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Fall trends 2013 through my point of view

I’m in a good mood since I just got back from a shopping spree with my best friend, which always makes a girl happy. It’s not diamonds that are a girl’s best friend, it’s a sign with ‘sale’ and someone who’s willing to carry all of your shopping bags.

So while I was at H&M, I found their magazine, the Autumn 2013 edition. When I was leafing through the pages, I read a huge bunch of trends for this fall. I agreed with some, but disagreed with others. So I decided to make my own list. These are the things, patterns, trends and looks that -according to me- will define the next couple of months.

  1. Wednesday Addams:
    I’m sure most of you will remember this young lady from the Addams Family. I agree with H&M on this one, the Wednesday Addams look is spot on for this fall. Sleek, wetlook hair with either a middle or deep, sharp sideparting, dark grey or even black smokey or smudged eyes, raven-black nails and full brows.
    Concerning clothes, we’re talking black tule, a Victorian twist, black lace, collars and schoolgirl dresses. Add some matte black, plum or bordeaux Doc Martens and you’re ready to haunt the runway!
    (Seen at: Prada, Jonathan Saunders, Alexander Wang)

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  2. Army meets leather:
    Think army green parkas, leather sleeves, army boots and a top bun or beanie, combined with a dark, matte lipstick and statement necklaces. This is something the H&M Trend Guide doesn’t really mention, but I noticed it in both the streets and the stores. I’m currently trying to convince my mum to buy (at least a part) of the H&M army green parka for me. One thing H&M does acknowledge as fall trend, is matte lips, which in my eyes fits perfectly with the rigorous, severe army look.Image
  3. Cosmic love:
    If there’s anything they’re beating you to death with in stores right now, it’s cosmic fashion. Galaxy print leggings, galaxy bags, shirts, shoes, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, scarves, sweaters, just about everything. Just a year ago I there wasn’t a pair of galaxy leggings in town, so I had to order them from Poppy Lovers, all the way from Hong Kong, but now you can find them everywhere. I’ve always liked the cosmic theme, despite it being a little bit hipster. Throw in a couple of triangles and there’ll be a hipster around the corner with a Starbucks cup in his hand, trying to accuse you of Illuminati. Oh well, I’m still a galaxy fan.
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  4. Smelling less of teen spirit and more of female empowerment:
    This quote is literally from the H&M trends article, but I just had to use it. It expresses exactly my current view on fashion, and the way I (hopefully) look. Think nineties, Nirvana, Chuck Taylors and messy hair, but this time in a more mature way.
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So, these are my four fashion trends/styles for upcoming fall. What do you think? Which one is your favourite? Or will you just continue on wearing a lot of summer outfits, but with thights? (I know I will!)

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Photopost: Leather

I’m currently 20 years old, which means I am really an adult now. I can no longer hide behind the fact of still being in my teens. It also means I now behave mature, which I proved once again by how I handled finding a huuuuge spider on my bedroom wall yesterday evening, when I wanted to go to bed.

I didn’t scream for my mum or dad to come and get rid of it. No, I decided I was a big girl and I could handle this on my own. Which is why I immediately reached for my big bottle of Syoss hairspray, extra hold and extra shine. I was always told hairspray stiffens spiders within seconds, which should make it easier to kill them. When I pointed the hairspray bottle to the spider, I suddenly hesitated. What if I sprayed the spider, it dropped from the wall and used its last strength to crawl under my closet?

So I decided to use the flat cap of the bottle to kill the spider immediately. It would be quicker, more effective, and I would not lose any hairspray, haha! Oh boy, was I wrong. As soon as I raised the bottle and brought it closer, the spider dropped from the wall and crawled into the direction of my bare feet. I nearly started to shriek, until I remembered my parents sleeping in the next room, so I only let out a surprised gasp (because I’m that mature, yes).

I still managed to spray the spider once before it turned around and hid under my closet (oh the irony). I haven’t seen it since, but I bet it has a healthy shine all over now.

I spent the remaining part of the night straight up in bed, cringing with every itch I felt on my legs. Because that’s also a part of being mature: being able to handle your own problems, even if they don’t go as expected.

Maybe I should try to toughen up a bit. I nearly slept on the couch last night, which is not really an indication of being mature or grown up. And what’s more tough than leather?

(So far the longest introduction I ever wrote on a photopost, but I really wanted to share my spider disaster with you all, haha)

                    

(As usual, all pictures were retrieved from Pinterest. Just search for ‘leather‘, ‘leather skirt‘, ‘leather dress‘ etc.)

 

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How fashion open-minded is your world?

Have you, as the graceful fashion icon you are, ever experienced this? You try something new in your outfit, take one last confident look at the mirror before you strut out the door, but as soon as you see your friends you notice a look of how-am-I-going-to-tell-her-she-looks-weird in their eyes?

You ask them how they like your *insert new item here*, and all you get is a bit of mumbling, a pitiful nod and a “well, it sure looks… different.”. You have no idea how often I’ve experienced this!

I already mentioned it in my Essence + Catrice Nail Polishes Haul: the world (or at least my friends) is not ready for pastel yellow nail polish on your toes. Whereas I absolutely looooved my toes and couldn’t stop admiring them, the comment I got mostly was “Nice colour… But I would prefer it on your fingernails.”. Because apparently, the only colours generally acceptable for your toes are reds and pinks. Perhaps black as well, but there’s still a bit of discussion upon that between my friends. I googled for colourful toe nails (do NOT google yellow toe nails. I warned you) and I found all kinds of beautiful colours, and they absolutely don’t look weird to me!

 

The way I see it: I’m a huge fan of nail polishes. My stash is ashamingly big, and I love bold colours. Painting my toe nails in bright colours is just doubling the fun! If I can’t choose between two colours for my finger nails, hey, it doesn’t matter, I’ve got ten toes to paint as well! (Am I weird? Probably.)

My second experience happened in the H&M, where I was shopping with my sister and a friend. I’ve been looking all over for a mullet skirt, preferably a sheer black or dark blue/green one. I found a blue silk one, with flowers, and I just HAD to try it on. My first mullet skirt, so exciting! Or, well, my excitement quickly faded after I noticed the look of disapproval on my sister’s face. “Eeh, you do realize that skirt’s short in the front, and long in the back, right?”

I tried to lighten up the mood by making a mullet skirts: short in the front, party in the back joke, but I don’t think she got it (If they ever re-make Friends and they need a female version of Chandler Bing -I’m your man woman). Bye bye enthusiasm, and so I was no longer in the mood to buy the skirt. I wasn’t sure I looked good in it in the first place anyway, but still.

Next up: head chains. I tried one on while shopping and my friend immediately responded with “Uhm, that necklace is too small if you can’t even fit it over your head.”. Yeah, very funny. Although she really thought it was a necklace. She never even heard of head chains. “Isn’t that something Bollywood actresses wear?” Funny comment of the day, number two.

I personally really adore head chains. They can give a really cute boho look, compared to a waving skirt (a mullet skirt, perhaps?) and lots of bangling bracelets. But they’re still a bit weird for the average crowd, apparently.

The same goes for hats. I tried on a straw one and although both my mum and sister said that they liked it, I could see the doubt in their eyes. I liked the look of a straw hat on my head, especially since I got that balayage/ombré dye and I no longer straighten my hair -embrace messy hair!

It kinda strikes me how people still look a bit surprised when they see someone wearing a straw hat -even though that’s getting more and more common!

There are still a thousand more things I love and people don’t really get, such as Doc Martens (“Aren’t those only for goths and punks?”), Jeffrey Campbell’s Litas (“They look like clown shoes to me.” -My mum actually said this), crop tops (“The nineties called, they want their top back.”), statement necklaces, bright eye shadows, huge rings, even ombré hair (“Did you do that to your hair on purpose or…?”). Clearly, the world isn’t ready for a bunch of fashionistas like us. Which makes it our job, our duty, our destiny to prepare them! I know I wrote about how I didn’t buy the mullet skirt/head chain/straw hat, but I totally should have! I should NOT let anyone else tell me what I should or shouldn’t wear. If I think it’s pretty (and not too expensive, since I’m still a poor college student), I shall buy and proudly wear it!

Say NO to people all over the world wearing exactly the same, because they are afraid of standing out. Say NO to yet another day of your favourite basic jeans and a basic shirt. Experiment, create, explore, live! Viva la revolución! (Ok, maybe I’m taking this a little bit too far. But it’s true.)

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Photopost: Tribal trend

I’m currently taking a break from my American Realism syllabus to munch on some rice waffles with white chocolate and to  entertain you darlings with another photopost!

I figured since I’ve been sitting in front of my desk all day, I could use some bright colours and patterns to cheer me up. And won’t you look at that, bright colours and patterns are totes amazing this summer! I’m obviously talking about the tribal trend. If you don’t know what I mean, shame on you, and quick, check out the pictures below:

(I should probably stop eating rice waffles right now, I’m trying to diet … Oh look is that yet another rice waffle between my lips? Oops.)

 

 

As usual, all pictures were found on Tumblr and Pinterest.

Aaaaaaaand one more rice waffle before I go back to my American Realism.

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Photopost: Studs

As you may or may not have already noticed by reading my blog title, I’m a big fan of studs. I like the tough attitude that comes with studded items. You can imagine my excitement now studs are all hot and happening right now!

To get you guys some lovely studded inspiration (not only jackets can be accessorized with these metal pieces, you know), I decided to dedicate a photopost to the wonder of studs!

(All pictures are from Tumblr)

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My latest buys

I just got back on campus, where I live (I study languages at the VUB university in Brussels) and I decided to show you guys what I bought last week. I went shopping with my best friend, and though I was a bit short on money, I still managed to finally find myself a pair of sunglasses I adore and a lovely (and huuuuge) pair of earrings. You may have noticed the earrings before, they were dangling in my ‘DIY Earring holder’ post as well.

My friend bought himself a pair of mint green shorts, a pair of beige H&M pants and a pair of sunglasses as well (so many pairs!). I kinda felt like a personal stylist, making him try on all kinds of clothing, haha!

Ok, so on to my own buys:

First of all, this pair of sunglasses, including a cute retro flower case so they won’t break in my purse, which usually happens with all of my sunglasses.

Sunglasses (Six, €8.95) and flower case (Six, €5.95)

Second, my new earrings. They’re actually quite heavy, but it was the last pair and I just couldn’t resist! I absolutely looooooove big, outstanding and extravagant. Seeing as I used to have a 10mm stretcher in my right ear, my lobe kind of extends when I’m wearing these earrings, but my bangs mostly cover that, so I don’t really mind.

Earrings (Six, €6.95)

You may notice that this is the first time that I’ve included such a personal post. I’ve been thinking of doing this more often, doing OOTD posts, latest buys posts, things like that. However, I don’t really want to define my blog to one single subject or vision. I wil continue posting DIYs, reviews, fashion and beauty stuff, obviously. But I would like to make it a bit more personal. I’ve got a bunch of things that I bought or won that I would love to review for you guys, and I’m working on a few DIYs myself that I will show you in the near future.

So what do you guys think? Would you approve of my blog going a bit more personal, or not? My blog is nothing without readers and subscribers, so I’d like to hear your opinion :)

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DIY: Neon shoes

I discovered a list of DIY blogs, and obviously I’m currently following almost every single one of them. I might make a post with my favourite DIY blogs soon so you can see for yourself, but today I’m going to present you this gorgeous DIY that I found on Love Maegan (if you haven’t heard from her yet, check her out, she’s amazing).
If you’ve got a nude/brown/boring pair of gladiator sandals or other shoes and you don’t mind a little bit of neon, you could try this!

Ok, so, first of all, this is what you’ll need:

  • Shoes in a natural/nude/brown colour, preferably (gladiator) sandals or heels
  • Nailpolishes in any colours you like, and a white polish as a base coat (you can also use acrylic paint)
  • Nail polish remover and a fine brush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Optional: a hair dryer to fasten the drying process

How to do it:

  1. Tape off all the areas around the parts you’re going to paint, to prevent messing.

  2. Use rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab to clean the surface.

  3. Cover the desired areas with a layer of white nail polish. Let this primer dry for a night.

     

  4. Begin painting with your neon colours! Be sure to start with the lighter colours, that’ll make it easier for you to correct any mistakes afterwards. Let dry overnight.

      

  5. Apply a second coat of your neon nail polish. Paint on the opposite direction of your first layer, to get a more even colour. Again, let this dry overnight.

  6. If you want to, you can finish off with a top coat for extra shine and protection.
  7. Remove the tape and correct any mistakes with a cotton swab drenched in nail polish remover.

     

  8. Enjoy your new shoes and strut that stuff like you own it (because, well you know, you do own it)!

     

Again, a big thanks to LoveMaegan for this DIY!

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