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Accessorising Made Easy with Afashiioncarpet: Exclusive Q+A

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Nina Schiwchtenberg is the face and creative behind fashion and lifestyle blog Afashiioncarpet. Along with her partner and co-founder, Patrik; Nina creates stunning content that encapsulates the worlds beauty in a single snapshot. Plus the clothes look pretty good too.

We sat down with Nina to discuss her #LTKstyletip’s that will have you reaching for your favorite #LTKitBag’s in an instant.

Scroll through and shop Nina’s style when you download the LIKEtoKNOW.it app.

How and why did you start FASHIIONCARPET?

I founded Afashiioncarpet 7 years ago. Back then, I wanted a personal outlet during my studies. It was intended to be a little safe haven where I could share my inspiration with the world; because I myself was, and still am a huge fan of blogs. I thought back then that I am late to the party; but that wasn’t the case at all. Today I am one of the “older” ones, and one of the last ones that still has a blog with weekly editorial content.

Ich habe Fashiioncapet vor sieben Jahren ehrlich gesagt aus Langerweile während meines Studiums gegründet. Es sollte einfach ein Ausgleich sein, der als Hobby gedacht war. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt las ich selbst wahnsinnig viele Blogs und dachte schon, ich sei viel zu spät dran. Ein Irrglaube. Heute gehöre ich in Deutschland zu den alten Hasen und zu den mittlerweile wenigen Menschen, die noch einen richtigen Blog mit mehreren Blogposts die Wochen und redaktionellen Inhalten betreibe.

How would you describe your signature style?

I love colors like beige, camel, brown and white. You will only see me in darker colors like black once, or maybe twice a year! I would describe my style as modern and wearable; with a special something 😉

Auf jeden Fall hell! Ich liebe freundliche Farben wie Beige, Camel, Braun oder Weiß. Man sieht mich vielleicht nur zwei bis drei Mal im Jahr in schwarzer Kleidung. Außerdem würde ich meinen Stil als modern, tragbar und immer mit dem gewissen Etwas beschreiben.

You mix high-street with luxury so effortlessly; do you have any tips + tricks for combining the two?

Always invest in quality shoes as well as accessories. Personally, I think that the right shoe and bag makes or breaks an outfit. Lacking quality in those accessories is so much easier to spot than anywhere else. In terms of my clothing, I love to shop with known high street brands and combine those more affordable looks with luxury accessories. This gives your outfit that certain something! My main tip: Wear something that you feel comfortable in and never define yourself via the price-tag.

Spart niemals bei der Qualität von Schuhen und Taschen! Ich persönlich finde, dass mit diesen beiden Accessoires die meisten Looks stehen oder fallen. Man sieht ihnen die (fehlende) Qualität einfach so viel leichter an als Kleidungsstücken. Beim Thema Kleidung kaufe ich auch gerne bei den gängigen Streetwear Marken und kombiniere sie dann mit Designer Accessoires, um den Look aufzuwerten. Aber das allerwichtigste: Wohlfühlen und sich selbst nie über den finanziellen Wert eines Outfits definieren!

We’re obsessed with your statement outfits as much as your more minimal looks; what tips would you give for rocking a statement look?

I love a good statement outfit, but don’t overdo it! Always decide where you want to put the focus. Too much jewellery or too many sparkles can quickly look a little tacky. My tip: Put your focus on two key pieces and the rest a little less loud; but of course in tone with the rest of the outfit. I love to focus on extravagant bags or shoes! This works for a more casual look, but also for evening attire.

Statement Outfits sind toll, aber bitte nicht übertreiben. Man sollte sich entscheiden, worauf man den Fokus legen möchte. Zu viel Schmuck, zu viel Glitzer und zu viel Tam Tam können schnell billig wirken. Mein Tipp: lege den Fokus auf ein bis zwei Key-Pieces und style den Rest dezent und abgestimmt drum herum. Bei mir sind das meistens ausgefallene Taschen und Schuhe. Sie gehen zum Basic Look genauso gut wie zu einem schicken Abendlook.

What 3 items should everyone have in their wardrobe?

Double breasted blazer. Well-fitted leather trousers. White oversized blouse.

Einen coolen Doppelreiher Blazer. Eine gut sitzende Lederhose. Eine weiße, oversize Bluse.

What’s next for Afashiioncarpet; and can we expect any exciting new content from you in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app?

Definitely a lot of new blog content with tips and tricks focusing around fashion, beauty, interior and travel. Additionally, I want to focus more on interior on LIKEtoKNOW.it – So watch out! With all the travelling in the next few months it won’t get boring!

Auf jeden Fall viele neue Blogposts mit Tipps und Tricks rund um Fashion, Beauty, Interior und Trave Themen. Außerdem werde ich versuchen mehr Interior auf meinem LTK Account zu spielen. Ansonsten stehen viele spannende Reisen an, wo wir einen tollen Content Mix kreieren werden. Es wird nie langweilig.

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