Alma’s style diaries: chapter 1

The other day I was doing a little spring cleaning in my closet and I found myself doing something that I always do: trying on and putting together outfits. Yet, this time it felt a little different. The past two weeks in self isolation were either spent in my PJ’s, snuggly bathrobe or workout wear and I just knew something was missing in my life. I missed the joy I feel every morning when I stand in front of my closet and I get to pick out a look for the day. It actually brought me back to the thing all girls do when they get to a certain age and that is playing dress up in their mom’s closet. I felt that same kind of joy and that’s when I realised how I still want to share my spring outfits during my self isolation time. For me it’s a way to deal with this situation and bring some positive content into the world. So that’s how this series was born, which will basicly consist of me wearing all my great spring looks when I got nowhere to go. I hope you guys will enjoy it 😊

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Life update: chapter 1

I can’t believe I’m writing this kind of post. Not because I don’t like it, but because it’s something we all did back in the old school blogging days and that kind of got replaced by vlogging. The day that I will pick up a camera and film myself is still nowhere in sight, so I thought it would be nice to make a life update in photo’s and share a couple of things that I have been up to lately. It’s also nice to see how most bloggers I follow are also up to the old school kind of content. It somehow feels a bit refreshing in these days.

The first photo is my favorite one actually. I consider myself very lucky to life right at the edge of a small town that is surrounded by nature and there’s a forest pretty much in my backyard, which then transitions into the typical dutch scenery of miles long meadows and flower fields. It’s funny how I never really appreciated it until now and I try to go for a walk every now and then to clear my head after a long day of work. (FYI, my country is not in total lockdown, but a so called intelligent lockdown. We are still allowed to go outside as long as you follow the rules. There are almost no people here and you can keep a whole lot of distance, so it’s still within the rules). I also (re-)discovered a new hobby, which I never want to get rid off again: painting. I used to be so much into art as a kid and teenager, but as I got older I kind of lost it. I’m no pro and am learning everything again, but it brings me so much joy and helps me relax and forget about all the bad things happening in the world.
Some shopping has been done too and I’m introducing my new baby here: the Marc Jacob box bag! I love everything about this little gem and was hoping to wear it all spring long, which of course isn’t happening anytime soon. At least it gives me something to look forward to! My beautiful Antigona baby is also catching dust these days, but I’m working on a little something creative which I will share very soon!

The first trees also started blossoming in the past few weeks, which, despite my allergies, is my favorite time of the year. I mean, the whole outside world gets little touches of colour (read: pink) so it’s impossible not to enjoy it.
This whole quarantaine thing made me discover a part of my house, I haven’t really been a huge fan of: the kitchen. And yes, I made my fair amount of Dalgona coffee and am yet to try the chocolate strawberries, but what I really focused on was trying to make the dishes/drinks I usually get when eating outside (most restaurants and food places are closed here). Which means, I can now make a nice açaí bowl and a nice and fluffy cappuccino. I’m also trying to stay away from boring food for lunch and stuff. It’s important to keep treating ourselves to nice stuff, especially during times like these 🙂
Speaking of treating yourself, I also received a little pink ziplock bag full of happiness from Glossier. My skincare routine is something that I have abandoned a bit over the previous couple of months, due to a lack of time. That’s why I have been picking up my routine and even experimenting a little over the past few days with new products. I even try to do a sheet mask once a week. I mean, we are in a shitty situation right now, so we might as well

The Loungewear edit

It was Monday night and I was doing the one thing that always helps me keep my mind off of negative things (especially with everything going on in the world now): online shopping. All the gorgeous spring pieces I found and could totally see myself rocking during the upcoming season, found themselves in my virtual shopping basket and when I was about to check out, I suddenly got hit by a moment of realization. I’d be in self isolation for at least the next three weeks, so where would I be wearing these beautiful items when my only runway would be my living room? So that’s when I decided to turn this sad little moment into something good. Why not shop for super comfy yet very stylish loungewear, because if I’m going to stay at home, I might as well do it in style, right?

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5 lessons the previous decade taught me

Happy new year everyone! Can you believe that last night we didn’t just welcome a new year in our fancy, sparkly dresses with a drink in one hand and an oliebol in the other, but also a whole new decade?! And while January is usually the month where we all try to pick up new habits and resolutions, I found that this doesn’t really work for me. Not that I don’t believe in good resolutions and setting goals, but because I’m more of a straight to action kind of girl. If I don’t start working on a goal the moment I come up with it, I lose my motivation. However, I do support everyone in their new year’s resolutions and that’s the beauty of life: we are all different and have different habits, which doesn’t need to prevent us from fully supporting each other ☺️

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Autumn/Winter beauty favorites

As the days get shorter and colder the needs of our body are changing too and therefore our beauty routines might require some changes. Yes, it’s time to say goodbye to endless supplies of sunscreen and aloe vera gel (the only things I definitely can’t live without in summer). This time, I noticed how I have managed to find many drugstore gems, thanks to all the drugstore trips during my travels. I’m actually pretty happy about this, as it shows that quality beauty products don’t have to cost a fortune and are accessible to all. A little skincare side note before we dive into my favorite products: my skin is dry and sensitive, prone to redness with little to no breakouts. The skincare products I use work well for this skin type, but I can’t say anything about different skin types.

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I am a fashion victim

Yes, you read that right. I, Alma, am finally admitting to it. The times of me laughing it off and saying how loving fashion doesn’t mean you’re a fashion victim are over. I am fully embracing this side of me now and am very content with it.
It all started a couple weeks ago when I somehow got into a discussion about fashion. I had just bought a pair of western style croco boots, which didn’t go unnoticed (because let’s admit it, they’re just THAT amazing) and the conversation quickly went from love your shoes to you’re quite the fashionista, aren’t you? This is where old me would jump into defense and be like no not exactly or I would just try to laugh it off. Of course, it is not because I don’t like being called the fashionista, since I do love fashion and it’s nice getting acknowledgement for your hobbies. But that comment is often followed by assumptions like how I am probably the type of girl who spends hours in front of the mirror every morning. Or comments like how shopping is bad for the environment or how others don’t care about fashion or only shop at second hand stores, because they don’t see the point in spending a lot of money on clothes and would rather go on a fun trip or something. And I fully support that of course, but it also does not mean that my choices in life are bad.

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New beginnings

I’m not too sure on how to start off this post. I have been typing and deleting an introduction paragraph twice already, but you know what? It feels good to have an empty blogpost window in front of me again after a superlong break which felt like ages. It almost feels as if I’m ready to embark on a new journey without really knowing where it will take me but very excited about it! It also brings back so many great memories from my past blogging experiences. From the very first post on Project Glamour when I was still in highschool (awkward posing and outfits I wouldn’t repeat ever again say hi) and just looking for a place to express myself to a process of growing and building this little mini community online, buying my first DSLR camera, meeting so many new blogger friends and first collaborations. It was my little creative outlet which I loved with all my heart, but due to personal reasons I found myself unable to continue to put the time and effort into my blog, which it required in order to grow. And that’s why I decided to focus on creating content for Instagram only, which has been doing great over the year and the focus on creating, styling and editing photos has worked out so well for me! I love planning out photos, outfits and my feed and it’s easy to combine with my busy personal life.

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