Monday, June 17, 2013
New week, new outfit post! Here’s the full look featured previously in this post. I ordered the sweatpants on DefShop, and although I think they’re really cool, they were also quite tricky to style. The connotation of sweatpants is usually either sporty or lazy, two polar opposites and two adjectives I didn’t want my outfit to convey. And so the search for items to tone down the sporty without looking sluggish began. When in need, I always find answers in my light denim shirt. The serious fit of a shirt with the casualness of the denim fabric helps to restore the balance in this outfit. And although the white wedge sneakers might scream sporty spice, the blazer in the same fabric and colour as the pants help to tie the look together and transform the sweatpant/sneaker combo into a rather classy, casual and semi-sporty look. Yeah, I tend to overthink things.
I'm wearing: sequin sweatpants from Only via DefShop, denim shirt from Pull&Bear, jersey blazer from Zara, Balenciaga City bag in gris poivre, watch by Marc by Marc Jacobs and white sneakers from Nike via Spartoo schoenen. Pics by Polienne.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Ever since this post, I'm totally obsessed with all-white looks. You might need to be a bit more careful when stuffing yourself with Thai curry and I won’t recommend an all-white ensemble on alcohol-fuelled summer nights (careful with that Cosmo!), but they do make for an instantly chique appearance. These ASOS HOCUS Heeled Sandals are the perfect addition to linen summer dresses, flimsy silk camisoles and cotton capri pants. That being said, I wouldn’t say no to this tan/black variant as well.
In the mood for shopping, but not really for spending? Be sure to check out my recently updated closet sale here!
Friday, June 14, 2013
There's a first time for everything: flying in a helicopter, going on your first job interview or taking your mom with you on a press trip. I can now say: been there, done that. When Thalys invited me for a trip to Cologne and said I could bring a partner, I asked mommy if she wanted to come. It's fun to share my blog adventures and to have her experience first-hand what these kinds of trips are all about. In addition, it was a great excuse for some mother-daughter quality time. And Köln, Cologne or Keulen is the perfect city for just that. With its myriad of shops, plenty of coffee spots and cool squares filled with hip people, Köln is as far away of the image I had of a typical German city. The Lederhosen are being traded in for skinny jeans, pints of lager for coffee-art macchiato's and the schlager music for indie improv bands performing on street corners.
Le Bloc is the festival to be seen at."
With its familiar sounding street names (think Brüsseler Straße and Antwerpener Straße), the Belgische Viertel or Flemish quarter feels like home. Home to the hip and happening. During our visit, the anual fashion and design festival Le Bloc took place, and turned the streets of the Belgische Viertel into one big fashionable party. People were singing, little kids were dancing and everybody was having a good time. The shops in this part of town kept their doors open until midnight, and there were plenty of spots to spend your money at. For a list of hip stores, check the Le Bloc website here.
The rest of our trip included a visit to the Ludwig Museum where we received an elaborate explanation on the works of Saul Steinberg (read more about the current exposition The Americans here), a tasty lunch at the museum café and –of course– some shopping. None of us were really in the mood for die-hard shopping as it was one hot and sunny day, but I did wanted to make one stop: Gina Tricot, a store of which I’ve heard before through several blogs, but never actually got to visit. Turns out Gina stocks a lot of young and fresh styles for low prices (similar to the H&M Divided department), but I kept myself in check and only bought a t-shirt.
The mommy and I shared a nifty little suit in the Hopper Hotel. This former monastery turned design hotel features one hell of a scary monk at the entrance – which I of course had to pose next to. The room was simple but clean and cozy, and the beds were comfy. With a substantial amount of miles in our feet and a fully stocked mini bar, mommy and me decided not to explore the Kölner nightlife, but instead we stayed in for a good night sleep. I like to think that the best thing about sleeping in hotels is the breakfast in the morning. And apparently, I got that from my momma. That’s why we decided to skip the early morning tour around the city and indulge in a decadent breakfast instead. After a last coffee on the square with views of the Dom, it was time to hop on the train back to Belgiumville.
Ah, le Thalys! Probably known best for its journeys to Paris, but this high-speed train also brings you to Cologne in no time. I love traveling with Thalys because their cars are so fun to travel with. Comfy and roomy chairs, yummy meals, not-so-miniature wine bottles, free WiFi (when traveling first class) and an electrical outlet next to every chair. This is the epitome of traveling in style.
Both mommy and daughter had a great weekend in Cologne - we'll be back soon.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Home inspiration. Flicking through home decor magazines and scrolling down interior design boards on Pinterest is one of my favourite things to do. Ever since I was little I took my bedroom decoration very serious. Changing my bed from one wall to another, adding frames with fun pictures and tie-dyeing pillow cases – back then it was all in the little things. With a big move in the near future, my home deco skills will be put to the test. My initial idea was: an entire apartment to fill, I have no clue what I want! But after browsing webshop Home24, my thoughts changed to: “ahmagaaad, so much pretty stuff, I don’t know what to choose, I want it ALL.”
I love a clean design in a more authentic setting, so I filled my virtual shopping basket with modern designs that would fit perfectly in my roomy mid-century town house. Then reality kicked in and told me I shouldn’t be ordering stuff when we haven’t found a place to live yet. One thing did manage to sneak its way to the check-out page. This retro cocktail chair (its name is Adrian!) could be the perfect addition to my future living room.
Having no experience with ordering actual furniture online (I usually stick to shoes, bags and clothes), I was really excited when online furniture store Home24 contacted me for a collab. I would be kind of hesitant spending money on furniture without seeing and feeling it in a showroom, as dimensions and materials can look different when viewed on a computer screen. Another doubt would be regarding the delivery, as large packets tend to cost more in shipping.
I can tell you that the delivery was great – quick and easy. The mailman personally delivered the rather large cardboard box right into my living room (I’m a small girl!) and so just three days after placing my order I was already chilling in my chair. As for my initial hesitations about picking furniture online, I can tell that the item actually exceeded my expectations. I can definitely vouch for ordering online, as prices are usually better (sales! reductions! bargains!), just make sure to check the description, dimensions and used materials before pressing the check-out button. Have fun decorating!
pics by MigalskiMedia