PROJECT DREAM HOME / THE KITCHEN AREA

Finally! A first article on COTTDS.com with photos of our new home. It took me long enough, but boy, these last few months have been though. Never underestamate the amount of time and work that goes in to a move. And eventhough we outsourced a l…

TALK YOUR WALK

                            The cause behind STANDFOR INITIATIVE ‘S One Gender campaign is subtle yet strong.     The cause behind STANDFOR INITIATIVE ‘S One Gender campaign is subtle yet strong. Having passed the 2018 threshold it’s only fair and logical not to discuss …

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NEW IN / FURLA METROPOLIS CROSSBODY BAG

Hello on the last day of 2017! Any big plans for tonight? I don’t recall ever staying at home on New Years eve, but at the moment we’re in the middle of moving houses, so I’m just longing for a quiet night at home. On the couch. Wi…

CARLA PONTES

This seems to be a final summery touch. A couple of months ago, I was gifted this beautiful bodysuit by CARLA PONTES, a designer from Portugal. I am always -and mainly actually- interested in shaping longterm relationships with the brands and designers I collaborate with, so an interview with Carla was due. Her aesthetics consist …

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NEON DEMON

This project was an experiment. A successful one. Not only because the final outcome seems aesthetically pleasing, to me at least, but also because we’d been discussing about creating something like this with @zansot for a while now. It’s not a super fancy editorial production, we just moved some furniture around, set our background and …

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GIVEAWAY X STEILHEIT PARIS

No need to say much. This post serves as a warm welcome referring to my collaboration with STEILHEIT PARIS. Jerome – the head designer and creative mind behind the brand- and I, shared a refreshing walk some months ago in Berlin; not only because of the cold but also because of all the topics we discussed.     …

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GIVEAWAY X LORD

Hello, hello and welcome back! First of all I would love to let you know that there’s a G I V E A W A Y going on starting today and it will last for a week! Make sure you visit my instagram account [@sanssouci.a] to participate for a chance to win a beautiful LORDTIMEPIECES …

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Could You Live With Less?

When people talk about ‘less is more’ they’re probably not suggesting you sell all your prized possessions and live in an empty white box. It’s a phrase that was first used in design by the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and he explained it as having ‘the greatest effect with the least means’.

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LORD

Continuing my collaboration with LORDTIMEPIECES, I’ll have to admit I’m very happy we’ve formed an ongoing partnership. Not only have their beautiful designs enriched my timepiece collection but they’ve also given me food for thought, regarding my work and inspiration. I couldn’t thank them enough for that.     The outfit I chose for this post …

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back to basics

Part of what inspired me to start Fashion Mews was to create this ideal capsule wardrobe with the most essential basics. The items that I could wear over and over again, and mix and match to create different looks. A minimal capsule wardrobe means less time to worry about what to wear every day, less noise and more space. I was recently introduced to EILEEN FISHER’s System, eight essential pieces for my wardrobe, which is exactly answering all my questions! Made out of 97% organic cotton (you guys know that I’m a health freak!), and quality fabrics like silk and linen, I was completely in love. EILEEN FISHER‘s System is exactly what I needed during pre fashion week when I’m running around town, don’t want to worry about what to wear every day, but look stylish. I styled the short shell top with the straight pants over a simple white turtleneck, and all you need is a statement bag and/or shoes to elevate the whole look for day or night. Clean, sleek and simple, my kinda outfit. In collaboration with EILEEN FISHER, all opinions are my own.

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hair resolutions with Shu Uemura

As you already know my hair has been through quite an adventure last year. The combination of having it colored/bleached many times, living in the city which have left me to deal with urban aggressors like dust and pollution, and during the winter time my hair is so dry it’s no fun to comb through anymore. New Year means it’s time for a detox. I’ve always been a big fan of Shu Uemura, and own a few of their products at home to style my hair. So you can imagine my excitement when John Barrett salon introduced me to a new Shu Uemura regimen to address my concerns. My stylist Robbie treated me to the Shu Uemura Urban Moisture line, which is exactly what I was looking for.  The collection is great for anyone living in an urban area and are constantly surrounded by things like pollution, hard water and UV rays, and it’s also great for anyone who suffers from dry hair. The products have some cool natural ingredients like Moringa and red algae are rich in vitamins and minerals so they actually heal the hair and protect it from future aggressors and leave it looking really healthy and […]

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hair detox with Shu Uemura

As you already know my hair has been through quite an adventure last year. The combination of having it colored/bleached many times, living in the city which have left me to deal with urban aggressors like dust and pollution, and during the winter time my hair is so dry it’s no fun to comb through anymore. New Year means it’s time for a detox. I’ve always been a big fan of Shu Uemura, and own a few of their products at home to style my hair. So you can imagine my excitement when John Barrett salon introduced me to a new Shu Uemura regimen to address my concerns. My stylist Robbie treated me to the Shu Uemura Urban Moisture line, which is exactly what I was looking for.  The collection is great for anyone living in an urban area and are constantly surrounded by things like pollution, hard water and UV rays, and it’s also great for anyone who suffers from dry hair. The products have some cool natural ingredients like Moringa and red algae are rich in vitamins and minerals so they actually heal the hair and protect it from future aggressors and leave it looking really healthy and […]

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Identity

What a great feeling it is to offer, to others or to yourself, little pleasures that resonate with your values. Pushing this thought a little further, learning the stories which lie hidden behind these objects makes gifting them even more … Continue reading

Gifts For Mum From Caudalie

Caudalie is a really great French beauty brand that uses natural and environmentally friendly ingredients. They make wonderful products, some of which my mum will be receiving for Christmas this year.
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Barbour Timeless Originals

Barbour is a brand I’ve grown up with, it’s flitted in and out of my life for as long as I can remember.

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Out & About In Marylebone

Marylebone is such a lovely part of London to spend a day, it’s got great shops and some really nice cafés and restaurants.
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ONE STEP TWO STEPS

Let a girl play.    Safe. What would it be like if we never did exactly what we wanted, tried exactly what we craved for? The time will come, she said, next time she said. Well, that doesn’t necessarily describe me, it’s not a diary, just thoughts. A doodle. One step at a time it’s …

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NYFW part 1

NYFW SS17 part 1: Noon by Noor While I wipe away my fashion week battle wounds with lots of comfort food and an emergency trip to the Céline store (oops, it’s all on Snapchat), I wanted to walk you through my first part of the NYFW adventure. This year, I kept my motto “quality over quantity” at the shows too and made an effort to see the designers I was truly passionate about. The first show that kicked off NYFW SS17 was Noon by Noor, two sisters from Bahrain, and they’re the first GCC brand to be invited by IMG to show in NYC. Dreamy pastel colors, and flowy silhouettes nonetheless left me craving for spring, and oh mind you it’s only fall in NYC. You can only imagine my fear for the winter, as this is going to our first one in a long time since our move from California. The highlight of my NYFW this year has been the backstage experience. It’s a new point of view to see what happens behind closed doors, the order within chaos, and just being invisible watching everyone get ready for five maybe 10 minutes of show is a moment to remember. And […]

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Oracle Fox x La Prairie

Not that long ago I read the best quote from sartorial uber babe Caroline De Maigret .. ‘Enjoy the face you have today, it’s the one you’ll wish you have 10 years from now’.  Easy enough to say if you have a face like Caroline De Maigret right? But in all honestly, let’s face it .. […]

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transitioning into fall

transitioning into fall with bomber, slip dress and suede As September hits, you’ll start feeling the cool breeze despite the 80 degrees temperature in the city. While I’m not ready to give up on summer completely just yet, I love experimenting with fall pieces here and there thanks to Topshop’s new in. You know my love for Topshop since the beginning, they always make amazing on trend pieces, with the right combination of quality and price. Last week, I had the pleasure to visit the Topshop Fifth Avenue store to meet their personal shopping team, and boy did they helped me up my fall game. While I love online shopping, trying out pieces in-person with the help of Adrian, my personal stylist was clutch. After careful deliberation, we settled on a 90s inspired look (of course!), with a touch of suede and satin. I’m committed to investing in slip dresses and bomber jackets this fall, because it’s effortless and edgy. You can dress it up, or down, the go-to combo for “oh I don’t what to wear today” days. Suede heels are optional, but highly recommended. Oh, have I mentioned they can deliver your goodies the same day via messenger? I may […]

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Prada By Oracle Fox

I’ve had a long love affair with Prada.  It may be symbolic but my very first pair of luxury shoes were a pair of Prada ankle boots.  Black with a block heel and an open toe with a small neatly folded very cool bow across the toes, a combination of tough and edgy grown-up sophistication with just a […]

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Third Form x FIGTNY

  Third Form   x FIGNTY   Thrilled to finally be able to share what I’ve been up to…If you follow along with my blog or Instagram, you would have seen me wearing Third Form on repeat! I was honored to be asked to partner up with a favorite label of mine to create a capsule collection […]

IN CONTRAST

The more I was thinking about this outfit, the more excited I became! The drop of temperature in Paris, combined with the melancholic yet beautiful cloudy days coloured the view in silver shades. The right moment came for my favourite parisian bridge; Bir Hakeim.     In my latest collaboration with TANROH, I decided to wear …

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Louis Vuitton In Tokyo

In the words of Nicolas Ghesquiere himself .. ‘Never forget that what becomes timeless was once truly new’.   As we all know, creating something new, inventive and luxurious that will soon become a timeless classic, a collectors item by those who covet the bespoke, is a Louis Vuitton speciality. The past, present and future are […]

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The Sukosol Hotel

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DEZZAL X SANSSOUCI

VISIT DEZZAL HERE   DESIGNERS OUTERWEAR   FEATURED ITEMS WHITE HIGH-WAISTED CAPRI PANTS   BLACK AND WHITE FLORAL COAT DRESS   NAVY BLOUSE   WHITE PLEATED NECK-TIE SHIRT   SHEER WHITE DRESS   BLACK CULOTTES   RED SUIT   LIGHT PINK ASYMMETRIC SLIT BLOUSE   BUTTONED WHITE BLOUSE   GINGER STRIPED CO-ORD   GREY AND …

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Volez Voguez Voyagez

Deep in the heart of Tokyo currently lies a treasure like no other.   A pale blue timber rectangular structure, not much larger than the ground floor of one of your favourite French departments stores, nestled amongst the towering Tokyo skyline.  The woody aroma from within may seem generally unfamiliar in a cityscape such as this, but makes […]

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Oracle Fox For Versace

So girls meet your new best friend, the Versace ‘Palazzo Empire Bag’.  The kind of best friend who is happy to lug your personal belongings around even though you only ever use half of them, the kind of best friend who loves to stand by your side just to make you look good and the […]

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NICOLE VIENNA X SANSSOUCI

It is generally accepted that every well constructed wardrobe consists of some particular basic pieces of certain value and quality, and by saying that I definitely don’t mean the price, although several times that’s the case. Continuing that statement, someone could start by numbering little black dresses, a pair of jeans, a camel coat, a …

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Oracle Fox For LXE

There are certain places in the world where one would jump at the chance to photograph and as you probably already know, for me Paris is at the top of the list.  Over the last year you may have noticed that I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing brands in regards to Creative […]

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Saint Tropez sportswear

 

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Remise47

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70s shoes

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Native Youth

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#girl boss

Although it’s almost February, I’ve made my resolution for this year. #GIRLBOSS. Last year I struggled a lot with keeping the blog up and…

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Shooting With Ille De Coco IV

Ille De Coco x Style&Minimalism Part IV One more outfit from my collaboration with Ille De Coco. I’m wearing their amazing roll-neck again but this time with casual trousers and trainers. Sophia put my hair in the most amazing loose bun (I can’t seem to ever get it right myself) to show off this incredible […]

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Viktor & Rolf ‘Flowerbomb’

I’ve always loved a good celebration.  It’s been ten years since Viktor & Rolf first created the iconic ‘Flowerbomb’ perfume, a fragrance so avant-garde that it has been described on more than one occasion as a piece of art unto itself. A combination of scents including top notes, Tea Accord, Bergamot Oil and Freesia Accord, explode from a cut […]

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HUNTER

HUNTER Boots

Summer is finally coming to an end and I’m making my transition into fall with these timeless Hunter boots from Zappos

ADDITIONAL FAVORITES

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OUTFIT / STOKKE ON THE GO #2

Time for part 2 from my collaboration with Stokke, using their Stokke Scoot stroller. This time for a hotspot with a different angle: shopping! But not for me, for Enzo. He is seriously making us bankrupt, I shop more for him than for myself. Stokke asked me to show you two of my favourite spots and I also wanted to share you one of my favourite stores in Amsterdam for Enzo. My #1 is the store called Big & Belg, but the store Keet in Huis is a little bit more hidden and that’s why I chose to share that one with you. It’s where I bought Enzo his crib, changing table, chair and his very first little outfits. They have all kind of cool stuff, and that’s what I love about this store. Where you can find them? KNSM-Laan 297. Have fun shopping!! PS: You can read all about my first hotspot in collaboration with Stokke here. (including a review about the Stokke Scoot)

Fall Issue

Tone on tone outfits on the front stage. White on white, black on black, grey on grey: The monochrome thematic is tightly anchored in Lines/Manner. My associate of the week, Lily, founder of The Demeler blog, also opts for a … Continue reading

Changing Gear

My appreciation for all things kinetic has been long running but this could be a game changer.   Respected as one of the fashion industries biggest supporters, Mercedes-Benz’s alignment with the international sartorial scene has been a time honoured love affair ‘fueled’ with passion.  From Australia to Berlin, Tommy Ton’s candid model off-duty images wouldn’t be the same without those illustrious […]

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V&O x FIGNTY official launch

#vobyfigtny   After an exclusive pre-launch on Spring, I’m happy to announce the official launch of  V&O by FIGTNY on Vraiandoro.com ! Collection available to purchase as a set or buy per piece to mix&match and stack your favorite combination ! Couldn’t be happier being part of the Vrai&Oro team and so proud of what we […]

Locked And Loaded

When it comes to handbags I like to think of myself as a kind of modern day Hermione Granger, carrying around everything and anything that could get you out of life’s most unsuspecting adventures.  You see there’s only one problem that lies within this kind of lifestyle and that’s finding a bag that can deal with it.  A […]

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Vrai & Oro by FIGTNY

Vrai & Oro   by FIGTNY   – THE INSPIRATION “Inspired by my love of black, white and grey, I wanted to create a collection of pieces that would seamlessly transition into anyone’s monochromatic wardrobe and work on a daily basis as your go-to jewelry. I didn’t want to reference any trends or over design and […]

ACNE STUDIOS X ALL_BLUES

Acne Studios and All_Blues jewelry collaboration. FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM / PINTEREST / SHOP / BLOGLOVIN’

Saskia Diez x Filippa K

Beautiful collaboration between Saskia Diez and Filippa K

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ALEXANDER WANG X H&M

The Alexander Wang x H&M collection launches November 6th at H&M stores worldwide and online.FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM / PINTEREST / SHOP / BLOGLOVIN’