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!

Woonbeurs 2012 #2

Some more pics from the Woonbeurs 2012. I just love these sort of events, I could keep on taking pictures! In two weeks you can find me at the Frankfurt Buchmesse for work, another kind of atmosphere, but with the same sort of inspirational vibe. I would love to travel to Milan and go to Interieur 2012 in Kortrijk or Maison & Objet in Paris too. Maybe next time… who knows? {1. & 2. Loved the 101woonideeën house! I could have shot every inch! / 3. Beautiful colours and stand by IJmcolour / 4.Lovely handknit lamps by Peanuts & Cherry’s I would love one! / Stand by one of my current favorite webshops Designlemonade with pillows by FermLiving and teaset by House of Rym}

Woonbeurs 2012 #1

This year for the first time I was incredibly fortunate to attend the Woonbeurs as press. I never thought of myself as press although now in a way I sort of am. On Tuesday I attended the bloggersmeeting hosted by Sanoma Media. I saw a lot of other inspiring bloggers there and was so impressed by their passion and enthusiasm. We were welcomed by the editor in chief of three (!) magazines by Sanoma. She was a true inspirational lady and she had so much energy! She talked about how we all were busy branding ourselves and that one blogger was a whole magazine into oneself. I thought it was very interesting she said you should always stay true to yourself. I couldn’t agree more. This is why I only blog about things I think are worthwhile. This blog is my personal view on beauty (and it is sort of pastel and if possible eco-friendly, because these are things that reflect who I am). My blog isn’t as much about trends (although a good eye always discovers trends I think), but it’s about esthetics. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This blog is my ‘eye’ and I do […]

Fashion: Esprit RCA limited edition

Yesterday I was in Amsterdam to eat sushi with one of my friends when I came across the ESPRIT shop. Their window display immediately stopped me in my tracks because it was made up of really beautiful clothes and amazing illustration art. I must confess I haven’t been in an ESPRIT shop for ages, but these clothes were simply amazing. I found out they have been made in a limited edition only in a collaboration with the Royal College of Art. In the words of ESPRIT: “Graduating RCA students were asked to create a collection that broached the question of whether fashion can be truly sustainable. The collection was also to reflect the zeitgeist of the student’s generation.” Three collections were chosen, the one by Julia Mackenroth, Ryan Mercer and Rachel Hall. The playful illustration work of Andy Rementer was used to visualize the campaign. For me this collection embraces everything I think is important in fashion: wearable, timeless and creative pieces. What’s even more great is that it’s a truly sustainable eco friendly collection!  

Places to visit: Museum of textiles Tilburg

During our vacation we went to a B&B in Brabant for a couple of days. We were close to the Efteling which we visited and we were also close to Tilburg. I wanted to visit the Audax museum of textiles located in Tilburg for a while now and here we had the perfect opportunity! I made some pics at the museum, we enjoyed ourselves very much. If you love beautiful fabrics and would like to know more about their history and how they were produced and their production now this is just the place to visit.  

Dawanda design extravaganza

I’ve been on holiday a couple of weeks and though I didn’t intend it, it became a short break from blogging too. We mostly relaxed and enjoyed the weather when it was good, read a good book or magazine when not, and really just tried to take things slow. Yesterday, to celebrate the end of my vacation, I went to the DaWanda design market at hotel Meininger in Amsterdam. DaWanda just launched a Dutch site and promoted it by having a design market with 100 handmade and unique DaWanda sellers. I was impressed by how good everything was organized. They even had somebody standing at station Sloterdijk to show people coming by train where to go, everyone received a really nice goody bag and there where beautiful flyers and floor plans. I was also honored as a blogger to be invited to the press meeting, but due to a grand logistic blunder I arrived too late for that! Such a pity, especially since it was a good chance to meet all the fellow bloggers again. A couple of weeks ago I was happy to receive a gift from DaWanda Holland. They sent this beautiful lasercut tree made by All Things we […]

Fashion: Impressions Modefabriek Amsterdam 2012

Last Monday, when the weather was hot, I went to the Modefabriek in Amsterdam. I went there on the invitation of this sweet lady who organised one of the most inspiring area’s there called MINT. That area was fantastic as it was last time, you can read all about it here. There are some great photo’s too. The rest of the fair was pretty modest but I did snap a few shots of things I thought were pretty. I loved the Fifteen area cafe by Jamie Oliver! I felt a little bit like Alice in Wonderland after eating too much mushroom… {I restaurant area set up by Fifteen restaurant / II & III graduation design outfits by fashion students from all over Holland / IV Pink set up / V Collection Sessun / VI Collection Nice things by Paloma S.}

Some things I love #1

Some things I love. Have a nice weekend everyone! { I Marie Piel swan necklace / II Le scriban desk Margaux Keller via Mocoloco / III Imm tea cups via Huset / IV japanese postcard via options}

Magazine madness #3: RIKA

Whenever I’m in Amsterdam and have a chance I always stop by the Rika Boutique. The label is incredibly popular, even with big Hollywood celebs I understand, but before I knew all that I already was a fan of her strong, basic, elegant style. I also love her trademark bags with the stars (also before I knew these were the most sought after). I have a knack for finding the trends you know… The label is high end so a bag is not something you would buy in a whim, however they do have an outlet store opposite the boutique. There I recently found one of my treasure of treasures: a large pink bag with the signature Rika stars. Above the outlet you can stay in Maison Rika: a guesthouse completely styled by Ulrika Lundgren herself and to my surprise and huge joy I even found a magazine called (you guessed it): RIKA. If you don’t have a copy you must get one, it’s truly a work of art and encompasses the Rika-style perfectly.   {Rika Magazine Spring-Summer 2012 – No. 6 / I bought Rika at Athenaeum, but I also saw the magazine at the AKO Amsterdam CS}

Kindred spirits #2: Elle aime

After my involuntary blogbreak and the most hectic weeks maybe all-time, we are now more and more settling in our new home. In the coming weeks I will share with you parts of our new house, but for now I wanted to share with you the interview I had with Lisa Manuels owner of Shop elle aime. I love her illustrations and workshops, I made buttons and did a bookbinding workshop last weekend with tweeps Rivka from rrauw and Nina from Paper stories. Lisa is just the most lovely person and I was very pleased she agreed to answer my questions. Who are you and what it is that you do exactly? My name is Lisa Manuels and I make illustrations, I create, collect, sell and give workshops! In the north of Rotterdam I own a small shop named Elle aime. There I sell my own illustrations and creations, but also those of other designers and creators from all over the world. I also organise and teach many different creative workshops there. How did you get to be so creative? Probably because it runs in the family a little bit. Actually almost everyone I know is creative, everyone in his […]