A new pair of rocking jeans and a coffee to go, while exploring Melbourne. My life as a coffee addict and jeans addict, couldn’t be better!
Marks & Spencer is currently working with a theme called ‘Life. Spend it well.’. Because I’ve collaborated with this great brand before, they asked me with I think is the best way to spend life well, or better yet, getting the most out of life.
When I think of getting the most out of life, I think of my favorite Instagram accounts. A life well spent is a life traveling to the most beautiful places, eating lots of yummy bad food yet still looking like Gigi Hadid, wearing your vintage Chanel with your new Gucci, sharing it with hundreds of followers online and always being happy. I tried to live that life and I guess I got quite close. I left my home in The Netherlands to travel the world, I’ve got a Chanel bag, over 75K followers on Instagram and I can eat quite unhealthy without turning into Miss Piggy. The only thing missing was my happiness.
Pressure of the perfect picture
The pressure of the perfect insta life made me unable to enjoy the things that were happening around me. I was constantly looking for the right shot to shoot a ‘Look at me, I lead an awesome life!’ photo. I had the perfect travel insta life, yet I felt totally lost. Why? I was focussing on what others liked to see, instead of focussing on what I liked to do.
I took an Insta-break and when I arrived in Sydney I slowly picked up my phone and laptop again. In January 2017 my boyfriend, Rick, and I were asked to create content for my old employee in The Netherlands, a Dutch watch & jewelry web shop. Why? Because he liked my Instagram content so much. The content I was so unhappy with!
Rick and I took on the challenge and realized we are a great content creating team. From then on we started doing more fashion shoots. We would go for a coffee, explore a new neighborhood in Sydney and if we would find a cute spot to shoot, we’d take out our camera. And after the shooting, there was no pressure anymore. We got the shot, our job is done. That’s how we’ve been doing it ever since.
Feeling comfortable and at home
Taking away the travel/lifestyle part out of my content was a great decision. I love not having to photograph everything I do. Believe me, 90% of the things I do aren’t Insta-perfect! Plus, I don’t really enjoy traveling that much. Yes, I want to see what the world has to offer, but I realized that I’m way happier being in a place that makes me feel at home. Sydney is that place for me right now and from there on we’re taking trips. Next up: Bali, Malaysia, and Vietnam!
Enjoy life to the fullest (in jeans!)
Anyway, to answer Marks & Spencer’s question, after a way too long introduction: I enjoy life to the fullest when I’m browsing around a cool city with my love Rick. Grab a coffee to go, take some cool photos, walk around a bit and treat ourselves to a burger and a beer afterward. No fancy restaurants, cool hotspots, tropical beaches or infinity pools, just a great city where I feel comfortable.
I also realized over the past year that I love doing all this while wearing jeans. So to make this story complete, I put on Marks & Spencer’s latest mom jeans during this shoot. Investing in clothes you really love is also a way of enjoying life. Why purchase the latest trends, when you can buy something you’ll feel great in for years? I have a few favorite jeans – these Marks & Spencer ones being one of them – and every time I put them on I feel like a million bucks. I combined these jeans with a white shirt (cause those are always in style!) and a pair of gold pumps to spice things up a little 🙂
How do you get the most out of life?
In collaboration with Marks & Spencer and Shoppinglinks
Old school kicks are making a comeback and as a nineties girl, I love it! Yes, I was born in 1986 but I spend most of the childhood years I can actually remember in the nineties. I consider myself a nineties girl.
Anyway, we saw the Adidas Stan Smith’s and Superstar’s making a comeback a few years ago, then Puma came back in style (also thanks to Rihanna), Vans made a huuuge come back last year and now those old school Coverse sneakers. Are they ever out of style anyway?! I had a pair in black already, but scored a white pair at Ziengs too, because why not?! If you’re on the hunt for some old school kicks for the Summer, Ziengs has got you covered!
It’s been a long, long search, but I finally found the perfect stylish backpack! This backpack is part of Daphny Raes her newest collection which you can now buy on Kickstarter or their webshop with discounts up to 40%. Score!
I love supporting upcoming brands and after receiving this backpack, I’m even more happy I did! It’s so gorgeous, minimal and functional! Perfect for traveling or a day in town with my laptop and a pair of flats 😉
What I’m wearing:
DAPHNY RAES bag
NUDE LUCY top
When I shop, I know what I want and I want to have found it within 20 minutes max. Carrie Bradshaw’s quote ‘Shopping is my cardio’ isn’t meant for me, as 20 minutes won’t burn those chocolate bar calories. This is the reason I like to shop at ‘search engine webshops’. You know, those shops where you simply type in what you’re looking for and hundreds of matching results show up. I work with Kleding.nl and that’s how I get it done in 20 minutes!
In this case I was searching for something holiday-ish, like shorts or a skirt, and a sweater to go with it. A sweater as a holiday item? Yes! No matter where you travel, the nights can cool off so quickly; I always hate it when I forget to bring a sweater. Plus, I love the skirt + sweater combo, especially with cool sandal-boots. And not to forget, some cool shades to go with it!
I’m currently traveling through Australia. Did you know that Australia is 185 times as big as The Netherlands (my home country) and that the whole of Europe fits in Australia? You can imagine that the climate changes as much over here as it does in Europe. Scandinavia is cold, while Spain is hot. Same here, with The Northern Territory and South Australia. Except it’s the opposite over here as Australia is on the other side of the equator. The north is warm and the south is cold. I’m currently traveling through crispy South Australia and that’s why I really needed a “holiday sweater” too!
What I’m wearing:
ASOS sweater, via Kleding.nl
RIVER ISLAND skirt, via Kleding.nl
ASOS shades, via Kleding.nl
When I selected this outfit at Glue Store I simply put something together I thought would look good. Yet when I selected the outfit photos we shot the other day, I realized this look makes me travel through time! Why?
- We’ve got a rock band t-shirt like my dad used to wear in the 80ties. I can’t really tell because I only lived in the 80’s for 4 years. Can’t recall memories from 0-4 years old…, but I’ve seen the photos!
- We’ve got a bomber jacket like my brother used to wear in the 90’s. Now this I can recall, I thought he looked so stupid! And now I’m wearing it…
- We’ve got the old school Vans the cool skater boys at high school used to wear in the 00ies. Plus, I put a knot in my t-shirt like Britney did in 2000.
I know fashion always comes back in style, but this is insane! Yet very awesome, I love this my new “old fashioned” items altogether!
It’s time to transition to winter with Marks & Spencer knitwear! As exciting as I am about being able to wear knitwear, I must admit that I’m sad to say goodbye to summer.
The summer climate is one of the things I love most about Sydney. Since we arrived in Sydney last September, we had 4 months of bright sun and blue skies. Now that’s what makes me happy! Though I love summer, I can definitely handle winter. I’m a Dutch girl, I have no choice but to braise the cold! I’m used to rain, snow and icy wind that makes you feel as if your head might freeze off. It’s not that I like it, but I’m used to it.
The only thing I like about winter is a winter wardrobe. Yes, I’ll admit I got a bit tired of wearing shorts, shirts and flip-flops for 4 months. It gets tiring believe me. What I love about winter clothing? I love layering, I love oversized coats and I love knitwear. So when I heard about Marks & Spencer knitwear campaign, I checked out their webshop straight away.
Knitwear somehow is always fashionable, whether you are wearing a knitted jumper, a knitted skirt, a knitted scarf (oversized please!) or a knitted beanie. I love it all! Knitwear is stylish and keeps you warm. So when transitioning to a colder season, a knitwear piece is in order. It will keep you warm while you’re still wearing some of you’re favourite last season items, like these summer sandals and autumn trench coat. And what I love about this knitted jumper in particular, is the sleeves. I love a good bell sleeve 🙂
This collaboration was sponsored by Marks & Spencer and Shoppinglinks.