Modern Sixties

rougeimaginaire: "Modern Sixties" - a black and white outfit with a striped dress from Zara and white platform sandals from Vagabond.

rougeimaginaire: "Modern Sixties" - a black and white outfit with a striped dress from Zara and white platform sandals from Vagabond.
dress: Zara / tights: Wolford / shoes: Vagabond

Hi! Today is the last day of the year, so I thought I’d show you one more outfit that I’ve been loving lately. I bought this dress in the beginning of the autumn, and I thought it was just perfect. Besides that fact that it’s striped (how can I resist that?), the fabric is very thick, and IT HAS LONG SLEEVES! I think that’s great, because when you’re feeling cold, the length of your sleeves actually makes a big difference. I paired it with my beloved white platform sandals, which I think gives this look a special vibe. I don’t know if it’s because of the two-toned colour scheme, the geometric pattern or the short dress with the long sleeves, but something makes me feel like this look is kind of sixties (but I may be wrong!).

Anyway, so I’m spending New Year’s Eve with some of my friends this year, and I think this may actually be the first time I’m not spending it with my family. I always think there’s something magical about the beginning of a new year, like everything is the same but still it’s not. Do you have that as well?

Have a great New Year's Eve, and I'll see you in 2015!

PS: You should check out this wonderful New Year song and video by MØ!


Snow!

rougeimaginaire: "Snow!"

So guess what, the weather gods finally blessed us with some snow this weekend! I wasn’t sure what to think when people were talking about snow last Friday, and I was kind of surprised to wake up the next day and find the world covered under a white blanket, although it was raining at the same time. But a little later, it started snowing again, and for the first time in a long, long time, I was happy about the weather. In the afternoon, my mom and I went out for a walk. When I woke up on Sunday and opened my curtains, the sun was shining and the skies were blue, and I thought it was the most beautiful thing. So I went on an extremely slow five kilometer run and enjoyed every bit of it.

Besides that, I mostly spent my weekend studying for my Swedish literature exam, crocheting and listening to some Amiina music, which I think is perfect for this time of the year (and it’s also a perfect match with my course material, because I’m studying the Edda ;)).

Did you guys get some snow as well? :)


Nu är det jul!

rougeimaginaire: "Nu är det jul!"
golden christmas tree: Ikea / scented candle: Dille & Kamille / star-shaped lamp: Ikea / knitted blanket: Ikea

It’s almost Christmas, and although I’m not someone who likes lots of kitschy Christmas decorations, I’m all in when it comes to cosiness on the shortest days of the year (although apparently, we’re getting six seconds more daylight than yesterday – yay!). I just think it’s one of the best things to cuddle up in my room with lots of blankets, a cup of hot chocolate or tea and some beautiful lights. I’m still watching Breaking Bad, by the way, and I have to say it’s one of the best series I’ve ever watched. Also, can I just say how much I am in love with this star-shaped lamp? I makes these dull winter days just a little bit brighter.
Anyway, I was tagged by Dani to do the festive favourites tag! I’m not tagging anyone, but feel free to do it if you want to.

christmas-tree
Favourite…

Festive food? Any kind of dessert? :)

Reindeer? The only one I know is Rudolph, but I suppose there are more of them? I don’t know, we don’t really do the whole Santa thing here in Belgium…

Day of Christmas? We celebrate Christmas on the 24th and the 25th, but I don’t really have a favourite.

Christmas song? I’m not that into Christmas songs, but I do like to listen to this collection of winter songs that the Icelandic band Amiina made a few years ago. It’s called Winter Nostalgia and you can find it here.

Present? Just small things, like a scented candle or some nice loose tea :)

Festive film? I can’t think of anything else than Pippi Longstocking’s Christmas episode (I couldn’t find it in English, but you can watch it in Swedish here).

Cracker toy and joke? Another tradition we don’t have in Belgium ;)

Christmas decoration? My star-shaped lamp :)

Christmas TV ad? The only one I know is the Coca-Cola one!

Festive tradition? Ever since I started taking Swedish classes four years ago, we’ve had this little tradition of doing a Christmas party in the last week before the vacation, where everyone would bring food and we would sing songs and watch a movie. This year, we didn’t celebrate Christmas, but we did a Lucia celebration, which was just as nice.

Christmas fact? Before Christmas existed, there was a pagan tradition of celebrating the winter solstice at yule festivals. That’s why the Swedish word for Christmas is jul :)

Snowman accessory? What snow?

snowman

Merry Christmas, everyone! :)


Cosy Sunday

rougeimaginaire: "Cosy Sunday" - an outfit with a blue knit sweater from Zara and black skinny jeans from Topshop.

rougeimaginaire: "Cosy Sunday" - layer cake socks from Minga Berlin.

Finally time for a new outfit post! My reading list for Swedish literature has kept my quite occupied for the last couple of weeks, and this is the perfect outfit for chilling out at home and reading lots of Strindberg and Ibsen while sipping some tea. I love how fresh the colours look, and how the socks give a pop of colour even when I have my shoes on, because the jeans are on the shorter side. And besides that, it’s just really warm and comfy. Have a nice Sunday everyone!

PS: If you like the socks, you can still enter my Minga Berlin giveaway to win a set of these, here :)


GIVEAWAY: win a Minga Berlin giftbox!

rougeimaginaire: "GIVEAWAY: win a Minga Berlin giftbox!"

rougeimaginaire: "GIVEAWAY: win a Minga Berlin giftbox!"

rougeimaginaire: "GIVEAWAY: win a Minga Berlin giftbox!"

Hi everyone! December’s here, and all of a sudden it’s freezing cold outside. The wintery weather (and the fact that we already have Christmas decorations at the department of Scandinavian studies) has totally gotten me into the Christmas atmosphere. I know it’s still a few weeks, but why celebrate for only two days if you might just as well celebrate it for an entire month, right? :)

With all those winter feelings comes a love for cosy sweaters and colourful socks. I like the ones from Minga Berlin a lot, because they just brighten up every outfit and they’re made of this super soft cotton. I thought it would be nice to give one of you a little Christmas present, so I teamed up with Minga Berlin and I get to give away one gift box!

This is what you have to do to enter the contest:

  1. Follow Minga Berlin on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
  2. Follow rougeimaginaire on Bloglovin’ or Facebook.
  3. Leave a comment on this blogpost and tell me why you would like to win! Don’t forget to leave a way for me to contact you.

The giveaway is international and it will end on the 19th of December.

In collaboration with Minga Berlin.


ÖVER MIN DÖDA KROPP

rougeimaginaire: "ÖVER MIN DÖDA KROPP" - an all-grey outfit with a knit sweater from Zara, a white button-up shirt from COS, skinny jeans from Cheap Monday, a graphite backpack from Fjällräven Kånken.

rougeimaginaire: "ÖVER MIN DÖDA KROPP" - an all-grey outfit with a knit sweater from Zara, a white button-up shirt from COS, skinny jeans from Cheap Monday, a graphite backpack from Fjällräven Kånken and white Converse.

rougeimaginaire: "ÖVER MIN DÖDA KROPP" - an all-grey outfit with a knit sweater from Zara, a white button-up shirt from COS, skinny jeans from Cheap Monday, a graphite backpack from Fjällräven Kånken and white Converse.
sweater: Zara / shirt: COS / jeans: Cheap Monday/ shoes: Converse / backpack: Fjällräven Kånken

Hey everyone, I’m back with another look! I thought I’d mix things up a little and try a different way of editing my pictures. In a way, I think this is more like how you perceive someone’s outfit in real life: you see the whole picture but at the same time you notice all these nice little details. I wore this outfit to school last week, and it kind of brightened up my day because I like it so much. And there’s actually a story behind these pants. So you might know that Cheap Monday recently celebrated its 10th birthday. To celebrate that, they handed out one thousand free pairs of jeans in ten cities all over the world, and Antwerp was one of them! So I expected it would be a total chaos, but I still decided to try my luck, and I succeeded! They’re not exactly the right length, so I might make them a little bit shorter, but for now I’m just wearing them with the legs rolled up. It was not easy to combine this colour (everything I tried looked just too rock chick or something), but I ended up pairing it with a light grey sweater and a dark grey backpack. But what really makes the difference is the white shirt that I’m wearing underneath. It’s made out of this fabric that’s so stiff that it almost doesn’t feel like cotton anymore (but it is!) and I like how it’s longer in the back. Also, I’ve been loving this half-up top knot hairstyle lately. So, how are you guys doing?


VIDEO: October Favourites!

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November’s here, so today I’m talking about last month’s favourites. Don’t forget to tell me what your favourites were, and have a nice Sunday! :)


I’m little My and I bite because I like it

rougeimaginaire: "I'm little My and I bite because I like it"

Just a quick post to wish you guys a very happy Halloween, and to show you this year’s Halloween costume! This year, I decided to dress up as one of the characters from the Moomin series: Little My! She’s this angry little girl, but she’s very brave and adventurous as well, and I quite like her. In one of the episodes she makes a house from a giant pumpkin. So I though it would be fun to dress up as her. I’m not sure what I’ll be doing tonight: I might go to a Halloween party, or I might just stay inside watching a scary-but-not-too-scary movie. What are your plans for tonight?

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!