|Amsterdam Centraal, October 29, 2016|
Now, as many of you know, I just launched my new blog, The Teaching Cove, a few days ago to help English teachers and educators find expert resources. Well, a month ago, I attended Meet the Blogger Amsterdam, my first blogging conference. The conference content overall was okay . It was more geared towards DIY and Home Decor bloggers and not nearly as business-like as I expected. However, the keynote speakers - Anne de Bruk from Your Little Black Book (a travel blog) and Holly from Decor8 were great.
The best part, though, was meeting my friend N from the conference. She has a degree in fashion and is a personal shopper who loves sustainable, comfortable clothes. She's starting a blog I am so excited for! I'll keep you posted once it launches. I may even get to be her pilot/test case in Barcelona for her personal shopping business :)
So, N was in Amsterdam for a few days and we had a chance to meet up last Saturday While my usual trips to Amsterdam have been for sightseeing and photography, this trip was a little different. We met for lunch at Omelegg.It's the same place I went when Robby came to visit, but this time we checked out the Ferdinand Bolstraat location since it was close to the majority of the shops on our list. I had scrambled egg whites with sundried tomatoes, feta, spinach, rye bread and salad served with fresh carrot juice. You can choose your own toppings from a giant list. I'd definitely recommend Omelegg for brunch!
Then, we headed to a few beautiful boutique stores in the De Pijp area of Amsterdam. I can't remember the names of them all, but there were a few that stood out:
- Things I Like, Things I Love
- Brick Lane
- Good Genes
- Miuse - This concept store was really cool; the basement is full of vintage items and the top is full of brand new designers that have a designated space to show one or two of their pieces
Oops - I made a purchase! I actually did really need black boots - flat ones that I can ride my bike in. Good quality was definitely high on the list, as I am sick of 40 euro boots breaking. So, enter Fabienne Chapot and Brick Lane. I love my starry Fabienne Chapot "army boots". They were soooo comfortable I just had to buy them. Personal shopper/fashion blogger approved, too! Apparently you can dress them up or dress them down. They had better be versatile for the price! ;)
Another trick I learned from N was the magic of plastic hair ties. I had no idea that they break your hair less. Most of the colours are too bright for me, but the transparent ones are great. I picked up a few from H&M. They come in a huge pack for a few euros.
Then, N headed off to her evening concert plans, and I headed to Spui Street to check out the bookstores and do some photography for my blog.
Oh, by the way, I discovered that hot chocolate in Holland (which really doesn't exist in Spain), looks like this:
|MokaMore Cafe, Utrecht|
Well, that's all for my latest Amsterdam adventure. Stay tuned for an upcoming story on my half day trip to the cute little city of Leiden!