My dears, in exactly 4 days I will be flying high up in the sky at this hour, on my way to the (hopefully) breathtakingly beautiful Santorini. I have to say I am very much looking forward to spending 7 days doing nothing else but, well, basically just being lazy and eating Greek yoghurt. The only downside of leaving on a holiday is that you have to decide in advance what you're going to be wearing for a week - a process which involves making not-so-life changing but nonetheless very stressing decisions. Which is why I made this stress-reducing list of essentials for myself. And who am I to not let you benifit from my labeur? So please, if you still have a holiday in sight, feel free to be inspired.
What will I be taking with me? A basic grey T-shirt, a pair of white jeans, a wide-brimmed black hat, a striped top, a Greek goddess-like ring, a pink clutch, ripped denim shorts, a black bikini, my birks for making long beach walks, a white shirt as the perfect beach cover-up, a white playsuit and an elegant floral maxi dress for romantic dinners.
Gosh, I can't wait to leave!
The fashion blogosphere seems to be flooded with transitional looks these days, and since Fall seems to already have kicked in in Belgium, I don't mind joining in.
I wore this white look, topped off with my lamswool speckled vest to keep me warm, on a coffee date with my dear friend Aurélie this morning. Driving half an hour for a decent cup of coffee or tea is one of life's litte luxeries we both like to indulge in, and I have to say, Café Labath, was a real treat! I can strongly recommend their Masala Chai Latte and their very buttery ànd organic chocoladekoeken. Aurélie on the other hand is a fervent fan of their Flat White.
Wool vest (Esprit). T-shirt (Esprit). Jeans (Zara). Belt (Vintage). Bag (Zara). Sneakers (Nike). Rings (H&M).
Before I forget: Happy Monday sweeties!
Not to worry, I'm not mourning over anything or anyone (aside from Weekend's end, perhaps). My rather black look just made me think of this perfect, bitter, beautiful, sad song by Eels. Please listen to it, and excuse my lack of words, it is Monday after all...
Blazer (Mango). T-shirt (Esprit). Jeans (Zara). Flats (Tory Burch).Clutch (Marni). Sunglasses (The Row). Earrings (Forever 21 and Zara).
When tossing out half of your wardrobe, buying new stuff to fill up the gaps, seems like the most logical step to take, no? Well, not if you're called Nimue Sturtewagen and, ipso facto, are currently under a self-inflicted shopping restraining order (only one and a half months more to go!).
And even though I'm technically not allowed to do any hypothetical online shopping either, I made no rules whatsoever regarding the use of Polyvore. And so it is my friends, that I have spent this morning making up my dream wardrobe, deciding which closet essentials I already have and more importantly which ones I am allowed to buy once my time in this non-shopping hell hole is over (frustrated much? mais, non!). Well at least I can't be blamed for not taking my time to choose well.
As you can see most of my basic needs lie in de shoe department: knee boots, flat sandals, heeled (preferably ankle strap) sandals, all stars, low heel ankle boots, brogues, black pumps and black ballerinas, though I must admit the latter are the least urgent ones considering my already quite extensive collection of ballerina flats.
A medium sized, black, day-to-day bag however is quite high on my priority list. Luckily the one I've been drooling over these last few months is a Mansur Gavriel bucket bag, that won't become available again until december, so I can't be tempted to splurge too early. Together with a designer bag, I would also like to own a designer belt, like the classic Saint Laurent one you can see above, and a classy designer watch. Furthermore I'd like to add a black round sunny to my collection, for I feel that the day my H&M one will breathe its last is coming closer and closer. One last accessory on my whish list is a black hat.
Talking clothes, I think I pretty much already own everything that I really need, except for a short black cardigan (since the one I bought last year at Zara is already completely washed out), a grey V-neck jumper, a black biker jacket, a striped T-shirt, a fluid long trenchcoat and a little white dress.
So the point of all this, will be that I won't allow myself to buy anything else before I have every single item on this list in my posession. This way I can not be tempted to buy trend-related items ore make impulse purchases before I have stocked up on everlasting neccessities (a matter of prioritising, you see).
It may sound like I have a few boring shopping years ahead of me, but in the end, I think I will thank myself for it.
What do you reckon?
Bonsoir amigos. A truly fashionable life and a house filled with flowers go hand in hand, is what I always say. Let former fashion editor turned florist - and fyi one of my personal style godesses - Taylor Tomasi Hill be the proof of that.
A well arranged bouquet can be as powerful and breathtaking as a brilliantly styled outfit. But aside from taking my breath away, flowers also help me to clear my head. Because as cultivated and un-wild as cut flowers may be, they do have nature's calming and comforting effect on me. And that without even having to get my boots dirty!
Onto another plant-ish subject, I spotted this leaf printed high waist bikini pant on Joyce's blog, Just like sushi, a few days ago and I am really loving it. Since I'm on a two month no-buying challenge, I have been repeating MUST NOT BUY to myself over and over again, but the bikini keeps poppin' up in my thoughts.
Maybe I should buy some more flowers to help me find my inner peace again.