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Thursday, October 31, 2013

It’s Halloween! So of course I opened this bag of Candy Corn…


Beautiful sunrise this morning. Almost scary! Happy All Hallows’ Eve! #nofilter


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Lunch break reading material.


Monday, October 28, 2013

More food & drinks at yesterday’s birthday dinner. So.much.food.


Sunday, October 27, 2013

High Tea, champagne & my family. Perfect way to spent my 25th birthday in the afternoon.


Champagne before tea! (bij Hotel New York)


It's My Birthday!


Today marks my 25th birthday. Yesterday I celebrated my new year by going out, dancing and enjoying some cocktails. Today I’ll go out for breakfast, High Tea and dinner. All with people I’m so close to.

I’m really excited for my 25th year. It will start off with a weekend in Paris next weekend, so it couldn’t start any better way.

Some other Scorpios that I admire:
Hillary Clinton, Bill Gates, Anna Wintour, Kelly Osbourne (same day), Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, Whoopi Goldberg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kelly Cutrone, Alexa Chung.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Our favorite cocktails on my birthday! (bij Blender)


New Year’s Eve




Quick pic I took when I came home last night.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Article Worth Reading - Four Executives on Succeeding in Business as a Woman

I came along this article last week on the The New York Times and found it very inspirational. Four female executives tell their stories about becoming a leader and their experience as a woman in the office.

A few tips I found very useful:

Don’t cry in the office: from Lisa Price
"However, when you’re speaking to your boss or your manager about an issue, and you’re feeling overwhelmed, crying is not a good thing to do, because you don’t necessarily know how it’s being perceived by the person to whom you’re speaking. I know from personal experience that the stigma never goes away. And you are enforcing a stereotype, unfortunately, that women are weak, and they’re not as tough as men."

What to do when you’re not introduced: from Marjorie Kaplan
"First of all, if it happens to you, remember it, because you will have the opportunity to make sure it doesn’t happen to somebody else. The other is to arm yourself before it happens, so that you’re ready to walk into that room and insist on the introduction. When it happened to me, I was floored, because I did not grow up in a world like that. Knowing that it could happen, be ready for it. Make sure you’re introduced. Do what a guy would do automatically. The third thing is to address it after the fact. It’s O.K. to go to the person who should have introduced you and say: “I did not feel comfortable about this. I’d like to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”"

How do you handle it when you pick up bad signals: from Doreen Lorenzo
"Some people will start picking up their phones and not paying attention to you. That’s very common. What you have to do is just engage with the person at the top immediately. If you look somebody in the eye, it’s really hard for them to dart side-to-side. So I’ll use an icebreaker — about their family, what they like to do outside of work — and I’ll engage them on that level. It’s not catching them off-guard; it’s engaging them at a human level as opposed to the bravado side that often comes with work."

Have your voice heard: from Doreen Lorenzo
"There’s a lot of talking about being able to have their voices heard in a room where there are a lot of strong males. If you’re treated like a secretary, what can you do? What are the steps you can take? Part of it is saying: “We’re going to end the conversation now until you listen to me. If you can’t listen to different opinions, we shouldn’t be having this meeting.”"

Read the full article here.

Article by Adam Bryant from the Corner Office


Coffee break selfie! ;-) How pretty is that bathroom wallpaper?! (bij The Manhattan Hotel)


Sunday, October 20, 2013

After two years I’m visiting Paris again in two weeks! Looking through my books to get into the mood. I’m so excited! 😃🇫🇷🍷

Study time (and Instagram break)!


Saturday, October 19, 2013

A mystic evening it is…


Having a cup of hot coco in my @tiffanyandco mug & some reading in my new book while it’s raining outside. #Saturday!


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Shot from yesterday’s boat ride on the Amstel in Amsterdam… (bij Amsterdam)


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

For work on a boat through the canals of Amsterdam. Can’t complain. (bij Amsterdam)


Monday, October 14, 2013

A quick selfie after ballet in my leotard! :P (bij SKVR Rdam Centrum)


Park in autumn with chestnuts on the ground. (bij Van Oldenbarneveltplaats)


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Rainy Sunday Morning


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Late night red wine. (bij Wijnbar Het Eigendom)


Friday, October 11, 2013

Dessert to share and prosecco. Happy weekend! (bij Hotel New York)


Thursday, October 10, 2013

It's October!

And that means my birthday is just around the corner!
I’m already in the midst of planning my birthday, almost from our to our, so that means I’m taking my birthday very seriously. Heck, I’m turning 25 this month!

Happy October! Any plans?

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Perfect way to unwind with The Guy and to talk about our days. Happy the days are getting colder again. <3


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Early evening subway tracks.


Sunday, October 6, 2013

High Tea with a lot of ladies! (bij Kitsch en Kunst aan de Rotte)


Ahh… Those lazy Sunday’s with a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. (bij Starbucks)


Friday, October 4, 2013

Friday night: a friend, some drinks & snacks. Now I can relax… (bij 1NUL8)


Thursday, October 3, 2013

I just can’t get enough of you

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