Monthly Archives: April 2011

White and orange weekend picks for the office

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D&G lace collar crepe blouse

Something white today because Kate and William are getting married

 

 

Asos orange oversized blazer

Because tomorrow it’s queensday again in the Netherlands and it’s the hottest color for sping!

I will be in the streets of Amsterdam again tomorrow! Love all the street parties, the food, the people and the crowd (although that’s something most people hate about Q-day ;) ).

Also the Kate and William wedding is an insane happening today! Are you watching it? I will be watching bits and pieces, as suddenly all work decided to come at once and I have to work my butt off. But hey I am SO not complaining, as it’s awesome!

Enjoy your weekend!

Love,

Ivana

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How to recognize awesome

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote this post on how awsomeness is a choice. Reading it back, and trying to incorporate it in my own life, I realized something was missing. I know I should be doing this, but the question which constantly keeps popping up is: HOW?

How do I know if something is amazing? How do I recognize it?

Breaking my head over this, one sentence just kept popping up and I suddenly realized how easy it is! I say it to Slaven every time he has an amazing idea. I actually say it to everyone and anyone who amazes me with something so insanely amazing it makes me want to jump up and down because it’s so good.

Curious? This is it:

“This is SO GOOD, it makes me WANT TO CRY!”

I literally tear up when I hear an amazing idea! I can’t sleep when I have an amazing idea myself. I want to jump up and down all day when something is so good it blows my mind.

This post from Man vs Dept made me realize it earlier this year and it kept popping up, but only now I realized that this is the holy grail to being awesome!

So there you have it: a tool to recognize awesomeness!

In short this is the checklist:

  • Does it makes you want to cry tears of joy because it’s such an amazing thing?
  • Does it make you want to jump up and down all day by just thinking about it?
  • Does it keep you awake at night in a good way because you’re so excited about it?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then it’s amazing! Now go do it!

Love,

Ivana

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Mellow yellow splash office outfit

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1 Warehouse silk asymetric shirt - € 65.60

2 Zara trousers – € 29.95

3 Asos inverted lapel blazer -  € 85.28

4 Asos halo high sandals - € 59.04

 

As promised here’s one way how I would incorporate a splash of yellow in an office outfit. Ever since Beyonce’s video “me, myself and I” I am crazy over the white/yellow color combo! It’s pretty unusual and I love it how the clean white tones down the yellow, but also let’s it pop at the same time. Topped off with simple black heels I say it’s a perfect office outfit, which definitely stands out in the right way.

Hope you feel inspired to pop some yellow’s in the office!

Love,

Ivana

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Office wear: Sunny spring coral

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I’m wearing:

  • H&M coral dress
  • Superstar cream blazer
  • Colors of Benetton ankle boots

With temperatures above 20 degrees all last week I am a VERY happy girl! And a happy girl needs a happy dress! This was the perfect timing to take my coral dress, which I bought when it was waaaaay cold, out for a spin. Still with tights, but the bright color totally matches my mood and the weather <3!

How did you spend easter? Had a great time in the sun as well?

Have a great one!

Love,

Ivana

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Happy easter! Favorite mellow yellow picks

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1 Karen Millen Tassel Wooden Sandal – € 98.40

2 Mango yellow suit jacket - € 89.90

3 Ameko Baloo pleat medium hobo – € 216.48

4 Warehouse silk asymetric shirt - € 65.60

5 Nishe contrast trim cardigan - € 59.04

 

Happy easter everyone!!! The weather in the Netherlands is amazing, with temperatures over 20 degrees all last week up untill now. As yellow is my all time favorite color, and it matches so well with easter and the contuining sunny weather, I had to pick some awesome yellow items which would totally brighten up an office outfit!

Most people are afraid to wear yellow to the office as it’s a big eye catcher, but this is very unnecessary as it’s all about balance. An all yellow outfit….hmmm tricky, but simple yellow details are perfect for that little fizz in the office. I also made an outfit to illustrate this, which will come online later this week. So stay tuned for more mellow yellow inspiration!

What have you been doing today? It is such a great day in the Netherlands, with a LOT of sun. I think I might be headed for the pool and the city tonight. Whatever you’re doing I hope you are having fun!

Love,

Ivana

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Don’t work at the office if you want to be productive…

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Such an awesome TED talk! I LOVE the parallel between sleep and work! I am exhausted if I don’t sleep for a couple of hours! So I finally realized I really need a half hour of uninterrupted time to really get in the zone and do some real work. I usually do work at the office, but I am so happy my employer definitely supports working at home. Simply because it’s definitely more productive when you have to do big chunks of work.

Hope the video inspires you as well!

Wishing you an awesome weekend! Enjoy!

Love,

Ivana

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Favorite fashion trends in the office: metallics

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1 Marc by Mark Jacobs rose gold bracelet watch

2 River Island metallic printed oversized jumper

3 Joseph gold lurex tank top

4 Steve Madden Kellii shoes

5 French Connection metallic sequin silk mix cardigan

One of my favorite, favorite, favorite trends for this spring/summer are metallics. Especially as eye catchers or details which really stand out. It’s just a recent movement of metallics becoming sophisticated again, as they were perceived pretty trashy up to a little while ago. It really doesn’t matter as they’re now incorporated in items which will totally brighten up an office outfit!

My favorite items are metallic jumpers and tank tops. Love, love, love seeing those in a completely basic outfit, as metallics take it to a whole new level. Just try playing around with them and I’m sure you’ll be hooked like me within no time!

Wishing you a beautiful day!

Love,

Ivana

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Fashion in the office inspiration: Olivia Palermo and orange blazer

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I SO adore this outfit Olivia palermo is wearing! It’s just perfect and she effortlessly combines one of the hottest trends for spring, orange, into an outfit which is very fashionable and would also be perfect for the office. Love it!

Inspired by this I started looking like a mad man for similar items to pull together a similar outfit.

1 Zara trousers

2 H&M taupe top

3 Zara orange blazer

4 Zara mustard heels

I saw these trousers a couple of times already and thought they’d make a good eye catcher. Combined in this way I personally find them brilliant!

Have you already scored something orange?And what do you think of Olivia’s outfit?

Wishing you a beautiful day!

Love,

Ivana

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Office wear: pink poofy sleeves

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NOTE: All pictures taken by Shannon Kanhai (Chanoi) 

I used to hate pink when I was a bit younger. I’m getting more tolerant towards it the older I get, but I guess it will never become my favorite color. Also for the office I find it a very tricky color. Especially if you’re into heels, dresses and skirts. IMHO wearing pink in the office is a very thin line between professional nice looking to just cute. And you really shouldn’t want the latter.

AnywayI got this dress in december at the H&M in sale and loved it the minute I layed eyes on it. The poofy sleeves, the comfy model and the gorgeous buttons on the back still make me heart it big time. The only downside is it somehow feels like a nightgown, so I decided to only wear it with an extra black bodycon dress underneath. That way it feels safe, if you know what I mean…

Well there’s a whole new week ahead! Are you excited? I have to get a few things started so I think I’m going to have a busy week!

Wishing you a great start of the week!

Love,

Ivana

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