I hope that my stories can enliven, that they can make hope grow and fear disappear. I hope they can inspire, and that you’ll hold them forever near. Hope that they can provide you, with whatever it takes that you need. I hope that I can do right by you, that you feel alive whenever you read.

OUTFIT INSPO : PERFECT PLAID

If a year ago, you would have told me that I’d be wearing a jumpsuit in a plaid print, I would probably have laughed at you. I have never been an enormous fan of plaid prints, except from that one legging I own. But when I came across this suit, I was sold.

Let’s be honest: most plaid prints are not exactly flattering on my body. The only plaid item I have lovingly worn is my high-waisted skinny legging with small plaids by Miss Selfridge, which I always wear with a cozy oversized sweater/top. Therefore, I never expected to be wearing a plaid jumpsuit with wide legs, but when I spotted this one during an online shopping session, I had to order it – even if it was only to see what it would look like on me.

Often, items with plaids never made it into my wardrobe due to both the colour combination and the size of the plaids. Since I am a huge fan of pastel colours, this combination of grey, white, yellow and light blue immediately spoke to me. The (fake) buttons on the sides of the legs make my legs look less big (since the print is interrupted) and the suit tightens in exactly that part of my waist that is the slimmest. Sounds perfect, right? You can always opt for wearing a belt with it to accentuate your waist even more 😉

I never expected to be wearing a plaid jumpsuit with wide legs, but when I spotted this one during an online shopping session, I had to order it – even if it was only to see what it would look like on me

Thanks to the suit’s sweetheart neckline, it is perfect for combining it with pretty tops. I am personally a huge fan of this combination: a white mesh top with lace and polka dots. Because, why not combine print with print, agreed? Do you fancy a more subtle combo? Then opt for a pastelcoloured turtleneck. I like to combine the suit with white or lightgrey, but black, yellow or light blue would look very pretty as well.

Because of the length of the suit and the cut of the legs, I like to wear it with a pair of pretty heels, such as my green velvet pointed boots with some silver glitters. Not only does the colour match the pastel palette, it makes the outfit a little bit chiquer, don’t you think?

Love, Rachel

BYE 2018, HELLO 2019!

Am I the only one that is always amazed by how fast a year can pass? It seems like every year is going by a little bit faster – maybe our parents were right after all… They always say times flies when you’re having fun (and that is sure, true), but, deep down, I’d have to say I am happy that 2019 is in sight.

I might say so every year (or at least the last two years), but it hasn’t quite been a quiet year for me. 2018 held a lot of highlights: I started a new job, (finally!) moved in with my boyfriend, spent a lovely holiday in Greece and enjoyed a weekend with my girlfriends. All of these were super lovely events, that I enjoyed to the fullest. Unfortunately, I wasn’t feeling too well this year and, in autumn, I finally was confronted with having to admit I am suffering from a burn-out. That brought along a lot to consider – besides a couple of physical complaints that gave me a hard time – since something clearly had to change.

I’m not quite the believer of ‘New Year, New Me‘-sayings, but, this time, I have feeling that it is closer to my heart than I might have thought

That brings me to why I am so excited for the new year. I’m not quite the believer of ‘New Year, New Me‘-sayings, but, this time, I have feeling that it is closer to my heart than I might have thought. I made a couple of (career) choices the previous couple of months that will (hopefully) give me a little more peace of mind in the new year and give me the chance to set my mind to what I actually like to do: write. Therefore, I love getting into blogging again and I will concentrate on discovering how to make writing not just my passion, but also my job. In other words: challenge accepted! 

So, hereby: the coming year, I plan on investing more energy and time in myself and my peace of mind, to act on my passion(s) and give myself the time to feel what it is exactly that I want to do (even though I can already tell that it probably has to do with writing and my blog 😉 ). And you, do you promise to take good care of yourself this year?

Love, Rachel