How to get in shape at home


For a long time I thought being a member of the gym was the only way to get in shape.
Well, I was wrong!
In January this year I decided to join the local gym. I wanted this for such a long time but I always tried to do some work outs at home. I didn’t really see any progress so I thought that it was impossible to get in shape withouth going to the gym.

I now see that this is total nonsens. I’m the kind of girl who doesn’t feel comfortable working out while lots of people are watching me. 
I’ve started working out at home again, my biggest inspiration: youtube. You really don’t need to spend a lot of money on a membership at the gym when all you have to do is go to youtube. Since a couple of months I do yoga, pilates and even the Victoria’s secret work outs. Apart from the fact that I feel amazing, I can also see teh progress my body’s making. If you make a playlist with all the videos you think you might need to reach your goal, you don’t have to worry ever again!

I’ll post the links of the videos I use at the end of this post.
I have to say, I didn’t start working out because I needed to lose weight. I just wanted to be in shape, to train my muscles.
If you do want to lose ( a lot of) weight, I don’t know if the work outs I do will be right for you. To lose weight you have to do a mix of cardio and strength work outs. I don’t do cardio at home, but you can always go out for a walk of course.

I’ve also paid a lot of attention to my diet. I don’t drink soda or whole milk. As a snack I eat nuts/seeds or fruit.
I really feel much better since I’ve started eating healthier and working out. And of course I have days that I do eat junk food, but who doesn’t? You just need to find a balance and everything will be okay!
And you don’t always have time to work out but just try to do a few excercises in the morning, some in the afternoon and also some before you go to bed. You don’t need to be working out for 2 hours. Just like your diet, find a balance.

If you want to start working out and live healthier: You can do it! Never think that it’s impossible for you to get in shape.



My playlist:


Train like an angel: Lily Aldridge

Train Like an angel: Runway core

Train like an angel: Runway butt

Standing abs excercises

Adios Love Handles Bye Bye Muffin Top

Quick Sweat Cardio Workout to Lose Weight & Burn Belly Fat Fast

Hatha Yoga at Home

Bikini Body Pilates

Flexibility and Range of Motion | Beginner Yoga 



Almond Coconut Chocolate Bars

While I was superfood hunting, this recipe catched my eye.
3 layer Almond Coconut Chocolate bar. It sounds amazing but it looks even better!

I found the recipe on
This blog is full of amazing healthy recipes, so go check it out!




For the base:
  • 3/4 cup whole almonds
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free oat flour*
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oat
For the middle layer:
  • 1 cup raw or roasted almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener)
  • 1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch fine grain sea salt
  • 1/2 cup rice crisp cereal
For the topping:
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (use Enjoy Life brand for soy-free)
  • 1/2 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4-1/3 cup toasted unsweetened large coconut flakes (such as Let’s Do…Organic brand)*


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line an 8-inch square pan with two pieces of parchment paper, one going each way.
  2. For the crust: Add the almonds into a food processor and process until a fine meal forms, just larger than sand. Now add the oat flour, oil, syrup, and salt and process until combined and sticky. Finally, add the cup of rolled oats and process until the oats are chopped and the dough comes together, but the oats still have a bit of texture to them. The dough should stick together when pressed between your fingers. Crumble the dough evenly in the prepared pan. Press the dough into the pan evenly, wetting fingers if necessary to prevent sticking. Smooth out the dough with a pastry roller and use your fingertips to press in the edges until even.  Poke a few holes with a fork to let air escape. Bake, uncovered, for around 13 minutes. Place pan on cooling rack for at least 10 minutes.
  3. For the middle layer: In a medium saucepan, stir the almond butter, oil, syrup, vanilla, and salt and heat over medium until the coconut oil is melted and the mixture is smooth. Whisk if necessary. Remove from heat. When the crust has cooled for 10 minutes or so, stir the rice crisp cereal into the almond butter mixture and pour this mixture on top of the crust. Smooth out and place in the freezer on a flat surface for 40-45 minutes, until the middle layer is completely solid. While the mixture freezes, toast the large coconut flakes (see note below). After the middle layer is frozen, remove from freezer and lift out the bar. Slice into 6 rows vertically and then slice 3 rows horizontally to make 18 small bars. Place bars in the freezer once again while you prepare the chocolate topping.
  4. For the chocolate topping: In a saucepan, melt the chocolate and coconut oil over low-medium heat. When half the chips have melted, remove from heat and stir until completely smooth. Stir in the shredded coconut. Remove bars from the freezer and spoon a small amount of chocolate on top of each bar. Immediately, sprinkle with toasted coconut flakes. Return the bars to the freezer until the chocolate is set. Serve immediately (bars will melt quickly, so I wouldn’t suggest keeping them out too long). Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer.

Notes: 1) To make 1/2 cup oat flour, add 1/2 cup rolled oats into a high-speed blender and blend on high until a flour forms. 2) To toast the large coconut flakes, spread onto a baking sheet and toast at 350F for only 3-4 minutes, until golden and fragrant. After cooling, I crumbled the flakes up into smaller pieces for easier sprinkling.


18 small bars
Freeze time
1 hour
Prep Time
30 Minutes
Cook time
13 Minutes


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The perfect outfit

One of my biggest (and meaningless) addictions is looking at clothes on net-a-porter.
I love pretty much everything on that site. But it’s such a waste of time because I (and I think most of you too) won’t ever be able to buy those clothes, unless I become very smart, rich or end up being married with a rich guy.

Today I decided to make my addiction a little less meaningless. I have picked out some pieces to create ” the” perfect outfit. Just because we can’t effort Valentino or Prada does’t mean we can’t use it as inspiration for when we go to the high street!

My outfit:

Beaded tulle and wool-blend crepe mini dress
I think this dress is so cute.
I absolutely love dresses with collors. It makes the dress look so sophisticated.
I know it’s not affordable but there are so many cheaper copies of dresses like this. I have one from Primark and it’s only €14 pounds. And there are so many different colors.


Oversized textured coat
Same sweet color.
The coat just looks so soft and pretty.
And again there are many similair coats. H&M sells coats like this.


Amazona large leather tote


Belle crocheted and velvet pumps


Whiter Shade Of Pale Swarovski crystal gold-plated cuff

Milan fashion week: My favorites


Since my London fashion week post was very popular and I really loved making it I decided to make a Milan fashion week favorites post. Of course I have been watching all the shows and unfortunately I didn’t like a lot of the shows. I think because I was so excited about London fashion week and I loved a lot of shows there. But I did find some brands who did have decent clothes.

The first one to catch my eye is Emilio Pucci Spring 2014
I loved the outfits because it is all streetstyle. It’s something we would wear and for me that’s one of the most important things when I look at a show. I also love the special creations, the things I won’t ever wear because that’s fashion, but sometimes you’re just looking for inspiration and for me the Pucci show had that inspiration.

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_ON_0815.450x675 Ophelie Guillermand

The second show was the Jil Sander Spring 2014 show
Simple but effective

MARC0093.450x675 Kayley Chabot
MARC0108.450x675 Ine Neefs

And the last one: Salvatore Ferragamo Spring 2014


These were my favorites of the Milan fashion week!!

Healthy junk

Hi everyone!
My favorite time of the year has finally started. It’s autumn!
The upcoming months (including the winter) always make me feel really happy.
But.. there’s also a negative side, for me, on this time of the year: the food.
The cosiness in my house and the colth and rainy weather outside just make me wanna eat all sorts of bad things. That’s why I decided to look for some ”healthy bad food”.
And I thought there might be more people like me so I’ll share it with you guys!

The first recipe I found was something I really love since I ate my first piece of it at Starbucks:
Carrot cake! Apparently there’s a healthier way of making this cake.
I found this recipe on


Carrot Cake: The healthy recipe

Carrots give carrot cake a health-halo effect—people think it’s health food, but it’s usually very high in fat and calories. But our version has about 40 percent less calories and 50 percent less fat than most. First, we use less oil in our batter. Then we skip the butter in the frosting (don’t worry, it’s still light and smooth). To ensure the cake is moist, we add nonfat buttermilk and crushed pineapple.


1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple
2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour, (see Ingredient Note)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup nonfat buttermilk, (see Tip)
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups grated carrots, (4-6 medium)
1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (see Tip)
12 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, (Neufchâtel), softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons coconut chips, (see Ingredient Note) or flaked coconut, toasted

To prepare cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
Drain pineapple in a sieve set over a bowl, pressing on the solids. Reserve the drained pineapple and 1/4 cup of the juice.
Whisk flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Whisk eggs, sugar, buttermilk, oil, vanilla and the 1/4 cup pineapple juice in a large bowl until blended. Stir in pineapple, carrots and 1/4 cup coconut. Add the dry ingredients and mix with a rubber spatula just until blended. Stir in the nuts. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly.
Bake the cake until the top springs back when touched lightly and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
To prepare frosting and finish cake: Beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Spread the frosting over the cooled cake. Sprinkle with toasted coconut.


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The joy diet

Hi everyone!
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything but I’ve been really busy.
So the other day I was reading some articles on and “The joy diet” catched my eye. It’s not an article I wrote myself but since I have no time to create a post I thought I’d share this with you!

The joy diet

Breakfast: Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa with Blackberries


How-to: Bring 1/4 cup low-fat milk, 1/4 cup water, and 1/4 cup rinsed quinoa to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup blackberries, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon; top with 1 teaspoon agave nectar and 1 tablespoon toasted walnuts.Why it works: Quinoa is rich in hunger-fighting protein. Milk’s vitamin D may increase the “happy hormone” serotonin. And walnuts deliver mood-elevating omega-3s.

Lunch: Lemon Salmon and Navy Bean Salad


How-to: Combine 1/4 (15.5-ounce) can of navy beans, 1/4 cup roasted red bell peppers, 1 teaspoon olive oil, and a dash of crushed red pepper. Top 1 1/2 cups chopped romaine with bean mixture and 1 (3.75-ounce) can of sockeye salmon. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons lemon juice.Why it works: Salmon has omega-3s and serotonin-boosting vitamin B6. Navy beans are rich in magnesium, which helps banish PMS-related blues. Red peppers and lemon juice offer vitamin C, which repairs brain cells.

Dinner: Saffron, Shrimp, and Chickpea Paella


How-to: Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 6 large shrimp (peeled, deveined) and 1 minced garlic clove; cook until shrimp are opaque. Transfer to a bowl. Combine 1/4 (14.5-ounce) can of fire-roasted crushed tomatoes, undrained; 1/8 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed; and 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce in skillet. Add 1/4 cup cooked brown rice, 1/4 (15.5-ounce) can of chickpeas; simmer 5 minutes. Add shrimp mixture; cook until heated.Why it works: Saffron may alleviate depression. Chickpeas have folate and mood-lifting tryptophan. Shrimp are a good source of vitamin B6. And brown rice boasts magnesium.

Healthy drinks!

All over the Internet and in a lot of health magazines you can read about healthy food. But I was wondering what I could drink to stay healthy. So I did some research and I picked my 5 favorite drinks from the list.

Here are some healthy drinks:


1) Coconut water
In case you haven’t heard yet; coconut water is the new “it” beverage.  I drink it a lot because I really love it. Although a lot of people can’t stand the taste I think it’s refreshing.  But for the people who don’t agree with me, there is also coconut/pineapple water which tastes a little better.

 Coconut water is not water with coconut flavor added. It’s the fluid inside the coconut, not to be confused with coconut milk, which is an emulsion of coconut water and fresh grated coconut. So coconut water is a type of juice.Compared to other juices, coconut water has similar or fewer carbohydrates and calories in an 8-ounce serving. However, coconut water has more potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium than most juices.

I drink it a lot because it’s good for your skin. It’s very hydrating and I think it’s a little boring to drink plain water all the time.

I recommend this very much!


2) Green Tea

The Benefit: Helps reduce risk of osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, and cavities. Green tea contains a rich concentration of flavonoids and polyphenols, natural antioxidants that may protect cells from carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) and inhibit tumor growth by helping to neutralize free radicals in the body. The tea’s antioxidants may also guard against heart disease by relaxing blood vessels, inhibiting the formation of blood clots that trigger heart attacks and strokes. Green tea also contains fluoride, which strengthens teeth; the flavonoids may build up bones as well, reducing the risk of osteoporosis and tooth decay.


3) Soy milk

The Benefit: Lowers risk of heart disease. Soy milk contains soluble fiber and soy protein, which lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and triglycerides, reducing the risk ofcardiovascular disease. If you’re drinking it instead of cow’s milk, buy soy milk fortified with calcium and vitamins A and D. One caveat: Soy contains phytoestrogens, which may be linked to an increased risk of breastcancer. Talk to your doctor about drinking soy milk if you have a family history of the disease or have had it yourself.


4) Hot chocolate
For me this was the most surprising one 🙂 But it’s true, hot chocolate (without cream and marshmallows of course) is in the list of most healthy drinks.

The Benefit: Improves mood and may help protect against heart disease. Chocolate increases the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is responsible for regulating mood. (Low levels of serotonin have been associated with depression.) Cocoa is also rich in polyphenols, plant-derived antioxidants that may protect cells against oxidative damage that can lower HDL (good) cholesterol levels, possibly putting you at higher risk for a heart attack.


5) Orange juice

The Benefit: May ward off cataracts, cancers, and birth defects and boost immunity. An excellent source of vitamin C, orange juice is also a potent antioxidant that may protect against a variety of diseases including cataracts (a clouding of the eye’s lens that can lead to blindness) and lung cancer. Vitamin C may prevent oxidative damage that can cause cells to become cancerous, and it improves immune-cell functioning, enabling your body to fight off infections more efficiently. And it’s a good source of folate, which protects against neural-tube defects in fetuses. To get the extra benefit of bone protection, try some calcium-fortified orange juice.