Thursday, July 26, 2012

Rock Herk 2012: Golden Girls

Seems so Karolien was really living the good life back in France / Spain. But it wasn't all work around here either. However, it was most of the time. But I did manage to take a break and go to Rock Herk! You may know Rock Herk, you may not, but let me just tell you that it is one of my favorite festivals! Forget about Dour with all the mud, Rock Herk is the place to be! As the name suggests, this festival is situated in Herk-de-Stad in the lovely Olmenhofpark. It was the first festival I ever attended (at the age of fourteen) and I still love it to death! The scenery, the bands, the general atmosphere, it's all there. So it's no surprise that I was heartbroken when I heard this may have been the last edition - ever. I refuse to believe that though and call me naive but I believe they will find a way to make it work again next year. That's an order!

Below is my friend Eline. I love how she always manages to be absolutely fabulous. We were expecting some rain during Rock Herk (or should I say: during summer?) so that's why she's wearing those rain boots (Eline, they're still in my car!) and the raincoat. As we mentioned before, rain boots are a very fashionable way to overcome the lousy weather. Also, gold seems to be the new black. Eline and Sofie were both wearing golden blouses, my lovely golden girls! 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What We Wear Wednesday: Surf's up!

Another Wednesday, another WWWW? Yes, but it's going down slightly different today. I'm not just going to show you one outfit, but more like a gazillion outfits that I wore on my holiday so you'll get the instant surfers flow vibrating. So chillax dude and put a wetsuit on, come on, come on! 

The past few weeks I've been road trippin' and visiting surf spots in Spain and France. We first went to San Sebastian, quite a big city in Spain. It's actually really weird, because one moment you're out shopping in the big city streets and the next moment you're on the beach trying to squeeze yourself in a wetsuit. The city really gives you a mixture of both: a great place to visit if you want to do some surfing, but do not want too stray to far in the middle of nowhere. 
Our next stop was Pamplona which we visited very brief. It was more a in the heat of the moment kind of thing, because we heard that at that very moment we were travelling there, it was San Fermín in Pamplona. That's a festival in the very small streets of Pamplona with as a main event the running of the bulls. People run along with these bulls in those very, tiny streets of Pamplona and I presume they get a major kick out of it (I would more likely shit my pants or something). We didn't actually see the running of the bulls, but did get a good taste of the general atmosphere. Although the taste wasn't always that good, I have to say the city smelled really badly (and I'm a girl who loves to go to festivals, and we all know that doesn't smell like roses after four days). But it was great to see how everybody and I mean literally everybody wore a traditional white outfit with a red scarf. I jumped on that train and bought me such a red scarf, just because sometimes a girl  just wants to fit in. Ok, only when it's about cool traditions and I really wanted that scarf, so there you have it.
Afterwards, we spend a few days at our final stop: Mimizan in France. A really lovely town and a more than welcome contrast with the ever crowding cities of San Sebastian and Pamplona. Fewer tourists, beach and sea for as far as the eyes can reach, more space to surf and small alleys which are the perfect spot to longboard (or at least an attempt to). Right and as you may see, I do a silly thing with my hand when I'm grooving (haha) on my longboard. I call it rabbit style longboarding, bam.
But of course, I still have to show you some of my outfits. Road tripping, surfing and staying at campings stands for me for comfortably, breezy clothes: denim shorts, bikinis, band shirts, sun glasses, hats, oversized sweaters, leggings, Vans, a wetsuit, friendship bracelets (although mine are now probably somewhere lost in the deep, vast ocean), my red hey-let's-do-the-whole-San Fermín-thing, flowers ... I'll just leave you with the pictures, because I've been rambling on for WAY to long now! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What We Wear Wednesday: Festival Fringes

After a well-earned holiday in surfers paradise (read: San Sebastian and Mimizan) and while Lies covered my ass for this blog, it's my turn to do some of the hard work. Okay, let's face it, it's not really that hard work, but when you switch your surfboard for a desk , EVERYTHING seems like hard work.

Anyway, with a little bit of a delay, I present you the outfit I wore on Thursday on Rock Werchter a.k.a. the hottest day of all time (as you may have noticed, I have a thing for exaggerating). I decided to kind of combine the ubiquitous hippie look with some more rock items. I actually bought the top with the fringes to wear on the Groezrock festival, but the weather gods decided differently and spoiled my plans. And maybe I was indeed a bit too optimistic about the April weather and especially the April caprices ('Aprilse grillen'), but you never know in Belgium, right?

The outfit proved to be a great idea in the blistering heat of that Thursday the 28th of June: a cool, soft breeze right through my top would provide the oh so necessary cooling down. And you can never go wrong with shorts when you plan on jumping, screaming and moshing during your favorite band (that is in my case Blink 182 of course). I actually spent some time browsing the Interwebz for the perfect Stars and Stripes shorts, because I wanted them to look a bit worn-out and vintage with a high waist and not look too cheap with colours that are too bright. Luckily, I stumbled upon them when I was in Topshop in London. A bit overwhelmed by the enormous amounts of perfect clothing and the store in general, I managed to add this must have item to my wardrobe.

I'm also wearing my favourite shoes of all time, I simply love my Vans. So incredibly comfortable, versatile and again a necessary item if you plan on bouncing up and down in the audience. Also, no risk of leaving a shoe behind when somebody steps on your foot, a little something that might occur when one is wearing ballerinas. Or as Lies already pointed out in one of the previous posts, ballerinas aren't always a match made in heaven when walking around in them all day on some sandy festival grounds.

By the way, totally loving my Flamingo Pink hair, this time the colour really pulled through great!

Top, sunglasses, bag: H&M - Shorts: Topshop - Shoes: Vans - Hair thing: Claire's 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What We Wear Wednesday: Flowers and Flamingos

So this time I'm not too late. Hooray!

I wore this outfit to go have a drink with my lovely niece. During the day I was wondering what to wear and I had this alliteration in my head: flowers and flamingos. I already posted something on Twitter 'bout wanting to have a flamingo, my brain just sometimes works like that. And then it totally hit me that I also OWN flowers and flamingos! Clothing-wise that is. Flamingos are the coolest thing and when I saw Alexa Chung for Vero Moda rocking this blouse, I had to go and buy it. Ok, she's actually rocking the dress and I got the blouse. Plus, the flamingos are pale pink and we all know I love pale pink. I'm beginning to wonder if it ever gets boring. Well, not for me!

So I wanted to combine my pale pink flamingo printed blouse, with my pale pink floral printed pants. I thought it worked quite well. This is one of my other ZARA pants I was talking about HERE. I was having second thoughts about this one, but my mom said to just take it. So that's what I did. And I sure don't regret it! It's a bit more loose than the other skinnies though, which is too bad.

Because the whole thing is a bit...well, pale. I threw in my black faux leather jacket, to spice things up. I bought the thing two years ago when I was in Barcelona at a local ZARA (I seem to have bought a lot of things two years ago, but I was a working girl back then) and I really love it. I love the leopard print on the inside and the lovely short fit. But I have always annoyed myself about the long sleeves, I don't want no short arms! So I got the luminous idea to roll up my sleeves. Took me quite a while huh. And double win: now you can see the leopard print and it doesn't involve me and flashing.

My purse is also from Barcelona, but it's thrifted. Barcelona really is second-hand heaven! Besides pale pink, I have a thing for white. Which means I own a lot of white purses and shoes. You'll see. The shoes that I'm wearing here are also thrifted. And they hurt like hell! I think it's a small 37, which fits, but the leather is really stiff. But they are soooo pretty! I'm such a woman.

Jacket, pants: ZARA - Blouse: Vero Moda - Bag, shoes: Thrifted - Earrings: Pieces

Stills from the Vero Moda Spring-Summer Campaign video

Sunday, July 8, 2012

What We Wear Sunday: Rock Werchter Outfit

So, as promised, here is my What We Wear Wednesday with a 'slight' delay. I guess I could come up with a bunch of excuses to justify why I haven't posted this on an actual Wednesday. But no, I will not.  I decided to show you guys what I was wearing to Rock Werchter. I wore the same outfit twice because I loved it and because I thought it was, for me although, a perfect festival outfit! 

I bought the skirt two years ago at H&M. I didn't wear it much back in the days, but nowadays I totally rediscovered it. I love love love the pastel flower pattern. And pastels weren't even a big hit two years ago. I remember seeing it hanging there and it reminded me of 'old things' and summer holidays spent at my grandmothers. Talking 'bout reminiscing, right! So I bought it. And although I don't usually wear such short skirts (big knee complex), I do think this one flatters me. It's short, but flowy, and it makes my legs look longer.

The top is a DIY project Karolien and I did a couple of weeks ago. You can read all about it HERE. It's a regular white top, made less regular by dip and dyeing it! I know, it's tucked in my skirt so it's not very visible. But you get the idea. I thought the pink went perfectly with the flowery pastel pattern of my skirt. Also, these light colors and fabrics were perfect for the blistering heat we had to hammer!

I must admit that I didnt' make the perfect choice of shoes. I just chose flats and pink and peeptoes, because I love peeptoes. But H&M ballerinas just aren't made for walking around in all day. Or at least not at a festival where you had to park your car on a 45 minute walk from the festival terrain. Yes, 45 minutes! Seemed like forever! But it did save us the parking fee you otherwise would have to pay. The result: blisters on my heels! So the second festival day I decided to wear my H&M minty sneakers, but the damage had already been done. Auwtch!

Have any of you been to Rock Werchter? What did you wear to defeat the heat? Let us know in the comment section below so we can have a nice chat and we can gasp about all the pretty things you guys were wearing.

Top, skirt, flats: H&M (dip&dye DIY) - Belt: Veritas

Friday, July 6, 2012

Rock Werchter 2012

We (or just me) are SO LATE for our What We Wear Wednesdays, but I promise I'll make it up to you tomorrow.  You may have noticed that Karolien and I alternate every week. But she's living the good life now in France, rocking some waves! Or at least trying to. And I totally forgot that I would have to fill this gap. I'M SORRY! Forgive me?

But first things first: Rock Werchter, baby! I think it's been six years since I've been there. I like Pukkelpop better, and it's so expensive to attend two big festivals. But we all know what happened last year at Pukkelpop. So we decided to go at least one day to Werchter this year. So when the ticket sale started, we bought our ticket for Sunday! And two weeks ago I won a Proximus contest, and what did I win... *drumroll*... Werchter tickets for Thursday! Yay! Usually, I never win a thing! I was so glad I could get a day off at work so I could enjoy the lovely weather and lovely music at Werchter.  And the boyfriend was glad too, because he could tag along with me, the little profiteer. Just kidding, honey. We did have to queue for over an hour in the blistering heat before we got in. But The Cure made it all worth it! Robert Smith kind of resembled an old granny with his teased hair, but his voice is so sweet! Marry me? :D The next day I heard an interview with him, where he was explaining that he didn't like the show that much because he thought he could have done better, that his singing wasn't as good as it normally is. Isn't that the cutest thing. On stage for over thirty years, but still worried about his performance. That's commitment! I'm sorry, Robert Smith, I don't think you like me calling you 'cute', but it's your voice. I'm in love with your voice. It's so sweet I'm gonna die! I think he should make babies with Florence Welch. Those kids would have voices to die for! 

On Sunday, we ran into Eva and Dinela from Rotterdam while they were walking towards the festival. Rocking damn nice vests and kick ass shoes!

I wouldn't be me if I wouldn't indulge you in some more pictures. So here you go!


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