Chanel Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Collection Charlotte Groeneveld Thefashionguitar

In contrast to last year around this time, I’m not going to make a huge round-up of what I’ve done in 2016, what I loved most, which hoops I had to take to get to where I wanted – I think I’ve done that well enough a few days back – and what’s laying ahead of me. I rather pick a few projects that stood out, blurp a bit about personal and emotional things when it really matters – like a few days back – and share upcoming projects when the time is there. Hence I’m starting with one of THE BEST projects I’ve done this year: My Mother’s Day shoot in collaboration with Chanel and Bergdorfs. I mean, I’ve worked on several occasions with Chanel this past year, but boy did a DREAM COME TRUE shooting this project! A dedicated story in collaboration with a brand that I LOVE, and a store that is my favorite in New York City. Pinch me again!

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Detox green smoothie bowl Thefashionguitar Charlotte Groeneveld

I’ve not only been detoxing emotionally after the past Holiday weekend, but also quite literally, food-wise. But since I can’t live on smoothies only, I figured it was time to try out The Smoothie Bowl. I made one once before, wasn’t a big success. However that was before I really knew how to make it. Research is – as with everything – one of the keys to success, so I surfed the internet trying to find out what “the real Smoothie Bowl essentials” were, and smiled with my biggest smile at Thomas so that he would go out in the cold to buy those “essentials”. Ten minutes after he came back, this green, über healthy, and tasty Smoothie Bowl was standing in front of me. I don’t know how I did it so fast, but it was there, waiting for me to be eaten, and “detox” from all the French cheese, red wine, and roasts I ate over the weekend…

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Dolce & Gabbana Christmas Charlotte Groeneveld Thefashionguitar

What I love most about the Holidays is spending time with my family, eating all the food I love, drinking my favorite Champagne, and watch every single Christmas movie, until I fall asleep on the couch. Luckily I found a man who loves to do the same, so every year our planning is pretty straight forward. We do the above mentioned, we both do our part – he does the grocery shopping, I do the gift shopping – and then we start. For the first couple of years in our relationship, when we lived in The Netherlands – where we both grew up – we spend these days with our families on both sides. However, this changed when we moved abroad. For the better – for a while – and the worse…

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Sandro Holiday Style Charlotte Groeneveld Thefashionguitar

Please don’t be distracted by my lovely red nose – it’s officially freezing outside – nor my hair that “flying” everywhere but where I want it to be. It’s one of those days… Too cold for life, too cold to dress up, and with only one solution suitable: oversized hoodies and sweats all day. But with my love for the “Parisian effortless chic” – which always makes me end up at Sandro again – I’ve decided that the cold weather is not going to be my fashion-advisor this winter. I rather take advice from those women who know how to look sophisticated at all times: The French women. Needless to say, I will have to keep in mind that temperatures between Paris and Toronto/New York are almost the opposite of each other, so that my outfits have to be weather appropriate – and that nobody wants to see me in my sweats on New Year’s Eve…

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Valentino FW 16/17 Thefashionguitar Charlotte Groeneveld

Recently a major print publication asked me to shoot a street-style look wearing something sheer… First thoughts were excitement, second a little less happy… How was I going to wear “sheer in winter?” Winters here are ice-cold, and even without those being in full swing yet, it simply felt impossible to go outside wearing sheer, or lace, or anything that falls into that category. So question remained, how was I going to make this work without risking being frozen?

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