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.

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

Amsterdam - Girlglobalising

I’ve just arrived back from what I think was the best and loveliest city break that Dom and I have ever been on together. From start to finish Amsterdam was an absolute pleasure.

It started with the easy drive to Bristol airport. Why all airports aren’t that convenient to get to, I don’t know. Then a quick hop, skip and 50 minute flight and you’re in Amsterdam Schipol. How bloody easy!

Amsterdam - Rijksmuseum - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam - Girlglobalising

Although a little grey when we arrived, the sun soon showed it’s face while we wandered around the quiet canal lanes and over bridges. I will never tire of looking at the picturesque Dutch buildings – each one is different and the huge windows made them look like what could be my dream home.

Amsterdam - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam - Girlglobalising

I’ll tell you more about what we visited in Amsterdam in another post, but for now I couldn’t wait to give you a taste of all things Dutch, including the beautiful Rijksmuseum, the tasty cocktails we drank and wonderful streets we walked.

Amsterdam is an incredibly walkable city and we were averaging around 20,000 steps per day. A bit better than the measly amount on a normal working day for me.

Amsterdam - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam - Girlglobalising

I’ll be back with more photos soon and a complete Amsterdam city guide, but for now I’ll leave you with some of the photos I shared on Instagram – follow me here!

xx

Brooklyn Bridge - NYC - Girlglobalising

During our visit to New York in November it went without saying that Dom and I wanted to explore Brooklyn.

As the more laid back little sister of Manhattan it has a completely different vibe to Midtown, mostly because of the slower pace and less crowded pavements.

Starting off in DUMBO – or Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass for those who were thinking of a big eared elephant – we wandered down under the bridge, stopping for photos until we reached the Brooklyn Bridge Park. From here you get the most incredible and completely uninterrupted view of the financial district, and further along, Lady Liberty herself.

Brooklyn Bridge - NYC - Girlglobalising

Brooklyn Bridge - NYC - Girlglobalising

Stopping in West Elm for a coffee to warm up our cold hands and look around their beautiful homeware, we then headed out to catch a water taxi up the Hudson river to our next destination, Williamsburg.

Home to the Brooklyn Beer Brewery and many other hip and trendy shops and eateries, take some time to wander the wide streets and enjoy the quieter side to life in New York City. The Brewery offers free tours between 12-8pm on Saturdays if you fancy seeing how the golden stuff is made.

Brooklyn Brewery - NYC - Girlglobalising

Follow your feet to Bedford Avenue when you start to get peckish, and treat yourself to some brunch or lunch. We happened upon one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soups ever. Just what you need on a chilly day.

Brooklyn - NYC - Girlglobalising

Brooklyn - NYC - Girlglobalising

Once you’ve explored Williamsburg and are ready for a little pick me up, hop on the metro back to Brooklyn and stop for coffee in one of their many independent coffee shops.

If you are wandering around on a Saturday, why not partake in a little browsing at the Brooklyn Flea Market?

Brooklyn Flea Market - NYC - Girlglobalising

Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn is one to the main streets to find something tasty for dinner, so you won’t be wandering long before something takes your fancy.

There are plenty of other things to see and do south of the river in NYC, but sadly this was the end of our day. All the more reason to head back, right?

Brooklyn Flea Market - NYC - Girlglobalising

Sadly this brings my New York posts to a close. I hope you liked each one (catch up here and here). Next up Dom and I are heading for a little staycation as a birthday treat, so I’ll be sure to put a little something together to show you what we get up to.