October 2017 archive

3 days in Amsterdam

3 days in Amsterdam

3 days in Amsterdam

3 days in Amsterdam
3 days in Amsterdam
 

3 days in Amsterdam

3 days in Amsterdam
3 days in Amsterdam
 

3 days in Amsterdam

3 days in Amsterdam
3 days in Amsterdam
 

3 days in Amsterdam

3 days in Amsterdam

3 days in Amsterdam
3 days in Amsterdam
 

Amsterdam holds a very special place in my heart because it was my first travel abroad at the age of 18, and it was a trip organized all by myself.

Why to the Netherlands? I had a pen pal who was living in a little town in the countryside, called Gouda, and the plan was to spend one week with her at her place. Back then, Instagram and Facebook didn’t exist, and if you had a friend abroad, you didn’t chat online, but you were sending letters written by hand in order to stay in touch.

All those years, since the age of 18, I always wanted to go back to Amsterdam but it never occured. Until the day an invitation to travel to Amsterdam, while I was vacationing in Mykonos, popped up in my inbox. I was invited by an advertsing agency from Germany to join a small group of creative minds in Amsterdam for a photography project (look for #smartinstabattle on Instagram). How cool is that? And this is how, more or less, I found myself in Amsterdam at the end of September. I was thrilled to be back.

I thought I should write a few words from this experience and share a few photos from the hotel where I stayed, as well as a bunch of insteresting venues that you want to add to the list of places to visit for your next Amsterdam trip.

Day 1:  Together with the team, we had dinner at The Lobby restaurant. The Lobby is situated on the groundfloor of the Hotel V Nesplein and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. I will definetely come back to this place for one more delightful dinner with candles.

Day 2: After spending a wonderful day with my friend Rebecca driving around the city of Amsterdam in an effort to take the best Instagram picture, I was quite tired in the evening. The best way to end the second day was dining at the Bar Brasserie OCCO which is located at The Dylan hotel in central Amsterdam. That was exactly what I needed for this night: Relaxed ambience, great food and a litte bit of me time. Next time I should remember to check The Vinkeles restaurant (located in the same hotel)!

Day 3: Although there are great museums to visit in Amsterdam, I preferred to spend half of the day walking leisurely through the streets and getting lost in the canals and in the bridges, before I caught the flight to Paris.

Amsterdam tips: Check Benji’s for Balinese vibes in Amsterdam, Van Stapele for the best cookies in the world, Corner Bakery for breakfast and brunch, and Kanarie Club for the best meals, drinks and bites all day, every day!

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Feelin good

Feelin good

Feelin good
Feelin good
 

Feelin good

Feelin good
Feelin good
 

Within the last month, I travelled to four different countries in Europe. They were mostly for work!  As hectic as my schedule sounds, I know how fortunate I am to have a job that constantly keeps me happy and enthusiastic about life.

But it is worth noting that having a busy lifestyle made me realize the importance of taking a moment to pause at home between one travel to the next. This allows for a much needed downtime for recreation and relaxation. My biggest ally in this crazy lifestyle for the past few months is Vichy skin care products.

During one of the breaks that I got to spend at home, I took the pictures that you see on this blog post. The photos feature a bunch of things that I use everyday: a calendar, my computer, a perfume, plus the LIFTACTIV vitamin C brightening skin corrector.

Every time I receive a product from Vichy, I try it out on my complexion. I also take the time to research the product and its ingredients. I don’t let myself spend money senselessly. I read the product reviews, what other people say about the product, and I examine each and every ingredient that the product is made of. I make sure I know what they can really do for me and why I need them. In other words, stay informed and use a product consciously.

This time Vichy sent me the LIFTACTIV vitamin C brightening skin corrector in a small bottle with a dropper that contains 15% pure Vitamin C + vitamin E.  It is paraben, alcohol and fragrance free and promises to deliver clinically proven results. It’ll leave you with a brighter and firmer skin in just 10 days.

So, I am going to use this little bottle for the next 10 days that I will be at home. As for you? My advice is the same as my previous blog posts: Always remember there is no magical cream that will do magic on your skin. It’s up to you to take care of yourself, don’t stress too much, choose a healthy lifestyle, use a high quality product and see your skin shine every morning.

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In collaboration with Vichy 

 

At home with my Essenza mini

At home with my Essenza mini

At home with my Essenza mini
At home with my Essenza mini
 

At home with my Essenza mini

At home with my Essenza mini
At home with my Essenza mini
 

At home with my Essenza mini

At home with my Essenza mini
At home with my Essenza mini
 

Exactly one year ago I moved into a small apartment on my own. In the beginning, it felt kinda of weird having to fit all my stuff in a 30qm apartment. But I tried to see the bright side and find ways to make things work out.

Moving into a smaller apartment is not necessarily a bad thing. It was for sure an experience that has taught me a lot. It taught me the importance of simplicity and minimalism. I learned to live with less, to say good bye to useless things I had gathered over the years, and keep only the essentials.

For example, when I first moved in, the previous tenant had left a huge kitchen table in the small apartment. Getting rid of this big table for four and replacing it with a table for two made a huge positive difference to the apartment. The table for two definitely fits better in the living room. Almost all of the things that you find in my apartment needs to have two criteria: mini and essential. Regarding the style, I keep things simple and minimalistic. And regarding color, I keep them mostly white with a few black, gold and pink details.

I have never posted any photos of my new little apartment on this online photography space of mine. This changed when Nespresso sent me the Essenza mini coffee machine!. As you can see from the photos, it is smaller than a vase with roses. Nespresso’s smallest and cutest machine fits in my apartment perfectly! Like many of you that resides in the city, living space is often limited. Yet we coffee lovers can’t live without our coffee! Thanks to Nespresso at home, space is no longer an issue. You can put the Nespresso Essenza mini just about anywhere. Coffee lovers rejoice!

One week ago, I gave 3 options to my IG friends on Stories and asked them where to place the coffee machine in the apartment. Now, the ultra-light and ultra-compact Essenza mini sits nicely on my round side table next to the window. I don’t think it will move from there anytime soon, unless I move out from this apartment.

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In a collaboration with Nespresso