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PERFECT SHIRT

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… Shirt, Rika; Leather Pants, Hunkydory; Clutch, Acne (via SMETS); Cap, Gina Tricot.

PERFECT SHIRT

BEAUTY TALK WITH ANNA

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. Signature scent? Chanel Coco Noir, anything Chanel really. 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. Beauty motto? 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.

BEAUTY TALK WITH ANNA

SKINNY JEANS

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. Leather Jacket, Samsoe & Samsoe; Shirt, Selected (My Boyfriend’s); Jeans, Diesel Skinzee; Boots, Balenciaga. Pictures by Liza Chloë van Duyn.

SKINNY JEANS

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

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!

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

TIME FOR SUNGLASSES

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!

TIME FOR SUNGLASSES

EN ROUTE TO BRUSSELS

Woah, just came back from a relaxing (yes, shopping equals relaxing) weekend in Paris and I am already on my way abroad again. This time I am heading a bit closer to home – Brussels to be exact – for a night out with SMETS. Make sure to keep an eye on my Instagram for updates! Jacket, Diesel; Cashmere Sweater, Zadig et Voltaire; Jeans, Diesel Skinzee; Shoes, Prada. Pictures by Liza Chloë van Duyn.

EN ROUTE TO BRUSSELS

VOGUE’S 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Two days before my birthday on the 17th of March I celebrated another birthday, Dutch Vogue‘s that is. Over a delicious intimate lunch, we chitchatted about the many things that happened in the past year, the gorgeous models they shot, the beautiful editorials they made and the amazing shows they (and sometimes I) saw. Can it get more fancy than that? Yes it can… Chanel celebrated with us, gave me a fancy make-over and is treating everyone who buys this month’s Vogue with their new Le Volume mascara (which I can not wait to try on my lower lashes). ps: Can I just have that outfit Marte Mei van Haaster is wearing already, head to toe please?

VOGUE’S 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

PARISIAN SCORE

Just recently I managed to reduce the content of my wardrobe to a minimum of one rack (excluding coats, trousers and jeans), yes I am serious. In Paris I bought some descent ‘stuffing’ for the empty spaces in between what is left, a dark grey cashmere sweater and a snakeskin printed mens t-shirt, both from Zadig et Voltaire.

PARISIAN SCORE

PICKING SCENTS

Back in the days – I am not sure to what time I am actually referring – I feel like all women had their signature scent. I guess it was the generations before my mom’s, since she really never had one and was always switching. I am a switcher too, though there is one perfume that I always miss like crazy when the bottle is empty, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb. There are tons of other ones that I like or maybe even love, however nothing does the trick for me like this one does…it is nothing very special but I guess I could call this my signature scent then. I am currently spending a weekend in Paris at la maison de Liza Chloë, who I chatted with about this farely random thing this morning when we woke up. She does not really have a signature scent either, however she told me she has a few favorites as well, Prada Infusion D’Iris and Hermès Voyage. I like the fact that they are a bit more unknown and she picks them by their bottles. How about you, do you have a signature scent? Or maybe just a favorite?

PICKING SCENTS