outfit recap

I’m (finally) really starting to feel like a fashion blogger, haha. I’m thinking about writing a post about everything that happened and changed in 2014 blog-wise, but one thing that can’t be missing in such a post is the switch of focus towards fashion. Initially, I wanted to blog about everything that makes me happy (which is quite a lot), but with some exceptions, blogging about fashion is what makes me most happy. And with having a boyfriend in the Netherlands 24/7 (plus the making of some awesome fashion blogger friends), it’s getting more easy and natural to shoot outfits every now and then.

Anyway, hope you enjoy this recap of fall outfits. What’s bothering me, is that I wear black skinnies (or tights or leggings) on almost every pic. I’m very much in need of some colourful skinnies or (ripped) boyfriend jeans. Let’s spice up that silhouet I’m getting used to a little toooo much lately (that is: tight bottoms, oversized tops). Don’t you agree? Oh, and which one is your favourite? (Click here to check out all of these outfits.)

outfit recap

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Maastricht

Part one of the Maastricht photos, here we go! Even though we only stayed in this very southern city of the Netherlands for only three days, it was lovely enough to fill with pictures three blogposts. I show them randomly, but what you see here is/are several pictures taken from (within) the Christmas market’s ferris wheel, the b-e-a-utiful Selexyz (bookstore) in the Dominican church, and the Christmas section of The Bijenkorf (a major department store), as well as some pictures snapped while passing, such as the horse carriage and the church of Saint Servatius. It’s almost weekend, so if you’re still looking for a place to spend it… Happy friday!

Maastricht Selexyz

Bijenkorf

Christmas

horse carriage

ferris wheel

Maastricht

ferris wheel

Maastricht

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christmas sweater

I usually fail to find nice stuff on sale, but now I know why… it’s because I forget to look at the men’s department. In Maastricht (gonna show you the pics soon!) I found the perfect winter-ish-Christmas-printed sweater at H&M’s men’s department for only ten euro! To make it extra oversized, I took it in a large. And seriously, I haven’t taken it off since (okey, it’s finally in the laundry now, haha). It has te perfect fit, feel, print, and colour (it’s something in between beige and grey). Add a five euro beanie and there you go: one big happy Merel. I never thought beanies were something for me, but looking at these pictures, I think it looks kinda cool! Hope you like it too.

Merely Merel

christmas sweater

Merely Merel

Christmas sweater

Christmas sweater

leopard print coat

Christmas sweater

SWEATER | H&M – men’s department
JEANS | Zara | see me wearing them here as well
BOOTS | Manfield | see me wearing them here as well
BEANIE | H&M – men’s department
COAT | Esprit | see me wearing it here as well
NECKLACE | Just Franky | see me wearing it here as well
WATCH | Modemusthaves

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katia merino tweed

Knitting-time! Last week I received my Wolplein order with some brand new knitting wool. The reason for this order was the b-e-a-utiful grey Katia Merino Tweed, which I’m going to use to knit a birthday-present-scarf for a friend who’s just as fond of grey (and black and white) as I am. Since Wolplein delivers for free when you spend more than €50,-, I decided to give some other yarns a try as well. The Phildar Phil Light already proved to be a succes (check out my first knitted creation here), so now I chose two other bright colours. On top of that, I’m going to try out Katia’s Jaipur, which is a very colourful, summery cotton yarn. I have no idea how the colours and the cotton will turn out when knitted, but I guess we’ll see. I also added two pairs of needles, one very small and one very big. Of course, I’ll keep you updated about my projects, haha!

katia merino tweed

katia merino tweed

Phildar Phil Light

Phildar phil light

Katia Jaipur

Katia Jaipur

knitting needles

KATIA MERINO TWEED (colour 308)
PHILDAR PHIL LIGHT (colours 8 – Buvard, 21 – Corail)
KATIA JAIPUR (colour 207)
NEEDLES 2MM & 12MM

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week 50

One day later than planned, but here’s my recap of last week! This week probably goes into the historybooks as one with the lowest downs and the highest highs presented to me in turn, if that makes any sense to you, haha. I had to study HAAAARRRD to be able to go to Maastricht with my two besties during the weekend and on sunday evening, I still had to finish some monday-nine-o’clock deadlines. Besides, there was a lot of shopping going on and I finally found myself looking forward to Christmas and New Year’s! Well, here we go.

MONDAY 0812
I’m still suffering from a headache that started yesterday, but I just don’t have the time to spend the day in bed. I decide not to go to school and try to get a grip on things with a new daily planner design (find it on my Pinterest). | I study is hard as I can and Blow is always here for support.

week 50

TUESDAY 0912
I have to work and when I get home, tired and all, my Wolplein (= knitting wool) order has arrived! Instant happiness. | The wool is amazing and I can’t wait to get started, I’ll show it to you soon! | Because I didn’t have time to shop for Maastricht at all (and I don’t have that much wintery stuff) I place an order at Modemusthaves.com. I wanted to do that for a while now (I showed you my faves here) and I can’t wait to wear this S T O C K H O L M sweater.

week 50

WEDNESDAY 1012
Last full day of studying… I need to finish all my deadlines TODAY. But first, let’s enjoy my white Christmas tree | and shining reindeer. | I work on a post about my new daily blog reads, | study my ass off, | discover my fave Notice coat is on sale, | don’t order the coat, but study my ass off again instead. At midnight, I manage to finish a paper about the fifth century bishop Augustine of Hippo and his attitude towards the wealth of the Christian Church (#justsaying).

week 50

THURSDAY 1112
Before going to college, I shoot a cozy-on-the-couch-with-my-ocher-yellow-jumper outfit and when returning home from school | my Modemusthaves order has arrived! Totally in love with this watch! | And the stockholm sweater! And the hat!

week 50

FRIDAY-SUNDAY 12-1412
Weeeeeeeeeekend! I’m packing all my (new Modemusthaves) stuff and take a train with my girls to the beautiful city of lights, Maastricht. During this time of the year, the city is beautifully lit, there is a Christmas market and a ferris wheel (seriously, is that the translation of reuzenrad?). All we do is sleep-shop-eat-relax-repeat. Perfect weekend, I’ll show you the pics soon!

Maastricht ferris wheel

This was probably already the last time I arranged Backstage like this, because since last week, you can follow me on Instagram! I think I’ll still post small weekly recaps on the blog, but maybe not as extensive as this. Anyhow, the coming three weeks it’s holidaaaaay (well deserved, if I may say so myself). But that doesn’t mean I’m gonna sit on my lazy ass, because there’s still a lot to do studywise and I’m planning to organize a serious declutter-session. Keep you posted!

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Instagram

Gooood news! I finally managed to download Instagram on my BlackBerry, so now you’re able to follow my day-to-day activities there (username @merelymerel, ofcorsooo). Today should have been Backstage day, but I’ve been incredibly busy and this (short) update is a nice way to share my personal life with you too right? Backstage will be published tomorrow and I’m thinking about a new way to arrange it (again), so it won’t be too much of a copy of what’s already on Instagram, haha. Anyway, don’t go anywhere (except for my Instagram account), ’cause I’m way too excited!
;)

Have a good start of the week!

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ocher yellow

Wow, these pictures make it look like I’ve got the most relaxing life ever, haha. Well, in reality, quite the contrary is true, but it definitely is reflective of the way I wish to spend my days: on the couch, knitting and cuddling with Blow (only that “cuddling” applies to “Blow” by the way, it’s not that Blow and I knit together)(that would be so much fun though). Anyway, this is the ocher yellow jumper I told you about before (very enthusiastically). And, what do you think… can blondes (with severe hair outgrowth) wear yellow?

Blow

Merely Merel

scarf zebra print

ocher yellow

knitting

JUMPER | H&M | more pictures here
JEANS | Zara | see me wearing them here as well
SLIPPERS | V&D
SCARF | Zara | see me wearing it here as well

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Notice coat

I mean, seriously? I spotted this Notice coat in Bon’a Parte’s catalogue a while ago (I LOVE that brand since I had the opportunity to try out an oversized knit and jacket from them), buuuuuut (to finally finish this sentence) it’s on sale now! As is everything Notice! So I put together my faves and added a Notion 1.3 (via Nelly) bootie to make the look complete. And here I am, drooooooooling over this coat, haha. Luckily, I’m already a very satisfied girl, because a few days ago, I received a Modemusthaves.com order. I’ll tell you more about that later, so don’t go anywhere.

BLOUSE €79,95 €45,47 | BOOTS €59,95 €50,96 | COAT €139,95 €90,97 | SWEATER €69,95 €45,47 | SKIRT €119,95 €77,97

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Maastricht

I’ve worked my ass off the last couple of days to finish all my deadlines beforehand and now it’s time to gooooo toooo MAASTRICHT with my two besties! It’s difficult nowadays to spend time together, because we all work different hours and have our own lives with our own (boy)friends and families, but a few weeks ago we managed to find a weekend in which we are all available to go celebrate Christmas in Maastricht (for the nun-Dutchies: Maastricht is a city in the very south of the Netherlands and it’s basically known to the rest of Holland as a weekend-getaway-destination, haha). We’re going to visit the Christmas market, we’re going to see Gooische Vrouwen 2 (a hilarious Dutch movie) in the cinema, we’re going to do a lot of shopping and of course we’re going to drink a lot of wine, have a lot of laughs and make a lot of photos. Hope you’ll be having a great weekend too!

Maastricht

Photos via National Geographic & VVV Maastricht

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Raspberry and Red

Meet my recently discovered inspiring blogs and additions to my daily-reads. These three are all mainly about fashion, but they’re completely different in style. But that’s okay, because my mood also switches, so one day I’m more into this and the next day more into that. These probably suit all my inspiration needs! Let me first introduce you to the cute Weronika Załazińska (Raspberryandred.blogspot.nl)(and yes, I had to copy-paste her name, haha), with a style that is probably closest to mine. Secondly, Rhea Gupte (Fuss.co.in), with the must beautiful and mystical photographs I ever encountered on a fashion blog (or is it a photography blog? In any case, I’m a fan)! And last but not least, my latest crush, tomgirl Rima Vaidila (Fireonthehead.com), who is just as fond of non-colours (white, grey, BLACK) as I am. As usual, clicking on the pictures will lead you to the corresponding blog(post), so have an inspired thursday!

Fire on the Head

Fuss

inspiring blogs

inspiring blogs

inspiring blogs

inspiring blogs

inspiring blogs

inspiring blogs

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