Collected in... London


Last month I spent three beautiful days in London with a friend. The sun was shining and the city was bustling - time went by too quickly. Can't wait to go back...

Discover/ Up-and-coming Shoreditch is my favourite neighbourhood. Start the day with a coffee and croissant at Fix Coffee. Check out the shops at pop-up mall Boxpark. Have lunch at Albion. Try on the beautiful clothing at The Goodhood Store. Take home some timeless, functional products for home, kitchen and garden from Labour and Wait.

Drink/ A perfect cup of coffee at Soho Grind or Shoreditch Grind. The cute baristas make a mean cup of coffee from their house blend. The Soho branch has a cool basement where they serve cocktails at night - the Espresso Martini is pretty good. 

Visit/ The Victoria and Albert Museum. It was my first visit to the V&A and I was impressed. The exhibitions were well-presented, the gift shops had a nice variety of items and the free tours make it possible to discover every nook and cranny of the vast museum.

Eat/ The best burgers and fries at Byron Burger - I went to the restaurant in Fulham, but you can find their hamburger joints all over town. Another favourite is Comptoir Libanais. Eating on the go? Visit Borough Market and buy something tasty at one of the food trucks. Didn't get there this time, but Ottolenghi and Wahaca are on the list for my next visit - I get rave reviews from friends.

Buy/ Beautiful artbooks and fashion magazines at Artwords Bookshop. I bought the biography of Vivienne Westwood and a copy of So It Goes magazine. The big department stores (my favourites are Liberty and Selfridges) are good hunting ground for unique gifts, beauty products and - this time of the year - Christmas knick knacks.

Stay/ This time round I stayed at a friend's place, but for my next visit I want to book a room at the ACE hotel in Shoreditch. The boutique hotel has beautiful rooms, a juice bar and a modernist brasserie. One can happily stay in the building for days...

What I loved... in October & November


Two months at once... The days are slipping by. The past months have been really busy. Had a photoshoot for work at my place, acting as if it was already Christmas. Went to food festival Krachtvoer. Spent a couple of days in London (more on that trip soon!). Visited the FoMu and was in awe of the work of Richard MosseAte the best pizza ever at Orso. Bought a beautiful new winter coat from favourite brand COS. Went for drinks at Vitrin, one of my favourite spots in Antwerp. Worked hard - 24/7. Had a cup of delicious coffee at Soho Grind. Treated myself to some new beauty products - love my Eyeko mascara. Still trying to get the perfect eyeliner flick... 

My favourite online gifts


'T is the season... The Christmas tree is decorated, I just need to buy a bunch of presents to put under it. If you're anything like me and you don't feel like venturing outside in the cold, you can search the world wide web for beautiful gifts - here are my favourites...

1/ for your mommy friend: the resurrection kit from Aesop for some well-deserved me-time
2/ for the girlfriend who loves Paris: a Chanel lipstick in a classic red
3/ for your fashion friend: this biography of fashion icon Loulou de la Falaise 
4/ for Mr Greenfingers: a cool concrete flower pot from HAY and a fig tree
5/ for yourself: a girl can dream... a Mansur Gavriel bucket bag would make me very happy
6/ for your mother: this tweed grey wool from Wool &  The Gang - maybe she'll knit you a scarve?
7/ for the friend who hates the cold weather: this pair of leather gloves from COS to keep warm
8/ for your travel buddy: this pair of beautiful Komono sunglasses - perfect for your next exotic adventure
9/ Diptyque candles are simply the best... and just about everyone would be happy to find one in their Christmas stocking

Happy shopping!



And then, before you know it, a month has passed by without a single blog post. A lack of inspiration and too many hours at the office... So, for now, this blog is on a break... I am on a break. Trying to fit a gazillion to do's into 24 hours isn't healthy and I need some time offline to get my groove back :)
Maybe I'll feel like posting in a week, maybe not... Just taking things as they come - see you later!

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Krachtvoer 2014


Last weekend I went to food festival Krachtvoer. This two-day event in Antwerp is organised by the girls from Alle Dagen Honger, one of my favourite Belgian blogs. The festival combines lectures, expositions, food films, workshops and a market with artisan food. The second edition from Krachtvoer focused on scarcity and abundance - last year the focus was on Grond (*soil/dirt/ground/earth). 
For me, the talk of Tartine baker Chad Robertson was a real revelation. Bread is one of my favourite foods and I wasn't aware that so many store-bought bread is full of additives, preservatives and even ingredients like sugar. Bread can appear artisanal, but hide a multitude of sins. The secret is in the flour - stone milled grains are a healthier and nutritionally superior alternative to conventional steel-rolled flours. They are packed with minerals and vitamins. So from now on, I'm on the lookout for bread that's baked with this kind of flours.

You never leave a food festival empty-handed - I took home some organic granola with chocolate from Floom, a spelt bread from Domestic bakery and a cold-pressed pineapple mojito juice from Jus JusIf you didn't fulfill your appetite at the market, you could grab a bite at one of the food trucks. My favourite? The retro Meteor truck - serving the best bacon I've ever tasted, delicious fish rillette and a special dessert with parsnip. 
Already looking forward to next year's edition!

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