the-art-of-giving

This gift guide may seem a bit early for some, but not for us Dutch people who also celebrate Sinterklaas on the 5th of December. I always enjoy the festive stuff that comes with the holiday season. The food, decorations (can I put up my christmas tree already?) and gifts of course. Above you’ll find a few things that I wouldn’t mind receiving, so consider this guide a personal wish list as well. Some items are affordable, others a bit more expensive. But you should be able to find something similar for a much friendlier price.

1. H&M paddle hair brush (€7,99). This hair brush comes in two sizes. The smaller one is perfect for carrying around in your bag in case of emergencies. If you have a little more to spend though, you can never go wrong with the iconic Mason Pearson brush ($190). 2. Diptyque Scented Oval ($45). I’m sure most of us are familiar with Diptyque’s scented candles and perfumes, but why not take it a little further to your closet or drawer? 3. Byredo Gypsy Water oil roll-on ($78). That’s a lot of money for such a small amount right? But with perfumed oils a little goes a long way. Fresh yet woody, this oil is inspired by smoky campfires and pine forests with hints of Bergamot, Amber and Vanilla. 4. Yves Klein framed art print ($236). Allposters.com (or .nl if you’re from the Netherlands) offers a wide range of posters and prints. My personal favourites are the art prints, such as the one above. It’s so easy to order a beautiful print and frame it yourself. 5. Various Projects key tag ($15), for the best selection of clean and simple key tags. You can choose from an endless amount of options but you can also customise your own tag.

6. Fashionology tiny silver hoop earrings (€10). I’ve said it before and I will say it again; I love delicate jewellery. I’ve been wearing the same silver studs for over 4 years and these hoops would be a nice change. 7. A.P.C. room spray ($35). Perfect for those of us who are not that much into candles (or are likely to burn their house down). Toumbac is my preferred scent of the four options with fleur d’oranges as a close second. 8. Smythson Panama notebook ($80). A great gift for him or her. A luxurious leather notebook with embossed gold lettering. It doesn’t get more extravagant than that, I guess. Of course Moleskine offers great and practical notebooks for just a fraction of aforementioned price. 9. Fashionology tiny tag necklace (€50). A solid sterling silver necklace for everyday wear. 10. Comme des Carçons leather wallet ($197). I’ll be the first one to admit that it’s a hefty price tag for a wallet. But trust me when I say that these are indestructible and will last you many years. I already own the one pictured above and I highly recommend it!

Do you have anything on your wish list for Sinterklaas or Christmas?

everlane

Oh dear, it seems as though Christmas has arrived early in the form of temporary international shipping by Everlane. From today until Sunday November 22, Everlane is shipping to 50 countries for a flat rate shipping fee of $15. Truthfully, I’m excited and slightly bummed at the same time. I’ve been contemplating a purchase for months, maybe even a year already, but now that I finally get the chance I feel a bit overwhelmed. I just spend a good amount on my A.P.C. bag and I would feel terribly guilty to spend yet another large sum of money on clothes etc. And also, if I do decide to make a purchase, what am I supposed to get and which size do I need? It’s all so good!

One of the things that’s on my mind is their cashmere turtleneck. Remember, I posted one in my fall/winter wish list post. The price seems quite reasonable but I like my sweaters a bit oversized and the large size in black is all sold out. So now I’m wondering if I should get it in medium. I compared the measurements to my Uniqlo sweater, which I find perfectly oversized, and it seems as though the Everlane sweater in medium is even a tad larger in the chest area. Should be fine right? Ugh, sometimes I hate shopping online especially when it’s so difficult to return something and I’m not sure about the sizing. At least I still have a couple more days to decide. For now I’ll leave you with some of my favourites. Oh and please let me know if you have any recommendations!

a.p.c.-half-moon-bag

Ah, the A.P.C. Half Moon bag. If you have been reading my blog for a while now, you probably know that this bag has been on my mind for quite some time. Heck, I even mentioned it in my very first blog post. Did I need it? Honestly, no. But clearly, I lack a considerable amount of self-control when it comes to bags and also, it’s absolutely gorgeous! I’ve been carrying it for two weeks straight and even though the design is quite simple, it’s gotten a lot of compliments already. It’s also a lot sturdier than my Céline trio bag and less prone to scratches. So I feel much more relaxed carrying this little one. Now that I finally added this beauty to my bag collection, I can’t think of any other bag I would like to own (except for the Céline box bag, which is not even remotely within reach, but a girl can dream, right?).

On an entirely different note, my grandmother asked me what I would like receive for Sinterklaas (a Dutch holiday somewhat similar to Christmas) and I’ve been thinking about asking for a Tiffany bean necklace in the smallest version. I think it would be nice to own a piece of timeless jewellery that will remind me of my grandparents. That said, I also love the Diamonds by the yard necklace, but it’s a lot more expensive so I would definitely offer to pay part of it myself (I could never accept such an expensive gift). What do you guys think?

Wearing: bag: A.P.C. (€325), coat: Filippa K Dean coat (last year), Turtleneck: H&M (old), Pants: Uniqlo x Lemaire (on sale for €49,90)

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Getting dressed is no longer stressful. Dressing up in the morning is so much easier when you know you look good because every piece of your small wardrobe works well together and fits perfectly. You no longer have to worry about trends as you naturally gravitate towards certain styles and colours that compliment each other.

Your closet is remarkably well-organized. Remember that one shirt or pair of pants that was a so-called wardrobe favourite, but after a while was completely overlooked because there were at least a million other options hanging in your closet? Fewer clothes means you don’t have to spend hours on end trying to organise an overstuffed closet as it’s already clutter free.

Quality over quantity. Buying less means saving money. Money that you are partly able to invest in quality items that you truly need and enjoy. When your closet consists of beautiful garments that you love, you will most likely have less desire to add to it. And also, you get to wear them on a regular basis. So why not buy that gorgeous designer coat that you will cherish and wear for many years to come?

Less clutter means less distractions from what’s important in life. Of course, the occasional shopping trip can be fun and relaxing, but by cutting down on frequent shopping sprees, you have more time to spend on things that truly add value to your life.