The Black High-waist Pants

It’s been a long cold winter, and my toes have officially frozen off.  Yikes.  I know Belgium is nowhere where near the negative double-digit temps of Boston, but jezus can a girl get a little sun here!?  Nearly every day is covered and cloudy… The sun doesn’t even stay awake longer than office hours, so yeah, we’re pretty much just zombies getting dressed and walking around in the dark here.  Thank god for Will Smith’s instagram, feeding us those feel good videos. Inevitably, there are pieces that you fall back and back and back on, and these pair of pants…

The Long Grey Cardigan

Okay it’s getting freakin’ cold.  Every morning I experience the despair of choosing an outfit that makes me stylish or makes me into a monochrome marshmellow (I know, I know, #firstworldproblems): “Oh Rachel, if you’re wearing those pinstripe pants you gotta go with the deep black pajama top.”   “Don’t be silly! She’ll freeze off her tatas if she doesn’t put on at least two Uniqlo Heat-Tech’s underneath!” “But hello, it’s low cut…. And those tanktops are not…. She’s lucky enough she can get away with it thanks to her humble cleavage”. “You bitch.”   …I am not a morning…

The Red Mohair Knit

I recently learnt of the word ‘autumnal’.  Ask me why it took nearly 28 years to discover this and be met with a dumbstruck shrug. Here I am representing my native American-English to Belgians, and all I can say to describe a whiskey cocktail with bitters, cinnamon and clove smoke is “OMG it’s so Fall!”… Autumnal. Autumnal…. I should have read more as a child [bangs palm to forehead]. Of course Autumn is the only season that gets such a regal adjective.  It’s rich. It’s vibrant. It’s velvety. It’s passionate. It’s Autumnal.  The crisp air and lowering temperatures call for…

The Nevillee Silk Reversible

Continuing on the great European quest, my eyes are open and observant to everything. I’ve got two months of work under my belt now, and I must say: consumption is far less a part of life here than it is in the US.  The women in my office all have their own unique sense of style, be it the structured blouse, oversized knit, dress+blazer combo à la Kate Middleton, or just bare minimalism. Oh, and pretty much no one ever wears flats.  Perhaps a pair of Stan Smith Adidas sneakers will cross the hallways on a Friday, but even then –…

The Courier Shirt

Hello, it’s me. Utilita State, back on the blogging horse. For those who don’t know, I’ve officially packed my things and moved across the Atlantic to cute little Belgium (hence the short interruption in post programming). After living in both the US and Singapore for good chunks of my life, I figure it’s time I try out the old western world of Europe. Plus, my photographer slash “love of my life” is over here so yaknow, it’s really just practical. Anyhoo, a few things I’ve noticed about this country so far: Everyone cycles and nobody wears helmets Skinny heels in cobbled…