Friday, 4 July 2014

From silver to classic

My sun protector for the summer: this Panama hat from Ecuador. Let it shine!

© Eva V.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Monday, 23 June 2014

Gone silver

Oh... the luck! Last week I visited the ACNE shop in Amsterdam, where they happened to have 1 last pair left of their Adriana Metallic Silver sneakers in exactly my size. I wasn't really looking for silver sneakers, but remembered some images of silver sneakers that I pinned on Pinterest which I thought were really cool and suddenly wearing silver sneakers was a serious option. They fitted great and looked great AND.... were 50% off (yes!). I did some figuring out how about to combine them (m i n i m a l  is the keyword I figured out) and not long after I was the happy owner of a pair of new sneakers. (For those who wonder where the face logo lace accessory went: I removed it - a little too much for me to handle ;))

Sunday, 15 June 2014

The making of... our own elderflower sirup!

Two weeks ago, we went searching for elderflower (not a difficult task - it's everywhere right now) with our friends Fleur & Fabian, to make or own elderflower sirup (again - Daan made it the week before too, but obviously one can never have enough homemade elderflower sirup, so off we went). Finishing business was done by Fleur (our chef) and I can only say the sirup is great. With water - plain or sparkling - and, if you like, a slice of lemon it's the perfect refreshing drink for hot summer days. The recipe you can find below (from River Cottage).

Ingredients: about 25 elderflower heads | finely grated zest of 3 unwaxed lemons and 1 orange, and their juice (about 150 ml in total) | 1000g sugar | 50g citric acid 
Directions: inspect the elderflower heads carefully and remove any insects. Place the flower heads in a large bowl together with the orange and lemon zest. Bring 1,5 litres water to the boil and pour over the elderflowers and citrus zest. Cover and leave overnight to infuse. Strain the liquid through a scalded jelly bag or piece of muslin and pour into a saucepan. Add the sugar, the lemon and orange juice and the citric acid (if using). Heat gently to dissolve the sugar, then brig to a simmer and cook for a couple of minutes. Use a funnel to pour the hot syrup into sterilised bottles. Seal the bottles with swing-top lids, sterilised screw-tops or corks.

© Eva V.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Friday, 30 May 2014

Birthday present no. 2

I told you about the Nordic Delight Norwegian Night Daan took me to for my birthday, but there is another birthday gift I want to share - it's this clothes rack that Daan made for me. So sweet - I told him I wanted something like this and that I found one that I liked but that was way too expensive, so he decided to make his own version. I think it's so cool!

Currently on the rack (from left to right): vintage dress, via Nen Xavier; white shirt, Equipment; graphic shirt, Acne; black shirt, En-dress by Endresz; dark-grey cardigan, Hope. And under it: white shoes, MOMA; black shoes, Church's. Oh and there's a little belt from A.P.C.

© Eva V.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Revolution 030

My lovely daughter - now 1,5 years old - who has been very much into Daft Punk lately. ;-) (trust me, this was not my idea)

p.s. on the black Wassily style chair are a brownish plaid from Humanoid and a yellow blanket by Tina Ratzer. Oh and Rosa is wearing a pink cotton dress by Gray Label + a woolen fleece jacket by Cosilana (available on

©  Eva V.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Lunch at Tomek & Suzanne

Last Sunday we were invited by Tomek & Suzanne for a full monty 12-course lunch at their 'living room restaurant' SMAK. On Saturday SMAK was already open because of the international Restaurant Day, but Tomek and Suzanne decided to open their doors for another day (yay!!). Tomek is a chef, we first met him in a restaurant where he used to work. He got off the radar for a little while when traveling with his lovely girlfriend Suzanne, but we met again in Vaartsche Rijn (one of our favorite restaurants in Utrecht), where he now works. Then there was the Norwegian Night at Ekko (the one I told you about), where Tomek and Suzanne happened to be too. We had a great evening together and were so happy to receive their lunch invitation afterwards. And what a lunch it was... WOW. Out of their tiny kitchen the most incredible dishes appeared, each so pure of taste and so carefully presented. There were a Polish influence (Tomek is from Poland), refined cooking techniques, the loveliest wines and a lot of passion. Below is a little photographic report. Tomek & Suzanne, thanks so much!!!

© Eva V.