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Hey guys, guess what? I’m back! My classes in Amsterdam ended this week and I’m super excited to get back on track and check off all the ideas I have for this blog.

The first thing I have for you is some of my beauty favorites! Drugstore makeup here in Amsterdam is pretty expensive (don’t know why, someone please tell me) so when I visited Berlin I made sure to stop by DM and Rossmann (massive German drugstores) and pick up some goodies that I couldn’t find in Amsterdam.

Here are five products I’ve been using the most this month:

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I ran out my MAKE UP FOREVER HD powder and needed a replacement ASAP. I bought this one for about 3 euros from DM and it works just as great. It keeps me matte all day and fits perfectly in my bag for touch-ups throughout the day. It’s a must-have for girls with oily skin!

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Ah! This is literally my best find yet. Etos is a drugstore brand in the Netherlands and this is the only makeup I’ve found that’s somewhat affordable. It’s in the color “Dark Diva” (4 euros) and it’s the perfect wine color. This is actually my second tube because my friend in Berlin loved the color so much that I let her keep my first one.

Here’s a picture of me wearing it:

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OK, this one might be a tie with being my best find yet. It’s the BEST black eyeliner pencil ever. My Sephora one dried out and wouldn’t stay on my waterline. This one is from KIKO, an inexpensive Italian brand available throughout Europe. The color is a nice rich black, it slides on smooth and stays on all day. I literally never need to touch up during the day and it was only about 5 euros! Definitely going to have to stock up on this before I leave.

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Not sure if this is considered beauty, but I been struggling with finding a good perfume, that’s not too big and not expensive. I’m leaving in about a month and don’t want have to bring extra weight with me. I found this travel-size bottle from Pull & Bear and it’s the perfect sweet scent. Plus, I love that it’s a spray-on and not a roller ball.

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My last favorite is from KIKO again! The change of weather has really taken a toll on my lips so I’ve been using this night lip treatment to hydrate them. It’s a thick consistency, which I like and comes in nice packaging.

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Anyone who knows me-knows me really well, knows that I love sugar. I have the biggest sweet tooth (although, I don’t like chocolate) so why not start off the day with a sugar high? Before I moved to Amsterdam, my breakfast routine was always, always (expect for the occasionally IHOP trip on the weekend) a bowl of cinnamon toast crunch and milk.

Frosted Flakes + Bananas 😍🍌😛

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I don’t remember when it exactly started but I always remember eating a bowl of cereal for breakfast since I was little, whether it be Lucky Charms, Frosted Flakes or Apple Jacks. But here in the Netherlands those cereal don’t exist! The first week, I hunted down my favorite cereal and all I could find was a small box of Frosted Flakes and it was 4 euros for one box, that’s wayyy too expensive so I thought this is the time to change things up.

I’ve replaced my morning dose of sugar with a smoothie bowl, which are super popular right now especially the acai bowls. They’re easy to make and a lot healthier than American cereals. I have fun making them and slowly have added different topping such as coconut flakes or pieces of granola.

My bowl always consist of my favorite fruits which include bananas, strawberries, kiwis, and blueberries but you can add anything to yours. Have fun with your smoothie bowl, add a bit of your personality into it and don’t forget to snap a photo before you eat it!

XOXO

 

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If I had to name this outfit, I’d call it “New York meets London.” This is my second time visiting London and every time I’m fascinated over the street style. Athleisure is very popular in both cities and this is my way of bringing them both together.

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I’m loving the french braid look and thought it went well with this urban- inspired outfit.

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These photos were taken off of Brick Lane. It’s a street filled with street art and there are various markets around there!

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Here I’m wearing my “East Coast” sweatshirt from Forever 21 underneath a black leather jacket for a edgier vibe. Ribbed midi skirts is a trend I’ve been seeing in Europe and since it’s a bit cold, people often pair them with black tights and sneakers. IMG_5709I decided to add a midi skirt to my collection and I picked this one up from Zara. They’re so many ways to style this skirt. In warmer weather, I would dress it up with black heels and T-shirt.  I’ve also been using these sheer black tights from Forever 21 for many outfits and they actually keep my legs pretty warm. I’m surprised how long these tights have gone without ripping considering they were very inexpensive.

 

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My trip to Belgium was filled with laughter, getting lost and lots of photography. At times this city reminded me of New York and I can’t wait to be going back in two weeks. It’s only a two hour bus/car ride away from Amsterdam and I already want to make it my third home.

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La Grand Place is a square filled with tourists during the day, I’m not sure how I managed to get no one in the background of this picture. At night, it’s normal to see groups of young people sitting on the ground in a circle, playing music and drinking.

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Long sleeve turtleneck dress: New Yorker

Creamy fringe cardigan: New Yorker

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Overlooking the beautiful city of Brussels.

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I’ve had this hat for about a month now but haven’t had the guts to wear it until now. It’s  extremely hard for me to find hats that complemented my face and don’t fall past my eyes. This one fits perfectly and I found it on sale at H&M for just 15 euros.

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These golden gates in front of the Royal Palace remind me of London’s Buckingham Palace and they’re great photo opportunities.

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I don’t recommend wearing high heels in Belgium because all the streets are made out of cobblestone. But, if you want to be daring, I suggest wearing chunky platform heels like these. I walked all day in these shoes but spent the rest of the weekend in sneakers.

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I was only in Prague for three days but the short trip was amazing because of all the great food and bars I visited. A must-see list was given to us by a girl who studied abroad there so my friends and I decided to try them out ourselves. Here’s a list of the best restaurants and bars in Prague, according to me.

1. Putica Bistro & Restaurant

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Location: Anglická 81/24
120 00 Praha 2

(Off Namesti Miru and across from Costa Coffee)

WiFi: Yes

The girl described this restaurants as her all-time favorite restaurant in Prague so it was no question we had to go visit. The restaurant is pretty big, looks super fancy but food is reasonably priced. We went around 5 p.m. on a Saturday and the place was empty but some tables were already reserved so it could get crowded at night. There’s a set menu for lunch and a diverse dinner menu. The customer service was good and the food was excellent. I had the Slow Roast Pork Ribs and both my friends had the Putica Thai Work, a noodle bowl.

2. Blah Blah Bar

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Currency: CZK

Location: Žitná 41, 110 00 Praha 1

(Down the street from Putica)

WiFi: Yes

If you plan on visiting several bars and want something to start off the night, this is the place to go. Blah Blah has a large menu of cocktail drinks with really cool names which makes you want to try them all. The bartenders are super nice and they put their time and effort into every drink they make. This bar is underground and has a really nice atmosphere with a large piano and antique furniture.

3. AnonymouS Bar

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Location: Michalská 432/12, 110 00 Praha

WiFi: Yes

If want a type of bar that you’ve never seen before and never will again, this is the place to go. AnonymouS bar is by far one of the coolest bars I’ve ever been to and I don’t think anything else could top it. It has a secret menu (that I won’t tell you how to find) so you can enjoy the mystery but google it if you can’t resist.

Once you unlock the secret menu, you can order drinks that light up on fire, come in a volleyball, rollercoaster, dog house, IV bag, slingshot etc. The menu seems endless and drinks are about 10 euros each. There’s a nice backstory story to this bar which you can read on the menu and all the bartenders wear vendetta masks which makes for an authentic anonymous atmosphere.

*Reservations are HIGHLY recommended

4. Café Louvre

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Location: Národní 22, 110 00 Praha 1

WiFi: No

This café was mentioned about several times on our trip by our tour guide making it a place we couldn’t miss. The café also has a restaurant so it’s perfect for a dinner after visiting the Prague Castle and walking over the Charles Bridge since it’s right near there. The food is delicious and the prices are reasonable, you’ll find that food in Prague doesn’t cost much. The menu is diverse, my friend had roasted duck while I had the club sandwich. But the best part about this café is the dessert! Our tour guide said it has the best chocolate cake in Prague which my friends agreed to and I had the blueberry cheesecake with vanilla ice cream and it was delicious (I’m craving it right now). This would also be a good place for breakfast.

5. Angelato

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Location: Rytířská 27, Praha 1

WiFi: Yes

Angelato is known to have some of the best gelato in Prague so if you haven’t visited Italy yet then I would recommended going here for dessert. There are various flavors that change each month and one scoop costs about 1 euro.

6. Hemingway Bar

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Location: Karoliny Světlé 279/26, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město

(Near the Charles Bridge)

WiFi: Weak

Inspired by Hemingway himself, this bar is a great place to spend your night drinking hard core liquor or mixed cocktails. The menu is endless when it comes to drinks however, I only had one of their cocktails. Similar to AnonymouS bar but not as fun, some drinks are served in perfume bottles, a camera lens, a book or on a compact disc.

**Reservations are HIGHLY recommended

7. Terasa U Prince

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Location:Staroměstské nám. 460/29, 110 00 Praha 1

(Old Town Square next to Black Angel’s Bar)

WiFi: Yes

This is the most expensive restaurant I went to and there are good and bad things about it. It’s part of Hotel U Prince, located right in Old Town Square across the astronomical clock, you can’t miss it. There is a big heated outdoor terrace with blankets available, perfect for chilly day or to hide from the rain. The menu is huge, almost as big as one of my textbooks and the food was good. There’s also a diverse drink and dessert menu which makes you go crazy picking one.

I had piña colada ice cream with pineapples and it was amazing. The bad thing is the customer service was poor and this place required tips meanwhile no other restaurant I went to in Prague did this and it’s not required to tip waiters even though you may feel obligated. I recommend this restaurant if you want good food in a very convenient location.

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