Modefabriek 2013 #1

Last monday I went to the January edition of the Modefabriek in Amsterdam. I have been fortunate enough to attend the last two editions too, so by now I have a pretty good idea which areas I have to check out. I have to see MINT  (with ambassador Egbert-Jan Weeber) of course and another area called Trash and Treasures which is pretty cool and a little bit edgy. I like the fair, clean and hip environment of MINT. Actually maybe it’s even my most favorite part of the fair. But I have to say I also get really inspired by the ‘Garage Sale Extraordinare’ where thirty sellers are handpicked to showcase (and sell!!) their handmade, vintage or young designer fashion and accessories. For me the Modefabriek was all about the details this edition. So lots of accessories and small details that caught my eye. I have posted some pics on Instagram too and will highlight some new brands the coming weeks.   {1. Modefabriek promo photo / 2. Options department store selection in MINT area / 3. *eco* People Tree dress designed by Peter Jensen / 4. *eco* Granny’s Finest selection of knitwear in MINT area / 5. *eco* O My Bag […]

Shops to visit: Restored

Whenever I’m in Amsterdam I try to squeeze in as much quality shops in the (often) limited time I have. Every time I try to cover one particular area, such as the Pijp or Noord or center. I usually know exactly what stores I want to see and in most cases there even is a time plan involved. You could say I’m a little bit neurotic that way. The funny thing is I usually don’t prepare at all whenever I go and visit a foreign city. Foreign cities and their unknown treasures, the enormous quantity of must-see shops: they have a way of paralyzing me. “There is no way to see everything so I might as well just go and see what pops up.” is usually my city trip or vacation attitude. Since I had plenty of time to get to know Amsterdam (I was born and raised in Amstelveen which is kind of its suburb) I have conquered the paralysis as far as this city is concerned. I know it inside out (like my back pocket as we Dutch folk say). Last Saturday I went to Restored on the Haarlemmerdijk, a shop I wanted to see for ages (I […]

Alphabet Bags giveaway

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas? I spent my days with family and just relaxed, ate a lot of chocolate and sweets (whoops) and tried to get some things done of my never ending list… I was rather unsuccessful with that, but still have one more week before I have to go back to work, so maybe next week will be my most productive… I promised you a smashing giveaway and here it is! Maybe some of you read the decor8 blog, I have been a fan for a while now. I love Holly’s blog and work, I think she’s an amazing blogqueen. I really would like to do a real-live workshop and meet her and when I read she recently held one in her home city Hannover, I was of course intrigued. It seemed like such a nice get together with amazing other bloggers and really educating as well. I would love to go next time! I have to confess the goody bag filled with sponsor goodies Holly gave her students made me drool and even slightly impaired my speech for a while… It was AMAZING! I especially loved the Alphabet Bags and could not get over […]

Some things I love #4

Christmas is upon us and I keep thinking about shiny golden accessories. We already had snow this year but it was a bit early, would be nice if we had a white Christmas though. I would like a bright blue sky with a bright sun and a snowy white world. It always reminds me of skiing (which I love). Just some things I love, next post will be more Christmassy I promise! {1. Brass collar by Young Frankk // 2.  White golden cups Pinterest via Sterling Style // 3. Words via Soleadusthere on Pinterest  // 4. Boya lamp by Environment via Dering Hall //  

Fashion: Mara Hoffman

Whilst browsing the internet I stumbled upon the beautiful colorful clothes by Mara Hoffman (she has a sale going on!). I love small independent labels, they just are so much more personal. Whilst researching her I saw these pictures of her fall collection 2012. Okay, so they are last year, but they are so beautiful! I couldn’t find a more recent campaign (except the one of the swimwear collection), but I do hope she will make more. I like this campaign, it’s abstract colorful and a bit dark and sinister with the crows (they symbolize death you know). I think it nicely represents those two sides in our personality: the sweet versus the mysterious. She makes amazing pieces! Please do make sure to follow her boards on Pinterest or follow her on Facebook. Fan!   {Photographer Olivia Malone // Stylist Richard Ruiz // hair and makeup Katie Wedlund // Jewelry Kria // Collage Kimberly Dulaney}

Some things I love #3

November already and it’s getting really chilly and dark outside. I don’t know about you, but I’m beginning to miss the sun… November gets me thinking about wooden cabins and a burning fire, warm sweaters and hot chocolate… Is it Christmas yet? {1. Eric Bompard kashmere sweater / 2. Crocheted stone via Pinterest / 3. Wouters & Hendrix feather bracelet / 4. Tree wallpaper via Houzz }

Shops to visit: Cottoncake

Recently I visited the Pijp thanks to a great party I will blog about on another occasion. I got the chance to visit some great shops like Zublim and Cottoncake. I was particularly smitten by this last wee little shop. The interior was just so perfect and they served delicious home brewed coffee that came out of a grand looking coffee machine and the clothes and accessories they had were just amazing. My heart just skips a beat in such a perfect place. Just the right mix too between sweet and ‘stoer’. I bought a way to expensive blazer jacket in a beautiful matte green by Minimum. Sometimes you just have to splurge! And did you know their beautiful moth logo was designed by LaFarme? Please do make sure to visit if you have the chance!