Saturday, September 23, 2017

The London Trip September 2017

I hear you all thinking: ‘why does this girl keep going back to London?’ To be honest with you, I have no idea why I'm still not bored of that city. London has so much to offer and there are still so many cute places that I haven't visited yet. I already have a trip planned for November with my mum and sister, but I wanted to have one last look at the city before fall comes around.

I kind of booked it on a whim and stayed at a friend of mine who recently moved there. My flight departed on a very early Thursday morning and after dropping my luggage off at Victoria station I went for some breakfast at Sunday, a little cafe near Highbury & Islington. It had been on my 'London hotspot list' for years, so I was happy to finally pay a visit. I went for the French toast with salted caramel and banana -like I would order anything else- and it was everything I could've hoped for. There was A LOT of food, and I sadly didn't finish it all. I also had a chai latte - of course - and I felt really comfortable and happy eating this by myself. 
After my delicious breakfast I went on a Mews hunt. London has the most instagrammable streets and houses and it's safe to say that I photographed a lot of them on this trip. Especially on the second day. 
I actually planned to go to Palm Vaults again, but unfortunately they were closed, so I couldn't drink one of their colourful lattes. To make up for this terrible loss -only joking- I did a bit of shopping. My favourite places to go to are New Look, Topshop, Primark, Boots and Anthropologie. The craziest thing happened at Topshop though, because I spotted blogger Megan Ellaby. I only recently discovered her, but I love her style and videos a lot. I thought about going up to her and start a conversation, but part of me found that it was awkward and before I knew it she was gone. No surprise there because I lose friends all the time in the Oxford Street Topshop
After that freak out I stopped at the Selfridges Food Hall to pick up a green juice from PRESS. You know to balance out the French toast and the dinner that I was going to have (a Pret sandwich and salt & vinegar crisps). I had a really great evening though. Just catching up and watching Sex and the City.

The next morning I had a slow start and went out later than I initially planned.  So I changed up my schedule as well. First, I decided to go to Trevor Square again. I had taken a photo of the gorgeous pink house on my last trip, but I was not happy with the lightning, so I went again. Since I was near Harvey Nichols I also wanted to check out Fenty Beauty, but it turned out there was a huge queue so I passed. From there I walked to √Član cafe. A cute little bistro including floral bikes and marble tables. I grabbed a chai latte to go and walked a bit more around Soho. The sun was out that day so I didn't mind at all.
The next thing on my list was to go to WALALAxPLAY at Now Gallery. It's a colourful art maze with mirrors everywhere. It was really cool, but a bit small. After fifteen minutes of walking around on my socks -no shoes are aloud- and taking shameless mirror selfies I had seen it all and went off to Notting Hill. 

Now in Notting Hill all I wanted to do was taking photos of houses and eat. I had lunch at The Dayrooms cafe. The cutest cafe one street away from Portobello Road. I planted myself on the table near the window so I could watch people outside and had a honeycomb hotcake and a turmeric latte by my side. It was my first yellow latte and I have to say I really liked it! They dusted cinnamon on top as well which made it the dreamiest drink ever. I then walked all around Notting Hill on the hunt for pretty houses. I am actually thinking about creating a post about them, since there are many hidden gems waiting to be photographed. 
After all those photos I went to Covent Garden for an ice cream at Milk Train. I need to do better research about the hotspots that I go to because it was closed. Like which shop is closed on a Friday?! A bit disappointed I walked into TK Maxx and wondered around Covent Garden a bit more. My friend was also done with work so I headed to her place where we again had a lovely night of chatting and laughing. Her roommate and friend from Manchester were there too and it was all so nice. 

The next day we all went out for brunch at Muriel's Kitchen. It was quite busy but there was a table free with swings. The only one there I recall and I was really excited when we got the table. The chairs were swings and I swung around as happy as a kid. Again I went for the pancakes -shock- and ordered a lovely green tea. We then went out, did some errands and it was time for me to leave again. After my departure on the Gatwick Express it started raining so I guess London was sad that I left as well. It would have helped if it stopped raining when I boarded the aircraft (since you need to walk on the platform up the stairs) but even those drops of water couldn't ruin my mood. 

I had a lovely time exploring, eating and shopping my way around London and November can't come soon enough! Hopefully Megan will be in Topshop again, because this time around I will definitely walk up to her.

What is your favourite city in the world?

Saturday, August 19, 2017

My new babies from ASOS

No, I'm not pregnant - I have a lovely monthly reminder for that- but I do have a new addition to my family. My shoe family to be more precise. I was browsing on ASOS for fun, although it's never really for fun because I always end up buying stuff, when I saw them. These gorgeous classic studded shoes. I tried to get them out of my head, but it was simply impossible to not think about them every day so I decided to just say yes and purchase them.

Now what shoes made me go crazy for a few days? The ASOS SIXTH SENSE Studded Mid Shoes, of course! The thing that made me fall in love with them is the croc effect and the silver studs on the ankle straps. They look so stylish and perfect for every occasion. Job interview. Yes. Birthday party. Yes. Just any day of the week. Yes. See how they enrich my life? And because my toes are covered I don't have to worry about chipped nail polish or any other foot drama that is going on down there. They are super comfy as well, true to size and in comparison to my other pointed ASOS shoes, my feet are not dying. They have a bit of a heel which I like a lot. I mean I am all about high heels, but not when I physically can't walk in them, so I'm good with these. 

In my opinion these shoes look way more expensive than €54. I feel like Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada who is on her way to an important business meeting when I walk down the street. The only thing missing from that is an expensive designer bag and a devilish attitude where people turn the other way around when they see you. Not that I want that but the fancy designer bag on the other hand sounds quite nice, don't ya think?

What do you think of these shoes?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Topshop Glow Pot in Polished

My make-up routine is not complete without applying a bit of highlighter to my cheeks. I love a radiant glow and have to admit that I sometimes go a bit overboard with it. I always say 'you can never have too much highlighter on your face', but yes, you can have too much highlighter on your face.

Because I love it so much (highlighter and lipsticks are my favourite make-up products to buy) I have a few in my stash to keep me going and I keep on buying them because why the heck not. One highlighter has always been on my wish list. Mainly because I saw how pretty it was when someone used it in a YouTube video and for that price I wanted to try it out myself. I am talking about the Topshop Glow Pot, which you probably already knew by the title of this blogpost. I still tried to build up the mystery though haha. 

Now when you are looking for a shiny and pretty highlighter, this product is all that. The Polished colour has a golden shimmer, is very creamy, blendable and looks nice on tanned skin. Perfect to keep that summer glow alive when you got back from your holiday or live in a country where it rains most of the time -welcome to the Netherlands- . I mainly apply it before or after foundation on the tops of my cheekbones, bridge of my nose and the cupids bow. It gives you that insta make-up look without looking too cakey and you are definitely in control of how glowy you want to look.
I do think the pot is too small, since my fingers always pick up too much product, so if there is one thing I could change about this wonderful item it’s the packaging. 

Topshop also do liquid highlighters now and they look absolutely define. The colour Misty will definitely be my next highlighter purchase, but I might have to control myself a bit since there is a limit to how many highlighter I can use at a time. Okay, I'm buying it anyways!

Have you tried any of the Topshop highlighters? Did you like them?

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