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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.
xxx

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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February Obsessions

February Obsessions

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There's nothing better than the idea that spring is just around the corner (well..... almost... OK), with the new season greeting you everywhere. I appreciate this to the max by diving into all the new arrivals that delight us with color, new textures and shapes. Almost died over Burberry's spring collection (bright metallics wherever you look), and in the event you should hear about a robbery on TV the upcoming days: that might have been me ensuring I have sufficient funds to afford that utterly beautiful bag. *sigh* Oh! And since I've become a (not very secret) stalker of Ruthie Davis' footwear, I'd totally invest that money in her heels too. In ALL of them actually.

If you prefer to act economically rather than be remote-controlled by pre-spring hormones (and still dive into fashion): I recommend watching Bill Cunningham's beautiful documentary "New York". A homage to fashion and glamour, spotted by the most humble man in fashion there is. Oldie (not you Bill!) but goodie!!! Or do as I do whenever I need to be cheered up on one of the hopefully last days of winter grey: a visit to favorite gallery - I could spend HOURS at Reflex in Amsterdam, glued to the work of Harland Miller (well, maybe robbing that bank wasn't such a bad idea after all), or visit my friend Melanie Brown's studio for a spring fashion splurge. If non of the above suits you: I bet flowers will. The tulips are out baby, bye bye January and hello new season!

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Today's shoes are Ideal

Dress and blouse: Melanie Brown

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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 Power of Flowers

The Power of Flowers

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Everything they say about flowers is true. “They make up for a lot”, prevent grumpiness, say more than words, have a soothing effect with their beauty.

For guys this is paradise and the easiest way to spoil the person they adore, want to convince, apologize to, surprise or seduce. Never heared of a gal not reacting with a smile, delight, or offering favours guys like in return. (Am talking the odd foot rub, and allowing him to watch sports, bringing him a beer without being asked ladies, what did you think?). Oh, just one thing guys (if there are any reading this): just make sure you find out which flowers are your lady’s favorite. There is nothing more embarrassing than causing a sneeze attack because your beloved is allergic to lilies, or choosing roses when your gal is into ranunculi.

Having said all that, am no exception myself. Am in love with flowers, and always inspired by them. It doesn’t even matter if they come from the florist. Am also very into the heel-printed version (Charlotte Olympia anyone?), the Marc Jacob “Daisy” perfume, the Mary Kantrantzou dress. Or Erdem. Or Dolce and Gabbana (deep happy sigh). Easy thrill!

Find out very quickly at today’s shoot that there’s a reason why I’m more into the domestic version of any green though. Lying in a muddy puddle, surrounded by thistles, facing a cramp is really rather unsexy. Might order the Charlottes to make up for my effort right away. Because everything they say about flowers is true.

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Today’s shoes are Mango.

Should I stay or should I go?

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SALE signs are up everywhere across the city and as always this is a temptation I find very hard to resist.  Usually I don’t even allow myself to go in to town, just to “have a look”, because I know the outcome.

Bags and bags later, a huge dent in the bank account but with a stupid grin and a couple of heels richer I used to return from my shoe-sales-havens, giddy with pleasure and guilt.
An event which can only be overcome with bubbly. And lots of it.

Being the clever girl I am, I figured this time I will avoid the luring call altogether and just indulge in the shoes I already have.
You know: get them out of their boxes, marvel at and caress them and discover (as usual) that there are even pairs I have never actually worn yet.
Then I will team them up with dresses, make new combinations, put those I have forgotten on show, and just to be safe, have a sip of Prosecco (aka celebration).
It’s not that I NEED a new pair after all, is it?
IS IT?

Note to self: “you shouldn’t even think about”………
Question to reader: “Should I stay or should I go?”
….*quick thinking*…. check…..*nobody’s saying anything *….

Oh that was easy! Temptation wins! See you later!

xxx

Today’s shoes are Charlotte Olympia (amongst erg…. others…)

Touch me tiger

Touch me tiger

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I do not have pets nor plants, I’m afraid I would neglect them or quickly lose interest.

I have shoes instead.
But I pretty much dare to say, that I have exactly the same feelings towards them as all loving pet owners.

Missing your cat when you’re on vacation? Me too.
Can’t wait to cuddle your furry friend when you get home? Same here.
Playing with your animals for hours, annoying your friends telling them what indescribable glee they give? I do so as well.
See? Not that different!

Having just come back from holiday, I found out that I am a very good mother to my pets. Especially when they come with a heel.
Unpacking a new pair of lovely leopards, I found out that I have a given shelter to a f****** zoo already!

And I haven’t even shown you the “savanna”- section (all zebra) or the “aviary” (feathers and stuff) yet!
To be continued, must dash now, I have to feed the animals.

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P.S.: Todays shoes are actually not really “tiger” but Buffalo

Why you MUST buy lingerie when you buy shoes

Why you MUST buy lingerie when you buy shoes

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Convincing the male gender that every now and then us girls are in utter and urgent need of over-priced goodies (fill in your addiction of choice....) can be tricky, but not without a chance. Whenever setting back the household budget to eating beans for the rest of the month (aka turning your credit card as red as a Louboutin sole), I remember the hint my aunt gave me years ago.

She was quite a flamboyant person (picture a late Diana Vreeland lounging on that mahogany-veneered sofa), and happened to have this fling for very expensive accessories - pillbox hats to be precise. Whenever she had scored one of these pretty tiny items (VERY similar in price to a designer heel or a silver wheel rim - a language guys do speak AND understand...), she would present them to her husband in nothing but the lingerie she wittingly bought at the same time.

Her advice to do the same in order to convince our better, but blunt halves when it comes to that box of net-a-porter or that over-sized shopping bag from your local heel dealer, was accompanied with only three words and a very knowing smile: “It always works”.

Advice, check - and do it ladies, try this at home! Beans will never have tasted better afterwards.

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Today's shoes are Charlotte Olympia