Amsterdam Travel Diary

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Our second stop was Amsterdam (spoiler alert: we did not go for the drugs)! We both had never been to this city (or The Netherlands in general), and I’m so so so glad that we did. The appeal of this city was obviously 1.) everyone bikes and bikes are everywhere and 2.) canal cities are magical.

Check out below for more from our Amsterdam adventures and learn why this city was my favorite of our trip and might be my new favorite city ever (sorry London)! This was also my most “Sporty Spice” outfit for exploring the city on rented bikes (and eating too many Dutch cheese samples)!

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Top Ten Things to Do in Amsterdam (in the order we did them):

  1. Anne Frank House – This (beyond renting bikes) was my most important “stop” in Amsterdam. We got to Amsterdam around 5:00pm and unloaded our bags at our AirBnB and went for a walk. We just happened to find our way to the Anne Frank House and the line was only a 30-minute wait to get into the building (some tour books said that at the busiest time, it might be a three hour wait), so we got in line. I had reread most of Anne’s diary on the plane ride over to Europe, and it was really moving and special to be there.
  2. Walking Along the Canals – We found out that the best (and prettiest) way to explore the city of Amsterdam was to pick a canal and walk/bike along it. It’s crazy to see that nearly all the homes have a canal view and most of the canals were lined with bikes and houseboats! Just a really pretty scene!
  3. Sample Dutch Cheese – Sign me up! Cheese is a top food group for me (jokes…but really), so I was excited to sample all the different varieties of Dutch cheeses. Right next to the Tulip Museum (see below) is a store hilariously called the Cheese Museum that offers samples of EVERY SINGLE ONE of their cheese. So of course, I tried nearly all of them. Heaven, I tell ya!
  4. Visit the Tulip Museum  – Because we’re too cheap to pay the admission price (a constant theme on our travels if you haven’t figured out yet), we just ducked into the gift shop where they had 100s of tulip bulbs for sale. Tulips are my favorite flower of all time, so I was excited to see all the different varieties (some I didn’t even know existed – like the ice cream tulip here)!
  5. Eat a Stroopwafel – The Husband and I would agree that this was the best thing that we ate during the entire 14-day trip. It’s hard to explain, but basically imagine the thinnest, crispiest waffle cookie and layer that with a warm caramel syrup and another thin and crispy waffle cookie. Delicious when made fresh by a street vendor and still good when store bought! Someone on Instagram mentioned that you may be able to buy them at Trader Joe’s so I know what I’ll be adding to my basket next time I’m there!
  6. Rent a Bike – There was NO way that this bike-loving-gal wasn’t going to bike in Amsterdam (aka City of Bikes)! The city has the nicest bike streets (over 2,480 miles of them), and nearly everyone bikes (there are more bikes in Amsterdam than there are people!). I had heard horror stories of people being yelled at in Dutch and nearly run over, but we didn’t experience any of that (though The Husband’s rented bike did have a chain come loose/off).
  7. Take a Day Trip to Bruges – We’re obsessed with checking new countries off our list AND a restaurant here in Indianapolis called Brugge (that serves Belgium food, including mussels and frites – my fav!), so we knew we had to take a day trip to Bruges, Belgium, since it is so close to The Netherlands. We didn’t end up having a ton of time to explore the city, but it’s frequently referred to “the Venice of the North”, so imagine lots of beautiful waterways and a maze of roads and lots of mussels and frites. A very fun trip!
  8. Visit a Windmill – Amsterdam is known for tulips and windmills, and since we had already seen the Tulip Museum, we had to take a day trip to see a full-working windmill in the Dutch countryside. It was a great trip – super informative and a reminder of a really idyllic lifestyle!
  9. Try on Some Wooden Shoes – The ultimate fashion accessory in The Netherlands (kidding…slightly)! We saw how they were made, and it’s a pretty neat process, plus they’re apparently perfect for farmers and super wet climates!
  10. Evening Canal Cruise – We booked this right before leaving for Europe for our last night in Amsterdam, and I’m so glad that we did! We love being on the water and seeing the city in a new way, and this evening cruise featured a cheese plate (#somuchcheese) and unlimited wine. Sign me up! The captain drove us around for roughly 90 minutes and provided some facts when passing various landmarks. It was a magical way to end our wonderful time in Amsterdam!

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Windmills, bikes,  tulips, and cheese? What more could anyone want? Stay tuned for The Husband’s favorite stop! There will be two more Europe posts next week on Wednesday/Thursday!

Have you ever been to Amsterdam? More importantly, did you ride bikes or try stroopwafel?

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Feeling Fall-like

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Today’s fun highlights:

  • Who knew coming back from a vacation was so hard (jokes)? This week seemed to last forever, so I’m lucky that this week was one of my scheduled Fridays off. Hallelujah that the weekend is here!
  • It’s definitely feeling fall-like here in Indiana, and I’m so excited to bust out some sweaters and start layering. No tights yet though, I’m going to try to hold out as long as possible!
  • Seriously though, whoever designed these fall Starbucks cups deserves a massive raise. I love them so much! The new Toasted Graham Latte? Not so much…too sweet for my liking, but I might try it again with half the amount of syrup pumps!
  • The Husband and I had a lamer date night, since I finally got in for a haircut this Wednesday. We are planning on going to IKEA this weekend (SO excited!) and trying to fit in seeing The Martian, since we’ve both read the book and loved it! Anyone else seen it yet?
  • We’re also going to have to fit in some time to work on Halloween costumes! I can’t believe we’re only two weekends away! Does anyone know what you’re going to be yet?
  • I wore all my Colts blue accessories to root on the Colts super hard this Sunday! We’re lucky enough to be going to the game versus the Patriots…so I’ll be sure to cheer extra loud for America! ;)

Weekend sales:

Happy weekend, friends! What are you up to?

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  • On Target item:  Merona Bow Flats (super similar)
  • Lip Color: Almay (exact)
  • Necklace: c/o Rocksbox (get your own subscription here, and use code “styleontargetxoxo” for one month free!)
  • Sweater: J.Crew Factory (similar)
  • Nail Color: “Rhapsody Red” (exact)
  • Purse: Michael Kors (exact)
  • Jeans: Denizen, Target (exact)

Apple (Picking) of My Eye

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This past Sunday, The Husband and I went apple picking for the second time! We apparently went to Pleasant View Orchards with the rest of Indianapolis, since the place was PACKED!

We’re apparently a little late this year for the apples (who knew?), and most of the trees had either dropped most of their fruit or had been pretty picked over, but we did get a whole bunch of Golden Delicious apples and a new-to-me-apple, Mutsu apples!

And then when we brought them home, I knew I wanted to turn them into a crisp like we made last year, but I couldn’t remember where I got the recipe or any of the ingredients minus oatmeal. And, then I remembered the best part of having a blog…when you share your favorite apple crisp recipe (here) with all your internet friends last year…you just have to search your blog for it! #win

And yes, it was another successful year of delicious apple crisp! ;)

Have you gone apple picking yet this year?

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Friday Is For Foxes

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Today’s fun highlights:

  • We’re in Amsterdam today, and I’m going to keep this short and sweet!
  • This fox print buttondown is one of my favorite fall purchases. It’s adorable, quirky, and super versatile. Foxes are my favorite, and they’re even better on Fridays!
  • I’ve had these oxfords in my closet forever, but they’re really getting worn this year. I like them a lot with skirts and dresses, but they work with jeans as well!
  • Annnnnd it’s officially vest season, which is my favorite weather season of all! Bust out those vests, my friends, because you all know I will! ;)

Weekend sales:

  • None this week because we’re traveling! They’ll be back in two weeks!

Happy weekend, friends! What are you up to?

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  • On Target item: Mossimo Supply Co. Oxfords (similar)
  • Sunglasses: Loft (exact)
  • Buttondown: Old Navy (exact)
  • Vest: J.Crew Factory (exact)
  • Watch: Merona, Target (exact)
  • Nail Polish: “Rhapsody Red” (exact)
  • Purse: Michael Kors (exact)
  • Jeans: Gap (exact)

Practice What You Preach

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Today’s fun highlights:

  • This morning in the Five for Friday post (here), I told you all that cobalt blue and olive green make a great color combination, and I wouldn’t be a very good blogger, if I didn’t put that into action for you, so here you go! Cobalt blue and olive green in a real life outfit!
  • The Husband bought me a massage for our anniversary back in April, and I finally had it this week! So blissful and my shoulders really needed it! Then afterwards, we date-nighted to our favorite sushi spot! Am I lucky or what?
  • Working today, but then it is two full weeks of vacation! I don’t think I ever officially announced it here, but The Husband and I are off to explore five countries in Europe (Ireland, Amsterdam, Belgium, Germany, and Austria). We’ve been planning and counting down the days, and it’s finally here! Can’t wait to get this journey started and share it with you when we get back!
  • You better believe today’s jacket (here) is coming with me to Europe. Worth its minor weight in gold! ;)
  • Does anyone have any recommendations for any “must dos” in those countries? Things to eat? Places to see?
  • Don’t worry…I worked my tail off, and you’ll have a full two weeks of posts…it’ll be like I wasn’t even missing! ;)
  • ps. Have all of you Taylor Swift fans downloaded Ryan Adams’s redo of “1989”? It’s on iTunes (here), and I. Love. It.

Weekend sales:

Happy weekend, friends! What are you up to?

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