Our Son is born! Meet Edmund de Geus

It’s been a month since our son was born! I kept putting writing this post off because I wanted to write a coherent post. I mean it’s our firstborn, such a profound time in our lives!

Like most new parents I soon realized the time between diaper change, feeding, changing clothes, putting to bed and pumping is an ongoing cycle. The time for the perfect written post will come the day he is 18.

So, WordPress family, meet our son, Edmund de Geus. He is our pride and joy. He takes our sleep but repays it in beautiful smiles. Yesterday he was one month old.

Somewhere at 3:00 am, after we put Edmund down to sleep, my husband was smiling. I asked him why. He replied: I’ve never been this tired but this happy.

And that sums it up for both of us:
We are happily exhausted.

Ps: I hear yawns coming from the co-sleeper. It’s almost time for Edmund to wake up for his 6:00 am feeding!

Expect more randomly timed posts from this new mommy. 😀


Can materialistic things inspire profound realizations?

The ability to get to know myself more over the years is powerful and
I’m grateful.

I’ve written many times about the idea that ”It’s the little things in life.”

Still, I’m realizing it in even more profound ways. I wish to grow in this knowledge even more over the years.

Today, I have a clothing haul from H&M.
Yes, it’s clothes.
Yes, it’s materialistic.

And yet these clothes have inspired such a joy in my life. I’ve learned more about myself.
Somethings I’ve known and some I’ve realized.

Like the fact that I feel incredibly good around natural things such as trees, nature, stones, crystals, etc.

If you have been following me for a while, you might know that I’m often surrounded by nature. I may not live in nature, but I insert myself into nature at least 4 times a week.

I should’ve known earlier, and yet it took buying these clothes, coming home and reflecting on my purchase to realize it.

It all started with me, coming home, just staring at the clothes. Looking at the clothes felt great, dressing in the clothes felt incredibly good. What was this feeling?

As I reflect on my purchase, I admit the colors were a bit odd.
I would not normally choose brown and beige colors, but the fabric felt so good in my hands (especially the blazer) and the brown bag reminded me of earth;dirt.
Why would I want to wear that? And why is it making me feel so good?

I’ve come to the conclusion that my love for natural colors has transitioned into my wardrobe. And I couldn’t be happier.

Can materialistic things inspire profound realizations?

You tell me,

Here’s what I got at H&M.

(PS: I’m 7months pregnant! 😀 )

Beige blazer

Linen mix fabric

White shirt (sold out)

Animal print shorts (sold out) … But there’s many more other choices.

Viscose fabric

Pink nude shoes: (Sold out)

Brown bag: (Sold out)

See you around the blogosphere!

Chantal xx


Going to Primark is like going to war… shopping war.
Or that’s how I think about it. There’s always long waiting lines and some of the racks; especially the racks with the discounted items on, are messy.

I asked myself the question: “Why do I even go there?”
but the discounted prices speaks for itself.

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I don’t go to Primark for luxury, but if I look hard enough, I do tend to find some decent clothing pieces.

Here’s what I’ve found.

(Ps: I’m 5 months and 2 weeks pregnant 😀 )

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The coat:

I love the color of the coat. I love the cuffs and the belt around the waist. The coat looks pretty decent when you wear it, but I don’t love the fabric. It gets wrinkly quite easily, and the buckles on the coat are made out of plastic. But for the price of €20, I think it’s a decent item.



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What do you think?

Grey flower bag:

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I liked the grey version

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I saw a similar bag from Michael Kors a couple of years ago and didn’t end up getting it. when I went into Primark and saw this lovely bag, I was delighted. At €10 this bag is a steal. It is structed and sturdy. The bag’s quality is better then some of the bags I saw at Zara.

Nude heels:

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Given that I’m pregnant, I avoid heels as much as possible. I circled around these heels for quite some time before trying them on. I’m so happy I did because it’s so comfortable (something I thought impossible given there’s only one transparent strap in front) but the block heel makes it so comfortable and easy to walk in.

Grey crop top and leggings:

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One of the only reasons I go to Primark mainly is because of their leggings. My husband bought me a pair of leggings at Primark and I couldn’t believe the quality and the price! Both were incredible. So ever since then, I’ve made it a point to go to Primark to get some decent leggings. Of course, you’ll have to look through the entire sports section to find good leggings, but I promise it’s worth it.

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The orange bag:

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Since I basically only wear white, pinky nudes and greys, I thought this bright colourfull bag would be the perfect way to incorporate some color into my wardrobe. The bag is good quality, the embroidery is well done and it is a beautiful structured bag.


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Read about the nail polish down below

I got this palette for €10. In my mind, there is no beating that. The colors are so beautiful, the shades are Roze quartz colors. The quality? It gets the job done. I will be using this palette until there’s no color left; before I move on to the next palette in a year or two.


Nude nail polish:

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I’ve been very nude for this haul, but I love the pink nude trend that’s been going around for a while now. I’ve loved pink since a child, hopping from shade to shade when I grew older, but never really stopped loving pink. And now I’m loving nude pink. This nail polish gets the job done. I love that it’s so minimal. I don’t have to think about what I’m wearing because it will never clash with the clothes I have on.


For those of you who would like to see the clothes in detail, please check out the video here. And let me know that you are from the blog 😀

What do you think of this Primark haul? How is your Primark?

I hope you liked this post!

See you around, Chantal

Zara haul, pregnancy edition :D

The baby bump has arrived, Spring has arrived… what a wonderful time to be alive!

The flowers started to bloom around Rotterdam in the most gorgeous colors: pinks, whites & greens. I couldn’t help but take inspiration from nature and incorporated the colors into my haul.

So here’s my pregnancy haul.

Well… perhaps not pregnancy per se. I don’t intend on buying maternity clothes, wearing it for the 3+months left and never wearing it again. That’s why I decided to buy clothes that will fit me during pregnancy and after pregnancy.

Today’s haul is from Zara, I hope you like it!

Green cropped jacket: 




Even though it’s Spring, the weather is still a bit chilly on some days, so I picked this beautiful cropped jacket. I love that it’s cropped because I can throw it over a nice sundress and still be able to show off a lot of the dress and not be chilly. The color also fits in well with the season.

The brown set: 





Top: Elegant button details, soft texture, and sheen fabric.





Pants: 2 pockets & 1 pocket on the lower  left side. 

I first saw celebrities wearing what appears to be pajama sets outdoors, then Instagrammers and now the common folk. I thought I might as well try it out since it’s perfect now that I’m pregnant. However, I would probably style it with some heels and a cropped jacket when I go outside. Otherwise, you run the risk of people legitimately thinking you went on a date in your pajamas.

White balloon sleeve top: (Sold out)

This top has three things I love: balloon sleeves, 3/4 sleeves and it’s cropped. Ever since the bump has arrived, I’ve become a pro- cropped top person. I find that it shows the bump off well. I like that the top is cropped but still elegant. The little button details are also very beautiful.

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This is a special time in my life and I’d like to look back on it years from now, that’s why I’ve decided to start playing around with Youtube again. If you want to see this haul in video form, you can see the video here! Please check it out!

I hope you enjoyed this post! What do you think? It’s always lovely to hear your thoughts.

See you around the blogosphere,
Chantal xx

WE ARE PREGNANT! (and what I’m wearing)

Some of you have guessed, others had no clue, September 2019 our baby is due!

It’s not a food baby this time! We are very excited about this news! We’ve known it for a while, but the first three months was spent hugging the toilet. With the second trimester came my energy, thus, voila the announcement  & collaboration with Paperlesspost.com! (More about that at the end of the post)


With the second trimester comes body changes, and I have the whole swollen boobs and baby bump yumminess going on. So with that, I ventured to find my first pregnancy dress.

I was quite picky, because of the shape of my body;

My body type: Inverted triangle
I have an inverted triangle body shape. Which means my upper body is proportionally bigger than my lower body. I have big boobs, broad shoulders, and slim legs.

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Source: TThe two pictures on the left I found on google.com

Now that I’m pregnant everything becomes bigger, and thus the type of dress I’m wearing above, the bodycon dress, won’t do anymore.

  • My list:
    I wanted a dress that ticked all these boxes:
    * Fit fitted around my bust but loose around my waist
    * Had sleeves
    * Had a v-neck
    * Is comfortable and breathable fabric for Spring/ Summer

My search began about two months ago. Yesterday I found the perfect dress at Zara!


I absolutely love this dress! I went for neutral colours since Spring/ Summer is here.


I paired the white dress with over-the-knee boots because it’s still quite cold.


It took a journey to find a dress that ticked all the boxes.


It ties in the front, with plenty of space for our baby


Pockets are always handy


The sleeves are what sold me on this dress

The fabric is a blend of linen and cotton.

A big thank you to my lovingly, patient husband for taking these pictures 😀
I love you so much ❤

What do you think?



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If you’ve come to the end of this post, let me know your thoughts! Like the dress?

See you around.

Chantal xx

Dropshipped dresses- Is it Aliexpress quality?

When dropship-clothes.com reached out to me to do a collaboration for their dropship dresses, I honestly expected it to be cheap clothes. Like the clothes that I buy on Aliexpress most of the time.

They’ve asked me to pick any three items on their website for free in exchange for an honest review.

* I wasn’t sure if the sizing would be accurate so I ordered one size up for all my clothes. Normally I’m a large but I’ve ordered XL in all the items.

Here’s what I’ve picked:

A Pink dawn dress $10.12 :

LRM_EXPORT_510220685953874_20190311_195252384LRM_EXPORT_510291372334283_20190311_195403070LRM_EXPORT_510260196395893_20190311_195331894dropship-pinkdress-pinkhair-backdropship-pinkdress-pinkhair-frontThe dress came just as described in the picture on the website. The dress fit me well but was a bit lose around my bust, which is a miracle because often a dress would fit me well, but the bust would be too small. I’m 1.5m tall so the dress fit me to my ankles. I think it was meant for taller people but still, it fits well. I give this dress 3 out of 4 stars because everything was as expected, nothing out of the ordinary.

A pink party glitter dress: $15.53 :

LRM_EXPORT_510334645860512_20190311_195446344LRM_EXPORT_510380189162283_20190311_195531887 To me the dress looks prettier in person then on the website. When the dress arrived I told my husband that I would actually wear this to a formal event (prom) or if I’d known sooner about this place, let my bridesmaids wear it at our wedding. The glitter detail is beautiful and the dress is lined. One thing I disliked about the dress is that the ties at the back of the dress are way too long, but I’d just cut it off. I give this dress 3 out of 4 stars.

A fur trim parka $37.94:

P1260851.jpgI was most excited to receive the parka because a few weeks ago my husband was going to get a very similar jacket at HNM on sale for $50. So, when I saw this jacket for $37.94 I was suspicious. However, the quality blew my mind. The jacket is heavy, the fur can be removed, it is WARM and comfortable. It was too big for me but Marcel posed for a picture. If I have to recommend any of the three items I would recommend this jacket. I give the jacket 4 out of 4 stars.

I will make a video sometime where I show the quality of the clothes if you are interested. Let me know.

I can only speak on the three items that I chose, and I liked it. I haven’t tried out any other clothes on the website. If you’d like me to do another collaboration with this website let me know. Is there anything you are interested in?

Here’s a link to their sales page:

See you around,
Chantal ❤

Do you hold a grudge if someone doesn’t wish you on Facebook?

It was my husband’s birthday yesterday.

I didn’t wish him on Facebook. That was a shock to a few people.

‘Çhantal, why didn’t you wish Marcel on Facebook?”


It seems a little odd to me to wish my husband, with whom I share a house with, and to whom I wished in person, to congratulate him on Facebook. (We were too busy enjoying time together on his birthday)

My husband has Facebook, but he doesn’t go on it often. He checks maybe twice a month his Facebook, if at all.

So, why would I wish him a Happy birthday on Facebook?

The answer I got to was this:
1) To show off my love for my husband to the world.
2) To wish ‘him’ but actually, show people on Facebook.
3) Perhaps, since we live far from our family it’s nice for friends and family to see us and keep up to date with our life on Facebook.

Fingers crossed it’s the latter.

For the past 3 years, I’ve felt the burden to wish my loved ones a happy birthday on Facebook, even though I wished them in real life or telephoned them. Have you felt like that?

This year, I decided to not wish anyone a happy birthday on Facebook. If I’m far away, expect a call, or a message, but not a Facebook post. If I’m present I’ll wish you in person.

On my birthday, it’s nice to receive Facebook posts, so I understand that want of a Facebook post, but I do appreciate a phone call/ TEXT more. (Since I’m far away from friends and family)

But I won’t feel offended if you don’t wish me on Facebook.

What has happened? We are now in a generation were people keep grudges if you don’t wish them on facebook. ”I don’t wish you, because you didn’t wish me” What’s the point of the wish then anyway?

The only reason most people remember your birthday is that Facebook reminds them.

The birthdays of the following people are engraved in my head :
My parents & Parents-in-law
Brother, sister
Two best friends Raeesa and Yentl
Some other friends and family
They receive a phone call or a visit on their birthday. because I truly appreciate them.

For our other family members, it’s marked down on our calendar.

Facebook is a reminder of people’s birthday’s I have no intention of remembering, and just wish them a ”Happy birthday” wall post (If on that day I’m on Facebook.)

If you happen to miss my birthday, it’s on 11 September, hard to forget since the twin towers and everything, but don’t worry I don’t hold a grudge! 🙂

What’re your thoughts on birthday posts?