vrijdag 3 juli 2015

TRAVEL: Florence

As you probably know by now I've been to Florence to attend the Firenze4Ever party from Luisa via Roma. Kevin and I stayed two days and in today's blogpost I will show you what to see, do and eat in Florence. We booked our plane ticket on the booking.com website, we flew with Ryanair. Booking.com is a very easy website and offers the best prices.

We arrived on Sunday morning at Pisa airport. Florence has its own airport as well but not many flights from Belgium are arriving there. At Pisa Airport you can arrange a bus ticket, the bus ride to Florence took about an hour. From the train station in Florence you can take a cab or bus to your hotel.

We stayed at hotel Il Granduca. This hotel is situated in the midclass price range and was definitely worth every penny (or euro). We were welcomed by the charming receptionist with some free drinks. The hotel is a bit outdated but clean and cosy which is very important for me. We got a nice room with our own small garden. The rooms were very clean as well, perfect wifi and airco.
The receptionist from this hotel is the number one reason why you should go there. She helped us out with arranging taxis,... We also got a free breakfast and the city centre was only a 15 minutes' walk on foot.

This was my second time in Florence and I absolutely love the city. It's so gorgeous and upon arrival you immediately feel like you're transported to another time. Although so many tourists pass through the city each day, it's so clean. Of course Italian food is another reason why I love going to Florence.

Tavernette del Battistero


Right after having arrived at the hotel, Kevin and I hit the city centre. But first we had lunch on a side street of the Duomo. The pizza's in Italy are to die for. They are not even comparable to freezed pizza's you buy in your local store. The pizza in Florence are freshly made with the most delicious ingredients. A lot of people asked me whether eating in Florence is expensive but it's not all. Most meals are about 8 or 10 euro which is the same price you would pay overhere.

The Duomo

From basically every point in the city, the Duomo is visible. So how you can you not be drawn to this building!? I definitely love the design on front which is neo gothic. This is quite unusual for cathedrals. The Duomo is literally the centre of the city so you will pass by it a dozen times while you are in Florence.

Hardrock Café


Each time I'm going abroad, eating at the local Hardrock café is a must. The vibe is always amazing at these restaurants. We started the evening with a cocktail, the list of cocktails to choose from is endless. Afterwards I ate a spicy hamburger and some onion rings. If you still have some room left, which you probably won't btw, there are still some delicious desserts to choose from.

Shopping


Shopping in Florence isn't exactly cheap. Sure they offer H&M and Zara as well but most stores are either Italian brands from the mid class price range such as Liu Jo or luxurious designer stores. You can't leave without a Gucci item since the brand was founded in Florence.
La Rinascente, a huge shopping mall, is also a must-go although the range is remarkably smaller than the shop in Milan. While you are at La Rinascente, make sure you go all the way to the roof where you can have drinks with the most amazing view over Florence.

Magnum Store


For over a year I have been dreaming about eating a personalised Magnum and finally the Magnum Store in Florence made my dream come true. The store is located on the Piazza del Duomo.

Climb the cupola


As mentioned before, I visited Florence last year as well. I wanted to climb the cupola from the Duomo so badly but it was so hot that day and the queue seemed endless. So this time around climbing the cupola was a must-do.  You can buy a ticket at the ticket shop on Piazza del Duomo, which is € 10. With this ticket you can climb the Bell tower as well and visit the Baptistery, which I did last year. I went very early to avoid long queues and I'm glad I did the extra effort of getting up early. It saves you a lot of time later on and I enjoyed the view so much.

Caffé Donnini 1894


Situated on Piazza della Republica, Caffé Donnini is perfectly located for a nice lunch with a view. The terrace is semi-covered which gives you some relief from the sun. The pizza was freshly made and once again super delicious.

Ponte Vecchio


Ponte Vecchio is one of the most famous bridges in the world covered with shops which sell very exclusive jewellery. The stores remind me kind of Harry Potter which is super cute. All day long this bridge is extremely crowded but if you want a nice view on Ponte Vecchio, walk down next to the river up until the next bridge. This will give you a gorgeous view on the outside of the shops.

Farina 00


Farina 00 was very close to our hotel and again a great place to eat. I looked up this restaurant on Foursquare and so far Foursquare hasn't disappointed me yet with their suggestions. The menu is rather small and the kitchen offers a lot of daily menus. Again I opted for pizza and cheesecake as dessert, which was to die for. 

Q: Did you enjoy reading this? Have you ever been to Florence? Which is your must-see?

dinsdag 30 juni 2015

OUTFIT: Rainy day in the city


Hi lovies, how are you? Here I am again with another outfit shoot from Florence. Kevin and I shot this right after arriving at the hotel. We walked from the train station to the hotel, which was a 30 minute walk. This way too long walk was compensated by the warm welcome we had at our hotel. But more about that in another blogpost. In the morning it was raining a tiny bit so we decided to shoot at this place which was roofed.  Right after this shoot we had our first Italian lunch in a side street of the Duomo. I bet you can tell I miss Florence already! Luckily there are only 12 days left until my next holiday! * happy dance * 

NL: Hallo lievelingen, hoe gaat het met jullie? Hier ben ik weer met een outfit shoot van Firenze. Kevin en ik trokken deze foto's net nadat we in het hotel waren aangekomen. We moesten van het station naar het hotel wandelen, deze wandeling duurde ongeveer 30 minuten. Deze veel te lange wandeling werd gelukkig gecompenseerd door de warme ontvangst in het hotel. Maar meer hierover in een volgende blogpost. 's Ochtends regende het een beetje dus besloten we om op deze locatie te shooten, daar deze overdekt was. Daarna gingen we voor onze eerste Italiaanse lunch in een zijstraatje van de Doom. Ik denk dat je wel merkt hoe fel ik Firenze al mis! Gelukkig is het nog maar 12 dagen aftellen tot mijn volgende vakantie! * happy dance *

Q: How do you feel about this outfit?









I'm wearing:

tshirt: Babyphat // skirt: Nikkie // bag: Liu Jo //  shoes: Scapa by Zalando // necklace: H&M // watch: Michael Kors // bracelet: My Jewellery // ring: H&M

vrijdag 26 juni 2015

FASHION:EscapeShoes

With Rock Werchter the Belgian festival season has officially started. Regular festival visitors know of course that each season you have to prepare your wardrobe and more importantly: the shoe game. Multiple day festivals really take a toll on your feet plus over the course of a few days the weather can change from rainy to sunny.

My shoe essentials for festivals are: sneakers, boots and  espadrilles. Since I'm lacking time to go shopping at the moment, I started surfing the internet and I ended up on the webshop EscapeShoes.
This shop has a wide range of shoes, bags and clothes and they ship internationally. Below are some of my favourite shoes for this festival season:



Espadrilles have replaced ballerinas as the ultimate summer shoe. All the cool kids are wearing them.



Converse is probably the best sold shoe brand in the world and I'm a fan as well. Sneakers are so comfortable yet fashionable as well. Plus: my mom washes my Converse sneakers in the laundry machine and they are like new again afterwards.



Nike sneakers are very fashionable as well and available in the most amazing colour palettes. You will definitely draw attention on yourself with a fabulous pair of Nike sneakers.



Belgian summer can still bring along a lot of rain so a pair of rain boots are definitely a necessity during festival season. Kate Moss has been a fan of Hunter for years. The boots are available in different colours and sizes. 

donderdag 25 juni 2015

FASHION: Dresslink wishlist

Lately the online store Dresslink is popping up everywhere over the internet. Time to check it out and tell you more about it. Online stores with very affordable fashion items are booming and Dresslink is one of the most popular. After discovering their website, I have to admit I'm not completely surprised. For less than € 20 I could put three (!) items in my basket. Dresslink offers very fashionables clothes, the right accessories and some gorgeous bags. I often have problems with knowing which size to choose but Dresslink not only show the Chinese size but US and UK sizing are offered as well. Below you can discover my five favourite items.









Women's Cap Sleeve Stretch Chiffon Casual Shirt Mini Dress With Belt

woensdag 24 juni 2015

EVENT: Luisa Via Roma party

Finally I have managed to complete my blogpost about the Luisa via Roma party. I have been so busy ever since I came back from Florence so I'm really sorry you had to wait a little longer. .

The theme from the party was "My little Pony" and the dress code was Rainbow Chic. This dress code was the perfect excuse to order a yellow maxi dress on Asos, as if you need an excuse for that ;-) My BBF gave me her Gucci clutch for the occasion.

The location was an old factory which got nicely decorated for the party. Kevin and I met up with some other Dutch people which was really cosy. Somehow we managed to get into VIP where the real decadence started. We met up again with Aimee from Song of Style and some other famous bloggers. Of course we took some My Little Pony's home as a souvenir. I want to thank Luisa Via Roma for one of  the most exciting nights of my life and Kevin for being the perfect companion.

NL: Eindelijk heb ik mijn blogpost over het Luisa via Roma feestje afgekregen. Ik heb het zo druk gehad sinds ik terug ben van Firenze, dus jammer genoeg hebben jullie hier een beetje langer op moeten wachten. 

Het thema van het feestje was "My Little Pony" en de dresscode "Rainbow chic". Deze dresscode was het perfecte excuus om een gele maxi jurk te bestellen bij Asos, alsof je daar al een excuus voor nodig hebt ;-) Mijn beste vriendin leende me haar Gucci clutch voor de gelegenheid.

 De locatie was een oud fabriekspand dat omgetoverd werd tot een mooi, verlichte plaats. Kevin en ik waren er samen met nog enkele Nederlandse blogger, dit maakte het extra gezellig. Op de één of andere manier zijn we dan ook nog tot in de VIP geraakt, waar de echte decadentie begon. We kwamen er Aimee van Song of Style opnieuw tegen en ook nog een  aantal andere beroemde bloggers. Natuurlijk namen we ook enkele My Little Pony's mee als souvenir. Ik wil graag Luisa via Roma bedanken om me een fantastische avond te bezorgen en Kevin voor het perfecte gezelschap. 



donderdag 18 juni 2015

OUTFIT: When in Florence




After looking for a maxi skirt for over a year I finally found my match at Zara. I still have to buy a gorgeous blouse to combine it with but for now this top will do. I wore this look during our second day in Florence to do some shopping and sightseeing. Therefore I opted for my Converse sneakers! Keep an eye on the blog for more outfits and reports about Florence!

NL: Nadat ik meer dan een jaar op zoek ben geweest naar een maxi rok, vond ik eindelijk mijn match bij Zara. Ik wil nog graag een prachtige blouse erbij kopen maar voorlopig is deze blouse goed. Ik droeg deze look tijdens onze tweede dag in Firenze om te gaan shoppen en wat sightseeing te doen. Daarom koos ik dan ook voor Converse sneakers! Hou mijn blog zeker in de gaten voor meer outfits en posts over Firenze!

PH: Kevin - JustKVN










I'm wearing

top: H&M // skirt: Zara // sneakers: Converse // bag: Louis Vuitton // sunglasses: Bulgari // watch: Michael Kors // earrings: Whatthefashion // rings: Primark and H&M

woensdag 17 juni 2015

PERSONAL: Postcard from Florence



While you are reading this, Kevin and I are already back home from Florence. This city stole my heart last year and I still can't believe Luisa Via Roma gave me the chance to go back to Florence so quickly. Kevin and I had so much fun that the two days we spent there, seemed like a week. This postcard reflects the things I enjoy most about Florence: culture, drinks & food and fashion. I want to thank Kevin for joining me and being the perfect travel companion. He's so knowledgeable about photography and bloggers stuff plus we connect on a personal level as well. Keep an eye on the blog for my travel diary, report about the "Over the Rainbow" party from Luisa Via Roma and the outfits I shot while being in Florence. Ciao bella! ;-)

NL: Terwijl jullie dit lezen, zijn Kevin en ik al terug thuis van Firenze. Deze stad veroverde mijn hart vorig jaar en ik kan niet geloven dat Luisa via Roma me de kans gaf om zo snel weer terug te komen naar Firenze. Kevin en ik hadden zoveel plezier tijdens onze tweedaagse, het leek wel alsof we er een week zijn geweest. Deze postkaart geeft de factoren weer waar ik het meeste van geniet in Firenze: cultuur, drinken & eten en mode. Ik wil graag Kevin bedanken om me te vergezellen, hij was echt de perfecte reisgenoot. Hij heeft zoveel kennis over fotografie en blogger dingen en verder klikt het ook op persoonlijk vlak. Hou de komende dagen zeker mijn blog in de gaten: er komt een reisdagboek, een verslag van de "Over the Rainbow" party van Luisa Via Roma en natuurlijk heb ik ook verschillende outfits geshoot. Ciao bella! ;-)