Favorite Instagram accounts

I already declared my love for Instagram right here. That post was all about the stores and brands I love to follow. I still discover new accounts every day which makes my wish list grow… also every day! But recently I found out about Iconosquare. So easy to check out my IG account on my computer without checking my phone all the time!

I checked out my ‘Snapshots’ on Iconosquare to know my favorite IG’ers. And I have to say: my Top 3 is FABULOUS! Their accounts are very pretty and well maintained. But I noticed that these three ladies have a big impact on my style and wish list as well. Here we go!

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3. Lisa Verberght

Not only my best friend but also a girl with an edgy style and an eye for the perfect snapshots. With her iPhone  she captures the most simple things and turns them into magic! The corner of a room, a window, a hand,… she takes a picture and it becomes much more. And her style? Give the girl a skinny jeans and a bomber jacket en she’ll still looks like a princess, but a rebellious one of course!

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2. Joy Anna Thielemans

I don’t even know where to begin here! I love everything about her account. Even the pictures about food and plants though I can’t even make spagetti the right way and I can only take care of one cactus! I guess that’s the beauty about this gorgeous young woman: she’s so passionate about the pretty (little) things in life that you start to love them to! And her style. Oh her style. Can I have her wardrobe for Christmas please?

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1. Tiany Kiriloff

I can’t go to sleep without checking Tiany”s IG! First of all, that’s a fashion thing of course. I want to see all of her new outfits and I’m curious about the places and events she visited. But Tiany’s account makes me smile. She’s such a positive human being and by scrolling through her pictures I sense a lot of ‘Lust for Life’! And don’t get me started about her two loveable mini-me’s. Two of those for my Christmas as well pretty please!

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Go and give them a follow… oh right you already do!

Love,

Siel

Portrait: Steffi and Laurence with ‘Avalanche’

“Light differs in alternate places, bags differ for alternate souls”

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Girlpower

‘We are Steffi and Laurence, two twentysomethings based in Ghent.’ Steffi graduated in ‘Fashion Techniques’ and Laurence is a Graphic Designer. ‘We don’t need to explain that we’re the perfect team to start a business together!’

When Laurence took a trip to Mexico she needed a backpack for her camera. Someone borrowed her an old-skool gym bag. This turned out to be very practical yet not ‘très’ fashion… so why not make them with cool fabrics in neutral colors? With Steffi as the perfect partner in crime, Avalanche was born!

Black and sober

‘We love to keep things simple and black is our all-time favorite. But we also need that one thing to brighten up an outfit. That’s what we want to represent with Avalanche. We work with neutral fabrics that matches almost every outfit. The golden inside adds some contrast and is the perfect ‘extra touch’, which was very important from the beginning.

The future

‘We both want to continue in Fashion, we want to learn a lot and grow in what we’re doing. We’ll see what the future brings us but we already know that everything we’ll do will be fashion related. You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We love to tease you guys with sneak peeks, some news and updates! And of course you can visit our website!’

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Everything is custom- and handmade but very decent at the same time. I bought myself this white one and ever since this beauty arrived, we’re inseparable. It’s just so functional and fashionable at the same time. The golden inside is so so pretty, just quit whatever you’re doing now and order your new favorite gym bag!

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Love,

Siel

Lush Love

When it comes to beauty products I like to test different things. Over the years I’ve tried lots of different products and brands to find the stuff that works best for me. One brand I keep going back to is Lush. Over the years we’ve had our ups and downs, but my love for Lush is definitely here to stay.

Where most big beauty brands have products filled with chemicals and ingredients with names you cannot even pronounce, Lush is an affordable brand with a complete different view on cosmetics. Their products are handmade, fresh (they even use fresh fruits and vegetables!), they use as little packaging as possible and even better: they never test on animals.

I’ve tried a lot of their products these last few years. Some were an instant hit; others just didn’t work for me.

I’m going to share my all time favourites with you guys today.

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Yes, I needed a basket to get all my Lush stuff out of the bathroom…

Angels on bare skin – Face cleanser

One of their best selling products, and for a reason. This is a very soft cleanser, ideal for people with sensitive skin. You just need a very little piece, add some water and the little pieces of almond change into very soft almond milk. The smell is not special (a lavender – like smell), but that’s only a detail because it works really well!

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Snowcake – Soap

Every year round Christmas Lush has a special range of Winter-themed products. This soap is my favourite. It’s really soft and smells like marzipan…

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And it looks amazing too!

Fair trade – Foot cream (Promenade sur le boulevard in French)

This foot cream is perfect after busy workdays when I’ve been on my feet all day. It smells like peppermint, I know it sounds weird but it really cools down your tired feet (and it’s pink).

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You snap the whip – Body butter and scrub

This bar is magic. Really. It scrubs, moisturises and smells amazing all at the same time. You just have to rub it over your wet skin while you’re still in the shower (it leaves a thin black layer of scrub particles), rinse and you come out as soft as a baby smelling like berries.

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You Snap The Whip is the bar on the right

Most of the time I go to Lush in Ghent for my goodies, the staff is super friendly and they always try to find something that suits you. So go on and try for yourself!

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Love,

Jasmijn

PARIS FASHION WEEK SS15 – The #backstage issue

Back in Paris we had the chance to join three shows Lisa was walking: Rochas, Rick Owens and Chalayan. Here are some of our backstage experiences during the Rochas SS15 show.

As a model you need to be present 3 hours in advance when you walk a show. That involves make-up, getting your hair done and a lot of waiting of course. The backstage at Rochas was very crowded. So many people are involved, each with their own chores.

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We watched de show backstage which was very chaotic as some models needed to show 2 different looks. It’s very stressful for them to get fully dressed on time again. Every girl has two or one dressing assistant(s). They help the models getting dressed, most of them are fashion students who volunteer during Fashion Weeks.

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Lots of well-known faces walked Rochas this season. Of course our beautiful Lisa as well Daphne Groeneveld and the gorgeous Lindsey Wixson. And what I loved most about this collection? Those freakin’ly awesome shoes!

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Lindsey Wixson changing into her second outfit.

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Typical during Fashion Weeks is the mix of extremely well dressed and famous people like Tiany Kiriloff and Anna Dello Russo on the one hand and boys and girls who just want to be noticed on the other. It’s a shame that some of them are dressed over the top just to be photographed while the focus should be on the ones who are really passionate with fashion and their outfits.

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Some of the guests aren’t even invited, they just want to be noticed by streetstyle photographers.

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Anna Dello Russo entering Rochas

 

As you can read in our model life issue, lots of photographers are waiting outside to snap the models and famous guests. As always, Lisa is killin’ it!

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Love,

Siel

Portrait: Nele Winckelmans and her ‘Monteyn’

Less is more

‘I decided to name my brand after the last name of my grandmother, ‘Monteyn’. I inherited my creative skills from her. My design needs to be timeless:  something practical and simple with a graphical touch. In the end that’s a reflection of my personality. I’m not into frills and too much color. Less is more.’

DIY

‘I studied Graphic Design and I benefit from my education now. It changes my perception about the handbags I’m making, there’s a lot you can do by yourself. I can do all of the graphical stuff like the logo, business cards and photo shoots on my own.My boyfriend is photographer so of course he makes the pictures. We’re well aware of each other’s qualities and in the end you can see that in the result.’

Handbags and Accessories

‘I never found a perfect totebag, so I started making them myself. At first I used sheets from when I was a child. My ‘hobby’ grew out of proportion and I decided to start taking classes in ‘Lokeren’, ‘Handbags and Accessories’. I’m in my 3th grade now and I already grew a lot as a designer, and I’m not planning to stop that anytime soon.’

The future

‘I hope to continue ‘Monteyn’ because it’s amazing to learn all about making these designs by myself and expressing my creativity and personality through it.’

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Nele keeps you up to date on her Tumblr and soon on Facebook.

 

I couldn’t be more happy with my first (certainly not the last) ‘Monteyn’. Black with a subtle golden detail, big enough for all my girly stuff but not too big so I can find everything properly (!).

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Love,

Siel

PARIS FAHION WEEK SS15 – The #ootd issue

­As you may have read in Siels previous post, we went to Paris for Fashion Week to keep Lisa company and experience a bit of the whole circus from a different point of view. I was really excited and enthusiastic since this was my first time visiting during Fashion Week!

So you may have noticed we posted something about every outfit we were planning to wear each day we were in Paris. You may notice I used the words ‘were planning to wear’, because planned outfits don’t always work out like you intended.

Some stuff just turned out to be impractical, like high heels. We were running around a lot from place to place and travelling by subway so I ended up wearing flats the whole time. But hey that’s okay because this last year we see a lot more flats on the runways!

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I ended up replacing one outfit (the one for day 4) completely because it just felt over styled at the time and I went for a more relaxed combo.

Siel bought a cute dress right before we left so she had to wear this. Someone at Rick Owens complimented us for being cute (not very high fashion, but still a compliment is a compliment!).

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So if you ever plan to attend a Fashion Week, here is what I learned from my first experience: relax, don’t overthink and just wear what works for you!

One last pro-tip from Lisa: never bring new shoes to Fashion Week! (I learned this the hard way, ouch)

 

If you want to see some more of the things we did in Paris check out this film Siel made!

 

 

Love,

Jasmijn

PARIS FASHION WEEK – The #modellife issue

Last week Jasmijn and I went to Paris Fashion Week. Third time in a row for me, first time for Jasmijn! Together with Lisa we went from casting to fitting to show!

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We got home with lots of stories so once in a while we will keep you posted about our Paris Adventure! Starting with: the model life!

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Being a model isn’t glamour and glitter every day. It’s working: day ànd night. For every 5 minutes of fame after a show models need to work insane long hours, do a lot of waiting and keep themselves in shape all the time.

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Lisa after the Rochas show, photographers screaming her name and following her until she leaves the street.

That’s why I decided to join Lisa in Paris during the end of Fashion Weeks. I try to do something special every time. Last year I arrived in Paris with postcards, pictures and letters from friends and family to wish her good luck. The next season I made a goodie bag for Lisa and now she left for NYC with 30 envelopes. Each one had a cute message for her to cheer her up.

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WORK

Late at night Lisa receives an e-mail from her agency with the schedule for the next day. This is how she rolls on a regular Fashion Week day:

Morning – 9AM: go visit the agency

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10AM: casting for Maison Martin Margiela

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The lovely MMM spot

1PM: fitting for Rick Owens

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Jasmijn waiting @ Rick Owens

3PM: preparing for the Rochas show

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5PM: walking Rochas

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STYLE

Even in a busy fashion city as Paris, you could easily tell if the girl you crossed in the streets was a model or not. Lots of girls seem to have the same way of clothing: black skinny, statement sweater, sneakers/biker boots and a black backpack/designer bag hanging casually off their shoulders. We asked Lisa if this was a thing, if all models do have the same style.

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‘I think this is a practical coincidence: we need to get in and out of our clothes real quickly so a jeans and sweater are a must. We can’t go to castings and fittings over dressed as well. That’s why we have a classy and sober style I think.’

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Lisa with my H&M hat, MISBHV sweater and UO coat

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Streetstyle darling Hanne Gaby

Keep an eye on Otherinfinities for more PFW news!

Love,

Siel

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ANTWERP LOVIN’

Ever since I was a little girl I shared the fascination for ‘Big Cities’ with my dad. Every saturday we drove to Brussels, Antwerp, Lille, Hasselt,… to get lost in the city streets. As my dad passed away last year, I can’t even explain how much I miss this. Together with him I lost my heart in Antwerp where we enjoyed so many exhebitions, summer afternoons or even the movies.

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Me enjoying the sun in Antwerp when I was a little girl

The Meir

Today I’m gonna tell you all about my favorite fashion spots over there. When you visit Antwerp by train you need to cross the Meir. I know this is a busy boulevard with lots of mainstream shops but when there, these are the stores you want to give a shot:

Sissy Boy

A very refreshing lifestyle and fashion store for you, him and the mini me’s.

Princess

When the budget is rather low: DON’T ENTER! This is a big store full of yummie brands as Marc by Marc Jacobs, Moschino, MSGM,…

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8tea5

In one of the side streets you will find 8tea5 for a great Bubble Tea. Pick your flavour, pick your bubbles and enjoy!

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Nationale Straat

Caffènation

Before you go to the ‘Nationale Straat’, you must visit Caffènation for a delicious cup of coffee! You can also buy some coffee beans which made my boyfriend very happy!

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Inknits Winter Store

For now, as this is a pop-up store, this is my favorite place to shop! These handmade scarfs, hats and sweaters all have a beautiful story behind them, go and read all about that here. The store itself is clean and cosy at the same time, worth visiting!

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Inknits Winter Store, Nationale Straat 79 2000 Antwerpen, This is my new favorite beanie!

Jutka & Riska

I’m a huge fan of Jutka & Riska! The mix of their own collection and the vintage pieces really works. On top of that, their accessories are to die for. My dressing is full of them. Earrings, necklaces and rings are all very qualitative and original.

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Jutka & Riska, Nationale Straat 87 2000 Antwerpen

Lombardenvest

In this area you need to check out these places:

AF Vandevorst Flagship Store

They opened their very first flagship store and it’s beautiful! As the collection is very expensive, I only got the chance to give it a look and a feel. But SERIOUSLY, those caps and boots!!

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Fresh

Beautiful store with the best Sessùn pieces you can imagine!

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Fresh, Stijfselstraat 5 2000 Antwerpen

Pitten & Bonen

For a healthy lunch, this is the place to be!

Korte Gasthuisstraat

Two of my all-time favorites right across each other:

COS

Don’t forget to check out their necklaces, socks and children’s collection!

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With the awesome Lykke Li collab now in stores!

Kammenstraat

Oh how I love this street. It’s hard to select just a few cool places here but I’ll give it a try:

Sienna & Lois

A stylish boutique where ‘Urban city chic meets vintage’. I’m a fan!

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LOT

I recently discovered LOT. And I love it! What a lovely collection: colorful skirts, cosy sweaters and nice cluthces or iPhone covers… LOT offers you all you need!

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Melkmarkt

Such a cosy corner in Antwerp. A little shopping and a nice drink to end your day!

Clouds Of Fashion

A young girl opened her own store with a great mix of accessories and clothes!

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My pick!

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Clouds Of Fashion, Melkmarkt 6 2000 Antwerpen

De Muze

End your day in this jazz bar with your friends!

See you in Antwerp,

Love
Siel

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Winter Coat

Is it too early to start thinking about winter outfits yet? Winter is my favourite season with the holidays and all. I don’t mind the cold temperatures because I feel that it gives much more outfit opportunities (layers, layers and more layers).

This fall/winter season one of the biggest trends is oversized, comfy wear in soft materials. It was a look that a lot of big names showed for this season. Last year we already saw a lot of fluffy materials and it looks like this trend is here to stay

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I had been looking for a furry coat for a while now and last week I found the perfect one for me at Primark.

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So while I’m enjoying these last beautiful summer days, I cannot wait to snuggle up in my portable teddy.

Love,

Jasmijn

The Fashion Week Issue: Lisa Verberght

Fashion Weeks are going hard. I catched up with my lovely Lisa (topmodel) and asked her some questions about the fashion rollercoster during september!

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Fashion Week go-to shoes

My black classic COS shoes. Because they look very chic and they are sooo comfortable! Every time fashion week is coming I buy a new pair of shoes and I really want to wear them during that time, but it’s almost impossible because you need enough time to walk the shoes in properly. In order to keep my feet safe and ready for the fashion week. I don’t think it’s a great idea to run around in new shoes.

Three purse essentials

I carry around a lot of stuff with me everywhere but, apart from my casting stuff (high heels and my portfolio) I will always carry a book around just in case I’m bored and I want to read something. My iPhone charger or a spare battery thing. And of course my small camera, you never know when you’ll bumb into some celebrity! Oh and lipbalm (I know that’s four but never forget the lipbalm!)

Partner in crime

Of course that must be you! Fashion week ends in Paris where I’ll meet my best friend ever. For real, this girl is crazy and knows how to cheer me up especially because the last days of fashion week are hard but you’ll never get bored with this girl around! Can’t wait to see you!

Biggest Fashion Week blooper

I don’t think I really have one.. I’ll get back to you if something happens haha

Unwind after a day of shows

After a long day I try to skype with my boyfriend and family (yes every single day, preferably multiple times during the day. I like to keep in contact with my loved ones). Then, I’ll watch some ‘friends’ or have a hot shower or I’ll go to a friend if I still have the energy for that.

Who are you looking forward to seeing?

I can’t wait to see Caroline when I go to London, I feel like we will have a lot to talk about as usual. I also can’t wait to go home for a few nights this season. Nothing is better than sleeping in your own bed!

Which shows are you looking forward to?

I can’t wait for Céline this season. I’ve always loved this show and I have been part of it ever since I started which is amazing! Apart from that I love the clothes and purses so can’t wait for them to share their inspiration with us!

Go and chek her out!

The Metallic Skirt

‘Metallic’ is no longer a fashion crime, and I love it! The metallic skirt is my absolute favorite and definitely on my wish list for fall. But what to choose? They exist in so many colors and shapes!

The Golden One

How To Wear: With black and white or burgundy!

Faux Pas: Pastels!

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Other Colours

How To Wear: Keep it soft with white or grey.

DO!: A silver metallic skirt with a grey top or sweater.

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The Long One

How To Wear: With a blouse or top tucked in.

Faux Pas: Metallic shoes, that’ll be too much! Keep it black, even a pair of biker boots will do the trick.

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Copper

How To Wear: Beautiful with black, white and grey/green.

DO!: A black clutch!

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I’m in love with this colour and obsessed with copper accessories lately:

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Book: ‘Gewoon Joy’
Watch: Komono
Ring: Twice As Nice
Bracelet: H&M
Earrings: & other stories

Love,

Siel

MAIS QUI ES-TU

I’m not really into soccer. I loved the enthusiasm of my friends and boyfriend during the World Cup a while ago, but that’s it. And then this happened:

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When there’s fashion involved, I’m fully focused! I ordered these T-shirts so we could support the Red Devils in style!

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But Mais Qui Es-Tu has so much more to offer. Every sweater and T-shirt is handmade, no machines involved! They designed a collection for the whole family with different prints. On our wish list:

For the kids

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Un maman a tort, € 30

For the boyfriend:

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Navy, € 40

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My boyfriend made me ‘wishlist’ this one as Adnan Januzaj plays for his favorite team Manchester United – ah them boys.

For us:

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My absolute favorite! € 70

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Love,
Siel

5 Pieces A Month #CHALLENGE

I am a comfortshopper. Whenever I feel sad I go to the mall. But comfortshopping = impulsive shopping. I always end up with stuff I don’t really need. Waiting is the keyword here: I learned to be patient until I find the perfect item. When I feel bad nowadays I go for a run (I can run 45 minutes now, yayy me!). Another trick is my new ‘5 pieces a month’ challenge. Except for accessories and underwear, I can only buy five items each month. August was the first time I tried and here’s the result:

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H&M, € 19,95, you can read about ‘em here

Basic Grey Tee

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Scoop neck T-shirt, € 19, and other stories

Embroidered black blouse

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C&A, € 19,99

Black sweater

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Nümph sweater, € 50, read all about it here

My new raincoat

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Raincoat, € 50, Pull and Bear

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Let it rain!

Love,

Siel

Harper’s Bazaar

Big news in fashion magazine land (if such a land even exists)! Harper’s Bazaar relaunched its Dutch version of the magazine. They already tried this in 1986 but had to stop in 1990 because of low sales.

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So the return of the ‘oldest fashion magazine’ (as they call themselves) to the Netherlands and Belgium is a welcome change.

Harper’s Bazaar is known for being a more classical and elite magazine, with more content than just pure fashion. In the course of their long history they cooperated with important writers, journalists and photographers (check out Richard Avedon!). 

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Will this Dutch version be a success? I really hope so, with Vogue releasing a Dutch issue two years ago, we are now getting another iconic magazine. But to be honest the style they are going for seems not so realistic for us common people to afford. (There is a pair of earrings from Piaget for €69000 in this issue, no kidding). Don’t get me wrong, I love that they keep in line with the original Harper’s Bazaar and everything looks super classy, but somehow it seems a little over the top.

 

So, pretty to look at? YES, of course!

But, realistic? Not really…

Love,

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Jasmijn  

#MODE IN OOSTENDE

“Spread the Fashion love” at Oostende (seaside)

Yesterday was probably the best night of my life (not kidding). I met the woman who inspires me to wear the things I really like (whether that’s your taste or not). She learned me to use my passion for fashion and not to be afraid to show it. Scrolling through Belmodo and her instagram makes me fall in love with fashion every single day.

The late night shopping

In Oostende my evening started with a late night shopping tour. Belmodo created a beautiful magazine with a map full of hotspots. Here are my favorites:

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Jansseune Interieur & Design

Cool design for the house, fashion books and the Missoni home collection. Need I say more?

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L’oxygene

Because we all want those black March 23 sneakers (and the Patrizia Pepe bag, if possible).

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Good thing I took my boyfriend with me. Now I ended up buying only one piece (a perfect black Nümph sweater) instead of the whole store.

 

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The Party

This party was everything a fashionista needs: make-up, designers, great DJ’s and lovely (well dressed) people. Some highlights for me:

Doriane Van Overeem

Meeting this great designer and discovering her collection was a blast! Check out her work for Maison Minni Mouse, it’s great. And I need this sweater… like now!

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Avalanche

The backpack is… well euh BACK for a long time now, but the ones of Avalanche take this trend to the next level. I’m in love with the white one.

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Nele Berckmans

She was the winner of the Belmodo loves KASK 2014 award. Her designs are stunning! The colors, silhouettes and the fabrics… everything matches so naturally.

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It was a lovely evening. Being able to meet such a beautiful and classy woman as Tiany made me fall asleep with a big smile on my face –  I even woke up like this. And be sure to check out the work of Dirk Alexander because

1. he’s the best fashion photographer I know

2. he’s my hero now!

I was wearing:

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American Vintage dress
H&M jacket
Paul Smith bag
Chiara Ferragni shoes
The Darling necklace
Jutka en Riska earrings

 

Love,

Siel