• Interior

    Home sweet Home

    Home Sweet Home ( written in Dutch and English) Shabby chic is een woonstijl die in Italië  nu pas een trend is aan het worden. Persoonlijk vind ik de stijl een beetje passé en resulteert vaak in een té romantische Franse brocanterie sfeertje. Economisch is deze interieurstijl wel daar deze aanpak van inrichten dikwijls is gebaseerd op D.I.Y.  Afgedankte meubelen krijgen een nieuw leven wat ik persoonlijk ook zalig vind.  Alleen in de “shabby chic” stijl moeten de meubelen een illusie opwekken dat ze reeds oud of zelfs antiek zijn, dus de afwerking van het knutselwerk moet niet perfect zijn. De meubelstukken kunnen zelfs een andere functie krijgen, denk maar aan…

  • Lifestyle

    Gift guide for golden moms

    Gift guide for golden moms ( written in English and dutch) I never believe that I am the only mum today with a gold rush. You can’t deny that we, women, are easily seduced by the shiny gold in the shops. Of course, I do not mean the real gold, but the gold-coloured accessories in furniture stores, fashion stores and even perfumeries. Gold has always attracted me because it is a colour that really illuminates everything. Your home becomes glamorous but also your skin will get a rich glow by adding gold to your outfit or putting it on your skin. Of course, be careful, do not exaggerate or it…

  • Beauty

    SOS Killer Body

    SOS Killer Body ( written in English and Dutch) Our holidays are booked, the swimming pool is looking at me, bikinis are ready to be worn, but…. is my body ready for summer? In recent years it has become increasingly difficult to get rid of my winter fat. I read all over that losing weight during the menopause is a utopia. I need to confirm, it is indeed very difficult, but what should I do with my swimsuits? I have been following a diet now for a few months, which is based on healthy food and no alcohol. Besides of having much more energy, better night rests and a healthier…

  • Interior

    Spring has sprung into my home

    Restyle your house spring proof ( written in English and Dutch) We are lucky this year with a spring feeling that last for weeks now. Nice temperatures and already, for the time of the year, a beautiful sun, the rolling hills changing color from brown to green, flowers that sprout and bring color in the garden, twittering brids are the virtues of true spring !! All sounds dull, but honestly when getting a year older, I need to amend I enjoy more and more of this. I realize I need to be grateful to be surrounded by such a beautiful nature. My family and I live more and more outside…

  • Fashion

    Define your Style

    Define your Style ( written in English and Dutch) Some people judge others on what they wear, but I believe being stylish has little to do with wearing expensive brands or expensive accessories. Everyone can really create a great look, even with a small budget. I find it even fantastic when you manage to be voguish with a small budget. The most important thing is that you have created your own “personal” style. A style in which you feel good increases your confidence. Self-confidence makes you more attractive and happier. Unfortunately, my self-confidence and my “own personal style” has disappeared a bit with the years but especially because of some extra…

  • Fashion

    Love is all around

    Love is all around (written in English and Dutch) I could not resist to write anything about Valentine’s Day, the day of love. You have already noticed that shops are colored with red hearts, romantic and even erotic gifts are easy to find. It is the day of unselfish love and refers to Saint Valentine, who widely expressed his love for his religion, but had to pay it with his life. Who will take one second to think about this story on 14th of February? Those who are in love, take their chance to declare love to their chosen one! Love messages and cards with love greetings will be sent…

  • Fashion

    Optical Obsession

    Optical Obsession (written in Dutch and English) The sun always shines in Italy, sunglasses are a mandatory fashion item! What I really like the most, I have to admit, is that I do have a glasses obsession. I wear contact lenses and they make my eyes very sensitive to direct sunlight. So this means I never will leave my house without my sunglasses. Sunglasses are like jewellery, a beautiful pair will give your outfit more character. My favorite examples are the larger glamorous ones that can turn a simple look into a stylish, globo look. The trend 2019 among the sunglasses is the large shield-shaped glasses and looks like ski…

  • Interior,  Lifestyle

    For the love of white!

    For the love of white ( written in English and Dutch) I am often asked why I mostly choose white walls in my interiors. The white is often labeled as cold and dull, instead my interiors are experienced as warm and inspiring. White walls are the perfect starting point for any interior, whatever style gets your preference. Using the wrong or too many colors generates a very restless feeling. Don’t we all want a home where we can relax and be ourselves. As a big fan of Feng Shui interiors, which stands for fresh, cleaned interiors filled with lots of natural light, I opt for a lot of white. White…

  • Lifestyle

    Get into the party spirit!

    Get into the party spirit! (written in English & Dutch)   The Christmas period is in front of us.  I’m sure that you almost know by heart the menu of your dinner.  But have you already an idea of which cocktail to serve?    I tried out one for you this weekend. And a tasteful one! Fresh and sparkling, one which don’t give you an immediate headache or heavy feeling.    I selected an Italian cocktail “Tonica”. A simple mix of Tonic with a Limoncello. You can finish i with basilicum and ice cubes.  I can understand that you get a first impression this is a summer cocktail, but trust…

  • Fashion

    All I want for Christmas is green!

    All I want for Christmas is green  ( written in English and Dutch) With the upcoming Christmas period a stylish outfit is a must. With Christmas you will be surrounded with your family and love ones. But being with family doesn’t mean you don’t be dressed up. I personally admit, almost every year I pick my black LBD, black suède pumps and nicely decorated panties.  I really adore the well dressed black, but this year I prefer something else to wear. I will go for green!  Why ? First of all and obviously I find it stylish, but secondly i got compliments when I add green in my outfit. And…

  • Interior,  Lifestyle

    Win a brand new FibreGuard sofa !!

    What an opportunity! FibreGuard gives us the chance to win a sofa !!! I would not write a blog about it, if I was not completely in love with this sofa. The seat is designed to make our life easier. It has a beautiful design and build of a top material from FibreGuard. FibreGuard fabrics have top features that everyone with a busy family life will appreciate. They are durable fabrics, environmental friendly, but what attracts me the most is the fact that they are child and animal-friendly, in other words easily to clean and remain beautiful year after year. Now you see what drives me so much to win…

  • Lifestyle

    Love the giver more than the gift!

    Love the giver more than the gift! (written in English and Dutch) My holiday wish list !!! No Christmas without Christmas gifts! Every family member is currently busy establishing a wish list. The lists made by my 3 children (young adults) are sometimes very surprising, but on the other side some items are repetitive and come back every year. My eldest daughter her list doesn’t has surprises to me, because I know her so well. We really have the same taste and points of interest! Surprising on my son’s wish list you will NOT find items related to audio or electronics this year! Our youngest, our wild girl, her wish…

  • Beauty

    It’s always tea time

    It’s always tea time (written in English & Dutch) Tea Time I am keen on fresh herbs! This year my son started a biologic garden and of course he didn’t forgot to plant herbs . We have long rows of beautiful rosemary, thyme, lavender and during summer our garden is filled with mint, basil, chive, sage and melissa. Our plan is to plant a lot more over the next years. I want to smell, eat and spread them on my body or skin. My son Andres “@Andresgarden” will plant the herbs and take care of them! Thanks son. Now winter is knocking at the door, I’m thrilled to drink a nice…

  • Interior,  Lifestyle

    Make your own magic!

    Make your own magic! (written in English and Dutch) Black and White design has always attracted me, especially the chic boutique hotel black and white interiors.  Think for a second of Coco Chanel or Jo Malone shops and you are in the right direction! Nothing is more fun than immersing yourself in a glamorous, luxurious “hotel atmosphere” or in the home of Kris Jenner! An interior design that never gets boring, easy to create and does not always have to cost a lot. What stops you for getting into action?  Hereafter some easy ideas. Go for clean white or deep black paint for the walls, ceilings with ornaments or paneling in…

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    Interior,  Lifestyle

    Make your bed and lie in it!

    Make your bed and lie in it! (written in English) The days are getting shorter, the morning and evening are significantly chilly, so the time we want to spend in our bed is getting longer. My bed must therefore have that very warm look and inviting!  I get a good feeling when I see a beautifully cosy decorated bed. In the summer I go for white silk or cotton sheets, but now,when it’s colder outside, I prefer the more warmer colors and materials. I went looking for the most cozy bedding, soft pyjamas, flannel dressing gowns and soft slippers. You can image the following ritual. After a bath filled up with…

  • Beauty

    My face needs a massage!

    My face needs a massage (written in English and Dutch) The last few weeks I’m busy with a couple of new things and so I’m sitting for hours behind my computer screen. As a result, too little fresh air, too much to worry about and too much blue light. You can guess it, I feel gray and tired with puffy bags under my eyes. I used an extra layer of day cream to feed my very dry skin, but in the end I cannot relift my face. I’m very happy I can rely on my beautician, Giada of Centro Estetico “Gocce di Rugiada”, who noticed it straight away and suggested…

  • Fashion

    I have nothing to wear

    I have nothing to wear (written in English and Dutch) The Italian sun gives us a nice, warm Indian summer even bearing in mind that we are only 14 days away from the new season, autumn. So it’s time to swap my wardrobe. Two weeks to store my summer dresses and make space for jackets and boots. Before I start this operation I created a mood board of the new fashion season.  I searched a lot on the internet and found ideas on Instagram, got inspired by fashion magazines and by scanning the shopping streets. I selected only the things I find beautiful and suitable to my style. Furthermore I…

  • Fashion

    I love sneakers !

    I love sneakers ( written in English and Dutch) Sneakers have become my favorite footwear in recent years. In case you’ve been living under a rock, everyone knows that sneakers not only belong in the gym. My sneakers, mostly in white or in any other neutral color, I easily combine with various outfits. So not only with a jogging or a pair of jeans, but also under my summer dresses or my slightly dressed trousers. I prefer sneakers in soft leather of a well-known sports brand. The reason why? simply because this type of shoe does not hurt my feet. Even after a full day of shopping ! If you…

  • Lifestyle,  Travel

    “Close your eyes and let the music set you free”

    “Close your eyes and let the music set you free” (written in English) The Sferisterio theatre is an impressive open air theatre in Macerata, the capital of our province. The building dates from 1829 was built by wealthy individuals as a sport stadium, where the old Italian ball sport “Pallone con bracciale” was practiced. This popular ball game dates back to the 15th century. A small ball (pallone) was thrown back and forth by means of a wooden element set around the arm (bracelet). The arena consists of a gigantic wall of 88 m long and 18 m high and is supported by columns with a double row of loges…

  • Lifestyle,  Travel

    Italian architecture. Less is more or less is a bore ?

    Italian architecture. Less is more or less is a bore?(written in English and Dutch) When I entered Puglia, I got immediately surprised by a couple of things: the flat landscape, no mountains or rolling hills, but the sea and 1000’s of acres of olive trees and vineyards. Also the style of the houses got my attention, are we still in Italy? Not those typical Italian colored houses, but the white rectangular structured bungalows with a roof terrace, large rocky gardens with giant cactus trees and a driveway with olive trees were not immediately my style. What I do really liked was the beige sandstone of theses house. Used everywhere and…

  • Beauty

    Perfume is a reflection of your personality

    Perfume is a reflection of your personality(written in English and Dutch) Am I really that unfashionable or boring and not in for something new?   On the contrary I love new things, but not at all in regards to my perfume. I used different perfumes in the past, but the trendy new fragrances are usually too “aggressive” for me. I received my very first perfume on my 16 th birthday from my beloved aunt Annie. Very pity she pasted away. She was my listening ear, my soulmate and my personal fashion designer! She knew me like no other and bought me the fresh and girly Anaïs Anaïs from Cacharel. I kept…

  • Lifestyle,  Travel

    VISITING OSTUNI IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA

    Visiting Ostuni is always a good idea (written in English and Dutch) During our holiday in Puglia, a southern Italian region also called the heel of the boot, it’s without doubt Ostuni charmed us the most. Ostuni, also called the “white city”, because all houses are painted white. There is a reason why. The liming of the houses dates back to the 17th century. Lime is a kind of disinfectant and as such protected the Ostunian citizens against the outbreak of the plague. Until today, the locals are still obliged to whitewash their houses every year, the government would even financially support the costs. The town has a few churches…

  • Fashion

    Shoe shopping is better than a better therapist!

    Shoe shopping is better than a better therapist! (written in English) My top 3 shoe trends for this Summer2018 1 “The Mule” Everyone who knows me,knows that I have been in love with this type of shoe ,” the mule”, since my childhood. Today I’m extremely happy, because they are completely in this season. I already bought my pair last year. Italy is still a step ahead?  This summer you really see them in every color or shape. The mule is very comfortable and so easy to combine with jeans or with your preferred summer dress.   2. “The Flipflops” Again I am excited of this shop model. It is…

  • Interior,  Lifestyle

    Beautiful things happen when you take distance from negativity.

    Beautiful things happen when you take distance from negativity(written in English and Dutch) How can you create positive energy in your home and bring happiness to your life? I’m proud to say, I am already on the right track to absorb many positive vibes! I really encourage everyone to search for positive energy, because I know how it feels to be trapped in a cage of negative energy for too long. In the end that feels as dying slowly. As we finally live in a house with the necessary comfort, my family has found peace and quiet. Positive energy can flow through this house and I use very simply tricks!…

  • Beauty

    Simple skincare science

    Simple skincare science (written in English and written in Dutch) For years I don’t use a night cream anymore. I clean and nourish my skin with pure vegetable oils.   Quiet recently I started using almond oil. It nourishes the eyelashes abd makes them strenger. Almond oil has an additional advantage that it smells very well. To remove my make-up around my eyes I use a cotton pad, put a few drops of oil and ready. To clean the rest of my face, I put oil in my hands and massage for a few minutes my face. My advice: warm the oil between your hand palms. Afterwards use a small…

  • Lifestyle

    Energizing cocktail ” Barbabietola Rossa” !!!

    Energizing cocktail “Barbabietola Rossa” (written in English and in Dutch) You need vitamines is the message my tired body gave me! So I put juices of vitamines on the menu. This week I go for a beetroot juice. Beetroot contains a lot of vitamin C, but also A, B1, B2 and B6. This type of vegetables contains many antioxidants, which prevents inflammation. The beets boost your skin, lower your blood pressure and stimulate blood flow to your brain. I would like to believe all of this, but do we really like beetroot juice? Beetroot can have a ground taste, no ? My secret is to add oranges (full of vitamin C)…

  • Fashion

    Can I wear your blazer ?

    Can I wear your blazer? (written in English and Dutch) The blazer is one of the basics that every woman should have in her closet. A blazer can easily be combined with other basic items and results in a fantastic look. Spring and autumn are the prefered seasons to me to select this piece of garment out of my closet. The days are starting cool and it get colder in the evening, as such a blazer offers you the ideal solution to keep you warm when needed. You will find blazers in many colors and shapes. A well shaped blazer (little bit to small) gives you a slim,feminine waist. A…

  • Fashion

    Summer Beach Party

    Summer Beach Party (written in English and Dutch) Is a maxi-dress only for the young slim hipster? In my opinion it is definitely not. Mini or maxi , the dress has to flatter your figure! My destination to the sun is booked and in my mind I already started thinking on what clothes to take with me. It is indeed still a month to go, preparing the kick off is cool as well. At least one maxi-dress will unquestionably go in my suitcase, even more if possible. A stylish-of course mandated-long summer dress is easy, elegant and it gives me an instant “pool party” feeling. On the beach you should choose a looser-fitting…

  • Interior,  Travel

    I do not seek, I find. Pablo Picasso

    I do not seek, I find. Pablo Picasso (written in english and dutch) Apulia will be our next holdiay destination! It is a region down in the heel of Italy’s boot. From where I live it’s a 5 hours drive and then we will be in, the always warm, southern part of Italy. Being on holiday means, like for many of us, enjoying good food, sun, sea, beach and having a great tim with family. The Apulian culture and history has made me already curious and I started reading all articles I can find about it. Of course, I want to discover what remains of the old habits of this…

  • Interior,  Lifestyle

    In the mood for design! A tiny bathroom ?

    In the mood for design! A tiny bathroom? (written in english and dutch) Even noticed that we currently live small, it does not mean that I need to accept to downsize on style and comfort. If you intend to build a small house, it’s absolutely crucial to plan extremely well the layout of the house! After months of surviving in a builders container (after the earthquake), with a minimum of comfort, my wish was to give everyone of us a room they really wanted. Besides the fact the children wanted more privacy and a place for themselves, they also looked forward to have a separate bathroom. My youngest daughter wanted a bathroom…

  • Lifestyle

    A Mother’s day gift should be something special!

    A mother’s day gift should be something special! (written in English and dutch) Mother’s Day! The day to celebrate our mothers even more! Now that I live so far away from my mom, I realize much more what she means to me. We speak each other several times a week over the phone and these moments we both enjoy a lot. “They can never take these moments away” are the words she uses to strengthen the feeling. I am also a mother of 3 young adults and they never forgot my “Mother’s Day”  The time of the home or school made art is over, but the extra attention I get from…

  • Beauty

    Inner beauty is great, but a little lipstick never hurts

    Inner beauty is great, but a little bit lipstick never hurts (written in English and Dutch) “Rouge G” is the first lipstick, with an handy double mirror. I have bought it because I love it, and would recommend it for those who are on the road and still want to look good at every single moment of the day, “Rouge G” is a brilliant idea! This lipstick looks like a jewel, because it has a so well designed cover! Guerlain created 15 different covers, certainly one (in my case several) will get your attention and goes perfectly with your personality. Whatever your style may be, there is always a RougeG…

  • Travel

    Quality time with my daughter in Perugia.

    Quality time with my daughter in Perugia (written in English and Dutch) A couple of times a month you will find me in Perugia, because my oldest daughter Eline, lives and studies in this medieval city for already 4 years. When she comes over to our place in San Ginesio for the weekend, I pick her up at Perugia and then we have some quality time together. Last friday we had a very pleasant afternoon at Perugia. We started to enjoy an aperitif at the bar-restaurant “Ristorante del sole”. The bar has a splendid view over Perugia and the surroundings, nice drinks and…..have a look at the waiters! After the…

  • Beauty

    Girls just wanna have sun!

    Girls just wanna have sun! (written in English and Dutch) The summer holidays are approching, the Italian sun is already shining brightly, the new beachwear and dresses are already in the shops! All reasons to get our body in shape. I go after all means to achieve my goal: a beach body, a body I do not have to be ashamed off. One way to do is healthy food. I’m going to make a sun-colored bikini juice this week. This juice is good for fat burning and drainage, but as well it prepares you for a sunny tan! Raw carrots are rich of beta carotene which is converted into vitamin…

  • Fashion

    Party proof jewels this summer

    Party proof jewels this Summer. (written in English & Dutch) We’re really going for fun jewels this summer! Pure fake in several colors or the real thing in gold, cool white or warm shiny yellow gold or maybe go for the sparkling rosé gold if you want to be extra trendy. And of course the classic pearl jewels, can these jewels also sell fun? I want them all, especially if they have certain party factor. Jewels to wear on an evening full of high spirits and glamour! 01BILLSKINNER / 02CAROLINCURADO / 03DOLCE&GABBANA / 04FORZIERI / 05KATESP. It’s really never too late to party. Choose and buy! 01H&M / 02ROSANTICA / 03 SHASHI STERLING…

  • Beauty

    Am I a hooker?

    Oh Am I a hooker? (written in english and dutch) My husband likes well manicured nails and preferably red colored. But to be honest, I love it as well. He doesn’t need to insist on visiting the manicure, because I do love it by nature. I’m not so handy with nail polish and never really get the same result I wanted. So I leave my hands in the hands of a specialist and every 3 weeks I go to a “Centro di bellezza Gocce di Rugiada Belforte del Chiente(MC)”. Currently I wear gel nails. I keep them for a few months and then remove them for another couple of months,…

  • Lifestyle

    Let your light shine

    Let your light shine! (written in english and dutch) Our new house (a former barn) gets more shape every day. The most important criteria was to have it earthquake-resistant. The structure is steel framed and it may be a bunker now. The outside is in a typical Italian yellow sand color stucco and as such matches perfectly with the green surroundings of the Sibillini park. I love design and the Italians are really strong in it as we all know. They still continue to amaze and to surprise me. One of the areas of design where the Italians are well known for is lighting. Honestly it remains difficult to me, to select…

  • Fashion

    Learn to love your body as the Italian women

    Learn to love your body as the Italian women (written in dutch) Na een aantal jaren wonen in Italië, is mij al snel opgevallen dat de Italiaanse vrouwen in het algemeen weinig complexen hebben over hun lichaam. Deze vrouwen zijn wel erg begaan met uiterlijk schoon en besteden hier best veel aandacht en geld aan. (lees groot budget voor fashion en beauty) Wanneer ze uitgaan worden hun vrouwelijke vormen goed in de verf gezet. “Ben je trots op uw decolleté, toon deze dan of heb je mooie benen, show ze dan” Hoge hakken en jurkjes va-va-voom (lees sexy) a la Sophia Loren mogen niet ontbreken in de kledingkast van een…

  • Lifestyle

    Losing weight happens the moment you don’t give up

    Losing weight happens the moment you don’t give up (written in English) Since January 2018 I try to lose weight. I had a target in mind, but we are now 3 months further down the road and I didn’t lost any kilos. But I lost a few inches belt fat. So I decided not to get frustrated by the annoying display on my weight scale and move forward. I do not give up! The demotivating articles about getting fat after the age of 50 are almost inevitable. Why do I need to accept the statement that once you are 50+ , losing weight is no longer achievable ? What bothers me as…

  • Beauty

    Botox or not to botox?

    Botox or not to botox? (written in Dutch & English) Ik gebruik nu 4 weken 2 nieuwe producten uit de lijn Capture van DIOR. Niets is zaliger om bezig te zijn met mijn verzorging en make-up. Ik had dit al van vroeger wanneer het eigenlijk niet zo nodig was dan nu het geval is. De grote denkrimpels boven mijn ogen en tussen mijn ogen ergeren mij elke dag meer en meer. Botox laten prikken is dan erg verleidelijk, zeker wanneer ik de gladde gezichtjes op Instagram zie voorbij komen. Of zijn dat gefilterde gezichtjes? Maar de angst voor spuiten en de vrees om een uitdrukkingsloos gezicht te hebben daarna, heeft mij…

  • Lifestyle,  Travel

    Visit to Rome

    Visit to Rome (written in English & Dutch) Definitely scroll down for pictures!! After a 3 hours drive, my daughter and I arrived in Rome. First stop is the Belgian Embassy. Our biometric will be captured, needed to get a new Visa. As usual, when we are in Rome, we love to spot new lifestyle places. This time we decided to discover trendy bars and places where they serve healthy food. On our first day we had lunch at Bristro Vivi. At the outside it looks like a small fast food restaurant, not a real eye catcher when you stand in front of it, but our hunger was stronger than…

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