It’s been almost a month since my last blog post, why am I such a waste? Amsterdam has thrown me out of my writing rut, so I hope you enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed reminiscing about my trip with my bean pods (hey sam & ray)

I love me some European city breaks, so much so I decided to take 2 in one month, I know, so cheeky of me. I spoke about what I loved about Copenhagen, and now it’s Amsterdam’s time to shine.

 

WHY I BLOODY LOVE AMSTERDAM

  • Amsterdam Icebar

So this place was incredible, have you been in the situation when you don’t expect much from something because everyone tells you how good it is? I thought it would be overhyped, and be a huge letdown. I was wrong. For €15 we had 2 drinks and a cocktail (shout out to the shot of sambucca that warmed me the hell up), and 30 minutes in the Icebar, which believe me was more than enough. There is a backstory too which I wasn’t expecting, I’ll save the element of surprise for you all xoxo

  • Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

This was recommended by a bezzie, and I am glad I went. Unfortunately we were all pooped by the weekends antics that when we got there we spent over an hour in the café trying to evaluate our lives! This was €17 and was super interactive and interesting, the spinning tunnel was 100% my favourite part!

  • Red Light District

This was an experience to say the least. I have to say, I never thought that I would be able to say that I paid €2 to watch stand in a hot sardine can with two of my best pals watching people fucking, we proceeded to critique their form and it made me wonder about their backstory… I wonder when they first fucked? When would be their last? Who knows…

I would also hugely recommend the Red Light Secret’s museum, it was incredibly interesting and a bargain at €8. There is some hilarious factors such as a dress up photo booth and a confessions wall, shout out to the girl that had a foursome with 3 guys in Bali, they all had diarrhoea due to the food and they woke up in each others poo… I’m gonna finish this one here.

  • Halloween

Halloween in Amsterdam is something else, we went to a crazy ass party called Space and the commitment everyone was had was the best i’d ever seen. I can’t really comment too much on the night as I have 0 pictures and can’t remember all the weird and wonderful sights I experienced, instead have a picture of my lady gaga born this way tribute.

  • Sex Museum

For €4 this is a steal. I had such a laugh here, I can’t say I learnt much because I was laughing at all the interactive displays and pictures of people doing it, but there is a massive penis model you can have a picture with and if that’s not worth €4 then I don’t know what is!

  • Cocos Outback

Damn Coco you sure know how to show 3 girls a good time, 50% off food on a Monday!!! With vegetarian options!!! I didn’t realise how hard it would be to not eat meat (or cheese, I can’t eat cheese) in Amsterdam, but Cocos Outback saved the day with incredible hot chocolates and food 4 daiz. You NEED to check this place out. Massive foodie rep over here.

  • Dem Views

Views, just views. Amsterdam is a stunning place, and there is no doubt in my mind about going back. If you’re not into the legalised mary jane then please just go for the culture, the arts and the museums. To date, Amsterdam is still one of the most beautiful places I have been, and the strangest!

This post is incredibly hard for me to write, and not for any other reason than not being able to afford all the hot-as-fuck items in my basket. Whilst trying to save for a trip to Dubai, save spending money for Amsterdam and upgrade my camera I am sobbing into a cup of tea browsing all the beautiful items that could be on my feet, round my waist or resting on my shoulders. But fear not, I will just show you through a really botched paint job what I love about what is in my dreamy basket!

So, instead of taking pictures of me attempting to strut my stuff in my new garms, I will have to compensate by showing the blogger world what I lurve.

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MUCH NICE VERY GOOD I LIKE IT

This little beauty is made to make me feel like a lady, I know it. Fitting in with the autumnal vibe by sporting a beige and yellow jacquard hem, I know it would be worth the 6,500 pennies it is retailing for (for those bad at math, £65). If I owned this, I would wear it with a black winter wooly hat and feel like Taylor Swift.

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MORE JACQUARD? MORE BOMBER? YES PLZ

Ok so every blogger and their dog wants this jacket I’m sure, I first saw it on Asos Anna (dream girl) a while back and I instantly fell in love, I have more recently seen it on Pages By Megan (dream girl #2). At £65 I am hoping it will go into sale, deep down knowing it never will… SOB

freshpaint-0-2016-10-06-09-31-38SO CASUAL SO NICE DRESS UP DRESS DOWN YOU CHOOSE

This tee is amazing, and only £20?! Maybe I can buy this…? I adore the long sleeves and oversized style, oversized is a staple of mine so whenever I have a food pouch no one will know! I am big on embroidery this season, and this tee is fuelling the passion I have for stitching. Missguided Y U DO DIS 2 ME!

freshpaint-0-2016-10-06-09-43-36THE WARMTH, I CAN FEELS IT

I am a cold AF person, so every year I buy about 6 scarfs, and I even wear them during summer. For reals, I do. This scarf is amazing, it is the perfect colours for autumn, it’s huuuge and oooozes style. I need to stop finding stuff that is decent prices, otherwise I will just buy them! This scarf comes at a bargain of £20, and I’m pretty sure there is a matching bag too. HOW ADORABLE.

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Hi, don’t mind me, just in shoe heaven… 

These shoes are something else. I adore the colour, style, heel, material and the laces are dope. These shoes definitely warrant being on my wist list, as they come at a hefty price of £96. Man, I can’t put into words how much I would love to rock these beauties with the oversized embroidered t-shirt dress from Missguided! Help me! Ahhh these would also go so good with the ASOS bomber in my list too! Double SOB!

 

SO there you have it, my tears and dreams condensed into one blog post. I was planning on listing 10 but it’s just too much, I can’t bear it.

Thanks as always for reading you delicious bunch xoxo

Are you from Leicester?

Do you know Queens road?

Have you been to Salvador Deli?

If your answers aren’t YES YES YES then GTFO! I’m joking, but please do visit if you can.

Salvador Deli, open 6 days a week from 8:30am to 5pm. Perfect for tea, coffee, lunch, cakes and snacks.

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Salvador Deli is my home away from home, seriously, they feed me and give me laughter and comfort. I wish I could sleep in their toilets and be there always, because I am so well fed it makes my heart swell.

I bloody love it there, and not because my friends work here (I loved it before them) but because the food and atmosphere is incredible to say the least. I drive here every lunch time on a Friday, sometimes Thursdays too if I’m feeling saucy; which happens more often than not!

It’s a beautifully quaint delicatessen with a family orientated vibe AND the widest variety of breads in the land.  But don’t just take my word for it, take a look at their menu! P.S CLICK AND COLLECT WOOOO!

Once you’ve stuffed yourself to the brim with a prawn and avocado ciabatta with chilli jam (my fav) or chickpea casserole with hot sauce and bread (also my fav) with a hazelnut soya latte (you guessed it, my fav), you can take a leisurely stroll around Victoria Park which is a mere stone throw away. I know. What dreams are made of right?

Also every time I have gone there has always been an adorable dog outside, and if that doesn’t sell it to you as well as the AMAZING food, I don’t know what will, we probably shouldn’t be friends.

If you do decide to go to one of my favourite places on the planet, please do tell them I sent you. You might get a freebie* and major deli cred!

 

 

 

*It’s all lies, you will not get a freebie.

 

 

 

I was lucky enough to be whisked away to the “happiest city in the world” aka Copenhagen!

Instead of writing a long lengthy review about where I went, where I ate, where I stayed and what I wore, I’m going to write my 7 favourite things about this weekend. This trip was amazing, I just wanted to take it all in. I already felt a bit of a pain for asking to have my photo taken in the first place for memory purposes! So it was dedicated to spending time making memories with my numbero uno.

ONE: Copenhagen Zoo

This place at a bargain of £20 (exchange rate depending) is a MUST if you’re planning a trip to Copenhagen. It’s huge, affordable and THERE ARE POLAR BEARS. Honestly, you name an animal, you will see it at Copenhagen Zoo. I will say though, that there is two parts to it and one is so much better than the other, I will leave you to decide which you think is best.

 

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TWO: Street Food Festival – Papiroen

Walking over to what looked like an industrial estate surrounded by storage containers, I wasn’t completely convinced. As soon as I walked through the doors I was blown away, incredible variety, such a good range of vegetarian and vegan options, and such a cool vibe! I tried the fake pulled pork burger, and it was pretty good! I wish I was able to spend more time here, and eat more food, but we were pathetic and could only manage one burger… I’m still disappointed in us.

 

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THREE: The Standard

High quality food at not as affordable prices, but boy was I glad we went. We decided to go for a quick bite to eat once we arrived at the hotel, and The Standard was pretty much opposite our hotel; thumbs up! We sat down and after we realised how much we would be spending, we decided to make the most of it. I also had THE MOST AMAZING COCKTAIL which just set the mood nicely, it had bee pollen in… sorry that’s all the information I have… Oooh and gin!

 

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FOUR: Nyhaven Pizza

After being caught in a rainstorm, we took shelter in a pizza place just around the corner from the bars along the river. It looked like a takeaway place you head at the end of a boozy night, but it had such a lovely vibe, and the owner was very accommodating! I tried off in the toilet and as soon as I got back we were told there was a space available (WOO). It was adorable, like a little den with hand painted colourful houses surrounding us, a tribute to the famous colourful buildings in Copenhagen. The food was spot on and the beers were cheap too! I think we worked out that my pizza cost only a little bit more than what The Standard had charged us for water! The best place for out anniversary meal, I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

 

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FIVE: Christiania Free Town

This place was something else, Freetown Christiania is a car-free neighbourhood where around 850 residents created a different way of life. It was established in 1971 by a “group of hippies who occupied some abandoned military barracks on the site” and they developed their own rules, own society, and is completely dependent from the Danish government. Some of the homes were incredible, so well built and intriguing.

 

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SIX: Walking

Being away from my desk and actually exploring by foot was definitely a highlight of my trip. In 1 day we managed 30,000 steps, equivalent to 13 miles! Never thought I could do it with my gammy leg. I wish I had more opportuntities to just walk and see what I find, we actualy stumbled across some sights Nat wanted to see which would have never happened if we had took the metro!

 

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SEVEN: Spending time with my best friend

Due to us both working full-time and having different commitments, I can’t spend as much time with my inamorato as I would like. This weekend was perfect in so many ways, and I had an absolute blast hanging out with him, being childish, walking miles, drinking beers, playing at the zoo, taking 1000 selfies and even the drive home (which took around 3 hours, eurgh). So out of all the things I have done this weekend, I would say this is my favourite.

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MIND2

When you’re feeling inspired by your needs? Yep, my needs were flowers and fries!

I love drawing, so much so that I tend to criticise everything I create. I hope this is a comment trait for all artists, because it stops me from doing what I love because I set such high expectations for myself. The proof is in the pudding. I’ve had this ‘CREATE’ section on my website since I started my blog in early June, and this is the first post, in September.

How do you overcome self-loathing when it comes to your work? I feel like I need to recondition my mind.