June 30, 2014

Travel / Great Picture Taking Places

Washington Street, Brooklyn, New York City, 2012
If you have been following my blog for a little while, you've probably noticed that I like photography. I'm by no means a professional, I just like to take photographs and I want to get better and better at it. Being in a city like New York is a photographers dream. There are old buildings and new buildings. A lot of concrete, but also a lot of green in Central Park. There are all kinds of people, a lot colours, lights, cars. Like I said a dream for photographers. I love discovering the city and taking pretty pictures. Sometimes you discover beautiful sights by accident (which isn't really that hard in New York City), but sometimes you see photographs and you think where is that one taken?! So here I have a list with places from where you can take amazing photographs.

Empire State Building / Top of the Rock
These two are pretty standard, but that doesn't mean that you should skip them. What I like to do is go to one of these during day time and to the other one during the evening / night time. I don't have to tell you that these places will give you the opportunity to take amazing photographs right =D

South Street Seaport
I've talked about South Street Seaport before, but I wanted to mention it again because it's such a great place to take photographs. Usually with skyline photographs you're pretty far away, which gives you a great view of the skyline. When you go to South Street Seaport your pretty close to the skyline itself, which gives a different but amazing view as well.

Brooklyn Bridge
Not only can you take amazing photographs of the Brooklyn Bridge itself, it also gives you a pretty good view of the skyline of Manhattan (uptown as well as downtown). You can even take some shots of the beautiful Manhattan Bridge.

Washington Street in Brooklyn
Do you want a beautiful view of the Manhattan bridge? Go to Washington Street in Brooklyn. Take the subway to High Street (the A en C train will take you there), next to the park where you exit the subway lies Cadman Plaza East, follow this street northward (to the Brooklyn Bridge). This street will turn into Washington Street. Just walk till you'll get the Manhattan Bridge in your sight.

Tudor City Place Overpass
When you walk all the way east on 42nd street, almost at the end of the street there is a overpass crossing the road. On you right side there are stairs leading to this overpass. From there you can see 42nd street almost all the way to the west side of Manhattan. If it is not too foggy you can even squeeze the Chrysler building into your photograph.

Do you have any great places to add? 
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June 29, 2014

News / A little blabbermouth

Paris, 2013
So it has been six weeks since I've 'changed' my blog into a travel blog. I can tell you I really like being a travel blogger. I love the feeling I get when I'm researching all these places, makes we want to visit them all! That same feeling makes me know for sure that I took my blog in to the right direction. I'm still figuring out how I want to balance my personal posts with my travel posts. I don't think I want a strict schedule for that, you don't want to force personal posts. You probably will see them when you see them =) I hope there will be some travel opportunities for me this year. That would would get me some pretty photos to upload. Let's all cross our fingers for that =) So that was my kind of chatty blogpost, I hope you all like where my blog is going. If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments!
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June 27, 2014

Sleeping / Advantages of renting an Apartment

Paris, 2013
Renting an apartment while on vacation becomes more and more normal. Why stay in a hotel or a hostel when you can rent an apartment? Here are some of the advantages of renting a apartment.
  1. You look like a local because it seems like you have your own house. Who doesn't want to feel like a local when you're in cities like New York, London, Paris.. do I need to go on?
  2. The person you're renting the apartment from, may be able to give you some tips and tricks that won't be in you normal city guide. He or she may be even willing to be your own personal city guide (ask nicely though).
  3. The apartment you're renting may be in a place where you normally wouldn't think of going. That's a great way to explore an area you normally wouldn't.
  4. If you're renting an apartment with a group of friends, that can be good for your budget. Renting an apartment with four people is always cheaper.
  5. Off course it depends on which apartment you rent, but you can definitely have more space in an apartment than you do in a hotel room. 
So instead of looking for a hotel or hostel, check out some apartments to rent. Here are some sites you can take a look at:

-> Airbnb
-> Wimdu
-> HomeAway
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June 25, 2014

Food & Drinks / USA's Snacks


It's so much fun browsing supermarkets in the USA, searching for candy you don't have at home. Definitely keep your eyes out for these ones:

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
These are my favourite! Little chocolate cups filled with peanut butter.

Ice Breakers
Little disc-shaped candy. My favourite are the sour ones =)

Twinkies
"Golden Sponge Cake with Creamy Filling". I've never had these before, but they look delicious! 

Jelly Belly Beans
They have the Harry Potter Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans! No more needs to be said.

Pretzels
Don't leave New York without having one of these! Buy one and go for a stroll in Central Park.

Butterfinger
Chocolate bar filled with crispy crunchy peanut-butter candy.

M&M's
We have M&M's with milk/dark chocolate, peanuts or the crispy ones. In American they have more. Peanut butter, pretzel, almond, dark mint, raspberry and more. 

Oreos
There are so many flavours in America. I can't wait to try them al =D

Goldfish
Not real goldfish but snack crackers. They're available in many different flavours, so there's always one you like.
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June 23, 2014

Travel / Shopping Abroad at Home

Madrid, 2013
Primark goes to the USA, just like Topshop did. Sephora came (and went again) to The Netherlands. Dutch store HEMA goes to Spain. Stores are opening locations all over the world. Which is great if you love a certain store, that's now finally coming to your home town. You don't have to travel to the other side of the world anymore. 

I know that travelling is so much more than just shopping, but everyone who loves shopping will tell you that shopping in another country is something special. The fact that there are stores there that you don't have at home, is what makes it special. So if you have all your favourite stores close to your home, shopping abroad is nothing special anymore.

So here is a question for you. Would you rather have al your favourite stores close to your home town, which makes shopping abroad kind of boring or would you rather have those stores far far away from you so shopping abroad is still exciting? Let me know in the comments! =)
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June 22, 2014

Travel / New York in the Movies

New York City, 2012
Just walking around New York City feels like your walking on a giant sized movie set. Sometimes it may even feel as if you've walked into the movie itself. So all of New York is good for spotting places you recognise from movies, but here are some specific places.

Friends Apartment Building

The outside of this building was used for the place where the Friends characters lived.
Address: Corner of Grove Street and Bedford Street located in Greenwich Village.

Ross/Ugly Naked Guy Apartment Building

The outside of this place was used for Ross' and Ugly Naked Guy's apartments.
Address: 12-21 Grove Street located in Greenwich Village.

Magnolia Bakery

Carrie and Miranda from Sex and the City eat a cupcake outside Magnolia Bakery.
Address: 401 Bleecker Street located in Greenwich Village.

Buddakan

This fancy Chinese restaurant was used for the scene of Carrie and Big's rehearsal dinner in Sex and the City the Movie.
Address: 75 9th Avenue located in the Meatpacking District.

Trapeze School New York

Carrie from Sex and the City goes here for an assignment. Try it out for yourself or watch other people from the waterfront promenade.
Address: Pier 40, on West Street, located near Greenwich Village.

Trump Tower

The entrance to Wayne Enterprises in The Dark Knight Rises is actually the entrance to Trump Tower.
Address: 725 Fifth Avenue at East 56th Street located in Midtown.

JP Morgan Building

This JP Morgan Building was used as the exterior of Gotham Stock Exchange in The Dark Knight Rises.
Address: 23 Wall Street (on the south corner at Broad Street) located in the Financial District.

SERENDIPITY III

Sara and Jonathan have a drink at SERENDIPITY III, in the movie Serendipity. The drink is the famous Frozen Hot Chocolate. 
Address: 225 E 60th Street located at the Upper East Side.

McGee's

McGee's is a bar that was used as inspiration for the bar MacLaren's in How I Met Your Mother.
Address: West 55th Street located in Midtown.

Schinasi Mansion

The exterior of this building was used as June's home in White Collar. Neal rents a spare room for $700 a month.
Address: 351 Riverside Drive located at the Upper West Side.
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June 20, 2014

Miscellaneous / Destination wishlist USA edition


Picture from jadegreen via Freeimages.com

As someone who loves to travel, I always have a list of places I want to visit. There are places all over the world that are on that list, but for today I've made a separate list with just places located in the United States of America. The USA is one of my favourite countries to visit, because it's so huge and there are so many things to explore. Here is a list of places where I would love to do some exploring.

Los Angeles, California
I've said it in my blogpost from last Wednesday, I really want to visit LA. This place fascinates me and I want to go there so see what it's all about!

Austin, Texas
Who doesn't want to go to Texas?! Just to name one thing: Meals on Wheels.

Miami, Florida
Just like LA, Miami is high on my list. Read all about it in two previous blogposts about Miami.

Boston, Massachusetts
Walking along the Freedom trail, spending the day at Harvard, enjoy the view from the Prudential Center Skywalk and catch a Red Sox game. Yes please!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Take the "Rocky Steps" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, eat food from all around the world at Reading Terminal Market and visit Al Capone's cell in the Eastern State Penitentiar. 

Jackson, Mississippi
According to visitjackson.com a city with soul, history, landmarks, art, passion, nature, wonder, service and space. A must visit.
 
Chicago, Illinois
Beautiful architecture, art in Millennium Park and shopping at The Magnificent Mile. 

Denver, Colorado
Rocky Mountain National Park, art in the open air all over the city, biking, just being outdoors in general. Oh and don't forget the great food.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
I don't think I need to explain this one =)

Seattle, Washington
Pike Place Market, the original Starbucks, the Space Needle or Columbia Tower Observation Deck for a great view.
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June 18, 2014

Sleeping / Hotels in the LA area

Picture by big_foot via Freeimages.com
LA is on top of my travel list (with so many other places haha). It's a place I've seen so many times on blogs / vlogs / pictures / tv / movies, but it's also a place I wouldn't know what to expect from. There are so many people that love LA, but also so many people that hate it. I can't wait to explore this city for myself. When searching for hotels I looked in LA, Santa Monica and Hollywood. When you go to LA you need a car anyway, so you might as well explore the whole area =)

Georgian Hotel **** - www.georgianhotel.com 

This 'little' blue hotel is a combination of vintage glamour and a modern accommodation. It's located in Santa Monica, right across from the beautiful Santa Monica Beach. The Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade are close by as well. They offer valet parking only, but it's a bit expensive. They do offer free WiFi. It has got great reviews on Tripadvisor and Expedia.

Shore Hotel *** - www.shorehotel.com

This hotel is located in Santa Monica, close to the Georgian Hotel. So it's close to the beach, the pier and Third Street Promenade. The hotel looks really beautiful and modern. The ocean view rooms give you an amazing view of the ocean! They offer free WiFi, so you can upload your beach pictures immediately. Just like the Georgian, this hotel gets great reviews on Tripadvisor.

London West Hollywood ***** - www.thelondonwesthollywood.com

Just like the name says this hotel is located in West Hollywood. "Hollywood glamour meets modern sexy sophistication." It's very expensive, so this hotel is only for you if you want to spend a lot of money on the bed where you are going to sleep in. But if you do, you get the most beautiful hotel (and bed). The rooms are very big, they offer free WiFi and you get a beautiful view from the rooftop.

O Hotel *** - www.ohotelgroup.com

This hotel is located in Downtown LA. O Hotel is way less expensive than the previous three hotels. So when you need to be in the Downtown area or if you don't mind driving a little farther, this is a great hotel. It's boutique hotel, looks very modern and is close to the subway. The rooms are a bit small and not all of them have a view. The hotel is located in a quiet neighbourhood. They offer lunch and dinner, but no breakfast or free WiFi.

Hollywood Hotel *** - hollywoodhotel.net

I wonder where this hotel is located? I think in Hollywood, why yes! This one is close to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and other touristy attractions. It's close to the subway, if you don't want to take your car. There's free WiFi and they offer free breakfast as well. Some people say that the hotel is in a kind of an run down area. Some say it's safe, others say better not go out at night. So you have to decide for yourself how you feel about that.
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June 16, 2014

Food & Drinks / Burgers in New York

Diner 66, in Utrecht The Netherlands
Don't like burgers? Try out these ones and you might change your mind. Do like burgers? Definitely go here to confirm your love for burgers. 

1. Shake Shack - www.shakeshack.com

I've never been a big fan of burgers, but when we were at Shake Shack I had to try one. To my surprise I kind of liked it. Kind of I say because the next time I ate a burger was almost two years later (the one on the picture above). That one I also kind of liked, so now I'm kind of curious to try out some more burgers. I know for sure I'll visit Shake Shack again when I'm in New York. Oh and you're never alone at Shake Shack, the waiting line is always long.

2. Chat 'n Chew - www.chatnchewnewyorkcity.com

I really like this place. Both times I was in New York we went here to have dinner. The first time ordered The Quintessential Macaroni and Cheese and the second time I went for The Classic Grilled Cheese. The next time I'm here I probably go for The Holy Cow (these names! =D). Check their website for there address.

3. Five Guys - www.fiveguys.com

I have to admit that the only thing I've gotten at Five Guys, is a bottle of water 0__0 When I see other visiting Five Guys (on blogs or on YouTube), I'm like why didn't I order anything other than water?! I need to make up for that when I'm back in USA. They have quite a few stores in New York. Check their website for the actual locations.

4. Whitman's - www.whitmansnyc.com

This place was on quite a few top 10 best burgers in New York lists. I haven't been here myself, but this one is on my list for the next time I visit New York. It's located in the heart of the East Village, the place looks amazing and on the menu are enough things to chose from. Have you ever been here? Let me know what you thought of the place!

5. Five Napkin Burger - www.5napkinburger.com

Another one for the list! The Five Napkin Burger (do you need five napkins while eating this burger?) has three location in New York, so there's probably one not to far from your hotel. The place looks absolutely amazing and there seems to be such a cool vibe. Check their website for all there locations!
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June 15, 2014

Shopping / Largest Malls in the USA

San Francisco, 2013
You're probably not going to plan your whole vacation around a trip to a shopping mall, but shopping malls are everywhere in the States. So if one is close by, you might as well take a peek. Most of these malls have the same stores, so you're bound to have a good time at any of them. These five shopping malls are on of the largest ones in the USA.

King of Prussia Mall
Location: King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

This huge mall has around 400 stores, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale, American Apparel, Bath & Body Works, Forever 21, J. Crew, Kate Spade, LOFT, Longchamp, Lululemon, Madewell, Sephora, Steve Madden & Victoria's Secret. They offer something for every budget, from very cheap to very expensive. Are you hungry from all the shopping you've been doing? There are three food courts and lots of different restaurants where you eat.

Mall of America
Location: Bloomington, Minnesota

This mall doesn't only offer you around 500 shops (including American Eagle, Apple Store, Barnes & Noble, Bose, Burberry, Cotton On, Disney Store, Forever 21, G-Star Raw, Guess, H&M, Hollister, Hot Topic, Juicy Couture, Levi's, Lush & MAC), they also host fashion shows, book signings and musical acts. Is the weather bad or just want to spend the day inside, I'm sure this place can entertain you for a few hours.

Aventura Mall
Location: Aventura, Florida

This mall has around 300 stores, including Adidas, All Saints, Anthropologie, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Diesel, Henri Bendel, Inglot, Jo Malone, LOFT, MAC, Nordstrom, Origins, Sephora, Steve Madden & Ted Baker. Are you in Florida and up for a full day of shopping. This is the place to go!

South Coast Plaza
Location: Costa Mesa, California

This mall has a little less than 300 stores. That's still enough for you die hard shoppers out there. Their shops include Zara, Z Gallerie, West Elm, UGG Australia, Tory Burch, Tiffany & Co, Nike Running, Macy's, Madewell, Intermix, H&M & Forever 21. Are you travelling through California, you might as well stop by this place.

Destiny USA
Location: Syracuse, New York

"Shop 'til you drop with more than 200 retailers to choose from." Stores like Yankee Candle, Victoria's Secret, TJ Maxx, Steve Madden, Sephora, Old Navy, Pacsun, H&M, Forever 21, DSW, Bare Minerals, Apple Store, Aerie, Aeropostale & American Eagle. Are you hungry? Go to iHop, Taco Bell, Wendy's or TGI Fridays.
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June 13, 2014

To Do / Touristy Places in New York


You may not want to come across as a tourist while you're in New York, but you are one. So you might as well enjoy it and visit the next five touristy (love that word =D) places in the big apple.

1. Times Square

I think this is the most touristy place in New York (in the world?!), but it's so iconic and when you're here you realise exactly where you are. New York City baby! Definitely go to Times Square and enjoy all the lights and billboards. After that, you can go off and enjoy the rest of the city.

2. Central Park

Such a beautiful place. This is the complete opposite form Times Square. All the tourists come here as well, but the beautiful thing about Central Park is, is that it's so big. It doesn't feel like a touristy place. When it's summer all the locals come to the park as well. People are laying on the grass, working out, sitting on one of the benches or they're walking around. Great place to give your feet a rest.

3. Brooklyn Bridge

There are so many reason you should go to the Brooklyn Bridge! For starters the bridge itself. It's a beautiful bridge, very photogenic. There's the view. It gives you a great view of the Manhattan skyline. And last but not least Brooklyn itself. If you've walked all the way across the Brooklyn Bridge, why not pay Brooklyn a visit.

4. Empire State Building

There is nothing like seeing the city from this height. When you're on the ground you feel so tiny because of all the huge buildings, but when you're on top of the Empire State Building you're above all that. A great place to appreciate this beautiful city (and a great place to take pictures =D). 

5. Grand Central Station

I had to think long and hard for this last one. There are more touristy places off course, but I like Grand Central Station. It's a beautiful building, with an exceptionally beautiful ceiling. A place you see in a lot of movies and tv shows (like Gossip Girl). It's a place where people come into the city, but also a place where people leave the city.
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June 11, 2014

Miscellaneous / 10 Weird Facts About New York

New York City, 2012
  1. Up until World War II, everyone in the entire city who was moving apartments had to move on May 1. Read this article about it.
  2. On November 28, 2012, not a single murder, shooting, stabbing, or other incident of violent crime in NYC was reported for an entire day. The first time in basically ever. 
  3. It can cost over $289,000 for a one-year hot dog stand permit in Central Park.
  4. There are “fake” buildings in the city that are used for subway maintenance and ventilation. The building in the middle, located in Brooklyn, has a fake facade. There is no brownstone within.
  5. The Empire State Building has its own zip code.
  6. There is a secret train platform in the Waldorf Astoria hotel. 
  7. Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, and Bryant Park used to be cemeteries.
  8. Times Square is named after the New York Times. It was originally called Longacre Square until 1904 when the New York Times moved there.
  9. Eating a New York bagel is equivalent to eating one-quarter to one-half a loaf of bread.
  10. There’s a 150-foot-deep hole (15 stories) on Park Avenue between 36th and 37th streets.
Source + more weird facts: 1
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June 9, 2014

Sleeping / Hotels in Miami Beach

Picture by pushbeyond via Freeimages.com
If I was planning a trip to Miami, these hotels would be my top 5 picks. I didn't choose the cheapest nor the most expensive ones, they're all kind of in between.

Surfcomber a Kimpton Hotel **** - www.surfcomber.com

This boutique hotel is located in Miami South Beach. The hotel has a very modern feel to it, except for the fact that they don't offer free WiFi (only for members). It's got a pool and a direct connection to the beach. It's close to shops, bars and public transportation. The people that work their are very friendly and it's got really good reviews on Tripadvisor. They "put the best of Miami at your doorstep while taking you a world away from all your worries."

The Palms Hotel & Spa **** - www.thepalmshotel.com

This hotel is located near Miami South Beach, a little further away from all the hustle and bustle. So it's great if you like to have more peaceful surroundings. It's a beautiful resort and looks very modern. There are a lot of palm trees (very important!) and the hotel is right across the beach. The rooms don't have balcony's. If you do have an ocean view room though, the view is amazing!

Room Mate Waldorf Towers *** - waldorf.room-matehotels.com

This is a art deco hotel (orange and white on the outside) with a modern decor (black and white interior, which I always think looks very clean). It's located on Ocean Drive, right across the beach. The rooms are a bit small, but big enough. Clubs and restaurants are close by, but there are almost no complains about the noise (on Tripadvisor). They don't have their own pool, but they do offer free WiFi.

Grand Beach Hotel **** - www.miamihotelgrandbeach.com

This hotel is even farther away from all the hustle and bustle than The Palms Hotel & Spa. So if you want to go to Miami, but don't want all the bars and clubs around your hotel this place is great for you. If you do want to go to the busier parts of town, the public transportation is good. The hotel is right across the beach. There's free WiFi and the rooms are very big.

Clevelander Hotel *** - www.clevelander.com

Clevelander Hotel is in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of Miami Beach. If you don't like that, than you don't want to stay here. This is a party hotel, it's noisy and there is a sports café. Night clubs and bars are all close by. It's right across the beach, the rooms are clean and there's free WiFi (to upload all your party pictures).
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June 8, 2014

Food & Drinks / Blogger Faves: Eating Out In NY

New York City, 2009
The Mercer Kitchen - www.themercerkitchen.com

I discovered this place through one of Fleur's (from Fleur de Force) vlogs. The Mercer Kitchen is situated in the basement of the Mercer Hotel, which is located in the heart of SoHo. The restaurant design is described as being a combination of industrial and classic modernism. I think that describes the place perfectly. Take a look at the pictures on the website and you'll see! There's lots of fish dishes on the menu, so all you seafood loves out there will love this place. Don't worry if you don't like fish, there are plenty of other dishes to choose from as well (pasta's, burgers, pizza).

ABC Kitchen - www.abckitchennyc.com

Mara (from www.ablogaboutlove.com) made a list of her favourite places to eat in Manhattan. One of the restaurants on her list is ABC Kitchen. What she says about it: "Awesome place to dine for a lunch date. When lunch dates call for dining, which hopefully is often :) Organic and local. Keep your eyes peeled for designers and celebrities." This place looks cute, edgy and natural at the same time. It's really close to Union Square and you can go there for brunch, lunch and dinner.

Spice Market - www.spicemarketnewyork.com

This place looks amazing! Spice Market is a two-level space, located in the Meatpacking District. They are inspired by the street food in Southeast Asia. "With each new dish you are transported to the idealization of a Vietnamese street market or a Thai food stall." You can choose from meat dishes, seafood dishes, vegetables, noodles and rice dishes, soup dishes, salads and more. Check out their website to get a feel of the place. This was another find through Fleur's (from Fleur de Force) vlogs.

The Butcher's Daughter - www.thebutchersdaughter.com

I the first time I read something about The Butcher's Daughter was on Annemerel's blog. The Butcher's Daughter is located in NoLiTa (North of Little Italy). "They treat fruits and vegetables as a butcher would meat." This sounds like my kind of place (I'm not a big fan of meat). You can come in for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner or just for a drink. The menu has lots of different things to choose from. They also have cleanse & trim packages, but that may not be a good idea if you're only in New York for a short while.

Olive Garden - www.olivegarden.com

This is my personal favourite =) I'm a huge pasta fan and the pasta I had here was delicious. Everything was perfect, from the starter, to the main course and don't even get me started on the dessert. I had the Zeppoli (soft traditional Italian doughnuts dusted with powdered sugar and served with chocolate sauce for dipping). It was the best dessert I've had in my entire life. There are two locations in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn, we visited the one on Times Square. The people that worked there were really friendly and overall we had a great time.
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June 6, 2014

Books / The Cutest Bookmark


I got this super cute bookmark for my birthday a while back. After reading a lot of books on my iPhone, I'm excited to finally start using it! Makes the book you're reading super cute as well =)


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June 4, 2014

Travel / Fashion Shopping in New York

Forever21 on Times Square, New York City
When I watch other people's New York vlogs, a lot of the time I hear them say New York is not good for fashion shopping. I on the other hand love shopping for clothes in the City. Here are some of my favourite stores in New York.

Aritzia - www.aritzia.com

I discovered Aritzia while I was doing my research for my trip to New York. I think it was vlogger / blogger Kayla that mentioned Aritzia and I wrote it down. So when I was in NY in 2012 I visited their store and when I was in San Francisco in 2013 again I went to Aritzia. Both times I bought leggings. Their clothes are of amazing quality and their staff is super friendly. Prices vary (for example leggings are available in different prices $20 - $30 - $55 - $65).

Forever 21 - www.forever21.com

Forever 21 may be slowly coming to Europe (London, Antwerp and Amsterdam to name a few), but that does not mean you should skip Forever 21 when you're in New York. The stores are huge, the collections are bigger (and therefore different than over here) and because of the dollar it probably means it's cheaper as well. The Forever 21 store on Times Square is even open until 2 am! Midnight shopping it is!

Niketown - www.nike.com

For all the sporty people out there, this place is heaven. It's huge and you can wander here for hours. I play soccer and a few months ago I started running as well and I can't wait to go back here and buy some (a lot of) things. Check the Nike website for their exact location.

Urban Outfitters - www.urbanoutfitters.com

Even in Amsterdam we have a Urban Outfitters now, but I still like the visit this store when I'm abroad. It's such a good place to browse. Not only for fashion, but for books, cd's, accessories and crazy little fun stuff as well. They definitely have different collections than the one in your country and again it might be cheaper because of the dollar. It can't hurt to have a look around, can it? =)

Pookie and Sebastian - www.pookieandsebastian.com

This one's a bit pricier than the other ones. But it's such a cute little boutique, which sells clothes and accessories. This is definitely one for the girly girls. They have four stores in New York, for their addresses check their website.
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June 2, 2014

Food & Drinks / ♥ Churros


I've written a few times about my love for churros. It's huge! You don't come across them very often here in The Netherlands. Oh I know they're sold at some places around here, but I don't go looking for them. I would need to go working out a lot more if I did. But on days like Kingsday you can't avoid churros. So when I got a text from a friend saying that they were selling churros across from the huge orange (how appropriate for Kingsday) theatre, you can image my happiness =)



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June 1, 2014

Travel / Why You Should Go To Miami

Picture by Muze26 via Freeimages
I once said to someone that I wanted to go to Miami. I wasn't planning a trip or anything, but Miami is just one of those places I've always wanted to visit. They said no don't go. They're not big fans of Miami. I was like whatever. Lately I'm seeing Miami all over my Instagram, Bloglovin and YouTube (Andy from Style Scrapbook was in Miami a short while ago. Mariannan from Mariannan.costume.fi went to Miami. Mascha from Beautygloss was talking about Miami in one of her vlogs. One of my friends booked a trip to Miami). Miami is everywhere! All I can say is that I definitely want to go to Miami and why wouldn't I want to visit the Sunshine State?!

  • Warm weather (even though the warmer seasons can be a bit humid as well)
  • White beaches and blue water (great for picture taking!)
  • Think art deco, pastel colours and neon lights. 
  • Palm trees. Do I need to say more? I love palm trees!
  • Miami in general is = Picture taking heaven
  • Lots of shopping malls where you can spend all your money =)
  • Miami it totally different than any other city in America
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