Afternoons in Amsterdam

 Wearing the checked blue and white blazer for spring over a lace top, delicate accessories and a Cambridge Satchel Company Daisy bag for spring in Amsterdam.

My Outfit

Checked Blazer | Lace Top (old, pink version here) | Jeans | Navy Bag c/o | Sunglasses (old, similar here) | Letter Necklace

Amazingly, it's been nearly two months since we spent a long weekend in Amsterdam (you can find our itinerary with everything we got up to, here). I said it before, but I'll say it again—I loved this city. It has such a relaxed atmosphere, yet it's still elegant. That goes for so many things—the architecture, the attitudes, the restaurants and even the style.

 Wearing the checked blue and white blazer for spring over a lace top, delicate accessories and a Cambridge Satchel Company Daisy bag for spring in Amsterdam.
 Wearing the checked blue and white blazer for spring over a lace top, delicate accessories and a Cambridge Satchel Company Daisy bag for spring in Amsterdam.

For our city break, I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to wear, so I brought several separates that I could dress up or down, including this checked blazer which I adore. It's the perfect piece to elevate a causal dress or a pair of jeans, which is what I've done here, plus it's got such a cool shape—who knew I'd ever be one to advocate for shoulder pads?

 Wearing the checked blue and white blazer for spring over a lace top, delicate accessories and a Cambridge Satchel Company Daisy bag for spring in Amsterdam.
 Wearing the checked blue and white blazer for spring over a lace top, delicate accessories and a Cambridge Satchel Company Daisy bag for spring in Amsterdam.

I wore this look one afternoon when we did a bit of exploring and shopping followed by dinner. Being spring, the temperatures were fairly warm, but still a little cool come early evening, so layered separates were perfect.

 Wearing the checked blue and white blazer for spring over a lace top, delicate accessories and a Cambridge Satchel Company Daisy bag for spring in Amsterdam.

I have to say, I'm really not great with mixing and matching colors—I think it's so much easier to go monochrome, so I've gone with blues in this outfit. It makes packing for a trip easier too. Just stick with one color scheme (I usually opt for either black, blue or neutrals) and everything will go with everything else—no wasted space or time wasted wondering what to wear!

 Wearing the checked blue and white blazer for spring over a lace top, delicate accessories and a Cambridge Satchel Company Daisy bag for spring in Amsterdam.

A little bag like this one also helps to save that valuable suitcase space! 

I finally got an opportunity to tote along my new Daisy bag from The Cambridge Satchel Company. I find that all you really need when wandering around a city are your room key, phone, a credit card and maybe some cash, which all fit perfectly within this little bag.

(I was lucky enough to do some photoshoot hand modeling for The Cambridge Satchel Company back in February and this bag was gifted to me afterwards.)

 Wearing the checked blue and white blazer for spring over a lace top, delicate accessories and a Cambridge Satchel Company Daisy bag for spring in Amsterdam.

Gold accessories, in the form of a trusty (and well-worn) pair of Target flats, Le Specs sunglasses (another favorite as evidenced here here, here, here, and here) and an Amsterdam find, my Anna + Nina necklace round my neck, round out the look.

 Wearing the checked blue and white blazer for spring over a lace top, delicate accessories and a Cambridge Satchel Company Daisy bag for spring in Amsterdam.
 Wearing the checked blue and white blazer for spring over a lace top, delicate accessories and a Cambridge Satchel Company Daisy bag for spring in Amsterdam.
 Wearing the checked blue and white blazer for spring over a lace top, delicate accessories and a Cambridge Satchel Company Daisy bag for spring in Amsterdam.

A casual, yet elevated look, much like the city itself.

Until next time,

- Brenda

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