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My hair is getting longer, mostly due to the fact that I keep forgetting to book an appointment at the hairdresser, but also because Argan Oil is the only thing I’m currently using and it’s making my hair so soft and easy to handle, that I don’t feel the need to put too much effort into anything too elaborate. Like finding a proper haircut for my new hairlength.

Daria Werbowy’s signature haircut-that-is-not-really-a-haircut is currently serving as an inspiration – natural texture, soft layers and nothing too rigid to frame the face (or tuck-inside a high collar).

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(img: daria for vogue uk and isabel marant)

march

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I have been neglecting this space over the past months. Life got in the way, and instead of forcing it / treating this like some sort of homework, I decided to just leave it be until I felt like using my blog again. This does not mean however that I don’t appreciate people reading this, and I thank you for that.

Over the past months I’ve been working a lot, rewatching all seasons of 30 rock and enjoying plenty of Indian food (currently trying to master the perfect veggie Biryani). Sartorially speaking (since that’s why we’re here), I’ve been navigating more towards simple wool dresses over opaque thighs for something more comfy cozy for the winter. To compleet the cocoon feeling, I’m currently looking for a nice pair of comfortable (and preferably burgundy-colored) sneakers.

During the fall I travelled a bit and at this time my skin went trough some changes that I’m still trying to figure out. I’ve been experiencing dry patches on my face and my forehead especially, more so than usually during the winter. Nothing seems to be helping – products, enough water and healthy food and vitamins have all failed so far. I have made an appointment with a dermatologist, so I hope they can help me alleviate this dryness sometime soon.

In the meantime, I hope everyone reading this is doing well and (if you’re in the Netherlands) enjoying the beautiful weather we are currently having. Until next time.

(img: Samuji, S/S 2014)

travels

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Hello there. :-) It’s been a while! How are you?

In the past few weeks I’ve been traveling through the southern Europe on a work-related assignment during which my wardrobe consisted out of mostly black pieces, with a few white garments in between. Since I planned on travelling to a couple of different locations over the course of several weeks, I tried to minimize on the actual quantity of items.

Now, for me this is somewhat a challenge because I usually tend to overpack and also considering the fact that right now the weather is extremely unpredictable, so you have to think of every possibility and still try and look presentable. This experiment in downsizing however proved to be a success, because I ended up wearing most of these items and felt comfortable throughout.

On most days I had meetings and that’s where I usually wore jeans or trousers with dressy tops and oxfords (or when the meeting was entirely informal, I’d switch oxfords for sneakers). For breakfast and coffee runs in the morning I’d just put on a tshirt and shorts and sunglasses. The evening wardrobe depended on wether I was going out for dinner somewhere formal or just a small local place.

To sum it up, my monochromatic travel wardrobe included:

TOPS – casual
black t-shirt
white t-shirt
black top with white stripes
white top with black stripes

black crew-neck jumper
dark grey sweatshirt

TOPS – dressy
structured short sleeved top*
draped long sleeved top with contrasting fabric*
dark grey semi-sheer button shirt
crisp white cotton shirt with short sleeves

BOTTOMS
cotton shorts*
skinny cotton trousers*
dark grey cropped jeans
chinos*

DRESSES
white t-shirt dress

SHOES
adidas sneakers*
black patent leather oxfords*
sandals*

JACKETS
COS cotton coat*

BAGS
small suede cross-body bag*
canvas tote

(*black)

This list obviously doesn’t include intimates, sleepwear, etc

The white t-shirt dress above is the white Raquel Allegra from the last post. Upon closer examination, the white didn’t feel nearly as precious as I imagined it to be, while the cut draped beautifully. I even wore it to dinner one night! It has just the right touch of luxe in an otherwise classic summer dress.

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As far as skincare is concerned, these days I’m pretty much set with a bottle of La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra moisturiser (which I use daily under my make-up and at night after cleaning my face) and their wonderful sunscreen. At home I very through moisturizers, but I decided on this one for traveling because it’s the most versatile. That’s two bottles. Then there were travel-sized bottles of Kiehl’s Ultra cleanser and toner and a small bottle for my Argan Oil, which is all I’m using on my hair these days (plus it also makes for a perfect body moisturiser). Because I’m pretty attached to my shampoo and hair conditioner, I bought a couple of travel sized bottles for them as well and it turns out I use far less product than I initially thought I use per wash. As far as make-up goes, some BB cream and a couple of Chubby Sticks go a long way in a warm climate, and at night I’d just add some mascara and concealer.

This travel experience has once again made me reconsider the amount of stuff that I own versus the amount that I actually use, and although I thought I was doing fairly well for the last couple of years, upon returning home I decided to remove a couple of things that were getting the least amount of wear and (more importantly) actual joy out of wearing them. It felt good to downsize even more and I got to make my mom and some friends happy. :-)

considerations

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I blame it on Giorgia Tordini who pulled off a t-shirt dress so perfectly that I decided right then and there it would be my summer of 2013 uniform. I plan on resisting the relentless summer holiday heat (fingerscrossed!) with nothing but the simpelest of tshirt dresses and pairing it with clubmasters and strappy sandals. There is just something about the idea of rolling out of bed and reaching for one item in your closet and basically being set for the day that makes me look forward to the summer. Some sunscreen and lipbalm and you’re ready to go. It’s a nice change of pace after months of layering and bundling up.

So, another summer, another summer uniform on the horizon. And so many things to consider.

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(black dress by T by Alexander Wang, sandals by MM6, white dress by A.P.C and sandals by COS)

I decided I want my t-shirt dress to have short sleeves, since it seems more practical, even though I like the idea of the upturned long sleeves. Right now I’m trying to decide between a black version by T by Alexander Wang and the white A.P.C. dress. I really love the A.P.C. one, but I’m wondering if white will be somewhat impractical and too fragile. I also have an irrational hate towards capsleeves. The black one looks cool and the sleeves are the right length but might be too short on me which in the end defeats the purpose of easy effortlessness.

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(dresses by Raquel Allegra and La Garçonne Moderne)

Then there is this beautiful jersey dress by Raquel Allegra. I love the way it looks on the La Garçonne model, but again I’m questioning the practicality of white. I guess I’m afraid it will look drab by the end of the summer? (I don’t want to keep thinking about that when I’m wearing this dress. Again, purpose defeated.) But i do love the length and the sleeves. And the idea of white. This black dress by La Garçonne Moderne is simple enough and the length is perfect, but the shape might be too straight, even on the model. I prefer it slightly more loose.

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(both dresses by COS, sandals by &Other Stories)

The highstreet versions I found are both in navy and both from COS. I prefer the loose-but-not-shapeless model of the first and the crewneck of the second dress. Of course all of this doesn’t outweigh the feel and the quality of the fabric, not to mention the actual fit. For this I might just be trying on dresses for the next few weeks. I haven’t had a garment on my wishlist in what feels like ages, I almost forgot the excitement of the selection process.

Finally, there is the choice of sort of dressy sandals which I don’t look forward to since I never had much luck in this department. As much as I love the idea of few straps of leather and not much else, my feet are difficult (as in narrow with high arch) and need more support than that, especially around the ankle, but I also want simplicity and not much fuss. Also, my list of irrational hates further includes toe-straps. I cannot stand anything between my toes. Right now I’m leaning towards these nude coloured sandals from COS. The colour is perfect (especially if I decide on the white dress) but I prefer belts for closure because it just seems sturdier. Then there is this pair from &Other Stories – I love the colour and the simplicity but I don’t know what to expect when it comes to quality. Anyone have any experience with them? (They also seem to be sold out often, but keep coming back in stock). And A.P.C. of course usually has a good selection, which I’ve been meaning to look for. 

(top img via google search, other images via La Garçonne, COS, &Other Stories)

classics and crushes

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There is a great new article up over at Empty Emptor right now about “Wardrobe Classics” that is worth a couple of minutes of your time. 

“I have a couple of blog posts planned that discuss possible reasons why our sense of identity seems so bound up in the way we dress, and how capitalism has hooked into that in a way that aims to draw us into being constant, voracious consumers. There’s no doubt that the way we dress is a part of our personality and allows us to communicate what we consider to be important messages about our identity or our values. Furthermore, there’s no doubt that to varying extents, the way we dress impacts other people’s perceptions of us. On top of all that, clothes can change the way we feel about ourselves – they can make us feel stronger or more empowered or more professional or more confident or whatever. They can help us restore our sense of self and reassert ourselves after we’ve had an experience that shakes us (more on that in a later post).”

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This place might slowly become a gateway to other great posts on the internet until I feel like producing original content again. The good news though is that the spring is here which means I have a few new items on my list that I’ll be sharing soon.

Until then, I’ll leave you with this lovely image of my new girlcrush Ana Kraš.

(img via inatenuousmanner tumblr)

Azza

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Speaking of beauty, I just wanted to share this Top Shelf with Vogue Hommes International fashion editor Azza Yousif. I really like the way she talks about beauty and she is so lovely herself.

“…You put little drops wherever you want to highlight—and if you’re not wearing eye shadow, you could put a little bit in the middle of your lid and then let it sink in and it just gives a tiny bit of shine. It makes you glow. If I’m going out and my shirt is open, I even put it on my collarbone.

(…)

Lately, I’ve been feeling like it’s more chic to not wear nail polish. I’ve also wanted to feel healthier, so that may have something to do with it—I feel like it’s more chic to be able to take care of your nails and for them to be clean and not hide them behind something….”

I find these beauty interviews so nice. Just the idea of girls sharing these (sometimes even intimate) secrets.

(image: Into The Gloss)

less, again

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There are a few things I find more grating (relatively speaking, that is) that the term “pop of colour”. It seems like it’s always used in the context where it’s needed to water down something otherwise radical and unapologetic in it’s simplicity, in order to make it more accessible (or visually “entertaining” even) to a wider audience.

Yet here I was, trying to figure out if my otherwise simple look really needed the dreaded “pop” when I added a dramatic lip colour to an otherwise fairly simple look (see previous post). Perhaps it was an attempt to combat the dreaded february blues, but I experimented with a dramatic red for an entire particularly cold week in february until I finally decided it was just not gonna work between us. A fresh berry stain is one thing, but full on lipstick just felt like trying way too hard. 

So the affair ended rather quickly and now I’m back to my bb cream and lipbalms, and not much else. And to be honest, after all the experimenting, I might have settled into a simple and effective routine.

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Then last week Into the Gloss did an article on the so-called “new face”, in which they described how to achieve the clean matte look for face without much effort (just one quick brush swoop of loose powder will usually do the trick) and pairing it with well groomed eyebrows and nude-but-better lipbalm for a modern contrast of textures. Think Céline woman. As much as I like the idea of trying out certain products there are in fact very few of them that become a part of my daily ritual. I do, however love matte skin, since my skin is mixed, leaning on the oily side and… well grass is always greener on the other side, I guess? The idea of a minimal make-up also feels infinitely more current than anything else. Plus, there is just something uncompromising in the refusal to do the obvious and what is traditionally expected of make-up, which is to exegerate features and make them more feminine, and decide on something far more contemporary and inconspicuous. 

For now, most of my products are stored away and the only thing on my make-up counter are a couple of nude-coloured pots and some chubby sticks. Honestly, I am curious to see how long this will last, but for now it feels perfect. =)

(images: kassia, via dylan forsberg; magdalena, via vogue it)