maandag 28 april 2014

Love the look... black & white

source picture.
This is a great winter-to-spring or summer-to-fall look. Easy to combine with a great coat or lighter jacket (or blazer) and you can make it as warm as you like by using a thicker sweater. I love that monochrome black and white and think these accessories are great. Less is more! 

A great loafer like this can be found here


So, what did you do on 'Kingsday'? Usually we go out to a party/festival but this year we just just had a long walk with the dogs (the dog of my sister in law was staying over) and then afterwards had a really nice bbq with friends! A little bit more low key, but still so much fun. I love to spend holidays like this with friends or family. 

Here's a picture of the King and Queen. I think Queen Maxima is wearing a beautiful dress with such a bright color and amazing embellishments.

woensdag 23 april 2014

This really made me laugh..


I'm sorry, i like stupid things. And drawings of cats. But if you do like funny drawings too, here's the website! I think some posts are hilarious:-)

dinsdag 22 april 2014

maandag 21 april 2014

Pretty in pastel

           Pretty in pastel
Happy Easter! 

Saartje, Happy Easter, Dinner table

I thought this photo was too funny not to share. Our dog Saartje was trying to 'talk' back, I think here face is so cute! 

Yesterday we had a lovely easter brunch with the family, and then went for a long walk trough Den Bosch (a city nearby). Today the boyfriend and I are going to do a little cleaning and starting on new tables (dinner and coffeetable) for ourselves to use for our portfolio and advertising. I loved this picture we received of a happy costumer who bought our white dinner table. Such a great way to style the dining area. 
Maybe we're going to a flea market today as well, but I love the fact we have nothing planned. What are you going to do today? And how did you spend your weekend? 
Happy Easter! 

woensdag 16 april 2014


Our sweet little cat Fleurtje loves gardening! Enjoy the lovely weather today :) 

vrijdag 11 april 2014

How to wrap your gift like a pro...

This may seem a strange subject for a blogpost right now (you know, after all the holidays) but since it is one of my goals to learn 'how to perfectly wrap a gift', I thought it would be fun to share what I've found out (and came accros on the world wide web:-). 

First of all, it's obvious there are a few things you need to wrap your gift beautifully:
- the gift (never forget the present itself...); 
- gift wrapping paper, but you can also use newspapers, fabric or wallpaper. Anything beautiful (that you can fold) will be perfect; 
- ribbon that matches your paper and other accessories (ornaments to match the gift- or holiday theme);  
- scissors; 
- scotch tape, or double-sided tape is even better! 

Offcourse the gift should be super awesome to avoid dissapointment after anyone opened up your carefully and beautiful created packaging. But other than that, a beautiful package is already a really nice gesture and makes someone feel special. 
If you want to impress someone you should make sure the wrapping paper matches the gift or (even better) the personality of the person who receives the gift. There are, for example, amazing giftpaper-books with themes like 1920's fashion, floral prints, art deco or even persian designs. But an old ground plan or anything ecological would be nice as well.
Make sure to pack strangely formed objects in a box to make it easier to gift-wrap it. Or try the packing way from the video below, that looks really beautiful as well and is not too complicated. 

These two videos show the most basic ways to wrap your gift.

And this one shows how to wrap a gift that doesn't come in a square box (any different shape). 

So, here's everything you'll need. Good luck!


woensdag 9 april 2014

My classic wardrobe 2.0

I thought it was time to change things up a little. The lay-out of 'My Classic Wardrobe' was really (super) boring but I do like a classic and minimalistic look. I'm not good with blogger, social media or actually anything on the computer at all. So here I am, all proud of the small and very neccesary changes I made to 'My Classic Wardrobe'. Hopefully you'll like it! 

xoxo  Nadine 

Summer shoes

You guys probably all know I love everything super feminine when it comes to dresses and shoes. So why not go for these cute converse sneakers in white embroidery. These would look amazing underneath dresses but also jeans or shorts. Perfect for spring!
Buy them online here.

dinsdag 8 april 2014

101 Update.

To do:
1.       Bedenk 101 activiteiten/doelen/uitdagingen;
Think of 101 activities/goals/challenges;
2.       Inspireer anderen tot het maken van een 101 in 1001-dagen lijst; 
Inspire others to create their own 101 in 1001-list; I think I've inspired a few people to think about their bucketlists and as far as I know inspired one person to create a 101-list (online) as well. Awesome! 
3.       Adopteer een puppy;  Nou, het is dus geen puppy maar een volgroeide 18kg zware, tweejarige blije hond.
Adopt a puppy; Well, it isn't really a puppy anymore but a 18kg weighing, 2jr old happy dog 
4.       Stuur (handgeschreven) persoonlijke kaartjes voor verjaardagen en speciale gebeurtenissen van familie en vrienden;
Send (handwritten) personal cards for birthdays and special occasions to family and friends;
5.      Leer kleding naaien;
Learn how to use a sewing machine; I'm getting sewing lessons once a week by my mum. 
6.       Start een eigen webwinkel;
Start your own webshop/boutique;
7.       Boek  1 (of meerdere) weekendjes Parijs, mijn favoriete stad in de hele wereld;
Book 1 or more weekends to Paris, my favorite city in the world;
8.       Bezoek Milaan, Rome, Barcelona en New York; 
Visit Milan, Rome, Barcelona and New York;
9.       Organiseer minimaal 1 x per maand een diner voor vrienden of familie; 
Invite friends or family for at least 1 dinner a month; We've hosted 7 dinners so far, so once a month is a super easy achieved goal. I'm more for organising one dinner a week now! Whether I have to cook for 2 of 4 (or 6) people, it doesn't really mather if you ask me. I love having friends and/or family over. 
10.   10 nieuwe recepten en gerechten uitproberen;
Try 10 new recipes/dishes; We have tried 2 new dishes so far, hmm that's not that much. Let me dig up some cookbooks. 
11.   Een (opfris)cursus Frans; 
Do a course to improve my French;
12.   1001 blogposts op
1001 blogpost on;
13.   1001 volgers, op Bloglovin’ en Google Friends connect samen, realiseren; 
Collect 1001 followers on Bloglovin' and GFC (for my blog);
14.   Post een of meerdere ‘outfit of the day’ foto’s op
Post a few 'outfit of the day' pictures on;
15.  Bezoek 6 musea per jaar; 
Visit 6 (new) museums a year; I've visited one museum since the beginning of this challenge. A lot more to go!
16.  Get my drivers license;
17.   Een bruiloft bijwonen; 
Attend a wedding;
18.   Minimaal 2 x per week sporten; 
Work-out at least twice a week;
19.   Lees ‘The great Gatsby’ en nog een aantal literaire klassiekers; 
Read 'The Great Gatsby' and other classic novels;
20.   Maak een adresboek met alle adressen en telefoonnummers van vrienden & familie, en andere belangrijke contact informatie (huisarts, tandarts, dierenarts etc.); 
Create an adresbook with all adresses and phonenumbers of our friends and family, even as other important contact information (dentist, vet etc.);
21.   Koop, of maak, een prachtig rood jurkje; 
Buy, or make, a beautiful red dress;
22.   Doneer kledingstukken die ik niet langer draag aan een goed doel of een kringloop; 
Donate clothes and shoes I no longer wear to charity or thrift stores; I've donated several items to charities and a thrift shop. Still lot of cleaning out to do. 
23.   Een jaarabonnement nemen op 1 van mijn favoriete tijdschriften, waarschijnlijk Marie Claire;
Subscribe to my favorite magazine(s), such as Marie Claire;
24.   Volg een yoga/pilates-les;
Go to a yoga or pilates lesson;
25.    En een golf-clinic en paardrijlessen;
And take a golf-course and horsebackriding-lessons;
26.   Koop een paar Louboutins; 
Buy a pair of Louboutins;
27.   Een nieuwe look voor met o.a. een nieuwe header en lay-out;
Get a new look for with a new header and lay-out;
28.   Creëer een klassieke, tijdloze garderobe;
Create a classic, timeless wardrobe;
29.   Zelf macarons maken;
Make macarons;
30.   Een paar nieuwe make-up looks proberen;
Try some new make-up looks;
31.   Sparen, onder andere voor een auto!
Save money for a car and other goals! We've been saving up a lot of money. I'm so proud and happy:) It's a great feeling to know we're starting to have a buffer for if anything happens. Now we really want to buy our own car, a new couch and this beautiful chandelier we've seen in the Laura Ashley shop. 
32.   Lees een of meerdere boeken over succesvol ondernemen en het runnen van een webshop;
Read multiple books on becoming a succesful entrepreneur and running a webshop; Just ordered a few books! Reviews will follow. 
33.   Ontdoe ons huisje van alle onnodige spullen (weggeven, verkopen of doneren);
Declutter our home (give away, sell or donate); 
34.   Stuur kerstkaarten (dit jaar niet aan toegekomen) naar vrienden, familie, kennissen en belangrijke contacten in mijn netwerk;
Send Christmas Cards to friends, family, acquaintances and other contacts in my network;
35.   Investeer in een mooie, tijdloze (designer)handtas; 
Invest in a beautiful, classy and timeless (designer)handbag;
36.   Volg een cursus of workshop interieurdesign en verkoopstyling; 
Follow a workshop or course about interiordesign and home-staging;
37.   Leer een paar fantastische cocktails mixen;
Learn to mix a few amazing cocktails;
38.   Doneer €101 aan 1 of meerdere goede doelen;
Donate €101 to 1 or more charities;
39.   Bezoek een paar kunstgalerijen in verschillende steden en de Affordable Art Fair;
Visit a few art galleries in different cities and the Affordable Art Fair;
40.   Investeer in een waardevol  en bijzonder stuk antiek of kunst;
Invest in a valuable and precious piece of antique or art;
41.   Organiseer een picknick in de zomer;
Organise a picknick in the summer;
42.   Creëer een mini-moestuin met verse basilicum, munt, peterselie en tomaatjes; 
Create a mini kitchen-garden with fresh basil, mint, parsley and tomatos; We have a pear- and an apple tree, and we're trying to grow tomatoes, basil and parsley. What other vegetable or fruit would you recommend? 
43.   Plan recepten voor het avondeten vooruit voor 1 of twee weken en probeer binnen een beperkt budget de boodschappen te doen; 
Plan recipes a head for dinner for at least two weaks and try to shop the groceries within a small budget; 
44.   Bereik mijn streefgewicht;
Reach my goal weight;
45.   Bezoek een ballet-optreden of de opera;
Visit a ballet performance or go to the opera;
46.   Organiseer een high tea; 
Organise a high tea;
47.   Update mijn blog tweemaal per dag voor 1 week;
Update my blog twice a day for 1 week;
48.   Bouw een financiële buffer;
Bild a financial buffer; What amount of money do you think my little family (boyfriend, me, dog and cat) should put aside? What are you trying to save up? I know it's a very personal question but I think it's an important subject to share your experienc and thoughts on. 
49.   Zorg voor een (gemakkelijk vindbare) emergency kit in huis (verbanddoos, zaklamp etc.);
Have a (easy to find) emergency kit in the house (first aid kit, flashlight etc.);
50.   En als aanvulling op bovenstaande, heb altijd een aantal anti-griep medicijnen en pijnstillers in huis; 
And as a addition to number 49, make sure you Always have some medicins against the flew and painkillers in the house;
51.   Maak zelf sushi;
Make sushi;
52.   Leer (opnieuw) piano spelen of tenminste 1 nieuw liedje;
(Re-)learn how to play the piano, or at least one new song;
53.   Lach! 
Smile! I love my life more and more!
54.   Bekijk een aantal van de beste Audrey Hepburn films (‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ + ‘Paris when it sizzles’: check!);
Watch a couple of Audrey Hepburn-movies;
55.   Bezoek een live-muziek optreden op zondagmiddag;
Go to a live music performance on a sunday afternoon; We did went to a concert (Gare du Nord!) in the theater, but that was on a friday night. So it doesn't really count, right? 
56.   Dineer in een sterren-restaurant;
Dine in one of the finest restaurants;
57.   Leer cadeautjes prachtig in te pakken en hoe je een (gekregen) boeket schikt;
Learn how to wrap a great gift and how to arrange flowers; A blogpost on gift-wrapping will follow :-) 
58.   Minimaal 1,5 liter water per dag drinken;
Drink a minimum of 1,5 liter water a day;
59.   Stuur iemand een bos bloemen of cadeautje, zomaar, gewoon als blijk van waardering;
Send someone a surprise (gift) or flowers, just because you like them or appreciate them;
60.   Bekijk 15 documentaires over uiteenlopende onderwerpen;
Watch 15 documentaries on different subjects; We've watched two since the beginning of the challenge. Normally we are all about documentaries especially by Louis Theroux or Vice. But we've seen so many already....
61.   Eet vegetarisch, tenminste voor 1 week; 
Eat vegetarian for a whole week;
62.   Organiseer een zondag-brunch;
Organise a sunday-brunch; Easter-brunch with the family and a brunch with friends for Queensday Kingsday (a national holiday) are coming up! 
63.   Koop een antieke kroonluchter;
Buy a (antique) chandelier;
64.   Een handig huishoudschema/routine bedenken en me hier aanhouden;
Make and stick to a great and easy Household schedule/routine;
65.   Wijn proeven;
Wine tasting;
66.   Kies een maand waarin je níets uitgeeft (behalve aan rekeningen en levensmiddelen);
Do a non-spending month (pay only the monthly bills and buy groceries, nothing else);
67.   Vind de perfecte jeans, en bij voorkeur ook een witte;
Find a perfect jeans, preferably also in white;
68.   Ontmoet en maak kennis met andere bloggers in real-life;
Meet other bloggers in real life;
69.   Maak promotie op je werk;
Get a promotion at work;
70.   Of nog liever, zorg dat je kunt leven van inkomen als zelfstandig ondernemer; 
Or even better, make sure you get enough income as a entrepreneur; That's why I'm reading those books about entrepreneurship. We've been making (and selling) these wooden dinner tables and are trying to make a webshop/business out of this hobby. Thursday we're going to make a start with the businessplan. 
71.   Vind uit wat je bloedtype is evenals allergieën etc.;
Find out your bloodtype and allergy information;
72.   Geef complimentjes en vrolijk mensen op;
Give compliments and make people smile;
73.   Bezoek een polo-wedstrijd;
Visit a polo match;
74.   Doneer honden en/of kattenvoer aan het dierenasiel of een dierenopvangcentrum;
Donate pet food to an animal shelter;
75.   Bezoek een veiling; 
Go to an auction;
76.   Investeer in een goede koffer/trolley;
Invest in a great Luggage set;
77.   Plaats een interview met, of gastblog van, een inspirerend persoon op mijn blog;
Do an interview with or get a guest-article by someone inspiring, for my blog;
78.   Dates en quality time met vriendlief; 
Dates and quality time with my lovely boyfriend; I love thursdays! We usually both have a day off on thursday and then we go out for lunch, shopping or taking a long walk with the dog. Such a lovely  carefree day together! 
79.   Richt het huisje ‘tijdschrift-waardig’ in en post foto’s op mijn blog;
Decorate the house in a 'magazine-worthy' way and do a photo tour on the blog;
80.   Koop een nieuwe bank;
Buy a new couch;
81.   Verf de salontafel en de vintage stoelen;
paint the coffee-table and the vintage chairs;
82.   Koop een loterij-ticket of kraslot (en get lucky hihi);
Buy a lottery ticket (and get Lucky;)
83.   Mama worden en trouwen met mijn lief;
Becoming a mommy and getting married to my love;
84.   Lees één maand lang iedere zaterdag de krant;
Read the newspaper every saturday for a month;
85.   Plan een weekendje  weg in eigen land;
Act like a tourist in our own country and book a hotel;
86.   En een weekendje Antwerpen;
Go to Antwerp for a weekend; We went to Antwerp for a day, just shopping, lunching and visiting my brother (who now lives there for his internship). It was such a lovely day, and amazing to see my old co-workers over there. I miss them a lot! 
87.   bezoek een cabaret of comedy-voorstelling; 
Visit a cabaret or comedy performance; 
88.   bezoek de opa’s en oma’s vaker;
Say hi to the grandparents more often and pay them a visit;
89.   investeer in een mooie klassieke wintermantel;
Buy a classic wintercoat;
90.   koop een nieuwe laptop;
And buy a new laptop;  I got a new one (Google ChromeBook) as a birthday gift by my amazing boyfriend 
91.   leer ‘blogger’ beter gebruiken;
Learn how to use 'blogger' in a better way;
92.   lees een etiquette boek of volg een workshop;
Do a workshop or read a book in etiquette;
93.   tanden laten bleken;
Get my teeth whiten;
94.   maak business-cards voor mijn blog of onderneming;
Make business-cards for my blog or webshop;
95.   spaar €5 voor ieder bereikt doel;
Put €5 in savings for every goal;
96.   reorganiseer alle administratie en de boekenkasten; 
Reorganise our books and administration/paper work;
97.   geen snoep, koekjes, toetjes voor minimaal 1 week;
No candy, cookies, deserts for at least 1 week;
98.   bezoek een live-opname van een tv-show of serie;
Attend a live recording of a tv-show or serie;
99.   bezoek een opening van een winkel/restaurant/café of een signeersessie van een schrijver;
Go to a grand opening of a new store/restaurant/bar or booksigning;
100.                       maak nieuwe vrienden/vriendinnen en breid mijn netwerk uit;
Make new friends and expand my network;
101.                       vind ons droomhuis (koop of huur).
Find our dreamhouse 

Have you created your own 101-to do list yet? Or have you achieved anything you're really proud off or happy about? Let me know, I'm super curious! If you've created your own list (maybe got inspired by me or someone else) please leave a link in the comments. I would love to know :-) 

Linen closet

I have to say, our linen closet is a mess. Behind closed doors you can easily hide your towels, bedding and everything else and it ends up not being a pretty sight. I always love it when I open the closet door (or a cabinet) and there are some pretty looking and well-organised shelves. So maybe next time when we (or just I) have a couple of days off cleaning out and re-organising our linen closet will be one of the projects on my to do list. 
This video from (amazing!) blogger, DIY- and organising expert 'Pink So Foxy' is super inspiring!
Go to here website or youtube canal for more (way more!) video's on DIY projects, closet tours etc.! 

When the boyfriend and I started living together we bought everything new; towels, bedsheets, pillows, matrass etc. After 2,5 years though it seems like it is time for new towels. The colors (white and black) and the figures (little crowns with rhinestones) are not as pretty anymore and they used to be much softer. How long have you had your towels? And what colors do you like? I'm not really crazy about hard colors, I love pastels for household stuff and linen. Anything monogrammed ads a little bit more luxury but just plain white (really white) and fluffy towels are just as gorgeous. 

vrijdag 4 april 2014

Deux Amours

I think this song by Madeleine Peyroux is really beautiful. Just listen! I love her warm voice.