Now that we have a scooter to navigate around the city, this hoodie tied around my waist was more of a functional choice than a fashionable one, since higher speed means more wind which equals instant cold. Yes, I could have easily put on an angora jumper or a snugly coat, but spring sprung a while ago in my books and I might as well try to live up to it – despite the fact that the temperature is still not cooperating.
All this tying makes me wonder though, was I ever a non-functional dresser anyway? I mean, apart from wearing uncomfortable heels every now and then and a belt because it is pretty rather than wearing it as a necessity, I very rarely wear things that do not have an obvious role. Hence the minor amount of details and the non-schmuck kind of way that I dress…I guess.
This does not mean I get dressed just for the sake of getting dressed – exceptions aside (forgive me as I work from home and my pj’s are so damn comfy) – I do like to get dressed as if I am going to wipe the delivery woman off her feet while I sign for my packages. Hmm, maybe I will take this as a personal challenge, to add a little something of non-functionality to my daily wear-ables.
Titia is one of those girls that does not need a lot of make-up to look gorgeous. I got to know her while I was renting an office desk at The Collector, where she works as a executive fashion editor. She regularly pops in the office without wearing any make-up and still manages to somehow magically glow. Time to figure out her beauty ritual.
Your morning ritual?
After my shower I clean my face with milk, because it then feels like I have to use less day cream. First I apply Centella Recovery Skin-Salve from Kiehl’s and then REN Hydra-Calm Global Protection Day Cream. During summer I always add something with high SPF. Now that I have my lash extensions, that is about it. Not having to put mascara on in the morning and taking it off at night is just festive! Other favorites are everything that I once bought in bulk from Dior and Carmex, which smells like hell but it is the best thing for dry lips.
Your last beauty purchase?
Sephora Express Nail Polish Remover, which is the best beauty invention ever! I used to use up to 300 cotton balls and still have stains left on my fingers, but this is my solution.
Make-up look in one word?
Natural, I do not use a lot. From day to night I add mascara and sometimes eyeliner and my signature lipstick, which is Ariane Inden 1022.
The ultimate product that still does not exist, would be…
Those lashes are already a true invention to me, however I would love something that makes depilating my eyebrows an easy task.
Anything you wish you would dare to try, but you never did?
Most of the time I just do it.
What about your hair?
Just like Anna I wash it once a week. Oh, and I get a haircut probably once a year! Sometimes I wish I had curls. But washing your hair once a week is probably also my biggest beauty tip. Your hair has to get used to it in the beginning, but will feel healthier than ever after.
Biggest beauty failure?
I once dyed my hair blonde, but it came out pretty yellowish. Also, the light in my bathroom is super bad and I used to just randomly smudge my foundation on my face and walk out the door without looking in a decent mirror first. Very regularly I found myself in the bathroom of a restaurant or café frightened by my reflection. Sometimes I can also tell by the look on my boyfriends face that I applied too much.
Some might say I have the best collection of coats, I like to think the same goes for my sunglasses. I developed this ‘thing’ for sunglasses in an early stage of life, when I used to buy all kinds of sunglasses while on vacation for what seemed just for the sake of buying them.
One day, I decided it was time to just throw them all out and keep one or two classics that would go with everything for the rest of my life. A few years later, there is not much left of this rigorous decision of mine.
I somehow completely unconsciously built up an even bigger collection than before. My newest addition being this super cool tortoise shell one from Filippa K, which will be available in stores from the end of May, gosh I am such weak person when it comes to limited edition things.
Stop whatever you are doing while reading this post and mark your calenders! The third edition of Closet Affair is coming to town and it is going to be a good one. This time Vogue’s online editor Rinke Tjepkema, fashion editors Saskia van Langevelde and Marije Goekoop and stylist Dimphy den Otter – and myself of course – went through our closets to get rid of just about anything we have not touched in more (or less) than a year. Because all things that once were gems for us, deserve better owners than the back of our closets.
Join the event and get updates on what is going to be sold, HERE.
Closet Affair #3
May 11th, 12:00 – 16:00
at The Lobster House
PLEASE NOTE: Cash only. Little to no changing rooms…
Warmer days, though still very prodigious, call for a change of coats. Some of you recall that I have one of the best coat collections ever and I find that a huge compliment, but for spring/summer, I could use a little expansion here and there.
There is the leather jacket and then there is another leather jacket. And another one. Oh, and I have this navy blue long number from Rodebjer that I absolutely adore. The thing is though that one can have a gazillion numbers of something, you always want something you do not have. Especially when all of your friends do seem to have it, it is like a live version of a ‘to buy’ list that makes sure your memory keeps memorizing it.
For me it is a parka. I do not own a perfect parka – let alone own any – and I never really bumped into a nice one that was worth filling my shopping cart with either. Maybe it is not in my system, maybe my system is filled up with leather jackets already. And maybe that system is right and it is trying to tell me that a parka is not meant for me, not even a perfect one. I mean, how many coats and jackets does one need anyway?
afterDRK was created by Sabrina Meijer in 2009 with the intent of appealing to all fashion seekers, especially the ones that have a slight appreciation for simplicity, but always with some sort of edge.