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More dresses (and a little peek into my closet)!

 

May was a good month. Dress wise. A few (okay, a lot of) gorgeous dresses came my way.

Downside to this steady flow of new dresses is that my closet is really overflowing. I have started to use the back of my bedroom door as extra closet space  but still there are just too many! Recently I started to sell some dresses online and of course I donate a lot. But to be honest, I like all of my dresses and really want to keep most of them.  Maybe I can steal some more closet space from my better half. Anyway, here’s a little overview of the pretty new dresses and a peek into my closet.

The strapless polkadot dress in features picture is from Asos. You can find it here.

Collectif Clothing

Collectif is known for their quirky retro vibes. Just as I like it!

This gingham dress is my summer favourite. So versatile! Shop it here.

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How fun is the pompom trim on this skirt and top? Shop them here and here. Shop the shoes here.

Popisma

Popisma is a brand from Spain. Their feminine dresses are fun and beautifully made. The dress I picked is very festive and would be perfect for a party, but I wear it to work too (I’m the overdressed one at work). The fabric is a gorgeous cotton pique.

Popisma red dress

Feeling like a little present! Shop this dress here. You can find the shoes here. The bag is old, sorry.

Na-kd

When Na-kd approached me for a collaboration, I was hesitant at first. Their website is filled with young and flirty fashion which, at first site, doesn’t suit my style at all. But I decided to step out of my comfort zone and pick a few items that are versatile and perfect for summer. When they arrived, I couldn’t be happier. I love the bold colours and the quality is very good.Na-kd blue top

Na-kd red dress

Blue and red! The blue top can be found here and the red dress here. The wicker pompom basket is from Serpui (sold out). For similar shoes, look here and here.

Now where do all these clothes go? Into my closet!

I have a big closet with sliding doors, made by my dear father. It’s built wall to wall and floor to ceiling into my bedroom. It runs much deeper than standard closets, so it fits two rows of folded clothing on each shelf. Only downside is that I sometimes forget about the clothes in the back rows!

It’s a big closet, but it’s full. Very full. As I said, I use the back of my bedroom door as extra space to hang dresses, but the door is about to collapse under the weight. So now every time a new dress or skirt arrives, an old one has to go. If my girlfriends don’t want it, I try to sell it or give it to charity. Sometimes with pain in my heart because I really want to keep everything. I admit, I’m a hoarder!

So here are a few corners of my messy closet:

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From left to right: part of the skirts section, dresses at the back of the door and some of the dresses in the closet. Sorry for the mess and sorry for the bad pictures. It’s hard to photograph inside a closet. Especially when it’s so full.

Thank you for reading!

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Accessories · Fashion

Spring, spring, spring (dresses, dresses, dresses)!

 

It has started to warm up in the Netherlands so I have ditched the tights since a couple of days and cycle through Amsterdam bare-legged.  I do use self-tanner to prevent people from getting blinded by my legs but I really don’t care if my skin is still in its winter shade.

Just in time for spring, a few gorgeous dresses came my way. And I’d like to share them with you……

Hearts and found

I can’t get over the quality of the dresses made by Heartsandfound. These dresses are made with such care, I love it. Big bonus for the wide selection of dresses to choose from and the fun fabrics they have. I get greedy every time I visit their shop on Etsy (here), it’s like a candy store for me!

Recently they made two dresses for me. One dress was even designed especially for me, since I wanted a fitted bodice with a boat neck:

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How fun is this print?? The shape of the dress is everything I want in a dress. Shop the fabric here. The dress is a hybrid between this dress and this co-ord.

The second dress is their Penelope dress. The fabric is so fun and feminine. When I wear it, I feel like a southern belle, ready for a picnic with her beau!

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The bodice had been made with double fabric, so no see through. The skirt is fully lined. The straps are of course adjustable. And it has pockets! Shop the fabric here and the dress here.

Palava

I have been a fan of the prints of Palava for a while. Each of their beautiful prints is hand drawn by their creator, Bryony. The SS18 collection was inspired by all things under the sea. When I saw this lobster dress, I was sold. The dress is called the Beatrice dress and comes in other beautiful prints too.

Palava Beatrice Lobster dress

The dress is made of the softest cotton and fully lined. You can shop the dress here.

Zoe Vine

Zoe Vine make beautiful dresses inspired by vintage couture. The dress I picked has the most amazing print. It’s called the Maisy bandeau dress and comes in a butterfly print as well.

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This Japanese garden print is so beautiful! The dress has sold out quickly but is still available in a few sizes and in a wide range of sizes in the butterfly print. Shop here.

Havren Clothing

Last year I received this gorgeous dress from Havren Clothing. I fell in love with the print and the shape.

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This dress has been re-stocked! Shop here.

Then a couple of weeks ago Havren asked if I wanted to pick another dress. So I decided to ask for the same dress, in a different colour. This baby pink, or blush, is a beautiful shade for when I have a bit of a suntan.

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This dress has the most beautiful details on the back, see here!

Now hopefully spring will be warm and sunny, can’t wait to wear these gorgeous dresses!

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Accessories · Fashion

Accessories can be fun too – the sequel

One of my first articles on here was about accessories. I felt it needed a follow up because the new shoes and bags have not stopped coming in since then. Here are some of my favourites for work, going out and everything in between.

Work bags

I don’t know about you, but I tend to bring half of my possessions to work, you know, just in case you need a brush/needle and thread/full makeup/banana/four different notebooks/receipts from the past five years….. A girl can never be too prepared!

A bag that was recently gifted to me is this beautiful pink and black bag made from the softest leather. It can hold all my treasures and comes with a belt (which I hardly ever use, I like to hold my bags).

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The designer is Maria Cardelli (please visit her website: mariacardelli.com)

This next bag from Shoebakery is a sweet dream come true! It doubles as a work- and funbag.

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This bag is sold out but is still available in different colours (here). The shoes are simple pumps which I embellished with pompom shoeclips.

Wicker bags

I have a gigantic collection of wicker/straw bags and baskets but this one had to be mine. I ditched the scarf that came with it to add my own scarves, depending on what I’m wearing.

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I bought this one at Zara and it sold out since then, but you can buy the same one at Amazon (here)

A couple of days after the above featured basket arrived, I saw this round basket on Asos. I thought is was such a fun little basket and ordered it. It came with a tassel attached, which I cut off.

The basket sold out really fast, but here and here are some alternatives.

Bags for fun

My latest addition! Although this bag can be used for work (it’s big enough), I also use it for going out to dinner. I am so in love with the colours!

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This bag is part of the 10-year anniversary collection of Topvintage.nl (here).

Furla is a favourite brand of mine. Their bags are not too pricey but the quality is excellent and their designs are fun and flirty.

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This print is so beautiful! Shop this bag here or here.

Shoes

The shoes in the picture above are from Aldo (shop here). They come in different colours but this orange/red was my favourite.

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Rainbow shoes! What more can I say….. (shop here). The bag is from Furla (similar here).

Have a wonderful new week!

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Fashion

Yellow fever!

Yellow has always been one of my favourite colours to wear. Nothing says spring quite like a yellow dress or skirt. And in winter yellow paired with black is a beautiful mood booster. I know not everyone likes yellow. And maybe some are too shy to wear yellow. Because we all know that when you wear yellow, everybody’s head will turn. But just try it. Wear a big pair of sunglasses and put on a yellow skirt. Or dress. Or pants!

This yellow with grey was designed by the fabulous Esther Noriega. I’m a big fan of her beautiful feminine designs. Visit her website to take a look yourself: www.esthernoriega.com. The dress is a dream in silk satin with an imprinted floral border. It has cute cap sleeves and the back is gorgeous, with a low V.

Yellow and black gingham slingbacks from Zara (shop here). Basket is also from Zara but sold out. Shop identical here.

Gorgeous yellow and silver skirt from Traffic People (shop here). There’s also a matching bag (shop here)!

I wish I was this tanned again! Black dress with lemon print from ShopForGoodies (here).

Again, yellow and black. A killer combination. Skirt is from Horrockses via Asos (here).

Orange and yellow just screams summer! Dress is from 405 Stories (sold out). The orange clutch I found on AliExpress.

Off course I had to include my Lindy Bop lemon print dress! They recently re-launched it (here).

So, will you try yellow? Or are you already a fan of this fabulous colour? Have a wonderful Easter!

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Polka dots forever!

As you might know, I’m a polka dot fanatic. There’s something just so fun and frivolous about this print, I simply can’t resist any item of clothing with those delicious dots.

It just so happens that polka dots are big for spring 2018. They are everywhere! I can stock up on my favourite print and incorporate a few golden oldies in my spring wardrobe.

Coat in featured picture is from AtlasDay.com. It’s going to be my spring favourite.

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My Asos prom dress in navy and white (buy here). Can’t wait to wear it without a shirt underneath!

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A golden oldie: one of my favourite dresses from Emily Lovelock (sold out, sorry). The crab bag is from Joanie Clothing and is also sold out. Hopefully they will re-launch it, it’s such a fun bag!

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Pussy bow blouse from H&M is sold out everywhere, but Sheinside.com has a good alternative (here). Blue skirt is also from Sheinside.com (shop here). Polkadot pumps are from Asos (here)

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Another crab bag. This one is from Shopforgoodies (shop here). The polkadot blouse with pussy bow (yes I like pussy bows!) is from Sheinside.com (here).

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Dotted sweater from Zara (Asos has the same, shop here), striped skirt from Asos (old, shop alternative here) and gingham pumps from Zara.

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Bye bye February!

Amsterdam covered in snow. It’s a beautiful picture. But for heel-lovers like me it’s a nightmare. I love my city but I like it best when it’s warm enough to sit outside on one of Amsterdam’s beautiful terraces, enjoying a cappuccino or something stronger.

Luckily, it doesn’t snow that often over here. But for the few days a year it does, I am the proud owner of two pairs of snow boots. They are ugly, very un-ladylike but they serve their purpose. As soon as I get inside, I change into more fashionable footwear.

February’s outfits

February hasn’t been a good month for me. I fell ill with the flu and it took me almost all of February to recover, both physically and mentally. I didn’t post much on Instagram, so this is going to be a very short overview! I wore my red bow heels a lot: they cheer me up.

This Sheinside.com dress is made of  tricot and is very warm and comfortable. I did have to add a belt because the waist was a bit too wide (shop here) The little bag is from Zara, the shoes can be bought here.

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Same shoes, different dress. This Asos prom dress was love at first sight. I can never resist anything with polkadots (dress is available in tall and regular).

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There they are again, my lucky shoes. The Saturday sweater is from ShopForGoodies (here), they have a sweater for every day of the week. Luckily, my favourite day of the week comes in one of my favourite colours!

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Finally my new flamingo dress. Although with a print usually worn in summer, the dress is perfect for colder weather due to its long sleeves and stretch material, which allows me to wear a warm t-shirt underneath (shop here).

And that was most of February. Now I wish to move on to March and spring and pretend February never happened.

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The joy of customised dresses!

In case you didn’t know: I love fit and flare dresses. This shape is so appealing to me and I’m always on the lookout for these dresses in fun prints and beautiful fabrics. As I’m quite tall, 5.9½ ” or 1.76 m., I’m always having trouble finding well fitting dresses. I can live with a shorter hemline but usually the waist is placed way too high, which looks, to say the least, odd. This is the main reason why I own just a few vintage dresses. I love dresses from the fifties but those girls were a lot shorter back in the day (and have you noticed how tiny their waists were??). I can camouflage a high waist with a wide belt,  but it does change the aesthetic of the dress.

Best solution for this first world problem: having your dresses made to measure!

HeartsandFound

Last summer I discovered Heartsandfound on Etsy (here). The first dress I had made was a gorgeous yellow gingham summer dress. I listed my measurements, chose a fabric and about 3 weeks later a perfect fitting dress arrived in the mail.

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The waist of this yellow gingham Grace dress fits perfectly and isn’t too high! You can shop and customize this particular dress here  but of course you can pick your own dress and fabric.

Heartsandfound then contracted me and asked if I wanted to have 2 more dresses made. Needless to say that I made a little dance of joy after reading that message.

These are the 2 dresses I had made:

The Bonnie dress in a beautiful rose print (dress can be found here, fabric is sold out but there are plenty of floral prints to choose from). I especially love the pussy bow on this one!

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The Marianne dress in a fun paprika print. The sleeves make it perfect for winter. You can find this exact dress here or just the dress type (and choose your own fabric) here .

eShakti.com

A couple of months ago, I was contacted by eShakti.com, a site specialising in custom-made dresses. They asked me to pick a dress and to have it customised as much as possible. So I did.

The dress I picked was a sleeveless maxi dress and had a boat neckline. I added sleeves, changed the length to just below the knee and the neckline to a jewel neckline. I filled out my measurements on the site and 2 weeks later this dress was delivered:

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The embroidery makes this dress so special. And of course it fits perfectly (sold out).

Needless to say I was addicted right away (good sales strategy, eShakti!). I ordered two more dresses in January. Once you fill out your measurement on the website and create an account, those measurement will automatically load when you order another item. Of course you can change them, especially handy after the holidays! Or, you know, in March, when all those workouts are starting to pay off.

The dress featured in the top picture was a prom dress, which I had shortened and changed the neckline from a boat to a jewel neckline. In the picture, I’m wearing it with a shirt underneath because of the freezing temperatures in Amsterdam. The dress can be found here. Here are the original dress and mine next to each other:

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And then I found this gorgeous dress. I had it shortened and added sleeves. The print is so fresh and bright!

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Spring is in the air! The dress can be found here.

Finally, one of the perks of being a blogger is that sometimes designers create an outfit especially for you. The very talented miss Jennifer Diederich of Suite by Jennifer created this dress for me. I was so honoured. It is one of my favourite dresses.

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A print of clapboards and a black and white striped ribbon! Find this dress and more of Jennifer’s sweet designs here.

Chavah of Chavah Designs designed this outfit for me. It’s so fun and so me. The details are perfect: the pockets and waist of the skirt are lined in a fun floral fabric and the top is reversible: on side has a scoop neck and the other a boat neck.

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The colour and fabric of the skirt are incredible! Shop this outfit and see more of Chavah’s designs here.

I have a feeling I will have to make a sequel to this post soon, I have been swooning over a lot more customisable dresses lately. I will keep you posted!

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