• The elements

    Look who’s here. I took an unintended month-long break from The Ginger Diaries, but I come back bearing good news. I graduated! I remember the post I wrote about my first day at uni like I wrote it only moments ago. The past 2,5 years have flown by. How sad I felt after my first day (I didn’t have any friends and felt completely out of place at that time), I’m much more sad now knowing how amazing these last few years have been. I…

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    Oversized

    Oversized

    Let’s kick off the new year with a laid-back attitude. After days of dressing up for family occasions, I thought I’d go for relaxed looks. Besides, There’s no need to wear skinny jeans and a nice top, when I’m spending 90% of my days behind my computer filling out job applications. The other 10% is spent watching Netflix’s “Making A Murder”. I don’t think I’ve ever had more WTF-moments in one hour before. Also: The Pretty Little Liars waiting game …
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    The Classics

    The Classics

    The gifts are unwrapped, the family dinners eaten and the gourmet set has been dusted off for Thursday night. Everything feels like winter, the only thing missing is the cold. It’s been unusually warm (like in many places) so when we went for a walk after Christmas I was perfectly fine in a blazer and my converse sneakers (without socks!). I switched the sneakers for my trusty black heels before we went out for a coffee and to shoot my outfit. It’s one …
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    The Weinachtsmarkt in Monschau

    The Weinachtsmarkt in Monschau

    The German Christmas markets (or weinachtsmarkten) are my favorite. Every year we try to visit a German town around Christmas to do a little shopping and enjoy the Holiday cheer. You can read about my visits to Düsseldorf here and here. This year we went to Monschau for the first time with friends and I’ve taken a few photos to share with you! Monschau is a quaint little town hidden away in a valley. It’s just a few kilometers across the Belgian …
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    Caramel Camel

    Caramel Camel

    For years and years I’ve worn a grey coat in the winter. When my last one lost its final button and I could no longer postpone shopping for a new one, I decided to look for something different. Navy coats turned out to be quite hard to find. And since I wear a lot of black these days, a black coat would have been too boring. After aimlessly walking through every high-street store I decided to go for camel. The it-color of the past …
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    Putting up our Christmas tree 2015

    Putting up our Christmas tree 2015

    Part of moving in with my boyfriend means that this year we got to buy and decorate our very first Christmas tree! We both really love the coziness that comes with the Holidays, so you can probably imagine how excited we were to get started! The goal? A sparkly, but subtle Christmas tree in warm tones. I think we’ve succeeded! As my mom taught me: lights go in first! 4 strings each consisting of 7 strands of LED-lights ensure a true Christmas-y vibe. Tied together…
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    5 hours in Amsterdam

    5 hours in Amsterdam

    On Monday I promised to share a mini-post about our mini-trip to Amsterdam. I got sick and spent most of Monday and Tuesday in bed fighting the flu. My fever is gone now and I’m left with a nasty cold, but that won’t stop me from returning to my blog. It’s been a while. K shared the Amsterdam lights festival on Facebook and asked me if I wanted to come with her. As if she really had to ask! We left in …
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    Chai lattes at home with Chalo

    Chai lattes at home with Chalo

    Until last Thursday I had never had a chai latte. I actually didn’t even really know what a chai latte was. Today, I am a convert. ‘Cause this stuff is good! And here’s a blog post to tell you why. Chai what? All I knew was that Chai Lattes are the new popular kid on the blog. I was curious, but I am also a creature of habit and kept to the coffee kind of latte. With vanilla syrup, because who cares? All …
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    Farewell Fall

    Farewell Fall

    The fields are covered in an ice cold white dust. The heat in the bus is on. It came ten minutes late, by the way. My feet freeze as soon as they touch the Roosevelt stones. Maybe All Stars weren’t the best choice this morning? I do not have a new winter coat and I’ve thrown out last years, so I’m covered in ten layers of sweaters. When I walk by my favorite coffee place I’m dying for a hot chocolate …
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    The Perfect Winter Basics From Street One

    The Perfect Winter Basics From Street One

    Street one? Not a store most fashionista’s include on their quest to shop the hottest key pieces of the season. I must admit that I too thought of the brand as a bit dull and too mature. All of that changed, however, when my search for an affordable Bernadette-style cardigan led me inside their Antwerp shop. After Instagramming my newest wardrobe addition, I also discovered Street One’s Instagram feed and learned they had a lot more in store than I ever knew. From …
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    Store Opening: Bodum Flagship store Brussels

    Store Opening: Bodum Flagship store Brussels

    Good news for all coffee aficionados out there! After opening flagship stores in Copenhagen and Paris, Danish design brand Bodum has opened up shop in Brussels! The store offers you Bodums entire collection, ranging from coffee cups to kitchen machinery, and a series of notebooks, laptop cases and desk supplies from sister brand Ordning&Reda. It is pleasantly cozy in the adjoining Scandinavian-style French Press Cafe, where you can taste Bodums own coffee blends and enjoy the Scandinavian cuisine. You can find the store …
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