06/03/2015

INTRODUCING THE CT


SPRING! Spriiiiiiiiing! Now that we're finally able to bare our ankles again, the time has come to pull out some of my favourite pieces: light jackets, breezy knits and boyfriend denim! For the occasion I wore my new pair of Levi's 501 CT's, which are basically an updated version of the iconic 501 jeans. They are customized and tapered, meaning that they are a bit more destroyed and have a elegant slimmer fit around the ankles. I'm already contemplating the more bleached version to add to my quite extensive boyfriend denim collection! What's your favourite colour?

Oh and guys, I'd love to tell you all about what's happening in life, but unfortunately lately has been all about spending time in the library, kicking ass at the gym and enjoying my last few months as a student! That's right, in June I will be graduating (fingers crossed!) and will probably be thrown into real life. To shake off that scary thought, I'll now go and think about my outfit for our next Mexican-themed student party! Byeeeee.

(You can follow me on Snapchat to follow my daily adventures though! My username is @pielaunio!)
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H&M Modern Classics suède bomber ∙ VILA fringe knit ∙ LEVI'S c/o 501 Custom & Tapered denim
H&M beanie ∙ CALVIN KLEIN c/o watch ∙ NIKE c/o Stefan Janoski sneakers by Lockwood

04/03/2015

3 DAYS OF DETOX DELIGHT



Behold, my friends. This food-loving, pasta-eating, chocolate-munching cookie monster has tried out something pretty extraordinary last week! La Pielaun tested the Juice & Soup Detox from German brand Detox Delight to review it here on the blog. The concept is pretty straightforward: it is about purifying your body when you've been exposed to too much sugar, coffee, alcohol, not getting enough exercise et cetera. Think exams, the holiday period or maybe even your regular life! With this detox you help your body cleansing itself to enhance its vitality, balance, and spirit. Detox Delight used these principles to develop a detox approach that is "effective, easily digestible, suitable for our modern lifestyle and delightful at the same time." Sounds good? Read more about their philosophy here! 

The use is very easy: you select the kind of detox you want to do, the amount of days you want to purify and the day you want your detox to be delivered. Unfortunately the delivery cost is pretty high for Belgium, but that's because they work with a private courier and have to send the cooled package overnight. Now, I guess that you are curious for my experiences? Read along! 


Day 1

09.00 - My detox box got delivered right in time! I received a huge box with all of the bottles safely stored in between cooling elements. First thoughts on the packaging: gorgeous!

12.00 - Oops, did I really fall asleep again and sleep until noon?! I guess the heavy and tiring week before had something to do with this. I also blame my 15h class, which always makes me feel like not being capable to do anything useful before that time. Ah, the student life! Anyway, I downed my first juice way too late, which caused a serious delay in my further schedule. This 'downing' took me quite some time by the way: I found the lemonade juice (apple, filtered water, lemon) quite sour to drink on a sober stomach.

15.00 - Since I had spent about an hour on my first juice, I took my second one to class and had to start drinking it before I even got hungry. It was pretty delicious (apple, carrot, orange, fennel) and filled me up quite well! No serious concentration issues so far, even though my class was rather boring. My bladder did start sending warning signals at this point. After the second juice and half a liter of water I had a feeling the toilet was going to be a good friend of mine.

17.00 - Right after getting home from class I had my third juice with apple, carrot, orange, pear, beetroot, lemon and ginger. Although I'm not a huge beetroot fan, this juice was utterly delicious! I did start having troubles with drinking water together with this large amount of fruits; normally not one of my favourite combinations.

20.00 - My boyfriend and I are used to eating quite late, so in that respect I was lucky that I started my detox so late in the morning. I still had to finish my 4th juice before I could indulge in that delicious looking vegan soup though, but since I didn't feel like watching my boyfriend eating home-made goulash while I would be sipping on something green and fluid, I switched up the two. Soup it was! The thai flavours of carrot, lemongrass, onion, coconut water, coconut flakes, curry, himalayan salt and black pepper were right up my alley. I would totally eat this in real life! With a large piece of bread though.

22.00 - You're probably not allowed to eat anything this late, but I still wanted to finish my last juice in order to completely fulfill the program. This green juice contained green apple, cucumber, pineapple, romaine lettuce and lime. After dinner I started feeling quite tired, but I'm not sure if it had to do with the juices or the fact that I had been behind my computer screen for a couple of hours. No real headaches or other side effects so far!

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Day 2

10.00 - I had quite some trouble finishing my first juice on day 2. I found it way too sour on an empty stomach and only half-emptied the bottle.

12.00 - Soooo, an unexpected but important lunch meeting came up today, so I had to be creative and find a way to adapt this meeting to my schedule. Luckily we agreed to meet up at a bio lunch place, where they offer loads of vegan juices and soups too. I decided to make the best out of it and opted for an energizing sweet-spicy green soup and ignored the delicious-looking crackers that came with it. Now, I did switch my regular soup in the evening with this one, so I planned the juice for the evening. I also had a fresh mint tea!

14.30 - Chit-chatting for a few hours definitely helps with not feeling hungry, I'll tell you that. I had TONS of energy but unfortunately I had to work on a school assignment. Luckily my focus was pretty strong too.

17.00 - Ok, the beetroot juice tasted a bit less good than the day before, so my first enthusiasm might have been due some surprise about the juice not being totally AWFUL.

20.00 - In the evening I opted for the emergency option and cheated on a handful of cashew nuts. Not because I was feeling hungry, but because I was about to meet up with my best gym friend for a heaving exercise session. You are advised to avoid any heavy activity during the detox, but since my energy levels were so high I really really wanted to go. We did a 1,5h full body work out and guess what... I didn't feel a thing. No troubles at all. I was amazed!

21.30 - You're probably not supposed to have a juice this late in the evening, but I really wanted to finish my schedule despite my rearranging today. Hey, even busy people can detox! I ended this day without a single moment of headaches or feeling tired.

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Day 3

08.30 - This was going to be the big test: I had an early class today so I just brought my juice along with me. This lemonade thing is definitely not for me, by the way. I was very afraid I would be hungry for the very first time now, but nope, no weird sounds from my belly were heard. This might be caused by the fact that I can't exactly down an entire bottle in a few minutes, so it took me about two hours to down an entire juice sip by sip.

10.30 - Okay, a few hours later I did start feeling hungry but when I brought out my favourite carrot juice, the feeling quickly faded. Nomnomnomnom. Oh, don't forget to bring some mints at this stage, because otherwise your friends might complain about a weird chronic carrot scent coming from your mouth.

12.30 - The beetroot juice clearly tasted less better than the first two days, but I still managed to drink the entire juice without feeling totally disgusted or whatsoever. Yes!

17.00 - I felt so full after drinking my previous juices that I didn't manage to empty my last green juice. Or maybe the perspective of ending my detox soon had to do something with it?

19.00 - In the evening I was expected at a very cool and exclusive event but... I might had forgotten that there was a dinner included. With real food. The weird thing was that I didn't feel like cheating AT ALL: I almost want to skip the entire dinner, but that would have been pretty rude. Keeping that dedication in mind, I skipped the deliciously looking bread, the wine, the champagne and most of the carbs. I had fish, fresh vegetables and a tiny amount of sauce. Chewing felt pretty good, by the way. But things went pretty wrong when the dessert came: CHOCOLATE CREME BRULEE. Yup, I downed the entire plate and didn't feel guilty for a second! I did feel extremely bloated...

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Afterwards

On the last day Detox Delight sent me an email with instructions and advices to phase out. Nope, the detox doesn't end after 3 days! Your body needs to adapt to the diet you have been following and will be following from then on. The advice includes loads of fresh fruits, steamed vegetables, brown rice or quinoa, soup and natural infusions. After 3 days of phasing out you're allowed to go back to normal food again, but hopefully you have learned to include extra healthy options in your usual routine! And don't forget to drink loads of water!

Now, I ended up with two vegan soups left in the fridge, so I obviously had these as a lunch in the following days. I also had a smoothie for breakfast and prepared zucchini with quinoa and tomatoes in the evening. Everything went pretty great, until I was expected for brunch at my parents' during the weekend, where I couldn't resist some good old pastries. I managed to ban alcohol, red meat and tea/coffee out of my menu for the next days but definitely did indulge in some carbs. Omnomnomnom, sushi....

In the end I feel VERY happy to have tried out this detox, as I think that for me it would be the perfect preparation for an important shooting: no bloated belly, a very radiant skin and TONS of energy! Everything a model is looking for, right? What do you think? Have you detoxed before? Discover more about Detox Delight right here.

02/03/2015

H&M MODERN CLASSICS



Dear H&M,

You were my first love and you will be my last. Whether I was in my early teen (failed) punk/rebel style, my vintage girly/flower style or my minimalist Parisian/tomboy style, I always managed to pluck the ideal piece of clothing from your racks. You are always delivering us the latest trends for affordable prices, and try your best to make fashion sustainable and sustainability fashionable. As you say yourself, you bring us more fashion choices that are good for people, the planet and our wallet! And yet again, you proved yourself a master chameleon!

My Swedish friends from H&M and I teamed up to show you my interpretation of their brand new Modern Classics line! This collection is all about minimalist silhouettes, elegant details, quality materials and femininity. The prices are a bit higher than the usual H&M ones, but you get some gorgeous linen, suede and silk in return. With this editorial I wanted to prove that these pieces are true investments that you can wear on literally every occasion and combine them in endless ways. This means that the pieces can be mixed and matched reciprocally too! Why not wear that stunning linen tuxedo dress as a waistcoat? And what about combining that beautiful flower print with a breezy striped shirt?

The Modern Classics collection will be in store from March 12, and I sincerely hope you will go and take a look (and a feel!) because there are some true kick-ass spring pieces to be scored. Happy shopping guys!

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Look 1: H&M Modern Classics suède bomber jacket + striped tee ∙ H&M hat ∙ BAUKJEN leather leggings ∙ COACH bag ∙ MANGO cowboy boots ∙ Look 2: H&M Modern Classics ribbed print jacket + print longsleeve jumpsuit ∙ Look 3: H&M Modern Classics black tuxedo dress worn as a waistcoat ∙ ZARA ribbed knit ∙ COMPTOIR DES COTONNIERS grey boyfriend denim ∙ CELINE sunglasses ∙ ALDO loafers  ∙ Look 4: H&M Modern Classics ecru silk shirt dress ∙ H&M hat + jeggings ∙ SACHA heels ∙ COACH bag ∙ Look 5: H&M Modern Classics black tuxedo dress + striped tee ∙ HIPSTERS FOR SISTERS leopard bum bag ∙ CELINE sunglasses ∙ Look 6: H&M Modern Classics ribbed print bomber jacket ∙ NEW LOOK tartan shirt ∙ CITIZENS OF HUMANITY boyfriend denim ∙ CALVIN KLEIN watch

This post is created in collaboration with H&M. Thanks a million for the photos, Lisa!

01/03/2015

CC TO THE RESCUE

Hey guys! I'm extremely bummed to be writing this because I had actually planned this post for this morning around 8 but when I woke up I saw that the post had entirely vanished. So yup, after spending more than 2 hours on writing it yesterday evening I now have to start all over again, from scratch. What a jolly way to start your Sunday!

What I was trying to tell you in my initial post was that I had a pretty rough weekend: I went straight from class to the gym (we're starting week 3 of Kayla Itsines' workout schedule!) to a restaurant with friends to a club and finally to my bed at around 4AM. Yesterday morning I got up at 9 for a shoot I had planned for an exciting little project (the pics look awesome and will be up tomorrow morning, stay tuuuuuned!). 7 hours and 6 looks later I ended up on my couch with an upcoming cold, greasy take-away kebab and my favourite addiction, The Voice UK. 

How did I manage to stay fabulous throughout the day on yesterday's shoot with only a few short hours of sleep (and a couple of drinks...) the night before? Well, after guiding you through my favourite Estée Lauder products for the past few weeks, I think it is now time to share my I woke up like this-secret with you.


A-B-CC-cream! This is the one holy tube that I keep digging up on a daily base, guys, and in combination with the instant-fresh-glance eye balm the cream is da ultimate bomb. I had tested loads of BB-creams before but never managed to find one that was not peach (ew), brown (eww) or carrot-coloured (EWW). However, the promise of having slight coverage and full moisturisation still appealed to me, so I was happy to read about the more advanced 'whipped, light, fluffy feel and finish' CC-creams. If you don't know the difference between BB and CC this article may come in handy! What honestly really excites me in this cream, apart from of course deep hydration, a healthy, glowy colour coverage and the protective SPF, is that you don't have to buy "your" colour anymore. The product adapts itself to your skin tone. MIND BLOWN. How about we all take the test to find out if this CC-cream is actually suitable for every skin tone? For me it definitely works... Go get a sample and be amazed. 

This post was written in collaboration with Estée Lauder. See our video collab here!

26/02/2015

THE BAG DRESS


Whoppa, change of scenery! Since I got back to normal and rainy life in Antwerp after my little getaway to Marrakech I documented loads of outfits that I still need to show you. One of those being this ensemble that I put on on a cloudy Saturday afternoon spent at the gym and one of my favourite lunch places (hi Tinsel) with my friend Lisa! My favourite way to spend the weekend is probably indulging on coffee with friends living nearby. So all of you who don't... Get your ass over to Antwerp! Yes, I'm most definitely talking to you, Robin.

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