Monday, 21 August 2017

HIGH BY THE BEACH



Ahhh, those Summer days. The beach, ice cream, pastel colours... Exactly the vibes I wanted to go for with these pictures! I went to the beach with my family and it was not only a beautiful day, it was also the perfect setting to properly introduce you to my new glasses.

If you follow me on Instagram, or Facebook, or Twitter, or basically any social media platform ever, you have most definitely seen these glasses already. I'v been wearing these glasses every day since the day I got them, and needless to say I absolutely love them. Funny thing is: people actually ask me if they're 'real glasses', probably because these type of glasses have been very en vogue lately, even with people who don't actually need them. I can assure you: they are. Without my glasses, I'd be even more clumsy than I already am, and we wanna spare the world from that, don't we. 

Now, about the brand behind these glasses. Neubau eyewear is an Austrian label that based its identity on the innovative and upcoming Neubau district in Vienna. It's a colourful place full of individual expression, a perfect match for what the founders had in mind for their brand. Now, neubau is all about light, effortlessly chic frames that stick with you. Another big plus for me is the fact that the brand is very conscious of its effects on the environment. That's why they really pay attention to how everything they design is manufactured. For example: the boxes the glasses come in don't require glue, the cleaning cloths are made of recycled plastic bottles, and most striking: from last April onwards, all polymer glasses are made out of naturalPX, an organic and renewable material based on castor oil. You see, you can look good and do good, all at the same time!

I picked the silver Edmund frame, because I had been looking for a pair of glasses like these for a while now. Tbh, I just love how light and simple they are, while the double nose bridge gives them that little something extra. I've had people asking me if the 80s are back and baby, I wouldn't even mind. With my hair growing out, my vintage sweater and my glasses I actually look a lot like my dad when he was young, and I'm kinda here for it! I fully love the vintage sunny vibes in these pics, hope you do too! Have a great end of summer, y'all! 









Sunday, 4 June 2017

MANKINIS, BROMPERS AND MEGGINGS, BUT TELL ME AGAIN HOW WOMEN ARE SO FRAGILE

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Summer’s coming, and that means out with the old, in with the new, especially when it comes to clothes. However, some don’t only bring out the typical summer frocks, but also their completely rusted way of thinking. A few weeks ago, the bromper – a  romper for bro’s, you know – became a viral hit on internet, and right now, the mankini – a ‘male’ bathing suit - is well on its way to becoming an internet bang as well. The only thing I am banging though, is my head. Against a wall. I’ve had it, officially, with men being so fucking fragile about their masculinity that they need to come up with a neologism to justify them wearing a piece of clothing that is normally marketed towards women.

It is not much of a secret that a lot of people (not to say men) refer to women as being the weaker sex, the more fragile one. It’s those people who created the toxic ideas that come with the term ‘feminity’. Being feminine means being weak, being emotional, maybe even crazy or bipolar. Men aren't those things, of course. Men don’t have emotions, they don’t overthink, they just go with the flow. Dudes are chill, bro. Be a dude, don’t be a sissy.
However, dudes seem to have no problem with peaking in their girlfriend’s closet and drawing inspiration from it. A couple of years ago, legging were very popular, and of course men had to get in on the comfortable yet stylish bottoms. Some stores started carrying leggings for men, but they did not call them leggings, oh no. Imagine being a man and having to wear a piece of clothing with a name that is linked to womenswear! THE HORROR! No, meet the meggings, male leggings. Not to be confused with leggings of course, those are for women, and they are COMPLETELY different! Except, they were not.

Right now, the same is happening with rompers and bathing suits. They look cool or are comfortable, men feel like they might look good in them, so they wear ‘em. Sounds good, right? Wear whatever the fuck you want if you feel good in it. But noooooooooo, the Men™ have to defend their masculinity at all costs, so they came up with neologisms to fit their sartorial choices. And thus, the bromper and mankini were born. Now, tell me again how women are fragile? I don’t recall them coming up with a new name for the suit (Wuit? Fuit?) when it was incorporated into womenswear because women didn’t want to be associated with being rude macho’s? I just don’t get how it can be so hard for some people to grasp the idea of just wearing whatever the fuck you want simply because you like it. Not because society or norm thinking says you should or shouldn’t, but just because you WANT to. How are you when you need to invent a new word to justify what you are wearing, and to confirm your masculinity? News flash: masculinity isn’t about creating compounds with ‘bro’ or ‘male’ in them and calling it a day. To me, true masculinity is about being confident enough in your own skin to do whatever the fuck you want, without giving a damn about what other people think. Consider that.


Now, excuse me while I go enjoy my life wearing rompers, skirts and dresses because I feel like it. I won’t be waiting until some insecure bloke comes up with the term ‘mirts’ or ‘bresses’. Sorry ‘bout it. 

Sunday, 7 May 2017

DON'T NEED YOUR FLOWERS


It's been a hot minute since I've done a make-up look on here, but I'm back at it! The inspiration behind this one was actually one product: the Sisley Phyto-Blush Twist. When I received the hot pink one in the mail, I immediately felt like challenging myself. A cream product can be extremely versatile, especially when it's a flashy shade. By playing around with textures, intensity and techniques, I wanted to test the limits of this product, and use it to its full potential.

Inspired by Bowie (always) and the monochromatic make-up I've seen going around lately, I created this dreamy pink look, and I'm all here for it. Okay, it isn't very wearable, but I sure as hell had fun bringing it into existence. Also, how perfect were these flowers to use as a prop? At this particular moment, they actually have a deeper meaning to me. I don't need your flowers, I'm working on growing and fixing my own, thank you very much.

Now, let's look a little deeper into this look! For the eyes, I worked the cream blush onto my lids with my fingertips, to keep maximum coverage. For the dramatic outer corners, I used a big blending brush to sweep out and create that faded, winged effect. On my forehead, cheeks and jawbone, I used this fushia beauty to contour, which is extremely easy to do with a stick product. One swipe on each side, a little blending and done! Lastly, I wanted to try something different for the lips. I've seen that messy, almost wet looking lip look around on instagram, and this was my first attempt at it. I just used the blush stick to dab a little colour onto my lips, and then went over it with gloss, excessively and sloppy. Pink-vampire-sucking-cosmopolitan-blood realness! Obviously, I had to add a glow, so I used the Pink Heart shade from the Moonchild glow kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills. Honestly, that palette is what my inner space princess dreams are made of. Top it off with a little pink rhinestone underneath the eyes because EXTRA AF, et voilà! You got yourself a #lewk, henny!







PRODUCTS USED:

FACE: Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil
Foundation: Sisley Sisleÿa Le Teint in  1B Ivory
Blush/Contour: Sisley Phyto-Blush Twist in Fushia
Highlight: ABH Moonchild Glow Kit (Pink Heart)

EYES: 
Sisley Phyto-Blush Twist in Fushia

LIPS:
Sisley Phyto-Blush Twist in Fushia
Sisley Phyto Lip Star in White Diamond