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All that glitter IS gold

All that glitter IS gold

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Water and the incredible light (aka inspiration for artists such as Vermeer and Rembrandt to do some doodling) have always been an essential part of the history of the Netherlands. And are the reason why thousands of tourists now flood the city every year to explore the charm of the canals.

Living here, the relationship to all that water (mostly coming from above aka rain) and “golden moments” (aka light, aka sun) is only comparable to that of having a baby though. It will cry and pee most of the time (water, water, more water!), which you try to accept, endure and ignore until your nerves are so tense and your own mood so strained that you simply can’t stand it any more. But the moment baby smiles ONCE, just for a few minutes, you will forget everything and simply stand in awe and pure delight, forgetting everything.

It’s 11 o clock at night in my city, it’s summer and I’m walking my lovely heels (brand: Fersengold, this name can’t be an coincidence!). I am asking you: Isn’t the light still incredible? Isn’t the setting just gorgeous? And isn’t this the most beautiful city in the world? Yep, I assure you: all that glitter IS gold, and it’s all worth waiting for.

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Today's shoes are Fersengold
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And when the rain begins to fall…

And when the rain begins to fall....

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It’s a public holiday in most European countries, and could just have been the perfect long weekend. And the perfect monday of course: jumping out of bed with glee (and late), putting on the peep toes and a summery dress heading for a long day in the park (picnic), a stroll downtown (shopping), or just putting on some summery tunes while hanging with friends (on heavy rotation at the moment: Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” - ah, what a fantastic song to set a sexy summer mood....)

Am saying it “could have”, because I’m afraid the only “blurred lines” I get today are the ones of rain drops crawling slowly down the window. Again. And it took me a whole day of counselling to not just put a ton of very un-ladylike swear words in today’s text. Or actually no text at all.
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So when the rain begins to fall it’s once again only chocolate pie, Prosecco and Games of Thrones (episode 1-15 right after each other) which will make my day. Or maybe, MAYBE a new pair of heels (bought online to not have to leave the house). My current ones just got soaking wet anyway.

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Today’s shoes are Hugo Boss

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Gone Tanning

Gone Tanning

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Long before I moved to the Netherlands and only walked my high heels on Amsterdam's cobble stones as a tourist, I always thought the Dutch were freaking crazy to sit outside whenever there was just the smallest ray of sun. Armed with gloves and cuddled in thick down- gear they would even do so in winter (aka freezing, aka am getting rigid knees and frostbites just thinking about it).

But obviously when you have lived in a country where the weather is more bipolar than all the characters in "Silver Linings Playbook" combined, you come to understand. Take this morning: -10 degrees, snowstorm and I'm tempted to wear three pairs of socks and rubber boots to meeting. The Dutch girl on the scooter next to me is wearing ballerinas. Lunch time: 0 degrees, awful wind. Decide am in utter need of snow gear and score leopard booties at Ab Donkers in the PC Hooftstraat. Two rays of sun! I spot two cabriolets. Roof wide open. 20 minutes later, 3 degrees warmer and sunny (for 15 minutes): Halleluja that's practically summer! Now if you'll just excuse me, can't take any calls or emails at the moment: have gone tanning.

Turns out I'm more Dutch than I thought. No silver linings. Really.

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Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

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Am totally obsessed when it comes to Christmas decorations. Everything needs to be sparkling and perfect, and "more" is definitely "less" as far as I'm concerned. Choose white every year as the snow situation is always a bit uncertain in A'dam, and this sets the "wintery" tone best (yeah: I tried gold and stuff as well: didn't work).

My attempts to reproduce snow though are sad and numerous. Tried plain flower once, which was wonderful (looked so real!) until I caught a cold and continuously sneezed the decoration everywhere but where it was meant to stay. The same happened with silver dust, which I still find in my orchids and my heels (which found their way to the living room as shoe-chamber is overbooked). My clever attempt to glue almost 100 cotton pads on the window to reproduce idea of falling snowflakes was so much work that I didn't remove them until late summer, and the snow spray I finally used last year (frosted effect: loved it): well, had to bring couch sheets to dry cleaner twice after almost ruined washing machine with that damn sticky stuff.
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See: I need REAL snowflakes for my Christmas decorations this year, even more so as my heel outfit (thank you Daniele Dentici), is so utterly beautiful Christmas-tree-ish. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Will ya, please?

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Today's shoes are Ritaeliseo
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