Lately

29.12.13

Lately on Instagram: new sweaterdress and leather leggings, a pile of Christmas presents, tartan trousers, a healthy breakfast in Amsterdam, sunshine in the city, gingertea, Christmas spirit, manicure Monday, window shopping, more sunshine and a cool lunch spot. More bits - this way.

'Tis the time

23.12.13

all photos via moon&trees
I wish all of you a Merry Happy Christmas! This week I have some time off to spent in the countryside with my friends and family - see you in the new year.

His and hers

13.12.13

nail polish by &otherstories, Larsson and Jennings watch,  COS cardigan, Diptyque scented candles,
the new Donna Tartt novel, Aesop goodies, marble tray designed by Hay
The Bridge series 2, Ray Ban sunglasses, Korres shaving cream, Bicycle Travel Journal,
Monkey 47 Dry Gin, Chemex coffee maker, sweater by COS

For all of you who are frantically looking for the perfect present to put under the Christmas tree...

Les Parisiennes

28.11.13

This lookbook by The White Pepper has me reaching for my wallet. I want just about everything. The sweet pink dress, oversized trench coat and sheepskin jacket are on top of my wishlist. What are your favourites?

Marqt

25.11.13


Last week I spent a couple of days in Amsterdam for work. I didn't have much time to explore the city, but I managed to squeeze in a visit to supermarket Marqt. Most people buy their food without any thought, but I love exploring a supermarket. On holiday, it's one of my favourite things to do. 
Marqt sells all kinds of food - there's a cheese stand, fish counter, bakery, an array of meat, fruit&vegs are piled up and  you can choose from aisles and aisles of fine groceries. 
Real food that is produced with respect for nature, animals and humans. Can't argue with that...

Touch of time

17.11.13

Last weekend I went to the FoMu, here in Antwerp. The photography museum is located on 't Zuid, a neighbourhood with beautiful art nouveau buildings, fancy restaurants and trendy cafés. At the moment, there are four exhibitions on various themes. My favourite was definitely the Germaine Van Parys & Odette Dereze-expo. Germaine (1896-1983) was one of Belgian's finest photo journalists. Her sublime black-and-white pictures show important events of our cultural history, but always with a personal and human touch. Odette, her niece, followed in her footsteps and is safeguarding their precious archives until this day. If you're in the area, visit the museum and take some time to appreciate the work of these two extraordinary women. Girl power avant la lettre!

Happy birthday

10.11.13


This fall the Royal Academy of Antwerp is celebrating it's 350 years existence. Throughout the city there are several exhibitions showcasing works of the famous students, special events, art walks and artwork on the streets and squares. 2013 also marks the 50th birthday of the world-renowned Fashion Department. Since the graduation of the famous Antwerp Six it has been one of the most prestigious fashion schools in the world. I went to see the retrospective in the MoMu, which started off with the establishment of the course in 1963 by Mary Prijot. The curriculum, graduation shows, the careers of the alumni, the graphic design in fashion - the exhibition shows beautiful designs and leaves one feeling inspired. Must-see!

HAY

3.10.13


 
One of my favourite interior brands is HAY. This Danish company was founded in 2002 by Rolf Hay (what's in name?). They design contemporary furniture and accessories with a reasonable price tag. I love their tray tables, display box and minimal bed linen.
Tomorrow the first Belgian flagshipstore of the brand opens in the city centre of Antwerp, near the Fashion Museum. I had a little preview, and boy did it look good... Go and check it out yourself at the Ijzerenwaag 12a.

Sunny

23.9.13


Better weather is on it's way, according to the weather man. And a new pair of quirky sunglasses is just what I need. Karen Walker's second summer collection has a pair of glasses for all women, great or small. My favourite? The Siouxsie. 

Monochrome

21.9.13

photos via Studio Nicholson, COS, arty filles & my scandinavian home




This weekend I'll be reading the new issue of my favourite magazine, The Gentlewoman. Cover girl Léa Seydoux looks amazing and I look forward to reading the interview with Pat Cleveland. This fashion blog has been a great source of inspiration lately - I've been taking notes on what to get for the new season. First in, this pair of black leather booties by COS. They had my name written all over them, so I couldn't resist. Still looking for the perfect sofa, I've pinned a couple of potential winners. And Paris is always a good idea, n'est-ce pas? Perhaps I can squeeze in a trip this fall...

How I pack

31.8.13

Tiny Atlas Quarterly

19.8.13

all photos via tiny atlas quarterly
A couple of times a year I get to pack my bags for a holiday. Whether it's a short trip to Paris, beach break in Turkey or visit to friends abroad, I always like to read up on my destination in advance. Looking for the perfect coffee bar, a cosy b&b or great restaurant, browsing the internet, flipping through books and asking fellow travellers for advice. 
Tiny Atlas Quarterly is a great place to get inspired. Finland, Santorini or California - the travel logs on this site are refreshing and the photos on this travel site are beautiful. You will start dreaming away of your next holiday within minutes... 

La flâneuse in... Utrecht

31.7.13

Visit/ The Dom, the Central Museum and the Dick Bruna huis. If you like to venture outside the city, book a tour of the famous Rietveld Schröder house. While I was there, theatre festival the Parade was in town. Stroll along the canals and discover all the parks and quiet squares dotted around town. 

Eat/ Delicious sandwiches at Stan&Co (check out their cool interior!). Specialty coffee at The Village. Healthy salads at Vers. Italian food to share at Delano.

Stay/ During my visit, I stayed at a friend's place. You can stay smack-bang in the city centre at Mary K hotel, or rent a deluxe apartment

Buy/ Interior knick-knacks at Rachmaninoff or at Emma B. Colourful underwear and Scandinavian brands at Klijs & Boon. French brands like APC and Vanessa Bruno, Humanoid, Wouters & Hendrix and many more at Zolamanola. Find unique clothes and gifts by local designers at Puha

La Garçonne

30.7.13

photos via La Garçonne

A couple of rainy days, and I'm dreaming of a new fall wardrobe. A leather perfecto, cable knit and a wool coat. In my favourite colours: black and blue. These pictures are it - I want everything. Now! Pretty please?

Take me away

23.7.13




all photos can be found on my pinterest boards
Wouldn't mind to be taken away for a summer holiday... Riding a bike, soaking up sunshine, eating ice cream, swimming and lounging by a pool. Sounds like utter bliss at the moment. Counting down the days till my week abroad in September. 

Kinfolk

3.7.13

photos by Eefje De Coninck - click to enlarge
Because of my job I got in touch with Annemarie from Belgian blog Joy of little things. And I found out that she was hosting the first-ever Kinfolk event in Belgium. Couldn't miss that, so last Sunday I went to her cool loft in Antwerp for a cooking class. I've always been a fan of Kinfolk magazine and the beautiful photography. Their monthly events are centered around a theme, this month's: The Butcher Block. We made a chicken liver paté, fresh ricotta and ate delicious meat from Dierendonck and cheeses from Van Tricht.  Perfect way to spent a Sunday afternoon if you ask me.


Weekend wanderlust

15.6.13

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This weekend is all about having some time off. No cell phone, internet or other distractions. Just me, myself and I. Sounds selfish? Hell yeah! How about a cooking experiment - this spread looks delicious. Or a fun DIY-project? Always wanted a stack of colourful bracelets. And this Venice beach house has me pinning like mad. My future weekend getaway (a girl can dream, can't she?) has to look just like it...



















Hermine Van Dijck

14.6.13

photos via Hermine, last picture via Eefje
Two weeks ago I went to the exhibition Sovperiod with Eefje, one of the three artists showing their work. I felt so inspired by the art on show that I decided to buy something from all three of them. First up, textile designer Hermine Van Dijck. I loved her round cushions and bought one with silver thread, bright orange and blue. She also makes the most beautiful, intricate wool blankets with geometric patterns. Make sure to take a look at her blog to see more of her work and what inspires her.

La marinière

2.6.13

photos via pinterest
Stripes are slowly taking over my wardrobe. It started with a single pile of striped shirts, now there are three. And they didn't leave it at that - they're also hiding in the sock drawer and among my sweaters. I can't seem to leave a boutique without buying at least one item with stripes. The fact that there are blogs dedicated on the marinière isn't helping the matter...

Green fingers

30.5.13

photos via pinterest
green fingers noungreen thumb: considerable talent or ability to grow plants

No such talent here. But over the years I figured out that succulents are very hard to mess up. They are happy with a little bit of water every once in a while. And since my apartment is very light - they grow and grow, slowly taking over my window sills. No garden or balcony, but a bit of a jungle indoors. 

Blog love: April and May

23.5.13



Every once in a while you come across a blog that has you clicking the pin-button like mad. When I stumbled upon  Dutch blog April and May, that's exactly what happened. Their design aesthetic is very similar to mine and I found a lot of ideas on their blog that I want to try at home. For those among you with a mini-me: check out their MINI-blog with cool ideas for the kids' room. On my blogroll from now on!

Paris

20.5.13

Just spent a couple of days wandering through the streets of Paris. The sun was shining (well, most of the time anyway), I ate some great food and bought a lot of stuff. Like sunglasses, a great novel and vibrant nail polish. I'm working on a list of all my favourite Paris spots, so to be continued...

Thanks for all of you who voted for my blog in the Weekend Blog Awards! I didn't win in my category, but am very happy to have gotten this far. Knowing that so many people love reading my blog, gives me the energy to continue sharing my likes & loves with you.

Weekend wanderlust

4.5.13

Weekend! Time to kick back and relax after a busy week. Time to get inspired by Kristofer Johnson - love his interior photos. Time to cook lots of fresh food, like this nutty couscous salad and this lentil salad with haloumi from What Katie Ate. Time to wander and think about booking another city trip - while reading these city guides. Maybe Copenhagen? And time to finally finish reading this book, just in time for the release of the much anticipated movie. 

PS/ If you have some time this weekend, please vote for my blog. I'm nominated for a Weekend Blog Award!

Weekend blog awards

30.4.13

Almost fell of my chair yesterday, when I found out I'm nominated for a Weekend Blog Award. It was such a big surprise -  there was even some screaming involved...

I'm really proud that I'm selected for the second edition of the Weekend Knack's blog awards. Didn't think this little blog was good enough to be selected by a professional jury. Let alone to be considered a 'fashion blog' - with a couple of my favourite Belgian blogs in tow.

This blog started as a way to share my stories, loves & likes with you. It makes me very happy to read your comments and see that so many of you like to pass by. Please vote for my blog in this competition. My eternal gratitude will be yours...


La flâneuse in... Lille

27.4.13

Last week I went to Lille for the weekend. As it was my birthday, a little getaway seemed appropriate. I've already been to Lille a couple of times - it's only one hour's drive from where I live and they have the nice French boutiques I  so love. Vieux Lille, the old city centre, has lots of cobbled streets and quiet corners. It's the area I spent most of my time, as all my favourite hotspots are there. Here's the list:

* Tous les jours dimanches, Rue Masurel 13 - the perfect lunch spot, their salads and quiches are exquisite and if you see something you like in the décor, it's all for sale

* Ombres Portées, Rue Masurel 4 - not your average beauty store, here you can buy niche brands like Aesop, Diptyque and 
Miller Haris

* Meert, Rue Esquermoise 27 - like to drink a cup of tea? here you can choose from more than 30 melanges and have a great cake, tart, macaron or merengue on the side

* Summer Camp, Rue Masurel 10 - great selection of table cloths and bed covers in linen, in a beautiful range of colours 

* L'atelier de la sorcière verte, Rue de la Clef 19 - cute shop with nice stationery, photo albums and wrapping papers

* L'ultimo, Rue de Prague 111 - outside the centre, but well worth it. We had a great diner here, a tasty tagliata - they are famous for their pizzas and great selection of wines

* and the usual suspects: Petit Bateau, American Vintage, Sephora, Printemps, Lafayette

We stayed at Hotel UP, a nice design hotel in the city centre. Loved the rain shower,  soft bed linen and had a great birtday breakfast there. Good way to celebrate you're getting a year older, if you ask me...



Lately

12.3.13

click to enlarge - photos via pinterest, andotherstories & boconcept
Spent the past week curled up in bed and on the sofa fighting the flu. With hardly any energy left, all I could muster in between naps was watching the telly and reading. Finally saw The Killing III and boy, was it good. Indulged in some retail therapy - new online store &OtherStories is sending me goodies as we speak. Read new it-book Gone Girl, a real page-turner. As soon as I finished it, I ordered the other books Gillian Flynn wrote - another parcel on the way home. Spending so much time on the sofa made me realise my new one has to be really comfy, perhaps I will find it here. And it seems my new Pinterest-addiction is proving hard to get rid off, not unlike the flu.

Dries Van Noten... Prints Charming

19.2.13

My love for designer Dries Van Noten is not a secret. The SS2013 collection and its plaid shirts in different fabrics combined with floral prints, made me want it all. Give me some Dries, please! For now, I'll combine the plaids and polkadots hanging in my closet. And maybe I can buy some great Dries-fabrics at his stocksale in a couple of months. To be continued...

Nationalestraat 16, Antwerp

Winter blues

15.2.13

This week a serious case of winter blues got the better of me. I felt uninspired, tired and bored with my everyday routine. Never one to dwell long on negative feelings, I decided to shake things up a bit. Instead of hitting the snooze button, I now start my days with a short meditation to clear my mind. Followed by a healthy breakfast and some time behind my computer getting inspired - I even set up a Pinterest account. After my 9-to-5, a long walk through the city helps me relax before going home. I filled my apartment with spring flowers, cooked some delicious new dishes and splurged on new grey bedlinen - oh so soft. The extra R&R already made a huge difference - I feel energized and ready for Spring.

Silk

29.1.13


In need of some silk shirts. Like these ones. Perfection.

Weekend wanderlust

25.1.13


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Friday night, another weekend begins. Two days to spend some quality time at home and with friends & family. I'll also be sorting out my bookcases this weekend - organizing all my books by colour like in this apartment. This post on 101 cookbooks inspired me to dust off my juicer. Spring can't come soon enough - I really want to wear this dress. Get inspired by Matchbook Magazine's resolutions. And I'll be dreaming about my place in the sun - I already booked a summer holiday to this gorgeous place in Turkey.



Shades of grey

6.1.13

photos via weekday carnival, suvi sur le vif, pinterest & 70percentpure -
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Feel inspired by the different shades of grey. Warm or cool. Neutral or bold. Already painted my bedroom walls grey, bought some beautiful grey candles and a fluffy sweater - what's next...

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