Archive for June, 2016

June 25, 2016
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Last week Oli and I had another session. This time about trousers/pants. I learned it is all about the curve from your hip up. And what different shapes do for your body. Also the place where the pants stop does something for your body.

Since we are moving internationally; it is an ideal way to clean out my closet. I learned straight legs and flared legs work for me. I need to have the right curve around the hip and not too baggy or too bulky. This is a great help when I look in the shops. I know what to look for (and the best thing is: Oli is most of the time, just a what’s app away ;-))))) 

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And we looked at shoes. To be honest: I have nothing with shoes. My need for shoes was, it should fit an outfit. And then mostly the color and heels or no heels. I learned a lot. I learned what a heel does for your ankle. Where an ankle boot should stop (at your thinnest part). And that an open toe shoe should reveal 2.5 to 3.5 toe.

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Flats need to have a define toe and heel. These are not defined enough.
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My heels need to go down 90 degrees. No slanted heels.

I also learned which shoes should exist in a basic wardrobe. Since our consultation I already added two shoes to my collection.

A sneaker. Till now I lived in warm climates therefor I had not much need for a sneaker. But now that we live in the Netherlands I do. It is very versatile and goes with a lot of outfits.

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And I thought, let’s be adventures and go for a shiny silver metal shoe ;))) Let’s be bold. Oli showed me several brogues and I just…mmm don’t really like them. I think it is a generation thingy. However I like extremes, so seeing them in silver…. I do like them. And again I learned how they can add to an outfit.

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June 10, 2016
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Last week I spoke with Oli about my dresses. I made pictures of all my dresses and then we discussed them. We talked about what work and what doesn’t work. And I am really a dress girl. I love my dresses. Why? Because they are so easy. And that is some of the things I learned this week. I am the type of girl who goes to a shop if she ‘needs’ something new. I usually walk into the store and have a look around. I choose and that’s that. I don’t particularly like shopping.

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With my dresses I don’t need to combine much. I have some cardigans and some jackets that go with some dresses. I learned from Oli that it is much easier to go for a basic wardrobe. All kinds of things that you can mix & match.

So after I learned what patterns do for you, what colours work, what lengths work. It was time to do my shopping home work. I had to look for basic tops (t-shirts, blouses, cardigans and pullovers). And they had to be in the basic colours like white, black, grey etc.  Well…. cardigans and pullovers were no where to be seen here in Dubai, but I tried a lot of t-shirts and blouses.

I was not allowed to buy anything and I had to make pictures of what I tried on. This week we will discuss the results. And I have to say; it is a totally different way of shopping. This way shopping is more fun and more convenient. You go in with a clear idea.

I think I start to see what I need from a t-shirt and a blouse. I need defined shoulders and a certain material. And I almost fell in the trap of a good sale. I saw a good deal in one of the shops for a Equipment silk blouse (50% ramadan sale). I quickly send Oli a picture. Nope, it did not full fill ALL the requirements but it was close…. Not close enough. I did not buy it.

Another cool thing was that Oli made sketches to show what works and what doesn’t work on my body.

(photo credits go to Oli Beer Styling & Photography)

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June 04, 2016
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Can I say I LOVE this whole styling process? I honestly think everyone should do this. And this it why. You think you know your body and you think you know what you like, but do you? I for instance ‘know’ I don’t like animal prints. So after talking to Oli about it she challenged me with a look book with animal prints. And you know what?  I love this image (below). I love the animal detail in the bag. And not to say that you need to like every trend. Like oxford shoes, are just not my thing. No look book could change that.

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After looking through a few look books we found out there are 2 hearts beating in my chest for the things that I like: very sweet, feminine – almost girly and a strong, head turning and very elegant. Oli says we will do our best to bring those worlds together.

We also talked about what kind of optical illusions we would like to achieve with out clothes. This is NOT related to the style. We will put the tools that help me achieve those goals into a system. These tools can work in any style. So as far as optical illusions go, we will be working towards a slimmer impression in general and a slimmer midsection (not drawing attention to it will be one of our tools 😉 ). And I received my picture back (the one in underwear, blush, with lines where for my body the best place is to have a top end etc. Then the fun part started. We went through all my images of my tops. And Oli explained why some work and why some don’t work. She explained the importance of fabric. And that fabric that flows is much better for me than fabric that is more stiff. And that 3/4 sleeves work really well for me. After the consultation I immediately removed items from my closet. And I start to get a clue for what to look for. And more important I start to know why.

 

So it all starts with good underwear. What bra should be best? Oli explained in detail what kind of bra I should look for. I went to the Mall for FOUR hours and still could not come home with a decent bra. A bra that works for my breasts and keep the underarm skin (and back skin) to a minimum. I saw lot’s of cute bra’s. But they did not meet my criteria. The same for panties. I like the laser cut panties however they still do show a little under a dress. So haven’t found what I am looking for yet, but at least I start to know what to look for. Sigh, not looking forward to go back to the Mall again. Although I am a girl, I don’t like shopping. And that is another reason why I like this styling process. In a little while I know exactly what to look for when I go shopping. For now I am a bit disappointed that so many bra’s look nice but are not doing what they should do…

Can’t wait to discuss my dresses and my pants… It is Sunday already? 😉