Saturday, August 19, 2017

My new babies from ASOS

No, I'm not pregnant - I have a lovely monthly reminder for that- but I do have a new addition to my family. My shoe family to be more precise. I was browsing on ASOS for fun, although it's never really for fun because I always end up buying stuff, when I saw them. These gorgeous classic studded shoes. I tried to get them out of my head, but it was simply impossible to not think about them every day so I decided to just say yes and purchase them.

Now what shoes made me go crazy for a few days? The ASOS SIXTH SENSE Studded Mid Shoes, of course! The thing that made me fall in love with them is the croc effect and the silver studs on the ankle straps. They look so stylish and perfect for every occasion. Job interview. Yes. Birthday party. Yes. Just any day of the week. Yes. See how they enrich my life? And because my toes are covered I don't have to worry about chipped nail polish or any other foot drama that is going on down there. They are super comfy as well, true to size and in comparison to my other pointed ASOS shoes, my feet are not dying. They have a bit of a heel which I like a lot. I mean I am all about high heels, but not when I physically can't walk in them, so I'm good with these. 

In my opinion these shoes look way more expensive than €54. I feel like Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada who is on her way to an important business meeting when I walk down the street. The only thing missing from that is an expensive designer bag and a devilish attitude where people turn the other way around when they see you. Not that I want that but the fancy designer bag on the other hand sounds quite nice, don't ya think?

What do you think of these shoes?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Topshop Glow Pot in Polished

My make-up routine is not complete without applying a bit of highlighter to my cheeks. I love a radiant glow and have to admit that I sometimes go a bit overboard with it. I always say 'you can never have too much highlighter on your face', but yes, you can have too much highlighter on your face.

Because I love it so much (highlighter and lipsticks are my favourite make-up products to buy) I have a few in my stash to keep me going and I keep on buying them because why the heck not. One highlighter has always been on my wish list. Mainly because I saw how pretty it was when someone used it in a YouTube video and for that price I wanted to try it out myself. I am talking about the Topshop Glow Pot, which you probably already knew by the title of this blogpost. I still tried to build up the mystery though haha. 

Now when you are looking for a shiny and pretty highlighter, this product is all that. The Polished colour has a golden shimmer, is very creamy, blendable and looks nice on tanned skin. Perfect to keep that summer glow alive when you got back from your holiday or live in a country where it rains most of the time -welcome to the Netherlands- . I mainly apply it before or after foundation on the tops of my cheekbones, bridge of my nose and the cupids bow. It gives you that insta make-up look without looking too cakey and you are definitely in control of how glowy you want to look.
I do think the pot is too small, since my fingers always pick up too much product, so if there is one thing I could change about this wonderful item it’s the packaging. 

Topshop also do liquid highlighters now and they look absolutely define. The colour Misty will definitely be my next highlighter purchase, but I might have to control myself a bit since there is a limit to how many highlighter I can use at a time. Okay, I'm buying it anyways!

Have you tried any of the Topshop highlighters? Did you like them?

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Antwerp Trip 2017

A week after I got back from my trip to London it was time to pack my passport again. This time I went all the way to Belgium to visit Antwerp. I have been to Belgium a couple of times but Antwerp never made the cut so I was excited to discover everything the city had to offer. Especially the food hotspots, because I had been stalking Instagram a few weeks prior to the trip. Food is an import life essential you know.

That morning I took an early train to Amsterdam to meet up with my friend and from there we boarded the train to Antwerp. It was actually quite easy and because we still had our student travel card (you can travel around the Netherlands for free if you are a student) we only paid for the train in Belgium which ended up being around €8. Insane if you think about it.

The first stop on our list was Barchel, a hip food and coffee bar. It's a 15 minute walk from the train station and as always, Google Maps is my best friend on these kind of trips. There were plenty of seats available but we decided to go sit on the terrace in the back. The pretty garden lights surrounded the white walls and it's one of those places that would be awesome on a hot summers day. 
I kind of stalked their menu before so it didn't take me long before I knew what I wanted to order. And since it's me we're talking about, it had to be something sweet, so I went with French toast and tea. The food was really good and the staff was friendly as well. Definitely recommend this place if you ever visit Antwerp.

After that delicious pick me up we walked towards the 'Meir', the main shopping street in Antwerp. We popped into a few shops but I didn't see anything I liked until we went into this shop called Habitat, which is heaven for home accessories obsessed people like me and to make it even better they had 50% off all the products. 
We came back later that day to buy a ''few'' things, because otherwise I would walk with those heavy bags all day. But OMG they had the cutest causer and cup sets and I bought a dinner plate too. Bit of advice, don’t ever leave me alone in a store like that.

After all the excitement about cups we fancied something healthy so we took out our pal Google Maps and followed him to Divers, a healthy vegan hotspot with the most gorgeous interior and yummiest smoothie bowls. We actually sat here for a bit to charge our iPhones -Google Maps is very handy but takes up way too much battery-. Later we went on to another hotspot which turned out to be closed due to the summer holidays. A lot of the places that we wanted to visit were closed, which was a bit of a shame, but we still enjoyed ourselves. Another advice: look up if places are closed or not, it would save you a lot of walking.

One of the reasons why I wanted to go to Antwerp was Hoeked Dougnuts, a café with squared doughnuts. I love doughnuts so I was excited to try one out. It was very busy at Hoeked since more people have heard about this phenomenon. Do keep in mind that you bring cash because they don't accept foreign cards, which I found a bit odd. Luckily I still had some euros in my wallet so that saved us from a trip to an ATM. The doughnut itself was really nice and fluffy and I kind of want one right now.

As promised we walked back to Habitat to pick up all my cups and we also made a pit stop at the nearest supermarket because I was hoping they would sell salt & vinegar crisps, which they sadly didn't. I love those SO MUCH so whenever I am in London I always buy a pack. I did buy macarons and two bottles of Fiji water so that also made my day. 

Before we hopped on the train back to Amsterdam we crossed one more hotspot of our list: Manhattn's Burgers, a cool and hip burger place in the center of Antwerp with the same concept as Shake Shack and Vapiano. I went for a plain burger with fries and a lemonade. The food was really good, but I always hate it when the sauce and stuff goes everywhere. I'd rather eat my hamburger and fries at home when no one can see me smearing the hamburger sauce all over my face. Yes, it was THAT bad this time. After I washed my hands and fixed my chin with some concealer I was all good though. Ready to walk in public again haha.

And that concludes my first but definitely not last trip to Antwerp. The city itself was not that exciting for me, but the food hotspots made it worth visiting. There are so many more places where I want to eat at so I will 100% go back someday.

What is your favourite thing about Antwerp?

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Floral Skirt

It might sound strange but I have the craziest logic when it comes to season appropriate clothing. When it's hot and sunny, all I can think about is cosy autumn jumpers, fluffy winter coats and Christmas. And when it's snowing, super cold and miserable outside I start dreaming about florals, bare legs and getting a tan. This year wouldn't be the same without me craving hot chocolate and spiced biscuits in July but for this floral piece I'd like to make an exception. 

When I saw it on display in Topshop I fell head over heels in love with the print and design of this skirt. I had seen skirts like this before, but there was something about the black, polka dots and florals that I couldn't resist. It's a very easy and floaty skirt. There is a zipper on the side and two ties that make the perfect bow and make it look a bit more fitted. I love pairing it with a plain white tee, oversized denim jacket and All Stars or Stan Smiths. I’ve also gotten lots of compliments on this skirt and it strangely makes my legs look tanner. I know this sounds weird but it might be the red florals complimenting my paleness or something. 

The only thing that I'm not so happy about is that because it's so floaty it's not very cute when the wind comes. I tried to make it work but all it does is flash people even more, so when there is a tropical storm outside I will safely stick to my mom jeans instead. That doesn't mean I love them less though. I know without a doubt I will love this skirt next summer too!

What is your favourite floral clothing item this summer?

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