Author Archives: Joy (Everyday Escapism)

FASHION FANATICS | SUZE CATOIntroducing Suze Cato, AKA the queen of outfit flat lays. You may have seen her cool 90ies inspired outfits pop up on your Instagram feed! This 22 year old Fashion Fanatic is currently living in Amsterdam where she did some awesome internships at Vice and NSMBL. Want to know more about Suze’s view on fashion? Hit the continue reading button <3


OOTD Death by Flower poem

The season is Spring. The birth of the Sun transfixes our entities, latches us onto the infinite cycle of seasons. Digitalis Purpurea blossoms. She is the queen of wildflowers, a favourite to the honey-bees. I Had to lick. Couldn’t resist.

Falling backwards into the multiverse, the membranes of past, future and present feeds in my veins. Mind in retrograde. A swift contraction of the heart, it’s impossible to breath in it’s clutches. Rhythm deranging like a drunken guitar riff. Death on the tip of my tongue and life on my fingertips. Forever trapped in Limbo through a kiss.


Fashion Fanatics with Kenneth AsimengKenneth is a well known face in the Amsterdam nightlife scene, either working backstage as an Artist Handler or controlling the guestlist as a doorbitch at club Marktkantine yet also finding time to do some dancing at the occasional techno party. His presence is one you won’t easily overlook, both his lengthy model-esque stature and his genderfuck outfits see to that! Other fashion enthousiast might also know Kenneth from the runway, as he walked in several shows this season for HKU graduates such as Hedwig Vervoort


OOTD Eternal Youth socks + hate chocker

White socks in Teva sandals… Haters gonna hate.


Fashion Fanatics - Hailey Palace of BlissIn today’s Fashion Fanatics photo-series a fellow blogger whom I got to know on my quest for Fair Fashion delights. Dutchies might know Hailey from her blog Palace of Bliss where she talks about veganism, yoga and a conscious lifestyle!

Hailey started out studying law, later working as a labor lawyer. A couple years in she decided to dive in the deep end and pursue the things that truly make her happy. Excited to read more about Hailey’s take on fashion? Hit ‘Read More’!


Holland is renowned for it’s flat, manufactured landscapes. The iconic green “polder” meadows spring to mind. You won’t find dark, dismal valleys here nor peaks that touch the sky. We simply are most comfortable in the middle. The Dutch landscape as an epitome of our national mindset of ambivalence. No wonder the Dutch political structure of negotiations, compromises and cooperation has been dubbed “the poldermodel“.

“Polderen” is all fine ‘n dandy, but sometimes you find yourself craving something more. The beautiful dunes on the island of Terschelling take me back to a more rugged sense of nature. Wilderness versus a walk through the park. The landscape there has a sort of quality to it that can only be obtained by letting nature run it’s course…


Fashion Fanatics | Joanne Make People Stare Blog

Today’s Fashion Fanatics post features the lovely Joanne; a freelance fashion stylist & model but above all passionated fashion enthusiast. My fellow Dutchies might recognise Joanne from her fashion blog! Here she shares her daily looks, backstage reports on photoshoots & much more fashion related goodness.

Click ‘more’ to check out the two looks we shot last week & read up on Joanne’s views on fashion & fondness of the colour black.

Attack of the 50 FT woman OOTD. First outfit shoot with my new second hand Nikkor 28mm manual focus lens

Trying out the Nikkor 28MM lens…

Seeing myself through the 28MM lens -as opposed to the Pentax 50MM I used to use- made feel a like a giant. Surreal amongst my surroundings, the city landscape at my feet, the tall buildings at my fingertips. The result of these test pictures immediately made me think of one of my favourite PJ Harvey songs:

”Hey I’m one big queen
No one can stop me
Red light, red green
Sat back, I’m watchin’
I’m number one
Second to no one
No sweat I’m clean
Nothin’ can touch me

I’ll tell you my name
Fifty foot queenie
Force ten hurricane
Biggest woman
I could have ten sons
Ten Gods
Ten queens
Ten foot and risin'”

The song 50 FT Queenie was inspired by the b-film Attack of the 50 FT Woman. I have yet to see it, though it’s definitely on my list. I’ve linked the YouTube video, and for the sake of pure 90ies nostalgia you should watch it before continuing reading this blogpost <3


DIY: Natural Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Hair PerfumeHow To: DIY Essential Oil Hair Mist

We all know spraying perfume on your hair is bad. The alcohol in your perfume makes your hair die a very slow and very painful death. It will leave your beautiful locks quench for thirst & turn into a sahara-esque crown of straws. You do not want this. Please don’t do this do your hair.

But I get it… You still want lovely scented locks. No worries, I got you covered! Instead of regular perfume, use an awesome homemade essential oil hair mist! This DIY is supersimple, budgetproof & -most importantly- not damaging to your hair. Check how to make your own natural hair perfume here!


The great pulsation of nature beats too in my breast, and when I carol aloud, I am answered by a thousand-fold echo. I hear a thousand nightingales. Spring hath sent them to awaken Earth from her morning slumber, and Earth trembles with ecstasy, her flowers are hymns, which she sings in inspiration to the sun… – Heinrich Heine

It might’ve escaped your attention but today marked a very special annual event. Well, for me at least: Today was the first day where I got to sit on my balcony lounge chair and read a book. Without a coat. Because the weather was so fucking great. Maybe I’m a nerd but this makes me thoroughly happy.

Last year I decided I wanted to spend more time in nature. My grandad even got me a colour-indexed pocketbook to identify plants. We can pretty much scratch out the “maybe” part. I’ll admit it: I’m a big flower-power hippie nerd.

Nature Photography: Documenting the Seasons

As a reflection of this I’m also doing more nature photography. Thought I’d share some pics with you guys! I’ve recently bought a second hand Kiron 28MM lens. This lens gives me a lot more options for photographing landscapes etc than my Pentax 50MM lens. Enjoy the pics & enjoy the coming of Spring <3