Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Barcelona Food Hotspot: LULU

On the last day of my Barcelona trip we went for breakfast at LULU and it was honestly one of the nicest things. We sat outside underneath a parasol, soaking up the warmth before we flew back to cold Amsterdam and demolished all the food in front of us.

LULU is a hip, trendy café near Barceloneta and I found out about this place via Instagram -surprise, surprise-. One look at the colourful smoothie bowls and I knew we had to squeeze in a visit. It's quite a small café but as people come and go, you will always find a place to sit. It’s popular with locals as well as trendy tourists who are looking for a bite to eat and probably also found out about LULU via Instagram.
They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving all healthy and fresh foods. After a looooong look at the menu I decided to go for a matcha latte with coconut milk and a turmeric smoothie bowl. My friend went for salmon and avocado toast and a special with coffee, fresh OJ and a croissant. The food was there quickly and after taking a lot of pics it was time to eat. The smoothie bowl and latte were amazing! I’ve never had a turmeric smoothie bowl before, but it was pretty tasty. I love how smoothie bowls make you feel so healthy and fulfilling afterwards. Definitely a good choice!

The staff was friendly and the overall price per item was good too. I find that eating out in Barcelona is quite cheap in comparison with places in Amsterdam and London. LULU is a place that I 100% would recommend and I can't wait to come back and eat another delicious smoothie bowl in the sunshine.

Have you ever been to Barcelona? What is your favourite café there?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Oysho Eau de Parfum .1

Have you ever been in the situation where someone walks past, you get a whiff of their perfume and immediately think: I wish I knew what that scent was? This happens to me on numerous occasions and I think I finally found the scent that I have been searching for all this time.

When I was in Barcelona last October we also went shopping. We went to a lot of shops and also stumbled into Oysho, a sister of Zara. It's the perfect shop for lounge- and sleepwear, and when I walked inside I could smell this familiar scent. It might not be exactly like the perfume that I smelled before but it came pretty close. The entire store smelled like the perfume that they call their '.1' scent (50ml/€19,99). I didn't buy it in the store then, but luckily for me they also had a shop at the airport, so I didn't had to worry about liquids and stuff, because believe me, my liquids bag was full till the brim. 
The bottle itself is not fancy and maybe a bit cheap looking. Like with everything in life, it's about the inside that counts. 

Since I suck at describing scents I took the description of Oysho:
''Myrtle with a touch of green prevails in the opening, and as the fragrance evolves, a constant play is noted between the feminine and masculine. The essence is composed of a hot splash of iris that contrasts with the hint of leather. Finally, the undertone is characterised by notes of wood and amber, which are softened by the creaminess of vanilla and the sensuality of white musk.''

Now I do think it's not a scent that everyone loves. Not like Chanel Mademoiselle or La Vie Est Belle do. The friend that I was with actually hated it and said I should not buy it, but oh well, I did anyway. Back in my homely surroundings I do think it would've been better if I bought the Eau de Toilette, because it is quite strong. Normally I don't smell my perfume at the end of the day, but with this one I bloody do!

I am happy to have finally discovered the scent that I would smell all the time - at least I hope this is the one - and I can't wait to wear it more. Maybe I should spritz it in the air and walk right through it like they do in the movies. I always thought that was stupid, but with this perfume it might be a good trick!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The 10 Most Instagrammable Houses in London

During my visits in London I have stumbled upon a lot of pretty houses. Notting Hill is a goldmine for finding pastel gems on every street, but the rest of London is not too shabby either. Today I am sharing my top 10 of most Instagrammable houses in London. Some are a no brainer and others may be the houses that you always see on Instagram, but could never find yourself. 

1. Trevor Square
This pink house on number 14 is what I would describe as my dream house. Not that I can afford it, but I can dream right? It's really close to Harrods, so easy to find and whenever you are in London this is the house to snap!

2. St. Lukes Mews
This street is full for pretty houses. The most famous one is the pastel pink house -hello house from 'Love Actually'- and I have photographed that babe a million times. The entire mew is lovely though so this will definitely up your #prettylittlelondon Instagram game.

3. Liberty London
A bit obvious, but still one of the prettiest buildings in London. Every time I'm in London I have to take a snap of the flower shop. The way they display their flowers is amazing and it's a classic for me.

4. Regent Street
Since I am near Liberty I always take a quick snap of Regent Street too. I love it when the Christmas lights are on. It makes the street look really cosy and festive!

5. Wild at Heart
Technically this is not a house, but this flower shop is so insta famous that I had to include it. Wild at Heart by Nikki Tibbles has a few flowers shops around London, but the Notting Hill shop is the one you will probably recognize from the gram. The green tiles are a perfect combo for the colourful flowers. Keep in mind that they are closed on Sunday, that will save you a trip to a closed flower shop. - Yes this happened to me-.

6. Pottery Lane
I always saw this curved pink house on Instagram and could never figure out on which street it was, well it's on Pottery Lane! A short walk from Portobello Road market and you will find this hidden gem. Unfortunately for me there was construction work going on, but I will definitely come back to take a better photo. 

7. Warren Mews
The all black flowery building of dreams. Close to Regent's Park and easy to find. Some people blocked the view though, but I was lucky enough to take a snap with no people in it!

8. Primrose Hill
The hill alone allows you to have an amazing view across London and the streets in Primrose Hill are so pastel and pretty. I like how it's not as busy as Notting Hill and has a homely feel to it. The best place for a Sunday brunch or coffee and cupcake break.

9. Hyde Park Mews
I discovered this mew on my recent trip and was very happy I did.  If you didn't know it existed you would probably walk right by it, but thanks to Google Maps I knew exactly where to turn right. Again this mew is full of pretty houses, so make sure you have enough space on your phone to take photos!

10. Chance Street
Shoreditch is amazing by itself with the trendy shops and cafes, but the graffiti art is also on point in this neighbourhood. Chance Street has a couple of walls full with great designs. Great for photos and artsy look books.

Some of my other faves...
I would also advise to follow a couple of London related Instagram accounts to see what is hot. Usually they are the first ones to post about pretty new streets and flowery buildings. My favourites are:
@prettylittlelondon                           @prettycitylondon
@freckledlondoner                            @angelacoomey

Other places I recommend for perfect Instagram snaps are the Maddox Gallery. They have gorgeous flowers on the outside of their gallery and it's the most amazing thing I've seen. Peggy Porschen Cakes is also known for their flowers and pink ensemble, so I would highly recommend eating a cake -or two- here. I went in the morning to escape the afternoon tea crowds and there were not a lot of people there. Perfect for an Instagram shoot. 

These are all my recommendations for and Insta worthy London trip. Of course there are many other places so I will keep this post updated where I can, or maybe create a take two once I have found 10 more houses? That should not take long with London being as pretty as always.

What is your favourite pretty house/street in London?

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