maandag 12 oktober 2015

New York City

This Saturday I came back from a inspiration & shopping trip in New York City where I stayed for about 3 days with my Costes colleagues. This is the third time I've been to New York but every time has been different! I really love the vibe & energy in this city, there's so much to see! And I haven't seen halve of it! I kept looking up, to the enormously high buildings, the signs, the big contrasts like the beautiful Saint Patrick's Cathedral on 5th Avenue that is in between the high skyscrapers. I also love the typical stairs, the yellow cab's and the streetart!

A must-go is Tiny's and the Bar Upstairs on West Broadway. As you would expect, it's a small but very cosy place with an authentic interior. We had a delicious breakfast here and a day later we also enjoyed a couple glasses of wine in the bar upstairs! The fact that the building is pink on the outside is a big bonus off course!

A great place to have lunch is Jack's Wife Freda in Soho. I love the name, the logo and even the sugar packets are pretty! We had a nice lunch here and spotted some New York hipsters in the meantime...

We also found some time to take a walk through Central Park, it was the first time I visited this famous park and it's a great spot to escape from the hectic city centre for a while. We took a healthy lunch with us and enjoyed it in the park where I spotted this cute squirrel!

This city is fascinating, sometimes it does feel like your in a movie setting! I would love to go back and explore much more of this beautiful place...

Pictures by Marij Hessel

zaterdag 10 oktober 2015

Meet the Blogger Conference in Amsterdam

Hi there! This morning I came back from a inspiration trip to New York for my work as a designer at Costes. Traveling is one of the many advantages of my job, we get to see so many great places and this time it was NYC! I'll share some pictures I took (while shopping) with you later this week! As you may know, last weekend I attended the Meet the Blogger Conference in Amsterdam and although one week has already flew by, I still want to share with you my impression of this event!

It was the second time for me to attend the MTB Conference and it was extra special for me because I got to work with the Meet the Blogger team and Flexa! Earlier I wrote about the workshop I was giving to make a  graphic artwork with the Flexa colours of 2016. 

The conference was filled with cool workshops, inspiring presentations & sessions! The highlight was that I got to see the girls from A Beautiful Mess. They told us all about their journey and they had many great tips and sweet, positive advice. I also attended the sessions of Urban Jungle Bloggers "Igor" and "Judith" and as always they were very inspiring and fun to see! Yvonne from Yvestown told her story as well and damn this girl is funny! Interesting to see how she creates her own little world with her very recognizable signature style!

Monique van der Vlist of Happymakersblog was also present with her creative team to give several workshops like making your own gift labels & making your own papercut. I think Monique did a great job decorating the space!

Luckily I also had time to attend a workshop as well! Create an Instagram proof flower arrangement was given by Nathalie Fase and Holly Marder. You can see the result of my bouquet on my Instagram account!

On Saturday it was my turn to entertain about 20 lovely bloggers and to help them create the graphic artwork in 45 minutes! I was a little nervous but everyone was so excited to get started that my nerves where gone in a second! Everyone did a great job and interpreted the concept in their own way which was so cool to see! At the end we placed all the artworks on a big exhibition board for everyone to see. I was very happy with the way this workshop turned out!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

maandag 28 september 2015

Qazqa Quest / The Lazy Lamp by designteam GBO

Qazqa is a young lighting brand that already worked with designers like GBO, Niels van de Winkel, Boxtel & Buijs and Burobas. These collaborations have resulted in beautiful designs and some of them are already for sale!

I was able to try out the Lazy Lamp by designteam GBO which consists of three designers Jacques Gramser, Erwin Boes & Jeroen op ten Berg who've met during their time at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. The Lazy Lamp is actually hanging against the wall but is very stable at the same time. At the moment it's available in 4 different colours; black, white, grey and silver. 

I combined the white Lazy Lamp with some vintage pieces and graphic elements. I love to mix up new designs with vintage and I think it proves that these different design era's can go hand in hand! The Lazy Lamp feels very light, you can just pick it up and move it to another spot in your home whenever you feel like changing things up.


Qazqa is looking for young designers who can participate in the Qazqa Quest 2016! They want to expand their collection with original, creative & functional designs. If you know a young designer, you can nominate them for this Quest here!


If you're a young designer yourself and your dream is to have your own design take in production, you can get a chance by sending in your sketch or design through this link!

You can subscribe until November 13 and the winner of the Qazqa Quest 2016 will be announced on December 18 (2015)!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

zaterdag 26 september 2015

Create a graphic artwork with the Flexa colours of 2016!

The Meet The Blogger Conference in Amsterdam is coming up! Next weekend will be about inspiration, cool workshops, interesting speakers & off course a lot of catching up with fellow bloggers! I'm very exited because I'm hosting a workshop in collaboration with Flexa! During this workshop I will show you how to make a graphic artwork in 45 minutes with the new Flexa colours of 2016.

Flexa is presenting the new colour palettes of 2016 and the Colour Of The Year: Ochre Gold. Such a beautiful and warm colour! I had the privilege to already work with a selection of these new colours to create some graphic artworks as an inspiration for this workshop. I made three colour palettes, each of them including Ochre Gold. With these three palettes I made three graphic artworks. I used tape in 2 different widths & created a line pattern on a canvas. After that it's just a matter of filling up the pattern with your favorite colours! As you can see the Colour Of The Year, Ochre Gold, is a beautiful warm & earthly colour that combines easily with the other colours. 

If you want to give it a try yourself & you're visiting the Meet The Blogger Conference in Amsterdam on the 3rd & 4th of October you can subscribe to the workshop by clicking here! Hope to see you there!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

maandag 21 september 2015

Snor Festival

This Sunday I visited Snor Festival, a fun and colorful festival organized by publisher Snor at Camping Lievelinge. I was invited together with a group of bloggers by Kirsten Jassies (in action on the first picture) and Claudette & Annemarieke from Snor to visit the festival, have lunch together, follow workshops and attend the launch of Shoot! the new book written by Anki & Casper from Zilverblauw

It was so nice to meet up again with this great group of talented bloggers! We were all very impressed by Anki & Casper presenting their book and we were super excited to find Shoot! in our generously filled goodybag, wow! Shoot! is a book about photography without difficult technical terms. I've only browsed through the book for a little bit but I can already tell you it's beautiful and filled with interesting tips that you can use right away! What a great job!

We had a delicious lunch prepared by Madame Charlotte and we had a great time catching up! Time was flying by, so we decided to explore the Festival before it was too late! First me, Elvera & Judith took a walk around the camping, what an awesome place! As you can see, every place to sleep was unique. We were peeking through windows to see the inside of these extraordinary busses, containers, tipi's, yurt's and even a double-decker!

There was so much to see at the Snor Festival that I had a hard time selecting my pictures! It's possible that I've never used as many pictures in one post before! There's a lot of fun stuff to do for kids, it's like a big playground! There were creative workshop to follow, stalls with cute vintage items, fabrics etc. and lot's of food & drinks to enjoy! We were all surprised how quickly the day went by, I wished I could have stayed a bit longer!

Thanks Claudette, Annemarieke and Kirsten for this superfun day with great company!! And thanks for the amazing goodybag!! I can't wait for next year to visit the festival...

Pictures by Marij Hessel
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