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Hi everyone! Hope your Christmas was a nice and laid-back as mine! The first day we spent at my boyfriends parents house (very “gezellig”, as we say in dutch!) and the second day we drove to my family in the southern part of the country. While we were in the neighbourhood, we also drove over to Ghent, to pay a visit to Kim and her boyfriend. Why not, right? We’ve only been away for four days, but it felt like a real vacation. Here are some pictures :)
(As you can see I also tried to make GIFs from the videos I took while testing my camera. Not as good as I want them to be yet, but I’ll keep tweaking!)
Because I’m supahfamous (not really), I get a lot of e-mails from companies who want to feature their product on this blog, either by organising a give-away or for me to write an advertorial about their product in exchange for money. Most of them I turn down, because they simply don’t “fit”, it’s as simple as that. But when Fairminds e-mailed me last week about the M-Brace, I though it might be something that WOULD fit with my blog. Fairtrade is certainly something I think is very important, I like the story behind the bracelet and I also thought the design was beautiful.
The fair trade jewelry line M-brace, the winning design from the Design Your Own Silver – Contest of Minds Fair, is a co-creation with Dutch design students, a fair trade supplier and the Mexican silversmith Vladimir. This particular bracelet, the M-Brace, was a design by Marlous and if you want you can check out a video about her and her visit to the Mexican silversmith’s workshop.
As you can see, the bracelet consists of a leather bracelet that you double wrap around your wrist and connect through the silver bead. I got the silver leaf, because I thought it was delicate and really beautiful, but they also have other beads to choose from. There was only one problem though: the bracelets are suitable for an average wrist between 16.5 to 18 cm and I have REALLY small wrists (hey, it’s not funny), so it was way too big for me. If you want you can easily costumize the bracelet by cutting of a piece of the leather and making a new hole of course, but not wanting to demolish the bracelet, I decided to look for someone with a regular wrist and who might like to have the bracelet. ENTER: MY SISTER. So, this friday, after a lot of giggling, I ended up with some pretty pictures and she ended up with a beautiful bracelet.
I did not get paid to write this. I did get the bracelet to shoot some pictures with (which I then used to bribe my sister into being my model ;)).
Hi everyone! You have to excuse me for the messy layout. I’m trying to come up with a pretty blog design, but so far no luck. Instead I accidentally erased a few blogposts (HOW?!), messed up the fonts and got a big headache from all of the coding stuff. I have zero inspiration in the blogdesign department at the moment! Help. Anyway, because a friend of mine is leaving next week for a working-trip to Malmö, it got me inspired to post the pictures I took while I was there in 2012 (geez, time flies). Have you been there before?
I know this looks a bit creepy, so let me just clarify: we did not eat duck for dinner that day.
Last weekend we packed all of our stuff again and moved out of the house. Now we are living with my boyfriends parents, in a house that is (luckily) so big that everyone can still be comfortable. We even have our own place up in the attic, with our couch, books, television and our recordplayer. Ever since we heard we had to move out, we have been contemplating what our next move will be, which will likely take place in two or three months. In the mean time it’s so nice to have a place to crash when you’re still figuring things out and for that I’m very grateful.
The decision process is a constant battle between the exciting (but loud) city with new opportunities and our quiet and beautiful hometown, close to sea, were we feel so at home with friends and family. I remember when I was sixteen, sitting in my bedroom, dreaming about getting out. To explore the world. And believe me, I still want to! But I have done the living in the city part and… well, I’m not so sure anymore if that is what I want to do for the next year. The rest of the world will always be there, ready to be explored, right?
Decisions, decisions… I (we) have never been good with those. Especially this one is turning out to be a little bit more difficult for us. And when you look at the above pictures (I took them two days ago during one of our walks)… can you really blame me?
(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:
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.
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
Last week we took a trip to Frankfurt. It was sort of a “things I want to do before I die” slash “we have vouchers, so let’s use them” kind of thing. The first one because of the great importance Frankfurt has had in the ~realm of philosophy~ (my boyfriend wrote his thesis about Adorno) and the second because we had some left over hotel tickets we had to use before the end of july. Even though we were both excited to go on this roadtrip and explore Frankfurt, I think we both couldn’t have predicted we would love this city so much. Yes, I use the word LOVE. I’ll show you why.
Yesterday we went out and took some pictures.