10.12.16

Travel: Amsterdam and discovering Kruidvat's Moments of Me

Zara pink velvet body and choker

Hi there! Friyaaaaaay when I'm typing this, and the perfect moment to share a photo report of the lovely weekend my guy and I spent in Amsterdam. We were introduced to the new Kruidvat collection and enjoyed a relaxing stay at Element hotel Amsterdam. Oh, and of course I shopped a bit. 

So! Oona and Kruidvat invited me for dinner + a night at Element Amsterdam, which is only a 25min tram ride away from the city center. After a grueling ride to get to Antwerp train station in the nick of time (traffic is awful in Belgium), we caught the Thalys and a quick and comfortable ride later, we arrived in Amsterdam. When we made our way over to our hotel, golden hour was in full swing and I fell in love with Amsterdam all over again as I saw those historical buildings bathed in the sunset. 

We had about an hour before drinks and dinner, and we were starving so my boyfriend and I ventured into the Gelderlandplein shopping mall. You can imagine our delight when we stumbled across an Asian specialties supermarket where they had actual fresh onigiri like the ones we LIVED on back in Japan! I had one with kimchi and pork and my guy had one with salmon, and I had just about enough time to slip on the pink velvet Zara top I had saved especially for the occasion.

Travel: Amsterdam Element hotel

I don't often rock a cleavage, but when I do, it's a memorable occasion. I did my hair with the Irresistble Me curling wand btw, using the 25/13mm iron. My hair looked amazing until I washed it again 5 days later (don't judge me), can't state enough how much I love that wand. Time for drinks and a first look at Kruidvat's new line!

Kruidvat Moments of me review

The new collections is called Moments of Me, and it is centered around the idea of taking a moment to step out of the ratrace, quality time with yourself so to speak. The line offers bath oils, shower gels, bath balls, bath salt and sugar scrubs, all centered around three core fragrances/themes: Balance, Relax and Energy. Oh, fun fact: the bath balls release little flower petals!

Kruidvat Moments of me review

The Balance line revolves around sweet orange and is meant to bring, well, balance, obviously! Balance is kind of a vague concept but I can see how orange is balanced: fruty and energizing yet with a soothing, golden sweetness that takes off all the hard edges.

Kruidvat Moments of me review

The Energy line revolves around eucalyptus, very refreshing and bright. The Energy scrub is my fave out of the entire Moments of Me collection, the scrub almost has a soufflĂ© type of texture that delivers a thorough removal of dead skincells without being too rough. The eucalyptus + mint combo has a hammam feel to it, quite lovely.

Kruidvat Moments of me review

Finally, the Relax line offers lavender and is perfect for unwinding after a long work week. Ugh, I wish I was in a lavender bath right now instead of writing a post. Workaholic life is no joke, y'all.


Look at boo rocking his COS sweater and blazer (we went shopping for some new gear recently), holding my drink. I love it when my boyfriend holds my drink, I really value those silly little things that show me he's always got my back.


Of course, I didn't just hang with bae, I also had the best of time with Paulien, Robin, Manon and Karen! Four of the funniest, most talented chicks I know. Robin and I probably got on everyone's nerves by getting way too hyper talking about some of our favourite (trash) tv-shows, but when I get my drank on, I get really excited. I'm an excited drunk, if that een exists.


We were probably just as tipsy as we look. Well I was, my boyfriend doesn't drink. Woops.

Next morning, we packed our bags and dropped them off at the Amsterdam train station lockers before making our way down Amsterdam's pretty streets! It was a beautiful day, sunny and not too cold, and the crowds were not too bad for a Saturday.

travel: Amsterdam

We stopped for a drink at Café 't Loosje, which I have actually blogged about before! A really cute place with lots of history, reasonable prices and a killer pastrami-sauerkraut-pickle sandwich on the menu which I'm sad to say I didn't get to try.

travel: Amsterdam
travel: Amsterdam

We just enjoyed the city, really, taking in the sights, the sounds and the scents (broodje kroket with a side of marihuana, interesting combination to say the least!). 

travel: Amsterdam

I didn't buy much, actually, just some flannel PJ's and this AWESOME €25 fluffy faux fur coat at Primark. I obviously had to wear it straight away, as it worked so perfectly with my hair for a free spirited, 70s folkrocker look.

primark fluffy atmosphere coat
Primark atmosphere fluffy coat
travel: Amsterdam grachten
travel: Amsterdam grachten
travel: Amsterdam

Before we knew it, it was time to head back to the trainstation and catch our ride back to Antwerp. I noticed this beautiful bit of old Dutch poetry on the side of the building.

travel: Amsterdam

Free translation at the best of my knowledge: "Look for fortune, sometimes, also he who sits still. The buoyancy of the mind pushes us to strange lands. Thus people meets people, their fertile fraternal bonds. Too much rest is rust, no idiom is quite as true." I couldn't say it better myself, so I'll leave it at that. See you again soon, Amsterdam!

7.12.16

Outfit: crushed pink velvet and thigh high boots

Outfit: crushed pink velvet and thigh high boots
Outfit: crushed pink velvet and thigh high boots
Outfit: crushed pink velvet and thigh high boots
Outfit: crushed pink velvet and thigh high boots
Outfit: crushed pink velvet and thigh high boots
Outfit: crushed pink velvet and military jacket
Outfit: crushed pink velvet and thigh high boots
 crushed pink velvet dress, military coat, cross body bag: Zara - thigh high boots: & Other Stories - western double buckle belt: ASOS - choker: H&M

Told you I was riding the velvet wave (damn boy, that sounds so sexual)! Also, again, pink. I guess pink + velvet is basically the apex of my style obsessions. My outfit is glamrock as hell, and I'm loving it!  I don't generally wear a belt low like this over a dress, but I felt like it worked for this particular look. Definitely retro, but that's rarely a negative thing for me.

I'm so happy I got these boots last year, I doubted my purchase for a while because they weren't exactly cheap, but I wear them all the time and they're beautiful, warm and super comfortable, so I have zero regrets. I can't recommend & Other Stories' thigh high boots enough as a more affordable alternative to the popular Stuart Weitzmans. My own boots seem to be back in stock as well, get them here! These are gorgeous as well. I love how they offer boots with a stylish mid height heel, such an underserved subcategory.

I'll be presenting my research at a conference at the Flemish parlement this Friday and I'm quite excited for that, so cross your fingers I'll rock it! Probably won't wear my thigh highs, though. Keeping it on the sartorially safe side.

4.12.16

Beauty: MAC Dazzleshadow and matte blush review

Beauty: MAC Dazzleshadow and matte blush review

I've had a lovely weekend spending quality time with my guy and enjoying a quick visit to Amsterdam, which I will tell you more about soon. First, let's check out some eye (and cheek) candy! MAC was kind enough to send me two of their dazzleshadows, and two matte blushes.

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