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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A perfect match

Colour-wise my jumper is matching with this typical Dutch windmill. The two of us are in perfect harmony. This principle of matching in order to create a feeling of harmony can be used in communication as well. It is a great tool in many interactions, both inside and outside the classroom.

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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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Black & white for the 4th & 5th of May

Dress: H&M, Sunglasses: Cerjo

After last week’s King’s Day it’s another special day in The Netherlands today, Remembrance Day, hence the little black dress on my blog this week. As you can see I have chosen a beautiful white background for my photos. That is because tomorrow is Liberation Day in The Netherlands. Since blossoming trees are associated with new beginnings, I thought this black and white combination very apt to illustrate this week’s blog post…

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King’s Day outfit without orange

Skirt (new) and bag: H&M, Cardigan: Esprit, Top (new): Yes or No, Ankle Boots: Stravers Shoes, Sunnies: Cerjo

Today is King’s Day in Holland. It’s King Willem-Alexander’s birthday and a public holiday. Many people dress up in orange and in every village, town or city there are all kind of festivities: like parties, flea markets, fancy fairs, concerts…you name it. The King and his family always visit one big city to join the party there. This year they will be in Groningen, which is in the north, so Willem-Alexander will be “King in the North” today😉

Instead of posting a red-white-blue or orange outfit, I have chosen to show you a rather flamboyant and exotic skirt in a typical Dutch landscape. It feels like a Willem-Alexander & Maxima (his wife from Argentina) mix, so I consider it a perfect outfit for King’s Day!

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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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