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Celebrating a decade of love in Lagos, Portugal

I’m very excited to share this visual diary of our trip to Lagos, Portugal, a few weeks ago. A special mini vacay, as my boy and I celebrated our tenth anniversary. Whoosh, a decade of love!

After browsing for quite some time to find the perfect destination to celebrate this huge milestone, we stumbled upon hotel Casa Mãe on Instagram. We immediately fell in love with the clean aesthetics of the white building and serene rooms. When we saw it included a bath for your own, a triangle pool, delicious organic foods and its location close to the beaches, we decided to go for it. And wow, what a place! But more about Casa Mãe later in a single post.

First up is this visual diary of all the sweet memories we made together. Lagos really mesmerised us. A lovely small town with picturesque houses, narrow roads and beautiful nature and scenery… and good food :). If you ever look for a not so touristy place in the Algarve, Lagos is your way to explore South Portugal like a local would. Enjoy!

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How to style your jeans | three ways

Yep, that’s me. Wearing jeans. Three times! Somehow I almost never wear denim as I prefer wide, comfy and oversized trousers. But for once I decided to make some exceptions because every girl needs a pair of good jeans, right? I’m always struggling to find the perfect fit because I have legs for days. I know this is something people might get jaleous off, but believe me, it’s not always fun. Wether the denim is too short, or I can swim in it with the upper part being too loose for me. So yes, finding that perfect pair isn’t that easy for me.

So when FIVEUNITS – a Danish jeans brand from Copenhagen – approached me for a fun collab, I serously had my doubts. Not because of the brand, but considering the denim drama I just described. Eventually I was convinced to give it a try, and guess what. I’m really glad I did! Why? The jeans I picked don’t only fit my personal style, but also my tall tall legs. After this huge relieve, the fun part was about to start: the styling.

To be honest, this was a bit of a challenge for me as I’m used to my uber comfy PJ’ish trousers. The oversized silhouette I’m used to, sunddenly changes into a slim and fitted one. This asked for a different kind of approach. Which I – surprisingly – managed to succeed at, showing the results down below with you. So here it is, my mini ‘how to wear’ jeans guide for Spring. I hope it will inspire you, and be sure to check out FIVEUNITS to find your perfect match ;)!



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1. BOMBER UP

Wearing | FIVEUNITS Vanessa jeans | Mango top | Patta jacket | Nike SB sneakers | &Other Stories earrings | The Boyscouts ring & bracelet |



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2. MODERN BLACK

Wearing | FIVEUNITS Kate jeans | Mango dress | Nike SB sneakers | &Other Stories earrings | The Boyscouts ring & bracelet |


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3. DENIM LAYERS

Wearing | FIVEUNITS Vanessa jeans | Monki shirt dress | House of Sunny denim crop top | Nike SB sneakers | &Other Stories earrings | The Boyscouts ring & bracelet |

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Tourist in your own hometown

Spending a night away in your own hometown as a tourist, is something I’ve always wanted to experience. It allows you to see the city where you grew up, from a different point of view. So when the new Student Hotel invited us for a night over, my boy & I obviously couldn’t resist.

The Student Hotel recently opened their doors in Eindhoven, and now welcomes everyone to their hybrid utopia. Not only students as you might think, but also curious city-explorers, tourists, young professionals and locals. This new presence didn’t go unnoticed. As a matter of fact: you could call them the new eyecatcher in our ‘skyline’. The building points almost 80 metres into the sky, which makes it an impressive appearance. They host different facilities; from a gym to a library, long & short-stay rooms, lounge spots and bar-restaurant The Pool for some appetizing breakfast, lunch and dinner. Oh, and cocktails!

So Jordi and I grabbed some stuff together (what do you pack for one night when living around the corner?) and checked-in on a Saturday night. But from the moment we entered the building, we already felt the touristic vibes coming. A brand new surrounding, stepping into a fresh room, packing out your bags (I ended up bringing way too much stuff oops) and eventually enjoying a dazzling view from the 23rd floor. After we were settled in for a bit, we went downstairs to The Pool where a fulfilling dinner awaited us. We ended our night sipping on cocktails, and more cocktails… (And a really bad movie at the cinema, but let’s just skip that part.)

The relaxing vibe of the hotel de-stressses you instantly. The staff is super friendly, the guests are easy-going and the design interior surprises you. Especially the pink hallway (!!!) and yellow accents in The Pool are refreshing. And of course I’m a sucker for industrial ceilings, concrete floors, stairs and bright daylight. All that combined creates a lust for the eye.

Being a tourist in our own city, is def a concept we’ll be revisiting in the future. A getaway around the corner, but you still feel renewed & inspired when coming home again :)! Thanks TSH for having us!

 

 

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Swedish melancholy

Normally I’m not a fan of those rainy days, but I really start to like them lately… When I see the dark clouds coming in, I’ve noticed my heart makes a little jump. And that’s probably because it’s a reason for me to pull out this pink raincoat by the Swedish Stutterheim. Known by their beautiful handmade raincoats, which are always a timeless and simple reflection. Even though they aim for functional rainwear, they always make it a lust for the eye as well.

I paired this Mosebacke model with a simple grey culotte and soft sweater with the same pastel tones. A simple but outstanding Spring look for the unexpected Dutch weather. So hey. Let’s embrace the rain ;)

Wearing | Stutterheim Mosebacke raincoat | H&M Studio sweater | Monki culottes | The Boyscouts necklace | &Other Stories earrings |

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Urban Aesthetics with ONU

I would like to introduce you to ONU. They create everyday pieces combined with performance elements. A perfect blend as I love to wear sportive basics, especially when it carries functional features as well. When I saw their second collection – designed by Christina Liao – their breathable raincoat immediately caught my eye.

From the outside the coat looks like a normal raincoat with minimal aesthetics. But when you take a closer look you will notice the coat features multiple design secrets towards motion and durability. The hidden seams enable movement, there’s a quick magnetic closure and a waist drawcord for a sleeker look. The outer shell is breathable and made waterproof to keep you protected. Perfect to face unexpected weather, something you def need in my country during this season.

For this look I’ve tried to style the technical raincoat in a playful vibe. Surrounded by modern architecture, I choose an outfit that totally blends in with the urban environment. Oversized cuts, loose trousers, multiple layers and a slight touch of femininity to it by pairing it up with a shirt dress. Exactly how I would wear it during a normal – rainy’ish – day.

Wearing | ONU raincoat | Lavish Alice shirt dress | Kit & Ace turtleneck | H&M Trend trousers | Weekday earrings | Vans Sk8 Hi sneakers |

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A night at Stroom Rotterdam

A few days ago Jordi and I spent a night at the lovely Stroom Rotterdam hotel. We were up for a little get-away to enjoy Art Rotterdam, we thought it would be fun to add a sleep-over as well. After looking around I came across Stroom Rotterdam, and it seemed to be the perfect stay for our short sleep-over. The hotel has this natural industrial vibe as it used to be a electricity (‘stroom’ in Dutch) factory during the beginning of the 20th century.

They def succeed at keeping remains of their history, while combining with a modern interior. We stayed at a split level studio which felt a bit as a home, like, I could really live here. Think of a huge bath, two rain showers (!), a Smeg fridge, coffee machine, Rituals products, a boxspring bed and two tv’s. You can image we were not bored. At all. One night was way too short, obviously!

We enjoyed Rotterdam at its best, even though we had to conquer the freezing temperatures and snow. Next to our dose of art, we went on a little shopping spree and had the yummiest food. A few of my fave spots: Hutspot, COS, Sevenply, GROOS and Weekday for shopping, Little V for dinner (asian restaurant) and Altijd In De Buurt for lunch.

If you’re planning on a weekend get-away to Rotterdam, don’t forget to check out these places, and of course, Stroom Rotterdam for your night of sleep.

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Native Youth x Un-Cluttered x Bien Philty

Last Summer my boyfriend (Jordi aka Bien Philty) and I were asked to create a series for Native Youth’s Spring/Summer ’17 collection. We decided to link up with each other and created this special editorial with us in the lead. Shot last Summer already, but finally able to share the whole thing with you after a few teasers on my Instagram.

So weird but cool at the same time to see us starring in an editorial together. We did everything by ourselves: from styling to finding the perfect location, the photography (hello self-timer experiment) and the editing part. Inspired by the graphic lines of the architecture, we tried to blend in the clothing with the environment. We had so much fun while doing this, and we’re really happy with the results! Check out the images below and read more about this collab including a quick interview here and here. Enjoy!

Wearing | Chloë & Jordi: all clothing by Native Youth SS’17 Collection | Chloë: H&M sneakers, Nicole Vienna watch, Sun Buddies sunglasses | Jordi: adidas Originals Superstar sneakers, Ace & Tate glasses |

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