Wednesday, October 19, 2016

We Wear: Jeans shorts, pineapple gown and a headband at Fushimi Inari Shrine

Pineapple gown: H&M
T-shirt: H&M (old) 
Jeans shorts: My mum made it 
Sneakers: Vans via La Bottega
Leopard belt: Veritas
Headband: Zara
Duffle bag: New Look via Zalando

I'm afraid this will already be my last outfit post from Japan *insert sad face*. I have to admit my outfits mostly consisted of shorts or a skirt and other breezy garments. The weather did put a limit to my options. I mean, I  challenge you to climb a million stairs to the top of a mountain wearing something other than breezy garments. I'm telling you it's impossible so breezy garments it was when we decided to visit the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto. This place was magical and I loved everything about it. The walk up the mountain through the thousands of vermillion tori gates was breathtakingly stunning and breathtakingly exhausting at the same time. It was really hot and humid and it was raining and we were sweating all over the place. But the views you get and the mini shrines you pass while walking up are all worth it. And we caught a Dragonite so that made it even more worth it ;-) 

On our way down we took a different route, not entirely on purpose, and we passed this little coffee shop called "Vermillion", which was named like that after the colour of the tori gates I guess. It was a really cozy place and the perfect spot to catch our breath and try a matcha latté. Matcha is Japanese green tea that is ground into powder and you can literally buy anything in Japan in matcha flavour. It has a very specific and not so subtle taste, so it needs some getting used to before you start to like it. I for example really liked it in this latté but I also tried it in soft ice and I did not really like that. And please never try a matcha latté at Starbucks because they add so much sugar you won't taste a thing. 

On a completely different note: it's October and for the first time ever I'm really excited for Halloween. It's not like I disliked Halloween before, not at all, but this year I WANNA GO ALL THE WAY YO. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

We Wear: Pineapple gown and shorts at the Odaiba rainbow bridge

Pineapple gown: H&M
Top: Mango
Shorts: Even&Odd via Zalando
Leopard belt: Veritas
Duffle bag: New Look via Zalando
Sneakers: Vans via La Bottega

My title might insinuate I only wore this outfit in Odaiba, but truth be told: this lightweight pineapple gown has been glued to my body throughout Japan. And you can take that quite literally as Tokio and Kyoto were pretty moist. I was mentally prepared for temperatures reaching 30°C but one cannot simply prepare for an increased amount of humidity in the air. Nor can my hair which I ineffectively tried to battle with my straightening iron. It looks okay here, but don't let lo(o)(c)ks deceive you.

I'm not completely ready yet to be reminiscing about Japan because it makes me...homesick? Japan sick? Everything I saw was either cute, colorful, pretty, Lorenz or Hello Kitty. Japan stole my heart right away.

We went to Odaiba because Lorenz wanted to spot the life size Gundam statue. If this doesn't already tickle your fancy, I don't know what else will. So we hopped on the train towards Tokyo Teleport Station, saw the statue, ate a soft ice, bought some shoes and hung out at the bay while catching Pokémon. We didn't know at the moment but Odaiba seems to be quite the hotspot for Pokémon and legends say the rare Lapras has been spotted there.

It was the perfect lazy getaway and we ended the day with sushi back at Shibuya at a place called Genki Sushi. Genki Sushi is sort of a "sushi-go-round" place except the sushi doesn't go all around the restaurant, it stops right in front of you via a conveyer belt after you order it on the computer in front of you. Genius! Here's a picture of me sipping miso soup with bags under my eyes:

Over and out now! Expect a lot more Japan updates in the following weeks!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

We Wear: Indian Summer

Yes, summer finally hit us somewhere in August, followed by a lovely Indian summer that unfortunately slowly appears to be coming to an end. That immediately explains the silence - dead silence - up here on the blog. But while Lies is still enjoying her time in Japan, I am more than ready to kick it up a notch again! Although I really love summer in all its aspects, I have to say that I feel like fashion inspiration in summer doesn't really come around the corner that often. Or maybe that has mostly to do with the heat waves that hit us the past couple of months. On days like that I can only think about easy, breezy, simple outfits, which is more of the same thing each and every time. Not very interesting to look at. So although I absolutely hate summer coming to an end - Cali girl right here - I'm an optimist trying to find joys in the biggest tragedies and that tragedy right now is fall. Winter. Cold. The good part? Cool, interesting outfits, yihaa!

But until that moment, let's just enjoy the last few days of gorgeous weather in outfits like these. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

We Wear: Palm trees everywhere!

Seems only fitting to post a blog post with a palm tree overload as I'm leaving for a holiday as of tomorrow. For the moment, it's kind of destination unknown, although Bilbao and Zarautz will most cerrtainly be on the schedule. Adventure, here we come! 

As you may have guessed, this outfit wasn't shot in Belgium, where summer seems to go on and off on us. Nope, this is another one from Sevilla in Spain. Palmtrees and the best high waisted shorts I ever bought, in the history of EVER. Fact is I didn't even try them on, mostly because I hate fitting rooms to levels nobody knew existed. Perfect fit, while it was a complete bargain. Thank you, world!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

We Wear: Pastel overload

Aahh, summertime and the living's easy. That's for sure the case when on a holiday in a beautiful city like Seville, Spain. And when it all comes together so nicely - when the houses and doors are a match made in heaven - the living just gets awesome. This skirt is such an old thing, but I keep it hanging in my closet since every year I reach for it at least a few times. This time I opted to edge up the style just a little by adding some bling and contrasting it with a black crop top. Sometimes you wanna be the sugarcoat cute girl, whereas on other occasions,  you wanna be a badass. And that, my dear friends, is a little thing called life. 

Our trip to Seville is already more than a month ago, but I still reminiscence about this stunning city. Definitely a recommendation if you're on the hunt for a city trip. I'm by the way so addicted: I just typed the previous sentence and with the word 'hunt', my mind strayed to lunch time at work aka Pokémon Go time! Yep, yours truly is also a fan, same as the rest of the world! 

PS: Those two cuties (or should I say weirdos) in the bottom pictures are my mom and my little sister.  Eternal love and sunshine for them. And with that very hippie-esque quote, I'm out.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

We Wear: Heisenberg in water sandals

T-shirt: Asos // Denim button-up skirt: H&M // Water sandals: New Look (old) // Sunnies: Quay via La Bottega

Another quick outfit! We actually had some sun last Sunday (pun intended) which was the perfect opportunity to wear this denim button-up skirt bare-legged. I threw in a white t-shirt, my new Quay sunnies and my beloved water sandals and I was good to go.  

I bought this t-shirt while I was binge-watching Breaking Bad last year and it has finally made its way to the blog. The weird print makes the simple combination of denim and white t-shirt less boring and obvious. The water sandals were an impulse buy gone terribly good two years ago. I bought them for Rock Herk because they forecasted a million degrees and I didn't have any proper shoes to deal with that. I actually feared these water sandals would ruin my feet but they turned out to be the most easy breezy footwear in my possession. This is the third summer I'm wearing them and they did break in two places (where the shoe bends while walking) but I'm not planning on getting rid of them yet! I have no idea why they didn't make it to the blog any sooner. 

Speaking of Rock Herk: it's almost that time of the year again! This weekend the centre of Herk-de-Stad will be filled with good music, cold beer and fun people and yours truly has been promoted to in-house photographer this year! #happydance So come say hi and I'll snap your picture! If I'm not too busy catching Pokémon. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

We Wear: Kiss the boys and make them cry

Sweater: Zoe Karssen via La Bottega - Skinnies: Cheap Monday - Sneakers: Tango via La Bottega - 
Duffle bag: New Look via Zalando

Karolien isn't alone anymore as a proud owner of a Zoe Karssen sweatshirt. I jumped on that bandwagon as soon as it got discounted at La Bottega. The perks of working in a shoe / clothing store. The downside of working in a shoe / clothing store?! I photograph all of the new pieces for our webshop so I have a unique preview of what will be in store. And how much it may hurt my wallet. 

Anyway, I wore this outfit to attend a secret warm up GOOSE show at Café Café in Hasselt. Yeah, GOOSE! They played mainstage Werchter last Saturday and did a sort of try out in our local café and however I'm probably not the biggest fan around - and not even a fan of the genre in particular - it was one of the best things I have seen lately. The room literally EXPLODED with their very first tunes. I was blown away and in awe and I couldn't stop thinking we all were writing a little piece of Belpop history. 


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