Yes... it's Blue Monday again... supposedly the most depressing day of the year. It's of course an invention of a PR agency (for Sky Travel, in 2005), but they do have a point. The holiday season is over, those New Year's resolutions are not so easy to fulfill, the weather is cold and rainy and it will still take a long time before spring will arrive. So here's some blue inspiration... to make you dream of summer and happier days! Happy Blue Monday!
Happy New Year my friends!! I wish you all the best for 2018. And thank you for following me in 2017. I will do my best to inspire you this upcoming year. Tell me, what would you like to see or read more about... travel destinations, restaurant reviews, art exhibitions, fashion, gift ideas? Tell me!
Fall, I must admit is not my favourite season. However, when the weather is not too stormy and -most of all- when it's not raining, it's actually a beautiful time of the year. All those colours, falling leaves, mushrooms popping up in the woods, pumpkin decorations and recipes... I'm starting to become a fan.
Photos taken in The Hague, Voorburg, Wassenaar and Utrecht (all in The Netherlands).
Avalanche roses by Au Petit Pont.
I'm wearing a jeans by 7 for all mankind, sneakers by Philippe Model, navy blue coat by Paris Ricci Perugia, Silk scarf by H.O.F. fashion The Hague, sunglasses by Ray Ban.
After London and Paris, it was finally Amsterdam's turn to host the Vogue Fashion festival. Ever since I read about the first Vogue festival in London in 2012, I've been dying to go! This weekend I attended the first Dutch edition, held at the luxurious Amstel Hotel.
As brand manager Hante Anema explained, when Vogue organizes an event, any event, it's meant to be larger than life. And in fact it was! The team of Vogue Netherlands came up with an amazing programme, with inspirational debates, interviews, workshops, lectures and styling advice.
The line-up included fashion designers Viktor Horsting & Rolf Snoeren, (Viktor&Rolf), Claes Iversen, Jan Taminiau, Dean & Dan Caten (Dsquared2), stylists Monica Rose, Meredith Koop (Michelle Obama's stylist), models Rose Bertram and Marjan Jonkman, journalist Milou van Rossum, influencers Negin Mirsalehi, Anna Nooshin and Linda Tol and many more.
The festival kicked off with a warm welcome by Editor in Chief Vogue Netherlands Karin Swerink, followed by "Fiona in bed with Viktor & Rolf'" (and Rolf's dog Zwaentje). Fashion Features Director Vogue Netherlands and renowned fashion journalist Fiona Hering did a really good job at making them feel comfortable. With her sense of humor and laidback personality she was able to get them in a rare, talkative mood. Another fun interview was the one she did with Dean and Dan Caten.
However, to me the highlight of the festival was meeting the Vogue directors, editors, stylists, brand & event managers! Learning more about their diverse backgrounds, passions, drive, do's & don'ts was very enlightening. During a speeddate session they gave us all the inside information about working at Vogue.
Last but not least, I got a complete makeover... hair, makeup, nails, the works! My hair was done by Ruben for Rob Peetoom, makeup by MAC Cosmetics, nails by Essie. I really liked the result. (Hence the various pictures.) Good job Vogue Nederland; I am already looking forward to next year!
Coffee by Vascobelo;
Champagne by Moët & Chandon;
Food by Amstel Hotel;
Flowers by LM Flower Fashion.