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February 24, 2014
cardigan: H&M • skirt: H&M • t-shirt: Only • tights: Veritas • boots: Footwork • glasses: Kinto
February 20, 2014
I've met a fair share of fellow ginger-haired bloggers since my first days on the blogging block. But other Nikkis? Not so much! When Nikki from Dream In Neon happened upon my space here on the web, she promptly nominated me for the Liebster award, because us Nikkis have to stick together. She asked me 10 questions, that I very willingly will answer below.
Which blogger do you admire the most?
It's always hard to pick just one, but I've loved Chronicles Of A Country Girl since my early days as a blogger on Blogger. Those who are familiar with the URL of my blog, will see a connection immediately. Kates blog sparked my interest in photography after a few years of being out of it, and somewhere 5 years ago she answered a few of my questions that led me to choose Nikon for my photography hobby. I still often browse through her photographs, and even sat outside in my parents garden last weekend to snap the birds as they flew up and around my dads DIYed bird-feeder.
What is your favorite place you've ever visited?
I have been through Europe, and am still discovering new places every year, but I don’t believe I’ll ever go somewhere more exciting than London. That city blew me off my socks. Behind every corner lies a new photo op, there’s plenty of restaurants to enjoy and attractions to visit. And the shopping isn't bad either. With Gap, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, And Other Stories and even a J.Crew Regent Street is the place to be.
Who's the most inspiring person you follow on instagram?
This summer I stumbled upon Paris in Four Months, a Parisian photo blog written by Karin Olson. To simply say that I love her photography, is an understatement. Karin really knows her way around her city and her camera, be it a DSLR or an iPhone. The photos she shares on her blog are gorgeous and always have the perfect subjects. Her Instagram account is equally magical. I'm going to Paris again in April, so I keep a close eye on her account these days!
What is your craziest memory with your best friend?
This is a funny question, as I was sitting with my friend Karen earlier today and we were talking about how goody two-shoes we were. We once did something my mom would lock me up for, and it was 7 years ago. Don't expect too much of a cool story, it's actually even romantic. We were 15, and one of our friends had met a boy online that she really wanted to meet. She didn't dare go alone, so Karen and I went with her on her "first date". I don't think any of our parents knew, and back in the day meeting with online friends was considered very dangerous (might not be the best word, but anyhow). We were smart enough to pick a public place, the ice rink, and we had smuggled our phones onto the ice just in case we needed to call someone if something would go wrong. We basically avoided the boys (he had brought friends too, apparently), I fell on the ice a million times and one of his friends laughed at me so much I hated his friend for three years after that and we went home without saying goodbye. My girlfriend and the ice rink boy eventually dated for little over three years. And I? I'm still dating that friend who laughed at me as I face-planted into the ice more than once. That day on the ice rink has led to so much I could talk about it in a million blog posts. I like to believe it's the single most crazy thing we did, just for the amazing consequences it had.
Who is your favorite musical artist?
I used to be a fan of The Lostprophets. Those of you who have been or are fans too might have also heard the news about the lead singer being arrested and later convicted for child abuse. The band split in late 2013. I can't listen to it anymore. I now mostly enjoy top-40 hits kind of music and most recently have had Dark Horse stuck in my head.
If you could eat any food, all day/everyday, what would it be?
Pancakes, and I'm having them for dinner tonight. I love food that I can top-off the way I want to. My love for frozen yogurt is other proof of that fact.
What are your top 5 favorite stores to shop at?
Number one is definitely J.Crew. I can basically see my blog-friend Naomi's face as I write this, haha. I like J.Crew because they often have fresh styles, that fit me well and that come in exactly the right colors. Their poppy red is my favorite shade of red! Others stores I frequent are Gap, Madewell and Essentiel. Fifth, I have to say Esprit. To my own surprise I’ve grown very fond of their collections the past year. Since the brand had a face-lift, I like to think of them as the European J.Crew. Be it a little less colorful, they are each others equal on many other fronts.
Who is your celebrity fashion icon?
I’m not sure if Jenna Lyons is considered a celebrity, but I do google her outfits once in a while to gain inspiration. The J.Crew lookbook is a number one source for me too. Mostly I still draw my inspiration from other bloggers. We’re (almost) all real girls and real women, and because of that I get more inspiration from their looks than from lookbooks. I find there’s nothing more fun than browsing blogs or Pinterest when I’m out of inspiration, or when I’m having one of those infamous “I have nothing in my closet”-days.
What's your dream job?
I graduated as a social worker in June last year, fully convinced that I wanted to step into social economy and help people with less abilities gain control over their work life again. Yet, I’ve recently successfully finished my first semester at university and hope to obtain a Sociology Masters in 2015. My choice to return to the school benches after my internship probably shows for my insight in the future: I have no idea what I want, when I want it or how I want to achieve it.
Describe your personal style in 3 words.
I’m going for colorful, feminine and classic. Okay, I’ll be honest, I’m still working on the colorful, but over the last 4 years I’ve really worked on getting the much needed classics in my wardrobe. Think little black dresses, blazers and a trench coat. After out-growing my teens, I realized all-black looks didn’t work for me after all and that hoodies made me look even more boyish than I’m already built. Overall, I’d describe my style today as classic and feminine, and from the feedback I receive from you guys, I think you feel the same about it!
What is your favorite item in your closet?
When I bought my favorite black dress from Zara it was a guess. Like I just mentioned, I had realized black wasn’t my color, and I had also sworn to my mom that I wouldn’t buy another black item for a year. I made her that promise in January and it was only March when I broke it. Back in the day, I my mom paid for most of my clothing, so when she saw the black dress she cut-back my clothing budget for the summer season.
The Liebster award is normally given to blogs with a small following. It's already late in the evening, and I should read at least one more chapter in my Social Research Methods book before tomorrow, so I'm not feeling inspired to sum up 10 questions of my own. What I can do however, is hand you a list of my 5 favorite bloggers that deserve some love! Their blogs might be small (still), but their talent definitely isn't. PS: They're all Belgian too.
Maya & Archistas
Siel & Mademoissielle
Dorien & Bodacious Thought
Elisse & Bij Gebrek Aan Beter
Marlies & Golden Mirrors and Pink Bows
February 17, 2014
top: Massimo Dutti • cardigan: Zara • pants: Zara • booties: via Spartoo.be • cross body bag: Kate Spade • Glasses: Kinto
February 10, 2014