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)

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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)