How to ; Beautyday

Lovely readers!

This is going to be a very girly post! Why? Because I'm going to give you girls out there some tips on how to organise a beauty day for just you, yourself and.. you. That should have been a catchy sentence. It's morning guys, I'm not that inspirational. Because I've spent the last few days with my boyfriend, it feels weird to be completely alone again. But, being alone can also be a pre! Why nog organise a beauty day? Take your time and pamper yourself to look completely fabulous on New Years Eve?! This is my 'step plan'. That isn't a word I believe, but who cares, I hope you understand me.

Bloggin' on the go ; on our way to Zeeland

Lovely readers!

My sweet 18 yesterday was amazing! I love my friend so much! They had fun too and that's the most important thing to me! Right now, Jim and I are on our way to his dad in Zeeland! It's a long travel and we're very tired but I am looking forward to celebrate Christmas eve over at his dad's house with his family! I have to go now otherwise I will get 'sick'.
By the way, first iPhone 5 post, love it!

Big hug and have a nice day!
Stella.

Bloguary Alert!

Guys, I am definitely going to do Bloguary again! It's a promise! I will be doing it! Hell yeah!
Bye.

Sweet 18, Christmas and Amsterdam

Well, hello there!

Tonight is the night! I'm celebrating my eighteenth birthday for all of my friends! All of my friends, like, over 40 people in my livingroom. It will be insanely crowded, I hope everyone can find a place to sit down or something. I'm looking forward to it like crazy, although I don't know what to wear yet. I want to look gorgeous.. I'm such a perfectionist, you all know right? I will post an outfit picture later. I wanted to make a picture of everything me, my mom, dad and boyfriend bought yesterday, but I forgot. Shame on me.
Anyways, because I have the most amazing friends ; they all have surprises for me. They teamed up in several groups to make or get me something which is very special and I'm so. freaking. curious! I just have the most amazing friends on earth. Eventhough that's my opinion, I just know that they are.
So, my mom has been stressing out like crazy. 'What if they ruin our christmastree?' 'What if they ruin the floor by just stepping in- and outside with wet and dirty shoes' etc. I love her. My parents, by the way, will be staying home. My dad is makeing some hamburgers and stuff around midnight so that no one will get hungry (or drunk..). I hope my friends will have an awesome time!

Tomorrow, Jim and I will be going to Zeeland, celebrating christmas eve with his dad! The first day of christmas we will have lunch at my house and dinner and his mom's house and we will be sleeping at my house again to have breakfast on the second day of christmas with my family and we will have dinner with my family over at my grandparents house. It will be crazy, we will be travelling a LOT. But I look forward to it! I bought some presents and I hope they'll all like them.

The 29th, Jim and I are planning a trip to Amsterdam. We will go shopping and stuff, maybe have some dinner over there together. Do you guys have any tips to go and see in Amsterdam? Of course I've been there before but I thought maybe you guys have some tips on where to shop or eat or something.

Well, this is my update for now! I will keep you all posted! I will do a more 'useful' post soon.. I feel very guilty 'cause I don't post as often as I promised. And if I do a blogpost, it're just updates, which aren't that useful and fun too..
Sorry guys!

With most love and merry christmas!
Stella.

Lovely Sunday

Lovely Sunday morning everyone!

While I'm waiting for the oven to preheat and stuff, I just sat down and thought that it would be a nice time to update you guys again. And I just miss blogging, like I said before. The last few weeks I was so busy and I felt like I didn't even had time to take a look at other blogs! So, what happened? Yes, I am eighteen years old now! Say hooray for maturity! Not that I feel mature, though. I feel like a little girls needing attention from her boyfriend all the time because she's always scared that she isn't good enough oh yes. But my boyfriend is the sweetest. And I have to get my life back on track, like, I need to do stuff in stead of just wait and see what happens. SO. I have to make you guys a promise that I will update my blog more often upcoming days. I might even do a Bloguary this year again. Shall I? I hope I will be able 'cause last year I loved it!

So, I think I still have got five minutes left or so. I'm going to update you quickly. For my birthday, I got a new phone (an iPhone 5, and I feel such a lucky bastard you guys, I still do). And I love my new phone, it's SO addicting!
Also, the annual musicnights at school aren't in December this year anymore because a schoolmate passed away. It was so sad and I'm still thinking about him very often. I didn't even know him, but I sang for him at school and it was just very touching and impressive.

-oven making a very annoying beeping noice-

I put the little baguettes in the oven now guys, and I put the water up to boil two eggs ; for myself and for my mom, who is still lying in bed! I am so jealous of her! But I had to get up early to practice for a very important presentation tomorrow (in English!). But, to go on with my stories, my boyfriends present was.. going to a musical together! He gave me tickets to a musical called 'Wicked'. We went Wednesday the 12th and it was a-ma-zing! Seriously, musicals are my favorite things to watch! The singing, dancing, everything it's just so amazing and so proffesional! Thank you Jim, if you are reading this, you are amazing.

Yesterday, a very good friend of mine celebrated his family birthday and me and his best friend who's also a very good friend of mine (yes I am talking about you now) went. We ate ertensoep, which is Dutch for a soup made out of peas. I believe it's typically Dutch. I didn't eat it before and I loved it, it was very delicious. Afterwards, my bitrhdayboy friend sat down and played the piano. He doesn't even play the piano for real, he plays guitar. But it was so beautiful and he is so freaking talented! I was able to record it on my phone and I can't stop listening to it.
I had to go home fairly early because I was on my bike. So, the other great friend of mine, called Laurens (who still has got issues -inside joke-) brought me home safe and we spent 1,5 more hours together just talking and he played guitar and stuff, it was fun because I didn't talk to him for a while because he is a student now and I'm just a poor little high school girl.

The baguettes are ready, bye guys!
Much love!

ps ; here are some pictures I made Wednesday with Jim and my birthdaycake and christmastree!

Foto: Wicked waaaah




Starbucks cup, christmas and excuses

Hello there you lovely people who still take a look at my blog once in a while.

That was such a long opening, right?
So, to begin with : I finished my test week with many good grades. I failed for economics, because I find it so so so difficult! Today, I got a second chance, but I don't really dare to say anything about it. Let's just hope for the best.

Here I am again, wanting to blog. I miss it, I really do. I just can't find the time. And when I do have time, I don't have any inspiration. I am so sorry. I am grateful that there still are people who read the stupid sentences after other sentences -let's call it a "post"- on this page on the internet over here we are now talking about. I always try to be funny and create funny sentences. I probably am failing for that too, but my only goal is to make you out there smile.

A thing I can't live without for the past months is my Starbucks cup. I have a 'hard' plastic one. I got it from my lovely boyfriend while we were still in Aruba. I walk around with that thing. I put green tea and water in it. I notice myself drinking lots more water than I usually did. I am very proud of myself, because it's good for me and my belly.

Don't you guys love the fact that Christmas is near already? I love December. Next week, December 4th, I am turning eighteen years old. It is such a strange idea guys, I still feel like a real baby sometimes. Anyways, I was listening to Christmas music a few hours ago and it made me so happy. I already have plans what to buy the people I love. Especially my boyfriend and his family, because for me, this is the first Christmas with a real boyfriend. I'm so excited! Cuddling up under a blanket in my with christmas lights decoraded room with a hot chocolate, watching a cheesy christmas movie. "It's the moooost wonderful time of the yeaaar".

To keep myself in the December theme, I will be sining on stage again this year with the annual musicnights at school. I auditioned and I actually am allowed to perform solo 2 times this year! I will be singing "Closest Thing To Crazy" by Katie Melua and "L.O.V.E" by Nat King Cole with my band! The band I told you guys about, remember? We just started around October and we already have to perform on stage for 4 times! Proud of them, my bandy-boys.
Anyways, I will keep you guys updated.

By the way, I am so sorry for the lack of Photo Diaries. My little memory card in my phone broke. I can't take a look at my pictures, I can't make pictures, I can't download apps, I can actually do nothing except using already downloaded apps and internet, texting, calling etc. I miss my phone camera a LOT. I hope I will get a new phone (I have this one for over 2 years now, don't worry) for my birthday! Than I will be able to stalk you guys again with the most interesting pictures you've ever seen -in my dreams-.

At last, I want to share my love for my friends with you. Some of them are going to rough times, and I just want to put a little heart out here for them.
And for you, because you just read my little story and I am very thankful for that.

Love and kisses,
Stella.



The positive side of..

This is my first post in this topic. I wanted to choose something 'relatable' first. This is something I guess all us girls can relate to. Getting up early while it's freezing outside makes it even harder, the cold makes your hair frizzy and your lips dry and ugly. No, winter and fall season is not for all of us. Until now, after you've read these reasons why fall/winter season can be great, I hope you will get through these upcoming months a lot better than before.

We have to heart fall/winter season because..

.. we can cuddle ourselves up in our cosy blankets and sweaters.
.. we have an excuse to wear these sweaters.
.. the trees outside change into amazing, warm and earthy colours, which are beautiful!
.. the air gets chilly and fresh! Did you notice that autumn and winter air smells lovely?
.. we have an excuse to cuddle up against our boyfriend, girlfriend, crush, mommy, etc.
.. the new fall/winter fashion will come in stores!
.. this season contains lots of holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving (which we don't celebrate over here) Christmas, New Year's
.. this means we can go present-shopping! Don't you love going on shopping trips on your own to find those perfect little original gifts for those people you love?
.. taking baths and showers is waaaaay lovelier when it's cold outside.
.. we have ourselves an excuse to buy as many bodylotions, lipbutters and hairmasks as we want!
.. because this is the season of excuses: we have an excuse to go to Starbucks non-stop! Or just have yourselve a homemade hot chocolat. mmmm.
.. NYE gives us an oppurtunity to mentally start over. It's time to get that dreamjob or finally dare to spend many on those bright pink killer heels!
.. an umbrella can be a very fashionable 'add' to your outfit! (or just go out without one, maybe a cut boy/girl will ask you to join him/her under theirs!)
.. it's time for knitted scraves and woolen mittens, a-do-ra-ble? check!

I can go along and come up with another 20 silly reasons but guys, I think you'll already now by now: fall and winter aren't that bad if you approach it with pink glasses and a smile.

Much love, many kisses and a huge thank you for reading this crazy 'rambling'.
Stella.

Blog body?

Lovely readers!

I decided that I want to give my blog more 'body'. To really make something out of it. And that is why I want to start making 'collums'. This means I will have some topics. Some subject which will return more often, like Photo Diary. I want to concentrate on the following things.

Last week..

Lovely readers, long time no see, write, read?

With this post I wanted to update you guys on what happened in my wonderful life. 
Last week..

.. I had a fever and for that reason I missed out on my frist French exam and missed a whole week of school including a trip to a famous Belgium city. Seriously, it felt horrible to miss out on everythign.

.. My memory card on my phone decided to stop working. This means that I can't take any pictures -with my phone- or 'see' pictures or post pictures on Instragram etc. I will turn 18 soon so I think it is time for a new phone, because mine isn't doing very well anymore. I love my phone, though. But I already have it for over two years and I guess smartphones don't 'live' much longer.

.. My boyfriend and I were together for half a year. I was so happy, really. It meant the world to me to be with him that day. And by the way, I already was sick and DID go to school because I wanted to see him! He came home that day from a week vacation in Gran Canaria. Really, I love him.

.. Last friday my mom and I went shopping and I finally bought the shoes I have been eyeing for a while. They cost me a lot, but they are definitely worth it! I didn't wear them yet, but that's because I don't want them to get ugly or something. I will insert a picture from internet! 

.. Most exciting news ; I GOT A JOB! While I was shopping with my mom, we went to my favorite store ; Men At Work. To make a long story short, I was asked earlier to come work over there, but the store is an hour away from my home. But, when they asked me again last week, I decided to just try, because I love the store so much and my mom told me she and my dad were willing to bring me by car if that's neccesary. So, the girl who asked me took me to the storemanager, who asked me to come for an application the next morning. So, that happend. And I got the job! Tomorrow is my first day, 9 to 6 phew! I am very nervous but very excited at the same time! 

Well, I guess that's it! I have an exciting life, don't I? hahaha, allright.. now, I have to go and get under my rock.. learning time!

Love,
Stella
Timberland Teddy Fleece Taupe

Photo Diary #8

Lovely readers!

Over here on this little part of this like, huge thing called the internet, I will post some pictures that illustrate some things that are happened in my life the past few days. There aren't as much pictures as the last time I did this kind of post, but we will all have to deal with it. And, I just found out that I only have 2 hahahaha. I'm sorry guys!

With much love and hugs and kisses,
Stella.


This, my boyfriends stepdad 'made' for me yesterday.I was waiting on my boyfriend to get home from work and while waiting, I was working on my math homework. Isn't it sweet?


-Somehow, I alays manage to have more than 50% of food-pics-
This is Monday evenings dinner I believe ; Sauerkraut! 
My favorite out of all dinners I could possibly have.





Yummie recipe alert!



304547_428701860499569_361999553_n_largeToday, I found out something amazingly delicious and I just wanted to quickly share it with the people I like the most ; the people who read my blog! Seriously, I don't even think there are many. Still. But, allright, no problem. I still want to be doing this as long as possible.

For now, the little recipe.
A Greek yoghurt treasure, guys.

What you need is a little can of Greek yoghurt, I like the Total kind, 0% fat etc. I don't know if it's available everywhere in the world, but over here in the Netherlands it is.
So, just mix the yoghurt with 1 tablespoon of raw honey and some almonds or walnuts and hat you have is a lovely and super healthy and instantly filling snack!

If you want to eat is as a lunch I recommend eating 2 little cans together in a bigger bowl and adding a banana (or any fruit you like) and some grenola of your choice.

Let me tell you, it's delicious.                
Bon Appetit! 

Love,
Stella.

The picture is from weheartit.com

DIY Beautyproducts

Yes, fall is kicking in. Yes, our bodies and our skin are starting to feel the difference and are screaming for some help! S.O.S hydration. But, girls, we don't have that much money to spend on all those high end masks and bodytreatments, do we? We also have to walk around in the most stylish clothes, which also costs loads of money. So why not make our beauty miracles ourselves? How? Let me tell you.

Photo diary #7

The past few weeks in pictures ; I hope you'll enjoy reading and watching! Much love! 


At school ; working on our thesis about the Beatles! Afterwards, I couldn't even look at those books anymore, so. much. WORK.


Same day ; I had to search for useful information. There was a lot of information, yes.


A few weekends ago, Jim and his parents took me to the 'Rijkszwaanfeest'. His stepdads work. We had a fun day, learning stuff about the genetic growth of vetgetables and stuff. This man over here as an entertainer. He did crazy and dangerous stuff ; he just was great.


On Monday September 17th, me and my school choir went to Den Haag for a dressrehearsel for the next day. We had to sing a song for ministers and other important parlementary people. It went well. Over here we had dinner at VIP ; Very Italian Pizza. I had a simple balsamico salad. It was delicious.


Ohyeah! Excitement. Jim bought a kingsize bed for us to sleep in. The only downside ; we had to set it up ourselves. After 3 hours of work, we finished it. And afterwards slept in it. Lovely.


The morning after ; breakfast time!


Jim trying to make the eggs cook faster by just watching them. He didn't want me to make a picture. I did. I'm such a great girlfriend, don't you think? -joke-.


Getting ready. I had so much fun making stupid faces.


Before Ivo and I went to our very first band rehearsel, we made pancakes. Whole wheat! Mjum.


OOTD ; One of my most favorite tops. Flowy and with a everything-but-boring print! Do you like it as much as I do? -In the back you can see my beautiful red raincoat-.


Me giving my lovely boyfriend a kiss while sitting on the boat back to Vlissingen to take the train back home.


Golf course! -I had to go with school, and I failed, ofcourse.-


During English class ; my favorite lip smacker, so delicious!


This is my lovely little animal friend Puck eating some chicken filet stuff I gave her yesterday. Over here, the 4th of October is 'animal day'. Isn't she adorable? -Well, the back of her head..-

That's it lovelies!
Bye bye now!
Love,
Stella.






Happenings

Lovely readers out there spending your free time on my blog -I love you, seriously-.
I want to share some things with you, because I feel like it has been too long ago, simply.
So, where to begin?

At first, I made lots of pictures lately to upload another Photo Diary post, but there are so many and right now our schoollaptop isn't really helping me out, so that post will be up soon.

Secondly, this Saturday, I exprienced something I'd rather would not. I never ever want to see something like this happen again. I went to Zeeland with Jim to visit his dad, stepmom and little sister. We drove there by train, which took us FIVE FREAKING HOURS. Anyways, that's not the point. Being there was a lot of fun, I always feel like home when I'm over there with him.
Saturday, his little sister had something like a party, because the gymnatics organisation thing excisted for 25 years. There were fun games to do, and they set out a walking tour thing through the countryside. During the walk people were able to drink something and get a little snack. The place to get that stuff was kind of  'runned' by Jims dad and his stepmother. So, Jim and I arrived, together with two little boys. A few minutes later, their parents also came. We drank and ate something.
I heard one of the little boys say "Dad, we're going to continue the walk, is that allright?" and his dad answered yes and the little boys took of together. The next few minutes were horrible. Suddenly, and I still don't know why, I just took a look at them. I saw a red car, I heard the noise of squeaky breaks and a "dull bang". I saw one of the little boys getting hit by the car. He really flew, like, 3 or even 4 meters and then he landed in the grass -fortunately!-. Everyone began screaming and running towards the little sufferer. I stood there, as like I was pinned to the ground. I couldn't believe it. Jim called the alarmnumber, which is 1-2-2 over here in the Netherlands. I ran towards him and grabbed his hand, not able to say something or even cry. When the ambulances (three!) came, I started crying. I was the only one who actually saw the thing happen, so when the police came I had to answer a few questions and give the agent my adress and phone number etc. A few minutes later, a helicopter came. They thought that maybe the little boy had serious injuries, but after all he only -and yes, only, because it could have been a lot worse- has 3 fractures and those will heal quickly because he is a child.
Afterwards I was kinda shocked and Jim and I went home together. Jim was -and still is- my hero and he comforted me. I hope that this will never happen to you or your loved ones. This is something which only happens in movies right? Well, no.

Thirdly, a happy thing! I am in a band! Last Tuesday (September 25th) we had our first 'rehearsel'. I am in it with Vincent and Ivo, two great friends of mine that I know for along time already! Right now, it's October 5th, because I didn't have enough time to finish the blogpost while being at school, but, the second rehearsel didn't go that well. When I sing, my voice turns into something very sweet and soft, but the coach said I have to try to sing a bit more powerful, which is very difficult for me. I kinda lost my confidence right now.. We will see.

I am so excited for my Photo Diary now that I am going to finish this post!
Much love,
Stella.


Photo diary #6

-Insert an extraordinary creative opening here-.

Guys, I think I am going to cry now. Well, no, I probably won't 'cause there aren't many reasons to. But seriously, today I went to school to hear my mentor talk about this year and our examens and my graduation and I nearly passed out. Completely. I don't know where to find the strenght to believe in myself anymore. Deep inside, I know I can do is. I just can. It will be hard work. Studying like crazy. Practicing. Big time. Do you guys think I'll graduate? Thanks for the trust, love you too.

So, the real subject of this post. It's picture timeeeee. Let's jump right into it.


Today, me and all the other 'graduation-people' (I don't know, for us in the Netherlands we're in the 6th class pre-university something blabla). Anyways, we had a High Tea. With our metors. And many of us made some delicious things! So sad that I'm such a dork that I can't eat something 'fat' without feeling quilty. I know for sure that all those cakes and brownies were the most amazing things to find in school. For sure. 


I went to lunch with a lovely friend of mine. He even paid my Subway sandwhich. Ingrediënts were ; whole wheat bread, tuna, lettuce, onions and cucumber. -no sauce, duh-.


These were the little thingies I DID ate at the High Tea party. On top was a chicken-paprika-creamcheese-wrap, the lefty was a mini savory tart thingie, and that little pellet on the right was a mini sausage in puff pastry.


Home made salads! The left one was mine. 


'Now you're just somebody that I used to be'.
Little me.


-notice my pictures all contain food?-
This is a picture I made Sunday, when all my lovely girlfriends from 'the gang' came over to have a BBQ at my place. Yum!


This little creeper is Tijger (Tiger). She's my boyfriends furball. She's so cuddly and cute. Weirdest cat ever, she always makes me laugh.

Well I guess you guys have seen enough of me and my food-full-life now!
I am going to leave you guys alone. You can go now, live your lifes again and stuff!

Don't forget to brush your teeth!
Love,
Stella.


Quick update

Lovely readers!

The sun is shining. And no, I'm not joking, she really shines today! I'm watching the butterflies in my garden and this happy feeling comes up in my belly and I want to go join them in their bubbly-ness. But no, I have to stay inside today to work on this thesis for school. It's about the Beatles, so I have a fun subject to read about but even then, I still would appreciate this work to go quickly -or something like that- so that I can join the fortunate beings outside.

Before I jump into work, I wanted to do a quick blogpost. I dreamt about being this amazing, well-known blogger once, and I still want myself to be that way. But, really? Do I have to be well-known to love blogging as much as I do? No. Ofcourse not. Right? But it would be fun though, just sayin'.

So, yesterday I applied for this job. Well I didn't acutally apply, but what I did was sending my CV and my motivation to work at, dum dum dum ; The Men At Work! And some of you may think 'what on earth is that?'. If you're not a Dutchie, probably. But, if you are, and you know what I'm talking about, you might be excited for me! I am, for myself, actually. I don't know yet if this will all work out but if it does I will be working in of  the most unique clothing stores around.

Another fun thing is that my lovely girlfriends will come over today to have a BBQ-party at my place. I'm looking forward to it like a crazy cow with pink spots and purple ribbons.

I have to go because my thesis-books-things are screaming my name. Yuck.

Bye bye and much love,
Stella.


Fighting against insomnia in a fun way

Goodnight stupid readers.
-I thought why not begin my post with something else but 'lovely readers'-

Today. Well, tonight to be exact, I am going to answer fun questions I found in this lovely and addicting world called 'the internet.'
I hope you will like to read this, I already know I will have lots of fun answering.

Where were you 3 hours ago?
I actually was on my elliptical three hours ago. No surprise.

Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you?
Yes, on my wrist. It's the plastic bracelet thingy I had to wear during my time in Aruba. The fun thing is ; Jim didn't cut the thing of yet either. -Is that correct? I don't know guys, it's 23.12, please don't hit me now-.

What are you wearing right now?
A white shirt with light grey stripes, my pyjama-shirt. Bought at Primark at the men section for only 5,- (euro's, duh). Oh, and my underwear. Wanna know what it looks like? Ask Jim. No, that was a joke. I suppose you aren't laughing. Anyways, My underwear is checked. Red and white.

What are the colours of your bedroom walls?
The colours over here might surprise you, actually! I 're-did' my room last year. My left wall is dark, army green and the other one is a 'sandy' beige white combination. A bit foresty.

Who is the last person you sent a message?
The last message I sent was on Facebook, to a friend I haven't talked to in a while and I was just wondering how he was doing. I don't even know if he even wants to talk to me, but I hope so.

What does your last text message say?
Kinda like this ; private. Annoying, hm?

Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coca Cola?
Actually I only drink water or tea -I'm the boring one, yes-. But if I would drink those soda's, I think I won't, no.

Is your hair curly or straight?
Curly. Very.

Which is the hardest thing you ever had to do?
As a child ; pulling my own tooth out and passing out afterwards. Twice.
For now ; after my parents had a fight, they both walked different ways and I had to choose who to follow. That, was horrible. Another hard thing ; telling my boyfriend that I wasn't coming over to have a BBQ with him and his family because I felt too insecure about myself. Letting someone down maybe is the hardest part for me. And audition. Yikes.

Favorite two colour combination?
Army or moss-green and black.

What is your favorite accesory?
Right now? The two bracelets I have on my left wrist ; both telling a story.

Which current celebrity's style do you admire most?
I think that will be Jessica Szhor.

What is your favorite fashion store?
Men at Work, H&M, Monki and Vila.

When was the last time you drove out of town?
-I don't drive yet, so imagine me on my bike or on an airplane-
Town as in my hometown ; today.
Town as in going across the border ; last month

With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
The toilet making the usual 'just flushed' noise -my dad- and I can hear the cars on the highway near us (2 km or something) and I can hear myself typing -which you can see as the computer, but it's me making the noise-.

What was the latest thing you bought?
I paid when Jim and I went to dinner. That's the last thing I've spent money on because I seriously want to save some for fallshopping in September, yeei!

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
Breakfast.

Favorite food?
Salads -with goat cheese yum yum- bread -any kind- bananas and nuts. I prefer salted, but I always take the healthier 'unsalted' version. Oh oh and don't forget about plain yoghurt.

Biggest turn off?
No smile and real arrogance

What do you always have on you/wear? 
I always have hair clips in my hair the same way e-ve-ry day. And I always wear my bra, obviously. And underwear. Not even mascara. Nope. I'm not that kinda girl.

What does your blogname mean and how did you come up with it?
My blogname is 'My cup of tea' because I wanted to share things I like with other. And things you like or love you can call 'your cup of tea'. How did I came up with it? Seriously? DUH. simple. I just don't remember. Oops.

Favorite style of a top/blouse?
Loose, big and vintagy-looking, if that even is a word. Otherwise I just made it up. Fun!

Favorite TV show?
Awkward on MTV. And the news, seriously, I like to watch that. I also watch Gossip Girl, but for me that are DVD's. So. Yeah. That would be cheating.

What is your favorite childhood TV show?
When I was a baby kiddy ; Teletubbies and Sesame Street. After that ; Spongebob, Totally Spies, something I believe was called Super Big and Avatar.

What does your dream bedroom look like?
Like a tree house with lots of wood, tribal looking prints and a bed which looks like a pool, if you understand what I'm talking about. You can actually REALLY lay 'in' your bed, in stead of 'on' it. And I'd love to have a picture and memory wall.

Because these 25 questions are part of a TAG, I'd love to tag you all.
Please please please be so kind to let me know if you'll be answering these questions.
For now ; I hope you all have sweet dreams.
Talk to you soon!

Love,
Stella



Photo diary #5

Time for another Photo diary post while drinking some green tea with ginseng out of my Starbucks cup. Yes, life can be good sometimes.

Love, hugs and kisses,
Stella.


He didn't want me to take a picture. I did. He loves me.


A piece I'm working on. Which sounds like I can play like an angel but actually, I followed lessons for just one year and I always try to do things I actually can't do. The first 2 lines are working out, let's find out if I'm capable of finishing this in one year.


Yesterday two schoolfriends of mine celebrated their birthday together so we had dinner at their place. Simple but very delicious.


My new babies I bought last week in Leiden. Fell in love with them right away. 


This picture just seemed one to put on Instragram. We had to park our bikes while shopping in Leiden and seriously, we were kinda lucky to find a place to park ours 'cause as you can see it's 'pretty' crowded over there.


Me and my friend Eva fed these babies -which are not real babies anymore- yesterday with left over bread. They were so happy they made noises. Cute!


After counting all my nailpolishes (62..)


This pictures is taken on Kijkduin beach 2 weeks ago when I went with a friend. The last day I actually laid in the sun this summer. I already miss it and I bet I'm not the only one. -and I don't know if I spelled bet right but I am lazy and I don't want to look it up-


Late night (s)talking about my nightstand

Lovely readers out there.

Here I am again, stalking you with another post about nothing more than useless stuff about something which is actually totally random. That, my dear aliens, was a stupid sentence.
Anyways, I was just watching other blogs because mister sleep doesn't want to have a date with me tonight. I saw that everyone was talking about back to school stuff and although I'm very jealous at those girls for being so succesful with blogging etc, it made me even more desperate that their posts were about clothes to wear to school and how to make your lashes look perfect and how to make sure you will get good grades and still have some kind of a social life. Everyone is focussed on being perfect and wanting everything to be perfect. And I am one of those crazy kids guys, I am, I totally don't have the right to talk this way but still, I do. Just to make sure that I can do something about the fact that you will all turn into perfectionistic zombies like me.

So, tonight, something else. I want you to take a look at your night stand. Yes, at this very moment right now I'll kill you if you don't. My nightstand, a beautiful piece of furniture -it actually is Ikea, but I call it beautiful 'cause it just is- with a picture of me and Jim on it, my glasses, my iPod in the drawer next to my Vaseline and my diary and the book I'm currently reading called "Zonder genade" from Renate Dorrestein. It's literature. The story is about a married couple who lose their son and try to make their marriage work again afterwards. It's heart-whole in it's own unique way. If you're in highschool like I am and you have to read Dutch literature than it's worth a try.

Anyways, back to my nightstand. Actually, it's not only just a handy thing to have. I would love to know what's on everyone's nightstand or desk or in their beds and bags and closets and hell yeah I totally sound like a #1 stalker right now. But aren't you guys curious sometimes? I am. But maybe that's just because I always want to have and be what other people have and are? I'm a loser like that.

Tomorrow, I will have my last day off before school starts. What I'm up to? Going to my friend -it's her birthday- and picking up a book about the Beatles for our 'final very important scription thingy'. Profielwerkstuk, in Dutch. And I'm planning to take the time to make a very long walk just to organize my head a little bit because I feel like the biggest 'scatterbrain' in the whole wide universe. My English also isn't what it's supposed to be so I'd better just take my rest for the night now.

Bye lovely people!
Oh, and if you want -I guess no one is responding, like no one ever does, and no I'm not asking for any sympathy or compassion right now, I'm stating facts here- let me know what's on your night stand!

With hugs,
Stella.

Update ; back to school

Followers, random visitor and other crazy but lovely people.

Welcome, here I am again. I'm sitting in my bed being wide awake. Adrenalin is rushing through my body. Why? Because I will go on a snorkeltour to the moon with my dad tomorrow. School starts. Yes. And this will be my final year, which means I have to graduate. I'm so nervous. And, because I'm a perfectionist like crazy, I want to make a great start. Looking beautiful, feeling great, having my stuff organized etc. So that's what I've been up to ; organizing and cleaning up. I also spent 2 nights with my lovely boyfriend. We both have to get used to the idea not being able to be around eachother all the time. It's a good thing though, kinda.

My last week with my lovely girls was so much fun. We didn't actually make that many pictures and that's why I won't be posting them. Just because I don't know if they will agree with it and because, well, I only have like 5 or 6 pictures. Which is stupid.. I should have made more. At least I can tell you guys that we had a fun trip to Rijnsburg with your bikes.

I just thought well I have sooo many things to tell the readers I have, but I actually don't. My nails are navy blue with one silver one. The middle one. Wow great story bro.

With this final sentence, I want to say goodbye to the most amazing summer I had since years. Going to Aruba with my boyfriend was an amazing blessing to me and going to Curaçao afterwards made it even better. This past week was the cherry on top. Now it's time to clear away my bathing suits and suitcases and to prepare for a year of hard working and much blogging.

Bye lovelies, have a great night and good luck this upcoming year, wherever you all might be!






Time to go!

Lovely people who still read my blog!

Today is the day, I'm leaving with 8 fantastic girls to have four lovely days at the Dutch coast etc.
We hope to have lovely weather, but over here you just never know. Which actually is the greatest downside of living in the Netherlands. I hope all Dutchies agree on this one.

So, yesterday I packed most of my stuff and right now I still have some packing to do like my shower stuff and the food I'm brining -I am supposed to bring the more healthier stuff, which is great 'cause you guys know me-.

I made myself a lunch for today. Which I will need very badly because we have to go by bike! I think it will take us 2/3 hours to get there. And nobody knows exactly how to get there so our biggest love today is Google maps.

Yesterday, by the way, I went to Zeeland to go to my grandparents and their voilier. I took Jim with me and it was lovely. My lovely grandmother made the most amazing tuna salad and we swam next to the boat and it was amazing. I miss Jim a tiny little bit already eventhough I've seen him yesterday. Yes, I'm desperate. But who cares? If you guys knew how much I liked him and if you guys could feel what I feel you'd completely understand!

But, I also can't wait to have a girls-week-away! So, right now I have to shut this thing down and pack the last couple of things I have to bring! For now ; goodbye and you'll all see the pictures up soon!

To know what I'm up to while I'm away, you can follow my Instragram ; Stellsx.

Bye, and with love
Stella.

Day Zero Project

I'm so excited I don't even want to make this an appropriate 'post-beginning-sentence'.
So, I just joined the Day Zero Project (click!).
What that is? You're supposed to make a list of 101 things you want to do in 1001 days -2,5 years-.
So, it's the huge version of new years solutions, kinda.
Right now I'm not even near 101 goals I added to my list but it's worth taking a look at, maybe.
I did it in English so that I was able to put this post up.
I don't know if I'm going to get this through and accomplish everything but it's definitely worth trying!

Love and sleep well,
Stella


Things we procrastinate and how not to

Good morning all of you out there in this beautiful world.
-Yes, a very very enthusiastic opening of this post-

Because I woke up fairly early today, and I'm procrastinating like crazy -working out isn't my favorite thing to do when my body doesn't want to wake up-. So, I thought why not make a blog post.
At first I had no idea what to blog about, but then I realised that all of us actually are great talents in procrastinating things. Like I am doing today ; not wanting to go on the eliptical and stuff.
Yesterday I went school-supply-shopping. Something many many of us also procrastinate.
But why do we procrastinate?

That's very easy, right? Things we don't want to or like to think about or things we just don't like to do because there are many more things to do which are more fun. Or it might be something we think is difficult or just to hard to handle.

Procrastinating is stupid. Yes, it is, we can all agree on that one don't we? Think about it. Stuff gets a lot more stressfull and painfull and difficult when we have to do it because of lack of time or something. Or when we just don't do it, we will not feel as good as when we would have just done it. Like me, I want to go on the elliptical today. I know that when I don't, I won't feel good about myself the whole day. That's just not the feeling I wanna have over here. So, what I am going to do next after posting this post is just go with it. It will be over soon, it just half an hour and I will watch Youtube clips thingies about lifestyle and beauty and fashion and hauls-things and I will even enjoy doing what I was reluctant about.

Over here I have some little tips for you. I hope they'll help you not procrastinate as much anymore.

Procrastinating shopping for schoolsupplies
No, school isn't that much fun. Yes, we prefer just chilling out on the beach sipping out of our Starbucks cups drinking a iced caramel latté. But life isn't always that lovely to us and something has invented that we are all supposed to go to school untill we have our diploma's and we can go our own way getting a job etc etc. So, we just have to go to school. There's nothing to procrastinate about that. But because you have this 'holiday and doing nothing feeling' you don't want to thing about that stressy thing called 'school'. BUT, for me, shopping for school supplies is a lovely feeling. I love it when I can buy huge note books and organization stuff so that I can begin my year of school with new, clean and still beautiful looking stuff. I love to be organised like that, just having an empty planner and new pens and pencils which actually still smell like wood. I love it when my eraser is still white and my markers still just give their own colour because I didn't use them yet. I actually like school -the first 1,5 week(s)-.
Make something fun of it. Go with your friends and plan a lunch or a dinner after it, together. Buy a planner which you can put pictures of your favorite pictures in. Buy fun stuff -and not only fun stuff, also the handy stuff ofcourse-. You'll see that going out to buy those things, isn't that bad. You just have to look at it with a colourfull pair of glasses on.

Procrastinating cleaning up your room/closet/bathroom
When you come back from your summer trip, everything seems to live their own life. Books and magazines fly around and your clothes seem to suddenly have little legs. Nothing stays in place and that's not something you still want to have when school starts again. So, clean up time! But, we don't actually like something like that. Which I can totally understand, believe me. But really ; with your favorite music on or your best friend on 'Skype' -use speakers or something, not your phone 'cause you need two hands to clean up everything extra fast- it won't be that bad guys, it just won't. Just work hard for an hour (or two) and afterwards you can just do what you want to. When you come home or just take an extra look at your room or your closet you'll feel better. And our mom's or dad's will be extra proud.

Procrastinating working out
My favorite thing to procrastinate, well well. No matter why you want to work-out, either wanting to lose weight or improve your physical conditions etc. working out is, as we all know, great for your body and mind. And, who says that working out is hard and boring? Like I just said, when I work out, I watch Youtube. Girls like Arose186 and Missglamorazzi -you guys should definitely check those channels out-. And guess what? Because I'm a Dutchie, I learn a lot from watching those American girls without being able to read the subtitles. Some tips to make working out fun is to

- Make a deal with yourself that you are allowed to have a reward when you're done. Maybe it's just taking a bath, watching tv or eating a cookie, just what you want to reward yourself with.
- Try talking your best friend or sister or mom or father or dog -the last one isn't that hard- into working out with you. Together is less boring and you can cheer eachother up -again, the last option won't acutally cheer you up that much- and when you tend to procrastinate, your buddy can cross the line for you and just drag you out of the house
- Don't set your goal too high. Without achieving something, procrastinating your work outs gets easier.

There undoubtedly are many more things people tend to procrastinate, but for now, my procrastinating time is over and I have to go have a date with my elliptical.

See you guys soon, have a great day!
Much love,
Stella


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Home sweet home

Hello sun-kissed beach loving and beautiful girls! -and boys, maybe?-

Here I am again, back from being away! -that's a Dutch saying, I don't know if other languages 'say' that too-.
How are your lifes? Mine is great, my holiday in Aruba and Curaçao was more that great. Sun, sea, salt, pool, towels, music, cold water, lovely dinners and lunches, lazyness and above all ; my boyfriend!
I'll insert pictures at the end of this post.

Anyways, being back home again always makes me wanna plan some thing. Like ; making plans for my clothing this year, for my lifestyle, for my eating-schedule and stuff. I also love buying new school stuff and most of all a new agenda. Do you guys already have your school stuff?

Talking about school, this year will -hopefully- be my last highschool year. It has gone waaaay too fast. I barely remember the first day but still it feels like, just one year ago or something. I can't imagine myself walking around at an univeristy of something, it feels completely weird. I even will be eighteen soon, and I don't even feel mature yet. Eighteen.. Wow. Don't you guys think that's like, almost 'old'? Well, not the grey-hair and being wrinkled type of old ofcourse, but you're supposed to be responsible for your own stuff and over here in the Netherlands your allowed to drink every kind of alcohol -even the strongest types- and you're allowed to vote and it's just a crazy idea. I don't feel that old yet. But we'll see what time brings.

Today I have a fun day ahead of me. The sun is shining over here and allthough I already have a tan -yeah I'm so happy!- I will go to the beach in the afternoon with my best friend and her family. I'm looking forward to it, just talking and laying and doing nothing. Oh wow I'm seriously listeing to the Beegees right now? What a crazy kid am I right?
Anyways, I guess we will make some pictures so be on the look-out for that. -Is that a normal sentence?-

My brains are kinda turned out when I have so many weeks off. Do you guys feel the same way? I feel like a donkey, but then the more stupid kind. Donkeys are cute, aren't they? Allright, back to normal 'cause talking about cute donkeys actually isn't very fabulous.

I checked my statistics today by the way, and you guys really loved the Tortilla Pizza recipe I posted before I went away! I think I'm going to do that more often. Just cook something and put the recipe on my blog. Would you guys like that? -You normally don't answer questions but I just pretend you do (: -

Yeah, is there something more to tell? Oh yes there is, I want to proudly present you guys the first time I'm proud at myself for something. It's not like very proud, but it's just that I'm happy with something I did. You guys know I'm always busy with having a 'great' body and not wanting to eat anything with lots of calories and going on the elliptical every single day, right? Well, I al-ways gain weight during the holidays. I guess almost everybody does, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that don't get me wrong. But I just hoped I won't gain that much this year because I literally worked (out) my ass off past school year to lose some weight and thinking about getting it all back again in 4 weeks made me feel like one big failure. So, what I did? I ate better and I went to the gym over there in Aruba. Mostly in Curaçao actually! Every day I went for an hour! Two days I even went for more than 2 hours -in the morning and before dinner-. I loved it. I felt great afterwards and I could eat things with a 'gerust hart' -that's Dutch, it means something like when you accept something, being content about something you normally wouldn't be content with/about-.

What I also wanted to update you guys about is that I will be going away with my 8 friends the 20th of August. We will be going to 'Katwijk aan Zee'. It's near to the beaches of the Netherlands and last year, we had so much fun in Utrecht, I'm looking forward to this week too! There will be a blogpost about it afterwards, that's a promise.

So, I guess that's all! I hope you all had/will have a more than amazing and sunny holiday!



Much love and a big hug,
Stella

Pretty palmtrees


The rough side of the Island Aruba

Lovely 'take-away' salad while having dinner at the beach

 
A little stone-tower, made by me and Jim

My lovely boyfriend being pretty, haha



Me

Isn't he lovely?



Combinating

Lovely people out there.
This sunday morning, I just wanted to lounge around. I'm home alone and I'm still in my pyjamas, sitting behind my desk with a glass of water and the tv on. Just chillin'. Allright let's not use that word, I actually hate it. So, I just found out I didn't make an outfit on Polyvore in so long. I really liked it before, and I still like to do it. I always want to have those things in real life.. Unfortunately it's kinda impossible, is it?
This time I made three outfits. The first one is the beachy kind of outfit. Just a plain shirt, bright shorts and some flipflops. I would totally wear it to the beach! -I will be leaving in a week, waaah- .
The second outfit is a more dressed up one. I really love the colour of the blouse! The third one is for a night out in the summer. It's not too hot and I didn't choose heels, 'cause ladies, our feet will hurt and that's not really called 'fun'. I hope you guys like these outfits and I hope you all have a great day!

Love,
Stella


Tortilla pizza

Seriously I'm just going to jump right into this story. So, I went to the hair dresser this morning. My hair is amazingly short right now, and I look like a boy. Well not like a boy but yeah I just have to get used to this short haircut. It makes me look younger, but it does 'fit me' so yeah, just getting used to it. Anyways, over there I was thinking about what I wanted to cook in the evening and I came up with this delicious recepy which I really wanted to share with you guys! So, here it is. I hope you get the chance to try it out 'cause it's lovely and healthy!

I'm talking about a 'Tortilla pizza'. It looks like this (yeah, look down) and it's very easy. 


Things you need

- A tortilla wrap
- Sliced mozzarella
- A sliced up tomatoe
- A hard boiled egg
- Smoked ham
- Rucola or spinach (I used rucola)
- Yogonaise (you can use mayonaise, but that just isn't that healthy)
- Plain yoghurt

What to do?

1. Boil the egg

2. Put two/three slices of the smoked ham on the tortilla.

3. Slice the mozzarella into little blocks, they will 'melt' easier and the mozzarella will be everywhere, and not just in the middle or something.

4. Do the same with the tomatoe and the hard boiled egg.

5. Put the tortilla in your pre-heated oven for 4/5 minutes untill the tortilla is golden brown on the edges and your mozzarella is melted.

6. Mix 2/3 spoons of yoghurt with 2/3 spoons of the yogonaise. This will make your 'dressing/sauce' fresher.

7. Put the rucola and the dressing stuff on top of your just 'baked' tortilla and you're ready to..

8. ENJOY!

If there are any questions, feel free to ask! If you tried them, please let me know 'cause I'd love to know how they tasted!
Want to see more recepy posts?

Love,
Stella

Photo diary #4

Good afternoon beautiful creatures on this planet.

Because another week flew by, I owe you guys a Photo diary post!
So, here it is! Before I'm just going to jump in everything, I wanted to chat a while about my last week. Firstly, school is finally over. The only thing I've left to do is go and get my grades-list-thing. That will be this upcoming friday. After that, I'm officially FREE! So, that has to be celebrated, ofcourse. Friday night I am going to a party and sunday evening I have a family party thing. It sucks 'cause I'd love to have Jim around, but he's going to Zeeland again to visit his dad and stuff.
So, my application at that store thing I told you guys about was rejected. Or actually, I just am. Because I don't have enough experience. I understand their point, so I'm definitely not disappointed or something. So, another very exciting thing is that me and 3 of my best friends are starting a band! Next year we will rent a 'space' for one or two hours in a week and we'll pay for a 'band coach' and we'll see if we're gonna get somewhere! I will be the singer, and I'm nervous already although the people I will be in the band with are my best friends, I still am afraid to do everything wrong. Next to the fear of failing is a big smile, though. I hope it will work out!
Tonight I'm having a performance with the choir I'm in! Also a lot of fun! And and and, yesterday I finally pushed myself and I went running. I actually exceeded myself and run for 45 minutes straight! I could have made it one hour straight but I was afraid that I would pass out! It was hot. Seriously I felt like a baked patatoe and my head was TERRIBLE. I will put a picture in this post, my head almost looked like the colour of the shirt I was wearing. Well, enough talking! I have to go, work out wooohooo!

Love,
Stella





When we had a 'band conversation' I ate dinner at one of my friends. His dad is an amazing cook and he made this delicious Italian salad with chicken, pasta, bacon and other things I really enjoyed. Unfortunately for Jim there was a lot of garlic in there. Sorry honey!


One hour ago I jumped on my bike to go to a near shop centre thingy in the city next to the city I live in. I bought a little pouch for my phone and iPod to keep them together and protect them against the water when I will be in Aruba in less than 2 weeks! I also bought a 'to do' notebook and a bright pink nailpolish. The shirt which lies under it actually is my moms. She came home and I saw what she bought, secretly put it on and now we're sharing it. The colours are much brighter in real life, it's so summery I love it!


Me and my best friend Chantal had a lovely afternoon in the sun yesterday. Music, magazines and my favorite dark brown toasted bread with just a tomatoe. Healthy and delicious, believe me!


This pictures kinda is a cheating thing. This picture is made a long while ago at my cousin's house. I just wanted to share it with you guys because it looks (and was) sooooo delicious, don't you guys think so?


Because I love posting pictures of what I'm eating, here's a picture of my lunch when I was at Chantal's place a few days ago. It looks like a battlefield but you can wake me up in the middle of the night for just two slices of bread with a hard boiled egg.