Fake fur bear wear

Trousers: Jacqueline de Yong, Top & Vest: H&M, Boots: Graceland, Bag: Maddison (all previous seasons)

The Rock of Gibraltar has got its apes, the Tower of London has got its black ravens and the city of Bern has got its brown bears. For a day trip to Bern I choose to wear a fake fur vest and warm fake furry boots. I felt I was totally in style with the city of bears. Both my vest and my boots were bought at the children’s department, so the prices were accordingly small. That also matched my visit to Bern perfectly. Bern is the capital of Switzerland (I am leaning against the Federal Palace here) and at the same time a very small and charming place. Both my outfit and the city prove that small can be great too!

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Shades of pink for Valentine’s day

Trousers and jumper: Tally Weijl (both new), Shoes: Moda di Fausto(previous season)

Shades of pink for Valentine’s day! I am so happy with my burgundy dress that I thought it a good idea to buy a pair of trousers in the same colour. Combined with a soft pink jumper and my nude ballerinas I create a comfortable outfit for in the classroom and a romantic one for Valentine’s Day. The jumper has got some lovely details, such as the beautiful (but rather long) bell sleeves and the super cute lace-up detail at neckline. Talking about details: they can have a huge impact, both in outfits and in communication, right? When you’re interested in reading more about the difference details can make in communication, I invite you to read my posts about ‘not‘, ‘but‘ and ‘yet‘. Small words, a little detail, and a huge impact.

Well, being a language teacher and with Valentine’s Day on the agenda soon, I’d like to tell you something about love languages. Details can make a huge difference there as well!

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To say not or not to say not, that’s the question

In two of my previous blog posts I have written about the power of some 3-letter words. The word “but“ in a sentence has got the power to undo what came before. The word “yet“ has got the power to add possibilities and options when put at the end of a negative sentence. Today, I’d like to discuss the power of the word “not“ and how to make the best use of it.

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A scarf to style a sweater and to protect my voice

Trousers: H&M,  Jumper (new): Tally Weijl, Scarf: Vögele, Boots: Piure 

Temperatures have dropped, soft and white snow has fallen (see here). It’s winter wonderland in the mountains in Switzerland: time for cosy and warm jumpers.

As soon as I saw this blue jumper I fell in love with it. It’s very soft, a perfect fit for petites and the curved hem reminds me of tulips. Combined with a pair of camel coloured trousers and a matching scarf I create a comfortable and classy outfit for in the classroom. An additional benefit of the scarf is that it also protects my voice.

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3 excellent reasons why a mini break is good for you

Looking back at some amazing trips of 2017!

You will have noticed over the months that I am a huge fan of travelling. Being a teacher I have got plenty of holidays to do this. Going away means a change of place and Seneca already said: “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” Today I share some photos of my 2017 travels with you and I provide you with 3 excellent reasons to go away yourself!

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Wild and full of passion

Hat and Jumper: H&M, Bag: Tally Weijl, sunglasses: Cerjo, Trousers: Jacqueline de Yong (previous seasons)

Saying ‘Hi’ to the next semester of this school year. I am in the middle of the theme ‘wild animals’ with some of my classes, so I have chosen to wear this jumper to school this week (without the hat of course). Pupils really pick up this kind of subtle details, like with my halloween dress for example.

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Super short flower dress

Dress: Yes or No, Sunglasses: Cerjo

“Just living is not enough….one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower” H.C. Andersen. Or, in my case, one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower dress. This dress offers a perfect length for petites, but is far too short for me to feel comfortable in at school. Well, since I am still enjoying my Christmas break, I am happily wearing my little black flower dress. It’s wrinkle friendly, offers subtle bell sleeves and is an easy wear combined with leggings and knee-high boots. The shades of red combined with green and black form a beautiful colour scheme (and a very apt one for the holiday season). The white lace reminds me a bit of the traditional Dirndl dresses you find in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, which is a fun detail of the dress.

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Black and white Christmas dress

Dress: Sha & Sha, Top: Street One (both previous seasons)

In my last blogpost for 2017 I would like to show you one of my most versatile dresses for special occasions. I have worn this dress at (dinner) parties, at a wedding, to a funeral and I will probably wear it to one or more of the many Christmas events we will attend next week. It is chique and playful at the same time, totally wrinkle-friendly, very comfortable, full of special details and both practical boots and high heels combine well with it. Of all the special details, I like the frill collar most. It reminds me of the dress worn by Snow White’s stepmother. Story lover that I am, this is an additional bonus for me.

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Grey day, grey day

Jumper: Yes or No (new), Skirt: Esprit, Boots: Andrés Machado (previous seasons)

In winter we have a phenomenon in Switzerland that is called: ”unten grau, oben blau”. It means that the days can be cloudy and grey in the lower areas of the country and that you can have a beautiful blue and sunny sky when you get higher into the mountains. Some days you just have to look actively for some sunshine.

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Rubjerg Knude lighthouse and the importance of a solid basis for language learning

Dress & Jacket: H&M, flipflops: Teva, Sunglasses: Cerjo (all previous seasons)

Last summer we spent our holidays in Denmark. On the above photo you can see one of the most famous sights of Jutland, Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse. It’s a well known tourist attraction and absolutely worth visiting. The lighthouse was specifically built on the highest part of the coastline to warn ships at sea. Normally you always make sure that your fundaments are such that they can support your building for a very long time. In the case of this lighthouse, location was more important than a fundament on solid rock. Understandable, but the shifting sands and the erosion caused by wind and sea pretty soon had a decaying building as a result. What you see on the photo is the remaining part of the lighthouse. The rest is buried. If you like what you see, go and visit this place in the near future, since they expect the lighthouse to fall into the sea in 10-15 years time.

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