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logo dutchEntrepreneurship has no age limit, is not gender based nor time based. It depends on how you manage your time. It gives her the freedom to run a business and to take care of her family. According to Wikipedia “Statistics show that in 2012, Asia-Pacific increased their international sales over 30% giving them over $433 billion in revenue.  It is estimated that Asia-Pacific will increase by another 30% in the year 2013 putting them ahead by more than one-third of all global ecommerce sales. The largest online shopping day in the world is Singles Day, with sales just in Alibaba‘s sites at US$9.3 billion in 2014 ”  So we decided to  interview the 19 year old talented single mom. Michelle Klomp is the owner of Dutch Luxuries. All clothing are all made in USA. An online webshop at Instagram. Based in The Netherlands.




Why did you started this business?

I was walking with an idea to start a company for a year, but two months ago I decided to actually start. I want to work and to be able to build something myself. I have a son of two years old and I want to decide my own working hours, so I have enough time for my son. I like Online shopping so I wanted to combine this in a way I can make money out of it.


What are your struggles ?

In the beginning it was hard work ! No one knows about you so you need to do a lot of advertisement. You need to find a way to win their trust. Keep in mind you need to save capital to import the clothing. There are a lot of things to consider.

logo dutchWhat are your goals?

My goal is to own a profitable webshop. Instagram is just a beginning !

What are you proud of ?

I’m proud of myself, because I’m a single mom but still able to start my own company. People are finally buying and i’m happy I went through with it and hoping I can start a webshop in the near future.

Do you have any tips to share ?

My advise voor others will be : Do whatever you like ! Everything is possible as long if you give 100%. Let no one stop you, follow your dreams even if it’s something small.


Once she turned her mindset and set some goals nothing is stopping her !

Take a look on her Instagram ! Shop and Follow her !

with love ,


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“Who is Niko? Is it a person ? ” Annabel, 14 january 2016


Jeff and Freddie were sitting in the tram in Amsterdam, brainstorming about a name for this new concept they have been working on. A concept that today is notorious for being an infamous street magnet that attracts all the cool kids from the block. Every Thursday local, national and International artist will make it impossible for you to stand still. They always fill the dance floor.
But before I forget, where were we? Yes. The tram. Jeff and Freddie Mercure were inspirationless and above that, they did not have enough time anymore. The deadline for a name was due anytime now. ”Niko”, they heard from a distance. They looked up. A Russian couple were walking in the tram trying to find a seat. Et voila: Niko. was born right then and there. Maybe you guys think that this story is fake. But believe me, I couldn’t make this story up even if I wanted to. Now Niko. is inseperable from the Rotterdam partyscene. And they’re about to prove that again with their 4-years-anniversary coming up this April. Hopefully Niko. will see you there!


Having to host more than 200 hundred editions they are definitely one of the game changers that gave life to Rotterdam’s nightlife. They already agreed on a concept whilst not having all the details on paper yet. They took a risk and that’s what successful entrepreneurs do.  Having a plan and goals are essential for a business. Where others choose for save and security . . . Entrepreneurs just go for it and come up with a brilliant solution for everything. A brand that is so established it speaks for itself. This week we are honored to have an exclusive interview with one of the founders of Niko.


Jeff Solo

29 years old

Dj / Organisor / Co-Founder Niko


Working in a team can be difficult, especially when you have four talented and creative entrepreneurs, How do you guys deal with these kinds of situation?

At the beginning we had a lot of ups and downs, because everyone was used to doing things on their own and were convinced that their ideas where the best ones. We quickly realise that others may have different views than yours but we managed to use it in our advantage.  Sometimes you just need to realize you are not always the one that’s right. Be open voor feedback and other opinions.


Looking back at four years, What would you have done differently ?

Nothing actually. Maybe the times when we gave a party, invest a lot of money and people just didn’t showed up, but that wasn’t a big problem for Niko. Every business has those ups and down, but we had to go through those moments in order to know what we can improve or change. We could have turn it into something really commercial, but then maybe we would only exist three years.


Where do you wish to find yourself in five years.

We have hosted festivals, but now we would like to have our own Festival. Keep growing and continue what we are doing at the moment. Also to invite more national and International artist.


Curious who the team players are ?

The perfect combination of these talented men Jeff solo Tobias Prins, Freddie mecure and Musa lekatompessij are the reason why you should save the date !


Get your tickets here !

I’ll see you there !

with love,


Editor : Afaf Najua Pula

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Doura rijschool

Thank you for believing in me, because of you I have my license now ! ” Ridderkerk, 2015


Two days untill the exam, Malika hears her little one crying in the background. She

continues to read:  ”When you come from the right, you have to proceed because…”. One minute later she is hanging her head above the toilet because she’s pregnant.

A week has past. All she can think of is passing her exam. She’s feeling nausious and dizzy but she won’t let it show to her driversteacher. She doesn’t want to postpone the date. She knows she won’t have the time to pass her exam after she delivers her new baby.
She takes deep breathes en forces herself to think of nothing but the drive. She concentrates on the road and is as calm as possible.
Every curvy road she drives she feel more and more dizzy but she continues to hit the road without any complaint. Even when the driver tells her to drive faster.

At the end of the drive she she hears the magical words: YOU PASSED! Through all this negativity she still managed to get something postive out of it.
This inspired her to begin her own driversschool who provides good service to women, especially those in need.



What is Doura all about?

An driverschool for women-only. We provide quality with good service for a good price !


Why ?

There are so many reasons why I decided to start an own company.

I want to change the stereotype people get from a Morrocan woman. Im born as a proud Morrocan and moved to Holland when I was just six years old. I want to show the society and encourage other women to get out there comfortzone and to show them they can be the ‘perfect housewifey ” take care of the kids and still can have something for yourself.  Looking at my childeren I want to be able to provide everything what they need. Look at the education system nowadays. I want to make sure my childeren are able to go to college without to worry. Another reason why I started for myself is because I need to be flexible with my time. Having your company means you are your own boss and you are in control of your time, which is perfect because i have four childeren to take care off.

“Never let anyone stop you from making your dreams come through”


I had to convince my husband why I wanted to start an own company. He has a good job and we can live from his income. Eventually when you communicate and love each other there is always a way !

I was studying, but I’m also a mom. You can’t just say I’m working now, baby please stop crying. A two year old  baby wont understand that. My husband was working. So I was alone. There were so many moments that I wanted to stop, but when I looked into the eyes of my childeren, they gave me strength again.


A driversschool with quality, good service and especially to be safe on the road.





If you are looking for a driverschool with quality, good service for an affordable price ! Don’t look further ! This amazing woman is very patient and knows what she is doing. I’ve enjoyed all my classes with her.  WOMEN ONLY !





For more information  contact us !




with love




Editor : Afaf najua pula

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Need a few extra minutes in the morning ?

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Want to know how to save those oh-so-precious minutes in the morning ?

These five tips can help you save time in the morning


Have a purpose

Take a good night rest. Before you go to sleep,  tell yourself what you’re going to do tomorrow and why. Make sure every day counts !

Tip : Sleep with light curtains and having sunlight waking you up slowly



Make sure you sleep at the same time for a week or two and have your 7/8 hours sleep. Your biological clock will automatically wake you up.

If you have the freedom to arrange your own schedule and you need 4 hours of sleep only, A power nap / siesta of 29 min will be the perfect thing !


Clothes : if your like me you will look at your closet and have no idea what to wear and will change into 23981201 outfits ending up wearing the first thing you picked out in the first place.

Deciding your outfit the night before will saves you time ! Tip : I scroll through internet and when i see a nice outfit I print screen it and save it in a folder so if you’re out of ideas just scroll and look for inspiration.



For the ladies and men with gorgeous long hair : You’re out of time and your hair is soaking wet and you have no time to style it properly and end up but it in a bun ? Wash your hair the night before,

I love to spray my hair with a serum and dry my hair in and old t-shirt. You will notice your hair is soft and easy to work with the next day !



Do you often switch your bags and forget those important things like your keys, USB-stick, power-bank, or even a pen. When you’re in a hurry you tend to forget things easily.

Prepare your bag the night before and check if you have everything you need.


Food & drinks

EAT YOUR BREAKFAST ! Your body needs energy. Whatever the time is make sure you have something to eat.

Those to-go shops seems so easy, but I pack my lunch for on the way. Saves money and you have all the vitamins needed.

As i’m so busy I still make sure to have my two liters water a day and so should you !


Prepare the night before and you can start your day fresh !  Which one will you use tomorrow morning ?


one love,


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