29.10.14

Being Dutch, and Bench Security Parka

bench security tara iv cheap monday skinnies neon beanie
bench security tara iv neon beanie
bench security tara iv cheap monday skinnies neon beanie
bench security tara iv cheap monday skinnies neon beanie
bench security tara iv cheap monday skinnies neon beanie
 cheap monday skinnies chelsea boots

Tara IV Parka: c/o Bench - jeans: Cheap Monday - boots: Kell via Zalando - duffel bag: GM Z - sweater: Vero Moda

You wouldn't believe how many people do not understand my blog name. I mean, not like they don't understand the words, but most people just take the words in without paying any mind to what it signifies. And when I tell them I am actually Dutch, people are always super surprised. Because I can speak Flemish (Belgian Dutch) without a Dutch accent, and because Dutch roots aren't as obvious as, let's say, Spanish roots. 

Even though I am 100% Dutch (I don't even have double nationality), I often feel somewhere halfway between Belgium and Holland. I don't feel Belgian, but when I'm in Holland, I don't feel completely like other Dutch people either. One thing I do have in common with my Dutch bitches (apart from a love for leverworst, cheese and peanutbutter) is an affinity for utilitarian style. It's something Dutch women often get made fun of, but I'll always pick flat shoes over stilettos, a pony tail over curls and hairspray, and bags with straps over clutches. I love clothes as much as the next person (well, probably more), but I'll never lose practicality out of sight. Ain't nobody got time for that. Us Dutch women are totally related to viking shieldmaidens, yo. We want our daily style to work during a possible zombie apocalypse.

Case in point: this awesome Tara IV Parka gifted to me by Bench. It has deep pockets everywhere (I HATE shallow pockets in womenswear), zip-open reflective elements to increase visibility during the dark hours, an arctic fleece lining, and the hood is curved around the face so your peripheral vision won't be obstructed by excess fabric, while it still keeps your neck toasty warm. Perfect for your winter commute to work, AND quite stylish.

Bet you didn't know THAT's where I was going when you started reading this post, RIGHT?

28.10.14

Return to Midi Skirts

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pieces necklace
quilted midi skirt patent chelsea boots white purse
red lipstick statement necklace
outfit midi skirt patent chelsea boots white purse
white purse emmy wieleman
outfit midi skirt patent chelsea boots white purse

sweater, full midi skirt: Forever21 - purse: Emmy Wieleman via Colette - patent boots: Zara - necklace: c/o Pieces
Remember the old days, when the super feminine/cute/vintage thing was going strong, when everyone was rocking peter pan collars, tasseled loafers and bird printed, empire waisted dresses??? That was also the time when midi skirts suddenly popped op again after being way outta style for like, at least two or three seasons. I blame all of it on Mad Men, by the way. Well, blame is a strong word, I enjoyed myself quite a bit during those halcyon days of twee.

But then everyone grew up/moved on/was enticed to spend their money on new trends, and I sort of rediscovered the fact that my legs are way too good to cover them up with midi skirts all the time.

HOWEVER, I'm like almost 30 now (in three years) and doesn't that mean I should be getting into respectable style? NO, but it does mean that I now have more cash, and I like spending that cash, and one thing I spent that cash on is this midi skirt. I think a nice, thick, black midi skirt can be a great wardrobe staple for the colder months if you like a feminine, elegant look from time to time. This skirt is perfect for the office, and I love the way it falls. Too many affordable skirts are flimsy and crappy, and this one is not. Find it here, btw, but it's only available in grey right now. WINNER


26.10.14

White, Navy and Leather Jacket

leather jacket zara beanie white purse
leather jacket zara beanie white purse sam edelman boots
diamanti per tutti circle ring white purse
beanie outfit
leather jacket zara beanie white purse sam edelman boots
leather jacket zara beanie white purse sam edelman boots
leather jacket zara beanie white purse

leather jacket: Zara - pencil skirt, scarf: H&M - beanie: Ebay - purse: Emmy Wieleman via Colette - boots: Sam Edelman - ring: Diamanti Per Tutti

You know what sucks about getting a new laptop? Getting the screen calibrated to show colours the way you want it to. Especially if you have to edit pictures. I've been struggling with getting pictures to look the way I want them to since I got my new laptop, because every single damn computer shows the pictures differently, which makes it very difficult for me to find a balance that works everywhere. Especially since fall has hit Belgium, because fall equals grey skeys, rainy days and unflattering light if it's not sunny. :( Do these pictures look OK to you?

I brought the beanie out again. And I'm matching my purse to my shoes, vintage lady style. Btw sorry for dropping by so erratically, but work has been crazy busy (I have a deadline for two papers on november 3rd). Also, I've been trying to cook something healthy and fresh every night after work, AND we have netflix now (go watch Penny Dreadful and Orange is the New Black NOW ok). Which means that I spend less time online in my free hours, and that very little time is left for blogging. I'm not abandoning you though, don't worry!
PS You have one more day to enter my Lobogato giveaway, so go check it out! :)

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