Back to work

After nine months out, I returned to work on Monday.
Such a massive event obviously required a new outfit, so as soon as I knew I would officially be starting again I planned a trip to Lola&Liza.

The result of my shopping trip: a dark blue dress with a pattern including many of autumn type approved colours and a gorgeous orange blazer that will work with a lot of the dresses I have in my wardrobe.

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On the day I wore the outfit with a pair of navy tights and my denim court shoes.

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The birthday collection

With my birthday little over a month away, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to my birthday collection, a series of dresses I bought over the years as a birthday present to myself, which are then worn for the first time on my family birthday party.

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It all started with this L&L dress that I originally bought in 2010 to celebrate my birthday in Madrid, together with my cousin who lives in Spain (and has her birthday on the same day as me) and my sister.
Unfortunately the trip was cancelled and this became the first dress that became a special birthday dress.

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The next year I wore this Cassis dress, which was love at first sight, effectively saving these Tamaris shoes in a shoeper shoe save. In the mean time they have been replaced by another pair of nude Tamaris sling backs.

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This Bel&Bo dress was my choice for 2013. The boots were one of my rare impulse buys, I fell in love with them because of their outside zippers.

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This dress is one of only 3 JBC items I own, since even though they always have lovely clothes often in lovely deep colours, they only seem to cater to people without boobs (i.e. not me).
In 2013 I changed jobs and no longer worked near 2 shopping centers with lots of choice in dresses. My new job however has a JBC virtually on its parking lot, so I decided to hop over there during my lunch break just for heck of it… returning with this pretty green flowery dress, which I like to pair with these flower embellished tights.

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And then last year’s dress (again an L&L dress,so the circle is round), which can easily worn with tights and boots or, as shown above, with sandals and a cardigan… A dress for all seasons, which I can only love in a dress since they’re my favourite items of clothing.

I haven’t found this years dress yet, but I still have little over a month to find one, which is plenty of time since I’ll be at home working on getting back my energy at least until the end of September.

Do you have a tradition of buying yourself a dress or something special for your birthday or another occasion?

Marlies Dekkers bra fitting

If there is one thing that I haven’t kept a secret, it’s my love for Marlies Dekkers (proof here, here and here) and the fact that a high quality well-fitting bra is important to me.
So, when you could enroll for a bra fitting session through the brands news letter, that is exactly what I did.
A little while later I received an invitation mail from Lin’s Lingerie and last Saturday I had my fitting.

I was greeted by a friendly woman who clearly loves what she does and knows what she’s doing and after a little chat about lingerie in general and Marlies Dekkers and Barbara more in dept, it was time for the real work.

First my band size was measured, this is measured at band height just below your bust and gives you the number in your bra size.
Then my cup size was measured, this is measured on the fullest part of your breast and gives you the letter in your bra size.
To round up the measuring part the prefect model for me was determined as a balcony or plunge balcony model, based on my breast volume and breast implantation on my chest.

With some extra tips on the best way to put on a bra and how to correctly wear it (the band should always be parallel to the floor and the straps should not dig into your shoulders) I was then shown some models that would suite me best and I decided to take the Oriental Morphosis home…

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Because it was a fitting session, I was sent home with a fitting kit containing amongst other things a perfect fit card, a voucher for 5 EUR (which I immediately spent on the above bra) and a lovely tape-measure.
I was further spoiled by the shop owner with some extra goodies like a choker and a beach bag.

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It’s good to get confirmation that I am still wearing the correct bra size (although it is recommended to measure up every six months or so) and that so far I’ve chosen the right model, so I can continue to buy the right size over at Vente Exclusive when they have another Marlies Dekkers sale.
However, since I was welcomed so heartily and helped out so generously I will most definitely return to Lin’s Lingerie (which is located in Lede a mere 15 min drive from my door) in the future.

It’s that time of the year…

…where my ankle acts up and I can only wear flats (or kitten heels on good days).
Unlike a few years back, when I attempted to murder my toe, my collection of flats has grown quite a bit and I’m no longer restricted to these 3 strappy Le Routard numbers.

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Or these 2 pairs of Mary Janes, that look exactly the same but really are a navy blue and black pair (and yes, I have at one point turned up at work wearing one of each because my blurry eyed self hadn’t noticed the difference in the morning… That ‘ll teach me to leave my shoes lying around instead of putting them back in their boxes when I take them of… Or not…)

I now have a rainbow of these very versatile beauties (and yes, I’m still too lazy to get them all out again to include the lilac pair, of which I already proven the existence right here).

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And of course my silver “princess” sandals and their replacements, because the Tamaris silver strappy sandals arrived last week and they were indeed silver and strappy and a perfect fit, so my Silver Sandal Search is over (for now…)

So, even though I do miss my heels, this time around you won’t hear me complain (very much) that I don’t have any shoes to wear for the occasion…

Jump from paper

When I first saw the Jump from Paper bags, I didn’t quite know what to think of them:fascinating, slightly creepy and how on earth does anything fit in those purses???
Yet I still kept going back to look at the Martini-bag, cause honestly a bag that combines polka dots and my beloved black and red combination… What’s not to love.

After seeing the Ballerina-bag live and seeing how much fits in there, I was certain: I want that Martini bag!

So when the nice people over at Sobaggy announced a 30% sales discount on the whole Jump from Paper collection it was only a matter of a few clicks before the bag was ordered… And delivered the next business day (with a nice card and a bag of vanilla and coconut flavoured popcorn, which I’ll share with my friends during the next roleplaying session).

And here she is, isn’t she lovely?

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How do you feel about the 2D-look of this handbag? Are you tempted to buy one?

The Silver Sandal Search

As I mentioned in my latest wishlist update, I’m looking to replace my silver “princess” sandals.

As per usual I pop in and out of shoe stores each time I pass one, but I also regularly look into all the shoe sales over at Vente Exclusive.

A little while back there was an Hypnosi sale, where I spotted a pair of sandals that ticked all the boxes: flats, silver and strappy…

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So, I decided, for the very first time in my life to order shoes online…
Because they have really good return conditions and because I didn’t know the sizing of the brand I even decided to order them in two sizes.

The shoes arrived for pickup last week on Saturday and since I needed to pop out to the store for some groceries I picked them up straight away.

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Great was my disappointment when they turned out to be bronze rather than silver while at the same time they were just as strappy as I like and fitted perfectly without irritating the old scars of an operation from years ago.
Oh cruel faith…

I contemplated keeping them, since I used to not like silver coloured shoes either, but in the end I decided to send them back anyway…
I know myself, if I’m not instantly wowed by a pair of shoes (or if they are not the only pair on earth that I can wear at the time), I probably won’t wear them. So I decided to continue my search…

In the mean time there is a Tamaris sale is on going at Vente Exclusive and if the below sandals fit and are as silver as they appear in the picture, my search may be at an end… To be continued somewhere in the next two weeks…

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Have you ever bought shoes online? And have you ever been disappointed because they were perfect except for the colour?

That time I put my bankcard in the bank notes slot

I had been wanting to go to Yves Rocher for a while now, cause even though I found replacements for the more urgent stuff at bol.com, my shopping list was getting longer and longer.
So, when the job hunting housemate told me he had a job interview almost next door to the Ghent Zuid Shopping Center, I decided to give him a ride and pop in and out of 2 or 3 stores while he did his interview.

Apart from Yves Rocher, I wanted to visit L&L to redeem the shopping budget I won with the scratch card two weeks ago and I wanted to pop by Essenza to check out their tea selection.

First stop: Yves Rocher, where it turned out that from the fruit mask line I always use, they no longer have the pomegranate version. They still have the Cranberry version but I still had a bottle of that at home, so I searched for an alternative since I like to vary between masks because of my very sensitive skin.
I ended up buying a cream mask (a type of mask I haven’t used before) for dry skin since I couldn’t find a sensitive skin mask.

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I did however find the teal coloured self sharpening eye pencil I was looking for and a teal coloured nail polish, win!

Since they didn’t have any pocket-size sunscreen or nail brushes, my next stop became Kruidvat. Where I bought a small bottle of their SF 50+ kiddie sunscreen since none of the other options had a high enough SPF factor for my ridiculously sensitive skin.
I combed out the very messy, overly warm and crowded store for a nail brush; but instead of finding one I almost fainted, which was my cue to go to the checkout counter and leave.
I did however find the brush over at Hema.

Next step L&L, but unfortunately their Ghent Zuid store is rather small and was rather crowded because of the sales, so I left almost straight away, because I started feeling faint again… not good!

By that time I really didn’t feel like popping into Essenza anymore, so in stead I chose out one of the taverns to have a drink and a bit of a read while I waited for my housemate, who was a bit worried that I looked a bit tired and extremely white by the time he arrived…

He was right about me being tired though. So tired even that down in the parking garage I managed to put my bankcard in the bank notes machine.
I managed not to panick (go me!) as the machine never really swallowed nor spit out my card. I even had the presence of mind to poke around a bit to force the machine to either swallow or spit out my card. Lucky for me it did the lather and I could continue my payment and get home (with a little stop over at Brantano to return a Skunkfunk order from over at Vente Exclusive since they size rather small).

Needless to say that I only did one thing  when I got home: throw myself on the couch for a long nap.