London

The big surprise came at my mum’s birthday, she turned 50. My parents talked already some time about going to London, but that day, the 31st of January, it became reality.

‘We’re going to London for mum’s fiftieth birthday!’, oh the joy we felt! Now we had to plan our little family trip, with a sister at the age of 22 and working her first year as a nurse and myself being 19, it wasn’t that obvious for us to pin a date, but at last, we succeeded.

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We went to London at the beginning of July for four days and it was truly amazing. If you compare it to Belgium, it’s like a whole new world, suddenly appearing in front of your eyes. We arrived nearby our beautiful hotel ‘The Cavendish’, located in Piccadilly. You immediately feel like some VIP or something when you walk in, even the hallway was already beautiful. Then they take your suitcase and bring it to your room, which was not that big, but yet lovely and carefully furnished.

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My parents aren’t really the we-must-see-everything-this-city-has-to-offer types and I am truly grateful for that. I can’t really enjoy a city trip where you have to rush your way in and out all the things worth viewing. We rather skip one or two and enjoy a nice coffee or we go and eat our lunch in the park and watch the people that come by (and of course my sister and me give our outspoken opinion about them).

Our trip was the perfect combination of sightseeing, enjoying our family-moments and of course a little bit of shopping, what is quite inevitable with three women, and actually also eating, if I’m completely honest. The first thing we actually bought, where cupcakes in Fortnum and Masons. My sister and me love cupcakes but we actually don’t ever make them ourselves because we know we can’t leave them alone when they’re standing and smelling there, totally seductive, in the kitchen. But oooh these cupcakes we’re divine. I chose Red velvet and I actually don’t remember which one my sister took, but the taste was also amazing. We also went to see the Big Ben and the House of Parliament, Buckingham palace, Westminster Abbey and the Natural History museum. It was all wonderfull, but the museum kinda let us down. We thought of it as a typical museum you go to with your school, many things are explained in more of a childish way and normally that’s okay, but not if the whole museum is that way.

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The one thing that stood by me the most, was the musical of the Lion King. It is not like any other musical you’ve ever seen. The decor and the costumes are so beautiful and the show is magnificent. The actors have these amazing voices and the details are outstanding. I can’t give a good description really, you have to see it with your own eyes.

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For shopping, we had a small, but very effective list. We had to limit it a little, otherwise dad probably wouldn’t have survived. Our favorite (and of every other teenage girl in Londen) was Victoria’s Secret, I think it’s the closest to heaven I’ve ever been. The store is beautiful and the service is unique. They practically follow you with a bag in their hand and carry everything you want to try on. I know, if you think of it, it’s actually a little bit over the top, but who doesn’t enjoy some luxury now and then? It was funny though to see all the guys sitting and waiting in front of the store. They all had the same is-it-almost-over look on their face and when we came out and saw our dad sitting amongst them, we really couldn’t help ourselfs, it was too funny. We also did Abercrombie&Fitch, but we didn’t buy anything there, I personally find their style a little bit more for younger teenagers, but hey who am I to judge?

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I also really wanted to take a look in Primark, we don’t have one in Belgium and there is a huge fuzz about it, so my curiosity took over. It is really cheap and you really have to look for the beautiful things amongst the other, not-so-beautiful stuff. But at the end, I had some really nice clothes for almost no money. I bought a nice top, a blouse, dungarees and a pair of shoes and I love every one of them.

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Last but certainly not least, we went to Selfridges. For those who don’t know it, it’s actually a huge store complex with multiple areas. So you have beauty, clothes, food and drinks, sports, multimedia… It is certainly not a shopping center, but it also has many different brands. Here I got new Rayban sunglasses from my parents (I had to pay half, but I really love them so I didn’t care too much), it’s very hard for me to find myself a pair of sunglasses that doesn’t make me look absolutely ridiculous, so I grabbed my chance!

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For lunch, we went two times to ‘le Pain Quotidien’, it’s sandwiches and all the other things they have, are really delicious! For dining, we went one evening to ‘Jamie’s italian’, from Jamie Oliver. Of course he doesn’t really cook there, but the food was very nice. The other evenings, we went for more local restaurants, but sadly I don’t remember their names anymore…

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The trip was amazing, we don’t have many family moments these last times, so we did enjoy every second of it. If you’re looking for a city trip and you haven’t been to London, I would recommend you to go there some time, it really is worthwhile.

Love, Beth      10348610_10152583620582277_2831356528023112091_n

Happy socks

Ugly.

Yes, that was the first thought when I saw my nephew wearing those brightly colored, striking socks. ‘They’re happy socks!’, he said to us and the rest of the family and actually it looked quite funny (in the positive way) when I further observed them.

A few days later, my mom came home and guess what she had brought with her? Yes, you guessed right (well I assumed you did because the answer is rather obvious), happy socks! I tried them on that same day and they actually did make me happy.

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When you think of it, it’s rather strange how wearing socks can make you happy. According to me, it’s more of a lifestyle. It’s how about little things in life can brighten up your day, whether you’re wearing those colorful happy socks or you’re seeing dogs chase after cats in the streets or maybe just a sweet word from you’re boyfriend (or girlfriend, don’t want to discriminate the guys here), those things can make you feel good, they can make you happy. Well at least they can make me happy 🙂

So yes, I love wearing those ugly, but yet beautiful happy socks. They make me smile and make me happy, even if it’s for a little while (of course they don’t make you smile like an idiot for a whole day long, that wouldn’t be nice, you would get a cramp in your face).

Actually what I wanted to say to you guys is: enjoy the small things in life, welcome them with your arms wide open and let yourself feel the joy they bring to you.

I’m happy I didn’t stop blogging, it’s one of the things that make me happy.

Love you guys,
Beth

Disappointed

It’s been so long since I posted anything and I can’t tell y’all how disappointed I am in myself. I really liked this whole blogging-thing and had some ideas to start with, but when the inspiration kinda let me down, I didn’t actually try to bring it back.

So yes, I really did quit blogging, I thought that after all, it wasn’t really my thing. But gosh I’m such a weakling! I really want to give this a shot, so if you guys give me another chance, it just might work 😉

My friend Aline (she’s actually my boyfriend’s sister, but we really get along) started this beauty and lifestyle blog. I really like to read it and it did convince me to hold on and don’t give up so easily. You guys should definitely go check her out: bonfirebeautyblog.wordpress.com
I still have to study on the other hand, but everyone needs a break now and then so that shouldn’t really be a problem 🙂

For now, I’ll study along and this evening I will start posting again and let the inspiration take me over for further posts!
Byebye sleepyheads, see you tonight.
Love, Beth

Studying

Hello my dears, I know I haven’t posted much these last days, certainly not for the newbie blogger I am. I do apoligize, but I really do have to study and take all the time I have left to capture all those words inside my brain!

I will post more frequently when my exams are done. Of course this doesn’t mean that I won’t post anything these days, but just less.

I’m sorry you guys!

Love, Beth

Worldcup football

People with crazy wigs on their heads, painted fingernails and faces, adapted clothing and flags hanging outside their houses. Yes, the worldcup football has begun, also here in Belgium, where the national team has played their first match with success against Algeria. 

Personally, I don’t really give anything about the whole worldcup, but I do like that feeling of solidarity that now flows amongst people. We’re standing together as one proud country, supporting for our national team! You can see the black-yellow-red flags all over our country, but only until the worldcup has ended, because then these flags are replaced by the black-yellow flags, which represent Flanders. 

Many people here in the northern part of Belgium, want to see our country split in two. At this moment though, they are proud Belgians who love their country. Well when I think of it, I find this whole happening rather hypocrite.

People chose to be, what suits them best at the moment. I won’t say I’m any different, because I’m probably not, but it’s a weird phenomenon, don’t you think?

Well, I just enjoy those brief moments when we actually act as one country, as it should always be. And I’m happy to shout along ‘GOGOGO BELGIAN RED DEVILS!’ .

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Confessions of a 19-year old

I’m walking through the city, just doing some daydreaming and thinking about the amazing holidays that lay ahead of me, when all of the sudden, I see them. 

Oh aren’t they just lovely, they’re screaming my name, I hear them whispering inside my head ‘come and look at us, see our beauty, our elegance. Wouldn’t we look marvellous with that new dress you just bought?’. Yes my dears, I’m talking about shoes. But oh, which woman can resist them? Okay I admit, I’m worse than most women, but I can’t help it and I did try, I really did. But they’re just the perfect cure for sadness or the perfect reward when you did something you can be very proud of. And yes, they even smell good when you just bought them.

Since we’re talking about confessions here, I shall confess. I’m a nineteen year old girl and I have inbetween 40 and 45 pairs of shoes in my closet. It’s driving my boyfriend crazy, but yeah, who blames him? ‘But those 40 pair are for winter and summer!’ I tell him, but then again, that’s only something I say to myself to make me feel better.

Okay, I have a bad habit, which I’m not that proud of, but I’m not ashamed of it either, because who hasn’t some secret addictions? Of course, that’s not the only thing I can’t live without, I have quite a few addictions actually.

For example, my piano. I’ve been going to piano lessons every week since I was 8. This year I stopped, I’ve got my diploma and just haven’t had the time anymore since I’m going to college. But I still play it often and now I can choose my own music, I really do love it. One of my favourites that I learned myself this year is ‘River flows in you’ from Yiruma (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsTjI75uEUQ), it really is so beautiful.

The fun part about playing the piano is that you can translate all your emotions – happy ones, but also the sad and angry ones – in your playing. Now I’m also busy with learning to play more modern pieces, like the piano version of Bastille’s ‘Bad Blood’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7MzFzsoziE).Image

 

One of my favourite breaks when I’m studying, is going for a run or going to the gym. I’ve been sporting my whole life, I’m mad at my lazy self when I have done nothing for a whole week. But sometimes, especially now during the exams, there just isn’t the time or the weather is too hot for jogging. 

Actually, I have started to go to the gym recently, because I’ve been playing hockey since I was little. Unfortunately, I also had to stop playing when I went to college, but oh how I miss it.. In a few years I will start playing again, I realized I just can’t live without it. Image

Yes, the one with the blue-orange hockeystick is me.

I must seem quite the sporter now, but don’t drag it too far there. I love sport and I can’t live without, but I can enjoy being lazy and eating chocolate while watching one of my favourite series just as well!

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(Omg, chocolate + Oreo cookies, a combination made in heaven).

So my dear sleepyheads, I’ve told you mine, now tell me yours! Don’t be ashamed of yourself, just be proud of your sweet can’t-live-without’s, I’m curious already!

Love, Beth