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Whiskers on kittens

Whiskers on kittens

You know the feeling of stumbling upon a piece of clothing that looks like it should have your name written on it? Well an outfit doesn't get more 'me' than this one. A quirky print and a pop of red seem to always do the trick for me. Now that we're back to bare legs weather I'm so ready to wear all of the high-waisted shorts again and I couldn't be more excited about my most recent find...

I'd been looking for a perfect pair of red shorts when I fell in love with these sailor inspired ones by Mint&Berry. I cannot tell you how obsessed I am with this brand. It's like they totally get what I need this spring: floaty fabrics, feminine details & soft colors. This poppy red however felt like the perfect addition to a black & white print. I'm smitten with the cute kitty faces on this shirt!

It was such fun shooting these photos underneath all of the beautiful cherry trees near my old school. The world seems so much more beautiful when everything is in bloom, doesn't it? I wish we could just switch from spring to fall all the time and skip the other two seasons. But that's the thing about life I guess: it always comes with ups and downs...

OUTFIT DETAILS | Shirt: Even&Odd - Shorts: Mint&Berry - Bag: Pieces - Shoes: Anna Field (All via Zalando)
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Maxime Loncke
5 favorite coffee spots in Ghent

5 favorite coffee spots in Ghent

One thing I love about living in Ghent? Cute coffee bars everywhere! Since I wrote about the Belgian barista culture for my thesis, I've come to really appreciate a well-made cup of coffee and the story that surrounds it. Ghent has a lot to offer when it comes to specialty coffee and each shop is unique. Some focusing purely on coffee, others combining the product with a different concept such as a bookstore, a grocery store or even a hair salon.

Though I enjoy discovering new concepts, I do appreciate the more traditional approach where coffee is the centerpiece. Besides a great cuppa what I look for when entering a coffee bar is a warm and homey feeling. Of course whether a setting speaks to you or not is completely up to personal preferences, but in any case your coffee needs will surely be met at these 5 spots...

Take Five

A recent addition to Ghent's coffee scene is Take Five. The bar opened its doors to the coffee loving public in October and has since become my go-to place to grab breakfast before going to work. The upstairs sitting area is wonderfully cozy with low tables, colorful sofas and large windows ideal for some people watching. The jazzy music adds to the relaxed atmosphere.


In the shadows of the Sint-Baafs Cathedral you'll find the cutest little coffee shop named Peaberry. Barista Laurence serves the best cappuccinos and matcha lattes in town and is pretty much my role model when it comes to following your dreams. Last summer she told her job in marketing goodbye to pursue her passion for coffee. On occasion she hosts Special Sundays featuring the work of local artists such as painters or musicians in her shop. 

Café Labath

Café Labath is a well established coffee house nearby the Korenlei. Beautifully decorated with red accents and large hanging plants, it's the perfect stop for a lazy Sunday breakfast accompanied by an expertly brewed espresso drink. Nothing beats their iced soy latte on a warm summer day!

Fleur de Lee

Fleur de Lee is all about pampering. The project of sisters-in-law Jamie-Lee and Anne-Fleur, it's a coffee bar and hair salon all in one. On the first floor of a charming 17th century building Anne-Fleur gives people a new 'do, while downstairs barista Jamie-Lee makes some delicious coffee. Her creations always come beautifully served on a tree trunk plate accompanied by some treats. Nice to know: the pumpkin spice latte has permanently been added to the menu which as a true autumn soul I can't applaud enough.

Or Coffee

Specialty coffee pioneers in Belgium, Or's Katrien & Tom started their own roastery in 2001. Seven years later they opened their first espresso bar in Ghent and since then added three other locations - one more in Ghent and two in Brussels - to their name. Or's relaxed interior with warm wooden tones and window seating makes it a great working spot as well as a place to catch up with friends over coffee and cake. Also yes, the latte frappé is as good as it looks!
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Maxime Loncke
The chunky cardi

The chunky cardi

One of my favorite transitional pieces is the oversized knit cardigan. Not too warm but still cozy and easy to combine with a printed skater dress or a simple tee with jeans. I found the perfect cardi for me in this sweet baby blue version from Forever 21.

This little buddy joined me when we were shooting...

We took these photos in the Patershol area. With its cobblestone streets and small restaurants it is one of the most authentic and charming neighborhoods in Ghent. It's also a stone's throw away from the Castle of the Counts and several of my favorite brunch spots like Julie's House & Simon Says.

With spring slowly but surely arriving, I found it was time to pull out the flirty florals again. This skater dress is so comfy I could wear it all day everyday. I've also been loving this rattan bag by Mint&Berry - pretty much addicted to this label - and it combines so well with the rust tones in the dress.

What's your must-have piece of clothing for spring?

| Dress & cardigan: Forever 21 - Bag: Mint&Berry
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Maxime Loncke
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