Yesterday evening, my boyfriend and I had dinner at Le John with some of our best friends. A cosy night with, good food, good company and good conversation, and definitely an excellent reason to dress up! Even during the week, I prefer to be overdressed wherever I go, but an occasion like this gives me the chance to go all out.
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My apologies for what must be the longest hiatus in between posts since the blog has been online. Sometimes my offline life takes over, and I guess that’s only normal / healthy. As I told you here, we chose our new collections for Lily and the Lady (including some brand new brands like Wouters & Hendrix and Nathalie Vleeschouwer!), we did our spring photo shoot and hosted an open house, and apart from this I also organized a 4 day long bridal shower for one of my oldest/best friends. This included a surprise trip to Paris and turning a location that was pretty… errr… rough around the edges into a cosy party space. The results were beyond my expectations and I’ve never seen our bride-to-be happier, so my fellow bridesmaids and I were very pleased!
Those of you who follow me on Instagram, will probably already have seen this one, but the walls of our living room are no longer just a whiter shade of pale. No, they are now adorned by this wonderful (and giant) artwork by my good friend and multitalented artist Michiel Pelerents. Michiel always uses objects found in his daily surroundings, isolates and abstracts them. Since I’ve known him, I’ve seen him use a number of materials like oil paint, pastel, papyrus and even vinyl foil in his work and somehow he’s always moving on to the next thing before we can even grasp what he’s doing now.
For my last birthday/our housewarming, my friends in Antwerp decided to have this one framed as a gift. I really couldn’t believe it, since I’ve had my eyes on it for ages but stuff kept getting in the way (like buying an apartment). From all of Michiel’s artworks, this one appealed to me the most from the start because of the colours, the shape and the subject. Somehow, I feel it just suits me.
It’s kinda hard to see in the pictures how big the lipstick is, but it’s so impressive in real life and we’ve received a lot of compliments since we hung it on the wall. It definitely is the eyecatcher in the living room. I absolutely love it, and I love that it now reminds me of my amazing friends even more.
Lipstick in spray paint & pastel on paper, by Michiel Pelerents
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Hi guys! I hope you’ve had a wonderful start of 2015 so far. I took a couple of days off during the holidays which resulted mostly in hosting (dinner) parties and decorating the house further, so it will come as no surprise that the first post of the year is a deco post!
My vanity table made its debut on the blog a long time ago here. It used to belong to my mom back in the seventies and stood in my parent’s guest room for a while until it moved to my room when I was a teenager for the purpose it serves till this day. When we moved into our previous apartment, we took it with us, and now it’s in our new space! For the moment, I’ve kept it as it was but I’m planning to change up the colour once I start painting my dressing room. More on that later.
Here’s how it looks at the moment, all organized and white and lovely to match our currently white bedroom.
Here are my 5 tips to style your Vanity Table:
1. Make sure you have everything you need close. On my checklist: A mirror, tissues, cotton buds, cotton wool pads, a place to keep brushes, a place to store your current favorites, … Make sure your table is in a good place with loads of natural light during the day and provide good artificial light for the morning/evening.
2. Storage for Current favorites. I keep most of my make-up in the drawers of the vanity table, but I always have favorites I use more often than others. The lovely folks over at Ta’or gifted me a clever organizing solution for make up consisting of a box to store bigger make-up items and a lid that doubles as a handy place to store brushes, mascara, eyeliners etc. I love how it’s useful and aesthetically pleasing, a trait usually neglected when it comes to storage items. The set I have is the Cubi Max Make-up set in white melamine, and it’s available here. I use the set to keep the items I use daily close.
3. Make sure you have a small place to put your jewelry. I like to use a trey (or in this case a marble sample from the architect boyfriend) to organize smaller pots and jewelry I tend to have lying around. It’s a great way for messy folks like me who tend to leave small items everywhere around the house.
4. Keep inspiration close. I think my vanity corner is one of the most personal nooks in our house. I love that it is filled with items that remind me of the people I love. The table from my mom, the frames from my grandmother and friends, the Ikea mirror that made it home from my erasmus in Barcelona,… The fact that it is organized and beautiful makes it a relaxing environment, and I also try to keep a few books and magazines close to inspire me. Current favorites are Alexa Chung’s It (No surprises there, right? (Thank you dear Sarah!)) and Sabine Peeters‘ Make Up (Get it. Now. It’s amazing.)
5. Declutter. You don’t need five mascara’s and twenty brushes. The perfect way to prevent your vanity table from overflowing with clutter is to just get rid of it, or even better, maybe not buy it if you do not need it in the first place. A few favorites go a long way (well, at least for me they do). Plus this opens up room for some fresh flowers. Everything gets better with fresh flowers.
Well, there you have it, my vanity table! Tell me, what are your tricks to organize your make up?
Interior references: TA’OR make-up organizer // Vintage Chair // Vanity table from my mother’s childhood bedroom // vintage plant pot // Faux sheep skin from Ikea // Mirror from Ikea // Tissue box from Ikea // Brass pot from The Recollection // Rose painting via my grandmother // Vintage print (gift from my dear friend Cara) // Glass frame (gift from my dear friend Nathalie with a flower she picked in Madeira)
Make up references: Estée Lauder Modern Muse perfume // Hema Make-up brushes // Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in 32 Dark Choclate Ink // YSL Touche Eclat // Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy lipstick in 370 Carnal // Estée Lauder Pure Color lipstick in 01 Red Velvet // Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy eyeshadow palette in 10 Envious Orchid// Chanel Nailpolish in 635 Expression// Clinique Superbalanced Make up foundation // Guerlain Cils d’Enfer mascara in 01 noir
PS/ The room is far from finished, but here’s a before shot. As you can see, the biggest difference is the floor. Bye bye carpet!
Since the summer of 2014, Cointreau Fizz has quickly become one of my favorite easy cocktails, and during that time, somehow it had crept into my mind that this cocktail was a summer drink. However, fall (and not even winter) came along, and Cointreau Fizz stuck. Now that it’s colder, the basic recipe with only lime is a bit too light for my taste, and my own pineapple adaptation screams summer, but lately I have been enjoying this seasonal adaptation. Perfect for the holidays!
*5cl of Cointreau
*juice of half a lime
*10cl op sparkling water
*a handful of pomegranate seeds (or to taste)
*Some fresh rosemary
Start with about 3/4 of the pomegranate seeds in your glass. The cocktail pictured has a little less, but I’d recommend more if you like the sweet taste. Crush the seeds in your glass with a wooden kitchen grinder. Fill your glass with ice cubes. Add the Cointreau & squeeze the lime. Add some whole pomegranate seeds and top off the glass with sparkling water. Add some rosemary. Enjoy!
ps: If you’re reluctant about using pomegranates because they’re messy, try cutting them in four pieces and getting the seeds out in a bowl filled with water. A lot easier!
We’ve been blessed with amazing fall weather this weekend here in Antwerp, although I have to admit that I only left the house for a couple of hours today to go out to brunch with my boyfriend, the rest of the day was sadly spent indoors finishing up some work. Less sad: the 2 hours and 45 minutes I spent watching Boyhood. That movie was every bit as entrancing as I hoped it would be. It’s like looking back in time, so recognizable. Very happy I finally watched it! Have you guys seen the movie yet?
When I did leave the house, I chose comfort with my favorite jumpsuit, leather jacket and Keds. Perfect for the weekend!
PS: How much do these kitty cat Keds look like George? It’s like having a reminder of him on my feet. Oh here’s a bonus pic of grumpy George below. He wasn’t in the best mood today!
Hoss Intropia Jumpsuit via Lily and the Lady (sold out, worn before here) // River Island leather jacket // Nice Things scarf via Lily and the Lady (sold out, worn before here) // Earrings from Barcelona // Ray Ban Sunnies // Vintage bag // Keds “Sneaky cat” sneakers
Suits. Swanky characters, smart lines, sharp dressing, pop culture references, the right amount of tension. I was hooked from day one and couldn’t get enough. For those of you who need a little background info: The show is set at Pearson Hardman, a fictional law firm in New York. Mike, a young and smart underachiever, was kicked out of college for selling the answers to a test and now makes a living as a bicycle messenger. His friend Trevor convinces him to take part in a drug deal. When this all blows up in his face, Mike stumbles into a job interview with Harvey, a lawyer at Pearson Hardman. As a new senior partner, Harvey has to hire a Harvard-educated lawyer as his associate. During the interview, Mike proves to Harvey he is the best candidate and is subsequently hired, despite the fact that he does not have a college degree, let alone one from Harvard.
It still feels like a brand new show to me, but in the US, season four ended this summer. Luckily for the fans, Suits has been renewed for a fifth season! Until then, here are some facts about the show…
Those of you who follow me on instagram may have already spotted a few weeks ago that I’m featured in a book! Not just a book, a book about blogging! And it’s a good one! Yes, Stéphanie Duval of 70percentpure wrote down all her knowledge on the matter and interviewed me and some fellow bloggers about their blogging trajectory.
There was no doubt in my mind that Steph was going to do an amazing job, but she really outdid herself. What makes it extra fun, is that you really hear / feel her voice when reading the book. Maybe it’s because I know her, but it’s almost as if we’re talking one on one about the matter. I still get a little thrill every time I see the cover pop up in someone’s Instagram feed, because I keep forgetting that all these people that are buying the book, might be reading my story as well!
Even though I’d been blogging for over eight years (not on NGNG, but you can read all about that here) I’ve found the handbook to be super inspiring! It’s great to read other bloggers’ stories, pick up some new tricks and get confirmation about what you’re doing. For those of you who understand Dutch and don’t have the book yet: get it here!
Just a quick & happy hello from sunny Barcelona! Being here always brings me so much joy, it reminds me of the beginning of my relationship with my boyfriend, when I lived in this wonderful city for some time. So far we’ve discovered some new places, had amazing food, met up for drinks with Michael and Anouk and enjoyed our first night in Praktik Bakery hotel. We’re off to enjoy the sunshine now, I hope you have a wonderful sunday!
Sportmax Dress // & Other Stories bag//Anne Zellien & Twikit necklace // Wouters & Hendrix necklace // Earrings from NY // Vintage pin //Ray Ban Clubmaster sunnies //Isabel Marant dicker boots // Clinique Pink with a purpose lipstick
I recently got contacted by iconic brand Keds about their “So Brave” campaign, a worldwide campaign motivating young women to be brave in all aspects of their lives. It’s all about chasing dreams, changing the world and being yourself. The brand even gives out grants in the US, so young girls actually get to make their dreams come true!
I’ve always had a soft spot for the brand’s Champion sneaker, as it has been worn by many women I admire ranging from Audrey Hepburn to Emma Stone, women you’d quite literally wouldn’t mind following in their footsteps. They always look so effortless, confident and cool, making the Champion a staple piece in any girl’s wardrobe.
When I got that call and learned all about their story, I knew this was something right up my alley. I love how a brand that’s so popular with young women supports them in building their dreams while providing them with the armor to tackle everyday life.
I don’t really discuss it all that much in depth on the blog (except for here), but when I look at my own life, I think the bravest thing I did for myself was starting Lily and the Lady with my mom 4 years ago. Or actually, it’s getting up every day and continuing what we started. Because starting may feel like the hardest part sometimes, but I feel that dealing with the highs and lows afterwards is all the more complex. The Keds collaboration inspired me to share some of the tips I picked up along the way after 4 years of entrepreneurship, so stay tuned for that post soon!
In the meantime, I took my new pair of sneakers out for a spin last saturday. The burgundy leather is perfect for fall, don’t you think? I’ll sure be wearing these a lot in the coming months!
Pictures by Phebe Van Wijk