Pink Ribbon: help women with breast cancer

It's the last week of October, which means it's almost the end of Pink Ribbon, a fund campaign organised for women who are victims of breast cancer.
1 out of 7 women has breast cancer, I bet you know more than seven women, so who are you donating for? Your friend, neighbour, mother, aunt or maybe for yourself?
Please visit and read what you can do for others. Buy yourself an agenda or get your sister and yourself matching bracelets. Pink Ribbon donates an X amount of money with every purchase (depending on what you buy).

How to find your (personal) style

Pleated skirts, Gucci stripes, floral print blouses, boyfriend jeans.. there are so many trends we follow and wear! I see a lot of girls wearing the instafamous Gucci belt and everytime I see a pic, I am like 'is that a great investment or are you only going to wear that belt twice?' Trends are an expensive joke, especially when you don't know what your personal style is. Back to the belt, which is more than 300 euros.. In this article I am going to talk about finding your own personal style so you do not have to follow the trends anymore.
The Gucci belt that I sold after wearing it once.

Invest in great basics
Go to h&m and grab a lot of simple white tees. V-neck, high neck, loose, with a little pocket, short sleeve, no sleeves.. Find out what you feel comfortable in most and what looks best on you. This way you discover what you like without copying other girls.
Do the same for sweaters: turtle neck, long sweaters, cropped sweaters, hoodie.. What looks good on you?

Create a moodboard
You probably have a lot of magazines somewhere in your room. Collect all the photos you look and I can assure you that your moodboard will have a theme. Take a picture of the end result of your moodboard and go shopping!

Find out what colors look good on you
I have once written an article about finding out what colors look good on you: click here for the post (which is in Dutch, but you can translate or search on Google for related articles, there are plenty).

Avoid sale shopping
This may sound a little bit crazy, but when you go sale shopping, the chance that you come home with a lot of cheap clothes that you bought only because they were on sale (and not because you really like them) is very big. Invest in clothes that are from the newest collection. When you are planning on buying a pair of jeans that are from the newest collection you are unconsciously going to think twice about your purchase.

Clean your current wardrobe
Be critical when doing this. If you are like me and can't throw your clothes away, put everything you don't wear in a plastic bag and place it somewhere at your home. If three months have been past by and you didn't grab anything out of the plastic bag, you have to throw it away.

Wear accessoires
Statement necklaces, or three subtle necklaces? Big rings, or dainty knuckle rings? Find out what you like and combine your jewelry with your outfits. You are good to go!

Paris hot spot guide: places you should visit

Paris Fashion Week is on its way, which means the streets will be filled by it-girls, celebrities and paparazzi again. That's why I decided to post an article about my favorite restaurants/ lunch spots/ places to have a cup of coffee.
Bonne lecture! ;-)

Café Charlot
A cup of coffee is enough. The view is everything though.
Chez Julien
When I say Chez Julien, you say Gossip Girl!
Pierre Hermé
Forget Ladurée! Try macarons from Pierre Hermé the next time you are in Paris
Louis Philippe
#2 of one of the GG scenes ;-)
Delicious sweets, great decor and atmosphere.. Typical parisian!
Numéro troix on the GG list! Cute terrace and good atmosphere.
Marché Alibert
One of the many cute markets in Paris. Also, a GG scene has been recorded here.
Le Nemours.                    The place of this café is amazing. Enjoy the view while sipping on a cup of tea.

Kong                               Super trendy, East-Asian inspired bar.

Café Marly                     Best place during PFW! With Louvre as a view, you can't be happier.

Going vegan: my experience, opinion & point of view

I'm that kind of person who doesn't really like changes. I have a very few friends who I trust and love. I have my family and my mom is like my best friend. When it comes to food I also have some dishes my mom makes that I really love. I don't like to eat in a restaurant, simply because 90% of all the dishes on the menu aren't 'my thing'. I'm not open to trying out dishes that are on the menu, simply because I don't 'trust' them.. One of the many many reasons I decided to eat vegan last year. And I quit, after a couple of months of eating plant based.
People who eat vegan have always interested me. A plantbased life means so many things: it's better for the environment, animals will be saved and your body will thank you.
     It was last year when I decided that it was time to try out the plantbased lifestyle, it started with plantbased breakfast (vegan butter, soy milk, agave syrup) and eventually I ended up not eating any dairy or meat anymore. I have to be honest: it was the best decision of my life, but all good things have to come to an end.
I live at my mom's, which means it was hard to continue my plantbased lifestyle. So I quit and had to eat 'normal' again. Even though my mom cooked other meals for me and let me cook my own meals, it was hard for both of us.
I wish I had insisted and could still say that I eat vegan, I partly still do, except for my dinner, which isn't. My breakfast consists of a green smoothie with one slice of vegan bread with strawberries on it or vegan pancakes wit a large cup of tea. For lunch, most of the time I eat a big fruit and vegetables bowl, but unfortunately I can't say my dinner is plantbased. Also, when I go out for lunch or something, the dish I order isn't plantbased, I don't want to be 'annoying' for the person I am having luch with.
Next year I am going to Bali and I've already searched for a lot of breakfast/ lunch / dinner spots that only offer vegan food, I am so so excited to try them all! I'm definitely planning on going vegan next year for at least 3 months again and it's my goal to live a plantbased life one day.

Update: a couple of hours after I had wrote the first part of this article I watched Food Choices, a documentary on Netflix. This film has made me realize again how bad dairy and meat is for a human being and this planet. After watching the documentary I told myself: if you really want to do it, you should go for it. That's why I am going to eat plant based as much as possible and as soon as possible. Not next year, but tomorrow.

Also thinking about going vegan? Please remind that it is NOT a diet, but a lifestyle that makes you a better person because you help yourself, the animals and the planet. Watch Food Choices, Cowspiracy or What The Health if you would like to know more about a dairy and meat free lifestyle.

P.s. this post only contains my own opinion and point of view, this article is not sponsored in any way, I am just publishing my experience and thoughts about this subject.

Philosophy poem #1

The park bench

I wish I was a poet
With magical words
To make people see all of the absurd
Tears fly, paintings in pastel die

When we look into our mirrors
We sometimes miss
What love dumps upon all of us
We shed tears, for we forgot to shed fears

I have no legs, nor any crutches
So my voyage has ended
I only observe
Sadness upended

When goodness is confused
When gestures are refused
When the kiss that could have been
When a poets tear seems obscene

The one who hears is often deaf
The deaf sometimes have nothing left
If I could give a kiss away
I would give it to lovers with hearts that sway

Drawing love on paper in may

- Arthur Vaso

Heaven on earth: 6 (low budget) places you should visit

So many beautiful places on this world, yet so little time to visit them all! My biggest dream is to see as many as possible of this wonderful planet before I die. Are you also a big fan of discovering new places? In today's article I'm showing you 6 (low budget) places you that makes you want to go to the airport right now (or actually, right after reading this post).

Gili Islands
Go to Bali and take the boat to Gili Islands. Make sure you buy your ticket at a local company when you're there, don't order them online! A return ticket AMS-DPS is available from 480eur if you go in March. Also, the food in Indonesia is the best, everything is super cheap and most of it is plantbased. Canggu, Ubud, Seminyak, Sunar and GitGit waterfall are must-sees when you're in Bali.

Another low budget destination is Thailand. You can easily book an apartment or a hotel for a very low price. Again, food and taxi's are very cheap here, just like in Indonesia. There are a lot of beautiful islands you can visit by buying local tickets. Ko tao, Phuket, Ko Pha Ngan, Koh Lipe and Koh Kood are some places that are definitely worth a visit.

Big cities, ricefields, volcanoes: Philippines have it all. The Philippines is a more non-touristic, still undiscovered place, but that doesn't mean it's not worth a vacation. For a crystal clear beach, go to Palawan. For rice fields, Luzon is the place to be and for a chill-modus vacay, you should go to Boracay.

Costa Rica
The place to be for people who are adventureous. Go zip lining, visit Tortuguero and make a boattrip through the rainforest and learn how to surf in Tamarindo for the best experience you'll ever get. Adventure guaranteed!

Delicious food, beautiful gardens, historical buildings, clean (and cheap) hotels.. I am talking about Morocco.

Cleanest city on earth, tiniest city of Southeast Asia and the place to be for people who like luxury. Singapore it is! Gardens by the bay, Universal Studios, River Safari, Marina Bay.. There are so many hot spots and must-sees in Singapore! Also, it's a great destination for families, as there are a lot of museums and amusement parcs there.

How to become the person you want to be

I am currently not the person I want to be, I am not even close to it. However, I am slowly getting there. Comapring to a couple of years ago, I have changed a lot (which is very normal, everyone changes as they are growing up and getting older). But some people find it difficult finding out who they want to become and how to do that.
Solo travel
One of the reasons I decided to take a gap year this year is because I still don't know who I am. 'How am I supposed to go to college, follow a course and make friends if I don't even know who I am?' One of the many things that was running through my mind when I was supposed to sign myself up for a study. I couldn't imagine going to school in September, so I decided to take a year off and focus on myself.
Me-time is very important, and what is better than a solo vacation? I am going to Bali for (more than a) month and Paris for more than two months, just to clear things up and 'meet' the real me. I am 110% sure that these two journeys will make me come back as a whole other person.

Be open to everything
From making friends to discovering new cities, think outside of the box and dare to try out new things! It's time to get out of your comfort zone.

Get a new job
Maybe it's your job that isn't motivating you enough, maybe it's been too long since you applied for your current job. Your job could be the reason you're not who you want to be. Dare to take the step and -again- get out of your comfortzone. Go apply for that job you've been thinking about for a long time!

Make new friends
Your current friends may be sweet, helpful, kind and good to you, but maybe it's time to be open to meeting new people. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying you should get rid of your current friends, but meeting new ones could help you finding out the true you.

Selflove and positivity: the key to

I am currently in that stage of my life that I don't really know who I am and how to 'love', and to be honest, I don't really mind about that. I am very young and I still have to figure everything out in life. However, there are a lot of people who struggle as they are trying to find out who they really are. Or even people of my age who don't know where to start. Today's article can be very helpful for those who need a little bit of positivity in their lifes, or just for those who need to know how selflove can be used (in a right way).
Everyone can meditate. You don't have to go somewhere to meditate, just make sure you are in a quiet place and not surrounded by a lot of people. This could be your room or even at the beach when the sun is going down. Just sit, close your eyes and try not to think about anything, if you do, make sure it's something positive, not something that makes you sad. The app Calm (not sponsored) is an app with relaxing music and bedtime stories, perfect for people who struggle while they are trying to sleep or are being disturbed by the smallest things.

I don't read that often but when I do, I really enjoy doing it and I feel good. Make sure it is a book like Milk & Honey, The Alchemist or The Law of Attraction. Also, reading (this kind of books) stimulates the brain and makes you think about life more. After I finish reading a book, I always have a little conversation with myself, most of the time about selflove and life. This brings me to the next point..

Talk to yourself
We talk, we talk a lot to other people, when we go grocerie shopping, when we order food at a restaurant and even when we are at a dentist appointment.
From strangers to best friends and family members, talking is something we do most of the day, but how many times do you talk to yourself? How many times are you having a conversation with just yourself? Talking is the absolute key to finding yourself and loving yourself. You meet you, just like one conversation with a stranger can turn you two into good friends, talking to yourself can turn you and your inner you into one person who knows who he/she is.

Be patient
Patience is the key to selflove, I can guarantee that. I don't have much to say about this, patience is everything and leads to positivity.

What is your key to selflove?

Always on time with my Paul Hewitt watch #GetAnchored

Time is everything and this beautiful watch from Paul Hewitt is the perfect way to be on time, no matter where you are.
The watch you see below can be found on the official Paul Hewitt site, they sell classic, timeless watches and beautiful (matching) bracelets. The one I got is made from rope and has beautiful golden details. I love the marine vibe and the color combo, it's chique yet feminine. I was walking down the streets in Monaco two weeks ago with my hands up in the air, showing everyone how pretty my armcandy was ;-)
 I mean, look at this combination, don't they go perfeclty well with each other? Of course the bracelet and watch can be worn seperately as well, but wearing them both is just perfection around your wrist, isn't it?

Having dinner in Monaco at my favorite restaurant with my favourite arm candy! Wearing these beautiful pieces with a pair of denim jeans, off shoulder blouse, vintage necklaces and silver platform shoes was by far one of my all time favourite outfits.
The bracelet can be found on this page, want to see all the bracelets they have? On this page you can see what they sell.
They have several lines, the watch I got is from the Sailor Line (my personal favourite).

REMINDER | Desenio discount $$

As you could see in one of my previous posts, today is the last day that you can use my discount code 'KARINISSA25' for 25% off at This code is valid on everything except 'handpicked' and all the frames. The posters are the perfect touch to your livingroom, hallway or bedroom. They really cheer up a wall and make it your room look super cozy.