Thursday, June 28, 2012

Madame Sugar Skull

(c) Katia Engell

Madame Sugar Skull started as a wide faced hipster with half her hair shaved off, she somehow ended up a mystical, day of the dead gypsy. Goes to show how things aren't always how they seem.

A lot of blogs have a series of sorts of honest, from the heart posts. I want to write a few. I feel like, lately especially, I've been thinking more than usual and have a lot of ideas and opinions that I think would be nice to share here. Interested? Maybe I'll make an illustration for each - and I actually just came up with this idea as I wrote that sentence so, I think I will do that! See how blogging helps with ideas and sorting out thoughts? I love you blogging.

And I love YOU followers! Haha.


Saturday, June 16, 2012


My grandfather passed away last night. Things might be a bit quiet around here while I spend time with my family in this difficult time. For now I'll leave you with a song and an illustration I made recently that I could easily say was my sub-conscience forseeing things, but regardless of that being true it strikes me as a visual representation of my grandfather's passing.

My grandfather was a stoic, sweet, quiet, gentleman who kept smiling his big old smile through his entire ordeal after the stroke, up until the last few hours before his passing when things got extra rough. As horrible as it was to witness him in such a state, I am so thankful for how amazing our family is for coming together and for having been there by his side until the very end. I am thankful that I was able to hold his hand through it all and tell him I loved him. I am thankful that those who couldn't be there are still here to support each other. I am thankful that I had such a fantastic man in my life. But most of all I am thankful that he is now in peace and in a better place, wherever that may be.

Jeg elsker dig Farfar, I love you.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Belgium: Food

Belgium had the best food. Ever. Period. Everything was extra crazy uber delicious, so I thought I'd be cruel and get your tummies rumblin' with a few pictures.

 There are as many chocolate stores are there are starbucks' here in the americas.
 This here is the best steak I've ever had in my entire life ever. It was perfect.

 "Croque Monsieur", kind of like a grilled cheese european style.

 Just a bit of Belgian beer. Shh.

 A lemon flavoured tiramisu!

 French fries, and an amazing fork with a little dent for your finger to press down on! I thought it was pretty cool....

And of course, a Belgian waffle in the streets of Brussels. Needless to say I came back about 500 pounds heavier but also immensely satisfied.

There's a lot going on behind the scenes in my life right now, and so I'm sorry I haven't been blogging much. Just been trying to deal with it all and keep myself sane and I haven't been in much of a blogg-y mood. I'll get back into it sooner or later. For now I'll stick to some Belgium-Picture sharing.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Belgium: Architecture.

I'm splitting up my 'All-about-Belgium' posts into three or four, starting with one (considerably photo-heavy) post about the amaazing architecture!

Wow-y. This is the first thing I wanted to talk about because it blew me away. Everything so old and ornate and magical. Every building has a story and every detail of it thought out so precisely. It's fantastic and it just sparks a daydream in me whenever I look at it all. 

These first few are the "Grote Markt" of Brussels, so the Grand Square which is a sort of historic 'downtown' of the city.  Each building was used for trade workers of the time, there's even little statues on each explaining what it was designated for.

This here is the Grote Markt of Bruges, which is a city known as the Venice of the North because it's got some great canals going through it!

Apparently Belgium was a huge centre for Art Nouveau architecture, including a lot of works by Horta who is really famous for it. My mom is a huge huge fan of Art Nouveau and so we went on a self-directed tour to see a few houses around Brussels that were made in the Art Nouveau style.

And then Antwerp! Which is the city where my mom grew up.

So even just by writing this post for you guys I've fallen in love all over again with the architecture. All the palaces even just the 'regular' houses are all so perfectly amazing and so different to what we have here. I love it.

Sorry for not posting all week, I've been getting over jet lag and trying to get back in the swing of things with work. But I'm gettin there!

I'll post again soon :)


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Amanda // Guest Post

Hello there! I'm Amanda and I blog over at From A Heart Overflowing!
When Katia asked me to guest post this week, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't extremely excited. I've gotten to know Katia more and more through the blogging world and she's just so lovely and the exact type of person I'd be great friends with. She has asked me to share a little bit about one of my favorite thrifted finds so here we go!

This blazer is one of my first ever thrift finds. I was at a local thrift store when I found this precious gem in between a plethora of oversized and outdated pant suits. To make it even better, it was a mere $3. Now that's what I call a deal. It's an incredibly versatile piece and during the colder months here in Arizona, I wear it with pretty much everything! Blazers are definitely something that should be a staple piece in every lady's wardrobe and thrift stores are fantastic places to find super cheap ones! I suggest trying them on and just being very patient as thrift stores can get a little bit overwhelming at times. When you do find that special piece, you will be so glad you waited! 
Thank you so much for reading my little post here! Feel free to stop by my blog at and say hello!
Amanda is one of the kindest souls, even her shirt in the lats photo appears to say 'sweet' ;) Hahaha! We chat a lot on the 'net and I totally agree that we'd make super duper friends! She also bakes. Really cute yummy stuff. It's awesome. How sweet is the colour of that blazer? I love how Amanda, no matter what her outfit, manages to pull off the girly look while staying sophisticated and clean cut! Make sure you check out her blog, you'll love her outfits and her positivity! 
Thank you so much for guest posting for me Amanda!
This wraps up the week's guest posting! I'm excited to come back to you guys with all of my Belgium trip photos! My mom and I are both total photo junkies so there will be MORE than enough photography happening over there.
Hope you've all been having lovely weeks!