Le Jardin Botanique en Bruxelles

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LE JARDIN BOTANIQUE EN BRUXELLES

Le Jardin Botanique, a friday walk in city nature..

A few phone calls concerning a walk in le jardin botanique and then a door opens.. A few smiles followed by a few what..what.. what?.. no, nothing. We take the road, picking some water from the corner shop and take the tram 92 that brings us all the way to the upper part of the jardin botanique.

What a lovely garden but it’s a shame that you hear the noise of the street. We look at the ducks and later we notice that the have made a bee keep in between the trees and bushes. It’s funny, once I wished that there would be no more bees in the world, and now I don’t mind them so much. The road takes us from the top to the middle where we make a quick detour for administrative reasons.

Entering the lower part of jardin botanique we take a look at the fishes and the thoughts start wandering off. We have a conversation about falling in to water that you are not supposed to be in, for health reasons. Later we talk about nature reserves and water falls and we compare some experiences from France and Sweden. We look once again at the fishes that are alive and swimming around in the center of Brussels and then we take the road again..

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Copenhagen

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Copenhagen

Mother and daughter weekend in Copenhagen

First time in Copenhagen was a wonderful weekend that I spent with my mother. We both came from two different directions and met up at the airport in Copenhagen. We stayed in a nice apartment hotel in the very center of town. A great location with walking distance everywhere.

We were mostly there to relax a little bit and to enjoy walking around the town. We picked up asian street food for lunch and wondered through parks and endless little charming streets, full of cosy bars and café’s.

Copenhagen is a big town with a charming atmosphere. There is a lovely blend of architecture, both aged houses and new designs find their place side by side. Even though Denmark is quite known for design and fashion, this is still a very relaxed place where everyone seam to have their own style.

I could have spent a few weeks just wondering the streets of Copenhagen, enjoying the vibe of Scandinavia at it’s best.

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Making a wedding dress

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Making a wedding dress

A special dress is even more special if you make it your self..

Making a wedding dress is a very special thing and it’s probably the most important dress that you will ever wear. My good friend Ammeri got married to her man Barry a few weeks ago. After their lovely wedding, it’s finally time to share a special moment of preparation before the big day.

Ammeri loves handcrafts and putting her creative mind to work so she decided to make her own wedding dress out of a lovley old dress that was hanging in her closet. The dress had a beautiful fabric and a unique style but it needed a few changes in order to fit for the occasion. The skirt part of the dress was already beautiful but the top was not quite fitting correctly and the fabric was a little bit to tired to really live up to such a special day.

Ammeri asked me for help to think of a new top design that would blend in with the skirt and after a few attempts, she was able to create a perfect pattern in silk that she could decorate with cut out’s on the shoulders.

On the wedding day, she was a beautiful bride in her handmade wedding dress and many guests where stunned by her beautiful work. She even found time to make a tie for her groom and small decorative accessories for the grooms men. In the end, handmade gives a personal touch to an event like this.

Ammeri was not the only one who worked hard to ad the personal touch. Her mother who came all the way form Finland to be at the wedding had been working on her own surprise. When the guests had enjoyed a fantastic dinner at a local bio restaurant, we all received a bag to take home and in the bag was a pair of hand knitted socks, one pair for each guest. This was certainly a memorable touch on a memorable day.

A lovely wedding experience and many beautiful memories. All the best to Ammeri and Barry and loads of happy times to come their way..

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Bienvenue Chez Serge Hologne

Serge Hologne - actor - comedian

Bienvenue Chez Serge Hologne

The Actor, the Comedian,the Musician, the Union Bhoy

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Serge Hologne is an artist living in Saint-gilles, Bruxelles. He is an actor, a musician, a painter, and a devoted union bhoy. I am happy to welcome you in to his home..

Stepping in to your home, I get a strong feeling of the one living here. It’s very personal and filled with character. Do you think that your home reflects you?

Probably.. as any appartment normaly reflects the person who lives there. It’s true that it can look particular as it’s filled with objects. People who visit me sometimes say that it’s like a museum and they ‘re not completly wrong. I tend to collect things, like old toys for example, mostly little cars “Dinky toys”. Most of them used to belong to my dad when he was a kid.

You seam to be drawn to vintage, retro and odd objects.. 

It’s true that I’ve always been interested in all that stuff we call “vintage”. It’s a word that I don’t especially like as it is used in fashion.. ( why should I be the only one allowed to love things from the past? ) but yes, I particulary like de 50’s design.

I see a lot of old photos in golden frames and funny postcards all over you place. Where do you find these things?

I go to the flea market several times a week, mostly just before it’s closing. By then all the sellers really prefer to sell things for one euro and get rid of as much as possible, instead of packing everything up and carry it back. That’s the perfect time for buying stuff that might have ended up broken and abandoned on the ground or in the garbage. Sometimes I’m attracted by one of those old frames with, as you said, pictures of people that more than probably are dead today. When I  hang them on my wall, it’s like they were part of my own family, even if I have no idea who they were. I like the idea that they are hung side by side, even if one has nothing to do with the other. In a way it’s also sad to see pictures abandonned on the ground, ( I can’t buy all of them ) as they are traces of moments of life.

What about your own style, in terms of clothing etc.. Is this an image that you are conscious about when you get dresses in the morning?

No. I don’t think I have a particular style. My only thing is that I always wear shirts and pull over’s of a certain brand, but it comes from a long time ago. I wanted to wear it because it was associated (and still is) with the music I was listening to at the time ( rocksteady – roots reggae ). I still wear the same brand because I’m used to it and I still like that kind of music, but for me it’s more of a habit than a conscious choice.

Let’s talk a bit about your work.. How do you deal with being a freelance artist? Do you have good self diciplin?

I consider my work as an actor as my main activity.. so I’m depending on what I’m offered as work. It’s not really up to me to decide when I work, but I do my best to make myself known by the film directors. I check websites everyday for casting announcements and I’m referenced in casting agencies. Most of my work at the moment is acting in advertising which it is sometimes interesting. They are short movies after all and I earn a living doing it. I would like to work much more often than I do!

Working with music and drawing.. no, I don’t have good self discipline, but I consider those stuff more like hobbies.

Tell me about you as the singer Eddy Tornado. How and when did that start?

Eddy Tornado is defenetly a character( as in comic strip ) that I played. It was interesting for saying things without being responsable for, because it wasn’t serge Hologne, in a way. In the beginnig I knew that he was going to be a rock’n roll singer. The idea was to make him sing things in french on surf music, and to compose lyrics that people wouldn’t know how to interpret .. ” Is it serious? or is he kidding?” between first and second degree. Eventually, even I didn’t know sometimes.

I started to make concert of what I used to call “karaoké surf’n roll” (understand that I used to sing on instrumental surf records, in bars). Then somebody told me how nice it would be if Eddy Tornado would play with a band, which he later did. The band was called Eddy Tornado et Les Scandaleux. After 5 years of great moments, I got a bit bored with the style of music that we were playing and that was it.

I kept the name Eddy Tornado for starting a new “career” as a comedian and played a one man show for three years.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on a musical solo project. I’m not sure its gonna last. There’s also another musical band we’re starting, called MORSE. It sounds like shoegazing.

What’s up next for you?

I’m playing live with my solo project and I’m acting in a short movie. It’s called ” Le zombie au vélo” by Christophe Bourdon. It’s kind of a parody (and tribute at the same time) of movies by the Dardenne brothers. Besides that, I’m waiting for news from a casting that I made for a french movie. If I get it, I will be working on that in September.

What about football and the club l’Union.. It seams to take up a lot of your time and focus?

Yes, it’s the club of my heart. I discovered it by a hazard.. 15 years ago during a walk in parc Duden here in Saint-Gilles. I was with a friend and we heard the sound of a football match somewhere close by. So we had a look trough the trees and asked the people next to us what team it was. The next game, we decided to have a look from inside the stadium … and since then, we never quit being Union supporters.

Visit Serge at sergehologne.com

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The Perfect Summer Dress

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The Perfect Summer Dress

Now available to order at La petite nina on Etsy.

Summer is finally here and we all need a perfect summer dress that is comfortable and easy to wear. I have recently come back to Bruxelles from a trip to Sweden. At the moment there is many things to do and many places to go. This dress has quickly become one of my favorites and I find my self slipping in to it, day as evening.

The dress is made in a comfortable and light cotton jersey. The matching headband is a fun accessory that brightens up the outfit. Simply throw on a pair of heels with and you have a great party outfit.

For more outfit’s and style inspiration, you can follow me on pinterest. The dress is handmade to order and available here!

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La Frenésié – Vintage Interior Design & Decor

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La Frénésie – Vintage Interior Design & Decor

A furniture & design-shop where Caroline Moreau has created her own vintage paradise..

The newly opened shop La Frenésié is located next to the popular vintage market Marché aux puces in Bruxelles. It’s a place where you can find vintage interior design furniture and decor, as well as flowers and outdoor plants.

The owner Caroline Moreau is originally from France but based in Bruxelles since a long time where she lives with her man and their 2 kids. In her shop she has managed to create her own little paradise where she has gathered all the things that she loves. Stepping in to La Frénésie is like traveling to the 50’s, except for the space it self which is fresh and light and simply a perfect canvas for all the beautiful furniture and cute little objects.

Caroline collects and renovates vintage interior design pieces that she sells in her shop. She also repaints decor that she combines with fresh flower arrangements. At the moment you will find bright pastels and fresh colors that suits perfect for summer.

Before she started her own shop, Caroline was working as a florist. This is something that she decided to take with her. In between that and opening her shop, she was unemployed for a couple of years. This period was crucial, she tells me. This is when she finally decided to realize the dream that she had since a long time. During meetings and brainstormings with other people in search of their next career move, Caroline gradually started to shape her dream in to a reality.

When I get up in the morning, it never really feels like I am going to work because I always look forward to being in the shop..”

Working is now a pleasure for Caroline and the area around the market offers a lot of social interaction between the different shop owners. The market is full of visitors during the weekends but in the week the tempo is calm and it let’s her the time she needs to work on renovations and other arrangements. Caroline has succeeded to combine all the things that she loves in her shop. Since there are so many different things to work with, the job stays interesting and exciting.

When she is not working with the shop, she is devoted to music which is another one of her passions. She sings in the Rockabilly band “The Saint-Gillbillies” and their records are sold in her shop. The band is a group of friends who share the love for rockabilly/country/surf music. During the summer they play live at several locations. If you like that kind of music, make sure to check out the band page for upcoming concerts.

“I have never been happier..”

Caroline is a woman who lives her 50’s image and she happily invites the visitors in to her universe at La frénésie. The shop is not that different from her home that’s also filled with vintage interior design but she has now found her very own space where she decorates and rearranges as she pleases. When she finds a break in her day, she can simply sit down next to her flowers and look out over the market and chat with friends passing by..

For more style and inspiration you can follow Caroline on Pinterest. Also check out her facebook page for shop updates and special events!

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Visit La Frénésie

The shop is located on 67 Place du Jue de Balles, 1000 Bruxelles.

Many People come to Place du Jeu de Balles during the weekend to dig trough the vintage market and listen to live music. It’s a meeting point for “les Bruxellois” and well oriented visitors who are looking for unique design furniture and deco, as well as clothing and accessories.

La Frénésie is open from Thursday – Sunday, 10:00 – 18:00.

The Floral Vintage Fabric Dress

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The Floral Vintage Fabric Dress

A one of a kind dress made from a vintage fabric from the 40’s..

Last week I found this lovely floral vintage fabric from the 40’s. It was so light but still quite heavy with a nice fall so I decided to make a summer dress.

Since I was only able to get my hands on a very limited amount of fabric, this dress is a one of a kind piece and it feels kind of wonderful to be able to use something that is so old and make something brand new with it.

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Vintage Treasuries at Modes

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Vintage Treasuries at Modes

An afternoon of hunting vintage treasuries..

This afternoon I met up with my friend Johanna at Modes to look for vintage treasuries. The sun was out and since it’s “fete de la musique” in Bruxelles, there was music playing a bit everywhere around town.

When I arrived to Modes, Johanna was already diving in to the rows of lovely dresses and as I was not really looking for anything special I just walked around the shop while she was in the fitting-rooms. Suddenly I saw it, the answer to the dilemma of having to find a new bag to replace my beloved but tired old Delvaux-bag. It was the exact same bag that I was wearing, a vintage Delvaux that looked brand new. Everyone working in the shop was a stunned as I was and it was clear that it was my lucky day..

After my success at Modes, me and Johanna enjoyed a nice walk and later we sat down to have a coffee and to listen to some music. All together a lovely afternoon!

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Midsummer Flowers

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Midsummer Flowers

Everything that is blooming at the moment..

Midsummer flowers and celebrations is what today is all about. Today is the day we swedes celebrate midsummer and I thought that it’s a great day to notice things that are blooming around me.

I just recently came back to Bruxelles after a few weeks of holidays and now that I have landed a bit, I have had the time to visit some markets and spend some time walking around the neighborhood. Yesterday I went to pick up a nice bouquet of roses in the little flower shop not far from home. It’s always nice to have some flowers at home to brighten up the day and they smell so good too.

The sundays here in Bruxelles is a great day to visit markets. I went to “Jue de Balle” and I found a lovely floral print vintage fabric from the 40’s that will be perfect for a summer dress. At the side of the market, a friend of mine has opened a shop called La Frenesie where she is selling furniture and pretty little objects for the home. All of the shop is filled with treasuries from the 50’s that she reworks and renovates with a very personal touch.

I wish you all a nice midsummer!

 

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Last days of the petite wool coat..

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Last days of the petite wool coat

High collared petite wool coat for a simple and minimalist woman..

From this lovely blue quality wool I made two light and simple petite wool coats for winter viscose with satin lining. As these are the last days for wool coats, it’s time to share them with you before the spring flowers and the warm sun comes upon us..

I have always loved to shop for jackets and coats but it’s one of the things that I hesitate to make for my shop as it takes a lot of work and the materials are quite expensive. However, I decided to make a few petite wool coat samples of the styles that I love the most. I love clan and well fitted coats that are light to wear but that keeps you warm.

For this petite wool coat I have chosen a high collar to protect from the wind, and a straight fit that gives a classic and chic look. You can find all the handmade La petite nina coats here.

 

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