Sigur Rós - Varúð

This song has been fascinating me for a while now. It has some sort of melancholy in it. Now I found this videoclip, and - wow - it is so beautiful! 



I am wondering what the thought behind the video is. The girl is so small, so plain - and then her golden hair. Somehow I can see myself reflect in her. It's interesting to see how she silently moves through life, while the world around her is moving so fastly - but stops when she passes. 

What do you think the artist had in mind with this song and videoclip?


Week Summary #3

This week has been a very busy week. Last weekend I have been in Norway to visit my fiancé and his family. It was one awesome trip - I love Norway so much! We made our engagement official, and we had a big family party which was tremendously edifying and good. I absolutely LOVE my In-Laws <3

20 Questions - Swap

I recently participated in an electronic swap on swap-bot, and I thought it would be cool to share it with you. The swap is about 20 Questions which you have to answer, and send to 3 other swap-members by a private message. A very easy way to get some beginner-swaps done, and get some ratings on your profile - which is important for when you want to enter more difficult swaps later. These are the questions + my answers:

 What is your beauty secret? 
I use BB cream each morning. It's a foundation which hydrates the skin, and helps against pimples as well. Besides that I use MUA-skin powder to darken my cheeks, and give my face more dimension. And also drink a lot of water. 

What brings you the greatest joy? 
To make other people happy, by helping them, be nice to them and be giving. 

What is your greatest indulgence? 
Toblerone - chocolate! And ehm, sleeping. 

What is on your kitchen counter? 
Well, since I still live at my parents house, there is a lot of stuff on the counter. From left to right: a mixer, some cups, dirty dishes, two sinks, a coffee machine, a knifeholder, foil-holders, some hanging kitchen-utensils, the stove with 4 gaspits, some cupcake-decoration (mine!), more cups and some kitchenpaper - and then: THE FRIDGE! *haaleluja*

Do you have a secret talent? 
My fiancé says I'm good at analyzing - which I never knew before, so it must have been secret.

What item in your closet do you wear the most?
Pyjamas. I can wear pyjamas all day if I don't have any appointments for the day. Besides that: my black pants.

SneakPeek ~ #Drawings

I love drawing. And I especially love drawing people's faces. To really capture the expression in their eyes. Here is a little sneakpeek of drawings I made:
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Tony's Chocolonely Chocolate Test

Tony's Chocolonely is a Dutch company which produces Fair-Trade chocolate. A little bit more expensive than the average chocolate bar, but so worth it! A part of the money goes to Cocoa-farmers in Ghana and Ivory Coast.

My favourite bar of all time is the orange Milk-Caramel-Seasalt one. But recently I found out Tony had some limited edition bars, which could only be ordered via their webshop - since I live in such a small town where supermarkets don't sell the limited stuff.

So, I bought 4 limited editions, and tested them. From left to right, they're the following flavours:

Orange/Rosemary - Cherry/Meringue
Coffee Crunch - Walnut/Banana

Week Summary #2

Hi folks!
I haven't been posting many updates since I started, but I am working on some really cool ones. For now I will just post a short update on my week.

Last week I have been shopping at Primark with my fiancé, and bought some very cool Scandinavian-style winter items. In the picture below, I am wearing the leggings I bought there. Actually all the clothes I wear here are from Primark, but I bought the top and the boots earlier. The picture wasn't meant to be stylish, so excuse the awkward pose. This wasn't a serious outfit, but just a 'lazyday' style. I am someone who wears whatever she wants, which is mostly some comfortable pants and a tee.

Oh, I forgot to tell that the building behind me is actually a very old water-management building in the town where I live. It is not used anymore, and I have no idea what the current purpose of this building is, but ever since I was a kid, I've been fascinated by this building, because it radiates something mystical. And I just loove old buildings and ruines.

I also went to the cinema to see The Maze Runner - which I can strongly recommend, because it's so exciting. I ordered the Maze Runner-trilogy right after, because I was desperate to read the two sequels. Funny thing is: As soon as the books arrived, my younger brother wanted to read them rightaway, and he finished them in only 4 days time - all three books! Since I was still stuck in Narnia part 2, it didn't matter to me anyway.

The other movie I went to see at the cinema this week was 'If I Stay'. That one was cool, but quite tedious as well. The thing I liked the most about this movie was the music. The classical chello pieces, as well as the more modern guitar dance hits. I am strongly motivated to learn chello now. How cool would that be, besides my piano and violin skills!?

I've actually been doing quite a lot of things, no wonder why I didn't have any time for blogging! In the weekend , I've been to The Hague to do some sightseeing with my fiancé - he always wanted to see the parliament buildings, as he is a politician. I have been there as a child once, but didn't remember much of it. A mustsee is ofcourse the Binnenhof, the place where the Dutch Parliament is settled. Also the little round tower where our Prime Minister Mark Rutte works. And last but not least: The royal palace Noordeinde, where the queen used to live. When you've seen the palace, don't forget to walk around and visit the royal garden - which is absolutely magnificent, a very peaceful place.

What wondered me the most, was that there is almost no security around the Binnenhof or the palace.

A view from the Binnenhof

Royal palace Noordeinde

me&Jan in the royal gardens


In The Hague I got these cool stickers. I thought I could use them very well for Postcrossing and just decorating letters or my notebook.  The stickers contain many languages, such as Dutch, French, German, Russian, Spanish and even Chinese and Arabic. So cool, whatcha think?
I got them at a bookstore called Berlage, and they were quite expensive (€13,95), but so worth it! In Berlage, they sold many other cool postcard/notebook stuff, all very expensive as well, so I had to choose. I wish I could buy everything.

Check out their webshop!

Last monday I have been to the hospital again, to pay a visit to the dental surgeon - yay! This time I had to get my last two wisdomteeth removed. It went quite fast: after 10 minutes they were both removed - but now I have to recover for a couple of days. So basically I'm spending all day at home now, resting, reading my new trilogy and being creative. Not much, because even eating is difficult and painful sometimes. Well, I won't complain here, next week I will be back on track again and I will keep you updated!

Lots of Love,

Ilse 

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