Outfit: polkadot dress, socks and loafers

Outfit: polkadot dress, socks and loafers
Outfit: polkadot dress, socks and loafers
Outfit: polkadot dress, socks and loafers
Outfit: polkadot dress, socks and loafers
Outfit: polkadot dress, socks and loafers
Outfit: polkadot dress, socks and loafers
Outfit: polkadot dress, socks and loafers
dress: c/o Closet London - handbag: Sincerely Valentine - socks: & Other Stories - loafers: c/o RAS shoes - choker: Forever21

This dress was love at first sight for me. Dark dresses with pale polkadots have had a place in my heart ever since I fell in love with Gwen Stefani's look in the Don't Speak video. Not that her look has ever been off point (inverse of on point lulz), but that particular look just really strongly vibed with me, and demure polkadotted dresses have become the epitomy of femininity in my mind ever since. I also really like the silhouette, with the peplum/drop waist effect and the figure hugging cut. 

I wasn't sure how to style the dress though, I didn't want to go too goth but the combination with the loafers called out to me. Adding the sheer polkadotted socks was the perfect way to give the look a bit of a playful edge. Never would have thought I'd be so into a loafer + sock look, I used to associate the combo way too strongly with Michael Jackson. I love it now though!

Hope you like the look too ;-)

Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2

Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Mission District

I'm back with my second post on our time in San Francisco earlier this year! I had so many shots to share that I decided to break up the content in three blogposts, so enjoy ;-)

This post will cover our time exploring Mission District and the Castro area. I took a billion pictures obviously, but since I didn't feel like lugging my heavy camera around all these shots are phone pics, sorry!

We started our second full day in San Francisco determined to cover most of the city's remaining tourist attractions, after visiting Bernal Heights park, the Golden Gate bridge, Chinatown and the Financial District the day before. We set out on foot after grabbing some food at the local supermarket, no time for full breakfast!

Outfit: denim culottes and pink glitter sandals

Outfit: denim culottes and pink glitter sandals
Outfit: denim culottes and pink glitter sandals
off shoulder crop top, retro round sunglasses
basket bag, round sunglasses, high waisted denim
Outfit: denim culottes and pink glitter sandals
 pink glitter sandals
Outfit: denim culottes and pink glitter sandals
 off shoulder crop top: Forever21 - high waisted denim culottes: Uniqlo - basket: Dille en Kamille - sunglasses: c/o Shein - pink glitter heel sandals: c/o Sacha shoes

I still had this outfit sitting in my folders, and it's way too cute to not post it just because Belgium has decided to get an early start on fall. Let's just dream of a gorgeous Indian Summer that would allow us to wear sandals and crop tops a little while longer, right?

This crop top was a favourite of mine past summer. I had been looking for something exactly like this for months before I finally found this one, ultra cheap at Forever21. I mean, F21 gets flack for being a little tacky and "young" at times, but I always love how the store manages to offer just what you're looking for. A wide range of easy, cute, trendy stuff: how can you not dig that?

The shoes are the focal point here, though. I never knew how much I needed pink glitter sandals in my life until I spotted these babies at Sacha. OK I did obviously, pink + glitter is everything I love. I also really love a mid height block heel because you know I have zero tolerance for super high heels. These sandals are still available in silver and black, and the pink has been going in and out of stock for a while so I'm pretty sure they'll pop up again if you keep an eye out.

Here's to shoes that make your heart skip a beat!

Outfit: ruffled jumpsuit, gold loafer pumps

Outfit: ruffled jumpsuit, gucci inspired gold loafer pumps, pink kate spade bag

GIVEAWAY: printing your favourite memories with Smartphoto

If you leave aside the stress of preparations and jumping into the unknown, travel is pretty much the best thing ever. I think we can all agree on that. I mean, I'm the kind of weirdo who even loves long layovers in a strange way. There's a special kind of charm about that moment in time and space where everyone is out of place, suspended in this liminality between leaving and arriving. But you know what's even better than travel? Immortalizing the memories you make by taking pictures. Keep reading if you want to win some materialized memories! 

Honestly, research shows that people who take pictures (f.e.when travelling) remember everything better and notice more, and I completely concur. My memory is crap, but I still remember every outfit I've blogged because I photographed it. And that's why I always push my boyfriend into taking pictures together. Because I know that it feels awkward AF in the moment, but you look back on the result and the memories come flooding back.

Case in point, this pic we shot on a beach in Théoule-sur-Mer. When I see this photograph, I remember how the sun had just set behind the Esterel hills, the warm sand, the cool breeze, the pizza we ate al fresco and the gorgeous views on Cannes across the bay.


And that's everything that comes to mind when I look at this canvas print I made of the picture that is currently hanging in our kitchen area!


Absolutely the best decoration ever: a little piece of a beautiful summer evening captured and displayed. I ordered the canvas off Smartphoto, a website that offers all kinds of photo printing options like picture books, smartphone cases, pillows, posters and much more. The option I picked was a picture on a 90x60 cm canvas.

Now, I KNOW all of you have a bunch of gorgeous memories/pictures lying around just waiting to be printed and featured or gifted to someone you love. And that's why I'm giving away a €25 gift code to one lucky winner! All you have to do is leave a comment below this post with a way for me to contact you or send me an email at thestylingdutchman@hotmail.com, and explain in a line what item you'd order and what memory you'll have them print out. But keep it clean ppl! 

Giveaway runs until the 17th of September, 8pm. Good luck! Giveaway closed!


Outfit: 90s vibes and biker boots for fall

Outfit: 90s vibes and biker boots for fall
Outfit: 90s vibes and biker boots for fall
Outfit: 90s vibes and biker boots for fall
Outfit: 90s vibes and biker boots for fall
Outfit: 90s vibes and biker boots for fall
Outfit: 90s vibes and biker boots for fall
biker boots: c/o Via Roma at Torfs - Wonder Woman tee, choker, faux leather skirt, fishnet socks, velvet backpack: c/o Primark - pink sunglasses: c/o Polette

I am not ready to say goodbye to summer, but Belgian weather doesn't seem to be giving us a choice right now. The days are getting shorter, it's chilly outside, and not a day goes by without some rain. I took these pics when it was still a bit warmer but I would NOT be able to get away with this look sans tights right now! Luckily, this type of outfit looks just as cute with some nylons. My feet will have to get used to closed shoes again (sandals r life), but I have always loved a good chunky boot. These ones by Via Roma have a cool texturized finish and a slightly higher heel than your average biker boot, and I had fun pairing them with fishnet socks. The whole fishnet sock has been super trendy over the past year and I finally caved and got some for myself. What can I say, I always love a cute statement sock!

This outfit is a bit sexier than I generally dress these days, with the bare legs and the pleather mini, but the 90s/The Doom Generation type vibe is super cool so I still really love how this look came together. Hope you do too!

I'm starting at my new job tomorrow, so wish me luck ;-) Cheers!

Beauty: Rouge Edition Velvet review part 2

Beauty: Rouge Edition Velvet review and swatches

Hey guys! I'm returning with another post about the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets - not a new product, and I have blogged about this before, but these are still pretty much my fav drugstore liquid lipsticks/lipcreams. I like this product so much that I have bought seven different shades in total (one of em got lost though, damnit), and since I couldn't find many swatches online I figured I might as well upload my own in case some other beauty lover is contemplating buying one of these. Enjoy!

Outfit: gingham babydoll, fiddler cap and bamboo bag

Outfit: gingham babydoll, fiddler cap and bamboo bag

Beauty: Dior FW1718 review

Dior Metallics collection FW1718 review

Hey babes! As much as I'd like to ignore it, fall is officially around the corner. While I can't say I'm all that excited about sweaters and bundling up (I'm a summer child at heart), I know I always start getting into autumnal looks in one particular way: the shift from a sunkissed, barely made up face to darker, more pigmented beauty looks. Fall beauty never fails to excite me, and Dior just dropped some of their new offerings for the season, so let's take a look!