{TGIF!}

TGIF! Phew – another week has come and gone! I can’t lie, I am sooooo happy it’s the weekend. And with snow in the forecast here in Amsterdam, I am planning on spending much of it inside our warm apartment finishing my book (SO.GOOD.) and hopefully doing a few things to prep for the fast-approaching holidays!
If you’re spending the weekend cozying up and catching up on blogs, I have one you must add to your blog reader! Tammy has been one of my most loyal and long-standing blog supporters and it’s been so fun watching her blog grow so much over the past year or so. She blogs over at Lemons, Avocados & The Bay about life in sunny San Diego with her boyfriend and she’s so sweet and cheerful. Her outlook on life is admirable and absolutely contagious. Hop on over and check her out – I promise you’ll love her! Here are a few words from Tammy – enjoy!
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Helllllllo. I’m Tammy and my blog Lemons, Avocados & the Bay is all about living the beachy kinda life in San Diego. I spent lots of time exploring my city, riding my bike along the boardwalk, and trying out new recipes and restaurants. My boyfriend and I just renovated our littlebeach bungalow. It’s been a crazy experience, but I love that we can make our little house our own. I would love if you stopped by Lemons, Avocados & the Bay to say hello. If you’d like you can also find me on twitter, facebook, and instagram.

{Happy Friday!}

Happy happy Friday! I am so happy it’s the weekend! With Friday not only means the weekend, but some new friends for you! Feel free to peruse these amazing blogs over the next few days 🙂 Enjoy! 
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Hello Explore.Dream.Discover readers! I’m Holly (but everyone calls me Holls) & I blog over at Little Miss Holls. I live in Liz’s gorgeous hometown of Portland, Oregon & think it’s the best little city there is! When I’m not working my 8-5 corporate retail gig, I’m probably knee-deep in planning my summer beach wedding, trying out a new Portland restaurant, or taking a million pictures with my camera. All of which can be found over on my blog! You can also find me on Pinterest, Twitter & Instagram. I look forward to meeting you! 🙂

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Hi Friends of Explore.Dream. Discover! I’m Bri, a food product developer turned full time culinary student/blogger. I split my time between beautiful Napa California and Southern California where I call home. Between my desire to eat delicious food and my pilot husband we are constantly on the move and seeking out edible and fun adventures! With the constant repetition of traveling and seeking out good eats in my life I decided to give birth to my lil blog called Travel Eat and Repeat, to pay homage to all things delicious and adventurous. My lil humble blog has a heavy emphasis on food and travel, I believe the two go hand in hand because I love learning about places through food (in my head I like to think of myself as Giada meets Sam Brown…Ahhh a girl can dream…okay back to reality). I often times will post my trials and tributes as I cook my way through one of the United States’ hardest cooking schools (trust me its not a walk in the park). So if you would like some entertainment with your morning coffee head on over  to www.traveleatandrepeat.com (after your done reading Liz’s Fabulous blog of course). I promise you can stay in your PJ’s, but I can’t promise that it won’t make you hungry or give you the urge to scout Orbitz for your next adventure! Cheers to hopefully becoming Blog-ends (blog friends…okay I’m a dork)!


{Happy Friday + More Friends}

Happy Friday everyone! I must say that this week absolutely flew by. Unfortunately I’m having a hard time getting over my jet lag so I’ve been getting little sleep and feeling a bit zombie-ish.

This weekend I have a few fun things planned. Tonight, we’re going out for curry + beer with a bunch of friends (apparently it’s a British thing?), Saturday I’m treating myself to a facial (ah, can’t wait!!) and Sunday I am heading apple picking with the girls! The weather forecast looks perfectly fall – chilly but clear – and the leaves are changing and falling all around us. This is definitely one of my most favorite times of the year so I plan on soaking it all up. Hope you have something fun planned for the weekend!

If you’re cozied up at home this weekend and need some new reads, check out these awesome ladies! You might already know them, but if you don’t, you will be so excited to add them to your list of daily reads. Enjoy!
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Hello, friends of Liz! I’m Betsy, an American re/expat. That means I split my time between Washington, DC (where I grew up and where I’m officially living now) and London, where I studied and worked for three out of the past four years.  Stop by Betsy Transatlantically to read about how I try to keep one foot in the US and the other in the UK – of course, it helps that I’m in the middle of planning my wedding to my handsome English fiancé, which will be celebrated in the deepest countryside near the North Sea!  You’ll also find a bit of style, cooking, and politics on the blog, plus a dash of humor and the lessons I’m learning as the #1 girlfriend of my new Labrador puppy, Charlie.  Can’t wait to meet you over there – and, in the meantime, you can get to know me on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!
Hi Liz’s friends! I’m Amanda and I blog from beautiful Okinawa, mostly about cooking, travel and life abroad. I lead a simple life out here {big change from working in Washington, DC!} and am so grateful for it. I love to ride my bike to the neighborhood farmer’s market and create beautiful & yummy meals with fresh ingredients. Some of my favorites I’ve created this season are Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter, Rosemary & Thyme, and Cinnamon & Spice Pumpkin Pancakes with Homemade Whipped Cream. I’m looking forward to saying hello to you {or konnichiwa…}! (:

{New Friends}

First, I wanted to thank you all for your incredibly thoughtful comments on Thursday. It’s refreshing and interesting to hear all your thoughts and opinions. They all went to heart.

I’m heading back to Amsterdam tomorrow morning. It’s been an insanely busy and incredible nine days at home. It flew by, as always, and I have missed my boys like crazy!! I truly can’t wait to get home to them. But as I was packing tonight I was also extremely upset thinking about how I don’t even know when I will see my Mom next. There are so many amazing parts of living abroad, but then there are parts that just suck really, really bad. Leaving home is definitely one of those parts.

While I’m on a jet plane making my way back to Amsterdam, I’d love for you to meet a couple of awesome ladies who happen to be lovely sponsors of my blog! If you like me, you’ll really like them. Read on to see why.. And if you like them too, show them some love and give them a follow 🙂

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Jay blogs over at FromThere To Here.  A couple of years ago, her and her husband jumped at the chance to leave Canada for a life abroad.  They spent an exciting 2 years in Gabon, West Africa where they experienced life in a developing country. As their time there came to a close this past June, they knew they weren’t quite ready to head home just yet, so this summer they made the move to the polar opposite of Gabon… Norway! Follow along as she chronicles her experiences as an expat!
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Last Friday was Michelle’s last day at work. Her and her man are following their dreams and traveling the world. Starting November 18th they are heading to Spain, then Italy and then Thailand. After that… who knows! They have yet to purchase a return ticket. Her boyfriend is half Dutch, so my hope is they make it to Amsterdam so I can show them around 🙂 Check her out at Mish Lovin’ Life!

{My Travel Style on Running on Happiness!}

Hey Guys! I’m currently soaking up the Santorini sun & Katie from Running on Happiness also happens to be galavanting around Europe. While she’s away, she asked me to fill in and blog about my travel style! Hop on over there to check out my post! Katie’s blog is one of my absolute favorites. She has killer style, is drop dead gorgeous (seriously though.) and takes stunning photos. I’m sure you already know her and her beautiful blog – but if not, I know it will now be added to your daily reads! Enjoy!

{Photo ©  Tricia Seabold}

{Guest Blogger: Fairy Tales Are True}

Hi Explore.Dream.Discover Friends!  
We both share a love for our husbands, travel, fashion, and flat faced dogs.  Liz is away in Seville, so I am hijacking her blog to share with y’all my travel style.

Liz asked me a few questions:  
What’s your travel uniform in Europe?
{pixie pantsswagg, infinity scarf}

How do you choose what to pack?
I lay it out before hand.  I start researching the weather.  I mentally prepare for a while in advance, and particularly think about an upcoming trip in my head anytime I happen to be shopping.  I’m a pretty practical girl though – so I know I have to choose versatile pieces.  
scarves?  i never go without one i love.  plus they are inexpensive way to change up an existing outfit.
{one scarf – three ways.  as a scarf, a cover up, and draped.  in france, croatia, and russia}

Your favorite shoes for travel?
I love my intyce boots.  I have them in black and cognac.  and i’ve bought them both, twice!
if it is somewhere tropical  I am usually in flip flops.  i know, not so good for my back.
if you anticipate any nights out and need a little height – in my opinion, wedges are the way to go.
or flats.  i have some leopard flats that have been my trusty go-to’s. 

Do you stick with dresses or jeans?
I don’t usually pack jeans!   I am generally a dress girl.  although I didn’t realize it until looking back for this post… but i wear a lot of rompers as well!

Is there one clothing item you never travel without?
There’s actually a few… So here’s my top 4 travel essentials.
I rarely packed more than a backpack, but I was not away for more than two weeks at a time, and the whole having a home base in Switzerland helped.  

Whether you are backpacking for two months or a few days, you don’t have to sacrifice style.  With versatile pieces, a couple of dresses, pops of color, and a necklace or two you love … you’ll fit it all in your carry-on and look stylish.  it’s been done (:  

Thanks for having me Liz!!  
I can’t wait to see pictures from Seville!
xo xo 

{Guest Blogger: Sequins & Stripes}

Hi there! It’s Liz from the fashion and style blog, Sequins & Stripes, and I am thrilled to be here today while Liz jets off to Seville for a quick {and dreamy!} getaway! It is currently still winter in Chicago, which I assume is similar to Amsterdam, but Spain is experiencing some 70 degree temps and I have no doubt that Liz will be soaking up every moment. Sounds like a lovely weekend, right? I recently spent a month in Europe and Spain had to be one of the most effortlessly styled countries that I visited. I have no doubt that Liz packed a perfectly assembled {and stylish} suitcase herself, but I thought it would be fun to put together two looks that can easily work for both day and night. 



Flared denim can easily be dressed up or down and this silky white tee is a dressy twist on basic jersey. Pair this outfit with bright pink flats for day or pointed heels for night! For accessories, I love the bright colors in the Mango scarf, paired with fun yellow studs and the python clutch. A striped dress is adorable {and comfortable} for day and night, paired with Milly for Sperry Topsiders during the day and the pink flats for night. Add a pop of lipstick when it’s time to go out with your man, and your look goes from day to night in one quick step! Two easy outfits to roam the streets of Seville and take on the town!

A huge thank you to Liz for hosting me today! I can’t wait to hear all about her dreamy escape! 

Don’t forget to stop by Sequins & Stripes to find daily inspiration for a styled life, or if you’re in need of some styling assistance, check out my website: Elizabeth Schneider Style!

{Under the Weather}

Well, getting sick before our much anticipated trip to Spain was certainly not on the to-do list, but I guess you have to roll with the punches (as Megan would say). We leave bright and early tomorrow morning and it’s supposed to be 70 and sunny in Seville all weekend. Corey may just have to drag me, kicking and screaming, onto the plane on Tuesday morning! I have three incredible guest posters over the next few days, so please come check them out. Seriously, my favorite guest posts to date – you won’t want to miss them! And then I’ll be back with photos from our trip (per usual). Have an amazing weekend and wish me luck kicking this nasty cold before tomorrow morning!

P.S. If you happen to be bored this weekend and are looking for some new reads, here are my current (new-to-me) favorites!

This Chick’s Got Style: An Amsterdam style blog
Wayfare Magazine: A new online travel mag (thanks for the tip Ashley!)
l’esthetique: Adorable style/lifestyle blog.
My Suitcase Heart: Gorgeous photography/lifestyle blog 

Newest Blog Crush

I wanted to share my newest blog obsession with all of you. Thanks to Sterling Style, I stumbled across Kendi Everyday on Saturday and pretty much spent my entire night perusing old entries and laughing my way through every post. Kendi writes a style blog and she wears the cutest outfits that are creative, but don’t try too hard. On top of her awesome style inspiration, she is gorgeous and absolutely hilarious. Her hubby takes the wonderful photos and the entire blog is just really refreshing. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


Isn’t she cute?!