Archives for November 2014

November

Alexa Dagmar

Photo by Alexa Dagmar

 

Christmas is on the way and I am so excited! I know lots of people will disagree with me but I love the cold winter days. It’s the perfect time to have a glass of champagne and mulled wine, secretly snoop through Christmas presents, catch snowflakes, bake cookies (although I’m a terrible baker and never actually bake anything) and enjoy lots of afternoons with friends and loved ones.

November has been quite nice. I visited Maastricht (yes, again) to do some shopping (if you’re ever visiting Maastricht, you definitely have to stop by Riviera Maison, a warm and stylish interior shop with the best Christmas decorations) and sightseeing, spent a weekend in Amsterdam with my parents and sister and lots more. I hope you all had a lovely month as well!

Weekend Reading

a homemade life paris louvre

  • It’s Sunday today and I’m snuggled up on the sofa trying to get some extra work done, without much success. It’s not easy trying to work, when you know the rest of the city is spending time with loved ones or at a cozy bakery with friends, so I’ve taken a little break to find some of my favourite pins from the last week. I’m in love with these pretty clothes and am thinking how I can replicate it. Come and join me!
  • The holidays are on the way and Rue Magazine thought it seemed like the best time to introduce the topic of travel and being a guest again. First thing to remember? Plan some alone time to explore on your own or visit the local coffee shop with a book.
  • If you’re interested in the psychology behind how social media is warping our senses of self worth and beauty, I highly recommend the article Selfies and Self Esteem written by Olivia Fleming.
  • Is your guest room still in shambles with visitors on the way? Then you cannot miss these eight simple ways to create a lovely and warm guest room. I love the idea of a welcome basket with a selection of treats and goodies.

Kerrie Hess

Photo by Carla Coulson

Photo by Carla Coulson


Kerrie Hess

The incredibly talented Australian Kerrie Hess – who also lived in London, Hong Kong and Paris – (I have always dreamed of living in a chic Parisian apartment and this acclaimed illustrator has lived this dream with a lovely apartment that had all of the charm of old world Paris with pretty cornices and fireplaces) – is well-known for her chic, sophisticated and romantic designs that are loved by millions of people. Think designs for Chanel, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Christian Louboutin. She is inspired by the Paris-based photographer Carla Coulson, the styling of Grace Coddington for Vogue, dresses by Collette Dinnigan and her son.

Kerrie Hess (and yes, she is the sister of fellow illustrator Megan Hess) began her career as a graphic designer in the lovely city of London for The Independent Newspaper magazines. It’s the place where she began to illustrate for them on the side. She soon realized that although she still loved design, illustration was the love of her life. From that moment on, more and more illustration work started to trickle in from there. From Alexander McQueen to Printemps Paris, I am simply in love with the incredible fashion illustrations made by this lovely lady.

Below are a few of her dazzling and inspiring illustrations:

Kerrie Hess Illustrations Kerrie Hess Illustrations 1 Kerrie Hess Illustrations 2 Kerrie Hess Illustration 3

Kerrie Hess Illustration

Weekend Reading

A homemade life

  • I visited the incredible city of Copenhagen in June this year for my birthday and to visit a friend who lives in this city. I loved it from the very first moment and I’m secretly planning a second visit. Apparently I am not the only one who loves Denmark. Faye, the talented lady behind the blog Farfelue, shares some of her amazing photos of her trip to Copenhagen.
  • According to Vogue’s list of places in France every woman has to visit, I need to up my travel game. It makes me feel like I have to pack my suitcase and move to France. I’d love to visit Musée Christian Dior in Granville and the amazing garden Vaux le Vicomte in Maincy.
  • Put the champagne on ice, turn on the Mariah Carey album and enjoy the pretty Christmas lights, it’s holiday party season! It’s finally time to prepare your wardrobe for the holidays! Harper’s Bazaar shares twenty looks that take festive style to another level.
  • From the editors of Elle Decor: the ten most common home decorating mistakes everybody makes and how to avoid these design mistakes.
  • In case you haven’t noticed the amazing blog of Garance Dore, here’s a short introduction: Garance Dore is an incredibly talented writer, storyteller and photographer. Reading her blog posts has become part of my everyday routine since I discovered her a few months ago. What makes her blog so special, is that despite becoming one of the world’s most renowned bloggers, she has managed to maintain the kindness and down to earthness that made her blog so successful in the first place. I wanted to share this inspiring blog post that she wrote about saying goodbye to Facebook and how it changed the way she and her loved ones get in touch with each other.

Rue Rodier


Rue Rodier

The lovely and ever-inspiring blog Rue Rodier is written and photographed by the talented Marissa Cox. Last year, she packed her suitcase and left the city of London to move to Paris. This blog is her way of documenting her time in this city and exploring the things she loves – which is a lot and I discovered we share the same love for Parisian pastries and French wine.

The name Rue Rodier refers to the first street she lived on in Paris last year. In this city, she began to appreciate and live the good things in life. I have to say, I cannot blame her since Paris is the city of macarons, French baguettes, romance, historic monuments and Parisiennes with impeccable taste and effortlessly chic style. Every day, she shares her love for interiors, food, wine and travel with her readers and followers. From intimate apartments, amazing travels (her photographs of the Provence are engraved in my memory forever), Italian weddings to tasty Parisian sweets, the lovely Colette store and her everyday life in the City of Lights I’d love to step into (she has the most adorable and chic apartment in Paris). Marissa captures every moment of life in a delightful and inspiring way.

She inspired me to enjoy the simple things life throws at us and to document my own life and travels on my blog. If you’re on the road to better and prettier living, I can recommend to visit this dazzling Parisian blog. Take a peek at her blog or her jealousy-inducing Instagram feed and get inspired! I think you’ll quickly realize why I admire this lovely lady.

Below are a few of her incredible photographs:

Rue Rodier 6

Rue Rodier 6

Rue Rodier 2

Rue Rodier 3

 Rue Rodier

Weekend Reading

A homemade life Weekend Reading

  • I think we all remember the fairytale country cottage from The Holiday that was completely enchanting. In this Christmas film, Iris and Amanda decide to swap homes for the holidays, so they can both escape their respective romantic woes (Hm, this feels a bit familiar..). I definitely think Amanda gets the better end of the two lovely homes: the incredible cozy home of Iris tucked in a quaint hamlet outside of London. There are so many homes on TV that I would love to live in – even if it’s for a little while. Harper’s Bazaar shares some of the most amazing historic homes featured in films.
  • I love books, always have and always will. It’s to perfect way to unwind for a little bit and to enjoy a completely different world. That’s why I’m so happy Elle shares three fictional heroines that you’ll love even more than Elizabeth Bennet.
  • Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. We’re all familiar with this lovely little rhyme, but did you know that the original ending was ‘and a silver sixpence for your shoe’? Well, I didn’t. Harper’s Bazaar asked the experts at one of the oldest institutions in England, the Royal Mint, to help shed some light on the wedding traditions.
  • Planning a visit to London? Condé Nast Traveler shares some of the most tasty and incredible places to have dinner in London. From vegetarian Scotch eggs to Peruvian small plates. So for all the foodies (including me), come and visit London right now and bring a healthy appetite!