Bye Bye Unwanted Hormones, We Tested The Ladycomp

When you are a young woman growing up, one of the first things you learn about is anti-contraceptives. When you start to be sexually active, you are told to protect yourself agains unwanted pregnancy. Very good, of course. But what the hell are we actually putting into our bodies? Elke tested the Ladycomp, a tiny computer that’s going to save you from unwanted hormones and discomfort.

Let’s start by saying that there are many options out there to protect yourself from unwanted pregnancy; The Pill, The Spiral(s), The Nuva Ring, The Condom. Most of these offer something that is uncomfortable and gives your body unwanted extra hormones. I was fed up with it and taking these extra hormones wasn’t an option for me anymore. I felt tired, bloated and stopped using birth control pills. I heard about The Ladycomp a few years ago but didn’t dig into it until now.

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Side affects from birth control pills Source

What is the Ladycomp?
It’s a small round shaped computer that fit’s into your pocket, that you can take everywhere. It does several things but the most important thing it does, it measuring your body’s temperature. Not like thermometer that you use to check if you have a fever, no this little computer does it so precise that it knows exactly when you are ovulating or not. It basically calculates your fertility status in less than a minute per day with 99,3{8b669be72a7f340f9ef2d6d852585cd40ddf0e79ccf763f3ea93c1234c3d888b} reliability. Pretty damn save if you ask me! I needed to test this, obviously.

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My first 3 months using the Ladycomp
I received the Ladycomp basic but there are 5 different computers available so check on the website which suits your needs the most. You start using the Ladycomp by charging the batteries and entering the right date and time. Ok, that was simple. Now you need to enter the dates of  the start of your menstruating cycle (if you remember the exact date) and you can do this as far back as 3 months. Now, this is where I got totally confused. I had the instructions booklet where it tells you what to do but somehow I didn’t manage to do it right. And because it only works if you do it right, I needed to call the helpdesk to guide me through it, just to be sure. With all the little options in the menu, it can look quite overwhelming at first so I advise you to read the instructions a few times. The Ladycomp needs a couple of months to get to know your body. The more period dates you have entered, the quicker it learns. I remembered my last 2, so I hoped this would speed up the process.

Red means: hold up, no unsafe sex! Unless you want a baby of course..

How to Use It
Measuring your temperature is the simplest thing. When you wake up in the morning, you grab the Ladycomp (leave it next to your bed), you grab the little thermometer attached to the Ladycomp and put it underneath your tongue for about 30 – 60 seconds until you hear a beep. You will now see a red, orange or green button which tells you if you are fertile or not. Red means: hold up, no unsafe sex! (unless you want a baby), Green means: Put on something sexy and go for it girl! Orange means: hmm, not sure, better safe than sorrow so use protection.

Wait For The Green Light
I was surprised to see a green light after only 2-3 weeks but I was too scared to take the leap of faith so early on. It’s still a computer you need to put your trust in, so I guess I needed some more time. After a few days green, it popped back to red n it has stayed red or orange for the rest of the month. When you are about to menstruate, you will see a blinking M. If you are not yet bleeding, just ignore the blinking M. If you started to menstruate, confirm M for at least 3 days in a row. Around the 10th of each new month, I got a green light, also in my third month so the Ladycomp must know my body a little bit right? I listened and so far so good! No unwanted pregnancy and I’m feeling good about this new way of protecting myself.

Compact & Easy to Bring
The Ladycomp is very small in size and fit’s into your toiletry-bag, no problem! If you travel a lot, this is a must because you don’t want to carry to much weight with you. When you buy it, it comes with a colourful cover to keep it save.

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When you order, you receive this cover so it’s easy to bring

Christmas Discount!
Ladycomp is celebrating Christmas and offers a 12{8b669be72a7f340f9ef2d6d852585cd40ddf0e79ccf763f3ea93c1234c3d888b} discount until the 21st of December! Besides this, they are also hosting a advent calendar where they will announce a new winner every day! For this you need to keep an eye out on their Facebook Page.

Are you ready for a change in anti-contraceptive? For more detailed info and prices visit the Ladycomp Website.

Love,

Wander-Lust

All we want for Christmas is.. this new hair treatment by The Color

Going to the hairdressers is something we all do on a regular basis right? Euhm, well, I didn’t. I used to cut my hair twice a year because I was afraid it would be too short, so ignored the split ends and everything that comes along with it. What I did do however, is to freshen up my look with a new color. Getting a new “shade” for your hair has never been more popular and even the brightest of colors are walking around in Amsterdam. One of the best colouring salons in Amsterdam, The Color, is a leader in the pack when it comes to the latest hair colouring trends. They now offer something called …. I went to try it out.

The Color
Founded in 2016, The Color (first known as Colorista) first opened in De Pijp district and another location followed soon after. Color specialists can turn your dull hair into something funky or pretty like it’s magic. Color is their focus but you can also get your hair cut as they are all trained hairdressers. Besides the hair treatments, The Color is also a college for trainees that want to learn the magic of new hair colouring techniques.

Wander-Lust at The Color
Back in February when The Color turned my dark brown hair into a grey/blond tone

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The Magic Treatment!
At the Color they keep on developing and explore new hair concepts. One of those is the Cellophanes treatment. The Cello what? You can describe it as a lipgloss for your hair and is also known as a semi permanent coloring method. Good to know is, that Cellophanes is made out of natural ingredients and therefore free from ammonia, alcohol and peroxide. It also strengthens hair, preserves natural moisture balance and protects against UV.

I needed to try this and last week I booked my first Cellophane treatment. After a conversation with my Color specialist, we decided to go for a little bit champagne gloss and after a wash, the Cellophane was applied and heated with a blower around my head. This way your hair cuticles open up and absorb everything better. After about 20 minutes and another wash, I was outside the door with extremely shiny, healthy hair. 

Cellophane Treatment
Shine bright like a diamond! 

The color and shine will fade gradually overtime but you can enjoy it for at least 3 months. Just in time for Christmas girls! 

The Color
Van Woutsraat 121 / Bilderdijstraat 207, Amsterdam
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11 x Wanderlust Christmas Gift Ideas 2017

We always love writing these kind of articles because it get’s me right into the Christmas spirit! Whether you’re looking for a gift for him or her, these Wanderlust Christmas gifts are all you need if you’re a frequent traveler, or not. 

Carry-On Suitcase by Thule
We have gone through a bunch of suitcases in our lives but it wasn’t until we got this suitcase at a travel related press, when we realized we just found the best carry-on suitcase ever. It’s stylish and perfect for a business trip or weekend break. Why do we love it so much? Well, it has different compartments so you can easily pack your shoes or dirty laundry. The divided compartment can be removed or you can change it in height, which is super easy and a real plus for us. It’s also light, compact and has a piggyback strap where you can easily hang an extra bag onto. It’s not cheap but believe us, it’s worth the €259,-. Find out where you can buy yours at www.thule.com

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It may look like nothing special but think again!

The New Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III
It’s not a secret that we stick by Olympus for the best travel content. If you are a beginning photographer that wants to take things a little more serious, this camera is going to be the Christmas present you really want to get in your stockings. Why is the new Olympus OM-D so great? These are some of the features:

  • UHD 4K video capture (3820 x 2160 resolution)
  • 16MP image sensor (same as previous OMD), but with updated processor TruePic VIII, the same processor used in E-M1 Mark II
  • Improved image stabilisation (which was already spot on)
  • New Cluster AF points selection
  • Simplified menu and shortcuts
  • Viewfinder, and tilted screen for perfect photo’s from above
  • As easy to use as a smartphone

Enough reason to tell Santa you’ve been good this year! The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is available for €799,-.

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Loving the new Olympus OM-D!

Kindred Spirits Socks
Wanna stay warm this winter and bring a bit of color in your life? These winter socks from Kindred Spirits are your musthave. Pick your favorite because the socks have various colored traditional patterns. One size fits all and every pair is handmade! Never get cold feet again. Get them for €19,95,- at www.thekindreds.com

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Anywhere Travel Guide
This is a funny gift for anyone that is a traveler. Perfect for that friend who is going away for a couple of months and seeking new adventure. With these card, they get assignments and set new travel goals. The Anywhere Travel Guide is a unique mix of concrete actions and whimsical prompts—from ”Ask the next person you meet where his/her favorite street is. Go there” to ”Write down what you like about this city on a small piece of paper. Leave it where someone else will find it later”—Anywhere encourages users to see things differently while discovering both new and familiar places. It’s also not too expensive, for €12,- it’s yours.

DIY Soap Scrub or Cream
Dry skin and winter go hand in hand, unfortunately. Thank god for scrubs and body cream’s! At DIY Soap you can create your own scrub with coffee, salt, or sugar. Add some almond or coconut oil and top it with the most amazing scents like lavender, roses or cinnamon. No time to pass by the store in Amsterdam? You can buy several hand-created scrubs and creams online. Another nice fact: all the ingredients are organic and natural! To learn more about DIY Soap, check this article. Order a product at the webshop until the 31st of December and receive a 10{8b669be72a7f340f9ef2d6d852585cd40ddf0e79ccf763f3ea93c1234c3d888b} discount if you use code: DIYCHRISTMASwww.diysoap.nl

DIY Soap

Atelier Des Femmes
If you are on Instagram, you must have seen the insta-famous velvet bandeau pass by. Ateliers des Femmes has become extremely on demand these last couple of months and we love it too! Well, new Christmas colors have arrived and 2 new item designs for the holidays; The French Beret and Le Manchons to complete your look. Shop it here or pass by the store in Amsterdam.

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The musthaves for this season!

Noise Canceling Headphones by AGK
There are a few annoying things you can experience on planes but one of them is screaming kids or a snoring person near your seat. The AKG noise-cancelling headphones are the solution. Or you can use it for the gym, or not. Whatever, they are great and plus a great gift for your (boy)friend! www.akg.com

Vondels Christmas Decorations
Pimping your Christmas Tree 3.0? With the decorations from Vondels, your Christmas Tree is one of a kind. Vondels is actually an Amsterdam-based Christmas brand and it was founded in 2015 and now sells to more than 20 countries worldwide! Donuts, candy, pineapples, coffee cups, birds and many more sparkling options are available. A perfect gift for the holidays if you ask us! www.vondels.com

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How cute are these!

Book tip: Thuisblijven is duurder by Jelmer de Boer
This book isn’t out yet but we already know it’s going to be briljant. Jelmer de Boer is a guy that doesn’t take life or himself too serious and he thinks you shouldn’t either! He wrote a book about eating cake and having a sixpack once, but this book is all about travel. In this book he’s going to tell you exactly how to score the cheapest flights. He flew to Bali for free, to Hawaï for 409 euro and the list goes on. Learn the secret and pre-order the book here for when it comes out on the 31st of January!

Luxury Sheets by JOARZ
Eco-friendly, honest, luxurious and yet very affordable, that’s what JOARZ stands for. New on the market but already taking it by storm. What makes JOARZ extra special? While most luxury cotton is created with a thread density of 200 per inch: a softer and finer cotton product than “normal” cotton, their products are made of eco-friendly cotton with a wire density of 300 per inch! The difference between standard cotton and JOARZ cotton is very tangible: more ‘crisp’ and softer like sleeping in a luxury hotel bed. www.joarz.com

Joarz sheets

Personalized Sweater by Believe the Hype
It’s one of the coolest jumpers to wear right now. Even Doutzen Kroes has been spotted wearing one! We’ve had 2 Wander-Lust jumpers made and we’ll be snuggling in front of the fireplace with these :-) Also check out their Christmas sweaters, now online! Shop

Believe the hype
Merry Fu*king Christmas y’all

Love,

Wander-Lust

The Antwerp City Guide by Wander-Lust

If you live in the Netherlands, Antwerp is the perfect place to escape to for a city break, especially during the wintertime! We’ve been there many times and checked out some of the best spots for you to enjoy food, drinks and more. Here’s our Antwerp City Guide!

How to get there
Well, you have 2 options and they are both as easy. You can take the train or you can go by car. Both options take around the same time (2 hours) but we prefer the train because you can chill, look out of the window and you will arrive at one of the most beautiful and impressive trains stations in Europe. A  return train ticket from Amsterdam to Antwerp will cost around 30 -40 euro. If you go by car, you might arrive earlier but if you are unlucky, you will get caught in slow traffic and your trip might take up to 3 hours plus you will have to pay for parking.

“This Antwerp City Guide is for wanderers who love food, shops and exploring”

Antwerp City Guide

Where To Eat?
The most important question of course! Well, in Antwerp you won’t be short of food choices. Especially lunch! There are so many hotspots around that we can’t mention them all, but these are our favorites!
» Tinsel, some say that you can get the best breakfast in town here. Tinsel is located near the water where you will find tons of other restaurants. www.tinsel.be
» Native Bio Bistro, This hidden pearl is by far our favorite lunch spot in Antwerp. This bistro serves fresh, original, and good quality food. It’s organic, locally produced with sustainable ingredients, this is Native! Vegan and organic food lovers will love this place! During the summer they open a very nice terrace. www.native.bio
» Bubble Waffle, located in the Mercado foodcourt, this tasty waffle stand awesome! Go here if you feel like something sweet. www.bubblewaffle.be
» Divers, a smoothie-bowl bar for your healthy cravings. Great for some Instagram worthy pics, if that’s what your after. They are located in the Volkstraat 9.
»De Broers van Julienne, when we need to grab a quick and healthy bite, we go here. In a side street of the Kammenstraat – with lots of boutiques – you will find this small cute little restaurant. You can take away the best quiches, soups,  salads and other warm healthy dishes. Besides that, they sell oil, wine, coffee, juices and other delicatessen. They  also offer catering and cook workshops.
» Raw Salad Company, unfortunately they’ve closed their doors in Antwerp but they promised to be back soon with a new location. The name gives it away. Raw salads galore. The salads are extremely tasty and fill you up enough to get on with your day. They also sell juices, wraps, cakes and other healthy snacks. We will keep you updated if they open a shop.
» Umami
, fine dining Japanese style. They restyled not long ago and you can eat amazing Dim Sum here. www.umami-antwerp.be

» Il Famosi, this is by far the best Italian restaurant in Antwerp. Go here for a romantic dinner and if you want more than just pizza.

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From left till right: Raw, Umamian and Il Famosi

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Bubble Waffle from Mecado (source) and Divers (photo’s by David Plas)

Where To Drink Coffee?
» Mirlo’s, the coffee is great and the location is cute. They also serve breakfast and lunch and it’s all homemade. www.mirlos.be
» Buchbar, surrounded by literature and stories, this coffee bar is different than others. Owned by actress Kim Hertogs, you can feel the passion for books, women empowerment and people. Find more info about this special spot on their website.
» Butchers Coffee, located in a former butcher, this trendy coffee bar takes the coffee business serious and are planning to create their own coffee blend. If the sun is out, you can sit outside on the benches. You can find it on the Kasteelstraat 57.
» Caffenation, self blended coffee and probably the oldest one in Belgium as they started more than 13 years ago. Besides the coffee it’s also a shop and a great place to hang out. www.caffenation.be
» Texas Coffee, for pink latte’s and coffee served in an ice-cream cone! 

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Coffee and brunch at Mirlo’s

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Pink latte at Texas Coffee

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The Buchbar

Where to Shop & Stroll?
You have many options in Antwerp when it comes to shopping. No matter what type of person you are, there will be a shopping district that will suit your needs. We have selected 3 area’s that we love.
» Kammenstraat & Kloosterstraat, these 2 streets in South Antwerp offer vintage, exclusive boutiques, living and alternative shops. While most shops are closed on Sunday, the kloosterstraat is one of the only streets open from around 12pm.
» Het Eilandje, this is especially great during summer because you can find a lot of outside patio’s here. Worth mentioning is the MAS Museum where they have many exhibitions on display. The museum is set next to the little harbor and owns a large rooftop which has free entrance.
» De Volkstraat, go here for boutiques, concept stores, perfume and coffee.

» The Meir, this is Antwerp’s highstreet. Although it’s not our favorite place to shop, we need to mention it because here you will find all the shops you need. From Zara, Mango, Levi’s, it’s all here. The street is beautiful but always busy. Watch your purse and don’t stay too long!

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The MAS Museum at “Het Eilandje”. Source

Where To Sleep?
Somehow we always end up in the same hotels. Never change a winning team! These are our 3 favorite places to stay.

» Hotel Franq, is a new kid on the block and super cool! Just recently opened in October, the building used to be a bank and you can still find the big safe intact which is now being converted into a gym. When you enter the impressive foyer, you almost forget you set foot in a hotel. The rooms are stylish and have a large bathroom with rain showers. When it’s nice weather, you can sit outside in the garden overlooking an old victorian house. www.hotelfranq.com

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Hotel Franq

» Hotel Les Nuits, we love boutique hotels and this hotel is one of the cutest ones out there! All 21 rooms are designed a bit different but have the same style and feature impressive en-suites. They have recently changed their reception area and removed their suites rooms which is a shame because I really loved those but this way the hotel is more compact and fits better together. Breakfast is great and the location is great! Book a room here!

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Breakfast in bed at Hotel Les Nuits

» Banks, another great hotel at a very central location. It’s modern and a great place to meet people downstairs. Oh, and they also have a rooftop terrace so this is a great option during the summer. Then again, you will be out exploring Antwerp..;-) Book your stay here.

So are you planning your next tip to Antwerp yet? 😉 

Love,

Wander-Lust

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Must visit store, DIY Soap

Hello winter equals hello to dry skin. For me at least. As soon as the heating at home goes up, and the leaves are starting to fall down the trees, my skin reacts as if it knows it needs some extra attention. There are sooo many products and brands out there that promise you a soft skin but I’m not a big fan of all the chemicals that are added. Gladly I discovered this briljant store called DIY Soap, a shop in Amsterdam where you can create your own scrubs and creams made out of natural and organic ingredients.

DIY Soap

Pure Ingredients
At DIY Soap you can shop in two ways; you can buy a ready-made scrub or cream, or create your own from scratch. The last option is more fun so that’s exactly what I did! In the store you can find a rack where you can find cans of oils to create your product with (coconut, almond, olive). Next to that you have a table where you can find salts, sugars, coffee and concentrated oils such as lavender, orange or roses. Pimp your product with some flowers, dried fruits or lavender pieces. Every product is vegan except the honey. (but rest assured it comes from a local and organic beekeeper).

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The corner of ingredients!

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Adding some oil

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Final touch

Sustainable Packaging
One of the great things about creating your own product, is that you can bring your own packing materials. DIY Soap highly encourages to re-use your old shampoo bottles or cream containers. The packaging at DIY Soap is made out of glass and is always re-usable. This way, you only need to come back for the ingredients! You can also buy the products online (www.diysoap.nl) and in several stores across The Netherlands and Belgium (concept store Hutspot being one of those).

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Trying my DIY Wanderlust Coffee Scrub

The people behind the product
besides the ingredients and packaging, they also have a great behind-the-scenes-story. The people who make the ready-to-buy products are created by people with a minor mental disability, at the Gemiva centre in the city of Leiden. How beautiful is that!

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GIVE AWAY!
Christmas is coming and what better way to pamper your skin with a scrub! I have created 2  Wander-Lust scrubs especially for you! The Wanderlust Coffee Scrub with coffee and sugar to wake up your skin and soften your face with. And the Goodnight Wanderlust Scrub with lavendel, almond oil and roses. Want to win these? Just comment below and I will notify the winner next week!

If you want to surprise your loved one with a DIY Soap gift, you can use code DIYCHRISTMAS until the 31st of December and receive a one off 10{8b669be72a7f340f9ef2d6d852585cd40ddf0e79ccf763f3ea93c1234c3d888b} discount in the webshop or when you visit the store!

Good luck!

Elke

DIY Soap
Van Woustraat 48, Amsterdam
Website

These are the Best Giftshops in Utrecht

The festive season is just around the corner. Sinterklaasavond (a Dutch celebration for kids) and Christmas eve are only a couple of weeks ahead and everybody’s getting ready to have family gatherings full of gifts.. Oh boy, the stress! Thankfully you can find many cosy giftshops in Utrecht where you can get everything you need. If you are in in Utrecht, be sure to check this perfect guide to find lovely presents.

Paperbird Conceptstore, Oudkerkhof 40
If you are looking for various accessories and clothing, this is the place you should go to. They have a lot of glittery fashion items, which will be perfect for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. There are also many beauty products and home decorations for sale. Run by two boss ladies, this concept store deserves a mention in the best giftshops in Utrecht.

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Fashion and accessories at Paperbird

Pracht, Oudegracht 133
Pracht is a little jewellery shop at a corner at the busy Oudegracht. You can find various jewellery, bags and accessories there in different price ranges.

Pracht, Giftshops in Utrecht

Atelier Ohlala, Kintgenshaven 1A
This hidden shop is close to the cozy Neude. The shop is very mini, but they have a nice assortment varying from golden rings to cute coffee cups and baby goodies.

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Ready for the festive season, Atelier Oelala

It’s a Present, Lijnmarkt 16
If you go to It’s a Present, you will be sure to buy something. The store has so many things and you will probably buy something that you didn’t think you would ever need. Choose from a variety of cacti, (animal) coffee cups, postcards and many other knick knacks.

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Just in time for the holidays!

Keck & Lisa, Zadelstraat 38
Keck & Lisa is the place if you need anything for the kitchen or just a fun gift for your friends. It’s full of wanna-haves and you can walk around here for hours. The whole store is fully stuffed with amazing gifts and tools. It will be hard to leave this store empty handed!

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WAAR, Lijnmarkt 21
WAAR has a wide range of sustainable goodies. You can buy fairtrade food and drinks, but also special soap, candles, beauty products and home decorations.

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All the Luck in the World, Zadelstraat 15
This store made it to our list of Coolest Concept Stores in Amsterdam so it’s a must visit if you are looking for giftstores in Utrecht. Another nice and cozy shop is All the Luck in the World. They sell many jewellery items, but also cute home accessories and postcards plus you can grab a nice coffee while you’re at it!

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So what are you waiting for, get yourself some gifts right in time for the holidays!

Love,

Merel

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The Avocado Show opens up The Backstage

Since we wrote about the opening of avocado restaurant The Avocado Show in Amsterdam, it’s been busy times for the 3 entrepreneurs. They knew it would probably be a succes, but they had never dreamed of the international coverage it has gotten so far. David Wolfe, Vice, ELLE and other international platforms have all posted about this popular restaurant and before they knew it, people from all over the world wanted to experience the first avocado restaurant in the world. They are planning to expand in several countries around the world so there might be an Avocado Show near you in 2018!

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Neighbours complained that their street is always packed with people, so they came up with a solution

Extremely Populair
Even before it opened, avocado lovers spend the night in front of the doors to be the first ones to check it out. Talking about dedication! But the restaurant’s popularity isn’t to everybody’s joy. Neighbours complained that their street is always packed with people day and night, to try the amazing menu. Innovating as they are, they came up with a solution. The Backstage. The Backstage is a pop-up avocado store situated pretty much next door to The Avocado Show, so people can shop, and find perfectly ready to eat avocado’s at an avocado wall (yes, no more pinching in the supermarket!). Meanwhile you’re buddy or lover can wait to be seated without annoying the neighbourhood. Briljant. The Backstage will have a similar interior (pink chairs yehess!), and will sell tons of avocado goodies and not just the edible ones. You are able to buy pins, cookbooks, bags, inflatable avocado’s and merchandise.

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The Avocado Store

 

The Backstage is now open but remember, keep coming for The Avocado Show though…they don’t want another line at the door.. 😉

The Backstage
Daniel Stalpertstraat 74, Amsterdam
Website

Love,

Wander-Lust

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These are the coolest Concept Stores in Amsterdam

Fashion and apparel concept stores are popping up all over the world, so is Amsterdam. A great experience where you find a combination of fashion, food, furniture, books, art, all-in one! It involves more than just shopping, inspiring places where you can wander around and discover new and secondhand stuff where it’s hard to leave empty handed.

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O’Neill launches sustainable active wear

Last week I was invited to take part in a special yoga sup session in the most beautiful swimming pool of the world, The Noorderparkbad. Together with 19 other (fit)girls, I managed to squeeze myself in a short top and leggings that felt surprisingly comfortable. Relaxing music, tropical plants, healthy snacks and drinks.. The new Sustainable Active Wear collection was being celebrated in full O’Neill style.

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Sup yoga at the Noorderparkbad

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O’Neill picked the special location for the Active Wear launch with good reason. This swimming pool is a real must see! Last year the swimming pool was voted the most beautiful swimming pool in the world. Located in the Northern part of Amsterdam, the swimming pool is also fully sustainable, because the rainwater is collected and then filtered and used in the swimming pool. This was an ideal fit with O’Neill’s sustainable active wear collection, which is made out of recycled ocean plastic.

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Wearing the new Active Wear collection

The collection was inspired by the American Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is renowned for its cool waters and beautiful mountain scenery. Hiking and water sports go hand in hand with this magical place. O’Neill has designed the active wear collection in a way that is both suitable for water and on land. When I was wearing it, it felt soft, flexible (believe me, I have tried to do some heavy yoga moves) comfortable, so it’s hard to imagine that the fabric is recycled out of plastic waste!

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O’Neill Blue
Last year O’Neill presented O’Neill Blue, a
n initiative that creates surf-related products, all made out of recycled beach plastic. The O’Neill Blue Active Wear collection consists of various surf / yoga leggings and tops that are recognized by the blue Bionic label. The Blue line is simplistic and clean, with eclectic and mountain prints.

By recycling beach and ocean plastic, doesn’t mean the plastic problem in the ocean is being solved but O’Neill hopes that the program will inspire consumers and businesses, operating in the surf industry, to raise awareness when it comes to polluted oceans.
 
Experience the new Sustainable Active Wear from O’Neill and let me know what you think of it! Do you want to try some SUP yoga? You can contact the ladies from M&M Stand Up Paddling Amsterdam
Love,
Elke
*All images were shot by Jan Bijl

Spa 1001 » The Private Spa in Amsterdam you need to visit

The warm weather is making way for the colder and cozy days and it’s the perfect period for a visit to the spa. But if you don’t feel like sharing a sauna or bubble bath with people you don’t know, Spa 1001 is THE place for you. This spa is private and available to hire for you and your friends only. Me and my girlfriends put it to the test.

Most hotspots are in the city centre of Amsterdam, at least that’s what most people think. I live outside the centre so I know better. Restaurants, coffee spots and shops are poppin’ up in and around Amsterdam and you should know about them. Spa 1001 is located in Amsterdam New West in Osdorp and close to the upcoming Tuinen van West area where you can also find one of my favorite hideout spots. The spa is also popular with Dutch celebrities like actrice Victoria Koblenko and footballer Justin Kluivert, vlogster Sisi Bolatini and other top sporters and well known vloggers.

Spa 1001

You really experience a middle eastern ambiance

You can either book 2,5 or 5 hours and enjoy the sauna, steam room with a optic star-ceiling, spacious jacuzzi or unwind in the luxurious (and large) lounge area that includes a fireplace. Here you really experience a middle eastern ambiance. Here you can watch Netflix, turn on the music you like and eat a breakfast or a delicious high tea, depending what arrangement you book. You have several options.

Spa 1001, lounge
The upstairs lounge at Spa 1001

  • Private for 2 arrangement for the romantic peeps (from €149)
  • Good Morning arrangement for the early birds (from €119)
  • Girlfriends arrangements for gossip and sweets (from €149)
  • Spa & Party arrangement for 8-12 persons (from €54 per person)

I tried the Luxury girlfriends arrangement with 3 of my friends and this included a welcome drink and a high tea in the lounge area. We could even lock the door from the inside and put on the tunes we liked. If we needed anything, we could dial the reception with the phone provided. The Spa has 2 floors and a nice dressing room for you to get changed and dry your hair. You will get some comfy slippers and a beautiful bathrobe to wear. Mind you, you need to pay an additional €10,- for this if you book the normal girlfriends arrangement. Swimwear is allowed but not necessary. Perfect for those who hate walking around naked with other strange people around. This is your chance to let it all hang out without feeling a bit shy!

Spa 1001, breakfast
The breakfast at the Good Morning Arrangement

WIN A GOOD MORNING SPA SESSION FOR TWO! 
This price includes a spa visit in the morning from 10am til 12.30pm worthy of  €149,- incl. breakfast for 2 people. How can you win? Simply follow Spa 1001 on Facebook and comment below who you want to enjoy this luxury Spa session with! Winners will be announced within 2 weeks!

Love,

Elke

Spa 1001
Meer en Vaart 4, Amsterdam

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