holiday essentials

Gosh, I’m leaving Tuesday already! I can’t believe how fast time is flying by. Luckily, I’ve created a holiday checklist years ago (and updated it ever since), so a few days ago, I looked at it again, wrote down what I still needed and headed over to the shopping mall. Love all these little “beauty-buys” I normally don’t buy for myself. It really gets me in this much needed travel-mood. Since I’d like my suitcase to be as light as possible, I always spend on minis (or collect free ones during winter, haha). The holiday essentials this year include: mini silver shampoo, mini face wash, mini day-/night cream, small travel bottles, little-higher-than-ankle socks (those that do not slip down your heels), mini deodorant, mini foot balm (much needed after long sightseeing days), mini hair clips, de-makeup pads (no need for liquid removers), a hair mask (to be transferred in a smaller travel bottle), cotton buds (this packaging is sooo handy) and a mini coconut-fragranced sunscreen.

Well, let’s say I’m ready to go! Oh no, not really, ’cause I don’t have my suitcase yet. The one I have now (which is basically Luuk’s) is nearly broken, so I ordered a new, slightly smaller one (to prevent packing more than 15kg, I know myself too well). It’s going to be delivered today! Is it weird to be really exciting over a new suitcase? Can’t wait to start packing!

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Instagram faves

From our “own” Dutchie Anita (@Fashionattacks), to the “clean” photography of Souraya (@Sourayanadine). And from the girl whose name I wish I’d had (Merle from @Minimalism___) to the fat cat “speaking” through his own hilarious account (@Fatcatmarco). These are my current Instagram faves. For inspiration, motivation, envy, or just to have a laugh. Hope you like ‘em too!

@SOURAYANADINE | @RADIATEFASHIONBLOG | @FATCATMARCO
@SSSSAMANTHAA | @FASHIONWITHBANGS | @JONY_SHOUTOUTTOYOU
@MINIMALISM___ | @SOULCALCHELS | @FASHIONATTACKS

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favourite scarf

Outfit posts are back again! Photography-wise, March hitherto hasn’t been what I wanted it to be, but here we go after all with a brand new outfit. Or… brand new, not really. The only item you haven’t seen before is the duo scarf. Still, since it has quickly made its way into my collection of daily favourites, I decided to dedicate a whole post to it. I don’t know what it is with this scarf, but I think it just matches perfectly with my grey-and-leopard wardrobe, haha.

Anyway, I wore this yesterday to Latin class. It’s such a comfy outfit for study days, wish I could wear it everyday (well, I basically do just that). Besides, one of my study friends has a leopard printed coat as well (a grey one, which makes me very jealous) and while people (including our teacher) made fun of us the first time we were both wearing our furry coats, we now almost purposely wear them together, because it just looks so hilarious (and girlpowerrr-like, ain’t no such thing as messin’ with us, haha)!

These are also the first quality pics of my grey hair, which – as you can probably tell – isn’t that grey anymore. On the one hand, I’m sad about the fact that it washes out so quickly, because grey hair is (I think) such a cool statement while ‘natural’ (in a way) as well, but on the other hand, the grey toner really did its work: That is, no hint of yellowness anymore (it’s really a matte colour, exactly how I wanted it in the first place) and almost no differences between my just-dyed roots and the rest of my hair. Maybe I’ll go check out if I can buy a do-it-yourself grey toner at the hairdresser’s to update it every now and then, but for now, I’m still super happy with it!

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leopard coat

leopard coat

favourite scarf

favourite scarf

leopard scarf

ps. Don’t really know why, but the headless pics turned out better this time ;)

JUMPER – also nice and on sale | Monki | see me wearing it here as well
LEGGINGS – try these pants | Modemusthaves | see me wearing them here as well
ALL STARS | Converse via JD Spors | see me wearing them here as well
COAT - still awesome as well and super on sale | Zara | see me wearing it here as well
SCARFout of stock, but still online… maybe it returns? | Sheinside | more photos here

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week 12

Even though week 12 was a lot less demanding than the last one, I still managed to get some nervous breakdowns on Monday and Tuesday, resulting in me staying home to grab myself together on Wednesday. From Thursday on, things were getting better, and right now I’m on top of my game again. Here’s my diary!

MONDAY, MARCH 16TH.
Goddd, the weekend was exhausting and I’m still afraid my allergy will return. Having those kinds of scares (looking in the mirror every five seconds) is really exhausting and on top of that, I need to make a Latin test. Luckily, the test goes veeeerrryyyy well and when I come home, all I wanna do is reorganize and tidy up my house, just to clear my head a bit. No such thing as time-consuming cleaning though, need to work on school instead, but I do organize my finances, which is not making me very happy either, haha!

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TUESDAY, MARCH 17TH
How on earth am I going to get through the day? Even though it seems like there will be no more allergic reactions, I still feel drained and scared. I have class in the morning and when I come home, somebody took my place in bed, haha! Wish that was me. Anyway, I plan on finishing a paper by three pm, but of course, I’m still working on it at five… at seven… at nine… It’s already nine-thirty in the evening when I’m finally done (and it still sucks) and I really really really don’t wanna make the Latin exercises anymore (that need to be finished by tomorrow as well). I need to sleep and get myself on the right track soon, because this is going nowhere, so I decide to go to bed and stay home the next day.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH
Sleeping in the morning, catching up on lots of stuff in the afternoon and eating healthy in the evening. Today is really a good day, I needed this! I order a fantastic book about the Parthenon (at least I think so, I’ll probably show it to you when I receive it, even though you probably couldn’t care less about the Parthenon, I’m just too enthusiastic). Oh and yeah, the selfie was actually taken on another day, ’cause I look much worse today, but otherwise, there wouldn’t be anything to show you guys, haha! (And in case you missed it, find the grey hair story here.)

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THURSDAY, MARCH 19TH
Today I’m off too, so more time to get back on track! I receive the first part of my book order, the very hyped book ‘Opgeruimd!’ by Marie Kondo, which in English has the very extensive title ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ (I prefer the Dutch one, haha). I’m sooo curious, I think it’s exactly what I need to get things started here. I’m planning on reading it in Spain, on the beach (jealous yet?). Meanwhile, the boyfriend sends me pics from his skiing holiday. I’m not a winter sports kinda girl, but the view makes me craaaave for holiday-get-aways. I treat myself with salad and wine to make up for my boring life, haha.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 20TH
Latin class again, and my test turns out to be graded with a 9.5, woah! Never expected it to have done so well, especially not after worrying all weekend about completely different things. I guess I do have a feeling for the language after all, haha. After school, I need to pay a quick visit to work and make the most of it by sneaking in and out of Pro Shoes and Bershka as well. I try on the beloved black Air Max to check what size I need (and buy the croco version secondhand afterwards, tell you more about that soon!) and score another great grey basic top (a girl can never have enough)(more of my #fwis pics assembled here).

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SATURDAY, MARCH 21TH
Springtimeeeee! Wow, it’s unbelievable what the word ‘Spring’ does for my mood. I feel so much better than at the beginning of this week. And Blow is happy too, I can tell. What helps also is that I’m working on some lasssst deadlines. That means: deadlines that are not followed up again by more deadlines. Deadlines that really are dead when I hand them in. Deadlines that represent the fact that I made it through this semester. Can’t wait for it all to end!

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SUNDAY, MARCH 22TH
The boyfriend got home yesterday evening, so now I can sit back and relax again, HAHA. No, just kidding, but it does help when he’s around, because I sometimes (mostly) don’t even have time to do groceries and cook a proper meal. Besides, I need some last moral support. I really missed him, so we spend the morning together (usually, I’d be up by seven studying, crazy right?). In the afternoon, I need to work and afterwards, I work on this post and on school with homemade choco-coff. Love to have my man back home again! Oh and another thing: my dad came with this great idea to buy a wide angle converter for my camera! I told you about my wide angle lens cravings a few days ago, but I just can’t afford to get myself one before going to Greece. This thingy is only €25,-! Seems to good to be true right? Does anyone have experience with such a converter? Let me know!

week 12

This week, I’ll be busy mainly with three papers, but they’re all about quite interesting subjects, so that’s okay! Besides, I’ll be paaaacking (and shopping a little hihi) for Greece. Also, trying to get back on track outfitshooting, ’cause I’ve got my photographer home after all! Thank you all for following and prepare for exciting holiday-fashion-photography posts in the near future.

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Bershka
SHIRT €12,99 | JEANS €39,99

Yesterday, I finally found a quick moment to visit the new Bershka store in Utrecht. Utrecht is getting better and better now (imagine we once didn’t have a Zara, Mango, Monki and H&M Men, whuutt), I can’t wait for more cool stores to arrive. Anyway, I managed to only take the grey shirt with 3/4th length sleeves (below), which is A DREAM really (never underestimate good grey pieces)(and don’t take any of the other colors, because they’re a different material!), but I saw so many awesome basics (for as far as basics can be ‘awesome’), I really needed to put together this wishlist for you. I’m especially in love with the black, destroyed boyfriend jeans above (I’ve been looking for something like that quite some time now) and the awkwardly cropped girlfriend jeans below (especially the ‘awkwardly cropped’ part). Also still on the lookout for a great oversized denim jacket and I like it a little more washed or destroyed than the one featured here, but still… like!

Bershka
JACKET €24,99 | JEANS €35,99

Bershka
SHIRT €14,99 | JEANS €24,99

Bershka
JACKET €39,99 | SHIRT €7,99

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wide angle lens
Photos via Flickr by MUHAMMED HILMI HARUN | ILONDRU | ILONDRU

Really starting to build up wanderlust here! As I said yesterday, I’m beginning to prepare for Greece and now I don’t know really how it came about, but I suddenly found myself digging into Jenniefromtheblog’s Jennie‘s archive to search for the post on her (back then) new wide angle lens (find it here). I remember she shot two very impressing pictures outside, one with a normal kitlens, and one with the wide angle lens. Of course, the latter looked way better.

Anyway, Jennie bought the Canon 10-18mm lens, which actually is the cheapest wide angle lens on the market. Still very expensive though, €279,- at Mediamarkt, but much better than the 10-22mm (€498,-) and 10-24mm (€799,- for a Nikon) lenses. And since copying Jennie’s portrait lens (I’m shooting with the 50mm f/1.8, just like she does) suits me very well, I now find myself craving for this wide angle lens. And well yeah, I really wanna have it before going to Greece of course. Which is in less than two weeks. Tips for earning myself €280,- in less than two weeks, anyone?

It’s never gonna happen of course, but a girl can dream right? That’s why I collected these six incredibly beautiful pics, all shot with an 10-18mm lens! I think I already know what I’m going to ask for my birthday in May… it then may not be in time for Greece, but right in time for summer indeed!

wide angle lens
Photos via Flickr by AMAURY VIAN | GÜNNI | CASPER LARSEN

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travel outfit
BLOUSE €30,- Monki | BRA €14,99 H&M | BOTTOM €6,99 | JEANS €43,72 Asos | SHOULDER BAG €39,99 H&M | PASSPORT COVER €14,99 H&M | NIKE AIR MAX €139,99 Zalando

My Greece trip is coming closer and closer and I feel like I need to start preparing myself. Luckily, everyday, study deadlines decrease in number, so I feel like my head is getting clearer and there’s more room to look forward to the trip. Packing is going to be quite a challenge though, since temperatures in Greece are not high and not low. Think 15 to 25 degrees, so yeah, trousers and jackets and slippers and bikinis. I think it’s going to be most beneficial to bring great basics, as this travel outfit shows. First, I “definitely” need a new pair of sneakers (told you about these awesome Nikes before and now they’re SOLD OUT #fuckmylife #latenightregrets). When I saw these modestly ripped jeans on Lucy, I knew something like that has to be in my suitcase. The white shirt is still an essential my closets lacks big time. I’ve talked about it several times before and haven’t found (or admittedly, haven’t tried on) any. Work on the store! As we would say in Dutch. Of course, I’ll share with you my shopping- and packing experiences, since I’m planning on getting it just right again (Istanbul was a big succes story packing-wise, remember?), so don’t go anywhere!

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grey hair

Okay well, I officially couldn’t wait to write this post until I’ve finally taken quality shots. Sorry for that, but you’ll probably see this hair in a zillion more quality shots to come, so why not elaborate on it in advance. Anyway, here’s a big cheers to my new grey hair! For the Dutchies, I had it done by Kinki Kappers on the Oudegracht in Utrecht and I actually can’t be anything but positive about how they treated me. As I said before, I was kinda nervous to go, because of my previous (painful) experiences with bleach, but this time, there were no problems whatsoever.

First, they bleached my roots, including the part that remained yellow last time. They only used a 6% bleach (which didn’t hurt at all!) and within thirty minutes, my roots were already whiter than the rest of my hair. Of course, it’s always hard to end up with an all-over even hair colour when you walk in with darkblond-yellow-whiteblond hair, but by using a dark grey toner on my roots and a light grey one on the rest of my hair, they managed to do it! The upper part is slightly darker, which covers the still-slightly-yellow part of my roots, and when the grey washes out a bit (because that will happen), I need to use a lot of silver shampoo to keep the yellow away. Hopefully next time, it will be fixed forever, but for now, I couldn’t be happier.

Let’s say grey is here to stay! I always knew that cool tones go better with my skin than warm ones, but here’s proof. I do want to grow it a little bit longer again though (just a few centimeters). Since I didn’t cut it for four months (!), they had to chop the lob to a bob again. Anyway, betters pics sooooooon.

grey hair

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fwis

1) Not feeling so well. Writing papers in my comfy clothes in bed.
2) Biker boots and biker jackets are always a good idea! Heading to work for after-work-drinks!
3) Ooh la laaa, received this pretty long cardigan in the mail <3.
4) Dungarees and sneakers form my new Spring uniform. How did I ever live without them?

5) Dungarees and sneakers and long cardigans again. Perfect for a day in the library.
6) Cycling home from work as fast as a leopard on patent leather dress shoes.
7) First sunny Spring day of the year drinking hot chocolate with the bf in comfy layers.
8) #Throwback to last year with my bestie on the Santa Pola playa! Going back next month woah! <3

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week 11

I still can’t believe it, but I survived this week HAHA. Again, it was a busy one, but I’m still standing, even though I had some setbacks. And if I can survive this, next week will be peanuts. Here we go!

MONDAY, MAR. 9TH
The usual Latin class in the morning, at a location where there’s a STARBUCKS COFFEE MACHINE. So I plan to stay there to work on a paper, but precisely today I FORGET MY WALLET. Awesome start of the week. I stay until three o’clock anyway, but I don’t finish my paper, bummer. At home, I photograph my weekly planner for a post about planning and my favourite skin care! In the evening, I work on my paper even more and finally get it finished. It took me way too much time, but hey, it’s done now!

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TUESDAY, MAR. 10TH
Class in the morning, working on a second paper in the afternoon and the evening (and finishing it, applause!). But what’s the most fun about today, is that I make an appointment at the hairdresser’s. Instead of white, I really wanna go grey now, exciting!

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WEDNESDAY, MAR. 11TH
Where did the beautiful weather go today? Still love misty pics like these though. And the weather actually fits my mood, because today is a looooong day. Latin class in the morning, another class after lunch and a seminar later in the afternoon. My classmates and I treat ourselves with coffee in between classes, but still, I’m exhausted when I come home.

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THURSDAY, MAR. 12TH
Woah, grey hair! I love it! Planning on writing a post about it soon, but I haven’t got the chance to make proper photos yet.

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FRIDAY, MAR. 13TH
This really is a typical Friday the thirteenth. I’ve slept very, very badly, because of a severe stomach ache. At one point, it got so bad that I really started to panic. In the course of the day, it becomes clear what caused the pain: Apparently, I had eaten something wrong the day before, something I’m allergic to, because my skin aaaaalll over my body starts showing a humongous allergic reaction. You should’ve seen it, it looked (from retrospect) kinda hilarious, but at night, when my face starts to swell as well, I get really worried and call the GP. Luckily, it turns out to be ‘just’ an overreaction and after picking up some medication at the hospital, I finally go to bed.

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SATURDAY + SUNDAY, MAR. 14TH
On Saturdaymorning, my skin is completely normal again. It’s so strange how your body works sometimes! Anyway, I go to work as normal and study in the evening. The next morning however, woaah, the allergic reaction is back. ON MY FACE. I start to panic again immediately and call my colleagues to tell them I probably can’t come to work. However, after taking the medication again, it slowly fades away and by the time I leave for work, everything is gone. Still feeling a little bit insecure about it though. Not really sure what to eat, haha. So instead, I focus on my Latin test (which is today!) and dream of buying new Nikeeeeees.

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Well, that was my week. Not particularly fun haha, but I’m trying my best to make things work and I’m happy and proud I’m still able to take three (and a half) classes instead of the usual two. It will all pay off in the end right? This week is slightly less demanding deadline-wise, so I hope I’ll have some time to work ahead and pay more attention to Tha Blogg. Happy Monday!

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