2 Little Blackcherry Bags

I love big bags, which is why you’ll find me carrying one around most days. They look great, and also have enough room for EVERYTHING! ๐Ÿ˜€

When we went on holiday in December though, I needed a bag that was small and light. We were traveling with a 4 year old, who I’d sometimes be carrying. Also, in SA, I hardly ever walk anywhere, but in Europe, we’d be walking all the time. And with a week in Disneyland, we’d be hopping on and off rides. A big bag would just get in the way, so I settled on these 2 little ones from Blackcherry.

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Both bags worked perfectly. It was super convenient for me to carry them everywhere, and everything I needed fit nicely. Both have straps long enough to wear them cross body, which is great when you’re walking so much. Oh, and they’re totally cute too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The neon trim one was my first Blackcherry purchase. I got it from Spree and I was really impressed when it arrived, and was bigger than I’d thought.

I bought the blue laser-cut clutch later from Style36 at an absolute steal! I saw an email about their Cyber Monday sale, and of course I had to check out which Blackcherry bags were marked down! You can imagine my excitement when I managed to grab the laser-cut and an oversized clutch, before they sold out, for under R300!

The gorgeous oversized clutch from style36
The gorgeous oversized clutch from style36

I’m so happy I was introduced to the Blackcherry brand last year. They have fabulous styles, and the prices aren’t bad either. And what’s really awesome is that it’s a local brand, founded in Cape Town in 2006.

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Myย big cream toneย is still my favourite, but I’ve seen a few new lovelies onlineย which I wouldn’t mind adding to my little collection.

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Suite 259, Amsterdam

Our holiday began in the most delightful way, with a stay at Suite 259 in Amsterdam. Shawn usually leaves accommodation to me, but he booked this one. I confess, I wasn’t too thrilled at the thought of a bed and breakfast, as I’m more of a hotel person. All that changed when we arrived though. Well, maybe four or five minutes after.

Outside our home for the week.
Outside our home for the week.

We were greeted at the door by Aziz, the owner of Suite 259. He’s an elderly gentleman, but that didn’t stop him from helping hubby lug our heavy bags up the stairs to our room.

Oh those stairs (you’ll find many of them in Amsterdam accommodation). When we walked in, and I saw that steen, narrow staircase in front of me, I was horrified.

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The thing is, I’m a faller. Faller {noun}: A person who even when walking on perfectly flat ground, is totally capable of tripping and falling, bruising one’s knees or bum, and ego.

Nervously I made my way up the stairs to the Safari Suite. It was spacious and clean, and there were vases with roses outside our door, inside the room, and next to the bathtub. I felt better immediately. Aziz showed us around, and pointed out a gift for Zee – a cute little teddy bear, waiting on her bed (by the time we left, she received three more).

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Oh you know, just posing by the window.
Oh you know, just posing by the window.

Apart from the many drinks in the fridge, there were also chocolates, fresh fruit, a bottle of red wine, a box of Dutch bread, and even a special welcome cake for us. I love cake. ๐Ÿ™‚

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There was a king bed, and a single for Zee. The beds wereย comfortable, and the pillows were just right. Slippers were provided, and instead of the usual bathrobes, there were cool kimonos. I liked that there were tubs of cotton pads and earbuds in the bathroom, as people often forget these little things.

Everyday at breakfast, we had freshly squeezed orange juice, fruit salad, and the yummiest little pancakes dusted with castor sugar and drizzled with syrup. Zee wasn’t crazy about the orange juice, as it was too sour for her, but she loved the fruits, cheese, and pancakes.

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Our two favourite breakfasts were the Dutch pea soup, and dhallcha with paratha. The pea soup has spicy sausage in it, and is one of the best soups I’ve tasted (it’s a tie with the goulash we tried in Germany and there in Amsterdam).

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The dhallcha was perfection. The flavours reminded me of home and my parents’ cooking. Aziz bought the paratha – I’m no culinary goddess, so I’m not complaining. I was just happy to be treated to such scrumptiousness so far from home.

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Oh, did I mention that breakfast is prepared by Aziz? Originally from Singapore, he gives you a choice between the usual breakfast (eggs etc) and tropical breakfasts from Singapore and Malaysia, such as the dhallcha.

Aziz was truly the most incredible host! He’s so friendly and helpful, and it was actually sad to say goodbye.

Suite 259 is situated on Overtoom, the longest road in Amsterdam. It’s a ten minute walk into the city centre. There’s also a tram stop across the road. This perfect location, combined with the brilliant service you receive during your stay make it a must visit if ever you’re in Amsterdam. I know that if we’re there again, there’s nowhere else we’d rather stay.

Holiday Pics – Amsterdam and Paris

Hello everyone! Oh, and hello 2014!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ With all the excitement, preparations, and packing for our holiday, and then the holiday itself, it seems like forever since I last wrote here. We got back on Thursday, after an amazing three weeks.

I have a few holiday posts coming up, but for right now I thought I’d share some pics I took on my phone, so we can catch up a bit. I hope you like them.

Week 1 – Amsterdam

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Zee discovered and fell in love with ice skating in Amsterdam. She loved it so much, we had to go again in Paris, twice!

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I think this pic at Madam Tussaud’s is so funny, because it’s like I’m looking at Zee like, “can mom have a minute alone with Mr Depp, sweetie?” ๐Ÿ˜€

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Yeah, I’m a Bond girl now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Spotted this huge windmill during a day tour.

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A chat and some kisses in the park.

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I don’t drink beer, but hubby insisted that I try some at the Heineken Experience.

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Pretty lights and winter markets.

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Off we go to Paris! ๐Ÿ™‚

Week 2 & 3 – Paris and Disneyland

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Happiest little girl in the world. Just checked in at Disneyland, and ready to hit the parks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thank you daddy! โค

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Look mommy, it’s Rex! And how cute are those ear muffs with the huge pink bow? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Goofy led the Stars & Cars parade.

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Donald giving Daisy some love ๐Ÿ™‚

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Beautiful Mulan, one of the characters who made Zee super happy by saying hi and blowing a kiss her way.

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Just a couple of bad guys.

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My best, J, after seeing this pic, said even the face painting at Disneyland looks magical. Agreed. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Zee hoped to meet Snow White in the Princess Pavilion from the moment we arrived. And this Snow White was the sweetest ever, and spent way more than the allotted time with our little girl. Thank you Snow White! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Cinderella’s carriage. At this point I was really feeling like a kid again! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Elevator selfie on our anniversary… Say cheeeeese!

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Massive LV flagship store. We stood in this long line to get in, and within a few minutes, one of the staff came and fetched us to go in ahead of everyone! The perks of having a toddler in a stroller! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I felt really bad after that, when we didn’t buy anything, but like so many of the other tourists, we were just there to stare in awe haha! One day, when I grow up though…

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Guess who adores Paris! Everyone was greeted with “bonjour!”, and she even asked if we could buy a house there.

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On top of the world! Zee and dad, loving the view from the Eiffel Tower.