Friday, 28 June 2013

This Girl Lel Sells!

Ok kids, it's on! This weekend – tomorrow, Saturday* – I'll be heading to Ij Hallen to SELL (again). Woohoo!

If you've been reading this weeks posts, you may have read on Tuesday the news that I'm up the duff! And with a huge amount of baby stuff coming into the house, somethings has to give. Turns out, it's part of my collection of shoes, handbags, clothes, vintage vases, graphic design and illustration books, magazines, nic-nacs, excess vintage kids toys, fabric, and more. 12 big boxes of stuff! Quite the purge. Edu's parting with some vinyl, clothes, and books.

I'll be setting up at the crack of dawn tomorrow. Follow my Instagram feed for some visuals cue and directions on my stall location. Most of all, come with cash, smoldering away ready to burn a hole in your pocket. Everything will be priced to clear. This shit's gotta go! Hope to see you tomorrow. Lel x

* Unless it's bucketing down. Follow my instagram feed to stay up-to-date.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Isabel Marant for H&M

So! Who's as excited as I am about the next H&M collaboration with the amazing Isabel Marant?! The countdown to November has begun! 
From Isabel's site – "Born in 1967, Isabel studied at Studio Berçot from 1985 to 1987. Two years later she created her first costume jewelry and accessories line. In 1990, she launched “Twen”, a line of jersey and knitwear, which will become Isabel Marant four years later. In the Spring/summer 1995, she presented her first fashion show. In 2000, wanting to develop her brand further, she started Etoile : a more casual and affordable line."
Isabel's own words – “My brand has grown slowly and organically. I took the decision to build it step by step, in order to maintain full freedom and honesty in my work.”

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

A Craft Project Is Born

In an effort to de-clutter the house I'm being pretty ruthless with my big stash of craft supplies and fabric stash (along with clothes, vases, shoes, handbags...). Lots of which is going to Ij Hallen this weekend (check Friday's post for more details). But there are some things I can't bring myself to part with. And for those, I've adopted a 'use it or lose it' rule. Point in case; a set of felt swatches I picked up in Massachusetts years ago with my friend Holly. At the time I had big plans for some felt bags, but with work and battling a Dutch Visa, time went by and the colour swatches just remained in a draw. The colours are fantastic – so bright and lovely – much nicer than what I've found in my local craft suppliers in Amsterdam.
So I've spent some time pondering on what to do with all these little swatches, I've been at a loss for a while as they're such small pieces. But Ricochet has provided inspiration. The plan: finger puppets! The swatches are the perfect size, and I can use up these and my other stash of felt in the process. Felt is just the best. I remember I had a felt mobile as a child with animals (or it might have been I remember it in my sisters room), I'm pretty sure my mum made it. The only animal I can picture is a giraffe. I think that'll be my first puppet. I did think a mobile would be nice, but I have a gorgeous one I picked up in Australia a few years ago with Aussie animals. Along with some honeycomb paper decorations, so future child is all set for hanging amusement. I've ben wanting to do some crafting for the baby I've also been thinking of making some sock monkey's, but I think I maxed out of them over the years. And weirdly, after making over about 300, I only ever kept one for myself! But it's a very special one.
Hopefully it's a nice little crafty project I can pick up while taking it easy during the pregnancy, and if I ever have a moment to myself after Ricochet's arrival. Yes, I hear you parents out there scoffing at such a notion...but here's hoping. I've drawn on Etsy for some great finger puppet inspiration. Though, I have to say the most amazing ones I found are Karl (top), and William and Kate (above), from Mullish Muse. There's a whole bunch of celebrities there. Super fun, check it out. For myself, I think I'll keep it basic for little Ricochet. Not knowing the gender is good also, I think it'll make me keep a nice balance of animals, dinosaurs, butterflies, characters, etc., in the mix. However a Catalan donkey and Australian kangaroo are happening for sure. Wish me luck! Posts on progress to follow soon I hope.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

And Begin

Big news to share today, on a very personal level; Edu and I are expecting a baby! We just had our 20 week scan yesterday, and are officially half-way through the pregnancy. Woohoo! Baby passed with flying colours. What a good child. So far, so good. Some wonky moments in the first trimester battling nausea and extreme exhaustion, but trimester two is going pretty well. It's been an interesting experience so far, and I know this is just the tip of the iceberg of things to come. Are we ready? Of course not! But who ever is?
Blog posts haven't been as regular as I'd have liked this year, mostly down to being exhausted from making little 'Ricochet' (this is our nickname for the baby; whose sex we're keeping a surprise). I've had to call it a day pretty early at times, so this makes for short days and not much time left outside of work for the blog. That, and weekends have been filled with trips to Ikea and Prenatal for all things baby-related.
I'll try and keep the baby-related posts to a minimum, just every now and then as usual – promise!  But, things are indeed going to change in the house. As well as getting all things baby in, I'm busy getting all unwanted things out. Massive clearance! Which means I'll be selling this weekend at beloved Ij Hallen again. Can't wait! Hope the weather gods are kind to me. Not sure if I'll be there Saturday, Sunday, or both (depends really on the weather) so more info on Friday. As I type Ricochet is busy kicking me. It's both the strangest and yet most comforting feeling. I think s/he is excited for Ij Hallen. I hope to see lots of familiar faces there :)  Lel x

Monday, 24 June 2013

It's No Biggie

 Gifs are all the rage right now, but these are really special I think. Images by Lisette Berndt.
Of course, the dog and sausage is my favoutire. Looks a bit like Maddie!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

DIY Wednesday

It's summer, energy's up, and maybe there are some weekender project you have in mind for some home improvement. If you're looking for some fun and simple projects, then check out this site; HomeMade Modern. This is just one of their many projects, the EP9 Concrete Pendant Lamp.
Easy step-by-step guides will have your home looking all fresh and designery in no time.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Niels Peeraer

Fashion fix Tuesday! Featuring the very talented accessories designer Neils Peeraer. An Antwerp native, Neils graduated from the Royal Fashion Academy of Antwerp in June 2011. Now with an eponymous label established in Paris, Niels Peeraer, is sure to be a success.  
I really adore the cuffs and cap in natural leather. Beyond rad.

Monday, 17 June 2013


Grow your own food at home, using repurposed Ikea products in this fab new book. Wonderful idea! Especially for small Amsterdam terraces.
The video above gives you a nice little introduction as to what's possible. Read more about the book here or the e-book here.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Weekend Goings On

The sun is meant to be out this weekend, and there's lots going on I thought I'd share. First up: Costa Del Soul is on this Saturday and Sunday at Blijburg if you're looking for a beach party fix make sure you get your tickets. It's a nice bike ride, or direct tram from Central Station there.
Sunday, if you're looking for some fab food, the NeighbourFood Market is on again in Westerpark with a special manly Father's Day feast. "Smoking barbecues, pig on the spit, smoked elk, wild oysters and sausage on the stick. Forgotten vegetables and pure ingredients without frills. Everything in a sauce of masculinity. The axe and wood blocks are ready for existing urban lumberjacks. All men are welcome!" Women, too, naturally. 

All in all a fab weekend by the looks of it!

Thursday, 13 June 2013

One Leicester Street

New Soho restaurant-hotel with menus you want to steal. Designed by A Practice For Everyday Life the new One Leicester Street identity is just divine. The illustrations are by Sister Arrow and are just perfection. I definitely want to check this place out next time I'm over the Channel. 
 One Leicester Street, London

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Zim & Zou BBQ

It's barbecue season! French studio Zim & Zou have created this amazing paper barbecue set. Love it.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

I Scream, You Scream...

Famous OTO from Pistachios on Vimeo.
How much would you have loved this as a kid? I think I would have spent many an afternoon playing with this in the back yard. OTO needs some help in launching their product. If you want to make a pledge, just go to their site indiegogo site. Their target is USD $15,000, and now they're just over $4,000. A week to go!

Monday, 10 June 2013

Restaurant BAK

Just look at this view! What s gorgeous setting for the equally fabulous brand-spanking-new Restaurant BAK. Opened by three young friends, this is going to be a top new dining destination for sure.
Located on the 3rd floor of one of the old waterfront warehouses off Van Diemenstraat it's a great little hidden spot in a stunning building.
Really light and bright; it's a lovely interior space. Tip: make sure you reserve a table by one of the two bigger  windows, as the smaller ones are low down and won't provide you with much of that incredible view of the river Ij.
The staff were very friendly and attentive. The barman makes a mean cocktail, and the food... wow. A picture is worth a thousand words, so here goes –
Fresh, bright, and colourful the restaurant uses all organic and locally sourced produce. The best part – it's a surprise! There's just one menu, which changes weekly, you just have to pick between the 3 or 4 course option. I chose three, but wish I'd gone for four. All too yummy. And the main I forgot to snap before I dived in, so no pics of that. They also worked around my dietary constraints; just tell them what you can't have and they'll oblige.
Desert was the most interesting. Carrot and olive oil sorbet, chocolate crumbs, white chocolate powder, and more I can't even remember now. Really interesting and completely new to me. My 3 course was around €27, from memory. I can't find the info on the site, but very reasonable for what you get. And let's not forget, all this divine dining along side this knock-out view. Best of all for moi: BAK is only about 200m from my front door! Score! Edu and I shall be frequent visitors, I can tell. Well done, BAK boys, you've done a fine job.