Tara IV Parka: c/o Bench - jeans: Cheap Monday - boots: Kell via Zalando - duffel bag: GM Z - sweater: Vero Moda
You wouldn't believe how many people do not understand my blog name. I mean, not like they don't understand the words, but most people just take the words in without paying any mind to what it signifies. And when I tell them I am actually Dutch, people are always super surprised. Because I can speak Flemish (Belgian Dutch) without a Dutch accent, and because Dutch roots aren't as obvious as, let's say, Spanish roots.
Even though I am 100% Dutch (I don't even have double nationality), I often feel somewhere halfway between Belgium and Holland. I don't feel Belgian, but when I'm in Holland, I don't feel completely like other Dutch people either. One thing I do have in common with my Dutch bitches (apart from a love for leverworst, cheese and peanutbutter) is an affinity for utilitarian style. It's something Dutch women often get made fun of, but I'll always pick flat shoes over stilettos, a pony tail over curls and hairspray, and bags with straps over clutches. I love clothes as much as the next person (well, probably more), but I'll never lose practicality out of sight. Ain't nobody got time for that. Us Dutch women are totally related to viking shieldmaidens, yo. We want our daily style to work during a possible zombie apocalypse.
Case in point: this awesome Tara IV Parka gifted to me by Bench. It has deep pockets everywhere (I HATE shallow pockets in womenswear), zip-open reflective elements to increase visibility during the dark hours, an arctic fleece lining, and the hood is curved around the face so your peripheral vision won't be obstructed by excess fabric, while it still keeps your neck toasty warm. Perfect for your winter commute to work, AND quite stylish.
Bet you didn't know THAT's where I was going when you started reading this post, RIGHT?