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.

Corner Bakery

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..

Sal Secret Spot

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!

Weekend Reading

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  • The first time I went to George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker was at the Muziektheater in Amsterdam along with my classmates. I remember the magnificent decor, the talented and elegant ballerina’s and the beautiful songs. Thanks to Elle.com you have to chance to take a peek backstage, with little secrets from the dancers, crew member and all the enchantment they caught along the way.
  • As the year comes to an end, Vogue lists the 9 best red carpet moments during 2014. I’m in love with the dress of Victoria Beckham. 
  • When the weather outside is freezing and frightful, nothing is more perfect than curling up with a Christmas film. It’s time to bundle up in your coziest winter garb, grab a hot beverage and ring in the season with one of these holiday films. The Holiday and Love Actually are on top of my Christmas list!
  • Are you looking to remodel your home? Harper’s Bazaar shares the five interior pieces to splurge and save on.
  • Wow your loved ones this holiday season with a incredibly-arranged table. Elle Decor shares a few stunning floral arrangements for your holiday table. I’m in love with the winter white theme that gives a table a sophisticated, chic look.
  • There is nothing more comforting than a hot cup of cocoa (or a glass of mulled wine) during the festive season. December is never as cold and snowy as I wish it was. Christmas day covered in snow is something that is always on top of my wish list but somehow it never happens. However, there’s plenty to enjoy this time of year, like a hot dulce de leche (with some tasty chocolate!). Call Me Cupcake shares some of her favourite hot drinks that you cannot miss during the holidays.
  • Especially during the holidays, things can get a bit stressful. Think shopping for the perfect dress for New Year’s Eve, finding the best presents for your loved ones, doing grocery shopping for a cozy Christmas dinner and lots more. A little stress, especially when it’s mixed with excitement before a dinner or challenge, is fine and even healthy. But if you find yourself being stressed all the time, it might be time to do something about it. The inspiring blog Into Mind shares the best stress-busting tips for everyday. It’s time to unwind and enjoy the most magical month of the year!
  • As you may have noticed, I am a bit holiday obsessed. I always love this time of year and feel so blissfully happy to see the first Christmas lights on the streets and the Christmas markets in almost every city. If you’re a bit obsessed with the festive season as well, you might recognize these 14 things only the holiday-obsessed understand. I have to admit, it is all very recognizable!