I absolutely adore a good pair of sneakers. Be it Vans, Converse or Nike, I own them all and I love them all. They are fashionable (if you pick the right ones of course), comfortable and can be your lifesaver on busy days when you’re walking a marathon, without even knowing it.
Well, one of my favorite sneaker brands has now ventured into a whole new direction… the one where music, art, and culture collide into one big mash of relaxing happiness. Meet the House of Vans.
The House of Vans will open its doors on August 9th in one of London’s most iconic spaces, The Old Vic Tunnels. 3000m2 will be used to join musical, arty farty and cultural forces so that you can spend your free time enjoying a very cool space. The Tunnels, next to the famous Waterloo Station, will feature a movie theatre, skate park, cafe, music room, galleries, bars and an artist lab.
Tunnel #2 will even feature studios where upcoming artists can showcase their work for free. You can also rent out a space that can fit 850 visitors or sign yourself up for workshops. Tunnel #4 & #5 are dedicated to all the skaters out there, housing the only skate park in London which has a roof.
So, when in London… visit this new hotspot, sniff some culture and very hipster vibes, and just enjoy.
House of Vans | open 5 days a week | opening August 9th
How stunning is this? Either I’m in a serious need of a vacation or this is the most beautiful location for a fashion show I have ever seen.
And we’ve seen a lot. Fashion designers are not humble when it comes to show locations. Who can forget the locomotive, pulled into the Cour Carrée of the Louvre for the Louis Vuitton show or Chanel's presentation at the magical gardens of Versailles?
The setting of Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda presentation? A Fellini film inspired, beautiful cove guarded by the Faraglioni rocks of Capri.
Now I’m in a serious need of a Bellini.
Pictures courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana
Coqui Coqui Merida hotel is one of those places you check-in and never want to leave. Surrounded by the scents of tobacco and orange blossoms, this Belle Époque one-suite hideaway with vintage marble floors, opulent french gold mirrors, pretty chandeliers and two heavenly claw-footed baths is located just above Coqui Coqui’s famous Perfumeria shop.
The brain, or better said, the good looks behind the Coqui Coqui branch is Argentinean model Francesca Bonato, who started out with a line of luxury perfumes and body products, and expanded into two boutique hotels, two residences, a shop and café. One smart cookie if you ask me.
For more information have a look at coquicoquiperfumes.com.
I remember my mother begging me to wear espadrilles. And me being all stubborn and non compliant at the delicate age of 8. No is no mother… unless you give me candy and ice cream. Then I’ll even wear a garbage bag.
Fast forward a few years later and now I can’t live without my espadrilles. I re-discovered them last year and I wish I did sooner. They are the most comfortable summer shoes and they look fab with every outfit.
Lucky for me espadrilles are more than hot this year, so let’s go and buy me some extra pairs. Why not, right? It’s on trend. Feast yourself on my favorites below, and shop yours here. Enjoy.
Pictures via Pinterest.
Is it a bird? No. Is it a plane? No… It’s an invasion of pineapples. You see them in every shape, form and place. They’re everywhere. Watching TV at peace in your home, look to the left and BAM… a pineapple lamp right in your face. Walking your dog? BAM, a hipster fashionista slaps you in the face with her enviable pineapple kimono. Even when you’re gossiping with your best friend during an evening with tasty drinks… BAM, her pineapple necklace is eyeballing you until you bow down for the pineapple king, like the mignon you really are.
Yup, maybe the pineapples are trying to takeover the world. Who knows? But hey, I’m really liking this trend! The lamp is as stylish as stylish can be, kimonos are my new best friend, and I don’t mind bowing down like a mignon if that necklace is the cutest thing ever. And it is. Even more exciting? This species has now evolved into shoes. Very cool shoes.
Meet the Frassy Flossy. She’s cool, happy, fashionable and very complementary to your outfit. Frassy Flossy is designed by blogger Audrey and shoe brand Flossy, and retails for €38.95 at Dr. Adams in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
Be quick though, as this is a limited edition and only 24 pairs are available per country! Now that’s being unique.
WHEN? August 2-4th
WHERE? Pydna Missile Base in Kastellaun Germany
HOW MUCH? 69 euros
LINE UP? To be announced (2013: Sebastian Ingrosso, Sander van Doorn)
WHEN? August 11-16th
WHERE? Obudai Island, Hungary
HOW MUCH? From 45 euros
LINE UP? Calvin Harris, Faithless, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lily Allen, Imagine Dragons
WHEN? August 19-21st
WHERE? Gdynia, Poland
HOW MUCH? From 110 euros
LINE UP? Kasabian, Foster the People, Pavement, Pearl Jam, MGMT
WHEN? August 19-21st
WHERE? Kempische Steenweg, Belgium
HOW MUCH? From 160 euros
LINE UP? Iron Maiden, Queens of the Stone Age, The Prodigy, Blink-182, The XX
WHEN? August 23rd
WHERE? Haarlemmermeer, The Netherlands
HOW MUCH? From 77 euros
LINE UP? Hardwell, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
SOUTH WEST FOUR
WHEN? August 23-24th
WHERE? Clapton Common in London UK
HOW MUCH? From 63 euros
LINE UP? Fedde Le Grand, Markus Schulz, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
BURNING MAN FESTIVAL
WHEN? August 25th – September 1st
WHERE? Black Rock Desert, Nevada, America
HOW MUCH? From 154 euros
LINE UP? To be announced
Picture via Elle.com
Now this is one amazeballs fashionista. Rachel Comey started in 2001 with her meanswear collection in Barneys, and decided to branch out to womenswear when women began buying her meanswear collection in small sizes. Now that’s what I call being successful at being really cool.
She launched her womenswear label in 2003, and shifted her focus on designing for women. Her style is mostly popular with the downtown cool hipsters, as she really rocks the vintage meets rock & roll look.
After mega star David Bowie wore one of her shirts on TV, Comey became the star she was meant to be. Still, she keeps flying under the radar in Europe, so it’s time to give her a podium for the fab designs she keeps delivering.
Even though now the focus is on womenswear, menswear is also going strong, and she is embarking on & perfecting new categories such as swimwear, denim and shoes. Comey just opened her first store in Soho, so be sure to visit when traveling to the big apple. I definitely will.
Pictures via style.com | Rachel Comey Resort 2015
Cool chick Lilly Allen, from-another-world Miley Cyrus and the mother monster Lady Gaga have all tried this new trend. Not only were they early adopters, they kind of set the tone…
Both Givenchy & Marc Jacobs rocked this strange, yet intriguing trend on the runway (Fall 2014 RTW) this season. And even though I would never ever in this lifetime and the lifetime hereafter bleach my brows blond, I can’t stop gazing and picturing myself with this look. Would it look good on me or would I scare the bejesus out of my boyfriend and all living souls on this planet? Maybe someday when the trend returns (in a few years - I’m playing it safe), I will find my imaginary balls and just plunge into the deep world of daring-not-caring-and-just-being-fab….