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Blogger Style: Saasha Burns

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Living in Europe, you tend to live with the seasons. Crisped springs, hot summers, chilly autumns, cold winters. I love being able to live in a place where I can see the time unfold in front of me. But some days, especially now that I am back in the grey and cold Amsterdam, I crave for warmer days and lighter clothes. That is why at the minute I am very found of the style of the Australian blogger Saasha Burns. Also a little bit jealous. It seems like she has one wardrobe for all year round by living in this country. Not suffering of the cold, not having to layer several sweaters to survive outside. Just bikinis and short dresses. I envy her location on days like today (rain, grey sky, real feel -2°C in Amsterdam) but I am also a big fan of her look. It is never over the top, it is never too beach like, it is the perfect combination of a summer wardrobe and chic. A style that can fit not all places on earth, but that can let us dream, in the European winter, of bikinis, short dresses, and basket bags. A life under the sun. 

Sea & Sand





Classy in Town









Old School Chic




xo

Amy


Flirt, Alfonse Mucha

Saturday, 13 January 2018

How frustrating can it be to be a university student. You become more and more knowledgeable, you always learn about new artists, new figures, new people, new eras you would like to be even more familiar with. But you have to make choices, take decisions. I had the opportunity when I was studying in my Bachelor degree to study Art Nouveau. I didn't choose this elective. At this time this was too unknown to me, not enough attractive to be my first choice. I am now seeing the end of the art history studies. I am not studying painting that much now, and the end of my master is near. In all of those years, I never had the chance to retake this missed opportunity of my first year, and today I regret to have not studied Art Nouveau. So I study it myself, the best that I can. And I stumbled upon this beautiful advertising by Alfonse Mucha, maybe one of the most important artist of this field and era. 
The grace of the woman, the cheekiness of the man, the flowers, the colors, the title - The Flirt! - all of that did catch my eye. There is such beauty in this medium, I feel nostalgic about this period of time solely for that. People were so serious about beauty and aesthetic. When I see today's adverts, I don't understand how low we are. But I guess this kind of art is what it is because it has this power to make us feel nostalgic. It is so beautiful because it is a testimony of a past we never knew, the testimony of a time we will idealize, a time we will never fully understand. We tend to think that life was like the flirt happening on this print, but maybe this print is just here to make us dream of this life. 

xo

Amy


2017 Favorites

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

A year is over, a year where I had the opportunity to test and try new beauty products, new fashion trends, but also to read new books and watch movies I have never seen before. And when looking back on my year, I think about my issues, I think about my progress, and all that happened, but I tend to forget how much did happen on the blog. So this post is the perfect occasion for me to write a typical blogger's post: a favorite. I already did that for some seasons, but never on a year. It has been a rather hard work not ending up with the longest list ever, yet I finally made a selection and presenting to you my favorite things of 2017. 

Beauty 
Beauty wise I have tried to be more bold this year, to try new styles and to wear a different style of makeup. It did happen, yet only for few months, and then I got back to my routine. That is why the two favorites that I picked for thus category are rather basic products. First of all, & Other Stories Chubby Lip Crayon in BouillonĂ© Truffle. I talked about it when I wrote a post about this shop, and since the moment I bought it I cannot stop using it. The formulae and the color are both so perfect, when I want to go for a classy but not too bold look, this is the one. I never hesitate, it became my go to, and definitely is now one of my basic. 
The other product I picked up is actually a mascara, one everybody have been talking about for years now, I know, but I only gave it a chance this year. And I kind of regret the fact that I waited for so long. It is the Better than Sex mascara by Too Faced. Too Faced is a brand that I love for its liquid lipsticks first of all, but this mascara is definitely my favorite from the brand product now. My lashes look amazingly fluffy and long, it does give a lot of intensity to the eyes and really valorize your look. 

Fashion
Regarding fashion, I feel like I do not have much to say since my tastes do not evolve that much. This year again I have been a lot about sweaters - even in Summer, when it starts to get chiller at night, how happy I am to throw a light knitwear over my swimsuit - and handbags. This is for sure an old obsession, nothing new with that. Yet every year I became a bit more specific. For instance 2017 was all about dark knitwear and tiny handbags. I believe 2018 is following the same path as I can witness for now, but we will see. In fashion my obsessions tend to last for decades, not solely for a unique year.

Readings
2017 has been a very productive year reading wise. I have been a real bookworm, starting a new book as soon as I have finished the current one. This category has maybe been the hardest one when it came to pick only two favorites. I tried to remember as best as I can all the books that I read this year, and one of them immediately came to my mind. It is a book I read this Summer and already told you about, being The Enchanted April. This book was a piece of heaven. So calm, so smooth, so simple, yet so beautiful. I couldn't believe how in describing such simple events you could create such a beautiful novel. Not a favorite solely for last year, but for my whole life I guess.
My second favorite book of this year I also read this Summer, and actually told you about in the same post as in The Enchanted April. It was A Room with a View. Those two books as I already told you there were pretty similar in the sense that not much what happening, but beauty was everywhere. A book about the quest for happiness, a book about love and its trick. A beauty in words, another favorite for life.




Music
Music wise I am not that interesting, let this be said. I do not make any cool discoveries, I never am the one who let other discover amazing artists. I am actually the one who sticks to the same things for years. But since my boyfriend is a musician, thanks to him, I am sure to be always a little bit ahead of everybody else, and to become the cool girl who listens to artists nobody knows yet. Last summer, my boyfriend was listening on repeat to the same song, and after being fed up of him always having to play music whatever we are doing, I took the time to listen to the song, and let him make me listen to the album more carefully. As soon as I listened, I loved it. This artist is Andy Shauf, and let me tell you, you need to listen to his tunes. The album "The Party" is for sure my favorite one, but I know my boyfriend will soon force me to listen to another one of his work and make me once again discover amazing things.

Shops
To live in Amsterdam is great thing for shopping, and I have been lucky to discover pretty cool shops there. The first one is not that original, but really did catch my eye in Amsterdam. It is the Swedish brand & Other Stories. I love this store for its makeup range and its accessories and jewelry mainly, but the clothing is also carrying this northern style everybody is about now, and in 2017 it became one of my favorite shop
Specific to Amsterdam, I also do have a favorite, being the shop Anna + Nina. This shop is lovely because it is a mix of everything, from clothing to home accessories. They do have an amazing jewelry collection as well, and it became my favorite local shopping place. 


Places
I have visited some new places this past year, and basically I moved to a different country. Yet I have realized that my favorite place was home. I love the place where I live, and whenever I am away I miss it. I miss the comfort of knowing everything about my town, I miss the comfort of my bed, my room, of my habit. My favorite place on earth for sure, and not only in 2017, it is simply the year where I realized that.
But to point to something more concrete than the feeling of home I would definitely say the city of Haarlem, near Amsterdam. It really is a small Amsterdam, very similar in its constructions and architecture, yet how much more calm and chill this place is in comparison. We visited it last December to see the Christmas market, and I couldn't have dreamt of a cuter place to drink hot chocolate and buy advent candles. A city I definitely want to go back to soon.

Moments
This category is a different. Even if my blog is a lot about fashion, beauty and lifestyle, I also tell you about my own journey, sharing a lot of my personal life and of my pains and joys. This year, as I told you on the first of 2018, has not been that easy for me. It has been made of a lot of hard times, yet this does not make me forget about my favorite moments of 2018. I would like to highlight one moment in particular. Last summer, I spent three days and one night at my boyfriend's house. When went to visit the place where he lived before, and even if we did quite amazing things together this year, in amazing places, for me those three days were so very special. A moment that seems so simple but that will stay within me forever.

xo

Amy

The Smart Trousers

Saturday, 6 January 2018

The Christmas break was really needed for me. To go back home, spent some time in family, with my boyfriend, at home, to just relax and try to forget all the stress of my life for a moment. That is also why I haven't been really accurate with my blog, not publishing when I should have. I was just busy doing other things, and couldn't be bothered with any work when I could actually be spending time with my loved ones. Yet the holiday cannot last forever, and it is time for me to get back on track. But to stay in the festive spirit - my Christmas tree is still up - I want today to talk about a clothing piece that has been a real ally for me during the holiday: the smart trousers. I am a big fan of jeans, I live in them to be honest. They are so easy to throw on and to wear that I cannot be bothered wearing something else. Yet sometimes you get fed up of your own habits, and during the holiday I couldn't stand my jeans anymore. I spent a lot of time in Christmas pyjamas, yes, but well, it would't have been really fancy to wear PJ's bottom on Christmas day, so I went for the smart trousers. I bought few pairs some years ago, and never really wore them. I actually have forgot about them, but also about how easy to wear and comfy they are. You can wear them with a smart top, a shirt, a sweater, a t-shirt, even a sweatshirt, it will always look awesome. Looking smart while staying comfy, a pure luxury. In 2018 I do want to upgrade my bottom pieces game, and this type of trousers will definitely be a go to for me. I cannot wait for the warmer days - no light checked pants in Amsterdam during Winter guys - to dare wear checked trousers with white shirts and ballerinas. A trend as old as fashion, yet it is never too late to adopt it!

xo

Amy

Two Thousands Eighteen

Monday, 1 January 2018

Every year has its thorns and has its beauty. Every year, we go through the best and the worst, we face new challenges, we accept new failures, we enjoy every small victories. Every year is different, and at the end of each we always take some time to reflect on the good and the bad. 2017 has flew by. I did not see it happen, and Ia cannot believe it is already over. I can see the good that happened during this 12 months, but I cannot help noticing everything that I missed, everything that I did wrong. Obviously, this is good, because I should take lesson from that, and good resolutions for not to make the same mistakes next year. Well, this is all a lie, we know that. I don't k ow anybody who respected his or hers new year's resolutions. So this year again, I won't take any concrete resolution. It is so useless to me, somebody overwhelmed so easily. My only resolution will be to start being less negative, maybe to ask myself less questions and to live a happier life. I know, what a goal for somebody who says takes no resolutions. But how do we end the year if we do not bring a little bit of light in our life? I don't like the 31st of December. Yet maybe we should start living each day like this one, meaning that we should start taking good resolutions at the end of each day of the year, and here maybe will come a happier life. 

Happy new year to you all, may all your wishes for the future come true, may all the love you deserve come to you. 

xo 

Amy