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12.08.2017

Today we drove an hour to visit a botanical garden in Naples, Florida. I didn't really have high expectations, because the botanical gardens in the Netherlands are beautiful, but never really struck me. However, once we arrived at our destination I was so impressed. The park was very, very spacious and contained different gardens from different continents. There were four main gardens: the Floridian garden, the Asian garden, the Caribbean garden and the Brazilian garden. But my favourite garden was definitely the butterfly garden! All the exotic butterflies were kept in a big cage and we were able to enter the cage. We were surrounded by different species of butterflies and it was magical. I loved every minute of it. The weather was also perfect and it was such a sunny day. I drank about 2 litres (!) while I visited the park and had to visit the bathroom so many times.

Anyway, my sunglasses finally came in the mail and I was super excited to try them out. Besides that, I desperately needed sunnies because the sun in Florida is very strong and I always have to squint my eyes which often gives me a headache. I also want to protect my eyes from the sun. Because most sunglasses are too big for my head (I have a tiny head), I really wasn't a big fan of them until I visited Florida and was forced to. These cat-eye shaped sunglasses with a turtle print are from NA-KD and they're so cute. They don't have my sunglasses anymore, but I found a similar pair on NA-KD. I'm in love with cat-eye sunglasses. They are simplistic, but do add something extra to your outfit because of their shape. Perfect! The yellow gingham dress I'm wearing is from Shein and it was my first purchase from this website. Gingham is such a trend this summer and I love it, too. I prefer to style gingham with cat-eye sunnies, a straw basket and some cute shoes. For example, my Zara shoes (a link is attached in my first blogpost). Another type of shoes I like to style with gingham dresses, or any type of dress, are espadrilles with ankles ties, preferably with a wedged heel. For example, these espadrilles from Net-a-Porter. Jeanne Damas vibes! I also love the fact that espadrilles are originated from Spain, because every time I see them it reminds me of my childhood vacations spent in Spain and all the happy feelings it gave me. If you consider buying the dress on Shein, I would highly recommend re-measuring your hips before you purchase. I'm normally an extra-small for dresses, but this dress was very tight around my hips even though I never have this problem with dresses from other brands.

Only three weeks to go and I have to leave Florida. It makes me so sad thinking about leaving and it also means I have to go back to school again soon. Summer flew by and I will miss the warmth of the sun on my skin so much once I go back to the Netherlands. Nevertheless, I still try to enjoy everything as much as I can and live in the moment. I'm currently awaiting my next parcel, which is a straw basket from Portugal. Once it has arrived, I will definitely do a post about the basket! Speaking of blog posts, I was actually thinking about doing a skincare post about my favourite beauty products at the moment. Let me know what you think! Thank you for reading my post & I hope you enjoyed it!

Bisous! Oliwia

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07.08.2017

Bonjour! Today we visited a park in Florida. It was actually a manatee park and during winter most manatees are brought from the Gulf of Mexico to this park to spend the rest of the winter here. The water in the Gulf is too cold for the manatees which would mean most of them would die. Bringing them to this park would prevent them from dying. Unfortunately, there weren't any manatees present since it's still summer. However, we did see beautiful nature and butterflies. Most of the time it felt as if we were in a jungle and the park was absolutely stunning. We saw geckos, grass hoppers (they were massive!) and all kinds of plants and butterflies. It was very magical. The fact that it was 41 degrees Celsius outside gave us even more the impression that we were surrounded by jungle. Another thing I absolutely loved about this park was the yellow leaflets they provided you with for starting your own butterfly garden. Very cute! Of course, I had to take one with me for future reference. I was also very happy that I was able to capture a butterfly on camera. I made so many attempts to take a picture, but butterflies are such a challenge to capture. It was such an amazing day and so far one of my favourite days I got to spend in Florida.

The white shirt I'm wearing is from H&M and is made from cotton. Yes! It's perfect for hot summer days and it's very cute. You do have to wear it without a bra, because it's an off-the-shoulder shirt but you don't see anything through the shirt luckily! I always find it a bit scary to wear shirts without a bra but once I do it it feels so liberating, haha. The shirt is on sale now, but only in the Netherlands.

Today's post was rather short in comparison with my other posts, but I hope you guys still liked to read it. I'm currently waiting until my sunglasses come in the mail, because I have some cute outfit ideas I would love to share with you on my blog and Instagram. I hope it will be at the end of this week. Until then! Thank you for reading my post & I hope you enjoyed it!

Bisous! Oliwia

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05.08.2017

Bonjour, mes fleurs! Today I am going to write a post in which I will talk about my three favourite trends at the moment. Could you guess which ones by looking at the sets? I have used Polyvore to create these sets. You can follow me by clicking on the link, which can be found in the sidebar. Lately, I felt very inspired and checked out a bunch of my favourite clothing stores and bloggers. The first trend that struck me was the Parisian/Jane Birkin style and especially her straw baskets, duh! I am in love with the straw basket trend and I'm so glad the internet introduced me to Jane Birkin and her amazing clothing style. It definitely suits my clothing style and I wish I could have her entire clothing collection. The basket gives every outfit something extra, no matter how plain your outfit is. Many people sell straw baskets via Etsy or Ebay and some of them use eco-friendly materials to create the baskets. Besides that, if you're looking for a cheaper substitute Etsy or Ebay is the place to be. For example, this basket. However, if you're looking for the real deal I would recommend buying one from Shop Les Femmes. Shop Les Femmes has so many cute clothes and really represents the romantic, Parisian style. It is a little expensive, though. I styled this trend with a pink-brown fur shirt, white cigarette pants, white Kurt Cobain sunglasses and light-pink slingback heels.

The second trend I fell in love with is clothes or shoes with a rusty-red colour. You probably could have guessed that by looking at my bikini from H&M. I love the rusty-red colour at the moment and I believe it will be the new trend for (pre-)autumn. I combined this trend with a striped rusty-red button-up shirt, an off-white bodycon skirt, rusty-red mules and cat-eye sunglasses with a turtle print. The final trend I recently started to adore are baubles. Baubles are pendant earrings with round-shaped balls. They actually got their name from the Christmas ornaments (Baubles is British). I especially love gold or pearl baubles. I've currently got my eyes on some beautiful pearl-shaped baubles from Kate Spade. I combined this trend with a black v-cut top, rusty-brown trousers and a straw hat. These three trends are definitely a must-have for this summer/autumn.

What are your favourite trends for this summer/autumn? I would love to know and get inspired by yours. Now I'm going to support Kate Spade even more by looking for baubles (and possibly buying them, too). Thank you for reading my post & I hope you enjoyed it.

Bisous! Oliwia

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03.08.2017

Hello August! I started the new month quite relaxed by spending an entire day near the ocean and pool. Since I was a child, my family and I always went to Spain during summer break. I went to the same place every year from the age of nine until last year. It must sound absolutely boring to visit the same country and place every year and that's how I started to feel after going there for five times in a row. That is the reason why I decided to not go to Spain with my parents this year, but instead went my own way. However, you don't realise what you have until it's gone. Even though, I didn't like going to the same place every year and got fed up with it, I somehow grew very attached to this particular village in Spain. Regardless of what I said, I still very much enjoyed the beautiful nature there, the friendly people and the activities my family and I did. We always spent a great amount of our time in Spain walking long distances in nature, hiking mountains, swimming in the ocean, tanning on the beach or at the swimming pool and snorkeling. I have always felt very attached to nature, even as a child. I still enjoy these activities the most while I'm in Florida. I suppose nature reminds me of my childhood, it has become kind of a nostalgia thing. There is actually this beautiful quote by Anne Frank, which is really similar to how I feel about nature: ''The best remedy for those who are frightened, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere they can be alone, alone with the sky, nature and God. For then and only then can you feel that everything is as it should be. As long as this exists, and that should be forever, I know that there will be solace for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances. I firmly believe that nature can bring comfort to all who suffer.''

Today I relived those childhood vibes and spent my entire day tanning, swimming and being surrounded by nature and animals. We (my boyfriend and I) woke up at seven in the morning and left at three in the afternoon. It was a really nice day and I tanned quite a lot. To keep ourselves hydrated, we bought a gallon of water and I made it my accessoire. It actually gave my pretty basic outfit something extra! At nine, I had breakfast with a salad and some fruit from 7/11 and changed my clothes to my bikini from H&M. You can find a link of my bikini bottoms in my previous post. Unfortunately, they don't have the top anymore. The sun didn't come through until one so I spent most of my time reading my book. The book I'm currently reading is The Odyssey by Homer. It's about Greek mythology (I'm obsessed) and tells the journey of Odysseus after the Trojan war. Besides that, it's really good for my English because the book is written in advanced English. I must sound like such a geek! Anyway, around one the sun came through and that's when I really started to tan. Every now and then, I cooled off in the swimming pool. My black dress is also from H&M and it's perfect for hot beach days. My bracelet is from Kate Spade. Kate Spade's jewellery is, just like their clothing and handbags, great quality. At first I was worried my bracelet might become damaged or dirty when I wear it with my sunscreen and when it's exposed to the sun for a long time, but it's still in a perfect state. Their bracelets are a great substitute if you're looking for good quality, but not willing to pay more than 100 dollars. For example, this bracelet from Kate Spade.

Tomorrow I'm going to the gym to kick some ass! Thank you for reading my post & I hope you enjoyed it.

Bisous! Oliwia

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30.07.2017

One of the reasons that made me fall in love with fashion is how it enhances your confidence. The connection between fashion and confidence might seem to be an unusual one, yet without confidence it's a challenge to wear whatever you want since you're too preoccupied with the judgement of others and without fashion you would have to find different ways to develop yourself as an individual. Of course, there are different ways to experiment and develop as an individual but living in a materialistic society, appearance has become and, I believe, has always been of high value. Looking at what someone is wearing often tells you what type of person it is and what this person stands for. Take an example at Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI and Queen of France. Marie Antoinette has been known to express her feelings and opinions through fashion. Some authors were so amazed by the dresses Marie Antoinette wore, they decided to write books about her choice of fashion (which I'm very thankful for) and what she wanted to express towards the citizens of France by wearing these. Marie Antoinette proved that fashion can certainly be a way to develop yourself as an individual and express what you stand for.

Let's talk about fashion and its connection with confidence. Since I have started this blog, and even before that, I have looked into a lot of other bloggers and their style. Sometimes I loved their style, sometimes I didn't. Nevertheless, the fact that I didn't like their style absolutely didn't mean that I disliked the photographs they took or the person they were. In fact, it only inspired me. You can also interpret this in a way to boost your own confidence. Even though you don't think you look your best in a picture or you're not certain about your outfit, it doesn't suddenly mean people will like you less or your outfit will look less pretty. Fashion and beauty is such a subjective concept that while you think you don't look good enough in a picture, someone else might think otherwise. Luckily everyone is different and have their own preferences and opinions.

Today I went to the beautiful beach in Fort Myers, Florida. It always amazes me how beautiful everything is there. The colourful beach houses, the exotic plants and animals (except for the horrible no-see-ums), the white sand, the warm ocean and the delicious restaurants. If only the beaches in the Netherlands were this gorgeous! In these pictures I have combined two shirts with one skirt. The first shirt that I'm wearing is a white top with a straight neckline from Boohoo. As I already explained in my previous post, I'm obsessed with tops or dresses with a straight neckline. I accidentally ordered this top in a size 32 even though I'm usually a size 34. It is a little bit tight, but luckily not uncomfortable. Before I purchased this top, I also purchased a dress but I was very disappointed with the quality. One of the straps that was attached to the dress ripped off right after I tried the dress on and the straps were extremely uncomfortable. The straps were cutting in my skin and it actually hurt. This top, however, was a lot better and I was way more pleased with the quality. I suppose the quality of Boohoo varies, possibly due to the amount of money you pay. By the way, the top is actually a dress but I like to wear it as a top too, combined with a skirt.

The skirt I'm wearing is from Zara and I love it so much! The fabric is good and sustainable. I especially love the details on the skirt, which are white pearls. At first I was afraid the pearls would fall off after I would wear the skirt for a few times, because I couldn't see how the pearls were attached to the skirt. Most of the times an embellishment is sewn on the piece of fabric with a very loose thread. However, I was very surprised and happy to see that the pearls were attached with a pin underneath (!) the skirt instead of on the skirt. It's one of my favourite pieces in my closet. Unfortunately, the skirt is out of stock. The other shirt I'm wearing is from Levi's and is owned by my boyfriend. I really like to borrow my boyfriend's t-shirts, because they are always very soft and fashionable, too! It just gives my outfit something extra. The bronze-orange bikini I'm wearing is from H&M and fits me like a glove. I've always had so much trouble finding the right bikini, because they can easily make your body look so unflattering. With this bikini, I really don't have that problem and it actually accentuates the parts of my body I'm proud of. Unfortunately, the top is out of stock. I could only find the bottoms of this bikini, which you can find here.

Tomorrow I'm going back to Fort Myers beach to relax a bit more and enjoy the ocean. I'm sorry if this post was a bit too long but I just felt like writing a lot, haha. Thank you for reading my post & I hope you enjoyed it!

Bisous! Oliwia

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28.08.2017

Every time I check out someone else's blog, I always wonder what made them start their own blog. What is the story behind their smiling faces and their beautiful clothes? Since this is my very first post on this blog, I found it necessary to just introduce myself and explain why I decided to dedicate my time into blogging and taking pictures of my clothes and parts of my life.

My name is Oliwia and I'm 19 years old. I'm half Dutch and half Polish (my mother is from Poland). As a child I enjoyed doing two things the most, writing and fashion. I also enjoyed reading, but that is quite unnecessary in this situation. Anyway, writing and fashion made my heart beat faster. Because I lived very isolated from all the children in my primary school, I wasn't able to play with other children and had to entertain myself. To kill time, I kept a diary and filled the pages with my feelings and dreams. When I didn't feel like writing, I leafed through fashion magazines and cut out all the photographs that inspired me the most. Occasionally, I created a mood board of the photographs and it became my source of inspiration. Fortunately, the past repeated itself and I still enjoy these two things the most. I really do. Before I started this blog, I actually created a blog for school purposes together with a classmate of mine. A few years after that I had to create a blog for college in which I had to express my opinion on language (I study English). Now, I have created a new baby and I am certain I will enjoy every minute of it. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

This summer I fell in love with bodycon dresses/tops with a straight neckline. I am absolutely in love with these. It gives me this 1990s/2000s throwback feeling and I have seen one of my favourite characters wear many, Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City. Maybe I will do a seperate post about Carrie Bradshaw's outfits, because I am obsessed with her (clothes!). The dress I am wearing is from H&M and I'm so happy it's made from cotton, which makes the Floridian weather a bit more bearable. The temperature is always between 35 and 40 degrees Celsius in July and August. Besides that, I hate polyester. Every piece of clothing that is made of a fabric that does not consist of polyester wins my heart. The fabric is nothing but a horrible feeling on your skin and a puddle of sweat. Okay, enough bashing. Let's talk about designer bags, Kate Spade. I can't recall the time I discovered Kate Spade, but I can say that when I did, I immediately fell in love. And I'm so happy to finally own a beautiful Kate Spade bag. I received it as an early birthday present from my boyfriend (love you). The leather tassel on the zipper makes it complete. My shoes are from Zara and they are currently my favourite pair of shoes for summer. The only thing I don't like about these flats is the fact that once water touches the fabric, it will leave stains. These shoes require a lot of care and are not made to withstand dirt or water. Thank you for reading my post & I hope you enjoyed it.

Bisous! Oliwia

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