The perfect daytime look for December

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Zara black turtleneck | Zara longline blazer | ASOS Farleigh mom jeans | Gucci Princetown fur slippers 

All I need this December is black, gold and fur. During Holiday month I live in turtleneck sweaters and bodies. I think they look so chique paired with high waisted jeans or leather trousers. The best way to create an effortless daytime look is with sleek basics & neutral colors. Combine them with timeless pieces and nice materials translated to shoes, bags, maybe a beautiful wool hat or suede gloves. The ultimate splurge this month were the Gucci Princetown fur & leather slippers. So elegant yet so comfy. Love them with a bare ankle – the “Farleigh” jeans model by ASOS is something I will definitely buy in multiple colors as it’s the perfect mom jeans that doesn’t give you a ‘mom ass’. Finishing with a fresh salon blow-out, a moisturizing Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick (in ’91 Séduisante’) and a spicy perfume (my fave for this season is Opium Black by YSL) . It’s the faultless mix to kick in for work & meetings during winter.

 

 

 

 

 

These are the furs you need for December

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Zara faux fur coat | Haute Body Brittany leggings |  Valentino combat boots

You may or may not know this – but it takes very little to make a girl happy when it’s Holiday season. Hot cherry pillows, spiced mulled wine, maybe a pair of Cartier bangles to really bring out the Christmas cheer – and you’re all set. Either way, what you cannot miss is a big fur coat. If PETA really scares the ish out of you – go ahead and make it faux. Anna Wintour once approved it, so it’s polyester put to its best use.

I found my super warm furry coat at Zara, and I’m waiting for the perfect leather skinny’s & black lamb leather gloves to pair it with. With real big Céline sunnies and straight hair – as an attempt to look Parisian with a Hip-Hop reference.

Here are five really cool faux furs for you to style this December.

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J.Crew Faux-Fur Pink Jacket – €488,54

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Alessandra Rich Faux Fur jacket – 1,725

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ASOS Vintage faux fur jacket – €77,00

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House of CB faux mink fur coat – 196

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ALICE + OLIVIA Montana leopard-print faux fur coat – 866

5 habits for nearly-perfect daily hair

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It’s been said before and I’ll say it again: we want hair that looks like cash money, like the inside of a Saint Laurent bag. Silky, voluminous locks are not so easy to obtain – but here’s what I learned in five quite easy daily steps that get you a little bit closer.

What you put in, you get out

Salmon, avocado and nuts. Your brunch may be your hair saviour. I have one (or a combination) of these foods almost every two days. Sometimes daily – and it shows. I also have 2 Protein World Omega-3 capsules with my coffee in the morning. Gotta work it from the inside, honey.

All you need to know about Shampoo/Conditioner/Oils

I switch up my shampoo every couple of weeks because I can’t commit. Favourites are Oribe, Kérastase and OGX (especially the Brazilian Keratin therapy!). But I too, get a bottle of Pantène from the grocery store from time to time. I rarely use conditioner because I like to keep my hair washing ritual as brief as possible. I only wash the roots and I try to avoid washing the ends with too much shampoo. Once a week I sleep with a homemade oil mask containing organic castor-, olive-, avocado- and jojoba oil. It’s definitely worth ruining the Egyptian cotton bed linnen over when you see the results! I try not to wash my hair too often in general – every two, three days. The last day before a wash I usually use Tigi Bed Head Oh Bee Hive matte dry shampoo – something I’m very committed to.

Not every salon can do

Obviously the most important part is a great hairdresser. Look for people with Great Hair in capital letters and don’t be shy to ask for their salon (and the person who did the job). You don’t need to figure out what haircut works best for you, you just need to find the person who masters the art. Let the professionals do what they are good at. We’re just mere mortals. If you’re from the Belgian coast you can always ask me for a great hairdresser by comment/DM!

Styling requires observation

Salon blow-outs, heat rollers, a good ceramic curling/flat iron are all worth the investment. At least get a girlfriend that knows hair better than you to come over once a week to style your manes. And teach you. Oh and follow Jen Atkin on instagram and snapchat to keep track of all the latest styling trends & tricks. If you follow Posh for fashion, you have to follow Jen for hair.

To weave or not to weave

Unless you can work them personalized wigs like Kylie Jenner or afford a weave (and daily styling) like Beyoncé’s that lasts a two hour concert – stay away from the hair extensions! Even Chris Brown’s bitches got real hair. If you need a little extra, go for a couple of subtle clip-ins for volume and thickness. At the end of the story, hair extentions won’t do much for you except for ruining your natural hair. I get it, the whole Rapunzel hair thing can look very glamorous on instagram but you still have to carry 260 gram of hair on your head all day and God forbid the wind blows in the wrong direction. I would rather live through a nipple slip than a clip-in slip. If you have a photoshoot, acte de présence, night out,… you can go all the way with the fake hair but it’s always better to keep your hair naturally fabulous during the daytime.

Love,

 

 

 

Visit Kent: it’s perfect for you F/W instagram feed

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If you’re tired of London, you go to Kent. That’s what the art scene figured. And we all know – where the art scene goes, the fashion scene follows.

One of the trips I recently made and that I wanted to keep for Fall season is to Kent in England. London, Paris, Stockholm – don’t we all get a little worn out by the big cities? At times a gal needs something undiscovered.

What’s great about Kent is the cosy, slightly medieval atmosphere. Nature, art, gardens and heritage. All that among pitt stops like Topshop and shopping galleries with MAC, Benefit Cosmetics and Bobbi Brown stands. But with the beautiful gardens, stately homes and stunning castles you probably won’t even get to the shopping part. Trust me.

My advise to you: get yourself a cosy hotel, bring a wool coat, booties and a Maison Michel hat – the tiny streets and idyllic coffee shops will provide a great location for your British-inspired F/W 16/17 instagram feed.  If, on the other hand, your trip is meant to be a rehab from social media, then lock away your iPhone, get yourself some pulled pork from Pork & Co and make a refreshing trip to Folkestone.

Salty sea air, drinks and don’t forget to visit the The Quarterhouse Creative Foundation where artists of all kind gather to show their work in cute little shops. You might even get to some great vintage shopping.

The thing I probably liked the most about visiting Kent was the boat trip with P&O Ferries. If you’re boarding in Calais, you’re in Dover three glasses of Champagne later. It’s like when Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda went from Manhattan to Long Island by boat. Very Sex & The City! An inexpensive getaway all of us should make.

Love, A

Mid Wash Blues: Denim Look

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When you’ve had enough of the blue jeans, white shirt – you get yourself a skirt in denim. Can I just say how comfortable this look is? Paired with white sneakers (Nike Air Max Thea over here, I’m not much of an All Star / Stan Smith kinda gal) and a 3/4 sleeve turtleneck knit it’s yet another proof that I swear by pencil skirts + turtle necks on the daily.

Nike Air Max Thea sneakers | Zara turtle neck fine knit | ASOS Mid Wash pencil skirt | 3.1. Phillip Lim small Pashli bag (mine is sold out so here’s another blue)

 

CHANGE UP THE LOOK

Another take on this look. I missed mini skirts! Topshop has the best. Mid rise denim and a skin tight body are such a sexy match as well.

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Wolford Pure Body | Topshop MOTO Mullet Pelment skirt | No Box Alma sneakers in white | Balencianga City Metallic Edge mini tote 

 

ON THE GRAM

When it’s almost your Bday so you’re entitled to chocolate EVERY day 👅🍓 #godiva

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The best Rosé wines for summer 2016

Rosé wine, especially from Provence, is what you would call le vin du jour. Not only for ladies’ lunch, but for everyone who can appreciate a good grape. Truth is that one doesn’t have to spend 50,- to drink a fine pink wine, as it’s not a serious one – made in September to be drunk the next summer. Let’s browse through 5 of the best Rosé wines to drink during summer 2016.

Aimé Roquesante Rosé 2015
Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah
from Côtes de Provence, France
US $12 / EU €8

This is a great wine as it stands for everything we search in Rosé: lightness, simplicity and impeccable making. Drink Aimé Roquesante for lunchtime, as apéritif at the poolside or when throwing a party.

Chateau d’Aqueria Rosé 2015
Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Clairet, Mourvedre, Bourboulc and Picpoul
from Tavel, France
US $20 / EU €9

This is a slightly fancier blend of crisp cherries and ripe summer peaches. Goes perfect with food. With its luminescent scarlet color and intense, muscular flavor it’s very different from the Provence Rosés a short distance to the South.

Chateau Gassier Rosé 2015, Le Pas du Moine
Cinsault, Grenache, Surah, Rolle, Uni Blanc
from Côtes de Provence, Saint Victoire
US $25 / EU €16

This is a mineral infused delight, even touched with aromatic hints of lavender and herbs. Just what a Provence Rosé should be – light but with enough heft to make it a worthy companion for salmon or swordfish.

Chateau Grande Cassagne Rosé 2015
Grenache, Syrah
from Costières de Nimes
US $14 / EU €5

Packed with white peaches, strawberries and yellow cherries. A fruity, inexpensive, summer delight to enjoy with your friends.

Château La Noblesse Rosé 2015
Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre
from Bandol
US $25 / EU €13

This is about as good as it gets in Provence Rosé….Or at least almost as good as it gets – and certainly as good as it gets for the money. With its intense purity, its ripe, tangy fruit – think melon with a tinge of grapefruit here – and mineral-layered complexity it shows there’s little reason to pay more.

Bandol is renowned for its polished, complex reds from the Mourvèdre grape, bringing an intense purity, a seriousness, one doesn’t find anywhere else.

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Wine selection by Nick Passmore

5 steps to land your first job in fashion

Fashion is a great industry to work in –  whether you aim for a job as a designer, stylist, editor, buyer, photographer or publicist. However, a job behind the scenes of What We Will Wear Next Season might seem nearly impossible to enter. Here is how it’s done.
Step 1: Find your people
A lot of people say they want to ‘work in fashion’. You need to be a little more precise here. Do you want to be a style editor? Do you want to be a designer? And if so, what kind of clothes do you want to make? It’s very important to know what direction you want to go, what your contribution will be to the fashion world. The final plan might change along the way, but the most significant habit you need to cultivate is to work on yourself and grow the talent you already have. Once you’ve got that straight – you need to start applying for every job and internship that might get you a step further in your career. Your current “job” is being the perfect candidate.

“If you want to be the one to select the next Harper’s Bazaar cover in the long run, you might find yourself making invoices or running for coffee first.”

Step 2: All experience is good experience
It’s not crazy to apply for 10 – 20 internships if necessary. This is a great exercise. When you start your first internship, it may occur to you that a lot of tasks are very mundane. If you want to be the one to select the next Harper’s Bazaar cover in the long run, you might find yourself making invoices or (a classic!) running for coffee first. It might not be your dream job, but you obtain vital experience and connections that will get you to the next big thing, so always remain positive. You’ll be surprised how small the industry can be.
Have you seen September Issue (documentary about Anna Wintour)? Anna gets major jobs for young and aspiring designer Thakoon at Mango and The Gap – he impressed her a long time ago. Oh,  and by the way –  The Great Jobs with capital letters are not always so glamorous either, your internship is a good indication of what you’re in for.

Step 3: Work your PR muscle  
Dare to be persistent. You only need one person to see your potential and take a chance on you. Nowadays, you have the advantage of social media to stand out. Follow and interact with brands and insiders that are related to the segment you want to work in. Follow them on twitter and instagram, drop them a couple of likes every now and then, and learn more about their work. Make sure you don’t follow or comment on any private accounts (definitely off limits)!
Also make sure your own account is that of someone who would fit their company. Your profile is your online portfolio after all. And speaking of portfolio – people will notice if you laboured over the typography in your resume or made sure all of your imagery is color corrected and crisp. So definitely make sure your real life portfolio stands out as well.
P.S.: Don’t forget to strategically be present on all the possible fashion events (or even the coffee house where your Boss To Be gets their cappuccino). Remain social, avoid being clingy – and mind your Champagne intake.

“You have to show them that you are willing to bite off more than you can chew. Jobs in fashion are never limited to the task list.”

Step 4: Do your homework
When applying for a job, you need to do your research (what did we say about social media?).  Getting your outfit and resume right is one thing, but you really need to know a thing or two about the company you want to work for. Show up bright and early, prepare the answers for possible questions and make sure you are familiar with the last work, collection, magazine,… of the brand. It never hurts to Google your interviewer and learn more about their body of work. Impressing someone is often simply taking the time to genuinely appreciate what they do. If you need advice on clothes – don’t just simply go for the safe black blazer. You want to work in fashion, darling! I’m not saying you should show up in a last season’s  Galliano gown, but don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through.

Step 5: Think big and… pick up the phone
Submit through Human Resources, but don’t be afraid to send a personal e-mail to the editor with your resume expressing your interest as well. It’s polite to email them asking for 15 minutes of their time, followed up once if necessary (otherwise you’re just stalking them). Your phone is your best friend, you would be surprised how many e-mails get stuck in the SPAM folder (and stay there because no one ever calls in addition). Another common mistake people make is that they only apply when a company has a job posting. Show your spontaneous effort and you might get hired for something even better. The bottom line is that you have to show that you are willing to bite off more than you can chew. Jobs in fashion are never limited to the task list on the HR’s job description – you need to prove them your ambition and willingness to grow.

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#REALTALK: 5 ground rules if you just started dating

A new flame can be very exciting, but every relationship comes with a bunch of new issues and obstacles. Most of them common communication problems. Here’s a piece of advice for ladies who just started dating their newfound Mr. Big. You know, just to make sure you and your beau hit it off just right.

Are you exclusive?

In our womanly eyes – of course a relationship is exclusive! From his point of view – it may not be. When the guy is head over heels for you he won’t even think of another ladyfriend but you might be surprised how many men still keep their options open. You don’t have to go through his call list to find out if he’s seeing other girls – and the worst thing you can do is start out a jealous rage! If you’re not sure just yet and you want to bring it up, make sure to do so in a calm, collected manner so you don’t come off crazy. The rule is: if you had a couple of dates and you both feel like it’s serious the decent thing to do is stop seeing other people. If you only had dinner once and you see a text popping up from another girl, it’s not a really big deal as you can’t expect exclusivity just yet.

You’re dating, not moving in 

Especially in the beginning of a new relationship sleepovers can be something to look out to. Just don’t scare the guy by leaving a bunch of maxi pads and half of your make-up kit at his apartment. Of course you want to feel home at his place and make it as comfy as possible for your girly self. But you would be surprised how easy you can scare him off. The stuff you leave behind should be fun, light and preferably sexy. Like a lacey thong or a Chanel Rouge lipstick. You kind of mark your place without clinging too much or giving him the impression you want to move in ASAP. Initiative should come from guys anyways – that’s a ground rule for not all, but many things.

P.S.: Just because you can’t leave it behind, doesn’t mean you can’t bring it. Always have tampons, a tooth brush, basic cosmetics and clean undies in your bag. You don’t want to look shabby the next morning. You also might want to add travel sized shampoo to this list because some guys only have shower gel and your hair can end up smelling like AXE the next morning.

P.P.S.: I almost forgot. The only way to properly invade his personal space is by taking his shirt. These are for girls to keep and guys should obviously know. And by shirt I mean his white long sleeve shirt for you to make coffee in and maybe even wear outdoors. Not his oversized T-shirt! Ugh. That’s for sixteen year olds. Who sleeps in clothes anyways? And what guy has baggy T-shirts?

The Ex-files

Everyone has been there. You just found someone shiny and new and unfortunately they have history. When you haven’t yet decided your relationship it’s pretty easy to get jealous over an ex-girlfriend whose pictures are still up on his Facebook page and with whom he still might be friends… And then of course the questions that go through your head! Why did they break up? Is he even over her? Was she good in bed? How did her hair get so great? Darling, do you even want to know the answer? You should always keep in mind that to him, YOU are the shiny and new one. It’s okay to feel insecure but be nice, you’re not in a competition. We are all adult human beings, and they broke up for a reason. You should never, EVER be hateful towards an ex of someone! Everybody’s been with somebody, and you can’t get caught up in the past – especially someone else’s.

Again: keep things light

Chances are it already occurred to you that guys don’t (over)think as much as we do. And when it comes to a new relationship, we should take their example! Keep things light and don’t start a fight over a text that hasn’t been answered. If he doesn’t take it very serious, neither should you. I don’t even mean this in a bad way! Don’t let something stupid have the best of you and just focus on the fun stuff. If you’ve been together for three weeks, for example, it’s a bad idea to confront him about how he hasn’t invited you to his house yet, or to tell him how you don’t like his friends, or that he should stop smoking or drinking right away… If you only confront him when it’s 100% important and don’t nag about something every day he will take you more serious and listen better. And don’t forget that guys don’t ever rush to change their habits. They just like to take their good ol’ time.

It’s no scenario

The most obvious advice is to be yourself. Talk about things in a calm manner, don’t jump to conclusions too fast, and don’t let your girlfriends get to your head. At the end of the day – you’re starting a relationship with someone you like and who likes you back! Isn’t that swell? You are both on the same side and you should be true and honest at all times. Mutual respect and a heart-to-heart convo is worth more than doing things by “the statistically right time” or “giving the right response to query A or B”. It’s just the two of you! There is no real manual – you’re making your own traditions.

9 rules to dress like Rihanna

Let’s get one thing straight – you can wear anything if your name is Rihanna. Including a fur coat smoked in weed at a major fashion show… with sometimes nothing but a bra under it. How do we, mere mortals, pull of a look so unattainably cool and provocative, without being denied entrance to a public venue? We summed up 9 rules and tips.

Don’t do anything in between
Rihanna either looks like Mrs Potts the talking teapot or someone who’s going to cut your face if you look at her wrong. There is literally no in between. So if you wake up feeling pink and fluffy: do the whole tutu skirt thing – sprinkles and all. If you feel like a villain the day after – great. Dress like a dangerously sexy creature.

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“Your ego needs to win it from your pain threshold”

Boring hair is the worst  
If there is something we lost track of, it’s how many times Rihanna changed her manes. “Hair so long that it looked like weave. Then she cut it all off now she look like Eve,” – definitely a line in rap history that embodies Rihanna’s hair rule. Surround yourself with stylists (or very skilful friends), and switch from weave to wig to color session every time you feel like your hair is boring you.

Footwear is a commitment  
When you’re dressing like Rihanna, you are doing everything for the sake of the total picture. You pick a look, get the shoe that goes with it, and worry about the pain later. It’s all about commitment. Your ego just needs to win it from your pain threshold this time.

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“You’re saving money for that expensive mink fur.”

You don’t need Harry Winston
You don’t have to splurge on Cartier of Tiffany bangles – Rihanna’s jewellery comes mostly from Claire’s or from her mom’s boutique FAB-U-LUS in Barbados. So stack those rings and bracelets from the 2$ rack – you’re saving money for that expensive mink fur.

Shop at the men’s department
Oversized jackets are an essential piece in Rihanna’s style. Pick out a cool, baggy men’s jacket to give your outfit the right attitude. Jackets are fierce and can be worn over any silhouette or outfit (even a gown). Same goes for shoes: oxfords, creepers – you don’t always need to wear them Giuseppe heels.

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“You will never be stylish if you don’t take risks. If you go into a men’s shop and try something, they would look at you like, that’s a bad bitch.”

Who said it had to be natural?
Just like your clothing style, switch your face look from bare face to full Carli Bybel make-up, fake lashes and all. It’s part of the drama! Rihanna swears by MAC eyeliner.

Sweats-with-heels
Rihanna was the one to discover the now iconic sweats-with heels look. When she’s on tour, she goes to rehearsal wearing sweats with the heels she’ll wear that night. It became her signature look ever since. You can also consider employing a friend to find cool new t-shirts for your own sweats-with-heels look. At least that’s what the real Rihanna does.

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“If you’re wearing a top – don’t wear a bra. If you’re wearing a bra – just wear a bra”.

Drop Vogue – you’re following Middle Eastern girls now
You can copy Rihanna’s exact outfits, or you can find our where she gets all that inspiration. After all, great style is partly doing something different from the rest. Rihanna follows girls from the Middle East on Instagram to give her ideas. She even put one of them in her Bitch Better Have My Money video clip. Find new sorts of inspiration that you can use as an element of your own fashion, don’t just simply copy someone else’s outfit.

Rihanna’s greatest rule
Once you hear this rule, you will notice that it applies to all of Rihanna’s outfits. “If you’re wearing a top – don’t wear a bra. If you’re wearing a bra – just wear a bra”. Simple like that.

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The Zara jacket you need right now

colored PU jackets

If there is one thing to be said about Zara, it’s that it always fills out the holes in our wardrobe pretty nicely without breaking the bank. The unspoken rule of course is that you can never wear a Zara dress to a party (no matter how beautiful it is), because you risk the chance of running into at least two other girls wearing the same outfit. But that’s okay, because Zara delivers plenty of great statement pieces every season for us to play with, without feeling guilty for wearing it once or twice because – price, dûh. To me this piece right now is the faux leather jacket in pink, blue and yellow. I love the style, the metallic details, the crop cut, and above all – the fact that this jacket is beautiful when closed with zipper and belt. Most leather jackets contribute better to a silhouette when open. But not this one. Well, okay – the finish isn’t so great when you look very closely and being a PU garment you shouldn’t risk “keeping it on just because it’s fashionable” when it’s 40° because darling, you’ll die. But all that is forgiven for the very fair price of 50,-. The colors are just so wonderful – you have to see it for yourself. Perfect to wear with denim and office blue hues.

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Zara faux leather jacket in blue | Elizabeth and James mini laser-cut shoulder bag