Your daily dose of fashion, beauty, travel and food - Just a little bit different https://www.fashionata.com/rss.xml en FASHION DELIGHTS IN THE BIG APPLE: MY NYFW SS18 HIGHLIGHTS! https://www.fashionata.com/fashion-delights-in-the-big-apple-my-nyfw-ss18-highlights <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FASHION DELIGHTS IN THE BIG APPLE: MY NYFW SS18 HIGHLIGHTS!</span> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/fashion/fashion-week" hreflang="en">Fashion Week</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/19/2017 - 17:44</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I had been looking forward to my first NYFW post-baby for a looong time, so when it finally happened, it felt <em>so good</em>! NYC has always been one of my favourite cities in the world because A) pretzels &amp; insane ice cream flavour combos B) an unrivalled energy that never fails to catch on and C) inspiring street style on every single corner. Jetlag hit us pretty hard this time (I didn't sleep for a second on the first night!), but nevertheless, it was such a pleasure to stroll around the streets, go to my favourite shows, meet up with sweet friends, and just take it all in. :) And though it was pretty hard to narrow it down, I've managed to round up my NYFW SS18 highlights for you guys, including my 2 favourite street style looks, 5 spotted runway trends you can already adopt right now (yes!), my no. 1 NYFW beauty look (including the 2 secrets to copy it), 2 gorgeous Summer details to look forward to, and off-the-runway down time with some of my favourite people!</p> <p> </p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.001_0.jpeg?itok=YWM8PDWF 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.001_0.jpeg?itok=DCIaCB8U 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.001_0.jpeg?itok=mNXjLAgc 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a52ad416-00b3-47f1-971d-6677fd09c98c" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.001_0.jpeg?itok=DCIaCB8U" alt="NYFW SS18" /></picture></p> <p>Assembling cute &amp; on trend street style looks is one of my most beloved parts of Fashion Week, and especially the NYC edition seems to spark my most creative side, because it's always so delightfully sunny. :) I love, love, love playing with volume &amp; texture, so these 2 looks were definitely among my faves. The first one was actually my very first NYFW SS18 look, and I was so psyched to see it appear on some of my fave media, from <a href="http://www.refinery29.com/2017/09/171405/new-york-fashion-week-street-style-spring-2018#slide-97" target="_blank">Refinery 29</a> to <a href="http://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/street-style/g12198559/new-york-fashion-week-spring-2018-street-style/?slide=1" target="_blank">Harper's Bazaar US</a> and<a href="http://www.elleuk.com/fashion/what-to-wear/articles/g32071/best-street-style-details-of-new-york-fashion-week-spring-summer-2018/" target="_blank"> Elle UK</a>! :) I paired a white blouse with statement sleeves and gorgeous pied-de-poule coat from <a href="http://www.claudia-li.com/collections/#/fall-winter-2017/" target="_blank">Claudia Li</a> with blue midi heels from <a href="http://yuulyieshop.com" target="_blank">Yuul Yie</a> and my new favourite mustard <a href="https://www.balenciaga.com/us/women/handbags#{&quot;ytosQuery&quot;:&quot;true&quot;,&quot;department&quot;:&quot;wmncchndbgs_micro&quot;,&quot;gender&quot;:&quot;D&quot;,&quot;season&quot;:&quot;A,P,E&quot;,&quot;yurirulename&quot;:&quot;searchwithdepartment&quot;,&quot;agerange&quot;:&quot;adult&quot;,&quot;page&quot;:&quot;1&quot;,&quot;productsPerPage&quot;:&quot;24&quot;,&quot;suggestion&quot;:&quot;false&quot;,&quot;totalPages&quot;:&quot;5&quot;,&quot;totalItems&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;partialLoadedItems&quot;:&quot;24&quot;,&quot;itemsToLoadOnNextPage&quot;:&quot;24&quot;,&quot;departments&quot;:[{&quot;id&quot;:&quot;wmncchndbgs_micro&quot;,&quot;page&quot;:1}]}" target="_blank">Balenciaga</a> bag. I finished the look with XXL <a href="https://anissakermiche.com/front-grid/" target="_blank">Anissa Kermiche</a> earrings.</p> <p>My second selected street style look is the one I wore to the Michael Kors show, sporting a patchwork denim <a href="http://www.claudia-li.com/collections/#/resort-2018/" target="_blank">Claudia Li</a> two-piece, red <a href="http://www.thevolon.com/?ckattempt=1" target="_blank">The Volon</a> bag, matching patent leather <a href="https://www.aeyde.com" target="_blank">Aeyde</a> heels, and chunky <a href="https://www.michaelkors.eu/en_BE/watches/_/N-9x2jdn" target="_blank">Michael Kors</a> watch. And yes, it was a little party in my head when I spotted this vintage matching ice cream truck, haha. Which look is your favourite? :)</p> <p> </p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.002.jpeg?itok=hzioy3vW 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.002.jpeg?itok=IsAKuTM0 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.002.jpeg?itok=ijr6YAK3 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0175f21c-89be-476f-b821-a56a89db57bb" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.002.jpeg?itok=IsAKuTM0" alt="NYFW SS18" /></picture></p> <p><strong>1 / MOULIN ROUGE LACE-UP BOOTS - DIANE VON FURSTENBERG</strong></p> <p>The Moulin Rouge trend is very happening right now (who remembers <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/put-your-feathers-on-how-to-style-the-boudoir-trend" target="_blank">this feathered number</a>? :)), and these gorgeous maroon lace-up boots that I spotted during the Diane von Furstenberg show, make it clear it's here to stay! The style would look great for Fall too, including the combo with a structured electric blue skirt and wide sleeved striped shirt. Who's in?</p> <p> </p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.005.jpeg?itok=6YrAM6ze 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.005.jpeg?itok=vgrj5VvM 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.005.jpeg?itok=EXGi10LI 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ba97a3ac-a234-4712-8b98-bfc7bc66090a" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.005.jpeg?itok=vgrj5VvM" alt="NYFW SS18" /></picture></p> <p><strong>2 / THE CHECKED SUIT - TIBI</strong></p> <p>I'm always in for some good old power dressing, so the current women's suit trend is right up my alley! I actually wore an amazing <a href="http://www.tibi.com" target="_blank">Tibi</a> skirt suit to their NYFW SS18 show, paired with a simple white tee and white <a href="https://www.morobeshoes.com" target="_blank">Morobé</a> shoes (thanks, <a href="http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk/fashion/shows-trends/news/g38314/best-checked-blazers/?slide=3" target="_blank">Harper's Bazaar UK</a>!) - in other words, exactly how it was styled on the runway. :)</p> <p><strong>3 / POPPY ANKLE DRESSES - TIBI</strong></p> <p>Also seen on the Tibi runway were these poppy long-sleeved ankle dresses, every colour fanatic's dream. So perfect to make dreary after-Summer days a bit more cheerful, especially when paired with pastel statement earrings and ankle booties.</p> <p> </p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.003.jpeg?itok=8Tg8Obhv 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.003.jpeg?itok=pIXcEbHF 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.003.jpeg?itok=8A_TmtNl 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="5efb5699-d3f2-43a6-97f2-e5b672e5d758" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.003.jpeg?itok=pIXcEbHF" alt="NYFW SS18" /></picture></p> <p><strong>4 / HIGH-WAISTED SLIT SKIRTS - MICHAEL KORS</strong></p> <p>Power dressing again, but this time, the kind that takes you straight to the afterparty. :) Loved this gorgeous black ensemble on Bella Hadid so much! Slit skirts will be super happening next Summer, and nothing will stop you from already adopting them right now (NYE outfit inspo, anyone?). Throw in a tucked in sheer top and low heeled sandals, and you're 100% party ready below 15 minutes!</p> <p> </p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.004.jpeg?itok=kaJ8O0wX 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.004.jpeg?itok=SkXFx8J2 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.004.jpeg?itok=9VmCACYT 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="56a3beb8-f149-409b-a70d-c4b8ebc75404" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.004.jpeg?itok=SkXFx8J2" alt="NYFW SS18" /></picture></p> <p><strong>5 / SEQUINS &amp; SLEEVES - MICHAEL KORS</strong></p> <p>I guess it's kind of obvious by now that statement sleeves are still going to be, eh, huge next Summer, and since they're nice &amp; cosy, they're perfect for chilly Fall days too! This look was easily one of my favourites from the Michael Kors show, because pairing a classic blue long-sleeved shirt with matching flowy sequin pants - it just doesn't get much better than that, right?</p> <p> </p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.006.jpeg?itok=5xZ53UFA 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.006.jpeg?itok=x9bRM7Uy 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.006.jpeg?itok=VEDvA8v9 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6479e336-1ae9-4d2d-9723-41053c31a371" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.006.jpeg?itok=x9bRM7Uy" alt="NYFW SS18" /></picture></p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.007.jpeg?itok=30PEJ8oH 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.007.jpeg?itok=VOW1WAWS 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.007.jpeg?itok=qC0soQjD 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ce947c8b-2a07-4244-a489-2f40e81744a1" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.007.jpeg?itok=VOW1WAWS" alt="NYFW SS18" /></picture></p> <p>Sies Marjan is one of the greatest more experimental designers of the moment, and I'm always looking forward to seeing his creations on the runway, including his offbeat beauty looks! So I jumped at the chance of sneaking backstage before the show, to steal some of the M.A.C experts' ideas for this particular NYFW SS18 show. As you can see, the focus was on bold red lips, created with <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BY3vSwjgjJW/?taken-by=sofievalkiers" target="_blank">one of my personal favourite</a> M.A.C. lip colours, <a href="http://www.maccosmetics.be/products/spp/shaded.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CAT168&amp;PRODUCT_ID=PROD310&amp;SKU_ID=SKU2280" target="_blank">Lady Danger</a>, that was slightly overdrawn for a more dramatic effect. I especially loved the dewy all-natural finish of the skin, that was created so effortlessly by applying this basic <a href="http://www.maccosmetics.be/product/164/472/products/lippen/verzorging/lip-conditioner-tube/index.tmpl" target="_blank">M.A.C. lip conditioner</a> onto the cheekbones and eyelids. So easy!</p> <p> </p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.008.jpeg?itok=IO0IJx0- 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.008.jpeg?itok=meLbVg9x 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.008.jpeg?itok=rq6OsiYG 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ba7f2030-322f-4b3c-b262-3a98c1603520" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.008.jpeg?itok=meLbVg9x" alt="NYFW SS18" /></picture></p> <p>And then there were of course the gorgeous sunny details that already had me longing for hot Summer days (kinda depressing to say in September, I know :)). The dreamy tule dresses with neon details at Delpozo will be perfect to accentuate your tan next Summer, and Rosie Assoulin's basket-bags-with-shells, well, what can I say? They're just perfection!</p> <p> </p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.009.jpeg?itok=n0anyj3L 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.009.jpeg?itok=WpjKosgw 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.009.jpeg?itok=dvNk1Bdj 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4e5ca3fa-2cac-4810-808b-7918614177d4" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.009.jpeg?itok=WpjKosgw" alt="NYFW SS18" /></picture></p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.010.jpeg?itok=wUCz5etj 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.010.jpeg?itok=KcQUX-3c 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.010.jpeg?itok=vpZFyOF6 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7215ff95-1612-4e66-ac89-1ca7f0717919" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NYFW%20HIGHLIGHTS.010.jpeg?itok=KcQUX-3c" alt="NYFW SS18" /></picture></p> <p>Finally, the best for last: NYFW always means reuniting with some of my favourite people, including our sweet friend and former Calvin Klein designer <a href="https://www.instagram.com/costafrancisco/?hl=en" target="_blank">Francisco Costa</a>, and my amazing girlfriends of course!</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Thanks so much for following along, and stay tuned for more NYC soon, when I'll share my latest must-visit hotspots in the Big Apple! :)</strong></p> </div> <section class="entry-comments"> <h2 class="title visually-hidden">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=2005&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=blog_comment" token="m24d-XH0rOfxg8SQGGmJuo8Wl0VjWdnbCQ_ftao_dwM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_20 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.fashionata.com/fashion-delights-in-the-big-apple-my-nyfw-ss18-highlights" data-a2a-title="FASHION DELIGHTS IN THE BIG APPLE: MY NYFW SS18 HIGHLIGHTS!"><a class="a2a_button_facebook fsn-icon-facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_pinterest fsn-icon-pinterest"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter fsn-icon-twitter"></a></span> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:44:36 +0000 Sofie Valkiers 2005 at https://www.fashionata.com HOW TO UPDATE THE KIMONO TREND THIS FALL https://www.fashionata.com/how-to-update-the-kimono-trend-this-fall <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">HOW TO UPDATE THE KIMONO TREND THIS FALL</span> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/fashion/sofies-looks" hreflang="en">Sofie&#039;s Looks</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/14/2017 - 18:28</span> <div class="field field--name-field-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/blog/2017/09/UPDATE%20KIMONO.003.jpeg?itok=XcdGX67O 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/blog/2017/09/UPDATE%20KIMONO.003.jpeg?itok=rElKWSwj 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/blog/2017/09/UPDATE%20KIMONO.003.jpeg?itok=f5liJ2rj 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/blog/2017/09/UPDATE%20KIMONO.003.jpeg?itok=rElKWSwj" alt="kimono trend" /> </picture> </div> <div class="field__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/blog/2017/09/MBF_5344_LR.jpg?itok=ZnYGDm6z 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/blog/2017/09/MBF_5344_LR.jpg?itok=v622EeAV 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/blog/2017/09/MBF_5344_LR.jpg?itok=EUnl-v-8 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/blog/2017/09/MBF_5344_LR.jpg?itok=v622EeAV" alt="kimono trend" /> </picture> </div> <div class="field__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/blog/2017/09/UPDATE%20KIMONO.002.jpeg?itok=MTN-GeJ4 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/blog/2017/09/UPDATE%20KIMONO.002.jpeg?itok=OEc3q9J1 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/blog/2017/09/UPDATE%20KIMONO.002.jpeg?itok=Gbwmck8- 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/blog/2017/09/UPDATE%20KIMONO.002.jpeg?itok=OEc3q9J1" alt="kimono trend" /> </picture> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-products field--type-field-collection field--label-hidden"> <div class="field-collection-item field-collection-item--name-field-products field-collection-item--view-mode-full field__items"> <span class="product">KIMONO DRESS</span> <span class="vendor"> <a href="https://www.enes.be/shop/clothing/rixo-alice-dress/" target="_blank">RIXO VIA ENES</a> </span> </div> <div class="field-collection-item field-collection-item--name-field-products field-collection-item--view-mode-full field__items"> <span class="product">WHITE SLINGBACKS</span> <span class="vendor"> <a href="https://www.zara.com/nl/nl/dames/schoenen/schoenen-met-hak/leren-slingbacks-c26…" target="_blank">ZARA</a> </span> </div> <div class="field-collection-item field-collection-item--name-field-products field-collection-item--view-mode-full field__items"> <span class="product">MUSTARD TRIANGLE BAG</span> <span class="vendor"> <a href="https://www.balenciaga.com/us/women/handbags#{&quot;ytosQuery&quot;:&quot;true&quot;,&quot;department&quot;:&quot;…" target="_blank">BALENCIAGA</a> </span> </div> <div class="field-collection-item field-collection-item--name-field-products field-collection-item--view-mode-full field__items"> <span class="product">YELLOW SUNNIES</span> <span class="vendor"> <a href="https://eu.lindafarrow.com/dries-van-noten-135-c6-oval-sunglasses.html" target="_blank">LINDA FARROW X DRIES VAN NOTEN</a> </span> </div> <div class="field-collection-item field-collection-item--name-field-products field-collection-item--view-mode-full field__items"> <span class="product">ANIMAL RING</span> <span class="vendor"> <a href="http://www.oraik.eu/rings/" target="_blank">ORAÏK</a> </span> </div> <div class="field-collection-item field-collection-item--name-field-products field-collection-item--view-mode-full field__items"> <span class="product">TAUPE NAILS</span> <span class="vendor"> <a href="https://www.fabyshop.be/en/classics/68-remeber-me.html?search_query=remember+me…" target="_blank">FABY REMEMBER ME</a> </span> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>With a lifelong obsession with Japan (who remembers our epic trip to <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/travel/japan" target="_blank">Tokyo and Kyoto</a>?), it's probably no surprise that I've been on board with the kimono trend from the very beginning. It's been around for a while now, but I never get tired of it, especially since there are so many ways to wear it. A kimono dress is actually one of my favourite pieces for those transitional months that take us from Summer to Fall. So if you're looking to adopt the kimono trend right now, these are my 3 easy tricks to do so (featuring my beloved sunny NYC in the background! ;)):</p> <p><strong>1 / ANKLE LENGTH WITH A SIDE OF SLITS</strong></p> <p>The ankle length is without a doubt the no. one fit for the upcoming season (and spotted a lot on the SS18 NYFW runways too!), and if you're anxious to end up with a granny effect, just make sure to go with a piece that has little slits on the sides, such as this one that I fell instantly in love with at <a href="https://www.enes.be" target="_blank">Enes</a>. It will make moving around so much easier, and will let the fluent fabric (another aspect of the kimono that I so adore!) move around freely so that it's flattering for your body in every way.</p> <p><strong>2 / POPS OF COLOUR, PLEASE</strong></p> <p>If you want to update any look for a new season, just add some accessories in on trend shades, such as a mustard triangle bag (literally goes with everything!), matching sunnies, and a big golden statement ring. Perfect to keep your sunny mood alive too, even on those dreary pre-Fall days. :)</p> <p><strong>3 / V-SHAPED SHOES</strong></p> <p>Apart from strategic slits, pointy V-shaped slingbacks are a great way to make a maxi piece more sexy. And for those who are all about the details, a little anklet to finish it off never hurt anyone either!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Are you still loving the kimono trend as much as I do? What are your favourite ways to wear it? :)</strong></p> </div> <section class="entry-comments"> <h2 class="title visually-hidden">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=2004&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=blog_comment" token="mMff0Jts6tqCs9Q4gpG9-55wLUm9cNWEfh3KHTaCd98"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2 class="title visually-hidden">Comments</h2> <div class="comments-list"> <a id="comment-24317"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1505701212"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>ferbena.com</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24317#comment-24317" hreflang="en">September 18, 2017</a> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Great post, thanks for sharing!</p> <p>I always love your outfit.</p> <p>Love,<br /> &lt;a href=&quot;<a href="http://www.ferbena.com/what-to-wear-with-fur-slides.html&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;Ferbena.com">http://www.ferbena.com/what-to-wear-with-fur-slides.html&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;Ferbena.com</a> | What to Wear With Fur Slides &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24317&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="aBhWhcSgw2N8P1IDoF8ksWb8EPBSR6EghVr81svN_x0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> </div> </section> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_20 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.fashionata.com/how-to-update-the-kimono-trend-this-fall" data-a2a-title="HOW TO UPDATE THE KIMONO TREND THIS FALL"><a class="a2a_button_facebook fsn-icon-facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_pinterest fsn-icon-pinterest"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter fsn-icon-twitter"></a></span> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:28:57 +0000 Sofie Valkiers 2004 at https://www.fashionata.com BEAUTY MUST-HAVES: MY CURRENT DAILY SKINCARE ROUTINE https://www.fashionata.com/beauty-must-haves-my-current-daily-skincare-routine <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">BEAUTY MUST-HAVES: MY CURRENT DAILY SKINCARE ROUTINE</span> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/beauty/skincare" hreflang="en">Skincare</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 09/11/2017 - 14:31</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I usually don't play favourites when it comes to beauty, but skincare is definitely something that's <em>very</em> close to my heart. Just as with fashion, my mama always chose quality over quantity when it comes to skincare, underlining the importance of pure nature-based ingredients, and I personally added an obsession with pretty packaging later on. :) These days, with <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/3-lifesaving-beauty-buys-for-new-mamas" target="_blank">a little one taking over our nights</a>, I'm more thankful than ever for the multitude of seriously awesome products out there. And since after sharing <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/my-daily-make-up-routine" target="_blank">my day-to-day make-up routine</a> many of you have asked about my daily skincare routine, I thought it was the right time to finally share my 3-step programme, featuring all the goodies that I would so take with me to a desert island. :) Here goes!</p> <p> </p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/SKINCARE%20ROUTINE.003.jpeg?itok=NIdn7csR 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/SKINCARE%20ROUTINE.003.jpeg?itok=XmqUo94x 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/SKINCARE%20ROUTINE.003.jpeg?itok=COj_duwP 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d8e3005e-3bcd-4dd1-97de-a3ff84f474e4" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/SKINCARE%20ROUTINE.003.jpeg?itok=XmqUo94x" alt="skincare routine" /></picture></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>1 / TO CLEAN</strong></p> <p>Cleansing my skin is actually one of the most challenging things for me, since it's sooo sensitive! <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/stop-washing-your-face" target="_blank">As you know</a>, most of the time, I actually shy away from washing my face with regular water, instead preferring cleaning it with cotton pads and high-quality micellar water (thumbs up if it's organic too!). When I do want something a bit more intense, I really love a cleanser with a gel texture, that I apply and massage in on damp skin and rinse off immediately (to avoid it drying out my skin). Instead of rubbing my face dry with a towel, I prefer patting it dry with a super thin 100% cotton muslin cloth.</p> <p>SHOP MY FAVES: <a href="http://estellethild.com/product/biocleanse-micellar-cleansing-water/" target="_blank">ESTELLE &amp; THILD</a> Biocleanse Micellar cleansing water / <a href="http://rstyle.me/~a5iat" target="_blank">LA MER</a> Nettoyant cleansing gel</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>2 / TO HYDRATE &amp; PROTECT AGAINST SUN DAMAGE</strong></p> <p>And then comes the really fun part! :) Being blessed with a dry skin, I have tried out <em>a lot</em> of moisturisers over the years, which has made me a very picky consumer. I need a rich cream that hydrates thoroughly but doesn't have a sticky or greasy finish, and works as the perfect base for my make-up. On top of that, I'm obsessed with sun protection, so a high SPF is a definite must! I really take my time to massage in my hydrating cream, with circular motions, and then let it fully sink in before applying any make-up. I usually finish the hydration process with applying a simple (non-sticky again!) lip balm, <em>et voilà</em>!</p> <p>SHOP MY FAVES: <a href="http://rstyle.me/~a5iaY" target="_blank">BIODERMA</a> Hydrabio mist SPF 30 / <a href="http://rstyle.me/~a5iaD" target="_blank">DIOR</a> Hydra Life Sorbet cream / <a href="http://rstyle.me/~a5icl" target="_blank">LA MER</a> Protecting Fluid SPF 50 / <a href="http://rstyle.me/~a5vjB" target="_blank">CAUDALIE</a> French Kiss lip balm</p> <p> </p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/SKINCARE%20ROUTINE.002.jpeg?itok=DlxqyPMN 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/SKINCARE%20ROUTINE.002.jpeg?itok=HoyobuSt 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/SKINCARE%20ROUTINE.002.jpeg?itok=iHci_jKm 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="21932043-61a0-40a7-8dce-ff3199ee18dc" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/SKINCARE%20ROUTINE.002.jpeg?itok=HoyobuSt" alt="skincare routine" /></picture></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>3 / TO PAMPER A BIT MORE</strong></p> <p>Since I tend to be on the road a lot, adding some extra pampering now and then is necessary to keep my dry skin in shape. I usually apply a refreshing hydrating mask once a week (I think it's the best Sunday night ritual!), letting it sit for about 10-15 minutes before removing it (with micellar or plain water). As for hydrating, when my skin is in need of a little extra moisture, I love a good body lotion that sinks in easily, and a classic face oil, to keep my skin firm &amp; soft (organic coconut oil is a great option if you're on a tight budget!).</p> <p>SHOP MY FAVES: <a href="http://rstyle.me/~a5iad" target="_blank">CHANEL</a> Chance Eau Vive body moisture / <a href="http://rstyle.me/~a5icp" target="_blank">CLARINS</a> Refreshing mask / <a href="http://rstyle.me/~a5icu" target="_blank">ESTÉE LAUDER</a> Advanced Night Repair oil</p> <p> </p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/MBF_2962_LR.jpg?itok=gecyut8Z 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/MBF_2962_LR.jpg?itok=4NZkEY8r 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/MBF_2962_LR.jpg?itok=mBMMmWwq 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="63d2d1b8-384a-476e-87af-c4ccbcf062c8" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/MBF_2962_LR.jpg?itok=4NZkEY8r" alt="skincare routine" /></picture></p> <p><i>On my nails</i>: <a href="https://www.fabyshop.be/en/classics/68-remeber-me.html?search_query=remember+me…" target="_blank">FABY</a> REMEMBER ME</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>What's your day-to-day skincare routine? Any products you swear by I have to discover? :)</strong></p> </div> <section class="entry-comments"> <h2 class="title visually-hidden">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=2003&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=blog_comment" token="x7_EMlVA9c-6OQFYiuaPvLUzuv6i1gDdVVKy9Ofk-8I"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2 class="title visually-hidden">Comments</h2> <div class="comments-list"> <a id="comment-24316"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1505559350"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Sofiem</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24316#comment-24316" hreflang="en">September 16, 2017</a> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Ik gebruik al jaren de 3-stappen van clinique. Fantastische huid verzekerd. En vorige week heb ik de nieuwe vitamin c week-kuur geprobeerd van clinique en vlekjes of oneffenheden die in mijn gezicht waren zijn echt allemaal weg . Na maar 1 week! Grote fan hier :)</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24316&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="PDkPz12sK3QG1BG4MdoI9922y6vZJnWdq4Yz24lDQVY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-24319"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="15" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1505716657"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24319#comment-24319" hreflang="en">September 18, 2017</a> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/24316#comment-24316" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Ik gebruik al jaren de 3…</a> by <span>Sofiem</span></p> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hi Sofie! O zo interessant, thanx! En zo&#039;n huidkuur klinkt helemaal top om je huid voor te bereiden op de herfst... ;) xx</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24319&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="lgkyR3L42N2TfWcxxJodU24ZwEeGXchYoksQCR2X0Lo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> </div><a id="comment-24320"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1506061069"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Selina</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24320#comment-24320" hreflang="en">September 22, 2017</a> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hi Sofie, I really like your articles about skincare. Since a couple of months I am a big fan of Sisley skincare products (purifying);)</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24320&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="RoE6A6EpeqJY12tQLhZbY6xy9UNqTx08QmDYgh_YuCY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-24321"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="15" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1506328674"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24321#comment-24321" hreflang="en">September 25, 2017</a> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/24320#comment-24320" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Hi Sofie, I really like your…</a> by <span>Selina</span></p> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hey Selina! Thanks so much, I&#039;m happy that you like my skincare tips. :) Yesss, Sisley has such a great range, but I haven&#039;t tried their purifying products yet. Have to check those out soon! ;) xx big kiss</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24321&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="qNcWojjOnmpemOshjTuixSR-8MzUxTF8UdFAlXm0kCY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> </div> </div> </section> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_20 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.fashionata.com/beauty-must-haves-my-current-daily-skincare-routine" data-a2a-title="BEAUTY MUST-HAVES: MY CURRENT DAILY SKINCARE ROUTINE"><a class="a2a_button_facebook fsn-icon-facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_pinterest fsn-icon-pinterest"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter fsn-icon-twitter"></a></span> Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:31:33 +0000 Sofie Valkiers 2003 at https://www.fashionata.com https://www.fashionata.com/beauty-must-haves-my-current-daily-skincare-routine#comments MY BABY Q&A: ON NEW ROUTINES, PARENTING FEARS & BOBKE https://www.fashionata.com/my-baby-qa-on-new-routines-parenting-fears-bobke <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">MY BABY Q&amp;A: ON NEW ROUTINES, PARENTING FEARS &amp; BOBKE</span> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/lifestyle/motherhood" hreflang="en">Motherhood</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 09/06/2017 - 14:20</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>One of the things I was most curious about before having our boy was how we were going to fit him into our hectic lifestyle. After <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/how-to-prepare-yourself-for-parenthood" target="_blank">stressing about it for way too long</a>, I finally managed to let it go and just hope for the best - which is basically all you can do when it comes to babies. :) So for the final part of my baby Q&amp;A as a new mama (find part I &amp; II right <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/my-baby-qa-on-first-smiles-baby-smells-new-mama-advice" target="_blank">here</a> and <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/my-baby-qa-on-baby-weight-wardrobe-dramas-suncare" target="_blank">here</a>), I'm sharing what it has been like to be a first-time parent, including major routine changes, who our boy resembles most (can you guess?), and my no. 1 irrational parenting fear!</p> <p> </p> <div class="love-your"> <div class="image"> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/Antwerp%20park%20Sofie%20and%20bebe_HR.jpg?itok=q4GuCuSr 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/Antwerp%20park%20Sofie%20and%20bebe_HR.jpg?itok=xdYhk5KJ 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/Antwerp%20park%20Sofie%20and%20bebe_HR.jpg?itok=7EJmLim6 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="03b8b654-7eac-46da-bbb7-33f1d376c153" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/Antwerp%20park%20Sofie%20and%20bebe_HR.jpg?itok=xdYhk5KJ" alt="Baby Q&amp;A" /></picture></p> </div> <div class="content"> <h3 class="title">BABY Q&amp;A - ON BEING A PARENT</h3> <div class="text"> <p><strong>BIGGEST ROUTINE CHANGE</strong></p> <p>Literally everything. :) Nothing about our days looks the same; the nights are shorter, the mornings earlier, and everything in between is chaos, haha. But since we were used to an irregular day-to-day structure, it's actually fine. We just try to go with the flow and figure out along the way.</p> <p><strong>DIVIDING THE PARENTING TASKS</strong></p> <p>I'd say it's a 50/50 thing (as was <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/10-questions-we-answered-as-parents-to-be" target="_blank">our goal</a>), where Marcio mostly takes care of the night shifts, and I do the early mornings, which fits our natural habits the most (because I'm usually up by 6am anyways). And yes, he's excellent at changing diapers (is this even still a thing?).</p> <p><strong>WHO HE RESEMBLES MOST</strong></p> <p>Me of course! :) Marcio &amp; I definitely have this thing going on where we get super competitive about which traits our boy got from either one of us, which even extends to our grandparents, who are fully supporting the passing down of their magnificent genes. In any case, he takes after Marcio in that he's very tall for his age (and has big hands &amp; feet!). Other than that, he really is a copy of me as a baby (like, really really).</p> <p><strong>JUGGLING THAT WORK/LIFE BALANCE</strong></p> <p>As much as I'm trying not to freak out about getting zero work done on most days, it does occasionally worry me a bit. So far, I haven't found a balanced out work/life thing, but since this technically is the time when a lot of parents have maternity leave, I guess that's totally normal. Ask again in a couple of months! :)</p> <p><strong>BIGGEST CHALLENGE SO FAR</strong></p> <p>Apart from the short nights, that's definitely been arranging our days around our little monkey. It can be frustrating to have to cancel a meet-up with friends because he's feeling off, but I know it's better than facing an afternoon of outdoor meltdowns. That can honestly feel a bit limiting.</p> <p><strong>NO. 1 IRRATIONAL FEAR AS A NEW PARENT</strong></p> <p>Breaking the kid! Especially in the beginning, when he seemed so small and fragile, I literally had nightmares of dropping him or inflicting some kind of injury. O, and while I was initially also kind of nervous about Bobke's reaction, he's been so incredibly sweet! (after getting over <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BU6akz0g30v/?taken-by=sofievalkiers" target="_blank">his initial surprise</a>) They really are best buds, it makes me so happy. :)</p> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/antwerp%20green%20sofa%20bebe%20bobinho_HR.jpg?itok=OdaEV87V 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/antwerp%20green%20sofa%20bebe%20bobinho_HR.jpg?itok=fQACUC1a 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/antwerp%20green%20sofa%20bebe%20bobinho_HR.jpg?itok=SKWO_5IE 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c04f3601-bd6c-4b8b-8ad8-9324b09de61b" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/antwerp%20green%20sofa%20bebe%20bobinho_HR.jpg?itok=fQACUC1a" alt="Baby Q&amp;A" /></picture></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Right this way for my first &amp; second Baby Q&amp;A about <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/my-baby-qa-on-first-smiles-baby-smells-new-mama-advice" target="_blank">how I'm feeling</a> and <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/my-baby-qa-on-baby-weight-wardrobe-dramas-suncare" target="_blank">my beauty &amp; fashion experiences</a> as a new mama!</strong></p> </div> <section class="entry-comments"> <h2 class="title visually-hidden">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=1959&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=blog_comment" token="uoVsqy6WkaeHCDuOA54E4RUrRVMWFmbd4UEm3CMlzoE"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2 class="title visually-hidden">Comments</h2> <div class="comments-list"> <a id="comment-24313"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1505229983"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Delphine</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24313#comment-24313" hreflang="en">September 12, 2017</a> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hey Sofie, ooh zo leuk artikel!! Ik had net hetzelfde met Amilia, ik was ook zooo bang om haar te laten vallen. Elke keer ik de trap op en af moest met haar ging mijn hart tekeer en had ik echte angsten haha :-)<br /> Nu neem ik ze onder arm en loop ik naar boven zelfs haha :-) </p> <p>xxx</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24313&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="4EK8VlEfwV2r8plG2CNSnXZo_gFj4D0DEKODrwGGv5E"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-24315"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="15" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1505285247"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24315#comment-24315" hreflang="en">September 13, 2017</a> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/24313#comment-24313" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Hey Sofie, ooh zo leuk…</a> by <span>Delphine</span></p> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hi Delphine, bedankt voor je lief berichtje. :) Haha ja, zo raar he! Maar goed om te weten dat dat ook over gaat ;) xx</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24315&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="IWlBQfvdV_AR2PBQnFxLJxS1f1LjnJa6hHb0rcR9d3o"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> </div> </div> </section> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_20 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.fashionata.com/my-baby-qa-on-new-routines-parenting-fears-bobke" data-a2a-title="MY BABY Q&amp;A: ON NEW ROUTINES, PARENTING FEARS &amp; BOBKE"><a class="a2a_button_facebook fsn-icon-facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_pinterest fsn-icon-pinterest"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter fsn-icon-twitter"></a></span> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 12:20:29 +0000 Sofie Valkiers 1959 at https://www.fashionata.com REAL TALK: HOW I DEAL WITH PREJUDICE AND CRITICISM https://www.fashionata.com/real-talk-how-i-deal-with-prejudice-and-criticism <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">REAL TALK: HOW I DEAL WITH PREJUDICE AND CRITICISM</span> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/series/good-for-you" hreflang="en">Good for You</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 09/01/2017 - 15:11</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-baseline field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OUR TIPS &amp; TRICKS FOR A HEALTHY &amp; BALANCED LIFESTYLE</strong></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/blog/2017/08/PREJUDICE.002.jpeg?itok=s6XQ2BB3 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/blog/2017/08/PREJUDICE.002.jpeg?itok=ZGJrubO8 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/blog/2017/08/PREJUDICE.002.jpeg?itok=Xbs9YXGq 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/blog/2017/08/PREJUDICE.002.jpeg?itok=ZGJrubO8" alt="deal with prejudice and criticism" /> </picture> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p> </p> <p>As an influencer, I've had my fair share of prejudice and criticism. In fact, I dare say that influencers generally have a pretty bad rep when it comes to professional credibility (right, <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/doing-your-own-thing" target="_blank">Vogue</a>?). When I first started blogging it was a fairly new concept, so there weren't too many opinions on how I managed my business. Fast forward to today and things have changed A LOT: not only are there countless influencers and social platforms out there, there are just as many ideas and misconceptions about blogging as a career. More specifically, people seem to have a very particular idea about how I spend my days and whether or not it's 'fair' for me to conduct my business the way I do. I can't tell you how many times I've been asked how much money I make, or have gotten subtle remarks on how annoyingly easy it must be to make cute pictures of the free outfits that I'm sent and get filthy rich from it too. Since these misconceptions can be a tad exhausting to deal with, I've adopted a few key tricks over the years to handle prejudice and criticism and to actually - gasp - grow from it. And as we all come across judgmental situations ('cause remember Carrie's words: "some people do arts &amp; crafts, we judge"), I thought it'd be nice to share them with you all:</p> <p><strong>1 / STAY FOCUSED</strong></p> <p>The biggest challenge in dealing with prejudice is not getting distracted by it. No matter what, you really want to avoid ending up with a self-fulfilling prophecy situation, where you actually start acting the way people expected you to. I admit it can be tempting to start acting like a diva when people think you are one, but in the end, it will totally backfire. Try to stay focused on your original goals instead, and don't ever adjust those based on wild assumptions. </p> <p><strong>2 / CONSIDER THE BIGGER PICTURE</strong></p> <p>This is something that has always helped me a lot in dealing with prejudice and criticism; since they're usually very specific and slightly petty, it's actually not so difficult to zoom out for a second and consider them in the bigger scheme of things. Is it really worth to feel so bad about this, and more importantly, will it make you grow to get into whatever comments that were made? Try to always make a distinction between petty and constructive criticism by finding out the motivation behind it: anger, jealousy and vengeance usually don't lead to remarks that make you grow, so you might want to skip worrying about them altogether. </p> <p> </p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/Paris%20MBF_0635_LR-3.jpg?itok=s2rVNZE1 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/Paris%20MBF_0635_LR-3.jpg?itok=gCtXNUgN 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/Paris%20MBF_0635_LR-3.jpg?itok=p8I-Wuxa 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3e1e35f4-8cab-4c22-895e-6332233adc56" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/Paris%20MBF_0635_LR-3.jpg?itok=gCtXNUgN" alt="dealing with prejudice" /></picture></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>3 / FOCUS ON THE FUTURE, NOT THE PAST</strong></p> <p>From the very beginning of my career, I had to deal with some pretty aggressive backlash that I didn't see coming at the time. Ironically, this is something I'm often reminded about in interviews now, while I honestly don't feel inclined to keep reminiscing about things from the past. Everyone has the right to have an opinion, even if it's a faulty one. Instead of putting energy into a defensive response, prove them wrong by your future actions. It will make you feel so much better!</p> <p><strong>4 / RESPOND WITH INFORMATION, NOT EMOTIONS</strong></p> <p>Fact: people tend to judge what they don't know. Or even worse: they create their own version and base their opinions on that, whether it's grounded in reality or not. And for my job in particular this faulty version of the facts is supported by what is perceived on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/sofievalkiers/" target="_blank">social media</a>, which easily creates the illusion of a perfect life. So in an effort <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/keeping-it-real" target="_blank">to keep things real</a>, I've come to learn about the importance of finding a balance between sharing inspiring content and <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/thoughts-on-having-a-difficult-pregnancy" target="_blank">real struggles</a>, even if that makes you feel super vulnerable. And more generally speaking, I've found that responding with truthful information is much more effective than voicing anger or frustration - no matter how challenging that may be in the moment. </p> <p><strong>5 / BE TRUE TO YOURSELF</strong></p> <p>Constructive criticism can be one of the best things in life, as long as you stay true to yourself and what you believe in (there's no way to formulate this in a non-cliché way! :)). Especially as a social influencer, it's absolutely crucial to be you instead of copying someone else. It can sometimes feel a bit frustrating to work 24/7 and then be called a 'lucky girl', but I try to remind myself of the values that my parents taught me, to work hard and pursue my dreams - which has always made me feel like I'm <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/are-you-where-you-want-to-be-in-life" target="_blank">exactly where I'm supposed to be in life</a>. </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>How do you feel about this? Do you often have to deal with prejudice and criticism? Any tips to add? I'd be so happy to hear! :)</strong></p> </div> <section class="entry-comments"> <h2 class="title visually-hidden">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=1872&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=blog_comment" token="O6WIS8iU3i9lRjbAoCuDT-XeQ9Y_wbQXwqukoig3kzI"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2 class="title visually-hidden">Comments</h2> <div class="comments-list"> <a id="comment-24297"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1504360710"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Jeanine</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24297#comment-24297" hreflang="en">September 2, 2017</a> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Jaloezie is een ergere ziekte dan kanker ! bekijk het zo.<br /> Doe waar je je goed bij voelt , doe wel en kijk niet om.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24297&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="8osHrg-8axjbF5SQS7uuo4ngj-fTKFwv2EeQJuUxNpQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-24299"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="15" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1504506608"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24299#comment-24299" hreflang="en">September 4, 2017</a> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/24297#comment-24297" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Jaloezie is een ergere…</a> by <span>Jeanine</span></p> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Yes, Jeanine, naar de toekomst kijken is altijd een goed idee! :) xx</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24299&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="1pC8uHlhc2VsD0Z-VVd4uaLawXwjcZxdQQWclUTbykk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> </div><a id="comment-24301"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1504513676"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Thomas </span></span> on <a href="/comment/24301#comment-24301" hreflang="en">September 4, 2017</a> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Super leuk om te lezen.<br /> Mensen zullen altijd jaloers zijn Sofie...<br /> Je bent en blijft mijn grote voorbeeld!😌😘</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24301&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="A7OnvdTHKRYabP7Vg5Nxgrz6Mns1Fa1oEbHy7iPXuZ0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-24307"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="15" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1504595696"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24307#comment-24307" hreflang="en">September 5, 2017</a> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/24301#comment-24301" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Super leuk om te lezen…</a> by <span>Thomas </span></p> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>O wat lief, Thomas, dankjewel! :) xx big kiss</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24307&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="U8lipFX0maeeLjhzBkxF1YRXQsECA-l6Prsy52MrYt4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> </div><a id="comment-24302"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1504514359"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Violetta</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24302#comment-24302" hreflang="en">September 4, 2017</a> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Ik ben een persoon met levendige fantasie. Telkens iemand feedback geef die ik ervaar als negatief, het is telkens zeer subjectief hoe wij die dingen ervaren... Denk ik meteen aan een gans. Een mooie witte gans! Ik daag je uit om te proberen (figuurlijk dan) dat beestje te bekogelen met modder. Een gans zal die prachtige veren afschudden en zal gewoon de weg verder zetten. Zo ben ik dus ook. deze kan je ook uitdrukken met een prachtige uitspraak van Mahatma Gandhi: &quot;Nobody can hurt me without my permission.&quot; :-)</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24302&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="wJCtP1XjecBePsm6EgeWfcLRUESBsEBd3J4CQ-qC1Gs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-24308"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="15" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1504595811"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24308#comment-24308" hreflang="en">September 5, 2017</a> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/24302#comment-24302" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Ik ben een persoon met…</a> by <span>Violetta</span></p> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hey Violetta! Hihi, ja ik kan me zeker voorstellen dat dat helpt. :) En het is zeker waar dat je jezelf op verschillende manieren kan wapenen tegen kwetsende opmerkingen. Bedankt voor je lieve feedback! xx</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24308&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="fubkegNqck-Xgj55w54lfy2NQMTvUdwXJj4U0i0FmqQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> </div><a id="comment-24304"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1504590609"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Nele</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24304#comment-24304" hreflang="en">September 5, 2017</a> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Ik denk dat een groot deel van het probleem is dat heel wat bloggers/influencers niet aangeven wanneer ze betaald zijn door een bepaald merk om iets te posten. Zo creëeren ze de illusie dat het bloggen peanuts is en weggelegd is voor de mensen met veel centen, terwijl het eigenlijk ook een fulltime job is. De enige fashion influencer die ik volg en die heel duidelijk communiceert over of ze betaalt wordt voor haar posts is Pernille Teisbaek. Zij schrijft heel duidelijk &quot;sponsored&quot; voor haar posts. Ik mis dat ergens wel bij jou... Of misschien ben jij wel eigenaar van al die fantastische outfits?! Misschien moeten bloggers/influencers hier iets transparanter in zijn om de negatieve wolk die er rond hangt wat te doen verdwijnen. Ik heb er een dubbel gevoel bij de vraag of jullie je echt moeten verantwoorden voor wat jullie posten... Ergens vind ik van niet... omdat ik weet dat er veel sponsoring en hard werk aan te pas komt, maar aan de andere kant zijn er heel veel mensen die jullie benijden omdat ze denken dat jullie leven er een is van rozengeur en manenschijn, terwijl sommigen onder jullie echt wel kei hard werken voor jullie status als influencer. Hoe dan ook, ik vind jouw blog geweldig en ben fan!</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24304&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="tedhvEpCfWTIrPM46DyQeInSNx6icF1lttAQrnOIpko"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-24309"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="15" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1504596436"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24309#comment-24309" hreflang="en">September 5, 2017</a> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/24304#comment-24304" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Ik denk dat een groot deel…</a> by <span>Nele</span></p> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hey Nele! Bedankt voor je comment, je haalt inderdaad iets aan waar best veel discussie over bestaat. :) Het klopt dat wij ervoor gekozen hebben geen letterlijk onderscheid te maken tussen gesponsorde en niet-gesponsorde posts, en dat heeft één belangrijke reden: we posten enkel en alleen producten en content waar we zelf 100% achter staan. We hebben een héél streng selectie proces voor onze samenwerkingen; alles wat op onze platforms verschijnt heb ik persoonlijk getest en zijn items waar ik gewoon echt in geloof. Omdat er in die zin dus geen verschil is tussen de producten die ik deel met jullie zie ik zelf verder niet zo de relevantie in van aangeven of het nu om een gesponsorde post gaat of niet. De research, client meetings, en content creatie die aan elke post voorafgaan hebben vooral als doel jullie zoveel mogelijk te inspireren, en dat zal altijd zo blijven. :) xx big kiss</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24309&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="fCdBW26EhAw5FvgfqAolb0y_ZpfZ4MVav47gMMiZPu8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-24310"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1504641900"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Nele</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24310#comment-24310" hreflang="en">September 5, 2017</a> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/24309#comment-24309" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Hey Nele! Bedankt voor je…</a> by <span>Sofie Valkiers</span></p> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hey Sofie. Bedankt voor je reactie! Je posts zijn een grote inspiratie voor mij (zeker nu ik het wat moeilijk heb met mijn zelfbeeld en stijl na mijn zwangerschap)! Je merkt aan je blog hoe hard je hiervoor werkt en hebt gewerkt. Je &quot;little black book&quot; en &quot;mood of the day&quot; liggen hier alvast op de salontafel! Veel blijvend succes gewenst voor Fashionata!xx</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24310&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="ZqR5IPk34hLPk3vek6f0s8olZyoa4lNTH4kxG_kuOXQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-24311"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="15" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1504681338"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24311#comment-24311" hreflang="en">September 6, 2017</a> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/24310#comment-24310" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Hey Sofie. Bedankt voor je…</a> by <span>Nele</span></p> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>O wat leuk, Nele, doet zoveel deugd om te horen! :) Ik hoop zo dat je je snel wat beter voelt; je hebt net een mensje op de wereld gezet, dus als er één periode in je leven is om extra trots te zijn op jezelf en je lichaam is het wel nu. xx big kiss</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24311&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="AQNPF-JvNQyrjd3w6eorvSOtzlUP5RHUa2bgVbo9rA8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> </div></div></div> </div> </section> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_20 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.fashionata.com/real-talk-how-i-deal-with-prejudice-and-criticism" data-a2a-title="REAL TALK: HOW I DEAL WITH PREJUDICE AND CRITICISM"><a class="a2a_button_facebook fsn-icon-facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_pinterest fsn-icon-pinterest"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter fsn-icon-twitter"></a></span> Fri, 01 Sep 2017 13:11:01 +0000 Sofie Valkiers 1872 at https://www.fashionata.com AFTER SUMMER SPECIAL: STYLING THE DRESS PLUS DENIM TREND https://www.fashionata.com/after-summer-special-styling-the-dress-plus-denim-trend <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">AFTER SUMMER SPECIAL: STYLING THE DRESS PLUS DENIM TREND</span> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/fashion/sofies-looks" hreflang="en">Sofie&#039;s Looks</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 08/30/2017 - 16:32</span> <div class="field field--name-field-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/blog/2017/08/DRESS%20PLUS%20DENIM.002.jpeg?itok=3bCS0Akf 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/blog/2017/08/DRESS%20PLUS%20DENIM.002.jpeg?itok=dpwzX7pD 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/blog/2017/08/DRESS%20PLUS%20DENIM.002.jpeg?itok=ZNr5IdwO 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/blog/2017/08/DRESS%20PLUS%20DENIM.002.jpeg?itok=dpwzX7pD" alt="dress plus denim" /> </picture> </div> <div class="field__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/blog/2017/08/MBF_2699_LR.jpg?itok=QLQeUXwX 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/blog/2017/08/MBF_2699_LR.jpg?itok=Q41Gru7Y 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/blog/2017/08/MBF_2699_LR.jpg?itok=jppXLk0z 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/blog/2017/08/MBF_2699_LR.jpg?itok=Q41Gru7Y" alt="dress plus denim" /> </picture> </div> <div class="field__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/blog/2017/08/DRESS%20PLUS%20DENIM.003.jpeg?itok=pdAN2UGR 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/blog/2017/08/DRESS%20PLUS%20DENIM.003.jpeg?itok=C0QqOMWT 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/blog/2017/08/DRESS%20PLUS%20DENIM.003.jpeg?itok=O0-hhQcW 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/blog/2017/08/DRESS%20PLUS%20DENIM.003.jpeg?itok=C0QqOMWT" alt="dress plus denim" /> </picture> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-products field--type-field-collection field--label-hidden"> <div class="field-collection-item field-collection-item--name-field-products field-collection-item--view-mode-full field__items"> <span class="product">PINK EYELET DRESS</span> <span class="vendor"> <a href="https://www.isabellequinn.com.au/products/amelie-eyelet-dress-pink-salt" target="_blank">ISABELLE QUINN</a> </span> </div> <div class="field-collection-item field-collection-item--name-field-products field-collection-item--view-mode-full field__items"> <span class="product">CROPPED DENIM</span> <span class="vendor"> <a href="https://www.mih-jeans.com/womens-jeans/flares" target="_blank">M.I.H JEANS</a> </span> </div> <div class="field-collection-item field-collection-item--name-field-products field-collection-item--view-mode-full field__items"> <span class="product">POINTY FLATS</span> <span class="vendor"> <a href="https://www.albertaferretti.com/be/alberta-ferretti/mules_cod11202932hv.html#de…" target="_blank">ALBERTA FERRETTI</a> </span> </div> <div class="field-collection-item field-collection-item--name-field-products field-collection-item--view-mode-full field__items"> <span class="product">STRAW HAT</span> <span class="vendor"> <a href="http://filuhats.com" target="_blank">FILÙ HATS</a> </span> </div> <div class="field-collection-item field-collection-item--name-field-products field-collection-item--view-mode-full field__items"> <span class="product">&#039;GB&#039; INITIALS RING</span> <span class="vendor"> <a href="https://www.mayabrenner.com/collections/rings-letters-numbers" target="_blank">MAYA BRENNER</a> </span> </div> <div class="field-collection-item field-collection-item--name-field-products field-collection-item--view-mode-full field__items"> <span class="product">TAUPE NAILS</span> <span class="vendor"> <a href="https://www.fabyshop.be/en/classics/68-remeber-me.html?search_query=remember+me…" target="_blank">FABY REMEMBER ME</a> </span> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Can you believe September's just around the corner?? Every single year it's as if there's a fast forward button on July and August, and before you know it, it's after Summer and time to come up with all kinds of smart tricks to wear your Summer dresses just a little bit longer. Luckily,&nbsp;this year's trend of topping your favourite jeans with a breezy dress makes that a whole lot easier! It's one of my personal favourite trends of the moment, but I do admit it can feel a bit counter intuitive to pair two&nbsp;pieces of clothing you're used to wearing separately. But in the spirit of trying out new things, I suggest to adopt it right now, 'cause the <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/how-to-wear-a-dress-according-to-the-cruise-2018-runways" target="_blank">dress plus denim trend is here to stay!</a></p> <p><strong>1 / STRATEGIC CUTS</strong></p> <p>This is the most important trick to keep in mind to rock a dress plus denim outfit: go with a dress that has cuts and slits on strategic places. The whole idea is to end up with an outfit that looks summery, but still feels nice &amp; warm - perfect for those after Summer evenings! By showing a peek of your denim your entire look will feel so much lighter, not to mention super practical to move around in. And thumbs up if your dress is sleeveless and has delicious eyelet carvings that show a bit of (sun kissed!) skin.</p> <p><strong>2 / PASTEL PLEASURES</strong></p> <p>Despite my general love of pastel colours, I tend to find them a bit hard to style in a sophisticated not-too-candy-ish way. But for this particular trend, pastel colours (such as the soft pink of this dress) are actually a bonus, because they will make your roughed up denim look fresh &amp; sunny, no questions asked!</p> <p><strong>3 / BEST OF SUMMER ACCESSORIES</strong></p> <p>And speaking of sunny, if you want to celebrate the after Summer right, why not steer the eye in the right direction and add the best of Summer accessories to complete your dress plus denim look: a straw hat, colourful scarf, dainty anklet and rings, and embroidered floral flats are totally the way to go!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Have you already tried out the dress plus denim trend? Don't you think it's just perfect for September? :)</strong></p> </div> <section class="entry-comments"> <h2 class="title visually-hidden">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=2002&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=blog_comment" token="Beey6x0OchZW2CwOxGEmpha9IZIR2H3LNcA-QpLuqmk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_20 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.fashionata.com/after-summer-special-styling-the-dress-plus-denim-trend" data-a2a-title="AFTER SUMMER SPECIAL: STYLING THE DRESS PLUS DENIM TREND"><a class="a2a_button_facebook fsn-icon-facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_pinterest fsn-icon-pinterest"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter fsn-icon-twitter"></a></span> Wed, 30 Aug 2017 14:32:39 +0000 Sofie Valkiers 2002 at https://www.fashionata.com PICK YOUR FAVE: 4 FUN WAYS TO STYLE YOUR KITTEN HEELS https://www.fashionata.com/pick-your-fave-4-fun-ways-to-style-your-kitten-heels <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">PICK YOUR FAVE: 4 FUN WAYS TO STYLE YOUR KITTEN HEELS</span> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/fashion/trends" hreflang="en">Trends</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/28/2017 - 16:58</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Kitten heels are one of this Summer's biggest footwear trends, offering an o-so-dainty replacement of sky-high heels. Their appeal? They give as much punch to any outfit as their higher counterparts, but are a LOT easier to move around in (remember how <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/my-5-must-haves-for-fashionable-mamas-to-be" target="_blank">this pair</a> was on heavy rotation during my pregnancy?). That's a winner right there, and if you'd have any doubts about their versatility: here are 4 fun ways to style your kitten heels right now - so no more excuses to not score a pair asap!</p> <p> </p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/KITTEN%20HEELS.001.jpeg?itok=B1zxLy0C 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/KITTEN%20HEELS.001.jpeg?itok=i9yHmQsT 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/KITTEN%20HEELS.001.jpeg?itok=pxG5PK03 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="42dfc54b-4e7c-4d5d-9321-e05ee61b3af0" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/KITTEN%20HEELS.001.jpeg?itok=i9yHmQsT" alt="kitten heels" /></picture></p> <p>You guys know I'm a huge fan of playing with contrasts when it comes to styling my outfits, so adding a bit of punk to a super feminine kitten heel is right up my alley! Whether it's by pairing your heels with wide-legged leather pants, a pleated black-&amp;-white skirt with asymmetrical hem, or a slim-fitted-black-trousers-plus-structured-vest combo, it's all equally spunky, especially if you add some cute accessories (think a miniature bucket bag, layered necklaces or a colourful anklet).</p> <p> </p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/KITTEN%20HEELS.002.jpeg?itok=DIpGnzRR 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/KITTEN%20HEELS.002.jpeg?itok=eJ5-iuw3 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/KITTEN%20HEELS.002.jpeg?itok=2B7N9eWo 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="91afdb78-e848-4e3f-822a-15d905f0ccc9" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/KITTEN%20HEELS.002.jpeg?itok=eJ5-iuw3" alt="kitten heels" /></picture></p> <p>If you remember the instant love I felt for <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/the-dior-couture-world-explorers-are-fearless" target="_blank">the Dior look I picked out</a> to attend their Couture show a little while ago, you know that pairing nude dresses or skirts with black kitten heels is one of my favourite outfits at the moment. To avoid a complete cotton candy result, it's crucial to add tough pieces, such as a structured black bag, tinted sunnies, or a denim jacket. Because balance, remember? ;)</p> <p> </p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/KITTEN%20HEELS.003.jpeg?itok=LxylV_kE 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/KITTEN%20HEELS.003.jpeg?itok=cTpDIvnK 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/KITTEN%20HEELS.003.jpeg?itok=gHE9486V 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="303bf5a2-650d-446d-a372-4f0f00bbf22d" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/KITTEN%20HEELS.003.jpeg?itok=cTpDIvnK" alt="kitten heels" /></picture></p> <p>The perfect way to make your kitten heels look less preppy is of course ... denim! Go relaxed and basic with a cropped jeans and an off-the-shoulder blouse or khaki jacket, and add a bit of spice by means of hot red statement earrings and/or a mesh bag. Or go for the ultimate dress up/dress down combo by pairing an embellished denim dress with a lace blouse and sassy sheer ankle socks. So cute for your next garden party!</p> <p> </p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/KITTEN%20HEELS.004.jpeg?itok=jWjuHurr 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/KITTEN%20HEELS.004.jpeg?itok=lMR0WZTF 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/KITTEN%20HEELS.004.jpeg?itok=_vbv63PI 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="37e3ad80-8bc6-4a7a-abbc-90f4b59c7a84" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/KITTEN%20HEELS.004.jpeg?itok=lMR0WZTF" alt="kitten heels" /></picture></p> <p>I may not be a huge fan of black, but if you add a bit of fun to the mix, I'm game! A multi-coloured pleated slit at the back of a tailored black dress, a tan-&amp;-black see-through skirt, or wide-legged indigo jeans peeking from underneath a black maxi dress: yes and yes! And all completed with your most sophisticated pair of kitten heels, of course!</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Which style is your favourite? I'm particularly in love with the punky and nude vibes, and can't wait to try them soon! :)</strong></p> <p>Street style pictures via <a href="http://en.vogue.fr" target="_blank">Vogue Paris</a>, <a href="http://www.styledumonde.com" target="_blank">Style du Monde</a> and <a href="http://www.elleuk.com" target="_blank">Elle UK</a></p> </div> <section class="entry-comments"> <h2 class="title visually-hidden">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=1947&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=blog_comment" token="GJIXv46TzVzRmobEZkg2z6UYwMuPgGC1sVf69u4M8Ps"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_20 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.fashionata.com/pick-your-fave-4-fun-ways-to-style-your-kitten-heels" data-a2a-title="PICK YOUR FAVE: 4 FUN WAYS TO STYLE YOUR KITTEN HEELS"><a class="a2a_button_facebook fsn-icon-facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_pinterest fsn-icon-pinterest"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter fsn-icon-twitter"></a></span> Mon, 28 Aug 2017 14:58:16 +0000 Sofie Valkiers 1947 at https://www.fashionata.com 5 TIPS TO MAKE A LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP WORK https://www.fashionata.com/5-tips-to-make-a-long-distance-relationship-work <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">5 TIPS TO MAKE A LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP WORK</span> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/lifestyle" hreflang="en">Lifestyle</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 08/25/2017 - 18:05</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>When Marcio and I <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/how-to-meet-the-love-of-your-life" target="_blank">first started dating</a> it wasn't all peaches &amp; cream! We met in Paris; he was there for a modelling job, and I had an internship at a posh hotel as a part of my training to become a professional chef. And what we first thought would just be just a Summer crush turned into something <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/our-10-year-anniversary" target="_blank">way more serious</a>, so when the end of Summer was nearing, we were both devastated to move back to our hometowns - me to Belgium, him to Brazil. What followed was a weird period of feeling excited and happy because I was so in love versus down and sad because we were sooo far apart. 11 years (and <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/10-questions-we-answered-as-parents-to-be" target="_blank">our little baby boy</a>!) later, it's safe to say we made it work. So if you find yourself in a similar situation right now, having met the love of your life on Summer vacation, don't dispair, because here are my 5 tips to make a long distance relationship work! Happy Summer lovin', everyone! :)</p> <p> </p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/MBF_9467_LR_0_0.jpg?itok=TPL29N-i 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/MBF_9467_LR_0_0.jpg?itok=XBlUZpKa 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/MBF_9467_LR_0_0.jpg?itok=XJOyOdxc 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="66fccf42-512f-4599-875c-9733f1172a96" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/MBF_9467_LR_0_0.jpg?itok=XBlUZpKa" alt="long distance relationship" /></picture></p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/LONG%20DISTANCE.002_0.jpeg?itok=XEkGSqoM 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/LONG%20DISTANCE.002_0.jpeg?itok=oQSMRECj 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/LONG%20DISTANCE.002_0.jpeg?itok=FpXQK5E1 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="05d3b574-ac88-43de-b931-90cb46c13809" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/LONG%20DISTANCE.002_0.jpeg?itok=oQSMRECj" alt="long distance relationship" /></picture></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>1 / DON'T PLAY GAMES</strong></p> <p>Yes, it can be a lot of fun to play those classic 'young love' games - you know, acting hard to get or particularly in demand :) - but if there's an ocean between the two of you, let's just say that just about sufficiently covers being <i>actually</i> hard to get. Things will likely be complicated enough as they are, so instead of playing games, play it smart: clear up your expectations from the very beginning, no matter how awkward or heavy that may feel. What's your level of commitment, and are you guys exclusive or not? And after having cleared that out, be truthful and don't do things of which you know it will likely upset the other one. Whether he's here or a million miles away, commitment is mostly a thing of the heart, so try not to forget that.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>2 / CHILL OUT</strong></p> <p>There's nothing more straining for a new relationship than an overprotective partner. As a <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/how-to-prepare-yourself-for-parenthood" target="_blank">natural born control freak</a>, this was actually one of the hardest things for me personally: it just felt so weird to give each other space when there was so much physical space between us. For us, it really helped to know each others' day-to-day schedules, and to be able to picture each other as normal human beings who were probably not spending their days hunting down other possible love interests. :) So no matter how hard it is, don't be overly possessive and for real, stop stalking his Instagram page (a problem we didn't have back then, ha!). Social media always <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/keeping-it-real" target="_blank">give a distorted image of someone else's life</a>, so instead of basing your perception of his days on that, just ask him about it and have a good old chat about it.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>3 / LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE</strong></p> <p>No matter how challenging a long distance relationship is, there are actually some pretty great elements about it too. So while you're missing each other like crazy, try to remember the fact that you'll have a lifelong guaranteed vacay spot (I hit the jackpot with <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/travel/brazil" target="_blank">Brazil</a> there :)), together with the immense joy and enrichment the merge of 2 cultures can bring. Being away from each other is definitely the ultimate relationship test and will make your bond that much stronger!</p> <p> </p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/LONG%20DISTANCE.003.jpeg?itok=396Wgmtc 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/LONG%20DISTANCE.003.jpeg?itok=oRzIPmfx 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/LONG%20DISTANCE.003.jpeg?itok=bcVgwYKA 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6134cfcd-442b-4739-ba8a-fb24763cc0d2" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/LONG%20DISTANCE.003.jpeg?itok=oRzIPmfx" alt="long distance relationship" /></picture></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>4 / SHARE THE ORDINARY</strong></p> <p>You know that feeling when people ask you how your day has been and you totally blank, because you can't think of anything noteworthy that happened? That's totally normal, because unless you're Donald Trump, chances are that most of your days aren't filled with things that will be front page news tomorrow. However, it's sharing the little things that will make the other person feel involved, and what will eventually make you bond. So go ahead and send those pics and/or videos of your lunch, the new heels you bought, a great book you read, and your little family weekend beach trip. It will make you remember your similar interests, and why you fell in love with him in the first place!</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>5 / ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR NEXT VISIT IS PLANNED</strong></p> <p>Happy anticipation is key to make a long distance relationship work, so always always always make sure to have your next visit planned, so you can tape your plane ticket on your night stand, making sure it's the very first thing you see when you wake up alone. It makes your time apart feel so much less endless, and gives you both a clear goal. And when the happy reunion is finally there, believe me, it will all have been so worth it...</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Have you ever had (or are you currently in) a long distance relationship? What were the things that helped you the most? I'm so curious to hear! :)</strong></p> </div> <section class="entry-comments"> <h2 class="title visually-hidden">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=1955&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=blog_comment" token="YUWSIKzRvgyis1jBpOZ1Drk7oO2hK1lrv8QXnfaGD10"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2 class="title visually-hidden">Comments</h2> <div class="comments-list"> <a id="comment-24283"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1503825559"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Lauren</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24283#comment-24283" hreflang="en">August 27, 2017</a> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Superblogpost! Ik ga hem uitprinten en ophangen want er staat mij iets soortgelijks te wachten (in San Francisco) :) Veel van wat je beschrijft komt al bekend voor. Toen jullie begonnen aan de long-distance, was het niet raar dat alles automatisch wat serieuzer en longterm wordt? Want als je elkaar maar 1 zomer (of 2 a 3 maand) kent, is het feit dat je bereid bent om die long distance te proberen al meteen een soort van commitment. En het plannen van het eerste bezoekje is moeilijk, want hoe weet je dat alles dan nog koek en ei gaat zijn? :D</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24283&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="byIDPbj3j4OAOS8qaSswP47Ao93FiQMOvO_pQlJ93D4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-24286"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="15" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1503905751"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24286#comment-24286" hreflang="en">August 28, 2017</a> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/24283#comment-24283" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Superblogpost! Ik ga hem…</a> by <span>Lauren</span></p> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hey Lauren! Ja helemaal waar dat long-distance meteen meer commitment veronderstelt, dus da&#039;s best een beetje eng. :) Maar tegelijk ook best leuk dat je van in het begin weet of je op dezelfde golflengte zit op dat vlak. Geniet er maar gewoon van, San Francisco is ook een topper qua tweede thuis ;) xx big kiss</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24286&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="oIypNG6MurdYSs6JF9scMFuUGbYIgn7EFdVWcjN0drc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> </div><a id="comment-24287"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1503928051"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Chantal </span></span> on <a href="/comment/24287#comment-24287" hreflang="en">August 28, 2017</a> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Geweldig post! Sommige zaken zijn vrij helder, ook al mis je elkaar ( afstand), vertrouwen en elkaar op de hoogte houden met nieuws en fotos verbind elkaar! Maar hoe los je jaloezie en bezitterigheid op? Dat kostte mij relatie! En met lange afstanden....hoe houdt je het financieel vol? ( reizen duur en als je elkaar ziet--&gt; leuke dingen doen &amp; uit eten= ook vrij prijzig!? Geweldig dat het bij jullie heeft gewerkt...voor mij......surching for the one....</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24287&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="jA5rDjggeTCXyhL8oZ2gACYJGQaB85xhvtHamuB-kXA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-24289"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="15" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1503989609"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24289#comment-24289" hreflang="en">August 29, 2017</a> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/24287#comment-24287" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Geweldig post! Sommige zaken…</a> by <span>Chantal </span></p> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hey Chantal! Happy you liked it! ;) Jaloezie is inderdaad iets moeilijks om mee om te gaan, zeker als je zover van elkaar verwijderd bent... Bij ons hielp ook daarbij het kennen van elkaars dag- en weekplanning, kwestie van je een beeld te kunnen vormen van elkaar dat realistisch is in plaats van irrationeel (wat jaloezie vaak is). Hoe dan ook veel succes met je zoektocht, komt wel goed! :) xx</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24289&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="E1qh1MaXmsdJiboVvdSq2ZCPrW6DG-uV6PAEXxFVq5o"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> </div><a id="comment-24291"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1503997125"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Annebeth Bels</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24291#comment-24291" hreflang="en">August 29, 2017</a> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>you two are the sweetest :)</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24291&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Z1_DwqHklNLwVU-as8Vq1LGYhfOvp-EcyhIkZgBkIxo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-24293"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="15" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1504023434"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24293#comment-24293" hreflang="en">August 29, 2017</a> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/24291#comment-24291" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">you two are the sweetest :)</a> by <span>Annebeth Bels</span></p> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hihi thanks, Annebeth! :) x</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24293&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="kWvgKpYSS6xqEPLRWI1L87WM-S9Hh4t3QjHyYgTEnY4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> </div><a id="comment-24295"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1504056181"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Christine</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24295#comment-24295" hreflang="en">August 30, 2017</a> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hey, leuke post! Idd playing games is iets dat automatisch wegvalt want elk moment dat ik mijn partner hoorde was echt HET moment van de dag voor mij.<br /> Je groeit echt dicht naar elkaar toe en de liefde wordt enorm sterk!<br /> Spijtig genoeg wegens cultuur verschillen langs zijn kant zijn we onlangs uiteen moeten gaan..<br /> Toch hoop ik nog steeds dat het op een dag terug goed komt want ik geloof echt dat liefde alles kan doorstaan met jou als bewijs!<br /> 11 jaar! Proficiat!<br /> Jullie zoontje is zo schattig en ik wens jullie echt het allerbeste toe!<br /> Groetjes</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24295&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="76T5mSAOgtI3uZQkeTfxVnR2g0bFDdZWyKYHMUOwRjo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-24296"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="15" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1504164895"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24296#comment-24296" hreflang="en">August 31, 2017</a> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/24295#comment-24295" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Hey, leuke post! Idd playing…</a> by <span>Christine</span></p> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>O dankjewel, Christine, zo lief!! :) Ja, long-distance relaties zijn echt niet zo vanzelfsprekend maar als jullie bij elkaar horen komt het sowieso wel goed, daar geloof ik wel in. Veel succes, en big kiss! xx</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24296&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="IWyey__RlRXWB37y0O6pg325sk7uid5w9O5NnO5pXqc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> </div> </div> </section> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_20 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.fashionata.com/5-tips-to-make-a-long-distance-relationship-work" data-a2a-title="5 TIPS TO MAKE A LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP WORK"><a class="a2a_button_facebook fsn-icon-facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_pinterest fsn-icon-pinterest"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter fsn-icon-twitter"></a></span> Fri, 25 Aug 2017 16:05:17 +0000 Sofie Valkiers 1955 at https://www.fashionata.com MY BABY Q&A: ON BABY WEIGHT, WARDROBE DRAMAS & SUNCARE https://www.fashionata.com/my-baby-qa-on-baby-weight-wardrobe-dramas-suncare <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">MY BABY Q&amp;A: ON BABY WEIGHT, WARDROBE DRAMAS &amp; SUNCARE</span> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/lifestyle/motherhood" hreflang="en">Motherhood</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 08/23/2017 - 14:01</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I'm not going to lie: one of the biggest challenges of being pregnant was saying goodbye to <a href="http://coveteur.com/2015/11/24/sofie-valkiers-fashionata/" target="_blank">my beloved closet</a>. As the months passed by and my baby bump got bigger &amp; bigger, I subsequently had to give up sassy heels, mini dresses, denim, and then just about anything that didn't stretch big time. :) And while I look back on my first bump with lots of nostalgia, now that our boy is here, I'm super psyched to rediscover some of my fave wardrobe pieces (sweet jeans, where have you been!) and make the most of my new post-baby body. So for the second part of our Baby Q&amp;A mini series (find part I on how I'm feeling <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/my-baby-qa-on-first-smiles-baby-smells-new-mama-advice" target="_blank">right here</a>) I'm sharing my current beauty &amp; fashion experiences as a new mama, including baby weight, my personal mini wardrobe drama, and baby suncare!</p> <p> </p> <div class="love-your"> <div class="image"> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/babyqaLR_0.jpg?itok=vwzF6NEa 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/babyqaLR_0.jpg?itok=KvZ7_1jp 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/babyqaLR_0.jpg?itok=VJnvTuYY 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6e7ba7e2-023e-4619-b372-47c3dce45d92" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/babyqaLR_0.jpg?itok=KvZ7_1jp" alt="baby Q&amp;A" /></picture><br />  </p> </div> <div class="content"> <h3 class="title">BABY Q&amp;A - BEAUTY &amp; FASHION</h3> <div class="text"> <p><strong>BODY CHANGES &amp; BABY WEIGHT</strong></p> <p>I gained about 17 kilos during my pregnancy (<a href="https://www.fashionata.com/gabrielle-de-chanel-1-bag-7-ways-date-night" target="_blank">these</a> were taken when I was 8.5 months pregnant!), but I was lucky enough to have lost most of it (about 12 kilos) by the time I left the hospital. Right now, I'm almost back at my pre-baby weight (1 kilo to go!).</p> <p><strong>FOOD &amp; EXERCISING</strong></p> <p>Despite having a distinctive sweet tooth, I love eating healthy &amp; nutritious foods (<a href="https://www.fashionata.com/just-me/my-chia-pudding-recipe" target="_blank">chia seed pudding</a> for breakfast, <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/just-me/my-5-brazilian-senses-taste" target="_blank">grilled corn salad with avocado</a> for lunch, and <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/just-me/my-5-brazilian-senses-taste" target="_blank">pineapple with coconut cream</a> for dessert!). I haven't been doing any regular exercising just yet (still waiting to be cleared by my doctor), but I can't wait to go for a run or pick up my yoga routine soon!</p> <p><strong>AFTER-THE-BABY STYLE OBSESSIONS</strong></p> <p>So excited to fit back into my denim! I love me a good pair of classic cropped denim, and I can't wait to wear it <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/easy-tricks-to-wear-prints-on-prints" target="_blank">with printed shirts and patent leather ankle booties</a> come Fall! Other than that, I'm very much into rich heavy fabrics such as crushed velvet, that make me feel chic &amp; comfy after yet another short night.</p> <p><strong>BIGGEST WARDROBE CHALLENGE</strong></p> <p>Some of my cutest heels don't fit me anymore! I swear that my feet seem to have gotten half a size bigger since having our boy, and it.makes.me.cry because they were already on the large side. Any advice or what to expect on that (are they going to get smaller again??) is so welcome! :)</p> <p><strong>BEAUTY LIFESAVER</strong></p> <p>I haven't had major skin or hair issues (thanking <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/my-5-must-haves-for-fashionable-mamas-to-be" target="_blank">my favourite anti-stretch marks serum and hair loss preventing shampoo</a> for that!), so right now, I'm mostly focusing on finding the best all-natural baby suncare (I love <a href="http://www.blos-shop.com/products-face/susanne-kaufmann-sun-cream-cell-protection" target="_blank">Susanne Kaufmann's</a> Cell Protection, and have my eye on <a href="http://www.lineamammababy.com/web/solari/?lang=en" target="_blank">Linea Mamma Baby's</a> too!).</p> <p><strong>OUT &amp; ABOUT</strong></p> <p>Being out &amp; about with a baby is no joke in terms of the gazillion things to take (I'll be sharing the contents of my diaper bag soon!) and general impracticalities. A random thing that has surprised (and annoyed :)) me as a new mama is how little lunch &amp; coffee spots are suited to babies. From having to change him in the middle of the room (not appetising, I know!) to having to lift and carry in our pretty stroller, it all makes going out with our boy so much more challenging. A good stroller (and matching car seat! ;)), that I both scored at one of my fave local baby shops <a href="http://www.hetlandvanooit.be" target="_blank">Het Land van Ooit</a>, really do make all the difference in <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/out-and-about-gabriels-first-family-picnic" target="_blank">getting around with a mini</a> somewhat comfortably.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/IMG_7059_LR.jpg?itok=s2xiF5xP 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/IMG_7059_LR.jpg?itok=hB2epCUn 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/IMG_7059_LR.jpg?itok=f2IzqPTE 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="91d64bef-408a-4cd7-b549-5e832564c1c3" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/IMG_7059_LR.jpg?itok=hB2epCUn" alt="Baby Q&amp;A" /></picture></p> <p> </p> <p><em>I'm wearing</em>: outfit details <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/how-to-spice-up-your-denim-for-summer-with-3-easy-tricks" target="_blank">right here</a>, camel leather car seat from <a href="https://mimakids.com" target="_blank">Mima Kids</a> via <a href="http://www.hetlandvanooit.be" target="_blank">Het Land van Ooit</a></p> <p><strong>Right <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/my-baby-qa-on-first-smiles-baby-smells-new-mama-advice" target="_blank">this way</a> for my first Baby Q&amp;A on how I'm feeling as a new mama! Next up: all about our new routines and fears as new parents.</strong></p> </div> <section class="entry-comments"> <h2 class="title visually-hidden">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=1958&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=blog_comment" token="rSRkXL1z6PfyuSnyDqoFSY9N7y-42FKtrvdxtiUMNPI"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2 class="title visually-hidden">Comments</h2> <div class="comments-list"> <a id="comment-24276"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1503508800"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>LI</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24276#comment-24276" hreflang="en">August 23, 2017</a> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>A friend of mine her feet got one size bigger during two pregnancies. They did not get smaller anymore, I&#039;m sorry :)<br /> Going out is challenging and I&#039;m hoping every public place foresees changing rooms (in a neutral space, not in the ladies room) in the near future. It&#039;s really annoying to do this in the middle of a restaurant.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24276&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="6hL-kv7xanGX7Ok71iO48FDLsfgMY54er-wHIpvM2q4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-24277"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="15" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1503557028"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24277#comment-24277" hreflang="en">August 24, 2017</a> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/24276#comment-24276" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">A friend of mine her feet…</a> by <span>LI</span></p> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>OMG I really do hope my feet shrink back a bit, I love my heels so much! :) It&#039;s so weird that most restaurants aren&#039;t equipped to host babies, right? Here&#039;s hoping this changes in the future! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, big kiss xx</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24277&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="ZoHD89gA8w47grifMTUm56gUGzLHR9-R-rMRsJl3Krw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> </div><a id="comment-24278"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1503579894"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Ann VB</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24278#comment-24278" hreflang="en">August 24, 2017</a> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Well, my feet grew about a half to full size during pregnancy.<br /> My boy is 9 months now and...<br /> I&#039;m still bigfoot! :D<br /> I went from size 39-40 to size 40-41 - huuuuu-rrraaaayy!<br /> Sorry for the bad news, I know, parting with shoes is a drama. ;-)</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24278&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="AtmLecg9tUJOTVXNVRl1DUwFEWd6RBX81reiOI9iUEs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-24281"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="15" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1503662288"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24281#comment-24281" hreflang="en">August 25, 2017</a> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/24278#comment-24278" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Well, my feet grew about a…</a> by <span>Ann VB</span></p> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>O nooooo! :) Well, I guess it&#039;s good to know now so I can come to terms with it, haha. Good thing he&#039;s so cute ;) xx</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24281&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="bh8fsl4t_bZ_M7FcEViNN0BTrIwu9Y88QZe-noPQScQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> </div><a id="comment-24282"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1503666777"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Petra</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24282#comment-24282" hreflang="en">August 25, 2017</a> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Inderdaad, heb een dochtertje van 21 maanden en het is opmerkelijk hoe weinig zaken uitgerust zijn om een baby te verschonen.<br /> Er is een app BabyChange, die aangeeft waar je in de nabije omgeving gebruik kunt maken van goed uitgeruste toiletten.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24282&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="1XSOr7UmYryo1EvnT80iNDg4OFJsOAVNj49H7hJsiZE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-24285"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="15" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1503905614"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24285#comment-24285" hreflang="en">August 28, 2017</a> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/24282#comment-24282" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Inderdaad, heb een…</a> by <span>Petra</span></p> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>O zo handig, Petra, bedankt voor de tip! :) xx</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24285&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="O-IhHyhLX9oY4s-F0dIctC27osnb8w9-Gq3_Db8kTfA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> </div><a id="comment-24292"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1504013210"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Vera </span></span> on <a href="/comment/24292#comment-24292" hreflang="en">August 29, 2017</a> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>oh such a shame for the bigger feet:-( although if you ever plan to sell these some of us would be surely happy ;-))</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24292&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="XFQ-VPjOqvQyg-1GJpMRik_pVxAJz3JoSc1a74A6s6k"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-24294"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="15" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1504023514"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24294#comment-24294" hreflang="en">August 29, 2017</a> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/24292#comment-24292" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">oh such a shame for the…</a> by <span>Vera </span></p> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Haha yes, Vera, there&#039;s always a bright side! But I can&#039;t help but secretly hope they&#039;ll shrink back a little ;) xx</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24294&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="_RxB1TS37kcF0lHXyhQgbGuCOseTS2Nnt-74qopEjqc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> </div><a id="comment-24300"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1504512694"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Kelly</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24300#comment-24300" hreflang="en">September 4, 2017</a> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Ik had ook dat gevoel met mijn voeten, maar na enkele maanden is dat precies goed gekomen. En ik maar denken dat ik mij dat aan het inbeelden was, tot ik jouw post las!<br /> Wat je haar betreft: kwam bij mij pas na drie, vier maanden. Ik wil je niet bang maken, maar verschiet niet als het toch nog gebeurt. In case it happens: naar de apotheek en een vitaminekuur vragen. Works like a charm!<br /> Geniet van jullie baby boy, jullie zien er stralend uit!</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24300&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="-JNutKhmELUudONfc-5Kle_c8EE4GcLvKrLbUrqUA-c"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-24305"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="15" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1504595511"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24305#comment-24305" hreflang="en">September 5, 2017</a> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/24300#comment-24300" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Ik had ook dat gevoel met…</a> by <span>Kelly</span></p> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hey Kelly! O ik ben super blij om dit te lezen haha. :) Ik was mentaal al afscheid aan het nemen van mijn pumps, maar hopelijk kan ik ze binnenkort dan toch terug aan. Bedankt voor je anti-haarverlies tip, ga ik zeker proberen moest het nodig zijn! ;) xx big kiss</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24305&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Dw8xfL43eyGdlTRrW0zBPS9CKF-Q-v5hLBNi1Xk5IZU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> </div><a id="comment-24303"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1504555571"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Sofie Maes</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24303#comment-24303" hreflang="en">September 4, 2017</a> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Als een bepaalde plaats niet uitgerust is voor baby&#039;s verschoon ik die van ons waar dan ook.. op een zetel op restaurant, zelfs op tafel als het moet. Een baby moet verschoond worden en ook al is het niet smakelijk, ik wil mijn leven niet op stop zetten of op bepaalde plaatsen niet meer komen. Idem met het feit dat ik borstvoeding geef: ik geef het overal en vermijd geen plaatsen (maar je ziet ook niets door aangepaste kledij). Als publieke plaatsen niet aangepast zijn moet je u zeker niets aantrekken van boze blikken. ..</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24303&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="2lScDucvVDfJpgjLArm6TEqFbQD55CWbzJ6mTKLKzrk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-24306"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="15" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1504595659"></mark> <footer class="comment-meta"> <span class="comment-author"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> on <a href="/comment/24306#comment-24306" hreflang="en">September 5, 2017</a> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/24303#comment-24303" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Als een bepaalde plaats niet…</a> by <span>Sofie Maes</span></p> </footer> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hey Sofie! Yes, helemaal akkoord, maar het blijft super onpraktisch, vind je niet? Je voelt je toch altijd geneigd om je wat extra te haasten. Gelukkig zal dat alleszins wegvallen als hij wat groter is! ;) xx</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=24306&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="xEtlhpkayb3KkoYNfZjTr84JEwePGaBE_tm7fTt6hlE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> </div> </div> </section> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_20 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.fashionata.com/my-baby-qa-on-baby-weight-wardrobe-dramas-suncare" data-a2a-title="MY BABY Q&amp;A: ON BABY WEIGHT, WARDROBE DRAMAS &amp; SUNCARE"><a class="a2a_button_facebook fsn-icon-facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_pinterest fsn-icon-pinterest"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter fsn-icon-twitter"></a></span> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:01:14 +0000 Sofie Valkiers 1958 at https://www.fashionata.com SUMMER 17 BEAUTY: NATURAL EYE LASHES https://www.fashionata.com/summer-17-beauty-natural-eye-lashes <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">SUMMER 17 BEAUTY: NATURAL EYE LASHES</span> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/beauty/make-up" hreflang="en">Make-Up</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Sofie Valkiers</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:44</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>For our Summer 17 beauty mini series, we already talked about our <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/summer-17-beauty-multitaskers-are-it-for-traveling-light" target="_blank">3 favourite beauty multitaskers</a> of this Summer and <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/summer-17-beauty-that-perfect-air-dried-hair" target="_blank">how to get the perfect air dried hair</a>. And for the last part, we're taking a look at one of my personal favourite beauty trends of this Summer 17: natural eye lashes! After a not-so-great experience with lash extensions a while ago (see further) I was kind of forced to dig a little deeper into the what's what of full natural lashes. And guess what? With a few clever tricks (including one featuring a super affordable item that you definitely have on your kitchen counter right now!) getting healthy lush lashes is super duper easy, not to mention a gazillion times healthier for your eyes. That's a major win/win right there!</p> <p> </p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/NATURAL%20LASHES%27.001.jpeg?itok=-Jjnbbhf 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NATURAL%20LASHES%27.001.jpeg?itok=aT-ZTTJd 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/NATURAL%20LASHES%27.001.jpeg?itok=-rssv6zH 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e8cf02e1-49fa-4e94-9122-1c88f3fbb065" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NATURAL%20LASHES%27.001.jpeg?itok=aT-ZTTJd" alt="Summer 17 beauty" /></picture></p> <p><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_large/public/editor-images/NATURAL%20LASHES.002.jpeg?itok=834QTiMC 1x" media="(min-width: 1921px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NATURAL%20LASHES.002.jpeg?itok=UdW_vQpQ 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/blog_image_2x/public/editor-images/NATURAL%20LASHES.002.jpeg?itok=96zSdXQ5 2x" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b08477b5-e491-4dcb-88bd-0389f7359c8e" data-responsive-image-style="blog_image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_image/public/editor-images/NATURAL%20LASHES.002.jpeg?itok=UdW_vQpQ" alt="Summer 17 beauty" /></picture></p> <p><em>photo credit</em>: <a href="http://makenna--alyse.tumblr.com" target="_blank">1</a>, <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/369365606928801921/" target="_blank">2</a>,<a href="http://makenna--alyse.tumblr.com" target="_blank"> 3</a>, <a href="http://the-file.com/howto/how-to-make-your-eyelashes-grow-with-olive-oil/" target="_blank">4</a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>WHAT'S WHAT</strong></p> <p>You know about those beauty things you try out because everyone else seems to be SO pleased with them? Well, getting lash extensions was one of those things for me. I wasn't particularly unhappy with my natural lashes, but if Rihanna and Zendaya and just about every other celeb out there seemed to pull off even bouncier wavy lashes so effortlessly, then why not me? So off I went to the beauty salon, only to reemerge as a, eh, not-so-elegant nightlife version of myself. It was heavy, it was loud, and it dominated my entire appearance. And - even worse, it was so damn impractical! I couldn't rub my eyes or clean them properly, which felt so counter intuitive that I couldn't <i>wait</i> to get them removed after only a week or two. Was I the only person in the universe who didn't like lash extensions? But sure enough, when I shared my experiences with my girlfriends (and a couple of random strangers, haha), similar stories came pouring out. From nasty eye infections ('cause let's not forget we're literally putting glue right near our eyes!) to immense damage to their natural lashes - let's just say it wasn't exactly an ad for fake lashes. Fast forward to this Summer 17, and it's official: I'm <em>definitely</em> not the only one who prefers their natural eye lashes over the fake kind, as this year is all about working with what you've got!</p> <p><strong>HOW</strong></p> <p>There are plenty of tricks to enhance your natural lashes and make them look extra full: from a <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/my-healthy-glow-tutorial" target="_blank">good old cat eye</a> to a few coats of your favourite mascara (the <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/my-daily-make-up-routine" target="_blank">DiorShow mascara</a> is my all-time favourite, and the new <a href="http://rstyle.me/~a3Fk8" target="_blank">Pump'n'Volume version</a> seems amazing; <a href="http://rstyle.me/~a3Fka" target="_blank">Benefit's They're Real!</a> is pretty awesome too!), there's nothing more appealing than classic tried-&amp;-tested beauty tricks to work into your daily beauty routine. But I have to say that my heart skipped a beat when I came across this seemingly to-good-to-be-true beauty trick: as it turns out, simple olive oil is <a href="http://the-file.com/howto/how-to-make-your-eyelashes-grow-with-olive-oil/" target="_blank">one of the most powerful lash-boosting products out there</a>! Packed with vitamins E and K, and carotenoids, it has the power to not only make your lashes grow (faster! thicker! longer!), but also to strengthen them. Just rub a small amount onto your lashes with your fingers or a disposable brush twice a day, and you'll start noticing a big difference after a couple of weeks. If you want to speed things up a little, this <a href="http://rstyle.me/~a3FlS" target="_blank">Grandelash serum</a> is pretty amazing too! Within only 2 weeks, i<a href="https://intothegloss.com/2017/06/best-lash-growth-serum-2017/" target="_blank">t has been known</a> to make your lashes grow five times the length - zero side effects. It doesn't get much better than that, right?</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Previously: 3 amazing places to explore (<a href="https://www.fashionata.com/summer-17-travel-the-other-side-of-ibiza" target="_blank">Ibiza</a>, <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/summer-17-travel-exploring-colourful-havana" target="_blank">Havana</a>, and the <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/summer-17-travel-natural-beauty-in-japan" target="_blank">Japanese countryside</a>) this Summer 17, the yummiest treats to try (<a href="https://www.fashionata.com/summer-17-food-back-to-basics-ice-cream" target="_blank">back-to-basics ice cream</a>, <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/summer-17-food-super-fresh-handmade-donuts" target="_blank">fresh donuts</a> &amp; <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/summer-17-food-home-brew-all-natural-ice-tea" target="_blank">home-brew ice tea</a>), and prettiest beauty trends (<a href="https://www.fashionata.com/summer-17-beauty-multitaskers-are-it-for-traveling-light" target="_blank">beauty multitaskers</a> &amp; <a href="https://www.fashionata.com/summer-17-beauty-that-perfect-air-dried-hair" target="_blank">that perfect air dried hair</a>)!</strong></p> </div> <section class="entry-comments"> <h2 class="title visually-hidden">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=2000&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=blog_comment" token="3sTQ_5uDo6vzd94iwdR74uGDTgO5mt-skxR0nkbIaxg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_20 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.fashionata.com/summer-17-beauty-natural-eye-lashes" data-a2a-title="SUMMER 17 BEAUTY: NATURAL EYE LASHES"><a class="a2a_button_facebook fsn-icon-facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_pinterest fsn-icon-pinterest"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter fsn-icon-twitter"></a></span> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:44:28 +0000 Sofie Valkiers 2000 at https://www.fashionata.com