Friday, October 9, 2015


It's been one week since I've been back on my sunny, very hot temperature, island of Curacao. I love the summer all year long kind of weather, but I liked the change of weather I had the last 3 weeks in Europe. I had some winter/fall clothing on and wasn't all prepared for the "cold" nights in Holland. But nonetheless it was a pretty change from this Caribbean weather we have.

Because I wanted to keep this pieces of nature, I just stored the leaf between a magazine and took it back home with me. This leaf will come back in some styling moodboards that I'm planning to do. So I'll just wish you a good weekend and hopefully you have lots a great stuff planned or just a chill weekend. Is always a good one to do.

I'll see you guys next week again. Ta-ta!!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

VT Wonen & Design Fair 2015

*WARNING: Long post here*. I had the pleasure to visit the VT Wonen & Design fair last week. It was also one of the reason we took the trip to Europe. I was so excited to go and was truly impressed with everything that was displayed there. It was my first time visiting this fair, so when I got the floorplan I was shocked as it seemed so huge that it would be impossible to see everything in one day. So, I kind of stepped on it and began my journey through all things interior design and decor. The other great thing was, that I went alone and I pretty much enjoyed every bit of it. Making shots, doing some shopping and being inspired by it all.

Just beneath this awesome lighting was a restaurant, so you can get your food and enjoy ambiance around you. One of the things I couldn't attend was one of the speakings at the Woontheater. So I don't really know how it went up there. Kind of bumped for that. But hey, eating a cheesecake and sipping on some tea, was also good for me.

I was immediately pulled in by this blue corner and that black & white photograph. It was a great combination of all shades of blue with wood color in this little blue corner. It was very impressive how they combined all the corners with all different color combinations. Just in front of the blue corner, there was a letterpress stand were you could buy beautiful cards or make your own personal one.

One of those things that was new to me was these tiles, the Storytiles. They were so unique and cute and can you imagine a piece of wall or floor decorated with them? A piece of art with a story, how cool is that?! 

I'm loving these light bulb letters. I have to find someone on the island to make me these. They are totally awesome and will light up your working space or in your home, but then a smaller size. Monkey looking out for his new owner up there.

It was really worth the trip and I'm surely want to visit more fairs like this. This one was more than I expected and I loved every bit of it. Got lots of books and some decor pieces with me and ofcourse I couldn't bring them in my suitcase, cause it will cause overweight. Which nevertheless I had. It's getting expensive to travel people. Buy stuff and just ship them, because it will cost so much less. 
But did you have the pleasure to visit this fair? What did you think?

Photos taken by JenPen Creative Studio

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

YOB : Shurdon Faneyte of DANSH Urban Gym

Your Own Boss series has been quiet for some months now. It's actually not very easy to get someone to do this interview. But this time I went to my own family, as I want to introduce my cousin to this series. He's a few years younger than me and I'm very proud of what he has accomplish at his age. So let me introduce to you Shurdon Faneyte of DANSH Urban Gym.

Two weeks ago I was in his gym located in Coolhaven, Rotterdam in the Netherlands (Holland). Something in my head told me a few weeks earlier prior the trip, that I might go do some exercise at his gym. Sooner than later I told myself that, that won't happen, but the bright idea came to me that he would be perfect for this series. He has his degree in IT, but decided that being a personal trainer would be more his thing to do. So he got his degree in sports. 

Let's get more inside from himself, shall we?!

DANSH, what is the idea behind the name and what is DANSH all about?
The idea behind the name? Well, beside sports, dancing was always the thing I did. So one day after school I was playing soccer with some friends and they kept telling me that it  seemed like I was dancing with the ball. One of them called me then ShurDansh and so the name DANSH was born.
What is DANSH all about? Well, today DANSH is an office for Sports and Physical Activities.
What we do at DANSH is the development and management of sport and physical activities for all age groups and nationalities through a multicultural team of sports instructors. In the future DANSH will be a movement that will improve communication between the government and the people of the lower class. A revolutionary goal by a rebellious diplomacy. Sports is the communication source which is used in order to achieve this goal.

Why did you decide to start a business of your own?
I told myself that I will be working in sports for the rest of my life. When I finished my sport studies there was no work available and in the sport clubs there was no appreciation for the sport instructor. The clubs where investing  only in the equipments and not in the instructors that was working.
I’m the best instructor and I want to be treated like the best so I decided to start training my own people. Credits come from the people that train not from the boss.

One of my biggest dream was/is to be a world champion in sports. By circumstances, I could not be a professional athlete but by having my own business I feel like a professional athlete. Doing business and having all the elements of a professional athlete like: perseverance, endurance, focus and entrepreneurial urge. I believe that by making DANSH a professional organization I will make it possible for other people to be world champions. It’s not about me anymore. It’s about making it possible for people to make a difference for themselves and their children.

What are some of the high and low points of starting your own business?
The lows:
It’s a lonely road. People are not obliged to help you but you still expect it from them. You have high expectations but the results are so low the first 2 years. You have to be patient and fight very hard to make people believe in you. You have to keep going and keep believing.

The highs: People accept me for who I am and the way I move. I still have my Urban street flow. I close deals wearing my cap and T-shirt. I do not wear a suit to do like I'm good. I like that so much.

What is your greatest achievement until now?
That people of the government are calling me to answer questions for them that have to do with reaching the foreign population of Rotterdam. I think because of my diplomatic Urban Flow.

Where do you get your inspiration?
I am my own god and Youtube is my bible. I search for stories about; silicon valley, Bob Marley, Tupac,  and Osho. My power is that I dream, I write it down and I do what I writeI'm not staying in dreamland but I bring my dreams into practice. DANSH Will Do It.

What advice can you give to those who would like to part of the YOB club?
Don’t do it. It’s messed up. 24/7 you will be working. There will be no money. Your bills will be so much that you will get crazy.
Getting started is easy, but to keep on doing what you have started is very difficult. People will bring you first down. You must survive and keep on going and continue doing the same thing you started. The same people who brought you down will lift you up after 2 years. If you tell a lie long enough (2 years) it will automatically become a reality.

This is one guy who went through the ups and downs of starting on his own. Shurdon, thank you for doing this interview and being part of the YOB Club. You will inspire others.
For more information about DANSH Urban Gym, click here and for his facebook page, click here.

Photos taken by JenPen Creative Studio

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Store Tour : Arrangerie 13

On my trip in Europe, I went to Antwerp, Belgium for a day. I met up with a friend who lives in Belgium but not in Antwerp, so it was kind of like the first time for both us. When I was a kid and living in the Netherlands, I went to Antwerp with my family, but never to this cool street that has all those vintage and second hand stores. I was like a kid again. My husband tagged along but eventually left us crazy gals enjoying all those beautiful pieces. I was so bumped that I couldn't buy them all and take them back to Curacao. I only bought the teapot I put in the Monday Moodboard.

But the first store we saw was called ARRANGERIE 13. We were drawn by the beauty of the furniture, the beauty of the building itself. If you can appreciate furniture pieces like relationship than you know what I mean. ARRANGERIE 13 has their own working place inside the store where they restore the furniture pieces. It's a three stores store in an old European building. The stairs were narrow, but it was amazing.

When looking in old buildings, it's a good thing to look up and down. The beautiful floor tiles in these spaces were just as part of the decor as the furniture itself. A great combination by putting some newly art and greenery in the space. The great thing in this store was that it wasn't crowed, filled with loads of vintage stuff. That gave you a feeling that you were entering somebody's home and surely made the store even more unique.

So if you are a fan of vintage and mid-century furniture pieces, this surely is a store you must visit in Antwerp. When the time is right again, I going to pass through here again and hopefully bring something back home.
ARRANGERIE 13 is located at:
Muntstraat 13
Antwerp, Belgium

Do you like go to stores like these when you're on vacation or business trips?

Monday, October 5, 2015

Monday Moodboard : Europe Trip

Oh my, it's October already and I've been away from the blog for 2 weeks *shame*. I've promised you that I would have posted two times a week since I went on my Europe trip and I kept that promise the first week. But the last two weeks went by so quickly. I went to several places, met up with friends and family and to badly the laptop didn't get a chance in between. I did have my phone everywhere with me so if you are following me on INSTAGRAM, you got a glimpse at my weeks there. After my EXPO MILANO post, we went back to Holland and did allot. Check out this mood board I made of my Europe trip.

We went a total 3 weeks, which one of them was spent in Milan & Barcelona. The two other weeks, we spent in Holland and we took a day trip to Belgium.

My mood board consists of:
Yessss, I took nature with me!!! I love how the leaf turns in all sorts of pretty color.

One of the many reasons that we took this trip is to visit this huge fair in Amsterdam Rai about interior designing and all what comes with it. I went alone and had the greatest time walking around and taking pictures and getting so much inspiration. I bought some books and some decor pieces. I had to ship them, because it would be to heavy to put in my suitcase. So stay tuned for the goodies I found there.
- IKEA pencil
Who doesn't love IKEA? When there is an IKEA in the neighborhood, I will be sure to visit it. 

- EXPO MILANO admission ticket
You've already seen the post I did on the visit I had at the EXPO. It was really cool to see all those countries. The effort they all did to be there was amazing.

- ELECTROTECHNIEK '15 admission ticket
One of the other reason we took this trip was for my husband to visit this conference/fair in the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht. It was all about electrical installation, lighting, solar panels and everything else that has something to do with it. I went as part of his company, Ricardo Instalashon Duradero. It was so cool to see him there. He was so impressed with everything and got more inspiration and experience for his company at home. 

- CLOGS key chain
Clogs are part of Holland and couldn't leave without a buying a little souvenir. 

One of the greatest and cutest things I bought was this vintage teapot I found in a vintage store in Belgium. I'm sorry to say that I don't have her card or the receipt anymore (I've lost it) and so I don't remember what the name of the store was. But it was located in the Kloosterstraat.

There will always be the opportunity to shop and I found a great store in Milan & Barcelona  with affordable prices. So ofcourse I did some shopping.

I glad to be home and I wouldn't have mind to stay one more week, so I could have attended the Meet the bloggers Event.Unfortunately we booked for three weeks and the event was last weekend. I was then staring at the sky and asking why it's so hot. Yes, it's the Caribbean weather down here. But there are going to be lots of new content on the blog and I'm really happy for that. So stay tuned.

Have a lovely start of the week. How was your weekend?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Thursday Travel : Expo 2015 Milano

I'm still on my Europe trip and it's so cool that I can share a Thursday Travel with you that I experienced yesterday. Show some love for internet!!! (doing the wave here).Yesterday I had the chance to go to the EXPO 2015 Milano. This is one very well and huge organized expo with several countries participating and showing how they can give a greener helping hand to mother earth. There were countries from Colombia to Qatar. It's huge and there is allot of walking here and surely something worth seeing. I couldn't go into every country site, because the lines were very long. 

I seriously love these ceiling lamps. So creative and unique. This one was located in the restaurant in the Brasil house.

I love the originality of every country and how it was all set up. Must have taking the organization forever to make this possible this year at Milan, Italy, but it was worth the visit. After closing the trip of the EXPO, I didn't have any feet left to walk on, but I'm glad I did the visit. If you happen to be in Italy, the expo is open till October 31st. For more information on this expo, please click here.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Organize with Shelves

I've been wanted to arrange my photo frames in my living room by putting them all together in one place. I have frames a bit all over the place and it's starting to annoy me. I'm always giving people the advice to organize stuff, so this would be the right time to be organizing these photo frames shelves. Yesterday I was in one of the many IKEA's in Holland and I saw the photo frames and these are just the greatest invention to create style in your space by putting your frames together and to add extra elements to make the wall shelving pop.

It's a great way to combine your photo frames with art, plants, books or little decor pieces, like things you find or buy on your travel adventures. This way you won't have to drill a hole for every frame you want to hang up and that is surely a big relief. When I'm back on the island I'll be going to work on this project. Will keep you posted. 
How do you organize your pictures and art pieces all together?

Friday, September 11, 2015

Friday Weekend Action

I'll be heading today to my favorite destination : Europe. I've been saying in a few posts already that we're planning a trip for the coming 3 weeks. I'm so excited for this one, because even if I've was born there (in the Netherlands to be exact) and was partially raised there (once again in the Netherlands), we'll be going places I've never been before while I was living there. I'm also excited to go the VT Wonen beurs. That will surely be on of the highlights for me.

I'll be planning to post 2 times a week, as I would be having allot of time to sit down and be on the blog. But you'll can see my actions on my Instagram. So be sure to follow me there. So for this Friday Weekend Action, I suggest you just have fun and try to explore and travel. Traveling is always a fun way to get inspired. Thank you for the reads and I'll be seeing you back soon here. Have a good one.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Day Trip Curacao

Last week I was looking for some wine products made here on the island. I knew about this place Curacao Winery and was very curious how they fixed up one of the oldest country houses on the island and ofcourse how their vineyard is looking. It was a good start of the day. 

There is a free "Wine Walk". It's a tour where you'll get the history of country house, plantation and who's behind this genius idea. The first thing I asked if there were any iguanas walking around, otherwise I would have stayed on the porch. I'm scared as hell of those animals. But I'm glad I didn't see any and it surely was worth the walk. Even the heat of the sun was mild and there was a lovely breeze. I got a program to follow, but I was mesmerized by the beauty around me. I could have easily put a chair, sit and stare along. So peaceful.

This beautiful place is located very close to our airport. It's like 5 minutes with the car. Next year the grapes will be wine and ready to crack opening some bottles. It would surely be a great local product to buy. This was more of a morning trip than a full day trip on Curacao. Hope you liked it and if you would like to check some more day trips on the island, click here and here.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Creative Workspace : Studio SMÄM

After featuring yesterday the Atelier of Ashley Mauricia, I was intrigued by how artists keep their studio. Most of them keep them a bit messy with all the paintbrushes and paint drops everywhere and for a space like that it feels awesome. So I went looking for more creative workspaces like that. I stumbled upon this beautiful one of Sara Woodrow.

She's an artist that draws these very beautiful images. Her space doesn't need to be all about color and to much decor. The simplicity in here brings so much peace and that it will flow your creativity completely in the right place. I really love the rug on the hard wooden floor. Once more a great combination with the white walls. The wooden touches on the walls brings a warm feeling to the space and allot of natural lights comes through the window. I think she must be in there the whole day. A true artist space. 
What do you think? Do you love the simplicity approach in this room?

source: Sara Woodrow
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