When friendship met technology

February 23, 2016 | Personal vintage memories | 1 comment

When friendship met technology - Oriental Spice and some Chocolate vintage blog

A few nights ago I was thinking about friendship in the present and back in the day. With back in the day, I mean for example the 1950s, but also the time I grew up (90’s/early 00’s). It’s interesting to see how things have changed so rapidly in the last couple of years, mainly because of technical innovations. I partly grew up in the oldskool 90s era and also the beginning of the current technology era. Once again you could say: I’ve seen the best of both worlds. These days you see a lot of (funny) viral movies and memes about the influence of the digital era on our social life. So have these digital innovations of the last years effected or influenced (my) friendships?


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A peek into my retro floriental fashion and beauty world


retro Floriental fashion and beauty world

Today I wanted to do a post close to the roots but of course with a retro link. Obviously, I am heavily inspired by the vintage styles of the past. However, this blog starts with Oriental Spice for two reasons. First of all, you can take it literally, because I am literally oriental. Secondly, it stands for food for thought and inspiration next to the lighter things in life (check the inspiration column category if you’re interested). Inspirational food for thought is a topic that always comes back, occasionally with an oriental touch. Remember for example how I wrote about the Indian festival Diwali)?  Back to the first reason.


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A Classic Hollywood GIFs story


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Another Vintage meets Present episode! Today, I have a special ode to the nowadays digital (GIFS) era. If you look at my social media channels, it’s fair to say that I really like social media. If you look back on my social networks journey, then it’s fair to say that I am an early adopter of social networks. Very Present indeed. These days it’s easier than ever to make the past come alive. How? Read along:


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Vintage meets Present makeup: Besame Cosmetics


Vintage meets Present makeup: Besame Cosmetics - lipstick Red velvet

Eight years ago the number one source to find interesting brands (en blogs) was Google. Since a few years the focus has shifted to social media. A few months ago, I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and I saw something that immediately caught my eye and made me think: what a great idea! Why didn’t anyone think of this before? What a gap in the beauty market.

I came across a makeup brand that not only looks great but as I found out along the way, their products are also of high quality. I would actually say it’s an underrated brand. It all starts with the name: Besame. A simple yet effective name. A good name is a great start when it comes to branding. It also made me curious. What kind of brand is this and where did it come from?


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From 2015 with love

January 5, 2016 | Inspirational column | 2 comments

From 2015 with love - Pinupstyle vintage glamour black and white

Remember the beginning of 2015? As you may have read, I am from the anti-new year’s resolutions movement. In the first days of January, I wanted to do something new, which included some food for thought. So last year in January, I decided to write a letter to the Future Me in 2016. I explained how you can do this and my arguments about doing this in this blogpost.


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