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Reflexion on the future

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

At the end of this academic year, next June, it will be the end of a chapter for me. I will be done with my master degree in Amsterdam, and I will have to move on. Find a new program if I want to continue studying for a bit longer, or find a job. Yet too many questions are now popping in my head. Where to go? What to do? Going back home? Staying in Amsterdam? Yes, but what to do here? Leaving for a new country? I hate having those questions floating around my head and not being able to answer any of them. My boyfriend is going to stay in Amsterdam for two more years, and he is also one of the reason why I am so lost when it comes to my future. I cannot envision us having a long distance relationship, I know myself too well, I won't cop with it. But it looks like Amsterdam has nothing else to offer me, and for him, the near future is written in this town. I took many decision taking him in account, and they led me to a happy life, many amazing experiences, and an even stronger will to stay near him. But how can we chose our future when we are thinking for two? Do we have to be selfish and go? Do we have to be faithful and stay? Do we have to go and try harder, in the hope to meet in the same place soon? I cannot wrap my head around this. Love can change your life, make you take decision you would have never took without him, but is it wise to live in a fairytale? Is it wise, when you are 23, completely messed up and having to deal with too many inner issues, to believe that love will last forever? Don't get me wrong, I want my relationship to last forever. I am in love, and I know this love story, my first real love story, will always be within me, impossible to forget. But realistically, does love really exist? Can it really last? Can we take decision thinking that it will last, and will we regret the path we chose if in one or ten years it is over? How am I supposed to chose what comes next? How am I even supposed to be wise at 23? Why would have I to chose between my first love and my future life? What do we have to choose between what we cherish now and what we want for our future selves? I feel like to have both is too much of a fairytale to be true. I am far from being a princess. Princesses are not messed up.

xo

Amy


Currently Loving... Leah Alexandra Jewelry

Saturday, 14 April 2018

With warmer days coming up, I am willing to upgrade a little bit my jewelry game. Winter has been hard on those pieces, and now that I let some skin appears I want a little bit of coverage, yet not with clothes, but jewels. I have been really into this layering trends, where you just add on one another several dainty pieces, whether it is necklaces, bracelets, or rings. And with Spring coming up, I wanted to give a little boost to my jewelry collections by discovering another brand. And this year it is Leah Alexandra. Once again, I discovered it on Instagram, and instantly fell in love with the style of those jewels. They are dainty, delicate and discreet, but when layered together they can definitely upgrade a look. Yet I have to say that the brand is on the gold side and I am more of a silver kind of girl, however, they achieved to convince me with their beautiful pendant and thin chains. My heart definitely goes for the crystal and stones collections, such as the Sunny Labradorite Necklace or the Celeste Black Garnet and Rosegold Earclimbers. But before you rush to get them, let me warn you that this brand is more on the pricy side. However, the quality of the jewels is here, the material  is precious and durable. It is definitely worst the investment, yet you will have to grow your collection slowly if, like me, you are on a budget. Nevertheless, those are pieces you will fall in love with and keep for a lifetime. 



xo

Amy

Blogger Style: Emma Hill

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

It has been a while since I have posted a 'Blogger Style', but to be honest I am starting to get bored by all of those influencers brands are now overwhelming us with. It is always too much, girls wear too much make up, they get too many free clothes and lose their opinions and sense of critic. I wanted then to find a blogger I could really rely on for some fashion advices and honesty when it comes to the product, but also a fashion blogger with a really good style. And I was happy to stumbled upon one of Emma Hill's video on YouTube. She is not a YouTuber at first, yet it is here that I came across her work, and let me tell you, she brings some fresh air into this crazy fashion bloggers world. Emma is honest, and will always tell you what she thinks of a product or a brand, even if it has been gifted to her. And this today is quite rare. Yet her honesty is not the only thing that keeps making me go back to her: Emma has an amazing style. She is classic for sure, yet she knows how to add "a little bit of Jazz" as she would say. A Londoner with a very Parisian style, all about jeans, tee-shirts and blazers, but also quality and statement pieces. I rely a lot on her now to create my capsule wardrobe every season, but also to find the best of high street stores. 
In her case I did not want to do three categories as I usually do since her style does not differ so much. So I just picked up some pictures of my favorite looks of hers, some inspiration for every girl willing to go back to some basics. 









Credits for the Images: Emma Hill's Instagram

xo

Amy




A Day in... Utrecht

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Leaving in a foreign country, far from home, can be harsh and sometimes you feel lost and lonely, even if the city is not so new anymore. Sometimes you also feel bored, or you just want to get away from the crowded town Amsterdam is on weekends. I guess that we wanted to avoid all those tourists, and to breath some fresh air, get lost in another city, when we decided to go to Utrecht on that cold Sunday in February. We took the train and in 25 minutes we were there, in this sunny but freezing town. It is funny how every city looks like one another in the Netherlands, you're never really far from Amsterdam in the end. Same tiny and high houses, same canals, same cold. Still we felt a bit more lost there. 
Before going, we obviously checked out what were the must see and do of this lovely town, and we ended up walking around the historical city center. It is not a small town, but you can easily get lost with all those tiny streets and bridges that all look the same. Domplein is the heart of the town, the main square, where you won't miss the amazing cathedral, completely rebuilt after it collapsed centuries ago. Walking around this sacred place, with the sunlight coming through the colorful church windows, was a nice way to meet the city in its most historical place. On the same square, you will spot the impressive tower which is facing the cathedral. It is actually the highest tower of the Netherlands. Hence we did not dare going up the 400 something stairs. 
The Sonnenborgh museum and observatory is also a must see for all astronomy lovers. Another historical place telling us about a different religion. 


Utrecht is also known for its great shopping. It is true that we encountered some nice unique shops, especially in the Oude Gracht neighborhood, and on Schoutenstraat. For more usual high street shops - and to warm up a little - go to the Hoog Catharijne Mall. 

Food wise, we had lunch at Pickles Burgers & Wines. A good spot with a lot of options on the menu, and for a reasonable price, right in the city center. 

After lunch we went for a walk around Stadhuiskwartier, a lovely neighborhood, before crushing at the Grand Café Lebowski, a must for all fans of the movie. 

But as always, the city was nice and everything, yet all best memories from your excursions and travels are always things you cannot revisit and recommend, they just live inside of you. I will remember many small moments of that day that will always be the filter through which I will remember Utrecht. It was such a nice Sunday. 


xo

Amy

March Favorite Bag: Céline Classic Bag in Box

Saturday, 31 March 2018

The other day I was strolling around a famous department store in Amsterdam, and I took a look at some price tags on designer bags. The fact that those prices are completely extravagant is not a surprise for anyone. But I thought, if you want to buy a designer bag, let's say your first big purchase, what should you go for? It is such an investment, you want to chose the one that you could wear with every outfit, on every occasion, and not a weird number that might only work with your blue winter coat. I was then wandering around asking myself this existential question, and I spotted the perfect investment: a Céline Classic Bag in Box. Why this one? Well, it is extremely wearable, goes with absolutely everything, and this for most of the colors they propose, it is not too small, nor too big, elegant, discrete, but still a designer bag that you will recognize. Céline is not such an old brand, but with its accessories it already achieved to create classics. Every person slightly interested in fashion and reading a fashion magazine will recognize a Céline bag, and this model even more. It is the quintessence of chic and elegance, a bag for women of today, busy, yet willing to stay stylish. The perfect first investment. Yet most of all, a real fashion crush. 




xo

Amy