Barcelona // Praktik Rambla

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Although it’s one of my favorite cities in the world, I haven’t written that much about Barcelona, have I? Let’s change that today! Last spring, we embarked on yet another citytrip to this wonderful city and stayed in hotel Praktik Rambla, right in the centre of the city on Rambla de Catalunya, in one of those typical amazing Barcelona buildings you can find in the area.

I loved staying here. The location is perfect, the service is good and the interior, well see for yourself! The interior of this place was decorated by my favorite decorator from Barcelona, Lázaro Rosas Violan, who also did Boca Chica/ Boca Grande. He created a wonderful modern atmosphere while respecting the original details of the building, and the details are absolutely wonderful! I’d definitely recommend this place.

Weekend Tip: The Antwerp Pop Up Route

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It seems that this year the Holiday season sparked a series of pop ups here in Antwerp, something I can’t say I mind. In our current economical climate it is a way for new concepts to blossom and grow, without too much financial risk, much needed if you ask me.

So this weekend, head on over to Antwerp and visit these three pop up concepts in town, I’m betting you won’t regret it!

1. The Plantshop

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The lovely folks of Baroness O. teamed up with fashion designer Sofie Claes for a wonderful contemporary pop up shop at the Vlasmarkt. You can buy the items from the Baroness O. webshop, the designs of Sofie Claes, Magazines curated by Not too Arty and yes, also plants!

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Baroness O. and Sofie have created a wonderful home mist (€ 40) and hand- and bodylotion (€ 20) for the occasion in collaboration with Louison Libertin. And it does not stop there, the Plantshop also hosts dinners on thursday and breakfasts on sunday, and is also open for coffee. A must see!

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Thu, Fri, Sat &  Sun
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2000 Antwerp
www.baronesso.com

Until the end of December

2. Forrrest and the First Cup Launch

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Coffeeklatch is most definitely one of my favorite stops on the internet. Magali and Bart have teamed up with LMBRJK, the subject of their latest Coffeeklatch, and are launching “First Cup” this saturday. This is also the start of the Forrrest pop up store, where 20 unique products will be sold for the holidays.

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First Cup launch:
Sat 14/12
17:00-22:00

Braziliëstraat 23
2000 Antwerp
www.forrrest.co

3. Moss

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This weekend, Coffee bar Viktor is the place to shop unique paper goods, arts, jewelry, textiles, accessories and vintage furniture. Another great excuse to do some Christmas shopping (for others AND yourself).

Sat 14/12
11:00-19:00
Sun 15/12
10:00-16:00

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Images 1,2 and 3 by Baroness O., Image 4 and 5 by Coffeeklatch and  image 6 by Moss.

NYC // Reynard

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This one was on our to do list before my boyfriend and I arrived for the third time together in NYC. With most of the “touristy” things checked off our list or not high priority, that leaves a whole lot of time for brunching, wining and dining (or cocktailing and dining, as we do most of the time). The Wythe hotel was a must on our list in april this year, and so, after visiting the Brooklyn Flea and before heading over to Roosevelt Island, we went for brunch at Wythe’s ground floor restaurant Reynard.

Reynard is the brainchild of Andrew Tarlow, who also started the famous Brooklyn diner  Marlow & Sons almost 10 years ago. It has a similar farm-to-table way of serving food, not surprising as its menu was made up by the same chef, Sean Rembold .

The food we had was  a mix of American classics and bistro style French cooking (or the American take on it), nothing too fancy, yet nothing too plain. I can’t say I was absolutely wowed by the special I had, but my boyfriend’s grass-fed beef burger was good. What does make me want to go back is the beautiful industrial building and the atmosphere of the place. After two failed attempts this year, I think next time we’ll go for cocktails over at the Ides upstairs though. Better view.

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80 Wythe Avenue (North 11th Street)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Open daily  from 7AM to 12PM

www. reynardnyc.com

USA 2010 // Viva Las Vegas

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I love to travel, but even though I’ve been blogging since 2006 I have the habit of failing to report back about a lot of the the trips I take. India, some NY trips, Berlin, Barcelona and Brazil to name a few. Sure, these trips have been mentioned here and there, and I did manage to write a decent report about last year’s Thailand trip here and here, but there are  a lot of pictures on my computer just waiting to be shown.

I’ve I decided that with the start of this blog, this is going to change. It’s actually really fun to dig into my own archives and relive some of the memories this way. Back in the summer of 2010, I went on a month long roadtrip in the USA with no less than 10 of my friends. It was right after my graduation and I think it’s safe to say it was an unforgettable vacation. Our first and last stop was Las Vegas, which despite its fake exterior had more to offer than I first thought. So here are some snaps and addresses from the few days we spent there, no tequila, no elvis impersonators, I promise.

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My Las Vegas tips:

-Cocktails at the Mandarin Oriental
Great views, great decor, great cocktails, what’s not to like?

Assouline Book shop
Absolutely love this bookshop. Think Taschen but even better. I picked up this wonderful book while I was there.

Crystals at Citycenter shopping mall

Mix Lounge at The Hotel
Amazing rooftop bar. We went for drinks here during happy hour and it was a great evening.

Love at The Mirage
As a Beatles fan, this show was a must and I wasn’t disappointed.

Hard Rock Cafe
Cliché, yes, but so much fun and  quite impressive if I’m honest.

-Swimming between sharks at the Golden Nugget
No worries, there is a window between you and the sharks. Believe me, I checked.

The Neon graveyard
This was number one on our Vegas wishlist and guess what, we didn’t make it. So, I guess we’ll just have to go back one day!

 

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Brazil 2013 // Brasilia

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Somewhere in the middle of the twentieth century former president Juscelino Kubitschek decided to take a piece of desert and turn it into Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. Up to then, it had been Rio De Janeiro, but Kubitscheck wanted to move the capital to the centre of the country, and since there wasn’t really a city there, he made one. Consequently, Brasilia is one of the few cities built from scratch, based on a complete masterplan. As an architect, my boyfriend wanted to visit Brasilia for so long. This summer, we made it there and he was very excited to finally see this manmade heritage in real life.

It’s funny to discover how illogical a city feels that was built to be completely logic. Apart from the amazing architecture that was mostly constructed by the famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, there is not a lot to see in Brasilia. To that extent even, that I can’t imagine living there. At all. Restaurants are expensive, life seems to happen in malls. The city hardly has any public transport and few taxis, hence the traffic is kind of hellish. That being said, Brasilia is definitely worth a stop. There really is nothing like it in the world.

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Antwerp // The Recollection

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You may or may not know that we are head over heels in love with our hometown Antwerp. And oh how we jump for joy whenever a new hotspot opens its doors. In the beginning of September, The Recollection came to town. An amazing new concept store in my favorite street in town: De Kloosterstraat.

The Recollection houses clothing and accessories, interior objects, art, books, beauty products and even flowers. It’s a unique space where you can spend your time browsing the impressive items The Recollection has to offer. From Australian beauty brand Aesop to the designs of Maison Martin Margiela, the shop slash gallery is one big paradise for people who love fashion and design. One thing is for sure: this shop is a must when you’re visiting Antwerp. Check out the website for details on their amazing brands including Piet Hein Eek and Haustier.

Postcard from Rio

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I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog and this is the reason why, I was too busy preparing for Brazil, and now my first 24 hours here are already behind me! So as I’m getting used to my new surroundings I send you a postcard from Sugar Loaf mountain, a picture of possibly the most breathtaking view I have ever seen.

This post was originally published on Ella & Louise.

Double the Denim

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Triple the excitement! No not really, but it does make for an excellent city tripping combo. And I do blend in perfectly with the background at Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation, don’t I? If you plan on visiting Marseille, don’t miss this piece of architecture history. The rooftop is freely accessible and a great spot for taking a break!

Thailand diaries #2: Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya & The Islands

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Now that Marijs is in Thailand, it’s about time that I post part two of my own adventures there. Feels a bit like stealing her thunder as I’ve had ten months to do this and only now get around to it, but I hope it will maybe give her (and you) some more travel inspiration!  I’ve tried to keep it concise, which resulted in a post of more than 50 pictures. Oh well… I guess that just means Thailand is too beautiful.