Wednesday, February 13, 2019

New In: Cotton's Finest

I have always considered myself someone with an entrepreneurial spirit and for this reason I always admire entrepreneurs that take the plunge and start their own business. Through acquaintances I heard about a Dutch startup company called Cotton's Finest, which is a sock company offering monthly subscription boxes of an uniquely designed pair of cotton socks made of the finest materials. 

Their boxes:
  • Includes 1 pair of unique designed socks
  • Is made of 80% cotton, 15% polyester and 5% spandex
  • Is engineered for maximum comfort
  • And includes Free Shipping

I think that idea of unique socks being delivered at your doorsteps on monthly basis is a wonderful business idea. I would usually buy white socks in bulk and to think that for about the same price I could now receive a new pair every month with every month the socks having a different design that is unique to the company is amazing, which is why I bought a subscription during their soft launch.* 

Here a look at January subscription box. 

As a pre-order customer I was able to customise my order to receive two pair of socks during my subscription period instead of the standard one pair. Female socks (left) and male socks (right).

The box also included a signature card with a personal message. Because I ordered very early on,  I was their first customer and was shipped their first pair of Cotton's Finest socks!

The socks are mid-calf height have a non ravel comfort band at the top, that stops them from rolling down. The socks designs looks retro yet very modern perfect for millennials or sneaker heads. The most excited thing about the socks apart from the design is how comfortable they are. The socks are super soft. Cotton's Finest really delivers on its promise of having super comfortable socks. I would have liked the socks to have more reinforced heel and toe, but that is a minor detail seeing the price point and knowing the price includes shipping.

The idea of Cotton's Finest offering a subscription box catering to socks lovers really appeals to me. I cannot wait to receive my next box, which should arrive very soon. Be sure to check Cotton's Finest on their Instagram (link here) for an overview of some of their socks designs.

If you live in The Netherlands check out their website as they are currently offering a 15-day free trial for a sign-up fee of € 2.50 (Link here).

Let me know in the comments if you like the design of the socks. Which one is your favourite? The female socks or the male socks?

Stay Fashionable, Miss George

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Monday, December 3, 2018

OOTD: Fall In The Air

Having a good friend of mine visit for the weekend was the perfect opportunity to raid my closet for an Outfit Of The Day (OOTD), before we headed to the city for a day out shopping. Following the theme of my last blog post (link Here), I found a cute yellow top in my closet from H&M that I decided would be the basis for this OOTD.

I paired the top with a knee length navy blue straight skirt (gifted) and my favourite women’s brogues from Clark's. Normally during the colder months, you would always see me wearing pants, but lately I have been wearing skirts more often. But to save myself from freezing to death I wore black tights, a dark blue cardigan from TK Maxx and a black mid length black blazer coat from C&A. For accessories I wore a pair of gold coloured earrings and necklace. 

And just in case the yellow coloured top was not making enough of a statement, I completed the look by carrying a medium sized white envelope clutch. I thought this newly gifted envelope clutch bag would be the perfect item to give my look a bit of an edge. Like they say go big or go home. Friends and family know that my bags are usually on the larger side. (link to me new bag purchase Here), but surprisingly I still managed to fit everything I needed in the clutch.

It has been a while since I last posted an Outfit Of The Day, but everyday I manage to dress like I am ready to take pictures to post to this blog. I was amazed and surprised at how quickly I managed to put this outfit together without having to go out and purchase a special outfit. I guess that is when you truly know you have become a fashionista.

Stay Fashionable, Miss George

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Trends: Yellow The Colour Of 2018

2018 is definitely the year of the colour yellow. There is no way you could have missed it. Since the beginning of the year yellow starting popping out in every store. By Spring there were yellow tops, dresses and even blazers with flower patterns being advertised and sold everywhere. And even if you have not been shopping, on social media the trend reached massive popularity and is even being called #yellowmellow trend.

Left to Right: Miss Etam / H&M / Yours Clothing

For fashion lovers this trend should not be any surprise. As far as 2016 Beyonce was already sporting a Robberto Cavalli yellow dress fresh of the Fall 2016 ready-to-wear runway collection in her hold up video. And with ready-to-wear collections being made one year in advance, we know that this 70's inspired yellow would make a big splash starting Fall 2017.

Left: Roberto Cavalli Runway AW16 / Right: Beyonce Video Still From Hold Up

With Spring and Summer behind us, we now see stores still continuing the yellowmellow hype. Some stores not only bringing in sweaters and jackets to keep us warm during the coming colder months, but also with clothing items that are a few shades darker than canary yellow, such as ochre. Some ochre sweaters and top shown below.

Left to Right:  Miss Selfrigde / Twintip / Taylor

The colour yellow is also seamlessly being incorporated with another Fall trend, which is plaid (checks) or also know as lumber jack squares. The most popular pattern being the (grey) glen plaid shown below.

Left to Right: Forever 21 / Primark / Dorothy Perkins / Forever 21

Need some inspiration on how to encoporate yellow into your wardrobe this Autumn and Winter? Below I have put together some ideas from Dutch stores Esprit, Steps, Miss Etam, River Island to help you along.

Let me know if the comments if you are not looking forward to seeing yellow everywhere or if you were already wearing yellow from the beginning of the year.

Stay Fashionable, Miss George

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Confessions Of A Shopaholic

It has been a year now since my last shopping spree in the USA (link here). Having spent a whole lot of money shopping there, I new I had to take it easy for the next months. Those months actually turned into a year. It went by so quickly, but looking at my blog you can probably tell due to the lack of posts. When you don't really shop for a year, there is not much very much to talk about. But September is here, which is like the new year of fashion and I could not be more excited.

For my return to the world of shopping, I went to the Dutch department store De Bijenkorf. While I was not planning on buying anything in particular, I did have my eye out for a bag. If you follow me on Pinterest you may have noticed that I updated and re-organised my designer bags board (link here). For the longest time I wanted to purchase a nice designer tote, that could double as a work bag as well as an everyday bag. 

Walking around in handbags area of the department store there were so many choices, from luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton to contemporary brands like Michael Kors. I resist and decided to purchase a bag. After strolling for a while and looking a different bags, I made up my mind and went for the Le Pliage tote bag from Longchamp

The bag is a well known classic (work) tote bag with a simple design, however  it is also very functional due to its size. It is also very durable as it made from nylon. 

My most used work bag at the moment is a Coach canvas bag from the now discontinued Poppy collection. It was the first designer bag I purchased in 2012. Having used a contemporary designer bag for more than six years that is it still as lovely and strong as the year I purchased it, made me realise that I do not need to spend up to 2000 euro/dollar to buy a good quality designer bag that could last me many years and that is the main reason I went for the Longchamp bag.

I am really happy with my Le Pliage tote bag. I purchased it in a size L, (dimensions is 31x30x19 cm) in the colour bilberry. I cannot wait to start wearing it to work. Let me know in the comments what you think of the Longchamp Le Pliage tote bag and if you also own one.

Stay Fashionable, Miss George

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Friday, June 1, 2018

OOTD: Zizzi In Spring

As I continue to enjoy the Spring season, I took some pictures a while ago of my Outfit Of The Day (OOTD) wearing Zizzi Fashion. For the years I have been blogging about fashion and life-style, I have written several blog post about the fashion brand, Zizzi Fashion (link here). And up to this day it still it remains one of my favourite stores to shop for clothing.

For the outfit of the day, I am finally able to show off the clothing I purchased during the grand opening of Zizzi Delft (link here). I am wearing a black top that has a sewn on a flower print the left top shoulder. With the top I am wearing a knee height near neutral pink pleated skirt that has a silver shimmer band. The outfit is paired of with light pink necklace and black tights. To contrast the black top and tights I finished the look with white sneakers.

Do you get excited and start rummaging through your closet for an outfit when Spring rolls in? I have found that wearing near neutral colours are great for Spring (read about it here). Let me know in the comments your favourite spring colour.

Stay Fashionable, Miss George

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

A Royal Wedding

Having just finished watching the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle this weekend. I could not help but be filled with inspiration to write a blog post. I was not alive for the famous wedding of Lady Diana. The wedding of Prince Harry's brother William was very much a traditional Royal wedding, but this wedding would be so much more interesting, because I knew it was going to be different. Knowing that Prince Harry is 6th in line to the throne and therefore could have a less standardised Royal wedding than that of his brother. I was excited and curious to see how a Royal wedding with less restrictions would look like.

The love story of Ms. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is what I would call a fairytale. The fact that they met on a blind date set up by friends they had in common and that she is an African American of mixed heritage with no ties to the royal family is like the classic tale of many romance novels. After seeing the wedding live on television, all I can say is that I super impressed. Their attention to details left me speechless. Here are some of my favourite highlights.

Let us start with the dress, designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller who last year became the first female Artistic Director at French fashion house Givenchy. 

The dress was made of silk cady with three-quarter sleeves and a boat neck also know as a Sabrina neckline (neckline presumably created by Hubert Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn first worn during the movie Sabrina) 

Left: The Duchess of Sussex wearing Fashion House Givenchy
Right: Audrey Hepburn wearing Hubert Givenchy inspired bateau neck wedding dress in the movie Funny Face

The dress had a 5 meter long veil with embroidery representing the distinctive flora of each of the 53 Commonwealth country of which Prince Harry is the appointed Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. The veil was held in place by by a diamond bandeau tiara once worn by Queen Mary was loaned to her by reigning Queen Elizabeth II and the look was finished off with subtle Cartier diamond earrings.

I just love how the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex found small ways to incorporate things that showed their love for each other into the wedding. Like the Duchess wanting to express her gratitude for the opportunity to support the work of her husband of the Commonwealth by incorporating references to its members into the design of her wedding dress or the Duke handpicking several flowers from their private garden at Kensington Palace the day before the wedding for the wedding bouquet.

Other highlights included the wedding ceremony being inclusive by having a sermon by African American Bishop Michael Curry who even quoted Dr. Martin Luther King in his sermon and a gospel choir singing "Stand By Me" a 1951 R&B song

The incorporation of traditionally black religious traditions showed that while it was a Royal wedding, the Duchess was allowed and involved the planning of the ceremony. Let me know in the comments if you watched the wedding and what were your favourite parts.

Stay Fashionable, Miss George

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