Denim days

Remember when we had a few LOVELY sunny Spring days last week? Whenever the sun comes peeping out on those first warm days of the season, I always resort to some good old denim because I don’t know about you guys, but I’m NOT ready to show lots of pale bare skin yet! Anyway, it was time…

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5.01 o’ clock in Berlin

If there’s one thing that connects my girl squad, it’s probably music and laughter. We’d rather invest our money in concerts and festivals than spending it on 7 new trending outfits every month. And that’s another thing we definitely have in common: we stick to the basics. Last month we traveled to Berlin to attend a concert…

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Festival season is upon us!

Coachella traditionally means the kick off of my favourite season of all: festival season! The festival is also known as Palm Springs Fashion Week, as famous bloggers and A-list celebrities showcase their flower crowns, vintage Levi’s shorts and ethnic printed crop tops next to a pool filled with inflatable donuts. But personally I’m most impressed…

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Spring outfit & light ramble

Even though I’m not too crazy about this particularly lazy office look, I absolutely LOVE the soft lightning in these photos! My amazing brotographer used one of his brilliant vintage lenses to capture the setting sun in the background, resulting in this insane coloured bokeh <3 I usually love to work with my 40mm f/2.8 lens because it’s…

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Outlet shopping for Spring musthaves

What’s better than designer shopping? Affordable designer shopping! After purchasing a cute Mulberry Lily bag at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Roermond more than two years ago, I finally returned to the walhalla of marked down designer items last week! With top brands like Prada, Coach, Levi’s, Gucci, Nike and Burberry you can find some real steals here, especially during…

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Pink & deep brown: a winning combo!

It’s been already a month since I returned from Berlin but I still have to show you the last outfit that I wore! On this sunny day I mixed my pastel pink Topshop sweat with this trusty deep brown faux fur coat. A combination that seems weird at first, but that works like a charm for me! I’m going…

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That 70s show

The seventies were never really my era: I honestly don’t like flare pants and the pale shade of those flower power prints looks horrible on me. BUT when I spotted this little striped number with high collar and slightly longer sleeves, I knew I had to have it. And then, as if I was contaminated with the 70s…

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Add some drama

My home town Antwerp offers many gorgeous architectural gems, and not just the famous ones like the cathedral, the MAS museum or the city hall! By just wandering around you’ll discover plenty more unknown buildings that are equally (or even more) stunning as the obligated architectural must-sees. Examples are the richly decorated late 19th century…

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A classic Spring uniform

Blooming cherry blossoms, my old light trenchcoat and the first pieces of fresh watermelon: three key words that define how I celebrated that incredibly warm Sunday last weekend! In the afternoon temperatures rose over 22° here in Antwerp, so even though that spring coat came out to play unexpectedly early, I took it off even quicker! Yep, biking…

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Pretending to be a Berliner

Because I’m smart like that, I obviously wore my all black & wool outfit on the sunniest day of our Berlin trip! The girls and I spent our last day around the area of Boxhagener Straße, which has loads of vintage shops, concept stores and adorable cafés. The perfect place to pretend to be a local, right? (This “Berliner”…

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Faux fur in Berlin

As you know, my besties and I went on a little trip to Berlin two weeks ago! I had been there plenty of times for work but this was the first time that I could finally actually visit the city. The main purposes of our trips were a) a pretty awesome Hurts concert and b) chilling to…

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From gym to office and back with Zalando

Over the years my style has slowly but surely been evolving from girly to a more sporty vibe. The ones amongst you that have been reading my blog from the beginning must remember the days in which I would only leave the house wearing a frilly skirt and high heels, right? Those days are definitely over now:…

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Sequin Sunday

So far so good for my 2016 resolution of bringing more glitter in my life. Not only have I booked plenty of fun concerts and trips for the Summer to come, I have also been rocking this sequin sweater pretty frequently! How else brighten up a rainy Sunday afternoon in March? Pretend it to be Spring…

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Pastel Disney dreams

Earlier this week I spent two days in Disneyland, where dreams are fulfilled <3 The boyfriend and I stayed a night at the beautiful Disneyland Hotel, which I had never thought would EVER happen, and soaked up a happy world of pastel pink. So obviously, I pulled out my most pastel outfit to stroll through the Disney Main Street,…

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I’m with the band

This title got slightly more plausible since I started playing the bass guitar two months ago, but let’s say I’m mainly good at looking like I’m with the band. My fringe instantly gives an effortless rock vibe, so all that this band look still needed was a pretty fedora hat, John Lennon-style sunglasses and loads of faux fur. Done!…

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All about that blouse

Seeing this blouse on Caroline and Andy earlier this week urged me to run to my nearest (new!) H&M in Antwerp and throw my money at the counter. I was lucky enough to grab the last piece in size 38, because it seems to be sold out both in store and online now. Sad story really,…

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Print clashing 2.0

Last month I showcased several ways of wearing my beloved ZARA trousers with leopard print, with which I tried to convert you guys to the “leopard is a basic” principle. And basics can be combined with prints, right? I channeled my inner Lizzy VD Ligt  and threw in an eclectic vibe in which I felt surprisingly comfortable. In…

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Why brunch meetings are always the best

Do I really have to explain? Hello there, perfect pink wall, fresh flowers and pastel cushions. Oh hi, delicious food that I can stuff my face with without wasting any energy on the cooking process. And of course, thank god for never having to do the dishes myself. Last week was all about meetings, and more…

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Is that a pencil skirt?

Wait, am I wearing a skirt? A pencil skirt? A lace pencil skirt? I’m not sure what prompted me to grab this skirt in the H&M Trend rayons, but in my opinion it’s an unexpected choice that does work on me. Pairing it with a ribbed knit and studded biker boots gave it that very…

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Monday thoughts on blogging

Hi friends! If you’re an avid Creators reader, you’ve probably seen Anouk’s blogpost about the future of blogging (and Creators Of Desire) last week. If you haven’t done so yet, I strongly recommend that you do, because it’s a topic that I personally have thought about a lot in the past year! Something that I strongly agree with, is…

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Shoreditch feelings

Nice to meet you, my name is Paulien and I’m a member of the CAA, the Coat Addicts Anonymous. This sale period I wanted to keep my wallet closed, but after I already broke the rule in favour of this amazing Zoë Karssen bomber jacket, I sinned a second time… During a quick scroll on…

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Weekend uniform

Thank God it’s Friday! Last week I’ve been pretty sick and now that I’m recovering, I’m trying to take things easy. So the outfits that I’m currently craving for are easy and comfortable too! Think ripped denim, my old Converses and oversized knits, which means that I’ve transformed my usual weekend uniform into my current workwear. Say hi…

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Ultra Fly

This title doesn’t make any sense until you consider a) what a fresh fringe does for your attitude and confidence, and b) my brand new Nike Air Force 1 sneakers. In a fun post I read on The Man Repeller earlier this week the writer compares French women’s perfect je-ne-sais-quoi fringes with her own Matilda-worthy haircut. Seems like I have…

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A jacket full of stars

So I wasn’t going to shop any sales this season. But then I bumped into this Zoë Karssen bomber jacket that I had been staring at for months already at work! I work as a social media manager and copywriter at the Princess group (including amazing high-end boutiques Renaissance and Sketch) so you can imagine how many great clothes, bags…

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CKS x Polienne: the first images!

You know that feeling when you meet someone that you’ve noticed around but had never really talked to before, and suddenly you get along really great? That sometimes happens between bloggers and brands too! When Belgian label CKS invited me to come over and discover the brand at their impressive headquarters, we immediately clicked. Not only do I love their…

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