I have been super busy over the holidays re-branding and re-designing my blog. It’s something that I’ve been thinking about doing for quite some time now and finally sat down to accomplish the task.
Out of the Event is changing to Lamb411.com; a new site that will keep you up-to-date and inspired on happenings around the world in food, design, art, travel, shopping and entertaining.
After much hard work and thought, I am now ready to share with you the new look and feel of the site, so come on over and say hello! I would love to hear what you think and get some feedback.
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I am sitting in my office as I type this post and already I hear people lighting fireworks in my neighbourhood in anticipation of the new year. I will be watching the fireworks from my balcony which will give me a perfect view of Prague castle and the Vltava river at midnight. I am happy to report that new things are coming in 2012 for my blog including a long-time and long-planned re-brand, which should be rolling out in the next couple of weeks. I am super excited to take my blog up a notch to the next level. Wishing all my readers a happy new year and a terrific 2012 wherever in the world you are.
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I am not deliberately trying to be hard on myself when I say “I suck at making tissue paper pom-poms. ” Last year, I was inspired by the tissue paper pom-pom to the extent that I even wrote a post about it “Tissue Paper Pom Pom” in excitement for my upcoming craft project. Since I wrote the post, I must have made dozens of pom-poms to accessorize parties and brighten up rooms, but to be honest with you, I find that every time I make them, they tear or I can’t get the tissue paper to separate back to the centre. In the end, my pom-poms look like pom-poms but they are a far cry from the beauties seen in Martha Stewart’s how-to.
So I’ve come up with a solution for all the people out there who tear their tissue paper pom-poms or can’t be bothered with the undertaking: Tissue paper flowers by Confetti System offered at store, Creatures of Comfort, in New York. Confetti System’s tissue paper flowers, the creation of Nicholas Anderson and Julie Ho, are delicate, colourful and funky looking. If they don’t scream par-tay, I don’t know what does! Thank you NY Mag Best Bets. You never fail to fill my life with awesome items and ideas!
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via NY Mag
Last week in Amsterdam, I had a make-up session with the talented Joeri Vanhove, owner of the amazing store, Red Carpet Queen. In conversation with Joeri, we were talking about all things food and dining related in our respective countries and he mentioned that Belgium is home to delicious, and gourmet food. Everywhere you go, they do it gourmet in that country. I hung on to this gem of information and decided to do a bit of research, having never been to Belgium myself.
I came across a delicious looking candy and confectionary shop that has 10 locations across Belgium called Moeder Babelutte. The story behind Moeder Babelutte began in 1850 when a woman named Rosalie Desmat and her husband moved to Heist, Belgium. While her husband worked, Rosalie made batches of her mother’s recipe for a candy called Butter Babelutte, which she sold to weathly English and French children who were visiting the coastal town. A babelutte is like a caramel made with brown sugar, milk, wheat flour, cinnamon and biscuits. The candy became so popular with the residents of Heist, Rosalie’s candy making turned into a business, Moeder Babelutte. Over 100 years later, Moeder Babelutte has been revived and expanded. Has anyone been to Belgium and tried a Moeder Babelutte caramel or chocolate? I can’t wait to go.
All photos via Moeder Babelutte
If you have a preference to stay in boutique hotels when you travel and like avant-garde art, have I found the hotel for you. I was in Amsterdam last week working on the wedding plans and toured several hotels around the city. One of the most interesting hotels I visited was the newly opened Exchange Hotel .
Located down the street from Central Station, the Exchange Hotel is the sister hotel to Amsterdam’s Lloyd Hotel and replicates the room system of offering guests the choice between 1 – 5 star hotel rooms in the same building. On a design front, the hotel teamed up in a creative partnership with the Amsterdam Fashion Institute and commissioned the school’s students to design the hotel rooms. The result is that no two rooms are the same and I can confirm, having toured five or six of them, the rooms are spectacular works of art. Examples of themes include a pinhole camera, the Marie Antoinette room, the mattress room and a room that looks like a hooped petticoat structure. I will share with you that my only disappointment in this innovative property, is their lack of AC in rooms. I think AC is a necessity in this day and age, however I am sure there are loads of people out there willing to forego AC in the summer for cool digs.
Another great feature of the Exchange Hotel is its cafe and contemporary department store, Stock and Options. Their cafe, Stock, is a much-needed retreat on a strip of fast food, touristy junk. Stock has your typical cafe roundup of items such as smoothies, yogurt, muesli, coffee, tea, croissants and some sweets but really stands out from the crowd due to its beautiful interior design.
Options, their contemporary department store, is the third gem tied to the hotel. Options is a showcase for all things design. It is a terrific store for both local and international design brands and will quickly become a favourite of locals and tourist alike looking for something special.
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via trend land
via petite passport
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Minimega is my kind of paper brand. Based in Denmark, Sara Andersen, graphic designer and owner offers loads of fun and colourful items like wrapping paper, prints, postcards, journals and adorable gift tags under the Minimega brand. However, we are not just talking about any old wrapping paper, cards and tags. We’re talking wrapping paper, cards and tags with triangles, squares, and polka dots- brightly coloured! Rest assured, Sara uses 100% recycled Danish paper and vegetable inks making the products environmentally friendly.
For inspiration, check out the company’s blog to see what the Minimega design studio is up to. You can shop products from Minimega’s online store but from what I gather, they only ship to countries in the EU (good for me!!), sorry my North American friends.
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I recently read about Kokoro chocolate and I am loving this cute brand. Based in Belgium, Kokoro chocolate makes beautiful, mouth-watering chocolates which have some pretty stylish packaging if you ask me. The chocolate flavours are innovative as well ranging from white chocolate sake pearls and dark chocolate piemonte hazelnut to dark chocolate fleur de sel citrus confit and dark chocolate mint passionfruit.
The website is also great. On the home page, when you scroll over a chocolate, the chocolate breaks and you get to see what is inside; every chocolate eater’s favourite part.
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This weekend was low key. I went to a dinner party where I sampled some excellent guacamole and stuffed peppers and worked on setting up a class that I am teaching in January. I thought I would start out the week with a colour combination I am loving right now: Black, White, Red and Bamboo. But before I sign off, I wanted to bring your attention to one of the items I used in my collage, for pure interest sake and curiosity.
The black cube object in the collage, located centre/right, is from Sort of Coal
, a Denmark based company that creates a line of purifying products (for water, air and the body) made out of white charcoal. White charcoal is a purifying agent which has been used in Japan for several centuries and even some high-dend bars are using it to stir alcohol and tea to remove impurities. Sort of Coal provides lots of information on its website if you are curious at all about white charcoal’s uses. To give you a brief synopsis, while their product looks black, white charcoal gets its name by the way it is made- essentially charring wood at low temperatures for several days and then cranking up the heat. Some of the benefits of white charcoal is that it absorbs odors, it regulates humidity, and can absorb up to 75% of chlorine out of tap water. The New York Times
wrote a blurb about this product back in 2009 as did re-nest
and Cool Hunting
, so apparently I am a bit behind on my white charcoal trends, but better late than never! Interesting stuff and certainly a fun holiday gift.