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Sunday, March 31, 2013





All is pink and red with #Easter.

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Happy Chocolatefest! #Easter

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My wake up call? A text from my dad and a visit in the guest bedroom from the dog. #HappyEaster!

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Saturday, March 30, 2013





Scene of Saturday at dad’s place.

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All I can see is green. #easterweekend #notinmycityanymore

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First #coffee of the day! Stopped by @Starbucks while waiting for the train.

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Leaving for Easter!

I so needed this four day weekend because I’m so so tired. Yesterday I spent my free Friday cleaning, running errands and cooking for my BBF and we had lots of prosecco to join us.



Now I’m reading to leave to my dad’s place to celebrate Easter with family. Lots of food, dog walking, catching up, but mostly; relaxing! Can’t wait to leave the city for a couple of days to unwind…



Happy Easter weekend!!



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Ready for some #Easter #traveling! #outfit #todayImwearing

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Friday, March 29, 2013





#Spaghetti a la Willemijn.

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Celebrating #GoodFriday with Prosecco and snacks!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013





Say it with a cookie! #food #cookielove

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Almost there! #mailbox

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Reblogged: Are You A City Girl?

Loved this post from nyc PR girls and I thought it would be fun to reblog.


Many of you may be deciding what to do with yourselves after graduation (getting to be that time!), or maybe you graduated recently and are still living close to home, not quite sure where to go from here. You may be thinking that moving “to the big city,” whether that’s New York, Denver, San Fran or Miami, might be the answer to your confusion. But how do you know if going urban is right for you? image


I knew I wanted to be in New York from a very, very young age. I grew up practicing ballet, so in my head the natural place for me to go was New York. When my dreams edited themselves and I decided I wanted to be in writing and business, New York still seemed the natural place for me to go to get my start. I always wondered how others find themselves in the city, since the path to Manhattan was always somewhat clear to me.


Many of us may define ourselves as “city girls” (or guys), but what does this really mean? If you’re debating whether or not you belong in the Big Apple or any large metropolis, here are a few hints that the concrete jungle might be for you:


  • You can appreciate the run-down, nitty-gritty areas of life as much as the grand, beautiful architecture from years past

  • You are spontaneous by nature, ready to go from Starbucks and a run in the park to a meeting in midtown to a middle eastern dive bar in a back alley

  • You love to walk, everywhere

  • You don’t mind talking to strangers – actually, you kind of love it

  • If you’re naturally shy, you’re looking to get out of your comfort zone and embrace a loud lifestyle

  • If you’re a germaphobe, you’re ready to overcome your fears and shake about 1,000 hands a day (and bathe in hand sanitizer)

  • You understand that city girl does NOT mean your life could be on the E! network (but you kind of still judge others’ fashion like you’re on Project Runway)

  • You have an appreciation for the arts – whether it’s the ballet or drums with a paint can

  • You like feeling anonymous one moment, but also love going where everyone knows your name (aka – the bodega down the street)

  • Early mornings, late nights and fast days are appealing

  • You would give up personal space to be a part of something bigger than yourself

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Saturday, March 23, 2013



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Monday, March 18, 2013





New purple orchid for my mostly white living room. #orchid #home #flowers

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Sunday, March 17, 2013





Lunch: #GFbread with 1/4 #avocado, sea salt and cayenne pepper. #GF #eatclean

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel

Maya Angelou (via dknyprgirl)
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Breakfast: #GF oatmeal with 1/2 apple, mixed nuts, flax seed & dates spread for sweetness. #eatclean #food #healthy #GlutenFree

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Friday, March 8, 2013





Girlfriends!

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Reblogged: Living Well: Leaving A Negative Situation




Reblogged via theeverygirl.com


No matter how great an opportunity may be in the beginning, there often comes a time when we must pursue a new path in order to evolve and become our best self.


Sometimes those transitions are peaceful and easy to make. Other times, especially in negative situations, departure can be difficult. Emotions may be high, we may feel stuck, or maybe we are a little bit afraid that by leaving the current situation we might be worse off in the future.


For me, relationships and careers in particular are the most challenging to end. Figuring out if I should leave and then how to do it has not come easily. But I have learned a few tools which have made ending a longterm, live-in relationship and closing my fourteen year old company as peaceful and positive as possible.


The first thing for each of these situations that I needed to do was determine whether ending was the right course of action.


When it came to the relationship, I spent a lot of weekend afternoons on long walks contemplating the greater purpose of the time we spent together. I recognized the good that it had served in my life and our growth as people. By deeply honoring the positive aspects of the relationship, I could then allow myself to recognize the not-so-great parts of the relationship which would not serve either of us well in the longterm. I could see the positive from the past as well as the positive that would come for us both in the future.


As for ending my career as a designer, I used this simple question to guide my decision: Would I feel more “me” by staying or leaving the situation?


After asking myself this question I immediately knew that the ability to serve others full-time with business, life, and home consulting allowed me to use my strengths most effectively. It would also quite simply bring me more joy than staying where I was.


Sure, there were lots of doubts about whether my other business pursuits would pay the bills the way the company had in the past, similar to how someone might feel at a salaried job. But the question regarding which career path left me feeling more authentic allowed me to push past my limiting beliefs and go after what I truly wanted.


It allowed me to listen to my intuition instead of my ego’s fears.


Once I had made up my mind about each of these situations, I then had to decide how to end them.


For both the relationship and business, honesty and service were essential.


The break up was eventually a difficult, but mutual decision. After many candid conversations about what we most wanted in our futures, we agreed that being apart was best for us both. Had the ending not been mutual, I still believe that by telling the truth I was ultimately doing the most good for us both.


Once we made the decision to separate we also made a commitment to honor one another as individuals after the break up as much as we had during our relationship. We didn’t remain close over the years since, but we still hold one another in high regard and respect each other and our time together.


It certainly wasn’t the easiest thing to do, but it was the best way to find closure and prepare for my future relationships.


Likewise, closing the business required an honest approach.


Once I was ready to close and had an end date in mind, I needed to alert my customers about the situation. I knew our core customers would be disappointed and sad when the heard the news. But by honestly sharing my reason for closing the shop and my plans for the future of my career, people understood that it was truly in my best interest to move forward.


And though I would have preferred to mentally check out during the last few weeks of the business, I did my best to continue to serve and be as present as I could up until the closing day. I had put a lot of time and effort into that company and I wanted to end strong, rather than throw in the towel at the finish.


Though every situation will vary, I believe that these principles of respect, authenticity, and service can bring the most closure and peace in difficult circumstances.


Four things to consider:
1. Honor the good that has come from the situation as well as the good that can come from evolving in a new direction.
2. Seek the outcome that allows you to feel most authentic.
3. Share your decision honestly and respectfully.
4. Give your best effort as you prepare to leave.



Living Well Columnist:
Jess Livel
Feature Image Via:
Jessica Fairchild


Original post: http://theeverygirl.com/feature/living-well-leaving-a-negative-situation/
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Outfit Post - Striped Office Dress

My new gray and black office dress from Vanilia!
It’s from the new spring collection, but I think this dress pairs great with black hosiery and some high DKNY pumps so I can wear it when the weather is still chilly!



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Sunday, March 3, 2013





Sunday: good company <3, red wine, new SHAPE magazine and stuff to read for work. Happy Sunday!! (bij Home)

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Saturday, March 2, 2013





Irish coffee and a Dutch tompouce. #notpaleo but so good and totally worth it!

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Duck with cherries and sweet potato mash. Very #paleo!

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Friday, March 1, 2013





Cheese fondue for two! #Friday #food #tgif

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Happy weekend! #prosecco #SomethingToCelebrate #TGIF

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