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Framily Holiday

July 13, 2016 • BabyIbizaLife

well it only took me nine months to edit the photos of our framily trip to ibiza last october, but i still feel like sharing them, even though juliet has grown half a person since then. i’ve been thinking a lot about this trip for a lot of reasons. one of them is we just attended the wedding of very dear friends on ibiza a few weeks ago, and another is that i am craving a holiday like i have never craved a holiday before. when i look back on these past nine months, it’s no wonder i didn’t find the time to poke around lightroom (let alone make a selection of the nicest shots and have them printed and framed – some day though). that week spent with our framily – friends we definitely consider family – was about sharing our experiences as new parents as much as sharing our hopes and dreams for the future.

as i explained in the previous post, nele – who i hope won’t shoot me in the morning when she sees i’ve included pictures of her and her little family in this post – and i have started a business together last year. we did that right before both giving birth to our first baby daughters an hour and a half apart. i swear we didn’t plan it that way, and it sure posed some scheduling and timing and other challenges in running our fresh new business together while rocking our fresh new babies to sleep behind the computer basically all day every day of our maternity leave. but it’s also the reason why we need half a word to understand each other today – having gone through the exact same thing at the exact same time.

nele’s husband and mine have been friends for a really really long time, and i have know him for what seems like forever, too, so it was such a good time spent with our two families in the same house on our favorite island. disclaimer – we got an ah-ma-zing deal on that crazy villa, which could have been situated in beverly hills for the looks of it. we loved its laid-back vibe, huge pool, outdoor kitchen and weird old-fashioned marble bathrooms with giant jacuzzis. i kid you not. but i digress! one of my favorite moments has to have been when we opened up one bottle of cava after the other by the pool, little juliet and elle both blisfully asleep at the same time (literally the ONLY time that happened), brainstorming about our business. we’ve grown so much since then. we’ve made mistakes, we screwed some things up, but we also learned valuable life lessons and continued to refine our vision until we felt like we’d created a razorsharp picture of what we’d like the future to look like. we’ve also met many amazing people in the process, and we’ve created things that we are extremely proud of. i think back of that holiday and can’t believe it’s only been nine months – not even enough time to create a new baby, but it was enough for us to create our dream jobs.

speaking of dreaming… i can’t wait to pack up those lovely MARA MEA dresses again to hit the beach this summer. we’re leaving for belgium in a few days, and we’ll spend some time at the belgian coast, in our home town antwerp and in our beloved amsterdam. i can’t wait to explore new and old places with my favorite two-some again. juliet is growing so fast, and she’s currently hit the ‘extremely-early-extremely-annoying-terrible-two-toddler-wannabe’ phase and whew, it’s a doozy. i’m trying to keep my expectations low so i won’t be disappointed if she doesn’t behave like i want her to all the time. what a difference with nine months ago, when she was just starting to feel better after having been sick for most of the first six months of her life. honestly though, even though parenting is proving to be much more of a challenge than i had ever expected, it’s still such an awesome experience.

it helps to have multiple people in your life to share a bottle of vino and have a bitch fest with though, so cheers to that! and cheers to a few more ibiza posts coming your way – hopefully still in time to inspire those who are headed to the balearics, not just create FOMO in everyone else.

photos by STEPHANIE DUVAL • sun dresses by maternity label (not just for pregnant ladies, obviously!) MARA MEA • giant outdoor pillow INTO THE FOLD • céline sunglasses DE WOLF OPTICIENS (who just launched their webshop, yay!) • mint diaper changing mat CAM CAM • best (dutch) guide to ibiza ever written, by anne poelmans I NEVER BELIEVED IN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT UNTIL I SAW IBIZA (you gotta love that title) • juliet’s sun hat NOE & ZOE and navy body MARMAR • play mat slash storage bag (also known as best invention ever for parents and kids on the go) KAOS

Juliet’s First Birthday

April 7, 2016 • BabyLife

i can’t believe she turned one. our little baby, our tiny petite crevette. it’s sure been one hell of a ride, this past year. and every day i’m amazed that i seem to love her even more than the day before. we celebrated juliet’s birthday ‘en petit comité’, with our closest family and friends.

i didn’t want to go all supermom over juliet’s party, but i also didn’t want to let it pass without notice. so i did the best i could think of – i ordered some amazing cakes from LES TARTES DE FRANCOISE and was inspired by the amazing INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT of MINIMAL AFFAIR to try my hand at a nonchalant green theme and balloon garland. the first of which i kinda succeeded at, the latter didn’t even come close to the example she set! i’m so ordering my next party decorations from her. i did, however, totally love the amber apothecary jars i scored via brussels hot spot CHYL. such perfect vases for the vibe i wanted to create (and they look really cool without flowers, too!)

juliet and i are the luckiest people in the world to have such amazing friends in ‘high places.’ the always wonderful, always cheerful KELLY STEENLANDT offered to take some pictures of our little gathering, and of course they are all absolutely stunning. and the lovely camilla of LITTLE COLUMBINE and anette of GRO COMPANY sent such pretty outfits our way – i just wanted to eat that little marshmallow up!

juliet wasn’t too sure what everyone was doing, standing around the table and singing to her while this strange little yellow thing was burning on top of this funny-looking brown heap. the look on her face while her dad blew out the candle was absolutely priceless, as was the look on her face with her first ever taste of chocolate – i’ll share that pic on MY INSTAGRAM soon. (spoiler alert, she was not convinced.)

photos by KELLY STEENLANDT // juliet’s cardigan via LITTLE COLUMBINE, leggings via GRO COMPANY and crown via SUUSSIES // amber apothecary jars via CHYL // for more snaps and thoughts from our lives, feel free to stalk me ON INSTAGRAM. to be completely honest – life is not allowing me to take as much time for this blog as it needs, so instagram feels like a nice way to keep sharing on a more regular base.

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my name is stephanie duval, and i am a storyteller. this blog is where i share my favorite stories about design, travel, fashion and the nice things in life.

 

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