donderdag 26 maart 2015

Mango Leather trousers REPORT revisited | Wide brown leather trousers styling

Brown wide leather trousers
Wide brown leather trousers Mango

Cool or what? Leather trousers and skater shoes at the skate park (where I go with my sons to let them loose on the half pipes with their stunt scooters - I don't hang out there on my own) I've had these brown leather trousers from Mango since last November. See the post The FULL report I did on these. I've worn them a number of times but as I noticed after a first wear, something strange happened to the backside. My worries about them became true and worse than that, they grew! These trousers have become wider and longer with each wear. It has come to a point that I won't be wearing them anymore. A very bad score on the prize-per-wear front. I've paid roughly €80,00 for them (with a discount voucher luckily) and I've worn them 5 times. Gah! That is a whopping €16,00 per wear. Mango: I am not pleased at all!!
I do however like the look (at the front, haha) and I will put this experiment down to experience; sometimes you just need to try out a item to see if it works and if something like it is worth the investment. Next autumn I will be on the look out for a good pair of brown leather trousers (tips are welcome)
Self portrait photography

Have you noticed? I wear these sunglasses (from a local chemist's) over my normal glasses. Weird habit it may seem but I find it easier then constantly changing glasses. And you can just make out the black pearl earrings I'm wearing. I love these!
Vans perforated leather slip-on skater shoe womens

These perforated leather slip-ons from Vans are really cool & comfortable. Looking forward to wear them with bare feet I had to combine them now with warm socks; it is still so cold here! (exact) I know white Stan Smith style tennis shoes are all the range and I did have a proper look at them. I just can't shake the memories connected to those shoes (best friend in my youth was from a tennis mad family - we spend hours and hours hanging around in the tennis court while I could never play..) I prefer these white slip-ons!

The sturdy shopper is from Dutch brand Arma, light wool jumper from Bruuns Bazaar and the scarf from Zara (all old items) Lipstick is "Watermelon' from Bobbi Brown.
In the following photographs you can see how the leather is falling apart:
Wide brown leather trousers from Mango
Mango brown leather trousers

Did you ever try out a cheaper fashion item to see if it would work for you? Did you end up buying the 'real' version? Let me know in the comments!

See you next time,


(I enjoy regular link ups with Fashion Should Be Fun and Visual Monday)


maandag 23 maart 2015

Daytime Casual Brocade trousers

jacquard pants, brocade trousers
Brocade trousers, Jaquard pants, Breton stripes

These red brocade trousers are a couple of years old from Jigsaw. I like the wide slouchy fit as a contrast to the formal looking fabric. I'm still in two minds about cropping it an inch or so. The pattern says London to me. It reminds me of the London Transport Mocette (the fabric on the seats) See ltmuseumshop for examples. I have a Tramlink Standard cushion on my sofa!
Back to the outfit. The obvious choice for a combining item would be black. I'm rather pale so black near my face is never a good idea. The slashneck burgundy and black striped T-shirt I had picked up from Primark more or less out of boredom when I was waiting for my car to get serviced. I only ever have a wander trough Primark when I have to be at the Citroen garage at the other end of Rotterdam; there is a shoppingcenter nearby. Funny how these things work out; I have worn this t-shirt many times last winter! Brocade trousers can be worn as partywear or officewear but as I'm at home I am looking for ways to wear everything I own in a dressdown and more casual way. The cheap T-shirt (which is of surprisingly good quality seeing the number of washes is has had) does exactly that! Layered it over a basic black turtleneck sweater for warmth (it is not that warm in The Netherlands!) and finished the look off with very very pointy black ankle boots from Oxitaly. Happy. 

Self Portrait Photography
Oxitaly pointed low black ankle boots

Trousers: Jigsaw (similar at J.Crew's sale)
Ankle boots: Oxitaly (exact)
T-shirt: Primark. I like slash neck Breton top
Turtleneck: Zara
Earrings: Unknown brand via Showroomprive

To crop or not to crop, what do you think? Let me know in the comments!

See you next time,


(I enjoy regular linkups to Fashion Should Be Fun and Not Dead Yet Style)

woensdag 18 maart 2015

Total Solar Eclips 20th March 2015 & Blog Under Construction

Photo: Pascal Fielmich for Pearle Opticians

On Friday 20th there will be a total solar eclipse. Why you'll need to wear these eclipse glasses, can be read here.

On Friday 20th it is also exactly 6 months ago that I started this blog. It is time for an update!
I will be back soon with a nicer layout, photographs and information.

Will you'll watch the solar eclipse this Friday morning?

Let me know in the comments!

See you soon,


donderdag 12 maart 2015

Crochet flowers for grownups

Crochet flowers for grownups, YMC
Crochet flower top mature woman
crochet flower top mature woman

Our streets lay open again for a third time in a row! The council curiously never seems to coordinate these activities with the telecom people or the watercompany. Now we get a complete overhaul for new sewerage. My boys and their friends hope this will take a long long time.... They love playing in the sand (or mud) and building huts with leftover bits and pieces. I went to have a look at their creation wearing a beloved crocheted top. This lovely top has been waving at me from the top shelve in my wardrobe; when can I finally come out!? It was designed two seasons ago by a wonderful London based British label You Must Create (YMC). The flowers are hand crocheted and I adore them! Exactly the right combination of pastel colours with black, white, grey and ivory. It is sweet but not too sickly sweet, so ideal for grownups. Something about it makes it so obvious its not from the children's
section. Maybe because the pattern is bold and it is only the front panel; the back of this top is plain ivory very fine knitted cotton. The pattern and structure remind me of the cushions my Belgian great aunt had many years ago. I love the idea of taking a traditional craft item and reworking it to create a new modern piece. It is simply cool and mature!

Crochet top: YMC. They do flower patterns, lace and broderie in a very cool mature way, check out their tops here.
Black Jeans: Flippa K Lola Superstretch Jeans, exact here.
Green coat (old): Benneton.
Bracelet (old): from French market a few summers ago.
Mid heel silver low ankle boots: van Assem (similar here).

See you next time,


(I enjoy regular linkups to Fashion Should Be Fun and Not Dead Yet Style)

vrijdag 6 maart 2015

Early Spring dressing: layers of yellow, camel and pink

Very very early Spring dressing! My preoccupation with the weatherforecast borders on OCD some days with checking the weatherapp on my phone every few hours. Especially rain is of great interest to me, and temperature and wind. Everything about the weather actually. I was born in the wrong country, I guess. I check next days' weather forcast before I go to sleep and then I decide what I will wear tomorrow. The thought of having this dress-plan for the next morning relaxes me and then I can safely fall asleep. As much as I would like it to be different, not fashion but the weather ultimately determines what I am going to wear. Earlier in the week it was dire outside with very hard wind (gale force!) but yesterday I could go out on my bicycle to get a Camellia to brighten up the patio outside the house. It was sunny, but still nippy with a chilly Easterly wind. This is such irritating weather, really. It looks lovely when you are indoors. Step outside and it is too cold to wear your lovely Spring clothes, but as soon as you move (cycling) you get hot plus I'm so tired of my winterclobber. Layers are the answer. I took the Mustard Yellow Coat from Zara (featured in this post) out the mothballs. It would be to thin on its own right now so I teamed it with a very old but trustworthy camel blazer and added various elements that said 'Spring' to me: a bright pink thin cotton jumper (which I incidentally bought for autumn, ahem), sweet pink earnings and my very old & beloved pair of kittenheel pointy pumps (in Dutch this heel type is called ''Queenie'') worn with lace-look socks. I felt positively Springy, if that is a word!

Mustard yellow coat: Zara (old) I like this one and this one
Camel velveteen blazer: Zara (ancient) I quite like this classic ''horsey' jacket.
Faded red jeans: Bellerose (old) Similar here
Pink cotton jumperStawberry Daiquiri, Marc by Marc Jacobs (old) Similar here.
Shoes: Sacha Shoes (possibly antique, bought in 2001!) Similar
Socks: HEMA (Dutch general store but they have this great international website)
Bag (old): Fred de la Bretoniere (Dutch designer). Check out his website
Earrings: Camps & Camps (see:website)
Bracelets: plastic pink from a local chemist and the blue from Isabel Marants collection for H&M last year.
Two tone cashmere scarf: gift from friend 

Do you share my preoccupation with the weatherforecast? Let me know in the comments!

See you next time,


(I enjoy regular linkups to Fashion Should Be Fun and Not Dead Yet Style)
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