& Other Stories


Last year I got to know & Other Stories, the premium high-street brand from the H&M group. With ateliers in Stockholm and Paris and designers that worked for APC, Acne and others - this is high fashion for those on a budget. I especially love their bath products (Fig Fiction is a favourite) and make-up. No wonder if you know that MUA Lisa Butler and perfumer Ben Gorham (founder of Byredo) developped it. 
Last night I went to the opening party of & Other Stories Antwerp. And I wasn't alone... the beautiful shop (700 m²!) was crowded with about 400 happy shoppers. I took home a bright red lipstick, a bottle of nail polish, a basic t-shirt and grey sweater. Think I'll pay them another visit next week - still have some items on the wishlist...

& Other Stories, Korte Gasthuisstraat 17, Antwerp

La flâneuse in... Leuven


I picked a rainy day for my visit, but rest assured that Leuven is a beautiful town come rain or shine...

Visit/ Museum M. Renowned Belgian architect Stéphane Beel converted a historic building into this museum - explore the exhibition areas, shop, café, workshop spaces and a roof terrace with perfect views of the city. 

Eat/ The best pasta in town at Metropole. Feel like eating Mexican? Go to Donki and pick 'n mix your favoriete ingredients to make a killer burrito or taco. 

Discover/ Perfect table settings at De Tafel van Feliz. Nice tableware, candles and table linen - here you can find everything for a festive table. 

Drink/ A perfect cup of coffee at bookshop De Dry Coppen. This quiet place in the city centre has comfortable sofas and a nice offer of literature, travel guides, cookbooks and fun gifts. 

Buy/ Scandinavian furniture and accessories at Design District. I fell head over heels in love with a lounge chair from HAY... No need to regret you didn't buy something from their cool selection, they have a webshop. Need a bit of help? Guido, Marijke and Jolien will gladly come to your home and help you a hand with the interior design. 



Every once in a while I spend a day wandering around Mechelen. This quaint city between Antwerp and Brussels has been my home about ten years ago and I still have friends and family living in the area. The town has changed over the years - lots of young, creative people settled here and the city centre has been undergoing some major building projects. There's a new walking route following the river Dijle through the city, the station is undergoing renovations and different squares have been given a facelift.
On my recent visit, I decided to have lunch in Noen. This breakfast&lunch bar opened in April and is already a new hotspot. Homemade food, a cosy interior and outside seating in the sun - what more could one want? I opted for a pizzette and homemade lemonade, but also stole a bite from a chicken curry sandwich. Everything was delicious, next time I'll definitely try their signature deluxe breakfast... Check out Noen's website for their special events - how about getting your hair cut while drinking a cup of coffee or listening to live music during breakfast?

Noen, Leermarkt 24, Mechelen

Weekend wanderlust


Doing absolutely nothing this weekend. Hanging around the house in a pair of jeans, a tee and sneakers - my favourite combo. Baking a batch of berry and hazelnut cakes. Checking out Gaia Repossi's Paris apartment as featured in Russian Vogue. Dreaming about the day that my hair will be long enough to make a top knot - only some 48 cm aka 3 years of growing to go. Staying a whole day in bed reading. Because those simple things bring great joy. 

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