5 things I never thought I'd be excited about before being 25

You know that moment when you are so happy about something in your life - the purchase of something new, or just an everyday activity - and suddenly you realize: never before have I experienced happiness to this extent about this kind of thing before? Well, since turning 25 last August I've been having some of these moments, and I decided to make a list for you all.

1. A washer and a dryer

I've lived in a few houses and apartments with a washing machine before, but I still enjoy not having to go out of the house every week with gigantic bags full of laundry and spending money while losing time, so much. I used to either take my laundry to my parents' house or do it in a laundromat when I lived in places without a washing machine, but having one of your own is such a huge comfort. You don't have to struggle with heavy bags. And what's more: you don't really have to plan it anymore (because you don't have to go sit and wait until it's done, and there's no closing time of your own house).

2. A decent toilet seat

Have you ever had to buy a toilet seat? I hadn't, ever, before moving in together with my boyfriend this month. Although we found the most perfect apartment there is, the toilet seat appeared to be literally crap. I think the plastic my vegan burgers come in is more sturdy than this toilet seat's plastic. It nearly collapsed everytime we used it and the screws were made of plastic too, so it moved. We bought a simple, decent toilet seat at Ikea and it's the most well-spent €30 of my life by far. I never thought such a silly, random looking thing could be such an important improvement, but apparently, it is. You will only know when you had to place your butt cheeks on a rickety plastic seat making you touch the ice cold porcelain.

The reason why this one is number two on my list is because I didn't want this pic to be the thumbnail of my blogpost

3. The weekend

As I have been a student for one too many years, and I used to be really relaxed all year except for when I had exams, weekends didn't use to excite me that much. In weekends I went to my parents' house and spent time at home with my dogs, which I really loved and still do, but overall they were just two days like all the others to me. Since my new studies have a lot of weekly tasks and deadlines, I have way more work, and weekends are the only two days I'm sure no one can give me more work on top of all the work I already have. But the most important reason why I love weekends is that I get to spend them with my boyfriend. Even though we live together now, I'm working a lot in the nights, and we still have to do some practical stuff besides that as well, so the weekends are the only moment we can just be in the now, without having to worry about anything. 
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We also have this problem that we just never seem to have enough time to talk about whatever we want to talk about so we tend to go to bed quite late even on week days, but we have to get up really early, so we're usually freaking tired, and we both absolutely love being in bed together and sleeping all morning. This brings me to the next thing I never thought I would be so excited about:

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4. Sleep

I have always been an exceptional sleep lover, but since I have to get up early nearly every week day to get my train to Brussels, I've become obsessed with sleep. I don't know if anyone of you is so passionate about their bed as I am, and I kind of hope so 'cause it would make me feel less weird, but I doubt it. I can't really think of anything I appreciate more than laying in a big, soft bed with freshly washed linen sheets, with a cool morning breeze coming from the window making you pull the duvet extra close to your body. The feeling it gives me is one of intense happiness, and nothing can really beat this. Some people get up at 6 in the morning to be really productive, and I admire these people, but I can assure you: the great, productive feeling you get from doing chores or work in the morning is still not as perfect as the feeling of snoozing off under a snuggly duvet on a crisp morning.

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5. A good mattress
Knowing I love sleep that much, you'll want to take this piece of advice from me. We bought a new, better mattress as we moved into our new apartment. We tried out all the mattresses in Ikea, and fell in love with this one made of memory foam in a second. It's like you just melt down into it as the foam takes the shape and supports every little curve of your body. We named it 'Wolkje' which means little cloud, since this is exactly what this mattress feels like. So, if you are ever looking for a new mattress: buy that one. It's the best thing I have ever bought in my life. So thanks, mom and dad ;) Also: you can bring your mattress back to Ikea within 90 nights, so you can test it and get your money back if you don't like it after all. 

Moon garland: Urban Outfitters | Indigo sheets: House In style | Striped sheets: Ikea

Do you have anything you never thought you'd be excited about, but it turns out that you are? Let me know in the comments! I'd love to read if anyone else adores their bed as much as I do.

Lots of love
Manon 


Monthly favourites: October

Hi friends!
In my last post I showed you one of the things I recently bought and am in love with: the Passion Planner. I thought the planner deserved its own post, but it could actually be a part of this little list: favourite things that I bought in October.

1. This cork backpack


I had been thinking about buying a nice backpack for a while, 'cause I only have a very practical, unstylish black Deuter backpack which I think is not appropriate to combine with a dress, heeled boots or certain kinds of dressy coats. Somehow I always feel like adding that backpack to my outfit makes me look like a 14 year old in only one second. It's still a good backpack for traveling, or when I really need to take my laptop with me, but I wanted one that would look great with my outfits and would add value to them.

I saw a really pretty red leather backpack on Asos, but it had a few disadvantages to me:
1) I don't want to buy leather anymore when I don't believe it to be necessary (I do buy leather shoes sometimes since I enjoy my shoes for many, many years and I just think it's way harder to find nice vegan shoes as I'm really specific in what I like. Good quality, durable, non-leather shoes are hard to find for winter if you are picky about the design.) 
2) leather is quite a heavy material. I had a leather bag when I was in high school and even when it was empty, it was still kind of heavy and I hardly ever used it.

That's when I started looking for canvas bags, but they all had leather handles or details which is completely unnecessary to me, and canvas isn't even waterproof. But then it hit me: I had a cork handbag which I bought in Porto a few years ago. I could buy a cork backpack! I had seen those before and they looked super cute. So I started my search.
It didn't take long before I bumped into this adorable natural/red colored backpack on a Portuguese Etsy store (this one). I fell in love immediately. The red accents! The little pocket in the front! The buckles! I don't have to tell you how excited I was when it arrived at home.


Both the bag and the front pocket have magnetic buttons underneath the buckles. 


You close the bag by pulling the straps.


Inside the bag there's a little zipper pocket for your phone, keys or other important things. As the front pocket only closes with a magnetic button, I don't put anything important in there, I put everything in the big compartment. 


The nice thing about this backpack (which was going to be a surprise to me when I ordered it, as there were no measurements on the Etsy page) is that it's lightweight and looks really cute, but it still fits an A4 book or anything sized A4, so I take it with me to university basically everyday. 
I've been loving it so much that I even use it on other occasions as well, now I know what it feels like to live with two completely free hands and arms. To be honest, I don't use my handbags anymore right now.

2. This cream colored teddy coat


I am in LOVE with this coat. I had been waiting for the weather to get cold enough so I'd be able to wear this without looking ridiculously warm on the streets. Now that it's finally cold enough to wear it everyday, I can tell you this is the warmest and nicest jacket I've ever had. It's vegan (the material is synthetic) and it's really lightweight (I have a thing for lightweight stuff). You see a lot of teddy coats at the moment, but I always check out my fellow bears on the street and I'm always the fluffiest. It's just so cozy and soft and somehow random people smile at you when you wear it, probably 'cause you look like an actual teddy bear.

3. This denim jacket with ribbons


I saw this jacket for the first time in a video of one of my favourite Youtubers, Kristin Johns. I couldn't even see it completely but I absolutely loved the ribbons. I saw it a few other times in her videos (maybe also in pictures) and it was still on my mind, so I decided to buy it as I wanted an oversized denim jacket and this one is really me because of the ribbons. It's not just a regular oversized manly jacket but has some frivolous things to it, which is exactly my style.




I've already worn it so many times and the denim is SO soft, comfy and smells amazing. It's definitely one of my best buys ever, and deserves a spot in this list.

I think I will make this a series: monthly favourites! I'll always show you my favourite items that I bought the month before (as it takes a little time for something to become your favourite). What do you think? :)

Lots of love
Manon