Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Gggrrrr!!!!!!!!

Growling alligator by Karl Zahn for AREAWARE


© Eva V.

New Year's resolutions


So... here are my New Year's resolutions:

1) be more brave (see previous post)

2) keep seeing beauty, the little detail

3) bring more creativity into work 
(my job: lawyer. Specialization: intellectual property law. 
And this is where the good things happen: 
intellectual property = law + creation = me in my element)

4) continue with this blog / post more regularly 
(4 day work week, baby, .... where to find the time...?! 
I'll do my best = promise to myself)

5) stop losing phones...

6) chocolate and wine: enjoy but try not to overdose

7) go with the flow (thanks Rosa for the insight)

8) appreciate all the goods things in life and accept the bad 
(cliché - sorry - but has proven to keep me on the happy trail!)

9) eliminate the moth community that has taken over my closet

10) last but not least - go to at least one of the following cities: 
Paris (prettiness all over) / Berlin (Lasse & Shino, cool, 
Currywurst) / London (Marnix, Kim, Kerry, MORO, 
Borough Market) / Stockholm (never been there, ACNE 
+ 50 other reasons)

What are yours?


Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Saturday, 21 December 2013

A weekend in... Antwerp (5)

The bracelet from Wouters & Hendrix that Daan gave me (so sweet!).


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Friday, 20 December 2013

Shino

Shino is one of my coolest friends. She always astonishes me with her looks. What I really like about her is that she is super attentive as far as anything aesthetic is concerned.  Whether it concerns how she dresses, decorates her house or the table for diner or wraps a present. That is probably why I can relate to her so well (although my decoration of tables is usually limited to throwing in some plates and cutlery and then I wait for Daan to bring in the food.. Oh and I do like my leggings and jogging pants..) (apart from the fact that she is just a really nice person - did I tell you yet how much I appreciate people for just being nice?). It might be a Japanese thing (if so, I definitely need to go to Japan very very soon (why am I not in a plane right now???!)). We met only three times in real life (once in Berlin, once in Utrecht and two weeks ago in Antwerp), but it feels like it has been much more. Let's catch up again soon!!

p.s. I want more people on the blog!! The thing is that I am not so good in putting myself in front of someone, shamelessly taking his/her picture. I easily feel uncomfortable, especially when I need more than one photo to get the right one. It doesn't help that my Fuji X100s (yep, I changed my X100 for its younger sister a couple of months ago; very happy with it) doesn't zoom. Now I need to get really close to people to take their portraits. I'll try to be more brave and just do it. (New year's resolution #1!)


© Eva V.

AREAWARE on beauty (once more):


"We believe that appreciation for beauty 
is central to what it means to be alive and want to 
embody this principle in even the simplest things"  


Thursday, 19 December 2013

More happy bags!

Oh, how I couldn't resist the happiness... A while ago, when Daan (= lovely husband) had teared one of my Susan Bijl's bags between the spokes of his bike (= not so lovely) and I was ready for some new colors (which Susan is always happy to provide), I ordered two new nylon bags from her webshop. Apparently the bags' sizes had been changed (or I just didn't pay attention), so instead of receiving a normal and large sized bag, I received a normal and tiny little bag. The tiny little bag seemed not so useful at first, but it has turned out to be a perfect carrier for (a) swimming pants (thanks Lasse for the brilliant idea) and (b) toys (meaning that our 1-year-old (Rosaaaa!!!!) has her own Susan Bijl now). So if you're still deciding on what christmas present to buy for your friend (big or little), think of the tiny little Susan Bijl.
p.s. since the bags are are easily folded flat, they serve as a perfect mailbox present for  friends living far away. :)


© Eva V.


Saturday, 14 December 2013

CUBEBOT

I think I found the perfect Christmas gift for kids. Meet Cubebot. Cubebot was designed by David Weeks for the NY based Areaware that produces the most beautiful wooden everyday objects. As they say: "We believe that appreciation for beauty is central to what it means to be alive and want to embody this principle in even the simplest things". I could not have described my own motto in life better. :) Back to Cubebot: inspired by Japanese Shinto Kumi-ki puzzles, Cubebot is a non-traditional take on the plastic toy robot. He comes in a cube and can take dozens of poses. Already a classic as far as I'm concerned!






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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

From the men's department

I got this woolen sweater by Maglificio G.R.P. a little while ago at c r i s, probably Utrecht's finest men's clothing shop (ok, together with Klijs & Boon, which is smaller but at least as cool). Don't you too like its color and knitted relief? It goes nicely with the orange trouser from Monique van Heist that I told you about (at least I like to think so ;) ). Adding also my comfy Nikes, I think I have found my favorite outfit for this winter. Ultra relaxed (read: so baggy that I could join a hip hop group) and super happy (burgundy + orange + red + blue + turquoise => :-)))) ). I'm wearing it almost every day and am now thinking of in sleeping in it as well.. What do you think?


© Eva V.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

A weekend in... Antwerp (2)

Beautiful art deco style interior by Gert Voorjans for Coccodrillo (a shoe shop not to be missed if you're looking for pretty, high quality shoes) (and are not restricted by some budget ;) )


© Eva V.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

A weekend in... Antwerp

I have been in Antwerp for the weekend (I know, it's only Saturday, but why not go away for the weekend during the week and come back in the weekend so you still have the weekend ahead of you before work starts again?! Isn't this just the discovery of the century??!) Anyhow, a weekend in Antwerp is not complete without a visit to Goossens, an artisanal bakery that has been there since 1884. And here you go, one of the best things of the weekend, after catching up with friends and enjoying family life: the food.

p.s. another great place for food that you shouldn't miss when in Antwerp is Fiskebar, a fish restaurant located 'op 't Zuid' (the southern part of town). Especially with good company - thanks Lasse & Shino for the lovely time!! - nothing can go wrong here. :)


© Eva V.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

GO LISTEN: Outfit

I'm a big fan of Outfit, the 'psychedelic pop group from Liverpool' that recently released their debut album Performance. But besides great tracks I think the album's cover is pretty cool too! (Concrete, geometry, you get my picture.)
Please ignore the garbage bags on the right that toootally incidentally escaped photoshopping - moths are still (come on!!!!) having a feast in my closet and plan B (or was it C or D) is putting my clothes in bags for a while together with some anti-moth spray. Fingers crossed once again...


© Eva V.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Lara!

(performing some serious floor examination at some local coffee bar) (let's not mention The Village for once so that you may get the impression that I do have drinks at other places too ;-))


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Monday, 2 September 2013

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Winter colours

I know, we're still enjoying summer and we want it to never ever end, but don't you too get excited when looking at these pretty winter/fall colours?! Looking forward to wearing all this!

From top to bottom: Dark green woolen/suede tube skirt (studioRUIG) | purple dress (vintage) (actually it's more for summer than winter but its colour just fits nicely with the rest ;-) ) | patterned tube skirt (vintage) | orange woolen trousers (Monique van Heist) | navy woolen sweater with zipper detail on one shoulder (Youasme Measyou)


© Eva V.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Summer on Vuurtoreneiland

Barely the size of two football fields, Vuurtoreneiland in the Markermeer, close to Amsterdam, is a quiet little island that can only be reached by boat. On it are a house, a lighthouse (Amsterdam's only one, built in 1893, before the island was hit away from the mainland during a storm), a small fortress and a handful of sheep. The island was used in the past to defend our capital. Right now there are plans to exploit it and make it available to the public (hopefully in harmony with the character of the island). Until these plans are final, a temporary summer restaurant has been opened on it from July until September, on limited evenings and afternoons.

We were lucky to obtain tickets, which exactly describes how we felt when we entered the island earlier this week: lucky!! The boat trip itself was already a gift (Amsterdam and its surroundings are always nice places for boat trips), but on the island we were walking around like a bunch of happy kids that had never been out of the city. Such a peaceful place, with water everywhere (of course Eva, it's an island - have you never been out of town?!!?) and then there was that light - just beautiful. The restaurant was located in a temporary greenhouse, which contributed to the one-with-nature experience. The food was great (except for the main dish which could have been better, but hey who needs perfection ;-) ) and so was our company (new parents Fleur and Fabian!). So I guess it was just one of those evenings you won't forget. Lucky us.


Slowing approaching the island..


Climbing our way up to the lighthouse!


Mmmm...


Such prettiness!


Getting darker..


Dark © Eva V.


Thursday, 22 August 2013

Vuurtoreneiland - preview

Yesterday we had diner at Vuurtoreneiland ('Lighthouse Island'), a 45 minute boat trip from Amsterdam. It was fantastic. I will tell/show you more about it later!


© Eva V.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

GO SEE: CODA Paper Art 2013

As a reminder on my kitchen cupboard: this announcement of the CODA Paper Art exhibition currently held in the CODA Museum in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. Exhibited are visual art and jewellery made of and on paper by artists from both the Netherlands and abroad. Perhaps worth a visit!

(pictured: paper jewelry series Inner-Self (2012) by Maureen Ngoc)


© Eva V.

Monday, 19 August 2013

It's that time of the month...

... when new magazines come in and old ones go out.


And yep, I admit, I'm that kind of nerd who - instead of throwing old magazines away or storing them nicely in order on shelves - cuts them and sticks them into notebooks. Oh, me and my notebooks... I have sooo many of them!! For collecting images or words on fashion, interior design, travel, psychology - you name it and I have it, collected in some notebook. Actually this blog is really nothing more than an online version of these things..

But about fashion.. (now that we are looking at images of it anyway ;-) ) I LOVE fashion because I can't help but fall for everything aesthetic (so including pretty things to wear) and because it enables to create (your own style in particular). It's a way of self-expression blablabla - I know, cliche, but TRUE! At the same time there is that buy-and-throw-away/replace mentality that often seems to go together with fashion too. Collections come and go so fast that I wonder how all those fashion designers can ever keep up! And, of course, how important is a piece of cloth compared to so many other, much more essential things in life?!

Anyhow, for me fashion is about having an eye for quality, detail, materials, silhouettes. Right now I'm very much into high waisted trousers/jeans and - perfect for work - tube skirts, preferably combined with a tucked-in (very important!) T-shirt, blouse or sweater. The oversized coat is still a favorite (winter and summer) and so are (wide) white blouses and T-shirts (for a masculine touch). To make sure my wardrobe lasts longer than a season or two, I try to buy only stuff that is of good quality, is relatively timeless (which does not apply always and does not mean I only go for basic as you've seen before) and goes well with the clothes I already have. That does not prevent me from throwing a hardly-worn dress or shirt on Ebay occasionally, but at least I'm not throwing things away then..

Well, let's see what those new magazines have to offer inspiration wise... Enjoy your September issues!

YAY! Sweater-in-trouser-style!


Statement coats!

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Go or no go?

I say GO for the socks-in-birkenstocks-style!

(under Needle Rocca skinny high waist jeans by Acne)


© Eva V.

Friday, 9 August 2013

A.P.C. leather pouch attraction

How can you resist?? (yellow Båstad glasses by Erik & Emilia still going strong by the way)


© Eva V.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

I'm obsessed..

... with Valeria's dress. So simple, so elegant and then there is... that bow! I just love it. It's from Valentino by the way. Oh and these photos are taken in restaurant STORK, located in a former Stork factory at the northern banks of the river IJ in Amsterdam. Romantic meets industrial!




© Eva V.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Another funky vase

... imagine clean interior with vintage Danish furniture - what do you think??


© Eva V.


Sunday, 4 August 2013

In love | Marnix & Valeria

Love was filling the air last week when our friends Marnix & Valeria said I do in front of a small group of family and close friends. Everyone could see that true love is going on between these people, who seem to be dedicated to making each other happy and are really completing each other. Dear Marnix & Valeria, I think you're such a sweet couple. Thank you for the wonderful day and wishing you a long and happy life together!!




© Eva V.


Saturday, 27 July 2013

Ceder!

Welcome sweet little Ceder. We wish you all the happiness in the world.

(Ceder by Fleur & Fabian | illustration by Ted Parker | card design by Joachim Baan)


© Eva V.