Fashion: Classic blue dress

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Everytime we are in England we look for our favorite shop Reiss. They have such beautiful clothes, really good quality, beautiful fabrics and patterns… we just could buy the whole store !

We, that is my husband and I. It was my husband actually who discovered the shop first when we were on a citytrip in London a good couple of years ago. At home I have to break and arm and a leg to get him to the shops, but when on holiday or citytrip, he likes to do some shopping. Half of his cupboard is bought on travels and trips !

A few months ago we were in York and saw our favorite shop, Reiss, so along we went ! My husband bought this beautiful navy blue shirt with a tiny dot and I was hooked up on this fantastic midnight blue dress with a square cut-out pattern all over it. Read more about this outfit!

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Fashion: ‘Dior and I’ by Frederic Tcheng

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Last week I saw the documentary ‘Dior and I‘ from Frederic Tcheng… I saw it twice in less than 24 hours as it is that good… This seriously is the best documentary about fashion I have ever seen.

The documentary is about Raf Simons, the Belgian fashion designer who became the creative director from Dior in 2012… Apparently not the obvious choice. He is an integer, silent, somewhat timid looking person, but he bursts with talent and ideas.

The 46 year old started as a furniture designer, but soon after graduating he saw a fashion show by Martin Margiela, that other Belgian fashion wonder, and realised that his heart belonged to the fashion world.

In 1995 he started his own fashion label in men’s wear and another 10 years later he became creative director at Jil Sander.

In 2012, after months of speculations, Raf Simons was anounced creative director at Dior. In the documentary ‘Dior and I’, we follow him and his right hand Pieter Mulier in the first two months they work for this renowned fashion house… two months in which they have to create and organise the haute couture collection the whole world is waiting for. So these two months are extremely busy, intense… they’re like a roller coaster from fashion hell.

I am deeply touched by the humble, shy but very determined man that Raf Simons is. This documentary makes clear how much Monsieur Dior and Raf Simons are alike… their character, their love for fashion, art, nature,… I think Monsieur Dior would be very pleased indeed with Raf Simons as creative director of his fashion house !

We see how Simons alters the old Dior designs to the present day, how he is inspired by the paintings of Ruby Sterling, how he insists on having the fabrics made just as he wants them to be, even though that is nearly impossible to achieve in such a short time. We see him going through the building where the fashion show will take place and we actually see him get inspired by the building and how he wants the building to be altered in one colourful flower decor where the models will show his designs.

We see him getting nervous, almost sick to the stomach, as he realizes he has to face the press, celebrities and audience. And in the end we can actually feel the adrenaline rushing through his veins as he is able to walk on the catwalk (almost too soon…).

After the show he does the obliged photographs with celebrities, clients and colleagues, taking it all in… but then he poses with his mum and dad… you just feel  the love he has for these people… how proud they are of him… and high fashion just fades away…

I was actually moved to tears watching this documentary and I am ever so proud to be able to say ‘I am from Belgium too you know !’.

Love, Kathleen
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Outfit of the week : sneak peek

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Charmingly blue today in the sneak peek… want to see more ? Come back tomorrow to see the complete outfit of this week !

Love, Kathleen

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Holland: Utrecht

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Oude Gracht with a view of the Dom.

We like going to the Netherlands for day trips or weekend get aways. There are really beautiful little towns and villages and a trip to our neighbouring country never disappoints us !

This time we went to Utrecht. We parked at P&R Westraven and took the tram to the city centre. If you come by car, this is, in my opinion, the best way to get into town as the P&R is easy accessible and the car park plus tram tickets for up to 5 people only costs you 5 EUR !

The tram dropped us off at the station… now there we had some difficulties finding the fastest way to the old part of town as there are extensive road and construction works ! But after some time we found our way and soon we were strolling around the beautiful city centre. Read more about our daytrip to Utrecht!

Fashion: How to wear… retro halter dress

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Retro halter dress with sneakers

 
I love my retro halter dress from last Saturday’s outfit-of-the-week post. In this how-to-wear post you see three more combinations on how to wear a retro halter dress… it’s all about the fifties today ! Which fifties style do you prefer ? The one with the sneakers & socks (I so love that little purse !), the one with the fab red dress (that dress is to die for…) or the one with the gingham print (what do you think of those sunglasses !). You can vote for one of them in the poll below the images…

Love, Kathleen

See two more styles!

Today’s quote : love yourself

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To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance – Oscar Wilde

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Now you don’t have to be a narcist, but believe me… you’ve got to love yourself as you will be spending your entire life with yourself !

I have been there myself… as you could read in this post. I truly lost myself, I didn’t love myself anymore, I was like a stranger to myself. But thanks to my loved ones and my determination to beat this as quickly as possible, I found a way out. I started to love and appreciate the people and things around me again, I started to love life again, I started to love myself again… Read more about this quote!

Beauty : Estée Lauder – Perfectly Clean

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To me a cleanser must do exactly what it is supposed to do… cleanse your skin ! Estée Lauder Perfectly Clean (multi-action cleansing gelée/refiner) goes even one step further… Read more about Perfectly Clean!