Fall Outfit of the Day

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img_8906-smallHi there!

We went strolling around in the park yesterday afternoon. Fall is definitely here because it’s getting colder, but the sun was giving its vitamine D to get us outside and enjoy the beautiful nature that is changing. The leafs are getting orange, red and brown.

I am wearing a gold-plissé skirt from Zara with a really oversized woolen orange sweater from Zara. My ankle boots are from Sascha. My choker is from H&M and my earrings from Victoria Jewelry.

My make-up is done by me. I used everything MAC Cosmetics but only my eyeshadow is from the Naked Urban Decay palette. I love this red mat lipstick.

Funny thing is that I just shooted this outfit and in the evening I was checking Instagram and saw that the swedish blogger Lisa Olsson was wearing the exact same outfit, what a coincidence!

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Run against Cancer – ‘Levensloop Edegem’

 

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What an amazing and energetic atmosphere this morning at the liferun in Edegem. Ellen and I ran about 5 laps and we had breakfast afterwards at this magical event. I loved participating especially because my godmother is a cancer survivor and for me it’s a way to honour her fight.

Liferun is a festive event for all ages. It is all about solidarity and fundraising for the fight against cancer. A Community life of a city or town comes together for 24 hours to celebrate and honor people who survived cancer or still fight it or to remember those who didn’t survive.

The goal is to stand together as a community and to take up the fight against cancer.

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Different teams run at different time moments during 24 hours around a track. Every team is sponsored for a good cause. There is always at least one person of the team on the track. No competition, it is a meeting of all associations of a city or town. 24 hours symbolize the ongoing fight of patients and their families against the disease.

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Xoxo

 

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Throwback to blonder days

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Throwback to my blonder days. Maybe this hairstyle was a little too blonde for me. Personally I would love to have honey-blonde-brown hair. This was during our visit to Amsterdam last year in November. It was so cold already!

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World Animal Day – Tribute to my Dogs

 

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Offcourse I have to post pics about my wonderful kids… I mean dogs. Meet my 6-year-old Chihuahua Bisou (beige) and my 2.5-year-old Chihuahua Cashmere (wolfie). Geoffrey and I can’t imagine a life without your friendship, love, trust & loyalty.

In memory of my Xanthos Da Vinci – Rest in Peace – We miss you!

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My Work-Out Routine

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To my sports buddies who have been wondering what kind of exercise I do to keep fit and to keep that body fat under control… Continue reading!

Those who know me for a long time, know I did all kinds of sports. Usually I don’t have the perseverance to do a sports a long time, but here are some that do!

I’ve picked up playing tennis after a 6-year break. During summer I play tennis at least once a week. The last year I became an addict to BOOTCAMP workouts. It’s a circuit training in group and I personally think it has kind of a ‘CrossFit’ character. The workout gives me energy, I sweat a lot, but they are so fun! Then I work out with my friend Ellen. Depending on time, it might happen several times a week but especially on Sunday. We go run 5 km and afterwards we have one hour of power training focusing on a particular muscle group.

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During our holiday in Mexico, we worked out every day 45 minutes and together with the boot camp exercises, I am now able to compose my own 30 minute workout at home. So lately I work out in our garden on a fitness mat with my sports gear and I love it. I might have to move to the garage because it’s already getting colder in Belgium.

My husband and I decided to go Thai boxing together. My family always thought it would be a great idea, but I’ve been to afraid. I have to admit the 1,5 trainings are very hard for my condition and perseverance but I can loose all of my frustration in here. It does hurt like hell when I have to take the punches. My legs and arms have bruises all over them!

Then I am planning to go swim on Wednesday right after work because it’s on my way home. It might not work, but I’ll let you know later.

So to summarize:

  • Monday: 30 min work out at home
  • Tuesday: 1.5h Thaiboxing work out
  • Wednesday: 1 h swimming
  • Thursday: 1h BOOTCAMP
  • Friday: 30 min work out at home
  • Saturday: Rest day
  • Sunday: 5 km run + 1 h work out at home

I have some sheets that you can use. They contain all the exercices that I do at home and they are categorized by muscle groups.

Sweat it baby! You’ll feel so much better afterwards.

 

 

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China calling

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I have to apologize so badly for not writing anything about our vacation to China. I was planning to make a vlog about it, but since I left only one month after China to Mexico I didn’t find the courage to start editing. Now I have to edit footage from two holidays into vlogs. HELP!

My husband and I planned a year ago to go back to China. It has been 3 years since my internship in Shanghai? And I started missing the Asian culture again. We planned a trip to the capital Beijing, stayed for 4 days, took a flight to Hongkong, stayed for 4 days and flew further to Hainan, Sanya, a southern island of China and stayed for one week to relax after two intense city trips.

First of all, I like flying with Hainan Airlines to China, but it doesn’t give you time to adapt to the Chinese mentality. The flights are full of Asian people and immediately you get confronted that you will be a minority as being a Western in China.

Arriving in Beijing, we stepped right into a tourist trap by taking an illegal taxi. I got so angry as they wanted to rip us off and my Mandarin Chinese got back fluently! I did not speak any Chinese since my studies 3 years ago!

Beijing is crowded and traffic can be hard sometimes. We decided to navigate ourselves through Beijing by taking the metro. I am not going to tell stories about all the things we visited because it was so much, but I will give you an overview: Forbidden City, Tiananmen,  Temple of Heaven, the different Hutongs, the Silk Market, Lama Temple, Summer Palace, Olympic Sites. The greatest thing was that we went to The Great Wall (Badaling) & The Ming Tombs.

Beijing is a very friendly and it is ruled by a familial atmosphere. The food is delicious as we randomly stepped into local restaurants and ordered plenty of food by a menu existing out of pictures.

The short time we’ve been here and the so many things that you can visit, got us knocked out every evening and we slept like a baby.

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After four days in the capital we took our flight to Hong Kong. This is New York in China, like Shanghai with the skyscrapers, many restaurants, shops and long streets. What really stroke me was the different kind of climate there is in Hong Kong. So warm and humid. Everyone uses an airconditioning with temperatures going down more than 10° outside. Every time you came out of a building the heat just knocked you down. An overview of all visited places: The Peak, The Ladies Market, Clock Tower, Tsim Tsa Shui street, Lan Kwai Fong, Mong Kong…

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Last but not least we flew to Hainan, beautiful Sanya. This island is not very known to Western people although a lot of Asian people spend their family holidays in this paradise. We found ourselves relaxing in a beautiful tropical hotel. Next to the many hotels that they are building here, you can’t find a lot yet. It’s all nature and open fields, palm trees and tropical vegetation. The beach here is also very nice and the waves are convenient for surfing. As we visited enough the past weeks, we didn’t visit anything in here.

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We planned this trip all ourselves and I must say that I am very proud we did so well. People can book this kind of holidays with a guided organization spending so much more money than they ever should, but we managed to visit all by ourselves. It is handy that I speak Chinese. Otherwise you are lost in this country or easily ripped off.

China had my heart for some reason. Although there are not a lot of people who feel connected with Chinese culture & habits, I feel like I could fit in here. It is bustling and you do need your personal space to survive here, but there is so much to do in beautiful China. For now we visited Shanghai, Beijing, Hongkong and Hainan, Sanya, it’s enough to have an overall impression about China, but I hope to get more opportunities to visit the more rural parts too.

In case you are prepping a visit to one of the places we did and you feel in need of our knowledge or information. Please feel free to contact me and I will provide you with all the information that I Have.

Xoxo

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Davis Cup: Belgium stuns Brazil

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At Ostend’s Sleuyter Arena on Saturday, we had a perfect afternoon watching our Belgian team conquering to a 3-0 game to secure their place in the 2017 Davis Cup.

It’s actually my first time I went to see a tennis match in real life. After a three-hour 22 minute battle, Ruben and Joris celebrated their victory with a hilarious chest-bump and showing lots of respect for the huge fan team that supported the entire game. My head was still cheering in the car on our way home :p.

They played a great match against the Brasilian team. I guess they really flipped the game by playing more risky and assertive. That’s why the game was a real climax for us supporting at the tribunes.

Afterwards we had a short chat with Ruben who actually is a real down-to-earth, timid guy. I definitely became a fan! Thanks for signing my shirt by the way!

My pictures aren’t as nice as the professional photographers, but I wanted to use my own pics for the blog! You will definitely find cooler pics, but that’s only because my lens (50mm) didn’t allow me to take pictures close by.

However, enjoy!

Xoxo

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OOTD – More long dresses

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Another dress that was hidden in my closet and sneaked into my luggage to China.

This was a dress I wore to a wedding. Note that the pictures were taken when it started raining. I was hiding underneath the palm trees, but I ended up soaking wet because in one second there was a flood of rain coming out of the sky!

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Home is where the dog hair …

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As you know we are proud owners of two chihuahuas. My oldest one is 6 years and is called Bisou. She is the light beige one and she is my favourite. The youngest is 2.5 years and her name is Cashmere. She has like a wolf kind of colour. She is the naughty one and the favourite of my husband.

Home is where the dog hair sticks to everything but the dog. I just finished cleaning our home. I have no idea what’s going on, but they loose so much hair! Oh my God, it’s terrible …

Enjoy the pics of our photogenic darlings!

Xoxo

 

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