Colours and tones of green are flashing by…
Landscapes are changing rapidly, while we are enjoying our own world.
Just us… with our playlist and our sing alongs… driving to new memories.
… Such a wonderful feeling …
A little note first.
You haven’t heard from us for a long time, due to private reasons.
Which really puts everything into perspective.
And makes you wonder… Searching for moments to enjoy
are suddenly more important than anything else.
And to be actually in ‘that moment’. A realisation.
Especially with #allthatmatters. My boys.
One moment of pure joy, personally (ok hard to admit…),
is driving beautiful cars. It’s making my heart race.
Still in a healthy way though. It really calms me down.
Due to total ‘freedom’!
…to drive wherever we want. Anything is possible.
Moments with granddad, who is diagnosed with dementia,
are really #allthatmatters.
An artist enjoying his own ‘simple pure’ life. Just an unexpected visit
and coffee at his tiny little terrace is giving us all joy! Because every time
he sees us he is happily surprised. You see it gives him a sparkle.
Really, when that happens I always feel like, can we please stop time!
But to be honest, it is also energy-absorbing. Afterwards I’m also tired,
because it also hurts to see (grand)dad like this.
When we drive away afterwards, we are enjoying the ride
and forget the painful part immediately.
Travelling with the boys is the best. Especially on a long trip,
like we’re in a roadmovie. A lot of scripts and stories
are popping into my head. We’re in motion and we’re together.
In our own little world. Which is pretty rare lately.
The boys have an age difference of 8 years
and the oldest is slowly getting his own life, step-by-step.
So we cherish moments like these big time.
And to get him travelling with us makes it easier
when the circumstances are very interesting.
Let’s say, the way we travel… That’s the way it works at 16.
While we were lucky enough to drive this
gorgeous Jaguar E-Pace in Borasco Grey,
it wasn’t a tough decision for him to join us this time.
So, back to this love…
Even if ‘automotive’ doesn’t make you jump of joy,
you will understand that a P200 2.0 AWD Aut. R- Dynamic S.
must be a pretty impressive version. And that’s an understatement.
This beauty looks small comparing to her big brother,
the F-Pace, but in real life it’s a compact ‘fast car’ with the same impact,
just smaller in size. Which personally is easier to handle.
When you slowly get this ‘jag’ in motion, you immediately will feel the power.
There’s a steadiness in turns while driving… You feel like you ‘hover’ the roads…
An unwind-moment. Better than yoga? Well it’s from a different perspective.
In your busy life looking for silent moments to load your battery,
this feels like one to me…
The beautiful lines…
The brilliant colour, Borasco Grey.
A ‘shark’s fin’ as a roof mounted antenna… How brilliant.
Such a cool piece integrated in these innovating car brand.
The bold gloss black honeycomb grill is a favourite part of this design
and it gives the car this sporty contemporary look.
A classic luxury car brand which we know for decades,
with their typical elegant styles,
coming up with new versions is sometimes not the design we hope for.
Because it’s hard to find a balance in the contemporary design,
without losing the sophistication of the well-known versions.
But this one… I fell a bit in love… to be honest.
Technical wizardry, we enjoy big time;
*automatic button to open the boot-lid. It is your personal assistant.
You will be happy when you arrive with too many groceries.
*loading the batteries of all the devices while driving… We can’t live without it…
It makes our driving life easy, comfortable and safe.
The whole dashboard-panel is one bright friend.
And we’re already used to all this brilliance, like for example
a camera scanning danger for you. But for us it is still a lot of joy.
Another example of technology which made our heart jump a bit,
is this… When standing in the dark or even the dim,
this brilliant car is giving you a light. Like (yes yes) an assistant again.
And that’s not just it… In this light you will see the outline
of a jaguar and her little baby… It is all about the details and details only!
Everything is incredibly stylish and sophisticated and yet so contemporary.
We know we didn’t talked about the detailed driving performance,
engine and pk’s, pretty important we know…
But you know what. We leave that to the experts themselves.
It must be already much to see us ‘over the moon’ about this,
so we just stay close to ourselves and talk about the experience,
the design, innovative details and stuff, something we really felt for…
That’s what we will remember.
The whole experience is one to love.
Photography and words: the cool heads / Kiki Kouthoofd
p.s. Many many many thanks to
Aldo van Troost (Jaguar Nederland),
for trusting us with this beauty!
Very very much appreciated!
The Jaguar E-PACE D150 2.0 is available from €53.250,00
The version we drove is € 80.669,00.
This new campaign for CIFF KIDS is again one to love.
Photographer Dennis Stenild is always surprising us
with new work. Never the usual, always inspiring…
And yet very minimal…
Details in the spotlights without screaming it.
All the models have freckles (which is our favourite!)
wearing a white tee and a denim. Shot in black & white.
That is all you need… Oh well…
and this talented team. ; )
A little lesson about observing and enjoying pure beauty!
The legendary Jean-Michel Basquiat has all the room to shine here…
Last friday the Basquiat x Bellerose collection was launched.
A tee collection for grown-ups and kids from the Belgian brand Bellerose.
The archetypisch tee is enough for Bellerose, which we find very loveable…
No brand-ego…! Karmapoints!
The work of the artist is enough.
All you see is the artwork. A raw portrait.
We have a big preference for this white tee version.
Like a white canvas with art. Let’s stay with the artist.
The fun part is that my creative youngest son said,
“what an odd drawing”, hahaha!
He loves to draw himself, so beforehand I thought,
he would at least have sympathy for this artwork.
But he was very outspoken about this one.
Obviously he’s not familiar with the work of this famous artist from NYC.
But I love the sincerity of kids. They drop their primary opinion instantly.
So back at ‘my point of view’ again;
which is… ‘the believe that we looooove our kids
to wear stuff we want to wear ourselves.’
We don’t want to admit, but isn’t that all driving us?
Secretly shopping a mini version…? What do you think?
Have a lovely Monday y’all!
plural noun: human rights
a right which is believed to belong to every person.
“a flagrant disregard for basic human rights”
We’re back on the block… And it took us about 6 months…
You know why?
Well, some things in live can’t be controlled…
There are things that can surprise you unexpectedly…
and not always in a kind or pleasant way…
Unpleasant, nerve-wrecking, very stressful and sad,
yes it was… but nothing compared to the thousands
and thousands of refugees-families waiting for a better life.
There is this wonderful initiative of our friends,
TRUE ART OF GIVING,
and they thought it was a good idea
to start their auction today… December 10th
HUMAN RIGHTS DAY…
to help the refugees who are stucked,
sometimes already for years, on an island.
The island Lesbos in Greece.
We happen to be the lucky ones…
At least lucky in having the basic necessities of life.
We live in a beautiful warm home in a safe area,
and we have clothes to wear and enough food to eat
and the kids have the privilege to go to school, five days a week.
Enough toys to play with and we are surrounded by
our dearest friends and families…
Something millions of people can’t say… and without making us feel guilty,
we would just want us all to be grateful of what we ‘do’ have
and help out where we can. Even a little small thing or gesture will help.
So, what can you do? Well…
We would love you to follow this beautiful initiative
TRUE ART OF GIVING
from today on… If you didn’t already…
It is a collective of brands, makers & shops
trying to master the art of giving this holiday season.
They’ve joined hands and are putting together
an auction with all your favourite christmas gifts.
Beautiful gifts from small businesses,
with a big heart for the environment
are available and selected for you.
And the total amount which will be raised,
will be donated 100% (yes yes!)
to BECAUSE WE CARRY
and will reach ‘the families in need’ directly!
This third auction will take place from today on,
Monday 10th until Thursday 13th 23:59 p.m.
Every item will be posted one by one
at TRUE ART OF GIVING‘s Instagram account.
So go check it out… This is the fun part!
And believe us,
it will fulfill all your christmas shopping dreams 😉
And at the same time we learn the ‘TRUE ART OF GIVING!’
The best of both worlds…
Thank you all so so much! Very much appreciated!
Illustrations by Roos Mertens
p.s. If you would like to read more detailed about it.
We wrote a story last year in December
about this ‘beautiful warm smart initiative’.
All the headlines in Europe’s news and newspapers are;
(Extreme) SUNNY DAYS for weeks and weeks …
And although we can dig deep about this ‘HEAT’
and listen to Mother Earth talking to us, which we do… we listen…
This time we would like to take you to the positive side for this moment…
Sunscreen 50+ is necessary, hats, snapbacks,
but by far for us, we will bring
THE COMFORTABLE COTTON MUSLIN,
an airy and natural gauzy fabric
that evokes memories of our childhood!
The one we were looking for after the baby version…
Why not in a bigger size…?
With THE SOCIALITE FAMILY it becomes a soft throw
and is enhanced by bright and deeply desirable colours
that we can carry nonchalantly from the beach to our living room.
The ideal backdrop for our family outings,
the perfect companion as a bedspread,
and all combined with the softness to wrap an infant:
wouldn’t these squares of fabric in convenient sizes
be the answer to all our needs?
The unique textile expertise of expert craftsmen,
a natural material which is kind to the skin
and the environment, and vibrant colours
which stand the test of time.
It seems The Socialite Family has nailed it again!
Surprising us every time with beautiful, thoughtful designs.
Designs we never thought we would actually need,
but now we feel like we do. And on top of that our thoughts are:
why didn’t we came up with that! Big fans here!
ENJOY THE SUNNY DAYS
OR THE MORE COMFORTABLE SHADOWS,
family, friends, quality time, small tiny little things,
as much as possible! #allthatmatters
Credits: THE SOCIALITE FAMILY
p.s. One year ago we wrote about their beautiful blog
and wonderful online store.
Check it out!
This is the the best thing about images. It doesn’t need a language.
It is just about what you see,
what you experience when you look at this image.
Will you take a few more seconds
‘TO ACTUALLY SEE THIS’ or go on further,
because we see too many images
and we have too many tabs open,
so our brain selects it for us.
What will make us take time, to actually SEE?
We’re calling it ‘the MTV-effect’…
‘Fast forward and many in a second IMAGES!’
When I was in Artschool studying fashion,
I was already talking about this with my teachers…
A long time ago (haha)…
when we were not used to the crazy amount
of the images we see nowadays…
We see such a ‘ridiculous amount of images’ a day, it dazzles…
But when a real cool one pops up, which sticks with us,
we have to share this.
It’s from 2017, but that is never an issue for us,
time…, being first…
We love to freeze time and wonder…
This inspiring image is perfect in every detail,
it is contemporary and therefore timeless…
VERY VERY INTERESTING!
Milk Korea is of course the Korean version
of the wonderful (French) MILK magazine.
But they have obviously a different vision on styles…
The models, the designs, the styles, the colours, the graphics…
So it happen to be geographically related…
Well, we have a big preference for the styles of this continent.
STYLISH HUMBLE MINIMALISM.
Just look at this beautiful portrait of a cool dude
on the other side of the world.
We can totally relate to that.
Have a closer look. All beauty!
EDITOR NAM KUK HWA
PHOTOS KIM TAE HWAN
MODEL 모레노 주니어 민호 , 하트만 준영, 이로건
HAIR & MAKE UP 송주희
A month ago we had our feature in KID’s WEAR mag (online)
where we’d mentioned Mini Rodini
for our favourite and their brilliant Classic Pico Jackets.
But we have to say, they’ve nailed it again with this version
From their pre-fall18 collection Space Odyssey
A waterproof lightweight jacket which can be fold into a little bag.
And the print is truly Mini Rodini-ish…,
which will cause a lot of lovely, happy comments on the street.
“Me and my kids have been watching Stranger Things and ET a lot lately.
I love getting thrown back to the innocent times of the 80s where outer space
and twilight zones were a big part of kid’s everyday life”,
says Cassandra Rhodin, Founder and Creative Director,
on her inspiration behind the new collection.
Very stylish, very comfortable and a very… #wannahave!!!! ; )
Have a lovely day today!
No rain finally! But you need this jacket anyway!
Photography: Mini Rodini
(the boy, the clothes, the attitude, totally cool!)
Growing into the teenage vibes started about 2 years ago…
We could still talk about baby’s,
but the reality is that we don’t have
those adorable cuties in the house anymore…
We’ve entered the 14+ area heading towards 15…
and we have to admit, it’s becoming very interesting and inspiring.
As a parent you have to adapt all the unexpected situations and deal with it.
Funny enough we’re always discussing the struggles with friends,
but don’t give enough appreciation to the growth…
So we’re reading and learning and are trying to get ‘the dude’ through this
‘particular exciting times of his life’. They don’t know yet they’re in it ; )
And within those vibes,
the best thing, for us, happened a month ago…
(yes we’re not the fastest, prefer to show the best…),
when FANTASTIC MAN launched
the 27th edition with 8 different covers!
With a bunch of cool teenagers (14-18) and a few mature gentlemen.
Inside, three significant moments in manhood
are explored in styles series dedicated to teenagers,
midlifers and the fun loving mature members of society.
Meanwhile, the bumper third section of this issue
is filled to the brim with outstanding individuals of all ages.
… When you’re surrounded by the teenage-vibes
or just want to check out the process in this thing called ‘life’…
A HAPPY NEW 2018!
What will it bring us?
One thing is for sure, we don’t know yet.
We can look back in a year and wonder…
Although we would love to talk
about what will happen, you never know it will.
It just happens or not, or something unexpected pops up.
(not always negative by the way…)
We had very difficult private times,
we don’t bother you with the details.
It is called life, it is called learning, it is called a process.
We can’t guide everything in our lives.
Some things will be unexpected and not always a pleasant one.
And sometimes you look back to the last year
and you think, in a way it was a good one.
We’ve learned a lot…
One important thing made really sense to me…
For a working mom with a lot of stress in her private life,
due to those personal circumstances,
it is really important to take time for yourself.
To make sure you are healthy and happy.
Then you can handle things much better.
I didn’t realize it all those years until now.
My time is regulated in a really nice way lately.
I found the best hangout for me in Amsterdam.
You have to know, I’m not a gym fit girl at all…
I really hate those regular sportclubs.
With all the men pumping up their bodies
and the girls in their perfect bodies,
which makes us jealous obviously… and want to run away.
Not motivated, also because it feels a bit shallow…
Just focussing on the outside.
You body is connected to your mind, to your brain
and I don’t want to look at someone in the mirror
who is training without feeling it, except the pain, haha!
BBB Health Boutique is a… BOUTIQUE , yes a ’boutique’,
which means it is personal and small…
where they approach your wishes in a holistic way.
It already sounded perfect to me, but had to find out first…
DOUBTS, because there are so many of them
and every owner believes in their own concept obviously,
but a lot of times it happens to be just a trend… a vision with the eyes on money making.
Everything is connected to everything in your body.
Your state of mind, the situations in your personal or working life.
You need a spot which grows with you…
This is a warm and lovely hangout where you can workout for
30 minutes, the secret is ‘the hot cabin’…
(the shortest most effective way of training).
An hour for a yoga or pilatesclass,
a chat with one of the coaches…
A tea or coffee and reading a magazine
or talking to the other lovely ladies you meet there.
I met my counselor there, and some creative independent working moms…
A nice mix of totally different women who are training…
Just for women of every age.
And in whatever ‘vibe’ you are in,
they will find the best program for that moment for you.
So if you need balance, or are a mama to be…
Or #thisisthebest; if you are a mama with a baby,
you can bring your baby to a special class.
Where you can workout
and have your baby in front of you…
So if you are looking for a healthy hangout in the Netherlands
(sorry foreign friends)
where you can be you, where they guide you
to a comfortable program,
where they coach you in a spontaneous way,
when you feel for it…
where you will feel at home…
This is worth to book free class to try.
Yes, it is my time! 3 times a week,
a moment for me, myself and I.
And fore once I don’t feel guilty!
So please check I out if you feel like it!
Especially today, January 2nd…
It’s their 10th birthday today.
And they will treat you with something very cool!!!
(you have to know they never give discounts #lucky you)
If you would like to start at the health boutique this week.
Go to this link and you will get up to 90% discount
depending on the details,
so you only pay 10 euro’s for this January!
WE PROMISE YOU, YOU WILL BE SURPRISED AND PLEASED!