goodbye-loafers

Yes, I just quoted a James Blunt song and it’s totally appropriate as I just found a hole in the sole of one of my loafers. At first I was like: “nah, just something stuck to it.” But upon closer inspection I had to conclude that it was indeed a hole *insert Kim Kardashian West’s ugly cry*. I don’t think it can be fixed. And to be honest, they were starting to look a little worn out as well. Which comes as no surprise as I have been wearing them nonstop during spring, summer and the beginning of fall since 2015. Thankfully they lasted me a good two years despite not being very expensive. I initially bought a fairly cheap pair because I wasn’t sure they would become a wardrobe staple.

Needless to say, they have proven useful and they definitely need to be replaced. Which is easier said than done because I’m extremely picky when it comes to shoes. I’m not lying when I tell you I scrolled through pages and pages of simple black loafers just to find a few pairs that meet my requirements. But perhaps it’s wiser to stick with the classics? I’m still undecided and not entirely sure if I’m willing to spend a large amount of money on them but I feel as though their quality will eventually pay off. Also, recently I have been settling for cheaper options in regards to clothing and accessoires and it only leads to me buying more. I really want to go back to my original philosophy; quality over quantity. In the end, a much more satisfying way of purchasing.

If you have any experiences with the shoes below, please share!

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From left to right, top to bottom: G.H. Bass Weejun loafers, Gucci Jordaan loafers, Tod’s Gommino City loafers and Church’s Pembrey loafers

selection summer shoes

Even though we are almost halfway through summer and we can only hope for a few more sunny days before fall arrives, I thought I’d share my favourite summer shoes with you. The Castañer espadrilles are my latest purchase and although shown in navy in the image above, I decided to exchange them for a black pair instead. So much for being adventurous. But looking at my wardrobe they will be much easier to mix and match with the garments that I already own.

The second pair is very reminiscent of Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s Sophie sandal. I adore her shoes but I simply cannot justify the price (with additional shipping and taxes). Luckily these sandals are just as simple and chic. Both pairs of shoes have a moderate heel and are extremely comfortable. I can’t -or won’t actually- do anything higher than 5-6 cm to be honest. Design and comfort are equally important for me when it comes to purchasing shoes, that’s why the vessi waterproof shoes for women is a great option for me.

The pair that gets the most wear though are my loafers as you can probably tell from the picture. I bought them two years ago and I reach for them whenever the weather allows it and I know I will have to walk a lot. They’re also the pair of shoes that I find are the most work appropriate. I can get away with all kinds of sandals but I don’t like the idea of showing so much foot in a work environment (but maybe that’s my dislike of feet in general speaking).

With the recent addition of the Castañer espadrilles I won’t be needing any new shoes soon. I’m set for all kinds of occassions. But as we all keep a secret wish list; one shoe that has been on my mind for years is the classic Chanel two-tone ballet flat. I regret not purchasing them years ago when they were somewhat more affordable. But alas, such is life, money doesn’t grow on trees etc. I’ll just keep on dreaming!

What is your ultimate summer shoe?

wardrobe essentials the white shirt

Search on Google for ‘wardrobe essentials’ and you will surely come across a list that mentions the white shirt. I used to own a couple of white shirts, a long time ago. Currently I only own two shirts; a striped one and a navy silk one. The first must be at least eight years old. I rediscovered it after our move and have been wearing it at least once a week. A tucked-in shirt and a pair of jeans combined with loafers. That is what you will find me wearing all through summer when the weather doesn’t allow for t-shirts and sleeveless tops. The only thing that I would like to add to that selection of shirts at the moment, is a classic white shirt.

What I love most about the classic (white) shirt is that it’s versatile and incredibly easy to style. Once you have decided on what type of shirt you are looking for, that is. For summer I particularly like a light and breezy linen shirt but cotton and silk may be more suitable for a work environment. And nothing beats the luxurious feel of silk. Of course, there is also the fit. I personally prefer my shirts straight and slightly oversized so the seam of the shoulder hits the corner of my shoulder bone or just a few millimeters over it so it balances out my silhouette. For a casual look I’ll roll up the sleeves. For a more formal look I like to pair it with a blazer.

The options and combinations are endless so I’m having a hard time deciding. All I know is that it needs to be as simple as possible; no flashy buttons, no pockets and definitely no prints or ruffles (what is this trend?). If you have any recommendations for shirts, please share.


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Ah yes, if you have been reading this blog for a while you must know that spring and summer are my most dreaded seasons when it comes to wardrobe planning. However, last year I think I did a good job in regards to planning and purchasing new clothes. My list consisted of three potential purchases but I only ended up with two; a black camisole and a pair of high-waisted white trousers. The latter made me realise that I don’t have to wear jeans all summer, solely out of habit, and that they’re a great alternative for skirts and dresses which I rarely wear.

I did succumb to fast fashion once again (will I ever learn?). I’ve come to realise that I very much prefer to invest in clothes and accessories that I can wear all year round instead of just one season. So summery trousers are not something I’m willing to spend a lot of money on. But, as always, they do need to meet all of my requirements; natural fabrics, machine washable, high-waisted for the illusion of longer legs and preferable wide-legged. We all have our problem areas (even if they’re only visible to ourselves) and mine are my thighs or better said, those darn saddlebags. So I try not to emphasise them when I wear something tucked into my trousers. Straight or wide trousers are my best option.

I tried several options such as these and these but I finally fell for the green trousers below. I have to admit though, I left the tags on because they’re a bit trendy and out there for me personally (you can see me wearing them here) and we have only been blessed with two warm days so far. But if I do keep them, I have my summer wardrobe sorted. I have compiled a few collages of how I would wear them with garments and accessories that I already own. What do you think? Yay or nay?


From left to right, top to bottom: Byredo Black Saffron perfume (€110) , H&M trousers (€50), Straw hat (similar here), black loafers (similar here), Samsoe & Samsoe camisole (old)

From left to right, top to bottom: Yoisho straw bag (€30), H&M trousers (€50), Escentric Molecules, Molecule 01 perfume (€90), &Other Stories sandals (sold out), Adam Lippes t-shirt (€100)