weekday-uniqlo-cashmere

zara-hm-cashmereFour relatively affordable cashmere sweaters for those looking to stay warm during fall. Now I know that when it comes to cashmere, you usually get what you pay for. The quality of cashmere depends on the thickness and length of the fibers. The longer the fiber, the better the quality but also the more expensive. But let’s be honest, not everyone can or wants to pay €400 for a sweater. And although I don’t mind investing some money in quality basics, I personally have some really good experiences with cashmere from Weekday and Zara. I’ve had both sweaters for over a year and they still look great. Now we only have to wait for temperatures to drop!

Top: Uniqlo (€55,40) , Weekday (€100) Bottom: H&M (€69,99), Zara (€139)

escentric-molecules-daarboven

We’ve probably all been there, standing in a perfumery or a department store, walls covered with pretty bottles, not knowing where to start. I know I always felt a little lost (and still do). So I usually chose the easy way out and opted for the it-scent of the moment; Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, DKNY Delicious, you name it. I liked the smell of course, I’m not that easy, c’mon! But they never stuck. Most scents give me a headache after a few hours and I also didn’t like the fact that I knew at least three other girls who wore the same fragrance as me (I’m such a diva. I wish you could see my Mariah hand movements. Spot on!).

Now I’m not someone who wears a different scent every day or who has a perfume for different occasions. I prefer to stick to one option until the bottle is empty. I tried to find my signature scent. You know, that scent by which you are able to recognize someone when they walk into a room. It took me a while, but I have finally found mine: Molecule 01 by Escentric Molecules. I’ve been wearing it for several years and still love it. It’s the most subtle and unusual scent that slowly develops on your skin. You can hardly smell it yourself, but the people around you can. It’s amazing, it disappears and reappears throughout the day and it’s lasting power is incredible. I’ve received so many compliments, even from people I hardly know. I bought my third bottle last week.

Are you a one-scent woman or do you like to keep your options open? What are your favorite scent(s)?

shopping-rotterdam-daarboven

Although I love the city I live in, it’s nice to visit another city in your own country every once in a while. Now I know a lot of people tend to go shopping or sightseeing in Amsterdam which is one of my all-time favorite cities too of course. But ever since I started working in Rotterdam a couple of years ago, I discovered it’s a pretty exciting city to spend your day in, with a lot of things to see and/or do. So I created a map with my favorite spots divided into 4 categories: shopping, food/drinks, art/architecture and others and added a description of three of the places you will most likely run into me (which, in most cases, is probably not a good thing). Let me know if you feel like there’s anything missing!

SKINS COSMETICS
Van Oldenbarneveltstraat 137 I website
In case you ever wondered where to buy those pretty Diptyque candles that you’re seeing all over Instagram and blogs, Skins is the place you’re looking for. A cosmetics store that exclusively sells niche brands such as Aesop, Diptyque and Byredo. But most importantly my favorite perfume, Molecule 01 by Escentric Molecules.

KOEKELA
Nieuwe Binnenweg 79a I website
Hands down the best bakery in Rotterdam when it comes to pies, muffins, bars and cookies. Or maybe I should just describe this place as Heaven. I don’t think I ever met someone from Rotterdam that wasn’t familiar with this bakery. I highly recommend the caramel shortbread, lemon meringue pie and well, pretty much everything else too.

MUSEUM BOIJMANS VAN BEUNINGEN
Museumpark 18 I website
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands. It houses a unique collection of art from the Middle Ages until today. Here you will find works by Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh, Dali and Margritte. This autumn the museum is showing an exhibition about the future of fashion with contemporary fashion designers including Viktor&Rolf, Christophe Coppens and Hussein Chalayan.

5-piece-wardrobe-basics

Before I present to you my wish list of five for this season, let’s discuss basics first. Last week I wrote about the 5 piece French wardrobe and how a high quality, well-chosen selection of basics is key to making this work. Over the years I’ve read a lot about this shopping method and some people seem to wonder what qualifies as a basic. For instance, I hardly ever wear skirts or dresses, so I don’t consider them basics but they might be for you. What’s important to keep in mind is that your basics are the items that hold your wardrobe together and make it easy to mix and match with your investment pieces (aka those 5 items you’re spending your money on).

So here is my list of wardrobe essentials:

Tops
– T-shirts in black, grey and white
– A white and black long sleeve
– A cashmere sweater or cardigan
– A white (preferably silk) shirt

Bottoms

– Black skinny jeans
– Grey skinny jeans
– Blue skinny jeans
– A pair of black trousers

Shoes

– Black ankle boots
– A pair of black flats or loafers
– Sandals
– Converse sneakers

Jackets/coats
– A trenchcoat
– Black leather jacket
– Oversized winter coat
– A black blazer

Accessories

– Medium sized black bag
– Small black/navy bag
– A delicate bracelet or necklace
– Silver watch

Pretty basic right? I could throw some of these items on and be done for the day. Admittedly, it wouldn’t be the most exciting outfit, but since I made sure I bought the best basics suited for my body, I would feel 100% comfortable, put together and myself. And to me, knowing that I look my best and not having to worry about anything, is the most important thing. Now tell me, what would your list of wardrobe basics look like? Would it be very different from mine?