WISH LIST | The perfect basics

wish list
Nude pink coat: here // pullover: here // black white striped tee: here // red white striped tee: here // Cluse watch: here // Mulberry bag: here // the perfect black jeans: here // flower print sweater: here // heart shaped Chanel earrings: here // black Gucci loafers: here // Chanel bracelet: here // red Chanel nail polish: here // better than my lips Chanel lipstick: here
Every once in a while I upgrade the 'basics' section of my clothing closet. Let's be honest, basics are the most important items of your whole closet, you can combine them with literally anything you have. The perfect pair of black jeans, striped tees, a soft pullover and something lace, a few basic items every girl needs and that are on my wish list as well.
The clothing items you see above are all from Esprit. I used to visit that store every time I went to the mall with my mother, but since the store is gone, I am not up to date of their collection anymore. Too bad! Back to back; to cheer up a basic outfit (don't get me wrong: basic doesn't have to mean that an outfit is boring, for me, basic means 'not over the top') you can add a silk scarf or a lot of dainty jewellery. For example the Chanel earrings. I am so in love with them! They look chique and at the same time very cute and feminine. The velvet watch from Cluse is also the perfect addition to your outfit. The combination of rose gold and burgundy (velvet) is very pretty. You can simply click on the items you like to be redirected to the site!
What's on your wish list?

PERSONAL | What do we live for?

It's so difficult to start writing an article when you don't even know where to start. I just got back from the movies and this one won me over. La La Land, you definitely stole my heart. I feel so inspired and relaxed, which is weird to be honest, I mean, how can one single movie have such an impact like this on someone?
Life is a challenge. You live to survive, but at the same time you need to make sure to get what you want by working for it, whether you have to work very hard for it or not.
I used to blog to show my biggest passion, which was fashion and clothing. I notice that these two things aren't really my thing anymore. Don't get me wrong, I still love shopping and I am still a sucker for shoes and jewellery, but blogging about it as much as I used to do isn't for me anymore. I'd love to post outfit photos etcetera, but maybe later, when I'm ready for it.
For now, I feel like lifestyle related article are more 'me', more Karin. I want to blog when I feel like it, when my mind is full of inspiration, just like now. Also, I love to blog about beautiful cities, cute places and inspiring things that are on my mind. Things that are worth sharing.
I am not changed, I am growing. I still need to figure out what I want, when I want it and how I want it. I think that's more than okay, discovering yourself should be the most beautiful thing that exists.
Speak to you very soon (hopefully). Xx

HOT SPOTS | The best (and most delicious) places in Paris

Ask me my what my favourite city is and I'll respond with 'Paris' every time you ask me. I don't know if it's because of the kind people, beautiful architecture/buildings, the historical places or the delicious food (or maybe just all of them..). For me, Paris is definitely a city I could visit every week. I used to visit it so many times (at least three times a year) and secretly it's my biggest dream to live there. I mean, it's like living a dream, really. To show you my big love for the city of love, macaroons and baguettes, I'll share my favourite places with you today.
Most of the places you see below in Google Maps, are the perfect places for a delicious petit dejeuner, cappuccino or a typical Parisian dinner. However, I couldn't resist and had to add a designer vintage store as well. Read more about my chosen hot spots below!
Valois Vintage Paris is heaven on earth for people who are looking for beautiful vintage designer pieces. From Louis Vuitton Monogram wallets to Hermes bags, everything can be found in this cute shop.
Avenue Montaigne is one of my favourite streets/ neighbourhoods in Paris. I really like the vibe and of course the stores. This is the perfect street for window shopping/ luxury shopping.
When delicious food meets coziness: Carette is one of the best places to eat when you're in Paris. Enjoy their delicious macarons while sitting on the terrace, or stay inside and get a sandwich. Everything is possible!
You can't deny it: Le Café Marly is a restaurant with one hell of a view: Notre Dame! It's open daily until 2AM, which is perfect if you're in Paris for a city trip and you decide to eat somewhere when it's getting late. Also, Rue de Rivoli (street where you can find Le Café Marly) is such a nice street and perfect to go shopping, double yay!

Although most of you know this neighbourhood, I just had to add it to this article. You can't say you've been to Paris if you haven't visited Le Marais. The best shops are in this neighbourhood (which is one of the oldest in Paris), so a 'must see' if you ask me!
My favourite (I know, I know, I have a lot of favourites, please don't blame for this!) café in Le Marais (the neighbourhood I just mentioned), is Le Voltigeur. If you are a coffee lover, you really should visit this place. My Instagram followers have seen a photo of this place once before, so you guys know what I am talking about.
Ralph Lauren even has his own restaurant, named Ralphs. Order a lobster salad and don't forget to order the New York cheesecake after it. Ralphs is located in Saint Germain, near Café de Flore, a very loved café in the heart of Paris. There is even a movie named after one of the oldest coffeehouses of Paris, located at the corner of Boulevard Saint-Germain and Rue Saint-Benoît. Go to this place and you'll see it yourself: it's wonderful and most important: delicious!

Have you ever been to Paris? If yes, what's your favourite place/neighbourhood?

Things that are on my mind | New changes

2017 is the year of.. like.. realizing things. Just kidding, this is the year of changes and achieving goals. I know, it may sound cliche. I feel like this is the year of getting shit done and eventually being proud of everything I will achieve (hopefully).
I have so many plans for this year and I truly hope that in exactly one year from now on, I can proudly say that 2017 was my year and that I could achieve everything the hell I wanted to achieve. Everything is possible, as long as you believe in yourself and don't let opinions from other people affect you.

I really want to start this year by posting new stuff. For example new columns (I remember saying the exact same thing like two years ago, but oh well.. let's try it again). From now on, I will be posting a 'Things that are on my mind' post at least once every two months. This post will include (as the title says) things that I want to 'get rid of'/ tell you, my favourite music, etcetera.

Also, do you remember my hot spot posts? I used to write those posts every now and then, but now I don't. There are so many restaurants/places I want to visit and I can't wait to share them with you. I also want to start posting 'The best places in..' posts. I know so many cute places in for example Paris and I would love to share them as well.
Next week I am going to Drakes concert which I am very looking forward to. Also, I got a new job (at Pandora, how exciting!) and I have got my drivers license since last week. I can't deny it: this new year couldn't start any better.

One thing I am not very sure about is the fact that I write in English. I know a lot of my readers are from Russia, France and other countries, but most of you are Dutch.. I feel like this is such a difficult choice. Should I post in Dutch (back to back), stay posting in English or do both? Decisions, decisions.. I can express myself better when I post in English. I talk to myself in English and I think English (don't tell me I am the only one who talks to herself).