What do Sherlock Holmes and Ellen DeGeneres have in common?

Tartan. Yes Tartan.

I have always been a fan of tartan, when I was younger I used to love Sherlock Holmes. He looked so exquisite and sophisticated in his cape and hat. Ahh the 1930s.

And when it comes to Ellen, well she is my favorite. Tartan suits and sneakers? How cool and casual at the same time. I would trade my high heels any day for a pair of sneaks.

This suit is from Zara. It is my summer suit. It is a little bit shorter than over the ankle, so great for good weather. Through its mix of colours, the blue of the suit can be nicely combined with a blue blouse and blue shoes. As you can see, I have picked up the colour white in my pocket square and on some pictures in the sole of my sneakers.

The pattern gives the colour grey a vibe of action and livelihood. Without it, it would probably not be so versatile and in fact, quite boring.

The blouse is a button down blouse, from my own collection: SERIOUS BUSINESS. It is one of the more casual ones, for days when you feel more sporty in the morning. Button down collars allow your collar to stay in position the whole day. Blazer on, or blazer off. Also, you can button the blouse up to the top, if you feel like it, or in case of some hotter days when you need air, you can leave the first few buttons open.

Here are some impressions. I would love to know what you think.

Love,

Annabelle

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Pictures taken in München by: Ehsaan Quadir (Follow him on Instagram: LINK)

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The last days of winter

One of my favorite winter dresses is this dark green one from Zara. I like wearing it, because it makes me feel very corporate with its dark green colour and its longer cut. Combined with black gives it an elegant touch yet it still looky dynamic with the 3/4 sleeve length.

Made from viscose, no matter how many extra pounds you put on during winter, the strech of the fabric will still provide you that comfortable feeling, and you are good to go.

Here are some impressions shot by Ehsaan Qadir.

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The houndstooth pattern

the black and whit dress in Munich

A good alternative to the suit is the dress. This particular hountstooth one is from Zara. It is made from Viscose, very comfortable and the material is thick. Thus it does keep you warm and is super comfy. I wore it with a black blazer from H&M, some thick tights and some booties. I usually go to work like this.

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Combined with my Canada Goose – Arctic Winter Jacket, I keep warm even in the snow. I have never gotten sick even in tights. One other recommendation for winter is to get insoles with wool for your shoes. It makes the difference.

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~ Photo Credit: EhsaanQuadir

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What shoes to wear to work in winter

Since I have been wearing suits for quite a long time now, I wanted to make a post on the shoes I wear in winter.

My shoes are a little old, so I am taking some lookalikes from the internet.

In general: These half boots with a slimmer heel always look a little more elegant. I can also recommend to take a round shape rather than a pointy one, simply because a rounder is more comfortable. If you always have cold feet, I can recommend buying the shoes one size larger, and inserting a wool sole.

 

For grey or black (which I don’t own) suits I wear black shoes.

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Similar to these shoes are:

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Brand: Cosmoparis

 

 

If you are wearing Skirts/ Dresses, I can recommend black or dark blue ankle booties with dark tights (Although I only have black ones):

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One example I found on the net similar to these are:

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Brand: Ralph Lauren

 

To blue suits, I would recommend wearing brown half booties like this:

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Example brown shoes are:

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Brand: Pedro Miralles 

 

For snow, I have similar half boots similar to these. Their sole is thicker and protects you better against the cold.

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Brand: Zinda

 

If you are more for the casual style, do it like Ellen Degeneres and wear sneaks to your suit.FullSizeRender.jpg

These shoes are from adidas:

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Brand: adidas

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Go the extra mile and check your work – until it’s perfect.

Go the extra mile
Having been with the company for a while now, I have learnt a lot of things, that I would probably not have, if I was somewhere else.
One of them is, that perfecting whatever you do for work, comes easier to some people, and not so easy to others. I was with my colleague at lunch the other day and he said something very interesting.
Some people are engineers, and others are pure management people. The former being someone who always seeks a challenge, to learn new things, he easily gets bored and tends to finish off things, that do not interest him quickly, sometimes a little careless, in order to have enough energy and time to focus on the interesting things which he will master. The latter is more of a, lets call him robot. He has a specific area of interest, where he is an expert. Whatever task you give him, he will start and finish the assignment, without the thought of boredom crossing his mind.
I am the engineer type and I always have to put in an extra amount of effort to perfect my work, because it doesn’t always come naturally. Yet I had to learn the hard way, that whenever you write something, in whatever form, if it is an email or even a message, always read it again and check for typos and the correct meaning. There is nothing worse than something being unclear or something with mistakes. The former taking away your and the other persons time, by the Q&A session that will follow the email/message, and the latter showing you didn’t take enough care to re-read your words.
I could never understand people who would bitch about making grammar mistakes or typos, but then I compared it to real life; when you walk into a shop and you pick out something, you want it to be flawless. Regardless of how cheap it is, you would try and avoid buying something with a hole. Since I am a consultant and my work is literally bought by the client, the example also applies to me.
In conclusion this means: rather hand in something a day late, than something half finished. 

 

Love,

Annabelle
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