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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Are You Ready For Some Football?

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Today’s fun highlights:

  • Football started yesterday, but the real team (the Colts) are back in only two more days, guys! I promise to be camped out on my couch to watch the debut!
  • Summer is not officially over until Colts football starts. That’s the saying in Indiana, right? I used that as one more opportunity to bust out these shorts that my mom loves so very much and stole The Husband’s hat for the day!
  • Wednesday snuck up on me this week, so The Husband and I defaulted to Noodles & Company for our date night, and my favorite dish (the Thai Hot Pot) is back! So yum!
  • We also had our fantasy draft Wednesday night, and my team is sooooooo GOOD, you guys! Keep your fingers crossed for me, will you?
  • This weekend we’re headed to another wedding (friend of The Husband) and watching way too much football. So fun!

Weekend sales:

Happy weekend, friends! What are you up to?

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10 Things Tuesday (9.1.15)

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Ten Things I’ve Loved This Past Week on The Internet:

  1. I‘ll take this perfect-for-fall skirt in all four colors, please! Can you imagine how many different outfits you could make?
  2. Blogger love of the week: I’m obsessed with Fran’s ikat dress, and she’s killing it with all the ways she’s remixed it already.
  3. A polka dotted puffer vest (say that 5 times fast)? Yes, please! It will even match my purse in today’s look! ;)
  4. The PURE JOY of this British five-year-old who finds out he’s going to be a big brother made my day. “Is it really in there…right now?”
  5. 21 ways to pay it forward (I love articles like this!). I’m trying a couple of them this week!
  6. Another day, another plaid shirtdress that I love. This one might actually be hanging out in my online shopping cart right now!
  7. What if your mom (or dad) wrote your dating profile bio…would it look like this? Nicole shared this two week’s ago and I thought it was so nice and sweet! The ONLY reason I wish I was still on the dating scene (love you, The Husband) is so that my mom/dad could write one for me!
  8. I love this side-zip sweater so MUCH! The only problem is that I might love all four striped patterns equally, so how will I choose?!
  9. That’s it guys, I’m moving to Chicago. Because they are going to have a Target that serves booze. Game changer while grocery shopping or while bringing your husband to Target while you shop for clothes! ;)
  10. These totes have the FUNNIEST sayings on them. I can’t decide if “Be a beautiful cupcake in a world full of muffins” is funnier than “I know guacamole is extra”. Which one is your favorite (mine is the dog one!)?
  11. BONUS: I know you hate these shorts, Mom. No, I didn’t pay extra for the distressing. ;)

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  • On Target item: Merona Eyelet Sweatshirt (super similar)
  • Lip Color: Covergirl (exact)
  • Watch: Timex (exact)
  • Purse: Merona, Target (similar)
  • Shorts: Old Navy (exact)
  • Shoes: Mossimo Supply Co., Target (exact)

On Trend: Sneaker Spotlight

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Full disclosure, I like to think I’m a creative person, and sometimes that is right, but not in today’s post. I had the brilliant idea to title this post “Sneak Attack” and was really excited about it. Turns out…I already thought of that idea…five months ago. Good idea, Past Katie, you’re a smart one.

So you’ll have to settle for the “lamer” post title that is “Sneaker Spotlight,” but the good thing is that the sneakers in this post (glitter, gems, tweed!) are so cool that they don’t need a fancy title.

Thank goodness for that! ;)

  1. Mossimo Gemstone Slip-on Sneakers
  2. Mossimo Supply Co. Black/Silver Sneakers
  3. Mossimo Supply Co. Leopard Slip-on Sneakers (these come in black/white tribal too)
  4. Mossimo Supply Co. Gray Polka Dot Sneakers (also come in a black/white polka dot here)
  5. Mossimo Supply Co. Chambray Sneakers
  6. Mossimo Leopard Print Lace-up Sneakers (I have my eye on these!)
  7. Mossimo Black Perforated Lace-up Sneakers
  8. Mossimo High Top Black/Tweed Sneakers

Fourth of July 2015

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Hope you all had a great Fourth of July weekend full of fireworks, hot dogs, and fun times!

I spent the weekend in this very outfit hanging out with my family, The Husband, and Cooper (our dog) at my parents’ house. I ate waaaaay too much (mostly of my mom’s all-star caprese salad) and talked about Inside Out waaaay too much (so good…go see it right NOW).

What I also did waaaay too much of? Weeding on Sunday. Does anyone hate this task as much as I do? I love being outside, but uggh. It’s practically un-American. So next Fourth of July, I do solemnly swear to not weed or do any yardwork, and instead, I’ll eat flag cake (thanks Ina!).

What is your favorite Fourth of July/summer BBQ treat?

ps. Mad thanks to Jessica, my hairstylist, for giving me these flatiron curls! She’s a rockstar if anyone needs a referral!

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  • On Target item: Mossimo Supply Co. Red Sneakers (exact)
  • Sunglasses: Gap Outlet (similar)
  • Jean Jacket: Tommy Hilfiger (exact)
  • Lace Tank: Loft (similar)
  • Purse: vintage Coach (thrifted; similar)
  • Shorts: Loft (exact)