Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

I warn you now, this is a lengthy post. I didn’t think I had taken that many photos in Amsterdam, but then I started looking through them and realised I wanted to share every single one of them. Call it a testament to such a wonderful city. I’ve got lots of places to share with you, including where to stay, museums to see, places to shop – the list goes on.

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

I mentioned in my previous post that Amsterdam, although known for it’s beautiful old town, canals and picturesque dutch buildings, it also has some very interesting architecture as well.

Nemo is a great example of this. The science centre located on the water front by the central station is a crazy building that looks a bit like a ship. We didn’t go in the centre itself, but you can walk up the steps to the terrace at the entrance of the building and it’s one of the only places to get a high up view to this ever-so flat city. Since we managed to catch such good weather, we sat and had an ice coffee on the terrace – a very pleasant way to start the day.

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Right next to Nemo, just over the bridge is the central library. This is a pretty cool building and certainly not like any stuffy old libraries that you might have been too as a child. Have a wander around and make sure you stop by the restaurant on the top floor. This was probably one of the best lunches we had and they’ve got everything from a salad bar, to a freshly made pizza bar to smoothies.

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

We stayed in the Hotel V Fredrichsplein, that’s just on the edge of the De Pijp neighbourhood. It’s about a 15 minute walk from the very centre and is the ideal location for being central, but staying slightly out of the hustle and bustle that comes with any capital city.

I can’t recommend the hotel enough. The staff were lovely and so helpful, the breakfast was just what you need before a day of exploring and the lobby and bar are great for an early evening relaxing drink. Plus they do 2-4-1 cocktails between 5 – 6pm. If there’s something I love more than cocktails then it’s buy one get one free cocktails!

I’ve also heard great things about the Hoxton Hotel and the No 377 House Hotel, both look as beautiful and Instagram worthy as the Hotel V.

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

There are plenty of things to do in Amsterdam apart from endless wandering of the beautiful canals. The museum square has plenty to keep you occupied for more than a morning. We chose the Rijksmuseum as our choice, which has a whole mixture of collections including a bit of Van Gogh and the dreamiest of libraries.

Right next door is the Van Gogh museum which I will definitely pay a visit to another time, and the Stedelijk museum as well.

From there you can head to Vondlepark, which is lovely for a stroll around in the sunshine. Bloemenmarkt, the famous floating flower market, is well worth a little wander round, particularly in tulip season.

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

You can’t visit Amsterdam without trying a piece of Danish Apple cake, which we enjoyed it as a little afternoon pick-me-up on the first day. It has an almost sponge-like pastry base that is amazing – I have to find a recipe and recreate it at home.

A canal boat trip is quite a touristy thing to do, but I have to say it was a highlight for me. Cruising along the water in the sunshine, hopping off when something caught our eye and we wanted to go exploring. There are only two companies that run the boat tours in the city, and they are both priced pretty much the same. So take your pick, catch a boat and enjoy the waters of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

There are some great places to shop in Amsterdam, and although the exchange rate is not that great at the moment there’s still a lot of window shopping that can be done. A few highlights were Things I Like, Things I Love, and the Concrete Mans Supply Store next door. Anna + Nina is a very popular jewellery store in the city, full of beautiful things. A wander around the Jordaan neighbourhood will take you past loads of interesting independent shops, including some great vintage choices.

For places to eat I always recommend getting out of the very centre and about ten minutes walk south of the centre will take you to¬†Utrechtsestraat, a road full of independent shops, bars and restaurants. Bar Moustache is a great little Italian place that was a big hit from the whole trip. Pata Negra, just opposite is a tapas place that was busy every single night and Meat and Greek looked like a fab take away option. For more food options I highly recommend Carrie’s Amsterdam city guide – full of lots of amazing recommendations.

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Visiting Amsterdam was an absolute delight and I can’t wait to visit again in the future. Although it’s a small city there’s plenty to fill your time. And of course there’s always the option of taking a day trip to the coast or to The Hague. There’s always more to see.

xx

Design Museum - Girlglobalising

Remember when it actually felt like spring had arrived? We all left our coats at home, some even packed away for good. We started eating dinner outside and dreaming of cocktails in the sunshine.

Design Museum - Girlglobalising

Well that was short lived wasn’t it! But still, we made the most of the glorious sun and headed out for a day in Kensington.

It’s an area of London that’s fairly unknown to me, apart from knowing it’s where the wealthy, Made-in-Chelsea lot hang out when they’re not at glamorous parties.

Design Museum - Girlglobalising

But new to the area is the Design Museum, having moved into the old Commonwealth Museum a few months ago, and completely changed the stuffy old building into a piece of design itself.

Design Museum - Girlglobalising

Wander into the museum and marvel at the incredible amount of space and high ceilings. The architecture itself it worth a photo or two. Take a seat on the steps and look up and around until your neck starts to ache. Then head into the exhibitions.

Design Museum - Girlglobalising

Take your time to look around. Find out about the design and engineering history before getting to the interactive stuff.

Design Museum - Girlglobalising

Design Museum - Girlglobalising

I hear the restaurant is very good and well worth a visit, although we didn’t stop in there on this particular visit.

Where we headed to is equally worth noting – tucked away on a side street off Kensington High Street is Cafe Phillies serving up fresh breakfasts and lunches. Both Dom and I can highly recommend the mezze platter.

Design Museum - Girlglobalising

Afterwards, take a wander around the beautiful Holland Park just next door. Sit under a blossom tree and enjoy a tranquil moment in the busy city.

Or if you’re differently inclined, have a look at what the high street has to offer. With all the usual delights of Zara and H&M, plus the added bonus of Uniqlo and MUJI. There’s even a Whole Foods which I certainly always enjoy browsing.

Design Museum - Girlglobalising

I’m sure there’s plenty more to explore in Kensington, but we had an appointment with David Hockney over at the Tate Britain that couldn’t be missed. Should you be after a bit more art and culture in one day then I suggest you visit before it’s too late!

Day to Night makeup - Girlglobalising

I’ve become a bit of a pro at packing light on the beauty and makeup front when travelling. Decanting all my products into travel size containers and only taking what I know I’m going to use. They all just about fit in the airport liquids bag, because I hardly ever book hold luggage.

I’ve spoken about my travel beauty edit before, but for my recent trip to Amsterdam I took a couple of different products with me and they worked very well for a simple day to night makeup look. Since we took it quite easy on this trip, often heading back to the hotel for a little rest in the late afternoon/early evening, for once I was able to make full use of the day to night makeup options I had brought with me.

Day to Night makeup - Girlglobalising

First up is the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue – still such a favourite of mine and the Seventeen Wow Skin concealer that I have been trying out recently. I have to say it’s not as good as the Bare Minerals bareSkin Serum concealer but for a fraction of the price it does the job nicely.

Day to Night makeup - Girlglobalising

An old favourite has made it’s way back into my makeup bag – the Topshop bronzer in Mohawk. The perfect shade for my pale skin. I actually thought they had discontinued this as I haven’t seen it for so long and quite frankly I don’t know how I’ve gone so long without it. Another oldie is the Collection Speedy cream blusher, a lovely pink shade perfect for spring days.

Day to Night makeup - Girlglobalising

And finally for the face is the Topshop Glow Pot in Polish. I’ve been trying this out recently and really loving the effect. It’s just enough for daytime and doesn’t make me look like a disco ball.

Eye’s and brows are as simple as ever. Just a bit of the Rimmel brow gel to set them in place, a curl of the lashes and a bit of the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara. I took a long time to try this out but I can report it’s as good as everyone claims.

Lips for the day are a simple combination of the Maybelline lip liner in Sweet Pink and a bit of Vaseline on top.

Day to Night makeup - Girlglobalising

Now for the day to night part

To transition this look into nighttime is just as simple as the day really. I like to add a bit more concealer, just to touch up under my eyes and anywhere else that it’s needed. Then go a bit crazy with the highlighter, adding a bit more to my cheek bones, in the corners of my eyes, tiny bit down my nose and cupids bow.

Day to night makeup - Girlglobalising

Next up, as I don’t like to take too many products away with me, I double up my bronzer as an eyeshadow, adding just a light wash to my eyelids and really blending it out. Plus a bit more mascara for good measure. For the evening I add a bit of Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes. Good for the evening but very smudgy when you try to wear it all day.

Finally a red lip to really set it apart from the daytime. I like to go straight in with my Rimmel Kate Moss in 107, and then touch up around the edges with my lip liner. I think this works a bit better for me, rather than the other way round. The colours don’t quite match but they’ll do on this occasion.

Day to night makeup - Girlglobalising

So there it is, a typically simple day to night makeup look that can be taken anywhere with you.

 

I’ve been taking a long hard look at my wardrobe recently. I’ve been completely uninspired with everything in there and struggling to put outfits together that I actually want to wear, rather than just have to wear out of necessity.

I’ve been thinking a lot more about sorting out a sort-of capsule wardrobe, or at least one that has a good collection of items that all go together and are suitable for both work and weekend. After having a browse of some great, inspirational blogs, I have a much clearer idea of the look I’m going for and what I need to add to my spring wardrobe.

Spring Fashion Inspiration - Girlglobalising

Natalie off duty

A blazer has been on my to-buy list for a while and while I’m still searching for the right one that will make me look more professional, but not corporate, I may well add one in a spring hue to tide me over. This powder blue suit is just perfect for this time of year, and you could even double it up as something to wear to events in the summer.

Suggestions: Asos | Topshop | New Look

 

Spring Fashion Inspiration - Girlglobalising

Carolina Engman

I absolutely love this monochrome outfit. Having a simple, minimalist style that still looks put together and as though you’ve made an effort is the ultimate dream for me. How quick would it be getting ready in the morning. This simple white coat is perfect for when the British weather forgets that it’s spring and turns chilly again.

Suggestions: Asos | Ted Baker | Debenhams

 

Spring Fashion Inspiration - Girlglobalising

Simple Et Chic

Yes, my obsession with stripes continues. I honestly believe that I will never tire from a really good striped t shirt. I love this look – casual with the t shirt and jeans, but put together with the heels that also add a pop of colour.

Suggestions: New Look | Asos | Topshop

 

Lisa Olsson

A pair of white trousers or jeans are a must-have for spring/summer. They come back every year and are the perfect way to make your everyday wardrobe look brighter and fresher than the autumn and winter. I’m on the lookout for a the perfect pair of white kick flairs. It will be a bit of a step outside my comfort zone, but I’m really into this trend right now.

Suggestions: Asos | Topshop | & Other Stories

 

Spring Fashion Inspiration - Girlglobalising

Olivia Palermo

An all black outfit in spring? I know, I know. But as I’ve previously mentioned, the spring weather in the UK is not always sunshine and light. I love this simple look for days when you just have to get the tights out again. And again, I’m all about the speedy-ness of getting ready in the morning and you can’t deny how quick an all-black outfit is.

Amsterdam - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam seems to be having a bit of a moment right now. It’s all over my Instagram feed, I’ve read multiple blog posts and city guides, plus it’s been at the top of my city break list for quite a while.

Amsterdam - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam - Girlglobalising

Although the most photographed part of the city is the old town and all the beautiful canals and dutch buildings – my favourite part of town to wander round with my camera, it was a very pleasant surprise to find some very interesting modern architecture there as well. A complete juxtaposition to the more traditional side of the city.
Amsterdam - Girlglobalising
Amsterdam - Girlglobalising
Amsterdam - Girlglobalising
I’ve got a big city guide in the making that will include things to see, where to wander, places to eat and where to find the best shops, but for now I’ve put together a little visual diary that will hopefully spur you on in booking a little trip there yourself. Amsterdam has a very relaxed atmosphere, and we were unbelievably lucky with the weather – I can only imagine it’s even lovelier in the summer, sipping a glass of wine by the canal in the sunshine.
Amsterdam - Girlglobalising
Amsterdam - Girlglobalising
Amsterdam - Girlglobalising
Amsterdam - Girlglobalising
Check back soon for my Amsterdam travel guide, but in the meantime I hope you like the first taster of the many photos I took whilst there.
xx