H&M home

The teaser-fall-2015-catalogue of H&M arrived a few days ago and besides the fact that I now officially can’t wait for fall, I’ve FALLen (hiehaho) in love with some grrreat basic pieces. I’ve been quite into interior stuff lately, which may be due to the fact that Luuk and I were about the buy a new couch when our car broke down. On a happier note: we also sorted out our clothes the #mariekondo way, so I’m feeling quuuiiiite unstoppable now. Here’s to a home makeover en here’s to my current H&M home favorites!

ps. Dad, if you’re reading this in time: Happy Birthday! ;)

H&M home

TOWEL €9,99 | PILLOW LOADS OF LOVE €7,99 | PILLOW HAVE A NICE DAY €4,99 | PILLOW CAT €9,99 | DRESSING GOWN €29,99 | PLATE €7,99 | BEDLINEN €49,99 | FLOWERPOT MARBLE €12,99 | FLOWERPOT BLACK €14,99

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Ozetta blankets

The last couple of days were just like fall here in The Netherlands. Or actually, just like a typical Dutch Summer: rainy, windy, grey-ish. Sounds not so fun, but on the brighter side: it makes me wanna cuddle up on the couch with lots of yarn, knitting or crocheting scarves and hats and blankets. Lately, I find myself extremely inspired by Hailey Smedley, owner of Ozetta Knitwear (find her shop here). I told you about her crazy-cool Instagram account earlier (pretty much all the pictures in this post are taken from it), but I’m getting more and more obsessed. How cool to be at home all day, knitting and crocheting for customers eager to own something unique and authentic? Well, just check out her IG, it looks sooo cozy and comfy!

Right now, I’m drooling over Hailey’s blankets. The ones in this post are all in the same pattern, just in different colors. You can tell Ozetta is a popular business, ’cause these blankets are sold one after another. And well, that’s not hard to imagine, right? So, I started working on my own very first crocheted blanket. I hope I’ll have enough courage (and yarn) to finish it (haha) so I can show it to you. For now, some Ozetta inspiration!

crocheting

yarn shop

Heaven on earth?

crocheted blanket

yarns

Ozetta blankets

neutral yarn

Ozetta blanket

Read a small interview with Hailey about Ozetta here!

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eyes and more

The time was finally there to get myself a new pair of glasses (oh well, the time was already a long time there, but it was patiently waiting for me to accept it). And when I say ‘a new pair’, I actually mean ‘my first pair’. (If you don’t count in my real first pair of Vogue glasses that were very fashionable AT THE TIME and that I very obediently wore during car driving lessons – and that was basically it). Anyhow, let’s make a long (or actually very short) story short (even shorter): I had (almost) zero experience and/or expectations when I walked into the Eyes and More shop a few days ago.

Two friends of mine recommended me to go to Eyes and More, because here they sell glasses including prescription lenses (HAHA, Google Translate says glass for strength, isn’t that proper Dunglish?) for only €100! And what’s even more: while two pairs of glasses are still €200, you can take three pairs home with you for only €222. Of course, this is only for you if you don’t mind having a non-designer frame (and to be honest, I couldn’t care less, I don’t even see the difference).

So, I walked in, got great service from three different girls (which sometimes was a little annoying, hearing the same info three times, but hey, it was Saturday and super busy), tried on a dozen of different glasses, couldn’t make up my mind, left the store and the three girls disappointed and irritated (probably), went to Eyewish, got really upset because of the prices (why do I always pick the most expensive stuff? I DON’T EVEN SEE A DIFFERENCE), went back to Eyes and More, picked the first pair of glasses I originally tried on and was DONE WITH IT.

But then the shop assistant handed over to me a flyer with a krasactie (Google Translate gives me scratch action, but I don’t think that covers what I’m trying to say). It doesn’t matter how though, but I ended up winning a second pair of glasses for half price. So I quickly grabbed these kinda crazy brown-and-blue ones (below without colored glasses, but they will be brown), ’cause they’re just made for my face, really (Luuk hates them though). And last but not least, €100 turned out to be covered by my health insurance. I guess it was my lucky day? Of coouuurse, I’ll show you more pictures soon when I receive them. Let’s hope I’ll get used to wearing glasses this time, because I can’t wait to welcome another kind of accessory in my life (oh, and because I want to take care of my eyes of course)!

eyes and more

GLASSES Par!Bleu 75-349-01U (color MO2) | SUNNIES Par!Bleu 75-195-01U (color IN3)

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week 29

Haven’t made a proper diary since week 24, so I guess it’s about time! My little Spain getaway and archaeological ‘internship’ (-kinda thing) prevented me from having regular weeks that let themselves be summarized in diaries, but right now, life is back to normal. As are my diaries. For those who missed it, there’s some sad stuff going on here privately that I don’t really wanna talk about. But today (and in the future) it explains the regular visits to my family and (this week in particular) all the dates with my dearest friends (who all want to be there for me – which is so so so sweet and supportive, big hug to all of you who are reading this)! Anyway, prepare for the fun and happy pics as always!

THURSDAY 16TH
I returned from Greece earlier than initially planned to be with my family and it felt sooo good to be with them and afterwards, to be home again.

cloudporn

While driving home. Look at this pretty sky!

FRIDAY 17TH
I don’t really remember what I did on Friday, probably ’cause I did nothing except for sleeping and laundry, haha. I always love having this after-vacation-day, having nothing planned, doing whatever I like (mostly nothing).

Blow

So happy to be reunited with Blow as well. She’s kinda serious about it, like: DON’T you leave me AGAIN.

merely Merel

I posted this outfit post with palm tree printed pants.

SATURDAY 18TH
I finally went glasses-shopping with Luuk. Even though my eyes are not that bad, I’m really starting to have troubles with reading sometimes (especially things on a distance). Afterwards, we met with a friend of mine and her boyfriend to catch up and drink wine (and beer for the guys). It turned out to be my lucky day, ’cause I also got a belated birthday present! In the evening, we went to my parent’s house to cook them dinner.

eyes and more

My new ‘normal’ glasses and sunnies! Gosh, I can’t wait to receive them. I shopped them very cheaply at Eyes and More, but more about my shopping experience over there in a separate blogpost soon.

pandora

Got this cute golden-bird-in-silver-cage Pandora charm as a b-day present from my friend. Isn’t it the cutest thing?

silver and gold pandora

SUNDAY 19TH
I just do some random stuff at home and my bestie comes over for lunch. It’s nice to see everyone so soon after my return.

week 29

I don’t know why I include this pic, ’cause the weather sucked on Sunday. But at least now it looks like Summer is awesome around here in the Netherlands, HAHA.

Spain beach

A small photo diary about my little Spain getaway came online.

MONDAY 20TH
Luuk and I clean our closet (literally) with Marie Kondo’s method. Of course, Luuk thinks it’s ridiculous, but we end up throwing away FIVE garbage bags of clothes. It takes the whole day, but our closet looks brand new now. We even need to go to Ikea to buy new closet-interior gadgets, because we turned the whole thing upside down and now we don’t need as much hanging space anymore (according to Marie Kondo, you need to fold as many pieces of clothing as possible, so that’s what we did). We still need to sort out our shoes and coats, but I can’t be more enthusiastic about this first beginning!

#konmarie

It’s not completely done yet, ’cause we need to buy the Ikea stuff first, but WHAT A SPACE. The right part (and left one on the opposite side) is half empty, as are the upper shelves!

week 29

Such a great thing to only have clothes in your closet that you really wanna wear. As you can see, I’m on the comfy tour, haha. This soft bra and v-neck shirt (both H&M) are the best!

TUESDAY 21TH
After such a productive day, I need to stay in this flow, so in the morning, I take care of all kinds of little tasks and in the afternoon, I study in the library with friends. STUDY, yes! I’m going to write a small paper about the archaeological work in Greece, ’cause it’s a super easy way to earn credits. Besides, signing up for classes in Amsterdam turns out to be unbelievably difficult and annoying. At night, we all have drinks and dinner together. I guess that’s why I miss studying already after two weeks of holiday =p.

macbook

What’s more motivating than a new coffee mug? Bought this mustache one for €1,50 (I guess? Maybe even less?) at the Jumbo in Greece. Seriously, if you’re ever in close proximity of a Jumbo in Greece, make sure to bring an extra suitcase.

white nails

I wrote about white nails here on the blog!

WEDNESDAY 22TH
Luuk and I get up laaate and we don’t really do much until I take a train to Amsterdam to meet up with a friend who’s going to move to Paris for a year! Gosh, that’s so exciting, but even though I don’t really see her that much, I’m really gonna miss her! Good excuse to go visit Paris again though. We spent the whole day in a restaurant on a boat, called Odessa, which was GREAT. The weather, the wine, the food, everything! Luuk joined us for dinner as well. If you’re in Amsterdam, give it a try!

Odessa Amsterdam

The view from Odessa’s bovendek/terrace. Gorg, right?

week 29

Odessa Amsterdam

Well, as you can see, this is a bit of a strange Thursday-to-Wednesday diary, I don’t know when I will post the next one, but make sure to stay tuned!

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Agios Nikolaos

I didn’t make as many pictures in Thorikos as I used to, but camera-wise I was very productive on our last evening, shooting pictures of the site and surroundings. I think they turned out really well and perfectly reflect the nicest part of the day, when it’s finally cooling down and you’re able to actually look around and enjoy the view without having to wear sunglasses. The picture above shows a very familiar view in which you can both see the peninsula Agios Nikolaos and the island of Makronisos (red colored), which is now uninhabited, but that was once used as a prison (creepy huh?).

Thorikos Hygieia

You’ll find a clearer picture below, but this ruinous structure is interpreted as the Temple of Hygieia, goddess of hygiene.

palm tree

The view from our bedroom. Don’t get fooled by the fancyness though, the house we sleep in is kinda crappy haha.

white flower

Thorikos

Thorikos

If I’m not mistaken, this building was once built in order to facilitate some tourist-related stuff, but once they put a fence around the ancient theatre, they decided there was not enough money to finish it all, so there are some strange modern-looking but empty buildings at the entrance of the archaeological site (which you can still enter for free, since the fence isn’t closed).

Thorikos

from where I stand

I’ve been wearing my Birkies over and over again. Love these vintage cut-off Levi’s as well (I’ll show you properly in an outfit post when the weather gets better here in The Netherlands).

temple of Hygieia

Again, the temple of Hygieia.

sunset nature

As you can tell, no really special pictures, but I hope you still liked this evening-impression of Thorikos.

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white nails

You saw me rocking them earlier, but especially after not being able to do a proper manicure for two weeks (archaeological excavations are not an ideal environment for nails to flourish in the first place), I craaaave for painting my nails. It’s weird to hear me say this, the girl that hated painting her nails for most part of her life, but I guess that’s the way blogging changes your lifestyle (does anyone relate?). Lately, I’ve been quite into white nails. I’ve got loads and loads of colorful nail polishes, but I usually stick to black, grey, and now white as well. The white obsession is really starting to take over my whole life, haha. Bought some handy french-manicure-tape in Greece, so maybe you’ll see me experimenting a little in the near future.

Images via Pinterest

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white house

Still had some last relaxing Spain photos to share. They’re quite random, but I guess they reflect our go-with-the-flow state of mind over there. I maximally enjoyed the white houses everywhere, the wide beach with just a few people around and the long evenings with good food.

As you might have seen on Instagram, I’ve returned from Greece in the meantime. You can find the first pictures here and there are more to come. There were also some new clothes waiting for me, which I received via the mail in the meantime. Soooo, lots of new blogposts in the making!

beach

I don’t understand why it is always this quite on the beach. Not that I’m complaining though.

white nails

Fell in love with white nail polish. I borrowed it from a friend, but bought one myself first thing in the morning when I arrived home (figuratively speaking).

beach

Love this view!

sky clouds

Sorry for the bad quality haha, but #ivegotthisthingwithclouds

Sento Alicante

When you’re in Alicante, try Sento for grrrreeeaaat tapas! But expect to be waiting in line for a table beforehand.

champagne glasses

Hope I’ll be back soon, but for now, I’m very happy to be home again. All this traveling around can be very stressful for me as well. Does anyone recognize this? Packing, being on time at the airport, flying, unpacking… I don’t know, but I can be very happy to be home, do my laundry and sit on the couch in PJ’s :’D.

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palm tree printed pants

A year ago, I would never have walked around in Birkenstocks, palm tree printed pants and a white fedora, but I guess al fashion bloggers recognize the speed with which personal style can change. Oh well, you don’t necessarily have to be a fashion blogger to change your style (duh), but when you record what you’re wearing, it becomes (painfully?) evident. This a look I’ll be playing around with this Summer A LOT. Love the comfyness of the Birkies and the incredible pyjama-like pants, combined with some instant-chic provided for by the hat and shoulder bag. I’m not usually one to wear printed pants, but I happily jump out of my comfort zone for something involving palm trees. And who wouldn’t?

merely Merel

palm tree printed pants

palm tree print

white fedora

black and white outfit

white fedora

printed pants

palm tree printed pants

merely Merel

TOP | H&M | see me wearing it here as well
PANTS – only in other (but also fun) prints | H&M
FLIP-FLOPS | Birkenstock Arizona via Sneakers | see me wearing them here as well
HAT | H&M
BAG | bought in Florence | see me wearing it here as well

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Velatouri

Kind of lost for words, since privately things aren’t going that well. I’m still in Greece, considering the option to take an earlier flight (I planned to leave coming Sunday), but I think I just need a good night of sleep so I can think straight again tomorrow. In the meantime, I’d love to share some pretty details from the surroundings around here, which is the perfect thing to clear my head. With a friend, I spent two days on the Velatouri hill photographing features of ancient habitation for documentation. Of course, I took the opportunity to make pictures of the flowers, the theatre, the view, etc. And yes, the pictures look like it was 40 degrees Celsius, which it was.

shadow

It’s me with my cowboy’s hat and extremely long legs!

white flower

Love how my camera is able to capture the tiniest details. While sitting down in the shadows having a water break, it always surprises me that so many pretty flowers survive these temperatures.

Lavrion

They look prickly (is that a word?) and they were. You should see my legs.

Thorikos theatre

The backside of the ancient theater. More last-year-theater-pictures here.

Mini Mouse balloon

Okay, this was creepy. We were sitting down close to the necropolis (ancient ghosts!) when we heard something rustle behind us. It turned out to be this Mini Mouse balloon, eeeks.

Velatouri

The view from the top of the Velatouri never gets boring, find last year’s pictures here.

Velatouri

From here, we could smell the souvlaki from the beach bar below. Since we had run out of water and didn’t have lunch yet (at 1pm) we basically FLEW DOWN the hill like two crazy girls.

inscription

Maybe this is just me, but how cool is it that there are ancient graffiti inscriptions (2000 to 2500 years old) randomly lying around for everyone to be seen? It’s hard to read this one, but it probably represents something similar to our X was here or X and Y = best friends forevah graffitis. Haha, people never change.

Velatouri

While craving for souvlaki I saw this strange vegetation. Thought I was hallucinating at first, HAHA, but no, souvlaki apparently grows here.

Well, that’s it for now! I still got some diary- and Spain photos to share, as well as an outfit. Don’t know how much I’ll update, because of my home situation, and maybe I’ll just post pics and don’t feel like talking, but we’ll see! As I said on Instagram earlier: I want to keep this my happy place, so if I got nothing nice to say, I won’t say anything. At the same time I wanna try to continue focusing on the good/fun stuff and therefore I hope I’ll keep on updating regularly!

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update

I’ve got the feeling like this is going to be an update post full of me rambling on about everything that comes to my mind. I wanted to post another Spain diary and an in-between-Spain-and-Greece diary and then continue with Greece pics, but life got in my way haha! So now, while sitting in front of a ventilator in an empty Greek cafe, I decided to share some random pics that reflect the highlights of the past couple of days/weeks in the Netherlands and hope to get back to serious blogging when I’m back home. Enjoy!

birkenstock

Right before going to Spain, I finally decided to go for the black Birkenstock Arizonas. Took them with me to Spain and I have them here in Greece as well, pure love woah.

merely Merel

Right before my last study deadlines, I went to Spain for a few days, having quality time with friends. You can find my first Spain diary here (a second one is under construction) and this ultra comfortable outfit here (wish I could be wearing this all year round).

07 update 02

I arrived back home on Tuesday and made my laaaast Latin exam of the year. So my study mates and I celebrated with huge sugar-loaded coffee and cake. Couldn’t believe Summer holidays had finally arrived!

peonies

I’m doing all kinds of things I finally have time for, such as buying peonies.

mint yarn

And knitting yarn. I’ve got way more yarn than I can knit at the moment, but it makes me so happy to buy beautiful colored ones like these.

Haarlem

Luuk and I went with our Spain-friends to Haarlem, where two of them live on a houseboat. The weather was so good and we barbecued outside just as we did in Spain (shrimpssss)!

windmill Haarlem

Look at the view from the houseboat!

white fedora

Suddenly there was time for more outfit shooting. This one will be online soon and psst… it features palm tree printed pants <3.

crocheting

I tried something new: crocheting. Or actually it’s something old, ’cause I learned to crochet as a kid and relatively recently tried to teach myself knitting. This pattern was quite difficult to optimize at first, but now it seems to go somewhere. I’ve got a lot of this grey yarn, so I guess I’ll continue until I have a huge blanket.

07 update 08

Unfortunately, I needed to work when the weather got better (and temperatures were rising to Greek-like levels), but Luuk and I treated ourselves with mojitos in the evening, so you don’t hear me complaining.

More about my in-between-holidays life soon. For now, I hope you liked this small summery selection!

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