To shave or not to shave? That is the question.

Hi there, folks! Yep, it’s me, I’m totally back again. I just felt the sudden urge to start writing again, so I figured: why not pick up blogging?! So, here I am, annoying you yet another time with words that really need to leave my mouth (or fingers, in this case).

Let’s celebrate the beginning of this blog period with the following question:

To shave or not to shave? 

That is the question.

Summer is almost knocking at our door. Time for us women (or men, if you are a real man) to take our floaty dresses and skirts (or shorts, if you are a truly emancipated woman) out of the closet. But with summer come knocking shaving blades, depilatory creams and hair removal machines. Knock, knock, motherfuckers, time to get all those body parts as smooth as a baby’s buttocks.

I’m sorry? You don’t shave down there?! What are you? A caveman (or -woman, let’s not be sexist)?! A lazy, unhygienic creature with utterly no respect for its own body and fellow humans?! Shame on you! And on me… Because here I am sitting, writing this blog post, with hairy legs. I didn’t feel the need in a week to shave my legs. O-m-g! I knooowww! Horrifying, right?

Truth be told, a better question would be: To care or not to care?

Don’t like your hairy self? Shave sister, and praise the Lord for those silky, heavenly light-weighted legs. But don’t enslave yourself to fit into an image dictated by society. The media are overflowing with messages like Get rid of those nasty little hairs that ruin your look!, but wait, here comes the good news: You… aren’t…forced…to follow…the hairless herd! If you decide to let those bodily hairs grow (from time to time of course, we aren’t animals after all), wear your hairs with pride. I heard a rumour that whispers almost all men and women are the proud possessors of body hair, like, all over their bodies… I know, quite disturbing, right?!

Girly girl, give us a swirl

So far, this week has been skirts and dresses in terms of outfit choices. Swirly and girly but still quite comfortable. Here are some of my latest looks:

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Total look:
Medium aquamarine green T-shirt with round neck- Bonprix
Black cardicool- Esprit Collection
Black high-low skirt- Esprit Casual
Green tights- Insua
Flowered scarf- H&M
Black studded boots- SPM

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Total look:
Purple mini dress- Edc by Esprit
Black leggings- Zeeman
Grey cardigan- Soft Grey
Soft gray flowered scarf- H&M
Black studded boots- SPM

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Total look:
Light gray T-shirt with v-neck- Zeeman
Powder pink cardigan with round neck- La Redoute
Leaf printed scarf- H&M
Black high-low skirt- Esprit Casual
Black tights- HEMA
Black studded boots- SPM

I present thee… the perfect red skirt

As some of you readers may know, red is one of my most loved colours. Proof is the amount of red dresses in my closet, which is too damn high! Unfortunately, this cannot be said about the number of red skirts, because I have none. NONE, can you believe it! What an outrage! The thing is that I’ve been searching for the perfect red skirt for a very long time. And when miraculously, I find a red skirt that suits my needs, my size isn’t available anymore.  Aaargh! In my ideal world, I would own 2 types of red skirts, 1: a solid one, and 2: a printed version. The search for a perfect translation of these skirts is still ongoing. Here are some nice red skirts recently spotted on Polyvore:
I present thee... the perfect red skirt

Retro orange

I love, love, loooove retro prints. During my lunch break a few weeks ago, I was walking in the Lola & Liza store @ Kortrijk when a T-shirt/blouse with a pussybow and amazing retro print caught my eye. I tried it on, loved the colours and print but the size 34 was a little bit too small. Unfortunately, there was no size bigger available, not @ Kortrijk, not at another nearby L&L shop, so I returned to work empty-handed. That evening after work, I stopped by again to have another look at the beautiful print of the blouse. It was also available in a sleeveless version with a waterfall neck, but the fabric and cut of the top were more suited for summer than autumn, so again, I left empty-handed. I couldn’t get the blouse off my mind, so the next evening after work, a colleague and I decided to have a third look at the particular blouse. I retried it on, asked her opinion, but she, the sales assistants and I came to the same conclusion: “Lovely print, but a tiny bit too snug”. Now truly disappointed, I went home. Unable to get the print out of my head, I returned yet another time to the shop, to find two lovely dress versions of the blouse hanging on the same rack. Being entirely focused on that damn blouse, these two beauties had been totally neglected. I tried them on, and man, were they beautiful, and in MY size! The first one I tried on had a waterfall neck and no sleeves, while the second dress had a round neck and sleeves. It was a tad longer and the fabric was also a bit warmer and more autumn-appropriate, so I decided to go with the second one. The store staff said that I must really like the print for returning that often and I guess they must be right :D Boy, am I in love with this dress! The orange/dark navy/burgundy/royal blue print makes it easy to combine with stockings in a matching colour to create a very colourful and cheerful look.

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Source picture:
Berca. (2012). SPM Shoes & Boots. 205395http://shop.berca.be/product_info.php?cPath=1001_20331001&products_id=205395. Consulted on 6 of November, 2013.

Total outfit:
Retro print dress- L&L 
Orange stockings- Wibra 
Black lace booties with studs- SPM

P.S. I hope you can see past the bad quality of the OOTD (=outfit of the day) pictures. Due to the bad weather and the lack of daylight in the morning and evening, my boyfriend cannot take any pictures so my only solution is to make some with my laptop.

High low

I haven’t been a big fan of the high-low hemline trend. Generally speaking, it looks sloppy and just wrong to me. However, during the summer sale period, a black high-low skirt caught my eye. I could imagine it casual style with boots or more dressed up with a funky black heel. Seeing all the possible combinations, I decided to purchase it… and I haven’t regretted it once! The skirt is great for a typical summer day, and paired with stockings, it can be easily worn on colder autumn days. I’ve already worn this skirt a dozen times, for both work and play. One of my favourite combinations is to wear it with a purplish red and gold.

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Total outfit:
Purplish red T-shirt- H&M L.O.G.G.
Gold statement necklace- H&M
Black cardicool- Camaïeu
Black high-low skirt- Esprit
Burgundy stockings- HEMA
Black studded lace-up boots- SPM
Turtoise sunglasses- thrifted

Little black dress

The Little Black Dress (aka LBD) is stated as one of the “must-haves” by fashion magazines, blogs etc. Now, you will never hear me say that some piece of clothing is a “must”. We’re living in a consumerist world where everything seems to be a “must-have” and happiness is promised via dollars spent. The fact is that everybody needs to decide for themselves if they think a LBD is something worth adding to their closet. If you don’t like black, resist the urge of buying.  If you’re a person who never wears dresses, what would be the point of purchasing one? Is your closet already overflowing or don’t you have the money? Then the decision is quickly made. However, if you’re like me and believe a little black dress is a good and versatile addition to your closet, below are some ideas for making you stand out in the crowd. You’ll see that all my capsules include a statement necklace. I just love them and believe they are perfect to add some interest to a basic piece of clothing like the LBD!

How to accessorize a LBD - part 1

Mint your day

Today I was in the mood for wearing a chiffon skirt that I bought during the sales period two months ago. The length is just perfect, the fabric is nice and comfortable and the flower print fresh and summery. To make the dark navy top seem less harsh and to repeat the green in my skirt, I decided to combine it with a mint statement necklace. My boyfriend and I went for a walk in the city and visited the Broel Towers (@ Kortrijk) on the Heritage Open Day in Flanders. Comfortable shoes were a must, so I put on gray tennis sneakers and a matching gray cardigan to protect me from a sudden cold breeze.

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Total outfit:
Dark navy tank top- H&M
Flower printed chiffon skirt- Esprit (sales, 19,58 euros)
Gray cardigan- C&A
Mint statement necklace- Claire’s (16,95 euros)
Gray tennis sneakers- C&A (15 euros)
Sunglasses- vintage, bought for only 1,25 euros (Kringloopwinkel Kortrijk)