So, days of home office are really rare for me. Usually, I spend my days at the office(s) and drive a lot. But when I do get a home-office-day, I still can’t get myself to wearing athleisure or pyjamas. I like to get ready, feel fresh and put together while still being comfy. It just makes me feel more motivated and “ready” for the day. Also, I think this outfit would be great for a chilly spring day because you can always throw on a pair of sneakers and a leather jacket and be ready to go.
Want to know the best gift for parents? Well, maybe not in general but for my parents, travelling is the best present ever. So there you have the reason, I went to Antwerp in the first place. Easy. Second, I had never been to either, Antwerp or Brussels, but planned on doing that during my time in the current work location. And third: who needs a reason for a weekend get-away trip? It’s always a great idea. So we drove down to Belgium and checked into our hotel. After that, we took off for a little sightseeing tour around the old city centre right away. The architecture, the old streets, the dome and the harbour district are simply stunning. It feels like escaping into another decade.
I bought a new bag. And I love it a lot. Well, obviously, because otherwise I wouldn’t spend a ridiculous amount of money on something that you can put THINGS in. I know all of you bag-lovers will truly understand me. And because it was such an investment and a lot of thought went into this purchase, I wanted to give you a review of the bag. In case you are wondering whether or not to get the same one. Starting off, I loved the Pochette Métis style right when it came out. I had been on the look-out for a black bag I could wear cross-body but which still looked elegant. Chanel wasn’t able to provide the exact bag I had asked for for months but since the Pochette Métis only came in canvas, it was no option for me. If only they would make it in black leather…
I could have written this text two years ago and it would have included at least half of the same products it includes today. That being said, I wanted to bring to you products which I have tried and tested over years now and which make me so happy that I still stick to them. But also, you guys know, that I still try new stuff which brings me to the products I’ve only been using for a couple of months now and been really really liking. Finding the right hair care is as hard as finding the right foundation: it can take years and the needs change so the products need to be switched out too. Basically, a never-ending story. At least I found my end of the haircare story, for now, and I want to share it with you because it might make your search just a tiny bit easier. Before we get into it, some details on what I’m dealing with on a daily basis: naturally blonde hair, no dying has ever been done, despite that my hair is a little dry, especially the ends. Very fine hair with little volume and quite some breakage (hence the fly-aways that are killing me in photos!), no curls at all which gives my hair zero body, fullness or any kind of shape. Woohoo, go me!
Spring is no fun right now. Not at all. The weather is too april right now and it is annoying. So instead of bringing you another fun and light-fabric outfit for the warmer weather, I can only offer long sleeves, light cashmere and my all-time favorite trainers. This outfit is super basic but I still wanted to put up an outfit post about it because I do love it. Even though it was put together to serve a purpose: not getting cold but still looking spring-appropriate. The great thing about this outfit is that you can switch it up easily, using different essentials everyone has in their closet, but always looking effortless and put together for a shopping tour, Saturday brunch, weekend stroll or the cinema. All you need is your favorite cashmere sweater (I’m sure you own at least one, if not, go buy one, you’ll need it!), a casual pair of denim, cool sneakers and a colorful scarf. Easy as pie.
A couple of weeks ago, I saw this really cool white ripped t-shirt. It looked distressed but not trashy and had a couple of rips and holes but all in the right places, not too big either. I was soooo close to buying but luckily, my boyfriend was a friendly reminder to tell me that shirts with holes should not cost 30€. And he’s right. They shouldn’t. So with a heavy heart, I left the t-shirt behind at the store and went home. Thinking about when and where I would’ve worn it, how to create a similar piece by myself… As you will see in the pictures, I couldn’t help myself after all and simply had to get a plain white T from Zara only to rip it. I don’t know what it is with me and distressed clothing but I just really like it for the casual days. This shirt gives every outfit a relaxed vibe without looking trashy or cheap. And at the end of the day, it’s still a plain white t-shirt that you can pair with anything and everything. I definitely love it and can’t wait to shoot some outfit posts for the blog and styling it for you guys. Hope you like the diy!
Here’s what you will need: a plain white t-shirt (no matter the neckline, preferably cotton, it can be old or new; I got mine at Zara for 5€/6$), a pedicure file or sandpaper (you can buy the files at any drug-store for around 2€/3$, I used the one I already had, or the sandpaper at any home store or hardware store), an old book or stone or anything that you don’t mind scratching and which is durable (I used my coasters which are made of slate) and that’s it. Let’s go!
I can’t imagine any other time of the year when it is so much fun and I’m so excited to wear bright colors on my lips. Spring is the perfect season to go for a bold lip color and play around with pinks, purples and coral-shades. I feel like these colors are THE statement “goodbye” for winter and the bright “hello” for the bloomy and bright seasons ahead. I haven’t done many beauty reviews lately but I do really, really like them and so I thought, I’d get back into it by sharing my top 5 lipsticks for spring. Two of the shades are really bold colors and maybe not so work-appropriate (depending on where you work, of course) but also, I thought I’d include three really fresh and light colors ´which can be paired with any office-look. In the end: most of us work 5 days a week, so I figured that this might be important to you guys. It definitely is to me. So in case you haven’t already stocked up on your spring make-up wardrobe, here’s your inspiration, have fun!
Full stop. That’s what I should’ve added to the title but it looks weird so I kept it as it is. I’m sure by now every single one of us has understood the importance of a great trench. InStyle, Vogue and many style advisers have urged us for years to buy a classic trench because of its versatility and because it will never go out of style. Never ever. Funny, how a piece of clothing that was designed to keep soldiers warm by repelling the water while they were out on the battlefield is now a must-have in our wardrobe. Functionality determined the trench coat and yet it is a masterpiece of design.
That’s it for today’s history lesson, haha. I went for an all-classics look last weekend because a) the blue shirt I’m wearing in the pics was new, b) it was finally warm enough to wear my espadrilles which I bought last year in Atlanta (yes, I’m sentimental about these things) and c) it was not quite warm enough to leave the house without a coat and since the Maison Martin Margiela trench compliments EVERY outfit, it was a safe bet.
As with every holiday, Easter always seems so far away and then suddenly, it hits you right in the face with all the bunnies, chocolate, ridiculous biddy décor and all that fun stuff. Uh well. Since my top priority these past weeks have been more about how to arrange furniture in my new apartment and getting the right pieces for my interior style I had in mind, finding décor for a particular holiday that I usually prefer not to decorate for at all, was not my top to-do. Let’s be honest: it wasn’t on any to-do list. Ever. But Easter is coming, and escaping the madness is impossible so I opted for a more subtle Easter look. Mixing in spring elements made it less seasonal and therefore, I can leave it up longer and don’t have to redecorate every 3 weeks. I have the same game plan for Christmas, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. I wanted to share my décor bits and pieces with you in case you haven’t done much spring/Easter decoration yet but want to embrace at least some of the season’s spirit. Per usual, my inspiration for you is quick, super easy and you don’t have to break the bank on your designer-bag-savings-account 😉
You will laugh so hard at me for saying this right away, but it literally took me three (!) attempts to buy this denim dress. No kidding. I saw in on Zalando’s website (German online retailer), thought it was super cute but too short. And I thought it may be too girly. Then, I saw it on sale, but it was only 10% off and that didn’t really strike me as being a good deal. Nevertheless, I did put it in my cart but ended up not buying it because I had no where to ship it to while I was moving houses. Soooo, luckily (for me and for Zalando 😉 ) they had saved my shopping cart and I rediscovered the dress. At 20% off this time. I’m not a believer in faith but if there is something like it, this buy definitely must have been it. I ordered it.
This denim dress is everything you need for spring: denim (always a win!), cute, long sleeves (keeps you at least a little warm), super flattering fit (in case those Christmas muffin-tops aren’t gone yet) and it has bow ties on the sleeves which, despite other ruffled tops, do not make you look like a professional football player. It doesn’t get much better. Oh, and one more bonus: it was only 26€ (about 30$). What a deal. I paired it with my fave blush pink bomber to keep the fun and fresh vibe but also add a little more edge to the look. And I love that it is finally en vogue again to wear sneakers with dresses. So comfortable!