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Jetteke.

When only a few phrases could be used to describe the diverse work of my close friend and great fashion editor Jetteke van Lexmond these could be; inexhaustible driven, passionate for the chic and aesthetic feminine look.

Jetteke is highly energetic and a perfectionist, and foremost dedicated to her strong belief that women need to look powerful and confident.
Because of her fashion forward vision and continuous drive to push her abilities to the highest level, Jetteke has become one of the best in her field and her style is well know and autographed in the business.

Both nationally and internationally she has left her footprint on the fashion world and worked with some of the most talented people in the industry. Arthur Elgort, Marc de Groot, Paul Bellaart, Philippe Vogelenzang, Alique, Petrovsky & Ramone and Anne Menke just to name a few.

Jetteke’s roots made her to what she is today. Young as she was, growing up in a small farmers village in the warm surroundings of a close free spirited family, she was always an explorer, traveling to South America, Asia and India meeting new cultures and at a young age made her realize boundaries do not exist and an open mind is something you should cherish. These episodes became the mantra in her life and are a great inspiration in her work.

After graduating the Amsterdam fashion academy she was appointed fashion editor at a large weekly magazine where she learned the tricks of the trade. The years after that she dedicated to launch Elle Girl and Glamour Magazine in the Netherlands, this was a dream come true. The freedom of work and endless flow of positive energy made her create and discover the best in her. It was there where she shot the first ever covers of Doutzen Kroes and Behati Prinsloo. Also Lara Stone was one of the much favored models and made her appearance many times. Both Elle girl and Glamour won numerous awards and Glamour became one of the largest and most successful monthly selling titles in the Dutch fashion magazine industry. Nowadays Jetteke’s work can be admired in the Dutch Vogue.

Jetteke’s work is inspired by great diversity . As a painter herself, the works of strong characters like Picasso and Cy Twombly inspire her. Strong femine women like Lauren Hutton, the sisters Lee Radziwell and Jacky Kennedy left their mark on both Jetteke’s approach in work as in her daily practice. Diane Vreeland with her larger than life style is her personal constant push on where she sets the standard.

The most important goal for every photoshoot is; You need to want to be the person in the picture, you want to wear her dress, put on her make-up and jewelry and travel to the setting. I want to make the dream come true

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Akasha.

The Conservatorium hotel’s spa focusses on comprehensive restoration and rejuvenation. The Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre is divided into different areas which align with the four elements.

‘Earth’ is the Organic Bar lounge which provides freshly prepared organic sandwiches and juices to be enjoyed in the relaxation area.

‘Water’ is the main spa area, featuring sound, music and aroma therapies, an exclusive Watsu pool, whirlpool sauna and Hammam. The 18m x 5m swimming pool provides an oasis of calmness and serenity within the comfort of the indulgent simplicity of Piero Lissoni’s design.

‘Fire’ is the fitness club, equipped with the most up-to-date apparatus including Life Fitness® and a Kinesis Personal from TechnoGym, all under personal trainer guidance.

‘Air’ is the calming, peaceful space for yoga and Pilates classes.

All hotel guests have complimentary access to Akasha. A limited range of memberships are also available for the local community and thus so have I and I truly love it!

My favourite thing to do when visiting this amazing city spa is to do a pilates session with Barbara Rose and combine it with a dip in the pool and a good Hammam session, bless…

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Nikki.

Yesterday we had beautiful Nikki at our showroom for a private photo session by photographer and actress Chloe Leenheer.

Nikki inspires me day by day, she is the most positive, energetic and sweet girl I have met over the past year. She is a true inspiration when it comes to living in the moment and embracing life as it comes. Keep up the good spirits Nikki!

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MILES ALDRIDGE.

This summer, Somerset House hosts ‘I Only Want You to Love Me’ – a major retrospective of photographer Miles Aldridge‘s work, to coincide with the publication of the book by the same name, published by Rizzoli. This is the largest exhibition of his work to date and will include large-scale photographic prints from throughout his career including previously unpublished material as well as hand-drawn story-boards, drawings, polaroids and magazines, offering an intimate insight into Aldridge’s point of view and process.

Women and colour are Aldridge’s twin obsessions. His work is filled with glamorous, beautiful women from dazed housewives and decadent beauties to sunbathing sexpots and ecstatic Virgin Marys. Luscious colours dazzle from every image – blood red ketchup splashes against a black and white floor; a mouth drips with gold; egg yolk oozes across a plate. But the technicolour dream world of seemingly perfect women with blank expressions belies a deeper sense of disturbance and neurosis. Look more closely and there is silent screaming, a head pushed down on a bed, a face covered in polythene, a woman pushing an empty swing.

Aldridge’s work has never been constrained by the demands of the fashion world. Working like an auteur filmmaker, his view of the world is wide and deep. His many influences include film directors such as David Lynch and Federico Fellini; the styled elegance of fashion photographer Richard Avedon and the psychedelic illustrations of his father, Alan Aldridge. Each image is immaculately crafted, often starting with story-board drawings so that the final image lies somewhere between cinema and photography.

Born in London in 1964, Aldridge studied illustration at Central St Martins, and briefly directed music videos before becoming a fashion photographer in the mid-90s. He has published his work in many influential magazines including Vogue Italia, American Vogue, Numéro, The New York Times and The New Yorker. His work was showcased in Weird Beauty at the International Center for Photography in New York in 2009, and he has works in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Reflex Art Gallery Amsterdam will show his latest work during next edition of Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam

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Rika.

Stylist-turned-designer Ulrika Lundgren founded her fashion label Rika in 2005, after first having worked as a fashion and interior stylist for prestigious magazines such as Casa Vogue and ELLE Decoration.

During her years spent globe-trotting, she developed a strong personal taste, always on the hunt for special, truly unique pieces. The Swedish-born designer credits her grandmother, who loved to create things and taught her that the key to beauty is in the details.

After countless compliments and requests from fellow stylists and fashion friends, Lundgren designed 20 handmade bags by a saddelmaker in Spain and just like that, the Rika label was born. The style fuses rock ‘n’ roll and a timeless feminine silhouette –with a sprinkle of pared down, Scandinavian aesthetic.

She chose her favorite symbol, a star, to be her trademark. “A star reminds us of that vintage touch-of-Hollywood class as much as of a contemporary hue of rock ‘n’ roll,” said the designer, which sums up what Rika is about. “I want to make things l like to wear my self of course, that I can wear day and night time” she added.

Today, Rika includes a beautiful selection of handcrafted, chemical-free leather collection of accessory together with a small ready to wear collection of fashionable but season-less wardrobe staples. A feminine pencil skirt in leather paired with an ultra soft baby mohair striped sweater, or a star cashmere cardigan matched with a rock chic leather biker jackets are amongst Ulrika’s favorite items to wear all year round.

Ulrika lives with her family and works in Amsterdam; her studio, boutique and recently opened guesthouse, Maison Rika.

Now on sale at RIKA online!

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F I S H & W O O D S

A mutual friend recently started F I S H & W O O D S , a company that designs bags with clear statements. Bags with identity. Bags with concrete engagements. Sometimes the statements try to slightly adjust the world around us, at other times they merely serve to provoke a little grin on your face in order to make this planet a funnier place to live on. F I S H & W O O D S considers itself to be pretty bombastic and out there, but don’t worry, there’s no vanity or conceit to be found.

F I S H & W O O D S offers a bag that has an identity, it is strong and made of 100% organic cotton. It will be your bag to differ, your bag to state, your bag to rock the hell out of your utterly great personality. So classic, so cheap, yet so savvy.

Here are some of my favourite bags!

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I LOVE SLA

I’m so super proud to say that we (Jop, Nina & Hans) finally opened our first organic salad bar in Amsterdam! SLA is all about organic food that is local, grown and prepared with love and care. You visit SLA for all your favourite seasonal take-away healthy foods & goods. You can have a seat an order your DIY range of salads and juices. Or just come for an inspiring workshop in our SLA LAB You Can even see how we grow our own little range of seeds & weeds in the greenhouse in the backyard!

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SHERRY TASTING & FOOD PAIRING BY SCHILO.

Sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown near the town of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia, Spain. Sherry is produced in a variety of dry styles made primarily from the Palomino grape, ranging from light versions similar to white table wines, such as Manzanilla and Fino, to darker and heavier versions that have been allowed to oxidise as they age in barrel, such as Amontillado and Oloroso. Sweet dessert wines are also made, from Pedro Ximenez or Moscatel grapes, and are sometimes blended with Palomino-based Sherries.

During a special tasting next Sunday at The Conservatorium Hotel you will get to taste a big variety of Sherries.

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The tasting will be conducted by Jon Dekker, a Dutch Sherry lover. Schilo will BE responsible for the food pairing during the workshop.

Home is where the heart is.

Super cute appartment for rental in the popular Jordaan area, in the city centre of Amsterdam. The Bloemstraat is one of my favourite streets of Amsterdam.

Have a look at this place, click here.

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