All White in Shirtdress and Gladiator Sandals

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white shirt dress
white outfit shirt dress zara gladiator sandals
white broderie anglaise shirt dress
white outfit shirt dress zara gladiator sandals
white outfit shirt dress zara gladiator sandals
double pearl earrings
white outfit shirt dress zara gladiator sandals

white shirt dress: Zara - cat eye sunglasses: ASOS - purse: c/o Emmy Wieleman - gladiator platform sandals: c/o Wanted Shoes via Sojeans - watch: c/o Zadig&Voltaire - double pearl earrings: Ebay

What to wear when you completely want to ignore the end of summer lurking around the corner? Yep, all white. Nothings creams summer like white dresses if you ask me, and this crisp white shirt dress I picked up at Zara during the sales is a great, more grown up version of girlier white summerdresses I used to live in during previous years. No spaghetti straps, nothing short or tight or ill-fitting, no costume-y dowdy vibes: just a flattering, clean, cotton shirt dress with beautiful detailing. This would work just as well at the office as at the beach. The white gladiator sandals are really cool as well, like a more subtle take on those cool, clunky water sandals in white or clear rubber that have been enjoying a comeback.

I already had so many pictures (sorry, vain day), but I still wanted to show you two close ups of my make up because DAMN this was a good face day.

90s fall make up brown pink lipstick
90s fall make up brown pink lipstick

For fall, I'm totally feeling matte grey-purple-brown shades both for eyes and lips, and a good strong brow. The sort of make up that looks really natural and "done" on brunettes, sort of 90s inspired. I might do a tutorial soon with a round up of some of my favourite brown/pink lipsticks as these really are key for the look I'm rocking here. Is that something you'd be into?

Outfit: Sundress and Basket in the Vaucluse

sundress: Mango - hiking sandals - sunglasses: ASOS - Decathlon - hat: H&M - basket: Nyons street market

Ah, sun, rolling hills, vineyards and sandals: MUST BE FRANCE. And yes, you're right. I wore this outfit for a day of market exploring and mountain climbing (by car, natch) which I'll tell you guys more about later. I had too many pictures to get all of it in one post, so this is part one. We stopped for some pictures on our way down from Mont Ventoux, which was also the only time during our holiday that we actually took real outfit pictures. Taking a holiday from outfit pictures was very liberating as well, and a continuation of my general less frequent picture taking and blogging over the past months. Sometimes I feel like a quitter for not blogging as often anymore, but I'm making an effort to look at the bright side: rather than taking pictures of every outfit I wear (and forcing myself to style something up every single day), now I only take pictures when I really like how an outfit came together naturally. So: higher quality, and more realness at the same time.

The dress is an old favourite of mine (100% cotton: airy and comfortable yet pretty) and I picked up this basket at the Nyons street market for just 15€. Usually, items are really overpriced at tourist markets so I was happy to stumble upon this beautiful marriage of aesthetics and practicality for a totally reasonable price. I used it every day during our holiday and I'm sure I will continue to do so at home. Yeay for functional souvenirs! Another item that served me well over the summer is this hat. Hats or other forms of headcoverings are really indispensable when your hair is basically black and you're spending some time in the sun. My dark hair soaks up the heat and totally gives me heatstroke if I don't take precautions.

Btw, pro tip: if you're planning on doing loads of walking, put some medical tape on your feet to cover the spots where your footwear will rub. I taped up in the morning and it lasted me through the day, saving me from blisters and general discomfort. Simple medical tape (usually in the same aisle as bandages) works perfectly. Make sure to have the tape run vertically rather than horizontally, this ensures that the tape won't rub off. Lifesaver.

Floral Zara Dress and Cat Eye Sunglasses

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zara floral open back dress
silver name necklace
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oasap cat eye sunglasses
zara floral dress gold peeptoes wonders shoes

floral dress: Zara - peeptoes: Wonders - name necklace: Onecklace - cat eye sunglasses: c/o Oasap

Here's a more dressed up outfit I wore to the birthday celebrations of my boyfriend's eldest brother. He treated us to an amazing dinner, so the least I could do was dress up nicely, right? I hope you live somewhere warm where outfits like these are still an option. As we speak, I'm sitting on the couch watching the VMA2014 reruns wearing a big cardigan and my fluffy pink slippers, warming my legs under a tv-blanket. THAT's what the weather is like over here. The dress will have to come out again next summer. It's one of my only summer sales buys. I fell in love with it the minute I saw it on the Zara webshop, but I never spotted it in stores until the sales. Something that happens to me quite regularly at Zara. Yeay Zara!

About the VMA awards: how amazing was Beyoncé?? I went from awestruck to fuck yeah to having tears in my eyes throughout her medley, it's definitely worth the watch if you love pop music or female awesomeness in general. You can watch Beyoncé's VMA2014 performance here.

A Day in Donzère and Viviers

Time for another France flashback! This is a huge photo filled post about the things we did, saw and ate on our first day in the beautiful Ardèche-Drôme. Sorry for the long post, but #sorrynotsorry. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

When we arrived at La Devinière, we had already figured out that both of us had forgotten to bring our toothbrushes. Yeah, that's what happens when you think you've thought of EVERYTHING. But this had a positive consequence as well: the first morning revolved around exploring Donzère, the town we were staying in, and a search for dental hygiene. We allowed our search to take us wherever, and in the end we explored all of Donzère and kept following the road long after finding what we were looking for. The day brought us from Donzère to the Faucet bridge over the river Rhône, through sunflower fields to a neighbouring town called Viviers. At the end of the afternoon, we were completely head over heels with the Ardèche-Drôme.

Donzère: winding roads, cobblestone everything, mediterranean foliage and a couple of friendly cats.

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On me: & Other Stories floral dress, Oakley Frogskin mirrored sunglasses, Quechua hiking sandals. On him: Zara Hawaiian shirt, H&M linnen trousers

Onwards to the Rhône, the Faucet bridge, sunflowers and the first taste of the Ardèche, which was just across the river.

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The river banks were calm, sunny, extremely windy and awash with the sound of cicadas: perfect for a little stroll.

A short drive after crossing the river, we encountered Viviers and thought it was too pretty to pass without stopping. So we parked our car and climbed the hill towards the old cathedral, which came with some lovely views and a lot of wind.

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At this time, it was already late afternoon and we decided to make our way back to the BnB to prepare for dinner (aka put on our hats). We ended up following the lead of one of our fellow guests, who recommended pizzeria Des Remparts in Chateauneuf du Rhône. We called to make reservations, but when we arrived we felt completely ridiculous since the pizzeria was basically a small, cheap take away venue with ramshackle plastic chairs and tables. However, we were very hungry and in a totally glass-half-full mood after a lovely day of sun, sights and the wind in our hair, so we sat down and ordered two pizzas using our best French. My boyfriend went with the Caraïbes pizza (cream with seafood), I picked the Végétarienne. Turns out, this was probably the best fucking pizza place in the entire south of France. I'm quite picky when it comes to pizza and this one was absolutely fingerlicking good. Just the right amount of perfectly seasoned vegetables on a moist yet crispy base. I'll forever remember that pizza.

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The host sort of pressured us into ordering more wine than we had planned to consume, but this also made the evening ridiculously funny as both of us were definitely at a stage beyond giddy after we finished our plates. I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. A perfect day filled with small adventures.

You can read my other France posts here: 
- La Devinière
- Marché Provençale de Nyons and le Mont Ventoux
- Balazuc and the Ardèche

Festival Style in Minkpink, Levi's and Converse

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minkpink crop top kimono
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levi's cutoffs converse kimono
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kimono: Oasap, similar here - crop top: c/o Minkpink via Sojeans (marked down to 15€) - shorts: vintage Levi's - sneakers: Converse - necklace: Lobogato

Time for another summer outfit before we've forgotten what summer even looks like! Yep, still rainy days and 17-19°C tops. These pictures were obviously taken on a happier day. In fact, I remember being eager to take off my kimono since every form of fabric made me break out a sweat. But the kimono did look very cool with the outfit, right? Very Almost Famous. Whch reminds me: isn't it funny that we refer to a 2000 movie about the '70s rather than the original reality itself? That's your existential question of the day, yo.

I'm typing this from my NEW LAPTOP which I'm really superduper happy with. My old laptop lasted me through my Uni days, but it really was at the end of its life span for about all of 2013 and 2014. Simply using Gimp to lighten up the pictures for my blog took ages since every step had to load for like a minute, and that doesn't exactly make you feel like you can truly rely on your laptop anymore. And like I always say, nothing causes stress like public transport, needing to use the bathroom while away from familiar places, and unreliable computers. My new laptop has a lovely, large, 17.3 inch screen, which is so much better for online reading, picture editing and blogging.

Talking about picture editing, I posted about instagram photoshopping over on my facebook page earlier, and you should really read this awesome post by Siel on the same subject: famous fashion bloggers buying followers and using photoshop to slim themselves down multiple sizes. Completely mindblowing. I might do a post about it myself one of these days, since I really think the fakeness bubble should be popped.

Woah, I had no idea this post would end up having an actual theme (reality/illusion). I guess my brain is more structured than I sometimes think it is.

PS: I've been thinking of starting a weekly feature of rounding up some links worth reading? I usually think those sorts of posts are super clickbait-y when I see them on other websites, but I read so many interesting things online that I'd love to share with you guys. What do you think?

As a tester, here is a post I loved about feminism and Marvel superhero movies.