Metallic

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Hello from Amsterdam! I just arrived to work here for a week and wanted to sneak an outfitpost in. I'll be discovering new spots all week so you can expect awesome hotspots on the blog very soon! These pictures are from the Zalando Blog Awards I attended last week (an award that Paulien took home!). We were all very curious about these awards as we would be meeting topblogger Yara Michels and hearing her speak about her own blog experience. That calls for metallic pants I thought! I honestly don't wear these eye-catching Haider Ackermann trousers often enough. The boots are from Haider Ackermann as well and this was actually the first 'official' time they were allowed outside. I bought them for myself as a going-away present from the company of Ann Demeulemeester and Haider Ackermann and have never worn them. You know, some shoes need to shine on a bookshelf first before taking them out for a walk.

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A Year, A Day and A Nomination

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Exactly one year and one day ago this blog saw the light of day. This means that by this time last year, I was in New York hopping from Starbucks to Starbucks to check what you guys thought of my newest baby. These exciting days were followed by an amazing year filled with new ideas, a lot of work and hopefully plenty of inspiration for you all. Since my Ella And Louise days, I wanted to focus more on a unique combination of fashion and travel with a hint of delicious food. I'm still working on improving the blog every day but there are some favorites that made my top 6 (I couldn't stick to 5) posts. This direction of fashionable wanderlust is something that I feel very passionate about and look forward to showing more of in the future.

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Birthday Wishlist Turned Moodboard

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A birthday always requires for some sort of birthday wishlist. As I'm currenlty plotting several plans, most of these wants are of a very functional -but beautiful- nature. Around this time last year I wrote this article which has played a very active role in the past year. I'm very excited about the up-and-coming year and look forward to spilling the beans to you as well. For now I will leave you with this moodboard, a little explanation below and the tips that you can find within this board. It won't be that difficult to figure out!

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Next Week’s Dinner #3

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This upcoming week is quite an exciting one as it is my birthday week! I've already had an amazing party the past weekend and look forward to eating a little bit more healthy. A lot of these recipe are low on carbs and focus on combining either protein with vegetables or vegetables and carbs. A principle by the Belgian food craze Pascale Naessens which I am a little fascinated about. I try to watch this principle as often as possible and I do feel a lot better (and not over-eaten) when I'm eating like this. All these recipes apart from monday's raw salmon with courgette pasta are vegetarian just as with the previous "Next Week's Dinner #1 and #2" that I created for you. I'm soooo looking forward to eating all of this.

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India Planning

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Decisions have been made and we finally have a date upon which we are traveling to India. The reason that we are going? A Wedding! One of our friends is getting married in Calcutta on the 22nd of December and we are joining in on the festivities. Because India is such big country and we only have little over a week before the wedding, we had to be decisive on where to go. We chose to only visit one province because we wanted to see at least one part of the country more thoroughly rather than having to focus on getting from point A to point B.

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The Perfect Perfecto

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For years and years I have been on the look-out for the perfect perfecto. You see the search for this precious item can be very difficult. You want butter-soft leather and a fit that compliments your body type and is unbound by seasons. This is the jacket that it supposed to age with you and grow more beautiful as the years go on. It is the jacket that is all you need in the between seasons of fall and spring but can also help you through the winter with a beautiful sleeveless knit over the top.

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How To Find The Perfect (Thai) Market Souvenir

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My personal favorite souvenir is a piece of jewelry but bags, shoes, shirts can also be original and good reminders of your trip. While I was traveling through Thailand I was overwelmed by the thousand of tourist focused stores selling the exact same dusty touristy things. Think cheap copied t-shirts, inexpensive Thai memorabilia and things like funny hats or glowing sticks. It is this kind of stores that make me think twice about the tourist industry. Do your best to look beyond these store and go hunting for the geniune and orgininal pieces. Be on the look-out for the sellers that are selling something authentic, making their own products or are collecting several small local brands.

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Visit Clinic Picnic

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During one of my very first visits to Antwerp, before I moved here, I was walking around the south and passed by the concept store Clinic. Of course I had to enter and I remember thinking that Antwerp would be a city I wanted to be a part of. Still longing for the big city life I got to know in Copenhagen, cool concept stores were just not something that you would find in Leuven at the time. Walking around the store you could feel the creativity and the energy of the city. It sparked my nostalgic Copenhagen soul and got me all excited. Right then and there I knew that Antwerp would be my next hometown.

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