Summer drink: Lolea sparkling wine

There's a new drink I'm very enthusiastic about which is perfect for summer. It's the Lolea sparkling wine. I was already a fan of the Lolea sangria, but this one is even better! The bottle alone is so pretty and elegant. The Lolea rosé has a distinctive floral taste with a tone of ginger and hibiscus flower. It is made from the Spanish Grenache and Tempranillo grapes. It's fresh like a white wine, but also has character and depth like a red wine has. It's a harmonious and delicate blend of … [Read more...]

Summer Party Food Ideas

I love to throw summer parties. However, lately I have been so swamped with work that I haven't had the time to plan one for my friends. Nonetheless I do collect ideas for delicious bites and snacks at other events and parties which I can use or alter for my own parties at a later time. This week I had two business related occasions where they served the most delicious, - and not so difficult to make myself - summer bites. Moreover, I think they were worth sharing with you. After all, the summer … [Read more...]

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...]