Hi! How are you?
It’s been a bit quiet around here and I just wanted to let you know that it’s because I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather. I had to get two of my wisdom teeth removed the past week (or molars as some would call them) and one side of my face now feels like a big fat truck drove straight into it. Most people told me it was going to be fine, so I went in being rather optimistic. BUT, when I entered the room, the surgeon took a look at my x-ray, shook his head and said, WELL, this is going to be a tough one! All while making a bloated face and shaking his hands near his cheeks, miming for them to get bigger. So nice to hear… AHEM. He even let me choose which side I wanted him to start on first. Instead I just shook my head in fear and said: well, whatever you think is best (YOU JUST TOLD ME THIS WAS GOING TO BE AWFUL, JUSTGETTHISOVERWITH).
I’m not going to sugarcoat it: it was rather awful. The upper-right one? Out of my mouth in less than 10 seconds. The lower-right one? They had to cut it in three parts and it felt like they removed it with one of these god-awful things. The most fun part?! In less than a month the other two have to be removed as well! GASP!!!
As you can see they have yet to remove my dramatic streak.
Ha, just kidding, I’m fine. But the part about the truck is true, it still hurts like a mo-fo. Here are a few things that helped me through this boring week (because I’m vain like that and I didn’t feel like going outside looking like a russian guinea-pig that’s been hoarding for winter-time and wasn’t even smart enough to use both cheeks)
Hope you are all well!
Oh, hi everyone! That blogging thing is going grrrrreat right? (not). Well, what have I been up to? Besides this class I’m taking about Germany and the European Union, I’ve also been doing some work for my sort-of-father-in-law (I’m building a website for his company), I started a volunteering job (maybe I tell more about it in a few weeks), I study, I go to work for a few hours a week and I’ve been doing fun stuff :) I should probably also be working on my thesis a bit more, but there’s only so much hours in a day, right?
1. On the road on our way to my dad who lives on the other side of the country (luckily in the Netherlands that only means driving for 2,5 hours). We don’t get to see each other very often because of his work (he’s at sea a lot), so it was extra nice to spend a day with each other :) ♥ 2 + 3. Mirrorshots, because WHY NOT. ♥ 4. A picture I took of our sunset. ♥ 5. Another shot from the huge collection of pictures I took with Annemerel. ♥ 6. My nightstand. I finished “De kleine blonde dood” this week and I really really loved it. Most people have already read it because of the mandatory reading lists in school, but somehow I’ve never read this one before. So glad I finally read it! Gosh, it wasn’t a fun read, but definitely worth it. ♥ 7. The church from the village my dad lives in now. ♥ 8. I received my printic order (more info below!). ♥ 9. Yesterday we borrowed my mom’s car for some grocery shopping. We also decided to get some coffee and chocolate croissants and ended up on one of our favourite spots overlooking the sea. We watched this mom and her small child trying to walk along the coastline and the child had this little mittens sticking out from his sleeves, and he continued to trip over his own feet again and again and she tried to pull him on his hood whenever he tried to run to the water. It was just very cute :) ♥10. A snapshot I took when we visited Kim two weeks ago! ♥ 11. obsessed… Fleetwood Mac.
If I had to pick one word for Annemerel to describe her, it would probably be “whirlwind”. Yes, I know, she may look ethereal in some of these pictures, but don’t let them fool ya, because anyone who has met her would totally agree with me: when Annemerel enters a room, BOOM, there she is. She is constantly moving, talking and just being her fabulous self. She’s hard to forget!
Last tuesday I visited her in her home in The Hague and of course I took my camera with me. Foolishly enough we only decided to start shooting at around 3 o’clock, which kind of made it a challenge with the natural light (or lack thereof). The fact that it was raining outside made it none the better, but luckily we did get a lot of good shots! (ifimaysaysomyself)
We shot a few different looks (4 in total) and that, together with the difference in lighting throughout the afternoon, made it a bit of a challenge for me to edit them and get a coherent photo spread. You can see it didn’t quite work out, instead I have a lot of pictures that just don’t match. Whatever, don’t care. I love them anyway.
All in all I’m a happy gal and very happy with the results. I took soooo many pictures, it’s insane. Making a selection was almost impossible. You’ll probably see some more of them appear on her blog over the next few months :)
Thank you Annemerel for being my model for the day! You’re absolutely gorgeous (and fabulous!). Don’t let anybody ever tell you otherwise! xo
My absolute favourite director is without a doubt Sofia Coppola. I love her films, I love her soundtracks and I love her personal style. She really inspires me and I just never get bored with her!
ABOUT SOFIA COPPOLA
Sofia is the daughter of director Francis Ford Coppola and is famously known for her horrible death scene in The Godfather III (which was directed by, of course, her father). Maybe someone remembers that quote from Gilmore Girls? Before going of to college, Rory HAS to watch a Godfather marathon. Or like Lorelai tells her:“…and stock up on Tuesday, the day of all days. Godfather I, II, and III, with extra showings of the Sofia death scene over and over as long as the Mallomars hold out!” Now, I’ve never seen these films (gasp, I know, right?!), but if I have to believe general opinion, her acting was rather terrible. Luckily she’s better at directing and she “gave” us a lot of pretty films for us to look at. In 2004 she won an Oscar for the best script with her film Lost in Translation and with Somewhere she won a Golden Lion in Venice in 2010. Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks she’s really talented ;) She has also directed a few commercials (H&M and Dior) and sometimes ventures into photography. Her husband, Thomas Mars, is the lead singer of the french band Phoenix. With him she has worked on several soundtracks for her films. And lets not forget their two daughters of course, I bet that was a team effort as well ;)
My three favourite films:
1. Lost in Translation (2003) –> My review / the trailer
2. Marie Antoinette (2006) –> My review / the trailer
3. The Virgin Suicides (1999) –> My review / the trailer
The soundtracks are AMAZING. Here is a playlist I made of a few of the songs from Sofia’s films. If I had my way it would be about 40 songs long, but instead I made a selection of 10.
1. Girls – Death in Vegas 2. Whatever happened – The Strokes 3. Pulling Our Weigth – Radio Dept. 4. Ceremony – New Order 5. I don’t like it like this – Radio Dept. 6. Plainsong – The Cure 7. Just like Honey – The Jesus and Marie Chain 8. I’ll try anything once – The Strokes 9. Playground Love- Air 10. Love like a Sunset – Phoenix.
Sunday we decided to drive up to Ghent and pay a spontaneous visit to Kim. She thought I was making a joke when I called her to ask her if she would be home that afternoon. Not that strange of a reaction actually, considering we live about four hours away. But I wasn’t kidding! It was a crazy idea of course, but it was also SO MUCH FUN.
We were only there for five hours, but somehow it did feel like a small getaway. We went out for sushi, walked around beautiful Ghent, had some tea and talked about our lives. The car rides where filled with good food, bad radio tunes and wikipedia’ing weird city names. We were home by 2AM and there we were, in our own cosy bed again, laughing about our crazy day. Loved it ♥
♦ I’ve been practicing with water-colouring. It sure is harder than you think, at least for someone who doesn’t even know how to properly draw a tree… (I still do the “cloud with legs” thing). For now I think I’ll just stick with text… This one is (of course!) a lyric by Fleetwood Mac and will definitely end up in a frame. I can really recommend making something like this yourself, I had fun!
♦ On friday we went to Amsterdam to a) hand in an assignment, b) lunch (Bagels&Beans! yess), c) meet up with one of our friends for a drink and d) enjoy the good weather. It was one of those days where you don’t know where you will end up. In our case we got stranded on a train-station near our town (after a spontaneous visit to Ikea). We called a friend to ask for him to come and pick us up and then I spotted Tara at the other side of the tracks and we waved and then we were suddenly with four people in a car talking about ideas for crazy costume parties (the huge parrot costume with a pirate on his shoulder was my favourite). We were home by eleven, but it sure felt like we experienced three days in one.
♦ Second semester starts next week, which means that the crazy study thing will start again. The last couple of days I have been without deadlines and IT. IS. HEAVENLY. Today we are planning on taking a spontaneous roadtrip (if we can arrange a car, that would be essential of course). Who knows where we will end up! I love this feeling.
Enjoy your sunday xx
My monday: drinking coffee and cleaning the house while it’s raining outside (AGAIN). Listening to this and this (the title song from Parenthood, my latest tv-show obsession). Trying out some more water colouring after my first attempt yesterday and starting a new book. All in all a nice start of the week :) (also: Tara drew a cartoon version of me, how cool!)
Ugh, let me just be honest with you, I’m not feeling that well lately. Maybe it’s the greyness outside? I’ve been busy with school and there is also some not so cheery family stuff. On top of that I’m unproductive and even when I do manage to do something, I hate everything I write and every picture I take. FRUSTRATING. I’ll probably laugh about this in a week (fingers crossed), but right now it feels utterly frustrating. How did I suddenly become 16 again?! THERE ARE PEOPLE DYING IN SYRIA YOU KNOW, get a grip.
To snap myself out of this (or at least try), I decided to think about the things I loved the past few weeks. Here they are.