Happy Easter everyone! I hope you are all doing well. I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks because I’ve been having some trouble with my neck and shoulder. I just woke up one morning and I could hardly turn my neck which got progressively worse over the course of a few weeks. So apart from sitting behind a computer all day at work, I decided to stay away from it as much as I could at home, hence the lack of updates. I also need to catch up with 50+ blogposts on Bloglovin’ so don’t be surprised if I comment on your posts from weeks ago, haha. That all said, I’m doing much better thanks to my physiotherapist and I should be back to my old blogging ways soon. For now, I’ll leave you with a few interesting things worth checking out.

This recent article on The Business of Fashion sparked my interest. It focuses on the so-called ‘pink-tax’ and tries to uncover the reasons for the price differences between men’s and women’s clothing.

* The Gentlewoman just released a new issue with a great interview with Kirsten Dunst, gorgeous editorials and a collaboration with Sunspel, a British luxury brand for modern wardrobe staples. I love the narrow, slightly longer sleeves and high neckline of their t-shirt.

* And finally, I do have to mention something art-related as usual. If you get the chance to visit the Marcel Broodthaers retrospective at MoMA, please do! You won’t regret it. Expect a lot of beautiful, thought-provoking and humorous artworks from this poetic artist.


Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year’s Eve with family and/or friends. I’m excited to start the new year! So far I already know that in April I will get a permanent position at the museum which means we can start to look for a house. The process of buying a house seems quite overwhelming but I’m sure it will all work out when we find our dream house. But anyway, for those of you who are taking it easy today, check out the links below while I work on my wardrobe dissection of 2015.

I recently posted a picture of one of Viktor&Rolf’s Van Gogh girls from their SS15 collection on Instagram. We’re currently showing three designs in the museum where I work and they’re even more gorgeous in real life. It’s always a bit hard to define Viktor&Rolf who’s runway shows often resemble a performance piece such as their recent Fall 2015 collection titled Wearable Art. I love how they transform the outfits into actual artworks by unfastening the works from the models and carefully hanging them on a white museum-like wall. One of the designs has already been donated to the museum. You can watch both shows here and here.

The 2012 documentary ‘In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye‘ is also a fun and entertaining watch if you haven’t seen it yet. It focuses on some of the world’s most influential fashion images as conceived by the magazine’s iconic fashion editors. The film features behind-the-scenes interviews with editors who have contributed to the magazine’s legacy, including current editor-in-chief Anna Wintour; fashion editors such as Grace Coddington and Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele (the latter is quite hysterical actually) and fashion designers such as Marc Jacobs, Alber Elbaz and Nicolas Ghesquière. You can watch it here.

Saoirse Ronan by Alasdair McLellan for The Gentlewoman

The Gentlewoman is the only magazine that I consistently buy. It was such a breath of fresh air compared to the loud editorials and sometimes poorly written articles in other fashion magazines. The first thing that I noticed – having a background as a graphic designer perhaps – was the art direction; simple, clean and great styling and photography. Although the number of ads has increased the last couple of years, I still very much enjoy the articles and editorials. This autumn/winter issue is no exception as it contains interviews with inspirational women such as actrice Saoirse Ronan, animal rights activist and glamorous vegan Pamela Anderson and artistic director of Hermès womenswear Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski.

Have you seen The True Cost yet? I highly recommend it if you want to know more about the impact the fashion industry is having on our world. Fast fashion’s impact can be linked to issues such as individual psychology, human-rights violations and the environment. But even if you choose to be a more conscious shopper by not indulging in cheap clothing, it’s hard to avoid some of these issues. I’m sure some of it is old news to most of us, but it’s nevertheless still confronting and will definitely make you think about how to do ‘better’.

And last but not least, if you’re wondering how to get that laissez-faire attitude, bed-head hair and French je ne sais quoi, check out Caroline De Maigret’s tips here. That bonus tip had me crying.

Have a great weekend!


First off, the Zero: Let Us Explore The Stars exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. While the waiting line for the Matisse exhibition was at least two hours long, I only came across a handful of people in the Zero exhibition. Which is strange, because it’s one of the most beautiful exhibitions I’ve seen so far this year. Admittedly, I am a huge fan of modern and contemporary art after 1940, so it’s no surprise that seeing works by my favourite artists such as Hans Haacke, Jan Schoonhoven and Piero Manzoni gets me super excited. I might even go back for a second visit.

Next up is the incredibly lovely movie Begin Again with Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo. Honestly, I really didn’t know what to watch and just selected a random movie. But I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a feel good movie about a musician and a producer who are both going through personal issues and who decide to create an album together. It comes with an awesome soundtrack and great performances by Knightly and Ruffalo. Oh, and did I already mention that Keira’s outfits are A-MA-ZING!

And finally my summer jam: Jamie xx – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) ft. Young Thug & Popcaan. A friend introduced me to the song while we were on our way to the beach a few weeks ago. I haven’t stopped listening to it since. Unfortunately he wasn’t included in the line-up for the Lowlands festival where I will be working this weekend. But I get to see Kendrick Lamar, so it’s all good.

Have a nice weekend!

Pictures by Gert Jan van Rooij