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I have never had a professional manicure. I always walk past this one nail salon before and after work but spending €15 on a manicure that will undoubtedly last me only a few days (clumsy as I am), seems a bit outrageous. But practice makes perfect and it seems as though I do a pretty good job myself as of late. I only allow myself to wear two shades of nail polish; Mademoiselle and Wicked, both by Essie. Mademoiselle is a classic sheer pink suitable for all occassions while Wicked is a very chic deep and dark red. The latter is also a perfect dupe for Chanel’s Rouge Noir. And in case you’re wondering, I never wear my nails longer than this, but I try to take care of them using the Clear nails plus | tophealthjournal treatment. While I do admire longer nails on others, the look isn’t for me. But I find as long as your hands look well cared for, it doesn’t really matter how long your nails are.

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I love to get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes of a large fashion brand. Especially when it concerns one of the most iconic fashion houses in the world. I’m currently spending my day in bed sick and have been re-watching the making of several Chanel Haute-Couture collections. Even though I don’t consider myself a Chanel woman (not a fan of the flashy logos on their bags and I could never pull off a classic Chanel look), I do find the process of creating a new collection incredibly fascinating. The amount of time and energy that goes into each garment is absolutely mind-blowing. Each piece of clothing is made with the utmost precision and care.

You can watch the short videos here:
Fall/Winter 2013-2014Fall/Winter 2014-2015Fall/Winter 2015-2016Fall/Winter 2016-2017

If you have a little more time to spare, I also recommend the behind the scenes documentary ‘Signé Chanel’ from 2005 which shows the design process from sketch to finished product. While the Chanel Haute-Couture making of videos mostly focus on the intricate details of different garments, Signé Chanel also focusses on the designer but most of all on the people who turn his sketches into real clothes; his atelier. My favourite and, without a doubt, most interesting character is Madame Pouzieux, a then 75 year old farmer who is also responsible for the signature Chanel braids which she creates on an antique loom in her farm house. You can watch the episodes here.

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 “Red lipstick is a fashion accessory. So we won’t wear any other makeup with it. Then our hair has to be messy, our skin has to be perfect, and we’ll just wear jeans and heels because the lipstick makes the statement.” – Paris-based makeup artist Violette on French beauty, as told to Vogue.com

Nothing brightens up my face as a swipe of colorful lipstick. Additionally, it’s also the perfect way to glam up any outfit. My favourite combination: all black with a bold red lip. Although MAC’s Ruby Woo is my all time favourite shade of red, at the moment I’m slowly moving towards more subdued colours. NARS Dolce Vita is a lovely MLBB (my lips but better) sheer lipstick that I would love to add to my current collection. If you have any other suggestions that might suit my olive skin tone, let me know!

From left to right: Chanel Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle (€34),  YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Belle de Rose, L’Oréal Color Riche in Beige a Nu (€15), Chanel Rouge Coco in Rivoli (€34)

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Or any occasion you want to dress up for really. Although I’m not quite sure if the term ‘dress up’ is appropriate here, because I always feel put together to some extent. But a few minor adjustments such as a pair of pumps with a mid heel (I can’t do anything higher than 7 cm) and a classic set of pearl earrings can elevate any look. Nevertheless, it remains a fairly uncomplicated outfit. I could easily wear this to work but it’s still chic enough for a night out or a lovely Christmas dinner.

From left to right, top to bottom: Uniqlo fine merino sweater (€20), 3.1 Phillip Lim tapered trousers (€370), Tiffany pearl earrings (€250), Kiki de Montparnasse lace bra (€170), Valentino Tango pumps, Chanel Rouge Noir varnish