grey knit

Finalyyy, my Notice order arrived! I told you earlier about my discovery of this Danish brand and they send me this gorgeous, oversized grey knit (as well as an awesome black-and-white striped jacket – find that one in the discovery post as well – more pictures of that later). It really is the perfect knit for fall: the oversized fit, the asymmetrical bottom and the different shades of grey (sound sooo tacky, I’m sorry!), it just has it all. And don’t you think it looks amazing – again! – with my hair colour? Luuk and I went out for burgers after taking these pics, so I pulled on my cool Sendra boots and took a small shoulder bag with me. The strap of the bag actually gives more of a shape to the knit too, if you get what I mean. We had a fun night out and I feel like this could become one of my favourite fall looks!

grey knit

grey knit

grey knit

grey knit

GREY KNIT – Notice | PANTS – Monki (more photos) | BOOTS – Sendra via Marktplaats | BAG – bought in Florence (more photos)

Today is the first day of the new academic school year by the way. I don’t have classes yet, but I’m off meeting my new class mates (I already know most of them and they’re amazing, so that won’t be a problem) and let me get intimidated by an introduction of the shit we need to get done this year, haha. Wish me luck!

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photo diary august

Well, well, these were the last two weeks of summer (holiday-wise, ’cause weather-wise summer has left us Dutchies long ago). I enjoyed them by doing fun stuff with friends, buying some basic fall pieces and preparing for school a little. I wasn’t very busy, but I did enough to not be bored. This is how life should always be! Guess it will change soon enough though…

IN THE SECOND HALF OF AUGUST I…

photo diary august
…celebrated my bf’s birthday in Amsterdam. Those drinks don’t look too bad, do they? It was a super fun night and we had brunch with some more girlfriends the next day as well.

Ebba Zingmark
…discovered some new amazing blogs and shared them with you guys. This is my favourite: Ebba Zingmark. I mean, HER HAIR. And she posts very inspirational photos (that are not fashion related) as well.

photo diary august
…went on a second date with Runwishfashion‘s Iris. Iris insisted on going to the Yoghurt Barn and woooshh, that was a succes!

Yoghurt Barn
Look at this! <3

Merely Merel
…we did some outfit shooting as well, check out all the pictures here.

Augustus
…bought this book on our way back to the train station. I immediately recognized the image (shame on me if I didn’t, as an ancient history student), but was surprised to see it was by John Williams. I’m reading it now, but haven’t made up my mind about what I think yet…

cup cakes
…went on a shopping date with a friend (including Bagel & Beans breakfast and cup cakes for lunch, yes). I already shared with you my shopped items.

photo diary august
…returned to the hairdresser for dying-my-hair-white fase #2. This is where I eventually wanna be!

white hair
This is how fase #2 turned out and I’m already loving it! Read everything about the process here. Find more pictures of this outfit here.

zucchini fritters
…made these zucchini fritters with friends. I’m not the best cook in the world (the worst, probably) but one of my friends is a very creative vegetarian and she choose this recipe from Smitten Kitchen (wow, what a blog!). It was DELICIOUS, really.

photo diary august
…started working on school again. My first class is only on september 3th, but then I already need to hand in an assignment (welcome to the research master, Merel). Good thing is: I could use my Athens notebook for the first time!

photo diary august
…fucked up the first thing I had to do with this text after printing…

schoenmaatjes
…got this from a colleague! It’s a Facebook initiative for women with different shoe sizes per foot. I’ve been on the look out for something like this, since a lot of clients at my work have this problem and need to buy two pairs.

Sendra boots
…shot an outfit with my Sendra boots for an article in collaboration with Stylefruits. I’m also wearing my fab new Notice sweater here by the way. There’ll be more pictures on the blog tomorrow!

Pickles
…went to grab some (GOOD) burgers at Pickles with Luuk. We had never been there before and it was funnn!

knitting
…all of a sudden feel the urge to go knitting again. Especially when I see pics like this one (got it via Days to Knit). More about that soon!

The next two weeks will be dedicated to finding a new routine. Holidays are over, (almost) full time work is over, school is starting, the gym is calling and blogging… well blogging will just be blogging, nothing’s gonna change about that, promise! BRING IT ON (watching too much Geordie Shore, haha)!

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day zero project

I haven’t been very busy with it myself, so I though it would be nice to focus some attention on my Day Zero Project (which I finally translated into English), with in particular (very motivating) on the goals I’ve already finished! I still have some six hundred days left, but I only finished twenty-eight goals, so I need to keep going to make it in time. Here are my twenty-eight proud makers! You can click on the links to read the corresponding article.

knitting

[090913] #008 make notes during class in a Moleskine notebook
[170913] #068 arrange my own web domain
[200913] #058 knit a pillow cover
[171013] #087 order something via Ebay

Florence

[011113] #012 make two money boxes from glass jars
[071113] #083 go on a holiday with my boyfriend
[111113] #072 make Merely Merel business cards
[211113] #005 read Homer’s Iliad

Wintervachtjas

[251113] #062 get 100 followers
[281113] #074 get payed for a blog post
[211213] #043 wear my killer heels to a party again
[040114] #067 make a real outfit of the day post

day zero project

[130214] #047 paint the living room white
[200214] #063 get 150 followers
[180314] #095 subscribe to a magazine
[040414] #071 date with someone I got to know via blogging

Parthenon

[080414] #003 get accepted to the research master program Ancient Studies
[11-170414] #085 go to Athens with a friend from university
[060614] #082 visit my boyfriend in Spain at least three times
[110614] #042 buy new All Stars

Day zero Project

[130614] #080 try out at least ten new restaurants in Utrecht
[160614] #001 score an 8,5 for my bachelor thesis
[160614] #002 graduate for my bachelor with a 7,5 on average
[280614] #017 sell at least ten thing via Marktplaats

Thorikos

[020714] #066 buy a DSLR camera
[06-270714] #004 go to Thorikos again in 2014 (archaeology internship)
[08-100814] #081 go to Terschelling with my two best friends again
[090814] #023 go horse riding

Wish me luck with the next seventy-three goals! Find the complete Day Zero Project list here.

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striped t-shirt

Time to bring my shopped items post alive with this outfit. Never thought I could be this happy with a striped t-shirt, but I think it looks fab tucked in some high waisted pants. Not to mention the combo of black and white with my new hair, don’t you think it looks super cool and fresh? I don’t even need to dress up anymore, ’cause my hair will do the work for me, haha! Sounds like my cup of tea, since dressing up is not really for me. I feel perfectly fine and interesting enough in this outfit, so I combined it with the booties I bought last winter (before leaving for Rome) and my all time favourite suede- and leather jacket from Mango. Hope you guys like this easy-going look and have a nice weekend! I’m gonna spend mine working and celebrating my four year anniversary with my love! Unfortunately, we haven’t got the time to do something special, so that will have to wait. But I do have the nicest present for him, hihi.

striped t-shirt

striped t-shirt

biker jacket

striped t-shirt

white hair

striped t-shirt

STRIPED T-SHIRT – H&M | PANTS – Monki | BOOTIES – Invito | JACKET – Mango


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plog

Wooow, my last plog dates back from JUNE. Not good. So since I’m the queen of the boring plogs, I decided to treat you to a really boring one =p. This week is all about working from home, preparing for school and making sure everything for Merely Merel is finished before my boy comes home to celebrate our four year anniversary. And that’s basically what I did the day before yesterday. Secretly, I love these days the most. Enjoy!

plog
08:00 Waking up with Blow, choosing what to wear. Even though I’m working at home today, I decide to go for my new, fab Notice jacket with leather pants.

rain window
I open the curtains and found myself in this perfect I-guess-I’ll-stay-home-today-kinda situation.

plog
The usual breakfast: muesli with nuts and Greek yoghurt.

outfit from above
Can’t wait to shoot outfit pictures with this oversized jacket, it’s so cool!

studying
09:00 Remember by daily routine post? It’s nine o’clock in the morning and I’m ready to go (proud-of-myself)! I finish one of the texts I started yesterday evening, decide to change handwriting (I switch all the time, I don’t even know what my handwriting looks like), make some coffee en start a second text.

plog
11:45 Done. Blow is waiting anxiously for lunch and I can cross off “reading texts for Fundamentals” off my to do list. Feels good!

plog
I start working on this plog.

plog
12:15 I enjoy a very healthy lunch (ahum) and watch the VMA’s for an hour. Still can’t decide if Adam Levine is hot or not (but I love his jacket) and Taylor Swift was adorable, as always.

blogging
13:15 I work on an article for Stylefruits, which I’ll share with you soon! It had to be done by tomorrow, but I don’t wanna be in a rush, so I finished it today.

Marktplaats
14:30 I check my email and find out this sale is going well! Then I work on this plog again.

blogging
I write a new outfit post, answer some of your reactions on the blog and visit your blogs <3. This is the fun part of blogging, isn’t it? Then I clean the cat litter and kill time until five o’clock (I need to ‘work’ until five, following my daily routine rules) with reading a friend’s reflection of the excavation in Thorikos. I need to write one too, so it was good to have this as an example. Oh, and I eat cookies, lots of cookies.

plog
17:30 Woohoo, working day is done! I’m changing into sweats (triggering my brain to go to RELAX-modus), put some potatoes, mushrooms and veggies on a plate and watch season two of Geordie Shore (yes, I started over watching every season again, HORRIBLE right? HAHA!)

plog
19:00 I clean up my desk (dinner table) and light some candles. When you’re home alone you’ve got to make the most of it, right?

scrap book
I always feel the urge to work on school or Merely Merel at night too, but I decided to force myself to relax and work on my scrap book instead (in the dark, yes). I once gave a friend an empty photo album, up to her to fill with things that reminds her of fun stuff (like receipts, notes, photos, articles from magazines, etc.). I decided to do that too, because otherwise I would only throw away these little reminders. The album is getting quite full already!

Blow
22:00 I secretly check my Bloglovin’ feed, Twitter and Facebook (couldn’t resist, and it’s fun anyway!) and now it’s time to go to bed. I always try to go to bed early, so I can still read a little en won’t have troubles getting up the next morning. Blow already found her bed, mine looks soooo cozy, I wanna jump into it right away.

plog
Fuck my life: I’m making the best braid ever, right before going to sleep. Then I read in my new book called Augustus. Needed to have it of course, but I’m not really convinced yet. Love my nail polish rack from my point of view by the way. Zzzzz.

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white hair

If you’re following me elsewhere on social media, you’ve probably already seen it, but today I’m showing you my new white hair! I told you about my going-platinum-in-three-fases-plan here and a few days ago, it was time for fase #2. I have to correct my last post though: what my hairdresser uses is not bleach, but dye. For fase #1, he used blond dye with blue tones, this time he used blond dye with grey (next time, he’ll use white dye). This way you can make hair lighter and get rid of all the warm colours without having to use bleach. This is – of course – super huge extremely much better for the condition of your hair. The disadvantage is that you can’t go platinum all at once (so that’s where the fases come in).

Both the hairdresser and I were surprised to see how white my hair turned out this time. Last time it stayed too gold, this time it went like a rocket (is that the actual translation of ging als een speer?). Maybe it’s because I didn’t wash it for almost a week. This improves the effect of hair dye and protects the scalp (last time, I almost fainted, this time I felt perfectly fine). I still need a fase #3 though, since there are some golden locks left here and there (you can’t really see them on the pictures, but there are). Dying my hair instead of bleaching it doesn’t mean my hair didn’t get damaged at all by the way: during the process, moisture was literally dripping out of my hair, it was crazy (and inconvenient, it was all over the place, haha)! Afterwards, it was extremely dry. Luckily, a few days (and quite some hair masks) later, it’s starting to feel like my normal hair again. I think my hair wouldn’t have survived bleaching.

white hair

Altogether, I’m IN LOVE with this colour. Even though it’s getting more extreme, it feels more and more like me. Last time I felt like I was wearing a wig the first days, but this time it felt like my own almost immediately. I even got complimented by strangers about how natural this colour looks on me. Like! I’m very curious about what you guys think!

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new items

Finally, fall is here, so I started celebrating with buying some new items at Monki and H&M (and found out my Topshop order had arrived when I got back home). I don’t know if it’s just me, but I’ve been looking forward to autumn for weeks now. Not because of the weather of course, but because of the clothes (cardigans! Knits! Hoodies! Booties! Coats! Scarves!) and because I need a little bit more structure in my life. I guess I’ve been away from home too much and now all I want to do is have regular weeks, with regular school classes and regular work hours, ORDER AND STRUCTURE (as we would say in Dutch).

Anyway, I’ll stop blattering about my neurotic vision of life and start telling you about how I translate this into fashion, namely by buying some nice basics that I can wear with my whole yet-to-come fall wardrobe. I started with a nice pair of black, high waisted skinny pants from Monki (they have THE BEST jeans and pants there really). Can you believe I didn’t own any nice black skinnies anymore? (Like, real black ones, not faded-to-grey ones.) Then I ignored the amazing new collection of H&M and grabbed only three basic tees (white, burgundy and striped, what else does a girl need?). And when I got home I found out the suede skirt and desert boots from Topshop had arrived. Unfortunatelyyyyyy, the booties are a size too small, which is SUCH a bummer, ’cause they’re AMAZING dupes of the Clarks desert boots (lucky you if you have a size 38 or 38.5, ’cause you can find them in Shop My Closet now!). The skirt, on the other hand, fits perfectly, and I love the colour and the suede!

LONG STORY SHORT: I shot quite some pictures, because I just love photos of (details of) clothes. It makes me want to wear all these new items at once and shop some more. Let’s wait for my salary first though.

Monki high waisted pants
HIGH WAISTED PANTS €35,- Monki

H&M striped t-shirt
STRIPED T-SHIRT €4,99 H&M

H&M v-neck t-shirt
V-NECK T-SHIRT €4,99 H&M

burgundy top
BURGUNDY T-SHIRT €4,99 H&M

suede skirt
SUEDE SKIRT €125,- €65,- (now even further reduced in price!) Topshop

dupe clarks desert boots
DESERT BOOTS €50,- €13,- (now even further reduced in price!) Topshop

Monki Oki black

new items

v-neck white shirt

topshop apricot suede skirt

desert boots

new items

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Sendra biker boots

I want these Sendra biker boots. I’ve been craving them for AGES, trying to find them secondhand on Marktplaats, but here I am, sitting behind my laptop, still without Sendra’s (how horrible, can you imagine?). The details don’t really matter (the one pictured above – stolen from Fashionvibe – is slightly different than the one below), but as long as they have these snob noses or square toes (whatever the translation of stompe, vierkante neuzen may be, HAHA) and elastics around the ankles (which makes them remind me a little of chelsea boots), I’m happy. They’re about €170,-, which is – Sendra-price-wize – not very expensive. Certainly not considering the quality: I already own a pair of Sendra cowboy boots and the leather they’re made of is just indestructible really.

sendra biker boots

Sendra biker boots

Sendra biker boots cow
Even though I do think black is the most timeless addition to my wardrobe, I can’t help falling in love with this cow hair version! It would spice up every black outfit in my closet. I found these on a German web shop (here) for €239,-, but they probably don’t deliver outside of Germany, boohoo.

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ponyhair
JEANS €102,86 Just Female via Asos | JACKET €76,- Topshop | BOOTS €109,99 Manfield | WALLET €74,95 Filippa K via Nelly | TOP €34,95 Selected Femme via Nelly

Aaahh, I’ve been craving something pony hair for ages when these cute chelsea boots arrived at Manfield when I was working. Luckily, I could withhold myself from buying them immediately, because they turned out to be waaay to big for me (so if you have wide feet… keep this one in mind!). At Nelly, I found this perfect matching wallet (I already have a perfect one, for a more perfect price as well, but I couldn’t resist to show you this beauty anyway). Black denim (especially with patches), oversized grey stuff (especially with wings) and cool jackets (especially with teddy lining) are – as you might already know – completely my cup of tea, I don’t even need to explain.

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popular blogposts

Yeaheah! Compared to the last edition of Popular Blogposts, this one is filled with more recent posts. And that’s nice, because that means you guys still love the latest content of Merely Merel. I was surprised to see the Help Me Choose post on #4 (might call you out for help more often in the future!) and it’s good to see that recaps as Outfits Lately and more personal lifestyle posts as Setting Up a Daily Routine score as well. Thank you all so much for reading and commenting, it really makes my day(s)!

[1][1] EEN BIKINI VAN TRIANGL ALS BELONING?
[2][2] IN DE CATEGORIE LEVENSVRAGEN: IK WIL NIEUWE ALL STARS MAAR WEET NIET WELKE KLEUR
[3][4] [DZP #058] KUSSENSLOOP BREIEN
[4][-] HELP ME CHOOSE
[5][5] IK BEN VANDAAG MIJN WOONKAMER AAN HET VERVEN EN HET WORDT ONGEVEER ZO
[6][-] OUTFITS LATELY
[7][-] RELAXATION ON TERSCHELLING
[8][-] RED SUEDE JACKET
[9][-] SETTING UP A DAILY ROUTINE

Hope you all have a lovely weekend! I’m gonna spend mine working during daytime and chilling with Luuk at night time <3

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