My new best friend

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When we came home from England last weekend I actually had to purchase a “new best friend”. A washing machine. God knows what happened to the old one while we were away but he just went the one cycle and then took a deep breath and died on us.

So some €600 later and plenty of stairs to climb for the delivery boys I now have a HUGE brand new best washing friend. Loading no less than 8 kilos at the time. And being somewhat easy to please in certain areas of the house hold department I just Love it!

Another thing to love are the blue berry pancakes I gulped down for lunch. Maybe not in line with being on a diet and on a quest to lose weight but those things were seriously nice 😀



Painful Thursday – microblading touch-up

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Today I went to Belgium for my microblading touch-up. And in all honesty, half way in to my session I seriously looked down the handbag to double check if I really had used lidocaine and not something else to numb out the brows. Turns out it indeed was lidocaine. And it also turned out it did not help like at all during today’s session. But no pain no gain heh..

The only thing really helping me out for this second appointment is that mouse wheel of my husbands computer. That thing sounds exactly like it does when they microblade you. And since I now hear that sound almost every day at the office I didn’t find the scratching sounds at all scary nor irritating.

vanderbroms In all I am super happy with how my brows are turning out – in the Snapchat picture drowned with cream – and can recommend this treatment to just anybody. But.. before you go all in on it. Make sure you do some serious homework on your make up artist.

I.e. if all the brows in the after shots on the salons site have the exact same shape I would really think twice before heading there. Cause the whole idea of shaping your brows is to enhance your very own facial features and not make you look like a cloned idiot.

In the featured photo a detail from a cool art piece I came across some months ago. Which made me very inspired to try out some new things.. Stay tuned and you’ll eventually find out more about that 😉



No need for income?

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After the past weekend I am more amazed than ever before over people that seem to have no need for income. How can you otherwise explain the thousands of photos people – read people labelling themselves as photographers – upload to social media to show of they were out and about. Quite shocking really.

In our own “back yard” some wannabee uploaded close to a 1000 photos from one day of competition. And never ever have I been so happy I was not there. What would be the point really. From the huge event in England that I did attend there are thousands of free photos.

From time to time things like this really make me seriously question my choice of profession. Cause here’s the thing. I need to sell photos to make my world spin in a positive way. No sales, no income, no life really.

The ones giving all their shit away for free mostly sit on a day job and do this for a hobby. These guys – actually they are mostly men – seem to have a complete other agenda and I’m not really sure I really want to know exactly what that is. Cause it doesn’t seem completely normal with middle aged men contacting under aged girls via social media just to give them a free photo of them and their horse..

In my photo it’s dinner time at the zoo. This photo is very typical me using natural light and shaping it into dramatic black and white.



Stone cold in the UK

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So we had an exciting week – still do – where we headed to England early (read in the middle of the night) Wednesday morning. We’re covering one of the largest equestrian events in the world that is Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and so far we’re having a blast.

Right here and now we’re just waiting for the photographers briefing and our tabards so we can head out in the cross country. In all the amount of photographers surprises me more than ever before. Who are these people? Do they even know this sport? Why are they here?

Another thing that is more of a shocker is the size of the majority of the British ladies with cameras. I’m in no way to be considered skinny but compared to these gals I am like a full blown anorectic. How on earth they’ll even get out to the track is a bit of a question mark to me.

Shop till you drop.

Since we’re two of us here this time I had time to walk around the trade stands during yesterday afternoon. I had no idea it was such a huge shopping village at this particular event. In all lots of tack and gear for British country side and equestrian sport. But also lots of art and last but not least a food court where you can drink yourself around. Which of course was one the things I did. My trophy’s to bring back home is a bottle of Toffee Vodka and a bottle of Elderflower Gin – YUM.

The coolest part with an event like this you don’t even have to be a horse person to have a good time. Cause on top of the shopping the park around Badminton House is amazing. Plus today they also serve Pimm’s and bubbles in almost every corner of the cross country track.

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OPEN GALLERYNot that we can enjoy cause we’re all geared up for some serious photography! Let’s just hope the weather shape up just a tat. Current weather status – real feel minus one degree celsius..

In the pictures some of the things that appealed to me during my trade stand walk about.