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So happy that you have found my website!

 

On Lifestyle2go.com I share through weekly blogs, all my personal findings in the field of Lifestyle, which are life-enriching.

 

For years people have been picking my brains for tips on travel, fashion, interior, recipes, beauty, events and much more.

 

My creativity is partly due to the many worldwide travels I've made and the different countries and places where I have lived as a child with my parents, alone and with my family.

 

My work as an interior designer is something I have inherited from home. My mother was always busy with decorating and changing our interior. Subconsciously, I took the habit on as a child and made sure my room was always contemporary with a personal warm touch.

 

Since then I have assisted many projects, or with complete renovations, or with the intervention of the whole device with my company: MOS interiors.

 

As an interior specialist and editor of a lifestyle magazine, all wonderful places in the world that I have visited as well as the many people I meet on my path, have inspired me in my sense of color, space and insights into trends.

 

I am also very privileged to be allowed to live in an inspiring piece of world heritage: our own capital 'Amsterdam'. 

 

Let me and my guest bloggers take you to the beautiful things in life and especially do not hesitate to provide us with your comments at the bottom of each blog-posts or on the Facebook page of Lifestyle2go.

 

Enjoy reading and viewing with pleasure!

 

Madelon Oudshoorn Spaargaren

 

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Most populair posts
Exclusive fair december 12th 2012
Posted on: 30 november 2012 Posted by: Madelon

Crazy about Chanel
Posted on: 30 november 2012 Posted by: Kitty

Coco Chanel was an inspiring and confident lady, famous for her flawless feel for elegance and style. Mind you, this was in the early 20th century! It's amazing how this house of fashion, now supervised by Karl Lagerfeld, still uses designs based upon Coco's creations. 'Sex and the City' actress Sarah ...

Slim all through December
Posted on: 30 november 2012 Posted by: Madelon

Do you have the same sweet-tooth as we do? Then December is the perfect month to gain a lot of extra weight! But we rather not stick all those sugars directly on our hips and that is why we searched for recipes without sugar and dairy and some are even without gluten. We found this very helpful cookbook.

This sint is on fire
Posted on: 30 november 2012 Posted by: Madelon

Isn't it incredibly cosy to lit these candles during the typical Dutch Sinterklaas evening on the 5th of December.  For € 12,95 euro per candle they are yours.

Working in a homy atmosphere
Posted on: 23 november 2012 Posted by: Madelon

For a comprehensive article about an office decorated with a homy atmosphere, by us, you will find in stores right now number 2 of the magazine Gooisch...als lifestyle in heel nederland. Or if you live abroad just click . For more information or needing help with your interior design of your office, restaurant or home, please contact us.

True Blue
Posted on: 23 november 2012 Posted by: Kitty

To me the colour blue is a constant inspiration in interior decorating, also in wintertime. Blue is versatile, there are so many different shades to play within one single room. Mixing lighter and darker blues allows you to create an atmosphere which can be cosy and pure at the same time, even Mediterranean.

Extremely loud and incredibly close
Posted on: 23 november 2012 Posted by: Madelon

An intriguing novel on a heavy subject: a personal drama than unfolds in the wake of 9/11. It’s the story of a nine year old boy who loses his dad in the tragedy. The story is hilarious yet deeply moving. I recently saw the movie as well, a box of tissues within reach. The little boy playing Oskar made an incredible impression.

No need to be sad with burgundy red
Posted on: 23 november 2012 Posted by: Madelon

This winter a true hit again, this warm wine-red colour.   Left: Sweater with D&G type off application: Leon & Harper T-shirt: American Vintage Trousers: Zara   Right: Jacket: IRO T-shirt: American Vintage Trousers: Zara   And at the the  Amsterdam webshop, Little Soho, we saw this combination with Burgundy red.

Design present for our dearest hubby/lover
Posted on: 23 november 2012 Posted by: Madelon

Breaking your head over what to give your partner this year for the  holiday season? Well, we found this cardholder of Secrid the absolute gadget. In 2010 'our' gadget has won the Red Hot Design Award. It is of Dutch descent and for that reason very popular abroad. And what we find such an extra, is that it is manufactured in a sheltered workshop on a stone's throw from their company.

All suites Hotel Posthoorn, Monnickendam - X-mas experience
Posted on: 23 november 2012 Posted by: Madelon

Just 12 kilometers above Amsterdam you will find the picturesque town of Monnickendam. Once we have lost our hearts to a 16th century house, in the old part of this town, along the Gouwsea. We got married there, in the old town hall, two houses from ours and the lovely Lutheran church. Our eldest three children have spend the first years of their lives there.

Do not get puzzled
Posted on: 23 november 2012 Posted by: Madelon

Feel like being an original and creative Santa Claus this year, then this puzzle could be something for you. Design your own one with a photo, text or other image. Even for the less talented puzzlers, this one is easy to solve....if the missing parts did not end up in your mouth yet.  

Party packaging
Posted on: 16 november 2012 Posted by: Kitty

Doesn't every girl like to play with bows? There´s no party without them! Although bow blouses tend to be somewhat prissy, this one adds a super feminine touch and a stylish look to your outfit. I myself always pair classics with sturdy looking or casual items. Such as this hip miniskirt and feisty fur vest.

Dream tables
Posted on: 16 november 2012 Posted by: Kitty

Is there anything more fun than wining and dining for hours with the people you love? Especially when seated at one of those fine tables by Pilat & Pilat. The latest item in their collection is called Bernd. Bernd¹s legs are made of industrial steel, interconnected by a wooden beam. The table top is large and made of elm or walnut wood.

Cinderella
Posted on: 16 november 2012 Posted by: Kitty

Even as a child I adored ballet. Cinderella, as performed by the Dutch National Ballet, promises to be awesome. It will be the world premiere of a new contemporary version of the well-known fairytale, produced by world famous choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. Using an original approach, Wheeldon portrays Cinderella as someone different from the drudge we know so well.

East meets west
Posted on: 16 november 2012 Posted by: Madelon

Madelon   Boots: Free lance Skirt: Liu-Jo jeans Sweater: Liu_Jo Scarf: Zara Bracelets: via in Laren N.H.   Kitty   Boots: Voltan Skirt: Vanillia Blouse: Paule K Jacket: Patrizia Pepe Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane  

Maxwell A'dam-East
Posted on: 16 november 2012 Posted by: Madelon

In the east of Amsterdam you will also find a lot of nice eateries. Unfortunately i do not visit that part of Amsterdam enough, simply because it is not on my daily route. But the other day we were looking for a place to have a quick lunch near to the OLVG before our appointment with mr doctor. We choose Maxwell.

'10 years Celebration Show' from the Dutch designer Addy van den
Posted on: 16 november 2012 Posted by: Madelon

Last week we, as lifestyle2go, were invited by the women from ‘High Travel Fashion’ (which you will read about another time!), an initiative of Helen Kuipers-Conijn and Anette Wezenberg, for the swirling anniversary show of Addy van den Krommenacker. Shows of Addy had been taking place ...

Living in Manhattan
Posted on: 16 november 2012 Posted by: Madelon

When we were once about to pack all our stuff and swap ‘The Big Blue Blazer Bush/forest’ (a little nickname for our previous home town) for New York City, to teach the kids streetwise skills, our dream house in Amsterdam got put on sale. To make a long story short, instead of ‘New Amsterdam’ we choose ‘Old Amsterdam’.

Hair up
Posted on: 16 november 2012 Posted by: Madelon

Towards the festive month we will regularly post these ingenious hair-do's for you. So you can start practicing with your favorite hairdresser!

These boots are made for walking (and for bad weather too)
Posted on: 12 november 2012 Posted by: Madelon

Nothing wrong with wearing flour colours even in winter time. Just a matter of combining them with typical winter colours like grey, black or nay blue. These boots feature a wax layer and are totally lined with sheepskin. Don't you think they are the ultimate replacement for Ugg!   Boots: Baldinini Trousers: ...

Tarte Tatin from Gooisch 2.......
Posted on: 12 november 2012 Posted by: Kitty

Receptuur - 10 stuks appels - 100 gram appelsap - 50 gram Roomboter - 6 plak bladerdeeg - 1 stuks ei - 100 gram Kristalsuiker - 1 snuf kaneelpoeder naar smaak - 250 gram kristalsuiker - 1 stuks Tarte tatin vorm - 1 stuks Bakpapier   De springvorm bekleden met bakpapier. De appels schillen en in partjes snijden zonder klokhuis.

Animal prints are always in fashion
Posted on: 09 november 2012 Posted by: Kitty

This winter almost every designer and most labels are embracing animal prints. Snakeskin, but preferably leopard. Mind you, animal prints can be tricky – even tacky! But there’s nothing to worry about if you make a classy match and choose the right materials. Team your animal print with camel, black and jeans and you’ll look fab.

Work in residential atmosphere
Posted on: 09 november 2012 Posted by: Madelon

The owner of this office asked me to turn his office into a homy interior. It should definitely not have the typical office atmosphere. His clients and co-workers should feel 'at home'. And every seating should be a comfortable one.  Housed in one of the most beautiful buildings of Amsterdam, with a canal in front and on the side and an amazing view at the Rijksmuseum.

Stuffed chili pepper with sweet potatoes and eggplant from the oven
Posted on: 09 november 2012 Posted by: Madelon

Serves 4 people: Stuffed Peppers- 4 fresh poblano, Beaver Dam or Hungarian Hot Wax chili peppers, rapeseed oil, 5 shallots finely cut, 2 cloves of garlic finely cut, 150-200 gr./5.-7 oz tomatoes cut in very small pieces , 350 gr./12.35 oz Borlotti beans (or any other type). (If from bag; soak the beans for 12 hours, so probably the day before, and cook them following the instructions.

David Carnegie
Posted on: 09 november 2012 Posted by: Kitty

Happiness is a DRESS
Posted on: 09 november 2012 Posted by: Kitty

Giving presents is so much fun… but receiving them is even better! This book by Cécile Narinx, editor in chief of the Dutch edition of ELLE magazine, was on my wish list and now I was given a copy. Cécile takes us backstage, shares her knowledge of fashion and is not afraid to ...

For Kids by H&M and Unicef
Posted on: 09 november 2012 Posted by: Kitty

Magical kids wear by H&M and Unicef for their project All For Children. A unique joint initiative aimed at ending child labour and supporting education. 25% of every item sold directly benefits this project. Of course I support this initiative with all my heart. And my daughter simply adores her cute polar bear coat.

Valerius
Posted on: 02 november 2012 Posted by: Madelon

One of our favorites places for lunch in Amsterdam-South is 'Valerius'. The owner and his personal are adorable. It is possible to make reservations, which is quite unique and summers it is lovely to eat outside. What is more and very important, the atmosphere is very relaxed. Unlike many other Amsterdam-South places, here it is not a matter of 'seen and being seen'.

Graphic prints
Posted on: 02 november 2012 Posted by: Madelon

Graphic prints are a 'sure thing' this winter. And if you do not directly want to hurry on to Miu Miu or Prada, our beloved Zara store sells fantastic copies!   Trousers: Zara Jacket: Brian Dales Boots green suede: Free Lance Scarf: American Vintage Bag: Chanel

Ellie Saab
Posted on: 02 november 2012 Posted by: Madelon

Later in life If i grow up(if ever), I would so much like to possess a couture dress of Ellie Saab. Fortunately there will always be something to dream of. Luckily I now have his adorable perfume. Radomly i change my scent. Always find it extremely difficult to find a new 'suitable' fragrance.

Ton sur ton
Posted on: 02 november 2012 Posted by: Kitty

Ton sur ton basics in your interior or wardrobe provide a feeling of serenity as well as a classy appearance. Black and white, for instance, is always a perfect match, and easily combines with warm coloured natural materials like wood or sisal. Ikea sells the ideal basic frames for a photo galery like ...

Jeans
Posted on: 02 november 2012 Posted by: Kitty

Finding the perfect jeans is an eternal struggle. It¹s always the same with women and their jeans; can¹t live with them, can't live without them :-) I for one have clung to favourite pairs by Zara (!) and Citizens of Humanity for years. Recently I finally decided to be brave and go for something new.

Zerba Italia
Posted on: 02 november 2012 Posted by: Kitty

During an unexpected visit to The Hague, I completely fell for the feminine details of the shoes and accessories by 25 year old designer Norma de Robles, at Zerba Italia. Nice to know: Norma works with the same manufacturers as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and other high end labels... but at a much better price! Of course I was seduced by a lovely fur stole.