Megan Amey
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Vignette Journal

A lifestyle blog and photo journal by Megan Amey

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Amsterdam Day 3

Our final day and a half in Amsterdam! I honestly wasn't ready to leave, there is so much to do and see you could easily go for a week and not get bored. We spent the day wandering the streets, looking at the architecture, eating lots of yummy food and generally soaking up our last day on holiday. We went to what is now I think officially my favourite cafe by the advice of Betty magazine; Coffee & Coconuts. I wish I could just completely copy it and have it closer to me because I would honestly be in there almost every day working on my iPad, drinking coffee and eating the most amazing coconut pancakes ever (and becoming penniless & fat). It was in an old Art Deco cinema (AHHH), plants everywhere, bean bags to lounge on, everyone was really nice. It was perfect! Also, if you are a lover of GOOD QUALITY clean, well cared for and well curated vintage, with actual nice/not intimidating people in store, something I feel is very lacking in the UK right now, Amsterdam is a must for you. Especially Laura Dols. I had been here once before when I was around 19 on an art foundation trip and remember buying a grey knitted tank top. This time I could have come out with an entirely new wardrobe, but I was on a budget (not that this place was expensive,AT ALL), so I just bought a cute little embroidered "peasant top" - I don't really know what else to call it? But it's cute. And it was only €25. I bet the exact same top would have been £35+ in the UK.

And thus concludes our time in Amsterdam. If we go again I'd like to be a little more 'cultural' and visit more museums and things, but we were just so happy wandering that before we knew it, it was time to go home!

Amsterdam Day 2

On our second day in Amsterdam we spent most of the day at the Hortus Botanicus. I think I will always be drawn to botanical gardens, no matter where in the world I go. This one was beautiful, it's one of the oldest in the world, but it's so well kept, as is everything in Amsterdam it seems, that it didn't look it! It's not as big as Kew Gardens, but it was definitely worth visiting, and I loooooved the butterfly house. We also stuffed our faces with loads of amazing food, including a green veggie burger (and by green I mean the entire thing was green, including the bun!) but I was enjoying it too much to take photos, whoops!

Amsterdam Day 1

I'm going to split my trip to Amsterdam in to 3 posts for the 2 half days and 2 full days we spent there, so I'm not bombarding you all with one massive photo heavy post! There's also a little video on my YouTube channel that I'll add on the end of this post. Let's get to it! The first two photos are from The Hoxton hotel in Holborn, we stayed there the night before so that we didn't have to get up before sunrise to get our Eurostar train, the room was neat, clean and well designed. Definitely not the smallest hotel room I've stayed in for the centre of London, too! Below is part of our room in The Hoxton in Amsterdam. It was beautiful; dark stained parquet floor, two different shades of sagey green on the walls, the "feature wall" carrying on to cover part of the ceiling (stealing that idea!) and simplistic molding on the ceiling made for a very modern, very minimalist Louis XIV sort of style. That softness paired with the leather and patinated industrial style metal accents brought it up to almost hyper on trend status. I didn't want to leave! The entire hotel was lovely, as were all of the staff. I would highly recommend staying there if you are planning a trip to Amsterdam. We also booked quite far in advance and found that helped with our budget quite a lot. I honestly can't wait to see what they do with the Paris hotel opening next year, as that is in a real Louis XIV era building!! Eep! We bought some fancy Kaweco pencils in a shop called Concrete Matter. It was branded as a "men's gift shop" which I thought was kind of unnecessary, but they had so many things I wanted to bring home! Little taxidermy finches and sparrows, old biology style posters and prints, pens pencils and stationary galore! I managed to only leave with a pencil, some refills and a trio of field notes notebooks *pats self on back* We were so tired from travelling and exploring a little that we called it a night pretty early on, we are such old people!

As mentioned I also made a little video of our time there. It was really fun filming little bits and putting it all together, I'm already searching for something else to make a video out of!

https://youtu.be/nhxiMWzqrM8

Packing For Amsterdam

A long time ago (2010), in what seems like another life, I did a little packing post for when I went to Prague, it was pretty fun to put together, if not a little rough around the edges (cringe face), so thought I'd do another for Amsterdam! It's basically one massive "what's in my bag" I guess...the interesting stuff anyway. I'm not showing you my pants. I also need some luggage of my own, I've borrowed Harry's mums gold suitcase for this. It's gold though, so I'm not complaining. I'd love something similar to the Starlet range from Steamline Luggage, but a bit more realistic budget-wise. If anyone has any recommendations, let me know! Zissou just breaks my lil heart

  • Camera- My baby Olive - Olympus OM-D E-M10 with 25mm f1.8 lens. (Not pictured, as I took the these photos with it!)
  • My new Fjallraven Kanken mini as a camera/everyday bag. I know these are a bit cliche and boring, but it's hard to get a backpack that is small and doesn't make you look about 10 for 5"2 little me. It's also eco friendly and cruelty free, which is a big thing for me. When I started looking in to ethically made summer weight backpacks, the prices seemed to soar and they weren't really my style. I'm not sure this is my "usual" style either to be honest, but it's pretty cute! And the first sentence of their code of conduct is perfect: "The suffering of animals so that people can satisfy their needs is unacceptable" 5 stars!💫
  • Paul & Joe cosmetic bag packed with my current makeup favourites. This little guy is great because it has lots of pockets and a zip pocket in the lid which I'm using for jewellery. Aaaand it's cat print...can't resist.
  • One of my extremely recent favourite cosmetics that's coming with me is the Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette. I only got this a couple days ago after finding it through trying to find something similar to ABH Modern Renaissance pallet, but without the crazy price tag, and soooo many people recommended it. I thought it over for a couple days but ultimately caved and bought it. I'm so lucky it arrived before we left! Of course, they are cruelty free, and also strive to help women in need. You can read more about this Here. I love finding and supporting brands that are passionate about doing good things like this, I will definitely be buying from them again.
  • And finally, clothes! But not too many. I want to pack light for this trip because I hear Amsterdam has a lot to give in terms of shopping 💸. I'm actually having a lot of trouble finding clothes that I like at the moment. I guess im not in love with what's in fashion and vintage is hard for me to get hold of right now. My wardrobe is the tiniest it has been in years because of it, it's like an accidental capsule wardrobe. I have to say, it's not fun! Hoping to possibly remedy this while I'm away.

Tot ziens, See you later!