Friday, 31 March 2017

My new favourite shirt

Clean, crisp, and in this case, striped. The classic shirts have returned but come in different, almost innovative styles that change the once boring item into a fun and fashionable must-have piece this spring. This lovely Topshop shirt has the deep cuffs that slightly resemble the major wide-sleeved trend. I love that it is well oversized, so much so that I even had to go down a size to avoid looking like I was just consumed by a shirt! 

Photography by Anuschka Giersthove 

The perfect fit for everyone

I had been searching for the perfect stripped shirt for years and I am so pleased to tell you that I finally found it. This season sees many of the once boring shirts transformed into catwalk-worthy garments, from cut-outs to puffy sleeves, there is a perfect shirt out there for everyone. 

This casual look was perfect for some exploring in London, I love how effortless the shirt looks tucked into a pair of mom jeans and paired with some minimal white sneakers. I've already worn the shirt quite a few times to the office and on days off, it is an item that I am sure I'll love for many years to come. 

MOM JEANS - ZARA (similar)
SNEAKERS - H&M (similar)

Lots of Love,


Monday, 27 March 2017

Trend alert: Eye-catchingly gorgeous

Normally I am not very big on make-up. It's not that I don't like make-up, God knows I love to wander around department stores to admire the gorgeous beauty counters, wishing I were able to purchase (and apply) the luxury items. My reality, however, is that apart from not being able to afford these products, I cannot for the life of me stand to wear a full- or even half-face of make-up. Some good old mascara, eyeliner and lipstick is as much as I can tolerate without furiously starting to scratch my nose. Perhaps it's something psychological that I just have to work out, but all I know is that make-up and I don't exactly go hand in hand. 



Eyes are the window to the soul

Most of the time the fact that I can't seem to be capable of wearing these products doesn't bother me too much. Give me a gorgeous lipstick and I'm a happy girl. However as soon as I saw the brand new make-up trends featured in magazines, on Instagram and blogs I instantly fell in love. It seems like, next to the classic statement lips, the eyes have gained a spotlight as well. A spotlight that even I, a girl who has never (properly) applied eyeshadow before, can't resist. What I adore about this fresh spring look is that it appears to be a fuzz-free and easy-to-apply technique. How hard can it be to just apply one pastel colour all over your eyes, right? We'll see how that goes when I'm running late for work... 

All I know is that I'll be heading to the nearest drugstore in the hope of finding duplicate shades (oh I should probably purchase some brushes as well). Then I'll be spending most of my spare time practising this look, before finally flaunting it on the streets of London. Spring, here I come! 

Lots of Love,



Friday, 24 March 2017

5 Things you learn about yourself when moving abroad

Not many people would disagree when I say that moving abroad is probably one of the best ways to get to know yourself. Together with practically all other decisions that force you completely out of your comfort zone and onto a new experience by yourself. Naturally there are different everyone is different and will therefore have a different experience when moving abroad. However seeing as this is the second time that I left my comfortable home to (temporarily) live somewhere else, I would like to share with you the things that I discovered about myself. 


Monday, 20 March 2017

My thoughts on HelloFresh

It happens to all of us, you're minding your own business when suddenly salesmen (women) or charity advocates approach you and before you know it it's half an hour later, you missed about 12 trains home and you've agreed to donate 15 euros a month to a cause or a service. Believe me I've been there. I've developed some key excuses to get me out of these awkward situations as quickly as possible:

A The good old 'Sorry, I'm about to miss my train'.

B A bit more tricky but will work 80% of the time 'Sorry, I'm only 17'. You'll be amazed how often people believe this! Despite the lying, it's such an easy way to avoid further conversation since all they are interested in is making the sale and obviously you're "underage" which makes you a lot less interesting suddenly ;) 

C Risky, and an experiment I have yet to try out 'Oh how great, I subscribed a few weeks ago!'. Will this work? I have no idea. I do know that I am dying to see the facial expression this particular response will cause! 

Okay, back to the point. A few weeks ago I was approached at Victoria station, at first I thought RUN! But I decided to hear the salesman out and to give HelloFresh a try. The truth is that I've been interested in the concept of having your dinner (or rather the ingredients) for the week delivered to your doorstep for quite some time now. What's not to like right? No more aimlessly walking around the supermarket, not knowing what to cook for dinner, no more carrying heavy bags and no more food waste. In return you will have an endless variety of recipes that are all easy to prepared. 

A bit too pricy 

With a special offer available that day (and probably every other day they were stationed at Victoria station) I only had to pay 25 pounds for the first two boxes, after which the price would increase to the normal 36 pounds per box. Now the price is one of the first things that made me cancel my subscription. Yes, all the products are incredibly fresh, organic and the delivery service is incredibly flexible. Nevertheless it doesn't change the fact that I am only receiving dinner for the week, I still have to go to the supermarket to buy breakfast, lunch, fruit and all other supplies you need to continue living basically. The box alone costs me more than my regular weekly trip to the supermarket, making HelloFresh a very expensive service for me, considering the additional costs of other supplies. 

All veggie recipes include cheese or eggs - sorry vegans!

The three recipes that I tried were all very quick, easy to make and so delicious! Although they were dishes I had never made before, the recipe card clearly explained step by step how the meal had to be prepared. Each dish is enough for two servings, meaning that I only had to cook every other day as I am only cooking for myself. I opted for the Veggie Box, as I try to follow a plant-based diet (not very strictly) and generally do not like meat or eggs very much. What threw me off about the recipes is that most of the veggie meals still contain cheese quite regularly, obviously you can choose to exclude the cheese from the meal but then you'd have to throw that away, which is a waste. In addition, I've noticed that the recipes often require an oven. Now this is not necessarily a problem normally, but in the house I'm living the oven is not working very efficiently, making it very time-consuming to prepare a meal with the oven, especially after a day at work. 

All in all, there are definitely advantages and disadvantages to HelloFresh and I am very happy that I tried it out. However, right now, this concept does not work for me financially or logistically. It is something I will keep in the back of my head for when I have an actual job and my own kitchen to prepare these delicious meals, without worrying that someone might need the kitchen. For now I am back to trying to think of recipes myself... 

Lots of Love,



Friday, 17 March 2017

Hidden Figures: why I am still mad it didn't win an Oscar

Yes, the Oscars were definitely more inclusive and representative this year. In terms of audience, nominees and winners all bases were covered and (almost) everyone would be able to identify themselves with at least one of the attendees. I salute the Academy Awards for that. 

Regardless of all these positive changes, I am still pretty mad that Hidden Figures, although frequently nominated, did not win an award. I understand that it is always difficult to choose only one, when there are so many great entries (believe me I've been there). Still I don't understand why this particular production was just not good enough? 

Based on true events

First of all the film tells the story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson; three real women that have overcome indescribable struggles. During the 1960s these three women accomplished ground breaking changes for black women in the segregated US society. All three women worked at NASA and had important roles in the US space program. 

Now here's what makes this film so marvellous: it's inclusive for women of colour, and in particular black women, it shows the many struggles that came with living as a minority in a segregated society, it empowers women of colour to believe in themselves and to achieve their goals despite being disadvantaged, but most importantly it tells a true story that has enabled further development into the society that we live in today. 

The production was incredible

Besides these historically, socially and politically important aspects, the costumes are incredible (if you're a 60s fashion-lover like me, the acting was touching and the production was very cleverly executed. Hidden Figures has also received an incredible response, mostly by young girls of colour that felt empowered to pursue their dreams since they have gained role models that they can actually relate to. 

Isn't this one of the most beautiful things a film can do? To inspire an entire generation/community to pursue their dreams and to show them that anything is possible as long as you believe in yourself. At least I know that I always appreciate films that do, and therefore I am very disappointed that Hidden Figures didn't receive the credits it deserved. 

If you haven't seen this film before I highly recommend you do, it is important to see things from different perspectives and Hidden Figures definitely gives that much needed unconventional perspective. 

Lots of Love,



Monday, 13 March 2017

A Camden look in Camden Lock

As I'm writing this post the sun is shining very brightly and warming up my room, which is making me wonder whether or not this will be one of the last outfits of the season featuring a jumper. On one hand I am very excited for spring to come, I have some new outfits ready that I am looking forward to wear. However, on the other hand I'm not ready to give up the cosiness of jumpers and blankets (scarfs) just yet. There is just something about winter and autumn that I adore... 

Photography by Anuschka Giersthove

Weeks ago, when I purchased this gorgeous (and super cosy) jumper on sale at Zara I had no clue that this was going to be the latest fashion trend. Back then I thought the idea of a cinched waist was a very clever spin on what would otherwise be a regular black sweater. Now, I see this wrap-like cinch in every Instagram post and magazine feature. I must say I am a big fan of this look, it makes every outfit so much more interesting. Perhaps I might even try finding a crisp shirt with a little tie at the waist... How lovely would that be with jeans and sandals in spring? 


Lots of Love,



Friday, 10 March 2017

Wicked the musical

Wicked is the 10th longest running show in the West End and it is no surprise why. About a week ago my colleagues and I were kindly invited to see the musical in the Apollo Victoria Theatre due to the return of the Dutch star Willemijn Verkaik. Oh the perks of being an intern! 

I walked into the theatre not knowing what to expect, since I honestly didn't have the slightest idea what Wicked was actually about (shame on me I know). However 5 minutes into the show and I was sold, this is truly one of the best musicals out there. How do I know? I just do. Obviously I haven't seen many musicals (two to be exact) but the mere fact that I came to realise that I'm not that into them, yet still adored this performance is enough to state the aforementioned.  

A musical for those that don't even like musicals

There, I said it. I do not like musicals. I don't like how the actors burst out a song mid-scene (except for all Disney movies obviously) and I definitely do not enjoy the forced dance moves. Wicked however, didn't annoy me at all. I actually loved most of the songs, the actress that plays Galinda has an incredible voice and there where hardly any awkward dance moves. In fact, they made it a point to dance awkwardly during a party to help Elphaba (Willemijn Verkaik) fit in better! Yup, that was pretty hilarious! 

The story is a retelling of The Wizard of Oz that evolves around Elphaba, a green witch with extraordinary powers that goes against all the currents. I won't say anything else because I am afraid to spoil the plot. However I highly encourage you to see this musical if you're in the area, it is totally worth your time and money. 

Stay wicked my friends.

Lots of Love,



Monday, 6 March 2017

Celebrating 21 years of life

If ten years ago you would have asked me what I'd imagine my life to be like on my 21st birthday I wouldn't even come close to where I am today. Although it isn't all sunshine and rainbows, I'm am at a pretty good place right now. My dreams have become goals that I am so close to achieving and I am lucky to have such great friends and family. As much as reaching the 20s scared me last year, I have now come to accept the fact that growing older is one of the most beautiful parts of life. Too many of us do not have the blessing of age, so those who do must embrace it. 

Cheers to this new chapter in life! 

Lots of Love,


Friday, 3 March 2017

Tate Britain

There's isn't anything quite anything like going for a Sunday stroll in London. I've been walking around different areas, just to explore and admire the city and it seems like I will never get tired of this. A few Sundays ago, Paula and I decided to meet halfway in Vauxhall. We walked along the Thames a little bit before we stumbled upon the gorgeous Tate Britain. Like most museums in the city, entrance to the main collection is free of charge.

As soon as you enter this magnificent building you are welcomed by its beautiful interior. The building itself is just as interesting as the art collection. Unlike Tate Modern, Tate Britain is filled with paintings from both historical and modern artists. The paintings tell a story of British history, all the battles that were fought and famous stories that were told back in the day. 

Getting an insight into the past lives always makes me wonder what it was like to be alive then. To dress up so extravagantly every morning, to ride a horse instead of a bike and to have such different habits as we have now. Personally I love history and I feel it is important, especially since you cannot move forward without knowing about at the past. 

Lots of Love,


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