Tuesday, May 9, 2017

My Trip to Turkey

Two weeks ago it was time to hop on another plane, relax on the beach and eat unlimited scoops of ice cream: I went to Turkey. You might remember me going to Bodrum last year, but this time we decided to go for another city and our eyes landed on this hotel in Kemer, so we decided to book it.

One of the main reasons for going to Turkey is the weather and we were so lucky that the entire week that we were there was beautiful. Blue sky, sunshine and 28 ˚C every day, it was amazing! Of course hot summer weather also means getting a tan and I am happy to announce that I am no longer a vampire. The pale skin -without the Twilight sparkles unfortunately- has turned into a light tan, and to me that is a big deal. I have been excepting all the ah's and oh's gracefully as I show everyone my tan line and tell them about my chilling days on the beach. 
When I was lying on the beach I also had time to read. I always buy books but I never really read them. For me, the beach is the perfect moment for those things, so that's exactly what I did. I worked my way through '13 Reasons Why' and 'Lion' in three days. I loved both of them so much. Especially 'Lion'. 

Some holidays I want to be adventurous and do lots of things, explore the country that I'm in and see it all. This was not one of those holidays. We mainly came there to chill the eff out, read books, swim and sleep a lot. I know some people hate this kind of holiday, but I find it very refreshing from my busy life back home. 
We did visit two cities when we were there: Kiris and Kemer. Our hotel was in Kiris and right outside were shops where you could buy some bits and bobs. Mainly touristy things and knock off Chanel bags, but it was nice to stroll around for a bit. I am actually guilty of buying a few tourist things myself. I bought a magnet in the shape of a turtle -I collect these from every country, so please don't judge that I'm being that person- and I bought six coasters with the most gorgeous flower design. They all have different colours but they match in their own unique way. They will look lovely on the coffee table in my future apartment and they were only €1 each. Such a bargain.
In Kemer we also walked around for a bit, did some shopping -I didn't buy anything- and sat down for some cake and a drink. I had a cheesecake and it was so good. Also the fact that in total we paid around €5.80 for this in total is ridiculous. Here those things are way more expensive. 

When we arrived back in Amsterdam I was completely relaxed from all the tanning and the sauna visits, but that mood faded quickly when I had to get back to work and worry about uni things. Can't wait to finish uni, get my degree and make myself ready for the next big adventure! Bali anyone?

Do you have any trips planned for the summer?

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?

Friday, March 31, 2017

The London Haul 2017

There it is again: a haul! I've shopped quite a lot the past couple of months and I'm here to say that this will probably be one of my last hauls for the next few months. I just buy way too much!
When I'm in London I can't resist going to Oxford Street and pop into Primark and Boots. So that's what I did. It's not as much as last time -which is what I always say- but I did pick up a few bits and pieces that I enjoy using a lot. Some old favourites, some new classics and a lot of stuff in between. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Collection Contour Kit

For a few months I have been obsessed with the NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette. There is one colour in there that works well for my skin tone and makes my cheekbones pop. The only problem is that the palette is huge and not practical for travelling at all. That's why I added this Collection contour kit to my travel make-up bag. I picked it up on my last trip to London and it was the perfect opportunity to try this baby out whilst I was overseas in Scandinavia.

The packaging is not anything too fancy, just your average drugstore kit. I do love the mirror in there. Normally they always skip that with designing the packaging, but I have to say it's always handy to have something like that in a powdery product. I have to say I'm really impressed with the contour shade. Sometimes it can be hard to find a product that's not too orange on the skin, but this contour powder has that perfect cool-toned brown shade. It's very pigmented which can be a bit difficult from time to time but I always make sure to remove the excess powder on the back of my hand. I squeeze my Zoeva Luxe Face Definer Brush a bit so it fits perfectly in the hollow of my cheek and then I start blending. It leaves the perfect touch of ''yes I contoured my face but it looks naturel'' kinda look. 
The highlighter is not one of my faves. I already knew this when I bought it, but I just wanted a compact contour powder that I had never tried before. The highlighter is very subtle and leaves a shimmering sheen on the skin. Going from my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone to this is a huge difference so I was happy to have my Tanya Burr Peachy Glow Palette with me too -the highlighter and bronzer in there are fab!- 

For the price (£4.19) I think it's a lovely kit. The highlighter is not that sparkly, but that’s my taste in highlighters. The contour powder on the other hand is really good and I will definitely keep using it. Especially when I hop on a plane with only a cabin bag. I am just not made to squeeze all my stuff in a small suitcase, but I will keep trying for the sake of saving money!

What is your favourite contour product?

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Amsterdam Food Hotspot: Sticky Fingers

When I scroll through Instagram I always have a look at where people are eating. I even screenshot it for future references and I overall enjoy seeing where people go and what food they serve there. One place kept popping up in my feed and that was Sticky Fingers. Because of the pink wall it was hard not to notice it when I looked at my feed and I instantly knew: I have to go here. 

A few weeks later it was finally time: I met up with a friend at Sticky Fingers for a big catch up. It was easy to find and the café is actually part of the Conscious Hotel. Besides being the new big thing in Amsterdam it wasn't that busy when my friend and I entered the pink space. When we had our drinks and baked goods more people entered so I guess it’s just luck. 
Sticky Fingers is an organic bakery where you can get hot drinks and yummy pastries. If you are really hungry I advise you to go somewhere else, but for a coffee to go, friendly catch up or solo laptop club sesh it's the most ideal place. It's quiet even when there are a lot of people there sipping their latte and talking which makes it a perfect place to work in. Bring your laptop and you are good to go.
Now onto the food, besides the pink wall one of the important parts. I went for tea and picked a flavour out of their tea bar. I sniffed every tea and finally picked one. It can be so hard sometimes! Because I skipped breakfast -I know bad me- I had a croissant and a banoffee pie. This all together was €10 which I think is a bit expensive. The banoffee pie was amazing though and I will totally come back for that. They have a lot of other flavours too like lemon meringue which I have to try. 

The overall vibe, as I said, is very relaxed. The wall with pink tiles behind the counter is definitely a big eye catcher and you cannot skip this place without taking a quick snap of it. Everything for a pretty insta feed, right?

What is your favourite pastry?

Saturday, March 25, 2017

A Chatty Saturday

Catching up with friends is one of my favourite things to do. I have been lunching and brunching for the last couple of weeks and although my bank account is less happy with my splurges on food, my tummy says otherwise. There is just something about discovering new hip places, eating delicious food and reminiscing about the good ol' days and the exciting things to come.

On Saturday a friend and I went to a place down town for some food, ginger teas and hot chocolate. I decided to go for a comfortable outfit. Weekends screams comfort to me and also the fact that I felt crappy because it was that time of the month was why I went for my velvet wide leg pants from Topshop
What I like about these -there is a blazer as well, but I decided to separate the suit- is that they look incredibly stylish but are comfy too. I actually saw a stripy pair at H&M that has my name all over it and can't wait to try them on.
I combined my velvet pants with -surprise surprise- a Topshop jumper. Shall I say that working at Topshop definitely has its perks? I love the pop of red and although it's not that visible in the photo I am really wearing it underneath my big fluffy coat. I brought this coat with me on my Copenhagen & Sweden trip and I must say that I have fallen madly in love with it. I picked it up at a flea market last year but never wore it out as much. Copenhagen has definitely been a game changer for me on many things, including my love for bright blue leopard printed coats. 
To make it even comfier I put on my Adidas Stan Smiths. I love wide leg pants with white sneakers, so I might have made a naughty purchase last night at ASOS and ordered another pair of Adidas sneakers. They had 20% off so I also looked at other stuff but I held myself together and only went for the sneakers. 

Wide leg pants are definitely the key piece for me this spring/summer season. Comfy, stylish, perfect for cycling, typical Dutch weather and amazing for lunch dates with friends!

What are your thoughts on wide leg pants?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Copenhagen & Sweden Trip

There is nothing more exciting than visiting a country you have never been too. For me that was Sweden. I always wanted to go, but never hopped on a plane to go there. Luckily one of my friends moved there so I decided to meet up with her and be a tourist at the same time. The closest airport to where she lives is Copenhagen Airport and since I have never been there either we decided to make it into an exciting Copenhagen/Sweden trip.

After flying down there and walking to the hostel we decided it was time for some food. I spotted this café La Esquina on Instagram and it looked pretty good. We went over there and had an amazing avocado sandwich, berry waffle and an interesting cuppa ginger tea –it was spicy af-. I loved this little café and after a lot of chatting and demolishing all the food we walked around Copenhagen to see Nyhavn. THE harbour that is as pretty as in the photos. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t that amazing, but I imagine that with some blue sky and sunshine it is the perfect spot to sip a drink next to the water. It started snowing, not short after that so after walking back to the hostel and lying down for a bit we took the bus to this place called Souls. A vegan restaurant with the most delicious food. Since it was already dark the photos that I took weren’t that amazing. But I highly recommend paying a visit.

The next day we walked to Møller Kaffe og Køkken. Another amazing place that I spotted on Instagram. The point is that you order everything separately. So we had some bread, avocado, fried eggs, cheese and chai lattes. The food was good, but the staff wasn’t that friendly to be honest. After our tummies were full we walked to this artsy park called Superkilen. The part with the stripes on the floor is pretty cool. Especially when you stand on the hill and look down.
Some few hours later we dropped of our luggage at the train station and were heading again to Nyhavn. I forgot my big camera the day before so I wanted to film some stuff. There is actually a food market near the harbour. It’s really big and full of different types of food. We went for vegan pizza and salted caramel cheesecake and as you may now I’m a real sweet tooth and I have to say the cheesecake was SO GOOD. We then headed to The Little Mermaid statue. A must for every tourist that visits Copenhagen. That was the last thing we did. We picked up our luggage and took the train to Sweden. Since it was dark I didn’t see much, but we did went to a sweet shop called Hemmakväll. I immediately became very happy when I saw all the candy and filled up my paper bag with too many sweets. We also bought a falafel wrap and ate all those things while watching Dirty Dancing 2. It´s one of my faves and really makes me want to visit Cuba and learn salsa dancing. 

The following day the sun was shining and I was ready to see what Sweden had to offer. She showed me her university in Lund –the buildings there are so gorgeous- and we brunched at this cute bistro called Inkognito. They had so many cakes and besides the toastie that I ate I had to try out this liquorice caramel pie. It sounds weird but it was actually pretty good. 
We then took the train to Malmö and did a bit of shopping. If you ever go to Sweden you have to go to Lagerhaus and Granit. Especially Lagerhaus was the store of my dreams. So many interior things, cute wrapping paper and stationary with donuts on it. And you know I love donuts. To do even more shopping we hopped on the train to a big shopping centre called Emporia. First stop was Joe & the Juice and I then spotted Sephora and spend way too much time in there. I only bought something from NARS, so I did quite well. 
After our shopping trip we went to the supermarket. I love foreign supermarkets. Mainly to see what they all have. I picked up some pastries and salt and vinegar crisps –my fave- and we then went back to her place to watch YouTube videos. 

On my last day in Sweden I went on my own to Malmö. I had no idea what to do so I decided to sit at Espresso House –a Swedish kinda Starbucks- and ate a yummy mozzarella sandwich and drank way too many chai lattes. They had amazing Wi-Fi and a charger near my seat so I was a happy gal. I then took the train to Copenhagen airport and was quite sad to leave this amazing place. Especially on a day where the sky was blue and the sun was shining. I did a bit of shopping at the airport, had an awkward encounter with the cute guy behind the till who said ''have a nice flight'' and I responded with ''you too'' -It doesn’t seem that bad now but I felt a bit embarrassed at the time. I had another Joe & the Juice, watched some YouTube videos and flew back to Amsterdam. I felt a bit sad when the airplane went into the air and Copenhagen became tinier and tinier. 

I definitely want to go back to Copenhagen one day. There are still a lot of cafes that I want to discover and especially around the summer time it would be awesome to rent a bike and discover Copenhagen even more. Stockholm also seems like an amazing place so maybe I can combine the two next time?

Have you ever been to Copenhagen or Sweden? What was your favourite thing?

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Mascara is one of the things that can change your entire make-up look. It's like contouring your face where you make your cheekbones stand out or hide your double chin -love this trick-. Mascara can give you that Bambi eye look and I'm all for that. Thanks to my mum and dad I am gifted with quite some good lashes of my own but a few coats of mascara never heard anyone. 
Now for years there is only one mascara in my life and that is the Max Factor False Lash Effect in black waterproof. It separates the lashes, gives them volume and doesn't make me look like a panda, hence the waterproof. Sometimes I do like to try a new mascara, but usually I always go back to my old fave. Today is one of those days because I'm giving you my review on the Benefit Roller Lash mascara.

I found this cutie in a goodie bag once and it took me a very long time to try it out. Not because I don't like Benefit or the mascara wand, because Benefit as a brand is so good and their eyebrow products are the bomb dot com. Also the wand looks totally fine by me -I'm a plastic mascara wand kinda girl-. There is just one problem: it's not waterproof. 
There are some things that I do like though, the packaging is absolutely stunning and it actually does amazing things for my lashes. It makes them long, voluminous, separated and they give me that whole sexy vibe where all I need is some winged liner and red lipstick to complete the look. The only thing is that my lashes won't stay up and after a few hours I am rocking a panda look that I didn't even know about. 
With waterproof mascara you know the drill; your curl your lashes, coat them in mascara and they will stay the same. With this mascara I can slowly see them dropping down and that's not what I want. 
Also the fact that I wore it when I went to the cinema to see Lion was not the best idea I’ve had. Even though it was the second time I saw it -such a good film go and see it- the tears kept popping up and I cried all the way till the end. The end that I already knew was coming, but still that film is such an emotional roller coaster for me. Or any sad Disney film for that matter. I cry at everything. When we walked out I was left with mascara everywhere and streaks in my foundation. Thank god that it was dark outside because together with my sniffling it didn’t look pretty.

My conclusion: the Benefit Roller Lash is a good mascara; I just wished they brought out a waterproof formula. If you are not that keen on waterproof this might be the one for you. Also, it's very easy to take off after a long day of work -or procrastination-. But as a girl that likes to have her curly lashes that are ready for the day I do have to go back to my old fave.

Have you tried the Benefit Roller Lash mascara? Any thoughts?

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Amsterdam Food Hotspot: The Breakfast Club

Eating in the morning is not my thing. I know skipping breakfast is a bad thing, but I don't take my time to properly eat it. If I quickly need to go to work I take a banana on the go and that's it. However if I have time I go all out. I think that in the morning you have the nicest options. Pancakes, French toast, waffles, can ya tell I love sweet things?
You can probably imagine my excitement when I went out for breakfast at The Breakfast Club in Amsterdam. No, it's not the same as the oh so popular Breakfast Club in London, but it's pretty good.

TBC, as I will now call it, have a few restaurants in Amsterdam. We went to the one on the Wibautstraat, mainly because it's close to uni. And strangely enough this is the first time I ever went there. I just never knew there was a Breakfast Club that close to uni. Maybe that's for the better though haha. 
It wasn't busy at all when we went in around 11:00 AM. I like that because I was not in the mood to queue up and it's nice to actually hear each other when you have a catch up with a friend. The interior is very stylish and Amsterdam-esque which totally helps with the chill vibe that was there.
I went for a city breakfast. They are served with fresh OJ, coffee or tea and food from your favourite city. I went for the New York breakfast, buttermilk pancakes with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and banana. Thank god for the maple syrup jar on the table because I love my pancakes to bathe in maple syrup. 
The best thing was that you could choose any coffee or tea from the menu. Cappuccino, fresh ginger tea, you name it! I went for the ginger tea because that's all I drink at the moment. It has the right amount of spiciness and with a bit of honey it's the best combination.

Back to the pancakes. They were really tasty. So fluffy and in combination with the syrup and fresh fruit a dreamy breakfast for me. I will definitely come back for a stack of these babies!

What is your favourite breakfast?

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