Suit up

I’m building a brand. I’m always busy – Chelsea B.

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I want to start off by confessing I may have developped a slight suit obsession.

I mean, come on, these new suits for women are just such an amazing and powerful trend. You can look professional, but still fashionable and playful, by playing with colors, fabrics and prints.

As if a pink suit wasn’t enough, I decided to purchase a blue one as well. In my defense, this one is a different color and slightly different model and fabric, hahahahaha!

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I bought this one online at Stradivarius ( as you may have noticed, I love this brand!). They don’t have a physical store in Antwerp or anywhere close, so I usually buy half the store when I go to Portugal or I just order online.

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What I specially love about this suit, are the subtle, thin bright blue lines in between en dark blue and white lines. It gives it just that little extra.

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I paired this suit with a basic, slightly oversized black T-shirt, with a V-neck from H&M and some black sandals from a Portuguese shoe store called Seaside.

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Like this I’m ready to kick some ass at work, or with a slighty different top, with some more cleavage, I’m ready for some drinks.

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Click the below links for the clothes worn in this blog:

Let me know what you think of this look!

*The Portuguese Girl

Catch me in my Birthday Suit

I’m not getting old, I’m getting better – Unknown

 

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It’s that time of the year again!

I’m officially one year older! Exactly 27 years ago, on the 16th of April 1991 at 10 AM, I was born.

I hope this year will be full of joy and happiness. I hope to travel a lot and maybe, who knows, find the love of my life :D.

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I always give myself a birthday gift. Call me crazy, but I always feel like it’s a day where I deserve to pamper myself. So what did I get myself this year? Obviously some new hair! I was missing my long hair so much, that I decided to get extensions at the amazing Rana Hair Extensions Salon. I couldn’t be happier! I feel so much better and sexier.

How am i planning on celebrating my birthday? Well I have a some plans for the rest of the month. First of all, I took the day off, because you just don’t work on your birthday, so I’m just going to chill today.

On the 21th I’m spending the day with my best friends. We’re going to just eat, drink and have fun :D!

On the 28th I’m having brunch with some work friends at Bar Muza in Lier. They have an amazing all-you-can-eat brunch!

Last, but definitely not least, I’m having brunch with the whole family on the 29th.

After that, enjoy life for another year!

The Portuguese Girl*

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Pictures were taken by @thewanderlustgenes

Pink suit from Totallytwo

Balloons from Aliexpress

Shoes from Zalando

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset by the ‘Havenhuis’

Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully – Kristen Butler

Sunsets are that magical moment where the sun says goodbye after a day full of sunshine and warmth.

I’ve been wanting to shoot at the Havenhuis for a while now, because the architecture of this building is just amazeballs! So what is the ‘Havenhuis’ actually? Havenhuis means ‘The Port house’ and, according to their official website , it’s the head office of Antwerp Port Authority. It was created by the architect Dame Zaha Hadid.

But enough about the building. Lets move on to my outfit!

This lovely pink and white blouse with puffy sleeves is one of the favourite pieces in my wardrobe. It’s from Loavies and I got it from my colleagues for my birthday. Loavies has so many beautiful showstoppers, so if you go to their website, be warned hahahaha!

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As I chose a quite extravagant blouse, I decided to keep the bottom half of my outfit as simple as possible, so that the blouse would get all the attention.

My all-black leggings are from Bershka. They are simple, comfy and made with a stretchy fabric. This is an old collection, but you can find these kinds of leggings all the time.

The accessories I used were classic, black, velvet pumps, cat-eye sunglasses and little pearl-earrings.

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All the pictures were taken by the wonderful The Wanderlust Genes . Make sure to visit their website and check out their amazing travel blogs!

I leave you with this amazing sunset and view…

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*The Portuguese Girl

Valentine’s day Outfit

You don’t need someone to complete you. You need someone to accept you completely.

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If you search the meaning of Valentine’s day on Wikipedia, it’s described as a cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance.

Now, I like the meaning behind Valentine’s day. What I don’t like is the fact that love is overly commercialized and that people start expecting expensive gifts as a ‘prove’ that you love them. Love is shown in so many different ways. It’s a ‘get home safe’, a hug on the couch, a kiss on the forehead, a ‘how was your day?’.

Since I’m single I won’t be celebrating this day but I thought I’d show a cute Valentine’s day outfit for a dinner or romantic day with your loved one.

Let’s start with this gorgeous red, velvet jumpsuit.

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The jumpsuit is from Stradivarius and was my best January sales buy. It went from €45,99 to €19,99. I had my eye on him for so long, that when it went on sale I didn’t think twice. The red color and velvet feel give it a romantic touch, while the cleavage makes it just that little bit sexier and daring. The jumpsuit is really comfortable, which brings me to my 3 tips on what to choose as your valentine’s outfit. Choose something romantic, with a bit of sexy and make sure you’re comfortable in it ( and maybe is easy to take off lmfao! )

For the shoes, I decided not to go for the classic, black pump look.

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These glitter, sock boots are from Loavies . I bought these during Black Friday and hesitated a lot, since I usually don’t go for such over-the-top shoes, but man am I happy I bought them. These can really give an outfit the extra that it needs and since this is a special occasion I thought, why not add that little extra ;).

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For the earrings I chose, ow the cliché, little hearts.

These are an old collection of Swarovski and I thought that it would fit in perfectly with the theme.

I hope you liked this outfit and let me know what you are doing for Valentine’s Day!

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*The Portuguese Girl

The ‘GirlBoss’ Look

‘If there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, It’s myself’ – Beyoncé

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I love feeling like I can conquer the world and this outfit makes me feel exactly that way!

It is perfect for a dinner party, but you can just as easily use it for a Business meeting or a day at the office, just top it of with a black blazer.

Let’s start from the top.

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On a sunny day I always like to wear sunglasses (although I don’t have as many as I’d like :D). Reason? First of all, because it completes your look, but most importantly, it protects your eyes, and to be honest, we all cringe our eyes a little when we’re in the sun (without sunglasses!)  and that will just give us those awful wrinkles around our eyes in time, right? And we do not want that under any circumstances!

These ones I bought at Zalando and were about €50. They have this super cool cat eye effect which I love.

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The blouse is white with black and blue stripes and is from Stradivarius. I think they only have 1 or 2 stores in Belgium ( and it’s not where i live *crying internally*), so I usually just buy half the store when I’m in Portugal or I buy it online. It is one of my favourite stores and their prices are super affordable. This blouse was around €18 and they have so many diferent ones! It’s quite hard to resist!

The leggings I’m wearing are also from Stradivarius. They have a leather look in the front and are a nice stretchy fabric in the back. They are super comfy and again super affordable! It gives my look just a little more ‘Girlboss’ vibes.

I chose for classic black pumps in a velvet coat, because of the shininess of the leggings, otherwise it would be just too much shine. These ones I bought in Portugal in a store called Seaside, which has so many amazing shoes and they were Made in Portugal, which made me love them even more ( trying to support my Country every once in a while 😉 )

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For the finishing touch I chose my classic Louis Vuitton bag ( yes, it’s a real one!). This just gives it the ultimate classic, boss look. This one is not very affordable, but as some of you already know, I have a thing for designer bags. I don’t have a lot of them, but I do think that a good designer bag can sometimes make a big difference and really complete a look.

Here are some good substitutes for the Louis Vuitton bag if you do want to recreate this look:

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If you guys want to check out the Stradivarius website click HERE. They are having a big sale right now, so this is your chance.

Let me know if you liked this outfit and what your favourite piece is in the comments!

The Portuguese Girl*

The ‘Classic, but Edgy’ look

‘In a world full of trends, I want to remain a classic’ – Iman

I’m back! I’ve been so busy with moving to a new place and many deadlines at work, but I finally managed to find some time though.

First of all, I cut my hair! Oh my god was I terrified! My hair was super long, but everyone kept saying I should cut it and that I would look great with shorter hair. So 1 day I just stept in to de hairdresser and cut it. Am I happy with my new haircut? I am, but I do miss my long hair from time to time, since you could do a lot more hairstyles with it, but hey, it will grow back!

Now let’s get to this look. The goal for this look was to keep it classy for work, but still give it a little edgy look to stand out.

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Let’s start with the top part of the outfit.

I took a plain black t-shirt and combined it with a classic blazer, both from H&M. You can find the plain black t-shirts any time and the blazer I bought on black Friday with 20% off on the website.

The necklace is from Victoria jewels and the earrings are from Primark.

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Now let’s talk about this clutch! Oh my god, this one has got to be my new favourite! It’s this velvetty, old pink clutch with a big bow and it has a nice silver strap so you can use it on your shoulder as well. And guess what? This one is from the Primark and cost €7! So you can say this one is definitely worth a visit to Primark to.

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Last but not least the bottom part of this outfit. I used a plain dark jeans to keep it sober. This one I have had for ages so you can use any dark one you have in your closet.

These overknee boots are the ones that make this look edgy. These are the 1st pair of overknee boots I own and I must say that I’m into this trend. I got these at New Look and they were about €70, so not too expensive. The heel is just high enough and the black sobers it up so it’s still classic enough for work.

 

Did you like this look? Let me know!

*The Portuguese Girl

 

The ‘Beginning of Fall’ Look

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“The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go…” – Mayaelious.com

As much as I love the summer and wish it would never end, I do feel that fall has it’s charm as well. The falling leaves and the brown, red and yellow tones give me a warm and cozy feeling.

This outfit brings a little bit of sunshine to those grey and cloudy days of fall. I wore this to a Sunday brunch, because it is classy and cosy at the same time.

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The blouse is from Bershka and the color reminds me of the falling leaves. This warm, dark yellow is definitely a go to color this fall. I combined it with a basic black top underneath so I would not show too much cleavage during family brunch.

The little camel/beige handbag I bought at Primark in the summer, but its simplicity fits perfectly with the yellow of the blouse. It has enough room for all your essentials and has little golden accents.

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The boots, oh the boots (yes, I’m in love with them!), are just amazing. These bikerboots are from totallytwo.com and I must say I’m obsessed. I have been looking for the perfect bikerboots for so long and as soon as I saw these I knew I had to have them.

The black leggings are from Stradivarius and have, as you can see,  a lace up detail on the side of the leggings. This gives it that extra tough look, which provides a nice contrast between the classy top part and the tough bottom part of the outfit.

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I really like this outfit and I hope you like it too!

 

Kisses and Hugs*

The Portuguese Girl

The Caro_e_ Blogger collection for Hunkemöller

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“The Caro_e_ Blogger collection is a range of sportswear that packs a feminine and powerful punch.” Hunkemöller CEO Philip Mountford

The German Fashion blogger Caro Einhoff, or better known as Caro_e_ released her activewear collaboration with Hunkemöller.

The Caro_e_ Blogger Collection, as it is called, ranges from stylish and supportive sports bras to a variety of tops and bottoms, perfect to mix and match. Pretty nudes with colorful accents, such as pink and burgundy, define the collection.

Anyone who follows Caro_e_ on Instagram knows her as a person with a lot of style and a vivacious personality, all which she captures wonderfully in her beautiful pictures. I think that this collection fits her perfectly and really shows off her sense of style, which is defined as sexy and feminine.

The collection in the Hunkemoller store is shown as below, with the reference to Caro’s Instagram account, which gives her even more exposure (not that she really needs it with over 1million followers).

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The Hunkemöller store at Wijnegem Shopping Center

 

I decided to purchase a sports bra and leggings of this collection so I could give my honest opinion about it.

The sports bra I chose is a beautiful pink and black push-up with lacy details. The back of the bra is elastic and adjustable, so that it can be adjusted to fitting you perfectly. As I’m wearing it, I do not feel discomfort in any way and it holds up everything it needs to.

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The leggings are the same colors so that the pieces would match. The fabric is nice and soft and the leggings are very comfortable when wearing them. It has just the right amount of stretch and are not too hot to workout in.

The prices are standard Hunkemöller so it is not very expensive. You can check out the collection HERE and try it for yourself.

I hope you enjoyed this review!

Kisses and Hugs

The Portuguese Girl*

The Designer bag obsession

 Your handbag is the most emotional purchase you make. It has to be just right – fashionable as well as functional.” – Isaac Mizrahi

Bags were always a cute accessory for me, but it wasn’t something I bought frequently. I mostly just used to have 2 or 3 basic ones that I would switch around every once and a while. But recently this changed as my interest in designer bags grew little by little.

I did always want a Louis Vuitton bag. Don’t ask me why and call me snobbish if you want, but there was something about a Louis Vuitton bag that made me think ‘If you have that, you made it’.

Surprisingly a Louis Vuitton bag was the first designer bag I ever owned. Now, I did not buy it myself, if I may add. It was a goodbye-gift from my colleagues at HPCDS when I left there. As they knew it was something I’ve always wanted, they all put together some money and where able to buy this cute, little one for me.

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With the classic LV look, this bag gives every outfit that extra class

I was so surprised when I saw the bag, that I nearly started crying (yes, I cry when I see pretty things). It came in such a beautiful box and just the thought of owning a Louis Vuitton bag made me happy.

After that I just dreamt and looked at designer bags for some years and hoped I would own them all one day.

But recently I went all out! I was shopping during my holidays in Portugal and we passed a Michael Kors store. I was just window shopping ‘till my mom said ‘Let’s go inside, they’re having a sale!’  Well, I did not need much time (about 0.5seconds…) to fall in love with this beautiful Fuchsia-Pink bag.

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Walking down the Cais de Gaia in Portugal, I thought this was the perfect setting to take a picture of my beautiful Michael Kors

Most people would go for a neutral color that goes with every outfit, but as I love the color pink, the moment I saw this bag, I knew I couldn’t leave without buying it. The good part about it? It had a 50% discount! I didn’t hesitate for a bit and bought my first Michael Kors that I’ve wanted for so long.

This bag has amazing finishes and it’s big, so therefore you can fit a lot into it. So it’s pretty handy for those days where you have to carry a lot with you. I realize this color is quite bold, but hey, it gives some outfits an extra color kick and makes you stand out in a crowd, right?

Back from vacation I decided to go and have a look at the sales in the Wijnegem Shopping Center. My sister saw this bronze crossbody bag in the shop window of the Guess store and we decided that we would have a look inside the store. I entered the store with her and there she was… The cutest Rose gold crossbody Guess bag with metallic finish perfect for a night out or weekends.

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This Crossbody bag has room for all your essentials: Little wallet, phone, keys and lipstick

It’s much softer in color that the fushia Michael Kors so when I want to keep my outfit a bit more sober or just need to take my essentials with me, this is the go-to bag. This is from the new collection, so no discount for me :(.

I think that for now, I can live with these 3 gorgeous bags, but I’m dreaming of a cute little Furla already (Like I said, obsessed!)

I guess I better start saving some money of the January sales :)!

Kisses and Hugs

The Portuguese Girl*