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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Wishlist 2014

















Here's my Holiday Wishlist... not just for me, but also for you! Something for her, something for him, something sweet, something savoury! How about some saffron, to make a cup of tea or "Risotto alla Milanese"?! A perfect combination with the Moët & Chandon Impérial Champagne!

Sweater dress by Mary Katranzou for Adidas at De Bijenkorf:
http://www.debijenkorf.nl
Balenciaga hightop Disco (men's) sneaker at Paul Warmer:
http://paulwarmer.com
Sunglasses by Marc by Marc Jacobs at De Bijenkorf:
http://www.debijenkorf.nl
Silver loafer by Gucci at Paul Warmer:
http://paulwarmer.com
Panettone with figs by Loison at De Bijenkorf:
http://www.debijenkorf.nl
Candle by Missoni at De Bijenkorf:
http://www.debijenkorf.nl
Blue lace dress by Ted Baker at De Bijenkorf:
http://www.debijenkorf.nl
New York Nightscape coat by Storydress:
http://www.storydress.com
Rockie bag by Alexander Wang at De Bijenkorf:
http://www.debijenkorf.nl
Towel by Missoni at De Bijenkorf:
http://www.debijenkorf.nl
Blue tartan fascinator by Eudia:
http://www.eudia.nl
Scarf by H&M:
http://www.hm.com
Saffron (for tea or risotto) by Golden Result:
http://www.goldenresultsaffron.com/en/
Moët & Chandon Impérial Champagne:
http://www.moet.com
Monogramme bag by Saint Laurent at Paul Warmer:
http://paulwarmer.com

Photos courtesy of De Bijenkorf for Adidas, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Loison, Missoni, Ted Baker, Alexander Wang, Moët & Chandon; Paul Warmer for Balenciaga, Gucci, Saint Laurent; Storydress; Eudia; H&M; Vandennorth & Company for Golden Result.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Catch of the Day... Opera Coat


This is probably the most beautiful coat I've ever seen! It was designed by Suzan Meijer for her brand StoryDress. I met her at the LXRY fair in Amsterdam, where she told me: "Every design tells its own story and makes you dream away of the country of 'La Dolce Vita'." Well, she was right about that; I immediately started dreaming of taking a trip to Venice...

The StoryDress coat fits right in with the trend of wearing elaborate top layers, or as Vogue called it “The return of the opera coat”! Want to read more about this trend? Please click here:
http://www.vogue.com/3907923/blake-lively-pregnancy-style-opera-coat.

For more information about StoryDress:
http://www.storydress.com

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Flowers 2014





 









Have you decided yet how you will decorate your house this Christmas? I'm not talking about the Christmas tree, but about the rest of the house, such as the dinner table, bedroom, etc. Because... hey, it's Christmas only once a year... and why not go for it?!

I love putting flowers in unexpected places, especially during the Holiday Season. From what I hear... guests love it too! In case you need some inspiration, take a look at these flower arrangements made by Bloemboutique Ton Hofman.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.bloeiendezaak.nl

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Moët & Chandon So Bubbly Bath









Champagne... will get your party started. Moët & Chandon... will make it a night to remember! This year they have come up with yet another brilliant musthave... a Champagne bubble bath. A bubble bath? Yes, you got that right! The Moët & Chandon So Bubbly Bath is the most lusted after luxury gift of the holiday season.

Check out the fabulous advertising campaign on their social media accounts and count down to Christmas by following the Moët & Chandon Champagne alphabet. W is for Wishlist! (Are you listening Santa?!)

Moët & Chandon facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/moet

Special thanks to Vandennorth & company
http://vandennorth.com

Photos courtesy of Moët & Chandon.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Buying the Christmas Tree!








This weekend we went to buy the Christmas tree... and of course I got distracted by all the beautiful ornaments, flowers and centerpieces that were sold there as well!

Although I was planning on a traditional Christmas tree this year... the exotic decorations (parrots and all) almost made me change my mind! Don't you just love 'em?

Fashion-wise I couldn't stay behind on the latest trend... so I put on my ("ugly") Christmas sweater for the occasion.

Sweater, bag and gloves by H&M.
Faux fur coat by Dept.
Jeans by 7 for all mankind.
Sneakers by Philippe Model.
Earrings by Gas Bijoux.

Photos taken at garden centre Hofwijck:
http://www.tuincentrumhofwijck.nl 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

How to spend an unforgettable New Year's Eve?


























Made any plans yet for New Year’s Eve? No? Why not spend it in Italy and live “La Dolce Vita”?! At the end of the day… you only live once. The place to be this time of the year is Orvieto. This town is the setting for the Umbria Jazz Winter festival (the smaller sibling of the biggest jazz festival in Italy, held every year in Perugia, in july). Fly to Rome, rent a car or take the train to Orvieto and your unforgettable New Year’s Eve trip can begin!

In case you’re a wine or architecture lover, you’ll probably know Orvieto. It’s a small town on top of a tuff stone cliff and it’s famous for its white wine (Orvieto Classico), its beautiful medieval cathedral with frescoes by Luca Signorelli, various Etruscan relics, etc. In summer it draws swarms of tourists… in winter on the other hand, it is a quiet little provincial town… until the “jazz circus” arrives! Musicians, journalists, photographers, jazz lovers, groupies… they’re all there!

A jazz fan will only need one glance at the festival programme to know that Orvieto is the perfect location to celebrate New Year’s Eve. More about that later. For everybody else: let me guide you through this wonderful part of Umbria. I have to admit, it’s small, but Orvieto has a fantastic rural cuisine, mouthwatering wines, nice little shops with local delicacies and handicraft such as ceramics, wood carving and tablecloths. Need I say more?

The day starts with a cappuccino and a delicious pastry at Bar Montanucci. A bar-slash-bakery which is a feast for the eyes! Try their homemade chocolates in the form of Pinocchio’s nose. They’re all beautifully wrapped, so they’re perfect souvenirs. After breakfast you can start sightseeing and shopping. And who knows… maybe you’ll bump into a famous jazz musician!

As I said, there is a wide range of cute little shops. Let me name a few. For special gifts I can highly recommend Menabò (espresso cups, keychains and magnets among other things).
The main street is filled with souvenir stores that sell local ceramics, but if you’re looking for something special, check out Ceramicarte Orvieto in Via Duomo. Furthermore, you do not want to miss the many “delicatessen” stores. There you’ll be able to buy truffles, sausages and of course that renowned wine!

Oh and how about all those shopwindows displaying red lingerie…?! In Italy it’s a tradition to give each other red underwear for New Year’s Eve, wear it the 31st… and hope that it will bring you good luck in love in the year to come! Especially at Intimissimi you’ll find sexy, as well as funny red underwear for both him and her.

At 11:30 a.m. there is a street parade in the historical centre. The italian band Funk Off has been a regular guest of Umbria Jazz and has a large fan base ever since. Funk Off gets everybody in the right mood early in the day! At noon you can go to several concerts, either in the impressive Palazzo del Popolo or in the more subdued and very elegant Museo Emilio Greco (to listen to Danilo Rea, Massimo Moriconi and Tullio de Piscopo playing a tribute to the late Renato Sellani).

Then it’s time for lunch! One of my favourite restaurants is Trattoria dell’Orso. It’s not only a cosy place but they also serve fabulous food! Tantalizingly delicious dishes like stirfried “forgotten” vegetables, pasta with zucchini or truffles, grilled meat… ahhh.

In the afternoon and evening there is a number of jazz venues you can choose from. And really, there’s something for everyone. Founder and Artistic Director of Umbria Jazz, Mr Carlo Pagnotta, has discovered many “gems” over the years. (Many musicians came to Europe for the first time thanks to him and subsequently played in Perugia and Orvieto.)

This year famous musicians like Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Anat Cohen, Chiara Civello and Nicola Conte will play in the magnificent Teatro Mancinelli. Not only the music, but also the balconies and paintings will take your breath away!

If you want to hear trumpet player Fabrizio Bosso, Doctor 3, Jon Batiste or Davell Crawford, you’ll have to go to the ancient Palazzo del Popolo. Don’t forget to pass by the merchandise stand after the show to buy a nice Umbria Jazz sweater as a souvenir. They usually sell like hot cakes and it would be a shame to “miss out” on them.

For some tasty snacks & drinks and at the same time great live music, you should go to the Palazzo dei Sette. That’s the building in the main street with the bell tower. By the way, everything is within walking distance… you’ll find it in a heartbeat. Otherwise just follow the music! K.J.Denhert has become a familiar face in the Palazzo dei Sette over the years. This year it’s also the venue for Four Vegas who will bring the house down!

For a more formal jazz lunch or dinner one should go to Ristorante al San Francesco. On New Year’s Eve this is the place for a sumptuous dinner while enjoying one great show after another. Bring your best suit or your sexiest dress and your dancing shoes… because boy oh boy, those Italians can party! That’s what I meant… La Dolce Vita!

If you have any energy left after midnight… you can go to either the theatre, Palazzo del Popolo, or Palazzo dei Sette where there are concerts and jam sessions until the middle of the night. Last but not least, make sure you’ll be able to attend mass the next day… Mass? Yes! At 5 p.m. on the 1st of January there is an unforgettable New Year’s Mass in the Duomo, accompanied by glorious gospel music. Talking about finishing in style…!

Without a doubt I must have forgotten venues and musicians, but there is simply too much to mention. Or as the italians say: “C’è l’imbarazzo della scelta”.

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