One of our favorite bloggers and travel aficionados, Selena from @finduslost, is back with her second travel installment. Today she is weighing in on one of her favorite recent travel destinations—Amsterdam, Netherlands. Selena will be sharing what to see, eat, and wear if you’re headed to this enchanting city. Keep scrolling to see her complete travel guide…
Hi everyone! Selena here. My last travel guide featured what to do in Mykonos, and now I’m sharing tips for one of my favorite late-summer early-fall destinations: Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is one of my favorite places in the world. The city is downright charming, and there are endless things to see and do. If you’re visiting around summertime, you can expect everyone to be outside—sipping coffee overlooking the canals, barbequing at the Vondelpark, or biking around the city. In the colder months, locals trade outdoor seating for cozy cafés and bars or ice-skating in the square. There’s so much to love about Amsterdam, but my favorite is the people. Diverse and friendly, they make this trendy city feel like home. Something tells me after visiting, you’ll fall in love with it too…
The Hoxton Hotel – Set in classic Amsterdam canal houses, The Hoxton hosts weekly events and has a trendy bar that’s worth visiting even if you aren’t staying the night.
Dikker & Thijs Fenice Hotel – This hotel’s central location overlooking the Prinsengracht canal is perfect for exploring the city.
Airbnb – There are endless gems to be found on Airbnb. Besides the main canals of Amsterdam, more budget-friendly neighborhoods like the Jordaan and De Pijp are great options.
Pluk – Perfect for an afternoon cup of coffee or sandwich. Browse their selection of swoon-worthy items for sale while you’re waiting.
Foodhallen – Can’t decide what to eat? The Foodhallen has everything from Vietnamese spring rolls to traditional Dutch bitterballen. Order the Yuzu cake from Petit Gâteau, it’s such a treat!
Lombardo’s– Arguably the best burger in town, Lombardo’s is perfect for a quick and satisfying meal. Try the lamb burger, it’s truly mouth-watering.
Sweet Cup – This is easily my favorite laid-back café to grab a latte. The coffee beans are hand-roasted by the owners daily. Don’t forget to say hi to ‘Sjef’, their basset hound!
Buffet van Odette – Situated on the corner overlooking Prinsengracht canal, Buffet van Odette serves rotating seasonal dishes and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tip: Reserve a table outside for dinner with a view!
Bo Cinq – Amsterdam loves its gin and tonics, and this traditional-turned-contemporary brasserie serves some of the best. Luckily their bar is also fully stocked for every taste!
Brouwerij ‘t IJ – Located next to a windmill, this brewery with lots of outdoor seating is perfect for a sunny day.
Vyne – This spot is great for a glass of wine pre-dinner. They also have a very reasonable flight if you’re feeling indecisive (like me).
Gerard Doustraat – Dotted with cute boutiques selling clothes, accessories and gifts, this street in De Pijp is exceptionally quaint. Tip: Head down Eerste van der Helststraat afterwards for lunch.
The 9 Streets – Filled with trendy shops and restaurants and the occasional vintage store, this neighborhood is a must-see in Amsterdam.
Nearby Dam Square – Start at the Dam Square and wind south on Kalverstraat. For a pick-me-up, grab a softijs (soft serve ice cream) at HEMA. It won’t disappoint.
Albert Cuypmarket – Open every day except Sunday, this outdoor market has everything from clothes and shoes, to flowers and home goods. Don’t forget to grab a warm stroopwafel (Dutch caramel-filled waffle cookie) for a pick-me-up between stalls!
Vondelpark – Bike, walk, or picnic at this park below Amsterdam’s canal district. It’s full of beautiful bridges, canals, and the occasional restaurant.
Red Light District – Besides being home to the world famous red-curtained brothels, the Red Light District is one of the oldest parts of Amsterdam. My advice? Start at the Oude Kerk (Old Church) and just wander.
Bloemenmarkt – Get your flower fill at Amsterdam’s Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market).
Take a canal ride. There’s no better way to see the city and learn about its history than cruising through the picturesque canals.
Tour the Anne Frank Huis. If I had to pick one tourist attraction to see, it would definitely be the newly renovated Anne Frank Huis. It’s a humbling and fascinating visit. Book tickets in advance, it fills up fast.
Visit the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum – The Rijksmuseum itself is a masterpiece. The Van Gogh Museum hosts the world’s largest collection of his work and is just a stone’s throw away, so make a day of it!
An Umbrella. The Netherlands is notorious for rain and unpredictable weather.
A Scarf. But really – see above.
Floral-print anything. Flower-lined canals call for inspired floral design.
And there you have it! If it wasn’t before, I hope Amsterdam is at the top of your travel bucket list. Now all you need is a bike…
What’s your favorite city to explore?
Let us know in the comments below!
Transitioning your wardrobe from Summer to Fall isn't always the easiest. Between saying goodbye to warm Summer nights and margaritas by the pool, you might be looking for ways to keep wearing your favorite Summer wardrobe pieces. Today Ilana Saul from LaurenConrad.com is sharing with us how she styles our Seoul Top (available in Dalmatian Dot, Spiced Wine & Fall Bloom!) to transition into the colder months to come...
When I find an outfit I really love, I’m often guilty of wearing it over, and over, and overagain. I’d be the first to tell you there’s nothing wrong with outfit repeats—I mean, why not get as much wear as possible out of a clothing combo that you feel chic, comfortable, and confident in? But there’s also something to be said for creativity, and for not getting stuck in a rut where you’re only pairing the same two pieces with each other all season long. That’s why this season I decided to challenge myself to mix up my wardrobe a bit more. For starters, I recently spent some time styling my new favorite Paper Crown top a variety of ways. That way when I pull it out of my closet, I will have plenty of outfit options already at my fingertips and won’t automatically grab the same bottom I wore it with last time.
With its fun Dalmatian print and ladylike tie neck, I fell completely in love with this Paper Crown Seoul Top as soon as I laid eyes on it. It’s certainly a statement piece, which you might think would make it more difficult to style. But I am pleased to say that I found at least three ways to style it using other pre-existing pieces from my wardrobe that I really love wearing it with. Check out all three outfit options below…
This first outfit was my go-to. It was easy to see how the blouse would pair well with a feminine, flouncy Paper Crown skirt in a coordinating print. Finish it off with some ladylike heels, and you’re good to go!
This outfit was a tad bit edgier, and also a great way to take the look from summer into fall. With a felt hat, ripped black denim, and chunky mules, this combo is right on trend.
Last but not least, lacy black tap shorts and multi-buckle LC Lauren Conrad flats make for a fun and casual look. And I couldn’t resist pairing this outfit with my favorite Mansur Gavriel bucket bag that I use most days.
Which of these three outfits was your favorite?
Can you think of other items that would pair well with the Seoul Top?
We're excited to announce that we have teamed up with one of our favorite style bloggers, Find Us Lost, and LaurenConrad.com to bring you travel guides to some of our favorite getaways - starting with Mykonos, Greece! Today, Selena will be sharing what to see, eat, and wear if you are headed to this gorgeous island yourself...
Hi everyone! It’s Selena from finduslost here. Earlier this year I left L.A. to travel the world with my other half, and I’m here to share my favorite destinations from my recent travels. I’ve compiled what to see, eat, and wear for each trip so all that’s left is for you to GO! This post is about Mykonos, which I just visited in August. I was inspired to visit Mykonos after driving through Greece in May. One side of my family has Greek roots, so this visit re-awakened my love affair with Greek food and the Mediterranean Sea.
Whether you’ve traveled to the Mediterranean or are daydreaming of a trip there soon, the island of Mykonos is worth grabbing a swimsuit and boarding the next plane to Greece for. Like every Greek island, Mykonos has its own unique charm that sets it apart from the rest. The colorful walking streets and vibrant energy of locals and visitors will make you want to wander the streets until you’re lost (and you’ll want to be, for the Instagram-worthy photos!). Mykonos has something for everyone. Tip: You’ll need four days to take it all in! So grab your suitcase and passport, because crystal-clear water is calling…
Mykonos Town – If you’re visiting Mykonos for the first time, I’d recommend staying near Mykonos Town. Boheme Hotel has a boho-chic vibe, and breakfast each morning consists of over 20+ Greek-inspired dishes (bonus: you can order as many as you want!).
Platis Gialos – want to be outside of the main town but close to some of Mykonos’ most popular beaches? Platis Gialos is a great option and features authentic and affordable stays from places such as Mina Studios.
Faros Armenistis – whether you want luxury or something more budget-friendly, it’s worth checking out Airbnbs in Faros, just north of Mykonos Town.
Pasta Fresca Barkia – all the pasta is homemade and incredibly tasty. We couldn’t get enough of the prosciutto tagliatelle.
La Casa – the perfect spot to sit outside and enjoy the constant flow of people passing by. The pastitsio (Greek lasagna) is extra buttery and delicious.
Ano Mera – this quaint town features a variety of traditional Greek restaurants and is certainly worth visiting. Order the loukamades (fried dough balls with honey and cinnamon) at Vardaris.
I Scream – delicious homemade ice cream. It doesn’t get much better than this on a hot day. Take a tip from the locals and try the strawberry yogurt flavor, which is made with fresh Greek yogurt.
Pepper – centrally located for a quick afternoon lunch while strolling the streets of Mykonos town. Their Greek salad and tzatziki is delicious.
Kastro’s Bar – home to arguably one of the most photographed passageways overlooking the water.
Super Paradise Beach’s JackieO’ – treat yourself to a cocktail in your cabana or join the party at this beautiful beach on the south side of Mykonos. This spot is known for being gay-friendly and always busy!
Hire a boat. Even if it’s just for an hour, it’s worth it to get out on the water and experience Mykonos from a distance.
Rent an ATV. It’s the best way to explore the island and discover hidden beaches and coves.
Wander Mykonos town. I could barely get 10 feet without taking a photo. It’s the perfect walking town to explore. Don’t miss Little Venice on the water!
Go shopping. Mykonos Town is lined with cute boutiques. I especially loved Anamnesia, which sells products featuring designs from local Greek artists and is the perfect place to buy gifts for friends and family.
Watch the sunset from the windmills. Mykonos has 16 windmills, 5 of which are perched along the coast on the southern tip of Mykonos town. It’s the perfect location to bring a blanket to sit on and cozy up for the sunset.
Visit the beaches. Whether you feel like relaxing with a book (try Paraga or Agia Anna beach) or day drinking (head to Paradise beach), there’s a beach for every mood.
Dresses and skirts. Mykonos is hot in summer and stays warm even after the sun goes down, so you’ll live in sundresses here.
A Hat. Don’t go to the beaches without one!
Multiple swimsuits. I couldn’t resist the water, and you won’t be able to either!
Blue and white everything. I couldn’t help but accessorize in these hues.
Mykonos was memorable in every way. I can’t wait to plan a trip back to the Greek Islands. I dare you not to fall in love with them too!
What destination should I travel to next?
I have some serious wanderlust and would love your top picks! Share them with me in the comments below.
PHOTO BY: YONI GOLDBERG
Beautiful in Blush
Nothing screams bridal more than a good blush floral! If you’re looking to add more dimension to your bridal party, try adding a soft print like this blush floral. The tones in the print complement their silver peony and tote basket crepe offerings.
PHOTO BY: VALORIE DARLING
Classy in Cream
Don’t let cream bridesmaid dresses scare you! While they might not be the most traditional option, cream dresses can add a touch of sophistication to your wedding day. For some extra glam, we now offers vintage gold shimmer accents to select cream chiffon dresses.
PHOTO BY: YONI GOLDBERG
Bombshell in Blue
For all of the ladies out there that love a soft color palette but want an alternative to a blush or cream, dove grey and arctic ice are to the rescue! The eye catching combination of the two colors not only looks great in photos, but works for a variety of wedding settings from the beach to the city.
PHOTO BY VALORIE DARLING
Lovely in Lilac
If you’re looking to make an even bolder statement with your mismatched party, this lilac lace and graphite combination is the way to go. These cool colors look great in natural light and will have you wedding guests talking…in a good way!
Want to see a behind the scenes look at this photo shoot? Head to www.LaurenConrad.com for some exclusive behind the scenes images!
When I began the wedding planning process, one of the things that was very important in terms of picking my bridesmaids’ dresses was making sure that each of my friends felt comfortable in what she was wearing. Everyone’s body and style are different in everyday life. So, in my opinion, there’s no reason not to let your bridesmaids choose what feels most comfortable for them. When my dear friend and Paper Crown co-founder Maura and I set out to design our Paper Crown Bridesmaids line, we kept this idea in mind. That’s why we created different necklines, colors, styles, lengths—you name it—for our collection. And we’re still adding new styles every season!
Our bridesmaids line truly has a dress for everyone’s style and a whole range of body types. And today, I’m excited to show you how six bloggers have styled our bridesmaids dresses to flatter their figures. Think of it as a little guide on how to help your ‘maids choose the dress they love most. And remember, you can mix and match any of these styles together to create a stunning wedding party where everyone feels gorgeous in their own skin.
Without further ado, here’s how six gorgeous, real-life women styled our Paper Crown Bridesmaids dresses…
Jaclyn of My View In Heels stands at 5’11” and wears our Tori Dress in “Pewter” beautifully. She can still wear heels with the dress, which is a major bonus for a bridesmaid who wants to wear fancy footwear on your big day. This style is flattering for your taller friends because it accentuates the waist and creates a long, lean silhouette. Shop for the Tori Dress by clicking here.
The Britton Dress, modeled here in the color “Tote Basket” by the lovely Miriam of Simply x Classic, is perfect for the bridesmaid with an hourglass figure. The ruffle on the top of the dress balances does a beautiful job of keeping your figure looking perfectly proportional, and the elastic waist and extendable straps allow for any ‘maid to customize this dress to fit her best. Click here to shop for our Britton Dress.
If one of your bridesmaids happen to be expecting when you plan your wedding, it’s important to help her find a dress that will allow her to feel comfortable and look her most beautiful on the day of your nuptials. The Natalie Dress from our bridesmaids line is the perfect style for accentuating a baby bump and creating a long silhouette. It comes with a self-tie sash to help your ‘maid get the perfect fit, but it can be worn without as well. Maria of Classified Chic looks breathtaking while modeling this style in “Cream,” one of our favorite colors of the entire collection. Shop for our Natalie dress by clicking here.
Your friends who are smaller on top and curvier on the bottom will appreciate the way our Lauren dress fits: It’s ideal for pear-shaped ladies, with its flattering waistline and long, sleek skirt. It elongates any body type and feels fun to wear, too! Take it from Lauren of Bohemian by the Bay, who shows how this dress, modeled here in “Silver Peony,” can look flattering and romantic all at once. Shop our Lauren Dress by clicking here.
Emily of ShellChic’d stands at just 5’4”, making her the perfect petite model for our Breanna Dress. This style, modeled here in “Tote Basket”, has an empire waist, which allows for hemming without compromising the design of the dress. That means that your ‘maids of small stature can customize this dress to fit their bodies perfectly. All of our styles can be hemmed at the bottom as well, so your petite friends can wear the shoes they want without having to worry about the length of their dresses. Shop our Breanna Dress by clicking here.
Our Jillian Dress will make your bridesmaids with beautiful curves feel instantly glamorous when it comes time to get ready on the big day. The Greek-goddess-inspired silhouette has delicate ruching, which allows the dress to flow gracefully with any movement. And the waistline is flattering on any body type. We love how ethereal Carrie Lane looks in this style in navy. Shop our Jillian Dress by clicking here.
Well, ladies, there you have it. Special thanks the ladies who modeled these dresses! I hope all of you brides and bridesmaids-to-be enjoyed seeing these styled modeled on beautiful, real-life women (I sure did). There really is something for everyone.
Which of the dresses above is your favorite?
Do you have a bridesmaids style that fits you best?
Over the years we have had many people ask us “where did the name Paper Crown come from”? Paper Crown’s name was inspired by the idea of making something beautiful from raw materials. With an attention to detail and fit, each style provides an aesthetic that is fresh with a feminine charm.
That is why today we are partnering with Welden Bags, a handbag company that specializes in meticulously handcrafted creations. Just a couple of months ago we stumbled upon their brand on Instagram, and instantly fell in love with their unique bags. Just like Paper Crown clothing, Welden Bags has a sophisticated and effortless elegance that compliments a contemporary woman’s wardrobe flawlessly.
What makes Welden Bags stand out is its hand-weaving techniques that cannot be replicated by machines. Offered in a variety of colors from a neutral blush to a bold tomato, the intricacy of their designs tell not only the stories of the women who carry them, but also those of the artisans who craft them by hand.
We can't believe Thanksgiving is just a few days away! It seems like just yesterday we were at the beach soaking in the warm summertime rays. For this week's picks we decided to include some of our favorite things that are getting us very excited for the next few weeks!
Favorite Holiday Wreaths by South by North
Favorite Outdoor Decorations from Ruffled Blog
Favorite Holiday Party Dress from Paper Crown
Favorite Holiday Bread by Two Peas & Their Pod
Favorite Holiday DIY by Third Floor Design Studio
What are you most excited for this holiday season?
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Happy Monday! The beginning of each week can always be a bit overwhelming between having a long to-do list and getting back into a routine. For that reason we are beginning a weekly series called "Paper Crown Picks" in which we'll share some of our favorite things to help get you through the week. From recipes to inspiration we're sure it'll add just enough of a smile to brighten up any Monday.
Favorite Place Card Settings from Brit + Co
Favorite Pink House from Plum Pretty Sugar
Favorite Party Theme Idea from Studio DIY
Favorite Place to Relax from Cereal
Favorite Day to Night Hairstyle from The Beauty Department
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