For Valentine’s Day 2018, my boyfriend and I travelled to Amsterdam for a long weekend.  Of course, I had heard lots of good things from my friends and family visiting Amsterdam but I was still unsure whether this city was going to be my ‘thing’.  I realised that Amsterdam was most definitely my ‘thing’ when we looked into changing our flights home and booking another nights stay!  We had the best time away and we are already planning our next trip back!

We were lucky enough to stay in a really beautiful hotel, the Westcord Fashion Hotel.  We stayed just outside of the busy city centre and it was absolutely perfect for us.  The staff at the hotel were all really sweet and attentive and as soon as we arrived, we just knew we were going to enjoy our stay!  Obviously, the hotel name appealed to me as I adore Fashion, so I couldn’t wait to see the hotel for myself and it is safe to say, google images do not do it justice!

(Just me looking like a cool kid showing off the cutest hotel everrrrrr!)

The hotel staff were so helpful when it came to sticking with some sort of budget that we tried to put in place – we queried the best way to get into the city centre and they told us the tram was the best option for us, which they then proceeded to provide us with the option for a tram pass for just 25 euros each (this price was for our travel on the trams from the beginning to the end of our trip – completely unlimited but for a certain amount of travelling hours) – this worked out so much cheaper than taxis and ubers!

On arrival, we kindly received two spa vouchers – this meant that we were able to use the pool and sauna on our stay.  This was a lovely touch that we did not expect at all!

When we entered our room, we found a lovely note from the Westcord Fashion Hotel, along with two bottles of water and two colourful macaroons which was really cute!  Our room was really beautiful too – so beautiful that we could have happily visited Amsterdam and stayed in the hotel the whole time!  We stayed in a very modern looking room which was huge for just the two of us.

As I suffer with my back, it is good to mention that the beds were extremely comfortable too.  I have already recommended the Westcord Fashion Hotel to a number of friends, family and even strangers.  It is safe to say, the hotel is one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in and you should definitely consider staying there if you are thinking about visiting Amsterdam!

We didn’t have any issues at the hotel at all, so we didn’t need to contact them for anything in particular but I know that if we did have any problems or issues, they would be there straight away to offer a helping hand and an outstanding service – they were all very relaxed and welcoming, which of course, makes the whole hotel experience that much better.

Anyway, I normally prefer my beach holidays, so to be doing the whole “tourist” thing was quite new to me but I really enjoyed it!  I felt like Dora the Explorer walking around with my google maps for the first few hours but as soon as I found my bearings, I could get from A to B with no issues at all – Georgie was really shocked at how quickly I worked out where everything was!  It was really lovely to explore and experience it all with my boyfriend!

I am what they call a “happy snapper“, I love a picture or 4328573(!), so thankfully, I was lucky to have Georgie with me, he is one of my “blogging photographers” majority of the time, so he knows the angles and the amount of pictures you actually need to take before you get the perfect picture – I am blessed, he never complained even with the amount of times I shoved the camera in his face – hehe!

Day 1

On the first day, we visited a number of places but first of all we stopped off for a Mccy D’s burger!!!  Then we headed to “Body Worlds” – this was really interesting and so weird to see actual bodies and body parts in the museum.  Georgie didn’t believe me when I told him they were real people who had chosen to be added to the museum after they passed away – I had to ask the lady on reception to confirm this (it’s not like I usually joke about things like this either?! Lol!) but I would definitely recommend that you visit the museum – it is well worth it.

Then we headed to the S*x Museum, I found this really boring and I am glad we only paid 5 euros per person to enter as it was definitely not worth any more than that – it is one of the busiest tourist hotspots but personally, I wouldn’t recommend it!

Then, we headed to the canal to take some pictures for Instagram.. we got some lovely shots and enjoyed just watching the boats pass by.  The Bulldog Cafe was just beside the canal so I had to go and check out this tourist hotspot, especially as I was told the milkshakes were to die for, but I beg to differ… they were nice but not the best I have ever had!

We were not sure what we fancied for dinner that night so we went for something fairly small at a cute restaurant and that concluded our first day, we then headed back to make the most of our gorgeous hotel – we wanted to get an early night in order to make the most of our few days in Amsterdam.

Day 2

We started off by stopping off for breakfast in the city, we both had a full English breakfast which was okay but not as good as my mum’s!!  I actually can’t remember the name of the restaurant (so it wasn’t worth recommending clearly!).

We then made our way to the canal to have another one of our daily photoshoots (I mean, you need to have an OOTD shoot in front of the canal on a daily basis, right?!).

We had a walk around for a while and then decided to catch a canal ride – this was honestly one of my highlights of the trip and definitely something you need to do while you are visiting Amsterdam – it was super quiet on our boat so it was pretty relaxing and very interesting and yup, you guessed it… I had yet another photoshoot on the boat (lol) but at this point Georgie was seriously getting fed up with me and my photoshoots!!!  On our boat trip we passed Anne Frank’s house which is something we did really want to visit, unfortunately, we didn’t realise you have to book months and months in advance and you can now only book online (top tip – make sure you BOOK online, if you are planning on visiting Anne Frank’s house anytime soon!).  The canal ride lasted around an hour, so we saw lots of places we hadn’t seen already.  I think I would generally go back to Amsterdam just to do another canal ride!!!

I had seen on Instagram previously a café called “Bulls and Dogs” which I had been dying to visit from the moment we stepped off the plane!  Georgie agreed that we could head over for one of their delicious looking milkshakes!  This was certainly another highlight of the trip… the milkshakes didn’t only look absolutely incredible, they tasted even better – it was like heaven in a glass, honestly, that is the best way to describe it!  If you follow me on Instagram, I am sure you would have seen me post a boomerang on my story… we actually walked an hour to find the café but it was well worth it – we basically worked off the calories we gained in milkshakes!!!  This is a MUST visit if you are in Amsterdam – it is only a 10 minute tram journey from the city centre too (which we discovered when we headed back to the centre) so I suggest you tram it rather than walk it, like we did!!!

Another Blogger hotspot I had seen on Instagram was the “Wake Me Up When I’m Famous” wall… I was actually pretty disappointed with this, as I did expect much more than just a bench in front of a wall with the quote – I am still of course, glad I saw it and had some pictures for the gram in front of it!  I saw it in the dark unfortunately, so there were lots of drunk people around and two drunk people who would not leave the bench in order for me to have my pictures at first – but if you do visit this in the dark, make sure you stay safe around those areas at night as they aren’t very well lit!

Georgie then treated me to some steak at CAU – we had so many recommendations for this steak restaurant but I must say it is a little overrated, don’t get me wrong, it was lovely but the portions were tiny for the amount Georgie paid!  I do love my steak too.

We wandered around the Red Light District after our romantic meal, which was erm… interesting to say the least and again, headed back to the hotel fairly early.  When we got back to the hotel, we wandered around to see what we could find and of course, out came the video camera (yup, you heard it here first… I have a vlog to upload but as I previously mentioned in my blog post on my brunch, I am still having trouble with my laptop – so at the moment, I am totally unsure when this will be up!) but we got to wander the hotel for a while which was pretty enjoyable!

Day 3

On our final day we woke up really down and upset that we had to leave… we were so upset that as I mentioned previously, we decided to look into how much it would cost us to stay for an extra day and night!!!

We had the morning to wander the beautiful streets of Amsterdam and as they say, time flies when you’re having fun and it certainly flew by!

We had breakfast in the hotel on our final morning and it was delicious.  I love a buffet breakfast and so does Georgie (as he can eat for England!) but we had a nice cup of tea (our morning essential) and filled our stomachs ready for the day ahead.

We were really indecisive about what we wanted to do and see on our final morning.  I like to be organised and make timetables to enable us enough time to see and do everything we originally planned but we had already decided at breakfast that we would definitely be coming back, either later this year or early next year, so we decided to hold a few of our ideas back so we have a few things to do on our return.

I have visited Madame Tussauds in London before, when I was younger and it wasn’t something we had planned to do but my sister used to be the biggest Ariana Grande fan and I remembered that Ariana had her own waxwork model in the Amsterdam venue (and I believe this is still the only Madame Tussauds you can find her waxwork) so we decided to tour the Amsterdam museum on the hunt for Ariana Grande, in particular.  Georgie has never been to Madame Tussauds before (not even the London venue, which is practically on his doorstep) so he got the whole experience, although he was too shy to have pictures with the waxworks – even Messi!  Whereas, me on the other hand, had pictures with anyone and everyone haha!

  

Then we headed back to the canal, of course, we took our final pictures and headed back to the hotel to checkout :(!!!

I can honestly say, I enjoyed seeing Amsterdam a lot more than I ever imagined, I am already so excited to go back (even though nothing is booked just yet!!!).  It was so lovely to get away, I had a social media break and just a break from reality which was thoroughly needed.  I rarely looked at my phone the whole time we were away!!!  It was a lovely, romantic valentines trip with the “us” time that we really needed.

I’d just like to say a huge thanks to the Westcord Fashion Hotel who made our trip that extra bit special for us!

To book to stay at the Westcord Fashion Hotel, check out their website: www.westcordhotels.com/hotel/fashion-hotel-amsterdam and if you read my blog post before you happen to book, I would be unbelievably grateful if you could drop in, that you read my blog post and my recommendation too – thanks in advance!

And, make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/RobsGigiandAmi) to ensure you get a notification as soon as my Amsterdam Vlog is live!

Lots of love,

Robynne Louise x

 

I love experimenting with new products, so of course, when I was asked to review some hair care products, I could not turn it down!

I decided to try the “color safe” shampoo and conditioner as I have been highlighting my hair for a while (too long) now so it is quite dry, normally. I try not to wash it every night but sometimes I have no other option as it just feels horrendous!!! Mind you, as I write this.. my hair feels incredible and that’s all thanks to my “Shea Moisture” shampoo and conditioner!

I am actually allergic to a lot of shampoo and conditioners so have to be super careful what I choose to buy (hence why I was so excited to try something NEW – as I’ve stuck with my normal shampoo and conditioner for longer that I can remember). Thankfully, the Shea Moisture shampoo and conditioner is absolutely perfect for my hair type and my sensitive little scalp!

I adore the smell of coconut so when I discovered the scent, I was rather pleased. Shea Moisture smells absolutely unbelievable (so good, that you sort of want to eat it! DISCLAIMER: don’t worry, I didn’t and wouldn’t eat it!) but it does smell incredible – better than any other shampoo and conditioner I have smelt before. I absolutely love it when I get those random whiffs of coconut from my hair throughout the day!

I am terrible at over using the conditioner, but I certainly do not over do the conditioner with these products – I have no need too – the smallest pump works wonders!

The bottles are literally the perfect size too – they are fairly small bottles and are super cute with a simple but classy packaging! The bottles are easy and small enough to take with you on your travels too!

If you are looking for a change in hair care products or just fancy trying something new for a while – I would definitely recommend purchasing these beauties! Shea Moisture is literally a life changer – I have never received so many compliments on how “lush” my hair looks and smells and of course, that’s just another reason to top up my bottles when I am running low!

Lots of love,

Robynne Louise x

I had the best surprise when I received my Proxima1 Powerbank from Proxima1 a few weeks ago.  I mean, who doesn’t love a good Powerbank?

My Proxima1 Powerbank is now an essential in my handbag.  My phone is forever dying and with my busy schedule, I always need my mobile phone (in fairness, I think we all do these days, mobile phones are just an essential in themselves!)

The Proxima1 Powerbank I received is a very smart and classy looking Powerbank (portable charger).  I am used to carrying round a little pink one which is fairly “childish” for a 21 year old!!!

You can purchase a Proxima1 Powerbank here (www.proxima1.co.uk) for just £9.99 (depending on the MAH) but how cheap is that?!

Proxima1 are the home of digital accessories, home automation, entertainment and ground breaking technology.  They sell all of the new technology and I usually spot the new technology on their site before I see them anywhere else – so if you love keeping up to date with all the new things, it is definitely worth checking out their website!

Another one of my favourite products that I discovered on the Proxima1 Instagram page is the “Proxima1 WiFi Video Doorbell” – these are absolutely insane and SO worth having.  If you are clueless to what I am talking about, this is the reason WHY you need to check out the Proxima1 website.

A little more info:
The Proxima1 Wireless Doorbell is the ideal solution for answering the doorbell for anywhere in the world – with an internet connection, you can wirelessly view your doorbell and be alerted on your phone with a FaceTime call…. I think you get the idea but this product is absolutely crazy – it is definitely a good way to protect your home and will be an essential for every home in no time!  This door bell is currently on offer for £89.99 (was £129.99) so I would highly recommend checking this one out too!

You would be silly not to have a browse through their site to check out the latest technology – honestly, you will be surprised when you realise you are not as “up to date” with your technology as you originally thought!!!

Lots of love,

Robynne Louise x

As you may have seen on my Instagram page, I recently worked alongside Case App!

I have always loved their products and was particularly keen on purchasing my own custom laptop skin or custom iPhone case – fortunately, Case App got in touch and wanted to work with ME!  I could not believe it when I received a message from them asking to collaborate with little old me!

I had a choice of skins and of course, I went for matching cases for my iPhone, iPad and Mac Book – I mean, how could I not?

The skins are gorgeous and look super classy.  I decided to go for the marble and pink case (as you probably would have guessed!).

I held a giveaway on my Instagram a few weeks ago which was super fun – I am forever entering giveaways myself, so to be giving the opportunity to host a giveaway myself and collaborate with Case App at the same time was quite surreal – I thought only popular bloggers done that?!

Now, is your chance to get involved… you can shop my skins (or other customised laptop/phone/ipad skins) here: www.caseapp.co.uk and you can use my discount code: ROBYNNE20 (this gives you 20% off your order!)

Just want to say a big thanks to Case App for giving me the chance to collaborate with you and hold my own giveaway!!!

Lots of love,
Robynne Louise x

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I  remember when I started to plan my Blogger’s Brunch.. it felt like a lifetime away! Saturday 20th January 2018 came around so quickly… that it almost felt like I needed more time!

I had been planning my Bloggers Brunch for a while, but of course, being an inexperienced party planner, you never know how these things will unfold! I contacted the girls a few months in advance, in order for them to save the date – I then decided, due to the girls I had invited, I would look into sponsors for the event. This way, we could all promote companies and give the companies good exposure whilst doing what we love (stuffing our faces and taking photographs!) and the girls could all go home with goodie bags!

I held my brunch at the Clerkenwell Grind in London and it was honestly, the perfect venue for my brunch.  The room was perfect and really “Instagramable” which was obviously perfect for us bloggers!  The size of the room was perfect and it was set up beautifully!  I would just like to say a huge thank you to the Clerkenwell Grind for hosting my event!

Obviously, the sponsors took a while to piece together and I had a nightmare with the goodie bags (I’m still not entirely sure who’s fault that is haha!) but in my head, everything was figured out!

The week before, I had a few drop outs (which was obviously pretty upsetting, knowing the efforts I had put in to make this a success…) but then to my amazement, I had messages asking if I had any spaces for other girls to attend (but unfortunately we couldn’t accommodate everyone but of course, I wish I could have!). With things like events/parties (basically any event where you are stressing yourself out and running around trying to arrange everything whilst working Monday-Friday, attending events, going for dinner, etc…), it’s pretty difficult – you just need to find the right balance.. but anyway, what I was saying was, it really opens your eyes to find your true friends, the ones who offer to help, ask to arrive early to help set up, etc. I’ve had the sweetest messages from the girls since… and I couldn’t be more grateful. I definitely invited the best girls possible!!!

I didn’t go to bed until 3am on Saturday morning, after rushing around picking things up for the event, fake tanning (you know the drill haha), drying my hair UPSIDE DOWN, etc – so I was so worried I wouldn’t wake up… but to my surprise, I was like a child on Christmas morning. I had butterflies but was full of excitement – praying the day would run smoothly and go to plan!

I was extremely grateful that my mum helped me as much as she did, she helped me sort all of the final bits (I don’t know what I would do without that woman.. seriously – I’m BLESSED!). My sister, Amelie and my boyfriend, Georgie helped me to sort the goodie bags and make them look presentable and my dad was so kind to buy the first round of drinks (which certainly wasn’t cheap)! Literally the only thing that went wrong was my logo stickers for my goodie bags didn’t arrive until the MONDAY AFTER (even though they had next day delivery..and were sent on WEDNESDAY?!) but we were not going to stress about that, so we styled it out with some cute butterfly table place cards instead (mums idea!). I was so grateful for my family and my boyfriend to attend the event with me, they all came to support me and I cannot count the amount of times I have heard them say that they are proud of me for pulling off the event and for my efforts and the brunch I hosted – so sweet! I am the luckiest girl in the world!

It was amusing though, the amount of times I was told “Oh Robyn, you and your family are like the blonde Kardashians” was just hilarious… I mean, we would be fun to watch on our own reality show hahaha!!! Amelie would definitely steal the limelight though!!!

My outfit for my Bloggers Brunch was inspired by Bey Andall – she is my FAVOURITE. Her outfits are always on point, she always looks amazing and she is the sweetest person EVER – which are just more reasons to be inspired by her! I saw her post an Instagram picture of this gorgeous black and white jacket, so obviously, I went on the hunt! I discovered this jacket was from The Fashion Bible, so of course, I bought one myself! The top I wore underneath was £4.50 (bargain) from Boohoo and my leather look trousers were just £10 from Topshop – they were a last minute thing (the day before) as I was just going to style it with jeans but my mum was out shopping and found the perfect pair, she also found my boot heels on the same day, in the same place, these were £39 and also from Topshop!

I am currently in the middle of putting a vlog together of the day but my laptop just isn’t being a kind soul so I genuinely have no idea when this will be up on our YouTube at the moment, so I apologise in advance… but it’s something to look forward to… right?! *Here’s to hoping, it will be up shortly after this blog post.. although, I currently have NO idea!*

I had the most AMAZING photographer attend my event, she snapped away all day and captured the most amazing images! Her name is Jennifer Louise and you can follow her here: Jennifer Louise Lifestyle Photographer on Facebook and/or Jennifer Louise Photo on Instagram. I will upload some photos below for you to cast an eye over – I was so lucky to find Jennifer – she is such a lovely lady and the pictures looked incredible which of course, I was over the moon with! Thank you so much Jennifer!

I was lucky enough to have my event sponsored by Events by LaylaRai. I have never seen more amazing balloons in my life – this is the third time I had used Events by LaylaRai and once again, I was completely over the moon with the balloons. The balloons get prettier every time, I swear! They fit the theme so well and looked beautiful (and I received many compliments on them!!!). Seriously though, if you need balloons just visit their page: Events by LaylaRai on Facebook and/or Events by LaylaRai on Instagram. I feel so grateful that Events by LaylaRai wanted to be a part of my special day! Thank you Events by LaylaRai!

I also had the prettiest frame which had the words “Brunch Time” written on. Again, I’ll post some action shots of the frame in use. OhSnap Essex were another sponsor for my event and they have the most gorgeous frames to fit all of your special occasions.  Again, you can visit the OhSnap Essex pages here: OhSnap Essex on Facebook or Oh Snap Essex on Instagram! My frame fit perfectly with the pink, girly theme and looked amazing! Thank you OhSnap Essex!

I also had the most amazing sponsors who helped me to make up my goodie bags. The sponsors being (the links for their websites/social media accounts are provided next to the sponsors names): Festival Faces Group – Website and Instagram, Skinnypop – Website and Instagram, Lewis Yates – Website and Instagram, Match your Vibe – Website & Instagram, Kocostar – Website & Instagram, Ardell Lashes – Website & Instagram and Cru Kafe – Website & Instagram! If you subscribe to my YouTube you can find out what was inside the bags as soon as the vlog is up – of course, if you subscribe, you will receive an email notification to let you know when it’s live!! The sponsors were all very kind and completely spoilt all of my Blogging girls. I am so grateful for their support! Thank you all SO much!

And, of course, a huge thank you to all of the girls who attended the event! It wouldn’t have been a success without you girls – I hope you all had as much fun as I did!

Photographs of the day (photographs all by: Jennifer Louise Photography)

I had the best day and I am so glad the day ran smoothly. I received the most amazing messages from other Bloggers, PR companies and brands explaining how inspired they were by my event and how lovely it was for me to host something like this off my own back! Obviously, the lovely positive feedback made it 10x more rewarding because other people noticed how much effort I had put into the brunch! I had so many messages asking to be invited if I ever hosted another brunch too… and I cannot count the amount of times I was told it was so lovely to see a bit of “Girl Power” and the fact I am all about “Girl Power” in general – it was just so rewarding and lovely for other people to go out of their way to message me!

Anyway, it’s been great chatting to you but I must get on with editing my video now (as long as my laptop wants to work with me hehe!)

Lots of love

Robynne Louise x