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“One resort, infinite sensations”. Wellness resort Waer Waters in Groot-Bijgaarden couldn’t have come up with a better slogan. From a refreshing 10°C to a heart-warming 36°C - at Waer Waters you will discover a range of temperatures in all kinds of guises: steam baths, saunas from the four corners of the earth, plunge pools, swimming ponds, experience showers, an ice fountain, hammams and much, much more… The outdoor saunas in the barn-wood wellness pavilions offer gorgeous panoramic views on the courtyard. First you enjoy the heat, then you take a breath of fresh air outside. Pack your swimming suit - or don’t - and let’s go!Visit the website
These days, relaxing is an art and Essenzi masters it. With a sauna, Turkish bath, jacuzzi, infrared sauna and optional swimming pool, this private wellness complex has everything you need to completely unwind. Make your choice between the warm, welcoming atmosphere of the ‘Naturals’ room or the minimalistic ‘Barragan’ room, inspired by the famous eponymous Mexican architect. When it comes to hygiene, this place sets the new standard. How they manage to keep that ‘never-used-before’ look, we can only guess. Not a big fan of the typical nature sounds? Just put on your favourite Spotify list and you’re ready for some hours of pure relaxation.Visit the website
The most beautiful people wear their hearts on their sleeves and their souls in their smiles"Mark Anthony
All good things come in… twos! Like this beautiful herringbone print. Combine the eye-catching trousers with the matching top for an outfit full of summer vibes. Perfect for strolling around the city or for sipping cocktails at the seaside. What’s more, this twinset is made from crease resistant polyester, so you can pack it in your holiday suitcase without having to worry about wrinkles. Hurray for low maintenance clothing! So ladies, when the sun is finally out remember you can’t be too matchy-matchy this summer.Shop now
There’s no place like home… except for the apartments from AP8! Located in front of the city park of Aalst, this place has two design apartments for rent. Whether you’re a tourist on city trip, a business woman in need of a room to spend the night or an expat looking for a place to live, owners Filip and Tina welcome you with open arms. The great thing about this place is that you can customize your stay. And we’re not talking about breakfast or an extra set of towels here. Fresh flowers, a Christmas tree or even a fish to keep you company: you name it, they arrange it. The only thing for you left to worry about, is choosing which apartment to pick: Ms. Flamingo or Mr. Horn fish?Visit the website
After haute dogs and haute frites, there’s a new player in town! Chez Claire now presents ‘haute éclairs’. Every bit as good as the old chocolate-vanilla éclairs, but way more exciting. Make your choice between thirteen - yes, you read it right - different tastes, including cuberdon, salted caramel or mango passion. Combine with a coup of ‘Cuvée Claire’, their champagne brand, to take tea time to the next level. Or, if you’re in a rush, just go for a take away box - so pretty! - and enjoy these delicious sweets at home. Bye bye macarons, we’ve found a new love.Visit the website
Saving the world by shopping? Count us in! When Alex and Andrew, two surfers and ocean enthusiasts, took a trip to Bali they were shocked by the alarming amounts of trash floating around in the water. To stop the pollution of their beloved ocean, they founded 4Ocean. By selling bracelets made from recycled waste, they are able to pay local fishermen to ‘fish’ trash out of the ocean. Each bracelet sold represents 1 pound of trash pulled from the ocean and coastlines. After 4 years, they already reached a total of more than 480,000 pounds. Amazing right? Let’s keep that number rising! Because who knew jewelry made out of trash could look so cute?Visit the website
We’ve always had a thing for pastels. Especially when there’s lace involved. It comes as no surprise then that this pleated maxi skirt stole our heart at first glance. When we’re in a romantic mood, we like to combine it with complementary shades to create that dreamy fairytale atmosphere. If we’re going for a more sophisticated look, dark neutrals like black or ink blue make the perfect match. Whichever combination you prefer, one thing’s for sure: you’ll feel absolutely feminine.Discover the skirt
Coral is our happy colour, so why not give our interior a make-over too? By following just a few simple steps we made this beautiful coral dresser:
1. Give your dresser a light sanding with a fine-medium grit sandpaper to take off any imperfections. Wipe it down with a dry cloth to remove any sand.
2. Apply one or two layers of primer so your paint will stay put.
3. Let it dry overnight and repeat the first step, but now with a fine grit sandpaper.
4. For a pretty finish, use a coral spray by moving it back and forth, and follow through from edge to edge.
5. Apply a clear coat of polyurethane for extra protection. Let it dry for a couple of days.
6. Add some labelled pulls to get that authentic library look, and there you go!
Springtime has finally arrived; the perfect time to give your interior a make-over! No need to paint your walls or buy new furniture, simply changing your household linen will already have a major impact. La Cerise sur le Gâteau shakes up home textile with fresh colours, funny quotes, original patterns and golden polkadots, their trademark. Just browsing through their collection already gets us in a good mood, let alone being surrounded by these lovely designs all day. Their aim? Spreading cheerfulness and lightness. Let’s just say, mission accomplished!Visit the website
Heartfelt and handmade. These two words perfectly describe Eva Schreuder’s jewelry collection. She thinks of jewelry as more than just accessories; to her they are small pieces of art whose value can only be determined by the person wearing it. “Just like a poem consists of words and the silence in between, my designs are lost without the sentiments and memories of the wearer”, says Eva. Besides designing small collections, she also does custom made pieces. If you want to surprise that special someone with a non-traditional gift, made with care and love for detail, this is the woman you’re looking for.Visit the website
Have you ever spent the night in an old cigar factory? If not, we can definitely recommend Factorij 10. This lovely B&B, located in the Belgian countryside, proved to be the perfect weekend escape. Owners Martine and Dirk give you a warm welcome while sharing interesting facts about the history of the building. If you’re impressed with the entry hall, wait until you see their luxurious furnished rooms. Providing all comfort you need, including wellness facilities, they managed to preserve the industrial atmosphere by using a lot of wood, steel and glass elements. Fun fact: the rooms are all named after cigar brands. One ‘Porte-bonheur’ for me please!Visit the website
Smile and let the world wonder why”
If you like your brunch to rhyme with “lavish” and “I’ll have some more toast to dip into my egg, please”, then take note. La Fabrique, snugly located in the gorgeous old Orangerie amid the lush greenery of Brussels’ Parc d’Egmont, serves brunch as if it were an art form. We’d be out of breath before we can list all the delicacies (Lemon curd crêpes! Fresh fruit salad! Home-made everything!) displayed on their comptoir, so lets’ just agree that brunch is the most important meal of the day and this is just the place to have it. And remember: if you’re ever asked to choose between savoury and sweet: don’t.Visit the website
A smile is the most beautiful curve on a woman’s body”BOB MARLEY
Copenhagen has always been high on our list and even more so now we discovered its newest hot-spot Manon Les Suites. This one-of-a-kind hotel with a sun-trap roof terrace and roomy apartment suites set around a dramatic pool area, is just a few minute’s walk from some of the city’s most attractive sight and areas. The place has a very laid-back vibe with influences ranging from New York urban, Bali tropical, Ibiza beach to African safari. To say somewhere has the wow factor may a cliche, but in this case it’s spot on: no-one walks into that eminently Instagrammable atrium without ‘Wow!’ing out loud.Visit the website
Looking for a healthy fresh way to start your day? This smooth and creamy blueberry coconut drink is the kind of smoothie that gets us out of bed in the morning. Just blend the ingredients for one minute and there you go!
- 1 cup ice
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/3 refrigerated coconut milk
- 1/4 blueberry pomegranate juice
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut
We’ll give you three reasons why we instantly fell in love with this colourful tunic. First of all, it is super comfortable to wear and makes you look absolutely fabulous at the same time. Secondly, its striking colour gives your self confidence a boost. Hello feminine power look! And last but not least, this eye-catcher can be enjoyed for more than just one season. Wear it with trousers in a matching colour for a stylish spring look or pair it with sandals and your favourite bikini when hitting the beach this summer. Talking about a win-win situation.Shop now
“Beauty is simple. It is about feeling alive, loving, compassion, giving and caring and being unapologetically ourselves.” Amen to that. Oh Lou Lou! surely knows how to get a woman’s attention. This Belgian-based start-up company uses an all-natural approach to create simple, yet revolutionary skincare products. Although this beauty brand is all about the inside, we have to admit it’s the packaging that caught our eye. Beau-ti-ful. Our favourite? That would be the body butter with coconut, mango and sheabutter. Bye bye dull winter skin!Visit the website
Our resolution for the new year? More positivism! The trick is to surround yourself with things that make you happy. Friends and family of course, but we were thinking more about the small stuff. Like the kind of stuff you can find at Lee-Rose. If you want to give your interior a romantic and idyllic touch, this is the place you should be looking. They’re even more into pastels then we are, if that is even possible. Bowls and mugs with heartwarming quotes and scented candles with names like Sweet Pea, Daisy Dip or Fairy Dust… Can we have them all please?Visit the website
There’s no such thing as too many coffee bars. Especially not of the kind that also serve American breakfast. Therefore, it comes to no surprise that Texas Coffee was on top of our must-visit list. Apart from serving the usual lattes and espressos, this place excels in offering its guests a unique tasting experience. Make your choice between a coffee cone, freakshake or Kopi Luwak, which is made from one of the most expensive coffee beans in the world - trust us, you don’t want to know why. Or how about a Death Wish Coffee, a.k.a. the world's strongest coffee? Only for true daredevils. Drinking coffee will never be the same!Visit the facebookpage
A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink”Gina Carey
It’s pastel pink, it’s leafy, it’s super cute… it’s Palm Vaults, better known as London’s most Instagrammable coffee place and now officially number one on our places-to-visit-before-you-die list. Their mouthwatering cakes are reason enough to book a one-way ticket to London, and that was even before we found out they added glitter coffee to their menu. Yup, it’s a thing. We would like to describe their incredibly creative menu but since they change it almost every week, depending on what they can get their hands on, it wouldn’t be of much use. Let’s just say that it’s some sort of Disneyland for foodies. See you there?Discover on instagram
On grey days like these we prefer to stay nice and warm inside. And we just might have found the perfect pastime. The chunky DIY arms knits from Ohhio have first conquered Instagram and now also our heart. Yes, you read that right: arm knits. By using nothing else than your arms and of course the super soft Ohhio yarns, which are made of 100% merino wool, you can create the perfect chunky knit blanket in just a matter of minutes. Just watch one of their tutorials to get started. Not really the creative type? No worries, the blankets are for sale too.Visit the website
Once considered a fashion faux pas, soon to be a wardrobe staple. Culottes are making a major comeback this season. Sleek yet comfortable, these cropped trousers work for any occasion. Wear with sneakers and a knit sweater for a more casual vibe or combine with high heels and a blouse for a classy look. You’ll find them in all sorts of shapes and colours but this cheery saffron one, made from an airy cotton-linen blend, is our favourite by far. It’s almost spring time after all.Discover more
Ask any chef in the world and he will tell you that seasoning is the secret to culinary success. Apart from the traditional salt, pepper and nutmeg it can be quite challenging though to find those special spices which you need to prepare that gorgeous looking recipe. Now that was before you heard of Spices of Marrakech. At their stand at the Markthal in Rotterdam, this family-run business offers colourful spices from all over the world. Having a hard time choosing? Then we suggest you try the ‘Marrakech mix’, their specialty. A well-kept family secret that was perfected over many years to become a versatile flavour bomb that will change the way you cook forever.Visit the website
For 6 people
200 ml olive oil - 4 cloves of garlic - 4 large basil leaves - 200 g of ricotta - 12 slices of bresaola - 50 g of rucola - 1/2 lemon
Fry the olive oil with the crushed garlic cloves for 10 min on low heat. Let the garlic oil cool down. Cut the basil leaves. Mix the ricotta in a bowl with some salt, freshly ground pepper and basil. On each slice of bresaola, add a spoon of ricotta, some slices of rucola and roll up the bresaola.
Put the rolls side by side in a dish. Spoon the garlic oil over the rolls and squeeze some lemon juice over it. Sprinkle with fleur de sel or salt and freshly ground pepper. Cover the dish with clingfilm and leave for 1 h in the refrigerator.
For 4 people
300g basmati rice - 1 pumpkin - 1 onion - 2 garlic cloves - 400 g mushroom mix - 30 g butter - 1 tsp dried thyme - 30 g flour - 300 ml tap water - 1 mushroom bouillon cube - 20 g flat parsley - 175 g unsalted nut mixture
Cook rice according the the instructions on the package. In the meantime, cut the top and the bottom of the pumpkin and remove the seeds and fibrous insides with a spoon. Hollow out the pumpkin and leave 1 cm of flesh. Cut the removed flesh into cubes. Cook the pumpkin cubes for 6 min in water with salt. Remove from the water and purée the pumpkin with a bar mixer.
Slice the onion and mince the garlic. Slice the mushrooms into pieces. Melt the butter in a deep pan and brown the onion and mushrooms for 3 min. Add the mushrooms and thyme and cook for 4 min. Add the flour and stir for 2 minutes until cooked. Add the water and the bouillon cube and bring to a boil while stirring. Add the mashed pumpkin and let the ragout boil on low heat for 5 min. Add pepper to taste.
Mince the parsley finely, mix the nuts and parsley to the rice. Pour the ragout into the pumpkin and serve with the rice.
Let it snow
let it glow
let it wow"
What we like about Mary White Vodka? Better ask what we don’t like, because that answer is simple: absolutely nothing. This 100% pure Belgian Premium Vodka is named after Mary White, the first female bootlegger. Like Mary herself, its creators want to offer a feminine alternative to the male dominated world of spirits. Drinking Mary White Vodka is experiencing, we quote “a distinctive touch of grain in the nose, a fully developed tingly flavour on the palate, a smooth and silky texture on the tongue, and an epic aftertaste.” Sounds like our kind of drink. Oh, and did you see that gorgeous bottle?Visit the website
Happiness looks gorgeous on you"Gigue wisdom
You have Italian cuisine and then you have Gellius. We can’t find the right words to describe their wonderful dishes but let us say that the Italians wouldn’t mind making the trip to Knokke for this. From the carpaccio and risotto to the dolces and vinos, everything is top-notch. And the same can be said about the atmosphere. Cosy dim lights, vintage pictures on the wall, ceramic plates on the table, even a real Vespa… they saved costs nor effort to create the perfect setting. And we must admit: it does make the food taste even better. A table for two please!Visit the website
We are not claiming to be experts in colour psychology, but what we do know is that a harmonious colour palette creates a peaceful interior. And we all want that, right? Lucky for us, the home linen collection from DECOPUR follows the same philosophy. They focus on durability, which translates in the use of subtle colours and natural fabrics. What this means for you? No blankets and tablecloths that you throw away after one season because they’re outdated, but timeless quality linen that you can use over and over again. Without getting tired of them, that is. Did we mention they’re Belgian?Visit the website
It’s no secret we’re totally obsessed with flowers. In a vase on our coffee table, as a print on our clothes and now - this is our latest thing - as a crown on our head. The only question is… where can you find flower crowns? Well, we decided it’s more fun to make them ourselves. The lovely Loes from Wildflowers & Wodka organises workshops in which she teaches you how to make a Pinterest perfect flower crown. Cocktails, beats and a great atmosphere included. Perfect for a fun night out with the girls! No creative skills? You can also order beautiful flower arrangements for your next party. Don’t forget to invite us!Visit the website
Famous Antwerp-based restaurant L’épicerie du Cirque marked a change with two new hotspots. The night-time equivalent of its daytime food bar Moss, Bar Palmier is a sized down Amazon Forest. Be amazed as all around you there are tropical showers, cascading waterfalls and palm trees. Guests enjoy raw vines, craft beers and refreshing cocktails. Their bestseller taco’s complete the culinary portfolio: crab and bacon, smoked mackerel or mussels. With a little extra imagination you take place in the Game of Thrones chair. Visit the toilets once, or maybe even twice, because writing on the walls is perfectly allowed. Let’s say there’s something for everyone.Visit the website
When shopping for our interior we always have one rule in mind. Does this make us happy? Well, the ceramics from Studio Arhoj surely do! This Copenhagen based design store unites Scandinavian simplicity and the traditional Japanese culture in unique one-of-a-kind objects, hand-crafted according to traditional methods such as wheel throwing and glaze construction. They use different materials like wood, clay, porcelain, paper and glass but the main focus is always on form, which simply means they want to create beautiful things. Ah, a brand after our own heart!Visit the website
Health gurus say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and who are we to argue with that? Taking their advice to heart, we visited That’s Toast in Bruges where they serve the most mouthwatering dishes: from a traditional English breakfast to a healthy salmon avocado toast or a more experimental mushroom-hummus-egg sandwich. Breakfast is served in generous portions and - here comes the best part - all day long! Even if you’re not feeling hungry their courtyard garden is a nice place to give your feet and thoughts some rest while enjoying a cup of coffee or some freshly squeezed juice. Visit now, because we have the feeling that soon their will be lines out the door.Visit the facebookpage
Beauty lies in simplicity. That’s one thing we and Lasso Jewelry have in common. This Belgian brand stole our heart with their pure and simple, yet intricate and luxurious looking creations. Timeless as they are, these are the kind of jewels you’ll pass on to the next generation. On top of that, all their designs are handmade which means you’ll never spot someone wearing the exact same jewel. We could go on endlessly about their superior quality and great looks, but we prefer to let the jewelry itself do the talking.Visit the website
Beauty catches the attention, but character catches the heart"Ritu Ghatourey
Time to recharge your batteries? No better place to soak up the quietness than Het Raadhuys, a guest house in the charming little village of Kessel. A stone’s throw from De Keverberg castle, this 19th-century building was the former town hall until the current owners Marij en Theo transformed it into a design B&B in 2012. Names like the Secretary room and the Archive room highlight the remarkable history of the building. Our personal favourite however is the Mayor’s room. More a suite than a room, it features a deluxe rain shower, a beautifully designed bath, a king size box-spring bed and a glorious view over the patio garden and the river Meuse. In short, everything you need to completely unwind.Visit the website
With life as short as the flutter of an eyelash, why would you want to fill your sight with anything but the extraordinary? This is when Charlie is coming to your rescue! Charlie’s world is the result of 2 people, in love with the world, design and all things beautiful. Thomas and Noella transformed an enormous space just outside of Deinze into the next crème de la crème for rock’n’roll design furniture and accessories. What’s the finishing touch? There’s regularly an exhibition, concert or workshop to attend and if that doesn't entice you, maybe the designer list will: Vitra, Ligne Roset, Zanotta, Woud, String and Spectrum Design at your service!Visit the website
Jo Malone. It may as well be renamed as the “Ultimate Land of Fragrance Dreams”, but Jo Malone is easier to write down on your future wishlist. The scent master, yes it is a woman, orchestrates a world of bespoke luxury. Whether it’s the smell of a Mediterranean garden, a summer cocktail or the natural scent of home, each handmade candle is unique to you. Shape the mood with a broad range of delicious scents, from deluxe home sprays to travel candles and transform every room with a fusion of fragrance. So, get me one for the holidays and we’ll be best friends forever?Visit the website
Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smileWilliam Cullen Bryant
Don’t get us wrong, we love those interior design stores who have secured their place in the history books of interior design, but we’re also suckers for fresh talent and inspiration. Are you looking for a new design table or an eye-catching lamp for your entrance hall? Loft Living in Nieuwpoort-Bad has got you covered! This family business has beautiful and unique design items in store, but they also offer complete makeovers for your home. And it even gets better. Planning a seaside weekend and you are an extreme lover of good night’s sleep, design and comfort? Loft Living now rents its Garden Suite as a little holiday getaway. And everything in there is for sale too! Talking about a complete designer heaven on Belgian grounds!Visit the website
Why follow the successful yoga teacher Goedele Leyssen? She’s modern, fresh and hip! In a previous life she was the beauty & health editor for Feeling Magazine, but her mindset changed when she lived in an ashram in India and practiced yoga every day. She quit her job and now she teaches a special yoga workshops and lectures in Belgium and far abroad. Kundalini Yoga incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras, such as Sat Nam, meaning "truth is my identity." The goal is to build physical vitality and increase consciousness. Happy mind, happy body, happy soul!Visit the website
Summer is not only felt in the weather, it is also evident in L’Éclair de Génie’s Parisian menu: imagine smooth choux with shiny glazing, generous filling and unique flavours such as Citron Yuzu, Pistachio Orange and Blueberry Chestnut. Wait, what? Well the story begins in the 19th century, when eclairs have always been limited to 2 basic flavours: chocolate and vanilla. When one day, a young talented pastry chef Christophe Adam decided to make an orange eclair. And before he knew it, L’Eclair de Génie was born, which literally translates to “a flash of genius”. He makes the most unusual decorated eclairs: modern, colourful and a little rock n’ roll. So, when in Paris make sure you stop by, because you’ll never see eclairs in the same way!Visit the website
Knokke offers more than only sun, sea and shopping sprees. Whenever you are near the coast, think about visiting this cultural hot spot. Absolute Art Gallery has been a mainstay in the art world for over ten years, exhibiting a bounty of contemporary paintings, sculptures and photos by renowned Belgian and international artists. The gallery represents about 25 artists who employ modern techniques to suggest facts, landscapes and characters, which somehow belong to an indefinite space and time situated in our collective memory. If you still haven’t had enough of this art beauty, go through their web shop and buy some of their arty books too, because we know you’re an artsy lady!Visit the website
Wait, the September what? Dessert diva Maida Heatter created the September 7th cake many years ago for her daughters birthday and published the recipe in one of her most popular cookbooks. The rest is history. There is very little "cake" in this cake, because it’s flourless and gluten free. It consists of two thin layers of chocolate cake, with a filling of stabilised whipped cream and some coffee. How could that possibly be bad? This cake is delicious, light and airy. We would describe it as eating chocolate air, so you definitely have to try it!Pinterest
Look… A majestic bird flies high in the sky! It is an eagle soaring over the hills and forest of the Syöte national park. Looking for a place to build his nest. And it has found it: a comfortable and special place high up on the Iso Syöte hilltop with a splendid 360 degrees free view in all directions. Let us take a glimpse inside: a tree is growing in the middle, going up to the second floor. Walls and even the roof are made of glass. A unique chance to admire the midnight sun in summer and the dance of the Northern Lights in the sky in the winter. Lying on the bed or enjoying a relaxing bath in the jacuzzi, while overlooking the unspoiled nature all around you, like an eagle, admire the scenery and almost touch the sky!Visit the website
When in Paris during Paris Fashion Week, it’s hard not to be all exhausted and exhilarated after the grand finale of the whirlwind from this fashion month. This year, however, we did a little research to ensure that you find the hotel that's perfectly suited for your fashionista style. Looking for a fiercely fashionable stay ? The premier location of the Mandarin Oriental will blow you away. You don't have to wander far to experience the chic Parisienne life and the hotel is surrounded by history and excellent shopping. Combined with its modern style, art deco details and oriental touch it will make you go: Oh la la Paris!Visit the website
Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophisticationLeonardo Da Vinci
The highest point of the Copper Canyon. Panoramic views. Surrounded by pine trees. Marble decor. Only a few qualities for this deluxe hotel, which appears to be etched out of the natural rock itself. Its beautiful structure is unique in architecture and decor and each luxurious room has a spectacular view overlooking the awe-inspiring scenery from the rim of the canyon! From the hotel you might take a horseback to see the Tarahumara Indians who live in the canyon caves below or if you are really adventurous, hike down to the canyon floor. A helicopter tour is also an option, if you want to watch eagles swoop overhead or even below you. A birdwatching paradise it is!Visit the website
These few past years, Brussels has incontestably developed itself as the city of Design. The annual flagship event Design September, with more than 100 small events, is proud to contribute to this creativity and innovation. For one whole month, design enthusiasts have the chance to witness a multitude of dialogues between designers, architects and design lovers as well to discover urban trails between the many pop-up stores, workshops, galleries and cultural spaces. We really don’t need to send you an invitation for this one!Visit the website
Amsterdam is about to get so famous for something green, and this time it isn’t a leaf. We’re talking about avocados, and plenty of them. Enough, in fact, to fill an entire restaurant menu. If you're a fan of avocado with anything, make sure your passport isn't expired. The Avocado Show opened in the trendy De Pijp neighbourhood, so you'll have the perfect oasis for a one-of-a-kind meal. And the perfect Instagram, too. That's because every item on the menu in some way, contains the green superfruit and it truly doesn’t disappoint: they serve delicious avocado-bun burgers, intriguingly-sweet avocado chocolate smoothies and the classic avocado toast. We know for sure: the avocado craze isn’t going anywhere just yet.Visit the website
It is well worth the 10-minute walk out of the city centre of Ghent to discover Volta, a restaurant run by the genial young chef Davy Depourcq. Housed in a former electric power station, it's no wonder there is such a spark between the clientele and the team working in the kitchen. The dynamic chef creates little art pieces on your plate, championing fine local products and most of them are prepared on the spot. The bio vegetables from the vegetable garden gave Volta the Gault Millau title for the Best Vegetable restaurant in 2013. If that doesn’t convince you yet, then the industrial interior with the wealth of exciting flavours, aromas and colours of the delicious cocktails will!Visit the website
Mirror, mirror on the wall, where is the most fairy-tale spa of them all? Well, if Snow White had to plan a day of wellness and relaxing, Hostellerie La Butte aux Bois would be her second home. Lost in nature, this amazing spa is an exceptionally beautiful country estate located in the heart of a verdant wooded area. The majestic garden with its avenues and idyllic spots will take you into reveries of times gone by. The property was originally built for the knight, Sir Lagasse de Locht and his family, but today it is a huge and highly versatile hotel in an elegant and distinguished decor. Total tranquillity and harmony with nature in all its glory, isn’t that all we need to boost our inner Snow White from time to time?Visit the website
Hotspot spotted! The pop-up bar on the seaside of Knokke-Heist has an extremely high Pinterest level and not only because of the interior. While drinking your afternoon tea or enjoying the delicious sweets from the famous patisserie Gaelens, you are also in sweet little company of hundreds of exotic butterflies. Do we need to say more? At the height of summer, the Exhibition Hub will allow visitors to experience this unique event for the very first time in Belgium. A venue where you can enjoy upscale drinks and food, surrounded by flying butterflies to admire freely. Oh yes, and if that is not enough, there’s a terrace with breathtaking sea views, overlooking the natural coast... An enchanting setting it is!Visit the website
Without elegance of the heart, there’s no eleganceYSL
All in one – that could be the logo of Baouzza, because it's a restaurant but also a lounge during the day, a cocktail bar at night and a beach bar in the summer, with a splendid terrace overlooking the nature of Diepenbeek. The hybrid element also features in their top menu, where Mediterranean cooking meets fresh pizzas, a range of tapas and one private barbecue island just for you and your friends ! Say what? The best time to go is, without question, when the sun is just starting to set, the wind is kissing your hair and you are sipping on a marvelous cocktail. Make sure your mobile is well charged because the view is unmissable.Visit the website
Providing a summery twist to the classic gin and tonic, the sweet floral flavour of the elderflower works refreshing, offering a light and subtle character. During the month of June elderflower blooms all over the country side, you won’t have to walk far to find the elegant white flower standing proud in the hedgerow. You can collect the flowers on a dry warm day, the earlier the better as the scent is more intense. So the quick bit is you can just add the flowers, the sugar and the gin into a jar and stir it up. And the long bit: leave for a week until the gin has turned a honey colour. Now the fun bit… Drink it! Serve with apple juice & mint, or mix with lemonade & freeze for some very grown-up ice lollies. Cheers!Visit the website
Cannes we check in this place asap please? Hidden from curious eyes inside its 9 hectares park, the Cap-Eden-Roc Hotel is a veritable Garden of Eden, that will exceed all your expectations.
If it’s not the glittering settings overlooking the azure sea, then it is the private parkland with the swaying Riviera palms and centuries old pine trees. Artists and writers made it their preferred site on the Côte d’Azur, soon to be joined by the aristocracy and later by movie stars. Centuries later, the legend continues. There is a plaque in the garden quoting French writer Anatole France: ‘What will be, is what was", and so we are dreaming further away to once experience a magical stay in Cap-Eden-Roc.Visit the website
If you ever feuded with your husband over hanger space or turned your house upside down trying to find that specific clothing item, you might be a prime candidate for a closet conversion. So, step 1. Forget the spare bedroom. Think about using that room for something closer to your heart. Dedicate a whole dressing room to getting ready, your own inspiration zone. Step 2: You can opt to do the project yourself, but we really recommend Camber just in case you don’t quite know how to build one. With more than 20 years of experience and working together with various interior architects, they are your closest partner in crime! Step 3: Enjoy your spacious walk-in closet. Do we need to go to step 4? I guess not!Visit the website
You think you walked into another ordinary Italian place? You thought wrong, because Baracca takes the Italian love for food sharing to a next level. Located in the centre of Leuven, it’s one of the city’s top destinations for refined, upscale Italian cuisine. Their inspiration? The lovely Italian ancestors who worked in the coal mines during the day. In the evening they met in wooden barracks to share their life stories while eating and drinking together. That’s how the name Baracca was born. The togetherness and hospitality between different generations of people is what they want to achieve. An all-Italian vibe is shown with Instagram worthy showstopping dishes, intended for sharing and enjoying together. Salute!Visit the website
In today’s busy world, everyone should take pause to enjoy a moment of delight. With the right blend of technical skill, creativity and a well-composed palette of ingredients, this perfume house has been revealing perfumes seeped in a rich history to us for over 30 years. Their strength: strike an emotional chord. The experience is all about discovering an unusual perfume, one that perfectly suits you. The fragrances touch your emotions and connect with your most cherished memories, making life smell so beautiful. Some are spicy, others daring, extravagant or very exotic. There’s something for everyone and every nose!Visit the website
Ever wondered if it would be possible to transform worthless plastic parts into elegant jewelry? Dream no further, jewelry designer Billie Van Nieuwenhuyzen is reaching the top with her research project EDELPLAST. Inspired by the ecological benefits and the expressive potential in upcycling cable waste, her unique jewelry collection is all about our fast-paced throwaway lifestyle. She chooses to hand weave all kinds of wires, which is a very slow and traditional technique. The flat woven surfaces are pressed and melted, followed by cutting techniques to create intricate patterns. These can range from very graphic images to almost marble like patterns. Happy colours, ethnic and a bit of marmer-ish. But a lot of must-have-ish!Visit the website
The only possible answer to this question is ‘yes, please!’. All summer long, the beautiful domain of the Leeuwergem Castle in Zottegem invites you to dine on their private lake. You’ll be treated to champagne or a gin & tonic upon arrival at this dreamy destination, after which a cute row boat takes you to your floating restaurant. Dinner is being served in five courses, lovingly prepared by a cast of chefs with renommée, such as Mathias Van Acker (Coeur d’Artichaut), Thomas Dekimpe and Pieterjan Broucke (Hof Van Cleve, Boury, Auberge du Pêcheur) and Nico Poppe (Culpo). Watch the sun set, treat all your senses to an exquisite experience and return to land with an indelible smile.Visit the website
Atelier Turquoise is a story about family and a passed-on love for colours. A mother and daughter’s hunt for unique combinations of one-of-a-kind decorative items and tasteful tableware. Kristien De Ridder is a ceramic artists with a keen taste for bright designs that will spice up any interior. Daughter Charlotte, a fashion stylists with a heart for deco, is the one responsible for the bold pictures and smart branding. The results of their collaboration are impossible not to fall in love with. They say the eyes do half the tasting. We couldn’t agree more: with these pink platters and cheerfully decorated bowls, any meal becomes a true feast.Visit the website
If you like your Ouzo ‘on the rocks’, then this place is about to raise your heartbeat to a jungle drum. Villa Aura in Santorini, Greece, begins on the cliff and extends into the hillside, boasting both incredible views of the sea and cozy, intimate rooms cut into the rock. Just because it’s a villa in a cave, does not mean you have to live anything like a caveman. Oh no. You’ll have a private pool to splash in, a breakfast cook when you decide to roll out of bed and a view that’s to die for. Stroll down to the lively bars in Santorini or head out to the beach for a taste of the best seafood around. Trust us: holidays have never looked this mighty fine!Visit the website
Staying at the seaside and in need of a little adventure paired with some fine cuisine? We have just the thing for you. Sergio Herman is about to open Air Republic, a cosy brasserie serving honest dishes, straight out of the sea. Right up Herman’s alley, as the restaurant in the harbour of lovely Cadzand takes him back to his roots in Zeeland. If you prefer munching on the beach, you can even take away some bites from the AIRcafé. But the best part is this: you can skip the waves all the way to the restaurant by taking a water taxi from anywhere on the Belgian coast. If that doesn’t sound like the perfect holiday treat, we don’t know what does.Visit the website
No, it’s not a pharmacy in the literal use of words, but this cocktail bar near the coast of Knokke-Heist comes really close to that definition. Their first-class science and technique of preparing, mixing and inventing says it all. What makes the speakeasy bar even more special, is the hidden location. You have to spot it first! The business is run by Belgium’s only genuine cocktail family: father Jan Van Ongevalle and his children, Ran and Hannah, who ranks among the top 12 bartenders in the world. They offer a huge range of specially selected outstanding spirits, which can be enjoyed in an authentic, London-themed decor with an exceptional hospitality. That being said, an evening to remember is definitely guaranteed!Visit the website
2016 taught us that genders are fluid. Clearly, we’re late to the party, since over at Byredo, they have long since understood that the division doesn’t apply. Ben Gorham was so intrigued by scent after travelling to his mother's hometown in India, he starting blending raw materials in simple aromatic compositions. Stark design, surprising mélanges and names like Bibliothèque and Baudelaire should be enough to tickle your nose, shouldn’t they?Visit the website
What a delight to enter a room with a vase of freshly cut flowers. In fact, wouldn’t it be great if you could enjoy a touch of nature in the midst of you home, all year round? With Blomster, you can subscribe to a weekly bouquet like you would to a magazine. This Antwerp shop offers a fresh selection of flora, delivered right to your door. Of course, if you prefer to pick your own beauties, you are more than welcome to be inspired by the delicious fragrances of petals at the shop, located in Antwerp’s Eilandje district. Careful though, the many magazines on display might give you ideas to turn your whole interior into a jungle!Visit the website
Being a mom is a full-time job, and a tough one at that. That’s why moms should be celebrated in style. If you’ve come up empty in your search of Mother’s Day gifts, allow us to hand you this beauty on a silver platter. Nooz is the name of your own private oasis. Forget about your watch: this is a place that defies time. You’ll be in the midst of the Kempen forest, surrounded by quietly rustling leaves. At your disposal: a sauna, massages, succulent dinner options, a night in the woods… The list is endless and will be adapted according to your personal preferences. If ultimate relaxation is what you’re after, look no further and don those slippers already.Visit the website
Why only shine bright like a diamond? Why not shine in every shade the rainbow has on offer? Imagine this: you’re wearing running shoes and a white T-shirt, breathing deep to gather the strength needed to run 5 kilometres. (Don’t worry, you’ve got this. Piece of cake.) While running, you’re covered in puffy clouds of colour, painting you from head to toe. The more you run, the more you support Think Pink in their fight against breast cancer. And that’s not all: not only is The Color Run dubbed ‘the Happiest 5K on the Planet’, after your efforts, you’re welcome to kick back and relax at the Color Festival. Take note and start training for the Ostend edition (July 3rd) or the Brussels one (August 8th). Cause baby, you were born to run!Visit the website
Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s party!’."Robin Williams
In Mexico they keep a good eye on their traditional spirit: the mezcal. It’s our friend tequila's older, mysterious, and more complex little brother. The roots of mezcal stretch far into history: created from the rustic mixture known as pulque, and along with sombreros and luchadores, it is now deeply ingrained in Mexico’s culture. Its strong, intensive flavour still made its way to our bars and restaurants, because we just love it so much in our cocktails. We bet your Spanish will go loco!
Three star chefs, nine sophisticated dishes, only one place to be. This summer you will experience a unique culinary journey at Hotel George V: the ultimate decadent fine dining in the heart of Paris. Located just steps from the Champs-Elysées with private terraces that command all of Paris and a defining spirit of elegance and charm, Hotel George V redefines luxury in the City of Lights. A dream location for a romantic tête-à-tête, with that gorgeous dress as an extra eye-catcher!Visit the website
Sergio Herman does it again: not only does he work his magic on traditional dishes, but now you can dine in the first Frites Atelier in Antwerp. You would think: a Dutch top chef who tries to equal our famous French fries, that’s so daring! But this haute fast food hotspot should be on top of your list! Sergio celebrates his predilection for potatoes and makes the luxury version of our Belgian pride. The first class golden marble interior you get for free. Add that extra mayo right away!Visit the website
Eat, sleep, breathe, repeat. If you’re looking for a city escape that allows for a little time-out, Leman Locke deserves a spot at the very top of your list. This East London pied-à-terre is not quite a hotel, but not quite an apartment either. If anything, these spacious rooms with a kitchen and a cosy sofa feel like home. Enjoy your view of the city, have a bite at the gorgeous in-house restaurant or ask the chef for a nice recipe and get cracking in the kitchen. You can stay for just one night or live there for a year, just don’t leave before trying the Himalayan Hibiscus Body Cleanse — it’s godlike.Visit the website
Imagine an alternative universe where beauty rituals are based on pure science and a touch of fairytale magic. Delbôve’s signature product is called the Crème Sorcière (yes, that’s French for witch cream). Combined with the Eau Sorcière, which will make your classic soap completely superfluous, eternal youth is simply yours for the taking. Instead of tackling skin malfunctions on the surface, these products stimulate your skin to reinvigorate its natural functions much more spontaneously. Don’t you just love it when science and sorcery come together in order to make you prettier?Visit the website
Elisa Lee is the moniker of Elisabeth Leenknegt, a lady that harbours both taste and talent. Born into a family of glass artists, she applies her heritage and expertise to the manufacture of timeless jewellery. Her hand-forged pieces combine precious metals with delicate air bubbles, perpetually caught in glass that is as versatile as it is colourful. Every single ring or necklace is made in Elisabeth’s workshop in Ronse, where she draws inspiration from phenomena ranging from butterflies to Japanese cherry blossoms. Now if only someone would be a darling and surprise us with a ring…Visit the website
Two girls, one brand. Studio Kan/o is the joint project of Valérie Hellebaut and Stien Bekaert, damsels with a keen sense of style and extensive savoir-faire when it comet to dyeing fabric. If you go ‘mmmmarble’ upon encountering a slab of stone, their pillows and billowing room dividers are about to make your heart skip a beat or two. Being a pair of ladies who make wise choices, they very carefully choose their collaborations as well. Have a look at the gorgeous afrormosia bench made by Atelier Tactile, along with its handprinted custom pillows, or the Eskimo boxers basking in hues of blue. Fingers crossed for some marbles ladies’ knickers next!Visit the website
Don’t be like the rest of them, darling.”Grace Kelly
Who ever said you needed to be a millionaire to adorn your walls with art? Pick your favourite piece on artlead, a platform that helps you discover today’s finest artists at prices that won’t exclude you from a little beach time come summer. How does it work? artlead selects pieces from museums, institutions and galleries and sells these limited editions online. Browse through their extensive gallery with emerging artists appearing next to Luc Tuymans or Dirk Braeckman. Two clicks and you’ll have art delivered right to your door. Ain’t that fresh?Visit the website
Health is wealth is the credo at the Raw Salad Company. And no, healthy does not rhyme with munching tasteless lettuce like a rabbit. With these salads, there’s no need to dig deep to get at the good bits: there’s only good bits. Have a Libanon Lover or a raw Pad Thai from the menu or be your own chef and mix your favourite ingredients as you please. Add a freshly squeezed juice on to your order, top it all off with raw carrot cheesecake and wait for the door bell to ring. Because yes, these healthy beauties are delivery-only in Antwerp and Ghent. We’re already dialling for lunch today.Visit the website
How would you feel about adding some Irish to your coffee? Sure, whiskey is nice, but the right setting really does make a difference, wouldn’t you agree? And where better to spike your roasted beans than Dublin? The Ivy sits right on the corner of Dame and Parliament Street, offering you a view of the beautiful city hall. Just what you need to catch your wits after a stroll along the Liffey, or if the never-ending supply of Irish rain drops has soaked your every piece of clothing. In fact, make that Irish coffee double. Sláinte!Visit the website
Perfume brand Une Nuit à… wants to elegantly reawaken your wanderlust, with Bali as a first destination. It dares us to wear a different fragrance to match each moment in life; ‘Fleurs des Fleurs’ for a romantic date, ‘Suma Oriental’ for weekend adventures, ‘Mr. Vetiver’ for an important meeting or ‘Murmure des Dieux’ for lazy Sundays. Try all of their Bali-based scents and let yourself be carried away to the beautiful island in Indonesia.Visit the website
Imagine a powdery pink dining room, lined with hundreds of drawings by David Shrigley. The food is exquisite — awarded with two Michelin stars, no less — but you can also just rest your weary feet in the parlour after a bout of shopping. Savour some afternoon tea and scones, then, at about gin tonic o’clock, stroll into the exquisitely wallpapered fairy-tale called The Glade for a cocktail you’ll definitely remember. Trust us, this is Disneyland for grown-ups.Visit the website
Put your plants up in the air! Wait, what? If you thought plants are tufts of greenery with some roots and dirt attached to them, you’re close, but not quite right. Ephiphyte are very cute air plants, which Sofie discovered on a trip to California. She now grows about twenty different kinds of rootless plants in her greenhouse, always in small quantities, ensuring plants that will last in your interior. Being an interior designer herself, Sofie also has beautiful accessories. Want!Visit the website
Mercado houses the finest food stalls from all continents under one magnificent roof. After London’s Food Hall and the Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid, Antwerp is now the capital of foodie culture. Call it a boqueria in the heart of town, where taste is seasoned with just a dash of tasty nightlife. Because yes, you can have dinner first and dance next, right in the middle of this historic building, for live bands and DJs will have you chasing the night away every week-end.Visit the website
In a city that titillates your senses in a swirl of smells and colours, allow yourself a little breather in the Palácio Belmonte patio. Uncork a bottle of fine local wine and take in the scenery: the terracotta floor of the Music Room, ancient arches carrying thick iron walls. Have we mentioned the exquisite artworks yet? Nah, maybe best to keep those as a surprise.Visit the website
I’ve never seen elegance go out of style.”Sonya Teclai
Forget about Tinseltown, Cannes by night truly is the city of stars. Even when the famous film festival and all the red carpets are still months away, the city emanates a timeless grandeur. Our tip for far niente at the Riviera in true movie star style? The pebbly beach at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, surrounded with winding trees and just a stone’s throw from the bustling Croisette. Just what you needed for a little jeu de boules.Visit the website
Dinner date on Valentine’s Day? Let’s make it into a two-day trip! Take your one and only to the vibrant heart of Utrecht City in the Netherlands for a romantic stay at the authentic Mother Goose Hotel. Find minimalistic, airy rooms on the white goose floor, or maybe you’re more into an earth toned room with a robust appeal to it? It’s yours to pick, this hotel has got them all! Add a phenomenal view of Utrecht’s Dom Tower to it and make it a night to remember. A room for two please!Visit the website
Surprise your loved one on a romantic dinner date in Antwerp’s new hotspot. The surrounding greenery of the old coach house paired with an exotic menu will enlighten your evening. Sip away on those cocktails, enjoy a lovely meal, and experience the fusion of nordic and eastern cuisine. Dinner is served!Visit the website
In MiraMonti Boutique Hotel in Merano, you’ll find a lot of wishes coming true. A room with a view and a salt-water infinity pool? You’ve got it! Slow food in one of the MiraMonti restaurants and a personal trainer to work off all the delicious food right away? That too! Lucky for us, South Tyrol is a great destination in every season. Spring brings the region apple trees and vineyards, while in winter you can have a taste of snow and skiing. Jodelahiti!Visit the website
Forgive us, diet, for we will sin! COCO Donuts in Brussels is the place to be for sweet cheeks and pastry lovers. Pull out the big pants before you visit the shop or order in, cause you will crave more than one COCO. Founding ladies Candice and Chloé use organic and/or local ingredients for creating fresh gourmet donuts in a variety of delicious flavours; white chocolate and pistachio, milk chocolate and coconut, salted caramel, oreo… Thank god calories don't count on the weekend!Visit the website
Style is a simple way of saying complicated things."Jean Cocteau
She’s only 24, but Antwerp graphic and textile designer Julie Van den Meutter has already made her mark on the Belgian interior scene. She’s specialised in the art of hand weaving and creates unique pillows, blankets and room dividers. Julie picks out her own quality yarns and turns them into little pieces of art using her antique Scandinavian loom. Each design is produced 20 times at best, so exclusivity is guaranteed. You can buy her beautiful creations at BOeM in Antwerp or via her website.Visit the website
The Eiffel Tower, the Seine, the Notre Dame, the Sacré-Coeur… There’s so much to see in Paris! And the luxurious Hotel Le Montana is yet another item on the list. It’s located in the 6th arr. district, within a stone’s throw of the Louvre. Each of its rooms offers a well-equipped bathroom – yes, we’re talking bathrobes here -, a big soft bed, a coffee machine and a cosy corner to chill in. What else? Just a sweet roof terrace. No way? Yes way!Discover the website
Since it’s getting colder, it’s time to wave mojito’s and lemonades goodbye and welcome back hot chocolate and tea. And the tea blends of atelier Bellocq we sure like to have with us on the couch on chilly days and evenings. They come in the cutest boxes and in all kind of flavours, from mint with a citrus twist to linden with notes of poppy, chamomile and lavender. Pick your taste and brew away!Discover the website
We’ve all been there; looking for a shelf with the exact right length to fit between our walls. A disappointing quest to say the least. Thank God for My Shelf by Anouk! The wooden pieces are easy to assemble and adjustable in length to fit your needs. Just make your pick out of plywood – birch and oak, and you can mount away! Moving from one place to another? No problem! You can just disassemble the shelves and adjust them again to a new length. May the shelf be with you!Visit the website
You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life."Coco Chanel
High end store Graanmarkt 13 in Antwerp has a new baby: Bois de Rose by Martine Thoelen. It’s a porcelain ceramics line of the Belgian artist based in Switzerland. She’s not only into pottery, she paints as well. And that shows on the bowls and plates she makes, as Martine Thoelen uses oil and acrylic paintings to give her porcelain a special finishing touch. Each piece is handmade, unique and a true piece of art. Dishes to reserve for very careful guests, if you ask us!Discover the website
A visit to the Centre of Fine Arts coming up? Make sure you leave empty stomached, cause the Bozar Brasserie might be the best exposition of all. The art deco interior is food for your eyes, while the menu is a treat for your tummy. What about tenderloin baked in cognac or reared lamb roast with hummus and coriander? Now that’s fine art! What time do we meet?Discover the website
Honestly beautiful, don’t we all want to be that? With the pure and effective products from skincare brand Cîme, we can make it happen! Their collection is natural and organic, cruelty free and made with respect for the earth. Together with local farmers, Cîme brings to us a wide range of products, from hand creams to make-up remover. Fun to know; the brand also organises beauty workshops for a very small price. You’ll look beautiful as if by magic. Cîmesalabim!Discover the website
You could use a break, right? Why not visit the Provence and stay at a magnificent hotel? In Hôtel de Tourrel you can sleep in an elegant suite provided with all the luxury you need, including an XL bath tub and crisp white bathrobes. How idyllic! After a walk down the cute village Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, you can relax with a nice glass of wine on the roof top terrace or with a cocktail next to the pool. What are you waiting for? Jump in your car already! Destination: paradise.Visit the website
Wall stickers are the easiest way to bring a breath of fresh air into your interior. Just like a lick of paint or a change of wallpaper they can totally transform the atmosphere in your living space, but without all the hassle this usually brings along. Colourful artwork, nature-inspired designs or a chalkboard calendar, the stylish stickers of Walls Need Love will catch the eye of anyone entering the room!Visit the website
Let your inner queen run free at King George Café. It’s the place to be for fresh juices, original salads, tasty cocktails and a creative atmosphere. The café is an initiative of the Mad Creative Agency, a team of innovatory youngsters always up for challenging projects. The interior of the bar is a mix of rustic bricks and safari like ceilings, so it’s a bit crazy, exactly as King George would’ve liked it. The craziness seems to be contagious, since we’re definitely mad about this place!Visit the website
Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love"
Off to Bruges, off to Grün! In this fresh deli you can savour yummy food in a beautiful “green” setting. Lots of plants, mint green touches and white ornaments give the lunch place a relaxed vibe. The young Grün-team has seen a lot of the world and brought home some cosmopolitan recipes; Moroccan couscous, Asian noodles with coleslaw,… As a dessert you can consume heavenly and healthy pies from Madame Bakster. Post a photo on the internet and your friends will be Grün with envy!Visit the facebookpage
From now on, the bathroom will be your favourite room in the house! Beauty brand Rain Pharma offers a body line so nice, you just won’t get enough of pampering yourself. Products to try are the foaming shower scrubs, sugar scrubs and milky shower oils. If you prefer skin care out of the shower, Rain Pharma’s body lotions, hand creams and foot products are the essentials. Want more? You can atone outer and inner beauty with the brand’s shakes and nutritional supplements range. Let it Rain Pharma!Visit the website
Discovering Vita is like lightening a light bulb. The lampshades are Scandinavian design, straight out of Denmark. You can even see the Danish dunes reflected in the wavy designs, especially of the Carmina collection. When you order, the lamps are wrapped in small packages, to keep the ecological foot print as little as possible. What else we like about Vita? The fluffiness of the lampshades! They remind us of a baby ostrich, which we would of course willingly adopt into our households!Visit the website
Have you been to The Glorious yet? In this restaurant you can enjoy the most – what else? - glorious food, and now the owner opened up a bar next door: Bar Burbure. It’s located in the vibrant South of Antwerp, but holding your cognac, gin or cocktail, it’ll feel like you’ve travelled to Milan or even Manhattan. A cheap way to travel, isn’t it? Drinks to try are Lust for life and The emperor’s garden. D to the licious! It’s safe to say the next night out with the girls just found its location.Visit the website
Be a girl with mind, a woman with attitude and a lady with class"
Always dreamed of spending a night in a library? Then you must visit LX Boutique Hotel in Lisbon! The rooms have the coolest wall paper that makes you feel like you’re surrounded by books. Go to sleep with Dostojevski and wake up next to Hemingway! Rather have a room with a less literal view? The River Tagus is just outside your window! The hotel offers a real ‘Lisbon experience’, which includes the nicest continental breakfast. Yummy yummy yummy, you’ve got Lisbon in your tummy!Visit the website
A day in Ghent nééds to include breakfast, lunch or drinks at Table Stories. No plain sandwiches here, kitchen queen Kimberley only serves innovative dishes like ricotta pancakes, spicy popcorn, cold beet soup and fennel salad. Salivating already? We’re with you! And it gets even better; Table Stories also does catering and take-out. The delicious food doesn’t come in a plain brown doggie bag, but in a tasteful wooden basket, filled with snacks, flowers and even candles! Serve you soon!Visit the website
Bring out your inner beauty! That’s the motto of beauty brand Self. The products are completely made of natural ingredients like coconut oil, macadamia nuts, argan oil, sheabutter and mandarin. And these healthy fellas sure don’t like parabens and other chemicals in their midst! Both the body and the face line are suitable for every skin type and won’t cause irritation. For those of us dreaming of a soft and healthy skin, Self is the brand to try. Just me, my Self and I.Visit the website
Paris is always a good idea, especially when you’re staying in the beautiful Le Lapin Blanc. The hotel is located in the vibrant Quartier Latin and the result of a cooperation between an architect and an artist. And my god, it’s pretty! Just do like Alice in Wonderland and follow the white rabbit. It will lead you to a fairytale decor of soft pastels and cute 50’s patterns. And delicious croissants of course! Sweet dreams, and bon appetit!Visit the website
Balls & Glory, the meatball restaurant of TV cook Jan Ballieu, got itself some competition! Ballekes found its home in Brussels and stands for classic meatballs with a modern sauce. Literally! Driving forces Thibault and Laurence used their grandma’s marinara meatballs recipe and experimented with it. On top of ‘ballekes’ in original sauces – think Kriek beer and Sirup de Liège as main ingredients - they offer a whole range of Belgian beers. Visit the restaurant and have a ball!Visit the website
Verilin is known for its beautiful linen and amazes once again with the Mineralis collection. It’s inspired by gemstones in all their purity and authenticity. What’s special about the selection? The subtle graphic designs, the wide range of colours (oh yes, even gold and silver!) and the unbelievable feel to it. Whether you purchase a duvet cover or a tablecloth, Mineralis adds a little sparkle to your room.Visit the website
Longing for breakfast but not in the mood to make some yourself? Just go out and have amazing food and drinks at Mirlo’s. Try the French toast once, pine for it always. The pastel themed breakfast and lunch place is located on ‘Het Zuid’ in Antwerp and has the cutest interior. Just your luck; most of it is for sale! Fresh quiche with a quirky lamp on the side? Why not!Visit the facebookpage
Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure"
A whole new generation of perfumes is born; Otentic World. What distinguishes the brand from others is the fact that it pays attention to each individual customer. They put effort into making your perfume as unique as you are by adding specific ingredients. Otentic World offers eight fragrance styles for each mood; from sensual over elegant to seductive. So what’s your mood today?Visit the website
Designer Annelies Verschaeren started out making quirky postcards and ended up with her own collection of jewelry. And are we happy about that! The original necklaces of Jacqueline & Compote lift your outfit to a whole new level. With just three or four wooden hexagons Annelies creates a statement piece. How? By using a combination of beautiful colours of course! Choosing is losing, since you’ll sure want them all.Visit the website
Obviously we love the summer, but our skin… not so much. In these hot months it needs to be hydrated and protected more than ever. A good thing we have Indie Lee! The completely natural skin care prevents and soothes summer discomforts and after using it your skin looks amazing. That’s a big win-win, won’t you say? And did we mention all Indie Lee products are ecological and toxin free? Throw in another win, ‘cause Indie Lee is an all round winner!Discover on instagram
Still looking for that one piece of furniture to give your room that little something something? Get a Hannemans! Scandinavian design but without the accompanying price tag. Designer Hanne Hofmans makes every piece with her own two hands, from Loesje to Willy. That’s right, the wooden furniture with its unique form goes by an equally unique name. We’re already crazy in love with triangle shaped rack Flor!Visit the website
Next time you’re planning a weekend trip to Amsterdam, make sure to book a room in the Hoxton. This impressive hotel is made up of 5 canal houses on Herengracht. It looks out at not one but two canals! All the rooms are very quirky and the beds are so soft you wouldn’t mind staying in the beautiful capital of the Netherlands forever. Another cute thing about the Hoxton? You can call up to an hour to anywhere in the world. Time to catch up on that summer romance?Visit the website
Good coffee, superfoods and a great attitude. That and more you find at coffee bar True Beans in the historical center of Ghent. Whether you come here for breakfast or lunch, the homemade delicacies are served on a golden plate. Sounds like heaven? Tastes like heaven too! So next time you visit Ghent, make sure to stop at True Beans. Your taste buds will be ever grateful. Especially if you order the oatmeal bowl or the acai super smoothie. Yumm!Visit the website
Just like our clothes, we like our accessories to be timeless yet unique. With Sternum we might have found our perfect match in jewelry land. Their minimalistic approach and industrial influenced materials make sure you can wear their designs with most, if not all of your favourite outfits. Just like the brand name suggests, the designs are stripped of any embellishments and what remains are clean geometrical shapes that are delicate and powerful at the same time.Discover the website
Cosy candle lights, a hot cup of tea, homemade jam, freshly picked flowers… it are the little things that make life special. What if we would bring all those things together in one place? Brood & bloemen has done exactly that. Beautiful bouquets and abundant breakfasts – to take or to enjoy on the spot - are their specialty, but that doesn’t stop them from offering all other kinds of stuff they love. We know where to send to our partner to next time he goes out to get Sunday brunch.Discover the website
Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself"
Whether you go there to discover new accessory brands, to steal some interior ideas or just for a nice cup of coffee, Thelma wants you to have a good time. And although the concept store has only just opened its doors, it wouldn’t surprise us if this would quickly become the place to be in Leuven. Because its interesting mix of so far undiscovered international brands and promising local ones it must attract the hip and happening, right?Visit the facebookpage
Happiness is something that multiplies when it’s divided"
Uniting beauty and functionality is and has always been one of Gigue’s focal points. When the balance is right everything just falls into place. And that’s precisely the feeling you get when entering Shelter7. This one-of-a-kind design apartment is the perfect place to escape the city hustle. An interesting mix of statement pieces and unexpected adornments, together with a warm welcome and sincere service, is what sets this place apart.Discover the website
The term ‘wellness resort’ just doesn’t seem sufficient to describe Spa Sereen. Located next to a beautiful lake and surrounded by nature, it is a real Walhalla for wellness lovers. Whether you want to calm your senses or rather prefer an energy boost: this is exactly the place you want to be. The only thing that might cause some stress is the enormous choice of baths, cabins and treatments between which it is almost impossible to choose.Discover the website
On your next city trip to Brussels you should spend the night in DRUUM, a B&B located in what was previously known as coin du diable - your hosts will tell you all about its legends – a neighbourhood characterized by industrial buildings, factory owners’ mansions and small dwellings for workers. Each room has been designed by a different artist, but they all managed to capture and preserve the industrial character of this magnificent 19th century mansion. Sleep tight and wake up inspired!Visit the website
“One wonder serum cannot solve anything if you don’t take care of yourself.” The Finnish brand Supermood sees beauty care and wellbeing as a combination of natural cosmetics, good sleep and correct nutrition, as an all-round holistic experience. Therefore their products are not based on certain skin types or age categories but on specific moods. The Egoboost series for example is your go to when you “want to feel confident” while Youth Glow makes you “look fresh and well rested”.Visit the website
Rose gold, copper or silver? Impossible to choose. Lucky for us, AU Maison sells its metallic side tables in sets of three. The clean lines, the serene colours, the overall minimalistic approach… these stunning pieces of furniture prove that the Danish are indeed the masters of design. And let’s be honest, with tables like these, who minds what the rest of your interior looks like?Visit the website
Never let the things you want forget the things you have”
Whenever you feel like having something else than your standard sandwich for lunch, you must give Jackie’s Bagelbar a try. Although the shop is located in Ghent, the yummy bagels taste like they come from The Big Apple itself. Whether you go for a Breakie, Saltie or Sweetie, you’re sure to discover new flavours thanks to the unique combinations of spreads and toppings. No wonder Jackie’s bagels are known far outside of town!Visit the website
The compact perfumes from Ravenscourt Apothecary are very special finds. Combining vintage and handmade, they make tasteful and eco-conscious gifts. Creator Tanya Kuznetsova is inspired by Victorian literature, her love of unusual teas, and the rich simplicity inherent in nature. She uses only natural ingredients of plant origin and supports the cruelty-free movement, striving to handcraft small scale personal care products that are kind to the environment. Something for your Christmas wishlist?Visit the website
Personality begins where comparison ends"
We would never have thought that a restaurant with only one dish could be a success but Bia Mara in Brussels proves us wrong. On the menu? Fish & chips! But not like you’ve had it before. What sets this place apart are the freshness and great variety of seasonal ingredients, the healthier cooking methods, the extensive range of home-made sauces (more than 30!), salts and side dishes, and last but not least, their overall sustainable approach.Visit the website
Hotel Not Hotel is a place in Amsterdam where a room isn’t just a room, but a work of art with its own creator, story, and identity: you can spend the night in a Spanish villa, a crow’s nest, a secret bookcase or even a tram cart. When you wake up, you step into an art-filled, exhibition-like space instead of an anonymous lobby or hallway. The entire hotel is one big living room, with cosy seating areas between the cottages. Definitely not like your regular hotel experience!Visit the website
Brussels’ new hotspot Chyl is about enjoying life, but always with respect for human and nature. Whether it comes to the daily groceries, your eating habits or beauty routines, they always stay true to their mantra: change your lifestyle, cherish your life. With their sustainable shop, café and beauty corner they show how things can be done differently without compromising on quality.
Don’t forget to visit us when you’re in the city!Visit the website
With the winter months coming up - and the accompanying freezing days - we're finding it hard to step outside the warm confines of our living room. But even cabin fever can be celebrated in style. Lizzie Ostrom author of 'Perfume: a century of scents' believes every perfume has a tale to tell and gathered the interesting stories behind some of history’s most famous scents in this wonderful book. The perfect read for keeping our coffee table company this season.Visit the website
Nothing is as easy and effective for creating a homey atmosphere as lighting a candle. Gigue has totally fallen in love with the scented candles by the British designer Tom Dixon. Not only are we charmed by the cute metallic colours but also by the bewitching perfumes they spread. This lovely gift set would look great on your coffee table!Visit the webshop
Yogurt a boring snack? Don’t think so! A visit to The Yogurt Farm has opened our eyes about its endless cooking possibilities. With homemade banana bread granola and chocodrops for breakfast, with smoked salmon and quinoa for lunch or the frozen variant with nuts and dried fruits for an afternoon break. Besides that, The Yoghurt farm only uses 100% natural ingredients from local farmers which makes this not only a healthy but also environmentally friendly snack!Visit the website
Forever is composed by nows"
Located in Tielrode – a little oasis of peace in between the cities of Ghent, Brussels and Antwerp – this B&B is the perfect place for a weekend escape. Arck is hosted by a couple of architects who decorated the space with a mix of vintage and modern design with Scandinavian and Japanese influences. The rooms are spacious and light and almost seem to blend into the surrounding nature which ensures you can enjoy a very relaxing stay.Visit the website
As the weather forces us to stay inside, at least for the coming months, we better spend them in an interior we love. Webshop BODIE and FOU gathers all the right things to give your home that chique, design conscious black & white style. The woman behind this addictive online store is the renowned interior and lifestyle blogger Karine Candice Köng, a French girl with Norwegian origins living in the vibrant city of London, which immediately explains on which influences her style is based on.Visit the website
Chocolate and jewelry. Our two main addictions. What if we combine both? That’s in short the simple but oh so genius thought that inspired Olivia des Cressonnières to create the Sweet Box: a beautifully designed jewelry box filled with coloured stones that can be combined according to your mood. Pick your favourite ‘flavours’ just like you would do with a chocolate box. A refined gift to spoil your precious friends and family with!Visit the website
A place where you can enjoy art, design, food and cocktails all at the same time? An industrial site is maybe not the kind of place where you would expect to find this interesting combination but Watt in Ghent proves it’s a successful concept. The former Elektrion office building of 1ha is filled with pop-up design stores reuniting vintage and modern styles. Those who want, can even stay for a sleep-over in one of the three lofts at the top floor of the building!Visit the website
Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery"
Are you a romantic type? Then we have a great anniversary tip for you! Les Cabanes de Marie, nestled in the majestic treetops of the park surrounding Château de la Rocq, is the perfect choice for an intimate weekend getaway. You and your partner in an inviting cabin full of luxury and comfort, enjoying the beautiful surroundings and the overwhelming silence. That can’t be bad, right?Visit the website
We don’t know if it’s because of our sweet tooth, but we cannot pass by Julie’s House without entering the place. Located in the middle of Ghent’s historic center overlooking the Leie river, this cosy pastry house serves the most delicious breakfasts, artisanal pies and colourful homemade cupcakes. The perfect stop for an afternoon tea on your next shopping trip!Visit the website
To all hungry people in Ghent and surroundings: we suggest a visit to Alix. The place feels like home – what are we saying? – even better than home! Whether you prefer to picnic in the lovely garden, have an afternoon tea with your best friends or organize a family reunion and have some late night talks over dinner, Alix is happy to open her doors and garden to anyone who is looking for delicious food and a relaxed atmosphere.Visit the website
Once trains rushed by, dropping of hundreds of travelers every day. Now, the station of Moere, located amidst ancient polders and mysterious forests, is shrouded in silence and as such the perfect place to come to rest. Former ticket offices have been transformed into bedrooms bathing in luxury and serenity and are the perfect starting point for a relaxed weekend getaway.Visit the website
Happiness is the secret to all beauty "
After a long hot summer, our skin craves for hydration. Enter face mists. A quick spritz not only refreshes but also restores your skin and even extends the wear of make-up. The best part? You can easily make it yourself. Just take a bottle of distilled water and add some of your favourite oils and scents. Rose water and witch hazel for a calming effect, cucumber and aloe vera to cool down or lavender and orange for a good night sleep. Or make you own combinations of course!Visit the website
We’re not sure whether to call it art or design, but one thing we do know is that the creations of Muller Van Severen are not just furniture. By combining a minimum of details with a maximum of colour they create beautiful minimalistic designs from which this gorgeous rocking chair is our absolute favourite. We bet it’s just as comfortable as it is pretty.Visit the website
A home without some fresh flowers is not a home. Gigue loves the way they can perk up a place in no time. We usually place them on top of cabinets or on a windowsill, but why not hang them up in the air? That’s exactly what Jacquie Summer must have thought. Each individual piece of her collection of handmade terrariums is a true piece of jewelry. Eyecatchers that will immediately attract the attention of everybody entering the room.Visit the website
Simplicity with a twist. That’s the idea behind the Belgian jewelry collection LoboGato. Creator Veerle De Wolf easily won over the hearts of friends and family with her original and handmade pieces and it didn’t take long before the word spread. Each season she comes up with new geometrical and minimalistic designs but she always stays true to her ideal of timeless elegance.Visit the website
Gigue is not just about clothes, it’s about a way of living. We believe beauty can be found everywhere. That’s why we want to share everything that startles, interests or attracts us with you. Follow us on Pinterest to make sure you don’t miss our latest inspirations!Visit us on Pinterest
Have you already had the pleasure of meeting Hugo, our new summer crush? We are of course talking about the new it-cocktail. Want to have a taste yourself? No bartender skills needed. Just take a big wine glass and fill it with 3 cl of elderflower syrup, 7 cl of prosecco, 2 cl of sparkling mineral water, some mint leaves and ice cubes. Easy as that. We promise you won’t be disappointed!
No matter what special occasion – romantic celebration, bachelorette party, team building – brings you to Wu Wei, you’re sure to leave the place totally zen. The name of this wellbeing center is inspired on a basic concept in Chinese Tao philosophy which means ‘effortlessly doing’. Sounds like our kind of place! Make sure you visit our Kortrijk store on the way there!Visit the website
No need to travel out of the country to get into that relaxed holiday mood. Josephine’s created a much needed oasis of peace in the middle of Antwerp. Whether you just want to take a rest in the shadow of the trees or enjoy a refreshing cocktail while listening to some jazz music, Josephine’s summer bar has got it all!Visit the facebookpage
'Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication"Leonardo Da Vinci
Next time you’re planning a weekend trip to Antwerp, make sure to book a room in Atelier20. This lovely bed and breakfast lies within the original monastery walls of the St. Paulus Church and offers two spacious and beautifully decorated rooms. Hosts Daniel and Nathalie are warm, welcoming people who provide you with wonderful breakfasts, an excellent service and lots of information about Antwerp. Don’t forget to visit us when you’re in the city!Visit the website
Gigue is already thinking about your summer table. Michal Keren Gelman’s handmade ceramics are real works of art. Her clean, bright and feminine design is inspired by the Israelian mountain landscape. These teacups are perfect for a cosy snuggle on the couch with your favorite herbal tea. They can also be used as a small vase or cupcake baking dish. Enjoy decorating!Visit the website
On top of our wish list? A denim throw from By Mölle. Made from recycled jeans, each piece has its own unique appearance. The authentic look and feel perfectly fit into your modern, timeless interior. Who would have thought an old pair of jeans would look so nice on your sofa?Visit the website
'The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence''
Finding an original present to surprise your loved ones on their birthday can be quite a hassle. Not so for Valerie and Ann of web shop The Van: for them, the hunt is half the pleasure. Cruising through Europe in their retro Volkswagen van, they are always on the outlook for trendy gifts. It’s no coincidence their motto is ‘the joy of giving’. Visit their website to find the ultimate treat for yourself or your closest friends.Visit the website
New on Gigue’s list of favourite brunch places: The Little Green Shop in Brussels. This flower shop meets tea room serves the most delicious – veggie! – buffet on Sundays: homemade sweets, healthy quiches and fruit skewers to dip into the chocolate fountain. But the best part? You can enjoy all of this surrounded by the sight and smell of fresh flowers. One bouquet to go please!Visit the facebookpage
Looking for some interior design advice? We have a new address for you: Sacré Sucré. After eight years of working intensively on all kinds of interior design projects, founder Margot Ghysels built up an impressing database of brands she loved. Lucky for us, she felt the need to share it with others and decided to open her own boutique in Brussels. The store displays a fine selection of furniture, art and objects by designers all around the globe. Don’t forget to visit us when you’re in the city!Visit the website
‘The very best ingredients are made in the earth, not in the lab.’ Since 2011 Herbivore Botanicals has been crafting bath and beauty products according to this principle. Their handmade products are 100% natural and contain all essential vitamins and minerals to restore your skin to its optimum health and vitality. The minimal design packaging is a nice extra.Visit the website
The beauty of the essential. That is what the house linen of The Alfred Collection is all about. Think basic colours and simple lines combined with a great attention to detail. As much care and precision as is put into the design, is put into the execution: the quality of their products is without comparison. Bring an atmosphere of peace into your home with this luxurious collection.Visit the website
Purity, functionality, simplicity and creativity. The Swedish beauty brand L:A Brucket is perfectly in tune with Scandinavian design traditions. They’ve grown famous for their handmade soaps (the one with lemongrass is already a keeper in our bathroom) which are not only a true feast for the sensitive skin but also for the critical eye.Visit the website
'Elegance is the only beauty that never fades"Audrey Hepburn
When goldsmith Margaux and diamond cutter Gilles joined their forces and names two years ago, I.Ma.Gi.N Jewels was born. No oversized accessories, but refined, minimalist creations that can be worn every day. Since then these masters of subtlety have worked their way up. They opened two stores in Belgium and attracted retailers from London to Singapore. From cute little bracelets with statements to sparkly rings with rock crystals: it’s almost impossible not to fall in love with their creations.Visit the website
Located between the trendy South district, the Island and the old city centre, B&B Rosier 10 is the perfect starting point for exploring Antwerp. Each room is named after a moment of the day and the design of the apartments is inspired by the city itself. Hostess Roxanne transformed the historical townhouse in an oasis of peace amongst the vibrant city life of Antwerp. Don’t forget to visit us when you’re in the city!Visit the website
Gigue loves a good read, especially when accompanied by a nice cup of coffee. That’s why we were delighted to discover Kim Hertogs’ Buchbar in Antwerp – what’s in a name? - a book shop and coffee bar in one. On the shelves are well-known classics and hidden gems, a selection handpicked by the owner herself. Not only the literature, but also the coffee is of top quality thanks to the experienced coffee brewers. Don’t forget to visit us when you’re in the city!Visit the website
We’re totally into healthy snacks! All Good is the first homemade raw vegan product line in Belgium. All of their products are free from refined sugars, gluten and dairy. Their snack boxes contain delicious treats with sounding names like Brownie Superfood Truffles, Crunchy Cinnamon Granoa or Almond Cashew Cheese Crackers. Energy boost guaranteed!Visit the website
Tip for the shoppers in Ghent: Barista. It’s not just another coffee bar but an overall experience. Enjoy the smell of their freshly baked bread, the wonderful art on the walls and the charming view on the canal while drinking your authentic Italian coffee. What’s more, they pride their products on being healthy and biological. A great place to go for an afternoon drink and snack. Don’t forget to visit us when you’re in the city!Visit the website