Monday, 21 April 2014

S.H.O.E.S. & Forever Young in Rotterdam

The Joy of Shoes
When I was about 6 years old, my mother bought me black patent leather loafers. Not because she wanted to, she thought they were hideous. But I couldn't help it, to me they were love at first sight. And I made sure they were placed on my night table, so I could see them before I fell asleep. And the next morning those black patent leather loafers were the first thing I put on.

Let me take you back to the present. I have about 20 pairs of shoes. None of them are patent leather, I prefer practical over prettiness and all are still flat soled. My boyfriend has 3 pairs of shoes. He is okay with wearing one pair almost every day. I, on the other hand, wear shoes according to my mood or I wear the ones which I think complement my outfit best. I do not think I am a shoe addict though, I have friends who have more pairs of shoes and prettier less comforting ones as well. Yet shoes are an object of interest and of joy to me. So when I heard of the exhibition S.H.O.E.S. in the "Kunsthal" in Rotterdam, I wanted to go and see it!

Welcome to Rotterdam!
Rotterdam is a city I do not visit often. But, the redesigned train station, a new artwork waiting to be discovered on almost every corner and the museum 'Kunsthal' all took my breath away. I enjoyed every nanosecond of this visit.

One of the great things of this exhibition is that it is the first MaakMee exhibition. Translated to English MaakMee means to cocreate. People could choose from 3 subjects online and after the subject shoes was chosen they could cocreate the name and contents. The exhibition is small, at some times disorienting but the amount of pretty interesting shoes made me feel that this visit was worthwhile. If you want to see it too, it runs till May 11th this year.

Clockwise: A selection of photographs taken on the street last summer. Slipper (1930) by Andre Perugia, Me watching the black suede pumps Monica (2012) by Olivia Cognet dancing in the movie [L]imitation by Conny Jansen Danst. Black Suede pump with heel of silver metal vines (1857-1959) by Holmes.

Blow by Kobi Levi

Clockwise: Gold Digger, Hot Bitch & The Boss by Sebastian Errazuriz. The two boots on the left are by Helena Angelique and the two on right are by Inge Helena Rietjens. Quote by Bette Midler. Cry Baby by Sebastian Errazuriz.

Clogs by Viktor & Rolf

Forever young
A nice surprise which brought me unexpected joy was the exhibition Forever Young. Photographer Martijn van de Griendt shares a diversity of worldwide teen cultures through time. Oh boy, the memories popping up while watching these pictures...

Does it say I love you Joy on his arm?

Monday, 7 April 2014

The Joy of experiencing that Old Habits die hard...

It's been a while..
Since I wrote my previous post, old rusty habits, which I thought were squeaky clean and dealt with, returned to the surface again. Newly created habits suffered from this, like running and blogging for example. I was not conscious of this fact immediately. It just sort of happened.

But what happened and why? Ah, the Joy of asking myself questions and writing them down has returned :)

What happened?
The last couple of weeks I've been throwing myself at work, I had deadlines to meet and an ego who wanted to proof to herself she's working full hours again and doing this in an amazing way as well. Say hello to my good old friend and rusty habit: workaholic perfectionista. But instead of being complemented about my hard work, I wasn't. And instead of feeling good about myself and my hard work, I didn't. So I started to feel a nagging feeling which I felt before but could not place yet. Then about a week ago it dawned on me: some of my old habits had returned and they had kicked out my newly created ones. And the nagging feeling I felt? It was stress, surfacing again trying to warn me. I didn't do the things I loved to do anymore.

Changing our habits is not an easy task. If it was, we all would be perfect by now and wouldn't that be boring? Just being conscious of the fact that this is happening to me and the fact I am able to choose to trade the bad old habits for the new ones I befriended last year, is a good enough answer to the why question for me. To truly and consciously undergo a learning experience is a joy and one of the things I am grateful for in this life.

So thank you life for this lesson, let's go do the things we love again!

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Rediscovering Amsterdam

Going on adventure...
It's fun, it's energizing and it saves money as well. Going on adventure in the place where we live, broadens our minds too. So go out there, take out your camera and start exploring your own town!

In Amsterdam.
Last Wednesday felt like it was springtime in Amsterdam. Accompanied by a clear blue sky it was a perfect day to go on adventure in the city I was born and raised in. I met up with a friend of mine and we decided that we would just start to walk and let the day be what it was and see what gems we would discover.

Feels like going on a treasure hunt.
We started walking until we found a typical Amsterdam sighting. The picture below is taken from the alley Sint Olofspoort, with a view on The Warmoesstraat.

We kept on walking and in the Oude Brugsteeg where we saw this red, black, white crossed civic crest of Amsterdam  on the former city ​​excise house which was built in 1635. It is now the cafe/lunchroom Heffer where you can enjoy a beer, or two, with bitterballen.

Walking towards the Beurs van Berlage we stumbled on a little inspiring gem of a pop up store. The aim of Dutch Design Year is to create a store/gallery in which they display and sell products made by young and upcoming designers.

As the sky turned grey we wandered along the canals. We met Multatuli, one of Holland's famous writers. We found the perfect place for a-something-different-and-odd-gift-which-the-bloggess-would-probably-love treasure hunt which is called the Otherist. We saw the Wester tower and a beautiful office building which was once The Dutch Life insurance company.

And then, it was time for lunch! We ordered ourselves an uitsmijter at Broodje Mokum which is an old fashioned lunchroom where locals, builders and tourists have their lunch.

Unfortunately it had started raining when we were finished. Luckily for us, just around the corner, there was an exhibition called Beauty as the imprint of the cosmos in one of the best kept secrets of Amsterdam: The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica. This exhibition lasts until May 23rd. But they have interesting exhibitions during the whole year.

We celebrated the findings of our treasures and the end of this adventure in the sunny garden of the Sound Garden with a good old fashioned glass of beer, a Vaasje.