Up in my lonely room when I'm dreaming of you

Updated on Jul 18, 2010
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update after breakfast!

soooo here I am again. Breakfast was nice, my guy and me always have a nice sunday breakfast with fresh rolls and a boiled egg. It is one of those traditions I have had since childhood. My father used to work abroad for a few weeks and then return home for about a week, and whenever he was home, it felt like 7 days of weekend: having a perfectly yummy breakfast with the entire family (mom, dad, two brothers, a sister and me), and we all contributed to the awesome work that goes into preparing food for a large group of people, among who 2 teenagers who could eat and eat. We boiled entire trays of eggs, squeezed bags of oranges, ate dozens of sandwiches and had two fridges filled with food. Dinner was an equally ambitious undertaking: we had huge saucepans for our spaghetti bolognese and whenever we made any type of oven dish, we had 2 ovens baking at the same time just to be able to cook enough food! Having a big(ish) family is something that requires lots of energy and improvisation, and the house always was too small for all of us, especially when I got in my teenage years and started fighting with my brothers. But it also meant being a tightly knit group of people, playing video games together, having my brothers introduce me to amazing music and films I would not have picked up myself as a 13 year old (which doesn’t mean I didn’t watch Footloose 8 times. One day I’d watch cinematographic history in the form of a Kubrick, the next I’d swoon over Kevin Bacon), having heated discussions on politics and culture and learning that we all had to do our work to make our family function. I vacuumed the living room when I was 11, or cleaned the chicken pen. My brothers made our roof leakage-proof when they were still in their teens. We were all very hands-on, and while I hated it back then because I was a lazy teenager, I thank my parents for it today. I can fight my own battles, and they taught me how to have my own opinions and be rational and critical. Right now, my family lives all over the place: one brother in Arkansas, one in Holland, my dad on the other side of the country, me a half an hour drive away from my mom and baby sister. But mutual history keeps being an indestructable bond.

Ok, that had nothing at all to do with fashion, but I feel like my parents made me the person I am today, and the person I am today influences the way I dress. My mom and dad used to have a clothes shop back in the motherland (The Netherlands :D) and they have always been very style-conscious. This love for style and beautiful things (their shop was accordingly named “something beautiful for yourself”, in Dutch ofcourse), along with their devil-may-care hippie slash bohemien attitude made me not care about what society expects of you, be it in terms of appearance or in terms of dispositions. I’m me and I can make up my own mind about what I think is right/beautiful. I live in a tiny village in rural Belgium, but I am not at all afraid to wear crazy stuff out. I won’t be confined to sweatpants!

Does your background have any influence on the way you dress or the way you approach fashion?

THE STYLING DUTCHMAN

Comments (52)

toadstoolring
toadstoolring on September 30
love the top!
denisedenies
denisedenies on August 03
so adorable!
myspace4jes
myspace4jes on July 30
cute headband
SaraMatheson
SaraMatheson on July 25
really like that top!!
angiekje
angiekje on July 25
cute lace top!
nay_myquel
nay_myquel on July 25
cute
texasdawn
texasdawn on July 22
Love the shoes! You look so comfy!
glamourvixen
glamourvixen on July 22
LUV the lace top! Summery & cute!
princesza23
princesza23 on July 22
love the shoes!looks very comfy! =)
minhacatwalk
minhacatwalk on July 19
nice combination!! like your tan too:)
jaylalikescake
jaylalikescake on July 19
cute pictures!..love your top
Bluejeanbruises
Bluejeanbruises on July 19
AH! Gorgeous wedges! Love the way you rock that H&M-top too.
GlammcouturE
GlammcouturE on July 19
cute! :D
luckynumbervi
luckynumbervi on July 19
cute shorts
_SERENITY_
_SERENITY_ on July 19
great shorts and lovely top, dear! those shoes are to die for <3
deathbyplatforms
deathbyplatforms on July 18
these are great basics all piled up into one great, casual summer outfit. love te wedges babe!
deathbyplatforms
deathbyplatforms on July 18
these are great basics all piled up into one great, casual summer outfit. love te wedges babe!
anonymours
anonymours on July 18
cute wedges!
gangsterpixie
gangsterpixie on July 18
Yes Yes! Added to favs. I love this.
mokatresors
mokatresors on July 18
absolutely love the attitude in this look! cute head band too!!
cecilangelineturla
cecilangelineturla on July 18
pretty :3
Tea_Loving_Noemie
Tea_Loving_Noemie on July 18
love this, gorgeous wedges! my style has been gradually changing since i got to london, i would have never worn half the stuff i bought here back in france four years ago! but i like it! all my french friends always think i'm really stylish and it makes me actually believe that i'm evolving for the better of myself! <3
Annebeth
Annebeth on July 19
awww I love accents, the french accent is so delicate and girly :D
Tea_Loving_Noemie
Tea_Loving_Noemie on July 19
to my boyfriend's dismay and my french friends' jealousy, I don't have a french accent when i talk! it pleases only me cos i don't particularly enjoy the french accent in english :p
Annebeth
Annebeth on July 19
Do it! It'll probably be awesome :D And do you talk english with a cute french accent then? :D
Tea_Loving_Noemie
Tea_Loving_Noemie on July 18
haha yeah i'm french, for realz!! spent 18 out of 22 years of existence there, but now i'm here and i've really evolved loads! i know the french have a different kind of chic! i guess i suit the english style better! i should really show some of my more hippyish style on chictopia, i wonder what kind of feedback i'd get!! x
Annebeth
Annebeth on July 18
You are actually french then? In that case: your english is amazing :D And the french are stylish too, but in a lot less bold way than the Londoners! Love London style.
maliciousmallory
maliciousmallory on July 18
I like that top!
Aphrodite
Aphrodite on July 18
Great casual outfit-i love your top and shorts and headband but my fave are the shoes-great wedges you have here! and love sunday breakfast!=)
laartjunkie
laartjunkie on July 18
NICE outfit! I love your top, very chic! =)
onirec
onirec on July 18
amazing shoes!!!! love the headband touch!!! beautiful top!!!
freedomwings
freedomwings on July 18
Love your top and wedge shoes!
JeanneeWaseck
JeanneeWaseck on July 18
LOVE your family story and your outfit! My mom was very, very fashion-conscious, and I think certainly when I was younger, I lived in rebellion to that ... but as I get older ... well ... I want to be my Mom!
Annebeth
Annebeth on July 18
I love your comment! I always wonder if my rumblings actually mean anything to anyone, I'm glad it meant something to you! I even have old pictures of my mom modelling items for the store, I remember dressing up in all kinds of old stuff... :D
JPB
JPB on July 18
love the lace top
Nanooosh
Nanooosh on July 18
pretty simple!
_miss_melanie
_miss_melanie on July 18
have been buying alot of wedges this summer, and I heart yours!
paxie_aiza
paxie_aiza on July 18
your lace top is so cute!=) love your headband too:)
Pink_Champagne
Pink_Champagne on July 18
the headband reminds me of a 1920's flapper
Elekon_Chic_Boutique
oh you`re looking brilliant as always! surely all come from childhood and the way you dress as well!:)
superniknok
superniknok on July 18
love ur shorts!
amyy_c
amyy_c on July 18
cute shorts, and you have really nice legs =)
MonaM
MonaM on July 18
cute! I never think to wear heels with shorts and always go for flats, I like your look!
Annebeth
Annebeth on July 18
the wrong kind of heel can look infinitely tacky, but wedges seem to work well with shorts! thanks!
lissakahayon
lissakahayon on July 18
cute shoes!!
Duygu
Duygu on July 18
haha :D thats a cute shot! love your shoes! and your leeegs.. jealous!
Annebeth
Annebeth on July 18
you have nothing to be jealous about, you have amazing legs yourself! :D
faith_mini
faith_mini on July 18
lovely shorts
carizzachua
carizzachua on July 18
pretty~
the_ed
the_ed on July 18
I can't put my finger on why exactly, but this outfit makes me think "Retro Party"!
cityofbugs
cityofbugs on July 18
love your shoes! they make your legs look so good! love the hairband too :)
AmyIsham
AmyIsham on July 18
Love your shorts; and that top is just too pretty. x
alescna
alescna on July 18
cool and casual!
Laura86
Laura86 on July 18
great outfit! I love your shorts!
ninnda
ninnda on July 18
cute top!
folle_femme
folle_femme on July 18
This is so bohemian chic, the blouse is lovley, as well as the headpiece!.and you look so hot in shorts!
Lewi
Lewi on July 18
haha by any chance is your title a song by "Selena"... anywho... i really like the lace top and the bow :) very chic!
Annebeth
Annebeth on July 18
no, the song is by "The Coral"! very nice song, you should check it out :D thanks!
Lewi
Lewi on July 18
haha by any chance is your title a song by "Selena"... anywho... i really like the lace top and the bow :) very chic!
Madamecrimp
Madamecrimp on July 18
cute! x
SonjaG
SonjaG on July 18
LOVE your shoes!
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