Outfit: Anonyme dress in San Diego

Outfit: Anonyme dress in San Diego
Outfit: Anonyme dress in San Diego
Outfit: Anonyme dress in San Diego
Outfit: Anonyme dress in San Diego
Outfit: Anonyme dress in San Diego
Outfit: Anonyme dress in San Diego
Outfit: Anonyme dress in San Diego
 yellow crochet dress: c/o Anonyme Designers - handbag: Mango - sandals: c/o Avance - wide brim hat: Shibuya 901 - hoop earrings: New Look

Hey guys! What's up? Writing to you from sunny (but slightly chilly) San Diego. I still can barely believe I'm in California right now, air travel always feels slightly removed from real life (especially if you take a sleeping aid during flight) so in a sense, it's almost like we've been magically transported from Belgium to the USA. I am very much enjoying myself, though. The sight of palm trees never gets old, and San Diego is a lovely, lively, beautiful city. More about that later, though: today I'm sharing an outfit that we shot during golden hour, just outside of our hotel. 

I'm wearing an Anonyme Designers dress here - a gorgeous Italian brand I recently discovered that perfectly fits my aesthetic, and my love for all things colourful, playful and feminine. The label does amazing prints in vibrant colours, and offers that luxe, elegant Italian look at a very reasonable price point. Lovely! The yellow stands out gorgeously against the palm trees and that deep blue sky.

I'll be back sharing some first impressions of my trip to California with you guys soon! ;-)

Outfit: pinafore dress, patch sneakers

Outfit: pinafore dress, patch sneakers

Outfit: pink dress, white kicks

Outfit: pink dress, white kicks
Outfit: pink dress, white kicks
Outfit: pink dress, white kicks
Outfit: pink dress, white kicks
Outfit: pink dress, white kicks
Outfit: pink dress, white kicks
Outfit: pink dress, white kicks
 dress: Sienna & Lois - watch: c/o Olivia Burton -  Dazzle sneakers: c/o Torfs - sunglasses: c/o Komono - purse: c/o Primark

As you're reading this, I'm about to board a plane that will take me to Chicago, and then to San Diego! I am beyond excited about our trip, but it's still very unreal to me in my mind. It seems almost unfathomable that in such a short time we will be in California, dipping our toes in the Pacific Ocean, visiting L.A. and strolling through San Francisco. You best be sure I will be eating all the food, visiting all the shops I've been daydreaming about/imaginary webshopping at, and taking a bajillion pictures of palm trees. 

But don't be too jealous: Belgium is going through a heatwave this week, so it's time to pull out all of your favourite summer gear about a month early - heaven! I've been itching to wear this gorgeous pink dress (it's coming with me to Cali), and it looks just perfect with these adorable white kicks. I always love the look of a retro/oldskool sneaker, and these babies by Dazzle surely do the trick while still being clean and classic enough to look good with a dress. Btw, these sneakers are vegan, come in six colourways (dat babypink, ughhh yas), and are currently marked down from €39,95 to just €19,95 until June 13th. Great way to update your wardrobe for summer with a clean conscience and without breaking the bank. Do size up though - I'd say they run just about over half a size small.

Be sure to follow me on instagram to stay on top of my Cali adventures!

Beauty: Kat Von D Lolita review

Beauty: Kat Von D Lolita review

Hi babes! Today I'm reviewing a cult favourite beauty product that I picked up during our weekend in Paris: the Kat Von D liquid lipstick in Lolita (Lolita I). Let's take a look.

I can't even remember the first time I read about Lolita - it's definitely one of those shades that beautybloggers keep trying to find perfect dupes for, since it's a My Lips But Better shade that suits a lot of skintones, In addition, Kat Von D's liquids are known for how light and comfortable they are on the lips. Honestly, I wasn't fully convinced of the wonder of liquid lipsticks until I dipped my toe in the high(er) end market, with Lime Crime and Kylie Cosmetics, and I haven't looked back since. I'm most definitely not a snob, but if I can keep my lips feeling soft and non-crumbly, I'd happily pay the extra €15. 

Beauty: Kat Von D Lolita review

Kat Von D's liquids have packaging very similar to Kylie Cosmetics, with a very thin, long tube and a small doe-foot applicator. The formula feels creamier than Kylie's, which has an oily feel to it. The detailing on the tube is a bit goth for me with the silver/black roses, not my aesthetic, but I don't buy my cosmetics for their pretty packaging. I buy them for their superior performance. And does Lolita live up to its reputation? I'm happy to say that it does.

Beauty: Kat Von D Lolita review
Beauty: Kat Von D Lolita review

Lolita is THE perfect deep, terracotta leaning rosey brown that goes with any type of outfit and any type of makeup look. The formula goes on thin and needs a bit of layering here and there to get a perfectly even result, but it layers effortlessly and never feels heavy or dry. The lipstick feels weightless, actually. It does wear off quite easily after eating a meal, faster than my Kylie or Limecrime liquids. But since it's a nude on me it doesn't "show" its wear as quickly, and like I said: it layers like a dream, so reapplication is easy.

This shade is pretttty much the ideal product to try some overlining, because the colour is so natural, the doefoot applicator allows for precision, and the matte finish doesn't draw the eye to the natural rim of your lips. As a result, my lips look lush and full whenever I wear Lolita, and that's always a good thing.

Beauty: Kat Von D Lolita review

Summing up, Lolita is a fan favourite for a reason. Incredibly comfortable, gorgeous colour, easy to apply and wear. Only negative is that as of yet, it is not available in Belgium. You can however order it from sephora.fr, or el corte ingles. And that now I want her other shades as well (A-go-go is calling my name). Thumbs up!

Outfit: off shoulder blouse, Levi's wedgie fit jeans and metal bauble slippers

Outfit: off shoulder blouse, Levi's wedgie fit jeans and metal bauble slippers

Outfit: off shoulder floral dress, snakeskin boots

Outfit: off shoulder floral dress, snakeskin boots

Beauty: Urban Decay Vice liquid lipstick and special effects topcoat review

Beauty: Urban Decay Vice liquid lipstick and special effects topcoat review

Hi babes! Back with another beauty review, and some slightly lighter locks ;-) Check out my new highlights, and let's take a look at Urban Decay's new Vice liquid lip products.

Outfit: vintage button through dress, leather mules and moto jacket

Outfit: vintage button through dress, leather mules and moto jacket

Outfit: bundled up in turtleneck and embroidered coat

Outfit: embroidered coat, cropped denim, brogues

Outfit: mules, glitter socks and cropped denim

Outfit: mules, glitter socks and cropped denim

Outfit: gingham shirtdress and pink studded mules

Outfit: gingham shirtdress and pink studded mules

Outfit: perfect vintage yellow dress

outfit: yellow floral vintage dress, mules

Travel: a weekend in Paris

48 hours in Paris

If you follow my social media, you probably gathered that we spent a lovely weekend in Paris last week, thanks to Toyota! It was our first time fully experiencing the city (insane, I know, since it's only a short 3.5 hour drive away), so when Toyota reached out to me to test drive their C-HR car, taking along my boyfriend and two other bloggers on a little road trip to/through the city of love, I absolutely jumped for joy. I had just been neck-deep into PhD completion limbo, and some time to take my mind off things was just what the doctor ordered. This post is entirely too long, but what do you expect from a first time visit to an iconic city like Paris? Sit back and enjoy the ride!

Beauty: diy IPL hair removal at home review

This post has been sitting in my to-do folder for agesssss since I always get questions about at home ipl hair removal, so I figured many people are in fact looking for info, and I'm more than willing to help out!

Beauty: diy laser hair removal at home review

Outfit: head to toe metallics in jumpsuit

silver loafers, gold culottes jumpsuit

Beauty: vitamin C Clinique Fresh Pressed review

Beauty: vitamin C Clinique Fresh Pressed review

While I used to think that a simple moisturizer was enough, skincare has become a passion of mine over the past few years. Of course, you shouldn't expect miracles from skincare (you're never going to get a result from a cream that you might get from fillers or botox, if that's what you're after), but as someone who spends quite some time staring at their face while playing with makeup and editing pictures, I've come to notice the small but significant changes made by particular types of skincare. 

Today, I'll be talking about Clinique's Fresh Pressed regime, which is basically a 7 day plan that uses vitamin C to clarify your skintone and increase your natural glow. I tried a vitamin C based skincare routine last year when I tested Auriga's Flavo C range, but I wasn't entirely convinced by the result. However, when I received this adorable mason jar filled with Clinique goodies, I was inspired to give the idea another go. Especially when reading the claims!

- cell renewal is boosted from the first use
- your complexion should look brighter after only one use, and after a week of daily application, your skin will be more even, smoother and firmer
- after four weeks, hyperpigmentation should be reduced by about 20% (no idea how they measure this though), and fine lines and wrinkles have reduced by 30%
- after 12 weeks of contnued use, hyperpigmentation has reduced by 30%, and wrinkles by 40%.

Sounds pretty impressive! I only used the product for 7 days, so let's see if we can see those claimed end results.

Giveaway and Beauty: Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 avant premiere

Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 inspired makeup look

Hey guys, fun post today! I mean my posts are always fun (I'd like to think) but today is a two-for-one. First, I'm giving away THREE sets of two tickets (so six tickets in total) to go see Guardians of the Galaxy in IMAX at the night of its exclusive premiere at Kinepolis Brussels, April 25th. Second, I'm sharing a makeup collab I did with my lovely sister, inspired by two of GotG's most kick-ass female characters. We were both pretty proud of the end result, so you're in for a treat!

Outfit: culottes and yellow platform clogs

Outfit: culottes and yellow platform clogs

Outfit: rainbow stripes and culottes

Outfit: rainbow striped off shoulder top, culottes and platform mules

Outfit: rapeseed flowers and silver loafers

My apologies, picture overload coming up! But who could resist that vibrantly yellow field of flowers, and a perfect gingham summer dress?

Outfit: gingham dress, floral embroidered denim jacket

Outfit: heart shaped glasses and pom pom shoes

Outfit: heart shaped glasses, pink dress and pom pom shoes

Beauty: Asian beauty with BBCosmetic review and coupon code

Beauty: Asian beauty with BBCosmetic review and coupon code

Hi babes! Today is all about Korean beauty products, as I will be reviewing the BB Cosmetic webshop, and some Yadah brand cosmetics. I'll also be sharing a coupon code that you might wanna use if you're into Asian makeup yourself, so keep reading if you're interested ;-)

BB Cosmetic is part of the current wave of Asian webshops geared at Western customers, and the store offers free shipping worldwide and a bevy of beauty products by brands that are not available in the Western markets. Definitely something that makes a a makeup lover's heart beat a little faster! I was offered three items to review for you guys, and I tried to get some diversity in there: the Yadah quick tattoo brow gel, a lip tint, and some sunscreen.

Travel: California Roadtrip 2017 Itinerary


Ah, travel! Growing up, we never had any money to travel anywhere, and that situation continued until a few years ago when I finally felt comfortable enough with my savings and income that I could justify spending money on discovering the world. And thanks to my PhD, I was able to dive in deep straight away: Puerto Rico, Japan, and now California. Yes, you've read that right, I'll be flying to California in about two months! 

Like the two years before, my boyfriend will be coming along and he suggested that we should rent a car and turn our visit to San Diego (where I will be presenting my research at a conference) into a mini roadtrip through southern California. I basically jumped for joy when he said he was into it, and I've been having fun planning our trip ever since! As it stands now, this is our itinerary. If you have any tips, recommendations or feedback, please do share. I prefer being super prepared when travelling, so the more info, the merrier ;-)

Outfit: white biker jacket, floral dress

Outfit: white biker jacket, floral dress

Beauty: Anastasia Beverly Hills pro series contour kit review

Beauty: Anastasia Beverly Hills pro series contour kit review

Hi babes! Today I'm reviewing one of the most influential, hyped makeup products of the last few years: the Anastasia Beverly Hills pro series contour kit. ABH was one of the first brands that created high quality contouring products geared at "casual" makeup lovers rather than makeup artists, and this pro series contour kit is incredibly popular. When contouring was at its peak a few years ago, this palette was constantly sold out, and for good reason: the colours are versatile, the powders are neutral in undertone, and the blendability and pigmentation is amazing.

If you're pale like me you can use a light hand and blend them out, or you can use the product more heavily if you have medium skintone. In sum: instead of having one or two shades that suit your complexion, like with most contouring kits geared at professionals, you will be able to use all of these powders if you have light-medium skintone. This makes it worth its €54.90 pricetag (available at Planet Parfum in Belgium).

Let me demonstrate the awesomeness of this contour kit.

Outfit: rainbow striped polo, cropped denim

Outfit: rainbow striped polo, cropped denim

Beauty: H&M Strobing Palette review

Beauty: H&M Strobing Palette review

Another day, another highlighting product review. I hope you're still as into the trend as I am! As much as I love a matte look from time to time, this end of winter/early spring weather makes me want to turn around my beauty routine, go back to something dewy, glowy, fresh and easy. Highlighting is the BEST way to brighten up dull or sallow winter complexion with minimal effort, and allowing your skin to breathe. 

I spotted this limited edition Strobing Palette at H&M's beauty counter, and its six cream highlighters made it impossible for me not to swatch away. After swatching I fell in love (ugh I never learn), and although I walked away that first time (the last thing I need is more highlighters), I returned a week later because I couldn't put this palette out of my head. Since it's just €15, I allowed myself to go for it. And now I can review it for you guys, so enjoy!

Outfit: military jacket, white lace dress and fiddler cap

Outfit: military jacket, white lace dress and fiddler cap

Review: Zaful swimsuits

Review: Zaful swimsuits

Hi guys! If you're on Facebook, you have undoubtedly spotted those Zaful FB ads. Gorgeous babes in super cute swimsuits, what's not to like? Well, for one, Zaful has been getting some mixed reviews. I've heard of long shipping times and low quality, but also very positive impressions of customers. I have quite some experience with Asian webshops (as a blogger, it sort of comes with the territory), so when Zaful contacted me for a collaboration, I figured I could do an honest, thorough review of my experience with Zaful to help you guys decide whether to take the gamble!

Outfit: Beatnik inspired professional in perfect boyfriend blazer

Outfit: Beatnik inspired professional in perfect boyfriend blazer

Outfit: embroidered Torfs espadrilles

green coat, red tripes, pleather skirt and embroidered espadrilles

Outfit: floral blouse and first blossoms

wide brim hat, floral blouse, high waisted skinnies and pointy toe flats
wide brim hat, floral blouse, high waisted skinnies
wide brim hat, floral blouse
wide brim hat, floral blouse, high waisted skinnies and pointy toe flats
wide brim hat, floral blouse, high waisted skinnies
wide brim hat, floral blouse
wide brim hat, floral blouse, high waisted skinnies and pointy toe flats
 floral blouse: Think Twice - high waisted skinnies: Vero Moda - ballet flats: Texto - cross body bag: Mango - hat: H&M - necklace: c/o Lobogato - sunglasses: c/o Polette

The past week has been nothing short of amazing, weather-wise. Nothing refuels my batteries like some time in the sun, and these first spring days were just what I needed. I'm still stressed out with a million things on my to-do list in this last stretch of finishing my PhD, but I have a bit less anxiety when the sun is out ;-) And look at those first spring blossoms! I love seeing the seasons change in my outfit pictures - just a couple of weeks before the magnolias in full bloom again, and I always look forward to that so much.

Friday night, my sister and I took the train to Brussels to go to the Beauty and the Beast avant première and had an absolutely lovely time. Great movie, gorgeous venue, good company - unforgettable experience. I can't recommend the movie enough btw, if you love that Disney magic ;-)

I hope you're having a lovely weekend! Btw, I might blog a bit more inconsistently over the next couple of weeks, since I'm so busy at work right now, but I'll still do my best to drop by regularly.