Every year coming up with a Valentine’s gift idea for my boyfriend it’s a mission! Even if we never do big celebrations on this day, I don’t like to come home empty handed. At the same time, I think it’s very hard to find that little something special for a man.. How lucky are they just getting away with a big bunch of roses?! 😉
Last week I was invited by Otterbox to the ‘Perfect Match’ event in the heart of Amsterdam, at the Singel 80, a very pretty location! Seeing many tech brands showcasing their latest items made me think how nowadays technology has become fashionable and of course, enriches every moment of our lives. Smart watches, headsets, fancy phone covers and other smart gadgets. The latest collection from Otterbox was presented during the event too. There are so many new pretty models that no wonder it’s the most popular case in the mobile world protection!
After the event, I realised what men like the most.. Technology and Gadgets! So, my Valentine’s gift was sorted! A new sleek leather phone cover which doesn’t brake the bank, it’s stylish, it offers great protection (much needed with a toddler around!!) and it’s something he can carry with him every single day. Score!
Even before moving to Amsterdam, when we were still living in London, there was no baby Emma and the weekends abroad were happening often.. one weekend strolling around the Amsterdam canals I spotted the Marie-Stella-Maris shop on the Keizersgracht and I literally fell in love with the whole concept.
I adore the packaging – black & white hello!! – and it’s not only pretty but also very generous in the size and smells delicious.
Between all the products I tried, my favourite is the Liquid soap No73 Poivre Noir Fraiche. A very original scent made from a mix of essential oils of geranium and black pepper. It fits my busy life as it can be used as both hand and body soap and leaves my skin smooth all day!
Needless to say after trying the products I became even a bigger fan! The sweetest part of the story is that Marie – Stella – Maris cares for water! They believe everyone should have access to clean drinking water. For each product you purchase, Marie-Stella-Maris donates a fix amount towards clean drinking water projects worldwide.
Created in collaboration with Marie-Stella-Maris. Story, styling, photography and creative direction my own.
Among leather layering and counting down the days to a more summer bohemian dress code (will be spending great part of my summer in Italy this year), I am still in the city, enjoying the transitional weather and ready to show you more of my favourite spots!
It’s been just over a month I took you around Amsterdam (in case you missed last episode it’s here) inside the warm glass houses of the botanic garden enjoying the lovely tropical temperature, in the middle of city cactus heaven.. Today is time for some culture.. I take you to a museum!
As third and last episode of this little tour with OtterBox around my favourite Amsterdam places, I chose to take you to the Scheepsvaart museum. As difficult to pronounce as it sounds, for the non-dutchies like me, it is the National Maritime Museum. The building is spectacular and indeed, surrounded by the seaside.
If you think this looks great from the outside, wait until you see the interior!
I would really recommend you a visit, not only for the museum itself if you are interested in maritime paintings and impressive display of model yachts, but also for the whole experience of a lovely walk along the water from the city centre and this building architecture. I fell in love with the main courtyard area and its incredible intricate glass roof!
Sartorially speaking, the bare legs season has started and I have been enjoying it already since the fashion month with over the knee boots. It’s the perfect alternative until we will be all ready to show some tan, plus they can upgrade any outfit adding a chic touch. I styled them with a shearling vest to still keep warm but in a spring look and would easily work for a night out just by changing the vest for a black blazer.
I accessorised the look with gold, leopard print and black. Still my same old phone – as old as 5 months old – as main accessory.. considering the amount of time I spend on social media, the zillion of photos I take, the non-stop messaging and the way too many time it drops on the floor thanks to my little one who now just wants to be like mommy – typing on her phone – shame on me!
But this gig is still going on thanks to OtterBox who always takes good care of my essentials, aka iPhone, in a stylish way with the symmetry series clear case in black.
Together with bare legs season, spring brings back the roof terrace season. So while in the area, I couldn’t resist a walk along the seaside to the Hilton Hotel roof top to enjoy the sun, a breathtaking view of the city and indeed my cappuccino!
And when you think its over, it’s not just yet!
I put together a video of the best moment of the last 3 episodes around this beautiful city and in the best company, of my well protected phone!
When I was invited by Remise47 to visit their improved spaces I was really excited. Since I’ve been here before, I was very happy to share with you a place I knew already and which I truly enjoyed the design, atmosphere and location. By now you know my addiction to a good cappuccino in a 5 star hotel (location matters! ;)).. A coffee is just a coffee? Not if you see it this way.. Atmosphere created by an ex former tram deposit from the early 1900 and large spaces decorated with pretty plants, Scandinavian designer pieces with an overall industrial look. The restaurant is part of the 2700sq De Hallen complex, it is one of the best hotspot in Amsterdam offering a delicious urban bistro style.
The lunch was indeed delicious!
The decor and the glamorous vibe makes it a spot you can enjoy with a group of friends or your loved one. To me it’s the perfect weekend brunch spot! You surely will have an entirely satisfying experience which would please both your mouth and your eyes. Remise47 is a great number on your Amsterdam hot sposts list places to visit.
Brunch was the perfect occasion to wear my stilettos since I knew walking around was not really involved. Winter is slowly fading but some cold-weather staple, like leather, will never go out of style. As we are looking forward to lighten up our layering game and give our coats a break (hopefully soon!!) I was wearing my Zelle Studio leather vest layered underneath a loose blazer and lift it up to my new gold accessories from Lucky Eyes London to finish up the outfit.
Remember last month I took you to my favourite Amsterdam 5 star hotel? (here in case you missed it). This time I went a bit outside my comfort zone and I decided to show you a place that maybe would’t be on your top five list when you visit Amsterdam, but it definitely should! Imagine a sunny day, blue skies, leaving the urban business behind, just entering a little door and finding yourself in a beautiful and intimate oasis where you can explore a unique collection of plants (not sure I did that!!), the most photogenic palm trees and cactus without having to travel overseas (absolutely did that!!) and enjoying your cappuccino in the cutest cafe (never miss that!!).
Several warm glass houses, which will make you forget you are fighting the winter season in Holland, with walkways to climb up the ceilings and get a great view from the top. . and #fwis shots for the fellow instagrammers. . Just don’t wear high heels. . #justsaying . .
If you were wandering if my life is all about my phone and hangs out in photogenic places (preferably with wifi and a good lighting). . You are almost there! It’s also about clothes, shoes and bags . . again #justsaying. And of course, photography! I am loving to have some green in my feed, palm trees and cactus, in case you missed it on my Instagram here . . It just adds that ‘holiday feeling’ and since I am not in the position of travelling to California with the little one at the minute.. What’s better than finding the real deal in the centre of the city?
By now, I am getting quite fond of the look of my phone, being my never-leave-the-house-without prime accessory.
Only coming second to my baby girl and credit cards obvs.. B.E. (Before Emma) the phone case was just an extra accessory or something which would make my phone prettier.. Now, it is still something which makes my phone prettier, absolutely loving the Symmetry Series grey case (it shows the rose gold colour of my iPhone and loved it paired with the grey all-around detail) but since my phone became the main attraction for the little one, it keeps dropping on the floor, the street, out of bed, on the tram, she even tries to chew it now #nojoke. . You can only imagine where I would be by now without a strong case.
Finally, you know, I never miss the chance to try a new cafe spot, a good cappuccino and a photogenic coffee art. The botanic garden accommodates a lovely cafe which accommodates a huge tree inside. How pretty and unusual is that?!
I can’t wait for summer days, for a break from the traffic, sitting in the outside garden, having my cappuccino while Emma will experiment walking and maybe will give a break my phone. What I also can’t wait, is showing more about this city and its less touristic hidden places!
Till the next time, see you in a new location, always with a cappuccino in hands and, hopefully, still intact phone thanks to OtterBox.
The Symmetry Series Clear case is also sold across these stores in Europe, as well as OtterBox.com: France (FNAC, DARTY, Carrefour, Boulanger & Amazon), Benelux (MM NL, Coolblue, Bol.com), Italy (Mediaworld & Amazon), Spain (MM, Top APRs, Rosseli, GoldenMac, Macnificos & Amazon), Germany (MSH, Amazon and Vodafone).
Created in collaboration with OtterBox. Story, styling and creative direction my own.