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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Outfit Post: Gray Pencil Dress

This is such an easy shift dress from Zara. It's so comfortable, I could say it just like a sweatpants, only in a dress form. ;-) Since I'm tall, it's hard to find a dress or skirt that it is long enough so that my knees are half covered. This dress is classic enough to wear to the office, but still has a young feeling because of the fabric. Worn with shoes from Dune.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

World Economic Forum: Inspiring Quotes from Davos 2014

When I read this column in the weekend edition of the Financial Times, I wanted to know more about Davos. Scrolling through the website, I really got inspired. They posted a slide show of some of the most inspiring quotes of Davos 2014.

Here are some of my favorites:

PS: you probably can aspect more on Davos on my blog in the future!


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Article to Read: How to Dress for Davos

I think my Sunday mornings are perfect with a bread roll or croissant out of the oven, Nespresso coffee and newspapers. Last Sunday I read this column by Mrs. Moneypenny in the Financial Times and I really liked her way of writing.
After reading the article I looked her up on the internet and she wrote a bunch of helpful books! I'm curious about Mrs Moneypenny's Careers Advice for Ambitious Women. Have you read it?

You can read the whole column online here.


Monday, January 27, 2014

Winter blues; How to Avoid It

The other day my brother and I were talking about that he didn't felt like himself lately and that he didn't feel like doing much after work. I told him he might suffer from the 'Winter blues'. Of course I said this with a smile, I'm not his doctor! But this kind of blues is easy to catch. Especially when you live alone. It's really cold outside (not to mention Polar Vortex), the days are short and it gets dark soon, the holidays are over and spring is nowhere to be seen for a long time yet.

Here are some tips to go through the winter and beating the winter blues:

  • Go out: I know it's easier to go home straight from work and stay inside  instead of some after work drinks. But you'll feel better after meeting up with friends instead of another night at home under your blanket.
  • Have plenty of sleep: and this should be an easy one! This so you'll be energized the next day to do more stuff that'll keep you busy. Without  enough sleep you easily catch the 'I don't want to do anything mode'.
  • Try out a new restaurant: trying out a new place sounds more exciting than your go to restaurants and gets you more excited to put on your coat and gloves.
  • Ask your friends to come over: is everyone too cold to go out and walk from bar to bar? Why not throw a little dinner or party at your own home?
  • Try to get some sunlight: it's dark when I'll leave for work and it's dark when I'll arrive at home. I think almost everyone deals with this during this time of the year. Go for a walk on your lunch break (even just for 15 minutes!), go to the Farmer's Market on Saturday and go for a run in the park on Sunday. Natural sunlight makes you happy!
  • Stay warm: and look great in your winter outfit! You can find some inspiration here.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Outfit Post: Pleated Midi Skirt

 Midi skirts are really in right now and perfect autumn/winter alternative to the mini summer skirt. This pleated skirt from Zara is a statement on its own, so I worn it with a natural sweater from Zara. Patent, pointy heels from Dune.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Inspired By The Wolf of Wall Street

Last Saturday a friend and I went to see The Wolf of Wall Street. And really, what a good movie! Besides looking at Leo for three hours, I must say that the  actors where great and the storyline just awed me. This really happened. With some scenes I covered my mouth with my hands because I was so disgusted. But besides all the drugs, the partying & betraying, he did built a huge firm. He was really good at what he did and he started his own company when he was just in his early twenties!

Before the movie came out I read some articles on Jordan Belfort. Now after seeing the movie I'm inspired to read even more about him and even buy the book?

Here are some articles on The Wolf of Wall Street:

When Greed Was Good (and Fun) on The New York Times

The Wild, Brilliant “Wolf of Wall Street” on The New Yorker

Jordan Belfort: The real Wolf of Wall Street and the men who brought him down on The Independent

Entrepreneurial Lessons From ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ on The New York Times

The Lasting Power of “The Wolf of Wall Street” on The New Yorker

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Article To Read: How to Prepare for a Job Interview

Preparing might be half the work that get's into a job interview. Besides the way to dress the part, talk the part, which questions to ask and know which ones to receive... my head can tumble just to think about interviews and everything that comes with it along.
I found this great article on LinkedIn and I shared it with my connections. Hope it can help you for your next interview!

"When you're on a job search, time takes on a strange quality. Afternoons spent searching for suitable job openings can feel like eternity, but somehow the first of the month, when the bills are due, seems to come around awfully quickly.

When you get a job interview, it's a big occasion. You can say to yourself "It's no big deal, it's just another job interview" but it's hard to keep your cool as the big day approaches.

You want to believe that any given interview doesn't matter all that much, but your bank account is shrinking. Wouldn't it be wonderful if this were the job you've been waiting for, and wouldn't it be fabulous and life-saving to get the offer?

No wonder people tense up before job interviews. When you need a job, every interview feels like a chance at salvation." Read more...

Writer: Liz Ryan
Original Article

Monday, January 20, 2014

How To Reload From A Short Night

Whether you went out last night, studied half the night or suffer from loud neighbors (like me), we all have been there; short nights.
I'm not good dealing with short nights, I really need my 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Last Thursday to Friday night I nearly slept, I think I slept only 2-3 hours. That's insane! I woke up with bags under my eyes and I really never have those...
During the day I felt not like myself at all. I felt sick, had a headache during the day and my energy was nowhere to be found. It was really hard to do everything at work at my normal pace and still keep my upbeat personality and not turn into a grumpy girl who had lack of sleep. ;-)
 So... How reload from a short night:

  • Start the day fresh by taking a shower (obviously...), I feel so much more energized already when I had my morning shower.
  • I have said it before and I'll say it again: eat breakfast. It really will start your motor and provides instant energy. Think of fresh fruit, some healthy grains like granola or spelt bread and protein from yoghurt or an egg.
  • Take your coffee. Duh! But relax on this one. You don't want to get shaky, be extra tired tonight or worse: rely on caffeine.
  • Stay hydrated! Nothing can take energy from you faster or make you feel tired than not enough of H20.
  • Take some fresh air. Normally in my lunch break from work I'll go to the gym to get a quick work out. But last Friday I felt so miserable, I opted to go outside for a walk instead. The cold wind cleared my mind and helped to ease my headache.
  • Go to bed early a few nights in a row. One extra night to 'catch up on sleep' won't do the trick. This article debates if it's possible to catch up on sleep on the weekend if you had short nights during the week.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Article To Read: Break Your Routine in 2014

I don't do or have any New Year's resolutions, but I liked reading this article I found on LinkedIn. The headlines are from the author Bruce Kasanoff and the quotes are from Ben Heine, a Belgium artist who came up with the Pencil vs Camera series.
The quotes will bring a nice perspective to the headlines and maybe will bring you some inspiration of your own for how to break out of your normal routine:

  • Perseverance is more important than talent
  • Big ideas come from little details
  • One quality can set your idea above others
  • Compete against yourself, not others
  • Never stop learning

Do you have any New Year's resolutions? Do you have a routine you want to break out of?

Original article: Break Your Routine in 2014
By: Bruce Kasanoff

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bordeaux Colored Dress

Or the brand calls it "cabernet wine", but I love this little A-line dress. I thought it was perfect for winter season and brings out the color in my face because I have such white skin and blond hair.

 Dress: Vanilia
Shoes: DKNY

Monday, January 13, 2014

Article To Read: The Financial Benefits of Being Beautiful

This weekend I came across this article on The Atlantic and they discuss how beauty can help people and their companies financially. Ralph Waldo Emerson says: A raft of new research suggests not only that good-looking CEOs are paid more handsomely, but also that they're actually better for their companies in surprising ways.

According to Joseph T. Halford and Hung-Chia Hsu, more attractive CEO's have more value for shareholders through better negotiating prowess and visibility. "When better-looking execs appear on TV, their stock gets an exaggerated bump. Comely CEOs also snag better terms in mergers with other companies."

Daniel Hamermesh says the top third of attractive men earn 4 percent more than intellectually similar (but average-looking) men. The ugliest guys make 13 percent less. For the typical worker, that would add up to $230,000 "beauty premium" over a career.

"Making decisions is hard, and we often rely on our first impressions. Some people look trust-worthy, and some people look like crooks. Some people look like they can be president, and some people are Dennis Kucinich. Cute students are rated as smarter than uglier students, older-looking people seem more mature, and taller people seem more authoritative. The economics benefits of height (particularly for men) are so widely established that the Harvard economist Greg Mankiw once cheekily suggested a Tallness Tax to level the playing field."

Have you ever heard of the "beauty premium"? What did you think of this research?
Let's discuss!

Original article: The Financial Benefits of Being Beautiful
By: Derek Thompson

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Winter Outfit Ideas For The Office

While it's still unusual warm here in the Netherlands for the time of the year, it's getting colder and colder. I got shivers looking at my Instagram feed filled with pictures from New Yorker's wrapped in layers and inches of snow.
It can get really cold in my office so wearing long sleeves, scarfs and layers is essential.

Here is some of my fashion inspiration I can wear in the office during this cold winter.
While it's still unusual warm here in the Netherlands for the time of the year, it's getting colder and colder. I got shivers looking at my Instagram feed filled with pictures from New Yorker's wrapped in layers and inches of snow.
It can get really cold in my office so wearing long sleeves, scarfs and layers is essential.

Here is some of my fashion inspiration I can wear in the office during this cold winter:

Bordeaux jacket with tartan scarf
Huge tartan fan, bought my first tartan pant the other day
Preppy perfection by Blair Eadie of Atlantic Pacific.
 Full gray skirt and lacey blouse. I've both pieces similar like that.
grey story
Gray on gray!
Victoria Beckham
Nude & bordeaux

olive green trousers
For when I'm in the mood to wear more color.
leather pencil skirt // green sweater // winter style
Leather pencil skirt and green sweater

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Monday, January 6, 2014

First Day Back to Work

Today was my first day back to work and I must say, it was tough. I wore a new black dress and heels. Wearing a great outfit sure does help. In the morning I walked in the office and there was only one other person at my department. I like starting early so that I'll have a quiet start. When I saw my desk full of mail and my inbox full with thick black letters, I felt a bit overwhelmed.

Here's hot to get through the first day back to the grind:

  • Have breakfast. I didn't start my breakfast until 9:30, big mistake.
  • It's OK to have some small talk with your colleagues and wish everyone a Happy New Year. After a two week holiday I needed to settle down for a few minutes and this helped.
  • Go through your e-mail one by one. First I scanned by inbox. A few emails were to wish people a Merry Christmas or HNY, so those were dated. Are there lots of emails being marked as high? Check some of them first. Scanning the subjects helps a lot. Sometimes I read an e-mail and if I can't take action immediately, I close and select as not read so I can look into it later.
  • Start from the bottom and work your way to the newest e-mail. But, e-mails received this morning or while at work, are worth reading along the go.
  • Take your calls. I received calls early in the morning and I had to think really hard to recover what the subject is about. I'm lucky that I have a good business relationship with many of the people I deal with on a daily basis that aren't my coworkers. It were the holidays, they will understand that you have to look through your emails first before you have an answer ready.
  • When I worked through my emails and marked them as unread or categorized them, I make a little plan and go from there.
  • Breathe. You're not much of use if you're totally stressful the very first days after your holiday. A call, an email, a meeting, everything can interrupt your plan. Don't worry and relax. Sometimes I have to remind myself to take a little break and have a cup of tea.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Last Day Of My Holidays

After a two-week Christmas and New Year holiday, I'll go back to work tomorrow. And I'm actually not dreading it! I'm kind of looking forward to be productive again and feel good about it. Yesterday I threw away my Christmas tree and stalled away all my ornaments. This definitely feels like the end of Christmas...
I spent a lovely holiday with my friends and family. I did chores in my new apartment, had plenty of drinks and lunches with friends, and I had one of the best NYE's in years. During the day I would hang in my pajamas watch movies, write on my blog and read in my current book: Daring Greatly.
I feel so relaxed! But still, this is my last day before I go back to work and maybe also for you (or it's just your normal Sunday). This is how I will spend it:

  • clean the floors: nothing beats a clean house before going back to work.
  • take a bath and read Cosmopolitan: super relaxing and leave the iPhone out of the bathroom. My skin feels like a baby afterwards; :)
  • watch a movie during the day and drink hot coco in my pajamas (see picture);
  • giving myself a manicure: one of my favorite Sunday rituals;
  • pick an outfit to wear for Monday: saves me time in the morning;
  • read some more: because I have actually no time during the day to read. Ever. ;-)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Perfect little leather beauty bag by @donnakarandkny for in my work bag with all the daily make-up essentials… ;-)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Year's Eve

Today was a busy day filled with chores in my new apartment. My dad and stepmom came and helped hanging up lights, a mirror, some art and more drilling work ;-).

My NYE was really great spent with my BFF Lindsey. We first had some drinks, champagne and bites at my apartment, before we headed out for the night for and amazing glamorous party at the Cruise Terminal in Rotterdam.








Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013: Looking Back

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a joyful and safe NYE! Yesterday I didn’t have the chance to post a little roundup of 2013, but made a little Instagram video instead.

Here are some of my most memorable events.
In 2013 I:

started a new Communication Study;
Sunday: study-, relax-, and tea day!

was surprised on Valentine’s Day;

spent evenings like this;
Sunday: good company <3, red wine, new SHAPE magazine and stuff to read for work. Happy Sunday!! (bij Home)
Perfect way to start the weekend: good company, wine and new traveling books. PS: the snacks didn’t make the picture, we were hungry.

drank cocktails with my girlfriends;
Tasting new cocktails with girls!

relaxed on deck of the Steamship Rotterdam;
Relaxing with a view… (bij SS Rotterdam)

had one of the best fish dishes ever;

celebrated my 25th birthday;
High Tea, champagne & my family. Perfect way to spent my 25th birthday in the afternoon.
More food & drinks at yesterday’s birthday dinner. So.much.food.

visited Paris;
The Eiffel Tower in the rain.  (bij Place du Trocadéro)

Breakfast in Paris!

The Lovely Louvre  (bij Musée du Louvre)

moved to a new, bigger, better and safer apartment;
How many blondes does it take to build a couch? Thanks @sweet_linny!

Lovely street in my neighborhood.  (bij Heemraadsingel)

In 2014 I have a lot of new things in mind for the blog and hope to graduate! More on that later!

Here’s to a great 2014, make it YOUR year!

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