VLOG no1 – Lanzarote D01

So I started with a lie. 2 lies. This is not yet a VLOG entry. And this is not day one. Officially. Because we arrived a day earlier. I’ll call that day zero.

Anyways. We went to Lanzarote for our official annual holiday. Unfortunately without the cats. But! We had our lovely friends (pictured on the back on this very tasteful photograph)


taking care of them in our house for 11 days. Or 10? Not sure. ANYWAYS, here is a video from day 1 of our holiday and this is the the first post of the 100 day ‘Our life’ challenge.

9 months

This is the amount of time I spent neglecting this blog. Since the 100 happy days challenge I didn’t really do anything with it. I realized the 100 happy days challenge worked because I had to do it every day! I couldn’t just stop half way. So I’m going to do this again. Every day I will share something personal about us.

There will be a mix of things to keep me going:

  • VLOG – video content of our adventures with and without the cats
  • Dear Diary – some diary type written content
  • Around me – pictures of everyday things I see and find meaningful in some way

So this is it. For the next 100 days this is the ‘Our life’ series, starting today. What I’m hoping to gain by the end of it, is a decision on which creative path to follow.

Decision post. Done.



The Frugal Wedding – Ordering dresses online

Now this has little to do with the cats, but all to do with my life, so it has to have a place on the blog. During the 100 happy days challenge I got engaged to the only man that puts up with me, and started organizing our wedding. Luckily I got a wedding planner I was referred to by my newly reunited all time friend.
However, there are things that can’t or better not be organized by your planner. Dresses are a good example. I have been looking around bridal shops in Brussels, but I didn’t find anything I really liked. Read hundreds of articles about how to choose the perfect dress for my body type (let’s just call me very compact) and looked at a 1000 dresses online. There are shapes I’d love, but can’t imagine wearing. Since I’m not huge, most of the fluffy dresses would pretty much swallow me but I loved huge and fluffy dresses. I wanted lace, I didn’t want lace..
One thing was certain; I did not want to break the bank. Some say being frugal at your wedding means you are not ready to invest in your marriage, but I simply think this is stupid. I’m just not ready to spend a 1000 Euros on something I will wear once. (No, no one gets married in the same dress for the second time.)
So I did my research and figured, the cheapest option is to order online. Mainly from China. After seeing horrible images of dresses you can actually receive from China I was somewhat cautious but still very curious. Some sites would include pictures of actual dresses they sent out. Dressilyme or Lightinthebox are good examples. And there are also Etsy shops. Yes. You can order a handmade wedding dress from Etsy. I found LaceMarry there, and I was tempted to order from her for weeks! Actually, even after ordering a wedding dress already I’m still very tempted.
I finally ended up ordering my dress from Chi Chi, a small shop in London and it turned out to be fantastic quality. I will upload some pictures after the wedding and you can all get into shock about the less than a 100 EUR price tag.
After gaining confidence from this order, I decided the bridesmaid dresses will come from online, too. I first wanted to get those from Chi Chi, too, but thanks to me daily visits of those Chinese clothes retailers an ad popped up. The perfect bridesmaid dresses. Out of nowhere. So after thinking about all the horror dresses I could get, I still decided to order. 69.99 each. Bargain.
And did they turn out okay?
Let the pictures speak for themselves. Ordered from Lightinthebox.

Important: if you are in Europe you’ll have to pay extra customs duties. You can buy Tax and Customs insurance at checkout. Totally worth it. Once you send them the confirmation of the duties paid they will reimburse the amount. They reply within 12 hours. Actually impressed!