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Uniqlo shows off 2019 Fall/Winter collection

Look chic and comfortable

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It’s the season of changing colors, once again. From lush green and blue skies to earthly tones of red, gold and orange, nature then shifts into a magical sparkle of white and glitter.

Fall and Winter are just around the corner and it’s the time where we splurge ourselves on a nice coat (and layers of clothes). Some people would rather opt for a long down coat — particularly not the classy ones but would keep them warm — but you can always have an outerwear where style doesn’t sacrifice functionality.


Fortunately, Uniqlo is here to save the day. The Japanese fashion brand unveiled its 2019 Fall/Winter collection and you will never have to choose between form and function — because you can have both.

Photo by Uniqlo

Uniqlo’s 19FW collection focuses on a refined and accessible answer to the cold weather that fall and winter brings. Proprietary fabrics such as Blocktech are used in creating a fabulous outerwear — which are packed with water-repellent and wind-proofing technologies to keep you dry and stylish at the same time.

Time to layer it up!

Uniqlo has a new range of coats for you to wear on top of your multiple-layered clothing. Expanding from the elegant and refined Merino and cashmere knits, the brand introduces a new material — the Soufflé Yarn  — which provides bliss through its softness and warmth.

Blue works well with yellow — or any shades of brown and orange. Uniqlo’s new collection features these golden, earthly hues in a range of tops, bottoms, and innerwear. Blacks, whites, and gray stay as the perfect neutrals to balance out the two, bold colors.

Fluffy silhouettes are also in this season! Uniqlo’s Ultra Light Down and Hybrid Down series incorporates a perfect balance of warmth and mobility. Despite its bulky look, you can rock the aisles and pavements without being bogged down.

But it’s not even just for wearing around towns. Travelers can take advantage of these fluffy coats to protect them at any season. Coordinating outfits are even more enjoyable!

Uniqlo collaborates with designers in bringing style and elegance. The 2019 Fall/Winter collection features a lineup from UK-born fashion designer Hana Tajima, where her works embody a rich cultural diversity with a graceful and comfortable approach. Her works aim to enhance a woman’s beauty regardless of age, ethnicity, culture, or belief.

On the other hand, global fashion icon Inès de La Fressange features essential wear delivering beauty and comfort to women. Her style draws inspiration from her childhood memories of Megève in France. The fashion icon thinks of the town as a chic winter scene, hence, this new collection screams a timeless French style.

To achieve that Parisian chic look like Inès de La Fressange, splurge on duffel coats and oversized down parkas.

Fleece celebrates 25 years

Uniqlo celebrates fleece’s silver year. Perhaps, it’s one of the most versatile clothing since it’s becoming an integral part of every fashion enthusiast’s fall and winter wardrobe. For instance, you can fleece as a middle layer with your outerwear.

It’s also becoming essential from an ecological standpoint. The fashion industry is being called out for using real fur which is why the fleece is becoming an alternative.

Uniqlo’s fleece lineup currently has full-zip and half-zip fleece, and a fluffy fleece with modern silhouettes. Joining the lineup are the new items sporting Boa fleece (which looks like a fluffy sheep’s wool) offering V-neck zip-up cardigans, blouson-type jackets, tailored coats, and collarless coats.

Style and comfort doesn’t always scream fashion

To people who would rather opt for comfortable clothes, Uniqlo brings in flannels for you to sport this cool and chill season. It can also serve as an innerwear, but flannels are so independent they can stand out on their own.

Photo by MJ Jucutan | GadgetMatch

For instance, patterns can spruce up your blocks of colors when you’re layering. And by far, this is one of my favorite in the 2019 Fall/Winter collection.

Which one are you looking forward to when these come out in their stores? Let us know on our social media channels and sound off your thoughts.

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Home appliances that fit your pastel, feminine aesthetic

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Nowadays, it’s not that difficult to marry your aesthetic with technology that fits your needs. No, I’m not just talking about phones and personal gadgets here but appliances that make life much easier.

I still remember back in Spring of 2017 when we just moved to Berlin and we were still putting our kitchen together. I wanted some pastel colors in the kitchen. This, to make cooking a fun activity even in my busiest of days and in the dead of winter.  It was hard to find anything that matched my palette that also fit our budget.


Looking through this year’s IFA, we were given a glimpse of what’s now available in the market and what’s to come. Let’s just say, you won’t be stuck with just two options. So if you’re looking for appliances that fit your feminine aesthetic without having to sacrifice technological advancement, we got you covered.

SMEG: Retro Chic

A touch of color and retro feels that can make any Instagram feed happy. Their fridge is a classic and the design is something we are definitely familiar with. For functionality, it does tend to be basic but if you’re someone who wants something that is a straight-up fridge with not much frills, then this would be perfect.

You get ample space that can fit a small family’s needs for a week but it’s not a fridge I would recommend if you’re someone who likes to store food much longer than that. And let’s face it, why would you? You’d just forget about it anyway. Might as well get to them at their best state.

The price tag for a SMEG fridge here in Berlin start at about EUR 1,000 (US$ 1,107). If that’s pretty steep for you, the brand offers other items for your kitchen that come in pretty pastels as well. Something you can get for now while you save up for that fridge. From electric kettles, juicers, toasters, blenders and even mixers that can be a serious threat to Kitchenaid looks-wise, SMEG offers products that can still fit your budget despite its premium status.

What’s impressive is their dishwasher that comes in such a gorgeous shade of Cadillac pink. Despite the retro look, it comes with various modes that any modern homemaker will be happy about. Five programs that even cover your crystal plus five quick versions of each. For all those times when you get unexpected guests and you just need your dishes stat.

Bosch: For the Fickle Minded

We’ve all been there — waking up one day and just wanting to redecorate the whole apartment, wanting a fresh look for all the fresh starts we keep having. But if you decided on a bright red two years ago for your fridge, how in the world will it fit your new, much more relaxed, pastel aesthetic?

No worries, Bosch has the Vario fridge. The first fridge that was designed to be re-styled whenever you want and whatever your color your mood dictates. As long as it fits in their 24-color palette which, come to think of it, already feels like more than enough.

Prices in Germany start at EUR 1,279 inclusive of the standard grey fridge with a pair color panels. Extra panels come at EUR 179 for a pair.

Another thing we definitely enjoyed at the Bosch pavilion at IFA was the CookIt. It may not come in pretty pastel colors but it does come in white – which will definitely go with your colored pieces. The food processor and multicooker in one is definitely a game-changer in the kitchen that it got a GadgetMatch Best of IFA Award.

Samsung: Personalized Elegance

The first in their line of customizable appliances, Samsung introduced their BESPOKE refrigerator line. Not only do you get to choose the colors of your fridge, you also get to design how the modular configuration of the fridge can fit into your kitchen.

From the size, material, the number of doors, handle position, and the way it will all fit in your space, everything is decided by the customer. Choosing the configuration and colours for the fridge also come as an experience for the customer. A screen that immediately lets you see how it will look like in your own (or dream) kitchen wasn’t just convenient, it was fun to use as well.

A choice between nine colors also gives you the power to give each fridge door a different color. Another recipient of the Best of IFA award here at GadgetMatch, the Samsung BESPOKE refrigerators are rumored to come out mid-2020 here in Germany and we obviously can’t wait.

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How to wear nude: The perfect summer to fall transition

Look chic this transitional season with a color you most probably have in your closet

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The combination of cool breeze and sunny skies can only mean one thing: summer isn’t completely over but autumn is almost here. Dressing during this transitional season can be tricky — sweaters and boots can still be too warm during the day, yet the wind can easily blow your favorite summer dress up.

And then there’s color. Summer whites and bright colors have to slowly start taking a back seat to give way to fall’s earthy tones. My go-to during this summer-to-fall transition is a closet staple all of us should already own: nude. All 50 shades of it. Here are some styling tricks you can take note of before heading out this month of September:


Layer with linens

Linen-blend paperbag shorts from & Other Stories

There are very few things more comfortable than linen during the summer. On days when temperatures fluctuate more than usual, wearing layers with a linen piece can be your go-to. Combine it with something warmer like a cotton sweater. You can also throw a blazer on top if the weather permits.

Slip into a slip dress

Slip dress from ARA

Who says you need to give your slip dresses a break this season? You can keep wearing those silk pieces as you transition into fall with a warm turtle neck sweater underneath or over it to turn it into a skirt.

Keep calm and carry the mini bag

Leather mini bag from Looks Like Summer

Mini bags may be the it accessory this summer, but it doesn’t mean you have to wait until next year to keep using them. Neutrals like nude will work with your outfit when styled appropriately for the season, even when the item is no longer trendy.

Power dress with an extra long coat

Nude trench from & Other Stories

Sweating underneath a powerful outfit is neither attractive nor commanding. Power dressing when it’s hot and humid out is not easy, especially when getting to work involves a lot of walking or subway rides. During this summer-to-fall transition, you can bring that light-colored coat from spring and wear it over your work outfit when needed. Plus points if your smartphone (or its case) doesn’t ruin the look, but actually matches with it.

There are many other ways to survive the summer-to-fall transition as stylishly as possible, but there’s nothing like sticking to pieces you most probably already have in your wardrobe — and styling them for the season — instead of buying more pieces that you won’t be able to wear until next year. There is, for sure, something nude in your closet that’s begging to be worn. It’s a staple that works with almost anything, may it be summer or fall.


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Elodie unicorn diffuser: Adorable lamp and humidifier for your baby’s nursery

Keep cold and flu viruses at bay with this super cute unicorn humidifier

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Infants and toddlers are especially vulnerable to sickness-causing bacteria that thrive in dry air so it is important for parents to be aware of the humidity level of their homes. This is why a diffuser is an essential item in many moms’ checklists, including mine, to add healthy moisture to every home.

A humidifier, night light, and a cute unicorn accessory all-in-one — the Elodie Unicorn LED Diffuser 2.0 by Smoko makes a perfect addition to your baby’s nursery.


“It can continuously change colors on its own if that’s the magical show that you wish to achieve.”

How it works

Using ultrasonic vibration technology, the machine breaks its water particles into cool mist. The amount of mist that comes out of its golden horn depends on the humidity, temperature, and air flow in your room.

Its full tank capacity of 200ml should last for up to 6-8 hours although it only lasted for 4 hours, in my case.

You can choose to set the duration to one hour, two hours, or to stay on until the machine automatically shuts off when it is out of water. The water tank is pretty big which allows for easy refill.

This unicorn can also light up with 8 different colors: red, violet, blue, light blue, green, yellow, white, pink. It can continuously change colors on its own if that’s the magical show that you wish to achieve.

Low maintenance

It’s important to regularly clean any diffuser to prevent the buildup of mold. With Elodie, maintenance is a piece of cake.

Just empty the tank after 5-6 uses and wipe with a clean, soft, and damp cloth. If you choose to use essential oils, you’ll want to clean the tank before using a different one.

When not in use, just keep the tank dry. You wouldn’t want idle water to attract bugs or insects.

Is it any good?

At US$ 65, this isn’t some smart high-tech humidifier, but it does the job of doing exactly what I need it to do: add moisture to the nursery I’m building for my baby, and more.

It also doesn’t make any noise, neither does it leak nor scatter water droplets. It’s simple but with added unicorn cuteness other diffusers don’t have.

 

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