here we go with that unexpected move, or choice, of mine - red over the knee boots. Or, in general, red boots. Some may consider that it's quite a frivolous piece of footwear. I think that it depends on how you style it. 
For example, here I wanted to create something cozy yet eye-catchy and statement-like. If you look into this outfit deeper, then you'll notice that the sweater and skirt combination bring around these cozy vibes that are just perfect for that end-of-autumn and beginning-of-winter period. 
Plus, it's all about neutral shades that dominate this outfit - black and white - with that statement and powerful piece. I thought that such a color combo is just perfect for that first outfit with these boots. Simple, yet eye-catchy.


Look of the Day:
H&M coat
H&M sweater
Zara skirt
New Look boots

Photo: T. Egorova

Red Over the Knee Boots

 

So here we go with that unexpected move, or choice, of mine - red over the knee boots. Or, in general, red boots. Some may consider that it's quite a frivolous piece of footwear. I think that it depends on how you style it. 
For example, here I wanted to create something cozy yet eye-catchy and statement-like. If you look into this outfit deeper, then you'll notice that the sweater and skirt combination bring around these cozy vibes that are just perfect for that end-of-autumn and beginning-of-winter period. 
Plus, it's all about neutral shades that dominate this outfit - black and white - with that statement and powerful piece. I thought that such a color combo is just perfect for that first outfit with these boots. Simple, yet eye-catchy.


Look of the Day:
H&M coat
H&M sweater
Zara skirt
New Look boots

Photo: T. Egorova
December 01, 2021


Now who would have thought that in Autumn 2021 I will start feeling nostalgia about red color? And who would have thought that I will be back at red colored coat after so many years? Especially, considering the fact that lately I've been moving towards that light feminine vibes and colors, like pale pink and baby blue shades...
True, that was quite long ago when I was sporting my previous red coat from Zara that I was craving to get back in my university years in London. I had owned that coat for quite several years though as I couldn't get enough of it. And it's interesting now for how long this coat will stay in my wardrobe. I would really like to think that for quite long time as I do like this shade of red and the fit of the coat... and, well, because I still stand for that practicality kind of thing.
Speaking of my return to color red, I wish I could open up all my cards straightaway, but I can't. I still need thoughts for one more red color related post. But will say this, I really want to implement as much red in daily wardrobe as possible. It may be an obsession kind of thing, but I would prefer to call it passion for statement pieces.
So, yes, am quite much back at one of my favorite colors and my next move in terms of this color can be quite unexpected. As I didn't expect it from myself. But words aside, let's just wait for it.


Look of the Day:
Helene Berman coat
Reserved blouse
Zara trousers
Zara boots
Inyati bag


Photo: T. Egorova

Back with Red Power


Now who would have thought that in Autumn 2021 I will start feeling nostalgia about red color? And who would have thought that I will be back at red colored coat after so many years? Especially, considering the fact that lately I've been moving towards that light feminine vibes and colors, like pale pink and baby blue shades...
True, that was quite long ago when I was sporting my previous red coat from Zara that I was craving to get back in my university years in London. I had owned that coat for quite several years though as I couldn't get enough of it. And it's interesting now for how long this coat will stay in my wardrobe. I would really like to think that for quite long time as I do like this shade of red and the fit of the coat... and, well, because I still stand for that practicality kind of thing.
Speaking of my return to color red, I wish I could open up all my cards straightaway, but I can't. I still need thoughts for one more red color related post. But will say this, I really want to implement as much red in daily wardrobe as possible. It may be an obsession kind of thing, but I would prefer to call it passion for statement pieces.
So, yes, am quite much back at one of my favorite colors and my next move in terms of this color can be quite unexpected. As I didn't expect it from myself. But words aside, let's just wait for it.


Look of the Day:
Helene Berman coat
Reserved blouse
Zara trousers
Zara boots
Inyati bag


Photo: T. Egorova

November 24, 2021


Tik Tok, Tik Tok... Can you hear the clock ticking? Big Holiday season 2021 is almost around the corner. It means that it's high time to start preparing our outfits for upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations! And in this inspiration selection I wanted to come up with just 3 ideas on how to make your outfit look chic, feminine and, well, in some cases even simple.


1. The Dress

Here we don't need much. Simply a dress and a pair of heels, sandals or, maybe, boots. And don't forget that you can go beyond 'traditional' sequined and short dresses. Try this time something more elegant and elongated, like midi or maxi.

 


2. Shiny Top

The second super simple festive outfit idea is all about a shine top and super casual, or take formal, bottom part. For example, sequined top and jeans or silk blouse and trousers. Add up some interesting accessories and you are ready to go!




3. Sequined Skirt

Well, how can we deal without classy festive outfit element as a sequined skirt? Here we can combine it with everything - starting with silky tank tops and ending up with formal blouses and casual jumpers. Just as simple as that!




Image Courtesy: Pinterest

 

Inspiration | Festive Outfit Ideas 2021


Tik Tok, Tik Tok... Can you hear the clock ticking? Big Holiday season 2021 is almost around the corner. It means that it's high time to start preparing our outfits for upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations! And in this inspiration selection I wanted to come up with just 3 ideas on how to make your outfit look chic, feminine and, well, in some cases even simple.


1. The Dress

Here we don't need much. Simply a dress and a pair of heels, sandals or, maybe, boots. And don't forget that you can go beyond 'traditional' sequined and short dresses. Try this time something more elegant and elongated, like midi or maxi.

 


2. Shiny Top

The second super simple festive outfit idea is all about a shine top and super casual, or take formal, bottom part. For example, sequined top and jeans or silk blouse and trousers. Add up some interesting accessories and you are ready to go!




3. Sequined Skirt

Well, how can we deal without classy festive outfit element as a sequined skirt? Here we can combine it with everything - starting with silky tank tops and ending up with formal blouses and casual jumpers. Just as simple as that!




Image Courtesy: Pinterest

 

November 19, 2021

Half of the last Autumnal month is already behind our backs. And I can't express how happy I am that we are even more closer to the Holiday season! Meanwhile, our little Eastern European country seem to be out of lockdown, finally! But it doesn't seem that we are going to be back to normal, I mean before this whole pandemic thing, just yet.
Anyway, for now it feels so good to walk around in this stunning faux fur coat from Mango that I already told you about in my previous post. I do like how such a statement coat with zebra print can bring around vibes that are quite different. I mean, if in previous story it was all about rock-ish and feminine vibes, then here we have something much more elegant. 
What's up on the agenda for this week? First of all and most important, to get back to that work life regime. As last two weeks I was primarily spending time around home doing near to nothing. And, yes, a big weekend dedicated to the independence of our country is coming. Let's see what it brings us!

Outfit of the Day:
Mango coat
Reserved blouse
Zara trousers
Zara boots
Inyati bag

Photo: T. Egorova

Elegant November


Half of the last Autumnal month is already behind our backs. And I can't express how happy I am that we are even more closer to the Holiday season! Meanwhile, our little Eastern European country seem to be out of lockdown, finally! But it doesn't seem that we are going to be back to normal, I mean before this whole pandemic thing, just yet.
Anyway, for now it feels so good to walk around in this stunning faux fur coat from Mango that I already told you about in my previous post. I do like how such a statement coat with zebra print can bring around vibes that are quite different. I mean, if in previous story it was all about rock-ish and feminine vibes, then here we have something much more elegant. 
What's up on the agenda for this week? First of all and most important, to get back to that work life regime. As last two weeks I was primarily spending time around home doing near to nothing. And, yes, a big weekend dedicated to the independence of our country is coming. Let's see what it brings us!

Outfit of the Day:
Mango coat
Reserved blouse
Zara trousers
Zara boots
Inyati bag

Photo: T. Egorova

November 15, 2021

Right, I know that it's actually only early November o'clock, but I really am in this anticipation of the most wonderful time of the year. I feel like we just are in need of this Winter magic. Am not sure whether we'll have any sort of festive Christmas decorations around our little Eastern European city of Riga, but at least some fairytale-like snow-y situation would be a great thing.
Meanwhile, I think that this pre-Holiday season period of November and early December is a great time to rock such a stunning faux fur coat. It's actually from Mango, but I found it on our local Latvian resale platform Andele Mandele. So I had pretty much of a great find when it comes to this coat that used to be priced around 170-180 Euro with Mango. Well, I got this pearl way lower that 100 Euro. Okay, it did cost me just 20 Euro. Just like that!
Now speaking about my faux fur hunt at Andele Mandele, I was first searching for something more simple and everyday appropriate... but, Gosh, this zebra print is something! And it perfectly fits my feminine yet chic style aesthetic. Also, I pretty much like the fact that itself this coat is a statement piece. It means that I can simply snuggle up in this faux fur and still rock the streets of the city! 


Outfit of the Day:
Mango coat
Reserved blouse
Asos boots
Inyati bag


Photo: T. Egorova

In the Mood for Winter and Big Holiday Season


Right, I know that it's actually only early November o'clock, but I really am in this anticipation of the most wonderful time of the year. I feel like we just are in need of this Winter magic. Am not sure whether we'll have any sort of festive Christmas decorations around our little Eastern European city of Riga, but at least some fairytale-like snow-y situation would be a great thing.
Meanwhile, I think that this pre-Holiday season period of November and early December is a great time to rock such a stunning faux fur coat. It's actually from Mango, but I found it on our local Latvian resale platform Andele Mandele. So I had pretty much of a great find when it comes to this coat that used to be priced around 170-180 Euro with Mango. Well, I got this pearl way lower that 100 Euro. Okay, it did cost me just 20 Euro. Just like that!
Now speaking about my faux fur hunt at Andele Mandele, I was first searching for something more simple and everyday appropriate... but, Gosh, this zebra print is something! And it perfectly fits my feminine yet chic style aesthetic. Also, I pretty much like the fact that itself this coat is a statement piece. It means that I can simply snuggle up in this faux fur and still rock the streets of the city! 


Outfit of the Day:
Mango coat
Reserved blouse
Asos boots
Inyati bag


Photo: T. Egorova

November 08, 2021



So, yes, we are having this third, or second still, week of our local Latvian lockdown of the late 2021. And it's not going well. Like I mean it. We are literally forced not to work and it is killing me. As I'm still on a probation period I'm experiencing a lot of anxiety these days. But I'm trying to cope with it by means of working out and writing my lovely blog.
And as we are in this lockdown situation and have pretty much nowhere to go, plus it's raining like crazy these past days, so we literally have nowhere to go but spend some quality time at home. Thankfully, my place is fully equipped to get me through this strange and challenging period.
Oh, yes, here are some of my favorite pieces. Like a candelabrum with a candle inside that a friend of mine presented me as a birthday gift this year and a mirror that I ordered from Zara Home back in Spring. I really adore how such little details are able to add charm to interior.   
Should I mention what sort of positive emotions such pieces bring to my heart and mind?


Photo: A. Puzova

Cozy Lockdown Weekend



So, yes, we are having this third, or second still, week of our local Latvian lockdown of the late 2021. And it's not going well. Like I mean it. We are literally forced not to work and it is killing me. As I'm still on a probation period I'm experiencing a lot of anxiety these days. But I'm trying to cope with it by means of working out and writing my lovely blog.
And as we are in this lockdown situation and have pretty much nowhere to go, plus it's raining like crazy these past days, so we literally have nowhere to go but spend some quality time at home. Thankfully, my place is fully equipped to get me through this strange and challenging period.
Oh, yes, here are some of my favorite pieces. Like a candelabrum with a candle inside that a friend of mine presented me as a birthday gift this year and a mirror that I ordered from Zara Home back in Spring. I really adore how such little details are able to add charm to interior.   
Should I mention what sort of positive emotions such pieces bring to my heart and mind?


Photo: A. Puzova

November 07, 2021

 


It's a late November-ish Friday evening when I'm writing these lines. I'm sitting in my highly aesthetic room filled with lighted candles. What a beautiful day it's been. And yet, the day is not over. How can I make this great, yet lockdown-much, evening even better? Well, I can read a pile of books I've been putting aside for several months now or I can watch a new episode of American Crime Story... But I rather write a new blog post because I feel like doing it. I think, it's something that's about to help me survive through our Latvian lockdown, which, actually, should end up on November 15th (fingers crossed!).
I also feel like sharing these moody, Autumn-much, pictures. Pictures that are all about Autumn classics - an umbrella, beige coat and a structured handbag. By the way, all these three pieces are pretty much of amazing finds of mine. 
And as soon as this post is quite much about an ideal beige coat (of mine), I would rather concentrate my attention on it today. As usual, I was on a hunt for a perfect Autumn-ish coat in beige color for quite some time, when I came across this Mango piece. So why I liked it so much? First of all, it's the cut that made me fall in love. Even though it's an oversize style, I decided to go for a size down and rather choose M instead of my regular, at the moment, L one. And the coat doesn't look small on me or not fitting. It looks just perfect.
Now that's the thing about Mango outerwear that I've noticed - you can easily go a size down for that perfect fit. I already did it with a puffer coat last year and with a faux fur coat that I'm about to rock in the streets of my city. So I would highly suggest you to experiment with sizes when it comes to Mango coats.
Secondly, what I like about this beige coat is the fact it has dropped shoulders and doesn't have cinched waist. It's something I rather escape when it comes to beige coats. I don't know why, but accentuated waist on other beige-y coats was just making me look bigger and older. But it doesn't mean that I'm not putting accent on my waist line these days. Just to make it clear, I accept my body type and the fact that my size is slightly bigger than it used to be back in the days.
Finally, I like the fact that this Mango coat has more of those masculine vibes rather than feminine. As I still tend to play around feminine hairstyles and elements these days. Speaking of my current style direction, I guess it's more of a different blog post talk. I do want to create more of a mood board or something like this to show what I'm currently striving to. And, oh, I think I wrote quite enough for today actually. 

Outfit of the Day:
Mango coat
Christian Berg turtleneck
Hugo Boss skirt
Mango boots
Inyati bag
Parfois umbrella


Photo: T. Egorova

Ideal Beige Coat

 


It's a late November-ish Friday evening when I'm writing these lines. I'm sitting in my highly aesthetic room filled with lighted candles. What a beautiful day it's been. And yet, the day is not over. How can I make this great, yet lockdown-much, evening even better? Well, I can read a pile of books I've been putting aside for several months now or I can watch a new episode of American Crime Story... But I rather write a new blog post because I feel like doing it. I think, it's something that's about to help me survive through our Latvian lockdown, which, actually, should end up on November 15th (fingers crossed!).
I also feel like sharing these moody, Autumn-much, pictures. Pictures that are all about Autumn classics - an umbrella, beige coat and a structured handbag. By the way, all these three pieces are pretty much of amazing finds of mine. 
And as soon as this post is quite much about an ideal beige coat (of mine), I would rather concentrate my attention on it today. As usual, I was on a hunt for a perfect Autumn-ish coat in beige color for quite some time, when I came across this Mango piece. So why I liked it so much? First of all, it's the cut that made me fall in love. Even though it's an oversize style, I decided to go for a size down and rather choose M instead of my regular, at the moment, L one. And the coat doesn't look small on me or not fitting. It looks just perfect.
Now that's the thing about Mango outerwear that I've noticed - you can easily go a size down for that perfect fit. I already did it with a puffer coat last year and with a faux fur coat that I'm about to rock in the streets of my city. So I would highly suggest you to experiment with sizes when it comes to Mango coats.
Secondly, what I like about this beige coat is the fact it has dropped shoulders and doesn't have cinched waist. It's something I rather escape when it comes to beige coats. I don't know why, but accentuated waist on other beige-y coats was just making me look bigger and older. But it doesn't mean that I'm not putting accent on my waist line these days. Just to make it clear, I accept my body type and the fact that my size is slightly bigger than it used to be back in the days.
Finally, I like the fact that this Mango coat has more of those masculine vibes rather than feminine. As I still tend to play around feminine hairstyles and elements these days. Speaking of my current style direction, I guess it's more of a different blog post talk. I do want to create more of a mood board or something like this to show what I'm currently striving to. And, oh, I think I wrote quite enough for today actually. 

Outfit of the Day:
Mango coat
Christian Berg turtleneck
Hugo Boss skirt
Mango boots
Inyati bag
Parfois umbrella


Photo: T. Egorova

November 06, 2021

 


I know, I know it’s been ages. It’s been literally ages since I threw in that thought that I am back at blogspot platform. And, yes, it’s been ages since I blogged properly. But it looks like I just needed a massive break.
A massive break to realise what I missed about blogging… Or the main idea of my blogging - to share bits and pieces of my life, style, thoughts etc. It feels to me now that for quite some time over the past few years I’ve been into a race. A very fast race that was aimed at providing content, more and more content every week.
And it feels like I totally forgot that this Practical Queen AP diary was about me. The way I am. I mean, my real aspirations, inspirations and all the stuff. To be honest, I was out of inspiration over the past 2 years. Again, a lot of things happened throughout these 2 years.
Thankfully, I came to the point where I realised that I need creativity, beauty and inspiration in my life. Plus, I need a place for myself where I feel comfortable. And I do feel comfortable here, on this platform. In my blog. Creating for Practical Queen AP. 
I want to believe that right now I am at that point when I don’t want to run like crazy (well, I have enough of this in my work place), I want to stop, enjoy the moment and its beauty. I want to share the world of Practical Queen AP right here… even though it won’t bring me zillions of views. Even though it might not bring back the level of activity I used to have here, on blogspot.
10 years after I still want Practical Queen AP blog to exist. Yes, I guess I was so lost this year that I totally forgot that I started Practical Queen AP 10 years ago - in late April of 2011. Gosh, it’s been a decade! A decade full of emotions, experiences and possibilities! And I’m glad I’ve had a chance to picture and put down on digital paper some of those. 
So what about now? Or the future of Practical Queen AP? I don’t know. I don’t want to rush into such thoughts or give some sort of promises that I will post every day or week or month. I want it to be a flow of inspiration and creativity. I want it to go from my heart rather than from my brain or so. 

Back to Basics of Practical Queen AP

 


I know, I know it’s been ages. It’s been literally ages since I threw in that thought that I am back at blogspot platform. And, yes, it’s been ages since I blogged properly. But it looks like I just needed a massive break.
A massive break to realise what I missed about blogging… Or the main idea of my blogging - to share bits and pieces of my life, style, thoughts etc. It feels to me now that for quite some time over the past few years I’ve been into a race. A very fast race that was aimed at providing content, more and more content every week.
And it feels like I totally forgot that this Practical Queen AP diary was about me. The way I am. I mean, my real aspirations, inspirations and all the stuff. To be honest, I was out of inspiration over the past 2 years. Again, a lot of things happened throughout these 2 years.
Thankfully, I came to the point where I realised that I need creativity, beauty and inspiration in my life. Plus, I need a place for myself where I feel comfortable. And I do feel comfortable here, on this platform. In my blog. Creating for Practical Queen AP. 
I want to believe that right now I am at that point when I don’t want to run like crazy (well, I have enough of this in my work place), I want to stop, enjoy the moment and its beauty. I want to share the world of Practical Queen AP right here… even though it won’t bring me zillions of views. Even though it might not bring back the level of activity I used to have here, on blogspot.
10 years after I still want Practical Queen AP blog to exist. Yes, I guess I was so lost this year that I totally forgot that I started Practical Queen AP 10 years ago - in late April of 2011. Gosh, it’s been a decade! A decade full of emotions, experiences and possibilities! And I’m glad I’ve had a chance to picture and put down on digital paper some of those. 
So what about now? Or the future of Practical Queen AP? I don’t know. I don’t want to rush into such thoughts or give some sort of promises that I will post every day or week or month. I want it to be a flow of inspiration and creativity. I want it to go from my heart rather than from my brain or so. 

November 04, 2021

 


Yes, I've decided to come back... After all this time and those years I am back to original me. In all terms. And the most vivid comeback is all about colours. It's been quite some time for me to follow the neutral colour aesthetic and I probably needed such a break from colour. But since the Summer 2021 came in, I have been into the bright colours very seriously. 


Also, it's been just recently that I've decided to come back to my original blog on the Blogspot, or Blogger platform. After one and a half year of blogging on Wordpress I started feeling nostalgia about this platform. So I decided to return here and start everything literally from scratch. I don't know whether it's a good idea or not, but we'll see.


Look of the Day:

H&M blazer

Bershka trousers

Aliexpress heels

Aliexpress necklace

Zara bag


Photo: T. Egorova

I Am Back

 


Yes, I've decided to come back... After all this time and those years I am back to original me. In all terms. And the most vivid comeback is all about colours. It's been quite some time for me to follow the neutral colour aesthetic and I probably needed such a break from colour. But since the Summer 2021 came in, I have been into the bright colours very seriously. 


Also, it's been just recently that I've decided to come back to my original blog on the Blogspot, or Blogger platform. After one and a half year of blogging on Wordpress I started feeling nostalgia about this platform. So I decided to return here and start everything literally from scratch. I don't know whether it's a good idea or not, but we'll see.


Look of the Day:

H&M blazer

Bershka trousers

Aliexpress heels

Aliexpress necklace

Zara bag


Photo: T. Egorova

June 29, 2021

How about creating something less casual? More daring? And more dramatic? That's the thought that I had in my mind when I came up with such a combination. Well, it's not the first time when I'm mixing this snakeskin bodysuit with something super dramatic, like faux leather trousers.

But it's actually the first time when I mix this bodysuit with trousers in vinyl texture. And have to say, such a combination I like much more than with simply leather-y bottoms. It looks very 2019, don't you think? Will it be prefect for a new decade of 20's? Let's wait and see!


Look of the Day:
Zara coat
Light in the Box bodysuit
Reserved trousers
Reserved boots
Stuudio Nahk bag


Photo: T. Egorova

Snakeskin and Vinyl


How about creating something less casual? More daring? And more dramatic? That's the thought that I had in my mind when I came up with such a combination. Well, it's not the first time when I'm mixing this snakeskin bodysuit with something super dramatic, like faux leather trousers.

But it's actually the first time when I mix this bodysuit with trousers in vinyl texture. And have to say, such a combination I like much more than with simply leather-y bottoms. It looks very 2019, don't you think? Will it be prefect for a new decade of 20's? Let's wait and see!


Look of the Day:
Zara coat
Light in the Box bodysuit
Reserved trousers
Reserved boots
Stuudio Nahk bag


Photo: T. Egorova

December 06, 2019

Let's update our Beauty-collection of lipsticks. As this time we are going to talk about wine lips as a trend of Fall/Winter 2019 season. 

Best inspiration was found at Louis Vuitton. And some good online options are already in a fresh PQAP-selection.



Image Courtesy: Vogue.com

Wine Lips


Let's update our Beauty-collection of lipsticks. As this time we are going to talk about wine lips as a trend of Fall/Winter 2019 season. 

Best inspiration was found at Louis Vuitton. And some good online options are already in a fresh PQAP-selection.



Image Courtesy: Vogue.com

December 05, 2019

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