Don’t you just hate it when your hands are as dry and shriveled as your grandma’s butt (which I hope you have never ever seen in your life)? More over… you can look as young as you want to, but your hands will give up your (secret) age like I would for a chocolate cake covered in sweet hearts and skittles. And of course there is no good hand cream within 5 miles, to save your
life day. Such a FWP (First World Problem) wouldn’t you agree?
Well for those moments when you’re in dire need of some good old hand cream to mask your age and calm you down, I have found the most easy, best smelling, perfect sized hand cream ever. Enter & Other Stories.
& Other Stories was a secret project from the well known fashion brand H&M. They worked for over 2 years in secrecy to give birth to beautiful, wearable, eye catcher clothes, accessories and beauty products that would cost little.
Luca La Rocca and Philomène Tellaroli were asked to join the force in 2011 and leave their jobs at Cerutti and APC. Now they are responsible for the accessories line and accompany the design team, comprised out of 185 designers, of whom 35 work in Paris and the rest in Stockholm.
When shopping in Paris for the SS15 collection with my mastermind fashion twin, we came across our first ever seen & Other Stories shop. In Holland we are only graced with the presence of an online shop, so naturally we tackled a few parisiennes and made our way to this new found fashion walhalla.
I must say that we did not experience a fashion-gasm when shifting through the clothes, even though the prelude was really good and long. Maybe it just wasn’t our collection…
What did sent us through the roof, were their accessories and beauty products. I’ve never seen so many things I wanted to take home immediately. And especially their soaps and hand creams. My all time favorite is the Zephyr mini hand cream, which smells heavenly and fits in about every bag I own. My hands are soft and smooth and I can’t resist smelling them, though that probably looks very odd…
The cream is fragranced with peach, flowers and a hint of plum. It contains cottonseed oil and vitamin E, which leaves your skin feeling soft and wanting more.
& Other Stories | Cotton care Zephyr mini hand cream | 30 ml | €7
“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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stella McCartney trousers & sweater | Sergio Rossi heels | Linda Farrow sunglasses | Photos by Ashley Jahncke for INTERMIX.
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.
Pictures: Markus Jans, Rue Gambon Jewelry, Marchese & Pinterest
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.
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…