outfit Zara
T-SHIRT €9,95 Zara | BLAZER €69,99 Zara | SHORTS €9,99 €7,- H&M | WATCH 89,- Rosefield | SHOES €99,99 Manfield

Just came from a quick shopping spree for my next getaway to Greece (Sunday already!) and it was a total succes. Bought the leopard printed shorts (in stores they’re even cheaper, €5,-!) and many more sale scores. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the t-shirt in my size and the blazer doesn’t fit me right but is absolutely FAB (my boobies are too big HAHA ><), but I ended up buying a way cheaper blazer at H&M in this beautiful warm brown colour (couldn’t find it online though). The Rosefield watch I found via Lucy, who always manages to find the most perfect key pieces. And last but not least, I fell in love with these Manfield shoes, but I gotta wait for my discount card  to arrive (working at a shoe store has its benefits, yes). Gotta run now, I’m gonna meet up with my two besties, ’cause one of them BOUGHT her own HOUSE. Guess we’re no little girls anymore… let’s enjoy every second of our lives, ’cause it’s flying by so so fast.

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Merely Merel

Can’t believe I waited this long with buying Birkenstock Arizona flip-flops. I was very hesitant at first, because I just couldn’t make up my mind if I thought they’re AWESOMECRAZYCOOL or UGLYASHELL. Since I didn’t manage to make a decision between those two for almost a year, I decided to go-with-the-flow and buy them anyway (yolo). Should have done that ages ago though, because they walk like HEAVEN and take me basically anywhere the last couple of weeks. Too bad I’m not allowed to wear them at work =(. Oh and yes, black it is (I was in doubt about the white ones earlier), ’cause it’s just safer to buy something you’re not sure of in black. Maybe I’ll add white to the collection next year, who knows!?

These pics were shot by a friend in Spain (find part #1 of my photo diary here). She had no idea what an outfit shoot involves (not much, in my case, but still) and didn’t know how to handle my camera, so don’t you guys think she did an awesome job? Love the laid-back atmosphere of these pics and – of course – the flowers in the background. In the neighborhood people grow the prettiest flowers you can think of, in all shades of pink, it’s so lovely! Gotta go back there soon. Wanted to shoot another look as well, but unfortunately, I had a huge headache during our last evening (which, thank god, disappeared right before barbecue-time, haha). However, there are more summery outfit posts coming soon, ’cause temperatures here in the Netherlands are rising to Spain-levels, love it!

Birckenstock Arizona

Birkenstock Arizona

denim dungarees

Merely Merel

denim dungarees

white nail polish

white nail polish

TOP | H&M | see me wearing it here as well
DUNGAREES – very similar/the same? | New Look | see me wearing it here as well
ARIZONA FLIP-FLOPS | Birkenstock via Sneakers
HAT – very similar | H&M | see me wearing it here as well

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Schiphol

Here’s part one of my little Spain diary, where I took a little time off of everything. Didn’t work out completely as I wanted to, ’cause I still had to work on deadlines in the airplane and couldn’t fully enjoy Spain because of the tiredness (if that’s an actual word), but it was soooooo good to soak up the sun and swim in the salty sea in the company of friends I hadn’t seen in a long time. Oh and I just got my last grades returned and it’s official: summer holiday is here!! Couldn’t be more relieved, haha!

MacBook Air
Went to Schiphol Airport early, so I could work on finishing my paper sitting in the coffee corner nearby the gate. Djeez, I can’t believe how much studying is affecting MY WHOLE LIFE, aaargh.

airplane view
Clear blue sky. Spain, here I come again =).

time off
On our way to the beach, which is only a twenty-five meter walk. Look at the goooorg model/bikini body of my friend. Wish this was a picture of me, haha.

beach towel
Each time I’m here, I can’t believe there’s hardly anyone on the beach. The Dutch beaches would by packed with this kind of weather. Oh and yes, this is photographed with a wide-angle converter on my kitlens, cool huh!?

time off
That’s my man! <3

Amstel Radler
Just the regular table situation around here, haha! Gotta have that white nail polish by the way (it’s my friend’s, but I borrowed it and it’s so good).

time off
White houses in the neighborhood. Love this place!

More pictures soon, along with an outfit I shot over here, so stay tuned.

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knitting inspiration

Now that Summer holidays are here, I finally have time to pick up some knitting needles again. It’s a shame knitting still has this granny-feel to it haha, because LOOK AT THIS INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT. I’ve been on the lookout for some great inspirational knitting accounts, but this one really tops them all. Love the precious little projects, pastel colors and minimalism of it all. Last Wednesday, when I made my last Latin exam at uni, got a graded essay returned (with an 8, whoa) and celebrated with friends with a coffee-whipcream-fuge-cake-foodfest, I got back home totally relieved and happy like crazy and spent the rest of my evening knitting. Is that weird haha? Probably show you my project soon, but in the meantime, enjoy these pics of someone who is waaay better at knitting than I am. Makes me think about taking a knitting course :’D.

knitting yarn

miskunnn knitting

@miskunnn

knitting inspiration

knitting

All pictures by Nicole (@miskunnn)

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H&M holiday

Wanted to show you these pieces waaay earlier, but as you might have noticed, I was waaay too busy finishing deadlines, celebrating freedom in Spain and sleeping long when back in The Netherlands. BUT, I’m back in business from today on, ’cause I just set up this huge to do list filled with stuff I wanted to do already ages ago. Can’t wait to get my life back on track, haha. Starting with this post about my recent H&M holiday buys. There’s even more to come (since I returned some of it in exchange for other sizes), but these pieces were already with me in Spain: a gorge cut-out bikini, running shorts (with proper neon yellow inner shorts as well), a silky short bathrobe (which is heaven, really) and a passport cover I’ve drooling over for ages (and which seriously makes people envious on the airport, I could tell). Sorry for the shitty quality pics, but I had to shoot these with my phone, since the boyfriend carried my DSLR to Spain already in his suitcase (it didn’t fit in mine anymore, HAHA). He’s coming back to NL tomorrow and we’re planning on having some quality time which includes watching Jurassic World in the evening, so I gotta run and finish that to do list now!

H&M holiday

H&M kimono

H&M bikini
BIKINI TOP | PASSPORT COVER | BATHROBE | SHORTS

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lavender blue

Merel says hi from Spain!! Sorry for the lack of updates, but I hope you’ll understand. I’ve finished almost everything I still needed to do for school and right now, I’m typing this in the front yard of my BF’s beach house in Spain. It’s about 30 degrees here and I reeeaaaally need to go to the beach right now, so I’m keeping things short. Bought this lavender blouse on my birthday in Rotterdam. I actually meant to wear it mainly to work, but I wanted to show it to you anyway. It’s simple, but has this handy ‘knot’-kinda thing on the front, which makes it easy to tuck it into high waisted jeans or a pencil skirt. I’m usually not someone to wear a lot of colour, but I love how this colour goes with my hair! Hope you like this simple look and I’m off to the beach right now!

lavender blouse

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golden hour

sunset

merely merel

lavender blouse

sandals

fedora hat

fedora hat

BLOUSE | Cos
PANTS | H&M | see me wearing them here as well
SANDALS | Steve Madden via Invito | see me wearing them here as well
FEDORA | Modemusthaves | see me wearing it here as well

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Summer is coming

THIS IS ME TOMORROW. Sorry for the lack of updates guys! Just wanted to let you know I’m extremely busy finishing school etc, but I’m still alive and tomorrow, I’ll be flying to Spainnnnnn. Nothing special, I’m just going to enjoy the beach, read a book, sleep a lot, and be in the good company of some dear friends. Oh, and I’ll be studying a little for my laaaast exam of the year (Latin, of course), but sssst. Don’t remind me of that. Wish you a gorgeous Thursday and a lovely weekend in advance!

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week 24

I still owe you last week’s (week 24) diary. I had waaay too many things to do on Sunday eve to prepare this post, but right now (it’s Monday eve when I’m writing this) I’m sitting here with a glass of rose wine, enjoying the fact that I can breathe for two seconds before I need to take up my study books again. So, here we go!

I've had my coffee

MONDAY 8TH
Since I worked on a take home exam until early in the morning, I felt drained all day. But at least I went to my two classes and handed in the exam. My Latin test turned out to be graded with a 9, so luckily, my hard work is starting to pay off! In the evening, I allowed myself to do absolutely nothing except for blogging, love it! And Blow agreed =).

week 24

TUESDAY 9TH
I literally slept for twelve hours straight en worked on my next two deadlines (two essays) the whole. freakin’. day. It was sooo frustrating, ’cause the weather was gorgeous, but I just can’t work on my balcony, ’cause I’ll be blinded by the sun continuously. Look at the view from behind my curtains! Boohoo =(

#FWIS

WEDNESDAY 10TH
This was not my kind of day. Everybody knows I’m working my ass off (not only me by the way, my study mates as well), but still I get questioned TWICE about why on earth I didn’t finish my class preparations (well, maybe because I can’t function properly without at least five hours of sleep?). Also, our professor criticized us for not keeping up with the (inter)national news. Like seriously, I’m always happy to improve myself, but this is the worst timing ever. I felt like crying and quitting school altogether, but hey, I’M ALMOST THERRREEE. Can’t quit now, that would be a waste. Plus, when I arrived home, there was a lovely H&M package delivered for me. I’ll show you more soon! Unfortunately, since I’m so stressed out and feel like I’m going to be ill, I cancel my wine-date for the next day. Bummer!

week 24

THURSDAY 11TH
I felt a little more optimistic again, went to school, studied, shot an outfit in the golden hour (soon on the blog) and repotted some of the veggies of my little vegetable garden. LOOK how cute these little plants are. Seriously, how on earth is this going to be a broccoli in three months?

detox

FRIDAY 12TH
It was thirty degrees today, so the boyfriend spent the day on a boat with friends and I sat inside STUDYING ONCE AGAIN. I felt even worse than the last couple of days and decided to do so some serious fruit-and-veggies shopping and go detoxing for a week. (Oh and do you see that fringed bag on the left pic? You can still win it via my giveaway! Enter today or tomorrow here.)

SATURDAY 13TH
I slept for THIRTEEN-AND-A-HALF hours (gosh I’m so tired!), but still felt so bad I had to cancel my second fun-meet-up this week with my bestie. I tried to make the most of it study-wise and eating (and drinking) clean at least made me feel good about myself, but please, let this all be over soon.

green juice

SUNDAY 14TH
Unfortunately, cancelling work is not an option if I can still stand upright on two legs. So I went to work and tried to prepare a presentation for the next day afterwards. On the happier side: I booked a ticket to Greece, ’cause I’ll be part of the archaeological excavation program again this year!

And with that happy note, I gladly pronounce week 24 to be OVER. This week is going to be insaaaanneeee at first, but on Friday, I’ll be flying to Spain for some well-deserved sun and sleep! Stay up to date via Instagram (or otherwise, there’ll be another diary next week)!

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giveaway

For those who missed it: I’m hosting a giveaway for this awesome festival-proof fringed bag in navy blue! You can still enter (here!) until coming Wednesday, so make sure you do if you haven’t already! Hope you all have a lovely Sunday =), I’m spending mine partly at work-work and partly at home-work (that’s a deliberate pun, yes) finishing the last study deadlines. So excited for Summer holidays to finally arrive! Wish my fellow students the best of luck in their final stages as well! (Met de laatste loodjes is translated by Google Translate as with the homestretch, NEVER heard of that, but if it is a proper saying, the non-Dutchies will now also know exactly what I mean. Or not, but I rest my case.) Oh and one more time just to stress the importance of it, DON’T FORGET TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY (gege).

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Black Converse

I’m not done yet with showing you guys my birthday presents. My besties gave me black Chucks, but since they were out of stock for a while, I had to be patient. And since patience is my middle name (NOT), I ran to the store immediately after they were restocked. It’s funny, I remember myself drooling over new chucks basically every Spring, but always thought the black ones to be too basic, too boring, too nahhh. But there blogging came in (and especially Pinterest and Instagram) and as you probably all know: black Chucks are e-ve-ry-where. Yes, they are really basic and quite boring indeed, but they go with SO many outfits. It’s like blue skinny jeans: a must have. Here I combined them with the trousers I wore to work just a few hours before. Even though these trousers scream heels or dress shoes, I think they can be perfectly dressed down this way. Hope you agree with me and oh yes, I regularly walk around casually on empty parking lots, HAHA. Love the golden-hour-atmosphere on these photos though!

grey outfit

white shirt

white shirt

black chucks

black chucks

silver hair

black chucks

grey outfit

black chucks

TEE | H&M | see me wearing it here as well
TROUSERS – similar | Mango
ALL STARS | Converse via Pro Shoes
CARDIGAN | Monki | see me wearing it here as well
BACKPACK – tote in similar print | Monki | see me wearing it here as well

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