Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Farewell to Summer

Though the days still feel warm, summer is coming to a close. I shot this look before leaving on vacation to close my mini-short and tank-top season. I put on my Topshop ripped shorts and sandals, La Halle deep blue shirt and color blocked with my Gucci orange bag. The unglamorous side of keeping long hair in the summer is trying to stay cool, literally. Instead of a ponytail, I did two plaited braid on each side of my head - reminds me of the hairdo I had as a kid!

Wearing: Topshop sandals & shorts / La Halle shirt / Ray-Ban sunglasses / Gucci bag / Skagen bracelet

Friday, 28 August 2015

Naked Smoky Day and Night

We all have our beauty routine. Some prefer to wear a light mascara, others distinguish themselves with an eyeliner, or energizing colors. My go-to routine is for either a natural look or smoky eyes. A smoky effect in the daytime? Indeed! One of my favorite makeup brand Urban Decay recently launched the “Naked Smoky” palette in Switzerland – just the right occasion to show how smoky eyes can go with both day and evening outfits. Follow me!

During the Day

Let me first show you one way of creating this passe-partout yet distinctive smoky look for the daytime. To avoid the makeup standing out too much, go for lighter brownish shades. For my Asian almond-shaped eyes, we worked mostly on the outer lid, V line and waterline. The secret to mastering this makeup is patience as it takes time to work the colors well. Once done, I can personally testify that it is easy to wear and long-lasting!

At Night

To compete with artificial lighting at night (eg. off the disco ball), go for shiny and dark shades. However, there is no need to remove and redo all your makeup. Just make the colors stronger. Here, we worked again on the same zone but with deep gray, black and purplish notes. The Naked Smoky palette provides everything you need for this, including the brush. I was in a party mood, so I went full out with a red matte lipstick!

Keen to try out the smoky effect? Urban Decay "Naked Smoky" palette will be available from the 29th August in Switzerland at marionnaud.ch and manor.ch, and also at their selected stores!

Pictures by Joy Oelen ©

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

In the Mood for Mixing Styles

It is hard to decide how to dress up for “moody” weather. The day was hot with an atmosphere charged up for heavy rain. Intuitively I paired my Topshop shorts with a pair of cut-out boots. I tucked in the tee that I received from Diesel on my trip to the London LoveBox festival. This well-cut basic t-shirt has everything I like - a little loose yet structured of just the right length, and an original design (zipper in the shape of a smiley face) to stand out. I want to zoom in on my new Skagen watch. I just love its feminine and discreet minimalist lines which also look stylishly edgy. Looking back at this outfit with hints of rock, hippie and elegant notes, I am tempted to think that moody weathers unconsciously make you mix styles.

Wearing: Diesel tee / Skagen watch / Topshop shorts / La Redoute boots / 3.1 Phillip Lim bag / Miu Miu sunglasses

Sunday, 23 August 2015

BlackBird Cafe, Lausanne

There are many places in Lausanne for good coffee and breakfast. However, I had one of my best pancakes in a recently opened Black Bird Cafe. It reminds me of a café I stumbled into in Amsterdam. The charming interior with re-modernized vintage furniture is bathed in natural light, making it also a pleasant place to hang around or work on your laptop. I have only been here several times to try their different coffees and pancakes. However I hear only positive feedback of the other really FILLING breakfast and snacks. That makes me want to work up my appetite and come back to discover more of their menu.

Address: Cheneau de Bourg 1, Lausanne