“Walking on high heels, soaking up life”

And when the rain begins to fall…

And when the rain begins to fall...

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Of course we all knew that summer would eventually end and that the dark reality (aka one extra hour of sleep does NOT make up for having to get up while it's still pitch black outside) of shorter days and less sun would come. And definitely all fashionistas know it’s fun to choose outfits and shoes for fall and “cold occasions” (Finally hats! Oversized knits! Fancy sheepskin furry heels!) Well, in September that is, when it’s still warm and your tanned legs haven't been attacked by polyester DIN's yet.

It's a completely different story though when weather conditions force you to stuff rain-proof pants into unfashionable rubber boots, because you got cocky earlier that year, ruined your last pair of Hunters at Glastonbury and thought “whatever, it won’t rain this autumn for sure”. And don’t lie to me about wearing those delicate sheep skin heels when rain bout number three hits you on your way to work and mud puddle number 176 just again said “Hi” to delicate suede leather and ruined it for good.

If you are tired of ditching well chosen outfits for the sake of weather protection over and over again - this year's wellies are nothing short of fashion fabulous. From traditional bootie (I could LIVE in my newly discovered DÄV's -a Californian (!) brand...), polyvinyle sexy (keep the socks ready!), to comfy ancle cut: Here are my picks for fall weather failures.

And I am no fool and of course moved today’s shoot inside. Who would ever want to harm these cuties?

xxx

Today’s shoes are DÄV, MiuMiu, Christopher Kane

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Charm overdose

Charm overdoze

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My cousin and her lovely daughter (you've already met them) visited Amsterdam this weekend for the first time, and as always when visitors are expected, the city pulls out it’s charm-sprinkle-machine and shows itself from its best (and most sunny!!!!!!!) side.

My credibility in complaining about gruelling weather conditions is completely lost as this first “meet and greet” with Amsterdam was 'spoiled' by 22 degrees, sipping rosés on terraces and beautiful and inspiring views everywhere (read: a lot of shoe-shop windows to marvel at while walking the city). Dutch light bathes everything, playing the (oh so working!) “rom-com” card, dipping the sky in soft rose colors at sunset, matching blushed cheeks due to all excitement. What a charming place this can be when the sun is out, and they still sell tulips in November. Even cobblestones look heel-inviting and no one cares about burning feet after a zillion steps in the direction of the next delicious meal.

My beloved Diva Amsterdam, you have a couple of new fans, and I (again) fell head over heels for your charm overdose. Than again: everything looks, feels and tastes better when you're enjoying it with loved ones. By that I mean people and footwear likewise. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend too.

xxx

Today’s shoes are Stuart Weitzman
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Lady in red

Lady in red

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It was my B-day lately, and after celebrating in Milan (friends, champagne, heels), and Amsterdam (more friends, more champagne, heels), I thought I'd take the party to Belgium as well (you can guess with whom, can’t you?).

My designer friend Kim Siderius provided me with the most lovely dress (so red, so beautiful that every red carpet would turn green with envy), and all other gear to celebrate was as grown-up as I certainly feel now. As in: confetti, balloons, a decent swing, and whipped cream still does the job after all those years. Oh well, not to forget the odd pair of High Heels as well.

So after all that dancing, laughing, celebrating and high heeling, I may have checked into Betty Ford by the time you read this (I wonder if they do courses for heel and fun addicts?). But I can certainly tell you: I had the time of my life. Now off she dances in that red dress, humming:

“Lady in red is still dancing with the, (gorgeous heels),
There’s nobody here, it’s just me and the Gucci's,
It’s where I want to be,
Don't make me go (-dramatic “Oooo”, ) -ending this does not feel right,
but I’ll never forget the way I felt tonight.”

xxx

Today’s shoes Gucci
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Kim Siderius dresses are also available at Yosha Fasion Amsterdam.

Pizza, Pasta, Prada

Pizza, Pasta, Prada

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Off we hop on a plane again, for a weekend of debauchery (as if we hadn’t any enough lately) in Milan, a pre-birthday gift of BF and a reunion with our lovely friends from Brazil (you met them earlier this year). The schedule is appropriately Jet-Set tight, the suitcase crammed with uncle Karl’s designs (to avoid dress-malfunction like the last time I saw our fashionable friends), the table at Ceresio7 (run by Dsquared) is booked and the champagne at the Armani Privé Club waiting for us.

No time to stroll the city for shopping really, although huge damage can be done in very little time, I’m an expert! When my friend Paola asked if I'd been to Corso Como though, I had to shake my head in denial ('Oh no you missed it all!').

My lovely friend! I had Pizza, I had Pasta, I had Prada, I had Champagne, I had my friends, I had THE MOST AMAZING TIME! What could count more?

Oh! And there is that fabulous pair of mink manufactured sandals that I befriended too and had to import. But that’s for another High Heel post and that story shall be told next time.

xxx

Today’s shoes are Casadei

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Colors of joy

Colors of Joy

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Fashion is all about color, texture, structure and shape (and the mixture of it) so I guess it’s fair enough to say that- while the fashion circus went to Italy, I had my own (not so fashionable, but still) fabulous moments of color, texture, structure and shape while relaxing a week in France.

The combination of a bright blue sky with a quirky composition of pink and orange -the only heel I brought along- (that’s a lie of course but you figured that out already I suppose...) will simply never get out of style: Colors of joy!

Then add the texture of a a calm silky swimming pool in front of you, a crispy beach towel beneath you and a sip of Campari melting in your mouth. Combined with the structure of meadow moistened with dew - which makes it actually impossible to wear any heel (it’s a holiday after all) and accessorized with some fun plastic devices (I predict a comeback in summer 2015) and you are... well, in France on the set of my very own fashionable moment of the week.

About the shape: well, actually it was all about sabotaging shape (body wise, you know what I mean). But who can say no to saucisson de Lyon (the best!), French cheeses and pâté, croissants, fresh baguette and way too much red wine. But hello: as long as I can balance myself on 12 inches still..... who cares! Au revoir!

xxx

Today’s shoes are Office by Topshop

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Paradise please!

Paradise please!

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When it comes to travel, none of todays (and yesterdays) great thinkers seem to run short on the perfect quote. You've probably read them all and I will spare you repeating the “It’s not the destination it’s the journey that counts” - of self proclaimed Facebook philosophers. Because what traveling most of the time really means is: VACATION! With a big “V” for Vanishing from routine and and an even bigger one for Vivacious Vagrancy!

The pareo is packed, the suitcase filled with sunnies, tank tops, bikinis and just that right hippie bag (which might fit the odd flip flop when tired of running on heels) and off I am for a road trip to France. Destination: gluttony Valhalla (another “V”!), ambition: just doing nothing for the next ten days (if lazily flipping through magazines, sipping rose in the sun, feasting on sea food and pretending to be a great guitar player at the pool counts as nothing). Paradise? Yes please!

But before leaving I have to get one thing off my chest: Why did none of the “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” thinkers ever mention the utter importance of proper footwear to begin with? No one wants to look like a jerk on something that important.Toedeledokie!

xxx

Today’s shoes are Tiffi
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Sneak Peak autumn|winter

Sneak peak Autumn|Winter

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Fashion and “seasons” work in mysterious ways. While the hard core fashionistas are just now busy following Mamma Wintours footsteps streaming summer collections for next year, the average shopping gal must accustom to windows filled with pullovers and quilted trousers (not to forget this winters ultra heavy boots) while temperatures still scream mini skirt (well, sort of: as always the Netherlands might be an exception).

When new seasonal items hit fashion mag’s they have been shot half a year in advance (aka, aren’t they sooooo 6month ago?) and by the time I will have starved myself long enough to make that Dolce and Gabbana fairytale coat (a|w 2014) or that GORGEOUS fringed Brian Atwood boot (*sigh*) my own all snow of 2015 might have melted and I might consider a bikini wax again.

But have to admit it has its charm lounging somewhere warm, armed with the bible (read: Vogues Collection of the entire upcoming winter fashion) and getting all inspired what key items to stock for the cold days. Well, maybe my anticipation went a little too far though. Wearing woolen socks at 30degrees put my toes in kind of a pre-fall sweaty coma. Might have to buy that fringe boots to make up with them again.

xxx

Today’s shoes are Corello

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