Mental note to self and y’all: Do not forget Mother’s Day!
What moms really want for Mother’s Day is hot coffee and a lie-in so ticking those two boxes is already great. Add a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a breakfast in bed and you have earned your brownie points. But those who want to take it a notch up (or have been naughty and need to get back in momma’s good books) can take note from I on Image’s carefully curated Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017. All items can be ordered online and are in the price category “doable”. Hover over each item for information and find ordering details below the gallery.
Happy Mother’s Day shopping with I on Image!
1. COS Cotton-Silk Scarf
2. Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Hand Balm SPF15
3. Camps & Camps Chain Necklace
4. &Other Stories Leather Envelope Card Holder
5. I on Image’s Mother’s Day Gift Voucher
COS – Large cotton-silk scarf €49. Order online here.
Rituals – The Ritual of Sakura Hand Balm SPF 15 €10. Order online here.
Camps & Camps – Chain necklace €70. Order online here.
I on Image’s Mother’s Day gift voucher. Order your voucher before Thursday 11th May midnight to be sure to have it in your inbox on time. The voucher can be used for all I on Image’s services and it is valid until 31st December 2017. Choose any amount you want. No refunds. Personalized message available upon request. Purchases and enquiries by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Other great ideas are: wine tasting, high tea, tickets to a show or a concert, mani-pedi, massage, a good book, a box of artisan bonbons… Or just that elusive aforementioned sleep!
Happy Mother’s Day!
Your image consultant with an eye for detail
I have a confession to make: I am secretly a hopeless romantic. I am not big on commercial holidays but when the chance to celebrate love comes knocking on your door I always end up thinking: “Well, why not”. There is enough misery in this world so why not indeed create a little rose dusted magic where you otherwise wouldn’t find it, well at least not without an effort.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day tomorrow I have collected my favorite romantic picks for you -handy with next day delivery from De Bijenkorf. Leave this article casually open on your browser or go give a bold hint to someone who needs a little help from Cupid.
3. Camp & Camps Teardrop Earrings with Pink Swarovski Crystals
L.K. Bennett CASSANDRA Metallic Pink Leather Tote. Just general gorgeousness and therefore a must-have. We all fell in love with L.K. Bennett pretty much the same day than we saw the first photos of Duchess of Cambridge and the feeling is still going strong. The brand makes classic and sophisticated London style better than any other brand. Order it here.
Sisley IZIA Eau de Parfum 30ml. My favorite perfumes are often rose scents and this one is no exception. It’s a sophisticated feminine floral with notes of rose and musk. Order it here.
Camp & Camps Teardrop Earrings with Pink Swarovski Crystals. I find teardrop the most elegant earring shape and much more grownup than admittedly cute heart shape. Dutch Camps & Camps makes wonderfully wearable jewelry in a good price range. Order them here.
Bonus tip: Wake up your loved ones with these mini heart shape omelettes. Decorate with fresh berries -and if life allows accompany with a mimosa.
Last week I had the pleasure to meet face-to-face with Kanak Hirani, co-founder of Karigar. I saw Kanak for the first time last summer when she gave a powerful speech at Spark 2016 in the Global Female Entrepreneurship Panel. We met at the brand’s showroom in the heart of Amsterdam and I was delighted to learn more about the amazing journey of their products empowering artisan communities that produce their amazing weaved products meeting the urban aesthetics and style. On this cold winter day, that started with half of Amsterdam being without power, we spoke about style, wellness and female empowerment under lovely and warm Karigar merino wool capes.
I on Image: The journey of companies from past to present always fascinates me. Tell me about Karigar’s journey to what the brand is representing today.
Kanak: We built Karigar really from scratch. My experience is in journalism and sales and my business partner Sindhu Holla has a strong background in finance and sales. I am the people person and Sindhu is good with numbers. In 2013 we launched the brand Pashm. We very soon noticed that to be able to run a profitable brand the traditional Indian designs and vivid colours needed to be adjusted to the European market and taste. That is when we brought in the element of design and hired our 3rd business partner, designer Jolijn Fiddelaers. And so in 2014, Karigar as we know it today, was born.
I on Image: You told me that the word karigar means artisan in Hindi. What is your brands relationship with Indian artisans?
Kanak: India has a very rich textile heritage and Sindhu and I are both of Indian origin. Our brand is shape-shifting this heritage by translating traditional skills and techniques into contemporary handmade products. We work with many artisan groups across rural India and help empowering them through their work and ability to keep their craft traditions alive.
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I on Image: We briefly spoke about the non-excistence of copyright laws in India. What other challenges does India provide?
Kanak: Finding the right artisan groups is the key. It takes 14 people to create one Karigar product. We have been to India ourselves to train the artisans to use the right techniques and colours, and educated them on our brand vision and our high quality standards. We are proud of our artisans and each our product comes with a Talking Tag that tells their story.
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I on Image: This cape is just amazing, I don’t ever want to take it off, especially not on this cold day. What other products you have?
Kanak: Our first product was our wool-silk stole that was launched on Dutch Design Week with our company in 2014. Next year we set up a really successful crowd-funding campaign to fund our popular merino wool cape that you are now wearing. Our latest addition to the collection is our merino wool unisex scarf. All our products are yarn-died and the maximum batch size is 25 items per loom. Our items sustainability comes from their long-lasting, high quality and multi-functional qualities.
I on Image: I saw! The cape can be worn 17 different ways. I very much like the idea of a multi-functional product and can see it answering many of my client’s style dilemmas: an extra layer on chilly days, limited luggage kilos during business travel, wish to conceal tummy/hip area in a stylish way, keeping pregnant belly warm, breastfeeding discreetly… As an image consultant and a personal stylist I am answering these questions on a regular basis but also helping my clients to get the most out of their wardrobe and budget. Multi-functionality also responses to the wish to live with less items that bring them the most joy.
On this video Karigar designer Jolijn showshow to wear your Karigar cape:
I on Image: What is your vision on Karigar’s future?
Kanak: Our focus will remain on fashion. We want to bring one innovative product per season and keep on making beautiful wearable items for our customers to enjoy for years to come.
I on Image: Thank you very much for having me Kanak!
Karigar STOLE in Light Grey
Karigar CAPE in NeutralSalmon
Karigar SCARF in Pastel
I have selected my favorites from the collection for you. To order www.karigar.nl
Stay warm and stylish everyone!
-Jenni Your image consultant with an eye for detail
I had the pleasure to talk with shoe designer and entrepreneur Anna van Winkelmolen of Anna van Mills just before Christmas. We met at the atmospheric Hoxton on Keizergracht and spoke about her brand and her vision.
Anna’s website is every shoe lovers dream come true: you can design your own dream shoes! And not just any shoes: high quality custom made leather shoes, manufactured in Italy, delivered on your doorstep. They are sophisticated, feminine and elegant.
Block heel pumps in Aurora -Salmon Pink
There is a whopping 45 000 different combinations you can choose from:
3 models: ankle boot, shootie and classic pump
2 heel types: 70’s inspired stable block and classic stiletto
3 leather types: nappa, suede and calf –all available in various gorgeous colours
4 heel fabric options (my personal favorite is the heel dressed in the same leather as the shoe itself)
silver or gold buckles and logo
an option to choose an ankle strap or no strap
You get palpitations of excitement from much less!
Anna brought a few sample shoes and her leather samples in all gorgeous colours. I loved to see how the shades worked differently in different textures: so deep and rich in suede, so sleek in nappa. I was amazed how realistic the shoes look on her website. She told me that a huge amount of effort went into making the site as user friendly and high quality as possible and that really shows. The website with complete 3D models of the shoes is just amazing.
Disclaimer: once you start designing you will not be able to stop!
Ankle boot with strap in navy
Anna showed me proudly the beautiful details on her shoes. I am all for the details and love the injected antislip pad that is placed cleverly under the ball of your foot for extra comfort. I was excited to hear that you can even choose the metallic shade of the logo inside of the shoe, I am nerdy for details like that. You can order your favorite Anna Van Mills heels also in half sizes upon request and try the shoes on before ordering them at an upcoming shop in the Pijp, Amsterdam. The standard size range is 36-41 but sizes 35, 42 and 43 are available upon request, which is fabulous shoe-news for my statuesque clients who haven’t been able to find an elegant shoe in their size.
Peeptoe shootie in Uadi -Greyish Green
February is a month of love and the last minute Romeos will be delighted to know that you can also order Anna van Mills gift vouchers for your sweet Valentine. Here at I on Image we echo the old saying:
Shoe love is true love
I on Image founder and image consultant with an eye for detail & shameless shoe addict