Sunday, March 4, 2018

Easter is coming!

Easter is coming! And this year I'm looking forward to it more than ever... The weather is so cold right now (in fact we have snow and temperatures below zero), that the promise of spring is even more appealing than usual.

My regular followers know that I love decorating the house, whether it's for Christmas, Easter, Valentine's Day, a summer party or Halloween!

Yesterday I went to my favourite garden centre, De Bosrand in Wassenaar. It's huge... and they sell everything for your house and garden... it's a decorator's dream come true.

De Bosrand always has beautiful spring bouquets and they're very creative making Easter wreaths and centrepieces. Take a look for yourself!

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Aqua Rose Cartagena

Spring is coming and I just found the perfect store to update your wardrobe. Aqua Rose in Cartagena is the cutest little fashion store ever! Owner Angelica sells only Colombian made products because she believes that when tourists visit her town, they prefer to buy local stuff. And I think she's right.

These days you can buy Nike and Adidas anywhere in the world, but authentic mochila bags can only be found in Colombia. Aqua Rose does ship worldwide though... "dangerous" if you ask me. Because once you'll take a look at her Instagram account, you're hooked.

I actually discovered Aqua Rose through Instagram and bought a bag online, but luckily enough, I was able to visit the store in person this year. It's impossible to walk out without buying anything...

Angelica sells handmade "Wayuu" or mochila bags, typical for the Caribbean coast of Colombia. But where most shops sell traditional patterns, Aqua Rose offers a more trendy variety; she sells motives with skulls, hummingbirds, watermelon and even celebrities, such as Frida Kahlo and Marilyn Monroe. And there's more: bikinis, earrings, sandals, pom pom bags, panama hats, etc.

If you see something you like, you better be quick... Aqua Rose has an international clientele, including many fashion editors from Latin America... so items can sell out quickly!

Aqua Rose
Calle del Porvenir No. 35-15
Cartagena, Colombia
Tel. (+57) 3045271724

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!! I hope you will have a wonderful day, filled with love. Whether you're celebrating with your boyfriend/ girlfriend/ lover, or with your family and friends.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Cartagena de Indias is hands down the coolest city I've ever been to. It has the same beautiful colonial Spanish architecture as Havana, but where it lacks those candy colored classic cars, Cartagena has tons of gorgeous boutique hotels, "it" bars and fashion stores.

Cartagena de Indias was on my wishlist for a long time. So I had done my research and knew where to find the latest hotspots. However, I was really surprised by the modern vibe that's omnipresent.

Cartagena has a lot to offer: like I said, stunning colonial architecture, romantic plazas, pretty balconies, interesting museums, modern art galeries, lots of street art, a vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches and islands nearby, city walls that are still intact... and I can go on and on!

North and South Americans alike come to Cartagena to celebrate weddings and other important events (from shabbat to birthday parties). In fact, over the last few years it has become a popular wedding destination. Lately, more and more Europeans are "discovering" the city as well.

Maybe Vogue and Conde Nast Traveler have something to do with that. These magazines have published city guides & featured the weddings of famous fashion designers, as well as Vogue editors.
For example the wedding of fashion designer Andrea Mosquera Swain in Vogue:

Famous Colombian fashion and travel bloggers also play a role in redefining Colombia as a holiday destination, since they have become an important source of inspiration, especially for young people.
For example:

There is so much more to tell and show about Cartagena, so please stay tuned... I will soon publish more blogs about this mindblowing city.

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Hat with pom poms by Aqua Rose: