Look expensive all the time

Look expensive

Let’s face it we all want to look expensive some times. Even if it is just to impress someone. Not because it’s your ultimate goal in life or whatever but just because you can.

Inch of skin

This is what I love about people like Taylor Swift. Not showing to much but just enough to be sexy and expensive. Showing to much skin can make you look really cheap really quickly.

Plane and simple

Keeping things simple can make you look expensive. The plainer the better, end the better the fabric, even more amazing! Don’t where crazy prints if you want to look expensive. Think about it all the t-shirts with the big logos just scream in your face when really expensive things have the table on the inside.

Details

It’s all about the details. Even if my dress is from zara and my coat from H&M, I paid close attention to details. The coats is made form a luxurious feeling fabric that is so soft and snuggly. Lace details make the dress look way more expensive then it actually is.

Same thing with the shoes. You guys know how I feel about suede shoes and my fear of them getting ruined. To be honest maybe I’ll get a designer pair in the future… We will see haha. But these where only €20 in the sale I mean come on!!!! that’s just amazing.

Mix with designer

This is totally optional but I love doing this. Mixing my high street with my designer pieces. My designer bag and scarf really dress up my outfit and give it that up scale vibe. I just love doing that to looks. Not everything needs to be designer honestly no one can afford that and the people that can don’t even do it. Even stars like Beyoncé wear clothes from zara and H&M as long as you know what you should buy expensive and what you should buy cheap you will always you expensive!

 

 

XOXO Lisa

photography Molly Winckelmans (instagram @mollysartmove)

clothing

boots – closeup shop

scarf – burberry

bag – lancel

dress – zara

coat – h&m

 

 

Continue Reading

Blogger Advice: taking pictures and photography tips

Blogger advice

Blog photography is a job on it’s own and man have I had a hard time learning. I still to this day am so bad at taking pictures in my own opinion. I feel like it’s a hard struggle, and we have a lot of competition these days.

Stock photo’s

You can get free picots online. I found an article about where you can get them a couple of days ago here. Personally I try not to use these pictures. Even if they are better quality then mine most of the time. I feel like I want to bring content as original as possible.

And I am so sorry this part of my blog doesn’t have pictures. I will be taking those this weekend. This diary thing wasn’t really planed btw.

If you are all about the writing and not really into photography I think it’s fine to use these sites. I don’t see any problem with using pictures as long as you give credit.

How I take my pictures

I could write a full post about this if you want me to but let me just give you some tips. The internet is full of information and I love google. It has been my photography teacher for the past year. Don’t blame google I am a slow learner haha.

BTW I use an iPhone 7 plus for all my pictures, yes I should get a camera…

Anyway I take 2 types of blog photos

Outfit shots

When taking outfit shots, know you angles! I know I sound like a Kardashian but it works I swear. I know exactly how I should be posing. It does help that I am a model, not going to lie but before I learned to pose by watching bloggers. Follow the big accounts on instagram and you will learn. I promise!

Flatlay

If you have been hanging around for some time you know how I feel about flatlay’s I even wrote a full post about them here.

If this post was helpful pleas tell me and don’t forget to comment. Aka don’t be a stranger 🙂

XOXO Lisa

Continue Reading

Blogs to follow


I’ve been reading so many blogs lately. Yes I just downloaded the bloglovin’ app on my phone.There are so many amazing blogs to follow. I’m going to share the ones I read on a daily bases

Lydia Elise Millen

I rave about this girl constantly. I feel like she could be my best friend or like a big sister. I just love how she tells you what your friends are afraid to say. Honesty she truly inspires me.

Lilylikes

You have seen me talk about lilylikes before. If you feel like you are doing to much. I would advice you to watch one of her law school volgs. They just make you want to get up and stop being lazy. Her blog has this magazine feel to it witch I love

Annabel Pessant

Of cours I’m going to add my fave Antwerp girl. She is not only stylish but reading her blog is like having a conversation with her. It’s the pretty friend your secretly a little jealous of  🙂 I would so want to live in her closet.

In the frow

Okay there is no way I wouldn’t add this blog. Victoria knows what she’s talking about with a PHD in fashion she’s THE EXPERT. Her style is very unique but still I would wear it every day. I love going to her blog to learn about everything that’s going on in the fashion and beauty world.

 

Continue Reading

How to improve your work epic 

screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-07-57-07

We all work hard but if efficacy is the key how do we get there?

Plan it out

So there are a million ways to plan your life and to see exactly what you are going to do that day. You can use agendas, journals, iPads… But the most important thing is to work your way true the day.

Life is monopoly

Work with the cards you’ve got and make them as great as you can. Don’t ever sit and be jealous of other peoples advantages in the game, you are the one that has to make it great for yourself not for someone els.

Be stratigic

Think of life as a perfectly thought out plan, even if things don’t always work your way, change yourself to suit them. Change the moment to make ti e

Continue Reading

3 things to get into the Christmas spirit

It’s almost that time of year. Finally we get to go all out for Christmas. Witch means putting up our tree and getting as many decorations we can around the house.

Hold up,  you maybe think it’s too early but honey if it was up to me we would start cerebrating Christmas in July.

Here are the 3 things we do in my house to get into the Christmas spirit.

  • Buy Chocolate milk

Stock up because well it’s getting cold and there is nothing like a good book and a good  cup of choco.

When I go shopping for Chocolate milk I go all out. The best, the greatest in the nicest jar I can get. Let’s call it choco criticism the Belgian part of me coming to the surface.

Make it an event, I do. I drag every family member who is willing aka my mum (sometimes my brother) to every chocolate store in Brussels to try as many types as we can. Trust me it’s fun!

Remember to always buy dark chocolate powder or melting chocolate. It is very nutritious, has antioxidants and keeps the skin looking young.

If you are watching your diet you can always use almond milk instead of regular milk to cut the calories. Plus it gives a really nice flavor.

  • Watch a Christmas special or 10

I’m not in the Christmas spirit unless I’ve seen a good Christmas special.

Hire are my 2 suggestions everyone will love. Even the people who aren’t that Christmassy. Tried and tested on my dad, they work

# A Madea Christmas

This movie is just hilarious. If you haven’t seen any Medea movies yet, I’m so sorry for getting you hocked.

# The last holiday

Watch this with a big cup of choco and your loved ones by your side.

# This Christmas

This is a movie I watch with my mum every Christmas. It’s just so amazing.

  • Get that sweater

Yes you heared me, the most unfashionable thing on the planet. The Chrismas sweater, it just gets me in the best mood ever. You are with the poeple you love, so go for it. There’s somthing megical about that sweater, even if it’s ugly you always look amazing.

Continue Reading

How I get inspired 

I’ve always been afraid of starting a blog, just because I thought I would never stick with it.

Now it’s been almost 10 months and I honestly have been so inspired to wake up and write.  Ideas come from a lot of places but let me share how.

Be your own google

Sometimes you are looking for something on google and you don’t find it. Well hires the solution, write it. Do your research and write exactly what you have been looking for. Chances are someone else has been looking for the same thing.

Look around

Check magazines, blogs, pintrest, instagram… for whats trending. There’s nothing wrong with getting inspired by others. Just remember there is a fine line between inspired and copied. Always give it your own spin, make it yours.

What do you need to hear

Sometimes the cold hard truth is what you should write about. Things that are hard to share. It’s not always easy to write a blogpost honestly I’ve cried when writing blogposts and there’s nothing wrong with it. Tell people the things you should hear or the things you wish you knew.

 

 

 

Continue Reading

5 things before you start blogging 

A lot of people ask me how I started my blog and what it’s really like. When they hear about all the fun stuff like working with brands and going to events, they want to start a blog. 

But getting into blogging for the right resonance is very important. So hire are my tips and things to consider.

#1 this is a job!

Posing in clothes and just saying you like them won’t cut it. Every single blog that has a couple of 100 followers has someone sitting behind it all the time. Editing, working and being active on social media. 

#2 social media 

Social media is one of the biggest traffic drivers to your blog. Social media isn’t something you can update once or twice a week. You should be busy every day! 

#3 do it because you love it 

If you don’t love blogging you will quit. That’s the truth. Lots of people start blogs because they think of the free stuff, but if you aren’t passionate, you won’t put in the hours.

#4 be consistenct 

Post regularly on all networks!  Don’t just leave an account black just because. 

#5 you always have something to share 

Even if you think your life is boring, trust me there’s something interesting going on. Everyone is good or passionate about something. 

Tell me how you feel about blogging.

XOXO Lisa 

Follow me on 

Instagram @lisawinckelmans 

Twitter @winckelmanslisa

Continue Reading

That time I was a total bitch 

I’ve been having a tough time lately. I’m in this big blown out of proportion fight with my best friend and honestly I was a bitch. 


Let me explain 

We’ve had s difficult past and I’m challenged when it comes to forgiving someone’s mistakes. We have had our problems in the past trust me, a little more that usual. 

But I always keep going back because we make etch other happy. But sometimes the past just comes keeping in.


What happened 

A small comment just got me so freaking mad, I started seeing the past and how much I was heart. I kept going at it and I kept going back with arguments of the past and I realised, I’m not giving chances.

We all say we are forcing Sometimes we just aren’t 

And I felt like I had to share this just because I am so much into empowerment and accepting yourself and others. I feel like even if you have the best intentions in the world you need to stop and look at yourself.
Tell me if you guys like the more story related stuff in the comments 💋

Continue Reading

How to cut your bathroom time in half (for all you late girls)

Yes we all find ourself late to, kind of everything…  Especially us girls. We want to go in the bathroom and walk out looking like models. Not like I do BTW. But I’ve found THE way to actually not be late to, lets be real EVERYTHING.

Don’t do your hair

Do it at night. Don’t start doing your hair in the morning. it will take literally for ever. Instead tie your hair in a bun on top of your head and wrap a silk scarf around it. This will avoid tangles and keep your hear perfect for the next day. Plus this will actually increase hair growth.

Right now i just use an old silk scarf from my mum to get the job done. Even one from the thrift store will do. This really doesn’t have to be fancy.

Take a picture of your outfit

If you are loving a outfit take a picture of it. in that way you have options when you lack inspiration. For the girls who love to stay in bed until the last minute this is gold!

And when your at it, put it on instagram. And follow me @lisawinckelmans if you haven’t already (shameless self-promotion…)

In the shower

For all you people with those dirty minds out there. Take a chill pill. I’m not talking about that.

In the shower you can actually wash your face and brush your teeth.

Think about it, it’s water it will work just as well. Instead of singing the entire Taylor Swift album (yes you don’t pretend I do it too) this will be helpful.

Pump it up

The best way to be aware of time without stress is with music. Create a playlist that is about 20 minutes long and try to be ready when the playlist is finished. This has been amazing for me, I found it one of the most helpful things ever!

If you have any tips. Please share them in the comments. And don’t forget to share this post with all your friends who are late to everything 😉

You can follow me on social media to never miss the crazy train…

Instagram: @lisawinckelmans

Twitter: @winckelmanslisa

Snapchat @lisawinckelmans

XOXO Lisa

Continue Reading

How to set up a bedroom under €300 (excluding bed and chandelier)

Setting up a complete bedroom can be a big task, especially if you are saving for collage like I am. And yes my room costs less then my shoos, not going to lie. But they where on sale and they where Chanel.

Back to the topic of the day, how the hell did I get everything to be so cheap. I’ll explain it step by step.

1. what do you need.

Make a list of everything you need in function of the objects you already have. Like if you have a lot of books you need a bookcase. If you have more shoos than books, get a shelf for your books instead of the bookcase.

2. Buying according to what you have

Check the items you own.

Ask yourself these questions:

What do I have?

How much of it do I have?

Are there more things I want to add to my collection?

This way the furniture will be big enough.

IMG_0508.JPG

3. Plan your shopping trip.

Everything I have in my room is from IKEA. IKEA is know to be a cheap store but all the small bits and bobs can give you a heart attack on the checkout line. So I planned exactly what I was going to buy online 2 days in advance.

Day 1

I picked what my heart desired as we all do. Even if its not needed.

Day 2

I went true the list again. Checking for cheaper and smarter options to fit my needs. Sometimes you can find almost the same item for a fraction of the price. IKEA always has promotions you just need to check for them. For example a laundry basket. You can get it for €20 or for €3, you just need to check

IMG_0384.JPG

4. Leave the credit card at home

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money just leave your card at home and take cash. This was one of the best things I did. You can’t spend what you don’t have.

Happy shopping 🙂

Share your thoughts and your tips with me in the comments

Continue Reading

How to be extraordinary, finding your talents and pursuing your dreams)

We are al special human beings and we all have something to offer the world. At least that’s what people will tell you. But how do you find what you have to offer? Today I will explain my story and why I started blogging and all the things that happened along the way. 

Look, I’m not the most successful blogger out there. By far not, but I think if only one person could read this and understand it and maybe learn from it, my mission is complete.

The odd kid

You know,  the odd kid that sits behind in class.. That was me, the girl with really big glasses and a stutter who loved books. I know right this equals nurd. Believe me a lot of people told me.

The older I got I wanted to be more like everyone els. I went to extreme lengths. We all do and how much someone will tell us we shouldn’t we still do. In middle school my friends where all death metal fans. Although I can appreciate it, it’s not really my genre. But I tried so hard to listen to it and to love it, forgetting my own interests. The way I dresses, talked, walked… It was all not me. At that age I really thought that was THE ONLY WAY to live life. I got so depressed because I was depraving myself of what I loved.

My advise to anyone who thinks this is the only to be socially accepted is try it. Try being like the others for a bit. This is needed to understand other peoples behaviour. But when you are alone, do what you love. No one is watching you!

This is how you will slowly find yourself and break out of that mould the older you get.  This is how you will learn to understand yourself and your own abilities.

You are not her (be extraordinary)

Everyone compares themselves with others. Especially teenage girls. They can be very judgemental. This makes most of us think we need to be the same way to ourselves. The amount of nights I spent thinking about why curtain people are popular, have boyfriends, better grades… is countless. But honestly it has never ever helped me with anything exact learning how to cover the bags under my eyes because of thinking the entire night.

There is nothing wrong with not being the pretty popular girl in high school. In fact almost no one was. It’s only a handful of people who are popular and that doesn’t mean the rest is doomed to internal loneliness.

You are you, they are obviously not being themselves so don’t compare yourself with a copy of the perfect girl. She doesn’t exist. The fact that you aren’t her makes you extraordinary.

Finding your talent

As children we are all drown to something. I love books, the smell, the story,  the art.. That has been my thing from when I was 3. According to my mum I tried to teach myself how to read because I hated my caretakers in kindergarten rereading the same books.  That was my crazy thing. The day I learned how to write, my life changed. Literarily, I was always writing my feelings down on paper. My old diaries are everywhere, with misspelled and unrecognisable words. I never let anyone read anything I wrote. It was my little secret. The older I got I lost touch with my passion. Not because I didn’t love it as much, I became a freaking realist. I can thank CNN and Google for this one.. I started looking up statistics and realised it was unlikely for me ever to become a writer that actually gets paid. 

I felt like I couldn’t monitor my success and measure it.  This says a lot about me and how many economic classes I’ve been taking the past years. But my point is,  just because something isn’t giving you money doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing.

Even if it’s doing what you love in your free time, it will never ever be a wast and I wish I realised that. We all have a talent, but we are afraid to share it with the world because we don’t want to be judged.

Following your dreams

I realised that writing a book and getting published was a great thing to do. But in reality only a small presented of writers ever get that chance. My mums best friend (i will link her blog below) told me about blogging and about the different things you could do with it. She explained people where actually getting paid to write articles and put them on the internet. This seamed like a great idea to me. I wanted to give my writing a fighting chance. If no one would read my blog I could delete it and pretend it had never existed. The fear of getting judged was a big one when I started blogging. I only told my mum I was going to start a blog and the then 20 people who I had on instagram. It was a very big secret, non of my friends knew about it. Non of them even knew I had instagram, I was so afraid of being labeled vain and stupid that I just kept it to myself. And honestly this was one of the best choses I maid. If anyone of my friends would start asking me about it and laughing about it I would have quite. But once I had a substantial following and got comfortable I told people about it. Better jet I started inducing myself posting my blog and instgram links on twitter and facebook. Now when you see me and ask what I’ve been doing trust me you will get my blogging address. It is now a part of my life and I take a lot of pride in every single article I write.

And you know what to quote Ed Sheeran “I do it for the love waiting on the gold rush”. I don’t care if I will be blogging without getting any pay for ever. I will come home from work and blog every night if I have to. I love it and I put in the work, thats the most important thing.

Just remember

Life is what you make it, be yourself, explore your talents and become amazing.

Continue Reading

How to be more positive and have a better life 

People who are positive have a better outlook on life’s challenges. And I’ve realised what’s making me happy laltely.

I’ve had a difficult time with depression for a long time. But resentrly I started to take back control and I feel like I figered out how to stay happy. This is how I do it!

Finding a purpose

By this I don’t mean anything religious, or the new Justin Biener album! (Don’t lie you wear thinking of it) I mean having a plan for your life and knowing what you want.  Just focusing your time on somthing relevent is one of the best things to do. It’s also a great distruciton.

Get rid of everyone who brings you down

I still struggle with this now. It’s hard to tell people to leave. But I’ve seen the benefits positive people can give you.

My mum got every negative person out of her life. And could see her strugeling. But she is so happy now, and I really think it’s one of the best things to do for your self worth.

Being a little selfish

Sometimes you have to do things for yourself. It’s great to be there for others but sometimes it’s good to think of yourself.

Just try to do 1 thing for yourself every day and you will see, everything will change. Your self worth will slowly encires.

The daily compliment

Even if I look like crap, like  that’s every morning (lol). I try giving myself a comprising. Even if it’s about my shoes that day, loving something about yourself is important! And a little tipe, write your compliment with an erasable marker on the mirror in the morning. In the evening you still will see that compliment befor you go to bed. Even if you have a bad that, it will be an awsome pick me up.

Like and share this post with anyone you love.

You can follow me on

Twitter; @winckelmanslisa

Instagram @lisawinckelmans

XOXO Lisa

Continue Reading