Sunday, December 4, 2016

10 favorites

Here's a list of 10 random favorite things of mine.

In a previous post, you could read all about my all time favorite films, but if I have to pick one, it would be Breakfast At Tiffany's. I just could watch this movie over and over again and never get bored. I love Audrey Hepburn, her acting skills, the story line, the way it's all being filmed, the locations, even all the lines that are being said. Watching Breakfast At Tiffany's always gives me such a good feeling!

Book: Wuthering Heights, and the Harry Potter series
I could go on and on about why I love Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë so much, but I will not now, and I may another day in another post. All I say for now is that I have never in my life yet encounter anything close to Wuthering Heights. It is such an unique book, so beautifully written, so cleverly invented. I have read it many times and I will many times more, as I can't get enough of it!
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling must be mentioned here as well. I consider these books as the best of our time, and these are probably the only books that I am so incredibly fond of that were not written two centuries ago. 

Magazine: L'Officiel NL
L'Officiel NL is a fashion magazine, though much different from magazines like Vogue and ELLE. In short, what I like about L'Officiel NL is their focus on fashion, design, art and history, especially fashion history, and people who are inspiring or successful, but who are not particular famous, like creative people as artists and designers. I read every single new edition of L'Officiel NL, and it has failed to disappoint me so far.

Color: Purple
I don't know what's up with the color purple, but I find it the most beautiful one in the world. Really can't explain why though, but I guess colors are not supposed to be explained much.

High school class: History
History was by far my favorite class in high school, and I considered going for a History major in college as well, though job prospects for such a major are not very favorable. But it is probably still the field that interests me the most. There isn't really an aspect of history that I don't like, as I like to learn about Medieval ages just as much as about the 19th/20th century and everything else.

Fashion item: Heels
I'm obsessed with shoes, and especially, or actually exclusively, with heels. I love walking in them, and I believe epic heels can make any look more interesting. Not to mention that heels make my tiny short legs look a lot taller!

Fashion designer: Gucci
For past season, Gucci's collections by Alessandro Michele have been one of my favorites. For Fall 2016, Gucci was my top favorite, as you can read about in this post.

I enjoy watching musicals, and I especially love Les Misérables. Maybe that's because I also love the book by Victor Hugo and the film immensely.
'Soldaat van Oranje' is a Dutch musical that I've seen twice, and it's probably the most epic one I've ever seen, because the stage is actually circle-shaped, so you (sitting in the middle of this circle) are being turned around as sets and scenes change. Even if you're not so much into musicals, you'll love this one. Decors are beautiful, actors great, songs amazing, and lines are funny. Besides, the story line is based on a true story that took place in The Netherlands during World War II, so it is pretty interesting as well!

Drink: Coca Cola
I am not very fond of many types of drinks, sodas or juices, but I LOVE Coca Cola. I could drink it almost any time!

Season: Spring
Even though I'm having bad allergies during Spring season, I love the weather that is most likely to appear in Spring months. But I am equally happy with any weather that is not rainy or too windy in any season, and I love the sky being sunny and bright.

What are some of your favorites? Tell me about it in a comment! :-)

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Friday, December 2, 2016

L00K: that silver skirt though

Wow - I think I might have found myself a new favorite look! I love this silver plissé skirt! I came across it when me and my friends Manou and Michelle were in Amsterdam for a shopping day, and I immediately knew I got to have it! I also knew that I wanted to combine it with a pair of velvet shoes, preferably pink, and luckily I happened to find a pair in my sister's closet. For this look I added a plain white T, a beaded clutch, my DW watch, some bracelets, my little moon earrings and a small silver cross necklace, and ready to go I was!

At that shopping day in Amsterdam that I had with Manou and Michelle, a NYX Cosmetics store had just opened, and of course Michelle, who is a huge beauty-lover, had to go in. As for the opening some supposed well-known beauty vloggers were present (we didn't recognize them though), the store was packed with people. Michelle really wanted to look at a particular piece of lip cosmetics, that of course happened to be the most popular piece in the entire store, so it was really hard to get near it. Manou and I (both not very much into beauty, or at least we are not as knowledgeable as Michelle is) decided to claim the spot in the very corner of the store, right next to the end of the lipstick section, to avoid being squeezed to death by the crowd of mad cosmetic loving girls. From the side we had a good view on the lipstick section, and Manou started very expertly to smear different colors of lipstick on her hand to see what it would look like and compare the colors to each other. There was one particular red lipstick that was considerably more beautiful than all the others, and I applied that particular color to my own lips, to which Manou simply said: "I'm going to buy that." I looked in the mirror, and agreed: "I'm going to buy this as well." So we both grabbed a lipstick of that color, called 'Alabama', and then we just stood in that corner of the store with our new lipsticks firmly in our hands, for a few more minutes until Michelle got done trying on different types of lipgloss that were supposed to make your lips look more botoxed without the botox. Relevance of the story: that's how I got the Alabama Matte Lipstick by NYX, and that's the very lipstick I am wearing in these pictures.

I love to wear my new tartan and pink winter coat on this look, like I did the other day, as can be seen in the picture below (now wearing black ankle boots and sunglasses instead). In this picture you can also have a first look at my freshly cut and dyed hairdo - though not much has changed: it was cut only 5 centimeters shorter (I am very attached to my long hair), and it was dyed only one shade darker than my natural hair, mainly because I wanted my hair to be more uniformly colored (instead of having the lighter parts at the ends, which made it look as if I had a very unsuccessful dip-dye hairdo - I only realized this when I had posted this look to my blog, and one of my friends texted me if I had dyed my hair, as the ends looked very close to blonde!)

Thanks again to my mom/best friend for taking the pictures!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

My mom as a college student in the 80s: analog photos of her and her housemates

Though fascinated by history in general, I am especially fascinated by history that has something to do with the people that I am close to. My mom (who is currently in Budapest with me) I am particularly close to, and I have always loved her to tell stories about her past, and loved to see how much she resembled me in the old black-and-white photographs that were all put in one blue falling-apart picture album, but unfortunately that album, which content covered the period from her birth to her moving out of the parents' house, was the only one she ever had until she met my dad. Then recently she got hold of a picture album that contained pictures of her time as a college student in the mid-80s. She used to go to college in Nijmegen and major in psychology, just like me now (and my dad around the same time as her), and for most of the time she lived in this one house together with some other college students. So recently she and her housemates got back in touch with each other thanks to Facebook, so they all decided to get together and have a reunion. One of them thought it would be a fun idea to go back to that particular house they all used to live in, and ask if they could come inside to see what it looks like nowadays, and so they did! The pictures above are all taken somewhere in between 1984 and 1990, in or near that particular house, the house that is the set for many great memories that my mom still holds.

One of her housemates happened to be her now-ex-boyfriend, whom she lived together with in that house. And he was the one who brought the picture album that he owns from that period in his life. Naturally, my mom appeared in many of the pictures that it contained. So my mom borrowed it from him to show to us at home, and to me in particular as she knows how fond I am of old photographs. As a result, I got very excited about the photographs that I was shown, and in particular about how they show quite well what college life here looked like about 30 years in the past, and so I asked her if I could share some of these pictures with you, like:
  • Two Christmas dinners (photo #4 and #5), the latter being a gourmet dinner
  • Photo #6: roadtrip to Nice to visit a friend who happened to be an au pair there
  • Last three pictures: a lot of barbecuing on the rooftop of the house
I asked my mom some questions regarding her college time - a time that she likes to describe as "the best of her life".

Tell me about what it was like to live in that house that you lived in during your college years.
I used to live there from around 1984 to 1989, together with around 10 other students. I think we were pretty close for housemates during that time, as we did a lot of things together. I remember there was a piece of paper hanging in our kitchen, where you could put up your name if you were going to cook dinner that day. Everyone else who wanted to join and eat along with you that night, had to sign up on that list before 4pm. 
When the soccer World Cup was being played in '88, we all watched it together in the room of one of us (*dad jumps in: "the year The Netherlands became champions!"*). And when the weather allowed it, we were a lot on our rooftop in those days, to barbecue for example, and we also celebrated Christmas together, as you can see in the pictures. One day two of my housemates got married, so we decorated the house (photo #2) for them. And another day we threw a large house party - with loud music and we played games and stuff, it was really fun.

What did a regular week look like for you as a college student?
Unlike you, I went to all the lectures. Then I did my homework, studied a lot for my exams...I also had a side job 2 to 3 times a week...and every Thursday we went a night out, usually to 'the Swing', a dance cafe where now 'Stretto' is located. In the beginning, I went to my childhood home every Friday to spend the weekend. Me and *name ex-boyfriend* used to have a car, so we went up and down by car every weekend, and usually we had to pick up a lot of others too who wanted to have a ride!

What do you think is different between your college time and mine?
When I was in college, all lectures and classes were scheduled, and we didn't have a say in that schedule unlike you. (Dad jumps in again: "the biggest difference is that all the college students nowadays go study abroad for a semester!"). And of course we had to study at the University 6 years in total, while now it's usually only four. I also think more people went to all the lectures all the time, perhaps because it wasn't being recorded back then. What's more, I also think that activities next to studying have become more important, like fraternities/sororities (in Nijmegen those were not very important in my days) and student associations. 

Do you have some advice for college students today?
Everyone should move out of their parents' house, because it is so much more fun to live in the town where you go to college - otherwise you will miss out on a lot of things! And don't study all the time like I did, but also spend some time on other fun things besides your study, which can also be important, like join a student association for example. And I think Nijmegen is the best town for college students! It is not too large, everything is quite nearby each other (so I think you won't feel as lost as you might in a larger town, especially when it's your first time moving out), but nevertheless there's still a lot to do for college students. And of course Nijmegen has the 'Four Days Marches': back in my day, the walkers would still come through the street that we used to live in, so when they walked by we would all watch the march together in front of our house, or on the balcony! I had a great time as a college student, and I would do it all over again!

Thanks mom for your answers! :-)

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