Creating these looks was certainly a journey back to the past for me, to that time when I was just starting a career. My first two jobs were in media: the first was in a lifestyle publication, and the second; in broadcast media. Both jobs didn’t implement a business dress code but they didn’t allow jeans at work either. My closet was bursting with basic striped t-shirts at that time – I was in love with them – and so I would wear these shirts to the office with a pair of slacks, some low heels or strappy sandals, and sometimes a blazer. Here are my ideas on how to wear those stretchy stripes to work. (Of course you can always throw on a blazer or a jacket to look more conservative for work.)
I think my heart stopped beating when I saw this beautiful Mohekann clutch on the Zalando online shop. It comes in two colors and here I show you two looks using both bags. Zalando, by the way, has been my favorite online store ever since we moved to Europe. I had been a loyal customer since our days in the Netherlands because the store carries amazing brands. And don’t get me started on its free delivery and free return shipping services… Anyway, when we moved to Spain, I had to curb my spending due to the economic situation here. That’s the sad thing. The good thing is: it doesn’t cost me a single cent to browse its online shop whenever I want. What a huge collection it has! In fact, 80 to 90 percent of the items in my outfit collages are Zalando finds. As they say on the Dutch TV ad (which I still know by heart!): ‘Zalando, de online schoenenwinkel met een enorm assortiment!’ (Can’t believe I actually wrote that down!)
It is Mother’s Day today in many parts of the world. As a tribute to my mother, I made a little collage showing how we would wear the same pair of jeans on an ordinary day. You see, my mom is not like any other mom. I know that every child has probably said that at least once in his or her life. But, cross my heart, my mom is really different. She wears nothing but blue jeans, flat sandals and simple shirts. I’ve seen her don a dress more or less five times in my whole life. When my sister and I were young, she would wear matching blouses and skirts, custom-made for her by a dressmaker, to our graduation and recognition rites. After each occasion, the blouse and skirt duo would never see the light of day again. She doesn’t put on jewelry, except for a modest watch. She never gave a darn about brands. She never cared about trends nor fancy clothes. Yes, she is far from fashionable, but she is always happy and confident in her own skin. Happy Mother’s Day, Mommy!!! You’re super and special like that!