Recap: Week 4


Here a recap of the past week. Monday and Tuesday wasn't really that special. I set myself on a mission to start working on my paper for my current course on Monday. This didn't happen. Procrastinating to the max. Monday was spent more or less all behind my laptop, not that that is something new, but I really didn't have the focus to start on stuff for school. Youtube helped greatly with that.

Tuesday I had a Once Upon a Time marathon with my mom. Cosy underneath a blanket because the house just didn't want to warm up. Now we just have to wait for new episodes. *le sad face*

Wednesday brought some different fun. After spending my day the same way as before, Bonnie, a good friend of mine, was also bored and wanted to see a film. Can't say no to that. Les Misérables it was. It already was something we agreed on to watch. So, after planning and agreeing where and what time, I suddenly had the energy and urge to start working on my paper. I wrote about 100 words in 45 minutes. Well, at least I started.

Bonnie, Lizzy, and I met up in Heerlen and around 08:30 pm it was showtime! Weirdly enough, there was no break. Mind you, it was almost three hours long. The film was great. Very moving, and very surprised by the singing of some of the actors. I still have one of the songs in my head... Can you hear the people sing!

The next day Lizzy and I went shopping in Sittard. Also, can't say no to shopping with a friend. The main purpose was to find a winter coat for Lizzy and she did. We also went to every drugstore. Yes we were in a real make-up-goodies-mood. I didn't think I would find anything, or at least not this much, in the shops in Sittard. I usually do not succeed in this city. Do not know why. Anyways, this has made me want to do a haul-post, my very first. Obviously I have a lot to learn but I did enjoy making it.

Friday. The day I had to get up early because I had a dentist appointment. Just a check-up since it has been over six months. Everything was fine. I always have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, and mostly, I am very happy that everything is okay. No need to worry about cavities and the bills that come along with it etc. In a way, it also serves as a pat on the back. On the other hand, it feels like I have come for nothing. You know, waiting there alone for over 20 minutes just to be in and out of the actual room in 5 minutes. It has to happen, I know, and I am glad I get the "green light."

After my appointment I met up with my parents who just finished grocery shopping. Back home it was time for lunch. We had paprika-zucchini soup, spiced chicken bits with dips, and baguette with several spreads. Just what I needed, a nice warm and healthy mix of snacks.

Saturday was a full day of work. I had to work from 1 o'clock until 8 o'clock. Time went by... well normal actually. Thankfully not too slow. Nothing special happened after that. I started working on this post and that was about it.

Sunday. The final day of this week. And any week of course. An awesome fun day with my friends. It was a get together or welcome back party for Esther. She was off to New Orleans to study abroad in August and got back just before Christmas. Since we didn't really have the time to meet up as a group, we had this nice get together. The usual bag of Cheese Union (Cheese Onion) potato chips was there as well.  Just hanging out talking about random things. Like we always do.

I was set on going to her house on my bike, but the weather had a different opinion. Cold, rain, and some serious heavy wind made my take the bus. I had to take two. After waiting in a waiting booth for over ten minutes where the rain was just dripping through on the little bench, my second bus arrived. One stop further and the busdriver announced that we had to wait for a new bus to replace this was because something was obviously wrong. Thankfully I only needed to go one stop further so I walked from here. Could have saved me an euro. It wasn't that far to Esther's house, but that stupid weather. Ugh! It hasn't changed since then. As you can tell, I am not a big fan of it. Not when I have to go outside to get somewhere by foot or on my bike. However, sitting inside looking at it and hearing the noises whilst wrapped in a blanket and having a nice cup of tea = perfect. I'm weird I know.

Aaanddd... that was my week. I don't know if I should do posts like these more often. It's feels like I am twelve years old again and writing in my diary.



Haul of Sales - Sittard

Thursday evening I went to Sittard with Lizzy to shop. Our main goal was to find a new winter coat for her. And she did. But obviously that wasn't all we bought. We both couldn't resist all the sales that were going on, so here a little haul.

To be honest, the only piece of clothing I bought are these bordeaux shorts which you will see below. I bought these at V&D also known as Vroom and Dreesman, a Dutch chain of department stores. It was on sale. The original price was €24,99 but in the sale for €9. A total bargain and this colour is my favourite colour at the moment.

I also bought some earrings or studs. One black pair with a Victorian style and the other ones I bought is a set of three pairs of studs. They are in black, white, and grey:

The rest of the stuff that I bought consists of make up and accessories which isn't really surprising to the people that know me. I always seem to come home with one of them but mostly both. What's a girl to do? Lizzy was in the same mood so we actually went to take a look at every drugstore in Sittard.

First stop: Etos. Lizzy didn't buy anything here. However, my sister has this really nice lipliner by Miss Sporty at home. I tried it once and really liked the colour. Not wanting to empty hers I bought my own. Unfortunately it is an item of the Mini-Me collection which means less product but easy to take along with you. A travel size lipliner.

Miss Sporty Mini-Me Lipliner in the colour "050 Red Red Wine"
 Here a "before and after" picture and yes I know the colour scheme isn't the same, but with the crappy camera settings on my mobile phone this was the only way to show the colour of my natural lip and the lipliner. It is a nice berry colour but leaning more to the red/pinkish spectrum instead of purple.

Before and after
Then on to Kruidvat, THE drugstore in the Netherlands where Lizzy and I always succeed in buying something. I bought two nail polishes, a nail art kit, and a cream eyeshadow. All in sale. First up, the Catrice NEONaturals Limited Edition Nail Art Kit. This kit consists of a nail art brush or pencil and thirty tip guides to create several looks with your nail polish.

Of course this made me want to buy some new nail polish. I ended up with Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer UpperWILDside Limited Edition in the colour C02 Hunting Heritage and Catrice Million Styles effect top coat in C01 No Smoke Without Fire.

I am still deciding what colour the first one is. Looking at it on my nails in daylight, it looks like a nice grey with a blue undertone. However, seen in (yellow) lamp light it looks more like a green-grey. It is kind of cool that it is so versatile, I like it. The second one isn't so much a nail polish that you would wear alone. It is a "effect top coat" and in this case causes a smokey effect.

My final product at Kruidvat is the Catrice UpperWILDside Limited Edition long-lasting cream eyeshadow in the colour C01 Be Aztec! This dark blue cream eyeshadow is very pigmented but I am still working out how to wear it. It could work perfectly as a base for a darker eyeshadow look. It wouldn't work on its own since smudging it only causes the colour to come off. At least, that is the experience I have had with it so far.

We also went to Trekpleister, which was the last drugstore we visited. Here I bought this cute little make up bag. This one is also from the Catrice UpperWILDside Limited Edition Collection.

That was it for all the items I bought. I wanted to buy The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, but I couldn't find it in the local bookstore. Guess that'll stay on my list. All in all, I had a great time, as usual, and went home with more stuff than I thought I would buy. I actually did think I would just come home with that book and in the end it turns out that was the one thing I couldn't find. On to the next shopping spree!



H&M Spring Collection 2013


I was going through my mail when I opened the new newsletter of H&M showing some of their new collection. So I thought I would take a look at the entire collection. Here are some pieces that I love:

H&M Spring Collection 2013

H&M Spring Collection 2013

H&M Spring Collection 2013 by aiissa featuring a zipper bag

As you can tell, I totally love the whole cargo/military style. I love edgy pieces in general and since the military style has been quite "in" with regards to fashion collections I have enough to choose from. There goes all my money...

What pieces do you like from the new collection by H&M? Let me know! All images used are from H&M on Polyvore. 




Saturday, January 12th at 06:30 am. Time to get up because my parents, brother and sister are off for a full day of fun and food. Can't say no to that right? Outing organised by the company where my stepfather works to thank all their employees and their families.

First stop 08:00-09:00 am breakfast. What a lovely breakfast it was. A nice buffet with all sorts of bread and spreads including scrambled eggs and bacon as well as various drinks.

On to the buses and off to Efteling. Arriving around 11:00 o'clock we had about an hour before lunch which was... Pancakes and soup! I had some tomato soup and a pancake with whip cream and warm cherries. Yum!

The Entrance
Winterefteling Decorations
Vogel Rok

Between 1:00 and 05:00 pm we could enjoy the amusement park. After that it was off to Wok de Kroon where we had dinner. Around 08:45 pm  it was back to buses and on to the cars to which we arrived at home at 09:30 pm. By the end of the day I was stuffed. So much free food! Of course also very tired, but what a fun day it was!

*Videos are taken with the camera on my phone and for some reason do not upload full screen on Youtube :(

My souvenirs


Sickness is in the air


*snif snif* Hello!
I haven't been feeling well these last couple of days and because of that I haven't been able to upload new blogposts *le sad face*. Last weekend was a whole weekend of outings. On Saturday I went to the Efteling, a Dutch theme park, with my parents, brother and sister, on behalf of the company where my stepfather works for. On Sunday I had an outing with my co-workers. We went on a boat trip and had a lovely high tea afterwards. The blogposts will be up soon.

I am feeling a lot better, although I still feel weak. The flu and colds are in the air with this kind of weather. Even that weekend was a weekend of changing weather conditions. I have had warmth and sun but overall it was very very cold. Which resulted in snow throughout the Netherlands starting Monday evening. In my town this didn't occur until Tuesday afternoon and it stopped that same evening. No weather alarm was set off throughout the country and this turned into a traffic jam over 1000 kilometres. What a little bit of snow can set off...





As time is moving on I am starting to realize  that I am slowly arriving at a new point in my life. With this comes a new big decision: what to do next? Last September I started my third and final bachelor year. Assuming I'll pass every course and exam this means I'll get my degree.

via weheartit.com

Starting a bachelor study at university was, as it probably is for everyone, a big step for me. Even at that point I had a difficult time with choosing what I wanted to do. The idea that this step leads the way to what job and career you'll have in the future isn't something that was stressed upon lightly. Neither was the fact that doing a study at university was the best option. In the end I choose to do Arts&Culture because it is a study that covers a broad spectrum of subjects (religion, philosophy, literature, arts, culture, media etc.), it was close to home which means fewer expenses and  simply because I am interested in arts and culture (I bet you didn't see that one coming).

So, what's next? Here is where it gets difficult. I don't have a clue. Well, that's not exactly true. I do know I want to continue studying which means doing a Master. Or, in some dreamlike world, I get an opportunity to apply for some awesome job. This however, seems highly unrealistic. Searching for a Master it is then. Doing a study after high school is the obvious path to follow. But as this is coming to end it seems to be going any direction. Am I stressed and maybe even frightened? Yes! Am I excited? Yes!

This is something that has been going through my mind lately. Writing it down seems to be the best way to deal with it. As for my doubts, decisions, and future plans... You'll just have to wait and see. 



Paris 2012 - Day 2

Last weekend I made a post of the first day in Paris. In this blogpost, I'll continue where I left off: 

Whereas we had quite some time on the first day to explore, which resulted in spending a good amount in Versailles and visiting the Eiffel Tower, we now had approximately four hours. We started at the Sacre Coeur.

Sacre Coeur

A closer look
We also viewed it from inside. Unfortunately but understandable, you weren't allowed to take any pictures inside. On one of the plateau's before reaching the Sacre Coeur was a man who played the harp. It was beautiful. The long street leading up to the Sacre Coeur and its steps had some nice souvenir shops and a cute old fashioned sweet shop.


Next "sightseeing" stop were the Galleries Lafayette. Galleries Lafayette is a upmarket French department store and can be more or less be compared to Harrods in London or KaDeWe in Berlin.  The kind of department store I probably would not be caught buying anything but where I still can look at all the luxury stuff in awe.

Au Printemps
Galleries Lafayette

The Swarovski Christmas Tree in the middle of Galleries Lafayette

After this it was off to the Notre Dame. It was hard to take full picture of this. Especially with all the people around you. There was a long line of people if you wanted to go in, whether it was up or just indoors on the ground floor. With only so little time before we needed to head back to the bus, I was not able to go inside. Guess that's on my list for the next time.

Notre Dame
Instead we went to Shakespeare and Company. Shakespeare and Company is an epic bookstore and reading library. The little shop is stacked with books. From plays to young adult books, you can find a lot here. Nevertheless, it isn't for the claustrophobic. So, if you can't cope with crowded and small places I wouldn't advise going in here. To not intrude the personal space of the visitors and readers of the shop, you were not allowed to take pictures. I would definitely go back here and buy a bunch of books or just sit there and read in one of the comfy places.

Shakespeare and Company
Last but not least: the Louvre. Again, not enough time to visit the museum itself but seeing the actual Louvre from the outside was pretty amazing as well.

The Louvre
All good things must come to an end. Back to the bus again and off to home we went. It was nice to see Paris with still all its Christmas decorations which made it even more special. I definitely want to visit this city again. Not only because of the limited amount of time we had but to explore it next to all the tourist sightseeings.



Paris 2012 - Day 1


On the 26th of December I turned 21. After having an amazing birthday party with my family and one of my best friends it was off to Paris at 02:00 am the next day. Join me while I go through the pictures  we've taken on this two day city trip to Paris.

To inform you, I have never been to Paris. The city that is. I have been to Disneyland (Paris) a couple years ago which is something I want to do again in the near future. However, I love exploring cities that are new to me. Last summer I have spent 5 days in London with some of my best friends. Now the destination was Paris.

Together with 4 of my best friends and a whole lot of other people we went on an arranged citytrip by bus to Paris. This gave us about a day and a half to explore. We knew beforehand that this meant that we needed to choose between things we wanted to see. Luckily, there were only two of us who have never been to Paris so we could pinpoint what was our top priority for sightseeing.

Day 1.
The first day consisted of a trip to Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles). Since we are all interested in arts and culture, and having had art history in high school this was something that was a must when visiting Paris. The enormous plan for this palace as we now know it was the idea of King Louis XIV. It has become a national museum and is known (among other things) for its Hall of Mirrors, the Palace Gardens, as well as Marie Antoinette's Estate.

We didn't know beforehand where the bus was going to drop us off. This meant searching for the nearest subway and get going to Versailles. Our stop turned out to be Place de la Concorde.

Place de la Concorde

Once arrived in Versailles we couldn't resist the Starbucks after having no sleep at all

The Palace of Versailles

Hall of Mirrors

Hall of Mirrors - Ceiling
The Gardens
Palace Gardens

After having seen Versailles we realized we still had some time left. We decided to go to the Eiffel Tower. Shortly after this we met up with Silvana, who has an internship abroad and works in Disneyland. After a nice dinner and a stroll through the Christmas market it was time to get to the bus and head to the hotel.

Eiffel Tower by day

Eiffel Tower by night

And the Eiffel Tower with effect. Yes we really have seen all its stages in one day.



Happy New Year!

January 1, 2013.

A new year has begun. 
My very first blogpost. After having doubts whether or not to start a blog I have finally done it. A long period of deciding to just go through with it have led to this point. Not as a new years resolution, but just something that I really want to do. It might just be this post and that would be it. Or it could turn in to a full blog.
I guess we'll just have to wait and see. ;)

For now, I just want to wish you a (belated) Happy New Year!