The 50-day challenge… halfway there !

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On July 17th… exactly 25 days ago (not that I’m counting…) I started my 50-day challenge of not buying any clothes, shoes or accessories… You can read all about it in this post.

Now I’m halfway there and perhaps you’re a bit curious on how I’ve been doing… have I been cheating ? Have I managed to withhold myself of any temptations I might have stumbled on along the way ? Did I stroll around in shops sniffing leather shoes and bags ? Did fabrics glide through my hands ?

Well… I’m pleased to say that so far so good ! I have been tempted of course, but I managed to stand the test for 25 days now… and surprisingly well I must say.

The first real test was on our daytrip to Utrecht (of which you can read all about here) and that was quite challenging. In Utrecht you literally have one shop next to the other but as I otherwise should’ve spend quite some time in the shops, we now walked past most of them and only went in a few shops my husband or daughters wanted to to into. Instead of spending time in shops, I went to the Aboriginal Art Museum to give my cultural level a boost (I did buy a birthday card for my Australian friend Katelijne I must admit but that I was allowed to !).

The second test was when I met up with my sisters at the end of July. Normally meeting up with my sisters means having a quick coffee and then hitting the shops, but fortunately we hadn’t seen eachother for a while, so we needed our time to catch up and there was no more time left for shopping !

Then last week I went to Bruges and stumbled upon a little market where people sold homemade jewellery, scarves,… now that was quite hard as one of them sold the most beautiful silk/filt scarves ! I didn’t even open the scarves as temptation would have been even harder…

But actually I have been really persistent… now am I not miss goody two shoes !

I fear the next 25 days though, as shops are stocking up… and I have already fitted some autumn trends I must admit ! So I really hope that the next 25 days will pass as smoothly as the first… I’m keeping my fingers crossed and I will fill you in on September 5th !

Love, Kathleen

Enjoying a herbal mint tea instead of hitting the shops…

Beauty : Body scrubs

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It is important to scrub your skin frequently to get rid of all the dead cells. Now this summer I have been using Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster for face and body to get me a tan. The why’s and how’s you can read in this post. When using a self-tan product, your skin really needs that weekly scrubbing session or else you end up with layers of self-tan product that don’t look that flattering… Read more about the two body scrubs I like using!

Lazy Sunday

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Another week has drifted by… if you have the time today, you could perhaps take a look on what my blog had on offer this week !

On Monday you could read all about ‘perfectly clean‘, the cleanser I daily use. On Tuesday there was a quote by Oscar Wilde about something really important in life… loving yourself ! On Wednesday you could see 3 fifties styles in ‘how to wear a retro halter dress‘. On Thursday in ‘tips ‘n trips‘ youd could read about our daytrip to Utrecht. On Friday you I told you my thoughts on the documentary ‘Dior and I‘ and yesterday you could see my classic midnight blue dress in ‘Outfit of the week‘… On to the new week I’d say… but not before enjoying another Lazy Sunday…

Love, Kathleen

Market in St-Paul-de-Vence, Provence.
Market in St-Paul-de-Vence, Provence.

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!

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

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!