Christmas (in pictures and GIFS. Sort of.)

Christmas (in pictures and GIFS. Sort of.)

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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!)

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas everybody! I didn’t know what to photograph to capture the real Christmas spirit of today, so here you have it, a Chistmas tree and a selfie I took this morning. Why not, right?! I also tried taking a picture of me blowing kisses at an imaginary audience, but that one probably would have scared the children. Anyway, a big Christmas kiss from me to you! :-*

the end is near… du-DUM

the end is near… du-DUM

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Things I’ve done/loved/enjoyed/experienced/whatever
I GOT MY DRIVER’S LICENSE!!!! Best Christmas present to myself EVER. ♥ Also bought myself (another) present… A Canon 600D. My “old” one I sold to a friend of mine and I love that it has got such a good new home. It’s crazy how attached I got to that camera. But it was time for something new. ♥ Bought a lot of presents for friends/family. I LOVE buying presents, it’s probably my favourite thing to do. I don’t like shopping for myself, but I really enjoy buying (or making) great presents for others. So yes, purely selfish motives with that one ;) You don’t want a present? You beg me to not buy you a present? YOU GET ONE ANYWAY. DEAL WITH IT. ♥ Watched the new Hobbit film & luvvved it. ♥ Uni is driving my crazy. Sometimes I really can’t get to sleep when I think of all the assignments I still have to complete. Sucks. ♥ Spent a lot of quality time with friends & family the past few weeks. ♥ Listened to way too many christmas songs. ♥

Coming up
Christmas with family in Zeeland and a visit to Kim!!! (and a lot of studying, boooo) Oh, and a new Sherlock episode, yessss!

Right, I’m going to wrap some more presents now. In case I fail to update in the next few days: have yourselves are very merry Christmas and I wish you all a very happy new year!♥

Fairtrade and a lot of giggles

Fairtrade and a lot of giggles

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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.

Here is a link to the M-brace in the webshop of Fairminds. You can also buy it at the stores WAAR and the Wereldwinkel. The M-Brace costs €25,95.

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 ;)).

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

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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