It was sort of love at first sight when I came across this beautiful wine-burgundy colored bag at my latest online shopping trip. I do love a bit of online shopping and it can sometimes be a bit of a weakness though a have to say that I am a very organized shopper who rarely do impulse buying. I am more the type who considers everything for too long until it’s all gone. This was no exception. I saw it online and debated with myself back and forth if I should really buy it. Then I saw a girl on the tube wearing this bag (and at this point I hadn’t even seen it in real life as I couldn’t find it in any stores across London) and then I just knew I had to click it home. A massive thank you to that girl as I truly love it!
T-shirt Filippa K// Dress & Other Stories// Shoes Jigsaw
Blazer Sandro// T-shirt Cos// Jeans Levi’s (vintage)// Necklace Jane Kønig
Favorite areas and parks
Amsterdam you have my heart. Honestly one of the nicest cities I have ever visited. It had such a homely feel (maybe because of the water and all the bicycles?). We stayed in Amsterdam-West which, personally, is my favorite area of the city. Lots of young people, students etc. live here and the atmosphere is just really nice. Great area for restaurants and bars as well. Other than that I really enjoyed the more central area around the channels. Especially Prinsengracht, Herengracht and Keizergracht. Definitely consider going on a canal tour to see the city from the water. It truly is a special experience (but try to avoid the most touristy ones). Vondelpark and Oosterpark are great for a stroll or consider renting a bike (you can do that all over the city) and bike around the parks. De Pijp is another area worth a visit. It is a very new, upcoming area but the vibe is really nice and there are some great shopping possibilities around there as well.
Favorite restaurants and cafés
You can’t go to Amsterdam without visiting Dignita. Hands down one of the best brunch spots I have ever tried (and I have tried a lot over time). They have an overwhelming amount of options (which leads to over ordering) including coconut yoghurt, pancakes, croissants and a lot of (other) vegetarian/vegan options too. For lunch I highly recommend Café George. They literally have everything on the menu and most of it very budget friendly. If you find yourself in Oosterpark around lunchtime the restaurant right by Hotel Arena serve up some amazing tartines (think a mountain of avocado on crunchy sourdough bread). The chain café SLA is also a great option if you are craving something healthy. They serve up some amazing salads and they aren’t bland at all. If you don’t fancy a burger for dinner try to look up Libertine Café Café on Wolvenstraat. Otherwise try to book a table in the popular restaurant Bar Spek in Amsterdam-West.
Favorite stores for fashion, books and interior
Amsterdam is a brilliant shopping destination as well. Personally I’m not a big fan of overly crowded shopping streets (if you’re like me try to avoid the pedestrian streets around the Dam Square) instead I prefer the small boutiques and shops in the side streets. You will find a good selection if you just walk along the canals. It’s mostly independent small boutiques but occasionally you will find larger stores such as Cos, Samsøe & Samsøe, Brandy Melville etc. Some of my favorites were OU and RUM for clothing, DR Vonen for furniture and Mendo if you are into really beautiful coffee table books. If you are looking for some high end shopping try to head to the museum district. Around PC Hoftstraat you will find all of the most luxurious fashion houses. Don’t miss the amazing Shoebaloo if you love shoes. It’s tough to go out from there empty handed.
Top Ganni// Jeans BDG// Sneakers Superga// Bag Céline// Necklace Jane Kønig
Yes another outfit that includes a black and white dotted top. I just want everything dotted at the moment. I have always loved dots (small dots, polka dots, all kinds of dots) but I haven’t really been wearing any up until now. The dots have made a great comeback at least on me (though a have seen them quite a bit on Instagram recently). This top I have been wearing without a bra (yes I have started to learn to embrace my rather small breasts and enjoyed that I can actually go braless without it being uncomfortable) and the material is so soft and nice.
Another great new discovery of mine is these jeans from BDG (Urban Outfitter’s jeans label). They are so comfortable it would be wrong of me not to mention them (and the price isn’t bad either). With their slight kick in the end they have a really flattering fit on the legs.
Shirt 2ndday// Trousers Ganni// Sneakers Adidas// Bag Céline// Watch Daniel Wellington
Today I have been ‘living’ in London for three weeks and honestly the time flies by so fast I almost can’t keep up with it. Only one week left to school starts. I am nervous, but mostly just excited. These pictures were shot this Sunday where we went to the farmer’s market in Parson’s Green and just chilled out with some good food (aka bread & humus) and a good book in the park (right now I am reading ‘Inside Vogue’ by Alexandra Shulman and I am really enjoying it).
The weather was nice and sunny and perfect for some light weight clothing. These silk trousers from Ganni have definitely been one of my best purchases this summer as they are perfect for those “in-between-days” where it isn’t cold but isn’t exactly boiling either. Paired with my beloved Adidas Stan Smith it was a match made in heaven as we were walking quite a bit.