5 reasons why my black and white maxi dress is my best travel outfit

“Things are not quite so simple always as black and white.”

― Doris Lessing

And sometimes things are quite simple. When I travel for example, it’s a simple choice what to wear. The first thing that most often does not go in my backpack or suitcase, is my old black & white maxi dress. When the temperatures are summerly warm, it is my preferred outfit for travelling by car, bus, boat, train or plane. Let me give you 5 reasons why:

  1. It’s made of cotton, so lovely cool.
  2. It’s pretty wrinkle friendly, which is a super bonus for travelling.
  3. The loose shape is comfortable and perfect for hiding some extra weight (I don’t know about you, but I love trying out lots of local food 😉).
  4. The length of the dress is very practical, because you never know on what kind of chair (plastic, dirty, broken…) you are going to sit for hours and hours.
  5. On top of all that it goes well with my sneakers, which add even more comfort to the outfit and are my favourite shoes for travelling (see this previous blogpost).
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Why positive anchoring is good for you and why I am a fan of Vans.

Shoes: Vans, Trousers: Jacqueline Young, Top: H&M, Jacket: Tally Weijl (this season)

“Love anchors the soul”

I’m a huge fan of Vans. Not because they are very comfortable and go well with many of my outfits, but because I always wear them when I am on holidays. You can imagine that I’m already in a good mood by just putting them on. They function like an anchor for me (and this is not a sailing term!).

Anchoring is something we all use in our lives, simply because there is too much information for our brain to process.  In order to deal with that huge amount of information we delete, distort and generalise information, such that it suits us and our vision on the world.

Anchoring falls into that last category, generalisation. It means that when you see, hear, feel, smell or taste something that you have previously linked to certain actions or feelings, you react on that specific signal instantly. Take stopping for a red traffic light for instance. You see a red light and you instantly stop. Imagine you would think every time you drive your car: “Hey, that traffic light is red, what shall I do?” There is a direct link between seeing the light and your action. In the case of my Vans, I feel happy the moment I put them on, since I have worn them on so many happy occasions. There is a direct link between putting on my Vans and my good mood.

You can make use of this function of the brain in your communication. Teachers often do so and also for non-teachers it is very useful. Read on to find out why and how.

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A sunny and stylish black and yellow outfit

Skirt: Esprit, Top: Tally Weijl, Bag: H&M, Sunnies: Vögele (all previous seasons)

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”

– Jim Goodwin

Last week you already had a sneak peak at this outfit. The colour scheme reminds me of a bee and that is what I have been lately: a busy bee. Busy with school, busy with voluntary work, busy with meeting friends and busy with organising a few “snack holidays“. Exactly in times like that, when you are a busy bee, you should make sure to make time to relax.

So, why don’t you do just that, grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back and scroll through this week’s blogpost and maybe look at some more (you know there is choice of 100 others for you…), taking a moment for you!

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Blogpost 100! Missed some of these 100? Here is an inspiring top 5 for you!

Skirt: Esprit, Top: Tally Weijl, Bag: H&M, Sunnies: Vögele (all previous seasons)

“Time and reflection change the sight little by little ’till we come to understand.”

– Paul Cezanne

Time flies as we all know. My statistics have shown me that today’s blogpost is number 100! Hard to believe that I have written 100 blogposts in 2 years. It was a good reason to look through some old ones and I love seeing how my blog has developed during this period and also how creative yet consistent I have been.

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Clothes repair: another way of adding more sustainability in your life

Trousers: Jacqueline de Yong, Sweater: Tally Weijl (both really, really old, but still really, really great to wear)

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”

– John F. Kennedy

This week, standing in the sunshine under a roof of flowers, I show you an outfit I have worn many times to school and on the blog too (see this Copenhagen blogpost when you want proof and/or an additional read with fabulous photos).

The reason for showing it again is that the trousers slowly seem to enter their final season, so I want to give them a platform one more time. I also want to make a statement of repairing clothes in stead of throwing them away too easily. For interesting links and creative ideas, please read on!

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A red, white & blue outfit for King’s Day

Sunnies: Cerjo, Skirt: H&M, Top: Yes or No (new), Shoes and Bag: super old, but still great!

“Orange is the happiest color.”― Frank Sinatra

It’s King’s Day in Holland on the 27th of April. Last year I choose to wear a flamboyant floral skirt in honour of the Argentinian roots of Queen Maxima. This year I have decided to tune in with the colours of the Dutch flag: red, white and blue.

There is something remarkable about the colour choice for the Dutch flag. It is red, white & blue and not orange, white & blue, although orange is very much associated with the Dutch. Well, the red has won its place in the Dutch flag, but the orange has not been totally lost and that is because of the Dutch polder model.

What is polder modelling, how did the Dutch solve the “loss” of orange in their flag and what exactly do I love about my red, white & blue outfit? Keep on reading to find it all out.

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Wearing blue and rose flowers to the exhibition “The young Picasso: blue and rose periods”

Dress & Jeans Jacket: Yes or No, Bag: H&M, Scarf: a gift

“I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”
Pablo Picasso

A few weeks back I visited the exhibition “The young Picasso: blue and rose periods” at the Beyeler museum in Basel. The exhibition wasn’t  only about blue and rose paintings, but showed very well how Picasso, by embracing and applying new techniques, developed his own style. His credo of always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it has worked out well for him and has even led to a new art movement: cubism.

As Easter is a symbol of a new beginning, I’d thought it apt to publish a blogpost about new beginnings and trying out new things this Easter weekend, taking Picasso as a starting point.

Enjoy this cultural spring blogpost full of fresh ideas and flowery photos!

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Feminine floral dress to transition from winter to spring

Dress: Yes or No (new), Cardigan: Street One, Bag: H&M, Boots: Dansi  (TheLittleShoeShop)

“Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.” – Miranda (from the film The Devil wears Prada)

Not groundbreaking maybe, but floral dresses are a spring thing once again in 2019 and while I owe quite a few of them I thought one more would be OK. This one is perfect to transition from winter to spring and both my pupils and I absolutely love the dress.

Read on to find out what I love about the dress and what my pupils think of it. I am sure you are as aware as I am that “children and fools tell the truth” – Spanish proverb.

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Four beaches, four outfits, four stories: all on Fuerteventura

“Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.” –  Anonymous  

After having enjoyed so many snow walks this winter, we decided to swap the snow for sand and we went to Fuerteventura in February. Wow, what an island! You can find so many different beaches and coastlines there, just amazing.

On my blog I often talk about small changes with huge effects and ladies, I’ve got a great example for you this week!

The first day of our holidays we went to the beach on the east coast of Fuerteventura. The second day we went to the west coast. As the island is pretty small, the change to go from east to west (or west to east) is not a big deal. The effect of that small east-west change is anything but small: it’s big, it’s huge, it’s enormous!

OK, not so big, huge and enormous as the difference between east and west we have grown up with, but still quite impressive. Have a look for yourself: Four beaches, four outfits, four stories. Enjoy!

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