Monthly Archives: May 2014

It’s been a marvelous day with a suitable ending (big thank you to an amazing and talented team, creating nothing short of magic!). Giusy and I topped it off at the IJ Kantine in the Amsterdam harbour. I was famished – I am sure we both were – and washed down a rare steak with a couple of cocktails. Tomorrow is another long working day before heading off to Izmir, so if you’ll excuse I’ll take farewells for tonight. Sleep tight x

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Had an amazing day shooting for Giusy’s upcoming book. I met two extremely talented artists – Felicia Williams – who did my make-up and Angelo Giannaula who was responsible for some incredible hair creations. Thank you guys, I can’t wait for the end result – I know it will be spectacular – just as this day has been. Now I need some lunch – didn’t even have breakfast yet. Sx

 

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On the set

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Give your most demure look

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Arms Around My Waist black pencil skirt

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Kiss Me – 3/4 sleeve jacket

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Nothing Short of Devastating πŸ˜‰

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In make by Felicia

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Poison Ivy in action

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Sharon Stone meets Marie Antoinette

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Felicia and Angelo – speechless – Thank you!

2 days before I hit the tarmac in Izmir. 26 degrees and sunny (with some rain, but who cares at this point?). I’m hopelessly behind here with a number of things, so it will be somewhat of a race – but OK we will get there. Tomorrow I have a photoshoot with Giusy for her upcoming book (so excited – and with a terrific team).

On a different note, I will give you a little piece of real life…

It goes something like this… I had visited my coach…who was probably more of a therapist than anything on this given day. Unlike most visits, it wasn’t an uplifting one, and I came out looking drab and dreary. As I’d been in a hurry and got dropped off by a cab, I had forgotten my coat and the chill was getting noticeable. I put on my sunglasses to hide any smeared make-up and dark circles under my eyes and headed for the main road where I was to be picked up. The cab was late, or perhaps I was just early and I was punching in the digits a number of time, like a girl calling for rescue service. I paced up and down, keeping myself warm as best as I could, when an IM came in on facebook.

“Waiting for a ride with your shoes off?”Β M inquired.

It’s like one of those moments, when you sort of loose balance (which was the reason I had taken off my shoes in the first place, despite the cold). I hadn’t seen M for some 15 years. We kept in contact, but despite living in the same city a meeting didn’t seem to be on the cards.

I looked around, it was very surreal. Like someone watching you without you sharing the same benefit.

“Yes, Where are you?” I replied. He must have just driven by spotting me.

“Behind you”

It was getting truly surreal, like being in a film (if I’m honest probably best described as pseudo-erotic….)

I turned around, and yep there was M. I ended up catching a ride via the local Volvo dealer (not so erotic ;), but hey what don’t you do for meeting lost friends? Especially when they are of the M kind…

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Β #OOTD Inhaling her Fragrance – available in black and beige

Even if the weather is not optimal in Holland at this moment, the beach season is not far away. Staying stylish on the beach can, in my opinion be one of the most difficult things. Of course you want to wear a cute bikini, but usually the rest is just simply forgotten. But despite how most people feel, it is actually pretty easy staying stylish on the beach. All you need is a pair of killer sandals, a nice trikini, a beach dress and a pair of stunning sunglasses and you’re ready to go!

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How sweet isn’t it, when you wake up by the delivery man at your door to discover a friend of yours has sent you some Hemp protein products – super health food packed with fibres and vitamines. Can’t wait to give the Blueberry Protein powder a try :). Well it was a late night and I slept in a little and consequently I am behind with my work. Better get a long then! Wish you a great Friday & Weekend of course! x

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I didn’t realized it was Ascension day when I woke up this morning and a public holiday — hmm reality check needed here. It’s been undoubtedly a strange week and it sort of got turned on its head. On top of that, my outlook got reinstalled once more and of course I lost again all my appointments yet again (point taken to synch with my phone…fool twice and fool on you!). So this is a little message to everyone that has an appointment with me, please remind me as it’s not in my agenda any more.

Wish you all a peaceful and happy Thursday evening. Loads of love Sx

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Thinking of going back to my good old Mulberry agenda….practical AND Stylish

There is sad news to bring….because a great poet, whose star shone higher and brighter than any others, passed away yesterday. Maya Angelou, I discovered you in the hours so dark a single step would have me falter. But you took my hand, not just with your incredible words of wisdom, but your strong voice for those that are chained, oppressed, and lack the vocal chords you were blessed with. But now knowing your background, how you had been mute, abused, discarded and shunned, I can only admire your strength. Because to me that strength is incredibly rare, that is not endurance and persistence that we admire in the rag to riches stories we read so often. Yours were of a different kind, the kind of slow burning wood, that fights and persists the flames, only to eventually distinguish the engulfing flames, leaving specks of embers on your sooted trunk. You were that to me Angela.

I remember a specific time, in fact it was evening, and my reputation had been shred to tatters, only ruins left….or so it felt anyways. Like I had been running the gauntlet for the enjoyment of public spectators. In that moment of despair I turned to you. And I read a powerful poem call Still I Rise. And yes I rose, from within, through the support of so many good natured people…and from you Angela.

I think of you from time to time – and without knowing you had passed away – a friend, someone I haven’t been in contact with for a long time, sent me the following:

“On this day of one of worlds most famous Poet I am sharing my favorite poem of hers. I think it is perfect for you”

Caged Bird

A free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wing
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.
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But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.
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The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.
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The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn
and he names the sky his own
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But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.
~
The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

Maya Angelou

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Long day doesn’t even begin to describe, so I’m afraid pictures will have to do the work for now. I’m off for a bath and a good night’s sleep.

x

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On my way to a meeting – wearing 3/4 sleeve jacket Kiss Me

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Vintage Fendi bag, snakeskin shoes and of course FracasNoir dress

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Found this lost book in a cafe…for once I did an unchristian act and took it…it seemed lost and unwanted

β€œ So keep your head high, keep your chin

 

Sometimes we forget how much there is to smile about in life! It is so easy to just loose the positiveness after just one little setback. But on days when I’m feeling down I always try to remind myself of how lucky I really am and that I’m feeling the way I’m feeling because of stress and not because I’m truly unhappy. I think that is the first step, to take control over your emotions, and even if you can’t change them, to be completely aware of them!

So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.