15 WAYS TO USE COCONUT OIL

Would you believe me if I told you THE best all-round beauty product can be found in your local supermarket? And no, it's not bacon (which is magical for other reasons).

I am talking about raw (and preferably organic) virgin coconut oil. That's right: the random jar with a flashy label that brings all inclusive resorts and holiday flings by the name of Pablo to mind. Nevertheless it's a must have for all beauty devotees. Coconut oil is antibacterial, anti fungal, light weighted, moisturizing and - very crucial - it smells like a Caribbean cruise (did someone say piña colada?).

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CAMO PRINT

Honestly, I have always felt like camo print was a bit tricky. To pull off, but also in general. As a kid, I once dressed up as a soldier in a head to toe blue camouflage suit for Dutch carnaval. After that, I decided to never wear this print ever again (and also never to celebrate Dutch carnaval again, ugh). I thought it just didn’t feel right.

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THE ULTIMATE AMSTERDAM ADDRESS BOOK

To answer THE most asked question I get, here's my ultimate Amsterdam address book.

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A TERRY CLOTH T-SHIRT

While shooting for Elle at Nicole's apartment the other day, I saw this amazing gray colored softness peeking out of one of her cupboard drawers. I just had to take a closer look.

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5 IDEAS TO MAKE BOYFRIEND DENIM LOOK FEMININE

Same jeans, completely different look. In my search for easy ways to dress just the slightest bit more feminine (or maybe better said, put some more effort in getting dressed in the morning), I thought it would be fun to discuss my favorite style of denim.

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UNEXPECTED COLOR COMBINATIONS THAT WORK

Taken into consideration that I personally don’t wear too much brightness on a regular basis, this might sound a bit odd. But what I find the most inspiring - over anything else - is when I see fellow fashion enthusiasts passing by in  unexpected color combinations. Something that I wouldn’t even throw together if I did wear multiple colored ensembles. Something though that works like magic.

Joanna Hillman does not only have impeccable layering skills, she knows her shades pretty well too. (And with shades I don’t mean her choice in the sunglasses department.) Back in Paris during Fashion Week, I saw her rocking this striped long sleeve, mixed with a light brownish blazer, camel tuxedo pants and a desaturated red/orange floral scarf.

Bold words coming from someone who doesn’t do brown, but I think this is brilliant!

3 SPRING BEAUTY LOOKS

After two beauty posts here on afterDRK, it is time to properly introduce myself. Hi!

Remember the 6 Spring Beauty Essentials and my avowal about their potential? A promise made is a debt unpaid. That’s why I decided to use my first cameo to demonstrate the potential of the beauty products I discussed before. Please bare with me.

One face, six products, three Spring beauty looks: let’s go!

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8 WARDROBE CLASSICS TO KEEP FOREVER

8 Wardrobe classics to keep forever...and the best places to find them (both desirable and affordable). Or at least, the places where I get mine.

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ANKLETS

Anklets are back! Or at least I would like to think so. They're the perfect feminine gesture to show up in between a rolled up boyfriend jean and a flat sandal or - even - a sneaker.

They make me think of the long summers I used to spent in Italy when I was little, building sand castles in flirty colorful dresses and eating gelato until I nearly died from multiple food babies. (Pistachio being my favorite flavor back then.) To stick to those childhood memories and to channel my inner mini-me, I decided to attach a playful hint in the shape of a charm from my baby bracelet to my anklet. Yes it's a sheep. Don't ask.

I have to say I wouldn't wear it with heels because double femininity is just not my thing and I feel like it could get an itsy bit tacky.

Anklet, bought from a random jewelry store (but Asos has a few nice ones too).