Taking Care of Business in the Netherlands 8– Gisele – She Sells

She Sells

She Sells

In this European based shop you can find everything to care for colored skintones and natural hair. Especially black hair and dreadlocks. We have many books and instructional dvd’s with hairstyles for both adults and children.

We sell exclusive hair and body jewellery adorned with beautiful natural or silver cowrie shells.

Last but not least we have an exclusive collection of African and Caribbean inspired gifts, giftwraps and stationery.

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series – the Netherlands– black and (A)broad

black and (A)broad

black and (A)broad: traveling beyond the limitations of identity author Carolyn Vines is an American expatriate living in the Netherlands. Her inspiration is her multicultural family. Her passion is language, and she speaks Spanish and Dutch fluently.

Carolyn is an author, editor and award-winning blogger. Her work has been published in local Dutch newspapers and in The Telegraph. She recently translated a novel by a critically-acclaimed Curaçaoan author that delves into the question of post-colonial identity.

Carolyn earned an MA in Latin American literature from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she was later admitted into doctoral candidacy. She has taught Spanish, English and literature in universities in the US and in the Netherlands.

black and (A)broad: traveling beyond the limitations of identity, Carolyn’s memoir, spans her twenty years’ living and traveling abroad and shares how she found the inspiration to transcend the limitations of her identity as a black woman. It will be released in August 2010.

Carolyn Vines

Link to black and (A)broad

Taking Care of Business in the Luxembourg– Nicole Avez-Nana – AB-Lux Relocation Services

AB-Lux Relocation Services


Expatriation is not just the simple act of moving to another country in order to do a job there.
Both before and after the move there are official procedures and documents to be dealt with: work permit, registration with the local authorities, tax card, etc.

In addition, it is also necessary to find the right solutions for the family life of the expatriate: housing, school,kindergartens, a job for their spouse, importing the family car, bringing pets into the country and so on…

But our work does not stop there. We remain in contact with our clients after their move in order to help them in their daily life: in contacts with government agencies, in registering with a doctor searching for a cleaning lady or a handyman. We also offer our services ‘à la carte’ within the framework of more specific needs.

I’m totally focused on my client’s needs, and I work to realize their dreams as if they were my own.

–Nicole Avez-Nana , Managing Director, AB-Lux Relocation Services
AB Lux

Vel Verrept is a Belgian artists residing in the States

Vel Verrept is a Belgian artists residing in the States. In her own words:

Vel Verrep

The goal of my work is to reflect how living in various parts of the world has influenced my work. I have always been fascinated with the richness, variety, and beauty that our world has to offer. For me, cities, countries, etc. have their own energies. These “energies” inevitably, and involuntarily, manifest in my work.

The original pigment paintings are what I call “Living Paintings”. These are multilayered, raw earth pigment, pieces which are designed to shed color in certain areas to reveal some of the layers of rich colors beneath the top layer. The more the painting is moved, the more color is revealed. However, the original “feel”, structure, and design of the piece stays the same. In other words, the goal is to create pieces that are as complex and alive as we are.

You can see and purchase Vel’s work as well as join Vel’s page on Facebook.