For as long as I can remember, I have been looking for a perfect blue cotton shirt. One that is even more perfect than the ones I have been borrowing from my boyfriend ever since I gave up on my search because his were just good enough. When I secretly took one of his to Paris and then accidentally ironed a hole in its sleeve (oops!) I knew it was time to continue my search for the perfect one, one that was not too fitted, one that looked I was still borrowing my boyfriends.
When Rika invited me to have a look at their new F/W ’13 collection – hashtag musthaveitall – I could not help myself but hop in their store across the street. I guess you can already guess what I found in between all the goodies from Alexander Wang and Proenza…
Meet Anna Nooshin, my traveling partner during all Fashion Weeks abroad, the brains (co-founder) behind NSMBL and above all my gorgeous friend who puts her left shoe on her right foot and her right on her left foot every now and then. Having traveled together for three seasons now taught me Anna is not only a huge Chanel addict – this is not a Chanel ad -, she also has some good beauty secrets up her sleeve, time for some beauty talk.
Your morning ritual?
After my morning shower, I start of with Eau Efficace from Sisley, which I think is meant to be used as make-up, but I use it as a tonic. Then some day cream, always random, but I am currently using Aquamilk from Lancaster. My make-up routine starts with BB Cream from Green Tea Nude, even though I like the one from Origins a bit better. Depending on if I have events to attend or not, I use Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation. I always use Chanel Vitalumière Éclat (in Beige Ambré – Desert) and Etos concealer (number 1). For the eyes, I use my Chanel eyelash curler and Sisley So Intense in Deep Black, which is the best mascara ever. 99 percent of the days I create a winged eyeliner, with the first random pencil I can find. My blush is a combination of three, Nars Orgasm, MAC Copper Tone and Chanel highlighter. I finish off with some lip balm.
Your last beauty purchase?
Chanel Démaquillant Yeux Intense (eye make-up remover), I always remove my make-up and clean my face before I go to bed.
Best product ever made?
Etos Brightening Concealer*, if I could only use one product for the rest of my life, it would be this. I have literally tried everything for my dark circles and this is the best one so far. Other favorites are Origins BB Cream, Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector and highlighter from Chanel. I like a good J.Lo glow, no shame in my game honey.
The ultimate product that still does not exist, would be…
A product that completely covers dark circles, the Etos one is good, but I would kill for something that covers everything.
Anything you wish you would dare to try, but you never did?
Yes, I would love to get an icy blonde shaved/pixie cut! And I wish ‘nude’ would work on me, I love a nude lip on others, but it just does not look good on me.
Tell me about your hair, what do you use to tame those beautiful locks?
Nothing, I would advice anyone to wash their hair just once a week. I never use any products, nor do I use my blowdryer, straightener or curling iron. No dry shampoo either! This might sound gross to others, but it works for me.
Biggest beauty failure?
I used to have super thin eyebrows and tried blue mascara, not good. Also, I am not a huge fan of a tanned look. I once got a huge tan on vacation and trust me when I say it looked absolutely horrible on me.
Never overdo it, stick to what you know and keep it natural. Never follow trends!
*Unfortunately Etos is not available abroad, it is a Dutch drugstore.
You might have noticed I have been wearing the same pair of jeans for the whole weekend in Paris. I put them on right before I jumped on the train heading south and – apart from sleeping in my pajamas – never really took them off until I got back home in Amsterdam.
I usually wear jeans that are a bit more loose (like these ones I always wear), but then sometimes an outfit looks better with a more fitted pair. The thing is though, they never really stay ‘fitted’, unless you buy those jeans leggings without pockets and zippers or anything, but those are just not ok.
Finding a pair of jeans that is the right color, has the right fit and then an ok price is like finding a needle in a haystack. For most women it is just a pain in the *ss. I sometimes go on what I call a denim scouting expedition, try on over 20 pairs of jeans just to find the perfect one and then come home empty handed.
Anyway, I bumped into the Skinzee jeans from Diesel the other day and decided to give them a try, see if they too get saggy at the knees after wearing them. After a full weekend of shopping and sitting down for coffees in between in Paris, they are still the same.
Because videos tell a whole another story than pictures, and because there is no cheaper way to take you all with us than this, Anna and I decided this was the best way to show you our Fashion Week adventures – from shows and backstage fun to all kinds of randomness we bump into and do. And yes, London, Milan ánd Paris are following soon…enjoy!
Back in Milan I was invited to take part in a special sunglasses project by Safilo Group, the Italian sunglasses manufacturer for brands like Dior, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Jimmy Choo, Alexander McQueen, Céline and more.
After getting my make-up done by Deborah Sasso Twa, I picked the Demoiselle 2 by Dior and the MM Hawaii 1 by Max Mara (my personal favorite) to get lensed by Simone Falcetta. Sunglasses heaven!
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