Fashion

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 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 …

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 …

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

Un-Cluttered x Hutspot

So a few weeks ago, Hutspot asked me to do a short but fun shoot together. Hutspot is a combination of fashion, design and local art, aiming to offer a platform for young creatives. They have 5 stores now, including my hometown Eindhoven. Working with the local creative scene is something they love to do; for instance my boyfriend sold some of his art works over there. So yes, I was a fan already. (Also this is a subtile advice to visit their stores if you’re around, obviously). Anyway, the plan was to make it entirely ‘un-cluttered’, from styling and location to of course, my clean easthetics. Normally I’m the worst control freak (my boy knows XD), but I saw it as an opportunity to once let go of everything and trust the Hutspot-team in this one. Glad I did, because I love what we’ve created together. You can find the looks down below – including items from the Hutspot collection, Samsøe & Samsøe, Selected Femme and Frisur – together with some iPhone shots I …

Out of office

Sometimes you just want to escape your daily workspace to find a new focus elsewhere. And sometimes the solution is so easy: a concrete office, the best clean desk there is. No clutter, no dishes waiting for you, no dog screaming for attention. Only concrete floors and walls you can talk to. Sounds perfect to me. *Out of office Wearing & using: Berdine The Minimal XL & The Sleeve | Apple Macbook 13″ | Moss Copenhagen denim trousers | Nike Air Max 98 runners |