Sunday, October 15, 2017

Autumn in Amsterdam

Oh Amsterdam. Of all the cities in the world I keep coming back to you. And I definitely do just that because this blog has seen quite a few posts about The Netherlands officially one of my favourite countries in the whole entire world.

It makes me a little sad that once upon a time I used to share all my travels here but with time running away from me all too often these days I just forget. Moreover, the blogging and vlogging world started to consume me somewhat last year and so earlier this year I created an Instagram for my adventures as it is, as the name suggests, just so 'instant' and easy to share moments. Of course there is a lot of controversy around Instagram in the blogosphere but for me just starting this as fun I'm loving the creativity of sharing my travels with you all. I'd love it if you popped over and said hi! It's so nice being able to get to know so many of you personally outside of my business Beauxoxo (but for my business adventures you can find me right here).
And so what is it that makes Amsterdam just so very special? Well its the luxurious canal houses that nestle against the charming gabled facades over a maze of criss-crossing canals with a plethora of picturesque bridges adding to its lovely cityscape for one.
And it's the exceptionally charming buildings in the city centre with blooming flower boxes that create the prettiest backdrop imaginable. Amsterdam feels like a fairytale from start to finish.

To see everything this city has to offer the best way is simply to explore. Take in the beauty of the canals with a cruise, and soak up the architecture and feel the buzz of the city by wandering around the streets and seeing what hidden secrets you can find. I guarantee that by the end, you'll have fallen in love with Amsterdam as much as I have over the years.
And my top picks? Well that's so hard to say because it really depends on what sort of things you like to do. Anne Frank's house is incredibly emotional but so important to see, for art the Van Gogh museum and the Rijksmuseum are equally spectacular.

For shopping I adore the nine streets, with its charming intertwining streets full of gems and The Darling being one of them. The Foodhallen is also incredible for handmade treasures.

For food Bagels and Beans has my heart always but if you fancy something extra fancy, Gs brunch boat is such a gezellig (the Dutch word for cosy!) experience. I'm also a huge fan of Pluk, a super Instagram friendly spot that has Unicorn acai bowls (yes, really it's a thing, an amazing thing!) and the best matcha lattes ever. They also sell the cutest merchandise range that makes this spot a must visit in my book. Finally, for my vegan readers, I recently enjoyed a truly unique meal at Mediamatic and highly, highly recommend this incredible place!
So until December Amsterdam, my sweet love, tot ziens and thank you for always greeting me the warmest, most familiar, gezellig hug. Ik hou van je always. 

For previous posts from my favourite city check out the archives right here and don't forgot to come over to my personal Instagram and say hello! 

How many of you are equally head over heels in love with Amsterdam? Or if you have yet to visit, is it somewhere you'd like to go soon?

xoxo
Saturday, October 14, 2017

London Autumn Lookbook with Paige Joanna

I'm so excited to present this little autumn lookbook from a recent visit to see my darling friend Paige Joanna where we explored the Hello Kitty pop up cafe at Tombo in London and then meandered through the pretty streets around Fitzrovia to play dress up in sweet fall and autumn outfits featuring Beauxoxo, my handmade hair accessories.

We decided to style staple pieces like velvet bows, knitted bow headbands and finally one of my berets, and you can also see all the outfits in a lookbook for Youtube below or skip to it right here.

Look 1
We filmed look one at the incredible Hello Kitty pop up at Tombo, a Japanese restaurant in London, and you can read all about here as it was such an overwhelming adorable experience that trust me, you are going to want to see all the photos!

We picked my red velvet bow for this look as we felt it was the bow Hello Kitty would want to wear herself! My velvet hair bows are one of my favourite creations I make at Beauxoxo as they are inspired by my love of the Victoriana trend.

For a second look at this spot, we styled my velvet turban headband in burgundy with an adorable dress Paige found in a flea market on her French travels this summer. It's a gorgeous retro, feminine look that is so easy to take from day to night!

Look 2
We're taking it extra cosy now with a sweet knitted headband with the same dress as the previous outfit with the addition of a gorgeous peachy pink trench coat that blends like a dream into the baby pink backdrop. Blogger goals achieved?! I think so! Paige keeps me up to date on all these things I swear! Otherwise I always feel so uncool and out of the loop haha.

I don't often venture into the Fitzrovia part of London but I became quite enchanted that day by the diversity of  the grand 18th and 19th century apartments that nestle next to leafy parks and hidden streets lined with lively bistros, cafes shops and galleries. I hope our video, and of course the photos,  give you a good flavour of the surroundings.

Look 3

Our final look is this dreamy Chi Chi dress with my woodland beret in green. Because what says autumnal style without a beret, right? And there's an actually rather humorous tale about this dress because it's something that always happens to me and Paige. Because you see we basically have the same wardrobe. We have a style that is so similar that occasionally when we meet we are either wearing the same thing or cooing in delight that we already own the same item haha. The night before our photoshoot, Paige brings out this dress and I squeal with delight as I had previously tweeted about wanting it myself! So, yet again, our minds are totally in sync!

But I truly love this pretty crochet dress with my beret and around the pretty terraced streets of Fitzrovia it's defnitely made me inspired to dress up my berets with more than just typical knitwear and coats.


And there you have it: 3 gorgeous unique looks with Beauxoxo in the heart of London. What do you think? Is this sort of post something you'd like to see more of? I hope you love this lookbook as much as we did putting it altogether. What look is your favourite, and what sort of looks do you love rocking in autumn? 

xoxo

And remember lovelies....

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