Last week I had a couple of days off from the lawyers office and Studio Dress which gave me some extra time to focus a hundred percent on designing. It felt like a luxery to have the time to focus on one thing, although I love the different projects I am involved with. Once in a while it neccesary to take a step back and give your mind a break. So I settled myself on designing. It's makes me very happy to see the collection grow as it should because time runs fast. Only seven weeks left till the show!
This picture was taken in front of the court which is a familiar place for me because of my job. I come here on a regular base to drop off documents for one of our lawyers. I am wearing a purple culotte jumpsuit in combination with a bordeaux red top and a beige wollen coat. All part of the new collection. The coat is my favourite at the moment and very suitable for this time of the year.
My sister took this picture close to the city centre of Arnhem. It's a beautiful place where a few roads come together. I'm wearing a grey sweater which is a new design and inspired on a vintage selfmade sweater of my mum.
Perfect in combination with a grey high waisted trousers which is also part of the new collection.
Pictures made by Sara Beekman
Since the date of the show is settled at the first of July I spent all my free time working on the collection. Past
sunday a photoshoot was planned to see how the collections evolves. The day was sunny and my sister and I couldn't wait to get started. A shoot is always exciting for me and I'm questioning myself: Will we find this great locations again? Are my designs on point? What about the weather? Luckily all circumstances turned out to be totally fine and these are the first pictures. We found this beautifull wall right at the beginning of the shoot.
pictures made by Sara Beekman
This week I had an appointment with my teacher of the fashion school. She ordered this green coat during my first sale. She is this amazing woman who taught so many woman and men to draw and design and supports us to find our way in de fashion industry. This made me feel very honored to design something for her. I was a little nervous for the fitting but she and the coat looked amazing. These are the special moments which makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
In the last few months I sold a big part of my collection. There are a few woman out there walking around in my designs. It's sometimes hard to believe this is actually really happening. I like the way things are small and very personal at the moment. Getting to know the woman who choose to wear my designs. Coming months I will focus on rebuilding the collection and develop some new designs. Of course to be able to sell again but there is a second reason which I'm totally excited about:
I will have my first fashionshow coming June!
My label "Carolin" will be part of the Fashion Show "The Stijl" of the Modevakschool Arnhem. This show is part of the Fashion Design Festival in Arnhem. A lot of work to do coming months and of course I will keep you posted about my journey to the show.
In the pictures I wear designs of my collection. A woolen short in light yellow in combination with
a beige woolen jumper. I found the shoes as well as the bag in a vintage store in Arnhem.
The last few weeks I spend most of my time working. Getting to know my new job at Studio Jurk which I totally love. I started officially as a teacher last week and I think I found again something that I could do all day and doesn't even feel like work. Another door that has opened since the start of chasing my dreams. Of course I felt insecure and terrified before the offical start but I knew I had to take this change and fight for it. Feels like a great start of the new year to be able to develop myself and enjoy the success.
This grey culotte jumpsuit is one of my favourite items of my collection which I am wearing a lot. In the winter also wearable with a jumper underneath. I like these pictures because of the outfit and they reminds me to be and feel strong and trust the future.
So many resolutions: getting up early to go running for work, working out at least two times a week, spending more time with the people I love, worry less about unimportant stuff, buying something really beautiful once in a while, go out dancing at least every week, devoting every free minute to my start-up in fashion. There is so much to think about and so many plans.
2016 has been a serious rollercoaster for me. So many exciting things happened. There were moments of real excitement where I felt on top of the world and moments of complete emptiness where I couldn't keep up with the speed of life. Looking back I learned so much and I feel gratitude for every moment of happiness and disappointment.
For 2017 I feel like I'm on the right path but it's something to watch closely. I experienced the easiness of getting of track. Following the energy of my surroundings instead of my own. So for me, my most important New Year's Resolution is to follow my own energy. Life shouldn't be a constant battle. Sometimes just being is enough.
A new job! Excited to share with you I got accepted for a new job at Studio Jurk in Nijmgen. Studio Jurk is a great company founded by Hanna and Julia. My first visit at their website www.studiojurk.nl immediatly took my attention. Hanna and Julia share the same passion as I do. Designing and making clothes and hopefully inspire others. I knew I had to take this chance and apply for the job as a teacher. I got accepted! I couldn't be happier. I think the job will be exciting as well as instructive and inspiring. Can't wait to start!
If you are interested in taking classes and learn how to make your own incredible clothes, take a look at their website. New courses will start in february.
Make sure you are on time cause some of the courses are sold out just like concert tickets ^_^.
Last weekend was my second sale. A little different than a few weeks ago. I had a personal appointment with this incredible woman I met at the Airport in Bordeaux. She spoke to me while I was waiting for boarding time. She fell for my outfit as I told her I was a starting designer. Later that day I got her message in my mailbox and we made an appointment to meet. Last saterday was the day and I felt so excited. Just the way this situation went felt like a dream. We met in France and now she was right at my door. It turned out she had the same size as me which made the fitting super easy. The looks were amazing on her and it made me so excited to see someone so beautiful looking even more beautiful in my designs.
The past few weeks and months have been exciting. The first sale, meetings, connecting with people, new projects and a new job opportunity (which I will tell you more about in a few weeks). I feel like I'm constantly on the road which I actually totally love. Time management is starting to get more and more important to get everything done as planned. These pictures are speaking for me at this moment. It's a look of my latest collection. The combination of colored and graphic fabrics is inspiring for me and something I will develop more in my new collection. The bag I'm carrying has been my favourite lately and is a creation of Hester van Eeghen.
Welcome to my blog! I am Carolien, a girl from the Netherlands writing about my journey in the world of fashion. I am a dreamer as well as designer and every day of my life is dedicated to bring these two things together. Take your time to wander around,