Travelling

I am in need of a proper holiday and am hoping to wrap up my obligations for the time being by the end of the month. After that it’s hopefully off to the Mediterranian, although I’m hoping we’ll be able to squeeze in a weekend at some new and unfamiliar city as well. Like Prague. I’ve never been in Prague before and it seems so lovely. I cannot wait to walk through the strange city, discover new places and just enjoy the sun.

(image from Lost in Translation, via girlinlondon tumblr)

Frenzy

When it comes to shopping, I prefer working with lists. A couple of years ago I noticed girls on my favourite blogs doing this and thought I’d give it a try. Needless to say it has become something of a necessity since. Throughout the year I keep a wishlist with items from my favourite stores such as COS and A.P.C.

When the recent sales season came, however, instead of purchasing those items on my list that were now available for much less, I decided against it and ended up with just one purchase – a black spring coat, which I can say I have worn almost every day since (though I honestly do wish I didn’t have the need for a coat in july). Somehow the sales made me realise I didn’t really need another black top or linnen t-shirt. The amount of need simply didn’t justify the purchase. Plus the frenzy of the sales reminds me of everything that I dislike about shopping.

Subsequently, it felt liberating to let go of these self imposed needs which tend to sneak up on you when you’re not expecting and it made me realize how much more satisfying it is to let the desire for an item build up before deciding on the purchase. Which doesn’t mean indulging in impulse buys from now and then can’t be fun, but you do risk ending up with a full closet of things you don’t wear down the line, and who needs regrets anyway? Even if they are just the sartorial kind.

(image: Lina Scheynius Polaroids)

Glow

I’ve always preferred naturally pale skin to (obvious) fake tans all year round. This year, however, the sun has apparently decided to skip the country of Netherlands, which means I’m still as pale as I was back in february and I must say that I miss that elusive sun-kissed glow that usually happens in the summer and which I have apparently taken for granted all these years.

Thanks to Into The Gloss, I have recently discovered the joy of bronzing, contouring and highlighting (it sounds like a lot of work but it basically comes down to a couple of quick swoops with the brush). I’m still a bit squeemish about using it too much, but I love the way it looks when used correctly. My current favourite compact is Givenchy’s Le Prismissime. I use it over my moisturizer and that way it’s subtle enough to look natural (but better). 

(image above: Jacqueline Bisset, via venus provocateuse)

Tomboy

I love the way girls like Charlotte Gainsbourg and Caroline De Maigret wear their sneakers, with boy-jeans, loose-fitting t-shirt and a good jacket. It’s such an easy going look, perfect for a lazy, grey summer.

(They are also making me reconsider bangs, but that’s a whole other conversation, perhaps for some other time.)


(Images clockwise from top left, via: kai jeunemann, lesantimodernes, miriamassai and inaclothing tumblr)

Essentials

I love reading about what other people consider their own personal essentials via Self Service Magazine blog, so I decided to compile my own list of personal essentials, in no particular order.

1. Statement coat
It elevates the simplest of outfits.

2. Stylish and comfortable shoes
My current favourites are black leather loafers.

3. Black and navy

4. A breton top

5. Jeans
Dark wash, straight and narrow.

6. A good bra (makes everything look better).
My favourite is simple nude from La Perla. It’s multifunctional, especially in the summer under all those white tops.

7. A simple cashmere jumper

8. Bobby pins

9. Mandarin cream by Aesop

10. Lip balm by Burt’s Bees

11. My Macbook
My life’s work, contacts and entertainment centre all-in-one.

12. Herbal tea
I drink over 1,5l of tea a day and my current favourite is a blend of nettle and lemongrass with a hint of cranberry.

13. Breakfast
It’s my favourite meal of the day. And although I deviate at times, a bowl of weetabix with soymilk and banana remains my favourite breakfast of all time.

14. Annual Museum Membership

15. Filmhouse membership

16. A daily newsfeed from Bloglovin’

17. Crisp white cotton sheets.

(image via delight tumblr)

June


Clockwise from top left:
- One of my all-time favourite movies which I can watch over and over again.
- If there is one movie that should be accompanied by a box of fresh macarons, it’s this one.
- A lovely gradient painting by the artist Marian Breedveld.
- Candle light and subtle fragrance make rainy days so much better.

From left:
- Vintage Kate on the cover of Vogue UK 1998. I was going through my archives and came across this one. 90s fashion magazine covers look so good today.
- Dailies.

From left:
- My current favourite dish is a simple wholegrain pasta with baked pumpkin, goat cheese and walnuts, seasoned with fresh italian herbs such as sage and thyme.
- Photoshoot props.