Latest obsession: Loren Hope

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If you REALLY want to make a statement, Loren Hope is the one to go with. Her website is like a candy shop! Each piece of Loren Hope jewelry is carefully crafted in the USA individually by hand with traditional jewelry making techniques and is guaranteed against flaws in workmanship. Loren Barham, designer, gets her inspiration from vintage jewelry, antiques and relics from the past.  “The colors, craftsmanship, quality and attention to detail in vintage jewelry are constant inspirations for me.”
Ah… what else do you need this summer?

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Perfect Pippa!

Perfect Pippa!

Ps. Loren Hope is also my insta-favourite!

Sunday shoot: plate passion

I have a serious thing for porcelain, china and hand painted plates whether they’re old or new. It started when me and my mother went to a flee market to find old cups, plates and saucers to make candy etageres to use at my Alice in Wonderland tea party. After that I kept on making these etageres occasionally, so whenever I see something that might be interesting to use I buy it right away. However, a lot of it ends up as decoration around the house.

The geisha cup was a gift from my parents when I turned 18. The rest was found on the flee market or in second hand stores.

The geisha cup was a gift from my parents when I turned 18. The rest was found on the flee market or in second hand stores.

Hand painted plates from Anthropologie, Dyptique scented candle from Skins Cosmetics Oosterbeek, feather pen from Loods 5,  skull candle holder from Kosta Boda at De Blommerie.

Hand painted plates from Anthropologie, Dyptique scented candle from Skins Cosmetics Oosterbeek, feather pen from Loods 5, skull candle holder from Kosta Boda at De Blommerie.

 

Plates and cups found at the flee market, Emperor's dream tea from Rituals, green tea from Simon Levelt in Arnhem, elephant and porcelain doll from the flee market and my love bought me the DELICIOUS macarons for Valentine.

Plates and cups found at the flee market, Emperor’s dream tea from Rituals, green tea from Simon Levelt in Arnhem, elephant and porcelain doll from the flee market, the Japanese version of Alice in Wonderland was a gift from my mother in law and my love bought me the DELICIOUS macarons for Valentine.

Fabric Copenhagen

As our neighbour Henry from De Blommerie across the street came back from his work trip to Paris I was very curious to see what he bought at the fair. He showed me some pictures of silk and velvet cushions which shouldn’t take too long to be delivered. The cushions are from Fabric Copenhagen and are inspired by the beautiful colours found in Vietnam with that feeling of the 40’s and 50’s. They came in yesterday and I got my hands on them – now I just have to decide which colour looks best on my couch.

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Mint not Wicked.

Ever since my sister Kirstie posted a picture of herself with green and copper hair at the Davines show, I wanted to do something crazy with my hair as well. So when I requested minty green hair at my hair stylist Raoul he got super excited. He asked me to come to the salon on Monday when they are closed so he could take his time. As I was sitting there with my head covered in aluminum foil, in comes the owner of Skins Cosmetics who was having a VIP appointment as well. When we were sitting next to each other while we were getting our hair washed she informed me about the color.
‘Green,’ I answered. ‘But more like a pastel green. Not Wicked-green.’
She laughed. ‘No seriously, what color?’

Three and a half hour later my hair was not only ten centimeters shorter, but also dark brown with green.
Me and Raoul were loving it! And the owner of Skins? ‘It’s pretty, a little bit Halloween though. But I get it… you’re fashionable.’
I’m not sure if that was compliment or not, but I’m very happy about my new hair.
Thank you, Raoul!

Are we going badaboom?

Are we going badaboom?

Pippa waiting patiently

Pippa waiting patiently

Love how subtile the green is

Love how subtile the green is

New length

New length

Love at first sight: ODEEH

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As I was making my way back to the store where I work, after a quick visit at Skins Cosmetics, my attention got caught by the most gorgeous pink floral sweater in the window display of Pauw. Pauw is known to be somewhat of a classic store for the fancier ladies in this town who know how to spend well and normally I don’t care too much for this store, but today the force of this A-M-A-Z-I-N-G sweater sucked me inside. As I entered a lovely sales attendant with the biggest smile ever came up to me to ask if she could be of any assistance. I told her I wanted to have a look at the sweater (the price of it, but I did not mention that) and she clapped her hands together right as I said it.
‘Oh yes, beautiful isn’t it? It’s by a German label called ODEEH, have you ever heard of it?’
I shake my head. She continues: ‘Beautiful beautiful collection! For example this shirt which combines really well with this silk scarf and this coat.’
I was loving all of it!
‘And the sweater?’ I informed carefully. ‘What is the price of it?’
She takes a look at the pricetag and then turns it around so I can’t see it. I’m praying in my head: two hundred, please let it be two hundred…
‘Five hundred and eighty euro. It’s truly something you don’t see a lot around here.’
The price is making me sweat. I want it so bad!
‘Would you like to try it on? Maybe with the skirt?’
‘Thank you very much,’ I answer the attendant. ‘But I’m actually working right now. I will come back on a free day and take my time to try on these lovely pieces.’ And rob a bank or something. We do some more of that smiling and nodding and thanking like we are in Japan and I run back to work.

So the latest obsession: ODEEH.

German label since 2008 by Otto Drögsler and Jörg Ehrlich.  They say it’s brave, creative, eclectic, sometimes casual, elegant, occasionally formal and strict.
I say it’s simply gorgeous.

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Mega Vintage Sale

Yesterday I went to the Mega Vintage Sale in Klarendal. Klarendal is known to be the fashion district of Arnhem. To be honest I don’t think they’re quiet there yet, but you can find some nice vintage store’s over there like Froufrou’s and Things I like Things I love, but you can also find some real couturiers there.

Now I am not the type of person who actually wears vintage clothing, but I have a thing for old brooches and jewelry so I took Lennart and Pippa with me to Klarendal to see if there was anything good to find.

In the end I came back with a new necklace (so much for the vintage shopping) and Moroccan jewelry box which isn’t really a jewelry box, but it is now. We enjoyed a nice cup of fresh mint tea and a sandwich at Arnhems Meisje in the city centre.
Oh well… a good day!

On our way

On our way

 

This part of Arnhem feels a little bit like Paris to me

This part of Arnhem feels a little bit like Paris to me

 

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They're 37!

They’re 37!

 

You think she's done soon?

You think she’s done soon?

 

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Mint tea at Arnhems Meisje

Mint tea at Arnhems Meisje

 

In Klarendal

In Klarendal

 

The catch

The catch

I’m wearing a bunch of stuff.

Sunday shoot: The elephant in the room

Last week I was diving into Marktplaats (the Dutch Ebay) in the search of a round coffee table. I didn’t really find anything worthy of placing in my living room, but just before I wanted to close the tab I saw this small elephant table.
I was in love with it right away and placed a bid of € 15,-
Not much later I got a reply: ‘Your bid sounds good to me, when are you able to pick it up?’

So we now welcome the elephant in the room.

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The Queen Anne-style chair was as a present from my mother and stepdad, the lovely flowers are from the De Blommerie and it’s another one of L4’s beautiful butterflies. The print on the wall was a Christmas present from Lennart which he bought at BL-ij in Arnhem.
Wondering why I have a Japanese Vogue? When I was traveling to Amsterdam every day to go to school I couldn’t help buying an issue at the Central Station to have a look into the world of Japanese fashion. You can find them all over my house.
The mini bag is from Zara.