Monthly Archives: January 2013

(Christmas) Goodies

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I got sooo many great gifts for Christmas, I really got spoiled!! I think it’s one of the most fun things to find the perfect gifts to my loved ones and already start “planning” gifts medio October! You will never find me during the last weekend before Christmas buying gifts, I hate crowds and I hate the feeling of stress.. But anyways, here are some (yeah not even all, I got so many nice things from my loved ones!) of the things I got and bought during the Christmas period!

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Mac Cosmetics brushes always make me a happy gawl!! I kinda wanna have all of their brushes // The Mason Pearson brush has been on my wish list for literally YEARS! // How awesome is this make-up beautycase by Make Up Studio?! // I bought these Sorel boots myself, haha they are ugly as hell, BUT in snowy Copenhagen they are perfect

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I also got some Line & Jo goodies, how cute is their packaging! // While shopping in Rotterdam, I of course visited Lush! Every year they have a Lush Legends box, with all their best-sold products, it is one of those “have-always-wanted-never-dared-to-buy things”, but when the boyfriend saw it was with a 50% discount, he surprised me with it <3
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I am and always will be a Nike girl // One of my friends remembered that I missed having board games, so she surprised me with Monopoly! // The ring is by Line & Jo, I love how petite it is, since my hands are like claws it nicely compensate for that.

With love,
-Janet

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2012 Flashback

photo (1)I know these kinds of blogs should be actually written in 2012 and not two weeks into the new year. But 2012 was a dynamic year and I feel like I owe it to those 365 days, to sit down and reflect on it…

It has been a crazy year, with loads of ups and some downs. I would be a liar if I’d say that my life is only sugar, spice and everything nice. One of the cons of blogging, in my opinion, is that we create this perfect world with cool pictures and extravagant experiences. But I also have my days that I just miss to hang out with my parents and that I hate everything Danish (especially the cheese…). But I guess that wouldn’t really be blog-worty, would it…

Luckily, most of my days are on a much lighter note than that ๐Ÿ˜Ž And luckily for me, my parents are only a skype-call away! While putting these picture together, I realized how much has happend and changed over the last year. I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for me!

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I started the year with nothing more than financial results. The first couple of weeks, I literary made 60 hours a week in the library to finish that godforsaken thesis. But all things come to an end and on the 20th of March, after seven long years, I finally graduated as Master of Science in Finance & Investments.

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The best thing about graduating? Treating yourself to something goooood! So straight after graduating the boyfriend and I travelled to Southeast Asia and spend a good month on the beach in the sun! We travelled to Singapore to visit some friends and family, went to a beyond imagination island called Nikoi, to finish the trip in Bali.

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So good things didn’t even ended there! After our trip, I finally moved to Denmark. The whole long-distance thing sounds cute, but it’s a bastard in disguise. You start hating Skype and the being in a plane every week! I started a new job and a new education. A major part of 2012 has been about learning Danish. I’ve always been interested in other languages, but I’m actually not really talented in it, I guess I’m more a numbers gawl. So the whole learning Danish has been a rollercoaster, with ups and downs. But 6 more months and I’m a certified Danish speaker ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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Over the summer I experienced Copenhagen during it’s best. With a lot of chilling in parks (with wine!) …

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and free festivals!

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And of course the great views!

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One of my favorite periods of the year was definitely Distortion, with a street party every day for a week in every district of Copenhagen! It’s a great way to see more of Copenhagen and to feel the real Copenhagen vibe!

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Besides the free street parties, there are also paid for after parties. While it’s not really Copenhagen style to pay for party tickets (youngsters prefer to go to bars), I thought it was really worth the ticket!

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Somersby might be the best thing about Copenhagen. It is an alcoholic cider drink, rather sweet, but without the “Breezer” stigma! My favorite flavour is the ginger-lemon version!

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Can you spot the Somersby? This was at another (free) festival, Stella Polaris, I love the Copenhagen commune for subsidizing so many music festivals in the city!

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Another free festival in the fall, where they rolled down a grass mat to chill on in one of the most busiest shopping streets!

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Copenhagen Fashion Week! I visited several shows and honestly, I think I’m more interested in the make-up than the actual clothing…

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Even though I moved to Copenhagen, I travelled back to the Netherlands about every other month! Especially during the summer it was nice to spend some time with friends and family in the sun, with a glass of Rose!

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Also during the summer I coloured my hair ombre. I’m doubting between colouring it ombre again or just go back to my natural darker color.

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This was also the first year that I really gave running a try, here I’m together with my sister at the Vondelpark in Amsterdam.

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And here I am at my first 10K run in Copenhagen at the end of the Summer. It went through the prettiest amusement park Tivoli, so it was an easy run to finish!

IMG_3102 My parents also came to visit me in Copenhagen! It’s weird though, to have your parents as “guests” over! But luckily Copenhagen is a great city to show people..

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And the day my parents left, my sister came to visit me together with her best friend! Luckily, she loved the city so I expect a whole lot a more of here next Summer!

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I went to Sweden to see the city of Malmo. I’m not completely sure what I think about the city, it is only 30 minutes away from Copenhagen, so close enough for some fresh air. But I’m not sure if it has anything to offer that I can’t find here.

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And another 10K run in October!

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One of the most hilarious celebrations in Denmark: the release of a special christmas beer!

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In December, the boyfriend and me drove to Hamburg and I loved the city! I can’t wait to go back there a bit more and see more districts!

IMG_0598As last, I went to see the XX in concert.

Puha, that was my year in a nutshell! I’m so thankful for all the people I’ve met, all the friendships that have proven that distance doesn’t matter and all the experiences I gained. How was your year?

With love,
-Janet

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Holland Holiday

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Perhaps one of the best things of living abroad is that going back to the Netherlands is considered to be a holiday! The boyfriend and me went totally nuts with shopping and visiting Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the Hague.
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CHEEEEESE!!!

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NUTELLAAAAA!!!

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Apple store in Amsterdam, where I couldn’t resist myself and bought a new iPhone 5!

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With love,
-Janet

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The Danish Language Can Heal You!!

So as you might know, I have been slaving my brain for the last couple of months to become “fluent” in Danish. But what I just didn’t knew yet, was that Danish actually can heal you from all your fears ๐Ÿ˜Ž Take a look in the above youtube and well, just enjoy…

Haha and there’s even more! She will sing in her “perfect” Danish and remember she is pretty good at it!

With love,
-Janet

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Happy 2013!

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I know I’m sorry, this blog has been dead for the last month! I have been enjoying a well deserved holiday back in the Netherlands and prioritized spending some quality time with my family and friends over the blog. But I’m back!

And with this blog, from my familiy to yours, I want to wish you and your loved ones an amazing new year (haha, yes 10 days into the year…). That you might strive for the better version of yourself, that your loved ones will be even more loving and that you achieve all you want to!

With love,
-Janet

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