Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Curled up

Started curling my hair again. It's finally long enough after my last catastrophic haircut made it too short I only liked it somewhat straight.

I posted this quick pic on
my Twitter and got a bunch of questions on how I did it. I'll try to do some sort of picture tutorial because my explanation isn't that clear but here it goes:

1) Dry your hair completely and
use a heat protecting spray

2) Divide all your hair in to three parts.
One small section on the top and two bigger, equal sized parts in the middle and bottom of your head. I use the top of my ears as an indicator of where to separate the middle from the bottom bart. Twist all your hair except the bottom layer in a bun so it’s out the way.

3) We start with the bottom layer.
Divide that in to a left side and a right side.

4) Begin curling with one side – I do left first.
Divide that side in pieces of hair that are about 4 centimeters wide - yes; most of the work is in parting hair ;) - and start curling those in a motion going away from your face. You hold the iron horizontally and then roll the iron in a motion going away from your face, starting at the tip of your hair.

5) Hold the iron for a few seconds and carefully roll it out. Immediately spray the curl with hairspray when it comes out of the iron. Now do the same with the right section.

6) You’re now done with the bottom section. Repeat step 3 to step 5 on the middle section of your hair.
   7) Now everything is curled except for a small section of hair on top of your head. Where the parting of my hair starts, I take a string of hair that's about 4 centimeters wide on both sides and curl those to the outside. This frames your face so pay extra attention to getting a perfect curl.

8) The rest of the top layer I curl like traditional curl rollers. I lift up the hair so the tip of the hair faces the ceiling and then roll the curling iron down to my head, rolling inwards.

9) Shake it out, lightly brush the curls so they become softer and set with hairspray again. VoilĂ !

 Two last tips:
- For a more natural look, curl some hair outwards (rolling the curling iron away from your face) and some inwards (rolling towards your face).

- For the best result clip the hot curls to your head with small (bobby) pins, hairspray that and take the pins out when the curls are cooled off.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

The bag...

Still overly excited that this bag is finally mine. Like I told you here, I've been lusting over the Balenciaga City bag ever since I was a young teenager. Right then I secretly set out a goal to have it one day, when I was all grown up. Now that didn't happen just yet. But with my Master's degree in sight, my new job at ELLE, making my blog a profession and just generally being in a good place, I felt like I had so much to celebrate and just did it. Couldn't be happier with this purchase and it really lifts up every simple outfit.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Outfit: Kiss and tell

A date night outfit from about a week ago, still in Bangkok, that would have been great to pair with my new Balenciaga bag. (Which will be on my blog tomorrow!)

Zara tweed jacket
Forrest & Bob tank
River Island denim shorts
Fashionology quartz necklace
H&M heels
Ray Ban Wayfarers 

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Fashion journal: last holiday post

I promise this is the last holiday post, I just have so many images I feel like sharing and this is just the tip of the iceberg. When I'm in a country that is so different than my own, everything around me (even random street scenes) suddenly seems so photogenic and I can't stop clicking :P

What are you looking at?
1) At a beautiful beach, I was completely relaxed here
2) Japanese bridge in Hoi An (in Vietnam)
3) Hoi An fisher boats
4) Polkadots + neon nails = love
5) Lanterns on the street
6) House in Hoi An
7) My jumpsuit while shoppingin Bangkok
8) Old Japanese house in Hoi An
9) I've become addicted to lemonade
10) In the enormous gated residense where Vietnamese emperors lived from hundred of years ago up to the 1940's

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Friday, August 26, 2011

My Balenciaga buy

I did it! After quite a lot of thinking, saving (not the best timing with my summer holiday) and designer bag debate with ELLE-colleague Iris, I finally bought this Balenciaga baby. Can you guess what's inside the dust bag? To be continued... ;)

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Snake bite

The fashion world has been bitten by snake print. Yes, when Prada, Chloe and Missoni are sending snake skin down the runway, it's a trend. I can appreciate a subtle animal reference now and then, and this print is no exception. So to have this Stylestalker blouse waiting for me in my room was a great welcome home.

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Outfit: New lenghts

After leaving longer lengths alone for the past years, I've taken a new interest them this holiday. It must be the high comfort level. I might like the beige/black striped version of this dress even more (I posted it here), but this black basic has been worn so much the past month in Asia it is literally starting to fall apart.

COS sandals

H&M maxi dress
ASOS rose gold armour cuff
Zara belt

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Shopping: A tweed treasure

After spending weeks in places where fashion isn't a big priority, which can be nice as well, I couldn't help but indulge when I got back to Bangkok and visited their supersize luxurious malls. One souvenir is this red boucle jacket, with leather detailing to make it more modern. Something I think is essential with these type of jackets, they can easily be a bit too mature. My plan is to mix them with some old skinny jeans or anything leather. (But then again, that's a good wardrobe strategy for almost everything).

Zara tweed and leather jacket

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Outfit: Take on tribal

This tribal printed jumpsuit brings back memories from last year, when I wore it to my first international Fashion Week in Paris (remember this post?). I haven't worn it much after that, but the print and crossed back still make it something special.

H&M Trend jumpsuit
COS sandals
Fashionology bird skull necklace
Zara bag

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Polaroids from paradise

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Farewell Asian adventure... As you read this I'm probably boarding a flight from Vietnam to Bangkok, where we'll spend two more days before finally heading back to Amsterdam. I'm starting to look foward to it, actually. But for now I can't stop looking at these beach pictures. Seems like this was a long time ago (we've only been in rainy cities since) and I already miss the sand and salty ocean air. See you next year, sun!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

In my suitcase

Peeking in to someone's suitcase and seeing what they find important enough to pack, can be very entertaining (I surely enjoy it). So I've put together some of the content of my suitcase. I'm not a minimal packer, I only stop when my bag is completely full, but I'm getting better at not bringing items that I'll never end up wearing. (Rule for that; if you don't wear it at home, you won't wear it on holiday either)

1) Natural tones and prints to mix
2) Jewelry to finish a look, by House of HarlowH&M TrendFashionology, ASOS and Club Manhattan
3) Leather strappy sandals by COS and H&M Trend

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Outfit: Sandy stripes

When last year's H&M Fashion Against Aids collection came out, this piece was the one I fell for. I believe it was just 10 euro's, and the colors make me happy every time I see them even just hanging in my closet. (Obviously wearing it to the beach is ten times better). This might actually be my last beach visit, since we're heading to a historical, old town of Hue next and a huge city before we go home. Part of me wants to stay here, but the other part is ready to go back to Amsterdam. It's just difficult to work and manage things from here (like my university registration that got messed up), but I'm trying not to worry about all that too much for one last week.

H&M FAA striped dress
COS sandals
H&M cuff

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Modefabriek report


Better late than never; the report of my first visit to de Modefabriek last month during Amsterdam Fashion Week. It's a big event where brands - some of which are more my style than others - showcase their new collections to buyers and press and me and Sabrina decided to check it out. Some brands that I absolutely love were there, like Avelon and Whyred, and I took some shots of my favorite pieces of the day.

What are you looking at?
 1) Avelon jewelry in their signature rose gold
2) Zip skirt by Avelon
3) Big leather shoppers by Yarn Unit
4) Old school cotton candy
5) Reptile print leather jacket by Nmbr nine
6) Overview of de Modefabriek
7) Gorgeous loose knit by Whyred
8) Nmbr nine reptile print leather flats
9) Whyred men's collection
10) Leather jacket by Avelon
11) 5 Preview bags

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