Can you believe my last post was from November? Just before Black Friday? Yikes! I lost track of my blog. Traveling to work every day (my commute is at least 1,5 hours, so a total of 3 hours) and those dark, short days, really got to me. Thankfully longer and brighter days are upon us. Crazy how much that can do for your mood and physical wellbeing. Anyway, how are you guys? I see I still have followers on Bloglovin’ so hopefully some of you stuck around. For the new readers, I would love to know how you found my blog!

I contemplated doing an overview of my purchases of 2018 but are those still a thing? Is blogging? LOL. I mean, I would gladly take you through a year of incredible failure regarding wardrobe building but I’ve done so many overviews already so I kind of presume you’ll be bored. And if you have been reading this blog for a while, you’ve seen most of it, to be honest. Let me know if I should do one anyway. I can promise you this; it will make you feel better about your own spending.

I absolutely loathe that ‘new year, new me’ talk so it’s only logical to use it as a title for this post, right? Except for the fact that there is no new me. I’m still happy with my wardrobe and the things I purchased last year, which were mostly summer clothes. My loafers, trousers and t-shirts have been calling my name for weeks. It’s nice to look into your closet and to see so many things from a year ago (or longer) that you can’t wait to wear again. None of them have gone out of style. So I like to believe I have a good eye for that.

One thing that slightly changed over the course of last year is that I no longer feel the need to fit a certain style. I had that short Parisian chic moment but I’m not cut out for it. And it’s fine. I’m back to wearing what suits my body best and not looking at pictures of women and style that aren’t even in the slightest bit attainable (you shouldn’t either).

So what else can I share in this update… I bought most of the things I talked about in my Black Friday post. Except for the sweater and the blazer. The blazer didn’t suit my skin tone and the sweater seemed a little too boring. The Dr. Martens came in very handy during a few winter days which is why I bought them in the first place. Oh and I finally got my hands on Santal 33 by Le Labo at Liberty in London in January. Ridiculously expensive but such a wonderful scent.

I’ll leave it at that for now and will get on with writing a few new blog posts that I have in mind. By the way, you can find a sneak peak of my latest purchase in the picture above. You’re not allowed to guess if you follow me on Instagram though 😉

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.