Guest post III: girl power!

19/07/2014 § Leave a comment

For my third guestpost, I chose to take pictures of these fabulous ladies. I really love their styles, because they aren’t afraid to stand out and wear their clothes with confidence.

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Hannah // 17
“I love wearing kneesocks and stockings because they make me feel pretty. My scooter is my only and favorite accessory. “

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Tijsje // 17
“I wear classic clothes with a punky twist and one item that catches the eye. Shoes are important details to me. Side note: I paid €1 for this skirt.

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Stella // 15
“I don’t like too many details, I prefer to keep my outfits clean. I love wearing casual styles, but with an urban twist.”

Guest Post II: Hang out spots

16/07/2014 § Leave a comment

Summer’s finally here and between all the parties, festivals and holidays, I enjoy hanging around in my own city. I love how you can go from the crowded city centre to a calm, relaxing place in only 5 minutes. In my second guestpost I’ll tell you where I love to spend my summer days/nights and where I mostly hang out (in good company).

KAAIEN
Literally everyone comes here. From couples or teenagers, to tourists and older people. I can sit here for hours just to enjoy the view and feel the cool breeze. This place is mostly popular amongst teenagers. There’s always someone, especially at the Vlot which is a large platform on the Scheldt.
If you don’t know what to do or where to go, I highly suggest you to go here. Combine this place with a bottle of wine, some fancy food and some  good music and you’ll definitely have a great night.

CONSCIENCE SQUARE
This is one of my favorite places in Antwerp. On this beautiful square you can admire the Carolus Borromeus church, the fountain, and the library. Even though a lot of tourists come here, the Conscience square seems to be pretty unknown by the Antwerp locals. It is always nice to be here, and there’s always a musician playing music somewhere.  It is a great place to hang out on a hot day, when you want to escape from the crowd.

ZOMERFABRIEK
You probably already know this place, since it has already been recommended on here. But I just couldn’t leave this one out! During summer, I’m here almost every night.  Zomerfabriek is a great place for when you don’t know what to do. A lot of activities are organized here; come watch a movie on Monday or shake your booty on Friday. Drinks can be bought here for fair prices and I definitely recommend you to taste their delicious cheesecake!
Go to their lounge to chill on the couches (warning: it’s very easy to fall asleep on those!).Too bad that Zomerfabriek closes its doors at the end of the summer. But I guess it wouldn’t really be special anymore if it was open every day of the year…

I am a big music lover, so I created a small playlist with my ultimate summer anthems for you via Spotify. Hope you enjoy it!

Love,
Dagou

Guest Post I: My favorite shops in Antwerp

15/07/2014 § Leave a comment

People who know me know that I love to put effort into my outfits. Things I wear on a regular basis are croptops, high waisted bottoms, and gold accessories. Lucky me, there’s plenty of shops where I can buy all of this! I’m not afraid to stand out and I can always turn something old into something stylish.In this post I’ll reveal what my favorite Antwerp shops are…

URBAN OUTFITTERS This is definitely my favorite chain store. What I love about Urban Outfitters is that they offer so many different styles. They sell anything, from streetstyle t-shirts to floral dresses, and from clean polos to high waisted Levi’s shorts. Another thing I enjoy is how it always seems like my own iPod is playing in the background. Their  music taste is amazing. I literally can’t go to UO without buying something and I definitely suggest you to stop by during the sales season! Side note: their  employees are very friendly too and they can surely help you if you have some questions (they probably already know me since I’m there about once or twice a week).

-Meir 78, 2000 Antwerp

THINK TWICE My favorite vintage shop must be Think Twice. Not only because of their wallet-friendly prices, but also because there’s not just one but two Think Twices in Antwerp! You can buy dresses, shirts, jackets, and a lot more; all from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. I love shopping there because you can find some real beauties, like oldschool Nike sweaters and badass leather jackets. I would definitely suggest Think Twice to the DIY-ers who like to customize their clothes and to the people who are on a budget. Once a month, T2 has these crazy sales where everything costs  only 3€, then 2€ and then just 1€!

-Kammenstraat 85, 2000 Antwerp

-Lange Klarenstraat 21, 2000 Antwerp

Image via Think Twice

THE PUBLIC IMAGE  Does the name Nele Moens ring a bell? It definitely should! Nele was not only AS’ previous guestblogger , she is also the storekeeper of my all-time favorite shop. It was love on first sight when I came to TPI for the first time. They sell a lot of brands which you can barely find anywhere else in Belgium, such as Motel Rocks, Bitching and Junkfood, and The Ragged Priest. If I had to describe The Public Image in a few keywords, I’d go for holographic prints, crop tops, gold earrings, mesh and full-print sweaters. It’s not just about the clothes, I also love how Nele is always friendly to her customers and how she posts her customers’ new outfits on her Instagram. This shop is a must-see when you’re a true streetstyle guy/gal.

-Wijngaardstraat 16, 2000 Antwerp

This week’s guest blogger: Dagou Touré

13/07/2014 § Leave a comment

A new month, a new guest blogger! This time we asked Dagou, a young reader of ours with quite a bit of writing skills. She will show you Antwerp from her unique point of view!


Hello I am Dagou Touré, proud guest blogger of the month and 17 years old. Dagou | Antwerpen Streetstyle

I’m guest blogger because I was born and raised in Antwerp and because I am in love with my city. I think the best way to discover Antwerp is by bike and in good company. I’m an internet-addict who loves to party. I have an eye for detail and a big crush on gold accessories.

At the moment I am busy with secondary school, but I am hoping to become a freelance journalist and/or stylist.

But if I have some spare time I am active on  my Tumblr blog, which became pretty popular last year. It’s my moodboard which gives me inspiration for my outfits.

Dagou2The thing I like most about Antwerp is how you can just stroll around thinking you’ve seen it all, but still discover new shops or coffee bars.

 I do not appreciate cars in the city. I’ve had some near-death experiences caused by ignorant people driving their cars. A perfect Antwerp to me, would be a pedestrian one. But if you love Antwerp like I do, those cars are just a tiny detail.

Arnout

09/07/2014 § Leave a comment

Arnout | Antwerpen Streetstyle

Wapper

Arnout organises techno and house festivals in the Netherlands. I love his exotic yet classy outfit!

Your best summer in Antwerp: summer bars

07/07/2014 § Leave a comment

This summer is going to be hot and fun! Whether you’re staying in Antwerp for the entire summer or only staying for a few days, we have the perfect recipe for a vacation/staycation in the city with sunny tunes, the best spots to drink cocktails, and more.

We kick our summer guide off with the best temporary bars in town.

Our favourites are the ones set up by the Zomer van Antwerpen: the Zomerfabriek at Zurenborg and the Zomerbar which has moved to ‘t Eilandje.

• The Zomerfabriek (‘summer factory’) has had an interior décor update with different levels for sitting and dancing. Every day at the factory has another theme. During the day you can do all kinds of urban sports such as freerunning and hiphop dancing, in the evening there is film, spoken word, and more dancing. Info here.

• The Zomerbar used to be at the far South end but is now all the way down the North. The concept has stayed the same, though: a loungy, cosy atmosphere with very tasty food and drinks. Info here.

Zomerbar, image by Jens Vermeiren via Zomer van Antwerpen

As a bike enthusiast I am dying to go to Bar LEFT on the left bank of the Scheldt. The easiest way to get to this green oasis is by bike. The key words here are relaxing and socialising. Stop checking your Facebook and put down your phone: enjoy your company and the view! Info here.

Helen recently tested Summer Josephine’s as well. She adored the setting with the grafitti and wood panelling. Since Josephine’s is actually a high-end restaurant famous for their cocktails, you should expect a slightly higher price. Our fellow This Is Antwerp writer Cleo thought the food and drinks were well worth their money!

Pictures by Cleo Klapholz from This Is Antwerp

Keep an eye on the This Is Antwerp blog for more summer bar reviews by Cleo! If you’re a Dutch reader, check out the complete list of summer bars on the website of Gazet van Antwerpen.

The Big 5: Denim Dreams

05/07/2014 § Leave a comment

For this month’s Big 5 we are celebrating jeans, a kind of fabric pretty much everybody has in his closet.


Three years ago Helen met these girls who rocked their jeans jackets.


Not your average jeans skirt in not your average colour, this fashion student did not think between the lines.


Aline looked the sweetest with her white dress and denim jacket.


This is a very recent shot made by guest blogger Joke De Coninck but since Saskia is such a bombshell in her ripped jeans, this image had to be included.


To conclude here is Vicenta’s playful denim look.

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