Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Laura Dols

The best vintage in Amsterdam was to be found at the markets, the shops offered generic vintage fair, nothing you haven't seen a million times, that is with the exception of Laura Dols. Laura Dols is a lovely vintage shop in the Jordaan neighbourhood of the city. Although, on this occasion, I didn't make a purchase I enjoyed whiling away the time in this gem of a shop (I whiled away around an hour and a half to be exact, oops!). In my defence they arrange their stock in size AND colour order and it's all, gasp, washed! Rare for a vintage shop. I must have been in shock. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it! They've got a website too (gulp!) take a look here.


Saturday, 22 September 2012

Worth the wait // Turquoise Ring

I have ridiculously tiny child fingers so struggle to find rings that fit. Despite this setback I rose above adversity and found this lovely sterling silver and turquoise ring from the Albertcuyp market in Amsterdam. My friend suffers from the exact same predicament (What are the chances!?) yet she too managed to bag herself a gorgeous silver ring with a opal centre, score. I can't contain the joy of my new holiday purchase any longer, I just had to spread the word!


Thursday, 20 September 2012

Holiday // Amsterdam

Next stop, Amsterdam. One thing that struck me most about Amsterdam is how pretty it is, with it's abundance of canals and lack of cars it's like no other city I've visited. After visiting The Anne Frank House on our first day we were free to chill out and take it all in, the perfect antidote to jam-packed Berlin. There are literally hundreds, no thousands of bikes so it can be pretty leathal for pedestrians, keep your wits about you, or do as we did and hire some of your own (if you can't beat 'em join 'em!), a great way to get around the city and perfect for a picnic in Vondlepark.

I was expecting big things from the vintage markets in Berlin but, at the sight of mountains of what can only be described as crap, was left pretty disappointed. Amsterdam however delivered big time, a must visit for any self respecting vintage fan. The Noordermarkt in the heart of the Jordaan area is held every Monday and, if your willing to rummage (a lot of things are in massive piles on the floor!), is likely to deliver a vintage gem. It only runs until 1pm though so be sure to get down early. If you do go, head to Winkel cafe on the edge of the market, we dutifully followed the guide books instruction and were rewarded with the nicest, fattest slice of dutch apple cake ever, still warm, ummm...... I'm salivating at the memory! I could just eat me a slice of that right now!

All in all a pretty passable holiday!


Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Holiday // Berlin


I haven't posted for a little while because I've been on holiday! We went on an amazing trip to Berlin and Amsterdam and I had the best time! They are both mega cool cities and definitely worth a visit. I've whittled down the hundreds of images to pick the highlights, first up Berlin. We made the most of our time and hit up a load of touristy spots to learn more about Berlin's rich, and slightly complicated history. Admittedly at times it was dark and somewhat depressing, but it was also massively interesting to visit these places in person, reading about it in a textbook isn't quite the same seeing it for yourself. When not whiling away the hours in a museum we found ourselves in need of a bucket-full of light relief so spent the rest of our time exploring and soaking up the cities atmosphere. We went to some lovely neighbourhoods, all with their own character and style, had amazing food, visited super cool bars and had some top nights out! Cautionary note; Berlin is chockablock with hipsters, but for a place this cool that's pretty much a given!

Put simply: GO!


P.S. If you need somewhere to stay I highly recommend The Michelberger Hotel. It's a stones throw from the East Side Gallery in super cool Friedrichshain, has great rooms, good rates and a lovely bar to boot!