Leopard Loafers

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As a child I always thought animal print looked kind of trashy. Which is interesting considering the fact that in the past it used to be only worn by kings and queens because they were the only ones who could afford it. Of course, nowadays it’s not done to wear real fur and almost everything with animal print is made of fake fur, and thus, also made affordable for everyone. I think the reason why I didn’t really like animal print as a child, is because most people who wore it looked like Cruella the Vil from the 101 Dalmatians.

But this season animal printed clothes and accessoires are very stylish and subtle. As you can see in, for example, the fall 2014 campaign from Longchamp starring Alexa Chung.

Personally, I’ve fallen in love with leopard print shoes. I’ve seen them in a lot of different varieties from several brands and finally found the perfect pair of leopard print loafers at Dune.

I like wearing them with a very simple outfit, just like this one in the photos, to put the focus on them. They really add a little extra to an outfit that would normally be a bit plain. Leopard also goes really well with the shade of the season, burgundy. And I happen to have a lot of items in that colour at the moment.

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Wearing: Dune London loafers/ Zara ripped jeans and knitted sweater/ Hat from Bricklane market/ Furla Piper Satchel

I hope the weather in London will stay dry, so I can enjoy my new shoes to the max ๐Ÿ™‚

London Street Style Inspiration | LFW SS15

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Tomorrow London Fashion Weekend starts and since I’m going there on Saturday, I thought it would be a good idea to visit Somerset house during London Fashion Week to get some inspiration for what to wear. It was my first time ever to go a Fashion Week location and I must say it was quite an intersting experience. It’s really cool to see all the original outfits people are wearing. Some looked quite uncomfortable and were more like pieces of art than clothing, while others were surprising but still wearable at the same time. As you can see in the pictures below most women wore skirts, so that’s probably what I’m going to do as well. But what I learned in general is that anything goes, your outfit can be extravergant or basic, classy or sporty, whatever you like. Here is a selection of my favourite street style looks I spotted myself and some that were spotted by others:

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Top six photos by me, others fromย http://instagram.com/nytimesfashion.

Living the London Life

 

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 20.59.02About a week ago I moved from Amsterdam to London, and thus far I’ve had a fantastic time! The first couple of days I was mainly busy moving and arranging stuff at my future uni, but after all of that was done, I went out to explore the city. I’ve been to London before, so I tried to visit parts of the city I’d not seen yet. But of course I did some touristy things as well ๐Ÿ˜‰

First of all, I went to the glorious department store Liberty. If there wouldn’t have been so crazy many tourists, I would probably have walked around the store for the whole day. It’s not just their collection, but the whole building that breathes luxury. I love walking around every floor and making a wish list in my head of all the pretty things I want to buy with the famous Liberty print. Yes, one day I will walk out of that store with one of their signature purple shopping bags containing a fancy gift for myself. But that will probably take a while, since I basically have to spent all of my money on rent..

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Luckily, not everything in London is expensive. For example, the temporary World War I memorial at the Tower of London is really a must see, for free! It’s there until the 11th of November, so if you’re going to be in town before that time, you should definitely go see it ๐Ÿ™‚ Another free, and awesome thing to do is go to the Sunday Up Marketย at Brick Lane. There you’ll find a lot of interesting stalls selling clothes, crafts, and food from all over the world. Afterwards, you can relax a bit on the rooftop of the Queen of Hoxton with a real British Pimm’s (or any drink of your liking).

 

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If you’re lucky to find yourself in London on a sunny day I’d recommend you going to Hampstead Heath. It’s a big natural park in the north of London and a fantastic place to relax and get away from the hectic city life for a bit. Close by, you can get a great coffee at Ginger & White. I found this place through The London Coffee Guide which leads you to the best independent coffee places in London. So no need to go to Starbucks anymore ๐Ÿ˜‰

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But of course, London has enough to offer for rainy days as well. I’m a big fan of the Victoria & Albert museum, where they currently have the exhibition “Wedding Dresses”. The collection displayed features wedding dresses from the early 19th century until the dresses Kate Moss and Gwen Stefani wore to their weddings. And their permanent collection is great as well, my favourites are the fashion and jewelry ones.

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My last visit of this week was to the British Library. I have loved libraries since I was a little girl, so maybe this visit was more exciting for me than for the average person, but I was quite impressed with what I saw. The building itself is not very special, but their permanent collection of ‘treasures’ is really cool. The library owns, amongst others, original documents from Leonardo Da Vinci, Shakespeare, and The Beatles. I am definitely going back there, and would recommend it to every literature lover.

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So this is how I spend my first week in London. Let me know if you have tips about things I have to see or places I should go ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Website update #2

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It’s been quite a while since I last wrote a blog post, but I’ve got some pretty good reasons for that. First of all, I was busy moving to London (!!!) about which I’ll write more in my next post. And second, I was re-designing my website. I am very happy with the result and hope you like it too ๐Ÿ™‚

The main thing I changed is the menu. First, I had a static menu that remained on the top of my site all the time, which looked like this:

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Now I made a menu that can appear and disappear whenever the user wants. I did this through jQuery. jQuery is a Javascript library which amongst others makes it very easy to create animations on a web page. I never learnt jQuery but it’s very easy to understand what’s going on when you read the code. For example, in the code below I wrote the part that makes the menu pop out, the body part of the page you’re looking at move to the right and become opaque when you click on the words ‘MENU’. By using jQuery I made my website a lot more interactive and dynamic then it was before.

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But there are other ways through which you can add animations to your website. When you click on any of the pages in the menu tab you’ll see the content fades in. I did this with Animate.css. This lets you add animations in your css code.

Another thing I added is the map on my contact page. I did this by following the steps on the google devlopers page about Google Maps: https://developers.google.com/maps/tutorials/fundamentals/adding-a-google-map.

Of course, re-designing my website brought along some problems, most of them were very small but the thing I struggled with a lot was the size of the images in my blog posts. Somehow all of the pictures I added in the blog posts I wrote were deformed. I tried adjusting my css and HTML but nothing seemed to solve my problem. I always post my posts on WordPress first because it’s very easy to add images there and copy the complete post in HTML and then add it to my site. But the thing is, when adding images in WordPress it stets a fixed size for your images, so when I then add it to my site the width and height are adjusted again by my sites’ css and then weird stuff happens. So I decided to postย mostย of my posts again and get rid of the fixed widths and heights wordpress assigned to my images. That’s why it now seems as if I posted al lot blog posts today. I admit this wasn’t the solution I hoped for, but at least I managed to solve the problem.

Let me know what you think of my new design ๐Ÿ™‚