A TINY TIN OF TINGLES

It’s the size of a coin, but it stings like a minty bee. Honestly, I didn’t think much of Burt’s Beeswax Lip Balm when I first spotted the little tin. Especially considering its price category, I didn’t expect wonders. But ever since purchase, it has not left my bag, coat and other hiding places for cute pocket size products.

Another super-duper-organic-hipster-gluten-free-balm is what I assumed upon investment. But Burt’s Bees has been around since 1984, way before the current organic craze. What started off as Burt’s little experiment with bees wax turned into a head-to-toe care line, based on natural ingredients. And when I say Burt, I mean an actual beekeeper with a grey fuzzy beard, in denim overalls and a fisherman hat. In other words, something to buzz about.

The lip balm is completely clear and gives a matte finish, making it a great base to use under lipsticks (or tinted lips!). Within seconds after application you will feel a tingling sensation, due to its peppermint oil. But don’t let the plain matteness fool you; its moisturizing power is beyond belief, making it ideal for chapped lips.

What's your latest lip loving sensation?

WHAT I WORE IN NEW YORK

I was planning on doing a huge New York Fashion Week diary and share all my photos in one single neverending post (would have been fun, wouldn't it?), but I changed my mind right when I felt how cold it was. I knew that it would be impossible to take proper (and enough) photos outside and so I gave up and will save that for September.

Not for Paris? Nope, New York was my one and only Fashion Week this season and while I feel pretty bummed about it - fomo (fear of missing out) alert! - I have a super good excuse and I will tell you all about it as soon as I can.

Anyway, I Googled myself (yep, I did) and thought it would be fun to share some pictures - taken by the street style bunch that did brave the cold - of what I wore, apart from shoulder to ankle heat tech to stay warm.

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REVITALIZING

It's no secret that temperatures in Amsterdam seem almost tropic after New York. Though I am sure pretty much anything would feel like paradise after -16°C, now wouldn't it? I mean it wasn't completely undoable (if running from a cab straight into a venue and from a venue straight into a cab is something you're super good at, like I am), but it was definitely cold.

So cold that my skin could use a little bit of an extra boost while I was there. Luckily Estée Lauder hooked me up with their super moisturizing Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Mask Boost and Eye Balm when we started working on our project a few weeks ago. To be honest I normally don't have patience to be using a mask 3 times a week, but it was exactly what my skin needed. Eventually I even started smearing the eye balm on my entire face, as it was the only thing I brought that was moisturizing enough.

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A SNEAKER STORY

Sneakers are having what might be the biggest moment of their lives (they are literally everywhere, aren't they?!) and I too wear them quite a LOT. I wear them with jeans and with skirts and I think they're great with suit trousers. You know, to make a dressed up pant look completely casual.

I don't think I ever counted as many sneakers on the streets during Fashion Week as I did in New York this season and I am absolutely loving it. I remember I used to switch between heels and flats all day during Fashion Week - subway in, heels off, subway out, heels on - but eventually I came to the conclusion that wearing heels all day is just not my jam. Being comfortable is.

Before I took off to New York (I am back by the way!) we created this story in collaboration with sneaker brand Meyba. Because to be completely honest, I love my over popular Stan Smiths, but I think it's time for a new sneaker on our feet (even though this brand was founded in 1940). Anyway, I believe sneakers work for just about any occasion and If you don't agree yet, here's our proof.

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PRIMARY YELLOW

I used to absolutely hate yellow, but the more I think about it (trust me, I've even been thinking about a yellow bag lately) the more it grows on me. So when I walked in backstage at Delpozo and saw the primary yellow in the inner corners of the models eyes, I got really excited.

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TIBI, THE DAY BEFORE

Since it's their 20th(!) show at New York Fashion Week this season, it only felt right to give Amy Smilovic's Tibi a bit of extra attention. And so I went to their showroom on Broadway to sit down and have a little chat with Amy herself and capture the last bits and bobs of show preparations.

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A QUICK HELLO FROM NEW YORK!

A quick hello from New York! I am not going to complain about the cold (it's -16°C here), because everyone is doing so already and even though I have had a few frigid moments myself (one involving my chin being completely numb, it's hard to talk when that happens), trust me when I say this weather is not undoable. I mean you can't bike around the city as if it's August, but with a little help from the yellow cabs and by thinking smart instead of fancy while getting dressed in the morning it's perfectly fine.

My motto thus far? Looking good while staying warm IS actually possible. I would even go as far as saying that I prefer this over extreme heat when you have to be at certain amounts of places on a daily schedule.

Also, it's more about what you can't see than what you can. Because what no one will notice is that I became best friends with my heat tech onesies. Take this blue fuzzy coat. It's awesome and I am wearing six(!) layers underneath, it's almost too warm!

Charlotte was wearing: Culottes, Tibi; Shoes, Gucci. I was wearing: Coat, Tibi; Culottes, Tibi; Sneakers, Adidas; Bag, Mansur Gavriel.

Photo by Jeff Thibodeau.

VALENTINE’S DAY

In just a few days it is Valentine's Day. It's kind of completely nuts to have a special day to express ones love for another, but at the same time I am quite of sucker for romance. You see, I am never home during Valentine's (duty calls in the form of New York Fashion Week, not complaining!) and I absolutely never wear red except for on the lips, there's something about this day that makes me become all cheesy.

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GLOWY SKIN

When I posted my video for Estée Lauder last week (watch it HERE if you haven't yet), I got so many compliments on my glowy skin (thank you!) I thought I owed you an explanation.

CC creme is nothing new under the sun and yet I have just recently hopped on that bandwagon. I am not a foundation type of girl and I have been using tinted cremes for years. A few weeks ago, right before I kicked off my campaign with Estée Lauder, I tried & tested their CC creme called Revitalizing Supreme. In my video for the brand I explained that everyone always asks me if I just came back from a tropical holiday when I have this on my face.

Nope, I haven’t. That awesome glow comes straight from a tube (mixed with a little bit of good genes).

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