Friday, September 13, 2013

Dreaming of Tiffany...

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Holly Golightly: You know those days when you get the mean reds?
Paul Varjak: The mean reds, you mean like the blues?
Holly Golightly: No. The blues are because you're getting fat and maybe it's been raining too long, you're just sad that's all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you're afraid and you don't know what you're afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?
Paul Varjak: Sure.
Holly Golightly: Well, when I get it the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany's. Calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that'd make me feel like Tiffany's, then - then I'd buy some furniture and give the cat a name!

Everybody needs a little Tiffany's in their lives, right?

Happy Friday!

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Beauty: Fall wish list

It's that time of year again. The time of changing seasons, when I feel like I have absolutely nothing to wear (doesn't that happen way too often?), when I'm bored with pretty much everything in my closet and on my beauty shelf. It must be the influence of the ongoing New York Fashion Week, which, by the way, is utterly inspiring.

One thing that really needs sprucing up right now, is my beauty routine. It feels like I've been using the same old products and colors for ages. I tend to play it safe when it comes to my makeup: a touch of grey eyeshadow here, a pink blush there, a swipe of gloss to complete the look. Gosh, only thinking of it makes me instantly bored :) I feel like autumn is the perfect moment to experiment a little bit and get out of my beauty rut, especially because the Fall 2013 collections are really stunning. Whether it's Dior with its mystic metallics, Chanel with shimmery greys and subtle khakis, or Guerlain with its purplish Madame Violette collection, I'm mesmerized by all the options available.

Below you can find my current favorites and all the things I'm dying to add to my beauty bag. I would also love to know: do you switch up your beauty routines with changing seasons? Do you have a set of favorite seasonal colors and products that you use over and over again? What is your approach when it comes to fall makeup?

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Monday, September 9, 2013

From boardroom to bar

1) M&Co. Poppy print tea dress // 2) Wallis blazer // 3) Asos Leather bowler bag // 4) Bauble Bar gold bow ring // 5) Michael Kors Bradshaw watch // 6) Jason Wu for Lancôme Rouge in Love in Sequence of Love // 7) Whistles French 75 Croc Court shoes

I was recently approached by M&Co. to guest post on their blog, and it got me thinking about the business attire and its transition from work to play. Although I don't evolve in the traditional corporate world anymore, I have quite some experience in the domain, from my time studying international relations and working at the European Commission in Brussels. This is what I did to transition seamlessly from boardroom to happy hour:

Working at the European Commission, I loved getting all dressed up for work each morning. A beautiful dress paired with a sharp blazer and a pair of patent leather court shoes was my daily uniform. And since after work drinks were a regular part of my schedule, I always made sure to have a fabulous sparkly clutch, a contrast skinny belt and a show-stopping statement necklace in my handbag. All I had to do before leaving work was to lose my blazer and adorn myself with those few playful accessories.

I’ve always described my style as feminine and classic, that’s why I have quite a collection of dresses in my wardrobe. When it comes to professional attire, cut and fit are the attributes that matter most to me. My ideal business dress offers fit and flare: it doesn’t show too much cleavage or thigh, but it still accentuates my hourglass figure. It pairs well with a classic blazer or fitted cardigan and it presents the perfect canvas for what I call happy hour accessorizing: swapping my elegant shoes for something more eye-catching, adding a pair of gem earrings and a cocktail ring or two. Stylish and versatile, that’s the definition of a perfect dress for work and play.

You can check out my full post here, and I would love to know: what is your philosophy when it comes to transitioning from work to happy hour?

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