Christmas Shopping at Designer Outlet Roermond

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Last week, I headed over to Designer Outlet Roermond for the first Christmas shopping of the season! I’m always terribly late when it comes to shopping for holidays and birthdays, not to mention indecisive. I always want the gifts I give my loved ones to be perfect, but in the end I don’t know what to choose. My problem is that I have expensive taste (for me as well as my loved ones) and I always think that if money were no issue, the whole process would be a whole lot faster and easier (well, duh).

Enter a wonderful invitation from Designer Outlet Roermond, solving all my first world problems. Because a) there is still a month until Christmas and b) it’s a perfect solution for my expensive taste (at reduced prices)! Plus I’d been wanting to go after some fellow bloggers reported on the amazing offers anyway (here, here and here).

So what’s the verdict you ask? Well, Roermond actually is all it’s cracked up to be! The reason for this is great names like Prada, MiuMiu, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Furla and many more. This means that, apart from finding amazing gift options for my mum like a buttery soft Prada wallet (I get that expensive taste from her) and Dolce loafers, Le Creuset pots for my dad and the one denim my boyfriend can’t live without (Diesel jeans), there were many options to buy a present for myself as well. You’ll see what I got for myself at the end of this post, but first thing’s first…

Here’s all the info you need about Designer Outlet Roermond 

-Prices drop 30-70%.

– Sales start  December 6th 2014. Yup, even more price reductions!

– The outlet village is open 363 days a year. Nice to know for Belgians: Sundays as well! They are open every day from 10am til 8pm on weekdays and from 9am to 8pm in the weekends.

-The drive from Antwerp took us about an hour and 15 minutes.

-The outlet village is really close to the picturesque city center, we didn’t have time to discover the town, but we will next time.

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 Blogger buddies Nathalie, Kim & Elien!

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Diesel Jeans for the boyfriend.

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Dolce & Gabbana for mom.

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Sadly, there was no discount on James McAvoy.

So what did I get?

I actually had my heart set on a Mulberry Lily bag, but didn’t quite see one that would really fit my style. So, I went for a timeless Miu Miu tote bag. Black, with gold hardware and absolutely gorgeous.  DSC_4238Miu Miu Bag via Roermond Designer Outlet// Just In Case Coat via Lily and the Lady //Selected Femme scarf // Keds shoes // Acne denim

I love your glasses

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When I attended the GrandOptical event last month, I fell in love with these glasses from Max Mara. I could hardly come outside with my old pair, let alone drive wearing them since the last time I got new glasses was about 7 or 8 years ago (oops!). I’ve been wanting to wear glasses more for the sake of my eyes, the crush couldn’t have come at a better time. Though I still like the my previous specs, the most expensive thing about getting a new pair are always the glasses themselves when you have eyes as bad as mine, so it seems crazy not to choose a new frame.

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Before I knew it, I was over at GrandOptical searching for the frame, having my eyes checked and expecting my new pair within two weeks. New glasses were long overdue, because not only had my sight worsened, the staff noticed that my astigmatism had as well. I’ve had my new glasses for two weeks now and I couldn’t be happier. Considering how much money I’ve spent on shoes and bags in those 8 years, it really is a shame that I’ve waited so long to take action for something so important. Another plus: these glasses, along with my new hair, make me feel like a whole new me!

Next step: I’m in need of new contacts and I’m so curious what the GrandOptical team will recommend for my difficult eyes. The one after that: adding new glasses to my old frame, you know, for when I want to feel like the old me!

Chop Chop

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After I chopped my hair shoulder length last year, I decided to go for a slightly bigger change this fall and have my favorite hairdresser in town Hiske  cut my hair a little shorter. After all, there is no better time than autumn a.k.a the dawn of the New Fashion Year, to embrace sartorial / beauty changes. Now that the initial shock is wearing off (my hair was getting quite long again), I’m happy with the decision of the short bob and excited to start playing around with how to style it.

I sometimes have a hard time letting things go (wardrobe cleanses are my personal hell (Hello, hoarder!)), so I think a little shock therapy every now and then is actually quite healthy! What about you guys? Do you feel like changing things up in your look when fall comes knocking?

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Filippa K top // Acne Jeans // Hair by Hiske at Team Charlottalei (Charlottalei 36, Antwerp – 03 345 75 76)

When Leandra met Jenna

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I rarely ever do this type of short posts anymore, but with this video, I couldn’t help but sharing. It’s no wonder that Leandra Medine + Jenna Lyons = an extreme girl crush moment… Like when they’re talking how to cuff sleeves or having a no mirror lipstick application contest. I bet you can guess who will win that one?

Image & video by The Man Repeller

Young Creatives: Elene Veguin

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I met Elene on my first day at London College of Fashion back in 2010. I immediately thought she was very bright, had incredible positive energy and she was elegant with an unbelievable flair. Maybe it’s the combination of her Brazilian and Italian roots, but quite possibly it’s just Elene!

After London, we kept in touch (thank you facebook!). So when I visited São Paulo last summer, I was very happy to see Elene again. Between LCF and now, she founded the amazing handbag brand Artéria together with her friend Julia Sentelhas. Elene and Julia offer versatile slow fashion products that are made by hand and developed with care. No mass production, and designed to be both beautiful and useful, suited for everyday life and once-in-a-lifetime moments. A brand after my own heart that I’ve mentioned here and there on the blog, but I thought it was about time for a decent interview!

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Can you tell me who you are and what you do?
My name is Elene Veguin I’m 27 years old, I live in São Paulo and I’m a fashion designer. I knew I’d be in Fashion ever since I was a kid. I have studied at FASM in São Paulo, LCF London and Polimoda Firenze. I worked in the textile industry in a clothing and denim brand, then I worked in the shoes field and now I have my own handbag line Artéria with my business partner and friend Julia Sentelhas.

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Julia (left) & Elene (right)

What sparks your interests and imagination at the moment? What inspires you?

I’m always thinking and observing nature’s shapes in its simplicity and magnificence. Architecture also inspires me. What motivates me the most is how to make people’s lives easier and how to surprise them with design, making bags differently. A big challenge always instigates our creativity.

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Why did you start designing handbags? How did you come up with the idea of Artéria?

I never thought myself working with accessories until my graduation work at Fashion School, when I designed a bag which turned into a kimono for my beach collection. After that, the accessories classes in London made me more interested in the subject. I also started to realize that a lot of shoes sold in London were made in Brazil. I had the idea of producing something made of leather with an original Brazilian design. Julia and I felt a gap in the market of bags, where beauty and functionality don’t necessarily go together. One thing would often exclude the other, and we didn’t believe in that! After a lot of research, talks, studies and planning (around 9 months) Julia and I launched Artéria.

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What does a perfect handbag need to have in your expert opinion?

A perfect handbag should be thought out for you. It is not just a bag, it goes beyond, just like a person’s life which is full of changes, situations, emotions, needs. Your daily routine is not necessarily the same everyday. So the bag that follows you, must adapt to all these situations. It can be beautiful and practical at the same time. As we say: love your bag and it will love you back.

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How do you work? How do you get from a sketch to an actual product? Tell us all about the design and production process!

Julia and I work together all the time! We are better together than alone, and we complete eachother creating new designs. Most of the times we start thinking about the function of the product, we define what we want the bag to become and shapes that should transform. Then we experiment on sketches and 3D paper prototypes, different “mechanisms” until the original idea becomes real. This process can take many days.

With the idea defined, we go to one of our manufacturers so they can make the patterns and prototyping in leather. Once we have this prototype, Julia and I use the bags for a period, to check if it is working properly. If it’s not, we make the necessary changes.

Finally, it’s time to choose the materials, colours and details to send it to production. The whole process normally takes 3 months.

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What are your top 3 favorite spots in Sao Paulo?

1. I love the Japanese neibourhood called Liberdade, in downtown.

2. MIS: Museum of Image and Sound/ MUBE: Museum of Brazilian sculpture. Both museums host great exbihitions in Sao Paulo.

3. Dowtown of Sao Paulo because it holds a great part of our history and it has the most amazing architecture of the city.

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What are your 3 favorite travel destinations in the world and why?

It’s very difficult to pick 3 places, every place has what makes it special. I’ll choose the ones i’d love to go again, now!

1. Japan, I love Japanese culture and fashion, also I love big cities and their urban grey chaos. This place simply drives me crazy.

2. Italy, I’m half Brazilian, half Italian so I feel at home in Italy, it just lives in my heart

3. Maragogi in Brazil. It was my last beach destination in January 2014, it’s warm and has turquoise blue clear water in the Brazilian northeast, it’s awesome!

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Any advice for readers thinking of starting their own business?

There is nothing better than to do what you love. It’s a huge cliche but it’s also very true, “we only live once”. My advice is to plan it very well, study the field, your competitors, the market, make a business plan. To have an stable basis helps avoiding a lot of future problems. Try to see opportunities in your life, make problems into solutions.

Find Elene’s creations on

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Pictures (c)Arteria

3.1 Phillip Lim Geode print

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Just a quick update in between packing for The Big Move to share my crush of the moment: this 3.1 Phillip Lim geode print. The colours are so amazing and the whole thing feels really fresh to me. Very high on my (imaginary) wishlist. This print is a very close second. Ah the craving. It doesn’t really help that my favorite blogger of the moment wears it really well. What do you think? Amazing right?

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Images: Smitten Studio // Style.com // Elle 

Birds of Paradise

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The Antwerp Fashion museum MoMu has a new exposition going on called Birds of Paradise. I got to visit it yesterday on a guided tour by curator Karen Van Godtsenhoven, so needless to say I was pretty pleased! You see, in these environments, I get to truly geek out about clothing the way I like it. Not the “who-wore-what-to-where” circus of the red carpet or the fashion weeks, but the incredible detailing of garments you can only see up close, their (historic) references, and the antique gowns you never get to see anywhere.

Birds of Paradise is an expo about the diverse use of feathers in fashion, from delicate to threatening, from the use in collars and trimmings, to fans, or entire silhouettes. Pièce de résistance in the expo is Marlene Dietrich’s coat made out of swan’s-down (from the necks of these poor creatures, that is). Dietrich had it made by costume designer Jean Louis to conceal her aging body in later years. No less than 300 swans were used for the manufacturing of one coat, and apparently Dietrich had three.

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A fascinating exhibit showcasing pieces by McQueen, YSL, Chanel, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten and many more. Well worth the visit! We also had the chance to look behind the scenes, but more on that later…

(PS:For more info on the silhouettes, scroll over the pictures.)

 


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Wardrobe details: Louis Féraud clutch

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Way back when I was a student in Leuven, I came across this beautiful suede clutch bag in a thrift shop. It was priced 2,5 euros and when I opened it, the amazing blue velvet lining had a Louis Féraud label. There’s something about finding that amazing gem for next to nothing that keeps on sizzling, even years later.

Ever since I paired the clutch with a shoulder strap from one of my Beatriz Furest bags, I’ve been wearing it so much. Great for those days when I just need my keys, wallet,  phone and lipstick. Pink perfection!

Stéphanie Duval for Diamanti Per Tutti

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When the lovely Stéphanie from 70 Percent Pure shared her very own collection for Belgian jewelry brand Diamanti Per Tutti, I immediately fell in love with the Prism necklace she designed. Diamanti Per Tutti offers affordable jewelry combining real diamonds with timeless yet fashionable designs. What’s in a name, right?

With its geometric shapes and tiny diamond detail, the Prism Necklace is totally my style, and available in rose gold, something I had been looking for for a while. Temptation struck instantly.

Then a few weeks ago, Stéphanie invited me to the blogger dinner she hosted for Diamanti Per Tutti, one of the most intimate and cosy events I have ever attended! We talked, we ate, we laughed and we got to know the kind people behind the brand. After dinner, we discovered the Diamanti Per Tutti collection the best way possible: by trying it on! So long story short: say a warm welcome to my new rose gold friend, proof that there really is such a thing as love at first sight!

 More info?

www.diamantipertutti.com