Aztec Monochrome

Hey Everyone!

It’s almost easter!!! So today I bring you… something totally not easter related lol! Yeah. Easter at my house just means good food and a lot of chocolate. And some decorations around the house, but this year we sort of… forgot. Oops.

Today I will be sharing a nail art I made last week. And I suppose you could make something like this with pastels and it would be okay for easter! So maybe still a little easter related!

I used some brand new polishes:

Goddess by Orly is my base colour. This is my first Orly polish and I must say I really really love it. The coverage and wear is amazing. It applies like a dream. I want more!

After applying goddess I used 319 by Kiko to freehand a Aztec design on my nails. Even on my right hand (I’m right-handed) and I’m surprised at how well it came out. It was actually hard to see a difference between my two hands! Or well… harder than usual anyway!

Left hand

Left hand

Left hand with flash

Right hand

Right hand thumb

What do you think?

Lots of love,

Renée

 

ps. Please ignore the horrid state of my cuticles. I’ve been neglecting them and they are a mess. They’re looking a lot better already!

Nail Polish Shopping

Hello Everyone,

I haven’t blogged about it that much yet, but besides crochet and knitting I also have another passion: nail polish! Doing my nails puts me in a zen mood. It’s calming and I feel accomplished when I pull of a tricky design on both hands without there being a large difference between my left and right hand (because drawing on your right hand with your left hand using a tiny brush is tricky!) I love finding a colour I didn’t have (yet) in my ever growing nail polish stash (I think i’m at approximately 250 bottles of polish now). I love that feeling when, after buying a new bottle of polish, I swatch it on a nail wheel and catalogue the colour for easy use.

I especially love finding polishes that are discontinued, but still fairly new. This is where today’s post comes in. I like blogsales! A blogsale is a sale hosted by a blogger where they sell products they don’t use anymore. Sometimes new or practically new, sometimes used slightly, but always at a very advantageous price! I recently did some shopping and I thought I would share what I bought today.

 

New nail polish!

 

Purples

From left to right: Kiko – 319, Attitude – City Romance and Orly – Goddess.

 

Catrice nail polish

From left to right: Catrice – Am i blue or am i green, Catrice – I sea you!. Catrice – Iron Mermaiden, Catrice – Put lavender on the agenda, Catrice LE Big city life – Berlin and Catrice – Let’s talk about Barrie.

I didn’t realize this when ordering, but there’s a lot of purplish tones in there! I got an absolute steal on these polishes! Including shipping I only paid €12,70! That’s €1,40 per polish!

I haven’t been doing my nails for a while as they have been needing a rest after christmas. And I also forgot to do my cuticles…oops. Right now I’m getting my cuticles back into shape and am getting guy nails ready for more polish ( they are very short right now). But even so I couldn’t resist putting on some new polish straight away. This is my first Orly polish and I love the shade so I decided to use that one.

Orly Goddess

Isn’t it an amazing colour? I have a lot of polish, but this colour is pretty unique! I can’t say I’ve ever come across a similar shade! And for somebody who only buys budget brands, this is such a treat. Not that budget polishes aren’t any good, but this polish is a dream to apply! It’s a true one-coater. With one coat of polish your nail is completely covered and completely opaque. I applied two coats out of habit though….

Do you ever buy second hand?

Lots of love,

Renée

 

 

 

 

Busy Days

Hello Everyone!

Sorry for my radio silence the past few days! I remember thinking i should blog on Thursday, but suddenly it’s Sunday evening and I haven’t had any time at all. I have spent my days working on things for school and knitting, knitting, knitting. The school thing was a bit unexpected and a great example of why I don’t particularly like working in groups of more than three people. For my strategy course we have groups of five or more people and in a group like that it seems inevitable that at least some members are unmotivated and unwilling to do the work required of them. I’m not always wanting to do schoolwork, but when I have to or when I get started, it has to be done well. I don’t allow myself to slack once i get going (though I do have some trouble starting every now and then, but again doesn’t everyone?). In this current group there is one extremely motivated girl, I don’t know her that well but she and I have the same values when it comes to school work. Another girl does the work and does it well but not with any enthusiasm. Two other group members are hopeless and well honestly incredibly annoying. They ignore deadlines, they “forget” to come to meetings (meetings they planned and we rearranged our schedules for!) and do the minimum amount of work. Last Friday we needed to hand in a presentation, the text for that presentation and a report on the contents. Quite a task if you want to do it well. We had decided the tasks and everyone would write a small section for our strategy analysis. I would edit it into one logical entity and make the presentation. And edit the sections written into a text to go with it. We set a deadline for the writing of the sections so I would have enough time to get things together and on Thursday morning we had a meeting. Only myself and the other motivated girl showed up. And I had only received one other section necessary for our business plan. We sat there for 2 hours and never even received a text or email explaining where they were (which to date we still haven’t had). I eventually got all the segments that Thursday evening. Because no one showed up we couldn’t trust that they would write the report (plus they weren’t responding to our emails/texts) so I offered up to do that as well (the other girl already does a lion share of the work as we are studying a German company and she is the only one who actually speaks German. She conducts the interviews and translates them). I ended up working on the assignment until 4 in the morning! The next day our other group members actually got mad at us for them having handed it in whilst the other girl (sounds silly, but don’t want to give her name, so the “the other girl” it is 😉  ) had already takes care of that (because I was asleep).

African Flower pincushion

Unfortunately this threw a wrench in my knitting plans. My mom’s birthday is on the 25th, but I would be away to school so we were going to celebrate on Sunday. Due to the unexpected work for school I could’t get my gift for her done in time. I had told her beforehand that she wouldn’t be getting her real gift for another week at least, but also didn’t want to show up without a gift. Especially since my sister’s gift hadn’t arrived in the mail yet! So I grabbed my African Flower pincushion, that she had admired several times pinned a little note to it reading “to be continued” and wrapped it up for her. She liked it and can’t wait for her other gift!

This week I want to get that gift done and blocked, block my Branching out scarf and get in some quality time with my ripple!

See you tomorrow!

Lots of love,

Renée

Work in progress Wednesday #2

Hello Everyone,

It’s Wednesday so time for an update on my projects! It’s going to be a short post this week, because I spent the week working on just one project (apart form a few rows on my ripple over the weekend) and I finished it yesterday! And while i was working on that one project the other projects didn’t really progress. I did make some progress on my mom’s birthday gift, but I don’t want to show it off here (however much I love the design and the yarn, which I do. It’s amazing!) in case my mom happens to look at this post. I don’t think she has the link for my blog, but I just don’t want to risk it!

So I’ll see you all on Friday when I get to show off my finished scarf (Branching out)! For now, here’s a sneak peak:

Almost done!

Leftovers

I’m linking up with Tami’s Amis, check out what others made!

Lots of love,

Renée

Casting on: Not so business casual

Hello Everyone,

I mentioned them briefly in my Project Mania post, but on the 13th of March I cast on my second pair of socks! The first socks I ever made, I made in February and they were plain basic socks. I loved the process so much that I had been itching to try a more intricate sock with a pattern. When I stumbled across the perfect pattern, Business Casual by Tanis Lavallee, I couldn’t resist any longer. Even with all my other projects, I picked out some fun (and very bright) sock yarn and cast on.

Example sock – Tanis Lavallee

Casting on

The yarn I’m using is Strengels Acrylgaren in the colour 103. It’s a really really bright variegated yarn with pink, red, purples and a neon orange. I’m using a ball (50 grams/ 125 meters) per sock, so 2 balls total.

And this is my progress so far.

Not so business casual

Not os business casual

I’ve done ten rows of ribbing, one full pattern repeat and am halfway through the second repeat. The pattern suggests 3 repeats, but I’m only going to do 2. I have slightly less yarn than recommended by the pattern and don’t want to run out near the end. If in the end this leaves leftovers I can just use these for hexipuffs!

The pattern looks tricky, but is actually really easy to do! You just have to keep counting and remember which row you’re on. I’m really enjoying knitting these!

Lots of Love,

Renée

A Lazy Weekend

Hello Everyone,

I had a lovely weekend! I hope you did too? This weekend was the first weekend I stayed in my dorm room, usually I go home to my parents every weekend. This time however my parents were going to come down on Saturday and together we would go to Parents Day at my University. I was a bit surprised when they first announced this day, because you hardly ever hear about days like these for university students. After a quick deliberation with the home front we decided to go. It would have been crazy for me to go to them Friday evening and then return Saturday morning, so i stayed home. And it turned out to be a very relaxing weekend!

On Friday I spent quite some time getting my room tidied up. I organized my yarn. It was just sitting around in a plastic bag and gathering dust, so I put them into two empty containers. I was quite surprised that everything fit! The containers don’t stay shut on their own anymore, but they sit under my bed, so the lid can’t pop off. I also finally got around to organizing my make up. For Christmas I got a helmer cabinet. I had already organized my nail polish, but my make up was still in little baskets.

All organized

My make up now occupies two drawers. I thought this would be more than enough space, but everything barely fit, uhoh!

Pizza!

After cleaning all dayI sat down with a nice pizza Hawaii and watched the first two episodes of a new series called Alcatraz on tv. I really like the show!

The next morning I got up bright and early to get ready for Parents day. My parents got here at 9.30 and we had to be at the uni at 10.30 at the latest. My mom brought me a lovely gift! She didn’t want to do the traditional flowers, so she picked out something else.

Fruit, fruit and some more fruit!

She put together this lovely fruit basket for me! I love fruit! And these are luxury fruits I’ve never tried before from a green grocers in town. The strawberries were so delicate you couldn’t even wash them or the skin would break and lose flavor. And the cherry tomatoes were flavored with honey!

We got a small gift at the event.

Clock

After the event at uni, we decided to go into town for a bit.

Yarnbombing

And I saw my first real yarnbombing! it looked so cute! Green with flowers on it! I trade me wonder though, some of the pieces were up really high (the “artwork” is pretty large). How did they reach? I always think of yarnbombing as something sly or secretive, I can’t imagine them using a ladder,etc. I think it would call so much attention!

On the way to a cafe we did some shopping and I discovered a store called Flying Tiger. It’s a danish brand with the cutest little things! They sell pretty much everything! Including yarn…

Flying Tiger

I bought 2 skeins of grey yarn with small accents in pink, purple and beige. I think this will be great for socks! I also bought some bright manila labels. I figured that they would be cute tags when i gift projects!

Jegging Pieces

At Pieces, a clothing and accessories store, I found this bright blue jeans legging for 5 euros. I have a gray pair like this as well and wear it a lot, it’s amazingly comfortable. And it has back pockets, so it doesn’t look like a legging when you’re wearing it. I’ve been wanting to get a brighter pair of pants, so when I saw this pair I had to buy them.

The shops then started closing so we had a drink in the town centre in a cafe called De Waagh. It was a beautiful old building that had been completely restored into a trendy cafe with all the old style elements still there. After a quick drink we went to our restaurant, Appels en Peren (Apples and Pears). A dorm mate had recommended the restaurant.It was so good! The service was kind and quick and the food was amazing, but affordable! I think it’s one of my favorite restaurants!

Here’s wat we ate.

My entree

I had garlic crisps with a marinated meat (can’t remember the kind).

Mom’s entree

Mom had salmon wraps.

I didn’t get a photo of dad’s entree, but he had an XL carpaccio with goats cheese, that looked really yummy!

My main

I had salmon in bread crust with a eastern mash (in dutch called “stamp”, but I don’t think foreigners really have something similar. It’s mashed potatoes mixed, in this case, with eastern vegetables and flavors).

My dessert

For dessert I had a creme brûlée with licorice flavoured icecream. It was amazingly good!

Dessert

Mom and Dad had a chocolate cake with white chocolate ice cream.

After dinner my parents had some coffee and i had a lovely mug of mint tea. I love mint tea after dinner. Especially if i overate. It calms my belly and cleanses the palate.

Mint tea

After dinner my parents dropped me off at home and started the drive back. I was watching some tv, but actually fell asleep on the couch… Luckily my parents called when they got home safely and I woke up. I then watched the movie “The Island” before going to bed. I love this movie! I can definitely recommend it!

On Sunday I slept late, I was exhausted from the day before! After a slow start I watched some movies and worked on my ripple.

Ripple ❤

I first watched the ending of “The roommate” with Leighton Meester. I had started watching this another time, but never saw the ending. I then watched The Impossible… WOW. This is such an impressing story. I think i cried more watching this movie than ever during a movie! The story was so gripping. I think i could rematch it immediately and still feel just as many emotion. I think this is a must-see for everyone.

Strawberries

I ate my yummy strawberries, they deserve their fame! They are super sweet and tender!

New York!!!

I ended my day with some planning for my trip to New York with my dad!

I had the perfect weekend. One day full of activities and one day of intense relaxation. The perfect combination if you ask me! Unfortunately it’s now back to the school benches and back to work. I hope your weekend was as nice as mine!

Lots of Love,

Renée

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow?!

Hello Everyone!

Here I was thinking Spring was finally upon us, when all of a sudden: snow. This years Winter has been really weird. It has been cold a lot, but that is pretty normal for a Dutch winter. But the snow this year has been a little out of the norm! Usually we either have a really dry winter (little rain and no snow) of we have a wet winter with a bit of snow (usually one period of snow –> about a week, and a lot of rain). This year we had several periods with quite severe snowfall (for us anyway, other countries laugh at our snow!). In fact as we speak it’s snowing! It’s so weird!

I thought that today I would share a nailart I made a while ago, because it’s fits perfectly with the current weather!

Snow Nails

Snow Nails

Snow Nails

 

Lots of love,

Renée