Great shops to visit in my hometown: MINGUZ

It’s been almost two years since we moved to Haarlem and I love this city a little bit more every day. I’ve never been that kind of person that feels at home in a particular city, I guess I have the soul of a wanderer, I can make my bed (or hut) everywhere and feel pretty much at ease (proof of this lies in the fact I’ve lived in Almere for more than a decade; a windy kind of place without any sort of creativeness to it). But, I have to admit I’m getting spoiled. I’m getting used to the cute shops and the cosy restaurants and the juicebars (BOS) and all the great places where you can find even greater coffee .(I could go on and on about Haarlem’s lovely shopping climate (the best of the country they say) but well, this post then would go on and on. For now I wanted to give you one great tip, a store that recently opened its doors, a hidden gem you have to make sure to visit. It’s called MINGUZ and it carries a selection of fine clothing brands, jewelry and lifestyle items. Head to Haarlem for your Christmas shopping! And […]

Carly Waito paintings – Amethyst

Lately I’ve been immersed in other worlds. I’m reading a lot of books and due to what’s turning out to be a true Netflix-addiction I’m also seeing a lot of series and movies. I’ve been busy organizing my Pinterest boards and added some new ones. Do have a look and follow me there! I’m having a month off from the Trendacademy and I’m making the most of it by trying to get as much inspiration as possible. I’m reading stuff about sacred geometry and crystals and since synchronicity is a thing in my life these days I came across these beautiful painted crystals by Carly Waito. I chose to feature the amethyst stone since it’s one of my personal favorites. A stone that comes in different hues of purple and pink. Amethyst is considered a stone of spiritual protection and purification. It facilitates the higher mind and it allows one to take action based on higher guidance and spiritual understanding. There are a lot more properties attributed to them, for more information I recommend reading The Book of Stones by Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian; a comprehensive encyclopedia of stones, minerals and crystals. I wish you all a peaceful and balanced december! […]

Lidewij Edelkoort – Vanities {the mythology of self}

I wanted to go to Lidewij Edelkoort for years. I’m a fan because I think she’s visually one of the strongest (if not the strongest) one in the field and her work is more than just showing the latest trends, it’s very nigh to making art. She’s considered the Grand Dame of trendwatching and her forecasts are world renowned. But, for years I simply missed her. That is to say until I started with trendwatching myself. Because as soon as I started with the Trendacademy this inspiring world of trendwatchers and trend forecasters opened before me and in a matter of months I saw the biggest names in the Dutch business. And then I got the opportunity to see Li. Of course I wanted to see Li. So I went to Vanities, her latest presentation of SS16 which was preceded by a presentation of active wear. Personally I don’t have a thing for active wear, but according to Lidewij active wear is going to be BIG. We all want comfort in our mobile lives and this comfort wear is going to the next level. She illustrated this by highlighting the sneaker trend and showing that sneakers have now made their […]

From the cutting room floor: Lourdes

I’ve been busy with working on my end presentation for module 1 of the Trendacademy (more on that later). It’s over now and it went well (although there’s always room for improvement) and now I have a month off. It’s already pretty much booked with spending the holidays with family and going to exhibitions and also with writing for this blog and the other one. So for now I wanted to leave you with a couple of photo’s (from the cutting room floor) I made during my summer holiday when we visited the most crazy touristy city I’ve ever been to: Lourdes. Well, I’ve been to other touristy cities of course, but religion was not the main attraction so to say and I’ve really marveled at this strange combination of religious worship and the commercialisation of everything from Maria to Bernadette and the baby Jezus. And all this without blinking an eye. Stores full of Maria’s and Bernadette’s and holy water and people stuffing their basket full with little statues, prayer images etc. It was strangely intriguing though. Ik heb het heel druk gehad met het werken aan mijn eindpresentatie voor module 1 van de Trendacademy (waarover later meer). Het […]

Fair shops to see: DEERN & more

I’m very happy to see that fair shops and websites continue to grow. Recently I got a press release from a new website where you can find ‘fair’ sustainable clothing and accessorizes. It’s an initiative of Annemarie de Raadt and it’s called de Goede Gids. It features every sustainable shop, brand and web store in Holland where they sell sustainable fair fashion (over 500 addresses are included). And in Ter Aar a new sustainable living store opened its doors. It’s called Cin in Wonen (the owner’s name is Cindy Buijsse): a space of 450 square meters where you can find vintage, antique, brocante and trendy furniture & accessories. Another great tip online is a webstore called Deern. It sells beautiful unique items for children, accessories and small items for your home. It designs and produces all its items in Holland in small quantities. If you are looking for a unique gift for the holidays make sure to pay them a visit. Emma Hagedorn, owner of Deern, was so kind to send me a knot bracelet to review, one of their unique selfmade designs, I love it! It reminds me of my father who actually taught me this knot on our […]

Fotoshoot with Holly Marder & Anouschka Rokebrand

A little while back the lovely Holly Marder from Avenue Lifestyle blog requested models on Facebook for an upcoming fotoshoot. Normally I’m kind off camera shy but since stepping out of my comfort zone is something I’m attempting to do more I emailed Holly for the specifics. I didn’t really have an idea what to expect but I found myself with a lot of other beautiful ladies making flower garlands in a beautiful styled space. It turned out to be a really fun day. Ajda Mehmet made a lot of delicious food which we got to eat at the end (!), Anouschka Rokebrand made beautiful photo’s and Holly Marder’s detailed styling and creative direction really was inspiring. It was a lot of fun to see how something like that comes together and all this hard work was rewarded with a feature on the ultimate wedding blog: Style Me Pretty. I’m very proud to have been a part of it! Thanks again Holly! Een tijdje geleden deed Holly Marder van Avenue Lifestyle blog een oproep op Facebook voor modellen voor een fotoshoot. Ik ben normaal gesproken nogal huiverig voor camera’s, maar aangezien ik er tegenwoordig een punt van maak dingen te doen […]

Strawberry Earth Fair – Mini Trendanalysis

For the Trendacademy we recently had to do a feel trip and record everything we thought was interesting and/ or exemplary for a particular trend. I chose to visit the Strawberry Earth Fair. We had to make a power point presentation and I thought it would be nice to share it here. The presentation highlights a couple of mini-trends and is just a visual overview of the festival. Here’s what I did: I identified a couple of mini-trends and named them, then I searched for images and I also made some photo’s myself. I gave the mini-trends names and embedded them in a larger story. This story is a bit to long to publish here, but you can get an idea just by looking at my slides. The festival says something about how and what we want to ‘experience’ during such an event and this of course is very interesting with regards to the future. * As of today I’m adding a Dutch translation of my posts for my Dutch readers / Vanaf vandaag zal ik ook een Nederlandse vertaling van mijn blogposts toevoegen voor mijn Nederlandse lezers. Voor de Trendacademy moesten we onlangs een feeltrip doen en daarbij alles […]

Inspirational book: ‘Good Food’ by Laurianne Ruhé

Nothing gets me more excited than people that work from the heart. It doesn’t matter what kind of work they do. If you work from the heart and dedicate your work to helping people and help raise our collective consciousness you are a hero to me. You can do that in small or big ways, that really doesn’t matter. If everyone works from the heart the world would be a better place! When I read Laurianne Ruhé’s new book Good Food I immediately felt that tingle of excitement. She is a leading example of working from the heart because she listened when her body told her she couldn’t maintain her unhealthy lifestyle. She went looking for ways to get better and searched for ways to educate herself on food and consciousness. In other words: she began exploring the old phrases “Let food be thy medicine.” and ” You are what you eat”. She changed her profession and became an orthomoleculair food expert. She now helps clients with food issues to enhance their food patterns in order to stay healthy or to become healthy. She does this by working with five ‘essentials‘: consciousness, find your poison, detox waste dump, good food […]

‘The Maybe’ – Tilda Swinton in MoMA

I love Tilda Swinton. I think she is the most ‘original’ person ever. She recently was in an art piece called The Maybe in MoMA, because, well nobody knows exactly why, but she probably felt like lying around in a glass box and call it: The Maybe (which is a beautiful poetic title). You can fill in your own story here. The museum’s statement read: An integral part of The Maybe’s incarnation at MoMA in 2013 is that there is no published schedule for its appearance, no artist’s statement released, no museum statement beyond this brief context, no public profile or image issued. Those who find it chance upon it for themselves, live and in real – shared – time: now we see it, now we don’t.”

Flavourites Live 2014 – it’s almost here!

One of my favorite events during the year is Flavourites Live. I’ve been going there from the very beginning and I’ve seen the event grow and grow. I also still love the website (and store now too!), it’s one of my basic go-to websites whenever I want to relax and browse some webshops. This year I’m going there with Nina from Paper Stories with whom I’m also maybe (fingers crossed) going to Maison & Objet this year (wow!!!) At Flavourites Live you can shop (till you drop) live at 130 web stores (!), there’s a Flavourites Live restaurant and Simply Slow (love that concept) is hosting get-together sessions. There is also a paper atelier where Monique from vlinspiratie will teach you all about wrapping your presents in new and creative ways (O, Nina is joining her on Saturday for that! How cool is that!). Mark 21 -23 november in your calendar! I’m going on Friday, come and say hi!