Monday, 26 September 2016

A Brighter and Whiter Smile? Not for me!

A brighter and whiter smile. Isn’t that something everyone wants? Well I do! So when I got the offer to whiting my teeth at home I almost excepted it. And I’m going to tell you why I didn’t do it. 

Photo: Wonderlass

A little while ago I got the offer to whiten my teeth. I’m not going to name the company since I think that is not fair. They were very nice to me and understood why I last moment cancelled the deal. But I was very excited when I read the email that told me that I could try this out with a friend.  And that it was very easy to whiten my teeth at home.

Still I felt a little something nibbling in my stomach and a whisper telling me something was wrong. At first I put that feeling away and emailed that I was open for a try. I told Jess about it and she was also excited to try this out. I still kept saying to the man that I was very careful and also very careful about the health of my readers. I wanted to be sure that when I try something and HAVE to write about it that it doesn’t cause any pain or whatever to anyone. The man understood and gave me a little more time to think about the deal.

Finally I came up with the idea to call my dentist and ask for his advice. Sadly he was on holiday so I called another dentist nearby to ask for help. A nice lady asked me how much carbamide peroxide was in the whitening paste. I told her on the package stood 22%. She almost dropped her phone and said: “ Did you say 22%?!’ A little shocked by her reaction I said yes and immediately asked her why she was so shocked. She then told me that in Holland we only use up to 6 or 10% and that even now were going to a lower % because there are people complaining about pain in their teeth after a while. She told me that nowhere in Holland is used 22% and that that is A LOT of carbamide peroxide to paste on your teeth.

I kindly thanked her for the explanation. But I still couldn’t believe her so I called another dentist with the same question. (Here comes the journalist in me above, I had to be sure about the first answer and checked it by calling another dentist.) Her respond was almost the same. She told me that 22% is a lot of carbamide peroxide and that she wasn’t quite sure if so much carbamide peroxide is okay to put on your teeth. Again, in Holland we don’t use so much of that stuff in the whitening paste.

I thanked her and sadly put down my phone. I was hoping that I would hear good news but I decided to call off the deal. I explained to him that the dentist told me that the amount of carbamide peroxide was way too much. And I could guess that for Jess, who has sensitive teeth, it wouldn’t be a good plan too to cancel. The man understand and wasn’t complaining while I said sorry for taking his time and calling the deal off.

Now what I want to tell you is this: Please be careful if you’re going to whiten your teeth with a do it yourself at home package. Always ask your dentist if you don’t trust things or are a bit scared or if you’re trying it for the first time. Don’t just put that paste on your teeth. I don’t want that your teeth are going to hurt in a few years. Who knows what that much of carbamide peroxide can ruin in those two or three times you use the paste? What if your teeth fall out? What if they get softer and are easier to get holes in? I don’t know what can happen but all want to say is that you have to be careful. And when in doubt call your dentist just like I did!

Xx Rianne
Monday, 19 September 2016

Life Update: Typing in the Train

As you have noticed, I haven’t written a blogpost these two weeks. I feel so bad about it. I really wanted to but the problem was that I just didn’t have any energy to write one. I had many ideas popping up in my head this week and I’ve written them all down in my 'Book of Thoughts' that I always take with me anywhere I go. 

Photo: Wonderlass
But last week we had an amazing summer week. It was 33 degrees and it was too hot to even pick up a pen. So last week I didn’t even do any homework only reading. The week before was the start of my last school year. And I thought: "oh this is going to be just like the previous years. Easy start, lots of free time." But I was wrong. I barely have time. If I want to graduate at the end of the year I really have to do all my homework and not fall behind. And so these past weeks I’ve been reading schoolbooks and made a lot of summaries. And I had to come up with an idea for my graduation research project. While thinking about that project time flew by and two weeks were over. And last weekend I helped organizing the opening weekend of our church season and had no time to even open my laptop...
So I’m in the train right now and I just finished to summarize a chapter and thought that this was a good moment of rest so I could finally sit down and write this blogpost. 

School is taking so much of my time and I feel really bad for not posting anything. I really should plan better and maybe have some backup blogposts or something that I won’t let you guys down again. *Writing this down on my to do list immediately*

But I hope that everyone had a good start of their new school year and that it was hopefully less hectic than mine was. Also, I hope I can take you with me on the way to graduation… I don’t know how or when I’m going to start these kind of blogposts. But I hope I can make something of it. I’ll let you know whether I’m doing this and how or not. It’s just a thought that also came across my mind while typing this down in the train.

Sorry for the past two weeks. I really hope it won’t happen again. (Or at least not any time soon, you know me… ;) )

Xx Rianne
Monday, 12 September 2016

September Shopping Haul

I’ve seen this a lot on other blogs but I never did one. So I thought, lets do this! So I  just tell you what I bought last month because I’m very very happy with my clothes!

Asos Pinafore Dress

I saw this dress and fell in love with it. I put it in my basket and couldn’t wait to pay for it and have it home to try on. At first I was a little insecure about this dress. It’s very different than any other dress I own and as far as I know no one has this dress. At least, not someone I know... It is a complete different style, something I really like but I was too scared to wear something like this. But now I love it. And I get very kind reactions to it and I’ve worn it with a cute blouse under it or a white T-shirt with lace on the shoulders. (€20)

Asos Sugarhill Boutique Neomi Top

I love this shirt because of the see through sleeves. Not only that, also the pattern of these cute golden flowers with black background. Also, with a little imagination you can see vertical glasses in the hearts of the flowers. But then you have to take a real close up of the flowers. ;) (€38,67 but last time I checked for price it was in sale for €24!)

Asos Yumi Dolly Jumper with Colar

The collar! Look at the lace collar and the deep blue with sort of see through dots on it, it makes the shirt special. When I wear a white shirt under it you can see white dots in the fabric. It’s a really nice shirt but a little bit short on my tummy. So I wear it with a high waist jeans because I don’t want everyone to see my bum, when I bent over, or my belly. €33,33)

Van Haren shoes
Van Haren is shoe store that has a lot of cheaper brands. Once in a while I go in there to check it out and I found these cute shoes! Perfect for the winter under a skinny jeans. What I like about these is that the nose has no print but that the heel has a snake print and zippers on both sides. I don’t know if this is nice when I’m wearing a skirt or dress. But I’ll have to try that on later! (Van Haren €29,99)

Grey Suede Button skirt
This skirt is from ZoYou. I love this suede look and with my black vogue shirt it’ll look amazing I think. I also bought it with a white T-shirt that says ‘take me to paradise’. With a pair of thights it’ll be perfect for autumn and winter. (€25,95)

Baby Blue Flower Skirt
I'm not sure about this skirt. I kept it since returning would cost me more than this skirt costed. It was in the sale by ZoYou. I love the print of this skirt but the fabric is a bit weird. It't very stiff so it doesn't just 'fall' around you legs but it stands from you legs. So I kept it but I'm not sure if I'm ever going to be brave enough to wear this skirt. (€10)

Rivers Island had sale and all bought was socks. But looks at these cute socks! Old pink with glitters and frills and a caramel colour with black frills. Both pairs €1. Before the sale they were €5 and I’m not going to pay €10 for two pairs of socks. But now it was a more acceptable price for these cute socks. I love wearing these with the Van Haren shoes. The frills are visible above them!

I don’t know how to exactly do this kind of blogpost. So I hoped you liked this. And if you have tips let me know! Thanks!

Xx Rianne
Monday, 5 September 2016

Night of Lights: A Magical Tradition in our Village

Every village has its own traditions. And so have we! We just had the ‘party week’ here. And because this is an extremely fun and lovely tradition I thought I’d tell you about this tradition in particular.

We are surrounded by kraut fields. We also are surrounded by loads of water. And a 1000 isles. Some people counted the isles and there are literally 1000 isles here. Lots of isles are build full of houses but there are also still isles which you can buy and where you can grow plants or food or whatever. But I believe you’re not allowed to build houses on those special isles. But to get there you have to go with boats. So lots of people own boats.

And Friday 26th of August we had our night of lights. This is a lovely tradition where everybody that owns a boat, light their boats up with every light they own. From cute fairy lights to disco lights to glowing balloons. Whatever that shines is put on the boat. And then they join the boat parade which is fantastic. It was my first time on a boat. (And before last Friday I never went because I was a boring person back in the days.) But I enjoyed it so much. Almost everybody is there watching the parade on a boat or on the little bridges or in gardens on the route we sailed. Some boats, like ours, did have lights but we did not compete in the parade. We brought loads of food, eat our dinner there and had some drinks and watched all the boats that had themes and hoped to impress the judges and that they would win the parade competition. We all would sail till it’s dark and then it’s almost magical. All those boats on the water with lights everywhere and (loud) music. It’s so nice with friends on the boat watching other boats. And then there is of course the after party. Near the fully lighted market place, which is the start and finish, there are two cafeterias where everybody comes together to party after they stepped of their boats.

I didn’t take my DSLR-camera with me because I was afraid that I might drop it in the water so I took photos on my phone, which isn’t the best quality. But enjoy the photos of awesome decorated boats and dressed up people partying on their boats.

Xx Rianne

This boat is an 'original' which they used back in the days, but you still see very often around here. It has no moter but with the wooden stick - kloet-  in the hand of the man he pushes the boat forward. Most of the boats have a moter now ;)

Read about other traditions:
Dutch Tradition: Sinterklaas
Dutch Tradition: Kings Day