Friday, February 26, 2010

Got the hots for polka dots

Hi sweeties! This week I finally finished my bachelor thesis, which equals more blogging! You won't believe how happy I was when I handed it in. Fingers crossed I passed! (I'll find out in 1,5 week but I'm already checking my e-mail religiously, hahah!) I'm going out with a girlfriend to celebrate tonight and what are you up to?

H&M 'leather' skirt - Zara blouse - Ibana Rouge bag - Wolford tights - H&M ankle boots.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

That's the question

Wow, you guys sure do love a Q&A! I received over a 100 questions in three days, here are some outtakes: (read all the questions and answers on this website)

How much time do you spend on blogging? Isn't hard to combine with your study/work/boyfriend? Cuz I think it is...
It takes a lot of time, but I love doing it! I don't blog as much as I would like to due to other obligations like university. But it's definitely worth the time investment to me.

Do you live by yourself in Amsterdam? If so, what's your house like and do you have roommates? Your room looks really cool!)

I live in an appartment that I share with my twin brother. It's not huge but I like it a lot! And thanks :D I really like my room as well, thinking of a few small alterations right now. My room probably looks bigger in the picturs though, hahah!

Do you drink a lot of alcohol? What do you think about people drinking just to get drunk every weekend? Are you one of those?
No, definately not! I don't get really drunk when I'm at a party because I want to be in control of the situation when I'm out (and especially when I have to get home by myself). When I'm with my boyfriend I'm less cautious but I'm still hardly ever or never really wasted.

Could you tell something about the times that you travelled? Where have you bin, did you work there or had you saved some money for it? Maybe you can put it in an article, it would be very interesting!
Me, my twin brother and my parents have travelled through a far country for a month each year. Before we were 10 we did europe and then we went far away. Countries we´ve travelled through: the U.S. (and Hawaii), Vietnam, India, Thailand (three times), Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Mexico, Cuba, China. And when I was 18 I went to Thailand by myself! What an adventure!! And my boyfriend flew in later.

When are you 'ready' to make a fashionblog? I would like to do it, but I'm not even close to your fashionability, although I try to pick up trends and look nice everyday. And I'm afraid people are going to think I totally love myself.
Don't worry about that. Exposing yourself online and being totally self absorbed are not the same thing :) And if you're a nice person it will probably 'translate' through the screen.

If you feel like you want to blog, you can easily do so. Starting a blog is such a low threshold thing to do. You can create one for free and upload whatever you want. If it doesn’t work out you can still start fresh in a year or so :) And if it takes a while to develop your blogging 'style', that's totally normal.

What do you think about fat but fashioned people?
'The fashion industry' focussus a lot on weight. Often it disconnects with reality. What you wear is supposed to make you look better and feel comfident. Being naturally thin or being larger shouldn't have to interfere with that.
However, I do feel that pushing yourself to be skinny or being (very much) overweight isn't healthy.

What was the best concert you ever visited?
Coldplay in Germany.

What do you think fashion is about?
To me, in daily life fashion is about experimenting and editing your style and creating something that you feel good in and look good in. What interests me in fashion as an industry is that it's so much about creation, whether you look at outfits, a photoshoot, a runway show, an article. It's also very interesting to see how designers try to captivate a moment or a certain essence in their designs and how this translates to a broarder public.

How or where did you meet your boyfriend?
We met in junior high, hahah! So I've known him for about 8 years, but we're not true high school sweethearts. We started dating when we went to university, about 3 years ago. Always had an eye on each other though ;)

What do you think is the latest trend to appear, and waht are your thoughts on it?
Clogs! I like the trend if it's well combined. I saw a great pair at Zara with a big platform and ankle straps, which isn't a literal interpretation and makes it more modern.

What do you think about Jane from Sea of Shoes? Do you like her style, or do you think she is just a spoiled girl with too much money & time?
It's not up to me to say how someone should spend their money :) Jane has a lot of expensive clothes and shoes, but there are a lot of girls out there that have that too, but miss her creativity. I enjoy looking at her pretty shoes and unexpected combinations, even though I wouldn't necessarily wear it the exact same way.

Are you a clean or a messy person?
I used to be really messy as a kid, but my parents tought me that a clean home brings a clean mind and I try to stick with that.

Are there people asking for your authograph when your out on the streets? Or do you get recodnized?
Hahah, that never happened! (I would be surprised!) I do get recognized often though!

Do you wear heels on a daily basis?
Almost every day :)

What's your biggest dream?
I don't really have one big dream, but I do have a few dreams:
Career wise I aspire to be editor at large of a big teens or womens magazine like Teen Vogue, Elle, ... Also I would love to live abroad for a couple of years. Somewhere in California, London, New York, somewhere interesting :) I've always traveled a lot, and would like to stay abroad for a longer while. And when I'm around 30 I would like to have my first of two kids...hahah!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Question mark

Hi guys!

Over the last two months, almost 500 followers have joined this chick's got style. That's absolutely great and I feel very honored to have such amazing visitors like you :D So I thought it might be nice for the new (and old) readers to get to know me a little better, and also to be able to answer the questions that I missed in the comments. So... you can ask me loads of questions if you click here! (please check if it's already answered before you ask the question, so we don't get doubles :)) Have fun and fire off the questions! The continuous Q&A will last for three days.

to ask questions and to read the answers: go here

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Style file: Mix & Match

The sillouettes this summer are strongly defined and most designers opted for a sleek, strong and clean look or a messy, fun and girly look. In this 2010 trend report I'm discussing the fun and flirty feeling you can create by mixing prints. A lot of designers set the example and showed us no combination is too bold. Leopard with flowers, dots and stripes, tweed with ethnic prints, it's all good!

When mixing prints, you just have to try and see what works and what doesn't as you go along, because sometimes unexpected combinations are the best. However, here are some tips & trics to get you started:
♥ If this trend is a bit too much for you, start by mixing prints in the same color scheme or with a repeating color.
♥ Try mixing a big print and a small print together.
♥ Play with textures to create an even more eye catching outfit.

♥ Dots and stripes are an easy starting point as they are pretty 'neutral' and go with a lot of other prints.

ps. I decided not to do the trend report for a while because I had so many collages of fashion week collections. Do you still want to see more?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Will you be my Valentine?

Happy Valentine's day! I'm not that in to Valentine's, but any excuse to bring out these heart tights works for me! Will you be spending the day with a special person? Did you get cards or are you hoping for a V-Day kiss? Share it in the comment section!

ps. Remember the exciting 'thing' I told you about? Well, I did a photo shoot and interview for Grazia magazine this Thursday! It's out in the first week of March! Fingers crossed I look ok :P

Blazer and top: H&M - Tights: Primark - Skirt: borrowed from H&M showroom - Bag: Zara

Friday, February 12, 2010

Glamour goes Guerilla!

Editor at large Karin Swerink

Me in front of the abri

Yesterday evening I headed to the office of Glamour magazine where the team was enjoying champagne and french fries. We then headed out, ready for some action! (Peep toe heels wasn't the smartest choice at hand)

It's the inside that counts is now painted over Glamour abri's all over Holland by the Glamour vandalista's. Even the cops showed up! Glamour editor at large Karin Swerink told me last night: "This fashion statement obviously applies to the inside of the magazine. And Glamour is not just about the latest Balenciaga jeans. It's about feeling comfortable in your own skin and living your own life. We love beautiful clothes, from Prada to Zara. But true Glamour comes from within!"

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Ready to fish?

Aynouk Tan (fashion reporter), me, Sabrina, Lisa Anne Stuyvsand (winner of the Elle stylist award), Kassandra (model)

Me and Sabrina were tweeting live fom the Ready to fish by Ilja Visser show. We arrived extra early and got a glimpse of the models up close. What appealed to me most is the mix between silk and fuzzy knits and the high comfort level. Looking fashionable gets really easy when you just throw on a knit onesie and heels! My favorites: the sheer harem pants, silver tapered pants, frilly skirt (Carrie would be jealous) and stone colored jumper. The jumper reminds me of the Dries van Noten one that appeared on various blogs. What are your thoughts?

Friday, February 5, 2010

Happy blog-aversary!

Just an hour away from This chick's got style's one year anniversary and I'm pretty stoked. So many great people, opportunities and clothes came along. Thank you for visiting and for your sweet words :)

As I'm always trying to improve my blog, I would like to hear your suggestions. What would YOU like to see more (or less) on This chick's got style in the second year of blogging? More editorials, art, (interior) design, photography, trends, designer info, personal stuff... anything's possible. Just drop your ideas in the comment section :)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A spring romance

the H&M Garden Collection

What I wore to the showroom

Every girl likes to dream off to a more romantic setting now and then. And the H&M Garden Collection does the tric! Bright red roses, garden inspired collors, the print of a wild bouquet, it's all there. Next to the surprising cuts and details, the clothes have a luxurious feel to them as they are all made of sustainable or recycled materials. On top of that, this exclusive collection is available at the regular H&M price point. A good thing, since I want it all...!

On monday I had an appointment with Aukje and Sabine at the H&M showroom. Not only were the girls great, I also had the time to indulge in the incredible collections H&M is bringing us for spring. At first I noticed the Garden Collection has a lot of multi-colored prints, which gives that instant summer feeling. THen I discovered some items have a 70's, boho vibe to it and these mostly come in blues and whites. (Like the blue dungaree dress, which would look great with a white tank and fedora hat!) The other part has a more romantic and glamorous feel to it and consists of nudes, whites and red. The Garden Collection hits the stores at the end of March, so you better start saving!

Monday, February 1, 2010

EnD @ Amsterdam Fashion Week

Yesterday I visited the EnD show at fashion week. The clothes were inspired by the dark and edgy femininity of the 40's and 50's film noir. These outfits can be worn right off the runway, and I can definately picture myself in them. My favorites are the flowy blouses, detailed leather skirts and strong shoulders. If I just forget about food and only buy EnD clothes from now, I'm a happy camper...!