Outfit // Edging Up

Happy Wednesday everyone! Hopefully your week had a bit of a better start than mine...
On Sunday we noticed there was no hot water in our flat, which was quite uncomfortable. Luckily it's fixed now but it was just one of those things I could add on top of my stress-pile, and I couldn't really deal with that that well... but more about those stressy things later this week - for now I want to share this outfit with you!

Healthy(ish) Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Ahh, I'm so excited about this recipe. I've really been enjoying looking for more healthy alternatives in baking (like switching up butter for applesauce or avocado! Crazy huh?) and trying them on good-ol' favourites. And I love me some banana-bread! I definitely think this one is a winner - your house will smell great and your tummy will thank you after. What's not to love?

Why I Love Being A Morning Person

Since I'm back to a university/study schedule, I've discovered how much I love the mornings. In the evenings, I usually prefer to go to bed a bit early - even if I don't go to sleep straight away, I like to read, catch up on some social media or watch Modern Family with the boyfriend. It's so cozy and relaxing, which of course is much needed after a busy work or study day! It also makes me wake up earlier and much more chilled out. So yes, I'm definitely a morning person. Want to know my secrets? :)

Outfit // On A Rainy Day

There's nothing quite as good as an oversized jumper on a grey, rainy day, am I right? I am someone who gets cold really easily, so as soon as that temperature drops to below 18 degrees, I am cuddled up in knits. Today I'm showing you one of those (casual) outfits, which I wore to uni the other day!

Uni Update : The First Week Of My MA

As I'm typing this, I just finished my first week of my Master's degree in Book and Digital Media Studies. Since this is such an exciting time for me, I really wanted to write down my experiences and feelings - not just to share with you guys but also for myself, hopefully so I can look back on it with a smile!

Top Five Best Ikea Hacks

I love me some good-ol' Ikea hacks! I find it so cool how you can turn something fairly cheap and easy to acces to something that will fit perfectly into your interior and will look expensive at the same time. Today I've listed five Ikea hacks which are not only very affordable but also very easy to do. I actually have a lot of these ideas saved on my Pinterest boards, but some of them require a lot of tools and extra materials. I wanted to select a few who are so easy to make, you can put it together during a free weekend or something (because we all get so busy now it's September again!). Let me know which one is your favourite, and if you have any others that you love!

1. Wooden Plant Stand Plant Stand by Sugar and Cloth 
I love this one because it's so easy, and it would fit perfectly in my interior. The plant-stand that's used is the PS 2014, if you're wondering. I think this one may be a winner for me!

2. Mid-Century Chest of Drawers by A Cup of Life
A fellow Dutchie made this incredibly chique looking chest of drawers from the Ikea TARVA. I really want to try this one, since I still need an extra storage space in the bedroom. May attempt it on either the TARVA or a thrifted (bit cheaper) version!

3. Gold & Marble Bar Cart by The Belle Vie Blog 
Being the party-animal I am (erhm, NOT), I probably wouldn't use this DIY for its purpose. But to be honest, it's pretty cool what this woman did to a simple, SUNNERSTA kitchen cart. Maybe I would make it a bit more my style by spraypainting it black instead of gold (or copper?), and replacing the shelves for wood. And ditching the booze for books... ;)  Do you have any other ideas?

4. Pottery Barn Cupboard by Sawdust 2 Stitches
If you're a Pinterest lover like me (or just an interior-design junkie in general), I'm sure you're familiar with the apothecary-look drawers that are totally on trend right now. A Pottery Barn version of this will cost you about $.... (look up), whilst Sawdust 2 Stitches has managed to create a beautiful look-a-like at a fraction of the price. I'd say this hack is the most difficult of the five, just because you need to attach lots of wood to the existing Ikea furniture. But the hard work will definitely pay off, just look at it! You could also find another cupboard (with existing fronts) and just use the hack from when she is decorating the actual cupboard fronts. Either way, I think it's amazing that the Ikea cupboard is still somewhere underneath there.

5. Ombre Painted Baskets by Pear Mama
This one is so easy but so adorable! I'm always looking for on-trend ways to store away our not so on-trend bits and bops, and this DIY with a basket set from Ikea is so affordable as well! I couldn't find the exact baskets on the website, but I think the FRYKEN set will work just as fine (or any other basket for that matter). Love!

Healthy Chocolate & Nuts Oatmeal Cookies

Last week, before all the craziness (a.k.a. uni-work) started, I went to visit my parents for two days. I always love going there because if feels like a mini-holiday. They live in a small village in the countryside and literally all you hear around you are bees buzzing and the rustle of the trees. It's so peaceful!

I also felt very inspired to bake something whilst I was there. With the start of uni to look forward to, I knew I wanted to come up with something that was healthy but satisfied my craving for something sweet at the same time. Especially during lectures and library session, I like to have a snack at the ready at all times (either for when I actually feel peckish or just a little bored, ha!).

Current Wishlist // September

I always think September feels like a new start, even more than January does. School starts again, new fashion styles arrive in stores and the air just feels fresher somehow. I get really excited about autumn, so compiling a list of things I'm looking forward to wasn't hard (but narrowing it down to five pointers was!).

1. Red Cozy Jumper
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I am a big fan of knitted jumpers as it is, but I don't think I've ever owned a red one. I don't really know why!

The Last Day of Summer

Like I said before, I am truly ready for autumn to come around. Especially because I associate starting uni (less than ab week to go!) with brisk winds and leaves falling, I don't understand how it can be 28 degrees Celsius right now. I don't want to wear my shorts anymore, or my sleeveless tops... (anyone who loves summer must be screaming at their laptops right now.. sorry!)

How To Make Your House Feel Like a Home

Since I've moved into my own apartment five months ago, basically all I've been doing is buying and DIY'ing things for the house. I love having my own space (alright, and a bit for my boyfriend too ;)) to decorate how I want. I definitely got my love for interior design from my mum; from a young age, almost every summer we would repaint the walls in my bedroom and move all of the furniture around while we were at it. I've always loved what a can of paint or even just some new bedding could do to a place. Really, if all else fails with my literature studies degree, I'd love to become an interior stylist instead.

Back to Uni

Since I've graduated in January, I haven't really given school another thought other than when I signed up for my upcoming Master's degree. For the most part, I've been enjoying the exam- and essay-free zone I've been finding myself in. Yes, I have been working for four days a week and that has been quite hard at times, but on my days off I was actually free to do whatever I wanted to do. And especially because I've moved not so long ago, I have loved doing my own thing on those days.