12.30.2016

What I Got For Christmas│Christmas 2016

12.30.2016

Righteo, you know what time it is....the annual "What I Got For Christmas" blogpost where I share the gifts that I was fortunate to receive on the 24th for Christmas and the 26th for my birthday (Christmas Day Two in the Netherlands). I was not really sure I was going to put one up as I do not know whether people would still be interested in these kinds of posts, but if you are then keep on reading!

12.24.2016

Christmas Greetings

12.24.2016

It's Christmas! To everyone who celebrates it, a very merry Christmas!

As this is going online I am getting ready to head off to work, but knowing it'll be a very short day I am already looking forward to the Christmas festivities. Out of the three days (in the Netherlands we also have a second Christmas day on the 26th which also happens to be my birthday) Christmas Eve is the one where I feel fully immersed in the festive feeling. Considering most of the household has to work till about 4 o'clock we are making dinner pretty easy with hot plate grilling at the table. It has become a tradition. Once we have stuffed our faces with pretty much everything, it is time for games and the unwrapping of the presents everyone got each other. Yes, we typically do this on Christmas Eve which I know sounds wrong to a lot of people, but it is the way we do and have always done Christmas. Ending the night with a Christmas film or two as well as watching the ending of the annual 3FM Serious Request which this year raises money to battle pneumonia, the deadliest infectious disease infecting children under the age of 5. If you do not know what to watch over Christmas, my friend Bonnie posted a list of her recommendations on her blog, so go check it out! The rest of Christmas will consists of lie-ins followed by massive brunches that will keep us filled until dinner. To add to the brunch I brought home some mince pies from my recent trip to London. I only ever has this for the first time quite recently and want to introduce the rest of the family to it. As for the Christmas dinners, I am curious as to what we're getting though mom never fails to surprise us with amazing delicious dishes. Continuing the festivities I also brought some ciders from London which will for sure be a nice ending or start of an evening. 

However way you celebrate these days, I hope you are having a great time.
Happy Holidays!

Xx

12.20.2016

Christmas Gifts│Gift Guide

12.20.2016

The long-awaited gift guide post, or my way of sharing what I got everyone for Christmas. In all honesty I literally just got everything, hence why it is up so late. Sending a little message to my family members before diving in - Aïsa hier, aub niet verder lezen als je de pret niet wilt bederven - okay we're in the clear. Let's go!

12.15.2016

Back from...│London

12.15.2016

In case you haven't seen my numerous excitable tweets in the weeks leading up to last weekend I spent a couple of days in London with one of my closest friends. What started shockingly disastrous ended up being an amazing weekend. 

12.08.2016

A Lunch With A Friend│#tisthelittlethings

12.08.2016




Dec 7th, 2016


The embracing warmth as you step away from the cold and walk inside

The appetizing smells greeting you

The great company with you

A lunch with a friend


Xx


12.06.2016

Eye Products│H&M Beauty

12.06.2016

A year or so ago H&M released an entire revamped beauty collection ranging from hair care to makeup products. Back then I picked up four lip products and a powder foundation to try and was pleasantly surprised. As it is almost a year ago, I am going to share a couple of the more recent items I have been using.

12.04.2016

Ultra Matte Lip│ColourPop

12.04.2016

Ooooh yes, you read that correctly! A ColourPop post? Yes! For all non-USA beauty bloggers it is old news, but ColourPop recently started to ship internationally. Hooray! Want to know all about the Ultra Matte Lips I got and my first impressions? Keep on reading...

12.02.2016

A Walk In Nature│#tisthelittlethings

12.02.2016







Dec 1st, 2016


It's wonderful what a walk and fresh air can do to a person

The crisp air filling our lungs

The trees surrounding us

A walk in nature


Xx

11.27.2016

Monthly Music

11.27.2016

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11.20.2016

Live at the Ziggo Dome│Bastille

11.20.2016

Wednesday the 16th of November has been marked in my diary for quite some time. It is the evening of this particular night that Bastille arrives at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam as part of their WildWildWorldTour. And boy oh boy, some show it was...

11.13.2016

Soft Matte Lip Cream Collection│NYX

11.13.2016

Since February 2016 when I excitedly posted about NYX hitting a somewhat nearby Douglas and my first purchase of some of the shades within the Soft Matte Lip Cream range a lot has changed. Not only is NYX now also available with a ton more of its collection in select DM stores in Germany, but as we speak an official NYX store just opened in Amsterdam - the 10th of November to be exact. Over the course of the months between then and now, I have managed to add more shades of the Soft Matte Lip Creams to my collection and I thought an update was due.

11.03.2016

Monthly Music

11.03.2016

Xx

10.15.2016

Quarterly Faves│III

10.15.2016

Starting this post with a statement that most likely will be the most obvious, and I am pretty sure I have mentioned this many a time before, but I simply cannot believe we are already in October with Autumn in full swing. A beautiful season with hot chocolates and sitting comfy on the sofa with your favourite show on the screen or a good book to read. It also means that we have bridged another three months so it's time to gather my faves and show you what they were.

10.03.2016

Monthly Music

10.03.2016

Oops, seems like I haven't posted anything in over a month on the blog. Summer has officially ended, and in my unfortunate case I ended up being ill for the past couple of weeks. My apologies for not having blogged in a while, there are a couple of lip swatch and reviews coming up, and I am also working on a couple of other things to put out, but in the meantime have a listen at September's Monthly Music. There are less songs than in the previous playlist, and this is mostly due to some album releases in the last weeks that I have been playing on repeat. So if you want more to listen to, have a look at James Vincent McMorrow's new release 'We Move,' Bastille's 'Wild World,' and Glass Animals' 'How To Be a Human Being.' I am very lucky to be able to see James Vincent McMorrow on the 19th of October - very soon *excited* - in Utrecht and have also booked my ticket to see Bastille at the Ziggo Dome in November. 

Check back soon!

Xx

9.05.2016

Monthly Music

9.05.2016

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8.31.2016

English Fair│Botanical Garden

8.31.2016

A miracle had happened a few weeks back - I had a Sunday off *gasps*. Working in retail makes you appreciate the days off in the weekend whenever these happen every once in while. With a beautiful sun beaming in the sky, I took the bus to Kerkrade and visited an English fair at the Botanical Garden which I have never been before. Ready for some close-up flower shots? Because there are coming at you in three, two, one...

8.20.2016

A Day In London│Canterbury

8.20.2016

I realised I never finished sharing my Canterbury weekend with you over here on my blog. Due to previous transportation problems we ended up with a full Sunday in England instead of the expected few hours. To make the best of our time we opted to spend a day in London - as if it is just the most normal thing to do. I love London despite having been there only once, but I just fell for the city. Any option to spend some time in London is a big yes for me. Since we were supposed to depart from St. Pancras later that day, why not? The perfect excuse.

8.08.2016

Quarterly Faves II

8.08.2016

It is time to round up the things that I have loved during the months April, May, and June in my Quarterly Faves. From makeup to fragrance, books to films, let's take a look at my favourites in today's post.

8.01.2016

Monthly Music

8.01.2016

Xx

7.26.2016

Superdrug Haul│Canterbury

7.26.2016

Yes, a Superdrug haul! Are you as excited as I am? In case you missed it, at the end of May a friend of mine and I visited a mutual friend in Canterbury. A trip to Superdrug or Boots was just bound to happen. I was especially on the lookout for items that are not available in the drugstores in the Netherlands. Interested? Keep on reading...

7.19.2016

Food Diaries│Canterbury

7.19.2016

See? I told you I was going to share more of my time in Canterbury with you, and I was not kidding. In case you are wondering what is she blabbing on about I visited a friend in said city and if you want to see some of my footage then check out the previous post here. Today's post is however totally dedicated to the dishes and places we went to eat or had a drink and are just worth to be mentioned. So, I am compiling them in one post as the foodie that I am. Enjoy!

7.13.2016

A Weekend Away│Canterbury

7.13.2016

A friend of mine and I were off to Canterbury to visit a mutual friend of ours who is currently studying there. After failing massively on trying to get there on Thursday the 18th of May - our tickets for our flight (which would have been my first one ever) were somehow not booked when we arrived at the airport - we deliberated and took the plunge to try again the next day by train. Now that I finally got round to sorting through the stash of photos, let's have a look!

7.04.2016

Monthly Music

7.04.2016

After a month of radio silence, the blog is back! For more info on why I have been MIA check out yesterday's post. Same old same old with Monthly Music i.e. still on the lookout for a new platform, but in the meantime I started using Whyd to compile a playlist of the tracks I have been listening to in the last month. Check it out!

Xx

7.03.2016

Foodies' Fun

7.03.2016
Okay, I have some serious explaining to do before continuing to today's post. Looking at my blog, I have not posted a single thing in a month. That's just crazy! Excuse me for there being such a big pause which was totally unanticipated. There have been a couple of reasons as to why I have not posted in while. The first being the fact that I have been working almost every weekend and since the posts usually go up on Sunday, it messed up my blogging routine. Secondly, as mentioned in a previous post, I have had a bit of a blogger's block and felt unmotivated. Partly due to the preceding reason, but also because I want to change the look of this blog. Not being a coding-genius or having a real plan besides just wanting something different, it'll take some time before I am satisfied. Be that as it may, I have been getting my mojo back, and just have to accept the blog-in-progress feel whilst continuing blogging without a schedule. It feels good to be back and enjoy blogging again, so let's head into today's post - Foodies' Fun of the month of June!


The photo above is misleading as I took it on the last day of May. My mom, sister, and I had a nice day out in Heerlen with the main event of entertainment being the new film "Alice Through the Looking Glass." Beforehand, we went to Sushi Vandaag, an all-you-can-eat type of a restaurant. You get an iPad per table with the menu, and can select up to five dishes per round with five rounds in total. A very fun and less formal eating out concept, and besides sushi there is a wide variety of other dishes for the non-sushi people out there. At first I thought, 25 small portions of food is not going to fill me up, but it sure did. We made it to round 4 and I was well stuffed. A big success for my mom and I as we both hadn't been here before - and we went again with the whole family a few weeks later. 



My brother missed out on the delightful and fun evening we had the day before, thus my mom was so thoughtful to recreate the experience by serving all types of bite-size goodies to eat for dinner. A variety of sushi, prawns in different coatings, dumplings, a courgette and goat cheese quiche *fave* and so on made for a festive and cozy meal. 


At the end of May, my brother and I went to Amsterdam and I just had to make a stop at Tasty Coffee & Donuts for the amazing donuts. The one in the left corner on the bottom was the one I had on a previous trip and I was gutted I didn't try more simply because it was so good. Until quite recently, special (filled) donuts were hard to come by in and around the area where I'm from so whenever I can get my hands on a proper donut I am filled with glee. I fervently enjoyed these ones at the beginning of June. What's even better is that something similar just opened in Maastricht called Monkey Coffee. Naturally I have to make a trip to Maastricht soon. 


It's been a long time since I included a beverage in a Foodies' Fun, but on a hot day what better idea than to try something as refreshing as a watermelon drink?! Never tried it before, and even though this What A Melon watermelon water was refreshing, it tasted more like the bit where the red goes over into the peel bit of the watermelon than the full flavour of the red I expected. Not a total fan. 


A less visually pleasing, but equally thirst-quenching item is the meal my mom and I had called papeda. This potato starch based dish is 99% water and therefore perfect for a boiling mucky day. 



A rise in temperature equals barbecue, and so my friends and I met up on a Saturday evening to get together and enjoy the food fest that you see above to complement what was being barbecued. The meal was finished with a nice slice of lemon-cake. 


Every once in a while my mom comes up with the idea of having an array of small dishes to set up in the living room to enjoy for dinner whilst we watch a film or TV series. The photo above is one of those instances. Usually we opt for what I like to call brinner (breakfast for dinner) or all different types of snacks, but these dishes nicely tie in with the season. Just have a look at the colourful plate of beautiful fruits!


Took this shot the wrong way in case you're wondering why it looks off, but hey ho nothing I can change about that now. Spending a couple hours in Sittard halfway through the month we opted for late lunch/early dinner at SOHO. I was immediately drawn to the flatbread with an extra side of sweet potato chips. Delicious!



In Sittard we also made a stop at Coffee Mundo to get some special pieces of cake to take home with us after failing to get some cupcakes (the store was closed). It just so happens that both my mom and my stepfather have their birthdays in June. So it was this selection for my mom's birthday - lemon cheesecake for me - and...


... a homemade quark cake on my stepfather's birthday. Both equally as good! And there you have it. Another chapter of Foodies' Fun closed. Stay tuned for June's playlist tomorrow in Monthly Music right here on the blog. Enjoy the rest of your day!

Xx

5.30.2016

Monthly Music

5.30.2016

Alas, no new platform found to create and share playlists with *sad face*. In the meantime here are some tracks that I frequently listened to during the month of May. 


Xx

5.29.2016

Foodies' Fun

5.29.2016
Oh hi there end of May *gasps*. Yes, yes another month has passed by. Again the weather is still not stabilizing to welcome Summer, but having said that there were some pretty good days in this month to enjoy the sun. Leaving the food aside that I had in Canterbury - do not worry I am working on a blogpost as we speak - I was still able to find a couple of snapshots to include in this Foodies' Fun.


After a lovely dinner at Wagamama in Amsterdam (see last Foodies' Fun here) it was safe to say that my mom, sister, and I were a bit on an Asian Fusion high. Not long after we went to Maastricht and besides a day of shopping opted to try the food at Tasty Thai. My pick from the menu was once again a success - the Kaeng massamaan with chicken.


On another evening we went out for dinner at Happy Italy. And now I realize I have taken no photos whatsoever of the dishes we made and had at home during the month. Oops. I have only been there once before and had a delicious pasta dish, but decided to go for pizza this time. Behold, the pizza dello chef with mozzarella, gorgonzola, spicy sausage, and fresh spinach. The slices of spice sausage in particular lifted the taste to a whole new level. Definitely want to have this one more often.


May means one thing for sure and that is the annual market in Hoensbroek. For lunch, my friend Lizzy and I stopped at Bufkes for a "Werrem Sjink" - a baguette with special sauce, lettuce, and some nice slices of warm roast beef. Yum!


Earlier in the day we spotted a stand that sold these baked goods and I knew I just HAD to try them. If you have seen Amelia Liana's Budapest vlog, you just cannot. I never seen it before so was excited to see a stand here on the market with (had to look it up but I found it) "Kürtőskalács". And let me tell you, she is not exaggerating in the vlog. It is warm, soft, sugary, and just good. Great comfort food I'd say and a great ending of a wonderful day at the market.

Xx

5.18.2016

Off to...│Canterbury

5.18.2016

Been a while since I made one of these posts, but I am excited to announce that tomorrow evening I am on my way to Canterbury! After some deliberation, I or we - my friend Aranka and I - will be visiting our friend Bonnie who is currently doing her master's there. Eeeeek! I only ever visited England once, spending a couple of days in London with these two as well as a couple of other friends of ours. I fell in love with that city and although I want to visit it again soon, I am interested to see what Canterbury will be like. What's on the list? Well, what about going to the pub, taking a stroll to the beach, visiting the cathedral and university, and hopefully trying some quintessential British food. Shopping-wise I am going to be able to visit Boots and Superdrug and get items that aren't available here in the Netherlands (whilst restraining myself to get anything from Primark). We do not really have any plans as long as we'll enjoy ourselves which we always do, so I am looking forward to an amazing time. If I can muster up enough courage I might even try to vlog, but if not, you can bet there will be some sharing of the photos I took during my time there on the blog. Oh, and did I already mention, it is going to my first flight as well? Guess we'll have to wait and see how that all went. Enjoy the rest of your week!

Xx

5.15.2016

For the like-minded│Anxiety "Tips"

5.15.2016

This particular post has been long in the making. By that I really do mean long in the making. In fact, it is one of the reasons I decided to start my blog back in 2013. A place where I can share my experiences, thoughts, and basically anything else I want to naturally would also include the not so positive sides. Examples of these are when I was struggling with my dissertation, when I felt lost from time to time, or just when I wanted to get some thoughts out, this blog - next to my friends - has been the place for it. The situations and feelings described above? Yes, to an extent it portrays some of the ways in which my anxiety portrays itself. Some I have learned to handle or in some way overcome, others are still very present in my life whether on an everyday basis or being experienced every now and then. The reason why I am sharing this on the Internet? Simply, because it was here where I found out that there was even a word for the feelings that I experienced and realized it was something a lot of people were and are dealing with. It is for this reason that I want to contribute by sharing the things I have learned when it comes to my anxiety in the hope that others will find it useful as well.

Do not let it define you
The most important thing once you realize you suffer from anxiety is to make it clear to yourself that this is not you. You do not want this standing in your way to live your life the way you want and there are ways to handle this. Do not let it define you. For example, if I would have let my anxiety take full control, I would not have been able to go out on my own to travel and explore other places. I would not be able to go to social gatherings with people I do and do not know or events and missed out on all the fun. Sure it can be difficult from time to time not to cancel at the last minute or the sudden breathlessness overcoming me when I am heading up a busy street in the city by myself but as long as I do not let it define me, it will never have complete control.

Find what works for you
Which leads me to my second point. Once you have realized "your anxiety" i.e. the forms in which your anxiety affects you - how it makes you act and feel, but also where and when - find what works for you to cope with it. Yes, most of the times it is not easy to battle once it decides to come out and play, but finding ways to cope with whatever form of it even in the slightest of manners will only benefit you and your state of mind. One big coping mechanism for me has been putting my headphones on and playing my favourite tunes. Outer circumstances aside (catcalling is uncomfortable for everyone), I know that me feeling breathless and on edge from time to time when I am out in the city, going to supermarket or what not, is a form in which my anxiety expresses itself. Honestly, there was a time when I felt this way every single time, but once again I do not want it to get to me. So, music has been a getaway. It helps me relax and keeps the hypersensitivity at bay when I am in my own little world a bit. Listening to music is something I just love to do anyways, but knowing I will always have something with me when I need the extra bit of help instantly adds to feeling okay. I can proudly say that now in more instances than not I can just as easily walk around in public by myself without my music and be alright.

Celebrate victories no matter how small
With finding ways to learn how to deal with your anxiety, it is equally important to celebrate victories no matter how small. Whether it is taking a moment to relax, watch a film, getting yourself that bag of sweets or treating yourself on an item you've been eyeing to buy for a while, celebrate. No matter how insignificant you think it might be (to you, others, or what you think others would think of it), notice and reflect and feel good about yourself for having that moment you handled your anxiety or kept it away. I found it will not only aid in prolonging the absence of anxiety you otherwise would have been through (fully), but boosts your confidence, and serves as a remembrance when things do not turn out so great in the future.

Only a few will understand, and that's okay
Not going to lie, this has been the hardest lesson for me to learn. Over time, you just come to realize that only a few will understand and that's okay. In fact, not too long ago I was once again remembered that this is the truth. No matter how closely related people are to you, do not expect that because of that closeness they will get you and your anxiety. Understanding it for yourself is hard enough as it  is, so it shouldn't be a surprise, really. And that makes it okay. You still have plenty of other things you can relate to.  Nonetheless, the ones that do are worth cherishing, and will help you and your state of mind even when they do not realize it.Whether it is letting you ramble about stupid thoughts and insecurities that are bothering you even though you know it's not worth the fuss, reassuring the way you feel, letting you be, or even agreeing with things that you have in common. Simple things such as these mean the world to someone with anxiety. The few that are this to me, I thank you.

In a way, these "tips" are mere thoughts of pure reassurance, but changing your mindset in the smallest of ways - for whatever reason - can greatly affect the way you look at and experience situations and emotions and in the case of anxiety can make you feel more at ease. At least that is how it works for me, and I hope you can find some reassurance in it as well. Naturally, my mind is conjuring up all kinds of thoughts right now. "What will people think?" "I must sound so stupid/dramatic/weird/insane sharing this." "What if someone I know who doesn't know sees this?" "What will he/she do?" "What if (future) employers read this when they search my name online?" "Would anyone be interested in reading this?" Just a few that are present right now as I am nearly finished writing up this post, meaning the "publish" button is just one step away. Annoying to say the very least. However I choose to share this with you. Yes, you. The like-minded individuals out there reading this who struggle with anxiety on some level in their lives. I congratulate you and am proud of you of living your life with anxiety no matter how frequent it has found its way to creep up on you. If you are currently in a state of mind where you do not fully feel like yourself or are in an unhappy place because of this shadow hovering over you at every twist and turn, I'll bet you will be happy someday and able to be your true self. You have come all this way in your life. Stop and think about this and be proud of yourself. Sure, the shadow may be lurking around the corner even when it gets easier, but it will not become you. Choose you.

Xx

5.02.2016

Monthly Music

5.02.2016
First things first, yes I am still on the look-out for a new way of implementing my favourites tunes of the month into my blog. In case you want to know what I am talking about, check my last Monthly Music - suggestions are still highly appreciated. In a way, it was quite convenient for me not to have a platform to create my monthly playlist on, as I pretty much listened only to one thing in particular - BADLANDS by Halsey. Upon hearing Castle as the soundtrack of the new film The Hunstman: Winter's War I was very intrigued to check the whole song out and it wasn't soon after that I was listening to her entire album on repeat. 

I have also been venturing back to my 8tracks account and really enjoy the fact that you can just hit whatever mood or TV-series/film inspired music you want to hear and you get an catalogue of playlist that complement that entire atmosphere you're looking for. For instance, now that The Magicians first season had ended, I wanted to see what was out there on the platform and sure enough I found this playlist. Catches the eerie and dark gloomy feel of the show perfectly. So there you have it. Sweet and short. 

Xx

5.01.2016

Foodies' Fun

5.01.2016
Have been a bit out of blogging, haven't I? Well, I only missed one week, but personally I feel like I have been out of it the entire month. Mostly because I still haven't recovered fully from the flu that struck me the previous month and before I knew it there was me resting on the sofa again for another full week or so. On top of that the weather has been acting very much like it would in Autumn and even Winter. Oh yes, snow, hail, wind...just everything. And dare I say that has brought my mood a bit down as well. However, that does not mean I did not have moments to enjoy as well. I went to Amsterdam with my mom and my sister, had a fun evening of going through the photographs my friends took during their travels, and attended a party or two. Thus, whilst this is more of a note-to-self I will try my best to get into the swing of things the next couple of weeks, I promise. Until then, enjoy this Foodies' Fun.


During the past couple of weeks we have a lot of cooking shows on, it has practically become a daily marathon. From about three o'clock in the afternoon you can almost be sure that when the TV is on it displays a cooking show. Nothing to dislike, but it does make one quite hungry. It also means, my mom has another source of inspiration. It feels like this has been a recurrent introduction to at least one of the photos featured in each Foodies' Fun in the last three months or so, but yes TV shows can be added to the list as well. Just look at that beauty. Mom prepared all different kinds of dishes to accompany noodles and a good broth with it. One of the episodes was all about noodles so what better way to use the previously pertained knowledge in an amazing dish. This is mine before I added the broth.


Eggrolls are always a big yes for me, especially the ones my mom makes. Just delicious! Add a spicy cucumber salad to battle the sniffly noses, and risotto rice and you have got yourself a great meal.



One long-awaited must-try restaurant had been Wagamama - blame the British YouTubers I enjoy watching - and as it turns out Amsterdam has one right at Central Station. It was good. So so good. My sister and I have been looking forward to trying out the food here and it was a success. Even for my mom who I isn't one to really go out of her comfort zone when I comes to the food she eats. Behold, surendra's curry with chicken without and with the rice combined. A definite highlight and great ending of a shopping day in Amsterdam. Please open one closer to my home. 


Not long after, my sis, mom, and I went to Eindhoven to visit Primark. Not my idea I swear, but who minds a trip to Primark, right? Last time we were there, finding a place to eat was pretty much a disaster, but since we were just browsing around we spotted De Vooruitgang. Amazing place, I love the vibe and interior. Opted for the goat cheese salad. Also great. Definitely going to visit it next time I am in Eindhoven.


About two days after I was getting poorly again. Still, it felt just like a cold and so I spent my day at work as scheduled. Unfortunately I missed what I bet must have been a fabulous high tea party at my friends' house, but do you see that photo above? As kind as they are they dropped of some of the cakes right at my door. So lovely!


Last week my sis, her boyfriend, and I were surprised by this massive amount of sushi. Sushi is for sure one of the things you can always make me happy with. Always.

Xx