SECOND-HAND​ SHOPPING IN AMERSFOORT

The fashion industry is the second dirtiest industry in the world. When we think of pollution, it’s hard to imagine that our clothes can cause such a big damage. But the impact of the fashion industry on our planet is quite nasty. This industry is responsible for big amounts of water consumption (32 million olympic size swimming pools per year) and CO2 emissions (8% of global greenhouse emissions). Also, the textile dyeing is a huge polluter of water due to the toxic chemicals the production involves. Not to mention the number of tons of waste. Fashion is a complicated business involving long and varied supply chains of production, raw material, textile manufacture, clothing construction, shipping, retail, use and ultimate disposal of the garment.

But is there something we can do?

Yes! As conscious consumers, we can reduce the environmental cost of fashion. Choosing for sustainable brands instead of fast fashion ones, choosing for eco-friendly fabrics instead of synthetic ones and my favorite: choosing to buy second-hand! Second-hand shopping is more kind to the environment because the garment has already been produced. It gives the item a longer life and it prevents it from landing in landfills.

Second-hand shopping has become part of my lifestyle. Every time I need a ‘new’ piece of clothes, I first go to one of the shops I listed below. If I can’t find what I need, I look for a new piece from a sustainable brand. Here are my favorite second-hand shops in the city I live in: Amersfoort – The Netherlands.

Terre des Hommes winkel Amersfoort 
Address: Kamp 79
Charity second-hand shop. You can also donate clothes here.

Second Lifestyle Amersfoort
Address: Leusderweg 98
Second-hand shop. You can bring clothes to sell. It works with a 50/50 commision.

Emmaus Amersfoort
Address: Hendrik van Viandenstraat 4 & Havenweg 14-16
Charity second-hand shop. They have two shops. The one at Havenweg is the biggest. Go there with enough time. There is a lot of nice stuff, but you have to look well.

Vint Amersfoort
Address: Nijverheidsweg-Noord 74
Big warehouse with different vintage shops. You can find second-hand clothes in the shop of ‘Absolutely Everything’.

Kringloopcentrum Amersfoort
Address: Zwaaikom 21
Charity second-hand shop. This is one of my favorites. They restock the clothes section every day. The kringloopcentrum Amersfoort also has a pop-up shop in the center. It’s called ‘Pop-up winkel Oud Nieuw’. Every season they are in a different location. Check them on Facebook to be up to date about where they stand.

Women2day
Address: Brahmsstraat 8
Second-hand shop. Opens from Thursday to Saturday from 13:00 to 17:00

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Strolling around the city, wearing my all-second-hand outfit.

I hope you will give these shops a try. Do you know a second-hand shop in Amersfoort that is not on the list? Let me know in the comments below.

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OUTFIT: ETHICALLY HANDWOVEN IN UGANDA

Weaverbirds is a small social enterprise based in Uganda and in Denmark. The owner Liv, is from Denmark but lived in Uganda for many years up. After having worked in development for a decade she wanted to do something different which had a more immediate impact on both socio-economically and environmentally development. These two ideas quickly merged into Weaverbirds.

The main focus of Weaverbirds is to be as sustainable as possible throughout the entire production chain. They only use local cotton certified CmiA (Sustainable by the Cotton made in Africa) initiative. This means that the cotton is grown by small-scale farmers working under good conditions and receiving a fair price for their products. The cotton plants are non-GMO, not irrigated, and harvested by hand without the use of chemical defoliant. The workers in the spinning mill and dye-workshop are furthermore hired under good conditions and not exposed to harmful chemicals. Their weavers get paid a fair wage and are ensured constant employment and therefore always know that they have a full salary at the end of the month. They also minimize waste through the design and cutting phase, as well as by using whatever scraps they have left for other alternative products.

Weaverbirds focus as well on giving back to the community. Every year they have a charity wrap where all proceeds go to a charity of their choice. In 2017 they donated to Maternity Worldwide’s project in Uganda and they give a percentage of the annual income to a maternal mental health project in eastern Uganda.

On these series of pictures, I show you how I wear my baby in the ‘Canopy’ wrap from Weaverbirds. The pictures were made in Amersfoort by the photographer Marisa Elisa Photography.

Weaverbirds
Picture by Marisa Elisa Photography
Ethically made in Uganda
Picture by Marisa Elisa Photography
Sustainable baby wrap
Picture by Marisa Elisa Photography
Weaverbirds wrap
Picture by Marisa Elisa Photography

What I´m wearing:
Shirt // Organic Basics Use this code to get 20% discount: OBxsimmonds20 Shop here
Pants // Pre-owned from my mother
Shoes // Po-zu
Wrap // Weaverbirds

I hope you get inspired and next when you need a baby wrap you support this beautiful company. Discover more about the world of Weaverbirds here: http://weaverbirds.ug/about/

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7 BEACHWEAR BRANDS THAT USE RECYCLED MATERIALS

Summer is just around the corner. It’s time to go to the beach, relax and sunbath. And of course, it’s time to show off your summer body. Whether you prefer a bikini or a swimsuit, let’s try to make this coming season a green one. How? By investing in sustainable swimwear brands.

I discovered some brands that use recycled polyester, organic cotton, lyocell and the latest trend: Econyl (made from recycled fishing nets). While all of the following swimwear brands still use nylon and polyester, these fibers are recycled from ghost fishing nets and plastic bottles. By recycling, we are not increasing the demand for new plastic and are helping to give new life to what otherwise would have end up in the trash.

Today I listed out my favorite beachwear brands for you:

1. Underprotection

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Picture from Underprotection’s website

Underprotection is a Danish brand based in Copenhagen. They make sustainable lingerie, loungewear, and swimwear. They only use organic cotton, recycled polyester, recycled wool, milk, and lyocell in their collection. Oh, and they only have two collections per year and care about a fair production.

2. Baiia

 

Baiia is an Australian swimwear brand. The pieces are made from industrial and post-consumer waste such as fishnets, carpets, plastic bottles, and textiles. The recycled fabrics are certified with the 100 by Oeko-Tex standard; the world’s leader in testing fabrics to regulate harmful substances. Their pieces are reversible making it a perfect piece for a minimalistic wardrobe.

3. Pura

 

Pura is a Swiss brand of swimwear. The name means pure, which refers to pure fabrics and a pure conscience. All the bikinis are handmade in Switzerland, using recycled fabrics or fabric that is certified with the OEKO STANDARD 100 which means that the fabric is tested for harmful substances and sustainability. Pura’s swimwear pieces are a limited edition, this way they avoid an overproduction.

4. Lemon Spicy

Lemon spicy sustainable swimwear
Picture from Lemon Spicy’s website

Lemon Spicy is an Australian swimwear brand. The pieces are made from 78% Econyl and 22% lycra. This mix makes the pieces more chlorine resistant than the average swimwear fabric. It also has UV protection and is sunscreen resistant.

5. Morena Jambo

 

Morena Jambo is a Portuguese brand with 10 years in the market. Their objective is to promote sustainability in fashion, from an ethical production. Their garments are made from 100% Econyl and their biggest inspiration is the nature.

6. Coco Frio

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Picture from Coco Frio’s website

Coco Frio is a French brand based in Paris. Fashion, ethics, and eco-responsibility it’s at the core of this brand. All of their garments are ethically made in Italy. Using the fabric Econyl.

7. Anekdot boutique

Anekdot suit
Photography by Lauren See and Colette Pomerleau http://www.colettepomerleau.com

Anekdot is an upcycling brand based in Germany. They produce their collections with fabrics that are left behind in the fashion industry. They also use Econyl which is also made from post-consumer waste. The elastics of their garments were bought in London from a closing down factory in the UK.

I hope you get inspired and liked my list. I’m I missing any brand? Let me know in the comments below.

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TOP 10 ORGANIC COTTON T-SHIRTS

Summer is just around the corner! Let’s try to make this coming season greener than it already is. How? By investing in organic and ethically made T-shirts. You might ask yourself why to invest in organic cotton? Here some facts:
– Organic cotton is grown without the use of insecticides, pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
– It protects the farmers, from being exposed to toxic chemicals.
– It eliminates the greenhouse gas emissions created through the production of chemical fertilizers.
– The soils remain healthy and sequester more carbon helping to mitigate climate change.
– Water consumption is reduced as well as the C02 emissions per tonne of cotton fiber.
Today I listed out my favorite sustainable T-shirt brands for you:

1. White T-shirt from Organic Basics

Organic cotton women's tee
Picture from www.organicbasics.com

Basic T-shirt made of 100% organic cotton. Available in black or white.
Price €32,-
Use this code to get 20% discount: OBxsimmonds20
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2. Bisou on Stripes from Armedangels

Stripes t-shirt organic cotton Armedangels
Picture from armedangels’s website

Striped T-shirt made of 100% organic cotton. Available in navy/white or red/white.
Price €39,90
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3. Ribbed T-shirt from Shop Saar

 

Made from a sturdy ribbed fabric of 95% organic cotton and 5% elastane. Available in petrol blue, pink, henna red and light blue. You can choose the kind of neck and sleeve you prefer.
Price €55,-
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4. Red heart T-shirt from Real Fake

Real fake organic tee
Picture from Geitenwollenwinkel’s website

White oversized T-shirt with a heart print at the heart height. Ethically made of 100% organic cotton. Available with a red or blue heart.
Price €45,-
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5. Basic T-shirt from Noumenon

 

Basic T-shirt made of 100% organic cotton.
Price €55,-
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6. Bonita T-shirt from Thinking MU

white organic tee
Picture from Sophie Stone’s website

The shirt has the text ‘Bonita’ embroidered above the left chest, which means ‘beautiful’. Made of 100% organic cotton.
Price €39,95
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7. Fake T-shirt from Loenatix

Loenatix organic tee
Picture from Loenatix’s website

Black T-shirt made of 100% organic cotton. The shirt is printed in Amsterdam with waterbased ink.
Price €32,50
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8. Human BeIN from Ipsilon Paris

 

T-shirt made of 100% organic cotton. The text is printed with water-based ink. The star is embroidered.
Price €70,-
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9. Little donkey from Armedangels

 

T-shirt made of 100% organic cotton. Available in white or grey.
Price €39,90
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10. Simone from Belle’s Club Amsterdam

 

This one is not organic but made it to the list due to its sustainability efforts. This shirt is designed in Amsterdam and made in India with wind energy. The Simone tee is made of 70 percent recycled cotton and 30 percent recycled polyester.
Price €39,-
Shop here

I hope you get inspired and next time you are looking for t-shirts, give it a try and look for organic cotton as the main fabric. If you are out of a budget, try to go to a second-hand shop first, before buying fast fashion brands. There are a lot of ‘old’ clothes ready to have a ‘new’ life.

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30+ SHOPS TO BUY ORGANIC CLOTHES FOR BABIES AND CHILDREN

As soon as I discovered I was pregnant, my search for sustainable baby clothes started. I want my baby to wear natural fibers and pieces that are made for children, not ‘by’ children. Here is a list of brands that I have gathered so far:

4 Natural Kids
Handmade organic cotton baby products.

Amy and Ivor
Vegetable leather mocassins for babies.

Baby Verhip
Sets of 100% organic cotton. GOTS certified. Comfortable for babies and practical for parents.

Bamboom
Bamboo Baby bedding and fashion. Dutch design. 100% produced in Italy.

Carlijn Q
Organic apparel for kids. Run by a Dutch momboss from Rotterdam.

Dilling
Bio wool clothes for babies and children. Wool regulates your child’s body temperature throughout the year and also reduces the risk of grabbing a cold. Dilling offers organic baby underwear in different designs and colors.

Picture: https://www.kleinebaasjes.nl

Disana
Bio and fair trade certified brand for babies, kids, and home. Made in Germany.

Engel Naturtextilien
Organic underwear and clothes. Made in Germany.

Fresk
100% organic cotton and fair baby and kids clothes. Fresk designs garments to make life cheerful and colorful.

Gray Label
Organic apparel for the little minimalist. From newborn to 10 years old. 100% organic fabrics.

Hulaaloop
Rental clothes for babies and kids. Amsterdam based. Circular economy. Run by mompreneurs Emma and Puck

Iek & Jet
Organic baby and kidswear brand. From size 56 to size 116. Run by Iek and Jet. They design and produce the collections themselves, using organic fabrics.

Picture: https://nixnut.nl

Igi Natur
Organic Baby Clothes from 0 to 6 years.

Imps & Elfs
Organic apparel and lifestyle brand. For babies and kids. Dutch Design.

Kidscase
Freestyle, versatile, fair and organic. Amsterdam-based baby and children’s clothing brand for up to 10 years.

Kindzoblij
Fairtrade children’s clothes. From size 50 to 152.

Kleine Baasjes 
Organic and sustainable baby and kids wear. Handmade in The Netherlands

Mini Rodini
Spanish based brand. Cool and organic clothes for kids. Member of the fair wear foundation.

Picture: https://www.shopsaar.nl

Nixnut 
Fairtrade baby brand from The Netherlands. Organic and soft materials. Natural colors and comfortable fittings for newborns and kids up to 4 years.

Noeser
Children’s clothes from organic cotton. GOTS certified. Dutch brand.

Popupshop
Organic basics for kids

Saar
100% fair & organic handmade fashion. GOTS certified. Run by Saar based in Arnhem.

Picture: https://www.noeser.eu/nl

WEBSHOPS WITH DIFFERENT BRANDS:

Daily Brat
Organic apparel and lifestyle items for your little one. Shipping worldwide from Amsterdam.

Faam
Antwerp based multi-brand web/shop with eco, fair and sustainable fashion for men, women, baby, and kids.

Goodmorning Sunshine
Online kids boutique. From 0 to 14 years old.

Greenjump
Biologic and fair-trade online store. More than 2000 products from brands where beautiful and convenient is just as important as sustainable and fair production.

Lidor
Online store for Babies and children. 

Little King Arthur
Online concept store. From 0 to 7 years old. With organic unique brands. Run by mothers Nicole and Marilyn. Made in The Netherlands.

Petozzi
Online store for Babies and children. 

Purestarters
Fair and pure clothes for children.

Waschbaer
Eco webshop for the whole family.

CUSTOME MADE:

A Gift
Handmade children clothes. Using GOTS certified fabrics. Run by Astrid.

Kaatje Pluk
Unique and original baby clothes and accessories. Organic cotton fabrics available. Run by Karen.  

XOOZ
High-quality Handmade Goods. Play and chill in style.

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LEARN MORE ABOUT FAST FASHION

Did you watched “The True Cost” and want to learn more about Fast Fashion? I have gathered seven videos for you to learn who is paying the real price of cheap clothes.
Here they are:

1. Fashion Factories Undercover – Real Stories


2. Sweatshop – Deadly Fashion


3. Made in Bangladesh – The fifth estate


4. Fast Fashion’s Effect on People, The Planet & You – Patrick Woodyard


5. How to Engage with Ethical Fashion – Clara Vuletich


6. Fashion: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver


7. The Wardrobe To Die For – Lucy Siegle

Do you feel motivated to start supporting ethical brands? Check my sustainable shopping guide and get inspired.

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OUTFIT: O MY BAG

Scrolling through the book of Marieke Eyskoot named ‘Dit Is Een Goede Gids’, I discovered the Amsterdam based brand ‘O My Bag’.

O My Bag makes bags and accessories from eco-leather. The brand works with a small tannery in Kolkata, India, which has been run by a married couple since the 1990s. For the leather, they use cow skins from the surrounding West Bengal area to minimize the transport. Since cows are sacred in India and are not eaten, the skins come from cows that can no longer work due to their age or illness.

Eco-leather is produced with a minimal environmental impact. The tanning process adheres to strict health and environmental guidelines to prevent negative consequences for the employees, the environment and the wearer of the bags. The eco tanneries have their own wastewater treatment facility that refrains from using harmful chemicals. The tannery with which O My Bag works has extreme measures in the field of waste reduction, energy, and water saving. They use recycled rainwater for the tanning process and daylight to save resources. O My Bag supervises and ensured that all environmental conditions and eco-integrity are preserved along the production process. From energy management to water control and employee safety conditions.

Besides being eco-friendly, O My Bag is also committed to paying fair wages to the Indian workers. They also grant health benefits, pension insurance, as well as receiving education and training. They make sure thought visiting twice per year, that everything is fair and honest. On the website you can see who are the workers, how are the working conditions and how does a day of work looks like.

The bags are sewn in a nearby factory at fair trade conditions. The seamstresses receive an above-average salary and they get extra health programs and further education.

The style of the bags is timeless. Due to the good quality, the bags can last for a very long time. From O My Bag’s collectionO My Bag’s collection, I got the ‘Navy Diaper Bag’. I like that the color and style can be worn for both mom and dad. The exterior of the bag is made of sturdy canvas. The handles are made from dark brown eco-leather. It also comes with an adjustable strap so the bag can be worn crossbody, carried over the shoulder, or attached to the stroller. The bag looks very practical with a lot of compartments for all that the baby needs on the go.

On these series of pictures, I took the bag out for a test and shot some pictures.
Those were made by photographer Marisa Elisa Photography.

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More pictures using the bag for real will follow soon ;).

What I´m wearing:
Shirt, shoes, and jacket // Second-lifestyle Amersfoort (second-hand shop)
Leggings // Erlich textil
Bag // O My Bag
Stroller // Greentom

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OUTFIT: THE PERFECT MATERNITY JACKET

Being pregnant and having a minimalistic wardrobe don’t go hand in hand. With a growing belly, it is likely to need new clothes. I tried to avoid getting new clothes as long as possible, but slowly the time came and the first thing I needed was a bigger jacket. The only thing I was sure about is that I didn’t want a jacket that I would only wear during the last months of the pregnancy. While searching I found the German brand ‘Paula Janz Maternity’. Paula is a fashion designer from Berlin. She makes maternity clothes for the modern mom. Combining urban, timeless and elegant looks, she makes pieces that are possible to wear during and after pregnancy. The pieces are made in Europe under fair conditions.

From her winter collection, I got the ‘Baby Love Parka’. The parka has a hoodie, two front pockets and it has an extra insert that you can adapt in the zipper. This extra insert is very practical for a growing belly. And later on, when the baby is born it’s also handy to have it because you can comfortably carry your baby in the coat.

On these series of pictures, I show you how I style the ‘Baby Love Parka’ from Paula Janz Maternity. The pictures were made by photographer Marisa Elisa Photography.


 

What I´m wearing:
Jacket // Paula Janz maternity
Leggings // Erlich textil
Shoes // Second-lifestyle Amersfoort (second-hand shop)
Backpack // JW PEI

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OUTFIT: LUXURY BAGS WITHOUT HARMING ANIMALS

Fake leather has been on the market for a very long time. The commonly used materials for synthetic leather are polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyurethane (PU), which are plastic-based materials. As conscious consumerism is rising and entering the mainstream the challenge is to find fake leather accessories made from ecologically friendly materials instead of plastic.  I did a little research and found a new brand that it’s making their best to make luxury bags as sustainable as possible. Let me introduce you to JW PEI. This luxury brand makes bags from recycled bottles. The recycling technology has evolved so much that nearly all polyester-based materials can be recycled. The bags and their lining are made from 100% recycled bottles. JW PEI only works with factories that are certified by GRS (Global Recycling Standards) and the Oeko-Tex Standard.

On these series of pictures, I show you how I style the JW PEI ‘Drawstring Backpack’  in black. For that, I made two different outfits. The pictures were made in Amersfoort by the photographer Marisa Elisa Photography.

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What I´m wearing:
Shirt // Lievevrouw second-hand market in Amersfoort
Leggings // Erlich textil
Shoes // Second-lifestyle Amersfoort (second-hand shop)
Backpack // JW PEI
Jacket // Paula Janz maternity

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What I´m wearing:
Shirt // Lievevrouw second-hand market in Amersfoort
Leggings // Erlich textil
Shoes // Second-lifestyle Amersfoort (second-hand shop)
Backpack // JW PEI
Jacket // Charity shop ‘Kringloop Amersfoort – Leusden’

If you would like to give it a try and get a bag from JW PEI, the code “as15off” gives you 15% off all the collection. Go to their website via this link: https://goo.gl/1HQkH8

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HOW TO WEAR ALL-BLACK OUTFITS

Black is my all-time favorite color. In psycology, the color black is linked to power. It’s an intimidating color and indicates strength and discipline. Black doesn’t usually express emotions, rather, it conceals them, giving the person in black an air of superiority. The color black is also considered to be elegant and chic. A black outfit can be seen as more fancy than a colorful one. To me, it is my go-to color whether I have a special event or don’t know what to wear on a regular day. It never disappoints me in making me feel stylish and confident. Just like it does with me, I believe that black makes everyone look great. It might sound easy but it can be hard sometimes to combine all-black outfits. I have gathered a few tips to help you wear black:

  • Combine different fabrics and textures. For example cotton, leather-look, linen, tweed. And think of shiny, matt, sparkly and so on.
  • Mix a fitted piece and a wider piece in the same outfit. When you wear skinny pants, you can wear a wide sweater or blouse. When you wear a tight top, you can wear a wide skirt or pants.
  • Add a little bit of color. Go with a colorful bag -shoes, a bold hat or a vintage bandana. Jewelry is also a good option to make the outfit interesting.
  • Wear a bold lipstick color. This is my personal favorite tip to make an all-black outfit look stylish. The good news is that you can combine ANY color from red to purple.

I have gathered my favorites all-black outfits to inspire you:

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All-black outfit combined with golden shoes. Picture by: Marisa Elisa Photography
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All-black outfit combined with red Converse shoes. Picture by: Marisa Elisa Photography
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Wearing black and a red lipstick. Picture by: Anouk Fotografeert
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All-black outfit combined with fishnet tights. Picture by: Mitchel Lensink
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All-black outfit combined with a lace top and white sneakers. Picture by: Marisa Elisa Photography
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All-black outfit combined with a colorful bandana. Picture by: Gert Zomer
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All-black outfit combined with dark red shoes and blue nails. Picture by: Mitchel Lensink
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All-black outfit combined with golden shoes and purple lipstick. Picture by: Marisa Elisa Photography
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All-black outfit combined with sparkly and matt fabrics. Picture by: Marisa Elisa Photography
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All-black outfit combined with a red beanie. Picture by: Mitchel lensink

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