2013collected: 2013



"Happiness is the secret to all beauty. There is no beauty without happiness."
- Christian Dior

Makes me happy: freshly painted nails, staying in bed for the day - reading, a trip to Paris or a weekend brunch with friends and a table full of good food.

Happy 2014! I wish you a lot of happy moments in the new year.



Lately on Instagram: new sweaterdress and leather leggings, a pile of Christmas presents, tartan trousers, a healthy breakfast in Amsterdam, sunshine in the city, gingertea, Christmas spirit, manicure Monday, window shopping, more sunshine and a cool lunch spot. More bits - this way.

'Tis the time


all photos via moon&trees
I wish all of you a Merry Happy Christmas! This week I have some time off to spent in the countryside with my friends and family - see you in the new year.

Blog love: afterdrk


One of my daily reads in the blogosphere is Dutch fashion blog afterdrk. I love Sabrina's clothing style - a lot of her photos appear on my Pinterest-boards. Her unique mix of boyish clothes, muted colours and trendy shoes is really inspiring. She just moved from Amsterdam to LA and it's great to read about her favourite places there. Makes you want to move to California...

His and hers


nail polish by &otherstories, Larsson and Jennings watch,  COS cardigan, Diptyque scented candles,
the new Donna Tartt novel, Aesop goodies, marble tray designed by Hay
The Bridge series 2, Ray Ban sunglasses, Korres shaving cream, Bicycle Travel Journal,
Monkey 47 Dry Gin, Chemex coffee maker, sweater by COS

For all of you who are frantically looking for the perfect present to put under the Christmas tree...

Style crush: Gaia Repossi


photos via elle, vogue uk, harpers bazaar, marie claire & vanessa jackman
Jewellery designer Gaia Repossi is the heir of the Italian brand Repossi. The rings from their Berbère Collection are a hit among the fashion crowd - and I wouldn't mind owning one myself... But with prices reaching into the thousands, they're not for my budget hélas. The design of her contemporary jewellery reflects her personal style. Minimal, effortless and with a masculine vibe. She's one to watch...

What I loved... in November


                                                                        Work was busy in November, so I spent some quiet time at home to balance it out. Stayed indoors - cup of tea and a good book within reach. Painted my bathroom walls a beautiful greyish blue. Went to the FoMu for an exhibition. Drank some café latte at my local coffee bar - and then some. Travelled to Amsterdam for work. Had a couple of dinners with friends and family. Put some wallpaper up in my hallway  - love the result!

Sweet home


photos via weekday carnival, folk and fern & blackbirdstyle
Soft neutrals are my favourite colours these days. I just bought a soft pink sweater, painted my bathroom walls a greyish blue and want to buy an off-white Berber rug with diamant pattern as pictured above. For more inspiration for your home, take a look at my Pinterest account

Les Parisiennes


This lookbook by The White Pepper has me reaching for my wallet. I want just about everything. The sweet pink dress, oversized trench coat and sheepskin jacket are on top of my wishlist. What are your favourites?



Last week I spent a couple of days in Amsterdam for work. I didn't have much time to explore the city, but I managed to squeeze in a visit to supermarket Marqt. Most people buy their food without any thought, but I love exploring a supermarket. On holiday, it's one of my favourite things to do. 
Marqt sells all kinds of food - there's a cheese stand, fish counter, bakery, an array of meat, fruit&vegs are piled up and  you can choose from aisles and aisles of fine groceries. 
Real food that is produced with respect for nature, animals and humans. Can't argue with that...

Touch of time


Last weekend I went to the FoMu, here in Antwerp. The photography museum is located on 't Zuid, a neighbourhood with beautiful art nouveau buildings, fancy restaurants and trendy cafés. At the moment, there are four exhibitions on various themes. My favourite was definitely the Germaine Van Parys & Odette Dereze-expo. Germaine (1896-1983) was one of Belgian's finest photo journalists. Her sublime black-and-white pictures show important events of our cultural history, but always with a personal and human touch. Odette, her niece, followed in her footsteps and is safeguarding their precious archives until this day. If you're in the area, visit the museum and take some time to appreciate the work of these two extraordinary women. Girl power avant la lettre!

What I loved... in October


Again a bit overdue, but here's the round-up of last month. October had lots of great moments in it, spent with friends & family. Getting pampered at Le Boudoir - facial, massage, manicure: the works. Going to the opening of the new HAY store. Eating homemade pizza at my friend's place. Discovering the new Chanel CC cream, a miracle cream, thanks to a nice make-up artist at Parfuma. Eating out at Indian restaurant Aa'haar with my colleagues. Learning about great food at food festival Krachtvoer. Spending a lazy sunday afternoon at the MoMu with a friend. Great month!

Happy birthday


This fall the Royal Academy of Antwerp is celebrating it's 350 years existence. Throughout the city there are several exhibitions showcasing works of the famous students, special events, art walks and artwork on the streets and squares. 2013 also marks the 50th birthday of the world-renowned Fashion Department. Since the graduation of the famous Antwerp Six it has been one of the most prestigious fashion schools in the world. I went to see the retrospective in the MoMu, which started off with the establishment of the course in 1963 by Mary Prijot. The curriculum, graduation shows, the careers of the alumni, the graphic design in fashion - the exhibition shows beautiful designs and leaves one feeling inspired. Must-see!

Something for the weekend


for more weekend inspiration - click here



all photos via De Studio
Last weekend I went to De Studio to attend food festival Krachtvoer. My favourite Belgian food blog Alle Dagen Honger organised the first edition of this festival with the theme: Grond (*soil/dirt/ground/earth). On the menu: movies, talks, tastings, workshops, an exposition and a food market. I listened to bio farmers and chefs, ate a delicious slice of carrot cake by Tinsel, discovered tasty cocktail syrups by Jigger's and saw what you can cook with leftovers thanks to food collective De Beek. Another foodie discovery was the funky food truck of Meteor - two young chefs served restaurant food from a rebuilt Renault van. Tasty!

What I loved... in September


photos via me, ellis burger & kristof ceulemans

September had its ups and downs. The month started off great with me getting on the plane to Turkey for some R&R. Halfway through my week in the sun, I got the flu. Spent another week in bed getting better when I got home again. Followed by a mountain of work. A sunday strolling around town with my nephews. My very-first zumba lesson (aka operation get-in-shape). Burgers and fries at Ellis Gourmet Burger with a friend. Finding treasures at the brocante in the Stadspark. A night on the town for my colleague's birthday: watching a burlesque show at Arenberg and dancing 80s style at Magic

Double up: black on blue


photos via the sartorialist & camilleovertherainbow
Black and dark blue are two of my favourite colours. I've always found it rather smart to combine them. Skinny jeans + an oversized coat =  weekend wear. A short leather skirt + a cozy knit = dressed-down dinner party. The perfect pump + a pencil skirt = corporate chic. If you need a pop of colour, just add a bright lip or red nails. 
Et voila!



One of my favourite interior brands is HAY. This Danish company was founded in 2002 by Rolf Hay (what's in name?). They design contemporary furniture and accessories with a reasonable price tag. I love their tray tables, display box and minimal bed linen.
Tomorrow the first Belgian flagshipstore of the brand opens in the city centre of Antwerp, near the Fashion Museum. I had a little preview, and boy did it look good... Go and check it out yourself at the Ijzerenwaag 12a.



Better weather is on it's way, according to the weather man. And a new pair of quirky sunglasses is just what I need. Karen Walker's second summer collection has a pair of glasses for all women, great or small. My favourite? The Siouxsie. 



photos via Studio Nicholson, COS, arty filles & my scandinavian home

This weekend I'll be reading the new issue of my favourite magazine, The Gentlewoman. Cover girl Léa Seydoux looks amazing and I look forward to reading the interview with Pat Cleveland. This fashion blog has been a great source of inspiration lately - I've been taking notes on what to get for the new season. First in, this pair of black leather booties by COS. They had my name written all over them, so I couldn't resist. Still looking for the perfect sofa, I've pinned a couple of potential winners. And Paris is always a good idea, n'est-ce pas? Perhaps I can squeeze in a trip this fall...

What I loved... in August


This post is a bit overdue - but hey, I was on holiday. Spending some time off the grid was just what I needed. Back to August, a fun month with lots of time spent enjoying the sunshine. Visited Antwerp museums on Museumnacht, like the Rubenshuis and Momu. Ate sushi with some Belgian fashion bloggers. Bought books at Lillo Boekendorp. Went to the seaside for some R&R. Helped move my brother and his family to their new house in the countryside. Got a holiday haircut - supershort. Spent an afternoon with my darling nephew. Shaked my booty at Urban Saturday in the Zomerfabriek. Got invited to BBQ at a friend's house - the perfect way to start my holiday. And now... it's back to business!

Blog love: Sara Strand


all photos via sara strand
One of my favourite sources for style inspiration is the Norwegian blog of  Sara Strand. This fashion blogger has a minimalistic style - less is more is her mantra. Sometimes she dresses a bit androgynous and it's all about comfort, other times it's heels and short skirts. Love the camel coat she's wearing in the top photo, maybe I should get one this fall?

How I pack


photos via everlane

The countdown to my summer holiday is coming to an end - tomorrow I'll be taking a flight to Turkey. Thing to do: pack! What to take: a bikini and some sun screen. I always try to travel light and then fail miserably. If you love your clothes, it's hard to leave some of them behind - no? And I like to have options - what if I don't feel like wearing that one dress... Better pack another, or two - dresses don't take up much suitcase place. This is going to take all day... The people at Louis Vuitton share some packing tips in this little movie. Packing as an art form. See you soon!

Beach essentials


In a couple of days I'll be packing my bags for a little holiday. A whole week of sunshine, tasty food, siestas and swimming in the sea. The items above are going with me to Turkey: the September issue of Vogue and my favourite pair of sunglasses, great sun protection by Bioderma, a couple of books, my customized jeans shorts, a beach bag and my bright blue bikini from Petit Bateau. What are your holiday necessities?

Tiny Atlas Quarterly


all photos via tiny atlas quarterly
A couple of times a year I get to pack my bags for a holiday. Whether it's a short trip to Paris, beach break in Turkey or visit to friends abroad, I always like to read up on my destination in advance. Looking for the perfect coffee bar, a cosy b&b or great restaurant, browsing the internet, flipping through books and asking fellow travellers for advice. 
Tiny Atlas Quarterly is a great place to get inspired. Finland, Santorini or California - the travel logs on this site are refreshing and the photos on this travel site are beautiful. You will start dreaming away of your next holiday within minutes... 



items via h&m, zara, cos, fossil, american vintage, mih, the kooples & efva attling

tomboy - a girl who acts or dresses in a boyish way

Here's a secret... Some of my favourite clothes are bought in the men's department of some highstreet stores. Crisp shirts, cosy wool sweaters or t-shirts with a relaxed fit - sometimes menswear is just better. On my winter wishlist are a pair of black chelsea boots, a checked flannel shirt and a duffle coat. Need some inspiration to channel your inner tomboy? Check out my Pinterest-board, this blog and this fashion-site.

What I loved... in July


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The past month flew by... before I knew it August was knocking on the door. Busy days at work + fun in the sun = one tired, but happy Miss E. The hot days resulted in an even hotter apartment, so no excuses were needed to spent most of my time outside. Drinking litres of ice tea at Homey. Lounging by the petit pool at my friend's house. BBQing to celebrate our new king and queen. Eating the most delicious burger ever, at this place. Watching the sun go down on the river Scheldt. Spending a day at the zoo with my family - love this cute little giraffe. Exploring Utrecht. One more month and I finally have a whole week off: let the countdown begin!

Collected in... Utrecht


Visit/ The Dom, the Central Museum and the Dick Bruna huis. If you like to venture outside the city, book a tour of the famous Rietveld Schröder house. While I was there, theatre festival the Parade was in town. Stroll along the canals and discover all the parks and quiet squares dotted around town. 

Eat/ Delicious sandwiches at Stan&Co (check out their cool interior!). Specialty coffee at The Village. Healthy salads at Vers. Italian food to share at Delano.

Stay/ During my visit, I stayed at a friend's place. You can stay smack-bang in the city centre at Mary K hotel, or rent a deluxe apartment

Buy/ Interior knick-knacks at Rachmaninoff or at Emma B. Colourful underwear and Scandinavian brands at Klijs & Boon. French brands like APC and Vanessa Bruno, Humanoid, Wouters & Hendrix and many more at Zolamanola. Find unique clothes and gifts by local designers at Puha

La Garçonne


photos via La Garçonne

A couple of rainy days, and I'm dreaming of a new fall wardrobe. A leather perfecto, cable knit and a wool coat. In my favourite colours: black and blue. These pictures are it - I want everything. Now! Pretty please?

Take me away


all photos can be found on my pinterest boards
Wouldn't mind to be taken away for a summer holiday... Riding a bike, soaking up sunshine, eating ice cream, swimming and lounging by a pool. Sounds like utter bliss at the moment. Counting down the days till my week abroad in September. 

Double up: white on white


photos via after drk, whowhatwear & tumblr
Feeling hot hot hot! With the warm weather this past week, my summer wardrobe is finally getting a chance to come out and play. Short skirts, silk tops, sandals and long floaty dresses - me like. White is a great colour to wear on high summer days. Double up your whites for twice as much impact. Enjoy the sunshine!

What I loved... in June


photos via Eefje De Coninck

No wonder I'm feeling a bit tired, June was one busy month. Lots of projects at work and a full social calendar. I went to an art exhibition at Kornel, by the talented  Eefje, Hermine and Mayken. Bought some nice things for the home there. Made myself a summer skirt in a leopard silk I bought at the Dries Van Noten stocksale. Catched up with friends over drinks & dinner, here and here. Got a relaxing massage and a new shorter haircut - some well deserved me-time. Cooked at a Kinfolk gathering. Delicious food, good wine and nice company - a perfect Sunday afternoon.



photos by Eefje De Coninck - click to enlarge
Because of my job I got in touch with Annemarie from Belgian blog Joy of little things. And I found out that she was hosting the first-ever Kinfolk event in Belgium. Couldn't miss that, so last Sunday I went to her cool loft in Antwerp for a cooking class. I've always been a fan of Kinfolk magazine and the beautiful photography. Their monthly events are centered around a theme, this month's: The Butcher Block. We made a chicken liver paté, fresh ricotta and ate delicious meat from Dierendonck and cheeses from Van Tricht.  Perfect way to spent a Sunday afternoon if you ask me.

Sunshine suitcase


sunshine suitcase

items via polyvore

For the lucky ones among you that are soon leaving on holiday, here are some tips:
1/read-up on your holiday destination before you leave, so you don't miss any hot spots - you can find cool travel guides online. here or here.
2/don't forget to pack ear plugs - use them when you want to nap on a long-haul flight or when your hotel room isn't as sound-proof as you'd liked
3/planes can get chilly - pack a scarf to avoid a cold. i want this neon pink one.
4/my top-tip for the ultimate holiday feel - stay off the grid. no cell phone or internet, just enjoy the sun and the company of your holiday buddies.
In September I will be going to Turkey for some R&R in the sun - I've booked a room in a quiet little pension near the coast. Can't wait... Have a nice holiday everyone!

Style crush: Capucine Safyurtlu


photos via stockholm streetstyle, vogue paris and vogue australia
It's no secret that I like the French Voguettes'style. Apart from Emmanuelle Alt and Géraldine Saglio, fashion & market editor Capucine Safyurtlu is my go-to inspiration for French style with capital S. Nicknamed as Alt's mini-me because of her similar dress style, Capucine wears cool clothes like no other. Loose tops and shirts with low-slung cropped jeans & a pair of pumps - it's almost like a uniform. A pair of white jeans are still on my shopping list, my collection of shirts is getting bigger and bigger. C'est cool quoi.

Weekend wanderlust


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This weekend is all about having some time off. No cell phone, internet or other distractions. Just me, myself and I. Sounds selfish? Hell yeah! How about a cooking experiment - this spread looks delicious. Or a fun DIY-project? Always wanted a stack of colourful bracelets. And this Venice beach house has me pinning like mad. My future weekend getaway (a girl can dream, can't she?) has to look just like it...

Hermine Van Dijck


photos via Hermine, last picture via Eefje
Two weeks ago I went to the exhibition Sovperiod with Eefje, one of the three artists showing their work. I felt so inspired by the art on show that I decided to buy something from all three of them. First up, textile designer Hermine Van Dijck. I loved her round cushions and bought one with silver thread, bright orange and blue. She also makes the most beautiful, intricate wool blankets with geometric patterns. Make sure to take a look at her blog to see more of her work and what inspires her.

Double up: denim on denim


photos via pinterest

Ever since Mr Strauss invented the 501 jeans as workwear - 140 years ago! - denim has been hanging in wardrobes around the world. My closet has 8 pairs on the rails. From my distressed boyfriend jeans, over slick skinny blacks, flared blue jeans to a dark blue boot cut. From the high street, vintage shop or high-end brand, everything goes. Matching my jeans with a denim top is often my choice of clothes for a laid back weekend. Even if that means my brother thinks I've escaped straight out of the eighties...

What I loved... in May


The past month has been perfect - well except for the rainy weather that is. I spent three lovely days in Paris. And ate too much of the delicious French cuisine. Got selected to win a Weekend Blog Award, totally unexpected. Went out with friend Elke to celebrate her marriage - congratulations girlie! Drank liters of my favourite brew: a caffe latte from   barista-down-the-block Normo. Cheered at my nephew's second birthday party, he's becoming a big boy. And danced danced danced at Magic's Motown Party. Bye bye May, hello month of June!

La marinière


photos via pinterest
Stripes are slowly taking over my wardrobe. It started with a single pile of striped shirts, now there are three. And they didn't leave it at that - they're also hiding in the sock drawer and among my sweaters. I can't seem to leave a boutique without buying at least one item with stripes. The fact that there are blogs dedicated on the marinière isn't helping the matter...

Green fingers


photos via pinterest
green fingers noungreen thumb: considerable talent or ability to grow plants

No such talent here. But over the years I figured out that succulents are very hard to mess up. They are happy with a little bit of water every once in a while. And since my apartment is very light - they grow and grow, slowly taking over my window sills. No garden or balcony, but a bit of a jungle indoors. 

Blog love: April and May


Every once in a while you come across a blog that has you clicking the pin-button like mad. When I stumbled upon  Dutch blog April and May, that's exactly what happened. Their design aesthetic is very similar to mine and I found a lot of ideas on their blog that I want to try at home. For those among you with a mini-me: check out their MINI-blog with cool ideas for the kids' room. On my blogroll from now on!



Just spent a couple of days wandering through the streets of Paris. The sun was shining (well, most of the time anyway), I ate some great food and bought a lot of stuff. Like sunglasses, a great novel and vibrant nail polish. I'm working on a list of all my favourite Paris spots, so to be continued...

Thanks for all of you who voted for my blog in the Weekend Blog Awards! I didn't win in my category, but am very happy to have gotten this far. Knowing that so many people love reading my blog, gives me the energy to continue sharing my likes & loves with you.

What I loved... in April


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April was a great month. Highlight: my birthday celebrations. I went to Lille for a weekend with a friend to shop, eat and be merry. Followed by drinks & dinner with a bunch of friends and colleagues. And then off to the best birthday party ever - danced till the sun came peeking. What else? Got beautifully sanded wooden floorboards in my living room - the room seems even bigger. A day in the park with my brother & nephews, building sand castles and eating ice cream. Went to a concert by the Duke Ellington orchestra. Bought gorgeous silk fabric at the stocksale of Dries Van Noten - time to get the sewing machine out again.

Weekend wanderlust


Weekend! Time to kick back and relax after a busy week. Time to get inspired by Kristofer Johnson - love his interior photos. Time to cook lots of fresh food, like this nutty couscous salad and this lentil salad with haloumi from What Katie Ate. Time to wander and think about booking another city trip - while reading these city guides. Maybe Copenhagen? And time to finally finish reading this book, just in time for the release of the much anticipated movie. 

PS/ If you have some time this weekend, please vote for my blog. I'm nominated for a Weekend Blog Award!

Weekend blog awards


Almost fell of my chair yesterday, when I found out I'm nominated for a Weekend Blog Award. It was such a big surprise -  there was even some screaming involved...

I'm really proud that I'm selected for the second edition of the Weekend Knack's blog awards. Didn't think this little blog was good enough to be selected by a professional jury. Let alone to be considered a 'fashion blog' - with a couple of my favourite Belgian blogs in tow.

This blog started as a way to share my stories, loves & likes with you. It makes me very happy to read your comments and see that so many of you like to pass by. Please vote for my blog in this competition. My eternal gratitude will be yours...

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