Sunday Objects | 1

Happy weekend! Today, I'm starting a new series called Sunday Objects.

The idea behind Sunday Objects is taking time to look around, reflect, and think on the past. I've been lucky enough to travel and live in some pretty cool places, and have collected little tchotchkes all along the way. 

So each Sunday, I'll post a photo of a few simple, everyday objects in my life. All of these things remind of me of the people and places that I love, so I figured I'd share them with you folks and encourage you to do the same!

My first series of objects:

  • A beaded necklace, purchased at a roadside village on my second trip to South Africa
  • A tiny wooden shoe, purchased on my first trip to Amsterdam 
  • My trusty Herb Lester City Guide to East London, purchased when I first moved to East London at the end of 2012
  • A seashell from a family trip to Wilmington, North Carolina a few years back
  • A sugar-skull type tchotchke purchased on my second trip to Amsterdam

Now: show me your Sunday Objects! It could be anything – a pair of shoes you love, a magazine tear out that inspired you, a random pine cone. Whatever little things exist around you that you see every day, but maybe don't take the time to reflect on. Here's your chance to both reflect, and share. I'd love to see!

Have a lovely, relaxing Sunday!


An American In: Keukenhof Tulip Gardens, Holland

After falling in love with Amsterdam when we visited over the New Year, we decided to pay a trip back to celebrate the four-day holiday that is Easter in the U.K. (Also the Dutch are maybe the cleanest people in the world and I wanted to pick up some spring cleaning tips.)

We were lucky that it was prime tulip time in Holland – the season only last two months a year and by god if we weren't there right smack in the middle of it. We made a day trip to the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens in South Holland, aka the largest flower garden in the world. Holy moly was it crowded (it was Easter Sunday, after all) but holy moly was it worth it. 

Keukenhof is an Instagrammers paradise, and we saw all types of interesting posed photos in process while we were there. Anyways, here are some of my photos.

If you're looking for more professional options, I'd recommend you check out this guy's photo Tumblr because he takes great photos and because I'm married to him. Enjoy!

An American In: Kuekenhof Tulip Gardens, Holland | Second Floor Flat
An American In: Kuekenhof Tulip Gardens, Holland | Second Floor Flat

These tulips were called Hotpants!

An American In: Kuekenhof Tulip Gardens, Holland | Second Floor Flat

For more of my travels in the U.K. and abroad, and for pictures of food and my shoes and random animals, follow me on Instagram!


Good Reads: The Best Links this Week

For those of you who don't know, Easter calls for a four-day weekend in the UK, starting tomorrow. That's right, both Friday and Monday are holidays (!). To celebrate both the holiday and the fact that my sweet momma is visiting, we're headed to Amsterdam (again!) for a few days of pancakes, canal walks, and tulips.

I can't wait to get back to that lovely city by the water and (hopefully) see it in the sunshine. Follow along with me on Instagram, y'all – I'd love to share my photos with you! Have a great weekend!

This real life Rosie the Riveter stole a smooch from one of my favorite people. (Jezebel)

Quick, very important hamster interruption. 

Nerd alert: these 13 Chrome apps are total game changers. (Daily Muse)

Amazing South African street style. (The Guardian)

The minimalist's guide to spring cleaning makes my heart pitter patter. I long to be a minimalist. (Need Supply Co.)

Actually just want everything on this list of spring's best basics. (NY Mag)

Imean, this girl's wavy bob is perfect. (Anh Co Tran)

SCADpad is a student + faculty-run project that reimagines urban housing. Way to go, alma mater!

K, one more hamster thing. 


An American In: Amsterdam

Amsterdam has been at the top of my "must-visit" list for years (or at least since 2008 when this song came out). And ever since I moved to London, which is closer to Amsterdam than you think, I've been trying to find ways to get over to that gorgeous city of bikes, canals, and tulips. 

So post Christmas, post trip home to Georgia, post my sister and her husband visiting us in London, we all packed up and took the train through Brussels to The Netherlands. Turns out, Amsterdam is now one of my favorite cities: it's friendlier than most, quieter than most, and its smaller size makes it much approachable than a London, Paris, or Rome. 

Here's what we got up to:

An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat

Strolled through a few of Amsterdam's 165 (!) canals...

An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat

(Side note: Aside from being breathtakingly gorgeous, Amsterdam has a certain peace that you don't find in most other cities. The roads are mainly used by tram services and bikes, so combine that with the abundance of canals and there's very little noise pollution from cars. The residential areas alongside the canals are also kept mostly free from commercial activity - so you rarely see ads or corner delis selling ice cream, but rather just old sidewalks, awesome wooden playgrounds, and cute old couples strolling around.)

An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat

Saw some cultural stuff, including the incredible Rijksmuseum which re-opened last April after a ten year renovation...

An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat

And took plenty of pictures (sometimes in huge coats)...

An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat

Visited a local market where we saw tons of bikes, tulips, and, most importantly, pancakes...

An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat

Travelled to the center of town on the Metro to see 19-year-old-boy-type things, like the Red Light District...

An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat

And took time to ring in the New Year and relax in our gorgeous Airbnb flat...

An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat

And now we're all counting the days until we can go back. See you next time, Amsterdam!

 

Photos by d.watterson.iii