GLOOBLES ON THE ROAD: Hayley's Charleston

Even just a handful of years ago, Charleston was still pretty under the radar. Sure, those in the know on the East Coast might have headed down for a wedding or a weekend at the beach, but it's only recently that Charleston has become such a destination. The food-obsessed flock there to indulge in everything from fresh oysters to traditional Carolina barbecue, & budding historians can happily steep in the storied local culture. The streets are lined with vibrant stucco houses, & oak trees dressed in tangles of Spanish moss delicately shade the cobbled alleyways that weave their way through the city.

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GLOOBLES FRIENDS: Jet van Beuningen & Alexander van der Wyck

when you hear the words power couple, if you know them, Jet & Alexander most definitely come to mind. Jet founded Anecdote in 2009, as she felt a gap in the market for a timeless brand that would offer women cherished, high quality pieces that you'd keep for life. while Alexander used to be a financial powerhouse, he now works in tandem with his lovely wife to make Anecdote as successful as it is. though London used to be their home, this bubbly couple has laid down roots in Amsterdam again with their two sons, whom they tote to the South of France in summer and Gstaad in winter. can we join their family?!

travel magazine
Condé Naste Traveller (UK Edition), Monocle (although not strictly a travel magazine) or Lodestars Anthology to really get into the mood of a place.

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GLOOBLES ON THE ROAD: Oktoberfest

It's hard to miss that Oktoberfest has taken over Munich. The streets are flooded with girls in dirndls and boys in lederhosen, & the beer is flowing even more freely than usual. & though it's coming to a close, we couldn't resist sharing a few of our favourite spots in Munich to line our stomachs before we head to the tents & the best places to nurse our hangovers the next day.

It may be the last weekend, but we like to think it's the best. So grab your trachten & write down these tips. It will be the best Oktoberfest yet.

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THE GLOOBLES DIET: Stephanie van Rappard

Have you ever wanted to see how somebody else lives? When they wake up in the morning & the people they see during the week? And, most importantly, what they eat? Us, too. And that's why we're bringing you THE GLOOBLES DIET, a deep dive into all of the munching and & imbibing of our dearest gloobles friends.

Remember our founder Stephanie van Rappard? You might recall her interview not too long ago, where she dished on her favourite wine bars, particularly Publik Wine in Cape Town, and the best place to work in Amsterdam, Soho House AmsterdamZoku. We don't know about you, but we were curious how one of Amsterdam's finest fills her days and her belly. This week on THE GLOOBLES DIET, Stephanie tells all, from Mango Green Protein Smoothies to letting her boyfriend Maurits take the reigns in the kitchen as she tries to catch an extra wink of sleep before newborn Beer is ready for the day ahead.

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GLOOBLES FAMILY: Alix van der Goes

our absolutely fantastic intern Alix is a true sun-seeker. having studied in LA, Sydney & Utrecht (though that last one isn't exactly a tropical destination), Alix is in love with Mexican food and beers & embodies that laid-back, surfer girl cool vibe. when she's not working on her degree in communication & marketing, she indulges in a good book or a great movie before honing her surf & skate skills.

travel magazine
I don't necessarily read travel magazines but have a few Instagram accounts or 'influencers' that travel a lot and when I like a destination/restaurant/café/ beach they've visited, I archive it in my "bucketlist" album.

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GLOOBLES ON THE ROAD: Keziah & Dámaso's Frieze

With Frieze just around the corner, kicking off the autumn art season, gloobles friends & family are packing our bags & heading to London. We strongly suggest you do too, as there is little better than London in the fall. The air is crisp, & the gentle winds carry the vegetal scent of leaves across your nose. The shops have lined their shelves with chic winter gear, & you might even be ready to sip a mulled wine in the evenings. & of course there's Frieze.

It is a fantastic fair, chock full of exciting contemporary art & wonderful Old Master Works. With so much to see, however, it can feel a little overwhelming. So we sat down with two of our dear gloobles friends who truly have their finger on the pulse of all the art world happenings. Keziah & Dámaso are dishing on their favourite booths, where to grab a bite to eat before you hit the fair & where they like to hit they hay at the end of a long, art-filled day.

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GLOOBLES CALENDAR: a year in art fairs

Our world is becoming a more beautiful, educated & cultured place each and every day. The art world was once an industry that felt impenetrable, closed off to anyone who was not in the in-crowd. Now, however, the art world is expanding rapidly, looking to include young collectors & those just hoping to expand their minds as well as the fabled art historians & gallerinas. 

That being said, there are so many galleries, auctions & art fairs happening throughout the year, that we can feel a bit oversaturated & overstimulated. But, as usual, gloobles is here to help. We've distilled our list of top art events into a streamlined timeline so you know where to be & when.

OCTOBER

Frieze Masters & Frieze London (London): October 4-7. 
If you live in London, chances are you've seen this huge structure erected every autumn in Regent's Park. Meander between Frieze Masters & Frieze London to check out the best of both contemporary & Old Master Works. Don't miss the Frieze sculpture garden! Take a room at Chiltern Firehouse to make walking to the fair easy peasy.

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GLOOBLES ON THE ROAD: Heleen's Montalcino

One of our dearest gloobles friends, Heleen van Poecke, also just so happens to have the low-down on the unsung Italian gem of Montalcino, hidden away in the Tuscan hills. Her family owns a beautiful winery that stretches across the countryside, just a few minutes' drive outside of the quaint Mediaeval town. If you're lucky (or you plan ahead) you just might get the pleasure of touring their fantastic vineyards. & if you're even luckier, you might sneak a little tasting session of their terrific Brunello, the wine that has made this region famous.

Today, Heleen dishes on all the best places to go in her adoptive hometown & tells us just why this place is so special.

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GLOOBLES FRIEND: Emilie Tabor

at the age of 29, Emilie is already an impressive businesswoman. 4 years ago, she co-founded the very first influencer marketing agency: IMA, which is already a multi-million dollar company today. her work brings her across the globe, but she travels just as frequently to explore new destinations and cultures in her spare time. this stunner is always in the know and will be sure to tell you the hottest places in town.

food destination
LA! I love all the different breakfast places & the Mexican influences. There are so many great Mexican restaurants where you can have dinner in Santa Monica. Oscar's is one of my favourites!! Try the shrimp & fish tacos.

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GLOOBLES FAMILY: Victoire Eouzan

this lovely South of France transplant is as in love with Amsterdam as she is with shooting landscapes. she skilfully combines her photography & graphic design skills to create & play with images, tell stories & reinvent the world around her. if you catch her on a trip, you'll never find her without her best friends - her cameras. she hasn't been everywhere, but it's on her list.

travel magazine
It's called Les Others. It's a French magazine about travel, as well as photography.

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GLOOBLES RECIPE: cookie dough bites

We don't know about you, but we've finally hit a bit of a cold snap here in Amsterdam. It has been such a blistering summer that we've been avoiding our kitchens more fervently than last week's Tinder date. Finally, however, it seems that nesting season is upon us. & whether you'll be hunkering down alone, with a partner or, like Stephanie, with a new baby, a few homemade treats are never remiss. 

Though it's no longer a steam bath, we still may not be ready for full-fledged day-long kitchen projects. One step at a time, right? So, instead, we're opting for these raw cookie dough bites. We can't stop making them, & we really can't stop eating them. 

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GLOOBLES FRIEND: Nathalie de Clerck

this Belgian beauty is a truly dynamic career woman, with a bachelor's degree in Fashion Business and a master's from Sotheby's Institute of Art. she's taken the knowledge she got there and put it into action in her own firm, NDC ART. though Nathalie now lives in London, she's always travelling the globe for interesting exhibitions & art fairs, so if you're looking for the new hot artist, Nathalie should be your go-to girl.

travel magazine
Condé Nast Traveler.

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GLOOBLES FAMILY: Stephanie van Rappard

Stephanie has been travelling from an early age, focusing on finding culture. Stephanie laid roots in several cosmopolitan cities during her studies – think New York, London, Paris and Amsterdam. Want to know her favourite destination? That’s like picking a favourite child for Stephanie.

travel magazine
CEREAL. It's independent, very well-curated and last but not least super beautiful. The perfect replacement for a coffee table book.

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GLOOBLES FAMILY: Hayley Daen

South Carolina bred, UK educated and Netherlands enthused, this girl has an insatiable hunger for travel and, of course, all things delicious. a traveller as seasoned as her cast iron skillet, Hayley always knows the best spots for a tasty bite or a cheeky glass.

travel magazine
Because I'm such a voracious eater, I'm embarrassed to admit that my favourite "travel magazine" is really more like the articles in Bon Appétit that are tangentially related to travel.

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THE GLOOBLES DIET: TT Pasanen

Have you ever wanted to see how somebody else lives? When they wake up in the morning & the people they see during the week? And, most importantly, what they eat? Us, too. And that's why we're bringing you THE GLOOBLES DIET, a deep dive into all of the munching and & imbibing of our dearest gloobles friends.

Remember our new friend TT Pasanen? You might recall her interview last week, where she dished on being drawn to The Met & the ethereal agnolotti at Lilia. We don't know about you, but we were curious how this Boston babe fills her days and her belly. This week on THE GLOOBLES DIET, TT tells all, from juicy Negronis to innumerable vats of coffee to the revelatory power of even a sub-par pizza.

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GLOOBLES BABY: the ultimate shopping list for newborns

As soon as you find out you’re pregnant, you learn one thing: there is A LOT to learn. And deciding what to get for your newborn, particularly as a first-time mom, can be both exciting and utterly overwhelming. What is a baby activity gym? Do you need a co-sleeper? How many onesies do you need? Which stroller do you get?

gloobles founder Stephanie is about to pop. Lucky for you, she did extensive research and assembled the ultimate shopping list for newborns.

Want to make sure your baby is as well-equipped and stylish as you? We have the perfect list to make that happen.


illustration of gloobles founder Stephanie van Rappard by Solgil

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GLOOBLES FRIEND: TT Pasanen

Though she hails from the land of the free, home of the brave, this lovely little American is practically a Dutchie now. She's a wiz in the kitchen and known for unearthing the best culinary gems no matter where she steps foot. Looking for a juicy rouge or a killer running route perfect for spotting hotties? Well, then TT's your gal.

travel magazine
It's not a travel magazine, but I love to look at the NY Times International Real Estate section for aspirational home purchases/travel day dreaming. I reach for HERE for more attainable travel goals.

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GLOOBLES RECIPE: earl grey cookies with cardamom white chocolate ganache

Are you boiling? Because we sure are. Amsterdam is basically one giant oven, so we know it's practically criminal to ask you to turn yours on, but we have a reason and a good one at that: Earl Grey Cookies with Cardamom White Chocolate Ganache.

And though our suggestion will require you turn up the dial on your oven, these cookies can be baked late at night or early in the morning when the heat has burned off a bit. It may heat up your kitchen for an hour or so, but it will help with your mid-afternoon tea break. Instead of steaming over a hot cup of tea as if you were at the spa, get your caffeine fix from these dainty, subtly sweet tea cookies.

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GLOOBLES RECIPE: roasted tomato garlic tart

We think we can all agree that summer is pretty fantastic time of year. The days seem endless and everyone is in a better mood. But do you want to know what our favourite part is? The produce.

Think about it. Biting into a fresh, juicy summer peach. Nibbling on that sweet, refreshing watermelon and letting the juices run down your chin. Sweet and smoky corn just kissed by the heat of the grill. Heaven.

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GLOOBLES RECIPE: blondies

If you're reading this, it's time for a snack. It's never too late for a snack, particularly if it's a delicate scone from Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant in California or a sliver of something sweet from A Piece of Cake in Tokyo. Really, who could resist?



There are times, however, when there may not be something sweet for that 4:00 o'clock slump close at hand. There are also times when you're feeling motivated, invincible, ready to tackle any kitchen task. You're basically Christina Tosi. And these are the times that are the most glorious. They're the times when a little bit of effort and a few ingredients you might even have tucked away in the cupboards will come together to produce something far more than the sum of its parts.

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GLOOBLES RECIPE: coconut pistachio crumble ice cream

Though the weather may still be fluctuating wildly, we are certainly entering the throes of summer. & when it's summer, that means ice cream. Who can argue with that?



Recent years have seen a sort of frozen Renaissance. Ice cream companies across the globe have been churning out fantastically flavoured concoctions from Duck Crackling with Cherry Preserves to Ras el Hanout & Rose Petal Jam. We are truly living in the Golden Age of ice cream.

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GLOOBLES FRIEND: Dámaso Berenguer

Dámaso is a true modern Renaissance man. splitting his time between Madrid, London and New York as an art world darling for Colnaghi – not to mention all his travels just for pleasure – Dámaso is your go-to-guy for all tips artsy or edible.

travel magazine
To be honest, I don't really read travel magazines.

prepare for a trip
I sometimes ask local friends, but I actually don't plan much before a trip.

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GLOOBLES FRIEND: Steve Musgrave

Half Dutch, half English and wholly unique, Steve has lived a very global life. With stints in Boston, London, Munich and Amsterdam, this handsome fellow knows where all the best hotspots are from Tel Aviv to the Seychelles.

travel magazine
Monocle and National Geographic Traveller.

prepare for a trip
Ask friends, buy a Phaidon Wallpaper guide or check out travel blogs.

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GLOOBLES FRIEND: Tessa Duste

After her studies in Delft natural beauty Tessa co-founded MOSS and Hrbs to make cities more livable and sustainable. From a young age Tessa always found herself drawn to cities and therefore she loves to explore new places and cultures. This striking lady divides her time between Amsterdam and Ghana where her boyfriend Stefan lives.

place to live
I like the diversity of living in different places, and hopefully I will be able to do so for the next years. Yet Amsterdam is always a very nice home to come back to, with all my friends/ family around and its super relax atmosphere.



destination for its architecture
Probably Valencia and in particular because of the Calatrava buildings. Other cities may have more diversity in architecture, but I was amazed by these white futuristic buildings from a very young age, so I will always be a hug fan of his work.

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GLOOBLES FRIEND: Luise van Holk

German beauty Luise has a big love for art. With her strong vision she supports projects that inspire new audiences. This striking lady just moved back from Amsterdam to London with her inspiring husband who competed at the Paralympics in Rio. They love to explore new places and experience new culture, cuisines and art all around the world.

museum
There are so many great places for art, but the most recent place that blew me away was Chateau La Coste (which we visited for the birthday of gloobles friend Stephanie Schuitemaker!!). Its a vineyard and private sculpture park not far from Aix-en-Provence and the perfect place for every ‘bon vivant’ to enjoy good wines, great food, beautiful architecture and incredible sculptures all in one place. Tadao Ando build the restaurant, Renzo Piano has just completed a sunken exhibition space, which is set among the grape vines of a winery, and most recently Francis Mallman, the Argentinian celebrity chef has opened a restaurant on the the estate too. So there are 1000 reasons to go and visit (again)!

art gallery
Living in London there are so many great galleries and art spaces. One of my favourites is Gallery Ropac, which just opened their London space in the famous 18th century townhouse Ely House in Mayfair. Its a great example of a gallery situated in an existing architectural structure rather than in a white cube space. Ropac represents artists such as Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer and one of my favourite, Robert Longo.

time period
Contemporary Art. I am just so curious how artist manage to continue to reinvent and develop their practice in todays world. There are interesting new media like virtual reality and digital art, which I think are very interested to discover like Radom International or TeamLab.

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GLOOBLES FRIEND: Nathalie Streng

After living in New York Nathalie got inspired to start her own company and in October 2014 she opened the very first and only 100% organic & cold-pressed juice bar in The Netherlands: The Cold Pressed Juicery. This striking business women and fit girl has a strong vision about food & fitness and dreams to make everyone healthier & happier. In the little spare time she has, Nathalie loves to explore unique health & fitness concepts and healthy restaurants.

inspiration for The Cold Pressed Juicery
Totally selfish reason. I have been making my own fresh organic juices at home for the past 9 years as there was no place in Amsterdam with fresh organic green juices. Then when I moved to New York in 2013 I not only found juice bars but places with cold pressed juices and raw food! After this revelation I never touched my own juicer again and I realised there were more people that were living this healthy lifestyle. I noticed that people in Amsterdam slowly but surely started to realise that white bread with chocolate sprinkles or cheese is not the healthiest way to live a long and happy life: more organic supermarkets opened up in Amsterdam and the regular supermarkets even started to sell gluten free bread. That is the moment I thought: now is the time to open up a place like The Cold Pressed Juicery. We were the very first in Europe to import the original Cold Press machine from the States!

type of traveler
Adventurous and curious I would say. I always like to explore new places and only go back to the same location if my family lives there or if I really really loved it.


Nathalie in Oahu, Hawaii.

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GLOOBLES FRIEND: Michiel van Ogtrop

To follow his passion for traveling and nice products, Michiel started Travelteq, a beautiful Amsterdam-based leather goods brand fit for the modern traveler. All products are made in his birth place, Italy, using the finest leather. Apart from Amsterdam, Tuscany is where this charming foodie spends most of his time, both checking out new products but most of all exploring new restaurants.

preparations for a trip
Usually I don’t prepare a lot but I make sure to know the hotspots, book some good restaurants in advance if necessary. Furthermore I pack simple and light, so the night before is just fine.

travel magazine
Monocle magazine. They are great at discovering the undiscovered places. Years later others catch on. This is how I learned about Comporta for example.


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GLOOBLES FRIEND: Maurits de Boer

Maurits loves to explore unique places & cultures with his friends and girlfriend. This handsome engineer has impeccable taste and when visiting new places he likes to conduct a thorough research so he can make the most of everything a new place has to offer.

place to start of a night out on town with friends
Conservatorium Hotel is always a good starting point. Whether on the beginning of a Friday night or having a Sunday brunch to explore the surrounding museums afterwards. A international crowd and cool architecture and design, the impressive steel and glass structure above the lobby still impresses me.

romantic dinner with your girl
Utrechtsedwarstafel, located unsurprisingly in the Utrechtsewarsstraat in Amsterdam, was a favourite venue when we lived three doors next to it. The restaurant is a very classic place owned by two truly passionate friends: the sommelier and the chef. Their new neighbour Bistrot des Alpes is also definitely worth a visit.


Maurits with his girlfriend & gloobles friend Stephanie Schuitemaker

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GLOOBLES FRIEND: Frederiek Burlage

Styl­ish detec­tive Fred­eriek is gloobles’ hid­den gem spe­cial­ist. Wher­ever she goes, Fred­eriek doesn’t stop inves­ti­gat­ing until she has found a truly secret local trea­sure.

preparations for a trip
I ask my good friend Steph for tips and I always read customer reviews. Nowadays I find it hard to know which sincere tips are and which are sponsored so I compare the reviews of different sites. And if I go in over-prepare-mode, I check Instragram to see tagged pictures of the food (and the people who are eating there).

Frederiek at le Club 55 in Saint-Tropez

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GLOOBLES FRIEND: Nina van Heuveln

After her studies Art History and working at several contemporary galleries & Christie’s Nina van Heuveln decided to set up her own art consulting firm in Amsterdam: Heuv Art. This gorgeous art historian is always driven to visit many art related places around the world such as art museums, art galleries, art fairs, art academies and artists’ studios and has a wide network within these places.

museum
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art near Copenhagen, Denmark. Their shows are amazing and I just love the site of the building, near the sea and their sculpture garden is amazing. The sculpture park at Storm King Art Center near New York also belongs to one my favourite public art spaces.


Nina van Heuveln at Storm King Art Center.

art gallery
I have got many favourite art galleries but I am a big fan of the artists presented by Sprüth Magers gallery in Berlin and Pilar Corrias in London.

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GLOOBLES FRIEND: Heleen van Poecke

Heleen is one of gloobles’ Dutch friends who has moved abroad. She cur­rently resides in New York and loves to travel for both work and leisure, and to explore cities by run­ning or eat­ing. Her favorite restau­rants are small and cozy with great, sim­ple dishes that remind her of some of her favorite places: Ams­ter­dam, Paris or the South of France.

how to prepare a trip
I don’t prepare. I prefer to keep my options open and to be spontaneous so I typically just pack my bags, hop on a flight and see what happens.

beach holiday destination
Anywhere around the Mediterranean in summer. 

city trip destination
Depends who I am with and what I want to do. But any European capital I can keep going back to. There are always more museums, restaurants, beautiful squares and buildings to explore.


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GLOOBLES FRIEND: Bella Janssens

Bella breathes fash­ion: she always looks strik­ingly beau­ti­ful and is ahead of our time. Bella stud­ied archi­tec­ture in both Paris and Lon­don at the best uni­ver­si­ties, but fash­ion was her big dream. After she moved back to her home coun­try she decided to fol­low her pas­sion in the Big Apple: New York. Bella likes hon­est, sim­ple & ele­gant places, just like the clothes she designs.

fashion designer
Difficult question ? I have lots! My favourite designers at the moment are Eckhaus Latta, they are based between NY and LA and have an artist family around them that collaborate on their shop interior, accessories and clothes so you’re constantly surrounded by newness and designed experiences. And I like that you feel the polyester Chinatown in their collections still…which was where they started.
But! Favorite designer of all time will stay Agnes B, of course ?

clothing shop
I try not to buy anything new anymore unless it’s really special. So my favourite clothing shop at the moment is Mirth in Greenpoint NY. Lauren’s vintage finds are hard to beat… I never leave her shop without a new treasure.


Bella in Joshua Tree National Park

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GLOOBLES FRIEND: Stephanie Schuitemaker

Busi­ness­woman and fash­ion icon Stephanie always turns heads with her unique style and her bold fash­ion state­ments. In 2016 she started her own fash­ion gallery SCHUIT together with her cre­ative part­ner Diek Pothoven to support unique tal­ented design­ers. Stephanie also has an impec­ca­ble taste for food & wine and her din­ner par­ties are def­i­nitely some­thing to look for­ward to.

how to keep up with the latest fashion trends
I seek to visit all the graduations shows, as it is the most exciting to connect with the designers at the beginning of their career. I also keep myself updated by Instagram and by talking to young upcoming designers who are often very aware on what is going on.

new & upcoming designer we should keep an eye on
I feel very privileged to work with a few young emerging designers which I believe create work which goes beyond seasons and have a very unique style. In the Netherlands these young designers include Barbara Langendijk, Max Zara Sterck, Johannes Offerhaus and Joanne Vosloo.


Stephanie Schuitemaker with gloobles founder Stephanie van Rappard at Dutch National Opera & Ballet

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GLOOBLES FRIEND: Judith Goudsmit

Judith was born in Ams­ter­dam and moved to New York more than 10 years ago to pur­sue her dream of writ­ing. Now, Judith spends her time writ­ing plays, screen­plays and tele­plays she loves between Ams­ter­dam, New York and any­where great projects take her.

place to write
I like to write at home, but when I need a change, I go to the most beautiful library in New York. The big old one on 42nd Street. It was recently renovated.

places to get inspired
Anywhere! When I get stuck, I leave my house and take an aimless walk. There are inspiring things and people almost everywhere. It’s also good to be in a park. Or near the water. As long as it gets you out of your head and into the world.


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GLOOBLES FRIEND: Sophie Beeftink

Sophie started her pro­fes­sional career as a model in New York but after a few years she decided to fol­low her pas­sion in Ams­ter­dam and become an art his­to­rian. Sophie then moved back to New York to chase her true love and found a job at Tina Kim Gallery, the coolest con­tem­po­rary art space in town. Sophie is also a pas­sion­ate pho­tog­ra­pher. She knows exactly where the great exhi­bi­tions & excit­ing auc­tions are and which gal­leries & art spaces are the hottest in town.

gallery
Tina Kim Gallery!

art piece
changes constantly, but I recently enjoyed one of Pipilotti Rist’s video works from her ‘Pixel Forest’ exhibition at the New Museum. One particular room was transformed into a massive dreamlike environment where you got the chance to be very close to nature through beautiful video projections while laying on beds and looking at nature maximized by technology. A very nice and surprising experience when living in New York City ?


The Armory Show 2016, New York

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GLOOBLES FRIEND: Stuart Head & Fleur van der Erve

Fleur and Stu­art make the per­fect (gloobles) cou­ple. These super intel­li­gent and good-​looking food­ies with an inter­na­tional back­ground (includ­ing Bel­gium, France, South-​Africa, USA) love to explore new des­ti­na­tions together, where they search for the best street-​food in hid­den alleys as well as the most ele­gant restau­rants for a roman­tic (dou­ble) date.

when in Belgium
Try the typical Belgian things: brunch at Le Pain Quotidien, drink a good Belgian beer, taste a good Liege waffle (which you can find in every city)

preparations for a trip to South Africa
Book a car in advance! And don’t forget to book a table at all the top restaurants well in advance, especially during high season in Dec/Jan. Also, you should know that most of the special restaurants are located outside of the city, up to an 1h drive.

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a gloobles safari

gloobles kicked off the new year with a safari at the stunning Marakele National Park in South Africa. This wildlife reserve was established in 2003 by philanthropist Paul Fentener van Vlissingen. It has become a ‘place of sanctuary’ for an impressive variety of wildlife due to its location in the transitional zone between the dry western and moister eastern regions of South Africa. All the large game species from elephant and rhino to the big cats as well as an amazing variety of birds have settled here. It is one of the most beautiful places we have ever seen.

Photo diary

White and black rhinos are actually called ‘white’ and ‘black’ due to a misinterpretation. An Afrikaans speaking man referred to one type of rhino as wyd (wide) due to is wider under lip, which was understood as ‘white’. The other type was automatically referred to as ‘black’.

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how to eat & drink in Rome

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Here are our tips to get the best local food experience.

Eat lots of ice cream
The rule is: eat at least one gelato a day.

Drink your coffee standing
Coffee should be enjoyed at the bar, not on a terrace. It’s much more fun and also much cheaper.


left: coffee at the bar of Sant’Eustachio; right: at Caffè Greco, however, you are allowed to sit down and enjoy your coffee while admiring the cafe’s beautiful interior

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Byron Bay surf festival

If you happen to be around Byron Bay, Australia, between the 24th and 26th of October 2014, and love surfing and/or the surfer lifestyle, make sure not to miss the Byron Bay Surf Festival. This is where some of Australia’s best surfers, shapers, hipsters, and hippies get together each year to share and celebrate their love for the ocean.


Impressions of the Surf Festival’s surf art market in 2013, with left: a sweet dog, right: super cool Thomas Bexon surfboards

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Swan Lake by Dutch National Ballet

The simplest things are often the most beautiful. An Italian pasta with only three ingredients; a Mondriaan painting; a little black dress…

Rudi van Dantzig, with his choreography of Swan Lake by the Dutch National Ballet, could not have portrayed the essence of the art of simplicity more beautifully.

Swan Lake tells the story of Prince Siegfried, who soon has to choose a bride. One night, after his surprise birthday party at the castle, he goes to the forest, where he sees a swan appear out of a dark lake, which takes on the human form.


Principal Igone de Jongh (The Netherlands) as Odette, the Swan Queen

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Gurre Lieder for the first time on stage

Dutch National Opera opened the season of 2014-2015 with an absolute first: performing Arnold Schönberg’s Gurre-Lieder as a music theatre production. This scenic world premiere gives the performances a unique character. Until now, the work has only ever been performed in a concert hall.


pictures of the final dress rehearsal, Saturday the 31st of August 2014

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Alexander Calder in The Rijksmuseum Gardens


left: close-up of Crinkly (1969); right: glimpse of the glamorous & spectacular opening of the Alexander Calder exhibition in the gardens on Saturday evening the 21st of June

The second summer exhibition in the Sculpture Garden of the Rijksmuseum exceeds its expectations by far with an impressive exhibition of sculptures by Alexander Calder (1898-1976). 14 monumental sculptures and mobiles are displayed in the museum’s new outdoor gallery. Never before have so many works by Calder been gathered in open air. Guest curator Alfred Pacquement, former director of Musée National d’Art Moderne Centre Pompidou in Paris, has selected mobiles, stabiles, and standing mobiles by Calder from major museums and private collections. The exhibition is the second in a series of annual international sculpture displays which will be presented in the Rijksmuseum’s gardens over the next four years: Henry Moore was the first.

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GLOOBLES RECIPE: la caponata della scaletta

Giovanni of la Scaletta in Sicily gave us the recipe for his take on our favourite classic Sicilian dish: la caponata.

All the different methods of making it are more or less the same – the things that make it stand out and be special are the quality of the aubergines, tomatoes and vinegar.

This caponata recipe is absolutely gorgeous as a warm side or cold antipasto.


left: lunch at la Scaletta with caponata, parmigiana di melanzane and insalata di polpo; right: la Scaletta, seen from Marettimo’s harbour

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Amsterdam launch of www.gloobles.com at Museum van Loon

On Monday the 14th of April we launched our website www.gloobles.com in Amsterdam at the beautiful Museum van Loon on the canals.

gloobles founders Stephanie van Rappard & Céline Bent

front: gloobles friends Zoe Baars, Madri van Veldhuizen and little Lev; back: gloobles friends Juliette Hugenholtz and Maurits de Boer

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8 days & 8 nights in Italy

In autumn my boyfriend and I went on an unforgettable trip to Italy. He had never been in Italy before, so we had to cram all the beauty that Italy has to offer in 8 days and 8 nights.

Milan

We started our journey in Milan where we stayed one day and two nights. On our first night in Milan we had a delicious dinner at Trattoria Toscane Torre di Pisa, an old trattoria in the popular Brera district. The restaurant is clearly a favourite with the locals, it was jam packed with Milanese people. Have a look at the framed Mauny wallpapers, they are super special. After dinner we went dancing at Armani Privé in the Armani mega-complex. Make sure you dress up so you get past the strict bouncers.

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William Klein Retrospective exhibition

Foam finishes 2013 with a unique retrospective exhibition on the work of William Klein. The entire museum will be dedicated to the life and work of this legendary photographer, filmmaker, and designer.

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