TAKING A BREAK

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photo by me

You’ve probably noticed it’s been a lot more quiet here in the past few months than usually.  There’s two reasons for that.  First, I’m graduating in a month and most of my time has been going towards finishing my thesis.  Also, I’ve been thinking a lot about where I want to go with this blog and I’m slowly figuring out what Au pays des merveilles should be all about.  Being so busy for university, I haven’t had the time yet put my ideas into reality and it feels a bit awkward posting here while in my head I’m planning a total makeover for this blog.  So, considering everything that is going on right now, it seems like the perfect time to take a break and focus on finally getting my hands on that diploma.   I’m super excited for what’s to come!  Even though right now my future plans exist only in my head, I want to do it right and therefor I’m putting the blog on hold so I can come back in full force somewhere in September.  In the meantime, you can still follow me on facebook, instagram, pinterest, tumblr and twitter, as sharing my photos and things I’m inspired by is just something I can never let go.  So, wish me good luck and see you in September!

WHIZ

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A few months ago, Whiz (former Roadburg and The Galacticos) invited me into their studio to take some photos while they were recording their album with Koen Gisen (also known as An Pierlé’s White Velvet).  Somehow I didn’t get around sharing these photos, but this seemed like the perfect timing to introduce them on the blog.  Now that the festival season started, the band is doing a few concerts so head on over to their facebook page for more info.  To give you a sense of what they sound like, the boys have composed a playlist of their musical heroes.  Check back here on Monday to hear their influences!

By the way, this is exactly the kind of photography job that I love: people doing their thing while I can observe and try to capture the atmosphere.  (The space being dark and quite small, it wasn’t the easiest task with the limited material I have, but in the end it didn’t turn out so bad.)  I can’t wait to have more time on my hands again to photograph!  Chop chop, back to work now. Continue reading

PRETTY THINGS: tote bags

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My daily bag is most definitely a canvas tote.  Whether you need to bring just your daily necessities, do some groceries on the way home or bring an extra sweater: it always fits and it’s never too bulky.  There’s just one problem: they don’t last a very long time.  Now that my favorite tote bag (I’m talking about the white version of the “my bauhaus is better than yours” tote from this post, which already replaced the black version) has  developed holes big enough for my keys to fit through, it’s time to think about replacement.  I’ve been keeping an eye out for a pretty substitute and I’ve gathered my finds here.  Number 2 is probably my favorite, although I have a hard time picking just one.  (Especially when I look back at this post from two years ago, where number 4 and number 6 caught my attention again.)   Which one would you pick?  (And feel free to share if you found other great designs!) Continue reading

A WEEKEND IN ANTWERP

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A few weeks ago, some friends from my erasmus time in Portugal came over for the weekend.  It was so nice to see them again after such a long time, and to be able to show them my new city.  We walked around my beautiful neighborhood Zurenborg, cycled through the city and admired Antwerp’s skyline from the roof of the MAS.  Soon I’ll finally have more time on my hands and be able to spend more weekends like this.

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PRETTY THINGS: etsy finds

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It’s hard to imagine that some of you have never bought anything on etsy, but if that’s the case: this is your chance.  If you register on etsy now via this link, you’ll get € 5 discount on your first purchase, not bad right?  Etsy offers an amazing amount of pretty things and it’s easy to get lost when you’re looking for something specific, so I’ve selected a few of my recent favorites that I think you might like as well.  Continue reading