Dress: H&M, Shoes: Vans, Sunglasses: Cerjo (all previous seasons). More photos here
If you follow me on instagram you are most probably interested in what you see on the photos. Yet……..what exactly do you see? Look at the above photo. Do you see a 40+ woman? A small woman? An English teacher? A woman who likes travelling?
The funny thing is that I post one photo and then there are so many different views, feelings, thoughts and so on people can have when looking at it. When you realise that there are always different perspectives, you will enable yourself to see situations from different angles and that has got some advantages. Let me explain in more detail!
Colour-wise my jumper is matching with this typical Dutch windmill. The two of us are in perfect harmony. This principle of matching in order to create a feeling of harmony can be used in communication as well. It is a great tool in many interactions, both inside and outside the classroom.
Dress: H&M, Sunglasses: Cerjo
After last week’s King’s Day it’s another special day in The Netherlands today, Remembrance Day, hence the little black dress on my blog this week. As you can see I have chosen a beautiful white background for my photos. That is because tomorrow is Liberation Day in The Netherlands. Since blossoming trees are associated with new beginnings, I thought this black and white combination very apt to illustrate this week’s blog post…
Skirt: H&M, Jumper: Tally Weijl (for more photos, see here)
“Friends are like the pillars on your porch. Sometimes they hold you up, sometimes they lean on you and sometimes it is just enough to know they are there.” (unknown)
I am blessed with many female friends. Some I have known since my childhood years, some I have met during my study years and some have become my friends because their partners are my husband’s friends. I can even call many female family members real and close friends. I have also actively worked on making new friends in Switzerland, so yeah, over the years this has resulted in quite a number of female friends.
Why are female friendships so important to me? Why are female friendships so important to women in general?
Dress & Top: H&M, Shoes: Moda di Fausto (all previous seasons)
Forget all your New Year’s Resolutions: spring is the perfect time for new beginnings. Trees are starting to blossom, you can hear the birds singing, yummy chocolate eggs can be bought again and and the sun is rising earlier every morning. So, time for a fresh beginning indeed. I have chosen to look very smart at the start of spring. It’s a dress I like best with a pair of high heels, so I only wear it outside the classroom. It would also be too much of a challenge to cycle to school in this one…
I have combined it with a warm white top. It’s warm in two ways: a warm colour white and some pretty warm material, so perfect for the lower temperatures we are having just now. I love wearing jumpers and tops that protect my throat, since my voice is what I need to do my job. Classy and chic as the dress is, it has got a hidden casual detail: pockets!
Holland is known for its tall population and I am approximately 15 centimetres smaller than the average Dutch woman… However, in stead of focussing on the challenges of being small, I’d rather look at the positive side of being small. I know that being tall is practical on many occasions, but so is small! Have a look at my personal list of ten reasons, in random order, why being small is both positive and practical. Enjoy!
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!
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.
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.
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.