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good design makes us happy!

Just 2 days ago, I found out that there is such a thing as international “happy day” (March 20th). As a person who generally thinks that life is much more worth while when you’re happy, I will obviously make it a celebration from now on! But really, what makes us happy? Being healthy and having amazing family and friends is an obvious reason, money helps to take away some worries, but for me, it is also the things I surround myself with. I love fashion and I love interior design. As superficial as it sounds, but a pretty bag or amazing new rug definitely make me happy. Recently, I came across an interview with the designer duo Talbot Runhof for a study done by HTC about how objects with good design have been proven to lessen negative feelings like anger and resentment and enhance creativity. Personally, I can definitely relate to the study. For example, a dining table chair needs to be comfortable and sterdy – but if it also looks good at the same time (like our Philippe Starck ghost chairs) it makes me happy and I love creating my little pop-up office around the table.

good design makes us happy - HTC & Talbot Runhof

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0 | Categories: inspiration, Interior Design, Sponsored

Louis Vuitton Women F/W 2014 Livestream

As you guys probably know, today at 10am CET Nicolas Ghesquière’s first collection for Louis Vuitton will premiere on the runway. Since I can’t be there in Paris, I will be glued to my laptop screen for the livestream. Feel free to join me, right here on Bikinis & Passports for a little fashion inspiration! I am excited to see what Nicolas has in store for us!

Louis Vuitton FW 2014/2015 Live Stream

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FOR THE HOME: Lamps & Candles by Tom Dixon

Even though we’re pretty well on our way in terms of the apartment being completely decorated (I am actually sad that I don’t have an excuse to constantly browse the online stores for new items anymore …), there is still one major challenge that needs to be tackled: LAMPS!!

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18 | Categories: Apartment, Cravings, inspiration, Interior Design, Personal

LOVING: perfect pairs

You know when you’re desperately trying to find a matching scarf for your favorite hat or jacket? Or that cozy sweater where you’d love to find the perfect statement necklace to pair it with? Well, without even trying I’ve recently bought a few items that ended up being perfect pairs. A blush powdery pink and rich petrol are definitely amongst my favorite colors this fall, and so naturally I am super smitten with all of these items in my closet. They’re constantly on rotation, and while I am sick in bed today, I thought I’d share some pretty images of my favorite pieces of the moment with you guys.

Alexander McQueen scarf

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8 | Categories: Accessories, inspiration, Jewelry