FOOD | What I ate Today

September 26, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crt6TTeGWbQ

I've been watching 'what I ate today' videos on Youtube non-stop these last couple of days. I'm bored of not being able to do anything and I love getting inspired by these videos, so I decided to film another one myself. I posted a video a couple months ago, so I needed to update it asap. I hope you'll enjoy the video and I would love to know if you'd like to see more of them!

STYLE | Autumn Trends & Inspiration

September 25, 2016


I can't believe it's almost October and I need to change my wardrobe for Autumn/Fall. It's still quite sunny outside, so I can still wear dresses and summery outfits, but the temperature is slowly dropping. Also, I haven't been able to wear anything other than comfortable dresses due to my surgery. I'm still recovering which is why I haven't been posting any outfits lately. I can't sit, I can't walk very far and I can barely sleep. But, it's getting better and hopefully I can be active soon. Fingers crossed.

I didn't want to leave you empty handed, so I made an autumn moodboard with my favorite trends to keep you inspired. I've been loving the denim trend and I've seen a lot of women in Paris wearing mom jeans or jeans that aren't skinny. Love! The other trend I'm quite excited about are the cigarette pants, I recently got a pair from Topshop, but I haven't been able to wear them (yet). Last but not least, lace is everywhere and it's adorable! What are your favorite autumn trends?


TRAVEL | The Costa Blanca Diaries

September 19, 2016

As you may (or may not) know, I traveled to the Costa Blanca, Calpe to be precise, for ten days with my brother and my dad. I'd never been to Spain before - my parents would probably interrupt me know, saying I went to Madrid when I was about four years old, but I can't remember any of it - so the culture and landscape was relatively new to me. It reminded me of Italy sometimes, but the culture is totally different. I definitely want to travel back to Spain sometime to visit some of the places again and discover other parts of the country. Here's my list of my favorite things to see in Spain at the Costa Blanca.

Altea is probably my favorite little city near Calpe and we visited the old town twice because it was too lovely and cozy. If you're looking for a good place to eat and a super cozy atmosphere, Altea is definitely the place to go. The shops open around 7PM, so don't leave too early if you want to buy some pretty souvenirs or if you fancy going there for dinner.



If we're talking about dinner spots, I mustn't forget to mention Valencia. Although this isn't technically part of the 'Costa Blanca', we did visit the city and the food was amazing. There were so many vegan restaurants with amazing food, but as a Loving Hut Lover - see what I did there? - I really fancied a burger from Loving Hut. Sadly, there were no burgers but there was a huge  buffet with burgers, sandwiches, lasagna, Thai food etc. It was literally vegan food heaven. So please visit Loving Hut when you're in Valencia!

The other thing we did in Valencia, besides eating, was viewing the masterpieces Calatrava designed. My brother studied architecture and was, and still is, a huge fan of Calatrava. His buildings are indeed amazing and I was really impressed.

Another scenic city is 'Villajoyosa', also know as 'La Villa Joyosa'. This little city is gorgeous and colorful. Every house has a different color and if you weren't in that holiday mood before, you will be when visiting Villajoyosa. The restaurants on the coastline are pretty cheap and if you're vegan, they'll gladly change up the menu so you've got something tasty to eat. Patatas bravas with ketchup and a summer salad are always a good idea.

What is your favorite city on the Costa Blanca?  
 




TRAVEL | Four Days in Paris

September 15, 2016






I spent four unforgettable days in Paris with my best friend and it was one of the loveliest trips I did this year. There's something about going on holiday with your best friend that makes the whole experience unique and I would definitely do it all over again (asap please).

We visited nearly every touristy attraction (Tour Eiffel, Arc de Triomphe, Jardin des Tuileries, Louvre, Jardin du Luxembourg etc.), but we also felt like two Parisiennes when going vintage shopping or drinking tea in the neighbourhood. These are some photos I took during the trip and they're random, but if you want to see a full outfit post then let me know!  




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!