Friday gear (the essentials)

spring essentials look

Here’s what I wish I was wearing today.
If you’ve read this weeks talk on basics and essentials and it doesn’t make sense yet: these are my spring essentials.
Gingham is fully back so I’m looking for a good gingham shirt like the simple black and white one pictured above. I can’t go without espadrilles this spring and I’ve been obsessing over these particular ones ever since I first saw them in Copenhagen last year. I really need a lace bra this spring (I ordered this exact one) to let it peek out a little from underneath low v-neck shirts and blouses. Another thing I’ll be wearing a lot this summer (but hopefully in spring already) are boyfriend shorts, love these heavily shredded ones. The perfect black bomber, an essential that is still missing in my wardrobe. And last but not least, as you know I don’t own that many bags and I’ve been looking around to see if there’s anything I like at the moment and this one really caught my eye. I absolutely love the nude leather!
So yes, wishing I looked like this today but if you want to see what I really look like today – take a look at my instagram later ;) Happy Friday!

Lace bra: Monki / Gingham shirt: Topshop / Bomber jacket: Acne / Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim / Espadrilles: Samsøe & Samsøe / Shorts: Blank NYC via ASOS (I ordered them a size up to wear them as boyfriend shorts and they’re really good!)


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Black.

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There’s just nothing better than black on black on black. In black and white. In Givenchy and Supreme.
Happy Thursday.

Givenchy shirt via The Clutcher / Supreme cap / Cheap Monday jeans via ASOS


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Celebrating Spring – Win £200 to spend at ASOS!

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You might have noticed a lot of happiness on the blog lately. Or not, maybe I just notice it and a lot of people don’t because happiness is normal for a lot of us, especially online. I don’t take happiness lightly though and try be aware of the good things around me. Like spring. Like new shoes. But most of all, you, my readers who I couldn’t do without!
So to celebrate both spring and you yourselves and all your support, I teamed up with ASOS to give one of you the chance to win a gift voucher to spend on ASOS worth £200!

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It’s all about spring favorites since ASOS is celebrating spring as well with lots of new arrivals and great collections, so here’s what you need to do to enter the competition:

- Like the Lovely By Lucy Facebook Page
- Go to ASOS by clicking here and pick one item that represents spring for you. Can be anything!
- Leave a comment with a link to the product, your name and your email address.

- For an extra chance to win, share this post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (@lovelybylucy) and tell me about it in your comment below. Not required but will give you an extra entry!

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This competition is open worldwide and runs from April 9th 2014 until April 30th 2014. Both males and females may enter. A winner will be picked randomly from all the entries and contacted by email. All entries will be checked on having followed the steps described above.

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Pictured in the image are my own spring favorites. From left to right:
Cheap Monday Dress / Cheap Monday sunglasses / Blank NYC distressed denim boyfriend shorts / Wood Wood dress
ASOS leather boxing shorts / ASOS baby blue coat /  ASOS marble shopper / Cheap Monday split side t-shirt
ASOS sliders


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On basics and essentials

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If you’d ask me what the ultimate spring shoe is, not from just this spring, but every season – it would be a pair of white chucks. Goes with anything, is a sneaker (because we want to be active and outside in spring) and I can’t believe I didn’t have a pair until now, with my endless love for great basics. Now I do have to watch out sometimes not to confuse basics with essentials, because when I tried to convince someone the other day that leopard trousers were really a great basic anyone should own and he (maybe that was the problem) didn’t agree I realized that there’s definitely a difference between basics and essentials. Basics are items you do really need: the black leather jacket, the black skinny jeans, the white t-shirt, and so on. Essentials can change when your style, trends or even the season changes. Most of all, essentials are personal. Everyone has their own essentials, for me a pair of leopard trousers is an essential, for someone else it might be a red skirt or a pair of sliders (definitely an essential for this summer). You don’t have to own all the basics, nor all the essentials. But I do enjoy owning and wearing them more than just random items I like and than buy, which I don’t do very often anymore.
To make a long story short: here’s what I’m wearing today. The basics: white chucks and an oversized black knit (which to me are also essentials)/ the essentials: leopard trousers.
I know it’s a big of a vague story but that’s what was on my mind today – I hope it makes sense and I’ll do a post on my spring essentials later this week!
But not before I have a big surprise for you guys tomorrow ;)

Happy Tuesday!

Oversized sweater: Boohoo.com / Trousers: Zara / Trainers: Conversie via Cloggs.co.uk


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Sort of Black Gold

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There’s certain pieces in a wardrobe that you will buy a lot of until you find the perfect one and then you’ll only need one. I’ve bought a lot of (faux) leather jackets in the past but ever since I’ve found the perfect one, that one is all I wear – and all I need. Same goes for watches. I used to have only 2, the perfect simple one, the perfect rose gold one, but I’ve never found the perfect gold watch until now. Not only is it the most gorgeous gold watch – just the right shade of gold, simple but with just the right details and very high quality – it’s also the coolest new watch in town. May I present you the Sort of Black Gold watch, a collaboration between Triwa and Rasmus Storm (i.a. owner of concept store Storm in Copenhagen) who have created 4 gorgeous watches (see them all here) and launched their collection last week (exclusively available at 10 stores worldwide including Storm, Hypebeast Store, Colette and online at Triwa.com. I feel very happy to be one of the first people wearing this watch and even more than that I’m in love with it and wear it all the time. It reminds me to not settle for anything less than what I’m looking for and invest in really good pieces.

Watch: Sort of Black Gold by Triwa x Rasmus Storm


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Killin it

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I’ve been pretty much killin it this week if I may say so – getting tons of work done, getting my taxes done right, moving into an office and doing the NSMBL sale yesterday (thanks for everyone who came!), so my sweatshirt could not have been more appropriate. Hard work always pays off and I definitely feel like it did this week. The only thing that suffered was my night’s rest – I’m absolutely exhausted right now and have been feeling like I’m getting the flu all week (you know that in between-feeling when you’re not feeling well but well enough to  work? hate it) so I might take a day off today (but let’s see if I actually will) and catch up on some sleep and relaxing, because I also have a busy but fun week ahead!
When tired and busy I always opt for the always good to go-pieces: skinny jeans – and yes, these are again Cheap Monday second skin jeans of which I have 4 and they are my favorite jeans ever – big sweaters and the buy of the week: Vans with cat print. I mean, Vans with cat print. YES.
Happy Sunday!

‘Killin it’ sweater: Boohoo.com / Jeans: Cheap Monday via ASOS / Trainers: Vans x ASPCA


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Royal Black and Gold

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So far I’m loving April. The sun is shining, the weather is amazing, I’m in a good mood every day and work wise I really can’t complain either. But there’s even still more to come for April, I’m sure you Dutchies are already looking forward to King’s Day (Koningsdag, celebrating the Dutch Kings birthday) on the 26th, I definitely am. When holidays and parties like this are coming up I always start thinking about what to wear really early. Especially with this holiday, because it’s a thing to wear orange that day and I refuse. But I decided on what to wear this King’s Day: black and gold. It doesn’t really get more royal to me than black and gold so I figured it would be the perfect color combination for me that day (and I love how the adidas logo kind of looks like a crown, especially in gold). Of course I’m wearing sneakers, since I’ll be walking all day. And since all black would be a bit dark I thought I’d add some color, in the form of a super cool Adidas logo sweat - since I’m bringing a sweater anyway for when things cool off at night.
So there you go, my King’s Day look. Can’t wait for one of the best spring parties. I’m especially excited for 8Bahn and Pink City Nomads – much recommended if you’re in Arnhem!

Getting in the mood to plan your King’s Day outfit as well? Check out Zalando’s special featured page here and join the competition at Zalando, pick your royal outfit and have a chance to win your entire look! Enter here.

Black sweater with gold studs: Adidas via Zalando / Blue printed logo sweater: Adidas via Zalando / Jeans: Cheap Monday via Zalando / Trainers: Adidas Gazelle via Zalando / Watch: Triwa


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