The importance of female friendships

Skirt: H&M, Jumper: Tally Weijl (for more photos, see here)

“Friends are like the pillars on your porch. Sometimes they hold you up, sometimes they lean on you and sometimes it is just enough to know they are there.” (unknown)

I am blessed with many female friends. Some I have known since my childhood years, some I have met during my study years and some have become my friends because their partners are my husband’s friends. I can even call many female family members real and close friends. I have also actively worked on making new friends in Switzerland, so yeah, over the years this has resulted in quite a number of female friends.

Why are female friendships so important to me? Why are female friendships so important to women in general?

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A flower dress to wear to the country of flowers: Holland

     Dress: H&M, Sunglasses: Cerjo

Last week I told you that I like to pack wrinkle-friendly clothes when travelling. This was one of the dresses I took with me for my trip to Holland, since it is absolutely wrinkle-free and it takes up no room at all in my suitcase. It’s an elegant yet very easy to wear dress, so a perfect choice for the Easter weekend, full of visits to family and friends.

For me my family and Dutch friends are the main attraction when visiting Holland. For a lot of tourists, it’s the many flowers Holland is famous for. So, this dress was in more than one way apt for this long Easter Weekend!

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3 tips for awesome outfits when travelling

Trousers: Tally Weijl (this season), Cardigan: Esprit, Top: H&M, Ankle Boots: Stravers (previous seasons)

When you are reading this I will be travelling to Holland (or maybe already be there); enjoying time with family and friends for the long Easter Weekend. You will understand that I have packed quite some Swiss chocolate for this specific trip. The chocolate is not standard for my journeys, but I do have some other standards I stick to when travelling. I always have the following 3 considerations in mind when choosing my outfits for a trip:

Are my clothes comfortable?

Are they wrinkle-friendly?

Can I create several outfits using a few pieces?

The third consideration is especially valid when I travel light (hand luggage only), but even if I travel by car or go away for a longer period, I tend to stick to all of these three self-imposed rules.

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A smart start

Dress & Top: H&M, Shoes: Moda di Fausto (all previous seasons)

Forget all your New Year’s Resolutions: spring is the perfect time for new beginnings. Trees are starting to blossom, you can hear the birds singing, yummy chocolate eggs can be bought again and and the sun is rising earlier every morning. So, time for a fresh beginning indeed. I have chosen to look very smart at the start of spring. It’s a dress I like best with a pair of high heels, so I only wear it outside the classroom. It would also be too much of a challenge to cycle to school in this one…

I have combined it with a warm white top. It’s warm in two ways: a warm colour white and some pretty warm material, so perfect for the lower temperatures we are having just now. I love wearing jumpers and tops that protect my throat, since my voice is what I need to do my job. Classy and chic as the dress is, it has got a hidden casual detail: pockets!

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Dot dot dot is hot…

Dress: H&M

Dotted dresses are always a good idea and this spring season they are even one of the many fashion trends. (see this Funky Forty post for 5 more spring trends) Great, since I absolutely love polka dot dresses. I have got a black & white one with romantic ruffles and an olive green one with bell sleeves. Both dresses can be styled into casual or formal wear and anything in between. I can also wear both dresses nearly all year long. I am sure you see why I love them…

Dress: H&M (previous season)

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An asymmetrical skirt with the perfect lenght

Skirt: H&M

I bought this asymmetrical skirt on sale. One advantage of having a size that isn’t too common is that I often can find great pieces for great prices.

This skirt is perfect for me: short at the front (great for petites), longer at the back (safe length for in the classroom) and a pretty easy shape for cycling too. The asymmetry gives the skirt a playful touch, as do the frayed ruffles. The colour scheme makes styling both easy and versatile and the golden thread adds a bit of sparkle and glamour. For this occasion I have combined it with my soft, pastel pink jumper.

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A summerly winter skirt with palm trees

Top: H&M, Skirt: Tally Weijl, Boots: Andrés Machado, Sunglasses: Cerjo, Necklace: gift (all previous seasons)

It’s so cold this week and I am actually more in the mood for spring! In anticipation of warmer temperatures and sunny weather, I have therefor chosen to show you my palm tree skirt this week.

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10 reasons why it is great to be small

Holland is known for its tall population and I am approximately 15 centimetres smaller than the average Dutch woman… However, in stead of focussing on the challenges of being small, I’d rather look at the positive side of being small. I know that being tall is practical on many occasions, but so is small! Have a look at my personal list of ten reasons, in random order, why being small is both positive and practical. Enjoy!
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Fake fur bear wear

Trousers: Jacqueline de Yong, Top & Vest: H&M, Boots: Graceland, Bag: Maddison (all previous seasons)

The Rock of Gibraltar has got its apes, the Tower of London has got its black ravens and the city of Bern has got its brown bears. For a day trip to Bern I choose to wear a fake fur vest and warm fake furry boots. I felt I was totally in style with the city of bears. Both my vest and my boots were bought at the children’s department, so the prices were accordingly small. That also matched my visit to Bern perfectly. Bern is the capital of Switzerland (I am leaning against the Federal Palace here) and at the same time a very small and charming place. Both my outfit and the city prove that small can be great too!

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Shades of pink for Valentine’s day

Trousers and jumper: Tally Weijl (both new), Shoes: Moda di Fausto(previous season)

Shades of pink for Valentine’s day! I am so happy with my burgundy dress that I thought it a good idea to buy a pair of trousers in the same colour. Combined with a soft pink jumper and my nude ballerinas I create a comfortable outfit for in the classroom and a romantic one for Valentine’s Day. The jumper has got some lovely details, such as the beautiful (but rather long) bell sleeves and the super cute lace-up detail at neckline. Talking about details: they can have a huge impact, both in outfits and in communication, right? When you’re interested in reading more about the difference details can make in communication, I invite you to read my posts about ‘not‘, ‘but‘ and ‘yet‘. Small words, a little detail, and a huge impact.

Well, being a language teacher and with Valentine’s Day on the agenda soon, I’d like to tell you something about love languages. Details can make a huge difference there as well!

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