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My Time off // Insta-Life-Lately

Happy Monday! Today was actually quite an exciting day for me because I started at my new job. It felt a bit like the first day of school, but it was a good day and it flew by. Lots to learn and information to get my head around, but that’s the fun of a new challenge right? As you know I had a bit of time off in between jobs where I went home to the Netherlands and did some fun stuff with friends in London. So I thought I’d share some of my instagram pics with you all that I took during that time…

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Flying into Netherlands over the coast. Seeing the beach like that always makes me smile and excited to be going home // A visit to the Japanese Garden with all its gorgeous autumn colours – more photos of my visit to these gardens HERE // Zooming home through the forrest in The Hague with my parents // A day of babysitting my little nephew included cooking dinner – I tried a new Ottolenghi recipe; Cauliflower Cake. It was super simple and delicious. Don’t worry recipe to follow!

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“I’ve learned that home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling!” Love that quote and being at home always makes me feel so relaxed, happy and at peace // One day we went for a long (3hr) walk on the beach. It was a pretty windy day and the night before it had stormed so the beach was covered in shells and little crabs // Walks on the beach (no matter what weather really..) is one of my favourite things in the world. It’s totally my happy place – letting the wind blow all the cobwebs away :) // In love with my new snood that I picked up at the HEMA for only €5 (link) – it’s so cosy and love the black and white pattern. A girl can never have too many scarves right?

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Biking around The Hague – it’s just the best and easiest way to get around // Dessert I made one night when having dinner at my brother’s house – Cherry Clafoutis, it’s my fail proof dessert recipe! // A stunning autumn day meant time for an early morning run on the beach with my dad //  Followed by breakfast made by me. These turkish style eggs were so good and something a bit different – I’ll share my easy recipe in the next few days!

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A day in the outdoors. We went hiking in the Meijendel Dunes, which is about a 40min bike ride north of where my parents live in The Hague. It’s a stunning nature reserve coasted area characterised by dynamic water landscapes, pine forests and hundreds of bird species which makes a perfect environment for long walks and bicycle trips // We spotted many wild mushrooms during our walk // After the walk we refuelled with fresh mint tea and real Dutch Apple Pie (appeltaart) A must when in Holland, it’s the best! // Sand sculptures in the city centre of The Hague. Pretty impressive and they’d been there for days too. I was in the city for movie night with my parents. Saw the film ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ which I absolutely adored. Such a feel good film. Totally made me smile, warm and fuzzy, want to go to chef’s school and move to France to start a restaurant ;) If you’re, like me, a bit of a foodie then I’d definitely recommend checking out this movie.

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Day trip to Antwerp in Belgium. We drove down (as it’s only about 1 1/2 hour from The Hague) and explored the sights around the city. Antwerp has an old town and a more modern area, lots of amazing shopping and cool bars and restaurants  // I had a delicious lunch at Felix Pakhuis (link) near the Museum Aan de Stroom (link) which is worth a visit when in Antwerp – even if just going up to the roof, for free, to get an amazing view over the city // When in Belgium….enjoying beers in this cool called “Het Elfde Gebod” which is filled with religious nik-naks and has a large selection of beers on offer // Antwerp Market Square at night!

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Last day in Holland and it was a stunning sunny day so meant one last walk on the beach with my parents. Will miss these two again when back in London // Home again in London and out and about in Notting Hill – Wild at Heart on Westbourne Grove is just the most gorgeous flower shop! // Morning walk in autumnal Primrose Hill – a bit rainy but still great to enjoy in the fresh air in such a beautiful royal park.

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Some shopping at Bailey Nelson.  I may or may not now be the owner of some Cat Eye style sunglasses. Watch this space ;) // Brunch Granger Style. Catching up with a friend at a Notting Hill fave; Granger & Co on Westbourne Grove. His scrambled eggs are still the best I’ve ever tasted //A night out with friends in Brixton Village; pizza pizza pizza! // Followed by more fun times at The Social for their weekly Thursday Hip Hop Karaoke Night. We didn’t actually get on the mic ourselves (duh, we didn’t want to scare the crowd) but had a great time.

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It’s been such strange weather in Autumn here in London. The other day it was 23 degrees which is so amazing! I was enjoying it a lot because wasn’t working so the sunshine and being able to dress all summery felt wonderful // Happy Halloween!! Friends of mine hosted a fab Halloween party so I decided to get dressed up as little red riding hood and attempted scary (clawed) makeup. Was (surprisingly) quite happy with the result actually! What did you dress up as for Halloween this year? // The last few days have been a bit colder which meant scarf weather. Picked up this little cosy beauty recently on Portobello Road – it’s a copy of a sold out version from ZARA season ’13 and because I’d always envied anyone that got that ZARA scarf I am stoked that managed to find this one! I love mixing prints at the moment; stripes and tartan, stripes and leopard print – it all goes in my books // Sunday Roast at The Albion in Islington – sharing a roast chicken + girl time.  Ahhh life is good :)

Hope you enjoyed my little insta-life-lately post. For more pics you can follow me on instragram @dutchessroz. Also do leave your instagram account in a comment so I can check yours out, because I love finding new inspiring people to follow :)

  
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How do you like them apples?

“Will: Do you like apples?
Clark: Yeah.
Will: Well, I got her number. How do you like them apples?”

Haha I love that line from the movie Good Will Hunting! Any-hoo on the subject of apples, this Sunday me and some friends headed out of London for the day for something a little different. Turns out that in October many Apple orchards in the UK celebrate Apple Day – and at Pippins Farm, which is near Tunbridge Wells in Kent, they were holding an open farm event in association with Hospice in the Weald. One of my friends actually knows the owners of this orchard and she had organised a fun day out for us to tour the apple orchard, drink ciders, feast on a hog roast & toffee apples and to  play some fun apple games.  Here are some photos of our day out at Pippins Farm Orchard…

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It was so nice to escape the city to do something completely different for a change on a Sunday! The food was delicious and after a few too many few ciders we frolicked around the apple orchard like crazy people! But oh what fun we had & I love these silly but extremely wonderful people. How do you like them apples? ;)

  
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Weekend in Whitstable by the seaside..

Last weekend I had a perfect little escape to the seaside. I’d heard a few stories about this cute fisherman’s town called Whitstable in Kent, so I thought it was about time I checked it out for myself! Because it is only about 1 hour 30min drive (1 hr 20min by train) from central London it makes Whitstable a great day or overnight trip location.

Situated on the north coast of Kent, Whitstable is such a lovely little laid-back place with many great restaurants, shops – and of course the sea! Everywhere are many stalls, shops and restaurants selling all kinds of sea food from cockles to eels and crabs to of course Whitstable’s most famous export, oysters! Here are some iPhone snapshots from my weekend in Whitstable by the seaside..

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Walks exploring the Harbour // Enjoying Whitstable Brewery beers + compulsory fish & chips in sun loungers by the beach = happiness // Checking out the town, shops and galleries // People watching and drinks at The Old Neptune, a famous pub on the beach // Happy moments watching the sunset over the sea…

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Dinner at Wheelers Oyster Bar, the oldest restaurant in town (open since 1856!) and famous for – tada you guessed it – oysters! The restaurant is tiny and is usually booked up for months but I was lucky and managed to reserve us a table at the bar. It’s BYO so what better to bring than a bottle of bubbly to enjoy with the seafood. Or you can always run across the load to the local ‘Offie’ for some more drinks. We had a lovely night in this cute little authentic restaurant, the oysters and the rest of the seafood was delicious and it was nice to enjoy a very casual and laid back evening out. If Wheelers is booked up another great option for dinner would be The Whitstable Oyster Company.

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Where to stay in Whitstable? We stayed in a lovely little cottage called the Corner House (link) which was perfectly located just meters from the harbour. Loved the beach style feeling of the place and we had a great stay here. However next time I might try to book a Fisherman’s Hut (which were fully booked the weekend I went) because they are right on the water and look super cute (link)!

Sunday morning was the perfect laid-back day starting with home baked muffins (my winning recipe here) and tea at the cottage, followed by a long walk along the beach to the Tankerton Slopes. It was a quiet foggy morning which made for some peaceful and beautiful moments – with some pebble throwing for laughs.

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Can you tell I loved these little sea huts along Tankerton slopes? We had breakfast outside at Jojo’s – a great little cafe at the end of the beach Tankerton way (about a min walk from the harbour).

Before driving back to London we decided, that while in the area, we should check out the famous White cliffs of Dover. Such a beautiful national park!

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If you had the best weekend ever then JUMP! ;) I seriously recommend going away for a weekend in Whitstable – or even if for just the day. It was one of those weekends were I came back feeling so happy and relaxed, like I’d had a mini holiday. Think the seaside does this to me. It was the kind of weekend where I wished I had a time machine to stop time so that it didn’t have to end….

Thank you Whitstable for the happy memories. Think I will be back :)

  
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Wedding weekend at Longleat House

Back in June I attended the wedding of two lovely friends in Wiltshire, which is in South West England. The ceremony was in a beautiful old chapel in the countryside and afterwards the celebrations continued on at Longleat House – which is one of the most stunning venues I’ve visited! We had the best day and evening so thought I’d share some photos I took (on my iPhone) that weekend. 

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I absolutely love the dress I wore that day. I wish I could say it’s mine, but it’s not – I borrowed it of a friend of mine. It’s a silk one shoulder gown by Zimmermann, one of my favourite Australian designers. They make the most beautiful dresses, perfect for weddings or for bridesmaids. 

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Navy silk one shoulder dress by Zimmermann // Nude clutch by Jones (similar style here) // Earrings are the Sabine Crystal Studs (link) by MaisonMiru as seen here // Wallace sunglasses by Bailey Nelson, as seen here //

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Zimmermann don’t have any stores here in the UK (sad face) but you can shop online. Love some of these dresses, I want…

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Aren’t they the most good looking couple?

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We all had the best day celebrating their special day into the wee hours of the night! Wishing them both all the happiness in the world and a HUGE thank you for such an amazing weekend.

  
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Kings Day Amsterdam 2014

Last weekend it was time again for pretty much my favourite day of the year! Celebrating Kings Day (previously known as Queens Day..) in Amsterdam. Every year, I (being the official ‘Dutchess’) organise a boat for about 35 friends to show them the way we dutchies party on our main national holiday. Even though there is quite a lot of organisation involved in this weekend – I do enjoy it and I love seeing everyone having such an amazing time and sharing the love for my home country.

We were blessed this year with a beautiful sunny day and (in orange – duh!) we partied the day away on the beautiful canals of Amsterdam. Here some fun photos from the amazing day that was our Kings Day Amsterdam 2014!

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It seriously is the BEST day of the year and I think my friends now agree with me! Have you been to Amsterdam or experienced the fun orange madness on Kings /Queens Day before? I totally recommend it….

  
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