Fall Fashion haul part 2: Only, Vila, Topshop, Vintage & more

Fall Fashion haul part 2: Only, Vila, Topshop, Vintage & more

As I promised last week, this week I would have up part 2 of my fall fashion haul. If you would like to see part 1 then please go here. Like last week, this part of the haul also includes try ons for all items and there is a bit of everything again here. Unlike last week there are a lot more one offs in here. Meaning there aren’t that many items from 1 brand in this. I hope you enjoy!

Just a few items I’d like to show you. More after the cut.

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What’s in my bag

What’s in my bag

For this week’s video, I thought it would be fun to show you what I keep in my bag. Now don’t expect a super flashy designer bag edition (newsflash: I don’t own any designer bags), but I do have a nice and sturdy leather book bag that I have had since my freshmen year in highschool. I use it every day I go to work and even after a few repairs this is holding up well. Here’s what I keep in my bag!

What’s in my vintage book bag?

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Fabulous Fifties rockabilly inspired look

Fabulous Fifties rockabilly inspired look

Remember I was going to a vintage party last Sunday? Well I did manage to take a few pics, but lighting was horrible, so I only have a few to show you. So here it is, without further ado: my 1950s inspired hair, make up and outfit.

Completed look

Excuse the vacuum cleaner! haha

Hair & make up

Here’s what I’m wearing:

Make up:

Face: Missha BB cream in no. 13 Bright Beige, Collection Long Lasting Perfection concealer in no1 fair, MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium, Physician’s Formula Happy Booster in Warm

Brows: Benefit Highbrow pencil in medium, HEMA clear brow gel.

Eyes: Too Faced Shadow Insurance, MAC Paintpot in Painterly, The Bodyshop eyeshadow in no 13, Essence Waterproof felt tip liner, White kohl pencil on waterline by Chanel, Maybelline the Falsies Feather in black

Lips: MAC Russian Red


  • 50s inspired floral sundress (Topshop)
  • Black tulle skirt (worn as petticoat) (H&M)
  • Charcoal grey low heeled mary jane pumps (Sacha)
  • Red polka dot scarf (H&M)

For my hair I used the following tutorial by CherryDollFace:

My hair and especially my bangs are a fair bit longer than hers and to top it off I had washed my hair the morning of the party. That’s why on the first close up pictures the curl is much tighter: that was my trial run and I did that on ‘dirty’ hair. It allowed me to make the curl a lot tighter and it came out much better, but oh well. Can’t have it all right?

That’s it, my 1950s look. What do you think?

Fabulous Fifties party

Fabulous Fifties party

Remember my dressing up all retro and vintage-y last year? Well, maybe your brain needs to be triggered a little by reading the posts about my Roaring 20s Flapper girl look and 1940s Hollywood glam inspired look. Each time I dressed up in a vintage style outfit including hair, fashion and make up because I was attending a historically themed party thrown by a good friend of mine. The themes before were 1920s & 1930s and the second time it also included the 1940s. This Sunday, another vintage themed party will be held at Sociëteit De Burcht in Leiden. This time we are going back to the 1950s!

I don’t know about you, but I already have my dressed and accompanying look planned out and if I have the time I will make sure to feature it here on the blog. But wouldn’t it be fun to dress up and go there yourself? There will be a live band and a dance workshop before the party. Below you can find more information (in Dutch) on how you can get tickets and where to go. However, if you are more a spur of the moment type person and want to pay at the door you can. Costs remain the same. Maybe see you there?

Een feest met een historisch karakter

Café De Burcht in Leiden staat op 9 juni in het teken van Swing muziek en Rock ‘n roll. Fabulous Fifties is een historisch feest, waarbij je de hele avond kunt swingen op muziek uit de jaren ’50 gespeeld door de professionele band ‘The Diamond Four’. Vooraf aan het feest geeft de dansvereniging Rock ’n Delft een workshop Rock ’n roll in de Tuinzaal. Een mooie gelegenheid om de eerste pasjes te leren en een opwarmer voor het feest! Om helemaal in de sfeer te komen van die tijd, is de dresscode van de avond: de kledingstijl uit de jaren ’50. Iedereen is van harte uitgenodigd om deze sfeervolle avond bij te wonen.

Van 19.30 tot 20.30 geven docenten Helene en Andrea van Rock ’n Delft een workshop Rock ’n roll dans in de Tuinzaal. Je leert van hen de basispassen van de ‘rock quatre temps’ een stijl uit Frankrijk ontwikkeld in 1956. Deze stijl kan zowel op traditionele rock’n roll als op moderne muziek worden gedanst. Rock ’n roll stijlen zijn ontstaan uit swingdansen toen rock-‘n-roll de jazz verving als populaire muziek.
Swingband The Diamond Four speelt vanaf 20.30 in het café: Jeen Rabs op gitaar Cedric Glans op Contrabas en basgitaar, Kurt Schwab op de saxofoon en Sven Rozier op de drums. Zij spelen tot 23.30 onder andere swing- en rock ’n roll muziek. Daarna zullen we nog wat cd’tjes draaien tot maximaal 01.00 uur.

De kledingsstijl voor het feest is feestkleding uit de jaren ’50. Of je nu komt als rebelse huisvrouw, brave jongere, Zangeres zonder naam, Marylin Monroe, Elvis Presley, of als jezelf, de muziek, kledingstijl, dans en ieders aanwezigheid beloven een prachtige avond die de sfeer ademt van de jaren ’50.

De entree voor feest en workshop bedraagt: € 17,50. Kom je alleen naar het feest dan kost je ticket € 12,50.

Tickets kun je bestellen door een mail te sturen naar: info@beleefhetverleden.nl met de volgende gegevens:
Adres: Straat
En je keuze + aantal tickets:
Ik bestel een entree-ticket voor het Vintage Feest Fabulous Fifties inclusief dansworkshop, à € 17,50.
Ik bestel een entree-ticket voor het Vintage Feest Fabulous Fifties exclusief dansworkshop, à € 12,50.
No refunds!

Fabulous Fifties is de opvolger van twee eerdere feesten van Beleef Het Verleden: Roaring Twenties & Swinging Thirties en Vintage Party. Om een impressie te krijgen, kun je hier de foto’s en filmpjes bekijken: http://www.beleefhetverleden.nl/fotos-en-film/fotos/ & http://www.beleefhetverleden.nl/fotos-en-film/film/.

We hopen je te zien op 9 juni!

Fall/ Winter lookbook (#6): navy polka dots galore

Fall/ Winter lookbook (#6): navy polka dots galore

Are you ready for something super girly? After weeks of bulky sweaters it’s time for a more dainty look. It’s perhaps a little less pretty than the lace & pleather look I posted a few weeks ago, but there’s still plenty of girlishness in this outfit. From the polkadots on the dress, to the tassled loafers and the mustard bow belt, I think this outfit is a perfect combination of girly and preppy. What about you? Oh and try to guess how much the whole thing costs (including everything: tights, shoes, accessories), I reveal it halfway through the post.

What I’m wearing:

– Mustard & navy polka dot skater dress (Bershka)

– Navy woolen knit sweater (Vintage market in London)

– Dark navy/ gray tasseled loafers (vintage)

– Mustard bow belt (Bershka)

– Necklace: zweeuws knopje (gift)

– Navy tights (HEMA)

Total cost of complete outfit: 40 euros. I bought the dress and belt on sale. The dress only cost 6 euros, the belt 3 euros. The shoes and sweater are vintage and even though that doesn’t necessarily mean cheap, you can sometimes get good deals. These real leather loafers have barely been worn judging by the soles and only cost 10 euros. The sweater is the most expensive item here at 15 euros.

Close up of dress, belt & sweater detail

Close up of shoes (check the tassels!)

Close up of necklace

I used to own a necklace like this which belonged to my grandmother, but I lost that on a trip last year. My mom very kindly repurchased a similar necklace because I loved it so much and gifted it to me on my birthday.

One more time: the completed look. Any thoughts? Opinions? Yay/ nay? Would you wear this?

London Shoplog # 2: Shoes & Fashion

London Shoplog # 2: Shoes & Fashion

A few days ago I already showed you some of the stuff I bought during my London trip. That post featured books, CDs, make up, beauty products and accessories. But that wasn’t all I got as I also bought a bunch of clothes and yes, as a shoe freak I also got some shoes. So stay tuned and check out part 2 of my London haul.

Let’s first have a look at the shoes I bought. The first day in London I went to Spital Fields/ Bricklane and found these two great pairs of shoes at a vintage store called Blitz for only 10 pounds each:

Dark grayish blue tasseled loafers

Burgundy lace up loafers

As you can see I got two pairs of loafers. I already have two pairs of brogues which I bought last year and I love how they can give an outfit this nerdy/ boyish look to outfits. That is why I really hoped to find a nice pair of loafers as they give an outfit a nerdy/ preppy/ grandma vibe. Both of them are made out of real leather and the blueish gray ones have hardly been worn as the soles are in great condition. The burgundy ones are a lot more beat up but oh so soft and comfy because of it.

Now as you may remember I left for London with a bit of a wish list in mind. I am glad to say that I found some of the things on there and then some. Here’s the first thing I ticked of my list: colored shirts.

Primark t-shirts in peach, green and gray

Primark t-shirts in yellow, mint green and bright blue.

You’re just gonna have to trust me when I say that one shirt is green and not blue. I’m afraid my camera didn’t pick up on the color all that well. Anywho: I found the colored shirts I wanted. Only two of them have prints on them. The rest are all basic, boring, plain t-shirts, but these will look great when paired with patterned bottoms but they can also be paired with other colors. The way I see it: you can never do without a good set of basic shirts.

Green skinny jeans (Forever 21)

These pants look a bit weird in the picture. Again, I blame my camera, but they are a solid grass green pair of skinny jeans. And again, I wanted a pair of green pants so hip hip hooray for that. You’ll be seeing more of this green color in this post as my wardrobe was in desperate need of a pop of green. The color in the picture isn’t true to the color of the actual pants. They are more like the color of these pants. Other than that they are just a pair of plain low rise stretchy skinny jeans. I am thinking of pairing this with gray or yellow and maybe a bit of pink to tap into the color blocking trend.

Wool & cashmere red blazer (Blitz)

Wishlist item no. 3: check! Check out this cool red blazer. It has a very straight, men’s like cut to it which is what I had hoped to find. I had never bought a boyfriend cut blazer as none of the ones at H&M or other places ever looked good on me. They made me look bulky and the fabrics were usually pretty loose which just doesn’t make for a good look on me. This blazer however, fits like a glove and is super soft because of the material used. It’s very sturdy too which means it keeps is shape nicely when it’s on rather than turning into a straight hot mess.

Navy woolen cardigan with side pocket (Vintage stall at Old Truman Brewery)

This navy cardi just jumped right at me when I was browsing to the racks on my vintage shopping spree on Sunday. It’s a great fitting button down which I’m suspecting may even have been knitted by someone’s grandma as there are not tags in the sweater, nor are there any signs of any tags ever having been attached to it. It does show some pilling, but nearly all woolen items get that after a few washes. All I know is that it’s super comfy and not in the least bit unimportant: it’s warm too.

Oversized navy Aztec print sweater (Primark – men’s section)

Here we go again: another item I can tick off my wishlist. I found my bulky dark colored sweater! At Primark. For 10 pounds. In the men’s section. Yes, you read that right: the men’s section. This is a size XL men’s sweatshirt. It looks great on though. I plan on wearing this as a sweater dress with a pair of leggings and some booties or sneakers or brogues or loafers or whatever shoes I feel like. The print is super fun and in style right now so I’m a happy bunny.

Black & white bouclé sweater(Topshop)

The Topshop on Oxford Street is massive and it took me quite some time to browse through it. In the past I was always able to find the cutest dresses there, but this time round this sweater and the one below were the things that caught my eye. This sweater is again super comfy but it’s not super bulky. It’s not exactly tailored, but has a relaxed fit and will look good with nearly anything: riding pants, jeans, those green pants I showed you earlier. You name it and you can make this sweater work somehow. The black and white combined with the fuzziness also gives it a fun textured look.

Multi-colored pastel bulky knit sweater (Topshop)

Say hello to bulky sweater no. 2! The minute I saw this sweater I fell in love. If you look at it from a distance it looks like it could be a light gray sweater right? Now look more closely… There’s the slightest pop of color there. See what I mean?

Close up of Topshop pastel colored sweater

As you can see in this picture, the thread actually consists of different pastel colors: pinks, blues, yellows, greens, purples and creams. Your eyes blend it to make it look gray when you’re standing too far away. Sort of like a pointillist painting, only in sweater form. This is a very loose fitting sweater and I even bought it a size larger than I needed because I just thought it looked better on. It has rolled cuffs and has a nicely relaxed fit. Again, this sweater is soft and warm and it makes me want to cuddle up on the couch with a hot cocoa just by looking at it.

Green polka dot skater dress with pussy bow (Monki @ Selfridges)

This dress combines 4 things I am currently loving into one: 1.) it’s a skater dress, 2.) it’s green, 3.) it has polka dots (I now own 5 or 6 polka dot dresses oops), 4.) it has a bow. I just think it looks super cute and I look cute in it (not unimportant). As with the green pants, the color is washed out as it is a much perkier green in real life. I did find it on the Monki website though so take a peep there if you want to see what the color actually looks like.

Green skater dress (Forever 21)

Last but not least I found another great green dress. See, I didn’t lie when I told you green would feature quite a bit in this post huh? This one is from Forever 21 and the green is a bit perkier than the one from Monki. I also loved the detail on the neckline and the thicker waistband gives this dress a slightly different look. It is very plain and simple but I’m thinking paired with some fun tights and shoes I can make this a casual or a more formal outfit.

And that’s it! That’s all I bought in London. Let me know in a comment below which item you like best. Also let me know which, if any, of these items you would like to see on. Perhaps I can make a bit of a lookbook with some of it or at least an Outfit of the Day. Have a good Sunday!

My not so new ‘new’ bag

My not so new ‘new’ bag

Remember yesterday’s wish list post? Well I can already scratch one item from that list, without spending a single dime. I have been pining for a nice sturdy, big enough, brown bag for literally years. However, none of the bags I ever found came close to what I was looking for. Until I was browsing Ebay a few weeks ago and found this gem:

Isn’t she purdy? At the same time I’ve been browsing some blogs and vlogs on thrifting lately. I just don’t have the time to really go to all these thrift stores. Plus, sometimes those people really just look like grandmas. However, I learnt today that sometimes you don’t have to look very far to find something vintage.

Take the bag in the picture above. It really is nothing but a tan messenger bag. All I want is something that looks like this. And then it hit me! I already HAVE something like this! Proof:

Well, if that isn’t a tan colored messenger bag! And it had been laying around the house for YEARS without me paying any attention to it. This is actually the first school bag I ever owned. I got it from my godfather for my 12th birthday. So I’ve had it for almost 15 years now! I actually have another one, very much like it, which is bigger, but also a bit more beat up: a zipper is broken and some of the stitching has come loose. However, I’m sure that if I take it to my cobbler to get it fixed, it will be done within no time. I have two of these bags, as the one shown in the picture above wasn’t big enough to carry around all of the stuff I needed at school. That is why my mom bought me the bigger one a year later.

Best part of all: this smaller one is big enough to fit all of the stuff I take with me to work! Look at this:

It fits my laptop, papers/exams/articles, a bottle of water, my tea canister, lunch box, agenda, wallet, MP3 player, pens, phone, and more! I just packed it all in there to see if it would fit.

You can guess my excitement when I discovered this! So here is me taking my wishlist…

  • brown messenger bag

… and scratching it from that list.

Now all I need is that pair of tan brogues…

Q: What item have you rediscovered lately?