Connecting the dots – hoe doe je dat eigenlijk?

Achter de schermen was het hectisch bij AURORA de laatste tijd. Ik hield mijn eindpresentatie Connecting the Dots voor de Trendacademy (en mag mezelf nu officieel trendwatcher noemen), ik had een eerste gesprek met een zakelijk mentor die mij gaat bijstaan met zakelijk advies en maakte mijn allereerste nieuwsbrief! Hierin valt te lezen waar ik allemaal mee bezig ben, voor hen die het leuk vinden: je kunt je makkelijk abonneren hier in de sidebar. Ondertussen verdiepte ik mij in Facebook- en affiliate marketing en probeerde ik mijn adressenbestand ‘schoon’ te krijgen. En dan waren er nog cliënten! Ik werk met Natascha Koningsveld van Colour&Spice aan een rebranding van haar website en de ontwikkeling van online programma’s; we herschrijven teksten, coördineren vormgeving en fotografie en wat nog meer ter tafel komt. Een heel fijn project met een geweldige vrouw! Like de Colour&Spice The Holistic Way of Beauty pagina op FB (en die van mij natuurlijk ;)) om op de hoogte te blijven! Na onze vakantie (we sluiten het loket van 24 juli tot 15 augustus) staan ons een aantal spannende dingen te wachten, waar we tegen die tijd melding van zullen maken. Voor nu wensen we iedereen een hele fijne zomer […]

We are live! (Mercury was in retrograde)

Welcome dear souls on my new website and blog! I’m very happy to finally show you all the result of many months of work (and lots of almost-losing-it-experiences). For now the site is in Dutch only, but I’m working on incorporating a language plugin so please bear with me. There are some small bits that need adjusting and a newsletter plugin that needs to be set in place, but we’ll see to that too! This site has been a Process. From mapping out my new professional business to working on the actual site, I have learned a lot! I couldn’t have made this site without the invaluable WordPress help of Nina, the SEO crash-course of Saskia and countless others who have behind the scenes have been mostly incredibly enthusiastic about my new adventure. Those who weren’t were, I know, just warning me for being idealistic, naive and vague, in short they warned me for being me. So publishing and trendwatching is an unlikely combo, but hey, I’m here to show the world how this creative agency dedicated to conscious living can rock the world. In life we do have to follow our dream even if our dream brings us to […]

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! […]

ShowUp (again)

I felt really inspired after visiting ShowUp this weekend. After I saw all these creative people living their dream by ‘creating’ I thought more about my creative dreams and about finding a way to do something with them. The problem with me is that I like so many different things. I like photography and fashion, design and illustration to name just a few. And then there is this whole ‘spiritual’ side of me (which I rarely share here). How can I ever choose one thing? Sometimes I feel I’m doomed not being really good in anything (creative I mean). “The difference between them and you is that they just do it.” Nina said to me and she is right of course although she’s putting a little bit too much trust in my talent… Having the guts and just going for it! Not being over analytical and critical! Not being an absolute perfectionist! The art of letting go… and just doing it! {1. Flower by Vlinder&Vogel / 2. Belgian made cute retro style by Froy & Dind / 3. Candles and more beauty by Mo man tai / 4. Two sisters living the dream (and making amazing stuff while doing so: […]

ShowUp 2014

I had the best weekend! On Saturday I was one of the models for one of Holly’s gorgeous bridalshoots *blush* with the amazing photographer Anouschka Rokebrand (more on that soon) and today I went to the ShowUp trade fair with Nina from Paper Stories. We saw a lot of beautiful stuff and on top of that it was just really nice to be inspired together with a friend. I will pick some brands to blog about in the coming weeks, but here are just some inspirational photo’s I made. I made them with my iPhone.. my little boy dropped (yes, I did say dropped) my Nikon camera this morning and now it’s kind off not zooming anymore.. In fact it’s not doing much anymore.. Any tips for a good camera are more than welcome! As far as highlights go: THE VENUE! The trade fair has grown so much! {1. Ferm Living via Kolk & Kolk Agenturen // 2. Mimi’s Circus Fiep Westendorp via Nordic Child Agencies  // 3. House of Rym via UnikDesign // 4. Anny& Esmé Hofman}

Magic

I’m a total Instagram-fan from the very beginning and all these new photo apps to me are just like heaven. You can make amazing collages without Photoshop (which is on my wish list for a long time). I think it’s great, although I don’t know how companies like Adobe feel about apps like Bazaart. To me however there can never be enough art and enough people that are able to make art (or beautiful things). All these apps for me signify a lot of happiness, an outlet for creativity. Pure magic!  

~ SuTurno ~

I’m a sucker for accessoires. Hats, bags, jewelry, belts; you name it, I want it. I think there is nothing better than finding the perfect accessory. There is something about that perfect accessory: it promises a life of adventure and romance. You can dream about being the perfect woman… I love these beautiful scarves by SuTurno, a Spanish brand, they are simply dreamy: SuTurno was founded in Madrid by Julia Vergara and Javier Gutierrez Bayo. We work on different design areas and media (fashion, interiors, graphics…). We are specialist in print design and have worked in projects for international clients such as Marc by Marc Jacobs, Jocomomola by Sybilla, Baum und Pferdgarten, Norse Projects, Hoss Intropia, Zara Home, Loreak Mendian, Indiwoman, Hakei, Laga. We also run our own brand, SuTurno, where our personal projects are carefully crafted in limited numbers by local artisans, combining quality natural materials and striking prints. All of our items are made in the UE.

Motherhood

Yesterday I thought about being a mother and about how hard and surreal I think it is. Still. I see my boy growing up so fast and I can barely keep up. It’s still unimaginable that he’s my son, my incredible special boy. I do hope you all had a special Mothersday on which you honored the women that brought you into this life. However strange, intense, hard, loving or confusing your own relationship with your mother may be, she is still the one who held you when you cried at night. Or sat with you when you were sick. When I think about the love I received from my mother (and still do), I feel I’m blessed and I hope I can be half as good a mother as she was to me. {1. Tamara Muller / 2. Nancy Straughan}

Julie Filipenko

How I wish I could draw like… Julie Filipenko. I would buy me some nice pencils and create a nice place to work and then sketch and draw all day long. We have a calm weekend ahead. I wish you a happy Eastern and hope you will have some time to join the easter egg hunt!