DIY: Stylish Ikea Bedside Table


Hi everyone!

Last week I spent some of my free days DIY'ing for our new place! Up until now we were still using little stools (which were dirty and old and... just not cute haha) as nightstands but after a little browse on Pinterest I found this IKEA hack with the NESNA bedside table. It's so easy and cheap to do, so I decided to give it a go and I think they've turned out great!

I gave the wood a darker colour by using some woodstain and then my boyfriend and I put some white adhesive vinyl over the glass top. It makes it look so much more effortless and a little less "Ikea", if you know what I mean. And it's also the best relationship test (#patiencerequired), haha! If you would like a full how-to, I found the idea on this website.

Personally, I think the bedside tables go great with our white bed and wooden floor! I also welcomed some industrial shelf-units into our home with about 8 cans of spraypaint (me oh my), so I'm thinking about sharing that with you as well. Let me know if you would like to see that!

For now, I hope you're having a great week!
x

Linen & Lace


Hi guys! I hope you're all having a lovely weekend :)
As I am typing this, it is pouring down with rain outside... I already knew it was too good to be true that we had about five days of gorgeous weather in a row *sad face*. It's part of living in this country I suppose, haha. I did try to enjoy the sunshine as much as I could, but I've also been very busy in the house this past week. I've built and DIY'd some new furniture, which I will show you very soon. Now I'm having four days off of work without a screwdriver or paintbrush in hand. Time to see some friends, watch some Netflix, and relax!

Anyway, today I want to show you this beautiful linen top that I got from Zara a few weeks ago. I love the cut and how summery and dressy it looks. Plus, one can never really go wrong with a high collar, am I right? I really like the way it looks with my cut out boots (Topshop but old) and some vintage high waisted shorts. So easy but so cute! What do you think?

So can summer now come back to me please? Thank you! ;)

Have a nice day!
x



Homemade Dark Chocolate & Almond Granola




Hi everyone!
I am so excited to share this recipe with you. Not just because it's my first ever recipe on my blog, but also because it's something I've been trying out and tweaking for the past couple of weeks.
My time in Canada has left me with a bad habit of buying chocolate cruesli from the grocery-store and, as you probably know, that's not the healthiest option. I often felt like my breakfast was making me more tired and didn't fill me up as well as it should. I recently got an oven at my new place (which made me way more excited than it probably should), so one of the first things I tried was making my own granola. I've tried a few different recipes and I feel like this one, with my own adjustments, is perfect.

What I love about this recipe is that it is so easy to make and requires only five ingredients which you can all find in your local shop. And even better? Without the almonds and chocolate, you got your basic granola recipe. You can basically add anything you'd like! 
A few of my tips? Leave out the chocolate and almonds and once you've spread out your oats on your baking tray, cover them with a bit more honey. This way they're a bit sweeter but without adding the cocoa. Of course you can also add coconibs, dried cranberries, dates, superfoods, whatever floats your boat. Have some fun with it ! :)

The original recipe was in cup measurements so I just tweaked mine following those, but for your convenience I've measured out what all the ingredients would be in grams. This batch lasts me about a week (and I eat it almost every morning) which is perfect. 


- INGREDIENTS -
¼ cup / 40gr coconut oil
½ cup / 150gr honey
3 cups / 240gr  old fashioned oats
½ cup / 70gr almonds (chopped up)
½ cup / 50gr dark chocolate (chopped up)

- RECIPE - 
Start of by preheating your oven to 160 degrees Celsius.
Pour the honey and coconut oil in a little sauce pan and melt slowly on the lowest heat possible (you definitely don’t want it to boil). Let it cool down a bit.
In a large bowl, mix the oats with the chopped up almonds and pour in the honey/coconut mixture. Mix this with a large spoon until all the oats are covered with the honey mixture.
Line a baking tray with baking paper and spread out your sticky oats to cover the whole tray.
Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes. My oven requires me to turn the tray around after about 15 minutes (so all the oats get baked evenly), but see what works best for you. You want your granola to be a golden-brown colour.
After these 30 minutes, allow the granola to cool. This is important: it might not be as crunchy when you first take it out of the oven, but it gets crunchier as it cools down.
When your granola is fully cooled down, you can put it in a mason jar or any other type of airtight container together with the chopped up chocolate.

NOTE
Original recipe from chefsavvy.com, tweaked to my preference.


Changes





Hi everyone!

Yes, yes, I know, I know. You don't have to say it. I've been MIA for way too long!
So many changes have happened over the past couple of months and I just couldn't keep up with real life, let alone my online one!
Since I've graduated, my boyfriend and I have actually moved in together! We're living in Leiden now, since that's also hopefully going to be the place where I'll be starting my Master's degree in September. I quit my sidejob in Utrecht in April and I'm now working four days in a café around the corner (which is a lot of fun).
So you can imagine I've been superbusy with the move, changing jobs and generally just getting used to living in a new city. I'm loving it though, especially the fact that I can now fill an entire apartment with furniture and bits and bops that I like! Of course it's not fully how I want it to be yet but it's getting there.

In between all of the chaos that was my life for a couple of months, I did start to feel the urge again to photograph and write about things, be it cooking, interior design, DIY's, fashion or just my life. So that's what I'm doing again, and I couldn't be more excited about it. I already have some posts on the way, plus a whole list on the side with all of my ideas on it, so I'm definitely very inspired at the moment. Now let's hope I can keep it up (haha) ;)

Love, Leneth

10 Things I Learned at University




Eek! This month I'm completing my Bachelor's degree. Whilst I'm really excited to pursue other things for now (and start my Master in September), it's also a teeny tiny bit scary. I've been working towards this diploma for three-and-a-half years and then all of a sudden, it's done. No more deadlines, papers and classes for the next 8 months. I will leave a lot of memories behind, and I think that deserve its own blogpost. I really feel like from the moment I started studying at university, I have learned so much and grown up a lot. So here it is, 10 things I learned whilst studying at Utrecht University. On to new, exciting things!

1. Perseverance pays off.
Not all of the courses I took were much fun, but in the end, it's important to keep the greater goal in mind. Just get through that textbook or utterly boring novel (yes, there were some of those!), because in the end, it will be worth it.

2. Experience comes when you are ready.
Life comes at you when you least expect it. When I started uni, I was worried I was still too much of a 'kid' compared to my future classmates. After all, I was still living with my parents and never really fancied someone (in that way, yes). Looking back on it, how much is to be expected from an eighteen-year-old? There's still plenty of time to experience things such as living on your own or the idea of love.

3. People can like you, for you.
I think for me, uni was the time that I learned the true concept of loyalty and friendship. No more trying to fit in, or pretending to be someone I wasn't. At uni, I started to feel free, appreciated and loved by people who were much more like-minded than most of my highschool class mates.

4. You won't always excel.
And that's okay. Putting 100% of my effort into a project, essay or revision for an exam is the best I can do. And if that means getting a 6 instead of an 8 (out of 10), then that's fine.

5. It gets messy sometimes, but it's always a good lesson.
You can only fully experience things by trying, failing and succeeding. Life is not always about rainbows and butterflies, but the rough times made me grow and develop as an individual. And in the end, that's never a bad thing.

6. Some people come in your life and change it for the better.
Both the positive and negative people. Whether they stay or go. Everyone and everything is a lesson for the future. And in the end, the toxic ones taught me where I stand in life, and allowed me to be open to some of the best things that have happened to me.

7. Balance is key.
Studying is great and all (or wait, no, what?) but you can only analyse so many poems a day. I have learned to plan certain days off in between stressful periods. Having some free time, whether I spend it watching series in bed or going shopping with my mum, always refreshes my mind and gives me new energy.

8. You won't be able to avoid negativity.
Even if you try and keep out of drama, it's not always possible. I often got frustrated because of that, but I've learned that I need to view it as a lesson and an opportunity to prove to myself I can be the bigger person. Staying close to myself allows me to handle situations likes these a bit better, and it makes me feel stronger as well.

9. Don't be afraid to throw yourself in things.
Falling on your face is part of the process. I try not to let fear guide me in a negative direction, but rather, I try to see it as an opportunity to prove the opposite. After all, I like to believe I can do anything if I set my mind to it (right?).

10. You don't have to have everything figured out yet. 
Uni has taught me a lot, but of course, not everything. As an individual I keep growing, learning and trying, probably for all of my life. I can't wait.