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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!

xxx

Today’s shoes are various
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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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Girlz on Film

Girlz on FIlm

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As it can be a little lonely on planet “DJ-wife” during weekends (boyfriend gone again to enchant some crowds in England), I thought I'd pull a little “Taylor Swift number” and invite BFF over to dress in PJ’s, giggle, throw pillows at each other, drink hot chocolate and call that a party.

With some recent boy trouble, swapped the milk thingy for Margaritas though and prepared the sky highs for a natural uplift (always works ladies!), playing a game of “How many Ellen von Unwerth inspired pictures can you take”, praying that none of the uncensored ones leak on Facebook that very same night ("Don't Margarita and post!").

24 hours, two pairs of ripped stockings, 15 squeezed lemons and a sleeping room still covered in feathers and confetti later, the guy is forgotten and replaced by a true and sincere love for dancing in high heels to Madonna tunes ...“Get Into The Groove.....”. Taylor would be so proud. Now off to write a song about that damn looser who ditched my lovely lady.

xxx

Today's shoes are YSL | Shoe Girls
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Business Babe

Business Babe

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As sloppy and chaotic As I can be in private, when it comes to actual business I am the most accurate person ever. I plan in advance, visualize conversations, and prepare thoroughly to make my point. So when I had my first meeting at one of the biggest publishers in the Netherlands, I was more than enthusiastic. Not only because I finally had a reason to pull out my favorite business skirt (Melanie Brown, with a lovely peplum in the back with a leather detail, oh so eloquent!) and dust off my 12 inch YSL’s which I have neglected for too long (too much working from home in sweats and socks I suppose...); I was also eager to meet the editors behind my weekly column, and ready to rant about my blogging passion.

What I didn’t plan though was how to get there, so off I drove happily on the wrong highway lane to the exact opposite side of the country. Never came to a meeting that late, that sweaty and distressed, gasping for water, and with 25 minutes left to leave a good impression. The best obviously. Well, at least skirt and heels still looked fabulous when I asked the perplexed janitor if I could take a selfie in the lobby to capture the milestone event. A total success I would say.

xxx
Today’s shoes are YSL
I wished I actually would have worn them: they still lingered in my purse when I rushed into the office...

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Kristen Stewart is Wrong

Kristen Stewart is Wrong

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Now don't think I'm in the habit of stalking 22 year old actresses, or even the slightest bit interested in Hollywood gossip (oops, can hear my Mom talking: "I thought I taught you not to lie..." damn...), but came across an actually very funny and spontaneous interview Charlize Theron and KStew did for a French TV show. They were asked kinda random questions via a robot-like monitor. One of them: "Best advice to get a job in Hollywood?" was answered by Ms. Stewart with: "We are sitting on it".

Now I believe the lady is no stranger to getting herself in trouble with these types of answers (or to just getting herself in trouble - perhaps you followed the whole cheating scandal which had millions of minors weeping themselves to sleep half the summer), but it actually made me think. I mean, everybody knows that working feminine qualities to your advantage is quite common - and why not? Supply and demand will always determine the market (and it's very probably the demand that deserves to be looked at more closely). But Kristen is wrong. The answer should be: "We are walking on it". Still believe that a healthy pair of legs (in heels of course), and a brain can get you anywhere.

Could be that I'm just trying to encourage myself (have a super important interview today) but just one thing: Kristen is a Converse fan. Hmm. You do the math.

xxx

Today's shoes are YSL via Paul Warmer
They will not be reproduced next season, so go, get them!!!

The Eye Has To Travel

The Eye HasTo Travel

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Since having seen the movie about Diana Vreeland, am obsessed with her flamboyant allure and personality. And what better to do on a grey Sunday than dig into a world full of glitz, glam, and outstanding visions. Helps to distract from other Sunday options (aka FINALLY doing the laundry) too. Having left her mark as the first fashion editor of all time, am now studying all her covers for Harpers Bazar and Vogue - which she branded forever as mirror of fashion reflecting the Zeitgeist ("You can see the approaching revolution in clothes. You can see everything in clothes"). Loving it! Am tempted to jot down all her quotes: no, even better, print them in huge letters and hang them over bed: "You gotta have style. It helps you to get up in the morning. It's a way of life. Without it you are nobody."

And (sorry, couldn't help but replace the word "dress" with "shoe": but BOTH are so right): "A new shoe doesn't get you anywhere. It's the life you are living in the shoe and the sort of life you had lived before and what you will do in it later." And that from a lady who claimed (also VERY inspiring haha!): "I'm never dressed until lunch".

Ah, Mrs. Vreeland thank you so much for today's inspiration. Now will never again leave the house without sporting couture, ladylike gloves, satin slippers and an attitude.

xxx

Today's shoes are Yves Saint Laurent