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A Matter of Perspective

A Matter of Perspective

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A recent conversation with a friend made me wonder again why we girls always try double so hard to show off more, bigger and better. A bag is only a bag if it's from Chanel, three bedrooms would be just right to call your condo an "apartment" and twelve place settings of Christofle's silver tableware would not only complete your dinner party, but your self esteem equally.

To get there we work our asses off, sacrificing all our precious time (even time we could spend doing all stunt work ourselves) but nowadays even a French manicure is only considered to be cool if it's done by a gay guy called Shawn with glossier hair than yours.

When did bigger became an indicator for better and the attached label a substitute for glee? But then again it's obviously a matter of perspective. Ambition is never out of fashion and I use mine to be able to go heel hunting whenever I sold one of those antique silver tableware place settings on eBay. Nothing wrong with a little "the more the merrier" right? Now off to do that French manicure myself!

Today's shoes are River Island.

Got them for an apple and an egg. Totally recessionista.

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Halloween Leftovers

Halloween Leftovers

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Pretty much every day can be Halloween, mainly when I look in the mirror after a long night out partying... uaaaaaah! Really? Is that me or Freddy Krueger? But other than sometimes scaring myself (no asking for trick or treat needed...) I'm not that familiar with the tradtion. Well, celebrated it in NYC once, pretty much embarrassing myself by being the only one without a costume (immediately reveals that you are a tourist), but I was told that Halloween is only an opportunity for everyone to legally dress like a hooker so thought I'd keep it down.

Like the idea of "decorating a pumpkin" though, and even better since I saw someone carving the Chanel and YSL logo in these vegetables. So decided to try just that this year! Boyfriend will be delighted (and for sure understand the hint) with the hallway softly lit with my favorite brands. (Hmm...would Tiffany be too difficult to carve?). In my enthusiasm I totally forget how damn hard these orange beasts are. I mean seriously: it's impossible without cutting a finger, (or worse... slipping and cutting a toe!!!). Am giving up, it's just too frustrating.

So what to do now with the bloody leftovers of my serious failure? Pumpkin soup? Or pumkin pie, or both? Guess I'm just gonna chew on my Jimmies. Grrrrrrr.

xxx

Today's shoes are Jimmy Choo, and will be available at my Heel Sale. Go get them!

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Eau de Toilet

Eau de Toilet

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Don't get me wrong ladies: Brad Pitt is hot. And considering the reactions of gals all over the world to the new Chanel commercial (deep sighs everywhere): he obviously sells as well. Am I the only one to not get it?

Whoever came up with the idea of rejuvenating the brand's (sophisticated) image by making the sexiest man alive look like some greasy (and very probably smelly) homeless person (yeah, makes sense to spritz some perfume here!): is just wrong! As it is to have Brad speak (we would have been happy to just LOOK at him, well - not in this outfit, but still...). To make matters worse, what he says is some weird stuff that basically only makes sense if you are eighteen and just ordered "Philosophy for Dummies". That's not inevitable, Brad, it's inevitably BAD! Worst of all: you keep your shirt on during the whole commercial!

I would have been happy with something more "Coco", classic if you like (yes, you may call me old-fashioned). A nice heel in the image maybe? Somewhere? Something which wants me to be the lady wearing Chanel No5, not some random chick staring out of windows and walking on rivers to the voice over of a grey man. Sorry, but can't help the idea that Eau de Toilet just got a little "Ewwww de Toilette".

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Today's shoes are Bally

Round and About

Round and About

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Have often wondered what it is that makes round shapes so magical. The perfect illusion of soft infinity perhaps (think boobs in a wonderbra or the beauty of everything with a Chanel logo: pure pleasure right?), or that dots always seem to make people happy (oh,oh, the Yayoi Kusama Polka dot collection of Louis Vuitton- definitely!)

Yes, the plate at a restaurant waiting to be topped with delicate food (round belly!), the sweet little bubbles in champagne, a glittery sequin: very (!) instant happiness. Even in wording "rounds" are fun. Surely it can't be a coincidence that one says: "am having a ball"? And in Austria we even literally say: "Ich fühl mich nicht rund" to express being out of balance. So to spice up a daily outfit with dots (my fave: the fur and the leather versions....) totally makes sense on such a bright, autumn day.

Just don't forget the most important dot on the "i" (aka accessory): a smile.
The most perfect round shape there is.
Cheers!

xxx

Today's shoes are Kate Spade

The New IT Handbag

The New IT Handbag

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The beautiful MM (Mademoiselle Marjolein) is one of the few who understands that when you’re talking about “cat ears” attached to shoes, it’s clear that you’re speaking of a) Marc Jacobs or b) Charlotte Olympia. Whenever I see her, she has the coolest and hottest things (hence the understanding). We met through her boyfriend (brother of VCF, see ealier post “Welcome to the future”): Finnish design to perfection and very (!) fashionable. They met, very romantically, exactly the day after NYE, when he and I had discussed the matter that he would be totally ready for a new relationship.

The following get-together, MM sported a look worth a million: stylish boyfriend, Chanel boots, Marni necklace, Ann Demeulemeester T... a look to turn heads for sure and sure to turn gals green with envy. Over an incident of someone shuffling her Prada bag over the ground, us looking at each other almost instantly saying “No one kicks a Prada!”, the friendship was sealed. And if I forgot to mention: MM is studying fashion marketing in....*sigh*.... Paris.

This time though, she surprised with probably the sweetest accessory you can think of. Designer: shelter, brand: supercute. Price: priceless. Definitely drawing more attention than the Donna Karan handbag “moi” tried to show off with. Plus “Madame Cookie” (aka dog) has a (matching of course) collar instead of a handle to get carried around. Am envious. Dogs are totally the new IT handbag. Donna, move over!

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Today’s shoes are MiuMiu and Richard Sanderson

The Art of Writing

The Art of Writing

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Have totally neglected the art of reading lately. So finally taking a minute to have a rendezvous with literature (aka Vogue and such), catching up on latest world news (trends for A/W2012) and diving into cover articles all featuring young, aspiring actresses.

The setting is always a hotel lobby where the gals look flawless without any make-up (haha), effortlessly chic in their Louboutins (Louboutins are never effortless: they are PAIN), sporting “casual” fashion (Chanel, Dior, Valentino). Also the journalists (mainly guys) always seem surprised how humble, down to earth, open and funny the stars are, and most importantly: that they eat, may have an average glass of wine and how much less bitchy they are than expected.

Am more than willing to believe all of the above, and very aware that the art of writing in Magazines is highly influenced by studios, PR and publicists: but honestly: muaaaaaaaah. It’s all so similar! Would love to read a perky, different and spicy interview without the predictable. For a change.

Maybe I should sign up to give one myself (final version must be approved by my mom, boyfriend and editor of course). Can picture the finished article already:
“As she walks through the hotel lobby in incredibly high heels, elegantly swinging her MiuMiu, I can’t help but notice how much younger and slimmer she looks in person. Over a glass of champagne and a remarkable amount of oysters she so wittily and openly sparkles about her passion that time flies and before I know it I want to wear high heels myself”.

Hmmmmm. Not too bad actually...

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Today’s shoes are Buffalo

Typically Dutch

Typically Dutch

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I live in a country that conquered the world (once).
And am living in that country because a Dutch man conquered me (tempted to write “once” as well, but over and over again is more true….).
So I feel entitled to defend the Dutch against all the wrong ideas people seem to have about them and their country.

Acquaintances think I am smoking joints constantly. Former colleagues think I spend more time in the red light district more than in the cinema (they love the idea though and want to come visit all the time). My ex-boyfriends think that “going Dutch” is a sex position, even though I have explained countless times it simply means to share the bill. My Mom thinks “Dutch vegetables” are tulips. Foreigners who live here think the Dutch are greedy and won’t spend a penny unless they find a discount. My friends can’t believe I ride a bike. My sister thinks I wear clogs and a funny hat, feed cows as a hobby, and my main dish is cheese.

Time for some prejudice reduction. The truth is:
YES, I wear clogs, YES, riding a bike is standard, YES, we do have canals, and when the sun is out we immediately drop everything to spend as much time possible on, or at them. And YES, my favorite accessory almost every day is a bunch of flowers. But hell: you have no idea how cheap they are. Am blending in perfectly. Now it’s time to have some cheese.
Toedeledokie!

xxx

Today’s shoes are Chanel