The Language of Flowers


(images via i-n-j-e-c-t tumblr and jazzmine berger by garance doré)

Garance Doré posted this picture (right) from her archives some time ago, because it felt very current despite being several years old. The clean, tomboyish items offset the exuberant femininity of the flowers. Indeed, it evokes a very modern kind of romanticism, where it’s all about finding the balance between contradictions in one look.

I personally love a good print and the idea of a minimalist romantic. When employed all-over, the print becomes almost as monochrome as a solid colour. It’s also a very photogenic look, even if not entirely easy to pull off in everyday life.

I’m still not sure if I could see myself wearing floral pants, though this image below of Gaia Repossi is certainly making me reconsider that idea. The floral print something that could easily be introduced into my existing wardrobe for a modern update on the classic trousers, shirt and blazer combination. The all-over print, as much as I like the idea, is probably somewhat too trendy which means it won’t age too well. I have also yet to find the print that makes my heart beat faster, so this just might be one of those infatuations that I’ll grow out of, if I don’t find the right item. As of now though, I’m not ready to stop looking for that perfect floral piece anytime soon.


(image via maison styling)

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Honey Skin

Summers in the Netherlands are usually disappointing. Currently it’s hot, humid and cloudy. It’s also one of the most difficult types of weather for wardrobe planning because it’s so unpredictable. You cannot wear the layers because of the humidity, but after the rain it becomes slightly chilly, so it’s a good idea to always have a something warmer than  cotton t-shirt with you. It’s also not ideal for the skin because the humidity usually makes mine more oily than usual and swimming and the following increased frequency of showers ends up drying out the skin.

One of the great things about the summer though, is that the skincare brands often release travel-sized versions of their favourite products. For some reason I love small product packages (could be because I have so many regular-size packages that I never end up finishing before I move on to the next skincare product – a habit I’m currently trying to control because it causes clutter and it’s unnecessarily wasteful).

I recently purchased this “Head-to-Toe” kit by Burt’s Bees. I love this brand. I often use their shimmer lip balms instead of lipgloss and their Thoroughly Therapeutic Honey & Orange Wax Body Lotion is one of my all-time favourites (I actually finished the last bottle before purchasing it again). The mini-kit contains their Milk & Honey lotion which I’m curious to try out, as well as things like cleansing cream and shampoo. 

By the way, have you seen this video by Isabella Rosselini for Burt’s Bees? It’s a typical Isabella mix of bizarre and endearing at the same time.

Streets


(all images from TURNED OUT by Maya)

This is one of my favourite street style blogs. The photographs look very candid and natural, yet they’re intriguing enough to stand out and make for some the most beautiful and distinctive street style blogs out there. The photographer’s eye seems to be attuned to the most subtle of moods of her subjects. This particular style reminds me of the original street style images, which is oddly refreshing.

Moodboards

Moodboards, old and new. Taken with instagram.

Right: an old moodboard featuring magnet pearls and copies of an old Maison Martin Margiela lookbook.
Left: moodboard featuring an excerpt from E. Cioran’s History and Utopia and a reminder for the annual dental checkup.

Timeless

On a personal note: life has been all sorts of busy lately. I am currently working on a freelance assignment for a company which could turn out into a permanent full-time position. Careerwise this would be a great opportunity and I’m hoping it works out. On the other hand, I would certainly miss the flexible working hours that life as a freelancer offers. For example chosing to take the long lunch and enjoy the weather and compensating for time off by working in the evenings. But I wouldnt miss the irreglular income and fretting over the next project. All in all there are positives and negatives to every outcome.

I did made me contemplate office wear and assembling the office appropriate wardrobes. I’m also thinking a lot about light blue and chambray, the summer versions of my usually navy wools and cashmeres. 

Empty Emptor recently made a post questioning the concept of “the classics” when it comes to wardrobe pieces, as propagated by the fashion magazines and blogs, as they could turn out to be just as trend-concious as peplums and beaded collars. It’s a really well-written piece and if you’re into it, I would also recommend her previous post on wardrobe culling, as well as… her entire archives.

I think when it comes to classics, it’s important to find your own personal classics. Staples that you can build your entire wardrobe around, and upgrade seasonally with a few pieces to keep evolving, but also to keep it from becoming schizophrenic in style.

These are some of my personal favourites, around which I base my outfits (I chose to just focus on tops here). They include simple button-down shirts, crewneck jumpers and breton tops. Most of my tops are a variation of these, which is why I’d call them classics. I usually pair them with smart jackets, jeans or cigarette pants and simple or slightly androgynous shoes.


(Images from left to right: By Malene Birger White Greville Classic Shirt, Hope Drape Tee, A.P.C. Merino Striped Pullover, Acne Ry Angora Sweater, A.P.C. Woven Cotton Shirt. Most of these are currently sold out via Net-A-Porter and La Garçonne. Top image via naturalstylist tumblr.)

Emmanuelle

Simple, clear, sexy, and recognizable.” That sums it up perfectly. I’d also “French”. Very French. But I suppose that comes with the territory of her current position.

The thing is, the simplicity of Emmanuelle Alt’s style is not only simple, it also has that particular brand of je ne sais quoi, that seems to come naturally to the Parisiennes in particular. Same goes for her distinctive brand of “sexy” – she always employs a masculine aspect in her wardrobe, composed of classic pieces in muted colours such as button-downs and large coats, subverting the expectations, while balancing the look with focus on her impossibly long legs and (perhaps even agressively) sexy shoes. It oozes confidence and natural poise without ever being obvious or gratuitous. The balance is perfected with a natural face with just a smudge of kohl around the eyes (just imagine how off the entire look would be with a serious make-up face). Even though there is plenty of variation in details and room for experiment, her look indeed remains recognizable and iconic.

On a side note, I’ve been coveting a perfect leopard print coat for ages now and this picture is just another reminder. It’s also one of those items that fits perfectly in Emmanuelle’s world of casual hair and jeans to neutralise the vamp of it.

(images via self service magazine, carolinesmode, streetfsn blogspot, thisgirlisaten tumblr and stockholm street style)