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New Monday - new week!
This might as well become a bit of a stressful week with focus on my health.. At the same time I don't know how the week will end up looking like. Why? Let me tell you.

Today I woke up after a sleepless night. I felt it yesterday evening already and told that to my boyfriend when we were laying in bed. Unfortunately I was right and I hardly slept. By 8am I had started working though. Stuff needs to get done before I need to go see the doctor at 12.30pm today. We will discuss my stress related complaints and see how to go on when it comes to work the coming weeks. I haven't been to the office for around 3 weeks now and have been working from home to reduce the stress. It's going so-so. I'll better bring some tissues with me...;) After that I have a phone meeting on my way home.
Tuesday will depend on what we discussed the day before. I hope I have slept better and have more energy to cope with everything. This day can go in different ways. It might turn out to be a working day from home, I might go to the office for a few hours, I might have to take time off from work and go into sick-leave. I really don't know. In the evening I do have my yoga class and I am happy about that. The minute I step in there I am calm. On Wednesday I am going to the doctor again but this time for something totally different - I got a letter last week with an invite for a cancer test/research to be exact. In The Netherlands when you turn 30 you get these invites every 5 year so for me it's my first. We don't want to wait too long anymore with having kids so it's perfect timing to get that done and hopefully everything is okay and I am healthy. I didn't hesitate a moment when I called to plan an appointment. Girls - make sure you are healthy:) It's a small 'sacrifice' to take part on these researches.
Thursday there's not much in the agenda. Friday morning I really hope to get the time to go to yoga and in the evening I am invited for dinner at Aachen. If I go or not also depends a bit on how my appointment goes today. The dinner is with my team at work and as I have not been to the office for a few weeks now and during these dinners work will be discussed I am not sure if it would be a great idea to go. So we'll see.
During the weekend we will start upstairs with sanding and painting the windows which we didn't do before when we got the house renovated. We have two bedrooms that we haven't really furnished yet and we both really want to start again. Both will be rooms for the kids in the future but for now we will turn one to a guest bedroom. In the evening we might have a dinner with friends. One of our Italian friends sent a message last week to ask our group of friends for his homemade pasta dinner. Sunday morning it's yoga again and some time during the weekend I also want to go through my health insurance for the coming year. It's a thing when you live in The Netherlands;)

Weeks best:
Meeting with the doctor to make a plan for my recovery.

Weeks worst:
Meeting with the doctor to make a plan for my recovery. There will be tears and I don't like to cry..

Weeks song:

U2 - With or WIthout You
*It played a few times while watching our current favorite series Billions. Can't get out of my head, classic!


Have a great week!

xx Merel

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Filed under: Interior

Last Sunday I got this beauty as one of my birthday gifts. I am so happy to have friends in my life who listen, put some thought into getting a perfect gift, are ready to drive a few hours to get it and surprise you!
I have been looking for a (preferably vintage) bar cart for ages now that would not cost a fortune. It has seemed to really be a mission impossible. But little did I know...

First I thought to give paint the golden parts dark and probably do something with the burgundy plates too. Or to leave it golden but only change the burgundy. But you can really go wrong here and vintage pieces you most of the times just need to leave as is. So I will not go there. Now I just need to do the styling. Pinterest is full of inspiration and I will definitely share mine once it is done.

I think the best advice is to build it up over time. Just like a home. Our home is far from being done and weekly I change and move things. That is what helps to make sure you are really building a HOME and not going along with the latest trends and losing yourself on the way. I would never go and just buy a bunch of stuff just to make sure that that one corner/room would looked styled. All the items we have sort of come with time. But okay we are getting a bit off topic here.
... so I stick with the advice above but I want to avoid having the bar cart just "be around" without anything on it either until I finally find the perfect items for it.

The name basically says it - bar cart so I guess it is sort of expected that you would have liquour on it. But if you are not a big drinker like we are then why not go with lemonade, nice water bottles, flowers, books and candles? Or if you are a tea lover, focus on that during your styling - nice teacup collection, tea storage etc? Who says it necessarily needs to have any sort of drinks on it anyway? If you don't feel like it, think about it as a sort of a side table.

If you do go for drinks - buy the ones that you would actually use. Liquorice flavored vodka can seem tempting and it looks nice too but you would not be able to mix much drinks with it and might not even like it. So focus on going for a good basis like gin, rum, tequila and/or vodka. With tonics, coke, sparkling water, syrups etc you can make great mixed drinks! Added to that buy some nice looking bar tools like a shaker or juicer or an ice bucket (you could use it for flowers too). Maybe add some copper mugs for those Moscow Mules or nice whisky glasses and some straws for your non-alcoholic drinks.

All those liqour bottles are normally quite big so I would go with smaller bottles for your water, syrups etc. I think it creates a nicer whole picture.

Don't fully stack the whole cart just because you have the space. A bit of 'air' will make it look nicer.
You can always easily restyle your cart depending on the season or festivity. I am sure mine will have some Christmas themed items on it like a snowglobe for example. For Halloween use pumpkins? Go for Champagne and glitters for new years etc! The possibilities really are endless.


It might take a bit until I can really present my own cart so I thought it would be nice to share some inspiration pictures. Stay tuned until I post my "final product"!



xx Merel

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Filed under: Dear Diary, Life

Hello!
Unlike previous week, this one does not have that many plans so I can see how it goes which is always nice. Monday morning started with a meeting with my boss to discuss a few things. I will continue working from home the coming weeks. Tonight I have to pick up some packages and then I will continue with my barcart that I got. More on that later :) Tuesday and Friday are my yoga days through the week, other than that it's mostly work that's on my agenda. Probably on Wednesday someone will come by to fix our shutters - two have just started working in the last week. Saturday morning I am going to the hairdressers to finally get rid of the outgrowth. I am not ready to get my hair dark again but a darker blonde tone is welcome for the winter. Hopefully Sunday friends will stop by for a belated birthday brunch or who knows and we'll go out for dinner. In the morning I have my yoga class again.
So as you can see a quite calm week - very nice every now and then.


Weeks best part:

Peace! Everything in my own pace and on my terms.


Weeks worst part:

Meeting with a doctor that will probably take place this week. It is nice in the long run but gives me some anxiety.


Song of the week:

Sorry by Nothing But Thieves. I saw them live last summer and really have been hooked ever since!


Birthday! I am really excited to turn 30. I feel that private life wise I am at the best place I could be. I am more and more getting to where I want to be in life and am working on my and our future. And then of course the celebrations in Amsterdam!


xx Merel

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Filed under: Clothes, Favorites, Interior, Beauty
This one is easy - my skin tends to get really dry at times. Especially in the winter period. This serum from The Ordinary helps. It has vitamin C and gives my skin a nice glow. I think I like this more than my overnight glow serum from Pixi,. I use it in the mornings before makeup and evenings before bed. Asos for example carries this brand. Seems to be out of stock now though.
I love knitted dresses. Perfect for the fall/winter. This one from Pretty Little Thing via Asos HERE I like even more because it is just so comfty,, perfect length and the color block make it more interesting so it's not only brown-grey-black...
This lamp I got from Kwantum a while ago and thought about returning it at first. Well, I didn't. I just love it too much. Just like with shoes, my lamps all have to have something special to them. I imagine I will have a lamp collection by the time I am old haha.
Korean cosmetics - big love! This perticular one is again via Asos - they have a whole Korean cosmetics section on their site.

If you want baby soft feet you have to try this. Doesn't cost much but gives great results. Your old skin just literally peels off. What's not to love.

xx Merel

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Hello!

I will have a rather busy week ahead packed with work, celebrations, a mini trip and guests. I am turning 30 this week! How cool is that? A new era haha.

Beginning of the week it pretty much just work for me. On Tuesday I have two yoga classes but other than that just work and home.
It will be SO nice to pack our stuff and drive to Amsterdam. We will stay at a nice hotel near Vondelpark (I really believe everyone needs to give themselves some luxury every now and then). First we start off with a nice lunch somewhere then check in at the hotel, go the spa for a massage and sauna/pool/jaccuzy. We still are to figure out where to have dinner. I am thinking 5&33 - heard good things about it but we'll see where we'll end up. Better book on time though:)
Friday evening we get back as my boyfriend has a football match. I will probably send my evening in the bath with a magazine. Saturday is busy busy busy. First the parents of a friend of ours are stopping by to see the house. After that we have to get all the party necessities and decorate as around 18pm family and friends are coming for my birthday. In regards to food we give it a totally different direction and just order fries and snacks! Still have to figure out the cake part. On Sunday we have another birthday but not sure yet if that will take place. Otherwise I start my day with yoga and after that I just want to stay home, lay on the couch, watch a movie and relax!


Weeks best part:

Birthday! I am really excited to turn 30. I feel that private life wise I am at the best place I could be. I am more and more getting to where I want to be in life and am working on my and our future. And then of course the celebrations in Amsterdam!


Weeks worst part:

Work. Don't get my wrong here. But it's just been a tough time with work lately and as I took time off last week after my breakdown it's hard to get started again. I have anxiety and I am not really sure that this is healthy..


Song of the week:

I heard Zayn ft. Sia's Dusk Till Dawn the other day and it is just in my head all the time and therefore on repeat on Spotify:)


Have a great week!

xx Merel

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Good morning! I have been up since 6:20 am. Why always during the weekend?


Started off this weekend with some online shopping. It feels like I haven't shopped for myself in ages! All focus has been on the house... So now when I also put away all of my summer clothes, my walk-in is just so empty.

Bought some new boots from Zara too. I love something special on all footwear I own. That is probably the reason why I don't buy shoes that often. Hopefully everything will arrive before we are off to Amsterdam next week but I better won't get my hopes up :)

Not much plans for the first part of the day today, just mostly relax for me. Mister had a football match so he’ll be gone for some hours. In the evening it's sushi and movie at Maastricht :) We're off to see The Mountain Between Us with Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. Sunday morning early it's yoga for me again. Guess I am hooked haha.




xx Merel

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Good morning!

In half an hour I am off to my morning yoga class. It’s nice to get your workout done in the morning, especially yoga as I need some peace and quiet in my head.

After that I’ll see what I end up doing, I want to get my hands on some diy project so might stop by the second hand shop for a piece of furniture... I need to book a table at our regular sushi place for tomorrow too and call my boss to discuss something.

Have a great day dears! It’s Friday afterall;)


xx Merel

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But here I am sitting and writing my first blogpost in this virtual diary of mine :)

Having family living abroad, but also for myself and to inspire were the main reasons for creating this blog. It is nice to be able to look back from where you came from.

To start off I can present the girl behind the blog and the instagram account dutchest_ that I started a couple of months ago when we started to renovate our house which we bought this summer. Now we are done with most of the things we planned to get done in the beginning but more renovations await :)

Here you have the opportunity to follow my life in the south of The Netherlands together with my little family, hobbies, favorites, my big passion interior design and every now and then a few trips too :)

xx Merel

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