Current Wishlist // November

So with November just around the corner, I thought it was about time to create a November wishlist.
I have found myself thinking more and more about my future - making plans for when I graduate - or at least thinking about what's next. I'm also really excited about the fact that it's getting closer to Christmas. I can now start thinking about winter decorations and Christmas music (almost) without getting strange looks, woohoo !

Have a fabulous week and let me know what you think of my wishlist ! xx

1. Travel Across The U.K.
This is probably the least unrealistic wish of the bunch - but hey, a girl can dream right? I don't really know why, but since a couple of weeks I got this urge to travel across the U.K.. I would love to see more of its nature and beautiful old towns. Scotland is on the top of my list, although I would love to see it all at some point.

Let's Talk About... Social Pressure

 I don't think I've ever fully been able to not care about other people and their opinions.

 Of course, this doesn't have to be a bad thing. Keeping others in mind will make you a more sociable and empathic person. However, when this consciousness of other people and what's going on in their mind becomes a priority in your brain, it may stem from insecurity. And that isn't great, to say the least.

I think my social insecurities are rooted even deeper than I think. From a young age, I've had difficulties to feel part of a crowd and accepted by my friends. I've always had the tendency to feel alone in a group of people and to cope with an almost full-time exhaustion of trying to keep up with the latest trend or newest gossip.

Only when I started university, I found a group of people which made me feel like coming home. Of course I have made friends before that time, but up until my 18th, I'd never found the right crowd.

Outfit // Changing Colour Like The Leaves

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen that a little over a week ago I went and got myself some new jumpers. They already got a little sneak peak in my packing post last week, and today I want to show you one of them in a bit more detail.

This lovely mustard yellow // almost orangey jumper from Mango is so soft and warm - when I felt the fabric in the shop, I just HAD to try it on. And I ended up absolutely loving it!

Healthy No-Bake Dark Chocolate
Fudge Brownies

Ohh, you guys, these brownies are another success story in my baking-book. There is nothing more than a chocoholic like myself craves more after a long day of studying or working, combined with a cup of tea, candlelight and a good book (or Gilmore Girls... hello Netflix!) than something super-indulgent and sugary. And guess what? These fudge brownies taste like chocolate butter - but are made with ingredients that will make your body very happy. Ehrm, win/win situation anyone? :D

Packing For Frankfurt

I've never been particularly good at packing - in fact, I always take 20 outfits for 2 days (sort of..). But since I'm going on a uni-trip tomorrow with all of my new classmates, I figured this would be the time to become the queen of minimalistic packing. No one wants to be the one with the 20kg-suitcase for a midweek away, right?!

Uni Update : A Month Has Passed!

Ehrm, WHAT ?! Time goes by so so sooo fast now that I'm back at uni, it's a bit ridiculous. And scary, because my first deadlines are already creeping up on me... Want to know how I've experienced my first month back at university, working on my MA degree?

Easy Cinnamon & Apple Mug Cake

I like to keep my baking simple and easy - no difficult ingredients or weird instructions. I would like to think that when you come across one of my recipes, you can whip it up in an afternoon with things you have lying around in your cupboards!

This is also one of the reasons I love mugcakes. It is basically a little cake in a mug, which you cook in the microwave rather than in the oven. The whole process is usually done in less than 10 minutes and then you got yourself a warm, tasty treat. Being the chocoholic I am, I usually make a dark chocolate mug cake, but last week I decided to create my own recipe for something a little more autumnal. Expect a ton of cinnamon coming your way these upcoming months (it's one of my fave spices to use in baking), starting off with this oh-so-yummy, super gooey cinnamon & apple mug cake!

Current Wishlist // October

I have so much love for the month October. Even though it has come upon us a bit fast (ehrm, September, did you even happen ?!), I'm so excited that the air is crisper and the scarfs are out. Since I enjoyed doing a wishlist last month so much, I decided that this one may be a keeper (for now anyways :)). So here are the products that are currently saved on my phone, ideas which I'm pondering over in my head and things that I want to start doing! Here's to another lovely, autumnal month :)

1. Embroidered Ankle Boots
 I came across these beauties from Miss Selfridge a couple of weeks ago and haven't been able to get them out of my head since.

When You Move To A New City

Hi everyone! I hope you're all having a lovely start of your weekend. I unexpectedly have the day off of work so I'm spending it in the library... being productive, as always ! ;)

Today I wanted to write a post about my experiences moving to a new (unfamiliar) city. I'm living in Leiden now for about 7 months and I feel like I'm currently in the middle of a transitional phase: it's starting to feel more like home here now, and I don't go back to Utrecht as often as I did before and during summer. Moving to a new city, away from your friends and the familiar, can be daunting - so maybe some of my tips will help you settling in and feeling less anxious about a big move!

Shortbread Cookies with
Dark Chocolate & Hazelnut Topping

Hello everyone! Now I seem to be in a bit of a baking mode lately, if you haven't already noticed! I definitely don't consider myself a foodblogger or a baking expert, but I do enjoy trying out different recipes and making up my own. The way I see it, when a baking-session has been a success, I may as well share it with you guys... So today, I give you - my recipe of these shortbread-like cookies with a nice touch of dark chocolate and hazelnut!

Autumn Interior Inspiration

Guys ! It's actually been raining last week - and that made me a bit happier than it probably should have, haha :) To be fair, it's been like a late summer for the past few weeks whilst all I want to do is snuggle up under a blanket with my thermal jumper, a cup of tea and a book! Now that it's actually getting a bit chillier, I wanted to share my autumn interior inspiration with you. Lot's of burgundy and lot's of natural tones - so if that's your cup of tea, there's more after the jump... :)

Five Tips For When
You're Overwhelmed By Everything

Almost a month has passed since I started my MA degree, and I can officially say it has got the better of me. The first two weeks I was so full of energy, doing so many things on the side and studying until 10PM. Last week, however, something snapped. I came home from class one day, sat on the couch and felt the energy completely seep out of me. And I haven't really recovered from that yet!

I think the first few weeks was just pure adrenaline. Everything was new and exciting and there was SO much to take in, that I just went in full force and worked on energy reserves I didn't even know I had. And of course at some point that has a finish line! Anyway, at that point last week everything got too much. This MA is just SO incredibly busy and demanding, and there are so many new and different things to get acquainted with... I literally can't keep up.

Now this isn't meant as a pity-post, but I'm sure some of you can find yourself in this story. University degrees are just super-demanding, let alone when you throw other factors in the mix such as a side job, hobbies and seeing friends. So today I wanted to sit down and write out some tips and tricks that can help anyone (including myself) when life just gets a little much. This doesn't just count for students, of course!