20.09.2017

Today I wanted to create a blog post in which I will discuss a more serious topic than usual. Last week, I had to create an essay for school in which I had to express my opinion towards a global issue in no more than 500 words. Initially, I wanted to talk about environmental issues but I also really wanted to discuss something I already have some knowledge of. A few weeks ago, I came across an article about slow-fashion brands and how fast-fashion chains are responsible for many, many agricultural and environmental issues. I called my essay ''How the Fashion Industry is Part of the Earth's Destruction'' and did some research on websites such as Greenpeace and EcoWatch. The information provided by these websites were actually an eye-opener and also shocked me. After I finished my essay I was satisfied, but I still had this urge to elaborate further on my chosen topic. Before I express my opinion towards slow-fashion and fast-fashion, I quickly wanted to summarise what has been stated in these articles about the fashion industry. They mainly talk about the growth of cotton crops, the dyes that consist of harmful chemicals and the excessive consumption of water used for the manufacturing of garments. These paragraphs are part of my essay.


1. The growth of natural fibres is harmful to the agriculture.

Cotton has been an essential fabric and can be found in approximately 40 percent of our clothing. It is breathable, comfortable and sustainable. However, in order to grow cotton successfully you need pesticides, and not just a small amount. Cotton crops demand more pesticides than any other crop. According to EcoWatch, the production of cotton is responsible for 16 percent of global insecticide releases.

2. Dyes used for the manufacturing of clothing endanger the human and aquatic life.

The Citarum River in Indonesia is considered one of the most polluted rivers in the world due to its many textile factories close to the shore. According to Greenpeace, the lives of 5 million people living in the vicinity of the Citarum River are in danger as the chemicals affect their health conditions. Greenpeace found a high amount of alkalinity in the river which has a severe, and presumably fatal, effect on the aquatic life.

3. The fashion industry is responsible for the excessive consumption of water.

According to Greenpeace, 7,000 litres of water is consumed when manufacturing one pair of jeans. To produce one t-shirt, 2,700 litres of water have to be consumed, which is equal to the approximant amount of water you drink in 900 days. ‘’In 2015, the global fashion industry consumed 79 billion cubic metres of water, which is more than electricity production, and is threatened by water shortages in cotton-growing countries.’’ – Greenpeace.


I do want to add that just because I wrote an essay about the disadvantages of the fashion industry, it doesn't mean I'm against the fast-fashion industry. It would even be hypocritical for me to be fully against it, since I'm guilty myself by purchasing garments from fast-fashion brands (H&M, Zara, Bershka, Mango, Topshop, et cetera). Almost everyone can call themselves guilty. I don't know one person in my life who hasn't purchased an item from a fast-fashion store, let only be conscious about what harm their clothes do. The only person that I knew was consciously purchasing clothes from these so-called 'slow-fashion' brands was my French teacher. My French teacher once told me the importance of purchasing clothes which were manufactured in eco-friendly circumstances. I often try to be conscious about how I treat the environment with my daily habits (except for taking pretty long showers, oops) by not throwing trash outside, brushing my teeth without letting any water run, bringing my own tote bag when I do groceries, purchasing pre-owned items and using clothes for many years. Still I'm struggling with purchasing clothes from fast-fashion brands. It's simply inevitable for me, and my other people.

But should we blame ourselves for promoting fast-fashion brands? I don't think so. However, you could certainly try to make a difference. With fast-fashion being only ten years old, it has become paramount for most fashionistas and bloggers, especially those who believe you don't have to spend large amounts of money in order to look stylish. I believe in the same philosophy but I do feel I, and many other fashionistas, could try to not worsen the current condition of the earth. This absolutely doesn't mean you should never purchase clothes from fast-fashion brands anymore, but you could be more conscious about what you do after you bought the garment. I will present a few solutions.


1. Sell your unwanted clothes

Since fashion changes and changes, I grow tired quickly of the clothes I purchased. Instead of throwing my clothes away, I give them to my sister or I will sell them on an app. United Wardrobe, Depop and Vestiaire Collective (rather for designer items) are apps in which you can sell your clothing without having to throw them away. The fun part is not only that you'll receive money, but you'll also recycle your clothes and Mother Earth will love you for that.

2. Purchase pre-owned items

The next solution connects with the first one. Instead of selling your clothes, you purchase them from an independent seller. Besides helping the environment, you'll also save a lot of money. You can purchase secondhand clothes via earlier-mentioned apps. If you are more into vintage clothing, I would suggest Etsy is the place to be.

3. Purchase from only slow-fashion brands

The term 'slow-fashion' comes from the Slow Food Movement. The Slow Food Movement was founded in 1986 by Carlo Petrini in Italy. It basically links pleasure and food with awareness and responsibility and defends biodiversity in our food supply. Slow-fashion knows three principles; good, clean and fair. Good stands for the quality and sustainability of clothes, clean for production that doesn't harm the environment and fair stands for accessible prices for customers and fair conditions and wages for its producers. The only disadvantage is that slow-fashion is obviously less affordable than fast-fashion, and isn't an option for everyone.


What do you guys think about these solutions? I think they're great options if you don't have access to a lot of money, but still want to help the environment. Because I also want to be more conscious about what I buy and where I buy if from, I decided to download an earlier-mentioned app called Vestiaire Collective and look for a pre-owned, vintage designer bag. This app is perfect when you want to invest in designer items, don't have a lot of money and want to better the environment. I've always wanted to own a designer bag and always looked up to girls who were a proud owner of a gorgeous Prada or Chanel bag. I picked out four designer bags. The first bag is a beige Prada made from polyester and it's my favourite out of all the bags. The second bag is a white Prada and it's made from cloth. It's so gorgeous. Next up is a black leather bag from Louis Vuitton and it's such an elegant and delicate bag. Usually I'm not very keen on prints that are used for Louis Vuitton bags, but this one is very cute! Lastly, this bag is also from Prada and it's actually made from python leather. The skinny enveloppe type of fit is mainly what made me fall in love with the bag. As you might have noticed I really like Prada bags.

Oh my gosh. This was such a long post and I actually should have done homework, but I just had so much inspiration all of a sudden. If you made it until the very end, thank you for taking the time to read all of it. I really hope it inspired you and presumably opened your eyes a little more towards the fashion industry. Thank you for reading my post & I hope you enjoyed it!

Bisous! Oliwia

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12.09.2017

It's been quite a long time since I have spoken to you guys, but not much has happened while I was gone. Last Tuesday, we arrived in the Netherlands and what I mainly did was coping with my jet lag. The first two nights were dreadful for me, because it took forever to fall asleep. The first night was the worst, I fell asleep at six o'clock in the morning! Also the second night I fell asleep very late with my boyfriend. We were struggling so much. You have to realise that when people in Europe wake up, most people in the United States go to bed. I decided to buy some melatonin in order to fall asleep earlier and that actually helped me to get accustomed to my old sleeping routine. Meanwhile, I was freaking out about hurricane Irma nearing Florida and also nearing my friends' house! Both of them, together with the three cutest puppies, evacuated Florida and drove twenty hours to Tennessee to stay at a friend's house. It was really frustrating to not be able to support the people that mean a lot to you when you're approximately 6000 miles away. So my week basically consisted of following live broadcasts of CNN with updates of hurricane Irma and coping with my jet lag. I was so relieved to hear their house only had minor damages.

Yesterday, my school started again and I was so not ready for it. Soon it will be all about portfolios, tests, essays and having a mental breakdown right before deadlines (which isn't an understatement). I was still hoping to have lived as relaxed as I did in Florida, but school doesn't allow me to! I didn't feel like wearing tight clothes, but still wanted to look cute. This philosophy finally resulted into these pictures. I matched my black jumpsuit from Bershka, which is a Spanish clothing brand, together with this top from Reserved. The top is actually pre-owned by my mother. My mother likes to give me her clothes when she doesn't like them anymore and since our sizes don't differ too much, I fit her clothes perfectly. A thing I recently discovered and love to do, is combining my jumpsuit with a different top or blouse. By doing this, I'm still able to wear the jumpsuit and not make it look repetitive by combining it with different tops. How convenient! The tote bag I'm wearing is actually from the clothing store I work at, C&A, and I deliberately matched it with my nail polish. Besides that, they're good for the environment! My shoes are from Zara. Unfortunately, I don't have direct links of the clothes I'm wearing because both my jumpsuit and top have been purchased a long time ago. However, I didn't want to disappoint you entirely and decided to pick my two favourite items from Reserved. Both of the garments are sweaters and they look very comfortable. The first item is a red sweater which breathes Audrey Hepburn. It has that typical boat neckline which I have seen Audrey wear many times. The second garment is this baby-pink fuzzy sweater and it looks so comfy and adorable.

Now I'm going to do my homework, because my teachers have already assigned me with way too much homework. Thank you for reading my post & I hope you enjoyed it!

Bisous! Oliwia

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30.08.2017

Bonsoir! Today was such a nice and relaxing day. It was one of the first days in Florida where it was finally sunny after a week of constant rain and thunder. I was finally able to take pictures for my blog! Florida actually noticed something from the hurricane in Houston and I'm just very grateful it didn't hit us. However, I'm still sad that the hurricane took so many lives in Houston and hope the people that were hit are safe. Anyway, my boyfriend and I spent our last days in Florida by laying at the swimming pool and absorbing the last bits of vitamin D. We woke up at seven o'clock in the morning and drove to Fort Myers beach. We stayed there until two o'clock in the afternoon and the time just flew by. It was such a lovely day. After we came home, I changed my bikini to comfy clothes and watched some Game of Thrones with my boyfriend. We are currently re-watching all the seasons of Game of Thrones, because we just can't accept the fact that it won't be airing for the upcoming two years. Oh my gosh. The finale of season 7 was so intense! What did you guys think of it? I can't wait until the eighth season.

For today's look, I took it pretty simple. I combined a white blouse with black skinny jeans and pink flats. The white blouse I'm wearing is actually from a Dutch clothing store I work at! It's called C&A and the blouse is very affordable and cute, but the quality is sustainable. The black skinny jeans are high-waist and I bought them a while ago from H&M. Unfortunately, they don't have the exact same jeans available. I wasn't able to find similar jeans on H&M, but I did find one close to mine on ASOS. The shoes I'm wearing are from Zara and you can find a link in my first post. Because my outfit was quite simple, I tried to add something extra to it by wearing my new Kate Spade baubles (aren't they beautiful!) and Kendall Jenner inspired make-up. The other day I was watching videos on YouTube and I came across this video of Vogue in which Kendall Jenner did a two-minute make-up routine. I immediately fell in love with her make-up routine! It looked so natural and effortless. It even inspired me to pay a visit to the closest Target and buy a pretty bronzer. At first, I was afraid the bronzer would make my face too tan, but the end result was very surprising. It enhanced my features and also made it look natural, which is a big factor for me when it comes to make-up. The bag I'm wearing is from Kate Spade.

I feel that I'm getting better at this whole blogging thing and posing in front of the camera. I became more comfortable and it feels amazing. I wish I could do it as a full-time job! Anyway, this will probably be the last post that was created in Florida... The upcoming days will mainly be about packing our bags and mentally preparing ourselves for going back to the Netherlands. It will probably fly by. Thank you for reading my post & I hope you enjoyed it!

Bisous! Oliwia

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25.08.2018

Bonjour mes fleurs! Today's post is a little different than expected. My initial plan was to take pictures of an outfit I had already planned at the start of this week. And of course, on the day that I plan to take pictures nature decides to mess up my schedule by raining all day long. I really hope the weather will clear up tomorrow, because I'm still planning on taking pictures as soon as the rain stops. Anyway, I still promised to write a blog post so I decided to do something different. In this post I will talk about my must-haves for this autumn and winter. My first must-have will be a faux fur coat. I have wanted a faux fur coat for so long, but never found the perfect one. A fur coat is essential for the winter, because I'm always cold. I have a love-hate relationship with the winter. I love snow and Christmas so much and it's actually my favourite time of the year, but I just hate the cold. My mother has the same, she's always cold, too. However, I'm still very excited for autumn and winter and can't wait until it's Christmas! I especially adore coats with a faux fur neckline and I'm in love with the coat on the picture. My second must-have are knee high boots. I do own one pair of knee high boots, but the heels are too high for the winter and do not support any grip. I would love to own some knee high boots with a more stable and lower heel, because they do provide a lot of warmth and they're really cute, of course! My last must-have of the first set is a Chloé purse. Oh-my-gosh. J'adore Chloé purses! To own a purse of a high-end fashion brand would be my dream... And I just love Chloé's aesthetic. It's so romantic and beautiful. The purses are quite pricey, but I really don't mind saving money for such a purchase.

The first must-have of my second set is a short-sleeve sweater. Especially when it's a fuzzy one! These sweaters are so adorable and comfortable. I actually saw Miranda Kerr wear one in one of her Instagram videos and it looked so cute. The combination with a similar skirt completed the look. I currently have my eyes on a (very affordable!) red short-sleeve sweater from Zara. I never really used to like the colour red in clothes and in general, but now I do. I think it reminds me of that Parisian inspired type of clothing and that's what made me fall in love with the colour. My second must-have are Chanel inspired slingbacks. Even though I'm in love with the Chanel slingbacks, they're are way too pricey for my college tuition based wallet, haha. But I did find these beautiful beige slingbacks from Mango for a very affordable price. Despite of the fact that it's almost autumn, I still would like to be the owner of these beauties. Next up are these delicate pearl earrings. I really enjoy wearing jewellery, but I always try to aim for very small, but elegant pieces that give something extra to my outfit but doesn't outshine my outfit or myself. I actually saw a girl at Panera Bread today and she wore similar earrings. They looked amazing on her! I will probably hit up Kate Spade again if I ever want to invest in some. Last but not least, a beige (vintage designer) scarf. I would love to own a vintage designer scarf and especially one in the colour beige. The scarf in the picture is actually a pre-owned Givenchy scarf. Givenchy is another designer brand I absolutely adore. Partially because of his cooperation with Audrey Hepburn and partially because Givenchy was my first exclusive beauty product. I actually use this product (a lipstick) every time I go to school or work. Because most of my expenses are for college, it takes quite a long time for me to save the money before I can purchase an exclusive product. That's why I found an alternative option! It's a beige scarf from H&M.

I'm sorry I wasn't able to do a post about my own clothes. Hopefully, the weather will be better this weekend so I can shoot some pictures for you guys. Until then! Thank you for reading my post & I hope you enjoyed it!

Bisous! Oliwia

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19.08.2017

Bonsoir! Long time no see. I haven't been posting as much as usual, because I was more focused on spending time with my boyfriend and friends in Florida this week. The final two weeks of my vacation have started and it's getting closer to saying good-bye to the United States. When it comes to creating content on this blog, I believe quality is much more important than quantity. I always try to create the best I can and I don't believe creating as much as I can, without feeling good about it, is the key to success. Sometimes, I feel very inspired and it's easy for me to create several posts in one week and sometimes I don't. However, I always try to aim for at least one post in a week. Besides that, since I'm on vacation I don't really have access to a large variety of clothes and I absolutely don't want my content to come off as repetitive. Anyway, today we drove two hours to Tampa and it was a lot of fun. I love road trips and especially when I have access to a nice book and beautiful nature. I'm such a day dreamer and road trips often give me time to think. Sometimes, it's very annoying to wander in my own thoughts, especially when I'm surrounded by people. But it just happens naturally.

The outfit I'm wearing is so cute. I'm in love with my new straw basket! It came all the way from Portugal and was really happy when my parcel came. The basket is handmade by local Portuguese women and it's made with natural fabrics which are provided by their own town. Doesn't that sound incredible! I bought the basket on Etsy, but they do not carry my bag anymore. However, they do sell other incredibly cute baskets (Jane Birkin baskets!). I was very pleased with the quality of the bag and it looks exactly like the picture. The jeans I'm wearing are from Asos. These jeans are the typical mom jeans and it's my first pair of mom jeans! I never liked these jeans before, because most of them have a low-waist or mid-waist. I have always preferred high-waist jeans and just dislike the feeling when my jeans are not on the same height as my belly button. However, this doesn't mean I will never wear low-waist or mid-waist jeans. These pants actually have a high-waist and it's very satisfying to own jeans that don't suffocate your legs for once. The top I'm wearing is also from Asos and it really reminds me of the clothes handmaidens wore centuries ago. Lastly, the bracelet I'm wearing is from Kate Spade and I received it from my lovely friends in America. It's such a pretty and elegant bracelet and I love it so much. Unfortunately, the bracelet was purchased at a Kate Spade store and can't be purchased online. 

Tomorrow I will be going out for dinner at a sushi restaurant and I'm so excited. Thank you for reading my post & I hope you enjoyed it! 

Bisous! Oliwia

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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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