The Extended Guide to Christmas shopping in London

Christmas shopping in London is something else. Ever since I was little we would annually go to London for gift shopping. The family tradition brings back so many heart-warming memories that I attempt to uphold it as much as possible. Since I know London like the back of my hand, I can easily stuff all my favourite addresses, streets and shops into a 72 hours shopping itinerary and build in some sightseeing and high-tea-ing on the side. Because seriously, can one ever get enough of seeing the … [Read more...]

Gift Guide for the Colourful friend

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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...]

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...]

Holiday Gift Guide: Natural Treasures

Natural treasures from the earth make harmonious accessories for the home. At my favourite store in London - Anthropologie - I was swooning over the lustre of mineral home accessories and bar essentials to step up your Christmas entertaining. I literally wanted everything! Geodes, marble and capiz shell are used in the design of precious gifts and utensils. Beautiful gifts for others or yourself that will make you the hostess with the mostess this year. But I also spotted beautiful ceramics and … [Read more...]

10 Best Luxury Advent Calendars 2017

2017 is definitely the year of the Advent calendar. Not the traditional one that we had when we were kids, the one with a chocolate inside. This year the Advent days are celebrated like it's Christmas every day. We are pulling out all the stops to enhance our countdown till Christmas. Especially the beauty brands have cleverly created boxes that look so good that you just NEED to get one. My favourite is by Dyptique. By the time you finish the last door your home and you will smell so nice with … [Read more...]

Weekendtip: Designkwartier in The Hague

Yesterday I went to the annual, and 4th design festival 'Designkwartier' (translation: design quarter) in The Hague's lively quarter the 'zeeheldenbuurt'. This annual event lasts 3 days, from 19-21 May, so there's still one more day to go. The quarter 'zeeheldenbuurt' is transformed into a design quarter with over hundred inspiring expositions, pop-up shops, galleries, open houses, workshops and other activities. Novel talent and renowned designers showcase new and popular home decor designs. … [Read more...]