22 August, 2016

I'M BACK !! [& some exciting news]

I'M BACK !! (Excuse the crappy picture quality). And I'm ENGAGED !! It's been quite a rocky two months, but after some readjustments, both on my blog and in my personal life, I'm excited to get back into Frankly Anouk. I've missed it a lot.
I guess my first post will just be a little "Hi there, I'm back" one. From next Monday onwards, I'm back to stay. New posts will mostly focus on either beauty (well d-uh), lifestyle or food; and possibly some wedding-related posts if you'd be interested in reading those?I hope you  all like the new layout, I worked hard on it and I'm sure I'll bump into some things I don't like along the way. And If you have any suggestions, please leave them below! 

06 June, 2016

FRANKLY BAKES : Favorite Cookbooks

Since the BF and I have been living on our own, I've been experimenting with food left and right. Some of my dishes have been received with continouing mmm's, others... not so much. Cooking has fast become one of my favorite things, and I may have purchased a lovely book  to accompany me every now and then. Here are some of my most-used ones :
Laura In The Kitchen by Laura Vitale (€ 23.00)
I've been following Laura on YouTube for about five years now. Her recipes are always fun, easy to follow and just so yummy. She also doesn't do any fancy techniques; it's just basic good food. This book has some recipes that are on her channel, but also some that are new. I especially love the quick weeknight dinners and the baking recipes.
Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver (€ 11.99)
This is the book I grab when I'm feeling like I could use a healthy dose of vitamins. Jamie tries to make everyday dishes with healthy ingredients, which isn't always easy. Sometimes my grocery store doesn't carry all the ingredients, but I love this book for inspiration and for the salad and water mixes sections.
Dagelijkse Kost by Jeroen Meus (€ 35.00)
This book is in Dutch, but I couldn't leave this out, because I use it at least once a week. This book contains basic, classic recipes that are just so delicious and taste like home. For any of my Dutch-speaking readers, this book is such a great investment. You won't regret it!

What are your favorite cookbooks? Any recommendations?

30 May, 2016

READING REVERIES : Summer Reading

With the Summer holidays just a month away, I am starting to collect some books I would like to read the next couple of months. Of course, these fit in my the Reading Challenge I am partaking in this year.
Number 11 by Jonathan Coe - "A satirical book"
I've always enjoyed Coe's books; his unique writing style very much speaks to me and I've enjoyed everything I've read of him so far. Finding out he has a new novel got me excited immediately. I have a feeling this one takes the p*ss out of how we live now and I am sure I will laugh profoundly the entire time.

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami - "A book that's more than 600 pages"
Murakami is an author you either love or hate. Since I've never read anything of his so far, I am looking forward to this interesting and futuristic concept. This one is about a girl and a boy who live in Tokyo in the year 1?84. The rest is pretty unclear but I'm eager to find out.

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari - "A book translated into English"
This novel handles the history of our people, the history of humankind. I was very much intrigued by the concept of this novel : to sum up an entire history of our humankind in one interesting novel surely is an achievement. I've heard many great things about this one and I am very keen to learn some new things about our history. 

The Royal We by Heather Cocks - "A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy"
This one I read last year and I absolutely loved every page. So much so that I know it will bring me joy again. If you like Will & Kate's story, this is based entirely on it, and you will want it to go on forever.

What is on your reading list this Summer?

23 May, 2016

A Wussy's Guide To Self Tanning

16 May, 2016

My Tattoo Story

09 May, 2016

My Running Routine (Start To Run)

Before you get a completely wrong image of me, I want to start this post by saying I am probably the most non-athletic person you have ever met - my family will confirm this for sure. I've started and given up on many types of exercise, all because a) the gym was too far, b) it was too expensive, c) I just plain didn't like it, or d) all of the above. Running is a complete game-changer for me.
Why? You start running right from your doorstep and you don't have to buy an expensive membership. Currently, my goal is a 5K run in under half an hour (I really want to do 10 miles next year, but we'll start slow). 
My training schedule consists of three running days a week, with a rest day in between. The schedule alternates between jogging and walking, building up the jogging time with each week. And, if all goes well, you can run a 5K after 10 weeks.
Right now, I'm in week six and feeling great. I love the fact that you can feel yourself improving, and you kind of get into this sort of 'trance' after a couple of minutes, where you just focus on your breathing and completely destress. 
The only thing you should invest in are running shoes; I got the Nike Free Run 2.0., which are just bloody fantastic. I'm really looking forward to reaching my 5K goal and to see how much farther I can take it. 
Do you have any tips for beginning runners?