Today’s quote : getting started

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“The secret of getting ahead is getting started” – Mark Twain

the beginning of a long hot day
Calais-Dover crossing… the beginning of a long hot day!

This quote reflects on me and my blog. I have doubted for quite some time to start blogging. Always making excuses why I shouldn’t start just yet, making plans and posts but not actually doing something with it.

But then I read in the book “How blogs work” from Stephanie Duval that you can plan everything… and you can keep planning and adjusting… but if you just don’t have the courage to start one day, you end up with nothing and all the invested time and energy were useless.  Read more about this quote!

Beauty: Make-up tutorial at Mac, Antwerp

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The Mac products I bought.

Last week I went  to Mac in Antwerp to get a make-up tutorial. I have been using make up since I was 14 so you’d think I get the hang of it by now after nearly 30 years ! But of course my skin has changed a great deal since then and so has the use of make-up. So I thought it would be great to hear some tips from a professional make-up artist. Read more about this make-up tutorial!

Lazy Sunday

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On Lazy Sunday just a picture out of my collection !

Enjoy your Sunday…

Love, Kathleen

Beautiful flowers at the orangery of Lyme Park, England.

Fashion: The culottes

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A couple of weeks ago I did it… I bought a pair of black culottes !

I found the perfect pair at & Other Stories in Antwerp. I really love this brand (Other Stories) ! They’ve got trendy yet affordable clothes, shoes and accessories so once in a while I cannot help myself… I’ve got to check what new things they’ve got in store…

This time it was my daughter’s fault though… she had seen some black leather Vans which were sold in & Other Stories so off we went. After 5 minutes she had her Vans and I was like “I’m just going to have a look around…”. Fortunately my daughter and my husband were really patient as I tried on several things, but it were the culottes I fell in love with immediately !  Read more about this outfit !

Belgium: Antwerp – flower carpet

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here’s a trip-tip for the quick : today and tomorrow you can still admire the flower carpet at the Grote Markt in Antwerp. It was designed by Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven. On Saturday 13th June, flowers and plants will be handed out to the visitors.

It is one of many events organized to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the town hall. I enclose the link for more details (link). Below you see a few images.

Love, Kathleen

pano view of the Grote Markt in Antwerp
flowers and plants will be handed out to the public on Saturday 13y June
the statue of Brabo in front of the town hall


Today’s quote : happiness

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“Whoever is happy, will make others happy too” – Anne Frank

The Westertoren, near the hiding place of Anne Frank. The bells chimed every 15 mins, which soon gave Anne a familiar feeling which comforted her.

Today’s quote is from Anne Frank, a joyous teenager who had to live in miserable circumstances. I’m sure that due to her vivid character, she made life at “Het Achterhuis” (link), the hiding place in Amsterdam she lived in during the second world war, a bit more liveable for the other 7 inhabitants.

Anne Frank would’ve turned 86 today if it weren’t for Bergen-Belsen in 1945. Her diary was one of my favorite novels when I was a teenager. I read it several times and her strong character continued to amaze me. I recently bought the book for my children as I want them to read this piece of history that may never be forgotten !

Love, Kathleen

France: Paris – Parc Monceau and Hotel Daniel

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La tour Eiffel – c’est toujours belle !

A couple of weeks ago I went on a daytrip to the City of Lights… aka Paris !

Paris really is my favorite city. It oozes elegance and charm and I really like to stroll around and just soak up the atmosphere.

Now this last time, I went with my 2 daughters Charlotte (18) and Elizabeth (12). So it really was a girl’s day out ! The sun was shining so we took advantage of this beautiful weather and walked for miles and miles. We saw heaps of beautiful spots and places, but this time I will tell you about 2 things that really stood out for me that day and aren’t the typical tourist spots : afternoon tea at Hotel Daniel and a visit to Parc Monceau. Read more about our trip to beautiful Paris!