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Everybody ‘Wannes’ LLOVE at the Lloyd Hotel

Everybody ‘Wannes’ LLOVE at the Lloyd Hotel

Was it 2009 when I first visited the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam? Or was it 2010? Oy, I’m getting old! In any case, I was there for one of the first editions of Elle Inside Design and I loved every inch of it. The beautiful old building, the quirky interiors – heck, even the Indian elevator music was just so. ... Read More »

Amsterdam Light Festival 2015 – Lights! Camera! Beatrix!

Amsterdam Light Festival 2015 – Lights! Camera! Beatrix!

All of the lights! When I received an invitation for the 2015 edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival, I just knew I had to go. Not once. mind you. but twice. On Thursday I did the press preview tour. And then last Saturday I was at the opening ceremony – performed by none other than HRH Princess Beatrix.  Fancy schmancy, you say? ... Read More »

Michelin stars at Timothy Oulton instore dinner party

Michelin stars at Timothy Oulton instore dinner party

Dinner tonight will be served by Erik van Loo from Parkheuvel in Rotterdam,” my host for the night says – and I nearly fall off my chair. A chef from a restaurant with two Michelin stars who will be cooking for me at at the Timothy Oulton flagship store in Amsterdam – I don’t know about you, but I’ve certainly ... Read More »

Best. Dinner. Ever. At Restaurant Bridges Amsterdam!

Best. Dinner. Ever. At Restaurant Bridges Amsterdam!

I don’t know about you, but it’s not a habit of mine to dine at Michelin star restaurants. It’s not that I wouldn’t want to, of course, but dropping a three-figure sum on dinner is not something I do a lot. However – HOWEVER – I would gladly make an exception for the fully refurbished and revamped Bridges Restaurant at ... Read More »

Ink Hotel Amsterdam – Style written in Ink

Ink Hotel Amsterdam – Style written in Ink

Give me a new boutique hotel with an interesting history and I’m a happy man. It’s as simple as that. As you may have seen on my Instagram feed, I’m taking a much-needed break in Cascais, Portugal. But did you know my trip started out in style last week at the newly-opened Ink Hotel Amsterdam? The building in which the ... Read More »

Sheila de Vries: “Use your imagination!”

Sheila de Vries: “Use your imagination!”

“I had no idea what to wear this morning,” I shyly whisper in the ear of Sheila de Vries as we pose for a picture together. “Oh that quilted jacket looks perfectly fine,” she answers. My interview with the grande dame of Dutch fashion is done and she has approved of my outfit. What a relief! As I drive back ... Read More »

I tested Hästens and all I got was a good night’s sleep

I tested Hästens and all I got was a good night’s sleep

I’m an expert sleeper. I am! And so when I was asked to spend a night at the Amsterdam Canal Hotel to test a Hästens mattress, I knew I’d be perfect for the job. Think about it. You spend nearly a third of your life in bed, at least I know I do! It is the place each new day starts when ... Read More »

Amsterdam Light Festival – city life at its best

Amsterdam Light Festival – city life at its best

Let’s face it people, there’s no place like Amsterdam. I’ve been spending a lot of time in our tiny nation’s capital these last weeks  and have a new sense of appreciation for and incredibly rich history. With the third edition just underway, the Amsterdam Light Festival is adding another layer of awesomeness to the city’s canals. The festival features thirty-nine ... Read More »

Watch out, Amsterdam! I’m riding a Gocycle – FAST!

Watch out, Amsterdam! I’m riding a Gocycle – FAST!

If you’re idea of fun is bicycling through rush hour traffic at breakneck speed, then this blogpost is for you! I took the Gocycle e-bike for a spin when I was at the Frozen Fountain store in Amsterdam during Elle Festival. Yes, you read that correctly. One of the Netherlands’ leading interior design stores sells bikes. Well, just the Gocycle ... Read More »

A night at the Cobra Museum with the Guggenheim Collection

A night at the Cobra Museum with the Guggenheim Collection

Thanks to the fabulous Femke of Femkeido fame, I was invited recently to a swanky dinner and guided tour at the Cobra Museum in Amstelveen. It had been a bit of a race against the clock to catch the metro on time in Amsterdam, but luckily it was only a twenty-minute ride and so I entered the museum at six ... Read More »

Volkshotel Amsterdam – Sleeping and partying behind the velvet rope

Volkshotel Amsterdam – Sleeping and partying behind the velvet rope

It’s a movie cliché you’ll probably recognize – that scene with the long line in front of a nightclub. You know what I mean. The one with the velvet rope, the giant doorman and of course the hostess holding  the all-important guest list. That one. I felt I was in that movie scene when my husband Patrick and I walked up to the entrance of the new Volkshotel in Amsterdam two weeks ago. And ... Read More »

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