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VALENTINE GAUTHIER x VILA c/o tartan blazer ⎜ TALLY WEIJL denim
CONVERSE sneakers ⎜ COACH handbag ⎜ RAY-BAN sunnies via Sunglasses Shop NL

Being a VILA ambassador (is it really obvious that I luuuuvv the brand?) means discovering new collections and receiving exclusive previews of even newer collections as the very first in town. Back in August I was shown the very first pieces of VILA's latest collaboration with French designer Valentine Gauthier and now the collection is finally for sale! 

What really attracts me in brands doing guest collaborations is that you see a whole new interpretation of their image. Valentine Gauthier for example chose to use a bright flower print, which is something that's very typical of VILA, but added some extra luxury-looking pieces that you would not easily connect with the brand in the first place. Good examples are this Western-inspired shirt and of course the beautiful wool blazer I'm wearing. The blazer is an absolute dream if you're looking for well-cut, high quality pieces that lift your work attire to another level. The classic print goes so well with the modern cut and edgy orange leather details, don't you think? I have worn it for lots of business meetings already, but really like the rockstar attitude it creates together with these aviator sunglasses. I'm looking forward to read what you think of today's outfit and the Valentine Gauthier collection! Oh, and did I mention you can win a trip for two to the city of love?

Photos by Lisa M.
Editing by me



Garcia pleather  ONLY pleather  GIPSY leather  Oakwood leather  ZARA pleather  MANGO pleather

Something I've been on the hunt for for quite a long time is a pair of black (p)leather leggings. I recently picked up a beautiful, comfy and very affordable pair of burgundy pleather leggings at H&M. Because of my positive experience with them I decided to buy the same ones in black as well. Unfortunately after my second wear already the pleather started tearing next to the bum seam (annnnd yes, I was wearing the right size!) so I had to return them to the store. I obviously didn't dare to buy another pair, so now the hunt is BACK ON! 

For me the (p)leather leggings are a real basic piece that is an indispensable complementation of my wardrobe, but apparently it's not so easy to find the perfect version of this basic. Everything has to do with the material (real leather or a synthetic variant?), the price (again, real leather or a synthetic variant?), the fit (ultra skinny or with a slight slouch?) and the details (cropped, with zippers, with a quilted part, with pockets...?). When UK brand Baukjen challenged me to style one of their AW14 pieces, I immediately fell for these leather beauties. I'm really looking forward to receiving them and starting to create outfits! First things first: wear them with a grey oversized knit and white chucks.

I unfortunately couldn't find the source of the first photo. If you know the correct source, please let me know!



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VILA c/o jacket ⎜ NEUVILLE c/o backpack ⎜ ZARA t-shirt ⎜ LOBOGATO c/o necklace ⎜ CONVERSE sneakers

Morning! Last Friday I had a shoot in Paris for a haircare products brand and together with the client my agency and I agreed that my hair could get cut and coloured. Very exciting times, since I didn't have any clue apart from this photo from Daria Werbowy! I was pleasantly surprised by the colour they picked for me, since that cool chocolate brown shade was something I wanted to try for a long time already! In the end they only chopped off a few centimeters and added extra layering, which gives my new do some rockstar vibes. This obviously called for a fun rockstar inspired look with my leather jacket and too-cool-for-school (no wait, I actually wear this to school) backpack. Anddd speaking of school, unfortunately university's calling! Gotta go! See you laterz x

Editing by me



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TOPSHOP v-neck knit ⎜ LUMO c/o rings ⎜ TALLY WEIJL denim ⎜ H&M hat
C&A c/o coat ⎜ SAM EDELMAN c/o hairy loafers ⎜ MYA BAY c/o bracelets ⎜ COACH bag

Woah, what a week! I had some lovely business meetings, did lots of modernist reading for university, went to class as well, attended the Zalando Blogger Awards and travelled to Paris for a real cool hair job! From Wednesday until Friday evening I survived on a total of 7 hours of sleep. I'm pretty amazed I didn't fall to pieces this weekend, but perhaps that 14h (!) night of sleep on Friday was an epic last minute rescue.

Since I'm still quite groggy today I want to dive into the basic/comfy section of my closet — which is probably 95% of my entire wardrobe, so easy! A terrific example of an outfit that I would immediately recycle today is the one you're looking at right now. The ingredients are simple: a hat to hide a bad hair day, some skinny denim, a pair of comfy loafers and a soft knit. Those Tally Weijl skinny jeans instantly rose to my top three of most comfy denim pieces, since they're as stretchy as regular leggings but stay super tight throughout the day weeks. The brand new Topshop knit (bought in size 40) is here to stay too: pale blue, slightly oversized and a clean neck line is everything I really ask for in a jumper. Last but not least I want to mention those gorgeous Sam Edelman pony hair loafers! The idea of wearing loafers usually really scares me because I have some serious blister experiences with them. These grey leopard babies on the contrary are like clouds on my feet, so you'll meet them again real soon here on Polienne!

Here's a little note on that cutie hanging on my shoulder as well: as you might remember it was on my birthday wishlist back in August! Because of its price tag I would never have expected to actually receive it but my boyfriend and his brothers + their girlfriends saved up together to surprise me with it! Two of them went to New York for a little city trip at the end of September and stopped by at Coach to get me the highly desired bag! Sorry for all of the exclamation marks, but I'm just so so happy! Thank you so much, lovely Stéphanie, Pieter-Jan, Stephanie, Jeroen and Roel!

Photos by Dogs & Dresses
Editing by me




Hi friends! I was supposed to schedule an outfit post for today but due to some really hectic days I unfortunately couldn't finish the article. LUCKILY something really cool happened yesterday, about which I can do a last-minute post (read: I'm writing this on my phone while overdosing on coffee and waiting for my make-up in a Parisian photo studio). Yesterday the first Belgian Zalando Blogger Awards took place at Paris Texas in Antwerp! The evening was not only a celebration of Belgian blog talent, but a moment to connect with, get inspired by and catch up with all of our friends and colleagues. We attended two super interesting masterclasses by Yara Michels (Chapter Friday) and Veerle Windels (fashion journalist), after which we indulged in some #cointreaufizzcocktails and yummy bites. Zalando really took care of a great evening...

...and the fact that I took home the JURY AWARD obviously doubled the fun! I feel extremely grateful to receive this much appreciation and recognition by the lovely jury of fashion experts! What started out as merely a weird hobby (uploading pics of yourself on the world wide web is still quite difficult to explain ànd understand), is now evolving into a really exciting project that I seem to work on with more passion every day. That's why I wanted to thank YOU guys to make this possible! Without my epic bunch of loyal readers none of this would've happened. I hope you'll still be around for quite some time here on Polienne, because it would be hard to imagine carrying on without your encouraging comments, interesting questions and awesomeballs presence. Now, let me end this post before we get all teary ;-) The make-up artist is calling, so I'll speak to you soon and I hope you have a great weekend! 
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