Vogue Nederland

I wish you were there to witness the anxiety attack I had over having to place my collection of Vogue magazines in storage bins that I was storing in our hallway closet the night before I left for New York. It was an episode of hoarders waiting to be filmed. The photo above represents maybe a tenth of the collection I have. No joke, I have a few hundred issues. One from each country that publishes, in fact. I’ve gotten them as birthday and Christmas gifts, souvenirs of travels abroad and just because. I have been collecting Vogues for a few years now and usually, after flipping through them and looking at editorials and reading what few articles I could, I would store them neatly in my closet in stacks.

When I got wind late last year that Condé Nast, Vogue’s publisher was adding a Dutch edition to their roster, I immediately e-mailed my friend Sam, who lives in Amsterdam to get me one as soon as it was released. If it was anything like trying to find a Turkish Vogue in San Diego, I was probably going to just shrug off the notion of hunting for one until it popped up on eBay, but fortunately for me, I had a friend who could get me a copy from its initial printing.

Alas, with all my preparations in moving to New York taking priority, tying up loose ends at work and the countless goodbye dinners, lunches and what-have-yous, I had to attend, it completely slipped my mind. Until a few days ago when the cover of Vogue Nederland finally leaked. It was lensed by Marc de Groot, featuring models Ymre Stiekema, Romee Strijd and Josefien Rodermans and styled by Marije Goekoop.

Overall, the cover isn’t as spectacular as I had hoped it would be. I say this because when other new editions of recent installments of Vogue came out (Turkey, China and India) the covers were exciting and refreshing. I don’t think this Dutch Vogue cover is horrible, I just feel like it left a lot to be desired. To me, it felt more like an ad campaign… out-take, than a Vogue cover. After all, who could forget that stunning first Vogue China cover with Gemma Ward, Du Juan, and Anna Wang. Or that Turkish Vogue cover with Jessica Stam shot by Patrick Demarchelier.

I’ve had a peek at a few of the editorials, and those look promising! Definitely a breath of fresh air and I’m looking forward to hopefully seeing my all-time favorite Dutch models: Bette Franke, Lara Stone, Doutzen Kroes, Querelle Jansen and more recently; Nimue Smit, Laura Kampman and Romee Strijd in future issues.

I think I’ll still try and get my hands on a copy, just because it is the first one and I’m curious as to how the rest of the content is, so I’ll post on that when I get a chance. In the mean time, Congratulations to editor-in-chief Karin Swerink and the rest of the team on your premier issue!

For more information on Vogue Nederland, visit the Dutch Vogue website or check their Facebook page.

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What’s Up Buttercups?

I know I always say this, but I have been so incredibly busy that I just haven’t had the time to blog so let me give you a quick Cliffs Notes update on my life.

I moved to New York on March 3. Yep. Packed 2 suitcases and left San Diego that Saturday. Okay, it isn’t as random as I make it seem, in fact it was the complete opposite. It took months of planning, strategizing, saving and summoning up the courage to leave San Diego/California, my home of nearly 20 years.

The night prior to me leaving, I had a dinner in Little Italy with my friends. It was really heartwarming and touching. Dinner was fantastic. We ate at this restaurant called Prep Kitchen and the food was amazing.

The morning of my flight I had the gnarliest hangover and it was miserable to fly with. Flying drunk, sure no problem. Flying with a hangover? Never again. I was nauseous and had no appetite and dehydrated and I couldn’t sleep because the person seated next to me had a fragrance that was beyond unpleasant.

So, so many things happened between now and the time I landed that I really refuse to go into detail about, but to put it mildly, I can now consider myself a pro-couch surfer. Also, my transfer with work wasn’t executed as swiftly or as smoothly as I anticipated and I hit a bit of a road bump, but after much negotiation, I was able to finalize my work situation. In all that time though, I’ve met some seriously fabulous people. My friend Chrissy invited me for drinks in East Village to celebrate her birthday and introduced me to her friend Julia, who I sort of knew already but didn’t (it’s complicated) and is just hilarious!

Finding a room to rent in New York is painstakingly one of the most tiresome and stressful things you could possibly imagine. I’m not going to divulge the full extent of my experience but I can honestly say, it’s probably easier to get a VISA to North Korea than to get your perfect room/apartment with everything on your wish list. It’s damn near impossible and I highly suggest you map out a serious action plan if you plan on doing it or you will encounter many sleepless nights, panic attacks and bouts of depression and nervous breakdowns.

I was on the verge of returning home. Seriously. But I didn’t. I knew I couldn’t and I knew it would be like taking two steps forward and one step back. Instead, I forged ahead, decided to think more positively and let it all play out the way it was intended to.

To cut the story of my hunt for the perfect place short, I finally found a place just today, right in the nick of time (as I have work starting Saturday). It was imperative, given such time restraints that I found a place pronto, so sadly to say, and given my revised budget and after compromising many of the things on my wish list, that this is not my perfect room, but it certainly will do for now. I obviously can’t complain because I am in no position to be picky about anything but I’m just so happy that I was able to breathe such a sigh of relief and had a tremendous weight lifted off my shoulders.

I’m moving in tomorrow and I can’t wait to fix it up a little, though I can’t say I’ll be doing too much with it because I’ll actually just be living there temporarily until I’m able to find the perfect room. So for a few months it will be my “home” and I’ll give it a mini face-lift but when the time comes that I can finally move into my own place I will be grinning from ear to ear. Hopefully that’s not too far away. The sooner, the better.

So with that, I wish you all good night from New York! I am beyond exhausted so I’m going to catch some Z’s in preparation for a lot of heavy lifting and organizing tomorrow.

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