“Walking on high heels, soaking up life”

Glitter, Glamour, Gorgeous

Glitter Glamour Gorgeous

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It’s the most glamorous month of the year, and everything normally considered “over the top” or “too much” is not only appreciated, it’s a must. When you hear the first tunes of Mariah Carey yodeling to the jingling sound of bells it’s time to run and undust the sequin dresses, polish the über-big jewellery and put any modesty on hold: it’s December for glamour’s sake!

I personally can’t wait to hear my family laugh and sqeak when I start my annual competition to outshine the christmas tree, as a sucker for sparkles, I can’t wait to have a decent reason to look like a discoball on acid. So, just to get me in the mood I decorated a little today, popped some champagne in advance (glistening fluid: my best, where have you been for so long), and threw myself a little pre-christmas party, with the best attendees ever! Well, to me that looks all gorgeous. Bring on Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is Youuuuuuuuu”. And by that I mean at least one more pair of glittering heels!

xxx

Today’s shoes are Jimmy Choo, Relish, Graceland, Zara
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A YSL weekend

A YSL weekend

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The weekend of Sinterklaas is (not only for the Dutch) the perfect event to gather friends, children, siblings, even pets (if available) and feast yourself through presents, sweets (pepernoten are highly popular) and everything which starts with alc- and ends with -ohol. Since EVERYBODY is partying and I obviously never say “no” to a decent festivity, I hopped my way (in gorgeous heels no doubt) from one celebration to another, hugging, kissing, drinking and eating my heart out.

No wondermthat my Sunday turned out to be a super slow one, cuddling myself through the house, not able to lift a finger any further than to reach for a book, detoxing tea, and of course pet the lovely collection of shoes I wore (one never can be too tired to caress Italian leather...).

You see: yummie, sophisticated, loving weekend: Totally YSL.
Hope you had a good one too!

xxx

Today’s shoes YSL | Saint Laurent

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Winter Whites

Winter Whites

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When shooting Pop of Color earlier this year I already had a hunch that I would inevitably also cherish “white” at least once this season. Thought I had covered that already though: binge watching Walter White breaking bad, bleeding myself white (and my bank account red) by (again) buying too many shoes - and the White Russians consumed... oh-lala and you don’t want to hear the details.

I know, I know, not really what you gals had in mind. So, while turning the heat up inside (brrrrrr, cold), am digging deep into my fashion closet, and VOILA: out they come. Off-white furry jackets, thick-knitted scarves, cosy turtlenecks (yes: totally wearable again), all right in time for December to officially kick off winter and start battling the crispy cold.

Although it’s fun to celebrate 50 shades of white outside, nothing beats taking that party inside too. You know, lighting some candles, pouring some tea, cuddling under thick blankets, AND: staring at the most predominant white for some time to come: your skin tone. But who cares: pale is the new black and there are still enough White Russians available to forget about overrated details.

Happy first of December!

xxx

Today’s shoes River Island | Isabel Marant | Saint Laurent

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All about that base

All about that base

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Armed with a bunch of autumn steels (all organic, all flowers don’t you worry...), whistling Meghan Trainor's catchy “All about that bass”, I'm on my way home from a quick stroll through the park. Having just photographed a pair of lovely green heels and knits in the gorgeous setting of the Vondelpark, and totally in the mood for some hot chocolate, I realize that instead of “bass”, I’m humming “base”. Hit by a sudden bout of inspiration (base = basic = basic outfit in a fashionista's head...) had to drop everything and sit down for yet another set of pics “all about those basics” - which I have admittedly cherished over and over again these past few days.

When nature is still inviting us to play outside, an oversized knit and over-the-knee boots (ha, what better kind of “base” to pick for your daily look) will totally do for some outdoor pleasure and - why not - a full post on a heel blog. Although over-the-knees are always a good idea, don’t you think?

But just in case you may hesitate that that kind of boots (or a short pullover) might reveal too much or won’t work for your figure, I can only recommened listening to the rest of Meghan’s lyrics preaching: “Yeah my mama she told me don’t worry about your size. She says, “Boys like a little more booty to hold at night” which totally means I’m going to have two hot chocolates instead of one just now.

Have a happy Monday!

xxx

Today’s shoes are Ab Donkers

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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.