It's been the third year that these sweet girls came all the way from Hamburg to celebrate their special friendship with a photo shoot with me ... and I couldn't be any happier. I can't find words to sum up their unique bond, it's one of the greatest gifts in life. They are girlfriends, best friends, soulmates and confidants. They always enlighten, inspire, and empower each other, and they go through thick and thin. They value each other, they equally give and take, they openly share their vulnerability and they have the most beautiful „band aids" to fix any problem. And when one of them celebrates her birthday, they go out of their way to the moon and back to make sure it will be their best day ever. These girls just have it all ... a beautiful friendship is something you can't buy. It's worth a million dollar, and yet it doesn't cost anything ... it comes straight from the heart.
Please enjoy a few images of these three sunshines .... Here's to all our girlfriends! xoxo
Ten years ago we were all immediately smitten and head over heels in love with the lovely Wietske van Tongeren. I literally met her on stage of the musical „Elisabeth" while shooting her with our adorable six-year-old model Marina for our 46PLUS celebrity wall calendar 2007 in order to raise down syndrome awareness.
Wietske is one of these people who light up any room. She beams like a thousand-watt bulb. She's utterly beautiful inside and out. She has the brightest blue eyes and her smile is huge and uninhibited. When you talk to her she makes you feel you're the only person in the room and that you're extraordinary. Her heart is open to everyone she encounters. You leave her happier and better.
Also ten years ago, Wietske met the love of her life. Also on stage of Elisabeth. I am not exaggerating when I say that Martin is the male equivalent to her. They have so much chemistry together, they just make the perfect match. He's as handsome and charming as a James Bond (seriously, he'd be the perfect next James Bond!), has an adventurous soul and makes everyone feel at ease around him. He has also bright blue eyes for which others would kill for. These two are full of humor and their laughter is contagious.
At the beginning of this year these two gems were blessed with the cutest baby boy. Jonah is such a little heartbreaker - you just wanna eat him up! Please enjoy a few very many images of these rock stars, but be totally aware before you start scrolling down that this post might very well cause some serious baby fever. And for more Wietske goodness, go see her performing on stage of the musical „Rocky".
Wietske, Martin and Jonah, you are such a sweet little family. Thank you for a wonderful morning full of bliss and belly laughs! You definitely give this world good energy!
Every now and then it seems like a surprising wake-up call in the middle of the night when I realize again that my little muse Juliana isn't so little anymore. I believe that certain moments are much more powerful in realizing that she's now a grown-up teenager than counting all the candles on her birthday cake when she turned 14 last November. One of these moments was when her whole class went to see the musical „Tarzan", and it was super super important for her what dress to wear that night and how to style her long hair. I think three weeks prior to the show we had no other topic here. Also her girlfriends had no other topic, and they discussed different style options in front of her wardrobe. I had almost forgotten how much important the outside can be for a girl growing up.
That night Juliana and her bestie Janina dressed all up (so very cute: Janina all in white, Juliana all in black. The girls looked like ebony & ivory ... if you've been following me on Instagram, you might have seen a photo of these two darlings) and went to the theater. When I picked them up, Juliana looked both super happy and also sad. Happy, because she loved the show and had a great time with all her friends. But sad when she told me that the crush of her life didn't even notice her, but rather preferred to hang out the whole time with his buddies. That was heartbreaking ... Welcome to puberty and all the ups and downs!
All of this reminded me of how important it is to raise my girl with unconditional love and affirmations through words and actions. To let her know that she's beautiful and that I believe in her.
Although this little quote below seems to pop up everywhere on social media at the moment, it is a beautiful reminder and should hang in every girl's room: Stand up for what you believe in. It's not the outside, but the inside that counts. You are pretty. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Life is all about giving out love, letting it come in, being kind, and bringing joy into this world.
Happy Tuesday, everyone!