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 #2

I had a wonderful weekend. On Sunday I met some Twitter friends in real life at a Twitter meet-up (thanks for hosting Rivka!). And last Friday I was at the Dyson blogger event. I met some other bloggers, got a lot of information on the latest Dyson product and ate delicious little cakes. So for now just some things I love. Happy week everyone! {1. Andrew Holder Sun Chaser print  / 2. Bookhou bag / 3. Fine Little Day porcelain tea set via Stoer in Style / 4.Lizzy Stewart book Toska.

Lucky (ethical) bag – PHILOMIJN

Ok. So I have this obsession for bags. It is nothing less, I tell you, than a real genuine Obsession with a capital O. There is always a good excuse to buy a bag. I love them in all forms and sizes, from simple tote bags to the real expensive ones to the fair trade ones made with respect to our environment. I have to say that I am becoming more and more conscious of fair trade ecofashion and I highly appreciate these initiatives. Nothing is so important than our environment and it is high time we take into consideration the footsteps we set on this earth. An ethical bag is even better than a normal bag, I tell you! Recently I discovered these two Dutch brands who are both producing clothes and accessories with respect. The first one is called Studio Jux and they make the most thrilling fair wear. The second is Philomijn, a leather brand that makes the most beautiful leather products. As of next season her products are also completely made with ecological leather from German cows who have had an animal friendly life. She also uses natural dyes like rhubarb and mimosa for colouring. Her bags are truly beautiful. I am so glad we […]