Category Archives: tunes

Chatter about the sun, school & Banks

Hi everybody! How are you? The weather is SO nice over here, I’m in a real summery mood (yes, I do know it’s technically spring, but whatevs). Today I jumped on my bike, did some grocery shopping and bought me some tulips. It’s so nice to see everything turning green again. Gosh, I forgot how much the sun can do for your productivity level and overall ~emotional~ state.

A new course starts this week (today I handed in my essay from the previous one… let’s just say it was a short night last night… haha) and that means I’ll have to go to Amsterdam a shocking two times a week. I KNOW RIGHT?! Puh, don’t know if I’m going to be able to handle that! Although I must confess the prospect of having a class on friday till 5PM doesn’t really excite me, but I’ll manage ;)

It’s my last course and that also means the study year is soon coming to an end! Wow! After I finish my thesis I’m officially DONE with being a student. I’ll have to write it first of course… ahem. Luckily I received some good news today. Last week I went to visit the archives of the ministry of foreign affairs in The Hague and today I got the green light to access some documents I really want to use. So let’s do this! It is ON like Donkey Kong! And although I never know how and when I’ll blog, I do want to give you a heads up in case I do disappear for a month. It’s THE THESIS.

Last, but certainly not least, I wanted to share a “new” music find: BANKS. Perfect music for these (almost) summery days.

Here is a cover she did from the Aaliyah song “Are You That Somebody”^. And here’s a link to one of her own songs Waiting Game.

Hope you’re well, have a nice week! x

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Things I’ve been loving, picture edition

Our fun and summery weekend in Zeeland and Ghent last week ♥ Seeing my family again and having dinner at Kim’s. ♥ Wearing summershoes and rolling up the ends of my jeans (finally!) ♥ Spending my life with my best friend ♥

Our “new” heater. ♥ A lot of work went into this one! It was originally a very bright orange and we spraypainted it ivory. A friend of ours also installed a LED light in it, so in the evening you can actually turn it on and see a yellow or purple light behind the round glass. I love it! It’s purely for decorating purposes, but I think it really adds something to our living room.

Our new tv, a housewarming/birthday gift from my dad. Quite the surprise! Also: pretty flowers (such a shame they only last a couple of days).

The only time I buy a magazine? If it has the title De Groene Amsterdammer on it’s cover or when I’m on vacation. It’s not really in my weekly budget. Our weekend to Zeeland felt like a vacation (it technically was), so I allowed myself to buy one. I’m really into interior design lately and I loved perusing this. So much inspiration! Maybe I should buy it more often.

Once a year I treat myself to new skin stuff. It costs a fortune, but I love using it everyday. It’s well worth it’s money I think! I’m also trying out a new moisturiser by Clinique. I really liked using their yellow one (don’t know what it’s called?), but this one has SPF in it. Big plus! And the nail polish? I’m apparently late to the party, because everybody already knows it’s fantastic. It’s the perfect colour and it makes it look like you’ve just had a manicure. I’ve been wearing it for 4 days and it still hasn’t chipped! Thanks Anne for recommending it to me! (it’s Bubble Bath by O.P.I.).

This album by Buckingham Nicks (are you getting sick of my Stevie Nicks talk yet?!). I’m seriously obsessed. It’s probably not everybody’s cup of tea, but if you want you can take a listen to it. In case you’ve missed it: I’ve embedded the youtube file below the above picture. My favourites: Frozen Love, Crystal and Races are run.

Have a great week! ♥

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That thing is supposed to be an iPhone (hey, I tried)

Lorde’s number one hit Royals was super catchy (if you’ve never heard it before, you’ve probably been living in a cave for the past year or so, YOU CAN’T ESCAPE IT), but the danger of being just a one hit wonder is always lurking in the corner for these kind of artists. Not for Lorde though, oooooh noooo, she’s too cool to be a one hit wonder. I don’t know if her other songs are as catchy enough like Royals for them to become such a big hit, but I do recommend you get a good listen to her album “Pure Heroine”. Great to listen to while you’re studying or even when you’re prepping to go out dancing. Speaking of: she really can’t dance. We both can’t dance! Which is an awesome thing to have in common. I think.

Here is one of her songs: Team.

If you want to hear the whole album, here is a link to the one that’s up on youtube.

Happy sunday everybody xx

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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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Cinema: Submarine

A few weeks ago, when we were on a ship on our way back from Newcastle, it somehow felt very appropriate to watch the film Submarine. We both had seen it before, many moons ago, and really wanted to see it a second time. So, there we were (oh, yes, and by “we” I don’t mean myself and my second personality, but I’m referring to my boyfriend), in our hut watching Submarine, while the wind was rocking the ship back and forth and I was on my second anti-travelsickness pill. It proved again to be a great and fun distraction and it almost (almost!) made me and my stomach forget I was on a ship in the middle of the North Sea.

Well, what’s it about then ‘ey?

Submarine tells the story of Oliver Tate, a quirky high schooler who is struggling with typical teenage stuff. He really wants to lose his virginity and is particularly concerned with his parents’ marriage. When he meets Jordana, a mysterious and slightly popular girl from school who shows some interest in him, he is not only determined to lose his virginity to her, but also wants to be the best boyfriend in the world. In the meantime, his mother’s ex-boyfriend (the mystic) moves in next door and threatens the already not so great relationship between his parents. How does he know “it’s not that great”? Well, the light in the bedroom has not been set on dim since his last check-up. Something has to be done!

Originally a novel (which I have not read… yet) the director Richard Ayoade took John Dunthorne’s story and turned it into a real must-see. The use of colours, perfectly aligned shots (that scene under the bridge! so nice) and British sense of humour, made this something more than just a regular coming-of-age story. At times it made me think of a Wes Anderson film, which in my eyes is a real compliment (you’re not a real hipster if you don’t like Wes Anderson. Unless you don’t like Wes Anderson because every hipster likes Wes Anderson, which makes you again, a real hipster). At the same time it also has that British “roughness” you’d expect from a film that was shot along the coast of Wales. Oliver Tate’s voice over, in which he bares his inner thoughts and clever observations, is not only very funny, but also very honest and relatable. And even though some situations are really sad, the story doesn’t get “mushy” at all. That’s what makes this ultimately, above all, a real feel good film.

Also, the soundtrack is SO GOOD. It’s perfect for a lazy rainy day inside or when you have to study and want some background music. Listen:

See? Or better said: you hear that? Even when it’ll turn out you don’t quite like the film as much as I do, you’ll still have the soundtrack to enjoy.

You also want to see the trailer? Here is a link to the one on youtube.

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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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10 fav soundtracks/scores ♫

If someone would take a really close look at my itunes list, the first thing they would probably notice is that one embarrassing Ashlee Simpson album I still own (you know, the one she made when she dated that Ryan dude, starred in her own reality show and still had her old nose). They would also see that the majority of my iTuneslist consists of film-music. Here are my 10 fav’s (with both a link to the soundtrack as well as to one of my blog posts, in case I already wrote about the film).

Marie Antoinette

Sofia Coppola is a star in creating beautiful soundtracks and this one in particular (The Strokes, The Cure…) makes the film just that little bit more interesting than any other periode piece. It seems weird to use this kind of music for a film about the 18th century, but it fits beautifully. The soundtrack and the other anachronisms in Marie Antoinette are a big part of all the fun!
My blogpost (where you can also find a playlist).

Lost in Translation

Whenever I listen to this soundtrack, I’m imagining myself walking through Japan. Sometimes I’m taking a metro ride with Charlotte, others make me think of looking out from her hotel window over the skyline of Tokyo and then finally, that beautiful last song when Bob is driving back to the airport after whispering something sweet (who knows? it’s just a guess) in Charlotte’s ear… Love it.

Into The Wild

A beautiful film with a beautiful soundtrack. Only one condition: you have to like Eddie Vedder, because it are his vocals that are on every song of this soundtrack. Luckily I happen to love his voice! Even if you don’t, please give it a try. Or at least watch the film :)


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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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5 reasons to start buying vinyl (warning: you may be mistaken for a hipster)

People may think you are a hipster, but what can I say, buying vinyl is fun! Here are five reasons why maybe you should start buying it too.

1. Turning it up is fun
There is something special about hopping that vinylrecord out of it’s sleeve and onto the turntable. It’s more of a conscious act (it has two sides and you have to turn it over after a few songs, so you have to keep paying attention ;)) which can make listening to music a real activity. The sound feels richer (although I must confess I know very little about soundstuff) and well, I don’t know… Somehow listening to Stevie on my iPod feels a lot different!

2. The hunt
The hunt for good vinyl is a big part of all the fun. Sure, you can order it online or go to your local recordstore (newly released albums are very easy to find that way), but if you are looking for something old or cheap, you are better off looking at flea markets or in someone’s attic. Those places are a goldmine! Preferably an attic of someone who lived through the sixties (by the way: I am SO jealous of them!). Of course you may also find a lot of junk that you first have to dig through, (I don’t know who the equivalent of Ronnie Tober is in the “English speaking world” , but I think it’s someone along the line of Paul Anka? Only waaaay less cool. Well, that kind of stuff), but trust me. You will thank me later, after you found a great edition of Bowie’s “Space Oddity” up in that dusty attic.

3. The covers
Every collector will haunt me down, murder me and roll me in plastic like Dexter for me saying this, but it has to be said: those covers look great on your wall. Sometimes you don’t have to use the cover and you can use the additional artwork you got with it. Buy some pretty frames at Ikea and frame them up! We have “Harvest” up on our wall and we also used to have “Rumours” up on there (both additional art).

4. Good music
There is so much good music out there! It may seem like a dead-ringer, however I think a lot of people sometimes forget about that. Go out and visit those places where they sell secondhand vinyl, roam the flea-markets, talk with the people behind their boots and I guarantee you: you will find some treasures. Listening to vinyl got me into Supertramp (also my boyfriends fault). And (again: collectors will kill me for saying this) even if you bought some vinyl you don’t like listening to, you can always use the artwork.

5. It is (can be) cheap
Not entirely unimportant: you can score these babies relatively cheap. If you go to the stores or buy newly released stuff, you most likely pay as much for vinyl as for an album on cd (or sometimes a bit more, if it’s limited edition or something), but on flea markets you can find them for a few euros/dollars a piece. Of course those are mostly always secondhand and can look a bit scruffy, though I find that (again) is part of the fun. I think we bought “Rumours” for only five euros… I won’t go as far as saying that was the best way I EVER spent five euros, yet it does have a good shot at being in the top five. It also won’t hurt as much when you bought something for two euros and it turns out to be awful.

There are a lot more reasons for buying vinyl, yet I hope I already convinced you with these five! Feel free to share your tips on where to get great vinyl or a story about your most treasured finds.

PS don’t forget to buy a recordplayer. it will come in handy ;-)

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