24 October, 2016


It's a concept that's been going around for some time now: "hygge". Pronounced /ˈhyɡ̊ə/, with a /u/ sound like the French word une. Translated as 'cosy', yet this translation does not carry the entire weight and cultural meaning of the word. However, what is considered as cosy or snug is probably also hygge. But, where does it come from and why is it so popular nowadays? 
Hygge is a Danish word, and a very important one as well. The Danes are very big on hygge and use the word a lot. In fact, the things I remember mostly about my visit to Denmark in 2015 are their way of life and how everything feels very natural, real and just plain comfortable (this of course contrary to their less attractive weather conditions 70% of the time).After reading Meik Wiking's The Little Book Of Hygge, a few things have become clear. Things that are hygge: candles, snuggly blankets, hot drinks, home-made food, bonfires, board games, reading a good book, hand-written letters, hikes in nature, woolen socks, family activities, gatherings with friends. In short: all things that warm your heart.You can imagine why this concept is something to ponder on and practice in your own life. In our fast-paced, ever changing world, it is nice to sometimes sit back and enjoy. Not only is it nice, it is also vital for our health.With the cold winter months ahead of us, I'll definitely try to add a little hygge to my life: I'll light more candles, read more books, drink tea, bake with my family and friends and just enjoy life, without feeling guilty.What's your idea of a hygge activity?

03 October, 2016

Wedding Planning Update: month 2/12

We've now entered our second month of wedding planning. So far, I'm extremely happy with what we have. We're right on schedule.
What is done? Right now, the most important thing is that we have our venue picked out. It's supposed to be the thing you need to plan first, because the good venues are gone more than a year in advance. I'm really happy we picked one we wanted and that they still had a date free that suited us. It's a gorgeous eighteenth century aristocratic house with a big garden and pond. The people who run it really discuss your desires with you and I love their all-round approach.The next thing we have covered is the photographer. We found this great couple who work for a very reasonably price. We immediately took to them and love the fact that they work in pair, because that way you get such a different style of pictures. So excited to see how they will turn out.Last, but not least, I also found my wedding dress last weekend. Early, I know. My godmother leaves on a six month trip next week, and I really wanted her to be there when I tried dresses on the first time. Little did I know that I'd find the dress on my first go. I love love love it. It's more than perfect. I even teared up, which I wasn't expecting at all. I also loved that my mom, bestie, mother-in-law and sister-in-law where there as well. I'll never forget that day.What is up next? We'll take it more slow the next couple of months, because we saw about 6 venues and that was so intense. When we meet up with the people from the venue, there will be discussions on food, drinks etc. And I guess I'll be on Pinterest a lot, browsing for ideas. Maybe the bridesmaids and I will go on the hunt for their dresses. And I think I'll be looking for some wedding invitation inspiration as well. All in all I think it is going really well. I'm so excited for the next couple of months as well, just browsing and taking notes!

26 September, 2016

The End Of Summer Blues

For the last couple of days, I've been really feeling the end of Summer creep in: mornings are colder, it gets darker earlier... I always get this feeling of dread at the end of Summer, and I can be really down because of it. So this year, I'm taking the necessary precautions!
One of the things that makes me happy is having something new to learn: this month, I started taking a Spanish course with my family. It's been so much fun and I'm really enjoying learning this new language.Another thing is being active. Getting your energy levels up by exercising is something that really helps when you feel down. Our family has recently started taking dancing lessons together, the basics of latin and ballroom dancing. It's been incredibly fun and rewarding. And it's an hour of fun exercise as well!And, of course, we also have a wedding to plan! And, seeing as I am a total planning geek, this makes me incredibly giddy. Right now, I'm onto dresses, which of course is easily one of the most exciting things!What are some of the things you do to get yourself out of a funky mood?

19 September, 2016

My Declutter / Minimalism Mission

As I moved into my first real home and out of my Mom's comforting arms, I made it my mission to take as little stuff as possible into our apartment. Less is more, and all that. We're now a year in and I've somehow gathered more stuff that I don't need again. Time to declutter: Minimalism 2.0.
I'm going to give myself until the end of November to declutter four spaces in my life (let's be honest, ain't nobody got time to do this in a month's time): my closet, my beauty products, our kitchen and my laptop/phone. You're probably asking yourself: why though? Well, firstly, we won't be living here forever, and when we move again, I want it to go smoothly and not hauling stuff that I don't need/want with me. Secondly, when we start thinking about adding a little human into the mix, I know he or she will be taking a lot of space, and I want to be comfortable with what we have before doing so. Also, I just love decluttering and that kind of stuff.What I'll be doing is taking out every item in each category and then deciding on what to keep, throw, or donate. Sounds basic, but when in doubt, I'll just be asking myself if I used it the past year or not. And if I haven't, than maybe I don't need it, right? The stuff that is occasional like skiing clothes or specific baking items I'll be putting in boxes, so they don't bother me on the daily. I hope that our lives will be a little less cluttered and a little more breathable.I think I'll be calling this my Minimalism 2.0 series, so you can follow the posts that way. I'm excited to see which problems I'll stumble upon and what the end result will be. Do you have any tips? What are your thoughts on minimalism?

12 September, 2016

READING REVERIES: Late Summer Reading List

To be honest, I've not been reading as much as I'd like at the moment. I always find myself being "too busy", but that's just an excuse, isn't it? So, to kind of motivate myself, I put four new books on my Kindle to get me back on track.
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
When I heard Sanne from Books and Quills talk about this, I knew it was something I'd enjoy. Vinegar Girl is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, a series where authors do their take on one of Shakespeare's classic tales. This one is based on The Taming Of The Shrew, aka Ten Things I Hate About You, aka my absolute favorite Shakespeare. Now, I know these rewrites of famous authors' stories isn't new, however, I am excited to give this one a go. Also, can we all take a moment to appreciate the prettiness that cover?!
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
My cousin Mayte really rated this book, and after reading the synopsis, I was sold. It's one of those stories where the father of a family who never sees each other dies, and everyone is forced to get together, thus unfolding a whole lot of old grudges and family secrets. It's supposed to be funny, yet touching. And I really enjoy these kinds of stories.
Dead Simple by Peter James
Almost my entire family has read this book, and loved it. I quite enjoy thrillers every now and then, and this plot sounds so interesting. It's about a group of friends on one man's stag night. His friends put him in a coffin under the ground with only a flashlight, a dirty magazine, a walkie-talkie and a breathing tube. All fun and games, until his friends all die in a car crash on their way home. So now this guy is in a coffin, with no one to help him. And then the plot thickens... Sounds good, right?
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
An older one, but one that has been on my 'to read' list for a while. A story of three women, living in different times and cities; all with different stories, but their lives entwine in a supposedly beautiful way. I'm very curious for this. I have never watched the movie version, so I'm going in with no knowledge at all.
What have you been reading this Summer? Any recommendations?

05 September, 2016

[Wedding] My Bridesmaid Proposals

When we got engaged, I immediately knew who I wanted to be my bridesmaids : my bestie Nina, my sister Melanie and my soon-to-be sister-in-law Laure Anne. I also knew I wanted to 'propose' to them in an original way, with something they could have as a little keepsake.
After some browsing on Etsy, I found this cute shop called Just Be Boho. She makes personalized makeup bags with little cartoon girls on them, which I thought would be the perfect little token.The bags came about a week later and they are the perfect size to put in your handbag. The cartoons and names are ironed on and it honestly looks so cute. I'd 100% recommend these as a bridesmaid proposal gift or just any gift really. It's so fun to have a personalized pouch to put in your handbag.   I also wrote them a little personalized card with the proposal on it.I'm so excited for all the planning and the fun times I'll have with my girls picking out things and going on my hen.