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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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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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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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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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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