Mindcraft exhibition in Milan
The MINDCRAFT Exhibition at the Cloister of San Simpliciano was one of the many highlights of my trip to Milan. Danish Fashion design Henrik Vibskov curated the exhibition and it was just as eclectic as his own designs and shop in Copenhagen. It felt very contemporary with a focus on handmade and crafts, impressive by its volume with eye for details, cohesion and color. It's not my forté to put things into lots of words, I tried to capture it in these few photos.
Oh and if you were wondering, this exhibition has nothing to do with Minecraft, the video game ;) or maybe it has: it's playful in some sorts!
MINDCRAFT is an exhibition concept showcasing some of Denmark's most talented craftspeople and designers. The curated exhibitions demonstrate the qualities, potentials and versatility of new Danish craft and design. The MINDCRAFT exhibitions are organized by the Danish Arts Foundation and the Agency for Culture and Palaces.
Loved these "Powder Variations" sculptures by Carl Emil Jacobsen:
On the left: digital print on silk by Birk Marcus Hansen and the minty green Spinning Time Machine by Isabel Berglund:
The textile huts have such detail and feel womb-like cosy and even slightly African:
And there in the back the most amazing larger-than-life paper flowers by Marianne Eriksen Scott-Hansen:
What makes the Designweek in Milan so special, is that its historic city center is the temporary stage for contemporary design, which creates unique and very interesting contrasts. Like here:
Another feature that made the Mindcraft Exhibition so good, is that the Mindcraft website is so explanatory as well. And it comes with a beautifully layouted catalogue, designed by Henrik Vibskov himself.
Maison Chateau Rouge in Paris
Mix a graphic interior, tropical plants and creative ideas with a welcoming athmosphere and you win me over. When I saw some first glimpses of the newly opened Maison Château Rouge on l'Instant Parisien's instagram, I knew I had to visit this cheerful shop as soon as possible. Youssouf, co-founder of Maison Château Rouge and Les Oiseaux Migrateurs (a foundation that supports African businesses), was very friendly and easy going and told me what Maison Château Rouge is all about: bringing good wax and nice African products to the people of Paris... and beyond!
All the wax fabrics used in MCR's designs are purchased from shops in the Château Rouge neighborhood in the 19th arrondisssement, just a little walk up north from Gare du Nord and not far from Montmartre. The skirts, trousers and tops combine a sports jersey fit and contemporary prints with traditional African wax fabrics, thus creating a fun mix of cultures. Definitely a colorful touch to the neutral/black Parisian outfits ;)
Cool urban skirts and sports jerseys in wax fabric:
Did you know the haut de gamme in wax fabrics come from Holland?
And a cosy and bright yellow nook to read your favorite magazines, including The Good Life, Monocle, Kinfolk and l'Instant Parisien:
The space of Maison Château Rouge as well of the idea behind the brand felt very refreshing and not just because of all the yellow ;) Good vibes all over, truly inspiring!
Youssouf was preparing these fun bottles of Bana Bana real African bissap, a 100% natural juice with hibiscus, made in Senegal. For the EURO16 they created limited edition bottles with all the famous football players, like Zlatan, Zizou and Pogba! Yum!
I felt so inspired by the colors, plants and wax at Maison Château Rouge, that I decided to trade my hat for a wax bow at the Prix de Diane. Funny detail was that I received lots of compliments from the Africans that attended the event <3
Maison Château Rouge /// 40 rue Myrha /// 75018 Paris
Prix de Diane 2016 in Chantilly
Last week I got to wear a hat... twice! For Anne's naturalisation party, we all wore a French beret... And this weekend I was invited to the Prix de Diane horse races in Chantilly, best known for its fancy hats. Last time I visited there was a lot of wind, not very easy to wear a voluminous fedora, so this time I played it safe and wore a wax fabric bow.
The Prix de Diane Longines is all about elegance, the horses are particularly elegant (and fast!) but I mostly enjoyed watching everyone showing off what elegance meant to them through outfits and fancy headwear. From hats with entire fruit basket on top to refined lace creations, there was a lot of creative diversity to be appreciated. Not a lot of cultural diversity though, horse races are still very much "white" events. Anyway, there was sun, bubbles, music... and this was what our day looked like:
This lady probably had the best view of the entire day:
Or maybe they did:
This is what it was really all about... lightweight and well trained jockeys on very fast horses:
And a "light" picknick, à la française:
Together with Very Chantilly, students of Studio Mode Paris, showed their interpretation of traditional Chantilly lace (which is worldfamous and black!) in their very first hat designs. All students also participated in the Concours d'Élégance with hundreds of participants, but unfortunately no winners amongst the students.
Mathilde's dreamy creation included bubbles with wishes like "Turning into a flower", "Being able to fly" or "Having super powers":
And I spotted some more Wax-lovers!
Le Concours d'Élégance:
Probably the most elegant lady of the day, Anna and her pink balloon:
The design of this year's Village de Diane was particularly pastel with lots of honeycomb paper balls and ribbons:
If you follow me on Snapchat (I'm joelixjoelix there), you may have noticed that I was slightly obsessed with these ribbons ;)
Inspired by my recent visit of Maison Château Rouge (more on that very soon!), I wore a big wax fabric bow:
Merci Very Chantilly, VHT Conseil, France Galop and Prix de Diane Longines for the lovely day!
What do you do when you have 90 minutes in Amsterdam and you want to visit a really nice store? You visit Restored, on the Haarlemmerdijk. In a gorgeous old Fish and Fruit warehouse you'll find a beautifully curated collection of design products: from backpacks to ceramics and preserved flowers.
What I love about the store is that Restored is not just a nice collection of goods, they also like sharing the inspiring stories behind the makers of the products they carry. The lady in the store asked me if I had heard of Herman Verhagen, an Amsterdam-based pottery maker that made a capsule collection for Restored of cups and storage jars. I loved the glazings!
And in my book, you cannot go wrong when you sell plants (including the clean machines by Ogreen), Urban Jungles terrariums, watering cans and the second edition of Strange Plants:
Restored also carries lots of beautiful independant magazines like Gather, Desegno and my favorite The Plant:
It's a new day, a new life a new dawn... fooooor you!!
The Alocasia Cucullata plant also loves the shop window:
Intriguing preserved flowers by Nienke Sybrandy and beautiful geometric jewelry by Turina:
In the same street, the Haarlemmerdijk, you also find beautiful shops like Sukha, Store Without a Home, and Tenue de Nîmes (with super friendly staff!)... and after all the shopping, treat yourself to a delicious French mini pastry at Petit Gâteau.
For more interior and design hotspots in Amsterdam, you can also download the Amsterdam Next app!
Restored /// Haarlemmerdijk 39 /// Amsterdam, the Netherlands /// +31 (0) 20 337 6473
Open mon 13-18 and tue - sat 11-18
Giveaway Kalenji x JOELIX.com
Yayy! I'm throwing a little party, because I just went on my 200th run! If you follow me on Instagram, you know that after each run I post a picture, usually of my shoes and something colorful. My instagram series #joelixruns has been so motivating for me throughout the past fifteen months and the support has been heartwarming. A BIG thank you to all my virtual cheerleaders: you are the best!
To celebrate my victory properly I teamed up with the brand of my running kicks: Kalenji. Last year when I decided to start running, I went to the nearest Decathlon and tried on all the running shoes they had in store. I had to set aside my usual shoe-habit and choose the most comfortable shoes instead of the prettiest. Function over vanity: not very easy for someone who never wears sneakers, like me ;)
Finally a pair of Kalenji SD (short distance) running shoes came home with me and I loved them. No blisters, good support, very lightweight and as a bonus: a fun color for my running pictures too. When choosing my second pair, I did a little bit more research on all the technical aspects of the shoes. I learned about pronation, flexibility and ways to tie my shoelaces. I chose these Kalenji Kiprun MD (medium distance) in white, pink, purple and neon green. They have a little bit more cushioning, which I like, even though I still don't run "official" medium distances.
And now... the best part: three of you can win a pair of Kalenji Kiprun shoes! You can choose between SD, MD or LD (small, medium or long distance) and your kind of pronation. Which means women can choose any of the running shoes below:
Men can win any of these:
And because I'm a graphic designer after all, I'll add a set of postcards to the package:
To win a pair of Kalenji Kiprun running shoes (SD, MD, LD for men or women in your size) and a set of postcards:
► Follow me on Instagram (or Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest if you prefer)
► Leave a comment below
The three lucky winners will be announced on September 26th. The giveaway is open for everyone worldwide: I'm happy to ship around the world :) Good luck!
This giveaway is now closed. The 3 winners are: Argone, Ursula and Joyce. They have been contacted and will receive their pair of Kalenji running shoes and postcards shortly! Thanks everyone for playing and the running support!
Kalenji kindly offered 3 pairs of running shoes to 3 of my readers, but all opinions and pictures are my own. Merci Kalenji!
Prix de Diane in Chantilly
This weekend we had a little break from our bathroom renovation and spent our Sunday at the Prix de Diane Longines in Chantilly, at ten minutes from our home. It wasn't my first race course, but my first Prix de Diane. So I brought my biggest hat (an oversized Yohji Yamamoto fedora) and had lots of fun people watching. Pick nicking with heels, hats and bubbles is something else!
Oh and actually I planned to shoot some fresh faces for my Styloise series, but the people I approached were all from Paris. Bummer!
The Broken Arm in Paris
My days in Paris are always packed. I try to get most out of my time in the city, before taking the train home to our just-outside-the-banlieue city. This means: meetings with clients, a visit to an exhibition or conference, random walks, a little shopping at Uniqlo or COS and the best part: meeting with old & new friends. Last week I met with Sivan and Merav at The Broken Arm, where the coffee was good (even if you have special foam requests!), the sunshine was great and the store very well curated.
The greens seemed to love the sunlight in the window sill. I wonder if that succulent in the middle came from nearby cactus store Les Succulents Cactus...
Ever since being an Urban Jungle Blogger I can't help but spotting greens everywhere. I love this indoor tree:
In the basement I discovered this beautiful leather bag collection from Germany by Phillip Bree, called PB 0110. Their branding is so elegant and pretty: ( ) and their leather goods very very soft.
Besides their nice selection of magazines and art books, I particularly loved the headwear they carry by Études (also in bright yellow and electric blue!):
The Broken Arm - boutique & café /// 12, rue Perrée /// 75003 Paris /// +33 (0)1 44 61 53 60
boutique open: tue-sat 11-19 /// café open: tue-sat 9-18
Last week I met with Liléko, which was a true delight. She's a fashion student from Chartres, so technically, not a true Isarien, but she lives in Creil during the week, so I count her in ;) She's currently working hard to finish her studies and prepare for a year abroad in the US. I think she must be working really hard, because she didn't really know a lot of cool places or restaurants in the Oise. But Liléko's smile made up for that. It's her best accessory, don't you think?
Every since I joined Instagram last year, I discover the coolest things. Not only #urbanjungle inspiration, but I also found out that there DO live some fashionable folks in the Oise. Théo, a fashion student from Bury is one of them. He was so kind to meet me last week for a little photo shoot and proved that you can be a fashion victim ànd live in the Oise. Even though he spends a lot of time in Paris, he likes going for a walk near the lake of Saint-Vaast-lès-Mello and loves visiting the Emmaüs (charity shop) in Amiens. When I asked him for his favorite restaurant he replied that he's not very gourmand. I suspect him to prefer spending his money on a nice thrifted jacket rather than on food ;) Merci Théo!
Outspoken concept store Den Bosch
Ever since Iris showed her beautiful photos of concept store Outspoken on her blog, it was on my want-to-visit-list. My former hometown Den Bosch doesn't look like the city I used to know anymore (it has been over a decade!), but it does make me proud that it's home to cool places like Mariapaviljoen, eetbar Dit, the Museum Quarter and the updated Verwersstraat with shops like Oh and Westside. And of course this new gem: Outspoken.
In December and January, Majke Hüsstege and her team propose an XL edition of the Outspoken store. The entire art gallery is transformed into a concept store with a very well curated selection of pieces you won't find anywhere else. No regular concept store knick knacks, but one-of-a-kind artwork, affordable design pieces, furniture, neon art by Marco Vuijk, lighting, fashion (really nice pieces by Barbara Munsle, Elise Kim and Studio Ruig!), handbags and lots of interesting surprises everywhere.
Beautiful M.C. Tangram candle holders by Studio Nic Roex (slightly reminded me of these by David Taylor):
Neon art by Katharina Arndt:
I loved this beautiful and ultra light wooden lamp shade by Studio Daniel:
Fruitbowls in glass by Rogier Martens and Spade Seat by Studio Nic Roex:
And these smooth ceramics by Cor Unum:
Outspoken concept store in Majke Hüsstege Gallery /// Verwersstraat 28 /// ‘s-Hertogenbosch /// +31 73 614 28 63
Open every wednesday to sunday from 13:00 to 17:30
Happy Birthday Dear Academie
Last week one of my favorite Belgian fashion designers, Ann Demeulemeester, announced to leave her label (in a beautiful handwritten letter). Her designs hold a special place in my heart: my first designer heels were by her and I've been following her work ever since. I love the romantic and strong clothes with beautiful cuts and fabrics. Oh and the shoes... ♥
Ann Demeulemeester was part of the Antwerp 6 and one of the most famous alumni of the Antwerp Fashion Academy. Shame on me: I had never visited the MoMu Antwerp Fashion Museum before, but what better occasion for a first visit than the 50th birthday party! Above you see an impression of the current exhibition with graduation work of students, videos, sketches, photos and prototypes from the past 50 years.
I particularly enjoyed the different videos featuring the collection evaluation (which reminded me of my own evaluations in art school), a school trip to Carnaby Street, London in the 60s (quite a travel experience!) and Walter van Beirendonck's story (he's Head of Fashion at the Academy and truly involved with the students, very endearing). Happy Birthday Dear Academy!
2nd image: A.F. Vandevorst /// 6th image: Veronique Branquinho /// 7th image: Martin Margiela (left) Ann Demeulemeester (right)
Weekend inspiration #10
mini guide Copenhagen
Some of my favorite places in Copenhagen:
► Cinnober /// Landemærket 9 /// mon-fr 11-17:30 sat 11-15 /// Independent bookshop with a lovely selection of books (graphic design, illustration, architecture, street art, fashion, industrial design), paper products and prints.
► Another Nué /// Krystalgade 3 /// mon-thu 11-18 fri 11-18:30 sat 11-16 /// Nice selection of women's fashion (V Ave Shoe Repair, Camilla Skovgaard, Vibe Johansson, ...), jewelry, shoes and handbags. Just across the street is Henrik Vibskov, also worth checking out.
► Kompa'9 /// Kompagnistræde 9 /// mon-fri 8-18 sat 10-17 /// Good (eco) coffee, a nice spot for breakfast with croissants and yogurt with granola. They also serve delicious sandwiches for lunch.
► Lego store /// Vimmelskaftet 37 /// mon-thu+sat 10-18 fri 10-19 sun 11-17 /// I love Lego, and second best after the Lego theme park in Billund is the Copenhagen store. Build your own minifig, buy a limited edition set or play with some bricks ;)
My first giveaway
Today I'm hosting my fist ever giveaway! But, not on my own blog. As you may know, especially if you follow me on instagram, I started running in June... and I became addicted. I discover new things in my neighborhood and I feel so much fitter! Currently I pick blackberries on my runs and enjoy the empty streets during this everyone-in-France-is-on-holiday month. This morning I went for my 42th run and honestly, I never thought I would have liked it so much.
For years I thought I couldn't run, because I never found a good sports bra. I have large breasts due to terrific genes (oh yeah...) and most regular sports bras don't work for me. Until I found this awesome Panache sports bra. I'm so excited about it, that I want to tell every female runner about it. And what better place to do so, than on a blog focused on running, written by young women, called Just Keep Running.
Panache Lingerie liked the idea and generously offered a bra & shorty to give away to one of the readers. The giveaway at Just Keep Running is open to Dutch and Belgian readers only, but you can also purchase Panache sports bras online. More info here.
running snapshots from my instagram
After a festive weekend, my husband and I celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary today! We were married in the South of France in the year 2000... seems so long ago, right? I was very young, 19, but very much in love and happy... and I still am, although a bit older and no longer have red hair. My husband is still the loveliest, sweetest and most caring. He had only a few grey hairs back then, today I can almost call him a silver fox ;)
Our wedding was not very traditional (as you can read here). However I did wear a white dress. And a skirt and a top, in satin and linen. Very different from what I'd choose if I were to marry today.
And ever since, I dress in white on the 15th of July, as a little tradition. Sometimes I wear a piece from my wedding outfit which means I still get some wear out of it. My dress is not in perfect shape anymore as you can see in the pictures, but who cares?
If you are married, do you ever wear your wedding dress? Does it still fit? And in case you're not married: do you dream of THE dress?
Chambre avec vue
Last night Rose and I had a soirée at the Auberge du Jeu de Paume, the brand new hotel at 10 minutes from our place, in Chantilly. The promise of champagne and a chocolate fountain immediately convinced Rose to join me. I was very curious to see what the concept of a "personal dressing" by Chambre avec Vue was all about.
After Venice and Saint Tropez, Mélissa and Taya, founders of Chambre avec Vue, decided to show a feminine & elegant collection of prêt-à-porter de luxe in Chantilly. I liked the upcycled pieces of Semi Couture but the best part was the glow of one of the models: a woman, probably in her 30s like me: so confident and powerful. The younger models were pretty and cute, but she lit up the room and made everyone smile. So cliché, but beauty isn't about looks :o)
Have a wonderful weekend!
Styloise: Suzy & Chris
Suzy was dancing in the middle of the street when I spotted her and Chris. It made me smile, but as soon as I took out my camera both their smiles almost disappeared! Suzy and Chris are two students from Creil and were wearing some funky mismatched laced sneakers. Their favorite place in the Oise is the Pathé Cinema in Montataire. Chris loves going there to watch a good action or comedy movie. They're both big fans of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Merci Suzy & Chris!
Meeting fellow bloggers is always fun. This time I met one of the only fashion & beauty bloggers in the Oise: Héloïse. She's a student from Creil with a passion for beauty and shares her finds on her blog, called Beauthela. Héloïse prefers spending time in Paris, but also enjoys a walk in the Ermenonville forest every once in a while. Her favorite restaurant is Chinastar in Creil and she likes the local Irish pub for drinks with friends. Merci Héloïse!
For an additional picture of Héloïse, check JOELIX.com on Facebook.
Vincent, a high school student from Précy sur Oise, was on his way to meet some friends when I bumped into him. He told me I found the right guy for getting to know all hotspots in the Oise, as he likes to hang out here a lot. His favorite place in the Oise is the city center of Saint-Just-en-Chaussée. And he loves drinking a beer or two at the Irish pub in Grandvilliers, called Le New Grange. Merci Vincent!
On a beautiful sunny afternoon, I met Aïcha. She's originally from Toulouse in the South West of France and only recently moved to Creil in the Oise. She works at City Hall and loves to take her two young daughters to Verneuil-en-Halatte for some park & playground fun. She recommends Café Noir in Chantilly for drinks and Le Flora in Creil for a delicious dinner. Merci Aïcha!
My favorites @ TRANOÏ Paris
Recently I visited Tranoï, the most creative fashion trade show in Paris, to find fresh inspiration. I'm currently on the lookout for a new winter scarf ( since I lost my favorite one in Berlin ), and am obsessed with soft fabrics.
While strolling along the booths I admired "old favorites", like the amazing hats & footwear by Reinhard Plank, and the spring/summer '13 collection of Humanoid, and also found some new favorites.
My first crush was on the Swedish prêt-à-porter brand SVEK. And especially on this crisp white shirt: the collar & front of the shirt is the same piece of fabric. Very innovative & easy to wear!
The Italian sales assistant of Horo completely enthralled me with her enthusiasm for her products. While wrapping a fabric bracelet on my wrist she explained that their prints are actually 24K gold & true palladium. The prints are graphic & timeless and knowing that you're wearing true gold adds a little touch to it. Horo designs are hand printed on super soft fabrics like silk mixtures, cashmere and modal with milk. Loved it!
One of the main materials of our home is concrete, my Pinterest board "When can I move in?" is filled with big chunks of concrete as well: I just ♥ it!
No surprise that I also loved Ivanka's Cement Couture. Ivanka is a Budapest-based design company specializing in concrete projects. They recently launched their first fashion collection in fabrics which look like cement & concrete but actually feel REALLY soft! Where can I get my concrete scarf now?
This is what caught my eye at one of the least stylish places in the Oise. I liked the contrast between the grungy place with garbage trash all over & the YSL label...
Weekend tip: Atelier ABC-Vélo
In this week's Styloise I already told you about ABC Atelier-Vélo. Besides repairing your bike under the supervision of volunteers, you can also join them every first Sunday of the month for a bike trip through the Oise. On previous outings, they have been to Fleurines and Chantilly for example. They usually leave at 9:00AM from the Place Carnot in Creil. Next trip will be on September 2nd. So why not join them?
And if you decide to go biking next weekend, you might consider wearing this invisible bicycle helmet called Hövding! Basically Hövding is a collar for bicyclists, worn around the neck. The collar contains a folded up airbag that you'll only see if you happen to have an accident. How cool & impressive is that?
Last week I went out on a small bike trip & passed along this "bike workshop". As most Dutch people I love riding my bike and this workshop made me curious. I went in and met Frédéric & his fellow association members, who explained me how the ABC Atelier-Vélo works. Here you can repair your own bike with the help of volunteers. You can also purchase a used or refurbished bike & learn how to keep it in shape with recycled spare parts. And important to know: no they're not a bike-repair shop! You'll have to get at it yourself!
It was so nice seeing such a nice local initiative alive & kicking that I completely forgot to ask for Frédéric's favorite spot & restaurant in the Oise. Anyway, merci Fred!
Oh and to see Frédéric at work, please like JOELIX.com on Facebook!
This is a first: I photographed someone for Styloise who doesn't appreciate living in the Oise! Simon, a student from Mouy, prefers hanging out in Paris or Lille, because to him the Oise is boring & "just suburbs". Besides Chantilly he couldn't name another place that he really liked. One of his favorite restaurants is Le Relais du Jeu d'Arc in Mello. Merci Simon!
Kévin from Creil was waiting for his girlfriend to go grocery shopping as I met him. He works as a delivery man in Paris & told me Isariens smile a lot more than Parisians. He can't help himself for smiling all the time and says it even works in his professional life. His favorite spot in the Oise ( after Chantilly ) is the Parc Hébert in Nogent sur Oise. And he loves eating crêpes at Crêperie Michelet in Creil. Merci Kévin!
To see a smiley outtake of this shoot, please like JOELIX.com on Facebook!
The last & only time I won something was when I was 6 years old and won a Queensday drawing contest. I wrote Happy 05th wedding anniversary to the Queen, in stead of 50th anniversary. That was probably "funny" enough to let me win... I remember the prize very well: a voucher with the equivalent of nearly 2,25 euros to spend in the local toystore. It took me a long time to decide what to choose. I went home with a tiny yellow version of this plush caterpillar, because this was above my budget. Aaahhh the toys of the 80s...
A while ago, a few days after I wrote about the Humanoid flagship store, I received an email: " Congratulations, you won! ". First I thought it was spam, but when I read further, I saw that I really won a shopping voucher to spend in the Humanoid webshop! The sales articles were still in my basket and as soon as I received the voucher I ordered them right away. I just received them and they are perfect! Soft & airy: perfect for this week's summer sun. The voucher came with the beautiful Humanoid S/S 2012 lookbook. Merci Humanoid!
Have you ever won something? What was it? And how did you win? Hmmm makes me wonder, maybe I should organize a contest so that you could win a prize too...
Styloise: Marie Line
I love it when people try their best to look good, even when it's hot. While most Isariens wore flip flops & uninteresting tees, Marie Line dressed up to go shopping with her husband and kids ( look who's hiding there! ). She's a saleswoman from Nogent sur Oise and loves spending time in the city center of Chantilly. Her favorite restaurant in the Oise is the newly opened Flunch in Nogent sur Oise. Merci Marie Line!
To see a fun outtake of this shoot, please like JOELIX.com on Facebook!
Last week my stepdaughter Rose kindly accepted to model for this week's Styloise. She studies Marketing & Communication in Amsterdam and stayed with us in Nogent sur Oise. Her favorite spot besides Studio Sapique is the Fôret d'Halatte where she likes to go for a walk (with us haha). Her favorite resto is Chez Watashi in Nogent sur Oise. Merci Rose!
To see a fun outtake of this shoot, please like JOELIX.com on Facebook!
Adélaïde was the only woman in Beauvais wearing high heels on a very hot day. She's a creative seamstress from Beauvais and sells cute vintage inspired baby & kids apparel in her webshop. She also has a blog called Made in Moi. When she's not creating new designs for Made in Moi, she likes to take her family to Chantilly to feed the carps in the pond. Her favorite restaurant is Les Vents d'Anges in Beauvais. Merci Adélaïde!
Around lunchtime I spotted Sandra who was about to grab a sandwich with some friends. She's a desktop publisher (and aspiring webdesigner & photographer!) from Gouvieux. She moved to live in the Oise only 1 year ago and absolutely loves it! Her favorite place in the Oise is the forest of Gouvieux where she likes to walk her dog. And her favorite resto is La Petite Auberge in Lamorlaye. Merci Sandra!
One of my favorite Dutch fashion brands is Humanoid. They have been around for over 30 years and their identity just feels familiar without screaming for attention. The fabrics they use are gorgeous, soft and easy to wear. It's a pity I cannot wear any wool (sooo itchy!), because in the winter they have the most amazing alpaca wraps.
I recently visited their beautiful flagship store (in a former church!) in Arnhem, The Netherlands. What I liked best was that alongside their main brand, they also carry a nice selection of brands like Hope, N.D.C., Jerôme Dreyfuss, Officine Creative, Isabel Marant, Face Stockholm, Silent by Damir Doma, Acne and many other beauties.
And the best thing is that their sales started today! Have a look and let me know what you threw into your shopping basket!
Impossible to miss this smiling man with the hat in the streets of Creil. Guy was coming home from his work as a swing manager at Mc Donalds in the Val d'Oise department. Even after more than 15 years at Mc Donalds, his favorite place to eat is still Mc Donalds (the one in Saint Maximin). And a Big Mac his ultimate food. He loves spending time near Chantilly's Hippodrome and the Living Horse Museum. Merci Guy!
Styloise: Cresus & Claude
Cresus and Claude were hanging out in the sun with some friends and were all smiles when I asked to take their picture. They're both students from Creil and very much into basketball and football. Cresus' favorite spot in the Oise is the basketball center in Chantilly while Claude prefers the football spot near the swimming pool in Nogent sur Oise/Villers-Saint-Paul. Their favorite restaurants are Le Golf in Saint Maximin and Sun Self Grill in Creil. Merci Cresus & Claude!
I spotted Brian, a High School student from Nogent sur Oise, running errands on his cool espadrilles (!) with his mom and sister. As a theater enthusiast, his favorite place in the Oise is La Faïencerie in Creil. His favorite resto is l'Essentiel (32, avenue Aumont) in Chantilly. It opened only a few weeks ago and he told me it's very good. Can't wait to check it out. Merci Brian!
Accompanied by her grandfather and her huge sunnies, Anaïs, a student from Saint-Leu d'Esserent, was doing what she likes best besides practising athletics: shopping! Her favorite spot in the Oise is the Jennyfer shop in the Cora shopping mall in Saint-Maximin. Her favorite resto: Sushi Sushi in Nogent sur Oise. Merci Anaïs!
It's been 10 years that I live in the Oise department in France. The Oise is a department in the North of France, named after the river Oise and is situated 35km north of Paris and part of the Picardie region.
When moving to France 10 years ago, it wasn't my intention to live anywhere outside Paris. But by chance, we found this spacious parkview apartment with beautiful forests nearby. Situated in the Oise department, at 25 minutes by train from Paris. And it wasn't so bad at all! I've discovered some beautiful places around here, met some incredible people and enjoyed some great food.
As of today I'm starting a new series here, to discover much more about the Oise and its people. While improving my photography skills, I'll learn more about the favorite places & restaurants of my fellow Isariens (natives of the Oise). Welcome to Styloise!
Last week I met Pétula. She's a fulltime mother from Chantilly, who takes care of her two lovely daughters. Her favorite place in the Oise is the Bois Saint-Denis neighbourhood in Chantilly. And her favorite resto: Il Gritti in Chantilly. Merci Pétula!
LV & MJ at Les Arts Décoratifs
What starts on the first floor as a calm presentation of the innovative trunks and "fashion carriers" created by Louis Vuitton, ends on a more eclectic note on the second floor where a selection of designs by Marc Jacobs for the French fashion house are on display.
Why visit this exhibition? To enjoy the patchwork with Marc's favorite video extracts (Rosemary's Baby, Marc Jacobs on South Park, David Bowie, Annie, ...), to watch the beautiful and poetic synchronized dancing Fan Club video (also here) and gaze at the beautiful blue mannequin heads with balloon knots.
Another great thing in London is that admission to most musea, except for mayor exhibitions, is free. I visited Tate Modern and the V&A. Unfortunately the Serpentine gallery in Hyde Park was closed while they were preparing the new On the Edgware Road exhibition.
I wasn't aware that The Obliteration room project was actually at the Tate, part of the huge Yayoi Kusama exhibition. It was smaller than the images I've seen, but ohhh the joy of colorful dots...
The huge Anthropologie store with women's clothing, accessories and home decor was another treat. They featured beautiful fake cactus plants by a local artist (who was proudly putting them in place herself). Some of the other highlights were the fabulous vertical wall covered in plants, kept alive with rainwater and UV lights and the huge dressing rooms which felt like my own spacious walk-in-closet.
And above all the store smells great. For a moment I forgot I was actually in the middle of one the most touristic areas in London.
Somehow London overall smelled quite bad. Maybe it's all the fish&chips they serve to tourists? I was lucky to have dinner at the Island restaurant, part of the Lancaster Hotel overlooking Hyde Park, where they serve simple but tasty meals. Even their fish&chips was really good! And the Banamel cheesecake was to die for...
Snow white without snow
Another great range of show white everyday products comes from The White Briefs: high quality body wear with subtle adjustments and detailing. This Swedish company uses organic textiles takes social and environmental responsibility very serious.
I also really like these French chaussons by Le Collégien. They have perforated breathable soles and come in many super cute designs (stripes & polkadots!).
These knitted Tossuts by Onni look cool too. Onni, which means happiness in Finnish, is a small brand created by Tuula. She keeps her shop at home as dressmakers and shoemakers used to do in "olden times". You are warmly welcome!
Another great Finnish design company is Iam Design. Their products are very Finnish, which means lots of wood. They created a pair of wooden flip flops because they think it feels good to walk on wood. Lots of the materials used for their products are recyclable, including the packaging.
Yohji Yamamoto S/S 2012
The grand finale with the bride & groom was just breathtaking and you could almost hear a collective sigh at the Palais Omnisports de Bercy where the show was held.
The Talks recently compiled a very interesting interview with Yohji. His take on craftsmanship is so powerful.
Please have a look at some of my snapshots:
LIMI feu S/S 2012
Here are some of my snapshots:
All this to tell you that at this very moment the vendanges (harvesting of wine grapes) are in full swing in the South of France. While in the US they're harvesting something else: super nice bags with the beautiful name of Hærfest. I always wonder if bags like these are made of organic or vegetable tanned leather.
With quality materials, balanced proportions and attention to detail, they will stand the test of time. These bags are definitely not a disposable product, but wouldn't it be great if these bags had a tiny ecological footprint to begin with?
I most definitely support the smart and green initiative by Dutch urban farmer Annelies Kuiper called Dakboerin (rooftop farmer). She's working with residents, schools, offices and restaurants to build roof top kitchen gardens in areas where growing space is scarce. Very clever idea and so is her website!
As long as I know I've been intrigued by peppermint candy. A few months ago I saw how it's made for the first time (in Gränna, Sweden). I just cannot help myself but there's something magical about sweets. The team behind Papabubble fully agrees to that. In 2004 they opened their first shop in Barcelona and thanks to all it's loyal customers they opened shops all over the world: spreading the magic of delicious & beautiful handmade sweets. If you too are passionate about candy? Then you can now bring Papabubble to your part of the world by opening a Papabubble Concept store. How cool is that?
Another Icelandic gem is Fashion & Product Designer Sruli Recht. His work has this typical super creative & melancholic Icelandic vibe. He is actually recruiting a Junior Design Assistant at the moment. If I would have had any 3D modelling skills I would definitely have applied for this job. Working in Reykjavik for a while sounds tempting.
Poppin wants your space to be bright, inspiring and they want it to be a place that makes work happy. For them one way to get there is color. I fully agree. Even though I love bright whites, grey concrete and neutrals: bright colors make me happy. Besides color coordinated desktop accessories they offer paper products & white boards and soon: furniture...
Almost just as cool as the Lexon Buro Collection.
When looking for some alternatives for textile rugs, I found this Swedish company called Pappelina. This young Dalarna based company creates high quality plastic rugs, tufted carpets, blankets, kitchen towels and more. Their website features amazing product photography and of course the welcome page is the best!
This is a couple
Earlier this week I stumbled upon two books by Miroslav Sasek, This is Paris and This is Venice. His children's books with illustrations from the 50's, 60's and 70's are very beautiful & detailed and fancy a witty sense of humour. As Mr. Sasek died in 1980 without leaving an heir, the copyright situation of his work is currently unclear. Royalties from reissues are being held in a special fund until the copyright owner has been identified.
Another gem created for children is the Dutch project Big Art for Little People. This is an audiovisual picture book which teaches young children (2-6 y/o) something about the formal language of the visual arts through short artistic movies. Watch one of the videos here. Or download part 1 or part 2 of the book in English.
And the last precious pick is by Guillemette Lanthiez (a French interior designer) who aspires to create a living form of architecture. She creates amazing ceiling mobiles for individuals or visual merchandising under the very poetic name of Les ailes s'en mêlent.
I had a real coup-de-cœur for the Liebe shop. Susan Liebe really amazed me with the styling of her cute little shop. Everything was so colorful, happy, and playful. A must visit if you're looking for the perfect gift for a newborn baby. The Stilleben shop in the same area of Copenhagen sells really beautiful tableware. Another coup-de-cœur I had for Granit with it's many smart solutions for storage, porcelain, glass, bathroom and kitchen products, spices, textiles and office supplies. They have stores in Sweden and Norway. Love love love!
At &pagne in Copenhagen I stumbled upon the beautiful leather bags by Yvonne Koné. At &pagne they also carry the brand Wackerhaus. I really liked the luxurious tissues Trine used for her SS11 collection.
AirBnB turned out to work just as good as I hoped. We stayed in great apartments which gave the sensation to be part of the city. It is so nice to have some space to relax and to be able to prepare your own breakfast.
Hungry? For the best burgers you should go to Illegal Burger in Oslo. They serve the best blåbær smoothies too.
Besides art, of course I heart type!
Linda Lundgren did a great job with the styling for Scandinavian supermarkets Hemköp. It's the advertorial version of my MINImag!
Happily ever after
This happy bright summer is almost over, but fortunately you can keep eating these beautiful icecreams all year round. If you like something to stay happy on a daily basis, have a look at these yummy sandwiches. And if you're hungry for some happy funky jewellery visit Denise's website. Her traditional costumes are worth a visit too! I've been looking for some nice bold socks (without Snoopy or teddy bears) and finally found Happy Socks. Bright, classic, happy! Sarah recently opened her supermarket. It's fun to shop around. For all the male fashion addicts around there, did you know these architectural designs by Nahum Villasana? And finally: a poetic video to get you through these last few weeks of summer.
Pearl's girl. Not a reference to the song by Underworld, but more to the magpie I am myself. I found some beautiful pearls to share with you.
We will never be green enough, so for some ultimate green inspiration, Veer created this amazing microsite. More inspiration per theme can be found in photographic webmag Purpose. The childhood edition contains some challenging images, definately worth a visit. A website I personally don't visit anymore is Atelier New York. It's too much fashion temptation to handle for me, even more now they accept international orders. I'd better pick a nice parka at Uniqlo, because their Tokyo Fashion Map is so good. Or some extremely weird but beautiful white dress shoes by Koji Horigome. Or don't spend anything and play with the good old Lego, like Jan vormann. I could make a Lego pearl necklace to pair my original Lego bracelet for example...
Almost forgot to mention the last pearl: No lifeguard on duty series by J Bennett Fitts, surreal color palette which really makes me travel far far away.
Mix and match
Recently I somehow visited tons of interesting websites and projects, that I'd like to share with you here. Please note that most of them don't have anything to do with eachother, so the upcoming might be a bit messy.
Let's start with a stunning project where you get a peek into the interiors of an ecclectic gathering of people, called the Selby. The best part is that you actually see that people really live in these homes. For some more serious interior decoration, have a look at Domino Mag.
I was completely amazed by this project in NYC, it's so poetic and impressive. I've already left a message in some of the homes I've lived in, but never it got any further than a name and date hidden in a drawer or underneath the wallpaper. This goes a bit further. The funny part of this story, is that the mother of the family left an MP3-player in their old house, filled with songs which reminded her of the time spent in her old home. Someone brought it back to her in the new house.
Here's a very inspirational book. Plus it's matching lampshade.
If you didn't lose all your money during the crisis, you could invest it in a poetic way.
In need for some sweet inspiration for delicious treats for christmas, visit I love cuppa cakes. Yummy!
Francesca transformed ugly disability artifacts into nice fashion accessories.
And Yakkay did the same with traditional bicycle helmets.
To finish, a beautiful movie about fabrics, which absolutely reminded me of this Flickr series. Elegant beauty.
Hungry for more
You can now feed your hunger for fashion and style trends at Trend de la Crème. Their theme series are very fresh and yummy. Some of you know how much i like my ring, but if one day i'll decide to change it, i'll be probably have been inspired by this great ring collection. Feed your fingers here!
I'm always hungry for aesthetics, and this shop i recently discovered sells lots of it. If you're hungry for more: you don't even have to be creative to create this beautiful experimental jewelry yourself. By submitting your own Radiolaria designs generated with the Nervous Applet you can order your own one-of-a-kind jewelry.
By the way some unfriendly monsters ate bits of my website and unfortunately many of the earlier news entries are gone. I restored everything I could save, but there are still some posts missing or incomplete. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, I hope they had a nice meal.
It's so easy being green
A colorful new year!
By the way i really appreciated the Parisian metro transmitting us their best wishes with a modified metro map billboard and some postcards. So much more fun than Dezeen's christmas card selection. But nothing beats Bembibre's calendar from Finland! I wish you all a very happy and colorful year!
Hallelujah! It's raining!
Color me beautiful
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