Thursday, December 14, 2017

My Day in The Hague

Having brunch is one of my favourite things to do. Combine that with some shopping, good company and my second favourite Dutch city and it's a perfect day. All that’s missing was a bit of sunshine and no snow, but hey we can't always get what we want. 

Yesterday I finally went back to Den Haag/The Hague and it was nice to not be in Amsterdam for a change. The Hague has that same 'old city' kind of vibe but is less touristy, which I like. The old centre is absolutely gorgeous, the Dutch parliament is there too and it has a lot of royal history. The shopping is not too shabby either so when I met up with my friend at the train station we immediately went on a shopping mission. After a cute vintage store we ended up in Primark. Now when I was in London, Primark had nothing that I liked. I was kind of expecting the same thing now, but I was pleasantly surprised. I found three hats -a fluffy bobble hat, baker boy cap and beret- and scored a pair of red sale boots that I had been hunting down for months. Call that a success! 
We then sprinted through the rain to TK Maxx. Now I love TK Maxx, I always pick up stuff that I don't need but want anyways and this visit was the same. I ended up buying some cute floral birthday cards, because it's handy to have even though none of my friend’s birthdays are coming up. I guess I will thank myself in a couple months when I don't have to get out of the house, because I forgot to buy someone a b-day card. We went to a couple more stores where I didn't spend all my money -I didn't buy much more after the hats and cards- and headed out to my favourite lunch spot in the city: Pistache.

It's funny because I wrote about the café Pistache last week and now I had lunch there for the second time. I chose a different food, because they scrapped the pumpkin waffles on the menu, and I picked French toast instead -like you would expect anything less from me- and they were really good. My friend had this sandwich with truffle mayo -lots of other things too, but the truffle mayo stayed with me because it's so tasty!- and she liked it as well. After that fantastic meal we went for some tea and coffee at another café that we saw (I forgot the name though). They are on the same street and have the cutest interior and art inside. We chatted for a while and took lots of photos before we went back on our shopping mission. As I said before, I didn't buy anything else -saving up for NY you know- but looking at things is fun too. When the shopping was all done we headed back to the train station, said goodbye and boarded our trains. My train was delayed so I spent my extra time watching Gossip Girl on Netflix -I'm obsessed- and sipping on my water.

I love The Hague so much and can't wait to go back again. There are a lot of nice spots that I still want to visit and it's like an hour on the train from where I live, so not too bad. I think Rotterdam will be next on the list though, because they have this cookie dough bar that I want to revisit again -this girl loves cookie dough-. Untill next time Den Haag! 

Have you ever been to The Hague?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

10 Things That Instantly Make Me Feel Happy

Back to another soppy personal post, like the 'How to get Sh*t done' post wasn't enough. I want to mix it up a bit and not overload you with hotspots, beauty reviews and fashion, but also make it a bit more personal. Not that I don't share any personal embarrassing stories in my others posts because I do, like High School Musical, falling flat on my face and stuffing my face with everything I see kind of embarrassing, but those things are what makes me the person I am today and I am really happy to live the crazy grandma esque life that I have.

Although I'm a very bubbly person -most of the time- that's not always the case, since we all have bad days from time to time. Whenever that happens I try to get out of my funk by doing something that cheers me up right away. Sometimes it helps and sometimes I still put on sad Adele songs to go with my mood. I guess then the only remedy is taking a nap haha.

1. Baking
Nothing makes me happier than being in the kitchen and preparing some baked goods. Food in any shape or form makes me happy -I'm that Winnie the Pooh meme where he does a happy shake with a knife and fork in his hand, people tag me in it all the time, because it's what I do when I see my favourite food haha- Of course it always tastes better when you make it yourself, so that's what I love to do. 

2. Listening to old school music
I don't know what it is but whenever I put a Spice Girls or S Club 7 song on I instantly want to sing and dance along. Maybe it's the power of 90s music or my feelings towards it, but it works every, single, time.

3. Watching Disney Channel movies
Again some old school memories from when I was little and hoped that one day I would have a Troy Bolton and get Gabriella's wardrobe. Camp Rock and non-Disney movies like Harry Potter and The Holiday also do the trick.

4. Shopping
I think shopping would solve all my problems, but if I go along with that I would be as poor as Jenny Humphrey in season one of Gossip Girl. Doesn't matter what kind of shopping it is, clothes, Ikea, Christmas stuff or a food shop at the supermarket; I love it all. I'm that kind of person that loves foreign supermarkets. Whenever I'm on holiday I have to see what kind of products they have there. I could get lost browsing for hour's haha.

5. Travelling
Going to the airport to board a plane makes me the happiest girl in the world. Yes, it also makes me anxious and scared from time to time, especially when I travel alone, but I know that once I will be at my destination it will be all right. With travelling you have something to look forward to. I always get so excited to plan everything and look up all the places that I want to go to. Sometimes it's even more excited than the trip itself.

6. Going to the movies on my own
Bit weird maybe, but I love going to the movies on my own. I have been doing it a lot the last couple of months and I love seeing all the new films that are out. I actually have seen the same film six times in the cinema. It was this Dutch romantic comedy -normally they are sh*t- but this one was so good, funny and relatable. I just had to see it that many times.

7. Photography
Going out and taking photos gets me into this creative vibe that I like a lot. Being creative in general can get me in a pretty good mood. Whenever I edit videos I get so happy, because I'm working on something that makes me excited and when it turns out good I get so proud of the end result. All I'm trying to say is whack out a paint brush and live a little.

8. Dancing
I used to do ballet when I was in my teens and although I was kind of sucky and I don't do it anymore, I did like it. Same goes for learning all the Beyoncé and High School Musical dances when I was little. I think I look good whilst doing it but we all know that's not the case. A girl can dream to be as sassy as Queen B right?

9. Binge-watching Netflix
Sometimes this does the opposite for me, but I'm actually quite proud of myself when I finish a season in a day. Others might see it as a waste of time and when you think about it, it is. I do love seeing new shows on Netflix though so a cosy day/night in bed is the perfect thing for me. You just get lost in a different world that you forget your own problems for a bit.

10. Have a massive clear-out
Cleaning may seem like the task on your to-do list that you don't want to do, but after it's done you will feel so much happier. I love the look of an empty floor and the smell of fresh lemon/eucalyptus or whatever it is that I'm using to clean. 100% worth the sweat.

These are the ten things that usually put me in the happiest of moods. I know see that cuddling dogs and isn't on it, which it totally should, but 10x just looks nicer than 11x things you know. If you ever feel bad, put on your favourite song, cuddle a fluffy dog and shake it off whilst stuffing your face with fresh baked cookies. You'll feel a lot better.

What makes you instantly feel happy?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Barcelona Food Hotspot: Eyescream and Friends

I know that the current weather doesn't scream cold soft serve, but when in Barcelona it was the only thing on my mind. Now I'm normally not an ice cream fan. When it comes for dessert I'd rather have warm apple pie or cheesecake, but when you are in a Mediterranean country it has to happen to escape a bit of the heat. And when the ice cream looks as cute as these fluff balls I can't say no.

Eyescream and Friends -get it? It's ice cream with eyes, so clever!- is a small shop right near the sea in Barcelona. When we tried to find it we actually walked right past it, so definitely have you eyes open when you are on the hunt for this lovely spot. 
It's as simple as this. You pay -I think it was €4,50- and pick the kind of ice cream flavour you want, grab two toppings -including Oreos, gummy bears and chocolate sauce- and then they make your cute shaved gelato friend and add the eyes. I chose the mango flavour -one of my favourite fruits- and saw the ice cream get transformed into this thing that was too pretty to eat. I did eat it in the end though, because he -or she- started to melt in the sun. It was honestly one of the best ice creams I have ever tasted and the fact that it looked so cute as well made it taste even better.
My friend and I also had a photoshoot outside of the shop -because did we really eat it if there was no picture taken?- and people looked at what we had and walked straight into Eyescream and Friends to get their own ice cream buddy. 

The shop is actually on the same street as Brunch and Cake by the Sea, so after you have your brunch there you can immediately pop next door to get dessert. If you have space though. I was SO full after my pancakes at Brunch and Cake by the Sea that I really needed a food break. Do make sure that when you are hangry again to get a cute gelato at Eyescream and Friends. It will be on the best things you’ll ever do in Barcelona.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?

Monday, December 11, 2017

A Sparkling Christmas with Ice-Watch

Time is a funny thing. I could be waiting for something and it would take ages, but when I am playing The Sims many hours pass without me noticing that it's already dark outside. I find knowing what time of the day it is really important. This way I know exactly how much time I have left to work on all the things I want to do that day. Sometimes those things evolve around finishing a season of Gossip Girl on Netflix, but hey we all have our accomplishments.

I was never a watch person, until I got one for my 21st birthday. I actually picked it out myself, because I thought it would make me look more sophisticated and grown up. I don't know if that worked, but I liked my new morning ritual of putting on my watch and jewellery. 
Now when it comes to lipsticks I have quite a lot of different colours and finishes, one for every kind of occasion and mood that I'm in, so why not get another watch that adds a bit more sparkle to my festive mood? -You can never have enough glitter at this time of year right?-

This CITY Sparkling watch* (€99) from Ice-Watch ticks off all the boxes when it comes to the best Christmassy watch. It's sparkly, classy, black -like the lbd, the lbw- and puts me in the best mood whenever I check what time it is. I love the black and silver combo because it goes with every outfit and it's very subtle too. The watch feels comfy around my wrist, especially now that I have worn it a lot and the sparkles are not as in your face, which is nice for when Christmas is over and I feel like sparkling up my outfit in July. Sparkles are never not appropriate. 

I have been wearing this watch non-stop since I got it. The battery in my other watch died, so I'm happy that I have another watch that I can wear, so that I'll always know what time it is. I kind of missed it when I wasn’t wearing one and I stupidly tried to look at my wrist only to find out that my watch wasn’t there. 
If sparkles are not your thing there are also a lot of other Ice-Watch options that I personally can't wait to discover. I guess I can add 'watch collector' to my list of hobbies now haha!

Do you have a watch? What kind do you have?

*The items with a * were kindly sent to me. My opinion and sparkly punctuality are completely my own.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Labradoodle Love

I have always had a love for dogs. Doesn't matter if I'm walking down the street, visiting a friend or sitting in a café having lunch, I spot them from miles away, hoping that I could cuddle them. Sometimes that actually happens, but I do find it a bit awkward to do that, especially when they are only passing by. 
I guess my love for dogs started when I was little, because we always used to have dogs. I love most animals though, but dogs are my favourite. They are so happy, bubbly and fluffy and in ten years’ time I'll probably be the woman with fifteen dogs from the meme that you see on Facebook. I do see myself with a dog in the future so I guess it's kinda accurate. Some people might have a list of potential baby names and for me those are dog names. I'm not lying that's actually a list in my phone haha.

When our last dog passed away it got kind of lonely in the house. I guess after having a dog for such a long time it takes some time to get used to the fact that there is no one greeting you with a wagging tail when you get home. That's why after a few months my family decided to get a new dog: a labradoodle. 
I follow a couple of accounts on Instagram with cute, fluffy dogs -@blue_thedoodle is my favourite- and after showing them to my mum she was like: we have to get a new dog! I'm kind of late with writing this post though, because our new puppy is not really that new anymore. She is currently six months old and as happy as can be. She is very fluffy, loves playing with toys and lets me cuddle her non-stop. She has a lot of energy -bit too much sometimes- and can be super stubborn, which is funny at times -most of the times it's not-. Like when I put all the toys in her crate, because I have to leave, and she is like ''yeah I'm not going in there. Good luck trying''.

Although she has those moments as well where she drives me crazy, I still love her a lot. I can't wait to see her grow up and become an ever cuter creature, like that is even possible with her.

Do you like dogs or do you prefer other animals?

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Vichy Dermablend

As someone who isn't gifted with perfect skin a good foundation and concealer is essential for me. Although my skin has it's good and bad days it's nice to know that there is always a product that can make me look like I am one of the very few that has no idea what acne, scarring and redness means.

I have always wanted to try out Vichy Dermablend. When I first started getting into the YouTube beauty community it was one of those foundations that people with acne loved. It would cover it all and not look cakey at the same time. Fast forward to five years later and here I am trying out Vichy Dermablend for the first time in all those years.
I am trying out two Dermablend products today: the Covermatte Powder Foundation and the SOS Cover Stick. They are the newest additions to the Dermablend family and I tried them both in the lightest colour 'Opal'.

The Covermatte Foundation* (€23,95) is a high coverage compact powder that camouflages imperfections, absorbs oil and keeps the skin matte and flawless all day. I have never really tried a powder foundation. I always feel like powder foundations don't give that much coverage, but I was pleasantly surprised. It gives enough coverage to even out my skin and it feels so light as well, such a difference in comparison to the heavy way liquid foundations can make me feel. The powder comes in sleek, black packaging with a sponge and a mirror. Personally I'm not a fan of sponges -the Beauty Blender trend is not for me- so I stick to a powder brush and dust it over my face. The coverage is very buildable and looks really natural. I do need a bit more coverage whenever I have a pimple and that's where the SOS Cover Stick comes in.
The SOS Cover Stick* (€14,95) is a creamy concealer that gives full coverage to cover the things that you wish where not on your face. It applies very smooth and blends in nicely as well. When I have a pimple I put a bit on the back of my hand and dip my concealer brush in the product to make sure not to get bacteria all over the coverstick. I do prefer liquid concealers, but that’s maybe because I am used to them. The only thing I'm not a fan of is the colour selection. There are only five colours and even the colour Opal is too dark for me. It's also winter which means that my summer tan is officially gone, so maybe these Vichy products will be a better use once the sun is shining and I am back to my darker shade. Both products contain SPF as well, which makes them even better for the summer time.

Both products are perfect for when you have imperfections on your skin. I really want to try the Dermablend foundation, because I think I will like that a bit more. It just feels weird wearing powder as a foundation. I guess it's something I have to get used to. I do love the light feel of it. I hope that in a few years my skin turns back to normal and a bit of concealer and powder is all I need.

Have you ever tried Vichy Dermablend? What do you think?

*The items with a * were kindly sent to me. My opinion and flawless skin are completely my own.

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Hague Food Hotspot: Pistache

Amsterdam is my favourite city in the Netherlands. I live very close to it, I work and study there and I love the vibe. Now the Netherlands has a lot more to offer when it comes to fabulous cities. Haarlem, Rotterdam and Utrecht are just a few of those babes and not to mention The Hague -or Den Haag, as we Dutchies call it- where today’s hotspot is located.

I love The Hague a lot. It has the same vibe that Amsterdam has; only it's a lot less busy with tourists, there is an amazing beach that you definitely have to visit once the sun is out and they have some cool hotspots like 'Pistache'!
Pistache is located right in the city centre -my friend and I still took a tram there since we are lazy a f- and surprisingly it wasn't busy at all. Maybe it had something to do with the weather -it was a typically Dutch weather day: rain, rain and more rain-, so we quickly headed inside and took a seat. 
The interior was all I could ever hope for. The green leaves art, gold mirrors and quirky, fluffy pillows made this place an Instagram heaven. Can the person that decorated this place do my room as well?

We both ordered the pumpkin waffles and I had -of course- a fresh ginger tea. I actually had a look on the menu just now, and they changed it, so I don't think you can get the pumpkin waffles, but they have a lot of other nice new things like chocolate coconut waffles and French toast, so I think I have to visit them again soon because you all know I can’t say no to carbs for breakfast.
The waffles and tea were very good. They had some coconut cream on the side which was a bit interesting but overall I really enjoyed my breakfast here. The price is also quite cheap for what you get, so you don't have to feel bad when you order the entire menu. -I am definitely going to do that next time.-

I will hopefully head back to The Hague soon. There are still so many hotspots there that I haven't visited and I can't wait to discover them in 2018!

What is your favourite breakfast food?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

How To Get Sh*t Done

If there is one person who shouldn't write this post it's me. I'm THE WORST at getting things done - only stuff that I don't want to do, like uni assignments, ugh-, but maybe that's the reason why I can help, because I know what's it like to procrastinate for days and wait till the last minute to start doing something. I actually clean my room before, so that I can ''work better'' and I make to-do lists with 'showering', 'sending back my ASOS order', and 'having lunch', because it makes me feel more productive whenever I cross it off the list. Let’s forget the fact that the 'finish that particular assignment' task never leaves the list. 
To help you get all your stuff done before the Christmas holidays and help myself to do the same I'm going to put a few tips together to hopefully make your life -and my life- a bit easier. (Most of these things are uni related, but you can adjust them to your situation)

- Starting that new show on Netflix is not the best idea when you need to get stuff done. Because ''just one episode'' is not the case and you end up spending two days watching all the episodes of Riverdale and then rewatching them because you are obsessed -true story-. I'd stick to movies, or better: no Netflix at all.

- I do believe that working in a clean setting helps with getting sh*t done. So clean your room before you start. Do it fast and efficient, so you can start with the other things on your to-do list. Or take it slow and sing along to 'Work it Out' from High School Musical while you clean everything.

- DON'T meet up with a friend to ''work'' on your uni stuff together. It seems like a good idea, because that way you actually have to leave your bed, which obviously means you will be productive. But I always end up chatting to that friend for hours, because we haven't seen each other for a while. Then we whine about the work that we have to do for another hour and by that time we feel that we've accomplished enough, so we head home to lie in our beds, eat and watch Netflix. The only way that this could work is to be in a room where you are not allowed to talk, but then we'll probably tag each other in student problem memes on Facebook, so yeah just go by yourself.

- Set times for every item on your to-do list. This way you set a mini goal for yourself to have it finished in that exact time and you also see how much time you actually need. Ooh and calculate a bit more time for each assignment. You know you will be procrastinating anyway.

- Put your phone on silent and out of sight and don't look on social media. It can be hard to be offline for a while, but that way you won’t get distracted. 

- Make sure you have time off from work and other things when your deadlines are coming up. When you leave everything till the last minute it's nice to not worry about your job and you can fully focus on all the stuff that you need to do.

- Set goals and treats for yourself. Like, ''when I finish this assignment I can buy those shoes from ASOS'' or ''I am going to book a holiday when I've had all my exams''. You can also do it with something that -most of the time- doesn't cost a lot of money: food. You totally deserve a slice of red velvet cake after all the hard studying that you have done. And please do it AFTER you have finished the assignment, don't be like me who books a flight to Barcelona, New York, London, without even doing anything.

- And last... Just do it. You have to do it eventually and I rather go to bed at a reasonable time than pulling an all-nighter because I basically watched Little Mix videos all day. Also, starting is the hardest part. Once you are actually researching and writing it's not too bad. Not as fun as browsing YouTube all day, but hey life is not always fun. 

So Mar when you are reading this, because you have been procrastinating, again, get off the internet –okay not completely, because you’ll probably need it for your assignments, but you know what I mean- and get to bloody work! Hopefully this helped you a bit as well. Let’s all be productive together! 

Do you have any tips to be productive?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Vegan ''Nutella'' Cookie Dough Bars

I love cookie dough. When I make cookies I always secretly eat a bit of the dough and there is this cookie dough bar in Rotterdam that makes all my cookie dreams come true. Now cookie dough isn't the healthiest food. The fact that you are eating butter and sugar mixed with flour and eggs can never be good for you, until this recipe! I'm not saying this is healthier than normal cookie dough -it's still a treat after all-, but without the butter, eggs and flour it's definitely a lot safer to eat. 

Nothing beats old fashioned cookie dough, but this comes very close. Because of the hazelnut butter and dark chocolate it tastes pretty much like a Nutella bar. A healthier ''Nutella'' bar that is. I wrapped all the bars up and put them in the freezer. That way whenever I feel a bit cheeky I can just grab a bar and satisfy all my cookie dough and Nutella cravings!

What do you need?
2 cups almond flour
3 tbsp. coconut flour
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 cup nut butter (I used almond & hazelnut)
4 tbsp. melted coconut oil
A splash of vanilla essence
100 gr dark chocolate + 1 tbsp. of coconut oil

Mix the almond flower, coconut flour and coconut sugar with a spatula in a medium bowl. Add the nut butter, melted coconut oil and vanilla essence and mix until you get a dough. Add a bit more nut butter or coconut oil if your dough is still a bit crumbly. 
Press the dough in any little container you have. Do line that container with baking parchment since this will make it easier to get it out. Melt the dark chocolate and the coconut oil in the microwave and spread it out on top of the cookie dough. 
Let it cool down in the freezer for an hour, cut it into slices and there you have it: your own vegan ''Nutella'' cookie dough bars. So easy to make and so yummy to eat!

What is your favourite cookie dough topping?

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

My Top 6 Brunch Spots in London

Recently I posted about my top 5 favourite brunch spots in Amsterdam and based on the views, you really liked it! That's why today I'm writing about my top 6 brunch spots in London - I wanted to do a top 5, but whilst thinking about all the cafés I came down to 6!-. I say that I'm writing this for you, but I also do it a bit for myself. I just love writing about brunch cafés!

Little note: I do know there are maybe a lot of other/better cafés in London that you love, but this is my own experience from the places where I stuffed my face with pancakes and avocado toast. There are still a lot of other places that I want to visit -the London brunch list in my phone is huge- so there will definitely be a part two. :)

1. Eggbreak
By far the nicest café I have ever eaten at in London. Eggbreak is a small cafe just behind Notting Hill Gate tube station. The man that helped us was super friendly and I love everything on the menu. Pancakes covered in maple caramel sauce and the sweet potato rosti with goats cheese are definitely my favourites. The food is served on quirky plates and loved by locals as well. Perfect when you are in the Notting Hill area. Don’t forget to snap those pastel houses whilst you’re there.

2. Daisy Green
Daisy Green is part of a chain of cafés all around London. Maybe Timmy Green or Beanie Green ring a bell? You find Daisy Green right behind Marble Arch station on Oxford Street. The café is perfect for a to-go coffee or a lovely brunch. Downstairs you find a pretty indoor garden with flowers on the ceiling and golden marble tables. I always go for the coconut bread French toast, but help yourself to all the yummy things that the menu has to offer. Also perfect for when you have a gluten allergy!

3. The Breakfast Club
A bit of a no-brainer, but since a few of you might not live in the UK you have to try this place out. The Breakfast Club serves an all-day breakfast menu including berry pancakes, waffles, breakfast burritos, eggs benedict and more. Every café is always packed on the weekend, so either wake up early or stand in the queue for a bit. TBC is and will always be a favourite of mine!

4. Sunday
A recent discovery and Sunday totally deserves place number 4! This petite café is located in Barnsbury and always full on the weekend. All your brunch favourites are on the menu, I tried the brioche French toast myself and it was absolutely delicious. Definitely go here on a weekday to avoid queuing up!

5. Hally's
In the area Parsons Green you will find Hally's, a Californian-inspired café. The interior is very pretty and the food is on point. I had matcha French toast -the sweet tooth that I am- and it was so good! The lady who helped me was so friendly and chatted to me since I was all by myself. Also have a look around the neighbourhood Parsons Green. It made me forget about the fact that I was still in crazy busy London.

6. Muriel’s Kitchen
Muriel's Kitchen has two locations in London and I visited the restaurant in Soho. It has a very family feel to it and the food is really nice. They also have these swing chairs that are absolutely amazing. We were so lucky to get that table and I felt like a kid the entire time. I went for the berry pancakes -like I would choose anything else-, but the grilled haloumi with roasted tomatoes are also pretty good.

Other brunch cafés that I love: Farm Girl, Miami Café, Palm Vaults and The Daysroom Café. Also check out my post about the 10 most Instagrammable houses in London!

What is your favourite brunch spot in London? I would love to know!

Monday, December 4, 2017

S. Oliver So Pure

A month ago I was at a S. Oliver event for their new fragrance collection 'So Pure'. I know S. Oliver mainly from their fashion, so I was excited to get to know the brand and their new eau de toilettes. 

The event was held at the Hoxton Hotel in Amsterdam. I had never been there, but of course heard about the hotel from everybody on Instagram, and it didn't disappoint. The hotel is absolutely stunning -I'm basing this only on the lobby and room where the event took place. No way that I can afford to stay here for a week-. We were welcomed by a glass of champagne and a gorgeous room fully decorated with green apples, So Pure and the book Hygge. After a few chats, food and sips of bubbles we sat down in a room where we got a bit more information about So Pure. We got even more food -the cheesecake was my favourite, obviously- and headed home with a bag full of goodies to review.

The collection So Pure is inspired by the Danish word Hygge which means: enjoying life's simple pleasures, like family, friends, candles or taking a warm bath; the simple things in life. 
Especially with all the craziness of work, social media and society standards, I think it's a good message for a fragrance. We also got the book Hygge as a gift, and I feel bad that I still haven't read it. I will make it my mission to finish it before 2017 ends or maybe I will take it with me to New York, since I will need some reading company on my solo brunches in the Big Apple. 

The So Pure collection has a fragrance for women and also one for men*. I don't have that much knowledge about men fragrances, just what I do and don't like, and I have to say that I love this scent. It smells very 'manly' -such a good description, not- and my non-existing boyfriend would absolutely love it, so I gave it to my stepdad who likes it a lot. There you go, approved by a male, so it must be good.

Here the scent for both fragrances, since I already proved that I suck at describing scents - what even is a 'manly' scent haha?-

So Pure for Her
Top Note: Ivy, Calamansi, Apple
Middle Note: Freesia, Jasmin, Cashmere Wood
Base Note: Ambrox, Musk, Sandal Wood 

So Pure for Him
Top Note: Bergamot, Green Apple, Cardamom
Middle Note: Lavender, Violets, Geranium,
Base Note: Cedar wood, Sandal Wood, Amber

Back to the stuff that I do know: women’s fragrances! S. Oliver So Pure for Her* reminds me of a fragrance that I used to have when I was little. We even had a chat about it at the event. All the woman at my table thought exactly the same when they smelled it, but they couldn't remember the name of the perfume. I mainly think it gives that homely feel, because it's very floral, and I used to have so many floral scents when I was young. It was my go-to thing. 
I do like the So Pure for Her scent. It's definitely a more spring/summer scent for me as it’s very floral and sweet. It's an eau de toilette, but quite strong considering that it's not a parfum. The design of both bottles is very minimalistic, sleek and breathes the Hygge lifestyle. Something that’s also good for the eyes? The price. For 30 ml you pay €17,99 (Him) and €22,99 (Her) per bottle. Don't know why the price is different per gender, but products designed for woman are usually more expensive. Probably because we are easily tempted to buy stuff? I don't know. To make it even better they also have a shower gel*, body lotion* and deodorant*. That way you can completely smell like the So Pure scent.

The S. Oliver So Pure fragrance line is a good new addition to the already existing fragrances from S. Oliver. I love the philosophy behind it and they smell pretty good if you ask me. They are sold around stores in Europe and online, so definitely give them a sniff when you see them on display somewhere.

What do you think about these S. Oliver fragrances?

*The items with a * were kindly sent to me. My opinion and fruity scent are completely my own.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Kick Flare Jeans

A few weeks ago I wrote about my love for blue denim jeans and I briefly mentioned my kick flare obsession. Time to dedicate an entire post to the jeans that I can't live without: the kick flare!

Flares were a huge trend in the 70's and they are totally back. As a Dutchie that is in Amsterdam pretty much all the time, I have to say that they are definitely part of the Amsterdam girl starter pack -that pack also includes, a baker boy hat, some clear sunglasses and white Adidas sneakers- There is this pair of rib flare leggings that every girl in Amsterdam owns. Now I love flares too, but the kick flares are where it's at. They are cropped and make me feel more 'me' if that makes any sense. 

The pair that I have been living in are the Topshop Dree jeans. I ordered a black pair last week, so I'm still waiting on that package to arrive -living in front of my door to not miss the mail man haha-. I went for length 32, wish I had gone for a 34 since it's freezing outside and my ankles are not made for this weather, but 34 is sold out online and not available in store, so I guess 32 is my only option. I also haven't really seen kick flares at other high street stores. Not that I've been browsing that much but when I occasionally search for them I can never find them. Not even on ASOS which is normally my holy grail store when it comes to every product that I possibly need in my life. -if you have seen kick flares that are not too expensive please help a girl out!-

Back to my current pair of blue Dree jeans, they are the comfiest thing and I love the fit of them. They are not mega high waisted which I like, because my dark blue pair from H&M cut right in my stomach when I sit down. The denim quality is really nice and soft and they don't stretch out too much. I haven't washed them yet, which I know is gross, but I'm a bit afraid of what they will do when I wash them. I have been so careful not dropping any liquids on them so for now I will leave them unwashed. Being as clumsy as I am it's quite an accomplishment that the jeans are still stain-free as I normally drop my food on anything but in my mouth, but hey I'm better at other things, like buying way too many jeans that I can possibly wear in my life. *insert the sassy emoji here*

You all know, you can expect a post about my black Topshop Dree jeans this #blogmas, since it will be the only pair of jeans I am going to put on my legs this December. Maybe then I will give washing these blue Dree jeans a go.

What is your favourite style of jeans?

- I checked the Topshop website, but this particular colour is sold out, so maybe try and check you local Topshop to hunt these babies down? I did link the black ones! -

Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Barcelona Food Hotspot: Brunch & Cake by the Sea

Before I booked my trip to Barcelona I had already planned out exactly where I wanted to eat. I know that sounds a bit strange, but whenever I see tasty looking food on Instagram I save the café where it's at in a map. That way I know where the cool local brunch spots are at. New York, Stockholm, Bali; I haven't been to any of these places -yet- but when I go, at least I will be eating all the snazzy foods. 

Anyways, when it came to Barcelona I had a few spots where I would love to go and eat. You may have seen my blogpost about the smoothie bowls at Lulu -which were amazing- but one café that was even higher on the list was Brunch & Cake, a cute little chain of cafés in Barcelona. They are known for their insane food presentation, quirky use of decoration and healthy brunch foods. My friend and I ended up eating at their location by the sea, hence the name Brunch & Cake by the Sea, and it was the best location. Brunching in the sunshine while overlooking the harbour made the trip extra special.

We arrived at the café around 1PM and there was a little queue outside. Not as big as I expected it to be and it went surprisingly fast. I think we waited for 10 minutes or so when a table outside became available (you do pay extra when sitting outside). We browsed the menu for a long time -they just have so many tasty things on there- and ended up going for banana pancakes and the vegan burger in combination with juice and coffee. I had a beetroot latte which was very interesting I must say.
The food arrived insanely fast and the girl that took our order was so sweet. My banana pancakes were more like two slices of banana cake, but hey I'm not complaining about that. They looked and tasted wonderful and it was everything I could have hoped for my first Brunch & Cake experience. The price was cheap if you compare it to a healthy brunch in London or Copenhagen, so that made me like the place even more. 

I could not rave enough about Brunch & Cake. Next time in Barcelona I will 100% go back to this place. Maybe a different café of theirs to spice things up. There are just so many nice things on the menu that I have to try. Maybe I should move there so I can have brunch there every week haha.

Have you ever been to Brunch & Cake in Barcelona? What did you think?

Friday, December 1, 2017

The London Trip November 2017

London around Christmas is the best place on earth. The entire city is covered in lights, decorations and Christmas joy and even if you hate Christmas it's hard not to fall in love with that particular holiday.

I have visited London quite a few times this year, so it's no surprise that I had to pay a visit around the festive season. I was with family so I didn't go as Instagram crazy as I normally do, but I still managed to take a few pics.

We started off our short trip at Daisy Green. A quirky cafe behind Oxford Street where your brunch dreams come true. I love the interior with the flowers on the ceiling and the hippy vibe. I went for the coconut bread, which I had last time, and it was as good as I remembered. They also have charcoal bread, which can be very interesting, but overall I love this hidden gem. 
When our tummies were full we headed off to do some shopping, and I have to say it wasn't as successful. Normally I find the cutest things and this time I just couldn’t find anything I fancied. Considering it was Black Friday as well it was a bit of a let-down, but on the positive side: it saved me a lot of money!
After the not so successful shopping trip it was time for a bit of chill time at the hotel, which was a few blocks away from Marble Arch station. We headed out in the evening to get food, but that's when Oxford Street was closed off due to the attack that was going on at Oxford Street station. At that point we had no idea that there wasn't really an attack, so we quickly went to Paperchase and shopped there for a bit. It was a scary experience though, mainly because out of nowhere so many people came running in our direction. It makes you think there is this crazy person out there with a gun that is following them. We ended up buying a few bits at the local supermarket and headed back to our hotel to watch the news. I was happy to find out that nothing had actually happened, but it also made me think, because I was there an hour before it happened. What if I took a bit longer with my shopping? Then I would’ve been there. So scary when I think about it.

The next day we visited Notting Hill and Kensington for some shopping and soaking up the London vibes. Again I didn't buy anything, which came as a shock to everyone. Not even at Camden Market where we went to the Poppie Jasper stand to buy jewellery. I already have half of their ring collection, so I wasn't in need of any rings. After visiting Camden we went to Covent Garden, which is one of my favourite places around Christmas time. I love the big Christmas tree and decorations around there. Of course we also had to go to Winter Wonderland, so that's what we did in the evening. If I lived in London I would probably be there every week, sipping hot chocolate and enjoying all the rides and snacks. We ended the night in a Dutch bar in Soho. We stumbled upon it and randomly decided to go in. It wasn't as cringe as normal Dutch bars go, it was actually quite classy. We had a few drinks and then headed back to the hotel for a good night sleep.

On our last day we had breakfast at Patisserie Valerie -I had the pancakes- and I met up with a friend of mine. We drank glitter pastel lattes at Fiorucci by Palm Vaults. They definitely look better than how they taste, but I always wondered what they would be like and now I know. After we both went our own ways I went to M&S to stock up on British food. I think I ended up buying more mince pies, ginger snaps and salt & vinegar crisps than make-up and clothes haha.

Sadly, it was time to say goodbye to the magical, festive city and head back to Amsterdam. I ate my last Pret a Manger sandwich and stocked up on my favourite Toblerone chocolate at Gatwick airport -I'm nibbling on a piece as we speak-.
I am happy to have seen London around this time of the year and it has definitely put me in a more festive mood. Also, I'm doing #blogmas in December. I know I have been a bit crap at posting regularly, but if the last month of the year isn't the right time to get my shit together than I don't know what is. Strap yourself in for lots of content each day!

What is your favourite city around Christmas time?

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