Creative Living, people

Seven days, seven outfits – hello Deepa Paul!

Hello there; the styling squad is back.

Do you remember Seven days, seven outfits – II? By the end of the post, there was a giveaway which my readers could enter. All they had to do was tell us why Linda Nouta,  my stylist friend, should pass by their place, and put together seven new Spring outfits for them. Our dearest Deepa Paul has won her wardrobe-check with some great reasoning. She said:

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amsterdam, Creative Living, Places

Surfana festival press day

Ah, the beach life

It was one of those rare summer days in The Netherlands, and my destination was the surf school Rapa Nui in Zandvoort, the most famous beach amongst Amsterdammers. This was the meeting point for the Surfana Festival press day. I had heard a lot of good stories about this event but, as a Southern European, the idea of a surf festival in The Netherlands sounded a bit alien. Therefore I was as curious as it gets to see the festival’s premises and learn what they’re exactly about. Since I’ve recently started writing about sustainability for the Iamsterdam blog, Surfana, in their own words “the most beautiful, full of love, coolest and most sustainable festival of the summer”, was something I had to check out.

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Creative Living, Personal, Stories

Seven days, seven outfits part II – w/ Linda Nouta

A pile of clothes, the blogger, and her stylist friend. Brace yourselves.

One year ago Linda and I got together, on a mission. To make my wardrobe great again. Today I am stoked to announce that we have done it once more. You might remember the rules of the game: there are no rules, basically. Linda comes and makes whatever the combinations she wants with the clothes I already own. Sustainability is the word here. Creativity as well.

In case you get excited about this experiment, know that Linda is launching her personal styling services, and she is offering a styling session to one of Amsterdive’s readers. Photoshoot included! Read more about that at the end of the article.

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amsterdam, Creative Living, food for though, Personal, Places, Stories

Did anyone say Meaningful Work and Money?

I have found the workshop “Meaningful Work and Money” while researching cultural events and activities in the city of Amsterdam. First liner: “How to do what you love, contribute to society and make it your living?”. In my head, a bright light immediately went on. THIS IS WHAT I NEED. Just a little context for the ones who are here for the first time: I am at a turning point at Amsterdive. I want to continue writing and creating content for this beloved platform of mine, but it is time to take it a step further. I want to make it my job. I already spend the majority of my time over here, which means that I do need to start translating this work into money. But how?

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Agenda

Week (end) Agenda | 21st – 27th Nov

Today I didn’t feel like writing. I felt blocked, slightly irritated, a little bit guilty as well. But I knew I need to do it. I knew I need to keep on going, I knew that commitment is everything in what I do. I knew there’s currently no space for ‘ifs’ and ‘maybes’ in my life. Even when nothing seems to make sense we have to go on.

After some careful self-examination, I understand these feelings have their roots in fear. A lot of what I do makes me have to put myself out there, and oftentimes that is scary as hell. Fear of ridicule, fear of judgement, fear of failure. It is as if all the old ghosts are going loose and making a damn party in my head, out of my fears. And the more I postpone certain tasks that feel difficult to me, the more the seed of insecurity grows. When you find yourself entertaining self-doubt, it is time to change the game. Because everything you feed, grows.

I went to a Yoga class, I went for bike stroll, I had coffee at a new place, and I’ve been trying to connect with myself. I know that if I can get back to this sacred space of truth within me – where there’s peace and trust – I can perform any task, no matter how demanding it is.

So I’m back to the uplifting stuff: this week’s cultural events. Don’t forget that every event includes a link to its website, and free events are signaled as well. To get updates please like Amsterdive’s Facebook page. And if you did it already, you have a place in my heart, of course.

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Food, Places

Koffie ende Koeck – a litle vegan paradise

The first thing you notice when you come in is this intense smell of cake – grandma style. Second thing: the friendliness of the girl behind the counter. She has a frank and welcoming smile and the very fact she is baking cake makes her adorable. Finally, ( in case you didn’t know it in advance): everything here is vegan. This is like you’re jumping into a witch-free version of Hansel and Gretel’s tale.

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