It looks like the book ‘Amsterdam Characters’ is slowly taking over Amsterdam. It is a coffee table book with photos of people from Amsterdam and their stories: From the woman who only wears pink to the man on his crusade against jeans. I’m in the book twice!
First in the regular bookstores in Amsterdam, also in the biggest bookstore in Amsterdam: Scheltema (photo in the middle). Now the book is also available in places like the shop of ‘De Nieuwe Kerk’ (New Church) *1*2 and Continue reading →
My mom knows for almost two decades about my clothing fetish, almost as long as my girlfriend. My girlfriend didn’t, and still doesn’t, want to know when I order something from the women’s department,, so I used her address for years. Every time she received a package for me, we opened it. Most of the times she liked the items I ordered in. She often says to me: ‘Íf this makes you happy, you have my blessing to pursue it, but I rather see you in men’s clothes. So most of the occasions I visit her, I go as my regular me and sometimes I go as Francesca. The last time I visited her as Francesca was not so long ago. On that day we went shopping Continue reading →
I have more hobbies than just to look for the next fabulous piece of clothing that could complement my body (and in what size to order!?). One of those hobbies is woodworking. Over the years I designed and carried out different kind of cabinets and tables. I also take on DIY jobs. Sometimes I do a combination of DIY and woodworking, like my last project.
Because this is the last week of my vacation at home, I have the time to take down the roof above our front door. The roof hasn’t been Continue reading →
While the world is still crazy, I’m keeping myself occupied with little things like, in what size should I order the dresses I fell in love with at The Outnet (discount designer fashion outlet). This is by the way one of the places to be, when you care more about your style then for fashion.
For the ones who stumbled upon this post and visit my blog for the first time: I’m a sucker for prints. Especially prints on dresses.This time I fell in love with two dresses from Just Cavalli Continue reading →
Yeah I know I am pretty shallow for just posting clothing stuff, so you might get inspired. At least I don’t do anyone harm by it, in big contrast to those bombers lately. WHAT THE FU*** IS THAT ALL ABOUT? What is the purpose of killing innocent people? Just because not everyone has the same religion. You must have a pretty Continue reading →
So you know: all of the items aren’t available anymore, because it is all older or old stuff. I found the jacket last year in the lovely second hand store Kat & Co, in a city near Amsterdam (Haarlem). Usually I don’t buy my stuff in a second hand store. I am more a giver haha. Mainly because I like new and fresh things and they only have one size of each item. But this jacket was placed on a doll in the store window and I couldn’t resist to go in and check the size of it. As you can see it fits perfectly!
The string bodysuit, the bra and tights I found in my fav Wolford shop, also in Haarlem (last year). The skirt is about 15 years old and is from Corel Amsterdam. And the shoes are from L.K. Bennett (about 6 years ago). Still one of my fav pair of booties! Continue reading →
Don’t you sometimes see something really beautiful and you desperately want to have it, but price wise it’s way out of your league? That happened to me two years ago when I saw these statement earrings. For the preparation of this post, I visited the site of degrisogono.com again and found out they are probably one of their signature earrings. Today they come in two types. The ones in pink gold Continue reading →
Unbelievable it’s been already three years on the blog, and still counting!
The average number of posts has dropped from once a week to once a month though. That doesn’t mean my inspiration has dropped too. On the contrary! It means I have more Continue reading →
I’ve got news for you! You have probably never seen me so excited as I am right now! Because ….. there is a coffee table book coming out next week about Amsterdam Characters. And among other illustrious Amsterdam characters, I’m on the cover and on the inside of the book, with a background story. HOW COOL IS THAT?!
I;m the main character in this video to promote the book. The video is Dutch spoken. The publisher is working on the subtitles. In short: I tell you something about the fact that women are privileged to be free to choose from so many item to express themselves and that I feel free to use the same items. Items such as skirts, dresses and heels. And Anna (more about her after the video) tells you about her experience that often people who are dressed as an individual, they have a story to tell. And Anna is all in for the stories, knowing she has been studying sociology at the University of Amsterdam. So that is what the book is about: the story behind the individual characters of Amsterdam.
Last November someone from my past (last contact was back in 2013) knocked on my door. It was the talented lady photographer and (copy)writer Anne Brugts. Anne told me about her plans to make a book about the most striking characters on her blog AmsterdamCharacters.com and if she could use the photos of me on her blog. The ones who are following my blog for the past years, know we met on several occasions. And that she is the reason I started to take photos of myself in my outfits.
To promote the book she had this idea to make videos with a few of the characters in the book. If I was interested to participate in one of the videos. I must admit I was very flattered because of the way she did the introduction to the proposal, so I said yes We shot the video in the same month.
It felt for me like quite an accomplishment for all parties to make a presentable video. I know myself. I can show you many many photos of me when I try too hard to look at my best … oh no I threw them all away because they all were terrible! Thanks to the laid back interview approach of Anna and the special skills of the cameraman (from Soda Content), I’m very happy with the video!
Now I’m invited to the launch of the book this Tuesday and I’m excited to go! I’ll tell you all about it in another post. After this Tuesday you can buy the book in bookstores and webshops in The Netherlands.
Yeah I must admit I have enough dresses to slip into; each week in another dress. Nevertheless I couldn’t resist buying this amazing sheath dress from the latest collection of Guess. It has a lovely print, it is made of a dreamy softness and fluid fabric, it has a body hugging cut and it is as good as wrinkle proof.