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TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Pack like a pro

Yannick Somers 

Belgian model and menswear influencer— Yannick—is always on the go with work. He’s nailed the art of looking good on the go with versatile accessories, body weight workouts and skincare essentials. 

“Most of the time when I get away for a holiday, I’ll choose a beach   destination. I love sunny holidays and I try to hit the beach at least three times a year. My ideal spot is Bali for its island life mentality and great surfing. 

I’ll always pack a camera when I travel so I can get those Instagram beach photos. Long days on the beach call for few essentials. I’ll take a copy of Men’s Health to read while I’m sunbathing—it gives me some inspiration for my beach workouts. Even when I’m on holiday, I train. I try to do workouts that can be done on the beach, like running or power training. That way I make the beach my gym. I pack my Nike trainers and go for a run, or attach some gymnastic rings to a tree and do some calisthenics. 

When I spend all day on the beach, I make sure I look after my skin and hair with Bio Oil to keep everything in good condition and I always wear my Ray Ban sunglasses. I pack some hair wax: It helps keep beachy waves in my hair! 

Since I bought them a month ago, I’m never without my Edwin Small ring, Edwin Small bracelet and Edwin Leather Black bracelet. They add an element to an outfit—and they work really well with beachwear and swimwear. 

I travel with a Scotch & Soda perfume, too—it’s a good idea to spritz a little on before a night out. It’s something the ladies notice! 

Follow Yannick on Instagram @somers_yannick

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TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Pack like a pro

Ever see those people who make travel look so easy? Who look as at home on the beach as they do in an airport lounge? The secret is to pack savvy, with bags stuffed with holiday essentials that are versatile and stylish—after all, nobody wants to be dragging around heavy suitcases. Still need inspiration? We asked serial travellers and style influencers, Yannick Somers, Evelien Riupassa and Priscilla Rosmolen for a look inside their travel bags. 

Evelien Riupassa & Priscilla Rosmolen 

Few people have to pack as regularly and efficiently as Evelien and Priscilla, the duo behind We Like Bali, a blog covering island life, travel and fashion that sees them jetting all over the world—in style! 

“We spend about half the year in Amsterdam and half the year in Bali, and we’re always between the two for work. We love island life and destinations with beaches—when we’re on holiday we want to surf, we want beautiful culture and things to explore. We’re addicted to tropical destinations! This year Hawaii, Australia and Fiji are on our bucket list.

When we’re packing for a weekend getaway, we love this handmade bag from Kim Soo, our favourite interiors shop in Bali. It’s a great travel bag—it’s huge, so we can fit a laptop, camera and a change of clothes inside. It’s got that island vibe about it too—it looks like a holiday bag! 

Our new travel bag essential is our travel guide to Bali, which has info about 250 of our favourite places across the island. I always carry a copy to show people. 

When we’re holidaying somewhere sunny, we carry Bali Body coconut tanning oil—it’s a chemical-free sunscreen and it smells so good! We always have bikinis with us, too. A lot of them are by Gooseberry Seaside, a Balinese brand. We love that they’re local. 

Another thing we pack is a sarong. It’s kind of an essential in Bali because you need it for everything—for the beach, to wear as a scarf on the plane and to use as a blanket when it gets a bit cold. This one is a vintage, hand-dyed Indonesian piece. We love how multi- functional it is—and it makes a great souvenir. 

We never travel without good jewellery, and this set of Buddha to Buddha rings is really special to us because it’s local and we have friends who work there. Because of the heat in Bali, people tend to wear less clothes so there’s less of an opportunity to dress up—it makes jewellery really important for making you feel ‘dressed’ for a night out. 

And we always have sunglasses in our bags—on sunny days we can’t be without them. The pink pair are by Pared. The other pair are fun kaleidoscope sunglasses that we use for shoots sometimes. Our bags usually have a few props and cameras in for shoots. We carry a Fuji camera and our new toy is a 360 camera, which we just used to video our travels in L.A.—we can’t wait to use it in Bali, too. L.A. has the kind of vibe we like, but with an urban edge, too.“ 

 Follow Evelien and Priscilla on Instagram @welikebali

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BYDANIE: MY STYLERULES

The stylist and vintage store owner walks us through her wardrobe

Style 

When you mix and match, you create your own style, which I think is really important. I like to wear new with vintage and high street with high end. My personal style is somewhat bohemian with a little rock ‘n’ roll with some classic nods, too. I like to wear a mix of colours and prints and incorporate some old-school elements, too. I’m a big fan of old Levis worn with a men’s shirt, leopard print or vintage prints, for instance. I’m always shopping for vintage finds, whether it’s in my Amsterdam vintage store, ByDanie, or when I travel. One of my favourite places to find vintage pieces is the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, where I’ve found amazing Japanese bomber jackets. I also love What Goes Around Comes Around in New York and L.A., and Parisian markets, too. I’ll wear anything from H&M to Chanel, as long as I love it. 

Occasion 

When I get dressed in the morning, I tend to build my look around the event or location I’m going to that day. Obviously, if there’s a dress code, that’ll dictate your look for the day but, if not, I tend to get dressed according to how I feel that day. If I have something new I’m excited about—like a really bold new necklace—I might build my whole look around showcasing that. 

Jewellery 

My bracelets and rings are a big part of my look. I’ll usually either wear a mix of small, delicate gold and silver pieces piled up, or I’ll choose a few select strong pieces. I love chunky Buddha to Buddha bracelets worn with old, ripped Levis and a man’s shirt. I get really attached to my jewellery and I’ll go through phases when I don’t take off a piece for months at a time. At the moment I’m wearing several Buddha to Buddha chain bracelets I got on a holiday in Ibiza, along with some bracelets my kids made for me, a bracelet my mom got me from India and another I picked up in Hong Kong. I always have on a minimum of five bracelets and I wear them even when I sleep. 

Follow ByDanie on Instagram @bydanienl

 


STYLESECRETS OF BELMODO’S TIANY KIRILOFF 

An insider’s guide to expert accessorising 

Belgium-based style blogger and founder of Belmodo blog, Tiany Kiriloff is known not only for her business savvy but for her ever-changing style, love of colour and ability to put together a killer outfit. The long-term fan of Buddha to Buddha talks us through her wardrobe and how she accessorises her look. 

My style 

I’ve always had an eclectic style. I was born in the Netherlands but I lived in Chile until I was 13, so my style is influenced by both those cultures. Some days I dress like a Christmas tree and other days I go for a minimalistic look. I don’t like to label my look because style grows and changes—that’s the fun of it. My favourite Buddha to Buddha piece is one of the big chains—I got it years ago when I was a little broke, but I’d wanted it as soon as I saw it. I had to have it. I think women should buy jewellery for themselves. It shouldn’t have to be linked to a memory or an event—just buy it because you love it. I mix and match everything, prints and colours and even different metals—I’ll wear gold with silver and even rose gold. I want my look to show who I am. I like to wear my Buddha to Buddha jewellery with other jewellery, too. It’s simple to layer it all up. Another of my favourite pieces is the Buddha to Buddha thumb ring I wear, which I bought in a bigger size with my thumb in mind! It adds a little extra detail to your arm party. 

My outfits 

Statement sleeves are big this season. They’re simple to wear and add punch to an outfit. It’s a very accessible look. I love stripes and this looks great with jewellery—the rings and bracelets go with everything. 

 This ochre dress is a look I love at the moment because I’m in a Marrakech mood. I’m going next week and I’m channelling that. I’m longing for the sun! I’ve been a fan of Buddha to Buddha for many years. I like that it’s slightly masculine and tough. It mixes well with girly styles for a look that’s bold, visible and strong. Frida Kahlo is my style icon. I think she would have loved Buddha to Buddha. I have three kids, so the outfit I put together on any given day depends on the time I have to get out the house. I usually start with the shoes— they are so important to an outfit. My look also often depends on the weather and how I feel. After fashion week, I don’t want to think about outfits anymore. I just live in my jeans for a while. I always say I have nothing to wear, no matter how full my wardrobe is, but I do look for new outfit combinations within my wardrobe when I have time. 

My rules 

I don’t have style rules, but I set myself some shopping rules. If you have second thoughts about a piece of clothing, don’t buy it. That’s the golden rule for me. Even if friends say it looks good, you have to trust your feeling. You won’t wear it or feel comfortable in it if you have a niggling doubt. 

I think it’s a good idea to think outside the box sometimes and get out of your comfort zone. Jewellery is a great way to do that—to experiment with a new trend without going all-out with it. Another rule is to get rid of stuff every now and then—if it’s been hanging in your wardrobe untouched for over a year, get rid of it. I also think you can never have enough shoes. I only have two feet, but… 

Follow Tiany Kiriloff on Instagram @belmodotiany

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MR. PROBZ 

THE DUTCH SINGER TALKS CONTEMPLATION AND CELEBRATION 

by Mark Smith 

Born Dennis Princewell Stehr, the Dutch singer-songwriter Mr. Probz first tasted international success when his song ‘Waves’ was remixed by German DJ Robin Schulz and became a riptide hit. Since then he’s earned fans in high places, guesting on tracks by the likes of 50 Cent and Professor Green, and touring with superstar DJ Armin van Buuren. As his stage name hints, it hasn’t all been plain sailing for Mr. Probz, though. He tells Mark Smith how life’s triumphs and challenges have informed his 

 What are you up to today, Mr. Probz? 

I’m on my way to the airport. I’m flying to Jakarta as part of Armin van Buuren’s tour and we’re doing major cities around the world. Last week we were in Moscow, the week before that we were in Cologne and the week before that we were in, ah—wow, I can’t even remember! I have my own solo gigs in between so it’s kinda crazy right now. Once it’s over I’ll be able to focus on some studio time. 

Are you usually on time for check-in? 

I try to be, but because of my busy schedule, it doesn’t always happen. Last week I was in Dubai and I thought it would be fine to check in an hour in advance. As it turned out, the whole airport was full to bursting and it wasn’t looking good at all. But then a really nice lady stepped in, helped us through security in double-quick time and made everything okay. We really wouldn’t have made it without her. 

What are your tips for getting the best out of people if you need a favour? 

In the case of the airport, don’t approach the desk in an arrogant way. Sure, people are there to do the job but at the end of the day, they’re still people and they want to be treated with respect. Do that and you’ll be treated with respect in return. I’ve seen people get it totally wrong. They walk up to the desk, throw their passport down and expect miracles to happen. Then, when miracles don’t happen they freak out and it’s a mess. 

You believe in miracles, then? 

I certainly do. The fact that I’m still here, that I’m talking to you, that I’m on my way to the airport to travel to a place I never thought I’d see is a miracle in itself. If you’re looking for someone who’s a sceptic, it’s not me. I see miracles every day in everything. The fact that I have a career is a miracle in itself. 

Well, clearly you were born with a beautiful voice… 

You know, I didn’t know that I could sing. I’m not one of those entertainers that grew up knowing they were going to be on stage. It was something I came to later on in life. In general, though, I just learned how to turn my setbacks into my fuel. Actually I don’t even use the word setbacks anymore, because I only believe in challenges. Let’s say something bad happens, I always wonder what I have to do with it. Sometimes it’s clear what I can do with it, sometimes it takes a little longer. 

Can you tell me about some of the challenges you’ve faced? 

Oh, there are a million things. My house burned down, I’ve had car accidents, I had all these really life-changing moments but they weren’t life-changing just because they happened, they were life-changing because I understood why they happened. I had to lose everything to gain the world. 

A house fire can be a positive thing, then? 

In my case, yes, because I had to lose my house and everything I owned in order to let go of the ghosts that were all around me. I feel like I lost all my limitations at the same time. And two days after the fire I played my song on national TV and my life changed. My lungs were black and I was sitting there in borrowed clothes. I’d never played the guitar or sung in front of people but I just knew it was my time. I could feel it. I grabbed it with both hands. 

How did the fire start? 

I still don’t know. I just woke up and there was smoke everywhere. There were flames all over the place and I had to jump out of a window. I always give myself a day or two to feel bad and after that, it’s time to move on. 

I heard Solange Knowles say something similar, that when she and Beyoncé were kids their mother would give them two days to mope, then it was time to get on with life. 

 “I just woke up and there was smoke everywhere. There were flames all over the place and I had to jump out of a window.” 

That’s it! The world just keeps on turning. You can sit there and feel bad and sad, but it’s not going to help your cause. The original version of ‘Waves’ came out about four months after the fire. Then the remix came out and it exploded. 

Did you participate in the remix? 

I did, but a lot of people don’t know that. When I put out the original, there were a lot of remixes and bootlegs. None of the DJs had my original sound files, which is problematic when you’re working with a live recording. The original wasn’t played on a metronome, so when you put a beat under it, it doesn’t work. But there was one version, a bootleg by Robin Schulz that I really liked, so I contacted his people. They sent me his files and I turned it into a radio version. It was a good collaboration from both sides—I couldn’t have done it without him and he couldn’t have done it without me. 

Reciprocity. But you hadn’t even met Robin at that point? 

No, but six months later there was an Amsterdam Dance Event gig in the Netherlands and I just turned around and there he was. 

You bumped into him? That’s lucky! 

Yeah, he played at an event at Melkweg and I decided to pay him a visit. I just jumped on stage and the whole crowd went crazy.

It wasn’t long before you were guesting for 50 Cent, who’s had his share of ups and downs. Did you talk philosophy with him? 

I think he’s someone who knows how to surprise people. He’s all about doing what he has to do, by any means necessary. That doesn’t work for everyone, it depends on what kind of character you have. It was cool to talk to him and learn from him, though. I learn from everyone I meet. A stranger in the grocery store can tell you something you didn’t know before. I’ll speak to anyone if their energy is cool. 

Do you find touring gruelling? 

It’s exhausting, yes, but at the same time, it gives me energy. If you don’t like what you do then you shouldn’t be doing it. You have to be happy—that’s your own responsibility, you know? We’re all responsible for our own happiness and if I didn’t want to be touring, I’d stop. This is what I wanted, this is what I asked for and this is what I got. There are people out there that would kill to be in my shoes right now so why would I even dare to not be thankful for what I have? 

Have you ever been in that situation of doing something you didn’t want to do? 

Absolutely, lots of times. But if you look at the greats—all the greats, it doesn’t matter whether it’s in music, film or philosophy—those people got where they are because they always followed their intuition. Look at Nelson Mandela—he made the most enormous sacrifices because of what he believed in. Great people trust their intuition, they have the ability to listen to that little voice inside their head. We all have that voice, the trick is not to ignore it. 

What’s your intuition telling you right now? 

It’s telling me I’ve got to fly.