Month: November 2013

hello

The week went so quickly it was hard to keep up with it. Lately I’ve been really feeling the end of year approaching as the tension in my neck has been growing and the mental to-do lists have gotten longer and longer. “I should” do this and “I should” get that organised, but actually what I really need to do is stop with the “Shoulds” and take time for myself. Everything will be OK, one thing at a time. Today is a beautiful sunny winter day and I’m going to go outside, meet some people and smile. Anyone else feeling the Christmas stress trying to take over?

life’s little pleasures

Today we said “Bye Bye” to Sunday afternoons at the laundrette as we got a washing machine! That’s right, so far we’ve been sitting at the laundrette with a book listening to the drums spinning, and Oh how it feels like a luxury to have this wonderful piece of household technology at home (thanks to a dear friend of mine, whose family had recently grown large enough for a necessary washing machine upgrade). So while our own Miele is humming in the bathroom, here are some pictures from Miele Catwalk Β 2011 fashion event, where Belgian fashion designers had given a Miele machine a new look.

Home and closet visit

Thank you Marina from La Petite Nina for the beautiful feature on your website. I actually realised that I haven’t taken so many pictures of my home myself; so take a look HERE. At the same time I’m happy and terrified as Marina captured our house on a normal day with some stuff there and a mess there; So don’t expect composed home magazine material but real life. P.S. I don’t know why I always look so serious in pictures, we did have loads of fun! πŸ˜‰

urban turban

No, this is not a picture of my great great grandmother. It’s me wearing my new handmade turban and testing how to post from my Lumia. I’ll share the instructions for the turban later, it’s easy to make and perhaps an idea for a Christmas present. The jacket is from Fift Avenue Shoe Repair.

lunch: when in Belgium

Last Sunday I spent a lovely girls’ afternoon with my friend Marina here at home. While she was taking pictures of the apartment, I prepared us a little lunch. I’m not big into junk food but when in Belgium… The frites are just too good to ignore! So, as I had some frozen bio frites in the freezer, I decided to serve them with a Greek style salad. As I prefer to cook the fries in the oven, they often lack that wonderful crispiness. But this time I got an idea and it worked perfectly: First cook the fries in the oven, then heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a wok pan, throw the fries in and let them fry for a few minutes, turning them regularly. This way you’ll get your crispy perfect Belgian frites without trans fat or cholesterol: Coconut oil is actually said to be good for you!

forget the winter blues

How to stay awake in November, that’s the question. Well here are a few simple tips to get you through the darkest month of the year. Light some candles: no better time than this to enjoy the calming soft light.Read books: wrap yourself in a comfy blanket and get carried away by a story. Snuggle. Eat a lot of fruit and veggies. And sometimes treat yourself a little. Get creative: the internet is full of crafty ideas for xmas decoration or presents and now is the time to make them! Exercise: I know, it’s a drag in the morning but makes the whole day! Tea: try adding some ginger, mint, cinnamon or star anise to your favourite tea.And finally: Find some great people to share all or some of this with!

wild rose beauty

After the Korres Brussels store opening I was eager to test the Wild Rose skin care products, which I received as a gift at the opening. As the weather is getting colder and the winter winds are blowing, it’s important to make sure that my skin is well moisturized and nourished. My skin tends to get more dry in the winter months and I usually look for a more rich face cream for this period. The Wild Rose 24-h moisturising cream feels wonderful on the skin, it absorbs easily and keeps the skin feeling soft and radiant for the whole day. I’m looking forward to see the long-term effect as already after two days my skin feels ready to battle the winter cold πŸ™‚ The Wild Rose and Vitamin-C dark spot correcting treatment promises to prevent and remove all types of dark spots. Even if I don’t often suffer from dark spots, I’m going to use this treatment on the T-zone to make sure they stay away. The Wild Rose eye cream promises to moisturise …