Monthly Archives: April 2012

Cambodian treasures

Some things I brought back from my trip to Cambodia a while ago:

  • Aesop products (from our last resort, Song Saa)
  • Black and off-white silk scarfs (photos of where it was made)
  • Comfy, wide printed trousers
  • Black Rolex Oysterdate with gold detail, fake or real? (also here)
  • Gradient Vans Sunglasses (fake or real?)

Gradient Vans Sunglasses:

Watch:

AESOP: This is definitely my new, favorite beauty product brand. I love their all natural products, no sticky, heavy, chemical stuff. Just light, aromatic, almost herby flavours. This in combination with its beautiful, clean design makes it almost perfect to me.More about my Cambodian adventures HERE + HERE + HERE

Well, back to work here now, the Easter fairytale is over.

Have a good week everybody,

L.

I-D Mag party

Hope everybody had a nice Easter, I sure did, and am still recovering from a chocolate and good food overdose. The only thing I missed was the sun. But the good dose of family and friends made up for a lot.

The weather has been crazy lately, from extremely warm days, to rainy, chilli ones. Last Wednesday only, when we went to the I-D magazine party, it was very sunny in London. This was what I was wearing:

White wedges: COS (also here),  Skinny trousers: Mango,   Black top: YSL (vintage, also here),  clutch: Monki,  Watch: Rolex,  Black blazer: Zara

The party itself was nice, good music, interesting people. I-D Mix is a new party concept the magazine hosts every month, to celebrate the launch of their new issue. Rad more about it here, and pop in next month yourself if you like!

To bad my camea was out of battery, hope to find some party pics soon!

Well, enjoy your Easter Monday, hope you’re enjoying the food leftovers and midnight chocolate snacks as much as I am!

L.

Song Saa Private Island

This is my last post about my trip to Cambodia a few weeks ago. I decided to dedicate a whole post to Song Saa, as this place has made an enormous impression on me.

I was a bit sceptical when I heard we where going to a private, luxurious resort at the end of our trip. Cambodia is an amazing country, but it is still in full development. A lot of people are still living on the streets or getting under paid. So when I heard about our last place of residence of our trip, I didn’t know this would be very ethical correct after traveling through the country and seeing some amazing, but also worrying things

But all my prejudices disappeared when I arrived at the beautiful Song Saa Island. Not only does everything look part of the nature and blends in perfect with the Island flora, the idea of the island, besides being a resort, is research and the owners are protecting the whole area.

They have a team of 4 people working with government and non-government organisations, conservation authorities and community leaders to ensure Song Saa Island never loses the things that make it so special. (including a marine reserve covering one million square metres, where it’s forbidden to fish and is used for research)

To ensure their guests realize the value of what they see when they visit, they currently have two researchers, linked to Australia’s James Cook University, working on a field guide to Song Saa’s marine life. (read more about its sustainability here)

Besides  all of this, another thing I noticed is how beautifully every little detail on the island is designed. When I talked to the staff about how much I loved all the materials used and that I clearly saw there was thinking behind the interior of our villa, they told me Malita, one of the owners is actually a Interior Designer. She clearly has an amazing eye for detail and material and I really admire how she created not only a luxurious resort, but a whole experience  with these pure, natural materials, without losing any of the islands features.

As you can tell ,I could talk about Song Saa for ages, (and I didn’t start about the amazing food yet!) but I recommend to go to their website to read more (and definitely check out the resort photos, as I feel I didn’t capture enough of its beauty on mine)

We had our own jungle villa, with private infinity pool, sea view, outside and inside showers, an amazing kitchen and much more:

Breakfast on the water:

View from the jungle:

Diner (all the food was cooked by star chef Neil Wager ,who has cooked for the likes of Prince Andrew, the King of Spain, Sarah Ferguson, David Beckham and Brad Pitt) 

Chilling with a drink at the bar:

Lunch on the beach:

Last diner, BBQ in/by the pool:

(To see more about Song Saa Private Island, click here)

L.

COS love

I was so happy when I found out COS did a Mid Season sale last week, perfect opportunity to get some basics in. When I saw these shoes a while ago, in their look-book I instantly fell in love with them. And guess what, they looked even better in real life. Even though they weren’t in sale, I couldn’t resist and wanted them before they where sold out everywhere. (which apparently is now already)

What I did buy in sale is this beautiful, simple and clean pepper and grey melange speckeled long-sleeve, made rom a thick cotton mix.

see more of COS’ amazing look-book here.

L.

Sunday treats

Last Sunday, we decided to enjoy the London sun fully, so we got our bikes out and cycled all the way from Central to East London.

We had heard about a Doctor Martin Sample sale, so wanted to have a quick look, but the que was massive, so we decided to have a stroll down Brick Lane market, try some more international foods, fresh juices, and simply enjoy the sun.

When we wanted to make a move to our next destination (Somerset House) We bumped into a Design Outlet, hidden in a corner near Brick Lane, selling the most amazing pieces from See by Chloe, Veronique Branquinho and more. To bad it was the end of the month, so even if these pieces where massively priced down, they where still a bit too much for my (almost) empty wallet. Couldn’t leave without picking one thing up tho, a  beautiful leather waist bag, priced down to 10 pounds, it’s a real Veronique Branquinho from her 2009 collection (photos will follow soon)

After that, we continued our bike trip and  visited the Pick Me Up (Contemporary Graphic Art Fair) at Somerset House, to check some upcoming Graphic Design and Illustration talent out.

Good food at Brick Lane Market:

We tried the coffee macaron and the green tea flavored one:

I chose to go for Indian street food:

Paul went for a Japanese, cheesy pancake:

 

Some inspiring illustrations at Pick me Up 2012:Riikka Sormunen

Tim Enthoven

Martin Nicolausson

Enjoy this sunny Wednesday, I’m off to work now, followed by the ID Magazine Party tonight!

L.

lazy-busy blogger

I know, I have been a lazy blogger lately.

But I can honestly say I was incredibly busy. London is seeing tis first sunshine of the year and that doesn’t happen unnoticed. Last weeks I have been overwhelmed by picnics, pub crawls, bike trips, sample sales, morning runs to check out the sun rise. mid-season sales, launch parties, visits from Belgium, winning VIP tables at clubs, checking sunsets from the hills, and much more. And this all while still recovering from my amazing Cambodia trip AND working full-time.

So I hope you can all forgive me for being so lazy/busy lately. But… the sun has brought my energy levels up , so don’t worry, I’m ready to start again!

See you very soon, 

L.