Re-losing my blog virginity

Hi guys,

It’s been ages since I last wrote something here and I feel bad about not being present for so long. It feels as if I’m losing my blogging virginity all over again.

Again with a goal of traveling the world, yet again having a hard time to save up for it.
However, some things did change, I’ve moved to Amsterdam, tried to become better at balancing everything out and therefore being more capable of continuing to write. Overall, I tried to become better at life.

I think I’ve succeeded in this a fair bit, so please feel free to join me on my journey through the rough and expensive city life of Amsterdam, and my ways of avoiding and transforming this.

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Lots of love,

Chantal

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(Very) Long time no see

Hi everyone!

I should be very ashamed, and I am. It’s been over a year since the last time I wrote something here. Not completely without reason though, because even though I’ve loved everything and anything in South Africa and I would have loved to share it with you, there are always some drawbacks you’ve got to learn to adjust to. One of those was the fact the wifi was completely shit. Like I-cannot-even-look-at-this-snapchat-shit. So you can imagine that to upload photos you had got to be some kind of magic worker, and magic has never really been my passion, nor my strength for that matter. Another reason was that unfortunately my phone and other important stuff got stolen, so I was trying to work that out, calling back and forth with home and trying to get my new stuff to me in South Africa. These things made me a little reluctant to write, unfortunately. Despite these two unfortunate events, I have lived probably the best six months of my life so far in South Africa  and I can only recommend everyone else to also go there and explore.

But now I am back, or actually, I am in Cologne in Germany at the moment. A little less adventurous, but nevertheless also beautiful, just very different. At least my wifi is good enough to post pictures and I can eat a lot of bratwurst. So allow me to virtually take you to all of my favorite spots in Cologne, through all of my streetstyle fashion moments and of course some new money-saving challenges. Now that one trip is over I have got to start saving for the next ones. Who made traveling so addictive and expensive?!

But first, let me take you through my SA highlights, so you can enjoy just as much as I did. Okay, almost as much.

Challenge update -WEEK 4

Hi everyone!

We’re already in the last week of my 1-item-a-week challenge. Choosing an item for upcoming week is a bit difficult since it is quite warm at the moment, but it’ll be colder again once the weekend comes. But since it’s so sunny, I’ll go for my white singlet, as it just gives a feeling like summer. Also, I’m working on my tan, so hopefully I’ll soon be beautifully tanned, everything just looks better that way anyway.

But let’s first check out the outfits I wore last week:

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Light blue leather jacket – Zara, Black t-shirt – here, Grey jeans – Pieces, White sweater and leather pants – H&M, White trousers – here, Black cut-out boots – Topshop, Light grey jeans – Bershka, Long striped dress – Primark

xoxo

Inspiration: ALL WHITE

Hi everyone!

Today’s post is about another one of my inspirational factors in life. And since it is spring, what better represents the happy light spring feeling than the color white.
I must admit, normally I’m not so much of a white lover, but this season’s trend has got me head over heels. I’m even planning on buying a pair of white jeans, preferably the ripped skinny ones. But at the same time I must remain honest, this white-trend thing only works for me when you transform your entire outfit to white, and not just one piece. Of course this is just how I feel, but I personally feel a high level of awkwardness and replaced guilt when I see someone pairing their white jeans with a pair of brown boots. Yes, it has come to my notice that many women still have the (misplaced) thought that combining the white jeans with brown boots will magically transform their jeans into a winter item, it does not. I have even seen Uggs, they take this idea way too far.

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But I’m wandering from the subject. I was actually planning on showing my source of inspiration for this summer, so take a look. In the meantime I’ll try to figure out how to implement this into my wardrobe while sticking to my challenges.

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xoxo

Fabulous Friday

Hi all!

As promised, I’ve chosen one of my favorite items for my new ‘uniform challenge’, for which I’ll pick one of my favorite items each week for 4 weeks. Then, I’ll wear this for a week paired with different outfits.

The first item I’m going to mix and match with is.. my leather trousers!

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I’ll start this challenge on Tuesday, as I don’t have my  pair of leather trousers with me. (I’m at my parent’s place now)  Anyway, I’m very excited about what these next weeks will bring when it comes to my imagination.
I’ve already started my one item-one month challenge yesterday, which is already quite hard (good lord) after my big shopping spree in march, shopping is way too addictive!!

I am sorry for the bad quality photo though. Last week, when I was on holiday in England, someone (sshle) stole my camera. I’m currently saving and searching for a proper new one, so if anyone has any tips on what camera to buy or other camera tips, please let me know!

For now I’ll go back to my clothing and food crises.

xx

Victory is close

Hi all!

My sincere apologies for not writing for so long. I’ve been very very busy last week. I’ve had my last two exams for this period, which I’ve hopefully passed, or at least one of them.
And right after that my grandparents had their 50-years wedding anniversary. Isn’t crazy how you can spend so many years together with one person. I know this sounds so wrong, but trust me, I don’t mean it like that. It’s more that when I look at myself, I can’t imagine that anyone could spend so many years with me without going mental. But who knows.

Anyway, that wasn’t my point of today. The point is that I almost completed my challenge, only one more day left!
30 days of not shopping and not wearing the same outfit twice. As I think I can handle that last day as well now that I’ve completed the other 29, I can consider this done!
Nevertheless I cannot say I’m totally satisfied with the result. I mean, I did not shop nor wear the same outfit twice, which is nice. But my whole point of doing this in the first place still isn’t accomplished. I honestly thought that not spending all my money on clothes would provide me with much more savings, but instead I’ve probably wasted it on unimportant sh*t. (I know myself well)
So for the next time I’ll be doing this I’ll implement a new rule: save the money which you’d normally spend on clothes. I believe that will pay off, since I tend to magically make money appear out of nowhere whenever I want to buy something. Saving all this miracle cash will hopefully actually get me somewhere.
But I don’t want to do the same challenge again right now. Even though I’ve already looked up some other fun challenges, I’m not quite sure yet what my next challenge is going to be. So if anyone has an excellent idea, please let me know! (actually any idea will due)

For my before last outfit challenge outfits: (I’m sorry, the jacket of day 26 is missing, so I don’t have a picture of that day) (And again for being lazy and busy and not making proper photos)

day 22 day 23 day 24 day 25 day 27 day 28 day 29

xxx

Tough cold winter days

Hi all!

Yesterday was one of the toughest days during my challenge, because yesterday was ‘stufi-day’.
stufi stands for study finance. Yes, you’re hearing me correctly.
Each 24th of the month, i the beautiful day when I get my study finance for being such a loyal hard working student, cough.
Although I must say, I’ve been working quite hard last month (still having exams until Thursday, please save me!!!).
And even when I don’t work hard, I do. At least I feel like I do, which counts as well.
But leaving my opinion on stufi for now, it is also a very difficult moment, because now I’m actually able to buy the things I want.
All this time I thought coping with discount codes was hard, I hadn’t seen nothing yet. I don’t even know how to explain, but I’m sure many can compare already.
For the rest of it, I’m handling myself pretty well luckily, and once I survived this, I know I can do anything, so empowering!

day 16

Day 16: Jacket – Small local store, Vogue shirt – Dutch Vogue, Grey Jeans – Bershka, Sneakers – H&M

 day 17

Day 17: Leather jacket – H&M, Lace top – Albufeira, Grey jeans – Pieces, Heels – Mango

Started from the bottom

And now we’re here, back at the bottom.

Strange start, I know, but trust me, this is heading somewhere. Anywhere.
Since today is day 16(ALREADY!) of my challenge, which means I’m halfway there, only 14 days left.
Time flies when you’re having fun, only I’m not having that much fun because I’m still busy with my exams, so I’ll just leave it at ‘time flies’.
Anyway, although it was going great until a couple of days ago, I’m kind of starting to panic now.
I’m not sure whether it is because I genuinely have nothing to wear anymore, or because I just want to shop when seeing the rest of the world shop. Okay, even I, in my delirium, could tell that it’s probably just the addiction kicking in, but it’s really frustrating!
You know those moments when you’ve seen so many great things, that no matter what you think of, these items will pop into your head.
For instance, I could think of a park and only seconds later I would see myself walking through that park in a beautiful new outfit.
And don’t even deny it, I know at least almost every girl has this paranormal activity going on.
So I’ll just try to ignore the little voice in my head for now and start searching for a new outfit, while I’ll show you the ones I wore the last 3 days.

xx

day 13

Day 13: Jacket – Vero Moda, Top – H&M, Short – Vintage

day 14

Day 14: Jacket – H&M, Blouse – Zara, Jeans – Bershka, Heels – Mango

day 15

Day 15: Faux fur coat – ASOS, Cow jumper – H&M, Jeans – ASOS, Boots – Steve Madden

Counting down the days

Hi all!

After my last post about shaming myself for not posting enough, I should probably just go and bury myself now, because I certainly wouldn’t be able to handle this amount of shame.
But luckily for the world (and myself) there is no reason to stress, I wouldn’t do that. It would be a pity if I’m not even capable of finishing my challenge.
Speaking of, I must say that I’m handling myself quite alright these days, the temptation to shop has gone down. Though you never know, this might be the calm before the storm, but I’m really satisfied with the results so far.
I should do this more often, and by that phrace I mean: I should do this also when I don’t t need to save money, because it will help me in the future anyway. Unfortunately I know, as the poor student that I am, that that moment will not arrive soon, especially since I transfered the money for my skiing trip today. Which is already a joke by itself, knowing that I’ve never even attempted to ski before.
But anyway, it’s nice to know I CAN save, and a lot better than expected.

Nevertheless, I decided I should probably also give myself a challenge to write a little more often. Because this whole ‘I think I will do this, or I will do it in an hour, or maybe another day, or we’ll see’ is not working for me. I should have known this, since I seem to do this more often in life. (I can’t be the only one) And besides, challenges are making life so much more fun, only the sound of it makes me feel so adventurous already, challenging. So let’s start this today!

ps. My sincere apologies for not having a picture of day 10 yet, it was a busy busy day without electronic devices.

day 8

Day 8, Blazer – Mango, Jumper – H&M, Leather trouser – Zara, Necklace – Primark, Bag – Modemusthaves

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Day 9, Jacket – Pull and bear, Shirt – Zara, Leather skirt – H&M, Shoes – Zara

day 11

Day 11, Jumper – Cheap Monday, Skirt – H&M, Shoes – Topshop, Bag – Modemusthaves

day 12

Day 12, Blazer – Zara, Peplum top – H&M, Leather trousers – H&M, Shoes – H&M

The challenge continues

Hello all,

Today is day three of my challenge and I must say, it’s challenging. Not in ways that I have nothing to wear, but I already want to shop so badly!
No, luckily I’m not running out of outfits yet, I mean, I am a women, we own clothes, a lot of them.
But as a lot of females out there, I have an urge to shop for new things very often. And where I would normally go through all the stores, getting my hopes up about buying a new shirt or some beautiful heels. I now have to sit at home and resist going anywhere, because karma seems to have a habbit of handing you tons of great shopping items whenever there is a time when you’re either broke, or not allowed to buy anything. Only this time even ASOS let me down when I found their ‘10% extra off’ email in my inbox this morning. I can only hope there comes a day during this challenge (or in life) when I can open my inbox or go outside like an independent young woman, resisting all these temptations, but untill then I will just have to sit around and writing about how miserable this is. And maybe write some essays for uni in the meantime, it is exam period after all.
For now I will just show you the pictures of the first three days of my challenge.

(Oh, and I’m sorry in advance for the bad quality of the pictures, my camera let me down, so untill I have fixed that, I am depending on the crappy camera of my mobile phone.)

  Image day 1
Learther pants – H&M, Blouse – second hand, Necklace – Primark

Imageday 2
Shirt – Zara, Jeans – Nudie Jeans, Sheepskin – Monki

Imageday 3
Vest – Pieces, Jacket – H&M, Jeans – ASOS, Shoes – Topshop