Christmas lights and decorations in London

No European city does Christmas illuminations and decorations like London does. As the British capital gets ready for Christmas and the festive season, it also transforms into a magical and sparkling site that bedazzles locals and tourists alike. The twinkling lights in the streets, the storybook shop windows and the festive decorations wrap the city in a joyous and enchanting ambiance. Discover the magical light and decorations in my video (2.30 min) and read on to find out my go to list to … [Read more...]

What to splurge on at Victoria’s Secret this holiday season

To Americans, Victoria's Secret is nothing special. The stores are everywhere. But to a Dutch woman, it is pure delight to step into a Victoria's Secret store. I've been a loyal customer since the late 1990s when I was living in the States. Once back in the Netherlands, I continued to order my lingerie and briefs online. And although we have a tiny store at the Amsterdam airport (with only beauty products and a few panties), it doesn't come close to the real stores boasting with lace and sheer … [Read more...]

Gift Guide for the Colourful friend

holiday gift guide

We all have that one friend who is totally into vibrant colours, rainbows and clashing hues and patterns. The one who thinks beige is boring, and black is only for funerals. Who thinks the packaging is just as important as what's inside. For that kind of woman I collected my favourite colourful products that are gifts worth giving. Valrhona Chocolate bars box I'm currently in possession of this box and believe me, it'll ruin your diet. The 8 different chocolate bars from different … [Read more...]

Gift guide for Her

While the weather outside is frightful (it's snowing!) and you still have some Christmas shopping to do, I've got your back! Because today I'm sharing my favourite things of the season. Actually 4 of the below gifts I already gifted myself and I'm so happy with them. The other 3 gifts I would love to get. These are gifts for a woman who enjoys elegance, but also comfort. Gloves with touch screen capability These grey woolen gloves embellished with (faux) pearls are such an invention. … [Read more...]

My Holiday Home Tour

Each year I claim that "this year I'm not buying a Christmas tree, too much fuss" and then I do it anyway. As soon as I see those glistening baubles and smell the fir trees I can't help myself. So by December 1st my tree was all trimmed and my home was lit with flickering lights again. It feels so cozy and festive! Picking a tree for small spaces Previous years I had a Nordmann fir because its needles are soft and don't drop that quickly. However, a Nordmann fir is also wide and takes … [Read more...]

Must-see: The Legendary Trunks exhibition

Legendary Trunks

Louis Vuitton aficionados are in for a very huge treat this winter because from December 6 till February 18, hundreds of Louis Vuitton trunks and other travel accessories can be viewed in the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. I was at the Grand Opening last night and I'm still excited after seeing, touching and learning about these collectors items. ‘Legendary Trunks - The Exhibition’ is a fascinating journey through the history, generations and personal stories of the iconic Louis Vuitton trunk. … [Read more...]

Hotspot Utrecht: Atelier Ohlala

I love to go Christmas shopping in other cities and discover small boutiques or concept stores. Finding that exclusive gift or just browsing Christmas decorations brings me so much joy. A small, adorable gift shop that is perfect for Christmas shopping is Atelier Ohlala in Utrecht. In December the shop is transformed into a winter shop with lights, ornaments and creative decorations. Glitter donuts, classic nutcrackers and lots of wanna-haves will make you linger in the shop until you'll cave … [Read more...]