M / STAYING MOISTURIZED IN WINTER

Brrr, it's getting colder and colder and it is time to start preparing our skin for it. You know, to prevent it from cracking from the chill. In other words, how to stay moisturized? While in summer I barely use anything other than sunscreen, in winter it is a whole different story.

Creams get thicker and I start using more and more natural oils. I am a huge fan of coconut oil for all kinds of things and purposes (Sanne is too, she even wrote about 15 ways to use it once) and I love No.73 Poivre Noir Fraîche body oil from Marie-Stella-Maris.

My other favorite - maybe even my most favorite - is Goe Oil. I discovered it when I was in LA and I was in the midst of clearing out my beauty cabinet and replacing everything with (more) natural/organic/bio stuff. I had read good things about it and guess what? They're all true. I wrote a little bit about it here.

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L / THE ART OF LAYERING

If there would be a masterclass in the art of layering (come on it’s not easy! It’s as close to rocket science as fashion can get, right?!), who would you like to be the teacher?

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K / WINTER KNITTING

Have you ever knitted something for yourself, from scratch? I haven't (the beanie I am wearing was made by the geniuses behind Wool and the Gang), but I remember my mom making me and my older sibling the very same sweater each year. Hand knitted, Miffy pattern included et al.

Admittedly, knitting might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a sexy hobby. The first and only thing Lesley said when he saw the orange ball of wool, was: "Really?!" Well, the end result is pretty darn cute, mind you. Makes me look like an orange version of Tote, on an early (trust me this picture was taken earlyyy) escape from a Super Mario game. Now if this won't keep me from freezing once winter hits the city, I don't know what will...

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J / JEWELRY

You all know by now how much I love my jewelry to be subtle, right?

Well, remember Isabella? She is one half behind Ivy & Liv, a jewelry line filled with subtle gems. And apart from sharing little bits of it on Instagram, I (can't believe I) never fully shared their Firefely collection lookbook that I shot last summer.

I hope you like it!

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I / INSPIRATION

While I have never been a frequent Tumblr user, Pinterest has changed my life. Well, at least kind of. I used to save all images that I came across and wanted to keep for 'inspiration' in one unbelievably messy folder on my computer. And I was always unable to find a specific image when I needed it.

Though I do still like to create a real life moodboard whenever I am working on a specific project, I use Pinterest all the time to search for stuff to use.

However my main inspiration nowadays comes from magazine editorials, browsing through a fat coffee table book or old photo books, but I also love how spending a day in a different city always magically gives me a great big boost. I guess Pinterest can get a little too clutter-y sometimes and I wish it would be more curated... Or something that would remember your preferences (or would that just be scary?).

Makes me curious, what makes you tick?

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H / HOW TO PREVENT BAD HAIR DAYS?

Ugh, bad hair days, who doesn't have to deal with them every now and then?

They are definitely not completely vanquishable, but there's ways to at least make them less frequent.

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G / GREY

This Fall the color (or should I say non-color?) grey has seriously and officially taken over from black as the main (head to toe option) in my wardrobe. Where I used to wear all black all the time and my clothing rack looked the furthest from colorful, grey is has little by little become more dominant. Yeah, so it's not really a color either, but at least it is a little lighter.

Why? I am not completely sure. I guess it works a bit better with just about any color existent in the world. It looks fantastic with a white sneaker or something navy blue. But it goes just as well with a pastel something or...a dark olive green in this case.

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F / FRENCH STYLE

Can we talk about the French and their je ne sais quoi again? Or should I say Parisiennes? While I love the Scandinavians and their super simple style with a fun twist, no one does it better than the ultra chic women in Paris.

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E / EVOLUTION OF STYLE

It’s a very common (and unfortunate thing), flipping through the pages of an old photo book with a huge smile on your face (mostly from repulsion). At least that’s what happens to me more often than not, the 'what was I thinking?!’ thought. Goes for hair and make up choices sometimes, but mostly for outfits. For your amusement, I have added some photos of me that are maximum 4 years old. They're not even that horrible, but I think it's funny to see how time flies and how style changes (and how I would never wear any of these looks again).

And in a couple of years I will probably feel the same about my current sartorial choices (though I do believe it’s slowly getting better and the process is getting slower), it’s inevitable. Let's call it an evolution of style.

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D / DRESS CODES

A little over a week ago I had a Bal de Soie by Hermès. I repeat, I was invited to attend a ball that was hosted by Hermès(!).

The dress code was a little unclear to me (it said something like: Glitter, silk, evening, feathers, etc.) and basically could still mean anything. But since it was a ball and it did mention glitter, I figured it was something super - as in ultra - chic. And so after panicking a little bit, I borrowed a long sequin skirt from By Malene Birger’s S/S15 collection. It had a super sexy high front slit and I thought it looked still 'me' with a casual t-shirt (here’s a photo).

And even with that casual t-shirt, I ended up looking totally overdressed. But I guess that's ok, because I am not sure if being overdressed is ever a bad thing. Is it?

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