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May 2016

Life Style Wanderlust

Here Comes The Sun

15 May 2016

IMG_2819IMG_2824IMG_2826IMG_2828IMG_2818IMG_2833IMG_2830IMG_2821IMG_2822Ok, so the last two weeks in the land of bicycles and stroopwafels has been full-on summer (by European standards, side note: also known as a crisp fall day for us Texans).

I’m talking 75 degrees and blue skies, summer. So warm, in fact, that the lack of a/c units in this developed country was an actual concern.

But yesterday we were back to the Dutch weather which has left us all wishing for just a little more of that bare-leg weather.

Have you started shopping for your summer wardrobe? I’m a big fan of neutral colors (you guys probably figured that out by now) so these cognac shorts and flatforms were a no-brainer.
Literally both pieces go with everything and I can highly recommend finding a basic ‘staple’ that will get you through all summer long.

My go to easy summer look:
Top – Forever 21
Knit Kimono – old but similar can be found at Forever 21 or Costes
Shorts: Costes
Flatforms: Pull & Bear
Necklace: Free People
Backpack: Stravarius

A special shoutout goes to our friend Jordan that was kind enough to shoot + edit these awesome pics in one of my favorite parts of Utrecht. Thanks a mill.
Check out his other work on Instagram: river.dreamer

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XO,

Bree

Life Style Wanderlust

Minimalistic

5 May 2016

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Ok, so I don’t know about you guys, but I am SO ready for summer!
Warmer temps, bare legs, cooking out, flatform sandals (one of my personal favorite trends for this season), the list goes on!!

I found this little gem of a dress while on my last work trip (my work trips mainly consist of shopping…YES, that IS a real thing! *cue hallelujah chorus*)

What I loved about this dress is how easy and minimalistic it was. Something about this dress made me feel very Scandinavian. Typically, I tend to buy very LOUD, statement pieces, so I felt like it was time to try something new. Although, this nice shade of (well let’s be honest) poop green speaks loud enough to keep it from being too basic.

This color pairs nicely with black, neutrals, and browns. The shape of this dress complements basically every body type so if you’re not feeling like squeezing into those skinny jeans, here’s your perfect alternative for a warm summer day.
Layer on some of your favorite necklaces (again, color goes easily with gold, black, bronze, etc.) and your favorite flatforms (again, MUST have trend for summer…blog post on this to follow).

Dress: Cos (on sale)
Shoes: Forever 21 (last year but currently have a very similar version online)
Clutch: Parfois
Necklace: Costes
Cuff bracelet: Magnolia Market

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XO,

Bree

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May Flowers

1 May 2016

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The old saying goes… April showers bring May flowers.
And let me tell you, after weeks of rain here in Holland, the flowers looked exceptionally pretty today.

Isn’t that how life can be sometimes? Weeks, months, even years of ‘rain’ in our life and then somewhere along the way our life blooms.

I just got back from Colour Conference in London. It is difficult to put into words what exactly it meant to me to be there. For those of you that may not be familiar, Colour Conference is a women’s conference that happens once a year and is put on by Hillsong (a church originally founded in Australia but now has campuses all over the world – including our tiny Amsterdam).

I have been wanting to attend for a few years now, but never really saw it as a possibility as I A) didn’t go to Hillsong and B) didn’t know anyone that went to Hillsong in Europe.

J and I started attending Hillsong in Amsterdam last summer and really felt like it was a good ‘fit’ for us.

Fast forward to December of last year, Colour tickets were going fast and I didn’t want to miss it. Again, still didn’t know that many people attending. J bought me a ticket for my birthday and I decided I would just figure out whom I would stay with and how I would get there at a later moment.

The pieces fell into place, and I was able to attend the conference with a dear friend whom I’ve gotten to know even better over the last few months.

While at the conference, I met many new faces but one encounter stands out to me in particular. A Dutch woman that I met at dinner one night asked me how I ended up in Holland. I gave her the ‘short version’ of how a little ol’ Texan found herself in Holland and how we ended up at Hillsong.

As I was telling her, I could tell my story really spoke to her. And as a result, hearing myself, I realized how perfectly orchestrated my steps have been over the last 3 years specifically (isn’t it funny how easy it is to overlook until someone else points it out to you?).

Moving abroad, leaving your family + friends, getting married, and starting your career are very intimidating, life-altering decisions.

There have been moments when I have felt alone, but truthfully, was never alone. There have been moments when I have felt out of place, but oddly enough, I was home. There have been moments when I have felt misundestood, yet I was speaking my own language.

There are so many pieces of our life that have ‘fallen into place’ over the last 3 years, and I am so grateful. Coincidence? I think not.

“And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Esther 4:14

XO,

Bree

Top: Mango
Sweater: Costes
Necklace: Free People
Jeans: Zara
Sunglasses: H&M