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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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Tip of the week
Posted on: 29 april 2013 Posted by: Madelon

Of course my interior tip for the week is an orange one, because of our huge crowning festivity tomorrow. If you want to color up your basic colored interior, you could do that with these colored ostrich eggs. If your travel takes you to South Africa in the near future, you will be able to find them in their trendy interior shops in Cape Town.

Orange on top!
Posted on: 29 april 2013 Posted by: Madelon

Tomorrow everyone will be decked out in our national color orange. So why not as prominently as possible and put on a fluorescent orange color. Totally the trend of this moment!   KITTY  Blazer: Maison Scotch Blouse: Maison Scotch Pants: Maison Scotch Sneakers: March ...

Red, White, Blue and a touch of Orange
Posted on: 29 april 2013 Posted by: Madelon

It is a strange feeling, knowing that tonight we will be sleeping next to the royal family. Not on the same pillow surely, but they will be two minutes away from me. If I wanted, meaning we have to rise and shine before dawn, I could stand on the doorstep at first to watch Maxima, her wannabe-king and adorable blond princesses during the whole crowning happening tomorrow.

Dear compatriots
Posted on: 26 april 2013 Posted by: Berine

Hereby I would like to announce that there are only 3 more nights left until Queens’s night! Apart from the lovely atmosphere planning parties and festivals you will be attending or sorting out all your old junk from your closet to sell, there is also a little (very much) stress… Because what will you wear this time? Yes something orange, but that’s no news.

The most amazing spot
Posted on: 26 april 2013 Posted by: Madelon

Actually it cost me some effort to share this place with you. Long time ago, for my 36th birthday, we arranged a' hippie party' at Woodstock, the beach club in Boemendaal at the sea. The place was not at all yet known under the in crowd of the area, our friends and acquaintances. It was thought of as a pot smoking weirdo place for a different crowd.

Beatrix made by Josje
Posted on: 26 april 2013 Posted by: Kitty

I was totally surprised to see this colourful picture of our abdicating queen Beatrix on a one of a kind bag! Discovered by coincidence at school... Of course I had known for a long time that Josje (a schoolyard acquaintance and mother to one of my eldest son’s friends) has a special creative talent.

Being trendy with flying colours
Posted on: 26 april 2013 Posted by: Berine

Before the whole of the Netherlands turns orange… This Spring and Summer 2013 the red-white-blue flags have totally made a comeback; The Netherlands, England and U.S. We already had a flavour of the flags last year, but now it's being dressed in those colors from head to toe. So bring those flags alive this season! On your jeans, shorts, t-shirts, headbands, go wild and go flag.

Posted on: 26 april 2013 Posted by: Anne-Marie

One of my favourite cities in Asia is Singapore. Singapore’s greatest attraction is its ability to offer a taste of Asian culture in a small easy-to-get around package. Minutes from the modern business centre are the narrow streets of Chinatown; while across the river are Little India (Serangoon Rd) and the Muslim centre, Arab Street.

My tip of this week
Posted on: 24 april 2013 Posted by: Madelon

Every week I will take you through glimpses of my handy interior tips which I normally just share with my clients. This time I am showing you part of my kitchen counter. Right next to my stove I always keep this wooden pot, full of stir-, fry-,serving- and beaters-tools a person needs while preparing meals.

Fair + Fair
Posted on: 23 april 2013 Posted by: Kitty

Alongside one of Amsterdam’s canals, the Herengracht, and located in an authentic canal house, you can find a very special (tiny) department store. This store sells handmade design furniture, lamps and rugs. Fair + Fair is based on the principles of fair trade, social design and recycling. The products are made in third world countries, profits benefit the FAIR house Project.

Love it to the maxi
Posted on: 22 april 2013 Posted by: Madelon

Aren't you a great fan of the maxi dresses and skirts as an everyday wear, like I am? It reminds me of the roaring skirts and laced up bodies from centuries ago. The women were all dressed so feminine.  Although you won't see me wearing something maxi during an ordinary weekday, I do often wear it on my holidays.

1 kilo vegetables and fruit a day
Posted on: 19 april 2013 Posted by: Madelon

We are hooked! At Kitty's home and at my place we all start the day with a bottle of Frecious. I am not a breakfast person and tend to skip that already my whole life (except when I am on holiday and a mouthwatering breakfast is totally prepared and waiting for me) which is fine for my constitution my Ayurverdic advisor told me.

No Mustache, No King
Posted on: 19 april 2013 Posted by: Berine

This is thé slogan for the upcoming Queens/Kingsday (I don’t think anyone really knows which one it exactly is...). Everyone knows the famous t-shirts with celebrities wearing a mustache on their finger; Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Karl Lagerfeld, Kane West and many more. But now there is ...

ML Fabrics
Posted on: 19 april 2013 Posted by: Kitty

Her love of fabrics is instantly apparent. I for one can wax totally lyrical about the beautiful interior fabrics by Marie-Louise. She is always looking for natural products; the main part of her collection is made out of heavy stonewashed linen. Designs by ML are never over the top. On the contrary; they are understated and refined.

Clothing tips for ginger heads
Posted on: 18 april 2013 Posted by: Anne-Marie

My son is blessed with a huge bunch of ginger curls. Are you a naturally ginger head or have you just dyed your hair and in doubt what colors to ware this summer? Now you can read my color advise. With an ivory, yellow or golden undertone in your skin and brown, hazelnut, green or clear blue eyes and ...

Jewelry full of love
Posted on: 18 april 2013 Posted by: Madelon

The name Amorium comes from the Latin word "Amor", which means "love". But the Amor from this name originates from India ( the country where i pledged my heart)  meaning "mother".  Amorium was a Byzantine-Roman city and archaeologists have found city remains from the 5th century in what is now the country called Turkey.

A moment to yourself
Posted on: 16 april 2013 Posted by: Madelon

Although most of the time I try to eat healthy, followed macrobiotic cooking lessons, read all the books by Dr. Gillian McKeith, swore by my Ayurvedic friend about my constitution as full Pitta (yeh yeh, shouldn't do anything with my body he said. I am perfectly fine and healthy this way), I do sometimes really crave fat french fries.

Young boys #musthaves
Posted on: 15 april 2013 Posted by: Madelon

This week i have two birthday sons! Actually the eldest one turned 21 today. It seemed like yesterday that he was this cute chubby little guy. Together with his brother, who turns 20 this wednesday, they formed an inseparable duo.  Until today this is still the case and it is so precious to watch.

Tasty bags
Posted on: 15 april 2013 Posted by: Kitty

Those bags by Smaak – Dutch for ‘Taste’ - Amsterdam keep getting more beautiful! Just looking at their candy coloured summer collection makes you yearn for a sunny day. Even better, the price of the bags is affordable as well. This Dutch label is driven by a passionate small team. I ...

Fashion by Fabergé
Posted on: 12 april 2013 Posted by: Kitty

Last week we were invited at the colourful fashion show by Fabergé Hengelo. In the all-new setting of Stravinsky food & drinks, Nicole showed her very own collection, acquired from Paris and Milan. It's so clever and daring how she spreads her wings from interior decorating to fashion. After the show we could shop to our hearts' content at the 'mini-Fabergé'.

Finally warm colors and warmer weather!
Posted on: 12 april 2013 Posted by: Madelon

We do have a dream job! Helping clients choose, in doubt, what to wear the next season. And we love to share our choices of clothing sets, for our customers of different ages and with different styles.   KITTY Jeans jacket: Maison Scotch Blouse:  Day Trousers: Atlor & Psyche   MADELON Leather ...

Antwerp: interior designer Pieter Porters
Posted on: 10 april 2013 Posted by: Anne-Marie

Pieter Porters logo is "More is More". His interiors are richly, full and cozy, yes even a touch decadent. Pieter Porters takes you in his "House of Porters", at the Kipdorpvest in Antwerp, in a journey through time. The rooms are winking at the past, but have a modern twist. In each room, each piece ...

The Otura closet
Posted on: 10 april 2013 Posted by: Kitty

To me this is pure genius. Even though this closet doesn’t match my interior at all, I love the concept: stackable units, to be used as closets, side tables, night tables and … stools. Otura is Turkish and means ‘please sit down’. Inspired by her Turkish in-laws, to whom hospitality is everything, designer Rianne Koens invented a multi-usable closet.

Saint Tropez in New York City
Posted on: 08 april 2013 Posted by: Madelon

Last year the Meatpacking District re-welcomed the highly esteemed restaurant Bagatelle New York. With locations in Los Angeles, St. Barth's, Las Vegas, the reopening of the flagship location was inevitable. You'll find yourself completely in the South of France with their Mediterranean menu and interior.

Simple, comfortable but still oh so fashionable
Posted on: 05 april 2013 Posted by: Berine

Everyone has those days when you wake up and you feel good yet bad. The sun is shining, yet it’s ice cold. Are you going for a walk outside or stay in to be a ‘couch potato’? And now, what kind of outfit suits such a day... Will I go for tight, wide, dresses, jeans, heels, boots or ...

Show someone the ropes
Posted on: 05 april 2013 Posted by: Madelon

Ohhhh longing for the beach with supporting weather was never as strong as now. Although next week the temperature is rising itsipitsie, beaching is an utopia. We could start warming up for the coming summer weather on a pair of designer espadrilles. These shoes are certainly not something new. They were already fabricated in the 14th century in Catalonia.

Malene Birger
Posted on: 05 april 2013 Posted by: Kitty

To me designer Malene Birger will always be one of my favourites. Her sense of style and aesthetics is inspired by the female and classic styles from the ’50s and ’60s. Is it because of her use of colour or just the way she teams her separates? My wish-list for this season is endless&he

Spring is in the air
Posted on: 04 april 2013 Posted by: Berine

Although the weather forecast tells us they’re still expecting snow, last weekend the first sunrays came through. And how could I have better celebrated it than with an up and top spring outfit?! I opened my curtains, the sun came through, good mood was present and with a smile on my face a directly thought of colour… pink for example! However, Holland stays Holland.

Shoptip: Graanmarkt 13, a white façade, 3 floors, 14 windows, a balcony and an open door...
Posted on: 03 april 2013 Posted by: Anne-Marie

Graanmarkt 13, a special house where a shop, a gallery and a restaurant  are housed on three different levels. As a visitor you can forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life by buying something beautiful in the store or going downstairs for coffee or a good glass wine. On the first floor are changing exhibitions.

Lost ground
Posted on: 03 april 2013 Posted by: Kitty

‘An astonishingly beautiful family novel’, is one of the reviews I totally agree with. I was completely lost reading this tragic and impressive family tale, told by a twelve year old boy, written down by first-time author Murat Isik. It’s not exactly literature, but a true classic in itself.

Posted on: 03 april 2013 Posted by: Madelon

Because we are spoiled travelers, also with safari's, we were looking for a very seldom journey to non touristic places and where we could meet up with tribes hidden far away from the rest of the world. I will take you along on our trip, now and then, on this site with photo's and stories. This journey took us to the Northern part of Kenya, close to the borders of Ethiopia and Sudan.