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How to: THE DENIM GUIDE

How to: THE DENIM GUIDE

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My 80ties nightmare is a pair of high-waist mommy jeans, worn with a perm to distract from the most unflattering ass ever. But that didn’t stop me from following the nineties denim trend with a stone washed carrot-shaped piece of navy fabric accompanied with the shoe-of-the-hour: jogging highs. (Brrrrrr!) Since then I have been a little careful following “denim trends” and it’s ambassadors (unforgettable: Britney Spears and Justin in a unisex tip-to-toe indigo combo), but this season there’s no way around it.

Denim is back as strong as its woven texture and if you invest smart, you will have at least four good reasons to buy some must-have shoes to complete the outfit du jour (which anyway is THE reason to follow a trend, don’t you agree?). Nothing wrong with a jumpsuit worn with a statement heel now (my favorite for a lazy day, no other styling needed!) or a cute little denim flowery skirt to channel your romantic side (peep toes, booties, sandals!). And although I will have to get used to the legitimate wear of flare jeans, I need a good reason to purchase clogs (back on the runway and hot!).

Best of it: you can mix & match all of the above because the greatest thing of any denim trend (throughout the years): it goes with everything!
HAVE FUN!

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Today’s shoes are various
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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.

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Today’s shoes are Corello

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Thank's to my friend Edwin I find myself caught in the Icebucket madness as well. As if there wouldn't be enough water from above in the Netherlands anyway but it's for a good cause, so all fine.

I'd like to nominate my favorite heel designers Brian Atwood, Ruthie Davies and Charlotte Olympia to join the challenge next, so I won't be the only idiot ruining a beloved pair of heels (Brian, you might go barefoot as well, I know suede leather loafers are a killer to clean!).

Please note that besides all selfish posting fun, donating is crucial to fight a terrible disease, so give as much as you can: your next pair of heel purchase can wait (a little). Here we go, and sorryyyyyyyyyyy shoes!!!!!!

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Today's heels were beautiful before they drowned.

What to wear #10 days in Brazil

What to wear #10 days in Brazil

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Am famous for (always!) traveling with a bag the size of a small Volkswagen (even for a small trip to the countryside: I mean, even wellies come in different colours and patterns, and of course you need to be able to choose and change spontaneously from Hunter to Burberry...) but going to Brazil was different.

Not having read or prepared a thing, all I knew about the contintent were actually some songs and (of course) famous drinks.

Though I had to deal with the most uncomfortable situation of being totally misdressed and underwhelmingly prepared for my first Brazilian wedding (plus the humiliation of not even being able to find an appropriate dress for the occasion at Zara in Coritiba: you always find a dress at Zara!!!...), I had had some instincts about what to quickly throw in a small suitcase to cover 10 days, 4 different locations and 7 flights in total.

I am already dreaming (while unpacking) of packing my belongings for the next time: then I swear I’m gonna go with the big bag: you know that one the size of a ....

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Today’s shoes are Havianas, Brian Atwood, Hermès
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New Year, New Heels!

New Year, New Heels!

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With the New Year's resolutions designers will also be flooding us with new ideas to decorate our bodies (NYResol. No1: TONE IT), delight our minds (NYResol. No2: PIMP IT), and get us ready for the hottest dates ever (NYResol. No3: JUST BRING IT ON...). Certainly it’s not only the outfit which will us guide through a spectacular 2014, but the SHOES which will carry us in every situation, flawless no doubt.

The shoe fairs from Düsseldorf to Mailand played it rather safe this year though (hmmm, recession, or just the new modesty?), so expect a lot of flats, boy brogues, mid-hight heels with the lady-like pointy toe as we know it by now. Gladiator sandals will be back (if you didn’t dare last season: prepare to look like Cleopetra now), as will the flat form (aka still not flattering, sorry Marni). Spikes are replaced with shiny rhinestones which you will find even on sneakers and something that looks like a pimped Birkenstock sandal (Prada, hello?).

New maybe is the elaborated “Peep Heel”, a cut-out in the back, exposing your heel: so I suppose we should be investing in callus removers rather than Chanel lipstick now for utter “Samt Füssli”. And if you're a bitch on a budget: you can’t go wrong investing in something shiny and metallic: this season silver, gold and bronze are almost everywhere (no, Croqs do NOT count!).

Having said so: Happy High Heeling 2014, and remember: Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but shoes are her lover.

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Today's shoes are various

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Obsessions of July

Obsessions of July

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The dutch summer this year sets me in holiday mood almost every day, (yes, yes: nature woke up from it’s six years beauty sleep and spoils us to the max), but especially when I find myself packing my bag almost every weekend heading to VPVL (aka Very Pregnant and Very Lovely) BFF’s house on a lake. I mainly appear in the same outfit (-don't tell anybody!), but this is exactly how a holiday should feel.

An indecent amount of heels (one big bag), some cut jeans and accessories (another big bag) my man and friends are all I need to unwind. Oh yeah, the occasional book I pretend to read maybe, but in the end it’s all about what will be on the grill for dinner, are we not too lazy to grab the boat for a trip, and (huge issue!) which nail polish to use.
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Having said so: expect worse, because -vacation, check!- we just booked a REAL holiday in France in a couple of weeks. My brain might very well be as supple and fried as the marsh mellow I intend to grill THIS weekend. Wohooooo, blame it on the sun.
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Today’s shoes are Dior

Neon bag: DM (Austria) | Sunnies: Prada | Top: Emilio Pucci | Jewellery: all designed by me and not really for sale... despite: nah-send me a mail!

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Cinderella

Cinderella

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Diving into other girls’ (shoe) closets is always fun. It’s like a fairytale (read another world full of wonderful stories) but accompanied with lots of bubbly and babble. Lucky you if your friend is from NYC, fluent in Brian Atwood and can tell the difference between Vince Camuto and Stuart Weitzman. Lucky you also, if you discover you have a “heel partner in crime” (still buying 12 inch high Dior’s but confessing to living mostly on wedges as that’s the only shoe you can really work on the Amsterdam cobblestones).

After having marvelled at my friend’s heel collection, we had planned to wear the cuties to a fancy place (every princess needs to shine every now and then). We end up having a girl talk on the stairs in front of her house though. Which beats being surrounded by frogs who would so not turn into a prince even if you threw them against a pile of shoe boxes anyway.

It’s just such a pity that it’s a school night, so as the gong hits midnight I have to hop in my carriage (aka cab) and disappear into the mist of Amsterdam’s night. No one is leaving a heel behind though. What a silly myth that is. No real Cinderella would abandon a designer heel just like that. Ever.

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Today’s shoes are Barbara Bui and Dsquared