City Trip Tip! Germany! Braunschweig!

I visited the Happy Rizzi Haus in Braunschweig again! YAY! After seeing this super instagrammable hotspot with my dear friend Aline in early 2017, I have been dreaming about going back some day and take my daughter Joya with me! It would be the perfect place to shoot some amazing and original pictures and after talking to my lovely friend Griselda about this spectacular building we decided to go on a little roadtrip, together with both our kids whom happen to be classmates and best friends!

Griselda moved to our town a few months ago, with her husband and (almost!) 9 year old boy B.! This little fella and Joya became instant buddies when the teacher put B. next to Joya in class. It was amazing to see how Joya and B. became best friends since day one! And thanks to the both of them I found an amazing new friend in his mom.

I was super excited to hear that Griselda and her son would want to come to Braunschweig with us. So we booked the train and a hotel! I also made sure to get some fab outfits for the kids to wear for this photoshoot which I wanted to do in front of the Happy Rizzi Haus. With Griselda being a hairstylist this shoot would become even better, since she suggested to do Joya’s hair for the pictures! I was over the moon and searched for fun hairstyles in the days leading up to our trip and I came up with this cool yet fabulous look for Joya’s long hair, which you can see below.

It took us a little over 5 hours to get to Braunschweig and thankfully we had the best weather we could’ve wished for during the days we stayed there. Hoping it would be at least sunny and dry we sure hit the jackpot with clear blue skies and tropical temperatures of 34 degrees and higher!

At the end of the Magniviertel quarter, the characteristic district of Braunschweig of timber-framed houses, you’ll come across this unique building which certainly will amaze you and bring a big smile on your face! This is the Happy Rizzi Haus, the happiest house on earth, and it was designed by James Rizzi (1950-2011).

It all started in 2001 on the site of a ruined ducal residence, when a decision was made to build something unusual which would bring a smile on the faces of everyone who would walk past it.

Joya was wearing a top and sunnies from Zara, gorgeous crushed velvet pants from Milk & Biscuits and shoes from BullBoxer (via Spartoo). The fabulous suitcase is from!

On the foundations of an old palace which is located on the corner of two streets, creative duo Konrad Kloster (architect) and James Rizzi (artist) came up with this amazing fun building which unfortunately, serves exclusively as office space. But imagine working here… How could you not love your job and smile all day when this is where your desk is at!

This suitcase is from the new Rice collection and looks like it was made for this trip! Oh, how we love all the bright colors!

B. looks so handsome, wearing a green sweater from Milk & Biscuits. Joya’s gold metallic shorts are also from this amazing UK brand.

Griselda did an amazing job on Joya’s hair. The messy buns and her long locks casually in curls might be my favorite look ever for her!

These two had so much fun doing this photoshoot!

The quirky design of the building would turn out to be great for climbing too!

James Rizzi published books, designed china, fashion items, toys and in 1996 even the surface of a Boeing 757. And then he designed the “Happy Rizzi House”, the only of its kind in the whole wide world!

The Brunswick gallery owner Olaf Jaeschke worked often with James Rizzi, and one day he had the visionary dream to create the “Happy Rizzi House”. The property was designed in 1997 and completed by architect Konrad Kloster in 2001The property is designed with colorful pop~art paintings and the most common motives to find all over the facade are smiling faces together with massive heart~shaped windows, stars and birds.

Time for another look and another hairstyle! Temperatures were getting way over 33 degrees by now so braids would be great for Joya during this time of the day!

We had no idea there would be a Gay Pride Parade on this actual day, just 100 meters away from the Happy Rizzi Haus! So it was a pure coincidence that Joya was wearing a rainbow shirt and even rainbow socks!

As you can see, Joya was wearing an amazing shirt by Little Marc Jacobs!

And again those awesome gold metallic shorts, by Milk & Biscuits. The shoes are from BullBoxer, in a lovely rose/gold colour. I bought them on sale at Spartoo!

Did you already notice the jewelry Joya was wearing? Aren’t they the cutest you’ve ever seen?! They’re from a brandnew Dutch label: Snuik!

Rainbow is our favourite colour!

“Zoen” means “Kiss” in Dutch! 💋

Another outfit! I am obsessed with this look! Both the shirt and the shorts are from BillieBlush and Joya looks like she’s living in a fairytale!

Joya in Wonderland!

Joya has been wearing these Billieblush denim shorts almost every day in the past month! ~ You can still get a pair over at the lovely Ik Ben Zo Mooi webshop (on sale)!

Across the street is a huge mall, the Schloss Arkaden. We had a lovely breakfast here, did some shopping and ate way too many currywursts while the kids enjoyed some time at the Lego store! There was a Gay Pride Parade on that saturdaymorning and when a tropical rain- and thunderstorm dropped down on us all later that day, everyone wanted to shelter from the storm at this mall. We were suddenly surrounded by hundreds of people with their rainbowflags, which was really amazing and made our stay even more memorable!

Outfits by Zara, Billieblush, Little Marc Jacobs and Milk & Biscuits. Shoes by BullBoxer (via Spartoo), sunnies were from Zara. Suitcase from!




Special thanks to Griselda for going with us and doing Joya’s hair so lovely! Check out her Clean Air Salon if you’re looking for a fab hairstylist in Drenthe (the Netherlands)!



  1. Claudia says:

    Wauww wat een geweldige foto’s !
    Wat een fantastische omgeving daar, als ik die gebouwen zie wil ik er stiekem ook heen ! Laat me weten als je weer een keer gaat hoor, dan gaan we Jessy ook shooten 🙂

  2. mamavansienna says:

    Wat een super originele locatie en wat had je dochter een mooie kleertjes aan !

  3. Kim says:

    vet cool gebouw! ben een beetje jaloers want wil daar ook wel eens foto’s maken van me kindjes 😀 maja beetje ver weg om zomaar even heen te gaan

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