Majestic Metz

One of the finest views on Metz Cathedral is from this pedestrian bridge 

Most Dutch people will know Metz from the signs on the so-called “Route du Soleil”, a motorway taken by many to enjoy the summer holidays in the south of France. I have spent many holidays in France and never before visited this gem of a city. Until now that is! This summer we have travelled in a few days from Switzerland to Holland, taking time to explore cities and sights we normally just pass. Metz was one of our stops and absolutely worth it, as my little photo diary will show you.

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Awesome animal print skirt to transition from summer to autumn

Skirt: H&M, Top: Yes or No (both previous seasons)

What a summer this has been. Actually, it’s still going on, though mixed with just a bit of rain now and then. Last week we had temperatures of around 25° in Switzerland! Despite these temperatures, autumn is definitely on its way. You can feel it in the air, the first leaves have turned yellow, the days get shorter and the shop windows are displaying all kind of warm colours and fabrics. Somehow it makes the choice for your outfits a different one than on a warm summer day in the middle of August.

To tackle this challenge I have got an awesome animal print skirt. It is light as a feather, so perfect to deal with the warmth. Combined with black or brown it feels fit for autumn too.

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7 tips for comfortable and classy outfits with the right shoes

Avoid “Shoepidity”  and choose your shoes for more than just looking great!

Are you familiar with the term  “Shoepidity”? It is something that I avoid as a teacher. “Shoepidity” is  the act of wearing ridiculously uncomfortable shoes just because they look good.

As a teacher comfort is your number 1 rule for your outfits and certainly for your shoes. That said, it doesn’t have to stop there. You can easily add some classy elements to your outfits, so you are still comfortable while looking stylish too! I am sure this is something that appeals to every woman.

This blogpost is all about comfortable shoes (so welcome in the classroom, the shop, the hospital, for running errants, for exploring cities…) and how to make them work for your outfits!

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Burgundy or white? Why choose if you can have both!

Trousers: Tally Weijl, Blouse: KY création, Bag: Maddison (previous seasons)

Let me start by saying that I am talking about outfits here and not wine, although burgundy is a famous wine region of course. Burgundy is also this lovely rich, warm colour, associated with wine (hence the name), autumn and winter. I think it’s a shame to leave my burgundy trousers in my wardrobe half the year, especially since they are comfortable and classy in one. By adding lots of white they can be easily styled summery too. Have a look at my three burgundy/white summer & spring outfits.

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What’s in a name? 5 tips to learn and remember names!

The name Macbeth is associated with blood and drama!

What’s in a name?

I am sure you are familiar with the above quote. It’s from the famous Shakespeare Play “Romeo & Juliet”. To give you an answer to that question: there is a lot in someone’s name! Actually, you can say that our name is the most important word in our vocabulary. Just think about what you feel when your name is misspelled, mispronounced or even worst: forgotten! Because a name means so much to each of us, it is a good thing to remember and use other people’s names. That is true for teachers with regard to pupils’ names, but it is equally true for almost every profession and for almost everyday encounters with others. I will tell you why exactly and, because knowing and using names is so important, I will also provide five tips so you can better learn and remember names.

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Jeans, too casual for work or not?

Jeans: Tally Weijl, Bag: H&M (both previous seasons), T-shirt: C&A, Sunnies: Polaroid (both new)

As a teacher I do not wear jeans a lot, because it is a dress code embraced by so many colleagues that I’d rather wear something else. For holidays however, I always put a pair of jeans in my suitcase, because they are versatile and practical; no ironing needed and they do stay rather clean, or at least you don’t see the dirt that easily…

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Day trip to Füssen and Neuschwanstein: pure romance!

Like I have written before, living in Switzerland means living pretty central in Europe and thus pretty close to many interesting places to visit in several countries. A few weeks back we spent a day in Füssen and surroundings: visiting a cosy castle, laying lazy at lake Alat and enjoying a walk and dinner in Füssen itself, one of many romantic villages in Bavaria, Germany.

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You are what you read: 3 novels I can recommend for your summer holidays

Sunnies (new): Cerjo, Top: Jones, Shorts: Vögele (previous seasons)

In my blogpost Tips for happy summer days I recommend reading as a perfect way to enjoy your summer days. To inspire you, I will list 3 novels in this blogpost that I think are absolutely worth reading. Like I have written above: You are what you read. You will see that this is very true for my choices. One novel is all about the love for reading, the second one is all about the love for writing and the third one takes place in a school environment. Well…meet me! All three novels have three  elements in common: They stay with you for a long time after having finished reading them, there is drama involved and despite these 2 factors they all are an easy read. So, let’s have a closer look at my choices, shall we?

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A very neutral outfit for the Swiss National Day

In a few days, on the 1st of August, the Swiss will celebrate their National Day. Switzerland is known for its chocolate, watches, cheese, banks, mountains and…neutrality. Their neutrality is the oldest one in the world, dating back to the Treaty of Paris in 1815. The celebration of their National Day has its origin a bit later. The founding of the Swiss Confederacy in 1291 was celebrated for the first time 600 years after the event (1st of August 1891) and annually since 1899. 

So far some historical dates (if you are one of my Swiss readers, you can impress your friends with these dates, casually mentioning them while enjoying your Cervelat and watching the fireworks on the 1st of August). To celebrate the Swiss National Day I have chosen to show you a very, very neutral outfit.

Trousers: H&M, Blouse: KY création, Bag: Maddison (all previous seasons)

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Four factors in favour of an elastic waistband

Dress: H&M  (the other 2 dresses in this blogpost are also from H&M)

A few weeks back I posted some photos of a lovely floral summer dress. This dress, like my two polka dot dresses (see here and here), has got an elastic waistband. Before I bought these 3 dresses I did not have anything in my wardrobe with an elastic waistband (apart from pyjamas and sportswear that is) and I must admit there are quite some benefits of elastic waistbands. I’d like to share 4 of them with you in random order.

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