Month: August 2015

Amsterdam- Holiday Snaps and Outfits

I’ve just come back from a girls holiday spent in Amsterdam, Holand. We went for 3 nights from Monday to Thursday this week and had the most amazing time. Our days were jam-packed so we’d definitely like to return in the near future to see more of this beautiful city.

Getting to Amsterdam was surprisingly easy with the flight being only around 50 minutes which for me is the same amount of time getting a train into London- by the time I had finished reading the EasyJet magazine I was taken a back to hear the announcement- “Cabin crew prepare for landing.” When we arrived at Schiphol Airport a few stops on the train took us into central Amsterdam and then a 20 minute walk to our hotel. We stayed at ITC Hotel which overlooks the Prinsengracht and it is in a great central location, walking distance of the city’s hot spots.

Amsterdam is a stunning and buzzing city and the people are very welcoming and down to earth. The Dutch also speak amazing English so although I felt guilty not being able to speak a word of Dutch, it was very convenient. I would definitely like to return to see more of the city and maybe hire out some bicycles next time to make full use of the cities many bike lanes.

Activities/Food:

  • Rijksmuseum– Dutch national museum of art and history from the Middle Ages to the present day. It was definitely worth seeing including paintings by Van Gogh and Rembrandt. There were also breathtaking old dolls houses and delicate china vases and plates in the Dutch style. If you are 18 and under this museum is also free.
  • Eye– Film institute in striking modern building, accessed by a free short ferry ride. There was an exhibition about film cameras with lots of interactive activities such as taking quizzes in the pods and filming short clips.
  • Vintage Shops– If you are into vintage clothing, Amsterdam is the perfect place to visit with many great vintage shops scattered about the city. I would say that many were slightly pricey but it was still fun to browse and my favourite was called Laura Dols which is known to have the largest collection of vintage glitter and glamour in the Netherlands and specialises in 50s clothing and accessories.
  • I amsterdam– A good place to take photos but I couldn’t manage to climb right on top of the letters!
  • Sex Museum– Although a very dated museum, if you are up for a laugh then I’d recommend going plus it’s only 4 euros entry.
  • Blue Boat Canal Cruise– Definitely would recommend doing a canal cruise since it’s the best way to see an overview of the whole city and we did an evening cruise at 8.00pm which lasts 90 minutes and is 19.50 euros with one free drink. It was lovely seeing all the buildings lit up at night but unfortunately a massive rain storm started during the middle of the cruise and although it was a covered boat there was lots of dripping from the ceiling and steamed up windows.
  • Hummbar Lobster and Burgers– We had some amazing burgers at Hummbar and I went for the Italian burger which was devine and also huge, with lots of chips.
  • The Pancake Bakery– Famous for it’s delicious pancakes and has been visited by celebrities including Miley Cyrus. I usually have nutella pancakes but wanted to try something different so I opted for pineapple with yogurt icecream which was really good. My friends went for slightly more calorific options with lashings of whipped cream on top and consequently we all felt very sick after consuming the massive pancakes.
  • Coco’s Outback– Although it seems wrong to be going to an Australian pub in Amsterdam, if you are after some tasty cheap cocktails this is the place to go and I would recommend the Strawberry Daiquiri and Gummy Bear Martini. Also they have a happy hour from 10:00-11:00pm where drinks are served at a reduced price.

Holiday Snaps

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Outfits

Outfit 1- Travelling

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  • Vintage Denim Shirt
  • Asos White Cami Top
  • Stradivarius Geometric Print Skirt
  • Ipanema Rose Gold Sandals
  • Miss Selfridge Silver Coin Necklace

Outfit 2- Culottes

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  • Asos Slouchy Navy Ribbed Cardi
  • Asos White Cami Top
  • Zara Scarf Print Culottes
  • Ipanema Rose Gold Sandals
  • &OtherStories Long Pendant Stone Necklace

Outfit 3- Geometric Shorts

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  • Asos Slouchy Navy Ribbed Cardigan
  • Asos Black Cami Top
  • Asos Geometric Print Shorts
  • Vintage Navy Cross Body Bag
  • Vintage Gold and Black Chain Necklace
  • Accessorize Pearl Earrings

Newquay, Cornwall- Holiday Snaps and Outfits

I’ve just come back from a holiday in Newquay, Cornwall and despite a few days of bad weather it was a really nice break. I thought I’d share a few photos that I took on holiday and also some photos of some outfits I put together whilst I was there- Enjoy!

Holiday Snaps

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Outfits

Outfit 1– Festival Style at Boardmasters

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  • My outfit: Floral Palazzo Pants: Primark, Cobalt Blue Sleeveless Top: New Look, Navy Raincoat: Boden, Navy Trainers: New Balance, Earrings: Shu Shu, Watch: Olivia Burton
  • Chloe’s outfit: Navy High-neck Top: Zara, Patterned Jeans: Zara, Navy Waterproof Jacket: La Redoute, Burgundy Trainers: New Balance 

Outfit 2– Seaside Sunset

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  • White T-shirt: Banana Republic, Tropical Print Trousers: Zara, Denim Oversized Shirt: My Dad’s, Rose Gold Sandals: Ipanema (p.s. please excuse weird facial expression)

Outfit 3- Pink Skies

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  • Navy Biker Jacket: Gap, Navy Sleeveless Top: Verbadet, Geometric Print Skirt: Stradivarius, Rose Gold Sandals: Ipanema

Outfit 4– Floral Shorts

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  • Pink Laser Work t-shirt: Banana Republic, Navy Floral Shorts: River Island, Rose Gold Sandals: Ipanema, Tortoise Shell Cat-eye sunglasses: Asos, Pearl Earrings: Accessorize

Outfit 5– Gingham Swimsuit

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  • Blue and White Gingham Swimsuit: La Redoute, Navy High-waisted Shorts: H&M, Pentagon Tortoise Shell Sunglasses: Asos

Street Style- My Cousins

Hey guys! A street style post today based around my cousins’ style. My cousins Hannah (12 years) and Benny (7 years) come to England every summer and we go to the coast as a family- this year we stayed in Newquay, Cornwall. Hannah and Benny live in Berlin, Germany and are bilingual as my uncle is English and my auntie is German. It still truly amazes me how quickly they can switch from English to German and then back into English! I thought it would be a fun idea to do a blog post on their style and so I took photos of some outfits which Hannah and Benny wore whilst we were on holiday together- Enjoy!

Hannah

When Hannah was younger she embraced German style which involved odd socks, long tunic tops worn with leggings underneath and clashing prints. However, especially this year, I’ve noticed that her style has changed. As with many pre-teens and teens living Europe, her style is sporty and predominantly casual but I think elements such as the denim boiler suit, printed crop top and feminine white dress are more typical of British style. Therefore, her style is a fusion of German and British which signifies that both German and British culture have influenced Hannah’s clothing choices. Hannah always does lots of shopping whilst she is in the UK and her favourite shops are River Island, Topshop and Next. For Hannah, her Topshop high-waisted black jeans are staple and she pairs them with crop tops, oversized sweaters, hoodies and sporty bomber jacket. Here are five outfits that she wore whilst in Cornwall:

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Outfit 1

Hannah paired Topshop high-waisted black jeans with monochrome butterfly crop t-shirt. Straw hat from &OtherStories and Clarks block heels were both borrowed stolen from my sister which demonstrates that Hannah often wants to replicate my sister and I’s style.

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Outfit 2

On a chillier day in Cornwall Hannah threw on light wash denim boiler suit/jumpsuit with drawstring waist which really suits her and is a very versatile and stand-out piece. To finish off the look, she opted for peach hoodie and Nike trainers.

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Outfit 3

It’s those black jeans again- this time styled with grey sweater with fun floral peace print. The oversized sweater works well with skinny jeans in order to balance out the silhouette and Nike trainers are the perfect choice of shoes for this look.

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Outfit 4

This look is probably my favourite as Hannah just looks so cute in this white button up dress from Element. Paired with vibrant yellow beach bag and coral Toms espadrilles it’s an ideal outfit for a sunny day.

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Outfit 5

I just love Hannah’s bomber jacket from Hummel, a German sportswear company and she chose to wear it with her Topshop black jeans and underneath she is wearing New Look stripey crop top with peter pan collar which was a hand-me-down from me. Earlier in the day she was wearing purple flip flops but later on changed into her coral Toms.

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Benny

Benny is only 7 so his style hasn’t changed as much as Hannah’s has in recent years but similarly to Hannah, his style is sporty and he’s not afraid of experimenting with colour. His interests also come through in his clothing for example his England Football polo shirt. I didn’t manage to take as many photos of Benny’s outfits as he was slightly less willing than Hannah but here are three outfits that he wore whilst on holiday:

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Outfit 1

Benny wore this outfit on a cold windy day and he layered a green hoodie with Vaude red and green waterproof jacket. Then, he added turquoise skinny jeans and light grey Converse.

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Outfit 2

This outfit works well through the pairing different tones of blue- navy polo shirt and light blue shorts.

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Outfit 3

I’m in love with Benny’s new River Island t-shirt which has a maroon, light grey and white section in marl effect fabric- I’d quite like it for myself! His turquoise jeans look great with the maroon in the t-shirt and grey Converse complete the look.

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