woensdag 22 maart 2017

Maison Lautrec

I really love this place! 
A wonderful atmosphere, a really good crowd that visits, great service and delicious food.All the food comes from small producers and farmers who are located in the surrounding areas of Paris. They even harvest their onw honey. It is the perfect place to start the evening in Paris (and maybe end it at their cocktailbar).

Adress: 63 rue Baptiste Pigalle,75009 Paris
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dinsdag 21 maart 2017

How to look taller? ( Part 2)

Some handy tips to look taller and slimmer ... you can also read one of my previous posts.

1. Try flared jeans.
 Fitted jeans with a distinct flare at the bottom create the illusion of a longer leg— especially when the hem hits the top of your shoes (heels, of course!) The trick here is to keep the fit of the jean super-slim through the leg, and to make sure the waistband hits your natural waist—not any lower. For optimal height, be sure to pair your flares with a waist-length top, or a blouse you can tuck in.

2. Don’t discount maxi skirts!
4. If you’re going short, go short!
11. Chop your hair.
13. Be mindful of proportion.
14. Wear V-necks.
It’s common fashion folklore that small women simply cannot wear floor-grazing skirts and dresses, but luckily that’s been proven entirely false. In fact, a well-cut maxi skirt can actually give you the appearance of looking taller, as evidenced by petite gals like Rachel Bilson, Rachel Zoe, and Mary-Kate Olsen. Choose solid versions that skim the length of your body, which will create a long vertical line (forego anything with thick pleats or too many layers.) Be sure to keep your top fitted—a tucked-in T-shirt and a cropped leather jacket, for example—so as to not drown in fabric. Also, make sure the skirt’s hemline is as long as you can go without tripping, and add a pair of wedges or heels underneath.

3. Choose heels with a low-cut vamp.
 Here’s small trick that can change the way you shoe shop: Shoes that have a low-cut vamp instantely elongate your leg (and make them look slimmer, as well) when you’re wearing skirts, shorts, and dresses. What’s a vamp? It’s the portion of a show that cuts across your foot at the front. So, a low vamp cuts across the base of the toes, while high vamp can come up the foot and possibly up to the ankle. If you’re able to find a pair that matches your skintone, like the image above, that’s even better to give the illusion of mile-long legs.

 When you’re petite, it’s just a fact that—when it comes to skirts and dresses—you should either go super-long, or super-short (translation: avoid calf-length and knee-lengths). Mini-skirts show more skin, which creates the illusion of a longer leg. Here, petite It-girl Miroslava Duma pairs her mini-skirt with a matching top (see tip #6!) and sky-high platforms. While ankle straps typically aren’t ideal for short ladies (they cut off your leg), they can work with super-short skirts since more skin is being shown. Of course, if you’re wearing a mini, make sure it’s not offensively short—let’s keep it chic, ladies.

5. Rock a top knot!
Obvious, yes, but piling your hair on top of your head really does gives a taller impression, again creating a more vertical line. Same goes for hair that’s simply voluminous—it adds inches! Time to put away that flatiron, friends.

6. Wear all one color.
 Using color to enhance the illusion of height is a highly effective strategy, as it helps create a vertical line. While wearing head-to-toe black is the simplest—and eternally chicest—option, saturated hues work well, too (a look that’s incredibly now, as well.) The trick to monochrome dressing: Keep each silhouette crisp and tailored.

7. Say yes to high-waist bottoms!
 High-waist bottoms get a bad rap, possibly thanks to an unfortunate Jessica Simpson style mishap, but when worn correctly, they can trick the eye into thinking you’re taller by elongating your lower body. Whether you choose skirts, shorts or skinny jeans, be sure to make the elevated waist visible by tucking in a tailored blouse, or opting for a slightly cropped top.

8. Wear pointy flats.
 Since nobody can be expected to wear sky-high heels every day, petite gals should invest in a pair of pointy flats. Why? Because it’s a known fact that shoes with pointed toes lengthen your leg line.

9. Rock out with vertical stripes.
 It’s the oldest trick in the book for a reason: Vertical stripes create long lines, thus making you look, well, longer. Bonus: Stripes are one of spring’s biggest trends, so you’ll have absolutely no problem locating some cute striped options.

10. Ditch the gigantic shoulder bag!
 Keeping your accessories appropriately scaled to your body size is a smart move for petite girls, starting with that oversized bag. Here’s why: Every time you cause the eye to take in width, you reduce the amount of height it takes in. That means smaller cross-body bags, clutches, and small top-handle totes are your best bet.

 Long hair drags petite girls down, while shorter hair does the opposite. For the wary: A wavy lob (long bob) is the best option—it shows off your shoulders and your neckline, which makes you look taller (plus, it’s so chic!). Daring gals should go even shorter: a super-sleek chin-length bob or an elegant gamine-esque pixie.

12. Stick with skinny belts.
 When it comes to belts, short girls should always opt for a skinny version—it’ll define your natural waist in the most flattering way possible, but won’t cut you in half the way a super-thick belt can, which causes you to look shorter.

When you’re petite, it’s imperative to be sure all your clothes fit properly (a good tailor is key!). Wearing cropped skinny jeans? Make sure they’re not too cropped and that the hem hits the ankle area—small gals should avoid anything resembling capri pants, as they cut your leg awkwardly. With blazers and jackets, always make sure the seams sit perfectly at the bony tops of your shoulders and that the sleeves hit exactly at your wrist.

 Tops with plunging V necklines give the illusion of a longer, leaner torso, so keep that in mind when you’re shopping for new tops this season!

15. Nude colored pumps
Looking for an easy trick to make your bare legs look longer? Try nude-colored pumps. Dark shoes make your legs look shorter, but light-toned versions give the illusion that they extend a few extra inches.

maandag 20 maart 2017

Beautiful garden

I really liked this garden tip: plant flowers ( or flower bulbs/ alliums for a nice spring surprise) in the middle of a double row of grasses.

zondag 19 maart 2017

You don't own me

To all the girls: keep your heels, head and standards high!

How to look taller? ( Part 1)

How many of you just wish you were just a little bit taller and with it look a bit slimmer? Some great tips that instantly give you that extra inches...

A) Feel, Stand, Sit and Walk Tall
Posture is everything, so sit, walk and feel like a dancer/ ballerina and you will immediately look like you've grown a couple of inches.

B) A Matter of Proportions
Fashion, according to Coco Chanel, is the architecture; it is a matter of proportions. One of the most common reasons for looking shorter in clothes is bad balance. Bad balance reinforces body flaws, while good balance hides the body flaws.
Leah Feldon in her book, “Does this make me look fat?” writes that there is a real feeling of empowerment that comes from knowing what’s right for you and wearing clothes that perfectly suits your body. How you feel in clothes is as important as how you look in them. When you feel confident, you look confident. Most of us feel better about ourselves when we’re at our slimmest and know we look good to others. That’s when we feel and exude the most self-confidence.

C) Wardrobe
Every piece of clothing you put on your body is made up of four basic design elements: proportion, line, color, and texture. To look your slimmest and tallest, each of those four elements has to be right on target – and perfectly in sync with your body.

Some simple wardrobe tips:

1) Wear High Heels
No extra info is required, says it all :)

2) Get Your Pants Hemmed
If you’re truly a petite woman, chances are you’ve purchased petite pants that were still too long. Instead of putting up with it and having bunched up fabric at your ankles, pay to have the pants hemmed. It will cost around $8 per pair, but your pants will look much better and your legs will look longer. When your pants bunch up at the bottom, your body practically screams that you have short legs. However, when you pants are hemmed to the proper length, they look perfect and don’t point out the length of your legs. Or you can do the "French cuff" a chique and simple way to solve the problem. In this you just simply fold your jeans inward. Read more about the French cuff in Garance DorĂ©'s blog.

3) Wear Skinny Jeans, If You Have the Body for Them
Skinny jeans are a great way to make your legs appear longer. But be careful!! Not everyone is made to wear skinny jeans. In fact, they aren’t a flattering style for plus sized women. However, if you’re skinny enough to pull this look off, you certainly should. Skinny jeans can make the shortest of legs appear much longer. The reason is the jeans create thin lines. Just remember not to wear too long tops. Instead, pair your skinny jeans with a tucked in tank top or a shirt that is cut to fit a petite body shape.

4) Purchase Pointy Toed Shoes
One of the easiest things you can do to make your legs look longer is to wear pointy toed shoes. Granted, there are a lot of shoes out there that look fabulous and have blunt tips, but these will not do you any good. When the tip of the shoe is blunt, it creates an abrupt ending in the lines of your legs. In order to keep the line flowing, it’s best to wear pointy toed shoes, which will elongate the leg. If you have small feet, you may even want to look for styles that stretch out a inch or so beyond your toes.

5) Shop for Petite Tops
Pants aren’t the only clothing that come in petite lengths. When you shop in high quality department stores, you can also find tops that are cut to fit shorter people. What does this have to do with your legs? Believe it or not, too long of a top can make your legs appear shorter. This is because you’re cutting off the top third of your legs with your shirt. Instead of wearing tops that hit at mid thigh, opt for shirts that hit no further down than the tops of your pants pockets. If you’re worried about short tops showing your belly, you can stick with longer tops, just be sure to tuck them in.

6) Dark Neutrals
Dark neutral colors make you look thinner and taller. The secret behind the slimming power of darker colors is their ability to absorb light and recede into the background – rather than reflect light and pop out, as lighter and brighter colors do. Navy and black are perfect examples of dark neutral colors. The Darker the color, the better. Dark neutral colors are simply more appropriate for more occasions and have the added bonus of being very easy to dress up with accessories

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