Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Amsterdam Food Hotspot: Ted's

Brunch is one of my favourite things. Going to a hip café for some avo on toast or cooking up French toast at home: I LOVE IT. Now there is a café in Amsterdam that does brunch the best and that's Ted's.

I first went to Ted's a couple of months ago and OMG how happy I was when the food arrived. I ordered the French toast with banana and bacon and I happily covered it in lots of maple syrup and demolished them all.
It didn't take long before I payed them another visit and this time I ordered the Nutella drizzle banana pancakes -Doesn't this sound like the best thing?-.  And okay yes I also ordered the French toast, but I shared it with a friend okay. Don't make me feel bad about ordering the entire menu. 

Before we talk more about the food -my favourite subject ever- I will share a bit more about the ambiance and location. In Amsterdam it's located near the Bilderdijkstraat. Such a lovely neighbourhood with other hotspots like Gallery 3, Happyhappyjoyjoy, Mook Pancakes and the Food Hallen. It's a tiny cafe, but I have always managed to find a seat. And if it's too busy just hop to one of the other food places I mentioned! The staff is very friendly and considering there are only two of them it could sometimes take a while. Not the best to cure your hangry mood. The place is nicely decorated and full of Instagrammable quotes and lights. Overall, a lovely place to hang around and have a bite.

Because besides pancakes and French toast they also serve egg dishes, sandwiches, burgers and cake. Basically everything you need to complete your brunch. The fries there are amazing -so is the mayo- and the cheesecake is pretty tasty as well. I always order a fresh ginger tea when I'm there because that's what I order everywhere. The spiciness of the water with a hint of lemon is what gets me going the entire day. And the thought of those Nutella pancakes helps a lot too. Obviously!

What is your favourite brunch dish?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Obsessed with Stripes

Stripes. Such a classic when it comes to fashion and no matter what season it is they are always in style. Now I have a sweet spot in my heart for these vertical and horizontal lines. Back in my teenage years I had this big oversized stripy shirt that I wore to death. I actually had two of them and it was safe to say I didn't change my outfit as much as I should have. I did change the shirts though. When one was being washed I would wear the other shirt. Such a smart idea, right?

Back to the present where I still love my stripes and do change my outfit more frequently. When my eye fell on this top from SheIn* I had to get it. I have been a huge fan of the off shoulder trend and this top combines that with one of the other mega trends this season: ruffles. It gives the top this bohemian, stylish edge and makes me fall in love with stripes all over again. 

Although I can't wait to rock this top with a black denim skirt and sandals it's a bit too cold at the moment. That's why I paired it with a pair of blue mom jeans, some faux suede mules and a double buckle belt. No worries, when I was out and about I also threw on my furry coat. -Yes, it has been that kind of cold. I wouldn't be surprised if snow started to fall down from the sky.- 
I haven't worn blue jeans in such a long time, but I love the look of these with the dark blue top. The buckle belt also goes great with the outfit and a bouquet of fresh tulips makes every picture better don’t ya think?

I will be hopping off to warmer temperatures this week -Go to my Instagram to see it all- and I can't wait to wear this top A LOT. Maybe pairing it with a pinafore dress or some floral shorts, who knows? I definitely packed enough to match this top with absolutely anything! #travelproblems

What is your favourite trend this season?

*The item with a * was kindly send to me. My opinion and fabulous outfits are completely my own.

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Rainbow Cake

On the 12th of April I turned the magical age of 23. The saddest part is that the Taylor Swift song '22' doesn't apply to me anymore, but that doesn't make me stop singing and dancing to it when I’m having a solo pyjama party. The best part is that I'm a step closer to adulthood. At least that's what I hope.

One of the things I really wanted to do this year was making the most amazing birthday cake and I'm very happy to share the end result with you. If you follow me on Instagram you'll probably have seen this colourful creation before but I made a rainbow cake! Yes you read that right, six layers of fluffy cake with the best cream cheese frosting you will ever taste. 
I followed the rainbow cake recipe from the book Tanya Bakes and switched some things around ingredient wise, since she went for seven layers of cake and butter frosting. Another thing that I changed: the time. It's lovely that cookbooks say how much time you will be spending whilst making it, but it's the biggest lie I've ever seen. I always spend way more time and this was definitely the longest I have ever been in a kitchen because I spend about 9 hours (!) baking this cake. It was totally worth it though, best cake I've ever eaten!

What do you need for a six layer rainbow cake?

For the sponges:
580g softened butter
580g caster sugar
580g self-raising flower
11 eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 teaspoons baking powder
6 food colourings (purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red)

For the frosting:
500g good quality cream cheese
300g softened butter
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
300g icing sugar

Oven: 180C/350F/GM4

First, preheat your oven and grease and line your cake tins with baking paper. I used two cake tins at the time, since I didn't want to buy six and my oven is not big enough anyways. It will take a bit longer this way though.

Take a large bowl and cream together your butter and sugar until it's light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix it all together. Then last but not least, add the baking powder and self-raising flour to get a smooth batter.

Split the mixture between 6 bowls and add a different food colour to each bowl. Keep adding some drops until you are happy with the colour of the mixture. Scoop the colourful batter out of the bowls and into your cake tins. So either scoop the mixture in six cake tins or do it two at a time.
Bake them in the oven for about 20 minutes. When they are fully cooked and fluffy you get them out and let them cool down on a wire rack. I cut off the top bit of the cakes to make them even and perfect for layering.

For the icing: cream the butter in a bowl until it's pale and fluffy. Add the cream cheese and vanilla extract and mix it together. Slowly add the icing sugar and mix again until you have a thick, smooth mixture. Use half the icing for the layers and the other half for the outside of the cake.

Layer the cakes with some icing in between and then ice the outside of the cake. Make sure that it looks as neat and smooth as possible. -mine doesn't look as pretty as Tanya's version but I'm already happy that it turned out okay.- Add some sprinkles or cake crumbs on top and your cake is done!

I am going to be honest here and say that this is the best cake I've ever eaten. The best cake prize always belonged to the red velvet cake from De Drie Graefjes bakery in Amsterdam, but they hopped down to second place. This cake is just so fluffy and moist –I know everyone hates this word but I don’t mind that much- and the frosting makes it even better. Cream cheese frosting is so much better than butter frosting in my opinion! 
I do advise to have a lot of people over when you make this cake because it's a BIG cake. We actually weighted the cake and it's 4,5kg (!). Also not the most healthy option but hey it's my bday so if there is a day where you can eat lots of crappy food it's now!

Want something easier? Try these salted Nutella cookies or other baking recipies I posted!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go

If I had to sum up my favourite skincare brands Pixi is at the top. Their Glow Tonic is the most amazing toner and I have been using it for many years. Every time I hop on a plane to London I always make sure to pay their Carnaby store a visit. It's so pretty and stocked with all these amazing products that I feel like a kid in a candy store.

On my last London visit I was determined to pick up another bottle of Glow Tonic until I saw this box of cleansing pads: Glow Tonic To-Go. The thing that got me excited about it was the 'to-go' part. I have a lot of trips planned and travelling with a cabin bag is a nightmare for a skincare and make-up obsessed girl like me. How do people even fit their entire beauty regime in a small clear bag? There are just some things that I will never understand.

Anyways, I brought these with me when I went to Copenhagen and they were such a lifesaver. Not only did they save space for other liquids, they were an ultimate skincare staple for me. There are 60 pads in there that are fully drenched in Glow Tonic. Perfect as the finishing touch to my cleansing routine. Especially when you are in a hostel and don't have your normal stuff with you. -I really tried, but the liquids rule ughh-.

If you have never heard about the Pixi Glow Tonic before and you have made it this far you probably want to know a bit more about it. It's an exfoliating tonic with 5% glycolic, aloe vera and ginseng. It helps to tone, firm and tighten the skin and makes it look all glowy and healthy. And who doesn't want that?

The weird thing is that it does all these things. I have been using it for about four years and it has never let me down. Next time I will buy a bottle of this magic liquid because that lasts longer than the to-go pads and ya know I'm all about saving money. Kind of.

Have you tried the Pixi Glow Tonic before?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Huge ColourPop Haul + Giveaway!!

A while ago I ordered A LOT of Colourpop stuff and also added a few extra items to my basket to give away to you lovely people. Since I turned 23 this week -so sad the Taylor Swift song doesn't apply to me anymore- I thought why not celebrate it with you all?
For myself, I bought way too many liquid lipsticks, a few glittering highlighters and a rose gold eyeshadow. What's not to like?

So what can you win?
- Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipstick in Beeper
- Colourpop Eyeshadow in 3
- Colourpop Highlighter in Stole The Show

Some rules, terms and conditions
*It's open internationally
* You have until the 20th of April to enter
* I will pick someone randomly 
*I bought everything with my own money, so no secret sponsor thingy. -Not that Colourpop knows who I am lol-

Enter the giveaway here and don't forget to watch the haul below! 

*giveaway is closed now thank you for entering!*

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Come to Copenhagen with me

About a month ago I went on my trip to Copenhagen and Sweden. Crazy how the times flies isn't it? Anyways, I had the best time of my life when I was there and also filmed some bits from my days in Copenhagen. That city really stole my heart with all the colourful houses, hip hotspots and Danish pastries. 
If you have been to Copenhagen before this video will be a trip down memory lane, if not then you will come with me on Copenhagen trip. I really love making these kinds of videos since they are like a video journal for me. I hope you like them too!

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Amsterdam Food Hotspot: Bar Botanique

Amsterdam has so many nice food spots that I sometimes don't even know where to go; there is SO MUCH choice. Luckily I have a list in my phone of all the good places that I've never been to before and a few weeks ago a friend and I decided to go to the one that was on top of the list.

Bar Botanique is located in the east side of Amsterdam, near Artis Amsterdam Zoo. The reason why it was so highly on the list was because the interior seemed pretty AF whenever you saw a photo of it on Instagram. And we weren't disappointed.
When you step a foot inside Bar Botanique you enter this tropical urban jungle full of plants, marble tables and velvet couches. There is enough place to sit and there is this chill vibe in the air that makes it the perfect laptop club spot.
We both sat down in the comfy sofas and had a look at the menu. There is so much to choose from and I highly recommend going here either for breakfast or lunch -my favourite foods-. Their evening menu is also pretty tasty with pizza, hamburgers and cocktails, but I have yet to discover that. 

After contemplating for a while we both went for an omelette. -Two ladies next to us had it and it looked really good-. With my fresh ginger tea by my side I demolished those spinach & bacon eggs. It was served with some slices of toasted bread and I loved the way it looked. It also tasted great and I was very full afterwards. Sometimes I go out to eat and the thing that I ordered is so tiny that you can hardly call it breakfast. Luckily that wasn’t the problem here.

I will definitely come back for another brunch date at Bar Botanique. If they up their service a bit this place is the dream for every Instagram foodie because it has everything you need. Yummy food? Check! Marble on everything? Check! Gorgeous interior? Check! Do I need to say more?

What is your favourite thing to have for brunch?

Monday, April 3, 2017

Tassel Hem Straight Jeans

Lately I have small obsession with different styles of jeans. I was always a Jamie's kinda gal and I still am, but spicing up those skinny black jeans with something else for a change is kind of fun. That's why I went for almost the opposite of those tight skinnies: straight jeans.
Now straight jeans are a bit like Mom jeans in the way that they are a looser, but straight jeans actually look good on me and Mom jeans don't. The waist is way too big and my hips don't fit; aka the struggle of my life. I so wished I was a Mom jeans person.

A thing that most Mom jeans don’t have though is cute tassels at the bottom. I was so excited when I first tried these straight jeans on that I had a lonely dance party in the fitting room just to see the tassels go up and down. It's the little things in life isn't it?
Now that I actually own them the dance parties have gone down a bit, but I still love my jeans to bits. The whole casual but trendy feel is something I really like and I don't see my wide leg/straight pants obsession dying down soon.

I shot this outfit photo when I was in Copenhagen and oh my god how the weather can change in such a short time. Back then I had to wear a red jumper and big faux fur coat to actually not freeze to death and a few days ago I wore my fluffy slippers with these jeans because it was nice and sunny outside. See these jeans, so versatile as well!

Can't wait to pick up another pair of straight jeans and I’m going to give the Mom jeans another go. Maybe this time they will look good?

What is your favourite style of jeans?

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Pørridge by Anni Kravi

The home section in Anthropology is the dreamiest place. When I visit London, I always go to their big flagship store on Regent Street and most of the time I leave with a pretty floral cup, bath salt or in this case: a book. 
When I was browsing the shop my eye fell on this book: Pørridge by Anni Kravi (£12.99). I loved the whole look of the book and I instantly was in the mood for an açai bowl when I saw the cover. I own a lot of cook books and whenever I go to a bookstore I always go to the cooking section. There is just something about looking at all the delicious recipes and thinking about recreating them. That's why I love Tanya Bakes and Powerfood by Rens Kroes so much; they get me excited to cook.

Now you might think this entire book is about porridge and it kind of is -I'm not mad about that, this girl loves porridge!- , but there are also a lot of other interesting recipes to either use as a porridge topping or eat on its own. Such as, cinnamon cashew milk, matcha banana ice cream, carrot bacon, kale pesto and gingerbread bliss balls. 
Everything in the book is healthy, plant-based and 100% tasty looking. The photography is really good and makes me all excited about creating one of those yummy porridge bowls. I always associate porridge with mornings. I guess being a sweet tooth makes eating porridge a hell of a lot easier by adding some agave syrup and lots of fruit, but savoury porridge exists too -sorry for the surprise, but I'm a total newbie to this-. Before buying this book I probably never thought about the idea of making oats with kale and carrot bacon or oats with kale, tofu and sweet potato. And now that I think about it, it sounds pretty tasty to me. 

I will definitely let you know how my savoury porridge journey goes and probably will upload some recipe posts pretty soon #hungrygirl.

What is your favourite porridge recipe?

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