A jumper with yellow stripes, because yellow radiates warmth, cheerfulness and more

“Yellow is capable of charming God.”

– Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh is not the only one recognising the power of yellow. When you read the following extract from the website bourncreative  you will understand why having yellow in your outfits is a good idea; the colour is quite powerful indeed!

Studies show that the meaning of the color yellow can be warmth and cheerfulness. The color yellow also helps activate the memory, encourage communication, enhance vision and build confidence.

I don’t know exactly which studies are referred to, but I like what I read there. Isn’t it great to radiate and stimulate all the above? Being a teacher and a mum I thought this was reason enough to go for a new jumper with warm yellow stripes, perfect for autumn and positively powerful too.

I have collected some photos, full of shades of yellow for you this week. Have a look and, by all means, have a look at your own outfits too and decide if you have got enough shades of yellow or if it’s time to hit the shops this weekend!

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Why positive anchoring is good for you and why I am a fan of Vans.

Shoes: Vans, Trousers: Jacqueline Young, Top: H&M, Jacket: Tally Weijl (this season)

“Love anchors the soul”

I’m a huge fan of Vans. Not because they are very comfortable and go well with many of my outfits, but because I always wear them when I am on holidays. You can imagine that I’m already in a good mood by just putting them on. They function like an anchor for me (and this is not a sailing term!).

Anchoring is something we all use in our lives, simply because there is too much information for our brain to process.  In order to deal with that huge amount of information we delete, distort and generalise information, such that it suits us and our vision on the world.

Anchoring falls into that last category, generalisation. It means that when you see, hear, feel, smell or taste something that you have previously linked to certain actions or feelings, you react on that specific signal instantly. Take stopping for a red traffic light for instance. You see a red light and you instantly stop. Imagine you would think every time you drive your car: “Hey, that traffic light is red, what shall I do?” There is a direct link between seeing the light and your action. In the case of my Vans, I feel happy the moment I put them on, since I have worn them on so many happy occasions. There is a direct link between putting on my Vans and my good mood.

You can make use of this function of the brain in your communication. Teachers often do so and also for non-teachers it is very useful. Read on to find out why and how.

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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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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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Warm white winter wear

Trousers/Top/Cardigan (new): H&M

Winter is coming and I am so ready for it! Till we have got lots of snow, I simply create my own winter whites. This super cosy, fluffy and soft cardigan is a recent buy (children’s department, so not only a small size, also a small price). Remember my neutral 1st of August outfit? This is my neutral winter version, perfect for the 1st of December!

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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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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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Sightseeing in Zeeland

Trousers: Jacqueline de Yong, Top: H&M, Jacket: Only, Shoes: Vans, Sunglasses: Cerjo (all previous seasons)

I have recently spent a wonderful week in Zeeland. Although it was the beginning of May it felt like summer, just with less tourists!

We were looking for a relaxing holiday, which in our family means that we do several activities, but at a slow pace and without any planning or schedule beforehand. In those few days I have discovered quite some great sites and love to share some of them with you.

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Red and pink is the new black and white

Jacket: Only, Top: H&M, Trousers: Tally Weijl , Bag: New Yorker, Ankle Boots: Blox, Sunnies: Cerjo (all previous seasons)

I copied the above statement from a Vogue article, quite an influential fashion magazine to say the least. A red and pink combo is totally in vogue this spring and summer season. When I read that statement I was happy that I already had a lovely top with these two colours in my wardrobe, bought last spring. This almost sounds like I am ahead of fashion trends, doesn’t it? I do not claim I am, although I must admit I like the fact that I did buy something red and pink before it became trendy.

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Being a bit British for the Royal Wedding

T-shirt: Pepe Jeans, Trousers: Jacqueline de Yong, Jeans Jacket: Yes or No, Shoes: Vans, Sunglasses: Cerjo (all previous seasons)

With the Royal Wedding taking place tomorrow, I thought I just had to show you something British this week. Have you spotted it on the photo?

Since the photos were taken in The Netherlands, it’s not the lovely country house, although this house reminds me a lot of series like Downton Abbey and Pride & Prejudice. It’s also clearly not the colour scheme of my outfit (if you want to see a British colour scheme, click here for shades of red from London or here for some British red, white and blue). It’s really only a small detail in my outfit…

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