My summer holiday from college officially started, until September am I a free elf! This summer am I going to work on myself, my blog and my studies. These are my top priority on my to do list during my summer. However, summer wouldn’t be summer if you don’t put your to do list aside. My yearly visitation to my roots in Morocco is off the table, this little setback doesn’t hold me to enjoy this year my second roots country: the Netherlands. I’m going to be a tourist in my own country by taking small holidays to see what the Netherlands should offer me besides my backyard. How better to do this together with a MAHI?
I was instantly obsessed with it as soon I put it on my wish list. Since I got it, I mostly use it for college but it is also perfect useable as a hand luggage. Since minimal and simple belongs to my sense of style, I chose this The Classic Tote bag and I love it! Leather is well known for its long shelf life and that’s what I love about leather bags. For a personal touch, you can get it embroidered, I chose my first name and last name first initials in the colour black. To me it gives that bit extra.
At this moment, I’m planning for a little getaway, I think it’s going to be somewhere in Europe. It is not official yet, but I’m already thinking what I’m going to put in my MAHI. Naturally I’m taking my notebook with me to write down my thoughts and blog related work. I will also take with me a travel size fashion magazine just for a bit of beauty related inspiration for my blog. And most of all the travel size is perfect for a holiday so I don’t have to carry a normal size fashion magazine with me. I also take with me my favourite sunny at the moment, Ray Ban sunglasses in my floral glasses case. When I’m on a holiday I don’t think a lot about my makeup. My currently lovie Chanel lippie is more than enough. However, my hair is quite important to me. So, I’m taking my hairbrush with me and of course it is travel size. Perfume is a must take for me, deodorant is also perfect but I feel that the scent doesn’t stay longer like perfume. So, for a quick fresh up I take a perfume with me that has a woody citrus scent like GUESS Seductive.
The last two items that I wouldn’t miss to take is my phone and camera. My phone for accessibility and my digital camera because of the size, my other camera would only be in the way of shooting memories!
Since it is quite a big bag, I will take clean underwear with me and other toiletry. The rest of the space is reserved for goodies I couldn’t resist to buy under the guise of ‘’cultural references’’!
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I promised myself in 2016 to give myself a good camera as a gift. My main reason is to improve my product pictures for my blog and ootd shoots but also a SLR camera looks bad ass around my neck! My saving tips came truly in handy when I set my mind on getting a camera. After a long search, I fell in love with the Canon EOS 1200D.
I don’t have major photograph skills, I don’t know all the buttons and meanings yet so every time when I use this beauty it is a surprise to me. I do know the basis but I still have the feeling I should get to know my camera more. I wanted to have a camera that has the specs that comes in great use for my blog and I found it in this Canon.
Let me start with the basic first Loves, since I know that. This beauty has 18 megapixel CMOS and a iSO value of 6400/12800. I love how it adjust automatically with light, darkness and on backgrounds. It has a 7,5 cm (3-inch) LCD display, I can see through the lens which is a 18-55 MM 1:3.5 5-5.6 IS STM lens and through the display. I love this! Perfect for whenever I have my glasses on. I see the world through different eyes whenever I use this camera. It records videos in 1080p such a pleasure for my eyes.
Quite a lot of numbers! Trust me, I had the same feeling. But whenever you have the hang of it you would love it.
Blogging costs time and I prefer to make things good right from the start to prevent do overs. This also goes for shooting flat lays, outfits, beauty looks and product photos. Since I have this camera only with one shot and I am satisfied with the results! The colour pixels turn so smooth that I only must use Photoshop to make my pictures look brighter and glowy like in a magazine.
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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?
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!
‘’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?
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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.
What do you love to do Loves?
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!
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?
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?