Weekend Reading

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  • When it comes to spring and the warmer months, one of the most valuable things in the beauty department is soft skin. I mean, what’s better than clear, smooth skin that gives you a healthy glow?
  • The best tips to get glowing and pretty beach hair! Since there’s nothing better than stepping out of the shower, simply spritz on some salt spray and run out the door, is there?
  • Feel like escaping the hustle and bustle of the city for a while and getting away from it all? I do! That’s why I am so happy with this little list of ten places to go to for a relaxed countryside getaway.
  • In the spirit of getting away from it all, traveling to a secluded beach somewhere, turning off my phone and trying to find a way to stay lost forever – here’s a list of the best beaches to which you should be planning an escape. I’d love to plan a visit to the Fomentera in Spain at this moment!
  • The summer is the perfect time to refresh your cozy home and treat yourself to a few home indulgences that will make every day a little bit more special and comforting. Here are a few simple ways to elevate your space and improve your everyday life.
  • Find a step-by-step guide for optimizing your skincare regimen.

Weekend Reading

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  • I am in my mid-twenties and taking proper care of my body and skin has never been so important as it is now. As I travel through my 20s I feel like this is the best time to take a moment and focus on being happy and healthy. I have always been interested in ant-ageing and how beauty products and staying fit helps women to feel empowered and good about themselves. Recently, I discovered this article about how 20-somethings actually feel about ageing and I find it quite refreshing so I wanted to share it with you. Take a peek and get inspired!
  • Did you ever wonder how the most pretty women stay so effortlessly – well – flawless? I do all the time. Apparently, it’s all about the nighttime beauty rituals and skincare. Want to know their secrets? These women share their nighttime beauty tips and I am thinking I might try a few new products this evening!
  • Healthy living has become a way of life for me recently (although I still love the occasional pizza prosciutto evenings with one too many glasses of wine or indulge in some tasty white chocolate). For me, living a healthy life isn’t about following a strict regimen but more about practicing a routine that is energizing and easy to maintain. That’s why I love this article where successful women share their methods for living a healthier and balanced life.
  • Having your hair, nails, face or other spa treatments done is always a great way to treat yourself. However, do you know the proper etiquette when it comes to all of these services? I don’t either I have to admit. That’s why I am so happy Lauren Conrad shares her guide to spa etiquette on her blog.
  • My little sister and I received the best birthday present ever from my parents: we’re going to spend a weekend in Rome in September and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve only been to Rome once but the lively and charming city completely captivated me. One of my favorite photographers, Carin Olsson, went to Rome a few weeks ago and took these amazing photos of the Italian city. Her photographs make me want to hop on a plane right away!

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Sunscreen: everything you need to know

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When I was a teenager and growing up close to countless beaches, tanning was the mode du jour and I was so excited to get that sun-kissed ‘healthy’ glow. I felt invincible and never thought twice about the skin damage caused by UV rays. Nowadays, I’ve learned to embrace my natural skin tone in the hopes that it will mean less wrinkles and a lower risk of skin cancer as I get older.

These days, you can find me wearing a straw hat to shade my face with SPF 50 slathered all over my skin. Even when I think I’ve been extra careful about sun exposure, there have been times where I’ve found myself with rosy cheeks and pink shoulders after being too long in the sun. So here’s my simplified version of everything you need to know about beauty’s most important topic.

  • Apply your sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you go outside. Top it up throughout the day every two hours, especially when you went for a swim.
  • Apply your sunscreen indoors. If you apply it in direct sunlight the product can evaporate before it has had a chance to bond with the skin, which then makes it less effective. Take your time since it’s easy to miss bits if you’re in a hurry too.
  • Use a blob about the size of a two-pound coin for each limb and your entire front and back. Otherwise, you won’t get the full protection that’s labelled on the sunscreen bottle. Use the size of a one-pound coin on your face. My personal favorite is the La Roche-Posay invisible mist which I can highly recommend!

As I am a firm believer in living a healthy lifestyle to get that glowing skin, there are also a few foods that have been proven to help reduce the chances of sunburn. Take a peek below and make sure to get some of these tasty foods next time you’re at the market:

  • Tomatoes. Tomatoes help prevent your skin from aging. Throw a few tomatoes in your salad during lunch or dinner.
  • Green tea. I am a big fan of green tea and always drink lots of it. Besides its abilities to clear up your skin, boost your immune system and speed up your metabolism, it also helps to soothe sunburns. Drinking one or two cups of this tea a day helps to reduce the redness of sunburn.
  • Citrus. Orange and pink citrus fruits contain lots of skin-cell protective compound called limonene. These fruits actually improve the skin’s ability to recover from sun damage. Do you also feel like drinking some lemon water?

May in Instagrams

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I loved the month of May: the first weekend of this month I spent a weekend in Barcelona together with a few friends. I enjoyed lots of lunches and brunches with my girls at the places above: Pluk and Buffet van Odette, two of my favorite places in the city of Amsterdam and celebrated Pluk’s One Year Anniversary.

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I spent a weekend in Zeeland – the place where I’m from – to spoil my mum on Mother’s Day and to celebrate my little sister’s birthday. My mum also visited me in Amsterdam and we had the most blissful weekend, did lots of shopping (a few of my favorite shops are Skins CosmeticsBellerose, Anecdote and Mint) and eating way too many tasty things, like the banana bread above. Yes, it was definitely a month to remember!

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Travel guide Barcelona

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My favorite thing about the lively city of Barcelona is that is has a little bit of everything. A visit to this Spanish city means a healthy dose of incredible architecture (La Sagrada Familia is one of my favorites!), some of the most renowned restaurants and quick access to the beach any time I’d like. Barcelona, to me, is pretty perfect! If you’re considering taking a trip with girlfriends then you can’t go wrong with a trip to Barcelona. Oh, and did I mention the Cava and charming Spanish men?

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I visited Barcelona last weekend with a few girlfriends and we had the most blissful time, enjoying the pretty views, delicious Spanish food and a little trip to the beach where we had the best paella. One of the restaurants we went to was Artesans. A cozy place that serves the best Cava and even better tapas. I highly recommend trying the octopus which was the best I’ve ever tasted. Another charming tapas place is La Bona Sort. If you want to grab a quick bite before dinner then I’d highly recommend Bormuth. The girls and I loved sitting by the open windows, sipping on a glass of white wine and enjoying some tasty bites. Another cozy place to have some drinks and dinner is Número nueve. A place where you can enjoy cocktails and Asian tapas and get inspired by the incredible interior.

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If you want to do a little bit of shopping – and who doesn’t while in Barcelona? – here are a few places we visited and that have to most exquisite clothes: Coquette, a lovely store that offers a choice of elegant and feminine brands, TwoThirds, a stylish clothing brand with a mission to be environmentally friendly and Dr. Bloom.

Weekend Reading

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  • Lately I have become even more interested in living a healthy and balanced life. One of the women who inspires me most in achieving this is Calgary Avansino, editor of British Vogue, columnist for the Sunday Times and author of my new favorite book Keep It Real. She is very familiar with the challenges of living well and traveling well and since I’ll be going to Barcelona in a few days this is the perfect time to read her interview on One Fine Stay.
  • I am a big fan of the Instagram feed of California girls Jillian Attaway and Allison Norton who have been best friends for 20 years. Take a peek at their pretty two-bedroom home where they managed to combine Jillian’s preppy and sophisticated East Coast style with Allison’s beach-inspired, modern sensibility to create a warm and relaxing space. I’m in love with their interior! Did you notice the yellow surfboard?!
  • 29 tiny ways to be a better, more caring friend. I can highly recommend this article as I think we all should always cherish our friendships and make an effort to spend time together and simply enjoy life.
  • One of my favorite blogs, My Domaine, has narrowed down the best life-changing travel experiences in every decade so that you can hit them all. I love that they mention ‘traveling solo’ in your 20s as I think it’s the perfect way to meet new people and be on your own.