Tournée minérale – time for an update!

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A couple of weeks ago I joined Tournée Minérale, a joined challenge to ban alcohol for a month. I’m two weeks into the challenge now and today I tell how I’ve been doing!! Read the rest of this entry »

Time for a new challenge!

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It’s been a while since I’ve had a challenge to share with you guys, so it’s time for a new one don’t you think? Now what have I come up with this time…

Reaed more about my new challenge!

Challenge : how to lose 5 kilos… week 6

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A couple of weeks ago I started my new challenge… I had gained some kilos over the last couple of months and somehow I didn’t manage to lose them! That’s why I made it into a challenge to lose 5 kilos… preferably before the festive season 🙂

I hope that this challenge will help me reach my goal. In return for all you guys being my sounding board, I will give you a recipe each week and also some tips on how to lose weight and how to eat and live healthier. Read more on how the sixth week of my challenge went!

October challenge : halfway there

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The first of October I started a new challenge. You may remember my first challenge, where I banned myself from shopping. Well this time I set myself a physical challenge : in October I want to reach the 50k mark. Oh yes, I want to run 50k in 31 days! To some this may seem peanuts, and actually it is… but as I have a bad back (as you could read in the first post about this challenge) to me 50k is quite a lot! Read how I’ve been doing so far…


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Stretching is obligatory after a run ! Even when it is raining... Love Kathleen #blog #thegoodthefabandthelovely #blogger #fitness #jogging #running #morning #morningrun #sunday #sundaymorning #stretching
Stretching after my morning run… now that’s something you’ll see me doing quite often in October  !

It’s been a while since I had my first challenge (you could read all about it here) so it’s time for a new one, don’t you think?!

For the month of October I set myself a physical challenge. I like jogging (as some of you who follow me on Instagram already may have noticed) but the past years I have discovered that the month of October is crucial… I tend to stop running and start my winter break extremely early… That is of course due to the changing of the weather and the shortening of the days. But to avoid that this year, I set myself a challenge… and to make it even harder I share this challenge on my blog! I took my first challenge to a good end, so why not this one ?  Let me tell you all about it!

The 50-day challenge : finally…

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In July I had the crazy idea to do a challenge… a 50-day challenge of not buying any clothes, accessories or shoes… Now normally I regularly buy something… a T-shirt here, a pair of earrings there so 50 days were really challenging for me !

The first half went rather smoothly (as you could read here)… but how about the second half ?! With stores stocking up on fab fall fashion ?!

Well, my dearest followers, I am quite proud to say that I made it without buying anything at all ! I survived these 50 days really well thank you very much 🙂

What I did buy was some magazines like Elle, Feeling, Marie-Claire to do some research. Browsing through these magazines gave me inspiration for fall outfits. Instead of buying stuff, I made notes on which styles will be trending the coming season.

Did the research…

I even went to various stores to try heaps of new stuff for my fitting room fits (which will be posted really soon!) and no… I did not buy one single thing!

… did the fittings… now let’s have some action !

A bit earlier than other years I went through my fall and winter stuff. I really think that I will buy stuff more thoughtfully now as I did the research. This 50 day sabbatical made me think more about the things that are still missing in my wardrobe.

I did have some tough times of course with all those August day trips I did… Knokke, Antwerp, Brussels and then there was this fab boutique in my town that was selling out and those fantastic end of sale bargains that are now nowhere to be seen anymore… But I managed to avert all temptations !

Anyway… I’m off now… time to finally do some shopping !

Love, Kathleen

The 50-day challenge… halfway there !

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On July 17th… exactly 25 days ago (not that I’m counting…) I started my 50-day challenge of not buying any clothes, shoes or accessories… You can read all about it in this post.

Now I’m halfway there and perhaps you’re a bit curious on how I’ve been doing… have I been cheating ? Have I managed to withhold myself of any temptations I might have stumbled on along the way ? Did I stroll around in shops sniffing leather shoes and bags ? Did fabrics glide through my hands ?

Well… I’m pleased to say that so far so good ! I have been tempted of course, but I managed to stand the test for 25 days now… and surprisingly well I must say.

The first real test was on our daytrip to Utrecht (of which you can read all about here) and that was quite challenging. In Utrecht you literally have one shop next to the other but as I otherwise should’ve spend quite some time in the shops, we now walked past most of them and only went in a few shops my husband or daughters wanted to to into. Instead of spending time in shops, I went to the Aboriginal Art Museum to give my cultural level a boost (I did buy a birthday card for my Australian friend Katelijne I must admit but that I was allowed to !).

The second test was when I met up with my sisters at the end of July. Normally meeting up with my sisters means having a quick coffee and then hitting the shops, but fortunately we hadn’t seen eachother for a while, so we needed our time to catch up and there was no more time left for shopping !

Then last week I went to Bruges and stumbled upon a little market where people sold homemade jewellery, scarves,… now that was quite hard as one of them sold the most beautiful silk/filt scarves ! I didn’t even open the scarves as temptation would have been even harder…

But actually I have been really persistent… now am I not miss goody two shoes !

I fear the next 25 days though, as shops are stocking up… and I have already fitted some autumn trends I must admit ! So I really hope that the next 25 days will pass as smoothly as the first… I’m keeping my fingers crossed and I will fill you in on September 5th !

Love, Kathleen

Enjoying a herbal mint tea instead of hitting the shops…


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Today I start a 50-day-challenge… I am already loathing myself for putting myself through this ordeal.

The challenge I wil set myself for the next 50 days (so up until and including September 4th), is not buying any clothes, accessories or shoes… so… no new season shopping, no shoe shopping spree, no hunt for the perfect bling ! Oh my God… the more I write about it, the more I think about it and the more I think about it, the more excuses I’m already making up to NOT make this challenge work !

I’ve already told my husband about this challenge a few weeks ago (that way I thought I couldn’t back down anymore…) and he actually got a twinkle in his eyes… “Will this be a challenge for just 50 days ? If I were you, I’d challenge myself even harder and do it for a couple of months”. I emphasized that it was just a challenge and that I cannot make any promises whatsoever of me taking this challenge to a good end ! And that he can not hate me for failing… but of course if I should succeed… he will never hear the end of it !!

I have absolutely no idea how this challenge will end… I will most certainly tell you about it after these 50 days ! If, like me, you are dying to know whether I’ll make it or not, keep following my blog !

Love, Kathleen

Closed doors at Renaissance (Modenatie) in the Nationalestraat in Antwerp... lucky me !
Closed doors at Renaissance (Modenatie) in the Nationalestraat in Antwerp… lucky me !