Friday, May 7, 2021

How to style the small Chloé Tess bag

It is time to introduce my third Chloé bag to the world - read all about my first baby here - and share with you how I have styled it and if I would recommend purchasing it. You are probably thinking: 'Wait what? Third bag, but where is your second?' and I will get to that in a bit, I have honestly been loving the Chloé Tess so much that I haven't worn my second bag as much, but I will introduce you all to her soon.

I purchased the small Chloé Tess bag back in April 2020 on FARFETCH. I actually got it on sale and with my staff discount it was such a steal that I couldn't resist. Fun fact: someone else bought it first and it wasn't as heavily discounted anymore, but then for some reason it was back for the original sale price and I couldn't click faster on the 'buy now' button. Safe to say I'm very happy that I did buy it as it has been my favourite bag of all time.

So why do I love it so much? For starters it's the perfect size. Despite the fact that this is the smaller version - the medium looks very bulky to me - it is quite big. All my daily essentials fit into the bag and I honestly don't need anything else. The shoulder strap makes it easy to carry around and it's the ultimate finishing touch to every outfit. It is a bag that makes a noise, so if you like quiet accessoires then this is not the one for you, but I can live with that. And it's also the perfect addition to any food photo, check exhibit A when I went for brunch at SUNDAY in Highbury, London.

My ultimate way of styling it is either over a midi dress with some Birkenstocks in the summer. Or over my kick flare jeans, oversized blouse and black trenchcoat. I probably could be dressed in the most laid back look and this bag will make it look very luxurious.

Would I recommend buying this bag? 1000 times yes! It's my most favourite designer purchase as it is such a good everyday bag and goes with every look. I have been eyeing up other colour combinations as well, but I am trying to control myself and not end up with too many Chloé bags - although how many is too many, you know?

What do you think of the Chloé Tess bag?


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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The Amsterdam Food Hotspot: TOKI

Coffee was never one of my go-to drinks. Don't get me wrong I like the warm and cozy taste, but the dependence that people have on the drink wasn't something that I wanted for myself. A couple of years ago during summer I was working on my thesis and got this obsession with iced almond latte's. For three days straight I would drink about three large coffees a day - I made them in this mason jar that I had - and I felt like the typical student, sweating away over uni work and drinking coffee to keep going. On the fourth day I woke up feeling the grumpiest I have ever been and immediately stopped. I think that's the closest I have gotten to having that 'I need my morning coffee' feeling that people always say they have. Plus I felt like it didn't give me more energy at all so I switched back to water and tea.

Fast forward to me stumbling upon TOKI. A small café near the Haarlemmerdijk in Amsterdam. Usually when I am out and about I always order a chai latte, turmeric latte or green tea, but at TOKI I wanted to give it another shot - mainly because they serve the coffee with a tortoise spoon and it would look so good in pictures. I ordered an oat latte and a slice of their banana cake, and sat down in their airy space full of terrazzo tables. It was a Friday after all so I opened my laptop to do some work - it was a Covid free world back then - and observed the people around me. It's a proper local café where you can do bit of work on your own, meet friends for a chat or grab a quick coffee to go. When the latte and cake arrived I wasn't disappointed at all. I LOVED the coffee, which was surprising to me and the cake was the cherry on top. The creamy topping and moist cake go so well together and I enjoyed every single bite as I sat there typing away.

Since then - this was december 2019 - I have been back a couple more times and always go fo the same combo: an oat latte and a slice of banana cake. I know they have plenty of other baked goods and lunch foods, but once you try the banana cake you honestly don't want anything else. The staff has been super friendly and helpful every single time I've been there and even when it's busy - people in Amsterdam love coffee -they pay attention to every little detail. 

The Amsterdam Food Hotspot: TOKI 3
I'm very sad that I cannot visit Amsterdam as much as I used to, but when I am there I always pay TOKI a visit. On your own or with friends, I'm sure you will love this gorgeous space as much as I do. They also opened a café in Berlin which has the same kind of relaxing atmosphere as their big brother in Amsterdam. So if you are ever in Amsterdam - or Berlin - don't forget to go for a coffee and banana cake break at TOKI, I'm sure you won't regret it. 

Have you ever been to TOKI?


Friday, April 9, 2021

The London Food Hotspot: Franks Canteen

With the lifting of some restrictions on the 12th of April coming closer in the UK - which is also my birthday, lucky me! - I want to put more focus on cafés where you can eat outside. I'm actually very excited to go out for food again and have a drink at the pub, so this will be perfect to get me - and all of you - excited. Today I want to put the spotlight on everyone's favourite: Franks Canteen.

Hidden away in Highbury is where you will find this local gem. I actually visited the café back in October 2020, right before all the restaurants had to close again. The café itself is very tiny, with only a few areas where you can sit, and all the way in the back you will find the counter with fresh cakes, chocolaty babka's and local ingredients for you to purchase.

We found a spot available outside and immediately sat down at a mint green table with matching chairs - already a plus in my books. We had a closer look at their menu, my friend had been there before and couldn't stop raving about the croissant French toast - yes you read that right - so I couldn't resist ordering that as well, accompanied with a fragrant green tea. 
Whilst chatting away and catching up, the food arrived fast. The sugary French toast is served with mascarpone, syrup, bacon and a lemon wedge - a perfect combination if you ask me. The croissant flavour was really surprising as I never even thought about creating French toast with a buttery pastry, but this definitely changed my mind. 

I demolished it as it was the first thing I ate that day and sipped my tea taking in the neighbourhood surroundings. It's not the best French toast I have eaten in London - that crown is for Burnt Toast in Brixton - but I will definitely return to Franks Canteen for the cozy vibes, good food and minty chairs.

Have you ever been to Franks Canteen?


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