T-shirts form the perfect base for a cool DIY project. Wether you want a different top, skirt, dress or cutout the possibilities are endless. Play with the colors, texture of the fabric and use your creativity to create some fab T-shirt Ideas.
I’m sharing my two cents on the DIY T-shirt trend with a cute DIY T-shirt peplum top, color blocking skirt and DIY T-shirt wrap dress.
December 5, 2013Comments
December 5, 2013Comments
Sometimes I forget how good a self made, real burger tastes. Although it’s more work, once you take a bite your efforts are instantly rewarded. Inspired by Gothamist 5 Burger Bun alternatives that aren’t bread I added large portobello mushroom to complement the meat and make it more ‘burger like’.
Pumpkin is my favorite vegetable of the season. It’s so versatile and delicious sweet or salty and both in soup, grilled or baked. After my flatmate cooked pumpkin with rosemary I instantly fell in love with the flavor combination. Rosemary brings out the flavor of the pumpkin in a different manner, creating a blend that has become my staple this Fall.
Ingredients (for 4 persons)
400 gr minced meat
1 onion, finely chopped
half a pepper, finely chopped
1 egg (add another if you feel the meat needs to stick more)
4 portobello mushrooms (if you want a top and bottom bun 8 mushrooms)
Salt & pepper
A touch of cinnamon
For the pumpkin
1 red onion
A large butternut squash
A handful of fresh rosemary
200 ml cream
Salt & Pepper
Preparation (45 minutes)
1. Start by glazing the onion and pepper. Once that’s done add them to the minced meat and start mixing until you get a nice blend. Add salt & pepper for seasoning. I love adding some cinnamon to minced meat as it really brings up the flavor.
2. Cut the butternut squash in small cubes and finely chop the red onion (note that the pumpkin DOES NOT taste the same way with a regular onion). Add some olive oil the pan and then proceed with the onion. After you glazed them add the pumpkin and cook them. This should take approximately 10-15 minutes. Continue by adding the rosemary and the cream. Add salt & pepper for flavor.
3. Now it’s time to get dirty and get your hands into the minced meat! Mix it with your hands and then start forming large meat balls. When you add them to the pan you can press them down a bit so they get a burger like shape. Depending on the size of your pan you will need to make them in shifts or can do it all at once
4. The large mushrooms are easy! Just just them in half, add some olive oil to the pan and cook them on both sides. It should be soft but still firm enough. If you like you can flavor with salt & pepper
5. To finish I also added a fresh salad of tomatoes and cucumber to go with the paleo burger and pumpkin.
December 4, 2013Comments
Pink & purple go together like milk & cookies. There are certain color combinations that work every single time whether it’s for a make up look, colorful ensemble or home decor. Color blocking can be fun when it comes to make up but sometimes it’s best to narrow it down to 2 fab colors that work with your complexion. This week I will show you how you can use pink & purple to create a colorful make up look.
For this make up look I used two colors: pink & purple. The XXL Eyeshadow Pencil by Wjcon (06 Barbie) gives me that bright pink I need while the Wjcon Soft Mousse Eyeshadow 07 provides an intense and long lasting purple. I started off by lining the moving eyelid with the eyeshadow pencil and then proceeded by applying the eyeshadow mousse in a c shape starting at the outer corner and then moving to the arcade bow. By applying it with my fingers I can easily blend where it’s necessary. I used an eyeliner brush to also line the lower lid with the Wjcon Mousse Eyeshadow. It works perfectly as an eyeshadow or eyeliner due to its texture.
Finish it off with the Rimmel Gel Eyeliner. What I like about this eyeliner is that the application brush is so large which works well when you have a hard time getting the straight line.
The result if a bright, colorful make up look that pops and works for any festive occasion such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve. If you find the right shade of pink & purple this look can work on anybody except for those with a very fair skin.
For my lips I used the Sleek Lip Paint Mauve Over which is a vivid pink-purple lip color that is incredibly long lasting. It’s probably one of my favorite lipsticks right now as it instantly brightens my complexion even after a rough night. This color works well with both a bright make up and a more subdued look. Hope they come up with an easier way to apply it like a brush or something because now it’s a matter of pressing to get the right amount of lip paint.
Make Up Products Used:
Miss Sporty Liquid Concealer
Wjcon XXL Eyeshadow Pencil 06 Barbie
December 4, 2013Comments (2)
In 2010 I wrote my first Bucket List inspired by the movie of the same name. The movie talks about two guys facing death who decide to write their Bucket List and make things happen. (if you haven’t seen the movie yet, please do!) It made me realize that I shouldn’t be waiting to face death to make the things I really want come true. Write it down and make it happen!
There’s something empowering about writing down your goals. Experiments among students even show that those who write down their goals and share it with friends have a higher chance of succeeding compared to those who don’t. Plus writing it down gives you something to hold on to. How many times did you have a brilliant, inspired idea just to see it fade away after some time?
Gondola Ride ✓
Since 2010 I’m happy I can check off quite a few things of my list such as riding a gondola in Venice, doing a language vacation, visit New York, drinking hot frozen chocolate at Serendipity, going to a Rihanna concert, riding a camel or start my own company. Feels good to have achieved so much in the last couple of years but I’m not stopping here. Three years have passed so it’s time for an update!
Not going to share the whole list of course, but the highlights I wish to see happen in 2014 I wrote them in the present tense and as if they have happened to empower my intentions. If you have goals you wish to see come true, write them in the same way. Detailed, in the present tense and with a deadline!
1. Buy My Apartment in Rio de Janeiro
Ever since I lived for 6 months in Rio in 2007, the cidade maravilhosa feels like a second home to me. The city, people, delicious food and happy vibe that reigns inspire me in many ways and make me a very happy person. I have to have a little piece of me here and since I love both Rotterdam and Rio de Janeiro I want to live in both places (6 months here and there).
I buy my house in Rio de Janeiro on March 2014. It’s in Botafogo with 2-3 bedrooms, min of 90m2, a bath tub and shower, balcony, roof terrace, security at the entrance of the building, in a safe area, with a beautiful view, nice & honest neighbors, a basement for bikes, with low monthly costs. I feel so lucky and excited to have a place I can call home in Rio de Janeiro!
Two weeks ago I had a crazy, inspired idea on how to raise the money to by my apartment in Rio de Janeiro. Will definitely keep you posted on this because I WILL NEED YOUR HELP!
When people ask me what I want I never say a boyfriend because I don’t see it as a ‘goal’. But in fact it is because when you want something that IS a goal. But part of me feels that I would come across as desperate, weak or lonely perhaps which makes me hide behind my career tiger ambitions and prominently display those goals instead of my sentimental life.
Self help blogger Steve Pavlina wrote about this in one of his posts (can’t remember which) as one of his readers asked him about it. When he looked at her social media profile he said he didn’t even see her wish for a boyfriend on her page. According to him there’s nothing wrong with adding that to your bio, in fact he even emphasized that the Universe, your friends and your surroundings can’t help you with that if you don’t say what you want clearly. If you put it that way it makes sense.
Not going to bore you with my long list so to quote Patti from the Millionaire Matchmaker here are my 5 non negotiables
3. Ambitious (and this is encompasses more than just work. Somebody who strives to improve all aspects in their life)
4. Good listener
5. Loves to travel
3. New York Fashion Week February 2014
Pictures of New York Fashion Week have been adorning my vision board for a whole year so time to take down these babies next year!! I want to be part of the madness in New York, see the collections first hand, talk to others passionate about fashion, promote me and my blog and get inspired by all the craziness. When I see the videos and pictures it looks so cool so I want to become part of the New York Fashion Week story.
Jeremy Scott, L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani, Lacoste, Diane Von Furstenberg, Zac Posen, Vera Wang, Diesel, Michael Kors, Betsey Johnson and Ralph Lauren are the shows I’m attending!
4. Full Time Blogger
2013 was an amazing year so far with lots of cool people, business opportunities and press trips. Must say that I was very down last year and January started with a big BANG when I got invited to Transavia Girls Flight Out. 2013 exceeded my expectations but I want more, much more. I want to become a full time blogger because once that’s a fact, the world is mine because all I’ll need is the internet I want to live six months in Rotterdam and six months in Rio and the only way I can do so is by doing what I love the most full time!
Starting 2014 I will start to blog in Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish. Might add a French youtube channel if it all works well. Why? Because I speak 6 languages fluently so I want to reach as much readers as possible in their language! I want financial freedom which to me means being able to do what I want without stressing about money.
5. Meeting Paolo Coelho & Richard Branson
Paolo Coelho has changed my life forever! His book The Alchemist emphasized the importance of following your dreams and his book ‘I sat down by the river piedra and wept’ shaped the way I make decisions. I didn’t even like the book but this part impacted my life for the better:
“Pitiful is the person who is afraid of taking risks. Perhaps this person will never be disappointed or disillusioned; perhaps she won’t suffer the way people do when they have a dream to follow. But when that person looks back – and at some point everyone looks back – she will hear her heart saying, “What have you done with the miracles that God planted in your days? What have you done with the talents God bestowed on you? You buried yourself in a cave because you were fearful of losing those talents. So this is your heritage; the certainty that you wasted your life.
Joy is sometimes a blessing, but it is often a conquest. Our magic moment help us to change and sends us off in search of our dreams. Yes, we are going to suffer, we will have difficult times, and we will experience many disappointments — but all of this is transitory it leaves no permanent mark. And one day we will look back with pride and faith at the journey we have taken.”
When I decided to go to Rio de Janeiro for 6 months, at first (before making my decision) I was petrified. The only thing I knew about Rio was all the shootings I saw on TV and people screaming that it’s a ‘very dangerous city’. Flashes of shootings & rapes would torment my head because even though it was one of my dreams to visit I was scared something bad would happen. Then I thought about the passage in the book. Did I want to look back at 80 years old regretting not going or take a risk and maybe, maybe discover that Rio is in fact a marvelous city? I didn’t want to live to regret so I took a risk and went. And it was the best decision ever
Sometimes when we’re afraid it’s an indication that we’re stepping out of our comfort zone and not necessarily that what we’re trying to do is bad for us. When I get afraid with something Paulo Coelho’s words always pop into my head and I fast forward 50 years and see myself as a grandma looking at my current situation. My granny self always says ‘just do it!’
Who wouldn’t want to meet Richard Branson? Although I’ve known who he was all my life my respect and admiration for him grew when I read his biography ‘Losing My Virginity: How I’ve Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way‘. As an inspiring entrepreneur there’s so much I admire about Richard: his human side, his eternal joy, his creativity and the fact that he simply does what he enjoys and is darn good at it Nowadays we feel that success is an overnight success but it took Richard about 11-12 years before he was making steady profit. And here I was beating myself up because things weren’t going ‘fast enough’.
I see him as my ‘business coach’ because after reading his book it gave me the input and inspiration I needed when I was doubting. Don’t know any successful entrepreneurs so it’s hard to get advice when I don’t know what to do. His book gives insight into the journey and highs and lows of an entrepreneur. It’s not always glamour and glitter but a lot of hard work, patience and finding the right people to work with. I will meet both Paulo Coelho and Richard Branson in 2014!
What is on your bucket list? Share by commenting below!
December 4, 2013Comments
As I was browsing through Instagram I was excited to see Kim Kardashian’s yellow coat. It looks exactly like the C&A Frans Molenaar yellow jacket I wore here Colorful coats are definitely spot on trend and mustard yellow is one of those colors that have become a signature style once Fall Winter hits.