My Week On Instagram #18


Hello Reader

This week has been so much fun although it has been raining all week. Come take a look at my highlights of the week :

IMG_2262On Tuesday, I had to work as a promo girl for Soyjoy. This is a healthy bar made of soy, nuts and dried fruit. It’s famous in Japan, the land of origin. I had to work with another girl and two boys. We had a lot of fun that day. Our outfits that we had to wear, were from the sports collection of H&M. Who doesn’t like to work in sports gear?

First, we had to sample on the Meir in Antwerp. Afterwards, there was this big yoga event and we had to make the goodiebags, welcome the guests, … I got a lot of bars myself which is awesome. IMG_2285On Wednesday my boyfriend surprised me. He drove me home after school and later that day we went out for dinner. We drank a mojito to start and then had a ‘Mac Marrakech’, a burger with lamb and a side of couscous and a Greek salad. Dedicated as we are, we went to the gym afterwards because we love working out together. Surprises as this make me extremely happy.

IMG_2276On Thursday I’ve donated blood for the second time. I filled a bag with blood in 5 minutes and 12 seconds which is really good because you get 12 minutes in total. It didn’t hurt at all and Febe accompanied me again.

IMG_2291The last picture is really important to me. This is a little book in where you can read things that make you happy, thankful,… As you all know by now, I’m a really mindful person. I try to make the best out of every day and most of the times, this works. I set goals because I want to have productive days but I’m realistic. If something doesn’t work out than I try to discover why it didn’t work out. I try to learn from my faults and I know my imperfections. I try to be a good girlfriend and student but most of all, I try to be me. I don’t want to change myself for other people and I think that’s what people like about me. I’m real and I earn what I have.

Margot

My Week On Instagram #17


Happy Monday dear reader

I figured to share my highlights of the week rather than sharing my whole week. Let’s take a closer look…

IMG_2136On Tuesday I had one class of Spanish and afterwards, I returned the shorts I bought in H&M earlier that month. They weren’t the right size. Instead I bought a really flattering top in a minty color. I love it because I can combine it with a lot of other clothes I already have.

On Wednesday my boyfriend came over and he stayed the night. He could stay because on Thursday my weekend started already. The next day we studied together and it really worked out. I did a morning run while he made himself ready for the day and served breakfast in bed. I wish we could do this every day. That night, I had to work in the restaurant.

On Saturday, my mom and I went shopping. We never do this and after weeks of asking her to go shopping with me, she finally did it. I got a new jeans jacket and a pair of beautiful sandals. I think I haven’t worn sandals in years. I can’t get over them especially when I wear them in combination with a dress and my jeans jacket. I should ask my dad if he wants to take a picture when I wear an outfit like this.

IMG_2203In the afternoon I sneaked out of the house to have a gym session with my boyfriend. I’m still sore but I’m not complaining because my hard work pays off. I’m getting stronger every day. That night I worked again. Basically I worked three days in a row which is totally fine for me because I need the money. I’m saving so that I’ll have the best vacation ever.

On Sunday I went to Francis’ house to study. We studied the whole day and I did a lot for school. I’m even amazed myself.

Oh and to finish I’d like to share my awesome food/drink favorites of the week.

IMG_2173Homemade lemonade with fresh mint

IMG_2204yogurt with strawberries and a couple of cashew nuts

Have a great week you all!

Margot

 

My Week On Instagram #16


Dear reader

I’m so sorry that I’m posting this on a Tuesday. Time goes by so fast and before you know, the week is over already.

On Thursday I met up with my dear friend, Febe who started a blog recently. I’ll link her below. We went to the Soup’r for lunch. In my opinion, they serve the best soup in Ghent. Beside soup, you can also opt for salads, sandwiches and even dessert. Febe went for a thai curry soup with pieces of chicken and peanuts and I had the Asparagus soup. I wish I knew the recipe.

After our lunch, we went to one of my favorite shops at the moment. It calls ‘Rituals’ and I love the concept. Most of the products are for your body but you can also buy make up, tea en a few home decor things. I had to buy a gift box for a friend of mine (Lore) who would give a surprise BBQ later that week. The shop-assistant asked if we needed any help and said that they had an amazing deal. All the skincare products were 2+1 which gave us the opportunity to buy an amazing present for Lore.

We spent like an hour in that shop because the girl started to test some products on our hands. Febe and I loved it so much that we bought 3 products for ourselves. I also really liked the fact that she gave us a lot of information about the products.

I bought the exfoliator, a product that you have to use twice a week to scrub off all the dead skin of your face. You have to be very gentle on your skin with the product because their are a lot of grains in it. The second product I bought was a toner. Basically you have to use this after you removed your make up to remove the excess make up. It gives your pores the chance to close up. Lastly, I bought the day cream. This was also the most expensive product but I knew, it would be a investment. I have been using these products for a week now and I seriously can’t complain. My skin looks great and I don’t have any pimples right now. The fact that I have been juicing lately, will also be a reason for that I think.

Ok, that description was waaay too long! Let’s move on…

After all the shopping, we were a little bit thirsty and we decided to have a drink. I went for my usual tea, lemon tea this time and Febe went for the freshly squeezed lemon juice. They gave her sugar to make it less sour and a little can of water. I had a taste and I found it so tasty that I tried to make my own lemonade at home. It was a success.

Afterwards, we went home again. I enjoy spending time with Febe. I always have a great time with her and she’s just a nice person to talk with. I feel comfortable and that’s a big thing for me because most of the time, I’m anxious to meet up with someone.

IMG_2111On Friday night I had to work but I didn’t mind because I really needed the money. On Saturday, I went for a 40 minutes run. That night, I picked up my boyfriend to go to the BBQ of Lore. She wanted to surprise her boyfriend, Francis’ best friend, for his birthday. His reaction was really cute because he had no idea. We all had the best time. I love parties like this : good music, delicious food, lovely people,… After dinner we decided to sit by the fire that the boys made in the garden. It was 2 am already when I finally got home.

IMG_2107On Sunday I had to go to a family party for my cousin’s communion. We barely see each other so it was nice to catch up.

Do you see your family a lot ?

Margot

* Febe’s blog : http://livelonglaughhardlovemuch.wordpress.com/

My Week On Instagram #15


Spring break started this week. Actually, I have to study in these two weeks for my upcoming exams but I haven’t really done an effort yet. I really needed some relaxing time after my week with all the tests. This post will be a little bit messy because I can’t remember all the things that I have done this week. I’m sorry for that. Anyway, come take a look at my pictures of this week.

IMG_2054Remember that I wanted to make my own fruit popsicles. If yes, the first picture shows my first creation. It’s just kiwi, blended into a smoothie consistency, with chunks of pineapple. The popsicle itself was a bit of a fail though because I didn’t fill up the popsicle forms enough. However, they tasted delicious, sweet and sour.

A few days ago, I also bought a new sports bra. I was in need for a new one because my other one didn’t do its job anymore. Obviously, I didn’t take a picture of me wearing this bra. When I was in that store, I suddenly came across this adorable gym bag from Roxy. I bought it immediately because I knew it would look super cute with my running shoes and my H&M sports jacket in pink.

Another April goal was to do a lot of walks and that’s what I did the past few weeks. The weather is still great so I can’t complain or make excuses to not go for a walk.

The last picture is quite funny. No words needed.

IMG_2053On Thursday I went out eating sushi with friends that I hadn’t seen in a while. I loved it. In the beginning I was a little bit nervous because I’m not that into those meetings with a lot of people. I know that sounds weird but I always get a little bit anxious. I was hesitating to go but in the end, I was really happy that I did it because I had a lot of fun. I just love sushi. It’s my favorite.

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Omg, my boyfriend is the sweetest. He bought me this box from Rituals, full of beauty products. It was a late birthday gift and I’m so thankful. He knows me so well. I had a cream of this particular scent before and I was in love with it. He remembered this and bought me the whole set. So sweet!

The second picture shows a snack that I had a few days back. It’s a rice cracker topped with fresh pesto, Camembert, cherry tomatoes and basil. I love these savory snacks.

On Saturday, I went to a birthday party of two friends of mine. It was ok but I felt bad because everyone was so drunk and I wasn’t. I felt the outsider because I didn’t drink. It’s just that I don’t like alcohol.

IMG_2051My favorite picture of the week has to be the one with my boyfriend kissing me. That was also the most fun day (Wednesday) of the week. We went to the gym together and did an awesome work out. Then, we drove home to my house and took a shower. We lunched with my parents and talked a lot. Afterwards, we studied together for the whole afternoon in my garden. That evening, we went for dinner in my favorite restaurant. My family came along. I felt extremely happy and in love that day.

I know you haven’t seen my family yet but in this collage, you can see my dad and I acting crazy. I like those moments that we have fun together.

The last picture is a food picture because we all love food. It’s my mango breakfast parfait. The recipe is up on my blog. Be sure to check it out.

Did you have an extremely happy moment this week? If yes, tell me about it in the comments below.

Margot

First love, break up, growing up


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A few nights ago, I went for a walk. That’s what I do a lot lately. It gives me the chance to think about certain things but also just to be outside and enjoy nature. I think it’s so peaceful.

I like to think about my hightlights of the day. I honestly feel better afterwards. It gives everything more sense. You should do it too.

Since I’ve started exercising, I have been feeling amazing. This in combination with my healthier lifestyle, makes me feel so relax. I haven’t felt stress in a long time. I can’t describe the feeling I get sometimes. I feel so blessed that I can go through such feelings.

As I’ve mentioned a few times already on my blog, I have had a time (2 years ago) in which I felt terrible. My first ever love broke up with me and it felt like I had nothing anymore. He was my rock, you know.

I’m sure everyone has once felt that way. Losing someone that means the world to you can be pretty hard. But as time goes by, that pain goes away. Slowly but it’s possible.

Anyway, that was the first time in my life that I went through something this painful.It definitely was pain on a higher level. When we broke up, I never knew that it would also be the start of something new. That’s what I realised. Sometimes, you need to experience pain in order to learn.

Before I started this relationship, I was 15-years-old. I was very young, naive and most of all, careless. I didn’t care about things in a way that I do now. During the relationship, I became more aware of how life can be complicated sometimes. I constantly was stressed out but I didn’t really know why. I was very strict about things and wanted to be perfect. Then, there was that terrible chapter in my life in which I went through a depression. It was awful and weird too. In January 2013, I made little changes in how I lived, physically and mentally. Now, I feel like I’m in a much better state.

I feel like I’ve grown up because of that break up. I used to be so impulsive and naive. Now on the other hand, I’m still naive but I think a lot more before I do something. I’m much wiser. You don’t have to be perfect to be happy. I do stupid things sometimes too. Everyone does.

Something that makes me feel so much better is the thought that you don’t have to be like everyone else. People of my age like to go out, drink, smoke, meet their friends all the time, go to sleepovers,… But that’s just not me. I’m not that girl. I like to do other things and I’m fine with that. I like to think a lot, be on my own, go to the gym, spend time with my boyfriend, clean up, listen to songs because of the lyrics and not because of the singer. Most of all, I like to dream.

When I met Francis, I didn’t feel the same as I did for my first boyfriend. I think that’s normal. I wasn’t the same person either. I was torn. However, our relationship grew and so did my love for him. Every day I loved him a little bit more. You can’t compare relationships because every person and every relationship is different of course.

Anyway, I just wanted to tell about my experience with break ups, first loves, growing up,… I will always feel bad about my first break up because it was so painful. I will never be able to erase that. However I can live with it. I became a better person and I’m thankful for that. Besides, when two people break up, there will always be a reason for that.

Francis is my second real boyfriend but I don’t like to call him ‘the second one’. He’s just Francis and he’s amazing, in all ways. Of course, he isn’t perfect but I don’t want to have a perfect boyfriend. The most important thing is that your boyfriend takes care of you and loves you for who you are.

Have you ever experienced a painful break up?

My Week On Instagram #14


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This week, I’ve did a lot of fun things. The only thing that wasn’t that fun were the tests I had to make. French and English went well, Spanish was difficult and Excel half and half.

After my Spanish Test, my boyfriend picked me up at my school. He has a roofless car which is pretty amazing. I think it’s very sexy to see him drive. Afterwards he stayed at my house for a while and we decided to study together.

In the next picture, you can see one of my favorite snacks : low-fat cream cheese with fruit and topped with nuts or sugar free granola. I like to keep it light so that I’m still hungry for dinner.

The last two pictures show an evening walk that I did earlier this week, one of my favorite activities to do lately. Look at that sunset, isn’t it beautiful?!

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It doesn’t happen often but every now and then, my boyfriend and I go to the gym together. In the beginning I always did my usual cardio stuff and he did weights and machines. Now, we do that last thing together. I can’t keep my eyes of him when he’s doing exercises. I’m just so proud of him and I know he is proud of me too.

On Friday, it was my birthday. Although I really don’t like birthdays, I celebrated it with my two friends, Febe and Hélène. We went to the mall and did some shopping. Afterwards we bought us a juice. Later that night, I went to my boyfriend’s football game. He didn’t win but he played very well though. Amber, one of the players’ girlfriend, accompagnied me.

In the third picture you can see the muffins I made for my birthday. They dissapointed a bit. You can find the reason why and the recipe here : https://goodfoodhappymood.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/spelt-rasberry-muffins/

In the last picture I am busy studying while my boyfriend is watching television and eating tortilla chips with salsa. He was like my moral support.

IMG_1979Let’s start with the picture of my outfit. I absolutely love it. I tucked in my sweater into my shorts and paired it with my white converse shoes. I finished the look with a set of three colorful bracelets. Oh and while I was making these pictures, I noticed that my calves were getting strong. Things like this make me happy! Hard work really does pay off.

I’m going to finish this post with the most exciting thing that happened this week. On Sunday, my cousin came over and we planned our ROADTRIP TO THE WEST COAST OF THE USA!!! Yes, we are going to travel for about 16 days. We will go to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Joshua Tree, Page, Lake Powell, Zion National Park, Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, Malibu,… I didn’t even summed up all the places. Of course, we will also visit my sisters who’s currently living in Redondo Beach, LA. I can’t wait to finally take off. It will be epic!

I love the watch he was wearing. It’s one of those wooden watches. Do you like it?

Margot

My Week On Instagram #13


This week has been slightly different on Instagram. I’m doing this 100 happy days challenge in which I have to upload one picture a day of something that makes me happy. It can be something stupid or funny or weird. It’s all up to you! I find this an extremely cool challenge because it makes you enjoy more things in life. Ok, you can’t get forced to be happy but it’s a nice way to do so. Let’s take a look at my pictures of the week.

IMG_1762I love Mondays. That may sound weird to you but to me, a new week is a new start full of new opportunities and chances.

IMG_1769Waking up with the sun makes me extremely happy. I’m an early bird and I love being productive as much as possible throughout the day.

IMG_1835On Thursday I’ve got personal training for one hour. I loved it! I was in need for some exercises with weights. I learned new ones with a balance board, a swiss ball and more… As you’ll know, I’m really into the weight training thing lately and I love challenging myself by doing difficult exercises. My trainer said that he saw a lot of muscle definition compared to when I started. I got a lot of other compliments too.

IMG_1836The weather in Belgium has been great which gave me the chance to go for a lot of walks. I love walking in nice places. It’s so relaxing and peaceful, especially when there aren’t a lot of people.

IMG_1786This was an awesome sandwich I made earlier this week. It’s prokorn bread with an avocado spread, tomato and salmon. I love the combination of the saltiness of the salmon, the sweetness of the cherry tomatoes and the creaminess of the avocado.

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I’ve been studying a lot this week because next week, I’ll have these very important tests for school.

IMG_1846Happy kids part 1! On Saturday, Claire and I went for a walk as a time-out between all the studying. We met Christophe on the go and talked for quite a bit. We had a lot of fun seeing each other back again.

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This has been my go-to outfit for the past week. Skinny Jeans from Abercrombie, white converse and my favorite ‘Meow’ sweater from Sincerely Jules. The sunglasses are from Fossil. I love these big dramatic sunnies.

I’m now going to start repeating my French vocabulary because tomorrow, there will be this huge test. Wish me luck!

Margot