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...]

Interior Design inspiration at The Holiday House London

Holiday House London

Last week I went to see the design show house "The Holiday House London". If you're in London, or planning to go for Christmas shopping I highly recommend to go see this, as it's only open for one more week (until December 10th). The Holiday House London consists in fact of two town houses in 59 & 61 Hamilton Terrace that are completely decorated by leading interior designers. The celebrated interior designers were each assigned one space to decorate in their own style. The result are two … [Read more...]

Marilyn Monroe photography exposition

marilyn monroe as ballerina by Milton Greene 1954

Fashion icon, old Hollywood glamour model, sex symbol, and legendary actress. Marilyn Monroe is one if not the most iconic woman in history who made her mark in culture and arts. Coming months London and Amsterdam are both hosting a photography exhibition of Marilyn Monroe. LONDON - In London, The Little Black Gallery presents the exposition 'Gentlemen prefer Blondes' from 19 January till 27 February, with photos by Milton H. Greene and Douglas Kirkland. AMSTERDAM - In Amsterdam, Eduard … [Read more...]

International Day of the Orchid

I have some exciting news for all flowers lovers. Tomorrow, September 3,  is international day of the orchid. In light of this, major cities London, Amsterdam, Paris and Cologne are organizing a special orchids route. At different stores there are activities, goodies, food, or floral art arrangements with orchids. In Amsterdam the route is in the Nine streets. Below you'll find the program for Amsterdam and London. For more information visit the website http://www.orchidsinfo.eu/ Follow me on … [Read more...]

London shopping guide: Islington

Sometimes I totally forget to blog about experiences I had that might spark your interest. Like my short city trip to London earlier this year. Each time I go to London, I try to explore a different part of the city and go a bit of the beaten track. I've been to London so many times, that I don't bother visiting the touristic places anymore, nor the high street (Oxford st), unless I have time left or need something from a particular store. But that is hardly ever the case, since there is so much … [Read more...]

Must-visit: The Savage Beauty exhibition in London

If you do anything this spring/summer while in London, go to the Victoria & Albert Museum to see the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition. It is hands down the best (fashion) exhibition I have ever been to. The Savage Beauty exhibition, that runs till August 2nd 2015, celebrates the work and vision of fashion designer McQueen who is famed for his creativity, inovative designs and challenging boundaries of art and fashion. His work, curated by the museum's senior curator Claire Wilcox, … [Read more...]