Style crush: Ana Kras


Ana Kras is a Serbian model, furniture designer, illustrator and photographer. This multitalented it-girl is engaged to musician Devendra Banhart - they are pictured together in The Kooples campaign. She's currently living in New York, in an apartment filled with her handiwork and pieces from artist friends. 
I like her Bonbon lamps with multi-coloured threaded surfaces and would love to own one for my home - check out her lamps and other designs here. Her pastel drawings are another favourite, here you can see photos of her recent exhibition.
Her clothing style is all about key pieces in good quality that are mixed with quirky vintage finds. Classic with a twist. She likes to wear her boyfriend's clothes, her favourite colour is navy blue and a soft cashmere sweater is one of her favourite pieces. Three things I also love...

What I loved... in July and August


Summer is gone... but July and August were a lot of fun. Ate lots of ice cream - sometimes had it as a substitute for lunch. Visited friends with babies. Went treasure hunting on a book fair and a yard sale. Had perfect lunches in the sun too - on the roof terrace of this placeWorked out. Visited this museum on 't Eilandje - now one of my personal favourites in the city. Danced until dawn at a great 90ies party. Had after-work drinks in the sun - about every other day. Got to know new people - at barbecues and dinner dates. Went to Mallorca for 5 days - making long beach walks, splashing in the pool and sunbathing while reading this beautiful book. How was your summer?

Relax, take it easy


The past weeks have been super busy... No out of office for me, but a load of work to finish before my impromptu mini-break to Mallorca. Yesterday I booked a quick getaway to the Spanish island - the best incentive to keep me going at warp speed for the next 12 days. 
There are other small things that brighten up my days - simple moments that make me happy and can't be bought in a store... My top tips that will bring a smile on your face are...
/getting 8 hours of sleep - or on the weekends: taking a nap
/waking up to the sunshine and blue skies 
/having a girl's night - eating junk food, like the best falafels in A-town or my all-time favourite 'frietjes'
/reading a magazine or the newspaper, without watching the clock
/taking a long, hot shower - using the most deliciously scented bath products (like my favourites ones from &OtherStories)
/going for a cup of coffee, or two...
/getting together with your friends for a movie night - popcorn mandatory
/painting my nails a bright red - for fiery fingers
/kissing, lots of kissing - a great way to kill stress :)

Weekend wanderlust


love the beautiful selfies of Daria for clothing brand Equipmentthis print would look great on my living room wall/ let's go shopping: this boyfriend jeans has my name written all over it/ check out the Carter Family Portrait Gallery - hilarious!/ wouldn't mind a holiday at this waterside cottage near Stockholm/ I'll visit this photography exhibition in Gent next weekend - anyone want to come?/ baking this weekend - this recipe from one of my favorite food blogs

Collected in... Cologne


Last month I travelled to Cologne to visit 'le bloc fashion festival'. After spending the first day of my trip wandering around the 'Belgisches Viertel' - shopping, watching the fashion shows and meeting up with other bloggers - I spent a Sunday exploring the city by the Rhine. Here are my top tips:

Visit/ Museum Ludwig. This museum is home to the largest Pop Art collection outside the USA - explore the exhibition areas, have a drink on the lovely terrace and get a perfect view of the city from the roof terrace.  

Eat/ If you love a good burger: check out the Beef Brothers' menu. My favourite lunch spot is Salon Schmitz and at Hallmackenreuther you can have a nice meal or some drinks in a cool retro interior.

Discover/ Street art in the Ehrenfeld area. This lively neighbourhood has large-scale murals and public art pieces from street artists around the world. In September, the annual City Leaks-festival organises urban art tours and exhibitions.

Drink/ A perfect cup of coffee at Milchmaedchen. With or without a slice of cake, croissant or tasty snack.

Buy/ Cool clothes, accessories and shoes for men and women at Magasin 2. Store owner Barbara sells a great selection of European brands - I fell in love with the stripes shirts and found a perfect pair of jeans.

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