5 Things You Will Love About Amsterdam

5 things you will love about Amsterdam

Rocketing into my top three favourite places in the world as soon as I stepped onto Dutch soil, Amsterdam is an incredible city to explore and chill out in. Here are 5 things you will love about Amsterdam:

// It’s so easy to get around – Trains from the airport run regularly… like every 15 minutes or so! Once you arrive at Amsterdam Centraal you can either hop on a free ferry across the river IJ or get yourself a ticket for the trams that pick up right outside the station. If you’ve got tonnes of time or fancy a walk, have a wander along the beautiful streets and canals, or hire yourself a bike and you’re good to go. The city is built for cyclists first and foremost!

// They brunch like kings – The Dutch folk sure do know how to brunch and there are bags of places to choose from for your mid morning leisurely dining. The only problem you might find is that there can be a wait for tables, but places like Bakers and Roasters text you when your table is ready so you can go for a wander until then!

// Craft beer is celebrated – There are a whole bunch of bars and pubs that serve up the most vast range of craft and rare beers that I have ever seen. Our favourites were Proeflokaal Arendsnest and Cafe Gollem. It’s not all about the Heineken!

// You’re close to nature – Amsterdam reminded me so much of New York, including having their very own Central Park – the Vondelpark. Definitely set yourself at least an afternoon to explore Vondelpark with it’s picturesque lakes and views of the city from inside the park. We even saw parrots. Parrots.

// The street art is incredible – Make sure you schedule in some time to head to Amsterdam NOORD – there’s a free ferry running from outside Amsterdam Centraal station to NDSM Werf where you’ll find the most incredible street art, wall murals and graffiti art. Make sure you take a trip to Art City set in an abandoned ship yard.

What are your favourite things about Amsterdam? What do you look for in a city?
Loves x xx

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5 Awesome Male Etsy Sellers, Doing It For The Dudes

Awesme Male Etsy Sellers and small business owners

In a sector bursting with successful female business owners, here are five awesome male Etsy sellers that I know and love, doing it for the dudes:

1. // I think I first  virtually met Tim Easley over on Twitter and his illustration style is out of this world. There’s some attention to detail in his work that blows my mind and he’s not shy about his use of colour. You should definitely follow along on Instagram where he’s been drawing really cool and complex things on the most unusual of objects – basketballs!

2. // I had the pleasure of meeting Toby from I Like Cats at the recent Etsy Captain Summit in London and he’s just as cool and fun and he seems online. Toby’s illustrations speak the truth for us animal lovers, that cats and dogs are way better than people. I’ve got my eye on this t-shirt that tells the story of my life.

3. // I met Ben from The Owlery when our stalls were side by side at The Bearded Tit market in Leeds a few years ago. His passion for his work oozes out when he chats to customers about his products and his kooky pattern repeats are unlike anything else I’ve seen.

4. // Based in Leeds, Owen from Or8Design is a fellow Etsy Team Leeds member and an incredible artist and screen printer. I own a beautiful ‘The Great Outdoors – Cottage’ print from Or8Design and I have bought a further two prints as gifts. I adore his style and his use of colour. Follow Owen on Instagram where he shares cool poster designs for local folks!

5. // If you haven’t heard of Fat Kitty up until now, you’re welcome! Fats is the real life inspiration behind Dave’s work at The No Such Disco and he’s a no shit taking, bad ass cat with a rare soft side. I’ve known Dave for many years since we virtually met in the Craft Britannia team and he’s a gem!

Who are your favourite awesome male Etsy sellers?

Loves x xx

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