15th May, 2013
One of my other passions besides nail art and make-up is knitting and crochet. I grew up around yarn since my grandmother and mum have been avid knitters all their lives. I briefly tried knitting as a young girl but I never really got into it. Then I rediscovered crochet a few months ago and found myself hooked (excuse the pun ). Since crochet was becoming less challenging for me I decided it was time to start knitting!
For some strange reason that still isn’t clear to me, knitting came extremely naturally to me. I thought I’d never be able to knit since I always found it so difficult. Then suddenly I found myself tackling projects that are intermediate or even highly challenging skill levels with ease. Lace knitting, entrelac, stranded colourwork, etc. That last one is the technique I used for the pillow you see above. I’ve only been knitting for two months so I’m pretty proud I’ve accomplished so much in so little time!
I found the pattern for the pillowcase in a Filati Home magazine and I simply had to make it. Why? Because it immediately reminded me of a nail art design. I used my favourite cotton yarn to make this pillow, Schachenmayr SMC Catania.
I decided to merge two of my passions so that’s what inspired these nails! I used the same pattern and colours that I used in my pillow. I painted it by hand using very thin nail art brushes and I used BK Hello Kitty nail polishes in shades #01, #29, #27 and #25. For the black I used OPI Black Onyx and I also used China Glaze Below Deck.
I really hope you like how these turned out! I love them so much because they were inspired by my pillowcase. I’ve noticed there are many nail bloggers that also love knitting and crochet! It’s so exciting to see people that share your passion. If you love knitting and crochet like me, make sure to add me on Ravelry! What are your hobbies besides love for nail polish and nail art? Let me know in the comments!
14th February, 2013
I’ve barely found the time to blog this week, I’ve just been so busy! However, I do have some pretty exciting posts to share on here soon, so make sure to watch this space. In the meantime, here’s a recap of a few things I shared on Instagram the past few weeks. There’s also a question for YOU at the bottom of this post. So make sure to leave me your feedback, I’d love to hear your suggestions!
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Left: When I saw this heart at Action for under $2 I simply had to buy it. It was being sold as a display for greeting cards, but in my head I immediately saw my necklaces dangling from the beautiful little hearts. I’m so glad I picked this up! It’s definitely one of my new favourite items in my room. Score!
Right: It’s been a few years since I bought a new duvet cover and I figured it was time for a change. I’ve wanted a Union Jack duvet cover for a while and when I was googling I found that 3SUISSES had the perfect one. I picked this up during their sale, it came in at around $50 including the four pillow covers. I love how it has a different design on the inside!
On 28 January, I had the most epic nail mail day ever! One of my bestest friends Alex (aka Algae Veronica! Please check out her blog, she’s an amazing nail artist) absolutely spoiled me with the most amazing package filled with goodies. I wish I knew what I did to deserve such kindness! My new piCture pOlish shades for my weekly swatchathon also arrived that day. I was, and still am, overwhelmed with all the beautiful polishes I was blessed with that day!
On 1 February my boyfriend and I celebrated our four year anniversary. I’m so blessed to have such an amazing, supportive and awesome boyfriend. I wouldn’t know what to do without him!
MUA Cosmetics was having a sale on their website not too long ago. All of their products were 50% off, and they were having a free international shipping deal. Given their products are so cheap already, this definitely was too good to pass up! So these are the goodies I picked up during the sale. Would anyone like to see reviews on some of these items? Let me know in the comments!
Left: Last weekend I had a haul at Action and Kruidvat. Action is quickly becoming one of my favourite stores, it’s basically like a Poundland or a Dollar Store. Everything is so cheap and the items they sell are awesome! They have a lot of great make-up products and cosmetics too. As you can tell from the duplicates, these goodies are not all for me! I also picked up some items for a few dear friends of mine.
Right: This is the Essence Popul-Art blush from the Vintage District limited edition. It’s so beautiful! I almost don’t want to use it. The gold is an overspray so I haven’t touched it yet. The effect is too pretty to ruin!
Meet my first ever decoden iPhone case! I got it at Born Pretty Store, it comes in a set with a clear iPhone case, large decoden pieces, rhinestones and pearls, glue and a nifty pencil for picking up rhinestones. I also used some other rhinestones I had lying around. I definitely went a bit overboard with the bling. I love it so much though! Especially the little nail polish charm. It’s just the cutest!
Left: Behold my very own OPI Euro Centrale display! When I saw the first previews of Euro Centrale I knew I had to have the full collection. I’ve never bought a full collection before but I simply had to have it, the shades were SO me! My friend Alex was able to hook me up with this, so a huge thanks to her.
Right: A little sneaky peek of my three favourite shades from the Euro Centrale collection. But more on that in my swatch post which should be going up this week or early next week!
And finally, here’s the new Born Pretty Store glitter polishes! I will be swatching these on my blog very soon! But this is where you come in… As they are mostly layering glitters I’ve been debating which colours I should layer them over. As there’s so many, I will only be able to show one layering combination. Either I can use the same colour for all glitters (white or black?) or I can pick a shade that I think works best with each shade. Please let me know what you’d prefer and what you would like to see me do with these!
Hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for watching and reading!
17th December, 2012
I’ve been meaning to make this post for a while but I simply haven’t been able to find the strength. Now that I haven’t been able to post on my blog for a few days, I felt like I owed an explanation to my readers. The day before my birthday on 20 November my family and I received some very tough news. Our lives have been turned completely upside down by this and we are facing a very difficult time.
Blogging isn’t my highest priority right now, so sadly my blog is suffering a little because of this. I may not always be able to post as regularly as usual, and I really hope you guys can understand this. Nail art has also been a little tricky for me, I find it hard to concentrate on. It makes me feel frustrated rather than it distracting me, so I have been, and will be doing a bit less of that. Hopefully I will pick it up again soon though. I do have some very exciting plans with the China Glaze Tranzitions polishes, and I hope to share that with you soon!
What I have been doing a lot of is crocheting. It’s a hobby of mine which has been passed down to me by my mother. Knitting and crocheting is huge in my family, I’ve really grown up with it. I recently started a granny square blanket project which has been so much fun. I thought I’d share a few pictures.
These are some of my granny squares! The pattern I used is the Sunburst Granny Square pattern by Kasa Amend, you can find it here. I decided to use a whole lot of crazy colours for this blanket. I am not usually the type of person to grab for colours but these squares have definitely brightened up my days. I am using Catania cotton yarn by Schachenmayr which is my favourite cotton yarn for crocheting.
As I mentioned higher up, this is going to become a blanket. This is what the size of the final blanket will be! I just need to fill in the gap with more squares. I have made over 100 as of this week. I need to make 170 squares in total so I’m almost there! Once I have finished all my squares I will start attaching them. It’s going to be a smallish blanket, mostly for decoration. I only started making it on 12 November so hopefully I should finish soon!
These are two other things I crocheted recently. If you follow me on Instagram (I’m veryemily!) you will undoubtedly have seen these already! On the left is a mini granny square pouch I made for my mom, she loves bright colours! And on the right is a super cute turtle I made this week. I based it on a pattern I got from the book Super Super Cute Crochet by Brigitte Read.
I have so many more projects I want to dive into, I want to make a scarf, another blanket, more cuddly animals, I even found a super cool TARDIS pattern on Ravelry which I am dying to try my hand at. First I need to finish my blanket though!
In any case, I apologize for being a bit absent lately. I hope you guys can understand! Hopefully I’ll be able to pick up blogging again in the next few days. I have some reviews lined up for you as well as more swatches. I might even ask a few of my friends to “fill in” for me and create a guest post. Please let me know if you’d be interested in seeing those!
Thank you for reading this post, I really appreciate it.
3rd November, 2012
As some of you saw on Twitter/Instagram, yesterday I made a lipstick holder! I’ve been craving after one of those clear lipstick holders for ages but since I didn’t want to spend a fortune on it, I decided to DIY one! Should be easy enough right?
I started by grabbing some cardboard, I used leftover boxes I had lying around. Then decided what size my box had to be and then drew out a grid to mark the size of each space. I used my trusty glue gun to glue everything in place! I was convinced I’d have it done in no time!
I cut out inserts for each space and covered all the cardboard with white paper. Above are two progress pics I posted on instagram (follow me! I’m veryemily). Despite my enthusiasm, it took me pretty much all day to make this. Way longer than I anticipated. Buying a ready-made lipstick holder is so much easier!
I used wrapping paper to decorate, which I purchased at Primark earlier this year. I really love that leopard gold/nude leopard print! Must do a mani inspired by my lipstick holder!
And here’s how it looks filled up! I still have a few slots left to fill. On the bottom I have all my nude lipsticks, and on the top I keep corals and reds. I only just discovered that red lipstick looks okay on me, so I am dying to get more red lipsticks. I’m sure my holder will be full before I know it. Meaning, I’ll have to make another one of these boxes. Oh noes!!!
If you’re wondering what some of the lipsticks are, I mostly have ones by Catrice, Wet’nWild, Etos, Inkane (Born Pretty Store), Essence, Max, Estee Lauder and Bourjois. If you’re wondering what a specific shade is just ask me and I’ll let you know!
Some of my favourites are:
- Catrice – Marie Antoinette (from the Urban Baroque limited edition, I even bought a back-up!)
- Wet ‘n Wild – Purty Persimmon
- Inkane – 604
- Catrice – Princess Peach (Ultimate Colour)
- Estee Lauder – Melon
How do you store your lipsticks? What are some of your favourite brands of lipstick? Let me know in the comments!
16th October, 2012
Today’s post will be more personal, featuring some of the recent Instagram pictures I took! If you’d like to follow me, my username is “veryemily”. Hope you’ll enjoy this post!
Ikat nails I did this week! Whenever I’m in need of a super quick manicure, I go for this design. I was going to take pictures for my blog but my mani chipped at work so this will have to do. I used a different colour scheme on each hand which I thought looked pretty fun. On my left hand I used OPI Mermaid’s Tears and China Glaze Peachy Keen, on my right I used OPI No Room For The Blues and OPI The “IT” Color. The black and white are my It’s So Easy Stripe Rites.
Behold, the amazingly awesome Kryolan palette I found at work. They are a professional make-up brand (yes these aren’t watercolor paints!) used in stage make-up. I’ve always dreamt of owning a palette by Kryolan but don’t have the budget for it, so I was pretty amazed to find this at work. I managed to snag it for under $1. SCORE! Review coming soon!
With the cold weather we’re having in Belgium, there’s nothing like some hot soup to warm you up! This is my favourite instant soup from Cup-A-Soup, Spicy Tomato. Of course I had to have some baguette slices with butter on the side. Yummy!
The awesome giveaway prize I won over at Elisa’s blog Memorable Days. A super kawaii Rilakkuma lens case, Mimi Apple Green lenses (review coming soon) and lashes! Thanks Eye Candy Lens and Elisa!!!
Our neighbours have a super silly kitten called Elmo who loves to climb in trees. He’s always dangling from the top branches, such a show off! I love him though, he’s so sweet and cuddly.
Glitter gradient on my mum’s nails! I used China Glaze Blonde Bombshell, It’s Alive and Some Like It Haute. I obviously used a peel off base coat.
New season of Merlin started recently! I seriously love this show! Are any of you fans?
And lastly, nail mail I received from my amazing friend Alex, aka Algae Veronica. She’s an amazing artist and seriously the sweetest person I know. She was kind enough to send me some halloween gifts! You can see both OPI’s in the top image as I used them for my ikat mani, and the China Glaze glitter called It’s Alive from the crackle set I used for my mum’s nails. Thank you Alex!
12th June, 2012
I’ve been seeing a few bloggers do more personal posts with Instagram pictures. I’ve loved reading them so much, especially this one from Lin. I loved hers so much I felt inspired to make an Instagram post as well!
I don’t own an iPhone myself (the boyfriend does) so I mostly take my pictures with my iPad, though I steal his iPhone every chance I get. These pictures are a mix of iPhone and iPad pictures though sadly the iPad’s quality and resolution isn’t as good.
On the left are gradient nails I did for my mum’s birthday party. I used Illamasqua Jo’Mina and Diamond Cosmetics Plum Pie In The Sky. During her birthday, my cousin, our boyfriends and I had some fun in the pool. A bit too much fun unfortunately, cause when I came out of the pool my knees were flaming red. I scraped/burnt them on the bottom of our pool, I had to keep my knees in bandages for two days. Sad Emily! A few weeks later, they’re still not fully healed but thankfully not itchy and painful anymore. I still have no idea how or when it exactly happened.
I love going on evening walks in the forest with my boyfriend. In this picture, Dries is standing in The Netherlands and I’m standing in Belgium! The big white pole marks the country border. I really love living on the border of two countries. You really do get the best of both worlds. For example, I love going to the supermarket in the Netherlands. You get more exotic food because of their colonies, perfect for my love of spicy food.
I used Pixlromatic as well as Instagram for these two pictures.
On the left I’ve got China Glaze Love’s A Beach on my toes! I’m loving the summery weather we’ve been having (even though it’s gone back to cold rainy weather now). I also sneaked our wild pansies in the picture. They pretty much came out of nowhere! I love wild pansies. They remind me of running around in the garden on hot summer evenings.
On the right is a picture of the blackboard wall in my room. I’d been having some rough days some time ago and my friend Alanna gave me this awesome advice: “you are the queen of your castle!”. I loved it so much I had to write it down, it gives me strength every day. I’m a big worrier but sometimes you just have to remind yourself that you are in control of your life and not someone else.
21st April, 2012
We’ve been having quite glum weather in Belgium lately. I thought, what better to brighten up our days than some rainbows? Feast your eyes on these images of my favourite rainbow coloured stuff!
Martha Stewart Gemstone Glitter Set – I found this set for a pretty awesome price, just €2 – $3,7! Usually these sets are quite expensive. They’re really perfect for nail art so that was a great find. I love how they have names too, that green glitter is called Peridot, pretty awesome right?
Born Pretty Store Acrylic Paint Set – I hugely love this set of acrylic paints, the colours are stunning and the quality of the paint is amazing. Let me know if you’d like to see a review on these!
Zoeva 88 Matte Eyeshadow Palette – I got this palette years and years ago, I don’t use it that often but it’s so fun to look at. Never fails to bring a smile to my face!
Rainbow of Swatchicles – If you’ve read my swatchicle post I’m sure these will look familiar to you. I just love my swatchicles, they’re the best!
Personal update: I know I haven’t been very active lately on my blog, Tumblr and Facebook for which I apologise! The main reason is that I’ve been quite busy with an internship I’m doing at a second hand store. It’s going well so I’m happy! I also started dieting again, I lost 14kg – 30 lbs two years ago but I took a long break, now I’m back on track! The only thing that’s different this time is that I am working out and exercising, something that I’ve always hated. I’ve been following a 30 day workout plan where I have to exercise 25 minutes every day and it’s been surprisingly fun. Actually enjoying exercise is new to me so that’s been really great, for which I have to thank Sarah for inspiring me. I’ve been keeping a Tumblr to update my progress and stay motivated, feel free to take a look. Anyway, sorry to bore you with my personal life, I know I don’t talk about it often on my blog but I thought I’d share this.
I was also nominated for the Weekend Knack Blog Awards, thanks so much to those who nominated me! If you’d like to vote for me, please follow this link. I doubt I will win since I’m a small blog compared to the other ones but it’s still a huge honour.
Have a lovely day everyone! I hope these rainbow images managed to brighten up your day.
5th November, 2011
When I was a child I had blonde hair but it grew darker over the years. Ever since then I’ve had brown hair. I’ve dyed it a few times but I always just went for a slightly darker shade of brown. I’ve been thinking about changing it back to blonde a lot over the past few years. However I just never felt up to the maintenance that requires and the huge change. What if it wouldn’t suit me?
The past few months I’ve been eyeing up the ombre hair trend that’s hit the runways. It’s basically like balayage, creating a gradient from dark to light. A lot of the it-girls and bloggers have been getting ombre hair and pulling it off amazingly. There’s many great DIY posts from bloggers explaining how to do this at home. I don’t have the funds to get it done professionally, I’m also a bit of a control freak and don’t really trust anyone with my hair apart from myself.
A few weeks ago I decided to go for it! I used a highlighting kit by Schwarzkopf. I mistakenly used one for dark blonde to medium brown hair. I left it in for the maximum amount of time but it didn’t achieve the effect I was looking for. Last week I tried again with a bleach kit from Garnier called Nutrisse. Success!
I’m really happy with how it turned out. I would do it again in a heartbeat! I’m definitely not an expert but if you’d like to try it too I can give you a few tips.
- Do a strand test! Bleaching hair has a different effect from person to person, none of our hair is the same. Try the bleach on a small strand of your hair first, leave it in for 20 minutes and rinse off. This will give you a guideline as to what it will look like and how long you will need to leave it in for.
- Don’t be afraid! It might seem daunting but just be patient, try not to hurry things and think about every step you are going to take. Just go for it! If all else fails, you could always dye it back to brown.
17th July, 2011
First I shared the nails I wore for my visit to Rotterdam, then I showed you the pictures we took and finally today it’s time for my haul! I bought a ton of stuff, since there were sales going on I managed to find so much bargains! I just couldn’t resist. Here’s what I found:
My very first stop when we hit the high street was Kruidvat since number 1 on my wishlist was Essence Circus Confetti (a dupe of Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday). I’ve been craving for it for months and months and was devastated when I found out that Belgian Kruidvat stores weren’t going to stock it. I found a Circus Confetti bottle in the first Kruidvat we entered so I was over the moon. I also picked up four of the Essence Twins, a back-up of the SOS Nail Glue, Cuticle Remover and Lash & Brow gel.
Our second stop was Sephora inside V&D. I picked up an Urban Decay Naked Palette which was second on my wishlist. I’ve been eyeing this baby up for ages so I was extremely happy I was able to find it. Belgium doesn’t sell these so I knew that if they wouldn’t have it in stock I wouldn’t be getting a second opportunity to buy it any time soon. The lady at Sephora told me that these are usually sold out so I was very lucky! They normally go for €47 but with the sales discount I bought it for €39,95. The new UD Naked Palettes come with a brush worth $26 instead of a black/brown double sided eyeliner pencil. I would have preferred the eyeliner since I don’t have a brown one but the brush is really nice! It also came with a mini Urban Decay Primer Potion, squee!
We also went to H&M where I bought these dresses (and the ones below!). I almost solely wear dresses and since I needed a few more I tried on about 20 dresses and found 9 in total that I loved! All of these were 50% or 60% off!
The dress on the far right is my favourite! It looks like a leopard print from a distance but up close they’re lips! In total these 9 dresses would have cost me a whopping €124,55 but with the sales discount they cost me €53. Just over 50 euro for 9 dresses, not bad if you ask me!
Also at H&M I bought these two skirts.
At ICI Paris XL I bought this Party Pack of Lipsmackers! I was hoping to pick up a watermelon Lipsmacker to try out but since they didn’t have separate ones I got this pack of 8. I’ve never used Lipsmackers before so I wasn’t sure if I was going to like them but they all taste and smell lovely. The scents/flavours in this pack are: Cotton Candy, Wild Raspberry, Tropical Punch, Strawberry, Mango, Vanilla, Kiwi and Watermelon. This was €8,99 so just over €1 a piece.
Then finally on the last day we went to Primark! The Primark store in Rotterdam is located just outside of the city so I got my uncle to drive us (thank you Maarten!) so we didn’t have to take the train. It was less busy than the Primark in London but also a lot smaller. They didn’t have as much clothes but since I bought a ton of dresses at H&M I only looked at the accessory and nightwear section. This is a handbag I got for just €13. It’s quite large so when I need a bigger purse I can grab for this one. It’s in the style of old leather schoolbags which I love.
This is a mint green purse I got for €8. It’s more minty green in person, it looks light blue on my screen here. I needed a new purse so I got three, oops! This one’s quite similar in size to my old purse but since it’s such a bright popping colour it makes more of a statement than my black purse.
This I just had to buy! I fell in love with it and even though I might not use it I just had to have it. It’s a box purse, on my bill it says camera box bag. Now I doubt my camera fits in here but it’s just so adorable. It was only €9.
These are ruffle sandals I got for €7. They had these in several colours but obviously I went for these turquoise blue ones. I regret not buying more colours as they’re very comfortable and cheap.
I also got two diadems. One with feathers which I absolutely adore and one with a faux leather bow in a dusty mauve. The feathered diadem looks so pretty. I always loved feather extensions but find they only really work if you have straight hair so this is the perfect alternative. They were €3 and €2.
This is another one of those had-to-buy. It’s too large for me, I tried it on in the shops but since it was stuck to something it seemed like the right size but once I took the packaging off it was too loose. I might attach this to a string and wear it as a necklace. I’m not sure! I’m not really an accessory type of girl but I thought it looked adorable. It was €3.
These are a few clothing items I picked up at Primark. A tank top in a dusty mauve, an oversized tshirt to wear as a pyjama and two pyjama dresses. One for me and one for my mum! I bet you can guess which one’s mine! I thought that bow was just too cute. Both pyjama dresses were €4 which is a steal. They’re very well executed and my mum’s pyjama even came with spare buttons. How they can produce these items and still have profit on them? I have no clue but I doubt I want to know…
And lastly I hauled a cinema ticket! Nah just kidding! This isn’t really part of the haul and should have been in my previous post but oh well. Since it was the premiere of Harry Potter the week we were in Rotterdam we decided to go and see it there. I did some googling and found out that Rotterdam has an IMAX Theatre, something we don’t have in Belgium. I was beyond excited since I’ve never seen a movie in IMAX before. We didn’t have the time to go on Wednesday so on Thursday we got up at 8AM and went to the morning viewing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. The morning viewings are €4 a person cheaper so we paid very little money for an IMAX 3D movie! The IMAX screen was a fair amount bigger than what we were used to, the movie was also in 3D which I wasn’t too happy about at first. My first and last experience with 3D was last year when Dries and I went to see Alice In Wonderland. I hated it, it didn’t do any justice to the movie, washed out the colours and it gave me a headache more than anything.
However this time was completely different! Maybe it was the way it was filmed, maybe it was the quality of the screen or the spectacles that were a lot more comfortable. I’m not sure what it was but the 3D was absolutely stunning. The movie blew me away, I sat there in awe and I cried my eyes out from start to finish. I wish I could go back and see it again and again. It really exceeded my expectations, they did an amazing job. I really feel as though they pulled out all the stops to make this movie the most amazing yet, and it was. I just have no words for how much I loved it. I’m really glad we had the opportunity to make this last Harry Potter movie viewing special, I’m certain we’re never going to forget it.
16th July, 2011
This week my boyfriend and I spent a week in Rotterdam. My uncle lives and works there during the week so we had the good fortune of being able to stay with him. Rotterdam is a port in the Netherlands and because it was bombarded down during World War II it’s a very modern city. Instead of starting over with the old plans (as they do in Belgium) they started afresh and created a spacious city with lots of stunning modern architecture. I myself had never been to a city in the Netherlands before and since they had several shops we don’t have in Belgium I was very keen to visit.
Maastoren, the tallest skyscraper in the Netherlands.
Dries on top of the Erasmus Bridge.
Several people told me that Rotterdam isn’t as nice as Amsterdam and shopping-wise only Primark was worth our while. I really have to disagree, I’ve never been to Amsterdam but shopping in Rotterdam was absolutely wonderful. I loved the car-free high street and the sky scrapers, not to mention the old Martitime Museum.
We also had some very wonderful food during our stay. On Monday we had a Turkish Pizza (similar to Durum) which was absolutely delicious. The Turkish kebab shops were slightly different to Belgian ones, they served a dish called Barbershop (Kapsalon) which is very confusing and somewhat hilarious at first when you see a restaurant with “Barbershop” underneath. Since the weather wasn’t too great on Tuesday evening we ordered some pizza from Domino’s. I never had Domino’s pizza before but their Extravaganzza pan pizza was very nice. On Wednesday we had Mexican food at Popocatepetl. A lovely cosy restaurant with friendly waitresses and delicious Mexican food.
The view from the La Place Restaurant in the V&D building of the high street, de koopgoot (literal translation, shopping gutter!). The shopping streets were all very wide and car-free so even though it was very busy it didn’t feel busy.
The boyfriend admiring the view.
On the second day we decided to go for an evening walk through the city and take some pictures. I was happy to discover Maarten had his fisheye lens with him in Rotterdam so I begged him to take it with us. It’s my absolute favourite lens, some of my favourite pictures were taken with that lens. It never ceases to amaze me. I’ve always loved wide angle.
The three of us at Leuvehaven.
Maarten and Dries. This is my favourite picture of our trip. I was lying down on the floor and asked the guys to come and stand over me so I could take a picture of them and then this happened!
This was also shot at the Leuvehaven, around the same time as the previous two pictures. It looks like it’s daytime because of my slow shutter speed but the sky was pitch black!
This picture of me was shot by Maarten and wasn’t edited in Photoshop in any way! It’s a digital double exposure! I was blown away when he showed me this. He shot this with a very slow shutter speed and zoomed out while he was taking it. I think it’s absolutely magical.
These two were also taken by Maarten, with the same slow shutter zooming technique. You can really see my long hair in these pictures which I love. I don’t have many pictures that really show off my hair like this. My mum loves short hair so I always had short hair as a child, people used to think I was a boy which I hated so much. Because of that I started growing it out from the age of 12. Each summer I cut it down a fair bit to get rid of some split ends but for the most part I grow it out. Having long hair is a pain sometimes though, I think my boyfriend accidentally sits or lies on top of my hair every day (which hurts like hell!) but I’m not getting rid of it any time soon!
Overall we had a wonderful time in Rotterdam. I’m so grateful to my uncle for letting us stay with him and for everything he did for us. Thank you Maarten! I’m posting my haul tomorrow so check back if you want to see what I got!