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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!

If I were a Boy… I would totally buy this!

Published August 3, 2013 by The Feminist

A couple of weeks ago, my brother asked me if I wanted to accompany him to the men’s department at Zara. He had set his eyes on a waistcoat on sale and wanted to hear my opinion before buying it. (I looooove playing personal shopper!) While he was twirling around in his waistcoat in front of the mirror- he looked pretty fab, I might add- I was being drawn to the men’s fall collection, completely forgetting the main goal of my brother’s shopping adventure, the waistcoat. Let me tell you something about the men’s fall collection at Zara: it is so ridiculously cool and classy that for one nanosecond I wished I could wear those clothes!

Seriously, just look at this freakily awesome, super dapper and stylish as hell black blazer with leather sleeves.

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A lot of young men out there (like my brother), for some reason, find this too classy for their age. “I’m too young to wear suits on a daily basis”, my ignorant brother bluntly stated when I ran over to him in utter euphoria with this blazer in my hand. Well, to quote Neil Patrick Harris, aka Barney on How I Met Your Mother, first of all: “It’s a blazer, not a suit.”, so you are definitely not too young to wear this one-piece-wonder. And secondly, every man, whether he is 18 (I’m looking at you, baby bro’) or 88 can rock – and should rock- a suit. So “Suit up!”

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The regular visitors of my blog will know by now that I am a fierce advocate of suit-wearing men. It is by far the best and sexiest garment a man can wear. Every time I hear someone question the importance of having and wearing a suit, I immediately jump into its glorious defense. An argument that always seems to persuade even the most skeptical of suit dummies, is when I refer to the TV- series Suits. It is witty, it is fast and all the men wear suits. It’s the best TV-series to have ever been created in the long history of TV-series. Those of you who still don’t watch it: shame on you! And those of you who do, probably know that season 3 started a couple of weeks ago. There was this one scene (was it episode 1 or 2?), in which the almighty Harvey Specter steps out of his mustang with so much flair and grace, and wearing a suit and sunglasses, that it made my knees wobble.

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Harvey Specter. A better argument to persuade suit-skeptics doesn’t exist. He is what suits (both the garment and the TV –series) are all about: he’s cool, classy, sexy, smart, smooth and dapper all at the same time. Every woman wants her Harvey Specter. Someone with great intelligence, with guts, with a sense of humour, with eloquence and last but not least with a marvelous sense of style. A suit epitomizes all these things and much much more.

Oh, and before I forget: Guys, if you buy this blazer, you should definitely buy this shirt as well. You will have to fight the women off of you, I promise!

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Dragon Days

Published June 22, 2013 by The Feminist

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This will be a rather short post since I’m incredibly busy this weekend. But I just couldn’t bare it not to post anything, so I thought I could share one of the items on my fashion wish list with y’all: this very classy, chic and incredibly extravagant Dragon Necklace from Zara.

Not only is it pretty darn cool, it is also very N.O.W. , because- in case you missed the latest fashion updates- Asian fashion is very big this summer. However, some people will think it risky to wear a kimono-inspired outfit (phuh, wussies!) so this necklace should be the perfect solution!

Moreover, this dragon necklace represents a very spiritual message I would like to give you: “Stress is an important dragon to slay – or at least tame – in your life”. (~Marilu Henner)  We all suffer from stress. It can even turn us into emotional wrecks. Although there are quite a lot of tools and techniques out there to help you overcome this very annoying dragon, I think the best way to deal with stress is just to accept it, look past it and believe in yourself. Self-confidence is the key to unlocking a peaceful emotional mindset. So don’t be scared of the dragon, be the dragon!

Very sappy, huh?! Jeeez, I know!

And while you’re out buying this mega necklace, these earring look pretty impressive as well!

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Just saying 😉

What my shopping trip looked like: hysteric crying, euphoric laughing and Audrey Hepburn trousers

Published April 12, 2013 by The Feminist

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A couple of days ago I wrote about a River Island outfit I absolutely adored. Loyal readers among you may remember I asked you all to join me in a “ cyber-telekinesis-séance kinda thing” to make sure that I would actually find the outfit in the River Island store…. (If you don’t recall making such a promise, click here )

Well, guess what, darlings? Your positive mojo didn’t work! I couldn’t find the awesome graphic leggings or the cute lime crop top! I walked through the shop yesterday like a crazy person: hyperventilating, almost bursting out into tears, mumbling to myself: “Fucking hell, it’s not here! Why is it not here?”

For a brief moment, I even felt the urge to throw myself down on the ground, shouting like a big baby.

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Luckily for me –and the other customers- I was able to get myself together and move on. I asked myself: What would Audrey Hepburn do?

And then I suddenly remembered one of my favorite fashion trends of this season. I have to admit that I tried to forget about this trend because I thought it would be “too fashionable” for Belgium. I’m talking about the check board print trend, inspired by none other than Marc Jacobs. I wrote about it some time ago (if you can’t remember, click here) and although it was love at first sight, I never thought I would be able to find anything that resembled the class and elegance from the Vuitton collection.

But then I went to Zara and totally found what I was looking for! A very elegant pair of checkered trousers! Audrey Hepburn style!

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I also found an amazing yellow sheer blouse with a black bow to go with it and some AWESOME neon pumps!

What do you think? I can almost feel Audrey Hepburn looking down from above in approval! 😉

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CHECKMATE !!

Published March 24, 2013 by The Feminist
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Louis Vuitton has done it again! The check board trend is back and celebrities are absolutely loving it. Vuitton’s designer, the ever-brilliant Marc Jacobs, gave the audience a runway experience extraordinaire this spring.  Beautiful models descended from escalators onto a yellow-white checkered runway. It was like getting a glimpse of what this world could actually look like; a vision of pure and peaceful perfection. The perfect balance between playful elegance and an edgy retro-vibe.

I am completely smitten with the colour palet of black and white with touches of bright yellow. It’s cheeky and girly, but yet so feminine and sexy. There are no words to describe Marc Jacobs’ brilliant mind. The things he designs aren’t clothes. Damn, it’s not even fashion! It is a vision. On Life, on love, on liberty.

What I’m trying to say is: CHECK out these clothes and run to the stores to start your very own eye-popping game of CHECKERS!

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Midi dress, $23 / Crop shirt, $23 / Bomber jacket / Zara shorts / Givenchy platform heels / BCBGeneration yellow heels / Zara box clutch / Quay