Outfit: relaxed professional

outfit: relaxed professional in pearl grey blazer, cropped trousers
outfit: relaxed professional in pearl grey blazer, cropped trousers and heeled sandals
outfit: relaxed professional in pearl grey blazer
outfit: relaxed professional in cropped trousers and heeled sandals
outfit: relaxed professional in pearl grey blazer, cropped trousers and heeled sandals
blazer, trousers: c/o s.Oliver - top: JDY via ASOS - heeled sandals: Tamaris via Zalando - necklace, purse: & Other Stories
pictures by Nathalie

I've been drastically expanding my blazer repertoire lately, and this more relaxed, pearl grey version is unlike anything I owned before. Which is nice, because it creates options for new looks. I see this cut work very well with short dresses or skinny jeans, but I wanted to try something a bit more unexpected and keep the entire outfit quite loose and flowy. The end result is somewhere between elegant and casual, definitely a look I appreciate. 

And these sandals make another appearance on the blog! I love them to bits - I ordered them off Zalando a few weeks ago, and kept them in my bedroom for like a week before I finally decided that they were perfect in every way. I've gone off buying stuff that I'm not 100% into, so investing in a pair of heeled sandals that would work for the office as well as for dressier evening looks was quite a process. 

I didn't want a high heel, because I simply can't do a 8cm (or higher) stiletto heel because they make my feet shrivel up and die. But then I met the first hurdle: mid height (5,5-7,5cm) heels are ridiculously hard to find, especially if you don't want a wedge heel. And when I did find a number of lower heeled options, the straps were generally stiff and I could tell that the rubbing would be causing blisters within five minutes of wearing them. In the end I did find these, and I'm glad I did. 

I've never found a pair of heels of this height that I could wear for hours without any discomfort, but I have to admit that these particular sandals actually feel more similar to wearing flats than I would have ever imagined. I guess finding a brand that uses a last that suits your foot really does make all the difference! Here's to hoping I'll be able to find more where that came from.


Feminism: real bikini bodies

Let's do a flashback, shall we?  Let this adorable picture do the talking: my baby sis and me, goofing around in a swimsuit (me) and  pajamas + a swimsuit + our older brother's psychedelic swim trunks + socks (my sis). Yeah, my sister has always been the more creative dresser between the two of us. My haircut was better, tho. I came across this picture while sorting through old stuff, and this shot stood out to me because it shows how close we were. Some things never change.

Flash forward  some 18 years later, and we're still adorable, we're still super close, and my sis still dresses like a CRAZYPERSON. But, like, a sexy crazy person. Check us out being fab as fuck in our swimwear, rocking our real girl, no photoshop, no exercise, no diet bodies like it's nobody's business (because your body really is nobody's business).


Beauty: Urban Decay Naked 2 palette review and four looks

A few weeks ago, my sister gave me the very best birthday gift ever: this Naked 2 palette by Urban Decay. I had been lusting over the Naked palettes since forever, but for some reason I never took the plunge to spend the 45-50€ it took to actually call the luxury palette my own. My birthday was the perfect occasion to add it to my collection. I have used it literally every morning since I got it, proving the incredible quality and versatility of the Naked palette. Of course, the internet is already filled with amazing reviews of the Naked palettes, but I figured you might be interested in my perspective regardless. Read on for a review of the palette, and four different looks I created!

Urban Decay Naked 2 palette: review and tutorial
Urban Decay Naked 2 palette: review and tutorial

The Naked palettes at the moment come in three varieties: the warm-neutral toned Naked 1 (or original), the neutral/cool toned Naked 2 palette, and the rosey, softer Naked 3 palette. I was going back and forth a bit between 3 and 2 when my sister asked me which one I wanted, but in the end I picked the 2 because it had a few darker shades, and more variety than the 3. I'm pretty fair skinned, but my high contrast colouring (dark hair and eyes, fair skin) looks better with medium shade make up, as light coloured make up tends to wash me out or make me look like a Barbie doll. I have no regrets about picking the Naked 2 palette, I have found that it contains a nice variety of shades to create warm, cool and neutral looks. Check out the shades!
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