Polished

I usually do not look “polished”* (my flatmate does though, like all the time and I really envy her for that…)

The main reason I don’t look polished is I don’t try enough. I have never done a manicure in my whole life, never been to a beautician to wax or have my eyebrows shaped, never had a massage, never visited a spa. (I started yoga though this year and I keep going, before you all start throwing stuff at your screen.)

The reason for all the above is mainly my unwillingness to spend money on these things, as I believe (at least so far) that I managed rather well on my own.
I’ve recently started changing my mind though, but this is the content for another post….this one is about a few tricks I have to look polished immediately.

I do have a few tricks though that really make a difference for me:

1. Straight hair: I have lots of curly hair, but not too curly so that I need to visit a salon every time I want a perfectly straight scalp. Don’t ask me why, but straight hair makes me feel and look instantly more seriousĀ (could be from when I was a young girl and people thought I was older when I carried my hair straight). Don’t get me wrong, I love my curly hair, but once or twice a month, when an important meeting or event is happening at work, I might give them a spin.

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2. Red nail polish: Funny how nail polish makes me feel “polished”. I bite my nails, so applying nail polish for me is not just a matter of vanity. It’s also a way of saying to myself “well done petite Bruxelloise, you made it through a week without your fingers in your mouth!!!” And although there is a huge variety of colours out there to choose from, I think the most elegant one has been is and will continue to be RED. (I must admit the nudes are also something I like very much to look polished, but helas! They require perfectly manicured hands, something I have not mastered still).

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3. An all-black outfit: I know, I know, boring, boring, boring! But with the right accessories, everything can become more interesting. And nothing tells me “put together professional girl” to me than an all-black outfit (preferably with heels :) )

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4. Lingerie: This is a strange one as technically noone sees it on weekdays, at least before 8pm… It is incredible though how inspiring and empowering it can be to wear nice underwear – makes me feel like the well-groomed girl I ought to be, and also someone ready for anything coming her way!!

e204f354eea8a36bfec395c838531cae5. A nice pair of shoes: Ok, you must have seen this one coming. You might be wearing the worst outfit ever and just because your shoes are fabulous, you instantly become “stylish”. A pair of black pumps is like the Messiah for difficult shoe situations – they can save every single outfit from limbo. But pretty is not enough, shoes also have to be well-maintained, clean and fresh in order to be able to work their magic. And that’s the tough part!

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*Polished meaning like I didn’t just get out of bed

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Friday office look.

These shoes are killing me – both in a good and in a bad sense! I love them so much, but I still need to get used to them…which means wearing them a lot around the office, so I can actually break in them!

This is what I do every time I buy a new pair of heels – I take them to the office for trial walks around the flat and carpet-covered floors, before hitting the streets of the village (aka Brussels).

The truth is I miss the nice London pavements so much! Where a girl could actually wear her heels and walk happily around….Brussels is one of the worst places in the world to do that….

Hope you’re all well and getting ready for a nice weekend!

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Anthrofave

There is one hashtag that has been haunting my Pinterest feed for weeks now: #Anthrofave.

The best of Anthropologie, this magical brand which to me is a little bit more than just fashion – it is a lifestyle.

From shoes and clothes to accessories and home decoration, this hashtag has really offered my major inspiration during the past few weeks. Hope it serves the same purpose for you as well :)

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What I need from…#22

…Anthropologie.

The October edition.

Anthropologie is one of this brands that did not exist where I grew up. And do not exist in the village (aka Brussels). And did not know of when I lived in London (don’t ask me why).

But it is definitely one I’ve learnt to love and visit as often as I can, most recently during my trip to New Orleans, where autumn clothes look good but feel just a little bit too warm.

Now thaat we have a proper fallin Europe, and coats and knits are starting to make their appearance in our closets bit by bit, I went back to Anthropologie to look for warm colours that mix perfectly with autumn leaves.

I have to admit, surely but slowly I’m getting into a romantic mood, which is a pleasant surprise for me. For usually when the weather changes, melancholy gets to me more than anything else.

I’m gonna say something really cheesy now but life has taught me that it is really true what they say: in order for something new to come to our life, we have to make space. And this is done only by leaving something else behind.

Change.

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Is it fall? Then, it’s preppy

Autumn in the city. Yep, cold(er) temperatures are finally here, the inevitable weekend which we spent covered under blankets watching The Age of Innocence (for the third time, cry score: 100%) came and gone and winter clothes came out of their hiding.

If I had to choose one style to go about these chilly rainy days of the village (aka Brussels), it would be preppy. Because it looks polished, but not too formal, feminine, but not too girly, and because I love plaid :)

All pictures from Pinterest.

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