Monday, 7 April 2014

botanical garden

Hello! Today, I had a very nice day at the botanical garden in Antwerp today with Alice. We spent the afternoon talking, sketching plants, looking at the cacti, eating coconut and blueberries and taking photo's oh and I also picked up this really cute highwaisted jeans skirt at American Apparel! Perfect afternoon if you ask me. And I  took some outfit photo's there. My outfit wasn't that special today because uhm effort and also a two hour train ride so I am sorry. I've been wearing lots of black and white lately which is probably my stubborn character ignoring the fact that it is spring and that everyone is wearing pastels right now.
(I wish I knew what my hand was doing in this photo)
Wearing a black fisherman sweater from American Apparel (stolen from my sister), a striped black and white Topshop croptop (underneath the sweater), Urban Renewal jeans dungarees AGAIN, Babar patch is dead-stock from an old sewing shop, random tights (spot the run, such a professional fashion blogger), Fjallraven Kanken Classic, second hand Adidases.

I was so happy when I found this Babar patch! It was one of my favorite cartoons when I was younger and I remember watching it at my grandmum's on early sunday mornings. Also am I Ezra Koenig yet? 
The amazing Alice (click that link) took these photo's and you should go check out her blog

That's all for now.
But there are some exciting things coming up soon!
Love,
Ibe

Friday, 14 March 2014

morning light & pretty jewelry


Hello! So I am back with a new post after a week of skiing and a week of being ill (that's what you get when you breathe in a hotel). I had so much fun in Italy skiing and eating amazing food and catching up on sleep and tanning (yes I know I don't tan but I enjoy the idea of tanning). But Belgium isn't so bad at the moment either! Spring is finally coming and it is quite sunny. Not that I could enjoy the weather because uhm I was being under it - the weather that is. When I finally felt better today I started taking some photos of the jewelry that the really sweet people of Vintage Store sent me. And the lightning in my room was really pretty this morning so yay!
VintageStore's business card (loving the fonts). And in the background you might see my beloved Catcher in the Rye poster which is one of the favorite things in my room.
All the items I picked: an 80's ring with a beautiful green stone: I've wanted a pretty stone ring for a long time and I like the fact that it is a light greenish shade because I think it would look cool with an all black outfit and then just a little bit of colour. Next item: a vintage moon broche: In my humble opinion the moon surely is one of the most fascinating objects ever. Space in general and  the moon in special. I don't really know why. But what I do know is the NASA moon photos up on my walls have an eerie attraction, that my tumblr is full of moon pictures (and I even have a moon cursor) and that the crescent emoji is my most frequent used emoji. So long story short: I most definitely had to pick this broche. And I absolutely love it! Moving on to the last item: a pair of vintage gold earrings. I have been looking for hoops like this for a while now and I love them but the really tiny delicate ones are still on my wishlist so if anyone knows a place where I can buy them cheap let me know!
I don't think I've already told you guys that I now have three ear piercings in my left ear. So this is my ear situation right now. Gold hoop that Vintagestore sent me, silver moon earring (see more moon obsessing) is from a really really really weird shop that kind of sells everything and is owned by an even weirder man and the red fake ruby one is the earring that I got my ear pierced with and I kind of like it so I am leaving it in. Oh and the sweater is something I found in a little souvenir shop in the village where we went skiing! It must have been gathering dust there for ages and they gave me a huge reduction on it because it fluffs a little bit. But it is super cozy and a classic navy sweater has been on my wishlist for a long time!
Close up of the ring. Look how pretty aaaaah I feel like together with this ring (the one on the left and is it just me or have my hands grown a lot in one year??) it could become my signature ring, because I like wearing at least one ring every day.
My babies modeling my new jewelry.
On a different note: I finally got my hands on a pair of classic Adidases. Found them in a secondhand shop for 15 euros! I love how they are already worn in (don't worry I washed them before wearing them) because new sneakers feel so awkward and make me pretty uncomfortable.

Oh and before I forget, I wrote a new article for Teenkicks (in Dutch, sorry) about the best Belgian bands You can read it here if you want to.

Love,
Ibe

Saturday, 22 February 2014

don't bother


Hello! 
This is just a quick update because I realized that I have been neglecting the existence of this blog for a month again. I am trying to be a better blogger by trying to change the lay out of this thing a bit and I have been looking for good lenses for my Nikon as well because my digital photos are literally crap so if anyone has any recommendations, hit me up! But now you'll have to do with this polaroid that Frances took of me and one of my favorite songs at the moment. We will see how this whole thing turns out right.



Love,
Ibe

Sunday, 19 January 2014

winter faves

Hi! So this post is a compilation off all the things I have been wearing  lately. I find dressing for winter weather pretty difficult because I always feel like just throwing on a pair of highwaisted jeans shorts and a random striped shirt and then I go out and  realise that it is 5 degrees °C outside. But I am actually also fond of wearing sweaters and long sleeved blouses in the summer so it is probably just my inner self that is just not in sync with season changes. 

(sorry for the weird photo quality there is something wrong with my camera. I am still figuring out what the problem is)
- Green (it looks aquamarine on this photo ew I hate digital photography) vintage turtle neck sweater that I      got for one euro last Wednesday at a vintage store. 
- Dark blue vintage bird sweater. I have been living in this sweater (I am actually wearing it as I write this) and  it is comfy and perfect as well as oversized.
- Black and white striped crop top from American Apparel (nicked from my sister). I used to wear this top under my  dungarees all the time and now I just wear it under my sweaters because it is so soft and such a great basic.   I also own the red/white oversized version of this top and I love them both so much.

A small gold necklace has been on my wishlist for a while so 
I was really happy when I found this heart shaped one!
- Red Adidas sneakers via Zalando: I bought these for working out because I didn't have any proper sport shoes but now I just wear them all the time because I think they look so cool underneath a skirt with collared shirt. So now they are my everyday kicks (and also my sport shoes but sssht don't tell my PE). 
- Black and white Zara Loafers: My vintage loafers were literally falling apart so I needed to buy these.
- Black Chelsea Boots c/o Fred De La Bretoniere: The people behind FDLB were nice enough to let me pick out a pair of shoes in September and I chose these beauties. They are a bit worn out right now which is a good thing because in my opinion brand new clean shoes are the most awkward thing ever.
I finally bought a Kanken! You'll probably see this baby a lot here in the future because I think it is absolutely perfect and I love it with all my heart.



Love,
Ibe

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

favorites of 2013

Hello! First of all happy New Year! I hope everyone of you had an amazing New Year's eve because I definitely had. This post may be a little different (which is probably a good thing because it needs admitting that some of my post are chaotic and weird rants ...sorry) but I really wanted to write about something else. So here are my favorites from 2013 (yeah I use this as an opportunity to fangirl):

MUSIC:
From left to right: 
1. Long.Live.A$AP by A$AP Rocky: although I listen to indie music most of the time, I really do appreciate a good hiphop album and this one is really, really good. 
2. AM by Arctic Monkeys: ah yes if I had to pick one ultimate favorite from this list I would definitely choose this one. You have probably seen me fangirling here and maybe here (yes I have a separate Arctic Monkeys tumblr ok don't judge me). But I swear this record is my life. I actually had a countdown app on my phone to the day that it would be released. I just knew that it would live up to my expectations after hearing Do I Wanna Know and Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High. Well I could go on for five pages about what this album means to me but I wont be bothering you guys with that. But one last thing: I am seeing them in July at Rock Werchter with Marie!!!!!!!!!! (I can't use enough exclamation marks). 
3. Modern Vampires Of The City by Vampire Weekend: This album just makes me so happy and it was a perfect soundtrack for this summer. 
4. Where The Heaven Are We by Swim Deep. Don't really have to say anything specific about this album: it is just really catchy and cool. 
5. Night Time, My Time by Sky Ferreira: Sky is a Queen and this record just screams 'whatever to cool for you guys'. Couldn't agree more with her.
6. Beyoncé by Beyoncé: uhm DUH. 
7. 6 Feet Beneath The Moon by King Krule: I talked about King Krule in my last post  but I can't express enough how amazing he is. 
8. Rumours (35th anniversary special edition) by Fleetwood Mac: I got this special edition box set for my birthday and it is one of my favorite vinyls. SO GOOD. 9. Reflektor by Arcade Fire. I love Arcade Fire but this is actually my least favorite album of the band. It is still awesome & but I was kind of disappointed the first time I listened to it. But oh well that is probably because nothing could top The Suburbs.

MOVIES:
1. Ginger& Rosa by Sally Potter: I saw this film in really late December so it is a last minute entry in my personal charts. First of all: Elle Fanning acts so well it is insane and she just rules. I kind of just want to be best friends with her. Also the vibes in this movie wowowowow. After watching this I plan on wearing men shirts and turtlenecks for the rest of 2014 (ok not really but I wish I was disciplined enough). But go watch it! It is free on the internet somwhere I guess (#beingillegal #yolo #nomoneytobuymovies).
2. The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrman: Gah where to start! The soundtrack, the clothes, the decor, the parties, the storyline. It is everything I hoped for when I saw the trailer. 
3. The Bling Ring by Sofia Coppola: This doesn't even need explaining. Go watch if you haven't seen it yet!

BOOKS:
I actually haven't read any books that came out this year but I read loads of older books in 2013 so I am just going to pretend that the following books are fresh-cuts. (so badass).
1. Franny & Zooey by J.D. Salinger: Although it took me a while to read this one, it is one of the most endearing books I have read so far! I just could relate a lot too Franny ( don't worry I don't have a mental breakdown) and the ending is so powerful! Like wow.
2. The Outsiders by S.E Hinton: I wrote about this book before here and I even included it in my halloween costumes idea article for The Pulp Zine so it obviously had to be included.
3. Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block: This is obviously no high brow literature but I really enjoyed reading it last spring and it left just so many good vibes. I read the whole serie but I enjoyed Weetzie Bat the most.
4. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi: I am not sure whether I read it for the first time in 2013 (I think I read it for the first time two years ago) but I picked it up again in 2013 and it deserves its place. Marjane gives a really good perspective about Iran and it is really intresting. I also really like the way this is drawn.
5. An Extraordinary Theory Of Object by Stephanie Lacava: Again the drawings are amazing and it is a beautiful written coming of age story, for understandable reasons totally my genre
6. Building Stories by Chris Ware: Chris Ware, ah do I need say more????



Love,
Ibe

Sunday, 15 December 2013

sucking at blog titles 24/7

Hi! Exams are over and I am now in that time of pure bliss between the last day of exams and the day you get your results. I am really 'bus' at the moment but I needed to get this update post out of the way.

Here are some disposables that I took last half term when Ophelia came to Belgium as well as some memories of Halloween and other stuff

Zoe & me on Halloween. Zoe was 'watermeisje' and I was a cheerleader 
(don't ask me about the shopping cart)

Marie, Aster, Seppe, Poppy & Silke
 Zoe in her room during Halloween (look at all the good records that girl's got, ew I am so jealous)
Ophelia in my room.
 Emma, Zoe & Fien during Halloween
Ophelia eating fries
 Halloween
 Zoe, Fien, Aster, Parel & me with Halloween
Opi again
 Parel in Zoe's bathroom when we were dyeing our hair bluegreenish #impulsdecisions #yolo 
(I only did one little part and didn't bleach it so don't worry)
Marie spraying Aster's hair green.
 Fien & Zoe after we saw Fleetwood Mac and overslept and missed a halve day of school (#yolo again)
 Ophelia outside a thrift store
 Candid of me
Ophelia
 Yours sincerely in the train to Antwerp
Myrte's perfect hair being perfect.
Ophelia in my room on her last day in Belgium

I am so excited for Wes Anderson's new movie! Look at that trailer ah so many good vibes. 

Also Tilda Swinton as a dead rich lady??? Yes please.




Going further on the cool videos theme: this King Krule video clip. I love his music so much (the lyrics!) .

That video clip of Easy is a marvel. It is one of my favorite videos ever made.


ALSO! The new Beyoncé album is literally the best! 'Lol brb dropping a new album with 17 videos whilst 

doing a 123 countries tour and bringing up a young child' WHAT EVEN. I think Flawless is my fave because oh my god the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie verse. Definetly the best pop album released in 2013. 
And never forget: It's Beyoncé's world and we are just living in it.

And lastly here is a little Fall playlist I made some time ago.


Love,
Ibe

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Designer Outlet Roermond

Hello! I am in the middle of a weekend of studying and sobbing in cups of coffee (praise the lord for caffeine) Maths is hard, you guys, but I really wanted to post this before Monday when my exams officially start. Last Friday I had the opportunity to visit Designer Outlet Roermond with some other bloggers (Jonas, Paulien, Elien, Yara & Joyce).
We were welcomed by the very sweet Yolanda and she showed us around the little village (so many pretty shops!). We had a nice cup of coffee together before we got our gift receives and went totally wild. (Sorry for the weird quality of this photo, I have no idea what went wrong)
wearing American Apparel striped crop top, girl scout patch that I scored on eBay, denim dungarees are vintage L.L Bean (again), Falke opaque tights, Happy socks and vintage granny lace up boots via Etsy
Prada fitting rooms (I am pretty sure that the whole store is made out of angel dust and unicorn tears). We weren't allowed to take any photo's of the products but believe me the shop (that was recently renovated and is now two times bigger than before) is beautiful and you can score great bargains!
Yara rocking her fluffy beanie & Rika Iron Girl sweater.
Elien and Paulien excited over their Mulberry purchases!
The decor was so christmas-y and made me feel like I was in a Grimm fairytale/German idyllic village/Shortbreadhouse aka what dreams are made of. I mean a carousel and a 19m high Christmas tree!
Paulien showing of the process of buying a designer bag in gif form.
Some of our bags (spoiled brat alert)
And I, dear people of the internet, got this beautiful Prada checkered sleeveless collared shirt. I am really into lines right now (proof) and I am just so happy with this beauty! I am a bit scared to wear it because it is so fancy and I basically dress in one euro frocks. But once I get over the fanciness I will probably wear the life out of it. I also bought a red/blue striped sweater and blue knitted beanie from Fred Perry and two Bodyshop bodybutters and lipbalm. And I can't express how happy I am with my purchases.

Thank you so much Yolanda and everyone at Designer Outlet Roermond. I had a really good time and I would definitely recommend visiting it when you are around.

Love & wish me luck for my exams,
Ibe