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zaterdag 26 juli 2014

Fantastic Decodelire Decobags Giveaway!!!

I've already written several posts about Decodelire and Decobags. I wish I owned all of the items in that store. I love them and what's even better, I will be able to share them with my readers. My Dutch friend Roxxy and I are hosting a fantastic giveaway together. One winner will receive an amazing prize. We'll be sending a wallet, a makeup bag, a coin purse and earrings, which means one lucky entrant will receive everything on the photos. All of these romantic items from the Passion Faux Leather and Butterfly Collections can be yours! This giveaway has been made possible by Rachael, the owner of Decobags. Her items look really cute and Rachael is a reliable shop owner who packages her orders very well. People who are living in the UK get free shipping, but she also ships worldwide for a very reasonable price. I've ordered from this store several times and the service is always perfect. Check out her wonderful store and don't forget to enter the rafflecopter below!

vrijdag 25 juli 2014

Lavender Likes The Summer!

I love pretty dresses and this beauty has been made by Fixdesign. It's summer and it's hot. A lot of my friends are on holiday and my family is a mess. Seth's health still hasn't improved and Dawn only has me and our mother to fall back on. Her two best friends don't have time for her, because they're both about to deliver their babies. It's hard for my sister, but I'm trying to help her as much as I can. Calvin has been a huge support. I'm also getting to know his family a lot better. I love spending time with Brooke and Amber, they are really sweet. I never had a mother in law before who made me feel welcome. Usually they wanted me to go, because I wasn't good enough for their sons. Marie is different. To her it only matters that Calvin is happy.
Gina's struggling with a lot of things at the moment. I'm trying to help her as much as I can, but she doesn't talk easily. I'm giving her all the time she needs, even though I think I should know a little bit of what's going on, so I can help her. I love my friend and I'm glad we've been spending so much time together lately. I've also seen more of Tessa lately. She took Gina in when her aunt died. I like Tessa, she's twelve years older than me, but you can't tell by the way she looks. She's getting along with everyone and she's kind to Gina, like a mother figure. Gina needs someone like that.
I've also seen Franka again. She gave me my first vegetarian cooking lesson. Franks (which is her nickname) is so cool. I love the way she talks. She's relaxed and comfortable in her own skin. I asked if I could bring Jada as we normally cook together and that was no problem. Next week we're going to prepare a special dinner for our loved ones. That's going to be so much fun. I've already looked up some great designs we can use for the menus and I've started making decorations. We want our Christmas in July dinner to be cozy and romantic.
I've started summer school. The group is quite small. Our book club is complete though, because we all want to improve our writing skills. The lessons are mainly focused on how to present yourself. We have an Oral Presentations class which is scary, but fun. Plus we have to write several articles to pass Advanced Writing. Rian is our Creative Writing teacher. He's told us a lot more about his books. It's fascinating to know that our serious teacher has written so many horrible thrillers. Our weekly tea meetings are still going well. Lately he's been cheerful and he looks content. Maybe he's met someone, I don't really dare asking him about it yet.
So much has been going on and it's certainly an eventful summer. I can't believe July is almost over. So far the weather has been great and I spent a lot of time in beach bars, having drinks with the friends who are staying at home as well. It's so relaxing to go there after a day of hard work. The library is quiet and we're trying extra hard to invite people in. A lot of the card holders are using our national free book app on their tablets or phones instead of coming over to borrow books these days. We've still got enough budget left, but I hope they will come back once they realize they miss book recommendations and holding something real in their hands. Nothing can beat that. Meanwhile I'm having great conversations with Edward and Zoe. I love the summer season. Good weather makes everything a little bit better.

Lavender Loves Cowshed

It's time to share on of my beauty favorites again. I love Cowshed. The products have been made with natural ingredients and their scent is great. I love the funny names they have come up with. I use paraben free and animal friendly products as often as possible and can highly recommend Cowshed's. It's very important to me to find something that is actually good for me. Smelling great and having a soft skin is wonderful, especially when it won't do any damage. Cowshed is a fantastic brand and I like it a lot!

#HappyMail Project Update + Giveaway!

Some of you may recognize this brand from some things I've sent for my #happymail project. I love BDDesigns! Brenda only ships to the Netherlands and Belgium. Because I want everyone to have a chance to own her lovely items I've decided to give away all items on this photograph to one lucky winner. That way you can create your own Happy Mail!


I've received some lovely postcards and other great surprises! I feel so honored that my friends are sending me happy mail as well! It makes my day to find something nice in my mailbox!

Today I received this great book from Transworld! I can't wait to read it!

donderdag 24 juli 2014

Lavender's Romance in Paris


Place De Vosges is such a romantic place to be. I love having breakfast in one of the little caf├ęs under the arcade. Eating a delicious croissant and drinking chocolate milk with the person I love is a  wonderful way to start my day in Paris.  


 Bistrot Paul Bert is a nice little bistro in the 11th arondissement of Paris. Wine is very important there and I love the chalk boards with menus on them. Eating in a cosy bistro in Paris is something I have to do every time I'm there.

Paris Authentic offers great Paris by night tours. It's an amazing experience to see all those fantastic lights and drink champagne on the back seat of an old fashioned deux chevaux. 
Jardin des Plantes

Strolling around in Le Jardin Des Plantes is great. The serres are really beautiful as well. It's a peaceful haven in the city.

France Voyage

Most of all I love walking in Paris. When I'm looking around me I always find something gorgeous. Le Village St. Paul is such a cute place to visit. It's filled with antique shops and galleries.

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 The vineyards in Montmartre are really cool. French wine can be so delicious and it's great that there are grapes in the middle of the city. I love Montmartre in general with all the artists, the wonderful bars, small restaurants and of course the Sacre Coeur.

I'm hoping to visit Paris again soon, so I can make more wonderful and romantic memories. It's time for some new ones and I can't wait to go shopping.

Etsy and Paris!

Once Upon A Sugartree
Bijschrift toevoegen
Ingrid's Creations
Blackberry Designs
Gabrielle's Creations
Baunles Beads n' Charms

I like browsing Etsy and can spend hours looking at the most beautiful handmade items. Creativity is inspiring and it was hard to limit my choices for this post. I love all these great Paris designs and hope you will enjoy them as well!

From Paris With Love by Samantha Tonge

Every girl dreams of hearing those four magical words Will you marry me? But no-one tells you what’s supposed to happen next…
Fun-loving Gemma Goodwin knows she should be revelling in her happy-ever-after. Except when her boyfriend Lord Edward popped the question, after a whirlwind romance, although she didn’t say no….she didn’t exactly say yes either!
A month-long cookery course in Paris could be just the place to make sure her heart and her head are on the same page… And however disenchanted with romance Gemma is feeling, the City of Love has plenty to keep her busy; the champagne is decadently quaffable, the croissants almost too delicious, and shopping is a national past-time! In fact, everything in Paris makes her want to say Je t’aime… Except Edward!
But whilst Paris might offer plenty of distractions from wedding planning – including her new friends, mysterious Joe and hot French rockstar Blade - there’s no reason she couldn’t just try one or two couture dresses is there? Just for fun…

When Gemma and Edward arrive in Paris they think this is going to be the most romantic month of their lives. Edward has asked Gemma to marry him, but she isn't ready yet. Hopefully being in Paris will change her mind. Gemma is there to work, she's helping in the kitchen of a restaurant to improve her cooking skills. Besides writing about an important event and his experiences in Paris Edward is also working there. He's the perfect host and the customers love him. Working together and exploring the romantic capital of France in their free time sounds like a perfect plan, but in reality things aren't too great between Gemma and Edward. There's mystery man Joe, who needs Gemma's help. And the cunning and gorgeous actress Monique is trying to come between the famous British couple. Even though she and Edward have got some major problems Gemma is making the best of her stay. She loves the kitchen, enjoys Disneyland and shopping and she quickly finds new friends. One of them is a handsome rock star named Blade. Could Gemma still be happy even though her life has changed so much in the city of love?
I already loved Doubting Abbey and I enjoyed From Paris With Love even more! Gemma is such a warm and tough main character. She can do everything when she puts her mind to it. She has her own plans and they always work out one way or another. She manages to save herself in every situation, no matter how awkward or dangerous they are. I loved the theme of From Paris With Love, it's a little bit mysterious, but with a lot of humor and romance. While reading this book there was a smile plastered on my face the entire time. I liked it a lot. And of course it also helps that this novel is set in Paris. I liked reading about my favorite city and wanted to go there immediately to make some new memories. I loved Edward and Gemma's very different views of the same city. There's also a new character in this book, the gorgeous and sweet Blade. Who doesn't want to read about a cute rock star who also has manners? From Paris With Love is such a perfect and romantic summer read!
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