An Unpublished Look and 8 Things I Learned in 2015

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I found this look from last August in Amsterdam that I forgot to publish. This was the day I learned that pencil skirts are too tight for walking down the steep stairs elegantly, so that video never saw the light of day… But here are some semi-positive things I managed to learn in 2015:

  1. You don’t need a DSLR to shoot great photos. Most of my photos are now shot with baby Olympus OMD EM10. Unfortunately, you do need a functioning brain and a set of steady hands.
  2. Thigh high boots go with pretty much everything. And they keep your knees warm!
  3. HERE’S HOW YOU COOK BACON: put the strips on a cold pan, turn the heat on to low. Give it some time. When they start to bubble, loosen up the strips and flip them over. Then just flip, move and loosen until the bacon has reached your desired level of crispiness. Do not turn up the heat. THAT’S IT.
  4. Making the bed is a useful habit to develop.
  5. Bubble ponytail is the easiest hairstyle to make on tangled hair, and it looks adorable.
  6. Wasn’t expecting it, but I am deeply in love with Amsterdam and hope to visit again very soon.
  7. Beauty blender is bae. I use it to apply all of the cream products and most of the powder ones.
  8. My most popular Instagram post is an iPhone selfie. I’m not sure how to apply this knowledge.

What did you learn last year?

Mohair crop top and pencil skirt look on A Handful of Stories.Baby blue mohair crop top with fluffy bag and pointy flats.Neutral colours outfit with mohair crop top and pencil skirt on A Handful of Stories.Portrait with reflection on A Handful of Stories.

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Hi! I'm Yana. I'm here to inspire you to try new things in fashion, travel and in life. I'm a fashion stylist, cat lady and a food enthusiast with an endless list of travel goals. Check out my contacts to stalk me on social media and don't forget to subscribe to monthly A Handful of Stories recaps at the bottom of the page!

  • Beautiful pictures! And perfect city chick outfit with tender colors. Love it! o)


    • Thanks, Anna! I found a new appreciation for pastels ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Monet Rhoden

    Lovely post and gorgeous pictures! You go girl! <3
    Hearts from xoxo

    • Thank you for your lovely comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cute outfit with great backgrounds! Fun to read your lessons from this year. I agree with you on making the bed, it is a great way to start the day.

    • thank you, Brooke ๐Ÿ™‚ We waited for this cafe to open in the morning to take those window shots… But the reflection kind of ruined them. Well, we’ll learn from that ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Love this winter outfit! Looks so soft and feminine. And yes otk boots are everything!
    Thanks for linking up on Start the Week Stylish!
    – Ana Luiza

    • I realized I have a hard time trying to diversify my outfits, they go with everything! Thank you, Ana ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Your bag is fur!! That is amazing! I want one for myself – It must keep your hands toasty while carrying ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oh yes, I love this bag <3 It's faux fur of course ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Darcy

    These photos are gorgeous and I totally agree that making the bed is a great habit to develop!

    • I’m almost 25 and only now starting to realize this ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thank you, Darcy!

  • Love this outfit, so pretty! Cooking bacon like that is the best way to do it, and so delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oh, all the bacon I burned before learning this method! Thank you for stopping by, Cara ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Magna

    Very cute look, I love that pink furry purse of yours.
    xx Magna

    • Thanks, Magna! It’s one of my favourite bags, almost as soft and fluffy as my cat ๐Ÿ˜€