Earlier today, mama and I set off to check out the annual International Bazaar and I decided to take this beautiful Paul's Boutique Maisy bag along with me. When the PB team got in touch for the first time a few months ago I was so impressed with all the work they put into rebranding their image and they still continue to impress me! They recently launched their new website so go and have a peek. As for the bag itself, it is the perfect AW handbag to be carrying around. I am so guilty of taking full advantage of the monochrome trend that the leopard print on this bag is a great way to work in a bit of pizzazz to an otherwise very black and white outfit. I actually had the chance to see a sneaky peek of their SS14 pieces and oh my, Paul's Boutique is definitely a "to-watch" UK brand for 2014.
One week ago, I had one of my gals from England over for the weekend. We had not seen each other since we moved out of our 2nd year uni house in June so it was great to finally have a good catch-up sesh! We had a good walk-about on our first day and we of course had to do spot (more like a splash) of shopping. One of the things I picked up was this beautiful oversized coat from the same second-hand store where I found this coat. This one was only fairly decently priced as well - only 17 EUR! I did "um" and "ah" over it for a bit in the store but I am so happy I got it in the end. It is one of the longest coats I own but it keeps me so warm. I feel like I am wearing a blanket haha. I absolutely love winter but I hate feeling the bitterly cold wind riding up from the bottom of my coats or jackets. This beaut here definitely keeps me snuggled up.
PS, if you happen to have a Stylight account I would appreciate it if you could like the look here.
PS, if you happen to have a Stylight account I would appreciate it if you could like the look here.
I think that picking out this Motel Rocks playsuit at this time of year is perhaps quite a silly decision to make but I could not resist this print! I had seen it on a couple of other bloggers here and there in different pieces (like Lulutrixabelle and X) and I knew I had to have the piece to style it my own way. I probably would wear this with a black pair of tights though. Bare legs were definitely a bad decision! The print itself is quite loud so you could definitely pull off this outfit without a necklace but to be extra glamorous on a night out I think I would wear my Choies lionhead necklace (worn here) or a simple gold chain. I would definitely also wear this during the day but in this case pair it with a pair of tights (or leggings if it is frightfully freezing) and a pair of black flats or ankle boots. I could also imagine myself in a burgundy fedora but I have yet to find the perfect one, although I have heard/seen that Primark have quite a lovely one. I may need to take a day trip up to Antwerp soon!
Not long ago, I was contacted by the same people who ran the Filofax Blogger competition (check my entry here) and I was asked whether I would like to participate in yet another competition, but this time in collaboration with Glō Minerals – a mineral make up brand. I had so much fun creating the look and the mini story behind my entry last time that I said yes. Like last time, the blogger entries had to pay tribute to a certain decade and I picked the 50s, which I thought would be a nice follow-up from the last competition. I wanted to do something a little different this time around and I finally decided to re-create this Grace Kelly photo. I thought doing a studio beauty shoot it would be a great way to show the make-up as well as pay tribute to one of the most beautiful women of the 50s.
I would really appreciate it if you could like this photo here on the Glō Minerals Facebook page. The winner of this competition will have the chance to give away a make up bag to one of their readers. Thank you in advance!
Photo by Christine Xuan
When I went back to Luxembourg this weekend I took the opportunity to shoot a couple of outfit photos with the lovely Christine. I received this awesome shirt from Sheinside a while back but because I had not been home in a while it was not until now I was able to open up the parcel. I think I have found the shirt of all shirts! I love that the collar is jewelled so you do not have to worry about coordinating a necklace with the outfit and the cut is amazing. There is a double layer at the front of the top and do I even have to mention the pleated detail at the back of the shirt? It is so absolutely beautiful that I cannot wait to wear this shirt out more on dinner dates and girly nights out, when I am feeling too chilly to don an LBD but still want to look dressed up. A friend of mine from university is visiting me this weekend so I will definitely be whipping this shirt out again!
I posted a preview of this look on Instagram a while back but I never got round to actually posting the entire look – oops. I have been so into beanies lately because, even though I tend to prefer the winter season, I absolutely hate feeling cold. One of the things I love the most about winter is stepping out into a cold, crisp day and being able to wrap up warm in a snug outfit. I bought this burgundy beanie from New Look for a fairly decent price and I spotted another really cool one with stud details when I was out and about the other day with my dad. To everyone who lives in Luxembourg: Have you been to the Belle Etoile lately? OH MY GOSH, I knew they were extending it by they have done an absolutely amazing job! I think it is now my absolute favourite place shop! They now have a Zara, Vero Moda and a huge H&M along with a few other new stores. It is such a great place to go Christmas shopping with the family as there are so many stores under one roof so you can shelter away from the cold winds which you would encounter whilst walking along the Grand Rue in Luxembourg City.
When I was in Köln last weekend visiting the Manfriend the temperature across Western Europe seemed to drop quite significantly. Whenever I checked the weather forecast single-digit figures were appearing across the table. I of course had to wrap up warm, so over my Sentinel City T-shirt I threw on my blue hand-me-down cardigan, Choies jacket and Zara scarf – one of the best purchases I have made this year. As I was wearing this look during the day I decided to go with nude heeled boots. I do love the chilly winter months and I absolutely love the amount of Christmas spirit which the Germans exude with their decorations, markets and window displays. No one does Christmas like the Germans! One of the things I am most looking forward to is the Christmas market in Trier (a town just over the border in Germany, from Luxembourg, and the birth place of Karl Marx – fun fact of the day). It is small and probably does not quite compare to the market in Nuremburg but it is still lovely! My Japanese grandmother will be joining us for the holiday period for the first time this year so it will be fun to get her into the Christmas spirit and celebrate a holiday which is not traditional celebrated in Japan.
Well as I was putting in the details of this look I slowly began to realise that there was not much variation in terms of where these clothes are from. I just loving Zara's AW stuff so much! I shot this look for the Stylight blogger competition which is currently running. It is a 3-phase competition and every 2 weeks a new look (and then a winner) is chosen, but the most exciting part of all is that in 3 weeks time the competition will close and a grand winner will be announced. This winner will actually be able to go to Berlin Fashion Week! It would be such an amazing opportunity and a great way to discover the fashion in an area of Europe where I have never been to before! I would really appreciate it if you could like/heart my look on Stylight here. Even if you do not have an account you can use Facebook to sign it - it is super easy. Thank you in advance ❤
On Tuesday earlier this week, I met up with Claude during my lunch break to eat sushi and to pick up a very exciting package. A good few weeks ago when I was around at her place lounging on her sofa like I totally live there already, she told me about this new brand from Luxembourg which I should check out. Naturally, I was very intrigued as it is not often that something exciting emerges in our little country of Luxembourg. After months and months of planning, Sentinel City was officially registered in March of this year and their first collection was released just a month after. They have now released the A/W winter collection which is quickly selling out. You have no idea how excited I am to be able to introduce you guys to a young Luxembourg-based brand! Now down to the knitty-gritty (knit-ty get it? I deserve my own spot on the Fringe Festival), this beanie is perhaps the most snug little thing I own. Even though my fluffy mittens were a tough competitor, this thick beanie definitely makes it to the top. I also love that it is tight enough around my head that I do not have worry about it flying off in a strong icy gust of wind.
Around two weeks ago, Christine came to visit me for the first time in Brussels. We had such a wonderful weekend together and on the morning she was supposed to leave, we spontaneously decided to do a mini shoot in the morning sunlight. I slipped into my loose Topshop vest, New Look skirt and pearl/gold chain (also from Topshop - surprise!). If only every Sunday morning was like this in Brussels. Winter is truly on its way and it has been drizzling non-stop. I know I really should not complain about the rain so much as it is not that much of a shock considering it is Brussels, but I wish it did not rain so much because I am still loving my maxi skirts. They are the comfiest things to travel in when I take the train to back to lux but they soak up any rain water like a sponge - not the most fantastic look!
I am sucker for alliteration so "Winter Wishlist" sounds a lot better to me than "Gift ideas" but here we are with a collage of a couple of things which have recently caught my eye. Christmas is on its way so if you are struggling to find something for your sister, best friend, girlfriend, cousin... etc then perhaps this little wishlist post can give you a bit of inspiration. When an email popped up in my inbox about this Ingenue coat the simple phrase "day to night" immediately appealed to me. I am currently on my work placement and once I make it back to my apartment after a long day I am usually not that motivated to pull together an outfit for an evening dinner or a cocktail meet up. Not that I am fluttering social butterfly or anything but I do have a couple of friends. No, really though, I only have two friends here at the moment haha. I purchased my own pair of Urbanears over two years ago and I am still in love with them. With such a simple design it can easily be incorporated to any outfit that you are wearing. I purchased the boring old black ones but I have been thinking of getting coloured ones if anything should happen to the others.
Gogo Philip have recently launched two new collections, one of them being this handbag lock design. Nothing beats a chunky gold chain necklace and it makes a decent Christmas present when you are slightly lost for ideas. I do love my gold chain necklaces and I could never have enough variations of them. Being in Brussels means that I have to spend my time drooling over the different pieces online but if you are in and around the London area you can find their store at 68A Cheshire Street. If you know you want to splurge this Christmas you have to check out the Wilbur & Gussie clutches. I had the chance to check a few of them out at a press day and no photo will ever do any of them justice. They are such statement pieces and are perfect for a special or formal occasion. Graduation may seem a while away for me but this emerald green clutch is the kind of thing I could imagine myself wearing with a white or beige dress. However, if you are on the hunt for a more practical and everyday bag, then this Pippa bag in Shark from Modalu is the perfect item to lighten up a dark, fall look. I really should control my daily handbag browse - I am probably feeding my inner Imelda Marcos.
I have been itching to show you guys this coat for so long. There is this store on the Rue Haute, close to where I work, where you can buy clothes by weight (15 EUR/kg) which is where I found this beauty for only 16 EUR - it was such a find! It is the perfect coat to wear over a simple monochrome outfit on a cold and windy day. I am visiting the Manfriend in Köln on Thursday so I will most likely be taking this with me. I cannot for the life of me remember where I bought my bracelet but I have a feeling that it is either from Accessorize or from some store in Japan. I wore this outfit for a grand day out of shopping on Saturday and towards the end of the day, I stumbled across the Kenzo store near Namespoort metro station - I will most certainly be trekking back there again to have an extra long browse!
The Manfriend is here for this weekend and after yesterday's wild night of minion painting (seen here) we had a really lazy start to our day. We headed on up to a restaurant to sit outside as they have heaters above as well as below the tables - so cosy! We then took a very autumnal stroll around the park which resulted in a cheeky gauffre purchase. We of course had to stop for a couple of outfit photos. I am pretty sure that you guys are sick of seeing this jacket making a recurring appearance in my posts but I really am wearing it daily. It is simply too cold to only be wearing blazers and the standard leather jacket is the perfect solution for that! I thought the leather-look skirt would be a bit too much with the jacket but I think the denim shirt tones it down nicely. I do frequently check out the blog links which are occasionally left in the comments so do leave links to your latest fall looks here - I would love to see them.