20 augustus 2016

Happy Friday... I feel sun kissed

After a few lovely sunny days at the beach I feel blissfully sun kissed and am reluctantly going back to work. Reluctantly until tomorrow when we start to set up for the ShowUp fair and I will get into an inspirational flow.

To stay close to the feeling of holiday a little bit longer I've chosen this summer cottage to be my Friday Favorite. If it were up to me we would look into this direction when thinking about revamping our own trailer by the sea.







I like how they've kept old elements and added new ideas such as a sliding door. Our space is much more limited than this one. We only have about 35m2 where this summer cottage is about 60m2. But still... enough inspirations to get my mind going. 

12 augustus 2016

Happy Friday.... collage style

What's keeping me busy lately... beside entertaining the children through the summer holidays I am busy making collages. So so many collages. And I am starting to really enjoy making them. Later in this post I will show you some that I have made (or am making) for other platforms. But this is one I made for my own blog. It reminds me of the fun I had selecting items for the VT Wonen contest to win 10.000 euros worth of products from their website. After searching their pages so much I had to go back to source some beauties for my collage. And I have also added some products from the FEMKEIDO shop as she is opening doors in Rotterdam this week! This calls for a little celebration.

Like what you see... so here is where you can shop all this.
wallpaper royal blue ~ muuto lamp mustard ~ frama shelf ~ HAY pillow ~ crowdyhouse poster ~ cabinet ~ iittala pillow cover ~ donna wilson plate ~ la forma chair ~ zuiver lounge chair

Expect more collages like this as I really enjoy making them.

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As promised also some collages I made for the platform BOYSLABEL. With them it is all kids related and besides a lot of fashion (new territory for me) I also sneak in some interior and other fun stuff. Just follow the link to get to their website with the blogpost. Not a boys mum. No problem... I also write for them on GIRLSLABEL and BABYLABEL.




But that is not all. I have also been very busy for a lovely agency called NCAgencies who has the most amazing brands. I get busy doing newsletters (again with collages) and we are very much looking forward to representing the brands at the coming SHOP UP Amsterdam fair. Will you also be there? Come say hi at booth 134 & 135 (ORLA KIELY and BRITA SWEDEN/ISAK).





And today I enjoyed making some collages for a friend of mine who has a webshop for baby & kids interior and gift items called PUURBELEVEN (pure experience). She is expanding her webshop with kids room and play room styling with additional discounts in her shop. Oh boy am I hoping she needs a helping hand as I love doing that!!!



As you can see I am not really bumming around lazy on the beach... I only pretend to do so. Happy last bits of your holidays and I still continue to enjoy mine. Both online and offline.

See you next week!
Caroline

8 augustus 2016

Sweet reminders


For years I have had a quote poster in my house. It says 'DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF' and I was put to the test right after framing it. One tiny piece of dust was stuck behind the glass. Oh no... or maybe whatever given the quote... 
Another good quote that caught my eye is this one. So true and sometimes a sweet reminder when I stress about what to wear. This is something I always have on hand. 


27 juli 2016

Happy holiday.... just had to share

Can I just quietly burst here.... I love this conversion of an attic room. They have created such a light sunny fun playroom. With storage baskets to hide the toys after playing and comfortable seating to enjoy reading or some gaming. I would personally add a little rock climbing wall to one of the sides. With so many mattresses in the room you would have a soft landing.



Needless to say I get so inspired I start to dream about creating this space for myself. I have even looked at what pillows I would use. Here is a first variety that I have quickly chosen from the VT Wonen online shop.




The converted attic room is part of a Westhampton Beach playhouse that has been converted by Change & Co and boy did they do a good job. I always love a good before and after but this one will make me look differently at every home I visit in the future. They have made a dull average house into a bright fun welcoming home. Not all choices made are my liking but overall the entire house looks very well decorated with color links and pattern links from room to room.



Now I am back to my deadlines for my freelance work and than some holiday fun at the coast.




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.







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