I’m so sorry I haven’t posted much lately but for a good reason… I haven’t really told you but since almost a month now, I HAVE A JOB. Like, a real one. One that happens during the day. Long term, full time job.
My first time, ever. And for the first time it is something that I’ve always wanted to do: being a stylist. I’ve been hired at the webshop vente-exclusive.com, and I take care of the styling for all the shootings.
To be honest, it’s kind of a dream come true and I’m just so happy I was able to get this job.
This also explains why I have less time to post, but I’ll try to find the time to still write you some articles, quickly during lunch breaks or when I have free time at night. Because I’ve also kept some night/evening jobs, and I have friends, and I have events,… busy grown up life people, for real!
Now, just for the fun, I’ll share with you some of the styling I’ve done already for work
Also, my job wouldn’t be as fun if I didn’t have such a great team!
I hope to be back soon here because I still got a lot of stuff to share with you!
I just wanted to give a little feedback of my experience at the Paradise city Festival. I told you about it a few weeks ago (here) but in a few words, it was the first edition of a brand news electro festival, not to mention a « green » (read ecological) festival which was located about 20min from Brussels.
I was expecting a lot from it, I have to admit… but guess what!? I wasn’t disappointed for one second, it was pure fun! (No wait, I did get mad when all of my friends disappeared, at the same moment! grrr)
The set up was just insane, beautiful, magical…
I spent my entire day/evening at the Love stage, which clearly had the best line up thanks to Attar! My favorite part of all was definitely Kolsch. Amazing music, and the atmosphere… I mean look!
Kolsch doing his thing
And now for my look, with a little help from Cabinet de Transformation
My dear friend Vanni also got styled by Cabinet de Transformation, and this was definitely a style not to miss!
What else is there to say?
Well, the organisation was great there, the staff super nice and welcoming. The bracelet thing to pay around the festival sounded complicated but ended up being super easy (and practical!)
The selection of drink and food was super yummy, I have to say I was super pleased with the selection they had, either for the food and for the drinks. The price range for the drinks was great, actually cheaper than I had expected. On the other hand, for the food, I though the portions were small.
Now, all I can tell you is that I just can’t wait for next year!
I went to Berlin not so long ago, and I thought that I wanted to share with you some of my favourite places. Berlin is a city I truely love, since I first discovered it back in 2010. My last trip was my third time in the city, and I’m definitely planning on going back as soon as possible.
I’ve seen different parts of the city already, and they’re all pretty exciting, even though some of them are completely different. I’m just not so crazy about the city center, in the check point charlie neighborhood.
Mitte or Kreuzberg on the other and are really great to walk around, for shopping, eating or drinking.
Here’s my hotspot list:
The neighborhood of Mitte is definitely a favorite, like I said earlier. One of my favourite streets around there is Oderbergerstrasse. It’s not only pretty but has plenty of little restaurants that all look super yummy and which usually have really cute little terraces.
Not so far from Oderbergerstrasse we find Daluma, a great snack. Here it’s all about healthy, organic and raw food. The place is really minimalistic, but I really like it. The prices are probably a little higher than typical Berlin prices, but it’s worth it. I mean, look at that breakfast plate!
Chia pudding, granola, fruits, almonds and nuts,… YUMMY! Oh, and the place has wifi! Which isn’t easy to find in Berlin…
Oberholz is at the metro stop Rosenthaler platz. I actually remembered it from my first time in Berlin because the place looked really cool. It’s really trendy and full of startup looking guys hypnotized by their MacBook. Indeed, it does have wifi too.
The rest of the neighborhood is really great for shopping. It has several amazing sneakers shop spreaded around. Just walk around and be surprised!
On my last night I discovered this really cool bar called Neue Odessa Bar. Really close to the rosenthaler platz as well. It’s a really beautiful place, with some kick ass cocktails. The prices are also a little higher than most of Berlin’s bar, but it’s really worth it. I enjoyed two delicious Moscow mules, costing 9€ each. One of the best Moscow mule I’ve ever got to try!
Kreuzberg is not such a cute neighborhood, but it’s more trendy and young I’d say. A little underground even. There you can find a ton of little vintage stores, bars, little snacks and restaurants…
Someone recommended me to check out the VOO store. It’s a concept store with some really nice brands, and an amazing sneakers selection (with limited editions). It also has a little coffee shop. Definitely a place to check out if you’re in the neighborhood!
I randomly discovered the mexican restaurant Santa Maria, while walking around. As some of you may know, I can hardly resist mexican food so I just walked in. They have a pretty good lunch deal for about 10€. You choose the taco, burrito or quesadilla option, then add a salad or a soup, and a drink.
I went for the burrito, and it was one of the best I have EVER tried, if not the best! Don’t miss it!
If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to ask them in the comments!
Today I want to talk to you about a new place I discovered a little while ago, the Chicago Café. I had heard of it for a pretty long time, but never had to chance to check it out. It finally happened a few weeks ago with two of my besties on a sunny day.
The place is really welcoming, and has a really nice touch when it comes to decoration. It’s a little vintage, a little funky, and colorful. I really like it. The benches on both sides are really architectural and beautiful.
When it comes to food, they have a pretty diverse menu (from burgers to quesadillas, or more rustic dishes) and have every week 3 specials depending on the seasons.
I went for an homemade ice tea (yummy) and then for potatoes & cheese with a mushroom sauce and a small salad. Honestly, it looks a little heavy but it was DELICIOUS!
The price are alright (not over expensive but not crazy cheap either) I think I paid around 11€ for my dish and my ice tea, reasonable.
I also wanted to share with you the outfit I was wearing that day, pretty simple but cute and easy to wear for everyday.
Wearing: VINTAGE blazer – CAROLL little sweater – CITIZENS OF HUMANITY jeans – WEEJUNS GH BASS & CO loafers – MIU MIU sunnies
Rue de Flandre 45,
Today I want to talk to you about the brand new rooftop of Brussels, The Vertigo Terrace and Bar. It opened june 18th, and will be open every thursday or the summer.
The place is honestly amazing, even in case of bad weather, the rooftop is covered, and has lots of room inside (with huge windows so you can still enjoy the view!)
It’s open from 4PM until 3AM. It’s the spirit of an afterwork, with the possibility to keep dancing till late. And let’s talk about dancing! The music (or more specifically the DJ’s) will be in the hands of my friend Belben (Bar Rouge – Bloody Louis), and let me tell you, it’s a little kid we can trust we it comes to music.
For the drinks, let’s say the crew behind the bar is rocking it, with a big range of Gin & Tonics, and every week a new special cocktail of the day.
Now since it’s a pretty long afterwork, there is food to be eaten at some point right? Well, don’t worry about it, because Elliott is there to take care of your hungry tummies. For the first edition there was a delicious selection of burgers, an italian plate, some nachos… Let me tell you, MY hungry tummy almost tried it all, and it was GREAT!
The other good news is: I’m part of the team! You can be sure to see me there every thursday! Probably running around like a headless chicken BUT, I’ll be there. Here are some other great shots taken on the first edition, by the great Gabriel Lelièvre, who will be the photographer for the season (he’s the one who took all the pictures featured in this post)
I would like to also congratulate Julien and Jerome, the host of the event, for such a great organisation and work put into this project.
See you then?
Ps: Vertigo is located on top of the Casino VIAGE of Brussels, Boulevard Anspach 30, 1000 Brussels
Today I want to introduce you to Paradise Festival, the brand new green festival in Belgium. (Read till the end, CONTEST INSIDE!)
I’ve heard about it since many months, and it’s already next week, I have to say I’m super excited!
Why is it the kind of festival I like?
• Well, it’s green. No tickets, everything works with an electronical bracelet with which you pay at every steps of the festival. How practical?
• It’s close! Only a 15min drive from Brussels (Steenokerzeel – Casteel Ribaucourt). Plus for the ones who do not have a car (like me) and always spend hours trying to figure out how to get there, or come back, well UBER is there! Yes, Uber is setting up a unique carpooling solution for Paradise City. To enjoy this exclusive service all you need to do is to enter the code « PARADISECITY15″. On top of that, the ride is free if you share it through the Uber app with two friends.
How much do we love Uber now? EVEN MORE RIGHT!?
• The food sounds amazing! And you know how much I love food, right? It’s in the same spirit, healthy, veggie, green, raw, paleo… What’s there not to love? I mean, look!
• And of course, there’s the line-up. On sunday (which is the day you’ll definitely see me there), there is two stage from my favourite parties in Brussels, LOVE and BRUXSEL JARDIN. I mean, how could I miss this?
So, now let’s get to the interesting part: how to book or win you entrance!?
If you want to book your ticket in a regular way, follow this link and type in the code « Lulu ». As I’m an ambassador I just try to bring as many people as possible, since it’s a festival I really believe in.
The second option is to win 2 tickets for saturday or sunday! YAY
How to proceed?
– go to my instagram @lucievd
– follow me
– share the « paradise festival photo » with the #paradisecity15 and mention me
– tag in the comments the friend you wish to go to paradise city with
And voilà! How easy? The contest will end next friday, you have a week!
Today I’m reviewing one of my favorite Hotspot in Brussels: Odette en Ville. Have you ever heard of that little Hotel/Restaurant located in the heart of Chatelain? It’s been open for a few years now and is the little sister of Chez Odette located in Williers, France.
I discovered Odette en Ville only at the end of 2014, thanks to friends, but I had never set a foot there before. It’s seemed to « posh » to me, but guess what? It’s never too late to realize you’re wrong. I was completely seduced by the place, and by the staff, who is more than adorable.
I usually go there for a few drinks, on weekends, but also any other day of the week. Because yes, Odette en Ville is open everyday! And for once (in Brussels) it’s good to know a place that is open everyday, no matter what.
They make some of the best cocktails I have ever tried, thanks to their amazing bartender Alexis (and Julien who’s getting better day by day 😉 )
I’ve eaten a few times there, but I was kindly invited a few weeks ago to try their lunch. They have an interesting lunch formula every week, from monday till friday for 22€ including a starter, a main dish and a tea or coffee. I actually ended up choosing plates from the menu, and it was all super yummy!
I started off by asking an alcohol free cocktail to Alexis, which I’ve done before a few times, and it’s just as good as a regular cocktail!
I then chose the boiled egg with truffle and wild mushroom… INSANELY good!
I finished off with sesame seared tuna with a wasabi sauce (with a salad and fries as side dishes)
I really loved how clean is the presentation, still making me want to devour the plate right away!
To be completely honest, it is kind of an expensive place to eat, that’s why I usually go there at night and only go for drinks. They serve probably the best cocktails of Brussels (it’s then worth its prices…)
Since a few month now, there is also « Les Apéros d’Odette en Ville », which is always fun. A great way to discover the magic of Odette, without being maybe intimidated by entering the charming place on a regular night.
Here is a great memory from the Apéro of March
And if you pass by, look around, I might be there just hanging around with friends… And come say hi!
Small article today to show you the outfit I was wearing last wednesday to have a few drinks with friends at La Terrasse de l’Hippodrome. The weather was starting to get nicer, so I went for something summery (that would still keep me warm when the temperature lowers when the sun is gone).
I was wearing my brand new sandals by Sam Edelman, and they seem to match so many of my outfits, I’m so happy with them!
Wearing: ZARA blazer – SANDRO shirt – TRUE RELIGION jeans – H&M necklace – STELLA MC CARTNEY bag – SAM EDELMAN sandals
Have a wonderful weekend!
With a bright and sunny day like this one, I thought it was the perfect day to share with you the recipe of my delicious Tacos.
It may sound weird but as much as Fajitas is more of a winter dish to me, Tacos sounds really summery. And THAT’S WHY today’s tacos wednesday!
(if you want to check out my fajitas recipe anyway, it’s right this way)
• soft shell tacos (hard shells are too hard to eat)
• shrimps (I buy them frozen)
• avocado (count 1/person)
• sour cream
• sriracha sauce
• cayenne pepper
• espelette pepper
• olive oil
• salt & pepper
About an our before cooking, I take out the shrimp from the freezer, and make them marinate in a little bowl with: chopped garlic, olive oil, salt & pepper, paprika, espelette pepper, cayenne pepper and a little bit of sriracha sauce.
An our later, I start to prepare the side I want to be able to put in my tacos. I always make the same ones, they taste the best to me: guacamole and salsa
For the guacamole: I mash the avocados, I had some chopped tomatoes, chopped red onions and some cilantro. On top a touch of olive oil, some lime, salt & pepper.
For the salsa: chopped tomatoes, cilantro. On top olive oil, lime, salt & pepper.
I put the lettuce in a bowl, and get the sour cream ready
Once that’s all done, I just need to cook my shrimps and heat up my taco shell.
After, I make my tacos to my taste, usually adding a bit of sriracha on top for the heat!
I recently discovered the brand Undiz, I had mentioned it to you on the bikini post a few days ago. As I told you then, I was really seduced by the brand, they have really fun and colorful underwear. Their range spreads also to swimwear, homewear and pajamas of course.
While discovering the shop I came across a pair of PJs pants that made my heart melt right away. But as I am always kind of unconventional and need to do things differently, I know right away I wouldn’t wear it as a PJ pants but as a regular pants.
It was a bit of a challenge for the styling because it has to be really chic, unless I was afraid people could tell it was a PJ pants. Thankfully, it looks like I did a good job at it, no one noticed (or no one said anything…) and I even got a few compliments! GRACIAS
Wearing: UNDIZ PJ pants – H&M trend top – ZARA blazer – EXIT shoes – JEROME DREYFUSS bag