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Space, loads and loads of space. How I miss my affordable Brussels apartment. Of course, I am thrilled to be in London - a city that never sleeps and that embraces fully the Christmas spirit - but boy do I miss the space, I won't even mention the closet space :/ We have finally settled in, and just in time for Christmas may I add. As I was browsing my computer, it hit me that I had never shared with you were I lived in Brussels. So I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share with you the things I miss most about my Brussels apartment. Both my friends and my boyfriend taunt me on the fact that I have a huge box and jar fetish. The jars full of - now uneatable - marshmallows was a brilliant idea I stole from Dorothy. Hopefully, I can share soon pictures form our London apartment too.
//Jutka & Riska//
For those of you who follow me on Instagram and Twitter you might already know that I spent last Saturday with the lovely and very talented Sofie from Fashionata. She took me around her city, Antwerp (Belgium), and brought me to her favourite places to go. I have been to Antwerp quite a few times already but it was great to discover the city thought someone else's eyes. We in the Starbucks at the central station for coffee and actually ended up staying there for a while sharing our PR stories and blog related stories. Sofie then took me to the Verso restaurant for lunch and for a bit of shopping in the gorgeous Verso shop. It's a mini Belgium version of the French Printemps and the English Liberty. Then we headed of to one of Sofie's favourite shops that sells over 40 different brands from all over, Enes. Muriel, the owner of the store was a delight to talk to and Enes offers the most amazing leather and fur coats. We poped into the new COS store, Mango and Step-by-step, and then to a super creative and affordable -as it should be - vintage store called Jutka&Riska. I just had to stop at the new candy store in town, Doctor Seven, which sells you candy and mostly jelly beans and fun packaging. Finally, we sat down for a delicious cold bubble tea at Jili which was the perfect way to end the day.
Stay tuned for part two, a new day and a new city to discover. You can follow our hotspots on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #hotspotsbytoniandsofie
// My favourites from the Show//
The Fashion Show, Second hand, second life, is one of the most highly anticipated fashion events here in Brussels. It is also one with heart. The best Belgian designers and stylists, as well as the young up-and-coming talents, have been happily giving their time for the last ten years to take part in this event. Every year they outdo themselves by creating the most impressive and original pieces from old scraps of material and second hand clothes that have been donated by thousands of people. When creativity and generosity comme together you truly get one spectacular show. These one of a kind pieces then go up for auction during the rest of the evening, and all the funds collected go towards a new social project, that of opening a house able to welcome young homeless kids, as well as keeping it up and running.
My favourite from the evening was Kim Stumpf's amazingly cosy coats, the creative yet elegant Delvaux bags and the gorgeous super feminin five dresses created by Sandrina Fasoli. Thank you to Tom and Stijn for having me for the evening.
For all my pictures from the evening go here.