TRAVEL | HOTEL FRANQ ANTWERP

Tourist in your own country, even in your own city! In my opinion, everyone should try it! I treated my bestie and myself to a wonderful night of spoiling at the recently opened Hotel Franq in Antwerp. A luxury hotel in the heart of the city centre. Only a 5min walk from the Meir and Groenplaats.

We went all out on this one, we arrived around dinnertime to try out their tasting menu. And boy, tasty it was! Food is definitely one of their fortés, it was super well presented and just absolutely delicious.

Another thing I absolutely love about this hotel is their eclectic lobby. It looks like someone traveled the world and then decided to start a hotel to show everything she's gathered over the years.

Make sure you check out Hotel Franq on your next trip to Antwerp, for an amazing dinner, a delicious drink and a great place to stay.












OUTFIT | ESMARA BY HEIDI KLUM

Winter is coming! And so are the Holidays. Lidl is launching the second part of their collaboration with Heidi Klum and for this part, they designed a collection that is totally Holiday proof. I was pleasantly surprised by their designs. Fashionable and affordable for the holidays, I approve!

Discover the Esmara by Heidi Klum collection as from today on Lidl-shop.be and as from 04/12 in stores. Happy shopping!

Photos by Erika Apolinario De Jesus





OUTFIT | LEOPARD AND DENIM

Your favourite sweater and a great jeans. Top that off with a statement jacket and a classic bag and you are good to go. There is no way to go wrong with these. 

What am I wearing 

Jacket - Mango
Knit - H&M
Jeans - H&M







TRAVEL | DUBAI

I must admit that I had a lot of prejudices about the UAE before travelling there. Some were confirmed, some were refuted but I must say that I had the best time ever! Here are some examples of my prejudices:

First of all, yes: it's fake. Literally everything is over the top. The clubs, the luxury, you name it. They have the biggest and best of all of it. 

Secondly: I was afraid of how they would treat women. We all read those Saudi stories but I must say that I've been treated like a princess my entire stay. And, every Tuesday they have ladies’ nights all over town in Dubai where girls get 50% off of food and free-flowing wine and cava all night long. Yes, girls. Plan that trip!

I gathered some tips for you guys so you can discover Oman, Dubai and Abu Dhabi as well. Here is part 1: Dubai. 

Shop

Just head over to the Dubai Mall, it is literally the biggest mall in the world and it has its own (huge) aquarium and a beautiful view on the Burj Kalifa (Tallest building in the world)


They have this fun place called Cereal Killer cafe: Order your cereals and eat them in a bed! Since the people of the UAE seem to love the US, they practically have everything that screams US. There is a Magnolia Bakery, a Baskins & Robins and of course a Shake shack.

Another fun mall (you can only go shopping in malls by the way since it is to hot to stay/walk outside.) is the Jumeirah Mall, it is quite small, has some shops and a little souk but the view outside is amazing. It looks a little like Venice, and you are able to spot the Burj al Arab!

Wearing : H&M Dress, Rebecca Minkoff bag, ASOS sunnies. 







 Eat / drink

Enjoy a brunch at the Hampton Café, a great American style brunch in the fancy part of Dubai.

Go for a nice sushi dinner at China grill (they do ladiesnight!) and stay for a drink/dance afterwards. People will already start dancing between tables while dinner is still served. How's that for a party vibe?!

If you are looking for a romantic dinner place, beach bar and grill @ the Royal Mirage is your place to be. Great food and the most amazing view on the harbour.

Wearing: Revolve dress and Rebecca Minkoff bag.



 Drinks / Clubs 

All clubs and bars are connected to hotels, otherwise they cannot serve alcohol. Here are a few of my favourites:

XL Dubai
An R&B club in The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa. You have to go down and take a golf cart to the club. Enjoy the ride!

Bao Lounge club
This club is situated in the W hotel. They have different music nights so make sure you check upfront.

Stay 

I would absolutely recommend everyone to stay at the W hotel Habtoor City. It is one of my favourite Hotel chains and they just never seem to disappoint. If not for the amazing room, do it for the great location, the view, the delicious breakfast or the awesome clubs downstairs.

Wearing: H&M Dress.


Activities

Make sure you book a desert safari, a day away from the big city, surrounded by sand! You can find several options when you look for it online but I definitely advise booking a private trip. It costs a bit more than the arranged ones but it is definitely worth it. In the desert you can practice sandboarding, take a ride on a camel and go crazy with quads. When the diver takes you to the campsite, make sure your seatbelt is fastened because you are in for a bumpy ride!



So, these are all my tips for Dubai, I hope you guys have as much fun as I did!

A big thanks to my travel guide and photographer Samira Hamici.


OUTFIT | GO WITH THE FLAW


You probably already spotted the perfection is boring T-shirt on my Instagram but here are some more of my favourite items of the go with the flaw collection by Diesel. I absolutely adore their themes and specifically this one, since probably everyone can relate to it. We all have our flaws. You might always be late to girlsnight or maybe you’re just a little lazy. That’s ok, celebrate your flaws! And that by looking flawless in this latest Diesel collection. Enjoy!

What am I wearing:

Full outfit by Diesel.








OUTFIT | HAPPY SUIT

Everyone just needs a good suit in their closet. Especially one with a fun print!

Here's my favorite by WE Fashion!

Have a nice day!


What am I wearing: 

Suit - WE Fashion
Shoes - Adidas by Raf Simons 
Hat - Vintage








TRAVEL | WEEKEND MALMEDY

Tourist in your own country, why not?! There are still so many places to discover! And better yet: so many hotels, restaurants and fun things to do!

For our H&M teamday, we went all the way down to a small town in the south of the country called Malmedy. In the center of that small town, you can find the boutique hotel and music studio Manufacture de Malmedy, founded by Stijn and Tinne. Their love for music, creativity and technolgy led them to the decision to open their hotel. Cool, right?!

Besides sleeping, you can enjoy the welness, home cinema and several games in the game room. Be sure to keep this one in mind if you're visiting the south part of Belgium!

Read more about Manufacture de Malmedy here. 

What am I wearing:

Teddy Jacket - H&M
Top - H&M
Pants - H&M















 

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