style

een stijlvolle kerst met duifhuizen tassen en koffers & ted baker

Met de Kerstvakantie in aantocht staan niet alleen een aantal Kerst -en Nieuwjaarsetentjes op het programma, maar ook de doopviering van Emma. Nadat ik zowaar een volledige outfit vond binnen mijn smaak én budget had ik de hoop al lang opgegeven om nog deftige accessoires te vinden. Tot ik een leuk mailtje in mijn inbox terugvond. Ik mocht van Duifhuizen tassen en koffers een handtas uit de feestcollectie kiezen om te reviewen en bij deze hebben jullie toch al een beetje een primeur van mijn look voor de doopviering!

duifhuizen x ted baker review

Tegenwoordig mag een handtas al iets meer kosten. Toch ik zou nooit al het geld kunnen neertellen voor een Vuitton of Delvaux. Wat ik wel belangrijk vind, is dat de tas van hoogwaardige materialen gemaakt is. Ik ga dus gauw filteren op bijvoorbeeld leder als materiaal. Hoe je het nu draait of keert, een lederen handtas gaat toch wel degelijk langer mee.
Daarnaast moet een handtas voor mij ook tijdloos zijn. En als het ook nog even kan: praktisch. Stijlvol, tijdloos en praktisch: drie torenhoge criteria. De vraag was dan ook of ik de combinatie van deze drie zou vinden…

duifhuizen x ted baker review

Na eindeloos heen en weer scrollen door de feestcollectie op de webshop van Duifhuizen tassen en koffers viel mijn oog uiteindelijk op deze tas van Ted Baker. Een elegant, tijdloos, zwart lederen model dat ik ook als crossbody tas kan gebruiken. Heel handig wanneer ik op stap ben met Emma en mijn handen vrij moet hebben voor haar!

duifhuizen x ted baker review

Ik geef het toe: ik heb mijn meetlat ontelbare keren nagekeken opdat ik zeker zou zijn dat mijn portefeuille in deze handtas zou passen. Naar mijn normen is deze Ted Baker handtas immers aan de kleine kant, maar jawel, al mijn essentials passen erin. Sinds ik mama werd, zijn mijn essentials echt wel de essentiële dingen geworden. Zo niet, kon ik met twee luiertassen op stap!

Vandaag ging de handtas zo’n beetje in première aangezien ik een aantal foto’s voor dit artikel nam. Stiekem kan ik al niet wachten tot de doopviering zodat ik mijn nieuwe handtas een schitterend debuut kan geven. En die complimentjes? Die volgen vanzelf, toch?

ace and tate home try-on

ace and tate home try-on

Op het gros van mijn online profielen ben ik niet aanwezig met bril, maar ik ben wel degelijk een brilsmurf en dat sinds mijn prille tienerjaren. In de eerste jaren vond ik het vreselijk dat ik een bril op moest, maar tegenwoordig heb ik er geen probleem meer mee. Het enige wat me nu parten speelt, is budget. Ik heb vrij sterke glazen nodig en de kostprijs van een montuur is dan eigenlijk bijzaak, zeker met de acties die grote ketens regelmatig organiseren. De prijs van de glazen zelf blijft echter torenhoog en ik heb de indruk dat die alleen maar duurder wordt. Insert Ace and Tate waar je voor 98 euro een montuur met glazen op sterkte kan bestellen. Hoe dat in zijn werk gaat, testte ik afgelopen week uit!

ace and tate home try-on

Enkele jaren geleden schreef ik al eens over Warby Parker, een Amerikaans bedrijf waar je online monturen kan bestellen die je enkele dagen thuis kan proberen vooraleer je een definitieve keuze maakt. Ondertussen is het bedrijf al zodanig gegroeid dat in de meeste Amerikaanse grootsteden ook een winkel van hen geopend werd. Ik kocht er zelf een montuur toen we op vakantie in Los Angeles waren. Van de goedkope glazen kon ik niet genieten vanwege ons beperkt verblijf in de Verenigde Staten.
Toen ik over hen schreef, hoorde ik ook voor het eerst over Ace and Tate die toen nog exclusief binnen Nederland werkten. Zij hanteren grotendeels hetzelfde concept als Warby Parker. De laatste maanden zijn ze meer en meer op de Belgische markt aanwezig en volgende maand opent ook een fysieke winkel in Antwerpen. Het voordeel van enkele maanden thuis te zijn, is dat je altijd aanwezig bent om de deur open te doen voor de pakjesdienst, dus ‘bestelde’ ik vorige week (zij het nogal impulsief) vijf monturen om thuis te proberen.

ace and tate home try-on

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stijlvol op de fiets met little black bike

In oktober vorig jaar was het zover: ik kocht een fiets. Niet zomaar een fiets, maar een échte koersfiets (voor de geïnteresseerden: ééntje van Trek). Ik schreef er trouwens hier al eens kort over. Uiteindelijk ben ik niet zo heel veel op stap geweest met mijn fiets. Het weer zat niet echt mee en kort daarna werd ik zwanger. Sindsdien is het er niet meer van gekomen (vooral uit schrik voor valpartijen). Het lijkt mij nog steeds de ideale sport, solo of met gezelschap en ik kijk er al naar uit om hopelijk in het najaar toch nog even op die fiets te kunnen zitten!

Bij het aankopen van mijn fiets viel het mij wel al snel op dat mooie fietskledij geen evident gegeven was. Bij Decathlon had ik wel al het geluk dat er een verschil is tussen fietskledij voor mannen en vrouwen, maar ik bleef toch wat op mijn honger zitten toen ik een stijlvolle outfit zocht. Wat kan ik zeggen? Ook op de fiets wil goed voor de dag komen.
Enter Little Black Bike. Oprichtster Angélique Dupré dacht er blijkbaar net zo over toen ze in 2006 voor het eerst op de fiets kroop. Die little black dress die ze voor gelegenheden in de kast hangen heeft, vertaalde ze naar een wieleroutfit en bijgevolg zat er niets anders op dan haar eigen label te starten: Little Black Bike was geboren!

little black bike by silvie bonne

little black bike by silvie bonne

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stephanie duval for diamanti per tutti

If there’s one collab I’ve been looking forward to over the last couple of months, it must have been Stephanie Duval’s second capsule collection for one of my favorite brands: Diamanti Per Tutti.
While her first collection was centered around her nuptials, this one is staged around another milestone in her young life: becoming a mom to the adorable, sweet Juliet (do check Stephanie’s Instagram feed for a look at that cutie pie!).

Click through to read the rest of the story behind You + Me!

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the style avenue

The past holiday season had kick-ass lady and entrepreneur Liesbeth organize a very cool Instagram event: the Christmas Countdown. The goal was for Belgian entrepreneurs alike to connect and be part of the coolest giveaway ever. I participated myself both as a contestant and as entrepreneur (photographer) (already looking forward to shooting newlyweds Tine and Pieter this fall).

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clutch it

Wedding season is approaching fast and I get to attend two nuptials this year. I couldn’t be more excited as I love to get all glammed up and a wedding is the perfect occasion to do so, right?

I found two black dresses last month which are now waiting (rather impatiently) to get out of my closet. One of them is rather basic, so I thought I would add some fun accessories, starting with a clutch.

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thrifted

The title of this post doesn’t really do the items featured here justice. I could have easily used inherited as a title, but that seemed so big (as in house-big). So, thrifted it is.

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TASCHEN winter sale

I must admit: I love myself a good coffee table book (or two perhaps). I love to display them around the house, going through them at times, just looking at their beautiful covers. When reading this, I guess it will come as no surprise, that I have a penchant for TASCHEN books.
They are currently hosting their winter sales and I’m stopping by tomorrow to hopefully expand my ever-growing coffee table books collection. Since I have a keen interest in photography, I selected five items from their huge collection which I wouldn’t mind having in our home.

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dress to impress

I’m one of those women who never dares to bare their legs. I avoid skirts and dresses as much as I can unless they reach a certain length. However, when meeting other people in skirts and dresses, there’s always some kind of envy. It’s not so much that I don’t want to wear them, it’s just that I’m not confident enough to do so.

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bespectacled

bespectacled
(Image credit: Warby Parker (top & bottom left); Ace & Tate (top & bottom right))

I think I have been wearing prescription glasses for as long as I remember. No, that would be a lie, I do remember the day I admitted that for the past year or so, I hadn’t been able to read the black board at school. Yes, a year, and I did cry when admitting to that fact. We’re talking 1994, I was an insecure pre-teen and the last thing I wanted, was to wear prescription glasses. I already had a gap between my teeth (got that fixed in due time), so that was quite enough at the time. Not to mention, prescription glasses were anything but fashionable at the time.

Over the years, the condition of my eyes got a lot worse and as of today I am the not so proud owner of a sphere value of -7 and -4.75 on my eyes. Luckily, these numbers have been steady for the past ten years and I can only hope it stays that way.

When I was in college I eventually embraced the fact that I had to wear glasses. I got myself a set of Gucci frames and I was all set. Of course, it was only a matter of time before I couldn’t walk past a retailer and stare at all the beautiful collections.
However I tend to buy all my frames at the same optician I’ve been going to for the past two decades. For some reason, she always buys the frames I like best and I tend to have a liking towards Gucci and Ray Ban.

Glasses do get expensive and not only because of the frames. Since my sight is that bad, I need glasses that are extra thin, which tend to become more expensive and we’re only talking regular glasses here. Glasses designed for sunglasses are even more expensive.

Since my sight has been quite steady, I have had to ability to purchase new frames over the years without getting rid of my old ones. So, I switch now and then, but my Ray Bans are still my favorite. I also happen to wear contacts on weekends and during my vacation because they allow me to wear a range of sunglasses that I wouldn’t be able to wear with prescription glasses.

Around this time last year (or presumably even earlier on), I first learned about Warby Parker. They pop up on American blogs now and then (I think I read about them on Oh Joy!). They are indeed an American company, with their headquarters based in New York. They produce and sell prescription glasses directly to the customer via their online shop. From what I’ve read: good quality and by judging those $, a low price as well. Next to that, they are also involved in a charity program: for each pair of glasses sold, a pair of glasses is offered to people in need.
As for the customers, they have a home try-on plan which allows you to try up to five different frames during five days. After this trial period you send the frames back and you can purchase (no obligation) the frame of your liking. When I think about me sitting at my optician for over two hours trying to choose a frame, this sounds wonderful. I also think my purchase would be much considerate.
If you’re not really into that online stuff, they also have a showroom and a couple of retail locations in the US. I think I might be step foot into one of them during our West Coast trip, since they don’t ship abroad.

However, I recently stumbled upon Ace & Tate, who operate very similar to Warby Parker and have their headquarters in Amsterdam. From what I’ve read on their Facebook page they are shipping to Belgium as well.
They emulate Warby Parker’s business model of letting go of the middlemen, except Ace & Tate products are manufactured in Italy, in a family-operated factory to be more precisely.

I admit, I’m a bit reluctant, but then again, I have my eyes set on a new pair frames since like forever. The question remains though, will I pull the plug and take a leap of faith with Ace & Tate or will I go back to my regular optician? Time will tell, but at €98, new prescription glasses are a bargain, that I can tell you.

stephanie duval for diamanti per tutti

70percentpure x diamanti per tutti
70percentpure x diamanti per tutti

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought it was about time to present you my favorite brand-blogger collab of the moment.
I’m talking diamonds here, hence the Valentine’s Day reference.

After writing about their pop-up shop and the wonderful blogger dinner I attended last month, I guess by now Diamanti per Tutti is no stranger to you.
While their first line didn’t wow me, their future collections and collaborations sure did. Add the affordable price tag to all of this and I’m sold. I presume I don’t have to mention my wish list with them is endless?

Now, onto my favorite Diamanti per Tutti collection so far: the collaboration with the lady who has way too many aliases (blogger! journalist! photographer! etc! etc!), Stephanie Duval.
I’m a fan of her style and I think she did an excellent job in translating it into her capsule collection for the brand.
I’ve said it before, I’m no fan of the classic diamond necklaces, bracelets and rings, but this collection is just the opposite: subdued but ever so stylish, just the way I like it.
And it appears I’m not the only one as every time I wear a piece of the collection, I’m asked about it or people tell me how much they like it.

I have yet to share my favorite pieces with you: the Himmeli necklace/earrings and the Prism necklace, as pictured above. If I could, I would wear this bling day and night.

In some other related news: the Diamanti Per Tutti pop-up shop I talked about during the Christmas holidays recently re-opened as their first flagship store. With Friday approaching real soon, it might be your one stop before (or during) this Valentine’s weekend.

(images 1, 3 and 6 used by kind permission of Diamanti Per Tutti)

a sparkling dinner

70percentpure x Diamanti Per Tutti
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70percentpure x Diamanti Per Tutti
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70percentpure x Diamanti Per Tutti
70percentpure x Diamanti Per Tutti
70percentpure x Diamanti Per Tutti
70percentpure x Diamanti Per Tutti
70percentpure x Diamanti Per Tutti

It continues to sparkle here on coineanach.org. I already told you about Antwerp diamond fashion brand Diamanti Per Tutti back in December when I visited their pop-up store and spoiled myself with an early Christmas gift. A couple of weeks ago a sparkling invite landed in my mailbox which led to me attending a dinner party last Thursday, hosted by no other than the lovely Stephanie Duval of 70percentpure and the people behind Diamanti Per Tutti.

The utterly talented Stephanie (besides being awesome in about everything she already does, she now added jewelry designer to her resume as well) designed her own capsule collection for the Antwerp brand. Sharing Stephanie’s style and admiring everything she does (girl crush much?) it might come as no surprise that this 70percentpure collection was an instant favorite of mine. When window shopping at the next best jewelry store, I always remark how dull the designs are. Throughout the years, the window displays barely change and it all feels way too mainstream.
Insert Stephanie and her collection and I’m sold. Not convinced yet? Have a look at the price tags over at the Diamanti Per Tutti webshop and I’m sure you’ll be pretty convinced in no time.

Anyway, back to Thursday night: I met up with Stephanie, the Diamanti Per Tutti team and a string of lovely and talented Belgian bloggers (I was quite intimidated at some point) at the Diamanti Per Tutti pop-up shop. I was happy to meet some very inspiring people and to enjoy the cooking of the lovely Louise of Thursday Dinners (I tell you: the food was amazeballs!). Sparkling goodies were on hand and I’ll be wearing the Prism necklace (another favorite of mine) day and night from now on.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, expect another article soon, dedicated to the Diamanti Per Tutti x 70percentpure collection and if you cannot wait until Valentine’s Day, you can visit their webshop 24/7.

Thank you once again, Stephanie and Diamanti Per Tutti for the kind invite and the lovely evening.

diamanti per tutti pop-up

diamanti per tutti
diamanti per tutti
diamanti per tutti
diamanti per tutti

Over the weekend, I finally got the chance to experience the beauty that is Diamanti per Tutti, the Antwerp-based diamond fashion brand.
I remember them starting out not that long ago and have come to appreciate them over time. When I learned they would be popping up in Antwerp this December, I was in for a visit.
Though I must admit that one of the main reasons I wanted to check out their pop-up shop, was their collaboration with Belgian journalist and lifestyle blogger Stephanie Duval (look out for a special post on their Diamanti per Tutti x 70percentpure collab soon).
I have to admit, upon entering the shop, I fell in love. The interior is so stylish and beautiful and the jewellery couldn’t be displayed in a better way.
I think their presence in a shop, albeit a pop-up shop, during this holiday season was a smart move. After all, I wouldn’t have left with two boxes if it were to be bought online.
And as to what was in the two boxes… well, I guess you’ll just have to wait and see, or maybe check my Instagram on Christmas Eve for some sparkles.

chapeau

chapeau
chapeau
chapeau
chapeau
chapeau
chapeau

I don’t know when my love for headwear exactly started, but it was many, many years ago. Nowadays, I purchase at least one new hat or beanie every season. Oh yes, a straw fedora hat might just be one of my favorite items in my summer closet. A lot of people seem a bit shy to wear a hat, but I would tell them to go for it. Looking at these photos my husband took of me, I already regret not wearing mine more often.

Zara hat // Anthropologie hat (similar here) // COS cashmere hat (similar here) // FCUK coat // COS side zip jumper // Zara blouse

this is not another pop-up

Plantshop

When I read a press release with the sentence “this is not another pop-up”, I’m intrigued. Especially when it also talks about a new generation of pop-up concepts and that the likes of Baroness O. (online store/creative studio) and Sofie Claes (fashion designer) are involved.
Let me introduce you to The Plantshop. Based in Antwerp, from November 21st until December 28th, The Plantshop promises to spoil us with coffee, design, magazines and plants. But there’s more: the temporary restaurant will stuff your stomach every Thursday night (reservation required).
These creative gals also worked together on a special project. Top-secret as for now, the only thing we know for now is that it is a cross-over of sorts between fashion and design.
Furthermore, Baroness O. will present her capsule collection Jacky by Baroness O. together with other items from the webshop.
Designer Sofie Claes will present her AW13 capsule collection which she will complement with a line of silver leather garments.

The Plantshop
Vlasmarkt 30
2000 Antwerp

Opening hours – Thursday through Sunday – 11am-7pm
Also open on December 23 & 24, 27 & 28.

For dinner reservations, please send an e-mail to hello@baronesso.com or wolf@sofieclaes.be

de vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

I finally got round to visit De Vitrine yesterday, a bi-annual fair set in the lovely decor of La Brugeoise in Bruges.

The event was started a couple of years ago by the brains behind Lola Life Lines, a hip & retro webshop, based in Bruges. The first edition had a mere 12 stands, but now hosts over 80 stands ranging from webshops to designers.

I think it’s safe to describe De Vitrine as a real-life Etsy fest mixed with a couple of gift webshops. It’s nice to be able to see and touch the things you usually browse online in real-life.

The best thing about the fair though is that the entrance is free and it’s probably the ideal spot for a business to get recognized.

If you want to take it in yourself: the spring edition of De Vitrine is set for March 22nd and 23rd, 2014.

Show-up Shop Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

Earlier this summer we visited the show-up shop in Ghent hosted by none other than siblings Anne and Line of Baroness O. who did a collab with the talented Dagmara of Bureau Jacky.

Anne and Line are the brains behind Baroness O., both a blog and pop-up webshop. Pop-up as in the fact that they only offer twenty selected items. They carry these items in limited quantities, so when a product is sold-out it is simply replaced by a new product. Their webshop features the most beautiful design objects and you’ll surely agree with me that every visit is very tempting.

Dagmara of Bureau Jacky is a very talented lady whose work and approach I truly admire. She has the most rad concepts when it comes to promoting her services. It’s just one of the many reasons I’d hire her.

The idea behind the show-up shop was to let people see & touch the items the ladies of Baroness O. are selling in their webshop. After all, Belgian customers aren’t exactly the most fervent online shoppers.
For the people who were looking for a new logo or site design, it was the perfect opportunity to sit down and have a chat with Dagmara and exchange ideas. I think the threshold is rather low in this case.

From what I’ve heard Baroness O. is planning more of these events. I’ll be sure to post any news on the Coineanach Facebook page as it comes available.

(oh, and kudos to the ladies of Baroness O. for creating the best goodie bag ever (office supplies addict typing here)).

The September Issues

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I have a confession to make: I’m a magazine junkie. Back in the days, when I went to college in Ghent, I used to buy lots of them. Mind you, some newsstands had a great selection, unlike the newsstands in Bruges (where I work now).
I’d make sure to never miss out on one of the September issues, though it was nearly October when they made their way to Belgium.
Nowadays I don’t have to wait forever to get my hands on a magazine. I simply use my iPad to buy and read them. One of the best things is that they are way cheaper, I can start reading them upon their release in the US (or UK) and I’m not creating a pile of magazines around the house.
I’ve been getting some questions on Twitter where I buy them. I usually use the Zinio app, they have a great selection of magazines (including Elle, Vogue, Marie Claire, etc…). If you can’t find what you want on Zinio, I’d suggest you hit the app store and look for the magazine title you want. Many titles, such as US Vogue & Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair, have their own dedicated apps or are available through the Newsstand app which comes with your iPad.

The Blog Works

If you’re a fashion blogger and in for a talk about fashion & blogging combined with a couple of workshops to improve your blog, then you might want to check out The Blog Works.

Marie Lemaître and Stéphanie Duval took a cue from Blogshop (take that as a compliment, girls) and created their own seminar slash workshop. The programme covers a morning of seminars, followed by an afternoon of workshops (oh boy, how I would love to participate in Manon Wethly’s photography workshop).

The best news is that there are still 10 spots left (yes, 10!) and they go for €50. It’s a bargain, if you ask me.

I’m not a fashion blogger myself, but I really like how they put together this wonderful & creative idea and somehow brought it over here, to this tiny country.

Now, girls, if you’ll be doing a blogshop-sorta seminar/workshop (minus the fashion), sign me up already!

For more information, visit The Blog Works website by clicking here.

PS: that custom The Blog Works stamp is totally rad!

Kelly Moore bag

Ever since I got my first dSLR, I have been carrying it around in either my Lowepro or Crumpler camera bags. Functional bags? Yes. Stylish? Not so much.

Photographer Kelly Moore was thinking the exact same thing and designed her own camera bag. The result is a line of bags with repositionable dividers and tons of pockets to carry your camera gear. The stylish yet functional camera bags are not women-only, there’s a men’s line as well.

I have been using mine for over a month now and this camera bag really suits me. I got mine at PilgerBags where the lovely Silvia did a great job at getting me my Kelly Moore of choice as soon as possible (considering the fact that these bags are really popular and Silvia has clients from all over the world, I think it was really worth the wait). Moreover, every bag comes with a small gift. I had the pleasure of finding a beautiful felt camera keychain in my package.

Kelly Moore B-Hobo (Walnut), € 154,00 from PilgerBags

Lila Grace – Leather bracelet

Last week, I visited Antwerp to attend the start of the 2011 edition of the Scheldeprijs. After some obligatory Starbucks (hi, my name is Kelly and I am slightly addicted to anything Starbucks), the start of the Scheldeprijs (obviously), a delicious lunch (courtesy of Brasserie Appelmans, Papenstraatje 1), we headed towards the shops in the Nationalestraat. We usually stroll around the Meir, but we wanted to explore some other parts of the city as well…

One of our stops was the Lila Grace boutique. I had read about it online and in quite a few magazines/newspapers, but I had never managed to get there. I didn’t forget about it this time, though.

Lila Grace - Leather bracelet

They have some pretty unique and beautiful things at Lila Grace. I’m thinking about the beautiful accessories, such as earrings and necklaces, but also shirts, shoes, etc. I guess you could call it love at first sight… After carefully exploring everything, I had my eye on this (aqua) green leather bracelet (by Rules by Mary). Green is so my colour this season and I didn’t have a leather bracelet just yet. Needless to say I didn’t have to think too long about this purchase… The bracelet also comes in black and coral red.

For more information on Lila Grace, you can visit their web site here.

Shoplog – K in Kortrijk

La Primavera! Spring! Finally, the sun decided to pop up on Saturday and for me this was a perfect excuse to do some serious spring shopping! Let’s see what was on the menu yesterday as we headed to the mall in Kortrijk, ‘K in Kortrijk’, which celebrated its first anniversary just a week ago…

I got a Twice as Nice gift card for my birthday in January since I had my eyes set on one of their white Jet Set watches. I already have a brown and black-themed watch, but I really wanted one of these white plastic/rubber ones, because I think they’re the perfect fashion accessory for spring and summer outfits. I chose one circled with rhinestones because I want it to look rather classy than sporty. Mission accomplished!

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