One-Year Anniversary Giveaway

It was last year in June when I decided to start My Quarter Life Surprise. Since then, it has been an amazing ride—thanks to everyone who decided to join me. 🙂

Over the past year, the blog has evolved into something I did not anticipate. I started the blog with a focus on food and wellness, but soon I noticed an interest in my work life. Questions about what I wore to work and how I prep my work lunches on the weekends became routine. That’s when I switched gears to provide my followers what they wanted: a peak into the life of a young career woman trying to do it all from putting together professional but cute outfits to meal-prepping on the weekend.

This wonderful first year of the blog was impossible without your support. The kind messages I have received everyday have motivated and inspired me.  To express my gratitude, I wanted to giveaway something that would add value to your life. I couldn’t think of anything better than a Daniel Wellington watch. I have worn mine every single day for the past two years and loved it.

To mark the first anniversary of My Quarter Life Surprise, I am giving one of you a Classic Petite Reading Daniel Wellington Watch. This giveaway is by no means sponsored by Daniel Wellington or another party. I have purchased the watch myself. 🙂

If you would like to enter the giveaway then:

  1. Follow me on Instagram.
  2. Tag two friends who you think would like my content in a comment on the giveaway post on my Instagram.

You can tag up to ten friends. Each tag will ensure an additional entry. The giveaway is open internationally and closes on the Friday, 30 June 2018 (CEST). 

Once again, thank you. And here is to hopefully many more years!



Grey Pleated Skirt Edit


When I started this blog, I did not think I would ever make a Style post, let alone dedicate a whole category to Style. But I have been surprised by the interest in my work outfits, which I occasionally post in Instagram stories.

I have no authority on style; far from having a fashion degree, I do not even subscribe to fashion magazines or follow anything going on in the fashion world.

That said, I do love styling for work because when I look good, I feel significantly more confident and empowered – and that is critical when you work in an industry dominated by men in suits.

So, thanks to everyone’s messages about making Style part of my blog and Instagram, I will be sharing at least one Style post a month (more if there is interest). 🙂

Without further ado, let me show you my outfit of the day.


This was totally candid, I promise. But seriously, how stunning is the peeking pearl jewelry? I love adding such intricate details to my style.


Fall officially started last weekend, however, trees in Amsterdam are yet to turn an exquisite burnt orange. Today, it is 20 degrees and sunny – perfect for pulling out my new grey pleated skirt. I have paired it with a plain white top, which is a thick knit and a pair of black edgy slingback heels. I completed the outfit with a deep berry & black coat. My bag is a muted grey and I use it pretty much on a daily basis for work.


Those heels are surprisingly comfortable for their height, FYI. I survived wearing them to my team’s Away Day last week.


Well, that is about it for today’s outfit. I hope you liked the pairings I have made for my Monday outfit! Please do share your feedback in terms of what you would like to see. Would a post about my key fall pieces be of interest? Let me know!

And lastly, a h u g e shout out to my husband for photographing the outfit and bearing with my lack of modelling skills. Nonetheless, I think he brought out the best in me, like always. 🙂

Here is a selfie at the end of what we thought was a pretty good first shoot!



Boss Pleated Skirt

Reiss Heels

Furla Handbag

Lipstick Mac



*Both the top and coat are oldies in my wardrobe that are no longer sold, so I have included links to similar items.