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The Thigh is the Limit: Spice up your Winter with Thigh-High Boots

Published October 22, 2013 by The Feminist

Imagine it’s winter. Snow is twirling lazily about in the wind and you’re on your way to work/school/shopping mall. You’re wearing a fabulous carmine red lipstick (preferably Dior Rouge), a black faux-fur hat (Anna Karenina-style), an off-white belted cape (look at Kerry Washington on Scandal for inspiration), black skinny jeans (the one that makes you feel like a million dollar bill) and last but definitely not least… a magnificent, provocatively beautiful pair of black suede thigh-high boots.

With an image like that in your head, it is practically impossible not to look forward to winter! The key to totally rocking the above look are the boots. Yes, the outfit would look smashing with just a pair of pumps , but it is the up-to-there (yes, there!) pair of boots that will truly make you shine. And let’s admit it: in a time in which everything is covered in a veil of darkness, it is bloody wonderful to be a sparkling light of sunshine!

Thigh-high boots were a big hit on the FW13 runway:

Balmain opted for suede versions that seemed to reach really really really high…

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Chanel opted for a kinky version with chains…

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Donna Karan went for sleek chic with thigh-highs in combination with an oversized jacket…

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And Pucci drew the sexy card by mixing thigh-highs with an alluring stylish-but-very-short dress!

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If you call yourself a fashionista, you will probably know a fashion show isn’t the actual stage where trend battles are fought. If you truly want to know which trends are hot –and which are not- you have to look to the streets.

And looking at the wardrobes- or should I say: shoerobes– of all the celebrities that have walked the streets these couple of months, it is safe to say that the thigh-high boot is here to stay.

Miranda Kerr killed it in this sublime outfit! Remember the cape-thigh highs combo from the imaginative outfit at the beginning of this post? Well, this is what I was talking about! Classy, stylish and ravishingly awesome!

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Victoria Beckham opted for a kinkier version ( it was obviously still summer back then). If you want to make her outfit more wearable on a day-to-day basis, just wear some black stockings underneath the dress and you’ll be fine 😉

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Kylie Minogue– here wearing fabulous Louboutin thigh-highs- demonstrates that thigh-high boots can be demure and very chic in an all-black combination with an elegant black jacket.

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I know that some of you are still very skeptical of thigh-high boots. No matter how cool and utterly stylish they may be, many people still associate them with provocative S&M games or cheap hookers (think: Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman or Angelina Jolie’s naughty leather outfit in Mr. & Mrs. Smith)

It is therefore advisable not to go for the Miley Cyrus thigh-high look…

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Unless you want drivers honking their horns or creepy guys waving one-dollar bills in your face…

But we’re all classy, stylish and elegant fashionistas, so –obviously!– we don’t want that.

So what do you think, ladies? Will you try the thigh-high?

Should you still need some convincing, here are some fabulous thigh-high boots that might get you running to the store.

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Because Shopping is Cheaper than a Psychiatrist: Brand New Outfit, Brand New Confidence

Published October 1, 2013 by The Feminist

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Women love to shop. It is a truth as uncontested as the earth spinning around its axis. It is what unites us, women, and creates this instant bond of mutual understanding. Like a Sisterhood of Shopping Addicts. Men, being the dumbass morons that they are, don’t seem to comprehend this necessity of needing to buy new stuff. They think our love for shopping simply goes back to a desire to spend money- their money- and define the act of shopping as a superficial waste of time. They couldn’t possibly be further from the truth. When guys say such denigrating things, I really want to stab with a fork, or kick them in the head with my purse, or both. (Maybe I should let them choose my weapon of assault, although I cannot fully guarantee I will acknowledge their preference 😉 )

First of all, let me start by saying that we don’t spend your money. We’re independent, smart and self-reliant enough to be able to afford our own clothes, thank you very much. And secondly, shopping has as much to do with the desire to spend money as American politics has to do with basic intelligence or competence. Shopping is about yourself. About how it makes you feel. Regardless of age, lifestyle or salary, every woman will chirp once her eyes fall upon that perfect pair of shoes and every woman’s heart will skip a beat when she sees that that beautiful purple dress is on sale.

Moreover, shopping for new clothes doesn’t have to be expensive! On the contrary, it can even be more exhilarating to get hold of a bargain, than you would get excited over plundering your bank account for an expensive pair of designer jeans. Take my brand new outfit for instance. I was looking for some new clothes inspired by this fall’s Balmain collection (Those of you who visit my blog on a regular basis will know that I completely adore the combination of super tight waists with fluffy sweaters and classy-looking harem trousers! For a reminder, click here) but I was utterly convinced that I wouldn’t be able to find something similar in a slightly more affordable version… But guess what? I most certainly did! The trousers and sweater (isn’t it cool and adorable?) are from River Island. The expensive-looking fancy necklace is from Zara and the shoes are from S. Oliver. It’s not exactly the same as Balmain, but still, it comes close 😉 And you may have noticed that the outfit has some cobalt blue accents as well! So I’m kinda hitting two birds with one stone!( Or should I say two trends with 1 outfit?) How convenient and incredibly fashionable is that?

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However, we should be careful not to overdo it and completely lose ourselves in the wonders of shopping malls and fitting rooms. We’ve all seen “Confessions of shopaholic” and if there is one thing we do not want, it is to turn into a completely bonkers, shopping addicted bitch that needs to attend secret meetings in order to get rid of her lust for shopping.

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Having said that, there is nothing wrong with listening to the Rebecca Bloomwood on your shoulder once and a while…

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….just as long as you’re not going completely bankrupt. Treat yourself, ladies! You deserve it!

Bold, Beautiful, Balmain: next season it’s all about extremes

Published August 6, 2013 by The Feminist

Someday, like it or not, this ridiculously hot summer will come to an end. No more tanning on the beach. No more sweating on public transportation. No more doing the dishes in your bikini. (Uhum.) No more cocktails. (Who am I kidding, I drink cocktails all year round!)

We all have to admit that “Winter is coming”. Although Game of Thrones has a way of making that sound really terrifying, I for one am looking forward to cooler weather.

Why, you may ask? Well, it has everything to do with the autumn-winter collection of Balmain. I’ve never been so excited about one particular collection in my entire life! It’s as if designer Olivier Rousteing created this collection solely for the likes of me, because his collection contains all the things I ever dreamed of and more. Leather? Check. Glamour? Check. Bling? Check. Gold? Check. Mohair? Check. And above all, super tight waists? Check, check, check!

This collection is all about irresistible opulence. About embracing the extremes. Extremes in fabric. Extremes in silhouette. Extremes in women. Balmain’s collection is definitely not for the faint-hearted. It’s for ballsy, gutsy and confident women who aren’t afraid to take risks and –above all- who aren’t afraid to shine.

Pronounced shoulders and hips contrasted with a super tight waist: the perfect hourglass silhouette. This is definitely a look I want to try next fall. On the other hand, it would be nice to be able to breathe. Preferably. But then again, fashion is always a tiny bit of suffering, isn’t it?  😉

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I also love the contrast between the soft and cuddly tops and the shiny harem pants.

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Talking about harem pants, this collection is like a weirdly awesome- yet perfect- combination of the 1980s (shoulders pads!) and Aladdin.

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And last but not least, Balmain showed some incredibly beautiful colours:

Like this very alluring pink

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Pretty prestigious purple

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Brilliant blue

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And my favourite: poisonous green

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Oh, and before I forget, Olivier Rousteing also introduced some insanely looking thigh-high, skin-tight boots! Sigh. Why isn’t it winter already?

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To end on a much more realistic note, however: my bank account, unfortunately, doesn’t allow designer exuberance. That leaves me with three options: rob a bank, marry a very old- almost dead- billionaire, or find a similar look for a much more affordable price in retail stores. Given the fact that I look horrible with a pair of stockings pulled over my head and don’t see myself taking care of the elderly just yet, I will probably go with option three. 😉

My brain works in mysterious ways: we’re in the middle of a heat wave and I’m buying a fall outfit

Published July 31, 2013 by The Feminist

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The last couple of weeks have been hot. The sun is working overtime- it probably wants to make up for that dreadful spring we had- and I’m literally sweating like a pig. The latter is even more remarkable if you know I’m normally “sweat-free” –seriously, I used to never ever sweat- so I can only imagine how the people who do sweat on a regular basis must feel right now. (I guess some of you readers now have severe problems with keeping the creepy image of terribly sweaty people out of your head, for which I am sorry.)

So anyway, imagine me sitting in the garden, my clothes clinging to me in that really uncomfortable way, it felt as if I was wrapped in an entire roll of low-quality cellophane plastic wrap, … and I’m reading about the new fall collection in Vogue.

On days I should actually be looking for the perfect bikini, that flirty breezy summer dress or those gladiator sandals, I’m already drooling over ( in these temperatures, this can be taken quite literally 😉 … no I’m joking, because that would be disgusting) the new fall collection. Winter coats, fake fur, flapper dresses, cashmere sweaters,… Sigh. Suddenly the fall seems much more interesting than this too-hot-to-handle summer. I’m looking forward to it. Those new colours (burgundy red and Delft blue!), those new silhouettes (love the Balmain AW13 collection!), the possibility of creating a brand new me every single time a new fashion season hits the stores.

So even though the weather was telling me to look for summer outfits, I couldn’t help but walk over to the “new collection” section… And yes, I bought a new outfit. A fall outfit. And I’m not the least bit ashamed. Not for one bit!

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One of the reasons why I shouldn’t feel ashamed about my new fall outfit is that some- or should I say most– of the clothes and accessories were bought from the summer collection! And they were on SALE! I have no idea what a warm black leather jacket was doing in the summer collection, but hey, I sure am not complaining! The only item in these pictures that I bought from the new fall collection is my brand new –and if I may say, very cute- black derby hat. (But it was from H&M – read: it was a bargain- hence the guilt-free shopping)

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I guess the point I’m trying to make is this: even if you’re in the middle of a heat wave, that shouldn’t stop you from buying that perfect winter coat if you come across one. Because by the time it will be cold enough to actually wear a winter coat, those flirty breezy summer dresses will be hanging in the shops again…

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PS: What do you think about the outfit? I do love the combination of black and fuchsia. I find it very cool and sophisticated, but at the same time there’s a certain vivaciousness and youngness to it as well.
And I think it is quite obvious that I have a soft spot for leather– faux leather to be exact- but what can I say? Maybe there’s a tiny bit of a dominatrix in me waiting to get out?

PPS: I didn’t have the time –read: I was lazy- to photoshop my head out of these pics. So I’m sorry if you find the omnipresence of my face to be quite disturbing. If so, just let me know and I’ll be sure to “chop off” my head next time I post any pictures of my new outfits on my blog.

… Oh yeah, and I do hope you’re still not a creepy pervert browsing the internet in search for young red-headed girls.

Jump in that jumpsuit, Girls!

Published April 30, 2013 by The Feminist

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When most people think of Spring fashion, they immediately think of flirty dresses, cool shorts and peplum skirts. Although I absolutely adore all these cute items, I can often be a bit tired of wearing these typical Spring outfits. And I’m guessing you (as a fellow fashionista) feel the same way. So why not try an amazing jumpsuit instead? Literally everyone seems to be jumping for the jumpsuit this season: Great designers like Balmain or Jason Wu and stars like Beyonce, Jennifer Lawrence or J.LO. I especially love the Miley Cyrus-jumpsuit look (although I can’t really be objective here, since she and I have the same hairdo, so I will always think that everything she wears is spectacularly high fashion! 😉 )

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The stylish options are endless! I absolutely love jumpsuits with a sexy plunging neckline or a provocative open back. That’s what makes jumpsuits so much fun: you can show some skin, but it will never ever look slutty. On the contrary, you will be the epitome of cool and chic, a Bond-girl par excellence! Other very cool jumpsuits ideas: strapless (the Jennifer Lawrence look!), accentuating your waist with a belt ( look at the Jason Wu and Balmain collections!) or a jumpsuit with sleeves (rock it like Beyonce!)

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I am normally not the kind of woman to jump (pun fully intended) to conclusions, but this time my rash conclusion is totally justified: Buy that jumpsuit, Ladies! You can thank me later 😉