New hotspot :: xBank Amsterdam

Ik ben nu officieel met zwangerschapsverlof. Ons kindje is 3 juli uitgerekend, maar goed, dat zegt niets natuurlijk (de vorige was twee weken te laat). Tegenwoordig vul ik mijn dagen met babykleertjes sorteren, kasten organiseren, boeken lezen, Netflix kijken en Snapchatten (pas ontdekt!). Ook maak ik to-do-lijstjes voor als ik weer aan de slag ga. Ik heb veel plannen en leuke ideeën voor AURORA. Ik probeer me voor te stellen hoe het zal zijn, een tweede erbij. Soms voel ik me schuldig tegenover kind nummer een, dingen zullen voor hem flink veranderen. En soms maak ik me zorgen over hoe het allemaal moet met nummer twee. Je weet wel, van die gedachten: is mijn leven nu voorgoed voorbij en staat het nu voor altijd in dienst van de kids? Ga ik mijn lichaam ooit nog onder deze dikke buik terug vinden? Ben ik wel een goede moeder? Zullen ze zich goed ontwikkelen en gelukkig zijn? Zal mijn huis ooit nog echt opgeruimd zijn? (ik mis dat gevoel van een echt opgeruimd huis!) Dat soort gedachten. Het helpt mij nu enorm om me te concentreren op kleine stapjes vooruit (baby steps zeggen ze in het Amerikaans). Niet teveel bezig zijn met […]

Boekentip: Arita Baaijens – Zoektocht naar het paradijs

Een tijdje geleden hoorde ik Arita Baaijens spreken tijdens TedX Amsterdam en ik was onmiddellijk geboeid door deze bijzondere vrouw. Als enige Westerse vrouw bereisde ze in haar eentje en met kamelen de Sahara nadat ze haar baan als milieubioloog vaarwel zei. Haar reizen doen denken aan de ontdekkingsreizen van weleer en de moedige vrouwen die haar voorgingen in de zoektocht naar… tja, naar wat eigenlijk? We noemen bijvoorbeeld Alexandra David-Neel die begin 20ste eeuw diverse reizen naar het verre Oosten maakte, Amelia Earhart die als eerste vrouw de Atlantische Oceaan overvloog en de eveneens Hollandse Alexandrine Tinne die in 1861 Arita voorging en de Sahara doorkruiste (en nogal noodlottig aan haar einde kwam). Waar waren deze vrouwen naar op zoek? Wat hoopten ze te vinden? Wat drijft iemand ertoe een dergelijke reis te ondernemen? Arita vertelde dat de intense eenzaamheid haar kijk op het leven voorgoed veranderde. In de woestijn is er namelijk niets (behalve zand) waardoor er iets gebeurt met je perceptie; je valt terug op het pure bestaan. En, omdat er geen afleidingen zijn en niemand om je heen, kun je niet anders dan reflecteren. Deze confrontatie kan beangstigend zijn, maar maakt ook krachtig. Baaijens schreef over haar reizen […]

LoveStories Intimate

Being a woman is all about feeling comfortable in your skin. I struggled with insecurities as any woman I imagine up till my late twenties. But the last couple of years I feel more confident than ever. Beauty is about confidence and a certain nonchalance. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I don’t fit the standard beauty ideal and I don’t attempt to fit that mould any more. One thing I love is lingerie because it celebrates being a woman more than anything. LoveStories is a concept of Marloes Hoedeman, fashion and interior stylist. I love the delicate pieces and they are really affordable too. LoveStories has a shop in the Nine Streets area of Amsterdam but also sells online. Make sure to visit the shop when you’re in the neighborhood. You will love being a woman and being able to buy all this! (and your husband will probably thank you too). {Images via Ganbaroo PR}

Exhibition at FridayNext: Lyndie Dourthe

You all know how much of a fan I am of the French Lyndie Dourthe so when I heard that her work would be exhibited at one of my favorite stores in Amsterdam: FridayNext, I just had to go! It was a small but lovely exhibition that is certainly worth the visit. Her little globe universes always are so beautifully intricate and detailed to perfection. I would love to have one of her works someday, but in the meantime I will just have to look at these photo’s.

Shops to visit: Friday Next {Amsterdam}

A while back I visited Friday Next in Amsterdam together with Nina from Paper Stories. What a lovely shop! You can drink coffee there and have something to eat as well. We ate lunch there and would have stayed the whole day if possible! The store is packed with design furniture, accessories and lifestyle things. Everything is carefully selected. I wanted to buy the whole lot! (they also have a webshop)

Fashion: Lena Hoschek

Remember when I went to the Modefabriek? I was mostly inspired by MINT, but I did come across some brands I did not know yet. One of the stands that caught my eye in the section Refined+ was a very colorful one that seemed out of place because of its exotic and free spirited nature. The women’s clothes were all very beautiful, mostly dresses and skirts. I took a catalogue with me and was pleasantly surprised when I flipped through it back home. It had the most beautiful photo’s, of course with beautiful clothes, but the decor and feel of the campaign truly is fantastic. A lot of attention to detail went into it and as you may well know it’s all in the details. I wanted to share some of that beautiful catalogue with you, if you want to see it whole you can find it online here. The brand is Lena Hoscheck, an upmarket women fashion label from Austria. I suspect this catalogue will become a collectors-item. It’s really that great! {Because of the paper used for this catalogue – an off-white matt – any increase of ISO diminished sharpness and color. Since I’m not a professional photographer this […]

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 […]

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!