conservatorium hotel spa akasha

I’ve been really busy and hectic lately. Busy with exciting stuff and fun projects, don’t get me wrong, but even the best job in the world is still a job and sometimes it feels like I need to force myself to spend some time with me, and just me, to relax and regroup. That’s exactly what I did last Friday on a perfect place to do that: the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre at the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam.

Not only do they have a beautiful gym with all the equipment you can think of – I did a pretty harsh workout there and my first bit of boxing of which you can see a video here – after that you can relax in their gorgeous spa with sauna, hammam and pool. It was just what I needed: a little me time, some pampering and luxury and getting away from it all. Much recommended, even if you’re not that busy ;)


No Sleeve Chic


There’s something really chic about long sleeveless waistcoats. Now chic may not be the first word you think of when you think of me, but I do like the occasional softness and sophistication of a gorgeous sleeveless trench coat like this. It’s flowy, detailed and has a great shade of salmon which I really like combined with the golden buttons and details.
The latest addition to my sneaker collection dresses its cuteness down a bit. Yes, if you like something a lot, get it in another color as well. Isn’t that a real saying?
I’ve been wearing my low white Air Forces so much lately that I decided to get the mids in black which turned out to be a pretty good choice as I’ve been wearing them for 3 days in a row now. Such a good chunky sneaker to dress down pretty much anything, which I love doing because I love the contrast of these kicks with this lovely sleeveless trench.

Happy Wednesday!

Sleeveless trench coat: Three Floor / Longsleeve: Zara / Jeans: Cheap Monday via ASOS / Trainers: Nike Air Force 1 via


When Mondays are not that bad

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What made my Monday today, even though it was Monday, it was raining and I had to do taxes?
Mid Season Sale started at ASOS with up to 50% off new season stuff!
I know what I’m doing tonight ;)
Find the sale here.


Casual Monday


Starting off the week slow, who likes Mondays anyway?
Nothing better to take it slow in than sweats, so I’m off to do taxes (yay!) in this casual outfit. Happy Monday!

Sweater dress: Front Row Shop / Jeans: Zara (very old) / Shoes: Timberland via ASOS



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Can’t believe my Vienna trip was already a week ago! Last week was my first time ever in Vienna and I fell in love with the beautiful city. It was a very inspiring trip with Just Away, a new online travel platform that launched in the Netherlands last week offering inspiring trips and holidays. But let me tell you more about them later, because I really want to show you more of Vienna and all I’ve seen and done..


On day 1 I arrived in Vienna and went to see the famous Spanish riding school and had a workshop at Swarovski. Did you know Swarovski is originally Austrian? I didn’t!
After that we went to the main shopping area (the Golden Quarter) and took a horse carriage ride, as pictured above with Kim from NSMBL. It was quite easy to get around in Vienna by foot actually, although the city has a lot of grandeur, it’s less big than I expected which is a good thing, I love to be able to explore cities by foot.

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At night we had an amazing dinner in a restaurant that used to be a metro station, called Albertina Passage, and cocktails at the Palmenhaus which was a gorgeous location in the Hofburg Palace gardens that used to be a greenhouse part of the old palace. Definitely a place you can’t miss when in Vienna!

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Day 2 was a gorgeous sunny day that started with a bike tour along the Ringstrasse where you’ll find many gorgeous historic buildings and along the Donau river. A good way to spend the morning and Vienna is a great city to cycle through as well! I wore comfy travel gear because my days in Vienna were packed with activities and black never fails. Nor do leather jackets.

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I also had a taste of the Austrian cuisine. Which is not my favorite in the world (too many brown and beige food) but when you find a good place to eat (such as Corbaci), a cooked ball of dough called knödel is actually quite delicious!


There’s many gorgeous historical architecture in Vienna, pretty much everywhere you go, but we also got to see the University of Business & Economics which was an amazing piece of modern architectural work. It almost (yeah, almost) made me want to go back to school, I wish my university had looked like this!

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There was not much time for shopping on this trip, which I for a change didn’t mind that much because I really wanted to see Vienna and the special places Just Away showed me, not just the shopping streets. We did get to do some shopping in the 7th district though (also known as Bobo) which was a really nice area with small streets and shops where I could have walked around for hours. I also discovered my favorite store in Vienna there, called Park. A huge store carrying brands such as Acne, Haider Ackermann and Maison Martin Margiela. Couldn’t resist to get myself a souvenir, although I’m not sure a Margiela scent really counts as a souvenir ;) Another plus: Vienna has a Wood Wood store!


On the second night we had dinner alongside the Donau and after that we went to the spectacular Le Loft bar at the Sofitel hotel (pictured above). The cocktails were amazing, the view was breathtaking and they have a gorgeous colored ceiling that made this bar one of the most spectacular ones I’ve ever been. Again, a must-see!

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Day 3 consisted of a visit to the famous Naschmarkt, a huge food market where we went to get ingredients for a traditional Viennese lunch. The market is open all week except on Sundays but on Saturday there was a flea market as well. I can spend hours on flea and food markets, but there was lunch that had to be made. With a chef, we prepared a soup, the original Wiener Schnitzel (which was better than I thought) and a yummy dessert. That part of the day might have been my favorite of the week, the cooking studio and preparing local food is such a great idea when visiting a city! Especially for me because I love to cook and who doesn’t love food?

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Last but not least I just have to show you the hotel. My image of Vienna was an image of a traditional, historical city. Which it absolutely is, but there’s a lot of modern architecture, stores, restaurants and hotels as well. I spent my Vienna nights at the 25 Hours Hotel which is a super fun, kind of bizarre and surreal place to stay. It gave me a bit of an Alice in Wonderland feel with a fun touch (like the rug of the elevator saying ‘claustrophobic therapy centre’. Check out their website and more pictures here.

Soon there will be a bookable citytrip available on Just Away with this hotel or with the cooking workshop, which were my 2 favorites of this trip. But do have another look at Just Away every now and then (and check out their inspirator!)  because they offer thematic and inspiring trips and packages that change every now and then and there’s really something for everybody.

Happy Weekend!


Two Tone


Oh, the joy of loose trousers. Am I right?
I find it quite hard to find a great pair of flowy, loose trousers with just the right waist, color and edge. They have to be long enough, preferably low waist, the right kind of fabric that is comfy and flatters, and then they have to look either good or cool (or both) as well. So I’m happy, finding new loose fits to spend my Spring in. Especially when they’re two tone and have zipper details, like these. The top is a souvenir and little something from me to me from Vienna, about which I will finally tell you everything tomorrow. But today it’s spa day. TGIF!

Leather jacket: Zara (old) / Top: Wood Wood / Trousers: Addison / Trainers: Nike via ASOS


On My Mind

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Here’s what’s on my mind right now..

- High on my to do list: finish my interior that is still not done after moving in in October last year.. There’s hardly anything on my walls yet! But I guess the finishing touches are always the hardest ones. I really want to decorate my house nicely though so I might have to make some time for that..
- Homemade granola bars. Still looking for a healthy and easy recipe but I really want to do a bit more baking and cooking again and number 1 on the list is making my own granola bars!
- Kittens! Always.
- This very cool Chinese printed top from Swedish favorite BACK by Ann-Sofie Back.
- Leather and lace. I love good contrasts.
- Cocktails! Because it’s almost Friday!
- Perfect basic black high tops from Balenciaga.
- When things don’t happen right away, just remember, it takes 6 months to build a Rolls Royce and 13 hours to build a toyota.
My head seems to be all over the place with ideas and plans and thoughts, both personal as for Lovely By Lucy (thanks to your input as well!) but I have to realize sometimes that I can’t do it all at once. That’s why this Friday, it’s Spa day. Me-day. Happy Friday!

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