Côte d’Azur travel tip: a day trip to Île de Porquerolles

Ile de Porquerolles

The highlight of my holiday in the Côte d'Azur was my day trip to the island Porquerolles - in French: Île de Porquerolles. I found it so beautiful and peaceful that I literally teared up while I was there. The unspoilt island is boasting with deserted coves, and white sandy beaches with the clearest water you have ever seen. It is like a little piece of Paradise on earth. But that's not all. Île de Porquerolles is besides a tropical beach destination also a haven for nature lovers, bikers and … [Read more...]

Cocktails at The Vault Bar in Amsterdam

Vault Bar Amsterdam

  Amsterdam has gained another top-level cocktail bar; The Vault Cocktail Bar. The newly opened hotspot is situated in the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam hotel. The Vault Bar's name and concept is inspired by the location's former function, namely a bank vault. Thick walls, a vault wheel on the entrance door, and a wall covered with bank lockers revert back to yester years. The cocktail menu however, is nothing but classical. Expect groundbreaking mixology that takes you on a … [Read more...]

How to create a retro chic home decor

PIB - colombine-fauteuil_71942

The summer season is an excellent time to update your home decor. A lot of people choose to skip, or shorten a holiday abroad, and instead invest in redecorating their home. The benefit of decorating and refurbishing in summer, is that the winter collections are on sale. You can get some great design furniture for 10-30% less than if you would buy it in autumn or winter. Retro chic home decor is one of the hottest trends. Influences from the 1950s and 1960s, Scandinavian design, and Mid-century … [Read more...]

Sneak peek at IKEA’s autumn collection

IDEBO cable bag IKEA

In October IKEA launches its new collection and it's going to be a vibrant one. Popping colours, fun and new design products, and boldly patterned fabrics are just the tip of the iceberg. High design made affordable I can reveal that IKEA has also teamed up with three major design brands to bring us some cutting edge, affordable design: Tom Dixon, Piet Hein Eek, and Hay. Tom Dixon's designs for small spaces is however not expected until August 2017. The collaboration with Hay launches … [Read more...]

Hip design in Brooks Brasserie Amsterdam

Brasserie Brooks Amsterdam

Discovering good breakfast places in Amsterdam has been one of my latest obsessions. However, finding a breakfast place that also has a compelling interior design is the cherry on top of my hunt. In my favourite shopping neighbourhood, Old South (oud zuid), there is Brooks Brasserie. The stylish restaurant is actually part of a small boutique hotel. Besides breakfast, you can also drop by for lunch, dinner, or just a cup of coffee. The interior design of Brooks Brasserie is of the hands of … [Read more...]

The Hague Favourite: Jamey Bennet

Jamey Bennet Den Haag

The Hague has a new kid on the block: Kitchen & Bar Jamey Bennet. A few weeks ago I went to check out this new hot spot and I was pleasantly surprised. My verdict? Jamey Bennet is definitely a keeper with its hip interior, great ambiance and delicious food.  On a weekday night the crowd is a mix of expats, 30-50 year-olds, and a few students. The setting is like a living room with an international and brasserie-like vibe. The name Jamey Bennet derives from a British undercover … [Read more...]

Summer Fashion Trend: Pompoms

pompom bag

If there is one thing to stock up this summer, its fashion items with pompoms. The girly summer craze influenced fashion accessories and womens wear across all budgets, ages and cultures. From jewelry to lace up sandals, and from beach bags to different clothes trimmed with a pompom strip. What you will also see is that the pompoms are combined with feathers and tassles. Pompoms just ooze fun and happiness, so no reason not to embrace this trend. I already splurged on a pompom trimmed dress, and … [Read more...]

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