Last weekend, I spent some quality time with my three best girlfriends in the Ardennes, the most well-known forested area in Belgium. To reminisce over the wonderful memories we made, I thought it’d be a cool idea to make a photo report. Here are some photos that made it to the family album. The pictures are a combination of three locations: Spa, Lierneux and La-Roche-en-Ardenne.
It’s funny how you don’t see the falling of the leaves
but the barrenness of the trees surprises
It’s funny how you don’t see the light slipping away
but yet you notice the darkness of the hour
It’s funny how you don’t observe the days getting shorter
but evenings have never felt so long
It’s funny how you don’t notice the first moment you put on a scarf
until you feel the sudden chill creeping up your spine
It’s funny, the way the colours evolve,
the seasons change,
and time slipping away,
It’s funny, how life catches up with you
While you are doing dishes and deciding what to have for dinner
While making lunch boxes and booking summer holidays
While riding trains and making ways through crowds
While folding laundry and putting memories in boxes
It’s funny, this whole ticking of the time
The way life just
If there’s one thing I like about make-up, it’s lipsticks. I always find an excuse to buy another, because I believe there’s so much variety in the consistency, how long they last, shades, etcetera. The options are endless. I truly believe that a lipstick can complete or change an entire look. Here’s a bit of a breakdown of my favourites.
- Volupté Tint-in-oil by Yves Saint Laurent
This one is perfect for days when you don’t really feel like wearing something visible. It’s very sheer but quite moisturising because of the oily formula. I choose this one when I like a little something-something and just reapply it throughout the day. Also, the packaging! Isn’t it gorgeous?
2. Everlasting liquid lipstick by Kat Von D
This one’s great for when you want some colour but don’t want to be thinking about smudging or lipstick on other places of your face other than your lips. It’s the longest lasting lipstick I have ever tried and the shade range that’s available right now is a-mazing.
3. Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick in the shade 105
This lipstick is my favourite go-to lipstick on days when I don’t feel like putting on a lot of make-up but my face needs a little colour. It’s the my lip shade but better kind of lipstick, which I love because it’s so effortless.
4. MAC matte lipstick in the shade “Lady Danger”
If I had to choose one red lipstick, it’d be this one. This one requires a little more attention ( aka the use of a lipliner, retouching and careful application), but because of its orange-y undertone, it suits me perfectly with my blonde hair.
5. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector Lip Gloss
Last but certainly not least, is this cute lip gloss from Clarins. I especially like this shade because it’s quite peachy and therefore my favourite summer lip gloss. It doesn’t taste bad and leaves a beautiful goldeny gloss.
I stumbled across this cute coffee bar as I made my way back to the underground parking in Leuven, but boy was I glad it happened! Although I’m sure there’s plenty of hip coffee bars in Leuven, I feel like there’s not a lot that are open on a Sunday AND close to the city centre. Well, this one is!
Anna is, as its full name suggests, a specialty coffee bar. But no need to worry, fellow tea lovers out there, they also have a wide selection of specialty teas. Oh yes! “Can I get a piece of pie with that?”, I hear you ask. Sure thing! Just walk in, choose one of the ones on sale that day or just order all of them if you’re feelin’ frisky. Seriously, their sweet iced lattes are a treat on their own too though. A perfect place for… – you guessed it – fika!
Where? Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 27, 3010 Leuven
When? Mondays to Fridays from 8am till 6pm, Saturdays from 10am till 6pm and Sundays from 12pm till 6pm.