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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,
and they thought it was a good idea
to start their auction today… December 10th
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
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!)
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’.

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
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!

family, friends, quality time, small tiny little things,
as much as possible! #allthatmatters



p.s. One year ago we wrote about their beautiful blog
and wonderful online store.
Check it out!

All beauty!

1500884234This 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…

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.

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!

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Space Odyssey ’18


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!)






TCH_Fantastic_Man_5Growing 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.

#gogogo #buythisinspiringcoolness

… When you’re surrounded by the teenage-vibes
or just want to check out the process in this thing called ‘life’…

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Photography covers: Mark Peckmezian
Styling: Carlos Nazario
Casting Director: Jess Hallet
Models: Luca (14), George (15),
Stan (15), Hank (14), Asher (18)

2018, me me me…

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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…
Very inspiring!

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!


Images: thecoolheadsoninsta
Illustration: Alice Bowsher

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True Art Of Giving

Schermafbeelding 2017-12-01 om 10.21.34Last Friday, ‘the festive month of the year’ has started.
Something a lot of people are looking forward to.
Especially kids…
Obviously most of them will receive quite some gifts.
The lucky ones…

Sadly enough, there are way too many families
whose priority isn’t gifts or parties at all.
There’s where I  feel the story of ‘the little match girl’
by Hans Christian Andersen big time.
The very very unfair part…
Their primary and essential need is food and warm clothes.

Images we saw a lot over the years,
but what we don’t realize enough, that it is still going on.
And with this cold weather
we don’t want to think about
how it must feel to feel cold in a refugee camp,
where they arrived after a horrible journey.
Everything is better than that they were running from…
But if you have to decide to leave your roots an your country,
with your (little)kids, not knowing where you’re going,
that’s heartbreaking!

And the understandable reaction is to look away.
It’s too hard to see. But if we don’t do anything
how can the world cope with that?
And why do others have to fix this.
Stand together! Support the volunteers up there!

We think we have a really good suggestion of support
which might interest you…

An auction organized on Instagram,
because that particular IG-community
is strong and are aware and will response rapidly.
Founded by our cool friend Britt Hansen.

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.

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They’ve started out with 15 people, but the collective
expanded in not even two weeks!
to 70 independent business owners who joined.

100% of this auction will be donated to @because_we_carry.
A hands on help organisation that really has our hearts.
They have been working on Lesvos, Greece since 2015.
Tirelessly helping refugees in every possible way.

The TRUE ART OF GIVING collective
would like to create some awareness
on how we spend our money during the holiday season.
In the Netherlands alone we have spend
13 billion euros on christmas in 2016…
…on gifts, fashion & extravagant diners.

It’s not the idea to judge you on how you celebrate your holidays.
But the collective would like to take a little spin on
how to spend those 13 billion and help others while we are at it.

We think it the best of both worlds!
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!)
and will reach the families in need directly.

The first auction will take place this upcoming December 6th!.
Every item will be posted one by one at TRUE ART OF GIVING.
And believe us, it will fullfill all your christmas shopping dreams 😉

And the best thing…,
by even getting your hands on
a beautiful gift for Christmas…,
is THE GIFT OF GIVING, which is the best feeling.

So please share and make sure
we can give all the beautiful families in need,
as much as we can,
through the amazing team of
Tag along and start mastering the art of giving

Artwork by: Roos Mertens
Images are from the participating brands.

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PS. If you are a shop, brand, maker, dreamer, believer
and you want to be a part of this collective,
please email

Acting and being…






We have something nice to share…

If you would love to be an actor
or model and you live
or will be in Amsterdam
on sunday, December 17th,

The chance to join A VERY COOL WORKSHOP
for kids between 9-16 years old…
Which will give you an insight
and (maybe) your first get-t0-know into these professions…
Hosted by the two cool and very talented PRO’s;
Actress Gaite Jansen and photographer Sarah van Rij.

Gaite and Sarah are two friends who’ve joined hands
to teach and guide you into their profession.
Because they think it’s important for kids
to learn about creativity and expressing themselves.

Actress Gaite will teach you how to improvise,
from pretending to be a fried egg (hahaha! love it…)
to more beautiful plays.
Acting is about how to present yourself,
express yourself and about collaboration.

Photographer Sarah will teach you how to present yourself
in front of a camera. She will shoot a castingphoto of each of you
and for the second photo, a bit more crazy, fun version…,
she will talk with you about how this one should look like and why?
With a moodboard of lovely images and portraits
of iconic models and actors/actresses,
you can choose one which appeals the most to you
and you will discuss that together.
It will help you to find out more about you,
your vision and your character.
I am sure it will make a much nicer picture of you,
in your own opinion,
because YOU CAN BE YOU. And that’s the best.

It will bring you to a bit of a deeper level of acting and modelling
instead of just the outside frame we always just see.
As a parent, I think that’s the best part of this workshop.
Getting to know yourself better
and I’m sure it wil make you stronger, wiser and more secure.

Go (and ask your) parents, book this workshop a.s.a.p.
The best Christmas present for your kid!

Credits: Beautiful illustration/typo:
through FFFFOUND
from Moiré
Mixed with details of the flyer of the workshop.

p.s.This is the dutch announcement of these lovely ladies.
You can follow them also at their FB-page to stay updated.



Brilliance no. 11


This photograph from the serie
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…

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

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