The festive season makeup bag

December 29, 2015


I wrote down a couple New Year's resolutions last year and one of them was 'shrinking my makeup collection'. I don't own a massive amount of beauty/makeup products, but a normal human being doesn't need half as much makeup as I own. Actually, if I was confident enough to turn up at a party wearing no makeup, I probably wouldn't even own a makeup collection. But I'm not confident enough and although I hate going to parties and actually almost never go to any, I do own too many beauty products.

I haven't bought any new products these last couple of months, well apart from the occasional concealer because I use it almost every day (unless I'm not leaving the house, because I can't be bothered with wearing any makeup then). If you have been following my blog for quite a while, you'll most likely recognize some of the products in my makeup bag. These are my makeup bag essentials:

· Catrice Velvet Finish concealer (10) ·
· Too Faced Mascara ·
· Too Faced Eye Shadow Primer ·
· Catrice Nude Eyeshadow palette ·
· Hema Lipstick (13) ·
· MUA Bronzer · 
· Rimmel Lipstick (08) ·

What's the time?

December 27, 2015

I'll be honest with you: until a year and a half ago, I couldn't be bothered with wearing watches. Until I discovered my mum's old watch that I wore every day. And then it broke, which reminds me that I still need to get it fixed. Because I was in need of a new watch and I didn't want to buy one with a leather band, Sammydress sent me one. I wrote about the store a couple times before and I've worked multiple times with them. They're just the sweetest! :)

This golden watch with a white faux-leather band is gorgeous and although it's a bit big for my tiny wrists, I can't wait to wear it! I mean, just look at it! It's so stunning and I can imagine myself wearing this with a white turtle neck sweater. It's also really cheap, so if you're in desperate need of a new watch like I was, go check it out! :)

watch: Sammydress*



On the stairs in Liège

December 23, 2015


The only thing I've been doing lately is studying and I just can't wait for the exams to be over so I can spend some time with my best friend and finally get back in shape. I literally have no time to work out or be social and it's so frustrating! Anyway, I spent the day in Liège yesterday with my family. We did some Christmas shopping, ate delicious food and we took some outfit photos! I'm so happy with how they turned out and I couldn't wait to share them with you! :)

I was wearing a skirt that looks super short on the photos but it wasn't as short in reality. I got it a long time ago and it's been one of my faves every since, especially when I wear it with over the knee socks and my super comfy Doc Martens. I don't know what I would do without those shoes, I wear them every single day!

skirt: Vero Moda / top: H&M / shoes: Doc Martens / necklace: Sammydress








Details & life updates

December 18, 2015

It's been a while since we last spoke and it feels so weird to finally be blogging again, although it won't be for long. Tomorrow is the first day of locking myself up in my room, getting up super early and eating super healthy. My exams start the 11th of January and I'm scared yet excited for the exams, crazy right? Anyway, I just wanted to share some photos of new things I got with you because it's been too long since my last proper blog post. When I started uni, I thought I'd have so much time to work on my blog and have a social life, but that's sadly not the case. I love uni (I know I probably sound crazy, haha!), but I would like to have a social life and speak to my friends more often but hey, if I want a degree in something I love I have to work for it. And I'm rambling on again, sorry! The pretty necklace and bracelet are both from Sammydress and so is the poncho. I will be showing these items in an outfit post soon, or at least I'll try to find the time to post the outfit... I can't promise you anything. Have a lovely evening!

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Dresses for the festive season

December 14, 2015

Yes, I actually do wear something else than christmas jumpers and warm fluffy socks during the festive season. Although I mostly spend my days in cardigans and turtle-neck sweaters, I won't lie. Buying cute dresses for Christmas' Eve and New Year's Eve is something I love to do, though. So, I thought I'd help you pick the perfect Christmas/NYE outfit (if you haven't got one already) and today I'm sharing my favorite dresses with you!

faux leather collar dress / tunic dress / fringe dress / guipure dress

· The little black dress ·

My ultimate wardrobe basic is probably the little black dress. Although I own too many already, I still think you can never have enough cute, stylish little black dresses. Wear them with pumps, platforms or a simple pair of ballerina shoes and you're all dressed up for the festivities! 



metallic bead dress / embroidery bead dress / flapper dress / white bodycon dress
 
· Just bead it ·

I'm usually not the biggest fan of beaded dresses, but when I stumbled upon these ones from Mango and Asos, I think I might have fallen in love with beads. They make any outfit or any dress look festive and you don't even have to try. I might have to add one of these to my wardrobe... but the one on the right is so gorgeous, right?


· Midi Maxi · 

I'm saving the best for last: gorgeous maxi and midi dresses. This is the reason why I would like to be a couple cm taller, because being quite short means it's almost impossible to find a midi dress that doesn't look like a maxi dress or a maxi dress that doesn't make you look like a midget, haha!

Room decor details Part two

December 10, 2015

I promised you a long, long time ago that I would post more photos of my room in Leuven, which is where I go to uni (fyi). Guess what happened? I forgot about it, as you do. I've been super busy lately and I haven't even had the time to take outfit photos, let alone photos of my room decor. Uni comes first, then my social life, then my blog. Also, my computer has annoyed me lately. The battery doesn't really work anymore (it goes from 100% to 0% in less than ten minutes) and it's so slow!
Anyway, those were flimsy excuses. Let's get to business! As you might have seen in my Christmas post, my adorable tree is my favorite thing in my room. I didn't take any pictures of it for this post though, but you can check out the post if you want to see it! To make my room feel a bit more festive, I added a garland and a cute Christmas sock. The other parts of my room aren't as festive, so I've still got a lot of decorating to do! :) I hope you'll enjoy these photos and get inspired!





I'm 19?

December 9, 2015


I celebrated my birthday yesterday and I still can't believe I'm actually 19 now. To me, it feels like I have to act like a grown-up now, an adult. But I'm still a silly, insecure, passionate, timid girl with a blog. I remember never wanting to grow up as a nine-year old girl and a couple of years later, I always wanted to stay 17 years old. It's crazy to think about how fast the time goes, one day you're this little girl with not a single care in the world and playing with Barbie dolls and Playmobil is the most important thing in the world. The other day you're an adult with responsibilities, insecurities and worries. You have to start thinking about where you want to go, which goals you want to reach, what you have to cook for dinner etc. Crazy! Anyway, this was just a short update to tell you guys that I'm officially old now, haha! Have a lovely day!

Ps: thanks for baking this awesome vegan cake, dad!

A winter wishlist

December 6, 2015

My favorite month in the year is probably December, not just because it's my birthday but also because of Christmas. The only downside is: studying. I have some really difficult exams after the winter holiday which means I'll have to study 24/7. That's why I've already started writing my Christmas wishlist and I'm already buying my family Christmas gifts. Am I weird for being so early? Maybe, but I really want to focus on university and studying in December and January. With that being said, here's my Christmas wishlist!

10 facts about me

December 3, 2015


I've actually never written a 'facts about me' post and after three years of blogging, I think it's time for you to properly get to know me. Let's get started!

1. I'm a fan of Christmas, not because I'm religious (because I'm not), but because it's the coziest time of the year and I finally have an excuse to buy my family presents and eat too many cookies and gingerbread. That brings us to the second fact.

2. I can't live without gingerbread. If you don't know what to buy me for my birthday, just get me some delicious (vegan) gingerbread and I'm the happiest person in the world. This is by the way the only unhealthy food you'll find in my kitchen cupboard. Yes, I'm hard-core when it comes to my gingerbread. It's sacred (in my world, haha!).

3. I'm actually pretty short and people always seem surprised of my height when they meet me and my two best friends are way taller than me, most of my friends are taller than me actually. I measure 1m 63cm and although I sometimes wish I was taller, I'm pretty content with my height.

4. I'm not very good at cycling. I once got hit by a car whilst bicycling to school and another time I almost got rid over by a 18m truck. Thankfully I survived, but my bike didn't.

5. I'm a passionate vegan and I sometimes forget that being vegan still isn't generally 'accepted' and people keep asking me 'why I don't eat any dairy products' or 'avoid eggs'. I also sometimes get too preachy, but I'm trying to understand other people's point of view because I once used to be uninformed too.

6. I like to furnish rooms which probably sounds crazy, but I just like to decorate bedrooms and living rooms. I get really into room decoration and I'll usually search inspiration first and then go shopping. Also, my room at home has a minimal design (everything is white, clean and modern) whereas my room in Leuven (where I go to uni) has a rustic design with flower patterned wallpaper and everything cute. I guess I like to experiment with different styles?

7. I can't bake pancakes. At all. They either burn, stick to the pan or something else happens to them. But, they always taste amazing! They might not look like the most delicious food in the world, but they taste amazing for sure!

8. I get pissed off quite easily when something I want to bake fails horribly or when something burns. I always end up saying 'I suck at cooking, I TOLD YOU SO, mum!' and then she magically solves everything. I don't know what I would do without my mum and her magical cooking powers, haha!

9. I'm a procrastinator and no matter how often I tell myself to do something I always start working on essays (or other projects that aren't as fun) when it's almost too late. I should really work on that.

10. My eyes are allergic to make-up (I might have mentioned that before on my blog). I basically can't wear eyeshadow or mascara without priming my eyes first. If I don't apply a primer, my eyes turn red and my eyelids are a bit swollen te next day. It isn't too bad, but it's just really annoying...

That were the 10 facts about me! Do you have any strange habits/allergies? :)

The December to do list

November 30, 2015


I was inspired for this post by Marianna (she's one of my favorite bloggers) and celebrating my 19th birthday in December as well as Christmas means that it's going to be an amazing month! (Except for the part where I study 24/7 and constantly shiver because for some strange reason I'm always cold and it's been like that for my whole life.) Let's get started!

❆ Write a wishlist for Santa (or my parents, sorry if you still believe in Santa)
Decorate the Christmas tree back home 
Learn how to bake Christmas cookies (or just cookies in general haha)
Go for a walk in the snow
Buy new, cozy scarves
Invite my best friend for a chat, a cup of tea and cookies 

May your days be merry & bright.

Clean out my wardrobe (it's like a spring cleaning thing but in winter) ❆ 
 Buy an advent calendar, because I always forget to get one until it's too late ❆ 
Buy my family Christmas presents ❆ 
 Burn Christmas candles (I love Cinnamon and Vanilla) ❆ 
Send out Christmas cards and wishes for the New Year ❆ 

 (pictures from Weheartit)


❆ Build a snowman ☃ (if it snows, of course)
❆ Photograph the Christmas decorations in the city
❆ Visit the Christmas fair
❆ Drink hot chocolate (Almond milk + cocoa powder + cinnamon, yum!)
❆ Listen to Christmas music

What's on your December to do list? 

Prepping for Christmas and a playlist

November 27, 2015


Me and my christmas tree have really bonded over the past couple of weeks. My dad thought it was ridiculous to already put up my Christmas tree at the end of October, but living on your own 5 days a week can get really lonely and that's my excuse for the tree in my room. I also kind of-maybe-perhaps love Christmas? I'm just a fan of the most cozy time of year and can we just talk about how romantic old Christmas love songs are? Maybe I'm too early to mention all of this on my blog, but it's nearly December so I'm allowed to be super excited for the whole Christmas thing.
· PREPPING ·

So, how do you prep your room for Christmas? The basics are (obviously) fairy lights, a tree (I have a fake one because I'd rather want the 'real' trees to live and stay alive for more than just one year), decorations for your tree, candy canes, candles (The gingerbread candle from Ikea is my favorite or festive cookies from Spaas), a Christmas-themed blanket, a star, greeting cards (to send to your friends and family), cute ribbons and:
· A CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST · 

This is a playlist I made for you to make you as excited as I am for the festivities! Click here for the playlist! Plus, tell me what your favorite Christmas song is!


I'm ready for cold winter nights

November 25, 2015

It's my birthday in a couple of weeks and being the Christmas-lover that I am, I asked for a Christmassy/cute pair of slippers and pj's (because you don't want to see the state of my older pj's, haha - they were also Christmas-themed fyi). I'm not allowed to wear them until the 8th of December (which is stupid, in my opinion), but that doesn't mean I can't show them to you! I got the 'outfit' from Women's Secret because they have the cutest stuff and after visiting their webshop for a hundred times, I finally decided to order something, despite the expensive shipping cost. The things I got were just too cute and I just had write about them on my blog. What do you want for your birthday (or for Christmas)?

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Also, did you notice the new header on my blog? The previous one was just temporary until I finally managed to create a better one, although I would love a header that's a bit more creative. I hope you like it though! Oh, maybe you also noticed the body font change? This font is more airy and I think it's better for reading longer articles.

Pj's and slippers: Women's Secret

Easy peasy vegan pancakes

November 23, 2015


If there's one thing I'm horrible at, it's probably baking pancakes. I can cook and bake a lot of things, but I somehow always miserably fail at baking pancakes. They taste really good, but usually don't look that pretty or tasty. I found a really simple pancake recipe on the Internet though and I really wanted to share it with you, so I hope you'll enjoy and let's get baking!

· INGREDIENTS ·

1,5 cups of oats
a banana
2 cups of soymilk (or other plant-based milk)
cinnamon (or cocoa powder)

→ this makes 6 small pancakes

· STEP-BY-STEP ·

Put the oats in your blender and blend them until they've turned into flour. In the meantime, heat up some oil in a cooking pan (or a pancake pan, if you happen to have one). When the oats are nicely blended up, add the soymilk and the banana. Also add some cinnamon, or cocoa powder, depends on how you like your pancakes and blend it up. There's your pancake batter! Pour it into your pan and get baking! These will take a bit longer to bake if you want small, but thick pancakes. 

· BON APPÉTIT! ·



The 8 things-to-do-before-bed list

November 21, 2015


Some of you might have already seen this to-do list in the Fashionatic Magazine, but I wanted to post this on my blog as well, because this helps me so much to fall asleep faster and have a better night's sleep in general. I hope this will be helpful for you to and please let me know what your tip is to sleep better!

• Write down your to-do list for the next day, this saves time in the morning and you're already prepped!

• The no-screen rule 30 minutes before heading to bed. So, no smartphones or laptops! This makes it easier for you to fall asleep.

• Lay out your outfit for the next day, this saves time, worries and stress in the morning!

• Read a book or a magazine, something that will make you feel sleepy. My favorite book to read is 'To kill a mockingbird' by Harper Lee.

• Stop thinking about work or school, those worries are for tomorrow.

• Don’t overthink things, this will only make you feel sad. As mentioned before, try to read something to take your mind off of your worries.

• Write down the things you’ve achieved that day.

• If you can, try to put your phone on ‘airplane’ mode.

My morning routine

November 18, 2015

I thought it would be fun to write a post about my morning routine, but I wanted to do it a bit different this time. I usually write about the products I use and which make-up I apply, but I never write about the other things I like to do in the morning. So, this is my morning routine, exactly how I do it every day!

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6:00 / My alarm clock starts ringing and although I strategically place my clock 2 meters away from my bed, I always manage to dive into bed again after shutting it down.

6:50 / I finally manage to get out of bed and start my probably not-so-productive day. The first thing I do in the morning is drink a glass of water so I'm awake and ready to start the day! I then head to my vanity/sink to wash my face and properly clean it, using the toner water from Lush (It works wonders for my skin if I'm having a bad skin day e.g. dry skin, red spots etc.).

7:00 / I comb out the knots in my hair and it takes an eternity to make my hair look decent. I apply my make-up and I like to keep my everyday look minimal because I'm just going to uni (and that's not really an occasion to dress up for, right?).



7:10 / By this time I'm fully awake and I should probably tidy my room, but I prefer watching a youtube video, catch up on Once Upon A Time or do some uni work. It depends on my mood that day.

7:40 / I change into some decent clothes (You really don't want to see what my pj's look like. They're old and super comfy but they're not that pretty anymore, haha!). I usually opt for a comfy pair of jeans and a warm sweater.

7:50 / I head to the kitchen and prepare my breakfast: oatmeal with banana or apple and cinnamon, green tea and some gingerbread.

8:20 / By the time I've finished eating my breakfast, done the dishes and drank my cup of tea, I have to head back to my room to prepare my bag for the day.

8:30 / Prepping my bag for uni is done and I'm ready to go jump on my bike and get out the house! I usually leave at 8:40 and that's my morning routine!

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I hope you enjoyed this and I would love to read yours! So, if you have a blog, then post your morning routine and let me know!

New Year's Eve festiveness

November 16, 2015


Christmas and New Year's Eve are, for most women and girls, the moment to show their fashion sense to the world and they like to go all out. I, on the other hand, prefer to dress it down for Christmas and wear something more special on New Year's Eve. Who doesn't love to start the new year looking their best? I created my New Year's Eve wishlist early this year because I always think about planning my outfit when it's too late to go shopping. If this happens to you too, then don't worry! I've got you covered! Every item (and more gorgeousness) can be found on Farfetch.

Side note: the items I picked (sadly) aren't animal friendly, so I'm using this to inspire you (and myself). I, personally, am going to try to recreate this look using cheaper brands and items that are made of faux-leather or non-woolen fabric. 

 This post is a collaboration with Farfetch.

Zalando Blogger Awards

November 15, 2015

I'm not very good at writing event reports, probably because I tend to forget everything. If I had to thank people at the end of a speech or an award show, I'd probably forget to mention my parents. So, thank god for not making me want to become an actress or singer or a popular blogger for that matter. Although I wouldn't mind reaching more people with my blog. You, my readers, are lovely though! *big, goofy smile*

If I had to describe this event in 5 words, I would probably say: meeting (other bloggers), creating (a fancy adorable clutch that I've mentioned too many times already), inspiration (from the bloggers who won the awards, congrats!), photobooth (I now want one for my birthday) and thankful. I'm thankful for meeting Valérie, who is my favorite lifestyle blogger and I'm so happy I got to meet her! She's so lovely and I we really got along well. She blogs on Moonlit Stories and you can read her event review here (it's way better than mine, haha) Also, I need to thank you guys for voting for me! Have a lovely evening!

(all photos by me, except for the last one)