zaterdag 29 december 2012

It feels like christmas

Did everyone have an awesome christmas? Lots of food, presents and quality time with your loved ones? I hope so, I know I did! For the first time EVER I had a legit christmas. Giving and receiving presents, cooking a nice meal with some good music in the background (to later stuff your face with said meal), watching a cheesy christmas movie and laughing and talking with your loved ones. My family life has been dramz, dramz and more dramz for the past years but now I feel like it's finally cooled off and we can just BE. We can spend time together and just enjoy it, it's heaven. So since it was my first real christmas I went all out, present wise. I think I bought more than five presents for my sister. Thinking I was a total Lady SPENDALOT (awesome joke right?) me and my mom went to my sisters house with a bag full of presents, only to be shocked and filled with happiness by the amount of present already there. The best part? Most of it was for me!

My big sis always knows how to make her lil' sis happy. I got two pairs or gorgeous earrings (one rainbowcolored leopardprint hoops, one Elizabeth Taylor-esque bling bling earrings in purple, white and blue stones), bright green golden-green eyeshadow, the most GORGEOUS pink, shiny necklace I had been lusting after for ages, a blue and white tie dye pair of tights (which totally looks like a cloud print and y'all know how I love skyprints, be it day or night!) and a bottle of my favorite alcoholic beverage, Moscato, which is a sparkly, super sweet wine. I love it. Thanks to Sabina for pointing this heavenly drink out to me. I also got a pair of earrings from my mom, some super rad scifi looking bling that reminds me of the crystal shard from The Dark Crystal and some super cute pink nailpolish with gold sparkles from one of my nephews. They will all be featured in future blogposts, of course. Our day consisted of putting the presents under the christmas tree for extra cheesy prettiness, eating crackers with fancy toppings (my favorite was goat cheese with honey, SO GOOD), taking pictures of everything and everyone, cooking our dinner (quiche, cod en papillote with potatoe gratin and warm apple pie with vanilla icecream, mmm-MMM), unwrapping our presents and watching "The Muppet Christmas Carol", which was one of my presents for my sister. The Muppets are a bit of a family thing for us, I'm pretty sure that all my siblings and me know a significant amount of quotes from "The Muppet Movie", "Muppet Treasure Island" and "The Muppet Christmas Carol" by heart. Jim Henson is my hero. I know christmas is over but I still want to share this lovely song with you because it always warms my heart! Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge singing about happiness, it's awesome.

Now pictures from my christmas day, including the best hair I probably ever had!


The colors of the following picture are super trippy, sorry for those of you who have epilepsy. I'll try to fix that in future posts.

Material (and Moscato loving) girls

Droolworthy food

Some moodshots of my sisters adorable decorations, they're the bees knees. Her house is the cosiest place on earth! Except for, maybe, a little house in The Shire. But since that place is fictional (if it weren't I wouldn't be able to fit in there anyways :( ) I gladly settle for my sisters place.

Cuddling up to Barney the christmas donkey who lives in the nativity play-esque barn in the centre of my sisters town around the holidays. He's old, soft and a total sweetheart! I had a picture with him wearing my reindeer headband but I can't find it anywhere. Maybe it's for the best, I wouldn't want to ruin his reputation as head honcho of the nativity scene.

Adorable pic of my and my sis wearing our uber fashionable reindeer headpiece. Picture taken with my sisters new fancy Samsung phone. Check out my angelic hair. Now, the moment you've all been waiting for, the outfit.

dress: H&M
earrings, coat: vintage
headband: Blokker
tights, belt: Veritas
boots: Torfs
ring: Avalaya
bracelets: my moms

I was born to have pink curls. I had a wonderful time and I'm kinda sad that I'll have to wait another year for christmas time to come around again. Oh well! I hope you had an awesome christmas too and if you didn't: my christmases were total bullcrap for a long time too. You'll have another chance to have an awesome party next year! Merry late christmas my loves and if this is the last time we talk this year: A very happy new year!

donderdag 20 december 2012

They told me I could be anything...

... so I became a galaxy.

If you haven't already figured this out: I'm crazy about prints. But galaxy print is probably my favorite print in the whole wide world. I know I wore these pants in my last post too but I thought that this outfit was absolute cosmological perfection and one can never wear awesome pants like these enough. I like a good floral or stripey piece as much as the next girl but since I'm a Carl Sagan geek and want one of his philosophical quotes tattooed on me somewhere in the future I have an extra special place in my heart for spacey prints. When I look up at night and see the all those tiny stars in the big black sky I can't help but feel a little calmer. It helps me realise that, even when humanity screws up big time, the universe won't cease to exist because of our petty mistakes. Whatever problems I have, they fall into complete nothingness when I look at the size of the cosmos. It helps me put things in perspective and renew my respect for the life I have. As do Carl Sagan quotes, let me share some of my favorites with you.

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."

"For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love."

"Everyone of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him/her live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another."

"We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever."

"We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers."

I think these two are my absolute favorites:

"I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way" (previously featured in this post)

"But I could be wrong."

Getting older, learning and changing is scary in some ways. Okay, in a LOT of ways. But realising that you really don't have the answer to everything and that you're probably wrong about a lot of things all the time is actually a relief to me. I'd rather be wrong a million times and learn something every single time than to be right and never learn at all. Though being wrong all the time wouldn't be the best thing either. YOU GET MY POINT.

Pants: H&M
Shirt: 3 suisses
Boots: Torfs
Cardigan: JBC
Hat: Gift from awesome friend
Necklace: Momster's

If these pictures look EXTRA nifty, by the way, it's because they are. I made them with my new lens, 50mm 1.4, a lovely birthday present from myself. I love it with all my heart. The adorable sequined hat was a gift from a friend, I have the nicest friends <3. They give presents like bosses. Just one more day of school for me and then I have my 2 week break of holidays! I'm looking forward to christmas, sleeping in (FINALLY) and finding time to waste some time again. DRAWING. READING. VIDEOGAMES. Aaaah, holidays, you  came just in time.

Hope you lovelies have a good weekend and if I don't talk to you before christmas: Merry christmassssss! Oh and happy end of the world day for the 21st of december!

donderdag 13 december 2012

Big Ass Birthday Post: All you need is love

Last sunday, december ninth, I turned nineteen. To be honest, I was dreading this day. Not because I have a fear of getting older (though I suspect that'll change once I'll get closer to the big 2-0 or, as the Belgians call it, tram 2) but because this is the first year in five years that I'm boyfriend-less. I thought "Yeah, it'll be nice to get some presents and stuff but in the end of the day I'll feel a bit empty.". I was expecting a pretty bad day, actually. But the moment I woke up I realised that it wasn't going to be a depressing day. In fact, it was the best birthday I've ever had. Prepare for A LOT of pictures.

When I woke up and went downstairs I found my mom in the middle of the livingroom with nineteen lit candles, a chocolate cake in the shape of a heart with, again, nineteen candles. She decorated the room with garlands and balloons, she's literally the best. I got two gorgeous presents from her and a promise to pay for some clothes in the next sales so that makes me a very happy camper.The first present was my very first bottle of perfume. I've been wanting a "signature scent" for a long time but since that takes some time and money I've always been content with little samples or no perfume at all. A couple of weeks ago I went shopping with my sister and we tried lots of different perfumes but as soon as I smelled this one, "Love" by Chloe, I knew this was the one. It's wonderfully floral (I love floral scents <3) and soft, in a warm way. I love it so much, every time I spritz a little on me I get happy because of the wonderful scent. I react very strongly to smells, a certain scent can take me back to a very specific moment or place or person and make me feel the accompanying emotions. This scent will always make me think of going shopping with my sister, the nineteen candles on the chocolate cake and the moment I realised that it would be a good day.

The perfume is awesome and my sister sneakily checked whether this was the correct one by texting me "hey, I just got this sample from "Love" by Chloe with a magazine, I'll save it for you if that's the one you liked!". SNEAKY SNEAKY. Something I didn't expect was a little decorative tree that I can use to hang jewelry on. Years ago I got the idea in my head of what a fantastic decorating idea it is and how pretty a standard full of jewelry would look. I told my mom once or twice and she remembered! It looks absolutely gorgeous in my room. The jewelry tree in action:

Momster did a good job and I think it's pretty redundant to say that my sister did a good job. :-D After unpacking my presents, hugging my mom a couple of times, blowing out all of my candles (it took a while for me to think of a wish because I am THAT happy) and eating half of my chocolate cake I went upstairs to think of a glorious outfit. Because, no matter how old I get or how much I change, I will never let an opportunity slip to dress up. And, my friends, glorious IT WAS. We went to my sister's and helped her decorate her ginormous christmas tree, ridiculously awesome pictures can be seen here. If I had to pick one thing in life that makes me happiest (besides sushi, which we will come to in a second) it's spending time with the people I love. There was no better way to spend my birthday than with my sis, her boyfriend and my mom. Decorating the tree, taking pictures of everything for my sisters blog, singing christmas songs together, cooing over the gorgeous decoration and talking about everything and nothing, it was the best. After decorating we went out to take outfit pictures because that's what you do when you both have a style blog. I desperately wanted to take pictures with the ugly-ass kitschy christmastree-shaped lights but they were too ugly to actually focus on. It looks pretty funky in the background, though.

The pink lacey thing? Actually a bra! How awesome is that thing?!


pants, hoop earrings, bra, cardigan: h&m
belt, coat: thrifted
fake fur headband: zara
dress; Sabina's <3
boots: Torfs

I felt like a perfect rockstar. Extra photo-op with my sis:

Perfect christmas card, no?

Now, what we've all been waiting for, THE SUSHI. I still salivate thinking about it. Sushi is the best thing ever. Not even since sliced bread, just the best thing period. I drank jasmine tea with the sushi, I thought it was pretty tasty but my sister made the "baby-tasting-lemon-for-the-first-time-face" when she tried the tea. I really wish I had a picture of that. No strange faces but tasty sushi!

As you can see, it was heaven. The day was perfect and it ended perfectly, with a belly full of sushi. Little did I know that I still had some surprises to come. The day after my birthday I got a big box in the mail with the best shoes ever, a sneak peak of a future outfit post:

Yes. Flatforms with fishscales. I know, it's too much awesomeness. I'm in love. When I wear them I feel like a perfect mix between a Spice Girl and a punk. Life doesn't get much better than a mix of those two, stylewise. Not only did I get these gorgeous shoes, another day after that I got a ridiculously large package in the mail from the bestest friend in the world, my Jules. Including a beautiful letter, lots of tasty candy (I think I've already eaten half of it BECAUSE IT'S SO GOOD AAAH) and the coolest presents in the world.

The beautiful packages!

Present number one:

OH YEAH, ZELDA YEAH. Anyone who knows that I cosplayed as Link should also know that I love Zelda with the passion of a thousand suns. Anything Zelda is already a HUGE win in my book. But since I also spend a lot of time at my computer with editing pictures, listening to music, writing and other stuff this is the perfect way to incorporate Zelda in my life. Everytime I look at the mouse I instantely get a shot of Zelda. And man, does that feel good!

Present number two:

The black and white cameo necklace! Jules remembered that, last year around christmas, I posted a wish list on my blog containing a cameo necklace. She remembered something I put on my blog. A year ago. She should basically just win the internetz for being so awesome.

Present number three and a little bit of extra sweetness:

A CD from "Of Monsters and Men", a band she recommended to me. I fell in love with their sound and have been listening to their "My head is an animal" album non-stop since she sent me some songs. Music, jewelry, candy and videogame merchandise. I swear, life doesn't get better than that. She also sent me a christmas present and since I was WAY too impatient to wait until the holidays I opened it today. I've said it once and I'll say it again: JULES YOU'RE CRAZY

Christmas present:

Quite a while ago she showed me this piece of jewelry, saying that it reminded her of me and that it would look amazingly fierce on me. I told her that I loved it to death and that I would definitely try and buy it. But being the lazy bum that I am I never got around to buying it. So she bought it for me. I ALMOST DIED when I opened the package and I saw the asos logo on the box. I'll take a better picture with the piece in a future outfit post. It's pure amazingness. I'm so incredibly fulfilled with happiness about everything. LIFE IS GOOD.

Thank you. If this were a sign of how the upcoming year of my life is going to be, it's going to be fucking fantastic!