soophisticated_journeySo you might have noticed the change in lifestyle and physics if you followed me on Instagram the past weeks/months. Since the start of the Bikini Body Guide (read the last update here) in August I’ve been focusing on getting healthier, fitter, stronger and a bit slimmer! I wanted this for years, but never could accomplish this because I simply didn’t know how. I had no motivation and determination at all. That all changed when I came across Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide! And especially when I started the guide all over again, after I stopped in week 10 due to my Thesis. The second time around I noticed some big changes: I am stronger, leaner, healthier and so much more energetic now! I lost 6 kilograms of fat and got my fat percentage down by 6,8%. Below you find some facts about my fit journey. We have a lot of catching up to do, so I’m sorry for the long post! But I hope to inspire you anyway!


The only way to actually change your lifestyle into a healthier one is to have some strong determination and motivation! It’s all the way or nothing! For years I told myself I had to get healthier and stop eating junk food and snacks. But for years I didn’t listen to myself. But enough is enough and it was about time I put action to words. With the BBG I had a guidance and support to achieve my goals. But in the end it’s you who have to make the real difference. There is no one to drag you to the gym or make you buy healthy food; it is all in your own hands!

Did I change my diet? Sure I did! I started with counting calories to get aware of what I eat on a daily basis. I used to snack a lot, but counting those calories made me realize I ate a lot more than I burned! I also didn’t think about a balanced schedule and often skipped breakfast. Off course I already knew that last thing is a bad habit but I simply couldn’t care less. Nowadays I never skip a healthy and fibre-full breakfast to kick-start the day, eat clean snacks such as carrots, apple with peanutbutter, juices, smoothies and light & clean dinners without extra’s I don’t need! Don’t I miss the sweets? Of course! But there are actually quite many healthy and clean variations on sweets, like these amazing clean brownies I made. Will give you that recipe soon! Stay tuned on the blog to see more healthy recipes and food diaries!

As told above I still work out using the Bikini Body Guide. I finished the first guide two weeks ago and started with the second guide last week, which continues in week 13. All together I train six times a week. Three times a resistance circuit training, two times a duration cardio to burn fat & calories (called LISS in the guide) and once or twice a week an interval training (called HIIT). All together it sounds like much, but I like to combine two of them in one work-out session. It’s fun to use the second guide because there are new and challenging exercises included! And as I am getting stronger they are getting easier (not less intensive though). I can actually do push-ups and sit-ups now, woohoo!

Ok, that was quite a long post again. But we had some catching up to do right? Will show you some delicious & healthy recipes as well as a food diary very soon! If you have any questions I would love to hear them! Just tell me below in the comment field and I’ll answer them as soon as possible! Hope to have inspired you!



pssssssst! I am still alive on Instagram!

“Sooph! What’s up? How is Soophisticated going? It is so silent..”

So so true! Over the past year I’ve been in a on-off relationship with Soophisticated. A break from blogging and back to blogging. A break from blogging and back to blogging again. The reason is not because I don’t like to blog, write, photograph anymore, because I love all of that! It’s not about a lack of inspiration eighter, because I am overloaded with inspirations lately (especially when it comes to interior and health)! I think/hope you fellow bloggers recognize it when I say I can only blog if the quality and concept is right, but at the moment it’s not clear (yet) what I want and where I want to take Soophisticated in the future. A lot of ideas have crossed my mind lately.. from an online webshop to collaborations with other amazing creative souls and offline ideas, but somehow I haven’t figured it out quite yet. But oh I do miss the creativity! Sometimes I bump into the sweetest followers on the street or on a night out asking me when I start blogging again and I have to admit: I feel so guilty when that happens and realize even more that I’ve missed this and you. I know I’ve been updating on Instagram on a daily basis, but I really feel like giving you more!

So.. time for some action again!! I will take it slow, so I can work on Soophisticated in the meanwhile, but I really feel like inspiring you again with awesome content!

Some of you might have followed me on Instagram and see some big changes when it comes to my lifestyle. I am healthier and stronger than ever before and it feels oh so good! Yes.. it’s the Bikini Body Guide where I’ve talked about before (you know, ages ago.. here.. on the blog). Right now I’ve finished the guide for the second time and started the Bikini Body Guide 2.0 last week. Results? Lost 6 kilograms in fat and gained 100% of energy! This week I will tell you all about it, starting with a health update tomorrow!

Hope to get you inspired again by all what inspires me here on Soophisticated. Welcome back dearest followers, because I am here to stay and grow! In the meanwhile.. I would love love love to know what you like to see/hear from me! Curious about my personal life more or about my healthy/fit journey? My growing passion for interior design since I work for the best interior design store since months? My daily outfits and fashion cravings? Tell me and I will show you!


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Jeans – Zara // Top – H&M // Ankle Boots – Cheap Monday 

First of all, thanks for all the lovely birthday wishes I received on Instagram! Had a great birthday with lots of cake, friends and family. Just the way it should be! And what did I wear? Of course my flared jeans! Like promised, here my outfit photos wearing them on my birthday. Combined with a boxy neoprene top from H&M. I notice the opinions are quite divided when it comes to the return of this kind of jeans. I think for some its love at first sight, some will hate it and for some it is just a matter of time to get used to it again.



Photos via Pinterest

Since I am still a bit sick and weak (me and my boyfriend suffered from food poisioning) I don’t had the energy to shoot outfit photos with my new flared jeans. But every time I look at it, hanging and waiting there for me in the corner of the room, I can’t wait to wear it. So here is some flare inspiration! Even after showing these amazing street style shots to my boyfriend he still thinks it’s old skool and not sexy, but oh thats probably a real men’s thing. I don’t mind dressing a bit man repelling! But for you girls out there who do like them, I got some inspiration on how to combine the flared jeans! Looks great with tucked in basics, cropped tops, long coats and lots of layers! Joining me on the flared-jeans-bandwagon?




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This quote tells the story of me getting in shape, fit and healthy. I think I mentioned it before: I’ve been telling myself for years now I have to get in shape, fit and more healthy. But in the end, I always failed to work-out continuously and eat healthy. It was simply impossible. 
But on a blue monday she showed up on my Instagram: Kayla Itsines. Life changer for thousands and thousands of girls around the world. It sounds quite dramatic, but I really think it is the best way to describe it. She does the impossible job of getting (and keeping) girls motivated to get fit, strong and healthy and therefore she is a true life changer. I’ve seen overweighted girls getting slim and skinny girls getting strong. And for me? I haven’t seen my abs and biceps for years, there are no more rolls under my bra on my back and I feel more energetic and healthy than I have felt in a long long time! The things I did to achieve this? The Bikini Body Guide (of course), drinking a lot of water and tea, quit snacking and drinking sodas, being aware of everything I eat. It’s all about balance I guess. If you work-out more, you’ll be crazy to keep snacking and ruin your fitness results. When you stop binge eating, you will automatically eat healthier and work-out even more to see more results. And there you have your vicious circle! I know it sounds easier than actually doing it, but it helps me to keep this lifestyle going.

I regularly get questions on social media or on the blog about this journey and the Bikini Body Guide. So I will soon make a post answering them all. If you have any questions? Fire away below!



soophisticated_pink_loafers soophisticated_pink_shoes soophisticated_pink_sliponssoophisticated_pink_instaootd  Loafers – Zara // Grey Coat – H&M // Grey Jeans & Pink Knit – Zara // Blue Jeans – Mango SPRING IS IN THE AIR! And also on my feet. Couldn’t leave these pink ponyhair cuties at Zara when I passed by. They scream spring/summer and are a very welcome addition to my (almost all) black shoe collection. They also have them in beautiful blue navy! Loved them too! Spring is in the air and it’s time to wear shades of color next to all black outfits again (even though my love for all black will never die!). Even a green/yellow dress made it into my wardrobe last week, more on that later! I am typing this in bed right now. Hooray for boyfriends who bring breakfast in bed when your working on your blog. Perfect combination! Have a great weekend lovelies! 



(Dress – Monki // Isson Sunglasses – You & EYE)


Singing this to the lyrics of the song ‘Always there’ since this friday, as I nailed my Thesis and got it back approved! This means I am almost graduated! Time for a bit confetti. I already celebrated it a little this weekend. You can imagine I had to take some time for myself to focus on my Thesis, so right now: I’m back again and here to stay!