Visiting bckspace eyewear

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Hi dearies!

Today a little bit of a special blogpost about my all-time favorite glasses shop: bckspace eyewear (previous Eye Respect Amsterdam)! I have been working with them for a while now and I really love how the two owners give great service. They really help you find the perfect (sun)glasses for your face and hair that match your fashion style as well.

A couple of months ago they expanded their store with a basement and the whole store looks just gorgeous! During fashion week bckspace | eyewear celebrated their 1 year anniversary with some drinks and music. The evening was a lot of fun and I talked to some really inspiring people.

Bckspace | eyewear is more than just a normal boutique shop for glasses and sunglasses. They are all about supporting sustainability, creativity, artistic works and new talent. For example they sell some really cool brands that are still quite smal but high end as well. Take Andy Wolf an eyewear brand from Austria that designs some amazing looking sunglasses or the amazing brand Dick Moby. Dick Moby is an Amsterdam based brand with the goal to make oceans cleaner by creating sustainable sunglasses hand made in Italy from biological acetate.

This little boutique shop really gives me a great feeling. It has a little bit the feeling of coming home. And the interior really inspires me as well. Take a look at some of the photos I made the last time I visited and let me know what you think about this lovely store!

Don’t forget to check out bckspace | eyewear online, on facebook or instagram.

Ciao!!

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Sunday Special: MBFWA – Tony Cohen

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Hi dearies,

The first Sunday Special is all about Tony Cohen! Ever since my interest in fashion started growing and I got to know more designers, Tony Cohen has been one of my favorite Dutch designers!

Tony Cohen always shows gorgeous feminine designs. His designs are very well made and this designer really knows how to work with different fabrics. As an auto-didactic he taught himself how to design. Amazing right?! His strength is the way he shapes his designs in a way that it accentuates the most beautiful parts of the feminine body. Kim Feenstra once told me in a short interview that in his designs you will feel sexy, powerful and feminine. My guess is that she right then told me nothing but the truth. The designs sure look like it!

As usual I loved the show from Tony Cohen! Ever since my first visit to Amsterdam Fashion Week, a little more than a year ago, the fashion show of Tony Cohen has been my highlight of fashion week. A must see.

Click on the famous read more button for a special surprise (especially for my Dutch followers) and some more photos!

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MBFWA: Dorhout Mees ‘O’ my God

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Dutch designer Dorhout Mees knows how to wow the Dutch fashion lovers! Dorhout Mees showed a gorgeous collection for the S/S 2015 season. The collection named ‘O’ made my mouth fall open and made me sigh of the beauty I saw on the runway.

Dorhout Mees was inspired by water crystals and how they transform under influence of the environment.  For example tears of joy has balanced water crystals that look pretty. While tears of pain or sadness look messy and broken. Within ‘O’ you can see this inspiration in different parts of the designs, like the shapes, prints and the use of material.
The collection has a clear idea while managing to show different elements and skills of the designer. Most looks had soft shapes, but some looks showed harder less flowy lines.

“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it” – Lao Tzu

The beauty of water and water crystals was really something that the collection tried to express. And they managed perfectly! The diversity, originality and feminine looks from the collection made me say “Ohhhh” more than just a couple times. I really loved the shapes from the designs, the use of different colors and materials. Can you imagine going to a special occasion wearing one of these fabulous pieces? Turning heads? I for sure can!

My final thought? ‘O’ my God, this designer is good!

Thanks to Dorhout Mees and PR agency Ganbaroo for inviting me! I loved the show! What do you think of this collection and my photos? Let me know in a comment.

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MBFWA down-town: Important blogging lessons

23-01-’14

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Hi guys,

Last Monday I kicked of my personal week of Fashion at one of the MBFWA down-town activities, the bloggerscafé by Fashionchick. Together with a couple of my fellow blogger babes I went to the NRC Cafe in Amsterdam and it was a fun and very interesting evening! Three well-known Dutch bloggers and power women told us everything about the ins and outs of blogging and of course we got some very useful tips as well! Of course I would not be me if I were not sharing some key information with you guys! 

First of all the director from Fashionweek Nederland, Rob Zomer, told us that he sees bloggers as a sort of USB-hub to the users and buyers of fashion. He said that bloggers are critical, have their one opinion, are quick and are important to broaden the network and reach in the Dutch fashion branch! Wow, that’s definitely another statement in comparison with the statements about NY Fashion Week being a zoo haha 😉 After the opening from Rob Zomer we listened to Monique van Loon from Culy.nl. Monique told us to always blog regularly but above all to write share able content to create a snowball effect. Since I know my personal ups and downs concerning inspiration it was just a relieve to find out that in such a situation, you can just ask your readers (yeah I mean you guys! ;)) what they would like to read! 

Read more for the rest of the key tips and tricks about blogging!

xoxo Saranda

After the very useful tips from Monique the stage was ready for Yvonne Eijkenduin, home decoration and interior blogger on yvestown.nl. I loved how Yvonne was just so personal and being herself! Therefore her biggest trip was to always keep your blog and your blog posts as close to you and yourself as possible. Being you and showing personality is that one unique factor your blog needs! For example if you don’t have a special niche clothing style, that can still be your blog’s unique factor, since you like to mix it up! Such a nice lesson to have learned since I love and like almost everything haha. 

Yvonne spoke to us with a lot of humor, and I loved how so said that blogging about your personal life can be kind of sneaky haha. She actually said something like: “One loves to watch porn, I love to read blogs, it is also a sneaky kind of world”. Well you can imagine how all of us bloggers were laughing out loud / rolling over the floor laughing! 😉

Last but certainly not least was Anouk the founder of Creators of Desire. COFD is a wonderful collective from diverse fashion bloggers with each their own style. Anouk also has her own blog and helps bloggers with guidance and also gives masterclasses about the blogging business. During Anouk’s talk she discusses the seven deadly sins on blogging. Are you guys ready for this? Here it goes:

1. Vanity; don’t get cocky or arrogant, respect your readers, colleagues and people from the industry… You will meet most people more than once! 

2. Greed; don’t just go ahead with every offer you get from brands and don’t let your blog become a commercial billboard. 

3. Lust; Try not to copy from successful fashion bloggers, go back to the basics and stay true to yourself.

4. Jealousy; Put your jealousy to good use and turn it into a trigger to make the best out of your own blog! 

5. Gluttony; Don’t spam, share a new blog post once or twice, but not ten times haha. Also place quality content and don’t publish posts just for the sake of publishing.

6. Anger/rage; Always stay professional, if your mad just take a walk around the block and calm down. Stay nice and friendly to the people you meet. Elegance is KEY!!! (I have also learned this one during my course of Fashion Journalism and I think it’s pretty damn important)

7. Laziness; don’t be lazy and go the extra mile, give yourself for more than 100%

Wow this is a lot of text haha, but I really enjoyed writing it and of course I hope you loved / liked reading it! You can leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this kind of articles 🙂 

Ciao! <3

#Christmas Blogger Project: Behind the scenes!

19-12-’13


Hi all!

Last monday I went to Amsterdam in the late afternoon for something very exciting! I am not going to tell you much about it yet… But I can tell you this; I made a very cool video together with a couple of other Dutch fashionbloggers (Nathalie, Iris, Virgit, Sharon, Sonja and Wendy) on an awesome location! Lovely Jolique from ilovefashionbloggers and sweet Vivian from BloggerNet helped us a lot, thank you guys so much! We definitely could not have done this without them! 

Well just check out this behind the scenes shots and above all, stay tuned!! 
For more pictures check out my facebook page and my instagram account!

Ciao!!