Casual spring #ootd

Just casually deciding to go for a walk at 22:00 at night because the sun is still out here in The Netherlands.

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I’ve been here almost 3 years and I’m still not use to the light late nights. I’m so grateful 😍

The husband said ‘Lets go for a walk’

I was a bit tired but happy we went. Along the way there was a house, that’s hosting a party and the music played loud.

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It gave the oppertunity for the hubby and myself to dance like no one is watching (no one was) in the middle of a pathway surrounded by wild flowers🍀

Clothing details:

A light fabric blazer is a staple in my wardrobe for spring because it elevates any outfit by just putting it on. It also serves as warmth for the late night breeze. I bought this 2 years ago and can’t link it because it’s sold out.

The dress I made myself. I find a shift dress to fit my body the best. I’m a UK size 12.

The shoes are from e5p.

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I hope you had a lovely day!

 

 

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Instagram model pants #ootd #haul

Do fashion gods exist? Cause someone is helping me out.

I saw these pants on Instagram.

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How lovely is it? I thought to myself ‘this must be really expensive/ hard to get’.

I took a screenshot (like I do with so many outfits) and looked at it many times a day. I knew in my heart I was not going to get it since I’m in South Africa. But still, it was nice to look at.

Three days later, I walk past a store, I turned my head and there it was- the exact same dusty pink pants.

I was in complete shock. I went into the store, straight to the pants.
Was it my size? Yes.
Was it my prize? …YES
It was $16,75

And that’s how you come to see me wear these ‘Instagram model pants’

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It’s supposed to be winter in South Africa. I’m still here for a month and a few days. A coat would be nice, but what color? As usual, I saw a Burgundy coat on Pinterest, that I fell in love with.
I took a screenshot, kept staring at it on my phone.

And sure enough, at the same store, I saw the exact coat. They had my size and it was $23,92

Here is how it looks:

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MY REVIEW: Since the clothes are cheaper, of course, it is not made out of the same quality fabric that I saw some models on Instagram are wearing.

However, the quality of the pants and the coat are very good.

The pants are made out of 65% cotton and 35%polyester.
The brand is: Mirasol style

The coat is made out of faux suede.
The brand name: New feeling

I bought these clothes a store called ‘Gaap’. They do not have an online store.

However, I went online to search for it.

-If you are South African, click here for the pants. R280 I’ve bought at Poshclothing before and it’s quality stuff.

-UK, click here From Missguided 45pounds

-US, ( I couldn’t find any for the US, perhaps if you find a pair, let me know so I can update the post)

Happy living!

 

FASHION COLLAB ANYONE?

Well, you have to have interested in fashion of course. I was thinking perhaps an ootd? Summer or winter. (Depending on your country)

I’m feeling a bit spicy, like blowing up my creativeness.

SO, if you are up for it email me: beingchantal@gmail.com

PS: This is for blogpost or youtube 🙂

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ITALY- street style #ootd

Hey lovers.

I’ve been in Italy a week and I love the street style the Italians have. So,  I’ve base my #ootd on Italian street style.

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I’ve noticed that there’s a few reoccurring clothing items on the street which is:

Statement bag, Heels and sunglasses

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I wore my LV handbag,  with some enkle black boots and my dusty gold sunglasses.

Leather jacket

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I love this leather jacket.  It comes with a grey hoodie attached,  but you can unzip the hood if you want to go more formal. In this look I’ve kept it zipped and paired a grey knitted vest with it.

Skinny jeans/ leggings

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I love my leggings because it is so comfortable.  These leggings were made to look like jeans but with the comfort of leggings.

Ever been to Italy?  What’s your favourite Italian street style look?

I hope you enjoy it:)

 

 

#ootd – For the love of vintage

Hey lovers!

The dress is my new favourite dress. I could say because of the soft silk against the beautiful lace and haute couture techniques,  which will all be true, but mostly It’s my favourite because my aunt wore this 25 years ago. And 24 years later, I’m in the exact same dress.  Talk about a timeless dress.  I paired it with champagne pink heels and a champagne pink bag. I quite enjoyed the annual donation dinner

Here’s some pics my father took, before I left for the dinner.  💚💟

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Tom Ford- Reasons to like him besides the expensive brand, my views on gays, and how I afford expensive items

In our world today, when we see the name “Tom Ford” it is linked to an expensive brand. Having a Tom Ford blazer would directly put you in the category of people with “taste” and  people with “money”, because the brand Tom Ford represents a certain lifestyle. A lifestyle for the rich, gorgeous and happy.

Automatically if a Tom Ford item is featured in a #ootd it will get more “likes” as apose to an item from Target. My point here is not to say buy expensive brands to get more “likes” , but to point out a truth, that most people find rich people more desirable. I’m not saying its right, I’m not saying it’s wrong.

If you shop at thrift stores, amen to that! If you shop at designer brands, amen to that! There is no competition or battle. Everyone has their preferences. The person who buys designer brands and look down on the people who buy from thrift stores,or the people who buy from thrift stores and bombard people that buy from designer brands with “oh I will never spent that much money on a shirt like that, that I can get at Macy’s for 4$” Both of that scenarios are wrong. People have their preferences,  let them be. Either way, we do not have a say over their lives, only our own lives.

I love my thrift stores, but  I’m also a lady with expensive taste, but I do not have a credit card. Not that I’m rich and can buy a Tom Ford blazer cash, it just I hate debt. When I get my money, I don’t like it when the money that comes in, just disappears into debt. This happened to me once in the beginning when I started getting money.  I bought three books, a bag and a bunch of cosmetics on credit. Finally when I paid everything, I had 5$ left for leisure. Then and there I decided I will save up each month until I can afford something from Tom Ford or whatever brand I like and buy it cash. This way I don’t have debt, I buy more responsibly and I don’t overspend. Also debt just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I hate debt like I hate my wardrobe being messy or my wifi being slow. I guess that’s personal and the way I grew up also affects my decisions I make today.  If you love being in debt, or at the moment it works for you, then great! We all gotta do what we gotta do to survive…and then thrive. We do not want to stay stuck in survival mode. Surely this life was made for something better than only surviving daily life. (But that’s a post for a next time)

In this post, I want to take a step back from the brand “Tom Ford” and take a look at the person “Tom Ford”. In some way to take a look at “the person” of someone,  you need to know them. I, however do not know Tom Ford. I will be looking at facts about Tom Ford.  Briefly Analysing parts of  life and share why this guy is a stunner, much more than just expensive taste. Also, how he inspires me and how we can learn from him.

Tom Ford went to Parsons the new school for design and graduated with a degree in architecture. While studying architecture he realised that he loves fashion design more. He misrepresented himself when he applied for fashion design jobs saying “I graduated from Parsons.”, but he left out that he studied architecture and not fashion design.  Parsons is known as one of the leading schools of fashion. He got the job and soon became the creative director of Gucci. His career flourished to the point where he was designing 16 collections a year for Gucci and YSL.  Here I just want to take a moment to stop and breath:

This guy, was not famous yet, did not study fashion design but he went to apply for a fashion design job. Even if he had to misrepresent himself.  I do not know what you call that,  but I call it believing in yourself,  going after your dreams, overcoming fear while being humble. He called Cathy Hardwick for a month everyday, hoping to get a job with her. Keeping in mind he was not known yet. It takes humility and dedication to “beg.”

I want to move on to the second reason why I love Tom Ford.

He is a perfectionist.  He says: “One is born with perfectionism. ” I, Chantal,  do not admire perfectionism.  I do not see it as a strength but rather a weakness.  With perfectionism comes striving. There’s always striving and nothing is exactly perfect.  However, when I buy my clothes I like to buy from a perfectionist.  I have peace of mind that he did his best and I’m wearing the best.  Upon seeing how he designs his clothes, I’m utterly impressed and satisfied.  He works with a close team of people to create the best design they can possibly design. Afterwards they make the design, creating a gorgeous garment and let the model walk with it. Tom would then start ripping the garment apart, removing what he doesn’t like, adding what he does, and molding it into perfection. His designs goes through this until he is satisfied with it. When you buy Tom Ford, you can rest assured that what you are wearing has been molded to perfection. It is not just some stupid design with an expensive price tag , because the name “Tom Ford” was slapped on it.

Tom says that the brand Tom Ford and the person Tom Ford is very close to being the same. He mentions that when he creates his designs, he looks deep down in himself and ask himself “Who is Tom Ford?” which makes his designs very personal.

The third reason I love Tom Ford is because he has wisdom. Yes, he is handsome. Yes he is a brilliant designer. Yes he is well known,  but above all those things, he has wisdom. Personally, I believe through trails and tribulations one gets understanding and ones character evolves. Some people will make many mistakes over and over, but once you reflect on your life and learn from trails and tribulations you get a sense of wisdom.  Why I say Tom has wisdom is when he discovered that he was no longer happy, because he was too busy designing for Gucci and YSL he stopped. He quit his job. It takes someone with a lot of guts to do that. In this world where everybody is about making money and making more of it, someone with such character is hard to find. He realised and saw that money is nice, but in the end it’s about the relations we built.

Speaking about relations. Tom Ford is handsome and gay. He has a partner and got married. Here is the part where some might question my Christianity. So let me adres it. I love Tom Ford, just like I love my gay cousin and my three gay best friends.  I know the bible (I studied the bible) and I know the verses,  but I’ve always believed in loving people above judging them.  Judging people is not up to me, but loving them is a commandment straight from God. On the same note, I’m not going to make a song about kissing a girl and liking it.

I can go on to say how much I love the fact that when he stopped designing for  Gucci and YSL, he said he’s going to make a movie and everyone laughed at him. However he went ahead and made the movie. When he made the movie everyone was astonished at it.  He later said that he didn’t know people were laughing at him, which to me shows that he is not paying attention to people’s comments,  but rather focuses on his passions and creating.

Tom has just blown me away. I mean he goes into fields that he never studied for, but he looks inside himself, figures out what he wants to create, and goes for it.He is breaking rules and redefining education. He doesn’t ask permission from anyone or listens to anyone’s comments.  He just believes in himself and works hard. He mentions that when he creates anything, be it clothes, a movie or a business he doesn’t think “Will it reach the masses”, rather he creates everything to the best of his ability. When he made the movie “a Single man” he created a movie that he would like to watch.  I watched the movie and it is brilliant.  Brilliant brilliant brilliant!  I cried, laughed and found pieces of myself in the movie.

This post can go on and on, because he has just done it  all,  and keep on doing more and more.

So why did I write about Tom Ford? I was hoping that his way of life inspires even just one person to see the power of believing in yourself and also the power of not focusing on people’s opinions of you. His life shows that it is difficult, take a lot of hard work and believing in yourself. His life shows that money is important but being happy is more important.

..also, he is just so freaking gorgeous.  I mean, look at this picture. Yes please. 🙂

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Lovers thanks for reading! I’m typing on my tablet,  and my auto correct keeps on “correcting” the wrong words. If you happen to run into a few spelling errors,  I’m sorry!

WINTER BASICS – STARTING YOUR WARDROBE COLLECTION FROM SCRATCH (Pajamas ADDITION)

Hey lovers!

(This intro I’m going to use for all the post that deals with me starting my wardrobe from scratch, because it explains what these post are about to anyone that’s new to my blog.)

Yesterday I wrote about my journey with my wardrobe.  In this week I donated 95% of my clothes. Now I’m faced with the incredibly exciting task of building my clothing collection over from scratch. I LOVE and ADORE shopping!

Over the years  I’ve learned a lot about what makes a perfect or close to perfect wardrobe.  Style is personal,  and it’s up to us to embrace and find our style.  You can come on this journey with me, I will share some thoughts and tips. Just like with a buffet,  you can take what you like and spit out the bones. 🙂 I recognise that people are in different stages of their life,  so I searched the Internet high and low to find the best prices available for the items I show.

I’d advice you  strongly that you read this (https://chantalandshekinah.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/winter-basics-starting-your-wardrobe-collection/ and  https://chantalandshekinah.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/winter-basics-starting-your-wardrobe-collection-from-scratch-boots-addition/)  before reading the post you are on now.

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First you have to know what you look for in the clothing and then shop according to your needs and not to what the magazine says is in or is the “right” pajamas. I had a ridiculously amount of pjs. I had the sets and the mix and match. My mum would always be delighted when I wore the sets and I would get compliments. However, I would wear the set for about the first two times, and then I’ll slowly start to ditch it and just grab a big shirt and trousers/pants. I have nothing against pajamas. I would buy a new set every year when winter comes, wear it a few times and later on sleep in random big shirts, while my wardrobe gets full with pajamas I don’t wear. I have a problem with that! Because that leads to the famous saying “I have a lot of clothes but nothing to wear”

Now, when I look for pj’s I look for oversized t-shirt like this:

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Other wise I’ll end up walking around  the house like this: Winter top with panties.

f9222128a19f70fcbf6a20b774eb6cb1 I live alone with my cat and I don’t date. So its not a problem. However when someone is at the door, I’m always running to find something more acceptable to wear.

My solution to this was: Onesies.  I need to do stuff quick.  When I get home, I don’t want to put in a lot of effort in my clothes, my main concern is being comfortable and relaxing. Putting an onesie on takes 1min and I’m done.

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For winter I think onesies are cute, but they have to have the flip at the bottom, so when you go to the bathroom,  you do not have to get completely undressed and get cold. A hood is a must have on my onesies

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However, onesies are not my number1 favorite. You would probably find me in something like this:

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With any type of pj’s I religiously wear a thick scarf,  hat and mittens. We do not have indoor warming!

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When I have to type something, I prefer these mittens. It is more comfortable to type with because it is tight against your skin and not like wool which is more thick and you can’t feel what you are doing.

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You guys know I like to treat myself with expensive clothing, but when it comes to pjs,  I don’t go for expensive pjs. I go for affordable, quality and thickness. The complete maximum amount I’ll go is 30$ for winter pjs.

But if you like to spend a little more money for your pjs, Victoria Secret have almost all the items I showed above.

Otherwise,  for affordable/cheap pjs check out these places:

http://www.matalan.co.uk/womens/shop-by-category/nightwear

http://www.peacocks.co.uk/womens/shop-department/nightwear/where/product-subcat/onesies.html

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