May ’17

Here are my favourite snippets from the past month.

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Getting a new exotic plant for our bedroom
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Cocktails at the food truck festival in Brussels
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Reading outside on our little patio with candles at 11 PM (!)
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This picture perfect home desk set-up. Pretty in pink.
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Having breakfast in bed together
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Baking cookies on an extra day off
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Pulling out the summer dresses on our city trip to Lisbon
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This explosion of colours as I drop this Lush bath bomb in a hot bath
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Visiting the Open M exhibition during lunch at work
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Prepping for Lisbon
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Searching for edible flowers on a foraging workshop and walk
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Accidentally ending up in the Pride parade at the Stock Exchange in Brussels. And also sunny days.
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Finally getting to visit the Helen B shop in Ghent. How cute, right?
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The cool architecture of the Tour & Taxis building 
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Pretty flowers
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Healthy granola and my cool new mug from Helen B.
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The Steve McCurry exhibition
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Sipping lattes, eating cake and watching people. Life can be simple sometimes.
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This rooftop view over Brussels that makes me dream of New York.
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Visiting my friend Lena at her new abode in Hulst, Netherlands
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Lying on the grass to enjoy the sun

Can’t wait for June. What’s your month been like?

Love,

Silke

December ’16

The last one of the year!

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A picture perfect blue sky in Ghent
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Finally putting my photos from my trip to Canada in a proper album
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Trying something new for breakfast: porridge with apple and cinnamon
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This enchanting view from the ferris wheel at the Brussels Christmas Market
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Seeing the Dom in Köln from the Christmas Market
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Completing my HAY kaleidoscope tray collection
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Forever my favourite gallery in Brussels
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A beautiful misty morning in Bruges
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Holiday prep with tea and Swedish chocolates
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A colourful and delicious mix of thyme and rosemary roasted vegetables, my favourite
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The Grand Place in Brussels in its stunning Christmas attire
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Celebrating Lucia at the Scandinavian language faculty at my old university
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Catsitting
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Last-minute decision to go into a crazy Christmas photo booth in Durbuy
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Waking up to this
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Decorating the Christmas tree and watching it from my living room. Hygge.
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Baking mince pies
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This castle and a sunset that, combined, look like something out of a Disney movie
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A boyfriend that know me really well

See you in 2017!

 

November ’16

I took a deep breath in, and then out. And the month was gone.

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Ghent looking spiffing at night
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Two advent calendars to get me through December: one chocolate, one tea, perfect combo
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Someone very excited for the Holidays. Doesn’t that face just radiate enthusiasm?
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Early mornings make for great sunrises
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Golden hour in Saint Gilles in Brussels
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A train that clearly has lost all consciousness of time
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A picture perfect fika
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This cute store in Ghent. 
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When my make-up worked out just as I wanted it to
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Strolling through Brussels at night
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Job interviews that take you places, like this rooftop view over Leuven
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The morning sunlight trying to tell me something
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Resisting the urge to buy more plants
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Finishing a first drawing. 
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Going to see a dance performance in this fancy place, the Minardschouwburg
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Even fancier dining at this castle for my parents’ 25 year anniversary
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This soft light. Really I just enjoy my apartment view!
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Fika in real roccoco style at Alice with Seya
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Bars that dual up as book stores
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Walking around town
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Freezing temperatures and letting your face warm by the sun on a crisp and clear day
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This cute little street that radiates warmth (and being reposted by the @visitgent instagram page because they liked this photo too! Life goal! ;) )
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Pretty train rides home after school

October ’16

Things I’ve loved this month…

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This month’s favourite hairdo. The advantages of growing my hair to donate it is having more hairdo options. 
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Finally trying this Balls&Glory thing and realising it is actually pretty glorious indeed
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Kroketje uit de muur
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Forest walks in Tervuren
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The cutest (and most deliciously nutritious) breakfast in Eindhoven
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The sky on a very very very very very early Monday morning in Bruges’ train station
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Trying to take a photo of a ladybug and accidentally catching it in its great escape
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Fall colours
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Hearing one of my favourite authors discuss his new book and the process of writing 
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And getting him to sign my book!
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This rainbow to introduce the weekend
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Finishing a first drawing in Illustrator. Proud moment.
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Slowly falling in love with Brussels
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Taking some time to relax and have a nice cuppa tea
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Fresh flowers and the sunlight that hits them perfectly as I wake up
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Donuts in delicious flavours at COCO Donuts Brussels and coming up with a new category for my blog: #HOTSPOT
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Dressing up as 99 Luftballons for a housewarming party
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Making a real life instagram wall at home with pictures that I took during travels
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Red lipstick and Sunday walks to the book and flower market in Ghent
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Another day, another book market, this time with an even nicer view and a sunnier day

Until next month,

Silke

September ’16

Hey folks!

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these monthly favourites. After the end of the exams I spent 6 weeks in Canada and most of the time after that I spent working until the start of September. With winter on its way and shorter days, I thought it appropriate to start this series up again and focus a bit on the (high)lights in these dark(er) days to come.

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The view from my new apartment in Ghent
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Eating delicious pralines at the Chocolate Village in Brussels
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Ghent meets Up
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Freshly washed bed sheets (even better because I did the laundry myself. Accomplished and responsible adult right here!)
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Showing my best friends a bit of Ghent and enjoying what little quality time we have with our busy lives.
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Graduation day. Even though I actually graduated in July, it was nice to be reminded of what an accomplishment this actually is. A very happy day.
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My new roomies! From top to bottom meet Jolien, Nathalie, Sophie and Gillian (named after some of my favourite people). If you find the fourth fish you deserve a round of applause.
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A day in Bruges as a way to end what was an amazing summer
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This sunrise
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Sunday brunch with Sophie in Ghent
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Filling my apartment with living things. For now that means lots of plants. 
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Seeing Birdy live at the Royal Circus in Brussels.
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Catching up with Lena, whom I hadn’t seen in a year. Time and distance are irrelevant when you are close friends.
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Reading the Metro newspaper on my commute to school on Mondays and Tuesdays.
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Seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play in London (Thanks, Lena!)
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The first signs of autumn and the privileges of missing someone
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London. 
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Brussels.
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An unexpected visit to Leuven. And (poetry) book shops.
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This Art Deco interior
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Spotting the best make-up first at my job at Kruidvat and paying next to nothing for it
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Sunday strolls in Ghent
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Shopping with my mum in Hasselt.
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Soaking up those lasts bits of sunshine with Emma at the Blaarmeersen
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Second hand book markets and shops. And also celebrating six months together with this guy. 

Let’s see what October has in store, shall we?

Love,

Silke

 

 

 

 

 

 

May ’16

May wasn’t the best month for me, with a thesis deadline, imminent exams and falling ill, but this is exactly why I like to compose these posts because they make myself see how many good things there were this month, despite “the bad” (not even that bad, really, but complaining about it helps). So here are some things I’ve loved this month.

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A sunny day at Het Vinne, a domain in Zoutleeuw.
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Seeing Kaatje after she spent a few months of interning in Stockholm.Come back already!
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Soaking up the sun, having a picknick and acing a game of Scrabble in the park. I love Sundays
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One last dinner at our student restaurant, de Brug, made fancy with some tiramisu and plastic spoons. When we dine out, we dine in style. 
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Finding my favourite snapchat filter
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Lunch breaks that consists of some sunshine, some reading and a whole lot of strawberries
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Celebrating Anke’s birthday in the park.
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Going for ice cream in our city with my mum and my brother
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Pondering the meaning of artwork at S.M.A.K. in Ghent
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Oh, and did I mention I love berries? In any shape, form or colour?
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Finding a HUGE picture of myself at 7 years old
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Attending a Les Truttes concert with friends. (Picture by Les Truttes)
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More ice cream and sunshine
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Finally finishing my MA thesis and handing it in. The lady at student registrations said: Well, I’m going to take it from you now, okay?, while she carefully took my thesis in hand. She understands it’s like giving up a baby.
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This person, every day.
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Discovering this new yoghurt place at the train station that has soy yoghurt too! Won’t be my last visit, that’s for sure.
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A post-exam treat: Belgian Tricolor Donuts