Outfit: polkadot dress, socks and loafers

Outfit: polkadot dress, socks and loafers
Outfit: polkadot dress, socks and loafers
Outfit: polkadot dress, socks and loafers
Outfit: polkadot dress, socks and loafers
Outfit: polkadot dress, socks and loafers
Outfit: polkadot dress, socks and loafers
Outfit: polkadot dress, socks and loafers
dress: c/o Closet London - handbag: Sincerely Valentine - socks: & Other Stories - loafers: c/o RAS shoes - choker: Forever21

This dress was love at first sight for me. Dark dresses with pale polkadots have had a place in my heart ever since I fell in love with Gwen Stefani's look in the Don't Speak video. Not that her look has ever been off point (inverse of on point lulz), but that particular look just really strongly vibed with me, and demure polkadotted dresses have become the epitomy of femininity in my mind ever since. I also really like the silhouette, with the peplum/drop waist effect and the figure hugging cut. 

I wasn't sure how to style the dress though, I didn't want to go too goth but the combination with the loafers called out to me. Adding the sheer polkadotted socks was the perfect way to give the look a bit of a playful edge. Never would have thought I'd be so into a loafer + sock look, I used to associate the combo way too strongly with Michael Jackson. I love it now though!

Hope you like the look too ;-)

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!

Beauty: Rouge Edition Velvet review part 2

Beauty: Rouge Edition Velvet review and swatches

Hey guys! I'm returning with another post about the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets - not a new product, and I have blogged about this before, but these are still pretty much my fav drugstore liquid lipsticks/lipcreams. I like this product so much that I have bought seven different shades in total (one of em got lost though, damnit), and since I couldn't find many swatches online I figured I might as well upload my own in case some other beauty lover is contemplating buying one of these. Enjoy!

Outfit: gingham babydoll, fiddler cap and bamboo bag

Outfit: gingham babydoll, fiddler cap and bamboo bag

Beauty: Dior FW1718 review

Dior Metallics collection FW1718 review

Hey babes! As much as I'd like to ignore it, fall is officially around the corner. While I can't say I'm all that excited about sweaters and bundling up (I'm a summer child at heart), I know I always start getting into autumnal looks in one particular way: the shift from a sunkissed, barely made up face to darker, more pigmented beauty looks. Fall beauty never fails to excite me, and Dior just dropped some of their new offerings for the season, so let's take a look!

Beauty: unbiased ABH Subculture palette review + 6 looks

Beauty: unbiased ABH Subculture palette review

Damn. When I started getting into makeup a couple of years ago, I would never have guessed that an eyeshadow palette would ever become as hotly debated, as loved/hated, as controversial as the ABH subculture palette. But for some reason (that reason being wrong expectations and beauty guru clickbait culture, or possibly inconsistent batches), this palette has been on every beautylover's lips for the past month or so.

Let me summarize the story.

Wishlist: boho and layering for late summer

Shop: 1//2//3//4//5//6//7//8//9

OK guys so let me talk about my latest style obsessions, both of which are totally not a new thing but stuff I have loved forever and have a newfound crush on after my holiday at the Côte d'Azur. I rounded up some of my fav pieces on Shein to demonstrate the aesthetic I'm falling for.

First: relaxed, breazy, romantic/bohemian inspired pieces that will work just as well during those last days of high summer as during early transitional weather, especially if you pair them with some layers (think leather jacket and chelsea boots). Basically every stylish French woman I saw on the streets or on the beach was wearing something along these lines, which made me realize that while I already have a sizable collection of perfect boho dresses, you can never have quite enough. I'm particularly enamored with this baby blue tasselled frock, and this white embroidered ankle length dress. Pair with a straw bag, flats, naturally textured hair and a tan (or some bronzer), and you've got that gorgeous, timelessly feminine French babe vibe. Obviously, I live for this look, as I demonstrated in this outfitpost.

Second: dungaree/jumper/jumpsuit type pieces for layering. I spotted a girl in Grasse looking so effortlessly fab wearing Birkenstocks, a white tank top and that adorable lemon printed H&M trend playsuit, and my love for dungaree type situations was instantly rekindled. To the point where I ordered one of the last pieces online via a friend in the UK, two sizes too big (but on sale!), because even my boyfriend had noticed the girl and said "her outfit is so you". I mean, it was meant to be. Whether you go for a more relaxed/cute look like this raw hem romper, or a more polished look such as this denim overall dress (ugh so sexy), just imagine the fun you'll have layering these with everything from frilly blouses, basic tees and bikinis to rainbow striped cashmere sweaters

You feeling me? 

Outfit: channeling the 60s, supporting Pride week

Outfit: channeling the 60s, supporting Pride week

Travel: California diaries - San Francisco pt. 1

Travel: California diaries - San Francisco bernal heights

Ah, finally, I've managed to make my way through all of the pictures we took in San Francisco to put together two blogposts that share the San Fran vibe with you guys. As you know, we spent about two weeks in California at the end of May and the beginning of June, and we ended our trip with 3 days in San Francisco. This city is one of the most beautiful, memorable, colorful and welcoming places I have ever visited, and I am delighted to give my readers a small taste of everything SF has to offer! Today's post will tick off a few of the tourist hotspots but also some lesser known gems, showing you our Airbnb and its neighborhood Bernal Heights, Chinatown, the financial district, Golden Gate bridge and the Fisherman's Wharf.

Outfit: white eyelet dress and bamboo bag

Outfit: white eyelet dress and bamboo bag

Outfit: goldenrod off-shoulder dress

Outfit: goldenrod off-shoulder dress

Outfit: 60s vibes in jumper dress and fiddler cap

Outfit: 60s vibes in jumper dress and fiddler cap

Outfit: Grey hair, feminist tee

Outfit: Grey hair, feminist tee

Outfit: off shoulder pinstripe dress and leopard mary janes

Outfit: off shoulder pinstripe dress and leopard mary janes

Outfit: vintage silk kimono coat and straw bag

Outfit: vintage silk kimono coat and straw bag

Travel: California diaries - roadtrip San Luis Obispo to San Francisco

Travel: California diaries - roadtrip San Luis Obispo to San Francisco

About time I told you some more about our California travels - only two more weeks until I leave on another trip, so let's get this show on the road! Today I'll be showing you the second leg of our road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco (check out the first part here). Since we broke up the journey in San Luis Obispo, we had about 5 hours of driving to do on both days. Seemed feasible, but if you want to do some sightseeing along the way it'll still make for a jampacked schedule. Ideally, I'd break up the trip in three days rather than two - there's just so much to see and explore!

Beauty: easy festival makeup with Primark prism collection

Beauty: easy mermaid/festival makeup with Primark prism collection

I recently received a box filled with bright coloured, shimmery glitter products- the Primark Prism collection! And now that summer is in full swing, with its beach parties and festivals that allow you to go all out - what better time to play with glitter? I figured you guys would be interested in seeing whether the collection is worth checking out, so after trying all of it, I put together a review of the products that perform best (according to me).

Outfit: Parisian in stripes and slip on loafers

Outfit: Parisian in stripes and slip on loafers

Outfit: embroidered jeans, pink coat, yellow wall

Outfit: embroidered jeans, pink coat, yellow wall

Wishlist: swoonworthy sunglasses

Wishlist: swoonworthy sunglasses
hat: H&M - crochet top: Forever21 - denim skirt: Pull & Bear - handbag: Kate Spade - sunglasses: c/o Polette Dauphine Ivory S

I have been on a sunglasses-buying-binge lately. I don't know why, but this season there seem to be so many cute pairs of shades out there, and since I wear sunglasses 90% of the time during summer, they are the easiest way to lift an outfit to that next level. Whether it is by adding interest, by making you seem cooler than you are, or by hiding bags under your eyes (my favourite tip to not look undead after 24h of travel) - sunnies do the trick. I've gathered up some of my favourite on-trend options that won't break the bank, but will make you look like an insta-model.

Wishlist: swoonworthy sunglasses

My number one fav this season is the coloured lense aviator. This pair is just $7.99 and available in yellow, blue and pink. I have a pink pair as well as a yellow pair - one pair short of an obsession. But you can call it an infatuation. If aviators don't suit your face (I don't look good in most types of aviators either), here are two other options for that retro tinted lense look. These red cat eye shape tinted shades are super cute, only $9, and also available in 5 other colours. The red is my fav though. Would look hella cute with red lipstick. 

The other option is of course the round John Lennon type frames! Pink always has my heart, but if you want to keep things more mysterious, go for the brown lenses - both just $6. Best option to hide tired eyes (or a resting bitchface). Finally, the $8 round, white frames with black lenses. Very retro, very on trend, and surprisingly hard to pull off. I ordered a pair off Forever21 and looked like a bug eyed alien, but I'm determined to keep looking until I find a shape that works for me. Maybe slightly elongated into a cat-eye like shape. If you have any tips, send em my way!

Are you still lusting after a particular type of sunglasses?

Wishlist: swoonworthy sunglasses

hashtag obsessed.

Beauty: shiny locks with Redken Diamond Oil Glowdry

Beauty: shiny locks with Redken Diamond Oil Glowdry

Let me just come out and say it: bleaching your hair does not make it shinier, healthier or easier to style. And yet, most of us go through with it at some point in our lives, whether it is to try a bright colour, to hide our grays or to go blonde. I'm currently going through a blonde period and I'm absolutely loving most parts of it. I love how I look better in warm based colours now (give me all the rose gold jewelry), and the beachy vibe is perfect for summer. 

However, while I used to be able to let my hair airdry and have it look, well, pretty good, this is not the case anymore. My locks look the best by far if I either blowdry for a sleek look, or if I want a more casual look: if I let my ends dry naturally while my hair is up in a bun (great way to get those pretty, beachy waves). I particularly need to baby my ends. Even though they have benefited greatly from the Smartbond treatment I got during my third round of highlights - my hair actually feels and looks healthier than it did before those highlights - I still try to limit heat damage to a minimum by using the right protecting and smoothing products. Hair oil has become my best bud.

I was recently sent the new Redken Diamond Oil Glowdry range to test, and when I saw the results I knew I had to tell you guys about it. Let's take a look!

Outfit: Gingham off shoulder dress, Moschino belt

Outfit: Gingham off shoulder dress, Moschino belt

Outfit: pineapple socks in sandals

Outfit: pineapple socks in sandals, denim culottes

Travel: California diaries - roadtrip Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo

Travel: California diaries - roadtrip Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo

Today I will share another part of our trip to California with you, more specifically the first leg of our roadtrip, between Oceanside and San Luis Obispo, with stops in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara! I have very fond memories of this particular jampacked day, and I'm happy to revisit those beautiful moments.

Outfit: chili pepper tee, gingham ruffle skirt

Outfit: chili pepper tee, gingham ruffle skirt