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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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