Esmay Hijmans // TRINHBECX // Monique Collignon – My day at fashion week Amsterdam

Het was weer zover, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam. Super exciting was het weer. En totaal anders dan de vorige keer. Het was voornamelijk buiten, en er lagen allemaal zitkussens en er stonden tafels bij het water. Er hing zo een fijne sfeer.

It was that time again.. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam. Of course extremely exciting again. It was so different than the last time. Most of it was outside, with seat cushions on the ground and tables at the waterside. There was such a relaxing atmosphere.

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We konden op de foto voor een mooie bloemenwand, #shareyourlovewithflowers, deze foto konden we ter plekke afdrukken als een soort polaroid.
Ook hebben we Virtual Reality uitgeprobeerd. We zagen verschillende filmpjes, het begon met modellen die rond liepen daarna een fashion show en toen mijn favoriet, we werden omringd door modellen van Jean Paul Gautier. De Virtual Reality was grappig maar ook eng tegelijkertijd, want je had geen flauw idee wat er daadwerkelijk om je heen gebeurde. Het laatste filmpje was alsof je in een auto zat, racend samen met andere. Onwijs tof was het wel dat Virtual Reality, maar ik zou het niet durven met een wat enger scenario.

There was a big flower wall for pictures, #shareyourlovewithflowers, and you could print the picture like a polaroid.
We also tried Virtual Reality. There were a few different videos, it started of with models walking around after that a fashion show. My favorite was the one with the models from Jean Paul Gautier. The Virtual Reality was funny and a little bit scary at the same this, because you have no clue about what is happening around you. The last video was like you were in a car, racing with others. It was really cool to try this, but I don’t think I would be brave enough to try a more scary scenario. 

 

Mijn favoriete show was van Esmay Hijmans. Vooral de off shoulder “bh” met lange zwierige mouwen vond ik super mooi. Bij TRINHBECX werd een roze loper uitgerold over de catwalk, een mannelijk model in roze kleding kwam als eerste tevoorschijn. Glimmend materiaal en puntige vormen kwamen de catwalk over. Bij de show van Monique Collignon vond ik het super tof dat er een bandje speelde, het gaf veel sfeer. Alleen ik voelde me erg jong bij deze show, ik vond de kleding iets te “ouderlijk” en tuttig.

My favorite show was Esmay Hijmans, I loved the off shoulder “bra” with dashing sleeves. When TRINHBECX started, a pink carpet was rolled over the catwalk, a male model in pink clothes appeared first. Shiny material and pointy shapes were showed. At the show from Monique Collignon, there was a band playing music, which I thought was really cool. The only thing was that I felt really young at this show, the clothes were a bit to oldish and a little stiff.

Het was een geweldige dag en ik kan niet wachten tot de volgende fashion week!
It was an amazing day and I cannot wait for the next fashion week!

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My week in photos – Citytrip Barcelona

 

Hotel + view

Favorite lunch place (at the mall next to our hotel)

Arc de Triomf

 

Montjuïc Mountain

Beach

La Boqueria Market

FC Barcelona

Cathedral at the Gothic Quarter
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Tea house Caleum

Park Guell

Hard Rock Cafe

Sagrada Familia

Taverna Hofmann

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Kaho To // Inkni // Army of me – my day at fashion week Amsterdam

IMG_0658 (2)IMG_0660 (2)Zondag, 17-01-2016, gingen mijn zus, een vriendin van mij en ik voor de aller eerste keer naar fashion week. Super excited waren we natuurlijk. Boven onze verwachting was de shuttle service van de parkeer garage naar de westergas fabriek, in een Mercedez-Benz, en nog een hele luxe ook! 10 van deze auto’s reden de hele dag heen en weer. We konden gelijk op de foto, en die foto mochten we ook uitprinten. De dag begon al erg leuk, en we besloten om daar een drankje op te doen. Scroppino, die iets te sterk was, maar goed ergens op de wereld is het wel 5 uur, is wat ze zeggen toch?

Sunday, 01-17-2016, my sister, a friend of mine and I went for the first time to fashion week. Of course we were so excited! The shuttle service from the parking garage to the Westergas fabric was in a really luxury Mercedes-Benz, which was really above our expectations. 10 of these cars were driving back and forth all day. When we arrived we could immediately go on a picture, which we were able to print out. The day already was amazing! So we decided to drink to it, with a Scroppino, which was a little bit to strong. But you know what they say right, it’s five o’clock somewhere..

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De eerste show die we bezochten was: Kaho To en Inkni. We hadden eigenlijk geen idee wat we konden verwachten, maar we werden wel front row gezet. Super leuk natuurlijk!

The first show was: Kaho To and Inkni. We had no idea what to expect, but we were placed front row which was so nice!

 

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Het begon allemaal met de vrouwen collectie van Kaho To. Er hing een mysterieuze sfeer in de zaal, waardoor het eigenlijk allemaal alleen maar extra spannend werd. De modellen liepen langzaamaan over de catwalk heen, met bijna een beetje een ‘dode’ blik in hun ogen. “Het lijkt wel een horror film, met een verdwaald meisje in het bos” zei ik tegen mijn vriendin. Sommige hadden een soort van gelige foundation op en glimmend haar en ze hadden allemaal een soort rubberen regen- enkellaarsjes aan. Vooralsnog vond ik het vooral een erg creatieve collectie! En ik vond het geweldig om bij te wonen.

It started with the womens collection of Kaho To, there was a mysterious atmosphere, which made it all even more exciting. The models walked slowly over the catwalk with almost a “dead” look in their eyes. “It looks like a horror movie, with a lost girl in the woods” I said to my friend. Some of the models were wearing a yellowy foundation, and they had shiny hair. They were all wearing rubber rain boots. It was such a creative collection, and it was so amazing to be there.  

Kaho To

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Inkni showde ons een jongens collectie die eigenlijk totaal anders was dan de collectie van Kaho To. De zuurstok kleuren kwamen naar voren en er werd een vrolijk muziekje gedraaid. De jongens liepen snel over de catwalk heen maar wel met een forse blik. De sokken vond ik vooral erg opvallen, bij veel van de modellen waren de fel gekleurde sokken goed zichtbaar!

Inkni showed us a menswear collection, which was actually quite the opposite of what Kaho To showed us. Cheerful music started to play and models in candy colored clothes appeared. They walked fast along the runway with a sharp look. The socks they were wearing really catched my eye, they really stood out with the bright colors. 

 
Inkni

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De tweede show was van Army of me, ook weer met een jongens collectie, deze was al een stuk groter dan de voorgaande die we bezocht hadden.
De modellen kwamen allemaal met maskers de catwalk op, en de kleding was voornamelijk zwart. Je zag veel lange shirts, en zelfs jurken kwamen tevoorschijn waarbij je het gehele privé zaakje van het model kon zien zitten.

The second show was Army of me, again a menswear collection, but this one was already a lot bigger than the previous one. The models appeared with masks onto the runway. The clothes were mainly black, and you saw a lot of long shirts and even some dresses appeared, but then you could see the private parts of the model. 

Army of me 

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Ik vond dit echt een geweldige dag en een hele ervaring. Altijd wilde ik al weten hoe dat er nou uit zag, zo’n fashion week. Sowieso wil ik hier vaker heen, want man o man wat een dag!

It was an amazing day and such an experience! I always wanted to know how such a day looked like. I definitely want to visit fashion week more often, cause what a day!

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From LA to Amsterdam

I’ve been home now for  a couple of weeks (so yes, I know that I’m posting this way too late) and I cannot describe how happy I am to be back home. Back to the normal life, back with my friends and all the time we spend with each other. Even though I am so happy to be back in this little and oh so cold country does not mean that I do not treasure my time in the USA, because I do. And I think about my life there everyday, and sometimes it feels like it was all a dream, but I know it isn’t. I met all those amazing people and I cannot wait to see them again.

We had field day at the beach, so we had to team up with our class. We were the CPE Preppies aka the nerds.
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Last time IV with my amazing roommate ❤
IMG_8323  Together with some people from my house we went to Los Angeles. We drove through Malibu, went to see the Hollywood sign and we continued to the Walk of Fame. Afterwards my crazy Finnish roommate got a tattoo at Venice. I really loved Venice, you could just walk there and look around a bit, watching the street  performers do their thing. We also decided to check out the shopping streets at Santa Monica, it was absolutely amazing.11208770_987088977997861_71395522_n 11212236_987088901331202_2013356412_n 11256449_987088864664539_1349304903_nIMG_842311258675_695932613885354_762285044_n11261059_695932633885352_345456528_nIMG_8426IMG_8430IMG_8431IMG_845311195326_823380591085799_1135993073_n11257721_823380157752509_327239383_n11261078_823380141085844_693914444_n11179987_696050877206861_1158078516_n11210276_696050743873541_1623610504_n11215967_696050760540206_2076724058_nWe had our graduation a few days before I left, I got my diploma with C2 on it (the highest level) but I still have to do my Cambridge exam in December.
IMG_8495My crazy homeshare, I had such an amazing time there. I had the best house boss ever.
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My friends and my family picked me up from the airport. They organized a surprise party for me, so when I came home I heard “sssh” from the other room. All my friends were there, I was so overwhelmed that I didn’t even know what to say, I had the most happy welcome home.
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Right now I am enjoying the festival season and tomorrow is my first day at work. I am probably going to school after summer, the plan is to work and learn so than the real life really starts. I am looking forward to all the new adventures and what life is going to bring me. After 9 months away from home I know I will survive, so bring it on.

 Seals, seals everywhere 

It is almost time to go home… I already gave one of my suitcases to my parents, and I think I have to buy an another one. Why did I bought so much stuff here?
One of my best friend is heading off to Spain for 5 months, I can’t believe that I won’t see here for such a long time. It already has been 8 months… It is so crazy that I am almost at the end of my adventure and  she is just starting hers.
Even though we are almost at the end, I am still having a great time here (except Kingsday, worst day ever. I missed the Netherlands so much that day).

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Snapchat said that we were at the Santa Monica Pier, can’t complain about that.

IMG_7825IMG_8268After the Santa Monica Pier me and my housemates went to Rodeo Drive, and afterwards also to the Beverly Hills sign. We went to Los Angeles together because we had tickets for the LA Dodgers – LA Angels baseball game.
IMG_7830IMG_7833IMG_7840IMG_8261IMG_7851 IMG_7855It is so sad that both these girls left. Katie is from Austria so we can visit each other. She is probably coming to the Netherlands this summer, I am so excited to show her around. And I hope that I can visit Natsuna in Japan someday… 
IMG_7889 IMG_7900Before Katie left, we went to the beach together, trying to get a tan on the last days.
IMG_7919 IMG_7921 IMG_7986On Thursday’s, this club Velvet Jones throws Student Night partys.
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  My roommate from Chili who already left awhile ago, once teached me how to stand on a skateboard. Guess what I bought now?! Yes, a skateboard. Do I regret it? Yeah a little.IMG_7988Me and my Dutch housemate at the beach

In the last week that my parents were here in the United States, I went with them to San Francisco. And on our way to there we also stopped by some national parks. I was so happy to be in a big city again, it made me realize how much I miss New York. I had a great time with my parents so I made a video about it again. I hope you like ittttt

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Ain’t it fun, living in the real world.

Just six more weeks and than it is time to go home.. I feel excited but also kind of sad. I am really looking forward to see everyone again but it also means that I have to say goodbye to everyone here and go back to my normal life…
Right now I am doing the Cambridge course at school, I am in CPE (proficiency) which is the highest level. It is going to be hard but I am happy that I choose for Cambridge because I am actually learning something and I understand again why I am going to an English learning school. I have to do the exam when I am back in the Netherlands again, because the exam is in June and well I didn’t want to extend my stay for that.

IMG_7169 We had a students night at a club, it was a lot of fun. The music was really good, the only bad thing was that we had to stand on seperate sides because of my drink…
IMG_7215I had to make dinner for my houseboss Alfredo, because I lost a bet. We got a new girl in our house, and she is Dutch. The bet was that I wasn’t allowed to talk Dutch to her for 2 days. But… I said one Dutch word (because there is no English word for it but okay). And just because it was one word, I only had to cook for him one day instead of two.

IMG_7273I got a haircut, going with short hair throug life now!

IMG_7302 IMG_7312 IMG_7317Sitting at the beach, and just enjoying the weather and the beautiful ocean is one of the best things that you can do here in Santa Barbara.

IMG_7326 IMG_7332 IMG_7335 IMG_7341 IMG_7344 IMG_7375 IMG_7561I spend a week in San Diego, to visit my friend Fleur who lives there at her uncle’s house. It was a great week and for the rest of the pictures you can  take a look here: TOP 5 – Things to do/see in San Diego

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I know, I know the water looks green… but it is actually clean. The floor of the pool just makes the water look green. It is great to lay with your legs in the water and tan.
IMG_7596I FaceTimed with my friends, because they were celebrating a birthday. I miss them a lot and I cannot wait to see them again!!

My parents are here in The Golden State, the first weekend we went to Universal Studios and the day after I went with my roommate to Disney!!! I made a video about it, and it is just the first video I ever made so it isn’t perfect at all. And sorry for the bad quality, we expected a somewhat higher definition from the GoPro….

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TOP 5 – Things to do/see in San Diego

So I spent 5 days with my friend in San Diego, and I made a list of some of the what I think are the must-do’s if you ever visit San Diego. The list is not in a particular order.

Old Town
I think that every tourist should go to Old Town when they are in San Diego. It is really old-fashioned with an old candy store, an old school etc. I think it also has a lot of influences by Mexico, which gives it a really nice atmosphere.

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Coronado Island
Coronado is a tied island, I spend a great relaxing day at the wide beach here. And you can see downtown San Diego from the pier.
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Balboa Park/San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park – a landscape of arts and culture. Lots of museums and other things. I loved the Spanish Art Village, with the colored tiles. And to be honest.. we didn’t went to the Zoo, I cannot say that I think that is a pity, because I always feel so sad for those animals. If you love Zoo’s than I totally recommend it, I always hear that it is a great Zoo!
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Little Italy
I am a sucker for Italian food, I love love love pasta! That is why we decided to have lunch at Little Italy. It was very small, but still I loved it!
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Mission Beach
I pushed my friend to go in the roller coaster with me, and it was completely awesome! Even though the roller coaster was not scary at all, you have a great view of Mission Beach when the car goes up the tracks. Mission Beach is the place for all the San Diego students, it makes it a fun beach! And a great place to just stroll around.
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As you can see, I had a great time in San Diego! It is such a colorful and nice city. I hope that you think that this post was useful for if you are ever thinking about going to San Diego, I will guarantee you that you will have fun!

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Viva Las Vegas!!

Already a lot of people of my house left, but also a lot of new people are coming. But still the house is one of the best places to be, we have a lot of fun together and we also go to Isla Vista together on Friday.
School gets a little bit boring, and they put me in two levels too high so it is a little bit to hard, it is almost Springbreak and after that I will probably be in the Cambridge course.
At the moment we are planning thing that we are going to do during Springbreak, and we know lots of things to do. So those pictures will follow next time.

After partying at Isla Vista we (almost) always we go eat pizza.
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Smoothie at Blenders, coffee at Starbucks.IMG_6506 IMG_6593We had a barbecue at the beach, it was a little bit windy that day but it was still so nice.
IMG_6592 IMG_6590 IMG_6594 IMG_6584 IMG_6606It was the last night of one of the guys in the house, so we played a drinking game before going to IV (Isla Vista).
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We overcame our fears in Six Flags on Valentines Day, and it was amazing!IMG_6630 IMG_6637 IMG_6641This was the attraction ever!
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Because it is almost Easter, right..?IMG_6669We played beerpong because two girls were leaving, and yes I even won a game.
IMG_6757We went to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, it was so impressive. We had a lot of problems before we left, but we solved them all and we had an amazing time! At first we wanted to take pictures at the desert, because we had never seen anything like that. When we arrived to Las Vegas, we saw all those amazing hotels that were based on countries/cities. We went to the Las Vegas sign and it was so different than I expected, there even was a queue. In the evening we went to Old Town, which was really cool there were light and music everywhere. After that we went back to the strip to go into the hotels and check the casino’s. We also went to the wedding chapels, in the hope to find the one from the Hangover, but we couldn’t find it. The next morning we went to some hotels again, the Venetian was really cool with the sky on the ceiling, and the gondolas that were floating around. After that we went to the Grand Canyon, we drove past the Hooverdam but it got really dark after that we drove via Route 66, we were literally in the middle of nowhere and that while we were starving. Luckily we found a place were they could make some pizza for us. It was a real American bar and there were also a few Cowboys. We went to our hotel and the next morning we went really early to the Grand Canyon. One of my friends was going by a helicopter over the Grand Canyon, and we went around by car. We were lucky that we were so early because when she was done with the helicopter flight the weather got really bad. The Grand Canyon itself was so impressive, this was really one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been.
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My friend from EF New York came to visit me, I showed him my house and after that we partied and the next day we went to the beach. Unfortunately I had to go to school, but when I was finished we had dinner at an amazing pizza place. IMG_7028IMG_7035
Two girls of our house left, for one of them we bought this shirt as a goodbye present. And of course we went to IV, and remember it is not smart to step on a skateboard when you are a little tipsy and you don’t know how to skateboard.
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California dreaming

It is already a while ago that I posted something, but I am having a great time here, and not a lot of time to be on my laptop. Because we do a lot of things with the house and on Friday night we always go to Isla Vista, the party place at the University of California Santa Barbara. Today I just have another 100 days left, so it feels so close but there is still so much that I am going to do here. So a lot of posts will follow.

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We walked in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade for a school project. Click on the picture to go to the post about it!
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A little bit of the Netherlands in the United States.

We went on a sailing trip, at Friday night we just had a little party on the boat, and at Saturday we went sailing, but the waves were really wild, so sadly enough a lot of people got sea sick. But Sunday we had a perfect day on the water.

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IMG_6252IMG_6253On Sunday I went to do stand-up paddling, which was in the beginning kind of scary because of the boats, but it was still very awesome. And also learned how to skateboard. In the evening we went to all you can eat with some people of my house, and on Monday we went to the cinema. We also went bowling with the house.
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We go here a lot, because they have the best smooties ever!!
We go here a lot, because they have the best smooties ever!!

 

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Because we have nothing better to do during lecture..

The Natural Cafe is one of the best places in town to have lunch, and they say it’s healthy.

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