Friday, 14 July 2017

Lifestyle: Exploring Brussels In A Day

brussels day trip travelling in europe

City breaks have never been as popular as they are now. Our world is so well connected these days that it is easy to get on a train after work on a Friday and just leave for the weekend. Come back on a Sunday relaxed and with a bag full of lasting memories. The little escape usually takes no more than three days and is a welcome break from the mundane routine of a 9-5pm workweek. 

Having been on a city break to Amsterdam and Paris this year already, I was keen to explore another European capital and tick off my travel list. I always wanted to go to Brussels as I've never really visited Belgium properly. One of my colleagues visited the city not so long ago and said that you could easily view the sights within a day. Perfect, as there was no need in booking accommodation for the trip: wake up in the morning in my bed in London, spend the day in another country and fall back asleep at home in the UK - simple!

Said and done - I booked myself a ticket mid-week and ventured on a day trip to Brussels.  
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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Fashion: Balenciaga's Shaping Fashion Exhibition

Balenciaga Shaping Fashion exhibition in London review

After Burberry's Henry Moore Exhibition at Makers House and Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty, a new fashion exhibition has made it to London town: Cristobal Balenciaga's Shaping Fashion at the Victoria & Albert Museum is an absolute must! 

Shaping Fashion marks the centenary of the opening of Balenciaga's first fashion house in San Sebastian and the 80th anniversary of his famous second one in Paris. With a focus on the designer's most creative period, the 1950's and 60s, the exhibition opened officially a few weeks ago in May and will run until February 2018.

Shaping Fashion is the first ever UK exhibition showcasing Balenciaga's work and highlighting his influence on today's fashion industry, e.g. designs by Hussein Chalayan are on display, too. The reason to put emphasis on a later stage in Balenciaga's career was mainly as he produced a significant amount of bespoke designs for high-end clients. It was also the time in which Cristobal introduced iconic shapes to the fashion world that we can't live without today, such as the baby doll shape, the tunic, the shift dress and the sack.
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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Fashion: Oysho Summer Look

Oysho summer oufit ootd fashion post

Shopping belongs as much to a holiday as the extensive sightseeing. Whenever I'm abroad, I put a few hours aside to browse through the local High Street retailers in the hope to bring back home some fashion finds. My latest discovery is the Spanish fashion brand Oysho, which funnily enough, I found during my to trip Paris in France.
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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Fashion: Smart Casual With Gant*

Gant smart casual outfit fashion post

Oh, the weather has been absolutely magnificent lately in London and I'm happy we seem to get more than three days of sunshine and warmth this summer. I had the chance to enjoy a picnic at Greenwich Park with my friends and also relaxed on my balcony, as I moved into a shiny new place over the last few days. Yes - lots has happened these past few weeks and I now live in zone 3 which allows me to get into work within 40mins tops - bye, bye long commute and hello free time for blogging!

The new place is a bit smaller than my previous flat so I had to declutter and part from a few beloved pieces, but new space in the wardrobe means space for new stuff, right? At first, I felt overwhelmed when I got the news to move out, but now I feel relieved that it has happened and settling into a new environment feels like a fresh start.

I'm still settling in and a few things need to be sorted out in my new place, hence why I haven't had much time for blogging lately. With a shorter commute and the longer days in the summer though mean I will have a bit more time to invest into StyleLingua and I cannot wait to share soon another summer-inspired outfit with you.

The forecast for the coming weeks promises lots of warm weather and sunshine. Whilst it is tempting flip-flopping around all day in your comfy harem trousers, dressing smart casual for the office is another story. What can I wear to work? becomes then one of the major first world problems (followed by What's for lunch?). 
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Monday, 29 May 2017

Fashion: Costes Summer Outfit

Costes Summer Top Outfit of the Day

During my Amsterdam holidays, I spent some time shopping and, maybe it's just me, but I've noticed that the European High Street has become more and more globalised, don't you think? Whereas a few years ago, you may have only found e.g. Topshop in the UK, you now see their branches suddenly in Copenhagen or Amsterdam. Only and Vila, two established brands on the German High Street are just next door and there's, of course, the obligatory H&M and Primark, too. Standardised like everywhere else, it seems.

Amsterdam luckily has a few shopping areas in central so apart from the usual shops, you have the chance to see other areas with more - let's say it - local brands and retailers. Whilst I wandered around the familiar shops I was wondering if there were even any Dutch fashion brands left to discover or if they all had disappeared entirely from the High Street due to the stark international competition. I was not aware of any specific Dutch fashion brands in particular at the time but was keen on finding out. One thing I love doing whilst on holidays is to check out the local fashion landscape and look through foreign collections in the hope to take back home some unique pieces with me.
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Fashion: Winter Wedding


2016 challenged me to venture into new style territory: how to dress as a wedding guest. You must know that I've never been to a wedding before and my wardrobe lacks festive attire for a big day like a wedding. Whilst it seems so easy to get a cute dress for a summer wedding, winter is a different story. You suddenly look for something smart to wear that is not too formal, but has long-sleeves, you know, to protect you from the cold. At the same time, the dress has to be feminine, but please without all the wool and knitwear.

One material that I can always rely on and that represents my style as no other is lace. Lace to me is the ultimate incarnation of feminity and supports a romantic style. It is classy and playful or in combination with a fine black blazer, for example, adds a sophisticated touch. When I was on the hunt for a winter wedding dress, I knew I wanted something with lace. So I turned to Apricot Clothing and ordered this navy blue dream, teamed it up with some nude accessories, and et voila - my winter wedding outfit was born.  
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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Lifestyle: My Trip To Paris

My Paris Holidays

I've recently had the chance to spent two weekends away from London sightseeing the beautiful capitals of Europe. I went on a holiday to Amsterdam and then my travels took me to Paris for the very first time. The trip was mainly to support my friend who participated in the Paris marathon and whilst he sweated and ran half-across the city, I went off by myself exploring.

A big part of this great holiday experience was the incredible weather, as I think Paris is not really "my" city. Similar to Amsterdam, Paris didn't wow me much at first sight. Even after a few days, I couldn't warm up to Paris and felt it was a bit bland and characterless - but this didn't stop me from exploring its streets filled with cafes, delicious cakes and its historic sights, bursting with culture and art.
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