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Five happy things

{Learning to make the best photo's at my photography class}

{Learning to make the best photo’s at my photography class}

I like to focus on the beautiful things in life. Most people tend to forget to see the beauty in the small things around them and in what they already have. A positive mind will give you a positive life.  And I want to share that with you. Just five happy things that passed by last month. And October was a lovely month. I am still enjoying last weekend when sweet friends of mine came to visit me in Luxembourg.

{Soending time with my love}

{Spending time with my love}

{My new hair cut and the lovely smelling shampoo I bought from Aveda}

{My new hair cut and the lovely smelling shampoo I bought from Aveda}

{My cactus getting a pink flower}

{My cactus getting a pink flower}

{The last pieces of Tonyschocolonely chocolate}

{The last pieces of Tonyschocolonely chocolate}

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Pretty Pictures

I already told you about my Instagram love, but ever since Instagram my love for photography grew. In the beginning it was mainly snapshots with my Iphone, but nowadays I have a Nikon D3000. Although I must admit, it’s not mine. I have it on loan. But that doesn’t make it less fun!
For 4 weeks now I am doing a photography class here in Luxembourg. I am learning all about aperture, shutter speed, ISO and lighting. I am really enjoying it! So hopefully you will see that my pictures here on my blog and on Instagram will improve! 😉

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The colorful season

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers- L.M. Montgomery

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Althought I am a great fan of Summer and warm weather, I really do love it when it gets Autumn. I just truly like it when the candles are burning and it gets really cozy at home. Cuddle up with a fluffy blanket and drink a glass of red wine with your loved one. Somehow I always love to bake more in the cold seasons, especially Dutch applepie. The house start smelling at cinnamon and apple.

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In Luxembourg I am even more aware of this season. This green country has been transforming since the end of September in a beautiful palette of Autumn colors. And we were so lucky that actually since last weekend the weather was still really nice. So we had Autumn colored nature with blue skies. Cant help it, but it made me genuinely happy! At this moment it is drooley outside, but that is fine. I just cuddle up with my blanket, waiting for my boyfriend to come home. Enjoy the lovely season!

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Amsterdam loves you!

When we drove in to Amsterdam last Friday evening a really happy feeling came over me. This city is special and brings back so many memories!
I booked us a hotel, because I promised the Boyfriend already a long time a go that I would treat him for a weekend Amsterdam. We had a lovely stay at Hotel Arena.

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A beautiful hotel with great beds! Always very important, because we need our sleep! Especially when you first went to the bar or the club in this hotel!That is one of the positive things at this hotel. You can eat, drink, dance and sleep!

The next day we went for some shopping. The shops in Luxembourg are great, but I was really longing for some die hard Amsterdam shopping. The best area to shop in Amsterdam are The 9 straatjes . You have great boutiques, vintage shops and some of the best places to eat and drink! And in between shopping and drinking and eating you have the prettiest typical Amsterdam views.

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Saturday evening we went to the best restaurant in my opinion! It is always very difficult to book, so I did that already a few months ago and that’s actually the whole reason we went to Amsterdam.
Le Restaurant is a small restaurant, that is more a livingroom than a restaurant. They have a fixed menu and the food is just amazing! And whenever you go there, take with every different course a different wine. It is great! We really had a good culinary time!

To bring our weekend to an end, we went to The Rijksmuseum, ofcourse after a good sleep in and a nice breakfast in our Hotel. I was there already before when I was a little girl together with my parents, but I hadn’t been there after the big renovation which started in 2004 and took until 2012! It was beautiful! We went to see the highlights and after that we wanted to go outside because the weather was great!

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Later we went home to Luxembourg. And I really enjoyed every moment of Amsterdam, but coming home to this calm, green and quiet country was also very good! I think I am getting old 😉

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A familiar neutral for this autumn!

As far as I’m concerned leopard is a neutral

And if Jenna Lyons, creative director of fashion label J.Crew says so, than it is true! Or anybody else for that matter, because I just love a good animal print and especially the leopard print.

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Ever as I was a little child I loved animal print, but in those days it was considered a bit “tacky”. Except nowadays it’s everything but tacky! Lucky me! And even more lucky because leopard is one of the trends this Autumn. So no more excuses, get youself some leopard printed stuff! I certainely will, because I think my closet needs a nice dress in leopard!

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Gronn, where history and nightlife meet.

I always like to discover nice places where ever I lived. Living in a new country makes it even more possible to do so. And in Luxemburg there are so many nice area’s that look very picturesque and have a rich history.
The Grund or “Gronn” in Luxembourgish is such an area in Luxemburg City. It was build in the valley as one of the first neighborhoods to surround the castle many years ago. A lot of the original structures are still standing. You can still see the old stone bridges and fortress walls. And take my advice, when you decide to go to the Grund don’t wear your heels. Because the cobblestone streets are not designed to walk on with 10 cm of heels!

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The last decades the Grund has become even more populair due to its nightlife. There are many bars, restaurants, cultural events and historical sites. Such as Neumünster Abbey, which has been there since the 17th Century. There is also a lovely Brasserie where they have great jazz concerts during the summer months.

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The Grunds is such a desired destination to visit that it recently been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. So come and visit Luxemburg and if you are quick, you can still enjoy this great Indian Summer we are having here!

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Pretty pictures

Long before I started this blog I was already on Instagram. I love making pretty pictures from everything that catches my eye. So Instagram was and still is the perfect social media for me! Do you want to have a look in my life? Follow me on Instagram!

I also want to share two of my favorite accounts at the moment.The first is the account of Parisinfourmonths. Carin is a photographer and shares the most beautiful pictures of Paris, where she lives. Her pictures are a true inspiration for me!
The second one is from ChapterFriday which is from the lovely Yara. One of my favorite bloggers by the way! I  have been following her for a very long time and I have been to one of her blog class events. Which was great and very inspiring.

Hope to see you there so I can share my life in pictures with you.

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A search for simplicity

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

That’s what Leonardo da Vinci already said ages ago. And this Italian artist was right! At least that’s what I think, especially when it comes to wardrobe essentials.
For quite some time now I was searching for a simple grey t-shirt. Easy peasy you should think…. Not really! Because it had to be the exact right color grey, not too light and not too dark. It had to be the right fit. Not too loose because a bit of feminine curves showing can be nice. But also not too tight, because too much feminine curves isn’t really necessary.  And I wanted it to have a V-neckline.

So after many evenings surfing on the internet (Nothing more convenient than online shopping by the way) I found it! The great Alexander Wang put al my wishes in a t-shirt. So there was nothing left to do for me then… Buying it!!

Never knew that you can be so happy with a t-shirt. But I am! 🙂

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My chocolate chip!

 

In the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips.

And my chocolate chip came to visit me last weekend for the first time since I moved to Luxemburg. The boyfriend was not home, so we had a lovely girly weekend with lots of stuff you do together with your sister. We ate sushi on the couch, done our nails, baked banana bread on a Sunday and of course we went to Luxemburg City.

Many people, including me when I first came here, have no idea how nice Luxemburg City is. It is a versatile place with nice shops, several good places to drink coffee, have lunch, dinner and go out. My sister and I went first to the Saturday Market where you can buy beautiful organic vegetables and fruits, but also fresh cheese and charcuterie. And there is even a small corner where you can buy flowers. I am still getting used to the fact that I cannot buy a big bunch of flowers for a good price. Spoiled Dutchie I am!!
After the Market we went for a huge piece of chocolate cake at the Chocolate House. Which is in front of the Grand Ducal palace. Beside the chocolate cake I had a cookie coconut chocospoon which I dipped in my hot soya milk!
After some shopping we ended up in Konrad Cafe & Bar. Where we had a glass of wine and some lovely quiche. Very nice place!
Later in the evening we went to IKKI to finish the day!

I can tell you, I could not live without my chocolate chip! She is the best!

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