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A fairytale in eight acts

A Fairytale in Eight Acts


It’s raining cats & dogs in Leiden, one of the oldest dutch cities, outside of Amsterdam. Hardly anybody sets a foot outside and the plushy local theater is deserted. Yet there is vibrant activity in the main hall. Assistants shuffle lights and cables, tons of hair spray dust vaporizes on beautiful models dancing in a iridescent backlight, the swift hand of a make up artist blushing its last stroke on alabaster cheeks.

In the middle of all professional bustle, designer of the hour Esther Dorhout Mees, is focused to the max. Softly she speaks, when the flashlight goes off: “Long fingers, Alice”, “Chin a little bit down”, “Beautiful, hold that”.

We are backstage at “Theatre Decay” the editorial shoot of Esther's latest brilliant work, and I am in Cinderella paradise. Eight gorgeous gowns -a thousand hours of couture work- make there way from dressing room onto the stage, elegantly directed by the designer. There is something very fragile about all this, petit bodies leaning against thick velvet curtains, almost drowning in fluffy polstered chairs. This is were the inspiration for the whole collection has its origin and with today’s work, the journey of an idea will also end.

In an unobserved moment I sneak a pair of heels outside on the theater stairs. After a fairytale photo-shooting like this, it wouldn't surprise me if that prince will stop by, find them (and me) and we can live happily ever after.


Today’s shoes are Dorhout Mees
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Balance, bitch!

Balance, bitch!


Decided to do something special this month by featuring some of my most memorable blog experiences of 2014. This very first editorial is dedicated to all the seemingly impossible shooting locations and it describes my January mood: nothing is impossible if you are just stubborn enough to go for it.

So I found myself in the most ridiculous moments, battling extraordinary wind forces while shooting a (überprecious) designer gown which left me flashing underwear at 7 am in the morning in the Dutch dunes (sorry dear morning joggers, I didn’t mean to frighten you). Or freezing in a La Perla lace (!) dress in April on the beach. Anyone who has ever tried dancing in heels on sand please high five me now.

Shooting at 2000 meters above sea level was another moment where I thought: “stupid me, who is afraid of heights anyway?”. While digging out a 100 tiny pebble stones from under my heels I was cursing the idea (who did come up with that?!) of balancing on pointy rocks. Last but least I will never forget the moment a beardy woman won the Eurovision Song Contest, dancing the night away in bare enthusiasm.

May that be the spirit of the new year: it’s all possible as long as your footwear is not abandoning you and as long as you balance it out!

Big love!

Today’s shoes are various | Illustrations by Sella Molenaar
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The girls on the Third Floor

The girls on the Third Floor


My house often feels kind of like an editorial office.

Most of my shoe-magic happens here, pictures are taken in every corner possible, and the hallway usually looks like the fashion-shoot-closet of a magazine. Quickly tidied up the latter for a spontaneous girl’s night yesterday: my third floor was enriched by my Dutch girlfriends’ presence (a very welcome change to my usual “one woman show”).

And if I ever feel that what I’m making here is kind of glossy-stylie:  when four girls gather you definitely have the full content of a magazine covered, just by babbling and bubbly-ing along.

Gossip and Lifestyle-section: check (cheering, laughter, a lot of hysterical “r.e.a.l.l.y.’s???”). Beauty and Health: check (nothing better than a cream or nail polish, tested and approved by your girlfriends). Fashion issues (what to wear, styling tips, accessories): always a topic (and how happy can you make a gal by asking if she bought her dress in the children’s department). The “Real Life” -section: check (-narrated as live and true as it can be): understanding and caring nods, and a hug when needed. Not to forget “ask anything you want”, “horoscope”, “where to buy” and “shopping guide”.

Best of all though: this very editorial office eats carbs, slurps wine, and isnt afraid of making very long hours. The girls on the third floor were truly busy yesterday. Must say, one of the best editorial “meetings’ I’ve ever had!


Today’s shoes are various