I‘ve been wanting to introduce you to my friend Melanie for a while now. She’s one of the most radiant and positive people I know, and I find her a true inspiration so I really wanted to share her story with you. Plus she lives in this huge appartment in Antwerp with the sweetest nursery!
Meet Dcember bags: designed in Belgium, made in Italy, beautifully crafted to last a lifetime. And the best part? You can customize your Dcember bag to your own liking. When Antwerp based designer Florien Pénard saw her kids personalizing their schoolbags she got the idea to develop a bag you can adapt according to your mood, the season and the occasion.
I‘ve mentioned this Burberry trench before here and worn it here, and about 5 years I scooped it up for a fraction of its worth in a vintage shop in Barcelona. I couldn’t be happier I took it with me, even if I thought it was a bad bargain for about a year. It’s just one of those pieces that comes in handy when you live in a rainy country like Belgium. Season after season, you only need a few new accents to make this old silhouette feel new again.
I’ve shot this outfit a while back, when the trees were still green here in Antwerp. I’m wearing it here with some new fall items, the bag, shirt and sweater coming from my own shop Lily and the Lady (no surprises there, right?), and white leather Keds with a triple sole (on sale atm), probably my favorite pair so far, a great twist on the classic champion model. Oh and a coffee from Mirlo’s, which has been a very regular stop for me since it opened. Owner Merel is a real sweetheart and the french toast is to die for. Do check it out when you have the time!
So, back in 2011 I spent a decent amount of cash on a Proenza Schouler PS1 keepall in the beautiful shade Midnight Blue. I remember the whole experience like it was yesterday. From contemplating what model I should buy to clutching the Harvey Nichols bag while riding the tube on the way home (I lived in London at the time). I must say I was quite disappointed when my dream bag started fading only a couple of months after my purchase. The beautiful blue hue slowly but surely turned into an unappealing, uneven grey.
When I went back to the store about 18 months after I bought the PS1 (I no longer lived in London by then), they told me this was normal and there was not a lot they could do due to the fact I’d had the bag for “such a long time”. I don’t know about you, but the reasons I pay a premium for a designer bag is the fact that it a) will last a long time and b) I will get good service when something needs fixing. Neither of those things were part of the package here, so I was not happy.
Fast forward to 2015, when my beloved bag was gathering more dust than any other item in my closet. My PS1 looked shabby and used, even though I hadn’t used it anywhere near as much as I’d liked. So I felt I had little to lose and started thinking about having the bag repainted. But, because I’m crazy like that, I wanted to try it myself first, and if it wouldn’t work out, I’d just have it painted black.
The risk paid off, and it turned out to be a whole lot easier than expected.
As I’m writing this, I’m still in full denial, watching Dirty Dancing Havana Nights but grabbing George for cuddles every time I have the chance and yelling CUBA! We just got back from little over 3 weeks on the island, and the place was as magical and weird and beautiful as I’d imagined.
So I thought I’d go trough the 2000+ pictures we took on our journey to make a small selection to share and ended up with almost 60. But the thing with Cuba is, that even when things are “ugly”, they are actually still beautiful. Have a look!
Mad Men came to an end last night after 7 seasons of beautiful and elaborate (visual) storytelling. There are many memorable moments in the series’ 8 year long stretch on the small screen, ranging from lawnmower accidents to LSD trips, but I thought I’d pay homage to the series my way, dissecting some of the sartorial clues Costume designer Janie Bryant and Make up artist Lana Horochowski have left for viewers. While some bloggers go as far as to claim the characters are clad in green or blue before they cheat, Bryant says: “My job is to tell the stories of these characters through these clothes. There is definitely symbolism there, but sometimes it’s a bit more overt.”
Here are 10 outfits and style elements that helped tell this tale of midcentury drama: 10 iconic looks from 7 seasons of Mad Men.
1. Betty Draper’s nightie – S1E9 “Shoot”
For most of the first season, Betty Draper is a picture perfect Barbie doll, dressed up in flawless getups that were heavily influenced by Grace Kelly.
However, when Betty looses out on a Coca Cola commercial, she works out her anger and frustration by blasting the pigeons of her neighbor, Mr Beresford, out of the sky with a rifle. She does so in a semi-transparent nightgown, cigarette hanging from her lips, dead look in her eyes.
The scene happens just after a moment of seemingly domestic bliss, as Betty sends Don of to work, does a load of laundry and can’t help but smile at her children jumping off the bed upstairs. “My Special Angel” by Bobby Helms plays in the background, and TV magic was made.
Itza Bocken is nothing if not the full package. Smart, nice, beautiful and she has a kick ass entrepreneurial sense. Back in 2010, while many of her peers were doing nothing but partying and sleeping in, she was already starting up her first company Made By Chickies with friend/ business partner Evelyne Dumon. 5 years and an MBA in Beijing later, Itza is back with a new retail concept called Momoco, ready to solve all your bikini problems. Time to get to know Itza and learn all about her plans for her new brand!
I’m currently in the process of launching a crazy dream: creating the perfect bikini.
My apologies for what must be the longest hiatus in between posts since the blog has been online. Sometimes my offline life takes over, and I guess that’s only normal / healthy. As I told you here, we chose our new collections for Lily and the Lady (including some brand new brands like Wouters & Hendrix and Nathalie Vleeschouwer!), we did our spring photo shoot and hosted an open house, and apart from this I also organized a 4 day long bridal shower for one of my oldest/best friends. This included a surprise trip to Paris and turning a location that was pretty… errr… rough around the edges into a cosy party space. The results were beyond my expectations and I’ve never seen our bride-to-be happier, so my fellow bridesmaids and I were very pleased!
Like many young women my age, I’ve been a fan of the popular HBO show Girls ever since it first aired back in 2012. Though I feel that in many ways the show exaggerates (but doesn’t every show with humor?), a lot of the scenario’s are oh so recognizable for us Gen Y-ers.
Tonight, the fourth season of the show starts in the US, and as a tribute to Lena Dunham’s masterpiece, I thought it would be nice to put together a style guide on how to dress like the four ‘Girls’. So here it is! Everything you need to know to dress like Hannah, Jessa, Marnie and Shoshanna!
How to dress like Hannah:
Hannah may be the voice of her generation in many ways, but it’s safe to say she’ll never win any prizes in the fashion department. Much like her personality, Hannah’s everyday style is pretty chaotic and unkempt. Her clothes are rarely ironed and nine times out of ten pretty mismatched.
1. Don’t be afraid to wear something unexpected. Hanah’s look is many things, but never boring. Mix colours and prints. don’t really pay attention if they match or not.
2. Ugly is the new hip. Hannah really loves wearing questionable items, so the next time your grandmother tosses out a fluffy christmas sweater from 1982, claim it.
3. All Hannah’s outfits have a youthful, sometimes even childlike allure. Flat brogues, leather schoolbags and short shorts often give her look a cute vibe.
4. Hannah’s style is often vintage-inspired.
5. Wear whatever you want. Be unapologetic. If somebody thinks you can’t pull something off, it’s their problem.
How to dress like Jessa:
Jessa is my personal favorite on the show when it comes to style. Her style is eclectic and unique, and it feels as if she can get away with just about anything.
1. Jessa’s eclectic look can also be described as bohemian and draws a lot of inspiration from the seventies. Big jewelry, kaftans, hats,… Jessa pulls it all off and acts like it’s no big deal
2. Jessa looks amazing every time she wears (red) lipstick. It makes her extravagant outfits feel pulled together.
4. Unique pieces are a must. Find vintage treasures and handmade items to make your look more personal.
5. I think 50% of the succes of Jessa’s style lies in her confidence. Maybe even a little in her arrogance.
How to dress like Marnie:
Marnie is most definitely the put-together one. In the beginning of Girls, Marnie’s style was a bit stiff, but as the series matured, Marnie’s style has become a bit more relaxed.
1. Marnie always dresses like a lady. Ladylike silhouettes are key in her wardrobe. Your best friends for this look? Pencil skirts, fitted dresses, classic jewelry & high heels
2. Dress for the job you want (not the one you have). Marnie’s style is nothing but professional.
3. Go for classics. Marnie wears mostly timeless items with a modern and sleek look.
4. Less is more. Splurge on a few quality pieces and wear them often. It’s all about great fit.5. Take care of the details. Marnie always looks polished and she takes care of her whole look. Perfect nails, flawless make up, tasteful accessories,…
How to dress like Shoshanna:
For a girl who expected her life in NY to be exactly like Sex and the City, Shoshanna’s wardrobe mostly resembles something the cast of Gossip Girl would wear.
1. Her style is girly, Shoshanna mostly wears skirts and dresses.
2. Shosh often goes for cute prints.
3. Insert a little Breakfast At Tiffany’s in every outfit. Preppy classic.
4. Shoshanna’s outfits are almost always colorful. She wears a lot of pink, purple and pastels.
5. Shoshanna is not very eccentric when it comes to fashion, but if you want yo channel her look, be experimental with your hair. One time she had a donut on her forehead while she had a ponytail. Exhibit A below!
So, Who is your favorite girl? 🙂
All images (c) HBO
When it comes to the shoots for my webshop Lily and the Lady, we’ve used everything from models to friends to star in our lookbooks, but in the 4,5 years we’ve been online, this is the first time I’ve been in front of the lens for one of them. The pictures were published last week and I’m oh so happy with the results, so I couldn’t resist sharing them here with you! Hope you like them!
Whiite dress // Hoss Intropia bag
Photography by Michiel Pelerents
Video by Sarah Bourguignon
Styling by me
Big thanks to Nathalie from The Merrymakers & Dieter Vander Velpen