happy new year

Time flies by, even when you’re not having a lot of fun… Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone has had a few wonderful days with family and friends. Unfortunately I was not so lucky and I spent my Christmas and New Year’s Eve in my bed or on the couch with a nasty stomach flu. Story of my life, really. But I’m doing much better and look forward to start blogging again. It’s been a while due to all kinds of circumstances. Mostly because we lost some people in the second half of the year who were really important to us. So I had to push the pause button on this blog.

Thankfully, I also had some lovely experiences last year such as moving into our new house in March and starting my new job in April, in this house we were planning to add a granny house to rent, and to get the highest quality build, it was important for us to work with a designer to make our Granny Flat Designs become a reality. That was quite a stressful time but also very exciting. In the summer I met with Sovannary from Defarjenary. I realized once again how nice it is to be able to meet likeminded people through the internet (and my blog in particular).

I could have done better in the shopping department, to be honest. Let me know if you would like me to do an 2017 overview of my (favorite) purchases. My last purchase of the year was the A.P.C. striped t-shirt from my previous post that I found on sale with 30% off. I’ll be heading to London again this month and hope to try on that A.P.C. denim skirt that I also mentioned. But mostly of all, I hope to purchase Rihanna’s Fenty Stunna lipstick. I’ve heard so many good things about it. Any other products or stores that I need to check out while I’m there?

Thank you all for reading and for the lovely comments that I have received over the years. I really appreciate it. How was your holiday season?

 

  • I’m a big fan of plants but I have also rekindled my love for flowers as of late. It feels like a bit of a splurge but what’s life without small luxuries? Fresh colourful flowers instantly brighten up the room and I love going to the market on a Saturday afternoon anyway (do I get extra cool girl points for the straw bag btw?)
  • I’ve been switching between scents the last couple of days. Molecule 01 by Escentric Molecules remains my all-time favourite and it’s the only scent I wear to work as it’s very subtle. But for summer, on my days off, I also enjoy the likes of Byredo’s Black Saffron and Jo Malone’s Wood Sage & Seasalt. The latter very reminiscent of warm days at the beach.
  • Can you believe I’m wearing a dress? I saw this particular wrap dress online and while I normally don’t wear a lot of prints, I was instantly sold when I tried it on. I mean, look at my waist! The fit of the dress is extremely flattering and the length is absolutely perfect. Something I’m not used to being only 5′ 4″ tall.
  • A rare selfie. My last haircut was over six months ago just before Christmas and those split ends are not a good look. So it’s time to book a new appointment. I usually give my hairdresser free rein and am pretty happy with whatever she does but as I’m getting older, I’m also starting to become more particular. For now, I’m leaning towards a bob just above the shoulder which would be perfect for summer. Although sometimes I do miss my straight fringe, hm…

Ps. I don’t post a lot of pictures on Instagram but I do use the Instagram stories feature if you’re interested @daarboven

Just a quick note to let you know that I’m still alive and well and didn’t abandon this blog. It’s just that life is currently extremely hectic. We’re in the process of moving and I can’t believe how much stuff we own. And also how tired I am of owning so many things. So I’m going through a decluttering fase at the moment and won’t stop until I’m done. I refuse to move things to our new house that we don’t want and/or need like we did last time because we were in such a rush. We still have one week ahead of us until our actual moving date. So far so good.

Another big change in my life is that from April 1st I will be working at another museum. To be more specific, at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the biggest museum for modern and contemporary art in the Netherlands. I didn’t plan on leaving my current job until a former colleague pointed out a job opening to me in december and I realised that it was time for a change. To be honest, it was a very difficult decision as I absolutely love the museum that I work at right now but I didn’t see any opportunities for me to grow in the near future. So I took a chance and I’m excited to see where this job will take me.

So that’s where my life is at right now. I feel a bit (understatement of the year) stressed out with all of these upcoming changes but I’m sure that feeling will pass once we move into our new house. Well, enough about me for now. I hope you are all doing well. And for my fellow bloggers, I can’t seem to find the time to leave a comment at the moment but I’m still enjoying all of your posts!

PS. I can’t wait to get my hands on the latest edition of The Gentlewoman. Sofia Coppola looks absolutely stunning on the cover and the images that I’ve seen so far.

current affairs

Welcome to the weekend everyone! I’m going to skip the apologies for being away and tell you what’s up at the moment. I’m currently working another job at the museum due to my boss’s maternity leave. Because this job entails also working the occasional weekend, that leaves me with little time to blog or to take pictures. We are also in the process of buying a lovely house from the 1930’s with original stained glass windows, wooden floors, original tiling in the hallway and kitchen etc. We still have a few anxious weeks ahead of us though because our mortgage needs to be approved. So fingers crossed!

But, back to my job for a second… Each year I organise a trip for our volunteers to thank them and this year we visited Museum Voorlinden which opened last month and its Ellsworth Kelly exhibition. Honestly, one of the prettiest museums I ever had the pleasure of visiting. I’m going to sound like a Tumblr cliche but I really loved Ellsworth Kelly’s simple line drawings. And speaking of line drawings, I’m very much intrigued by the blouse in the picture. Although I’m personally not into prints, this particular piece of clothing really drew my attention. It reminds me of those delicate Matisse and Picasso portraits.

And now that we’re on the subject of clothing, I acquired several new things and renewed my love for some older pieces such as my Isabel Marant pea coat from 2011. Sometimes I wonder if I need to get rid of things that I haven’t worn in a while, like the aforementioned coat. But when it comes to my more expensive purchases, they always prove to be smart investments which I only need rediscover from time to time. I’ll try and show you the purchases and coat soon!

Any pieces of clothing or accessories that you recently rediscovered?