cold weather essentials

An anonymous person asked me on Tumblr what my 5 cold weather essentials are, so I figured why not answer the question in a blogpost. I know, I’m cheating a little here but candles improve any bad weather situation so they’re not necessarily a cold weather essential.

1. Double-breasted wool peacoat from Isabel Marant (similar here)
2. Ambre candle from Diptyque
3. Cashmere cardigan from Uniqlo
4. Lambswool scarf from Acne Studios
5. Black chelsea boots from Massimo Dutti (similar here)
6. Lip balm from Kiehls or Nuxe

Now tell me yours!


Can we talk about skin care for a brief moment? I believe 100% that skin care is more important than makeup. Because the better your skin looks, the less makeup you need. And also, I’m lazy as hell and I really like to look somewhat alive when I go outside with a bare face. So even though my latest purchase, Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, may be considered a luxury by some people, I do not feel guilty when I’m spending a pretty penny on skin care products. I’m not afraid to admit that my bathroom basically resembles a Kiehl’s store with a few other classics here and there.

Admittedly, at first I was mostly attracted by the clean and apothecary-like packaging (what can I say, I’m a sucker for pretty packaging), but to my surprise it did major wonders on my skin as well. I’ve been a diehard fan of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate for years now, so I obviously had to try this as well. It does not disappoint. It’s a light-weight oil that makes your face feel insanely soft and gives it a radiant glow. And if you do decide to put on some makeup, it goes on much smoother and nicer. But don’t take my word for it, because I’m too scared to plaster my face all over the internet, and try it yourself. Kiehl’s is always very generous with giving out samples!

What are you favourite skin care products?


You know, after I published my post with that 5 piece French wardrobe update I realized that I totally forgot about the Mansur Gavriel bucket bag that I bought in March. So that makes seven purchases in the last eight months (excluding a few basics that needed to be replaced). But of course, there were also some items that didn’t make the cut:

– An Equipment cashmere cardigan which was on sale at Net-a-porter. I felt like upgrading my Zara cashmere cardigan but ultimately decided that the cardigan that I already own is perfectly fine. If Zara does another version this year, it’s worth getting!

– Ah, the A.P.C. half moon bag. I tried it on in Paris last year and then in London. But how many bags does a person really need? I keep coming up with excuses such as: I can’t wear my Céline trio bag when it’s raining because it’s too delicate, maybe this one will survive the horrible Dutch fall weather… So yeah, clearly still not over it.

– Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-texturizing Serum Concentrate. Wait, what? Yes, quite a mouthful. I tried it in one of their stores a couple of months ago, but it’s so bloody expensive. Instead I got myself a sample yesterday. Let’s hope it lasts a while.

– Juliette has a gun’s Mad Madame is an incredible scent but I’m afraid it gives me a headache after a few hours, like most perfumes. But I’m keeping the sample for special occasions #sampleabuser. Not a perfume is also nice by the way but I definitely prefer the somewhat similar Molecule 01 by Escentric Molecules.

Is there anything you had on a recent wish list that you didn’t buy? Do share.