Welcome to the Bellerose store in Amsterdam. A Belgian company that offers stylish, well crafted, and playful basics for the whole family. I love that the branding is subtle and not obvious. The store itself is worth the experience. The environment is welcoming, warm, and encourages you to wonder around. The store is spacious, allowing the clothing to stand out. There is no clutter, no over packed shelves, and every garment is visible. I enjoyed just browsing and easily could have made some purchases:) but I didn’t.
Check out Bellerose online or pop into one if you have the opportunity.
I have to share a super fun coffee spot (of course!) in Amsterdam. Coffee & Coconuts, a former cinema is located in the de Pijp district. The brick wall interior is softened by large wooden communal tables, cozy cushioned lounge spaces, and filled with greens. I have total plant envy (note to self to create a home jungle) CC has a delicious and killer menu if you can’t survive on beans. A perfect place to enjoy by yourself or to gather with friends. Love it, Love it, Love it!
Another new shop for me, Maison NL. Maison NL is a concept store in Amsterdam offering a well curated selection of speciality products ranging from fashion pieces, home accessories, jewelry to gifts for your little ones. This store is packed with gems. Honestly, I typically would not spend so much time in a store that is covered floor to ceiling with merchandise. But I found myself eyeing things left and right. A great place to buy yourself or someone else a gift. Super fun to browse with a friend!
The first day is typically a fight for me to stay awake. But not this time. I am traveling alone to Amsterdam to celebrate one of my dearest friend’s birthday. So no time to nap! I must enjoy every minute of my visit! I never get bored with Amsterdam. I fall deeper in love every visit. Sitting in cafes with friends and strolling the streets is my favorite way to spend my days. It is day one and I’m off with my girlfriends!!
Coffee and jet lag go great together. So Bocca, a new coffee spot for me was the first stop. The space is bright, inviting and they serve a great cup of coffee. I also popped into a favorite store of mine, Spiegel Amsterdam. It is Dutch design shop that sells only products made in Holland. The perfect place to shop for gifts for yourself and others.
My girlfriends and I continued strolling with no signs of jet lag (shocking for me and I felt amazing)! Perhaps keeping my caffeine consumption in the mix was key. I was introduced to another fab and hip coffee shop, Toki. Loved the vibe! I wasn’t sure if the coffee was going to match up to the coolness. After a few sips, I was wondering if we would be able to come back!
An amazing afternoon with my girlfriends. Fell in love with another new shop, Papabubble. A delightful candy shop that makes their own hard candies on sight. The name alone makes me smile. We were lucky enough to catch lollipops in the making (which also came with some sweet sampling). I had to buy a few treats for my son:). The final stop of the day, the Conservatorium Hotel. The Conservatorium Hotel is a stunning hotel located in the Museum District. It is an architectural gem. The hotel has a beautiful, bright, and inviting lounge to enjoy drinks and nibbles. We sat and laughed while sipping vino!! A perfect start to the week!
Fact: The jet lag is kicking in and I am seeing doubles as I type. Good night!
Wishing for dreamy viewing than check out my new latest Netflix love, Chef’s Table. So far it has been an amazing and inspiring series about six of the world’s greatest chefs. I have traveled to Italy, the North West corner of Massachusetts, Patagonia, Los Angeles, New Zealand, and Sweden. The cinematography is beautiful, the authenticity of the chefs is heart grabbing, and the food is revolutionary. I’m in love with Massimo Buttura and his electric personality!
Need more inspiration than check out My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, a once a month interview with David Letterman and a global leader that is sure to inspire. First interview is with President Barack Obama. Enough said! The interview is one on one on an open stage with no band and no distractions. David Letterman is back and better than before with a personal style he is enjoying. Check out the beard!
Dreamy reading inspiration. Enjoy The New York Times recently released 52 Places to Go in 2018. Always amazed with the beauty that world has to offer. Happy browsing!