Wednesday, September 25, 2013

What We Wear Wednesday: Fall(ing)

Leather jacket, jumper, boots: Zara - Skinny jeans: H&M - Earrings: The Vintageblues

One last outfit starring some The Vintageblues jewelry: some lovely, subtle, pale pink droplet earrings. I own this camel leather jacket for over three years now, but only just started wearing it. The fact that my favorite black leather jacket is only festival proof these days, may have something to do with that. I can still see why I HAD to buy this jacket back in the day: the perfect warm brown color, the braided pieces on my shoulder, the neckline and the overall wonderful fit. The boots are from last winter already, but they're actually too slippery to wear when it has snowed. Ideal fall shoes I call them! I've worn this outfit to a vernissage at Alley Art Gallery, to the Bruisfestival at Maastricht (and still I had to show my ID when I went for beers), for a little boat trip with friends, to go to a job interview, for a regular girls night and for strolling around in Paris. So yes, I love this outfit and I will be wearing it even a LOT more than I already have. I may combine it with my Vans and some other earrings from time to time.

I'm also searching for the perfect pair of grey skinny jeans, but I think that these pants may be the winner when I wash them just a few more times. They used to be pitch black.

Anyone else having trouble with looking a lot younger than you are? I swear that I had to grab my ID twice in little more than a month's time, to prove that I'm actually older than sixteen years old. I'm turning twenty-six in December. It's not even cute anymore, it's outright scary.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Barcelona diaries

With autumn officially kicked off - if a season is ever officially kicked off, that is - I'd like to share my last holiday photos and especially outfits with you guys. Packing for a holiday, oh the horror. However, what's key in my opinion is to focus on a few items that'll all combine perfectly. Only downside is you get outfits that are all pretty much the same style, but luckily in my case that was exactly the style I was aiming for.

My little sis and I went to Barcelona for a week and we were not bored at all. It was already my second time in Barcelona, but the first time with a full on Spanish speaking translator beside me (aka the lil' sis). I was so proud of her, because of her translating skills, but of course also in general (I mean, look at those legssss). 

Flower head band, necklace: H&M - Sunglasses: Vans - Skirt: Forever 21 - Shirt: New Look - Spiked loafers: Primark

We visited a lot of cool places, like Park Guëll, Park del laberint d' Horta, did some shopping, spent time at the beach... But I think I best refer you to an awesome blog post of Polienne, where she explains in very great detail super places to visit and to eat and drink in Barcelona. We did nearly everything from her list after discovering how she hit the nail on the head each and every time. 

Maxi skirt: Forever 21 - Crop top: New Look - Bag, sunglasses: Ebay - Shoes: Vans - Head band: vintage

I do have one little suggestion to add to her quite comprehensive list: go check out the neighbourhood around Carrer d'Avinyo and Plaça George Orwell right there in the old city Barri Gòtic. It is a such a vibing environment with a lot of cool vintage inspired shops (bought my new babies there, will show you soon enough) and a great deal of cool places to grab a quick bite. 

 Maxi skirt:  Forever 21 - Shirt: New Look - Bag: Ebay - Sunglasses: Vans - Necklace: H&M - Loafers: Primark

And NOW I'm ready for fall. 

Friday, September 20, 2013


Yesterday we had the opportunity to attend the well-known and widely discussed "The Big You" event. The "we" in this context doesn't include me and my Peach in crime Karolien, alas, as she was still soaking up some sun in sunny Barcelona. So I took my (blogger)friend Natalie with me (visit her blog HERE) and we had loads of fun.

We went to Antwerp by train, had an obligatory coffee (and piece of cheesecake, ssst) at Starbucks and started walking towards the venue. While I was still managing my bangs, we received our badges and were led into the great world of THE BIG YOU. I make it sound like it was a fairytale, but that's really how it felt for me. It was the first time I ever attended an event and I probably looked like a kitten on speed.

Something like this but replace cocaine stuff or something. You get the picture!

Before I even knew what was going on, I was sitting at the Veritas stand with a ball of yarn on my lap and a crochet-hook in my hand, whilst sipping some cava. The idea was to knit your own beanie, which is really cool if you actually know how to handle those needles. I had several visions in my head on how to, but they had nothing to do with crocheting and would probably get me in jail. Luckily a friendly Veritas lady called Ilse saw the slight panic in my eyes and came to the rescue. I have two left hands and must have been about six years old when I last tried crocheting, a difficult task to try and learn me the tricks of the trade. But Ilse managed to teach me how to crochet a little patch and most importantly: she made me curious for more. I actually thought it was kind of soothing and a lot less illegal than my initial ideas. Mission accomplished, Veritas! I will definitely try and make a real beanie out of my pretty pink ball of yarn.

Next up was Sodastream. A trendy and slick designed device to add bubbles to your otherwise ordinary tap water. I've always been a bit skeptic about those things, because I thought they were mainly developed to make your own so called healthy sodas. While my point of view was to just drink water if you want to lose weight or live a healthier life. But I have to admit that besides my daily three liters of tap water (true story), I like to drink some bubbly water too. And my tap doesn't provide bubbly water. So I could go to the store and by me a six-pack of bubbly water. But we all know how bad those plastic bottles are for nature, really there are animals dying because of all that plastic lingering around! And that's where Sodastream comes into the picture: you don't need to go and buy plastic bottles of bubbly water anymore, you make it yourself. You fill the accompanied bottle (which stays good for use for three years) with tap water and push the button a couple of times depending on how bubbly you want your water to be. One Sodastream bottle replaces 1260 ordinary plastic bottles. It's at least worth a thought. Plus the design looks awesome. Sodastream also provides extra flavors for your water, to spice it up a little bit, and some cocktail blends too! We tasted the margarita and mojito at the end of the day, and they really were verrry good!

From bubbly water straight to a birthday party at Pepe Jeans and the new fall collection from Zalando. Pepe jeans turned 40 and we all know that no midlife crisis, I mean birthday, can go without a proper party. We threw confetti and waved some pompoms, happy birthday Pepe! With this photo we have a chance to win a T-shirt and jeans, designed especially for this festive event. At the Zalando corner I immediately spotted some really pretty Chelsea Boots. We got a €10 discount, so chances are I might just buy these beauties!

At Swarovski we saw the most shiny and sparkly jewelry. But of course, what else could you expect from Swarovski? They managed to draw the attention of my inner magpie, although I must admit that isn't very hard to do. I have a giant weak spot for big, chunky and preferably shiny, sparkly jewelry. So it's probably no surprise that these earrings with the matching necklace were my favorite items from their "Secret Treasures"  collection. The earrings even resemble the ones I was wearing at the moment and they are also clip-ons! The Swarovski clip-ons however were a lot less painful than my Mango versions. Because of the name of the new collection (Secret Treasures..) there actually was a treasure chest at the Swarovski boot. We all got a little piece of paper with a three digit code and we all got an attempt to open the chest with our code. Unfortunately the damn thing wouldn't open with our codes, the lucky winner was Noémie from Le Chat Noir! Again, congrats Noémi!

At Pronails we played around with nailpolish. I chose a very orange color and finished it with studs and a matte top coat. I'm not a nail artist at all and I have the tiniest baby nails, nail art usually looks really weird on me! But is was fun playing around! 

Last but not least we visited the Sennheiser boot, but we chickened out for the karaoke and went for some coffee at Illy instead.

Thanks UPR for this lovely event, we came, we saw and we were overwhelmed! Hope to see everybody again soon!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What We Wear Wednesday: Splash of neon

When you guys are reading this, I will have returned home from an AWESOME trip to Barcelona with my awesome little sister. At this moment however, I'm still in Barcelona, dead tired from our last day in this great city (shopping! sight-seeing! people spotting! laughing! sangria!) . I don't think I need to spell out how not talkative I'm feeling at the moment - and yes, that's a first. 

 Blouse: Sting - Bag: L&L - Pumps: Pimkie - Necklace, pants: Primark - Sunglasses: Vans


These pictures were taken a few weeks back (I think, but my brain is letting me down all of a sudden) by my - again - awesome little sister. I wanted to wear a monochrome black and white outfit, but couldn't resist spicing things up a little bit  by adding a few touches of neon yellow. In my opinion, neon is a win for wearing on sunny autumn days, although I think that the current weather in Belgium is far from that. That being said, I'm slowly getting into fall mood, as I've just enjoyed the last few days of summer here in Barcelona. The new clothes I bought here may have something to do with that. 

Currently listening to
The perfect summer tune: the entire album 'Save rock and roll' - Fall out boy
Currently craving for (fashion wise or other):
A massage

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sunday Discovery: Retro & Chic

Last Sunday I attended the Bruisfestival at Maastricht together with some friends. We had some beers, some laughs and did some dancing to Miles Kane and the fantastic Kitty, Daisy and Lewis.

Beforehand we visited the city. Miles Kane didn't start until 7 p.m. and there wasn't anything in particular we wanted to see before that. The ideal opportunity to do some (window)shopping. I don't visit Maastricht very often so I don't know the city very well (must.change.that.). Luckily my friends did, so all I had to do was follow their lead.

That's how we encountered a little shop called "Retro & Chic". The beautiful shopwindow draw our attention and sucked us further into the store. What we saw there was a gorgeous collection of carefully selected vintage goods going from clothing to shoes, hats, jewelry, belts, gloves,... I didn't take a lot of pictures because I wasn't planning on writing a blogpost about this, but because I bought the most beautiful pair of earrings there, I could not say nothing about this little but grand store. So I highly recommend you pay a visit when you're going to Maastricht! You can find them in the Heggenstraat 1, Maastricht.

The earrings!

Talking 'bout Miles Kane brings me seamless to my next topic: Chelsea Boots. After we attacked our bank account at the Retro & Chic store we strolled to H&M for some usual browsing. As soon as I entered the store I saw a pair of Chelsea Boots (yes, capitals) blinking in my eye sight. I had a sigh and shambled towards them, allready knowing I'd fall head over heels, while I was cursing my current job status. I tried them on and what I feared came true: they were perfect. I cursed some more (silent and muffled, I did have an upbringing you know) and took some photos so I could at least take them home in 2D.

Because I like to share my torture with you, here are the infamous Chelsea Boots:

So are you smitten about the earrings and Chelsea Boots as much as I am?


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