vrijdag 18 april 2014

My Favorite Handbags

Even though I’m a real shoe addict, I also love pretty handbags (which girl doesn’t?) In contrary of what you might think, I don’t have that many handbags. The last few years I tried not to buy a lot of low budget bags (I just used to buy them and think, well for that money I cannot leave it!) and I tried to focus on real quality and timeless designs. In that way you really don’t need that many bags, because you can style the quality bags you purchase with so many outfits and they don’t easily get out of style.

What I find important when purchasing a bag: well it actually depends on the type of bag. A clutch or crossbody can be something funky and does not have to be very expensive; an everyday satchel needs to have a much higher quality and has to be a timeless design.
I’ve listed my favorite handbags from my own modest collection, and I use these almost all the time!

1   Michael Kors Studded Selma

My super sweet boyfriend bought me this gorgeous Michael Kors bag for my birthday and I am still so in love with this baby! Off course I gave him a heads up of what I wanted, but he choose this particular Selma model and color. The Selma has a classic design, is quite boxy and sturdy (which makes It easier to find your stuff) and is not too small, not too big. It is made out of Saffiano leather, which is very weather and usage proof and easy to maintain. It also has straps so I can wear it as a crossbody as well, which is very practical.
You have seen this bag passing by a lot, and you will still see it a lot in the future! I just can’t get enough of it!

See some outfits with this bag here & here

2             Diane Von Furstenberg Lips Embellished Clutch

One of my eye catchers: the DVF Lips Clutch! I’ve always loved Diane’s designs because they are so funky yet stylish and have a good quality. A year ago I saw this particular bag on my all time favorite blogger Wendy. I was head over heels of how she styled it and I knew this pretty bag was destined for me. So I ordered it and guess what, one week later it was out of stock! The lips clutches and wallets are a classic by DVF, but the bags itself always change from colors, materials, hardware style… every season they look a bit different, so it’s always sort of a limited edition. These are some current styles that are available right now: leopard, quilted white & black, black snake, gold
What I love about this bag: it’s fun, but versatile. It spices up a very simple outfit and the combination of black and gold is very easy to combine with many outfits. You can remove the straps to wear is as a clutch or keep the straps to wear it as a crossbody. Even though it’s small, it’s perfect for your essentials if I go out for dinner, a party or a stroll in the sunlight.

See some outfits with this bag here & here

3             Sac d’Anvers Camel Tote

This is already an oldie, but I still like it a lot. It’s not really from a brand, but the design is very simple and popular. It’s 100% real leather, made in Italy and it’s the perfect camel color. After 4 years it still looks very good, and I’ve used it many times! The handles are larger so I can wear it on my shoulder or just carry it on my arm. 

See some outfits with this bag here & here

4             & Other Stories Camera Bag

This was my most recent bag purchase and I was able the score this one on sale! I had been looking for a pretty camera bag and I stumbled upon this lovely design from & Other Stories. This is actually not a real camera bag, but thanks to the boxy design it fits my camera + an extra lens! I also use this bag as a normal bag, so it’s actually a 2 in 1 bag :D
& Other Stories had pretty and good quality bags so I will definitely be buying another one in the future!

See some outfits with this bag here & here

5             Mellow Yellow Black Sequined Clutch

When I was in France last Summer I came across the Mellow Yellow store. I already liked this French brand because of their beautiful shoes, but this clutch caught my eye. I was looking for a gold sequined clutch at that time, but I also liked this black version. Simple, but always elegant and off course… sparkly! :)

See some outfits with this bag here & here 

6             Silis Silver Satchel

Another favorite is this silver bag from the Belgian brand Silis called “the coolbag”. It looks a lot like the well-known Cambridge satchel, but it has it’s differences in colors, materials, seizes and details (Silis has studded styles, die-cut,..). I picked out the bag in Silver, such a glam style! Though it is a small bag, you can fit a lot in it! I carried it around all the time last summer, and I will also do that this summer!

I also loved this bag in neon pink or yellow, but the Silver one is easier to combine and was also very eye catching. So I thought I would start out with a more neutral color and buy a second one in a bright color if I was satisfied with it. Let’s see what I can find this summer!

See some outfits with this bag here & here 

7             Primark Nude Studded Clutch

To be honest, I’m not a huge Primark fan. I rarely buy clothes because the quality isn’t how I like it, but I do like to check out the jewelry and accessories. Especially for going to festivals or for going out, if the item gets damaged it’s really not a big deal. That’s also the reason I bought this clutch: perfect to go out for drinks and the design was actually very pretty, the perfect nude tone. When I go out people always spill drinks on me (seriously, I think I attract those kind of things) or stand on my feet (I have seize 36!) so I don’t like to use my good bags and shoes for that. The funny thing is that I haven’t found a quality clutch that I like as much as this one, so I actually use it a lot more than I thought I would!

See some outfits with this bag here & here 

Here’s a sneek peek of the upcoming outfit post, featuring this clutch ;-)

Oh and before I go, I want to congratulate my little sister, because today is her Birthday! Happy 23th B-day my love <3

This has been a long post, but I hope you enjoyed reading it!

Do you like my selection of bags? What’s your favorite? 



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woensdag 16 april 2014

Home Decoration: My Bedroom

A few months ago I showed you girls my living room (see it here) and at that time I didn't know our plans to build our own loft would become real so quickly. Right now we already gave our notice for our current apartment and we will be moving before summer. I’m getting scared just by writing about it, haha!

It feels a bit weird to show you our bedroom right now, but I still wanted to give you guys an idea of what it looks like right now. It will be fun to see the difference if I show you the new bedroom! Now let’s start the tour..

Our bedroom is quite spacious and we have a lot of big windows. I love it when the sunlight shines through the curtains on a Sunday morning; I wake up feeling fresh and happy! During the week I’m already driving to my work when the sun is rising, such a shame…

The bed is actually the bed I already had when I still lived at my parents’ house. I loved the girly design at that time, but now I’m looking for something more mature. I still think it’s pretty though!

I really wanted to have a light color in the room, so we choose for sky blue and I really love this color! The other walls were painted in a different color to focus on the sky blue wall. 

On the dresser opposite of the bed I have a large jewelry “box”. It’s not really a box, but more of an organizer you normally use to collect your mail and such things.. As you can see I don’t use it for that. I like to use things in a different way than they were meant to, maybe that’s a bit weird? :D  Anyway, besides jewelry I also store my perfumes in this organizer. My necklaces are hanging on the sides of the organizer, because they are too pretty to put away, don’t you think?

Our nightstands are one of my favorite features of the bedroom; I love it that we have 2 completely different nightstands. Who ever said they have to be identical? This gives the bedroom a lot more character. Can you guess which side is mine?...

… It’s the left one! ;-) I choose a very elegant table with round shapes and I put a basket on the lower shelf with some books, magazines and other stuff. On top of the tablet I have a jewelry box decorated with roses, my favorite books by Lauren Conrad and a lamp.  

My boyfriend has a white angular nightstand, it has a weathered look and the paint is cracked so it looks a lot more masculine than my nightstand. You can see a very old picture of us and don’t worry, that’s my jewelry next to it :D

And last but not least, my wardrobe! This closet only contains my clothes; my boyfriend’s clothes are hanging in a different closet in another room. Here’s a little peek of what’s in it, but the closet is actually too small. I really want to have a better overview of my clothes.

And that’s it! I’m definitely going to miss this bedroom, but it’s time for something new. I love decorating, so I’m happy to create a different bedroom :)

What do you think of my bedroom?  



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maandag 14 april 2014

Blossom Tree : Burgundy Dress & Nude Tones

If we’re talking colors, burgundy is one of my favorite fall/winter colors to wear, but combined with soft and light colors, it can easily be worn during spring/summer time as well. I picked out my beloved nude colored Choo’s to go with the dress, and added a nude colored belt with golden studs. To not completely accessorize in nude/beige tones I took my DVF lips clutch with me. I love the golden details; it makes it easier to combine this clutch with other colors and pieces that also include a little gold. I’d rather worn my white blazer on this outfit, but I was heading to a diner party and Sara + food + drinks + white is not a good combination apparently. I would not want any food stains on my crisp white blazer!

Do you like to wear burgundy during spring?


Dress Vila (similar here & here)
Blazer H&M
Belt Mango (also loving this design)
Shoes Jimmy Choo
Clutch Diane Von Furstenberg (similar)
Earrings New Look (old)

Pics by Stéphanie

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vrijdag 11 april 2014

Liège Shopping Haul : Zara, H&M & Bershka

I told you in my previous post that I was planning to go wild at the Zara store, because there are so many beautiful items in the new spring collection! Unfortunately you can never find the full collection in one store, so I wasn't able to find my complete wish list (and maybe that’s a good thing!). I did find the gorgeous floral print trousers I was looking for and these light khaki skinny trousers.

Also on my wish list: a minty basic long sleeved t-shirt with boat neck (Zara basic t-shirts have great quality) and this eye catching multicolored statement necklace. Gorgeous to wear on a basic t-shirt or dress!

My quest for a nude colored shirt has been very long, because they always are way too big and too long for me. At H&M I scored this nude shirt which is the same model as my khaki colored shirt I bought last summer (view it here). The fitting is just perfect for me! The right length and not too loose so I don’t drown in it. I actually wanted to have this shirt in cobalt blue as well, but that wasn't available. I bought this t-shirt instead, but I’m very pleased with it! Another purchase it the grey cardigan with lace on the back. I love you can just throw this on, it looks kind of casual but the lace is an elegant detail. 

Not on any wish list, bit way too cute to ignore; this soft peachy Bershka sweater with lace details.

And the things I did not find in stores? Well, I bought them online :) the one's who follow me on instagram already saw a sneek peek of my online purchases, so click to see them too.

What do you think of my purchases?



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woensdag 9 april 2014

Bienvenue à Liège: Soft Neutrals & Ripped Jeans

Do you also have those places you used to visit a lot but then you kind of forgot about it and you don’t return there for years? Liège (Luik) is one of those places for me. When I was younger we spent a lot of time there, not only for shopping but for Sunday trips as well. As I live very close to the French speaking border of Belgium (it’s like a 5 min. drive for me), Liège is also not that far away, so my friend Natalie and I decided to visit the city for a nice day of shopping. Main reason: the Zara stores in Maastricht and in Hasselt (the 2 bigger cities we live closest to) are temporarily closed for renovation works, and as I was planning to completely go wild at Zara (I mean, how gorgeous is the new spring collection?!). Liège was the closest city with a decent Zara store, so off we were!

It was a fabulous day with lots of sunshine, so I wore something very light with soft colors. I love wearing nude and white tones, but in a country like Belgium with very unstable weather, it’s hard to wear. Every bit of sunshine is a good excuse for me to wear many light colors! The nude shirt I’m wearing is a very old piece and I bought it on sale for 5 EUR. I loved the retro look and ruffle details. I also put on my cream colored All Stars, which is very unlike me because I rarely wear sneakers! I always combine sneakers with something more sophisticated like an elegant shirt or a blazer to bring balance in my outfit and to make it more “me”. On my lips I wore a bright pink lipstick to have that pop of color!

Do you like to wear light colors?   



Top H&M (similar
Blazer Zara (similar
Jeans Hollister
Shoes Converse 
Bag Michael Kors  
Sunglasses Roberto Cavalli (similar here & here)

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