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Soir de Fête

Updated: 2018-02-19T08:31:18.426-08:00


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started over:

(check it out some time, if you like)

The end has no end


From this day on, there will be no more updates on Soir de Fete.

A very sincere merci beacoup for all your wonderful comments over the past year ♥ Receiving so much kindness and support has been a true joy!

In case you're interested, you can still find me at




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I'm going to take a break from blogspot for a little while.
In the meantime you can find me at:


I'm just waiting 'til the shine wears off...


Ok, so it has taken me forever to write a new post, but here it is:

First of all, Paris was great. The hotel was amazing as it's location was utterly convenient, and it's interior made me feel like I was sleeping in a giant Versaillesque dollhouse. I already showed you some of the photographs I took in the previous post (and thanks everyone for leaving such nice comments about them!) and here are a couple more:

When I returned from Paris, having bought nothing more than some underwear and a striped cardigan, I convinced myself that it was ok to indulge in some (online) shopping to acquire those much needed essentials. Like a pair of creme coloured converse sneakers for spring (haven't owned a pair of those in years), a couple of lightweight v necks, and a loose silk cardigan. Yet I still feel like I'm nowhere near wardrobe completion. Sometimes I think that I'm never going to reach the point of having that perfect wardrobe I'm so "desperately" aiming for...

I've also been once again thinking about which direction I want my 'style' to take this year (typing that out makes it sound so silly) and to be honest, I don't think it's going to change much from where it's been going during the past year. I think I have a pretty solid idea of what I like these days, and therefor I've decided that I can afford a bit of experimenting. So now I'm kind of contemplating on how I should do that. The idea is to add some sort of 'bold' piece of clothing or accessory to my wardrobe.


One potential candidate is this skirt from APC's spring collection. I love it's colour and the shape of those pockets is pretty magnificent, but it's 100% woolen and I think paying 130 euros for a woolen skirt that's meant to be worn during spring and summer isn't exactly the most sensible thing to do.


On a totally different note, has anyone checked out the Vanessa Bruno website lately? If you haven't, you really should, because it's a little piece of heaven. The new campaign featuring Lou Doillon is so stunning! And I simply love the new Athe collection! The colours, the designs, it's wonderful ♥


Je depart a Paris



If I were a religious person I'd probably be shouting something along the lines of 'praise the lord' right now, because the trip to Paris is definitely taking place. So I'll be leaving tomorrow and we'll be sleeping in the cutest little hotel ever! It even has floral wallpapers and tiny little balcony's.


I did, however, spend a significant part of my savings for this trip on a pair of boots last week. Yes shame on me, but they're beautiful and very similar to the boots from the Kooples I wanted so badly, so in a way there's no real harm done.



Today Mango will release Sandrina Fasoli's exclusive collection in selected stores on the European continent (that includes Paris). I think this collection is quite wonderful and I would love to get my hands on one of these pretty blouses. Or trousers for that matter.

I realise my posts have been very unfrequent lately and I promiss I'll write an 'enormous' entry about the trip (and I will also catch up with/respond to everyone's lovely comments) as soon as I get back!

Au revoir!

From the rooftops I remember, there was snow..



Last week, just when I thought my bad travel karma was a thing of the past, I received an email from the travel agency saying that the Paris trip was cancelled due to a lack of demand. I could, however, reschedule the trip, which would mean we'd have to go a day later. I reluctantly did so, as the only other option was to not go to Paris at all. Unfortunately they couldn't give me a guarantee for this trip to actually take place either, or at least not until a week before the departure date.
Well that's just fantastic, isn't it? Now I'm anxiously checking my mail every hour, worrying that this trip get's cancelled as well. So much for looking forward to Paris.

With all this 'drama' going on, I felt like I had no other choice than to comfort myself with buying the Athé Vanessa Bruno dress I mentioned earlier. I received it a couple of days ago and it really is as perfect as I'd imagined it to be. I know I'll be wearing it a lot during spring and summer and it's really versatile as it can be worn as both a dress and a top.

As long as we're on the topic of what to wear, I feel like every year, at the beginning of the year, I have this huge crisis when it comes to getting dressed in the morning. I all of a sudden feel the need to reinvent myself, and revive my wardrobe, even when there's actually nothing wrong with it (as would be the case right now) It's probably because of the holidays, I'm telling you, those black sequins and glitter tights are the devil's spawn. After being surrounded by them for a week or so, I am tempted to dress up like some sparkly party decoration EVERY DAY, even and especially when there's no reason for celebration. I'm sure that come February this severe case of discofever will have died down, but until then, I shall have to try very hard to refrain myself from clicking the 'add to basket' button whenever I come across something glittery on the web.

Since yesterdaymorning the streets have been covered in at least 15cm's of snow, don't think that has happened in the the last five years. And it's cold, freezing cold. I'm glad there are such things as moonboots because without them I probably would have already lost a toe or two to frostbite. Especially since my bloodcirculation is so messed up. Anyway, I'll be glad when spring starts and brings along some warmer weather.

Before I forget, you might have noticed that I replaced the header, I'm not sure yet if I should keep this one or switch back to the old one, what do you think?


January picks


People & Things I like/love/adore/admire:

Hanna Müller's drawings

Apc's ss '09 boots

Sofia Coppola

red lipstick

the beginning of a new year

santogold - L.E.S. artistes

this photograph

planning future travels

collecting books

nina ricci dresses

happy new year everyone!

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Merry Christmas everyone!
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Ragged Wood


Before I start this post I would like to say thanks for all your lovely comments ♥♥♥Due to personal circumstances I haven't exactly had a lot of time to blog but reading all your wonderful responses really cheers me up! December picks: Cozy warm winterwearFleet Foxes:discovered them only days ago but I already love love love their music!making wishlists for Paris: (repetto, the kooples, vanessa bruno athe)Receiving awards:"This blog invests and believes in the PROXIMITY-nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceeding charming.These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends.They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement!Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut,even more friendships are propagated.Please give more attention to these writers!Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight moreand include this clever-written text into the body of their award."anna karenina, jane and mirthe gave me this wonderful award! I'm terribly flattered and honoured! You really are too kind ♥I want to pass it on to mettch, the-search-for-chic, margot, heart-in-a-cage and Robine!In addition I got tagged by Ariella, thanks for that! Will answer that tag in a later post ;)And a special thanks to Mila for this pretty award [...]

December's here



Bonjour everyone!

Last thursday I bought the most wonderful wallet at Zara. I had been eyeing this particular wallet for quite some time and I'm glad I actually took the bold step of purchasing it!


A couple of weeks ago I discovered this blog and it's been a favorite ever since. This girl's photographs are just so stunning and pretty!




The good thing about having a mother with a mild form of amnesia is the fact that you could end up receiving birthday gifts days after your actual birthday. At least that's what happened to me. Saturday my mother came into my room with a huge package, apologising for the fact that she had completely forgotten about this particalur gift and just came across it while she was arranging her closet. It turned out to be the giant cupcake shaped teapot I'd been lusting over for weeks!


Yesterday a friend of mine told me about this awesome Keri Smith project aka the Portable tree. If you don't mind getting glue all over your hands and you kinda like the idea of having a cute little christmas tree, I'd suggest you just give it a go! I made one yesterday and it was a lot of fun. I think I might make another one (or five) You can find the tree at:

Have a great day!





I assumed I would have some more time to write this post, but I've been working on a time consuming history essay all morning, I still need to bake a pie, and I have to make sure I'm ready for my birthday party tonight! So unfortunately this post won't be as elaborate as I promised yesterday. To get back to your comments, the concert was indeed fantastic, they played for more than an hour, although I wouldn't have minded if they played all night. And I got to see Alex Kapranos up close, eventhough at first we didn't even realise it was him, which was quite confusing and funny at the same time. Anyway, they did this great drum routine (something pretty similar to this) at the end of their song Outsiders which was unbelievably cool.

On a completely different note, last weekend we had our first days of snow here in the Netherlands. I just loved it! I've always enjoyed snow, it reminds me of Christmas, which is my absolute favourite holiday of the year. Talking about Christmas, I've already started listening to christmas songs on my ipod. George and Mariah are my new best friends for the next few weeks.


Wednesday I'll be turning 21, the magical number. As an early gift to myself I bought a new camera! It's a Sony Alpha 200 DSLR and it's perfect.

her are some new flickr favourites:


1. Frozen Sunset, 2. happy birthday, katie!, 3. Such a perfect day, 4. polaroad, 5. Untitled, 6. Untitled, 7. Sofia Coppola, 8. Untitled, 9. Untitled

that's all for now! will try to respond to everyone's comments asap and I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

Take me Out


Last night I went to see Franz Ferdinand perform and they were mindblowingly brilliant!

check back tomorrow for a more elaborate post ;)

November 20th


I just realised that I still need to catch up with two tags I received a while ago. I was tagged by two lovely girls, Amy from the-shades-of-black and M from cross my heart and kiss my elbow. Thank you so much for that!For these tags I need to list 6 unimportant things that make me happy. (I've answered this one before, but you can never think of too many happy things can you?)So here we go again: * watching Will & GraceI can watch every single episode over and over again without ever getting sick of their jokes! * eating yoghurtgumsthe best kind of candy there is* listening to Ray LaMontagne's musicI've only recently discovered his music but I'm already deeply in love with his voice and lyrics. If you're not familiar with his music yet I would really recommend it!1. its fall in the leaves, 2. incomplete metamorphosis, 3. Untitled, 4. Sleepwalking VI., 5. Smoking Kills, 6. red, 7. Untitled, 8. Untitled, 9. silhouette* coming across beautiful photographs on flickr* rearranging my closetthere's something weirdly relaxing and therapeutic about rearranging things* making listslists of movies I've seen, places I want to visit, purchases, wishlists, things to do, things I like, in my book there's a list for everything Now that's done, I reckoned it was a good idea to dedicate the rest of this post to a bunch of random things:Like the fact that I really like these outfits:And that I should watch these movies again, soon!How I want this bag from Topshop, despite the fact that I think it's a bit overpriced. It looks so roomy and beautiful, and the colour is just perfect!Also, my birthday is coming up in less than 3 weeks but, as always, I haven't got a clue about what gifts I should ask for. So any recommendations would be deeply appreciated! Last but not least, a very sincere thank you for all your wonderful comments ♥[...]

Miss Brightside


Do you know the feeling of how sometimes everything in life seems to be going your way? Having a general feeling of being ok taking over? When little things start making you happy again? Well, whether you do or don't -and I hope everyone does-, it's a great feeling. It really is.And some of those little things that do the trick are Gia Coppola's photographs, a last name that seems to be synonymous to endless visual talent. To my utter joy, our trip to Paris is finally booked! So I made this collage of my favourite flickr photographs of Paris, just to get in the Parisian mood:1. Paris, 2. moulinrouge, 3. Paris!, 4. Sacre Coeur, 5. itookthisinparis, 6. les enfants de paris 02, 7. Moulin Rouge, 8. Untitled, 9. Untitled ***And look what I got in the mail! Isn't it pretty? ;) I must sound like a silly fangirl by now, but seriously, this is going to be the best concert I've ever been to, I can just feel it![...]

Flickr Favourites


1. Untitled, 2. Above Austria, 3. in the woods, 4. andrew cheyenne, 5. Untitled, 6. process, 7. Untitled, 8. Untitled, 9. 1

A bit of joy



Today has been a marvelous day filled with fantastic happenings. First waking up and hearing about Obama's well deserved victory -I'm beyond excited! I was so nervous last night, I even had butterflies in my stomach- and then finding out that KOL will finally be giving a concert in the Netherlands!

Sometimes life is simply wonderful ♥

Now it's November


First of all, thanks again for your wonderful comments and suggestions! Reading them always brings a smile to my face! To answer the most asked question: the trousers are from H&M, hence the pretty pricetag.Also, someone asked me about the fur jacket. Well, I can assure you that it's a faux one. I am disgusted by real fur and would never wear it. Obviously, I felt like writing a post today, but I didn't really have a clue of what it should be about. So I figured I'd just start by sharing some new purchases with you (however boring that might be). Thursday I went to a thriftstore and there I found these pretty camera's. Eventhough I already own a polaroid sx 70 camera, this one came with an external flash, so I couldn't possibly pass it up!As I was so happy with my subscription to Vogue Paris, I decided to subscribe to Jalouse as well. There's just something about French magazines that appeals to me (you know, the certain je ne sais qoui factor ;)). And they're amazingly cheap, even when you take in the pretty high shipping rates. I already mentioned my new dvdbox in my last post and then there's Bulgakov's the Master and Margarita. It's such an amazing book, but unfortunately, I never got the chance, or took the time, to finish it. I'm sure that now it's waiting in my bookcase, that will happen soon though.No explanation needed:1. #13, 2. Real Big Swing, 3. aoi_yu_dandelion_008.jpg, 4. Untitled, 5. LastLeti, 6. nice hat, 7. Cold City - Paranoia, 8. untitled, 9. UntitledA while ago some of you asked me about my paper cranes, well here they are:Last but not least, I was wondering, is there something else you want to see on this blog? Or perhaps something you'd like to see more of? Is there a topic you would like me to dedicate a post to? I'd love to hear some of your thoughts as inspiration seems to be running a bit low these days.Hope you have a happy sunday!![...]



As the unexpectedly wise Forrest Gump once said, life is like a box of chocolates. Those words seem particularly true today. After wasting spending an hour at the local optician I decided that I deserved something tasty and bought a golden box filled with delicious Belgian chocolates. Then when I came home I found a little package on the kitchen table, in it was a dvd box, containing the whole first season of Jericho, aka one of my all time favourite series! So my afternoon turned out to be quite pleasant. Ok that must have sounded completely random, but so be it.

Apart from the above, there's actually some more good news, although I have to say, nothing's certain yet. It seems that I'll be visiting my chere Paris pretty soon! Together with my mother I am planning a trip and if all goes well (fingers crossed) we will be going there somewhere by the end of january/beginning of february. As a late birthday trip pour moi. So I reckon there will be a lot of shopping involved! I'm already saving up some money.

Here are some more beautiful photographs from flickr I felt like sharing with you:

1. Untitled, 2. sx70229s, 3. no, 4. Untitled, 5. Where's Erick 3, 6. 開拔, 7. T o u c h i n g ., 8. Casting Spells., 9. Untitled


Last friday I went to Antwerpen and there I bought this rather interesting pair of trousers. They were on sale and for only 20 euros I figured I could just as well give them a try. But now I'm experiencing some creative difficulties when it comes to how to wear them. So your ideas are more than welcome!

October Road


Bonjour everyone!Let's start with the tag that was given to me by the oh so cute and very kind tea drinking english rose. Thank you!the rules are: mention the person who nominated you. list 6 unimportant things that make you happy. tag 5 blogs. state the rules. notify them with a teeny comment on their blog that they have been nominated.1. cuddling with my bunny2. pink skies3. watch a polaroid photograph develop4. driving on the highway while listening to my favourite music5. being able to stuff myself with what seems to be an endless amount of chinese food6. planning future travels And I'll nominate heart in a cage, mila, margot, cleolikesyou and jess!October picksthis month's favourites:- origami cranesI've been folding a huge amount of cranes these past few weeks in order to make an origami mobile. I'm not done yet but I'm sure it will turn out magnificently! - watching globe trekkermy latest addiction. 4 times a day is not nearly often enough to keep my constant hunger for new countries satisfied. If there would be something like a globe trekker channel, I'd be sitting behind the tv 24/7. - peel apart polaroidsthese brilliant photographs have something so enormously charming about them, but unfortunately the price is a bit less agreeable. Luckily there's flickr. - aquariaI love the underwater world. Dolphins, coloured fish, squids, they're all so lovely and intriguing to look at. - fall leavesthe weather may be cold and wet, but at least the trees are dressed in the most magnificent colours. And how much fun is it to go for a walk in the woods and come home with a whole bunch of colourful and beautifully shaped leaves? - cropped (faux) fur jacketsI. Like. Them. Got one myself this week. Hate the real ones though.- birdsThere's something about birds I find so beautiful. I just love looking at them. Or at pictures of them. Or drawings. Or whatever other shape or form they come in. - wall decorationPosters, postcards, drawings, as long as you can put it on a wall, I like it. - this fantastic editorialphotos from flickr (click on image for the link),, thefashionspot and moi memeAnd thank you for all your kind comments! I will respond to them ASAP![...]

This place is a Zoo part 2.


Just a short post today. I've been pretty busy lately, hence the lack of blog activity. I'll try to make up for that soon though!The weather was so lovely this weekend, I simply couldn't stay in. So I decided to go to the zoo. Took a bunch of photographs there. And then took some more when I came home:I got very excited yesterday when I received an envelope from APC. Not only did it contain their winter catalogue but also the most amazing poster. It's so nice, I can't wait to put it on my wall! Will post a picture of that later!And once again, some new favourites:1. the birds., 2. Untitled, 3. it's a bird! it's a plane!, 4. Untitled, 5. Carnations I, 6. give me a mountain paradise, 7. j, 8. portugal2, 9. in mind, 10. all alright.., 11. spöken, 12. i want to name them ~ one is definitely shirley, 13. Nothing to Say, 14. flight, 15. Untitled, 16. 8 a.m., 17. Untitled, 18. frompaulette, 19. I think this may be my favorite..., 20. he is searching[...]

Take photographs for fun, for fun


What better way to start a post then with some beautiful images:1. Untitled, 2. rain bow hat, 3. Outside, 4. TwinSisterMoon, 5. Sweden summer '08, 6. theexecutionofallthings, 7. Untitled, 8. Untitled, 9. bird on blue, 10. samisen, 11. lape kukli, 12. Untitled, 13. Untitled, 14. swan ghosts, 15. Untitled, 16. ok***In a couple of weeks I'll be redecorating my bedroom, and I'm très très excited about the whole thing. I'm planning to give my wall a complete make over by decorating it with lots of frames and posters and whatever looks nice. Got a lot of inspiration from these beautiful images which I found on and flickr: ***I received this wonderful award from both mila and ariella! Merci beaucoup! I'm supposed to pass this award on to 7 other blogs I love and those are:Restée Rêveuse, sweet dreams till sunbeams find me, discotheque confusion, chic looks, hello sailor! , coccinelle and intimate vignettes!Hope you'll enjoy it!How I'd wish I had an endless supply of polaroid film. It's funny how something as simple as a photograph can evoke such an immense feeling of instant happyness. Took these yesterday, in the late afternoon. I love autumn and it's everchanging colours.[...]

No Room For Make Up


I thought it would be easier to write an interesting post if I limited myself to writing just one a week, but apparently, it doesn't work that way. So now it's once again friday, which seems to have become my new favourite day to blog, and I have no idea what to write about. Yet at the same time I don't feel like waiting around for inspiration to flutter by, because I'm sure that would only make things worse. So I'll just start by apologising for my extreme negligence when it comes to answering comments and actually leaving them on other blogs. For some reason I really suck at doing both of those things. Trust me, I will try to work on that. In the meantime just know that your comments are all very much appreciated!Perhaps I should share something that's a bit more personal. You probably haven't noticed this due to my already sparse blogging, but lately I haven't been feeling well. During the last 6 weeks I got pretty sick, not just once, but three times to be exact. And in between I felt really bad, especially mentally. It felt as if my head was stuck in some sort of unpleasant haze and there was no way out of it. It was quite scary actually, to the point where I was feeling anxious all the time. But luckily, last week turned out to be the first week in a very long time that I actually felt like my normal self again! And I'm unimaginably happy about that!To celebrate that cheerful fact I went a little crazy with buying dvd's this week (just ignore my weird taste in movies, I simply can't help the fact that my cinematical preferences are pretty much all over the place). At least now I won't have to worry for at least another two weeks how to get through those boring evenings.I also decided to get all girly and bakey and made a whole bunch of heart shaped cupcakes. It was a brilliant idea because they were absolutely delicious, the creme topping tasted pretty much devine!Talking about sweets and girlyness, Chloé's latest collection seriously reminded me of pastries. So obviously I had no choice but to like it. If you want to win me over, connect something, anything, to food and I won't be able to resist it. It's a miracle I haven't reached the size of a whale yet.I also happened to order these beauties from asos. And they arrived, quelle surprise, after only two days. Now that's what I call a vast improvement!Took these two polaroids yesterday. I'm going to take a couple more this afternoon, so if you want to know how those turn out, have a look at my flickr, I'll upload them there asap!I suppose that's all for know. I wish everyone a very pleasant weekend! Au revoir![...]