Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The art of packing

JCrew jacket and jumper
Mother jeans
Marc Jacobs bag
Oliver Peoples sunglasses
Prada shoes

The art of packing is totally lost on me. I tried to wear something fun today - but this is the most cheerful outfit in my suitcase. Must go raid my mum's wardrobe.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Music Memory Lane: Suzi Quatro

When I was eleven I wanted to be Suzi Quatro. I remembered that today when my mum showed me an old classroom picture from around that time. Thanks to YouTube we were listening to Stumblin' In within minutes. Such a sweet nostalgic song. Listen to it HERE (you will find it hard not to sing along to the chorus even if you didn't know the song... our love is alive, and so we begin, foolishly laying our hearts on the table, stumblin' in...)

thru Google Images

Easter at my brother's new house

traditional paasbrood - Easter bread with raisins and marzipan

you can't see the forest for the trees until you turn on the lights in the evening

my shoes for last night's pre-easter party

bunnies in a basket

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Villa des Beaux Arts in Heeze, Noord Brabant

JCrew Collection Cape Trench

We decided to take a drive today to visit an art gallery in a beautiful old villa right across from the church in Heeze. I panicked a bit since I had packed rather haphazardly on Thursday (my house had been full of children all afternoon, playing dress up, singing Let it Go into fake microphones) and when I did my customary last check in front of the mirror just before the stairs I couldn't quite decide whether my coat was chic or Sherlock Holmes.

Funny when you get ready in the morning in your old bedroom and bathroom, checking your face and outfit in those same old mirrors... I wish I had had the benefit of selfie technology when I was a teenager - might have saved myself a whole lot of anxiety.

the church in Heeze

Inside the gallery the curator was preparing for a new exhibition opening on April 21: The Great Exotic Bird Show featuring Dutch artist O.C. Hooymeyer. Really worth a look if you are a reader from around  the area.

Sculptor Tom Seerden's works were on display as well. His Italian towns perched on slabs of marble are fascinating.

 Also right across from the church and next door to Villa des Beaux Arts is a little restaurant, so we stopped in for a glass of wine and some bitterballen, which is pretty much breaded and deep fried beef gravy, but so much more delicious than that sounds. I am lazying around my parents' house now while they have taken my children to the Circus. I could get used to this.

Friday, April 18, 2014

18 April 2014 in Holland

For this post I was inspired by simple pleasures, a glass of white bordeaux wine from Graves, a plate of white asparagus fresh from our local farm shop, tulips from the garden, the beautiful composition of a crowd of hosta plants, and the moss still thriving on my father's fire wood. Click on pictures to enlarge.

Easter in Holland

I'm leaving on a jet plane - loving my new blue presents while waiting for my midnight flight

It's very cold but the sun is out and the garden is abundant with spring.  Happy Easter everyone!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bow Toe Shoes

nothing like a pair of pointy shoes with pink bows to make you smile - mine are Prada and all the above are Prada and Miu Miu, from a search at www.shopstyle.com