A city that totally stole my heart. Without any expectiations I decided to take a trip with one of my friends and see what’s going on there. Some of my friends already told me this city is just perfect for me, I had to see that myself.. and if they were right. Full of enthusiasm I’m now writing and selecting images about this amazing city. In a few words Kopenhagen and it’s citizens are calm, friendly, creative, down to earth, colourful and fashionable. You see street art everywhere that colour the gorgeous and rich architecture throughout the city. Parks and nature around every corner. No trash or dirtiness anywhere. No rush nor stress is felt while walking down any street. People like their space and respect others’ aswell. Bikers are well respected as well and so they created private bike lanes next to the broad car lanes and sidewalks. I’ve spotted a lot of gorgeous restaurants and bars with interesting menu’s and fantastic interiors. A street that is my fav is vaernedamsvej. You;ll find the fantastic ‘playtime’ shop filled with typography posters, mugs, stationary and wonderful staff. Situated next to the fantastic ‘Rist’ coffee place, Café Central and across from Granola Restaurant. All the best of Kopenhagen in one street. There’s a couple of great food markets in the centre and across the river to check out ow and don’t forget to visit the Botanical Gardens and the meatpacking district. Find some more imagery and tips on my instragram as well!
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!
As you might have noticed, there hasn’t been any new post up on my blog since the new year.
I decided to put my spare time and energy into some other purposes.
First of all I started working as a designer for a design bureau. It’s really cool, it’s the thing I’ve been studying and searching for over the past years, and I’m learning a lot. But it also causes me to not have that much time and excitement anymore to climb behind my computer again in the evenings after a day of work spended behind my computer for 8 hours.
Next to that, I’m working as a freelancer as well. And at one point you got to put work into money! So that’s what i’m doing right now.
I think there’s more in life than just computers, iphones and social platforms, so the more time I can spend without those things the better! Sporting and eating healthy grabbes my attention more and more too.. So there’s a little explanation for my ‘neglect’ of this blog.
For now it’s a break from my weekly schedule of blogging. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing to see here anymore! Stay tuned through my Facebook page for any new updates and if you want to keep being inspired, follow me on Pinterest. I’m pretty much still super active and addicted to that platform haha!
This link DOC25 – It’s in the Sky is a short documentary. “At a time that women seem to be centipedes in the area of work, family and beauty, there arises a new vogue that is seemingly simpler, more sober and pragmatic than ever.” It’s a 30 mins video and I recommend it to not only the women of style but everybody, to get you understand each and others styles a bit more. Next to that it let to what I’m writing about here in this post.
The reason why I want to share this short documentary with you is this. When watching, I kind of found out some things about myself, just by reflecting what the video is about. You see how they talk about women around their 30’s/40’s and how they dress. They all look kind of boyish, sober and still so beautiful. Now I have to really make clear I love this style and way of dressing. You look strong, independent, calm and still those women have a job, kids, a husband.. Now this style is formed because of a big need not having the time to stand in front of the mirror for hours, put on make-up, and wear uncomfortable garments. A perfect style for women that are busy.
And with that comes the reason why I’m charing this video. I’m a young woman in my twenties. I do not have a permanent job, I haven’t made a decision yet what to do for the rest of my live, I don’t have kids and I don’t have a husband either. Those factors kind of stipulate my style I guess. I’m still in search of what I want to be and become. I just graduated, do random stuff all the time, have no regular schedule and guess that really influences the ways I look as well. Sometimes I like the more bohemian style, sometimes it’s more r&b’ish and sometimes boyish. It’s because I don’t want to make a choice yet in how I want to look like and how I want to live. You have to make choices all the time, at this point in my life, they’re the most important as well.. so why make choices that don’t really matter that much right now? And save the energy for those which are more important. It’s a very visual way I guess to the world of the search I’m in myself. Not that I want to see the world I’m still in search, it just happens. Maybe until you come to a certain point you see the light.. that could be right now for me, since I understand myself a little bit more. But will see about that.
This economic crisis where we are in right now makes everything pretty chaotic. It’s a hell to find a good job, so in between freelance work and a part-time ‘student’ job (funny, since most of my friends all do student jobs and are all graduated, ironic isn’t it?) you have to apply for jobs and try to keep growing and keep moving forward and better in your working field to ever get a job at all. Now I see there’s a link between me being super confused what I want to do, and what I want to look like and carry out. It’s putting so much pressure on recent graduates, how can I ever have this ‘pragmatic, super secure, basic style’ when there’s nothing to be secure, sure and calm about, right? I don’t think having more than one specific style is a problem at all. It just happens to me, and maybe in a couple of years this has totally changed. For now, I just wear stuff that suits what I feel like that day.
Now there’s another reason why people like me wear more layers, jewelry, coloured hair, make-up etc. You see.. I would love to not wear any make-up, but since I am not a model with the perfect skin, long legs and proportions.. you need to shift the accents. So than it comes to a more carrying out style, putting your attention on details and style more than natural beauty. I guess that’s a thing that works for me. There are garments I would love to have, but just don’t suit my body, so I decide not to buy it, no matter how much I hate the fact that I see other people wearing it in which he or she does look nice. You see, a lot of good garments or just good style in general makes you so much more handsome, from the outside ofcourse. The way you dress just tells so much about your way of living, awareness of style and understanding the time you’re living in.
I guess I want to make these thoughts clear to my readers since I hear some people talking about the fact they don’t always get me, why I write about stuff, and think it’s all random. I write about stuff when it inspires me, when I think it might be nice for people to know about. And most importantly it’s about understanding myself, to have a place where I can write down my thoughts.
You can just go with the flow.. but for me writing down means reflecting and making sure I get where I ever want to be.
Last weekend I attended the London Tattoo convention together with my Canadian friend Elyse. We worked all 3 days but made sure we were also able to check out some artwork done by the best tattooist from all over the world and get ourselves some drinks at night. Have to say it was a great experience. Wasn’t really sure what to expect, but it’s really inspiring looking around. There are some many different sorts and ways of tattooing. Most people are tattooed all over from head to toe, but still it can be very interesting if you’re not covered in ink, to look around and get inspired. The building by itself is a great experience to work through as well. London has such great architecture if you love old dock buildings!
Here is a small photo report of our experience. I spotted some real cool graphics, fashionable men (tattooed obviously!) and painful situations as well!
I tried to take some pics on the go, turned out we didn’t have that much time to do that. But we found I perfect stop to do a random on the spot photoshoot just before getting ourselves some nice wine around the corner of a launderette…
More stories and pics will be posted soon! As well as the art work Liam Sparkes and Valentin Hirsch did for me last weekend. Stay posted!
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