Leonie

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2017 Quality Lessons

2017 was a year full of learning for me, with some important lessons that will set the tone for 2018. It seems as though everything I've experienced this year comes back to the same theme: quality. From how I spend my time and money, to the relationships that I keep and the projects & clients that I take on; it feels as though 2017
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How I Got Started

One of the things I have been wanting to do for SO long (read: years), but haven’t actually put into action: writing more about freelance & creative life. I have a dozen half-written, unpublished drafts sitting in my archive… stories that popped up in my mind at some point – probably during a late night – and then were neglected the following morning. But, with
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Skagen: (Dis)connect

One of the things I struggle most with these days is disconnecting when a little rest is needed. Client projects, social media, the blog; 90% of my work life happens on screens. My eyes have turned into squares and my fingers... well, I suppose the "texting thumb" struggle is real (plus I've got an indent on my right pinky). I have always considered it
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My Skincare Regimen

I recently shared a quick snap of my favourite skincare products on Insta Stories and it turned out that a lot of you wanted to know more... so here we go! It's only been 2 months since my last skincare post, but a LOT has changed since then (everything, basically). I've always aimed to use products that "will do" as opposed to actually doing
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A Hint Of 'Party'

Just in time for the holiday season... a hint of 'party' courtesy of this Lili Radu bag. Didn't opt for black - for a change - but really enjoying the subtle statement it makes with an all-black outfit. A likely contender for this year's Christmas celebration. Elisa / Schwarzer Samt COS coat, Mango boots, Lili Radu 'Box V' bag*
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Sundown

A few weeks ago... enjoying the sunset on a (very) late Indian Summer day. It's the little things.
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New Decade

Oh hey there, 30! This past weekend I entered a new decade... not for the first time (obviously), but turning 30 felt like a much bigger deal than turning 20 (or 10, I guess?). I used to make fun of people about how some make such a big deal out of it, until this year... because I became that person. Suddenly there were a
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Pieces Of Art

Some new pieces of art have been added to my jewellery collection. As always, Maria Black is providing the perfect subtle statement pieces for that touch of cool elegance. Especially excited about the signet pinky ring - so wrong, but so good. Maria Black: hoop earrings, pinky signet ring, long earrings
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The Shot

Combining two of my favourite things: an easy all-black look and some shadow play. Unfortunately we weren't able to completely live it up in this sun-shadowy corner as we were soon told to leave the premises. Alas, at least we got the shot. Elisa / Schwarzer Samt Aakasha coat*, Aakasha blouse*, Samsoe Samsoe leather pants*, Aeyde 'Lou' boots
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Ready To Embrace

Ready to embrace the new season... the one perk of colder weather is having the opportunity to finally take the new coat for a spin. Or, actually, let's make it multiple... because before the temperature has fully dropped I'm already adding new coats to my wardrobe. A slight obsession? Maybe. I used to think one coat is enough - "you only wear it outside"
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Oh, Paris

Truth be told... I was never really a fan of Paris. My last visit to the city was 7 years ago - and I left feeling quite "meh" about the trip. I can't explain why I was so thoroughly unimpressed, though... especially not after last week's whirlwind trip. My camera turned out to be my steady companion while taking advantage of every minute to
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Skincare Line-Up

I'm off to Paris tomorrow with just one piece of hand luggage... solid idea for FW? Let's see. It was a bit of a challenge to narrow done my travel essentials, but I think I'll be able to make it work... with some extra space in my suitcase to bring some of those French skincare favourites back to Berlin, of course ;-) Being forced
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Capped & Coated

Trying hard not to comment on the current weather situation in Berlin... ah well, I'll let these photos speak for themselves. I'm stoked to be back in my turtleneck though - very likely the one wardrobe item that I reach for 90% of the time when the temperatures drop. It's been an ongoing love affair for as long as I can remember. Together with
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Concrete

This is a building we kind of found by accident behind our planned shooting location... love when that happens. The funny thing is that it looks way more impressive (museum? art gallery?) than what the building's purpose actually is... just another citizen services office. Finding suitable locations for this muted, minimalist aesthetic isn't an easy task here in Berlin - a city covered in
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Pink.

That's right, that's me... in pink. I declared in this Insta post and now here's the proof: the next season might contain some colour. Shocker! I love my muted colour palette, but feeling inspired by some of the (real) Scandi ladies, I am trying to incorporate a little something other than black/white/grey into my looks. Colour as a neutral... because why not?
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Go Big

A little bit of drama added to the look... courtesy of pleated palazzo pants and the largest leather circle bag I've seen so far. Not as practical as a pair of jeans, but definitely a fun change of the regular. Elisa / Schwarzer Samt Aakasha trousers + bag*, Aeyde mules*
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A New Routine

One of the perks of freelancing (in my case) is being able to create your own work schedule. While at the beginning I was still accustomed to working the regular 9 to "5", my work hours quickly turned into late night creative boost sessions. For as long as I can remember I've been an evening (more like night) person - feeling the most productive
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Paris < > Berlin

Have been wearing these sneakers pretty much every day since I received them (and actually wore them to salsa dancing too!). Who knew that an off-white pair would work with so many looks... I thought I'd stick to my white Stan Smith's for a while. This pair (get a better look on my insta) comes from Paris - a nice coincidence as I'm currently
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Friday Feels

Feeling all the Friday feels... counting down to the weekend, not doing much other than spending time with favourites and perhaps even enjoying a minute of sunshine (what a summer...) And for those who have been asking about these heels: they're from Berlin-based label Aeyde! If you're up for some weekend shopping, you can get them right here ;-) Elisa / Schwarzer Samt COS basic
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Playing Favourites

Another addition to my home: this industrial clothing rack from Rackbuddy! One of three, to be precise, but I'll show you the others in different posts. I had been on the look-out for the right clothing rack for a long time as I wanted to create a bit of a 'styling corner' in my home to prep for shoots and projects. And, of course,
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The Essence Of Me

I have always romanticized the idea of having a signature scent. For over 10 years I was completely loyal to Chanel No 5 - but then life changed, I changed (obviously between 17 and 28) and suddenly that signature scent didn't feel 'very me' anymore. It took me a while to find a new scent that hit the spot and now, almost 2 years
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Tied Together

In March I showed you my "finished" living room and talked about getting rid off more Ikea pieces. Now, 5 months later, I have another living room update. I know, I promised that my home office would be next, but I have actually eliminated that part of the home in an effort to move my work day outside of the house - which, I
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Fashion, Second

Sometimes you take some photos and you end up wanting to highlight the location more than the outfit. Granted, the outfit is one to easy blend in - just a no-fuss black & white ensemble (what else is new), combined with a borrowed J.W. Anderson bag (thanks, Elisa!). I have taken photos at this corner so many times before - do you recognize
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That Light Though

When I first moved into this apartment - now almost one year ago - I thought it would be the perfect white, bright, light-filled home. White walls, white floors, big windows... practically a Pinterest dream. I quickly realized that this wasn't the case: turns out that the light in my apartment is slightly gloomy and the trees in front of those big windows ensure
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The White Shirt

For some reason, I used to associate the white shirt with a stiff, conservative, uncomfortable piece of clothing. Much like the blazer. Maybe it had something to do with my office job in a biotech company or my association of the piece with long meetings and trade shows. Whatever it was, I no longer have the same sentiment. Especially over the past few months
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Not Faking It

Last night I - finally - kicked off Berlin Fashion Week... and with a party, no less. I am regretting being a party champ (made it past 2:30 am!) a little today, but it was worth it. Besides conquering the dance floor with Elisa (aka NOA NOIR's resident outfit photographer), we also had some great chats about the public blogging life. As you
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Pieces Of Art

Ever since adding this Paloma Wool shirt to my wardrobe, I have been slightly obsessed with finding more of these pieces of art. Sure, an Insta feed filled with Frederic Forest & co. has certainly helped fuel my love for delicate sketches - especially the femme kind. This Victoria Beckham shirt is obviously no exception - I'd almost frame it to decorate my apartment's
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All Work, All Play

It can't always be work, work, work... sometimes it's time to play. While I usually gravitate towards more sleek, clean, no-fuss pieces, today I really felt like having fun while playing dress up. Oversized pants vs tiny bag -- fun ruffled shoulders vs sexy mules. Slightly less "NOA NOIR", but right on par with my mood lately. When you're having a good ol' time,
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Sneaky Orange

If you were to ask me what my least favourite colour is, I'd probably say "orange". It's a colour I'd never wear, well, unless the Netherlands are playing in the World Cup (so, not anytime soon...) Yet, despite orange being my least favourite, it seems to keep sneaking up on me lately. In my saved inspiration, on mood boards for clients and now... in
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That Silk Life

Currently into all kind of tops that are silky soft - ideally paired with some vintage blue denim. I like how a shirt like this can be oversized and buttoned-up half up, and still look elegant and perhaps a little lux. To me it's currently the ideal look from day to night... if only Berlin wasn't rocking 30+ degrees at the moment. A balmy
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The Shift

Truth be told, fashion-wise I have been feeling a little uninspired lately. Well, not so much uninspired... the inspiration I save on my boards simply don't seem to line up with the style I have stuck to for the past years. For some reason (I can think of a few, but more on that later), the way I (used to) dress, doesn't quite match
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Palma Nights

My trip to Mallorca with Carmen came and went by so fast! The five days on the sunny Balearic island were amazing... and I promise I came back with more of a tan than can be seen in these photos. These photos were taken on our second evening, while walking into the old town of Palma de Mallorca, in search of tapas and wine.
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Countdown

T-4 days until I'm off to a sunnier destination! I can't wait for a long weekend of beach, sun, (too much) wine and good times with Carmen. Maybe it's this upcoming vacation or just some Spring vibes, but I am venturing more into the world of colour lately. Just here and there, a little pop. And sometimes it's so perfectly timed that I match
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Newly Discovered

I don't remember the last time I wore a baseball cap. It may have been this particularly spectacular day in Vancouver, circa 2012, when I had the opportunity to watch the sunset from the deck of a Hugo Boss yacht as part of an event. Needless to say, a highlight from my Vancouver time... and therefore most certainly positive memories from the last time
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Running Out Of...

Beauty posts are rather rare on here, but when I am really into something, I'll post about it, because I too always like to read about skincare products that actually do a great job. These skincare products are my current favourites and, as you can see, I am actually running out pretty soon (a sign that I am really loving these products!). The last
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Very Few Stripes

You won't find very many stripey items in my closet, though this button-up is one of my favourites. It's a piece that I wear to dress up a look for a meeting, make my outfit more "borrowed from the boy"-ish or to combine with denim jeans when a tee or sweater feels too casual, but I still want a relaxed look. Combined with
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No Fuss Travel

As a rather impatient person, and proponent of a more effortless (life)style, easy and efficient travel gear is very important to me. Granted, I don't nearly travel (far) enough in the past years, but I do get my fair share of lugging around multiple - heavy - suitcases at a time. I am a chronic over-packer, never knowing what (not) to bring. Every
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Embracing Asymmetry

Slightly breaking my own rules with this look by embracing some asymmetry. I love balance (such a Libra) - especially when it comes to subtle statements. But when I spotted this pretty combination of statement earrings, I just had to go for it. Shifting rules in getting dressed can be like a breath of fresh air... truly, even if it's just a small playful
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Mirrored

Please excuse me while I am sporting yet another addition to my bag collection... This little beauty from Steilheit Paris will be my Spring companion while I evaluate (;-)) the sunny terraces in Berlin. Zipped up, the perfect size and hands-free in case the terrace turns into a dance floor... Clearly I've got Friday on my mind and the sun (20+ degrees forecast!) just
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The Utility

I have been on a bit of an accessory roll lately, adding some really great bags to my collection. You may have noticed that I don't own a large variety of bags. Blame it on me being picky, I just always have a hard time finding the right ones. So, when I actually do like a bag, it'll come home with me immediately. Or,
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What I Wear To Work

As a freelancer, who mostly works from home, there really isn't much of a difference between my office and 'regular' looks. Not only because I don't work a regular 9-5, 5 days a week and my work- and spare time are all mixed up, but thankfully I am able to just be myself and dress exactly the way I want. That being said, I
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Do The Wave

Well, more so than doing the wave, do it woven... As seen at Celine, I am also stepping into (lame pun) the black & white woven detail trend this Spring. A statement just subtle and muted enough - the perfect companion for those days where you "feel all-black", but still want to add juuust a little detail. This pair comes with a bit of
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The Living Room

It's been 5 months since my last interior post and already 7 months since I moved into my dreamy all-white apartment. Man, time flies! But as it always goes in life of a perfectionist, I am still not quite finished/satisfied with the interior. What can I say... one evening spent on Pinterest and my mind's full of new ideas and "must-haves". My living
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Spring Wishlist

Wowowow... what is this, you ask? That doesn't look very "NOA NOIR"! Well, your eyes weren't fooled: this, indeed, is my Spring wishlist. Combined with my usual palette of grey, black & white, I feel that these accessories will give me just the right pop. The soft pink has really found its way into my heart again, and so have accessories with interesting shapes
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Feminism

Totally unrelated to this look, but since it's International Women's Day today... A "few" words on feminism. Because to me, it's so much more than protesting, posting photos of cut open fruit and freeing the nipple (which I have not participated in... YET?). Of course, before you unleash angry words at me: I know it's much more than that to everyone. Hang on. In
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Paris Infused

Feel like I infused some of the Paris Fashion Week streetstyle inspiration into this look. That - and those Spring vibes we're currently experiencing in Berlin - just made me want to take out my favourite trench for a walk around the city the other day. Perhaps a bit prematurely, because at that point the temperatures hadn't quite caught up, but what can I
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Checking Off

This week I finally checked something off my to-do list that had been on there for waaay too long. After almost 11 years (yes, I do pity myself a little, maybe), I am finally taking a little sun vacation. "Little" really isn't an understatement here, as it will only be 3 full days. The reason why I finally booked some flights? My grandmother flies
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On/Off The Chain

A new bag has been added to my (truly) small collection: this leather baby from Agneel. It was about time, as I have been walking around with multiple bags - at the same time - lately to carry everything around to meetings (ok, and coffee breaks... fav activity). This bag eliminates the need for carrying several bags on most days as it fits all
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The Nude Sneaker

The majority of pairs in my shoe collection is black (surprise!), so it was time for a little upgrade. The nude sneaker - in combination with fishnets and tailored pants - can be quite the chic addition for the all-black lover... and a good departure from the usual monochromatic combination of the black outfit with white sneakers (which I still love). Elisa Ivy + Oak
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There's More To It

Lately I have been spending a lot more time on listening to podcasts and reading up on entrepreneurship. It's a big part of my life (and interests) and I have been meaning to integrate a lot more about these topics on NOA NOIR. Like I mentioned in the previous post, there's only so much I can say about my outfits. And while I love
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In The Name Of...

Keeping it brief today... there's only so much I can say about my look (it's head-to-toeankle Samsøe Samsøe & it's awesome) and I am not in a particularly chatty mood. Have been feeling a bit under the weather all week and today it's been really been a bit of a struggle. Lots to do, but currently working at "sloth pace" and slowly but surely
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The Quest For Loafers

I used to wear loafers all-the-time, especially a studded version from Zara, I rarely ever left the house with a different pair on. Now I am still a big fan, but for the longest time I wasn't able to find a simple, clean, quality pair without any tassles, textures or other detailing. What I thought would be an easy find, turned into a 2+
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(No) Frills

I am not one for too many frills - both in the way I dress and my lifestyle. It may be credited to my love for a more minimalist aesthetic and (sometimes OCD-level) hankering for some/any kind of balance (I am a Libra after all)... or it could have something to do with one of my less favourable (but strong) personality traits: impatience.
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Scandi FOMO

Currently experiencing a bit of Scandi FOMO while browsing through Instagram. Seeing photos of the shows, the latest Stockholm hotspots and fantastic streetstyle... kind of wishing I had planned the FW visits already this season. All the more I am looking forward to later this year when, if all goes as planned, I'll finally make a return to the north to visit Copenhagen. Until
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Clean Lines

Clean lines and a black & white palette: two things that basically make my heart beat faster. This look is a variation of a look I wore during Berlin Fashion Week last week. I decided to simply dress based on my mood each morning, which is a strategy that usually works out well for me. Unsurprisingly, 95% of the time I will grab some
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All-black, No Fuss

I have been a little more colourful in the last little while, especially around here, (remember this pink number?!), but in reality my day-to-day still looks a lot like this. All-black, easy-going, no fuss. People regularly ask me why I "always" wear black, which makes me smile because it feels so natural to me and yet it makes others wonder. I think I have
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Monday Blues

Not feeling particularly blue this Monday, yet I am definitely feeling the blues lately when it comes to blue denim jeans and this new coat (yes, another one, #sorrynotsorry). Combined with the grey turtleneck - a perfect change from my go-to black ones - I feel that it gives just the right amount of "colour" on days where I want switch things up a
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Green Alpaca

I can't believe we're almost halfway through the first month of 2017. Where has the time gone?! Currently I am gearing up for Berlin Fashion Week - while recovering from wisdom tooth surgery (great timing) - which is kicking off for me on Monday night with a party. I don't have any looks planned as of yet and will probably just base it on
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Ce N'est Pas Noir

Oh hey hi, surprise! NOA BLANC here... How's that for a fresh start of the new year ;-) Just kidding though, as much as I'd love to be able to rock all-white on the regular, I would not want to contribute the majority of my income towards cleaning bills. But it sure does take monochrome dressing to a whole new level, right. I kind
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A Lala New Year

Planning on "meaning business" in 2017, so my friend Carmen and I decided to suit up for the occasion. After all, a suit doesn't have to be reserved for stiff or corporate occasions, with a few tweaks here and there it can be the perfect suitable look to ring in the new year! Personally I do not often reach for dresses, so if you
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Black Velvet

As you know I prefer my outfits 99.9% of the time solid black. Sometimes, when I feel that it needs a little extra, I either play with accessories or texture. In this case: velvet. This velvet top is a fairly recent buy from & Other Stories, and a bit different than my usual go-to's. Great with an all-black outfit like I wear here,
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Winter Sun

Usually I go with a super casual look when I wear these faux fur sneakers, but I suddenly felt inspired to class it up a little. Silk Victorian-inspired blouse, well-tailored coat and hair tied into a low ponytail... A look I'd wear to a meeting or an event. Comfortable, but not too casual, and a bit different than the usual get-up. It certainly fit
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Wings

Ah, clearly I have am having a little love affair with batwing sleeves... And Avelon, for that matter. Yes yes, yet another piece from this Amsterdam-based brand. You know what they say: once you find something you love; stick with it. So that's what I have been doing - not only when it comes to fashion by the way. All of 2016 has been
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Coat Revival

Once again I have rediscovered an item in my closet. I actually really kind of forgot about this coat, until I saw similar pieces popping up on my inspiration feeds. Love when that happens - how nice is it to go shopping in your own wardrobe! If only it could always be that way... Anais Zara coat (last year), Maison Scotch chain bag, Alexander
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Natural Habitat

Working independently as a Creative Consultant, I spent most of my time at home. Working full-time for (and by) myself comes with a lot of routine changes, but one habit I tried to stick to was getting dressed in the morning. Putting on an actual outfit, instead of rolling straight out of bed in my PJs and into my "office", helps me to break
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Cozy Much

This sweater may be the coziest thing I have ever worn. If I had to choose one item to live in, it would be a big, soft piece of knitwear. Actually, I kind of do live in oversized sweaters (and leggings, woo! Fashiunn) during the colder months. Of course, when I have to leave the house - which I do regularly despite working at
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Frosty, Cropped

Saying that I felt frosty while wearing this look on the weekend would be an understatement. Let me tell you, my "style mood" and responsible dressing simply don't always go hand in hand. That being said -- how great is this Lala Berlin coat?! It inspired me to dress a little more Parisian(ish) - despite it being from an, obviously, German label -
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On Rotation

These earrings have been on high rotation lately. I am really feeling the statement earring vibe that is going on currently - it makes for such an easy upgrade to any look. And, most importantly, it's a simple way to change the mood you're going for, which basically makes it seem like you're wearing a different outfit each time depending on the earrings you
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Something Up My Sleeves

I have had this silk Avelon blouse with major oversized batwing sleeves - which I love - in my closet for well over a month now, but I hadn't worn it yet in fear of randomly spilling something on it. Ironically, I decided to finally wear it... to a lunch event last week. I ate (DELICIOUS Lebanese food), I drank, and I magically did
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Doutzen's Stories

A few weeks ago I was invited to join Doutzen Kroes and the Hunkemöller team in Antwerp (Belgium) for the launch of Doutzen's sport collection. Having upped my sports game by - probably - 300% in the last months, and sharing the same love for (kick)boxing as Doutzen does, I was excited to see the pieces and... of course.. meet this fellow Dutchie
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Hello, Cozy

Time to bring out the big guns AKA winter gear. I have been told that I am about to experience a real Berlin winter this year - apparently last year was a soft one to ease myself into Berlin life. Well, I am ready... sort of. Granted, this coat is like a cozy fluff ball, but it will only keep me warm for now.
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Minimalist, Differently

It's almost as though someone decided to grab some colouring pencils and go to town on our looks... All three of us are usually more muted dressers - with maybe here and there a little colour - and generally don't reach for baby blue and bubblegum pink pieces. Until we stopped by One of a Few - a great boutique in Gastown, Vancouver, where
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Code Word: Drama

I am so excited to share the first set of photos that I shot on my recent trip to Vancouver. Once I had booked the plane tickets one thing was immediately added to my schedule: shooting with my two loves Randa & Sharday. A few years ago we already shot minimalist summer looks together, so now it was high time to do a fall/
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Back To -Not Just- Black

The last little while I have added some colour to my wardrobe again. Particularly this kind of olive green is really my jam right now... despite never having been much of a green fan. I blame it on my new coat - that's where it all started - which I'll show you soon. This silk top was one of my Vancouver buys, when my
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Framed

Following the subtle statement furniture, next up was some new framed art. Generally I am not much of an art lover in the original sense; where I carefully curate my next purchase, keeping in mind its potential (future) value both in a monetary sense as well as status. For me it's much more spontaneous and less thought-out. Something either speaks to me... or it
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Fall Is For (Faux) Fur

When I first spotted these furry friends - during the Berlin Press Days in the Spring - I wasn't quite sold on them. Sure, they were fun, but really not something I could picture myself wearing. Well, fast-forward to the beginning of Fall and here we are. The fur has grown on me, so to speak ;-) Looking forward to wearing them paired with
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The Side Table

The other day I realized that this new apartment is the first one I have moved in as a 100% single woman. You'd think that might not be relevant when it comes to interior styling, but I have noticed it definitely is. Despite having a fairly strong & consistent style, and most certainly a strong opinion about what I like/do not like, I
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A Case For Grey

Somewhere in between Summer and Fall, this grey trench coat finally came out to play. I have had it for several months already, but I have never worn it until now. Why? Good question. I don't have the answer. Perhaps it had to do with me trying to pair the coat with an all-black look, which usually works, but was a bit too contrast-y
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First Impressions

Some first impressions of the new home. All boxes have been unpacked but not everything has found its place yet. It's getting there - slowly but surely. So for now the focus is on the details, though isn't it always anyway... What I love most about the apartment are the light (from bright to gloomy), reflections and century old character. The building is from
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Moving / Life Lessons

Hello there! I am finally getting settled - slowly, but surely - in the new home. Optimistic/unrealistic me thought I would have it all done & ready within a day of the move, but nope. Here we are, one week later and still surrounded by boxes and dust. Kind of what my mind feels like currently, too. Two major lessons I have learned
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Moving Days

Last Tuesday I viewed an apartment and fell in love with it instantly. Not sure whether it was the white floors, the amount of character (the house was build in the 1800s) or the interior styling options that straight away popped into my head... but all of these factors definitely contributed to my WANT. NEED. NOW. mindset. Even though I had just published my
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Leap Of Faith

I have always been a person who both likes to know what's ahead of me, but also craves change and the unknown. A combination that is not easy to balance, as it often leaves me wondering and worrying - mostly about things I can't change anyway. It has happened a lot that I got caught up in chasing the bigger picture and forgot to
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Moving On

Back in Berlin and I have reached that point where I am just so over Summer (which feels to have lasted maybe 2 weeks in total) and ready for Fall. Every year I fool myself into thinking that the warmer season is my favourite, but truth be told, it's the months after Summer that I usually enjoy the most. Tis the season for trench
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A Quick Hello

A quick 'hello' from Amsterdam! Follow along on Instagram (@noanoir_) for updates of my trip. Kris & Other Stories blouse, Citizens of Humanity jeans*, Zara loafers, Ace & Tate x New Tendency sunglasses*
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Subtle Contrasts

Currently enjoy playing with contrast in my looks. Most people probably won't even notice or think twice about it, but I think that's the fun of it. In this case: a men's shirt with ultra long sleeves paired with some very fine pieces of jewellery. It's a nice play between masculinity and femininity -- even better when it's so subtle! Nina Uniqlo x Lemaire
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Intuition & Intention

During this past New Year's Eve I made a vow to myself to do things differently in 2016. To hold back less, stop doubting and worrying, and to really listen to my intuition and "just f*cking do it". I watched so many people just chasing what they wanted - be it a certain career, a lifestyle change or finding love - and I
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Make Me Blush

Whoa whoa whoa... yes, I am actually back to wearing a shade of pink! In my old days as "The Signature Bow" it happened on the daily, but now I can't remember the last time I wore this feminine shade. Blame Avelon for it, the designs of this Amsterdam-based brand inspired me to re-introduce some more classic, feminine pieces into my wardrobe. Paired with
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MBFWB Day 1

As you may have noticed, this Berlin Fashion Week I have decided to go dressed as myself... No ultra dolled up looks, no high heels, just the favourite pieces from my wardrobe and some new things here and there. Why? Because 9 out of 10 times someone else's outfit catches my eye, it's an easy-going, effortless look - worn with confidence and comfort. A
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Fashion Week Mood

Here we are again, it's Fashion Week! I can't believe it's already my third season here... time flies. I feel like much has changed since last year - though the lack of organization remained. I didn't have my looks sorted out until now, but that's ok, sometimes procrastination sparks motivation ;-) So here's a little sneak peek at what my mood is this Berlin
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(Im)perfect Home

Alright, so it's been over a year already since I moved to Berlin and into this lovely apartment, but I feel like the interior is only now coming together (which may also have something to do with the fact that I live alone now). It's not at all done in any way, but instead of wanting it all to be "perfect", I now focus
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Inspired By Process

Last week I was invited to visit the KPM factory - one of the oldest and best-known porcelain manufactories in the world (and one of Germany's most famous cultural assets) - to learn more about their craftsmanship and heritage. Walking through the different sections of the factory, it was fascinating to see the whole product process up-close, literally looking over the shoulders of the
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Babouche, Babouche

Like I said earlier this week, I am currently dealing with a bit of a gold rush in my looks - literally from head to toe. The latest 'new in': these golden babouches straight from Morocco. Even though I have to admit that I still have to get used to the fit of these slippers, I did immediately fall for the shade of gold.
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Gold Fever

To me, jewellery pieces are the most beautiful when they are little pieces of art, yet still subtle enough to wear on different occasions. For a while I really enjoyed having my daily go-to's, but lately I have felt like switching it up. Both in the variety of pieces that I wear and the materials. After years of silver, it's time to bring back
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Pedal Pusher

Not only have I been quite the "pedal pusher" lately by biking around Berlin a lot (probably more in the past couple of weeks than in the last 5 years combined), I am also wearing the Pedal Pusher - arguably the most popular denim jeans style from favourite German brand Closed. I have had my eyes on this one for quite some time, but
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Jumpsuit

It's been a while since the last time I've worn a jumpsuit. The one-piece is one of those types of clothing that I'd love to wear more if it wouldn't make going to the bathroom so difficult weren't so hard to find the right fit. The problem is the waist part - often it's tailored too low which makes for awkward proportions. That's the
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Minimalist Mood #2

Sensing a theme here... Blue denim jeans (of course 501 inspired), metal choker necklaces, babouche inspired flats and summer vibes inside & out. I am ready to embrace a liiittle more colour in my life, yes, even some golden mules... Just you wait! · More inspiration right this way · Via Pinterest
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In-Between Seasons

While we're going back and forth between Spring and Summer weather here in Berlin, I am embracing the days when it's warm enough to not wear a coat, yet cold enough to wear a proper outfit. The status of my Summer wardrobe remains the same (read my struggles here), though I may have a fairly large shipment coming my way after clicking around some
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Finally!

Do you know that feeling, when you have decided you need this certain item and the second you come to this conclusion, the item in question turns out to be sold out everywhere?! Ah yes, that is exactly what happened with these slip-on mules. I actually spotted them already when they just landed in the stores, but they did not really stay on my
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Getting Ready

Currently getting ready for my "snapshot". As I mentioned in my previous post, today I am taking over Ace & Tate's snapchat account (aceandtate) to give you an exclusive preview of their new flagship store here in Berlin. If you've ever been to one of their stores, you'll know that - besides the cool frames - the interior design is worth checking out too.
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My Favourite Sunglasses

Last year I wore one pair of sunglasses all summer long, now the season hasn't even begun and I am already rotating between a collection of eight frames (and counting). Needless to say, I've upped my game and I am really loving how it can change the look of an outfit. From all-black to marble and even a pink-ish nude - these are the
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