The great pulsation of nature beats too in my breast, and when I carol aloud, I am answered by a thousand-fold echo. I hear a thousand nightingales. Spring hath sent them to awaken Earth from her morning slumber, and Earth trembles with ecstasy, her flowers are hymns, which she sings in inspiration to the sun… – Heinrich Heine

It might’ve escaped your attention but today marked a very special annual event. Well, for me at least: Today was the first day where I got to sit on my balcony lounge chair and read a book. Without a coat. Because the weather was so fucking great. Maybe I’m a nerd but this makes me thoroughly happy.

Last year I decided I wanted to spend more time in nature. My grandad even got me a colour-indexed pocketbook to identify plants. We can pretty much scratch out the “maybe” part. I’ll admit it: I’m a big flower-power hippie nerd.

Nature Photography: Documenting the Seasons

As a reflection of this I’m also doing more nature photography. Thought I’d share some pics with you guys! I’ve recently bought a second hand Kiron 28MM lens. This lens gives me a lot more options for photographing landscapes etc than my Pentax 50MM lens. Enjoy the pics & enjoy the coming of Spring <3

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OOTD Ice Queen Everyday Escapism

Winter Galore

Lately I’ve begun to appreciate Winter more than I ever have. I was never much of a Winter lover as I’m always cold. But this year the country of the Netherlands -usually characterised by it’s dreary and, most of all, unremarkable climate-  got treated to a few days of real, cracklin’ snow. The kind that makes a nostalgic crushing sound as you tread carefully through the streets…

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Fashion Fanatics interview with "The Titty Mag" co-founder Cathelijne Blok

For this Fashion Fanatics edition I’m meeting up with Cathelijne Blok. Maybe you’ll know her as the co-founder of Dutch online magazine ‘The Titty Mag‘, who’s in-depth interviews always provide a refreshing read on my Facebook feed! Or maybe you’ve seen her in the new T.I.T.S. store campaign?

Behind-the-scenes Cathelijne also works as a Creative Concept Developer at TV network BNN-VARA. In the Netherlands BNN-VARA is renowned for their innovative TV shows which focus on youth culture, social criticism & breaking of taboos. She landed this job after studying Art History at the University of Leiden where she specialised in photography & feminism.

But apart from all this Cathelijne also is a Fashion Fanatic extraordinaire with a knack for anything sparkly & vintage!

Click read more to see the complete photo series & to learn more about Cathelijne’s views on fashion <3

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Green Fashion: Secrets to Succes for Shopping Second Hand Clothes

Picture by Suze Cato

6 Green Fashion Shopping Tips

Ethical fashion often means shopping for second hand clothes. At least, it sure does for us budget-conscious fashionistas! There are loads of upsides to vintage fashion: uniqueness & excellent materials to name but a few. However, shopping for second hand clothes can also be a bit of a hassle…

Ever came home with a thrifted jeans that turned out to have a broken zipper? Never see your size at the thrift shop? I’ve got some green fashion tip for you! Click ‘read more’ to check out all the Secrets to Succes for Shopping Second Hand Clothes!

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Conscious green fashion OOTD with a vintage blazer and captain hat

Lately I’ve been thinking about a lot of new art projects! I’ve got some really cool photography projects in mind and I’m also trying to paint & write more often. Of course that’s all really fun but that also means I might be focussing less on this blog…

Ideally I would do both. But I’m still being treated for Lyme’s Disease and I’ve also recently found out I’ve got a slight vitamin D deficiency. I haven’t really got enough energy for all the things I set my mind on unfortunately… Lately it feels as if I’m juggling too many balls in the air again and I notice my body resisting. What do you guys think?

On a lighter note: enjoy this OOTD! It’s vintage and green and conscious all the way! I’m flirting with masculine fashion a bit so that’s why I chose this pretty blazer…

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Lush Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar Review A Favourite Lush Valentines Day special review

For today’s cruelty free beauty review we bring you… The most bubblicious bubble bar Lush has ever made! The Lush Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar is a Valentines Day special so make sure to stop by at a shop soon if you’d like to get it!

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knitwear dress boho OOTD for Winter

‘the age of red is over, the time of black has begun’

Maybe a little dramatic but it is true nonetheless. As I’m typing this I’m no longer a redhead… After 5 long year I thought it was time for a change!

I still really, really like the bright quirky red hair. Tori Amos galore! But I also thought it was becoming a little predictable and monotone. I could no longer identify with my red hair and, at the same time, was getting a little annoyed people predominately seemed to identify my by my red hair!

Something had to change! With my new hairstyle I also felt invigorated to try out new clothing combinations. For one, because this coupe is far more neutral, I can get away with a lot more colour combinations! Possible downside: wearing all black + makeup makes me looks like a 15 year old Goth. I’m going to be asked for my ID a lot more!

Want to check out the non-redhead me? I’ve already posted some pics on Insta!

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Vegan Lunchroom Koffie Ende Koeck in AmsterdamYay, vegan food is becoming really popular in Amsterdam! Vegan lunchrooms are popping up everywhere in the Dutch capital. Koffie Ende Koeck, however, has been a pilar of the vegan food community from the very start. Way back when ‘vegan’ was still considered ‘extremist’, ‘incredibly alternative’ or downright ‘rabbitfood’, Maartje was already baking the best vegan pies, crumbles & cakes.

If you’re looking for an inspiring vegan lunchroom in Amsterdam, Koffie Ende Koeck should definitely be on your list!

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OOTD - Winter WonderLand-8

A walk through the somewhat snowy Flevopark

Night temperatures have been steadily below zero these last few days. Whenever this happens most Dutchies typically go into this hysterical “ice-skating craze”. Generally, all common sense is abandoned as people are hoping for the chance to skate a 200 Kilometer tour (see: elfstedentocht). Previously endured afflictions include but are not limited to: amputated toes & frozen eyeballs.

Ehm, I think I’ll just stick to a walk in the lovely Flevopark this Winter…

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 Green Fashion Dilemmas: Where to Buy Second Hand Clothes? The Pro's & Con's of all Second Hand Shopping Options

The Pro’s & Con’s of all Second Hand Shopping Options

Second hand clothes: Where to score the best bargains, find unique garments & shop (ethically) till you drop!

This post full of insider fashion secrets to help you find the best second hand clothes. Let’s build that unique wardrobe in a conscious, green fashionista way! I’m sharing my favourite places to look for beautiful second hand fashion gear. Every locations has it’s up- and downsides so make sure to check out which option is best for your liking!

This post is part of my #6MONTHSNONEWCLOTHES challenge. Hope it’ll inspire you to venture into the lovely world of pre-owned clothes!
Keep an eye out for more second hand fashion blogpost specials at Everyday Escapism as there’ll be a lot of #6MONTHSNONEWCLOTHES themed posts in the future.

What can you expect?Secrets To Succes When Shopping Second Hand / Vintage Clothes‘, ‘The Pro’s & Con’s of Shopping Second Hand Clothes‘, ‘Thinning Out Your Ethical Wardrobe: What To Do With Clothes You Don’t Wear Anymore‘ & much, much more!

Enjoy!

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