3.9.15

Outfit: Tuxe bodywear as pragmatical feminism

professional outfit: Tuxe bodywear CEO body
professional outfit: Tuxe bodywear CEO body
professional outfit: Tuxe bodywear CEO body
professional outfit: Tuxe bodywear CEO body
professional outfit: Tuxe bodywear CEO body
silk CEO blouse: c/o Tuxe bodywear - printed pencil skirt: c/o Selected - sandals: Tamaris - handbag: & Other Stories - sunglasses: ASOS - necklace: c/o Lobogato - ring: Diamanti Per Tutti

I should have gotten around to posting these pictures ages ago, but something always came up and here we are. Today's outfit is alllll about this silk blouse, which is actually a body. I was contacted by Tuxe just before I left on holiday, and they pitched their product to me in a way that just immediately convinced me of their vision, which I'd describe as pragmatical feminism. Apparently, Tuxe is all about empowering women through style. And yes, I know that that's such a corny thing to say, and so many brands claim to empower women, but Tuxe is actually very humble and real about the issue: the brand specialized in bodies. Long sleeved, short sleeved, jersey, silk, blouse type or more like a t-shirt: basically any type of top you'd need in your professional wardrobe, but as a body instead of a regular top. Because the last thing you need to worry about when you're preparing that important presentation, is whether your top is tucked into your skirt seamlessly, right?

I remember bodies being way more prevalent in the late 90s, when rises on trousers and skirts were higher and we all tucked our tops. But between low rise jeans and midrif bearing styles, fashion sort of forgot about tucking in tops, making it so much harder to find a blouse with a long enough backside to actually stay tucked into your trousers. As much as I love my crop tops, sometimes they're just not appropriate, man. And this blouse goes with everything and always sits perfectly without puckering up or coming out of my waist band.

This is actually pretty subtly radical. An everyday rebellion, if I may quote Gloria Steinem. Just take a second to think about all the items you own or used to own that did not have pockets, required you to buy special underwear because otherwise it wouldn't sit quite right, rode up, produced static or dug into your armpits, all because it was made to look pretty at the expense of actually being practical, feeling good while going about your day. I'm so sick of tops with cap sleeves that restrict my movement, of jersey tops that are so sheer you can see my bra even if it's not intentional, of polyester everything. I deserve better, and Tuxe preaches exactly that. Live fidget-free.

It probably comes as no surprise that Tuxe Bodywear was founded by a working mother. This is a brand I want to support.

professional outfit: Tuxe bodywear CEO body

I ended up picking the CEO blouse because it is silk (so lush) and has a bit of a cleavage (something else that's surprisingly hard to find these days), but there is so much to choose from that you're bound to find that piece to fill the void in your (workwear) closet. Also, how awesome are the names of the different styles? CEO, Boss, Closer, Expert, Fixed, Director, Entrepeneur, .... I have to say, putting on my CEO blouse makes me feel like a total boss. The quality of my piece is also top notch: neat seams, very flattering fit, fabric is pleasant to the touch, the hook-and-eye closure on the crotch has three different lenghts to fit longer and shorter torsos, and the raw hem on the shoulder gives the CEO top a bit of an edge. I love it and I'm sure I'll get loads of wear out of it. Oh, and they offer international shipping. Score!

What is your favourite Tuxe top? Do you know any other brands that are so obviously feminist inspired?

1.9.15

Outfit: back to school, preppy in stripes

outfit: back to school, preppy stripes, blazer and skater skirt
outfit: back to school, preppy stripes, blazer and skater skirt
outfit: back to school, preppy stripes, blazer and skater skirt
outfit: back to school, preppy stripes, blazer and skater skirt
outfit: back to school, preppy stripes, blazer and skater skirtoutfit: back to school, preppy stripes, blazer and skater skirt
outfit: back to school, preppy stripes, blazer and skater skirt
outfit: back to school, preppy stripes, blazer and skater skirt
blazer: c/o s.Oliver - T-shirt: H&M - skirt: ASOS - purse: c/o Colette - boots: c/o Sam Edelman

Ah, September first! I haven't had a first day of school in three years, but that unofficial first day of fall still smells of change. For some reason, September feels more like the start of a new year than January, for me. Professionally, I'm at the threshold of the next stage of my research: the part where I'll actually be researching children and their media habits. I'm really excited to move on to a less theoretical part of my PhD, more people-centered than conceptual.

And stylewise, well, after Puerto Rico and France, I FINALLY feel like I've gotten some wear out of my summer clothes. Too often, I reach the end of August and feel like I haven't  had the opportunity to wear even half of my summer wardrobe, which in turn makes me bitter about all the fall fashions pushing its way into my pinterest feed. But not this year! I'm actually kind of ready to put away my Birkenstocks and pull out my boots again. I'm planning on wearing all the bare leg outfits I can until it becomes too chilly, though. I know I'll be nagging about being confined to tights and layers for half a year soon enough.

Today's outfit is a great transitional look, adding a blazer and swapping sandals for boots takes it from summer casual to fall preppy: exactly what I want to be wearing right now.

How are you transitioning from summer to fall, in life and in style?

30.8.15

Beauty: Guerlain Beaugrenelle ecrin 6 couleurs palette review

Let's look at some more eyecandy, shall we? Today I'm reviewing Guerlain's Beaugrenelle Ecrin 6 Couleurs palette, and I think that this little product probably has the prettiest packaging I've ever seen. Not just the filigree on the outside, but also the flip-out mirror on the inside. And I haven't even mentioned the actual eyeshadows yet.

Guerlain Beaugrenelle ecrin 6 couleurs palette review

27.8.15

Travel: beach, bikini and bathing suit at Juan Les Pins

Ugh, the weather today is atrocious, seems more like November than like August. You know what that makes me feel like? Like I need to forget about all of the stress of work and traffic and bills and all that ish and just zone out, dreaming of summer at the Côte d'Azur. Take me back, plz.

& Other Stories fruit print one piece bathing suit
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