Recently I did a restyle of the Hairdresser shop ‘Simon Says’. A mens hairdresser shop that kind of missed some life and cozyness in the interior. A place where lots of costumers like to come by, have a beer or take a seat on the bench outside to enjoy the sun. I changed the placement of the counter which now is a vintage workbench. A vintage table and old school chairs are placed in the front of the shop so people can take a seat, have a look in a magazine, hang around and wait for their turn in a relaxed setting. I painted the wall in waiting area black, and decorated it with some old enamel plates. To top we added two old factory lights, and cheered the place up with several plants, magazines and some photo frames.
The last and certainly not the least city I visited was Chicago. A city of which I only know its scenery from the series ‘Shameless’ and the cabaret movie ‘Chicago’. A city that had to surprise me.. And damn well did. Cause Chicago is amazing!
I stayed right next to the Lincoln park in a perfectly clean and friendly hostel, with (for the first time during my travel) al lot of other travellers. I got there on a beautiful sunny day. And what is best to start of with exploring the city on my own? Right, time for a stroll down the Lincoln Park, from north all the way to down south. It even included a free entrance to the Zoo and Botanical Garden yay! Made my day! Ended with a stroll done the beach.. yes, there’s a beach! It’s a lake beach but still, the lake is so big it feels like an ocean.. and sat down one of the piers with an amazing view on the Gold Coast, the Manhatten of Chicago. To end this already perfect day I met some other travellers and spend some time with them going to Jazz/Blues bars the rest of the stay as well. One lovely English girl joined me while exploring the city for a couple days. Together we went to the John Hancock building, jumped in the elevator and got out at the 96th floor to splurge our money on a bottle of tempranillo wine and a gorgeous sunset view over the whole city. At that point my trip was just perfect.
Chicago is amazing for a couple of reasons really. People are friendly, it’s not super big, the metro is easy to travel with and the architecture is really gorgeous. The brownstones right next to more modern buildings create a pleasant scenery together with lots of trees and parks, and it’s situated right on the shore of lake Michigan. There’s a fair amount of good Jazz/Blues clubs and they can give you a wonderfull night out on any day of the week really. Lastly there is a lot of art and musea which makes the city really inspiring, educative and fun to walk around in. Vegetarian of vegan? Not a problem, literally any restaurant I went to had a vegan dish or pastry.
From Montreal I hopped on a bus and drove up to Ottawa in a couple hours. My stay was cool, chose a hostel that used to be a prison in the early 1900. Rooms where still the exact cells and even the doors had bars, death-row cells where still there to check out and it even had a small exhibition on the history of the building. Anyways, a Chileen guy who had been living in Ottawa for about a year, was eager to show me around town. And so he took me and a Parisian traveller around to see the lake, waterfall, canals and parliamentary. Ottawa is the Washington of Canada and has some buildings that obviously make you think like you’re in London! And even the tower plays the same tune as the Big Ben, kinda funny!
Next I took a train to Toronto to go see two of my friends from Canada. We went to AMFI together when we were doing the International Fashion Magazines project and stayed in contact after. I couldn’t be more excited to spend time with them! We had a blast and it is honestly so cool to see a city from a ‘local’ perspective. Watching movies in one’s loft, secretly checking out the University they graduated from, stay over at my friends’ place and hangout with lots of their friends.
Funny fact, Toronto kinda seem the be a small version of New York, with its mini verion of Manhatten, Timesquare and the Flat Iron building. Though Toronto has a real charm to it that it is a lot smaller, friendlier, bike-able and cheaper. It has a fair amount of street art as well, which inspires while taking a stroll down the centre, while trams, the old retro ones, pass you by and add a nostalgic feel to the whole scenery. One slight down side, which would be the only thing that holds me from moving there… it’s freakishly cold during winter time. Bummer. Gotta go back in summer time though.. Would love to hang around there and have drinks in the park on a warm summer night!
Try to think of French and English culture, the architecte, the streets, the people.. and imagine how that will look like if you both mix that all up and build a city with it. Well.. I’ll help you a little. Look at the images below, this is Montreal. A city that to me is the precise result of both cultures mixed together.
A city that is gorgeous, has lots of amazing buildings, great street art all over the city, cute shops, lunchrooms, restaurants and a mountain! A mountain, well hill, The Mont Royal, on the edge of the centre that will give you an amazing view over the city if you climb it. A slippery walk trough the snow that is more than worth it. And although it was super cold and there was still snow everywhere, which gives a gorgeous white sereen scenery, I can definitely imagine this city will even look more beautiful in summertime.
Alright, time for some travel blogging! It has been a while since I’ve travelled and I thought it was about time to get away for a bit again.
Last week I shared my adventures in New York with you. After my friends left to go back home I took the train and travelled from New York city to Montreal. A trainride that takes 10 hours and drives past tons of frozen lakes. An experience that is what I can tell to most relaxing ever! Since it just turned spring and it’s still freezing outside there aren’t any leaves on the trees nor green grass or flowerrs. That kind of made the whole scenery a bit grey and dead, but the sun was out and the lakes are amazing! I started reading ‘Into the Wild’ a story which I’ve seen the movie they made from a couple times. A book that inspires and make you overthink society and materialism over and over. Together with some Bon Iver music and a cup of tea I thought this train ride was just perfect!
So my friend and I were having drinks in Amsterdam after a concert we went to. After a couple glasses of wine we started sharing our fantasies about destinations we wanted to go to in the near future, not being to serious about it. The next day both kinda hungover we individually thought it over, having this fanasie stuck to our brains we looked at eachother and both said the same ‘Wtf let’s book a ticket to New York and we’ll just see how to make it work moneywise!’. And that’s how we ended up in the Big Apple last week.
We decided to go as 3 besties and stayed in this tacky but well known place ‘The Roosevelt’. Got a good deal trough hotwire and it’s situated right in the centre of Manhatten. Perfecto! Now I can tell you about all the stuff we did but I’ll just share you our conclusion about New York and have you make it happen yourself one day.
Go to Brooklyn, Williamsburg and the Meatpacking district to eat, drink coffee and gin tonics, wonder around, shop and enjoy the relaxed and young atmosphere these neighbourhoods have to offer you. Walk past the headquarters of Vice, get fashion inspired by locals biking past you and enjoy the view over Manhatten from the waterside. Go get dinner at Mogador and 5Leaves in Williamsburg. The highline is a must, together with ConeyIsland on a sunny day and don’t forget to try the fried oreo’s. Hop on the metro and get out in Soho if you want to upgrade your wardrobe with some nice items from Urban Outfitters, Topshop or American Apparel or maybe some cool sneakers from ‘Kith’. Little italy and Chinatown are definitly nice to wonder around and have a nice lunch or dinner.
What about all those famous attractions like te statue of liberty, wall street etc? Well let’s just say we saw them from a distance but there’s much more interesting stuff to do than standing in line to walk over a bridge or go see a statue. We had a blast being in this city and hopefully we can go back someday when it’s a bit warmer and the treees have leaves on them!
Up next? I decided to hang around America for a bit longer and go visit my friends in Canada as well, so next will be Montreal followed by Ottawa. stay tuned!
Last weekend I visited the Tefaf art fair togheter with my Sister. We got invitation to go take a look at the fair and decided after last year was a success to go and see some art again. The Tefaf is the biggest art fair in the world and the art that’s for sale is insane, but amazing. From real old master piece stilllife paintings to modern art, design and antiques.
But after a while you get saturated by so much visual input so we decided to leave the Tefaf behind and visit the centre of Maastricht. Honestly I had never been to this city before so it was about time! Gotta say, it seems really cozy and the architecture is truly nice. We finished our little tour through the city centre at ‘Festen’. A store that litterly only has the most fun and gorgeous items to decorate your house with. I seriously wished for everything I could find there. A store that makes you wonder around for hours while keep finding cool stuff. Another pro, you can drink a nice fresh coffee with a slice of carrotcake or applecrumble if you need a little break inbetween shopping. A store every city needs, I’m sad it’s so far from where I live, but a good excuus to definitly go visit Maastricht again!
Ow and btw, check out the cactus vases in the last picture, aren’t they rad? Gotta get myself one or two of those asap. Had to leave them behind for now, saving money cause I’ll be travelling for a bit from next week on. Stay tuned for some fun updates from New York, Chicago and Canada!
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