Annabelle Pesant X House of Articles: parisian chic in ghent

Hi everyone! Here I am, once again, with a fashion blog post. Lately I’ve been really enjoying reading about fashion on other people’s blogs, and I decided that I wanted to create some more fashion related content, too. After all, Rooftops & Runways started out as a ‘fashion and travel blog’. Last week I posted my blog post about my collaboration with Hunkemöller and I got so many sweet comments on it. Thank you so much for that! Today’s blog post is all about a fashion shoot I did some time ago with Naomi. In the summer, we went shooting together for the first time and since I really enjoyed that, I wanted to do this another time.

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My favourite items of the new Doutzen’s Stories collection by Hunkemöller

Last Tuesday, October 30, was the launch of the new “Doutzen’s Stories” collection by Hunkemöller. I got approached by Hunkemöller to be one of the first to receive some items of this collection, and of course I said yes! When it comes to lingerie, I have a soft spot for black lace, and this collection has a lot of that. I’ve always liked the designs by Hunkemöller and especially the ones from the collections in collaboration with dutch model Doutzen Kroes.

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Why the summer of 2018 was a special one for me

The warm weather we had this October has not made it easy to get into the “autumn spirit”, but I’m not complaining. Autumn and winter are still my favourite seasons, but the summer of 2018 was a very special one for me for several reasons, so I’m not quite ready to let that go yet. For the first time in my university career, I passed all of my exams so I had three longs months of vacation. In other words: plenty of time to travel! And that is exactly what this post is all about: my travels of July, August, and September 2018.

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Leopard skirt

Hi everyone! The past couple of days have been extremely busy for me as the new school year started on Monday. Last Saturday I came back from an amazing trip to Bali and the jet lag clearly affected my body more than I was expecting. This, plus the fact that my time table isn’t fixed yet made it quite of a stressful week for me. Today, however, is a Sunday, a day to de-stress and relax, and do one of the things I like the most: writing for my blog! Today’s blog post is all about an outfit I want to share with you.

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Vegan avocado and tofu poke bowl

Hi everyone! We’re almost halfway into the summer holidays and in July I was mostly working in a clothing boutique in Ghent. I’m only working a few days in August and September, because I will be traveling a lot (tomorrow I’m leaving for Venice and Verona!), and in between my last working days and the days I will be away, I like to get creative at home by trying out some new recipes. Yesterday I told my family that I would cook a vegan dinner for them, more specifically a tofu poke bowl with some sushi rolls as a side dish. Both my parents, sister, and I loved how this bowl turned out, so here’s the recipe, if you want to give it a try!

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Amsterdam hotspot: Pluk

Hi everyone! A couple of weeks ago I made a little trip to the Netherlands, to meet up with some girls I got to know in England last term. The plan was to meet in Amsterdam, have lunch together and visit the Rijksmuseum and then, in the evening, take the train to Utrecht. One of my Dutch friends has a place in Utrecht so the five of us could stay there. I arrived quite early with the coach  bus in Amsterdam, so I decided to look for a nice place to have breakfast, since the others hadn’t arrived yet. I had seen and heard a lot about Pluk, a breakfast- and lunch spot in the centre of the city.

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Vegan in Ghent: my recommendations (part 1: Breakfast & Coffee)

Hi everyone! Not everyone knows this about me, but the past couple of months my eating habits have changed drastically, since I am switching from a vegetarian to a vegan diet. I have not eaten meat or fish for almost four years now, and could not imagine ever going back. When I was in England for my Erasmus, I forced myself to eat vegan whenever I had the opportunity, and realized that this was easier than I thought it would be. Many restaurants had vegan options and vegan grocery shopping was an easy task. I think I can say that England is definitely ahead of Belgium when it comes to vegan food, especially since it has become sort of a trend, with a lot of celebrities opting for a plant based diet and vegan youtubers making ‘What I eat in a day’-videos. When I had to return home, I feared that it would be very hard to stick with my good resolutions. I knew that compared to what I was used to in England, the range of vegan products in the supermarkets would be limited and that some traditional (read: old-fashioned) restaurants don’t have anything fully plant based on their menus. That’s why I decided to do a little research and try out some supermarkets I would not normally go to, in order to find out what they have to offer. I came to the conclusion that a lot has changed already and is still changing when it comes to plant based food. Apart from checking out the supermarkets, I went through the online menus of all the places I used to go to in my university town Ghent, to see what I would still be allowed to eat as a vegan.

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I visited ‘the prettiest village in England’

The final days of my Erasmus in England could not have been more perfect: together with some friends I made a 4-day trip to Bristol, Bath, and Oxford. Besides those three, we wanted to see a part of the countryside, so we decided to visit a village part of the Cotswolds. I had often seen pictures of a village called Castle Combe (thanks to the Instagram feed of @alixelay), situated on the Southern edge of the Cotswolds region. On the second day of our trip, we booked an Uber and left for what I would remember as one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.

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My favourite places to eat in Canterbury

Although three and a half months seemed like a really long time before I left my hometown behind to start my ‘erasmus adventure’, as I like to call it, time has passed so quickly and I can hardly believe it’s almost time to go home. During my time in Canterbury I spent a lot of time just wandering around in the city, stopping for a coffee and a cake now and then (or, as I’m in England, a ‘cream tea’) and I would often get up early to have breakfast at one of the many coffee houses. Like this, I discovered some really nice places which I would like to show to you.

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Erasmus update: How’s life in England?

I can’t believe my last blog post was published on September 11, more than two months ago! As you may know, I’m studying in England at the moment. On the fifteenth of September I arrived with a lot of suitcases, feeling nervous yet excited, in the beautiful Canterbury, where I have been spending the past two months and a half. I feel like the time has passed so quickly and so many things have happened, so I wanted to look back at it for a moment and write a blog post about how I have experienced my ‘Erasmus adventure’ so far. So if you’re curious to know how I’m doing at the moment and how I spend my time in Canterbury, keep on reading!

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