My first #OOTD of 2017 is a fact and I started it with pink and comfy! I was photographed last Sunday and it was a typical lazy easy going day. The Sundays we all know, I even did not think about this outfit a lot and sometimes it feels amazing.
When it comes to comfy my mind says; oversized clothing straight away! The bigger the better but I don’t want to look like a hobo so adding statement accessories gives your outfit that extra flair. I chose one of my favourite bags, which is of course a black one. I love the golden details and the fringe strings. Because of the two bag handles, one for taking (read: dragging it with you everywhere you go) it by hand and one by your shoulders makes it handy to switch whenever your hands or shoulders get tired. Handy, right Loves?
Practical yet stylish those two words is to me common for a comfy look. I swear by ankle boots with a good ‘’walking heel.’’ Perfect when you must run some errands in the city. Since I’m writing you loves about accessories, I kept the rest simple. I wore my daily silver rings and kept my makeup subtle.
Don’t let the brightness of the day fool you, it was so cold that I took my thickest scarf that I had and wrapped it around my neck to keep me warm. No questions asked! The weather changes so quickly here in the Netherlands that every day is a surprise. Even some weather apps aren’t a great way to found out not to be surprised. I always have an umbrella and gloves with me during the winter season because without them, you’ll get a cold that gets you straight to bed.
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Coat: Bershka Top: H&M Skinny Jean: Primark Bag: H&M Shoes: H&M Rings: Lucardi Scarf: Pieces
As am I getting older I’m getting more and more idle. I think it is because you feel your body is changing, like it is upgrading towards adulthood. Your body, your mind and skin changes into a ‘’shape’’ that is called ‘’you’’’. You will get to know yourself better and you will anticipate to it. Whether you like it or not! It is just something that you cannot change because it is called life.
During my life, my facial skin became important to me, I suffered from acne my whole teenage years and they still pop up every now and then. We all are familiar with those annoying intruders on our faces that are caused by stress, diet and even cosmetic products. Because of this, am I always pleased to get to know new brands. Especially when you discover them spontaneously. I met Ziaja through my latest unboxing blogpost and I fell in love with it ever since.
The beauty of Ziaja is that it is based on natural active ingredients and their pharmaceutical experiences, it has a refined and pleasant fragrance and light texture. All their products are carefully dermatologically and allergy tested in their own labs, never on animals! I have been using it for a while now and I am very pleased with it. The moment I opened it for the first time, the smell was such a pleasure to smell! Not chemical at all. The preservatives are reduced to the essential minimum making it enjoyable to use.
The assortment of Ziaja is tremendous; from woman to men to children. Something for everyone! Their focus is on skin, so you will find a range of facial care, body care and even hair care. Because Ziaja has a wide range of beauty products they have thought of all skin types and this shows that they are thoughtful towards their customers.
Lately wat also has been important to me is where I get my beauty products from and if it truly works. I enjoy it every time when I use it. Whenever I’m done with showering I use Moisturising Body Lotion with Silk Proteins. It absorbs quickly and my skin feels soft right away! Because it is moisturising and it reduces skin roughness I use it also on my elbows and knees for that extra soft touch. During my day, I use the Manuka Tree Purifying Normalising Day Cream. It has an SPF 10 factor and it is for an oily/combination skin type which matches perfectly with my own skin type. My facial skin goes from oily, especially on my T-Zone (forehead, nose, chin and the apples of my cheeks.) to dry at my jaw line. The smell of the Manuka Tree is refreshing on my skin and what I mostly love it doesn’t make my face oily at all!
When I want to pamper myself after a long day I remove my makeup with the Cucumber Cleansing Milk, yet again for an oily/combination skin type. The smell of cucumber makes me feel like I’m in a spa resort relaxing with a towel on my head and two slices of cucumber on my eyes. Perfect!
Are you already imagining it Loves?
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I must say; 2016 was a beauty year. I loved experimenting with makeup for beauty looks. Contouring and highlighting was my main goal to get the hang of it and to me, it turned out pretty lovely!
I focused also on my eyes. I wanted to get more confident in making smokey eyes, because of my small eyes. I don’t want to look like a panda. Till this day, I am saluting all makeup lovers who uses their whole eyes, from under the eyebrow until the whole moving eyelid as their perfect canvas! Because if I do it, I will look like a clown. I just don’t like the whole eye look on me. On my moving eyelid, I will use any colour but on top of it I limit it only to light colours. I guess you could say that I’m a bit insecure about it, but then again; for everything is a first!
When it comes to lips I use mostly red to fuchsia to pink shades. Those are my favourites lip colours, I don’t like nude’s colours or Barbie pink. I have carefully tried to use dark colours such as dark red and I was surprised! I never thought it will suit me.
As I look at my makeup stash I see that I use products that are low budget to high end. From all the variety, I have I stick always with one or two budget toppers from Essence Cosmetics. Their orange packaged mascara and concealer are truly my beauty budget must-haves!
I think that for my upcoming beauty looks I will be more openminded towards making new looks then before however I don’t want to follow trends that are just a waste of good beauty products. Like, #100 layers’ foundations? Or silicone bra makeup sponge? No thank you!
Which beauty look do you like Loves?
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At the beginning of the new year I reflect more than usual. I do that sometimes consciously and unconsciously, I guess you can say ‘’new year, new me’’ is kind off the truth. This also applies to my blog work. I look back at my writing, at my pictures and my outfits when it comes to fashion posts.
I have noticed that 2016 was a year of basic colours which I understand because having basic items in your wardrobe creates a whole outfit, adding details makes an outfit complete. As I look back at my style I see that it is neutral and monochrome. Namely black and grey dominates my wardrobe and I like it!
I went also for simplicity. That is what I love, that you can add your own details or that you find that perfect fashion item that you’ll keep for ages. See it as your first designer bag that you deserved because of your hard work. How can you even blame yourself for wanting it?
Looking back means also to know what I want to see differently. Let me be honest with you Loves, I like my style. It suits my personality; however, I would love to add more designer items into my wardrobe, I limited it to bags and jewellery. I guess it is because I don’t want to use an expensive item too much daily. Or the real question: ‘’do I really need it?’’
As I told you in my previous blogpost, 2017 is for me a new year to grow and learn more. Maybe I will change my style in a way that I think I wouldn’t suit me at all or even better I never thought I would wear it! That is the beauty of fashion.
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1/365, the first page of 2017 are you living right now. It sounds to me quite crazy! As I told you Loves in my goals of 2016 I am not someone who is focused on new year resolutions, I am more of a person who looks back at moments and events that has occurred to me. I analyse them to feel how it made me feel at that moment. If I like something and it is good to me I go on and if not, I let it go. Even when it is hard.
I think this is what I learned in 2016, it was my personal goal so I stripe this from my list and guess what? It feels good! Before I start with writing you loves what I have in mind for 2017 let me highlight my blog goals from last year.
- Write more on SaidaChahid.com -> I accomplished this in a halve way. I wish I could have a strict blog planning. I mostly got my pictures already ready and have written a blog title to indicate what I want to write but then something comes in between and I find myself doing something else. I feel quilt about this, it is nagging me! But I cannot beat the hands of time.
- Collaborate -> 2016 was also a good year for collabs! It feels so good to say this. I am thankful for these opportunities. Head out to my Collaborations Page to read what I have done. I promise you would enjoy it as much as I did!
- Go to events -> The ratio for me visiting events stayed the same. The last event I visited was at the Dutch Glamour Magazine Fashion-Vintage Live. I loved every bit of it!
- Increase my social media followers -> Goal achieved! Yay! I reach more of my Loves every day and I appreciate all of you. On my Instagram I have 3k Loves, on Twitter almost 2k, on my Facebook Page I have 700 likes and on my blog a total of almost 4k. Thank you! I feel proud. Whoop!
- Buy a new camera -> I did!
I am happy when it comes to my blog goals. To me I am on the right path and I hope to continue walking on it.
Oh gosh, now comes my personal goals from last year, I am taking literally a small breath…
- Focus more on my faith and believes -> I am learning day by day and I feel that I always can learn more, it is never enough. But I do see a progress in my lifestyle; I search for information, I pray 5 times a day, I love to discuss and talk with people around me and listen to their thoughts. I am educating myself in any way that is possible and it feels so good!
- Read more -> I finished all the books I had piled up. But I feel that I am missing something, I haven’t read the right book. You know the feeling that when you start with a book you cannot lift your head from it? I didn’t find this feeling yet…
- Enjoy the beauty in life -> I have learned to appreciate life, with the ups and downs. I have concluded that you cannot change a situation that is not changeable. No matter how hard you try, if it is written its written. Namely with the downs in life I realised you are better off by thinking and analysing about it until you accept it that it happened. As soon you reached that point you can heal yourself by working on it to be better or to let it go and move on with your life. There is so much more in the world you just need to open your eyes and most important of all, to be open minded.
- Give negativity no chance -> I have learned the beauty of life.
- Get healthy -> I still work on it! As I have written you before Love is have primary lactose intolerance. I cannot eat or drink products that contains milk/milk sugars. And I changed my diet! I consume soy products or products that are lactose free and I feel so much better than before! But I must confess: I am on a diet. That is also why you haven’t seen new ootd blog posts. I didn’t eat for almost a month no refined sugars and I lost 3kg! I am not there yet but I am happy I cut buttons.
- Get my driver’s license -> I can drive, sometimes I do. But I don’t have the permit…There I said it! This is the only goal I am not so proud of only because I really want it. I cannot make it more than; I cannot beat the hands of time.
Save money/don’t spend it on rubbish -> I can be proud again, I have been saving money and I am going to continue with it all my life. Yes, all my life! As you can see I have the hang of it. I did a blogpost about how to save money and I am doing it since.
These were my goals from last year and I must say that I feel blessed every day that I am learning to be better for myself and the ones around me. You can never stop learning and I think because of this realisation that I have, I don’t feel to have other goals in 2017 than to continue learning and growing. I know that in 2017 I am going to have ups and downs but I truly don’t want it to get the most of me. I will cherish the good and accept the bad because at the end you have one life to live, every moment is precious.
Do you know the feeling when you get something new you want to personalize it? I had this feeling when I got my iPhone. Do you remember when I told you Loves now I need a cute phone case? I finally got one!
I am lately into marble prints and the colour pink. When I found out you can create phone cases on Case Company I fell yet again in love with the prints! The variations they have on their printed cases are very trending; from Kim Kardashians famous cry face to Drakes hotline bling quotes to cactuses.
If that is not enough, you can customize a case with your own pictures on any case you want. They have many case models like flip case, wooden, hard, soft with matt finish and fine finish. They also have a Magic Magnet, a strong magnet for one of your air vents of your car. It is very easy to use; you just place between your phone and the case a small metal plate and hold it on the Magic Magnet and you are ready to cruise to many places! Not to speak about their laptop sleeves and ipad cases.
For that extra personal touch, I choose to use my blog name, which is my name. It didn’t fell complete so I added Fashion-Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger
for the whole package. I choose the font Sacramento but you can choose from many other fonts that are well-known and popular. This is not all; you can use any colour that you want and you are free to bold it or make it italic. You can even centre it! While you are busy making your own art work, you can rotate and resize text and emoji’s. This is impossible to forget!
Because of the ability to create a case of your own style, every time when you use your phone it feels like it is just brand new!
I am very curious, how you would personalize your case?
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It is all about the details, this is my well-known motto. When I have this kind of moment I get all tingly inside because I have that thought that nothing is perfect unless you look closer to details and then style it on your own.
You would understand my thought just by looking at these Solo-Solis sunnies. I fell in love with the cat eyed frame, it reminded me of the popular sunglasses from Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Since I’m writing about details, the golden parts of the sunnie got me hooked! Black with gold never goes out of style and the combination together is just perfect.
The beauty of sunnies is that you can use them daily, to me they are just like wearing your favourite lipstick. It is always good and it doesn’t even matter what you wear or what your style is. Solo-Solis means in Latin ‘’Only Sun’’ but that does not stop me to wear it all seasons I mean, how could I? They have many sophisticated frames that even I couldn’t pick just one!
What I truly love about this Sunnie is it is light weighted, perfect when you put it on your chest when you wear a shirt or on top of your head to give your whole look that extra flair. They are very thoughtful when it comes to their eyewear, they have a UV400 protection. You can cheerfully enjoy your view during sunny days and how can I forget what we all secretly do; staring at that hottie who crossed your path. Right Loves?
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I have a new look for you Loves! Its been a while since I did one, when I finally had the moment to do it I was instantly in a beauty mood! I hope I can give you this feeling too so you can try this look out or one of my many other looks that I have done. Let’s start!
I used my daily favourite Essence Stay All Day 16 Long Lasting Concealer in shade #10 Natural Beige to blemish my impurities. When I let it for a minute I used MaxFactor Xperience Foundation in shade Beige Linen #50 with SPF 10 to set a base for my look. Yet again I let it for a minute and then used Essence Stay All Day Translucent Fixing Powder for a matt and natural finish. I let it bake for a minute and started with a simple contour that I mostly do. For this contour, I used the budget beauty contour stick from Max&More. Not to look like Casper the friendly ghost I used Essence Mosaic Compact Powder in shade #01 Sun Kissed Beauty. It gave my look indeed a sun kiss!
For my eyes, I used L’Oréal Paris Colour Pop in the shade #410 Punky Turquoise. I just love the colour blue! I started from the middle of my moving eyelid until the end of my eyebrows. I used a darker shade of sparkly blue from Boulevard De Beauté palette for the rest of my eyes and to blend it in I used the white sparkly shade to tone the blue down. For the perfect eyeliner wing I used Max&More Gel Eyeliner in the shade Pure Black. For my lashes, I used Ace of Face Eyerule Volumizing Curling Mascara #3 that I received with my first Style Tone Box. On the side where my tear drops come out I used Douglas Jumbo Pen for an open look.
On my cheeks, I used Essence Silky Touch Blush in shade #30 Secret It-Girl. I really love how it turned out together with the use of the compact powder, using the right colours can truly do so much! For that extra glowy glow I pulled out my MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish for indeed that perfect finish!
Last but not leas, my lips. I’m very pleased about the new KIKO Milano 3D Hydra Lip glosses! I have it in the #3 this peachy colour is just right for daily use.
What do you think about this look Loves?
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Style Tone box from month November popped out of my mail box and it is also my last box to review for you Loves. The theme of this month is Power Woman, instead of wearing fluffy pj’s and fuzzy socks to hide in your cocoon of comfort this season are these products for pampering to pop out of it! As my last box was a bit of ‘’mwah’’ am I pleased to see that this box turned out lovely.
Let me start first with the Lord & Berry ultimate lipliner in the colour Nude. The formula of the pencil is enriched with macadamia oil and waterlily extracts. It is waterproof and blends so well! I have an Essence lipstick (Cute Nude) that suits perfect with it. Or I can use it with the Tini Beauty lipstick in the colour Pink Champagne. When I opened it to try it on I’ve noticed golden glitter sparkles on it! It is so subtle that you cannot see it but when you apply it; hello beautiful lips! I totally see what Style Tone did there; perfect match!
They were very thoughtful about this Power Woman box. The Cailyn Cosmetics Mummy Whipping Bubble Cleansing Mask is a perfect 3 minutes’ mask for an energy boost! I must say that the package looks a bit scary, it does make you curious what is it all about. This sheet mask uses an advanced technology of oxygenated cleansing bubbles imbued within unique mold-inducing microfiber to create a soothing and softening formula that deeply cleanses, exfoliates and hydrates the skin. This is such a mouth full! My curiosity is sparked.
In this season our hands need pampering more than ever, this Coconut Hand Cream from Ziaja comes then in handy. Get it? Handy! Hihi…The smell of coconut is not overwhelming, the familiar coconut smell around you will not occur. Perfect for a tropical feel when it’s cold outside! While we are at it; the nail polish from Meeki Beauty Lab will look like a fresh manicure with this hand cream! In the box, I found the colour Sophie. I don’t wear black coloured nail polishes but I’m going to give this one a try!
As I told you Loves, this is my last Style Tone Box. I had a three-month subscription which I choose to meet new beauty brands. It is also nice to see that the cosmetic brands develop items that are animal cruelty free and vegan.
Which item caught your eye Loves?
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These boots are made for walking! I truly like this high boots trend because you can wear them with many different clothing pieces. Comfy with a legging and oversized sweater, girly with a skirt and blouse or just like how I wore it; casual with a denim skinny jean and an oversized pink sweater.
There is one clothing item that belongs into your wardrobe year in, year out and that’s a leather jacket. To me it is like a little black dress; you can style it in many ways and it even doesn’t matter which style you have. From chic to sporty, the leather jacket is truly an item that is ‘’fashion fit-all’’. What I also can appreciate is layering. I believe as a shorty the different heights of wearing clothes makes you look longer. It’s like the perfect illusion!
I always try to combine the right colours when it comes to my clothes, this time too. I kept it simple with my chequered scarf and long necklace pink gemstone necklace. The blue of my denim jean and the pink of my sweater suits perfect with the colours of my scarf and because of it, it gives my outfit an overall look.
I can say without a doubt that I have a bag and shoes addiction. When I see them in stores I get persuaded easily just because of the size, colour or detail. It is quite crazy because I have almost no space for them in my bedroom. Some I have for years and I still can’t get enough of them! I think every lady is familiar with this feeling so please don’t judge me! Maybe it’s because I’m lately in the ‘’everything needs to be pink mood’’. The colour is just so sweet a feminine and it makes me feel like that too.
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Leather Jacket: EXVE-Exclusive Sweater: Primark Jean: Zara Shoes: H&M Bag: Primark Necklace: Sonderwise
I can be very enthusiastic when it comes to items that has an eye-catching rate. As you all know me I have an eye for details and I like to follow some trends that suits my own style. I have a weakness for things that suits my bedroom interior, it feels to me then I’m more home. That bit of extra that gives you joy.
As a blogger, I use my laptop a lot and for a long time I’ve been searching for a marble 15,6-inch laptop case for my HP Pavilion and I still cannot find one for my liking. Talking about ‘’laptop discrimination’’, you only have them for MacBook’s! When I wanted to give up my search for it, I found Style Repertoire who sell them as skins/stickers. I wanted to give it a try and when it came through my mail I was excited and very curious at the same time. It was bit of work but I placed the sticker on my laptop and I liked it! Although it is just temporary because I want a real case, it gave my laptop a fresh look.
Since we are talking about the marble trend, I saw this tray and I wanted it to use it as a background for pictures. Since I’m having it I don’t lose it out of my sight! I use it to put my daily makeup on and my brushes. I truly like the sophisticated look that marble has. Same goes with my minty five minutes’ hour glass. I use it to remind myself to have a break when I’m working a lot behind my laptop or the opposite, that my break is over and I should continue my work. This goodie is so ideal for while you are working or when you are studying for your exams.
Candles, every woman’s interior must buy habit. The pineapple candle gives my room interior an edgy touch and in order not to let it predominate I placed a minimalistic scented candle with it for a whole look.
I don’t know about you Loves but I use magazines as a great source to get fashion inspiration. Sometimes they have special editions and those are mostly worth keeping. This magazine from SuperTrash dates from 2013. Designer Olcay Gulsen got inspired by Jackie O for this magazine and I from her. I love this vicious circle! Since now we are in an inspiration mood: don’t forget that music also belongs on the ‘’how to get inspired list’’ and why not share it by using a cute speaker?!
My grid! See, I am already loving it just by thinking about it. I always wanted one on my desk to give my workplace an industrial minimal look. There are so many options on how you want to decorate your grid and I chose for cute cards and to remind myself for things to do.
How would you use it Loves?
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Since I’m having the hang of it, from contouring and highlighting I’m getting more confident in it and that includes buying makeup. I notice that when I’m going to shop or go for some errands I always end up in a makeup aisle to look for that eye-catching item that I honestly don’t need. We all have been there right!
I had that moment when I was looking for a highlighter that is budget and good pigmented to use daily instead of my MAC Soft & Gently highlighter. I end up with budget brand goodies; Essence Strobing Highlighter in shade #10 Let It Glow and Catrice High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder in shade #010 Light Infusion. Both packages are what you are used from the brands: ordinary and minimal. Essence has a more pinkish colour that comes close to my MAC but the pigment doesn’t come close to MAC. You don’t even see it when I swatched it on my wrist and that is okay because I don’t need to look too glowy for a daily look. The pigment from the Catrice highlighter is a bit better then Essence. This shade is perfect for daily use. The shade is pearly and that gives a more natural look, just like that summer glow we all know and want.
When I don’t want to use my MAC highlighter for a more covered look, like for Moroccan wedding or other parties as in for the upcoming holidays I can use another beauty! The Sleek Makeup Precious Metals in shade #029 is just heaven on your cheeks! The pigment is so great and it stays long! Even with the swatch I made on my wrist it was not easy to wipe it off. This palette has four shades: Platinum for your browbone, Antique Bronze for your cheekbones, Royal Gold for the bridge of your nose and finally Renaissance Gold for cupid’s arrow which is the little small hills on your upper lip. Heck, you can even use it on your body! Think about a slightly touch of the highlighter on your collarbones. Beautiful!
I am very excited about all three of them. Because of the number of highlighters, I have now I can experiment safely with a peace of mind!
Which one do you like Loves?
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I’m just like a kid in a candy store when it comes to receiving packages by mail. It doesn’t matter if it’s a gift or I bought it myself. I could kiss the mailman at that moment! Especially when you are waiting for that dream item you paid a lot for it or got it with a major discount. Don’t let me speak about when it is a gift! It’s like Christmas in July, August and October!
I told you Loves that I have a three-month subscription at Style Tone. I received my second box and I must be honest with you; I was ‘’mwah’’ about it. The only product I’m excited about is the Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel. I want to cut down with plucking my eyebrows, I want them to be bushy a la Cara Delevingne. I don’t pluck much because I already like them the way they are but I do want to keep them in check and this brow gel comes in handy!
There is one product I give the benefit of the doubt; Hikari Blush called Cameo. I swatch it on my hand and the pigment is good but I’m not so sure about the colour. It’s quite light pink and I don’t know if the shade will make my skin look paler then it already is. This is definitely something to find out in a beauty look. The box also contained a Lip Crayon from Starlooks. I had it in the shade Majesty and oh lord it’s so dark purple! Yet again I don’t know if it suits my skin tone. I also got a wooden pencil called Jelly Pong Pong. This pencil can be used on your lips as a highlighter; on your eyes and nose. On your brow bone for an open look, same goes for your waterline. The pigments of this pencil and lip crayon are good though! The last item from the box is a Brush Cleaner. What can I say about this one…It’s a handy tool that helps to clean your makeup brushes, it works good because I already had one. That’s a bummer!
As I’m getting older I have noticed that my skin is changing. In times of stress I get more acne break outs and my skin tone gets more grizzled. I was at my pharmacy and saw this try out package from Vichy Laboratories. These products are based on mineralizing water. The pouch contains an Ideal Body Serum Milk; it says it intensely nourishes the skin smoother and firmer. This sounds appealing so why not try it out?! It also has a Mineralising Water Spray; it efficacy to fortify the skin. Sounds fancy! The third item I’m writing about is the 3in1 Cleanser. Not only it rids of impurities, pollutants it also radiates your skin. In times of stress this comes in handy. Last but not least and probably the product I’m excited about the most; the Aqualia Thermal Light Cream. As I said before these products are based out of water. When you have acne its proven to use crèmes that contains water. I hope that this one is going to be my hero with my break outs!
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When it comes to diversity in fashion, style comes in different items and sizes. You will always find something that truly belongs to your style, to me that is the beauty of fashion. I define my style as “not perfect”. This means to me that my style comes in many names, from minimal to edgy to bohemian. I like oversized, layering and neat. I like, chic, casual and girly. When you could look into my closet you would see what I mean when I write that fashion can be a Walhalla for mixing and matching and I love it!
Today I’m showing you Loves not my all cross body and clutches collection. I promise you would love it especially when you have “fashion is more than clothing” in the back of your beautiful minds.
I don’t stick to one colour when it comes to my bags. I believe that bags are just like shoes you can match them with many styles. I do stick with chic, minimal and bohemian designs because they come close to my own style. I wanted to add a bright colour into my collection with a chic yet edgy touch. When I saw the pink one at Primark I liked it instantly! This is the clutch that I had in mind. Normally I keep my taste save but I had ‘’why not?’’ moment when I saw the beads cross body bag. I hold it in my hand with this ootd because the sound of the beads was a bit overwhelming while walking. Holding it in my hand the sound was slightly less.
The bleu Guess bag was my first designer bag I bought. I remembered the day that I bought it, I was with two of my best friends and just got my first pay check. I was so excited! I have it for years now and even if it contains traces that it is worn a lot, it is still dear to me that I don’t want to throw it away. I think that this is what they mean when they say you cannot forget your first love hihi..
Imagine yourself in colourful Morocco with many colours around you, Moroccan architecture, their traditional clothing and the souks with little mountains of spices. Are you imagining it already Loves? This vibe I’m still having when I look at my orange leather bag from Morocco. I fell in love with the beauty of the colour orange and the details on it.
Which one do you like?
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When I first started with blogging I had no plan and no idea what I put myself into. I threw myself into the deep and I was quite insecure about my writing skills. However, I was very determined to start a blog about fashion, beauty and lifestyle.
When I made the decision to do it nobody helped me or reached a hand to help me how to start. When I looked for tips online some forums helped me but when I wanted to reach other bloggers I always felt a competition vibe, it was a bit unwelcoming. It made me realise I never want to make someone feel like that because I’m all about self-empowering yourself and others so I was very pleased to see that my first Hi, Meet My Blog turned out to be a success!
It is a pleasure to see, read and follow other blogs. I see the likes and comments as a reward of my hard work. Most of all I appreciate that my Loves take the time to read my blogposts and motivate me to go on with my blog. Because of this I’m reaching my blogging goals step by step and every step on the way I feel more and more confident about my writing skills. So way not share this feeling with others? I had the same feeling when I wrote about a blogpost on how I make products pictures for my blog and so was Picture Perfect born!
I believe when you give a positive vibe to others the rest comes by itself. Companies and brands wanted to work with me and once in a while I get invited or go to events that perfectly matches with what I do for my blog. It is such a great opportunity and feeling to be able to do this!
Sharing is truly caring Loves. When you start with it believe me when I say, you can’t get enough of it! Share your blog with a sentence or two about your blog and why you started.
Let’s make this round a success too!
I have a new look for you to see Loves. I am so excited about it, not only I used nice new products I also get more and more great in contouring and highlighting. Even tough after shooting every new beauty look my make-up get rinse off right away just as fast as shooting with my camera and I still enjoy every bit of it! So let me make you excited too.
I first started with Etos Skin Smoothing Primer to set a base for my L’Oréal Nude Magique Eau De Teint in #100 Porcelain foundation. Before I went further with my foundation I used my all-time favourite Essence Stay All Day 16h Long Lasting Concealer in #10 Natural Beige to blemish my impurities. When I let it for a minute or two to dry I started with contouring. Max&More Contour Stick is such a budget goodie! I contoured my facial parts that makes my face a bit smaller. After contouring I highlighted the facial parts that I wanted to stand out. Yet again I let it alone for a minute before I started to blend it with my H&M Angled Buffer Brush. It is such a fine makeup brush; the bristles are so soft!
Now comes my eyes. To set base for eyeshadows I just H&M Fidelity Primer. I did not only use it on my moving eyelid but also under my eyebrow. On the middle of my moving eyelid I used eyeshadow H&M Blueberry Swirl to set a shade. On the inner and outer parts of my eyelid I used Max Factor Colour X-Pert Eyeshadow in shade #7 Vibrant Mauve. To blend it all together I used Max Factor Colour X-Pert Eyeshadow in shade White Satin. I used this shade also under my eyebrows for an open look. For mine under eye waterline I used my new goodie from my Style Tone Box of September Note Luminous Silk Mono Eyeshadow in #10. I wanted to express my eye colour more, purple suits brown very well!
I know making winged eyeliner can be a struggle to make. If you use a winged eyeliner brush you only have to need a steady hand so, move over sticky tape! The brush that comes with Max&More Gel Eyeliner is perfect for it. On my lashes I used Ace Of Face Volumizing Curling Mascara Eyerule #3. It makes my eyelashes perfectly black with just one swipe!
For the last finishing touches, I used Essence Silky Touch Blush in shade Secret It-Girl #30 on my cheekbones and on my lips I used Max&More Lipstick and lip liner in shade Dark Red #004
I am very happy about the results! How about you Loves?
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As I told you in my previous blogpost, I am not a lover of this new season however, I do love to make the most of it. Every new season I am trying to change my room decor just to spice up my room. It also gives me a fresh boost for my daily things that I do just like a small fresh start. The beauty (read: easy wheezy work) of changing your room decor is that you only have to do small adjustments that makes big changes. Are you like me into simplicity and keeping it not all the way a Halloween theme in your room, keep on reading Loves!
Another alternative for the colour pumpkin orange can be bronze or rose gold, since I have the iPhone 6s in rose gold I’m quite obsessed about the colour! It suits very well in my room decor which is mostly the colours mint, white and silver. However, rose gold comes in different shades so it was a bit hard to find the shade that matched with all the rose gold items I have.
When I saw the mirror on the store shelf, I had to have it! In my mind I wanted a mirror on my bookcase right next to my room door. I use this mirror for the last touch up before I start with my daily routines. When I put it there it gave my room an instantly a warm look. Same goes with the rose gold make-up brushes. Even with the craziest thing you can you create a style that suits you and the fun part is I use the brushes just for decor! At least until I want to change it again.
I don’t know about you Loves, when I think about autumn I think about animals. Maybe it’s because autumn gives me that cottage in the mountain feeling. I wanted a jewellery stand that literally stands out. I saw this candlestick antler and a creative itch came. I put it upside down on a wooden plate; which is a candle cover, for a strong hold. When I decorate it with my mostly worn jewellery I appreciated this diy even more!
Autumn equals sweater weather, hot coco and candles! I just love the feeling of lighting up candles, that romantic vibe! Candles are to me not seasonally bound so I light them up once in a while for a relaxing moment and they are perfect for decor! We all know the Starbucks pumpkin spiced latte vibe that many have, I can’t drink it because I’m lactose intolerant but other than that I like Starbucks drinks so I kept the cup for decor purposes and I like it!
Even small adjustments like fake flowers can really spice up your room. I saw these flowers because I like roses and peonies a lot and buying them in warm colours was just a matter of time, time to change my room decor!
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Although I am a real summer and spring lover I cannot avoid the autumn and winter season, nobody can; but I do can try to love it and make the most of it. So, new season equals new wardrobe and I can’t wait to hit the stores again!
As you all know me Loves I plea for an outfit that has details so imagine what I thought about my feather jacket. I fell instantly in love with it because I truly love outfits with a twist. That is also why I chose flared jeans for this outfit. This kind of jeans makes your legs look endlessly long and for a shorty like me I felt in my element. Just like having a good fit skinny jean I also recommend you Loves to have at least one flared jeans in your wardrobe.
When the seasons is changing you automatically change clothing colours in your closet. I like if the colours emerald green and gold are combined, it gives a sophisticated look when it comes to wearing black as a basic colour. Just like the colour black, the colour gold belongs also in the classic colours list. As I already spoke to you in my Basic Love blogpost, starting with the basics you can create your own style however you want it. I think that is the beauty of fashion, it defines every style!
I am definitely a shoe and bags-aholic, the golden details on my cross body bag swooped me away. The golden details give the bag a chic look and this while the price tag was very kind to me hihi…
Are you ready for autumn Loves?
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Feather Jacket: EXVE-Exclusive Top: Casual Clothing Flared Jeans: EXVE-Exclusive Shoes: Graceland Cross Body Bag: Primark Watch: Guess Ring: Lucardi Sunglasses: H&M
I was always curious about beauty boxes and looked online for information about them, at first I was sceptical because I want to have value of my money. I rather pay a bit much for full sized products then travel sizes so I ended my research when I found Style Tone. The reviews about this beauty box were laudatory so I wanted to try it too. I chose a three-month subscription for €35.00 and I don’t regret it!
I received my first box this month (September). I felt like beauty addict who needed a beauty shot!
I received a blush pen from Ellis Faas. That’s quite unique! A blush pallet that looks like a pen. In the mini magazine that comes with the box says about the blush pen that it gives your make-up look a dewy finish and a long lasting glow. Sounds good! The second product I took from the box is a Pore Qualifying Mineral Detox Mask from Figs & Rouge. The mask eliminates impurities and draws out excess oils for a clearer healthy complexion. As you all know me Loves I have an oily skin so I am very curious about this beauty goodie.
Ladies you cannot have enough nail polishes, Style Tone must think that too because I received a feminine red colour from Emité in the box and I like it! What I also snooped out the box is a mono eyeshadow from Note. I got in a dark purple shade which made me shudder because I’m not used to dark colours as eyeshadow, then again for everything is a first. The next thing I received is a Eyerule No 3 Volumizing Curling Mascara from Ace Of Face. I was instantly impressed by the eye brush because it has a small top and I prefer that more over others because of my small eyes.
I can even enjoy it more because all products from the Style Tone box are cruelty free. Whoop!
On television I saw a commercial about Girls Bag. It is a bag full of full sized products that every girl needs. Even though the target group are mostly teenage girls it didn’t hold me to try one out too! It came in a box but the reasoning behind it is the tote pineapple bag full of goodies. This bag contains not only beauty products but also healthy snacks. Nice!
The goodies you’ll get with the bag are; Rimmel London Volume Colourist Mascara, Herōme Trio W.I.C. Nail Polish set. Oelala! Maybelline Balm & Blush, SmoovAll Skin Contact Spray, Vogue Perfume Deodorant Butterfly and BioFreeze+ Gel. I am very impressed about the amount of beauty products! The price I paid for the bag is €19.90 and only the beauty goodies in it have more value than the asking price!
Here comes the food part Loves; Nãkd Bar Cashew Cookie, JustNuts The Alarm Clock Bar, Katja Candy and Tranquini Drinks in the taste Regular and Jade. The snacks tasted good but the drinks….
The last goodies I received are an Boho Chique Bracelet and many vouchers. Amazing!
This is it Loves. Would you like to see more unboxing blogposts?
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I still enjoy from my late summer in the Netherlands after my holiday in Morocco. Even here the sun shines like the beginning of summer and I’m not complaining! Summer is one of my favourite seasons and I always take good care of myself more than the other seasons. This is my confession; I think it is because my energy level or better yet my happy thermometer is increasing.
The beauty product that I swear by is my all-time favourite rosewater but I wouldn’t be a beauty addict if I’m not trying other goodies out so I expended my fav list!
Let me start with a great beauty invention; dry shampoo. This goodie is ideal to use on warm days. You’ll sweat during your whole day no matter how many times you shower so to stay fresh and presentable spray dry shampoo on your hair namely on your scalp where the creasy part is. From my own experience whenever I use dry shampoo I wear my hair never loose. My hair structure is then different, like puffier. That’s why I prefer another hairdo like a ponytail, messy bun or a braid.
What I also like during warm days is not only a deodorant but also a body mist. When I was in Morocco this goodie never left my bag. I sprayed it during my day just for a quick fresh up before I shower. Because it is a body spray I use it easily over my whole body then perfume, it would be a shame if your perfume bottle gets sooner emptier because of it. Right Loves?
My face has its own routine that I stick with and lately I asked myself what am I doing to moisturize my eyes? Well, nothing! So I bought a hydro eye roller from my local drugstore to try it out. It contains caffeine, this ingredient stimulates your blood circulation and reduces puffy eyes. It also has hyaluronic complex to prevent dark circles and wrinkles. A great moment to start with because if you follow me on Instagram you would know I turned the big 27 last Tuesday!
I didn’t use a lot of make-up during my holiday or even during summer but when I do it I always finish it with a make-up fixing spray and honestly I thought it wouldn’t work, this goodie must be a fable. I guessed it wrong! It works perfectly and I recommend it to every Loves who are die hard make-up users!
The main reason I prefer no or a bit make-up during summer is because I have an oily skin. Whenever the heat touches my face I look like a melted vanilla cookie. To prevent an acne break out, which I suffered from many years is to use a sebum-reducing cream. The one I’m using contains salicylic. Salicylic combats the existing and the formation of new pimples and this goodie truly works! I use it as my day crème and the control stick of the same brand I use it only on pimples that are already there to dry them out
This is it Loves! Which products do you love to use during the heat?
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Summer means an excuse to get new sunnies because the ones you already have are “soooo last summer” and at the end you have a lot in stock that you can open a store for yourself. Glasses are just like shoes; you can’t get enough. Accessories definitely make an outfit complete. When it comes to different kinds of glasses, GlassesShop is a truly Walhalla of glasses frames, from all time classics to funky and retro, just perfect! As a fashion and accessories encourager I felt in my element while wandering and scrolling through their online store, like a virtual wanderlust!
I chose the frame Evansville Wayfarer in the colour blue and silver. I like that the colours are parted two ways, blue on top of silver/gray-ish. It gives that edgy look and I like that twist. What I also like is the lightless of the frame, it makes it optimal to use. The affordable eyeglasses are not only from high quality they also give the perfect statement to every wearer. So Loves, who wear prescription sunglasses or glasses will look great with these eye catchers!
Do you know the latest silver mirror trend? GlassesShop goes with the hype and I’m following! I want to try it on my nails and now I can put the mirrored beauty right on my nose. Not only is it fashionable, it comes in handy when you want to look shameless at your love or summer crush. Sssst….let’s keep this between us.
Because I’m so happy with my new sunnies I want to make you Loves happy too! Use code GSHOT50 for a 50% discount on eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses! Whoop! I have to say that sale frames are excluded but that doesn’t matter with the frame Walhalla GlassesShop has.
Enjoy your gift Loves!
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As you all know Loves I’m in Morocco, my place to be when I’m going on a holiday. Morocco is rich in architecture, art, culture and of course clothing. In my event report about Twiza Festival I already gave you a glimpse of what Moroccan culture is about. When it comes to clothing, Moroccan dresses are made to impress. Even when you are choosing which fabric you want to use before you bring it to the tailor, it will take you hours or even days to find the one you really want. Moroccan attire is just precision work.
It is all about the details but, Moroccan style has also simplicity. The dress I’m wearing I bought it in the Netherlands in a Moroccan Islamic store. This dress is called djellaba (pronounce: zalaba). Every djellaba is a loose- fitting robe with long sleeves and is manly worn in North Africa along with other Arabic-speaking countries. The robe is unisex and can be adjust in any way that you like.
I like to wear djellaba in feminine colours and fitted. Traditionally, djellabas are made of wool and comes in different shapes and colours, although nowadays lightweight cotton djellabas have become more and more popular!
As much I like simplicity, I also prefer details. The loafers I’m wearing is a perfect example! Just like the djellaba it comes with different colours and styles. These loafers, called balgha is yet again for both sexes. Wearing it with a simple djellaba is just the perfect combination! I’m going to make a fashion confession: the other reason why I like this robe is that it’s so comfortable to wear. You could wear your unicorn pj under and nobody would notice it. Great right? Hihi…
The beauty of fashion is that every style has its own unique way. It is timeless and has a major culture bound, it represents who you are.
Loves, show me your traditional clothing!
Djellaba: The Netherlands Balgha: Morocco
I am in Morocco! I’m saying this with such a relieve, from the moment I put my feet on Moroccan soil and the heat greeted me the fatigue of my daily routines in the Netherlands burned with the heat. I feel blessed to visit my country again and I’m glad to give you Loves an inside snoop!
Of course I travelled in pink….and black. I wanted to travel light weighted so a suitcase and a valise is more than enough besides I wish I could take my whole wardrobe with me.
I flew with Air Arabia and to be honest it is a good airline and the stewards did their job well but, ordering food and drinks took so long that we almost landed and when I ordered the cold drinks were warm and some warm drink like cappuccino they didn’t have it. Slightly disappointing. I’m not the hardest person but these small things are a welcome card for an airline and if it isn’t complete you just going to feel like mwah.
Confession: I don’t like to fly. As the plane rises I say a little prayer same goes when the plane is going to land. If we have turbulence my belt is closed tightly and I’m not even moving out of my chair. So the three hours I stayed in the sky I squeezed my eyes 267 times, said a prayer 154 times and hold on tight on my belt like it is going to save me when we going to crash! Hahaha…What a mess! Through land, seas and the sky traveling to any country that you have your mind on is a great experience to have.
I’m wishing you all Loves if you are also on a holiday in a country that you love to enjoy! My journey in Morocco is just getting started follow me on my social media for more inside scoops!
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Do you know those days when you are so busy with your daily routines that you lack time to do the things that you love? You cannot even enjoy the little things like eating your favourite sandwich just because you are in a hurry. I had those moments the last two months and it is breaking me apart. I truly hate that I cannot do the thing that I love the most namely my blog. The more days that went by that I didn’t blog made me more and more petulantly.
I also must be honest with you loves, I need to get my priorities straight! I am so guilty of postponing things and it is not because out of laziness but more of not having the motivation to do it. So I am trying to take a step back and pause my daily routines. While I did it I remembered why I love to blog even more, is just read my blogpost about inspiration for motivation and it helped me back on track. In this blog post I will go more in depth, I want to empower all the ladies who are familiar with these feelings so let’s start with a cliché. Yes, clichés are clichés for a reason. They are mostly true.
‘’Every woman deserves to be noticed.’’ The words of this quote are so simple but yet so hard to believe in. We all have our own insecurities and it can ‘’control’’ us sometimes. Let’s break this pattern and put ourselves on a pedestal!
For instance, Loves when I see these pictures the first thing that comes into my mind is: I can lose some pounds and my mood decreases instantly. To shut that annoying voice in my head I look at the pictures better and see all the beautiful things that are so obvious to see! The ground I am standing on, all that nature and the most important: my health. Without it I cannot do what I love to do. I don’t know about you Loves but sometime I forget this realisation.
While writing this I noticed that more than this I cannot tell, it is truly the simple things that counts!
Brush or sponge? The new phenomenon in the beauty world and I tried it out to share it with you Loves. When I first saw it the first thing that came into my mind is ‘’well, that’s interesting.’’ The second thing that came into my mind is: ‘’quite expensive!’’ I just wanted to try one out so I began my search. I stumbled on the online store called Wish, you probably heard about it. It takes a while before you receive it but then again I paid only two euros for it. So, if I don’t get it in the end I won’t make a fuss about it.
I did receive it and I was curious from the moment I opened it! I truly thought while seeing YouTube videos about it that it is a sponge because of the coverage. It turned out that the hairs of the make-up brush are so close together that it looks like a sponge. The brush has a small difference than other brushes you are familiar with; the hairs are thicker. The brush also comes in different sizes and I chose the small one.
When I applied it on my face I felt a soft feeling that you mostly feel when you use a normal foundation brush. Even though I used a little dot of foundation it covered my face just the way I like it, a bit natural. Since I have it, it is easy maintainable. I removed the excess foundation with a face wipe and it cleaned easily. Imagine when you use a make-up brushes cleaner!
I must say that it is a perfect tool to apply foundation with but I do want to add that it is not different then a normal foundation brush, the hairs are only thicker and that’s it. If you want to try one out I recommend a cheap one first just because they do the same work as a normal one. You would think that the oval form of the brush will make it easier to contour your face or go smoothly over your face because of our natural face structure but, trust me it doesn’t change a lot.
I can say now that I tried one out though!
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Let’s keep those thoughts for your booboo honey, ha! But I’m glad I have caught your attention because what I’m about to write is important too. The love of our lives: SLEEP! That enjoyable moment when you rest your head on a pillow is familiar to all of us.
What also familiar is to all of us are sleepless nights and waking up tired the next morning because of it. So annoying! When I have those sleepless nights the most thing that truly gets to me is being cranky during my day because of lack of sleep, there goes a spoiled day. I’m a person that values a goodnight sleep because I truly feel that sleep is the only way to charge ‘’your battery’’ that gets sucked empty because of daily routines, stress and other influences.
Because you all are my Loves and I want the best for you, am I going to share with you what I do to prevent sleepless nights and what I do when I have one.
First, your bed. When you walk into your bedroom the first thing that you see is your bed. When it is a mess, read: to many pillows, clothes and other things that shouldn’t be there, is the first thing that you feel is that annoying pinch of ‘’even throwing it on the floor cost me to much energy!’’ Prevent it by already having your bed hop-in free. Clearing your bed is literally clearing your mind. If you prefer to still have pillows on your bed, do not exaggerate. No need to make a fort out of them!
When you are laying in your hop-in free bed and still have a hard time to fall asleep don’t toss and turn about it, accept it. Make that time useful by analysing what is keeping your up. Write it down in a journal or just a notebook. Write your worry scenarios and the solutions of it and you already going to feel better, trust me! You probably even think that you are worried for no reason at all or it can wait until the next day to fix it. Sometimes I sprinkle a bit of Rosewater on my pillow because I like the smell, the rose extract literally ‘’distract’’ me of worrying.
Many professionals say: don’t use your phone before going to sleep, it makes your sleep rhythm confused and decreases your melatonin and I agree with them. I also know, easier said than done. So I was glad that Apple has a night shift button, I use it every night! I do have noticed that it helps me and I know it isn’t a miracle worker but every little bit helps. That’s why I also recommend to use your phone not too often during your sleepy time. If you like to listen music at night, make a playlist with songs that has a long playing time so you don’t have to look at your phone a lot. You even can make playlists that depends on your mood, for instance make a list that has songs of soothing classical music to fall asleep quickly or with sounds from mother earth like the sea and seagulls or how about the rain to clear your mind. Last but not least but definitely cliché: turn your phone into airplane mode to block influences from outside. No more checking emails! No more replying on tweets! And no more haters to listen too.
These tips make me sleep like a boss, now you do too!
Sweet dreams Loves.
Black, my favourite non-colour. Like most, I always tend to choose the basic colours. With this outfit too. It feels simply amazing to get out the door with just a black skinny and black tee. But then again, I wouldn’t be me if I’m not adding a bit of flair into it.
I had the Vogue tee hiding in my closet for a while now, I thought it would be perfect to wear with my lately bought high waist skinny. Since the weather here in the Netherlands changes a lot and the tee has no sleeves I wore it with my plaid lumberjack shirt. Plaids are in, so fashionable and practical at once!
I wish I was a bit taller, so thank god for heels! To make my legs seem endless tall, I chose to wear black laced ankle boots with a block heel. Because of the heel it is comfy to walk in during my day.
And now my favourite clothing piece at the moment, my jacket! I was literally searching for the perfect one so I was glad to find one at EXVE-Exclusive. The Boutique I work at. As a fashion lover I am at the perfect place to score beautiful items! I hope I can stick to my own money tips!
This ootd doesn’t need to much fuss, so I kept the rest simple. As you all know me Loves, less is to me more. That’s what I like about the cross body bag I wore that day.
What are your thoughts Loves?
Jacket: EXVE-Exclusive Plaid Shirt: H&M Tee: Vogue High Waist Skinny: Primark Shoes: H&M Cross Body Bag: Vintage Ring: Lucardi Earrings: Bijou Brigitte.
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The temperatures are rising which means not getting in the mood to cook long-lasting meals. We all need our breaks, right Loves? At those moments my mother makes the best soup that I and my other family members enjoy to eat. Not only it is easy to make, with just one cup and your belly is full. Yum!
The ingredients you need are easy to get and maybe even already in your fridge. Everybody knows those veggies that you don’t know what to do with. You can use them but my mum mostly uses soup vegetables like carrots, leek, celery, cauliflower and potatoes.
First you need to boil water in a stockpot. How much water depends on how many people you want to feed. Boil the water on medium heat and then apply the veggies in the stockpot. I don’t like my soup with big chunks of vegetables so my mother chops it in a blender, not too much because I still like to have a small bite. When you are done with the veggies you let it cook for ten to twenty minutes. Because it is finely chopped, it doesn’t take long for the veggies to cook. While you are at it apply the last ingredients salt, pepper and a broth block to add flavour.
Are you an ‘’soup dipper’’ like me? Serve it with sesame wholemeal bread or breadsticks.
Bonne appetite Loves!
Oh gosh…I’m liking the contour technique a lot now! I even enjoy it more if I use it together with the strobing technique. I’m having more a better feeling about applying make-up, I was a newbie and started with make-up in the beginning of my twenties. I used mainly just a mascara and lip balm. When I was ready for it, I ‘’upgraded’’ into the rest of make-up.
So let me start at the beginning Loves. First I used H&M Beauty Balm BB Cream in the colour Rose Porcelain. I forgot to place it in the flat lay, since I visited the New H&M Beauty Department I’m growing into their beauty goodies. When I finished applying the BB Cream I used my all-time favourite Concealer from Essence in the colour #10 Natural Beige. I applied it under my eyes as the well-known upside down triangles for a natural look. Now comes the contouring part! I used Max and More Contour Stick to shade the parts I wanted to express. I have an oval face so I applied it on my forehead, nose, under the line of my cheeks and my chin line. When I was done I blend it with a beauty blender sponge. When I’m done with my face I always leave it for a minute or two to start with my eyes before I highlight it.
On my eyelids I used first an eyeshadow from Essence in the colour #11 Tiffunny. I truly love this budget brand. Their eyeshadows are always super soft and long-lasting! Right under my crease I used Max Factor three colour eyeshadow palette in the colour #08 Precious Metals. I only used the black colour of the palette to make my Smokey eye pop. I also used this colour under my waterline, just a little bit. I would make it heavier for a night out. To make a small eyeliner wing I used Essence Eyeliner Pen. It is long-lasting and smudge-proof and I can confirm that. For my eyelashes I used my yet again all-time favourite Essence Maximum Definition Volume Mascara. I love the flexibility the brush has and it separates my eyelashes very well, it doesn’t clump. On my inner lid I used Douglas Jumbo Shadow Pen for that extra open look. Last but not least, I used Catrice Cosmetics Kohl Kajal Eye pencil in the colour #040 White to express my eyes even more.
Back to my face Loves. To highlight my cheeks, nose and my cupid arrow. For the Loves who doesn’t know what the arrow is, that’s the little hills of your upper lip. I used MAC Soft & Gentle and I wasn’t careful with it. I just love this glowy look!
To keep the rest of my face in tone, I used Catrice Cosmetics Beautifying Lip Smoother in the colour #020 Apricot Cream. I’m surprised about this beauty goodie! I thought it would be a peachy coloured transparent shine gloss, but the cream does his work. It leaves that subtle sweet colour on my lips that I truly like.
I don’t know who invented a make-up fixing spray, but I salute you! For that last touch I sprayed on top of my face Etos Fixing Spray for that natural finish and long lasting effect during my day. Perfect maximum fixation!
What do you think about this New Look Loves?
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Fashion is important, your own style defines who you are. I always say and think that fashion is like falling in love at the first sight that grows into loving the inside. At the very beginning you search what your style is. At some moments in your life you go with the flow and it can turn out ugly or straight up beautiful. When that stage is over you are going to feel comfortable in your own skin that results into maintaining in your own style creation.
It doesn’t matter what kind of style you have, from bohemian, to modern or to preppy. We all need the basics to start with. If you have a style like mine that is minimal and less is more, am I going to tell you Loves what my style tips are.
The perfect denim jeans, we cannot live without them. Yes, literally! We all own one or two pairs that we wear daily. The one that uplifts our butt, our confidence and even let us think about our memories: the jean that you wore on your first date or the one that you wore on your break up. Our beloved jean: we wash you, throw you on the floor and even tear you apart but we adore you!
The second clothing piece has also a place in our hearts and wardrobes. The black blazer. Perfect with the jean, dress and skirt! A versatile garment that everyone should have. The endless combinations that you can make with it is just amazing. One of the combinations is wearing it with a blouse. It can be a beautiful white one, chic black or a stripped one just for that extra flair!
Not only with clothing you need the basics, accessories play a big part too. Not only they make an outfit complete it gives also that last boost up! I bet on it that every lady has at least one black handbag or clutch. The same as the black blazer Loves, you can use and take it with you and it doesn’t even matter which style you have.
Pumps! The heeled shoes that never goes out of style and to be honest, any black heeled shoe. From round noses and yes, even flats. They are perfect for any style and it belongs into the list of many other dream pairs like the sneakers and ankle boots.
To put the last finishing touches, I recommend every fashionista to invest in a good watch that has the basic colours as black and silver. To stay in your style, you always can add it up with a print or edgy details like leopard spots. Don’t forget the silver rings, yet again with an edgy touch like a black gemstone or adding a pendant on a simple necklace.
What are your basics?
‘’Money doesn’t make you happy’ But it makes life easier, right? Since my goal for 2016 is to save money and don’t spend it on rubbish, I even have a no-buy list. Am I sharing with you Loves how I save money. I confess, I’m a spender. Not a big one! I can say I don’t shop until my wallet drops. I want to avoid it at all costs and to do that I buy things that my wallet allows me to do. Yes, it’s that simple!
To have the possibility to fall back on something, is it therefore useful to have a piggybank. In order to be flexible, I save my money in three sections. It sounds crazy but trust me, it is easy.
In section one I save € 50, – and more in my bank. No questions asked. In section two I save less then € 50, – in a closed piggybank but still reachable for important and unexpected circumstances. What is less then € 50, -? Well, that would be € 0,50 until € 20, -. In the last section I save less then € 0,50. Which is € 0,05 cents until € 0.20 cents. Those annoying small change will add up if you save it and at the end of a year or even a month change it for big money at a bank. ‘’Small money for big dreams.’’ Literally!
I believe if you save your money in this kind of way, before you know it you have saved a large amount. A year has 365 days, 52 weeks and 12 months. If you couldn’t save something for section one, you can save something for section two and even if that wasn’t possible you always can save something for section three. Even though you saved a small amount you can say to yourself that you saved something and that gives you a good feeling. Because of this flexibility you always can save something in the whole year!
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Oh my gosh! I tried for the first time hair flip in extensions. Yes, me! I never thought I would do it because it never crossed my mind. Or rather I should say that the only crazy thing I did to my hair is cutting it short. No, not an extreme pixie cut but from the middle of my back to the end of my neck, like an A-line bob. This was two years ago and since then I’m letting my hair grow back. I only cut the dead-ends and that’s it. So when I got the opportunity to try hair extensions I said yes!
In my hair I’m wearing the layered deep dark brown synthetic hair. It is 60 cm long and weighs 160 grams it also has a wavy structure. You have to attach the hairpiece with a wire. It sounds crazy but it is possible! The hair extension has a wire on top of the left until right ends of the hair extension. You flip it on top of your head like a hairband and with a tail comb you flip your hair over the wire. Simple, easy and quick! The wire is thin and transparent, perfect because you can’t see it in your hair. Very glamorous, whoop!
I chose on purpose a wavy structure the reason behind it is that I never style my hair in all the way straight. I prefer a natural stroke and with these hair extensions my hair naturally blends with the synthetic hair. What I also love is that they are easy maintainable. You can comb, style, curl and wash it. As long you comb it from the bottom to the top, use a heat protector first when you want to style or curl it. Never use a hair tool that is higher than 160 degrees! Let the hair tool no longer than 8 seconds in your hair and last but not least wash it in lukewarm tap water and fabric softener. Yes, the one that you wash your cloths with. Let it soak for five minutes then rinse it off with lukewarm tap water and squeeze out excess water from the hair. When you are done with the ‘’hair bath’’ add a number of drops from a serum or hair oil and pat it dry with a towel before you let it lay or hang to dry naturally.
From the moment I got in my hair I felt like a mermaid. My hair had suddenly length and volume! When I opened the package I was a bit sceptical about the hair colour. Even though my hair is dark brown I didn’t know how it would look on synthetic hair. So when I flipped it in my hair my sceptical thought flew away when I saw a smile on my face! I take good care of my hair and surprise myself with a new hairdo once in a while is just amazing!
Have you tried hair extensions Loves?
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One of my goals for 2016 is to adjust my diet in Lactose Free. We are just one day from April and I must say that turning your diet upside down takes a lot of time. I have noticed that I have to take this step by step otherwise I turn into my old habits way to fast. Whenever I’m doing groceries I’m trying all the lactose free products that I can find, (which is not a lot) out and since I started I tried a lot that tastes awful! Thinking about it now makes me even cringe. So I’m going to try until I found the ones that taste good.
I was pleasantly surprised when I saw and tasted this cream cheese from Philadelphia. It has the same creamy taste that I used to taste in non-lactose free cream cheese. I’m definitely a ‘’creamy person.’’ I like creamy food like Greek or Turkish yogurts and feta cheese. So I’m glad I bumped into this one at my grocery store!
Since I’m taking it one step at the time let me share with you Loves this Lactose Free foodie. All you need is tortilla wraps, black seedless olives, cucumber and Lactose Free Cream Cheese. So easy! Heat the wraps in a frying pan for a couple of minutes, I like mine a bit crunchy but not too much like a taco. Lubricate the cream cheese on the wrap and fill it in with cucumber and black olives and you’re done!
This foodie is perfect for a healthy snack during your day. It gives you that energy boost that you need from your hard work or from your studies. Because it is so easy to make you wouldn’t have to grab an unhealthy snack instead. Besides those two minutes of frying the tortilla wrap is a nice way to get up from your chair to stretch your legs. Two birds in one blow, right Loves?
Are you also allergic from a type of food? And would you like to see more Lactose Free Foodies?
Today I’m giving you Loves an update from my previous blogpost about my beauty favourites. While that blogpost was more about my basics that I always have in my beauty stash, am I going to share with you what I daily use. While my beauty routine changes with the season; this beauty love I always keep using. Although the brand and colour changes but otherwise they are here to stay.
When I can’t wash my face thoroughly due to lack of time, these face wipes come in handy. I use them first before I use water. When I buy these wipes I always search for the ones that is intended for sensitive skin and is PH neutral. The reason behind it is because I want to prevent a rash or a breakout. You never know. My daily make-up routine is quick and easy, I use an BB cream, a highlight pen for the corners of my eyes for an open look. A mascara, lipstick or a lip gloss and a highlighter or a bronzer. I prefer to sleep those ten minutes than to stand in front of a mirror.
My hands are the only body part that requires intensive care every day, especially my nails. Sometimes my nails break easily so I cut them short and when they grow it stays good for a while and then they break of. It is a vicious circle! To give my nails a ‘’hard’’ layer I mostly use a nail polish that has a natural look. These from Cairuo that I bought in Morocco is perfect for it.
My oils! I just cannot live without them. Yes, it sounds extravagant but I mean it. After a shower I use drops in my hair. Lately I’m using Black Seed Oil instead of Moroccan Gold Argan Oil. Both have miraculous benefits and as a frequent heated tools user I cling to it!
Last but not least. I don’t go out the door without a spray of perfume. Either it is my Calvin Klein or this Guess bottle. Both are floral and wooded scented and radiate femininity. Love it!
What is your beauty love?
I don’t wear a lot of sneakers but when I do I prefer them with details on them. Because of it my outfit has a nice addition. I must say that I never thought I would succumb to buy white sneakers because I doubted whether I would wear them or not. When I slowly saw that the streets turned into white sneakers parade I couldn’t resist to follow the crowd, certainly when I saw these bright whities on display in the shoe store. The snake print patch on the heel is fed into the sides of the sneakers which makes it not just too plain and they feel sooo comfy to wear! It feels like I’m walking on little clouds; so soft is the inside of the sneakers.
As you all know me Loves, I have an eye for details and love to bring it back in my style. So I noticed lately I’m adding faux snake patterns into my wardrobe. I have this black shopper for a while now and never looked at it as something I would like; I mean it’s just a black shoulder bag. But whenever I use it I feel like ‘’huh, it’s a good bag’’ and I’m starting to like it. Sounds crazy but I believe some of you Loves once had this feeling too. I wouldn’t be me if I’m not going to add some flair into it. When I saw this faux fur pompom I knew I wanted to have it! It is such a fun addition on my bag. It’s so fluffy and blue…My favourite colour so the choice was easy made.
Whenever I want to do something outside without too much fuss I rather put something comfy on then go over the top. This OOTD was a typical day like that. I went with my mum, my sister and her little sweetheart for our typical four musketeer’s getaway. So you could imagine Loves that I wanted to have rather fun then feel uncomfortable. I chose to wear a stretchy skinny and an oversized sweater. Sporty and comfy at the same time!
That day was also clouded and little drops of rain fell from the sky. To prevent my hair to look like a cotton candy I tight it in a low ponytail and I was ready to go!
What it your typical comfy day Loves?
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Coat: Elegance Sweater: Primark Skinny: Primark Sneakers: Graceland Bag: Wibra Faux Pompom: H&M Ring: Lucardi
I just love when fashionable pieces keeps coming back in all fashion seasons. The statement necklace is one of them and as a representative of details makes an outfit complete; I’m right up in my alley.
My all-time favourite way to style a power necklace is when it peeps out from a collar that is all buttoned up. To me its gives a mysterious playful look to your outfit. The second way to style an eye candy is wearing it with a high turtleneck sweater. Whenever you put your hair up in a bun or in a ponytail it gives an open look to your whole outfit. Wearing it this way makes your necklace truly an eye catcher.
How about wearing it with details on details? It sounds as a mouth full but trust me it is beautiful. Do not hesitate to wear it with a detailed top; as long you keep the rest of your OOTD subtle it is not too much and certainly not a problem! Besides in fashion is everything possible.
There are many ways to style a statement necklace a round closed neckline belongs also in the list. I like to combine the colours of my outfit with the statement necklace. This way it brings back to colours in your outfit so it doesn’t have to be so ordinary. Just like I like to try things out, same goes for my hairstyle whenever I’m wearing a statement necklace. It is called a statement necklace not for no reason; flaunt it!
Which way do you like Loves?
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Maybe it is just me, but when the seasons are changing I automatically change not only my wardrobe, my make-up routine but also my perfume. During winter I mostly use heavy scented perfumes and gradually changing it to citrus and flowers to summer sweet smelling eye candies. I am now in the ‘’citrus-floral stage’’ and I found in CK IN2U Her what I wanted.
The bottle reminds me of a champagne bottle, although I do not drink alcohol but a fancy bottle on my dressing table I truly can appreciate. The minimal design is simple yet attractive. The fresh floral with a woody oriental base scent starts first with a fresh pink grapefruit and bergamot with a note of red currant leaves scent. The citrus smell of grapefruit gives you throughout your day a surprise gust whenever you move. Just when you thought the smell is gone it surprises you when you just simply get up from your chair behind your desk to freshen yourself up or to get a hot cup of cappuccino.
You would think that the scent is odd and elderly people would like it a lot but the perfume is launched in 2007 as a duo perfume instead of their well know unisex fragrances. This duo Her & Him is intended for the young generation, that Calvin Klein christened as the expressing freedom and possibilities of young people to explore the world. With these thoughts Calvin Klein wanted the world to know that he knows what the younger generation wants and that they can expect it at CK.
I have the bottle for a while now and I must say that I’m very pleased by it. I can safely spray just the right amount because of the 150ml bottle and like I said Loves, I change my perfume seasonally. So, I probably will use it next year!
Every woman should have a LBD in her closet. This item can be worn at many different occasions. What I like about a black dress it’s timeless, it just never goes out of style. I’m wearing one with long sleeves and a half up turtleneck. I’m lately into the turtlenecks sweaters, tops you name it Loves!
I went for the minimal chic look, so I combined the LBD with my long grey coat that I recently bought. I was looking for a while for a long coat but I doubted it would suit me because of my length; I’m quite a shorty with just 1.63 metre. Since I took the step to buy one, I’m wearing it daily! With this #OOTD I wore it with my high heeled ankle boots. As I told you before Loves, I’m into detailed items and these boots are one of them. That’s the beauty of heels, it makes your legs look longer and with a long coat they seem endless. I brought the grey colour back with my crossover bag. I like the snakeskin pattern on it a lot. It gives the bag an edgy yet a chic look.
Writing about details, I braided my hair in two braids starting on the top of my head until the end of my hair to create the illusion that I have long hair, but in fact it is only a little bit over my shoulder length long. I’m still learning to braid my hair tighter and for the first time it turned out pretty fine. Whenever I put my hair out of my face I wear my ear cuff, it gives a playful look and it is not over the top when you wear it only with small earrings. So I wore it with my DRKS earrings that has been gifted to me in a goodie bag since I attended the event.
The rest of my outfit I left simple, even my makeup. Less is truly more!
What do you think about this OOTD Loves?
Coat: Elegance LBD: H&M Thights: Hema Ankle Boots: H&M Crossover Bag: Primark Ear Cuff: H&M Earrings: DRKS
I had the change to go to Glamour Magazine Fashion-Vintage Live event. The Dutch Glamour has a cross-media expansion that’s called Fashion-Vintage and Glamour Concept Store. On both sites you have the possibility to buy and sell your clothes and even at the Concept Store you can pitch your brand to get featured! Amazing right?
As a subscriber to their magazine I had the opportunity to go snoop in many goodies from Glamour readers, many bloggers, Glamour workers and famous Dutch people. As I was wandering through the stands I saw nice goodies but also many goodies that sellers are selling them for prices that I wouldn’t buy it for. To be honest.
I did like snooping trough the goodies from well-known Dutch stylist By Danie. I was curious what she wears, especially in her free time. Too bad many things of her did not fit me, our shoe sizes don’t match. The faux fur letters on the pink sweater from Glamour Concept Store caught my eye. So fluffy!
As I was looking my eyes out during the Fashion Walhalla I got a bit thirsty so I was pleased to find a smoothie bar. The juices were made just the right way, not to sour. While I was sipping on my juice I saw these beautiful kimonos. I like to prints on it, what a Summer vibe! Glamour was even so thoughtful for their visitors. You could feel like a princess because there were make-up artists happy to make a perfect look for you.
Everything comes to an end. When I wandered a last round trough the stands I went with a good feeling about the day home. My ticket was included with goodie bag. And I was glad to find lovely goodies in it! I like the to-go cup and planning to do a review about the Aveda Body Salt.
To be continued Loves!
New title and look! From today all blogpost about a make-up look is going to be called new look instead of beauty. I’m going through some blog changes Loves, you will notice it soon.
Anyway, let’s get started!
I did this look when I went to a Moroccan wedding last year. Today I want to show you how I did it. I started first with my favourite concealer from Essence. As you can see it is time for a new one. I applied it on my impurities and under my eyes as an upside down triangle for a natural look. After concealer I used H&M BB Cream Beauty Balm in Rose Porcelain. I am so glad I found this gem! I finally found a good cream that matched my skin tone. It truly covers very well for a BB cream; it also doesn’t feel heavy on my face like a foundation. Since the new beauty department of H&M Beauty I’m falling more and more in love with H&M.
And now my eyes. I always used an eyeliner pen because it is easy to use. This time I tried a Gel Eyeliner from Max & More. It came with an eyeliner brush and I must say I’m impressed. Not only is Max & More a perfect budget brand and cruelty free, it has good make-up! The Gel Eyeliner is waterproof so it stayed perfect all day. On top of the black eyeliner line I used H&M Liquid Eyeliner in Green. Perfect double up! To finish it off I used Maybelline New York Illegal Definition Mascara on my eyelashes, which I forgot to place with the others for pictures. Sorry Loves!
On my cheeks I applied MAC Soft & Gentle with the strobing technique. To do this I used a Butterfly Brush by Kruidvat Professional. This brand is from my local drugstore. It is so easy to work with. It feels light in your hand, different then an ordinary brush.
For my lips I used Max & More Lip Liner in Dark Red. I applied all over my lip line. Also this lip pencil came together with the Dark Red Lipstick. Even though it says Dark Red, I expected it would be like the colour Velvet Red but it came out lighter.
What do you think Loves, would you do a double up too?
A long time ago I devoured books. I loved to imagine myself in the world of the main characters from the book. When I was reading I forgot the time and my surroundings. I miss those days! Today I’m sharing with you Loves that I started to read again.
One of my goals of 2016 is to read more, so I started again with where I left off. On page 491 of the book The Secret History by Donna Tartt. The author from Mississippi has truly written a master piece. The book revolves around Richard Papen, his decision to leave his boring fictitious hometown; Plano California and to study Greek language and culture at Hampden College. Richard – son of a simple gas station attendant – romanticizes his wealthy and arrogant fellow students. Which is only five: Henry, the twins Charles and Camilla, Francis and Bunny. Their friendship is not a friendship that you are used to. It is a friendship full of secrets and murder. The more you read the eager you get to know why.
I must say, some parts of the book make me shiver and asking myself; how on earth can you be so evil! The mask they all put on is horrible, friendship shouldn’t be like this. How far can you go in a friendship?
Her writing style intrigued me to continue reading. I can’t wait to read in her other book; The Little Friend. It’s hard to explain but I’m sure Loves that you understand what I mean. Which author gives you this feeling too?
Let’s get nosy today! We are all guilty of taking a bag in a bag, right ladies? Today I’ll let you snoop in my make-up bag. Let’s imagine each other powdering our noses with the goodies from our pouches.
The bag is from Christian Dior. It is my all-time favourite make-up bag, I have it for ages. I fell naturally for the navy blue and silver colour. The pattern on the silver part of the bag are little lady faces. There is also written lady everywhere on it. Very ladylike!
In my bag you can find my pocket brush. I use it mostly on rainy days to comb all of my hair or only the tail to maintain my wet hair. A make-up bag is nothing without a pocket mirror, that’s why I have two. It comes in handy when I want to use my Essence Oil Control Paper. I have an oily skin and during my day I don’t want to look like a glowing ball. The paper helps me to tone it down. What you also can find is a small jar with gel in it to tame my fly away. This little jar you can find it with the package of refill bottles that you take when you travel. I used a teaspoon to scoop the gel in it. If gel is not going to work I can use my hairclips. Perfect tools for a bad hair day!
The pocket deodorant is from Odorex. I like the smell Jasmin and cotton oil. It is also alcohol free so it does not dry my skin out. Next to it you can see my hand sanitizer and then my flamingo tweezer to remove unwanted hair. What you also can find is Ibuprofen for when a headache emerges.
Here comes the beauty part; mascara: that is the beauty of having a lot of them; I can always put one in it without looking back. Same goes for my blush and eye pencils. I always use it to have an open look and sun kissed cheeks. Every once in a while I change the lip gloss or lipstick in a different colour but the lip balm remains the same, unless I have to change it because of hygiene. This counts for all the products.
Can I snoop in yours Loves?
Since I’m having Spring vibes and the days getting longer I attend to change my clothing in cute colours like pink. Not only it brightens my mood, I also feel that pink suits my character. It sounds weird but I feel comfy in pink.
I told you Loves that I’m into loose fit tops; this is the reason why this burgundy coloured sweater became my favourite. I wore it over a pink loose fit tee that I wore last Summer. Who said you cannot wear Summer clothing during Winter? Because of it you can enjoy more from the clothing piece and you can watch your pennies. Two birds with one blow! At the same time, burgundy goes so well with pink!
I can feel happy when I wear a skinny that suits my body figure. This cigar fit denim jean feels even comfy. It is still made from real denim and not that stretch denim, if you know what I mean? I really don’t like this kind of fabric because during your day it turns saggy.
In my last Goodies Look Book I bought these shoes with sale. I truly like things that is not ‘’perfect’’. In fact all goodies that have details or edges. The stripe on the nose of the ankle booth and the belt details caught my eyes when I saw it on the store shelf. The bag I chose for this ootd is a golden oldie. I have this bag for years! Just like my shoes collection. The bag is spacious I can cram everything in it hihi….! Off topic: Please, do let me know if you would like to see my over the years collected bags.
Writing about details Loves; investing in good pieces like a watch will keep you happy during the years and especially if it has an emotional value. This watch from Guess is a birthday gift from my sister. I’m lately into the necklace with necklace trend. These pink rose goodies is been gifted to me when I attend the press event from Mooi PR. The infinity necklace is from Swarovski and the necklace bar is from TWYN by Mi Moneda. Yet again this necklace bar has a value that is important to me. It is very personal because my name is with my own handwriting engraved on it by TWYN. Love it!
A watch or even a necklace can make your outfit complete. It’s a fun addition that you can style in your own way!
Coat: Bershka Sweather: H&M Top: Primark Jeans: Zara Shoes: Graceland Bag: H&M Necklaces: TWYN & Swarovski Ring: H&M X Swarovski Watch: Guess.
In my previous #ootd I told you Loves I threw a glimpse at my shoes to wear with the outfit I posted. Now I’m giving you a look at my shoe collection! I’m having quite an addiction and collected over the year’s shoes. I have shoes that are more than five years old! Having lots of shoes is an advantage since you can often change with your outfit or even just with your own mood. Shoes come in many colours, shapes and sizes so every woman or man will find their dream pair. Besides clothing sizes changes a lot but feet sizes will always remain the same, right Loves?
Let me start with my black coloured shoes. As you can see, I have many ankle boots. I think it is because I prefer them the most. That’s the beauty of shoes; I have from flat soles to heels and simple to detail. Same goes with my brown coloured shoes. Wearing Uggs can be sometimes a relieve, especially in the winter month!
Shoes are for all occasions. I can be so happy with just watching them displayed in my closet just because the heels are too high for wearing it all day. I keep this torture for special day’s hihi…
Speaking about occasions, Summer shoes or Moroccan loafers, do I need to say more? And I even did not show you my whole collection of it. Ballerinas, sandals and slippers are during Summer nice to wear. Imagine wiggling your nail polished toes in them!
Which pair do you like Loves?
I’m having Spring vibes with these colourful KIKO eye candy! I fell of course for the nail polish because I have a fling on the colour fuchsia and since I already have blue mascara I wanted to try the colour green, so why not finish it with an emerald green eyeshadow?
This is my first experience with KIKO and I’m hooked! With just one swipe and my nail was covered with the colour. It depends on yourself if you want a thicker layer. I do think that the nail polish bottle has a dull appearance. It is not something special or attractive. You would choose it only because of the colour. If you are into that, go for it! It didn’t stop me either.
When I swatched the eyeshadow on my pols I’ve noticed that it has a matt pigment. You know me Loves, I do not really like matt make-up but this one looks pretty good. The packaged reminds me a bit of MAC. Black with a transparent opening. I like that the brand name is pressed into the eyeshadow palette. I gives that little extra chic touch.
Green matches brown very well. When I tried the mascara my eye colour stood out. It is very beautiful and different than usual. A Moroccan wedding is therefore a great opportunity to show it off or if you dare to use it during your daily work for that extra sparkle!
What do you think Loves, already in the mood for Spring?
I can’t get enough of black and grey…Apparently. I think it’s because it is getting colder and darker every day. As you all know me; I don’t like the seasons autumn and winter. Too rainy, too dark too soon and windy! Especially the weather in the Netherlands changes just with a blink of an eye. Winter means also sweater weather! The only thing that I love. Sometimes I feel the need to snuggle all day with a comfy sweater. And whenever you go home you don’t want to change it you just wear your pjays instead of a skinny hihih…
The turtleneck sweater is made from mohair and is comfy oversized. It will keep me warm during these cold days. This time I wore a black waxed skinny. What I like about this skinny is it always stays black no matter how many times you wash it and it feels not to tight on my body like denim.
I roamed through many clothes racks, and still I did not find a black coat that I like. One day my lovely sister left hers at home and I didn’t give it back. If you read this sweetheart…Thank you! Hihi..
When I threw a glimpse at my shoes (read: collection) I didn’t know what to wear or to choose. But I did know that I wanted something to wear that makes this outfit not from comfy to sloppy. Eventually it became one of my favourite black boots. I like the golden stud’s details on it. With the pointy nose and small heels it looks chic yet edgy.
Writing about details; I wore my bohemian necklace that I truly love! Since it’s a comfy look I chose my grey shopper. This bag is typical a throw-anything-you-want-in-it-bag. But the suede faux snakeskin look makes it not look sloppy.
What do you think Loves?
Coat: Zara Turtleneck sweater: H&M Black Waxed Skinny: H&M Boots: H&M Necklace: Primark Earrings: DRKS Shopper: Primark
My first MAC gem is a fact and I’m in love! You know me Loves; shimmery and shiny make-up is my cup of tea. Many bloggers are very enthusiastic about the brand MAC and I’ve read many reviews that have won me over to buy and try it for myself. I don’t regret it!
I roamed the store like I was a kid in a candy store, so many beautiful things that I couldn’t choose! Lipsticks, foundations, blushes caught truly my eye. Eventually it became a highlighter that is well known.
Soft & Gentle is a luxurious powder with 77-Mineral Complex that adds highlights to the face and body. You can apply it on the parts of your face like your cheeks, cheekbones, and the tip of your nose. Think about the strobing technique. Since you can also apply it on your body, how about a little swoop with your brush on your collarbones?
Although the package looks simple yet chic, it suits MAC. With limited editions and collaborations with artists the package will be adjusted. It makes me only more excited about it!
What I also like is that it gives a natural glow on your face. I applied it on my face with a strobing technique and although you cannot see it well on the pictures because of natural light it gave my face an open look.
What do you think about this highlighter Loves?
My exams are just over and I feel that I’m very tired, having less energy to concentrate on my studies and blog. So I went through my goals to remind myself again.
One of my goals was to enjoy more of the beauty of life. I am definitely an over thinker and waiting on the results of my exams is for me so stressful! To put my focus elsewhere I made some small reminders for myself to remember my goals and I want to share them with you Loves.
Whenever you have a long day you want to go to a place where you can relieve yourself and get rid of your daily routine thoughts. This place is my room. At such times, I prefer to be at a place where I can feel calm right away. I just make it comfy for a more relaxed feeling. My blanket will keep me warm when I want to write some of my ideas for my blog in my notebook or just simply write a poem. When I don’t want to write I just use my laptop to watch movies or my favourite series online.
Sometimes during hectic days you cannot find a moment to relax. So a motivation board full of motivational words or quotes is an amazing quick reminder for the hard work you do to reach your goals. How about music? I still listen to the playlist I shared on my blog. During the song you can take a moment to rest from your thoughts.
What also don’t take much time, because you are already busy; is to browse in a magazine. I snoop in it to get fashion and beauty inspiration. Because of it I will know the latest trends and get inspired for outfits!
Everyone has his or her own way to get motivated and inspired. Share with me yours!
I tried a new contour look! I must say that I was more confident at the moment to try it again. Because of I want to stick with my way of applying make-up as ‘’natural’’ as possible, I’m glad to say I’m satisfied with the result.
Let me get right into it Loves! First I used my all-time favourite Essence Stay All Day Long Lasting Concealer in #10 Natural Beige. Not only suits this concealer perfectly with my skin tone, it also has light reflecting pigments for a naturally radiant complexion. I’m truly having a ‘’natural’’ look during my day which I prefer. I applied it under my eyes as upside down triangles for a more natural look. After that I applied it on my skin imperfections to tone it down.
When I was done with the concealer I used Max & More Contour Stick. This stick has a contour part and a highlight part. It is very convenient whenever you want to travel or just for a quick touch up during your day! The other thing that I adore, yes adore. Max & More is cruelty free! Amazing right? Because I have an oval face I contoured the parts of my face where I supposed to do it. I used the highlighter of the stick under my eyebrows for a glowy open look.
For my eyes I used I Heart Chocolate from I<3Makeup. I used the shade Chocolate Love on the inside of my eyelid until the middle of my eyelid. Then I used the shade More! From the middle until the outside of my eyelid. Then I blend it all for a whole look. On my under eye waterline I used You Need More shade for an overall look. When I finished I used again my all-time favourite Essence Eyeliner Pen for a small wing. For my eyelashes I used Waterproof Intense Black Extreme Volume Mascara also from Max & More. I must say that this mascara is a ‘’meh’’ the brush is a bit big for my eyelashes which makes me feel I do not use it optimally on my eyelashes.
I mostly use a bronzer on my cheeks but this time I used Max & More Pressed Powder Blush in Peach #031.
Last but not least, on my lips I used Max & More Liquid Lip Colour in Aubergine. Such a great colour!
What do you think about this look Loves?
Is it just me or does lipsticks give you a good feeling whenever you use it on your lips or see it collecting dust on your vanity? Which woman doesn’t have at least one or thousand lipsticks from all the colours in the world? Or who doesn’t buy every single time the colour that suits perfectly on you and want to try another shade but you end up with the first one? Believe me when I say you are not alone. I salute you!
I have this with the colour fuchsia and only with the dark pink ‘’red-ish’’ shade. Whenever I use this lipstick colour on my lips I feel instantly more feminine, like fierce.
So I wandered in the make-up isle of my local drugstore and took these candies into the shopping basket. I love the cute and chic look from Essence lipsticks! You would think that a budget brand will not do his work like a high end product but oh boy you would think twice if you try Essence. I have nothing but good experiences with the brand.
Same goes with the make-up from H&M and I’m even not writing about my thoughts on the packaging. Love it!
Talking about lipstick colours, I have mixed feelings about the colour nude. It is always attractive for me to buy one. It reminds me of Kylie Jenner because it looks so good on her! Secretly I want it to look good on me too but always end up with a fuchsia one.
Which fav colour do you have Loves?