Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam

Herengracht 573, 1017 CD Amsterdam
Opening hours: 3.50-12.50 EUR
Tickets: Open every day! Monday-Sunday 10:00-17:00
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About the founders
During a visit to England one antique bag took the heart and constant attention of Hendrikje and Heinz Ivo. Throughout the years they collected 5000 bags and first had
an exhibition at their home in Amstelveen in 1996. The collection moved to its current place, a house that is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage in 2007. Their daughter, Sigrid Ivo is the director of the museum and the museum is often mentioned as one of the best fashion related ones on Earth.

The collection
The exhibition starts with the oldest bags from the 5th century and by explaining the methods how bags were made and used in the past centuries. Did you know people started making bags back then because their clothes didn’t have any pockets? It moves through time, materials and fashion as well until we reach our current days.
Let me just mention of couple of names from the haute couture collection: Chanel, Dolce&Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent, Judith Leiber, DKNY, Gucci, Hermés, Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton.
It also contains bags that used to belong to celebrities: the bag Madonna wore to Evita’s premiere, Sophia Loren’s, Julia Robert’s and Lady Gaga’s bag, Salvador Dalí’s wife, Gala Dalí’s bag, Hillary Clinton’s, Margaret Thatcher’s and some of royal families.

The museum shop 
If you take a look at Tripadvisor and other sources you will find that this museum shop has been named the best one in Amsterdam. But why is it so special compared to the one in the Van Gogh Museum for example? Because it is impossible not to find the perfect bag there for yourself. This September the newest collection of Valentino was also on sale. Hard to be strong when so much useful (!!) beauty is surrounding you…
Anyway, you can also take a look back at the bags by buying a book containing stories and photos of the whole collection.

During the visit you can design a handbag for yourself. Here is the one I made while feeling very creative and empowered standing next to a red Chanel bag. Am I a born designer or what?!

My bag

 

 

Vogue

‘When I first moved to New York I bought Vogue instead of dinner. It just felt it fed me more.’ /Carrie Bradshaw – Sex and the City/

The fashion industry’s monthly Bible has to be Vogue magazine. The magazine contains articles mostly about fashion (more specifically haute couture), beauty and lifestyle. It was already founded in 1892 in the USA by an American businessman, Arthur Baldwin Turner and was published first as a weekly newspaper. In 1905 the magazine was bought by Condé Nast.

Vogue has spread from the USA and today it is published in the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Greece, Portugal, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, Turkey, Russia, Australia, Brazil, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, China, India, Thailand and Arabia.

From 1988 the editor in chief for Vogue is Anna Wintour. She was born in 1949 in London. Her career started at Harper’s Bazaar and then in she changed to British Vogue in 1986. She wears her signature look, the bob haircut since she was 15 years old and she is rare to be seen without sunglasses.
Time Magazine claims ‘Runway shows don’t start until she arrives. Designers succeed because she anoints them. Trend are created or crippled on her command.’ Today she is the most influential woman in the fashion industry and is the curator of the Metropolitan Museum of New York so she organizes the MET Gala every year. The First Monday in May documentaey captures how the event is organized.
She supported and raised today’s famous John Galliano and Michael Kors. She declared the magazine’s main goal: ‘Vogue is the best of evrything that fashion can offer and I think we point the way. We are, you know, a glamourous girlfriend.’

Fun facts about Vogue:
Mexican Vogue featured a portrait of Frida Kahlo on the cover in 1937.
Vogue’s photographers include Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino and Helmut Newton.
The first celebrity cover featured Madonna in 1989.
Kate Moss has the most (over 60) Vogue covers.
There is only 8 American Vogue covers that feature a man including George Clooney, Ben Stiller and Richard Gere.
Salvador Dalí made illustrations for Vogue covers in 1939 and 1944.
The September issue is the most important one in each year because it influences the whole season. The September Issue documentary shows how much it takes to make such an influential magazine.

Anna Wintour’s former assistant, Lauren Weisberger wrote the famous The Devil wears Prada novel. People often compare Anna Wintour to Meryl Streep’s character in the movie. She attended the premier and wore Prada.
Today there are special editions of Vogue such as Teen Vogue and Men’s Vogue.
Fashion designer, Vera Wang started as an assistant at Vogue.
Alexander Wang and Joan Didion also used to work for Vogue.
The largest edition of Vogue weighs 4.5 pounds and has 916 pages in September 2012.
42% of online Vouge’s readers are men.
71K issues of Vogue are sold in half a year only in the UK.

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Best of Emmys dresses 2018

Emmy Award goes to people in the American television industry. The first Emmy statuette (a woman with wings holding an atom) was given in 1949 to Shirley Dinsdale. The person who received the most Emmys is Julia Louis Dreyfus with 11 wins and 24 nominations.
On 17th September the 70th Emmys took place in the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It was hosted by Michael Che and Colin Jost and the whole event was flooded with celebrities. Here you can find this year’s list of wins and nominees.

Let’s take a look at what people wore to the red carpet.

Vanessa Hudgens certainly found her version of the little black dress that was designed by SemSem. The huge bow makes it look very chic and dramatic.

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The full look at the @netflix Emmy’s party!

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You can never go wrong with Chanel. Penélope Cruz looked like a modern princess.

Mother of Dragons, Emilia Clarke was showing of her amazing figure in Dior.

Gossip Girl has never looked more classy. Kristen Bell wore a white Nicole Chavez dress with diamonds.

Dakota Fanning chose a simple and elegant dress from Dior.

The Handmaid’s Tale’s beautiful and talented actress, Madeline Brewer wore a dress from Brock Collection with stunning Bvlgari earrings.

Taraji P. Henson’s dress was inspired by nature and was designed by Giambattista Valli.

Stranger Things’ Max, Sadie Sink look liked a 21st century angel wearing Custom Hiraeth Dress. It was designed by Academy Award nominee, Rooney Mara.

Zac Posen proved that it is never enough of tulle and attended the event with Joey King.

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Underneath the purple rain ☔️ @zacposen

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Little pause

Because a little pause never killed nobody… (Or does the lyrics go with party? Hmm…)

I know there haven’t been posting anything lately and I have to say there will be no posts for at least another week. I didn’t have time to prepare new posts because I’m about to take a journey and a lot of things had to be done beofre leaving.

So I’m coming back in a while because I have a lot of ideas going on in my head.

You may ask, where are you going, Lady Fraise? And I’m not going to tell you (*evil laugh).

Ok, I may give you some hints.

Van Gogh
Bicycles
Tulips

Did you find out?

Take care and bon voyage!

Our Shared Shelf

‘As part of my work with UN Women, I have started reading as many books and essays about equality as I can get my hands on. There is so much amazing stuff out there! Funny, inspiring, sad, thought-provoking, empowering! I’ve been discovering so much that, at times, I’ve felt like my head was about to explode… I decided to start a Feminist book club, as I want to share what I’m learning and hear your thoughts too.’ /Emma Watson, actress, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador/

The Club chooses a book for the month and it is being discussed vie Goodreads, Instagram and Twitter.

The book club’s current list includes novels like:
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca
The Door by Magda Szabó
Common Ground by Justin Trudeau

Feminism’s goal is to establish the same opportunities for women that are provided for men. Equality is the key. The feminist movement started back in the 19th century with the sufragettes who fought for women’s right to vote. Then Simone de Beauvoir, Eleanor Roosevelt, Gloria Steinem and Angela Davis followed. Today’s activists include Nobel Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second female Supreme Court justice, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Emma Watson.

By discussing the current situation of women, Emma started a long and rocky conversation. She encourages people to get to know more about equality and feminism in a good way. By hiding books on the streets of London, by doing interviews with iconic women such as Gloria Steinem and Malala Yousafzai or by bringing Marai Larasi, the executive director of Imkaan to the Golden Globe as her date.

Wish there were more famous people like her who use their popularity for good.

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15 things I learnt about Switzerland

After getting a taste of Italy, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Spain, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary of course, we are moving to the beautiful Switzerland. I was 13 years old on a 10-day bus trip with my parents and this is the only family vacation of which we don’t have our own pictures. Because for a camera it’s the best time to fall apart while you are visiting landscapes and cities in Switzerland… so we have pictures of stranger people and we are smiling happily on every 30th picture. Even though this happened I remember enjoying Switzerland a lot.

  1. The Swiss Confideration is a sovereign state and it consists of 26 cantons. It is surrounded by Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Lichtenstein.
  2. The country was founded in 1291 and its population is about 8 million people.
  3. The official languages are German, French, Italian and Romansh.
  4. The capital is Bern and the most popular tourist sights are Zürich, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne and Basel.
  5. Switzerland is a very rich country. Banking industry and tourism are the major fields of their economy.
  6. When it comes to Swiss national dishes fondue comes to most people’s mind. During the cold days in the mountains the Swiss invented fondue to eat cheese and bread.
  7. Raclette, Rosti and Meingue also came from this region and let us not forget Swiss chocolate! Lindt, Milka, Nestlé, Moser Roth… seems like they know all that must be known about chocolate. They are one of the world’s biggest exporters.
  8. Swiss inventions include muesli, milk chocolate, potato peeler, cellophane and LSD.
  9. Famous Swiss people include Daniel Bernoulli, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Carl Jung, Elisabeth Külber-Ross, Siegfried Wagner, Hermann Rorschach, Friedrich Dürrenmatt and Roger Federer.
  10. E=mc2, the theory of relativity was born in Bern during Einstein’s stay at 1905.
  11. The Swiss Guard, the bodyguards of the Pope all come from Switzerland and they wear the same uniform since the 16th century.
  12. The world’s largest physics lab, CERN can be found is in Geneva. If you are a Big Bang Theory fan, the Hadron Collider will sound familiar to you. The CERN scientists who discovered the Higgs-Boson particle received a Nobel Prize in 2013.
  13. Switzerland has many natural beauties (there are 208 mountains and 1500 lakes!) so filmmakers often choose to shoot some scenes for a movie. Angels and Demons, The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, Star Wars III and Goldeneye are just a few of the list.
  14. Even though peple can own a gun in Switzerland and assisted suicide is legal, the country has the second longest life expectancy in the world (the first one is Japan). The country has the highest doctors to patients’ ratios in the world
  15. Empress Elisabeth of Austria (who was also Queen of Hungary) was assassinated by Luigi Lucheni in 1898 in Geneva. The murderer used a small and narrow grater but the Sissi died hours later because her corset was so tight the bleeding was very slow. A statue stands there as a reminder of the horrible event.

Style icons III.: Sarah Jessica Parker

”Follow your instincts and do not let other peoples opinion of you become your opinion of yourself.”

Sarah Jessica Parker is most famous for her role as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. Curly hair, a pair of Manolo Blahnik’s, cigarette in one hand and Cosmopolitan in the other. She was the first IT girl on television and she won 4 Golden Globes in the Best Lead Actress in a Television Series category.
After the show has ended she appeared mostly in romantic comedies such as Failure to Launch with Matthew McConaughey, All Roads Lead to Rome and Did You Hear About the Morgans with Hugh Grant.
She released 5 fragrances and the SJP shoe collection.

Reading has never been this fashionable.

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One of my favorite things about Instagram is talking with so many of you about books, sharing titles and supporting writers, booksellers and our libraries. I've been a devoted reader since I was a little girl so I'm particularly thrilled to introduce a stunning debut novel, A PLACE FOR US, by a new and powerful American voice, Fatima Farheen Mirza. Our first for #SJPforHogarth. US readers can pre-order now to redeem a special bonus gift. The link with information is in my bio. To all those dedicated international readers, stay tuned. We'll have more information for you very soon. This book is a gift for its fortunate readers and I'm so excited to imagine it in readers hands or on their stacks. Any questions, ask away!!! X, SJ​

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Simple, elegant and feminine.

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@bravoandy always leaves me laughing. X, SJ

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If you thought pink can never work with purple, you were wrong.

A glamorous shoe can spice even the most simple outfit.

This year’s Met Gala theme was ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic imagination’. SJP wore a gold nativity scene as a headpiece and a dress designed by Dolce & Gabbana.

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This is now. X, Sj

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The headpiece obsession started actually in 2015 at the ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’ Met Gala. It was designed by Philip Treacy and she wore a dress she collaborated on with h&m.

On this year’s Golden Globes she supported the ‘Time’s Up’ movement by wearing a black Dolce & Gabbana dress.

To the Golden Globes in 2017 she wore Vera Wang that has certain Princess Leia vibes.

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Many hands. Many masters. I'm on my way. X, Sj

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SJP is one of the New York City Ballet’s board of directors and she attends all of the Fall Galas in the last 7 years. In 2015 she wore a Zuhair Murad dress with Cartier jewelry.

And for the ending let’s take a look at beautiful shoes of the SJP collection. They exist in all the colours of the rainbow so everyone can find the perfect match.