Het Smelt – Lize Spit

Geen tijd en energie om te lezen. Geen zin in. Te dik, te saai, te veel geworstel. Een boekendepressie. Dat had ik, tot voor kort, denk ik. Maar recentelijk vond ik (gelukkig!) mijn passie voor het lezen terug en sindsdien ben ik voor de tweede keer verliefd op het geschreven woord. Ik verslind opnieuw boeken dat het geen naam kent.

Eén van de boeken die mij terugbracht naar de wereld van het boek, is ‘Het Smelt’ van Lize Spit. Een boek over opgroeien, over je eigen stem zoeken in een wereld waar er te vaak op voorhand bepaald wordt wat je wel en niet kan of mag, zonder rekening te houden met eigen kunnen en kracht. Een boek over je mannetje staan, over complexe relaties in een simpel dorpsmilieu met een soms nog simpelere dorpsmentaliteit. Over op ontdekking gaan naar meer. Over grenzen en het overschrijden hiervan. Een boek dat heerlijk vlot leest, met veel herkenbare oer-Vlaamse taferelen. Eentje dat regelmatig doet denken “Ah dat ken ik” en eentje dat ondanks de herkenbaarheid toch nog doet verbazen en bij de keel grijpt. Even slikken.

En dan weer naar het volgende boek, de volgende wereld.

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Must Watch – Wonder

I don’t go to the movies often, but sometimes but I come across a movie trailer that convinces me to go and I fully immerse into the whole going to the theatre concept. A few weeks ago, we went to see Wonder, a movie about how being different doesn’t always have to be negative. If you’re born to stand out, you might as well use it for the better. As a Julia Roberts fan, I loved her performance but thought it rather odd to choose for Owen Wilson as the father figure; he surprised nonetheless. I think this movie is relatable to anyone, and it certainly brought me to tears. It makes you pause a little and think about they way you treat people – never underestimate the power of words.

Watch the trailer here.


A Must Watch – Big Little Lies

If there’s one series you should be binge-watching right about now, it’s Big Little Lies. Not only does the series feature some of my favourite actresses, it’s also an incredibly well put together set of episodes. The mini series only consists of 7 episodes, but in this short amount of tv space and time, it manages to intrigue and develop a set of characters that is nuanced enough to feel like the women are real people. You quickly get to empathising with the characters. On top of that, it deals with some serious topics and themes in a well-balanced manner: it’s just funny enough in its exaggerations that it becomes funny, but not too much so that it doesn’t touch the gravity of the subject. In short, it’s splendid. And the incredible music is just a bonus.


Gigi Hadid x Maybelline

As I was browsing the make-up section in store, I stumbled upon the Gigi Hadid make up line in corporation with Maybelline and wanted to give it a try. First of all, I really like the packaging – so simple but feminine! I picked up a lip liner and the mascara. Not 100% about the lip liner – I couldn’t get the accuracy I wanted, but really happy with the mascara. Below is a full break-down of the make-up.

Primer/serum – Kiko Arctic Holiday Strobing Face Serum

Foundation – L’Oreal Accord Parfait

Concealer – NARS creamy concealer

Eyebrows – Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

Eyeshadow – Urban Decay Naked 2 palette

Blush – L’Oreal Le Blush

Mascara – Maybelline x Gigi Hadid

Lip liner – Maybelline x Gigi Hadid in Taura


Top 7 Best Foundations

This one, the 123 Perfect CC Cream by Bourjois,  is pretty cheap but it seriously one of my favourites for summer. It suits my skin colour perfectly, makes the redness in my face go away and feels very lightweight. Love it.


Before I put on any make-up I almost always use the Erborian Pink Perfect Creme. I can’t describe it any other way than that it makes my skin look just that little bit healthier. It works well as a morning moisturising, a base for make-up or on make-up free days.


When I want full-coverage and a real foundation (which is not often), but I don’t want to look like a baked cake, I use the Nars Sheer Glow foundation. As the name suggests, it leaves your skin glowy in just the right way.


This is my go to BB cream on hot, sunny days. I use it like a sun cream, because of it’s SPF 50. It protects, makes my skin look better and lets my freckles peek through.


I feel this is my summer alternative to the Nars Sheer Glow foundation. This Chanel Vitalumière Aqua is the foundation I go for when I need to look put together for a whole day but still want something kind of sheer.


This Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation is basically my I don’t care and don’t want to think about my foundation today product. You can barely feel it’s there.


Do you have any other recommendations for me?



2016 – the round up

Last year, I did a blog post on my favourite parts of 2015. This year, I’d like to do the same, but this year, I’ve been keeping score. This year has been one of change and evolvement. It’s been a year of decision-making and growing up. It’s been a tough year, but a good one. My eyes light up as I look at the next year, a bright, bright 2017.

This year, my blog has grown. I’ve gotten over 1700 visitors, who have viewed over 3200 items. People have clicked “like” on my blog posts over 220 times and commented over 20 times. I’ve written 87 blogposts. My most popular blog post were the following:

  1. What I Wore – New Years Eve 
  2. Ik ben boos.
  3. Floraliën Gent 2016 – a photo report
  4. Heldinnen van vandaag
  5. My top 5 favourite YouTubers

My blog has been read by people from all over the globe, in over 58 countries, which is what I am probably most proud of. I want it to be and remain a platform that is there for EVERYONE. Most of my readers come from Belgium, the USA and Australia.

But enough about my blog, what did I achieve this year? What have I been up to, really?

I’ve watched 29 films, I’ve watched 33 different TV series, I’ve been to 21 different museum or exhibitions, I’ve been to only 2 parties (apparently all I do is sit at home and watch TV series?), I’ve been to 13 concerts, plays, comedy or dance performances, I’ve read the poor number of 7 books.

I’ve been to 6 countries other than my own. I’ve been to Edinburgh, Scotland, travelled through 4 provinces in Canada, been to one state in the USA, saw the new Harry Potter play in London, took weekend trips to Eindhoven, the Netherlands and Berlin, Germany as well as a day trip to Köln, Germany.

Writing these down now, having kept track of all those things for a year, I feel that my most important accomplishments are not listed here. Simply because they cannot be measured in numbers. And simply because numbers don’t tell us anything about the quality of things.

So, rewind. What did I achieve this year? What have I been up to, really?

In January, I posted my first fashion related blog post, something entirely out of my comfort zone, and it turned out to be my most popular blog post. It is also the month I received my Bachelor degree and took off on a solo trip to Edinburgh, Scotland.


In February, I spent a weekend with my girlfriends at the Belgian coast, and we all came back with lots of energy. It’s strange how people can lift each other up. I got a surprise gift from my host sister from Uruguay and realised that some bonds really are unbreakable, no matter the time, distance or language barriers.


In March, I found someone that I love and cherish and I swear I am never letting go of your hand ever again. What happened later that month only strengthened my belief that love is what we need, more than anything, today. I spent the rest of that month with family and friends, because what else is there?


In April, I spent numerous hours thinking about the future.


In May, I finally finished my Master thesis after hard hard hard work. As a reward, it seems I had lots and lots of ice cream that month. I said goodbye to Ghent as a student, because that month contained the last days of classes.


In June, I finished school, did my final round of exams and after that, spent all my time doing all the things that I wanted to. I celebrated my 23rd birthday.


In July, I went off on a 6 week journey through Canada and for the first time in forever, didn’t enjoy the whole travelling solo thing. And what I first saw as a disappointment to myself because I’d lost my independence, I now realise was finding company worth sharing with.


In August, I came back home, worked and.. moved into my new apartment in Ghent.


In September, I went to London with an old friend and realised that true friendship doesn’t fade. Only time and distance does.  I started a new study program in Bruges and after day 1, gathered all my courage and admitted that it wasn’t for me and started applying for jobs.  It is also the month I added some new life to the family: my friends gave me 4 fish for my new apartment (and they’re still alive!). In September, I graduated and my parents came to see me. A shiver of pride went through my spine as they called out my name.


In October, I spent a lot of time between Brussels and Ghent, enjoying the best of what both cities have to offer. I took lots of walks in the forest and went to Eindhoven for the weekend. Generally, I enjoyed life.


In November, I went to numerous job interviews, was disappointed an almost equal amount of times. I tried to stay positive by looking on the bright side and enjoyed where all those interviews took me. I took a break from it all by going to Berlin and my itchy feet have been itchy ever since.


In December, I visited a German Christmas Market, celebrated the holidays with those that I love and the future looked brighter than ever.


Being the very organised person that I am, I love lists. Maybe a little bit too much even, where it’s come to the point where I sometimes feel angry or sad with myself for not being able to do everything all the time. So rather than committing to resolutions for the new year, I would like to express what I hope will happen in 2017, with the freedom to roam free, the freedom to change my list, the freedom to add and delete, the freedom to leave things un-ticked, the freedom to do nothing if I so well damn want to.

I hope to continue growing and learning. I hope to make new friends and cherish my old ones. I hope to live a healthier life. I hope to read more. I hope to do absolutely nothing from time to time. I hope to move to Brussels. I hope to find my future job fulfilling. I hope  to continue writing this blog. I hope to only put energy into those (things) that make me happy. I hope to do yoga at least once a week. I hope to spend as much time as I can with loved ones. I hope to be as happy, or happier if that is possible, as I was this year. I hope to travel often. I hope to be less envious of other people and look more at my own achievements.

In 2017, I want to be less of a list maker and more of a life maker.

See you then,