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  • COSMANIA meets HUMAN+KIND

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    Being kind to others starts with being kind to yourself”. Well, true that! Irish beauty brand Human+Kind knows how to inspire us for the best. And this all starts with their natural skincare line. 

    Human+Kind aims to introduce gentle, effective, multi-tasking skin miracles without any of the harmful petrochemicals. They selected Mother Nature’s finest ingredients like aloe vera, achmella oleracea, marshmallow and broccoli extract, and spiced this mixture up with some of the best kept beauty secrets from around the world. 

    This “skincare with a consience” brand was forged out of passion by two Dutchies; Rene van Willigen and Jeroen Roos. They challenged themselves to refute the beauty industry’s classical philosophies, so they created a line of natural, high quality products that can multitask all skin types and ages. Simplicity is the key word here. No need for a bunch of products, for a bunch of skin types and ages. This brand pleads for  healthy, beautiful, and glowing skin, with the help of only a few carefully  selected products.

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    Sounds good, non? Well I have even better news… Human+Kind is as of now available at

    Cosmania (The Dutch beauty store that sells a lot of beauty goodies which are not easy to get). Be sure to visit their store in Amsterdam, or be they lazy type (as I am often) and order yours online. 

    Cosmania | Herenstraat 19 Amsterdam (closed on tuesdays!)

  • FASION NEWS | SWEDEN’S NEW DARLING

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    Not only is Sweden a must-see country, it’s also the source of cool and upcoming brands that are flooding the fashion market. Everywhere you turn you are slapped in the face by cool minimal styles, be it fashion or some must needed goodies for your home. 

    After so muck stylishness, this country still can not stop firing finger-licking-good fashion labels. So, say hi to the new fashion darling AltewaiSaome.

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    Alte-wa-what? Yes… it’s not easy on the tong, but it’s very good for your style. Introduced to the world by Crown Princess Victoria, founded by Natalia Altewai and Randa Saome. They met each other when studying at the Instituto Marangoni in Milan. Randa Saome went off to work for Valentino and Gucci, whilst Altewai practiced her designer skills at Etro. In 2009 these ladies took matters in their own hands and opened their own business in Malmö. 

    AltewaiSaome was first noticed when they won the Max Factor’s fashion competition in 2012. Later on Crown Princess Victoria wore their yellow top and skirt, and the rest is history.

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    Their style is often described as “un-Swedish” and “international”, and they’re praised for their care for material, details and cuts. They especially love to mash the best of both worlds: the Swedish, functional minimalist & the Italian colorful world of details. According to Saome “there is a sense of minimalism that influences the style. It is very subtle.” She then notes that their style is also very much influenced by their past in Milan.

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    So, who is the ultimate AltewaiSaome woman? She is a confident woman who dressed to look fab, for herself. Fashion should be an expression of one self, just as Altewai says… “(fashion) is an expression of one’s identity. This can never truly be expressed if you dress for others.”

  • BEAUTY INSPIRATION | THE SKINNY BITCH CAT

    The cat eye look is always a good look. Wether you’re at work, dancing like Carlton Banks on a party, or taking a nap on the couch, eye liner is always your best friend. Your tired look fades away, your eyes look bright, and your beauty look of the day is always a hit.

    This summer though, I’m very into the petite little sister of the more common cat eye… I call her the skinny bitch cat. Where the big sis makes you va-va-voom, sexy, and just plain fab, the skinny bitch cat makes you look sophisticated, sleek and at times cute. Added bonus? She doesn’t smear so easily on hot days when the sweat likes to drip of your face like an almond magnum trying to melt before it faces it’s last destination… my tummy.

    Want to sport this look? Here are some cues from Dolce & Gabbana's Pat McGrath. “The tiny wing was made on the outer corners with a chocolate-brown pencil and topped with Intense Liquid Eyeliner in Baroque Bronze, while a nude pencil was run along the lower water lines for pop. Lashes were coated with Passion Eyes Mascara in Terra and a brow pencil was used to fill in and flesh out arches.”

    Now add some gold shimmer eye shadow and be amazed about how fabulously gorgeous you look. Easy. Peasy. Fab.

    Picture courtesy Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2014 RTW

  • "ACCESSORIES ARE LIKE VITAMINS TO FASHION" - ANNA DELLO RUSSO

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    Meet London’s coolest accessories brand founded by ex-style editor/it-girl Anna Laub. The PRISM collection, ranging from opticals and sunglasses to beach wear and espadrilles oozes understated luxury. Loved by celebrities, adored by us, you definitely want one of these babies on your nose or in your closet.

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    TSATSAS

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    Tsatsas' quality of leather and eye for details is amazing, the style simple but oh so elegant. Partners in crime Esther Schulze-Tsatsas and Dimitrios Tsatsas established this covetable bag brand in 2012. When your father has been running a fine leather goods atelier for more than 30 years and you both have extensive experience in the design and architectural field it makes perfect sense to follow your passion and create the most gorgeous bags that will upgrade any outfit instantly.

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    THE HORSE

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    The Horse is a high quality leather goods label, with clean, sophisticated designs and badass Aussie attitude. We especially love this brand’s watches, made of the finest nude and black coloured leather that will age beautifully. 

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    As soon as our store opens its doors, you’re more than welcome to experience the fierceness of these brands in real life. See you soon.

  • STREETSTYLE - WHY NOT?

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    So, why not enjoy the last days of summer with a hint of fall by wearing black, and mixing it up with some spicy fishnet touches? You’ll look as fab as Charlotte does and you’ll feel like an airconditioned million bucks. I love it.  

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    Stella McCartney trousers & sweater | Sergio Rossi heels | Linda Farrow sunglasses | Photos by Ashley Jahncke for INTERMIX.

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  • MIUSE LOVES | THE BRAID

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    Who doesn’t love a braid? It always looks good, it gives you an instant boho-chic look, and it completely solves the bad hair day problem (or the greasy hair day problem that always bugs me). No wonder Marchesa & Givenchy (Fall 2014 RTW) sported this style on the runway this season, it’s just plain fabulous.

    No matter if you have short, middle, long, or way too long hair… you can always add some braids to your look. Don’t make it too difficult though, unless you can manage to turn your boyfriend into your personal braid-stylist…

    If you have magic hands, or if you’ve managed to sweetly gaze your boyfriend into braiding your hair.. try the following hairstyles. Your lover may loose his manliness after finishing this look, but girl, you will look fab-tastic.

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    Pictures: Markus Jans, Rue Gambon Jewelry, Marchese & Pinterest

  • BRAIN FOOD

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  • FASHION TREND | PRINTS & FLORAL

    My favorite trend is definitely prints, l.o.v.e. them, can’t get enough of them, and that’s definitely why they’re always in style! This summer be sure to go for the bright prints and don’t be afraid to mix it up. Remember, the brighter, the hotter, the better, the more fashionable. 

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    Feeling a bit less bold, and a wee bit more romantic? Well don’t worry, because the floral trend is back again and ready to blossom. Mind you, try to also be a bit daring with this trend, just to make sure that the granny inside you (yes we all have one) does not take-over your whole being for a day. Nobody wants to see that…

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  • ARTY FARTY | MEET THE PROMISING ONES

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    If you haven’t heard of these two ladies, then you either a) suck, b) have no sense of art, or c) need to buy yourself a check back to reality. We’re kidding… But you seriously need to meet these two promising artists and enjoy their intriguing, raw and fabulous look on our world.

    ILLUSTRATOR JUDITH VAN DEN HOEK

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    Young, super talented & fashion savvy, Judith van den Hoek is one of the most sought after illustrators in the fashion scene. Her drawings are minimalistic & simple and capture a different perspective that is very creative, sensual and beautiful to observe. Her client list is quite impressive. From influential media like The Sunday Times, Grazia (UK), VOGUE (Dutch), The Economist, Numéro (Russia), MILK X Magazine (HK) and Seventeen Magazine to fashion powerhouses like NET-A-PORTER, Burberry and Jason Wu for Target. 

    PHOTOGRAPHER TAMARA LICHTENSTEIN

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    This twenty four year old photographer from Houston, Texas is a master of the modern day tableau vivant. Inspired by fashion, femininity and youth, her work represents a subtle version of sensuality and eroticism. But don’t let the naked bodies fool you, they conceal a deeper sociological dimension; one infused with a calculated psychological content. Tamara Lichtenstein’s work beautifully captures youth in a constant state of becoming.

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    So, please do make sure your interior doesn’t suffer from art-anorexia… Buy it some much needed wall-love, in the likes of these two art babes. Soon available in the MIUSE store!

  • SCHWING IT LIKE A PRO

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    One of my biggest battles these last few months was not, not getting enough sleep (that’s a never ending battle), it was trying to find the perfect eye liner. I’ve been using Catrice eye liner for years and I was definitely hooked like a kid on chocolate. It was a great color, lasted the whole day and was cheaper than my daily caffeine intake.

    Yet lately it started to smudge everywhere accept on my lash line, where it should have stayed put. Within one hour the racoon inside me would come out and scare people away. And here the eye liner battle begun…

    After trying just about every eye liner on planet earth, and racoon-me still popping up to say hi to scare people 300 times a day, I finally found my soulmate. I was feasting my eyes on some asos goodies after a long, hard day of working, when I came across Schwing.

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    Now I do have to feel ashamed somewhat, as I did not buy this eye liner because I read the ingredients etc. passionately, and afterwards intellectually weighed the choice to buy or not to buy. No, I was plain dead-by-hard-labor that evening, and bought it because… wait for it… the packaging looked pretty. 

    Yes, it was a classic “oehhhhh look at that pretty puppy, let’s buy it now” kind of story. But hey, I did find my soulmate in Schwing. So yes, I’m very proud of my telepathic abilities when buying products.

    The Balm’s Schwing eye liner costs a mere $17 and provides you with a whole panda-free day. It’s highly pigmented, dries quickly, lasts long, doesn’t smudge, and gives you a matte finish. It’s also not a gel liner, so it does not dry in your skin. I know my sis doesn’t like liners that dry in your eyelids as she has lenses and it bothers her when her skin is sort of tightened after applying eye liner. Another bonus? It’s cruelty free!

    The Balm Schwing $17.00 | 1.7ml /0.05 oz. | TheBalm.Com