Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Light Blue Denim Love Affair

For many years I was the kind of girl that would always be seen in her skinny black jeans. I just adored my Topshop Jamie's and basically lived in them 24/7. This all changed at the beginning of this year when I slowly started to fall in love with blue denim. And not just any blue denim but loose fitted denim as well. I never thought I would ever say goodbye to skinny jeans, but the time has come that I can say that I'm not a big fan of those tight pants anymore.

It all started with a pair of mom jeans and now all I wear is kick flares, straight jeans and cropped wide denim. I love the flare trend and I own a pair of kick flares form H&M and Topshop that haven't left my sight since I got them. My Florence straight jeans from ASOS have also made quite the appearance on my Instagram, so I think I need to repurchase them in different colours, since I can't live without. They are just so comfy!

The reason why I never opted for any light coloured blue bottoms was that I thought black made my thighs look skinnier. And in ways it does. Black looks really flattering, goes with everything and doesn't draw as much attention to the area as blue denim does. I guess I was tired of my black ensemble and wanted to spice it up. Not that I hate black jeans now, because I have been eyeing up a pair of black Topshop Dree jeans that I 100% have to get. 

My style has been changing a lot for the last couple of years and I think I'm finally happy with the ''style'' that I tend to go for. A rocky 70's, 90's vibe with lots of different prints, colours and textures. What's not to love about that? Maybe one day I will go back to my beloved black Jamie jeans, but for now it's time to say goodbye.

What is your favourite kind of denim?

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!

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