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Bliss

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It's no secret that I love me some Scandinavian design... Recent buys are a mint green E27 Muuto lamp for the bedroom, a letter cup from designer Arne Jacobsen and a pale blue flower pot from Bloomingville. So when I found out that online shop Bliss was popping-up in A-town, I had to stop by...

Owner Aurelie handpicked items from my favourite Scandinavian brands: House Doctor, Fine Little Day, Hay, Bloomingville, Luckyboysunday and many more. Lots of items in natural materials like wood or marble, graphic prints in black-and-white, wool pillows in pastel colours, jewelry boxes and candle holders in copper, colourful decoration and lots of sweet designs for the little ones. Still looking for a great baby shower gift? This is the place!

One quick visit isn't enough to take in all the goodies, but on my wishlist are the cool light boxes from Bxxlght, the 'moon' poster from OMM design and the hexagonal marble tray from House Doctor.

You can visit the Bliss pop-up store at Princess (Meir 51-55) until the 30th of April. No time for a visit? Shop online at www.blissconcept.be

What I loved... in January

5.2.15

2015 started off really well - I welcomed the new year with friends & firework. Had a healthy lunch at my new favourite spot, Local Store. Travelled to Amsterdam for work and had the chance to stop by Tenue de NĂ®mes for another perfect pair of Levis Made & Crafted skinny jeans. Visited a dear friend in Mechelen and discovered this gem of a lunch & beer bar. Spoiled myself and booked an appointment at this beauty salon. Went to a Thai restaurant - twice. Was invited to afternoon tea at Eefje's place - it had me reaching for my camera, I loved every nook and cranny. Had a play date with my friend's daughters. Visited this beautiful photo exhibition. And of course I had multiple cups of coffee, at my regular coffee bar and this newcomer

Als ik mijn ogen toedoe, ben ik in Honoloeloe

1.2.15

There's a new hotspot in Mechelen with the most exotic - and long - name I ever came across: 'Als ik mijn ogen toedoe, ben ik in Honoloeloe' (If I close my eyes, I'm in Honolulu). This homely lunch & beer bar in the city centre serves tasty lunch dishes - do try their homemade pastrami on rye bread - delicious cakes from Antwerp based BAKED, an extensive selection of specialty beers, and tapas for cocktail hour.
The cool interior was designed by Atelier Belge and features a 'living room' on the first floor with a cosy seating area, a communal table, a beautifully designed bar in dark wood and tables-for-two with bar stools.
If you'd like to try something different for lunch, head over to Honoloeloe!

Als ik mijn ogen toedoe, ben ik in Honoloeloe - Grote Markt 11 - Mechelen

Collected in... London

13.12.14






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

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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... 

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