“Walking on high heels, soaking up life”

Most.Amazing.Heels.Ever!

Most.Amazing.Heels.Ever!

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The frenzy of Amsterdam Fashion week is already two weeks behind us, but the memory of days of fashion fun is as vivid as if it were yesterday. Looking back I might do a few things differently next time: applying glitter to my eyelids with superglue - in an attempt to channel Chanel’s spring beauty look - on day two totally worked: a hefty eye infection made me look like a red-eyed bunny for the rest of the week. It's probably also a good idea to have an actual clue WHAT to say when invited to do an interview for a fashion channel (day three) instead of stuttering and mumbling some weird things into your Prosecco glass (it really looked like a microphone though).

Day one was probably the most uncomplicated: I was accompanied by two wonderful friends who art-directed and photographed my other two (furry) friends attending: Most.Amazing.Heels.Ever! In between twisting (“turn into the light, look up, to the left, OMG look at those structured heels”) I couldn’t help but laugh because both were so impressed with and flabbergasted by my shoes that I secretly wondered whether straight dudes might have a fashion gene too. Well: looking back at the pics they certainly have. Thank you Nico and Diederik for capturing a lovely day. Fendi crafts shoes up to size 42, and a black handbag suits everybody you know?

Just saying. :-)

xxx

Today’s shoes are Fendi
Today’s pictures were taken by the lovely Diederik De Groot and Nicolas Dluglosch

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It’s Magic!

It's Magic!

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Amongst the talents my adorable Mom transferred to me (a lot of them linked to creating beautiful things and drinking impossible amounts of champagne while doing so), I totally lack the gift of her most forceful strength: a green thumb.

Being known myself for killing even the most resistant house plant in an instant, my mom transformed the backyard of our Salzburg home into some sort of Disney Land for beetles, butterflies, and bees (I know for a fact that champagne was involved...) and designed a blooming treasure chest where time seems to stand still and all trouble far away.

Although my understanding of a treasure chest would be more “Sex and the city” orientated (meaning that a huge shoe-closet full of designer heels is involved), I must confess that this little paradise totally lures you into forgetting to check your news feed. Instead this secret garden inspires to sit and read an actual book, jump happily between rose bushes for no reason, pick wild berries, recite Goethe and cut wild flowers all day long.

Actually with your heels off. If you ask me, that’s magic.

xxx

Today's shoes are Asos | Prada | Sergio Rossi
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Fashion Week Flawless | DORHOUT MEES

Fashion Week Flawless | DORHOUT MEES

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Raindrops slowly drip from the back screen, subtly dimmed light creates the illusion of water on the catwalk, everybody is shut down in silence and eagerly awaiting.

I'm sitting front row at Dorhout Mees’s eighth collection at the Amsterdam Fashion week, and probably didn’t shut my jaw for the entire duration of the show. An endless floating transformation from structure to dissolution, a delicate dream of sophisticated organza layers to super tight and sexy construction. “O” - I whisper in awe, which also happens to be the name of the collection. “O” refers to the simplicity yet complexity of water crystals which the über-talented designer translated into a symphony of subtle blues and mellow pinks, some delicately wrapped in pleats, others in sharp cut out silhouettes. All of the designs are meticulously crafted and fitted to the bone, even the prints reflecting the iridescence of water surface. So elegant, so feminine, so flawless! You literally want to dive into every single piece of perfection presented.

If I may personally pursue the idea of a natural floating process: this talent doesn't need to show at the (nonetheless beautiful) river Amstel: it definitely needs to be the Seine!

Oh, and I totally forgot about today’s heels,
but who's to blame, am still busy closing my mouth, and spinning in vain in one of Dorhout Mees’s gorgeous creations myself.

xxx

Have a full look at Dorhout Mees’s collection here!

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Fashion Week Fierce | BYBROWN

Fashion Week Fierce  |  BYBROWN

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Tall, sleek, city amazons are walking down the catwalk, transparent silk flattering their bodies, while exaggerated shoulders make their way down the aisle to pushy beats. It’s the debut of Melanie Brown’s relaunched label BYBROWN at Amsterdam fashion week, leading the selected fashion crowd to frantic applause.

Inspired by water and its restless molecules, Melanie surprised by combining materials such as lyocell bamboo, cork, leather and silk to artfully create a fierce yet feminine silhouette for the modern city woman.

Having been a fan of her work for years, I couldn’t be more proud to attend the show wearing an earlier creation of my designer friend: a couture dream of four layers of different fabrics, showing her craftmanship and eye for detail. Though I feel like a romantic princess and never want to take a step out of my gorgeous gown again, I am now eager to express my inner warrior. Ready to channel the new look of perfect asymmetry (how is it possible!), throwing on the exceptional cape/raincoat and off I will go as the strong fashion combatant pictured. Congratulations Melanie!

About today’s heels: shoe it!
With this kind of stunning outfit we will leave all credits to the dress won’t we?

xxx

Have a full look at BYBROWN's collection here!

Happiness

Happiness

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Read in a poll recently (and I suppose most of you gorgeous ambitious ladies out there will approve...) that our super busy schedules encourage us to boast about having no time. At all. Running from one appointment to another (heels and a rush = blisters you know the story...), constantly increasing the pace of life, we take less and less time to pause and just take a minute to embrace the moment we are in. Those precious minutes, just you (and some quality heels), which we call “stolen moments” but are indeed bridges towards (how Pharrell Williams of me): Happiness.

Well, indeed it doesn’t take much. A sunny day, a beautiful peaceful place, good company and voila: you are in the middle of a song. I suggest you get your perfect companions for some soul dangling here and just take a break to enjoy wherever you are and whatever you do.

Have a super happy Monday everyone!

xxx

Today’s shoes are Ritaelisio via Shoetation
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Nice Day for a White Wedding

Nice Day for a White Wedding

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Boyfriend rocked the crowd of a wedding once more this weekend and I more than willingly chose the role of 'the groupie' again. Off we flew to the beautiful Pantellaria, a tiny island located on the left side of Italy’s bootie shaped landscape (can’t be a coincidence that the best heels come from Italy can it?).

Down at the beautiful Pantelleria Dream Resort, for four days it only revolved around the big event, which basically meant the wedding guests were enjoying cocktails at the most amazing locations, enjoying the stunning view at the pool, exchange experiences about their sunburns and wondering if the dresses and suits they brought would fit after the over consumption of Italian pasta (the 'no carb policy' has definitely not made its entrance to the Italian lifestyle yet, thank god!).

Nothing beats the vibe at a wedding: love, happiness, tears and dances are shared throughout all generations and you always come home with tons of new friends. In my case a pair of Givenchy's, which one of the attendees wore (and with which I totally fell in love with), and the inspiration of a new shoe brand I didn’t know yet (business card of the lovely designer is still in my lost luggage...)

So it’s ultimately clear: when I’m grown up I want to be a wedding crasher officially. In some Italian heels next time, no doubt!

Today’s shoes are Karen Millen
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Shoetation wherever you go.

Shoetation wherever you go!

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Packed to the max - (for safety reasons really: 22,7 kg only allows a shopping spree of 0,3 kg which definitely CAN’T be a new pair of heels) - I arrived in Bavaria last week as a living surpise for my lovely mother’s birthday. Although she surpised me really by arriving with a huge shoe box which had landed in her mail. Over hugs, kisses and champagne I could hardly wait to open MY present, which wasn't (unlike me) decorated with a huge red ribbon, but the content made me as happy as a child on Christmas morning.

Two delicate heels (oh, the smell of Italian leather gets me higher than bubbly), sent from übercool shoe store Shoetation (a must visit!): what bliss! Turned out that during the whole week I spent with my family (from long lunches in the city over visiting the country side and even climbing a mountain!) I didn’t even touch one of the heels I had brought. Today’s Gianni Marra’s are simply the perfect fit for all occasions: the perfect ladylike accessory, and they turned heads wherever I went (well, that counts especially when you're at 2.000 meters).

About that limit of 23 kg when travelling back.... well, shall we just not mention it at all?

xxx

Today’s shoes are Gianni Marra
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