Monday, 8 June 2015

Wolfen

Another highlight of our Berlin visit was the shop of Wolfen, a Berlin based fashion brand for both men and women. Its collection is quite classical, but so distinguishing when it comes to detail, quality and color use (ah those colors!!). The store is simple but beautiful and you instantly want to feel all the clothes in there. I spoiled myself with two pieces: one is a dotted, knee-length dress (see picture 2), that is so classical that it's close to old-fashioned - which is totally downplayed by its fine print and cutting details. I decided that it needs either my flat, off-white lace-up shoes by MOMA or the most fine, black pumps there are - which I don't own, so I'm going flat white ;). The other thing is a simple blue shirt dress - perfect for the summer holidays. So when on Auguststrasse, don't forget to sneak in here too (it's on number 41).





Wednesday, 3 June 2015

I read you!

Last weekend we were in Berlin (no kids involved) (thank you parents-in-law)! Unfortunately the usual suspects - our dear friends Lasse & Shino - weren't there this time, but we had a great time with Lot & Pim (Daan's sister + her boyfriend, who temporarily live in Berlin) and some good restaurants, shops, cycling and - last but not least - weather! One of them was old time favorite do you read me?! - one of my favorite bookshops all around the globe (or maybe even further). Think of any pretty/cool/inspiring magazine and they have it. For sure. The address is Auguststrasse 28 (Mitte). Go there if you're around. You'll like it. Positive.



Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Dries van Noten

When in Antwerp, don't forget to visit the Dries van Noten exhibition 'Inspiration' in the MoMu Fashion Museum. It's the very first time the fashion designer discloses his oeuvre in any exhibition and reveals the singularity of his creative process, illustrated with numerous sources of inspiration. Worth a visit!




Monday, 27 April 2015

Do it Duplo

Rosa (2) loves to build. Towers and houses are her favorite. Ideally the blocks are divided into categories (rectangles, squares, arches) before stacked carefully. Assistance is rarely accepted and after construction is finished, deconstruction usually follows soon to make place for a new creation. The addition of animals added a whole new dimension to the building art. Her parents are wondering if, skipping the whole Lego thing, stones and cement could be next and are already thinking of a kitchen expansion.







Thursday, 23 April 2015

Rotterdam Part 2

Rotterdam... There was this place called heaven where they sold a funny type of bag (do you know it?  It's this brand called Susan Bijl. It's so cool, you should really check it out. Oh wait, I might have mentioned it before on the blog.... not sure... ;)), but of course there was more! Highlights: coffee at Hopper, shopping at Nen Xavier (one of my favorite shops in Rotterdam, located on the Van Oldebarneveltstraat. Nen is such a nice guy. I didn't manage to take a good photo of him, maybe next time...), lunch at the Fenix Food Factory at Katendrecht, just cycling around town, crossing the river Maas. There was a lot of stuff that I wanted to check out but missed (the 'Oude Noorden' part of town, Objet TrouvĂ©, one or two of the cool museums Rotterdam has to offer), but this means there is still more than enough left to explore next time. :)

p.s. the photos shown on the first photo are part of the graduation project 'Bean shot' of Rotterdam artist Aukje Simone van Rossum






Photo 1-3: @ Fenix Food Factory; photo 4: @ Nen Xavier;
photo 5: coffee at Hopper; photo 6: cycling around at Katendrecht

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Is this heaven?

After the Antwerp afternoon with my friend Josja, I knew it was time to take it one step further: spending a day in Rotterdam, alone. I like Rotterdam, I like (read: need) being on myself every now and then and why not take advantage of the fact that my baby had his first full day at the day care? The perfect treat before heading back to work. Besides visiting some of the usual stuff (Nen Xavier, Wendela van Dijk), there were some new places on my list. And on top - of course - was Susan Bijl's new shop. I had missed the opening (child birth - let's just say I was occupied ;)), but at least I now had the shop to myself - including the owner! It turns out that Susan Bijl is nice as a bag and as a person. If possible (I do doubt that), I'm now even more a fan. Susan Bijl rules.





Saturday, 11 April 2015

Antwerp

From the coffee at Vitrin to the familiar vitrines at Wouters & Hendrix' new shop, Antwerp sure did its best when visiting during the last weeks of my maternity leave* (after the obligatory pumping at the parking - yes, you moms know what I'm talking about - I did think I deserved it though). I realised again how close it actually is to my home town Utrecht and am definitely planning on visiting more often. Antwerp, dank u!

* which ended 1,5 week ago already - I'm so much behind with this blog (again, you moms out there will understand; two kids are more time consuming than one ;)) I promise I'll try to catch up!




Monday, 16 February 2015

Happy belated Valentine's Day!

Photo taken last year, in a photo booth at Le 104 in Paris (the city of looove!). Valentine's Day is not really my thing (I rather do something romantic on a regular day than conforming to the international calendar of love), but it's a good excuse for sharing photos of you and your love. ;)



Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Oscar

On 30 November 2014 our son Oscar was born. We're so happy and thankful.

Birth card design again by our dear friend Lasse Kusk (Berlin), letterpress by DE POSTHUMUSWINKEL (Amsterdam). The little anchor represents hope and the symbol has been built over the geometrical shapes used for our daughter Rosa's card.