Outfit: star print wrap dress and thigh highs

Outfit: star print wrap dress and thigh highs
subtle pastel pink balayage
Outfit: star print wrap dress and thigh highs, kate spade bag
star print wrap dress, thigh high boots
star print wrap dress, thigh high boots
star print wrap dress, thigh high bootsstar print wrap dress, thigh high boots
thigh high boots, star print dress
thigh high boots, star print dress, kate spade purse
star print wrap dress: c/o Shein - handbag: Kate Spade NY - thigh high boots: & Other Stories - faux fur coat: vintage

I feel like recently, we've seen the renaissance of more feminine silhouettes in fashion. Cleavage and curves are back, and with them we're seeing the return of cuts that emphasize the waistline. A wrap dress really is one of those classic pieces that work for an extensive range of styles, and since I love a good ruffle, I had been on the lookout for a cute long sleeved wrap dress with a ruffle detail. This star printed version is very similar to the ones by Realisation Par, but without that $200 price tag I simply can't justify spending on another dress, as cute as it may be. This Shein version is just $24, pretty sweet deal if you ask me.

I'm wearing this one in a large based on the provided measurements, and I could probably have sized down but I prefer having a bit of breathing space. Especially since this is already more cleavage than I am used to rocking. I paired the dress with my thigh highs, although those go better with a slightly shorter hemline to show of a slither of leg. I still enjoy the witchy/60s vibes here, even though the proportions may be slightly off.

If you're noticing my hair looking a bit pink again, you're right! I mixed up some carnation pink and neon blue into my conditioner to do some DIY pastel toning after a wash. It's slightly scary but very fun to be able to experiment with my balayage hair like that, and incredibly easy to boot.

BTW if I disappear for a few days, it may be because my laptop has died on me. The worst of first world problems: your smartphone/laptop crapping out on you.

Cheers!

Outfit: merry-go-round and embroidery

rust coloured teddy coat, embroidered skirt, buckle boots

Personal: My bestie's wedding


Back in September, I was lucky enough to be part of my bestie's wedding. Sabina got married to Jef, the love of her life, and she asked me to be a maid of honor! I was probably almost as excited as she was, and I know I can speak for all of our friend group when I say that we felt honored to be part of this girl's day. Of course I took about a million pictures throughout the entire event, and since this blog is like my online diary I couldn't skip this dream of a day! Especially considering the fact that Sabina and I wouldn't have met if it weren't for this blog - we met at this event 6 years ago. It was meant to be!

Outfit: embroidered sweater and pearl beret

Outfit: embroidered sweater and pearl beret

Outfits: checkered suit, stars and moon boots

Outfits: checkered suit, stars and moon boots

Outfit: polkadot tights, red and green

green coat, floral skirt, polkadot tights and pink kate spade bag

Outfit: embracing fall and knee highs

vintage fall outfit in ruffled blouse, knife pleated skirt and overknee socks

Outfit: bronze skirt and embellished collar

Outfit: bronze skirt and embellished collar

Wishlist: rainbow stripes and lace up skirts

Hi babes! I had a lovely weekend - a Halloween party with my babes, cooking up some yummy food, taking a Sunday afternoon nap and putting up some twinkle lights for an early Xmas vibe. Better yet, the upcoming work week is broken up by a holiday (All Hallows), which makes the idea of Monday being imminent a little less daunting.

Anyway, I'm sitting on the couch with our ginger cat, a blanket and Australian Masterchef on TV, and I'm doing some window shopping. I put together four cute, colourful outfits I wouldn't mind adding to my wardrobe for November. Ruffles, rainbow stripes, 70s inspired skirts, relaxed trousers and statement shoes: my aesthetic in a nutshell.


From left to right: 

Look 2 is the type of outfit I always go back to when I don't know what to wear, because it's such a tried and true combination, but I'm probably most into look 4 here. Relaxed and super comfortable, but very elegant and eccentric at the same time. Those velvet trousers are such a statement piece, I can't get em off my mind! Imagine how gorgeous they'd look with everything from a simple tee to a silk blouse. So good.

Hope you're ready for Monday! ;-)

Beauty: Wunderbrow 1-step brow gel in black/brown review

Beauty: Wunderbrow 1-step brow gel in black/brown review

Hi guys! I have some really cool news to share with you: the blogger hype product, Wunderbrow, is finally available in Belgium, sold exclusively at Di. Not sure what the hype is about? Let me sum it up for you. Wunderbrow is a waterproof, transfer-proof, long lasting brow product - perfect to beef up your brows in summer without any danger of sweat or swimming messing them up. 

In wintertime, the product is just as relevant because it saves you time when rushing to get ready in the morning. I mean, I love myself a full face of makeup, but I love sleep more. And Wunderbrow promises you a done brow look that lasts up to three days if you don't use any oil based makeup removers on your brows.

Does it live up to its hype? Let's find out!

Outfit: playful office outfit in double leopard print and wink sweater

Outfit: playful office outfit in double leopard print and wink sweater

Outfit: fall walk in buckle boots

Outfit: fall walk in star print dress, checkered blazer and wide brim hat

Outfit: box pleats and lilac leather

pink leather jacket, kate spade NY bag, box pleated skirt

Outfit: pink corduroy pinafore

Outfit: pink corduroy pinafore layered over turtleneck

Outfit: autumnal in ruffles, dungarees and wide brim hat

Outfit: autumnal in ruffles, dungarees and wide brim hat

Outfit: Anonyme dress layered over mesh top

Outfit: Anonyme dress layered over mesh top

Outfit: pink ruffle blouse and leopard mary janes

Outfit: pink ruffle blouse, green coat and leopard mary janes

Outfit: oldskool Vans and frilly socks

Fiddler cap, leather jacket, victorian style blouse, raw hem levi's, frilly socks and oldskool vans

Levi's Wedgie fit: a review (and a love affair)

Levi's Wedgie fit: a review (and a love affair)

According to my estimates, about a bajillion articles have been published about how to find the perfect pair of jeans for your body shape. Now, I am a pretty big opponent of the whole ridiculous idea that one should dress a certain way because of their body type. It's just clothes, man, and you don't owe it to anyone to look your "best", whatever that may be (your skinniest? your sexiest? your least offensive?). 

Still, the right garment can absolutely make you feel like a million bucks, and there is one pair of denim trousers that completely changed my core wardrobe. I have always felt best in skirts and dresses, with trousers playing second fiddle. However, when I first slipped on Levi's Wedgie fit jeans, I knew I had found my perfect fit (pun intended), which immediately upgraded them to the status of can't-live-without wardrobe piece. Over the past year, my style has absolutely changed  because of my discovery of the Wedgie fit Levi's, and that's a big enough deal to warrant a blogpost I reckon!

Outfit: scooter, rainbow stripes and mules

Outfit: scooter, rainbow stripes and mules

Beauty: Juvia's The Magic Palette review

Beauty: Juvia's The Magic Palette review

I had been lusting over the Juvia's Place Magic Palette for months basically, ever since Stephanie Nicole gave the brand an endorsement. Finally, BeautyBay started stocking Juvia's Place, but the Magic Palette was consistently selling out in the blink of an eye. I finally managed to order one recently, as a little treat from me to me for finishing my PhD. 

Wishlist: fall feelings

Since a couple of days ago, fall has officially swooped in with crisp mornings, golden foliage and casseroles all day errrday. I'm a summer girl at heart and I'd be happy if I could live in sundresses and sandals forever, but let's be honest: fall fashion is generally the most exciting, and autumn is the best time to get creative. Obviously I have my eye on a bunch of stuff (rainbow striped sweaters! puffer coats! corduroy trousers!), and I always love rounding up some cute and affordable Shein options for a little wardrobe refreshment, so here are some outfit collages I made this weekend. Does anyone remember polyvore? That shit used to be all the rage, man.

fall wishlist
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Some obvious slight Halloween/witchy/goth/Wednesday Addams vibes here. I'm seeing these ruffle sleeve striped sweaters/shirts everywhere, and I think it's such a cute look. I'm seriously contemplating ordering that star printed mesh top, imagine how cute it would look under a sleeveless dress or a pinafore! And obviously, lace up thigh highs are epic in every possible way.

fall wishlist
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This collage is a little more retro/60s/boho inspired, which is my favourite look year-round. I'm super into all the pearl detailed shoes everywhere inspired by Gucci (wish I could afford the real thing). I've been eyeing this Los Angeles 1960 sweater for over a month now, it's just a matter of time before I click it home. And I don't know if I'd be brave enough to wear this fringe jacket, but I SO admire anyone who is boss enough to rock it.

You see anything you like? :-)

Outfit: polkadot dress, socks and loafers

Outfit: polkadot dress, socks and loafers

Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2

Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Mission District

I'm back with my second post on our time in San Francisco earlier this year! I had so many shots to share that I decided to break up the content in three blogposts, so enjoy ;-)

This post will cover our time exploring Mission District and the Castro area. I took a billion pictures obviously, but since I didn't feel like lugging my heavy camera around all these shots are phone pics, sorry!

We started our second full day in San Francisco determined to cover most of the city's remaining tourist attractions, after visiting Bernal Heights park, the Golden Gate bridge, Chinatown and the Financial District the day before. We set out on foot after grabbing some food at the local supermarket, no time for full breakfast!

Outfit: denim culottes and pink glitter sandals

Outfit: denim culottes and pink glitter sandals
Outfit: denim culottes and pink glitter sandals
off shoulder crop top, retro round sunglasses
basket bag, round sunglasses, high waisted denim
Outfit: denim culottes and pink glitter sandals
 pink glitter sandals
Outfit: denim culottes and pink glitter sandals
 off shoulder crop top: Forever21 - high waisted denim culottes: Uniqlo - basket: Dille en Kamille - sunglasses: c/o Shein - pink glitter heel sandals: c/o Sacha shoes

I still had this outfit sitting in my folders, and it's way too cute to not post it just because Belgium has decided to get an early start on fall. Let's just dream of a gorgeous Indian Summer that would allow us to wear sandals and crop tops a little while longer, right?

This crop top was a favourite of mine past summer. I had been looking for something exactly like this for months before I finally found this one, ultra cheap at Forever21. I mean, F21 gets flack for being a little tacky and "young" at times, but I always love how the store manages to offer just what you're looking for. A wide range of easy, cute, trendy stuff: how can you not dig that?

The shoes are the focal point here, though. I never knew how much I needed pink glitter sandals in my life until I spotted these babies at Sacha. OK I did obviously, pink + glitter is everything I love. I also really love a mid height block heel because you know I have zero tolerance for super high heels. These sandals are still available in silver and black, and the pink has been going in and out of stock for a while so I'm pretty sure they'll pop up again if you keep an eye out.

Here's to shoes that make your heart skip a beat!

Outfit: ruffled jumpsuit, gold loafer pumps

Outfit: ruffled jumpsuit, gucci inspired gold loafer pumps, pink kate spade bag

GIVEAWAY: printing your favourite memories with Smartphoto

If you leave aside the stress of preparations and jumping into the unknown, travel is pretty much the best thing ever. I think we can all agree on that. I mean, I'm the kind of weirdo who even loves long layovers in a strange way. There's a special kind of charm about that moment in time and space where everyone is out of place, suspended in this liminality between leaving and arriving. But you know what's even better than travel? Immortalizing the memories you make by taking pictures. Keep reading if you want to win some materialized memories! 

Honestly, research shows that people who take pictures (f.e.when travelling) remember everything better and notice more, and I completely concur. My memory is crap, but I still remember every outfit I've blogged because I photographed it. And that's why I always push my boyfriend into taking pictures together. Because I know that it feels awkward AF in the moment, but you look back on the result and the memories come flooding back.

Case in point, this pic we shot on a beach in Théoule-sur-Mer. When I see this photograph, I remember how the sun had just set behind the Esterel hills, the warm sand, the cool breeze, the pizza we ate al fresco and the gorgeous views on Cannes across the bay.


And that's everything that comes to mind when I look at this canvas print I made of the picture that is currently hanging in our kitchen area!


Absolutely the best decoration ever: a little piece of a beautiful summer evening captured and displayed. I ordered the canvas off Smartphoto, a website that offers all kinds of photo printing options like picture books, smartphone cases, pillows, posters and much more. The option I picked was a picture on a 90x60 cm canvas.

Now, I KNOW all of you have a bunch of gorgeous memories/pictures lying around just waiting to be printed and featured or gifted to someone you love. And that's why I'm giving away a €25 gift code to one lucky winner! All you have to do is leave a comment below this post with a way for me to contact you or send me an email at thestylingdutchman@hotmail.com, and explain in a line what item you'd order and what memory you'll have them print out. But keep it clean ppl! 

Giveaway runs until the 17th of September, 8pm. Good luck! Giveaway closed!


Outfit: 90s vibes and biker boots for fall

Outfit: 90s vibes and biker boots for fall
Outfit: 90s vibes and biker boots for fall
Outfit: 90s vibes and biker boots for fall
Outfit: 90s vibes and biker boots for fall
Outfit: 90s vibes and biker boots for fall
Outfit: 90s vibes and biker boots for fall
biker boots: c/o Via Roma at Torfs - Wonder Woman tee, choker, faux leather skirt, fishnet socks, velvet backpack: c/o Primark - pink sunglasses: c/o Polette

I am not ready to say goodbye to summer, but Belgian weather doesn't seem to be giving us a choice right now. The days are getting shorter, it's chilly outside, and not a day goes by without some rain. I took these pics when it was still a bit warmer but I would NOT be able to get away with this look sans tights right now! Luckily, this type of outfit looks just as cute with some nylons. My feet will have to get used to closed shoes again (sandals r life), but I have always loved a good chunky boot. These ones by Via Roma have a cool texturized finish and a slightly higher heel than your average biker boot, and I had fun pairing them with fishnet socks. The whole fishnet sock has been super trendy over the past year and I finally caved and got some for myself. What can I say, I always love a cute statement sock!

This outfit is a bit sexier than I generally dress these days, with the bare legs and the pleather mini, but the 90s/The Doom Generation type vibe is super cool so I still really love how this look came together. Hope you do too!

I'm starting at my new job tomorrow, so wish me luck ;-) Cheers!