Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wine Bar Vyne, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Picture this: you've been standing in line for 2 hours to get into Anne Frank's House… You're fed up with all the other tourists… since you are a traveler, not one of them… and instead of having a latte in the museum bar…you'd rather have a good glass of wine, mingling with the locals.

Well, then I will let you in on a little secret: Vyne is the place for you. This totally cool winebar is located right in Amsterdam's city centre, close to… yes you got it, Anne Frank's, but also to the famous "Negen Straatjes" or nine streets and to the bohemian area called Jordaan.

The wine bar belongs to a 'chain' of fancy bars and restaurants (Supperclub, Nomads, Envy, Nevy) and was designed by Dutch architects firm Concrete. You can easily recognize their signature. Raw, pure materials, yet creating a cosy atmosphere.

Vyne is divided into two parts, on the right-hand side, you'll find the Old World (France, Italy, Spain): oak floor, walls and ceiling and a long brown leather couch (referring to the typical dutch 'brown café'). On the left-hand side the New World (Chile, South Africa, Australia) with an entire wall of stainless steel parts completely full of wine bottles, serving - as they say - as a wine library.

Vyne is specialized in creating exciting, out of the ordinary wine-food combinations. Probably one of the reasons why Vyne was chosen by magazine Perswijn as Dutch Wine Bar of the Year 2010.

If the delicious fingerfood was not enough… then continue by eating at neighbour (and "big sister") Envy. By the way, the name Vyne, in the form of an anagram, is a playful reminder of Envy. But you knew that already, didn't you?

Photos courtesy of Spice PR for Vyne.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Today's look... the new office attire

The new office attire

The new business woman is not afraid to show her femminity and to dress accordingly! High heels, tight tube skirts, with a conservative in the the classic white shirt....will take her effortlessly from morning to evening, from the boardroom to the cocktail bar! You want this look?
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Schmuggler Alm Samnaun....part two

There are not many places that I will dedicate two articles to... but Schmuggler Alm in Samnaun, Switzerland is one of them!

This is such a nice bar and restaurant, with a kind, fast and funny staff, beautiful interior, with an eye for detail, lots of entertainment, good food, a nice tax-free store (think perfumes, cigars, Swiss chocolate, etc.)... whenever you have the chance...
go and see for yourself!


A special thank you to Monique & Angi!

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Dutch flower girls

The classical Dutch 'flower girl' really needed a makeover....
and this is the result! I love the cute 'Delft blue' pattern of their dresses!

These girls handed out flowers to shoppers at the Denneweg in The Hague, The Netherlands. It's one of the nicest shopping areas in town, with some antique stores, various clothing stores, the best shoe store ever (Paul Warmer), restaurants, bars and.... a nice crowd.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

S/S '11 collection by Charlotte Sparre

The Danish designer Charlotte Sparre started her career by designing scarves. Now she is known for her  “quirky, printed silk dresses" as she says herself..... and doing a really good job while at it!

Charlotte Sparre's dresses are not meant for the dull or faint-hearted! Using bright colours and skull prints... will definitely make the fashionista who wears them stand out in a crowd.

Personally I would style them differently though (without the scarves), with for example out-of-bed hair and with pink gold jewelry and high heels. Either way, these dresses are fabulous!

Photos courtesy of  Noise PR for Charlotte Sparre.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cupcake....with zero calories!

Hey ladies, wouldn't it be wonderful if there were cupcakes with zero calories? I just found one!

Obviously I could not resist buying this cute little cupcake... which is not meant to be eaten .... but to be worn!!!

Cupcake available through H&M:

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy 150th Birthday Italy!

This marvelous country with its 20 regions and 110 provinces combines mountains with beaches, beautiful cities with cute little villages.... snow with sun.... northern precision with southern passion...

Furthermore, Italy offers its inhabitants and the rest of the world incredible art, ravishing fashion (Valentino Garavani, Versace, Gucci, Emilio Pucci, Etro, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino), wonderful cuisine including pasta and pizza, fine wines (Amarone, Tignanello, Chianti Classico, Greco di Tufo, etc.), delicious coffee such as espresso and cappuccino, yummy fruit and vegetables (what to think of those gorgeous tomatoes?!), unforgettable literature (Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarca, Leopardi, Machiavelli, Manzoni, Tommasi di Lampedusa, Eco), beautiful music, including opera lirica... Pavarotti..... Andrea Boccelli..... and on and on.....
Cities like Rome, Florence, Venice, Naples, Turin.....

What's not to like? This is as good as it gets!!! So I say "Auguri Italia"..... Happy 150th birthday! And many more to come.