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Friday, March 24, 2017

My First Cartier: Love Ring


I still have to pinch myself. On Wednesday I wrote that my mom and I went shopping after our high tea. Well, we wen't shopping but only had one thing on our minds: Cartier. It was decided that my mom would gift me a Cartier love ring that day and my mouth dropped open. We're just talking, admiring my new Louis Vuitton and then and there she made the decision. She didn't like the ring I was wearing on my left hand (she made me take it off! :P) and went straight to Cartier after finishing our high tea.

Compared to the LV bag, it all happened so fast! A Sales Associated (another sweet one!) helped us and made me try on a couple of sizes of the ring. I knew which one I wanted (the small, yellow gold one) so that was easy. After my mom and I said 'yes' to the ring. We were seated to wait for the gift wrapping. There I filled in the registration form. 

The gift wrapping took a while she explained, because she had to heat up the wax for the seal for the paper. I mean, what a great little touch, right? She gave me the receipt, a certificate and the box (in a box, wrapped in gift paper) and put it in a beautiful red Cartier bag. The best thing? She put the red bag in a white bag (which also closed on top) so no one on the street could see what I was carrying with me. Best thing ever, really!

When I came home, I couldn't wait to unwrap everything and make pictures along as I did. So precious and delicate!

Still can't believe that this has happened to me and that my mom has gifted me the most special gift and so spontaneous too!

Waiting at Cartier

Little tables

Wrote down my personal details

Seriously, the wrapping is so beautiful!

The certificate 

Close up of my Cartier LOVE ring
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

High Tea at Krasnapolsky Amsterdam


High tea at Krasnapolsky

Monday I wrote that I had a really good week last week, and Saturday was no exception. I met with my mom in Amsterdam for high tea at the luxury Krasnapolsky hotel. I happened to be there last week, and the waitress recognized me (and so did I), so nice!

My mom and I love high tea, especially when it involves champagne! No high tea without champagne, am I right? ;-) Loved catching up over delicious little foods and drinks.

The high tea had three courses, but we were already so full after the second course, that we thanked for the third one which was green tea ice cream. First course were all sorts of sandwiches and scones with cream cheese and jams. Second course were all little pastries, cookies, chocolates and scones. Oh my!

After high tea mom and I went for a little shopping which I will write about really soon...

Extra ice cold

Ice cold lemon drink to cleanse are palet 





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Monday, March 20, 2017

My New Louis Vuitton: Alma BB in Damier Ebene

My Louis Vuitton Alma BB in Damier Ebene

Last week was a very special week. I went to the Louis Vuitton store in Amsterdam at P.C. Hoofstraat  to buy my very first LV bag. When I was 16 I got a little LV wallet from my mom for Christmas, but this is the real deal.

I was on the hunt for a small cross body (but that could still fit a ton) for a while now. The Gucci Marmont bag was an option too, but the logo was just too 'out there' for me and I wanted something classic. The speedy with a strap (either size 25 or 30) came to mind as well, but I see those on the street so many times! Then it wasn't special anymore. I haven't seen the Alma BB anywhere and I love that I can wear it as a top handle too!

The Damier Ebene has always been my favorite. This is actually designed my Louis Vuitton himself whereas the LV monogram was designed by his son after his death. And also, the monogram is way too screwy for me. Don't like the beige leather either. So the Damier Ebene was an easy choice and for other options I had I watched a ton of Youtube videos. Loved watching 'what fits in my bag' videos on the Alma BB. And really, it's way bigger in real life!

I had to wait for about 25 minutes (it was so busy) and somehow my Sales Associate knew it was my first LV bag. She sat down next to me for a little chat and brought in the Alma BB. I also tried on a Vernis leather color, but thought I would get sick of it after a while. On Youtube I heard to get a good SA because they're everything and that is so true! I absolutely adored mine. She got brought me Moët & Chandon champagne (my favorite!) and I just sat there at the same comfortable chair. She wrapped it beautifully for me, which is of course half the fun! Even payment was done while seated there!

Loved how she rearranged the coffee table for me and even poured in more champagne so I could get the perfect instagram photo. She even downloaded Boomerang on my phone so we could make a cute video of her pouring champagne.

I got my initials hot stamped which makes the bag look even more pretty if you'd ask me!!

Wore the bag to high tea with my mom in Amsterdam on Saturday and wore it for dinner and drinks later that night with a girlfriend. Love that you can wear this bag from day to night.

All in all it took about an hour (from the time it was my turn till I walked out the door) and just the whole experience is sooo great!! Looking at people that are there and to be treated like a royal and walking out the door with that big orange bag is just all an awesome experience.

Coffee table at Louis Vuitton with yummy Moët & Chandon champagne 

Bag, box and receipt

Dust bag in the box

Love my WD initials 

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

World Cup Short Track In Rotterdam


On Friday evening after work we went to the World Cup Short Track Speed Skating in Ahoy Rotterdam. How cool that it was in my own city? Sometimes I was ice skating on tv. Especially long track world cups or Olympics. Because yeah, we Dutch happen to be very good at ice skating! That was also shown last Friday, where the heats of in both male and female heats, we Dutch got first place in all distances.

Shall I tell you something? I can't ice skate... my mom, stepmom, stepdad and brother can, but I can't... Still wish to learn it someday... Who knows! Friday definitely started that itch again!

Woosh!

It was quiet at take off and then a dance song would be played by the DJ to get us all energized an cheering. There were even disco lights for us to wave with! :P


Dutchie on the left!


Sjinkie Knegt won first place!

All in all it was such a cool experience! Way better than seeing it on tv. Lost my voice the next day from cheering, but it was all worth it!
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Monday, March 13, 2017

An Unexpected Dinner In Amsterdam

View as seen from Central Station

On Thursdays I work in Amsterdam and last weekend we got the idea to eat in the city after work, instead of meeting at my place. Perfect! When I got off from work it was still light outside. First signs of spring! We met at De Bijenkorf (comparable to Bergdorfs) and took some pictures on my stoll there.

De Dam

View of the iconic monument 'De Dam' and De Bijenkorf with all the luxury brands. I took a look at Gucci and Louis Vuitton, for shopping inspiration... Ssssh!

Nice touch that they pushed the tables together for us.

Before dinner we had drinks at the luxury Krasnapolsky cafe/hotel. I came with the idea because my mom is taking me to high tea there next week (here idea). We had the best pinot grigio! Loved relaxing and talking on a Thursday night in our capital city.

Of course, I had duck ;-)

He took me to Bird, a famous Thai restaurant in the centre of the city. It is so famous, we even had to wait outside! But we got rewarded with authentic Thai food. Loved the little restaurant and the food! Highly recommended. When we left, people were still waiting for a table!

Really enjoyed this unexpected night out in Amsterdam on a weekday (school night!)!

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