Category Archives: LIFESTYLE

LIVE AT AMSTERDAMSE BOS

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It has been a while since our last concert together (and our last post…), but Monique and I are back on track!
Tuesday night we went to Angus & Julia Stone at Live At Amsterdamse Bos. Several outdoor concerts are given here in the woods and it’s an absolute unique and magical way to spend a summer evening.
It took us about 30 minutes to get there by bike, but the trip is totally worth it. Once you get to the woods, it feels like you’ve entered a whole different world and left the busy centre of Amsterdam behind. Birds tjirping, fresh air and day falling into night.

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When you walk up the path towards the theatre you come across glistening lights and bump into people chatting away, waiting in line to get a beer and a bite to eat at one of the vintage-style vendors.

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Unfortunately for Angus & Julia, Schiphol Airport had a bit of a different flight route, which meant the planes kept on flying over us for the first 20 minutes. But after that, we could fully enjoy the concert, singing along to Down the Way & Big Jet Plane.

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It was very peaceful and romantic, hence the many couples around us:

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Once night fell, it truly became magical..

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Live At Amsterdamse Bos has a couple more concerts coming up:
Milow, Bo Saris, Novastar and Olafur Arnalds. And guess what: there are still tickets left!
So get your butt to one of the concerts and we’ll see you in the woods!

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Live At Amsterdamse Bos | Bostheater | till 18th of August

 

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TUARI

– N

Yesterday evening was the opening night of a new design studio: TUARI.
A great place situated on the Prinsengracht, run by mother & daughter Yolande and Eliane.

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The two have always talked about a beautiful space where they could let their creativity run free and now it’s actually become reality.

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The gallery will display different theme based collections of art and products, combined with multimedia installations.
Right now the theme is “Find your color”.

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The bags are incredible. They collection has sixty unique color combinations and are all hand-made! So you’ll be sure to have an absolutely unique bag when you buy one.

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The necklaces are also hand-made and the natural string is hand dyed combined with different metals and stones.

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They have two more opening days, Friday the 28th and Saturday the 29th of March, so if you have time, make sure to stop by.
And if you can’t make it, TUARI is open from Thursday – Saturday.

TUARI | Prinsengracht 76 Amsterdam

 

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APARTHEID & AFTER

– N

This weekend was the opening of the new exhibition in Huis Marseille: Apartheid & After.
The exhibition is based on an idea by photographer David Goldblatt where he wants to show the audience the diversity, dynamics and quality of South-African photography.

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Thirteen photographers have participated in this exhibit: Paul Alberts, Hugh Exton, David Goldblatt, Pieter Hugo, Santu Mofokeng, Sabelo Mlangeni, Zanele Muholi, Daniel Naudé, Jo Ractliffe, Mikhael Subotzky, Guy Tillim, Paul Weinberg, Graeme Williams and it is well worth a visit.

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As always, Huis Marseille has done a great job with choosing the right photo’s and portraying them in a way that the entire exhibit comes together.

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The exhibition runs until the 8th of June.
Huis Marseille | Keizersgracht 401 Amsterdam

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WILLIAM KLEIN

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Foam, Amsterdam’s museum for photography, tends to be one of my all-time favourites. This weekend, I stopped by to visit the unique retrospective exhibition of William Klein, a legendary photographer, filmmaker and designer.

A must see, if you’d ask me!

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Klein’s extraordinary work of New York in the fifties makes you stop and wonder off to that period. Beautiful shots of everyday life of different classes and neighbourhoods which where, especially back then, ground-breaking and controversial. The exhibition also displays work made in Rome, Paris, Moscow and Tokyo.

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But the highlight is his fashion photographs, mainly shot for Vogue. Even though he claims he “did it for the money”, he shows he was a great innovator in the field of fashion photography. Instead of showing women in a beautiful and serene way, he went for the more edgy shots, for example by using mirrors and portraying models with cigarettes.

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Also, don’t miss out on his experiments with abstract photography. Especially given the fact that this was all handmade, with no interference of computer or Photoshop.

The exhibition runs until 12 March in Foam

Keizersgracht 609, Amsterdam

http://www.foam.org

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MUESLI COMPANY

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For all you muesli-munching fans like myself, I’ve got great news for you!
A friend of mine (who is a chef at De Compagnon) started a company with a couple of friends in… yes, MUESLI.
It is packed with lots of ingredients that are super good for you like goji berries, pumpkin seeds, almonds, coconut shavings, oats and barley. And the great thing is, it’s 100% organic, full of fibres and it has no added sugars.

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Now look at that, doesn’t it look delicious? I picked up a pack at Pure Markt about a week ago and I have to say my breakfast is now my favourite meal of the day! You can easily add some fresh fruits if you like. I threw in some pomegranate seeds this morning. (I think I made my friend Jenn proud!)

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You can buy the muesli by dropping a line on their Facebook page. They deliver twice a month in Amsterdam on set times and dates. The first one up is Monday the 23rd. You can either order a refill pack or have them deliver the muesli in one of these nice jars.

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If you have any muesli-fanatic relatives or friends, then this would make a really nice Christmas gift as well.
Not home on the 23rd?
No problem, the friendly boys will also be selling their stuff at the Winter Warehouse Market at Roest this saturday. See you there!

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SISSY-BOY CHRISTMAS MARKET

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Last year a new Christmas market popped up in Amsterdam at Amstelveldje: the Sissy-Boy Christmas Flea Market. With truck loads of cool, vintage and new stuff arriving in the early waking morning, this market has something for everyone. You can get last minutes ornaments for your Christmas tree, antiques, scarves, hats, vintage finds by Sissy-Boy, you name it. And of course a lot of shops will be selling their stuff as well, like Trash To Treasure, Topanga Feathers, Ace & Tate, Six and Sons and Deus. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this day that will likely end with a group of fun people chatting away in the evening sun with some Gluhwein! See you Saturday!

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DECEMBER GIFTS

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Christmas is almost upon us. Hot chocolate, mum’s Christmas cake, a cozy fire to sit around, a huge Christmas tree with lighting and Christmas balls and of course presents. Cause there is nothing better than buying presents for your loved ones. But in case you are out of ideas or just want some inspiration for what to put under the Christmas tree, here are some of our favourites for this year. And yes, we’ve added some great gifts for in-laws too.

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A cute notebook for your geeky cousin.

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A classic Sleazy Jane from O My Bag.

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Necklace from Merque

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Vase from Hout & Nieuw

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I just simply love this tea towel!

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This super cool tape recorder which is actually an iPhone speaker!

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Great book about Kate Moss.

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A cute and cheeky tote!

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Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, a must-reed!

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A nice weekender for your man which you can get at UNDSCVRD.

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You can never go wrong with a subscription for a cool magazine. Try Monocle, men love it!

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An Edwin Jagger shaving set with the old-fashioned razor. If you live in Amsterdam, you can get a set at Davidoff of Geneva on the Van Baerlestraat. They are really friendly and will explain everything you need to know about different razors… You can also buy them online at ManAndShaving.

Or you can go the easy way and take him to The Barber  Shop. In concept store Hutspot they also have a stand where he only has to sit down and be shaved, while you go and buy him (or yourself) a gift and enjoy a cup of coffee!

Hopefully this gives you some ideas for great Christmas gifts! And if you have any cool additions for us, let us know and we’ll add them to the list!

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HAPPY FRIDAY

– M & N

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you enjoy your weekend to the fullest.
Let’s start by watching this 24 hour music video of HAPPY. We promise it’ll make you smile!

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MUST SEE: UNSEEN

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To all you art lovers: this weekend, fair and festival UNSEEN is serving you lots and lots of amazing photography art, right here in Amsterdam. Initiated by FOAM, the second edition of UNSEEN brings you about 50 (inter)national galleries with a variety of undiscovered photography as well as established photographers.

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Not only is the fair an absolute must see, this year the UNSEEN festival ground has expanded and offers you photography-related initiatives such as Digifitty and Fotomatique (both by Maarten van der Glas) and Carina Hesper‘s Visually Impaired photo collection, containing photos with layers of black thermochromic ink which will only become transparent once you touch the photo with your hands. See for yourself below:

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Another highlight this year is JR’s INSIDE OUT project where visitors can make a statement by sharing their portraits, together with thousands of others, on site of the Westergasfabriek.  

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UNSEEN – 25 September – 29 September; http://www.unseenamsterdam.com

Westergasfabriek, Klönneplein 1, Amsterdam

Tickets: €19.50

Photo credits: UNSEEN, Carina Hesper, JR

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HUIS MARSEILLE

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This weekend museum for photography Huis Marseille officially opened a large exhibition in a double-sized Huis Marseille.
The museum is situated on Keizersgracht 401 with five galleries and a beautiful garden, but has now expanded to fourteen galleries and an extra garden as Keizersgracht 399 is now also a part of the museum. They opened the new house with a great exhibition The rediscovery of the world.

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Both canalside houses have been fully renovated and it is stunning. I am a huge fan of the museum and visit every exhibition.

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I was very excited to see the new museum and I have to say that it felt like it was more of a museum than it ever was before. They have conjoined the two buildings in a great way, you can cross through the houses and actually get a bit lost. The museum is very light and has amazing rooms.

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This one is my favourite:

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You can see my little sister there checking out the garden

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The exhibition The rediscovery of the world exists of the work of fourteen young Dutch artists, like Viviane Sassen, Scarlett Hooft Graafland and Eddo Hartman. All photographers grew up in our modern day visual culture where their medium registers what we see. For their collection in this exhibition they all tried to answer the question: What exactly is it that we see?  And it is quite interesting to see all the different perspectives.

Well, I had a couple favourites:

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The exhibition runs from 07-09 until 08-12 and is definitely worth a visit.
And, great news: we have two entrance tickets for one lucky bastard. Want to win them? Check our Facebook page and see how!

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