lace bra
LACE BRA | Monki

I must admit that I was a little (very much) sceptic about lace bras. I mean, almost every fashion blogger has talked about how amazing they are, how comfortable they feel, how sexy they look, how happy their boobies are being able to bounce around freely, and so forth. And well, I used to be like, yeah, whatever. How can an unsupportive bra ever make you happy? Or let me rephrase that: how can it make girls with actual boobies (=me) happy? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not making fun of the girls out their with no (or small) boobies, because I actually envy them (I really feel like small boobies would make all world fashion problems dissappear), but – wow this is a long sentence – I just couldn’t imagine me feeling sexy in a lace bra.

But then even my boyfriend started pushing me towards the fearsome lace-bra-departments and out of compliance to him I decided I might try one SOME DAY. So when I was visiting my favourite place in Utrecht a couple of days ago (that is: the Monki), I suddenly was uncontrollably attracted to the lace bra pictured above. So, by accident (!) I took it home AND IT FITS PERFECTLYIt’s so amazing, it feels so comfortable, it looks so sexy and my boobies aren’t even bouncing around all over the place. Oh, and I found out I featured this bra in my Monki Favourites post a while ago. You see? We go a looong way back, lace bra and me <3.

And now I can’t wait for summer to return, but in the meantime, the inspiration below shows that lace bras can be worn very fashionably in fall and winter as well! On sunny days that is… or inside the house. I’m not going to risk my boobies freezing off.

lace bra

Images via Chanel-and-Vogue.tk and Pinterest (I can’t find all sources, if you know where these images come from, let me know!)

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most read

From now on, I’m arranging Popular Blogposts (renamed Most Read) a bit differently as well. Instead of the usual top nine of most read blogposts in the last thirty days, I’ve listed the top nine of most read recent (that as: not older than sixty days) blogposts in the last thirty days. Are you still following me? Probably not, but that doesn’t really matter, ’cause it’s actually only important for me to get a grip on Merely Merel’s statistics. For you it’s just a fun recap of posts you may have missed. Which one is your favourite? Mine is definitely #8, it represents fun memories of Istanbul, I loved the outfit and the pictures turned out great!

[1] MEET MY WHITE LOB
[2] COLOURFUL SCARF
[3] FRINGED CAMEL COAT
[4] ISTANBUL DAY 1
[5] TAKING MY NEW ITEMS TO ISTANBUL
[6] THE T-SHIRT DRESS
[7] BLACK TEXTURED SKIRT FOR WORK
[8] ZARA LEGGINGS ARE AMAZING
[9] I’M GOING TO ISTANBUL

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plog

I know I’m always plogging when I desperately need to be productive, but today I’m showing you a plog of a more relaxed day. Last wednesday I only had two hours of work scheduled, so the rest of the day was filled with blogging, studying, going out for dinner and the premiere of Mockingjay I. These are the days I like best: a combination of being productive and having fun. Take a look!

to do list
09:00 | I decide to start the day with breakfast and my laptop in bed. I’m working with to do lists on Todoist.com lately and even though I still love old school, hand written to do lists, this works quite well!

blogging
I check my Bloglovin’ feed (what’s better than waking up reading your favourite blogs in the morning?) and I prepare yesterday’s outfitpost.

outfit from above
11:00 | Suddenly, it’s two hours later and I drag myself out of bed to the shower. Since I need to work in the afternoon, I go for black trousers and a blazer, but I keep it comfortable because there’s still a lot to do at home.

plog
12:00 | Studyyyyyyyyyy. I read two articles to prepare a lecture for the next day and it’s taking much more time than I had planned. Coffee and tea help me through the day.

weekly planner
Besides reading the texts, they need to be summarized too. I feel a little bit like I’m losing grip on all my deadlines, so I fill in my weekly planner. Conclusion: I’m slightly behind. But hey, that’s no big news.

Utrecht
17:00 | Work-time! I help for two hours preparing the sale that starts the next day (yesterday!). It’s always a shitload of work, but we manage to finish it in time. And how lovely do the streets of Utrecht look with those Christmas lights?

plog
19:30 | Wooohh, Luuk had this spontaneous idea to go to the premiere of Mockingjay I, so we grab some dinner at Le Connaisseur, a restaurant very close to the cinema.

Le Connaisseur Utrecht
Vinoooo. I didn’t take any pictures during the movie (duh), but it was cool! Since they filmed the third book in two parts (this was only part I), all the little details were included, which can be annoying to some, but I thought it was a good representation of the story. As in the two previous movies it really captured the atmosphere of the book. I wasn’t really blown away though, but I wasn’t when I read the book either, so that’s not surprising.

plog
00:30 | Back home taking selfies with Blow. Good night! Haha.

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waterfall blazer

After the beautiful outfit shoots from Istanbul, it’s always kind of a dissappointment to shoot on a parking lot in the Netherlands, especially when it’s done after an exhausting school day, but hey, it’s about the outfit right? I wanted to show you this waterfall blazer for a while now, ’cause I bought it already two months ago. Remember I told you about my black blazer quest? I desperately needed one for work, but found it hard to find one not too basic, but a slightly adjusted to my own style. This one is actually perfect! It has the leather look, it’s long enough (short blazers accentuate my short legs) and the stretchy fabric of the sleeves makes me able to move freely. For this look, I combined it in a very casual way with my dungarees and (the careful reader already noticed it) Coolcat’s I’m too busy read my blog tee. Put some All Stars with it and you can never go wrong, can you?

waterfall blazer

waterfall blazer

waterfall blazer

waterfall blazer

dungarees

T-SHIRT | Coolcat | more pictures here
DUNGAREESorder one or two sizes up! I’m wearing a size 40 | H&M | see me wearing them here as well
BLAZER – similar | Vero Moda
ALL STARS | Converse via JD Sports | see me wearing them here as well
COAT | Issue 1.3 via Nelly | see me wearing it here as well

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H&M wishlist

Just a random H&M wishlist. I haven’t been around at H&M’s webshop that much lately (good for my wallet, not for my mental wellbeing), so I thought it was about time to put together my favourites again. To protect myself from shopping too much, I normally try to put together complete outfits, so I’m more likely to order the items that are intercombinable (I still don’t know if that’s an actual word, but I like to think I invented it). But this time, there is just too much stuff I like and it varies stylewise. I mean, the leopard onesie… GOTTA HAVE THAT. But at the same time I completely feel like dressing up when I see something with sequins (love that patterned dress for Christmas)! Furthermore, my winter wardrobe is still in need of some basic sweaters and a mom jeans and I couldn’t resist adding the real leather skirt (pretty!) and a blog-related tee (Never Read The Comments – well, I do of course)! What is your favourite item?

SWEATER €24,99 | HIGHLIGHTER €5,99 | T-SHIRT €9,99 | ONESIE €34,99
DRESS €59,99 | BLAZER €39,99 | TOP €29,99 | SKIRT €99,-
NECKLACES €4,99 | SWEATER €29,99 | BRA €14,99 | BAG €19,99
JEANS €39,99 | BLOUSE €24,99 | RINGS €3,99 | TOP €17,99

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week 46

I decided to arrange my photo diaries a little different than before. Instead of some random photos every two weeks, I’m gonna post weekly diaries, called Backstage. As some of you know (or even personally experience, haha), I’m an obsessive listmaker and planner, so why not treat photo diaries that way? From now on, I’ll give you a day-by-day recap of my week. I hope you’ll find it inspiring/fun to see what I’m actually doing every single day and if not, it will at least be a good way for me to reflect on what I accomplished (’cause sometimes I’m feeling like I’m always busy, without getting shit done). Anyway, here we go!

BEFORE ISTANBUL
Between my last photo diary and this one (Istanbul excluded, I’m treating those pics seperately of course), I went on a shopping spree with a friend in Rotterdam. To protect ourselves from shopping too much, we agreed to meet at two pm, but after having coffee and cake, we had to RUN to visit all the stores we wanted to visit, which failed dramatically haha. I didn’t know Rotterdam is so cool shopping-wise (they have a Monki, duh)! | The last days before Istanbul were all about studystudystudy. I had to finish all my deadlines (semester 1 was ending) and had to attend an ancient studies conference for two days. Luckily, all my friends from uni were there too, so it was quite fun actually!

week 46

MONDAG 1011
We got back from Istanbul, completely recharged, so I was ready to attend the first (four-hour!) lecture of semester two. Luckily, my grades from semester one were much better than expected (one of my final papers was graded with an 8.5, whuuut), so I’m very hopeful for the future (let’s see how long that lasts =p). Blow, on the contrary, had a very lonely and sad week while we’re away, so she couldn’t stop crawling on my lap. | To celebrate that Luuk got Eindhoven as a base for work, so he doesn’t have to live in Spain half of the time, he bought us sushi, wine and… sausage rolls indeed.

week 46

TUESDAY 1111
Life has really begun again. I’m preparing a lecture for the next day about classical Greek sculpture and Luuk is taking care for me with bananas and mandarins. | Planning and writing blogposts is not very well represented in my schedule, so I rapidly photograph my new Clarisonic Mia 2 to write a post about it for the next day.

week 46

WEDNESDAY 1211
Again, I’m in a hurry to prepare blogposts, so I start the day photographing and writing a blogpost (about) our new Turkish cushions. | I discover we ran out of fabric softener and run to Big Bazar with Luuk to get some. There I spot a lot of OPI for only €4,99 and Luuk convinces me to take a bunch home with me. I’m actually working on a giveaway with some of my favourite products, so OPI is definitely gonna take part in that, stay tuned! In the afternoon, I go to the lecture and afterwards, I have drinks with my fellow Antiquity lovers. Love student life, university and people with similar interests! It’s so inspiring really.

week 46

THURSDAY 1311
I check Facebook very innocently and discover Wintervacht is introducing a new coat. I loooooooove it so much, I immediately write a small blogpost about it. | In the afternoon, I go to school again and when I come home, I found out Luuk bought this superkitsch Buddha table fountain (for real). As if we’re not having enough rubbish already. But I have to admit, it’s very calming in a way, so I find myself putting it on the following days. | After dinner, I read about Late Antiquity in bed, with Luuk (and his The Walking Dead) and Blow with me. Happy family! Then we have drinks with our neighbours (who took care of Blow while we were in Istanbul).

week 46

FRIDAY 1411
In the morning, Luuk and I quickly shoot an outfit with my new skater dress and then I’ll go to work. | When I get home I find this picture on my coffee maker. Just pretend how it looks when it’s actually making coffee… exactly. | In the evening, my friends and I go visit another friend who just bought his own house. It looks amaaazing (can I just take the interior and put it into my house?) and since we all know each other from high school, we watch old tapings of us participating in an acting contest (almost ten years ago). It was hi-la-ri-ous really!

week 46

WEEKEND 15-1611
The weekend was all about work and study again. I’m ALREADY behind (how is that possible? Seriously?), so I didn’t take any cool snaps of fun stuff. The weekend usually doesn’t include typical weekend-things for me anyway, so it doesn’t really bother me. I finally got Luuk’s phone pics from Istanbul (the one below shows us in the Blue Mosque), so combined with mine, I’m working on a new Istanbul recap.

week 46

Next week is gonna be nice I guess! I have quite some school work of course, but I only have two classes to attend (instead of this week’s three) and I’m working ten hours instead of the usual twelve (or more). This means I had some time to plan two dates with friends and I’m probably gonna do something fun with Luuk as well, we’ll see!

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skater dress

Well, it’s not really visible on these pics, but I’m wearing H&M’s basic (€15,-!) skater dress. I’m sorry, but it was too freaking freezing cold outside to shoot an outfit without some kind of jacket on (even though the dress has 3/4 sleeves). That’s also why I – again – wear my grey Monki scarf… I promise to give my scarf collection an update soon haha. Back to the dress: as you might know, I’m not a huge fan of skirts and dresses, but this one is thight and loose in all the right places, it’s very easy to cycle in (crucial factor for Dutchies!) and it’s short, but not too short. I combined it with my Notice jacket that has been transformed from outdoor to indoor jacket (boohoo bye summer!) and some comfy laced boots.

I really need to sort out my closet by the way, because I have a lot of clothes that can be combined in suprising ways, but now I feel like I lost the overview. I’m definitely gonna schedule a clean-up soon, so make sure to keep an eye on Shop My Closet.

skater dress

grey scarf

skater dress

skater dress

Merely Merel

SKATER DRESS | H&M
JACKET | Notice via Bon’a Parte | see me wearing it here as well
BOOTS | Invito | see me wearing them here as well
SCARF | Monki | see me wearing it here as well

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snap shots

Again, a small series of random Snap Shots. Blow contributed a fair deal this time, and lately I was stunned by the autumn sunshine when I walked out of the door. I still have many Istanbul snaps to share with you as well, so hang on!

Blow

snap shots

snap shots

Blow

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Wintervacht

You might have noticed I’m slightly obsessed with coats (it seems to get worse each fall-/winterseason) and recently I discovered something that might ruin my intentions not to buy any new coats this season, namely: Wintervacht’s latest creation. I already own a sheep-blanket-coat by Wintervacht (find it here, but I’m definitely gonna shoot better outfitpics this year again!), but now they designed this amaaaazing long, sophisticated coat. I’ve got to have it, don’t you think? Is it Sinterklaas or Christmas already?

By the way, they’re not for sale on Wintervacht’s webshop yet, I found this pic (and more!) on their Facebook. But they do have a pop-upstore in Amsterdam, which is open on Saturdays.

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