I bought my first band shirt ever a little while back at the concert of The Gaslight Anthem. I don’t quite know how to explain why I never bought one before. I certainly have held more then one in my hands but never went through with it. Buying one might not seem like a big deal, but it felt like it was. First of all, there simply aren’t that many beautiful band shirts out there. Even from some bands that I truly love . Secondly by wearing a band shirt, I feel that you’re making quite a big statement. People know instantly which music you like to listen to and that says quite a lot about the person that you are. Then I wonder, is that really other people’s business? A subject that in a fashion person’s eyes might seem futile but my music lover’s side definitely doesn’t feel the same way. Read more..
I find myself desperately longing for the festival season. With the countdown of Coachella that has begun, I can’t wait for Rock Werchter, Pukkelpop (my first time going!) and all other festivals that are coming my way during the summer. In the meantime I thankfully have some concerts to keep me busy. Happy to finally be seeing Cold War Kids in action and let’s not forget about The Killers and Haim. But right now all we can do is listen to some good music and hope that the summer won’t be too far away. Here are some songs that are on repeat:
My first visit to Madrid for the C&A Reimagine Design challenge was short but very productive. Next to the design challenge I already told you about, I spent some brief time in the city center. I’ll tell you more about the Tribunal/ Chueca area shortly but for now I just wanted to highlight the DO Concept Store. With the inspiring name “DO”, founder Lucia Ruiz-Rivas wants to challenge visitors to become more creative and be more bold in their “doing things”. And this is just one reason why this concept store is a great first stop.
DO is a space that combines art, fashion and design. Selling brands such as Henrik Vibskov for fashion and Hay for home ware, they love their Danish brands (who doesn’t?). But they also include Belgian designer Christian Wijnants Read more..
I remember us being quite shocked that only one woman was featured in a Belgian playlist called “De Tijdloze“, listing the 100 best songs of all time. That woman was Sinead o’Connor, no Janis Joplin, no Florence And The Machine, no Kate Bush, no Ella Fitzgerald and no Patti Smith. Quite a crazy statement made by Studio Brussel listeners. This made us go back and think about how many female singers we actually listened to and I had to plead guilty (Patricia on the other hand did score some points). To this day, I still don’t know why most of my playlist consists out of all male bands.
Recently however I added a new female band to my playlist. I first got fascinated by Haim by their sense of style. After that I started listening to their music and recognized “Forever” and “Don’t Save Me” from the radio. This triggered me to put their record on repeat. The three sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim have been playing together all their lives and make music that is described as “nu-folk–meets–nineties–R&B”. To me they are the ultimate California sound and I feel like getting out my inner hippie and laying in the sun all day or go roadtripping. Their style is perfectly in sync with that feeling. Bohemian all the way but an individual dress sense nonetheless.
I have to admit that I watch the Victoria Secret show every year. So while watching it this time around, I wanted to write up another Style Highlight of a Victoria’s Secret angel (find the style highlight of the other angel Lily Aldridge here). We’ve featured Miranda Kerr’s pre Orlando pad before but now it’s time for her sense of style outside of the catwalk. Miranda’s signature look is defined by the basics she wears. Skinny jeans and leather leggings are staples in her closet. She loves combining these with a loose fitted tee, sweater or coat. The perfect style for girls with beautiful legs but that have a bit of tummy to hide. Not that Miranda Kerr has anything to hide, with her perfect physique she is highly involved in health and wellness and even started an organic skincare line – and lifestyle – with KORA organics.
As one of the top earning models worldwide, she travels around the world constantly. Therefore her style is based on comfort and simple pieces that are of high quality and are well fitted. A style that suits her very well in her daily life. It’s becoming a red thread through my style highlights but I’m more a fan of her street wear than her red carpet looks – same as with Emma Stone and Lily Aldridge -.You might also have noticed that she sports the Isabel Marant Dicker boot quite a lot. Guess I’m just a sucker for this perfect ankle boot.
I’m totally into Hart of Dixie. Not only because of hot neighbour Wade and Golden boy George, also because of the sweet southern vibe, Lavon Hayes and Lemon’s cute uptight side. And because of the styling. Rachel Bilson resembles her alter ego Zoe Hart in more than one way wardrobe wise. There’s the shorts, there’s the blazers, there’s the casual meets chic. Although Zoe runs around the Bluebell town square in higher heels than Rachel would on an average day. But maybe that’s just to prove she’s a New Yorker.
Anyway, when I started working on this post, I immediately got an e-mail from Marijs with pictures of Rachel. Which made me wonder why we hadn’t featured her before. I guess it’s safe to say it’s about time for a Style Highlight on this petite actress!
Taylor Tomasi Hill just gets it. Spot on every single time!
Update: Taylor is wearing Comme Des Garçons
Even though I love the neon trend, I haven’t found a way yet to wear it yet. Mary-Kate Steinmiller is back on a role with this great neon based outfit (signaling the start of New York Fashion Week). It’s a lot of neon but due to her combination with subtle neutrals it really works.
Photos: Bek Andersen for Refinery 29
It’s has been a while since we were able to make an Instadiary. So this one will be recapping some of the highlight of our summer. As you’ve read, a lot has happened in the meantime, on the blog and in our personal lives. We’ve been working really hard and next to that I’m also changing jobs really soon. Sometimes you wonder how much change one brain can handle.
// Patricia went to Thailand for three weeks straight and had an amazing time. Report coming up soon //
I have always loved writing these style highlights. Because some of them were posted a while ago, many new outfits have come and gone. Therefore it was time to give you an update on your favorite style icons. Lily Aldridge has been one of the favorites since the beginning and I completely understand why. This girl perfectly nails the ideal rock and roll look in an elegant way. Next to that, color-bomb Elisa Nalin and New Yorker Mary-Kate Steinmiller have always stayed a popular reading destination to brighten up your days. Closing the list are Emma Stone and Kate Foley, two women that have that necessary dose of humor in their dress sense.
1. Lily Aldridge
I did my first highlight on Lily Aldridge in November 2011. I’m still in love with her rock and roll style and her gorgeous hair. My favorites are her casual outfits but she has upped her game on the red carpet looks. Her style has remained quite simple with a lot of clean lined dresses, lots of black and some eyecatching details such as an assymetrical cut in the dress on top or the amazing back on the Ralf Lauren dress she wore to the Met Gala this year.