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The first week of january

Monday morning started early with a visit to Amsterdam. As you can see it was rather wet. Where is my snow?! ❆ We finally bought a frame! I got this poster at the Modern Museum in Malmö for my 22nd birthday. ❆ Passing Rotterdam on our way to my family in Zeeland. ❆ Owls are cute! This one has a place on our mantelpiece.

Nothing better than a crisp new shirt you found in sale.

On New Year’s Eve we had a little photoshoot with my new camera, a passe partout and our friend/sister. It was really really fun and we ended up with a lot of great pictures! (I only included our picture because I don’t know if the others would like to be on the internet ;))

A very pretty sky. ❆ A picture I took at the beach. ❆ A really healthy omelette. Balances out all of the Big Macs I’ve been eating lately… whoops #sorrynotsorry ❆ STUDYTIME. Not cool. Also: literally five minutes after this picture was taken I knocked over my coffee. Bye bye clean table cloth (which was actually an old curtain, so who cares right).

The past week has been a bit boring actually! Of course I could’ve been smarter and plan a bit better, but instead I had to work like crazy this week to be able to meet my deadlines. Who sets those things RIGHT AFTER Christmas break in the first place…?! That’s just bad manners! Ahem. Anyway, because of said deadlines I was stuck to my laptop these past few days, typing away and staring at the ceiling in despair and typing again and then, when sunday came, I sent it in, right on the twelve o’clock dot (PM that is). And that’s about as exciting as my week would get.

At the moment, as we speak, I should actually be doing work for my other deadline this week. It’s master thesis time and on thursday we have to present our idea to a small panel of other students (again, my life is so exciting). The good news is: I have determined a subject. The bad news is: I still haven’t been able to formulate a real ~question~ from which to conduct my research (pooh, had a bit of difficulty with translating the term there, but let’s just leave it at that). It’s the most difficult part I think! Hope it will come to me when reading up about it.

Of course, me being inside and stuck behind my laptop for most of the time, also means a lot of procrastinating has been done. Here are some things I found and like to share:

Probably my life saver this week: the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. I know, I know, super geeky and whatevs, but if it’s good enough for Orlando Bloom, then it’s good enough for me (j/k, Lord of the Rings is awesome, just like Orli’s butt). Something about that music even makes essay writing an EPIC event (just as epic like… well, no, I’m not going to make that joke). ♥ THE NEW VERONICA MARS FILM IS ALMOST HERE!!! Watch the trailer over here. ♥ Just a few more nights of sleep and then there will also be a new episode of GIRLS! I’m so excited for the new season. Here’s a teaser. ♥ It’s a bit difficult to read a lot when you’ve been studying all day, but I do manage to read 1 or 2 chapters of Hilary Clinton’s book every day without falling asleep. I hope she will publish a book about her time as a Secretary of State soon! But maybe she’s too busy with running for president..? ;) ♥ I really like that Kim has been blogging a lot more lately! Go check that out if you want! :) ♥

Music, mix the bourgoise and the rebelllll, yeahhh ♫

I have been on a real David Bowie binge the past few days. This is probably one of my favourite songs. Did you know that the song is about two lovers who are separated by the Berlin Wall? Bowie wrote it in 1977 during his stay in West-Berlin.

Have a good week everyone ♥

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same old, same old, megapossssst

Picture time!

Sunday breakfast at our own home. It feels so nice to have our own place again, I absolutely love it (and don’t worry, I did not force my boyfriend to watch Gossip Girl with me!) ♥ I ordered a book for school (something to do with my master thesis, can’t believe that has already appeared on my to do list) and found the envelope to be a real masterpiece. ♥ Last week we paid a visit to one of our favourites shops: IKEA. We spent a lot more money than anticipated, but it was worth every single penny. We bought some curtains and also this footstool (it was on sale, I simply could not leave it behind). ♥ On instagram I posted a really lame joke accompanying this picture. Something with grenades and a certain Bruno Mars song. Couldn’t help myself.

On instagram there’s this thing called “throwback thursday” (or tuesday? don’t know actually). I decided to post some pictures I took during my stay in Sweden (2012). A picture from Malmö, a picture I took in Ystad and the other one is my dorm room. One of my friends I met there messaged me on Facebook this week and something he said made me realise: it has been almost 2 years since I started my semester in Lund. That’s crazy! It really feels like yesterday. ♥ Hot choco and WHIPPED CREAM. How could I ever survive the dark cold seasons without those two?

Another buy from Ikea: our storage shelves for the kitchen. Super cheap, still cute. On the right you can see my other solution for storing stuff in a small kitchen: hanging stuff on the wall. Why not, right? The “poffertjes” pan I scored at the thriftstore for only 2,5 euros. I was looking for one for ages! ♥ The second picture is one of some details from our living room :-)

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DIARY or something

Home Decor

We have been living in our new apartment for almost a week now and every day it’s starting to feel more like home. Interior design is one of the things I really enjoy and for me the challenge of spending little money, but having great results, is always a fun one! I always like to spend a trip to the thriftstore first, because you can find the greatest things if you really take a good look. And all that for just a few bucks. As you can see I’ve been cozying it up big time. Candles, (fake) flowers, using all kind of things as candleholders (the one in the picture on the right is actually an old jar of jam) and re-using stuff we already owned. I might change it all again next week, but for now it feels good to have a little more stuff in here. Especially when both the walls and our bookcase are still a bit empty (we still have to get our books out of storage). Right now I’m thinking about what to do with our bedroom… hmm…

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Septembah

This week I finally met up with Annemerel (after not seeing her for a year!) and she told me that she thought my blog was more like a scrapbook. She’s right of course, because when you look up the definition of “blog” in the dictionary, I bet it doesn’t say “a website that gets updated three or maybe four times a month”. Whoops. SO YES, welcome to my scrapbook then. And scrapbooks tend to get a little crazy, with glue stuck everywhere between the pages, little stickers, lots of pictures and impromptu captions, so you better get used to the weird long posts about nothing ;-) This one is about my month of september (because let’s face it, the next one will probably be posted in october anyway).

Picture time!

Annemerel took good care of me when I visited her! Delicious food and a spontaneous hair makeover; fun! Before that I visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a class I’m taking and it was AWESOME. We listened to a reading from the head of the Asia department who just got back from N-Korea (Mind. Blowing.) and got a little tour. I could probably bore you with it for hours.

A pretty view at the beach ♥ I’ve been eyeing these shoes ever since Kim bought them a few years ago and I wanted them sooooo bad. Long story short: I finally got them! Yay! ♥ Listening to Keane (and Coldplay!) is autumn to me. ♥ Ever wonder what the hell is keeping me so busy these days? This is the answer! Studying studying studying. It doesn’t end!

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About the first week of September

Hey you! How are you? I can’t believe it’s September already! The leaves will soon begin to fall, the air will get colder and those white pants will have to disappear into to back of your closet. WINTER IS COMING… Only three more months till we’re taking selfies in front of a big decorated tree and Chris Rea will be driving home for Christmas (again). But enough of that, we still have three months to go ;-)

I started my classes this week. I only take two courses, but the workload is much heavier than I could’ve anticipated (just like the prices I had to pay for my books, gasp). Luckily it’s all very interesting and it makes me really excited to go to work and study my ass off. The first class I’m taking is a mandatory one called “History of international relations” and the second one is about Asia, “International relations and the rise of Asia”. That one is particularly fun because of the teacher, who has a lot of expertise and passion for his subject. The fact that I know near to nothing about Asia does make it a bit of a challenge, but I say: bring it on! Another big plus: we will also be taking a field trip to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I’ve been to The Hague before to visit the National Archives, The Peace Palace and the ICTY (and Annemerel of course, also important ;)), but the Ministry will be a first for me. I’m excited!

Things I ♥’d this week

I finished reading a great book this week: Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s autobiography. In it she tells us about her life and she also raises a lot of interesting points that are still VERY relevant today. I’m always amazed at how, after I’ve read these kind of books, it makes me think about the world and how the knowledge I gain from it turns out to be very applicable in real life discussions. Of course I’m always reading these sort of books the way I would read every other publication; with a healthy dose of skepticism. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be valuable knowledge! ♥ “We are the Millers” was way funnier than I thought it would be. No masterpiece, but entertaining nonetheless. ♥ Australia’s Next Top Model started again, yay! It’s the only cycle I still watch. Beautiful girls and photoshoots. ♥ Wednesday evening I went out for an icecream with a friend (my boyfriend was still at school :( he makes such long hours) and while we were driving along the coast we saw the most beautiful sky. I just had to get out and take a picture! It took me a bit longer than I thought (god, that was some steep hill leading me to the beach) and yes, the pictures turned out way less beautiful than I wanted them to be, but wow, it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Above you can see my attempt to capture it. ♥ I’ve been a bit obsessed with Louise of sprinkleofglitter. I love her videos! Especially her “heart to heart” ones. She seems to be such a sweet and honest person. She also has a cute blog. ♥ Thursday I met up with Nathalie for a picnic along the water. It was great to catch up with her and somehow picnics are even better along the water, right?

And, because this of course would not be complete without a song:

It’s by Lorde and is called “Royals” :)

Have a great weekend everyone! xoxo

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Such a hard knock life

Whenever I meet up with a friend and they ask me what I’ve been up to lately, I have to think really hard to try and remember how I’ve been spending my days. It must be so annoying, but I really can’t help it. Nowadays I have little to no structure in my life. Sometimes I even forget what day it is! Yes, I do have a job and I’m also taking driving lessons, but other than that the past month has been one long vacation: taking out the canoes when the weather is nice, reading books, watching an episode of some mindnumbing tv-series during a bubble bath, going to the movies, cooking, spending time with friends, taking long walks, enjoying the town and it’s public events, working out… Everyday I have been busy with fun stuff. Obviously I’m not complaining!

Most of all, it is awesome not having a school-deadline annoying me in the back of my head. Around this time last year I just came back home from my semester in Sweden and at the same time I was busy finishing up my thesis. SO MUCH STRESS. To everyone who is going through it now: good luck! You can do it! I myself am treasuring these last few stress-free months. Only three left till september…

My “year off” is not over yet, but I think I can already conclude it has been a success. Like a quote I found on the web: “There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” And although the past year has not been exactly calm (trust me: moving twice is no fun at all y’all), I did have the time to “stand still”. Sort of. Because I do not feel like I’ve been standing still AT ALL. I’m not going to go all “I NOW KNOW WHAT LIFE IS ABOUT” on your ass, because that is certainly not true, but the past year did give me a chance to catch a break. A welcome one indeed :-)

Anyway, like we would say in dutch: let’s go with the goat. I’ll share some ~objects of my affection~.

This thread on reddit about strangers you still think about is such a good read ♥ Like you can see in one of the snapshots above, I’m reading Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. I’m a bit of a slow reader at the moment, so I’m not that far in yet, but I’m really loving it already. Just like Norwegian Wood it has an atmosphere of mystery which really manages to pull me in. ♥ THIS PICTURE. I CAN’T EVEN… (I found it on reddit, but I can’t find the original post) ♥ Pretty Little Liars season 4 has started! I feel a bit bad for still following that show, but I really can’t help it. Those outfits they’re wearing though… horrific. ♥ How amazing is this woman? 13 hours, wow! ♥ Kim visited me this week and it was so nice to see her again. So, yes, not an object, but definitly a lot of affection there :) Also: happy birthday today Kim!! Sorry I can’t be there! :( ♥ I’ll have to wait till august before I can see The Bling Ring… pfff… has anyone seen it already? How was it? ♥ My internet connection sucks over here (hence the lack of updates… seriously, I already tried to post this entry like five times): a lot of hearts for good working wifi out of the house ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

And here is a playlist of my fav songs of the moment. It turned out to be a bit of a weird and nonsensical one. Oh well.

Have a nice weekend everybody xx

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The past ten days (bits and piecies)

Photosession with Tara, yay! She is definitely my favorite person to shoot with. We shot pictures inside her house and some by the sea. This is one of my favorites. ✝ Our street has been covered with pink blossom and this tree is the one who’s responsible for it. ✝ It’s moving time again! I decided I wanted to get rid of some clothing so I cleaned out my closet. If I’m not going to wear it, I’d rather have someone else enjoying them. ✝ I also found these babies! Totally forgot I had them.
Another picture from when I was shooting with Tara. I borrowed a camera from a friend so we could shoot some clips of her playing her music which she then could send to her family in Ireland. Scroll down if you want to hear one of her songs. ✝ I paid a visit to the optician and got some new glasses. I’ll have to wait two weeks for them to arrive, bugger… I’ll show you when I’ve got them :)

(Tara is a bit shy, so she’s probably going to kill me when she sees her face plastered all over this page)

(I don’t care)

She said she felt brave today, so I was granted the permission (he he) to make the youtube clips public. Here you go, here is one of her songs:

PLEASE IGNORE MY POOR VIDEO (EDITING) SKILLS. I decided to try and zoom in at the end, BAD IDEA, lol.

I had a really hard time choosing which one I would show. Eventually I chose this one because I love how it feels like a very honest and cute song. It’s not really my story to tell, but listen to it and you’ll know what it’s about. Go check it out at my youtube channel (eventually she will have them up on her own channel, this was just for easy sharing purposes).

Speaking of (being) green: I really love how everything is turning green outside. It all happened over the course of one weekend. Suddenly it looked like summer! Too bad it’s been raining ever since.

- other stuff –

Anne took me to see The Great Gatsby as a birthday present this week and whoaahhh… it was amazing. I really loved it! I was a bit worried when I saw the trailer that it would simply be too much for me (director Baz Luhrmann has a really distinctive way of filmmaking), but I was pleasantly surprised! ♥ My two favorite songs from the soundtrack of The Great Gatsby: Lana del Rey with Young and Beautiful & Florence + The Machine with Over the Love ♥ A friend of mine showed me reddit.com and now I’m seriously hooked (also, please don’t call me Shirley). I have an app on my phone and I keep checking it every few minutes. A few gems: IamA, were you can ask questions to people who have something to tell (like a refugee from north Korea or a police officer or someone who has a few days left to live), the“funny” tag or the one about politics. ♥ I drove FOUR hours this week and I’m finally getting the hang of it (sort of). Atleast I haven’t killed anyone yet. ♥ My work-out clothes have not seen daylight this week. Yes, I’m a lazy bum. And I reallly don’t care. ♥ We don’t know what we should do with our vacation! Warsaw and Krakow or being lazy on a beach somewhere? (whitegirlproblems) ♥ “When I look at you a Coldplay song plays in my heart”, haha! I love GIRLS! (the series. Sorry ladies.) ♥ One of my best friends is getting married and she asked me to be her “best man”! Wow, such an honor! I’m very happy for them :) ♥ The final episode of The Office aired last week… what can I say? It was just the way I wanted it to be, or maybe even better. I’m not going to spoil it for you, no worries! Just want to say it was great. ♥

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a house to pack….. Pfffff. Have a nice weekend everybody xx

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Images and thoughts

▲ 1. We have been taking our bikes out quite a lot the past few weeks and I just HAD to take a picture of our pretty view along the way. ▲ 2. WE HAVE TICKETS!! I’m finally going to see Stevie!!! It’s still a few months away. Counting down the days. ▲ 3. Awesome picture of our king with his parents (when he was younger -obviously). Lion King? Anybody? ▲ 4. On our way home, when passing Rotterdam.

I deleted my twitter and (public) instagram yesterday. I just felt like it and don’t regret it at all. I also had my second driving lesson, which I actually enjoyed.

{ two pictures from Frankfurt }

{ all else }

The soundtrack for The Bling Ring is here! And I’m now listening to it for the first time. I love Sofia and her soundtracks, so I have high hopes for it. ♥ So many hearts for The Office. Can’t believe it’s almost over! ♥ I seriously get goosebumps every.single.time while watching this. (ok ok ok, enough fangirling) Rhiannonnnn! ♥ Speaking of goosebumps… Still can’t believe how beautiful our new queen looked in that gorgeous dress by Jan Taminiau. ♥ You’ve probably read this already, but if you haven’t, then I think you should. If you’ve actually wondered what your life would look like without the internet, then this article “I’m still here: back online after a year without the internet” by Paul Miller is a read for you. ♥

Oh, and before I forget: It’s Annemerel’s birthday today! Yay! ♥

(Psst.. I heard she celebrated it with cocktails and pulled a real “Serena on Thanksgiving“, if you know what I mean… xoxo GG)

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That thing called life

Jep, my bathing suit! I went for a swim this thursday (and the one before that) and it was surprisingly fun. ▲ Nathalie came to visit me and here I was waiting for her to arrive at the trainstation. I felt a bit like a tour guide when I was showing her “my” city. We enjoyed the nice weather (which means: ICECREAM) and had a great day! ▲ This may not be the most healthiest drink I know, but it sure is the most delicious one. Pick up your favorite vanilla icecream, throw in some strawberries (or other red fruit), add a little bit of milk and blend it. Especially good when the sun is shining! ▲ Kim bought me a tiara for my birthday, how cool?! She knows me so well! This is pretty accurate.
Last weekend the sun was shining and Kim needed some pictures of her outfit. You can go over to her blog to check out the final results. She also took my new facebook profile picture.
My wallpaper, a movie still from Ginger & Rosa. ▲ We went to the local movie theatre and saw “The Master”. I’m not sure what to think of it, but it wasn’t really my cup of tea, I guess… ▲ I went to the gym! (it felt a bit weird to take pictures, but luckily it was quiet) ▲ Some people ask me why I don’t go to the gym more often when I get to work out for free. Well, it’s simple really: when I go to my gym, it also feels like work. Because I work there. And EVERY time (I’m not kidding) someone will come up to me and “bother” me with work stuff. It sounds a bit dramatic (again, I refer to the “dramaqueen” category this blog has), but sometimes that can be a bit frustrating. Yesterday it went alright, I almost escaped the curse (!), until five minutes before leaving my boss came up to me. And I’m really bad at saying no, so this morning I was standing in front of our old Town Hall handing out flyers… I had fun, but, well, let’s say it proves my point ;-)

Other stuff:

Last weekend I met up with Anne, whom I hadn’t spoken to in almost 4 (!) years. Honestly, it felt like yesterday when I was talking to her. Yes, a great way to spend my saturday night :) ♥ Is there someone else here who is following The Office? Am I the only one who thinks Jim is becoming kind of a dick?! ♥ I took me a few times replaying it, but now I’m hooked… Miley, you got me again. ♥ Tonight I’m going to watch Tara perform. She’s playing at a local café and I’m going there with my boyfriend to enjoy some cocktails (and beers, probably). Oh, and champagne of course, because tomorrow I turn 23. Seriously, when did that happen?! ♥ I laughed way too hard when I saw this. I think my favorite is Radimir! ;) ♥ There is DEFINITELY going to be Veronica Mars movie, yay! ♥ “WHEN MEN ARE OBJECTIFIED – EXAMINING JON HAMM” Interesting read. Also: this. I don’t necessarily agree with every single thing that’s being said in these articles, but it is certainly food for thought. ♥ Next week we will explore Frankfurt. Have you been there before? If so, what is a must-see? ♥

To finish up this post, here is one of my favorite work-out songs:



I mean, come on, ain’t no way they can stop me now! (yes, I listen to rap during my work-out) (& yes, I also take myself way too seriously)

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