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FRENCH SUIT

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It is Paris Fashion Week and I put my French suit on, the only thing not so French being my super sized sunglasses (probably a bit too much of an outer space vibe for the average Parisienne). And the fact that I wear an itsy bit of make up, just enough to prevent me from saying/singing I woke up like this all day. The glitter-sock-in-shoes have been major life savers. If it wasn’t for them, these patent friends would have left my heels with some pretty decent war wounds while breaking them in. With the socks, I am easily sliding from Palais de Tokyo to Le Marais and from Grand Palais to the Louvre, Laduree for a tarte tatin and Rose Bakery for their asiettes legumes in between (both obviously ordered with a super Dutch/English accent). You see, Paris is super walkable, you just need to make sure you do it in the comfy shoe variety. And if your shoe is not of that particular comfy variety, make them comfortable like a bathroom slipper. With one and a half more days to go and a hard drive full of inspiring things to share, I can not believe how this Fashion Week season went by in just a heart beat. Maybe because I skipped New York and its horror snow this time? Maybe because everything – mainly on the streetstyle side of things – was extra extra overwhelming. All I know for sure is that I wore a blazer/no coat in winter (heat tech underneath, but does that really count?) and that makes me happy. And I wasn’t cold. PS: This was the only day so far Paris didn’t shed a sh*tload of rain on us. Blazer, Maison Martin Margiela; Sweater, H&M; Shirt, H&M (men’s department); Jeans, Dr Denim; Shoes, Zara; Socks, American Apparel; Sunglasses, Céline; Clutch, Mansur Gavriel (comes with the bag). Pictures by Anna Nooshin.

FRENCH SUIT

ALL PREPPED

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The fact that the date to fly back to Amsterdam is rapidly coming closer, means that winter is right around the corner too. To make sure I am all prepped the minute I set foot in my icy country, I am slowly test driving some light layering with hefty winter stuff. Starting with this forest green pea coat from the men’s section at All Saints – currently on sale if you would want to give someone (or yourself, since we do men’s wear just as well as men) a belated Christmas gift – that seems to have an extra layer when you look at the right side of things. But then when you have a closer look at the jacket, you realize it is just lump sided lapel-ed. S-pea-king of pea coats, did you know that word originates from the Dutch (West Frisian to be more precise) word pijekker or pijakker, in which pij referred to the type of cloth used, a coarse kind of twilled blue cloth with a nap on one side? Me neither! So yeah, I just Googled that…a small lesson in coat history. Coat, All Saints (men’s department); Cashmere Sweater, Zara (worn front to back); Jeans, Dr Denim; Sunglasses, Oscar Wylee x Kahlo. This post was created in collaboration with All Saints.

ALL PREPPED

RIGHT ABOVE THE ANKLE

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I like my jeans cut right above the ankle, raw hems and everything. It is a thing that I have been doing for quite a while now, since my jeans are always(!) too long for me. To prevent the excess denim from gathering around the ankle and to have to bring them to the tailor before being able to wear them, I just cut them and let the hems fray. This adds a certain amount of nonchalance to any pair of skinny jeans. They’re good with low-top sneakers and bare ankles in Spring/Summer (or LA), but work with fun warm socks peeping out of a pair of leather ankle boots as well. Jeans, Dr Denim; Sneakers, Converse.

RIGHT ABOVE THE ANKLE

ABBOT KINNEY

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Though the Downtown area of LA is hands down my very favorite, street wise my heart belongs on Abbot Kinney. Maybe it is because it reminds me a little bit of home. You see, the only thing I kind of miss while I am here is being able to walk and get lost. The reason why I haven’t been shopping that much – other than the 5 piece French wardrobe thing – is that it is just too weird for me to drive from store to store. Abbot Kinney in Venice is the only street filled with tiny little boutiques that offer an afternoon of browsing without having to hop in and out of a car. It kind of reminds me of the Nine Streets in Amsterdam, same vibe (better shops though!)… Also, this padded number kept me warm on one of the very few cloudy (and even a bit rainy) days in California. When I get back home in January this will be a great great layering option for underneath all my knee length winter coats. Coat, Custom Made (via Girissima); T-Shirt, ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo; Jeans, Dr Denim; Shoes, Balenciaga; Bag, Céline; Sunglasses, The Row.

ABBOT KINNEY

WORK MODE UNIFORM

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After being lazy for a week or so and taking a day off to spend at the happiest place on earth – Disneyland! – I am back to work mode and back in my work mode uniform. Hair in a quick – mostly messy – bun, clothes that are comfy yet chic enough for meetings (or a quick soy cappuccino around the block and a run to the copy shop for that instance), go go go! It is barely anything special, one of the many getting-dressed-without-having-to-think ensembles I have lined up in my brain that just work. Always. PS: Another pretty important advantage about this one is that it doesn’t require any ironing, since the shirt is nearly invisible. PPS: To all Dutch readers, Happy Sinterklaas! Send me some pepernoten will you? Leather Jacket, Acne Studios; Sweater, ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo; Shirt, Rika; Jeans, Dr Denim; Sunglasses, The Row.

WORK MODE UNIFORM

THE HOLIDAY ISSUE

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Ah, December already, one of my favorite months of the year just because of its instant coziness. Makes me crave for liters of hot chocolate, curling up in front of a fireplace (not mine, I don’t have any), cuddling with whoever I can cuddle, etc. This year it is going to be quite different though. With the weather being all warm which is super weird for me. Ok, time for The Holiday Issue! PS: On other totally random notes, I finally got myself the blunt chop I was going for…kind of (maybe I should even go a little shorter). Whenever I am nowhere near the only hairdresser I trust, I get my hands on a pair of scissors and go for a #selfiecut. It obviously isn’t as professional as they do in the salon, but it will do for now. (Sorry hairdresser. You are going to have to fix whatever I did wrong when I get back to Amsterdam in January.) Knit, Hope; Jeans, Dr Denim; Shoes, Céline; Bag, Céline.

THE HOLIDAY ISSUE

EL PORTO

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Leather Jacket, Acne Studios; T-Shirt, Rxmance; Jeans, Dr Denim; Sandals, Zara; Bag, Kurt Geiger; Sunglasses, Miu Miu (borrowed from Nicole).

EL PORTO

THE BU

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Because Saturdays were meant to be spent in The Bu (better known as Malibu). And because it is Monday! Shirt, Rika; Jeans, Dr Denim; Sandals, Birkenstock; Sunglasses, The Row; Bag, Kurt Geiger.

THE BU

AU REVOIR PARIS

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Au revoir Paris! After more than a month of almost non-stop traveling I am back home in Amsterdam for some days. Days that I am going to fully dedicate on a fashion detox. My back and shoulders are a little sore from all the camera lifting and suitcase dragging, so I went for a deep tissue/RSI-combat massage first this morning. Other than that, I am going to drink liters and liters of green tea (no more croissant and meringue for me!) and go running like a mad woman to get rid of the croissants, pains au chocolat and meringues sticking to my behind. Next stop, LA! Jacket, Acne; Jeans, Dr Denim; Shoes, Balenciaga; Bag, Kurt Geiger. Picture by Anna Nooshin.

AU REVOIR PARIS