Wednesday, 24 February 2016

One Blonde Goes To Amsterdam

Yes - Amsterdam may not be known as the most romantic city in the world, but I (Amy) knew I had to tick this city off my never ending bucket list for the year.  As the first trip of 2016, it certainly did not disappoint...

For everyone that knows me will know that I am a sucker for a lazy sunshine holiday hanging around beaches all day, so heading to Amsterdam for a cold winters weekend was something a little different for me.  I decided to surprise my boyfriend with this trip for Christmas, and thought there was no better time to go than for Valentine's Day (hopeless romantic). 

Known for dressing smart on all occasions, I have to admit the shock I got when numerous people explained to me how casual the city was - so there was a quick online shopping trip for casual comfies, cosies and new kicks. Anyway enough of the outfit dilemmas...

I managed to find the perfect hotel in the even more perfect location: NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky. When touching down, we were walking through the famous Dam Square to see our hotel right in the centre of the square; next to the best bars, shops and PIZZA STALLS in the city. Arriving at the check-in desk (after a slice of margherita) we were luckily hit with a free upgrade to a premium room, which was absolutely stunning!

It was time to go exploring...


Honestly, the thought of walking down the infamous Red Light District freaked me out, but I knew I had to see it while I was there and oh my was I shocked! Apart from the prostitutes behind their doors, the area was not as bad as I was expecting. Perhaps a different atmosphere during Valentine's weekend? Yes there were some wacky sex shops and condomeries, but there were also some lovely bars and restaurants. Not to mention Amsterdam's architecture, which I was totally blown away with. Every single building I walked by was completely fascinating, something I hadn't seen anywhere else!


There was also an obligatory visit to The First Bulldog Coffee Shop, otherwise known as the Bulldog Cafe. After leaving the cafe, and checking Insta (always), we realised that we had missed a visit from Floyd Mayweather by 5 minutes - RAGING!


After lots of walking, eating and exploring, Ross and I decided that we couldn't possibly stand any longer. So why not have a cyclist chauffeur you to The Heineken Experience?! Although I am not a beer fan in the slightest, this trip is a must do when in Amsterdam! We had so much fun, from learning how to make and taste the beer, to deafening karaoke sessions and virtual rides.



Being a self confessed hangover patient almost every weekend, I could not walk by this 'Hangover Information Centre' without snapping some tips. Make notes rough pups!



Now, hopefully by this point Ross and his friends have zoned out and stopped reading. That means I can tell you guys about our trip to the love lock bridge on Valentine's Day without being a dead girlfriend,with a mortified boyfriend. With Valentine's Day marking a year since our first date, I knew I had to drag Ross around to find this bridge. After a while we managed to spot it - and I must say it was a pretty disappointing bridge with only a few locks - I snapped a pic and we ran off to the nearest cafe to heat up.



As a complete carnivore, going out for dinner isn't a thing without having steak! Ross and I decided to head to CAU Amsterdam for some sirloin and strawberry daquiri's. A romantic meal with my best 'grill friend' according to CAU. This restaurant has also recently opened up in Glasgow, and my visit tonight proved identical interiors and tastes to Amsterdam. If you are ever in either cities, I could not recommend their food enough!

Waking up the next day, we fought a very hungover (and may I add TERRIFYING) trip to the Amsterdam Dunegons. People always tell me that the actors aren't allowed to touch you, but that fact doesn't do it for me. The thought of being picked in one of the scenes is my worst nightmare!

After a nutella waffle pick me up, it was sadly time to head home after a fabulous weekend away. For those that haven't visited Amsterdam, I could not recommend this city enough now. It's like another world. So much food, fun activities and fantastic scenery! I hope you enjoyed hearing about my trip and that I didn't rabble on too much.


Until our next adventure...

Lots of love,

Amy,

TBOB xoxo
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Saturday, 20 February 2016

Slayin' In Shearling

At last the gruesome twosome are reunited and back in action at TBOB with some of our latest fashion faves! February so far has been a crazy busy month with me (Melisa) exploring Iceland and Amy's Amsterdam adventure along with her 19th birthday celebrations. The month is flying by, and we are ashamed to say that we haven't had much time to go shopping (RT if u cri evrytiem). But there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, and after just touching down in Glasgow, Amy the trooper that she is, suggested we raid her suitcase and get a post up ASAP for you guys. So without further ado lets get started...






Amy grabbed this ridiculously cool and incredibly comfy roll-neck jumpsuit from Missguided which she wore travelling - for once she had her sensible head on. Obviously travelling she styled this piece with some sneaks, but we are just loving how it looks when paired with a pair of heels - so street style chic. For her birthday her bessies surprised her with this Charlotte Simone 'Sass Cap' which if you follow us on Insta @twoblondesoneblog is spamming our account just now because we are seriously in LOVE with it. Lastly the look was completed with this beaut white faux leather, shear-lined jacket from Neon Rose, so oversized and cosy, an essential in our eyes if you like staying fashionable and warm in these chilly months.




Now moving on to myself, I must say my favourite thing about my look is the fact I'm styling Amy's boyfriends Zara jacket - definitely a bf steal haha! But seriously, I don't think us gals take enough advantage of the mens department. Here at TBOB we are suckers for the oversized look, so I think in the future we will definitely be dabbling into the mens section more often, because everything about this jacket is RIGHT. It's funny to imagine Amy in Amsterdam, soaking up the shearling wonderfulness of this jacket, whilst Ross is freezing to death - poor guy, it's not like he could get away with wearing her feminine white jacket! Anyways, continuing on, I paired this shirt/jumper combo with my white Jamie's from Topshop (don't be afraid to wear white jeans in the winter) and finished the look off with some lace up black heels.  I'd like to mention that both of our sunnies are cheap eBay buys, which for how cool they look, we think are a fashion must have for Spring.




Anyhoo, next week is payday - yayyyy!! So we shall have lots of new fashion goodies on the blog soon for you guys!




Thanks again for reading and please continue to spread the word on our little blog of fashionista happiness. If you have any questions or suggestions on what you would like to see feature on the blog, please feel free to comment down below!


TBOB xoxo


Melisa

Jacket: Zara (in store)
Shirt/Crop Jumper: Zara
Jeans: Topshop
Heels: Boohoo
Sunglasses: eBay

Amy

Jacket: Neon Rose
Jumpsuit: Missguided
Heels: Public Desire (last season)
Hat: Charlotte Simone
Sunglasses: eBay
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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

One Blonde Goes To Iceland

Anyone who knows me (Melisa) personally will be aware of the fact that I have well and truly caught the travel bug, interailling across Europe and exploring the exotic beaches of Thailand. After begging my boyfriend for the past three winters to go to Iceland, he finally got his finger out and agreed to accompany me to the breath taking land of ice (3rd times a charm). Therefore, as part of a new segment on TBOB, when we are lucky enough to venture out of Glasgow, we shall be blogging about all things travel. So let's get right down to it... Firstly I would like to start by mentioning how fabulous it is that Glasgow Airport now have a Victoria's Secret! After being a strong and independent woman by managing to avoid Mac, I couldn't miss out on the 5 pairs of beaut panties for the bargain price of £20! 



Anyways moving swiftly on, as a die hard bargain hunter, I found a great deal on Expedia which included both flights and accommodation in the gorgeous Grand Hotel in Reykjavik (which for anyone interested, resides in a convenient location with the bonus being that you are the first to be dropped off after all the tours have ended, meaning that you can literally walk two footsteps from the bus into bed 'Zzzzz'). We stayed for a total of four nights, however arriving late on the Thursday and having little chance of seeing the Northern Lights due to snowfall, we pigged out on pizza and were soon fast asleep.

On the Friday we arose at the crack of dawn, ready to go galavanting on the Golden Circle Tour. We stopped off firstly at Thingvellir National Park, where we visited the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. This is the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, and is one of the few places in the world where you can actually see the tectonic plates drifting apart as many of these sites are deep underwater.  For the first time we could feel the freezing temperatures however, with the stunning snowy landscape, the scenery was absolutely breathtaking and the cold was soon forgotten about.



The second stop, and definitely the most random/what exactly are we doing here, was in this massive green house where they are able to grow tomatoes and cucumbers all year round - wow interesting right!? But then I indulged in probably the most terrific tomato soup I have ever had in my life, and despite the fact it cost £6 for just a cup, I must say it was worth the visit alone. 



We then got back on the coach to visit Geysir - well not really as he's only active around once a year and there's no way of predicting when he will actually erupt. But instead we seen Strokkur (his wee bro) who was magnificent enough in himself. He shot up to 30/40 metres high in the sky with temperatures reaching up to 300'C. Risking anything for a 'facebook-able' selfie, we stupidly chose to stand in the direction the wind was blowing, and all of a sudden we were both blasted with water, which soon turned into pure ice. So there was my boyfriend and I (Ben btw, I'm sure he will appreciate this cameo - not) real life ice sculptures scurrying our way back on to the bus in an attempt to melt back down to normality. Que the most unattractive photo of Ben and I in 3,2,1...


The last stop on the tour and without a doubt, the most spectacular phenomenon I've seen in all my life was the Golfoss Waterfall, the largest in Europe. In the past, when I've dreamt about visiting Iceland, I've always wished that when I eventually got the chance to go, that it would mirror a winter wonderland - which is exactly what we got.  The waterfall was so powerful and majestic, however, due to the wind, my hand just about froze off when trying to take some pictures. But the frostbite on my right hand was totally worth it for the results, and plus, it was nothing a cup of hot coco couldn't fix!



As dedicated night owls, we decided to put our alcoholic duty free buys to good use (which btw I would recommend doing, as the price of alcohol is ridiculously expensive) and experience the Icelandic nightlife. After Ben enjoyed 'the best burger of his life' we decided to embark on our own wee bar crawl.  Like the sociable butterflies that we are, we got chatting to the locals, who took it upon themselves to show us about the town.  It was a typical, drunken fun-filled night, with the club scene being similar to that of G-Town, however, the Icelandics are around 7 months behind on the charts and shamelessly love a bit of Pitbull.



On the Saturday afternoon we had booked to go horse riding. Both being tragically hungover, misread the pick up time and as a consequence had to scramble downstairs and face a raging tour guide.  Once we got over the initial headache and felt the fresh air on our cheeks, we had the most enjoyable horse ride through stunning volcanic scenery.  I had never been on a horse before, and I can admit it definitely wasn't amongst the easiest of tasks, finding myself a good few times spinning round in circles as I failed miserably to control the reigns. But again, I couldn't recommend this experience any further, with the only downfall being my sore bum. 



Saturday night we set out to see the Northern Lights. We heard they made an appearance the previous night, so we were not that optimistic that we would catch them. At first when we arrived at the National Park around 10:30pm, the lights were out however, they weren't very bright or distinguishable for that matter. It was -13, so after gazing at the lights for around 40 minutes, we went back onto the coach for some warmth.  I would like to add that I moaned the face off my boyfriend for not investing in some winter boots before the trip, however, there he was, standing nice and toasty with his thermal socks and New Balance trainers. Then theres me, fashioning my leather, fur-lined boots (fur-lined that is apart from the toes), freezing to death, with my toes that numb I could hardly walk.  I actually had to take my feet out of my boots for some warmth - never again.  Anyways, within the next hour the full sky lit up, illuminating green, with the stars dazzling so clear behind the lights. The pictures just don't do it justice. 


On our final day we chose to visit the much acclaimed Blue Lagoon (and no, not the chippy in Glasgow). This I think, was my favourite of all tours, relaxing in the stunning geothermal spa, downing ice cold ciders and prosecco all day long. Although, the spa was extremely busy with tourists, due to its magnitude, in some instances you felt like you were the only people there in the world. We also opted to have lunch in the Lava Restaurant, which again was nothing short of delicious. 


I hope that you enjoyed this new travel addition to our blog, apologies for the rambling at times. Amy spent Valentines in Amsterdam, so you can read all about her trip right here on the blog within the next week or so. But for now thats a wrap, thanks for reading and we will be back soon.

Byeeeeeeee!

Melisa, 

TBOB xoxo
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Sunday, 7 February 2016

The Lingerie Edit

It's February (ALREADY) and Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  This day is all about romance, roses, chocolate and lingerie of course. For all the gals out there struggling to find a little seductive number, or men looking to find a sensual gift, we've selected our top ten lingerie pieces to give you a helping hand.

1. ASOS Ruby Valentine Body

When it comes to Valentine's lingerie, red is key. A mix of mesh and lace fabrics can never go wrong to give an edgy yet romantic look.

Image 1 of ASOS Ruby Valentine Body


2. Ultimo Cut and Sew 'Pearl'

Ain't nothing wrong with throwing it back with some retro glam. This vintage piece gives screams romance, and is so luxurious.

C&S Pearl Bra - Blush


3. Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Push-Up Bra

We cannot get enough of this high neck embellished lace set! Such lovely figure hugging details with a seductive touch.




 4. Joslyn Lace Halterneck Bralette

Quoted as 'the epitome of sweet and sultry' - we could not say it better! Such an innovative and fashion forward shape.





5. Victoria's Secret Limited Edition Fishnet and Lace Teddy

Pink lace - beautiful teddy - YES PLEASE! Nothing says romance better than a touch of hot pink.




6. L'Agent Grace Playsuit

Ok, we are obsessed with lace bodies if you can't tell. This gold/blush piece from L'Agent is so sweet and sultry.  Although it's on the expensive side, who could say no to something designed by Penelope Cruz?!




7. Agent Provocateur Denver Red

AP are the kings of luxury lingerie. The quality of their products never fail to impress! This seductive floral lace has Valentine's Day written all over it...




8. For Love and Lemons Darla Bodysuit

One word - WOW! This cut out silhouette combined with white embroidery are the perfect match to take us into Spring. For Love and Lemons certainly know how to design!

DARLA BODYSUIT


9. ASOS Jezabel Barely There Red

We can never browse through ASOS lingerie without a little impulse buy. It is SO affordable yet so stylish.  This 'Barely There' style just screams serious seduction. Although it's a little risky, this set just seems to grow on us every day.

Image 1 of ASOS Jezabel Barely There Underwire Bra


10. Missguided Eyelash Lace Triange Bra

Missguided have done it again - they seriously know how to kill every category! Triangle bras will always be one of our favourite shapes, and this burgundy shade is absolutely perfect to show deep romance.




Well, that's our top ten hottest picks for this Valentine's Day.  We hope that we have inspired your romantic style and that you find something that you love as much as we love our picks.

Eat chocolate, show the love and drink the wine! Have a romantic one...

Lots of love,

TBOB xoxo
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