Fashion Collab | Leren Connor Goes Festival Wear.

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Leren Connor, she surprised me again! Her artistic expression I can see again in her festival collection. Her originality and attention to detail proves to be her trademark which I truly appreciate. When I see this collection the first thing that comes to my mind is happiness. The typical festival mood laid back and relaxed. Skirts from strips of fabric, tulle and crop tops anything goes!

”Over the last few months, Leren Connor and the team have taken a dramatic turn on the route to achieving their goals through the fashion industry and now the Festival scene.

This year LerenHQ Has spent a lot of time getting to know the Comic Convention industry which has also enticed the start of costume design through both Leren Connor and GYGO (get your geek on) the sister brand. Taking a step back from usual routine and embarking on a new path this small independent label has been making some big steps in all the right places.

So much has changed and due to this the team is thoroughly excited about the next year to come. Back in 2012 Leren attended her 1st Festival “Wilderness” as a trader, from this the team has been eager to get stuck in with the festival scene, this year it happened. At the end of August this label travelled down south to attend Into the Wild Festival, with the designs selling like hot cakes Leren is even more determined to get the Festival wear out there. Festivals are a great way to express costume design as well which is why it will also be a great marketing place for GYGO the sister brand which specializes in geek wear and costume design.

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80% of what this label does is recycled and upcycled, the free fabric skirts and headbands you see are made from all the scraps collected in the Leren Connor studio.”

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(Pictures originally from Leren Connor.)

Her hold on environmentally friendly design also applies to this collection and that makes it yet again unique. You can see that she loves what she makes and it also radiates from her collections.

The growth she is experiencing is noticed. Hard work really pays off. Her devotion will bring her to high places that she deserves. We will hear from her again!

Do you love this collection as much as I do?

Fashion #OOTD | Summer X Autumn.

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Autumn. The season I’d rather not have. Especially in the Netherlands, the weather is a mess! The sun was shining, fifteen minutes later it rained. Quite daunting if you want to shoot for outfits!

I have to make the best of it, so I wore my pink sweater with the blue blouse I wore for this summer OOTD. Combining summer clothing with cardigans or sweaters works perfectly fine. Because the weather changes a lot I wore my black sailor blazer with it. The buttons has anchors on it and I love this detail!

This autumn you will see a lot of knee boots, I bought mine last autumn so I’m happy I already had them. I wore it with a denim jean, warm and comfy! Perfect for those college days to look feminine and fashionable. This style I truly love!

Statement necklaces are an item that is still coming back. They don’t call them statement necklaces for a reason, so many of them to choose from! I kept mine simple because I just like simple and elegant.

I added a new bag into my collection. Just like shoes it’s a habit I have.

What do think about this OOTD Loves?

Blazer: H&M Blouse: Primark Sweater: H&M Denim Jean: Bershka Knee Boots: H&M Necklace: Primark Rings: Morocco & Lucardi Clutch: Yves Saint Laurent.

Beauty | My Beauty Favourites.

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Having good beauty products is half the work of what comes looking with beauty. Not only the right tools but also what should not be missing in your vanity. The basic is truly what matters. Leastwise, it is a good start for making my work easy.

Let me show you Loves what my favourites are.

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Good mascara and eyeliners I cannot live without. These two are truly the ones I just buy every month even though I don’t need them. I have a bit of a ‘’bad habit’’ when it comes too mascara. I’m always trying and searching for the right brush. And I must say the small brushes of mascara works perfect for my small eyelashes.

A brown blush, in particularly a shimmer one for that Summer glowy look. I cannot get enough of it either. Who doesn’t want Summer all year?

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I think that perfume is every woman’s guilty pleasure. Just the bottles are candy’s to look at. I’m a major fan of sweet and woody scented perfume. Same goes with nail polishes. Every woman should have a red one, the one for that classic look. And me…Well blue and silver. Needless to say.

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Heat protected spray and BB cream are beauty products that you cannot miss. I use BB cream daily. It is a perfect alternative of foundation. I go for a BB cream for that natural look. I wrote about my hair secrets. You would know I style my hair a lot and a heat protected spray is counted in my hair routine.

As you have noticed my flat lays are not only with beauty products but also accessories. The reason behind it is décor and that accessories are just like beauty products a detail that makes a look complete.

What are your beauty favourites?

Travel | Versatile Morocco.

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I’m not a travel blogger Loves, but these vacay pictures I really want to share with you. Delusion with me through cultural, historical, beautiful Morocco.

Oujda.

Oujda is my city that I go every Summer too. This city is a city in north-eastern Morocco, the eighth largest city in the country. The city is located about fifteen kilometres west of the Algerian border and about sixty kilometres south of the Mediterranean coast.
I truly find my peace when I go home. This city has not only beautiful architecture but the nature has clean air to breathe. The parks are full of flowers and greens that make you happy just by watching them. Most of all my lovely family are around me.
Whenever you go to Morocco, I recommend not staying in only one place. Make your own adventure!

Rabat.

Rabat is the capitol of Morocco.

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Al Hoceima.

The beautiful port of Morocco.

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There are many places I’ve been too in Morocco. Tangier, Asilah, Tetouan, Chefchaouan, Al Hoceima, Nador and more. It would be a travel book and not a fashion blog!

For someone who lives in two cultures (Dutch & Moroccan), lives with both worlds. As much I enjoy visiting my country I have a life in the Netherlands simply because I’m born and raised here. Morocco will always be a place to my heart.

Which city would you like to visit in Morocco?

Beauty Review | My Hair Secrets.

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I’ve been taking more care of my hair. I swear by Argan oil. This is truly my golden elixir! I use it daily, when I finish with showering and I apply it after I style my hair.

I did a blogpost before about Argan oil. It has many benefits that will help to protect your hair, to make it healthier and give that natural shine back. It should be in your daily routine to see the difference.

Moroccan women are well known for using natural beauty goodies. Remember my blogpost about rosewater? I use it for my facial routine. Same goes for rosewater, it has many benefits!

Why not mix these goodies together? I used this mix when I went to the beach in Morocco. I wanted to protect my hair from the salty water and the sun. I was so positive about it that I decided to use it more often. As you all know, water and oil does not mix. In this case it doesn’t matter because even though it didn’t truly mix together, the Argan oil was not so oily anymore which makes it perfect for daily use for the ones who don’t prefer oil at all in their hair. Besides a small drop of Argan oil only does not make your hair look like too oily! I use this mix mainly on the ends of my hair to keep it moisturized.

I see and feel that my hair is getting healthier. That I never dyed my hair has to do something with it too. I do style my hair a lot so I’m going to keep using these goodies!

What are your hair secrets?

Fashion #OOTD | Ocean Blue & Sparkling Silver.

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Going to a Moroccan wedding is a perfect moment to take the time to dress and make-up. You can take your beautiful dress out of the closet and feel like Cinderella for a night. Everything is possible, except let the pumpkin carriage to the bride and the groom. You don’t want to exaggerate. After all, it is their moment.

Like any wedding it is a family and friends gathering. Music plays, people on the dancefloor and food in abundance. If you follow me on Instagram and snapchat (SaidaSnaps) you would catch a glimpse of the wedding day. You’ll love it!

As you all know me Loves, blue and silver! The decision was easy to make so I said yes to the dress.

Moroccan dresses are well known for their rich clothing fabrics. The ocean blue fabric is a sari and has hand-sewn rhinestones on it with sequins. The belt is handwoven.

When I’m wearing a Moroccan dress I prefer simple accessories with it. The dress is already an eye catcher so I don’t want to over dress. Same goes for my hair. I did a low bun, to keep it chic. Even though it is simple, it suits perfectly with a Moroccan dress. If you would like to know how I did my make-up that day, let me know and I will redo the make-up look!

I had such a great time! I really love to attend one. Imagine when I’m going to get married….

Would you wear a Moroccan dress?

Event Report | The Beauty Department From H&M.

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I was invited to the exclusive H&M beauty event. Such a beautiful experience to attend too! Let me introduce you to the new beauty department of H&M, I promise you, you’ll love it!

H&M is well known from their varied collections, they have applied it to their beauty department too. From skincare to make-up brushes you’ll find it all!

Many colours dominate the shelves, a truly colour Walhalla. What I like about the beauty goodies is they are well pigmented and it stays long when you apply it. Perfect for my up-coming autumn make-up looks! Besides they are make-up candy’s to your eyes. The chic packaging will stand beautiful on your vanity.

I wandered around and took the opportunity to look for an eyebrow kit. The Espresso brow kit caught my eye. I’m going to use it for new looks this autumn. Since I already wanted to try contouring, these blend brushes came in handy. They feel so soft and look professional on my stand. The quality is good too, they don’t lose any hair.

Do you know the new department of H&M too?

Note To Loves | These Are My Confessions.

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We all have those days that you look at yourself in the mirror to self-reflect. To think about the choices you have made it the past and going to make in the future. There will be a time that you’ll say to yourself ‘’enough is enough, you need to change.’’ Or you would say ‘’I am proud at where I am, I need to continue.’’

Everything happens for a reason, as well as with my blog. I don’t want to make excuses because it would not bring back the lost time. This is me, explaining why it was quiet for a while. As you all know I went on a holiday to Morocco, my country. I was full of energy about it and believe me when I say I enjoyed every bit of it. There were slightly troubles with having an internet connection whereby I could not blog for couple of days. When the problem was fixed I blogged and felt very happy about it because I had a lot of inspiration! Then the problem came back and it could not get fixed! I was so upset about it! Eventually I’ve accepted because I must.

The silence gave me time to think about myself. To self-reflect. I don’t know about you Loves but vacay to me is relaxing and detoxing! Not only on health but also mentally and spiritually. And I have noticed that blogging wasn’t my first priority. I had mixed feelings about it and quit blogging crossed my mind. I felt so sad….

I also noticed that I’m a bad planner. Believe me when I say: I have many planners that I write on but yet it always seems that something comes between my plans and it is so frustrating that I feel that nothing comes to an end or I’m wasting my time!

Bear with me Loves; I’m changing myself to be better at planning and blogging. I hope you’ll have the patience because I’m coming back!

Beauty Review | Cairuo.

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If you have read my previous posts you would know I prefer lightly make-up or no make-up at all. I’m still in my summer vibe; minty OOTD and a strobing make-up look. A nude colour on my nails belongs also in this summer essentials list.

I bought this goodie in Morocco; I’m not familiar with this brand. I searched Cairuo online but it didn’t help me much. That’s too bad because it is a good nail polish!

It covers my nails pretty well. I used it on my hand nails and toe nails and I must say; it doesn’t chip easily, which is good! You will shower a lot in Morocco because of the heat and removing your nail polish everyday should not be an activity to do during your vacay, right?

Event tough I’m not familiar with Cairuo, there is always first and getting to know a brand is not so bad at all when they deliver pretty goodies!

I like this nude nail polish! I even did a nude make-up look. I’m only looking for the perfect nude high heels! Then is my list complete.

Do you like the nude look too?

Fashion #OOTD | White Tee & Denim Wash.

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Dressing simple can be so satisfying. I would parade around in just a tee and denim jean every second of the year.

As you all know Loves, I’m on holiday to Morocco and if you ever visited this beautiful country you would know how the weather feels. As much I adore Summer and would stay outside for the whole day, it is just not possible with this kind off heat in Morocco. Sometimes it is 45 degrees outside! I’m not even able to open my eyes because of the sun that shines so bright.

Then came white tees! They are perfect for this kind off heat. Because it’s white and the fabric is cotton you won’t ‘’absorb’’ the sunbeams. I wore with it a high waist denim jean. You either love or hate this kind of jeans, especially because it is denim washed. Normally I won’t wear this kind of denim but this time I said to myself why not?

The first time I wore these slippers I felt a bit manly, to be honest. I would not buy them in the first place if I didn’t know I would walk in them like I’m walking barefoot. Because of the shape of the sole you can walk on paths that are not from tarmac. Perfect for long walks in Morocco!

To finish my OOTD, I kept my accessories simple too. I love the edginess of my clutch, the classiness of my watch and the details of my glasses!

What do you think about it Loves?

P.s. I’m snapping during my vacay! SaidaSnaps

Tee: Hema Denim Jean: H&M Clutch: FVH Watch: Guess Glasses: Ray Ban Ring: Lucardi

DRINKS | Moroccan Tea.

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“You are not Moroccan if you don’t know how to make Moroccan tea.’’

Well, that is a strong opinion; then I have to confess: I can make Moroccan tea but there was a time I did not drink it! What you hear about Moroccan tea: too sweet! It’s true. That was the reason I did not drink it. I know what you think: don’t drink it sweet? Believe me when I say I do now but drinking Moroccan tea happens mostly during family gatherings and has a special way to make it. And it is kind of rude to ask only for you tea without sugar. But let me say; if they knew it before they will make it to your wishes.

So, the ones you see everywhere: a cup of mint tea with still the mint leaves in it is just a quick way to make it.

Ingredients:

  • Mint Leaves.
  • Dried Green Tea.
  • Sugar (or not).
  • Water.

Directions:

Boil water until you get bubbles. Pour one tablespoon of dried green tea in the pot. A Moroccan pot is perfect for it. It’s cultural, curvy and beautiful! If you don’t have one, don’t worry a normal teapot works fine. Pour a little bit of the boiled water in the pot swish or swirl it around and pour the water in a cup. Do not throw this away! We are going to use this later. Pour again a little bit of boiled water in the pot, swirl around pour it again in a cup. This time throw the cup away. We do this because the first cup still contains the core of the flavour the second cup is brighter as you can see whenever you make it and is basically not useful. So you are not wasting anything.

Add mint leaves in the pot; use a large amount of the leaves for that extra delicious mint flavour. Then add sugar, as much as you like. Pour the cup you left behind back in the pot and add more boiling water into the pot. Place the pot on the stove and boil it again until you see small foam bubbles. We do this to caramelize the sugar and this gives the Moroccan tea that special flavour!

Before serving pour the tea in a cup pour it back in the tea pot to mix all the ingredients. Pour then the tea high above the cup to get that special foam.

So many steps for that perfect Moroccan tea, enjoy it until the last drop!

Fashion #OOTD | Colourful Oujda.

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I’m in my hometown! In fact these pictures are taken in front of my home. I live in Oujda (pronounce: wousda). The place to be every Summer!

I must say I felt a little bit uncomfortable while shooting for this OOTD. Not only was the lens of the camera focused on me but also a lot of eyes. And because of it I had many uncomfortable looking pictures and a lot of tripping; but hea, all for the perfect shot!

I’m wearing a loose fit pants. It’s such a dream come true wearing one during Summer, especially in Morocco. When I wore them I felt like princess Jasmine from Aladdin. Ok, I’m exaggerating but you know what I mean hihi…

I’m lately combining colours with other colours. I’ve noticed that I’m crawling out of my shell; normally you won’t see me in colourful pieces. To still keep the tone down I wore a navy blue top to accentuate the pink. To me it would be a mix match of colours if I combine bright colours with bright colours.

The ones who know me, knows that I pledge for good accessories. When I saw these cobalt blue plateau shoes I had to have it! The colour is just beautiful and because of the plateau soles they walk terrific!

I finished it off with arm candy and a clutch. What can I say about them? Except they make my OOTD complete!

What do you think Loves?

P.s. did you follow me on Snapchat? @SaidaSnaps

Top: Primark Loose Fit Pants: Vero Moda Shoes: Primark Clutch: Primark Beads Bracelet: Primark Pink Bracelet: H&M

Beauty Look | Summer Look.

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I’m back in the blogging game! You have no idea what I’ve been through to get online on my laptop. Let me spare you Loves the details but it involves a sacrifice of a dead body, a diamond and a walk to Timbuktu!

For this make-up look I used the strobing technique. For the ones who don’t know what it is, it’s basically the same as contouring but without accentuating the highlights with a dark foundation. You only use an illuminating highlighter for the contour. Strobing make-up gives you a dewy glowy look, perfect for summer!

Most Loves use foundation as a base. I did not use foundation because it is so hot in Morocco. No need for it, I will look as a melting vanilla cookie. Instead I used Etos Mattifying Primer #501. After the primer I used Essence Stay All Day 16H Long Lasting Concealer in the colour #10 Natural Beige. I applied upside down triangles under my eyes for a natural look. For my eyes I used W7 Naked Nudes Eyeshadow Palette. In particularly the two colours on the left. I applied it as a smokey eye. In details: the first colour on the left I applied it on my waterline and the colour next to it on my eyelid. I did not use mascara.

To highlight my cheekbones, my nose and my cupid arrows (the little hills of your upper lip) I used Maybelline New York Blush #77 Rose. No need to be careful with the strobing technique. So I applied a lot for a summer highlight!

During summer I have sometimes dry lips so I used New York Color Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm #351 Caramel Apple to still have the benefits of a balm and the colour of a lip gloss/stick.

What do you think about this look?

Note To Loves | #SaidaHoliday

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I’m on holiday! Yay! Whenever you read this I’m probably already on the road; destination: Morocco!

I’m very excited and nervous at the same time. Even though I visit my country every year, it is always a responsibility. During my trip I go through Belgium, France and Spain. This means a long trip! But this equals enjoying my views and picnicking during my stops.

As much I like visiting my country, I have to let you down. Without Wi-Fi I cannot post until I’m in a hotel. So I have to be patient! Like last year I’ll keep you informed. There will be ootd’s shooting, new make-up looks and hotel reviews. My holiday is going to be very inspirational! I already feel it! I have so many ideas to share with you Loves.

Can’t wait like I do? Feel free to use #SaidaHoliday to see what I’m doing. Follow me on Twitter/Instagram @SaidaChahid for more updates and snap me your holiday pictures on SaidaSnaps. Would be amazing if we can keep this trending!

For the ones who are on the road too, I wish you a safe trip! And the Loves who are already lying on the beach enjoy!

I see you on my social media!

Lifestyle | My Playlist.

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          ‘’DJ play my favourite song, play it all night long!’’

Are your feet already tip toeing on the floor? Mine is! It is confirmed; music can make you feel good.

I want to share with you Loves my playlist. I’m still having a crush on the music from the 90’s until mid-2000. In particular to R&B, Rap, Hip Hop Arabic and Raï.

I’m not listening to music just because it is music. I know the lyrics from 2Pac – Changes out of my head. Same goes for Dear Mama. Day dreaming to slow jams is also typical me. Who doesn’t know the love songs from Usher, Ne-Yo and Keyshia Cole.

Raï music is very popular in Morocco and Algeria. Many Raï lovers find themselves with the lyrics. From social problems to politics to love; they sing about everything. Same goes with Arabic music.

These are my all-time favourites; enjoy Loves!

Carole Samaha – Khalik Bhehalek.
Keisha White – Weakness In Me.
Keyshia Cole – I Remember.
Cheb Khaled – Didi & Aisha.
2Pac – Changes & Dear Mama.
Usher – Burn.

Which one do you like and what is your playlist?

P.S. did you know I’m on Snapchat? SaidaSnaps.

Fashion #OOTD | Summer Mint.

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Lately I have an obsession with the colour mint. I even slowly turn my room décor in that colour! It is so sophisticated with a pop of the colours silver and white.

I’m still having my vacay vibe and I hope I stay in it, so why not turning it up with this Summer OOTD!

I like the top I’m wearing, you can say; it is one of my favourites. I like loose fit tops because it swings nicely! The off-white colour makes it feminine yet chic. You can wear this kind of top on a skinny; like I did or a boot cut jeans for a casual day.

In the past you’ll never find me in jeans that are not black or blue. I always thought it’s too bright. I thought wrong, it is perfectly fine! Especially during Summer.

You cannot see it; the peep toe shoes I’m wearing are wedges. I don’t know who invented those heels but THANK YOU on behalf of all the ladies around the world! We can wear heels now longer whoop!

It is all about the details! I love the faux snake print on my bag. The bag was a bargain and the print makes it still chic. The cute bows on my peep toes and arm candy makes to me my ootd complete.

What would you wear during Summer?

P.s. i’m on Snapchat! Wihaa! Add me on SaidaSnaps I’d love to interact with you all Loves!

Top: H&M Skinny: Wonder Woman Bag: Action Rings: Lucardi Watch: Kruidvat Peep Toe: Primark Earring: Bijou Brigitte 

 

Lifestyle | My Summer Essentials.

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It has been a while since you have heard from me Loves, I’m so sorry! The reason behind it is I don’t have the energy because I’m more focussing on Ramadan and my vacation. Who doesn’t know those days when you’re planning things and leave the things you love the most behind? Well, I’m guilty of that…

Nevertheless should it mean not to blog for almost two weeks! It’s all about planning and gosh I suck at it! (Any tips? They are truly welcome!)

Let’s get right into it!

I almost finished packing my suitcase. Although it was easy to take my whole closet with me, I had in the back of my mind the question: is it useful? As a fashion blogger you want to pile up your suitcase with ootd’s to shoot, no need to talk about the accessories!

When you are on the road (read: driving two days) you still want to look fresh, you don’t want to worry about your odour so a cute make-up bag comes in handy! Skip taking full sized products and stick with the travel ones. As in make-up taking mascara, BB-cream, blush and your favourite lip gloss or lipstick is more than enough. Besides you always can take more and put it your suitcase and in ‘’a worst case scenario’’ you can buy them during your holiday under the guise of exploring the country! Hihi…

You don’t want to get bored during your trip. It would be the perfect chance to read the book you had in mind or just to flip through a magazine. And what about writing your thoughts about your adventures?

I feel more excited now! Do you?

Fashion Sketch By Me | Nature Love.

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I’ve noticed that it has been a while since I sketched. My portfolio was not up to date at all and I decided to work on it.

The first thing I wanted to do is to get inspiration so I surfed the web and flipped through many fashion magazines. I saw a lot of beautiful pieces that caught my eye but I truly found my peace with the nature ones. When I saw the nature pictures on the web I instantly saw how the dress would look like! So I started to sketch.

I’m very pleased how they turned out. It is exactly what I had in mind! I even noticed that I’m growing in my sketches. It is more detailed than before.  I enjoyed every bit of it and told myself I should pick it up more!

What do you think Loves?

Lifestyle | When Are You An Artist?

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I must confess; I don’t paint, write, sketch or draw all the time. Sometimes days or even months go by and I did not lift a finger on a paintbrush or a pencil. Just like the paper stays blanc so does my mind.

Sometimes I ask myself; what do you call yourself, it seems you have all the possibilities that comes with creativity? And I always end up with the same answer; I’m not an artist. I’m someone who enjoys to be creative. I can find joy in many true artist like Picasso and Moroccan artists like Abdelhadi Mourid and Samira Ait el Maalam. I am fascinated by abstract art but abhorrence art which is being hailed as a creative explosion; what is so creative about a blanc canvas or only a dot on a canvas that costs thousands of euros? Don’t get me wrong, every person sees art the way he or she wants to see it. But this seems to me absurd! I guess that’s why I don’t call myself an artist because a true artist don’t judge right? But then again what is wrong in being vanilla in the artist world? Isn’t art supposed to be a form of freedom?

Even though I don’t paint or have the chance to work on my creativity due to many reasons, when I have a reason I enjoy every bit of it and I hope that you all Loves keep enjoying the thing you love to do. Because no matter what comes between your thing that you love, remember how you feel about it! Don’t let someone tell you otherwise.

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What do you love to do Loves?

Beauty Review | My Calvin’s!

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Ever since I did a review about Essence Lipstick (Cuteness Overload!) my obsession on lipstick started to grow. I have quite a stash now and I’m happy to add Calvin Klein to my collection!

It has a great pigment and the colour stays quite long on your lips. The lipstick itself has a chic look, it looks great on your vanity table!

In the beginning I was searching for the colours that suits mine skin tone and I must say it was quite a journey! Maybe it is me but I’m not waiting on a colour that makes me look sick because it does not do my skin tone right neither I want to make my teeth look yellow, who wants that?

I’ve noticed that any red, darker shades of pink lipstick colours suits perfect with my skin tone! My favourite Calvin is in fact the shade Venus.

I probably will add more Calvin’s to my collection and I recommend it to any lipstick lover, so move over MAC! Calvin is entering many vanity tables! Or you can take them both…Hihi

Which shade do you like Loves?

Fashion #OOTD | Floral Printed Kimono.

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It was such a beautiful day when I shot for this outfit! A typical all-the-odds-were- with-you-day. The sun and the wind helped me to set me in the mood to strike many poses, even the location gave me a ‘’fashion shooting vibe’’ I enjoyed every bit of it!

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Not only I felt in my element shooting for this outfit, it also was a family day. I went on a pick nick with my lovely mother, sister and her little bunny. I feel really happy during these moments and honestly whenever you feel like this, it shows on the pictures too!

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For this look I chose to be simple in wearing a pants and a top because of the floral kimono. I always wanted to have one but I found them quite expensive so I’m glad I stumbled on this one!

Black trousers are a blessing in disguise, I find it quite annoying when the black colour fades away whenever you wash it. With this faux leather washed look on the skinny I experience this problem less, hallelujah! I wore a white top with it because one it was hot that day and two black on black is always good but to change it once in a while is good too!

I like the shoes I’m wearing. The thick heel helps a lot while you walk and the bag is cute to wear with this floral printed kimono!

How would you wear a kimono Loves?

Kimono: Action Top: Primark Trousers: H&M Shoes: H&M Bag: Primark Earrings: DRKS

Beauty Look | Sweetheart.

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During summer I prefer lightly or no make-up. It feels too heavy then! Let me not talk about clogged pores. Prevention is better than cure, right Loves?

For this look I used first BB Cream from So Me. What I love about this BB cream is that it covers just the right amount for a natural look. Not only it’s perfect for a sweet look it also has SPF 15 UV protection!

When I finished my face, I start with my eyes. The eyeliner I used is from Essence. This Superfine Eyeliner Pen I used it for many make-up looks and I must say I recommend it to every make-up lover!

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For an open look I used W7 Yummy Eyes Baked Eye Shadow Café Latte on my eyelids. It has such a great pigment and it sparkles glamorous too! To complete my Sweetheart look I applied Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil #10 Almost Famous on my inner corner tear duct. It gives just the last touch of an open look. On my eyelashes I used Essence Plump No Clumps Volume Mascara. Yes, it does what is says!

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On my cheeks I used Essence Silky Touch Blush #30 Secret It-Girl. This blush gives a shimmer look, just like when you have that natural glow in the summer!

Last but not least, for my lips I used Essence Pink Lip Gloss. When I first used this lip gloss I thought it’s going to be a typical Barbie doll colour. I’m glad it didn’t, I love it for this sweet look!

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Do you like this look too?

 

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Lifestyle | A Letter To My Future Husband.

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Dear future husband…

Don’t worry, I’m not going Meghan Trainor on you. In fact I am a very simple girl. But there are some things you need to know about me…

I’m not going to tell you what marriage is about, you probably already know. I know this because when I let you in my life, you already pass this condition.

To make it work between us, let me tell you the simple things that makes me happy…Oh no, I’m not being selfish because when I feel loved by you, I can make you feel loved too.

I don’t need diamonds nor do I need gold, instead of giving me something expensive give me your emotional bond because that has more value. I don’t need to hear the words that makes me happy or you think that satisfy me. Instead of saying; show me. I don’t need grand gestures to make me feel loved. Instead remember the little things that I love and that you love. Like my favourite colour, book, movie, meal and my smile. Remember the smile you gave me because you said something that I only would understand. Remember the smile I gave you because I said something that made you happy or I did something you love. Remember me when you wear your favourite blouse that I ironed for you. Remember me when I remembered you about the appointment you have to attend. Remember me when you are at your work and you eat your lunch I made for you with love. Remember the conversations we are going to have about everything, remember the peaceful silence we are going to have because a glance at each other is more than enough. Remember the things you fell in love with just by looking into my eyes. And I will remember the things I fell in love with just by looking into your eyes.

I truly understand that marriage is not a fairy tale. We all have our flaws and I accept every one you have. It is perfectly fine to have some time alone to clear your mind from daily routines and even your thoughts but please don’t forget to share it with me. Whenever we cannot stand each other, promise me we find a solution or clear it out before we go to bed. Whenever I forgot something remember me. Whenever I did something wrong or said something wrong, instead of being judgemental teach me and I shall learn. Whenever you did something wrong or said something wrong, accept my words about it because I’m not your foe.

I’m not telling you how to be a good man because when I let you in my life I already trust that you are. I am grateful towards your mother for this because she raised you as a one.

These simple things I value; commitment, trust, loyalty, communication, patience, love and most of all faith. I believe when this is good between us, I don’t need to worry about our legacy.

If you can give me this, I promise you I’ll treasure you with all my heart.

With Love,

Your future wife.

Event Report | DRKS. Dreams Do Come True.

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Last Sunday I attended the DRKS Bloggers Contest. I got impressed from the moment I walked into the trend show of DRKS until the end.

The hosts gave me and my sister a warm welcome. I imagined myself in a jewellery Walhalla! As I tried the jewellery on, with the help of the cute host, I felt like a princess!

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When the trend show started and the models walked on the catwalk too show the beautiful pieces, I did not get bored. So many various items that make the jewellery complete. Freshwater pearls, crystal and many more! Except nickel, you cannot find it in the collection. This makes it unique!

As I get to know more about DRKS, I knew this brand is a success and it will stay a success. The story behind DRKS is a dream came true. Miriam Derksen the designer and founder of DRKS ended her job as a lawyer to go after her dreams. With her 15 years of experience on designing she created her own style.

While trying the jewellery on, I noticed that the jewellery are so light to wear! She thought about this so well, wearing heavy jewellery, especially in your ears can be so annoying. Amazing that she thought about this little detail!

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What I love about DRKS is that Miriam has an eye for details and a thoughtful thought towards her production and collections. Not only is the jewellery handmade in the Netherlands, she wanted her creations to be pure and honest! No mass production in low wage countries! How amazing is that?

It was so nice to meet her! She took her time to give answers to me and my sister’s questions. She even gave me advice to talk with other designers for a possible collaboration. Talking about women empowering!

Beauty Review | Pretty Blue.

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I’m still having that lightly vibe. When I painted my nails, I thought about that summer blue sky! Beautiful colour.

This nail polish from Maybelline New York lasts up to 7 days! I had to try it, I hate having flaked nails after a while. And I must say it does what it says! I think it’s because it has calcium, iron and silica in it. Maybelline Forever Strong #610 Ceramic Blue is truly a pearl on your nails.

Who hasn’t waved their hands to dry your nails? With this Quick Dry Spray from H&M it is no longer needed! You just wait 60 seconds and spray it on your nails and you’re done. Saves you the crazy looks from your little brothers or anyone else hihi…

Fashion #OOTD | Just Simply Light.

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Do you know the feeling; whenever the sun starts to shine and the temperature starts raising all you want to do is sit down and lay back? Only wearing on your body jeans a top and sneakers? That day was today.

Since I wrote Beached Waved Hair & Sneakers, I’m starting to like wearing sneakers! I’m glad they come in many various forms and colours. These simple ones, I have them for a long time, so long that I forgot I had them (oops…). They are still good to go, I remembered why I had them in the first place, they are so comfy!

I combined the jeans before. This time I wore it with a loose fit top. Whenever you walk it moves with you. You’ll get that feeling when you spin around in your favourite jaunty dress or skirt. I know I exaggerate, but you know what I mean hihi…

A white bag is indispensable in your wardrobe! It’s like a black blazer; you can wear, or in this case take it wherever you go! The combining possibilities are perfect too. What I like about the bag is the little holes details on it. To make it more fabulous I added a pearl necklace piece. It was broken and I did not want to throw it away.

On a simple outfit belongs simple jewellery. I fell in love with this Jade Stone necklace from Lana’s Sieraden. Same goes with silver jewellery, it just never goes out of style!

Head To Toe: H&M Necklace: Lana’s Sieraden Rings: Lucardi

Beauty Look | Monroe.

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”I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”-Marilyn Monroe

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For this make-up look I got inspired by Marilyn Monroe signature look. The red lips and winged eyeliner. What I like about this look, it is a classic one! It just never goes wrong.

First I used the Etos Skin Smoothing Primer. This transparent primer is a gift from heaven! This miracle wonder is a good basic before putting your concealer and foundation on. This was my next step. The concealer I used is Essence Stay Natural Concealer. I applied it under my eyes as an upside down triangle for a more natural look. When I finished with the concealer I used Delia Cosmetics Mineral Velvet Skin Long Lasting Matt Foundation. I like Matt foundations! It gives you more a natural look. To avoid that ‘’make-up face’’ I recommend a matt one. When I finish with my face, I let it be for a minute before I begin with my eyes.

For my eyes I used Essence Superfine Eyeliner. What I like about this eyeliner is that you just need to have a steady hand. You just draw the line and you already have the winged part. And that’s because of the shape of the liner. How amazing is that? For my lashes I used Essence Plump! No Clumps Volume Mascara. It really does not give you clumps! On my waterline I used Douglas Jumbo Shadow Pen. I must say that I’m a bit disappointed about this one. I had to apply it many times before I even could see the colour. Maybe it’s because it should be used on your eyelid instead of your waterline. Even tough, for the prize and Douglas is a well know store, is to me a disadvantage.

On my lips I used Essence Lip liner #14 Femme Fatale. This is the first time I use a lip liner. I did not want lips like Kylie Jenner (finally she admits she used lip fillers! As we didn’t know hihi) so I applied it on the arches of my upper lip and on my under lip I applied it at the end of my mount up to a centimetre toward the centre of my lips. Then I used H&M Lip Pen Million Dollar Lips to finish it off.

On my cheeks bones I applied Etos High Lighting Illuminizer to highlight my cheekbones, it gives you an open look! To finish it off I used Chanel Blush #44 Narcisse, just a bit for that blushing look!

Fashion #OOTD | In Black We Trust.

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Who doesn’t like wearing black every day? After blue, the colour black comes close to my heart.

I wore this jumpsuit before on an outfit post I liked it then and I like it now. What I love about jumpsuits is that black ones make them classic and chic. Prints, graphic jumpsuits are bohemian and edgy! Many combinations which fashionista doesn’t like that?

Did I tell you about my striking heels? I’m falling in love with them every time I wear them. Sorry, for this Carrie Bradshaw moment. I got carried away hihi..

For this outfit I choose for a chic hairdo. I put my hair in a low bun. Donuts for your hair come in handy. It was a while since I used one. It got forgotten so when I remembered I wanted something else then wearing my hair down.

To finish this look I decided to wear simple but yet chic arm candy.

How would you wear a jumpsuit? Tell me with comments below!

Blazer: H&M Jumpsuit: Trend One Heels: H&M Bracelets: Bijou Brigitte Ring: Kruidvat Earrings: Bijou Brigitte.

Beauty Motivation | Mirror, Mirror On The Wall, Who Is The Prettiest Off Them All?

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Who hasn’t looked in the mirror and wished to have a magic eraser to erase imperfections? Who hasn’t looked in the mirror and asked him or herself the question ‘’what if?’’ Guess what? You are not alone.

We are living in an era that is open and exposed. Many resources claiming what beauty is, or supposed to be what it is. Who hasn’t wished to be on the cover of a magazine? I admit it looks all very beautiful, very attractive. It makes you want it! If you already realizing this, aren’t the magazines supposed to be too good to be true?

Even beauty comes with his down sizes. Who hasn’t seen the many Photoshop fails of magazines? Who hasn’t heard celebrities photo shopping their Instagram photos? And what about the Kylie Jenner Challenge? Let this be a reminder, even the celebrity you look up to has his or hers own insecurities!

Lucky, other bloggers and I have our pictures photo shopped! Let the pictures speak from themselves.

‘’Have you ever wondered – What if an average woman got photo shopped in order to look like a cover model?

In today’s world, beauty is not always what meets the eye. These twelve women got themselves airbrushed and enhanced just like the models on various fashion magazines, to highlight the REAL reality and our skewed perception of beauty.’’

8298733_orig“Perfection in latin means ‘finished’ and..Who the hell wants to be finished?!”
SILVIA, CoolAunts, Italy2705053_orig“I used to care what people thought and said about me. I used to feel hurt when they constantly asked me to lose weight – and then I moved to the US and found myself. Now, I don’t give a damn if they don’t like me – I Love Myself and I don’t let anyone tell me different!”
FIZA, Das Rock Haus, UK1526457_orig“My so called IMPERFECTION makes me one of a kind, and I love it!”
NADIA, My Fancy Wardrobe, Tunisia5289262_orig“Just because I’m a model, doesn’t mean I look perfect, not even for photoshoots. I love my imperfections, every single one!”
EMMA, Anchors Away Beauty, UK4757818_orig”I find beauty in my imperfections, whether it’s non-symmetrical winged eyeliner, or a bad hair day. I embrace the imperfect because it makes me me – someone who always tries to see the best in myself and the world around me.”EMILY, Modern Midwest Maven, USA
2268311_orig”My so-called imperfections tell a story: those dark circles are a trait of an engineering student, my scars show that acne will not defeat my confidence, I’ve decided to be myself, because everybody else is already taken.”
ALYSSA, Queen Regnant ZA, South Africa6571347_orig”I have accepted my flaws, because what others see as flaws, I see as beautiful!”
EVELYN, IndiaLynRose, USA1477791_orig“I am me. I am proud of who I am. I don’t want to look flawless to feel fabulous!”
KAYLEIGH, Sprinkle & Sparkle of Kayleigh, UK7788863_orig”I am just like you who has blemishes, who doesn’t have a pointy nose or
chiseled face, who has flabs, jiggly arms, dimpled thighs, has flaws is her appearance.  Arpita is perfectly imperfect!!!”
ARPITA, Arpita’s, India5838851_orig”The mirror can lie, it doesn’t show you what’s inside, and it can tell you you’re full of lies!”
MARIE, TheBeauTMum, Ireland1770895_orig“Mirror, Mirror On The Wall, Who Is The Prettiest Off Them All?”
Saida, Saida Chahid, The Netherlands

There’s NO NEED to put so much pressure on ourselves to look like cover models on fashion magazine – THIS was our goal, which pushed us to explore the world of extreme photo retouching and excessive makeup use.We are definitely not condemning the desire to look good, but everyone should know what’s behind “perfection”, if not for ourselves, for our future generation!

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

SILVIA, CoolAunts, Italy,
FIZA, Das Rock Haus, UK,
SAIDA, Saida Chahid, The Netherlands,
NADIA, My Fancy Wardrobe, Tunisia,
EMMA, Anchors Away Beauty, UK,
EMILY, Modern Midwest Maven, USA,
ALYSSA, Queen Regnant ZA, South Africa,
EVELYN, IndiaLynRose, USA
KAYLEIGH, Sprinkle & Sparkle of Kayleigh, UK,
ARPITA, Arpita’s, India,
MARIE , TheBeauTMum, Ireland

Originally posted on Das Rock Haus.

Whenever I look at myself, I always wanted to have a flawless skin. Due to my acne, which the before picture shows, that day I had a break out. At that point while shooting for that picture I thought: perfect! It’s going to be a perfect picture to photo shop. As the days went by, communicating with all the bloggers my insecurities took me over! My thoughts were then, should I not have put some make-up on? Should I have sent another picture? How am I going to look afterwards? Do I still want to participate? I’m glad I still did. Because when I look at my photo shopped picture now I see: that’s not me. This is not who I am and how Allah created me.

I realized I don’t need to be perfect to be happy. I already am flawless! I’m not a role model and I’m not intending to be one. But I want you to know, embrace yourselves the way you are because you are already unique in every kind of way. You don’t need to be someone else because the world already has enough of one!

Need a talk? You can find us on #MyFakeReality feel free to use it! It would be a pleasure to hear from you Loves!

Beauty Tip | My Facial Care, My Routine.

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Facial care is very import to me, I suffer from acne. Who else too? In my puberty I suffered from it a lot! Thank god every now and then some pops on my yaw line and cheeks. Let me spare you the details but please do let me know if you want to know how I have threaten my acne!

To spare my face from many break outs I treat my face with care! It slowly turned an obsession to me to have a clean clear skin.

I start my routine as, every morning I wash my face with lukewarm water. Dry it then off with a face towel then I smear my face with a skin purifying day and night crème from Kruidvat. This face cream contains Tea Tree Oil to reduce impurities. It also has Allantion and Camomile extract, for a soothing effect. I apply then my make-up and sometimes I don’t.

When de day is over I wash my face again, then I exfoliate with Odina Visage Peeling Crème. Sometime I use my Ayvo facial cleanser, mostly once/twice a week otherwise I use my facial natural sponge. Because exfoliating your face every day is a beauty don’t, doing it once/twice a week is perfect! I put my face crème on and I’m good during my night!

Before I go to sleep I use my rosewater to remove the last things off my face. Yes, even my crème! I prefer to sleep with nothing on my face. Rosewater nourishes my skin. It is anti-bacterial, perfect for my oily skin! Read more about it here.

Tip! Use a small towel only for your face! Instead of wipe, dab your face! Treat your face gently.
Tip! Never sleep with make-up on! Tired of your routine? Facial wipes works too.

What is your routine?

Lifestyle Tip | Picture Perfect!

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My blogpost about it’s a (Hard Knock) Bloggers Life was a success (whoop!), so I want to share with you all Loves, how you can make that perfect (product) picture!

First, having time to do it is very important. Don’t rush into it! Having a good camera is also a good start. Don’t worry; it doesn’t have to be a very expensive one. Reading the instructions brings you already closer to how to use the camera properly.

My holy grail is a white background! It makes my pictures brighter, the products the centre point and it looks instantly more professional! Do you prefer another background, then this tip comes in handy: search on Google an background, for example Bokeh, save it and enlarge the picture on your computer. Stack magazines in front the screen place your product on it, take your position and click!

Place your products the way you want. Keep in mind which kind off product needs to be in the centre and match sizes with each other. Combine colours! This works perfect for flat lays. Mix and match the colour of your products, it makes it attractive to look at the picture. Unconsciously you go to the perfect looking shelving in stores to buy products. Why not with pictures?

To make it more picture perfect, use decoration! That’s the beauty of décor, you can use everything! From flowers to beads to vases to stones! Everything is possible just don’t exaggerate! You don’t want to take away the attention from the product.

Use your instinct and first thoughts, it is usually already perfect!

Beauty Review | You Make Me Wanna’ Blush!

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The sun shines, many colourful pops of clothing on the streets, everybody looks at their best…And a blush comes in handy!

Beauty comes is many colours and sizes and we should embrace it! Cute blushing cheeks are not only adorable but also trending this summer.

In my make-up routine I use a blush regularly. It adds the complete touch of my look. In the winter season I mostly prefer a sun kissed brown blush for a healthy look. In the spring and summer season pink and peach coloured blushes are my favourite!

Many Loves ask me what the best way is to apply a blush. I always say: there are many ways and I’m not a professional make-up artist. I’m just a girl who likes make-up! The way I do it is from the apples of your cheeks until the half way of the end of my cheekbones. Blush should be used for an adorable blushing not like stripes until your ears like you are in the army! Such a blush don’t.

What is your best way?

Fashion #OOTD | Boyish Girl.

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For this look I went a bit out of my comfort zone. This is not my everyday outfit but Fashion is supposed to be stepping out of your comfort zone, so I gave it a try.

I like it! Not only is the tomboy look chic, but also comfortable. Combining it with sweet colours as pink and white makes this look still feminine. The day I shot for this outfit was a sunny day but the wind was cold so I kept my oversized coat on.

This Charlie Chaplin look is common worn on the fashion streets and will be seen more, and I don’t mind! I like to wear my ‘’tap shoes’’ this is how I call them. The salmon light pink colour looks amazing with the brown shoe sole.

I think I have a bit of an obsession on the colour pink. I could not resist leaving the bag in the store. The golden detail makes the bag chic with an edgy twist. This kind of bag is very popular in the Netherlands. Mostly because it’s seen on many fashionistas all over the world!

Would you wear this look? And how would you wear it?


Coat: Bershka Blouse: H&M Knit: Primark Pants: H&M Bag: J&S Mode Necklace: Hema Rings: Lucardi Shoes: H&M

Lifestyle Motivation | It’s a (Hard Knock) BLOGGERSLIFE!

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I blog for a year now (YAY!) and I love every bit of it! However blogging comes with his proceeding that for a blogger always ends in satisfying results. But before we get there we bloggers go through all lot of ups and downs. Yes, downs too.

As an example, I have sometimes troubles by having a lack of inspiration which can results in days without posting a blogpost. If this happens to me, I feel disappointed. I have this feeling because I want my Loves to hear and read something from me. I also have to accept this because the last thing I want to do is writing a blogpost that has no depth or is an ‘’quick blog shot’’ a post that’s written compulsory. I’d rather have a good post then a bad one.

I’m a bit of a perfectionist. Before I post something on my blog I check my words on a Word Note trough the spell check and translate words in Google translate. This takes time, which again can result in a blogpost that I worked hours on that I ‘’forget’’ I have other things to do too. Decisions have to be taken and nothing is as satisfying as a scale effect. Your time and pursuits equivalent shared!

Enough with the downs! As I said, I love blogging and getting recognized is to me a cherry on a pie! Reading comments and seeing likes on a blogpost are prizes to me. The interaction gives me a great feeling. I, a blogger from all the bloggers in the world interact with people all over the world, how amazing is that? A LOT!

Getting recognized by other bloggers and companies to work with each other is to me a reunite of creative people that results in a creative explosion! What more do I want as a blogger?

The advice I want to give you Loves is, follow your heart! Find a way that works for you to reach your own goals. Try to get out of your comfort zone and explore. Yes, it can be scary sometimes but at the end it’s worth it!

Fashion #OOTD | Cardigan & Striking Heels!

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I can be so happy if I wear an denim skinny jeans that has a perfect fit! With my pear shaped figure it’s quite hard to find one.

I love my jaunty top! It gives this outfit a girly yet chic look. When I shoot for this outfit, it was a beautiful day. The weather was just right for wearing an cardigan. The great thing about this cardigan is that it has a butterfly fit. A bit tight on the arms and the rest loose. Perfect for staying warm yet fashionable to wear!

As you all know me, I like good accessories on an outfit. The edgy touch of zippers on the FVH clutch gives this bag a stalwart look. Perfect combination with the striking heels! Not only I can find myself in to the point shoe trend, but also with sassy detailed shoes!

Do like this outfit as much as I do?

Necklace: Primark Top: H&M Cardigan: Zara Denim Skinny: Zara Heels: H&M Clutch: FVH Bags Earrings: Primark

Beauty Look | Mysterious Eyes.

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It’s been a while since I made a make-up look for you all Loves. I want to do something different, something fierce! I really like my eyes and with this look I want to make them POP and keep the rest gentle.

For this look I used first Etos Skin Smoothing Primer. This transparent is dream come true for blemishing impurities. Before I went further, I let the primer leave a bit in and started with Catrice Cosmetics BB Allround Foundation Cream. It has a SPF 30 Factor which is good but I must say this BB Cream is good to work with and the pigment covers quite enough but is not a miracle wonder.

For my eye waterlines I used Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil 01 Black Fever. What I really like about the eye pencils from Essence is that they are soft and indeed long lasting! On my eyelashes I used Maybelline New York Define-A-Lash Volume Mascara. I ADORE this mascara! It has a great brush; it gives no clumps and truly gives your eyelashes a voluptuous volume! On the half of my eyelashes I used Blue Volume Mascara from Hema. It has such a great pigment! Do I need to say more about this gem?

For the finishing touch I used Primark Sun Kissed Shimmer Dust. Normally I only apply on my cheekbones and a bit on my t-zone (forehead, tip of my nose and chin.) but this time I blend it with my Pink Essentials Blush Brush all over my face to have a more natural look.

On my lips I used Calvin Klein 22312 Shades Of Pink Ultimate Edge Lip gloss. What a long name for a lip gloss! But it gives a gentle look on my lips.

What do you think about this look Loves? Isn’t it perfect for a night out?

Fashion Collab | LEREN CONNOR.

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Fashion is to me an artistic expression of defining who you are. Through clothing you’ll get to know a bit of people just by looking at their first sight.

Whenever I see the work from LEREN CONNOR I see refined modern art. The fashion and jewellery designer based in Derby England has an eye for details. She has truly magic hands.

Her focus on every clothing piece can be seen on the fabric and shape. The thoughts behind her collections is that no fabric is a waste. She believes in recycling, charity shops and second hand clothing pieces which makes her collections more and more beautiful.

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Collection Spring/Summer 2015.

I’m gladly to introduce to you LEREN CONNOR Spring/Summer 2015 collection Colour Pop.

This collection truly pops! I really like the combination of simple with edgy details. The colours gives a spring/summer vibe and the details are perfectly chosen.

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S/S15 – Colour Pop
“He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.” ~Sonia Delaunay

”For S/S15 we bring you the colours of spring and summer, the vibes of the festival season, those relaxing summer nights, day trips out with the girls and the atmosphere of the heat and that inner rainbow we all have inside us. We all rejoice in the sun and bask in the fresh smell of blooming flowers and the cool breezes that pass through the freshly cut grass and moves through the trees. They’re the seasons of adventure and spontaneity, the months of relaxation, but also a time to get your best summer attire out the wardrobe and show the world your vibrant self.”


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”S/S15 for us was all about mixing colour and print together, the atmosphere of summer and the calm of spring inspired me, inspiration from warm memories and the blissful moods of spring and summer, everything is always brighter and colour flows frequently in every direction. I began with pantones and began to bring in neutrals that contrasted well when the prints were brought into play, making sure the collection was versatile and capsule collection was key, it needed to target a wider audience.”

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”I wanted to create simple yet eclectic garments that you can wear either in the day and then mix it up in the evening, the collection ranges from festival wear, casual wear and evening wear. Fabrics through out the collection are a combination of recycled material and also fabric from our suppliers, I also had the pleasure of making our own fabric for this collection, in two of the jackets we see our free fabric which are made up from all the scraps of fabric used through out the collection. Three of the dresses are made from free lace with each piece having their own colour way. Recycling is and will always be a huge part of what we do here at Leren Connor and what a better way to show it off through our S/S15 capsule collection.”

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Photography by House of Denham – Models – Sianne Whitehead and Sophie Kelman.

The more I look at the collections the more I like it. Leren Connor has a distinct style that she express in a beautiful way. Her work is thoughtful also towards her customers. Every original piece is handmade, if you see a piece that you truly love you can contact her to pass your clothing size. This shows to me adhesion to her customers and devotion to her collections!

 

Beauty Review | Moroccan Beauty Goodies!

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Not only is Argan Oil the liquid gold from Morocco, there is a lot more Moroccan beauty goodies to find! From left to right let me introduce you to Henna, Rose Water and Ghassoul Clay.

Most of you all know what Henna is. But what does it really do?

Applying on your hair makes you hair healthier. It grows your hair faster and gives you your shine back from heat damage and many hair colouring. Just like Argan oil Henna should also be used pure natural. Read the package or go to your local Moroccan/Islamic store to buy the real deal.
Are you worried that your hair will turn in orange? Don’t! It depends on your hair colour how it turns out. How darker you hair colour how darker it would be. How lighter your hair colour how lighter it would be.

Not only is Henna a goodie for your hair, who doesn’t know about the body henna tattoos? If you want that darker orange colour to stay on your body part, sleep a day with it on your body part and that’s it!

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Rose Water is a flavoured water made by steeping rose petals in water. It can be used as perfume and as skin care. The benefits of Rose water are a blessing. You can use Rose water for puffy eyes, to soften dry skin, a make-up remover, apply it after you shave, it reduces the wrinkles progress, apply it when you have sunburns to ease the pain, as aromatherapy, use two cups of Rose Water to your bathwater to moisturize your skin and it tightens pores! It also can be used to freshen your face throughout the day as a spray mist. Perfect for the upcoming Spring and Summer!

Rose Water is filled with ant-oxidants and various vitamins. I use it every night before I go to sleep to nourish my skin. It is anti-bacterial, perfect for my oily skin! And yes, it really does smell like roses!

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Ghassoul Clay a Moroccan beauty goodie I recommend to everyone! Ghassoul Clay can only be find at the Atlas Mountains in the North Eastern of Morocco. This natural organic clay has many benefits like the other Moroccan beauty goodies.

Ghassoul is well known for absorbing impurities from skin and hair. It gives the skin and hair a highly minerals shot! For more than fourteen centuries it is used by Moroccan people. It is indispensable in many Moroccan Hammams and homes.

Ghassoul improves skin texture, reduces dryness, reduces flakiness, improves skin elasticity and improves skin clarity. Very impressive! Wait to know what it does for your hair.
Ghassoul can be used as natural shampoo and hair masker. It enhances the hair texture and volume, softens the hair and eliminates dandruff.

Ghassoul to me is a great stress reliever! I apply warm water with it and stir it up until it is a thick paste and use it as a face mask. I leave it like that for 20 to 30 minutes and when I rinse it off my skin has the glow of an instant boost! It removes the redness of skin which is amazing for acne. It removes dead skin cells, removes surface oil and oil from inside and around comedons/pores. A gem right?

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Dear readers/followers, use these products naturally/organic. Using it with chemicals has no use at the benefits of these Moroccan beauty goodies!

Which goodie would you use or you already use?

 

Fashion #OOTD | Bohemian Twist.

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I adore the Bohemian look! That summer vibes/hippie look makes me think about the laid back summer days!

With spring and summer just right on the corner I automatically reach the bright coloured clothing in my closet. The red lace top, popped out so I chose it. I combined it with high waisted denim jeans. Instant tummy tuck! Those jeans are a blessing!

The twist of this outfit is the heels. Not only it makes me taller, (for a shorty) it gives it a feminine look! As I already said, I adore the Bohemian look and to finish it off I chose my H&M fringe bag.
The lace top is already an eye catcher so I kept my earrings simple, just a red pearl dot and I’m good to go besides it is totally fine to play with accessories. That effect gave the pink and glitter beagle arm candy!

I wore heels with it but imagine it with cute sandals and a head turban!

Lace top: H&M Denim Jeans: H&M Shoes: Graceland Bag: H&M Earrings: Bijou Brigitte Pink Arm Candy: H&M Silver bracelet: Lucardi

Lifestyle | Art Is A Relieve!

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As you all know me I am a creative bee. It’s been a while since I took a pencil or a paintbrush to paint or to draw. I blame it on the lack of time but to be honest I have a lack of inspiration.

We all know those hectic days that turns in weeks and months that you eventually just stop do anything and you waste your time on doing nothing productive during the days and at the end when you go asleep you say to yourself ‘’another day goes by and you did nothing’’ you got slightly disappointed and then you fall asleep with a sigh. Who doesn’t know those days?

To remind myself that I come at peace with painting and drawing I dragged myself to my artwork and I was slightly happy to see what I made!

Each art piece has a meaning to me that I don’t share, I mostly let people around me give their own point of views. So tell me what do you see?

Fashion #OOTD | Those Fashionable Comfy Days.

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Have you ever been in love on an item you saw in a magazine? I was it on a poncho from H&M. I wanted to buy it on online but guess what? Sold out for WEEKS! Happy I was when I found this one out of the blue!

Who is not familiar with those comfy days but yet you want to look fashionable Saturday was such a day to me. I went shopping with my mum, sister and her little girl a real ladies day!

It’s been a while since I put the shoes on I wore that day. Like many others I keep in a closet. Thank god you can wear them even when years passes by. Clothes sizes changes, shoes sizes never!

Do you agree?

Poncho: Primark Sweater H&M Jeans: Zara Shoes: Vintage Bag: C&A Jessica Collection

Beauty Look | Summer Glow!

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Last days in the Netherlands are cold, rainy and at some places even snowy. Winter is coming and I don’t like it. This season is not my favourite one, so I was slightly happy to see the sun shining between the clouds!

For this make-up look I went for the summer glow. First I used the W7 Hide It concealer stick to blemish my impurities (acne scars.) After that I used mine liquid foundation brush to apply L’Oreal infallible 24H stay fresh foundation. I’m looking for a foundation that has a good coverage so this sample came in handy and I must say it works pretty fine!

I did not want to have a ‘’foundation face’’ so I used Essence All About Matt! Fixing compact powder to blemish the oil from my face. I always wait a couple minutes before I apply my eye make-up. I do this so that my face can have a ‘’minute of rest’’.

For my eyes I used the eyeliner Catrice Cosmetics Calligraphy. It’s perfect for wings because it has a pencil brush. Nice to work with! On my eye waterline I applied the Essence 2in1 Kajal Pencil. Using a white pencil really gives you an open look which is a good cover up for baggy eyes!

When I finished my eyes I used my H&M blush brush to apply Etos Bronzing Powder. I love this powder because it does not have one colour but many (light pink, white, light brown & pink.) it matches with mine skin tone perfectly.

For the last finishing touch I used Etos Highlighting Illuminizer #301 beneath my eyebrows, eyelids and cheekbones for the summer glow. I kept my lips simple because my eyes were already the eye catchers! Maybelline Water Shine Gloss #504/110 Baby Pink suits perfect!

Love Your Event Report | I Love My Hair!

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I was steady ready for the I Love My Hair Event! It is truly a blessing to have the opportunity to visit such events. I am very happy to get to know people who have the same interest as me!

What is it all about? HAIR! That’s right…This event was all about curly and frizz hair. As a curly head it was a very informational day.

How do you treat curly/frizz hair?

Curly/frizz hair is often mistaken as damaged hair but in fact all it needs is moisture. Use natural products for your hair avoid all sulphate chemicals! Don’t forget to use once a week a hot oil treatment for your hair. Coconut oil, Argan oil or olive oil works pretty fine!

Get to know your own hair! Do you eat healthy? Do you have stress? Got your hair to tight in a ponytail or bun? Hair loss? If you do it’s time to take good care of your hair and yourself.

Avoid stress by talking with someone about it or do something that sets your mind off on the daily things in life, change your routine! Loosen a bit of your hair tights on your ponytail or bun and wear your hair down.

Skip your daily eating habits! Replace snacks with healthy snacks like cherry tomatoes, carrots and cucumber. Vitamin B & D is a great help for your hair.

Sleep well and drinking water is a cliché but very affective!

My hair, don’t care!

I have curly hair that tends to dryness. I style my hair a lot but then again I take good care of it, at least that’s what I thought. To me is Argan oil a jewel for my hair I use it daily. I wash my hair with Dove shampoo and conditioner dry & damaged hair (because I style it a lot) and once a week a give my hair a mask from the same brand as my shampoo. That is enough right? Well…No! The problem is sulphate!

Because of this event I did not style my hair for *drum rolls* two weeks! Mooney Zichterman the power women behind this event opened my eyes. You should be happy with your own hair! I see and feel that my hair is softer then before and I’m losing less hair which to me was a big problem.

From now on I’m going to take more care of my hair do you?

 

Fashion – Tip | Statement Alert.

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I’m obsessed with the trend statement necklaces! I’m seeing them everywhere, from sophisticated to chic to truly eye catchers! I love the way it sparkles your outfit especially when you wear it under the collar of a blouse.

Statement necklaces, the name says it, it really does give you a statement. You can wear it on a school/college day or a chic one at the office. Don’t forget the holidays, just for the last finishing touch on your Christmas outfit.

I really like the one I wore with the outfit Colorblock Statement. Cute for summer, an eye catcher for other days! The second one I like is the simple gold/bordeaux one it’s just cute!

Of course I like all my statement necklaces, every time I want to wear one is a true surprise which one I want to wear!

Tell me your thoughts Loves!

Fashion #OOTD | Before December.

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Last Saturday I got inspired from Mila Kunis in the 70s Show! I wanted a different outfit post to show you all. I mostly wear skinny jeans but seeing the latest trends I of course had to keep up.

Wearing a boot cut jeans is a blessing for short people! It makes your legs look longer besides that it makes you look feminine.I went for natural colors because that’s what Mila mostly wears on the show so I thought why not. It suits also perfect for fall.

I saw many fashion bloggers wearing hats and it looked so good on them! So I added one more to mine collection of head pieces and I love it!

Have a great last month Loves!

 

Hat: H&M Blouse: Primark Vest: Primark Jeans: C&A Leather Briefcase: La Moda (vintage) Shoes: Primark

Fashion #OOTD | Autumn Bleu.

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I had a lunch date with my lovely sister as I was dressing myself to go; I took a last look in the mirror and I noticed that I was dressed in mostly bleu…I was totally unaware of it! I guess the ‘’ghost of blue’’ took me over hihi…

You can wear perfectly a dress in the fall! Wearing it with tights and a warm coat with a scarf and you are good to go.

I really like my statement necklace. It gave my outfit a chic touch. Most of all an eye catcher just completes an outfit. My bag gave me a little summer vibe! Bright full colors! Summer all over again…To bad it rained right after I met my sister and I had to take my umbrella-ella-ella ey!

Coat: H&M Dress: H&M Necklace: H&M Tights: Primark Bag: GUESS Shoes: SuperTrash.

Fashion Sketch By Me | Oscar de la Renta Inspired!

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I was looking through my phone on my fashion related apps and I saw on all the news feeds that Oscar de la Renta passed away. As a fashion lover I looked him up on the internet, I already knew him as a fashion designer but had no clue what he all created. As I was looking through his dresses Walhalla, I was impressed! It looked amazing and mostly original! He surely left a fashion legacy.
So I started to take my pencil and draw Oscar de la Renta inspired dresses.

‘’Valentino Feather’’ a sweetheart neckline and a feather waistline style line skirt.
‘’Classic Feather’’ a high neckline and an A-Line split skirt with black details on top.
‘’ Strapless Fishtail/Mermaid’’ an strapless neckline with see trough fabric on the waist with bleu stone details.

I really like it! Do you?

Beauty Review | Essence Lipstick Cuteness Overload!

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I am obsessed with lipstick….Since a month! I am a daily lipgloss user but now I can combine it with lipstick. The reason why I prefer lipgloss is that it is easy to apply, no lipgloss marks on your teeth! Because of the gloss it stays longer on your lips and you can apply it very quick without looking in a mirror! Using a lipstick gives you a lot more of work don’t you think? To me I have to look if I don’t apply it like a clown, imagine you giving a big smile to the cute guy you just past by, seeing yourself in a window with lipstick marks on you teeth! Well….I just describe a movie scene but you know what I mean…

I did not want to spend a lot of money on a expensive lipstick like MAC especially I know from myself that I am not going to use it a lot like lipgloss. I saw many Dutch beautybloggers reviewing Essence lipstick and they were were positive about it so I tought why not buy one to see for myself? And I did! They are right it’s a amazing budgetkiller! I love the pigment, it stays long on your lips and the Essence logo on the lipstick is a cute touch!

I am thinking to put my lipglosses on the hold and start using more lipstick…!

 

P.s. Do you also have the elegant feeling when you put lipstick on? When you make that kissing sound after you apply it…? Well at least I do!

Fashion #OOTD | Hello Autumn!

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Gilet: H&M Leather Jacket: Hema Blouse: H&M Pants: H&M Shoes: H&M Necklace: Primark Bag: SOFIA

To be honest…I don’t like the season Autumn. The weathers change instantly in the Netherlands. I always bring my umbrella with me, if I don’t my hair is going to look like an cotton candy…!

But…New season means new wardrobe! And that moi ja’dore! I like my fluffy gilet from H&M. I’m wearing it on top of my leather jacket to keep me warm. Don’t you have a leather jacket, no worries it looks good on a warm sweather. Make sure you wear one as long as the gilet to prevent short and long layers. Personally I don’t like that.

What do you think of my new bag? I love it! Do I need to say more? Who knows me know that I like details. The golden details of my outfit fits very well together. With gold you just never could go wrong!

Lifestyle | 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me!

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I was thinking that I get a lot of sweet comments on my posts. Thank you a lot! It’s shows to me that i’m doing a good thing as a blogger. Wich again makes me happy!

So this post is for all my followers on Instagram, Twitter and WordPress! I apperciate it a lot! ❤

25# You don’t know about me! Here we go…!

1) I’m born and raised in the Netherlands but I have Moroccan roots. My mum is Moroccan and my dad is Algerian.
2) I have three brothers and one sister.
3) I am a proud aunty! Mostly because I am the only aunt that my little niece has! (daughter of my sister.)
4) I study a social cultural education. With creativity we are trying to bring people together.
5) I acted in many theatre plays. I acted as: a singing wanderer, a girlfriend of an hooligan, grandmother and a wife of an abusive husband. I love being on stage!

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6) I don’t have my driving-licence….Yes, I feel horrible about it!
7) I NEVER smoked or drink alcohol. Proud of myself!
8) I like bunnies! We had one as a pet, Noir was his name. It means black in French. He died from an old age. 😦
9) I don’t drink coffee!
10) Strawberries are my favorite fruit. I can eat them everyday!

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11) I really like the color blue. Silver comes second.
12) I am an shoe and bags addict. Guess what? Most bags I have are blue!
13) I tried sushi once…NEVER AGAIN! Ugh…It is so overrated!
14) I am an 9gager! I got ”obsessed” with it four years ago. I really like the memes!
15) I play playstation! I always make time to play together with my youngst brother. I am an major Tomb raider fan! I played all the games. God of war, Uncharted, Hitman are some of the games I played and I loved every bit of it. Yes! I have a ”geek” in me.
16) I have small feet 6,5 inch or size 37 and hands. I fitt in children gloves…Hihihi :-p
17) I have an perfume collection. From low budget to expensive.

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18) My great grand mother is 102 years old! AMAZING!
19) I can move my nostrils! I think that’s why I like bunnies…
20) I like to dance! I listen mostly to r&b, hiphop, pop, dancehall, Arabic, reggeda and rai! The last two are Moroccan music genre.
21) I have natural brown hair. I never dyed my hair.
22) My hair is curly. I style it a lot but in the other hand I take care a lot of my hair!
23) I have a box with all things I get from friends, family, parents etc. I like to keep them in memory, even the bad ones!
24) I can cook! I love making Moroccan food!
25) My favorite candy is liquorice yum!

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This is it! I hope you all know me a little bit more. I want to get to know you all to! Comment below your social media, I surely follow back.

P.s. Oh…I love to paint! 26!