STRESS-FREE BULLET JOURNALING

So now that the trick or treaters have left the building, a lot of us have started thinking about the holidays that are coming up and the plans & goals for 2018. Truthfully, I always get stressed out by the end of the year. The urge to get lots of projects and things on my to do list checked off gets bigger, in the hopes I can start the year fresh and relaxed. (Although... when did that actually ever happen?)

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Thanks to the Carrefour Bullet Journal by Kelly Deriemaeker, the process of the end-of-the-year rush might get a bit more stress-free and less chaotic. As many of you know, I'm a big nerd when it comes to organizing, especially since everything going on in my head is one big mess, I can certainly use some structure.

From planning your christmas meals, grocery lists, 2018 goals, exercise schedules, to mealprep planning, menu-ideas, braindumps,... there's nothing you can't track in your personal Bullet Journal and that's the beauty of it all! No more sticky notes covering your desk, endless to do lists and too many different notebooks, just collect it all together in one place instead; your Bullet Bible!

Get organized too & free up some extra time! When ordering your groceries (until 16/12) at Carrefour Drive, you'll be receiving weekly tips & tricks from Kelly herself on how to get started. Didn't get your Bullet Journal yet? Customer Service will help you out! (just give them a ring-a-ding-ding: 0800 9 10 11) Let's get crackin'!

Thank you STRAFF Design & KIM. for the beautiful decorations in these pictures.

Thank you STRAFF Design & KIM. for the beautiful decorations in these pictures.

MINIMAL HALLOWEEN BRUNCH TABLE

Years ago I used to be all about kitsch decorations and seventies (inspired) goodies cluttering up my apartment. Thankfully, those days are long gone and I've grown to love a more minimal setting. Me & Yoni had the honor to host a Halloween event for a fun selected bunch of girls and this was the result of our Halloween table decorating colab.

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As you can see, you don't need a lot of crazy items to make your table Halloween-proof. It will  even look better if you only have a few eye-catchers, while you leave the rest crisp & clean. Provide your guests with some scary snacks (vampire teeth, oranges with scary faces,...), buy a (skull) garland, add black flowers (I spraypainted them myself) and put them in playful & colorful vases, find some cute napkins that match your color scheme (without going overboard) and last but not least; add skulls and other scary decorations. If you can't find any deco to your liking, why not spraypaint or redecorate the tacky ones you still have on your attic and make them look super awesome again? It doesn't have to be complicated for it to look great!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, FREAKS!

DIY: BLACK FLOWER CROWN

You don't want to go overboard on Halloween & you still want to look somewhat classy? Why don't you make yourself a beautiful flower crown? I know you can find them in many shops, but if you want an impressive one, you might have to pay more than you truly want to. Plus, you'll get bonus points because you did it yourself!

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I promise, I'm not tricking (or am I? ;-)) you into anything and it won't take up a lot of your time. Just switch off the tv for an evening and get crafty, it'll make you feel calm and relaxed - a prefect way to end your day!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • a big ribbon
  • plastic/fabric flowers
  • black spray paint
  • scissors
  • a sewing kit
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HOW YOU DO IT:

It's seriously easy peasy. Spray paint the flowers black and let them dry for a few hours. Now you'll have enough time to prep some food, get that laundry & dishwashing done - good times, indeed! Put on your favorite podcast to get into the zone and light a candle to make things extra cosy. You can give your flowers another layer of paint in between, but I decided not to do that, since I liked the way bits of colors were still showing.
Now it's time to get crackin'! Cut pieces of flowers you'd like on your headpiece and make a nice composition. Sew each flower separate on the ribbon and don't forget to fit it regularly. You might find spots that need that extra umph - maybe a leaf here or there can spice things up. Don't worry if you're no a sewing queen, I'm not either! But here's a little secret: nobody will ever know! (since nobody will ever see the back of the ribbon, unless you show them... you naughty thing!) Just go with your gut - you're the master of your own creation!

And there you you have it; a beautiful flower headpiece made with your very own hands! I feel like I can join the 'American Horror Story' coven together with my scary twin sister, how about you?

Colour of the year 2018: Heart Wood

We’re surrounded with information every single moment of the day and we have more choices, expectations & demands than ever before. Living this uncertain life in the fast lane 24/7, makes us want to press pause every now and then and take a break from all this noise surrounding us.

Our home is exactly the place where we can do that – where we can unwind, collect & reflect on our (own) thoughts and truly be ourselves. This is exactly what the colour of the year 2018 by Levis – Heart Wood – represents: warmth of natural wood, which is the warmth and calm we look for in a welcome & uniquehome. Colour plays a very important role in our search to balance between the chaos and inner peace - a sense of harmony.

Offline is the new luxury

The accompanying Ambiance Trend Collection reinforces the same outlook. The pallet emphasizes the inviting character of the home, a place where we get together with friends and family. Comfort rules and the overload of technology gets pushed aside – Hello coziness!

Get inspired!

Also in love with the colour of the year 2018? Here are some of my favorite deco items that would totally match with your 'Heart Wood' dreams!

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Plaid white/grey - Floral scarf tapestry - Hidde buffet cabinet - Hydrophilic cloth - Woven banana blanket - Leaves cushion cover - Buffalo walldeco - Supercali poster - Large pink platter - Reema printed cushion - Copper clock - Crosley record player

Choosing YOUR new favorite colour with the Visualizer app is easy peasy, since it helps you see the paint colours on your walls in an instant! Share your beautiful results with your friends! What are you waiting for?