Going to Miami…and I’m taking with me….

I'm so excited, because while you are reading this, I am in Miami! It's been 15 years since my last visit, so I'm super thrilled to be back. The coming week I will be heading south to Key West to relax and rest. After that I will return to Miami to check out hotspots, sample restaurants and do some serious shopping. But before I hit the road to Key West I would like to share my latest finds that I brought with me to Miami. Things that made my life so much better and more fun, and are (in my … [Read more...]

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...]

Shopping at Gnomo Lifestyle store in Valencia

Gnomo Valencia

If you're looking for a gift store to shop for the home front during your city trip to Valencia, lifestyle store, Gnomo is the place to be. Gnomo is located in Calle Cuba 32 in neighbourhood Ruzafa. Besides being a great shopping address, it is also worth a visit because of its extraordinary interior design that can be credited to the interior design creative consultancy Masquespacio. Gnomo has an eighties vibe to its interior design. Clean white walls and a smooth granite floor are … [Read more...]

Summer essential: the Ghongha water bottle

Get ready for some hot days, summer holidays, and fun fun fun! My indispensable summer accessory this year is my Ghongha water bottle. Keeping hydrated by the poolside or on the beach is made easy with this stylish bottle. It comes in other colours too (blush pink, mint green, and grey). The silicone slid keeps your water cold or hot in the light-weight glass bottle. The Ghongha bottle is made from hand blown strong heat resistant borosilicate glass (-20 - +200 Celsius) which makes it … [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...]