Trash-To-Treasure – stories in a store

Hi everyone,

My today’s post is about Trash-To-Treasure – a store with stories.
I came across Trash-To-Treasure during the Fashion Day at New Babylon in The Hague, where it was hosted as a pop up boutique.
The store caught my attention because of a very interesting concept behind it. Each item in the store has a story tag that tells shortly its background! Cool, isn’t it?!
I liked so much the idea that I decided to visit the store in Amsterdam and check it out myself.
Trash-To-Treasure is a second hand store, where you can get not only a unique item for reasonable price, but also learn about its story!
Another good thing is that you can be both a buyer and a seller. If you have a unique clothing item in good condition and want to sell it, write down its story and contact Trash-To-Treasure staff. Together with them you can agree on further details.
The store has also a web-shop, where you can buy items from web-wardrobes of those whose style you like the most.

In the end I would like to thank the friendly staff of the store for showing me around and allowing me to take pictures.

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Fashion Afternoon with Catta Donkersloot

Continuing my interviews with young and talented designers, I would like to present to you a Dutch fashion designer Catta Donkersloot and her label Imoto-chan.

Last Saturday I was hosted at Catta’s shop-studio in Amsterdam, where Catta, together with assistants, make high quality and affordable designs for women, babies and children.

Influenced by Japanese culture, Catta creates very feminine, unique and long-lasting collections.

The minimalistic style and modest colours combined with eye-catching prints, fabrics or finishing techniques make each piece an interesting work of art.

The exotic name of the label has Japanese origins too and translates as little sister.

Here are some of Catta’s designs. Enjoy 😉


You can find Catta’s collections both online and in the stores in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Leiden (since 2 May). For more information check: http://www.imoto-chan.com

In my next post I will share with you an interesting D.I.Y. from Catta. Stay in touch! 😉
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STRIPES from KAREN MILLEN

 

While “scouting” the shops this weekend, I came across a nice variety of stripes at Karen Millen.  As a big fan of stripes I can’t stay indifferent and would like to share with you some of my favorites.
I have also included a couple of contrasting accessories.Combined with stripes they create interesting and eye-catchy looks. Enjoy 😉

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ZARA Spring-Summer 2014

As I am spending quite some time in clothing stores and, probably,  know the collections  as good as the shop assistants working there 🙂 ,  I have decided to make reviews on  collections from different stores.
Earlier in January I wrote about H&M’s new collection.
Today I would like to introduce my favorites from ZARA‘s S/S 2014 collection. To be honest, I was not a big fan of ZARA before. However, already the second season  ZARA surprises me with its nice  collections.  I was quite happy with the fall-winter 2013-14 collection. But this spring-summer collection is  just amazing! So many bright colors and stylish shapes! Honestly,  I had a hard time choosing the pieces for this post. Even with the most critical selection,  I  still ended up with 16 pieces! 😉

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The one with “Pearls” à la Chanel

 

Big pearl bijoux are one of the highlights of Chanel S/S 2014 ready-to-wear collection. Guess what I have found in ZARA a few days ago? 😉 Yes, big pearl bijoux! Only 17 euro and my à la Chanel look is ready 😉
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Cube Print Dresses

Black & white cube prints are one of the trends of Spring-Summer 2014.
Recently, in shops in The Hague I came across a number of brands offering variations of  cube print dresses.  Below I have made a selection of the dresses from different shops and within different price ranges. Enjoy 😉


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Marks & Spencer is already in The Hague!

Today in the heart of  The Hague’s shopping street Marks & Spencer store officially opened its doors to the customer. The store offers  an extensive range of M&S Best of British clothing collections, food lines, an in-store bakery and M&S Café.
Of course, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to be one of the first ones visiting the new  store 😉 Here are some pictures:


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Like Knitted Accessories? Check out these bags!

These knitted bags from Wolz Handmade were one of the few articles that I really liked during  “God Created Fashion” downtown event. Colorful, bright, different shapes and sizes – they immediately caught my attention.
As Monique (one of the designers) told me, the bags are being made by the Australian-Dutch design duo Margo Tam and Monique de Laat-Sakko. They knit each bag themselves (btw Monique was knitting one just before we started our conversation 🙂 ). Afterwards the bags are being washed to create the trademark felted look and feel. And your unique bag is ready! 😉 Monique also told me that all profit from selling the bags goes to charity activities!

So, what do you think 😉 ?

XXX
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“God Created Fashion” Downtown MBFWA

Hi everyone,

Here are some pictures from the 9th day of Amsterdam Fashion Week Downtown. “God Created Fashion” was all about young designers and their creations: fashion shows, indoor market, designers, labels, art, music and sales !

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Like to Shop? Shop Economically

Hi shopping fans 🙂

As most of us usually have limited budget for shopping and still want to look stylish and fashionable, I decided to share with you some tips I follow in order not to shop myself to bankrupt 😉

  • First of all I try to buy clothes/accessories on sales . If I buy something for full price and afterwards I see it on 50% sale, I will feel a bit depressed 🙂
  • On sales I usually buy things that are always in fashion. For example, classical clothes/accessories. Classic is always in fashion 😉 
  • Before buying a garment (especially the expensive one), I always reflect if it’s really worth that price. Its well-known that most of the time we overpay for the brand. Besides, I think how often I will wear it and whether I already have some matching clothes/accessories with it.  It will not make sense if I buy something for 100 euro and then spend another 200 euro to get some extra things, because I do not have anything matching with my new purchase;
  • I don’t spent too much money on something that is in fashion only that season. For example, if electric green color is in fashion, I might get one not expensive garment or some accessories of that color. With that I will still look fashionable without spending my whole budget 🙂
  • And last but not least, in contrary to “one-season” colors or styles, I try to invest some money in everyday outfits (especially shoes and bags). If I buy a cheap (which is not always, but most of the time accompanied with poor quality) black shoes and use it almost everyday, in best case scenario it might last me one season. So next season, instead of buying shoes of other color ( fashionable electric green 😉 ), I will end up buying again black shoes. In the end I will spend more money on black shoes, then if I paid a bit more and bought better quality ones.

I guess I am done with my tips.  I hope you find them useful 🙂

I wish you all a nice shopping day!

And keep checking my blog, I will post some interesting news from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam soon 😉

XXX,

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