This cool ‘7-year-old’ will wake you up!

0612 09181301We follow this cool UK family for quite some time now.
Recently they’ve moved to California for the career of dad,
Artist/Director FILFURY.

And they’ve just launched their stunning new work, a music video,
for MJ COLE + CEDRIC GERVAIS + FREYA RIDINGS,
called ‘Waking up, the remix’.
Starring their oldest son, Bow, 7 years old.
Again,  he’s a rising star…

Watch this, it is BEYOND COOL!

Very curious about the way they’ve created this.
Can we please have a behind-the-scenes?

You can also see this rising star in the previous music video
of MJ Cole, waking up..

So, at the start of this new school year
and getting back in our daily routine (it will take a while),
maybe you need to watch this sometimes…
To wake everybody up in the morning!

It worked for us…

Director: FILFURY
Star: Bow

A big thanks to MAMAFURY
for being so inspiring!

BOYSMANS – the high-end streetwear we were waiting for!

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Jamiroquai, 1993, pops into my head,
while scanning these inspiring images
of this BRAND NEW HIGH-END street label BOYSMANS.
Is it the bucket hat, the fabrics, or the tracksuit?
Only beautiful gorgeous fabrics. I mean a ‘corduroy’
which looks like it’s blown up 500%…
Contemporary tropical prints, army print, leopard, teddy bears,
checkered prints all combining rich high-end fabrics.

Conclusion. Jamiroquai on Spotify now, thanks to Caroline’s newest kid in town!
Of course, we don’t have to figure out where the inspiration for this
Belgian kids designer comes from. It doesn’t really matter.
What does matter is that she followed her guts
and brought us a whole new tremendously inspiring collection.
Without boundaries.! With the focus on boys!

We’re celebrating right now because this hardly ever happens.
So can’t choose one particular image.
We want to show them all.

Caroline Bosmans. Designer of the stunning kids brand
CRLNBSMNS was metaphorically ‘waiting’ for something like this…
A high-end streetwear label for boys (also cool for girls).
But since it never appeared, she decided to start this new label herself,
called BOYSMANS. What a brilliant name you came up with Caroline!

A real collection, not just a bunch of clothes,
where fabrics are V.I.P.! Isn’t that the best?

The first drop is officially launched already on August 8th.
You have to follow this anyway! Just a big tip from us…
If you love your boys to dress more individually.

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BOYSMANS
Photography and Art direction: Studio Dada
Production: Bounce Rocks

p.s. Our favourite store KID store Antwerp is selling this collection.
But check here for the other STORES, if you’re not living around.
And if you have a small size, you can wear size 16 yourself.
We saw already a few spot-on examples on IG!

‘At our own Pace’…

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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.
JAGUAR.
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.
#oursecretcarcrush

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.

Joie de Vivre

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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…
Beach days…

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?
YES PLEASE!!!

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!

Space Odyssey ’18

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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
MOON JACKET.
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!)

Brilliance no. 11

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This photograph from the serie
ARE WE THERE YET?
for Kinfolk magazine,
is what we want on our wall!
Big time! It is contemporary and will be for ever…

Three boys , brothers, enjoying traveling together…
in an amazing Jaguar XJ
(ok, not themselves obviously),
acting incredibly funny…
brilliantly shot in black & white…

Smiles, memories and stories…
FOREVER!

By the talented team:
Photography: Neil Bedford
Styling: Rachel Caulfield
for: KINFOLK

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We will keep it short:
JUST TAKE A GOOD LOOK…!
Master the art of observing…

How amazing is this style?
Gorgeous colours, the shape of every piece is unique.
It looks archetype-ish (which we have a big heart for),
but in detail is it not. It is brilliant!
Created by an incredibly talented lady.

TAO, we are your fans!
The Animals Observatory is one of a kind
and therefore incredibly contemporary…
A kids brand who made us wish for grown-up-versions.
So no ‘mini-me’s’ / ‘mini-you’s’, but we,
the adults, want to copy the kids…
What word will that be? ‘Big mini’s’? ; )

Just check their website and scroll through all the collections.
Not only the newest. The older collections are so worth it!
It is timeless!

So if you fancy being more
one-of-kind,
just-be-you or
want-to-stand-out-from-the-crowd…
Study their designs…
You will understand why you have to get at least one piece!

CIAOOOO!!!

Photography: The Animals Observatory

#stories : Surprise surprise! part one…

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the heart of something important or anything we feel we need to mention.
This time we would like to tell you our own story… Just a moment in our daily life…
Not to put ourselves in the center, but for sure this little dude…
As a metaphor for all the dudes growing up.

This boy will be 6 in two weeks! A big goal!
And with ‘entering a new chapter’ there belongs the best gift.
The gift of steps to independency!

And what’s beter to feel free, speeding up,
the wind through your hair, smiling…
YES! It’s CYCLING! The ultimate feeling we all grew up with.

And since we’re on a holiday in two weeks, we had to give this to him already.
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A matt black BMX-ish brand new bike with gorgeous blue wheels…

But only a few minutes later he said, it’s quite big…
and the happiness, the magic, the wow
was gone for a moment.
Fear had taken over…

But we’ve tried to cycle and he loved it,
fighting his fear to fall or hurt himself.
It’s quite a big bike, 20 inch.
At the same time he felt the first signs of being big,
just trying over and over again.
Overcoming his fear, step by step…
We think he will be ready soon to feel that joy of independency.

So therefore we would love to take you on our journey;
‘his journey’ to become this big independent cyclist-dude!
Cycling around through his hometown.
Starting a beautiful memory he’s not aware of yet.

Have a wonderful weekend…
We will be outside for sure…
Keep you posted! #parttwo2

Photography: Kiki Kouthoofd for thecoolheads.com

This story is made possible by Alpina Fietsen,
The (YES!) Dutch bike brand for kids! Thank you so much!
We absolutely LOVE this, ‘selected by us’, Comet version!
It felt like we’ve received a handmade bike! AWESOME!!!
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smart & cool


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Every Tuesday I’ll get their newsletter.
The one I’m always looking forward to!
And every time I’m thrilled,
incredibly inspired and wished I came up with this.

THE SOCIALITE FAMILY
a sample of smart & cool families

STORIES, STYLES,  INTERIOR DESIGN & FAMILY…
All-in-one!

Contemporary families in which, when I look back, I grew up in too.
Parents with eye for detail, vision, design, vintage…
Things I took for granted maybe…

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“They all share their unique vision
on how to harmonize family life and interior design.”

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Beautiful photography and inspiring interviews.
You want to read, know about and find out every detail.

Something to look forward to,
in a world full of ‘fast forward’…
Where loads of images are jumping up and down
on your screen all day.

Instead, here… Just sitting down,
going nowhere, admiring the beautiful images
and the lovely inspiring stories.
I can go through this website for hours
even though I don’t have time for that at all.

A visual diary of design…

The big extra at THE SOCIALITE FAMILY
is that for most of what you see,
they’ve tried to find something likewise
or the exact version (yes!),
like that particular chair from the editorial,
a specific light or some gorgeous accessories.

And… even better… they’ve designed items themselves!m-b-4-1290x772

So because of a certain family with taste for design,
you will find your precious piece to spice up your home.
And you will get inspired by reading all the lovely stories
of the (mostly) creative or entrepeneur-ish owners.
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Yes they happen to be real people,
and therefore it’s not a showroom
but the home of a family with a big heart for design.
And where they are allowed
to actually sit on that beautiful design couch,
drink from that handmade cup
and eat from that plate at that gorgeous table. ; )

My heart goes boom!

Thank you Constance Gennari! ; )
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Photography: Constance Gennari & Eve Campestrini.

Our Secret Car Crush

tumblr_oi4muc8BQh1rn1cuzo1_1280Growing up in a contemporary artistic family had many positive sides.
My parents were open minded, our big house had room for a swing
in the livingroom, a climbing wall, we could cycle through the house.
Not too many strict rules.

The girl and her brothers, at that age, had not many complains

Then the girl, me, became a teenager.
Besides by being embarrassed by my artist dad,
which I think is quite normal for a teenager…
I was embarrassed as well about some car choices
my parents made.
Can you imagine…

Volvo Amazon, 245 GL
Citröen HY, DS, 2CV
Rover  P5B 3.5 litre
Landrover Defender

Obviously not a very objective vision,
because they were cool
and later happen to be stunning wannahave-cars.
The main reason for this:
quite some time the car broke down while touring.
With that in the back of my mind
I’ve created an aversion against vintage cars.
Just wanted them to do the job,
by getting me somewhere.
Thanks dad!

But if you think my only wish is to just drive any car
which for sure would bring me from A to B,
then you’re wrong…
The interest in innovation, design
and the exterior looks is extremely big!
Much bigger. I have to admit.

So… OUR SECRET CAR CRUSH was born!

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Secret because I also grew up with values like
‘be kind to our planet’,
‘don’t be too greedy’… Share…
How can you admire a machine
which polutes the planet?
Car crush because I can really admire
a particular car design or car brand.
And then a little devil in my head says…
No, all no good for the planet.
Owwwwww….

You can understand I’m extremely happy
and thankful for the rise and shine of electric cars
at most of the car brands…
For sure for the heart we have for our planet…
but it also…
… makes me feel less guilty.

Even without the electric cars (being common yet),
the best of both worlds is
just writing about cars, test-driving
and writing reviews in my own way!
And not be the owner.
I can be objective in a good way.
Give a visual opinion.
Get input from the technical sides,
without boring you…
And photograph it in our own way too,
to make the story complete.

Cars which are just cool, beautiful, wannahaves
for yes ‘an independent woman with kids’, haha!
In contemporary pantone-colours. Hallelujah!

No, this is not shallow…
This is heart for design,
and innovation.
And… Freedom!

You have to drive them to football
or swimming lessons, to birthday parties
or to the grandparents anyway.
Eighter way I want to make quite sure
it is fast and getting me there,
looking contemporary beautiful.
And is just comfortable enough.

Comfortable as in
an automatic…
+
The luxury of a button or sensor
which opens the backdoor automatically
when you’re arriving with all the groceries…
Heavenly cool!

So, soon you can expect our first review ever
of such a COOL WANNAHAVE CAR
(we were able to test last november);
The MINI Cooper S ALL4 Clubman

#iwantmyminiclubmanback

Have a lovely weekend!
Driving or something ; )

Source:
Green Jaguar
Me & My Bentley

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