Why I didn’t write on my blog this past month?

Well, it’s quite shocking for me to see that me last update on my blog was on February 19. It were some very hard 4 weeks to handle everything that was happening in my life … thinking about ‘my autistic life’. 

Here’s some more details about what happened and what is still going on with me today.

Health 

Beeing on the Autistic Spectrum gives me a lot of stress every single day is a struggle. That high level of stress everyday is making my psoriasis on my head very bad. Sometimes I just want to stay inside forever. When you just took a shower and your hair is still dirty, that’s just horrible.

Besides that I also have some rheumatism pain in my hands, fingers, wrist, shoulders, knees, toos and ankles … oh and neck aswell. I can almost say everywhere in my body. Like today I woke up at 2h30 pm this afternoon and still havinging the feeling I want to be in bed.

Working 2 days in a row is so painfull and that is killing me the days after. At work I just take some medication to stop the pain for a few hours, but later at home I feel like crap.

Next week I have some doctor appointments in the hospital to do some tests to check if all my muscle pain is coming from my psoriasis or maybe it’s fibromyalgia.

Oh yeah, going to some new doctors and doing some tests is giving me so much more stress right now. I just have to be strong the next few days. And just not freak out that I have to work from Thursday through Sunday (4 whole days!).

Work

Normally at the end of this month I was finishing my job at my current workplace. There was not a chance to stay because I was just replacing a colleague who was coming back. No place for me there, so I had to start looking for a new job. Like fulltime, parttime, more hours, extra time to travel to work, waking up at 6am again, etc. Who wouldn’t be freaking out?

It’s like starting all over again and again leaving a place where you love to work.

Last week I got the most amazing news on Monday morning. I was just starting to look for some jobs on the internet, when my boss called. They offered me a new contract starting April 2nd till …. (my pension I hope). I just can’t say how HAPPY I felt that moment.

I closed the computer and stopped looking for some new jobs. A part of my stresslevel went down. I felt so good. Keeping this job was so important, and I’m so glad for this chance they gave me.

Weight

When having this pain I take a lot of pain medication during the days I work. Besides that I also use some cremes for the pain. All those things that I do to stop the pain for a few hours, are giving me some weight gane.

Okay, at this point my pants, dresses etc are killing me. Nothing seems to fit good. So scary 😦 But I will work on a healthy diet again.

Not eating peanutbutter is not an issue. I will never give that up.

At this moment I’m baking a healty pineapple cake. So hope I can keep it healthy the next weeks.

Moving

Well as my house is almost finised, it’s also time to start thinking about moving out. Moving for the first time in my life, for the first time in 33 years I’m leaving this house, this farm. It really makes me so sad, and it’s also giving me some more stress. Oh yess, there it is again … some more stress. Like my life is under presure at the moment, time to break every moment.

I’m already started to paint some wall pink, working on my Ikea Hemnes Bathroom like I dreamed off. Oh and I started to pack at home. That is another hard and horrible thing to do. How can you pack in a few weeks? Well, I can’t, I just can’t.

When I take somenthing to put in a box, I have to think like a 1000 times if it’s the right box, do I need that thing in the next weeks, do I really need this in my new home. Saying goodbye to shoes and clothes that’s not done for me. But I have to do it. I just can’t move more than a 100 pairs off shoes in my new dressing room.

I still need some room and space for the new collection of shoes and bags that will come in the next years as I have to buy some new shoes and bags EVERY season to wear in the store.

Steve Madden is my greatest idol ever, and I just am so proud to be a  shoeseller like him and leaving my dream in a shoestore.

Depression

The past weeks I felt a bit depressed, like life was not worth it. With the help of a great team I finally can say it’s going a bit better. Not there yet but I keep working on it every day.

Having some mental problems is hard, and it’s not better in just a few days. Life is a job where you have to work on it every single day.

Glad I can see those words to myself 🙂

Blogging

I totally missed blogging the past weeks. I was active on twitter and on my Instagram but I will write and spend some more time in my blogging. Hope you will still be there to read my story !

Thank you !!!

Love Lucy xx

 

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Just another VANS addict is born

Many years I could resist the trend of Vans, and not buying there Old Skool sneakers. I just was so in love with them, but everytime I said ‘no’ to myself.

I own a pair of old leopard Vans and they were just not fitting correct. So after walking around for an hour they hurted. So that’s the only reason I told myself not to buy a new pair of Vans.

But …

I was still so in love with them

Well, last year I bought my first pair of Vans Old Skool sneakers. Here in Belgium it’s always so hard to find a pair of shoes (trendy shoes) in a size 38. So also with the Vans, they were always sold out so fast in a size 38.

For the moment I saw them in my box (ordered them online at Schoenen Torfs) I was totally in love. I never felt this excited for a pair of shoes.

From the moment I started to wear them, I was in love. Really in love.

A new VANS addict is born

They fit so perfect to my feet, never hurt in the beginning, and I’m so in love with my black Old Skool Vans. They are just perfect with every piece of clothes I have.

After that pair, I ordered another pair and another.

Old Skool with silver

When I saw the pair of black old skool Vans with silver, the new trend for spring/summer, I knew it … those in 38 were mine.

They are just perfect in a different way. I just love to wear them at work and inspire other girls to buy them too (insteat of buying shoes that are now in sale). Why buying a cheaper brand when you can look gorgous with those Vans & rock the world.

So yeah, those Vans are really popular in the store I work. But hey, they are so pretty !

Old Skool pink

From the moment I saw Vans Old Skool sneaker in pink, I planned them on my budget for February. Maybe you remember that blogpost I wrote about what to save for.

Earlier this week I made a reservation to bring over those PINK vans to our store. Online they looked so pretty, so I wanted the ones with the white stripe.

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In this way they look so pretty. So today I went to my store to check on them because they arrived.

I was a bit disappounted when I opened the box. The color is different from the color on the picture above. It’s more of a salmon pink and not the pink tone I was hoping for.

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So those are a NO for me. They looked cute, but it’s just not the right color of pink. So sad, because I really wanted a pair of pink old skool Vans.

Vans SK8 high sneaker pink and rose gold

Because the pink UGG’s were not that pretty, I spend my coupon to buy me those new Vans Sk8 High sneaker. Last Saturday I received the order, but they were a bit ‘yellow’ on the front. So made a new order for the same ones. (Oh yess, when I love something I don’t give up).

These ones are just so beautiful when I wear them. I feel so pretty wearing them and feel so confident in myself having such beautiful sneakers.

So to VANS … perfect job for creating these beauties !

That pink in combination with the rose gold is so beautiful ! Just perfect. I can see myself wearing these all the time at work or just out. That rose gold is the same tone as my Ted Baker Cat purse. Perfect combination.

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This combination will be my key style for spring

Other Vans for the future?

Oh yess, this girl is in love with VANS right now. OKAY OKAY I might be 32 (33 next Saturday the 20th) years old but hey there’s still no age limit on Vans. Right?

Now I’ll be saving money to buy me that black pair of SK8 high sneakers. That will bring my ‘ROCK CHIC’ image back.

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Black Vans SK8 HIGH sneakers by Schoenen Torfs

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes & Shoes

As I’m having a strick budget (till I know what to do to become a freelance copywriter or blogger, next to my job) I will save all the money I have left to buy new shoes.

It’s now January 12th and I haven’t been inside a clothing store like ZARA, H&M, Modemakers or ZEB. Let’s not talk about my store were I work, because I’ve been there the most of the past days.

My plans for 2018, till I got more money to spend, is saving to buy shoes and only shoes to make my outfit look different. I can still were the clothes I bought years ago, and those I still love (with the studs, and country look) but with other pairs of shoes you can create a total new look with a budget.

My shoes (and Vans) are not that expensive than going to a Zara store and leaving with a 300 EUR bill 😮 *shocking* But yess, going to ZARA was always a total attact to my bank account.

Vans

I had planned to save for some Tommy Hilfiger sneakers, but I changed my plans … I want another pair of Vans.

Hoping Vans will release a pair of KAKI Vans in the future or another pair of bordeaux ones. Really love those colors and they make everything perfect!

Your passion?

As you know, my passion is SHOES & fashion. As a girl with autism that’s the only thing that keeps me going through the days.

Do you (on the spectrum or not) have some passion you live for? A passion you can’t live without?

Love Lucy xx

Review … shopping at C&A Belgium

Guess most girls like me, have to admit …

WE LOVE SHOPPING

So YESS me to! Fashion & clothes are just my life, and when I can give people advice on what to wear or what to buy … it just makes me so happy !

I have some stores where that I (as an *aspie) can shop and have a great time. Other stores have to advoid and just walk further and not walk in.

Here in Belgium I really like stores like H&M (but only the store in Mechelen, others are a NO), Zara (but only in the mornings on weekdays or Thursday afternoon), and some Belgian stores like Modemakers and Zeb (both are selling the brands like Jacqueline de Yong, Only, Vila Clothes and Vero Moda).

AND

Than you have C&A which is very popular with the older generation but which is horrible to find normal trendy clothes. For kids and men they have some good pieces from time to time.

For people my age, it’s hard to find trendy, goodlooking clothes. When you finally see something that you really like … you only can buy it online because it’s not available in the stores in Flemish Belgium. Which sucks !

I’m one of those people who always walk by a C&A store and I never do the effort to have a look inside the stores. Because I know I wont find one good thing (that is not a basics plain black t-shirt).

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Last Thursday I went to a local C&A store here in my area. I went with my brother who needed new clothes.

Just a little note … the store opens at 9.30 am on Thursday and we were there before 10am.

First impression …

Are we going to find some mice or rats here ? 

It was just a mess, a total mess. I mean the store was open for 20 minutes how can it be that messy ?? Do they leave the store at the evening and leave it like that without cleaning, without putting everything back on his place?

Do they know what a Swiffer duster is? Do they know that people don’t buy clothes when the store is that dumping ground?

This was the look at the mens section, women was worst. Also shirts, jackets, pants all of that was put together without order.

After trying on 5 pants with the same size, only one of those pants was good. WTF? All the same size and even all different from size. Oh yess, that’s C&A you have to fit everything !

The moment we left, there was a crane in front of the entrance/exit door. We thought what’s that crane doing here’? 

When we were outside we saw it ! OMGosh they were working on the light screen ‘C&A’ above the entrance/exit. So tools or even the crane could just fall down on the customers ! Not a great time to start working when everybody is entering and leaving the store.

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Picture i took before entering the store. So this was the place where they were working on that C&A lightboard. 

Online shopping at C&A

In the past I did some online shopping at C&A. It was only a hell when I recieved the package.

When I order a 36 I really need a normal 36 like in all other stores. But when you order a EU (normal) size 36 you always get the BE size so a EU 34.  With all the respect but I could never fit my legs in a 34 !!

Many times I mailed them, told it at work but nobody did something about it. So it was NOOOO to buy at C&A online for the rest of my life. As a fashionlover & lifestyleblogger I will never do a review here on my blog on something I like and bought at C&A. So sorry for that!

Other great stores

So why shopping at C&A here in Belgium as you have some other great shops in the area that sell beautiful & trendy clothes. So it will be my pleasure to give you all some reviews about my favorite clothes and favorite stores.

C&A in other countries

In other countries like Germany C&A has sometimes really lovely clothes. Sometimes, not always. But as told … those are never for sale in Belgium.

So when you have kids, have/are a man, a teenager you can find some clothes but when you are like 25-40 it’s kind of impossible to find ‘young’ trendy clothes. The clockhouse brand is too young for when you’re over 25, the Jessica collection in Belgium is more for when you’re 40 or older. And the other collections are just for people who are 60+.

It really time for C&A to get the focus on the young adult group, the group who’s so inspired by the internet, by blogs, by YouTube, by Social Media. Everything who see on those inspiring people, you can’t find at C&A.

Review

I love to give advice to people about fashion and looking good, but I will never go to a C&A store again to give some advice to a young lady (guys are okay).

Tomorrow the sales are starting in Belgium. If their store there looked like that before the sales, than it will be an explosing tomorrow or the next few days.

All people who are looking for sales from 70% off, but what is really the collection from a few years ago.

Next time I need to go to a C&A store for some men clothes … I will go to another store not this one, only if it’s clean (and really safe) to go shopping.

You?

What’s your favorite brand? Do you love to shop at C&A, if so how does that store look?

Love Lucy xx

 

*aspie = girl with aspergers (autism)

2018 … Things I’ll be saving for

So as 2017 is almost over …  it’s time to look forward to 2018. A new year, a new life, a new lifestyle, new house etc.

As an autistic girl I really hate changes in my life/days … so guess 2018 will be so hard.
BUT
That doesn’t mean I don’t look forward to this new year.

As you might know from earlier … I’m a lifestyleblogger on a budget. So now for the first time in my life I really have to plan everything before buying it ! Insteat of just going to ZARA, Schoenen Torfs, H&M etc., I have to wait till there’s enough money in my jar (yess I’ve made a maison jar to collect my money).

Preparing for the new season …

So now were are in the beginning of winter, I’m looking at some collections for the new season. Every year I start buying new collections at the end of january.

I have to admit, that I already bought a pair of new Old Skool Vans (silver & black) in November.

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They are the Old Skool but in a modern version. I really love them, but now I have them at work for when my other shoes hurts during the day.
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Other things I bought the past weeks are a Ted Baker bag and my gold loafers I wore on Christmas day.

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Golden loafers Marco Tozzi by Schoenen Torfs

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This is one of my favorite items, a black Ted Baker bag with cat ears. The combination of a black bag and this cat theme made me buy it. I bought with a discount, so got it for around 45 EUR insteat of 55,95

SO yeah, it was a great deal. As it’s a plastic bag, the quality is not that great. It’s a very hard plastic, so when you put a lot of heavy stuff in the bag it will brake. Like I did with mine 😥 Offcourse I can take it back to store to get fixed but I’m okay with it, it’s now a collectors item for me.

Sad, this item of the spring and summer collection I can’t use.

Ted Baker, oh yess again

This morning I bought another item from the new spring and summer collection from Ted Baker. In my handbag I have pencils all over it, I never can’t find my pens, and my pencils are always broken.

So insteat of buying new pencils all the time, I thought it was time to buy a pencil case. A good, decent pencil case to hold every pen & pencil and so they won’t brake again.

Ted Baker has a new pencil case (a really small bag) but it’s a hard plastic and super strong to protect my pencils. They were on sale in black and pink.

The pink one I bought this morning…

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The same one in black is on his way to the store. I needed 2 of them, one for the pencils (and drawning materials) and one for my pens.

THINGS I’LL BE SAVING FOR …

So I’ve started to put a list with things I really want for the next season. I went to (a part) of my wardrobe and actually I don’t need that much new summer clothes. With some new shoes and a bag, I can wear them another season.

I can invest in some great pieces, but only if I plan when I’m going to buy them !

Most of the things I saw for the new season, I found online at the online store of my favorite shoe store here in Belgium.

Want to see what’s on my saving list for the upcoming weeks/months?

Here they are … let’s start with some shoes (to make my outfit look new & fresh again), and end with bags to make it more special.

Shoes

In spring and summer I have a hard time to find some great shoes. Mostly I wear my white Converse All Stars and that’s it (wear some other Converse I have in my collection).

For the first time EVER, I mean like EVERRRR, I bought some Vans Old Skool sneakers this year. You might look surprised and have something like ‘WHAAAAAT’? Yess, you found the girl who doesn’t own a pair of Vans !

So this year I bought a pair of black Old Skool Vans, but they are now old and not are looking that great to wear in a shoe store all day. So on my list for this spring and summer, I have on first place a pair of new black ones.

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Other shoes on my list are … VANS. Oh yess, another pair of Vans. Yess, I’m in love with these shoes.

But for this moment, I just can’t decide with type I really want. They are both pink, both looking great but in one way they are different (the white stripe).
So I’m still in doubt about which pair. What do you think? The one with the white or without the white?

Guess the ones with the white are just a little more ‘fresh’ looking for spring?
Vans Old Skool Pink – white stripe
Vans Old Skool Pink – totally pink

The last pair of shoes (after seeing all my clothes in my wardrobe) are the ones below from Tommy Hilfiger. Besides my pair of white Converse, I never owned a pair of total white sneakers.

These are more saying ‘chic’ than the Vans ones which just go with everything. The ones from Tommy I can only wear with clothes I have with something gold.

This is actually the first year I find some really nice summer shoes, that are not Converse or Winter Timberland I wear all year round.

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Tommy Hilfiger – white with golden stars These are the new Tommy Hilfiger I saw in the store. At first look I was not so sure about it, just because of the details. But after fitting them a few times in the store and checking my clothes earlier. I now these would look great with a lot of my dresses and jeans.

So than I have a pair silver Vans to wear with silver jewelry and a pair with golden details to wear with all my golden jewelry.

Handbags & bags

So I’ve told you about the shoes I’ll be saving for the next season.
BUT
I also have some bags I really want for the new season.

I’m not such a hugh fan of handbag, besides my collection of Fossil bags which are totally my favorite ones. I will never throw them away. Fossil isn’t a brand which is sold in the store I work, so I found it hard to wear them to work.

For the summer I found some really nice golden handbags in our store from Kisses of Pearl. But after looking at my clothes I have, the shoes I want. I really I’m not that convinced of buying them.

Guess they will be to classic to go with the converse and the gold will look different on the bag than on the Tommy shoes. And golden handbag will not go with the silver & black Vans I bought earlier.

WOW I’m so surprised of myself ! I’m mostly I’m an impuls buyer, but now I’m really looking to find the BEST piece to wear longer and have longer in my collection than just one season (mostly a couple of weeks). #feelingproud

Ted Baker

Since I have that cat looking handbag of Ted Baker I’m more and more a fan of this brand. BUT I promised myself … if I buy another Ted Baker I’ll invest in a leather one not a plastic for me again!

So today I was in the store and put them in reservation for me. So now I have some time to think about it, think about it, and THINK about it.

First one is this shopper leather shopper bag, but then a black one with pink on the inside. This silver one will have to exact same effect on me as the golden bags I was talking about before. So NOOOO to the Silver bag.

Guess I put one of the last items in reservation because I can’t find the black one on the internet at this moment. So it’s this one but in black and fuxia pink on the inside.
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This will be a shopper bag to take to work and take my lunch and papers with me. This bag I can’t take with me all day or when I just have to go grocery shopping. I never can’t find my wallet and phone on time when I have to pay (because of all the stuff in collect in such big bags).

For my wallet & phone I bought another little bag. Another Ted Baker bag, and also a leather one.

It’s quite an investment but I think (and I really hope that it’s great quality) and it will be an item I will have for years. Because it’s just going to be a part of me. Curious about the bag?
Well here it is … a black leather CAT bag !

Oh guess I’m a real cat lady, and a big lover of BLACK cats ! Wearing this bag will mean I have my black cat always with me.

I think that this is such a great vallue for my money and worth saving money for. Guess saving will be so much easier when I put a picture on my cards and my jar from this bag. Then I know why I can spend money on clothes, because I really want to have THIS BAG.

Black cat bag TED BAKER

In winter time Ted Baker had another collection with ‘cat’ shaped bags a silver and a burgundy one. Really was in love with them, and I was hoping for them to get on sale. But now they are on sale, I prefer this black one. Black is always a better idea for a bag !

Last season Ted Baker bags…

Everything?

Yess, everything ! This was everything on my list, just 3 pair of sneakers (to wear for the now season at work most of the time) and than 2 beautiful bags. For now this will such a good reason to save money because they are such beautiful pieces!

It will make my outfits as new, and make me stop spend so much money at ZARA (sorry Zara, always love you), H&M, Modemakers (shop here in Belgium) and Zeb (another store here in Belgium).

Now I’m going to print that black cat bag and put it everywhere where I have money !

Winter sale

Okay, officially the winter sales start in Belgium on January 2nd. Great day that I have to work, and can’t go to the sales !

For my new house I need a pair of UGG style boots to wear inside the house, because my stairs is to dangerous to were slippers or slip-on shoes.

So now I’m in doubt about the color of UGG I would buy, I hope I can have those UGG for years (like the pair of grey boots I already have for more than 5 years).

As it’s for inside the house, I’m still thinking about the pink one or the cognac brown ones with the bow. Another investment, as I’m not planning to buy new UGG for the upcoming years !

These are the two I’m thinking about …

 

And you?

Are you already thinking about the new season for clothes, shoes, bags? Or I’m I (again) one of the girls that is to early with planning the new season?

What do you think about the items I’ve been selecting for spring/summer?

Love to read your comments !

Please note that every pictures I used comes from the site of Schoenen Torfs a famous (the best) store for shoes and bags in Belgium.
Guess most of the items I like are also for sale on international sites who will ship to you. 

Love Lucy xx

Blogmas 16 … Starting to plan 2018

New Year is coming, time for a new agenda !

 

Digital or Paper one?

In times everybody is using a diary/agenda on their phone or by mail, I still like to use a PAPER one.

Specially for me a digital agenda doesn’t work. On my iPhone I have to click on a day to see what I have planned for that week. I just can’t see al my plans for every day of the week in one view.

I’m a visual girl, I have to see what I have to do for the next days. In that way I can get plans in my head of how I’m going to handle that week. Oh, and be prepared of all the things that are coming to me.

The most important thing about an agenda for me is the way how it looks inside. The outside is less important, because you can make it look better all the time (in the style you want).

Little black one for 2018

A few weeks ago I bought a little agenda (between an A5 and A6 size), a plain black one. I bought it in a Dutch store called Action. It’s a cheaper store,  kind of the dollar store you have in the USA. This agenda I’m going to use next year was less than 2 EUR.

I have a good view over all the days of the week. The only thing I like less, is that the days of the weekend are so smal. For a girl who works on Saturday and Sunday, that’s a big disadvantage.

Let’s make it MINE!

Just a plain black one, that’s just to plain and to classic for me. I bought this agenda with the idea of making it look better.

Here is my agenda and pens I used to create the look of my agenda and fill it in. Oh yeah I have a lot of things to do in January!

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Black is just black … so making it more TRENDY and CLASSY with gold on the paper endings

So when my agenda is closed, I have a black and gold one instead of a normal black and white one.

After working on the outside, it was time to work on the inside

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During the year I will add more stamps to it when I find cute ones to try.

Now it was time to fill in my plans and appointments for January. But first my personal information page (sorry will not show this all filled in).

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Now let’s write down my plans and appointments

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Here’s my finished project for now. As I told you, I will add more and more things during the year. I collect all kind of things in my agenda/diary like pictures, clothes tags, pieces of bags, buttons, stickers, etc. Really everything you can collect and paste on your pages it’s in there.

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Please note : I keep every agenda I’m using, so I still have my agenda from the first year I started to work in 2007. Great momories, that I keep this way.  So it’s like just a normal photobook, diary etc for me to keep forever in my life.

And you ?

Do you like a digital agenda/diary or a paper one?  If you use a paper one, how does it looks?

Thanks for reading ! Love Lucy xx

Blogmas 15 … Ugly Christmas Sweater day

Ugly Christmas Sweater day

 

# 1 … Divided by H&M

So today was THE ‘ugly Christmas Sweater day’ ! From this day, for me it’s okay to wear a Christmas jumper outside the house.

Over the past years I have bought a few Christmas jumpers, but never really liked them to be comfy wearing them outside.

This year was so different ! I bought 2 Christmas jumpers I just really like. Yesterday I bought the one I really love (or just adore).

Since a few weeks I love this jumper, from the day it came online. It’s from Divided by H&M.

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After buying this yesterday I even more in love with it.

It’s a black jumper (not a sweatshirt), it has a cat on it, has the christmas lights (which look like the Osborn lights from Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World).

So today I wore this beauty to work, and I really felt amazing ! I was so cute, and it has the Christmas vibe all over it.

Now it’s in the wash, but can’t wait to wear this again next week to work !

It’s going to be sad when Christmas is over and I can’t wear it for the rest of the 350 days to come 😥

# 2 … Only by Bestseller Group

Earlier I bought an other Christmas sweater. I bought this the day the sales assistant were putting it in the Store ‘ Modemakers’.

It’s from the Bestseller Group brand ONLY, one of my favorite brands! Actually I love every brand from the Bestseller Group, like Vero Moda, Jacqueline De Yong, Vila Clothes and Pieces.

This knitted jumper is from Only

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This one is on my list to wear tomorrow with a black skinny jeans or maybe my black leather skirt of shorts.

Hohoho Merry Christmas !

Rudolf the BLACK nose reindeer ! 

And YOU?

How many Christmas sweaters do you have? Did you wear one today on ‘ugly Christmas sweater day’?

Oh, what did you think of my 2 choices for jumpers this year (the cat from H&M and the reindeer from Only)?

 

Thanks for reading another #blogmas tonight!

Love Lucy xx

Blogmas 10 … the day after

Indeed the day after the big pary ! I wished I could spend it at my job, but I had a day off. So what have I been up to, the day after a long day for an autism girl???

I had sooooo much pain and had no energy

Morning

Arriving around 1.30 am this morning, oh yess it was morning again. So already here I am with blogmas part 10.

I woke up around 8.30am after beeing awake for more than 30 min. I couldn’t stand on my feet, I had to much pain on my muscles to move. So I had to stay in bed for a long time and reading all the new about the new that was coming.

After my pain was getting less I woke up and got some breakfast. Just an oatmeal chocolate milk and bread with chocolate. I was in the moode for chocolate this morning, I needed some sugar !

Plans after breakfast? Well, I went back to bed. I was feeling horrible, had a lot of pain so best plan was to get back to bed for the rest of the morning.

Afternoon

Around noon I had some time to spend with my 2 beloved cats #teddy and #blacky (blacky is the one with all the colors).

I’ve safed them from the snow outside !

When I first let them in, I guess there were singing …

Baby it’s cold outside

Oh I just love my 2 cats, can’t live without them !

OH RIGHT … THERE WAS SNOW ! THE FIRST REAL SNOW IN BELGIUM

Before noon it was snowing so much here in Belgium. It was so beautiful. Why ‘was’? Because it’s all gone sinds 2 pm this afternoon, when it started to rain 😥 So sad, I really like the snow and the cold.

Here are some pictures of our first snow

Looking at my Chirstmas tree and than seeing all the snow outsite was also so pretty. Very quiet I hope we have a white Christmas !

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Getting yesterday’s stuff at work

Also this afternoon, I had to pick up my clothes at work I had wore yesterday. Other things like my black Timberland boots were also there in the kitchen of the store. But it was also great to see my colleagues again after the party of yesterday.

I also went to my favorite store here called ‘Modemakers’. For years I wanted a nice black faux leather skirt.

Always the moments you don’t have the money … all those things you’ve always wanted are for sale in store. Sor horrible. What did I did wrong? Allong with buying the skirt I got a nice big towel for free because I spent over 50 EUR. It will be THE perfect outfit with a black shirt for my workdays on Sunday when I have to wear black.

Oh yeah , there’s a budget FAILURE this moment on my budgetplanner. In one way it was good that I’m going to move in February. Guess I have to look at my budgetplanner and leave my cards at home. I’m going to take a step back from modern technology and start using cash again.

Thinks to REthink about tomorrow. Now this autism girl is ready for bed, having so much muscles pain again and headache is coming. Tomorrow I have a day of, so I’m glad I can sleep a bit longer !

Have a nice evening !

Love Lucy

Blogmas 9 … time to Party! Outfit & feelings

Yesterday was a pretty bizzy day, and was back home well it was today. This is how my day was and what I wore that evening.

Workday

My day started with a workday at 9.15 am till 5pm. Not a long workday like every other Saturday but that was good.

It was a bizzy day at work, lot of people in store to buy winterboots. Oh yess, that’s how Belgian people think. We not buying wintershoes untill it’s cold and snowy. I guess people here are guessing that winter starts when the sales starts and that is good to send your kids to school in the snow with summer sneakers.

I always plan, plan and plan and I’m buying shoes for fall in summer time when they first arrive in store. I’m always prepared for colder weather, guess any weather 😉

The first shoes of the summer collection came last week and yesterday I also have put the last pairs of them in the store. There are some really pretty shoes for kids out now, which I shared on my facebookaccount to my friends.

It’s 5 PM

Most people were surprised that the store was going to close at 5 PM insteat of after 6PM. But hey, that one day we could go to a party together.

Between 5pm and 5.45pm I went to the store next to us to buy a black shirt. I wasn’t sure my black tee from Zara was good enough after hearing wat others were going to wear. I’m always so insecure about my own clothes :/

After that it was time to prepare for the party, to do my hair and put on my clothes. It was kind of strange to do your make-up in a shoestore.

Once I put on my whole outfit I felt so proud, even with that Zara shirt.

Time to party !

We arrived at the party at 8.30pm. It was soooo pretty inside (sorry I have no pictures to show). The time was ‘magic’ but it felt like a magical woods. I really love it.

When we arrived it was good, not a lot of people, not a lot of lights etc. When the party started and everybody showed up it was insane for this autism girl. So much noice, so much different lightning. Like an instant I had a massive headache. It was so shocking all that pain in less that half an hour 😮

The food was great, but I couldn’t eat much because of the pain.

After eating it was time to dance, so I did. A BIG surprise for me, that I (yeah MEEEE) danced for a few hours ! I never did that. So I danced with a lot of pain.

I came home around 1.30 am this morning. Years ago that I came home that late, normally I go to bed at 10pm.

OUTFIT

So yesterday was the day I could were my beloved Pink tutu to the party. Insteat of wearing this tutu with a pair of high heels, I wore it with my pair of dr. Martens to make it more ‘rockchic’. I really loved the combination.

Oh I wish I could wear my tutu everyday from now. I missed it wearing it today. ‘So where’s the next party!’

Last evening I FORGOT (oh yeah forgot) to take pictures of my outfit before the party, because I was bizzy talking to colleagues.

So this evening I took some pictures to give you all an idea of how my outfit was that evening.

I felt so great wearing this, so proud, so confident, so happy, so meeeee.

Are you ready to see them ?

My dr.Martens MONO black boots with silver glitter socks. Both are coming from Schoenen Torfs here in Belgium.

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My midi long pink tutu (from The Tutu Shop, a  online shop for tutus here in Belgium) with my black basic shirt from Zara

My total outfit with my faux leather jacket from Vila by Zeb Belgium

Some more details… The little handbag is from Kisses of pearl, from Schoenen Torfs. The cat ears are from H&M

Other things

The evening I wore some earings from Pieces, like an old silver, the ones I always wear.

For make-up I wore…

  • foundation 010 by Lidl
  • powder by Maybelline
  • red lipstick by Clinique, my last berry pop one
  • mascara by Benefit
  • eye shadow the ones I bought on friday from Catrice
  • setting powder was by Maybelline

Like always I don’t do contouring or use blush, because that makes me look older. I really want to look young as I am and how I dress with that.

 

So I hope you loved reading this #blogmas part of me preparing for the party I was so looking forward to. I felt like ages. Now that the party is over, I have the feeling that I lost my christmas feeling. I feel like the season is already over. So strange. Maybe it’s because this was something I really wanted, and I could be me all the time yesterday. 

Now I have to found my inner Christmas spirit again.

Love Lucy xx

Blogmas 7 … a search for new make-up

Normally I just would press the ‘order’ button on my favorite website to order new make-up products.
As you might, know I’m now living on a budget after bills for my house are getting bigger that first was planned. I also need to ‘rob’ my Ikea store in a little while.

Ikea, it was shocking to see the total of all the products I need to buy for my house.  A new bed, nog stuff for my dressing, bathroom, sofa, diningroom. My list is about 3000 EUR … i mean 3000 EUR at Ikea?? 😮

Buying make-up when you’re on a budget

Today I needed to buy a new setting powder eyeshadow and a pencil sharper. My normal setting powder cost around 45 EUR, so now I’m confused that this 2 setting powders will be good.

I saw the setting powder of Catrice and than the one from Maybelline. Together it was around 20 EUR. Why I bought 2? Well to test ! If one doesn’ work I still can try the other one.

On Saterday I have a party at work and I want to look good all evening/night, and I don’t want my make-up getting to fade after dancing.

A new pencil sharper I bought from Catrice, a pink one like the one I already had. Last weekend I stepped on mine, so it’s broken 😥

I needed a new eyeshadow as my Clinique eye shadow pencils died. I just can’t live without my champagne color on my eyes.

At the store I had found a liquid one like my Clinique one, but I was not convinced to buy it. It was less than 3 EUR, but I didn’t bought it. I bought a new one from Catrice in the shade 020 Rosefeller Center. Perfect little one for everyday.

My eye also spotted the limited edition Catrice Kaviar Gauche eye shadow palette. It’s like a beautiful palette with four colors and it will be perfect for my party make-up for Saterday and the other holidays coming up.

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Something for my hair

I also needed something new to do in my hair next Saturday. I found this little cat ears at the store from ‘accessories’. They were 5,95 EUR so for today that still was okay.

I also needed a bottle of Dove deo, and so I got 2 bracelats for free, as a Holiday gift.

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For around 40 EUR I had everything today. Normally the cost of that one setting powder I used to buy.

Cat ears?

I have some bigger cat ears from H&M, twice as big as the ones above. Those are not the kind of tiara I could were everyday to work.

These are smaller and metal, so I’m thinking of wearing them also at home or at a day at work. As a shoeseller/shoe adivsor for kids this will still be good, I guess?

What do you guys think? Should I wear these cat ears like a everyday tiara or is it not done?

Blogmas 8 coming up…

Tomorrow is December 8, just a normal day. No plans at this moment maybe do some grocery shopping as I have to work on Saterday.

Thanks for reading !

Love, Lucy xx

BLOGMAS 5 … ‘Sinterklaas’

Or also know as Saint Nickolais here in Belgium. It’s a special day for the kids on December 6th each year. It’s like the Santa Claus that is coming at night and bring toys.

A little bit of history

And by a ‘little bit’ I mean a little bit because it’s kind of long story.

Nickolais was a bishop in Myra a place in Turkey. He died on december 6th in the year 342 (so a loooong time ago). Most of the historical things are now gone, but a children feast is still staying and celebrated.

He’s an old man dressed in red and white and have ‘guys’ that help him deliver toys and candy to kids at night. All with his white horse ‘bad weather today’.

This is what he looks like (in Playmobil)…

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Tradition

So in Belgium it’s the tradition that kids are getting a present from him on December 6th (December 5th in the Netherlands).

Tradition for kids

Sinterklaas is living in Spain during the year to ‘make’ and collect all the toys and candy (chocolate figures). On a Saturday half November (mostly around the 15) he will arrive in Belgium with a boot (steamer) in Antwerp.

That’s the beginning of whole the Sinterklaas visits. From that day kids can sent their drawning and wishlist to ‘Sinterklaas’. The address is
Sinterklaas
Heavenroad 6
Heaven

Or just give the list to one of the visits the will go to or put the list near the fireplace together with their shoe. Sinterklaas will pick it up when it’s in their shoe, and give some chocolate.

A few days before or mostly on the night of December 5th, kids have to set their shoe again near the fireplace with a carrot or sugar (for the horse), beer, cookies.

The next morning kids will find their presents around their shoes and ofcourse (it’s Belgium) with a lot of chocolate.

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Sinterklaas, when I was young?

Most kids here know the story about Sinterklaas when they are about 10 years old. I knew the story when I was 5. Maybe that’s the autistic part of me (wasnt diagnosed at that age) that thought I could not be true. One man, a horse and some guys delivering toys and candy all over Belgium in just one night?

Oh and I never got what I asked for maybe that’s also a reason why I stopped believing in it.

Now I see 11 year old kids that don’t know the whole story yet, and still believe that this is all real. It’s so confusing for me, and it’s so hard not to tell the story to my niece who is 11. I just don’t get it, maybe she pretends that she believes so she still get her presents.

How I feel about this day?

Like in the end of the 80’s and beginning of the 90’s, it was a nice party. Sinterklaas only brought small gifts and not the expensive things like a new Playstation or Nintendo. If you get a Barbie toy set or Lego train you were spoiled.

Now, the last years … it’s the bigger the presents are the better 😮 So shocking to see. Most parents I know give at least 150 or 200 EUR per child for their presents. I mean WHAT ??? Okay, he only comes once a year but than giving that amount of money is so wrong.

I can imagine that this child will be going to school and tell about his/her amazing gift he/she got form Sinterklaas that morning. Most people forget that not every family can give such big presents to their kids. So what about the kids that only got one doll or a game, worth less than 20 EUR because they don’t have that amount of money to spend on gifts.

It’s kind of unfair that Sinterklaas is making differents in his gifts to kids and (in their eyes) is giving much better presents to a few. For me it’s just sooooooo terrible wrong !

But hé, who I’m I right?

It’s everywhere!

Here in Belgium it’s still a big buisiness each year, it’s more about the money than about the real thing of celebrating with your kids.

Around 25 years ago, (I already knew the story) we had a special tv show about Sinterklaas ‘Dag Sinterklaas’. It started 7 days before the 6th of December, and 5 December was the moment Sinterklaas was leaving on tour to deliver the presents and leave for the rest of the year to Spain.

Here’s one of the episodes, it’s still on tv each year, even after 25 years it’s still HOT and people still love it.

Episode of ‘Dag Sinterklaas’ from 25 years ago

Besides this television show we also have special movies about him or about the presents.

BUT there’s also music, lot’s of music that every child here knows by heart. Here’s one of those songs, that I still remember and still can sing…

‘Dag Sinterklaasje’ song in Dutch

After December 6th?

After December 6th, when Sinterklaas is back to Spain, most people put the Christmas tree in their house for decorating.

Every year we also have waited till after December 6th, but this year I haven’t been waiting and have my tree for a few days out.

The next days, kids and adults will be eating (and preparing) a lot of chocolate figures. That’s one tradition I will be going to follow tomorrow morning !

Sint chocolade figuren

Belgian girls and their chocolate, right ? 

Till tomorrow for a new blog ! It’s going to be a bizzy day because I’m going to make a trip to Brussels but not to the city for shopping? What else? Well, till tomorrow on Twitter and here!

Have a nice evening/morning/afternoon 😉 Love Lucy xx