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The ugly thruth about "natural" beauty brands.

Mar 24, 2017

"Oh, yes, all our products are completely natural!", the sales lady from Skins Cosmetics assured me while enthusiastically bobbing her head. So I bought a concealer from a brand called Ellis Faas. I didn't know the brand, so I probably should 've asked to have a look at the packaging so I could check out the ingredients, but I trusted on the kind sales lady's judgement instead. WRONG!

Let's all stop pretending that fashion is dying.

Feb 17, 2017

Punk is not dead, but neither is fashion. 'Yeah, duh!', I hear you say, 'the fashion weeks are going on warp speed as we speak!' Then why do I feel the need to state that obvious fact? Several reasons really. The first one is that exactly 2 years ago Dutch trendwatcher Lidewij Edelkoort declared the death of aformentioned with appropriate pathos. And though I quite agree with her complaints about the fash bizz (being that nowadays clothes are merely meant for generating likes and not for wearing, and that quantity over quality results in poorly made garments with a sadly short life span), I do not see why these defects should mean the end of a sociological mechanism that is about as old as mankind itself.

Ever since Edelkoort made her bold statement, fashion editors and bloggers around the world seem to have deemed it fashionable (insert grunt here) to parrot her apocalyptical words. If you remember, around that same time the minismalist look was all the rage. One wouldn't wanna be caught dead in any colours but black, beige and grey and the understated Céline look was basically the epitome of style. So naturally, declaring trends to be silly, fleething and whimsical things which were generally passé was very bon ton. Timeless classics were supposed be all anyone would wanna wear for like ever. So that was it. The end of fashion.

But, fashion being fashion, this monodrobe trend quickly made way for more a quirky fashion, filled with 90's pop-culture references and skatestyle elements. Prompting influential fashion sites such as Man Repeller to state that we were now officially in The Era of Personal Style and fashion magazines to conclude that 'there are no more trends!' and 'anything goes!'. Oh, right, so just because there is no more appropriate skirt lenght of the season - like since the sixties - , there are no more trends?! What about pink, ruffles, loafers, jeans with uneven hemlines, hoop earrings, chokers, teddy and lammy coats, gucci belts, band T-shirts, block heeled ankle boots, and need I go on?

Vetements popularity only seems to have fortified popular belief that fashion is dying or at least majorly changing. And I'll admit, the brand is doing quite a lot of things differently. Like emphasizing the cloting itself and not the glitter and the glamour or the marketing talks, or like actually selling the clothing that they show on the runway or like making just two collections per year instead of four. But then again they're not the only ones who got sick of the fashion bizz's killing tempo (Raf Simons for instance quit Dior for that exact reason and Azzedine Alaïa only holds fashion shows when he feels like it). No, in fact, with their well known ugly aesthetics that aims on our urge for clothes that feel fresh, mixed with enough streetwear elements to make the newness accessible to a large group of people, Vetements couldn't embody fashion more than it does. And judging by its enormous influence on what high street stores are selling and what people are wearing, fashion really couldn't be more alive. Demna Gvasalia said himself that they want to give people the feeling that they belong to a group. And I ask of you now, what more is fashion than wanting to belong to certain crowd, that is just a bit ahead of all the other people? Just a bit trendier, just a bit fresher? Well, obviously, it's a lot more. But I do believe that that is the essence. That is the mechanism that keeps it going. That makes new trends emerge, and old ones get old (you know, like when to many people start wearing sneakers heels and you're like ugh, what did I even ever see in those things?!).

So yes, things might be slightly shifting in the fashion bizz, but fashion(s) will never seize to exist. And no matter how much I would like be indifferent towards trends, I'm afraid I'll never be happy as a complete minimalist.  Neither do I see myself developing an extravagant signature style that I'll be able to stick to for the rest of my life. I'm afraid I'll never be fully immune to the thrill of 'the new'. And maybe that is what's really bugging me here: That I simply don't know how I will ever fully unite my love for fashion with a conscious attitude towards our planet and other human beings.

4 remedies to fretting in bed.

Jan 13, 2017

I'm pretty confident that the occasional bed-situated fretting session is a stranger to no one. When lying in bed, all set for a safe and sound journey to dreamland, it seems only natural to let our minds wander over events that happened in the past day, or events planned for the day to come. Nothing wrong with that. It's only when wandering turns into worrying, that we've got something to worry about. Because when our mind gets stuck on repeat and our thoughts turn into a mad-paced, rambling circle dance, there is no way that we'll ever be able to get some sleep.

Fretting, worrying, cogitating. We all know it's no good, yet we all seem to do it sometimes. And once we've started, it's not easy to put and end to it! So today I'm sharing 4 tricks I always apply when the ponder monster is standing between me and my precious sleep. Now, I'm not saying they're miracle workers, but in my case, they often help.

Let's make this a year of 'less'.

Jan 6, 2017

As a new year kicks in our natural urge is often to set goals, to think of what we want to achieve this year, career wise or in life. Some people want to get new job, a new house, a new body or a new boyfriend in 2017. And usually my list is pretty darn long too, but sadly enough not many boxes tend to get ticked during the course of the year. Setting too many (and sometimes somewhat unrealistic) goals can lead to feeling pressured and ultimately dissappointed. That is why I've decided to narrow it down to one thing this time, which is to be happy with less.

We need to talk about the Lazy Girl.

Nov 25, 2016

Earlier this week a friend of mine who is way more internetfähig than me (I swear sometimes I feel like I have no idea what the kids are up to these days), brought under my attention that the 'Lazy Girl' has been a thing around the web since, well, about a year ago.

And here I was thinking I was doing something quite original and unruly, shamelessly promoting laziness like that. Turns out the net was flooding with all sorts of Lazy Girl beauty hacks, Lazy Girl memes, Lazy Girl fitness routines, Lazy Girl sex positions and whatnot. If my quick google sesh taught me anything, it was that I am certainly not alone in my quest for a life that leaves more room for doing nothing.

But the more I scrolled and clicked through my search results, to more an uneasy feeling creeped over me.

A foolproof guide to getting dressed.

Nov 18, 2016

Putting together a decent outfit can sometimes be quite a tuff nut to crack. Especially when you're battling with the mirror on an I-don't-know-what-to-wear-day. You want to exude effortless cool, and not look too put-together, without looking overly scruffy either. But everything you try on just doesn't feel right.

To avoid this quest deteriorating into a messy pile of clothes and tears of despair on the bed, I have developed a few handy guidelines for myself. You know, just a collection of stuff I've learned while travelling along the sartorial path. You're free to profit from my experience should you whish so.

5 easy and healthy breakfasts.

Nov 11, 2016

In the hustle and the bustle of the average work week a healthy breakfast often ends up dangeling at the bottom of my priority list. A quick round of surveying amongst my co-workers tought me that I am not at all alone in this. One of them contents herself with a cup of coffee and a slice of whitebread with jam, another swears by coco pops with soy milk, I myself eat peanut butter toast with a cup of earl grey most of the days, but I must say the one that opts for nothing but a nasty smelling sugary energy drink is probably the worst off.

Quite sad, since not only is our breakfast our most important meal - or so we are told - , it can also be a source of sheer joy when well executed. So, not only for myself, but also for those of you who tend to lack inspiration in the morning: I made a list of 5 easy, quick, healthy and tasty breakfasts to get us through the working week.