5 things I’ve Been Loving Lately

1. Zebra Sarasa 0.7 Gel Pens

I stole a couple of these ?️ off El Hub’s desk. nu ben ik ? geobsedeerd. The ink is darker than dark, and they absolutely will not skip, ever — to paraphrase Kyle Reese in The Terminator.

The ink also dries quickly, so you don’t get ink on your palm or your fingers while you’re writing (I hate that). Here’s a box of 12 for $13 on Amazon.


2. MAC face & Body

Every once in a while I whip out this classic, which you can build from sheer to medium coverage, and fall in love with it again. I keep coming back to it over and over, year after year. It looks like skin, doesn’t feel heavy, and it doesn’t budge once it’s on.

I hadn’t used it for a year (no good reason, really) but grabbed it on a whim last Saturday before brunch at Wishbone. I wore it with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish natural Powder, and I liked it so much that I’ve been wearing it each day this week.

3. Breaks

This is a “Duh, Karen!” kind of thing, but it’s so damn bothersome how I forget the most painfully apparent life lessons and always have to re-learn things I ought to already know. (!)


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You know this because I’ve said it about a million times, but I’m bad about building breaks into my workday.

There, I said it. Nog een keer. I’m the type of person who, if I’m doing something and I get on a roll, will do it for hours until I burn myself out.

This is a bad thing.

But when I take breaks throughout my day (please, Karen, remember this time!), even when I don’t feel like I need them, I’m much happier overall.

When I have a long stretch of time, like when the baby’s napping or when my parents are viewing her, and I work for 50 minutes, or some other good chunk of time that’s less than an hour, then take a 10-minute break, I’m less frazzled and much more productive.

And I’m not allowed to do anything productive during these breaks. That’s crucial. I can opt for a walk in my front yard, or dance around for a song or two, or drink some water, or have a cup of tea, but I don’t allow myself to “think.”

Yay for breaks!

4. Trader Joe’s Spud Crunchies Potato Snacks

There’s a reason you’re staring at this crumpled, jaggedly broken bag of Trader Joe’s Spud Crunchies Potato Snacks, and it’s because the bags don’t last long whatsoever in my house before they take damage!

In the weeks because I discovered these, this was the first time I was able to take a reasonably ok picture of a bag in the house, LOL! because I always eat them so rapidly that I forget to take a picture before I toss the bag.

Brace yourself… These are potato chips in the shape of a French fry.

Yes, they are tasty, to put it mildly, but WARNING! They aren’t exactly diet food. One small 4-oz. bag includes four servings that are 150 calories each…

Why, cruel world!?

Because I’m inclined to sit in front of the telly with them and go to town, I take a small handful out and put them on a paper towel or in a small cup. then I close the bag and put it waaaay in the back of the cupboard.

5. The whole Truth, starring Keanu Reeves

What a enjoyable surprise! I found this Keanu courtroom drama while randomly surfing around on Amazon Prime video the other day. I started it thinking it would be boring enough that I could leave it playing in the background while I colored a page in my coloring book (ya know, one of those ones to help you de-stress), but I actually got sucked in.

Keanu is good in it (for Keanu)! and yes, I don’t care if he never wins an Academy Award. He’ll always be my high school ? verbrijzeling.

In an alternate universe, Keanu from the speed years and I are living happily ever after on a farm on Kauai where we raise goats and chickens and grow papaya with our brood of five kids and 12 cats.

OK, that’s me. What have you been loving lately?


Uw vriendelijke wijk charme verslaafde,


P.s. TGIF!!!

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5 things I’ve Been Loving Lately

just a few things I’ve been into as of late
Some people were born to sing (En vogue shout-out!). Mij? I was born to make lists. here are 5 things I’ve been loving lately.

1. amazing August mornings

June and July were brutally hot here in the Bay Area, and if you didn’t have air conditioning, it was like living in an armpit.


Cloudy August mornings = yes
Lately, though, like for the past two weeks, it’s been cooler here. Borderline cold. and what a welcome change. I am NOT hating on those overcast mornings in The lady Sanctuary!

The lady Sanctuary… I have coffee out here in the mornings sometimes.
2. The September 2017 issue of Glamour

I’ve been a glamour subscriber for a year, but #realtalk, it’s been months since I’ve been able to sit down long enough to read an issue from cover to cover because of the baby.

Thoroughly enjoyed this

She’s up in my business, LOL! I’ll be two sentences into an article, and she’ll come over, place her little soccer ball in my arms, and say, “Bah?” which is her word for most things that aren’t ma, dada, cat and wow-wow! So then I’ll put down the magazine and we’ll play “Baby world Cup.”


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This happens, oh…15 times a day, give or take.

The cuteness! Ik kan niet weerstaan!
I wouldn’t have it any other way, but I miss reading time. So I’ve been making an extra effort to read at least 20 minutes every night in bed.

Last night was the September Glamour, and I thought I’d be able to get in a few articles before I fell asleep, but it was so good that I couldn’t put it down. It has it all — makeup, perfume, fashion, accessories — ya know, the usual girly stuff. but there’s also some in-depth pieces on personal finance, sexual assault on college campuses and planned Parenthood.

It’s a better magazine that I remember. It’s refreshing to read a women’s magazine that isn’t completely filled with fluff, ya know?

Bozoma Saint John negotiated a $50-million Pepsi deal for Beyoncé.
There’s a terrific profile in the issue on a woman named Bozoma Saint John, one of very few black female C-suite executives in tech, who negotiated a $50-million sponsorship deal with Pepsi for Beyoncé. I thought it was just very interesting.

3. finding stuff at Target for 50% off

There’s a pretty economical kids line at Target called cat & Jack, which is great, but then when their things go on sale for 50% off, it’s FREAKIN’ FANTASTIC.

I saw these cute tops and bottoms for babies and toddlers the other day, so I grabbed some tops for $3 each and jeans for $6. JA!

I feel like a rockstar when I can save $$$ on buying her clothes because 1) that’s more I can put into her college account and 2) she outgrows everything sooooo fast.

4. The multiple toothpaste life

I grew up in a prudent family where everyone shared the same tube of toothpaste, and we used that sole tube down to the very last drop.

So, I thought that was the only way to live until about a month ago.

Imagine how shook I was when I realized — gasp! — that one can actually have different tubes of toothpaste in the medicine cabinet — like tubes for whitening, sensitivity, gum health, or even different days of the week!? think of that. I know this sounds hella lame, but the concept of having more than one tube of toothpaste completely blows my mind.

Two tubes of toothpaste… MIND BLOWN!
It started when I asked my dentist for a whitening toothpaste recommendation, and he suggested something from Arm & Hammer, so I bought a tube of their truly Radiant bright & strong in Fresh Mint.

I like it a lot (it keeps my teeth bright!), but some of the sensitive spots on my back teeth started bugging me, so I bought another tube, Colgate Sensitive, to help.

Now I alternate between the two and feel like I’m living a life of champagne wishes and caviar dreams.

5. This 20-minute cardio HIIT workout

I found this terrific HIIT crazy Cardio workout by Christine Salus on YouTube this summer, and I’ve done it once or twice a week since June.

It’s quick, effective and BRUTAL (in the best possible way), and you don’t need any fancy equipment. You can even do it in a hotel room while you’re traveling!


My favorite part is the bunny hop sequence.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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