Dec 30, 2008

Making Business

One of the many many things that I find more tedious to do in the mornings (some of us even do it the night before) is to figure out what to wear to work. Many of us are not lucky enough (yet) to be able to wear jeans or casual to the office, so we stick to the always business-like and professional look: the suit. But it gets pretty boring sometimes: white shirt, pearl-grey suit...You get tired and you want to stand out!We all do... Here are some ideas that I apply to my daily style and might help.
Just a quit hint: make sure you know what you are going to wear at leat 15 mins before you are supposed to leave your house...or you will be late!

High-waist and boyish trousers with silk blouses are a safe choice! If you choose flat boyish shoes with laces you will have the perfect look!

Pencil Skirts are definately a must in your closet! with tights, without them, with ankle boots or stiletos. Black pencil skirt + silkish white/beige shirt and a H belt= sucess!
Khakis - or BF pants with Hermes belts with a romantic shirt, an oversize jumper or a boyish shirt will do the look. Pumps might work with this look, but I might go for a pair of heels so that it does not make you look like a canteen, especially if you are short.

If you think some of these are a bit casual for your office, then reserve them for fridays, since most of the people just work half a day and the dress code is less strict.
Blazers and white oversize tshirts are winners!


The Wooden-Shoe-Land

It is not the first time I visit Amsterdam. I have been around five or six times in my life. However, it was this time when I enjoyed it the most. I have certaintly realized I did not know the city at all, and it came to a point when I noticed my eyes must have been shut during my previous visits. Restaurants, flea markets, night clubs,...the city is so alive that it almost feels like it is greeting you and asking you to stay a bit longer.

One mandatory stop for all of you is the Hotel Arena. You should definately plan one of your evenings around this place: to stay, to dine, to drink and to club! The food is high quality, the service is brilliant and the price is quite affordable. I would strongly recommend the surprise menu. The ambiance is very relaxing: the lights, the music, the furniture, the room...everything is exquisit! After dinner you can "warm up" and have a drink at the cocktail bar and later, hit the dance floor at the club, which is an old church refurbished.

Flea Markets are one of the bestest features of the city. You can't get enough!I would say, besides London, Amstedam might be one of the biggest vintage culture communities in Europe. It is amazing how Versace's, Gucci's, Chanel....everything lies on dirty old blankets like people have forgotten about them. Fur coats, military jackets,...I have never wanted so many things at the same time. Definately worth it!

One of my fav part of the day was breakfast. Next to the market, we found a NY Bagel café! Best bagels I have ever had! even the ones from NYC were not as good as these! Check Gary's Muffins out.