Discovering hidden treasures

chelsea-new-york-cityAffiliate links: Skirt COS (old, but similar here) / Sandals Steve Madden / Shirt American Eagle Outfitters (similar here) / Bag Zara (similar here)

Yesterday I played tourist in my own city during my lunch break. A colleague had told me about a “secret garden” and since then I had begged her to take me there. So yesterday we went on a little trip to this hidden treasure. It’s a seminary in the middle of Chelsea, and behind the fence there’s a beautiful church, housing for the people using the seminary, and a big garden in the middle with big, old trees, blooming blue and purple hydrangeas, and benches all around to sit and enjoy the peace. It was so quiet in there. No sirens, no other people than me and my colleague, no honking. Magical.

  I wore a relaxed outfit, as it was a hot and humid day (32C degrees and 92% humidity, not my kind of weather). The top actually comes with a pair of matching shorts, but I found them a bit too short for the office, so instead I paired it with my A-line denim skirt. Light and airy. For accessories I wore my new Steve Madden sandals (that I’ve also added to the pile “Edward doesn’t like”, haha), my picnic basket look-a-like bag from Zara and jewelry from Pilgrim (similar here) & Jacqie Aiche.

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Vacation state of mind

new-york-cityAffiliate links: Bag Zara (similar here) / Shorts Monki (old, but similar here) / Sandals &OtherStories / Top American Eagle Outfitters / Earrings H&M / Ring Georg Jensen

I am as ready as I’ll ever be to go to Spain. Friday Edward and I went on a shopping trip to get the last bits for our trip (mostly clothes for me) and decided to start the countdown of 1 week by having dinner at a small tapas café, where we could sit outside and enjoy the weather. I imagine this is how my vacation is going to be. Breakfast and a good cup of coffee while the day wakes up and the sun warms up, a fresh lunch in between pool time and explore time, and dinner and drinks (currently craving Sangria for some reason) under the evening sun soon to turn night sky full of stars. Yup, I’m dreaming.

So I felt like I needed the perfect outfits to go with this, and wanted to show you a little peek from how I would wear one of the outfits in New York (more like: I couldn’t wait to wear it). We were going upstate on a little roadtrip, so I figured denim shorts and a checked top would be a perfect casual combo, and with statement details like the oversized ocean blue earrings and the mini picnic bag I felt like the quintessence of summer style.

As we’re speaking I’m enjoying my morning coffee and will soon head over to the park with a blanket and a good book. I’m telling you, I’m warming up for that vacation! Have a wonderful Sunday <3

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Fourth of July

summer-ootdAffiliate links: Top H&M (similar here) / Earrings H&M (similar here) / Denim Cut-Offs Vintage Levi’s (similar here and here) / Sunglasses Ray-Ban / Bag from a market in NYC (similar here, here, and here) / Sandals &OtherStories (similar here)

Happy Fourth of July everyone!

I’ve been blessed with a 4-day weekend, and since Friday afternoon (hallelujah Summer Friday!) I’ve found myself in a mellow state of mind. Vacation state of mind. Also T-11 days till I’m on the plain to Barcelona with my love. We’re meeting my family and staying in a villa an hour outside of Barcelona. I’m so freaking ready to lay by the pool (also, I’ve bought two picturesque floaties, and I cannot wait to show you), read books and magazines, drink wine, cook delicious dinners, and enjoy the long warm nights surrounded by the wine yards.

But back to this 4-day weekend! Because I’ve been hanging out in Central Park with my man, tanning in Williamsburg with my good friend, eating delicious oysters at my friends’ new bar in Astoria, I also went to a real American BBQ upstate, and then did a little shopping to get ready for Spain. As I’m not American, I don’t feel that associated with Fourth of July, but I love how much people have been celebrating over the weekend. Fireworks every night. And I have definitely been celebrating in my way. By relaxing and hanging out with people I love. And by wearing summer outfits and no make-up. This outfit is one of those. I have looked better, but sometimes it’s good to just don’t care. I’m actually just wearing a bikini under, as I was going tanning in the park. I love the denim cut-offs, which I bought vintage last summer, the yellow details, and of course my beloved straw bag with pink pom poms (which I also showed more here)

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I live in my white jeans

topshop-white-jeansAffiliate links: Jeans TopShop (similar here and here) / Shirt H&M (from last year, similar here) / Shoes Oscar de la Renta (vintage, similar here and more affordable here) / Sunglasses H&M

I wanna say Edward and I have had the cutest “argument” in our relationship to date. He got up a little later than me this morning, so I was already dressed and running around the apartment. He gets up and stops up “You’re not wearing those jeans again, are you?” Uhm, yes I said.  He was talking about my new white jeans. I basically live in them. But since I also just bought them, that means I’ve only actually worn them three times. Today being my third. In one week though. Edward’s argument was that I cannot wear the same statement jeans (“they are statement jeans, because they are white,”  he says) three times in the same week. “You can definitely wear blue jeans every day, because you could have many blue jeans. But no one has many white jeans.” Ladies and gentlemen, my boyfriend. And the main reason that I can’t where my white jeans three times in a week is that “you work in an office that’s fashionable. It’s gross to wear the same outfit twice.” I love him. My little fashionisto.

I obviously ended up wearing the jeans (because I love them), but kept on smiling about our little morning fashion discussion. I wonder if anybody was thinking the same as Edward. I guess, I’ll never know (please let me know in the comments if I’m totally wrong here, haha).

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Love Is Love Is Love Is Love

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Affiliate links: Jeans TopShop (similar here) / Tee Two Songs / Shoes & Other Stories (similar here) / Bag Vintage Gucci (similar here, and more affordable here) / Sunglasses Ray-Ban (similar here) / Earrings Pilgrim (similar here)

“There is no way to envision life without love, and at this point in my life, I don’t think there is anything more important — love of family love of nature, love of travel, love of learning, love of life in every way — all of it. Love is being thankful, love is paying attention, love is being open and compassionate. Love is all the privileges you posses to help those who are in need. Love is giving voice to those who don’t have one. Love is a way of feeling alive and respecting life.” – Diane von Furstenberg

I read these words by one of my biggest idols, Diane von Furstenberg, in her book The Woman I Wanted to Be, and I haven’t been able to get the words “Love Is Love Is Love Is Love” out of my head since.

There is so much hate in this world. I find myself just waiting for the next terror attack to happen, the next shooting, bullying, crime, bad vibes, rude words, the next person that yet again don’t smile or don’t give up their seat to an elderly/pregnant/disabled person on the subway. I’m expecting it. And so when Aimee Song designs the newest tee in her “charity t-shirt”-line I had to have it. I’m a firm believer, that fashion is a kind of statement. And I would be truly happy to walk around spreading the “Love Wins” message. When you buy this shirt 50% of the proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project (a non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth). And no this is not sponsored, I just want to stand right behind projects like this.

And I have proof that it works. I got so many smiles and comments back like “Love Wins, hell yeah it does.” They all made me happy. The comments and smiles made me a happier person, and I think that’s what it’s all about.

Let’s go spread that love.

Love is love is love is love.

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