November 19, 2014

The Parisian Diaries: Paris In The Fall

Every girl, and definitely every girl with a quotes board on Pinterest, knows that Paris is always a good idea. But you know what's even better? Paris in the fall! I'm bitten by the travel bug, so when Kenneth asked me this summer if I felt like going to Paris we immediately sealed the deal. It was only by September that I realized how well we timed our visit, because I have always wanted to see Paris covered by a blanket of golden leaves. It was purely magical, and the following photos are proof of that. You all know that Paris isn't unkown territory to us, but there were still a lot of places we had never been to. This trip was all about scratching those last must-sees off our list and visit a few of our all-time favorites. And even though this was my fifth stop in the city of love and lights, we still have to go back at least once to visit the Place VĂȘndome and the PanthĂ©on. But that isn't a problem, because, well, Paris is always a good idea.

Let's walk around town, shall we?

November 12, 2014

The Obligatory Fall Post

Whether or not I'm currently going through a midlife-crisis with The Ginger Diaries, I could not miss posting the obligatory fall post. Last year I followed a class where we learned how to properly write an academic paper. Well... it was supposed to learn us that. I can't really say its mission was successful. However, I learned there to give credit where credit is due, and therefor I'm writing this homage to fall.

Fall is by far my favorite season, and I mean that. The leaves of the trees around our house turn to gold, the air gets crispier, the mornings are perfectly chilly, I can wear my blazers and booties, my scarves can be put to use again and above all: it's the season for hot chocolate milk and coffees! These days my girlfriends and I can be found in Barnini or Vandoag Is't basically every day of the week, but the owners sure are not complaining. Since September I've spent a small fortune and too much of my precious study time discussing the cold weather and fashion magazines in cozy coffee shops. Isn't life great sometimes? 

This season also scores an extra few points because the fashion stores are stocked up on all the colors that look cute with my hair. Too bad my trip to Dublin and Paris broke the bank or I'd be emptying Massimo Dutti right now. My mom is taking me shopping later this week though, because I "need" new jeans and tall boots, so maybe if I treat her with a visit to Barnini... .

Lastly fall calls for nice, long walks in the woods and that's exactly what my friend Jolien and I set out to do on a beautiful day last weekend. We hadn't seen each other in a while, and had so many things to discuss. She's doing her internship as a psychologist and I'm in the midst of preparing my thesis research as a sociologist, so our talks can get heavy, but are never boring (despite what anyone else in the world might think when reading this, I know how it sounds). And even though I'm cutting back on the outfit posts, my inner child couldn't say no to a happy fall-themed shoot at the end of our walk. Jolien is a topnotch blog-photographer ("give credit where credit is due") and I should really take her out to ... oh well, the baristas in Antwerp haven't seen the last of me yet.

November 10, 2014

The Next Chapter

I'm listening to Bon Jovi and writing a blog post. Not much seems to have changed, but the truth is that something has. You know it. I know it. I know that you know it. Darling, we need to talk.

I am a firm believer of the saying that a blogger and her blog should be like husband and wife. A relationship where one invests time and effort, but above all: a lot of love. Unfortunately, the love is gone. I still do the little blog-chores we all know, but much like in a love affair gone cold I do them simply because they are part of my routine. My blog and I live together, but apart. Today we are more like blogger and sister, than the passionate lovers we used to be.

I had so many good intentions, so many fresh ideas to ignite the fire again. But the distance I felt between me and my blog has only gotten bigger. I write it still, but it doesn't feel like it's me who's typing the words. We miss a connection. Toto learned us to hold the line, because love isn't always on time. But how long should I hold it? It's been a very long and good journey, but I feel like we've reached our destination.

I have a relationship with a style blog. A relationship that used to be so passionate, that this blog was all I could think about. I grew older, and the blogging world changed. And now, now we just don't match anymore. Over the last couple of months I've tried to make a style blog work for me, but I don't feel it anymore. It's a "it's not you, it's me" kind of situation. One that I found no way out of and therefor my style blog and I are breaking-up. Breaking-up is never easy. Break-ups are hard, they don't always go smoothly, they tend to have consequences you never saw coming. But no pain, no gain. Holding the line when I already know the love will not flare up again is nothing but a waste of my time.

And much like with relationships between people, this break-up doesn't mean I can't fall in love again. I might have outgrown outfit-blogging, I still love blogging in itself. I love to write things and I love being able to talk to you all through this platform, I just want to change my message. It's going to take me a while to write a new story, but you can trust on the fact that I will be back one day.

For now, I'm going to listen to more eighties music and write a paper on Belgium's migration history. Darling, something has changed, but not everything.

Talk to you later



November 6, 2014

The Dublin Diaries: Redheads, RyanAir & Penny's

Talking about being behind on schedule. My trip to Dublin was almost two months ago already, and I've actually been to Paris in the meantime as well. Expect an overdose of travel photos in the upcoming weeks or (if you can't wait) take a peek on my Instagram, because I've already shared a few photos there!

October 6, 2014

Totes Amaze

dress: Madewell • bucket bag: H&M • belt: Mango • scarf: H&M • sandals: Tamaris

I woke up this morning and felt like blogging. When I started the computer after my just-out-of-bed routine (shower-eat-brush your teeth) today, I didn't click straight to Netflix. Some of my friends will call it a miracle when they read this. I saved the season 2 finale of The Vampire Diaries for after lunch, and spent my time resuscitating my blog instead. To liven up this blog will not be an easy task. My blogging skills are in critical condition, and the flat line in Google Analytics is a painful reminder that I'm going to have a lot of work getting this blog back up and running again. All of that is not surprising considering that I took a moth off. Twitter somehow even disappeared from my Chrome homepage (yes, Netflix took its spot). I'm not even sure if I'll be able to fall back into my old posting routine and/or how long my new blogging-spree will last. All I know is that I was "into it" this morning, so here you go: an outfit I still had saved in my drafts.

Sooooo. Want to catch up? I have no really big life changes to report. I'm still dating the same guy. We're still not engaged. We definitely didn't secretly get married and I'm also not expecting. We did start talking about moving in together, but it's just talk and no action for now. As of today, our Indian summer is officially over and I'm excited to wear my new duffle coat. I've watched two seasons of The Vampire Diaries in 10 days (Any other Jeremy fans out there? My friends are way too much into Damon...). I've also managed to do something important: I started my last year at uni and will hopefully graduate for good in June. This brings me to the enormous stress I'm currently under for my master thesis, because I am still without a subject and I cannot decide If I want to write about something related to our social-economic system or help investigate the possible consequences of the changes the Belgian government is currently debating. Heavy stuff. Talking about our government, I partook in a friendly rally last week to put pressure on the department of education to rethink their suggestion of raising the college tuition. Bad ass, I know. I even made the news! My mom got mad at me for being in Brussels for the rally without telling her, but my dad cut my photo out of the paper so I think he was ok with it. I've also been re-united with my uni friends who I hadn't seen all summer, and we've been doing lots of fun stuff. I probably should cut back on my coffee-intake though... . Congratulations, you are now completely updated. 

The photos above were made during a weekend away in The Netherlands a few weeks ago. I loved the window panes too much not to use them as a shoot location. Something has been up with my 35mm lens so the quality is a bit off, but they'll have to do! I have a #GOINGDUTCH post of our weekend lined up as well, so you can expect that next! If you want a sneak peek: there are already some photos up on my Instagram! 

Thanks for reading today and see ya'll soon!