DAY 30 || November Blogchallenge



Wow! today is already the last day of my self invented November Blogchallenge! It has gone so very quickly! I must say it has not been easy to post good content every day. I often found myself rushing on a post that had to be finished at the end of the day, sometimes even right before midnight. In the beginning I managed to plan some posts ahead, which was handy because of some babysitting I did. On such days I couldn't really spend time on blogging, which was actually relaxing as well. I don't think I will do such a daily blogchallenge like this soon again, as it can be stressful and the quality of the content isn't as good as it would normally be when I spend more days on writing one post, in my opinion.

DAY 29 || November Blogchallenge


The last official task in the blog challenge is to come up with 5 of my current life goals. Tomorrow I will only be giving my feedback on the challenge and tell you some ups and downs of this month. I've been thinking about what my goals in life are at the moment. Of course the cliché goals like live  healthy and be good to others are among that as well, but for now I wrote down five concrete goals:

Maybelline Babylips Winter Editions 2015


As today's Blogchallenge post was a bit short, here's another read for you! I recently came across some new lipbalms from the Babylips winter collection at H&M. Aren't they just the cutest? In this article I'll review them shortly and give you my honest opinion about these cute lipbalms.

There are four different limited winter editions, but I only bought three: Sweet Apple, Hot Cocoa and Sugar Cookie.
The other one is Mint Candy, but I personally don't like minty lipbalms so rather skipped that one for now instead of being stuck with a lipbalm I won't use anyway.

DAY 28 || November Blogchallenge


The blogchallenge is really coming to and end now! Only two days left after today's post. Today I will be sharing an photo I took on this day and tell you shortly about it. There will be a second post coming up as well - later tonight - so you have something extra to look forward to! I love the new winter-themed layouts and decorations on picmonkey.com, so you will probably see a lot of them in my post-headers the next months!


DAY 27 || November Blogchallenge


Do you recognize that feeling you get when you see something imperfect? Something not organised, something not straight in line? If you do, you are most likely suffering from OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The word 'disorder' sounds a bit heavy, I don't want to imply the suggestion that suffering from OCD is fundamentally a bad thing. It can be - if it manifests itself in extremes. But most people will recognize their OCD in a mild form, often they're perfectionists in general. Both my fiancé and I have our own typical OCD habits. Some are the same and other differ. In this post I will share some of my OCD habits, at least the ones I am aware of.

DAY 26 || November Blogchallenge



Dear Stranger from the future,

I write to you from the past. If you read this, I'm long dead. God knows where and how I died, but to you that is of no importance I guess.
I want to share some things with you, from the Earth as I know it. I am just an ordinary girl among 7 billion of other people on this planet. I'm curious if this population is still the same when you read this. Has it grown, or maybe decreased? 

DAY 25 || November Blogchallenge

The end of this blogchallenge is very near now! Only 5 days left and then I will have a more relaxed blog life in December I hope. I will not do Blogmas this year like in posting something everyday, but I will definitely do some Christmas related posts throughout December! I will for example share my cinema visits and books I red throughout 2015 with you.

For now, the task is to post an old photo of me. I chose to share a photo from when I was a young child. I guess I am around 3 years old on this picture. It's so cutie, haha by far my favourite childhood picture of me. :)


A very short post like this was absolutely needed in this challenge. I find it quite hard to come up with good content every day, so a day like this was to be expected.

If you'd like to spend some more time on my blog, please catch some older posts from the November Blogchallenge:

DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 | DAY 4 DAY 5 | DAY 6 DAY7 | DAY 8 | DAY 9 | DAY 10 | DAY 11 | DAY 12 | DAY 13 | DAY 14 | DAY 15 | DAY 16 | DAY 17 | DAY 18 | DAY 19 | DAY 20 | DAY 21 | DAY 22 | DAY 23 | DAY 24 |


Or click on the tab 'Read again' above, to get yourself a scroll through my previous posts.


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DAY 24 || November Blogchallenge


In today's post I'm gonna share my wishlist of fashion items and accessoires with you. I will keep it short, as I am also planning on doing a Christmas + Birthday Wishlist soon in December, where I will make a longer list of all my desired items. Hope you enjoy scrolling through my short wishlist!

DAY 23 || November Blogchallenge


From time to time, I am an avid Pinner. Is that the right word for someone who uses Pinterest? Nevermind. Today I'll show you my Top 10 of favourite pictures on Pinterest. This seems easy, but it's really not. Try to make a selection of only 10 pictures out of more than 50 billion pins! Wanna see what I came up with? Click on the button below to see and read about my current favourite 10 pictures on Pinterest.

DAY 22 || November Blogchallenge


Although my bag looks relatively small, I keep a lot of stuff inside it. I am currently not going to any school - and for work I don't need anything specific so there will be no keys or schoolmaterials. I used to have my agenda in my bag as well, but since I really have a relaxed life at the moment, I don't use an agenda.

Let's start with my bag first. This cute brown little bag comes from H&M and I paid 250kr for it (around €25). Inside it has quite good capacity, divided in one big main pocket and two smaller pockets.

DAY 21 || November Blogchallenge


Today I will be talking about my so-called 'celebrity crush'. Now I must say that I find the word crush a bit overdone. Why did I put that in the challenge? I would rather say celebrities I admire - for their talent, their humour or their personality. I won't say I'm all fangirling about the following celebs, but I do like them a lot.

Since my childhood my interests have switched a lot. I started being fan of Anastacia, Britney Spears and Shakira. Also the Belgian girlsgroup K3 has covered a big part of my child- and teenagehood. Actually I'm still secretly enjoying their music hehe. My first real celeb crush was definitely Johnny Depp. I was completely obsessed with him and had my room full of posters.

DAY 20 || November Blogchallenge




In this short post I will share my 5 favourite products from last summer. I had the more or less genius idea to photograph some of the products in the snow on my balcony - as that shows the contrast between today and last summer. Excuse me for the use of summer and winter photo's all mixed up - the photo's in this post don't exactly complement eachother but anyways. Hope you enjoy reading!

DAY 19 || November Blogchallenge


As human as we all are - we have our good and our bad habits. Talking about bad habits: some are really really rotten. You know those activities you absolutely dislike but still engage in? Here is a list for you with my 14 worst habits in certain activities we probably all recognise. Will you enjoy? I'm not so sure, ha ha.


DAY 18 || November Blogchallenge


Who doesn't dream of writing a book once in his life? I secretly do. I like writing stories every now and then - and today's thing to do is to post an alinea of a story I once wrote. I divided my story into chapters but they're actually just long alinea's.

Inspired by series as Divergent, the Hunger Games and the Maze Runner, I started writing a story about a boy named Clayton. The story has no title yet (let me know if you know a good title). I started writing on this about six months ago, and only wrote four chapters yet - and they're all still quite short. Here is chapter 1 - hope you'll enjoy! Please leave your honest opinion and remarks down below in the comment box!

DAY 17 || November Blogchallenge

Hello lovelies! My task for today is to show you my fashion lookbook for this month. The fact that I haven't had the motivation to go outside and photograph a lot of my outfits + the fact that it's absolutely freezing cold here in Norway made that today's lookbook consists merely of pictures I gathered online. With this lookbook I tried to represent my own wardrobe as much as possible - all the items are either exactly the ones I own - or very similar.

Globe necklace: Etsy | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Shoes: Nubikk | Nailpolish: Catrice Hip Trip 01

DAY 16 || November Blogchallenge


Besides that I eat lactosefree as much as possible, I also eat glutenfree now since about ten days. The reason for this is that I got very bad stomach pains basically everytime I ate something. I decided to eliminate gluten for a month and see if it makes a difference. Well, I can tell you it does. Already after the first days I noticed that I barely had any stomach pain - and everytime I sneakily ate something with gluten - I could feel it in my stomach right after.

Today's task is to post a healthy recipe. Now you'd think that if you don't eat gluten or lactose, it's quite hard to find something you can eat, right? For me this isn't the case, as I can tolerate bits of lactose in for example cheese and chocolate. The rest I replace with either soy milk or water.

In this post I'll give you an overview of what I could eat during a day - I describe a breakfast, a lunch and a dinner and will try to make it as healthy as possible.

DAY 15 || November Blogchallenge

Wow! - I'm already halfway the November Blogchallenge! I didn't know I would be able to keep it going so well. Do you still follow the challenge?

Today will just be a very short post - as it's sunday and I'm knackered from the weekend. Usually I will make longer posts on sunday. The challenge for today was to post a picture of something that makes me happy. This was quite difficult for me, as there are many things that make me happy, and to choose just one picture was a challenge itself.


I decided to take a picture from me playing piano. As you might know, playing piano is one of the things I love to do. I have played piano since I was 9 years old, and have been teached by several teachers - including my mom who is a piano teacher. At the moment I don't have a teacher but teach myself instead, and play just for fun.

DAY 14 || November Blogchallenge




Today's task is to put one of my Spotify playlists on shuffle and write about the first 10 numbers that pop up. I have A LOT of playlists on Spotify so logically the choosing would be hard - but maybe the most logic thing to do is to put the My Favourites playlist on shuffle. Dâh.

The first 10 numbers that came up where:

1. Shelter - Dash Berlin
I like the voice and the lyrics in this song a lot. 

2. Por Fin The Encontré - Cali Y El Dandee 
I love almost all Spanish music because of the great beats, and of course a lot of them - like this one - are perfect for zumba too! Songs like these make me wanna dance unstoppably!

DAY 13 || November Blogchallenge



I do have some weird hobbies, yes - but who doesn't? Today you'll read about some of the more abnormal hobbies that I have.

The first one is defenitely Rubiks cubing. I used to own a cube when I was a teenager but I never managed to solve it. Until a few months ago, I suddenly got the urge to being able to solve a rubiks cube - and so I bought one and teached myself how to solve it by online tutorials.

DAY 12 || November Blogchallenge



The challenge told me to write about two of my favourite beauty products today, but can it be four? Five? I find it so hard to just pick two as I am enthusiastic about so many more products! So in this post you will find some of my personal favourite beauty and body products from this moment!

DAY 11 || November Blogchallenge


Let me first describe today's mood. When I woke up I felt totally ready to start the day. I made a brunch of bread with avocado and bruschetta. Today is cleaning-day and blogging-day! I am in quite a good mood. And I am gonna clean. Let me see which song matches that ..

DAY 10 || November Blogchallenge


For today, the challenge challenged me to make an overview of my bucketlist! Yay!  I've been trying to construct several bucketlists during my teenage years - from camping in front of Johnny Depps house - to cycling all the way from the Netherlands to Norway - It couldn't be crazy enough.

Today, my bucketlist is a lot more serious. I made a collage from pictures I found online and on Pinterest - of things that are actually possible to do in life. A lot of things on the list are travel related.

DAY 9 || November Blogchallenge


Grab a cup of tea, a cookie and make yourself comfortable! On a drizzly day like today, a movie seems perfect, doesn't it? In this post you can read about some of my favourite movies and recommendations. I will also write about two movies I first thought were disappointing but were actually really cool + two movies that seemed cool at first but really disappointed me. Hope you enjoy reading! (All the movie posters I used are found online, and belong to the rightful owner)

The following movies I have not seen in the cinema, but at home - and are some I would really recommend watching (Warning: this text may contain spoilers):

DAY 8 || November Blogchallenge


The photo you see above is the photo I chose for today's task: Pick the best photo you've ever taken. It's taken in October 2007, in a forest in Nijverdal - nearby where I lived back then in the Netherlands. I must have been 14 years old at that time. I remember being so proud of this photo - and also the photo's below - they're as pretty. I picked this photo as best ever because it captures a magical scenery (I had a lot of fantasy at that age too), the quality is quite good and the fact that I was so young makes it extra special to me.

DAY 7 || November Blogchallenge



So here is yesterdays topic! I hope you are still enjoying reading this challenge! Today I tell you about 10 of my favourite things - and 10 least favourite things in life. These can be anything such as beauty products, books, films, music, food, places - anything.


LIKES

1. Bagels. Unfortunately I don't eat them so often because I don't tolerate wheat so well, but I find them absolutely delicious. My favourite place to eat them is Bagels&Beans in The Netherlands, and though I don't have a favourite flavour, I do prefer savory spreads over sweet spreads.

2. Lipbalm. I'm addicted to lipbalm and I own probably about 25 or more lipbalms. Because they're relatively cheap, I often can't resist buying one in the shops. I tend to use my EOS' and Nivea lipbutter with macadamia/vanilla flavour the most.

DAY 6 || November Blogchallenge

I decided to change the topics from today and tomorrow, because today I'm having much more things planned than tomorrow. So today will be: my day in great detail - and tomorrow will be my 10 likes and dislikes!

Wake up! 

This morning I woke up at 7:00. Today is gonna be a great day! My dearly beloved fiancé will come back from his workweek in Pakistan, and I am gonna welcome him back at the airport in Oslo. I jump out of bed and make myself ready to go. I wear my MAC Faux lipstick today. I take the train at 9:00 from Tønsberg - it's gonna be a 2hr ride. It's rainy outside but I don't mind. It's only cosy to be in the train while the weather outside is cold and grey.

DAY 5 || November Blogchallenge



 Okay here we go! 

1. I absolutely disgust Pink Glacé cakes (Dutch roze koeken) because they make me nauseous.
2. I can solve a 3x3 rubiks cube in 3 minutes.
3. And a 4x4 in 10 minutes #proud
4. I'm lactose-intolerant and the hardest part of that is not being able to eat Ben and Jerry's without getting immense stomach pain.
5. I love to listen to and play Mozart. Especially KV545.
6. I'm afraid of thunder, dentists and spiders

DAY 4 || November Blogchallenge



I am actually not really a quote-person, most of the times I find quotes just very cliché. For this blogpost I challenged myself to find a few beautiful quotes that I actually like and that maybe would apply to me.

DAY 3 || November Blogchallenge


As you might have noticed: I have a flag counter on the bottom of my page since today! It looks so cute, and interesting to see where my visitors are from. It also counts my pageviews from today - so in fact I got many more pageviews than the counter shows. Just so you know! Well, let's get on to todays post!

Today I'm writing about three of my favourite books. I wrote books in the challenge, but can it be series? Okay, I will try to even reduce this to my favourite book per serie. I'll not give any spoilers as some of you might not have read these books yet. These are actually only my 3 favourite books at this moment, because I have many more favourite books that for some reason didn't end up on this list, but let's get started!

DAY 2 || November Blogchallenge

For today I'm writing about a place I visited. I chose to write about Copenhagen as that city has left such an impression in the time I was there! I actually wanted to write about my experiences there last year, but I never completed that article somehow. So today is the perfect occassion to tell you all about my time in Copenhagen and why I find it such a fantastic city.

In the summer of 2014 I went to Copenhagen to do a Danish summerschool - to get to learn the language better. I applied because it was recommended by my university, where I studied Danish at that time. I lived a whole month at one of my best friends' place in Copenhagen, and we had simply the best time ever.

DAY 1 || November Blogchallenge

This is Day 1 from the November Blog Challenge -Let's get started! 

About me, Ilse Daniëlle.
Ilse is my given name. Given by my parents. It is a German name, and I am not very unsatisfied with that. I like my name - it's quite unique, especially here in Norway. I once asked my mom what I would've been named as a girl if it wasn't for Ilse. She answered Daniëlle. That's when I decided to add that to my name. In the Netherlands it is quite difficult to get it added as an official second name - but here in Norway it's all quite a lot easier. I am planning on adding it right when I get married next year, as I also have to change my last name then, and then I can do it all together. I already changed my name on social media to get used to the idea.


What do you think about the name Ilse Daniëlle?


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