Hello, Amsterdam!

Amsterdam via A Beautiful MessHey, friends! We just returned from a trip to Amsterdam and Iceland. First, I wanted to share some of Emma’s and my snapshots from Amsterdam. We spoke at a conference called Meet The Blogger and had a great time meeting inspiring women! The next few days after that we took our time to enjoy Amsterdam. We stayed in an Airbnb in the Jordaan area and basically walked everywhere. We went to flea markets, flower markets and ate some delicious Dutch food. Also, WOW, the strongest coffee I have ever had in my life. Haha!

Anyway! Here are a few snaps from our trip—

Amsterdam via A Beautiful MessI always stop for yellow doors (and pink!).

Amsterdam via A Beautiful MessAmsterdam via A Beautiful Mess Amsterdam via A Beautiful Mess We found the CUTEST bar! Hiding in Plain Sight

Amsterdam via A Beautiful Mess AmsterdamWe loved it so much we went twice. The second time with our friend, Carrie, who was randomly in Amsterdam at the same time as us! #memories

Amsterdam Amsterdam Amsterdam Amsterdam Honestly, just walking around was our favorite part. We had so much fun just exploring and drinking tiny (VERY STRONG) coffees.

Amsterdam #nailedit

New rule, when you have several days off, you should ALWAYS make time for Matt Damon.

HahaAmsterdam Amsterdam Amsterdam Hey AmsterdamAmsterdam Amsterdam Those roses!

We really enjoyed our time in Amsterdam! It’s a beautiful city with so much to explore. I wish we would have had more days to venture to other cities, but maybe next time.

LOVE YOU, AMSTERDAM! xx- Elsie + Emma too

  • Amazing photographs of you in my home county. I wish I were there to run in to you 😀 hihi
    Looks like you had a great time. Tuesday is my day! Marseille-Amsterdam!
    love you guys! -Mariska FreeCarnation

  • I love the candid, un-produced feel of your travel posts! Your cute personalities shine through and keep me coming back for more!

  • these pictures are absolutely beautiful! I’m definitely jealous of you! xx,kenz

  • I love Amsterdam!! I’ve only been there once but I can’t wait to go back! It’s such a beautiful city to stroll around, and there are some amazing museums (the Van Gogh Museum in particular was well worth the hefty entrance fee). I wrote about more of the highlights on my blog: http://solongusa.blogspot.de/2014/11/amsterdam.html

  • Ah, you captured my city so well! Amsterdam loves you too 🙂 Keep up the good work. xo Silvia

  • love Amsterdam, visited in Summer 2013 and looking forward to returning next spring. Thanks for sharing such beautiful photos!!!

  • We love you too! I am so sad I missed that conference. I hope you’ll be back one day. I’d love to have another chance to meet you guys.

  • Ha! I am equally surprised by the coffee culture… but in an opposite way! I just moved from Europe (Prague – definitely worth a visit as well!) to the US and I simply cannot get over the size (massive) and strength (or rather weakness) of coffees over here. Anyway, as an avid ABM reader, I am happy to finally be at the same continent as you guys!

  • You look lovely! 🙂 I’ve been in Amsterdam long time ago – beautiful city. Full of amazing people. Would love to go there again..

  • yes, dutch coffee is strong, just the way we like it! That’s why I always find an ‘americano’ in the states like ‘weak tea water'(I’ve now moved to Sweden where the coffee is even stronger!)

  • So nice and strange at the same time, that you girls who I am reading for years walking through my country! Next time visit Utrecht, even more relaxed and equally beautifull!

  • Amsterdam is great, but the next time you come to The Netherlands, you should also visit Rotterdam. It’s amazing in its architecture, the old and modern buildings site by site and it’s so multicultural. You will really love it too.

  • This whole post is soon inspiring! Thank you for finding pops of color in our everyday life/world! This blog is so inspiring! I love the adventure that you portray in your posts! xoxo Sam and Kate Design

  • Oh my Gosh what FUN adventures! You inspire us to travel more and see the beautiful unique color that is splattered all over our beautiful world! Your blog is sooo inspiring! Thank you! xoxo
    Sam and Kate Design

  • I love Amsterdam! Lovely photos, makes me want to go back!


  • This post comes very handy!
    I’m going for the first time to Amsterdam and I was worry on what to do in the city, I won’t have much time for exploring but I would
    Love to visit that bar! Do you mind telling me the name, please?

    The photos are gorgeous and looks like the weather was on your side! Very lucky!

    I can’t wait to see more!



  • Ohh, I need to go to Amsterdam immediately! Those photos are amazing and how cute you’re as a couple! Kisses xx.

    Nazlıgül | on my own way

  • Used to live in Amsterdam. You pictures made me feel like going back there…. 🙂 Fortunately, the east of Holland is a really nice area to live as well!

  • Lovely pictures! Makes me really want to go to Amsterdam and wander those Dutch streets myself.


  • I loved Amsterdam!! In England it’s known as a bit seedy and bachelor-nighty so I wasn’t expecting much, but it’s amazing! Such a cool city, so pleased you liked it xxx

  • Beautiful photos! What was your experience with Airbnb like? We are planning on that option when we visit abother country in a year however my other half is a little aprehensive.

    Slightly off topic, would be awesone to see more photos from your trip as well as those of Emma’s recent gallery exhibition from IG.

  • I really like the sis and bro in-law photo so fun. It looks like you sneak attacked that one.

  • I’ve been to Amsterdam few years ago and always wanted to go back. It’s one of my favorite European cities ☼ ☀ ☁ ☂ Who wouldn’t like Amsterdam anyway!? 🙂 (p.s. I have a little fantasy about getting a tatoo there by Angelique Houtkamp ➷✍ http://www.salonserpent.com/angelique.html )

    xo, cosyhippie.blogspot.com

  • They are frye brand. 🙂 I got them for him last Christmas and I’m so happy he likes them.
    xx- Elsie

  • My husband NEEDS those brown shoes. Where can I find them? He had a similar pair years ago when he lived abroad and hasn’t been able to find anything like them here.

  • This reminds me of the time when I used to live in The Hague and take the train to Amsterdam for concerts & events. It wasn’t the best time of my life, but now I feel like I could go back for a short trip. Anyways, I probably should, since one of my best friends there just had a baby. Oh, time flies, and I have so many things to do when I come to Europe for Christmas to visit my family!
    Thank you for the colorful memories!

  • Planning to visit Amsterdam soon!
    Beautiful images!


  • Ah I loved this post, and I loved following along on Instagram and Snapchat. Amsterdam is now higher on my bucket-list! Thank you for sharing!

  • I’ve always wanted to visit Amsterdam, it looks and sounds like an incredible place and your photos have definitely helped me decide that I’m definitely going to book it at some stage! Thanks for sharing xx

    Ciara Rose | AllureImpassionedGoddess

  • Looks like such a blast!!! Glad you were able to explore such a cool area!
    ♥ Heather and Melissa

  • This summer I visited Amsterdam for the first time and I was really impressed! It’s such a cozy little city 🙂 You can read more about my trip on my blog:

    Love, Caroline

  • Wow it looks so pretty! It just makes even more excited for when I go to Amsterdam in the winter! I will definitely visit the bar you found!
    – Becky x


  • Your pictures are amazing! I hope to visit Amsterdam one day!


  • I loved Amsterdam. I love you guys. And I loved Amsterdam with you guys.

    Much love. Xo –


  • I’ve been to Amsterdam several times actually, but I still love to go there for it never gets boring and has this beautiful relaxed atmosphere!

  • It looks like it was an amazing trip! It is wonderful that you got to go with your sister.

    xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com

  • Haha! I’m talking about actual coffee. We’re not into pot.
    xx! Elsie

  • These pictures are gorgeous!! So many frame-able options here. I visited Amsterdam years ago when I was studying abroad. I’ve been wanting to go back and explore Amsterdam and some nearby cities, and now I think it may need to be my next-next trip. Next trip is already planned, but after that… Thanks for sharing!

  • I’m from Holland, and feeling so proud that you love our city so much! It’s a beautiful city indeed 🙂
    Love, Femke

  • Happy you enjoyed our city. Amsterdam is still very attractive for visitors, although the rest of The Netherlands has a lot to offer too. Next time you might have time to explore more beautiful places.

  • I would love to visit Amsterdam, it looks so pretty! Love your photos, amazing post! <3

    Valentina from http://fashionwithvalentina.blogspot.com

  • I’m looking forward to reading about your trip to Iceland as we just got back from there.

    I love Amsterdam such a laid back city.


  • Love Amsterdam! Your photos bring back a lot of childhood memories. My family comes from Belgium and I’m looking forward to the day I can go back again x

  • This trip looks amazing! I’m planning to go in January and now cant wait! xx

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