dinsdag 29 november 2016

LOOKBOOK: Jungle Of Fashion

Every year, at the start of November, it’s a madhouse. Hot-blooded, mouth-watering women from all over the world have been looking forward to this moment for months, and once it is there, you have to hold your eyes open. Because in a second, it’ll be gone.

I’m talking about the famous H&M Fashion Designer Collaboration. Designer pieces for cheap prices = always a very good combination. Madhouse with screaming women fighting over a pair of shoes guaranteed.

Isabel Marant, Alexander Wang and Balmain have collaborated with H&M before. This year, it was KENZO’s turn. Known for their iconic tiger head sweatshirts and their aim to shake up the 'jungle' world of fashion, it promised to be as great a success as the years before.

So, KENZOxHM. Lots and lots of crazy prints! I had my eye on the white logo shirt. Very simple, but because of the cool print still very nice. On the 3th of November, the date on which the collection went online, I couldn’t get access to the site. Too many visitors. The next day I tried it again, and - fortunately - the tee wasn’t sold out yet!

About the outfit. I combined the KENZO tee with my new flared glitter pants. These pants are definitely my favorite item right now. They’re so cool and such an eye-catcher, and - big plus - they’re so comfortable! On my feet I wore my black cowboy boots. And to finish the look, I wore my classic leather jacket on top.






Tee: KENZOxHM
Pants: Zara (HERE)
Jacket: Zara (old collection)
Boots: Vagabond (HERE)
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zondag 20 november 2016

VINTAGE FINDS: COACH Duffle Bag 9166

Question: if someone would suddenly rush up to you to ask you: ‘<insert name>, what are you actually good at in life?’. What would you answer? 

I’ve thought about it. And for me, one of the things that I’m actually very, very good at - and it’s unfortunately not something to be proud of - is… procrastinating. Some examples. Procrastination on studying for an important test, which makes me have to set my alarm at 2AM to study all night long (in order to save myself from total failure). Procrastination on leaving my house, which makes me running late everywhere I go. And procrastination on buying a descent leather bag, which made me walk around for almost 4 years (!) with canvas bags like a hobo. 

About that last one. Some people might see buying a bag as a moment of joy. I do not. Buying a bag - or actually the preceding never-ending search for that bag - is horror with a big H. Because you’ll wear the bag practically every day, it has to suit you perfectly. The color, the model, the quality, the amount of space - everything matters. And finding that perfect bag my friends, is a hell of a job. So the procrastination begins.

Fortunately, once upon a time there was a brand named COACH, who decided to make a few duffle bags back in the 80s. And fortunately, an American woman had bought one of those bags but decided in the summer of 2016 that she should sell it on eBay because she had never worn it. And fortunately, I looked coincidentally on eBay and it was love at first sight. And from that moment, we decided to spend the rest of our lives together. No more canvas bags for me. End of story.
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maandag 14 november 2016

LOOKBOOK: Rock 'N Roll

It’s safe to say that the punk subculture has taken over this fashion season. Everywhere you go, you’ll see for example choker necklaces, patent leather, flame prints and heavy metal band tees. And I can’t complain, because I absolutely love this trend! It’s a great way to experiment with your style - to step out of your comfort zone. To release your inner rock chick!

For quite some time I was looking for a heavy metal band tee. Eventually I came across a webshop (allposters.com) which sells a bunch of random stuff with prints on it. A hidden gem actually, because besides the printed posters, puzzles, paintings, clocks, etc., they also sell hundreds of perfect band tees for almost nothing.

I picked out a tee from the former heavy metal band Iron Maiden. Throw this tee on and I'll guarantee you, bad-ass bitch feeling right away! I combined the shirt with a pair of black trousers which I customized myself. I’ve cut the sides a bit open and added a few safety pins. To neutralize the look a bit, I finished with a pair of white Stan Smiths. What do you think?

donderdag 10 november 2016

LOOKBOOK: Key Pieces

The base of every wardrobe should consist of a few key pieces. Timeless, essential and classic garments from which you can build up every outfit. Think about a good pair of jeans, a white oversized tee, a LBD, a white button-up shirt and a black leather bag. Together they form a factor of stability - keeping balance in your outfit.

Invest in them! Both time and money. Since these garments are the base of your closet, it is essential that they suit you perfectly and that you feel confident and confortable in them. They should feel like your second skin.

But finding the perfect key pieces is easier said than done. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. So much choice - but you have to keep looking until you find that perfect match. It will take some time, but once you’ve found it, it will be totally worth it. And I know from experience, because today - after a long, long search - I’m finally able to proudly present my new white button-up shirt! It’s classic, 100% cotton and has the perfect fit. 

About the outfit. Because the base of the outfit is very simple (shirt x jeans), I wanted to spice it a bit up with a little detail. A glitter sock here, a colorful neckerchief there. I finished the look with a pair of black pointed booties. 

zaterdag 1 oktober 2016

DIY: Blind Hem Stitch

Leopard trousers: ZARA, Sneakers: Stan Smith
Kicking off this new month with a sewing DIY. I’m going to show you how to pull off a blind hem stitch. A what? For those who aren’t known with difficult sewing terms - a blind hem stitch is similar to an invisible hem. You won’t be able to see it on the outside of your garment. It’s often used for trousers and dresses.

A blind hem stitch is a little more difficult than a regular stitch. It takes some time before you get the hang of it. I struggled a lot with it at first, but now that I know the trick, it’s a piece of cake. I hope that with this DIY, I’ve made it easier for you to understand. Good luck!

zaterdag 17 september 2016

FASHION WEEK SS 17: Recap New York

They say that in fashion world September is equal to January. Why? Because this month is all about a new beginning. Or - to be more precisely – it’s all about the launch of new collections. 

We flip through our September issues and are being introduced to the new trends and collections of the new season. The Autumn / Winter season. But that’s not it. No, we’re also looking forward. Further into the future. Because, during the well-known Fashion Weeks in the fashion capitals, we’ll see the collections for next year’s Spring / Summer season. And this event, with the duration of four weeks, is happening right now!

Traditionally, New York is the first one to be taken over by the fashion industry, then London, Milan and last but not least, Paris. While all of the models, photographers, fashion gurus and journalists etc. have meanwhile moved themselves to the city of London, I would like to reflect New York Fashion Week for a moment.

Though I wasn’t there in person, I have seen all of the fashion shows via the website of Vogue. The shows of Tommy Hilfiger, Proenza Shouler and 3.1 Phillip Lim were definitely my favorite! I’ve put together my 60 favorite looks of the whole thing in this slideshow down below. What do you think?

zaterdag 10 september 2016

LOOKBOOK: Pyjama Shirt

Survived the first week of high school. I have started my last year in this place - if everything goes as planned. It’s getting serious now. Within a few months I will be able to do whatever I want. Traveling, moving back to my dear Amsterdam - everything is possible. Seriously can’t wait J. But first: I have to graduate. And I’ll have to work hard to manage that.

When I seriously try to be a good student and to make my homework, I cannot deny that I get distracted sometimes and find myself screening the Internet for gems. Yes, I have to admit; I’m slightly addicted to online shopping. And the fact that I’m actually very good at it, doesn’t help. For example; last week I spotted this leopard printed pyjama shirt from LoveStories with 70% off. Score! 

The famous pyjama shirts from LoveStories combined with a leopard print. What more do you want in life? For the people who don’t understand that it’s normal nowadays to rock your pyjama shirt as a normal shirt - well - we probably live in a time where that's okay. I don’t know. 

So, about my outfit. I was wearing the pyjama shirt with a blue cotton button-up shirt from the label Oxence based in Paris. They have the best classic button-up shirts, a must have in every closet. Make sure to check it out! To make the look complete, I wore a pair of Levi’s 501 and simple white slip-ons. Do you like it?