Fair shops to see: DEERN & more

I’m very happy to see that fair shops and websites continue to grow. Recently I got a press release from a new website where you can find ‘fair’ sustainable clothing and accessorizes. It’s an initiative of Annemarie de Raadt and it’s called de Goede Gids. It features every sustainable shop, brand and web store in Holland where they sell sustainable fair fashion (over 500 addresses are included). And in Ter Aar a new sustainable living store opened its doors. It’s called Cin in Wonen (the owner’s name is Cindy Buijsse): a space of 450 square meters where you can find vintage, antique, brocante and trendy furniture & accessories. Another great tip online is a webstore called Deern. It sells beautiful unique items for children, accessories and small items for your home. It designs and produces all its items in Holland in small quantities. If you are looking for a unique gift for the holidays make sure to pay them a visit. Emma Hagedorn, owner of Deern, was so kind to send me a knot bracelet to review, one of their unique selfmade designs, I love it! It reminds me of my father who actually taught me this knot on our […]

Fotoshoot with Holly Marder & Anouschka Rokebrand

A little while back the lovely Holly Marder from Avenue Lifestyle blog requested models on Facebook for an upcoming fotoshoot. Normally I’m kind off camera shy but since stepping out of my comfort zone is something I’m attempting to do more I emailed Holly for the specifics. I didn’t really have an idea what to expect but I found myself with a lot of other beautiful ladies making flower garlands in a beautiful styled space. It turned out to be a really fun day. Ajda Mehmet made a lot of delicious food which we got to eat at the end (!), Anouschka Rokebrand made beautiful photo’s and Holly Marder’s detailed styling and creative direction really was inspiring. It was a lot of fun to see how something like that comes together and all this hard work was rewarded with a feature on the ultimate wedding blog: Style Me Pretty. I’m very proud to have been a part of it! Thanks again Holly! Een tijdje geleden deed Holly Marder van Avenue Lifestyle blog een oproep op Facebook voor modellen voor een fotoshoot. Ik ben normaal gesproken nogal huiverig voor camera’s, maar aangezien ik er tegenwoordig een punt van maak dingen te doen […]

Strawberry Earth Fair – Mini Trendanalysis

For the Trendacademy we recently had to do a feel trip and record everything we thought was interesting and/ or exemplary for a particular trend. I chose to visit the Strawberry Earth Fair. We had to make a power point presentation and I thought it would be nice to share it here. The presentation highlights a couple of mini-trends and is just a visual overview of the festival. Here’s what I did: I identified a couple of mini-trends and named them, then I searched for images and I also made some photo’s myself. I gave the mini-trends names and embedded them in a larger story. This story is a bit to long to publish here, but you can get an idea just by looking at my slides. The festival says something about how and what we want to ‘experience’ during such an event and this of course is very interesting with regards to the future. * As of today I’m adding a Dutch translation of my posts for my Dutch readers / Vanaf vandaag zal ik ook een Nederlandse vertaling van mijn blogposts toevoegen voor mijn Nederlandse lezers. Voor de Trendacademy moesten we onlangs een feeltrip doen en daarbij alles […]

Inspirational book: ‘Good Food’ by Laurianne Ruhé

Nothing gets me more excited than people that work from the heart. It doesn’t matter what kind of work they do. If you work from the heart and dedicate your work to helping people and help raise our collective consciousness you are a hero to me. You can do that in small or big ways, that really doesn’t matter. If everyone works from the heart the world would be a better place! When I read Laurianne Ruhé’s new book Good Food I immediately felt that tingle of excitement. She is a leading example of working from the heart because she listened when her body told her she couldn’t maintain her unhealthy lifestyle. She went looking for ways to get better and searched for ways to educate herself on food and consciousness. In other words: she began exploring the old phrases “Let food be thy medicine.” and ” You are what you eat”. She changed her profession and became an orthomoleculair food expert. She now helps clients with food issues to enhance their food patterns in order to stay healthy or to become healthy. She does this by working with five ‘essentials‘: consciousness, find your poison, detox waste dump, good food […]

‘The Maybe’ – Tilda Swinton in MoMA

I love Tilda Swinton. I think she is the most ‘original’ person ever. She recently was in an art piece called The Maybe in MoMA, because, well nobody knows exactly why, but she probably felt like lying around in a glass box and call it: The Maybe (which is a beautiful poetic title). You can fill in your own story here. The museum’s statement read: An integral part of The Maybe’s incarnation at MoMA in 2013 is that there is no published schedule for its appearance, no artist’s statement released, no museum statement beyond this brief context, no public profile or image issued. Those who find it chance upon it for themselves, live and in real – shared – time: now we see it, now we don’t.”

Flavourites Live 2014 – it’s almost here!

One of my favorite events during the year is Flavourites Live. I’ve been going there from the very beginning and I’ve seen the event grow and grow. I also still love the website (and store now too!), it’s one of my basic go-to websites whenever I want to relax and browse some webshops. This year I’m going there with Nina from Paper Stories with whom I’m also maybe (fingers crossed) going to Maison & Objet this year (wow!!!) At Flavourites Live you can shop (till you drop) live at 130 web stores (!), there’s a Flavourites Live restaurant and Simply Slow (love that concept) is hosting get-together sessions. There is also a paper atelier where Monique from vlinspiratie will teach you all about wrapping your presents in new and creative ways (O, Nina is joining her on Saturday for that! How cool is that!). Mark 21 -23 november in your calendar! I’m going on Friday, come and say hi!

DDW 14 Dutch Design Week III Strijp-S & PHE

On my second day at DDW I went to the Strijp area and to Piet Hein Eek. I absolutely loved the industrial, rugged, hippy-3.0 feel of these area’s. They truly are places of inspiration and I thought it gave a good look into our potential future; the way we can use old buildings and create new purposes for them. There is really something futuristic about it, like walking around in some sci-fi landscape (the good one that is). Free places, where you can make beautiful murals on a wall or start a bbq outside. A place where creativity roams free without any confines. Next year I’m going to go here first and roam some more. This is my last post about the DDW. I have a lot of cool stuff coming up though! I’m doing two different styling shoots with products, there’s a book review and an interview with an inspiring lady that started a cool new initiative. I’ve decided to edit my ‘about’ page somewhat to highlight the direction this blog is heading. More on fair lifestyle, green choices and social design. And my blog will hopefully become a space where I can share my new found passion: trendwatching. […]

DDW14 Dutch Design Week II

I made so many photo’s during DDW I had to write another post on it (and maybe I will write another one, who knows?) Everything was so beautifully styled and perfect. It was just a photographer’s dream. You could just take photo’s all day long. One of the most beautiful things I saw were the silk fabrics by Hilde Koenders. I loved their delicacy and the geometric, abstract shapes made out of tulip petals that were reminscent of faces. Tulipbulbs were imported from Turkey during the golden age at excessively high prices. This work pays tribute to this historical fact by a series of abstract different compositions made with dried tulip leaves.  As a matter of fact I noticed a lot of delicate, airy, soft objects at DDW. The laser cut-out garments in black and white by Martijn van Strien, the Airplanting work by Carolijn Slottje for bringing nature inside for indoor people and the very special Carpet Versatile Volumes made by Tijmen Smeulders.

DDW14 Dutch Design Week I

So I went to the Dutch Design Week last Thursday and Friday. I really had the most inspiring two days (with a dramatic ending but more on that later). I loved being there on my own (a luxury as a mother) and I saw a lot. On Thursday I covered the central area starting with the VanAbbemuseum, Cityhall and the design route in the centre and on Friday I went to the Strijp Area and Piet Hein Eek. I especially loved this area and PHE also was great! Highlights for me were the Graduation Show of the Dutch Design Academy, Klokgebouw and the Schellensfactory. A lot of other bloggers wrote about the DDW so you can’t have missed it! Lonneke Huijbregts from Bubblemint organized a bloggerscafe for the first time during the DDW where bloggers gathered for a meet and greet. I met the lovely ladies behind Coosje and ViaMartine in person, I love it when online and offline sometimes meet! The turnout this year was even greater than last year, people know to find this event more and more. Make sure to come next year! I will! {1. Inventory – Atelier NL Sandbank Ongoing / 2. Klokgebouw / 3. […]

Centenarians

I have said it before, but I have trouble with having a strong opinion about something. Just because I think subjectivity is at the root of everything and the world is just a stage on which you perform a role. If you’re a dramatic person all you will see is emotion, if you’re very analytical all you will notice is the logic behind things. Things are not about things, they are about the people who see them (and beauty is in the eye of the beholder). Truth is not about truth, it’s personal. So all we do is organize things and come up with our own personal stories. The interesting part is the part where the stories meet, where there is some sort of common ground. Today at Trendacademy one of the teachers said trendwatching is all about organizing. The story comes when you connect the dots. And then still, it’s your personal story because you’re doing the organizing. I think that’s very intriguing. In my search for suitable images for this week’s assignment with the theme ‘ageing population‘ these photo’s by Karsten Thormaelen caught my eye. He photographed women and men that had reached the respectable age of 100. His […]