APRIL FAVORITES

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Hello people!
Seems like we’ve a lot of catching up to do. So let’s get started with my April monthly favourites, shall we?

Zara Coat

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I fell in love with this Chanel-esque frock coat from Zara since it effortlessly elevates any outfits and makes you look so chic. It is not very warm though, so it is perfect for spring season. In the picture I was wearing a warm sweater inside since it’s always cold here in The Hague anyway.
I’ve tried to find the link but they don’t have it anymore in this colour. But you can still check their other coats with similar style now at Zara’s webshop!

Fossil – Emma Satchel Bag

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Anyone who follows my instagram or my friends IRL must have noticed that I’ve been wearing this bag non.stop. This is such an amazing leather bag in quality and size. Yes, THE SIZE! I swear it fits everything… My essentials, makeup pouch, my Canon G7X camera, my fat Senz umbrella, and whatnot. It also looks so classic and a little bit preppy which I like: it tones down the whole look and makes the overall outfit be low-key chic. Fossil is an amazing brand for high quality leather goods in quite an affordable price.

Get the bag HERE.

MEMO – French Leather

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This is everything I want in a perfume. Imagine you sitting in cosy parisian cafe, there is bouquet of roses on a table, you’re in love and you waiting for your lover, you opening your leather purse grabbing red lipstick. This is MEMO French Leather! MEMO is such an amazing niche brand with superior quality fragrance. What I love the most is their formula: you can smell the scents so solidly since the first spray. There is no “alcoholic” smell at all like all other perfumes, meaning that their perfume oil content is that high. I have mentioned about this brand from my Babassu review here. I decided to get the French Leather since it truly represents my personality: full of contradiction. It’s so hard to describe.. but it has those fresh and floral scents from lime, pink pepper, and rose, yet dark and smooth like brown suede and leather. The scent blends in my skin perfectly and it stays all day long!
The price is quite steep for a 75ml eau de perfume, but I should say it is worth every single penny and I would definitely repurchase once I finish with it. Because that’s how much I love it.

Get the perfume HERE or directly on their website HERE.

Cluse – La Vedette Mesh Full in Rose Gold

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I’ve been looking for a perfect small sized watch that is not too flashy but still look dressy. I tried to purchase the one from Bering at de Bijenkorf but it was completely out of stock 😦 Luckily I’ve found a similar one from Cluse for a more affordable price! And it is also less pinkish which I like because it is more neutral and blends so much more naturally on my skin tone.

Get the watch HERE.

LUSH – Celestial moisturiser

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Hands down. This moisturiser does wonders to my sensitive – dry skin. I ran out of my usual I’m From Vitamin Tree Watergel and my skin was really in need for more hydration. So I then tried this moisturiser from Lush, which I was so scared to begin with because Lush skincare for me is a hit-and-miss, since my face is sensitive to perfume and you all know Lush is so much about that fragrant life. I’ve tried the Million Dollar moisturiser in the past but it just stayed on the surface of my skin and the face still got flakey, so I gave it up. But Celestial is a WOW. This calms my skin immensely that the redness on my skin is so much less now, and it keeps my skin supple and dewy all day long! Another big plus, it’s non-fragranced. Now I can not have a day without it.

Get Celestial HERE.

The Ordinary – Niaciamide 10% + Zinc 1%

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This skincare line from Deciem has been taking over the internet recently and I can understand why. They offer this straight forward skincare products – mostly serums -with different active ingredients in very affordable prices (I bought this one for only around 6 euro). And they work. I picked this one with Niaciamide, which is a part of vitamin B group, to help lighten my acne scars. We all know Vitamin C is a very effective ingredient to fight with hyper pigmentation, but unfortunately my sensitive skin can not take it 😦 even a low dosage of L-ascorbic acid (the most common vitamin C derivative) can get my skin red, blotchy, and itchy :(( So I opted for Niaciamide instead and it works well! My skin doesn’t react to it and although the progress is not dramatically fast, I can already see some good improvement on my acne scars.

Get the serum HERE.

Walter Benedict

I also found new favourite place to hang out in The Hague! It is a french bistro Walter Benedict at Denneweg. They offer diverse lunch and dinner menu, a nice list of wine, decent coffee, and soothing lounge French music. The interior is so cozy too! It is like a more grown-up hip place 😉

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then the last but not least….

Lovewave – 그 밤 (The Night)

Open the link only when you want to fall asleep fast. This is one of those songs that you’d want to listen to during those sleepless nights. Everything in this song is extremely soothing. Give it a try!

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So finally this post has to come to an end, and I’m so happy to have shared with you, you lovely people! And if you enjoy my content here, you can also check my Instagram page (@heyhegia) because I post pictures daily there, and let’s be friends! 🙂
Hope to see you again soon,

xx

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17 FACTS ABOUT ME

Get to know me a little bit better, if you want.

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I believe in astrology. I was born as a Leo in a fire tiger year. I believe that is to be held accountable for my endless burning energy sometimes.

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I always have vivid dreams in my sleep. I feel like myself is split into two dimensions: where I am now, and where I am in my sleep. The dream dimension always stays the same since I was a child, sometimes I revisit places in my dream from 20 years ago. But the thing is, those places don’t really exist in the world I live in now.

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I find myself not giving a f–k to things that need to be given a f–k, and yet giving f–k to things that I shouldn’t give my f–k.

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I am not scared to be strange. During my uni time I was so different from everyone else and I was fine with that. They can call me strange but for me, my own world is
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Many people wonder about what’s the meaning of my name, Hegia. To be honest there’s no actual meaning. And no, it’s not inspired by the building in Istanbul (I wish..). It is actually simply my parents name combined together HE_____ + GIA_____ (yaaayyyy… problem solved)

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People laugh at my jokes even though I don’t consider myself as a funny person.

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I see myself as a shy and reserved person.

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But that’s not how people see me.

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I love living in the heart of the city. I can never live in the countryside. I like living in a crowd, among a lot of people. But in one condition, they shouldn’t bother me. I am not fond too much of human interaction. People drain my energy.

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I don’t drink black coffee. My coffee should be milky, creamy, with a little bit of sugar.
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I don’t like being the centre of attention.

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But I stand out.

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I hate texting, whatsapp-ing, messenger-ing, you name it. I am always so lazy to check my messages and reply to them, that’s why I feel that some of my friends and family think that I don’t care about them but that’s not true.

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For me, Istanbul is the most beautiful city in the world and it will never change. That’s why it saddens me terribly with everything that is happening in Turkey nowadays.

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I hate to admit it but I am a very sensitive person. I can cry out of nothing in a very wrong timing. Just because i feel some emotions flowing out suddenly.

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I read Russian perfectly.

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I can sing in many different languages (English, Indonesian, Turkish, Japanese, Russian, Ukrainian, Hebrew, Korean, etc) because for me, music is universal and I love this world I live in. Singing is my form of appreciation to other cultures and a celebration for the talent I was given with.

 

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Congrats! So now you kind of know me a little bit better 😉

xx

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BOB

This will be a quick post, a tribute to the man who has always been hiding behind the scene.

This is Bob, my husband, the talented man behind many of my pictures.

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So one afternoon when we were just walking around in The Hague, I took over his hefty camera, and started taking pictures of him along the way. Isn’t he so beautiful? 🙂

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But the most important thing is, that he is the man with the purest and gentlest heart I’ve ever met (second after my dad, ofc).

He always makes sure that I am safe and happy.

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He’s got a very tall figure, just like mostly Dutch people, with the height of 192 cm! Making a huge contrast with me who is short… But i guess that’s what high heels for, right?

So now you know who he is.

Because behind every girls’ pretty photos on Instagram, there are always those unrecognised boyfriends/husbands/friends who patiently do the efforts 😉

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His coat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  KIOMI
His backpack . . . . . . . . . . .  FOSSIL

Until next post,

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INTERIOR PIECES : ROYAL BLUE

Interior design and styling have always been my passion. As a very visual person, my mood changes easily depends on what I see around me. That’s why I am very meticulous in term of choosing pieces for my home (and on myself, obviously). So now I will share with you some pieces from my home, and where you can find them or similar items to them.

Most of the pieces here hold certain memory to me, either they were given by special people or hauled during my travels.

The main colour here is of course, the royal blue. This colour looks extremely beautiful on satin and velvet fabric, especially on your sofa. Make it an instant centre piece in your living room!

Jack Tuxedo Sofa, Navy Blue
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Then the second piece is a small fluffy rug. Ours is a genuine sheepskin rug that was handed-down in the family, the one that was once kept my mother-in-law warm. You can always get a faux fur ones, depends on your personal choice.

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Next ones, a touch of gold or brass material here and there to balance the coldness from the blue out. Although it’s back to you again, what kind of ambience would you prefer: cool tone or warm tone. If you want your room to be cool toned, crisp, and serene, you can opt for silver. Personally, I want my room to still feel cozy and warm, hence I choose gold.

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The vase is from Ittala
The tray is from H&M
The blue glass pot is from H&M
The deer decoration piece is also from H&M, they don’t have it anymore 😦
The hexagonal jewellery container is from an art shop in The Hague
The perfume, you know where to get it (of course it depends if you like the scent or not) :))

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You can always warm up the space even more with some nice scented candles (or not scented, as you like). I also brought home those blue matryoshka dolls from Russia. They are adorable! Ah, I forgot to mention the golden spoon, we got it from Lagerhaus in Stockholm!

That’s it for now, hope you enjoy this post as much as I do.
Worry not, I still have some more interior tips coming up next 😉
So, stay tune!
xxHegia