10 things NOT to do in Paris

Dress (new) & Bag: H&M, Vest: Esprit, Shoes: Vans, Sunnies: Vögele Shoes 

“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.”

– Thomas Jefferson

After a romantic city break to Venice with my husband a few weeks back, I spent the Whitsun weekend in Paris with one of my female friends from Holland. Paris being a city we both love and located somewhere between our homes, we thought it the perfect place for a girls’ weekend away. Apart from talking and laughing a lot, we did quite some sightseeing too.

I have decided not to list the standard sights for you, but to tell you what not to do in Paris, offering great alternatives as well of course.

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A sunny and stylish black and yellow outfit

Skirt: Esprit, Top: Tally Weijl, Bag: H&M, Sunnies: Vögele (all previous seasons)

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”

– Jim Goodwin

Last week you already had a sneak peak at this outfit. The colour scheme reminds me of a bee and that is what I have been lately: a busy bee. Busy with school, busy with voluntary work, busy with meeting friends and busy with organising a few “snack holidays“. Exactly in times like that, when you are a busy bee, you should make sure to make time to relax.

So, why don’t you do just that, grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back and scroll through this week’s blogpost and maybe look at some more (you know there is choice of 100 others for you…), taking a moment for you!

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Blogpost 100! Missed some of these 100? Here is an inspiring top 5 for you!

Skirt: Esprit, Top: Tally Weijl, Bag: H&M, Sunnies: Vögele (all previous seasons)

“Time and reflection change the sight little by little ’till we come to understand.”

– Paul Cezanne

Time flies as we all know. My statistics have shown me that today’s blogpost is number 100! Hard to believe that I have written 100 blogposts in 2 years. It was a good reason to look through some old ones and I love seeing how my blog has developed during this period and also how creative yet consistent I have been.

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3 life lessons learned while learning to sail

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

-Mark Twain

You know from previous blog posts that I often encourage you, my dear readers, and myself to step out of our comfort zones. Since I walk my talk, I did step out of my own comfort zone during my May break. I went sailing!

Trust me, setting foot on a sailing boat in order to really sail it is way out of my comfort zone. I have the highest respect for the sea (we have recently witnessed its full force on Fuerteventura) and am in awe with the power of the wind.

And you know what the funny thing is? It was a most relaxing holiday. My husband and I spent one week of sailing in the Dutch province of Zeeland, enjoying its natural beauty, the clear waters, small islands and surprise visits of seals and seagulls. Nature was kind to me (moderate windforce), my husband patient with me (an excellent sail instructor) and I had the best of times.

I learned so much in one week and those learnings go far beyond learning to sail and steer a boat…

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Clothes repair: another way of adding more sustainability in your life

Trousers: Jacqueline de Yong, Sweater: Tally Weijl (both really, really old, but still really, really great to wear)

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”

– John F. Kennedy

This week, standing in the sunshine under a roof of flowers, I show you an outfit I have worn many times to school and on the blog too (see this Copenhagen blogpost when you want proof and/or an additional read with fabulous photos).

The reason for showing it again is that the trousers slowly seem to enter their final season, so I want to give them a platform one more time. I also want to make a statement of repairing clothes in stead of throwing them away too easily. For interesting links and creative ideas, please read on!

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What got me flabbergasted in Venice…six sweet surprises

Bright red fake leather jacket: Tally Wijel (new). More photos of this outfit here

“Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.”- Samuel Johnson

All good things come in threes, so after a romantic red “Lieske’s Looks” blogpost and a list of 10 thing I would NOT do in Venice, the third one of the Venice series: What got me flabbergasted in Venice…six surprises.

Having grown up in The Netherland with its many cities full of canals, you’d think I would know what to expect from a city surrounded by water. I thought so too. I was wrong.

Read on to find out what really surprised me in Venice!

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A red, white & blue outfit for King’s Day

Sunnies: Cerjo, Skirt: H&M, Top: Yes or No (new), Shoes and Bag: super old, but still great!

“Orange is the happiest color.”― Frank Sinatra

It’s King’s Day in Holland on the 27th of April. Last year I choose to wear a flamboyant floral skirt in honour of the Argentinian roots of Queen Maxima. This year I have decided to tune in with the colours of the Dutch flag: red, white and blue.

There is something remarkable about the colour choice for the Dutch flag. It is red, white & blue and not orange, white & blue, although orange is very much associated with the Dutch. Well, the red has won its place in the Dutch flag, but the orange has not been totally lost and that is because of the Dutch polder model.

What is polder modelling, how did the Dutch solve the “loss” of orange in their flag and what exactly do I love about my red, white & blue outfit? Keep on reading to find it all out.

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Wearing blue and rose flowers to the exhibition “The young Picasso: blue and rose periods”

Dress & Jeans Jacket: Yes or No, Bag: H&M, Scarf: a gift

“I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”
Pablo Picasso

A few weeks back I visited the exhibition “The young Picasso: blue and rose periods” at the Beyeler museum in Basel. The exhibition wasn’t  only about blue and rose paintings, but showed very well how Picasso, by embracing and applying new techniques, developed his own style. His credo of always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it has worked out well for him and has even led to a new art movement: cubism.

As Easter is a symbol of a new beginning, I’d thought it apt to publish a blogpost about new beginnings and trying out new things this Easter weekend, taking Picasso as a starting point.

Enjoy this cultural spring blogpost full of fresh ideas and flowery photos!

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10 things NOT to do in Venice

What news on the Rialto?”- The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare

Shakespeare never visited Venice, Padua, Rome or Verona. He just thought it safe to let his plays take part in foreign Italy, so he could tackle sensitive subjects. Clever chap!

I think of all Shakespeare’s Italian cities, Verona is the most famous. Who does not know what took place in fair Verona?

For a romantic Italian city trip for two my husband and I thought Venice was more romantic and less dramatic than Verona. Had Shakespeare visited Venice he may have written the following quote: To do or not to do, that is the question.

Today I will tell you what I would NOT do in Venice. However: to do or not to do, it’s up to you!

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