Year: 2019

In a state of calmness

A few weeks ago I had the chance to meet up with the lovely Marieke, owner of slow fashion label Aesthetic Stories. While we were sipping on our cup of coffees, she told me more about her brand and their innovative values. Aesthetics Stories clearly is here to shake up the industry with their consciously designed garments. Their latest collection ‘Quietude’ is a perfect example of that. Made of 100% organic cotton,  they take their mission to create a healthy fashion industry to a serious level.   “Quietude grasps a moment of silence in our vibrant yet sometimes chaotic lifestyle. It channels the nurture for nature, the calmness we tend to miss on a regular day, and the female capabilities we embrace.” – Aesthetic Stories   For me personally, quietude means to be in a certain state of calmness. It can be the easy things in life. From morning walks through the park with my dog to new plant ‘babies’ sprouting at home, reading inspiring books, enjoying a nice hot bath at my parents, exploring …

When life gives you lemons

Me and Berdine are back! A while ago we had our first collaboration, which you can see here. And we thought it was about time for something fresh and new, so here it is… Nothing beats a fresh lemon right?! ;P For those who don’t know Berdine yet, she’s a bag/accessory designer where sustainability plays a mayor role. Everything she makes is made by hand, creating timeless, minimal and unisex designs. As she likes to say by herself: “every item I design is made with love for perfection.” And that’s no lie! Two weeks ago we met up for the first time in real life (which is always a bit weird when you talk to each other on the gram on a weekly base), and from the first minute we saw each other, it felt like we were really good friends. Friends with the same taste for aesthetics, and friends with the same vision on fashion, durability and sustainability. We had a real connection going on there. After a super delicious lunch, the sweet Berdine …

A lesson about reflecting, by Robin Lois

I’m super thrilled to share this series, shot by the super talented Robin Lois. Robin & and I met through Instagram a while ago, and not long after we found out we really live close by, basically around the corner. Such a coincidence, right? So she asked me to come over to model for a fun project of hers, and that’s when we also found out we both have a Japanese dog of almost the same age and we both share the same Indonesian roots. Which was even more coincidental! Even though this was our first meeting, it felt like we already knew each other for such a long time. These moments are extra dear to me, in a world where everyone connects behind a screen more, and more. I just love to meet up with likeminded creatives like Robin, and support each other in our work and all the aspirations we have. It reminds me to stay present in the physical world, and to keep connecting with new people to share our ideas and …

A backpack filled with a dose of good conscience

I while ago I talked about my 2019 goals, and one of them was ‘buying with a more conscious mind’. Translating this into investing more in durable brands who care about the environment and their production processes. And pinqponq does all of that. They not only bring really minimal backpacks and accessories to the table, but also merge design, functionality and sustainability seamlessly together. All of their fabrics are 100% made of recycled PET bottles. And that’s not it. They also make sure toxic chemicals are completely kept out of the supply chain. They also work with the Fair Wear Foundation to improve the workplace conditions in their factories in Vietnam. To make it complete, their products are also peta approved vegan, so no animals were hurt either. Which means pinqponq cares about everything, everyone and everywhere. It definitely inspires me to continue with my future goals, to also care about my surroundings more. That’s why I decided to, among other things, quit using PET bottles from now on. (I think there’s more than enough …

Less is More | Museum Voorlinden

Last week my boyfriend and I were invited by Museum Voorlinden for another #emptyvoorlinden meet-up. This time it’s all about the ‘Less is More’ exhibition. Like the name already suggests, the expo questions our Western habits about always wanting more in an era where our living standards are higher than ever. Why are we never satisfied? A question that comes to my mind lately more and more as well. I try to be more conscious when it comes to consuming. I want to contribute to a healthy planet, and fashion is quite the opposite. It’s one of the top-5 most polluting industries in the world, alongside the oil industry. Shocking right? Consuming becomes more addictive, and we buy more clothing and stuff than we need. Stacey Dooley captured fashion’s dirty secrets in a shocking documentary, and I highly recommend to watch it. I found this one that’s available to watch until March 7th, so please do while you can. It’s a true eye opener. Luckily there’s a counter-movement emerging. Think of durable, sustainable fashion, but …

Getting transparant with you

2019 is all about getting more transparant for me. I want to be more personal with you, talking about my private life a bit more and get to know you better as well. I realised I always keep things at a distance in the digital world, but in real life it’s definitely not the case. I think it’s because it’s kind of weird to tell personal stuff to a ‘screen’, instead of a person who’s sharing the same room as you. But hey, let’s just give it a try. New year, new me, here I am :P Lately I’ve been a bit absent from everything. I think I owe you an explanation of that. Some might know, other’s might not, but I’m running my own content creation agency besides blogging. It’s my fulltime job for three years now, and I am enjoying it to the fullest. It’s the best freedom you can have: being your own boss and to decide who you want to work with and who not, when you are working ánd where …