When I visited Amsterdam, my first day was spent doing the usual touristy stuff — walking along canals, eating cheese and snapping photos of the gaggles of bikes. That day of sightseeing, while beautiful, also felt a bit cliché. I wanted more.
That night, I went home and keyed Amsterdam into Pinterest (my favorite method for figuring out what’s cool in a city — for those of us that are more visual, it’s a goldmine of must-see sights). I knew there had to be something out there that was slightly wacky and not too far outside of the city. I only had to scroll for five seconds before the answer was in front of me: The Inntel Hotel in Zaandam.
This wasn’t just any hotel, though. Located in Zaandam, a town just twelve minutes from the center of Amsterdam, the façade was made up of 70 stacked traditional Dutch houses. Completely mind-boggling. The hotel was right next door to the train station (convenient!) and featured a restaurant that overlooked the canal. Though we didn’t stay there, the rooms are gorgeous, featuring scenes of Dutch history across the walls.
Yes, it was absolutely worth the tram ride to visit this architectural marvel. If you’re making a quick trip like I did, there are tons of restaurants and shops surrounding the train station so it’s ideal to tie it in with lunch or dinner. And when you run out of ideas for posing in front of this crazy place… just dance.
I wore: ASOS striped scuba dress, Crown and Glory Rachel floral ears and Marc by Marc Jacobs sneakers.
Photos: Kerry Murray.
Location: The Inntel Hotel in Zaandam.
Ah, Berlin. Our beautiful all white apartment in Mitte had a set of french doors that opened to a balcony overlooking a massive courtyard. It was the ideal spot to spend our mornings. But, perhaps even better than that were our late nights propped up on the couch sipping rosé and singing along to a Spotify playlist crammed with dozens of yacht rock tunes. I’m positive our neighbors were reaching for the ear plugs to avoid our off-tune Michael McDonald renditions.
I’d found this shirt emblazoned with You Only Live Once in a very YSL-inspired type treatment just a few days before tucked away on a rack at H&M. Aint that the truth. Traveling so much this summer has really opened my eyes and pushed me outside of my comfort zone. Knowing that I can survive with just a small suitcase and my laptop for three weeks has made me realize how little I actually need on a daily basis. When I pack, I stick with mostly solid black basics including shoes and then throw in a few bright, lightweight dresses and accessories to keep things interesting.
I wore a Crown and Glory Oversized Rococo Headband (not the most subtle piece!), an H&M shirt (I can’t find the link on their site but it should still be in-store), a J. Crew skirt I found at Buffalo Exchange and All Saints boots.
Photos: Shell de Mar with special thanks to Go With Oh.
The International Rose Test Garden in Portland is the most beautiful place to visit this time of year. I’m always blown away by seeing roses in hues I’ve never experienced in nature before.
But, one corner of the garden is my absolute favorite. It switches from the expected rows of roses to massive palms and tropical plants.
I’d just found this dress at Buffalo Exchange as the summer weather finally hit — the strappy back made it the perfect choice for an unseasonably hot day. Green and royal purple are two colors I normally wouldn’t pair but it somehow worked on this dress.
A mix of bodycon silhouettes, palms prints and stripes feel right for summer:
1. Topshop playsuit, 2. ModCloth dress, 3. Topshop dress, 4. ModCloth dress, 5. Heavenly wedges, 6. Norma Kamali swimsuit, 7. Tibi dress, 8. ModCloth dress and 9. Topshop peplum top.
I’m busy exploring Europe right now and absolutely loving it (Berlin is pretty much the coolest place I’ve ever been) but at the same time, I’ll be glad to get back to Portland and soak up the rest of summer there — it’s my favorite time of year to rediscover all my favorite places across the city like the Rose Garden.
I wore: Buffalo Exchange dress (secondhand) and Marc by Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges.
Photos: Joey Maas.
Hopping, skipping and jumping through a rainbow crosswalk was a definite highlight during my stay in Canada.
Over its 35 year history, the Vancouver Pride Parade has grown to be the fifth largest in the world. In 2012, to commemorate Pride, temporary rainbow crosswalks were installed across the city.
They were such a hit that many have since become permanent. We visited the crosswalk painted at the intersection of Davie and Bute streets and it was an amazing site to behold.
Our photographers instructed me to do by best “Avedon hop” off the curb which seemed to entertain these onlookers. And, as if the colors streaming across the crosswalk weren’t enough, rainbow-hued picnic tables lined the side street as well. People constantly stopped to snap photos and enjoy the installation.
If you’re ever in Vancouver, take the time to visit it for yourself!
Photos: Diane + Mike.
I have a total obsession with Palm Springs and a big part of that is because of the light. Yes, the light. I am fascinated with the golden glow of the desert — it’s the compete opposite of the usually overcast, cool light we get in Portland for most of the year.
While I was in Palm Springs with The Blogcademy, we worked with Made U Look, a trio of photographers who shoot primarily with film on vintage cameras. The way they picked up the light was unparalleled. We’d spent the day shooting and made it to The Saguaro just as the sun was beginning to set.
The light was still bright and clear out on the balcony but as we moved inside the room, the sun started dipping behind the mountains, creating deep, pronounced shadows. Even though it only lasted for about 10 minutes, it was so beautiful.
I love the variety of outcomes from just this set of shots and have such an admiration for photographers who still shoot with film. It’s always exciting working with Made U Look because truly, I never know what to expect until I receive the download link.
Dress with embroidered flowers, ASOS
White lucite buckle heels, Quelques Shoes De Plus
All photos: Made U Look.
Hello from…Palm Springs! I’ve been working on being more spontaneous in my everyday life and embracing that led me back to the desert this week. On Monday, I had a client meeting in Malibu and after that was finished, my calendar cleared up for a few days. With no other immediate commitments, Joey, Rocky and I hit the open road bound for The Ace.
We arrived yesterday and settled into my new favorite home away from home. Even though it was only 8:30 am this morning when these photos were taken, it was already blindingly bright.
I love this mural on the property by Erin D. Garcia.
I wore: ASOS zip-front skater dress in fluro coral, Kate Spade Saturday neon belt and All Saints boots.
It’s true that I was camped out in Palm Springs for a boatload of work but I was determined to get that work done as quickly as possible…because right outside my bedroom door was a glistening pool, torturing me at every side glance.
Working from sunrise to sundown, Kat, Gala and I finished our project two days ahead of schedule and I wasted no time slipping on a slightly ridiculous look to enjoy the 80 degree day (while my Portland friends texted me photos of the so-called snowpocalypse happening right outside their front doors).
You’d think that based on my ghostly pallor, I hate the sun, pool and beach but I actually love all three — I just rarely make it outside because my job calls for me to be chained to a computer most of the time. But when I do make it poolside, I try to live it up!
I’m all for overdressing, even when I’m perched by the pool. The best part is that a glam look doesn’t need to break the bank. My swimsuit and kimono were each under 50 dollars a piece.
My poolside look consisted of an ASOS swimsuit (sadly sold out), an ASOS striped kimono (now on sale), an H&M wool hat, lucite buckle shoes from Quelques Shoes De Plus and some very fancy Cutie Dynamite sunglasses.
Palm Springs feels like a million years ago as I sit in my office in Portland, bundled up with a blanket draped over my lap, clutching a cup of piping hot coffee. Take me back!
Do you have any fun getaways planned? Where are you dreaming of going next?
All photos: FX Media.