Why I don’t share much about my private life

Why I don’t share much about my private life

Yes I post daily blogs, yes I post something on Instagram on a daily basis, but do I share much of my ‘real life’ online? No I don’t. What I share is hardly ever related to work, friends, family and other activities I do in my daily life. When I do share, I am vague and hardly ever post in ‘real time’. Even though I am aware that sharing your personal life with your readers ups your level of likeability and makes it easier to relate to the person behind the blog, I do not feel inclined to post about my life’s daily goings on on social media and my blog. Here’s why.

Had lunch at this bright red boat with a friend. I pictured the boat, not the friend. šŸ˜‰

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Christmas decor

Christmas decor

Always near the beginning of the month of December I bring out my Christmas decorations. This year, I again went about things in a slightly different way from other years. First of all because I bought some new bits and pieces, but mostly as well because I just like changing things up. Which is why I thought it would be good to show you how I decorated my living space for Christmas.

Christmas 2016 home decor

Christmas 2016 home decor

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Why this isn’t a beauty blog

Why this isn’t a beauty blog

Today’s post was a spur of the moment idea. Not because I didn’t know what to blog about, but because I suddenly felt an urge to say a bit more about my blog and my reasons for doing things the way I do them. Of course, if you have any suggestions for improvement, I’m all ears, so feel free to leave a comment down below to give me your feedback.

In case you weren’t aware, this blog gets a new post 7 days a week and there are two blog posts on Thursday. Of those seven days, 3 days are for beauty posts, food, nails, fashion, music and lifestyle all get 1 post. The majority of my blog posts is beauty related, yet I don’t see this space as a beauty blog per se, even though the number of blogs I post means I am allowed to ‘brand’ myself that way.

The reasons for writing more about beauty than the other topics is on the one hand a simple one: it’s easy. Blogging about beauty products is the least time consuming of all the different types of post I create. I buy products, snap a few shots, use them on my face and ta-dah, blog post set up done. Lookbooks take hours to create as I have to plan outfits, try them on, then find a day with good enough lighting and time to get in front of the camera to snap the pictures. The most time consuming are quite possibly videos as the prep and post recording work takes the most effort. Editing can easily take up 3 hours, which is why I cannot make videos a more regular thing.

On the other hand, beauty blogging is the most fun for me. I love to try out new products and especially with make up you can see an instant effect. I find it harder to blog about perfume or hair care products, because those are effects a camera or a screen cannot portray. By now I have found my mojo of what I want to put into a review or beauty post. The past 6 months I’ve also decided to not rely too heavily on new products anymore, but also do posts on favorites from my collection and closer looks to particular brands I have in my collection.

But I don’t see myself as a ‘beauty blogger’ or this space as a beauty blog. I started this blog because I wanted to write, to have a creative outlet, that allows me to do whatever I want. I took this space as a place to write about those things I love most. And where I love beauty products and make up especially, I have so many more interests. At first, I didn’t know how to combine all those things into one blog, and since there wasn’t much of a plan behind it, I just posted whatever I wanted to post. I would literally decide at 10 PM what would go online the next morning. I figured that having a schedule makes it easier to combine blogging and having a job so I decided what I wanted to blog about the most and made up a schedule around that.

The problem is that I’m only skimming the tip of the iceberg. I don’t get around to blogging about some of the topics I feel most passionate about in real life. It has been ages since I wrote anything about language for instance and album reviews have been non-existent ever since I first tried writing one. The reason? It’s too difficult to blog about for me. In the case of language, I simply know too much about English, Dutch and language in general that I can’t stick my knowledge into a bite sized blog post that is still interesting to read. In the case of albums, it just doesn’t seem to be anyone’s interest anymore and the past 5 years or so most of my music listening has shifted towards single songs anyway.

In any case, what I’ve decided to do is to create the blog that I would like to read myself. I find single topic blogs too one sided and it means I have to follow 20 blogs to get my fix on all of my different interest. So this space isn’t a beauty blog, because make up isn’t the only thing I care about. I love music (music truly was my first love), fashion, language, teaching (my job), working out, cooking, tv series, reading, traveling, movies, politics, international affairs, art, literature and there is oh so much more. Where writing about one single topic will get you a bigger audience more quickly, I’ve decided it would be boring for me to do so. I would simply stop enjoying writing and since enjoyment is why I started writing in the first place, I thought it best to keep this blogging experience fun for me. Kudos to anyone who happens to enjoy it too.

What do you like in a blog?
Are there any topics I mentioned in the last paragraph you’d like me to try and write about in the future?

I love spring tag

I love spring tag

This has been going round the interwebs for some weeks now and even though it’s freezing out (still) and we’re heading for a White Easter, I think this post is still appropriate anyhow. I actually found two of these: one in Dutch and one in English and so I’ve fused them together and adapted it a bit to suit my needs.

1. Favorite spring nail polish?

Any pastel/ bright color will do, but there are a few favorites that I tend to wear a lot during this season. See picture:

  • OPI The Impossible Liquid Sand
  • Catrice Virgin Forest
  • H&M Peppermint Fusion
  • China Glaze For Audrey
  • Essence Walk on Air

2. What is your must-have lip product this spring?

Anything bright and shocking! I’m totally digging bright reds and pinks right now. However I’m also in love with darker colors. I think it’s more of an ‘in your face’ thing rather than a bright thing. As long as those lips stand out I’m fine.

3. How do you look your best for Easter?

Probably by wearing a cute dress, weather permitting. We never do anything too special for Easter so I’m not doing anything special outfit wise either.

4. If you think about spring, what makes you happiest?

Sunshine! Even if the sun isn’t out much now, it’s still nice to have more hours of daylight. It simply makes the days seem longer and I get more energy from that. Plus once it does get out, the temperatures will rise quickly enough for it to be tolerable so you can lounge outside and have a few drinks.

5. Favorite spring scarf/accessory?

I don’t wear scarves in spring. I wear them so much already when it’s colder that I get fed up with them when the nicer weather rolls around. No, I cannot wait until I won’t have to wear a scarf anymore. Cuz that means I can bust out my earrings again. I love wearing big statement earrings in spring and summer because they add just that bit extra to any outfit.

6. What spring trend(s) are you most excited about this year? (Makeup, fashion or both!)

I’m loving pastels, the neons not so much, but that’s because most neon colors don’t suit me. Pastels are difficult for me too, but I find it easier to make them work. I also like the black and white look as it’s so easy to combine items.

7. What song immediately makes you think of spring?

Any kind of surfy pop song, a la Tennis or Poolside. Makes me wish the sun was out even more.

8. Favorite perfume for spring?

Marc Jacobs Daisy.

9. What clothing items do you save for spring?

Light colored shoes and brogues! I love my brogues but they are so cold in winter. Can’t wait to bust those about again soon. Oh and jeans and t-shirts. I love wearing jeans and t-shirts in spring with a pair of sneakers. Ultimate casual look.

10. Which spring musthave is on your wishlist?

A lilac or lavender colored blouse or dress (or both). I’ve been on the hunt for one for weeks but can’t find that color anywhere yet. I found some at American Apparel but it’s a bit too expensive for my taste. Oh and those mint & white creepers I showed you a few weeks ago. But I may or may not have already purchased those… šŸ˜‰

11. Are you a spring cleaner?

Yes! I’m a sucker for organizing to begin with, but once days lengthen and the sun pokes out its head a bit more I start getting anxious. I already cleaned out my entire kitchen a few weeks ago. Sorted through my records, my wardrobe AND my accessories and threw out a bunch of make up. Next project: clean my room from head to toe.

12. What’s your favorite flavor in chocolate easter eggs?

White chocolate or the ones that come with the praline filling. So good, but so bad! Come to think of it: I haven’t had any Easter eggs yet this year.

If you want to do the tag, feel free to do it yourself! Have a great weekend and enjoy your Easter.

Low Carb: One Month Later

Low Carb: One Month Later

A little over a month ago I wrote how I’ve decided to drastically cut down my intake of carbs. Not because I want to lose weight, but because I found that my stomach starts doing flip flops and aches and cramps that I really didn’t want to deal with. Now, one month later I’m still going strong, with a few ups and down. This blog is about my experiences so far.

Source: weheartit.com

First of all, click here, to read my earlier post about this. At the time I wrote, that after just one week I could tell it worked and it really does. When I’m not eating bread and pasta I feel much better overall than I did before. I’m still eating carbs though, mostly fruit and I have major sweettooth so I sometimes just cave, but none of that is giving me problems, oddly enough. Technically, I can eat a roll of cookies and be fine, but eating a plate of pasta is a complete no go.

I’ve had two spells where I couldn’t get away from eating carbs because I was at a place where not eating any carbs was simply not an option. Afterwards, I instantly felt less energetic and my nausea and stomach troubles returned. I also tried some pasta again and that gave me the worst spell so far. Another thing I tried was some paella, which was fine the first day, but after a second time in a row I woke up dizzy, with a headache and so tired I thought I was about to keel over any minute. Not good, if you ask me.

I have to admit I did eat the odd sandwich or two because I was craving one and that went just fine, it just seems like I can’t go with eating carbs every day. People I’ve talked to are all suggesting that I might have developed an intolerance for gluten but I honestly don’t think that can be it, as gluten are also found in the stuff I’ve been eating which goes down just fine, not just bread and pasta. I’m still thinking it’s the actual texture of the food that’s causing my problems, which makes me link it all to the overwhelming spell of stress I suffered from in October.

All in all, I’m not feeling any different. If anything, I’m only feeling better. As long as I keep my carb intake at a minimum, I eat less, feel full quicker and to top things off: I even lost a few pounds which I wanted to shed anyway. To me, it just seems a win-win situation. However, just because people are suggestion it might be something more, I will hit up a doctor some time soon to see what could be the problem and whether I’m right. The thing is: I really don’t mind this new way of eating. I feel healthy and energetic and the food that I can eat is delicious. Yes, you need carbs, but if you eat fruit you already get plenty of them. It’s only on the days I work out or go to dance class that I need a little extra, which is just what I do.

So there you have it: nothing but positive from this end of the stick. To give you an idea of what I’ve been eating I have listed some of the menus I’ve made or are planning to make.

1.) Breakfast: yoghurt with kiwi fruit

2.) Lunch: salad

I vary this as much as I can. IĀ  always make sure to use 3 different types of veggie, 1 type of cheese/ dairy and 1 type of meat/ fish and if I can I also add some type of nut. Some combinations:

– Pesto chicken with feta cheese, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, olives, capers and pine nuts

– Bacon with goat’s cheese, bell pepper, tomato and walnuts

– Tuna with avocado, onion and some mayonaise

3.) Dinner: veggies with fish or meat

– Sprouts w/ meat ball

– Broccoli w/ chicken wing

– Green Beans w/ fish fingers

– Roasted pumpkin with egg plant, zucchini, bell pepper, bacon bits and pine nuts (I’m making this today!)

– Soup

4.) Snacks:

– banana (around 3 PM)

– apple (around 5 PM)

– Dutch gingerbread (only on the days I work out)

– cheese (just dice it and eat it)