Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This is my first time ever celebrating this day – as we don’t do Thanksgiving in The Netherlands – and since we don’t have any family here in Los Angeles, we will probably celebrate with a surf session on the beach.
Even though I can not seem to figure out another way to describe Thanksgiving than Christmas without presents, here we go:
Thank you, for reading afterDRK.com and for following me while I am in Los Angeles (and my bare armed outfits are probably not even inspiring for you to see, since most of you are bundling up for winter).
Can Los Angeles weather get anymore perfect? This city seriously has the perfect temperature to make all my sartorial wishes come true.
Leather jackets over summer dresses and ankle boots? Check.
Shorts mixed with chunky sweaters and (socks in) sandals? This sun has it all covered.
It even works for my first experiment in reversed layering. I am not sure if there are more to come, but since there was a bit too much blazer showing up underneath my leather bestie, I thought it would be a good idea to try them the other way around, with my boxy boyfriend blazer functioning as the coat of the two.
Now that I am living by this French regime (shopping rules with my own little gestures here and there), there is this little voice that can not stop popping up in my head every now and then to point out these magic word combinations.
The first of these combinations is sold out. What is it with us women that make us want something only after we figure out it is nowhere to be found? This happened with my Balenciaga boots and it is happening now with the Jenni Kayne d’Orsay flats that are high up on my 5 Piece French Wardrobe list, but are nowhere to be found in my size ánd with a black sole.
I seem to turn into this shopping monster that does not stop until she is satiated. Nothing similar will do the trick, only the exact item on the wish list can satisfy.
Then, we have limited edition. Ahhh limited edition. Those two words make my heart beat faster than speeding light. Even though I know it is only a matter of giving the amount of pieces that are produced a number – I mean, is 1.000 still limited edition? Does it depend on the type of item? – and I knów these words are designed to make hearts beat faster, it still works as some sort of spell on me.
Also, handmade… When something says ‘handmade’ it does not really make me want it more very often, but it does make me automatically want to splurge on it a little more. ‘Cause handmade means there is nothing like it, right? Right?! For instance, how cool is this hand slashed leather jacket I spotted at the Acne showroom a few weeks ago. (PS: It also comes in white! Yum!)
I feel like the worst of them is sold out, since I strongly believe there are always ways to still get to the unfindable. The only magic charm that does not seem to work on me is sale.
In the beginning of September, I started my second attempt on a 5 piece French wardrobe (meaning I am allowed to buy 5 pieces each season (each 6 months), basics don’t count). Despite the fact this fashion month and a half gave me a clothing overload (bombardment even), things are going well.
I entered several stores and went through all kinds of browsing sessions and managed to keep the wallet in the bag, except for the things that I had written down before arrival in Paris (bought nothing at all in New York and London, *pat on the back).
Apart from that leather jacket – 1 down, 4 to go – I got myself a scarf and some black suit trousers, which are both basics and don’t count. And to keep myself right on track, here is the wishlist I am using for September – February.
3. A cozy knit
Not this one in particular (the price tag is just way (waayyy) too hefty), but I regularly get some serious sweater envy and that can only mean one thing… I need to be able to give some serious sweater envy back every now and then. Right?
The next two are not counting, since they are either basics or accessories (or both).
I saw these really nice razor blade hoops from Tom Binns in a Dutch magazine a little while ago and I.NEED.TO.HAVE them. The only problem is that I can not seem to find them (I can not even find an image of them on the internet, so I am almost starting to think the magazine secretly made them up).
I will leave item number 4 and 5 open for now until I fall head over heels for something.
Now these wardrobe rules might sound super hard to live by, but it basically means I can buy something really nice every 36 days (half a year = 182,5 days divided by 5 items is 36,5 days). Must be realizable.
afterDRK was created by Sabrina Meijer in 2009 with the intent of appealing to all fashion seekers, especially the ones that have a slight appreciation for simplicity, but always with some sort of edge.