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Instagram accounts die je moet volgen vindikgewoon

Stiekem heb ik nog wel een twitteraccount (voornamelijk om over één van mijn favo shows Parenthood te kunnen lezen, omg THE FEELS, THE FEELS), maar inmiddels heeft dat sociale medium voor mij al ruimschoots plaats gemaakt voor instagram. Ik check het ongeveer tien keer per dag (oeps, ik probeer al te minderen), want het is zo’n snelle en leuke manier om geïnspireerd te raken. En stiekem doe ik zelf natuurlijk ook mee (althans, ik doe mijn best). Nieuwe accounts ontdekken is altijd fijn en dus deel ik op mijn blog graag wat van mijn vondsten. Misschien ken je ze al, maar misschien ook niet, en dan hoop ik dat je een kijkje gaat nemen! :)

/heimarlou
Marlou is gewoon heel erg leuk én ze post foto’s van alles wat ik leuk vind (hoe kan dat?!)… Dus, ja, volgen als je graag mooie dingen ziet. Haar blog is ook een bezoek waard :)

/theroadishome
Ze deelt niet heel vaak foto’s op haar instagramaccount, want ze heeft het nogal druk met reizen enzo (och, vervelend), maar als ze het dan doet, wauw! Prachtige stijl van fotograferen. Haar blog is ook een aanrader.

/florawis
Flora lijkt me een lieve slimme meid en ze woont ook nog eens in Stockholm #bonuspoints. Op haar instagramaccount krijg je een inkijkje in haar kleurrijke leven. Overigens heeft ze ook een hele fijne blog, dus gaat dat zien! :)

/sabinemetz
Nou, als ik dat nu nog uit moet leggen?! Sabine is fotografe en deelt op haar instagram zowel persoonlijke foto’s als wat van haar werk. Altijd mooi!

/fr3nchiejane
Francesca Jane Allen is een talentvolle fotografe met een hele bijzondere manier van fotograferen. Ze heeft altijd interessante portretten, waar je nét iets langer naar blijft kijken.

PS. Volg ik je en sta je hier niet tussen, ga dan niet in je kussen huilen vannacht, want ik vind jullie allemaal echt heel TOF hoor, echt! ❤

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When in Reykjavík…

It was almost impossible to select which ones to include without turning this in a never-ending story, but nevertheless I did it: here are some tips to spend your time in the most northern capitol of the world, the beautiful and cozy Reykjavík.

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❄ Pay a visit to the many art galleries en museums the city has to offer.

❄  The photography museum is FREE (yay!) and of course it all depends on the kind of exhibition they are showing, but I think it’s a must-see either way. I really enjoyed the museum. And, again, it’s FREE, so you’ve got nothing to lose!

❄ Skip the Reykjavík Art Museum, unless there is an exhibition you really want to see. Especially if you’re short on time. Granted, I know very little of art, but most of the times that doesn’t bother me and I can still enjoy an art museum. This visit left me confused! Not my cup of tea I guess.



❄ Walking along the streets of Reykjavík is a great way to get inspired. Lots of graffiti, colourful buildings and lovely views.

❄ Want to see the parliament? No problem, it’s just a short walk away from the main street. It’s rather small and unimpressive (that’s what she said), but still worth a visit!

❄ In some cafés you can find the free newspaper The Reykjavík Grapevine. A great paper and best of all: it’s in English, so us foreigners can read it as well :)

❄ If you love to eat fish, Reykjavík is the place for you. Go to Café Retro (located on the newer part of the harbour) and enjoy the BEST fish soup you will ever eat in your life (it contains mussels, shrimps, scallops, salmon and other white fish). It’s a little les touristy and full of locals. Be on time, or else they’ll be out of soup! They do have more delicious things on the menu though, so no need to worry.

❄ Want to visit another authentic fish restaurant? Go to the old harbour and eat at Sægreifinn. It’s a small place and often a bit crowded, but they have great food (we ate the crayfish soup, mjam!). If you want you can also taste Moby Dick on a Stick (whale, which I didn’t try because I found the idea rather cruel).


❄ In Iceland they LOVE coffee and in town there are many great places to order one of those lovely warm fellows. Visit Stofan if you want to relax on a sofa (or really love chocolate cake… theirs is great!), drink some coffee over at Café Babalú if you’re into crazy interior (no, but seriously, it’s the cosiest place) or else there is always a Te & Kaffi around the corner. I guess you could say it’s sort of the icelandic equivalent of Starbucks (but better!). They also have free wifi at almost all of the cafés, so it’s great if you want to send a message home or get some (school)work done.

❄ Want to see some impressive Icelandic architecture? Pay a visit to Harpa, the opera building near the harbour. Pro tip: too cold outside but you really really want to look at the marvellous view of the mountains across the harbour a little longer? Enter Harpa, take the stairs and walk to the back. Voilà! A place behind the glass to take some pictures or just look at the view, without freezing your nose off.


❄ If you want to do some real hardcore shopping, I suggest you visit one of the malls just outside the city centre. It’s there where you can find some of the bigger chains, like Zara and Vero Moda. The city centre has some great stores as well, but they are more “one of a kind”. If you like scandinavian design, you will LOVE shopping in Reykjavík. Do not forget to bring a heavy wallet though, because everything is rather expensive… TIP: take a look at record store “Lucky Records”, where they have a large collection of vinyl. A must if you want to bring some of the Icelandic music home with you.

❄ You are in Reykjavík and have the time to leave the city? GO! You have not fully experienced Iceland yet if you’ve seen nothing of the beautiful nature the country has to offer. If you still need some convincing:

Or take a look at my previous posts about Iceland. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Feel free to leave questions or recommendations!

(I was not sponsored by the Icelandic tourist board to write this post lol. BUT SERIOUSLY, you should go.)

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Beeld, september

Hoi allemaal! Het werd weer eens tijd voor een fotodagboekje. Ik denk zo vaak dat ik niet genoeg materiaal heb, maar dan zie ik dat ik eigenlijk best wel weer veel foto’s heb gemaakt (en best veel heb gedaan!). Joost is nu alweer een paar weken weg en hoewel het stil is in huis (en koud in bed, snif), moet ik zeggen dat ik mezelf goed kan vermaken. Natuurlijk mis ik hem wel heel erg en zou ik het echt heel leuk vinden als we zomaar spontaan even een koffie konden gaan halen in de stad, maar ik heb het druk zat en bovendien vertrek ik over nog geen vier weken zelf gewoon naar IJsland om hem te zien. Wauw, ik ga naar IJsland! Ik besef het zelf nog niet echt. Tot die tijd moet ik nog genoeg doen, dus die paar weken kom ik vast nog wel door… Hier de foto’s van de afgelopen twee weken :)

❤ Mijn webshopje (bij gebrek aan een beter woord) ging online, yay! Het logo en de achtergrond heb ik zelf geschilderd/ontworpen en ik ben er eigenlijk best wel blij mee. Nu nog afwachten hoe snel ik het zat word, haha. Gelukkig heb ik nog geen 100 visite kaartjes besteld ;) ❤ Een selfie, want ik vond dat mijn haar wel leuk zat en ik had een nieuw shirtje aan. Moet ook wel eens kunnen, toch? ❤ Chaos op de bank! Ik heb toch maar eens een papieren agenda aangeschaft, dat was hard nodig. Nu kan ik alles een beetje beter op een rijtje zetten. Ook fijn: alle schoolagenda’s bij de Hema gaan nu weg met 50% korting. ❤ De bouwvakkers zijn nog steeds druk bezig en ik was het zat om steeds om kwart over zeven gewekt te worden door André Hazes. Dus sliep ik deze week een nachtje bij m’n moeder en maakte ik er een foto van de deur, want ik vond de kleurtjes mooi (heel logisch).

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Sverige (del ett)

Drie lange broeken nam ik mee en ik heb er geen eentje gedragen tijdens onze vakantie in Zweden. Niet tijdens onze week in Rydaholm en ook niet toen we drie dagen in Stockholm waren. Wie had dat gedacht? Ik niet! Anderhalve week hadden we schitterend weer (afgezien van heeeel soms een kort buitje) en konden we daarom grotendeels buiten doorbrengen, met toch wel als hoogtepunt onze duik vanaf Langholmen met uitzicht op Stockholm. Het was 33 graden die dag, dus geloof me als ik zeg dat een duik in het water nog nooit zo goed heeft gevoeld! ;) Sowieso was het echt een topvakantie, misschien wel de leukste tot nu toe! Zucht, ik heb nu al weer heimwee.

Hier deel één van mijn Zweden dagboek, over de week die we samen met Joost z’n familie doorbrachten in een heel schattig houten huisje in Småland, het zuiden van Zweden. Het zijn erg veel foto’s, dus je bent bij deze gewaarschuwd! :)

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Terug op instagram



Hoi, ja, ben ik toch weer even! Ik wilde nog even laten weten dat ik weer op instagram zit. Reden van mijn instagram vertrek een tijdje geleden? Ik had door alle omstandigheden even een social media break nodig. Stiekem had ik echter al vrij snel weer een nieuw account aangemaakt (om het op z’n minst voor mezelf nog te kunnen gebruiken) en ik denk dat ik er inmiddels wel weer normaal (lol) genoeg voor ben om het met wat meer mensen te delen ;)

Of ik de komende tijd heel veel ga updaten weet ik niet (geen idee of ik internet heb daar in Zweden) en of het je interesseert weet ik natuurlijk ook niet, maar mocht je me toch willen volgen, dan kan dat via mijn ENORM originele username @itsashleylynn.

Trouwens: leg inception! Vier keer mijn benen nu naast elkaar, whoaah… unintentional, believe me. Had het pas door toen ik op Publish klikte.

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A life update

Hi everyone. It’s been a while, right? Well, sometimes life throws curve balls at you and all you can do is go with it and try not to panic. It feels weird writing about it here and frankly I don’t really want to, but not mentioning it at all feels wrong, especially considering the impact it has on my life and my loved ones. About three weeks ago my “stepfather” passed away (I’m using air quotes because I strongly dislike the word, I guess I watched Cinderella too many times when I was younger). It did not come as a “surprise”, considering he had been sick for a little while, but it was a terrible shock nonetheless. He was a great loving man and made my mom very very happy.

I don’t really feel comfortable sharing more about it. Somehow everything I type doesn’t do any justice to the pain and confusion that we are all experiencing right now. That, and the fact that I can’t type a single sentence about this all without bawling my eyes out, makes me think I’d rather do this whole grieving thing in private. I hope you understand.


A Trabant, complete with GDR sticker on the back window, couldn’t resist taking a picture ➳ A drawing I did for my sister. ➳ Beautiful yellow tulips. Can’t get over how beautiful (and standing up straight!) they are. ➳ Boyfriend while going for an ice-cream at Koningsdag.

Strangely enough, life goes on and there is nothing you can do about it (although it does feel like EVERYTHING has changed). I try to distract myself with taking pictures, painting and listening to A LOT of Fleetwood Mac (of course I also spend a lot of time with my mom… don’t worry, we are taking good care of her).

In one of my last posts I mentioned my thesis and how that was going to keep me from all the fun stuff the upcoming months. Well, with everything that has happened, I have decided to postpone my thesis writing and instead focus on getting my last regular 6 ECST of my masters this semester. The thesis will have to wait, I’ll probably get to that in september/october.


The sun was going down and somehow it painted our entire living room pink ➳ Last week I was a “model” for one of Malou’s make-up classes. I was supposed to be there a week earlier, but had to cancel and this way it luckily all worked out ➳ Watching falling stars by the sea. There was supposed to be a meteor shower and yes, we did see a few falling stars! ➳ On the 14th of april I turned 24 and although it was probably the saddest birthday ever, I did get a very great gift from my boyfriend. A Fleetwood Mac album on vinyl that was still missing from our collection :)

Here’s a song I’ve been obsessed with (well, besides the songs by Fleetwood Mac of course… but I probably already talk too much about them already, hehe)

Lana Del Rey – West Coast
Give it a few times, you’ll probably have to warm up to it, at least I had to (and no, you’re not crazy, the video is repeating itself).

Hope you’re all well xx

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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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