New neutrals

16 Sep

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I’ve been trying more beauty products lately. I used to be absolutely faithful to a couple of brands, but since I’m addicted to lots of beauty channels in You Tube now, I’m discovering a whole new world. And I’m loving it. Here you have a few new products that I’ve been loving lately:

This Summer I bought the Body Shop Chocomania Body Butter in a railway station. Am I the only one who buys most of her beauty products in transit? Airports, railway stations, duty free or not… I don’t care. Anyway, I used to love Body Shop during college but since then I think I ‘ve never used any of their products ever again. Well, after listening to lots of Youtubers claiming that Body Shop body butter was the bomb I decided I should give it another chance. Do you know that they have a gazillion versions now? When I was in college there were the olive oil, coconut and almond body butters, I think. That was it. Well, now you can choose between every fruit imaginable!!! But I chose chocolate. Because if I can choose, I always choose chocolate. That’s my moto in life. The truth is that this is the closest you’ll ever been to become a chocolate bar. It really smells like chocolate and it’s just as nourishing. It leaves your skin super soft, a tad shiny (but in a good way) and it was perfect after that glorious shower that makes Summer nights  a little bit better. You know, that moment when you finally get rid of the sand and you decide to let you hair wet and just go out to have some delicious dinner.  I liked it so much, that I will be using it again in Autumn.

The lipstick pictured is the Maybelline Color Sensational in Precious Beige. I wanted something like that since I saw this video. I love a good eye liner  and this lipstick is the best partner for a 60s look. Well, basically I try to copy the look from the video. The result… well, I’m getting there. I think it gives the sensation of fuller lips and has  a beautiful slightly glittery finish. So 60s.

Anna, from Vivianna does make Up , convinced me with her pretty videos that I needed the Clinique Chubby Stick Shadows in Fuller Fudge and Ample Amber. They are super easy to apply (I just draw a line and smudge it with my fingers) and I get pretty nice natural brownish smoky eyes. They have been my absolute favorites lately.   The last product today is the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla. That was Anna’s fault too. Here I have to say that for me nothing compares to Yves Saint Laurent Touch Éclat. That is my favourite beauty product of all times. But I was curious about this concealer. Mostly because some times you need something with more coverage. Well, if coverage is what you want, this is for you. I use just a tiny amount and blend, blend, blend.  I don’t wear it on a daily basis, though, but when I want to bring the big guns (and leave the dark circles under my eyes at home) this is what I’ve been using.

What about you? Any new beauty products? Do you buy things because you see them in others and like them? Are you addicted to beauty channels too?

 

mmm… Monday! A secret kitchen

15 Sep

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Today there are no food pictures. How come will you ask… it’s mmm…Monday! Well, today it’s all about mystery. In Amsterdam we enjoyed one of the funniest, more exciting dinners of our lives. But we can’t show you any pictures or give you much more information because it took place in a secret kitchen!
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Weekend style icons: The fashion eaters

12 Sep

tfeAnother Friday, another scandi beauty. Lately we are fascinated by these girls that look amazing with just a couple of basic pieces. I guess they have that je ne sais quoi that turns a simple outfit to another level. That’s the key to personal style. Our inspiration today comes from the blog The Fashion Eaters.
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Michael Kors Spring- Summer 2015

11 Sep

KOR_0099Normally we talk about fashion on Wednesdays but… have you seen the amazing collection that Michael Kors presented yesterday in New York? As soon as I saw the first images on Instagram I fell in love. Absolutely gorgeous yet wearable. I’m sure you can picture yourself in at least three of the looks. I don’t think that you have to be a super model to look beautiful in these outfits, they seem to be designed for real women. Here you have my favourite looks, if you’d like to see. (And please take a look at the shoes! Flats!)
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Amsterdam: the sunset

11 Sep

Amsterdam_canals_14After a whole day of exploring, we decided to hop on a boat at sunset. It wasn’t planned, it just happened. We were exhausted but we curled up in an almost empty boat and enjoyed a peaceful, quiet cruise that showed us Amsterdam from another angle. The water was calm and we felt that we were the only ones wandering through the canals.
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We need this! Crossbody bags

10 Sep

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When you are a lazy dresser like we are and your main priority is comfort, cross body bags are a must. While we love a nice tote bag, this season we are looking for the best cross body bag to run errands and travel in style. It has to be light, compact, pretty (obviously) and has to fit our camera. Here are a few options, from the most expensive brands to the most affordable high street labels.

 1. This is our favorite. It has a vintage vibe, inner and outer pockets and it’s made in Italy.

 2. Her name is Lily and it’s cute, isn’t it? The golden details make it classic and the deep green color is the epitome of Autumn.

 3. And talking about color… this bag would look amazing with a monochromatic look. All black, all chocolate, all navy, all white, all burgundy… The possibilities are endless! Quite an investment piece, though.

 4. The smallest of the list, but we love the brogue and fringe detailing to the front flap. A back to school bag!

 5. Finally, the modern classic. Maybe too casual, but maybe the most appropriate for us?

Amsterdam photo diary

9 Sep

Amsterdam_photodiary_21This was our first time in Amsterdam. A weekend, no plans ahead and so many things to do… What did we do? Walk. We didn’t visit any museum and gosh there are museums in Amsterdam!!! But we wanted to see the canals, discover the corners that we had seen so many times in travel magazines, we wanted to be spontaneous and we wanted to say goodbye to Summer. I felt a little bit overwhelmed because I really wanted to make the most of the weekend but also be relaxed and easy going… So I ended up a tad frustrated and anxious. Yep. That’s what happens when I try to be spontaneous. Does that happen to you too? All in all we had a great time, we walked until we were exhausted and we fell in love with Amsterdam. Obviously, we have to come back to visit some museums and eat some stroopwaffel! Here you have some pics and highlights of our weekend if you’d like to see…
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mmm… Monday! Chocolate gâteau basque

8 Sep

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What a better way to start the week than enjoying a decadent rich chocolate dessert? We found this chocolate gâteau basque recipe in one of Julie Andrieu books and I can say it’s the best chocolate cake I’ve ever baked. The texture will surprise you, a chewy pastry and  a creamy fudgy ganache with an intense chocolate flavour and a touch of cinnamon.
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Weekend style icons: Sara

5 Sep

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Our weekly dose of inspiration comes from Sara’s closet. On her blog, Harper & Harley, she claims to have reduced her wardrobe down to the basics of black, white and grey. Well, she got us there.

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Hotel V Frederiksplein, Amsterdam

4 Sep

Hotel_V_Frederiksplein_1Last weekend we stayed in the Hotel V Frederiksplein during our spontaneous Amsterdam getaway. And it was fantastic. Continue reading

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