Outfit: casual elegance in pinafore and Vans

Outfit: turtle neck, pinafore and oldskool Vans
Outfit: turtle neck, pinafore and oldskool Vans
Outfit: turtle neck, pinafore and oldskool Vans
Outfit: turtle neck, pinafore and fishnets
Outfit: turtle neck, pinafore and oldskool Vans
oldskool vans, fishnet tights
Outfit: turtle neck, pinafore and oldskool Vans
turtle neck: Only c/o ZEB -  pinafore dress: Mango c/o ZEB - sneakers: Vans c/o ZEB - cross body bag: Mango - fishnet tights: H&M

In high school I was an alt-kid, definitely one of the weirdos. Although my musical tastes have always been ecclectic, this was the age of Blink182, Sum41 and The Offspring: skate punk was sort of the go-to counter culture thing, and with that came a prevalence of low waisted baggy trousers, little baby tees, and of course skater shoes. I don't think I've ever spent more than a minute on a skate board (I suck at anything that requires balance), but I sure dug those skater boys and their outfits. The only pair of Vans I owned back in the day were Misfits slip-ons that I bought half a size too small. Who would have known back then that oldskool Vans would become a classic, much like Converse?

I had been looking for a new addition to my sneaker collection for a while when I suddenly remembered Vans - the ones that got away (or the ones I never bought, ha!). I was just in the midst of pinning cute outfits featuring oldskool Vans when ZEB contacted me for a collab, so Vans + me must have been written in the stars! They asked me to pick out an entire outfit on their webshop, and this is what I put together: a fresh take on classic pieces, something I could have worn in high school that still looks great today. The pinafore layered over a turtle neck is retro inspired and very office appropriate, the fishnets funk it up, and the Vans make the look more laid-back - totally me! 

I have been wearing my Vans constantly since. They are infinitely more comfortable than Converse to me (roomier toe box, more padding in the soles) but the back of the left shoe chafes my heel a bit, so I'm still wearing them in with a band-aid under my sock.

Btw, ZEB is known for offering awesome discounts on popular brands like Levi's, Converse, Vans and Le Temps de Cerises year round, so the website is definitely worth bookmarking. Hope you like the outfit as much as I do!


Giveaway: L'Occitane Pivoine Sublime 3 step cleansing routine

Time to give something back to my lovely readers! Today I'm reviewing 3 skin renewing, cleansing products of the L'Occitane Pivoine Sublime line, and also inviting you to take part in my giveaway. Three lucky ducklings will get a set of these three products delivered to their doorstep, so keep reading for my thoughts on Pivoine Sublime, and to find out how you can win some for yourself.

I am a huge L'Occitane fan because they are true masters of mixing gorgeous fragrances, and because they succeed so perfectly at providing that luxe, pampering feel. The Pivoine Sublime set I'm giving away contains a micellar make-up remover gel, a 2-in-1 perfecting scrub/peeling oil, and a perfecting toner, all delicately flower-scented and enriched with skin-perfecting peony extract. The peony extract uses natural plant sugars to fix uneven complexion or skin texture. Sounds good, right?

The micellar gel is clear and smells fresh, like white flowers with a hint of apples. I find it very effective at removing my facial makeup, but I don't recommend it for use on your eyes if you have sensitive eyes like I do. I tried it once and it did burn a bit. I like using one or two pumps of this, massaging it into my face, adding a bit of water with my fingertips to emulsify all the grime, and then I use a wet washcloth to remove all of it, leaving me fresh faced. I personally prefer oil-based cleansers because my skin is VERY dry and sensitive, but this gel still works for me and this is a lovely product.

The perfecting scrub contains micro granules that you massage into your dry skin softly. The gel turns into an oil upon contact with the skin, and again, if you add a little bit of water with your fingertips, the gel emulsifies and gives your skin an awesome deep-cleansing, removing all the dead skin. The gel also contains exfoliating agents, so for a more profound effect you apply a thick layer and let it sit for a couple of minutes before removing.

Finally, the Perfecting Toner is applied in the morning and at night. It removes the last traces of makeup, adds moisture and helps restore the acidic balance of your skin that might have been damaged by the deep cleanse you've just done, preparing it to fully absorb the moisturizing and nourishing ingredients of your facial cream. This makes the toner the perfect last step of facial cleansing.

So! Are you ready to try a new cleansing routine and treat yourself to some skin perfecting peony extract? All you have to do is:

-     follow me on facebook, twitter or instagram 
leave a comment underneath this blogpost or send me an email at thestylingdutchman@hotmail.com, be sure to state where you follow me (and what your username is on that platform), and to leave me a way to contact you!

And that's it. I will pick a winner on 26/10/16, 8pm, good luck!


Beauty: H&M metallic Dazzle Lip Topper

Beauty: H&M metallic Dazzle Lip Topper review

I've told you about my metallic lip obsession before when I reviewed the Milani Amore Mattalics. When I develop a crush on a new type of product, it can be difficult not to just want to buy one in every available shade. I mean, I hadn't even THOUGHT about metallic lipsticks before the trend started gaining traction, and here I found myself lusting after options from Jouer (Papaye) or Limecrime (Blondie). Not exactly a wallet friendly way to go about things, especially considering that metallic lipstick is a trend, not a new classic. 

You know what IS the perfect way to add some metallic sheen to your lipcolour collection? Lip toppers! I had my eye on the Notoriously Morbid Changeling topcoats for a while (definitely worth checking out), but I prefer being able to swatch lip beauty products before I buy them so I never took the plunge. When I spotted the Dazzle Lip Toppers at the H&M beauty counters, however, I was SIKED! I ended up taking home two tubes, Glisten Up and To Boldly Glow. Let's take a closer look.


Halloween: inspiration + giveaway

Everyone knows Halloween is pretty much my favourite holiday - I'm a horror buff, and who doesn't love a good chance to pull out all of the less wearable shit in your closet and MAKE IT WORK? 

Over the years I've shared some Halloween costumes and decorations with you guys, and while I skipped Halloween last year, I'm already planning this year's party with my girlfriends. The theme is "slutty", btw. I mean, you can't get more meta than being a feminist aware of the bullshit surrounding Halloween costumes always having to be sexy for women, and then actually throwing a slutty Halloween party, right? 

I already know what I'm going to dress up as (not telling you yet!), but in case you're still in need of inspiration, here are some easy (and cheap) Halloween costume ideas:

Halloween: inspiration + giveaway

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