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September Favorite Bag: Pixie Bag, Chloé

Monday, 25 September 2017

Now that I am back to uni, back on my bike, back with my laptop, back with the heavy books and all to carry from the library to the flat, and the other way round the morning after, I am kind of fed of carrying so many stuffs in huge bags. All I crave on weekends is to carry the less that I can - yet if I'm being honest I have to say that I don't go to the library on weekends, but I work in cafés so still have to carry my stuffs... But anyway, whenever I am not working my wish is to carry the less that I can in the tiniest bag that I can find. And this does fit well, because small bags are trending! And for that, we have to thanks the amazing brad Chloé who knows how to create the perfect small bags. They have so many amazing ones I had some issues picking a favorite for this months, but I finally went for the Pixie bag. We saw it all along this Fashion Week, on bloggers such as Song of Style, and can already say that it will be one of the it-bag of this upcoming fall. 


Remember in my latest article I talked about statement accessories, and this bag is definitely part of this movement. Yes, it is small and discreet in a sense thanks to its size, but the shape and the look of it would upgrade any classic and basic look, such as jeans with a black knitted sweater. It is so original and so unique, from the handles to the round shape, that it might not only be a it-bag but may become a classic. Definitely one of the 'big bag' if we can say of this season, a dream bag just as Chloé knows how to create them.



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xo

Amy

Currently Loving... Bear Journal

Friday, 22 September 2017

When we think about fashion and the influencers we follow on Instagram and other social media, we always have this image of a beautiful girl, succeeding in her blogger career, and launching whether a make up range, a clothing or a shoe brand, or a book about her story. But some bloggers and influencers look in other directions, such as Saasha Burns, who went for a totally different concept, being vitamin pills. We can obviously link this to beauty and lifestyle, but to have a blogger being interested in such a topic is not really common in what I know. 
Reading the website, Bear Journal, I have learnt how those vitamins were made, but also about the concept. There are four different kinds of vitamins, all made for a different purpose. Protect, Perform, Restore, Explore. Behind those wanderlust kind of names, we find a real purpose and a real will to create a product that will correspond to every need and help its consumers fill a certain lack of their system. I have never been into those vitamin things, it is definitely something I never took seriously, until two winters ago, when I was sick for almost two months, never getting rid off this massive cold I kept with me as a faithful companion since the start of colder times. I then started taking vitamins, and let me say that last year it made a real difference. That is why this year I wanted to give a try to Bear Journal. Their formula, based on plants, and declined in four different kinds really focuses on specific issues. Restore and Protect are definitely a must for Autumn and Winter, helping us fight against the cold and all the bacterias that fly in the air at this time. When beauty and well-being are hidden in natural based pills...

xo 

Amy

Statement Accessories

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Fashion is sometimes hard to follow, and hard to adapt to your lifestyle. If you work in a bank you have to follow a certain dress-code, if you are a student you cannot afford all of those fashionable pieces and buy a new wardrobe every season, yet if you can wear crazy fashion clothes at your work and afford them you might not feel really comfortable wearing weird pieces that may be on trend but a bit too 'out there'. So when clothes are a too big statement, and if like me you love your classics and basics, the key for an incredible look will be to be found in your accessories. To be honest, I love to watch fashion shows, to read fashion magazines, to know about every trend, yet I won't wear most of them cause for me they sometimes feel like they are made for another world. That is why accessories are so amazing. They can make a statement without you having to look like you come head to New York Fashion Week's Ralph Oscar de la Renta's show.

To me, there are three kind of accessories that are perfect to make a statement. The first one is obviously the handbag. You can wear blue jeans with a grey sweater and burgundy loafers, rocking a pretty simple and classic look, but just add a colorful handbag, or one of a rather weird - understand 'trending' here - shape, and this will do the look. The second accessory is for me the scarf. I wear a lot since the weather in Amsterdam is far from being 'nice', so I love to wear big wooly scarfs of crazy colors or patterns, something that will for sure gives some vitamins to your monochromatic and simple  look. And last but not least, a good pair of statement earrings. They definitely add something to a look, whether by being gigantic, ethnic or simply original. Of course the goal is not to wear all three statement accessories together, but to use them to make out of a simple look a fashionable outfit. Sometimes simplicity is the key, you just have to find this little detail that will make of your outfit a fashion week worthy look. 

xo

Amy

Books Reviews: 'The Enchanted April' & 'A Room With a View'

Saturday, 16 September 2017

This Summer I have been a real book worm. I read a heavy lot of books, I don't know why, I just enjoyed doing that outside in the nice weather while eating snacks, and I felt in a reading mood. Since I have started my studies in Amsterdam I really want to spend more time reading, to discover new authors, new books, to tell those amazing stories that I read to my friends, to recommend books, to lend them, to talk about them insatiably. I read a good bunch of novels this past year, and I shared a lot with you, but after all of the amazing reads I had this Summer it was hard for me to pick up only one for today's review, that is why I am here presenting you two of my favorite novels of this Summer, both related to the same topic in a sense, being happiness. 

The first book I want to talk about is The Enchanted April by Elizabeth van Arnim. This is for sure a classic of the British literature, and while reading it I instantly understood why. The story takes place in the 1920s England, four women, all of them terribly sad with the life they are living, and willing to breath in some fresh air, decide to go together to Italy, renting a house, even though they don't know each others. They leave their husbands, families and friends behind them and head there for a month, some willing to make the most of Italy, some others only willing to be by themselves in this peaceful and beautiful place surrounded by wisterias. The plot of this book looks really flat, and let me say that there is not a lot of action in here, but it is definitely not the aim of the author. This book is about happiness. How you loose it and how you can get it back just by simple things you can do in life. This book was beautiful in the sense that it does give hope, delight, and spread happiness to the reader as well. To be the witness of those four women finding felicity again was definitely a unique experience. A classic, and now I do know why. 

The second book I picked up here is A Room With a View by E. M. Forster. This book is another one from the English classic literature, and treats of a rather similar subject as the precedent novel I presented. A Room With a View is a coming-of-age type of book, a young British girl goes to Italy - it seems to definitely be the place to go if you are British - and meet a young British gentleman. The story only takes place for half of the book in Italy, then everybody goes back to the UK, but it doesn't matter, in Italy the magic had enough time to happen, and happiness is at the key. Once again, a female character as the principal actor of this book goes to the promised South of Europe and discover happiness and love in a way she wouldn't have guessed. This story is all about embracing happiness and accepting things that come to you, going for your destiny almost. A Room With a View will put a smile on your face and hope in your heart. But what really does come out of this two novels is that happiness is to be found in Italy!


xo

Amy

Blogger Style: Camila Coelho

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

If you want to get inspired, looking at only one model, only one style, won't be enough. At some point, your style will always stay the same and never will have the opportunity to evolve, and to change according to the occasion or your mood. I tend to present on here bloggers who have a different style, but who still belong to the same vibe, but I thought this time I will look in another direction and show you a selection of my favorite looks from a Brazilian blogger, Camila Coelho. 

This blogger is far from what I tend to get inspired from. She is girly, glamour, really feminine and not afraid to be sexy or to dress like a real woman, which is maybe an inspiration I tend to left on the side, myself feeling like a girl still. But Camila has a lot to learn us. She knows how to associate clothes and to look smart and feminine without going on the 'too girly' road. So here is a selection of my favorite looks of her, a mix of everything a woman should get inspired from.

Feminine & Glamorous




Chic & Elegant


Casual & Sophisticated



xo

Amy