The Puzzle Called Life

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I’m turning 26 in a few days which marks the second quarter of a century. Getting older can seem a bit scary to me. It seems like there is a big divide within my peers of people knowing what they want out of life (which can be a steady job, a family and a house) and others that can’t answer that question just yet. I’m part of that second category. Considering myself an ambitious young women who doesn’t like to sit still, I can feel myself torn between discovering the world and staying put to work on my career. Call it a battle between the heart and the head or just plain old quarter life crisis (but don’t say that out loud).
This made me turn to my friends and I noticed I’m not the only one who couldn’t answer this question. I have friends that are quitting their jobs to go back to school or go traveling for a year and almost all of them have changed jobs at least once (FYI we’re about 3 years into the working life). As exemplary generation Y kids, we believe that a great career is a career in which we truly love our jobs. “If you love you’re job, you won’t have to work a day in your life” and that kind of thing. A lot has been written about generation Y and our expectations of life – more often negative than positive-. And yes, it is true, we do have very high expectations of life but we’re also prepared to work hard to get where we want to go.
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26, that’s getting quite close to the big Tree O. Because we’re all working towards our version of the perfect life, it can sometimes feel like a race against the clock. Read more..

On my mind #7

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1. New Home

Remember that massive purchase I mentioned here? Well, the cat is out of the bag: it’s an apartment. Buying this flat with my boyfriend has been both terrifying and exciting, and now that we have the space, I can’t wait to truly make it our own. Needless to say, pinterest is a playground for me these days. We move in march or april, so we have plenty of time to pick and choose everything.

2. Keeping up with NYFW

Loving the usual suspects (for me, at least): 3.1 Phillip LimAlexander Wang and Proenza Schouler. Adored Ostwald Helgason. And then there’s always the delicate and feminine Tocca.

3. Arctic Monkeys at Club 69

Arctic Monkeys played an intimate show for Club 69 at Cafe Corsari right here in Antwerp on tuesday. I was lucky enough to be there and I have to be honest: it’s been dominating my week. I’ve been talking about it non stop: to my friends, my boyfriend and on twitter. It’s kind of bordering obsession, really. I just love their new CD and the concert was pretty great too. So happy they’ll be back in november. Read more..

10 Great Ways To Use Washi Tape

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Last Christmas I replicated this great washi tape reindeer on my very empty, very white kitchen wall. A year later, I figured it was time for something new and I will be changing up my kitchen wall by putting up a quote I really like. Because that kids, is the amazing part about washi or masking tape. When you’re bored of it, you can just take it off. Something that isn’t so easy when you stenciled it on your wall. Washi tape can not only be used on your walls, there are so many ways in which you can get creative. The best part about this material is that you can find it in all kinds of colors and patterns and it will not break the bank. Here are 10 of my favorites:

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10 things you didn’t know about me // Marijs

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1. I have been a vegetarian for 10 years. I started cooking for myself at the age of 13 and have been doing so ever since. Want to know the perfect pasta portion for one?

2.  I rarely wear the same outfit during the day and evening. Even when I’m perfectly happy with my daytime outfit, I will always change something before heading out. It just doesn’t feel right to wear the exact same thing.

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3.  I still have a crush on Pacey Witter (Dawson’s Creek). I’m blaming him for my horrible habit of going for the bad boy. Under the same category: Cappie from Greek. Not the prefect boys but the ones that you’ll have way too much fun -and trouble- with.

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The Perfect Cat-Eye

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I’ve have been a loyal fan of the cat-eye look for about three years now. I had gotten quite fast at it, but it was always a bit of a mess before I got it perfectly. While browsing through The Beauty Department, one of my favorite sites for all things beauty, I discovered a Lauren Conrad tutorial on how to draw the perfect cat-eye.

I gave it a try and it works like a charm. I was even able to do it at Pukkelpop with a tiny and very unsteady mirror. I usually always had to powder the first line and then go over it again with a second coat of liquid liner, but with this method it isn’t necessary. Also no more lines that are accidentally too thick and truly bigger eyes. I can only recommend you trying it as well.

Over the years I’ve also tried quite a lot of liquid liners. I feel like most of them don’t stay on your eyes very well of get smudged after a couple of hours. The one I have been using the most is the L’Oreal Super Liner Black Lacquer. It had a very easy brush, doesn’t leak and stays on very well. The only downside it that the product runs out quite fast.

I’m happy to let you know that I’ve started a new blog. You can find me on Rooftop Antics. See you there!

Photo: Unknown / Make-up And Cosmetics

Video: The Beauty Department

Gliders And Cocktails

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Having been brought up between gliders and pilots, I’m one of the few girls that thinks that “Top Gun” is a cultural must-see, knows the name of several types of clouds, knows the difference between a wooden and a plastic glider and can almost recite the pilot’s alphabet -I said almost-. This is the place where I learned how to ride a bike, built camps with people that are still my friends, learned how to park a car and even almost stole a tractor -the wheelies weren’t me-. We hung clothes in trees, I found a complete gardenset (chairs included) on my caravan one morning, have seen the most amazing thunderstorms and sang through the night in the middle of the airstrip.

Even though I’ve never actually learned how to fly, I still love being in the presence of airplanes and will always look up when I hear one flying over. As I said in my previous post, the second I step out of my car in French glider heaven, I’m instantly relaxed. If you’re still wondering what I’m doing there, here’s a short recap: sun, gliders, dogs, swimming and -well- cocktails. I hope you like the pictures, it’s the first and probably only time you’ll see gliders on a fashion blog.

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Horse Rider.

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With my wanderlust on my mind, I found this beautiful editorial shot by Jette Jors in – of all magazines- a horse riders journal. I’m in love with the styling and especially the lighting in these photos. A perfect balance between delicate femininity with the silk and lace fabrics and the masculine country boots and heavy jackets. Whisk me away to your country farm please?

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Esmerelda.

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A new day, a new song to put on repeat. I saw Ben Howard live for the first time a couple of weekends ago at Rock Werchter and was quite amazed by his show. A couple of days ago, I discovered “Esmerelda” and there something about the darkness of the song that I really like. Might not be the perfect summer song, but it is the perfect song to put on during the next thunderstorm.

I’m happy to let you know that I’ve started a new blog. You can find me on Rooftop Antics. See you there!

Photo: Ben Howard at Rock Werchter 2013 Focus Knack

Back On The Road

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I for one am very ready to get back on the road again. Friday I have a 4 day get-away planned to Mid-France. How about you, when are you planning on taking off for a holiday?

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Ready!

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Only a one day ticket for Rock Werchter this but still very excited. Very ready to go dancing!

I’m happy to let you know that I’ve started a new blog. You can find me on Rooftop Antics. See you there!