PREPARING FOR FASHION MONTH

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After having done my fair share of Fashion Weeks, I know what are the ways to do it, and what aren’t. Though, I must admit, I’m still fine-tuning my “ways”, because every season I “learn”. Now, first and foremost in preparing for Fashion Week is planning. I’ve been going back and forth between not-planning, and planning, because I like the idea of standing in front of my Fashion Week clothing rack and having fun every morning dressing myself. Well, first of all, that clothing rack is not going to be filled up by latest Fendi and Chloe by itself, so I need to plan this well. Moreover, I’ve learned the latter reduces the level stress tremendously, and is simply the only way to go when you want to combine a back-to-back Fashion Week schedule with a family. Trust me. So here’s how I do it, one step at the time, starting early, and making sure that I’m having fun “in the proces” and enjoy it while I’m “in” it!

Beauty preparations

To make sure I look and feel as best as possible during this hectic month, I’ve teamed up with my favorite beauty & wellness brand from the Netherlands: Rituals. Apart from my list of favorite products that I’m using year round, I’ve tried a few different products and fully adopted their concept of making “routines more meaningful”, and creating “me-time” in the process. Below I’ve written about this process, along with the products I’ve used, and reasons why I think you will love it too!

Legs – Unwinding and creating me-time are crucial before I start a fashion week, because I know during there’s not going to be any time to sit down and scrub my legs or whatsoever. Hence I’m putting all effort in my face and body rituals before, starting with a good leg scrub to get rid that summer skin – still leaving a little tan behind. I used the Himalaya Scrub, which is basically a salt scrub that smell like roses. It’s insane. Oh, and no I didn’t shave my legs before scrubbing – you might have seen that – because once someone told me I never should… Anyway, I followed with a rich moisturizing body creme, called Magic Touch. It’s like whipped creme for the legs. It’s insane!

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Rituals Cosmetics | THEFASHIONGUITAR

Feet – Ai ai ai, if there’s one part of my body that suffers the most during Fashion Month, it’s my feet. Those poor babies suddenly have to walk around in high feels every day, and when they do get sneakers on, there’s blisters, sometimes until they bleed… So I have to give them some TLC, some extra love, every morning – not just before Fashion Month actually. I prefer to do this with two of my all time favorites, which I’ve been using for years now: the TAO QING FA foot scrub and TAO LAO TZE foot balm. This combination is ultra softening and cools down those hard-working feet a 100%

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Rituals Cosmetics | THEFASHIONGUITAR

Rituals Cosmetics | THEFASHIONGUITAR

Hands – Hands are the first thing I look at when I meet someone, hence I try to make my hand always look as best as possible. Not only by wearing the most beautiful jewelry, or having the perfect manicure, but firstly by moisturizing them. It’s everything! New favorite is their Miracle Balm. Smells like heaven (also the orange one called Happy Hands) and is a true miracle worker.

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Rituals Cosmetics | THEFASHIONGUITAR

Outfit preparations

Favourite designers – I have my favorite designers, which do change a bit every season, depending on their collections. However, as I believe that during Fashion Week it’s the moment to show you, my valued reader, but also everyone else who doesn’t know me yet, my personal style, I’m sticking to the designers I truly love. Their collections represent my style, they speak my language, and they fit into my life as it is. This season’s favorites are Chloe, Valentino, and Gucci. When it comes to jeans I’m living in my Frame Denim’s and True Religion, recently added to this list, totally makes the best rough hem jeans!

Favourite pieces – Every season there are some looks and key pieces I’m obsessing over. Sometimes I borrow these from the brands, sometimes I buy them. My latest obsession are those white Celine slip-ons, and, needless to say, my obsession over Chloe’s bohemian looks is real, and Valentino’s black & white collection inspired me much too.

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Try it, wear it – Not every style and look works for me, so whenever I borrow or buy something from a favorite brand, I try it on at home, with pieces from my current wardrobe, and plan out the perfect look. Every now and then it will happen that it doesn’t look as good on me as I hoped it would. No hard feelings there, just being honest with myself, and try to convince me that not everything is for me, and that’s fine!

Enjoy it! – My ultimate goal is being able to enjoy Fashion Month, the shows, and all the cocktail events and book signings that come with it. My recipe to succes is preparation. Not everyone will agree with me on this, but fact is, when I come home after a day of shows, there are two amazing toddlers waiting for me – who call me a “princess” when wearing that beautiful Chloe dress – and need my full attention. There’s no “relaxing”, there’s only “keep on going mommy!”. So whenever I have a little me-time before I go to bed, and I can make that extra meaningful by using beautiful beauty products that smell so good they make me smile, why wouldn’t I want to share this with you!

Photos by Jeff Thibodeau

 

Posted on September 9th 2015 by THE FASHION GUITAR

MY SKIN SECRETS

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While finishing my week of isolation, and having a full body scan at the hospital, I’d like to introduce you – upon your many requests – to my skin secrets. Not that I ever wanted to make a secret of that in the first place, but when I receive your comments and questions – always so flattering – about what I do with my skin to make it look this way, you make it come across as a “secret recipe of beauty”. Anyways, so what do I use? Let me start by saying that I’m not a good girl when it comes to beauty routines. I often don’t wash my face in the evening, because I’m too tired or can’t be bothered. I know this might not be the way, but I sleep pretty well at night with the thought that I have a proper morning-skin-routine in place. Moreover I believe that it can also work against you when you take too good care of your skin, and wash it too often – which is for me another argument for only doing the mornings.

Having that said, I start my morning with washing my face in the shower, dry it with a towel and making the following choice: Do I go with a day cream or a face oil? The answer depends on the level of dryness of my skin – taking note that since my thyroid surgeries and radiation my skin has been more dry than usual. So when my skin looks very dry I use Rudolph facial oil. I only apply this in the area from the eyes down. My forehead is never dry and when I put oil on it, I risk make it oily and shiny. We don’t want that either, now do we. When my skin feels medium dry, or when I feel like putting something rich on my face, I use Clarins Multi-Active Jour cream. I have used that for ages. Again, not on my forehead, or only a tiny bit. When my skin feels normal I like to use 111 Skin Space Anti Age day cream which is light and super fresh. I love this cream big time, but since my skin became intense dry after radiation, the oil seems my only saviour. Every now and then I use Clarins Eye Contour gel too, but I think it doesn’t work, or at least not the way I do it – not every day – so not sure if there’s a point in doing it anyway. Last but not least, a recent happy find is my super cheap L’Oreal Magic BB cream. I use it after my oil or day cream, which I don’t use everywhere on my face, just on/under my eyes, on my cheeks, and a tiny bit on my forehead. This gives me a less tired look, and a more even skin. I believe it works!

I think there’s no secret in having a good skin, I think it all about finding what’s good for you, and being lucky with some good genes – sorry. Testing everything you think might work will get you at the point where you have your “secret” skin recipe. I would love to hear your beauty routines! Did you find your ideal products yet?

 

Posted on October 15th 2014 by THE FASHION GUITAR

A SHORT HISTORY OF HAIR

A SHORT HISTORY OF HAIR

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Hair is a delicate matter. Once you screw it up, it’s a long way back. I had my fair share of screw-ups, and looking back at my hair-history, I wonder how it’s possible I still have hair on my head. No, I’m kidding, but I do admit that over time I learned more about my hair and how to treat it. So truthfully, I can’t and I won’t tell you anything about the history of hair in general – as the caption of this article might let you to believe – but what I will do is tell you a little more about the history of mine, and hopefully help you getting to your “perfect” hair sooner than I did…

So over the years – I’m talking 15 years plus – I’ve done a lot to my hair. Things that are known to be not good for it, on the contrary. It all started with DIY hair coloring. Well, as we all know, that usually doesn’t turn out to be as the picture on the package, unless you are one of those home-colouring wizzards, which I’m not. Then I saved up, took a new direction, and had my high-lights done at a salon in my hometown. Not a big success either, considering leopard spots are only good on leopards, not on humans… Starting to figure out it’s all about the colorist, I did my homework and started traveling for my hair, other cities, different colorists, and I found one that did a great job, finally!

Yeah, I’ve always been blond by choice, but I never chosen for those ugly yellow tones – sorry, the images might be a bit distracting, but that’s indoor lighting doing its “wonders”. So with all the moving around, Singapore, Beijing, London, New York, it was every time again a task to find out where and who could do my hair well. Someone who just gets it. Now this doesn’t only apply your colorists… I’m lucky enough to work with THE BEST in that field in New York right now, but also did I meet a very special person who always knows how to cut my hair the best way possible. Someone who really gets my hair. And the best part is, he’s done in 20 mins, max. So fast, and so good. After Thursday’s haircut, I wondered why I didn’t go before Fashion Month, because the man I’m referring to, Kevin MancusoGlobal Creative Director Nexxus New York Salon Care – made me a look new again… Cliché words? Sponsored post? Yes, I hosted the event in New York in collaboration with Vogue and Nexxus, but only because I truly love the brand and the magic Kevin does to my hair every time I see him. It would be a shame not to share that with you!

Thus, here’s what we did that day… At the Nexxus salon in New York, they start with a quick identification of your current hair-state. Which, in my case, was that it needed a good trim, and some intense nourishing treatment. They worked wonders with their Emergencée treatment, and made my hair intensely reconstructed, and as they call it “responsive”. Best part about this, and this also makes their salon experience unique, is that after a quick hair analysis, they make a plan you can take home. They treat it, cut it, and with the right products they after treatment is easy peasy and therefore doable at home. Which is for me key, since I don’t have much time in the morning to “do” my hear. So in my case, I use some Mousse Plus from roots till half-way my hair, take al my hair together like a ponytail, and start blowdrying it out. From every direction possible. Sleek the front a bit, and I’m done.

Ready to welcome New York’s finest at the Vogue x Nexxus “History of Hair” event. Champagne and macaroons, a complimentary blow-out, and styling advice from Kevin. I think that’s pretty close to the perfect recipe for a great hair-experience!

This post was created in collaboration with Vogue & Nexxus New York Salon Care, a product of Unilever.

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Zara top | MIH Jeans jeans (DIY rough hems) | Gucci slippers | Bally bag.

Photos by Jeff Thibodeau & Lainy Hedeya

Posted on April 4th 2016 by THE FASHION GUITAR

THE SECRET TO A FRESH LOOKING SKIN

THE SECRET TO A FRESH LOOKING SKIN

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When it comes to skincare, I’ve been a rookie for a very long time, but this year everything changed. In my never-ending search for “the best” cremes and serums – those that work well with my skin, have a favorable texture, AND smell heavenly – I got introduced to the Avon ANEW skincare line. So it was time to put it to the test, and integrate the products into my daily beauty-routines. This is what happened…

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I got hooked. Not immediately, because as with every new product, I have to try it for a few weeks before I know if it “works” for my skin. But after those weeks I was HOOKED. Then of course there’s aspects as I mentioned earlier: Textures, smell, etc. Things that might not be important to you, but I personally need it all to be perfect. Well, as for the ANEW Vitamin C Brightening Serum – which is my absolute favorite of the three – it smells good, the texture is rich – not too rich leaving you with an oily feeling – and it feels like a “treat” when putting it on my skin at night. Hooked!

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Avon ANEW The Fashion Guitar Charlotte Groeneveld

Avon ANEW The Fashion Guitar Charlotte Groeneveld

Avon ANEW The Fashion Guitar Charlotte Groeneveld

Pads like the ANEW Extra Strength Retexturizing Peel Pads – that’s a mouth full – are usually not in my routine, but as I said, I’m here to try, so I started using those for taking of skin make-up, and it was kind of convenient, which is a BIG plus in my hectic life, where I don’t have much time for myself. It felt so easy to remove “the day” off my face. Plus, they are not oily – as I find those pads so often. I wouldn’t remove my eye make up with the pads, because the area around my eyes is crazy sensitive, but definitely approved for my face and neck!

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ANEW AHA Refining Cream, which as you can see in the photos, I applied generously, felt like whipped cream on my face. I almost wanted to eat it… No I’m kidding, but you get what I mean. Silky, rich, but again not oily. A great addition to my current favorites. Though, as I must underline, the products work well with my skin, but my skin is relatively easy. I can’t tell how the product works for your skin, but I definitely encourage you to try it. The price-point is super good, and you won’t see that reflected in the quality of the products.

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Now Avon is not just something I know from Mad Men – remember Peggy working on this account – but also something that is represented on my bathroom shelf, and is here to stay in my 2016 beauty routines!

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Photos by Daniel Kim (Walking Canucks)

This post was created in collaboration with Avon ANEW.

 

Posted on August 3rd 2016 by THE FASHION GUITAR