November 28, 2014

Winterswijk: Village Center

The village of Winterswijk is small and quaint, lying on the eastern border near Germany. It is the residence of neoplastic artist Piet Mondrian (from which the YSL Mondrian dress derives). It is in one word: adorable. 

The tiniest brasserie between two larger buildings! (see below)

In the park, you can sit on a Mondrian bench and see what he saw when he painted Winterswijk. The bench and frame look so out of place amidst the town and landscape, but it was cool to imagine him sitting there, dreaming and painting away.

November 27, 2014

Winterswijk: Countryside

After two weeks in The Hague, I headed east to Winterswijk to stay the week. For a girl used to suburbia, it was lovely getting out of the city to see green, smell cows, and be among the trees. The landscape was just beautiful, a breath of fresh air! The colors were so vibrant and every time I turned my head there was another postcard-perfect scene. When you Google pictures of Holland, photos like this come up but you don't think it's really real. Rest assured, it is.

November 26, 2014

Brugge, Belgium

One Friday afternoon, we packed up and headed to Brugge, Belgium for the afternoon. On the way out, we crossed the border into Germany for fuel (first picture), then went on our way. It was the coldest day I have experienced so far. Wind, rain, and cold cold cold. But Brugge was beautiful! Belgium is completely different from Holland. The minute you cross the border, you can feel it. The architecture is more ornate, due to the predominantly Catholic influence. I stocked up on Belgian chocolates to take home and ate a Belgian waffle #notimpressed, as well as getting a bag of Leonidas hazelnut & white chocolate treats for myself. Uh, yeah, those did not last long. Brugge is definitely on my list of places to return to... in better weather.

November 25, 2014

Amsterdam at Night

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Amsterdam for the night with friends! We went to dinner, walked around the Red Light District, and took a canal cruise. Good food, good times, and better company!

November 24, 2014

LA Cool

tank- J. Crew
sandals- Birkenstock

You know the moment when you instinctively walk into a store where you have a history of walking out empty-handed but go in anyway because you have a feeling? That was me walking into American Eagle a couple of months ago. I walked in looking for a beanie and got sidetracked by the great selection of pants on sale. Now, I have never been one to fit into their pants. Some brands just do not "go" with your body type, and they were one. But I decided to try on a few pairs just to see. Much to my surprise, everything fit! These pants were among the "yes" pile and, after about a week of wearing them nonstop, I went back to buy them in green. I am a firm believer in the theory of buying what you love in every color. If these pants came in more colors, I would buy them too. They're that good

The deep raspberry wine shade is perfect for fall and winter, but it easily mixed with summer pieces. Truth be told, I have not seen my arms or legs in about 5 weeks, and I am eager to get home and hopefully have some warm[er] weather when I land. Shorts for Christmas? Yes, please! 

November 21, 2014

Business + Pleasure

blouse & necklace- thrifted
skirt- thrifted Forever 21 [similar]
shoes- Liz Claiborne [similar]

Obviously these photos are from a while ago... maybe July? I recently realized I never posted them! I took these photos to put the blouse on Poshmark, but then liked it so much that it ended up in my closet. Oops! I like that the blouse would look great underneath a blazer but looks just as good out in the open with a leather mini skirt. Looking at these pictures makes me miss my tan... summer hurry up again! Maybe I should escape somewhere tropical and work on a winter tan. 

November 20, 2014

Panorama Mesdag

Below are some photos from my morning spent at the Panorama Mesdag. It was a misty day perfect for roaming around indoors. The museum is basically and panoramic view of Scheveningen and the beach village in the late 19th century. Walking up the staircase, I had no idea what to expect. I reached the top and became dizzy from the dome. Once I caught my balance, I was in awe! The last picture below does not even do it justice. Crazy perspectives, and a mix of 2D paint and 3D materials to give you a real panorama view. So cool!