grey scarf

This is quite an unusual outfit for me. Don’t get me wrong, the coat, the scarf, the top and the boots are completely “me”, but I just hate tights. I really, really hate them. And for that reason, I hate skirts and dresses too. Also because they’re incredibly annoying when you’re cycling all the time (like I do). But, a girl’s gotta step out of her comfort zone sometimes, especially when she needs to dress up for work. Because my work involves a lot of walking and staircase running (I work in a shoe shop, for those of you who started wondering), I have the tendency to dress too casually sometimes, so I needed to step up my game.

This textured skirt from H&M has been in my closet for ages. I love how it’s just a black skirt, but still differs from the elastic skirts you find everywhere, because of the texture. It doesn’t stretch at all by the way, making it a real bike enemy, but giving it a chique and more sophisticated look. The coat is a dream really. I have it for over a year now (I actually showed it to you before, here), but I’m still not getting tired of it. It’s something about the straight fit, the grey and the patent leather that makes me fall in love with it over and over again.

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textured skirt

textured skirt

striped top

OPI shatter

textured skirt

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grey coat

TOP | Monki | see me wearing it here as well
TEXTURED SKIRT | H&M
BOOTS | Manfield | see me wearing them here as well
COAT | Issue 1.3 via Nelly | see me wearing it here as well
SCARF | Monki | see me wearing it here as well

Tomorrow I’m flying to Istanbul, so next outfitpost will be in front of the Hagia Sophia (or well, some other location in Istanbul will do too). So excited!

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october diary

I’m being incredibly busy finishing semester 1 and packing my bags for an ancient studies conference (which is today and tomorrow!) and of courseeee, ISTANBUL, so I’ll keep this october diary short. The last two weeks were quite exciting actually! I chopped off my hair, shopped cool new stuff, had dates with my boyfriend and two besties… well, just take look!

THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF OCTOBER I…

Hostnet
…couldn’t reach my blog for a whole day thanks to Hostnet. I really believe they’re nice people, but please don’t host your site there, it’s terrible.

plog
…I posted one of my famous work-hard-play-hard plogs, find it here.

sushi
…had a lovely coffee-toast-wine date with my two best friends (we needed some catch-up time, damn!) and went for sushi at Moto (cool place!) with Luuk afterwards. Perfect day! (And plus 10kg.)

fringed coat
…fell in love with this fringed coat I had been drooling over for ages. Luuk and I shot so many cool pics that there wasn’t even room for this one. Bonus!

cat wool
…knitted, knitted and knitted, bought new wool and cuddled with Blow (and Blow cuddled with the wool). Such a happy happy life we got together.

October diary
…got featured by Stylefruit, so cool!

apple pie
…baked an apple pie! I never cook or bake or do anything food-related (except for eating), but Luuk and wanted to do something really civil (Dunglish for lame stuff you do when you’re together for a long time). It looked like shit, but tasted like heaven. I ate it almost completely by myself. (Plus 10kg.)

October diary
…chopped my hair off! And dyed it even lighter, so now it’s really white. You could already admire the result here.

L'Óreal hair care
…scored some amazing hair care products at my hairdresser’s. The silver shampoo in the background is a dream. It really leaves me with purple/grey hair if I leave it in for too long. But that’s basically exactly how I want it.

Blow
…shot this INCREDIBLY FUNNY pic of Blow while she was yawning. I really could-not-stop-laughing when I saw this on my camera screen, and then again when I saw it on my laptop, and right now again hahahahahaha.

October diary
…started a new scarf-knitting project with this fab wool!

October diary
…stayed at home A LOT to study, study, study. I even forgot to water the plants. How sad is this pic?

Manesol Istanbul
…booked this cute little hotel in Istanbul. Caaaan’t wait to start relaxing!

Merely Merel
…shot a new outfit post, which will be online tomorrow!

The day before yesterday, I even did my fair share of holiday shopping (and cake-eating) with a friend and today I’m gonna pretend I’m very intelligent at the ancient studies conference and have drinks and celebrate a friend’s birthday in the evening. Those pics will all be in the next photo diary, which I’m gonna organize a little differently from now on. Keep an eye on Merely Merel to find out!

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Istanbul

YEAH, the travel section on Merely Merel is going to be drastically updated, because my boy and I are going to Istanbul coming sunday! Turkey failed to attract me up to this day, but for specific reasons (maybe I’ll tell you about it) Istanbul was there as an option and after Pinteresting like crazy, I’m sooooo looking forward to it! For the ones who didn’t know: Istanbul is ancient Constantinople, the capital of the Eastern Roman empire. So, there’s probably a lot for me to admire and to brag about to my fellow class mates when I get back home, haha. But more importantly, it’s all gonna be about CHILLING. I’m taking my camera, laptop and knitting projects with me and I’m only going to focus on the things I missed out on last couple of weeks: sleep, me-time (and us-time of course), blogging, shopping, and relaxing in general. Are you jealous yet?

About the pictures in the collage: you can find them in full size on my Pinterest. And did you notice the great amount of cats? Istanbul (omg, I almost typed Istantinople) is a real cat-city! The fat, grey one is called Gris and he lives in the Hagia Sophia (and became a tourist attraction himself, HAHA). I’m on a mission to find and photograph him.

Pictures via Pinterest, Livedoor.jp, 500px.com and besttravelphotos.tumblr.com

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knit

I’m in love with this black-grey-white knitting yarn from Zeeman. It was supercheap (and no, it’s not real wool, it’s acrylic), but it’s a nice yarn to try out different stitches (on different needle sizes) with and see how the colour patterns turns out. I started knitting in a “regular” knit stitch with 3-5mm needles. This results in a pattern of small ribs and horizontal stripes of colour. It’s gonna take a while to finish this scarf, but I like a challenge, especially when it’s very timeconsuming (that’s a strange habit of mine, considering my complex relationship with time, but well… #truestory). It would be interesting to try this yarn with 6mm needles in seed stitch! I hope I have enough to try that out as well eventually. In the mean time, I’m working hard on finishing my grey-blue-sparkle scarf, so I hope I can show it to you in an outfitpost soon!

knitting yarn

knit

knitting

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colourful scarf

Outfit time again, finally! In my dreams, I’ll be shooting every day at the most wonderful locations, but in reality I don’t have my photographer by my side all the time and I barely go out of the house because of all my homework (in this case literally haha)! Buttttt, I didn’t want you to miss out on this colourful blanket scarf I bought over a year ago in Alicante, Spain. I just ran into this street stall at the boulevard with the most wonderful scarves for only €15,-. Luuk wanted me discuss the price with the salesman, but I already was so happy they were this cheap that I didn’t think twice. Last time I went to Alicante I tried to find the stall again, but without success =(. Well, let’s say that makes this scarf all the more special!

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colourful scarf

white lob

colourful scarf

colourful scarf

white lob

colourful scarf

colourful scarf

JACKET – similar | H&M | see me wearing it here as well
TOP | Ebay | see me wearing it here as well
JEANS – similar | H&M | see me wearing them here as well
BOOTS | Manfield | see me wearing them here as well
SCARF | bought in Alicante

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snap shots

I enjoy making the Snap Shots posts more every time <3. Just as in the previous one, my boyfriend contributed as well, with an amazing sunrise-airplane pic he shot with his phone! (And well actually, the pictures with me in it are also made by him HAHA.) The rest is made up of outfitshoot shots, but I’m really starting to think about taking more time to go outside and photograph whatever is around me. To be able to make the most out of that, I need to spent more time on learning everyting about my camera. I didn’t buy it to use it on auto only, right? Besides, I’m going to need my photograph skills in the near future… because – as I told yesterday – my boy and I are going on a holiday! Coming sunday already!

fountain

Blow

airplane sunrise

snap shots

Today is basically all about stressing my heart out, because I’ve got two major deadlines next wednesday and friday. I don’t know how I’m gonna manage to get it done in time, but when I do… semester 1 is FINISHED. Oh well no, not exactly, I need to attend an ancient studies conference on friday and saturday. Welcome to my life!
;)

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inspiring blogs

Oh mennn, there are so much beautiful and inspiring blogs out there! It’s almost a hobby for me to hunt them down on the internet, because it’s so rewarding to finally find a blog that has the right combination of fashion, photography and travel. I found three (or actually four) amazing new bloggers that I’d like to share with you today: Marianna Mäkelä (Mariannan.costume.fi), Angelica Blick (Angelicablick.se) and the sisters Mira and Thilda (Weare365.com). Kind of a Scandinavian overload, but hey, who doesn’t love Scandinavian style? Exactly. So enjoy watching and don’t forget to click on the images you like, because they’ll send you directly to the corresponding blogpost.

Mira Thilda

inspiring blogs

inspiring blogs

Marianna Mäkelä

Angelica Blick

We are 365

Marianna Mäkelä

Angelica Blick

And if you’re not inspired enough by now, check out the previous post of Newly Discovered here.

To keep you updated, I’ll be spending my sunday writing papers, because it’s almost the end of semester one! Coming week, I have to finish two deadlines and in the weekend, I’ll be attending a conference about ancient studies (including hotel & partytime, haha)! And then… holiday-time! I promised to tell you more soon, and I will, so don’t go anywhere.

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white lob

I left you guys waiting anxiously since last tuesday, but here they are: the pictures of my new shorter hair, the white lob! The hairdresser was very happy to hear he could finally chop my long locks off and give me a real do. I was slightly nervous before, but now I don’t understand why, because I’m seriously in love with it! On these pictures, I haven’t done anything with it and that’s completely okay (at least that’s my humble opinion =p). When I blowdry it, it is more soft, flowy and shiny and that gives me a more chique look and I think I’m going to experiment with my curl set as well…

For now, I hope you like it! At least I’m looking forward to shooting outfits as the new ‘me’! ;)

white lob

white lob

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weekly planner

You’ve probably already noticed (by the overload of stress-related complaints the last couple of weeks), I’m desperately in need of a new routine, a new planning, a new way of getting shit done. Right now, I hardly finish everything I need to do for school, so don’t ask me about fitness, eating habits, household activities or my social life, because it’s all pretty much non-existing. Time for a change. I decided to define all the things I need to do and subsequently make up a new weekly planner.

STUDY
I need to stop ignoring the fact that school is going to absorb most of my time in the coming two years. I must keep track of deadlines and plan per week which tasks need to be finished (even though a deadline might seem far away). This weekly tasks can then further be divided into daily tasks.

BLOG
I previously thought I could manage al my blog tasks in my free time, but since some blog tasks must be finished (such as a new post each day), I don’t think it’s a good idea to work on them in my free time. This way, free time will be filled with obligatory tasks and then it’s no free time anymore. I plan my posts in my agenda, so it’s fairly easy to plan per day which articles need to be written and what photos need to be taken (or to be collected, Pinterest love).

HOUSE
Right now, my place is a mess, so I need a lot of time to catch up on things that had to be done ages ago. Here too, it is necessary to write down which tasks need to be finished in a week (or before a particular day, for example when friends/family or coming over, HAHA) and devide those tasks into daily activities.

FUN
Sooooo, when all these obligatory activities are scheduled (as well as other appointments such as work and college lectures) it’s time plan some fun stuff (oh my god, doesn’t it sound sad that I have to plan my fun? Well, it’s just the way it is). Of course, it sometimes works the other way around as well. I’m getting used to planning fun stuff way ahead (’cause in the here and now I’m always too busy), so in these cases I’ll have to plan my study-, blog- and household activities around that.

weekly planner

WEEKLY PLANNER
This all screams for a new way of planning per week. I’ve been on the search on Pinterest for cool weekly planners, but it’s hard to find one that exactly fits my criteria. So, for now, I made a very simple one (above) and I hope I can adjust it over time. Keep you posted ’bout that.
;)

Basically everything I was talking about last time considering routines and planners is still valid as well. So if you’re feeling like you’re in need of a little more motivation and inspiration to keep your business going, check out that post here!

Top image via Stylecaster.com

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popular blogposts

In the previous edition of Popular Blogposts I told you I hoped to see more recent posts in the top nine and, well, my wish came true (I marked them in blue to celebrate, haha)! The immensly popular posts about Triangl bikinis disappeared completely and the one about All Stars dropped a few places, making space for two outfit posts (#6 and #8), and three posts about things that make me really proud (#4 in honor of Merely Merel’s first birthday, #5 and #9). Hopefully, this development will continue the coming thirty days! For now, don’t forget to check the articles you missed out on and thanks so much for reading and following!

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[1][2] [DZP #058] KUSSENSLOOP BREIEN
[2][7] H&M VERLANGLIJST #3
[3][4] IK BEN VANDAAG MIJN WOONKAMER AAN HET VERVEN EN HET WORDT ONGEVEER ZO
[4][-] MONKI GIFTCARD GIVEAWAY (closed again already in the meantime, sorry!)
[5][-] MERELY MEREL GOT FEATURED BY STYLEFRUITS
[6][-] FLUFFY CARDIGAN AND BIKER BOOTS
[7][3] IN DE CATEGORIE LEVENSVRAGEN: IK WIL NIEUWE ALL STARS MAAR WEET NIET WELKE KLEUR
[8][-] I FINALLY GOT MYSELF A LEOPARD COAT
[9][-] GRADUATION DAY

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