Walked into Essentiel Antwerp, a men’s and women’s clothing store from Antwerp (not that the name doesn’t give it away). At the moment they are having some fun with a Peanuts collaboration. One can swing a snoopy bag to bring a basic outfit to life or flirt in a Peanuts inspired skirt. I am always delighted to see a fun side of fashion. The store is full of bright and colorful pieces. Spring is knocking on the door in this store. It is so refreshing to experience something different but wearable at the same time. Essentiel Antwerp will bring out your inner playfulness! I Love It!!
A few pics for the men. But you get a sense of their style. I’m digging the plaid pants. Here’s a peek!
This week isostilo is hanging in Jupiter, Florida. One can’t go to Florida and not be drawn to water activities. My son conveniently lost his hat in the airport. So Blueline Surf & Paddle Co. here we come! I love surf shops and would love to call myself a surfer but no I just admire the hell of those that do! I find surf shops to be a stylish haven. The surf vibe is contagious and everything seems cooler when a surfer puts their stamp on it. Their love of the water is all-encompassing. Blueline offers everything you need to complete your beach needs. It is also a hip place to hang. There is an ice cream shop located next door and a tropical open air waterfront restaurant across the street called Guanabanas (more on this place later). Blueline has rentals for paddle boarding, surfing, and kayaking. One can also purchase a board if you are fully committed! If you head to West Palm then pass through Jupiter. The pier is a fun place to watch surfers, kite boarders, and meet a pelican. The beach runs for miles and is dog friendly. Here is what we eyed while strolling the shop.
I am always on the hunt for great owner operated shops that do it well and have authenticity. So check out Blueline Surf & Paddle Co. if you are in the area or online. isostilo is a fan!
Take a short drive out of Amsterdam to explore Loods 5, a massive furniture store located in a warehouse setting. You can find everything you need for your home. It has a similar feel to an Ikea with its grand space but with a pop up esque feel offering everything from Eames to local designers. Loods 5 is a place to draw inspiration. I love how they create themed spaces. Have a coffee and a bite then stroll along to explore everything from furniture, home accessories, to your everyday lifestyle needs. You will find something to walk away with and you will leave with fun ideas to spruce up your space! One stop shopping baby at it’s best.
Here are a few examples of larger furnishings that speaks to the Dutch shoppers (me included!) and what is currently trending. Loods 5 showcases many lines but here are a few recognizable designers that I explored: Eames, Hay, Muuto, Vitra, Fermob and their own in-house line, Design 5.
Spent hours just strolling the endless home accessories. Why is it that when one travels you marvel at others offerings? I always find myself saying “we just don’t have this at home!) The truth is I really do hunt out places and stores to experience when I travel. I welcome the opportunity to actually touch and see those finds that I have admired from a far (online). I also like to understand the aesthetic that speaks to that culture. I get inspired by other people and the way of life that can be so different from my day-to-day. So I was snapping away while in Loods 5. It doesn’t mean I have to buy or replicate it. It just means I appreciate another lens to look through when comes style.
Having experienced Amsterdam with a new-born, I had immediately fell in love with the Dutch aesthetics for children. I grew an appreciation for their parenting styles, family Sunday rituals of spending time in a park, to only needing the necessary gadgets to survive those young years. I still have a soft spot for the lovely, sweet, and well designed children’s furniture, toys, and accessories that are found in Holland. I have held on to all the Dutch treasure that I collected for my son. They hold memories of a time and place for me. So exploring the curated pieces of Loods 5 for children made me smile!
Staying active and staying outdoors is the theme here in Montana. Yesterday’s activity was a five hour snowshoe hike in the northwest tip of Yellowstone National Park led led by our fearless leader, Ken from Yellowstone Safari Company. An amazing day trekking through snow enjoying the natural beauty of a constant changing landscape.
One learns how vast this land is when you put on snowshoes and think you are going to just take a hike to explore Yellowstone. Yellowstone is so large that five hours of adventure trekking just gave me a taste of the majestic environment. Although no wildlife was spotted on this outing, a distant grizzly sighting would have been amazing. I did feel like a humble trespasser in their vast home of unspoiled wilderness. It is breathtakingly beautiful and nature is meant to be respected and enjoyed.
The day started off chilly but by the end I was peeling off layers of clothing. It was a bluebird day. I have a few more wrinkles from the sun but they will be a constant reminder of this beautiful day!
This week I am enjoying a family vacation with our dear friends in Big Sky, Montana. Land in Bozeman and drive 1.5 hours. Easy! One goes from the big flat land of traveling 70 miles per hour on a main road with the big boy trucks just hauling to a landscape of trees that sneak up on you. There are no scary, twisting mountain roads that you endure. Arriving late at night did not allow for us to take in the beauty of what we would be waking up to. But upon waking to the sun rising and a window view of the mountains of Big Sky I can share that mother nature is stunning. My morning coffee routine for this week will be sitting at a small round table perched on a baby blue Eames chair watching the sunrise and the mountain waking up.
There is something special about Montana. It doesn’t take long to forget about the city life and welcome the calmness of the mountains. I love the vast landscape and the bright clear sky at night that makes me feel like the stars are reachable. As I have shared, I have resisted skiing for many years and did not grow up with this activity in my life. But over the years I have been flirting with it. Last year was a turning point for me. It was here at Big Sky that I embraced it a bit more and took lessons. I have nothing to prove on the slopes because I have proven to myself that it is never too late to give something a go. Believe me at times like yesterday that I felt I was way over my head with no alternative way down. But I am perfecting the art of the side slide. I enjoy the wide open terrain and the long rolling trails that Big Sky offers as well as the apre scene at Madison (eye on the prize!). This mountain has something to offer for everyone. It is massive! Big Sky is laid back with a chill vibe. A vibe that is contagious.
This year I am fortunate to be here again. I will be embracing all the fun this mountain offers. The spring like temperatures have my arms wide open to all the adventures! THANKFULLY my family and friends are beyond patient and encouraging when I click into the skis. But today I am trading in the skis for a full day snowshoe adventure. Fingers crossed that it doesn’t have me meeting a grizzly! Stay tuned. xo
The Amsterdam posts are still flowing! Baskets, a new shop for me that I stumbled upon while exploring on foot. Here is the deal, when I tank up on coffee it just leads to hours of exploring. Baskets catches your eye with its garage door like entrance. It allows you to have glimpse into a beautiful and bright environment from the street. I love street wear and street culture and this shop showcases it in a wearable way. This is a mens shop but has lots of unisex pieces or as my girlfriend says “snackable pieces”. I could have easily walked out with a few elevated basics for my husband or a beanie (can’t have to many:), hoody or kicks for myself. I will keep this place in my memory bank of places to revisit.
Check out Baskets for yourself. It is always a fun way to gain style inspiration.
Yesterday’s style. I’m holding on to winter just so I can get some more wear out of my outerwear!
I’m a beanie girl. Meet my new love. A gift from my husband from his Japan travels. He knows my style too well! I love the patch and the blue on blue. The Japanese have perfected the attention to detail.
I am recycling a cloth skull and star shopping bag from a store purchase that I made some time ago in Amsterdam. I love handbags and have spent years collecting them. But funny how this cloth bag seems more my style lately.
Along with the beanie came a sweatshirt. The dyed indigo blue sweatshirt has an irregular texture and surface that will only get better with wear. I appreciate the detail of the deeper blue ribbed cuffs and neck that gives the sweatshirt a hint of a worn in look. For a blue loving girl like myself, this has become a favorite.
As promised I have been committed to wearing what’s in my closet. I’m falling back in love with my old favorite DENHAM jeans (my booty jeans). DENHAM are jean makers and are all about the details. For me, this particular pair are all about the back pockets. They are a straight fit and work well with kicks or a kitten heel.
My absolute favorite new piece added to my outerwear arsenal. This was a recent sale bin score from Henrik Vibskov. I immediately fell in love with this hip length, two-tone color (unusual paring I thought) puffy with a blue wave that hugs the jacket. It is one piece that you either love it or question the hell out of it. I Love It! A forever piece for me. Fashion forward and playful at the same time.