i've always really liked dutch brand DENHAM. a couple of years ago i was fortunate enough to take a behind-the-scenes tour of their headquarters (a bit further down the prinsengracht) and interview their head designer. they have a really cool way of looking at fashion and denim - always rethinking denim heritage to modern classics with a twist.

so i already knew i love their designs, but i had no clue they were into coffee as well. around easter, i noticed a little denham boutique right down our street that i hadn't seen before. it turned out to be denham's showcase, service and coffee shop - strategically positioned to point shoppers and tourists the way to the denham men's and women's stores close-by.

we popped in for an espresso and a quick look around, and i fell hard for their 'double dutch' collaboration with amsterdam clothing boutique TENUE DE NIMES - a grey sweatshirt with a neat little scissor and stitch symbols print. if you have a denham jeans that needs repairing, this is also where you could have it fixed by one of the guys sitting behind the sewing machines in the shop window.

photos by stephanie duval


my favorite new discovery in amsterdam was the boutique of MARIE STELLA MARIS. it's a dutch water label that recently expanded into cosmetics and opened a first flagship store on the keizersgracht - conveniently located right around the corner of the place we always stay at. in the basement you'll find a cute, french-looking café with a rad faema e61 that churns out amazing espressos. upstairs is like heaven for typography geeks and fans of everything that smells nice.

i'm super picky when it comes to scents. overall, i hate perfumes - most of them just give me a headache or make me feel like i'm trying to be someone else. in terms of scented candles, i'm super loyal to byredo. in bodycare, i always default to either kiehl's or aesop. but i tried some products from marie stella maris' line and i gotta say - not bad, people. not bad at all. i was particularly smitten with the cinéma bleu scented candle (which is sadly not yet available for purchase) and the lavender-scented linnen water (which you spray on your sheets or into your closets to make everything smell like it is freshly laundered).

i'm pretty sure at least a few items will make my christmas list come december. (oh who am i kidding, i am already getting slightly worked up over christmas, with all the fall-like weather we've been having lately.) nice bonus for those who don't have a trip to amsterdam planned - the products are available online, too.

photos by stephanie duval


let me tell you about last night. when ALPRO asked me to tell you guys about their ALPRONISTA sky box pop-up restaurant in ghent, they offered me the opportunity to host a dinner there for some of my online friends and dear readers. there's nothing i love more than spending quality offline time with these ladies - each and every one of them incredibly talented, driven, creative and inspiring. but if that quality time is on a rooftop with an amazing view on ghent and involves healthy, delicious food - you're basically describing the perfect night out for me.

obviously, last night was awesome. i had so much fun talking to these pretties, sharing amazing food (on my to-do list - get a lifetime supply of the ALPRO COCONUT DRINK for every dessert ever), geeking out over instagram stories and managing to mess up every one of the seventy group photos my husband tried to take. poor guy - he was a little overwhelmed by all of the girl power, but i'm really grateful for the pictures he took to remember the fabulous evening by.

i also got to meet some of my fantastic readers, and i gotta say - you guys have to be the most amazing readers anywhere on the planet. i was so sorry i couldn't invite everyone who emailed me - often with really cool stories - but glad i got to meet four of you instead of two, thanks to a last-minute cancelation. i really want to create more opportunities to meet you in real life - every single person i've met through the blog has rocked. cathy, isabel, elvire and fleur - thanks so much for joining us last night!

if you have some time to kill this weekend, make sure to check out the amazing blogs, webshops and instagram accounts of these wonderful women! on the group pic from left to right // dorothy // tamara // patricia // cathy // elfi // stephanie rosseel // susanne // isabel  // elvire // fleur // katleen // emma // annebeth // isabel naesens

photos by matthias rabaey (did you notice the rad elevator that took us to the rooftop? quite the experience!)
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