I love myself a good sale. Especially when it comes to basic staples of your wardrobe. I have already spent quite a bit during Christmas, so I wanted to find a new years outfit that didn’t break the bank. Luckily for me, I’m an expert sale hunter. I got the pleated skirt at H&M for 7 euros, and the coat for 25 euros. I can easily re-wear these pieces a million times, and they match with so many items in my wardrobe. The key to hunting the sale is knowing when it starts, and constantly watching the websites to see if they mark down the items even more. It can be a bit of a hassle to always be stalking H&M and Zara, but it always pays out for me. My outfit for new years is simple, and with just a touch of sparkle; the perfect fit for a low key night with some friends and champagne! Happy New Years to everyone xo
Amsterdam is a pretty casual city. Overall, I really enjoy the down to earth vibe, but every now and again, I like to spice it up a little. I honestly think people would give you weird looks if you dressed up too much here, I can’t stress enough how casual it is; so I’ve been experimenting with some outfits that are cute and simple, but still make me feel dressed up and put together. I think the key is to keep it low maintenance, and monochromatic. Nothing about this outfit screams out for attention, but I feel a lot more confidant and pretty when I’m wearing it. I still want to purchase a simple black dress to pair with some baggy sweaters and boots. Im going to sift through some vintage stores to find the perfect look. For now, this is my go to style when I want to feel a little extra classy.
My step sister and I decided to take an impromptu visit to the christmas markets in Maastricht. Maastricht is the oldest city in the Netherlands, and it is packed with small town charm. The town square was set up with shops selling sausages, poffertjes, fries, and of course waffles. They had a giant ferris wheel, a small ice rink and a carousel, it was actually the sweetest thing ever. We went for high tea, nibbled on snacks at the market, and explored the city. I always wish that people weren’t so narrow-minded about visiting the Netherlands. Tourists always seem to zone in on Amsterdam, and rarely make anytime to venture outside of it. The Netherlands is so beautiful though, and it is filled with little villages and towns that will make your heart skip a beat. The trains go everywhere, so it is very easy to get around. I just hope that gradually, people will realize that their vacation to the Netherlands should’t stop in Amsterdam!
My hairdresser recommended cutting down on washing my hair. He said it locks in the natural oils, and helps to keep it healthy. The down side, is greasy locks. I am constantly looking for new hairstyles that look cute, and keep my greasy hair out of my face. Milkmaid braids are the perfect option for medium-long hair. Your hair is completely off of you, and you end up with a chic bohemian inspired look. It is honestly the easiest hairstyle to do. All you need is some small elastics, the ability to french braid, and a ton of bobby pins 😉 (one day ill learn how to use less bobby pins) Youtube has some great tutorials if you aren’t familiar with how to do the milkmaid braids. I think this style is the perfect homage to my temporary home in the Netherlands. I hope it helps me blend in!
I have always been drawn to Cara Delevingnes brows. They are just too fabulous. Try as I may, I cannot seem to reach any sort of brow perfection myself. My eyebrows grow straight across, and thin. Ive tried waxing them a few times, but they just end up skinny straight messes. What I really want, is a thick brow line. I recently stopped by a benefit shop in London, and the lady working there recommended tinting. She said that it will bring out the blond hairs around my eyebrows, so I can use them to help shape a nicer arch. I am seriously contemplating tinting my brows, but I’m always a big chicken with new beauty products. I don’t think the tinting lasts too long though, so I figure its worth a shot! If it will get me any closer to brow perfection, I think I have to try it.
One of the amazing things about Europe is being able to visit other countries so easily! I decided to head over to London with some friends this weekend, and It was such a nice adventure. I was able to meet up with some of my girl friends from home, and it was so nice seeing a familiar face. We had brunch at a place called Balthazars, and then walked around Covenant Garden. London is such a big vibrant city, I don’t really feel like I got a taste of it in two days; so I am definitely planning on coming back. One place I could have gotten lost in for the entire day is the Borough market. It is filled with amazing food and trinkets. I had some creamy chai tea, tasted some samples, and went home with the most incredible turkish delight! I seriously thought I disliked turkish delight, until I tried this. It is rolled in coconut and pistachio and packed inside is even more pistachios. It actually blew my mind. I think I spent almost 10 pounds on a bag full of them. Totally worth it 😉 Overall, my trip was short but sweet. I can’t wait for the next time I come to visit!
Have you ever been in the middle of a huge party, and just closed your eyes, and realized you are having the best time of your life? I had one of those rare moments this week. I attended a party called Neon Splash. Basically, there is a DJ playing house music, and then you buy paint and splash it all over each other. Also, on stage there are people with huge paint guns shooting out paint onto the crowd. Sounds like nothing special, but it was seriously the best party of my life. I danced for hours, we didn’t leave the venue until 530 in the morning. I think this party will be one of those memories that I have forever. If Neon Splash ever rolls into your city, please don’t hesitate to go! You will not regret it!