Happy Friday!! Who’s ready for the weekend? I would be, except this weekend is shaping out to be just like any week day: so much work to get through!
Silver lining: the weather sucks so I am not missing out on beautiful sunny days while being locked inside on my computer – sadly the spring wave we had last week is already gone : (
At least I got to wear this 100% springy outfit while I could, so I am not complaining (too much).
Most of the pieces – actually all but one – are repeat offenders on this blog. I’ve said it before and I will say it again: if you can’t see yourself wear something 5+ times before you are bored with it, don’t buy it.
Case and point: these jeans (already worn here and here), these shoes (worn here and here), this blazer (worn here), and this bag (worn here and here). I can’t begin to comprehend these women who wear something once and then get rid of it, my guess is they found a way to actually grow money on trees. Who knows.
This lace tank top comes in 7 colors (I also have it in white) and is even prettier in person. The lace is so delicate, and is less than $30! Find them all here:
PS: find similar items throughout the article, and the exact details at the bottom of the post!
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You know all these times you see me posting photos at cafes all around the city? Thinking “what can this girl be doing spending hours every week in coffee shops”? Well… I am shopping!
It’s no secret that women love fashion designers. I think if we all had the wallets that could allow us to shop designer items regularly, the world would be a better place. Or maybe (just maybe) I am exaggerating a little, but you see my point.
Unfortunately, I for one can’t afford to spend $$$ on brand new label clothes and accessories but I love to be on trend, so I’ve had to somehow find a way to satisfy my wishes without breaking the bank. And let me tell you, I found the solution. MCouture is game-changer and the best platform to purchase and sell second-hand luxury items! You know how they say Disney is the place where wishes come true? Think again, MCouture is where it is at for us shopaholics!
Bringing together the best of the best (or shall I say la creme de la creme) of preloved treasures, you can find anything from clothes to shoes to handbags and other accessories on the website – all at an amazing discount price!! Like, check out this beaut’ I have my eye on! But even better, you can not only find and buy beautiful gems, you can also sell your own. Keep your closet fresh and take part in the sustainable fashion movement by reselling your already-loved pieces to someone who can give them a second life! And this, ladies and gents, is what I call a win-win.
I decided to try out and list my first item for sale on the website just a few days ago, and cannot wait to be able to pack this beauty up and send it to its new owner! I’ve loved this Henri Bendel satchel bag from the moment I saw it and have given it all the love and attention one can give to a bag (that sounds weird), and think it is time for someone else to enjoy it and take it around the world with them. See how I wore it in one of my blog posts below.
I’ll be adding a lot more pieces within the next couple of weeks, including a pair of booties I’ve worn a couple of years ago which is to this day one of the prettiest ones I’ve ever owned – so keep an eye out on the website. I’ve heard things sell incredibly quick, so don’t miss out!
Thank you MCouture for kindly sponsoring this post.
With spring on its way (though we’ve been hit with 3 days of non-stop snow so right now everything is covered with a fresh white layer), I’ve been slowly transitioning my wardrobe and putting away my winter boots and coats.
This pair of gladiator sandals is definitely not new on my blog, I got them almost 2 years ago and they are STILL my favorite pair ever. In fact, this is the TENTH time I am posting about them!! Whoever said you can’t wear an item twice clearly didn’t know what they were talking about – or maybe it is just me? See what I mean by clicking on this post, this post, this post, and this post. And guess what: I still found them available in one place! Pretty sure they keep restocking them year after year because they are so popular – and extremely comfortable!
PS: find similar items throughout the article, and all the exact details at the bottom of the post!
These are my new favorite pair of pants – although I would recommend taking one size down.
I am wearing my regular size and think they are a big baggy (but nothing a good wash and hot drying cycle won’t fix I’m sure).
I highly recommend them, they are very soft to the touch and extremely high-waisted (aka the most flattering fit)!
Currently stuck between two seasons (some days it feels like spring is here, and some days it feels like we are back in the middle of January), and not sure what to wear… so I just mix and match everything!
This sweater (I have the same in burgundy but you’ve probably grew tired of seeing it all the time) is so comfortable and warm, plus the pale grey paired with white skinnies make me feel like it is totally appropriate to look like I am ready for spring in March.
I could have chosen black accessories to keep this outfit more neutral and simple, but to be perfectly honest I have been dying to wear this pink bag for months (I got it in December!) and thought it made this outfit more fun and visually interesting. I saw it is on sale right now for 50% off, and highly recommend it if you like good quality bags that look like designer ones without spending as much $$$. It is still on the splurge side of the spectrum, so I will be linking similar-yet-more-affordable ones below.
You can find the exact details of everything I am wearing at the end of the article, with sizing information!
Casual meets chic at its finest. Basically the only way I can think of describing this outfit.
I’m the type of girl who loves to relax in jeans, so for me this outfit is not only cute but it is extremely comfortable. These jeans have been my favorite pair of ripped jeans in the last months – I basically live in them when I work from home. I swear by all my pairs of Dynamite jeans, they are all extremely stretchy and have more of a legging feel to them (not that harsh denim structure).
You probably know by now that I live for kitten heels. If you’re new around here, click here, here, and here for a few of my favorite outfits with kitten heels to give you some inspiration. One of the reasons I love them so much is that they make you feel like you dressed up and made an effort, even if all you are wearing is a pair of ripped jeans and a white shirt. Add a skinny scarf (this one actually came on the handle of a handbag) and tie your hair back – it can clearly even just be a messy ponytail. Pretty much the easiest way to take an outfit from blah to woah.
Clearly, if you can’t tell by the title/cover photo of this post, I like pink. The girly girl in me is so happy the snow is finally melting away because it means I can finally pull out my pink clothes without fear of looking like a crazy fool (not that that’s ever stopped me before).
Pink to me means spring, and flowers, and sun, basically all the things winter deprives us of. Ok it also means candy, and if you don’t know this about me I have a massive sweet tooth for anything that is pink and sour… So today I basically felt like I was a walking cherry sour patch candy. Life could be worst.
I got these pants from Zara a few weeks ago (only available in XS, linked all the way at the end of the post) and had a massive crush on them. I love classic trousers and the boss vibes they give, but I mean bring them to me in pink and you are making my dreams come true. I’ve been keeping them hanging in my closet, waiting for the day I could finally dust them off and take them out to play: today was that day. I decided to go for a full-on spring outfit with this pale pink top (the lace layer underneath came with it, but since it is sold out I have found a few pieces you can put together to get the look) and my FAVORITE slingback shoes from last summer. I wore these pretties so many times, with dresses or jeans and can’t even tell you how good it feels to be able to wear them and not risk losing a toe! They are completely sold out sadly, but I found a few pairs that will give you those floral feels, all linked below.
Trying to survive these last bits of winter over here (it is currently raining and the Belgian in me is in heaven because I seriously miss the rain!!). I’ve slowly started to transition from winter to spring in my wardrobe, and wanted to share with you a few of my recent outfits – all under $100!
PS: I didn’t include any of the shoes in the total $$ of each outfit, just because I think this is something that can be easily changed depending on what you already have at home and doesn’t necessarily require new purchases!
I don’t know about you, but the weeks that follow the holidays are always tight on budget, so I’ve been focusing on items that don’t cost much and that I can wear and re-wear multiple ways – without breaking the bank. You’ll see that most of the clothes I am wearing come from SHEIN, an online boutique that has in the past been judged as cheap and unreliable. If you’ve followed me for a while, you know that I have been wearing pieces from there often enough – and I thought it might be a good idea to share with you my tips and tricks when shopping on their website:
1. Focus on sweaters and tops (with the occasional jumpsuits and dresses). I’ve personally gotten pants and skirts in the past, and the sizing isn’t always what I am looking for, or the fabric can be slightly see-through. Of course it depends on the item and your own body size, but in my opinion I find it easier to shop for tops and sweaters (I will either purchase my regular size or go one size up if the reviews say it sizes small). My favorite one this season is definitely this one – tho I have to admit it is high in competition with this one. The quality is comparable to that of Forever 21 or H&M, but Shein has a lot more choices and trends so their website is always my first choice if I am looking for that one piece that stands out.
PS: I asked my friend Michelle (who is 5’10”) what her thoughts were on the website and she said her main issue is the sizes – she recommends to definitely size up if you are a tall lady.
2. Pay attention to the reviews. Often there will be comments from buyers who will be explaining how the item looks like in person, and I find this extremely helpful. 99% of the time the item will have great reviews, and it can be reassuring when you see a photo of someone wearing it in real life.
3. When it comes to shoes, size up. I am regularly a size 7.5 and will be getting a size 38 on their website. They have a chart of the different sizes and what they convert to in US, UK, and European sizes, but as a rule of thumbs I would recommend sizing up to avoid uncomfortable shoes. That being said, I have gotten numerous pairs from the website and am always impressed with the quality – especially considering the prices. The black booties I am wearing below are from there and they are very sturdy and comfortable, and so are the pearl slides – and you can be sure no one would ever guess how much they really cost just by looking at them!
4. Bags are one of my favorite things on their website. Every time I put an order through, you can be sure there is at least one bag in my cart. Bare in mind that you get what you pay for, so if you purchase a Chloe dupe, you obviously won’t get the Chloe quality. Not saying the quality is bad (far from there), but you’ll immediately understand that those aren’t bags you’ll keep for years. Although they are super fun and such an amazing way to get that designer look for less, so personally I don’t mind.
5. Shipping takes forever. This is probably the biggest downside of Shein – and I have heard a lot of others complaining about it. While everything is super affordable (including the shipping prices), it takes a good 2 weeks for anything to arrive. In a world of overnight shipping, this is just torture. So keep that in mind if purchasing something you need right away!
All in all, if I had to give a score to the website I would rate it 8/10 – depending on what you are getting. My opinions are always very honest and I would never promote or advertise anything that I don’t genuinely like or wear myself. All of the photos below were of outfits I actually wore those days (and didn’t change just for the sake of a photo), and I know I will be wearing these pieces again.
If you ever have doubts about shopping on Shein, feel free to message me and I will do my best to help and share my experience with you!
Massive trend alert this season: berets. If you asked me last week, I would have said only one word: SCARY AF (ok, it’s more than one). I never, ever thought I would be loving them as much as I am right now. They are such a hit or miss kind of trends – and don’t get me wrong I am not trying to force anyone into wearing them if they won’t want to. But in my case, I saw so many women wearing them recently and couldn’t stop thinking about them… so I bought one (or 3)!
Being from Europe, I feel it was my duty to at least attempt the trend. I’ll be honest: I did not like it when I tried it in the store – but I mean… unless your hair is done (and mine is almost never done when I go to the mall), putting it on right there and then can’t really do any justice to how it will actually look like, right? So I just decided to buy it and try it on at home when I am dressed up and ready to go out – and bam! One more beret-obsessed girl.
PS: my booties are only $38 and so comfortable! They have a zipper to the side so you don’t always have to tie them all the way up (because who has enough time for that?!) I recommend sizing up; for example I am regularly a 7.5 and went with a 38 for these.
Probably one of my favorite looks this month. I love how a long camel coat can take an simple outfit and make it sophisticated and lady-like, especially when you only wear blacks with it!
We’re at that point in the year when winter is overstaying its welcome, and I personally have no more inspiration for winter-appropriate outfits… so I just re-wear everything I have (ps: Le Chateau is making it super easy!).
How pretty are the sleeves of this sweater?? I love when something so basic stands out with some added details like these bow-sleeves. It comes in several colors and I believe it just went on sale!
You’ve seen me wear this coat before, however I had kept the faux fur collar on (see it here) – and this time around I took it off. Bam, brand new coat (kind of)!
And these trousers… I have basically lived in since getting them! Scroll down to see what I mean……
AND THEY ARE ON SALE!
Like I said above, I have lived in these trousers since getting them last year – and thought it would be a good idea to show you a bunch of other ways to style them!
Clearly I am a little late considering Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, but here is some inspiration in case you have similar items in your wardrobe! The great thing about items like this is that you can wear them any day of the year so even if it might be too short notice for V-Day, they would work perfectly for your next night out (I have worn these pants many times this summer: here and here for example).
You wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at these photos, but my beautiful silky top has a peplum waist, which allows me to wear it with different pairs of pants and give it a completely different look. Versatility is key when buying new clothes, and before deciding on an item I always try to think of at least two ways I could wear it. While it looks gorgeous with high-waisted pants like these, it would look just as nice with skinny jeans and some flats in spring.