Monday blues

It was with uncertainty that I bought this shirt dress, but it is definitely convinced that I write this blogpost! One thing I was sure about however, was the colour, which I still looooove. I also love the fit, it’s casual and loose but  I love that I can roll up my sleeves and that the waist ribbon makes it quite fitted. I thoroughly enjoyed pairing this shirt with some white accessories; these Nief Collectief earrings and casual (really grubby) Converse were a perfect match. Those Monday blues have never felt so great! :-)

Dress – Arket
Shoes – Converse
Earrings – Nief Collectief 

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Green in the city

What’s better than a nice flowey dress on a summer day in the city? Right, it is the best! This dress is an old time favourite from Indiska, but with some new accessories like earrings, a nice bag and sunglasses, I tried to spruce it up a little. These nude heels are also my new favourite shoes. They are so comfy, they go with everything and I love the wooden heel.

Dress – Indiska
Earrings – Nief Collectief
Shoes – Bullboxer
Bag – Fiorelli
Sunglasses – Komono

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Summer neutrals

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It was love at first sight with this dress from Ichi. It’s got everything I love in a dress: just the right length, stripes, neutrals but a really cool edgy cut. I love the off the shoulder element. Other than that it’s made out viscose which makes it light and breezy. I especially like pairing this dress with my hair up and red lips. You can buy the dress here.

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Dress – Ichi
Shoes – Esprit
Sunnies –  KOMONO

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Rotterdam – a shopping guide

Between Christmas and New Years, my boyfriend and I took a little getaway to Rotterdam. We took things slow and explored some of the great architectural constructions like the Markthal, saw some art at the Kunsthal and wandered the city’s streets. There were definitely too many nice looking shops and cozy cafés, but we managed to squeeze in quite a few! I’m giving you an overview below so you can enjoy some of the best ones. The shopping must go on!

PLEK – concept store

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What? This concept store is a design lover’s dream. From clothes to homeware, this place has everything in its own style, from Scandi chic to German retro. They also have a great selection of fragrances. My favourite – the Bon Parfumeur in the scent 301 – a woody scent with sandalwood, amber and cardamom. It was love at first smell.

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STEK – de stadstuinwinkel

Where? Nieuwe Binnenweg 195B

What? It’s the urban jungle lover’s dream. You walk into the shop and immediately get that jungle vibe: there’s literally plants everywhere! If your love of plants exceeds the plants itself, like me, you  will also like the botanical greeting cards and lovely ceramic pots as decoration. The shop owner is also really helpful! Basically, I could live in this store and be perfectly happy.

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HAY

Where? Haagseveer 99

What?  Anyone that knows me, knows I absolutely love this brand. It’s a Danish design brand that distinguishes itself from others by using unique shapes and colours. Regular scissors, clothing hooks and towels become objects of marvel. Time and time again, I end up buying nothing at all because I want everything and my budget just doesn’t allow for that to happen.

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VOORLOPIG

Where? Nieuwe Binnenweg 165

What? Everything you didn’t know you needed. There’s not really anything you couldn’t live without at this store, but there’s A LOT of things that you don’t feel like you want to live without. It’s got a wide selection of greeting cards, children’s books and posters. And I mean, who doesn’t love a store that makes a Christmas tree out of books! Out of books! Right.

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Hutspot

Where? Karel Doormanstraat 317

What? Really cool and edgy clothes and accessories that are comparably very affordable. From basic items to some pieces to stand out with.  I especially liked their jewellery collection, which as on point. You can kind of get the vibe of the store by looking at their website.

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Markthal

Where? Dominee Jan Scharpstraat 298

What? Only the most amazing architectural construction in Rotterdam, with a combination of apartments and a huge glass market hall. This really is the place to be for food lovers. If you’re not already hungry by the thought of the market hall, you will definitely get some cravings when you see al the glorious food stands. A must if you’re ever in Rotterdam!

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GROOS

Where? Achterklooster 13

What? A really basic but artsy store that is enjoyable by the way it’s been set up alone. It’s kind of like a mix between a warehouse and an art or design gallery. We bought some local beer (with lime) there and socks with an unbearably cute print. It’s a great place to get a gift for the ungiftable person.

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KEET

Where? Oppert 2a

What? A gift store that doubles up as a café. The perfect place to go snoop around when the weather isn’t that great. They have a great selection of ceramics and jewellery. Again, you’ll need nothing but end up wanting everything.

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Coffeelicious

Where? Nieuwe Binnenweg 174

What? After all the shopping, it’s nice to bop in somewhere to grab a cup of coffee or tea. This place’s interior looks like Alice in Wonderland had a baby with a Scandinavian designer (not my favourite combo) but the cake here was the bomb.com and all was forgiven quickly. Try the carrot cake!

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This is only a grasp of the many, many more shops and cool places in Rotterdam and I’m pretty sure I’ll have to go back in summer one day, but I feel like these are a solid list to get your started. If you’re into one of a kind shops and laid back wandering around the city, Rotterdam is definitely the place for you.

Please be sure to let me know if you have any questions or comments! I’d love to tell you more about it.

Until the next shopping spree! :-)

Dressed to impress

When I stumbled upon this high neck midi dress at Zara a couple of weeks ago, it immediately “spoke” to me. There was something about the cut that intrigued and the combination of the turtle neck and short sleeves intrigued me. I bought it anyways, because it felt really comfortable and it’s one of those buys that was a bit of a gamble but turns out to be a winner! I have fallen head over heals: the length is perfect, with a bit of a side split to make it playful, the colours are my cup of tea because they go really well with a dark red lipstick and the stripes are flattering to my figure because they are vertical and make me look taller. Despite the short sleeves, it’s also surprisingly warm! In case you’re interested, you can shop the dress here.

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Gigi Hadid x Maybelline

As I was browsing the make-up section in store, I stumbled upon the Gigi Hadid make up line in corporation with Maybelline and wanted to give it a try. First of all, I really like the packaging – so simple but feminine! I picked up a lip liner and the mascara. Not 100% about the lip liner – I couldn’t get the accuracy I wanted, but really happy with the mascara. Below is a full break-down of the make-up.

Primer/serum – Kiko Arctic Holiday Strobing Face Serum

Foundation – L’Oreal Accord Parfait

Concealer – NARS creamy concealer

Eyebrows – Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

Eyeshadow – Urban Decay Naked 2 palette

Blush – L’Oreal Le Blush

Mascara – Maybelline x Gigi Hadid

Lip liner – Maybelline x Gigi Hadid in Taura