Convert a Pinterest outfit to a sustainable outfit

Introducing a new concept: Recreating Pinterest outfits I love with all sustainable and/or fairly made pieces! This way, we can all see that sustainable and fair fashion isn’t dull and that you can look as stylish as the inspiring ladies you follow on Instagram or Pinterest when going fully sustainable!

I absolutely love this look by @Lucianes. As for the sustainable look, I’m so in love with the Dechase boots! They’re cool yet super stylish!


1. EVERLANE shortsleeve shirt
sustainable – fair

2. OUTLAND DENIM girlfriend jeans
sustainable – fair

3. DECHASE lace-up leather boots
sustainable – fair


Terms used:
SUSTAINABLE – Focus on environment, made with sustainable materials
FAIR – Focus on people, produced in ethical working conditions
VEGAN – Focus on animals, made without animal-derived materials

Is Black Friday Bad?

Promoting Black Friday as a newbie sustainable fashion influencer is something to seriously consider. One of the reasons I want to make a change is that I’m frustrated by my constant need to consume and that I’ve been treating clothing as if they were disposable: “Don’t like it anymore? Just buy something new!” I’m not the only one… 

Some harsh numbers…

Did you know that 26% of clothing gets disposed of simply because we don’t like it anymore? And that 80% of discarded textiles are doomed for the landfill or incineration, meaning they get dumped or get burned, which releases all kinds of toxins and gases into the atmosphere. All this after an average of only 7 (!) wears. 

The environment doesn’t only suffer because of our disposing behaviour, but also due to unnecessary transportation: “Not in the mood to check and measure sizes? I’ll just order 3 sizes and send 2 back!” And there goes yet another DHL truck and maybe even a plane. 

Overconsuming during Black Friday

During Black Friday, a lot of overconsuming happens. ‘Too good to resist’ promotions can quickly arouse the need to buy and a lot of impulsive purchases happen. I don’t know about you, but I’m going crazy over all these posts, newsletters and pop-ups telling me that ‘This Friday is my only chance to buy with major discounts!’. It definitely creates FOMO and makes me want to increase my credit card limit. But then I think of the questions. 

If the answers are yes and if the item I have my eye on is made fairly and sustainably, it’s a go. I think that in the end it’s about our own consuming behavior and the demand we create as consumers. So I guess shopping during Black Friday doesn’t have to be a bad thing, as long as you really do it consciously and sustainably. Like really, big exclamation point! 

In the next post you’ll find some great offers from sustainable brands. A few brands also do something different during Black Friday, like donating and planting trees, which is amazing! 

First Outfit Video!

Super excited that this feature is available on my blog. Now you can watch my outfit video’s over here as well and not only at Instagam, whoop!

What I’m wearing:

VANS shoes

Conscious approach to fashion

Yes! I’m going to fully focus on conscious & fair fashion!

The way I’ve been promoting fast fashion brands & consuming does not match the person I am today. Fast fashion brands produce fast & cheap, & therefore often work in unethical ways with unethical materials. Humans suffer so we can buy $10 shirts. Even though at some level we’re aware of this, we still buy it because we MUST have it. So supply & demand keep reinforcing each other. 

Constant need for more

Where does this constant need for more come from, do we really need all these products? I feel that advertisers but also society focus on things that are missing or that are wrong about our lives & ourselves. Things that can only be fixed when we buy certain products, or when we have a certain lifestyle, job, house, relationship, a certain appearance, and, in terms of fashion, trendy clothing in a certain size. 

By trying to meet these unrealistic standards, we’re saying to ourselves that we’re not good as we are. In terms of my own well-being, not feeling good enough is the thing I struggle with most, so this does not sit well with me. 

My part in this

I participate in this too, as a consumer & influencer. I influence people to buy things they don’t need from brands that exploit humans. Through this, I am in a way promoting human rights violation & I’m saying you’re not good enough, that you need those jeans or shoes to look as trendy as me. 

I felt I couldn’t make a change & still be into fashion. Like I’d have to be a fashion-boycotting activist in order to stand for my beliefs. So I’ve contemplated quitting Instagram until I thought of ways to share healthy style inspiration. 

Healthy style inspiration

I want to show you that you don’t need to constantly consume, follow trends, participate in fast fashion, or wear something different every day to look – & FEEL – good. And when you do consume, I hope to inspire you to do it consciously & sustainably. 

A conscious & fair approach towards fashion doesn’t mean we’re not allowed to buy clothes or it’s wrong to have an interest in fashion & trends. There’s no shame in wanting to look good! And you can look damn good wearing a combo of old clothes, fair fashion brands & vintage items. I’ll prove it, if you stay tuned!

Vans Shoe-buddy’s

You might think we dressed alike for this shoot. Well, we didn’t, this happens all the time! Okay, we did wear the Vans on purpose as this is an advertisement post for Ziengs, but the rest of the outfit was a coincidence, as usual… 

Rick and I simply have the same style! Especially when it comes to shoes. We both love casual sneakers. So when Ziengs asked us to do a duo shoot to celebrate that they’re now selling Vans – our favorite sneaker brand -, we instantly said yes! Couldn’t be a better match for us. 

Do you and your partner often wear the same as well?!

Lian’s look:
VANS via ZIENGS shoes
STAD t-shirt
ASOS jeans

Rick’s look:
VANS via ZIENGS shoes
STAD t-shirt (Rick is wearing a women’s XL)
NUDIE jeans

LianGalliard Fashion Style
Rick&Lian Fashion Style
Vans Ziengs Lian Galliard

I’m back!

I’m back, hello everyone! How are you doing? Thank you all so so much for the supportive and loving comments, DM’s, emails and texts. It warmed my heart ♥︎

Now that I’m back after 5 (!) months, you’re probably wondering if I feel better. Well, not necessarily. But I’m okay with that… Now. So what’s going on and why did it take me so long? Storytime: 

I was convinced I couldn’t return to Instagram until I was fully recovered and I had a clear strategy. My superego (or inner critic) was telling me I could only show up as my best self and any other version of me just wouldn’t do. This belief doesn’t only apply to Instagram, but to my entire life. I have to be my best self, always. A belief that causes a lot of suffering.

I took a complete break from Instagram, work, and almost all social activities. I locked myself up to fully focus on recovery, obsessively. Everything in life revolved around getting better. I was constantly comparing myself to the Lian of 2 years ago: Lian before break-down. Until I wasn’t that version of myself, I wasn’t better, I wasn’t good enough, I wasn’t worthy. Oh, how my inner critic loves to tell me that… 


I knew recovery could only be found in acceptance. Accepting my situation and accepting myself. And so I said to myself “I need to accept this, in order to get better”. See what my superego did there? Still focussing on recovery. When I realized this, I tried to remove the ‘getting better’ part and say to myself “I’m okay as I am, it’s okay how it is. Anything that I’m able to do or experience is a plus, but without it, it’s still okay.” I still find this hard to believe sometimes, but as this slowly started to grow on me, I started noticing a shift. It wasn’t a magical moment of awakening or anything, but it was an important baby step in the healing process. 

I didn’t realize it at that moment though. During my time as an obsessive-recovery-focused cavewoman, I didn’t feel like I was healing at all. The opposite, I felt like my entire life was on hold. Yet at the same time, so many things were (and are still) happening inside me in all kinds of rollercoaster ways. I realize now that those uncomfortable and overwhelming moments are actually the crucial moments in the healing process. To everyone going through similar struggles: Sometimes it feels like you’re not healing because you’re not feeling better. Often you only feel worse. I believe now that healing actually happens in those painful moments. The things that need healing, are the things you don’t want to feel. You can only start to feel better once you’re giving space to what needs to heal.


Back to the story. In this moment of slight acceptance, I started to let go of the idea that I could only start my life (including my Instagram 2.0 account), until I was my best self. Cause what does that even mean; my best self? Someone who’s perfect, always happy, in control, who never fails? That sounds pretty unhuman to me, while all I want is to feel human. To be seen, be heard and be loved as a human.

I started to do some work again here and there, stopped reading self-help books and started meeting up with friends who were understanding of my situation. And very importantly, I tried to not get disappointed with myself if I got overwhelmed, had to cancel, or needed to leave earlier than expected.

One of the jobs I did during that time was a content job for Ziengs, a Dutch shoe brand I’ve worked with for a few years (the boots I’m wearing are from their webshop!). I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed doing it because I used to feel quite some resentment towards content creation before my break. 


Through that job, I realized I do love creating accessible looks that people can easily recreate. In that way I can sort of contribute to people’s lives through fashion. Especially that accessible part is important to me, as you don’t need much or anything expensive to look good. So that’s definitely what I want to continue doing on Instagram. But I also want to contribute by sharing more personal stories like this one and the one before. There is so much power in speaking openly about mental health. If I can contribute in even the smallest way in making the mental health battle something to be proud of instead of something to be ashamed of, that would make me so happy. Do you know how brave and strong we are for fighting the toughest fight there is?! 

The fight continues for me personally and is still hard. But as I said before “I’m okay as I am, it’s okay how it is. Anything that I’m able to do or experience is a plus, but without it, it’s still okay.” And so I’m back, taking things step by step. Thanks for sticking with me guys!

Quitting Instagram for a while

I’m going to quit Instagram for a while, at least until the new year. Maybe longer, depending on how I feel. Why? Short version: Instagram is giving me too much negative energy in a time where I desperately need positive energy. Long version? Okay, here we go…

Since 1.5 years I’m not doing well, physically and mentally. During this time of uncertainty, one thing did become certain: the way I use Instagram is not inspiring, motivating or healthy for me anymore. 


I was recently diagnosed with a somatic disorder: “A mental disorder that manifests as physical symptoms, but cannot be explained by a medical condition.” 

Because I’ve never been able to deal with emotions and stress properly, my body expresses it through chronic fatigue, muscle pains, vision problems, and abdominal issues. 

The symptoms aren’t fake. The fatigue and pain I struggle with are real and cause a lot of distress, but the cause is simply mentally. Well, “simply”… there’s nothing simple about mental illness.

I have to learn to let go of my defense mechanisms and allow the emotions I’ve worked a lifetime to repress. Next to (re)experiencing past and present pain, I have to come to terms with how these experiences made me who I am. Someone I don’t necessarily always like. And the Insta-perfect world isn’t helping me like myself more, nor is it helping me realize that it’s normal to struggle.  


During this time of working on myself, I need to focus on things that are really valuable in life. Real things. Real love, real support, real connection, gratitude, a safe home, nature, music, art. Not things that social media makes me believe I need in order to be happy or satisfied. Like clothes, Instagram likes, a perfect apartment, exclusive events, an adventurous life or countless coffee dates with random people. 

I know it’s not Instagram, it’s the way I react to it. But at this point, I’m not capable (and maybe never will be) to beat that primary reaction of feeling insecure and unsatisfied with myself and my life, when seeing other people’s perfect lives.

Next to feeling insecure, I feel pressured. I am a fashion influencer, which means I earn money by promoting fashion brands through my outfit posts. The constant pressure of having to post photos that will score in order to keep both you – my followers – and my (potential) clients pleased is exhausting. And not good for someone like me, who already feels like she has to constantly prove her worth to others.


I feel a bit hypocrite writing this. I am an influencer who’s life probably looks perfect to you. And that’s exactly why I want to be open about this. I always thought I was one of the few who suffered from mental illness. Until I opened up about it and discovered that almost every person I know is dealing with or has dealt with mental health issues. I felt relieved, connected and less ashamed and alone, and I hope this little story makes you feel the same way. Even if it only removes one of the million rocks you feel laying on your shoulders.  

I once saw an Insta-post saying “Be the change you want to see on your feed.” This is a first step. Maybe I will focus more on this when I’m back, maybe I’ll continue sharing my daily looks. Maybe a bit of both. We’ll see. 


I’ve decided to delete the Instagram app for now, so there’s no temptation for me. That makes it sound like an addiction. Well it is, a self-destructing one. When I pick up my phone, my finger automatically moves to that spot on my screen where the Instagram app is located and I unconsciously end up looking at other people’s lives for hours, instead of dealing with my own. 

So if you want to talk, know that I won’t be reading my comments or DM’s after today. Feel free to email me at Though if you’re really struggling, best would be to contact a friend or family member, or even better; a therapist. The only reason I can explain my situation so clearly is because of my therapist. Without him, life would still be a big maze in which I’d still be taking the same wrong turns. It will be a long time until I reach the end of the maze – if I ever fully will – but at least the paths are slowly getting clearer. 

Either way, I’m here for you, as you guys are there for me too.

See you in the next year ♥︎

In Spring We Wear Birkenstocks

Do you agree or are you one of those Birkenstocks haters? I personally have always loved Birkenstocks! I like chuncky shoes, especially when worn with a tight pair of jeans or a dress, and Birkenstocks are the perfect chunky, yet stylish sandals to me! And the boyfriend agrees – and yet again we have the same pair of shoes…

I got this pair via Ziengs, a Dutch shoes store with the biggest collection of Birkenstocks in The Netherlands! Dus Dutchies, ga snel even kijken 😉

BIRKENSTOCK shoes (via Ziengs)
LEVI’S jeans

That striped knit again!

Welcome loves! Here’s what I’m wearing:

BOOHOO sweater (similar here & here)
LEVI’S jeans
ALDO sneakers (similar by Adidas)
ROCKY ROSA jewelry (via ATOD Fashion)