Quintessential


This is basically how I dressed over the past weeks. Jeans and t-shirt. I actually have that exact striped shirt and it’s one of my most worn garments during the summer months. 

Late summer brought beautiful warm weather while usually leaving the awful humidity behind. It was around this time that my schedule got really hectic and I’m just now catching up on reading my favourite blogs and new issues of The Gentlewoman and Fantastic Man which dropped in the mailbox yesterday.

Lack of free time to overthink also made me pair down my summer attires down to the bare essentials. I lived in jeans and sneakers, pairing them with my favourite blue chambray shirt or oversized t-shirts (striped or plain white), occasionally wrapping myself up in an oversized dark grey cardigan. A canvas bag and some lip balm and was good to go.

Right now, as the weather is slowly transitioning towards autumn, I’m trying to hold on to the simplicity of my summer wardrobe, by reluctantly adding only the most basic of fall garments. I realize this may seem plain and boring, and perhaps it is.  To me personally however,  it’s also a small triumph in reducing all the unnecessary visual noise tot the simplest basic shapes that nonetheless feel decidedly personal.

(images via emilyafricaa and neuewave tumblr)

things that happened

          

A small Instagram recap of the past month in which I sadly didn’t get the job, but did start a new project and finished another one. In which I ate well, discovered nice things and spent some time by the sea. (It’s almost september, how did we get here so fast?)

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)

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.

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.

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.)