The Year 2016

    

There is still one sleep left until the new year. How did this happen already? This year has passed by even quicker than I even could have imagined. I started this year in freezing cold Amsterdam together with my loved ones. This year has been one of the most challenging and at the same time most exciting years so far. Therefore I love looking back at a few moments that were extra special to me during this time. I hope you all had a blissful year and let’s spread even more love, laughter and kindness in 2017 as I think we all need it a little bit more these days. Wishing you all happy holidays, lots of love and light wherever you are in the world.

The first few months of 2016 were filled with ice skating on Amsterdam’s Museumplein with the most exquisite view of the Rijksmuseum and some tasty food in one of the charming wooden chalets. I went to the ballet to finally see the romantic Swan Lake and it was the most inspiring evening. Those of you who have been following along for quite some time know that I love, love, love ballet and so a few times a year I go to the Stopera here in Amsterdam to see some of the most inspiring ballet dansers perform. I also went to the Ragazze Kwartet Haute Couture performance at the Concertgebouw which I can highly recommend.

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I also enjoyed lunches, brunches and breakfasts at Ree7, Buffet van Odette, Corner Bakery, George No5, Scandinavian Embassy and Pluk.

Just before spring arrived here in Amsterdam I hopped on a plane to Bali, a place that has been on my travel list for ages. One of the highlights of my little trip was staying at Sal Secret Spot, having lunch at Sisterfields and getting a spa treatment at Spring Spa. 2016 was definitely a year full of holidays as I also visited Rome together with my mum and little sister to enjoy some quality time together. It can very likely have been one of the very best weekend trips ever as I absolutely love the city of Rome. You ask where my love for Rome comes from? Start looking at my mum. She loves anything Italian and I think she managed to transfer her love for Italy onto me..

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To top it all off, I visited Barcelona with a few friends for a well-deserved girls weekend and I went to the little island of Ibiza in the beginning of September together with one of my closest friends. It was a week full of discovering hidden gems and beaches, strolling aimlessly along the harbor and burying our faces in an obscene amount of delicious Spanish food.

Amante Beach Club

In between holidays, a hectic career and catching up with friends and family, I passed my wine exam and switched jobs (I moved from wine to cosmetics which as you might know I am a big fan of) so it’s been an intense year to say the least. That’s why I love looking back at this year, remembering the highlights but definitely the lows as well. Remembering things and events made me laugh and cry at the same time. Even though 2016 has been challenging on so many different levels, I am still thankful for every single thing it has taught me and I can only hope that 2017 will be even better. But for now, let me say: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Rome for the weekend

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Rome is a city that thrives on happiness. The Italians take their time to unwind, enjoy tasty food more than most other things, stop to chat in the middle of the streets and drink wine before noon. Very different from the city where I live, Amsterdam.

My weekend in Rome in September together with my mum and little sister was one of the best weekends I’ve ever had. Loads of pasta, ice cream, pizza, wine and laughter filled our days. For four days we walked along cobblestone streets exploring Trastevere – where we stayed in the cutest apartment – Fontana di Trevi (one of my favorite places to visit when in Rome) and Piazza Navona.

If you want to see some photos I took while in Rome, follow along on Instagram!

Travel guide Ibiza

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A little while ago I hopped on a plane to the idyllic island of Ibiza together with one of my closest friends to spend a week with my feet in the sand, a clean face from make-up and covered in nothing more than sunscreen, sipping smoothies and eating way too much delicious Spanish food. I tried to unwind for a little bit as things at home are pretty hectic at the moment.

We had the most blissful time on this little island and spend the days sunbathing and swimming in the Mediterranean sea. My favorite beach was definitely Amante Beach, a small beach with the most gorgeous beach club I ever visited – Amante Beach Club, perched on a cliff overlooking the Sol Den Serra bay. We booked an early morning yoga session here followed by an healthy breakfast on the terrace with fresh squeezed juices, fresh fruit, eggs, natural yogurt and freshly baked wholegrain patisserie with ocean views. The perfect way to start the day!

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The stunning interior of Amante Beach Club

If you visit Ibiza then you cannot miss the Las Dalias Hippy Market, the perfect place for a healthy smoothie, hammam towels, tasty food, elegant beach clothing and lots more. I can highly recommend this market situated in San Carlos. Another lovely place you have to visit is La Brasa restaurant in the Old Town of Ibiza close to the idyllic harbor. This place has the cutest little garden with the most tasty food.

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Beso Beach Club on the island of Formentera is a place I highly recommend

 

When you spend a week in Ibiza make sure you hop on a boat and spend a day on the little island of Formentera, Ibiza’s ‘little sister’ and less decadent. The best thing about Formentera are the white beaches as the sea is incredibly clear. My favorite place here is definitely Beso Beach Club.

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The beaches of Formentera

 

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.

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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 anti-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!

If you’d like follow along on Instagram!

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?