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The end.

Miss Leatherpants

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So the title might be a bit dramatic (I should probably say 'a new beginning' or something), but this will be my last post on Miss Leatherpants. So technically it is an end to something ;)

A lot has changed since I started this blog. Back then it was my creative outlet, a place where I could share my interests, my style, my thoughts. I still lived in the Netherlands and was working a job that I didn't like. I thought fashion, styling and interior was something I would want to do professionally, so this was what I was aiming for. 

But then I changed jobs and we moved to Canada. Still something was missing (career wise, I can't complain about the other parts of my life) and I couldn't figure out what it was. It still took me 1,5 years to finally take the step to start working with a coach. Those 1,5 years consisted of me feeling great and feeling like I figured everything out and the next day I was still back at zero or even -10, I was stuck on a mindset like "I'm only getting older and I haven't even achieved anything". 

But the coaching really did help. I was sceptical at first, but in only 4 months I finally feel that I'm actually taking steps forward. Forward to pursuing my values in life. It turns out, my Master in Laws (Health Law) wasn't a mistake, it was one of the decisions I really made according to my values. However, I've graduated a long time ago and moved continents so I don't want to pursue the whole law thing. What really attracted me in the first place was helping people, stick up for those who couldn't do it for themselves or just simply make ones day just a little better. So a couple of sessions into my coaching, I knew this was it. I want to become a coach. Help others feel better about themselves and help them create the life they really want. Make sure they're living according to their values and help them believe in themselves more. So that they can live their best life. 

Don't get me wrong, I still love being creative with fashion, interior styling and photography, but at this point in my life it's more like a hobby to me. 

So no more Miss Leatherpants, just Lara...
Oh, and if you might be looking for a coach, let me know. It would be my pleasure to start working with you! 

Thank you all for following along!

With Love,
Lara

It's been a while

Miss Leatherpants

 Patent skirt from  MOSS COPENHAGEN ; Shirt from  Uniqlo

Patent skirt from MOSS COPENHAGEN; Shirt from Uniqlo

So I'm guessing you totally forgot about me and my blog right?! I totally did. Or well, I didn't forget, but I just didn't feel like writing anymore. I even thought about quitting entirely. I haven't been feeling that great and inspired lately. So I just behaved like an ostrich... head in the sand and ignore everything around it and especially ignore my own feelings. But I guess here I am again, for now ;)

So just a little update. I do love to write, to create and take photos, but lately I was having a hard time to find my thing again. And I know this isn't the first time I shared this with you, but somehow I just can't find my way out of this circle of feeling uninspired, down and not knowing what I want from life to feeling I've figured it out and this time I'll definitely get shit done. And that indeed works for a while, but then there is this voice in my head again, telling me I'm a failure and who am I to pursue this and that, while there are so many other people out there who can do it better. And I'm so done with this feeling. I mean, I'm almost 30 years old, now will probably a good time to say farewell to all the insecurities right?!

And it's not that I don't know what to do, in theory I know it all and I can give the best advise, but in the end you have to practice what you preach, and that my lovelies, is where it goes wrong. I just crawl back into my shell, stay at home, don't meet any people en thus feel like I can't create, because of course I'm not getting inspired... You see, circle? But I slowly started to make some changes, into my work and my work schedule, into me dressing up again (this is also a lot easier now it's not -30 anymore) and we also moved into a new apartment, which I really love. There is a lot of light in the living room and the garden room (yes we have a garden now), so I enjoy waking up here. 

But it's time to take it to the next level and actually start doing something with all the ideas I have in my head. I started with writing my ideas and some thoughts down on paper, I've created to-do lists and I've set mini goals. So I'm getting there. And I just have to deal with the fact that the voice will turn up again, but I just need to not let it consume me. 

As I mentioned before, this is not the first time I'm sharing these kind of things, and although it feels I'm just stuck and talking about the same thing over and over again, I have to admit I'm not. I might not have figured it out entirely, but I'm getting closer. All these other times have helped me grow and are helping me to really fight for figuring this out. 

Also one thing that I'm doing more lately, besides forever styling my interior differently and taking photos of it, is cooking and baking. I just love to create things and then take photos of it. So to not leave with all the heavy stuff, I will share this recipe for a quick and easy but uplifting lunch with you that I made the other day. I got this recipe from Jessica Merchant from The Feed Feed and it was just too delicious not to share. So here it is:

Blood orange, ricotta & honey toast. 
What you'll need:
- 2 slices (or more, depending on how hungry you are) bread of choice
- 1 cup of ricotta
- 2 blood oranges, peeled and the middle removed. 
- honey

So it's really easy, just toast the bread, put the ricotta on top of it (you can season it with a bit of salt and pepper), then put the sliced blood oranges on top of that and drizzle some honey over it. And it's done! 

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So I do hope you'll kind of stick with me and that you might even share your story. Also I do hope you'll enjoy this delicious and quick lunch someday!

With love,
Lara

Back from Summer break

Miss Leatherpants

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I know it's been a while since I wrote a blogpost... 4 months to be exact. We've had such a busy Summer (and Fall) with a lot of visitors and a lot of travelling. Which was really nice, I got to see my parents, 2 of my girlfriends, my parents-in-law and my cousin and I got to show them all around Canada, or well, all around Ontario and Quebec ;) Gordon and I went camping a lot and travelled to Copenhagen and Iceland. So I really wanted to just enjoy these moments in real life.  

Also, I didn't feel inspired to write a blogpost, so I decided to just don't force it and wait until the time was right again. To be honest, I'm still not sure if this is something I want to continue doing. I mean, I love writing and love posting on the blog. But lately I've been thinking a lot (actually not lately, I always think too much probably) about the direction of the blog. I don't want to only post outfits (I still will post those, since I do love putting an outfit together and showing you guys) and keep things superficial, but I want to dive into the deep.

I get kind of sick seeing all these oh-so-perfect-lives on all the blogs and Instagrams. I'm guilty as well, because of course you're not going to hang all the dirty laundry outside, but I do miss sincere and real conversations and topics to write about. Don't get me wrong, everyone is different, so please stay true to yourself, that's the most important thing. Don't do things because other people are doing it! 

So while I'll keep searching for my thing and the direction I want to go in with my blog, here are some of my outfits from our most recent trip to Copenhagen and Iceland. Which one do you like best?
I hope you'll stick with me and if you can relate, please let me know. Also, don't be shy to let me know what kind of topics you would love to see me write about. 

With love,
Lara

 Wearing: sneakers from adidas, socks from Lululemon, trousers from Frank And Oak and sweater from Mads Nørgaard

Wearing: sneakers from adidas, socks from Lululemon, trousers from Frank And Oak and sweater from Mads Nørgaard

 Wearing: sneakers from adidas, socks from Lululemon, suit from Frank And Oak, t-shirt from a Vintage Store in Montreal, sunglasses from Dior and bag from A.P.C.

Wearing: sneakers from adidas, socks from Lululemon, suit from Frank And Oak, t-shirt from a Vintage Store in Montreal, sunglasses from Dior and bag from A.P.C.

 Wearing: sneakers from Adidas, stockings from Simons, playsuit from Topshop, blouse from Maison Scotch, belt from McGregor, blazer from Frank And Oak and bag from A.P.C.

Wearing: sneakers from Adidas, stockings from Simons, playsuit from Topshop, blouse from Maison Scotch, belt from McGregor, blazer from Frank And Oak and bag from A.P.C.

 Wearing: ankle boots from Zara, jeans from Levi's, sweater from WoodWood and blazer from Frank And Oak

Wearing: ankle boots from Zara, jeans from Levi's, sweater from WoodWood and blazer from Frank And Oak

 Wearing: hiking boots from Columbia, pants from MEC, shell jacket from Arcteryx and hat from Fjällräven

Wearing: hiking boots from Columbia, pants from MEC, shell jacket from Arcteryx and hat from Fjällräven

 Wearing: sneakers from Adidas, trousers from Frank And Oak, cardigan from COS, blouse from Zara, belt from H&M and bag from A.P.C.

Wearing: sneakers from Adidas, trousers from Frank And Oak, cardigan from COS, blouse from Zara, belt from H&M and bag from A.P.C.