Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Amsterdaminator *

*Margot Ana, coming up with cheesy post titles since '11

If you guys remember, I was in Amsterdam for the first time a few months back, I even wrote a blog post while I was there. This month I was back, for some June sunshine and some fast-paced daily cycling – done to a peppy upbeat playlist of course.

I met up with my dad while I was there, and my cousin Elise (you may remember her from such international trips as Marrakech and Florence) was celebrating a milestone birthday, so we invited her up to Amsterdam to celebrate. We rented in a really cool apartment right next to Amsterdam's Oosterpark via AirBnB and rented bikes in order to get the full DUTCH EXPERIENCE. With some super busy days lined up, we'd come home absolutely exhausted, so thankfully there was a hip beer garden around the corner which we retreated to for some unwinding with a fresh Dutch beer.

Top 3 highlights of our trip and recommendations:
- Cheese tasting by one of Amsterdam's most prestigious cheese companies (click here to learn more.)
- Mata Hari, a really cool bar in Amsterdam's red light district
- Vondelpark, Amsterdam's largest recreational park, amazing place to relax, play music, read a book or even do your weekly injection of fitness.

And then of course you have the Rijks Museum, the Anne Frank House and other usual museums and attractions.

(You can even do the UNSPEAKABLE and go to one of Amsterdam's many Coffeeshops...)

Till next time,
xx Margot Ana

Friday, May 30, 2014

Stuff I've Been Diggin' Recently #2

Since the last one got some hype (I look at my stats wow, I'm so scientific), I thought I might do a Summer edition of "Stuff I've Been I've Diggin' Recently". 

We've been enjoying a lot of Summer weather since it's coming to the end of Spring, so naturally, we've had to crack out the flip-flops and get out to enjoy the sunshine. Also scroll to the end of the post for some healthy Summer (or any time of the year really for my Australian buds) recipes that I've discovered ! I'm still reading the book I pictured in the last post, so unfortunately nothing new yet on the literature front, but a lot of fun new buys and old favourites. 


EOS lip balms: Bought these babies back in NYC and I've been obsessed with the green one pictured on the left.  It's honeydew scented/flavoured and works incredibly well. I was a little tired of my potted lip balm, because being out and about I didn't want to stick my finger into the pot every time I needed some lip balm and get sticky fingers (or really just transfer the germs into the pot). The bright coral one is yet to be used but I am so pleased with its green counterpart, I'm sure I'll love it too. 

Ralph Lauren flip-flops: I'm not really much of a flip-flop fan to be honest, usually because they aren't a shoe I really wear about (aside from by the beach/pool/lake etc.) and I really liked these because I thought they were the dressier cousin of the typical flip-flop... And also the natural leather/navy/white combo attracted me as soon as I walked into the store and I had a Ralph Lauren fangirl moment (if they even exist).

Sugarpova Gumballs: Praise needs to go to Maria Sharapova for these, they are bloody tasty. They have a strawberry/lemon flavour to them, very zesty and refreshing and also they are in the shape of tiny pink tennis balls so what is not to love ??

Polysianes Body Cream: Sun means hydration which means moisturise. This smells so good and also does what it's supposed to without leaving you feeling greasy and sticky. And it's less mainstream than the Body Shop so you can feel hipster at the same time. Win win ?

Vichy Self Tanner: So this looks like a small bottle, but it's mostly to correct your tan-lines-gone-wrong. And if you're not much of a sun-tanner, get a bigger tube and get some colour without the health risks ! (That's a real win.) This is also very moisturising and is good for just coming out of winter (Hi, I have vampire legs and tanned arms). I also bought their spray on sunscreen which is alcohol free and is non-greasy, I highly recommend !

Fun nail polish: For me, it really wouldn't be Summer without weird/cool/bright colours on my nails. Here's a little selection of colours I'm really loving right now: (left to right) Essie - 'The More the Merrier', OPI - 'I Eat Mainely Lobster', Essie - 'Meet Me at Sunset', KIKO - '389 Mint Milk'

The Recipes
Something for everyone this season.

For the vego:
Chopped kale salad w/ creamy almond-ginger dressing. Click here.

For the meat lover:
Steak sandwiches w/ shallot-thyme aioli. Click here.

For your sweet-tooth:
Click here.

For your inner-mixologist:
Click here.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Firenze, Florence, Call it What You Want !

After a beautiful trip to Florence (Seriously Margot can you maybe stop with all the travel posts – don't worry I have something different lined up for the weekend) I come back with a credit card that I will be putting away – and hoping it covers itself in dust and cobwebs – as well as a whole bunch of photos of the beautiful city.

*Also, a little side note, yes it's true, the food is wonderful and I put on the obligatory kilo (or two).

I would also like to give a shout out to the American girl and her friend who were seated next to my cousin and I at Moyo Bar in Florence, your conversation* was kind of too hilarious not to eavesdrop. So thanks for that dude ! (*A fascinating fusion of chatter on illicit substances, intercourse with her landlord and "really really" missing American coffee – okay seriously though, I draw the line, Italian coffee is magical, like what even is your deal ??)

xx Margot Ana

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Montréal in Black & White

Observing passersby and the views MontrĂ©al has to offer. Sometimes things are just more beautiful in black and white. 

"When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. 
But when you photograph people in black and white, 
you photograph their souls." 
- Ted Grant

xx Margot Ana 

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Where Frank Sinatra Seems the Most Appropriate

If any of you guys follow my instagram, or have seen my last post, you will know that my cousin Laura and I went to...


You will probably also know it's been over a week since I got back and... Haven't posted any photos.  Now the pictures I did take obviously don't document everything I did, mostly because the museums, galleries and shows I went to had rules and I wasn't allowed to photograph once inside the premises. However for the stuff my real camera missed, I have my sneaky instagram treasures...So check it out for more – if you haven't already ! 

So without further a do, please let the pictures speak for themselves. 

xx Margot Ana 

Central Park

Top of the Rock & Chrysler Building 

Greenwich Village 


Last rainy day in NYC...

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