1 Sep 2014

August

Fall is on our doorstep: days are getting darker, temperatures drop and it has been raining non stop for the past couple of days.
And eventhough the weatherman told us this week it's going to be 27 degrees - all the sudden - the shorts and skirts are already being tucked away in the back of our closets.

August went by like a flash. Perhaps it feels that way because it was still holiday-season and now college is about to start again, but I'm not liking it. When August turns into September, it means summer is almost over.
I did some internetshopping last week: a denim short & a big baby-blue knit. Two completely different items, regarding the seasons.

Here's what I wore in August, the last three looks being from Barcelona! Noticed: I'm wearing different shoes in every look! Which one is your favorite?

Xx


30 Aug 2014

Red blouse

A third and final look from what I wore during my time in Barcelona. 
Again the light blue shorts, I know, but I warned you a couple of months ago that this was going to happen. It just is a simple and nice summer piece and with this outfit it proves it can go with pretty much anything. 
When you travel light - for me that was just bringing one suitcase (the handluggage version) - you can only wear what you brought. And I brought this bright red blouse with oversized pockets with me. I got it a year ago at Nastygal and I admit, I only worn it once or twice. So it was time to give it a go again.
But, as it turns out, this was a perfect look for late night cocktails at MakaMaka, the cute place I told you before in a earlier post!


From now on, I'm back in rainy Holland, meaning that from now on some warmer looks will be up on the blog. I guess summer is really over. I just ordered a warm and cozy knit and there is more new stuff I have yet to show you, so stay tuned!

Xx




28 Aug 2014

When in Barcelona

Six days in Barcelona, the city of tapas and architecture. A city I've been before two times. It's not like New York, or Amsterdam, or any other big city for that matter. It just has it's own magical touch.
I even upgraded my 'speaking Spanish' for these Barcelona days. All I can say is 'yo soy una mujer' and - ofcourse - 'una cervezza por favor', but hey, it's a start!

We left rainy Amsterdam behind on a Sunday morning and flew right were the sun was hot and the sangria was waiting.
We rented bikes and cycled around the city, discovering tiny streets and cute buildings.
Day two: beachday. Crowded beach but who cares? We're in Barca!
The weather was without doubt better than in Holland, but day 3, 4 and 5 the sun was gone. Perfect for doing cultural activitities! --> Parc Guell, the Sagrada Familia, the Cathedral, Mount Monjuic and the Olympic city, and so on.
We also went to the Human Bodies Exposition, heard of that? Very cool and informative, real bodies and all!

Tips and tricks
- A tapasrestaurant called Catalana Cerveseria, at the Carrer de Mallorca. The BEST tapas in town. That's why the wait is about 1,5 hours!
- Renting bikes at Rent a Bike Barcelona, located on the Ramblas: seriously a go! You can discover the whole city and it's cheap!
- After a beach day: Makamaka, a very cute and relaxed burgerrestaurant with the best cocktails. Located: Passeig Don Joan Borb√≥ 76. 
- La Boqueria, a big food market where you can get everything fresh! Dates, gambas, nougat, calamari, olives etc.! Very nice to just walk around and eat.
- Use Airbnb.com for finding nice and cozy apartments, most of the time it's more fun than staying at a hotel! 

So, the main thing we did was eat - if you haven't noticed. Barcelona, a city I would so recommend to go visit! You could have seen some pics on my Instagram, but here's some more!


Xx





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26 Aug 2014

Strings





Black strings, that's basically what this 'top' is made from. Long, black fringes, all held together in some sort of arty way- at least, I think it's pretty arty the way this item holds itself together. It is supposed to be a dress for when going to the beach - because of the obvious see-trough - but in Barcelona it actually really doesn't matter how much skin is showed, I noticed.Ofcourse I wore some denim shorts underneath, just to not look at all lost, looking for the beach or something. Because it actually wasn't beach-weather that day.. These shots were taken in front of the Plaza del Toros Monumental, where they used to have bullfights. I'm just glad they stopped the bullfights and kept the pretty building.

Due to suitcase-capacity I'm wearing flipflops in these pics. Not my first choice - it probably would have been some high heels or big black boots - but hey, ones gotta make do with what they have. That's also the reason why I'm wearing this black vintage bag again. I pretty much lugged this bag with me everywhere the six days I was in this gorgeous city.

So what do you think? Is this outfit too much? (or actually, too little?)

Xx

                     

23 Aug 2014

Barcelona streets

Helloooo to you on this cold Saturday morning. Sorry for the blog-absence! Six days of busy Barcelona and some poor internet connection made me decide I wasn't going to put up half finished, bad quality posts. So, being back in Holland means being back in the game again!




Say 'hi again' to this green playsuit, worn once on the blog before, but that was in the beginning fase of Vanilla & Velvet, a.k.a the pictures weren't that pretty..
So there it is again, this bright green playsuit: open back and cut-out details all included. Wandering around in the streets of Barcelona which are all wide and clean with the most beautifully architected buildings.
I could have gone for the big statement jewelry, but my new favorite is this small golden necklace from Luz. They have so many cute options to choose from, but this 'bar' necklace made the cut. And sometimes it's not so bad to put silver and gold together, like in this outfit. Eventhough the real reason is that I couldn't pack my whole shoe-collection. 




This upcoming week: more outfits from Barcelona and a diary about the city itself! Stay tuned!
The Cluse giveaway is still up and running for about a week. You can win yourself a watch! So be quick about it and enter here!  



 Xx



16 Aug 2014

Soft side

Sometimes, a rock 'n roll outfit (a leather top, grey faded jeans and black slip ons counts as rock 'n roll for me) needs a touch of femininity.
Luckely, Invito knows exactly how to manage that and they got me this floral bag to go with this black outfit. So besides the blond hair, the bag is working it's female factor and making this outfit look like it also has it's soft side.

Today is all about packing my suitcase for Barcelona. I want to shoot a lot of outfits over there, because of the magic of the city and the cute little streets, so packing a tiny suitcase is kind of a challenge on this Saturday morning.

Happy weekend and stay tuned for some Spanish influence on the blog in the upcoming days!
If you haven't entered yet, here is the link for the giveaway that's online on the blog right now. You can win yourself a Cluse watch!

Xx


13 Aug 2014

Style tackle

I'm still in love with my cheetah printed loafers from Lady Del Toro, but sometimes I feel a bit too neat when wearing them. Know what I mean?
'Neatness' isn't really my style, so I have to turn the look around. I have to create something that is both feminime als though. Because that's the best I can do when describing my style. So in a way, I'm tackeling one style and turn it into another. Or a mix of styles, that works too!
I figured some leather pants and some black and white stripes should do the trick for today.
Because they are neat, but they are also way too pretty to just leave in my closet and to never take out for a spin. Besides, the oversized cutout sunnies is doing a fine job too tackeling that 'neat' feeling!

The upcoming days will be all about detoxing, catching up on sleep and packing for Barcelona!
In the meantime, don't forget to enter the Cluse giveaway on my blog. You can win yourself a watch! Click here.

Xx


11 Aug 2014

Something old

Sometimes, taking a peek in the back of your closet can be a real eye-opener.
You'll probably find the following items:
- The ugliest dresses, you'll wonder why you ever bought them
- Tops with grammy prints - yes, I found a couple of those
- Skirts which are waaay to short and waaay to tight
- T-shirts with holes in them
- Some high school (very) basic tops
- And, in this case: a highwaisted printed shorts in a vague purple color

Those - slighly written off - items should be reconsidered. And that is how this short ended up in today's outfit post. It's a simple look but I would so wear it to a festival.
Conclusion: this very old shorts is perfect for re-use! It may not be 'trending' - it's almost vintage - but it's a lot of fun to create a 'new' look with something that has been in your closet for years!
By the way, festival season is slowly coming to and end and I haven't been to a single one! Rushing is in order!

Do you guys re-use old item often? Or do you just throw them away after a few years?

Xx