Moccachino & New Sunnies in Paris.

Waking up with a view of La Tour Eiffel, musée du Louvre and Pont de Arcs. Reading French philosophers in a crisp, white hotel bed. Having a delicious petit déjeuner with some fresh croissants, strawberries and orange juice, while applying your favorite face mask for some well-needed me-time. I guess there is not a lot more one can wish for. If you haven't read my previous blogpost, yes I am in Paris currently. Yesterday was my first full day in this beautiful city and it was lovely.
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Bonjour Paris!

After 3 hours of sleep, a 2,5 hour delay on a flight that only lasted 50 minutes and the stress of deadlines and exams, I can finally say I arrived in Paris. Au revoir Pays-Bas, bonjour Paris! You can't imagine how happy I am to be back here. And don't get me started on the appartment I'm staying at... The Louvre is literally our backyard and we can see the Eiffel Tower from our window, how magical! It gets better though. I actually had one of the loveliest dinners as well at a vegetarian Italian restaurant. Everything was so yummy and tasty, I literally ate until my stomach exploded, haha!
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PERSONAL | My Life Lessons of 2016.

2016. Only 4 numbers that symbolize every second, every emotion and every memory I feel and have felt this past year. Only 4 numbers, yet so difficult to grasp its core. Only 4 numbers, yet they cause an infinite amount of thoughts. One of the main thoughts I have when looking back is how much I've like realized stuff about myself, my life and my choices. I guess Kylie was right in the end after all. Last year, I wanted to substract the pure essence of I. Instead of focusing on the effects, I wanted to understand the cause of my deeds. I discovered so many layers of myself I didn't even know I had. And I did all that to be able to know who I am, what I needed to do and how I could avoid making the same, painful mistakes I've made in the past. Instead of trying to understand others, I realized I didn't even understand myself. And how can one help another if one doesn't know how to help him or herself first? So that's what I did: 2016 was a year of self-realization, self-reflexion and self-recognizing. Who am I? Why do I do this? How come I feel the same emotions over and over again, only in different situations? Those questions guided me to the place I am right now. The answers I was searching for were not to be found in others or in circumstances, but only in my own mind. I've realized that life isn't a vicious circle like I thought before - it's too random for that. However, in the end, everything in life can be reduced to thesis, antithesis and synthesis. Life is constantly opposing, unifying and becoming something else. And you can't have any control over it. The only control you have is over your own choices.
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The Goals I Did And Didn’t Achieve in 2016 + My New Personal …

It's that time of the year again. New year, new me? Hope I didn't make your inner hipster cringe. However, I feel like new year's resolutions aren't all that bad. I feel like it's actually very healthy and important to set some goals for yourself at the beginning of the year. So I want to talk about not only my personal goals for 2017, but also about the goals I did and especially didn't achieve in 2016. It's important to acknowledge what you still want to achieve (what most people do), what you've already achieved, and, maybe most importantly, what you didn't achieve. In my opinion, these things are inevitable. I personally feel like people change constantly. There's only one constant in life; and that's that nothing is constant. Looking back at your life and see how much you've changed and have grown as a person is essential for setting new goals you want to achieve. So that's what I'm going to do today: exactly 365 days later I'm going to give you a recap of my failures, success and dreams this last year.
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PERSONAL | Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Graduation

I'm proud. To be honest, I don't think I've ever been so proud of myself as I am right now. I can certainly say this is the proudest achievement of my life: receiving my Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree. 3 years ago, I moved from a small town near Amsterdam to Groningen to study law at the University of Groningen. I was an insecure girl, scared of leaving everything behind and starting in a city far away from home and my friends.
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