10 small things that make you happy on a trip

Last year I spent 10 days in London, doing a communication course. This made it a completely different trip than my ‘normal’ ones. First of all, I was travelling alone and the trip was less of a holiday as you can imagine. I did have time to explore London a bit at the end of most days (see photo diary here) and somehow appreciated lots of small things in these hours more than I usually would have. I wrote them down shortly after my trip and then forgot about them. Last week I was scrolling though my files, found this little list and realised how many of these small joys would be a joy for any of my trips. It also made me aware how many of these joys I find in my daily life in Switzerland too.

So, let me share these 10 small things that made me happy in London with you. Some of these are very much related to London itself, while others apply more in general. I am sure you can rely to many of them and will agree with me that travelling, like friendships and life, isn’t about the one big thing, but about all the little things.

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Fresh & Foul, Stone & Sand, Music & Maths: 3 inspirational stories for you!

After reading my own blogpost about the awesome autumn cakes I couldn’t resist baking one (again). Having lots of apples at home, I chose to bake the apple fudge cake. You only need two apples for the recipe, so I picked 2 good looking apples and started cutting them into pieces for my cake. The first one was absolutely fine, juicy and fresh. The second one however, one that was just as good looking as the first one, was bruised and mushy inside. That reminded me of a powerful metaphor. Since it has been a while that I have posted a story on my blog, I decided to do so this week. And because it has been so long, I have selected not 1, but 3 inspirational stories for you. Enjoy them!

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away: 3 healthy autumn cakes

I am sure it works with a pear too…(more photos of the soft blue jumper here)

Autumn is the ultimate season to enjoy fruit such as apples, pears and figs. Eating them whole is most healthy of course , but hey, how about baking cakes with them? This week 3 recipes for 3 delicious cakes to spoil yourself or, even better, to enjoy with friends. When you have read my blogpost about female friendships you will know that spending time with female friends is very good for you, as is eating fruit. I assume adding the two will double the effect or probably even more than that.

As a foreign language teacher I know that learning 3 times vocabulary for 3 minutes is much more effective than 1 time 9 minutes. I bet this works for eating cake with friends too; much more effective health-wise than eating a cake alone.

Knowing the subtitle of my blog, small changes with huge effects, rest assured that the recipes are easy ones with an amazingly yummy result. Pick the one you like best or bake all 3  and organise a coffee morning for your friends! They will love how well you take care of their (emotional) wellbeing!

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A warm yellow cardigan to adjust to autumn

Cardigan: Vögele (children’s department), Jeans & Top: H&M (all previous seasons)

When walking around town these past few weeks, the warm shades of yellow wink at me from nearly every shop window. I just love it, since the weather is slowly turning less warm and I find it hard to say goodbye to that gorgeous summer we have had this year. Seeing so much yellow keeps that warm feeling alive a little bit longer. That’s also why my old warm yellow cardigan is back into my wardrobe; so I can grab it whenever I am in need of some sunny warmth.

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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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