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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

3 Looks- London Travels

Hey guys! Today’s blog post features 3 outfits that I wore when I stayed with my sister in London last week. I had such a fun time and did lots of shopping and fun activities. Hope you like- Enjoy!

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Look 1- Florals and Denim

Here I am standing in front of the Monki store on Carnaby Street. My floral blouse is from Monki and I’ve worn it to death since I purchased it last summer and I usually pair it with my denim skirt from Asos which always rides up- it’s not always this short- urgh! I’m wearing my tan sandals from Office, Cambridge Satchel (worn throughout) and Olivia Burton watch.

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  • Monki Pink Floral Swing Blouse
  • Asos A-line denim mini skirt
  • Office Tan Leather Sandals
  • Cambridge Satchel Navy and Blush Bag
  • Olivia Burton Black Leather Strap Watch

Look 2- Fifties Glamour

I wore this outfit for a job interview at Canary Wharf and most of the items are my sister’s since I forgot to pack smart clothes. I love my sister’s patterned midi skirt from Stradivarius as it creates the perfect fifties hourglass silhouette. Into the skirt, I tucked in a navy v-neck blouse with lace on the sleeves (again my sister’s) from Banana Republic. Since this blouse has quite a low neckline it looks good with a small dainty necklace on a short chain and mine is from Accessorise. I wore the same shoes and bag as my last look.

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  • Stradivarius Patterned Neoprene Full Midi Skirt
  • Banana Republic Navy V-neck Blouse
  • Accessorize Dainty Silver Necklace
  • Sandals and Bag (Same as above)

Look 3- Patterned Culottes

I purchased these amazing scarf print culottes from Zara about a month ago and I am still obsessed with them! I wore them out to dinner and a walk along the South Bank and styled them with this turquoise ribbed top from Topshop. I then slipped on my rose gold Ipanema sandals and opted for my favourite necklace from & Other Stories which seems to look great with everything!

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  • Zara Scarf Print Culottes
  • Topshop Turquoise Ribbed Sleeveless Top
  • Ipanema Rose Gold Sandals
  • & Other Stories Long Pendant Stone Necklace
  • Bag (Same as above)

OOTD- Summer Maxi Dress

Just a quick OOTD blog post today! This OOTD is from a few weeks ago when I wore it to work on one of the hottest days of the year- around 30 degrees! I bought this dress from Coco Marie, a womenswear boutique where I work and it’s from Superdry. The relaxed floaty fit and cami straps make it ideal for very hot days and what really sold me with this dress was the gorgeous stripe tie-dye print on dark blue background. This dress has low armholes and back so I wear it with a navy bandeau from Asos but it’s also a great piece to throw over a bikini on holiday. I paired my dress with my rose gold sandals from Ipanema and Mango silver paisley pendant necklace. I kept my makeup very natural since it would have all melted off anyway! Hope you like- Enjoy!

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  • Superdry Blue Tie-dye Maxi Dress
  • Asos Navy Bandeau
  • Ipanema Rose Gold Sandals
  • Mango Silver Paisley Pendant Necklace

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OOTD- Blush Pink and Patterned Trousers

Hi guys! Today’s blog post is an OOTD featuring some of my favourite items at the moment! I got this boxy blush pink top from my sister for my birthday from Banana Republic. It’s become one of my wardrobe essentials and I adore the crossover cut-out on the back. I paired this top with these Zara trousers with geometric print- I bought these a few seasons ago but I am obsessed with printed trousers and continue to purchase more and more, adding to my collection. To make the outfit more appropriate for this time of year, I added my navy biker jacket from Gap and to accessorize blush pink minimal heels from M&S and blush stone necklace from &OtherStories. Happy Easter everyone and I hope you like this look- Enjoy!

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My 18th Birthday

I’m 18! My 18th birthday was on Monday and it’s so weird that I’m an adult now! To celebrate, I went out to dinner in London with my family. We had dinner at Piccolino on Heddon Street and the nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus. If you hadn’t already figured from the name, Piccolino serves Italian cuisine which is my favourite and I’d definitely recommend this restaurant. I had linguine with king prawns and courgettes (Linguine ai Gamberetti) and it was delicious. Then, we decided to have pudding and drinks at Hotel Cafe Royal which is just up the road from Piccolino, on Regents Street. I opted for a light chocolate mousse alongside a cocktail called Bela (Sagatiba Velha Cachaca, white grapes, strawberries, passion fruit juice, mint). I had such a good birthday and thanks to everyone who made it such a special day!

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My sister and I at Piccolino

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My Outfit- OOTE

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I wore my Zara jumpsuit in blue tile print (need to get legs taken up- they are a bit baggy!) with Clarks black ankle boots, my mum’s oversized navy coat, Cambridge Satchel and dangle navy earrings from Accessorize.

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Bela Cocktail at Hotel Cafe Royal

And to finish here’s a few selfies from the night:

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Street Style- My Friends

Today’s blog post is a bit of a different one. For the past week I’ve been taking pictures of my friend’s outfits for a street style feature. I’m going to try and make this a regular thing so stay tuned for more posts like this. I hope you are inspired by my friend’s style- Enjoy!

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Outfit 1- Olivia

Olivia looks fabulous in baroque print skater dress from New Look. She’s styled it with black cardigan, tights and pumps.

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  • Dress: New Look, Cardigan: H&M, Pumps: Dorothy Perkins

Outfit 2- Rachel

Rachel has got the oversized trend en-pointe by wearing this grey marl jumper (borrowed from her Dad) over Topshop blue skinny jeans. Adidas burgundy trainers add a pop of colour and I love her angel wing earrings!

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  • Jumper: Her Dad’s, Jeans: Topshop, Trainers: Adidas Gazelles, Earrings: Asos

Outfit 3- Rachel

Here’s Rachel again with another great outfit. The main element of this look is her amazing leather bomber jacket with shearling detail. Style it with black jeans, boots and textured jumper like Rachel has done!

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  • Jacket: Asos Marketplace, Jumper: A gift, Jeans: Topshop, Boots: Office

Outfit 4- Charlotte

Charlotte is wearing this gorgeous Zara cape jacket in an oatmeal shade with brushed wool feel and fur collar. She lets the cape do the talking and pairs it with black long sleeve top, thick leggings and black patent boots.

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  • Cape: Zara, Top: New Look, Leggings: M&S, Boots: Office

Outfit 5- Katie

Katie is wearing a grey v-neck jumper and white skinny jeans with a muted floral pattern. I love the soft colour palette and the baggy jumper works well with skinny jeans.

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  • Jumper: Jack Wills, Jeans: H&M

NAVY- OOTD

Hey guys! Today’s post is an OOTD featuring 2 navy garments. Navy is a go-to shade for me all year round and I believe it should be approached in the same way as black- wear it all over to create an effortless look. Navy suits me better than black as it’s less harsh against my pale skin tone and it has become my comfort zone shade, especially during winter. I have paired this Topshop textured navy high-neck top with Zara navy wool A-line skirt. Then, I added M&S grey wool tights, Oh My Love burgundy cape, Hobbs burgundy brogues with gold studding and Navy Cambridge Satchel. I believe when wearing the same colour on both top and bottom varying texture is essential in order to add interest to the outfit as a whole. Hope you are all having a good weekend- Enjoy!

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Oops- please excuse the shadow of my camera tripod on me!