Fashion

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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Fashion

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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Fashion

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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Accessories · Fashion

I heart Valentine’s

To be honest, Valentine’s Day isn’t that big a deal in the Netherlands. Or maybe it is for single young people. You know, the opposite of me. If you’ve been together with your significant other for more than 15 years, it’s a day like any other. Except with a lot more hearts everywhere. And of course my dear mother’s V-Day card!

One thing I do like about Valentine’s Day is that I can go all out on my Instagram page. I love kitschy pictures and V-Day is the perfect excuse to look for love-themed accessories and clothes and to splatter my pictures with hearts. For at least 4 weeks…..

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V-Day 2017: still in love with this outfit and this colour combination (shop similar items here, here and here).

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 I am so in love with this blue and red combination. The skirt is from Sheinside.com (here). The shoes were a DIY-project (you can buy pompoms and shoeclips here and here). Shop the beret and a similar bag here and here).

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This dress is called Cupid’s Heart Dress. How very Valentine’s! It’s from Chicwish (shop here). The shoes can be found here.

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I bought this skirt last year and never wore it. And now I have! It’s sold out, sorry. Cat bag (set of  2) can be found here.

Last year’s V-Day card from mum ;-). This gorgeous set is from Emily Lovelock (old).

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I had this t-shirt printed at a website (here). I do this quite a lot if I can’t find a t-shirt with the print I’m looking for! Skirt is from Sheinside.com (shop here)

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, I hope 14 February will be a wonderful day for you!

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Fashion

Trousers??

If you follow me on Instagram, you might know I don’t wear pants (or trousers) that often. I feel more comfortable in a skirt or dress. And more feminine. But sometimes you just have to wear trousers to avoid embarrassing or uncomfortable situations. Think stormy weather or temperatures below freezing point. Although I am known for wearing skirts when everyone else is covered in multiple layers of thermal underwear underneath their clothes.

I own a few trousers and I have posted some outfits on Instagram in the past years. Here’s an overview.  This is going to be my shortest post until now!

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The latest edition to my trouser family: these Joanie Clothing cropped polkadot trousers (shop here). I have bought them with spring in mind. File 23-01-2018, 14 32 39

Another pair of dotted trousers. These are at least 10 years old but since I hardly ever wear them they are still in mint condition.

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These tartan pants are my favourites at the moment (I have featured them before on this website). They sold out so quickly at H&M and I totally understand why!

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Winter 2016. High waisted black skinny jeans. With stretch. Always a good idea!

 

Jeans! I own just 3 pairs of jeans. These skinny jeans, a boyfriend fit and a pair with flaired legs. That’s it. No need for more 🙂

Finally one of the first pictures I ever posted on Instagram. Yes, I own combat trousers. Bet you didn’t expect that!

Now back to skirts and dresses! Thanks for reading,

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Fashion

Dots and stripes

My two favourite prints deserve a separate post.

For me, skirts and dresses with stripes or polka dots are hard to resist. I also happen to be the proud owner of a ridiculous large collection of striped tops and sweaters. You would think that if you’ve seen one striped dress, skirt or top you’ve seen them all. But no: you have stripes in every form, shape and colour. Same goes for dots.

I have dug deep into my photo archive to prove my point, so here it goes:

Vertical vs. horizontal vs. diagonal in black and white

Vertical stripes on one of my favourite dresses of the moment from Shopbluebelle.com (here), horizontal stripes on a Mint & Berry dress (still available hereand diagonal on my beautiful Ted Baker cocktail dress (on sale here)

I couldn’t pick a favourite stripe if I had to. Vertical is slimming, horizontal is cute and very French, diagonal is so unexpected.

Coloured stripes

I could insert dozens of pictures here, but I tried to restrain myself. Let’s just say I like coloured stripes. A lot…..

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This dress has vertical and horizontal stripes in orange, black and silver. What more can you ask for? Dress is from Traffic People (shop here).

Red stripes! Or are they white?? Dress is from Dolly and Dotty (this colour is sold out but in burgundy/black shop here).0699764F-3B1A-4EF7-BD71-D1AD76450519

This gorgeous blue and yellow striped top is from Emily Lovelock (sold out).

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Dots!

Polka dots are so girly but yet so stylish. And more versatile than you’d think. Of course the classic black and white (or white and black) dots are a style staple but why not try a different colour?

Blue dots from Emily Lovelock (shop here)

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Multi-coloured dots (old but similar here)

Yellow on white by Emily Lovelock (can you tell I love this brand?). It’s still available at Wolf and Badger (here) and also as a skirt (here)

Dots combined with stripes

The best of both worlds….

First two are sold out, but similar dots skirt here. The green co-ord from Asos.com is one of my favourite purchases of last spring. And it has diagonal stripes, vertical stripes and dots! It’s still available and on major sale (here and here).

Even in my home, these prints are represented:

Enjoy the holidays!

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Accessories · Fashion

All I want (to wear) for Christmas

Ah, Christmas. Time to spend quality time with our friends and family. To relax and eat. And to dress up! Well, for some……

Every year, I spend Christmas Day (we Dutchies call it first Christmas Day, since we have two) with my family. We play shuffle board and eat Raclette. Not really an occasion to dress up in your finest frock since eating Raclette involves frying small pieces of meat, vegetables or fish on a hotplate set the middle of the dining table. Playing shuffle board in a ball gown or super tight little black dress isn’t a very good idea either, if you want to keep up with my super competitive family members.

So each year I try to find a festive yet comfortable outfit to wear. And maybe, just maybe, I will wear pants this year. I found these cute tartan pants at H&M. I think they just scream Christmas, don’t you think?File 07-12-2017, 10 14 57

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This outfit is definitely a contestant for this year too. The gorgeous top (with birdcage print!) is not too warm (hotplate!) and is wide enough to shuffle those disks. The bag from Mint&Berry via Zalando (here) and skirt (old, similar here) add a touch of chic. The top is from the Emily Lovelock AW 2017 collection (shop here).

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This beautiful Emily Lovelock dress leaves enough room for food and games. I can always loosen the belt, if needed (or rather: when needed). The dress is not in stores yet, I will update this post when it is. The bag is from Furla (shop similar here) and the heels are from New Look (shop here).

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Two years ago (sorry for the quality, I was even less skilled in photography back then). Yes, I love Christmas kitsch! Both outfits are old, obviously.

I’ll let you know which outfit made the cut for Christmas. It’s still too early to wish you a merry Christmas, so I’ll just wish you a happy rest of the week!

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