The feeling of New York in Den Bosch
Four years ago in October I moved to the Netherlands. Enthusiastic to discover everything right from the start, I spent the first weekend between Boxtel, where I was living then and Den Bosch. It was a cloudy Saturday when I parked next to this street called Luijbenstraat in Den Bosch and had a short walk before hitting the center. Luijbenstraat made me thing about West Village in New York. Did I hear a laugh? Honestly, the stairs and doors of the buildings on this street are different than the rest of Den Bosch. On the other hand, of course I know that even with its Highline, Den Bosch is the opposite of New York. Especially during the week days and rainy evenings. But the architecture had a striking resemblance with West Village. At least in my head.
Back then, I had only a failed attempt to visit New York due to Katrina and Rita hurricanes. But the image of Carrie walking in her high-heels on similar streets was haunting me. And I did not want to accept that my memory, of a SATC fan, could fail me. Now, four years later and a fashion blog, I have to admit my subconscious had registered those streets in West Village as an ideal place to live. Then it planted the seed that I would once live in such a neighborhood. So when I got to Den Bosch, I was maybe convincing myself this is the right place to start a new life.
Having experienced the big city lights of New York and walked the streets of West Village last year, I needed a re-confirmation that the similarity with Liujbenstraat was not all the result of my imagination. So I had to pay this Dutch street in Den Bosch a visit. The architecture is different than the one in NY, yes, but it feels different here. It may be Amsterdam feeling or New York feeling, but it is not the usual Den Bosch feeling, I’m telling you. Isn’t the feeling and not the facts the most important? Some may shake their heads in denial.
Buckle up with belts for NYFW in Den Bosch
Whether I want to admit it or not, the season has changed. How do we fashion addicted know that? Well, the New York Fashion Week (#NYFW) has come to an end last week. So why not go a bit crazy and prepare for an imaginary NYFW if I already have the feeling of New York when in Den Bosch? Without pretending to pioneer this, I buckled up for fall with two different belts. Simultaneously! The two-belts idea could be undoubtedly embraced by the #NYFW’s aficionados. Right?
A summer ‘bag dress’ in a dark anthracite shade and beige small pattern is my idea to transition to fall. If during the summer days I wore it with this straw basket and same sandals or these lace-up pointy-toe flats, now I only need to add the stripes blazer and change the basket for the eclair bag. My special jewelry for the day was an elephants design ring with white sapphire delivered right on time for this photo-shooting. I have to say I like fall fashion best. The more layers I need to keep me warm the more creative I can become with my cloths. Unlike that Saturday of October 2013, Luijbenstraat greeted me this time with sunshine. The wind was capriciously blowing my hair and dress, but I was serendipitously looking for a feeling.
Dress: SissyBoy (last seen here), Shoes: Vicenza (old, but these sandals would have been great for this outfit also), Ring (elephants): Jeulia, Blazer: Scotch&Soda (sold out, but I like also this combo of stripes); Bag: Mango