Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Amsterdam City Guide

// why Amsterdam? //

Amsterdam was a city I had been dying to visit for ages and when I stumbled across crazy cheap plane tickets I knew I couldn't miss out. So last February I gathered up a group of some of my favorite ladies and we took our very first European adventure together!

So why Amsterdam? Amsterdam is a city full of old world charm combined with cutting edge trends.  While most infamously known for their lax attitude towards drugs and sex it is so much more than that. It's a charming city full of canals lined with crooked houses. The city isn't just picturesque but it's chock full of history, Instagrammable cafes, cool boutiques, and so much more.

The city is also beautiful year 'round! We went during the dead of winter, February, and it was still breathtaking, but I am dying to go back in the spring and see the city in bloom! 

// what to know before visiting //

Starting with the basics Dutch is the primary language in the Netherlands, but have no fear because everyone speaks English too.

Next coffeeshops are not what you think they are. Unlike the rest of the world in Amsterdam there is a clear difference between coffeeshops and cafes. A cafe is where you go if you're looking for somewhere to sip a cappuccino. Whereas a coffeeshop is where you'll want to go if you are looking to get your hands on some marijuana.

Be careful when crossing the streets! You may have heard that Amsterdam is big on bicycling and this is no joke!   Don't loiter in bike lanes and make sure you don't just look for car traffic but also bike traffic when crossing streets. Take note that some of the main streets you have to check for the oncoming bike, cars, and trams.

If you decide to take a peak at the Red Light District just know that photography is not only disrespectful but also illegal.

Finally my favorite, make sure to try some of the local cuisine. Some of the famous street foods in the city are fries, stroopwaffles, and pickled herring. Bitterballen is another great dish, which is basically balls of fried gravy, sounds weird but it's so good! And make sure to pick up some Tony's Chocolonely and Wilhelmina Peppermints!

// getting around the city //

Getting around the city was really straightforward. Starting with the train directly from the airport to the city center. The train station is attached to the airport and it was super affordable and the ride was maybe 20 minutes max to get into the city.

First Amsterdam is fairly walkable. It isn't a huge city and a lot of the big tourist attractions are near each other, so depending on how you plan your days you'll probably barely need to use public transport.

 Amsterdam has a mixture of trams, buses, a small metro, and ferries. We found the tram to be the most efficient way to get around the city and you just purchase your pass from the conductor as you board.

Last if all of that is too intimidating there is always Uber. We did use Uber a handful times, when we just wanted to get somewhere or when it was too cold. But just like in any city Uber is not always the cheapest or most efficient way to get around.

// where to eat //

We enjoyed Pluk so much that we actually ate here twice! Pluk is an adorable cafe that serves everything from sandwiches, smoothie bowls and cakes to the most adorable selection of home goods!

The atmosphere of this place is absolutely amazing. This cafe is in a renovated cinema that was built during the '20s! The architecture of the building is breathtaking and the decor is both tropical/beachy and industrial which sounds odd but it somehow works. The food was insanely good too. Another great option with sandwiches, juices, and a variety of hot breakfast items. 

This was one of our first food stops on the trip and it is a must! Another place that is again aesthetically beautiful but also a great place where everyone can get what they want. Also pay a visit to the Kanarie Club for a drink and to enjoy the stunning decor.

Yet another cafe but again totally worth going to. This place was not even a block from our Airbnb and had amazing coffee. It's a great spot for a quick breakfast and a beautiful Insta pic.

If anywhere on this list is Instagram worthy it's this place. Not only do they have a nice variety of sandwiches and breakfast items but also the most insane cakes and milkshakes that are begging to be shared on the 'gram. We stopped by the cafe for a mid-afternoon snack and sampled some of their cakes. While the cakes were a little bit dense, the presentation and atmosphere made it totally worth it.

We ate here on our last night in the city and it's a super cozy spot to go if you are looking for a traditional Dutch meal. Perfect for a cold winters night! 

We came here right before we left for the airport on our final day in the city. It was the perfect place to stop by and fuel up for our long travel day ahead of us. The coffee was good, the atmosphere was great, and we highly recommend the pancakes!

// what to do //

We did this on our first day in the city and it is a great way to get an introduction to the city.

One of the oldest botanical gardens in the world and you will not regret visiting, as it is breathtaking.

The building itself is stunning and it holds a huge selection of stunning art. Don't miss the dollhouses and library!

Visit Dam Square

Dam Square is one of those places you can't not go while in the city and it's also a great place to head towards if you're looking to do some shopping!

Make sure you buy your tickets in advance as they sell out, you can purchase them two months before your visit. The Anne Frank house is 100% worth visiting. The exhibit is really moving and really well done.

Wander the City

As I have previously mentioned the city is absolutely beautiful and it's worth it just taking some time to get lost in the city and discover the city on your own.

This super cool museum is in a gorgeous townhome right across from the Rijksmuseum.  It holds a cool variety works from artists like Banksy, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein. 

// where to stay //

Airbnb's are always a great option if you're looking for a good deal and to get the most of your money. This is the route we went as we were on a tight budget and was better suited for housing 4 people in Europe. Just make sure to properly do your research and read the reviews! This is the Airbnb we stayed at and it honestly couldn't be more perfect for our stay, we highly recommend!

Despite not staying here we did stop by the bar for drinks one night and was blown away by the hotel. 
It's absolutely gorgeous and definitely worth the visit if just for the bar (FYI we were also survived by a cute British waiter so...) And the hotel is surprising not outrageously overpriced for how pretty it is.

This is another hotel that we stopped by the bar for drinks one night and this hotel again is an absolute dream. It is a bit on the pricier side but if you're looking to treat yourself I would definitely look into this hotel.

Thanks for reading!!


Saturday, March 23, 2019


Hi everyone! Long time no talk! I haven't posted in so long because I just honestly haven't been feeling inspired or motivated to post anything. But that has recently changed and I want to start devoting more time to the blog again! Although I'm not going to make any promises because life is life. To be completely honest life has actually been hard recently and I've been struggling a lot with my anxiety. But I guess some good is coming out of this as it's inspiring me to do things that I enjoy, like creating and sharing! Anyways I figured what better than to come back with one of my favorite links posts!

My first link isn't so much a link as much as it is a recommendation, a Netflix recommendation to be exact. If you're into K-dramas (or even if you aren't) you need to watch Romance is a Bonus Book. It's the cutest, feel good drama and I just love everything about it.

This hilarious list of 10 Things That are Great in Theory, Disappointing in Practice is one of best things I have read recently.

Glossier just dropped a Mango Balm Dot Com and to be honest I was looking for an excuse to place a Glossier order and this was it.

Would it be links post if I didn't share a What's Coming to Netflix next month?!

For all of my fellow stationary pals here are 34 Pretty Desk essentials that you probably need!

To be honest I'm not super into mukbangs, but I have been loving Stephanie Soo. She's a really good story teller and I like playing her videos when I'm just doing chores or something around the house.

Anyways this list was short but sweet! The perfect little list of things to get me back into being more active on here!


Saturday, July 14, 2018


It's finally Satur-yay!! Hope everyone out their had a great week! My week started off with a bang (so cheesy), or a bust. But Monday evening my car broke down at a stoplight, literally one minute I was sitting, waiting at the light and the next the light was green and my car wasn't moving. By some miracle I managed to get it off the road, but it was kind of traumatic and there were definitely many tears and phone calls involved. Anyways long story short the engine is busted and is currently being replaced. But other than that this week has been pretty smooth sailing, but I am for sure glad the weekend is finally here and I of course have some fun links to share today!!

73 Questions with Saoirse Ronan, have I mentioned that I love her?!

As I'm sure many of you are well aware the Nordstrom Anniversary pre-sale started this week!! A things I'm loving: this sweater (tho I do not need more sweaters), these pants, this top, and may have already bought this tee. Also can't decide if these shoes are cute or too extra/frilly...

I generally like to keep these links posts pretty light, but this article by Rachel Held Evans is v good.

Rose ice cream!?!? (Also if you haven't tried the Angry Orchard Rose Hard Cider I highly recommend)

Chloe Bruderer. I recently discovered her on Design Love Fest after saving basically all of the wallpapers she designed, but I am obsessed with her designs. She started a hashtag called #hotboiwithlacroix and it is seriously the brilliant thing ever, exhibit A.

5 Make-up trends that are currently trending in Korea.

I have been making this granola on repeat, no joke.

In case you haven't heard National Ice Cream Day is on Sunday so here is where you can get free ice cream.

Omg Ariana Grande's new song. queen.

Thanks for reading!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Korean Skincare for Beginners

As I've briefly mentioned previously Asian beauty products have always peaked my interest, which I think things that aren't American peak my interest in general but that's another story. But more recently I have actually been getting even more into Korean beauty and skincare (and fashion). Anyways my interest and curiosity led me to purchasing a handful of products and I have developed a whole new little routine. Approaching K-beauty can be a little intimidating especially if you're new to it. In case you didn't know Koreans are very gung-ho about skincare, so in return the skincare industry over there is insane and there are tons and tons of products. I wanted to make a post to not only document my experience so far but also if you're interested in K-beauty and new to it too then maybe this will help you out a bit!

If you are new to K-beauty and you want to learn more I've found Soko Glam to be a great resource. If you Google anything about Korean skincare it won't be long until you come across the phrase "10-step skincare routine," which I agree sounds a bit daunting. But Charlotte Cho breaks down each step perfectly here and explains the reasons behind each step. I also highly recommend her book The Little Book of Skincare, which goes way more into depth about Korean skincare and just skincare in general.

Before I get into the fun bits I'm going to talk about my skin type real quick. So I unfortunately was blessed with acne-prone skin, combination skin that leans more towards the side of being oily. So my t-zone for sure gets oily and my cheeks are drier but they aren't dry to the point of getting dry patches or anything.

So this is for sure I very, very basic routine consisting of only 4-steps. I couldn't quite bring myself to the 10-step routine just yet because a) my previous "routine" consisted of only 2 products and b) even though K-beauty is more affordable your girl doesn't have that kind of money. So I broke down what looked like the most important steps and focused on that. So the steps I focused on were the double cleanse, tone, and moisturize.

Step 1: Cleanse with an oil cleanser
So I start my routine off by cleansing my skin with an oil-based cleanser all over my face. I have been using the Banila Co Clean It Zero cleanser. I know oil cleanser sound scary, but this honestly melts off all of make-up and oils that have built up on my skin and leaves my skin feeling soft and ready for the next steps. To use this I just take a little bit of the cleanser massage over dry skin and then rinse it off with some lukewarm water.

Step 2: Cleanse with a water or gel based cleanser
Now that I've washed off all of my make-up it's time to actually clean my skin. So I wash my face, again. Double cleansing is actually something I did previously and it honestly makes a difference. I've been using this Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser which this cleanser is just a really good basic cleanser.

Step 3: Tone
So after all the washing it's time to use a toner! Toners are made to cleanse the skin (again) as well as reset the pH balance of your skin and prep it for absorbing products that you are going to put on next.  I have been using the Acwell Licorace pH Balancing Cleansing Toner. I chose this toner because it isn't super harsh and it has a lot of ingredients that are good at brightening acne scars which I've been all about recently. 

Step 4: Moisturize
Finally I apply my moisturizer. Moisturizing is a super important step, even for those of use with oily skin, as this is most effective in maintaining the health of your skin. An added bonus it will also help prevent fine lines and wrinkles in the future. The moisturizer that I have been using is the Cosrx Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion. I have been loving this moisturizer because it's super moisturizing without feeling super heavy on my skin.

I also want to point out that I do have a few products on my wishlist too that I have been wanting to add to my little arsenal. First is an essence, which is apparently the basis of a Korean skincare routine. These are used between the toner and moisturizer and are formulated to tackle more specific issues. The one that is currently on my wishlist is the Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. Snail mucin is apparently a super great ingredient for repairing your skin as well as brightening hyper pigmentation. I've also been wanting to get my hands on the Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine. This just looks like a super cool and innovative exfoliant that is also convenient and gentle.

So that is my current K-beauty skincare routine! I do try exfoliate about twice a week too, but I have just been using a gentle Aveeno exfoliant that I already had for that. I haven't been using these products long enough to say I've noticed a difference in my skin, but what I can say is that I have been enjoying doing this little routine. It's actually really relaxing to take the time to do this every morning and night.

I hope this was helpful for anyone who wants to dip their toes into K-beauty as well and I defiantly plan on keeping you all updating on this little K-beauty journey!

Thanks for reading!!

Friday, June 15, 2018


Can we just have a moment for the fact that we made it, it is finally Friday!!! Can I just say this past week was the longest week ever and for literally no reason. I had a little getaway last weekend at the beach with a few friends and came home early Monday morning. While our trip was definitely much needed and loads of fun, I have just been feeling drained and slightly under the weather this whole week. So I am so looking forward to have this weekend to just chill and celebrate Father's Day too of course!

A really interesting article on how we treat the heads of fashion houses as well as the role they play in the brand.

Mental health is extremely difficult to understand, for both those of us who struggle with it and those who don't. With everything going on in the news recently these two pieces on Darling that focus on the myths and meanings of depression both seemed extremely relevant, with one focusing on treating depression and one on how to offer support for depression.

PSA Reformation is now sold at Nordstrom. Can I just say Nordstrom always has their finger on the pulse and never fails me.

In honor of Pride here's a little tidbit on the history of the rainbow flag.

I've been getting into Korean fashion recently so I was all over this article on 6 affordable Korean brands you should know about.

While I'm on Korean things I picked up this book from the library and it is actually really enlightening. I also may or may not have made a cheeky little order on Soko Glam after slightly panicking over how little I do for my skin.

Wit & Delight wrote this great read on Kate Spade and celebrating her life.

6 living rooms that prove you don't have to sacrifice coziness in order to have a pretty space.

I'm not going to lie I do like nice things but I am also notoriously thrifty and rarely pay full price for anything. Here are some helpful tips, including things that I actually do, on how to snag deals on great pieces.

Last but not least this Who What Wear list of travel essentials is legit goals, like can I one day be this fab when I travel??

Thanks for reading!!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Summer Wishing

Summer season is officially here!! Even though it technically isn't summer yet until June 21, Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of summer. So I'm not going to lie the changing of the seasons has left me inspired and I have been doing a lot of browsing and shopping recently and have been eyeing up a number of pieces. Since it's been a minute since I've shared a wishlists of sorts and I have been falling in love with everything I wanted to share a few of the things that I have found extra dreamy recently!

I have to admit I don't have the most colorful wardrobe but things are for sure looking quite colorful this year. In case you couldn't tell I have been totally digging all things yellow and rainbow this season. Also if I'm being honest a few of these items may have already snuck their way into my wardrobe, like this scarf, this hat, and these shorts. Also I have completely fallen in love with basket bags and I die a little bit inside every time I see one of these little round crossbody bags. Another thing that I am a complete sucker for is a good graphic tee (and Reformation) but when I saw that Reformation came out with this cacio e pepe tee I knew I needed it, aka will probably buy the second is comes back in stock. Another trend I have been loving for this season that isn't quite as apparent on this list is anything with buttons, dresses, tops, skirts, you name it. If it buttons I want it.

I hope this gave you some good inspiration for summer!! What are some pieces you have been eyeing for summer?

Thanks for reading!!

Saturday, May 26, 2018


Happy Memorial Day weekend!! Yay!! Summer season is officially here!! Not gonna lie I am excited but I also kinda hate shorts and humidity (random). But alas I honestly think May and June are some of the prettiest months of the year here in good ol' Virginia. The weathers warm but it hasn't reached peak heat and humidity yet and all of the flowers are blooming, and all the mosquitoes and chiggers aren't out yet... Anyways my week wasn't all that exciting I've mostly just been counting down the days until payday and the Memorial Day sales lol... Also currently mourning the death of my left shift key on my laptop (aka my most used shift key) and it's making typing life difficult (also first world problems). Anyways I have some fun links for you to browse through this weekend and it's a lot of fashion related posts which I'm excited about!!

If you're looking for some warm weather outfit inspo this Glitter Guide post is so dreamy.

I can't believe the Royal Wedding was already a week ago!! I'm loving this post on what guests wore to the wedding. Hats are basically the best part of British weddings.

I admit I basically only wear giant ugly t-shirts to bed, but this post on pretty summer pajamas are literally made for dreaming. One day I will have a wardrobe full of pretty pjs.

So I wouldn't ever describe my style as "street" but recently I have found myself intrigued by street style and taking a peak at Hypebae. Which apparently I'm not the only one as this article on Who What Wear about pieces that define "Hypebae style" definitely caught my attention.

Yay!! Here's a reason to celebrate! History was made in Ireland yesterday!!

Making burgers this weekend?! Get yourself some Martin's Potato Rolls (aka the only hamburger buns) and whip up this recipe of Shake Shack's burger sauce.

If you need something to do this weekend here are all of the movies and tv shows leaving Netflix next month, so be sure to check them out before they're gone!!

Last but not least the link you have been waiting for, Refinery29 did us all a solid and compiled a huge list of Memorial Day sales to check out this weekend!!

Thanks for reading!!

Friday, May 18, 2018


Hi everyone! Super long time no talk!! I figured the best type of post to do when I haven't posted in ages is, of course, another links post. Hope everyone's week has been going well, mine has been dece. The weather over here is iffy, last week it was burning up and this week it has been none stop rain. But I'm so glad the weekend is here!! My weekend will be spent visiting some friends and obsessing over the Royal Wedding, which is tomorrow!! Fun fact: the last Royal Wedding I wasn't interested in it at all until it happened and it suddenly became the most interesting thing in the world. I remember sitting at my friends house one Friday and me, her, and her mom were oogling at the whole ordeal, I mean the Royal Family is no joke... lol I also can't wait to see the babies!! Prince George and Princess Charlotte and know little Louis are the cutest.

Currently dying over Aspyn Ovard's Tarte collab. I usually don't buy a ton of expensive makeup but I might have to splurge on this palette because it is seriously what dreams are made of.

Speaking of collabs the Cath Kidston x Alice in Wonderland collection is so adorable.

If you're feeling peachy I just picked up this earring set and ring set and am obsessed.

Eek!! The Royal Wedding is this weekend!! Will you be tuning in? Here are some wedding themed treats to help you celebrate.

Also if you aren't sure how to watch the wedding here is your guide!

One of my favorite food bloggers, Molly Yeh, just announced this week that she is going to have a show that is premiering on Food Network and I'm totally here for it.

I this is last weeks news, but the Kris Jenner x Kylie Cosmetics is one of the best things I have seen in ages. I have to admit the Kardashians are totally a guilty pleasure of mine.

Love this little Amsterdam post with Taramilktea on Anthro's blog. Also if you don't follow Tara on Instagram you need to.

As someone who struggles a lot with emotions, especially negative ones, here's a great article on Man Repeller on how to be less of a "Debbie Downer". 

Omg. This girl is literally living the dream.

Thanks for reading!!

Monday, March 12, 2018

One-Piece Swimsuits under $50

Ah! I took a tiny break last week, as I've been struggling with feeling motivated and inspired. But the slight changes in the weather and slightly longer days have left me excited for the warmer months ahead, thus I have begun getting excited about spring/summer fashion.

 Now that we're at the start of spring break season, and summer follows shortly after I wanted to share some cute swimsuits. Plus all of the stores are coming out with their swimsuits and I have seen tons of cute options. I know it does feel kind of early to be shopping for swimsuits, but you also want to grab them before they're gone!

// 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 (ugh same style diff color the yellow is already sold out) // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 //

Just like every other girl in the world I am not a fan of swimsuits or swimsuit shopping. I love swimming and going to the beach, so I'll grid my teeth and put on a swimsuit. But they are just never something that I feel 100% good in. With all of that being said I have definitely been all over the one-piece swimsuit trend lately. I say lately but you're talking to grandma over here, I've always been a one-piece girl. While I have worn bikinis in the past because they were "cool", the second one-pieces started becoming more acceptable again I was all over it.

I have been seeing so many cute one-pieces this year too and I wanted to share some of my finds! I also made sure all of the ones I included were affordable too because it can often be hard too find cute one-pieces that aren't over $100. And lets be real, who wants to spend loads of money on something that they don't feel 100% in and that's going to be getting dirty in anyways?!

Thanks for reading!!

Saturday, March 10, 2018


Hi everyone! Long time, no talk! I've actually been feeling a little blah recently and I unintentionally took a little break. I've just been struggling with feeling motivated and inspired recently. Which I don't think is a good excuse for taking a break, but I guess I'm not trying to make excuses either just explain where I've been. Anyways apparently these are the only posts that I know how to post... but what can I say, I enjoy them. I mean I try to keep up with the times... lol

So if we're being 100% honest I actually half wrote a links post for last week that I just wasn't feeling so I never ended up posting it. But, looking back I still want to share some of the links from that post... so... some of this is recycled... Which also explains why there are so many links this week. But the majority of these links are fairly light i.e. most of them are shopping related or have to do with upcoming things being released for spring/summer, which I'm personally excited about!! So grab yourself a cup of tea or some coffee and have a nice browse through everything!

Starting off from last week:

Have I mentioned I love Adam Rippon?? Well, I love Adam Rippon and here is the cutest interview of his mom.

Will she ever stop talking about the Olympics?? Maybe... In the meantime I loved this post of the most powerful pictures from the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Can I please stay at all of these lovely boutique hotels??

O.m.g. Target is collating with Hunter boots!?

Discovered this hashtag on Instagram the other day and am obsessed.

Now from this week:

Did you see what Old Navy did for International Women's Day?!

Ladies here's how you can run for office! I actually took a class on women in politics last year and it's actually v. true there is a deficit of women involved in politics. So if you ever feel inclined to run for office here's how!

Saw this pajama set in Madewell earlier this week and think it is the most adorable thing ever.

As I've said I'm not a big beauty gal, but I'm dying over Lancome's new spring collection. These macaron blushes are everything.

7 ways to declutter your life, I for real need to work on decluttering and sometimes a quick little article on decluttering is all I need for some motivation.

Probably the most basic thing I could post but Target now carries Yes Way Rose. While I have very little hope for the actual rose, the packaging is literally everything.

With spring around the corner I am totally in the mood for some spring shopping and I'm loving this outfit inspo.

Thanks for reading!!

Monday, February 26, 2018

10 Places I'd Like to Travel to Next

Coming home from Amsterdam the other week has left me energized and ready to go out and see the world. Travel has always been something I've loved and wanted to pursue, but there's always something about coming home from a recent trip that leaves you feeling recharged and inspired.

One of my favorite things is sitting down and dreaming up all of the places I want to visit one day. Not thinking about practicalities just dreaming big, so I thought it would be fun to share my top 10 places I want to travel to next! I actually wrote a draft of a similar post a few years back but for some reason never got around to posting it. It's interesting looking back at that post because while a lot of the places are the same, I have since been to a couple of the places that were once on that list! So here's a list of 10 places that I've never been to, but are at the top of my list to visit next!

1. Switzerland
Switzerland has been at the top of my list for years and will probably continue to be until I one day go because it looks gorg.eous. Nestled in the middle of the Alps Switzerland is full of crystal blue lakes, snowcapped mountains, and lush green hills. They're also known for foods like fondue, raclette, rosti, and chocolate so like sign me up, please.
2. Copenhagen
As a lover of Scandinavian design I've just been dying to go to a Scandinavian country to see it in action. Which really anywhere in Scandinavia has been on my list for awhile but Copenhagen is definitely the first on the list. Which is mostly because a.) Copenhagen looks adorable b.) it's home of The Little Mermaid and c.) it's also the home of my beloved brand Hay.
3. Miami
As an American and an American who wants to travel I think it's easy to dismiss places in the US, we often forget how vast the US is and how many cool places there are. While I know Miami has a bit of reputation as a party town, there's so much more to Miami than just clubs. It just look beautiful and it's full of art deco buildings and is a city full of art and culture.
4. Iceland
What a change of pace, Miami to Iceland? Again another destination that has been on my list for ages just because it looks beautiful. I'd just love to explore the country a bit and see the Blue Lagoon and the Northern Lights (omg!). Our layover to Amsterdam was actually in Iceland which I was excited about but let me tell you the Reykjavik airport isn't all that exciting, and it's on this little peninsula so you literally see water until right when you land.
4. Japan
So admit I do have a soft spot for Europe, but I've been itching recently to go somewhere completely new and Japan is certainly at the top of that list. I know Japan is kind of the "trendy" Asian place to visit right now, but it just looks so cool!
5. Brighton, England
Okay so I have been to England (twice), but I've never been to Brighton. Which at the risk of looking like some huge Zoella fangirl. But she made this blogpost ages ago (like before she moved there) about visiting Brighton and ever since I knew it was a place I needed to go. Between the beach and the pier and the little town it just looks like the most adorable little town ever.
6. Portland
Another USA destination I'm dying to visit, along with Portland I also want to go to Seattle and Vancouver. First the Pacific Northwest just looks beautiful (see a theme?). Portland just seems like such a cool "hipster-y" city and it's most famously known for books, coffee, and donuts so the real question is who wouldn't want to visit?
7. Bali
I don't know a lot about Bali other than it looks beau.ti.ful. and warm and sunny and again gorgeous. Admittedly, I've mostly been wanting to go because I've seen other bloggers pictures and been like um, yes please.
8. Thailand
Again I don't know a ton about Thailand except that I want to go. Again it just looks beautiful and they have Thai food, so who wouldn't want to go?
9. Brazil
The only South American destination on this list, but I have been wanting to visit Brazil for ages. Again very different from anywhere I've been but I've just always been interested in going to Rio de Janeiro, it looks v cool.
10. Austria
Had to finish with another destination in my beloved Europe. Austria is home of the alps (so pretty), weiner schnitzel (um yum), and The Sound of Music (um yes please). I mean I have a thing for Europe and quaint European towns.

What are some places that you'd like to visit next?

Thanks for reading!!

Friday, February 23, 2018


Hi everybody!! Another week, another links post! I'm actually super excited about the links I have to share this week which I know I say every week, but really this weeks set of links are v special. Given I've been watching a lot of Olympics this past week I have a lot of Olympic related posts to share. Which it's only fitting that I'm watching the Olympics as I'm writing this, what am I going to do next week when they're over! Anyways in the meantime have a browse through some of the fun things that I'm sharing this weekend. Enjoy!

I know I'm not the only one who was excited by the ice dancing results. I have to admit I may have been rooting for Canada a little bit (or a lot).

Which I mean, I ship it (which I'm cringing at saying but it's tru).

Also have y'all heard of Elizabeth Swaney, an intermediate skier who competed in the Olympics. Her story about how she made it into the games is wild and I'm also a bit torn of how I feel about it...

Raise your hand if you love Adam Rippon. If your still not convinced just look at this.

I know I mentioned the Team USA Ralph Lauren uniforms the other week, but I've also been kind of into these NASA inspired snowboarding/skiing uniforms.

Another boi everyone loves, Timothee Chalamet.

Anna Wintour and the Queen of England getting all buddy, buddy.

I mean you've probably already seen this but these pictures of Anna Wintour and the Queen of England at a fashion show are everything.

All about the rainbow stripes for spring and this dress is no exception.

This amazing round-up of steals under $30, none of which look under $30.

Looking for something to bake this weekend? Well, I made these this week and I'm kind of obsessed, they are so. good.

I've been trying to read more this year (and struggling at it), but I'm really liking the looks of this list of books to read.

Last if you haven't seen this new brand at Target you must check it out, it's very Madewell-esque at a fraction of the price.

Thank you so much for reading!!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Amsterdam Souvenirs

As I was brainstorming ideas of what to post today I thought it might be fun to share what I bought while I was in Amsterdam. In case you didn't know I just got home from a fun little jaunt to Amsterdam this past week and am obvi very excited about. But as kind of a little preview of what's to come and what all I got up to I thought it would be fun to share the little trinkets I bought.

So at some point I really want to create little city guides for all the places that I've been too. Previously my travel posts have just been me sharing where I went, what I did, and some pictures to go along with that, which a city guide would essentially be that but also a little more in-depth and hopefully they'll be a useful tool for anyone planning upcoming travels to use. But I currently have no idea what that will look like so in the meantime enjoy looking at the things I bought (lol).
Things I bought:

Tony's Chocolonely // This chocolate is everywhere there, which I already knew a little about it thanks to World Market. Not only is that chocolate really good but it's also fair trade/slave-free chocolate which is super cool. So I obvi bought 3 giant bars because I'm supporting a good cause and getting chocolate, it's a win-win.

Wilhelmina Peppermints // I mean these are just mints but we got these at a restaurant after one of meals one day and they were really good. So when I saw them in a shop while checking out at an airport I had to grab a box.

Postcards // Aren't these the most adorable little postcards?! I got them from a little cafe we ate at called Pluk. It was not only the cutest little place but they also had a little shop and I couldn't resist picking up a couple of these super adorable postcards.

Hay Pens // Hay is one of my absolute favorite design brands (I've totally mentioned them before). Even though it is a Danish brand when I saw that there was a little store in Amsterdam I had to go. The only thing I had room for were obviously just these pens, but hey, I love stationary and they are the most adorable pens.

Necklace // Restored was definitely top on my list of stores I wanted to visit. After seeing dozens of pictures of the facade on Instagram I knew I had to go. Luckily it was right around the corner from our Airbnb and was finally able to drop by on our last night. I was feeling spend-y and wanted to get something special and feel in love with this necklace when I saw it. 

House // This was my last purchase of the trip, bought in the airport like the classy lady I am (lol). I usually try to stay away from a lot of touristy things like this as it all just usually turns to clutter, but again I was feeling sentimental and wanted something special to mark this trip. In case you didn't know Amsterdam is chockfull of houses with adorable facades like this so when we stumbled across these mini-houses I couldn't say no. I thought they were super darling and the detail is amazing, you can't see it in the picture but it actually has tiny little clogs hanging in the window and flowers that snake around to the back. It's the perfect little shelf accessory.

As you can probably tell I didn't buy a lot mostly due to 1.) I wasn't trying to spend a lot of money and 2.) I only had a carry-on that was already stuffed so I didn't have much room for anything either. But I did manage to pick up a few cheeky things.

Thanks for reading!!