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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platinum hair

I’m going whiter! Or well, at least my hair is. Here, I told you about my white-hair-in-three-fases project and today it’s time for fase #2. Last time, the hairdresser made my hair quite some shades of blonde lighter, but it still is much too yellow (to describe it in an ugly way). This wasn’t a problem considering my tanned face (everything looks good in summer), but now I’m really starting too see that gold blonde isn’t for me. My natural hair colour is a kind of ashy-, grey-ish-, pepper&salt- (as we would say in Dutch) kind of colour and even though I’m drastically changing my hair, I think it’s good to – in some way – stay true to the original, cool undertone. Let’s see what today brings and wish me luck!

Pictures via Pinterest.

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denim blouse

I went on a second date with Runwithfashion‘s Iris (yes, we’re getting serious) and besides drinking coffee, eating yoghurt (it’s a shame I had never been at Yoghurt Barn before!) and wandering through the streets of Utrecht, she also shot these outfit pics in the small garden of the Dom church. It’s far from high fashion, but I’m still in love with my Ibana Rouge jacket (yes, I kept the red one, the blue one is on sale!), my all white All Stars and this oversized denim blouse I haven’t showed you before. This is the kind of outfit I like the most on days like these when I don’t know what I’m going to do or how the weather is going to be. Comfortable, without being completely boring. By the way, you’ll probably see more Yoghurt Barn pictures in one of my coming photo diaries, I guess I’m hooked!

Today, I’m probably going for something similar, because I’ll be having breakfast (brunch?) with a friend and force myself to go and clean my house afterwards (instead of shopping)!

denim blouse

Utrecht Dom

denim blouse

white all stars

Utrecht Dom

denim blouse

denim blouse

JACKET – Ibana Rouge | DENIM BLOUSE – Zara | JEANS – Zara | ALL STARS – Converse via JD Sports | BAG – bought in Spain


Finally, thanks Iris for taking these lovely photos!

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from above

1. Comfy in Thorikos.
2. Bought a new dress/pyjamas =p.
3. A day at the excavation. Watch the beautiful view here.
4. New coral flip-flops from Athens!
5. Dirteeeehhh after a long, warm and exhausting excavation day.
6. Back home, going on a coffee-/shopdate in these cute shorts.
7. It’s raining, but that doesn’t stop us from outfit shooting!
8. One of the last summer days?
9. It’s not really a from above shot, but I’m in love with my Nikes!

As you can see, I forget all about from above so most of these pics were still taken in Thorikos, which seems ages ago. I know I promised you last time to take more of these pics, but now… I’m really going for it. Promise (again)! I guess next time there’ll be a lot more fall outfits by the way. It makes me realise I really need to go shopping!

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Ikea Soderhamn

Unfortunately, this is not a new in-post YET, but it’s gonna be! For over a year, Luuk and I have been looking for a light grey, loungy couch, not too expensive ofcourse. However, buying a couch second hand is not an option anymore. We did that before and we’re just not going to find exactly what we want. Besides, investing is a good thing right? So we ended up at Ikea and fell in love with this Söderhamn series. It has a very wide and low seating surface (loungy? Check.), it’s completely adjustable (so it fits in our current – small – living room and can be revised in our future next – a girl’s gotta think of her future) and it comes in the exact right shade of grey, called Isunda Grey in Ikea-language. Kink in de la cable is that the Isunda Grey covers are only available in Belgium and Germany, so we have to organize a little getaway to buy them there.

Ikea Soderhamn
This is the combination we’d like to get: a three seater, a corner piece and a hocker. I love the fact that the couch comes without armrests (you can add them though).

Isunda grey
And I’m in love with Isunda Grey: it’s a light grey fabric, with black and white threads. I would still prefer to have a white couch, but that’s just way too dangerous considering our messy way of living. I think this colour also fits in the light, sleek interior I want to achieve though! And yes, I’m saying I, because if it was up to Luuk, every piece in our interior would be dark brown, haha! Anyway, I’ll keep you updated about our couch-adventures.

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Jennifer Grace

Every once in a while – especially on rainy days (it’s pouring outside while I’m typing this) – I like to cuddle up behind my laptop and look for new blogs to follow. This time, I checked my Lookbook feed and clicked through (is that a saying?) to several blogs. For me, a blog is worth following not only because of the blogger’s outfits. It doesn’t always have to be completely my style. I think photography and personality is a major part of a good fashion blog. A blog needs to make me happy, it needs to make me feel like I know the blogger a little, and it needs to make me feel like I want to be her. Because that’s what inspiration is all about right? Here are my latest additions to my Bloglovin’ feed: The Native Fox (by Jennifer Grace), Victoria Törnegren (yes, it’s a shame I didn’t follow her already), Mary Ellen Skye, and Ebba Zingmark. Click on the pictures and you’ll end up at the corresponding blogpost.

newly discovered blogs

newly discovered blogs

newly discovered blogs

newly discovered blogs

newly discovered blogs

Ebba Zingmark

newly discovered blogs

newly discovered blogs

newly discovered blogs

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black denim shorts

Even though it seems like fall is already here, I feel like I still have to show you so many summer pieces, such as these black denim shorts (which costs me only ten euros)! I bought a lot of new stuff this summer, but I just didn’t have the opportunity to photograph them all. That’s why, in this case, I had to combine these (very short) shorts with a long cardigan, because actually it’s already to cold to go out bare legged. This is just a simple chilly-evening-kinda look, spiced up a little by my lovely, LOVELY Nikes. It’s a shame I didn’t even try them in the gym yet…

black denim shorts
Yes, one of my fake nails fell off, HAHA.

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black denim shorts

Nike Flyknit Lunar2

black denim shorts

SHORTS – Monki | CARDIGAN – Monki | TANK TOP – Vero Moda | SNEAKERS – Nike Flyknit Lunar2 via Zalando

The quality of the pics is not as good as I had hoped (maybe it was already to late for proper lighting?), and I’m not always in love with how I look (haha), but I keep working on improving my outfit photos!

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topshop
SKIRT €125,- €65,- | BOOTS €50,- €13,-

You may recognize this Topshop suede skirt from this currently craving collage a while ago. With Shop My Closet, I earned enough money to buy myself a present and when I checked all my latest wish list posts, I found out the skirt was immensely on sale. This is exactly what I want my Shop-My-Closet-buys to be: something expensive, high quality, wardrobe-essential. Something I wouldn’t normally buy, but long for desperately. Let’s hope the suede and the colour looks as good in real life as on the photos.

When checking out my shopping bag, I found out you don’t pay shipping costs when you spend over €75,- (otherwise, you pay €5,-). So I thought: let’s earn this €5,- by shopping some more (that’s a real fashionista – or just Dutch - thought, right?). I discovered Topshop has an amazing sale department, with really good discounts. Remember my Clarks Desert Boots post? Unfortunately, the black version of these beige look-a-likes (they’re real suede!) were sold out, but there was still one beige pair in my size left. ONLY THIRTEEN EUROS GUYS (now, they’re even cheaper – NINE EUROS). I promise to sell them if they don’t fit me.

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august

Time flies when you’re having fun; yesterday evening I almost forgot to put together this recap of the first half of August. But I remembered just in time, so today I show you these (phone) pics of the Parade, dining out, Terschelling, and a lot more. When I see these pics, I feel so fortunate to have such lovely friends (and an amazing boyfriend!) and to be able to do so much fun stuff together with them. Don’t be fooled though, I have to work A LOT this month to make all of this happen, haha.

IN THE FIRST HALF OF AUGUST I…

august
…had a lot of quality time with my two besties. Being able to shoot hairselfies ombre-style is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of course.

Parade
…went to the Parade (but didn’t go in the carousel, shame on me).

Zara blazer
…was (am?) really doubting between three Zara blazers, but I think it’s going to be this one (if it’s not sold out by now).

wallet Hema
…bought a new wallet at Hema. I seriously searched for a wallet like this for AGES (okay, three months maybe). It’s big enough to contain money without having to fold it, but still is quite modest at the same time. And it’s black. And it has a print. So I was hooked immediately.

august
…wore (probably for the last time this summer) shorts and flip-flops.

Monki backpack
…shot this look with my new fave backpack.

august
…went out for dinner with Luuk! The weather was so good we could still sit outside and drink beer (I feel like I haven’t done that enough this summer).

august
Nomnomnom

Quignon Utrecht
NOMNOMNOM. We ate at Quignon, and even though I didn’t expect a lot of it, it was quite good! Look at this cute desert =).

Quignon Utrecht
…we had fun with Quignon’s housecat (is that a word?). Lucky shot, this one, haha.

Notice
…ordered these Notice pieces, can’t wait for them to arrive!

Terschelling
…went to Terschelling with my two best friends. Cycling through the dunes there never tires. Even though it’s still Holland, it makes me feel far from home, haha. Find more (DSLR-quality) pics here.

Terschelling
…enjoyed total FREEDOM. And we were lucky bastards, weather-wise.

august
…even went horse riding! It was more than five years ago since the last time I sat on a horse’s back, so I needed some time to adjust, but it was amazing! Unfortunately, it gave me some kind of shoulder injury which lasted for a couple of days, ooouucchh.

august…just drank more beer to forget about the pain =p.

august
…went out to our favourite “club” from when we were seventeen.

Swirl
…ate the first Swirl of the year!

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…shot a new outfit I’ll show you soon!

Blow
…cuddled with Blow a lot. I really missed her a lot this summer. I’ve been away too long!

The next couple of weeks are occupied by WORK and getting my head ready for school. School starts in the first week of September already, so I don’t have much time left to enjoy my total homework-free life. Let’s try to make these last summer days count!

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Shop My Closet

Finally, another Shop My Closet update! With me going on holidays all the time, it wasn’t easy to keep track of my wardrobe (and especially the part that has to be sold), but I’m back in business, even starting to sell items that were in outfit posts, such as the dotted trousers and the blue suede jacket (you guys almost unanimously agreed I should keep the red version). – Long sentence. I need to catch my breath. – There’ll be more in the shop soon, but for now: check it out (or go directly to my Marktplaats page).

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