Author: Chloë Alyshea

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 …

OER Ceramics workshop by Kirstie van Noort & Lotte de Raadt

Last month I joined one of the OER Ceramics workshops hosted by Kirstie van Noort & Lotte de Raadt at NulZes, Eindhoven. It’s a workshop where you learn how to make and color your own porcelain tableware. As a digital creative I was looking for other ways to create instead from behind a screen. Wether it’s with my computer, laptop, phone or camera, there’s always a screen involved. Something that can be quite tiresome if it’s your day to day job. So I started to look for physical inspiring activities, and when I found out about the OER workshops I got super excited right away. I’ve always been interested in ceramics. I love the minimal designs of it, the pure materials and the craftwork that’s involved. So yes, I was really curious to find out how it’s made and the story behind it. What’s it about So the workshop is part of their OER project, where Kirstie & Lotte harvested iron ore from different wetlands across Europe. “The project started in 2016 in a small …

Exposition: Ann Veronica Janssens at De Pont

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I went to visit one of my fave museums in my country: De Pont in Tilburg. The exposition from Ann Veronica Janssens just had opened but I already heard good stories about it. A perfect excuse to visit this inspiring modern art place again. The work of Ann Veronica Janssens is all about light, color and space. She creates true magic with her sculptures and installations, making the invisible visible. I love how her work interacts with her audience, so you even become part of the artwork yourself. For me, the highlight of the exposition is Ann’s ‘white cube’ experience. It’s a cube filled with mist, which you can enter and explore. Okay, what’s so special about it you must think. It’s the way Ann uses the presence of different lights, which makes you disorientate completely. It was a real challenge to find the walls of the cube, and I even started to think if I was all alone in there (there are only 5 people allowed at …

Fall silhouettes

This Fall look revolves around this white bag I got gifted from the super sweet bag designer Yvette van Eijndhoven. You might’ve seen I visited her studio earlier this week, to see where she works and creates. Yvette started as an interior designer, but took a slightly different direction a few years ago to start make bags. Her collection holds leather bags that are recognisable by their clean cut and simple silhouettes. Durable designs for the long term run, true essentials you can say. Lately she’s experimenting with other fabrics as well, like transparant PVC, mesh, wool and canvas bags like mine. But still manages to maintain the minimalistic silhouettes she’s known for. Oh, and all handmade. I felt really inspired when I left her atelier in the Gruyterfabriek. I didn’t only took the white canvas bag with me back home, it was filled with her personal stories. I just love it when I get to meet likeminded creatives, sharing the same visions and love for clean aesthetics. It reminds me to appreciate personal contact …

Fuck Black Friday

FUCK BLACK FRIDAY. Yes you read that right. The day everyone’s hitting the stores to find the best deals out there. But true costs are: we pay a very high price in the end. A destroyed planet caused by endless consumerism. What if I tell you there IS actually a good black friday deal? For one week, starting on Black Friday, Ullac are raising their prices by 10%. They will double that 10% and give it ALL to War Child. While you’re fighting over a new pair of shoes, this organisation helps children in areas with serious conflicts. They keep ‘m safe, give them education and eventually equip them with skills for the future. Give them all the support they need: love. So head over to Ullac and be excellent to each other. Long live love. Oh, and if you like my Fuck Black Friday tee, read this carefully: all profits of this limited tee are going to War Child UK. So you’re not buying a sweater, you’re spreading love. But you are also getting …

Walking on cloud nine with adidas’ POD S3.1

I’m really excited to share my latest project in collaboration with adidas Eindhoven. They hooked me up with their latest adidas Pod S3.1 sneakers, in my fave colorway: white, more white and a little bit of black. I paired them up with a flowy slip dress, worn with an oversized white shirt (which I found at the plus size section at H&M sssttt). The belt I’ve made on my own. Really simple, clean and sophisticated with lots of movement involved. Exactly how I like it. Look at the results down below, included a few shots together with Mike de Wolff (adidas), shot by Remy de Boysere. Wearing: Look 1: adidas Originals: sneakers | H&M: slipdress & shirt | The Boyscouts: all jewelry | Weekday: sunglasses | Look 2: adidas Originals: sneakers | Mosch Copenhagen: denim trousers | H&M: denim jacket (men’s) | The Boyscouts: all jewelry | Weekday: sunglasses |

Orange affair

Wait what. Orange? Color? Neon poppings?? Eh yes, I’m wearing color. I’m actually having an affair with Mr. bright orange… But hey, may I for once :D I paired it up with Weekday’s latest Limited Edition Denim collection. The ecru tones are the perfect fit for Mr. bright orange, don’t ya think? Well… kinda like this love story