STYLE | Stripy and Vintage in Valencia

August 28, 2016

Whilst visiting Valencia, I kindly asked my brother to take outfit photos because I really loved the combination of the stripy loose blouse and the vintage Levi's shorts. I got the blouse in Altea the day before and the watch I'm wearing is from a shop on the beach in Calpe. It was boiling hot that day in Valencia and we (my brother, dad and me) were constantly searching for places to hide from the sun.

I'm pretty sure we walked about 12km that day and we were a sweaty mess once we were back at the car to drive home. Nevertheless, it was a great day and Valencia is worth a visit when you're visiting the Costa Blanca.

Back to the outfit: I wore these cute espadrilles all day and at the end of the day my feet were nearly killing me (I forgot to take proper walking shoes with me on holiday so these ones were the only shoes I had). But overall, this is a great outfit to wear when you're visiting a city like Valencia.

shorts: vintage Levi's from Paris | blouse: shop in Altea | espadrilles: new look | watch: shop in Calpe


TRAVEL | Packing Light for Paris

August 25, 2016

Some people have a disgust for holiday packing and they prefer throwing anything they can find in their suitcase because they'll somehow manage to put an outfit together when they're traveling. That's not me, though. I like to plan ahead when it comes to holiday outfits and getting dressed in general. There's nothing that stresses me out more than not being able to find pieces that fit together when I'm in a hurry. I prefer spending more time eating my breakfast and enjoying the view than diving into my suitcase and not being able to find a proper outfit. 

I don't have a list of things I really need to take with me on holiday, but I do follow the same rules every time I pack for a holiday. I'll be spending four days in Paris with my best friend in about two weeks, which means I'll need clothing that looks classy but is comfortable enough for long walks in the city. Depending on the type of traveling you'll be doing, your travel basics will vary, of course. This is what I'm packing for four days in Paris. Let's get cracking, I'd say! PS: you can find the full list HERE (and you can print it out!)



The basics

First things first: the basics. My mum always used to tell me not to forget my underwear, pj's and socks (I forgot to take underwear with me twice when I was a little kid). I thankfully no longer forget to pack these things. Just a quick tip: always take 2 more pieces of underwear with you, just in case! I always like to pack two dresses for a night out or for sunny days. Trousers are a basic in your suitcase because you don't want chilly legs on a rainy day and you're not always allowed to wear shorts or dresses depending on the country you're visiting. I didn't add any shorts to the list because I simply don't wear them when I'm visiting Paris. I prefer packing them for beach holidays or I just wear them when I'm home. 

Packing shoes is always such a hassle to me. My feet always start hurting after a couple of hours so I have to pack more than one pair. I usually take a comfortable pair for walking with me and a more fancy pair to wear when I'm going out for dinner or when I'm not planning on doing a lot of walking.

Toiletries 

Don't overdo on the toiletries. I always tend to take more things with me than I actually need so I definitely need a list when it comes to packing toiletries and bathroom basics. You really don't need three different types of body lotion and one cleanser is usually enough. I pack travel containers because there's no point in taking large bottles of bodywash or shampoo with me. 

Miscellaneous

Depending on the country you're traveling to, these items may vary. Since I'm going to Paris, I need to be ready for all weather circumstances. It might be rainy one day and super sunny the next so you never know! 

As mentioned before, you can find the full list on Pinterest and you can print it out if you want to keep it with you at all times. Would you like to see a packing list for longer holidays and what are your travel essentials? 

photos from Pinterest - all rights go to respectful owners

STYLE | A Lace Playsuit in Altea

August 21, 2016


Playsuits are my favorite things to wear when it's hot, you're planning on walking a lot (especially when it's in a windy city like Altea) and you've got no outfit inspiration whatsoever. So, when I'm packing my suitcase for my travels, I always pack a playsuit. Whether it's a denim one or this one, made out of plain black fabric but with adorable lace detailing on the sleeves.

Whilst walking and discovering Altea, it was around 35°C and it was extremely windy. I wore this lovely playsuit with some comfy espadrilles and my old but favorite sunglasses. I like to keep my clothing simple when I'm traveling because it makes it so much easier to prep your outfits. If you have to mix and match prints, it takes up too much time in the evening when I'd rather be sleeping or in the mornings when I prefer reading a book on the balcony. I'd love to know what your favorite travel outfit is!

playsuit: pimkie | espadrilles: new look | sunglasses: new look | backpack: topshop


TRAVEL | CONGO PHOTO DIARY · PART ONE

July 25, 2016

In the previous post, I told you about my trip to Congo (with my dad) where I stayed for about two weeks which has been an unforgettable experience. I wanted to show you some pictures I took whilst in Kinshasa because the culture, the environment and the experiences are worth sharing. Also, people like reading/watching my travel diaries so I thought I'd post this one as well. Enjoy!

Acolisa   





Bonobo sanctuary



Zongo nights and the Botanic Garden



HOME | Lavender sachets

July 23, 2016

Lately, I've been either studying for my exams (which I thankfully all managed to pass), I've been working long shifts in the local supermarket or I've been traveling, all of this leading up to no blogposts for nearly two months. I'm still writing up my travel diary from Congo and it should be up in less than a week (hopefully.. I'm not making any promises).

Whenever I'm not working/traveling/studying, I like to relax by doing some diy's and I really wanted to share this one with you. These lavender sachets are perfect to put in your closet to make your clothes smell lovely and they keep mosquitos away! I've got one of them in my closet and the other one next to my bed. This sounds so grandma-y and grown up (some people think sewing is boring), but it makes me relax and it's super cute as well.

What you'll be needing:
Fabric
Lavender
Uncooked white rice
String 
Needle and thread 
Decoration

The process of making these sachets is pretty self-explanatory. Cut out a piece of fabric and sew together the edges, but leave one side open. Mix together the rice with the lavender and pour the 'mixture' in the little sachet. Then sew together that side of the sachet and then it's up to you to decorate the sachet. I made a couple of beach-inspired sachets and a few Provence-inspired ones. Enjoy!




What I've been up to

May 7, 2016


I've seen the number of visitors on my blog increasing over the last couple of days, probably because you've been wondering why the hell won't she update? To say I've been incredibly busy would be a lie. I have been busy, but I've also been lacking inspiration for blog posts and I kind of forgot to post something. I've written a couple of blog posts over the last few days though, but they're all still drafts and I'm not sure if I want to publish them because I don't want to make any promises I won't be able to keep. However, I will be publishing some outfit posts if I manage to find the time and if the weather stays the same. Also, can we talk about the awesome weather these past couple of days? It's been so sunny and so amazing! I actually managed to study outside which has been a while since I was last able to do that. Fingers crossed it'll stay sunny! But, I live in Belgium and if there's one thing I'll never trust, it's the weather, haha!

Anyway, for some strange reason I always talk about something else than I actually wanted to talk to you about. I've gathered some inspiration from Weheartit once again to kind of inspire myself for future blog posts and I need a fresh dose of inspo once a month. I also listed my favorite things to do when the sun in shining and I would love to know what you like to do when the weather is amazing! And, if the weather is horrible where you live, let me know what you would do if the weather was better. XX

1. Doing yoga outside in the garden
2. Going for a long run in the woods
3. Making banana nicecream with a lot of maple syrup 
4. Reading a book in the sun
5. Spending casual time with my cute rabbits
6. Going for a bike ride with my family
7. Eating a bowl of fresh fruit

Minimal Makeup Bag Basics

April 27, 2016

I clearly remember being (almost) obsessed with makeup, watching YouTube beauty gurus promote the latest products and me wanting to buy every single product because I would finally be cool then, I would be so much happier with that one product that I was missing in my beauty stash. Two years later, my perspective on makeup and beauty products in general has completely changed. I only buy what I need and if I run out of something, I'll just buy a new product that is exactly the same. Not because I'm against change, but because I genuinely like the makeup I'm currently using and I don't see a point in changing it anytime soon.

There really is no need to own thirty mascaras and every shade of foundation of ten different brands. If you like a certain product, then stick with it and don't spend unnecessary money on products you'll never use up. With that being said, I listed up my makeup bag basics that I use on an everyday basis (although I don't wear makeup every day, because I like to give my skin a break now and then).

Catrice camouflage cream (010 Ivory)
Catrice velvet finish concealer (010 Velvet Ivory)
Mua bronzer (shade 3)
Catrice prime and fine powder
Catrice absolute nude eyeshadow palette 
(I use the darkest shade for my eyebrows and the lighter ones on my eyelids)
Essence maximum definition mascara

I would love to know what you think about buying lots of makeup you'll never use and makeup gurus who own a room full of makeup (I'm not exaggerating when I say this). Have a lovely evening!



Four Days In Venezia · Part Two

April 23, 2016

I'm back with part two of my Venice travel diary! You're probably bored with seeing all of these Venice-related posts, but I love traveling (who doesn't?) and I really like sharing my travel diary with you. If you haven't seen part one yet, you can find it here and this is my top ten must-visit places. So, here's part two and I hope you'll enjoy reading this! 
 
Day Three

After a relaxing breakfast, we did some window-shopping and walked around for a bit. If you want to buy clothing or makeup in Venice, you'll find the best shops around the Rialto bridge. We met up with my brother because he was in Venice with his school and we ate some pizza at the restaurant called 'Osteria Barababao'. 

After our lunch, we decided to visit the Peggy Guggenheim museum where I saw paintings of Dali , Magritte and Picasso and I must say that Dali is definitely my favorite surrealistic painter! After visiting the Guggenheim, my brother took some outfit photos (life of a blogger, haha!) and he had to return to his school friends. My dad and I got lost once again in the tiny streets of Venice, but we managed to find our way back to the hotel. 

In the evening, we took the Vaporetto (line 2) along the Grand Canal and I'm pretty sure that this is one of my favorite moments of the whole trip. The buildings and palaces look gorgeous at night!
 




 Day Four

This was our last day in Venice, so we had to pack our bags again and leave the hotel. We left early so we still had a couple of hours to visit things. I bought some dates at the Rialto market which is actually a fish market, but they had lots of fruit too.

We then walked to Ca' Rezzonico which is a stunning palace next to the Grand Canal. It isn't very touristy, but that made the visit a lot more pleasant and relaxing. One of the richest families in Venice lived there, which is why it's so overly ornamented.

That was all we did on our last day, because we had to catch our plane and head home again... I hope you enjoyed reading this travel diary and I hope I'll be able to post another one from another travel soon. Who knows?


10 Places To Visit In Venice

April 19, 2016


Ever wanted to travel to Venice, but you don't know what to do and what's worth a visit? I did some research before traveling to the city and I wanted to share my favorite spots with you. (You can find my Instagram travel diary here and this is Part One of the Venice travel diary on my blog.) There's a lot to do and to visit in Venice, but there's also a lot that isn't worth spending your time or money. There are so many things you could do instead of waiting for hours in a ticket line. These are my 10 favorite places to visit in Venice:

1. Libreria Aqua Alta
A bookshop that looks tiny from the outside, but the amount of books stacked inside the shop is unreal and photogenic. This is like a free museum and you can buy an awesome souvenir here! (Calle Lunga Santa Maria Formosa, 5176/B, 30122)

2. Rialto Bridge 
Another free place to visit is the Rialto bridge. I don't know if it's still under construction, but it's quite the experience to get lost in the mass and see the touristic shops on the bridge.

3. Ca' Rezzonico
This is probably the least popular palace along the Canal Grande, but it's definitely the most gorgeous palace. There aren't that many tourists which means that you can take your time to walk around in the huge building that is overly ornamented. (Dorsoduro, 3136, 30123).

4. Piazza San Marco
This piazza is pretty popular and crowded, but you can't visit Venice and not walk around this square. Just a warning: if you don't want to leave Venice as a poor man/woman, don't buy any drinks on this square because it's extremely expensive and not worth your money.

5. Collezione Peggy Guggenheim
If you're not a fan of art, then this probably isn't the place for you to be. I'll be honest with you: I didn't like the museum that much, but some paintings were absolutely gorgeous and it's a part of the Venezia-experience, I think. (Dorsoduro, 701-704, 30123)

6. Take the vaporetto along the Grand Canal
If you don't want to spend all your money on water taxis or on gondola rides, then the vaporetto (which is the water bus) is a much cheaper alternative. Take line 2 for the best views.

7. Rialto market
This is the place where Venetians get their fish, fruit en vegetables in the mornings. The fish market is pretty photogenic although quite disturbing for a vegan or vegetarian. But, they sell the tastiest dates and bananas, haha!

8. The bridge of sighs
A popular Instagram spot, but worth a visit. If you've got enough time, you can actually go inside the bridge and stare out.

9. Canareggio
My favorite district is probably the Canareggio district because it's where you'll see the real Venetians, the food and drinks are a lot cheaper and there are tiny, cute shops everywhere. No made-in-china things you'd rather throw in the bin than keep them.

10. Walking around
I think that, if you really want to get to know Venice and feel one with the city, you have to get lost and walk around without a map. But, Google Maps can be really handy sometimes because you don't know where you'll end up.

I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know what your favorite place in Venice is and which travel destinations you recommend!

Spring Ramblings & Happenings

April 14, 2016


Quite a lot has happened since my last post about my trip to Venice and I can no longer count the amount of times I wished I could turn back time and just be back in Venice. The day after the article about Venice, I was sent to the hospital by my doctor because I needed to have surgery as soon as possible. I'll spare you the details, but I basically had an abscess around my tailbone and if I waited any longer, I would get sick and the recovery from a surgery would be a lot worse and more painful.

Let's skip the boring part of me waking up from the surgery and living on painkillers. I'm a lot better now, however I still can't sit or sleep on my back. (Yes, I'm currently writing this whilst standing up, haha). The wound needs to be cleaned every single day (it's about 2cm deep) and it hurts like hell. I don't cry often, but this makes me cry almost every time. If I had to rate the pain, I'd give it an 11/10. The would is still open (gross, I know) and it takes about 3-4 weeks to heal. I'm going to try to follow lectures at uni next week, but I don't know how long it'll take before I can sit down again.

That's why I've been absent lately and why you don't see me on social media or on my blog a lot. But, because I didn't want to neglect my blog, I made a list of things that I'm currently liking or would like to have. Also, sorry if you found this whole post tmi, but I just quickly wanted to share this with you, haha. :) Have a lovely day!