Hotspot Haarlem; OU Boutique by Val + Rose

Haarlem is one of my favourite cities for shopping. The city is packed with small independent stores and cozy lunch rooms and coffee places. Lately a new wave of shops and restaurants has upped the like-ability of Haarlem even more. On my latest shopping spree in Haarlem I fell in love with OU Boutique by Val + Rose, on Kruisstraat 40. This uber hip concept store is the perfect stop for browsing unique gifts, trying on original designs, or getting a vitamin boost at their juice bar. The … [Read more...]

Hot spot Leiden: The Wonderful Nature Store

Wonderful Nature store Leiden

Last week I already blogged about one of the three new shops in the Breestraat in Leiden (read here). Today I would like to highlight the second one: the Wonderful Nature Store. It's a shop packed with natural home decor accessories. Besides the taxidermy - lions, birds, turtles and crocodiles, you can buy shells & gem stones, pottery, hides, framed feathers, and other small gifts and decor items. But naturally, the taxidermy are the focal points in the shop. Expect being eye to eye with a … [Read more...]

Hotspot Amsterdam: Miuse conceptstore

Miuse Amsterdam

One of my favourite shopping streets in Amsterdam is the Gerard Doustraat. It is packed with small boutiques. In my blog posts 'Shoppping Guide de Pijp part 1 and part 2, you can read all about the great shops. One shop that wasn't there a few years ago when I wrote those posts about the Pijp, is the boutique MIUSE conceptstore, on Gerard Doustraat no. 80HS. MIUSE is a conceptstore boasting with fashion, interior & beauty brands. But not the mass market brands. Here you'll find edgy, … [Read more...]

Hotspot Leiden: WOW duurzaam design conceptstore

WOW duurzaam design Leiden

The Breestraat in Leiden is getting more fun by the week. On April 1st three new stores opened, one of them being WOW duurzaam design. It is a conceptstore selling only sustainable Dutch design. The products at WOW duurzaam design are created by young designers and small labels mainly from the Netherlands and Belgium and with an eye for fairness and nature. WOW duurzaam design curates unique items, unusual things, used things, and recycled products made with love and craftsmanship. You'll … [Read more...]

Miscellaneous, refined goods for the home and desk

Are you also a notebooks hoarder and do you have more pens and pencils than you could use in a lifetime? I'm guilty of both, not to mention the collection of stationery that I will never use because honestly, when do I send a handwritten letter anyway? Nevertheless, I continue shopping at stores like Miscellaneous in Amsterdam West. This shop is not the ordinary stationery shop, its collection assures to take your work space or desk to a sophisticated and refined space in a blink. Who wants … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide for the party girl

December is full of parties and entertaining. In that light I thought it would be fitting to curate my favourite party and entertaining gifts. Gifts that will make you shine as a hostess and a entertainer with sophisitication. But also gifts that will make you look glam when you go out to a party. The gifts all have a little spark because after all, what are the holidays without glitz?   Veuve cliquot Rich is a champagne especially made for mixology, hence cocktails and consists … [Read more...]

Gift Guide for Her: Little Luxuries

Have you started gift shopping yet? In today's gift guide I thought it would be nice to share my own wish list for my upcoming birthday (Dec 17th), and for Christmas. These gifts are in my opinion little luxuries that define my blog and my lifestyle. Things that make me happy and are beautiful. Things that make my house feel like a home: For me it's a luxury to come home and slip into warm soft slippers. I love to sit down while drinking delicious tea blends in a space full of lit candles and … [Read more...]