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OOTD: All silk vintage look

September 16, 2016




Continuing my journey of natural fiber clothing, I get my hands on new pieces every week.

Lately I find out that I am really obsessed with silk. The soft touch of the fabric feels amazing and since it is natural fiber, it does breathe perfectly.

Since it is an expensive fabric, it is not easy to transform everything you own into silk at once. One good way to find silk clothes is to check vintage shops. If you don't have much time to scan all vintage shops one by one, a good way is to find a vintage market. In vintage markets different shops showcase their collections, and you can have an idea about their style. Then you can choose your favourite shops and focus mainly on them while searching for new clothes.

In Brussels there is a vintage market every 1st Sunday of the month. You can find the details here:
brusselsvintagemarket.be

Outfit details:
Blouse: Silk, Brussels Vintage market
Carrot pants: Silk, Intropia







OOTD: White and Blue

September 12, 2016



Photoshoot: Zurich, Switzerland
Shirt: Silk, Vintage
Skirt: Cotton, Mavi Jeans
Choker: handmade, idilera





Treating blemish prone skin

September 07, 2016
I am one of the few lucky people who didn't have any acne problems during teenage years. But from time to time I had couple of blemishes, and I still have them.

In order to treat the blemishes, first you need to understand why they exist. Facial blemishes occur when pores clog with dead skin cells and sebum which is a natural skin oil. When the clog occurs near the top layers of the skin, whiteheads or blackheads form. Deeper clogs cause pimples and acne cysts. Pimples and cysts look red because P. acnes bacteria found on your skin mixes with sebum and skin cells in your pores, causing an inflammation in the blemish.

I did not master on the part of avoiding blemishes permanently. I still have some of them from time to time. But when I have blemishes I know how to control them and how to heal them faster.

Main idea of avoiding excess amount of blemishes is to control the oil content on your face. When I feel an extra sensitivity on my face, I use Clinique anti-blemish solutions cleansing foam. Since I don't have heavy blemishes, this product is enough to clean my face from excess oil without drying my skin.



If I have eye makeup I use the La Roche Posay Physiological cleansing milk. Actually it is not an eye make up remover. But it is so mild that I like using it on my eyes. It does not irritate my skin and removes all the residues of make-up.



Before I go to bed I use Treclinax gel on the blemishes. This is a medical treatment and should not be used without the advice of a doctor. The active ingredients are clindamycin and tretinoin. Clindamycin is an antibiotic. It reduces the growth of bacteria which are associated with acne and it reduces inflammation caused by these bacteria. Tretinoin normalizes the growth of superficial skin cells and provides that cells that clog the hair follicles in areas with acne are disposed of in a normal way. As a result, the formation of sebum is prevented and thereby the occurrence of early acne lesions (black and white blackheads / come down).

If the blemishes are about to heal, then I stop using Treclinax and continue with Shiseido blemish targeting gel from Pureness series. It has salicylic acid which helps to reduce causes of acne. Basically what I see when I use this is, remaining parts dry out and disappear from day 3 or so...



Not to forget, I never go out without wearing sun protective moisturizer. I use Avene Hydrance light hydrating cream with SPF 20. It is so light, it moisturizes seamlessly and protects the skin perfectly. Even there is sun protection inside, it is not oily and doesn't cause any excess oil production on the skin. It also contains anti oxidants which creates a protective layer on the skin against acne bacteria.



I hope you enjoyed my beauty routine for blemish prone skin. I would love to hear about your experiences and how you treat your blemishes.

Love,

Living in Belgium

August 19, 2016


Life in Belgium is…
Cold, rainy, sunny, traffic, fun, relaxing, cold, stressed, warm, traffic, cold, rainy, unexpected…
After 3 years of living in Belgium I would say, I still couldn’t figure out this place…
You can never make plans here.

A typical morning in Belgium is like this:
06h30 – wake up, check the weather forecast, no rain! YES LIFE IS GOOOOD!
06h45 – get dressed, since it is not rainy spend 5 more minutes making your selection because it will be a goood day!
07h00 – leave your apartment – drive to work. (omg! I am so excited, no rain today. Shall we go out for an aperativo in the evening?)
07h15 – run a marathon from the parking to the office because it is RAINING LIKE HELL!
07h20 – lock yourself into the toilet, try to dry your clothes while swearing.
07h30 – approach to your desk while swearing from inside to the shitty weather of Belgum.
07h31 – look outside of the window and become blind from the sun and what? No Rain?

So, what I have learned;
1. Do not get over excited about weather forecast.
2. Live in the moment.
3. Wear layers of clothes so you can adapt to all conditions.
4. Always but always, carry an umbrella.

What are your experiences in your own cities? I would love to hear about them! :)


OOTD - All-black look in silk

August 12, 2016


Today's outfit is one of the most basic outfits I have.
It is simple and timeless. I feel so comfortable in these clothes I can even wear them to bed :)
The best thing is: They are made out of 100% natural fabrics :)

Black carrot trousers are 100% silk and from Intropia.
Black slit back sweater is 100% cotton and from Benetton.
Ankle strap chunky heel platform shoes are 100% leather and from Desa.

And at the very end of this post you will find today's makeup look! I hope you enjoy it, have a great day! :)




















La Prairie Foaming Cleanser

August 11, 2016


Some girls are lucky enough to grow up having their mothers around. I was lucky to watch my mother every morning when she put on her make up. I was always fascinated by how beautiful she was barefaced, and how beautiful she was after the make-up. She always cared for herself, and she still does. She is the type of women who dresses for herself, puts on make up just for herself and loves beauty routines.

Without surprise, I am a women who cannot live without beauty routines :)

Until today I never shared any product that I use or any beauty routine I have. Basically because I am no expert in those topics :) But, I have been following so many amazing beauty b(v)loggers and I have learned so much during these researches. I find it very meaningful to share experiences and to learn from others methods. So I will give this a try and start sharing my own experiences with beauty products! So, if you think that I start to talk nonsense, please and please and please tell me to stop :)

My first review will be my lovely daily face wash from La Prairie. I have read all sorts of comments about this product. Mainly negative comments due to its price (Yes it is quite expensive). When it comes to La Prairie, I cannot keep my emotions under control and be objective. I LOVE this brand so much. All of their products smells like heaven. All of their products feels amazingly good. All of their products works like a boss.

As you know I moved to Belgium 3 years ago. Thanks to the high lime content in Belgian tap water, my skin changed dramatically in the first couple of months. I was fed up with dry skin problems and red scars on my face. I found a dermatologist and asked for a solution. The products she recommended worked great deal on me (I will write a separate blog post about this). However they were too mild products, they couldn't even clean my make-up! My skin was healthier but the cleansing performance of the products did not satisfy me. Then one day in the airport I bought this foaming cleanser from La Prairie. (I always think about my mother when I say La Prairie because she introduced me to this brand :) )

This cleanser is from the Advanced Marine Biology collection, the name is Foaming Mousse Cleanser. I use literally pea size of cleanser on my face. First I wet my fingers, foam the product on my hands, and then apply it. I massage my face with hands in circular motions. It clears off all dirt, all sort of make-up (even full eye make-up) without stripping away the natural moisture of the skin. It is so gentle, I don't feel any dryness at all. It leaves me clean, refreshed and energized. The cleaning ingredient originates from coconut and the botanical extracts keeps the balance of the skin. Since my skin keeps its moisture after cleaning, I only apply a small amount of moisturizer with SPF and I can go all day long with soft skin.

Yes, it is expensive on the price tag. But given that you only need a pea size of product, it lasts at least 3 months. I find it very competitive when you compare the performances over the price of different products.

I will always save money for good skin products. I believe in what my mother always say: "Invest on your skin and health. That is your most valuable asset."

Even though sometimes I try different cleansers, I always keep this one in back-up because it never fails me :) This is my personal experience with La Prairie Advanced Marine Biology Foaming Mousse Cleanser. I can say that all of us are unique and we have different types of skin. One product that works for me may not work for you. You have to test and find what suits you the best :)







OOTD - Fine clothing series

August 09, 2016

Recently I shared with you my new challenge. I am transforming my wardrobe from synthetic clothing to 90% Natural clothing. This means every new purchase I make, I check the materials tag and I only buy clothes made with at least 90% natural fabrics. If you like to learn more about natural fabrics, check my latest post here


When I shared my experience, some of my old followers send me messages with their support. I would be very happy if I could inspire even one person and help starting their own challenge. This means a lot to me, so thanks for the support again :) It is also a big motivation to see these messages after a big break in my blog.


First outfit from the new wardrobe is today's office look. Both pieces are from a local Turkish brand called Koton. Material is 100% linen (flax). Highly breathable. Looks super nice, feels super light and super comfortable. What more can I ask! :)

Only bad thing about linen fabric is it is very difficult to keep it ironed. The wrinkles give a cozy feeling, which I like with this outfit. But if you know a method to keep linen well ironed, please share it with me :)



A beautiful day in Bruges

August 05, 2016

When things turn out to be much better than you could ever imagine… You just smile and enjoy all the memories from your big day.

I am changing my wardrobe: From Plastic to Natural

August 04, 2016

I used to buy clothes considering the quality look, comfort and the price. In the past, I never think about  the fabric type and I never checked the description tag for materials. As long as the clothes matched with my style, that was the important thing.

Since I moved to Belgium (it has been 3 years now), I’ve been using open style of wardrobe. Which technically reveals the interior of the wardrobe and you have to keep it clean and tidy all the time. It was so cool to have an open wardrobe after so many years of dormitory life :) I loved it in the beginning. Until one day, my wardrobe seemed so crowded, so unnatural, so absurdly colorful and so… not me…

That day I realized, my wardrobe has been accumulating so much. It was packed with clothes I no longer wear. I no more had any space at all to put my new purchases. So I decided to get rid of some of my clothes. But where to start? Right :)

I remembered the phrase from Maria Kondo, from her amazing book about tidying. She says: “Does it spark joy?” I started asking this question while reviewing each item one by one. In the end on one side there was a pile of clothes I immediately decided to discard. But on the other side there was very few clothes (literally couple of pieces), which I couldn’t give away because I loved them and I wore them all the time.

So, I just looked at 2 piles of clothes. There was my favorite white shirt standing there and another very similar white shirt in the discard pile. When I touched the other one, I immediately decided to discard it, but still it was very similar with my favorite one. So what has happened there exactly?

I started checking the description tag of what I had in the two piles. And there, it just hit me on the face. I bought so many clothes with plastic junk material, 100% polyester or 100% viscose… Even though the appearance is good, once you touch the pieces it feels so wrong, so unnatural.  On the small pile of clothes that I had left I only had cotton, linen, silk or wool. The difference was so obvious. I immediately decided and promised myself never to buy pure plastic clothes ever-again.

I don’t have the power to transform my whole wardrobe in one day to natural fibers pieces. But, as of 2 months ago, I started to only purchase clothing made with at least 90% natural fibers. Slowly, I’m transitioning my wardrobe into a natural clothing heaven.

After this enlightening, I start to understand different types of fabrics. Since this is also part of my hobby. There is nothing more fun to research on :)

Natural fabrics vs. Synthetic fabrics:

Fibers are the hair-like material which make the fabric, paper or felt. There are two types of fibers: the natural fibers, which consists of animal and plant fibers, and the man-made fibers, which consists of synthetic fibers and regenerated fibers. Natural fibers clothing has been used for thousands of years.

Natural fibers can be classified according to their origin. The vegetable, or cellulose-base, class includes such important fibers as cotton, flax, and jute; the animal, or protein-base, fibers include wool, mohair, and silk; an important fiber in the mineral class is asbestos.

Synthetic fabrics are created in a process called polymerization, chemically-derived fibers are joined together to create the fabric. It requires many chemicals and solvents to create any type of synthetic fabric. Common synthetic fabrics include polyester, rayon, modal, spandex and nylon.

My first impressions in the process of change:

The clothes that I intuitively ignored – even though they seemed comfortable and good quality  – were made from synthetic fibers. Now that I switched to natural clothing, psychologically I feel more comfortable, knowing that I carry less toxic materials on me :)

I feel more comfortable in the sense that I use more sustainable materials. Synthetic fibers require high energy use and crude oil during production. Additionally, because natural fibers are plant materials, they decompose quickly. Because synthetic fibers are essentially plastic, they are not quickly biodegradable.

I feel that I make good investments when I purchase natural fibers clothes. I’ve realized that my 100% cotton clothes hold up much longer than my synthetic clothes. Same applies to linen clothing. On the other hand, synthetic fabric begins to lose shape more quickly, especially with frequent washing. (Yes you need frequent washing because your body cannot breathe in plastic, so synthetic clothes smell!) Natural fibers clothing is more expensive but it’s a better investment in the long term.

Where to find natural fibers clothing?

Literally everywhere! Just start checking the description tags of the clothes you plan to purchase.

You have similar experiences? I would love to hear all about it!

DIY: African Necklace

June 14, 2016

  


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