The Ardennes

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.

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September ’17

I’ve been so busy! And although we’re already halfway through October, I couldn’t keep the best parts of September from any of you. Here’s my favourite snippets.

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Reading this new, touching book
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Baking vegan blueberry muffins
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Sunny mornings on an empty train platform
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Posting another outfit post, the second one this year
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Spending the day in Ghent
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Visitation rights to the cat
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Breakfast in bed
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Having brunch at Huset
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Getting dressed up for a wedding
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Street art in Lier
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Discovering more green parks in Brussels
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Spending the afternoon at one of the vineyards of Hageland
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Assembling my own perfect bouquet of flowers
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Feeling like a master chef after making veganese spring rolls
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Evenings in the city
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Selling stuff second hand at a flea market
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Running. So far I’ve been keeping up going once a week.
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The Art on Paper exhibition in Bozar 

Can’t wait to show you what I’ve been up to these past few weeks in October already.

Until then,

Love,

Silke

A fall breeze swept away more than I anticipated

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,

slowly

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

happens

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My 5 favourite lipsticks

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.

  1. 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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Anna – specialty coffee bar

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.

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July ’17

Summer is in full swing and life is as busy as ever. Here’s a short overview of what kept me busy in July.

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My new notebook that I use for lists of any shape and kind
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This view on a day at work – what even is my life?
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Celebrating our Flemish holiday with some baked goodies. 
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A sunny day in Brussels
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Celebrating one of my friends’ 25th birthday!
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Doing my make-up with my new Peach Palette and liking the result
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Seeing this as I walk towards our garden
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Enjoying the outlines of the garden on the bed
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A late birthday dinner
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This guy – every day made better
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This splendid lunch view over Brussels at the MIM
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This funny doorbell at the beguinage of Diest
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Celebrating late birthdays together with friends
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Surprise visits to Sint Gillis and having drinks at a sunny bar
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Having fika at Peck47 in a new summer dress
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Cute streets in Leuven
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Game night with my boyfriends’ friends
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Late night strolls through Ghent city centre
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Catching up with friends at the HAP food truck festival
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Cozy nights at home (with a recycled bottle as a candlelight)
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Plants! Yay! 
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On the job – discovering the gateway to paradise
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Visiting the botanical garden of Leuven with my mum
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Yet another day at the office 
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Picture perfect cobbled streets in Leuven

August has been incredibly busy already and there’s yet more to come. That makes for lots of pictures though! Can’t wait to show you.

Until then,

Love,

Silke