June 29, 2015

You're From The Seventies, But I'm A Nineties Chick

Being a kid from the early nineties, most of the current summer trends get the label "been there, done that". I might not be ready to give some things another go, but there are some revivals that I have grown to appreciate. Bardot necklines are one of those. They are definitely not everyone's cup of tea, but I fell in l-o-v-e when I saw this top in a haul video on YouTube (guilty pleasure!). When it went on sale a couple of weeks ago I clicked one right home to me! It took me a while to bring it to the blog due to bad weather, but I finally present you my new fave go-to look for a not-to-warm summer's day. The wide legged jeans are pretty old ones from Zara that have always worked well on my blog and my bag was a gift I received from my parents for Christmas. I love how the Michael Kors Sutton fits the seventies mood of this look. It makes it all just perfect. Not all of my friends love  my off-shoulder top as much as I do and the occasional Aladdin joke has passed by, but my boyfriend really loves it and he's the only one I'll (sometimes) listen to when getting dressed. 

Talking about my boyfriend, I have a big life update! We received the keys to our apartment today and will be moving in by the end of the week. Time went by so fast and we still have a lot of shopping to do before we can start living in there. Our couch, kitchen table and kitchen chairs will be delivered in late August, but we are going to pick up old furniture from family in the next couple of days. It's going to be a mismatch of things, but that's only temporary and that way we can also spread our costs over the next couple of months. Sooooo, I'm not sure I will be able to blog on Thursday, but I'll definitely be on Instagram and Twitter to keep you all posted. 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and will enjoy the amaaaaazing weather we're having this week. See you later!

June 15, 2015

High Tea at HoneyPie in Middelburg

This weekend my mom took my sister and me out for a high tea at their favorite place in Middelburg: HoneyPie. I had passed by the tea house before and had seen people having lunch out on their floating (!) terrace, but never took the time to test their menu myself. Having been to the UK quite a couple times, I have always looked at people having high tea with a bit of jealousy. It's a pricey meal to have and as travelling youngsters it has never been in our budget to book a high tea for ourselves. We did with a simple afternoon tea with a slice of cake and I kept dreaming about "someday". That day was this weekend and I will already say: I will be back for more!

The high tea at HoneyPie is served in three rounds, savory, scones and pastries, just like it would be in England. Before the first round was served we were welcomed with a pot of tea and a pot of coffee and explained how everything worked. After a couple of minutes they brought out the cake stand with the first round and my goodness, I might have had enough with just that! We got a warm egg muffin and three mini-sandwiches with savory fillings which went nicely with the basic tea blend my mom had chosen for us. About 45 minutes later I felt ready for the second part. Warm, fluffy scones with cream and jam. I felt like I was right back in Canterbury with this one! The fruit skewers helped relief the heaviness of the first two rounds, but it's needless to say we let quite some time pass by before we ordered our final round: the pastries! This last round was without doubt me and my sisters favorite. The chocolate-cookie crumble pie is my sisters number one, but I loved the brownies most. So tender and full of taste! There was also lemon cake and the mini-muffins on top were warm apple-speculoos cakes.

Not only is the food great, the atmosphere is too. There's lots of cute little details and a small shop with pretty fabrics, tea cups and whatnot. Between rounds I wandered around and took a couple of picture of the interior. I kind of didn't dare to say that I was going to write a blog post, so I'm not sure what they thought of me as I was going around. Maybe they thought I was nuts for photographing their hanging plants and decorations?

We had our high tea during "brunch hour" so it wasn't very busy yet, but around noon the place was jam-packed. There were girls on a shopping break, young moms with strollers, families, elderly women having a chat, ... . Everyone loves to hang around here and I can definitely tell why. The food is delicious, the place is cozy and the personnel is very friendly. If you want to visit HoneyPie and have a high tea you must make reservations at least one day in advance. the high tea is €18,50 per person and they also offer the package for take-away if you're hosting a tea party at home.

June 11, 2015

Oh the Flossy, Flossy

"Wear them gold and diamonds rings. All them things don't mean a thing. Chaperons and limousines. Shopping for expensive things.". Next to anything from Toto or Journey, Fergie's 'Glamorous' has been one of the songs that defines my relationship with K. We spill out Ludacrises lines at least once a week and if we're playing the latest GTA we'll have Non-Stop POP FM on until it comes by. We love it. And so when I was gifted these Flossy shoes at the latest Press Days I couldn't not include the song in my blog post about them.

I'm still not entirely back into my outfit shooting groove, but hey, it's summer and nobody cares! I've been spending my days outside with friends and on the running track, trying to get back into shape after closing off the school semester. It's feels so good to be out of the city and let everything fall off my shoulders for a moment. Antwerp was getting a little too much for me lately. Being home feels good. My summer break has started, the last one I'll ever have, and I have so many fun things planned. Dreamy days trips and staycations, bars I want to try out, restaurants that are begging for a visit, ... my bucket list for summer is endless. But, all of these things require flat shoes and if there's one department my closet is lacking in, it's the shoe department. The only flats I currently have are a pair of extremely uncomfortable Jonak ballet shoes and my 10 year old Converse All-Stars. Not good. These Flossy shoes came just in time, and I'd like to thank Flossy for giving me a pair. They might not be the most sound choice of shoes for a whole day of walking, but I've worn them a lot on short evening walks and for quick shopping runs because they're easy like that. 

Also: they smell like strawberries. For real.

The press agency that represents Flossy in Belgium had set up a table full of crafty items for us to customize our pair during the Press Days. As we were already running late I decided to leave mine plain and simple, but many of my blogging companions went all out. See the Instagrams of Joppe and Monica for proof! It was my first time visiting Maison PR and it was so lovely to meet the team behind the agency. Thank you for having me Maison PR, and I'm already looking forward to the SS'16 Press days!

Romper: forever21 • shoes: Flossy (c/o)

June 8, 2015

The 3 webshops-to-be for that on point interior

From what I see on Instagram "on point" is every bloggers new favorite expression. Then why not use it in a blog post? Not so new, but also every bloggers favorite, is interior shopping! Over the last couple of weeks I've seen my fair share of online and offline furniture shops and decor walhalla's. As you might remember K assigned me the task of decor shopping and gave me only one rule: he wants metallic/copper accents. The boy sure does have a thing for that ;-). We are now less than one month away from getting the key to our new place and I've been doing my job as decor-scout very well. Since I can't tour you around my offline favorites, here's a list of my three favorite online addresses to hunt for those golden copper treasures!

June 5, 2015

The Ginger Loves: From Warsaw

Every season during the press days I'll encounter one item that catches my heart. Always just one. Never more. This time around I fell truly madly deeply in love with the bright red shift dress from From Warsaw. 

Oh how naive I was to believe that when it hand't happened after the first showrooms I wouldn't lose my mind that day. We were still walking across the parking lot when I spotted the most beautiful shade of red through the glass windows and I knew I was sold. There it was: the one (Imagine Chalize saying that). Once inside we were welcomed with a smile, lime-infused water and a much appreciated piece of cake. I got to wear a diamond necklace from Nude Diamond, met the creative mind behind Comme Les Loups and had a very friendly chat with the people from Chat Mechant. Only right before leaving did we get to discover the debut collection from From Warsaw. I was so excited!

The items above were my faves. Obviously I had included the most amazing red shift dress. The jumpsuit definitely ranks second on my wishlist, but since I've only recently bought a black jumpsuit it might be better to invest in that gorgeous silk blouse. I've shared a photo of it in white, but in the showroom they had it in a soft yellow color which I also absolutely loved. The bomber I found in the webshop and I'm not sure if I could ever pull something like that off, but I like the style.

The items are, as I've mentioned, from From Warsaw debut collection (!) and are inspired by the simplicity and sophistication of Scandinavian design. The creative mind behind the brand is Belgian designer Daria Gora who gave me a short, but energetic presentation of her collection during my visit with Feinest Labels. The name of the brand refers to her roots in Poland, which is also where the clothes are being made. The fabrics she uses are very soft and supple, which makes them drape over your body is a beautiful and elegant way. I can't wait for the collection to come out this fall!

June 3, 2015

Tea o'clock!

After spending hours and hours comparing washing machines, dryers, irons and vacuum cleaners from various retailers we finally went and bought most things this weekend. We both are not the types that get excited about shopping electronic household appliances, and I must say that those massive electronics stores definitely don't give me the same rush of excitement the average Zara does. We're happy that this part of our preparation is done! K actually texted me afterwards saying the money we spent on the vacuum cleaner was the 'most poorly' spend money ever (he than added a picture of it saying it was his gift to me for our six year anniversary - the bastard!).

But you have to through the annoying tasks to enjoy the fun parts of house shopping! After hearing the weather report for this weekend (30°C will guarantee our friYAY!) K gave me the green light to start shopping for our housewarming party. The actual party is still more than a month away, but hey, we can have a practice-party right? First thing on my shopping list was collecting a colorful set to serve iced tea/sangria/whatever. Until now we used a large measuring cup for our iced tea because both our parents don't have a glass carafe (for some reason they don't think it's an essential? Weird old folks). While I was out shopping for kitchen supplies with my mom we found this one and she gave it to me as a pre-exam gift. Even after 5 years, my parents still don't really understand that you usually give gifts after your kids successfully complete their education. I should not complain. I should, however, get to the point of this post.

Iced tea. I am a coffee girl. All the way. I was raising my glass for #TeamFrappe on Instagram just last week and now I'm writing a blog post about iced tea. Life can flip in a matter of seconds (♪ woke up in a new Buggati ♫). Since our visit to Edinburgh K has been converted to the tea-side. He regularly makes iced tea and sometimes I like it, sometimes I don't. This weekend he made a lime-strawberry variant with a Dille & Kamilles tea blend and for the first time I was all in.

As you can see I got the rest of my shopping done and now we have our set-up ready for a nice tea party. I can't wait to have a couple of friends over and show off this cute set of kitchen thingies that I bought/was given for our apartment. All I need more is the perfect tea blend and I might just find it at Tea Lodge! I discovered Tea Lodge through Instagram and immediately fell in love with their colorful branding. The cute packaging drew me to the website and a whole new world opened for me. Quite literally, because I knew nothing about tea and tea blends until a couple of days ago! They offer 6 collections, from biological to detox, with 4 types of tea: black, green, white and Oolong. Tasty-sounding combinations such as ginger and pineapple and black tea with mango make me want to order a whole bunch. Maybe it'd safer if I started with the classics? There are so many varieties of jasmine and earl grey to try I might not live long enough to taste them all. Also fun are the tea boxes and tea subscriptions. I have a lot of tea-loving friends and I can imagine how much they'd appreciate finding on of these gift sets among their birthday gifts. Prices range between €8-13 for a single flavour (100g) and the gift boxes are about €36. (Above image from www.TeaLogde.com)

carafe: Dille & Kamille (1 liter, €4.95) • tea towel: Zeeman (€1.50) • paper straws: gift from my sister

This post is not sponsored.

June 1, 2015


Somewhere in an American valley...

Happy 6 year anniversary to my partner, my rock, my home, my love. If you told me 8 years ago that I'd be dating the kid who tried his best to make me go face down on the ice rink, I'd never ever everrrrrr would have believed you. I avoided him for years before everything changed. Like a kind of magic. Life never goes the way you expect it to, now does it? Today we're one month away from receiving the keys to our first apartment and I must admit I love him more than ever. He makes me happy every minute we are together and apart. If you're reading this, please know that even though you are trying to convince me to buy a smaller closet for our home: I still love you more than I can write.

I wish we could do something special to celebrate all the things we have to celebrate, but I'm studying for my finals and he's packing for his upcoming work trip. We'll have to be content with a Skype session and a goodnight kiss over the phone (Souljaboy, anyone?). 

Let's toast for love!