Unless you’ve spent the last year on a deserted island, you must have realized by now that nail art is hot and happening.
I admit, I wasn’t a fan at first and I’m still not into applying nail art to all ten nails at the same time, but I love a subtle accent here and there.
I’m not gonna lie, I have a thing for people who are chasing their dreams and even more when they succeed in it. Enter Elfi De Bruyn, whom I most definitely could give another alias to go by: the queen of nail art perhaps? Just check her blog, Facebook or Instagram account and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
She published her first book last year, Happy Nails, which not only covers a bunch of nail art projects, but also talks about taking care of your hands and feet and offers multiple diy tricks. I got myself a copy over the Christmas holidays and I sure took a cue from the queen of nail art.
Elfi is in for a rollercoaster ride this year as well with her title being published in different languages and the long-awaited Happy Nails 2 to be released this fall.
Being a busy bee the lady prepared a cool event next weekend (February 15th & 16th) in collaboration with Antwerp-based concept store The Public Image: the first pop-up nailbar to hit Antwerp.
Elfi will be around to pimp your nails for a small fee and if you aren’t very creative yourself, don’t worry: a custom nail menu will be available.
Spots are limited though next weekend, so make sure you reserve yours via nele(@)thepublicimage.be.
Over the weekend, I finally got the chance to experience the beauty that is Diamanti per Tutti, the Antwerp-based diamond fashion brand.
I remember them starting out not that long ago and have come to appreciate them over time. When I learned they would be popping up in Antwerp this December, I was in for a visit.
Though I must admit that one of the main reasons I wanted to check out their pop-up shop, was their collaboration with Belgian journalist and lifestyle blogger Stephanie Duval (look out for a special post on their Diamanti per Tutti x 70percentpure collab soon).
I have to admit, upon entering the shop, I fell in love. The interior is so stylish and beautiful and the jewellery couldn’t be displayed in a better way.
I think their presence in a shop, albeit a pop-up shop, during this holiday season was a smart move. After all, I wouldn’t have left with two boxes if it were to be bought online.
And as to what was in the two boxes… well, I guess you’ll just have to wait and see, or maybe check my Instagram on Christmas Eve for some sparkles.
‘Tis the season of pop-up shops, that I can tell you. I have one more to write about this week, but first let me talk to you about my visit to The Plantshop this weekend. I wrote about it before, where I almost couldn’t contain my excitement, so imagine what happened when I actually set foot into the shop this past Saturday.
Anne & Hanne from online design shop Baroness O. and Belgian designer Sofie Claes really outdid themselves for this venture. This place is bursting with all things creative and it all blends in so well together: the plants, the design, the clothing, the magazines, the coffee. I could go on forever about it.
I picked up one of the custom notebooks (I adore how they turned a regular notebook into something special), an issue of Kinfolk (finally!) and one of the products designed for The Plantshop: a hand and body cream. The herbal & flowery scent is just perfect.
I hope to visit them again before they close by the end of December and if you are looking for the perfect Christmas gift, then The Plantshop is your go-to shop. If you just like to be surrounded by cool people, great design and creative minds in a beautiful setting, you might consider stopping by as well.
See you there?
ps: I just have to mention that Sofie Claes designed the most perfect leather jacket for her Wolf. by Sofie Claes line. I think I fell in love with a jacket (now, that’s a first).
Vlasmarkt 30, 2000 Antwerpen
Hours â€“ thursday, friday, saturday and sunday – 11am-7pm.
(also open on the 23rd, 24th, 27th and 28th of December)