i don't want a lot for christmas...

...there is just one thing i need.

let's face it, ladies, it's never bad to find a bit of bling under the christmas tree. a beautiful necklace is always a show-stopper or at the very least it never fails to be an ideal conversation starter. something you never get tired of talking about and something to cherish for many years.

even better when that special piece of jewellery was a gift from someone you love. then it will forever be linked to the person who gave it to you in the first place - a wonderfully romantic idea, i find.

no surprise that in time for christmas, the ever so busy label JOOP! came out with a beautiful line of necklaces called Paladin. The collection comprises 8 different hangers in the shape of a heart, a padlock, a key or a ribbon, with 3 necklaces being gold-colored, 4 are silver and one is full-pavé. my favorite are the ribbons with the zirconia stones. if you're going to bling, you may as well go all out, right?

to buy one of those, simply head over to

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bangkok smiles

i went to bangkok and made a video of people smiling.

more about my trip to bangkok here.


the new face of shoe design

when it comes to supporting young designers, i love that more and more big brands are turning to the huge talent pool out there, offering unique opportunities for creatives to get exposure and recognition for their work. this is what happened again recently, when shoe giant RENO elected a lucky winner to this year's new faces award in the category of shoe design. 31-year-old Simon Barth took home the grand price of 5000 who can now look forward to have his design sold in RENO shops across Germany, starting 22.11.2011.

the winning show is an elegant heel with lots of fancy bling for anyone who likes to dress to impress. for just59,95, this is an affordable option that would surely look lovely on your feet during new year's eve. winning design will be sold as a limited edition, so if you'd like to make sure that you get your hands (or feet) on a pair of these, reserve a pair here.

for those who missed this year's BUNTE new faces award, here's a quick recap of it, also featuring winner Simon Barth.

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thoughts on fall

a little fall video i made in london...