A warm yellow cardigan to adjust to autumn

Cardigan: Vögele (children’s department), Jeans & Top: H&M (all previous seasons)

When walking around town these past few weeks, the warm shades of yellow wink at me from nearly every shop window. I just love it, since the weather is slowly turning less warm and I find it hard to say goodbye to that gorgeous summer we have had this year. Seeing so much yellow keeps that warm feeling alive a little bit longer. That’s also why my old warm yellow cardigan is back into my wardrobe; so I can grab it whenever I am in need of some sunny warmth.

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Awesome animal print skirt to transition from summer to autumn

Skirt: H&M, Top: Yes or No (both previous seasons)

What a summer this has been. Actually, it’s still going on, though mixed with just a bit of rain now and then. Last week we had temperatures of around 25° in Switzerland! Despite these temperatures, autumn is definitely on its way. You can feel it in the air, the first leaves have turned yellow, the days get shorter and the shop windows are displaying all kind of warm colours and fabrics. Somehow it makes the choice for your outfits a different one than on a warm summer day in the middle of August.

To tackle this challenge I have got an awesome animal print skirt. It is light as a feather, so perfect to deal with the warmth. Combined with black or brown it feels fit for autumn too.

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7 tips for comfortable and classy outfits with the right shoes

Avoid “Shoepidity”  and choose your shoes for more than just looking great!

Are you familiar with the term  “Shoepidity”? It is something that I avoid as a teacher. “Shoepidity” is  the act of wearing ridiculously uncomfortable shoes just because they look good.

As a teacher comfort is your number 1 rule for your outfits and certainly for your shoes. That said, it doesn’t have to stop there. You can easily add some classy elements to your outfits, so you are still comfortable while looking stylish too! I am sure this is something that appeals to every woman.

This blogpost is all about comfortable shoes (so welcome in the classroom, the shop, the hospital, for running errants, for exploring cities…) and how to make them work for your outfits!

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Burgundy or white? Why choose if you can have both!

Trousers: Tally Weijl, Blouse: KY création, Bag: Maddison (previous seasons)

Let me start by saying that I am talking about outfits here and not wine, although burgundy is a famous wine region of course. Burgundy is also this lovely rich, warm colour, associated with wine (hence the name), autumn and winter. I think it’s a shame to leave my burgundy trousers in my wardrobe half the year, especially since they are comfortable and classy in one. By adding lots of white they can be easily styled summery too. Have a look at my three burgundy/white summer & spring outfits.

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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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