Brand: What we do

O my! I’ve discovered this lovely Danish brand What we do on Instagram. They do everything from web design to illustration and also recently introduced these beautiful plywood prints. I love the ones with the fox and the rabbit, but they are all very pretty. Check them out here or on their blog. One of each please!

Illustration: Joel Pinkman

These illustrations by Joel Pinkman which I found on one of my favorite current blogs The Jealous Curator just make me smile and I thought they are very fitting since everyone around me is talking about New Year’s resolutions. I’ve decided to skip the usual resolutions for once like dieting, exercising etc. I will not drive myself crazy by listing everything I think needs changing and then after a couple of months having to conclude most of it didn’t stick. I’m intrigued by resolutions though, I’ve read once you have to incorporate a change for 27 days in a row because that’s the amount of time your brain needs to view the change as routine. I thought this is ironic since I was born on the 27th and the number 7 has always played an important part in my life. So for me more mental resolutions like just taking the days as they come, listening to my body and to its needs, trying to float through life positively and staying true to me. How about that! O, and I totally agree with Rivka’s resolutions which you can read here.  And if you will now excuse me, I’m gonna eat a cookie (or […]

Fashion: Lesia Paramonova

While we are in the middle of the warmest winter in ages (you don’t really hear me complaining) I can easily get away with looking at summer collections past and present. According to the Russian fashion designer Lesia Paramonova her brand LES (Russian for ‘forest’) attempts to merge humans and nature. This is why you can see a lot of floral prints, animals and transparent materials in her collections. The photo’s of this collection are from her summer 2012 collection and I think they are really beautiful. Soft materials with flowers and animals, pure and feminine. Like a dream. Do check out her latest collection at her Tumblr site. She makes her own illustrations too. {all photo’s copyright Lesia Paramonova)

Happy New Year 2014

I’m looking forward to a new year since 2013 hasn’t been the best of years for me personally. I do hope 2014 will be better and happier and I wish that it will be for you too! So here’s too a wonderful and dreamy New Year!    {design by me: Aurora design}

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.

Photography: Annie Marie Musselman

Sometimes you see a book that really makes an impression. That happened to me in Frankfurt when I saw this beautiful book with photo’s by Annie Marie Musselman by Kehrer Verlag. The book is called Finding Trust and features photo’s taken at the Sarvey Wildlife Center of different animals that were rescued by the center. They suffered a trauma of some sort and needed to literally find trust again in life. The book really shows the vulnerability of animals and their innate innocence. I think humans have a responsibility to care for them, since we are the stronger species, but unfortunately we rather take advantage of our position. There seems to be no room in our self-made environment for wildlife anymore and we see fit to expose them to horrible pain and death. Of course this is devastating and it needs to stop. There is so much we can learn by looking at nature. About innocence and unconditional love and how we are all ONE. Photographer Annie Marie Musselman started this project seven years ago and while documenting their lives she was also involved with helping the patients. In turn they helped heal her from the grief of her parents […]

Flavourites Live 2013

I really enjoyed my visit to Flavourites Live. This time I also went to the business section where you could attend lectures and workshops by MamaMarketing and Ocher a.o. I really love the atmosphere with all the little shops but I must admit that maybe I’m becoming a little spoiled since I didn’t really see any new stuff. I guess this has something to do with me attending quite a lot of fairs and events…I did buy a great new hat by one label Yellow108 though. They are being sold here by webstore VivaLaVida and the story behind that brand is such an inspiring one. They take leftover pieces of material and recycle them into beautiful hats. Do make sure to check out the sustainable webstore VivaLaVida Lifestyle too run by Ilse and Jeroen, they were so very nice! Here are some pictures of my favorite stands with original products. {1. Kaartje of Kip – I really like their style / 2. Studio Saartje – O, how I wish I could sew… / 3. Ien en Mien – self-made bags / 4. De fabricage – Vintage furniture – love}

Artist: Harland Miller

Harland Miller (1964) calls himself an international Lonely Guy. He is a writer and an artist and these two professions are beautifully combined in his work. I love these Penguin-cover-inspired paintings. Don’t you?

In the meantime

In the meantime I went to the Frankfurt Buchmesse and was struck with the annual October cold. I am busier than ever behind the scenes and try to enjoy time with my little son (who is getting quite cheeky sometimes). I hope you are all well and thriving!

Woonbeurs 2013

Last week I went to the Woonbeurs together with a lot of other bloggers. We had an intense workshop and lecture day the day before from Meet the Blogger Amsterdam. Last year was the first time I attended MTB and it was very nice to see some of those bloggers again (and a lot of new faces) this year and a lot of inspiration came our way. I felt very thankful! Have a look at the list of attendees here to discover a lot of new nice blogs and posts on MTB and the Woonbeurs. I chose to only feature two shots I made at the Woonbeurs. I made a lot of photo’s, some can be seen on my Instagram, but I especially liked these and anyway: less is more! This coming week I will be heading to the Frankfurt Buchmesse to do some more trend discoveries. Have a nice week everyone! {photo’s + design by me}