Author: Chloë Alyshea

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Berlin Fashion Week diary

Last week Berlin Fashion Week took place from 3-5 July. When I saw the invitations coming in, there was no doubt. This time I would go and visit. And this time I brought one of my besties with me, Chiyen Lam. Chiyen is a friend I know through Instagram long long time ago. We – my boyfriend and I – published her work back in the days through our online magazine THRLD, and the contact still remained. If you watch my Stories, I’m pretty sure you saw her face pop up ;) So funny how E-friends (you know, people you know from the internets), can turn into one of your closest friends. Meet Chiyen Lam So who is this girl? She def deserves a proper introduction if you don’t know her already. Chiyen is a Fashion Design graduate at the Willem de Kooning Academie Rotterdam. During her study she lived and worked for half a year in London while doing an internship at fashion label House of Sunny. She returned, graduated and she’s now a …

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Out of office

Sometimes you just want to escape your daily workspace to find a new focus elsewhere. And sometimes the solution is so easy: a concrete office, the best clean desk there is. No clutter, no dishes waiting for you, no dog screaming for attention. Only concrete floors and walls you can talk to. Sounds perfect to me. *Out of office Wearing & using: Berdine The Minimal XL & The Sleeve | Apple Macbook 13″ | Moss Copenhagen denim trousers | Nike Air Max 98 runners |

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Voorlinden Bakery Case pop-up | Wayne Thiebaud expo opening

Two weeks ago I was invited to attend Wayne Thiebaud’s exposition opening at Museum Voorlinden. Next to figures and landscapes, the American artist is especially famed for his super-tasty paintings of cakes, ice-cream and hotdogs. Iconic for the American culture. Voorlinden explained to us they are the first European museum hosting a full exhibition with Thiebaud’s works and it was about time to introduce it to their audience, and I get why. Thibaud’s blobs of syrupy paint makes you almost drool, as the dry paint almost looks like real cake icing. So don’t come with an empty stomach, there’s a great chance you want to lick off the paintings ;). When we arrived early in the morning, they welcomed us in the museum garden at their Bakery Case pop-up. In this way the museum actually brought Thiebaud’s paintings to life. It was not only very tempting for the hungry belly, but just as much a lust for the eye. We sat down in the sun, got some super delicious homemade cake and cappuccino served, while …

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The Boyscouts x Ceizer limited collection

So excited about this collab! Jewellery brand The Boyscouts teamed up with typographical artist Ceizer. Together they created a limited edition collection, consisting of three necklaces. Every design holds a strong message engraved on the front and back. The cool thing is, you can wear each necklace separately or together, which allows you to create your own personal story. You can choose between OUI/SEX | PERFECT/YOU&ME | LOVE/PEACE. Well, this is mine: OUI, YOU&ME and LOVE. Oh, how well behaved you must think (nothing wrong with that of course), but there’s a little twist to it! For those who are familiair with Ceizer’s work, ‘LOVE’ is actually ment as EVOL. So it’s a little secret between my boy and I. He reads it as Oui, You&Me, Evol, while others think I’m just a well behaving little girl. Hihi…. Also, I gifted my boy two out of three necklaces for his upcoming birthday. I choose the OUI/SEX & EVOL/LOVE combination. He can figure out on his own what story he would like to tell… The collection …

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Summer proof: 1 look, 3 ways to style

Even though we’re still in the midst of Spring season, I’m already preparing for those steamy Summer days. And luckily we already got treated on some hot Summer days with tropical temperatures. So forget about your pants, it’s time to expose some legs! For this shoot I had the chance to collaborate with Baukjen, a fashion brand founded by Baukjen de Swaan Arons. She’s born in Amsterdam (yay Dutchie!), but raised in London. Her collections are inspired by both capitals, creating easy clothing for your everyday city wardrobe. Think of relaxed fits, effortless styles and simple cuts, bringing timeless essentials to the table. Exactly my cup of tea ;)! I wanted to show you how you can easily turn your summer-dress in 3 different looks, using only two pieces: a white dress & a striped shirt. Two essentials that can’t be missed in a woman’s closet. This is not only a fun how-to-wear, but I also wanted to raise awareness about ‘recycling’ your items. To let you think twice about buying just another dress, but …

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Move easy

Meet Ucon Acrobatics, known for their minimalistic designed backpacks from Berlin. They create goods made to enable your journeys and explorations, while keeping the functional elements. Perfect for light packers like me. It can be a struggle to find an every day bag that fit your needs (read: store your goods in a ‘subtle’ way). Or it’s too big, or just too small… But Ucon’s Luca bag is just perfect. Its a waist bag that can be worn as a hand bag as well. It features the perfect amount of compartments: one for your phone, wallet and passport. It also has a foldable tablet sleeve (unfortunately I don’t own one ‘yet’), and even includes a bicycle lock and light holder. I might not be using those that much, but it gives the bag that ‘utility’ look which I can resemble with. Also: I figured out I can use the bag also as a camera bag. My Canon Mark 2 body fits perfectly, together with a small 1.8 50MM lens. And the bag still looks sleek …

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Easy elegance with Hemsmith

I’m really excited to share you this latest collaboration between Hemsmith and me. Hemsmith is NYC-based slow fashion brand, with a clear minimalistic aesthetic. All of their clothes are locally produced, where they choose to focus on quality and season-less collections. Hemsmith’s timeless, modern and durable approach immediately caught my eye. Really honoured to be working with their thoughtfully designed garments. Taking influences from the Scandinavian and Far Eastern style, I know I found the perfect every day basics. Think of Japanese silhouettes, layered styles, flowy lines an thick fabrics, making them strong statement pieces. The first look includes the Kitsan Kimono Jacket, paying homage to the classic kimono. This updated version is made from Indigo-dyed denim with an oversized fit. Which makes it the perfect layer piece for Spring, as it can be worn with almost everything. For the second look, I got to style the Rey Long Coat along with the matching Leigh Pleated Pants. Together they create some pretty easy elegance due to its flowy oversized layers, creating an architectural look. Scroll …

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A weekend filled with art

Last weekend my boyfriend and I spent a night away in Rotterdam, staying in the always lovely STROOM hotel. You might recognise it from our previous visit a year ago (which you can read back over here). We came back to enjoy bits of Art Rotterdam, and visited the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum for the first time. We saw classic pieces from René Magritte, but also the much anticipated ‘Infinity Mirror Room’ from Yayoj Kusuma and impressive modern paintings from Tomas Rajlich. We were quite overwhelmed by the amount of art, rooms and collections, and stayed there for almost 3 hours. Can’t wait until they’re going to renovate next year. From what I’ve heard and read, it must be promising. The next day we went to Voorlinden for the second time. (Check my recap of our first visit over here). It felt like coming home again, I know how weird that may sound. But the museum is everything you can ask for: super spacious rooms, massive installations, collections from the best renowned artists like Richard …

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Practice L O V E | Weekday

‘Practice Love’ is the message Weekday is about to spread with its newest LOVE Capsule & denim collection. This season they got inspired by the early nineties vibes – as a Nineties kid I can only approve! – translated into oversized fits, thick fabrics and high waisted jeans. I got the chance to explore the items a while ago, and was really feeling the faded LINE WOW BLUE jeans (yes, the name is already awesome). It’s a high waisted jeans with straight legs and a button fly for a vintage nod. To keep the blue vibes going strong, I styled it with the pastel blue top with a ‘It’s not enough to be compassionate, you must act’ embroidery. It’s in mirror writing, so you have to look into a mirror (or take a selfie) to read what it says. The collection exists of 5 tees, 3 hoodies and 2 pair of socks printed with texts as ‘Practice love’ ‘No silence’, and ‘Unlimited action’, and will be available from February 15th. Until that time, you can …

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A modern Fall with Opus

The thing I like about this cold weather, is that you can go all out with the layer-game again. The look I’m wearing is from Opus, known for their minimal, clean and oversized silhouettes, with a feminine twist to it. Their pieces can easily be worn in different kind of layers, so that’s what I tried to do. Of course I had to choose some white and grey, including this soft pullover from a wool mix and a sportive jersey trouser. And this huge ass scarf, which is my life saver lately. As you might know already from my Instagram, I have a Shiba Inu pup since a few weeks, and walking Yoji around in this Fall weather is much better when the scarf is wrapped around my face haha. Unfortunately she likes to play with it as well, so I have to be careful… Anyway, see how I styled Opus’ pieces down below, and let me know your thoughts! Wearing | Opus sweater | Opus trousers | Opus scarf | Mango shirt | adidas …