“Walking on high heels, soaking up life”

Watch out: Kingsday is looming!

Watch out: Kingsday is looming!

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The most crazy day in Holland is just around the corner and every year around this time the same inevitably questions arise. Where to celebrate? (Boat madness? Street madness? Private madness?) How to pull a decent Lindsay Lohan (aka party to the max) without checking into rehab afterwards? And how to sport the must-wear color of the day (orange) without looking like an escaped tropic bird on acid?

Kingsday may be the most frolicsome national event of the year, fashion wise it is a disaster. There is a reason why fashion designers never choose full orange-outfits on any runway EVER. The same goes for footwear, unless you are a sneaker or Crocs person. Dancing, cheering, running around with 800.000 party companions soaking in all the madness will have it’s toll on your outfit (beer showers, canal water, probably rain this year) and your feet (toes stepped on, blisters, scattered glass) so you better be prepared.

I always opt for some cheerful comfy layers and some heels I won’t regret ruining (although NO heel deserves such a cruel fate), wearing a smile on top of everything and making sure my glass (=most important accessoire) is never empty. Then just go with the flow and enjoy to the max. No one ever will be excused wearing bright orange trousers with a tiger print in public on any other day. Be that tropic bird for once and HAVE FUN!!!

xxx

Today’s shoes are ZARA
Leather jacket: Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti | Sweater: Filippa K | Silk Shirt: Strenesse | Silk pants: JubyLee | Bag: Tods | Sunnies: Kingsday fleemarket

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How to: Festival Fever

How to: Festival Fever

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Coachella might be over, but worldwide festival fever has officially begun. I bet a million girls by now have frantically cut and ripped their jeans, rummaged through vintage stores to find the perfect fringed Kimono and applied tons of bumble & bumble surf spray to shine on muddy, plastic-beer-cup covered ground, instead of a red carpet.

I love a good hippie vibe reinventing itself every year, after all the only place to rather mess up your outfit (and definitely ruin your shoes) is a music festival. Psychedelic colors and flowery hair bands still work, as does anything with feathers applied, a hem withdrawn, and an instagram retro filter to take the right selfie - very preferable at sunset.

Then again: since Kate Moss legendary stepped out at Glastonbury festival in Hunter Boots, sporting the “I just had sex backstage”-look, we all know that the only fashion item needed to hone any festival look is a rock star husband. I’m working on it.

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Today’s shoes are various
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A fairytale in eight acts

A Fairytale in Eight Acts

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It’s raining cats & dogs in Leiden, one of the oldest dutch cities, outside of Amsterdam. Hardly anybody sets a foot outside and the plushy local theater is deserted. Yet there is vibrant activity in the main hall. Assistants shuffle lights and cables, tons of hair spray dust vaporizes on beautiful models dancing in a iridescent backlight, the swift hand of a make up artist blushing its last stroke on alabaster cheeks.

In the middle of all professional bustle, designer of the hour Esther Dorhout Mees, is focused to the max. Softly she speaks, when the flashlight goes off: “Long fingers, Alice”, “Chin a little bit down”, “Beautiful, hold that”.

We are backstage at “Theatre Decay” the editorial shoot of Esther's latest brilliant work, and I am in Cinderella paradise. Eight gorgeous gowns -a thousand hours of couture work- make there way from dressing room onto the stage, elegantly directed by the designer. There is something very fragile about all this, petit bodies leaning against thick velvet curtains, almost drowning in fluffy polstered chairs. This is were the inspiration for the whole collection has its origin and with today’s work, the journey of an idea will also end.

In an unobserved moment I sneak a pair of heels outside on the theater stairs. After a fairytale photo-shooting like this, it wouldn't surprise me if that prince will stop by, find them (and me) and we can live happily ever after.

xxx

Today’s shoes are Dorhout Mees
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Random House New York

Random House New York

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When Hedi Slimane took on the job as chef designer at YSL and cut the “Y” out of the famous initials to change it into Saint Laurent, I was a little bit grumpy. Yves has always been one of my design heroes, and especially the shoes they created before the take-over (my dear Troopers, my sweet Tributes, my adored Triptoo’s...) are still grazing my shoe-closet as must have classics.

But then again, that was before Hedi’s first show hit the runway and with it an irresistible 80ties rock 'n roll vibe, “laid back cool” attitude, ready to boost your inner fashion “I don’t give a sh.t, I simply look that great” goddess. It’s such a pity that daily life does not come in black & white, because with wearing these clothes you will certainly feel like an aspiring groupie (whatever age) lounging somewhere backstage being captured in a random Annie Leibowitz grainy photograph.

The balance between sophisticated and that tad of sluttish-ness never felt so desirable and most certainly after I tried the (already a classic) Bianca Bow Sandal I am a fan of the footwear too. Unfortunately Hedi never returned my calls so I am still wondering about the name change, but honestly: as long as there’s some shimmering logo cherishing the bags for old YSL times sakes I am just fine.

That, and I’m forever grateful that another old’ gal is presenting the brand (hello Joni Mitchell age 71!) in the new ads, so I feel entitled to do a little advertising too.

xxx

Today’s shoes are Saint Laurent | Paul Warmer
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Sheer Top: Bluemarine | Tassled Necklace: YSL | Jacket: La Condessa | Skirt: River Island | Fishnet thights: Wolford | Bag: Saint Laurent for YSL

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How to: The Military trend

How to: The Military trend

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Last week when picking up a friend from the airport (working huge black sunglasses and a Starbucks- mug only, it was wayyyyyyy to early) I spotted a guy in a full spring/summer-trend outfit. Excited and still half asleep, I kicked BF and whispered: “Look, that’s how you work the military trend!”. Needless to say that I pointed out at a soldier in his uniform who picked up his fiancé (my fashion brain totally tricked me) but what can I say: THIS GEAR IS HOT. Even hotter as it’s not only sported for survival reasons (*hut* hut* hut* through the mud) but on every runway this spring too.

Back home and fully awake now it gave inspiration enough to dive into my closet and get carried away by camouflage prints, muddy greens, and earthy hues. Now you have a reason to cherish chunky boots, rough knits and work all of it “tone on tone”. Key essentials for the look: pockets everywhere (to store lipstick, mirrors, diaries, scented candles and whatever we carry around), heavy belts, laced shoes and of course the inevitable navy-pattern. You probably all have the key items in your wardrobe already, so feel free to get spirited up & fire away (no pun intended) with my guide above. For all the others I can recommend a visit to your local army store: hot dudes spotting all included.

HAVE FUN!

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February mood

February mood

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Pucker up, ladies. Smooches abound every spring, making their mark everywhere from shoes (Charlotte Olympia) to sunglasses (Jean-Charles de Castelbajac). Saint Laurent‘s Hedi Slimane doused an 80s-tinged ruffle top and short black wrap dress with an allover rouge lip print. Inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s 1971 Vichy Chic collection, the smackers were a somewhat surprising embrace of the house’s history, and the high street (H&M: Sweaters! Zara: Scarfs!) just couldn’t wait to follow.

If mouthy accessories (anyone in risking a big lip?) are more your taste, look no further than my all time classic: a Lulu Guiness bag. Ah! I could have one in a different shade for every day. Or maybe that Diane von Fürstenberg I-phone cover? Or maybe that classic Chanel lipstick? Bright kisses (printed all over the object of your desire yourself) never run out of style. As does my shoe favorite of this month: Sule Orhan’s “Easy rider”.

xxx

Today’s shoes are L’Enfant Terrible.

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The Good, the Bad & all THAT WHITE: Oscars 2015

The Good, the Bad & all THAT WHITE: Oscars 2015

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Noticeably there was a slight revolution going on during the 87th academy Awards held yesterday. The feministic speech of winner Patricia Arquette (appropriately held in a no-nonsense black & white number) and the refusal of Reese Witherspoon to only talk fashion on the carpet (note: she also wore black & white) set the tone for a new modesty, whispering understatement is the new statement.

Exploded voluminous fireworks of fabric gave room to “the new demure”: a humble figure flattering smaller silhouette away from bombastic drama and dresses screaming “I am Cinderella” (Except J-Lo of course but she’s from the block so that’s an excuse). Luckily the multitude of fishtail dresses have had their days in the spotlight too (Rita Ora, you totally spoiled that moment in your Marchesa gown).

Clearly the other trend of the night was taking the white choice of nominated movies quite literally to the red carpet: white was EVERYWHERE. It always makes me nervous just looking at it because in my mind I already spilt some red wine on it and see some food tumbling -in slow motion- out of my mouth and onto the dress.

Saint Laurent (Dakota Johnson, Margot Robbie) was the new darling designer of the night, battling hard with Armani and Calvin Klein for most worn. And although I hated Marion Cotillard's (again white) gown, nobody purrs “Dior” into a microphone better than her.

Also the new pure transformed into hair and make up, I swear everybody will rock sleek do’s this summer, get your irons and gel ready. And statement necklaces (Cate Blanchet, Scarlett Johansson) will be back from never have been away.

To come back to Rees's movement #askhermore: I totally agree girl! No one on the red carpet during all fashion talk was aked what shoes they're wearing. Which was (together with the pouring rain) the catastrophe of the night.

xxx

Today’s shoes are ... shoes? WHICH SHOES?
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