2011collected: 2011

Driving home for Christmas




Still looking for the perfect Christmas gift? Why not give everybody a warm wool sweater? From godchild to grandmother, I'm sure everyone will be happy with a cosy knit. Cashmere, mohair or cable knit - there's a perfect winter woolie out there for the whole family!
all items from COS

The Rules


Reading a lot these days so it seems, but I also finally unpacked all of my clothes, washed them and hung them up. Some didn't make the final selection and are going to charity. My style is ever evolving, but gets more classic the older I get. An attempt to unleash my inner Parisienne perhaps. A good guide when you clean up your wardrobe is the following:

Harper Bazaar’s 10 commandments of dressing:
When contemplating a purchase or just deciding what to wear, consider these tenets and you can’t go wrong:
1. Know what you like and what you don’t.
2. Dress for yourself—not for anyone else.
3. Dress to suit your age.
4. Dress to suit your shape.
5. Look appropriate for where you are going.
6. Wear your clothes with confidence.
7. Feel good about what you spend your money on.
8. Embrace your individual style.
9. Don’t be a slave to the latest trend
10. Don’t be afraid to break the rules.

Matchbook Girl


One of my favourite online reads is Matchbook Magazine, an online publication launched in January 2011. The monthly issues cover fashion, art, design, travel, culture - everything a girl needs the know about the world out there. As they say it 'From lipstick to letterpress, gelato to grosgrain, and Paris to Peru, consider us your field guide to a charmed life.'
I especially love their '10 things you didn't know about', the book reviews and intriguing interviews. Check out this month's issue for  '50 classic stocking stuffers' aka last-minute inspirational gift ideas.

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The Gentlewoman


My father gave me a nice present yesterday: a copy of The Gentlewoman. This biannual style magazine features inspirational women, a fresh perspective on fashion and beautiful photography. So far I've read the interview with Carine Roitfeld and drooled over the pictures of The Great Outdoors-fashion spreads. Simple and with loads of personality - a must have magazine. 
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Winter wish list


No words needed...
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Stelton, APC, Chanel Rouge Noir, Donna Wilson, COS, Dyptique, Isabel Marant Étoile, Wool and the gang, Lov organic tea 

My my Marni


Take note! On Thursday the 8th of March, the new H&M collaboration hits selected stores. And yes oh yes, none other than Consuelo Castiglioni, founder and creative director of Marni, designed this one. Can't wait to try on the goodies.



The most difficult thing to move were all my books. There are hundreds of them, they don't even fit in my bookcase anymore. So there is a pile of them on the nightstand, a selection by the sofa and a couple of cookbooks are lingering in the kitchen.
Artist Jane Mount started the project 'The ideal bookshelf' a while ago. She paints your favourite books and has created some 'ideal ones' along the way. As she sees it
you can actually learn a lot about folks by their books' covers. Wouldn't mind the following selections piling up chez moi. 
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Can't muster much more today, seems like my eyelids are stuck together. Leaving work early to relax and start the weekend! 

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Party clothes


If a French girl has to go out, she is going to start by dressing up, then at the last minute, she's going to grab the old jeans that she was wearing all day and say, "F*** it! I feel more me like this. 
- Isabel Marant 



More style inspiration by Madewell. Getting dressed was never so easy... Check out Madewell-poster girl Alexa Chung's holiday picks on their site. On my wishlist: striped pajama pants, polkadot undies, sweater leggings and a flannel boyshirt.

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Sister act


Sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning steal the show in the new issue of W Magazine. The teenage actresses talk on being famous, their obsession with reality TV and love for clothes. Beauty and a great sense of style seem to run in the family...
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Getting dressed in the morning is getting pretty easy thanks to J.Crew. Check out their 14-days guide of outfits and shop the stylish clothes online. PS: their cashmere sweaters are great Christmas gifts.

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Joking around


Got a sneak peek at some SS2012 collections (thx Barbara for the invitation) and boy oh boy, I'm already lusting for spring. On the shoppinglist: great jeans in beautiful pastel colours from Astrid Jane, lots of sparkles chez Ambre Babzoe, crazy t-shirts from Wildfox and unique Atelier Assemblé-dresses. Also want to buy these fun shirts from French brand Eleven Paris. Different celebrities for every season, the joke's on us.
More pictures of my finds soon to follow.

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Wholesome food


Autumn has arrived. Leaves crunching beneath your feet, cool air and comfort food. Like the dishes on this blog. All grain, gluten and sugar free but looking absolutely delicious. Drool over the beautiful pictures and start cooking. First recipe on my to cook-list: this one.
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My weekends are still reserved for working in the apartment: painting walls, sanding floors, assembling cabinets. The only thing that can really take my mind off my long DIY-list these days is Danish crime series The Killing. Inspector Sarah Lund is searching the killer of Nanna Birk Larsen, a 19-year old who is found brutally murdered. Suspect upon suspect, violence and political intrigue is enough to keep me hooked. Still two more episodes to go and I will finally know who's done the deed.
Seems I like all things Scandinavian nowadays. From interior design to fashion, writers like Swede Jens Lapidus, Norske series Varg Veum and kötbullar meatballs at Ikea. Maybe my next trip should be up north?

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*thank you



I like to be inspired by other people's lives. Reading biographies, sneaking around their houses on The Coveteur and now reading about their dreams, ideas and memories on Nowness. From Chanel make-up guru Peter Philips to fashion enigma Daphne Guinness and vegetarian chef Yotam Ottolenghi, they all share something that's special to them. Telling their story.

Daphne Guinness: Undressed on Nowness.com.



I think people are more important than the clothes. Clothes are just a nice envelope, but the letter inside the envelope is more important.
- Carine Roitfeld



Got to know premium English denim brand MiH Jeans via friend Kelli who sells the goodies. The jeans are the perfect flattering fit, have a beautiful vintage look and come in different washings. The original Made in Heaven dates back to 1969 and the 70s vibe echoes in models like The Marrakesh and The Sugarland. The company works together with small family-run denim factories all over the world and are creating the best jeans on earth... or so they claim.

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I'm pretty basic when it comes to my beauty routine. Just some good products, a regular facial at the beauty salon plus some supplements like Zinc and Omega 3. Too done up just doesn't suit me. The only exception is bright coloured nail polish. I cherish my growing collection from Chanel, Essie and OPI. I love to read about cosmetics and beauty products though. Into the gloss is a beauty blog that shows the bathroom cabinets of editors and stylists. Tips&tricks, product highlights and top tools...beauty galore.

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Nuts for Van Noten


I love Dries Van Noten, there I said it. Season after season I watch him send the most gorgeous collections out on the runway and I cast longing looks at the windows of his shop in the Nationalestraat. Yesterday I went to the stocksale in his Antwerp warehouse-by-the-water and  got to touch  all those beautiful garments. The intricate details, complex embroidery and unique fabrics made my heart skip a beat. The price tags showed me that owning my very own Dries would be a thing for the future. For now, I'm dusting off my sewing machine and will be making my own design in one of his signature silk prints. 
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Not feeling my bubbly self, due to my first cold of winter. Runny nose, chills and a cracky voice all included. Best excuse to wear my silk pj pants to work. If all those cool fashion chicks can get away with it...

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Fashion flock


All good things come in pairs... Fashion's finest tend to team up for fashion weeks. Love browsing through the pictures and getting inspired.
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The pile of to do-lists on my desk is getting bigger every day. Between work and the renovation of my apartment, there are a million other things on my mind. And then I came across this list, which is lots more fun to cross off. Item no.1 is already taken care of...

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Louis Vuitton showed a fairytale merry-go-round for SS 2012 at Paris fashion week. Beautiful pastel colours, delicate floaty fabrics, intricate details on collars and cuffs. Note to self: buy a pale pastel blouse and puffed skirt.

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Loved this editorial in the October issue of American Vogue. Grace Coddington styled this shoot to perfection.

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Dress me up


Why dresses? Because I'm bored with trousers. 
- Phoebe Philo

Vin rouge


Burgundy is thé colour this autumn. From catwalk to high street, different shades of the purplish red are everywhere. It's a bold colour that reminds of a glass of red wine. Great alternative for black and combines beautiful with dark blue and camel. Tchin-tchin!
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Home made


Made the first home-cooked meal in my new place last night. The temporary kitchen is finally up-and-running and now I can make all the fantastic meals I have been fantasizing about the last couple of weeks. Like the recipes on new blog crush TheVeganStoner. I'm a flexitarian, so I like the occasional piece of meat, but the colourfull dishes on this blog make me reach for my pots and pans. Chickpea curry anyone?

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Jump around


Came across these pictures that photographer Craig Arend shot for NYMag during Fashion Week Paris in July. Fashionistas jumping for joy. Recognize any of them?
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Print parade


The runway shows for SS 2012 didn't get my full attention. Picking out new furniture has come first place. Nevertheless one trend caught my eye: the mix-and-match of prints. Absolutely loved what Proenza Schouler, Burberry and Peter Pilotto showed!

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One of my favourite sources of inspiration is The Coveteur. The beautiful photos give an intimate peek into the wardrobes of fashion's elite. Discover the person behind all the cool clothes and get a taste of their unique style.

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I wanted to make today memorable, but almost forgot it's exactly one year ago today that I started blogging. In between moving my stuff, decorating my new home and working 9-to-5, it really slipped my mind. Hard to believe it's been a whole year since I've started this blog. Time really flies...
The following weeks will be hectic, but I promise to write as often as possible. Outfit posts are still not my thing, but you can expext lots of fashion, design and travel tips. Stay tuned!



I'm living out of my suitcase at the moment, because my new dressing isn't up and running yet. As rock-'n-roll as this might sound, it is not. Basic white tees and jeans shirts are my fashion fix du jour. My sleepy head can't muster more in the mornings...

photos via stockholmstreetstyle, citizen couture & le fashion
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Moved house yesterday and I'm surrounded by millions of cardboard boxes as we speak. Still have to figure out when I'm going to unpack them all. In the meantime I like to daydream about a ready-home with all its walls and floors in place, no more boxes lying around and perfect paint on all the walls. I love looking for interior inspiration on designsponge, a site that combines design, DIY-projects and city tips. Here are some of my favourite rooms...

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Still on the lookout for some nice illustrations to hang on the walls of my new place. Australian illustrator Caitlin Shearer makes beautiful watercolour portraits of imagined people in vintage Hollywood décors. You can even have your own portrait made. Buy the paintings in her online shop or order your very own custom portrait via her site. Perfect wedding present if you ask me...
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Some Zen-wisdom to keep me going in this hectic week. I'm moving house on Thursday and still have loads to do...

'To be calm is the highest achievement of the self.'

Madame Fashion


Carine Roitfeld has been writing a book on her 30 year-career as a fashion stylist and editor. The former editor-in-chief of French Vogue has collected her favourite covers and editorials from Vogue and other magazines, as well as personal photos and notes from designers. The result: 368 pages full of fashion. One for the wishlist!

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Love the rusty colours in these fall-ads. Remind me of the corroded radiators in my new place. Painting them a creamy white as we speak...
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On Friday I got the keys to my new appartment and now I'm in full DIY-mode. Busting out walls, changing the kitchen, breaking up the floors. Instead of checking out the new fall/winter-collections, I'm searching out the perfect paint colour, wallpaper and kitchen cabinets. Still have a lot of work the next couple of weeks, so the blog will come second place for a while. I'm planning something nice for the one-year-anniversary though. Keep posted!

Comfort zone


Some days I just want to wear something comfortable for a long day in the office. Especially when I don't have any meetings and the sky is full with gray rain clouds. A sweater dress is my stand-by solution, combined with a nice scarf, big handbag and All Stars. 
photos via stockholmstreetstyle, garance doré, mr newton, prettylittleworld & vanessa jackman
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Loved this Vogue Russia photoshoot. The colours, the textures and the quirkiness. A chic and funky tomboy with beautiful long hair. Think I'm going to let mine grow again...
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On my fall-fashion-wishlist: GREEN! I would love to own a handbag in dark racing green, a top in emerald green or a dress in minty green. Already spotted some nice green items in the new Zara collection, saw a beautiful pair of pants chez Vanessa Bruno and have my eye on a cardigan from Dagmar.
photos via gary pepper vintage, stockholmstreetstyle, wayne tippetts, the sartorialist & lefashion

Career mum


I saved up some magazines to read on holiday. Among them was the August issue of American Vogue with a fashion spread featuring Sarah Jessica Parker as a working mum. Too bad real life doesn't look like this...
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