Retail’s lure – the expat’s hook

The exterior arrangement of a store should be considered as an alluring exhortation. The resolution of falling into temptation is easily solved by entering the shop – nothing fits better than the assertion “the only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it”. And this is exactly the implicit mission of a store: Shine […]

Lëtz Create – Nathalie Siebenaler

Miranda van den Heuvel talks to creative people in Luxembourg and says “look, Luxembourg is creative! Here’s how and where!” The June talk is with designer Nathalie Siebenaler. 1. What is CREATIVITY? Creativity can be everything. Our everyday life is surrounded by beautiful and not so beautiful things, but we have to open our eyes and learn […]

Tokyo of a thousand lights

Tokyo.The hands of the clock run madly and you can get lost crossing roads with the crowd marching in lockstep. Seven hours ahead of Luxembourg and the hands of the clock do not stop running in Tokyo. You learn quickly that nothing is ever enough in Tokyo. Tokyo of a thousand lights and souls is playful and bizarre, easily making […]

A simpler life: How many pairs of jeans do you need?

Regardless if you took the reverse packing challenge I wrote about three weeks ago or not, I think most of us could do with a bit of regular wardrobe organizing and decluttering. We live in a time of washing machines, but have more clothes than ever before. In most cases you only wear a few favorites […]

A simpler life: The wardrobe

Have you ever stood in front of your wardrobe thinking you have “nothing to wear”? It tends to be that we can’t see the forest for all the trees. So here is an experiment you can easily do to simplify and minimize your wardrobe. All without the scary part – you know, throwing things away.

The Great Danes

Ecco, Lego, B&O, Eva Trio, Royal Copenhagen – I guess you have heard the names before. Danish design has a great reputation in large parts of the world. It started in the 1950ies with pioneer designers such as Hans Wegner, Børge Mogensen, Georg Jensen and Arne Jacobsen, taking Danish design outside of Denmark’s borders. Their […]

Silk and its substitutes: Luxurious practicality or practically luxurious?

2014 is the year us ladies can actually come up for air. Literally. Tight-tighter-tightest has now left for the outlets and glorious, elegant, body-skimming silk is back by popular demand. Regardless of what price level you shop at, racks everywhere are filled with fluid silhouettes, but very rarely made of actual silk. Manufacturers are promoting […]

Lëtz Create – Patrice Parisotto

Each month, Miranda van den Heuvel talks to creative people in Luxembourg and says “look, Luxembourg is creative! Here’s how and where!” The December talk is with jewelry designer Patrice Parisotto. 1. What is CREATIVITY? Creativity in jewelry is the fine art of elevating precious natural materials to fascinating and admirable emotions.

Time to rebelle!

The one word you need to retain for Fall/Winter 2013 is “rebel”. Punky, grungy, bike-y, hippie, gypsy… whichever rebel look you prefer most, lean in. Most particularly when it comes to shoes. Clamber down from your vertiginous heels and feel no shame. High heels are officially out! The backlash to stilettos is so violent that […]

Guilt-free shopping in Trier

Ironically, one of the great things about living in wealthy Luxembourg is its proximity to Germany, one of the least expensive countries in Europe according to the Mercer Cost of Living Survey 2012. Groceries cost 38% more in the Grand Duchy than in Germany and restaurant prices are a shocking 66% higher, calculates Numebo. So […]