Italian Diaries vol. I


"In the valley beneath where, white and wide
And washed by the morning water-gold,
Florence lay out on the mountain-side."
Robert Browning















As stated by Browning, Florence is a beautiful small city shielded by mountains. More so, it is the mecca of art and renaissance. In Florence the history follows you everyday and you can feel that some of the greatest artists of the past have breathed the same air of the dusty roads and old chapels. You don't just witness the remnants of history, but you become a part of the history. How could I not have fallen in love at first sight? The last picture is from outside the city from the Tuscan countryside. I wanted to include it because the flowers in my hair express my newfound freedom. Hopefully you will read about my Italian adventures soon.

Kiss Kiss,
J


P.s. Can we just hold a moment of silence in honor of Italian food? 




Las Dos Outfits


1.
Sweater - Zara
Choker necklace - H&M 
Belt - Mango

2.
Shirt - Bershka
Glasses - Zara
Jeans - Acne










Geneva, Switzerland















My trip to Geneva was mainly for work, which accounts for such a poor quality for the pictures (and the fact that most are taken after dark). Still, in such a short time span Geneva was able to amaze me. The city is full of important international organisations (for example, the EU department of the UN, of which we in fact got a private tour through a friend). Moreover, like any central european country, the weather could change in a blink of an eye. In one moment it would be a snow blizzard outside and in another the weather would suddenly turn into sunshine and blue skies. Most of my time was spent in the Nacion area, as that is where I worked. However, I was able to briefly visit the shopping street and the old town as well and both left me impressed. Geneva is quite small for a city and in just a few days I was able to become familiar with the tram system. I'd recommend the city for a 4-day get-away trip. One tip: Do not leave this city before dipping some bread into a cheese fondue. 


XO,

J


Paris Haute Couture Week According to Instagram


Hello my darlings! I cannot be the only one whose instagram has been invaded by the most beautiful sequins and intricate, dazzling embellishments. You know what that means? Yes that's right, it's Paris Haute Couture week! I have been quite busy these days with work and my thesis, but I thought it would still be fun to gather my favorites of the week 'as told by instagram'. (Seriously, I wish I could record my posts in audio format because now you are missing out on the Ryan Seacrest  impersonation I'm doing in my head while writing this.) 

Well, without further a do, let's get on with it!

ELLIE SAAB

Ellie Saab was my ultimate favorite of the couture week. I have already picked out a wedding dress for myself and my bridesmaids dresses for my friends' weddings. (I have suddenly become very interested in buying lottery tickets...) When you see these dresses you will understand why I am so desperate to get my hands on them. Also let us please all pray that pom pom sleeves become a real trend and us mortals can wear them too. Amen.


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CHANEL

Oh, Chanel. Chanel is the epitome of couture and I just knew that Chanel would not let me down. Get ready to 'ooh' and 'aah'. Also one can simply not leave out the iconic dress of Lily Rose Depp. Also, guys, if Chanel did pom pom sleeves too, I think we may have some hope here...  

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DIOR

One could not help but notice Dior this week, as Dior kicked things off with the amazing Dior Ball, that everyone worth mentioning attended. This year Dior took a step towards fantasy with the beautiful theme of an enchanted forest. Floaty nudes were mixed into strong floral designs and black silhouettes, weaving together a beautiful couture collection.

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GEORGES HOBEIKA

If the nature had a queen, she would no doubt wear Georges Hobeika. Hey, Georges, where can I sign up to be your flower queen? 

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GIAMBATTISTA VALLI

Oh, ruffle! The victorian barbie goes couture queen. If I was a rich house wife, I would float around my mansion in Giambattista Valli all day, sipping my 'just right' margarita. Maybe I would also take a ride on my horse to see the train of ruffles and color explode behind me as the wind would get caught on my dress.  Note that this was also Olivia Palermo's favorite. 





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XO,

J

Look book of the day

Wearing:
Jeans - basically DIY (read below)
Sweater - ASOS
Shoes - Timberland
Bag - Zara











My jeans are an excellent example of how to take something old from your closet and transform them into something new. I bought the jeans a few years back in Gina Tricot. Back then the jeans were regular straight cut jeans and had a few slits in the front. The pant was also long and rolled up. However, nature took its course on the jeans and through wear and use the slits got progressively bigger up until today when the two slits had tore up so much that I decided to go Gigi Hadid style and just make them into one big torn up hole. Since I had already been bitten by the DIY bug and was holding scissors in my hand, I decided to crop the leg of the pants asymmetrically as well, another current jean trend. When cropping or tearing up your jeans DIY, a handy tip is to use a nail file (or sand paper) to create that worn look and soften the edges of the cut if that makes sense. 

I actually got the bag I'm wearing on Black Friday but of course it happened to not be on sale. The weak bitch that I am I still couldn't put it down, so now it's mine and I haven't been happier. I hope I'm not the only one whose will power for spending wisely has been undermined this holiday season...? Ok, I am maybe over exaggerating  a little. After all, the bag was only 40e. On the other hand, 40e translates to at least 400 packs of noodles if we talk in the universal currency of university students. Still, no regrets, I'm in love with my bag. Besides, I'd rather convert my purchase to my own personal 'how-much-exactly-am-I-sacraficing-here currency': Kiko liquid lipsticks. And 40 e converts to four and a half. Ehh, ok not that bad but I did miss out on four new lipstick shades that could have really made a difference...

Anyways, that's all for this post! I hope all of you my fellow fashionistas are kicking back in style this holiday season. Remember to convert the price of all the christmas presents you are getting yourself into your 'sacrafice currency' to make smart choices, like Kiko lipsticks... or noodle cups... Just kidding. Treat yo self!

Kiss kiss,

Rotterdam, Netherlands


Wearing:
Cap - River Island
Jacket - Philosophy Blues Original (I added the belt)
Shoes - H&M









































My two friends and I decided to make a day trip somewhere after our exams were finally over. After looking at different cities in Belgium and Netherlands we ended up deciding on Rotterdam. It proved to be the perfect destination for switching up the scenery for a little bit, as it was in direct contrast with our dainty little Maastricht. Rotterdam looks like a city of the future with its modern extraordinary architecture. In fact, the whole city seemed to be some sort of an art exhibition. The futuristic buildings were seamlessly blending together with the beautiful trees and rivers, as well as with its metropolitan bridges and artsy colorful street cafes. 
The weird thing was that I had been told beforehand of Rotterdam being an ugly city. This seemed like a joke to me while I was standing in the city looking at the sun blinking off of the glass surfaces and the colorful fall trees swaying against the blue sky. 


A tip: If you arrive by train, go to the small information hut in the entrance hall. There you can buy a map (1e) and the information desk worker can mark down the location of the town hall (and the small yellow huts), the erasmus bridge, and the restaurant/pub street. The city also has a zoo which looks pretty cool, but it may require its own day to explore. Everything is in a walking distance from the station but the city also operates a tram network, which is very easy to use. (Ahem, for example if you aren't wearing very comfortable shoes...) 

Fun facts of the day: You know, the smart person that I am, I forgot to turn on my alarm before falling a sleep the night before. As a result, I had to get ready (without any exaggeration) in 15 minutes... For someone like me this equals breaking an olympic record... Especially if you consider that I managed to shower, do my makeup, hair, and also manage to look okay. I mean, impressive right? (Yes, yes, most people get ready in 15 minutes on a daily basis, blah, blah. Just let me have my moment, ok?). Another incident took place when we ordered food in a restaurant and they forgot our order completely. The awesome part was that the waiter ended up being awesome and gave us two plates of potato fries and beverages for free.  

Jokes aside, if not for the architecture alone, I'd say this city is definitely worth seeing.

XO,
J