Travel Guide: What I Wore & Things to Do In Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM

I love the architecture here!

I love the architecture here!

What I Wore: I wore these black skinny jeans, a vintage Garage Bomber Jacket but I’d recommend any of their jackets, a basic striped H&M jersey top, an oversized scarf, and these Steve Madden black slip-ons. For nighttime, I wore a sundress like this one with these Eurosoft Rayelle Wedge Sandals and the aforementioned jacket and scarf. Since I was backpacking around, I did a lot of rotating the same wardrobe on my European adventure.

What I Did: Wandered the flower market, took an early evening canal tour with Lovers Cruise (it rained so we did a closed-boat cruise), walked to Dam Square for photos, saw the Anne Frank house, had ice cream on a canal bank, toured a few free local art galleries, and went out in the evening near the Red Light District.

My lunch at   De Koffie Schenkerij  .

What I Ate: I stopped for a sandwich and pie at De Koffie Schenkerij for lunch- it was a lovely find! We ate in their outdoor garden area which is near a canal and was very peaceful. I also recommend stopping in Amsterdam’s Chinatown on your next visit- dim sum at Oriental City was delicious.

Where I Stayed: XO Hotels City Centre- This was a tidy spot on the edge of the Red Light District, which is where the most activity happens in the evenings if you want to explore Amsterdam’s night scene. It was clean and small but certainly nothing special. I chose it because it is within walking distance of a lot that I wanted to see and do, but I wasn’t in the room much. It’s a short walk from the main train station, canal tours, and a lot of the city’s attractions.

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Five Fun Holiday Gifts for You & Your Bestie This Season

Trimming the tree in my favorite new beanie from   Tenth Street Hats  .

Trimming the tree in my favorite new beanie from Tenth Street Hats.

Whether you’re shopping for yourself (there is nothing wrong with a self-care holiday season!) or you’re on the hunt for your bestie, here are five of my favorite fun and stylish gifts for the holidays:

Alpine Beanie by Tenth Street Hats

Tenth Street Hats craft a number of designer hats and have been in business since 1921! With the winter solstice on the way, their Alpine beanie is one of my must-haves for snow season. It has glitter woven into it for an extra sparkle, comes in silver or black (pictured), and it’s super comfy. Stay cozy whether you’re on the slopes or the streets with their styles and shop yours here.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

If you’ve watched my Instagram stories at all this year, you know I love my little Fujifilm Instax camera. Whether you’re bopping at festivals, dancing at holiday parties, or popping bottles on New Year’s Eve, this little cam is the perfect way to record your night’s festivities. The lighting reel on the front self-adjusts for indoor or outdoor settings and the film is actually a bit cheaper than Polaroid’s. My refrigerator is covered with Instax photos of all my friends and family from the year, so start your next art project with this camera! Shop the “Smoky White” Instax (my choice) at this link.

Mikasa Beauty Brushes

As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I’ve become obsessed with highlighter palettes this year. I love the glimmer a good highlighter creates in photographs- in fact, locking in that look has been one of my best 2018 beauty secrets! To craft a solid shine, I use my Mikasa Beauty brush set. Their high quality brushes are created for industry makeup artists and they help me get camera-ready in a matter of minutes. Grab yours here and don’t forget to use my code HANNAHBLONDON25 for 25% off at checkout.

Tarte’s Mermaid Jewels

Festival season is just around the corner and these Tarte Mermaid Jewels were one of my absolute favorite summer looks. I honestly wish I could wear them more often! A few jewels combined with Tarte’s Mermaid glitter will have you festival-ready in five minutes. And the best part? They last all day! I wore my look for a full 16 hours in 90+ degree heat at Grandoozy this year and they stayed in place from the day’s first sounds to the night’s final fireworks. Get yours at this link.

Stitch Fix Subscription

This is truly the gift that keeps on giving! From summer sundresses to a winter wardrobe, let Stitch Fix help you style your next season. Their subscription delivery service lets you choose the frequency of your fixes (I do monthly) and you can tell your stylist if you have a special event or trip coming up so they can craft the perfect outfits for your special occasion. Stitch Fix saves me so much time and their petite size options are phenomenal. You can use my special referral code here to get $25 off your first fix.

What’s on your holiday wish list this year? Share your favorites with me on my Instagram!


10 Things I'm Thankful for This Thanksgiving

Reflecting on 2018.

Reflecting on 2018.

I always find myself reflecting on the past year around the holidays. Between the decorating, the shopping, the dinners, and the parties, it’s important to take some time to think about where you’re at and where you’re going. After all, New Year’s Resolutions are right around the corner! So this week, I took some time to look at my last year and reflect on some of the things I’m most grateful for. Here’s my list of ten things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving:

  1. Health - A few years ago, I found myself in the hospital for an unexpected procedure around Thanksgiving. Not the best way to spend the holidays, let me tell you! Since then, I’ve spent time every year paying attention to my health and taking care of my body. It’s amazing how we take our health for granted until we don’t have it. Take time to slow down and listen to your body this season! After all, it’s the vehicle taking you everywhere in this wonderful life.

  2. Family & Friends - There’s no one I love spending the holidays with more than friends and family. I love having the excuse to slow down my work life for a few days to be present and connect with those I care about most. I also can’t believe the number of new friends I’ve made this year, including all of you! 2018 has truly been an amazing year in so many ways and there are so many humans I have to thank for that. So thank you!

  3. Good Music - I have been to a ridiculous amount of incredible music experiences this year, from the many nights I spent at Red Rocks to the days in the sun at Grandoozy, to all of the club and living room shows I’ve seen and been hired to photograph. Good music is all around and it motivates me all the time. To all of the artists who have played their hearts out and shared their art with me this year, thank you!

  4. Travel - Anyone who knows me jokes that I really am always on the run. And this year, I’ve been roaming more than most. I’ve seen so many new places and am really grateful for the opportunity to have shared them with you (see some of my travel features here!). I think every time you travel, you learn something new about yourself, even if it’s something small. This year has been a real exploration of destinations, people, amazing food, and more. I’ve learned so much about who I am, what I value, and where I want to be. Comment on this picture if you have an idea of where I should go next!

  5. Debt Free - Student loans had me dowwnnnn friends. It took me five years to pull myself up out of their stronghold, so I completely sympathize if you’re going through this life. I currently work around 80 hours a week, though it’s all doing amazing things that I love, so working that often definitely helped me end my debt this year. I actually paid off a large portion of my loans through side gigs though, and I’ll be publishing on this soon in its own feature. Stay tuned!

  6. Work - Is it weird to be grateful about work? I don’t think so! I am working on so many amazing projects- from music photography gigs, to working with blockchain companies on their content strategies, to running press campaigns for companies like FL+G, I have had an absolute blast working this year. A few years ago, I felt stuck working in a career I didn’t absolutely love until one day, I decided life was too short and I started chasing the things that mattered to me, like public relations, content creation, blockchain, travel, tech, health, and more. I feel super fortunate to now be doing things I’m so passionate about. If you want to pivot your work life, DM me! I would so like to help you find joy in what you’re doing. It took me a little time, but now I’ll be forever grateful I took the leap and went for it!

  7. Connecting with Other Creatives - Though I’m super into science and technology, I definitely have a creative side. It’s taken a while for me to find work that lets me use both sides of my brain everyday, but the way I found what I love to do was by reaching out to other creatives: bloggers, publicists, PR coordinators, photographers, marketers, and more. Each one of them taught me different skills and techniques that I now use in my work everyday, so I am very thankful for all of the creatives I’ve connected with this year. You rock!

  8. Blockchain - At the start of the year, I was fortunate to publish a feature in VICE News about blockchain technology in healthcare. This opened a ton of doors for me- now I work with different blockchain companies on communications strategy and content creation and I love it. I’m so glad I was introduced to this space and that I’ve connected with so many others who are passionate about it. There is much more to the blockchain world than cryptocurrency, I promise!

  9. Colorado’s Music Community - While I’m on the go often, Colorado is my home base. There is an absolutely wonderful music community here- artists, musicians, promoters, photographers, publicists, and more. Whether it was jumping to a good show, photographing one of my icons like Ringo Starr, or speaking with a ton of you at Denver’s Balanced Breakfast chapter, one thing’s for sure: I love the Colorado music community. I’m excited to continue to see this community grow- what will next year bring us y’all!?

  10. Opportunity - If you want something, you have to chase it. I feel like I’ve spent all of 2018 doing just that! Whether working with clients, on my own creative outlets, or with any of you on your projects or passions, I’ve been so fortunate to have so many amazing opportunities this year to do what I love. But they didn’t just flood my inbox- trust me. I went after them with a fire that’s still burning. What’s the thing that keeps you motivated to chase the opportunities you want? Share it with me in the comments on this post.

What a year 2018 has been! I have so much to be grateful for, and so many of you to thank for that. Now, I want to hear what comes to mind for your list. Share yours with me on this post!