hope you enjoy :) here is a list of the songs. if you can’t read my handwriting (sorry) but desperately want to know the name of a song, just leave me a message and I’ll get back to you.
When I was younger I read a lot of books, loved to study and always got good grades. Hermione Granger was probably my biggest example. I thought it was so cool how she knew everrrrything and was always one step ahead of the boys. She kicked ass and she was awesome doing so! Being a nerd suddenly wasn’t so bad anymore.
Nowadays I’m up to my eyeballs in study material and I have to say… sometimes I feel like throwing those books out of the window. I still have one or two years to go though! Luckily I can draw from five years of past experience. That still doesn’t mean I always study when I should. Whoops. Sometimes you just need a little kick in the butt to finally go and finish up that essay. At least I know I do.
Well, attention fellow students! Here are some tips and tricks I picked up on along the way. Some things are probably very “The Pope is catholic” and “Miley has a tongue (and likes to show it)”, other things are the ones I wish I had known about sooner. Maybe you will get something from it as well or maybe you won’t. What might work for me, might not work for you. Feel free to leave your own tips and tricks in the comments. Let’s go!
1. plan ahead and manage the workload by dividing it into smaller pieces
The prospect of having to write a thesis or just a regular big essay can be a bit daunting. Doing research, deciding on a research subject, doing some more research, coming up with a writing structure and of course: the actual writing. The thing I always try to do when faced with such a daunting task is dividing it into smaller tasks. Sounds super simple and yes, it kind of is!
Let’s say I have an essay due in three months, but have to present it to my class the third week of november and I haven’t started yet (this is just hypothetical…… of course… ahem). Instead of being intimidated and freaking out and writing everything in the last week, I try to make it easier for myself and plan ahead. On monday I look up three sources and on tuesday as well. That’s all I do for that day, nothing more, nothing less. On thursday I try and come up with a structure for my essay. On saturday I write an introduction and on sunday I assign myself to write 200 words. These are all very small and manageable tasks. Instead of freaking out about having to write a whole essay and because of that freak-out not having done anything at the end of the day, this is a way better solution. This also works for exams or any other schoolwork. I use this method all the time and can’t do it any other way now. Way better for my blood pressure ;-)
2. READ THE ASSIGNED LITERATURE
This is going to be annoying and I’m going to sound just like your teacher, but it has to be done: read the assigned literature!!! Do it!!! Not only will it help you keep up with what’s being said in class, you will also be able to process it better (because it’s not all new to you, you’ve read about it already!). As a result you will get more out of your class. And let’s not forget about that exam that’s coming up at the end of the course. For this one class I’m taking I have to read an average of 300 pages a week and it’s all scientific literature. It’s kind of boring and well, let’s just say it’s no Harry Potter. Imagine you had to read all that in the few days you have before your exam. My exam is coming up in two weeks and if I hadn’t kept up with all of the reading by now, wow… That would be awful. I would probably feel the same as Harry when he had to come up with a spell to swim under water for 1,5 hours… (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire reference, sorry non-Potterheads). Long story short: just read the assigned literature! And in my experience it also helps to print everything instead of reading it of the screen. You can write in the margins and get little sticky notes to highlight the important pages.
This book! Wow!
I borrowed it from my sister yesterday and I read it this morning in about three hours. I loved it SO MUCH. It was so nice to finally read something other than articles about globalisation and historical landscaping (insert bored emoticon), especially when it’s such a good book. I won’t tell you anything about it (too afraid to spoil it), instead I’ll type out what’s on the back cover of the book:
Anyway, go read it if you haven’t already! :-)
GIRLS: some call it the new Sex and The City, others find it waaaay too explicit, some think it’s racist (because of the lack of colour in casting) and others just find it downright outrageous. Let’s just say this series is getting a lot of talk. And sure, some of it is probably true. It’s about four white women who live in NYC and you see a lot of tits. But it’s also so much more. Every time I watch an episode of GIRLS, I can’t get over the fact how smart and funny it actually is. It’s not for everyone (I would even understand it if you would tell me you hated it), but if you want to discover something new and original, this is it! Let me introduce you.
This is Hannah, the main character and incarnation of the “white girl problems” concept, played by actress, writer and feminist Lena Dunham (Lena is also co-writer and producer of GIRLS, together with Judd Apatow). She talks A LOT about herself, is very insecure and is constantly looking for confirmation from others. In the pilot episode, Hannah gets a rude awakening from her parents; they tell her that they are no longer going to support her financially. Shit! Do they not understand how lucky they are? She could be a drug-addict! Instead she just needs some time to finish up her book and make her unpaid internship evolve in a paid job. And yes, she needs 1200 bucks a month, she lives in New York City, what’s weird about that? All of her friends get help from their parents! But her parents are very firm: Hannah graduated two years ago, it’s time for her to stand on her own two feet. Luckily she’s not alone and has friends who not only support her but also make sure the bumpy ride into adulthood is fun one.
Jessa is the one you secretly want to be (the hair, the wardrobe, the accent, her laissez-faire “woman of the world”- attitude, it’s all so effortless), but at the same time you can’t quite grasp. She’s constantly looking for something or someone else and doesn’t seem to care about what others think of her. She’s so cool, she doesn’t even have facebook. Or at least, that’s the way she tries to portray herself to the outside world. I bet that, deep inside her, just like everybody else, she secretly wants to find security and discover her place in the world. Although you sometimes get the feeling she has already given up on that. In the mean time she is the girl who comes and goes as many times as she pleases. Sometimes quite literately.
Well, what to say about Shoshanna? I sometimes feel that Shoshanna is a bit too cray cray to be a REAL person, but on the other hand… She watches a lot of reality-tv (or tv in general, the poster of the four ladies from Sex and The City in her room is a nice nod to that addiction), talks in hilarious clichés and has crazy hairstyles. At the beginning of the series she’s a (GASP!) 21 year old virgin, can you imagine?! Everybody tells her it’s ok, but popular culture has obviously told her otherwise. She lives with Jessa though (who is her cousin), so with such a sexual creature around the house, the sex-part is bound to work out. Spoiler alert: it does! And that’s just the beginning of all the fun.
The most annoying character is without a doubt Marnie. Sure, you can feel for her and you can relate to her to a certain extent, but never have I ever seen a more selfish person than Marnie. She would be the side of myself I would desperately be trying to hide. She is insecure, a bit of a control freak, self-centred, feels entitled to happiness and thinks of herself as the pretty girl who can get away with anything. She is Hannah’s best friend and their friendship is a lot about shouting at each other about how selfish and self-centred they think the other one is. Well Hannah, you can be self-centred as well, but I think I’m on your side with this one. Marnie has some cute sides to her, but sometimes they are hard to find.
Are there any boys, you ask? YES, of course there are BOYS. And they are kinda cute:
If you’re still not convinced, here are three more reasons to watch GIRLS:
. There are no perfect people in Girls. Everybody has some issue or another and therefore it feels very honest and real. No perfect outfits, no limitless credit cards, no waking up with a full face of make-up or having sex with a bra on (seriously, who does that?!) or a sheet conveniently covering up the (god forbid!) NUDE parts. Instead we see real people, non-perfect people, with real problems and issues. And it’s totally ok.
. Hannah sets an example for women in not giving a rats ass about her waistline or not having a thigh gap. People joke about the amount of nakedness in GIRLS and especially the many nude scenes Lena plays, but I think she’s awesome for showing off how comfortable she is with her body.
. Great writing means great quotes.
I rest my case.
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).
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).
My blogpost (where you can also find a playlist).
Lost in Translation
Blogpost – Playlist
Into The Wild
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!
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
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 ;-)
Eek! Can’t believe today is the start of my last week of vacation. A week until school starts! I’m experiencing that sort of feeling I used to have in highschool. That tingly feeling in your stomach, when you’re excited for the new schoolyear to begin, a new year that is filled with new people and new chances. The feeling that you can be anyone you want to be and leave the past year behind. Nowadays I no longer feel the need to reinvent myself again year after year (let alone think for days about what I should wear on my first day!), but the tingly feeling still remains. I’m excited for new things and above all, I’m excited to learn again. I’m curious: are you starting anything new this year? I would like to know about it!
Anyway, last week was a busy one. My boyfriend left for a seven day campingtrip to Norway and I tried my best to keep myself busy. I always feel lonely when I have to sleep alone and my strategy of doing as much as possible so I would not be able to keep my eyes open for more than 5 minutes after my head touched the pillow turned out to be a great success. Most of the days I hung out with one of my best friends (sidenote: don’t you just hate the fact that there are still people in the world who think a male and female can’t have a friendship without being physical? it’s been annoying me lately), playing Mario Kart and watching The Big Bang Theory. We also took a small roadtrip to a forest nearby, found a cute little diner on our way home and were just in time to watch the sun disappear into the sea. I tried out the instagram film option, you can watch it below:
On friday I spent the day with Tara and we took the train to Utrecht to shop and walk around for a bit. Her hair is silver/pastel pink now, in case you were wondering ;-) Saturday I spent some time with my mother at her boyfriends house. He was smoking fish in the garden, jumm, delicious! I know there are a lot of people who don’t like eating fish, but I honestly can’t imagine NOT eating it. I come from a long line of fisher-men, I have a reputation to uphold ;)
Whoops, I’m rambling again.
Currently we are on our way to the airport. My boyfriend is coming home, yess! I wonder how smelly he will be. But first: Ikea! I hope they finally opened up their candywall again, it feels like a little part of Sweden here in Holland & it makes me happy :-)
Have a good week everybody! xx
My interest in make-up is almost non-existent. Sure, I use it and I know a little bit about it, but it stops right about there. I like using make-up to ~enhance my features~ (hey, a girl’s gotta try) and to not scare the little children, but I only own two small eyeshadow pallets (five colours in total, all in earthy tones) a mascara, eyeliner, bronzer and eyebrow pencil. One of each. I just don’t like spending money on make-up, I don’t care for it that much.
Skincare and haircare is something else though. Not that I’m a big spender in that department (hey, a student’s gotta eat), but I do care for it a little bit more. Having great hair doesn’t suddenly make me a better person, nor does a glowy skin mean I’m a great person to hang out with, but I sure as hell will be nicer to look at. Taking care of those things seems just a very natural thing to do.
From the age of 12 to around 16 I had, like most teenagers (apart from the lucky few), a bad skin. A lot of acne on my face and on my back. It was awful, no matter what I did, nothing helped. Luckily I got rid of it (yay for birth-control) and because I know how much of an effect such a thing can have on your life, I even more appreciate the (almost) clear skin I have now. What I mean to say is this: if you see someone with a skin problem, this does not automatically mean they do not take good care of themselves. DUH! But yes, it has to be said. And for the few who are struggling with it now: hang in there. And: you’re beautiful :-)
Anyway *clears throat*, let’s move away from the TED talk, ontoooo my favorite skin and hair stuff. I like trading tips in this area, the more based on personal experience the better, so that’s why I wanted to share this with you today. If you have any tips yourself, please leave them in the comments!
1. Gliss Kur – Hair Repair Every Day Oil Elixer
This is probably the third flacon I bought of this stuff, not because you go through it that quickly, but because I realllly love it and use it almost everyday. One flacon lasts you probably 6-9 months, depending on the length of your hair. I like using it after washing my hair. One drop goes a long way and prevents my hair from getting frizzy and makes it look all shiny. Great stuff!
2. Lancaster Sun Beauty Care – SPF30 (face)
SPF is incredibly important to protect your skin from (too much) sun. This one has SPF30 and the price is about that number as well (29 euros), which is crazy for SPF (at least I think so), but is also the only one which doesn’t cause me to break out all over my face. So yes, great investment. Next time I’ll probably go for SPF50.
3. Avocado Oil & Walnut Exfoliating Mask by Face Food
I should probably do this more often: use a face mask. I ALWAYS forget about that stuff, even though I really enjoy using them. Nothing better than a hot bath, a face mask and a new episode of whatever is on that day (yes, I should probably put on an Enya cd and de-stress during my baths, but I’m way too hyper to just DO NOTHING). This one from Face Food feels very rich and makes your skin super soft. I don’t like eating avocado, but on mah face, well yes siree. Bring it on.
4. Jacob Hooy – Vitamine E-crème
As a daycream I like to use Clinique (see point 8), but as a nightcream this one is currently my favorite. It’s very rich and perfect for my dry skin. It’s too heavy for during the day (although sometimes I do use a tiny bit on my forehead and cheeks during winter or when I need to hydrate), which makes it perfect for during the night. And it’s cheap! Yay!
5. Himalaya Herbals Apricot srub
This apricot scrub smells great and does the job. You have to be careful, because it has large grains and you don’t want to harm your face. Therefore I would probably not use this everyday if I were you. Once a week and you’re good to go.
6. Gliss Kur Hair Repair Satin Relax Balsemspray
After washing my hair and before using my serum, I usually spray some of this in my hair. It makes it easier to comb through (NEVER comb while you hair is still wet though! Wait till it’s dry) and works against the frizzzz. Cheap, smells great and does the trick.
7. Estee Lauder Daywear Sheer tint release (SPF 15)
Two years ago this was my go-to product. My skin was acting up and I needed a little more coverage, but I LOATHE using foundation. Instead I went looking for a daycream with a colour. This was before the whole BB and CC cream craze, but there were already some daycreams on the market with a little colour in them. This one from Estee Lauder was a great find. Again, a little more expensive and you can probably find a better BB of CC cream on the market right now, but if you want to spend a little more… this is it. It smells great, gives you a little tint, has SPF in it and hydrates your skin.
8. Clinique face wash + daycream for dry skin
I read a lot of bad reviews about the 3 Step program by Clinique, about how it made people break out or get really dry patches. But I really love it! It works wonders for me. Ever since I began using this my face feels clean, clear and in general just looks better. At least I think so. I love how the daycream gets absorbed almost immediately by your skin and how the face wash doesn’t make your face feel “squeaky”. When I was at a workshop at Clinique headquarters with annemerel.com (1,5 years ago already, wow) they gifted us the whole 3 step program. It lasted me a year and after that I bought some myself. It is expensive, yes, but for me well worth the pay.
9. Clinique tonic
If I had to choose my all time favorite skincare product, THIS would be it. This face tonic is step 2 of the 3 step program, which means that you use it after the face wash. It makes my skin feel fresh and clean. It also makes my skin feel smoother. Whenever I forget to use this a few days I notice it immediately. It really makes a difference in my skin and that is well worth the money. Like I said above: some people have a bad experience with Clinique products, so that’s why I advice you to try it out first. It would be a shame if you bought a full-size and your skin reacts badly to it. Go for small size first! Or better yet: go to your local drugstore and ask for some samples.
10. Dove Pro-Age eyecream
The skin around my eyes is very dry and if I don’t use a cream I notice it immediatly. This one from dove is (relatively) cheap, hydrates and also has a pearlescent finish, which really opens up your eyes. Just be careful with using it allll around you eyes, because the shine can get a little crazy. I once made the mistake of rubbing it too far down my cheeks (“wellll why not, it hydrates and I have a bit left”). Turns out I looked like a clown with very pearlescent cheeks.
11. Chanel Chance Eau Fraîce
No skin or hair cair, but I already had included it in the picture and didn’t felt like photoshopping, hehe. For ages I wore Burberry Brit, but last year I felt like a change and I used a gift-card to buy this one. Chanel Chance Eau Fraîce. Expensive like hell, but it’s SO DELICIOUS. Unfortunately I used my last bit this morning :-(
From this list are excluded: my shampoo, because I’m in between shampoos right now and I still haven’t decided if I really like my current one (Dove intense repair) (I can’t believe I’m actually talking about shampooo on my blog) & my make-up remover cloths (they change every month) & my deoderant, because it’s boring and I don’t really have a favorite. Oh, and my boring bodylotion from Nivea.
Ok, now it’s your turn.
Ready, set, GO! Share your tips!