(wearing: isabel marant pour h&m wool jacket, margaret howell sweater, new balance for jcrew, hermes herbag, diy tartan scarf) 

It seems like everybody's talking about Isabel Marant these days and naturally, I'm not free from all the buzz as much as I wish.  I love her quintessentially french chic designs with touch of bohemian and feminine elements.  So, every time I travel to France I make sure I make a pilgrimage to her stores (whether it's the flagship store on rue de charonne or a small boutique shop in middle of aix-en-provence).  This time, she celebrated my 29th birthday launching Isabel Marant pour H&M (Nov 14th!! Seriously, how did she know? ;p) so I could not ask for more.    

Since I am never good at standing in line for hours, I patiently waited in front of my computer with a list of things I'd like to get.  Initially it got me freaked out when my computer screen went all white with bright scary red fonts saying I'm in queue but I stayed calm and kept refreshing the browser and then boom boom boom I was done in 15 mins.  

I'm wearing girl's collection wool jacket size 12-14 (one size smaller than 14+) and my god it fits like a glove.  Compared to the same design for woman's I prefer this for it's softer fabric and construction. And, it's less than a half of the price. Do things get any better than this?

Oh, guess what? I knitted the tartan neck warmer (or a scarf) from scratch! 




admiring the beautiful flats with the canal view-

i am a tourist

tired tourists feet

love the robust and sturdy dutch bikes

black and white

fine waldo

industrial dining room

brunch with the canal view

 the cafe @hotel droog

the highlight of amsterdam visit

dutch design wonderland

the vantage point - last look of amsterdam

hello copenhagen!

dining at Amass

copenhagen is exploding with up and coming culinary venues so our itinerary was evolving around the restaurant reservations 

checking out the restaurant's own farm where they grow fresh local veggies and ingredients 

dining at cofoco

late night snack and drinks at pate pate in meatpacking district

I know I've been missing in action for far too long (was on sort of social media detox regimen).  Even though I've been slow on blogging and facebook, you can still find me on instagram (@misspouty) so please don't be a stranger.  One step at a time, let me post some of the overdue travel logs and I'll get back on my feet with more up to date postings.  Hope all is well with you!

Here are more photos from Amsterdam and Copenhagen.  When I was organizing the itinerary for this trip, I was not sure which city to take off from Paris.  Scott wanted some nature so cities in Switzerland were considered along with Berlin since we've heard so many great things about the 'it city'.  But then we thought, how about Scandinavian cities?  Both Scott and I never been to the Northern part of Europe and we go bananas when it comes to Nordic minimalist aesthetics so naturally we are sold to Copenhagen.  And Amsterdam, being conveniently located in between Paris and Copenhagen, is also chosen for its thriving design, culinary and fashion vibes!    



photo diary - paris and amsterdam

strolling around rive gauche

st. martin canal

neon + neoprene

laid back japanese dinner - nanashi

blackcurrant cocktail

sun soaked sunday afternoon - marais

have a seat

one of many canal photos - amsterdam


getting inspired - friday next

lunch and tea time - conservatorium hotel 

dutch living - bicycle

amsterdam - black and white

late night out and about

welcome to the deep amsterdam jungle

I really wish I was better at words so that I could articulate all the fun (and frustrating) details of my last trip. It's quite sad I'm not a born writer.  Instead, I have a camera and iPhone.  I hope my photography speak its own story, deliver all the memories and emotions at the time.

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