All the things I love...

All the things I love...
All the things I love...

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

642 things to think about

When I was in London earlier this year I bought a book: 642 things to write about. There are 642 statements in there and you need to use your imagination to write something about them. I've had the book for a while and this morning while relaxing before Christmas Eve I decided to finally write some of my stories. And out of all my answers there was something I could no longer ignore: I'm hurt. I don't understand it and I think I probably never will. Why wasn't I good enough? Why is she beter than me? But then I realised the problem is not him, it is not her, it is me. I need to accept that what happened was not caused by me. There was nothing I could have done different to change the way he behaved, the choices he made. I'm not perfect, but I need to realise that I don't need to change to make somebody happy. If I want to change it needs to be because I feel I have to in order to make myself a better person. Even though I knew he wasn't the one for me, I chose the ignore it for so long. The same way he did. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Sunday and the city.

Nothing better than a lazy Sunday morning. Staying in bed, drinking hot chocolate and of course watching Sex and the City. I have seen those eposides a million times by now, but still I'm not bored.The clothes, the men, the city. Even though it has been 9 years ago that the last episode was aired, the content is still important for women. And I must say that even though it is fiction, so when the episode is over Samantha, Miranda, Charlotte and Carrie no longer exist, I have learned quit a few things from these ladies' stories. 

Everybody is looking for love. Anybody who tells you they're not can be called Pinocchio. But this looking for love doesn't mean that is not okay to be alone for a while. To enjoy being by yourself, being yourself and doing the secret single behavior. Even if the person you're in a relationship with is excepts you completely there are still things that you don't want them to know. Things of which you are not sure you even except them. It's totally acceptable to be happy with your single status, but it doesn't mean you don't want to fall in love. 

For me the greatest lesson is one that a lot of people may need reminding of: don't settle. During your life you may love and leave a lot of different men. But why settle for just love when ridiculous, over the top, can't live without each other love is still out there?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Discovery Channel...

Nothing excites me more than discovering new designers either online or on one of my trips. Since I care, I'm going to share... I have a passion for sneakers and I must say that when I came accross this Dutch brand online I immediately wanted to run to the store.The Amsterdam based brand Filling Pieces is designed by an architect and it clearly shows in the designs. They have them for both women and men (yay for all fashionable gentlemen out there) and are handmade in Portugal. 
If any of you buy a pair of these beauties, I highly recommend the low top croc sneakers in red. And of any of you want to buy me a pair for Christmas, size 38 please.

I was leisurely walking around the streets of Rome when I came across a cute little store filled with handbags. As soon as I walked in I saw a sparkle in the corner of my eye. Sequins, leopard and a chain, what else do you need in a handbag? Nice anecdote attached to this bag is that the guy who owns the store is the actual designer: Gilbert Halaby. He explained me that the bags he sells in his store in Rome are the ones he takes to Paris when he presents his collection. So my Halaby bag is a showroom model with a small French adventure attached to it.
Unfortunately his collection is not available in Belgium but thank God the year is 2014 and the Internet brings all the fashion you want to your door. A plus: besides bags he also designs jewelry. 

Here's a picture of my Halaby bag (sorry for the bad quality)

Covent Garden is definitely the place to be for Sunday brunch and Sunday shopping when you're in London. It was there in between the handmade tiles and paintings that I saw a colourful table filled with clutches. Heidi Sturgess is a London based designer who makes all the items herself. Everything is colourful and the buckles are detachable. If you ask her nicely, as my friend did, she will make one especially for you. What I love about these clutches? Everything! The colours, the materials (suede or leather), the bright pink insde, the detachable chain,... I have mine in bright blue suede with the New York sign. As I am as clumsy as I am amazing (Humility is not in my dictionary) I broke my NEWYORK sign when I was in Milan. No worries I'll get it fixed asap. 

London was particularly nice to me that Sunday. Going from Covent Garden to Seven Dials I did my discovery number two of the day: Bailey Nelson London. They have a great selection of optical glasses and they only cost 98 £ inclusive the glasses itself. I know a good deal when I see it so I couldn't resist ordering the Fitzgerald model in Mahogany. If you need new glasses and you are in London I highly recommend you to stop by. With excellent service and only 15 £ to get your specs delivered in Belgium I don't see any reason not to buy them. A plus: they have sunglasses as well. 
Ready for work in my Bailey Nelson glasses
I hope you all go online and discover more about the above mentioned designers and maybe even buy a piece yourself. If you do, let me know!