May 2, 2016

Apartment update: Living room tour


It's been 10 months since we moved into our first apartment and finally I have a post ready with our finished living room! I'm a little lost for words at the moment as I've just written all the text below (yup, it's another long one!) and two application letters for different jobs I'm eyeing, so I'll let the pictures do the talking for me! Enjoy!

April 29, 2016

My favorite Spring jacket

This jacket is tha bomb diggity. It's half bomber, half parka and perfectly light-weight. The collar is beautifully embellished, but forgot to make a close-up shot to show you the amazing details. This jacket is the perfect throw-on piece to finish of a basic look and can be worn is so many different outfit that I'm sure you'll be seeing it loads on my blog! 

April 27, 2016

Mylène PureSkin


New in my beauty cabinet: bits of the Mylène PureSkin line. Wait... beauty talk? Yes, beauty talk. Everyone probably remembers how I exclaimed I'd never become a beauty blogger, but since many of my blogging friends write about make-up, skincare, hair care and nail art I got sucked into the new-to-me world of beauty anyway. With the amount of beauty-related blog events I attended in the last few weeks a breath of fresh blog subjects was in the air. I still will never become a beauty blogger, but sharing a small discovery every now and then could be interesting.

Even I - the biggest beauty rookie - am familiar with the Mylène, their home party concept and their beauty products. During an event a few weeks back I got to meet the Mylène team and was introduced to their newest skincare line PureSkin. After the event I was kindly given a facial set with a scrub and a cream/gel and a stop spots stick so I could try the products at home and see if they delivered. It's been a few weeks now and I've gone through more than one hormonal cycle (tmi, but it simply is my main source of skin problems), so I feel like it's time to write down my findings.

April 25, 2016

Travel outfit: Among the blooming bluebells


Some people have a travel bucket list, but I have a shoot location bucket list too (and, well, one with coffee bars). Am I weird for that? On the location list for Spring are the blossoms in Haspengouw (see an old shoot we did there here), the blossoms in Zeeland, the yellow flower fields in the Liereman reservate, the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens and the Hallerbos near Brussels. My friend K, who will be very pleased to read she has been included in yet another blog text, helped me scratch off the Hallerbos last week. She came to my place to work on her thesis, but the weather was too nice to stay inside and there really only is a very short time period to see the blooming bluebells. We decided to shift our her priorities and drive to Brussels. If you read my previous post about the beauty of the forest, you'll understand.

April 24, 2016

24


It's my 24th birthday today! On my 23rd birthday I was looking forward to graduation, my first job and moving in with my boyfriend. Well, graduation took a little longer than expected and I haven't found a full-time job, but we did find a beautiful, open and light apartment that is finally starting to feel like a home. We recently bought the last bits and pieces for the living area and once I get K to clean up his messes I'll share new photos on the blog. Pinky promise!

For the first time in years I decided to host a birthday party for my closest friends. No Pinterest worthy table settings or food blog styled bites, but just a basic cocktail table, beer crate, bowls of chips and a large plate with veggies and home made dip sauces (simple guacamole and a yoghurt + pesto dip). Everything came together in under twenty minutes before everyone arrived. Nothing but happy faces and lots of munching all night, so I guess I did alright. Now, my friends would not be my friends without making a ginger joke or two on my birthday, so I found a ginger root and ginger tea among my presents. I know they love me, I know they care. They proved so by spoiling me with fresh ground coffee, a carrot cake baking mix and a few pretty things for or apartment. I sense a whole lot of afternoon coffees coming up! 

I got to pick my own birthday cake for the first time ever and I was as excited in the bakery as a four-year-old would be in Disney World. Growing up? Don't think so. This afternoon my family comes over for a piece of said cake and coffee. Mom is bringing their old Kitchen Aid blender as my gift (they seriously never use it, crazy people) and I can't wait to fabricate fresh banana or strawberry nicecream again. 

Also, I am guest posting on Katrijn's blog Kleine Gelukjes today! It's been years since I've written for someone else's blog so I'm pretty excited for this chance. It's a fun coincidence that the post went live on my birthday, haha. I wrote about life's little pleasures and what they mean to me and you can read it here (it's written in Dutch). Thank you Katrijn for having me on your blog!

I'm off to enjoy the rest of "my" day and stuff my face with cake. Enjoy your Sundays!

April 20, 2016

Flowering bluebells in Hallerbos

Years and years ago I made a bucket list of all the places I wanted to visit in Belgium. To this day, not many items have been scratched off, aside from exploring Brussels (which I've been doing lots of lately!). Not too far from Brussels is Halle, well-known for it's beautiful Hallerbos. The Hallerbos is a forest that turns into a fairy tale-like scene every Spring. Shades of white and yellow slowly turn into shades of purple as daffodils and white anemones make way for a sea of blooming bluebells. The gentle perfume they spread is like nothing you've ever smelled before. 

The main reason I never made it to the Hallerbos before is the 2 hour drive past literally all of Belgiums most awful and busy traffic points. We passed through every town that's called out in the radio traffic jam updates, stood in lines for a good long while and had to detour on the highway. My boyfriend would have never gone along, but thankfully I found a bucket list mate in my girl K. As soon as we set foot in the forest we were welcomed by fields of blooming bluebells, which only got bigger and more beautiful as we hiked further into the woods. I still struggle with my hip injury, so we planned not to walk too far in. It's just that the beauty of this place got us to forget about time and place and we wandered off pretty far without knowing. In the end we estimate we had a good 8 -10kilometers, which is much more than we had intended (I had walked 10K around Brussels just the day before and my hip was still sore). All is well with me, the inflammation in my hip hasn't returned and I'm not in pain, so all that I have to remind me of our day out is the beautiful memories and the photos below (that tbh, do not do the forest justice)! 

April 18, 2016

Skechers Wijnegem Store Opening


Skechers recently opened its first mono-brand store in Wijnegem (Belgium) and I was there to check things out! My dear old friend L was in need of some retail therapy and what better way to fight the wardrobe blues than to go shoe shopping! Not that I needed any more shoes, but *spoiler alert* I found the Skechers pair of my dreams.