Back to work

After nine months out, I returned to work on Monday.
Such a massive event obviously required a new outfit, so as soon as I knew I would officially be starting again I planned a trip to Lola&Liza.

The result of my shopping trip: a dark blue dress with a pattern including many of autumn type approved colours and a gorgeous orange blazer that will work with a lot of the dresses I have in my wardrobe.

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On the day I wore the outfit with a pair of navy tights and my denim court shoes.

Summermoon’s Packing Frenzy

As my trip to Disneyand draws closer, I’m getting more and more into a packing mood
Being both a bit of a control freak and perfectionist, who wants to make sure her bags are packed on time and for any occasion, and a procrastinator; my packing habit tends to be a bit peculiar.

I start out way ahead of time to think of the outfits I would like to wear (making sure that all or most of the items that make up the outfits are interchangeable) and the shoes I’ll pack to go with those outfits (keeping in mind I have a bad ankle and as such will pack several types of shoes so I have all stages of “bad foot” emergencies covered). And of course also thinking of some backup outfits to be prepared for any occasion and any mood cause a) you never know if there’s going to be a snow storm in the middle of August and b) I’m a feeler and not a planner when it comes to chosing outfits.

As from the weekend before I leave, I start to think of what I need to take along in lines of toiletries, make-up, first aid kid, tech gadgets, books,…And slowly start on getting all the stuff upstairs to the walk-in wardrobe so it’s all at hand when I actually start packing…

This routine, however, gives me a false sense of confidence resulting in me doing the actual packing on the evening before or even the morning of my trip.
At that point you will see me running around the walk-in wardrobe and the bathroom like Tasmanian Devil summing up all the things I’ve already packed and all the things I still need to pack, since I don’t do lists, working on the nerves of my housemates.
But, as this routine seems to work very well for me, I’m not really planning on changing it any time soon.

Do you have a packing routine? Is it as quirky as mine or are you a more orderly and more timely packer?

Geeky Friday – The games edition

Both my housemates and I love playing board and card games and playing these kinds of games is a bit of a theme in all of our friendships, we play them during games days or nights as well as in the early hours of our new year’s celebration.

On Sunday me and my newest housemate visited a couple of friends to play games with them and some other friends. We ended up also eating some take-out chinese, which wasn’t a straight forward thing as we first received the wrong order and had to return to the take-out place. We did get 2 complimentary bottles of wine and some krupuk to make up for the trouble.

I chose my outfit to be suitable for a small apartment holding quite some people on a summer’s day, but also wanted it to be geeky and I had to be able to add hooped earrings following the #IwillwearwhatIlike list.

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In the end I did a triple transgression with hooped earrings as well as a sleeveless geeky graphical T-shirts, paired with a linen skirt and my orange Tamaris bow-sandals, which I bought for the my grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary.

We played several games, some I had and some hadn’t played before, but there’s one that stood out enough to make it to my games wishlist. (Yes, apart from my shoe wishlist I also have several other wishlists, including a dresses wishlist)
It’s a game called Dixit, which apparently won a lot of prizes and awards according to boardgamegeek.

dixit Oddesey

The game goes as follows: the player whose turn it is (I’ll refer to this player as “the first player” for explaining purposes) will look at his/her cards and choose a sentence to “describe” one of the cards he or she has in hand. I use the word describe loosely since you actually want to give a hint about what’s on your card without giving too much away if you want to score points.

Once the “description” is known, all other players look into their hand for a card that could also match that description. They give the cards blindly to the first player who shuffles them and then lays them on the designated spots on the scoreboard.
The other players now try to guess which card was the one of the first player hoping to get it right.

If nobody or everybody finds the correct card, the storyteller scores 0 oints, and each of the other players scores 2 points. Otherwise the first player and whoever found the correct answer scores 3 points. All players, other than the first player, who get their cards voted for receive one point.
The game ends when someone scores 30 points.

As an added feature you can have the first player block one of the cards of the others to avoid it from scoring points too.
(both the choosing and the blocking is done secretively and revealed when everybody has made their choice)

The reason it’s on my whishlist? I love the possibility to do some storytelling and I love guessing games.

Do you like playing games? Have you ever played Dixit and if so, did you like it?

What’s in the bag – the Castlefest edition

Castlefest is a is a medieval/fantasy/pagan festival (and so much more) that is held each year during the first weekend of August in the gardens of Castle Keukenhof in the Netherlands.
It is also a yearly mini vacation for me and my housemates and always feels like being home from home;  a place to come to rest, meet old friends, make new friends, browse the stalls, enjoy the food, listen to the music,..

Just like when I’m traveling or going to a theme park, I like to pack for the occasion, taking along the essentials when I’m at the festival grounds, without carrying around too much stuff.
In order to do this as comfortable as possible, I take along the Hard Rock Café backpack I got with my membership welcome pack a few years back, turns out it’s ideal since it’s lightweight and just the right size to fit all my stuff.

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So let’s see what goes into the backpack:
– lightweight version of my wallet and my medication and makeup essentials bag
– pocket versions of sunscreen, deodorant and hand sanitizer
– tissues
– my sunglasses and bug repellent spray (it is summer after all)
– my chopsticks (cause I (almost) never leave home without them)
– a battery pack for my phone to keep in touch with friends in order to meet up and make arrangements
– a lightweight rain poncho (bought at Graspop Metal Meeting last year)
– an extra sweater, because the secret to all outings is layers, layers, layers (especially when you’re good with hot and/or cold weather but not with temperature changes… I’m the girl who puts on a sweater in the evening when it’s only 30°C after a day of 40°C, while all the others finally stop huffing and puffing)

In previous years that bag would also have contained my dancing shoes,but since I’m still struggling with my energy levels and I’ll have to makes sure I take the necessary rest and naps even without dancing, I’m deliberately leaving them at home in order not to get too tempted. (I’m sooo proud of myself now!)

Do you have a standard packing list for when you go to festivals and the likes? Is there any type of bag you like or prefer for those outings?

That time I put my bankcard in the bank notes slot

I had been wanting to go to Yves Rocher for a while now, cause even though I found replacements for the more urgent stuff at bol.com, my shopping list was getting longer and longer.
So, when the job hunting housemate told me he had a job interview almost next door to the Ghent Zuid Shopping Center, I decided to give him a ride and pop in and out of 2 or 3 stores while he did his interview.

Apart from Yves Rocher, I wanted to visit L&L to redeem the shopping budget I won with the scratch card two weeks ago and I wanted to pop by Essenza to check out their tea selection.

First stop: Yves Rocher, where it turned out that from the fruit mask line I always use, they no longer have the pomegranate version. They still have the Cranberry version but I still had a bottle of that at home, so I searched for an alternative since I like to vary between masks because of my very sensitive skin.
I ended up buying a cream mask (a type of mask I haven’t used before) for dry skin since I couldn’t find a sensitive skin mask.

picture: Yvs Rocher
picture: Yves Rocher

I did however find the teal coloured self sharpening eye pencil I was looking for and a teal coloured nail polish, win!

Since they didn’t have any pocket-size sunscreen or nail brushes, my next stop became Kruidvat. Where I bought a small bottle of their SF 50+ kiddie sunscreen since none of the other options had a high enough SPF factor for my ridiculously sensitive skin.
I combed out the very messy, overly warm and crowded store for a nail brush; but instead of finding one I almost fainted, which was my cue to go to the checkout counter and leave.
I did however find the brush over at Hema.

Next step L&L, but unfortunately their Ghent Zuid store is rather small and was rather crowded because of the sales, so I left almost straight away, because I started feeling faint again… not good!

By that time I really didn’t feel like popping into Essenza anymore, so in stead I chose out one of the taverns to have a drink and a bit of a read while I waited for my housemate, who was a bit worried that I looked a bit tired and extremely white by the time he arrived…

He was right about me being tired though. So tired even that down in the parking garage I managed to put my bankcard in the bank notes machine.
I managed not to panick (go me!) as the machine never really swallowed nor spit out my card. I even had the presence of mind to poke around a bit to force the machine to either swallow or spit out my card. Lucky for me it did the lather and I could continue my payment and get home (with a little stop over at Brantano to return a Skunkfunk order from over at Vente Exclusive since they size rather small).

Needless to say that I only did one thing  when I got home: throw myself on the couch for a long nap.

Things I like: All things Disney

I’m an all-round Disney fan girl. I love the movies, the songs, the characters, the parks, the parades, the sand sculptures and of course I like the merchandise (which shouldn’t come as a surprise from a girl who has two Winnie the Pooh handbags, right?).

Let the memories begin

I still remember the first Disney movie I saw in a theatre: The Jungle Book with my dad, while my mom stayed home with my sister.
I remember asking my dad to play his record time and again until he put it on tape for me.
And that movie will always have a special place in my heart.

Sandy impression of Big thunder mountain

I still remember my first visit to Disneyland Resort Paris as well as both my visits to Disney World Florida.
And I’m really excited that I’ll be visiting Paris again next month taking one of my housemates for his first visit.
He’s also a great Disney fan and I obviously hope he’ll have a great time.

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