(yes, I drew the portrait in the middle! :) I used water paint, very fun and easy to work with!)
This weekend I finally got a chance to see the film Her and I’m so so SO glad I’ve finally seen it! I was seriously blown away by how beautiful it was. YOU HAVE TO SEE IT, TRUST ME. It’s a story about Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) and how he falls in love with an Operation System (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). That sounds totally crazy, but during the film you find yourself constantly wondering about the limits of love and how crazy it actually is. What’s so wrong about being happy in love with an Operation System, albeit with a “fake” person? How real is the love? And does it really matter?
This film is also HEAVEN for people who can obsess about and appreciate pretty film shots in general. The modern ’70 style is so well done and THE COLOURS AND THE WARDROBE AND THE DECORS ♥. NO WORDS. I want it all. Yep, I’m definitely going to re-watch it soon.
You should too! Here is the trailer:
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
Hello, this is me, reporting back from chipmunk central. My other two wisdom teeth have been removed and I now slightly resemble the chipmunk you would probably leave at the petstore because her other chipmunk friends are way cuter (seriously, just one huge -left- cheek, that’s just plain weird) and probably a lot less high-maintenance. Long story short: I’ve had way too much time on my hands. From watching the cooking channel (surprisingly less fun when you’re forcefeeding yourself through a straw) and binge watching three seasons of Friends, to getting a lot of grand stars in Mario Galaxy (little bit of advice: keep your friends close, but your friends with a Wii even closer). Also seen on that big black box right in front of the couch? THE NEW VERONICA MARS FILM. (had to be in caps) Are you ready for my very (not so much) in-depth review?
Don’t read this if you are still planning on watching it! SPOILERS AHEAD!
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! ♥
Hi! How are you?
It’s been a bit quiet around here and I just wanted to let you know that it’s because I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather. I had to get two of my wisdom teeth removed the past week (or molars as some would call them) and one side of my face now feels like a big fat truck drove straight into it. Most people told me it was going to be fine, so I went in being rather optimistic. BUT, when I entered the room, the surgeon took a look at my x-ray, shook his head and said, WELL, this is going to be a tough one! All while making a bloated face and shaking his hands near his cheeks, miming for them to get bigger. So nice to hear… AHEM. He even let me choose which side I wanted him to start on first. Instead I just shook my head in fear and said: well, whatever you think is best (YOU JUST TOLD ME THIS WAS GOING TO BE AWFUL, JUSTGETTHISOVERWITH).
I’m not going to sugarcoat it: it was rather awful. The upper-right one? Out of my mouth in less than 10 seconds. The lower-right one? They had to cut it in three parts and it felt like they removed it with one of these god-awful things. The most fun part?! In less than a month the other two have to be removed as well! GASP!!!
As you can see they have yet to remove my dramatic streak.
Ha, just kidding, I’m fine. But the part about the truck is true, it still hurts like a mo-fo. Here are a few things that helped me through this boring week (because I’m vain like that and I didn’t feel like going outside looking like a russian guinea-pig that’s been hoarding for winter-time and wasn’t even smart enough to use both cheeks)
Hope you are all well!
Oh, hi everyone! That blogging thing is going grrrrreat right? (not). Well, what have I been up to? Besides this class I’m taking about Germany and the European Union, I’ve also been doing some work for my sort-of-father-in-law (I’m building a website for his company), I started a volunteering job (maybe I tell more about it in a few weeks), I study, I go to work for a few hours a week and I’ve been doing fun stuff :) I should probably also be working on my thesis a bit more, but there’s only so much hours in a day, right?
1. On the road on our way to my dad who lives on the other side of the country (luckily in the Netherlands that only means driving for 2,5 hours). We don’t get to see each other very often because of his work (he’s at sea a lot), so it was extra nice to spend a day with each other :) ♥ 2 + 3. Mirrorshots, because WHY NOT. ♥ 4. A picture I took of our sunset. ♥ 5. Another shot from the huge collection of pictures I took with Annemerel. ♥ 6. My nightstand. I finished “De kleine blonde dood” this week and I really really loved it. Most people have already read it because of the mandatory reading lists in school, but somehow I’ve never read this one before. So glad I finally read it! Gosh, it wasn’t a fun read, but definitely worth it. ♥ 7. The church from the village my dad lives in now. ♥ 8. I received my printic order (more info below!). ♥ 9. Yesterday we borrowed my mom’s car for some grocery shopping. We also decided to get some coffee and chocolate croissants and ended up on one of our favourite spots overlooking the sea. We watched this mom and her small child trying to walk along the coastline and the child had this little mittens sticking out from his sleeves, and he continued to trip over his own feet again and again and she tried to pull him on his hood whenever he tried to run to the water. It was just very cute :) ♥10. A snapshot I took when we visited Kim two weeks ago! ♥ 11. obsessed… Fleetwood Mac.
If I had to pick one word for Annemerel to describe her, it would probably be “whirlwind”. Yes, I know, she may look ethereal in some of these pictures, but don’t let them fool ya, because anyone who has met her would totally agree with me: when Annemerel enters a room, BOOM, there she is. She is constantly moving, talking and just being her fabulous self. She’s hard to forget!
Last tuesday I visited her in her home in The Hague and of course I took my camera with me. Foolishly enough we only decided to start shooting at around 3 o’clock, which kind of made it a challenge with the natural light (or lack thereof). The fact that it was raining outside made it none the better, but luckily we did get a lot of good shots! (ifimaysaysomyself)
We shot a few different looks (4 in total) and that, together with the difference in lighting throughout the afternoon, made it a bit of a challenge for me to edit them and get a coherent photo spread. You can see it didn’t quite work out, instead I have a lot of pictures that just don’t match. Whatever, don’t care. I love them anyway.
All in all I’m a happy gal and very happy with the results. I took soooo many pictures, it’s insane. Making a selection was almost impossible. You’ll probably see some more of them appear on her blog over the next few months :)
Thank you Annemerel for being my model for the day! You’re absolutely gorgeous (and fabulous!). Don’t let anybody ever tell you otherwise! xo
My absolute favourite director is without a doubt Sofia Coppola. I love her films, I love her soundtracks and I love her personal style. She really inspires me and I just never get bored with her!
ABOUT SOFIA COPPOLA
Sofia is the daughter of director Francis Ford Coppola and is famously known for her horrible death scene in The Godfather III (which was directed by, of course, her father). Maybe someone remembers that quote from Gilmore Girls? Before going of to college, Rory HAS to watch a Godfather marathon. Or like Lorelai tells her:“…and stock up on Tuesday, the day of all days. Godfather I, II, and III, with extra showings of the Sofia death scene over and over as long as the Mallomars hold out!” Now, I’ve never seen these films (gasp, I know, right?!), but if I have to believe general opinion, her acting was rather terrible. Luckily she’s better at directing and she “gave” us a lot of pretty films for us to look at. In 2004 she won an Oscar for the best script with her film Lost in Translation and with Somewhere she won a Golden Lion in Venice in 2010. Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks she’s really talented ;) She has also directed a few commercials (H&M and Dior) and sometimes ventures into photography. Her husband, Thomas Mars, is the lead singer of the french band Phoenix. With him she has worked on several soundtracks for her films. And lets not forget their two daughters of course, I bet that was a team effort as well ;)
My three favourite films:
1. Lost in Translation (2003) –> My review / the trailer
2. Marie Antoinette (2006) –> My review / the trailer
3. The Virgin Suicides (1999) –> My review / the trailer
The soundtracks are AMAZING. Here is a playlist I made of a few of the songs from Sofia’s films. If I had my way it would be about 40 songs long, but instead I made a selection of 10.
1. Girls – Death in Vegas 2. Whatever happened – The Strokes 3. Pulling Our Weigth – Radio Dept. 4. Ceremony – New Order 5. I don’t like it like this – Radio Dept. 6. Plainsong – The Cure 7. Just like Honey – The Jesus and Marie Chain 8. I’ll try anything once – The Strokes 9. Playground Love- Air 10. Love like a Sunset – Phoenix.
Sunday we decided to drive up to Ghent and pay a spontaneous visit to Kim. She thought I was making a joke when I called her to ask her if she would be home that afternoon. Not that strange of a reaction actually, considering we live about four hours away. But I wasn’t kidding! It was a crazy idea of course, but it was also SO MUCH FUN.
We were only there for five hours, but somehow it did feel like a small getaway. We went out for sushi, walked around beautiful Ghent, had some tea and talked about our lives. The car rides where filled with good food, bad radio tunes and wikipedia’ing weird city names. We were home by 2AM and there we were, in our own cosy bed again, laughing about our crazy day. Loved it ♥
♦ I’ve been practicing with water-colouring. It sure is harder than you think, at least for someone who doesn’t even know how to properly draw a tree… (I still do the “cloud with legs” thing). For now I think I’ll just stick with text… This one is (of course!) a lyric by Fleetwood Mac and will definitely end up in a frame. I can really recommend making something like this yourself, I had fun!
♦ On friday we went to Amsterdam to a) hand in an assignment, b) lunch (Bagels&Beans! yess), c) meet up with one of our friends for a drink and d) enjoy the good weather. It was one of those days where you don’t know where you will end up. In our case we got stranded on a train-station near our town (after a spontaneous visit to Ikea). We called a friend to ask for him to come and pick us up and then I spotted Tara at the other side of the tracks and we waved and then we were suddenly with four people in a car talking about ideas for crazy costume parties (the huge parrot costume with a pirate on his shoulder was my favourite). We were home by eleven, but it sure felt like we experienced three days in one.
♦ Second semester starts next week, which means that the crazy study thing will start again. The last couple of days I have been without deadlines and IT. IS. HEAVENLY. Today we are planning on taking a spontaneous roadtrip (if we can arrange a car, that would be essential of course). Who knows where we will end up! I love this feeling.
Enjoy your sunday xx