Sunday, January 25, 2015

Glitter boots

I am lately having quite a thing for glitter shoes… It all started when Saint Laurent's winter collection hit the stores. I completely fell in love white the "Babies" Mary Jane shoes: black patent leather with the red glitter heel. Unfortunately, they seemed to be sold out in an instant, plus, they weren't budget friendly. I then thought of doing a DIY, but I was not successful in finding a pair of simple Mary Jane's… By chance, I found the perfect pair of golden glitter pumps from Miu Miu in the sales. I had to buy them especially since I only paid a quarter of the original price.
Last weekend, I looked through the online Zara sales and I found the PERFECT black glitter ankle boots! Quick, click, into the basket, and one week later here they are - simply gorgeous!
I just couldn't wait to show them to you and I had to shoot an outfit asap.
Although, I now have 2 pairs of glittered shoes, I still can't get enough! 
To complete the outfit, I went for my favourite faux fur coat, a sweater, a colourful clutch and a simple pair of black jeans.

What shoes do you currently crave for ?

Coat: Storets
Sweater: Kenzo(similar HERE)
Jeans: Topshop
Boots: Zara
Clutch: Primark(similar HERE)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Teddy jacket

We were finally graced with a ray of sun during the weekend, I took as a result the opportunity to shoot an outfit. Later during the day, I went to the "Markt Hall" in the center of Rotterdam. It's huge hall, inside a glass arch, where an array of restaurants can be found as well as any kind of delicatessen from foreign countries (desserts, cheeses, sausages, turkish pizza …etc).
I absolutely love this place especially when you are  a foodie like me. You can literally buy/taste everything. If you're ever passing by or visiting Rotterdam, make sure to stop by the "Makt Hall", it's definitely THE food temple!

To my outfit, I completely forgot that I owned this soft and cuddly teddy jacket. Whilst going through my closet and thinking over and over again "What should I wear today? I have nothing…" I recovered this coat hiding at the back. It was perfect for this sunny yet cold weather. 
As I was just planning on going for a stroll through the city, I opted for a pair of jeans, sneakers and my little red Furla bag. Perfect size, since everything you need fits inside: money, phone, keys and more.
I will definitely wear this jacket regularly as it kept me warm and it was comfortable. I actually bought it in London… One of my best buys last year, definitely !

What did you guys do at the weekend ?

Jacket: Topshop
Sweater: (similar HERE)
Jeans: H&M
Bag: Furla

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Statement outfit

The boots, the gloves and, of course, the bag say it all!
It might look like an easy going/simple outfit but what makes it yet again different and daring are the wonderful yellow gloves, giving this look a little twist. For some reason, I could see this look on a fashionable and modern business woman.
Anyway, the point of being a blogger is to inspire others, be different and to not copy! Maybe this look might inspire some of my dear followers.
In addition, this post is about sharing with you the beauty of the Céline bag as well as the inherent looks you can create or combine. I am definitely in love with this bag, and I can't wait to shoot more outfits with it.

Before the holidays, I was a real gym freak but then the festivities came and with them loads of food! It's time to hit the gym again! Since my motivation is pretty low and since my sales hunt was very unsuccessful, I decided to shop online again !!
So, I ordered yesterday the most awesome and quite special gym leggings from PIBA. I can't wait for them to arrive and to start getting back into shape! I will make sure to post a picture of these leggings on my Instagram ( @arifashionthread ). 

Did you guys make a real good bargain during the sales? 

Coat: Boutique Belgique
Gloves: De Bijenkorf
Jeans: Topshop
Bag: Céline
Shoes: Prada

Monday, January 12, 2015

New in: Céline Belt Bag

Céline Belt Bag… Probably one of the most "in-style" bags of the moment along with the YSL tassel. I had wanted a Céline bag for a really long time now, and I am so glad/exited to show you this beauty. To be exact my love for Céline bags started probably 2 years ago. I first wanted the Luggage, then the Phantom, the Trapèze, the mini Luggage, until I fell totally in love with the Belt Bag.
It was LOVE at first sight. I immediately started saving every penny for this purchase. 
As you know, I was in Milan about a week ago, and I was actually planning on buying it there. I rushed to the Céline store in Via Montenapoleone but left the store empty handed. Why? The small sized Belt Bag is currently sold out world wide in the following colours: black, beige and orange. I desperately wanted the beige bag and there was only one sample left in Venice which wasn't one of my next destination. Yet, before the holiday season, I saw a beige bag in Rotterdam displayed in a shop window. Upon that thought I returned to Rotterdam, I popped into the store and there it was… still waiting for me!

What is your favourite bag of the moment , or on your wish list?

Friday, January 09, 2015

Magazine article: January fashion picks

I am so excited to share with you my very first article that I have written for the magazine Discover Benelux.
Seeing it published, gives me a great "sense of achievement".
You can read the article online on page 7 by clicking on the link below.
Enjoy reading! Xx

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Make-up tutorial

The moment has finally arrived to reveal the project I've been working on: a make-up tutorial.
Having paired up with Marga (make-up artist) and her partner/photographer Henri Da Cruz, we managed to create this superb make-up look. I'd call it a "simple look", lovely to wear when going out on your usual Friday or Saturday night. Being well dressed is important but having a stunning make-up will make you look at your best!
Let me quickly explain how this post will work: you will find underneath each photograph a little text with directions on how to apply the make-up and at the end, you will see of course the result. I hope you enjoy this post. I would love to hear your feedback.
Note: The colour tones used, such as for example the foundation, were based on my own skin colour. So make sure when reproducing this look that you use the correct colour matching your skin tone. In addition, I suggest this eye make-up for darker eyes such as brown or hazelnut.

Start off by using an anthracite coloured eyeliner pencil and draw a line underneath your lower lashes. Don't draw a full line, but just go half way. Then blend the eyeliner a little with your fingers.

Now, use an anthracite coloured eyeshadow and place your brush on to the outer corner of your eye. Blend it whist making a circular movement with the brush, working the colour upwards allowing the shade to fade and blend nicely.

Take a burgundy eyeshadow shade, place the brush on to the middle of your eyelid and blend again in a circular movement, working over the anthracite eyeshadow. This will give the anthracite a less darker shade and a bit of glitter (if your eyeshadow is glittery). 

Finally, use a golden or silver eyeshadow. Take the brush and place it on the inner corner of your eye as well as on the inner corner of your eyelid and just spread the eye shadow lightly. This will give your eye an opening effect or a bigger eye effect. In addition, this can also glam up your look.

When it comes to the face, I applied a simple foundation that matches my skin tone, smoothens the skin and covers some imperfections such as spots, scars and eye bags.
After you have done this step, you can apply a highlighter. The highlighter has the function to bring out desired zones in your face and can make them appear thinner. The highlighter used was actually a concealer (which works just as well).
To blend your highlighter correctly, you can use a dabbing method by using your fingers or by simply using a brush. This image shows on what areas you can apply the highlighter.
Note : If you wish to bring out the highlighted zones even more, you could use a darker concealer or a bronzer to darken the contours of your face.

To the lips now! Here the colours used, was a mix of several lipsticks. With a lipliner draw up your lip then apply a more orangy-pink lipstick and finally use a shimmery red lipgloss. 
Note: You may use any colour for your lips but don't forget that when you have a heavy eye make-up you shouldn't use a dark or strong coloured lip make-up. Always keep it simple by using nude, beige, slightly orangy-pink colours but don't go for red it would maybe be "too much". 

Here the end of this tutorial, I hope you enjoyed it! We still did a little photo shoot at the end of the make-up session, and here is one shot that I wanted to show you. 

Special thanks to Marga and Henri

Sunday, January 04, 2015

City look

When in Milan, I opted for a simple, comfortable city look though still stylish and fashionable enough to walk around the streets and to go through sales racks.
Even though the weather was extremely beautiful, it was still a bit chilly so I chose to wear my Storets jacket, which I ordered from their online store last winter after having spotted the fabulous Chiara Ferragni in a light pink version. My coat, being fake  fur, didn't stop me from still feeling nice and warm. I can only recommend this jacket! I chose a small sized crossbody bag in order to have my hands free when shopping around. These types of bags are so handy and all you need is your cash or credit card(s), obviously your mobile phone to take the occasional mirror selfie and you're good to go.
To finish off the look, a comfy pair of sneakers & ripped jeans will do.

I really enjoyed myself in Milan, it's been a long time since my last visit and I am looking forwards to returning this summer. More pictures taken in Milan (here).
What is your favourite city look?

Jacket: Storets
Sweater: Cos
Beanie: Cos
Jeans: Topshop
Sneakers: Adidas
Bag: Chanel

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Ciao from Milano

Happy New Year folks! 
Hope you all enjoyed your evening and made it home safely!
I am currently in Milan and I had a really fun evening yesterday. Today I strolled around the streets a little and enjoyed the marvellous sunny weather.
I wanted to share with you some shots I took today of Milan today; and for those who haven't been here yet, I hope that my photos will make you want to visit this fantastic city. 
On Sunday, I will post my idea of the perfect city outfit.