BROWN BOOTS AGAIN

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It’s been years since I last wore brown leather boots. It is no secret I love to wear black and I’ve never been attracted to brown leather boots, bags or jackets. But these made it into my wardrobe! I think they’re the best when you combine them bare-legged or rockin’ an all basic outfit with a fine black skinny and white tee. This was probably the last time this year I could wear this combination as the weather turns colder. Luckily this top/dress/jacket is multifunctional and I can wear it as a jacket as well!

BIKINI BODY GUIDE | UPDATE

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soophisticated2_back_transformation_week0_week4_week8Week 0:  70,9 kg – 32,1% fat | Week 4:  68,4 kg – 31,4% fat | Week 8:  67,6 kg – 25,3% fat

So here it is, an update about my progress using the Bikini Body Guide (BBG). I get a lot of questions about the BBG so I decided to answer all of them in one post!

What is the BBG?
Bikini Body Guide is an work-out ebook to get a fit, healthy body!
The exercise guide consists of a 12 week training schedule filled with circuit workouts, different kinds of walking and running exercises. The nutrition guide consists of information about a healthy and balanced diet, a week menu and healthy recipes (you have to buy them separately). To buy the guide go here!

Exercises
The guide contains different kinds of workouts.
Resistance training: it’s a circuit training session. You’ll be doing these 3 times a week training your legs & cardio, abs & arms and full body workouts. These circuits are quite heavy and hard but oh you feel so great when finished.
LISS: stands for Low Intensity Steady State, which power walking (6,4 km/hour) for about 35-45 minutes straight.
HIIT: High Intensity Interval Training, which is a sprint training. of 10-15 minutes. You start doing HIIT in week 9.

My Progress
First of all: I never thought I’d come so far. I’ve tried getting lean and fit for two years now but never accomplished because I simply couldn’t find structure and motivation. Whenever I went to the gym I walked on the treadmill, did some abs training (although I didn’t knew what I was doing) and joined group lessons. Next to that I loved snacking chocolate and other sweets. The BBG brings structure to your work-outs. The only thing you have to do is get your lazy ass to the gym and start doing what the ebook tells you to do. Yes it’s hard, it’s heavy and costs a lot of time and energy, but boy this might be the best decision I made in years. I feel so much more energetic and healthy! I am less tired during the day and I concentrate better at work.

Photos
As you can see in photos above I definitely made some visual progress as well! (God, I hate looking at the first photo). At first people were telling me: why are you trying to loose weight? You’re so slim! Yes, with my clothes on I was slim and I definitely didn’t feel fat, but I wasn’t lean and tight at all (as you can see at Week 0). The biggest difference is in the first 4 weeks. I went from sporting 0 times a week to 6 times a week (3x Resistance, 3x LISS) and next to that I counted the calories I ate. This resulted in a weight loss of 2,5 kg.
When you’ve lost weight it’s time to gain strength. This is what happened in week 4 – week 8. The visual effect isn’t that big, but if you look at the fat%, which has dropped 5% it’s obvious I turned fat into muscles as I didn’t loose that much weight again.

I hope I’ve given you all the info you needed. If not, just ask more in the comment box down below and I’ll reply!

LACE

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I can’t have enough of these. Soft lace bralettes.Especially the ones with thin fabric, detailed lace and thin straps. Like this perfect one, but unfortunately it’s completely sold out. Lace bra’s or bralettes are perfect under light flowy tops with dropped armholes, low backs or sheer fabrics. Sad thing autumn and winter is coming, as these will be covered under tons of layers and heavy knits.

BAG TO SCHOOL

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Bag – Mango

Started my internship again last week and with that I started carrying around my Macbook, notebooks, pens, food, adapters and more. So I figured it was about time to get me a rucksack to balance the weight between my shoulders. And why not a fine-looking faux leather one? It’s the right size, functional spaces and not too detailed. Just the way I like it!

WARNING: HIGHLY ADDICTIVE

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For ever and ever // Oh Yes // Diamond // Geo Black Bear // Excuse the mess //
G – letter // Brilliant

Posters. You can’t have enough! It’s easy to become a poster addict. It’s the same thing with tattoos: Once you get one, you can’t stop getting more. As some of you saw on my Instagram account last week, I bought myself this huge poster second hand. Wouldn’t mind having more (at all!) so I selected my favorites from the world wide web.
Are you a poster addict?

FOOD | COQ AU VIN

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Here it is! The first food/recipe post on the blog! This was by far the most difficult post to write. My english cooking-vocabulary has definitely grown, but excuse me if you still find some flaws! I’ve the best cook at home, which is my boyfriend and we decided to team up to do some food posts! He does the cooking, I do the blogging! Enjoy!

Ingredients
Chicken breast
Bottle of red wine
5 shallots
250 gr. mushrooms
Beef broth
2 cloves of garlic
A few sprigs of thyme
Bay leafs
Olive oil and butter

Step 1: Cutting
Cut the shallots in half, the mushrooms in quarters and chicken in smaller pieces.

Step 2: Marinate
Pour 1/4 liter of wine over the chicken, add olive oil and a few sprigs of thyme and let this marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Step 3: Adding products
Heat some butter in a pan and add some flour when the butter is melted. Bake the mushrooms. Cook 1/2 liter of beef broth and pour this over the mushrooms. Now it’s time to add the rest of the products. Add the marinated chicken, 1/2 liter of wine, mashed cloves of garlic, shallots, sprigs of thyme and bay leafs.

Step 4: Stew
Let it stew for about 3 hours. You can add more wine or herbs to your own liking.

 Step 5: Serve & Eat!
Prepare mashed potatoes or rice to go with the coq au vin and you’re ready to serve!

SUNDAY FAVORITES

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Coffee table – made ourselves out of pallets // Magazines – Vogue, Elle, VtWonen, Jacky // Zara scented candle 

My ultimate sunday favorites. Magazines, tea, candles and no obligations. Sorry for the lack of updates. Been quite sick this week and couldn’t find the energy to do anything next to getting myself tea, walking to the bathroom and coughing my lungs out. (Seriously a great work-out as my abs are completely sore right now!) What is your favorite thing to do on Sundays?