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Berlin Fashion Week diary

Last week Berlin Fashion Week took place from 3-5 July. When I saw the invitations coming in, there was no doubt. This time I would go and visit. And this time I brought one of my besties with me, Chiyen Lam. Chiyen is a friend I know through Instagram long long time ago. We – my boyfriend and I – published her work back in the days through our online magazine THRLD, and the contact still remained. If you watch my Stories, I’m pretty sure you saw her face pop up ;) So funny how E-friends (you know, people you know from the internets), can turn into one of your closest friends. Meet Chiyen Lam So who is this girl? She def deserves a proper introduction if you don’t know her already. Chiyen is a Fashion Design graduate at the Willem de Kooning Academie Rotterdam. During her study she lived and worked for half a year in London while doing an internship at fashion label House of Sunny. She returned, graduated and she’s now a …

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Voorlinden Bakery Case pop-up | Wayne Thiebaud expo opening

Two weeks ago I was invited to attend Wayne Thiebaud’s exposition opening at Museum Voorlinden. Next to figures and landscapes, the American artist is especially famed for his super-tasty paintings of cakes, ice-cream and hotdogs. Iconic for the American culture. Voorlinden explained to us they are the first European museum hosting a full exhibition with Thiebaud’s works and it was about time to introduce it to their audience, and I get why. Thibaud’s blobs of syrupy paint makes you almost drool, as the dry paint almost looks like real cake icing. So don’t come with an empty stomach, there’s a great chance you want to lick off the paintings ;). When we arrived early in the morning, they welcomed us in the museum garden at their Bakery Case pop-up. In this way the museum actually brought Thiebaud’s paintings to life. It was not only very tempting for the hungry belly, but just as much a lust for the eye. We sat down in the sun, got some super delicious homemade cake and cappuccino served, while …

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A weekend filled with art

Last weekend my boyfriend and I spent a night away in Rotterdam, staying in the always lovely STROOM hotel. You might recognise it from our previous visit a year ago (which you can read back over here). We came back to enjoy bits of Art Rotterdam, and visited the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum for the first time. We saw classic pieces from René Magritte, but also the much anticipated ‘Infinity Mirror Room’ from Yayoj Kusuma and impressive modern paintings from Tomas Rajlich. We were quite overwhelmed by the amount of art, rooms and collections, and stayed there for almost 3 hours. Can’t wait until they’re going to renovate next year. From what I’ve heard and read, it must be promising. The next day we went to Voorlinden for the second time. (Check my recap of our first visit over here). It felt like coming home again, I know how weird that may sound. But the museum is everything you can ask for: super spacious rooms, massive installations, collections from the best renowned artists like Richard …

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Celebrating a decade of love in Lagos, Portugal

I’m very excited to share this visual diary of our trip to Lagos, Portugal, a few weeks ago. A special mini vacay, as my boy and I celebrated our tenth anniversary. Whoosh, a decade of love! After browsing for quite some time to find the perfect destination to celebrate this huge milestone, we stumbled upon hotel Casa Mãe on Instagram. We immediately fell in love with the clean aesthetics of the white building and serene rooms. When we saw it included a bath for your own, a triangle pool, delicious organic foods and its location close to the beaches, we decided to go for it. And wow, what a place! First up is this visual diary of all the sweet memories we made together. Lagos really mesmerised us. A lovely small town with picturesque houses, narrow roads and beautiful nature and scenery… and good food :). If you ever look for a not so touristy place in the Algarve, Lagos is your way to explore South Portugal like a local would. Enjoy!

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Tourist in your own hometown

Spending a night away in your own hometown as a tourist, is something I’ve always wanted to experience. It allows you to see the city where you grew up, from a different point of view. So when the new Student Hotel invited us for a night over, my boy & I obviously couldn’t resist. The Student Hotel recently opened their doors in Eindhoven, and now welcomes everyone to their hybrid utopia. Not only students as you might think, but also curious city-explorers, tourists, young professionals and locals. This new presence didn’t go unnoticed. As a matter of fact: you could call them the new eyecatcher in our ‘skyline’. The building points almost 80 metres into the sky, which makes it an impressive appearance. They host different facilities; from a gym to a library, long & short-stay rooms, lounge spots and bar-restaurant The Pool for some appetizing breakfast, lunch and dinner. Oh, and cocktails! So Jordi and I grabbed some stuff together (what do you pack for one night when living around the corner?) and checked-in …

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A night at Stroom Rotterdam

A few days ago Jordi and I spent a night at the lovely Stroom Rotterdam hotel. We were up for a little get-away to enjoy Art Rotterdam, we thought it would be fun to add a sleep-over as well. After looking around I came across Stroom Rotterdam, and it seemed to be the perfect stay for our short sleep-over. The hotel has this natural industrial vibe as it used to be a electricity (‘stroom’ in Dutch) factory during the beginning of the 20th century. They def succeed at keeping remains of their history, while combining with a modern interior. We stayed at a split level studio which felt a bit as a home, like, I could really live here. Think of a huge bath, two rain showers (!), a Smeg fridge, coffee machine, Rituals products, a boxspring bed and two tv’s. You can image we were not bored. At all. One night was way too short, obviously! We enjoyed Rotterdam at its best, even though we had to conquer the freezing temperatures and snow. Next …

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Museum Voorlinden

A few weeks ago I was finally able to visit Museum Voorlinden, a contemporary art museum in Wassenaar. Officially opened in September 2016, showcasing Joop van Caldenborgh’s private collection. Also known as the Caldic Collection, the biggest private art collection of The Netherlands. The Caldic Collection involves pieces collected since the early seventies, and consists of paintings, sculptures, collages and photography works from the 20th century. Think of names like Ai WeiWei, Damien Hirst, James Turrell (Skyspace), Richard Serra (Open Ended) and Ron Mueck (Couple under an umbrella). Next to the continiously collection, they also host temporarily exhibitions. The time I visited the museum brought an ode to artist Ellsworth Kelly, known for his large format paintings in clear shape and colours. The first solo exhibition of the American artist in The Netherlands since 1979. (It’s still on display until January 8 if you like to experience). In addition to works of famous artists, the museum also impresses with its architecture. Designed by Dirk Jan Postel from Kraaijvanger, the building exists of two layers (upper …

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Broken White expo Design Academy & Van Abbe Museum for Dutch Design Week

Last weekend I was invited to attend the opening of the Broken White exposition for Dutch Design Week 2016. It’s the fourth time the Design Academy Eindhoven and Van Abbe Museum joined their forces. I enjoyed this exposition as I really felt a connection with the artworks and concept of the Broken White theme (which you can read more about down below). Also the Van Abbe Museum is a place I love to visit to get fresh inspiration, wether its from the exhibitions they have or from the building itself. The clean architecture, white surroundings, natural light fall and strong lines and shapes, they all make me feel at ease. If you happen to to be at Dutch Design Week between 22-30 October, you should def make a stopover at the Van Abbe. For those who can’t make it – don’t worry – the expo is still open to visit until November 6th. About Broken White “The blue tap is cold, the red one hot. Orange invokes feelings of excitement. And yellow draws attention to …

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One night in Paris

About a month ago my boyfriend and I went to Paris for a one night stay as a little present for Christmas. So romantic right? Haha. We never went to Paris together before, so this was the perfect opportunity to do a quick meet-up with the city of love. Last time I’ve visited Paris was to enjoy Disneyland, and I’m talking about a way long time ago. So I never actually had the chance to do a good city exploring really, next to seeing the usual touristy stuff like the Eiffel Tower and Moulin Rouge (never been inside though!). So this trip was all about enjoying Paris like a local would do, and I have to say we quite succeeded at that! After a 4 hour drive we arrived at our super cute stay for the night: Hotel Henriette. The moment you walk in the hotel you get pretty overwhelmed with all the lovely stuff you see blending in with the exquisite interior design. Henriette’s founder has a background in fashion and you can tell …

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AMSTERDAM: 5 places you should currently know about

For me there’s nothing better than spending the day exploring new places. Of course there’s one simple rule to stick by: avoid the usual spots. You have to see it as a challenge where you try to be the local who knows about all the cool places a tourist probably would never find out about. So when Urban Outfitters Europe asked me to share my fave hangout spots in Amsterdam I didn’t have to think twice about it. I’ve spent many days in the capital as I went to school there, did my internships, even lived there and got myself a job for quite a while. Now when I visit the city it’s mostly for business meetings, special events or catching up with likeminded people. But when I have some time left, I can’t resist to (re)discover Amsterdam’s finest places, from old to the new. As you might already know, Amsterdam is the perfect area for combining a shopping spree with some cultural art sessions and yummy food tastings. But I can imagine it can …