THE BEST WAY TO SPEND “A PERFECT PARISIAN AFTERNOON” IN NEW YORK

Charlotte Groeneveld Thefashionguitar for Longchamp Mademoiselle bag

Oh my god, we are already halfway through September! New York and London Fashion Weeks are behind us, Milan still in full swing, and the first day of school has passed. Whenever I get back to you after a – too long – blog absence I feel like starting with that thing where we say the cliché “where did the time go”. Yet, as we all know too, time flies when we are having fun! And so much fun I had in New York last week, living the Parisian life through Big Apple glasses…

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ONE EXTRA STEP IN YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR PERFECT WEATHER-PROOFED SKIN

SK-II Charlotte Groeneveld Thefashionguitar

I care a lot about my skin, so the journey to find the perfect skin care routine is never really over. The past years I’ve tried many different beauty products, some were extremely expensive, but didn’t give me what I was looking for, others were simple drug store brands and did the trick. I believe it doesn’t matter what brand is on the bottle, but that you use what works for your skin, what gives you that amazing glow, and helps in getting closer to that “perfect skin” feeling. SK-II is one of those brands. One I always knew about, but never used before. So the excitement when I got to try their new Facial Treatment Essence was big, and quickly it became one of the most important parts of my routine….

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DOING SAFARI LIKE VOGUE IN THE 90S

90s Safari Vogue style by Charlotte Groeneveld from Thefashionguitar

Okay, I swapped the Birkenstocks for these “first of its kind” Gucci loafers – I didn’t even know Birkenstocks were in Vogue in the 90s – and I didn’t race with a leopard while wearing a leopard printed bathing suit – I did wear an animal printed bathing suit this weekend actually, yet I didn’t move an inch – but I did keep it khaki, belted oddly high in the waist, and took the sunset as my preset…

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FEEL THE LOVE, AND OTHER THINGS ON MY MIND

Thefashionguitar Charlotte Groeneveld wearing Valentino Pre-Fall 2017 dress and sneakers

It feels ages ago since we’ve talked and I’m sorry for that… It all started with a weekend of non-stop work & fun, my mother visiting – which is actually the most helpful situation right now, since we still didn’t find a new nanny – my kids getting their follow-up vaccinations – they did so good though – my own medication that changed, and of course, business as usual! There literally has been no time to sit down and process all of it, let alone write about it! Soooooo…. imagine how much there is going on in my mind, then x 1000 and plus having no idea where to start telling you the ins and outs. But I’m going to give it a try, starting with how much I LOVE this Valentino Pre-Fall 2017 dress. I mean, there’s never a moment I don’t enjoy wearing these kind of insane pieces, but there’s always moments that beat others. This was one of them. Though, the struggle – the never-ending one – of being able to walk in it, whilst wearing sneakers, was real! Very real…

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IT’S A FLORAL STORY

Charlotte Groeneveld from Thefashionguitar wearing Valentino Fall 2017 floral suit

At first sight this very much looks like one of those “dark romance” stories, but don’t let the late afternoon light fool you… Isn’t it amazing how the floral print pops against the dark background – which was basically just a perfect play of light at the time we shot this. Truth is, shooting during the summer is hard. Not only because it’s most of the time too warm to wear anything else than Dolce bustiers, or go outside of the AC at all, but also because the light is TERRIBLE to work with. There is almost no way around it; harsh shadowing on the face, shiny forehead, and over exposed backdrops… BUT, when you play it by the rules and stick to the “golden hours” – which as you can see doesn’t mean the light is yellow, it means the right time to get beautiful images – you get THE BEST shots!!

Needless to say, I’m not showing you this look only because I love how the photos turned out, what I truly wanted is to make my point about wearing floral silky suits, matching sneakers, and/or clashing bags. My love for colors and prints is growing bigger, and I’m here to show you that so much is possible, but it’s all about the right balance…

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