My friends encouraged me to start a blog and after I finished my Master Informations Science, I was ready for a new and different challenge. What do I have to lose right?! After 2 years of blogging I have collaborated with various awesome brands already, producing beautiful creative content focussing on "the experience" of a product or service. I am super excited to share my journey..
Spring is here! Although I know I regret going to parks afterwards with my hay fever, I still think it’s worth it to see the beautiful blossoms and flowers when they are in full bloom.
You probably have seen a lot of this on your time line already. It’s a shame that the gorgeous sight only lasts for about 2 weeks. So no wonder we all go out to explore the fields at the same time. Good thing that there are so many options. Here are my favorite places to go during spring time in The Netherlands.
After my pink and beige version, I am rocking these coral colored platform sneakers from Lily Laurel. It's a lovely pop up spring color in the wardrobe and stands out like the flowers do.
The wisteria is currently in full bloom in Amsterdam. I can spot them everywhere against the walls.
// Location: Rozengracht (and many more locations in Amsterdam Zuid) /
Shoes: Lily Laurel / jumpsuit: Mango / bag: Gedebe
Every year I visit the Japanese Park in Amstelveen to admire the cherry blossoms in the Amsterdamse Bos.
There are 400 Sakuras here gifted by the Japanese women's Club. It can be crowded nowadays, but still I love to have a picknick here when the sun is shining.
// Location: Cherry Blossom Park Amstelveen /
Sweater: Je m'apelle / pants: Zara (old) / shoes: Puma / sunglasses: Komono
Lisse is the most beautiful area to be in April. Endless colorful flower fields. If you want to see my most cheesy picture (and the most liked picture on my instagram) with Nigel that we took in these fields, check it out --> here.
// Location: Lisse /
Top: Bershka / skirt: H&M / bag: Zara
When you get an invitation from Booking.com to have a unique stay at the Keukenhof, you of course say yes! Although I didn’t know to what I said yes to yet, I was promised that it would be amazing. When I realize I was going to stay in a bubble I was beyond excited. Also, it was my very first ‘glamping’ experience, because the bathroom was 200 meters away at the main entrance of Keukenhof.
Keukenhof is a beautiful flowerpark in The Netherlands that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. I have been there before 14 years ago, but I didn’t remember that it was this cool and beautiful.
So on Keukenhof ground, Booking.com set up this bubble for five days where I slept in for one night. The bubble was just so cute with a comfy bed inside, a fridge, a heater (it got colder at night) and a little terrace to sit outside. Check out the video room tour on my Instagram post here (swipe to the second carousel post).
It’s already two weeks ago and I am still telling people how incredible the experience was. As the bubble was transparent and we were lucky with the clear sky, I was counting stars before I went to dreamland.
We completed the full Keukenhof experience by going on a boat ride and rented bikes to explore the flower fields in the area. It was a perfect little get-a-way that I can check off my bucket list, even though I didn’t know it was on it ;)
Thank you Booking.com for this wonderful experience! A lot of people asked me how to book this bubble, but unfortunately it was a one-time promotion that got sold out in less than a minute! I do hope they will have more of these unique collaborations in the future, because I can recommend this to everyone who is a little bit adventurous :)
Counting the stars before dreamland
Exploring the flowerfield by bike!
Outit 1: top: Zara / pants: Bershka / sunglasses: Weekday Outfit 2: Kimono: H&M / top: Calvin Klein / sunglasses: Toms Outfit 3: top: Bershka / pants: H&M / hat: Zara / bag: Zara / shoes: Zara
Get €25 discount on your next booking on Booking.com via this link –> here (click on the link and you will be directed to Booking.com. You will get the 25€ discount at the end of the booking process. Note, you booking must be 50€+ and valid for one time)
Hong Kong, the place where my family comes from, a place where I hope to move to at some point. I was there last year where I compiled a list of things to do (check it out here), because there are SO MANY things to do and to eat that you can get lost in it. I went back this year during Chinese New Year. Totally different vibe, very busy, but I had an amazing time, also thanks to my family (received lots of red envelops :D). Most of the stores are closed for a few days. Companies are closed for a week and in China even 2 weeks. So if you don’t have family living there, I don’t necessary recommend you to go during CNY.
Furthermore, we made a day trip to Macau in China with the boat from Hong Kong, I will post my tips in a separate post about this.
Also, check out the first part of my Hong Kong tips (here), because Hong Kong is that awesome!
1. Tsz Shan Monastery
Most people know about the Tian Tan big Buddha in Hong Kong. There is actually one more private and different temple in Tai Po, Tsz Shan Monastery. I was so excited to go there as it has been on my bucket list for a while. It's free to visit this place, but make sure to book you tickets weeks in advance! The whole experience is worth it!
It was extra special to have seen sir Li Ka-Shing (the owner, one of the richest persons on planet earth) there.
Address: Ngong Ping Rd, Lantau Island
2. Sheung Shui
My family comes from area Sheung Shui, the Northern district of Hong Kong, in New Territories.
Not many tourists come to this area, as it is a very local area surrounded by many little villages. It's a side you don't really expect when you think of Hong Kong, much more nature and agriculture.
I went here to visit my family. It's really close to the Chinese border, you can actually see the buildings of China when you're on my grandmother's balcony.
3. Kowloon park
I am in Kowloon all the time when I am in Hong Kong, yet it was my first time to walk around in Kowloon park. It's a huge park in the middle of the city, surrounded by tall building. Also, you can spot turtles and flamingo's in the waters!
4. Quarry Bay
This place has been so popular due to Instagram that it's forbidden to make pictures here nowadays. It's a shame. But a cool sight to see for sure!
So many cool hotels you can find in Hong Kong. I stayed at 3 different hotels during my stay. All good for different reasons. Get 25€ discount on all your bookings on Booking.com via my article --> here.
J Plus Hotel by Yoo
Location: Cause Way Bay; Hong Kong Island
I stayed at the suite, which is bigger than most apartments in Hong Kong. Centrally located, free use of handy smartphone, art gallery and much more.
I wrote a full article about this hotel, check it out --> here.
iClub Ma Tau Wai Hotel
Location: Ma Tau Wai; To Kwa Wan
This 4 star hotel, was relatively cheap. Free coffee and toasts in the morning. The room is clean and if your room is high enough, you have a nice view of the harbor.
MTR station near and many bus stops around, though I only used the taxi when we stayed here.
Location: Wan Chai; Hong Kong Island
This 4 star hotel is quite pricy, but you get to swim in a cool roof top pool with an amazing view!
Sucker for yummy cute desserts like me? I tried the chocolate ice cream with a cotton candy panda bear. I did not per sé expect it, but the ice cream was really good! It was really tempting to order more cute desserts.
Address: Shop A, G/F, 19, Cameron Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
7. Café R&C
This is the address for the cutest (3D) latte art.
Address: Causeway Bay, Haven St, 22-24
8. PAN de Pain
Soufflé pancakes & taro ginger latte. The pancakes are so fluffy here! It's a quite a popular place, so beware of the line.
Address: 18 Hanoi Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
Delicious Acai bowl in a coconut and more! I was happy to have found a healthy spot like this one!
Address: 4 Swatow Street, Wan Chai
When local people tell you where to eat the best red velvet cake in town, you go there! While we were there we couldn't resist to order the cheddar truffle fries and the cha siu taco. All so good!
Address: Shop 405, 4/F Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
The place to go for Japanese Tonkatsu. The cabbage, miso soup and rice are unlimited ;) Saboten has different locations in Hong Kong.
Address: Tern Plaza, /F, 5, Cameron Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
12. The cupping room
A nice place to have lunch or a coffee. I was here with my boyfriend because I wanted to go inside to test the coffee, while he didn't want to order anything. However, apparently it's obligatory to both order something if you want to sit down. So you know ;)
Address: 32 Swatow St, Wan Chai
A place for specialty coffee but even more special are the handcrafted rose-shaped gelato in cones or egglets. I couldn't believe they were out..
When I received the invitation to go indoor skydiving with Ecco to test their new sneaker, my answer was: hell yeah! The Ecco 2.0 is made from very soft leather with perforated uppers for cool airflow around the foot, hence the connection with the wind of the skydive ;)
Comfort is definitely the first thing that comes to mind when you step into these sneakers. It was the finishing touch to our bad ass flight suit.
It was my second time, as my boyfriend surprised me a few months ago with a flight for our anniversary. I saw such a big improvement compared to the last time. I could enjoy it even more and trying out new moves. It’s very addictive!
So, here is the part that’s interesting for you. On my Instagram you can win a skydive for 2 persons in Utrecht. So if you live in The Netherlands, make sure to join this contest, as this is such a cool experience! I will announce the winner on the 23rd!
Before this trip with the Indonesian Tourism board, I had never heard of Padang before, but I bet every Indonesian knows this place. It’s a city where lots of local people go on vacation, I barely saw any foreigners around except for us. Padang is famous for its own authentic cuisine. During this trip we of course got to try it, for instance Saté Pandang. Also, we really got into the Indonesian culture with several activities like the cooking workshop, the Songket workshop and much more.
This place was really nice to get to know the authentic Indonesian way of living.
PS: did you see the first part of the trip to Jakarta already?! –> here.
When in Padang you should try the famous local saté. It’s made from beef, cut in small pieces on a stick with a yellow (spicy) sauce.
And then, after the deserts, the start of the obsession of the trip. @thatfoodcray and I had this Martabak mission since we arrived in Indonesia. We tried it on our last trip with the Indonesian tourism board (here). We just had to stop and order this Martabak Bandung for everyone to try. It was soooooo gooood!! A must try if you are in Indonesia!! You can find the Martabak Bandung carts everywhere on the street.
I love the traditional Indonesian songket, handwoven textile fabrics. We went to Pandai Sikek for a little workshop. They can make 4 cm of fabric each days, so it takes a month to finish a songket. The craftsmanship and the amount of hours of a piece of songket makes me realize why these fabrics are so valuable.
We checked-in at Novotel Bukittinggi. Beautiful hotel with a view. Wish we could have spent a little more time here!
For dinner we had many different traditional dishes at RM Family Benteng.
Restaurant: RM Family Benteng
address: Jl. Yos Sudarso, Benteng Pasar Atas, Guguk Panjang, Benteng Pasar Atas, Guguk Panjang, Benteng Ps. Atas, Guguk Panjang, Kota Bukittinggi
Martabak manis is a sweet desert. Martabak asin is a savoury snack with egg and meat. Also one of my favorite snacks from Indonesia that you can buy anywhere on the streets.
Early morning grocery shopping at the traditional market. We had to buy ingredients for the Rendang cooking workshop by Ibu Emi. I avoided the meat section of this market, but the rest of the market is really beautiful to see with all the colors of the fruit and spices and they way everything is displayed.
Tip: Like I said, it’s a traditional market, make sure you respect the culture by covering up your legs and shoulders when you’re walking around here.
Cooking class and lunch at Rendang Ibu Emi Payakambuh. This was really a cosy experience, learning from the chefs who prepared the rendang the very traditional, old school way.
We enjoyed the lunch with so many different dishes on the floor and ate it with the hands! You can’t get more local than this.
We had a little walk at Lobang Jepang, which has a underground tunnel/cave, build by the Japanese during the war. Above this tunnel you can walk in this park with monkies and a beautiful view.
address: Jl. Panorama, Bukit Cangang Kayu Ramang, Guguk Panjang, Kota Bukittinggi, Sumatera Barat 26138, Indonesia
Again, snack time in between. I think we all gained weight during this trip. Teh Botol the Indonesian jasmin ice tea with sugar. Try to drink the ones in glass botels, ice cold. It’s so delicious on a hot day.
address: Jl. Panorama No.19C, Kayu Kubu, Guguk Panjang, Kota Bukittinggi
Jam Gadang is the clock tower in the city center, the tourist landmark of Bukittinggi. We had a little horse ride here around town.
Nasi Kapau Uni Lis
At the Jam Gadang is the main market, where we had another very local dinner outside.
— Vlog —
Martabak manis! Je moet dit eten in Indonesië! - Padang wonderful indonesia - YouTube
Wonderful Indonesia trip, Jakarta fun dining - vlog 18 - YouTube
*In collaboration with The Ministery of Tourism Indonesia
In my “blogger career” I have been to a few Fashion Weeks, in London, Paris, New York, Singapore and Tokyo, but it was my very first time in Milan! I have to say that this is one of my favorite ones so far!
I loved the street style to bits, you can clearly see that every guest has a passion for fashion dressing up soooo fine! I get so much energy during these inspiring fashion trips, no matter how big or small the designers are. Nothing but respect that they have made it that far.
What’s in it for me to invest money in these trips?
I just love fashion so much that I want to see it live on the runway, on the streets and join the dress up game myself.
Content! These are the moments that the fashion industry is watching. I post a lot of outfits, shows, designers or events. I feel very privileged to be able to witness fashion week from up close, so I share a lot on the blog, insta stories, Instagram and write a report for the Asian News newspaper.
PR. Me being my own PR manager, I represent myself and network my way around, if you’re lucky you can be captured by street photographers to have some more publicity.
I bring collaborations to Fashion Week. For brands it’s interesting to be present during Fashion Week, whether they are actively involved or not.
Seeying my fashion friends. Sometimes I just go by myself, because I know I will bump into so many new and old friends in this industry.
So yeah, I going for the next Fashion week in Paris tomorrow. I have to admit that I am a little bit tired from Milan still. I don’t know how some can do four of the fashion weeks in a row. Yet I am thrilled to go back again. For sure I will keep you all posted!!
— Outfit details —
The granny print ‘plaid’ is making a come back once again. Mostly in oversized blazers, but I opted for a co-ord to give it the modern twist. The buttons on the side of these pants are so cool! I kept it simple with some gold jewelry details and a designer bag.
Back in Amsterdam for 3 weeks, before Fashion Week season starts for me next week. I am going to Milan and Paris this season. I am very looking forward to this!!
My looks here back in town are either comfortable wear or a little more sophisticated when I am going to an event.
It’s actually in between the hysteria Fashion Week looks and the casual travel outfits. These are snaps that I made for my Instastories and some for my Instagram (@hashtagbylily). I am really enjoying creating content for my Instagram Stories lately, too bad it’s gone after 24 hours.
I saved a few of the OOTD snaps that I posted there. Any favorites?!
1. Louis Vuitton fanny pack
I have this fanny pack for over 12 years now. Happy to see that trends are coming back. It’s super handy too!
Polina (@polabur) and I are obsessed with Indonesia, feeling a special bond with this country. We cannot wait to visit Indonesia again. So we were pretty excited to be invited to taste the food for the new Garuda campaign at Ron Gastrobar Indonesia.
From September to December you can enjoy these delicious dishes by top chefs Agus and Vindex during your business class flight between Amsterdam and Jakarta!
Since I have been traveling this summer, I pretty much missed all the cool festivals this year. I love a good party to dance away on the beats every now and then. That why I was so ecstatic to go to Latin Village with the Squadgals last minutely! I felt like a mermaid in the H&M dress <3
Although Ardèche is quite famous under the Dutch vacationers, I never heard of this region in the South of France before. I was so happy that I got to visit this area and now I get to recommend this place to others who never heard of it, because it’s really that beautiful!
Let’s say, if you are looking for beautiful nature you won’t get bored here with activities like hiking, biking, canoeing, flying etc.
I would say that by car is the best way to explore the area, to visit village after village. A few of the most beautiful villages of France are in this area!
Here is my list of recommendations when you decide to go.
Take the chance to live in a fairytale castle. Take a look at my hotel review in a separate article –> here.
2. Gorges de l’Ardèche
A must see in Ardèche is the Gorges de l’Ardèche, also locally known as the “European Grand Canyon”. Pictures doesn’t do this place any justice. It’s really immense and it’s such a marvelous sight! It’s made up of a series of gorges in the river.
We went by car. It’s really easily park at the viewpoints to stop for photos or a lunch and hop to another one.
3. Pont d’arc
The icon of Ardèche. It’s quite busy here on beautiful summer days. We found a scenic spot to have picnic. What you really should do is canoeing! We didn’t have the time for it this time, but it looked like a really fun activity to do with a stunning scenery.
4. Lavender fields
The lavender fields were actually the reason why I wanted to visit region. There is even a Lavender museum between the fields. We were a little too late though at the third week of July. Best to visit a few weeks earlier. To be honest, the fields were nice, but I expected endless fields like in the Provence, these were just a few.
This impressive cave is famous for their replica of the world’s oldest currently know painting and engravings reproduced (36.000 years ago) from the Chauvet Cave, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Although I haven’t seen the original one (closed for public) you just know they did an amazing job to copy the other one, including the smell and temperature. Plan your visit beforehand to get a tour to get to know the background story with all the artwork. I was blown away by this!
tip: book your ticket online beforehand
website: en.cavernedupontdarc.fr/ address: Plateau du Razal, 07150 Vallon-Pont-d’Arc
6. La Beaume
A lovely village with lots of (Instagrammable) photospots, when you get lost in the alleys of La Beaume. There is a trail of 15 minutes that brings you to a very nice viewpoint on top of a hill overlooking La Beaume. Later we went back to this place to have a nice dinner at Le Bistrot de Pays Le Bec Figué.
There are many lovely villages to visit in Ardèche. In fact, a few of those villages are known as the most beautiful villages of France. The ones that I briefly visited were Balazuc en very briefly Vögue. All different and nice to wander around and have a lunch or dinner.
8. Aubenas market
Every Saturday there is a market in the center of Aubenas to stroll around. I bought this hand woven basket and ate some croissants and olives. I loved the French atmosfeer here.
Flying in a ULM is something that I did not imagine I would do. I said yes to this, without me knowing what I was getting into. ULM stands for Ultra Light Motor. Not gonna lie, I was super scared to go on board (but then again I am also scared to fly with a regular plane).
I must have screamed “OMG” a hundred times during the 15 minutes flight, with the adrenaline rushing through my body it was by far the most exciting thing that I have done. And it was a unique view to see Ardèche from above. If you have the chance to do it, I would totally recommend this!!
It’s a family company where the couple and their two sons fly on a daily basis. They really make you feel at ease in the air and if you want you can buy the dvd where they take these photos and videos for you with an action cam.
tip: bring a jacket with you, because it’s windy up there. Also, you can only bring your camera with you if it has a strap for around your neck.
Get €25 discount on your next booking on Booking.com via this link –> here (click on the link and you will be directed to Booking.com. You will get the 25€ discount at the end of the booking process. Note, you booking must be 50€+)
— Vlog —
In Ardeche slapen in een kasteel en super spannend vliegen in een ULM!! - Vlog 17 - YouTube
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There is such a large and diverse range of products on offer these days. I sometimes don’t know where to start looking. Yet, in my free time I am a “professional online browser”, searching for inspiration or trying to hunt down treasures to buy. Shopping at little boutiques is my favourite. Online, I do that at Etsy. The reason why I browse at Etsy is for when I am looking for uniques pieces for myself, my home or as a gift for a dear friend. The offer of cool pieces is immense. So, I thought I would share a selection if items that I would pin on my Pinterest board as a reminder for the next time I need a special gift.
This blog started off as a place where I shared my outfits. Lately this has turned into a more lifestyle travel space, while I am still obsessed with fashion every single day. I capture most of my looks for Instagram, but there is so much more. Here is a little recap of the past few weeks. Any favorites? :)