Surprise New Years Eve trip to Amsterdam!

New Years in Amsterdam!

So this New Years eve I had absolutely no idea what I was doing as my boyfriend had planned everything, and on Christmas day he handed me a big black box with a masquerade mask in and some tickets to Amsterdam!

We stayed for 4 days at the amazing 5* Hotel Sofitel the Grand right in the centre and had just the best time ever!

On New Years eve we spent the night at the hotel and experienced our first ever masquerade ball. It was such a beautiful grand hotel and the ball was amazing, everyone was really dressed up and you weren’t allowed in unless you were wearing a mask so it was nice that everyone was in ‘costume’.hotel grand sofitel amsterdamWe also experienced some excellent food – we visited two ‘tasting menu’ restaurants ‘Senses‘ and ‘Envy‘.

Both restaurants consisted of 6+ courses of delicious combinations of flavours and textures.

Our courses from Envy:

( I’ve written below the photo roundabout what was in them if I remember haha)

Oysters with yoghurt, chilli and roasted spring onions.

Mussels and razor clams with a creamy lemon sauce

Salmon paired with a soup inspired by Indian spices

Traditional steak tartare

Braised short rib with jerusalem artichoke and roasted mustard seeds

Mushroom with nori seaweed cracker

 

Mushroom miso soup

Selection of 6 cheeses with toasted almonds and honey glazed cashew nuts

Cinnamon and poached pear and coffee dessert (delicious!)

Our courses from Senses:

I can’t really explain the texture of what looks like bread – it was like a foamy biscuit and the filling was sun dried tomato and something else I can’t remember.

Each 3 of these little treats were pumpkin based.

Quite literally the most delicious bread and butter I have ever had. The butter, oil and salt was all infused with lemon and I’m not sure what else but it tasted AMAZING!

Salmon with different toppings including seaweed and pickles.

Chicken with roasted chestnuts, parmesan and truffle (my favourite)

Oxcheek with season vegetables

Kaffir lime ice balls

Coffee and hazelnut

Aside from the food the shopping in Amsterdam was also so good. The nine lines were great as they had a lot of independent boutiques and a lot of vintage stores. I managed to find a great oversized denim jacket which I have been looking for all my life.

The high-street is great as well it has literally every single shop you could want.

I also loved the fact that everywhere was walking distance, literally everywhere we wanted to go to was always no more than a 10 minute walk away.

All in all it was an amazing trip and I will certainly be paying a visit to Amsterdam again.

Lastly – I just want to say I’m sorry for the lack in my posting lately, some people may not think it but blogging is actually a super busy job and sometimes things do get a bit much and I can find it hard to keep on top of things. BUT with that said it’s a new year and one of my goals is to make sure I post back to how often I used to, every Wednesday and Sunday. I promise to keep it up too so please keep on supporting and reading as without you guys I wouldn’t be able to be doing my dream job so I thank everyone that takes the time to follow me and read my posts 🙂

Go Green

Going ‘Green’ is the theme of today’s post & I’m writing it whilst sat by the pool in Greece 🙂 

It is becoming more important than ever to ‘go green’ and ensure we are acting in a sustainable and eco-friendly way! 

I try to do my part by eating organically and recycling as much as I can, and trying not to be wasteful. Every little helps. 

This even comes to play with our clothes, I try to buy natural fabrics as much as possible as these are better for the environment and easier to recycle. 

I also sell on my old clothes or give them to charity shops. There is always someone else who wants it or will have a need for it! 

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These photos don’t even do this bomber jacket justice. It is the most stunning silk material and fits like a dream! 

I haven’t taken it off recently. The soft green means it goes with nearly everything.

I also am loving jumper dresses at the moment, and they will certainly be a stable wardrobe piece as the weather starts to cool down as we hit Autumn. 

Bomber jacket: Missguided

Jumper dress: Missguided 

Shoes: Missguided 

White Out

A little different to my usual style, I went for a very feminine white look for today’s outfit.

The recent good weather in London has called for clothes that allow your body to breathe and be free and this two piece was the perfect outfit to do just that.

It’s amazing how wearing all white makes you feel more positive and bright about the day ahead. Especially strolling along South Kensington’s beautiful streets…

I teamed my white co-ord with some nude suede heels from Miss Pap. These are my favourite shoes at the moment because obviously they are my fav colour (nude queen) and they are high but still so comfy and easy to walk in. They are honestly my most comfortable heels I own!

As always, use my code TOULA10 to get 10% off anything from the babes at Miss Pap!

I personally think this look is perfect for something like graduation, going to see the races or a garden party.

White top: Topshop

White skirt: Topshop

Heels: Miss Pap

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My trip to Marrakech

A couple of weeks ago I went to Marrakech for the first time and it was honestly so amazing I will definitely be going back. 

We stayed in a 5* hotel called ‘Kenzi Club Agdal Medina’ and it was about 5 minutes from the airport, which was perfect. 

We stayed in a junior suite room, which included a private pool.  

FYI – Some of the photos in this blog post aren’t my own but that of the places featured as my own photos haven’t done them justice. 

The hotel was all inclusive and had such an amazing selection of food every day but we still wanted to explore so ventured out a couple of nights. 

One evening we went to a place called Kosy Bar which was a gorgeous roof top bar and restaurant. 

The food was absolutely delicious and it is a must to go and watch the sun set!

The hotel had a gorgeous spa where we enjoyed a Moroccan Hammam bath and massage. 

The highlight of our trip was without a doubt the  oldest restaurant in Marrakech, Dar Yacout

I cannot stress how much you need to visit it if you are going to Marrakech. 

Greeted by an old man, he unlocks a large iron door before someone leads you up the steps in what looks like a beautiful Moroccan house. You are then taken up to a roof top bar to listen to live traditional music whilst enjoying a drink of your choice before being taken down to THE most beautiful restaurant I have ever been to in my life. Endless amounts of food and wine and excellent service! Honestly photos do not do it justice. 

On our last day we visited a Souk (a market) where we found an array of stalls selling spices, foods, colourful materials and all sorts. 

We also visited the YSL gardens (Jardein Majorelle) which were stunning. 

Fun in the sun

Once again I can’t stay away from those nudes, this time with a colourful splash of turquoise in the mix. 

This dress is from the Missguided Premium range and was the perfect outfit for some fun in the sun. 

It’s nice and light and the colour palette is perfect for serious holiday vibes, it would also work well as festival attire.

I teamed the mesh dress with a nude bodysuit and some of my fav nude lace up heels. 

Dress: Missguided 

Bodysuit: Missguided 

Heels: Missguided 

Sunnies: Missguided