august outfit

Is it just me or did August seem to be endless? I mean that as a positive thing by the way – the picture above left looks like it was taken years ago. And even though I loved August, I can’t wait to wear that white shirt again, can’t wait for Fall layers, for cozy sweaters and new booties. But right now, you’re looking at my Summer outfits, holiday-in-Turkey outfits even, of which I still got two more to share.

The white shirt was (and still is) such a good buy that really complements my wardrobe, the maxi dress was kind of out of my comfort zone, but I just love how it looks and feels being all flowy and wavy. My new body con dress is not the most comfortable thing ever, but with a top (and tights and blazer in winter) it makes for a perfect chic basic. Don’t get me started on the sandals, they are probably the best Summer-shoe-buy EVERRR. That’s why I wore them again for the outfit post you didn’t see yet, simply combined with a perfect little black dress.

I can’t choose a favorite this time, but I guess I love to finally see myself in dresses and on heels. Gotta score a heeled bootie for Fall and Winter as well! What’s your favorite outfit?

WHITE SHIRT | FLOWY DRESS
BODYCON DRESS | LITTLE BLACK DRESS - coming soon

august outfit

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all inclusive buffet

I don’t think I need to say anything more after you’ve looked at these pics. The all inclusive buffet in Turkey was fan-tas-tic, it’s a miracle we didn’t return home as tientonnertjes (as we would say in Dutch – it means really fat). Apparently, we did a good job in the gym, ’cause we started every morning with yoghurt, muesli, fruits, salads, bread and eggs (all at once, yes), had lunch with meat, fish, potatoes, rice, and the fruits and salads again, and then pretty much repeated all of that for dinner, including baklava for dessert (and not just one shitty piece, no, plates full of that stuff). I tried to find some of those extremely sour Turkish pickles here in The Netherlands, but I think it just doesn’t exist here. Trying to keep up with the fruits and salads though. And a little bit of the baklava too #sorrynotsorry. In between these pics a little sneak peek of us dressing up for dinner (and an upcoming little-black-dress outfit). Enjoy and don’t get hungry too much!

all inclusive buffet

barbecue

Side Turkey

Terrace Elite Resort Side

barbecue

melon art

little black dress

all inclusive buffet

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sportswear

Zalando always is the place to be when it comes to sportswear – at least that’s what I think. They never have incredible discounts or stuff like that, but they just have everything you need, all the nice brands, great search possibilities and well… I just found myself endlessly comparing all the items I’d love to click home immediately. The boyfriend and I started running in Turkey again (in the airconditioned gym though, not outside in the 40 degrees, don’t worry), so I figured it is about time to get myself some new running gear (actually, I just returned from the gym today as well)! Isn’t that a typical thing for women: going to the gym for a few times only to find an excuse to buy new sportswear :’D? Anyhow, I’m in loooooove with tights on the right (#14), but they’re also the most expensive, buhh. So I tried to make sets to think straight and get over my expensive cravings, but it turns out my fave tights go with most of the tops and sports bras I selected. Gotta be a sign, right?

  1. YELLOW TOP €22,95 | Adidas
  2. BLACK&WHITE TIGHTS €99,95 | Casall
  3. WHITE SPORTS BRA €29,95 | Nike
  4. LUNARGLIDE 7 RUNNING SHOES €139,95 | Nike
  5. COLOR BLOCKING TIGHTS €69,95 | Casall
  6. ZOOM STRUCTURE 18 RUNNING SHOES €129,95 | Nike
  7. GREY SPORTS BRA €22,95 | Even&Odd
  8. GREY TOP €19,95 | GAP
  9. TIGHTS WITH PINK ACCENT €69,95 | Reebok
  10. HOT PINK SPORTS BRA €44,95 €26,95 | Reebok
  11. PINK RUNNING SHOES €129,95 | Asics
  12. BLACK TOP €22,95 €18,36 | Nike
  13. RED SPORTS BRA €59,95 | Wellicious
  14. DELICIOUS AND AMAZING TIGHTS €109,95 | Nike
    All via Zalando

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pool days

I’m typing this while waiting for our transfer back to the airport, so I gotta keep it short. Here’s what our pool days in Side looked like. Gosh, I miss it already. Luckily, the hotel wasn’t fully booked, so there was always a spot with parasol available. After remaining in the shadows (and in the pool, of course) during the hottest hours, we fully enjoyed the sun (and cocktails) later in the afternoon. Hope these pics give you the same relaxing Summer vibe we experienced staying here!

pink flowers

pool days

clear blue sky

pool days

plants on wall

Terrace Elite Resort Side

red cocktails

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bodycon dress

One of the good things about going on a holiday is that you can shoot outfits whenever and wherever you like, because since you’re a tourist, you’re supposed to take pictures of yourself in the open :’D. That fortunate fact being said, this is me wearing a dress AGAIN. In the last outfit post I proclaimed not to be a dressy girl, but I guess everything is different on vacation. Nobody knows me here, so why not experiment with dresses a little? Bought this bodycon one at Zara and figured it would be more interesting (and less t i g h t) to combine it with a loose, striped, casual crop top. Add some nice heels (SO HAPPY WITH THESE) and I’m ready to go for dinner and drinks!

bodycon dress

Side Turkey

black heels

merely Merel

bodycon dress

DRESS | Zara
TOP – similar | Monki | see me wearing it here as well
SANDALS | Fred de la Bretonière

PS. Wifi sucks here in Turkey, so I’ll update this outfit on Lookbook when I get back!

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Side Turkey

Woohoo! We arrived in Side, Turkey, last Tuesday night! It’s ah-mazing here: sunny weather, great hotel, good food, etc. I just wanted to show you the first photos taken (mostly) with my phone, to give you a short impression. Basically all we do is sleep, relax, eat and sport (oh yeah) really well, so it’s all about charging our batteries and feel good and healthy. Take a look!

goose

On Monday, we drop Blow off at my bestie’s place. Apparently, this is a normal sight in her street, haha!

Blow

I always feel guilty leaving Blow behind, but luckily, she felt at home immediately. Look at her cute dark pink nose (it gets really pink when she’s excited haha).

merely Merel

The next day we’re flying and I love to be at Schiphol airport! Luuk has access to the ABN AMRO lounge with free food and gin-tonics! I guess the all inclusive thing starts already in NL <3. (This must actually be the first pic of me wearing my glasses! What do you think?)

Schiphol ABN AMRO lounge

Drinks with a view.

airplane window

Bye!

airplane window

Flying until the sun sets. We watch a movie and read magazines, so the three-and-a-half hour are over before we know it.

Side Turkey

I don’t know why the first photo of our hotel is a photo of the mirror in the bathroom, but I guess I just love the lighting haha! The whole room looks great by the way, it’s quite spacious (31m2), modern and clean!

Side Turkey

A little bit of sneak peek of our second day: this is our balcony view when we wake up. We’re one of the first hotels along the road between the airport and Side itself, so nothing there to block our view!

Terrace Elite Resort Side

The pool! I photographed this from the bridge that runs across it, so cool!

Side Turkey

And our balcony view by night.

Today, we’re going on a day trip to the waterfalls of Manavgat, ancient Seleukia (yay!) and the Green Canyon, so don’t go anywhere, ’cause those photos will probably be pwettiiee.

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crocheted blanket

Finished my very first crocheting project since I was… nine years old? And already, it’s quite a big one! A few months ago, I promised my bestie to make her something for her new home (which is completely mint-themed), so when I saw this acrylic wool at Zeeman, I knew I had to crochet her a blanket. To make it less in-yo-face and more on-trend, I decided to mix the mint-colored yarn with white to create an ombre effect. Couldn’t be happier with how that turned out! To sum up: I used ten bolls of yarn (that cost me only €8,90 total), lots of hours of work (gotta learn to crochet faster haha) and some sore hands and fingers, but I think it was totally worth it. And to guess from my friend’s surprised and happy reaction, it was!

WHAT YOU NEED
1000m of mint-colored yarn (3-4mm)
1000m of white-colored yarn (3-4mm)
8mm hook

WHAT YOU DO
Use two strands of yarn at a time: for the first 1/3th two strands of mint, for the second 1/3th one strand of mint and one strand of white, for the last 1/3th two strands of white. Chain 115 (+2 for your first row of double crochet) and turn the work, double crochet 115 (+2) and turn, double crochet 115 again (+1) and turn, crochet 115 (+2) and turn, half double crochet 115 (+2) and turn. Start over with the two rows of double crochet. Easy as that! In the end, the blanket will be 1m in width (more or less) and 120cm in length, so change colors after every 40cm!

Sorry for the bad quality pics, but it was really cloudy and rainy outside when I made them, so that was not very ideal. Makes the idea of wrapping myself in a handmade blanket even more cozy though!

ombre plaid

crocheted blanket

ombre blanket

crochet blanket

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week 33

Think I kind of forgot to take photos this week, haha! Not that surprising though, since it was a quiet and easy-going week, which is exactly how I like it. I worked, spent time with my family and friends, crocheted, blogged and stayed home in my PJ’s #loveit. If you’re not bored already, take a look!

MONDAY 10TH
I’m off today after a weekend full of work, so I use it to catch up on sleep and rest and behind-the-scenes stuff, such as the organization of Shop My Closet (which runs really well)! Since I’m a supernerd, I’ve made an Excel sheet with information about the items in my “shop”. Takes way too much time of course, but it allows me update everything really quickly. New items coming soon after my vacation!

Blow

Blow and I being weird.

TUESDAY 11TH
It’s Mommy-day today and we’re going to shop yarn for her to make a blanket! Initially, I promised her to make one for her, but she got so excited about crocheting she planned to do it herself. We’ve spent more than an hour at the yarn shop, but got home with eight beautiful colors running from beige to petrol blue.

crocheted blanket

Unfortunately, I forgot to make a picture of my mom’s yarn, but here’s how my blanket is turning out! Working on the last rows of pure white and than it’ll be an ombre blanket!

WEDNESDAY 12TH
I have a good day at work, ’cause my colleague and I are super productive. When I come home, I find book 9 of the Georgia Nicolson series in the mail (by Louise Rennison, anyone familiar with this series?). Turns out one of my besties bought it for me as a surprise to cheer me up after everything that’s happening in my family right now. We read these books when we were teenagers, but it’s still so so so funny! I’m definitely going to take it with me to Turkey, ’cause yes, Luuk and I book a last minute vacation in the evening! We spent yesterday’s evening and tonight on searching and searching and searching online, but we finally make up our mind. I wrote about where we’re going here.

week 33

I’ve always read the series in Dutch, but now I’ve got the English (and original) version, which I like even more! And look at the flashy design, woah!

THURSDAY 13TH
A working day again, but it’s not so good as yesterday ’cause it’s soooo hot. I try to shop sandals and Summer dresses afterwards, but of course, all the shops are already beginning to sell Fall stuff and I leave the city centre empty-handed (and mad, and tired).

H&M lace top

Working in this lace top I bought last Sunday! It’s so cute and I love the color! Find it here.

FRIDAY 14TH
Catching-up-on-stuff-again day! I do some household things, visit my mom, crochet, and update the blog. Nothing special really.

merely Merel

The flowy-dress-outfit came online today.

SATURDAY 15TH
I sleep late, can’t get shit done, try to shop sandals again, don’t succeed, and have a glass of wine with a friend instead. Since I didn’t had a proper lunch, I feel a little tipsy afterwards and try to shop again, miraculously scoring two dresses (that I still liked after sobering up haha). I have dinner (barbecue <3) at the birthday party of one of my besties and her boyfriend. It’s so nice to see her and my friends there, but unfortunately, it’s raining (so we can’t sit outside) and I’m super tired, so I go home quite early (no more wine drinking during the day for me, apparently).

week 33

These are the dresses I shopped. Really plain and simple, but the left one (by H&M, find it here) is really flowy, lightweight and cute (perfect for Turkish evenings) and the right one (by Zara, find it here) is made from a really nice sturdy material, so I can also wear it as a pencil skirt with an extra shirt on top of it (which is what will happen most of the time I guess, ’cause it’s soooo body con I really need to stop eating before wearing it).

SUNDAY 16TH
I need to work again today, ’cause one of my colleagues is sick. Luckily, it’s very quiet and I’m allowed to leave after two hours already. I take a final shot at shopping sandals and SUCCEED! Really didn’t see that one coming, but out of frustration I walked into the Fred de la Bretonière, which normally is a little too expensive for me, but I found the perfect pair of heeled sandals on sale! Must be my lucky day =).

fred de la bretoniere sandalen

Find these beauties here.

Guess I’m ready for Turkey now! Gotta do some packing and house cleaning today and then tomorrow… ssszzzjooof, to the sun! Keep an eye on my IG for regular updates. I don’t know when I’ll post my next diary, since there’ll be a lot of holiday pictures in between, but don’t go anywhere, ’cause it’s gonna be fun!

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Green Canyon Turkey

After going through what was probably the most stressful six months EVER at university, and then having some really sad family stuff going on, and (because of that) breaking off my archaeological work in Greece earlier than planned to spend time with the people that are most important… hallelujah I need another vacation. I feel like Summer holidays are flying by sooo fast and even though I did a lot of stuff I wanted to do, there’s so much more to do and – at the same time – so much sleep to catch up on. So, the boyfriend and I thought it would be wise to work on the Sleep-, Fun-, Love-, Tan- (= Vitamin B-), Food- and maybe even Fitness-part by booking a last minute all-inclusive holiday in Side, Turkey!

I know all-in holidays have a very bad reputation for some people out there, but my parents and I didn’t do anything else during the first sixteen years of my life. In fact, we usually stayed in the most luxury and massive resorts for THREE weeks straight (of course, we did go out a couple of times to do cultural stuff haha). I think the fact that I grew up with that kind of holidays has made it the Ultimate Holiday for me: no need to do grocery shopping or prepare food, no need to clean your room, no need to bring your wallet and no need to pee in the ocean because of a lack of toilets. And that’s exactly what I need right now: no thinking, no difficult stuff – just me and my Love, a swimming pool, a beach, food and drinks everywhere, a good book (or some knitting/crochet?) and my butt to sit on. Sounds pretty perfect right?

My dream destination would be some place in the Caribbean, where the resorts (and swimming pools) are huuuge, the beaches white and the ocean blue, where palm trees grow everywhere naturally and where you can tap piña colada from slush puppy machines. We’re still gonna do that one day, outside of the expensive Summer season. For now, we booked good old Turkey, which is not really the place to be if you ask me, but where even the *****-star all-in resorts are still pretty cheap. We’ve spend hours online looking for our best option, but finally decided to book Terrace Elite Resort close to Side. The resort opened its doors in 2013, so it’s complimented all over the place for being new, clean and luxurious. I really love the rooms and the swimming pool, and the beach is quite okay (compared to the many small pebble beaches elsewhere in Turkey).

Even though my parents and I stayed in a hotel very close to it a couple of years ago, we never visited Side itself. And that’s a shame (I think now), ’cause it has a beeeaauutiful ancient Roman theater. Besides, I don’t think we’re gonna do a lot of stuff outside of the hotel, except maybe for sailing through the Green Canyon (picture above). As you can imagine, I can’t wait to go! And I don’t have to wait very long either, ’cause were leaving on Tuesday already!

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I took these photos from Zoover, where you can find a mix of professional photos and pictures made by tourists, and I really love the fact that someone made a picture of this Roman cornice (in Side, I guess)! I always love these little pieces of decoration of what once probably were the most beautiful buildings in the ancient city centre. But so many people don’t pay attention to it.

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Since the resort is so new, there are not a lot of professional photos to be found (only computer-made design drawings, haha!). Of course, tourists made a lot of photos, but it is absolutely unbelievable how bad and ugly most of those photos are. I mean, how on earth is it possible to make ugly pictures of a pretty hotel? I picked out the best for this post, but hopefully, I’ll serve you some better photos next week! Follow my Insta to stay up to date, ’cause the wifi is the only thing people complain about in the reviews, so I don’t know if long-time-blogging will be an option.
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flowy dress

Travels and bad weather delayed the shooting and publishing of this ah-mazing outfit (if I may say so myself) for a while, but here is one of the few outfits featuring me wearing a dress. A while ago I discovered the super cool “Hip Hop, Fashion and Streetwear” webshop DefShop, selling clothes and accessories that are right up my alley. This dress actually is one of their more girly items, because DefShop’s overall collection is made up of cool and sporty pieces from brands like Adidas, Nike and Supra. However, I also discovered some really awesome brands I didn’t know of before, such as Sixth June.

As opposed to the classic Adidas leggings I immediately ordered (I’ll show you in a separate blogpost), I wasn’t really sure about this dress. I’m not really a dress-kinda girl, but the color and shape (which are totally my thing) won my over to try and step out of my comfort zone a little. Now I can honestly say the dress didn’t disappoint. When I took it on, it immediately felt like ‘me’. I haven’t tried to cycle with it yet (don’t think I’m gonna try to either), but besides for that small disadvantage, it’s perfect for those occasions on warmer days when you don’t want too much skin showing. Staying cool in a chic way!

Also in this post: my new sunnies with prescription lenses. Aren’t they fantastic? I’m quite used to them as well already. I’m planning on shooting an outfit with my ‘normal’ glasses as well, but I still feel a little odd wearing them. Since I’m only used to wearing sunnies, I feel the urge to take them off when I start talking to someone, haha!

Anyhow, hope you like this look and happy Friyay!

flowy dress

merely Merel

straw hat

cognac brown gladiator sandals

flowy dress

flowy dress

Eyes and More sunglasses

flowy dress

DRESS - on sale now! | Vero Moda via Defshop
SANDALS – similar and on sale | Hush Puppies via Manfield | see me wearing them here as well
HATvery similar | H&M | see me wearing it here as well
SUNNIES | Par!Bleu 75-195-01U (color IN3) via Eyes and More

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