So excited to announce that the before & after video of my office is live! 📺 The link in my insta bio will get you there to see how we turned an empty space into a lively, lovely loft beaming with creativity and happiness. It even makes me a little emotional to see how many years, how much time, love, sweat and tears I've invested in building a beautiful online community which now has a true home base. 💕 We have a coffee corner, a video area, desks we don't have to eat at and a pink fridge that's always stocked with oat milk. Thank you for being here every step of the way and let's do an office date some day 😛
What is 1 thing you would tell your younger self? I turned 30 last week and, according to countless friends, strangers and self help blogs, there's nothing like it. I’ve been told it's like a wave of acceptance and confidence hits you and you finally ‘get’ it. Six days in - that's hard to say ;) But it does feel like a turning point and I've reflected a lot on my twenties these past weeks. Somehow, I feel far ahead and far behind at the same time. Either way, I love where my life is right now and feel like I can learn from the difficult bits too. I wanted to share some things I'd say to my younger self and would LOVE to hear yours in the comments. Let's learn from each other!
• Less junkfood, more exercise. Sport really, really does help - and not for superficial reasons. @jengotch said: “I look better because I feel better, not the other way around“ - couldn’t agree more 🙌🏻 I'm more comfortable in my clothes, my skin cleared up, my bloated belly left the building because I eat better and get some exercise.
• Overthinking gets you nowhere. There is no right and wrong choice. The universe doesn't punish you for one decision and reward you for another - it just forms a way around whatever you do.
• Stop trying to grow up too fast. Time flies and you'll probably never be this free and flexible again. Working hard (in school or other) pays off but come on, live a little.
• You are enough, you are enough, you are enough. Almost every struggle I can remember boils down to not being sure if I'm good / perfect / loveable / worthy enough. I'm now learning to constantly fill up my lovvvv tank.
Now tell me yours! 💕
I came, I saw, I Glossed... A few weeks ago I was in LA and where others might visit the Hollywood sign, my go-to destination was Glossier ;) I got my hands on some of their most reviewed cult products (hello Boy brow and Cloud paint!). You reaaally wanted a haul, so here is me unpacking and giving an HONEST review on what I'd already tried. (Hint: loved almost all except one product). I've focussed on skin products because to me a Glossier girl is all about minimal, easy make up instead of heavy eyes - and I already have so many palettes - so I got things for brows, skin, cheeks & some skincare. Enjoy and send me some questions in the comments! PS. Hope this video is better quality and... IT HAS SUBTITLES!
Procaffeinating (n.) • the tendency to not start anything until you've had a cup of coffee. 😋☕️ Who else is like me? One of my main pleasures in day-to-day life is making myself a good cup of coffee using my favorite big ceramic cups. Honestly, that and a hot shower are my reasons to get out of bed, lol. 😂 I'm a dedicated @nespresso.nl drinker ever since I got my first coffee machine yeaaars ago, and I'm thrilled that after six years of barista research, there are three coffees dedicated especially to go with milk. I'm a cappuccino and latte kinda girl so the creamy Chiaro coffee from the Barista collection is my match. My tip of the day: I've mostly gone off dairy (my skin and belly love me for it 💛) and oat milk is a great substitute because it’s healthy and out of all non-dairy milks this full, slightly nutty flavor goes especially well with coffee.
THE TWINS TURNED 30!!! 🎉 Some people say we don’t look alike but clearly being able to fit a full size dumpling in your mouth without needing to take a bite is a family trait 🥟 Also, thanks for ALL your sweet messages, my ❤️ is exploding. #bigsmiles#dimsum#twinsum#micheltwins#smikkeltwins
The bags are heeere! 👋🏻 I like my wardrobe to be a fun yet practical place. So I tend to always wear bags that have the same distinctive feature: a crossbody strap. But... tie this strap a little tighter to wear it right under your armpit - how very Carrie Bradshaw. Or tuck in the strap and use it as a clutch. Yup, just like us: she's a multitasker. Comes in navy, terracotta, green and lilac patent and in zebra suede 🌞 find them at @freddelabretoniere#fredxyara#bags