101 in 1001

Have you ever heared of the Day Zero Project? I think it's a great challenge! You set yourself 101 goals that you want to meet by the end of 1001 days. I have tried to start this a few times before, but now I seriously want to try hard to reach my goals. The first time I tried, I forgot about the list later. But now you can make an account on www.dayzeroproject.com and make a list of your goals there. You can also write notes with the goals and click on a little tick next to them to say you are in progress of reaching the goal or you actually reached the goal.

I will try to blog about my progress regularly! Ofcourse I won't stop blogging about other things, but I think that if I have an 'audience' it's easier to get through the 1001 days. You can find my goals on www.dayzeroproject.com/user/Loeszie. You can also follow my progress there. But I will post my goals here as well.

I actually started last Monday, so I still have 997 days left.

So the starting date was: 24.05.2010
And I hope I will have reached most of my goals by: 19.02.2013

These are my goals:

1. Get my IB Diploma
2. Kiss in the rain
3. Take part in NaNoWriMo
4. Read 50 books
5. Visit Paris
6. Take a picture with Tokio Hotel
7. Swim with dolphins
8. Organize a suprise party for someone
9. Watch the sun go down in the sea
10. Visit 5 cities I've never been to
11. Get my first boyfriend
12. Get a 7 (out of 7) on my report for English
13. Identify 50 things that make me happy
14. Go on a rollercoaster with a looping
15. Visit Hamburg again
16. Be in the audience of a television show
17. Make a list of 25 things I like about myself
18. Dance in the rain
19. Visit the USA
20. Buy a new lens for my camera
21. Start studying at university
22. Make an inspirational scrapbook
23. Make at least 5 new friends
24. Donate at least 10 Euros to charity
25. Finish a book in a day
26. Cook an entire meal by myself
27. Take a picture of something different every day for a month
28. Give my brother a Green Day related birthday present
29. Take another photography workshop/class
30. Go on a holiday without parents
31. Have a picnic
32. Organize an amazing party for my 18th birthday
33. Bake cupcakes/muffins at least 5 times
34. Document a day in the life of Loes in photos
35. Make churros
36. Lose 5 kg
37. Post 1 article on my blog every day for a month
38. Organize a fundraiser for charity
39. Dye (part of) my hair in an abnormal (bright) colour
40. Make a list of all the compliments that make me really happy including who I got them from
41. Polish all my fingernails in a different colour (that means 10 different colours!)
42. Get a totally different new haircut
43. Swim in the sea at night
44. Get at least 2 people to also make a 101 in 1001 list
45. Graduate with at least 38 points
46. Make at least 2 photo albums
47. Hug a famous person
48. Give a random present to one of my close friends at least 2 times
49. Go on a date with a boy
50. Get a job
51. Be able to run 5 km in 25 minutes or less
52. Have a candelight dinner with a boy
53. Expand my English vocabulary by 100 words
54. See the Northern Lights
55. Make and finish at least 3 things from cutoutandkeep.net or instructables.com
56. Finish Wreck this Journal
57. Finish part 1 (0-5 km) of Start to Run
58. Be able to have a conversation with someone in Spanish
59. Read at least 3 books in German
60. Sell things I don't use anymore at a flea market
61. Print out this list and keep it in my room
62. Start learning a new language
63. Buy another pair of shoes with heels
64. Make a snow angel
65. Create a playlist of 101 songs that make me happy
66. Sleep outside at night
67. Complete the 5000 question survey
68. Get taken/asked on stage at a concert
69. Donate money at the 'Glazen Huis' of 3fm when it is in Leiden in 2011
70. Make ice cream
71. Attend an award show (for example Viva Comet or the EMA's)
72. Donate 100,000 grains of rice at freerice.com
73. Read a Spanish book
74. Let my hair grow out so I have my natural colour again
75. Try on (and if they are nice buy) Dr. Martens shoes
76. Back up the things on my computer at least 5 times
77. Have 1500 songs in my Itunes
78. Go to Pinkpop
79. Go to at least 5 concerts
80. Go to at least 5 festivals
81. Have another high tea with friends
82. Go see at least 5 movies at the cinema
83. Meet up with Yolanda, Yascha and Kim (at the same time)
84. Don't eat any candy (this includes chocolate) for a week
85. Bake a birthday cake for someone
86. Visit Spain for a holiday
87. Send at least 50 cards and/or letters to friends 
88. Take pictures in a photo booth
89. Complete a 1000 piece puzzle
90. Go see at least 2 plays or musicals
91. Try 5 new tea flavours
92. Drink at least 4 glasses of water every day for a month
93. Visit London again
94. Get a new Ipod with at least 16 GB
95. Spend a whole day in my PJ's when I'm not ill
96. Do a photo shoot with at least 1 friend
97. Go to a concert of a band I've never seen live
98. Take a picture of a particular place every season
99. Join in a 5 km run
100. Post something on my blog at least 101 times
101. Learn to ice skate

I know some of these goals are completely random, but that's how I am. They are just things I'd like to have done in those 1001 days, and I believe most of them will enrich my life in one way or another.



"Without you there's no reason for my story, and when I'm with you I can always act the same <3"



Busy busy busy

I'm sorry I haven't posted anything for a week, but I've been quite busy with school and I don't have much inspiration for a post either...
And this is only a very short post because I have no idea what to write, I'll write a longer post again in the weekend :]


Test: Lush Dark Angels Face Cleanser

I decided that it might be interesting if I start writing reviews of different (beauty) products I use, so you can find out if they are good products or not before you buy them. So here is the first test.

Lush Dark Angels

I don't know if you know the shop Lush, but they sell 'Fresh handmade cosmetics' and their products have not been tested on animals. The products are quite expensive, but I think they are worth the money! This also goes for the Dark Angels Face Cleanser. This product is a scrub that can be used to clean the young and oily skin once or maximum twice a week. It promises to exfoliate and deeply clean the skin and leave it behind nice and soft.
How do you use this scrub? You don't need much, take a bit the size of a coin and mix it with a few drops of water. It should turn into a paste that you can scrub over your face. Once you finished scrubbing you wash the scrub off with water. What I do is make sure my hair is not hanging in my face using a hairband, remove my make-up, scrub my face using Dark Angels, wash off the scrub with water, clean my face with my usual Tea Tree facewash and then put my usual Tea Tree 24 hour cream on. This results in a wonderfully soft and clean face, and the feeling lasts at least until the next day! I personally think it's a great product, that does exactly what it promises and it is defenitely worth the money.

The Dark Angels Face Cleanser costs € 9.25 for 100 g.


Home makeover

No, we're not joining the show 'Extreme Home Makeover'. We're not quite going that extreme and just making a few changes in the house!

My parents have wanted new furniture ever since we moved here 2 years ago. To make the interior of the house extra special they looked for an interior architect. He made a floorplan with furniture and new stairs in the living room. Our kitching and living room are one 'room' but they are split level. This means they are not at the same level. We had stairs and a small 'fence' of glass parted the kitchen from the living room. These stairs are going to change into long steps, that stretch along the whole wall where the stairs were. In the middle there will be the part where you can get down and the rest will be used for the TV and storage or display. Yes, it's hard to explain but I will take pictures once it's all finished! Also the walls will be plastered white. When this is all finished the furniture can be put in, but I can't tell you anything about that because I don't know much myself.
Last Thursday the workers arrived and they started taking away the stairs in the living room and covering the floors with wooden boards so they don't get damaged. They also took away a wall from our shower, but my parents still need to order a new wall so for the moment we are showering in an open shower. Later they will work in my room as well, I have a cupboard that takes up nearly all of one wall and that will be taken away. Then they will paint the wall behind it white (it's orange now).

I honestly can't wait till it's finished in about 3 or 4 weeks time!


Celebrate the freedom!

Yesterday Eline and I went to the 'Bevrijdingsfestival' in The Hague to celebrate the freedom of our country, The Netherlands. This year was the 65th anniversary of the freedom of The Netherlands, so it was an extra special celebration.

Camiel <3

We chose to celebrate this in The Hague because All Missing Pieces was performing there. The rest of the line-up was pretty bad, but All Missing Pieces was great! We managed to get a spot right up front, against the fences. Suprisingly, there was no pushing or mosh pits (which does happen sometimes at performances of All Missing Pieces), so we had quite a bit of breathing space which was nice. All Missing Pieces rocked the stage with loads of songs from their new album! Eventhough Camiel's guitar kept breaking down and the soles of one of his shoes ripped (and then he threw both shoes into the crowd), they still had a really good performance.

When the performance finished, Eline and I decided to go eat something. We decided to go to Vapiano, which wasn't far from the square where the festival had taken place. On our way there we strolled over the funfair for a bit. At Vapiano we both had a pizza and as a desert we got cotton candy at the funfair.

Eline and me with cotton candy, imitating fish.

It was a great day, even though the temperatures were quite low for May (as you can see we were wearing our winterjackets). We had a lot of fun!


Some new things :]

I just came back from shopping with my mom and brother, and I bought 2 new tops and new sportspants. I have pictures of the tops, the sportspants are just plain black with white stripes on the sides.

These are the tops:


I'll wear the pink top under the white one, because the white one shines through.

Also, last Saturday the shoes I ordered at the CosmoGirl Shop with a great discount arrived!

Yes, they are Etnies! :]


Chocolate cupcakes!

A few weeks ago, my friend Yascha gave me a book with 500 recipes for cupcakes. Today I tried one of the recipes: chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream.

This is the recipe:

Classical chocolatecakes with chocolatebuttercream
(for approximately 18 cakes)

Ingredients for the cakes
230 g soft butter
230 g very fine sugar
175 selfrising bakingflour
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 tablespoons cacaopowder
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Ingredients for the icing
300 g (broken) pure chocolate
2 tablespoons whipped cream
115 g soft butter
300 g sieved powdered sugar

How to make
Pre-heat the oven at 175 degrees (or 2-3 for gas ovens). Take a muffintray with 18 spaces and line with paper liners. Mix all ingredients for the cakes in a big bowl using a mixer. Mix for 2-3 minutes so the batter is smooth. Put the batter into the shapes in the tray. Bake the cakes for 20 minutes. Take the tray out of the oven and leave for 5 minutes. Take out the cakes and let them cool down. For the icing, put the butter and the chocolate in a pan and put it on low heat. Stir till everything has mixed. Take the pan of the fire and stir the powdered sugar through the chocolate till it's a smooth mixture. Put some of the mixture on each cake.

Note from me:
I discovered that the powdered sugar for the icing is way to much (it makes the icing, which should be creamy, way too thick), you could use way less or maybe even no powdered sugar. I also left out the whipped cream, because it doesn't come back in the recipe. I think they just use it as a topping for the cakes. By the way, I translated the recipe from Dutch and I'm not a very good translator so some things might sound a bit weird.

Apart from that, the cupcakes are really delicious!