On my birthday I felt a little sad because I had a great conversation with my brother over skype (don't worry, this will make sense in a bit). As I've told you many times before, he lives in the U.S. and we don't see much of each other because well, plane tickets cost money and money's a bitch. We had a lovely talk about his kids, his eldest daughter growing into puberty, his youngest daughter that looks a LOT like me (for real, if I had any pictures with both of us on it you'd be freaked out) and I can't help but tear up a bit when my brother tells me that she sounds like me. She loves to draw, paint and is basically into anything artsy, much like me and my brother. The times we skype she keeps drawing stuff and shows her drawings to me every five seconds while I talk and joke around with my oldest niece. When you live so far away from each other you really start to appreciate those tiny things more. My oldest niece is twelve now and she's very mature, smart and so beautiful. I always knew her as a little girl and chances are that she'll outgrow me in a couple of years! Time, I still don't understand it. I try to skype with my brother and nieces as much as I can but when I look back I know I haven't talked to them nearly as much as I could. We talked about politics, video games, The Muppets, the weird ass republican candidates in the U.S., raising children... while he's sixteen years older than me (or something like that, I'm terrible at remembering ages in my family) we do think alike (and look alike!) and that's so nice. We're both very down to earth, calm and silly.
Because my parents were and are basically crazy hippies, we never really got the feeling of family 'installed' into us in the traditional sense. My dad worked abroad and when he was home I always had the feeling that he kind of saw it as a burden to just go out with his family and have a nice time. Days at the beach were always a hustle and most of the time it just got cancelled. It was only when I started to kind of have a little family of my own (not in the sense of kids but the sense of feeling completely comfortable with someone, my boyfriend in this case) that I started to feel like being together with your family wasn't something to dread. I wanted to be with my family for the holidays, even if it just meant cooking a big meal and watching a muppet christmas carol with my boyfriend. Christmas was always just a little time of the year where we'd put up a christmas tree and maybe listen to some horridly cool christmas opera. But the stuff around christmas like buying a little present for each other, making a big meal, play games and watching cheesy christmas movies was never really part of the deal. Of course it's commercial and it's bullshit but really, everyone just needs an excuse to not work for a couple of days and be with their families. Who wouldn't want that? Have a romantic getaway with your partner, throw a little party for your family, anything that you want. Now that I'm a little older myself I feel the need to come together with my family, especially since we live far away from each other. And now even a little more since my youngest brother David and his wife Marijn are expecting a little one! So family, if you read this: Let's get together for christmas! Or any time really, I don't care. I just want to pat my sister in law's belly, play some terrible boardgames, take ugly-pretty pictures of everyone and eat yummy food. My christmas wish (is that even a thing? :-D) is to one day have a christmas day where my whole family is together, including my brother, sister in law and two nieces who are now living in America.
And world peace of course.
End family and christmas rant, now over to the outfits! First one:
Check out all the floral prints mixed! I really loved this outfit, subtle colors and prints but certainly not boring!
Second outfit, on the day after I got my sister's birthday present; bright green knockoff doc martens! Thanks sis! It was hella misty on that day, look at this!