11 June 2016 ; The day I married my soulmate.
what a wonderfull day it was! I was so nervous getting ready but my sisters, friends, mother & bridesmaids calmed me down and reassured me that everything was going to be perfect; and it was. It was everything I ever dreamed of! As I told you guys in previous posts, we decided to get married in the South of France in a small romantic village called Puimisson, where friends of my parents opened a Bed&Breakfast. We had the evening reception, dinner and party in their beautiful garden. From the gardens we had the most amazing view of the village and it’s vineyards. The sunset was breathtaking. Before the dinner party we had an afternoon ceremony in between the vineyards. It was so romantic , we had winebarrels that we used for the flower decoration, there were flowers hanging from the trees, it was very simple but romantic. Exactly the athmosphere I wanted for my wedding. I was pretty nervous to Lander’s reaction once I got out of the car to walk right to him. But when I saw his bluegreen eyes looking so in love, my heart warmed up and I didn’t want anything else than to stand next to him and kiss him. After all the beautiful speeches from our friends and family, we came to the most important part : The vows. I promised myself not to cry when reading my vows, but who was I kidding, I’m the biggest sucker for romantics so ofcourse I was going to cry at my own wedding ! I must say, the vows were my favorite part. Just expressing how much Lander means to me, and acknowledging how he changed my life and how important it is for me to have him in it, was very heartfelt as well for me as for him. After the rings, it was finally real ; We Are Husband & Wife !!!! That moment was such a happy moment, smiles from ear to ear everywhere! We popped champagne to celebrate and transfered the guest to the dinner location. There we drank, ate and celebrated ! It was such a great/happy athmosphere ! Everybody was feeling the vacation spirit because most of the guests stayed in France a few more days after the wedding or they came a couple days earlier so they were all “on vacation” at our wedding , so that was really special. At dinner my girlfriends had prepared a super funny song/act for me and Lander, it wasn’t always on point haha but they performed with so much love , it was amazing! I loved it ! After our first dance, the party was set! We danced all night, drank all evening, everybody had such a good time, we did not want it to end! A couple hours after everybody went to bed, Lander & I woke up, looked into eachothers loving eyes, and started our first official day as husband and wife. #mrandmrsvanwelkenhuyzen
Feel like an all American Girl with my new Marc Jacobs evening bag! Love the bright colors and the big shoulder string printed in the american flag ! This bag is beyond amazing. When I first saw it in the showroom of Marc Jacobs in september, I knew I needed to have this beauty in my closet and today, just in time for Fashion Week; the day has come to make this gorgeous baby mine! Can’t wait to wear it on the streets in Paris & show you guys! Now I’m finishing packing the rest of my stuff , because we’re leaving for PARIS in the morning! Excited !
Four times KRIS JENNER ! So one of my highlights from a previous Fashion Week in Paris was meeting the momager of all time, KRIS K. JENNER. Yes you read it right, KRIS KARDASHION JENNER. My friend & I went to dinner at the beautiful Hotel Costes on a Saturday evening. When we sat down we heard a very familiar laugh so I turned arround and I saw her sitting with boyfriend Corey & ohsotalented Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing. I was beyond starstruck and, I wanted a picture with her because I knew my friends wouldn’t believe me otherwise! So called it faith, but then when my friend and I went to the toilet and we stumbled upon mrs Kardashian herself! So we quickly grabbed her and asked for a selfie, she , as nice as she shows on television, was totaaly fine with it and smiled for us ! Our night couldn’t have been better ! We celebrated with lots of Champagne, Gin, wine and ofcourse I ended my dinner with the most delicious cheesecake in the world ! (HUGE TIP : if you go to hotel costes, be sure to have the cheesecake as a desert, its really the best you’ve ever tasted!). Excited who we are going to bump into this fashion week .. Can’t wait to have dinner in Costes again with our lovely friends next Saturday!
One of my evening looks for Paris Fashion Week was a simple black & white suit with a bootleg pant and fitted blazer. To make it a bit more edgy & sexy I wore it with a Filles à Papa laced up tshirt. It was an effortless look , perfect to wear in the evening or during the day. I’m really glad the suits are back in fashion, it’s a look that fits every kind of person, no mather what body type ! It’s always elegant and cool at the same time. Now in Summer there are lots of white & nude suits ! I’m going crazy about those colors ! Can’t wait to show you some of the looks I’ve allready chosen for this Spring that include those kind of suits !
& my love for denim ‘skirt-suits’ continues. One more to add to my collection is this authentic / vintage looking skirt & jacket from Marc by Marc Jacobs embellished with pinns, studds and sequin cherries. I love this two-piece ! You can combine the skirt with a chunky sweater or wear the jacket with some high waisted pant and you get a total different look while wearing the same pieces. This outfit gives me a rock&roll feeling paired with something sweet through the mini skirt with the embellished cherries. This was my first outfit in January, it was 16 degrees ! Crazy right ! So I did not need an extra jacket, which was perfect because I did not want to hide my outfit ! I’m thinking of also doing a denim look now for PFW in 3 days, not sure how I’m going to combine the pieces that I have in mind, so if you have some great denim inspirations , please do share !
Almost time to go back to Paris for this season’s Fashion Week ! Can’t wait to go back to my alltime favorite fashion city, discover the new trends and get inspired by the people on the streets ! I’m going to start getting my looks together for Paris and I’ll be posting some of my favorite looks from previous fashionweek so keep posted !
Only 3 more days ! Let the count down begin 😉 !
For my 24th birthday, my lovely fiancé surprised me with a trip to Prague. I was super super excited because I’ve always wanted to go to Prague! We left on the 14th of January with an after noon flight, and landed at 8:30 pm , we took a cab and went straight to the hotel. Lander found this amazing hotel right in the city centre, called Boscolo Hotel. It’s a hotel that is part of the autograph collection , which include the most beautiful hotels around the world. On picture this hotel was astonishing, but when I entered the builing I didn’t have any words. The high ceilings and the baroque wall drawings made this hotel so unique. Also the slightly kitsch touch of gold , made it very ‘Prague-ish’ and I loved it ! We were escorted to our room, with the most friendliest staff ever. The room was beyond beautiful, with a large bed (love it!) and large window so you could be waken up by the sun in the morning. We unpacked and then our plan was to go have some drinks and dinner but we were both so tired, so we just put on our bathrobes and slippers and ordered some delicious room service ! After our belly’s were fully filled, we snuggled and went to sleep, thinking&dreaming about what Prague will look like in daylight.
Fun fact : The Boscolo Hotel was used as the American Embassy in The Bourne Identity film (2002), where Jason Bourne escapes by climbing down the outside of the building. (cool right !)
Here’s a little throwback post from October, when Lander & I were 1 year engaged and this date called for a celebration. I called in the help of my cousin who is THA BOM in organizing parties! If you’re from Belgium and want to throw an amazing party , Margot is the one to call. She’s really creative and does everything herself , she made my Engagement party the most beautiful party I’ve ever seen ! You should go check out her Instagram to see all her realisations ! So what better way to party then with my best friends ! I invited all my besties (aka my bachelorette gang) and organised a dinner party! Margot organised the whole evening, with the help of my sweet fiancé. They both kept most of the decoration a surprise , so when I got home at 6 o’clock after work, I was astonished about everything they did to make this party the most beautiful engagement party ever. The theme was pink (ofcourse) so Margot made the cutest little pink cupcakes with little diamond rings on top ! She also decorated pink popcorn basket with ‘Lander popped the question’ , it was adorable ! The strawberries in weddingsdress & tuxedo , the pink mini eclairs, the pink cocktail and the delicious cheese plate that we had for dinner. Everything was just perfect, just the way I dreamed off, and even better! My girlfriends also surprised me with XL golden ‘LOVE’ letter baloons which were so cute! It was the perfect setting for the pictures haha and also the whole night was about Love, about friendship and about happiness. I couldn’t be more happier with my friends, my fiancé and my family. I’m a really Lucky girl to have so much incredible people in my life ! Unfortunattely there were also 3 very important people missing this night 😦 . One of them is my very good friend Maxime Morren and the other 2 were my sisters. Laetitia Couldn’t make it because she’s currently living in Mexico City and my little sister Camille, is currently on exchange to Taiwan for a year. So if they’re reading this (and they better :D) , I Love you guys very much & You were deeply missed !!
Overall it was a night I will cherish forever !
“Yes Yes Yes”
That has been my usual reaction when entering the showroom of Alice+Olivia. When I open the doors to the showroom, I always feel like I’m entering a Fairytale world. Every piece looks so magical, and the showroom itself is always decorated in the cutest way with poetic writings on the wall and embellished pillows. The room really represents the story of the collection. The most amazing part of the A+O collection by Stacey Bendett are the dresses. Stacey is able to create the most beautiful embellished dressed for a fair price. She’s also able to create items for all age categories. This is something were designers often strugle with. She can make the perfect little cute dress for a young woman growing up, and then she creates a similar dress but more feminine and suiting for a woman with age. I absolutely love her designs, and her imagination. It makes the collection so special and unique. As you can see in the pictures, the Summer collection will be gorgeous as usual. We allready have a little part of the collection in our store (Jeurissen hasselt) which is super cute so feel free to step in and have a first glance of the Spring collection! The Summer collection will also be online on my webshop in a couple of weeks so then you can allready discover the collection online!
❤ hugs & kisses