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THE WEEKEND POST: OUR OLD COLLEGE TOWN

May 29, 2016








Another week, another city. We decided on a little throwback this time when we visited Zwolle, the city where we both went to college. It was quite fun to wander the streets with a more mature eye. Getting cheap ice cream and sitting in the grass with a bag of crisps have been replaced by tasty lunches and premium gelato. We're really not that fancy, we just love good food.

Our lunch was eaten at Brasserie Jansen. This place has such a lovely interior but we didn't see too much of it because it was warm enough to eat out on the terrace. The terrace faces the Nieuwe Markt, a beautiful green square nestled in between old churches. It's just away from the madness of the main shopping street so a lovely place if you just want to sit and eat while watching the people go by. 

Of course the weekend isn't the weekend without a little bit of shopping, but I'm quite pleased to say that I wasn't the one buying the most things this time. The mister and I took some time for him to try things he normally doesn't purchase. We're slowly but surely developing his style a little further beyond skinny jeans and a t-shirt and that makes me a very happy girl.

We finished off the day with some delicious ice cream from Salute. The line outside of this shop was a little crazy so we were pretty sure it had to be good. There was some kind of special event happening in town and there were all these street bands performing, which really didn't make the wait that terrible. We walked by the water enjoying our cold and sweet treats. I wish every weekend was like this. Slow and sweet and heated by the sun overhead.

Next week we're going to a special event in Arnhem, so I'm already looking around trying to find a nice place for lunch or dinner. What were you up to this weekend?

THE START OF THE SEASON

May 24, 2016




Oh what a day it was yesterday. A group of friends and I went to our first outdoor festival of the season, the massive and majestic Soenda. The line-up was filled with lovely names, the sun was shining all day and I truly had the best of times. It was a wonderful start to the new festival season. Last year I went to quite a few music festivals and this year instead of going away every weekend the mister and I are going on a ten day holiday to sunny Croatia. So Soenda will be one of the few summer festivals we will be enjoying this year.

The weather was really good so tons of people dressed up in their festival finest, there is something about festivals that seems to make people a little more daring in their fashion choices. There were lace flared pants, short dresses, lots of pretty braided hairdos and entire people covered in glitter. I just love it. I personally wore a light pink leather skirt with a simple white t-shirt and my favourite Adidas sneakers (like I wore here). I borrowed a silver beaded bag from my mother's closet to complete the look and I felt so comfortable all day. Experimenting with fashion is one of my favourite things and I can't wait to do more of it this season.

Luckily I took my Fujifilm Instax Mini camera with me this time, with plenty of film, and I happily snapped away a bunch of photos of me and my friends. Whipping out this camera always get the attention of a lot of people, they're really curious what that tiny little pink thing does. It's always so funny to see their faces when the polaroid rolls out.

I managed to get a really good deal on Instax film a while back so I have plenty of fuel to keep making snaps throughout the summer. I can't wait to organise them in a lovely way when summer is over, do any of you have some ideas or tips for that?

The first two photos are property of Soenda, and not mine.

STYLE DIARY: DOCKSIDE

May 19, 2016


Trousers: Mango | Striped shirt: H&M | Leather jacket: Zara | Bag: Zara | Shoes: Adidas Stan Smith



Pictures by Maurice ten Teye

 I could have very well titled this post uniform, because right now you're looking at my go to outfit. There is something about these cropped trousers that makes me feel incredibly chic when wearing them, they're indispensable in my capsule wardrobe, no matter the season. I feel more mature and more at place in the adult world. After quitting school and deciding to take a break until I really knew what I wanted to do, I finally felt more comfortable expressing my personal style rather than trying to fit in with the rest of my surroundings.

These pictures were taken in Deventer when the mister and I were exploring there last weekend. I've really got myself a good egg here because he feels totally at ease with me asking him to take tons of pictures of me holding my jacket in different ways or me telling him how to angle the camera to capture my gorgeous orange bag just so. Let's just say he's much more at ease than I am, I feel kind of awkward posing in a public place. But I really want to post more style related things so I'll just have to deal with it and I'm sure I'll grow into it eventually.

What's your go to outfit/uniform? I'm curious to find out!



WISHING: FACIAL OILS

May 17, 2016
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Ever since finding the perfect way for me to use facial oils (stacked on top or mixed into moisturiser, before going to bed or on slow days at home) I have been excited to try more. I'm currently using and loving the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil but as I am nearing the end of that bottle I'm looking at the world wide web trying to find the next big thing for me. I've been stepping up my skin care game and now that I'm spending less on makeup and clothing (the capsule has really cut down my spending) I feel like it's okay to fork out a little more cash on the things that improve my skin. 

I'm really intrigued by the new oil from The Body Shop, namely because it's the most affordable out of the four but also because I've been reading a bunch of great reviews on it. To be honest I don't think I'll ever be able to justify spending 80 euros on a thirty milliliter bottle of oil, so the Sunday Riley one is probably off the list. But hey, a girl can dream, right? Aesop and Clarins are both brands that I use on a daily basis right now and they're really performing for me. 

But before I commit to a new facial oil, I'll definitely be checking out multiple reviews and working on finding the right fit for me. You know I'll be reporting back on my picks and how it's working for my skin. Have you tried face oils before, what's your favourite and why?


THE WEEKEND POST: DARLING DEVENTER

May 15, 2016






What to do on a lazy Sunday during Pentecost? Me and the mister went exploring again, this time in my mother's hometown Deventer. Just ten minutes away from our current place of life lies this city. It's actually smaller than my hometown but is in most ways a lot more developed than Apeldoorn. Deventer was an important trade city back in the day and kept a lot more of its history where the rulers of my city flattened out a lot of facades and decided to modernise rather than keep history alive.

We took a stroll around the Bergkwartier, a set of winding streets on hill. These streets are usually filled with tons of people checking out the little boutiques, but because it being Sunday and Pentecost at that it was really quite quiet. It was actually really nice to get a chance to check out the buildings instead of going inside. We had some lunch at a place called St. Tropez Gastrolounge. It looked really pretty and cozy and the food was great too!

We went to an up and coming area of Deventer called the Havenkwartier as well. I remember visiting this city a lot when I was younger and my grandparents who lived there were still alive. This part of town was definitely not as hip and cool back then. But now it's filled with charming concept restaurants, the first food hall in the east of the Netherlands and plenty of cultural establishments to keep every hip person happy. We had actually wanted to go to the food hall here but since it was Pentecost they were hosting a special event that needed a reservation, so better luck next time! We'll definitely be going back soon to check out all the great food I have been hearing about.

The mister is currently chilling on the sofa watching Sons of Anarchy (yeah we're late to that party) while I'm writing up this post. Later tonight we're heading out with family for a nice dinner and then the weekend will already be over. The days really do fly past, don't they?

What have you been up to this weekend?

(HANGOVER) HYDRATION HEROES

May 13, 2016


It's Eurovision week, which means most our nights are spent looking at horrible acts with cheesy songs, consuming a little more wine than I should and being a little too critical about people's costume choices. Just like last Tuesday, when a friend and I met up in Utrecht, got a bottle of merlot (each, let's be honest here) and watched our country's Dutch crooner Douwe Bob wink his way into the finale.

But the next day I woke up with purple lips, the only thing about red wine I don't like, and less than glowing skin. It was a short night and my body had been busier fighting the alcohol than working to wake me with hydrated, radiant skin. But luckily I have an arsenal of products ready to get back my glow.

First I cleanse with Mario Badescu's Enzyme Cleansing Gel. This cleanser is very gentle and doesn't foam, but it does contain alpha hydroxy acids that slough away dead skin cells which may be making you look sallow and grey. I really love it because it doesn't make my dry, dehydrated skin feel tight or uncomfortable. Especially when I have already been bad to my skin by consuming so much wine, I need all the help I can get.

After cleansing I take Caudalie's Eau de Beauté and spritz that all over my face. This stuff is great for that redness that seems to pop even more when you're looking less than fresh, I can clearly see the redness diminishing after using this. It will give your skin a boost of radiance, feel refreshing and the scent is something to get used to, but I really feel like it perks me up. I feel and look much more rested after using this.

Next up is a much needed hydration boost. We all know that alcohol really dries you out, that's why it also causes those pesky headaches and the sandpaper mouth after consuming way too much. So an hydration infusing mask is really needed the morning after. I don't like waiting forever for a mask to dry after which I need to wash it off, that's why the La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque is so perfect. I tend to pick mine up when I'm in France, but it's also available on sites like Feel Unique. This gel like formula is really cool and soothing on the skin and really packs a punch of hydration. Just leave it on and tissue off the excess, no need to cleanse again. But if you're anything like me, your skin will definitely be needing the moisture and there will be no product left to tissue off.

And that's it, just three simple products that are easily available and pretty affordable that help my skin get back to normal after I went a little crazy. What type of products do you use for that hangover rescue attempt?

FIVE GOOD THINGS

May 10, 2016



As we are slowly but surely getting deeper into May the weather finally seems to turning around. The previous week was drenched in sunshine and I felt like I needed to take my time and enjoy it so I let loose and had an amazing week. But now it's time to get back into blogging, but not without first telling you about the five good things that made me smile last week.

1. May 5th was the Dutch liberation day. We celebrate being liberated from the Nazi regime in 1945. With the sun beating down on my head and warming my heart I danced the day away with some of my favourite people in the world. My home town had organised a party in a park by the canal and it was so lovely. Sunshine just seems to bring out the best in people.

2. The mister played a tournament with his team last weekend so I finally got to meet some of the people that live on the other side of Europe he's always talking to. It was so lovely meeting new people and getting to know them while enjoying great food and colourful drinks at one of my favourite spots in my city. Can't wait to see them again soon.

3. I got my ticket to a large music festival yesterday. Last year my entire summer was about music festivals, I had the most amazing time travelling all over the country and dancing for hours. This one will be happening at the end of May and it is the first large one, for me it's like the starting block of summer.

4. Now that it's heating up outside I'm putting more effort in achieving that all over glow, especially when I wake up looking a little sallow after one too many cocktails consumed at a party. I've been using the Origins GinZing Refreshing Face Mask about once a week the last month. It's such a refreshing gel formula that really gives my skin a boost when it needs it. I've been trying to get the mister to use it as well, but so far, no bite.

5. Last Sunday was Mother's Day and the mercury in the thermometer reached all the way up to 27 degrees, which made me a very (sweaty) happy camper. We went for a little drive and ended up at Radio Kootwijk. This is an old transmitter built by the Dutch government to transmit to the Dutch Indies, now it's been 'given back to nature' and sits in the middle of some beautiful nature. We walked around for a bit until the sun and heat got too much which led to us getting a refreshing ice cream cone.

What's been going on with you guys?

THE WEEKEND POST: A STROLL THROUGH ARNHEM

May 01, 2016





Another week, another day date, my favourite kind. This week we decided to stay a little closer to home as we were both tired after all of the King's Day and Night madness, which we spent on the pier in The Hague with some of my favourite people in the world. The weather has been absolutely horrid the last week but on Saturday the showers finally stopped and we even got a few precious hours of sun. Could Spring finally be here? So we took a little road trip to Arnhem. 

Just thirty minutes by car from our city the world seems completely different. There is a lot more history in Arnhem, especially in the architecture. Think cool warehouses with gorgeous concept stores and little cafes for the tastiest lunches. I really love the cobblestone streets and little boutiques. The newly renovated central station is a sight as well, the gorgeous lines and abundance of light falling into the structure are truly magnificent. Worth a look even if you're not heading somewhere using public transport. 

Since we hadn't originally planned to go to another city, so we just kind of wandered around window shopping and looking for a place to eat. We ended up having a delicious lunch at a darling spot called CafĂ© Verheyden. It's located in an old warehouse and has a gorgeous outdoor garden. It was still a bit too chilly to eat outside, but this would definitely be my preference for a next visit.

But my favourite part of the day was no doubt checking out some interior and lifestyle stores to get some inspiration for our next big project, finding a little place for the two of us to rent.

We're both moving out of our parents' nests to our very first apartment, which is very exciting, but extremely stressful. We need to get so many things. We're not going to start looking for places until after our summer holiday but we thought it would be a good idea to begin collecting some smaller necessary bits and keep the big decisions like furniture for when we actually have a space to put them in. Expect to see some home inspiration posts more frequently now that we've started this project!

The weekend is nearly over and for tonight I have plans to meet some friends at the movie theatre to see Louis Theroux's My Scientology Movie. I'm a big fan of Theroux's work and Scientology has always been a subject that piqued my interest. I'll update soon to tell you what I thought of it. 

How have you spent your weekend? Oh and if you're Dutch, how did you spend King's Day?