7 Spring/Summer Fashion Trends 2017

Make way thick knits and warm boots, because spring is here and summer is coming soon. Time to clean out those closets and replace your winter apparel with new spring and summer fashion. What are this year's hottest trends? I uncovered 7 trends that I think are timeless and elegant, and therefore a good buy to expand your wardrobe collection. 1. The large brimmed straw hat The large brimmed straw hat is a perfect accessory for hot summer days as protection against the sun. Besides … [Read more...]

4 Easy Barbecue Recipes

Summer is in full swing here in the Netherlands, so it's time to bring out the grill and barbecue until the wee hours. Yesterday I had a small gathering with friends and cooked up some simple and quick dishes. I would love to share them with you, so here goes. Appetizer: Small skewers of watermelon, feta cheese and mint As an appetizer I made these tiny skewers of watermelon, feta cheese and mint. I love the combination of the three flavours: sweet, fresh and salty. The perfect … [Read more...]

Amsterdam Canal Cruising with ‘Bluespoon on Board’

Amsterdam canal cruising

  On beautiful summer days, there's nothing better than renting a boat and cruising the Amsterdam canals with a group of friends. Amsterdam is after all at its best when seen from the water. A perfect day on the water is however incomplete without drinks and bites. Now, you can go to the supermarket and prepare a picnic basket yourself, or even better, you can order the food and drinks at Bluespoon Restaurant & Bar. The Bluespoon on Board service not only saves you time, but also … [Read more...]

My Tropical Balcony

In summer I love having breakfast and dinner on my small balcony. To hold on to the tropical weather of my travels to the Côte d'Azur, I chose to decorate my balcony differently this year. I chose only tropical plants, like a banana plant, an Anthurium, and Calla flowers. The lush greenery pairs perfectly with my turquoise accents and my black and white geometric outdoor rug. I constructed a side table from an IKEA stool and a white tray so I can easily move it, and transform it in an extra seat … [Read more...]

Summer Fashion Trend: Pompoms

If there is one thing to stock up this summer, its fashion items with pompoms. The girly summer craze influenced fashion accessories and womens wear across all budgets, ages and cultures. From jewelry to lace up sandals, and from beach bags to different clothes trimmed with a pompom strip. What you will also see is that the pompoms are combined with feathers and tassles. Pompoms just ooze fun and happiness, so no reason not to embrace this trend. I already splurged on a pompom trimmed dress, and … [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...]

Yxaiio, the summer drink of 2016

XYaiio

This summer's hottest drink is the tantalizing 'aphrodisiac' drink Yxaiio. A non-alcoholic beverage based on the upbeat aroma of pheromones, intended as a stimulating companion for intimate and hot moments. We were at the launch party a few weeks ago, to taste this glamourous new summer sip. Yxaiio, 4 ways Yxaiio can be sampled 'pure' with  e.g. mixed nuts. Another way is to mix it with vodka and pair it with oysters. Or, my favourite, mix it with champagne! If you like to serve an unique … [Read more...]