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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Prepping for our NYE party before we go out to the Cruise Terminal party! Happy New Year everyone!


Some of my favorite moments of 2013!


For all of my thoughts that pop up any time of the day.


Monday, December 30, 2013

Article To Read: The Real Reason Twentysomething Women Are Worried

When I read this article on nymag.com a couple of days ago I thought “this is exactly what I’m going through right now”. This article is about my live! It’s about being young and having a career, but also wanting to ‘have it all’ by getting married and having a baby some day.

In the article:

"Most of us aren’t scrambling to lock down boyfriends by age 25 — we’re busy building our careers. These days college women tell reporters that they prefer hookups because being coupled up too young interferes with your professional trajectory. Early marriage is good for men, who do better at work and report higher satisfaction if they get hitched in their mid-twenties. That isn’t the case for women, who earn more if they marry later and for whom marital status plays a smaller role in determining their happiness. There’s a reason many women put  ”marriage/first kid” in the early thirties section of their timeline: They know they’ll need their twenties to maximize their career prospects and self-exploration because there’s a good chance that after they have kids, these things will fall by the wayside.

What are your thoughts on this?

Source: The Real Reason Twentysomething Women Are Worried by Ann Friedman


Some wine before our pizza date. ;-) ❤️🍕


Well deserved cup of coffee after my workout. ;-)


Sunday, December 29, 2013

New Year's Eve Beauty Looks

I hope everyone had a great holiday and enjoyed Christmas! On Christmas Day I went to my dad and stepmom in The Hague and my brother also joined. On Second Christmas Day (Boxing day in the Netherlands), I visited my mom and stepdad with my brother up north.
I’m a bit bummed Christmas is already over for this year. I still have The Holiday on my DVR which I will watch for the 100th time to stay in the Christmas spirit for a couple of more days.

But… this means it’s almost New Year’s Eve! I’m going to throw a NYE party at my apartment and then we’ll go to a big fancy party with a skyline few and lots of fireworks!
I rounded up a few beauty looks for inspiration of the big day!

Cheers! e the top knot, red lips + nails (photo by Bess Friday for Matchbook)


gold nails

{ Pink pout }

New Years Eve glitter eyeliner...

Perfect makeup for the holidays

Milani Red Sparkle

I’ll definitely rock some red lip on NYE!

Picture source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7


Ahh, I finally have time to read the weekend edition of the Financial Times. Complimented by some hot coco! Enjoy your Sunday!


Friday, December 27, 2013

I don’t take a lot of pictures of my cat, but look at her cute little face! Happy cat, happy boss.


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas table set by my mom!


Some more Christmas traveling! And something to read I bought on the station. ;-)


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas to you and yours!


Christmas snacks! And wine of course. ;-)


Home baked Christmas cookies. Very proud of myself!


Christmas travels is powered by @Starbucks!


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Christmas Eve everyone!


Monday, December 23, 2013

Lovely street in my neighborhood. (bij Heemraadsingel)


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Saturdaynight yum.


Friday, December 20, 2013

Drinks with colleagues before our Christmas holiday!


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gift Guide For The Office Girl

Need inspiration what to give for Secret Santa to your lovely colleague? Have a girlfriend who works at an office? Or do you want to put something on you wish list yourself?

See below my ultimate Holiday Gift Guide For The Office Girl!

1. My recently purchased Lo & Sons bag; The Brookline. The perfect day to day work bag which will keep you organized.
2. Not a day goes by without red polish on my nails. Shearling Darling by Essie is a great red winter color.
3. For her business cards, wallet by Kate Spade New York
4. iPhone case for motivation by The Everygirl.
5. Monogrammed mug for her tea by Anthropologie, love this mug. Only person with the ‘W’ as an initial.
6. As I wash my hands often at the office, I need a good hand cream. By Kiehl’s.
7. When your calls on your iPhone can take forever, it’s nice to have a break with this retro handset .
8. For all of her thoughts… Or just to look pretty during a meeting! Notebook by Smythson.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Smile, there’s wine. My mantra! ;-)


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Do Busy Colleagues Make You Stressful?

I recently read an article on WSJ about secondhand stress from busy colleagues. How does that work?



  • Rushing from meeting to meeting, always walking fast and immediately responding to email might make them look important;

  • Colleagues might think: “maybe I should be doing that, too, or maybe my stuff isn’t as important as his, or maybe he’ll be irritable if I interrupt.” ;

  •  Busy colleagues can make others feel uncomfortable;

What can you do about it?

  • If you have a busy colleague say they’re not fully in the conversation if their pace and volume goes up;

  • Take a few deep breaths and lower your voice and pace;

  • Listen during meetings. Avoid looking at your cell phone or laptop so you have to ask if you colleague could repeat what he or she just said;

  • Don’t go in overdrive when you have a new challenge or are promoted. The productivity of the entire team can co down;

Set realistic goals you can achieve each day or week. Don’t take everything as urgent. Ask yourself: what is really urgent and important?  Look at the bigger picture.

Full article

Monday, December 16, 2013

Cooking & wine


A quick selfie before my work out on my lunch break!


Sunday, December 15, 2013

A little DIY this Sunday…


My Christmas Tree!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Selfie while lunch break shopping. New @officialzara winter coat, @michaelkors bag & @timberland booties. (bij Zara)


Monday, December 9, 2013

I keep tracking my package! So excited for my @loandsons bag to arrive!


Sunday, December 8, 2013

First meal in my new apartment. Feast!


How many blondes does it take to build a couch? Thanks @sweet_linny!


Breakfast for two


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Yes, I drove this car!!


Friday, December 6, 2013

#Christmas cheer, courtesy of the Manhattan hotel. (bij The Manhattan Hotel)


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

I once got this tool box from my dad when I was around 7/8 to play with. I loved screws, nails, screwdrivers and hammers. Lol! Now I actually know how to use them. Kind of. ;-)


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Little souvenir from Paris. ☺️


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

And so it begins!! Hope I have enough boxes for my clothes and books…


Saturday, November 23, 2013

New Gym Outfit!


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Last night smiles.


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Tonight! #beatloverz #Rotterdam


Rotterdam Gotham city. (bij Busstation Rotterdam Centraal)


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Twirling objects projecting these images on a wall. Brilliant contemporary art in Paris. (bij Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris)


Monday, November 11, 2013

11:11 11-11!


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sunday morning: Nespresso, apple pie oatmeal & the financial newspaper and magazines.


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Perfect first weekend after Paris: cheese fondue with my BFF.


Saturday afternoon activities in a park in my new neighborhood. (bij China Town)

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