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 for 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.





Saturday, 27 December 2014

2015 - are you ready?

I am with my new pink ('skin') (the grey one is Daan's) diary by Dutch graphic designer Marjolein Delhaas! I know, pretty old school, but I just can't get enough of a good paper journal. :)








Friday, 28 November 2014

The White Ones

I did something bad (well, sort of, you know how spending money on pretty things sometimes makes you feel a bit guilty? That kind of bad). You might remember how I bought my pair of Adriana metallic silver sneakers a little while ago. They're really the best (perfect fit, I could walk on them for hours and I LOVE their color). The thing was that I was actually looking for some white sneakers from the start and when I found out ACNE was selling their Adriana sneakers in white again, I just had to have them. So I ordered them. I got them last week and they're also soooo good. Look at them! I think this time I will even leave those faces on... ;) And that bad feeling, it's already gone. I'm sure these white companions are a worthy addition to my closet.


© Eva V.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Thank God it's Good Friday

I've been wanting to tell you more about Goede Vrijdag in Utrecht for a while. It has been open for about six months now and as I mentioned before, it's really the cutest little coffee bar in town. Located in a former bridge keeper's house next to the Tolsteeg Bridge (yes, that one) and consisting of less than 30 m2 spread over two floors (yes, for real), Goede Vrijdag functions as a coffee bar, warehouse and concert venue. During the day you can sit down here for a cup of coffee, tea or some specialty soda (make sure you belong to the first 8-10 people getting in, otherwise.... full! (although this week some extra seats were created downstairs, so there is now an escape)). Besides that you are free to buy basically all the stuff (vintage, quirky, a lot) displayed in the place and twice a month a live concert is held in the basement (that can hold around 20 persons standing - yep, tiny is the keyword here). Goede Vrijdag is owned by three guys, all graduates from the University of the Arts Utrecht. Their background in design comes back everywhere you look - the bar, the little benches, most of the lighting, the menus (and I'm probably forgetting a whole lot of other things): it was all designed and made with care by the owners themselves, which really gives it a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Make sure to pay this little treasure a visit!










© Eva V.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Croc pile

I'm in love with these little wooden crocodiles, that try to look tough but meanwhile are the cutest little creatures I can think of. They are designed by Karl Zahn for the lovely AREAWARE (you already know I'm a fan of their wooden toys) and can be stapled in a dozen ways (hence their stage name 'CROC PILE'). Although not considered suitable for children under 36 months, I couldn't resist buying these little acrobats for our soon-to-be-expected baby to play with in due time (which as you understand is just a lousy excuse for buying them to have them myself ;)).



© Eva V.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Maria

Last week I went to see Maria Jobse in her studio in Amsterdam. She makes the most beautiful bags (I have one, as shown on the blog before). I had been looking for a proper bag for work for a while (right now I'm using my Fjällräven Kanken, which is really convenient but not necessarily the smartest option around ;)) and found this pretty suitcase on Maria's website. After contacting her to see where I could see it in real life, Maria invited me over to her studio.

So there I went and we had the best time (well, at least I had ;)). I think we talked for more than an hour over tea and chocolate about so many things - intuition, creativity, finding a balance between commerce and authenticity, and much more. It almost felt like catching up with a friend. But there was also the reason of my visit (we almost forgot): the suitcase! It was even prettier than on the photos and I decided to go for it. Since it was a sample and some elements still needed a final finishing touch, I don't have it yet so right now I'm practicing in being patient (not that I need any working bag at the moment, as my maternity leave just started (hooray!), but I might just stretch it's purpose to everyday necessity ;)).

I'm really curious how Maria's brand and company will develop. It started only a few years ago, but seems already quite established. I'm sure there is a lot potential. Maria was kind enough to let me take some photos in her cozy studio - see below (the suitcase in the front on the first photo is going to be mine!).








© Eva V.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Surreal

Last weekend I climbed Mont Ventoux in France. Well, climbing... I didn't exactly bike my way up like my super fanatic colleagues did (I was on a business trip), but - as it suits a pregnant girl (yesss, another baby on its way! :)) - I drove a car (hey, someone needs to take care of the cheering and action photography!). Anyhow, at the top, there was this view. Quite surreal with that round thing (apparently a weather station) don't you think? Reminds me of some Star Wars episode (not that I ever watched a Star Wars movie, but still). Can you see the spaceships coming? ;)