“Which stories are hiding in those walls?”. I often wonder while standing in front of a beautiful building. Generations come and go, with architecture as their silent observers. There are so many untold stories created behind our walls, some of which create an unexpected impact while others are simply passing by.
It always makes me so happy to hear… “I always love your photos! How do you do it?“. I can already tell you now: it takes more than a pretty face to get cool pictures: it’s all about a good concept and the right execution. Last week in Barcelona I organized an amazing fashion editorial, and I will take you guys through the process step by step! *Warning* This is quite a read because the organisation of this shoot was a rollercoaster.
Even though we are so used to seeing our faces in pictures, it is still weird to see yourself on a painting. Is it because of the artistic interpretation? The fact that you know it probably took hours to create? The skills of the artist? I don’t know, maybe it’s a combination of everything. What I do know that it definitely felt weird (but cool!) to see myself in 5 paintings from the artist Toshy.
Perhaps some of you are already familiar with the fashion illustrator Mimi Nizan: with clients as Lancôme, Moët & Chandon, L’Officiel, Topshop and Estée Lauder she is definitely considered successful! Last week I was delighted to go for a Chai Tea Latte with her in Amsterdam and ask her everything about her work as an illustrator. What is she up to and how did she become such a success? Keep reading to find out!
Right after the 080 Barcelona Fashion Week, it was time to take a flight to the Netherlands for the FASHIONCLASH Festival in Maastricht! During this 4-day festival over more than 150 young fashion designers and performing)artists from 30 different countries were given a platform for their work. How amazing is that?!
Last Sunday it was a rainy cold day in Barcelona, so I decided to have some fun with Alex by making our own indoor DIY Spa! We just looked at what we could find in our kitchen, combined the right ingredients, and got some great Head-to-Toe Spa Recepies for you! Not only is it important to take care of yourself, this is also a great activity to do with your friends or boyfriend! Warning: it might get a bit messy while experimenting, but as long as you clean up together that can be a part of the fun!
Here is a recepy for the best AND easiest natural hairmask ever: Mix together 1 can of coconut milk, 1 tablespoon of Honey (preferably raw and organic), and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Leave in as long as you want (I would reccommend a minimum of 10 minutes), and shampoo it out! Voila: shiny and soft hair :)
For the facial mask we combined three of the best natural products to treat skin: ½ tablespoon of Honey, 1 tablespoon of Yogurt and 1 tablespoon of Cucumber Pulp. So why are these ingredients so good for your skin?
Yogurt contains lactic acid which helps reduce the size of your pores. Further it moisturizes and reduces oiliness. Honey brightens, tightens, and smoothts out the skin, and with cucumber in the mix your skin gets even softer and it sooths irritations. For the people out there who have troubles with breakouts or acné: this is definitely a mask to try out!
Besides the facial mask I also wanted to try something out to reduce the puffiness around my eyes. I´ve been working hard lately, and unfortunately it´s starting to show haha. Besides the ´good old´ classic of applying cucumber slices on your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes, I decided to try out something else today.
Did you ever try to apply egg white to your skin? Since it acts as an astringent it makes your skin appear tighter and smoother, PLUS it contains lots of Vitamin B2, which is associated with improved circulation. Simply beat 2 egg whites till they are stiff and apply them on your eyebags, let it dry for about 15 minutes and rinse well. So easy and so effective!
This DIY Spa Scrub is literally the easiest to make and can be used for everything! Hands, feet, full body…. it´s perfect!! Get a cup of granulated white sugar and add equal parts of lemon juice and olive oil until you get to a thick paste. If possible, at some Vitamin E oil for an extra boost to your skin. Scrub well in circular motions and rinse…. Be amazed by how soft you are!
I never tried a foot mask/bath before so I decided to give it a try during this DIY Spa Day with cucumber pulp for its calming qualities (too much heels lately if you know what I´m sayin´), and combined it with lemon juice (2tbs) and olive oil (2tbs). Place your feet into the bowl(s) with the mixture and rub it well untill each foot is fully soaked. Then leave it on for about 5-10 minutes before rinsing it with warm wáter.
Quick tip: it would be smart to do this foot mask right next to your shower because otherwise you have to cross your house in dirty feet (unfortunately I found out the hard way hahaha, way to go Lynn). The cucumber is refreshing and reviving for tired toes, the lemons exfoliates the skin while the olive oil is a deep moisturizer that ensures supersoftness!
We spent all day long playing with food from our kitchen and trying out new things, it was so much fun! Definitely recomendable for a date day :) If you guys know any cool DIY Spa recipies let me know! I would love to go for a second edition!
Today I felt like sharing some awesome fashion inspirations from a Tumblr account that I have been following for a while already. The account is called ‘Your Daily Milk’ and they always share amazing fashion photography, perfect if you are looking for Moodboard Pictures! This one is for the photography lovers… enjoy:)
Feeling the need to get creative yet? I sure feel like setting up an amazing photoshoot after seeing these amazing inspirations !
Hi there lovelies!
This Sunday it’s time for Valentine’s Day again! Even though I believe you should be sharing your love every day of the year, there is nothing wrong with celebrating the day of love with your other half, am I right? I always hear my friends complain that Valentine’s Day is simply a commercial day from society to earn some extra money, so that’s why I came up with five creative ways to show your love while keeping it Low Budget. Can you guess which one will be my present for Alex?
#1: DIY Reasons why I Love You
Simple and Sweet: all you need for this gift is a deck of normal Cards and lots, lots, LOTS of Love! Write down a reason why you love your soulmate on each of the 52 cards in the deck, and bind them together like a little book. What is a better way to show your appreciation then literally telling him/her? And even better: if you don’t have a lover this V-Day, this gift could also perfectly work for your BFF or Mom: everyone deserves love! I found this cute Pinterest idea while checking out ‘Everything Sunny Always’, where Hannah explains about her present:
“I filled the deck of cards with 52 reasons why I love my wonderful husband. This is only a fraction of why I love that man. The list is eternally long. But for this project I narrowed it down to 52.”
Isn’t that the MOST romantic thing ever?!
#2: Love all year long: 52 Planned Date Nights
As I said before, showing your love shouldn’t just be happening on Valentine’s Day, so what better gift is there than a promise for a year filled with fun/romantic/cute/crazy dates?! Make a little coupon book with 52 pages on which you write down date ideas for every week of the year. You don’t have a cute coupon book, or no time to make one? You might as well use the Deck of Cards like ‘Reasons why I Love you’! If you have no inspiration for 52 dates you should check out ‘101 Creative Date Nights on a Dime’ from The Thinking Closet, she has more than enough ideas for you! Have fun:)
#3: A Special Breakfast in Bed
Who doesn’t love breakfast in bed? A small gesture to start someone’s day with a smile. I found this adorable idea on ‘Reclaiming Provincial’: a heart-shaped egg in crunchy toast! This literally couldn’t be easier since all you need is bread, butter and an egg. It’s recommended to first bake one side of the toast before cutting out the heart shape and then bake the egg inside the toast with the sunny side up. You can easily customize the breakfast with nice details such as hot coco, fig jam, cheddar cheese, ham, a fruit salad… champagne? Get creative!
#4: Treasure Hunting
Okay so if you have a bit more time to prepare for Sunday, why not make it fun? Leave little notes around the house with reasons why you love your other half, including some tips on where he/she can find you today! Or what about making it a quiz, and the first letter of each answer will explain where to go next? It’s all up to you!
What about meeting up at the place where you had your first date? Or go to that movie you’ve been wanting to see? A walk at the beach with a bottle of wine, or a picknick in the park? Is there a museum/ city/ concert your partner has been wanting to go to? This is your chance for a nice surprise!
#5: Last Minute DIY Crafts
Ups! You’ve been way too busy the past few weeks and you didn’t have time to prepare something special for V-Day (or let’s face it… you completely forgot). Don’t worry, there are lots of easy and fast ways to make your soulmate smile this Sunday. Here are some cute Pinterest ideas:
Did you already have plans for this Valentine’s Day ? Let me know what you will be up to!
It has been a while since my last Arty Farty Fashion Friday so I have set my eye on lots of new amazing inspirations and creative souls! I’ve been reading this book which makes me crave to start drawing again: The Art of Fashion Illustration. It’s a beautifully designed book divided into two parts: the Emerging Masters and The Icons. Today is dedicated to the first part, let’s take a look at some of the newest fashion illustration stars!
With her very detailed and extensive production process, it can take Brumberg up to a week to create an illustration. Her style includes both realistic model figures (photography) and abstract patterns (sketching in nature). She draws every single piece of the illustration separately and then manipulates them digitally till they come together in a final work of art.
Her advice: “Constantly look at what other designers are doing and develop good taste. Follow design blogs and study the campaigns of fashion designers to develop an aesthetic and eye for good work.”
This Australian artist is mainly known for her focus on lines and contrast in her illustrations. “The use of a beautiful line can make an illustration”, she says. Her strong lines are contrasted by her colorful watercolor splashes which make the drawing pop. Later on she manipulates her drawing on photoshop to create clear focal points and make the illustration more visually appealing. “I try to make each piece a balance of light and dark, thick and thin lines, empty and full space.”
Her advice: “Although it can take a while to reach success, she says if you have the motivation to push and market yourself work will come.”
One of my personal favorites is in the book! This amazing illustrator is known for painting women on a monochromatic acrylic background with the focus on the woman’s hair and eyes. When she creates an illustration she goes through what she calls her mental rolodex of past fashion editorials and shows, choosing various reference images from pieces that she loves.
Her advice: “I absorb things I see quickly and sometimes subconsciously. So if I only look at designer’s creations and models, I’m much more likely to turn that into something of my own rather than draw from other illustrators’ techniques and styles.”
Abe is one of fashion illustration’s newest talents. The artist from New Jersey began to illustrate professionally in 2012! His style is still developing but his line drawings reflect a simplicity which is not often seen in fashion illustration. Abe often uses different types of ink pens, and later adds colors with markers before adjusting the final piece in Photoshop. “Being loose and spontaneous is my favorite way of drawing,” he says.
His advice: “Keep on illustrating and utilize all your time. Also, be polite to even the meanest of clients.”
What happens when the #1 Celebrity Photographer of the Netherlands teams up with one of our best artists? It happened! And I was there to witness the result in the Hard Rock Café of Amsterdam! In fact, I was invited for the VIP revelation as the muse of Toshy, the artist. Earlier that month we worked together on the projects ‘Seduce Me’ & ‘Love Now!’, and it was an amazing experience so I had to be at The Opening to show my support!
The evening was packed with interviews, networking and of course… beautiful artworks! It was an amazing experience to be able to get so close to the paintings and admire the extensive details which Toshy created. Maarten Waalraven (a.k.a. Toshy) is known for taking photos and transform them into art pieces with his unique painting technique which reminds us of street art and graffiti. For this special occasion William Rutten gave Maarten a selection of thirteen portraits of celebrities:
Robbie Williams, Prince, Rihanna, George Michael, Paul McCartney, Kurt Cobain, Adele, Bono, P!nk, Madonna, David Bowie, Mick Jagger & last but not least our own Dutch pride Marco Borsato.
I asked William why he chose for these specific celebrities. He answered that he had asked his followers on Facebook about their thoughts but that most of the answers were a little bit cliché. He decided to make a mix between old & new legends, then and now. He chose for celebrities which impressed him, which he admired for staying down to earth, and who he had a good connection with during the shoot. Who he still wants to get in front of his camera? Barrack Obama is #1 on the list.
It is fascinating to see how Maarten used his painting technique to personalize the portraits by writing texts which are related to the artist. About their work, their life, their thoughts and their image. In my interview with him he explains that he tries to oppose stereotypes with his art: he tries to show the other side of the story, the person behind the public image.
Furthermore, Maarten explains how his artistic style has developed throughout the years and how everything started in the 80’s: Graffiti was no longer seen as a nuisance but as a talent and was rightly recognized by the media. Maarten started experimenting with combining street art and his creative studies, which resulted in a new style of art which he defined by the end of 2012: he combined his graffiti skills with personal background, typography and photography. How great is that?! I can’t wait to see the artworks he will make from the project I collaborated on with him!