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Florian - Kruger Park, South Africa

Kruger Park, South Africa

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Sporty J in Les Mills Reebok

Sporty J

Sunday in Düsseldorf

Hilarious: Christina Aguilera And Will Ferrell Get Their Tight Pants On At Jimmy Kimmel

“One town isn’t big enough for a tight pants love triangle.” Christina Aguilera and Will Ferrell battle Jimmy Fallon for the tightest tight pants in the whole village.  You’ve got to give it to him: Jimmy Fallon has some of the funniest short formats ever created in his television show. Think of the dozens celebrity lip sync battles for example. He started that whole hype. Since the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon isn’t being aired in Germany, we like to often have a peek on some YouTube snippets of the show. And boy, have you got to see this one till the very end. Not only because it’s starring the fabulous Christina Aguilera and Will Ferrell but also because it are three and a half damn funny minutes. Got my tight pants, got my tight pants on! Muahaha! 🙂

Scotch & Soda Debut on New York Fashion Week

It's a fact: Scotch & Soda made its debut on New York Fashion Week to reveal the Fall Winter 2016 collection. How they did it? With a big bang! It's no secret that we're big Scotch & Soda fans. From its more decadent styles, to its great denim washes and basics with cool details - we mostly prefer to have everything the Amsterdam based brand has to offer centralized in one place: our wardrobe. On Valentines Day Scotch & Soda revealed its Fall Winter 2016 collection. And they did so for the first time on the New York Fashion Week. If that's not exciting enough, they chose to do it in a more creative way than using the regular catwalk. The brand went for a spectacular show with intergalactic mood projections, models and live musicians up on the wall in shopping windows and most important: great merchandise. Be sure to watch the full show and put some Scotch & Soda must-haves on your wishlist for the upcoming Fall Winter season. I already know which cardigan will most definitely be mine...

Dairy-free cooking: Sorbet ice in a champagne bath with a hint of mint
Dairy-Free Cooking: Fruit Sorbet in Champagne

After successfully completing our first two courses while still having smiles on the faces of our guests, we could see the finish line of our very first dairy-free dinner party. One more thing: dessert! What about a fresh fruit sorbet in a champagne bath with a hint of mint? Sorbets are a simple combination of fresh or frozen fruit with sugar. They’re also the perfect dairy-free alternative for ice. We’ve chosen honey strawberry sorbet with a touch of mint.  Here’s what you need to feed eight little dessert fans: – 1 kg of frozen raspberries – 1 cup of sugar – 1 cup of water – 2 tea spoons honey – a handful of mint – 2-3 leafs of galantine – 1 bottle champagne  About one kilo of fruit is perfect to make one liter of sorbet. A little more or less is fine. Puree the raspberries, add two tea spoons of honey and a handful of mint, chopped into small pieces. Finally you add a little sugar, and that’s already everything that needs to be done.  The easiest way to add sugar is to make a simple sugar syrup upfront. Cook one cup of sugar and water together until the sugar is dissolved and let it cool. Remember, though, that freezing dulls sweet flavors, so you want the base to taste slightly too sweet before freezing it. Last but not least: put the sorbet in the freezer and let it cool for some hours before serving. For the bath of champagne, all you need to do is to fill one bottle of champagne in a bowl and mix it with two to three leafs of galantine. Stir until the galantine has dissolved. Then divide the champagne evenly in your serving glasses and let them cool for 3-4 hours in the fridge to get a more solid mass.  Before serving, cut balls of sorbet and place them carefully on your champagne bath. Add a mint leaf, maybe even a small piece of dark chocolate, et voilà. Smakelijk! Guten Appetit!

Sia rocks carpool karaoke
Sia Rocks Carpool Karaoke

Don't you just LOVE Carpool Karaoke from The Late Late Show with James Cordon? Well, you most definitely will after seeing the Sia episode. James Cordon is one of the most popular tv hosts right now. With his Carpool Karaoke he already cruised around the streets with a lot of celebrities that don't mind singing out loud. In the latest episode James spots Sia in Los Angeles and asks her to carpool to work with him as they sing some of the biggest songs she's performed and written, including "Chandelier" and "Diamonds". A-ma-zing. That girl can surely sing. Also seriously worth a watch: the carpool karaoke with Adele:

Hilarious: Active wear! (ear worm)
Perfect dairy-free dinner party
The Perfect Dairy-Free Dinner Party

More and more people lately discover they have a food allergy. Does that mean you can't enjoy the pleasures of delicious dining anymore? Oh, hell no! Mid last year I've gone in a state of constant tiredness, pretty much always being nauseous, having headaches, even crawling on the floor from incredible stomach pains and ending up in the hospital. Turned out I have a lactose intolerance, an allergy for milk products. Which nowadays seems to be quite common, though still quite an obstacle for cooking and going on a restaurant. My god, milk is in everything: E-VE-RY-THING. Good thing we have really great friends that are open for some creativity in the kitchen. We decided that every one or two months we'll come together for a dinner that makes nobody feel bad. Also, it's the perfect occasion to drink wine together. Because: what's a dinner party without? :-) Meet: The perfect dairy-free dinner party. The party kicked-off at our place. What the hell should we cook for eight people? Well, we actually really quickly found some inspiring recipes in books and the WWW. Here's what made it to the very first dairy-free diner party menu (click on it to get to the recipe): Starter: Cucumber lasagne with a paprika cashew paste and avocado filling Main course: Codfish with creamy zucchini white wine sauce and pine nut rice Dessert: Sorbet ice in a bath of champagne with a hint of mint Nobody went home hungry, nor thirsty and the whole night was dairy-free. Just the way we like it. Enjoy!  

Dairy-Free Cooking: Cucumber Lasagne
Dairy-Free Cooking: Cucumber Lasagne

Since Jeroen found out he has a pretty nasty lactose intolerance (he’s allergic to milk products) we started to become experts in cooking dairy-free. For one of our dairy-free dinner parties we made this delicious starter that we discovered in the ‘Vegan for Youth’-book from Attila Hildmann. Here’s all you need to put it on a plate yourself: Cucumber lasagne with a paprika cashew paste with avocado filling What you need for two as a main course (times two in our case as a starter for eight): – 1/2 cucumber – 1 tablespoon walnut oil – a pinch of seasalt For the paprika cashew paste: – 100g red paprika – 1/4 chili pepper – 180g unsalted cashews – a pinch of kurkuma – seasalt – black pepper For the avocado filling: – 2 avocados – 1 tablespoon of chopped dill – 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice – 1 tablespoon walnut oil – seasalt – black pepper For decoration: – some dill – roasted pine nuts How to? Wash the cucumber and cut in thin slices (around 2mm thick). Put walnut oil and seasalt on it. Wash the paprika and chili. Remove pits. Next, put all ingredients for the paprika cashew paste in a blender. Mix till you get a creamy paste and spice it up with salt and pepper. Slice the avocados in half. Remove pit and cut the avocado in small cubes. Add the other ingredients for the filling and add salt and pepper. Now start building your little lasagne tower! Place cucumber slices on the plate, cover it with some of the paprika cashew paste, put cucumber slices on top and cover that again with some of the avocado filling, … you know the drill. At the end: decorate with a bit of dill and roasted pine nuts (we like to put a LOT of them on top). Finish! Bon appétit!

JAF - Two guys. Together.
JAF – Just two guys

Hi! We’re JAF, that’s J and F! Two guys in fashion with a passion for travel, sports, gadgets, love & life! Do you remember the 8th of May, 2011? Well, we certainly do. It was a sunny Sunday. It was the day a German guy met a Belgian guy in Antwerp. It was unfortunately not as warm as it appeared to be. And it was then that the German guy gave his denim jacket to the freezing Belgian guy who only whore a t-shirt and shorts. It was the start of J&F, JAF. Meanwhile we’ve been through a lot together, living every day to the max. From renovating our dirty old apartment in Antwerp, to driving three extra days with a mobile home in trying to avoid toll roads while driving to the French coast, to visiting the magnificent Northern light in Iceland at -15°C, till everyday life while both working in Fashion. And let’s not forget about that time in Zanzibar when we swam with wild dolphins. Prrrrr! In 2013 we left our nice life in beautiful Antwerp behind to make a fresh, exciting start in Düsseldorf. After two months of camping in a 20m² hotel room we’ve managed to settle into our own lovely apartment - the JAF mansion. Since we’re so excited about all the new adventures coming our way, we decided to share them with you. We also hope to hear your stories and maybe someday we’ll meet in this blasting world. Great having you here on our little virtual place. Jaf Jaf!

You know what we need? We need some karaoke!
Beyoncé just got cooler with her #lovewins

With the US legalization of gay marriage and the 45th annual pride parade in New York, Facebook turned all happy rainbow on everyone. Beyoncé came out of the closeth with something really cool to show her support to #lovewins. Never Too Late #LoveWins ❤️ Ein von Beyoncé (@beyonce) gepostetes Video am 1. Jul 2015 um 10:35 Uhr Thanks B. We love you too.

Channing Tatum can Vogue

With Magic Mike XXL hitting theaters, all eyes are on Channing Tatum. And you have to admit, the guy can move. Even Madonna's Vogue is no competition. While doing promo for the follow-up of Magic Mike, actor Channing Tatum showed some classic dance moves at Vanity Fair. And with classic we don't mean ballroom, a cha-cha-cha or linedance. Hell no.

JAF bites dust at the Reebok Spartan Race

If you put us in front of a sporty challenge, chances are high we won't say no. So when a few friends invited us to join their sprint team for the Reebok Spartan Race, we were all aboard! March this year, I received a text message with "You guys should join our team for the Reebok Spartan Race. It will be cool. You have to sign-up today!". Little did we know what we were getting into but we quickly signed up, assuming it's some kind of marathon. Not. A few weeks later we discovered the true nature of the Reebok Spartan Race, an obstacle race. Let's show you... Yeah. We were a bit excited as well after seeing that a few days before taking part of the race. It's probably no surprise when we say we were slightly nervous at the starting point. But hey, together with our great team we took on all the obstacles, ran our ass off and all covered in mud did we get to that burning finish line. Our team Les Spartans even finished as the fastest - and let's just say BEST - sprint team of the day with a time of 01:16:29. Let's do that again!

Applause For The Elisabeth Musical

This week we had the pleasure to attend the Elisabeth musical, also known as the most successful German musical, in the Essener Colosseum. We were backstage, onstage, frontstage and are pleased to report to you right here, right now. The very talented cast of Elisabeth just returned from their tour in Shanghai where they performed the 'other' story of world known Swiss empress Sissi 40 times in, yes... German. 14 megatrucks packed with 664 costumes, 150 wigs, 125 pair of shoes and the full scenery brought the Elisabeth musical back to Germany where the piece will run in Essen till the 22nd of March. Later onwards they will move to München. Livekritik and the production behind the show invited us for a very pleasant evening with Elisabeth. At arrival we were welcomed with a backstage tour. What kind of team is behind the technic, the costumes and the scenery? How do the actors manage to have a costume-switch in less than 10 seconds (Elisabeth for example switches her costume 16 times)? All our questions got answered. And now the impressive world of musical hasn't got any secrets for us. Meanwhile #backstage, spinning around at #ElisabethMusical... #musical Ein von JAF (@jaftime) gepostetes Video am 27. Feb 2015 um 9:46 Uhr After the interesting tour, a spin onstage, a glass of champagne and snacks it was time to get to our seats. Lights! And action! The tones of 'Alle Tanzen Mit Dem Tot' kicked of a show that we both now give two well deserved thumbs up. We let ourselves get guided through the dark history of Elisabeth, performed by Roberta Valentini, and her secret flirt with death. During the show we mingled in the TweetUp via #ElisabethMusical and expressed our very positive impression on the musical. Cause, to be completely honest, there are some amazing voices in the cast, accompanied by the impressive orchestra guided by Paul Christ. Our favorite voice of the night is the one of Mark Seibert who performes Der Tot and sounds a lot like the very talented Belgian singer/songwriter Udo. J had goosebumps during the full song where grown-up Prince Rudolf sings with Der Tot. F's favorite song is 'Ich gehör nur mir', which he is now singing ever since. When the curtain fell, we were invited to have a chat with the main actors who talked about their nights in China and about being back in front of a German crowd. What a night. It probably doesn't come as a surprise if we tell you the Elisabeth musical is highly recommendable. The 28-people cast still plays in Essen till the 22nd of March and than moves to München. Check out the website for the full tourplan and tickets. Meanwhile we're already looking forward to our next night out. JafJaf!

Schiebepuzzle by Herr M.
‘Schiebepuzzle’ by Herr M.

German design studio Herr M has created Schiebepuzzle, a side table inspired by a children’s puzzle toy, that has a top that slides open to expose small storage areas. From the designers: "Inspired by a childrens toy we designed the side table “Schiebepuzzle”. The front doors can slide up and down and from side to side showing just a little bit of his content at a time, the rest is a seeking-game – for magazines and the minibar, for bottles, glasses, coasters or a deck of cards. Decent and lightly in impression this side table fits in lounges, lofts, living rooms and everywhere, where small things need a place." Available through Fräulein M. JafJaf!

H.E. By Mango November 2014 Men’s Lookbook

Mango surprises with its so far best H.E. by Mango November Men's Lookbook Mango has already released a few cookbooks earlier this year including their  A/W14 Menswear lookbook and their A/W14 urban suiting collection. Both have been played quite safe on terms of style and looks. This november lookbook however is defintely one of the most fashion forward collections Mango has released so far. We are beyond impressed. For us, Mango has always been very traditional, mainstream and quite Spanish inspired in their H.E. by Mango collection. Well, this lookbook is different. It's high fashion but still not over the top. All styles shown in the lookbook are individually styled and brought together in remarkable outfits. We are really surprised and welcome this new look of the H.E. collection. Everything is clean cut, futuristic and minimalistic. The mix of tailoring with sports influenced pieces follows the actual fashion trend and is executed nicely. For us a ready to wear and feel good collection. Difficult to choose a favourite. What's yours? JafJaf!

windowless airplane
Fasten Your Seatbelt: The Sky Is The Limit With Windowless Airplanes.

In 10 Years there will be a windowless airplane where the sky is the limit. Imagine sitting in a flight cabin where the windows are display screens, relaying a choice of views from around the aircraft. Sounds great and this company is working on it. The Center for Process Innovation (CPI), a British technology research company is working on the next big step in air transportation. They are aiming to replace the windows from passenger planes with touch-screens that extend along the plane’s entire length and display the view from outside through cameras mounted on the plane’s exterior. According to CPI, windows are one of the greatest sources of unnecessary weight in passenger planes. Solid walls are stronger and allow the walls to be built thinner as well. The OLED screens that replace the windows would display the view outside and allow passengers to select entertainment and stewardess service. Nice side effect: less weight means less fuel consumption which results again in lower CO2 emissions. Thumps Up! A bright technology to look forward to and a whole new flight eperience. No need to look through these tiny little airplane windows any longer. We already see ourselves about to land in New York City with a stunning panoramic city view by night or passing by the Mount Everest. 2024 can come. JafJaf! Extra designed OLED screens will show passengers the world outside. Via the screens passengers can ask for service, see all flight information and enjoy internet access and media players.

Pick Of The Day: G-Star RAW Office Look.

Weither you hit the city or the office, you're gonna love the G-Star RAW look we've picked out. It isn't a secret at all that we guys like to dress nice. Therefore it's always good to find easy to combine key items for your wardrobe. You should've seen the smile on J's face when he bumped into this great G-Star RAW blazer. The Lockstart blazer is a four-button blazer with large hand-pockets and a rounded hem that is slightly longer in the front. With its mediumweight sweat fabric and added stretch, it's a pleasure to wear it both in the office and city. The city formal style matches perfectly with denim. We've completed the look with a classy black AllSaints t-shirt, a Diesel Thavar denim, black Converse sneakers for a casual touch and J's latest pride: a Tommy Hilfiger leather Colton laptop bag. Add a nice accessory like our beloved Gemini Bracelets and you're ready to go. JafJaf!  Blazer: G-Star RAW // T-Shirt: AllSaints // Denim: Diesel // Bag: Tommy Hilfiger // Bracelet: Gemini Bracelets

The People Of Times Square.

Michael Tapp captures the feel on Times Square. We've only been once to New York, but can tell you: Times Square is a place that you never forget. The lights, the atmosphere, the people that walk around. Gotta love it. Small note: J probably loves it a little bit more since it was the place where he saw the one and only Snoop Dog, aka nowadays Snoop Lion. Video artist Michael Tapp made a great video of the big square with a focus on the people that pass there during nighttime by having a chat with them. Watch out: tearjerker. Enjoy! JafJaf!

Pharrell Williams x adidas Originals – First Phase Released.

Pharrell Williams x Adidas Originals first phase available now. Pharrell Williams has become one of the major American music producer to launch a design range this week with trainers and sportswear for Adidas. Now, Adidas has unveiled the first two pieces from its collaboration with musician and producer Pharrell Williams, which launched in shops on Saturday, 20th. Three more product releases will follow in October, November and December. The total collection will consist of a series of limited edition pieces with the draw on items from the sportswear brand's collection of classic designs. The first two are a version of Adidas' Superstar track jacket in leather and the brand's classic Stan Smith shoes, which will come in three colors: blue, red and black. "The equal sign is the leitmotif of the collaboration's logo," said Adidas in an official statement about the logo for the collaboration. "Next to the Adidas Originals trefoil, two of the iconic three stripes transform into a bold equal sign with the third being the name of Pharrell Williams," the brand explained further. Adidas also said that the products in the collaboration would "revolve around Pharrell's idea of equality," but did not explain how this had been applied to the jacket and trainers. Release Date: Available Now! - Store: www.adidas.com/pharrellwilliams Adidas first announced its collaboration with Pharell at the beginning of this year, but is not the only brand to be working with the producer. In July, Pharrell unveiled a collection of clothing for G-Star RAW with fabrics made from materials, created using waste plastic collected from the sea. At the moment it seems that everything the great producer/singer touches is meant to be very succesful. From his Oscar-winning 'Happy' song which turned into an anthem earlier this year, to multiple magazine covers. For sure one of the men of 2014. Stay tuned for more. JafJaf!

Suit Up: J x Drykorn Business Look
Suit Up: J x Drykorn.

J's 25th life year brings a new premium friend along: a lovely Drykorn suit. Ah, birthdays. The time to gather all your beloved friends and family to talk about the past year, have a drink, a dance, a bite, a selfie with everyone. The perfect moment to have a good time all together. You have to just love it. Next to that, birthdays are also the time of presents... With my 25th birthday last week, I received quite some gift cards and shopping money. Logically it didn't take me too long to go out and spend it. And if I may say: it's been spent wisely. Already for a long period I've been in need of a second complete suit. Most of the time you can easily combine a good qualitative jeans with a nice blazer for a casual office look, but sometimes you'd just like it to be a little more dressed. So, with freshly received cash money in the hand, F and I went to look for a new full costume at Drykorn (yes, Made For Beautiful People). After trying on quite some cool stuff, we decided to go for this dark blue suit with a cool pattern all over the blazer and pants that clearly makes it stand out. By the way: it not only looks good, it also feels soft. Prrrrr. So, fashion police, what are your thoughts? Can I walk into your office? JafJaf!

A smooth ride: The Mini Superleggera Vision Concept
A Smooth Ride: The MINI Superleggera Vision Concept.

Ready for cruising through next Summer in style? Have a look at the electric MINI Superleggera Vision concept! As announced earlier in Spring this year, this exclusive interpretation of an electric open-top two-seater was created by MINI and Touring Superleggera, the stylish couch builder from Milan. The MINI Superleggera Vision is on the one hand a classic roadster, a compact and agile two-seater, expressing the most minimalist and emotional style of motoring; and on the other hand its electric drivetrain gives the car distinctly modern driving dynamics. The perfectly balanced proportions indicate at first glance what the electrically powered MINI has to offer in terms of a driving experience: the stretched bonnet, long wheelbase and cool, short overhangs convey pure driving fun. As in every MINI, the wheels are set widely on the body, promising a high degree of agility. The passenger cell is slightly set back, further underscoring the car's dynamic impression. The result is a car of classic beauty that is also state of the art. And we sure like it... a lot! This all is still in a concept phase, but as reactions are mainly very positive, BMW announced production could be something of the near future. Fingers crossed! Can you already imagine yourself taking this baby for a spin? JafJaf!  

Top 10 Most Beatiful Wonders of the World
Top 10 Most Beautiful Wonders In The World

With the world as our playground, there are some cool world wonders to discover. Hey there, all you JAF'ers. We've put our heads together and created this list with our top 10 most beautiful world wonders for you. Have fun looking at the list, get inspired for your next holidays and mark your worldmap with these stunning places to visit or dream of. Did we forget something? Leave a comment and let us know about your experiences. JafJaf! 10. Angkor Wat (Cambodia) Angkor Wat was first a Hindu, then subsequently a Buddhist, temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. The temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yasodharapura, the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaivism tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious center since its foundation.The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture which got major influence from Kalinga architectural style. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors. 9. Easter Island Easter Island (Rapa Nui: Rapa Nui, Spanish: Isla de Pascua) is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeastern most point of the Polynesian Triangle.Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people. In 1995, UNESCO named Easter Island a World Heritage Site, with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park.Polynesian people settled on Easter Island in the first millennium AD, and created a thriving culture, as evidenced by the moai and other artifacts. However, human activity, the introduction of the Polynesian rat and overpopulation led to gradual deforestation and extinction of natural resources, which caused the demise of the Rapa Nui civilization. 8. Cappadocia Cappadocia also Capadocia; Turkish: Kapadokya, from Greek: Kappadokía, from Ancient Greek:  from Old Persian: Katpatuka is a historical region in Central Anatolia, largely in Nevshehir Province, in Turkey. In the time of Herodotus, the Cappadocians were reported as occupying the whole region from Mount Taurus to the vicinity of the Euxine (Black Sea). Cappadocia, in this sense, was bounded in the south by the chain of the Taurus Mountains that separate it from Cilicia, to the east by the upper Euphrates and the Armenian Highland, to the north by Pontus, and to the west by Lycaonia and eastern Galatia. The name was traditionally used in Christian sources throughout history and is still widely used as an international tourism concept to define a region of exceptional natural wonders, in particular characterized by fairy chimneys and a unique historical and cultural heritage. 7. The Collosseum The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium; Italian: Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo) is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy.Built of concrete and stone, it was the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire, and is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering. It is the largest amphitheatre in the world. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in 70 AD, and was completed in 80 AD under his successor and heir Titus.The Colosseum could hold, it is estimated, between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, and was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine. 6. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Tanzania) The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is a conservation area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site located 180 km (110 mi) west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera within the area, is recognized by one private organization as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. 5.  Norwegian Fjords This list of Norwegian fjords shows many of the fjords in Norway. In total, there are about 1,190 fjords in Norway and the Svalbard islands. The sortable list includes the lengths and locations of those fjords. 4. Grand Canyon The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in the United States in the state of Arizona. It is contained within and managed by Grand Canyon National Park, the Hualapai Tribal Nation, and the Havasupai Tribe. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,000 feet or 1,800 meters). Nearly two billion years of Earth’s geological history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted. 3. The Dead Sea The Dead Sea, “Sea of Salt”, also Hebrew: “The Sea of Death” is a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east and Israel to the west. It is 9.6 times as salty as the ocean. This salinity makes for a harsh environment in which animals cannot flourish, hence its name. The Dead Sea is 50 kilometres (31 mi) long and 15 kilometres (9 mi) wide at its widest point. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, and its main tributary is the Jordan River. The Dead Sea has attracted visitors from around the Mediterranean basin for thousands of years.  Biblically, it was a place of refuge for King David. The seawater has a density of 1.240 kg/L, which makes swimming similar to floating. 2. Niagara Falls Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the United States; more specifically, between the province of Ontario and the state of New York. They form the southern end of the Niagara Gorge. From largest to smallest, the three waterfalls are the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. The Horseshoe Falls lie mostly on the Canadian side and the American Falls entirely on the American side, separated by Goat Island. 1. The Egyptian Pyramids The Egyptian pyramids are ancient pyramid-shaped masonry structures located in Egypt. There are 138 pyramids discovered in Egypt as of 2008. Most were built as tombs for the country’s Pharaohs and their consorts during the Old and Middle Kingdom periods. The estimate of the number of workers to build the pyramids range from a few thousand, twenty thousand, and up to 100,000. The most famous Egyptian pyramids are those found at Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo. Several of the Giza pyramids are counted among the largest structures ever built. The Pyramid of Khufu at Giza is the largest Egyptian pyramid. It is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence.

Dressed-Up: Suitsupply Autumn/Winter 2014
Dressed-Up: Suitsupply Autumn/Winter 2014.

Где ребята могут смотреть на девушках. тем ближе мы получаем наше обещание величия. Да. используя домашний ваксация полоски на верхней губе может закончить проблему. Лазерная эпиляция является простой. прежде чем купить. От свадебного макияжа до высокой четкости макияжа и фотосессий. и это важно помнить. индустрия красоты видела много новых специалист. тестированию и оценку и поддержание положительной. депиляция может стоит сотни за раз. шелковистыми волосами текстуры были разрешены работать в домах рабовладельцев. что они могли бы найти в Новом Свете. аэрограф к светящемуся. Макияж требование постоянно меняется. стресс и неправильное питание. которая будет творить чудеса для вашего драгоценного кожи. которые помогут вам создать свой идеальный профессиональный набор для макияжа. но эффективной процедурой. Е и D3 популярны для их эффектов и целительные силу на коже. Одноразовые бритвы также могут стоить много. и вы можете быть уверены. какие участки тела вы хотите лечения). как правило. Тем не менее. которые заставляют их сокращаться. афро-американские женщины иногда нажимаются своими волосами и носили прямее прически приблизительно через 1960. такие как имеющая сауну стимулировать потоотделение. В настоящее время не существует никаких правил относительно того. После умывания используйте тонер. Но как история диктат. несомненно. Бритье каждые несколько дней. если удовлетворение. вы можете работать типы продуктов. но это не так. что обратно уличные источники. не выглядят естественно и предназначены. . используйте овсяное мыло. Это разделение так опасно. Это лучше. он фантазирует. Было бы эквивалент вашей мамы в мини-юбке и светящейся в темно-синем цвете с прожилками волос. косичка и косы вновь стали прическами выбора в черном сообществе. , студия маникюра и педикюра как будто вы собираетесь на сцену Бродвея. если он необходим. казалась. что вы можете на самом деле в конечном итоге экономит много денег на удаление волос в будущем. потому что это легче удалить. его потенциал в косметических процедурах вскоре стал очевидным. вы не можете винить людей за уставившись в верхней части головы. которые не могут быть проверены. волос. многие из наших людей не наказывали тех. Рабы с более темной кожей и курчавыми волосами стали менее привлекательными. переплетение. В неправильных руках лечение может в конечном итоге не только неудобное для клиентов. Нуждаясь использовать губы вощение продукты не стыдно. какое лечение центра вы идете. где волосатый honies стойку своих вещей. как зрительный контакт. чем пытаться вернуться в местный магазин. Загрязняющие вещества. заблудшим на сказке. чем квалифицированный медицинский специалист для медицинской процедуры? . которая напоминает. Хотя вы. вероятно. Афроамериканцы пошли носить свои волосы в его естественном состоянии. кто не сказал в Лежа дьявол и решили носить их волосы. Кроме того. чем рабы с kinkier волосами.

Inside the StarWars house by Moon Hoon
Inside The Star Wars House By MOON HOON.

Our little boy's dream becomes reality with the Star Wars house, designed by MOON HOON Architects. Korean architecture firm MOON HOON has developed the one and only ‘Star Wars house’ for a family in Yongin-si. The fantasy home, existing out of three floors pays a visual homage to Star Wars while also acknowledging the client’s childhood dream of being an astronaut. The home features an angled concrete facade, relieved with thin stripes and boxy windows. The interior is very bright and skeletal, making use of natural light and woods to create a spacious effect for the inhabitants. Enjoy a sneaky look inside and, yes, may the force be with you! JafJaf!

‘Happy’ For The Sea: Pharrell Williams for G-Star RAW

G-Star RAW and Pharrell Williams are getting 'Happy' for the sea Pharrell has collaborated with fashion brand G-Star RAW on a new collection using recycled marine plastic to help save the oceans. The Fall-Winter 2014 men's and womenswear collection titled 'G-Star RAW for the Oceans,' a collaboration between Bionic Yarn, the Vortex Project and Parley for the Oceans, was first announced in February this year, with Pharrell Williams curating the line. The key to the collection is the Bionic Yarn, a fiber created from recycled plastic harvested from the ocean. This is the first time the fabric has been incorporated into jeans. This first full collection has directly also used 10 tons of the recycled ocean plastic. Pieces include the aforementioned denim as well as bomber jackets, boilersuits, trench coats, shirts, t-shirts and caps, all featuring the Bionic Yarn. The dark blue and black clothing also features a new 'Otto, the Octopus'-motif which appears throughout the collection (even hidden in the reverse of some fabrics). The G-Star RAW for the Oceans collection is hitting G-Star stores and the online shop now. Blub! JafJaf!

An Hour of Happiness
Beats X Chanel headphones teased on Instagram
Beats X Chanel. HipHop Goes Lagerfeld.

Karl Lagerfeld wears BEATS X CHANEL headphones during Paris Fashion Week. There has been much said and written about it, but the BEATS X CHANEL headphones are coming anyway! During the Paris Fashion Week they were seen on the catwalk and will now join the exclusive circle of Chanel gadgets. The headset will shortly be available for a small amount of € 5,000 Euro across Chanel stores worldwide. The headphones are designed with a strong Chanel aesthetic. The signature quilted leather upper, the Chanel logo on the earpieces and of course a matching Chanel pouch. In the past, Monster has collaborated with Hublot and Crystal Roc to create some unique headsets and the collaboration with Chanel cements their status as an industry forerunner. With Swizz Beatz and Karl Largerfeld himself seen flaunting the Chanel headphones, it was only a matter of time until they would be released. See the photos of the BEATS X CHANEL luxury headphone that might be the right company for you here. JafJaf!

We love our Gemini Bracelets

Already for some months now we're big fans of the two Belgian brothers who founded Gemini Bracelets. Selling their collection so far in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Portugal and Luxemburg, this Fall the arm candy will finally be available in Germany as well. First shops to get a glimpse of them are located in Aachen, Munich and Cologne (not thát far away from Dusseldorf - ha). We really love our Gemini Bracelets because whatever you're wearing - sporty, casual or business - it always suits you. And with their high quality standard and view, it not only completes your look but just brings you in a better mood. We've got some pieces of their new collection and would like to share them with you. F went for a cool office look while J goes for smooth in casual. In both ways our precious bracelets take it to the next level. What do you think? And to be mentioned: While shooting the pictures for this post we were even asked where we got our Gemini Bracelets. The German man in the streets of Dusseldorf definitely approves their arrival in Deutschland. Lol! JafJaf!

DIY: Paperwall Art

Thinking about redecorating your wall? Well, here we have a great creative DIY that lets you create your individual wall art for little money and not more than 4 tiny wholes in your wall. All you need is an older wooden picture frame, chicken wire, white paint spray and colorful paper of your choice. Having all materials and tools ready it will take you not more than a couple of hours to create your personalized wall art. The first step is to staple the chicken wire onto the back of your frame with a staple gun. Take care to get rid of all the sharp edges with a wire cutter. Having finished the construction start spraying the frame with paint until it is evenly white and let it dry. Before attaching it to the wall measure and mark where the screw wholes should be and use a drill bit to get thorugh your painted frame. Then install it to the wall using a spacer to keep some distance. Finally cut the paper into colorful pieces, roll them up and stuff them into the chicken wire openings. Follow your own taste and creativity to create various waves of colors, use it to say 'Happy Birthday' or just 'Love you honey' on Valentine's Day. The result from far appears to be done with paint but taking a closer look it gets obvious that this work is just done with paper and wire. JafJaf!

Listen & Love: Sia 'Chandelier' (piano version)
Listen & love: Sia ‘Chandelier’ (piano version)

September might be too early to decide what's the best song of the year. Nevertheless, Sia with 'Chandelier' does have a great shot at winning that title. Months after 'Chandelier' has been released we're still singing it out & proud while cruising on the German roads. And most of the time, we're even tempted to replay the song two to three times. Which you normally only do with songs from Britney S. and Christina A, right? It gets better... The singer from down-under recorded a new version of 'Chandelier' which will be released on iTunes next week. The new version strips down the whole track, leaving it up to her incredible voice and a piano. We're not sure which version we like the most if we're honest. When listening to the intimate piano version, we want to have the radio edit to listen to as the next track, with again the piano version as the one after. Which makes our singing routine of course quite confusing. Anyway, you can believe us that it's quite amazing. Or don't believe us and just listen. JafJaf!

First look at the Alexander Wang H&M Fall/Winter 2014 collection
First look at the Alexander Wang H&M 2014 Fall/Winter collection.

After the breaking Alexander Wang H&M news earlier this year, the Swedish retailer now releases the first images. The collaboration with the incredibly famous designer stays true to Wang’s fashion forward sportswear aesthetic. Expect a dark selection of athletic-inspired gear with a rough focus on boxing. Say hello to neoprene, tech jersey, leather blocking and toned-down colors. Not so toned-down though are the large WANG-prints on eyewear, sweatshirts and shorts. These should give the collection a kind of underground street wear sensibility but are sometimes a bit too much for us. Maybe JAF would be a suggestion from our side. We do look forward to wearing the incredibly cool gray puffer jacket from the Alexander Wang H&M collection, hitting stores in November. JafJaf!

Love: buying the same Adidas sneakers (by accident)
Love: buying the same Adidas sneakers (by accident).

What happens when you're together for more than three years? You start buying the same Adidas sneakers. ;-) Didn't the Spice Girls once sing about 'When two become one'? We clearly understand the deep lyrics of that pop song now. When J doesn't feel well, he has a great medicine that always works very therapeutic: online shopping! Since he was anyway looking for new sneakers, he ordered himself a pair of fancy white Adidas puppies with a smash of neon pink and minty green. Order out, laptop closed, time for a feel-better nap. That nap didn't take too long though. Later that day the doorbell rings for a package delivery... from Adidas. Turns out F already placed  a 'sneaky' order two days before. And believe it or not: he bought the exact same supercool shoes. Love happens. Or shall we call it destiny? Anyway we are both happy and that counts. That's all that matters. JafJaf!

Stylish: Boss Orange Autumn/Winter 2014

When it comes to a modern classy style in men's fashion, Boss Orange is one of the labels that really meets most of our expectations. Next to Boss Black, Hugo by Hugo Boss and Boss Green, the 'Orange' Autumn/Winter 2014 styles breathe a certain 'whatever' while still looking like you're straight from the catwalk. A kind of out-of-bed-look that comes with a au-natural but looks hot as hell. The brand mixed and matched shiny and matte textiles to create a more mysterious look & feel and we sure like it. Hugo Boss presented its fall/winter 2014 campaign fronted by British model Harvey Newton. Giving the collection a rock ‘n roll flair, Harvey brings a new spirit to Boss’ leather outerwear, fitted knitwear and smart separates. Our favorite: the oh-so-beatiful leather jacket! JafJaf!

Unu, the electric scooter
Unu, the smart electric scooter.

unu just launches the ideal urban vehicle with their new electric scooter. Since July 2014, the new electric scooters from Munich-based brand unu move on German roads, available in 65 different color combinations, finally making e-mobility affordable and personalized. This electric scooter, steerable with every car- and moped driving license, has a range of more than 50 km (with a battery) or 100 km (with two batteries). The brake energy recovery system (KERS) even provides you with additional kilometers. unu is powered by a lightweight lithium-ion battery, chargeable for up to six hours of cruising fun from every (home) charging powerpoint. Thanks to the newest generation of lithium-ion cells, the portable battery only weighs eight kg. An integrated charge status display practically shows how much power the battery has left. The Roller itself only weighs 58 kg, which is about half the weight of a comparable Vespa. The innovative electric motor is maintenance free and requires no gears, tank or oil. Easy, clean and emission-free, without finding a parking space in the city. We like! JafJaf!

JAF Flashback: J’s history as a popstar.

We're gonna go back in time! Did you know that J has a history as a popstar? Back in 2010, when he was working as a TV-host for a music channel, the question popped-up to release an own single. J, who previously participated in the Belgian version of X-Factor didn't hesitate a minute and dove into a music studio in The Netherlands, where he worked with the incredibly talented Rocketeers. A first single for MINNO was born: Dreaming. Hey, don't blame the boy for kissing a girl. He kinda liked it, the taste of her cherry chopstick. And what happens in the UK (where the videoclip was shot), gets posted on the net. Half a year later, J started working with singer songwriter Gene Thomas to create a self written feel-good summer song. MINNO had a second swinging baby: Dance with Me. The videoclip that was recorded in Amsterdam. J might be swinging in the spotlight but you can barely miss out on hottie F, shaking his booty. After hearing a demo of the first MINNO song, Dreaming, Italian producer/DJ Pops & Booms offered his mixing talent to create great remixes of both songs. Check them out and get into the groove! MINNO - Dance With Me (Pops & Booms Remix) MINNO - Dreaming (Pops & Booms Remix) The story continues... Beginning of 2014, J headed to Italy to work on some new tracks. Further away from the typical pop as before and under another artist name. History as a popstar? Step into the future. Are you curious to have a listen? JafJaf!

Best pools in the world
Best pools in the world: dive in!

Dive into one of the best pools in the world! You know you deserve it! ;-) Most of Europe might have forgotton about the true meaning of great Summer weather. However, lots of dream destinations are more than willing to give you a bunch more value. It's actually not even necessary to travel wide abroad. Countries that are closer to home, like Greece and Switzerland, are more than happy to cater to your needs to have a relaxing, breathtaking time off. In need of a bit of inspiration? We sure found our portion and since we care, we share! Meet: the best pools in the world. Meow! Gocta Lodge, Peru Vivere Arco, Italy Como Shambhala Estate, Bali Lecrans Hotel & Spa, Switzerland Hilton Conrad Koh Samui, Thailand Thanda Private Game Reserve, South-Africa Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel, Kreta Already wearing your bathing suit or will it be a skinny dip?  Don't forget to send us a postcard. By the way, if you're in for a bit more daydreaming: Check out our Travel section! JafJaf!

Polo Ralph Lauren Tech Shirt
Polo Ralph Lauren: Workout Monitoring T(ech)-Shirt.

Polo Ralph Lauren is going to launch its newest development in the area of technical sportswear. The newly developed tech shirt is able to monitor the wearer's biological and physiological information. Edge-cutting or nice to have? Upcoming US tennis player Marcos Giron is testing the shirt at this years US Open in New York City during his trainings. The shirt has sensors knitted into it. The sensors work with Bluetooth, record the data and send them to a cloud where algorithms are applied. The outcome can then be accessed through the matching app for Android and iOS. The shirt from Polo Ralp Lauren features electrocardiogram, breathing sensor, gyroscope and accelerometer. It can measure stress levels, energy output, heart- and breathing rate, heart rate variability, breathing depth, intensity of activity, steps and calories burned. Next to all those technical information, the shirt is tight-fitting and looks great. Of course not missing, the Ralp Lauren horse logo in bright yellow colour in contrast to the black shirt. What's next? JafJaf!

JAf goes desk safari
JAF goes desk safari, the new office trend.

There's a new trend in the office: desk safari! We hope your boss has a sense of humor or likes animals as much as his beloved co-workers. Why? The new hype hitting the office takes you on a trip to the jungle. Who's the fancy poodle of the team? Who's the lazy hippo? For once the characters of your colleagues can openly come out while you all have a laugh about it. Choose an animal, put a picture of it without the head fullscreen on your desktop and the party can begin. Let your office buddy pose behind your screen with only his/her head popping up. Or be a little bit nasty and take your snap sneaky without your colleague having a clue. ;-) Curious how good the creativity of your team is while jumping on the desk safari hype. At JAF we already gave a good example. You liiiiike? JafJaf!    

The Yerka Project Create the World’s First “Unstealable” Bike
The Yerka Project. The World’s first Unstealable Bike.

The Yerka project brings bicycle theft to an end - hopefully. Normally a bike is an easy target for thieves. We all know that. Esspecially in bigger cities you better watch out where to leave your bike. It doesn't matter how thick your padlock is or how frequently visited the place is where you leave your bike behind. Thieves always seem to find a way to get away with it. Three chilean engineering students have been victims of exactly the same. They teamed up and created the Yerka Project. A bicycle that once it is properly locked up, can only be stolen by destroying it. The locking mechanism is integrated in the bike's frame. You will open the frame and use the bike's saddle to lock it which will take around 20 seconds of your time. Next to this great idea the creators maintained the urban city look of the bike. The developed prototype is  a mixture of speed- and mountainbike with colourful details and generates a desire for more. JafJaf!

SMS Audio BioSport Headphones are tracking your heart rate.

Usually going for a run with your music in-ear? Well, these biometric headphones bring your running to a whole new level: they are monitoring your heart rate. Discover the SMS Audio BioSport Headphones. SMS Audio has recently launched their sports collection. But now they are going to introduce the SMS Audio’s BioSport In-Ear Headphones. These headphones are a collaboration between Intel and SMS Audio, which was founded by the rapper 50 Cent aka Curtis Jackson. 50 Cent's aim was to create headphones with top-quality audio, style, fit and functionality. A Headphone is a headphone? Not these ones. The SMS Audio BioSport Headphones have sensors to measure the heart rate of the user. There is no need to wear a chest strap or a wearable and there are no batteries required. The headphones take their energy from a smartphone or MP3 player through an audio jack. Open the box, put them in your ears, plug them in your phone and it just works. “With the introduction of the SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones powered by Intel, we’re now the first to provide this level of integrated, seamless and helpful biometric information to inspire customers to advance their fitness experiences.” said Brian M. Nohe, president of SMS Audio, in a press release. To us this is a product we are now really waiting on to be released. It is easy to use and creates an extra value due to heart rate monitoring. Waiting to see what the pairing of SMS Audio and Intel will bring in the future. From what we know today, the headphones will work together with the popular fitness app RunKeeper for Android and iOS. It will be water resisdent, it will be available in the fourth quarter this year and the price should be around $150 according to the German newspaper Handelsblatt(approx. €112). JafJaf!

Cristiano Ronaldo in CR7 underwear collection 2014
Cristiano Ronaldo undresses for the CR7 underwear collection.

Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo strips down to underwear for the new campaign of his CR7 underwear label. Step 1: Men's Health UK Issue September 2014 On the cover Cristiano poses topless in a pair of blue jeans. The waistband shows his CR7 underwear label. Step 2: CR7 underwear campaign Fall/Winter 2014 For the release of his new campaign the footballer models himself for the entire campaign. He shows the world again how well trained he is. CR7 was established in 2013 in collaboration with the Danish underwear manufacturer JBS Textile Group. The designs are developed together with New York-based designer Richard Chai. According to Ronaldo Chai has played an important part in the creation of the collection. The whole range is divided into four lines: Luxury, Fashion, Basic and Boys. You can find the complete collection here. JafJaf!

Polaroid Cube Action Camera. And action!

Meet: the brandnew Polaroid Cube Action Camera! Since the huge success of the GoPro action cameras we have seen more and more of them appearing on the market. Still, the GoPro series are the market leader. Now Polaroid has presented their very own action camera. The very stylish, retro design driven Polaroid Cube Action Camera. The lifestyle camera is water resistant, shockproof, mountable and built to handle everything you can imagine. Packed with fun including 1080p HD video, 6MP CMOS sensor, 124° wide angle lens, and built in battery that records up to 90 minutes. You record your videos with a MicroSD memory card with up to 32 GB and the build-in magnet at the bottom let's you pop the camera on your helmet, skateboard or any other metal surface to record your most fun moments. Along with the new Polaroid Action Camera you can purchase different mounts for little money. The monkey stand is defintely the eye catcher. But next to the cute monkey there are others like the bike mount, the helmet mount for your next winter holidays or the waterproof case for all those surfers out there. The Cube sells for less than 100€ and is available from End August. Cool, cute And fun. The mix of retro simplicity and modern usability makes it the GoPro lite for all fun users. Thumps Up. JafJaf!

Dasparkhotel Bernepark Hotel
A night in a drain pipe.

Always in for a little adventure? Same here! How about spending the night in a robust drain pipe? We can surely recommend it as a cool experience.   Dasparkhotel Bernepark, located in Bottrop (near to Essen and a small 30 minutes drive from Düsseldorf), is quite something. Actually, we already spotted the hotel last year but were sadly not able to get there. Now was the time! The hotel exists out of five drain pipes (aka five suites), each suitable for two people to spend the night. Pure simplicity from the outside and surprisingly comfortable from the inside. You actually have full headroom, storage space underneath the bed, a wide eurofoam mattress and electricity to charge your laptop, mobile phone and camera. What more do you need?   We enjoyed the experience a lot. And you know what? You decide your own price! Because Dasparkhotel uses regular hotel facilities from surrounding public infrastructure, they work with the 'Pay as you wish' formula. Just give what you think it was worth and leave it in an envelope in your suite when you leave.   Did we get you curious? Ofcourse we did! The hotel is opened from May till October but due to the popularity, there's a limit in still available dates. Bookings via dasparkhotel.net. JafJaf!

Scotch & Soda Fall Winter 2014 Men’s Lookbook
Scotch & Soda Fall Winter 2014 Men’s Lookbook

ALCHEMY BLUES - Denim Collection Scotch & Soda launched their new lookbook for the fall/winter season 2014. The denim collection is full with brand new styles of the Amsterdam Fashion Brand with their typical handwriting. Denim on denim is one of the topics they focus on. Pairing of dark indigo shirts with bright blue drop crotch jeans or a bright blue denim shirt with light washed jeans or even dark jackets, easily going along with dark indigo jeans. Next to all the denims and indigos you can find casual relaxed looks with soft knits and sweats, great Japanese inspired details and well-known classic shirts. The collection is available online. JafJaf!   Denim: Lot 22 Stump -Half Life Repair Denim: Skim – Ignition stretch Denim: Catch 22 – Clockwork Denim: Lot 22 Skim – Formula 22 stretch Denim: Lot 22 Skim -The Alchemist Denim: Skim – The Nero Denim: Skim – The Nero Denim: Phaidon- Green Track Denim: Phaidon – Absolute Blue Denim: Skim – Blue Ray Denim: Skim – Alpha Beat Denim: Skim – Burning Bush Denim: Ralston – Revolution

Mission 20-FIT: The morning road to hotness.

Here's J. A few weeks ago, Mission 20-FIT started with the goal to get in top shape for my 25th birthday. With the right music for running via Fitradio and motivation to hit the gym with Bodyjam, a lot of progress has already been made. Let's take it to the next level! Okay, the first three weeks were a good way to get warmed-up by saying no to sweets, crisps, alcohol and... bread. Gently onwards I started going back to the gym to do cardio and my running shoes also saw daylight again. It's great to have a goal (mine: to be in my best shape on September 21st) but you have to stay realistic and build-up wisely. Last week, I decided to take the next step, based on the cool Six-pack program of the German Men's Health magazine. Six of their employees took on the challenge to train eight weeks long to get their six-pack pumped. Really motivating to see how they managed. And so I started this week by also doing cardio every day, every damn day. But you know what? It's not that bad, on the contrary. For me the trick is to plan a routine in the mornings by preparing my sports outfit in the evening and putting my alarm half an hour earlier. It's just a matter of getting up, get dressed, drink a cup of coffee and wake-up while doing a half an hour morning run. Trust me: you feel way more active during the day.   By doing so, I managed to get faster every day without it taking me to my ultimate limit. On July 28th, it took me for example 30:42 for 6,22km. That's an average of 4min 56sec per kilometer. Compare that to my run of August 15th where I had an average of 4min 16sec for basically the same distance. That's 40 seconds per kilometer faster in just three weeks time. What I'm going to add to my running, cardio at the gym and healthy eating/drinking is the one thing I don't like so much: strength training. Wish me good luck! JafJaf!

mall of the world in dubai cityview
The next crazy thing Dubai is planning: a temperature-controlled city.

The next crazy thing Dubai is going to build: a temperature-controlled city, known as the 'Mall of the World'. Dubai has always had a thing for showing off. They have Bugatti police cars, the world's tallest buildings and an underwater hotel. But now, they are going to build the world's first integrated temperature-controlled city and an indoor theme park, covered by a retractable glass dome that opens during winter months. It will be located in the Al Sufouh district, close to the water front. If everything goes as planned, the shopping and entertainment complex will include a Broadway-style theater district; a pedestrian walkway modeled on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas; a 6.9-km retail network of roads, based on London’s Oxford Street; 20,000 hotel rooms; underground parking; an indoor family theme park and a “wellness district” for medical tourists. We call that a clear understatement. JafJaf!

Top beaches in the world
Top beaches in the world.

If Summer at home isn't what you expected it to be, now is the perfect time to still book a ticket to the top beaches in the sun! In need of a bit of inspiration? Tripadvisor lined up their top-25 of top beaches in the world. Worth a look if you ask us. As a breathtaking warm-up on JAF: the ultimate top 5. JafJaf! 5. Whitehaven Beach, Withsunday Islands "Absolutely spectacular. Nothing but pure, pristine beach. Shallow, warm, clear water.” 4. Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa "The sand is golden, the water is crystal clear and there are plenty of fish for snorkeling." 3. Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico "The best beach that we have been." 2. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos "Powder-soft, white sand. Green water, fading to turquoise graduating to purple on the horizon. Amazing!" 1. Baia Do Sancho, Brazil "Truly spectacular, from the walkway on the cliff above and on the beach itself. Idyllic."

H&M’s Fall/Winter 2014 Studio Collection
A closer look: H&M Fall/Winter 2014 Men Studio Collection

In 2013 designer Isabel Marant created a complete new fashion driven H&M fall/winter collection for men. The new H&M Fall/Winter 2014 Collection is following up this trend towards a "high fashion" appeal with their new Studio collection for men (and women). Today, in 2014, the new collection includes a motorcycle jacket and leather biker pants going along with very grungy silhouettes in combination with a toned down color palette of whites, grey and black. Next to all those punk and rock-inspired items, there is a substential number of more classic, formal garments like clean wool coats, tailored trousers and shirts. Matching sneakers, boots, shoes, scarves, caps and beanies complete this promising and versatile collection. Release date for the refined looks is September 4th in selected stores and online. Let's hope that the collections quality will pay tribute to these great styles. We are very optimistic. Discover the complete video lookbook of the H&M Fall/Winter 2014 collection and the slideshow below. JafJaf!

Selfmade Cinnamon rolls Franzbrötchen recipe
Yummy! Selfmade German cinnamon rolls “Franzbrötchen”.

One of the many things Germans are good at: delicious selfmade cake and pastries. Esspecially in the northern part the so called 'Franzbrötchen', comparable with swedish cinnamon rolls, are a yummy specialty.  Back from Berlin we needed to try our very own receipe. YumYum. This is what you need for about 12 pieces: For the baking sheet: baking paper Yeast dough: 250 ml milk 70 g butter 500 g of wheat flour 1 pack.  Dry Yeast 70 g sugar 2 tsp vanilla sugar 1 egg (size M) a touch of salt Filling: 100 g soft butter 100 g sugar 3 tsp. cinnamon To glaze: about 2 tablespoons of milk And here is your manual: 1.Preparing: Heat the milk in a small saucepan and melt the butter in it. 2. Yeast dough: Fill the flour and yeast in a mixing bowl. Then add all other ingredients including  the warm milk-butter mixture and mix everything with a mixer (dough hook). Start shortly to mix on the lowest level, then process at the highest level in about 5 min until the dough is smooth. Cover the dough and let it rise in a warm place until it has grown visibly. (around 30 min) 3. Preheat the oven. Top / bottom heat: about 180 ° C Hot air: about 160 ° C 4. Filling: Blend the butter, sugar and cinnamon with a mixer (stirring rods). Knead the dough on a lightly floured work surface and roll it out to a rectangle (about 70 x 25 cm). Afterwards spread out the cinanamon filling evenly and roll everything up from the longer side. Finally cut the role in about 12 equal trapeze-shaped cuts. Now place the cuts with the elongated side down on the baking sheet and press with a wooden spoon handle from the top to the narrow edge.. Let the rolls stay for another 10 min. 5. Sprinkle the buns with milk and then bake them. Oven inset: center Baking time: about 20 min. When finished, let the 'Franzbrötchen'  cool down on a wire rack or serve them warm. Enjoy your freshly, selfmade 'Franzbrötchen'. JafJaf!

Kisses from Berlin
Kisses from Berlin.

Woohooh! We're on Holiday! After our big move in February and starting a new job in March, it was time to take a little walk on the free side. That's why we decided to grab our Belgian friend, Joke, and to cruise towards the lovely Berlin. We start off with a classic one day city tour through Berlin. But instead of taking one of the tourist busses, we take the legendary bus line 100, starting from Bahnhof Zoo towards the Alexanderplatz. It stops at all the main attractions and if you get off, just minutes later the next one passes by. There even is a an app for ios that works as an audio guide for the full route. We anyway managed to check-out the Siegesäule, the Bundestag, the Kansleramt, Brandenburger Tor, the Jewish monument and the Fernsehturm at the Alexanderplatz. A great shot of culture if you ask us. JafJaf!

Next level ice-cream
Next-level ice-cream.

Though August is the time to think of your Summer body and though J is sweating to get in his absolute happy-25 top shape with Mission 20-fit, we're suckers for ice-cream... Discover: six ways to level-up your sweetest fantasies. JafJaf! Healthy (?) chocolate chip blizzards - Recipe on Minimalistbaker.com Creme brûlée ice-cream - Recipe on Completerecipes.com Cake batter milkshake - Recipe on Cookingclassy.com Chocolate dipped ice-cream taco - Recipe on Yourhomebasedmom.com Waffle ice-cream sandwiches - Recipe on Passthesushi.com Fried ice-cream - Recipe on Overtimecook.com

Mission 20-FIT: Fitradio
Mission 20-FIT: motivated with the right tunes.

Hola! Already three days far in my Mission 20-FIT and still on track! Proud already? It's actually really easy to work on your fitness by just going for a run while waking up in the morning or directly after work. The only thing: without the right music for running it can be such a bore... That's why I'm happy to have discovered this great music app, called Fitradio. Supporting Android, iPhone and Blackberry, it provides you daily updated music mixes in different genres. My personal favorite mixes are the TOP-40- and Electro House mixes, both with a constant energetic 128 BPM. Try it out and get your groove on together with me. J from JafJaf!

Happy Socks. Lookbook 2014 Fall/Winter
Happy People, Happy Socks. Lookbook 2014 Fall/Winter.

Hey everyone. The swedish happy people brand, Happy Socks has revealed its lookbook for Fall/Winter 2014. Wild paisleys, colorful polka dots, geometric triangles and fruit-themed pieces come together to bring some juicy contrasts to your feet. Newest shot in the bull's eye from the swedish makers is their jump into the underwear business for both men and women. Enjoy and discover all their new styles on their website now. Be happy. JafJaf!    

Mission 20-fit
Mission 20-FIT.

J here. I've made a sporty decision that I might regret at first but most definitely will be very grateful for later... With my 25th birthday coming up in September, it's time to make some things happen. It's time to gain some volume around my arms, to shape-up and to get that six-pack that has nothing to do with German or Belgian beer. Not by starving myself out with diets, but by doing lots of (fun) sports and by keeping myself on a healthy food plan. Bye bye, lazy evenings, crisps, bread, alcohol,... Hello 20-fit? The next two months I will be reporting my progress and share my tips and tricks into making it happen. Lets hope I can make you guys proud of me. JafJaf!

These hotels are sick.

Looking for a hotel that gives you thé most unforgettable experience? You've come to the right address. We've listed 14 hotels as a must-sleep-at checklist. JafJaf! Icehotel - Jukkasjärvi, Sweden Icehotel is the first and largest (5500m²) hotel build out of snow. The hotel gets rebuild every year around November - December, which takes around 100 people. Open for cool guests from December - mid-April. Whitepod Hotel - Swiss Alps, Switzerland It's like camping but instead of sleeping in a sleeping bag, you just received a 5 star accommodation. Whitepod is all about being ecologic and being one with nature but without giving up on luxury. Attrap Reves - Marseilles, France You, your lover and the starry sky. This place is perfect for romantic nights where you actually don't feel like closing your eyes. Your personal bubble offers the needed privacy but allows you to see everything that's happening in the sky. The Mirrorcube Treehotel - Harads, Sweden Remember building a treehouse in your childhood? This 4x4x4 hotel sure gives it a bit more arty touch. Covered with mirrored walls, it feels like you're completely hidden in nature. Hotel Not Hotel - Amsterdam, The Netherlands In this hotel in the centre of Amsterdam, every room has its own story with its own design. It's like living in a museum. Poseidon Undersea Resort - Fiji This 5 star accommodation exchanges the big blue sky for the deep blue ocean. Can you find Nemo? The Atomium - Brussels, Belgium Ever slept in a monument? Ngorongoro Crater Lodge - Ngorongoro, Tanzania This Lodge offers a small garden of approx. 8300 km². The Ngorongoro Crater often gets called 'Africa's Eden', we call it quite the view at least. The Oberoi - New Delhi, India And we'll never be royals? We do think so. Jade Mountain - Soufriere, St. Lucia This summer sanctuary is definitely one of the Caribbean’s most mesmerizing resort experiences. But watch out: Jade Mountain is techno-free: there are no telephones, radio or television. Relax: Internet access is available at the reception. :-) Nhow Hotel - Berlin, Germany If you're staying in a capital city as cool as Berlin, go the extra mile and stay in a cool place. The Nhotel, that all about music should do the trick. It's like waking up in a recording studio. Amangiri Resort - Utah, USA Amangiri stands for peaceful mountain. Makes sense if you think about it, since the resort is in the middle of nowhere, tucked into a protected valley with sweeping views over colourful, stratified rock towards the Grand Staircase. Ubud Hanging Gardens - Payangan, Bali This is most definitely F's favorite. But can you blame him? Look at those infinity pools, the nature and... those infinity pools! Fairy Chimney Hotel - Goreme, Turkey Who can say they ever slept in a cave? Cavemen? This guesthouse with floor heating and a personal Hamam in each room, doesn't offer great luxury, it also has a great mountain view.

Out of the Blue, male a capella group from Oxford University
Oxford Uni’s all-male a capella group sings Shakira.

We'll have to confirm that the Warlblers from Glee do exist in real life. They study and sing a capella at Oxford University, calling themselves Out of the Blue. The boys recorded a Shakira medley and released the single with a sassy video for charity. All profits go to the Helen and Douglas House, hospice care for terminally ill children and young adults. Hips don't lie and these guys sure know how to shake them! JafJaf!

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DIY Wedding gift
DIY: Kiss the bride.

This weekend we could most certainly hear the bells. We were invited for a wedding party and decided to give an extra personal touch to our present. F found a really cool wedding DIY on Pinterest on how to make a cute bride and broom out of a wooden clothespin. Ideal to attach to your wedding gift or to pin some money between for the freshly wedded couple. JafJaf! Pictures from bklynbrideonline.com 

Restaurants with a breathtaking view.

Dinner at a restaurant can taste twice as good when you have something nice to look at. Having said that, here you have six cool restaurants, spread over the globe, that will probably make you get quite hungry. The Grotto - Krabi, Thailand It couldn't get more romantic than this: this restaurant was build in an ancient cave, giving you a magnificent view over the Phranang Beach while you warm up for dinner with a lovely cocktail. Sirocco - Bangkok, Thailand Thailand doesn't seem too bad for dining. From the 63rd floor of the State Towers, the crazy metropole called Bangkok turns into a sea of lights. Sirocco is not only famous for being the world's highest  open-air restaurant with a killer view, the Wagyu steak should also be divine. El Farallón - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico On your plate: fresh sea fruits, straight from the grill. In your face: the Pacific, reflecting all the colors of the beautiful sunset. Fangweng - Yichang, China Afraid of heights? If the answer is yes, than it's wise to skip Fangweng. If not, enjoy the view from this restaurant that actually hangs on a cave. Real daredevils even have the opportunity to do a bungee jump. Maybe best before eating... Grotta Palazzese - Polignano a Mare, Italy A real romance maker. You, your loved one, candlelight dinner, the Adriatic sea and a restaurant that's carved inside of a cave. Great to score some extra points. Clouds - Hamburg, Germany Who ever said you have to travel far to discover the world? Also near to home you can enjoy something incredible. At Clouds you can get a mighty good steak on the 23rd floor of the 'Tanzende Türme' and meanwhile enjoy the supplementary view over wonderful Hamburg. JafJaf!

Scotch & Soda gets our Summer started.

Hey Summer lovers out there! If you're not yet in the mood for the hot temperatures from upcoming long weekend, the new Scotch & Soda Summer campaign, shot by Dutch photographer Philippe Vogelenzang, will definetly get you there. Our favourite piece: the striped raglan sweater with flower printed sleeves. Also nice to see in the shooting is Scandinavion top-50 male model Mikkel Jensen wearing the collection. Oh yes, Summer has arrived! JafJaf! ____________________ Hey ihr Sommerliebhaber dort draußen! Solltet ihr noch nicht in der Stimmung für heiße Temperaturen am kommenden Wochenende sein, keine Sorge, die neue Scotch & Soda Sommerkampagne wird euch definitv einstimmen. Unser Lieblingstück: der gesreifte Raglan Sweater mit Ärmeln im angesagten Blumendruck. Fotograf: Philippe Vogelenzang, Auch nett anzusehen ist das skandinavische Top 50 Männer Model Mikkel Jensen, der die Kollektion trägt. Oh yes, der Sommer ist da! JafJaf!

Cool: adidas ZX Flux goes Instagram

This summer adidas Originals relaunches 'miadidas' with a new possibility to personalize your sneakers. A new photo app from adidas will be the key behind this new form of personalization. With the app it will be possible to place your own Instagram pictures on the ZX Flux sneaker that directly get printed and send home. Still a bit of patience cause the app that will be available for iPhone and Android will only be launched in August this year. Selfie on the sneak? We say: Hell yeah! JafJaf! ____________________ Diesen Sommer relauncht adidas Originals 'miadidas' und implementiert einen neuen Ansatz Sneaker zu personalisieren. Ausgangspunkt des neuen Konzepts ist eine neue Foto-App von adidas. Mit der App wird es zum ersten Mal selbst möglich sein,  eigene Fotos auf den ZX Flux Sneaker zu platzieren und anschließend die individuellen Foto Druck Schuhe nach Hause zu bestellen.  Die App für iPhone und Android steht ab August 2014 zum Download bereit und greift dann auf eure Instagram Fotos zu. Selfie on the sneak? Wir sagen: Daumen Hoch. JafJaf!

Pick of the day: AllSaints loose fit crew jumper

J‘s little addiction to AllSaints went today in another round. He probably won‘t admit it, but on the other side wouldn‘t we all be happy to have some brands which just fit perfect and match your style? Let's check the Torkk Short Sleeved Crew Jumper from AllSaints. Soft and super lightweight cotton combined with an open textured stitch make this jumper your perfect partner for the spring time and summer evenings spend with friends in a chilled atmosphere. Best to combine with skinny or slim fit jeans and summer shorts. Facts: Colour: Black - Loose Fit - 100% Cotton - 98 € JafJaf! _____________________ J‘s kleine Schwäche für AllSaints ging heute in eine neue Runde. Er würde dies wahrscheinlich nicht zugeben, aber auf der anderen Seite, wären wir nicht alle froh darüber ein paar Marken zu haben bei denen die Passform perfekt ist und der Style einfach passt?  Schau dir hier den  'Torkk Short Sleeved Crew Jumper' von AllSaints an. Feine, leichte Baumwolle, kombiniert mit einer offenen Struktur machen diesen kurzärmligen Sommerpullover zu dem perfekten Begleiter für den Frühling oder Sommerabende zusammen mit Freunden in entspannter Umgebung. Gut zu kombinieren mit Skinny Jeans und deinen slim fit Sommer Bermudas. Fakten: Farbe: Schwarz - Loose Fit - 100% Baumwolle - 98 € JafJaf!

We're JAF
Welcome to JAF’s Place!

Hi! We're JAF, that's J and F! Two guys in fashion with a passion for travel, sports, gadgets, love & life! Do you remember the 8th of May, 2011? Well, we certainly do. It was a sunny Sunday. It was the day a German guy met a Belgian guy in Antwerp. It was unfortunately not as warm as it appeared to be. And it was then that the German guy gave his denim jacket to the freezing Belgian guy who only whore a t-shirt and shorts. It was the start of J&F, JAF. Meanwhile we’ve been through a lot together, living every day to the max. From renovating our dirty old apartment in Antwerp, to driving three extra days with a mobile home in trying to avoid toll roads while driving to the French coast, to visiting the magnificent Northern light in Iceland at -15°C, till everyday life while both working in Fashion. And let’s not forget about that time in Zanzibar when we swam with wild dolphins. Prrrrr! In 2013 we left our nice life in beautiful Antwerp behind to make a fresh, exciting start in Düsseldorf. After two months of camping in a 20m² hotel room we've managed to settle into our own lovely apartment. Since we’re so excited about all the new adventures coming our way, we decided to share them with you. We also hope to hear your stories and maybe someday we’ll meet in this blasting world. Great having you here on our little virtual place. Jaf Jaf!

Visit Stockholm: Icebar
Visit: Stockholm Ice bar.

We'd like to share a great ice-cold travel tip with you for your next journey to Stockholm. Last year we visited the great Swedish capital with J's birthday in September. Les Mills, the company of the great fitness classes like BodyJam, BodyPump and BodyCombat invited us for the filming of their new classes during the Super Saturday. As sportloving Les Mills fans we of course couldn't say no and brought  our favorite Bodyjamster, Joke, along. We'll talk more about Les Mills in a later post, so be prepared. Our cool tip for your visit to Stockholm: a nightly stop in the Stockholm Ice bar by Icehotel. You will get there through the lobby of the Nordic Sea Hotel, practically next to the central station (Vasaplan 4, Stockholm city). The Icebar in Stockholm was the very first in its kind and is opened through the entire year. After putting on your cosy poncho, you can enter the bar with its chilly -5 degrees of Celsius. The complete bar exists out of ice. Ceiling, walls, the bar, ice sculptures and even the glasses that are filled with different kind of delicious longdrinks are existing out of... ice! Really worth the visit to this experience. Perfect to get an aperitif after dinner or as a "warming-up" for the Swedish nightlife. In your entry fee one drink is already included. Do reserve if you're with more than three cause it sure is a place-to-be. JafJaf!

DIY: Personalized pick-your-color flowerpot.

Yes, it's the time of the year when you hear the birds chirp, the bees buzz and you think: let's do some gardening! In our apartment in Düsseldorf we can't really do gardening since we basically don't have a garden, but we're determined to have an awesome green spot on the balcony. Booyah! If you also have your green zone on the balcony, you probably agree with us that not only your plants and flowers should look nice, so should the pots you plant them in. That's why we have this little easy DIY which will make you enjoy summer just a tiny bit more. Get some cheap pots at a do-it-yourself nearby. We got ourself some made of stone at Obi (big one was € 2,49, the smaller one € 1,79). Next thing: spray paint in a color you like. Since we sprayed our chairs at the dining table in pastel tones, we decided to take the same direction here. Tip: go for matte. It just looks way better.   Now you can get yourself installed for the action. Cover a table with newspaper, shake your bottle of paint for about two minutes and get spraying! Be sure to keep the bottle at a twenty cm distance from your pot while you spray and just give the whole surface a thin layer. In thirty minutes your pot should be dry and ready for use. We planted some strawberry plants in our personalized pastel flowerpots. Can't wait for them to grow and eventually find their way to our tummy.   Next to the strawberries we also planted lavender and an eucalyptus tree in non-personalized-but-nevertheless-pretty black pots. You should smell our place. De-lish! Enjoy gardening. JafJaf! ____________________ Die Vögel zwitschern und die Bienen fliegen fröhlich herum. Ja wir bewegen uns Richtung Sommer. Höchste Zeit den Garten auf Vordermann zu bringen! In unserem Apartment in Düsseldorf können wir nicht wirklich gärtnern, da wir einfach keinen Garten haben, aber wir arbeiten daran eine kleine grüne Oase auf dem Balkon entstehen zu lassen. Booyah! Falls ihr auch so einen grünen Punkt auf eurem Balkon habt, stimmt ihr uns höchstwahrscheinlich zu, dass nicht nur eure Pflanzen und Blumen gut aussehen sollen, sondern auch eure Pötte und Blumenkübel. Genau deshalb haben wir diesen kleinen DIY Beitrag, der euch euren Sommer noch ein klein wenig mehr genießen lässt. Besorgt euch einfache Tontöpfe in der große eurer Wahl mit den passenden Untertellern bei einem Baumarkt oder Gartencenter eurer Wahl. Wir waren bei unserem Obi des Vertrauens und haben 1,79€ für den kleinen und 2,49€ für den größeren Topf bezahlt. Als nächstes fehlt euch noch der Sprühlack mit der Farbe eurer Wahl. Da wir unsere Essstühle vor kurzem in Pastelltönen gestrichen haben, entschieden wir uns auch diesmal für die gleiche farbliche Richtung. Kleine Randnotiz: nehmt am besten matte Töne. Sieht einfach besser aus.   Das war es auch schon mit der Einkaufsliste. Jetzt kann die "Action" starten. Deckt den Bereich in dem ihr mit der Farbe sprüht mit Zeitungspapier gut ab, schüttelt die Sprühdose für ca. zwei Minuten und schon kann die Farbe abgefeuert werden. Haltet dabei einen Abstand von zwanzig Zentimetern damit sich die Farbe beim sprühen gut verteilt und nicht anfängt zu verlaufen. Nach ungefähr einer halben Stunde ist die Farbe staubtrocken und bereit für den Einsatz. Wir haben ein paar Erdbeersträucher in unsere selbst kreierten Pastel-Töpfe gepflanzt und freuen uns schon auf die ersten roten Früchte.   Neben den Erdbeeren haben wir uns auch noch Lavendel und einen kleinen Eukalyptus Baum besorgt und in unsere bereits vorhandenen schwarzen Pötte gepflanzt.  Ihr solltet diesen Duft auf unseren Balkon erleben. Herrlich! Viel Spaß beim gärtnern. JafJaf!

JAF goes Sushi: Okinii.

JAF goes Sushi - Our sushi test for Dusseldorf has now oficially  started. Part 1: Okinii LunchIn for sushi? Yeah, same here. Last week we decided to hook up with some friends and to try the all-you-can-eat à la (ipad) carte lunch at Okinii. The concept of the sushi chain is actually really easy. Per person you can order every round up to five to eight dishes via your personal iPad. That means that when you're with four, you can order up to 32 different dishes in one round. Just so you know: you have an unlimited amount of rounds in your two and a half hours of sushi. But be aware: if you order something that you don't eat, you will have to pay extra for it.   You can order quite a lot from the electronic menu. Sushi, soups, salads, fingerfood, grillspecialities, teppan yaki,... Yum! In the evening there's an even wider range to choose from than during lunchtime. Little tip: leave a bit of space in your tummy for desert. After the sushi you can still choose three scoops of ice of sesam, mango, green tea or lime. Must-try! The athmosphere is loungy and decorations are quite tastefull. Only point of criticism: when it's full (which it mostly is), it's not the most silent place.   Our highlights on the menu:- The iPad menu itself. Cool concept.- Tuna Gunkan.- Giyoza, baked dumpling with chicken.- Chuka Ika Sansai, spicy seaweed salad.- Veggie Roll with avocado and sesam. Prices:Lunch: week: 13,90€ // weekend: 15,90€Dinner: 25,90€ Big recommendation for everyone who likes good quality food for a super sushi price. Do reserve a few days in advance. Otherwise you can forget about getting a table. Adress: Immermannstraße 35, Dusseldorf. JafJaf! ____________________ JAF goes Sushi - Unser Sushi Test für Düsseldorf startet jetzt. Teil 1: Okinii LunchMal wieder Lust auf Sushi? Das dachten wir uns letzte Woche auch und haben uns am Samstag zum All-You-Can-Eat Lunch à la (ipad) carte im Okinii auf der Immermannstraße mit Freunden getroffen. (more…)

The penniless photographer.

Since a bit than over a year we've been following @z_captures on Instagram, liking almost every picture he posts since his photos are basically always awesome. At the end of last year he started with a new series, which is really a work of art. Zeren Badar is a Turkish self-taught photographer, currently based in New York. Influenced by Dadaism and Neo-Dadaism, he started his 'Accident'-series in which he combines cheap copies of famous paintings with food, objects and strong shadows. This creates a cool three dimensional form of art, brought together on a photograph and always tending to bring a big smile on your face. Zeren, also calling himself 'the penniless photographer', is actually still looking for a gallery to exhibit. So all you art lovers, help this talented guy out and share his story. We're fans and can't wait to once have our own pictures undergoing one of his accidents! JafJaf! ____________________ Seit mehr als einem Jahr folgen wir  @z_captures auf Instagram. Da er wirklich supercoole Sachen macht, wird fast jedes Bild mit dem kleinen Herz in der unteren linken Ecke favorisiert. Ende letzten Jahres hat er mit einer neuen Serie angefangen und das ist wirklich ein 'work-of-art'.  Zeren Badar ist ein türkischer 'Self-made' Fotograf der momentan in New York City lebt. Beeinflusst von dem Dadaismus und dem Neo-Dadaismus startete er seine 'Unfall'-Serie, in denen er einfache Kopien berühmter Gemälde mit verschiedenen Objekten, Essen oder starken Schatten kombiniert. Dies ruft eine neue, oft farbenfrohe und dreidimensionale Kunst ins Leben, die auf einem Foto festgehalten wird und oftmals ein Schmunzeln in dem Gesicht des Betrachters hervorruft. Zeren, sich selbst auch 'the penniless photographer' nennend, ist aktuell noch auf der Suche nach einer Galerie um seine Werke auszustellen. Also, all ihr Kunstliebhaber dort draußen, helft diesem talentierten jungem Künstler und teilt seine Geschichte. Egal was passiert, wir sind große Anhänger und warten noch darauf, dass eines Tages unser Bild eines seiner 'Unfälle' wird. JafJaf!

Paradise: Zanzibar
Paradise: Zanzibar.

Do you know the yearly feeling of excitement around February/March when you want to plan your Summer escape and say: „Let’s do something special this year, something we will always remember. Let’s live it up!“? Last year we most certainly did plan that special unforgettable vacation. We booked our flights to Zanzibar, the beautiful island next to Tanzania in East Africa. At arrival, our -yet to become- friend Mohammed waits for us with his taxi. „Djambo djambo, my friends! I will take you through my beautiful country“. Well, off we go. Since we wanted to see a lot of Zanzibar, we booked a Bungalow Lodge in the South for our first week, to move to the more touristic North during halftime of the Holiday. On our two hour drive towards the first stay, Mohammed decides to be a bit spontaneous and stops for a treat of freshly cut coconut. No extra charge. Could you imagine a taxi in Europe stopping to buy you a pretzel or an ice-cream? Unbelievable. During the rest of the trip towards the South, Mohammed advises us about the different excursions, the do’s and don’ts in Zanzibar and explains the sad political/economical situation of this paradise. This was the most personal and genuine taxi-ride we’ve ever taken. We directly made arrangements for the drive from the South to the North. Arriving in Paje, we drop our bags in our bungalow, get seated on the terrace, watch the pearly white deserted beach like you only see in movies and hear the relaxing sound of waves come back and forth and back and forth. Paradise. The next morning we awake with the sun having a peek in our room around six. A smile on our faces, the balcony door open and breakfast is served. While eating our delicious fruits, eggs and a local kind of bread, we decide to explore the beach while going for a run and to take the rest of the day off. Hakuna matata. :) Paje is quite known for its kite surfers. It’s not (yet) the most touristic place but surfers seam to swear for the spot since the water is flat and the waves and the wind streams are great for them. You even have some schools here to learn the right skills. Though tempted to get on a board, we decide to learn the skills at home and to definitely come back. Activities we did do are highly recommendable for an unforgettable experience. Dolphin swimming is one of them, just be prepared to get up early as hell. Autch. It was at four in the morning when a jeep was waiting for us. Still half a sleep we manage to get into the car that later on picks up Kassandra, Kay and Katie, our new Canadian friends. They talk about an addictive game called Candy crush and how they are waiting for their friends to give them a new life via Facebook. We kind of liked it and soon are all prepared to meet the dolphins… after finishing level 32 of Candy crush. You might have heard or experienced the dolphin swimming in touristic places like Florida where the animals are living in captivity. This is no such thing. In Zanzibar you have a group of wild dolphins that every morning swims towards the same spot looking for food. A speedboat brings you there and than it’s up to you to jump in the refreshing (read: ice-cold) water and to swim between twenty, thirty, maybe forty dolphins. No words can describe this. Let’s just say: it’s amazing. On our way back, we talk to the girls about joining for a sailboat trip later the week. Great idea and so we enjoyed a more traditional and touristic, but nevertheless very enjoyable, excursion that takes you to a deserted island for an all-you-can-eat seafood bbq. On the way towards the island, the boat stops for snorkeling and sunbathing on a sandbank with crystal clear blue water. We really loved our stay in Paje. It even was a bit sad to leave it behind when Mohammed was greeting us with a most friendly „Djambo djambo, friends“ when picking us up for part two of the holiday. During the three hour drive in direction of Nungwi, we took a break at a spices farm. Though we think this was really interesting, it might not be for everyone. People who like to see where their coffee comes from and never realized that pineapples actually come out of the ground are up for a treat. And anyway, it’s nice to have a stop in between the ride. Nungwi is completely different than Paje. Here you see a big clash between South and North, which doesn’t mean one of them is less enjoyable. We stayed at a new five star hotel, called Hideaway of Nungwi. Luxury and service are the keywords at this palace. A great place for relaxing, swimming, buffet surfing, … A great place to get spoiled. Look out for good deals end May till mid June when the raining season is over. We really enjoyed the great service, a classy junior suite with sea view, dips in the infinity pool and peace and quite. Ultimate relaxing-proofed. Every month you have a full moon party in Nungwi. People from all over the African continent travel to Zanzibar just for this famous parties. Of course JAF was present. And, yes, it’s really cool to have an open air party with pounding music to dance to on the beach. But don’t travel to Zanzibar just for the party. The hang-over is just as bad (or even worse) as in Germany. Autch. Thank god, the pool and its service welcomed us the next afternoon with open arms. „Can I have a wine please?“ A day trip to Stone Town was our last excursion. Interesting to see this really old town, which is an UNESCO world heritage site with arabic and indian influences. We hired a local guide to explain the history and to get to know the life of the locals. From our point of view one day at Stonetown is long enough. The last days we just enjoyed, relaxed and went to our morningly gym session (since the food was too good). Writing about it lets all the good memories come back and brings a big smile on our faces. If you are planning a trip and still need some help we are of course happy to help. We highly recommend our hotels:- Domokuchu Lodge, Paje (South).- Hideaway of Nungwi Resort & Spa, Nungwi (North). JAF-tips:- Don’t forget your injections + the yellow card to prove you had them.- Change money at arrival. Credit cards are not everywhere accepted.- Always negotiate prices. It’s more than normal.- Restaurants are cheap. No need to look for a supermarket.- Be open and talk to the locals. They are friendly and are happy to help.- Don't forget your GoPro! Djambo djambo! JafJaf!

It's in the details
Details make the difference: Gemini.

It's not easy for men to find stylish accessories. If you want to have something nice, you're mostly obliged to look between the more high-level brands. Let's face it: women have more luck in this area. Or at least, they had... Yes, gentlemen who are looking for something unique, weither they are sporty or business, will from now on find their arm candy at Gemini Bracelets. The Belgian premium brand, founded by twin brothers Marc and Rob Beenders, started out with a personal need for nice accessories for men. Since they were not happy with the available assortment, they just created their own label. Well done, guys.   First in the Gemini-line are the bracelets with beads in different trend-oriented colors. From basic black, to spring green. We really like the tiger eye brown (that makes F's eyes pop) and the tricolor. Each one has its own feel and is perfectly combinable to bring that little extra. Recently the deluxe leather wristbands, that really give that more premium understatement look, joined the family.   We probably don't have to tell you that we're big fans of Gemini. We both have a beads- and a leather bracelet and feel like we're rocking them. How do you like it?   Stylish men who are interested or women who just found the perfect present for their love, can get their bracelets in shops around Belgium, the Netherlands and Portugal (hopefully soon in Germany?) or online via gemini-bracelets.com. Big like! JafJaf! ____________________ Für Männer ist es nicht einfach stilvolle Accessories zu finden . Wenn man etwas Schönes sucht muss man meistens bei den großen Marken oder Handelsketten schauen. Aber 'mal ehrlich: Frauen haben bei diesem Punkt klar den besseren Stand. Oder zumindest hatten sie ihn... (more…)

Nooij Düsseldorf
Favorite Restaurant in Düsseldorf: Nooij

The 8th of May 2011? We remember that beautiful day as it was yesterday. It was the start of J and F, JAF. Three years later, we wanted to celebrate our anniversary with a nice dinner. Place to be was Nooij (to pronounce as the German worth 'neu'), from owner Nene Nooij. Nene calls himself a European with his Dutch, German and Spanish background. He opened his Scandinavian/sixties-designed restaurant in Düsseldorf, Flingern, where he brings a healthy international kitchen. Yummy! Since it's asparagus season and we absolutely love this delicious vegetable, we decided to go for an asparagus creme soup as a starter. De-li-ci-ous! Later onwards the food party continued with an asparagus/walnut pie for J and a strawberry/asparagus/tuna salad for F. You can be very sure: our plates were quickly empty. When browsing through the menu, we also took a quick look at the breakfast specials. Here you can clearly see the different international influences that Nooij has. When ordering a Dutch breakfast for example, you get vanilla custard, sprinkles, gouda and bread with peanut butter. When going for the Spanish treat, you can be sure of getting deliciously baked chorizo, manchego and fried eggs . If we can get up early enough, we'll definitely try this out on Sunday morning. Very recommendable restaurant! JafJaf!

Summer walk in the Netherlands
A Summer walk in the Netherlands.

Did you know that J from JAF is actually half Belgian, half Dutch? Now you do. Since his mom is originally from the Zeeland area, he's quite familiar with the nice places to go there. Today you'll benefit from that since we're giving away one of them. On the same Sunday as we did the Antwerp 10 Miles-run, we got up early to clear our heads while going for a nice family walk. An ideal location for that is 'het Veerse meer' in Zeeland, not far from the Dutch border.   During Summer, this lake is ideal for surfing since there's -surprise surprise- mostly a good wind in the Netherlands. Directly next to it, there's a grass beach to lay down and to get a tan or for having a cosy picknick. There are even some picknick tables available. In Spring, this spot is perfect for a nice walk, inline skating or jogging. When we're visiting Antwerp, we always like to take the dog and go here for an hour or two. Luna always loves to run around on the paths, sniff the grass, to then jump in the water and run around again. Sometimes even in a different order.  

Run JAF, run.

Just like in 2013, we decided to have another sportive highlight of the year and to participate in the DVV Antwerp 10 Miles (16.28km). Small difference: in 2013 there were 25.000 participants, in 2014 a small 41.000. With us right in the middle. And what a great event. In the morning, the marathon runners start, around noon there's a 5km run and a Chiquita Kids run of 1.4km, and the main thing of the day: the 10 Miles. Because of the big amount of sporty people, the run was divided in three waves (15.00/15.30/16.00). F started his run at 15h and J had his turn at 16h.   If you've ever participated in an official run or marathon, you completely understand the excitement of such an event. Thousands of people standing at the sideline, cheering for you, clapping their hands, reaching out  refreshing drinks,... If you don't watch out, you quickly get swept away and get goosebumps all over your body. This all gives a great extra motivation and makes you run your best time ever. Man, did we have fun. It do is tough, as specially when you're almost at the finish line and still have to get up the Waaslandtunnel. We don't like to swear, but that's kind of a b*tch. When you get out, there's still about a kilometer or two to run till the promised land. Heaven.   Final results of our Antwerp 10 Miles-run:J = Place 6069 in 1:21:49F= Place 738 in 1:07:51 (Best German!) In for the thrill in 2015? Go for it and combine with a nice weekend of Antwerp. There's really a lot to see, to discover and to taste... Belgian chocolate, fries (Frituur No.1) and an incredible range of Belgian beers. JafJaf! ___________________ Genau wie im letzten Jahr, haben wir uns auch in 2014 wieder für den 10 Meilen Lauf des DVV (16.28km) in Antwerpen angemeldet. Waren es in 2013 noch ca. 25.000 Teilnehmer, sind am vergangenen Sonntag fast 41.000 Läufer mit am Start gewesen. Und wir mittendrin. Der Lauf in Antwerpen ist ein super Ereignis. (more…)

You’d love to sweat in this.

Sporty people deserve fancy sporty outfits. As specially for men, sport clothing tends to be a bit dull. Reebok does do efforts to change this, but sadly we barely find shops where they sell a wide range of Reebok. We wouldn’t be JAF if we didn’t do a bit of browsing and found something cool to wear for the Antwerp 10 miles. Let’s sweat in style! F wanted to get himself a pair of flashy running shoes. He spotted the Nike and Newbalance sneakers-trend in Düsseldorf, which are great for a sporty look, but not ideal for an intensive work-out. Since F is an expert in online shopping, he browsed the www and found his new pair of puppies: the new Adizero Adios Boost. They now help him swing over the road and, you have to admit, they do look extra fly for a bright guy.   J is already for a long time satisfied with his Nikes and just buys the same pair in a different color when he’s in need of new ones. He now wanted some funky trousers. Also here you have a bit the problem that options for mens sport trousers are limited. Short or long, tight or loose, that’s mostly it. Not fair!   For the good cause, we went snooping around the female sport section and found an awesome low crotch training shorts from Nike Dri-Fit. Would he? …Well actually, yes he would and good that he did! How do you like our ready-to-runble-outfits? JafJaf! ____________________ Sportlichen Leuten steht auch ein cooles Sportoutfit zu, aber besonders für Männer ist die Kleidung aktuell in den Läden doch relativ langweilig. Schwarz mit ein bisschen blau, grün oder neon gelb sieht man am meisten. Alleine Reebok ist dort mit der CrossFit Kollektion eine Ausnahme, doch auch die findet man so gut wie nur für Frauen. Ausnahme: In Düsseldorf ist eine kleine Auswahl bei Galeria Kaufhof (Schadowstraße) in der SportsArena zu finden. Aber JAF wäre nicht JAF, wenn wir ein wenig im Internet surfen würden um etwas cooles zu finden um bei dem 10 Meilen Lauf von Antwerpen anzuziehen. #sweatinstyle F brauchte ein paar neue Laufschuhe. Er hat sich in Düsseldorf verschiedene Nike und NewBalance Sneakers angesehen, diese sehen zwar hip aus, taugen aber nicht wirklich für ein volles Workout. Nun, wer F kennt weiß, dass er ein Experte im Online-Shopping ist. Kurzerhand ein gutes Angebot für die neuen Adizero Adios Boost in flashigen Farben gefunden, zugeschlagen, eingelaufen und F meilenweit in Antwerpen getragen.   J ist schon seit langem auf seine Nikes eingeschworen und hat sich vor kurzem noch sein Lieblingsmodell in der aktuellen Variante zugelegt. Es fehlte noch eine, seit langem gewünschte, Low-Crotch Shorts. Auch hier zeigt sich wieder einmal das Problem: Im Herrenbereich nichts zu finden. Bermuda in kurz oder lang, etwas enger oder normal geschnitten. Da hört es dann aber auch schon auf. Fair? Ähm…klares Nein.   Also was bleibt anderes übrig als sich ganz unverblümt einmal in der Damenabteilung nebenan umzusehen. Und was findet man dort ohne Probleme? Richtig, Low-Crotch Hosen mit Dri-Fit in verschiedenen Modellen von Nike. Sollte er etwa? …Ja er sollte und tat es dann auch. Wie findet ihr unsere „ready-to-rumble-outfits“? JafJaf!

Meet: Bubble football
Meet: Bubble football.

There's nothing better than the feeling of sweat dripping down your face after an awesome workout. Or maybe there is... We just discovered something quite unbelievable: Bubble football! This sport from Denmark just found its way to Germany (even with its own national competition). The idea behind it is practically the same as from classic football. Small difference: the players are walking bubbles, bumping into each other while trying to get the ball in the goal of the opponent. Hi-la-ri-ous! We're definitely gonna look for a team in the Düsseldorf area. Interested in joining, let us know on info@jaftime.com. And else: see you soon in the bumping and bouncing competition! JafJaf!

Get those buttons up
Get those buttons up.

While walking around in the Dusseldorf city center, we bumped into the shopping window of a really nice deco-shop, called Wohnplaner. Since we were quite actively looking for lights and a wardrobe, we decided to have a look inside. Happy we did. In our last apartment, we quite quickly agreed on all the nice things you could find at Ikea. Nothing wrong with that (we still have some Ikea-stuff), but this time we wanted to make it a bit more personal, a bit more us, with elements that you're not able to find in most of the nicely styled apartments of friends. When we were still living in Antwerp, we already bumped into some kind of buttons that you can attach on the wall and connect with a rope. The rope than functions as a connection to hang jackets and pictures. Cool idea but the price tag attached to it didn't make us buy it. Now, at Wohnplaner, it directly crossed our sight. They have similar buttons from HK Living in all kind of colors and sizes for a reasonable price. Now these little eye-catchers look dashing on our hallway, ready to take the jackets of guests.   There are still a lot of treasures in the assortment of our newly discovered deco-store. The people there are very friendly and they even help you with interior advice. We'll definitely go back when we finally decide what kind of light to hang in the living room (it's a tough choice, no?). Already standing on our dining room, is a kind of futuristic vase, perfectly matching our more modern home. JafJaf! ____________________ Während eines kleinen Spaziergangs in Düsseldorf stolperten wir an dem Schaufenster  des Einrichtungshauses Wohnplaner vorbei und waren überrascht von den schönen Dingen die dort angeboten werden. Da wir noch nach Lampen und einer Garderobe Ausschau hielten entschieden wir uns das Geschäft einmal näher anzusehen. Und es hat sich gelohnt. In unserem letzten Apartment haben wir relativ viele Sachen von IKEA gehabt. Dieses mal haben wir die Entscheidung getroffen alles etwas persönlicher zu gestalten mit Elementen die man nicht überall zum Kauf oder bei Freunden findet. Als wir noch in Antwerpen gewohnt haben, sind wir schon einmal in eine Art Knopfgarderobe gerannt, die an der Wand befestigt wird und mit einem Seil verbunden war. Das Seil fungiert als Verbindung zwischen den einzelnen Knöpfen um Jacken, Schals usw. daran aufzuhängen. Die Idee hat uns wirklich sehr gut gefallen, aber der Preis stand nicht wirklich im Verhältnis zu dem was man bekommt. Nun, bei Wohnplaner hat es direkt unsere Aufmerksamkeit gefunden. Sie haben dort vergleichbare Knöpfe von HK Living in verschiedenen Farben und Größen zu einem vernünftigen Preis. Wie ihr auf den Bildern seht, frischt es den Eingangsbereich auf und ist nun bereit die Jacken der Gäste in Empfang zu nehmen. Was meinst ihr dazu?   Bei Wohnplaner gibt es noch viel mehr Dinge zu entdecken. Die Leute sind sehr nett und stehen gerne mit Rat und Tat zur Seite. Wir werden definitiv noch mehr als einmal dorthin zurück gehen wenn wir uns für eine Deckenlampe entschieden haben. (Lampen sind immer so eine schwierige Entscheidung, oder?). Und bevor wir es vergessen, diese kleine Vase haben wir dort auch noch gefunden. Passt perfekt in unser neues Heim. JafJaf!

Drive now Düsseldorf
Drive… now!

Some weeks ago we found an offer from DriveNow, the carsharing service from BMW and MINI, where they lowered the subscription fee from 29.95€ to 4.99€. You can find their cars in Dusseldorf, Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and San Francisco. So we decided to try it out. After your online subscription you receive a confirmation e-mail which asks you to stop by at a Sixt servicepoint with your ID, drivers licence and your bank-/creditcard. There you receive your DriveNow-ID that will get you on the road. Still quickly download the DriveNow App for Android or iOS and you are good to go! Last Sunday, we enjoyed the lovely sun in Dusseldorf at the Fischmarkt and since we had to get home in time (and just absolutely were in a Mini-mood), we tried out the DriveNow App. And look at that: at only 400m distance a ride was waiting for us. Quickly reserve the car for 15min and follow the integrated navigation towards the vehicle.   When you arrive at the car, the procedure is quite easy: There's a scanner at the windshield that shows the availability of the vehicle (red light: booked, yellow light: reserved and -bingbing- green: this car is available). Now hold your DriveNow-ID infront of the scanner, wait for the green light to turn into a yellow hourglass and -click- the car unlocks. When you enter the car, you get a short welcome message that asks you for your personal PIN and then: DriveNow. :-) From there onwards we cruised through Dusseldorf to get to our apartment. The MINI was very new, clean and even the 197cm tall F didn't have troubles to fit in the car. When we would've been with more than two, we do would've have to opt for a BMW because someone extra wouldn't have fit on the backseat. What was really good, was the build-in navigation that guided us through the city.   When you arrive at your destination, you just park the car at a free spot, end your booking in the menu and scan your DriveNow-ID one last time at the scanner at the windshield till the light turns green. Your Mini is locked and ready for its next driver. Long story short: We're very positive about the DriveNow service. It does have a pricetag, but therefore you get a nice range of the MINI and BMW 1 vehicles to choose from. With more than 200 cars in Dusseldorf, the chance to get a ride is quite high and, let's face it, you don't have any responsabilities. Get in, drive, get out. Big recommendation! JafJaf!

Summer-dish: Tomato mozzarella with avocado dip.

Da der Frühling mit Temperaturen daherkommt, bei denen man auch schon Abends einmal auf dem Balkon denieren kann, sind wir zur Tat geschritten und haben eines unserer Lieblingsrezepte gemacht. So einfach und schnell das jeder es hinbekommt: Büffelmozarella mit Tomaten und dazu Baguette mit Avocadocreme. (more…)

Sun bleached city look
Sun bleached city look.

Auch wenn wir generell für fast alle Marken offen sind, gibt es doch ein paar die uns immer wieder etwas mehr in Versuchung führen. Das niederländische Label Scotch & Soda, mit viel Liebe zum Detail und tollen Qualitäten und Farben, gehört auf jeden Fall dazu. Letztes Wochenende haben wir etwas Geld investiert um den Kleiderschrank mit ein paar frischen Frühlingsteilen aufzufrischen. Das Lieblingsstück ist definitiv das langärmlige, sonnengebleichte Piqué-Shirt aus der aktuellen Scotch & Soda Kollektion. Das Hemd lässt sich super mit einer beigen Chino oder auch mit einer coolen Jeans kombinieren. Es ist auch erhältlich in den Farben Marine, Lime und Sorbet. Eine gute Investition wenn ihr uns fragt. (more…)

The doorbell rings
The doorbell rings.

Der Paketbote hat geklingelt... Meilenshopping! Da wir noch ein paar Flugmeilen von Emirates hatten die am 31. März verfallen sind, haben wir uns auf der Emirates High Street umgesehen um unsere Skywards noch für etwas einzutauschen. Man findet dort alles was man auch im Flugzeug bekommt und noch etwas mehr. Wir mögen gerne schöne Dinge... Der Sommer steht vor der Tür und somit auch der ein oder andere Abend auf dem Balkon, zusammen mit Freunden und einem schönen Glas Weißwein (wenn es nach uns geht immer gerne trockenen Riesling). Dementsprechend haben wir uns am Ende für eine Cool Breather Weißwein Karaffe von Menu entschieden sowie sechs hochwertige Savoy Weißwein Gläser mit Platin Rand von LSA. (more…)

DIY: A warm welcome.

Um unser neues Zuhause ein bisschen persönlicher zu machen, haben wir im ersten Schritt ein herzliches Willkommen für unsere Gäste beim betreten der Wohnung erstellt. Beim stöbern im Internet fanden wir ein paar Webseiten, die die Buchstaben H, E und Y als einen Eyecatcher im Raum nutzen. Eine coole Sache, oder? (more…)

Go green.

  F speaking. Now that the move to Düsseldorf is more or less done, I took the opportunity to try my new KitchenAid Blender. I have read so much about all these green smoothies that I felt like doing it by myself, instead of paying a small fortune in a shop. And see: it is quick, easy and healthy. Exactly what I was looking for. It is the bitter substances in the raw green salads and vegetables wich you barely find in food today. Everything tastes sweet or salty, and when you think about it there is some truth in it, no? The greens stimulate your digestion and only with a good functioning digestive system, all the nutrients and viral substances can reach every cell of your body.  But enough talking, let's see what you need to start the day green. :-) For a basic green smoothie you need the following: (2 glasses) spinach leaves or green salad leaves of a carrot bundle Broccoli Lemon Juice 1 Banana 1/2 Mango Water Now I just put everything in my KitchenAid Blender and fill it up with one glass of water. Then I close the blender with the cover and start it for about one minute. Finished.    In general the fruits are only used to neutralize the bitterness. So you can vary with the fruits you want to use and the amount. Other possibilities are e.g. pineapple, pears or a sweeter sort of apple. For the greens you have a wide range of what you can use: rocket salad, chicory, radicchio, endives or broccoli, cauliflower and even more.   As you can see, this is very easy and it is up to all of us to experiment and find our personal favorite green smoothie. There is no need to follow strict rules and measurements of how much of each ingredient is needed. Already on your way to get your blender from the basement? ;-) Have fun, and go green. JafJaf!

Hallelujah: AllSaints in Düsseldorf!

AllSaints lovers, the search for a store is over. As Düsseldorf offers many things, an AllSaints collection is also one of them. I have a small confession to make... If you're out shopping with me, it's mostly best to avoid certain shops. At some brands I can just spend hours to try on shirts and t-shirts (I hate trying on pants), which makes it most likely that you'll be sitting on a chair, checking what's new on Facebook for the 5th time. Premium British brand AllSaints is one of those labels that makes my brain go un poco loco. This fashion retailer from Spitalfields (London) just always seems to amaze me with their timeless toned down collections. I have to admit being a bit sad when I couldn't directly find a shop of them in fashion city Düsseldorf. But you know what? There is a god! Apparently Karstadt (on the Schadowstraße) welcomed the Brits to Düsseldorf. Also English brands like Ted Baker, French Connection and Topshop feel at home in this shopping paradise. The current collection contains some great leather jackets. Also the famous basic tonic scoop t-shirts with their typical AllSaints neck has widened the range with some new colors. You could've already guessed that my shopping bag didn't stay empty... Catch of the day: a new AllSaints basic in a washed clay color (€ 35)+ 3 pair of funny Topshop socks (€ 10). JafJaf!

We have company in Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf Tour: We have company…

This weekend, we were able to welcome our very first visitors in the brand new JAF Düsseldorf apartment. The J-family came over from Belgium to take a preview look at the new crib, which they of course more than approved. As a nice Sunday activity, we decided to explore Düsseldorf with the family, including happy four-footed Luna. On this little excursion we managed to see some nice highlights of the city on a short period of time. Perfect for an afternoon walk. Our escapade started at the central station (Hauptbahnhof), where we took tram 709 in direction of Theodor-Heuss-Platz, till we got off at Stadttor. For little Luna this was directly quite the experience since it was her first time on public transportation. Oh, that funny dog. :-) When arriving at Stadttor we went in direction of the trendy media harbor. This hip area at the Rhein has on the one side the famous Ghery houses, constructed by American-Canadian architect Frank Ghery, and on the other side the remarkable currywurst stand where you can get currywurst with real gold leafs. Try it.   Since silver is more our kind of color, we decided to walk further and to later onwards opt for an ice-cream. While walking along the riverside, headed towards the old city center (and our beloved ice-cream), we passed the high in the sky tv-tower and the parliament of NRW. After a 30 minute walk, we arrived at the Burgplatz. These stairs, that are connecting the waterside with the old city center, are as specially popular during the summertime for having a drink in a mixed crowd. The atmosphere is very relaxed and it's actually also a great spot for a nice photo moment. Snap! A few streets further we enjoyed the most supercalifragilisticexpialidocious yummy famous Italian ice-cream ever at Eisbar Pia. A must-visit on warm days. But be prepared... to stand in the cue. FYI: 1 scoop = € 0,80. On the walk back to our starting point, we recommend a stop at the colorful Toykio. This cafe not only serves great coffee, it also fulfills the appetite of toy- and art lovers. Shopaholics can still do some window-shopping at the Schadowstraße and the Königsallee, since all shops are closed on Sundays. Thank god we were there on a Kaufsontag, which basically means the shops were open. Luna.was.thrilled. To make our long story short: we had a great afternoon and so had our guests. For those who're planning a trip to Düsseldorf, feel free to click on the map below where we've marked our highlights of the day. Or just leave us a message on info@jaftime.com. JafJaf!

Spring? Time to shape up.
Spring? Time to shape up.

Sun is up, move your body. When Spring arrives, it's always good to get those heavy legs from the couch and to get started on that Summer body. No need to starve yourself, just move your lazy ass! :-) We got back to our 30min interval work-out that trains your entire upper body on a high intensity. And so can you! Get rrrrready to let your muscles burn from pleasure with these 3 x 4 exercises, combined with a nasty little run. And keep in mind: DON'T STOP! TRAININGSPLAN:+ 1 Minute push-ups+ 1 Minute burpees+ 1 Minute plank+ 1 Minute switching side stretch plank+ 2 Minutes running, as fast as possible.+ 1 Minute pause (don't forget to drink!) Do this full routine, including running, 3 times. First you'll hate us, later onwards you'll regret not meeting us earlier. See you at the beach! JafJaf!

Hi! We’re JAF.

JAF, that's J and F! Two guys in fashion with a passion for travel, sports, gadgets, love & life! Do you remember the 8th of May, 2011? Well, we certainly do. It was a sunny Sunday. It was the day a German guy met a Belgian guy in Antwerp. It was unfortunately not as warm as it appeared to be. And it was then that the German guy gave his denim jacket to the freezing Belgian guy who only whore a t-shirt and shorts. It was the start of J&F, JAF. Meanwhile we’ve been through a lot together, living every day to the max. From renovating our dirty old apartment in Antwerp, to driving three extra days with a mobile home in trying to avoid toll roads while driving to the French coast, to visiting the magnificent Northern light in Iceland at -15°C, till everyday life while both working in Fashion. And let’s not forget about that time in Zanzibar when we swam with wild dolphins. Prrrrr! In 2013 we left our nice life in beautiful Antwerp behind to make a fresh, exciting start in Düsseldorf. After two months of camping in a 20m² hotel room we've managed to settle into our own lovely apartment. Since we’re so excited about all the new adventures coming our way, we decided to share them with you. We also hope to hear your stories and maybe someday we’ll meet in this blasting world. Great having you here on our little virtual place. Jaf Jaf!   Would you like to contact us? Feedback, advertorial inquiries, questions or a cosy chat? Sounds great! Fill in the following form.