The story of Quirine
We are so happy to introduce our new friend Quirine Smit. When we met Quirine we were so inspired by how she promotes and embodies values that are so important to us as a brand — sustainability, responsible consumption, and healthy living. We had a chat with Quirine about her work, the new challenge she has taken on, and the love we share for beautiful, ethically made lingerie.
S/R: Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do and your work promoting a sustainable lifestyle.
Quirine: I'm the founder of The Vegan Effect: a platform where I write about veganism and sustainability. When I started my vegan journey I really missed a place for girls like me: living in the city with a busy social life, but also with a big heart for animals & the environment. So why not start my own blog? I live in Amsterdam together with my boyfriend & my cat and next to writing I really enjoy different kinds of sports, cooking (and eating!), going out and traveling the world.
S/R: As we speak you are about to start a "no-buy challenge". Can you tell us a bit about that, why you decided to do it and what you hope to learn through it?
Quirine: Oh my, that's indeed a challenge! This implies I will not buy any clothes from January 1st till July 1st. I participate because the fashion industry is the second most polluting in the world (next to the meat & dairy industry). I'm challenging myself to look at clothes differently (be more creative for example) and, above all, to be satisfied with the stuff I have. I am — unconsciously — tempted a little too often for new items and I always want 'more'. After this challenge, I hope I'm more grateful and satisfied with the stuff I already have. Although I'm not buying for 6 months I'm still using my platform to inspire my followers with nice, sustainable brands.
S/R: What was it about Semi/Romantic that drew you to our brand?
Quirine: My whole life I'm struggling with finding beautiful fitting bras. For many years I wish I had bigger boobs, but now I have embraced them and I'm happy with it. This is due to brands like Semi/Romantic: your lingerie makes me feel pretty and feminine.
S/R: Could you share a little tip or self-care ritual you have?
Quirine: Especially right now I find inspiration and relaxation in the little things: a long Sunday walk, reading a magazine with a nice oat cappuccino on the side, or cooking together with my boyfriend while drinking red wine. Often I go offline for the weekend and for me that's the ultimate self-care.
QUIRINE ON SEMI/ROMANTIC
“Your lingerie makes me feel pretty and feminine.”
Lingerie is an intimate thing. That's why we love knowing about the women who wear SEMI/ROMANTIC, and we want you to know us just as well.
We are incredibly proud to share a conversation we had with our friend Nastya. Not only is Nastya a lover of lingerie she is also an amazing and inspiring Photographer. When we discovered her work we could wait to get to know her, and we are so proud to call her a friend of Semi/Romantic.
We are beyond excited to introduce our friend Dani. She really is the friend we have been waiting for. A Psychotherapist, Yogi, traveler and so much more, Dani is such a beautiful spirit. She first found us but as soon as she did we knew it was meant to be! We had a chat with Dani about her many passions, what practicing Yoga means to her, how she finds a home within herself no matter where she is in the world, and of course — great lingerie.
Sign up for €10 off your first purchase