2017: a year of achievements, discoveries and blog collaboration

It was a very good year for achievements, discoveries and blog collaboration. Looking back on 2017, one of the first memorable moments was the catwalk of Kelly Sue during Amsterdam fashion week. Her concept “Broken Crayons Still Color” highlighting diversity, was fascinating. The catwalk was so exquisite with these models in wheelchairs that are called “Sue Warriors”….

No waste, only grace.

Last month, here in the Netherlands was a check-to-reality for me, as a passionate fashion consumer and blogger. The theme of the #Dutchsustainablefashionweek this year was the circular economy. I was in the front-row at the catwalk opening. Designers Danya Wevers, Map Renes, Monique Collignon , Judith van Vliet en Hellen van Rees showed their amazing collection…

Earth Matters – remember that fashion world.

The exhibition “Earth Matters” at the Textile Museum in Tilburg is a call for me to keep admiring fashion designers and brand concepts that promote sustainability. The galleries of the museum were full of insightful content, with samples of botanical ingredients turned into a fashionable product without harming the environment. Conscient designers recycle, upcycles, collect and reinvent…

Colour picking inspired by nature

This is my mood board inspired by nature. Last month, I went on holiday to Brazil. I was born near the Pantanal where nature is always in the spotlight. I caught up with friends and family and, most of all got to remember how beautiful and colorful nature can be. Colour picking is certainly inspiring…

Conservative but quirky!

In my point of view, Ghent is conservative and quirky with its medieval sights dated from the 12th century and a modern twist.  As soon as you enter the city,  you get that feeling to be transported back in time.  Roman and modern architecture take turns in every corner. The atmosphere is relaxing and free-spirited amongst all…

Fashion is a state of mind, don’t you think?

I say yes – FASHION is a state of mind. Whenever a beautiful garment catches the eye, it’s a must-have! There is no time to think wisely; Do you really want it? Is it badly needed? Most of the time, we shop for clothing when we have been caught in the moment of having to…

The Sue Rebel catwalk rolls at Mercedes-Benz fashion week Amsterdam

Sunday afternoon: The front row was in an exciting mood for Sue Rebel. The collection involved the 70’s, the punk twist and the present street style. Denim embellished jackets, trousers, and skirts; striped tops and lots more. Sue’s warriors showcased clothing made with care and plenty of fashion awareness to the woman, bonded or not to…

Sustainable fashion Thursday: Bello & Eco

In the fair trade week in Utrecht, I found Bello & Eco Their philosophy  is based on promoting goods that are beautiful and durable. I got my eyes in this elegant, yet casual hat, the fashionable addition to my sustainable-conscious style. The hat is made from Toquilla straw ( Carloduvica Palmata), a natural fiber known for its…

Déjà vu, a train journey.

Beekbergen, 03 July – Veluwsche Stroomtrein Maatschappij: Train adventure. Embark on a steam train to travel back in time. Last Sunday took me back to 1999, when Sandra Porto and I published the book “A TRAIN TO THE WEST”.  This book was a final university project, the first of its kind. The book has an…

Beyond arte with love

Camilla Groen in her secret world, where she celebrates colours, love and art. I first encountered Camilla’s work  in a moment of celebrating love, at the Valentine’s fair. It was the most inspiring corner with string artwork and paper crafts. Camilla went to university in the capital of Rio de Janeiro to get her degree in International…

Enamelling with Mana Ottmer – the Georgian jewellery designer talked me through the ancient technique of Enamel.

Houten, The Netherlands. Apart from her divine culinary, Mana Ottmer is also known for jewellery designing. She uses the ancient technique of Cloisonné Enamel.   According to the Association of Dutch Enamelers (Vereniging van Nederlandse Emailleurs): “The cloisonné technique was already applied in the 5th century BC. It is a form of enamelling with a crushed wire in…

The fantastic stained glass work by Koen Koning

Houten, Netherlands – The Dutch artist Koen Koning took a master class in stained glass ten years ago. Since then he started what he calls “fanglastisch” designs. With his Dutch humor he explains: “fantastisch means fantastic and glas, glass. So I came up with a fantasy name for my artwork.” He cut pieces of glass…

It really is fair traded.

Obviously I couldn’t take my eyes of these silver earrings with a blue gemstone. It is minimalist, feminine and gives a striking touch to all my outfits. Not to mention, it was uniquely made by Mr. artisan from Mexico who is earning his wages within the ethical standards. Since I started volunteering at the fair-trade shop Wereldwinkel  I…