Coral Maxi Dress Jane Norman, Wedges Mango, Hat Jane Norman, Bracelets H&M, Necklace NewLook, Photography Coen de Heer
This piece of garment is such an easy breezy item for summer days. Soft and comfortable but still showing a feminine silhouette. Next to that this dress almost doesn’t need any effort. Perhaps a hat and some sandalettes. Right now it’s quite hot weather in The Netherlands, which is perfect because I have much more summer than winter clothes.
I’m back! (from Rome) What a city, what an ambiance. But more about that in a later post..
Cause before Rome there was Amsterdam Fashion Week
Amsterdam Fashion Week is an event that can’t be missed as a blogger. Not only the inspiring shows are interesting but also the people that visit it too. I have met some lovely fellow fashion bloggers, stylists and people from various fashionable backgrounds. Expanding your network couldn’t be more fun on such days.
AND I was so happy to see myself afterwards on the websites of Grazia and ELLE Magazine with my outfits.
The shows I visited were: ZERO by Nanine Linning with costumes of Iris van Herpen, Ready to Fish by ILJA, Mirte van Wijngaarden, Maaike Fransen, SIS by Spijkers & Spijkers and By Brown.
All these shows were made by Dutch designers. From established Dutch brands like ILJA to starting designers like Mirte van Wijngaarden. All with their specific style and approach on fashion. Some other shows I had to miss because of my journey to Rome.
ZERO by Nanine Linning with costumes of Iris van Herpen
Ready to Fish by ILJA
Mirte van Wijngaarden
SIS by Spijkers & Spijkers
Picture credits: Team Peter Stigter & myself
Did you notice the huge variety in these shows? What defines fashion? Let’s think about that..
Amsterdam Fashion Week is going on and I wanted to show you my outfit of the first day (last thursday). That Evening I went to the impressive show of Iris van Herpen by Nanine Linning. More inside information about the show(s) I’ve seen will follow later :D.
The look: Top by Asos, Necklace RiverIsland, Short Mango, Transparent Shoes Jennie Ellen, Silver Bag Asos
Floral Kimono NewLook, Top Market, Short H&M, Shoes Pull&Bear, Hat Mango, White Round Sunglasses Accessorize
‘Kimono’ a Japanese traditional garment : ki “wear” & mono “thing”
Translated into today’s fashion. Prada, Etro and Emilio Pucci already showed this on the catwalk during Fashion Weeks in 2012 and 2013.
This trend is so obvious you almost can’t miss it. Summer fashion of 2014 is definitely inspiring us with a huge range of kimono’s. Long to short, light and pale to colorful flower bombs and urban to chic. Well, because Ibiza was my destination I went for a floral boho kimono. Somehow a kimono adds that gypsy/boho feeling. It’s loose, light, and sways lovely! Couldn’t help to show you
Dress and Clutch Zara, Cobalt Blue shoes NewLook. Photography E. Sahertian
This dress.. a garden in full bloom..
Fashion designer brands like (for example) Carven, Elie Saab, Dries van Noten, Dolce & Gabanna (and many more) use this colorful print a lot.You have probably seen all kind of garment in full bloom lately. Dresses, pants, tops and skirts and even in 3D life-size versions.
Prints have always been popular on the runway but flowers tend to stand out lately, just like other items of nature like palms, leafs and fruit.
Wear your floral item in many ways. Just be careful when mixing it with other prints. Too much florals together may make you look like a wallpaper from the 60s. Floral is a feminine print at first sight, but even men can wear this off.
The look: I found this dress at Zara at the end of summer ’13. This dress reminds me of a holiday while walking through Puerto Banus (Marbella, Spain) a few years ago, and seeing a Versace dress with pancies in the window of a shop. I fell in love.. Now I have my own (bit cheaper) pancy dress.
This floral pattern also remembers me of my mom’s gardens, always colorful and flourishing. Sunny and happy and somehow romantic too. I don’ t have such amazing gardening skills so I stick with floral clothes.
Last time I introduced you to this new item ‘Fashion Blogger Stories’. This time I want to point out the subject of choosing a name.
Do you remember how you chose your blog name? Or maybe you are still looking for one to start a fashion blog. For me this subject was kind of difficult. A blog name that fits my personality, style and also sounds good.
I was in a car with friends when this issue came up. (‘I just can’t find a suitable name, help me please!’)
My friend asked me what my purpose was and I started chatting that for me it was all more about style than following the latest fashion all the time. I guess you see it coming now.
He simply said, why don’t you call it that way? just like you’re describing it.
How to start a Fashion Blog: Finding a name
Some fashion bloggers use their own name, which can be perfect . Just not in my situation.
My name is just too long (double last name) and too Dutch to go international haha..
And a nickname did not appeal to me, I am not a pop artist
So what’s in a name?
I think the personality of your blog should be in it. Take for example The Blonde Salad. A salad includes various ingredients which makes the perfect dish. She is broadly oriented and interested (fashion, travelling etc.) Great name, one you will remember easily because it sounds somehow goofy, funny and interesting at the same time.
Or Dutch blogger Jenny from the Blog. Remember Jennifer Lopez’ song ‘Jenny from the block’? I think this is a perfect pun on this song title.
A play on words, or an amusing rhyme, but also a person’s name or a hidden meaning can work well.
Questions for yourself due to a blog name:
How unique is it?
Will people remember it?
What perception/reaction does it give?
Is it pronounceable?
Found your unique name? Check the hosting pages for the url as soon as possible! When you finally find a name, you don’t want to be disappointed in case the url is already taken.
ps. Please share your thoughts with me on this item, below in the comment form. Will be much appreciated and I will check all your blogs out, promise