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Angel Magazine - Issue #10


Angel Magazine

February 3 · Issue #10 · View online

I am an editor, writer and creative strategist based in Amsterdam, curating the world's most sparkling trends in design, interiors and lifestyle. Angel Magazine is a personal newsletter, a diary of things that inspire me, and make my heart beat faster. //

Welcome to Angel Magazine, which you can now easily access through! Yay! What’s on my mind these days? This beautiful city, which surprises me with new things everyday, being editor-in-chief for a project I love, magical ballet, new pens and my best friend Vincent Van Green…
But what’s on your mind? I would love to get to know you, my dear readers. Where are you from, what do you do? What do you like about Angel Magazine, and what would you like to see more of? Send me an email at, will you? I would love to hear from you.

Projects // A-Mag Mini Dutch EU Presidency Edition
I am super proud of this latest project of mine: the City of Amsterdam and Amsterdam Marketing asked me to create a magazine especially for the Dutch EU Presidency, which is held in the city until June 2016. Along with interviews and features on various Europe-themed projects, I also wrote articles about Dutch design, the Amsterdam canals and of course, exhibitions, museums, events, shops and restaurants not to be missed in January and February. 
This is the first issue out of three, enjoy! (And watch out for the next issues in the upcoming months):
A-mag mini - EU Presidency 2016 by Amsterdam Marketing - issuu
Art // Vincent on Fridays
Last Friday night, I went to the Van Gogh Museum with M for Vincent on Fridays. The museum is open ‘til late on Fridays with music and drinks, and once a month they host a special programme. It’s nice to walk around the museum at night (if you don’t mind the music and the crowd), pointing out my favourite paintings to M, and reading Vincent’s letters to Theo. I am loving fountain pens and bottled inks lately, so it made me wonder what kind of pen and ink Vincent used at that time… (If you know, drop me an email please!) He wrote over 800 letters in his lifetime, it’s really amazing. 
I’m doing a lot of research on Van Gogh recently for an article I’m working on. It feels wonderful immersing myself in this great artist’s life - to think that he lived here in this very city for a couple years, and that I can just walk in the museum (ten minutes away from where I live), whenever I feel like it, to look at his masterpieces and gaze at those passionate brush strokes and incredible, emotional colours. Ahhh.
Image: “Donald Duck as Vincent Van Gogh” by Wouter Tulp
Friday Night - Van Gogh Museum
Angel Loves // Jasmijn Evans
I am a big fan of Jasmijn Evans’ illustrations! These watercolour cats are my faves - I even have it on a t-shirt (which you can order here, and other designs available here):
Jasmijn graduated with a degree of Illustration Design at the prestigious ArtEZ Institute of the Arts. You can spot her work immediately with its signature bright and vibrant colours and imaginative illustrations. Having been commissioned by big brands such as Pickwick, Albert Heijn, Appelsientje, Holland Herald and Rijksmuseum, she loves experimenting with various materials and styles, and has a soft spot for animals and their peculiar characters. Coming up: an illustrated book about cats! I’m excited.
See more of Jasmijn’s work here:
Jasmijn Evans (@jasevansillustration) • Instagram photos and videos
Music // My Bloody Valentine - Off Your Face
Been listening to this song lately. This beautiful, fuzzy, shoegaze-y dream of a song. Perfect on earphones, while walking outside, looking up to a purple-pink winter sky, thinking of your love.  
Off Your Face - Remastered Version, a song by My Bloody Valentine on Spotify
Fika with Angel // The secret to Swedish success
Fika, fika, fika. I’ve been reading many articles lately, and I have a feeling that I am partly responsible for this growing trend. ;) Ever since I fell in love with Sweden ten year ago (has it been ten years?!) I knew immediately that fika was a very special thing. More than just a coffee break, it is a sacred time for Swedes to relax, take a break and connect with others over coffee and something sweet. They almost always break into a big smile whenever you invite them for a fika - whether at work or at school, with colleagues or with friends, or someone you’re just getting to know. Fika is a sweet, subtle, cosy and I dare say, powerful aspect of Swedish culture. 
And the world is catching up. This article by the BBC examines fika as the sweet secret to Swedish productivity and success:
Is this the sweet secret to Swedish success?
Follow my fika adventures all over the world: #fikawithangel
#fikawithangel • Instagram photos and videos
Ballet // The Most Incredible Thing
I really, really wish I was in NYC to see this! With music composed by The National’s Bryce Dessner and story by Hans Christian Andersen, The Most Beautiful Thing is a ballet “about a contest to find the most incredible thing and the wondrous consequences when the winner is chosen.” Ahhh! So beautiful.
“For his 10th ballet for NYCB, Justin Peck tackles his most ambitious work to date – The Most Incredible Thing. Featuring a cast of more than 50, Peck collaborates with composer Bryce Dessner (The National) and contemporary artist Marcel Dzama to bring Hans Christian Andersen’s dark 1870 fairy tale of the same name to the stage.”
Limited dates on Feb, Apr and May 2016.
Watch the trailer below:
NYCB - The Most Incredible Thing (New Dessner/Peck)
And did you know? (I didn’t!) The Pet Shop Boys also did a score for the same story back in 2011! The Most Incredible Thing was adapted by Matthew Dunster and choreographed by Javier de Frutos, with former Royal Ballet principal Ivan Putrov doing the lead role. You can watch the first act here, which is just INCREDIBLE:
Pet Shop Boys - Act One The Grind (The Most Incredible Thing) - YouTube
Blogs // What makes life worth living
Loving this blog post by TrendTablet‘s editor Cecile about the Japanese concept of Ikigai:
“Everyone, according to Japanese, has an Ikigai. To discover it requires a deep and long research. Such a quest is considered as very important, since it is estimated that the discovery of our personal Ikigai brings joy and meaning to our lives.
Kobayashi Tsukasa, a psychiatrist, says that "people can feel real Ikigai only when, on the basis of personal maturity, the satisfaction of various desires, love and happiness, encounters with others, and a sense of the value of life, they proceed toward self-realisation.” - Cecile Poignant
What makes life worth living
That’s it for now! Enjoy the winter sun (or the summer sun, if you are in Manila or another tropical city), listen to your favourite song while taking a walk, don’t forget to fika at least three times a day, and to hug your love at least five times. 
See you in two weeks with new stories and adventures. 
With love,
Angel xxx
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Angel Trinidad (@icehotel) • Instagram photos and videos
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