collection

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Current small Diptyque collection of personal favourites.

Chêne still remains the all-round favourite, although I do enjoy the comfort of Feu de Bois during cold season and Maquis in spring. Opopanax and Cyprès are both cosy in the evening, especially when it’s raining outside and I’m cuddled up with a good book, and Ambre is very sensual.

Still on the wishlist: Santal, Myrrhe, Cèdre, Vetyver and Cuir.

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(all images are my own.)

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comfort

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Recently acquired chunky grey knit with multicolored speckles, dark grey sweater with metallic speckles and black leather sneakers. 

Currently re-reading Orwell’s 1984. January 2013 somehow seemed like the perfect time to do that.

I also received a sample of L’Ombre dans l’Eau during my recent trip to Skins. I didn’t like it at first, but it kind of grew on me and now I’m even considering purchasing the solid perfume. It’s very mossy and green and even though it contains traces of rose, it’s not the usual bright sunny rose. More like rose for people who don’t usually like roses, if that makes any sense.

products

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I’m probably a bit late to the party, but one of my recent discoveries is Clinique BB cream. I don’t like foundations, but this really evens out the skin tone without feeling like I’m wearing a mask. Years ago I used Clinique City Block but it made my skin look a bit pasty in the summer when I got a tan, so I switched to using just a moisturizer with SPF, some concealer and a bit of loose powder to even out and mattify everything.

I use BB over my La Roche-Posay moisturizer and it blends really well with my skin tone. It doesn’t feel like make-up at all and it has SPF! Perfect.

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Another new favourite is Clinique Chubby Stick. I’ve been searching for a good berry tinted lip balm for a while now and a friend recommended this fun looking product that immediated appealed to me. I love a dramatic lipcolour, especially in winter, but usually I have other things on my mind and don’t feel like making a lot of effort. This is quick and virtually fool-proof. The colour (nr. 16) looks pretty dramatic but it goes on sheer with just the right amount of shine.

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Burt’s Bees lip shimmers are another personal favourite. I buy these in bulk so there are always some in the bag and make-up cabinet.

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I rarely use eye pencil, because I realized it tends to look harsh on me, even when blended properly. These Mineral eyeshadows by Clarins are great for days when I want a bit more polish. I use no. 8 (taupe) to add a bit more depth to the crease and outer corner of the eye, as well as underneath the bottom lashes. No. 9 (lavender tea) is interesting because it’s a very subtle violet taupe. I was initially hesitant, but the handful of times that I’ve had my make-up done professionally, I learned that violet tones such as these compliment my eye colour (grey).

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Another Clinique product! Like Mink (I really enjoy this name) is a bit more dramatic brown and usually reserved for the evening. The lighter pigment on the left also matches really well with the Clarins colours above, when used in the inner corner of the eye to brighten up.

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I don’t like severe product and namedropping on blogs, it usually feels kind of cheesy and Home Shopping Network-ish, but I really like these products and wanted to share them. Also, I love reading IntoTheGloss and I always end up wanting to make my own versions of Top Shelf. =)

(All images are my own.)

white on navy

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(all images by me and painting by Mark Rothko, via tumblr)

Stripes are featured on some of my favourite things to wear, exactly for their graphic quality and classic simplicity. For me at least, it’s the easiest way to add some visual interest to an otherwise simple wardrobe, without feeling ornamental in any way.

Lately I’ve been living in this sweater, the cosiest one I have in my closet. I have a feeling this might go on for some time, since it’s been so cold lately. The sweater is from COS and I’ve had it for a while now (little over a year, to be exact) and it’s really one of my favourite pieces, qualifying for the regular trips to dry cleaners to prevent the risk of ruining it during the wash (which I only do for very special pieces, ever since I shrunk a very favourite sweater of mine two year ago in the wash). So far it’s been working, as the quality is exactly as it was at the time of purchase. This way I hope to enjoy it for years to come.

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wood

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I admit I’m not a jewellery person. I realised this after years of buying things like bracelets and necklaces and then not wearing them. When dressing myself, it rarely occures to me to add some, because it usually feels unnecessarily ornamental, and takes away from the general simplicity of my wardrobe. And when I do decide on something like a simple gold cuff or chunky chain necklace, which I wanted for a long time, i am constantly aware of wearing it and fidgeting with it.

It’s possibly just one of those things you like on others but not on yourself. It’s partially also due to some bad luck – for example my pierced ear heals the moment I take out my earring for more than a week (no matter how long I’ve been wearing the earrings up to that point), so I just gave up bothering to get it pierced over and over again. I also had a very simple, very thin gold chain, which mysteriously vanished during a walk on the beach one summer holiday.

So for years I just gave up on jewellery and decided it wasn’t my thing. Recently though, I fell in love with a lovely necklace from COS featuring graphic wood elements (I generally love COS designs, due to it’s simplicity and graphic quality). Something about the natural matte texture that breaks up the shine of the metal and the unusual shape, appealed to me. I also really liked the way it looked with my usual wardrobe colours and casual navy jumpers or crew-neck sweaters, so it wasn’t just something that just looked good in picture, but it was even better in person. 

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So I started thinking about wooden details, and new ways to add them to my wardrobe. There is something humble yet unusual about using organic material such as wood, that I like. My boyfriend works with different kinds of wood to create abstract objects and I asked him to make a hairclip using a type of wood with natural red colouring called panouk that has become gradient from the sun. I really like the simplicity of design he came up with, like an optical illusion on the back of my head. =)

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Some time ago I also noticed a lovely wooden clutch from the French Connection, and although I liked the shape, I did not like the type of wood used, nor the shiny finish. So my boyfriend made a slightly bigger version in slightly different shape, using superior wood (walnut), and leaving it matte. I love this shade. And best of all, it complements the wooden soles of my black patent-leather brogues. 

winter skin

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I only recently discovered the joy of purchasing skincare products at the local pharmacy. Most dutch pharmacies are not like the French or even Belgian pharmacies, which are usually stocked with pharmaceutical cult-favourites such as Caudalíe and Embryolisse, but after some careful research I found a local pharmacy that stocks a couple of brands I’ve been meaning to try in order to help relieve dry winter skin, like La Roche-Posay (below).

Throughout the years I’ve settled on a couple of products that seem to keep my skin happy, but during the coldest months my skin appears to be extra sensitive, needing extra care. This year I set out to find the perfect product specifically for winter skin and began trying out different samples. For a while I favoured Aesop’s Camelia Nut Hydrating facial cream which did a good job as a night moisturizer, but was too rich to use under blush or concealer because it took some time to absorb properly on my skin.

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I’ve been reading about La Roche-Posay for ages now, how it’s a dermatologist as well as skincare-enthousiasts favourite and thought I’d give it a try. So far it has made my skin very happy. The formula is made with sensitive skin in mind and contains none of the bad stuff such as parabens and alcohol. Instead, it’s light, gentle and super moisturizing. There is also the ‘riche’ version, for extra dry skin, but this one works perfectly for my own daily routine.

(images: VogueUK via cottonblanc tumblr and my own instagram)

heather grey

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It’s january already. I have no idea how that happened so fast, but here we are, and I’m trying to navigate the post-holiday dip and get back to regular scheduled programming. Wardrobe-wise I’m recently gravitating towards classic sportswear in muted greys, like this Norse Projects sweatshirt above. Paired with dark grey jeans, wool coat and classic black converse, it feels like an appropriately ultra-casual post-holiday wardrobe staple for cold winter months ahead.

2012 was a very good year to me and I’m hoping this year will the as good or perhaps even better. Here is to a prosperous and productive 2013 to all. =)

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