Silk Blouse

Did you watch my Sydney Fashion Vlog and have you been wondering all weekend what I bought? As if that would keep you busy all weekend, haha! No, I hope you spend time with your friends or family, did some relaxing. Or some partying! In which case you’ll probably have a terrible day at the office.. Good luck!

Anyway, I went to Fashion Weekend Sydney earlier this month and I bought an amazing silk blouse from Nice Martin, an Australian brand. I wanted a silk blouse for a long time, if I’d buy and wear it in Bali, I would sweat the sh*t out of it. Luckily I found it in Sydney on sale. Big time sale, I couldn’t be more happy!

What I’m wearing
NICE MARTIN blouse (similar in navy)
ASOS jeans
SENSO shoes (similar)
TOPSHOP sunnies (similar)


When flawlessness isn’t so flawless – a column about makeup

One thing not so cool about traveling; your skin doesn’t know how to handle the sun, salty sea water, chemical swimming pool water, dry air, humid air… My forehead has always been my problem area, and she and I haven’t been good friends lately. Follow my vlogs? If you pause it every now and then, you can do a fun game of pimple counting. They’re right between my brows and my hairline. Good luck!

It was better when I had my Bali tan, but now that that pretty brown glow is gone (thanks Sydney), my forehead is behaving bad again. Of course it has to do with my diet and skin care as well, but I eat healthy, try to drink more water and just bought some new skin products that are helping. But I also got some new make-up products to do a proper cover-up.

I’m a beauty disaster

Because I’m a bit insecure, I’m quite skin and make-up focussed at the moment. So when I’m doing my daily Instagram feed check now, I don’t just look at outfits, I look at faces. And damn, so many girls look flawless! How do they do it?! To get an answer to that question I go to YouTube.

Just so you understand, I’m a beauty disaster. I don’t know how to work make-up and I don’t know what’s good for me. Some things even scare me, like contouring and lip-liner. I’ve got a few items that feel and look good, and I stick to it. Like my Clinique ‘Even Better’ foundation and Chanel ‘Le Volume mascara’, hallelujah.

My skin starts itching looking at these videos

But now that I want to know a bit more about beauty, YouTube comes to the rescue. Thank you youtubbers, for all those ‘Every day skin and make-up routine’ videos! A lot of Instagrammers also do videos and lucky for me, they also do a lot of skincare and makeup videos. But instead of making me wanna get out my new make-up, they make me wanna throw it out. The amount of foundation, concealer, bronzer, highlighter, blush, eyebrow powder, fake lashes and lip-liner (wow, I do know some beauty words!) is just shocking to me. How can that feel comfortable? My skin starts itching just looking at these videos.

The sad thing is, these girls are so pretty when they start the video without make-up. Okay, a little foundation, blush, mascara and eye-brow stuff makes them look a bit more flawless, but so many girls continue putting stuff on their faces when I thought they were done ten minutes ago. I’m sorry for being harsh, but very often I look at it and think ‘Don’t you see you’ve got stripes of makeup on your face?’. So many girls literally use their face as a canvas and just like Van Gogh (or any other Impressionist) hardly blend out the lines. Or is that the point and do I just don’t get it? I personally wouldn’t like to walk around with a dark brown stripe under my cheekbones, but that’s just me.

Who wants to wake up to a different looking woman?

I realize that I’m blessed with good skin (except for that forehead!) and that I’m blessed with a boyfriend who thinks I look my best with just a little mascara on. I know for a fact that many men feel that way and I totally understand. Who wants to wake up to a totally different looking woman?

I also realize that some girls really have something to cover-up that makes them insecure when they don’t. Just as I bought new makeup, now that I’m having troubles with my skin. I get it and I’m not anti make-up. But I think makeup should be used to cover-up flaws and to emphasize your plus points. Not to create a totally different face. Or in some, not so rare cases unfortunately, a clown look. I’m sorry, but I’m also not sorry.

Cover-up & emphasize

The point of this column is not to be mean to women who love make-up, it’s not to make fun of women who use make-up. It’s not that I’m becoming the next Alicia Keys and stop wearing make-up to make a statement. The point is that we all compare ourselves to it-girl on social media, but sometimes when you look closer (or at their YouTube tutorials in this case) they’re flawlessness doesn’t come as easy as you might have thought. We all have flaws we want to cover-up, we all have plus point we could emphasize. And I hope that in the end that’s what most of us will do when using makeup!

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Sydney Shopping & Fashion Weekend, One Big Fashion Vlog

Not sure what to do this Saturday? How about checking out my latest vlog! No, I’m not trying to turn this blog post into a commercial 😉 I’m just really happy that I’m doing cool fashion-related stuff here in Sydney and that we made a cool fashion-related vlog out of it! I did some shopping in Paddington and visited Fashion Weekend Sydney. My inner fashionchick loved this week! Check out the vlog below and have a great weekend!

What I’m wearing in the vlog:

Paddington Look:
TOMMY HILFIGER shirt | H&M black jeans | SENSO strappy sandals

Fashion Weekend Look:
WAREHOUSE jacket | W CONCEPT blouse | ASOS jeans | TONY BIANCO shoes | CHANEL flap bag

Trends for a bargain!

The first day in Sydney I found out, by accident, there was a blogger closet sale in Surry Hills. Bloggers like The Chronicles of her and the ladies from Who What Wear were selling their trendy stuff. What a great accident! I went and got this silk top and seventies-style sunnies. Trends for a bargain! It was so nice to be a girl shopping at a blogger closet sale, instead of a blogger selling at a blogger closet sale 🙂 You can see some footage in the blog below, but first, the outfit!

What I’m wearing
VINTAGE silk top
H&M jeans
SENSO shoes
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Chilling at the pool

Todays Pic of the Day: A random ‘I’m chilling at the pool’ post. This shot was taken at our hotel in Cambodia. If you’re planning on going to Siem Reap, this is the place to stay! Check out our Cambodia vlog to see why!

What I’m wearing:
LEVI’S shorts (on sale!) & shirt
DIOR scarf

The beach, The one spot that always makes me happy

Just a random post with some happy beach pics. Taken during sunset in Canggu, Bali. I love to watch the ocean move, I love feeling the wind even though it fucks up my hair, I love being barefoot, I love feeling the sand between my toes – Not when my feet are wet though, hate it! -, I love the orange sky at sunset… Conclusion: I should live in a beach house.

What I’m wearing (not much..)
COSTES off shoulder top
H&M shorts

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The number one thing you need in your closet

Remember that post about me being re-united with my leather jacket? And that I love it so much, it might win from the ultimate fashion item in the world a.k.a. my Chanel bag? With everyone responding so understanding, I figured I might do a ‘Leather Jacket’ post. Cause to me a leather jacket is the number one thing you need to have in your closet. So todays ‘Pick of the day’ are a few picks: The best black leather jackets you can get at the moment.

I prefer real leather, cause it lasts a lifetime (well, almost), like first three these from Tommy Hilfiger, McGregor and Goosecraft. I totally understand though that you cannot randomly buy a €300 jacket, so here are a few affordable picks as well. All under €50! See the shop links below.


My picks:
H&M jacket (on sale!), JDY jacket, H&M jacket



How do we feel about our ultimate urban artists going Electric?

Normally I can’t really appreciate music artists going into a complete different directions because a certain genre is popular at the moment. Like Jennifer Lopez. She went from making poppy R&B/Latin songs to making club music and booty-shake songs. Jenny, thank you for getting me down on the dancefloor, but I’m a bit disappointed. You were one of my favorite urban-millennium-music-icons, I sang Spanish because of you!

Then there’s Usher, who went from the ultimate R&B artist to making house music. His 2012 album is called ‘Looking 4 Myself’ and it’s clear to me that he did lose himself. I do appreciate his latest album though, called ‘Hard 2 Love’. Not hard to love at all! The urban vibes shine through the electronic sounds and I happen to love electronic urban, as I like to call it.

Therefore I love Alicia Keys her new direction. Not just her direction in music, how about her no-make-up face? She’s gorgeous! Back to the music. When I heard the first tunes of In Common I felt some disappointment: Another artist stepping out of the genre he/she excels in. But two seconds later I was sold. I love this song and the soft part of her voice fits perfectly with this music. It’s my new jam, even though it’s been months since she released it. Sorry, I’m just not that girl I used to be, following the charts every day. Which was only because I was a big Spice Girls fan and wanted to check if they were still at number one 😉

So even though you probably heard it, I had to share In Common, today’s pick of the day!

The best Instagram plan app, the solution to all your Insta-problems

Before we go into the Instagram plan app goodness: this is not a sponsored post. This is something I’m so excited about, I just had to share it. Let’s go!

I found the solution to all you Instagram problems! Well I didn’t really, Rick did when he got tired of me cussing at my phone. If you’re an Instagrammer, you’ll probably know what happened.

That time a year I hate my Insta-feed

It was one of those days I have a few times a year, when I totally hate my Instagram feed and I want another look. I try several new filters (meaning: spend $15 to get all the good ones from VSCO cam), try different lightning options, different color options…

After a while I think I found it, but then I try the same thing on another photo, and it looks like shit. Frustrated I go on to the next filter, while maybe I should have sticked to that first option a few photos more and see what it would look like in a ‘3 times 3 in a row’ Instagram setting.

I’ve tried to put my potential Insta-photos in a separate folder on my iPhone, but that’s ‘6 times 4 in a row’. Totally different story. I could create a template on my computer and upload all my edited photos into that one, but I’m just not that disciplined. It has to be easy. And that’s where Mosaico comes in!

Finding a solution

Rick was clever enough to google ‘Instagram feed preview app’ when I was about to delete my Instagram account. Or better yet, I was too dump and too stubborn not to google… He found Carrie’s post on Instagram plan apps and I felt reborn. So actually she found the solution to your Instagram problems and I’m just trying to get away with the credits 😉

Everybody, drag & drop!

What makes Mosaico so special? It adds your Insta-feed into the app and then you can add photos you’re thinking of posting. With the drag and drop feature you drag/(re)place the photos with your fingers to try different fits. Hallelujah, the easiest way to see what fits best! You can add captions and hashtags to your photos and they won’t get lost when you drag the photo somewhere else.

Speaking of hashtags: The app remembers the hashtags you use most and you can even create so called ‘tag clouds’, a collection of hashtags for different content. For example, I’ve got a ‘Fashion cloud’ for my outfit posts, A ‘Bali cloud’ for my Bali posts, and so on.

You can select four post times in the app and schedule your post for these times. You’ll get a notification when it’s time to post and if you’ve already added your caption and tags, it’s just a few clicks until your new Insta-photo is published.

A small price to pay

There is a teeny tiny downside to all this goodness and that is that the app costs $5,99. But to me it’s 1000% worth the price! For $1 more you can add an extra account to the app, if you’d like to.

Are you using this app too? Was it the answer to your Insta-prayers as well?


What I’m wearing:
H&M jeans (cut off myself)
SENSO heels (via sarenza)

Re-united with my leather jacket!

Yes, I’m re-united with my leather jacket and I couldn’t be happier! How did this happen? Family of ours live in Sydney and they were in The Netherlands when we just arrived here. They were so kind to bring my ultimate favorite fashion item in the world, to the other side of the world when they went back home. Seriously, this leather jacket might even win from the Chanel bag. Ah who am I kidding, Chanel is always #1!

What I’m wearing
COSTES skirt
H&M jumper
TONY BIANCO sneakers
SKAGEN watch

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