Monday, August 18, 2014

August 18th

Weather conditions in the Netherlands extremely reversed so hereby I present you an outfit in which I do not wear shorts, a summer skirt or a bikini. Instead, I wear jeans and a jacket. I made the top from scratch two years ago and I did not wear it that often since then, so it was about time to utilize it. Paired with the jacket, the jeans and the wedge sneakers, it created a casual look. To prevent the simple outfit from looking boring, I opted for accessoiries like the luxurious bag, watch and super cool aviator sunglasses.

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Jacket - River Island; Top - Made by me; Jeans - Seven Sisters; Shoes - Ash;
Sunglasses - Nueu; Watch - Triwa via 10:35

Monday, August 11, 2014

Mutual respect

Even though the people I hang out with are very very different from each other, they have one thing in common: they are open-minded. I like people who just vibe with whatever you talk about. People that do not judge. People that respect you whatever you do, even though they do not get a thing of why you do it. I always say: you don't have to agree with my decisions, you just have to respect them. That is what is important to me. Mutual respect. Whether it is in friendships, love, or business relationships. Respect is all that counts.

The outfit below is the one I wore yesterday. It was the first time I took my new boots from Invito out and obviously I carried my burgundy Tommy Hilfiger bag with me. I mean, the luxurious leather bag and the gooooorgeous suede ankle booties are just made for each other, don't you think?

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Top - Massimo Dutti; Skirt - OASAP; Boots - Invito; Bag - Tommy Hilfiger

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Optimism

When I opened my window after I woke up this morning, I did not see anything but rain and grey clouds. Somewhat different than the weather conditions you would expect when it is mid-summer. However, I was not disappointed - note that I am a sunlover (or a beach bum; or a free spirit that wants to live in a beach house in Hawai or Bali after a while; it is just the label that you prefer) and therefore bad weather is not something I personally prefer. The reason for that? I am an optimist, I see the good in everything. Every scenario has its drawbacks and benefits, it is the trick to focus on the benefits and try to deal with the drawbacks. That is more a general thing instead of a specific mindset that you should use if the weather conditions are not your cup of tea, since I - obviously - am aware of the fact that something like bad weather is not a problem. Third world starvation, war, illness. Those are problems. Anyway, I looked at the dark sky and the first thing I thought was: Yayyy, it is Sunday and I am going to have such an amazing day today! Should I go having lunch and a couple of drinks in a beach club this afternoon? Do you think that is a weird thought, given the bad weather that morning? Personally, I do not think so. I even did not think of the rain that moment. Me being an optimist ASSUMED that the weather would turn out right, that the sun would come out within a couple of hours. And if not, that is fine with me too. I will think up something else to enjoy. And that is exactly what I meant by focussing on the benefits and dealing with the drawbacks of every situation. Always try to be flexible. If your preferred option does not work, stick to a plan B. Or a plan C. That is, never throw in the towel.

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Sunglasses - Giorgio Armani; Top - Front Row Shop; Skirt - Topshop; Shoes - Asos

Saturday, August 9, 2014

No makeup and parrots

No makeup days are the best days is what they say, no? Especially when it goes along with lots of sunshine, a cute bikini, and a refreshing swim in the water..

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Top - Van Tilburg; Skirt - Asos; Bag - Furla; Sunglasses - Dolce & Gabbana

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Rachella loves ..

My phone is full of screenshots from pictures that I like. I love photography. Especially when it is food photography or travel photography. Actually, I often think in pictures. That is, when I see a unique stairway in a store - just to take an example from when I headed to the Apple store in Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago - I immediately start thinking about ways to capture it on a photograph in a beautiful way. I already see myself sitting on it in a gorgeous dress, while my photographer takes pictures from different angles. Or when I am at the farmers market buying some fruits and vegetables, I cannot stop yelling 'how photogenic those redcurrants are'. Friends often think I am crazy, but hey.. that is why they are friends with me, no? Anyway, I repeatedly scroll through the screenshots that I made but I personally think they are way too gorgeous not to share with others. I instantly get happy feelings when I look at them, and I want you to feel the same. Therefore, here is a small selection from my screenshot collection. Enjoy!

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Speedy Gonzales

This article's preparation has probably been one of the shortest in the history of my blog. Picking an outfit, doing hair and makeup: 7 minutes (and I am not kidding!!). Taking the pictures: 1 minute (there is just one picture). Preparing the picture for publishing: 1 minute. Writing the article: that is where I am now, so no precise time indication for that. However, let us say the latter will take 5 minutes, which means total preparation time equals 14 minutes. That is pretty fast, don't you think?.. (Hahaha, please don't mind the bragging)

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Shorts - OASAP; Top - H&M; Sunglasses - Giorgio Armani