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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...
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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 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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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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!
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!
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!
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 - 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…)
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!
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…)
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!
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…)
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…)
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!
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!
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.