Jeans, too casual for work or not?

Jeans: Tally Weijl, Bag: H&M (both previous seasons), T-shirt: C&A, Sunnies: Polaroid (both new)

As a teacher I do not wear jeans a lot, because it is a dress code embraced by so many colleagues that I’d rather wear something else. For holidays however, I always put a pair of jeans in my suitcase, because they are versatile and practical; no ironing needed and they do stay rather clean, or at least you don’t see the dirt that easily…

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A very neutral outfit for the Swiss National Day

In a few days, on the 1st of August, the Swiss will celebrate their National Day. Switzerland is known for its chocolate, watches, cheese, banks, mountains and…neutrality. Their neutrality is the oldest one in the world, dating back to the Treaty of Paris in 1815. The celebration of their National Day has its origin a bit later. The founding of the Swiss Confederacy in 1291 was celebrated for the first time 600 years after the event (1st of August 1891) and annually since 1899. 

So far some historical dates (if you are one of my Swiss readers, you can impress your friends with these dates, casually mentioning them while enjoying your Cervelat and watching the fireworks on the 1st of August). To celebrate the Swiss National Day I have chosen to show you a very, very neutral outfit.

Trousers: H&M, Blouse: KY création, Bag: Maddison (all previous seasons)

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Four factors in favour of an elastic waistband

Dress: H&M  (the other 2 dresses in this blogpost are also from H&M)

A few weeks back I posted some photos of a lovely floral summer dress. This dress, like my two polka dot dresses (see here and here), has got an elastic waistband. Before I bought these 3 dresses I did not have anything in my wardrobe with an elastic waistband (apart from pyjamas and sportswear that is) and I must admit there are quite some benefits of elastic waistbands. I’d like to share 4 of them with you in random order.

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Vive la France: terrific “tricolore” swirl skirt

Skirt & T-shirt (both new): H&M, Bag: New Yorker, Sunglasses: Cerjo

I think that the day before France’s national day and two days before the football finals is a great moment to show you an outfit with all 3 colours of the French flag. There is a lot of history behind the colours. Blue and red are the traditional colours of the city of Paris and white is considered the ancient French colour. The order of the colours is an interesting one too, since the 3 colours also represent the 3 main estates of the Ancien Régime (the clergy: white, the nobility: red and the bourgeoisie: blue). Blue, as the symbol of class, comes first and red, representing the nobility, comes last (French Revolution influence of course). The “tricolore” has become one of the most influential flags in history, with its three-colour scheme being copied by many other nations, both in Europe and the rest of the world. The Dutch have got the same colour scheme, so it would have been a great outfit for King’s Day  too, had I had the skirt at that time…

So far some French flag history, let’s return to the present and have a closer look at my swirl skirt.

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1 dress 3 ways: for school, beach and sightseeing days

Dress: H&M (this season), Cardigan: Esprit (previous season)

I did it again…I added another floral dress to my collection, this time a lovely baby blue one. It’s a super comfy dress that I have already worn to school and will certainly pack for my holidays as well, since it’s a perfect choice for both the beach and city trips. I love that I had so many items available in my wardrobe to create 3 different styles: good for my creativity and the environment adding “old” pieces to this new dress. The first style is the classroom one.

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Petit weekend away in the awesome Alsace

Living so central in Europe means it is very easy to find destinations for a short weekend break. The Alsace, known for its white wine, fine food and picturesque villages is more or less around the corner from where I live. We can easily go for a mini break there…and that’s exactly what we have done. At least, I consider 24 hours in the Alsace as a real mini break. We started in Riquewihr, I think the most charming village ever! If you’d like to get a good impression of this village in summer and winter plus a taste of its many restaurants, frequented by both tourists and locals, click here!

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Wild roses on a white background

Dress: H&M (new), Ballerinas: Clarys (previous season)

The weather over the last couple of weeks has been so sunny and warm that floral dresses seem to blossom almost as abundantly as the actual flowers do. I have happily participated in that blossoming by adding another floral dress to my wardrobe. I have bought one with flowers on a white background, so the numbers balance nicely again; 3 floral dresses with a white basis (see also here and here) and 3 with a black basis (here and here, plus a sneak peek of the third one here).

The powerful pink of the flowers adds some spice to both the white background and the simple shape of this summer dress. My pink ballerinas do the rest. Although the dress isn’t wrinkle-free, the wrinkles are absolutely OK here, making it a perfect dress for work as well as holidays.

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Red and pink is the new black and white

Jacket: Only, Top: H&M, Trousers: Tally Weijl , Bag: New Yorker, Ankle Boots: Blox, Sunnies: Cerjo (all previous seasons)

I copied the above statement from a Vogue article, quite an influential fashion magazine to say the least. A red and pink combo is totally in vogue this spring and summer season. When I read that statement I was happy that I already had a lovely top with these two colours in my wardrobe, bought last spring. This almost sounds like I am ahead of fashion trends, doesn’t it? I do not claim I am, although I must admit I like the fact that I did buy something red and pink before it became trendy.

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Being a bit British for the Royal Wedding

T-shirt: Pepe Jeans, Trousers: Jacqueline de Yong, Jeans Jacket: Yes or No, Shoes: Vans, Sunglasses: Cerjo (all previous seasons)

With the Royal Wedding taking place tomorrow, I thought I just had to show you something British this week. Have you spotted it on the photo?

Since the photos were taken in The Netherlands, it’s not the lovely country house, although this house reminds me a lot of series like Downton Abbey and Pride & Prejudice. It’s also clearly not the colour scheme of my outfit (if you want to see a British colour scheme, click here for shades of red from London or here for some British red, white and blue). It’s really only a small detail in my outfit…

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Beauty and the beach

Dress: quinze heures trente, Jeans Jacket: Yes or No, Sunglasses: Cerjo (all previous seasons)  

This week a very summerly blogpost! I have spent a few days in Holland, this time not only enjoying family time, but real holidays too. The great thing about going on holidays to a place very familiar is that you can easily ignore the urge to see and do as much as possible. I like that type of short breaks too (as you can read here), but since I was totally in the mood for pure relaxing, a short holiday in Holland seemed like a good plan to me. And right I was.

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