Best Cafes In Utrecht

Hello my loves,

Today I thought I’d share with you a couple of my favorite places to grab coffee in Utrecht.
As someone who prefers to study in cafes, I find choosing the right spot to do so indispensable. Even if you’re not going to work or study, these are still the spots with best coffee, staff and atmosphere.

#1 Lucas

This gem is close to the Utrecht city centre and has the most hospitable staff I’ve come across in town. My personal favorite drink there is a soy chai tea latte, which is served with a small piece of a matcha date bar, as is every other coffee drink.

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#2 Gys

Even though Gys is much more of a restaurant than a cafe, you’ll often find me there enjoying an espresso (or two), as it’s undoubtedly the best one in town.  And if you want to turn your study session into a meal, they offer the best vegan and vegetarian options!


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#3 Noen

And the last one is the one that is near and dear to my heart as it’s a personal favorite of anyone who goes to my Uni, due to its proximity to campus. Noen, with its coziness and a quiet atmosphere makes for the best study spot!

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Until next time!

Stay stylish and ambitious,
Asja
xx

Ending My Model United Nations Career

Dearest readers and my beloved MUNers,

two days ago, after a nearly 5-year-long Model United Nations career, I’ve decided to put a stop to it. While this may not fit an overarching theme of my blog, my blog is a lifestyle platform and considering this was my lifestyle for the most relevant part of my life thus far, I only find it appropriate to share my feelings, both of sadness and gratitude.

Embarking on this journey, I’ve had little to no idea about the world of debate, diplomacy and true international values that I soon discovered I’d already possessed. But it’s little about what I’ve learned (which is a lot-I can go as far as to say that MUN has taught me more than my entire education this far)…It’s more about who I’ve met. And to those of you I’ve met over the years, take this as a heartfelt love letter.

You’ve singlehandedly shaped me into the person I am today. And the person I strive to be. I’ve never met such crazy multitaskers as you guys. I know what it means to run from school to MUN training or MUN prep and back like a crazy person for months just because you’re preparing for those 3 conference days, all alongside upholding excellent grades and doing a million internships. I know most of you have thought yourself academic English in order to be able to do this, which proves the amount of passion and dedication needed to engage in this well-articulated role-play.  Additionally, your true set of international values, or shall I say supranational, has always left me in awe, singlehandedly making me into someone who has no sense of national identity, and I do not mean this in a negative way whatsoever.

While my time as an MUNer has elapsed, mostly due to going to Law School in the US this coming August, I will always continue to identify myself as one. The people I’ve met have always left me more motivated and inspired to work towards my goals, even after those most exhausting days. It is for that reason that I know I’ll hold this experience near and dear to my heart and to all of you who I’ve become friends with over MUN- thank you for making me into someone I am proud to be.

Since there is no ‘next time’, until a more informal occasion somewhere around the world!
Sincerely Yours,
Asja

P. S. Special thanks to my parents and my University for funding my travels so I can pretend to be a diplomat and become an even bigger narcissist 😉

 

 

Dior Promotes Feminism With A 710$ T-shirt ?

Dear readers,

Welcome to the business of fashion.
Breaking news (not so breaking anymore, but as many have been seen sporting this look during PFW, and especially during 3rd March Dior show and particularly the pre-party, this remains relevant):
Dior is encouraging feminism by selling an overpriced piece of cotton.

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Dior debuted a spring/summer collection in late September 2016 Paris Fashion Week  which incorporated a, what has become, the most desired T-shirt of the season (Congrats, Dior. You’ve beat Gucci. Copying their gift-to-blogger strategy has served you well.) While the message they are sending is a powerful one, and the one I agree with profoundly, I have trouble coming to terms with the means used.

How did it come to this? How did Dior start sending out political messages?
It began when Maria Grazia Chiuri took over, making her the first ever female artistic director of Dior. And in the efforts to make her debut strong in a divided world due to political events of the last year (i.e. the Donald Trump presidency- which I now vow never to talk about on my blog), she presented a collection that sent out a powerful message. As mentioned previously, I admire the efforts to do so and could not agree with the message more. The crucial area of disagreement between me and Chiuri is the way she chose to do this.

The famous, or in my view- infamous, T-shirt strutted down the runway paired with the heavily embellished midnight blue tulle skirt and sneakers. This was to become the most Instagrammed moment of the entire show, and possibly the whole of PFW SS17. So what went wrong? In my view, the two key factors: the price-point and the lack of acknowledgment of the person who wrote the book that holds the same title.

This piece of cotton comes at a staggering price of 710$ and is only to be in stores in May 2017. While the proceeds of the shirt are rumored to be going to a charity, the message this T-shirt is supposed to make should not cost. And it should especially not come at that cost. This way, Chiuri proved a misconception about feminism belonging to white upper-class privileged women. I only wish this was taken into account when deciding on the cost of this powerful item that has divided the fashion industry by storm.

The second area of disagreement Chiuri and I have is the lack of spotlight on the woman who wrote a book-length essay titled

We Should All Be Feminists. 

This Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie also gave a fantastic Ted talk on the subject and I highly recommend you watch it .(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg3umXU_qWc)
While she was seen sitting in the crowds at the Dior show that took place 3 days ago, the majority pursuing this ‘trend’ do not know of her existence. That to me is telling of Dior’s marketing strategies and while there was no breach in terms of Intellectual Property, specifically copyright, there is a moral breach in pursuing such a strategy.

Dior is now making millions just with its new campaign Dio(R)evolution that started out with this T-shirt. Even though the proceeds of the actual shirt are not going to Dior, Dior has used this as a business opportunity to rebrand and generate millions from sales of the collection the T-shirt comes from, rather than send an actual message.
That, my dears, is the reality of the business of fashion.

What’s to happen next? Oh yes, we just wait for Zara to copy. Damn, Zara, your IP legal team must have their hands full…

Until next time!
Stay stylish and ambitious,
Asja
xx

Disclaimer:
All opinions are my own.
This Blogpost does in no way aim to harm the brands mentioned. It is merely expressing views on an emerging trend.

 

Motivation Mondays | How To: Find Motivation and Inspiration Whenever Wherever

Dearest fashion enthusiasts and workaholics,

(Have you been able to relate to those first 5 words? Yes? -Continue reading!)

Welcome to my new series called Motivation Mondays where I will be posting every Monday (duh, self-explanatory) about different topics within the sphere of achieving your goals, improving your career prospects and following your dreams (i hate this phrase, so cliché).

As I stayed up last night until 5am, and this is, unfortunately, not a lonely occasion in my life, I wondered about success and motivation. I am someone who is constantly searching for more motivation and inspiration because I deem those two to be the key ingredients to success, whichever field you’re in or want to go into. Thus, I started evaluating certain periods of my life that, in my own view, were not something I would categorize as successful. What I found to be missing at those stages were motivational and inspirational surroundings. I have realized that being in the right environment is not just helpful, but can singlehandedly influence your achievements.

I, personally, do not have a single environment in which I operate the best, but I do have environments that inspire me, not just for the time being, but beyond. The biggest source of inspiration for me is travel. Not just any travel, but travelling to locations such as London, a vibrant workaholic city that will never fail to give you enough energy to sustain you for a couple of months. And if travel is not something you can afford whenever you feel a little down, or not motivated enough, find an environment that does that, that is still somewhat on budget. Go on an excursion. Find that drive that made you do what you’re doing in the first place. Is it the people? Surround yourself with them. Is it the cause? Remind yourself of it. Is it purely the money? (I don’t judge) Visit an expensive restaurant or a luxury store to remind yourself of what you’re working towards.
The solution is very simple.

B E  Y O U R  O W N  M U S E .

Find your own drive. Evaluate where your motivation stems from and seek it. Surround yourself with people you find inspiring and supportive.

Beat your Monday blues by thinking about where you wanna be and finding the way to get there. The first step is to get motivated and start working.

Eyes on the prize kiddos 😉
Stay stylish and ambitious,
Asja
xx

What I Eat In A Day | Vegan

Hey guys, I’m back with a What I Eat In A Day post!

I filmed a little video for you, just to give you an overview as to what my typical day as a vegan looks like! I hope you love it and send me requests for what you want me to do next!

Until next time!
Stay stylish and ambitious,
Asja
xx

On Being Vegan: An 8 Month Update

Hey guys! It’s almost anniversary time! And yes, I am referring to my 1-year-vegan anniversary. Okay, I’m only at 8 months now, but going strong.

Recently, I’ve been thinking of all the benefits to me being vegan and the two most noticeable ones for me have been my energy levels and skin appearance. Additionally, I have managed to cure anemia, which I’ve suffered from for the longest time (around 7 years) by going vegan.

I filmed a little storytime for my YouTube channel explaining these, so check it out! Also, keep an eye out for a What I Eat In A Day post.

Until next time,

Stay stylish and ambitious!
Asja
xx

Dreaming of Paris

Hello babies,

It’s a lazy Saturday night and we’re currently laying in Ana’s bed, dreaming of vacations past and missing how fresh our faces looked pre-exam season. It’s hard to not idealize Paris– the city of lights, love, art, and good (vegan!) food. Now that classes have started again, we want nothing more than to be back exploring Saint Germain or strolling along the Seine. That’s why we’ve decided to share some of our favourite moments from Paris with you, as well as the best little vegan place we found tucked away in the 7th arrondissement.

Paris in Autumn was absolutely stunning, and of course we saw the backdrop of flaming leaves as the perfect location for a photoshoot. The Jardin des Tuileries, nestled between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde, is a beautiful haven from the busy city. It was pouring rain for a lot of the day, which only added to the soft fall vibe (if you forget about the struggle to all fit under Ana’s umbrella).

Of course, a trip to Paris would be incomplete for any fashion lover without a trip to 31 Rue Cambon, the location of the original Chanel shop. The surrounding streets are as glamorous as the brand, and you can’t help feeling just as fancy from walking among Paris’s most fashion forward.

Travelling vegan with a group is never easy– but luckily, in this case, it was two against two, so finding a restaurant went relatively okay. (Especially because we both like to get our way… and we weren’t up for another overpriced salad ordered sans chevre.) After a little research, we found the cutest place tucked out of the way in the lovely Saint Germain neighbourhood. 13-A Baker’s Dozen immediately wowed us with its warm, homey atmosphere, international staff, and delicious menu. After iced berry tea, turmeric lattes, and quinoa porridge, we were ready to keep exploring the streets.

We’re excited for many more adventures like this one and have already started planning a Croatia and an Iceland trip which we’ll keep you updated on. Feel free to send us requests of posts you want us to do, as well as things to try.
Until next time,
Stay stylish and ambitious!
Asja & Ana