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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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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The reward of resilience: 3 impressive and inspiring stories of 3 wonderful women

Skirt: H&M, Top: Yes or No, Shoes: Vans, Sunglasses (new): Cerjo

On the 11th of the 11ht at 11 hours it will be a century ago that WWI ended. This summer we visited Verdun, one of the most notorious battlefields. We walked through a beautiful and peaceful forest, which once was a terrible battlefield full of mud, explosives and hungry, wounded and dead soldiers. It was an eery feeling, knowing that in the grounds of this fairy-tale forest lay the remains of 80.000 soldiers…

I got the feeling that in this horrible war, few soldiers had the chance to decide whether they were going to be a victim or a winning warrior. They just had to fight.

In our daily lives we fortunately often have the choice: to fight or to give in, to give up. Two months ago a friend of mine posted an article on linkedin about the reward of resilience. It is so impressive and inspiring that I want to share her story here, along with a few others, to show you the power of persistence, the reward of resilience and that we, fortunately, have a choice: do we want to be a victim or a winning warrior?!

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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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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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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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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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