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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 …

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!

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

15 Berlin shops you should know about

Like I promised in a previous post, I’m about to share my favorite shops of Berlin. Over the past few years I can almost say I became a bit of a Berlin local as well. Like I can dream about the underground stations, and I’m pretty sure I tasted every Berlin beer I came across to haha. When it comes to shopping, it’s no shock that Berlin hosts some of the best streetwear-, sneaker- and concept stores in Europe. But in a town that’s almost 4 times bigger than Amsterdam, it can be a bit difficult figuring out on where to go. My advice: just wander around. For me it’s the best way to discover Berlin’s finest treasures, including stores, clubs, coffee bars, bookstores, cafés and galleries. But I can imagine if you planned on a short-stay trip maybe you don’t have time to wander around for hours. So I made a small list of 15 of my favorite shops which are definitely worth seeking out. Oh, and please take in mind most of them …

Berlin Bound

So last week I went to Berlin with my boyfriend and yes, it’s always good to be back again. Normally each summer we travel to the German capital to visit Fashion Week and the tradeshows for THRLD, but this time we had a different goal: supporting our friends at ANT Origins, a Dutch streetwear label. It was their first time participating at the Bright tradeshow, and we followed them for one day at the ANT booth. We have a little history with the brand as I shot their lookbooks for the last two years. It’s cool to see how many progress they made so far, and are still continuing evolving the brand to a whole new level. So proud of the team and grateful to be part of it as well. We made a video recap of this journey which will be up on THRLD tomorrow, so stay tuned for that. Jordi & I had decided that one day of strolling through the Bright & SEEK tradeshows was enough. We wanted to enjoy Berlin to …

72 hrs in Barcelona

Yes I totally agree, 72 hrs in Barcelona is way too short. But I promise you, my boy and I enjoyed every single second of it, to the fullest. I already told you in my previous post I was heading to Sónar festival, and what a cool festival it is! Divided into two area’s, one for the day programme and the other for the night gigs, it was one of the biggest party venues I’ve ever been to. A short recap will be up on THRLD soon, but if you followed me on Snapchat (‘chloealyshea’) you already got a taste of what it was like. A$AP Rocky was definitely one of the highlights, but I also regret missing BADBADNOTGOOD (they cancelled their whole European tour) FKA Twigs and Flying Lotus as we had to catch our flight in the middle of the night. A good excuse to come back again right? In our free time we went to Raval and El Born, our favorite area’s of Barcelona, to visit some small shops and sneakerstores (and …

Station Liège-Guillemins

I live right next to the borders of The Netherlands, so for me it’s always exciting to explore new places other than here. So when I got asked to shoot my #CozyTop5 for @team_cozy (soon more about this on un-cluttered) I wanted to do something different and special, not the usual places I go to for a quick visit. After some research I found out about station Liège-Guillemins in Belgium. People told me about it in the past, but I totally forgot about it until a few weeks ago. Luckily my boy had a day off just when the sun decided to came out to surprise us with a lovely summer’ish day. We took the car, drove for almost two hours and once we’ve reached the station, we both felt the trip was all worth it. It’s such a beautiful piece of architecture, right in a city where modern buildings are very hard to find. After he won a competition, Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava got the privilege to create the Liège-Guillemins station. Next to this …