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Monday morning tunes

A new week, a new song. There are so many good new albums coming out lately. Some of my favourite new ones are from Moddi, Keaton Henson, Local Natives and James Vincent McMorrow. I’m also really looking forward to the new album of Bon Iver, so far I really love the two new singles they recently released.

I have been listening a lot to this new song released by Local Natives last week. Such a good tune to listen to when you go for a long walk, bike ride or run.

Monday morning tunes

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Since March 2015 I’ve been keeping a weekly jams playlist on Spotify to which I add new tracks every week. To accompany this playlist I would love to share some of my favorite songs on the blog every Monday morning.

This week I would like to share this song by Yuck, an English band that I discovered recently thanks to my personal discover weekly on Spotify. I’ve listened to this song a lot for the last couple of days because it’s so calm and has that happy vibe all over it. It’s the perfect song to listen to in the morning while you sip your coffee and daydream a little.

ps: If you would like to listen or subscribe to my weekly jams playlist you can find it here

Weekly Favorites #7

coffee at back to black

While the days continue to be grey and rainy, I’m spending my days listening to Christmas music, drinking coffee and hot chocolate and work a little bit. I’m not the most productive at the moment but it’s okay. I’ve had a great year so far so I’m giving myself some time off to finish some less important projects that have been lying around for a while. Some favorites from last week:

    • Best coffee/tea of the week: I spent a day in Amsterdam last week to do some Christmas shopping and a to do a little bit of work. Whenever I’m in Amsterdam I love to go for a cappuccino at Back to Black. The atmosphere and coffee is awesome and I always end up sitting there for hours.
    • Favorite drink/food: we spent the weekend with our family in Friesland. We had Dutch pea soup (snert) for dinner and it’s so good!
    • Best article I found on the internet: this article about a woman who captures beautiful and expressive photos of cats to deal with her own insecurities. Just read it and look at those photos!morning scene on pinterest
    • Favorite pin on Pinterest: this morning scene. Really love that cup! Because you never have enough cups- right?
    • Song of the week: Baby, It’s Cold Outside by She & Him. My favorite song from my favorite Christmas album- can’t get enough of this song.

 

Weekly Favorites #6

Espresso fabriek

The days are going by so fast! Last week was over before I knew it and the same thing is happening this week. I almost forgot to share my favorites from last week.

  • Best coffee/tea of the week: this cappuccino at the Espressofabriek in Amsterdam. Look at that latte art in combination with the wood.. I love it! We had a delicious muffin and brownie with it and sat at the window looking at the rain outside. Perfect way to spend a Saturday.
  • Favorite drink/food: the tartlets we had from Petit Gateau! (see my previous post
  • Best article I found on the internet: Sorry, it’s another one from BoredPanda (it’s one of my favorite websites). This article about an artist that recreates Van Gogh paintings on matchboxes! Amazing!~
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  • Favorite pin on Pinterest: this beautiful corner that I pinned onto my Home board. What a perfect place to sit down, read a book and listen to a record spinning.
  • Song of the week: Numbers by Daughter. The more I listen to this song the more I love it.

Weekly Favorites #5

tea and chocolate in bed

While the days grow darker every day, I’m actually surprised that I’ve not been struck yet by any signs of a little winter depression. My days are even more productive than they were in summer! It sure makes me quite happy though. Here are some favorite moments from last week:

  • Best coffee/tea of the week: although I had some great coffee this week. My favorite moment was drinking this lemon tea in bed on sunday. Because sometimes staying at home and have the laziest day ever can be so good!
  • Favorite drink/food: Tony’s Chocolonely’s chocolate bars. I’ve tried the milk/discodip/popcorn for the first time and it’s incredible. Have to restrain myself from buying much more of these.
  • Best article I found on the internet: this article on BoredPanda about how the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam banned camera’s and stimulates people to sketch artwork. I think this is a really cool way to let people watch artwork more closely and more intense. Also good to help people discover their creative eye, something I can’t encourage enough as an illustrator/graphic designer.
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  • Favorite pin on Pinterest: this picture because I just love coffee scenes so much. I mean don’t you want coffee straight away when you look at this?
  • Song of the week: A Little More by Bungalow. Really great song to listen while you’re working.

Weekly Favorites #4

Favorite coffee #4

Last week has been a very busy week. My to do list never seemed to get to an end and I felt a little bit stressed out. On friday I decided that I should slow it down a bit, so I took a moment to calm down which helped me to get my head clear again. I worked a little more on friday evening and on saturday which helped me to meet my deadlines. The good things of this week:

  • Best coffee of the week: this coffee made at home. The beans were from Stooker Roasting co and I used my chemex to brew the coffee.
  • Favorite drink/food: a well deserved glass of whiskey on saturday evening. We’ve bought a bottle of The Naked Grouse (from The Famous Grouse) a while ago.
  • Favorite pin on Pinterest: this morning scene with croissants. I love croissants so much!
  • Best article I found on the internet: this article on Bleubird about arguing between couples and making compromises. The comments are also quite interesting!

croissant pin

  • Song of the week: Slow Show by Coeur de Pirate,  this is the best cover of a song by the National I’ve ever heard!

Weekly Favorites #3

Coffee BruI really love the bright and warmer autumn days that we’re getting these last couple of days. Here are some favorite things from last week:

  • Best coffee of the week: this cappuccino from Coffee Bru that we enjoyed outside. We also shared a piece of carrot cake, which looked delicious but sadly didn’t taste as good as it looked.
  • Favorite drink/food: chocolate bars and fudge that we bought at Stach for Halloween night. I really love the packaging of these yummy chocolate bars. The fudge packaging has been illustrated by Gemma Correll. One of my favorite illustrators who makes funny and cute illustrations.

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  • Best article I found on the internet: this article about photography and traveling written by Angélica on her blog Fernweh Forevermore. Also check out her blog for more stories and beautiful pictures.
  • Favorite pin on Pinterest: this Volkswagen van driving in the woods, because I love to dream about going on a roadtrip in a van like this. *One day, one day..*VW van in the woods

  • Song of the week: Curt by I Am Oak. Perfect tune for a sunny Autumn day.

Weekly Favorites #2

Coffee-bananabread-at-TOKI

Autumn is kicking in these days, we’ve had so many grey days and I really have to get used to the lack of light. The trees however look stunning with their beautiful colors against a grey sky. Here are my weekly favorites from last week.

    • Best coffee of the week:  on saturday morning after a visit to the market, we went to TOKI in Amsterdam. We drank a cappuccino and enjoyed the best banana bread with coconut. TOKI is quite new to the Amsterdam scene, but it’s already turning into one of my favorite spots. They serve coffee from Bonanza in Berlin and offer some great indie magazines to read while you sip your coffee.
    • Favorite drink/food: most definitely the banana bread at TOKI. Have to recreate this at home!
    • Best article I found on the internet: this article about an illustrator who illustrates the literal meanings of idioms in a cute and funny way.
    • Favorite pin on Pinterest: this table setting. I love to have cozy dinners like these while it’s getting colder and darker outside.


  • Song of the week: Awake by Tycho, I really love this ambient music with some soft electronic touches.

Weekly Favorites

portrait coffeeI have been thinking for a while now about a weekly item to blog about, something that I could stick to instead of dumping it after a week. I love looking back on my week; what were my favorite things? So I decided to share a list of the best things about what I did or discovered during the week.

  • Best article I found on the internet: this article on Bored Panda about an artist that uses nature to let his paper cuttings come to life (really love this!)
  • Favorite drink/food: hot chocolate! It’s that time of the year again. I went to Chocolate Company in Haarlem and tried a hazelnut/citrus hot chocolate, so so good!
  • Song of the week: Drag by Day Wave. Just discovered Day Wave on Spotify this week. (listen to it below)
  • Best coffee of the week: this morning I had a nice cappuccino (+tiny Tony = best Dutch Chocolate) with Rene at Portrait, my favorite concept store in Haarlem.
  • Favorite pin on Pinterest: New York Citybecause we’re going back to this amazing city in the summer of 2016!