acne-cardigan

I apologize if you just had a traumatic flashback to your teenage years when you read the word acne in that title. But let’s talk about the brand. I’m a huge Acne fan when it comes to their knitwear. I bought my first cardigan several years ago on sale in Antwerp. I couldn’t believe I bought something so expensive, even though I got it at 30% off. But 4 years later and it still looks like new, so needless to say it was a good investment. Over the years I bought a couple of wool sweaters and a cardigan, but I never managed to get my hands on the Raya cardigan.

I was determined to buy a grey version this year. At least, until I ran into a similar knit by H&M Trend (see detail above). Although the H&M version feels a bit thicker and heavier, the fit is almost identical (you probably can’t tell from the product pictures, but I tried them both) and if you’re careful enough, it will surely last you a couple of winters. Not to mention I saved €230, hello! I recommend washing it by hand or using the wool program on your machine, both with a laundry detergent for delicate garments and clothes. Always dry it flat, no hangers or clothes pegs because it will loose it’s shape.

Edit: Oops, it’s sold out already. But knowing H&M, they’ll probably re-stock soon.

shopping-outfit

One of the most important things regarding shopping is wearing comfortable clothes and shoes you are able to get in and out off quickly. This is an outfit I would wear when going shopping during fall/winter.

1. A.P.C. Jody sweater. Comfortable and warm. Easy to throw on.
2. Monki skinny jeans. So I can immediately see how a top or a pair of shoes will look with my daily jeans.
3. A.P.C. cross body bag. To keep your hands free at all time.
4. Givenchy boots. No laces or zippers. So no falling out of the dressing room while trying to keep your balance.
5. H&M white t-shirt. A great neutral basic when you want to try on blazers or cardigans.

PS. Writing this post made me think of all the make up stains I’ve encountered while shopping. Definitely adding this to my endless list of frustrations.

kusmi-tea

I don’t like coffee. There, I said it. Never have and never will. Luckily one of my co-workers feels the same way. She was the one to introduce me to Kusmi Tea. After she told me she ordered it all the way from Paris and it’s 100% natural with no artificial ingredients, I got curious. Must be good right? Well, it is. I tried it in Paris at Galeries Lafayette and I got instantly addicted, right then and there. Since I couldn’t decide on the flavor, my boyfriend bought me a gift set with several mini tins of their ‘must-have’ teas for my birthday.

In case you got curious yourself (those little cute tins, come on!), you can buy Kusmi Tea here. And it turns out us Dutchies no longer have to order it from Paris, but you can get it at De Bijenkorf and at &Klevering. It’s pretty expensive, but you’ve got to treat yourself every once in a while, right?

daily eyewear

Left: Specsavers Demi (€29); Right from top to bottom: Paul & Joe Phoenix (€230), Céline (€240), Ray Ban RB5227 (€133)

Even though this post is categorized under ‘small luxuries’, I’m aware of the fact that for some, like myself, glasses are a necessity (everything farther away from me than 20 centimeters is a blur, no joke!). I tried lenses for a while but I found them to be quite uncomfortable. And to be completely honest with you, I’m just too damn lazy to put them in and take them out every day in front of a mirror, messing around. So, after two years of wearing my black Ralph Lauren glasses, it’s that time again to invest in a new pair. And if any of you wear glasses, you probably know how difficult is to find that perfect pairSunglasses are different, you can buy a variety of them, switching it up every once in awhile. But glasses are a pretty big and expensive deal. They’re one of the few accessories that you wear on a daily basis for at least a year straight. And so you need to get it right (or your parents if you’re 10 years old and you think that a round bright pink/white frame looks awesome on you. No pictures, so this obviously never happened).

I usually spend a pretty penny on a new frame, so I think it’s safe to say that for me they qualify as a luxury. Obviously, a high price doesn’t always equal quality, especially when it comes to glasses, and I would be perfectly fine with a €29 frame if previous eyewear purchases didn’t show I have expensive taste, ugh! But hey, that cost per wear is down to zero in no time. Above some of my favorite ones so far (still looking). Which ones are your favorite?