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!

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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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Monki favourites

Today it’s your final chance to enter the Monki giftcard giveaway! So, in honor of that, I decided to show you my Monki favourites. These are mostly musthave pieces that are NOT in my closet yet (shame on me), such as the white blouse, (fake) leather skinnies, a grey hat, and a fall appropriate (that is: not too destroyed) boyfriend jeans. The set of lingerie will not be for daytime (since it will probably not provide enough support), but must be so comfortable to wear underneath cozy pyjama’s, during long, dark, winter evenings with candles (you get the idea, right?). The socks are just so funny and very handy when doing laundry (you’ll always be able to find the two black socks that belong together). Finally, the cardigan is a thicker version of a Monki cardigan I already own (and that is one of the favourite pieces in my closet) and the black backpack would perfectly go with this outfit. So, If I got you in the mood for Monki shop sessions, don’t forget to enter the giveaway and who knows, maybe you’ll be the one having a small discount on your next shopping spree!

HAT €30,- | PANTS €45,- | SOCKS €3,- | BRA €15,- | HIPSTER €6,- | CARDIGAN €55,- | BACKPACK €40,- | BLOUSE €30,- | JEANS €55,- | SOCKS €3,-

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long hair

Today goes into the history books as the day I finally chopped off my hair. For years, I’ve been trying to grow my hair, without the desired result. I had these phantasies about long, thick, super straight, gorgeous, natural hair, but you know what? That’s just not for me. My hair is too thin and brittle and incredibly boring colourwise. This picture was taken in May (check out the outfitpost here) and this was one of the few occassions I was actually happy with my hair. But that was obviously because I combed and styled it two seconds before shooting, afterwards it was a complete mess again. So, that’s when I decided to go for a platinum lob (= long bob)! I dyed my hair lighter already twice (read about that here) and today it’s time for the third phase of dying as well as the big chop! I’m a little nervous, but since I want this for several months now, I’ll probably be superhappy with it!

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merely merel

I noticed there are getting more of you everyday now (like! Thanks so much for following!), so I decided my About page needed an update. I know most of the time checking your Bloglovin’ feed is all about clicking randomly on the posts that seem interesting to you and I admit I sometimes also don’t know exactly which bloggers I’m actually following. I just add some blogs because I encountered an inspiring post. Soooo, for the new followers amongst you: I’d like to introduce you to myself (haha), by linking you to my updated About page. Oh, and if you have any questions about me or my blog, feel free to ask!

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Stylefruits

So cool! I while ago, I told my Facebook followers that I was working on a fun collaboration with Stylefruits, and here it is! I wrote a small article (in Dutch) about selling and shopping secondhand clothes and it was featured in Stylfruits’ Op Kamers magazine (which is meant for young students who start living on their own). It’s no Vogue yet (HAHA), but I’m pretty proud that Merely Merel is part of this small initiative. The magazine is all about tips and tricks for saving money, so if your interested, check out all the other bloggers’ contributions (including mine) here.

stylefruits

stylefruits

stylefruits

stylefruits
Aahh, Larissa from Stylefruit wrote me a personal note. That’s so sweet!

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fringed camel coat

Ooohh, I finally received the fringed camel coat I talked about more than a month ago and I already can’t imagine how I could ever have lived happily without it. No, just kidding, but I do LOVE IT. It’s camel, it’s fringed, it’s oversized, it goes with everything, it’s perfect. Here I combined it with simple going-to-class items, such as my lovely grey Notice knit, some washed skinny jeans, brown cut-out boots (to more-ore-less match the coat) and my cozy Monki scarf. I think you’ll be seeing me wearing this colour palette more often this fall.

Ps. Who would’ve thought this location to work out so well on these pics? We were shooting on a cross roads and after some try-outs from different angles, this greenish background turned out to be perfect! Don’t I look like some kind of blond/autumn version of Pocahontas? Please tell me I do =p.

fringed camel coat

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fountain

camel coat

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camel coat

cut-out boots

fringed camel coat

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COAT | H&M
SWEATER | Notice | see me wearing it here as well
JEANS | H&M | see me wearing them here as well
BOOTS | Sacha | see me wearing them here as well
SCARF | Monki | see me wearing it here as well

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plog

I know you guys love my plogs because of my “inspiring productivity”. Well, let me help you out of this dream: I’m only productive when I plog, HAHA. No, that’s not completely true, but let’s say I’m thinking more about the value of what I’m doing than I would when I’m not plogging. Anyway, things have turned the other way around then: when I desperately need to be productive, I’ll plan a plog day.
;)

Last monday I had to get stuff done. I had a class, I needed to do groceries, I had loads of school stuff to finish… but since I was still feeling a bit ill, chances were great I’d end up in pyjamas on the couch. So here the plogging comes in, and I had a fantastic day, haha. Hope you get inspired by this to make this friday a productive one!

plog
07:45 | I want to make it a routine to work from sunrise to sunset (during winter months, HAHA), so my alarm wakes me fifteen minutes before sunrise. I stay in bed a little, read my daily blogs and eventually (08:15) hop out to prepare for the day.

plog
GOOD MORNING WITHOUT WORRIES (dunno, that’s a weird Dutch saying). I actually take care of my hair and make-up for a change (all for the plog).

Blow
Someone needs attention…

plog
I tidy up the kitchen and make breakfast. Since I don’t have any food at home anymore, I cook the last eggs and eat them with crackers and an apple.

knitting
Meet my new knitting project! Love this cheap Zeeman wool. I’ll show more pictures soon.

plog
10:15 | This basically is how I want my daily routine to be: coffee (or should I say hot chocolate?), checking blog reactions and social media and then TO DO LIST TIMEEE. I love it. I keep track of everything I need to do in my agenda and then reschedule it on a today-to-do list.

article
After the basic blog stuff is done, I check off the first item on my to do list: reading this article about DNA analysis within the archaeology. It’s difficult to understand, but I must use it as an example in an essay I need to finish for wednesday, pfff.

from above
I grab my stuff to go to the shopping centre! Lohohooove my new scarf.

plog
I buy some stuff against my cold and cycle home WITH THE H&M DELIVERY I PICKED UP AT THE POST OFFICE.

fringed H&M coat
I need to hurry for class, but can’t resist unpacking this… WAAAAA <3 (I already shot an outfit with this coat, so stay tuned!!)

Hema
I also scored my Hema favourites and couldn’t resist this purple-ish lipstick.

plog
I went to class, where I didn’t make any pictures, but the curator of the Medieval department of the RMO (National Museum of Antiquities) in Leiden came to talk to us about exhibitionmaking, which was super interesting! Since my faculty is situated in the city centre (LOVE) I run straight into the supermarket to buy healthy foodies.

Blow
Coming back home… HELLO BLOW <3

plog
16:00 | It’s already this late and I didn’t even had lunch! I eat my favourite muesli-Greek-yoghurt meal behind my laptop, while checking school e-mails. Then I set the alarm at sunset, wooaaa, only two hours left!

studying
I think I deserve another coffee. Mister Clooney is gonna hate me for it, but I drink Nespresso with lots of milk and caramel syrup, yes. For the remaining time, I work on the essay for wednesday.

Catfish
19:00 | Dinnertime. After a day like this, I don’t feel like cooking anymore (well actually, I never feel like cooking), so I eat the salad with beetroot I bought this afternoon. I know ready-made salads aren’t that healthy, but this one leaves me extremely bloated! Oh yes, and I watch a new episode of Catfish <3

plog
I take a shower, put on my favourite hoodie, prepare the Photo Diary post and paint my nails.

plog
Once in bed, I check my Bloglovin’ feed, knit my scarf (it’s getting long!) and set a new alarm for the next day (at sunrise).

If all days could be like this… but joke’s on me, ’cause the next day I had to work really hard to finish my essay in time and the lack of sleep returned, haha. Anyway, I’m definitely going to work on a new daily routine based more or less on this! Maybe I’ll dedicate a blogpost on it.

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10 hosting

Only my blog did. As you might have noticed, Merely Merel was not available yesterday for a large part of the day. This was due to Hostnet, who have a very kind helpdesk chat, but screw things up completely on other fields sometimes, making a lot of Hostnet-hosted-websites unaccessable. Because of that, I wasn’t able to prepare a post for today, but since a lot of you haven’t been able to see yesterday’s Photo Diary (which always is a very popular category) I hope you’ll take the time today to check it out after all. I’m off now baking a cake and shooting some outfitpics!

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