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PERFECT CROSS BODY BAG #2

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Woah, thank you for all 115(!) suggestions for perfect cross body bag earlier this week. It helped me look in places where I normally wouldn’t search and I wrote down some good options. Among my favorites are pretty much all small bags from The Row, though prices might be a bit too sky rocketing for a tiny bag that dangles down the shoulder. If only I would live in New York so that I could personally empty all their sample sales. Oh, if only I would live in New York *sigh*. And more specifically, the half-moon bag from A.P.C. Way more wallet friendly – with an empty wallet we would barely even need a bag, right? – and a classic, timeless piece of pouch if you ask me. It might be a little too plain, but it is definitely one that I will keep in mind until I am a 100% sure of what I want. One of you stated that I shouldn’t look for it too hard and that when I bump into thé bag, I would feel it. Poof, like magic. And I guess that’s true, so I am putting my list of written options away as we speak. And the waiting begins… So, what’s this camel colored friend doing in my home you ask? While I am on the search for my cross body bag, all my friends seem to find theirs. Nicole just got this one and I love how it perfectly blends with her well-curated wardrobe. Bag, Sophie Hulme.

PERFECT CROSS BODY BAG #2

GETTING THE 5 PIECE THING STARTED

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Season two of my 5 Piece French Wardrobe journey is about to begin and to get you all on board I thought it would be fun to share a 3 step guide on how to get things started. Clear the decks. We all have our ways to deal with the excessiveness in our wardrobes. Some keep their stuff forever and pile up big time, some throw out too much. My number one tip to get rid of the right items is to turn all hangers in your closet backwards – turn around folded t-shirts and jeans too – and turn everything back to normal once you’ve worn them. Whatever is still turned in a year from your start date (today?!) has to go. A year is looong, but hey you have to give all seasons a chance! Same goes for shoes and all your accessories. Come up with a smart way that shows you if you’ve worn it or not. Sentimental stuff is always a keeper. Get the basics. There are tons of lists to be found on which items are the glue to keep anyone’s wardrobe together. My list of 10 non-seasonal essentials is not going to be completely new nor refreshing, but it is what I believe could be a good way to get this thing started without too big of a threshold. All the basics need to be of perfect quality, so you don’t end up having to replace them each and every year/season. My ultimate 10 – shoes and accessories not included – are, a classic wool coat, a leather jacket, a cashmere sweater, a cotton shirt, the perfect white t-shirt, a silk evening shirt, a suit (can be worn as separates), boyfriend jeans, fitted black jeans and a skirt (any that fits your style and hugs your figure). There’s obviously more basics in the world than this, so don’t worry about counting others – such as a striped t-shirt – as basics. Wish List. Last, but definitely not least. Create a wish list of the 5 items you are imagining buying in the next 6 months. Don’t buy them all at once, try to evenly plan them out (this gives room to unplanned wardrobe necessities). Practically it’s almost an item a month, so it is not as hard as it sounds. My wish list for spring/summer goes a little something like this. A Denim Jacket. Ahh, I should have kept my old Levi’s, it would have been vintage by now… Some Sort of Slide or Slipper. Let’s say my Birkenstock phase needs to be compromised by a more subtle option. It might be a little early talking barefoot when it is not even February, but I can already see myself sliding through summer in these. It is like a luxury hotel slipper with a peep toe, perfect! MiH Phoebe Jeans. I could go on and on about these jeans and if it was not for the uncountable amount of boyfriend bottoms already in my wardrobe (here and here), these would be basic. Why would I still need them then, you ask? They are impeccable. As if someone just really did figure out how to create thé ideal pair of jeans. A Staw Fedora. Totally unnecessary, but such a chic summer staple. I might replace this with a summer dress later, but for now, I am convinced I need a fedora in my life. Since I wear hats all day everyday (never). Right. Timeless Jewelry. I have a little box of gold bits and things from when I was a child and I have thought about selling it, but I think I would rather get it melted and reshaped into something that I will actually wear. As for the basics, I am thinking a striped longsleeve (how could I have lived without it for so long?!) and that blue cotton shirt that is almost glued to my body in white. Who’s with me? And what’s on your wish list this season? Striped T-Shirt, Comme des Garçons; Necklace, Sophie Hulme; Boyfriend Jeans, MiH; Slippers, Newbark; Shirt, Rika; Hat, Maison Michel. Image by Adam Franzino for Elle Australia.

GETTING THE 5 PIECE THING STARTED

THE NOVEMBER EDIT

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Speaking of starting to bundle up! Coat, Topshop; Sunglasses, Asos; Skin Firming Concentrate, Kiehl’s; Sneakers, Adidas; Jeans, Topshop; Necklace, Sophie Hulme. Picture by Dennis Stenild for Danish Costume.

THE NOVEMBER EDIT

MONTHLY CRAVINGS

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Some of you might think ‘huh, what’s this new face doing here?’ and some of you might recognize me from the first Style Talk back in April. I am Nicole and I work as a stylist and shopping editor at Dutch ELLE and from now on I am going to throw in a monthly wishlist on afterDRK. Kicking off with my greatest love – denim! Because denim is versatile and best friends with my other great love, leather. Because it can be dressed up ánd down, it works for many and for many occasions. MiH Made in Heaven, or MiH, is one of my ultimate favorite denim brands. Mainly due to their unexpected fits, like a high wasted semi-skinny with trumpet legs – my personal favorite – or the slouchy chopped and cuffed boyfriend Phoebe, here combined with the ultimate sexy: a deep ballet back. Light jeans I like to match my light blue denims with crispy white, to keep things fresh. Leather biker This leather jacket from BLK DNM is the newest addition to my personal wardrobe, the best biker ever made. I have to admit the price tag is quite hefty. But when items really suit the rest of your closet and your personal style, they are worth the investment. I have been wearing it ever since it passed the cash register. Cozy knits Is there anything more comfy than cozying up in a cuddly sweater? Dries van Noten makes this seasons best, with a subtle shimmer detail. The soft structure of these kind of knits makes a good clash with raw denim. Sneakers and beanies In my spare time, I like to wear my denim cool and boyish, with an easy-going sneaker and hair-care-free beanie. Accessorizing Denim gets an instant upgrade from a handsome bag or refined jewellery. Necklace, Tiffany & Co.; Beanie, Carhartt; Sweater, Dries van Noten; Sneakers, Nike; Jeans, The Row; Leather Jacket, BLK DNM; Bag, Sophie Hulme. by Nicole.

MONTHLY CRAVINGS