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Lune Lautre

February 28, 2017 • AntwerpStyle

a year ago, britt and julie opened the doors to their brand new boutique in southern antwerp, not that far from where i used to live. no big deal you say? well, if you’re from around that part of antwerp (where you edegem/wilrijk/hove/boechout/kontich peeps at?!), i’m sure you joined me in a little happy dance when you first visited the shop. before LUNE LAUTRE, there was nothing that could be compared to it in a radius of about 20 kilometers. still not a big deal, you say? you try beating traffic in and out of the city from this part of antwerp. it’s enough to make you reconsider those 15-year-old jeans you were about to throw away.

but of course talking about traffic and convenience is not doing this shop justice – and neither do my photos above. i took them during a ten minute break while i was in the neighborhood, by the end of this winter’s season. britt and julie worried that they couldn’t properly show off their style because the store looked like it was raided. now if that’s what ‘raided’ looks like, then please gimme some. but in all honesty, to better judge the impeccable taste of these girls, you really should pay the store a visit now that the new collections are coming in. though you had better be quick, because the girls are known to work with waiting lists, and out of every box that comes in maybe half of the stuff actually ends up in the racks, because lune lautre fans have already reserved their favorite pieces via phone, e-mail or INSTAGRAM.

if in less than 12 months time lune lautre has become a phenomenon, it is also in large part thanks to its smiling, beautiful hosts and the warm welcome they offer every customer – with a pretty cup of coffee and a delicious-smelling branded lip balm on the side. when my business partner nele and i needed to be styled for a photo shoot last year, we didn’t think twice about it and headed over to britt and julie. they took their time to get to know us, gently push us out of our comfort zones and make us look prettier than we had looked in years. let me tell ya – no better way to kick those new-mom-blues than that (and a hair cut).

this is all getting me in the mood for a shopping spree. and a hair cut. friends and family if you’re reading this – my birthday is this sunday! ; )

visit lune lautre at hovestraat 2 in edegem • all photos by stephanie duval

Re-visiting De Wolf Opticiens

August 27, 2016 • Style

i’ve been wearing glasses on and off now for about four years, but really only needed them for driving in the dark or working behind the computer for long stretches of time. truth is i could have probably held off on wearing them for a little while longer, but i’ve always liked glasses as a fashion accessory, so i honestly didn’t mind. then came juliet, and gradually i noticed myself grabbing my glasses more and more often, and yet i still couldn’t read some traffic signs or i’d end up with a bursting head ache at the end of a long work day. after she turned one, i thought it was about time to go see an optician for a check-up.

after i’d discovered DE WOLF OPTICIENS last year when i looked for and found the PERFECT PAIR OF SUNGLASSES, there really was no doubt in my mind i’d return there. i love the brands they carry, but above all i had never felt so cared for in any shop before. so i made an appointment, but went to a different location this time – a bit closer to my home town antwerp – in puurs. last time i went to their leuven boutique, and they also have a shop in schilde. again i was welcomed with so much warmth and friendliness – i honestly felt like their most valued customer. and as i spent some time in the shop getting my eyes checked and sight measured, i listened in to some conversations and realised every. single. customer. is treated like this. the de wolf team really goes above and beyond to listen to every concern and find a solution to every challenge, with a nice cup of coffee on the side. i swear i haven’t had a more enjoyable shopping experience in my life.

but perhaps even more importantly, i’ve never experienced such an extensive measurement at an optician before. de wolf’s little backroom looks and feels like an astronaut’s cabin, with psychedelic-looking machines and monitors. not only did lovely stephanie (what’s in a name, right?) check my results against my old glasses to see how my eyes had evolved, she also checked entirely new things – like how my sight is influenced by darkness, for example. though the tests were relatively quick and straightforward, the results were certainly extensive, and a little bit surprising… there’s one more thing you can add to the list of stuff people don’t tell you before you have kids – the pregnancy and mama hormones can influence your sight. so if you thought your waistline was the only goner after giving birth, think again! luckily my sight didn’t deteriorate per sé, but because hormones influenced the incurvature of my cornea, it simply changed my astigmatism. my old glasses are pretty much worthless now, which explains the headaches and bad sight i’d been experiencing. though stephanie kindly remarked that it could also be that i’m just a lot more tired now than before having kids, and of course that has its influence on your sight, too. word, girl.

in any case, i was relieved to be reassured my eyes were pretty much still in the same condition, and i just needed new glasses. i decided that, having become a mom, this meant i should probably go for a new look, too, and then the fun really began… i was lucky to have both stephanie and astrid, owner of de wolf opticiens, help me with my search. i explained them i didn’t want a ‘mom look’, but i wasn’t into too extravagant colors or frames either. they had me try on dozens of frames, with astrid even running out to her car to find one more that she wanted me to try on. they were super good at letting me make up my own mind, but adding their honest suggestions, too. we agreed that i shouldn’t go for a frame that looked too secretary-like strict, like my old glasses, and that i needed a more feminine or flirty shape. to be completely honest – the dior frame was probably the third i tried on and i knew from the moment i looked in the mirror that it was the one. i really considered the heavier frame from oscar et valentine, simply because it was so cool, but we all agreed i looked more like myself with the dior frame.

this was all about a month ago, and i’ve probably worn my new glasses more in the past four weeks than i’ve worn my old ones in the time span of a year. i am so happy i went for the dark blue colour and very subtly ‘winged’ shape – it’s all very discreet, but still a little different than what you see most. but by all means, what do you guys think? did i do good, or should i have gone for the heavier frame? no matter how much i like the look on others, i feel like i end up favoring something more elegant time and time again…

photos by MATTHIAS RABAEY and STEPHANIE DUVAL

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