15 juli 2016

Happy Friday.... I'm not lazy (just in holiday mode)

If they had this on a shirt I would wear it this holiday....

I haven't forgotten about you guys but as I've recently taken on a new job much of my time and energy goes into that. You know how it is the start up takes a lot of research and in that time... Plus I am not sure all my readers are into kids fashion... I get heavily distracted and slightly frustrated as I see all these fun clothes that I would love to get in my own size. 

All sweaters are on sale in the MANGO girls collection.

Corals and mustard colours at Sissy Boy girls collection. 

In addition I am happily running after my two fun crazy kids who are enjoying their holidays. I hope you also enjoy the summer. Let's do a sun dance together hoping the clouds will vanish. What we are up to this summer? Stay up to date by following me on Instagram

I'll be back in three weeks or if I cannot hold myself to share the online goodies before that. 
Have a great holiday and see you soon.

X Caroline

Happy Friday.... I'm not lazy (just in holiday mode)

If they had this on a shirt I would wear it this holiday....

I haven't forgotten about you guys but as I've recently taken on a new job much of my time and energy goes into that. You know how it is the start up takes a lot of research and in that time... 

In addition I am happily running after my two fun crazy kids who are enjoying their holidays. I hope you also enjoy the summer. Let's do a sun dance together hoping the clouds will vanish. What we are up to this summer? Stay up to date by following me on Instagram

I'll be back in three weeks or if I cannot hold myself to share the online goodies before that. 
Have a great holiday and see you soon.

X Caroline

Happy Friday.... I'm not lazy (just in holiday mode)

I wish they had this shirt in my size I'd wear it all day.... 

I haven't forgotten about you guys but as I've recently taken on a new job much of my time and energy goes into that. You know how it is the start up takes a lot of research and in that time... 

In addition I am happily running after my two fun crazy kids who are enjoying their holidays. I hope you also enjoy the summer. Let's do a sun dance together hoping the clouds will vanish. What we are up to this summer? Stay up to date by following me on Instagram

I'll be back in three weeks or if I cannot hold myself to share the online goodies before that. 
Have a great holiday and see you soon.

X Caroline

1 juli 2016

Hello Friday.... I am in need of summer


I won't bore you too much with the details as I am sure you all agree with me. We are in serious need of some summer. Just one more week of school and the holidays in our part of the country will start. Can't wait to be honest but would love the enjoy the no rush days with a ray of sunshine. So here is my kind request... Girls just wanna have sun!

Some happy things that have caught my eye this week. I really like the fresh and fun look from this Urban Outfitters bedding set. Both the bedsheet, the pillow and the mustard and grey duvet cover. 

I am a huge fan of good food. Not much of a cooker, all the more a great eater. That is probably why I love to work with the people I worked with last week. When I saw this picture on Pinterest I just had to pin it straight away. These platters are a lust for the eye and not very difficult to make. We sometimes skip the main meal and make a platter instead. 

Another thing that caught my eye is this fun and easy DIY adding your own personal touch to an IKEA chair. Thank you Sugar & Cloth for easy tutorial and the inspiring idea. It is one of her older posts but still very today in chosen pattern. As you can see it is easy to add your own style to basic furniture. Maybe a good idea for the teenagers who will leave their nest after summer to go to university. 

And still need to come up with an easy, affordable idea for the teacher at the end of the school year. Why not make them a lemonade jug. That's what I did after buying this jug at HEMA. I selected some fresh lemonade recipes from Pinterest and put them together on a sheet. To get her started over the weekend I added fresh lemons and mint leaves. 





24 juni 2016

Hello Friday... the after glow

This week I joined on a little adventure with The Holy Kauw Company that was so much fun I'll be glowing for a few days. When Dutch interior magazine VT Wonen wanted to do a special summer lunch production they thought hey why not with actual food and fun people. 

I joined to help blogger friends Mireille and Arno with an extra set of hands and trust me it didn't feel like working for one second. It is a delight to be around these driven creative and food loving people. Two days of soaking in vitamin Inspiration. 

These are snap shots I have taken during the job. More amazing pictures of this production can be seen in the September issue of VT Wonen. Make sure to get a copy. 

 







During our expat life in Singapore I have not been working and now I want to surround myself with fun projects and inspirational people to grow and develop as a freelancer next to my blog. So if you are looking for a writer, allround creative or brainstorm partner be sure to let me know. I am looking forward to many more collaborations.

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17 juni 2016

Hello Friday.... Feed me!




Just cannot believe I haven't shared my all time favorites with you yet in the food department. I absolutely love food. Not necessarily the preparation of it but definitely the eating part. When we lived in Singapore we enjoyed so many different style kitchens. And here are some of my all-time favorites. The Donna Hay Miso Chicken is so jummie you'll want to eat your fingers with it. The toasted sesame ginger salmon is so velvety smooth and sweet with a ginger edge. To me it is a piece of heaven but I do have to say not everyone is a fan of salmon or sweetness in their food. I love it. And finally the barbecued white fish with a Thai dressing and coconut rice. Oh do try this as well.

I've added links to the recipes on the websites so be sure to click on the images.

There is a large gathering of food inspirations on my Pinterest Food board. But the ones I've tried, tested and loved get a separate category. Those are the true recommendations from my taste buds.

Another recent discovery is the website Isaks Table. I am working for a Dutch agent for a few brands helping out with social media and the newsletters. And we are so excited that this summer we will also launch new products from this great Scandinavian designer living in the United Kingdom. Can't show the products here yet but very soon...

Exciting times for her and my first suggestion seeing her food on this website was we need to invite her for an event for bloggers to promote the products. Hopefully the agent agrees to the plan and the designer says yes. We'll be in for a great treat than.







10 juni 2016

Hello Friday... A shout out to friends

Let me kick off this Friday with a huge congratulations to Irene Hoofs and her team from Koel Magazine. They have just gathered their last bit of funding through a succesfull Kickstarter campaign. Let the hard work begin and the group of enthousaists grow. Follow their adventures of the magazine coming to life on Instagram. 

But she is not the only one with something to celebrate. Another blogger friend has just launched antoher cook book. Soon she'll have more books on the shelf than Jamie Oliver. Congratulations Yvonne from Yvestown. I remember the words in your first book on how you had always wanted to publish a book. So many recipes and hours with your good friend Roel later you have already created a book shelf. Can't wait to see your new pretty in pink collection of recipes. 

I am very proud of these two ladies building their empire and expanding their online succes to offline print. Paper rules! 

For the Koel Magazine you still need to wait another few months but the Yvestown kookt can already be ordered by preorder here

I am looking forward to next week. Have a photoshoot planned with amazing product from Orla Kiely for NCAgencies. I've started to take over their social media and news letters. So much fun to do and just great to be working again. Hopefully the sun will continue to shine and we can get creative and productive.

Have a great weekend, keep the celebrations going and let's catch up next Friday. 

X Caroline


3 juni 2016

Hello Friday... Walk to the weekend in style

Unlike many other women I don't have a thing for shoes. That is... not the quantity of them. I think it is because not many shoes can make my heart skip a beat. Last week I landed on the website of Free People. Their fashion is too much hippy style for me but their shoes are right up my alley. I loved these Mystic blue peep toe sandals. Definitely selected to go on the Favorite Friday list. To see them in action I always view the catwalk from ASOS. Best way to see how they look on the feet.


But these were not the only ones I loved. This collection makes me want to be a shoes woman...


And there is more to discover in the Free People collection than just shoes and fashion. Their home collection also has some gems. They have this mini quilted couch online that has beautiful textured fabric. For someone else it may look like a train wreck from a house full of cats but I think it is something special.

As I am talking about shoes I would also like to share another brand that I've first spotted a few years ago. I think my love for this one comes from the craftmanship you can see in the shoes. The Bryr clogs look so soft and comfortable I could walk on them all day. Very nice colours and a good instagram account with many inspiring photos. Make sure to visit their website and Instagram account.



I love how more and more brands use Instagram to create a community for their brand. After all it is the perfect platform to create an image and show the atmosphere that your products belong in. At Bryr Clogs they also emphasize the craftsmanship and handmade aspect of their amazing collection. A account to follow if you are looking to do the same for your own brand. 

27 mei 2016

Happy Friday everybody...









I quickly fell in love with the aluminium pots with handles from SMD Design from Sweden. This beautiful minimalistic design has very well chosen colours. My first encouter with these beauties was on the website Lovely Market. When I continued to the brands site I was even more happy to find out the products name is Tivoli. The same name of the street where I grew up.
In the past I had already seen some really nice posters from Walnut & Walrus. Their wooden monkey and big hat with legs and walrus are populair decorations. Their clothes collection was still new to me. As a mother of two boys I find it very difficult to find nice sleepwear. This dino print and the colours used are perfect! In a soft beautiful organic cotton this shirt and legging makes a cosy outfit for the dreamy hours. And for the smaller kids there are onesies and bodysuits. 




My final inspiration is from Nofred. The reason why I was looking for a wooden design kids chair online had to do with a dream I had last night. In my dream I found a barely used wooden design chair next to a dumpster. I took it with me to some festival style party on a large field and after taking my eye away from my stool for a second it was gone. Dream analyzers can comment and let me know what the dream meant. For me it was 'wake up and source that amazing chair'. Couldn't find it but Nofred from Denmark didn't disappoint me with their sweet mouse style kids chair. 

Before I take off to enjoy the weekend I'll share my guilty pleasure. I love the filters on Snapchat. Make sure you look me up {Lillelykke_blog} and find out what keeps me busy. 

Have a KOEL weekend and let's catch up next Friday!

X Caroline

20 mei 2016

Not your ordinary Friday....

 

This will be me all day today running around town with a oversized birthday cake on my head with 41 candles. Looking forward to celebrate. And a massive congratulations to my grandmother who turns 95 today. We share the same birthday and I hope to do so for as long as she is happy to be with us. She inspires me not to feel too old at 41. 

I am off the celebrate. Hope you have a great weekend and week and see you again next Friday with a more regular Favorite Friday post. 

It's my birthday.... yay yay... it's my birthday.... yay yay....

Oh and if you want to get me something special for my birthday do support my friend in making her dream come true of launching a new magazine. It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a KOEL (read as cool) group of people to fund this magazine. 

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