It's been a long time, I shouldn't have left you. Without a dope outfit to eh.. watch... to... at? Yes, I am well aware of the fact that a little over a week is not long at all, in human years. In blogger years however, this feels like ages. So when visiting my own blog today, blinking twice and still seeing the same blog post staring back at me, I figured this called for an emergency treatment. Never again, I tell you, never again.
And while you were thinking I was just at home perfecting my nail polishing skills, I was actually being a very busy lady. The nail polishing thing could actually be true, since I had some lovely readers informing me on what techniques to use. Will definitely take that into practice in the future. And in good news: my big project is finished, met the deadline, everybody's happy. Even happier because I booked a ticket to Berlin in May and I'm making plans to finally visit New York City this year. Yes, I am advertising a city I've never even been too.
About the outfit. I like to wear dresses and high heels as much as the next girl/young lady/woman/whatever you refer to me as, but on busy days I like to keep it simple and go for something I call a pyjama outfit. I kept it girly enough though: can you say pink and shiney things?! Also, living together with your boyfriend can be a real convenience if you have an unstoppable craving for anything oversized. So when his last Topman order came in and I saw this sweatshirt, I knew I had to make it mine! On the other hand, two shopaholics living together in a very small house with only one wardrobe: not so convenient. Maybe our solution is to only buy things we can share? Just thinking out loud here. Annnnd deleting that thought again. Very very bad idea, I would have a very boring closet with any skirt, dress, leggings, jumpsuit etc. left out of the equation. Let's just leave it like this.
Oh and just to warn you, there is nothing wrong with your computer screen, my purple hair turned blue. I quite like it though.
I wish I could Photoshop some sunshine in these pictures, but I'm afraid it's just the way it is. Signature Dutch weather has arrived again. The pictures look kind of Photoshopped already, my beanie really stands out against all the brown and grey, which makes it look like I'm placed against some photographer's backdrop. So not true, these pictures really are taken in Amsterdam. I live a 15 minute train ride away from Amsterdam, so me and my Amsterdam-based best friend had a well-balanced lunch there: very healthy hummus and aubergine wholegrain sandwiches combined with very unhealthy cheesecake. Perfect!
As you can see I tried out a new *cracked* topcoat, definitely not sticking with that. I already have issues with making nail polish look polished (to the disturbing extent where somebody asked me whether I do my nails when I'm drunk), so I don't need nail polish which makes your nails look unfinished in my life. Hats off (or in this case beanies) to all you nail art bloggers for trying out cool nail styles. Here's a request: could you do a tutorial on how to apply regular nail polish? It would totally make my life.
I had to chop off quite a bit of my locks, due to *excessive bleaching*. I love me some fried stuff from time to time, just not on my head! I had bleached my hair in the summer to get that ombre look. After a failed dipdye I had to bleach it *again* in order to get the dipdye I wanted. In the past few weeks it was getting dryer and dryer. This also happened due to the cold weather. I have been frantically trying to revive the condition of my hair, treating it with oils and hair masks. But the solution was inevitable: a hairdressers appointment. So let me tell you: don't try (or fry ;-)) the bleaching thing at home! Fortunately my hair grows pretty fast, but I can't get used to this lenght just yet. I love my hair just a little bit longer. The way it was to be precise. As you can see I took this as an opportunity to re-do my dipdye, it was getting a little orangey again. I used another colour by La Riche Directions, called Plum. It's a really dark purple, something completely different from the bright hue I had before. The colour reminds me a bit of ballpoint ink. Since the colour changes a little after washing my hair, I wonder what it will turn out like eventually!
Enough with the hairy talk. What do you think of my tribute to 2pac, ey?
Such a liar. I know I stated in my previous post that I'm too busy to post things on a regular basis. When I saw the beautiful sunny weather flirting with me from outside my window, I couldn't help but dragging my boyfriend outside to take some pictures. The handbag I'm wearing is something I found in a random thrift shop (not the hipster-y, overpriced type, but just a place where you'll find old coffee mugs and used picture frames) in Rotterdam a few years back. I can only imagine it belonging to a very quirky old lady once. She'd probably be wearing it with long flowy skirts, or at least something not as casual looking as this all-denim get up I like to wear on regular week days sometimes. I'll try honoring the - in my mind at least - very fashionable old lady another time, today I am just dressing as the 90s meets the 70s meets whatever era this cute handbag is from. Have a nice regular week day, a.k.a. Wednesday!
My parents live a few minutes away from the sea, so when we were celebrating my mum's birthday this sunday we thought it would be nice to pay a visit to the beach. It looked nice and sunny, but - as is to be expected for this time of year - it was just cold and windy. I've been staying inside most of the days, working on the magazine I talked about in a previous post. That's why I enjoyed getting a breath of fresh air for a change. Since I am quite busy these days I try to post on a regular basis, but please don't hold it against me if it's a little less than usual. I promise I'll make it up to you later! Happy monday!
I did something stupid. I was in a rush and didn't run a double check on my camera settings, so I messed them up. I had to kinda photoshop my way out of this one. Hence the weird filters. And now I'm messing up again, by telling you! Whoopsie! Promise it won't happen again! I did have a lot of fun with the bottom picture, don't look at it too long or it will make you sea sick!
The shirt I'm wearing was a treasure amongst my own trash I was selling this weekend at a huge flea market. It belonged to my boyfriend, but apparently he wanted to get rid of it. When I saw it lying on my stall I could immediately picture a gazillion outfits to wear it with. Most of them containing other sporty items or leather. So here you have it. Have a nice day!
So I wouldn't really say I'm an avid Instagrammer, but it's definitely my favourite social network. I can't give you a weekly update, because that could sometimes just be one picture. I try to instagram things I find worthwile if I think about it. Sometimes I'll just post random things though. This is my recap of january.
What you see here is:
a couple of frozen beers left at a bus stop
my new and beautiful Nowhere clutch
my hair after I just dyed it, plus my new favourite necklace and sweatshirt
a beautiful sunset in Haarlem
a few selfies I found while browsing through my iPhone
a fruity face mask, which I should do more often
my boyfriend proudly showing our Damien Hirst 2013 calender which we bought in London last year
a cool new clutch I bought on Ebay
my best friend and me at Amsterdam International Fashion Week
cute street in Haarlem where our favourite coffee place is
a recap of New Years Eve
a cup of winter coffee with whipped cream and coffee liqueur
covering my feet in fresh snow in the morning
a redesign i did on my portfolio website
If you like what you see and want to see more, you can follow my instagram, it's @izzibizkit. Have a nice evening!
Excuse my sleepy face in the pictures, I had just been to a theatre to watch a film. In fact, I went to 4 different theatres to watch 4 different films. It's the International Film Festival Rotterdam again, one of my favourites. I first encountered this festival when I studied and lived in Rotterdam and ever since I try to go as much as I can. Of course this was easier when I was still living in Rotterdam, so that's why I tried to squeeze as many films as possible in one day. With enough time left for eating and shopping, of course. What I love about the Film Festival, is that it gives you a chance to experience a little bit of other cultures, visions and new ideas. It's a great opportunity to watch films you will otherwise probably never see or even hear of. Below you find the titles of the ones that I saw, I hope you will be able to see them somehow, because they were all great to watch in their own way.
1. Comrade Kim Goes Flying
Who said that a propaganda film can't be a feel-good film? Like the main character I had a smile plastered on my face for the entire film. It's about a North-Korean girl, working in a coal mine but dreaming of being a circus acrobat. It's pretty predictable (think: hard work leads to success), but there are loads of unexpected funny moments in it. The art-direction is sublime, the colours almost give you cavities. I love it. Definitely my cup of tea. Yup, I realize that's a weird thing to say about a North-Korean communist propaganda film.
2. Rhino Season
This one was kind of dark and quiet. I can't give away too much of the story, because there's not too much happening in this film, so that would mean I'd be spoiling the whole thing. The main character is a Kurdish-Iranian poet. The film is presented as a poem, so without the continuity of a normal story. Sahel has just finished a 30-year prison sentence and tries to find back the love of his life. His acting skills are really good, he almost doesn't say a word during the entire film, but his real feelings still come through all the time.
3. Oh Boy
This black&white film is settled in Berlin, one of my favourite cities and therefore a big reason for me to see this. The story is about a day in the life of a boy who is trying to find his way. He dropped out of school, his relationship has just ended, he doesn't have a job, his friends aren't exactly rolemodels. During this particular day a lot goes wrong (funny theme: it's impossible for him to get a cup of coffee throughout the whole film), but he also meets new people who learn him new things about life. The film feels very authentic and real, so even though I'm not a job-less drop-out I felt like I could relate to the main character.
One word: Bizarre. A Hong Kong film producer lectures film students on how he got out of financial problems producing an adult film. The film he's talking about was assigned to him by the head of a triad gang, who is willing to pay big bucks if he makes the sequel to an old adult movie, starring the same actress, who is now in her 70s. Vulgaria is definitely not the best film I've ever seen, but I found it's bizarreness truly amusing.