White dungarees
BLAZER €59,95 Zara | SUNNIES €14,95 Loavies | DUNGAREES €39,93 Modemusthaves | NECKLACE €9,99 H&M | SNEAKERS €19,95 Loavies | TOP €9,99 H&M | BRACELET €14,95 Loavies

I was on the lookout for white dungarees for a while (especially since watching this post by Happily Grey’s Mary) when I bumped into this short version at Modemusthaves. Isn’t it perfect for long summer days to come? Here, I combined it with a long-sleeved top (’cause temperatures are still way too low in The Netherlands) and some very cool dupes by Loavies: a fake Ray-Ban Erika, a fake Coordinates bracelet and fake Chucks. To add a touch of chic (and color) to this cheap and easy black-and-white look, I chose a cobalt blue oversized blazer by Zara to wear as a jacket. Can’t wait for bare-legs-season to arrive!

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Happy birthday to me

Happy birthday to me! And yes, this is the first picture of my new hair, which – due to my editing skills tryouts – doesn’t look much whiter than before, but believe me when I say it is. When leaving the hairdresser’s a few days ago, it was SO WHITE it actually turned purple. Haha, the toner was a little toooo heavy, but now, after some intense shampooing sessions, it’s all perfect and pretty.

But enough about my hair, because besides the fact that it’s always a good idea to have a good hair day on your birthday, it’s also always a good idea to do something fun on your birthday! I usually don’t do a lot of fun stuff because I’m always busy studying – and yes, I’ll be at Latin class this morning – but afterwards… I’LL BE SHOPPING ALL DAY LONG and then GO HAVE DINNER. My boyfriend will be my only birthday-celebration-companion, but I couldn’t wish for more, because he’s the best company EVER (especially when he takes his creditcard with him)(HAHA JUST KIDDING)(sorry not sorry).

Finally just a few words about this pic, which is part of a effortless-chic outfit post that will be online soon. We found a new perfect shooting spot, so I’m really content with the results. Just for the fun of it, you should compare my outfit pics with the ones I shot last year on my birthday (when it was incredibly hot already, apparently). At first I didn’t wanna link that post (because of something that has to do with vicarious shame), but it’s funny as well, because back then already I was thinking about cutting my hair and bleaching it. Hope you guys agree with me that I look way more interesting, grown up, and simply BETTER than a year ago. But maybe that’s due to the quality of the pics as well…

Anyhow, planning on keeping moving forward during my 26th year! (I’m turning 25 today, that means I’m living my 26th year now right?)

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running progress

About a month ago, I posted the announcement that I started running again. Now it’s time to share my progress! I’m running more or less according to the Start to Run program, which is quite easy in the beginning. Therefore, I don’t have unbelievably great data to share with you, but I’m just making sure I don’t get injured by starting off to enthusiastically. In total, I did 12 runs, but today, I’m only sharing the data of the PRs.
;)

21/04 | 5k | 41min | 225kcal
01/05 | 5k | 41min | 250kcal
03/05 | 5k | 40min | 250kcal
08/05 | 5k | 38min | 250kcal
15/05 | 5k | 37min | 275kcal

Also, there’s some progress when it comes to my weight and bodyfat-/muscle percentages. I think sharing my exact weight goes a little too far, but I’m planning on sharing weight loss and both percentages. Just to get things straight, weight loss in not really the goal though, lowering my bodyfat percentage is. Hope I’ll keep improving so I can show you more results next month!

07/05 | -0.0kg | 21.0% bodyfat | 62.1% muscle
17/05 | -0.9kg | 20.4% bodyfat | 62.6% muscle

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Athens agora

Okay I promise, this is the last post about Greece (for now =p). Most of these pics were taken on the last day of our road trip, which led us to Sounion (with the great Poseidon temple on a hilltop looking out over the ocean) and Thorikos, the archaeological site where I can be found again this Summer (but which looked so much prettier in Spring)! I also added some random favorite pics to fill up this diary, so I hope you like it!

My next trip, in June, will be to Spain again, to my BF’s beach house. It’s just a five-day-getaway, but some more friends are coming as well, so it will probably be lots of fun. Until then, I won’t tire you with any more holiday pictures, promise haha!

Sounion

Athens
Cute little house in Athens

Sounion

Parthenon frieze

Sounion

Acropolis museum

Thorikos
This is the biggest tholos grave in Thorikos, which was completely under water! So strange, in Summer this area is soooo dry.

pink flower

merely Merel
My favorite from Delphi. Me VERY happy with this view!

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photo on canvas

By now, you guys probably know how much I like photos. I’m taking my DSLR everywhere, even though I almost shoot everything on auto (shame on me, promise I’ll learn more about my camera ONE DAY). Luckily, Delphi is too pretty to even need special camera settings, so when Foto op Canvas asked me to try out their services, I immediately knew it had to be this picture I wanted to have printed on canvas. It not only represents beautiful memories of an amazing trip, it also should combine very well with my other photo on canvas (remember?). Well, scroll on to see how it turned out!

Delphi
First of all, I edited the photo. Maybe you can’t really see the difference in these small pics, but the one below is slightly less reddish (more blue) and I increased contrast a little. Editing is no problem as long as you don’t decrease the size of your photo too much. Mine was 4898 x 3265 pixels, to give you an idea.

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Ordering probably couldn’t have been easier. As you can see, the size I got (40 x 30) is only €15,-, which is incredibly cheap! However, this is excluding BTW and shipping costs (€4,95). In total, my order was €23,42 (which is still cheap though).

photo on canvas

canvas
I received my canvas already THREE DAYS later, so fast! The only drawback I can think of, is that Foto op Canvas works with their own postal carrier, so I received an e-mail informing me that my package was going to be delivered within three days and that I needed to be home or arrange something with my neighbors in order to receive it. However, I don’t know my neighbors very well, so that’s not really an option. Luckily, the package arrived at a time I was home, but I don’t know what the procedure would be if I wasn’t.

Anyhow, I love the result! Even though I added a completely different filter to the photo on the left (the one I already had), I think they look so cool together. Both feature mountains and a great view and seem to breathe that travel-vibe I so desperately need at home.

canvas

canvas
From these close-ups you can tell that parts with many details tends to get a little grainy, due to the structure of the canvas. I suggest you take this into account when choosing a photo. But on the overall, I’m completely content with the quality!

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photo on canvas

Now I can’t wait to add a third one to the collection, haha! Thinking of creating a holiday-photos-on-canvas-wall some day. Friends of mine have that and it looks so professional and personal at the same time. For the Dutchies among you with the same idea, I’d definitely recommend Fotoopcanvas.nl, since it’s cheap and fast and delivers fine quality!

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suede jacket

You guys need to be incredibly patient with me, but I finally shot another outfit again. Ofcooooourse it features my new secondhand black and brown suede jacket from H&M, which looks incredibly handsome in front of the camera, don’t you think? I’ve always been one to combine black and brown so this simple look is totally me. Sidenote: I don’t like dark brown with black though (and dark blue and black neither), don’t ask me why. Don’t judge my roots by the way, I KNOW they’re terrible and I’m going to pay a visit to the hairdresser’s really soon.

suede jacket

black and brown

merely Merel

black and brown suede jacket

black and brown

nike air max 1 croc

merely Merel

black and brown suede jacket

white blond

TOP | H&M
PANTS | Monki | see me wearing them here as well
AIR MAX 1 CROC – or take the normal black ones | Nike via Marktplaats | see me wearing them here as well
JACKET | H&M via Marktplaats
WAYFARER – or try these cheap ones | fake Ray-Ban bought in Greece | see me wearing them here as well

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personal update

Time for a little personal update! Since my two trips in April, I haven’t been posting weekly diaries anymore, partly due to the fact that I had (have!) so many holiday photos to share, partly because my life isn’t exactly worth sharing haha! So instead, I’m providing you with a summary today ;) .

STUDYING
First and foremost, because it’s always my top priority: studying. At the end of the previous semester I almost completely collapsed from exhaustion and stress, but here I go again, taking three classes instead of the usual two AGAIN and hoping I’ll manage to keep myself from falling apart. Up until now, I’m quite okay. Really learning to focus on the stuff that matters most and to accept I can’t do everything, because in the end, that’s always the hardest part for me. For those who are interested: I’m taking classes on ancient Greek citizenship (political theory/thought has never been my cup of tea, but it is important, I get that), on classical literature (which is a lot of fun) and on Latin (loooaaads of work, but so very helpful in many ways).

RUNNING
Yes, you read that correctly, I started running again. I wrote a post about it a little while ago, but in the meantime, I’m still going strong. Started with a 5k in 41min (really sad, I know) and yesterday I almost ran 5k in 37min, so yeah, PROGRESS. Besides, the boyfriend inspires me to exercise with weights as well, leaving me with intense muscle soreness every now and then. Anyhow, working on that Summer body!

BLOGGING
Still not on track. But I guess that will never happen as long as I’m in school.

RELAXING
You probably already guessed there’s noooo time for me to relax or do fun stuff with friends, but when there’s a little room to breathe, I try to make the most of it. So besides studying on Kingsday (yes, for real), I also went out for a few drinks with the BF. Liberation Day I spent with friends in a cafe, celebrating the birthday of one of them simultaneously (cake and wine is always a good combo). Another birthday was celebrated on the beach and it was sooo good to go to the beach again! Besides, there are still a lot of self-pity-coffee-/wine-dates going on with fellow students and the BF takes me out for drinks or dinner every now and then as well. The only thing I really miss is SHOPPING. But lucky me, it’s my birthday next week, and I’m planning on spending it shopping.

SLEEPING
Trying to keep sleeping on top of my priority list as well, which means I’m going to quit now (I typed this yesterday evening, haha). Found out I  need nine hours sleep per night to be able to jump out of bed early in the morning and feel completely energized during the day. NINE HOURS. Hallelujah.

Hope you all have a nice (free?) day and if you like the pics on top of this post, make sure to follow me on Instagram!

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festival season

EARRINGS €9,95 | TOP €19,99 | SUNGLASSES €9,95 | WATCH €19,99 | SHORTS €24,99 | BAG €24,99 | SNEAKERS €19,99

Festival season is officially here! We Dutchies already had the chance to attend two national free festivals (Kingsday and Liberation Day) so I don’t know if it’s just me, but I can’t wait to celebrate summer with music, sunshine and a drink in my hand. Oh and don’t forget the hippie-fringie-boho clothes. To set the mood, I selected my faves from Sevenbien.nl’s festival outfits, of which this fringed bag is high on the priority list; love the shape, pattern and (of course) the fringes! A white watch and lace shorts are also on my summer-essentials-to-shop-list, as well as another pair of sneakers, ‘cause sandals, move over, this summer it’s all about the sneaker! Hope you like the look and I’m very curious to hear if you guys already have some festivities planned?

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study essentials

From my last visit I remembered the Acropolis Museum shop to sell ah-mazing study essentials, such as this notebook. Back then, I bought a blue one with illustration of a typical ancient horse (remember?), but this time they had many more colors and designs available, so I fell in love again (is it just me or are there more of you getting EXTREMELY excited about notebooks?). I chose a brown one with illustration of the back of a caryatid since these sculptures are going to be a major topic in my upcoming master thesis! So excited I finally made a decision about that and now I can’t wait to use this notebook for my research notes! Aaaand since the words master thesis immediately call to mind shitloads of coffee, I decided to go for an inscription mug as well. The inscription printed is an actual one from the museum as well, it’s about Athens honoring her ally Samos, but who cares anyway, ’cause it looks fab on a mug! Thinking about collecting black-and-white-printed mugs from now on anyway, how cool would that look on a shelf?

Acropolis museum shop

acropolis museum notebook

illustrated notebook

inscription mug acropolis museum

study essentials

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palm tree tattoo

Still thinking about getting a tattoo one day. But since I’m forever in doubt about what and where, I don’t see it happening anytime soon. For quite some time now, I’ve been thinking about a palm tree tattoo design. It fits my aesthetic demands (palm trees are part of the shapes-I-like-list, just as horses, giraffes, feathers and more ‘natural’ shapes that can easily be stylized), but it also recalls great memories, dreams for the future and ‘happiness’ in general. I even did my research, ’cause the palm tree I have in mind is the Montgomery Palm, the really high and slender one, the one you don’t really find in Europe and the one I’m willing to chase to further destinations for that ultimate holiday-PARADISE-feeling. The collage features the tattoo of Jestem Kasia, which is PERFECT if you ask me. Well, let’s see how long this idea holds out… still thinking about an ancient Greek horse as well (or maybe even a Pegasus?). Well, let’s keep on thinking about it.

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