24 Hours in Amsterdam Noord: Top 5 Things to See & Do

24 Hours in Amsterdam Noord: Top 5 Things to See & Do

I don't often return to places I've already visited, no matter how much I love them and wish to go back. I want to see as much of our beautiful planet and experience as many cultures as possible, so revisiting the same spots over and over again is something I generally try to avoid. But every now and again, I stumble upon a place that sweeps me off my feet and a great love affair is unavoidable. Before I moved here, London used to be that place for me - Australia would be up there too if the distance wasn't such a hurdle - but now Amsterdam has taken the number one spot. My favourite thing about it is how small but diverse it is. There's far more to it than just the famous canals and the notorious Red Light District. One of the lesser-known areas worth checking out is definitely Amsterdam-Noord, a hip uptown district on the other side of the river. What used to be an industrial part of the city is now a super cool creative hub, so if you have a day to spare, hop on a free 5-minute ferry from the central station and get exploring!

Ponavadi se redko odločim za ponoven obisk mest, ki sem jih že obiskala, tudi če so mi neizmerno všeč. Veliko raje raziskujem meni še nepoznane kotičke sveta, vsake toliko časa pa vendarle naletim na kraj, ki me kar kliče, da ga spet obiščem. Preden sem se sem preselila, je bil to London (mimogrede, tudi Avstralija bi bila na seznamu, če ne bi bila tako daleč), pred kratkim pa se je na prvo mesto zavihtel Amsterdam. To razmeroma majhno ampak raznoliko mesto je popolnoma osvojilo moje srce. Letos sem se tja odpravila že dvakrat, nazadnje pred mesecem dni, in že načrtujem ponoven pobeg. Amsterdam namreč ponuja veliko več kot le slikovite ulice ob kanalih in pestro nočno življenje z razvpito rdečo četrtjo. Eden izmed manj poznanih predelov na drugi strani reke je Amsterdam-Noord, ki je bil v preteklosti prežet z industrijo, danes pa predstavlja super kul središče kreative in trajnostnih  projektov. Do tja se lahko zastonj zapelješ s pet minutnim trajektkom izpred centralne postaje in si ga s pomočjo mojih nasvetov spodaj do potankoma ogledaš v enem dnevu. 
adam tower

First head over to the A'DAM Tower for an amazing 360 view of the city. A ticket to the A'DAM Lookout will cost you €12,50 and give you access to the two-level observation deck - the bottom floor is an indoor restaurant and the upper a super cool open sky deck with bean bags you can chill out on as well as a 'death swing' that lets you swing over the edge of the building for extra €5. Oh, and the elevator ride to the top is quite an experience too. In a good way! Click here to see what I'm taking about.

Začni z obiskom A'DAM Tower, ene izmed višjih stavb, ki ponuja čudovit razgled nad mestom. Vstopnica za €12,50 ti ponuja vstop na panoramsko ploščad v dveh nivojih - v spodnjem zastekljenem nadstropju lahko tudi nekaj poješ in popiješ, v zgornjem odprtem delu pa lahko uživaš v razgledu medtem ko počivaš na vreči za sedenje, ali pa se za dodatnih €5 podaš na 'gugalnico smrti', ki te ponese čez rob stavbe. Mogoče ne najboljša izbira za akrofobike, ampak prisežem, da ni tako grozno, kot se sliši. Zanimiva (ampak čisto nič strašna) pa je tudi sama vožna z dvigalom do vrha. O čem govorim, si lahko ogledaš tule
adam lookout swing

Then, once you're full of adrenaline rush, it's time to relax. A boat tour of the canals with Pure Boats, a sustainable boutique tour company, is the perfect way to unwind - I couldn't recommend them enough. Joining James and Geertje for a tailored 90-minute ride to get to know Amsterdam from another perspective was by far my favourite part of my day in Amsterdam Noord. It was so different from the usual tourist offerings where they sit you on a big boat and tell you historical facts you can read in every guidebook over the speaker. It was more like having your local friends show you around while having a good old chat, and we all know that's the best way to explore a new place. Not to mention the boat is super nice and you can even try out some beverages and snacks from local suppliers on board too! I may or may not have had gin at 10 o'clock in the morning... To rent a whole boat (captain included), which sits 12 people, it will cost you €250, but you can obviously go with friends or pair up with other explorers, in which case it works out €20 for each. Not bad, not bad at all!

Po adrenalinski izkušnji pa prija malo sprostitve... Na primer ogled mesta in njegovih kanalov z ladjico! Namesto tipično turističnega ogleda, kjer se ti iz zvočnikov predvaja vnaprej posneta kaseta (no, verjetno kakšna mp3 datoteka v današnjih časih) z zgodovinskimi dejstvi, ki si jih lahko prebereš v vsakem potovalnem vodiču, preveri ponudbo Pure Boats, butičnega podjetja s trajnostno vizijo in persionaliziranim pristopom za katerim stojita simpatična James in Geertje. Sama sem bila z njima na njuni 90 minutni vožnji in uživala na polno. Počutila sem se, kot da se družim z lokalnima prijateljema in s prve roke izvedela veliko zanimivosti o življenju v Amsterdamu, kar je meni osebno najboljši način spoznavanja kultur in odkrivanja novih mest. Električni čoln, ki sta ga zasnovala sama, je izredno lep in udoben, da se počutiš še bolj dobrodošlo pa poskrbita s ponudbo lokalnih prigrizkov in pijače. Kako zelo sem se sprostila ti lahko pove informacija, da sem prvič (in verjetno tudi zadnjič) v življenju pila gin - ob desetih zjutraj, haha. Najem celotne ladjice s kapitanom vred stane €250 oziroma €20 na glavo, če se ti priduži še 11 sopotnikov (ladjica sprejme 12 ljudi).
pure boats amsterdam

v2c dutch dry gin

amsterdam noord boat tour
amsterdam noord boat tour
amsterdam noord boat tour
amsterdam noord boat tour
amsterdam noord boat tour

Next you can stretch your legs and hop on a bike to continue exploring Amsterdam like a proper local! You can rent one at TIP Noord - I of course picked up a mint one - and have a ride around the area, admiring the cute little houses, checking out De Krijtmolen d'Admiraal windmill, and stopping at De Ceuvel Cafe for a delicious, organic vegan lunch. De Ceuvel is actually more than just a place to stop for lunch. It's an urban development built on a former shipyard with spaces for creative entrepreneurs to work at, organise workshops and help build a more sustainable community, which is a movement I definitely stand behind.

Da si po vožnji z ladjico pretegneš noge, si lahko pri TIP Noord sposodiš kolo - jaz sem si ga izbrala v mint barvi, kaj pa drugega - in se odpraviš na 'kopenski' ogled mesta v stilu lokalcev. Ogledaš si lahko soseske s prisrčno nizozemsko arhitekturo, zapelješ do mlina De Krijtmolen d'Admiraal in se ustaviš na kosilu v De Ceuvel Cafe s pestro in zelo okusno izbiro organskih veganskih prigrizkov. De Ceuvel drugače ni samo restavracija, ampak urbani prostor na območju bivše ladjedelnice, kjer kreativni podjetniki organizirajo različne dogodke za spodbujanje trajnostnega razvoja skupnosti. Super zadeva!
De Krijtmolen d'Admiraal windmill amsterdam


de ceuvel cafe amsterdam vegan

de ceuvel cafe amsterdam vegan
While in Amsterdam Noord, you also have to swing by a former ship wharf called NDSM, which is now a hipster, creative hub with Berlin kind of vibes. There's empty warehouses, amazing street art every way you look, a crane that was transformed an exclusive hotel and another sustainable cafe to check out - Pllek. It's a really cool spot I already visited on my first trip to Amsterdam, with its own beach on the waterfront and amazing views of the city.

NDSM, bivše pristanišče, je še en predel, ki ga je vredno obiskati. Mene z ulično umetnostjo na vsakem vogalu zelo spominja na Berlin, tam pa najdeš tudi ogromna prazna skladišča; žerjav, ki so ga preuredili v ekskluziven hotel; ter še eno super restavracijo - Pllek, ki sem jo obiskala že med svojim prvim obiskom Amsterdama. Prav tako je trajnostno usmerjena z odlično ponudbo vegetarijasnkih jedi, poleg tega pa ima še čisto pravo peščeno plažo s pogledom na mesto. 
amsterdam noord street art graffiti
amsterdam noord ndsm


amsterdam noord ndsm crane hotel

To finish off the day, you can dance the night away in one of the many nightclubs, but since I'm a bit of a granny myself and tend to avoid them, I made another trip to the A'DAM Tower for the amazing night views (just look at that moon) and then spent the rest of the night at Clink NOORD, the best place to stay on this side of the river. They have their own bar with music as well as fun activities planned every night of the week, so you won't be missing out on any fun! To find out more about the hostel, check out my full review over here.

Zaključek dneva si lahko popestriš z obiskom enega izmed nočnih lokalov, ker pa sem sama bolj nežurerske sorte, sem se namesto žuranja odločila za ponoven obisk A'DAM Tower in naredila še nekaj nočnih posnetkov, preden sem se odpravila nazaj v Clink NOORD, najboljši hostel v Amsterdamu, kjer mi ni bilo prav nič dolgčas. Imajo namreč svoj bar z (živo) glasbo, poleg tega pa vsak večer organizirajo tudi zabavne aktivnosti, od karaok in filmskih večerov do kvizev in beer ponga. Več o samem hostlu na tej povezavi, kjer te čaka moja celostna ocena.
amsterdam night view adam lookout
amsterdam night view adam lookout

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour Review

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour Review

I have to admit I've been a bit out of the loop when it comes to new beauty releases in the past few years, but the last time I walked down the makeup aisle, there weren't many affordable liquid lipstick options out there apart from these beauties. And now here comes Rimmel with their Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colours that caught my attention with the wide range of shades and the slighty unusual colours in the collection - the blue, the grey and the black, which I've been searching for right, left and centre since forever.   

Moram priznati, da zadnjih nekaj let nisem bila prav na tekočem z novicami o novih kozmetičnih proizvodih. Ko je plačevanje zajetne londonske najemnine in računov postalo moja prioriteta, se je bilo pač treba odpovedati brezglavemu šopingiranju vsake nove šminke na polici. Ja, kar nekaj časa je že minilo od mojih tedenskih pohodov po drogerijah, tako da ne vem kakšno je trenutno stanje zalog, ampak nazadnje prav veliko cenovno dostopnih tekočih šmink razen telih ni bilo mogoče najti. Pred kratkim pa so z večjim obsegom odtenkov in parimi nenavadnimi barvami mojo pozornost pritegnile Stay Matte tekoče šminke znamke Rimmel. Takoj so mi v oči padli sivi, modri in črni odtenek, ki sem ga mimogrede iskala celo večnost!
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour Applicator

They come with a flattened, sharp-edged doe-foot applicator, which does an amazing job at applying the product quickly but precisely, and the formula is not bad for a drugstore product either. It's mousse-like, but sets very fast into a non-sticky velvety matte finish, and the pigmentation is very good as well, although I do like to apply two coats. What impressed me the most, though, is how long long lasting they are - they don't transfer, they survive meals and are hard to get off without a waterproof makeup remover.

Njihov aplikator je sploščen z ošiljeno konico, ki omogoča hiter in natančen nanos, razočarala pa me ni niti formula, ki po teksturi spominja na mousse, vendar se hitro posuši v nelepljiv, žametno mat finiš. Pigmentacija je zelo dobra, čeprav sama raje nanesem dva sloja, obstojnost pa je tista, ki me je najbolj prepričala. Šminka se namreč ne prenese na dotik, preživi obrok in zahteva vodoodporen odstranjevalec za ličila. 
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour Range
From left to right (od leve proti desni): Latte to Go, Moca, Be My Baby, Blush, Pink Blink, Pink Bliss, Rose & Shine, Coral Sass, Heartbeat, Fire Starter, Plum This Show, Midnight, Blue Iris, Shadow, Pitch Black

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour Swatches
The only thing that bugs me is the fact they're slightly drying and therefore not the most comfortable to wear all day long, and the five darker shades I was excited for the most are unfortunately mega streaky, so avoid, avoid, avoid. If I were you, I would stick to the lighter from the range. My favourite is 'Be My Baby'.

Na žalost pa ni vse rožnato, saj sta me pri šminkah zmotili dve stvari. Niso dovolj vlažilne, tako da mi zelo hitro osušijo ustnice, poleg tega pa je nanos temnejših petih šmink iz kolekcije, ki sem se jih najbolj veselila, prava nočna mora, saj je zelo neenakomeren. Pri svetlejših odtenkih tega problema na srečo ni, tako da bi vam priporočila slednje. Moj najljubši je 'Be My Baby'. 
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour

My First Hostel Experience at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam

My First Hostel Experience at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam

I have a confession to make. Even though I'm an avid traveller, staying in a hostel is something I'd never even considered. I'm far from being a princess, but the thought of spending my nights in an environment where hygiene is questionable and sleeping in a room with complete strangers never tickled my fancy. As you can tell by now, my perception of hostels wasn't the best, but all that changed a few weeks ago, when I spent the weekend at ClinkNOORD. When they invited me to come over to explore Amsterdam with a group of fellow bloggers, I quickly said yes without giving it a second thought. I've been dying to go back to Amsterdam since April when I first fell in love with it, and the last few years of my life have been all about stepping out of my comfort zone anyway, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally give hostel life a go.
My First Hostel Experience at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam

My First Hostel Experience at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam
And I'm glad I did - ClinkNOORD was nothing what I expected a hostel to be. It was spotless, comfortable and stylish, with modern interiors and super cool 1920's features like these beautiful stained glass windows of the original building, which used to be a laboratory! Perfect combo for the hip area the hostel is located in - in Amsterdam Noord, just north of the city centre, but not far at all. It took me only 40 minutes all together to get from the airport to the hostel! The easiest way is to catch a train to the Amsterdam Centraal Station, then jump on a super quick fairy from the outside of the station to Veer Buiksloterweg, and once you come off, the hostel is right around the corner. By the way, the ferry is free and runs 24/7, just like ClinkNOORD's reception - super convenient if you're arriving late at night or leaving early in the morning like I did. 
My First Hostel Experience at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam
My First Hostel Experience at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam
ClinkNOORD is quite a large hostel and there's plenty of different accommodations to choose from. You can book a private en-suite room (single, twin, double or quad) or get a bed in a 4-6 bedded en-suite dorm or a larger 8-16 bed one. The latter comes with en-suite as well as shared facilities options. If you're a female traveling on her own, you'll also be happy to hear they even have en-suite dorms for girls only! I stayed in a 4-bed en-suite dorm with three other cool blogging chicks, and I have to say it exceeded my expectations. We had two sets of bunk beds with our own reading lights, overhead shelves and USB slots; four lockers to store our belongings in; a bathroom with a shower and a sink, as well as a separate toilet with another sink, which made the getting ready process a whole lot quicker. Plus we had a big mirror on the wall in the main room too, so we could spread out and do our makeup all at the same time! A very important piece of information, right ladies, haha?! I actually filmed a quick tour of the room we were staying at, so click over here to give it a watch. Oh, and in case you're wondering, the bed linen is provided, so no need to bring it along, but do bring your own towel (unless you want to hire it for a fee) and a padlock for the locker. 
My First Hostel Experience at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam
My First Hostel Experience at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam
What I liked most about the hostel are all the social spaces they have on offer to relax in and hang out with other travellers. There's a library/work/general chill area, a spacious atrium, a cafe and even a bar! But that's not all. To keep the guests entertained, the events team also organises plenty of fun activities on a daily basis - quiz nights, karaoke, live music, beer pong contests, movie nights, yoga, cocktail workshops... you name it! I've never experienced such an amazing atmosphere in any of the places I've stayed at before. It felt strangely homey, and if this is how most hostels are like, please sign me up for more! One last thing I also need to mention is the food. There's a self-catering kitchen open from 12:30pm to 12am, but you can also get pastries and sandwiches from their CatalystCAFE or order pizzas, burgers, etc. from ZincBAR. In the morning, they also serve breakfast for EUR 6,90 which I'd say is great value for money, because they have everything from cheese, salami and jams to muesli, sausages and eggs. Oh, the eggs! The scrambled eggs are not to be missed. I don't know what their secret is, but they were the best I've ever had, so definitely give them a try, and if you're coming over for Christmas, I can tell you you're in for a treat too! We were lucky enough to be the test bunnies for their all-vegan Christmas dinner menu, and oh my gosh, every single dish was de-li-cious!
My First Hostel Experience at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam

My First Hostel Experience at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam
My First Hostel Experience at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam

Sleek Face Form Contouring & Blush Palette Review


I can be a bit of a creature of habit when it comes to makeup, especially when life gets busy. But I don't remember the last time I religiously used one product for six months straight besides foundation. This Sleek Face Form Contouring & Blush Palette in Fair is everything I've ever wished for in a pocket-sized face palette. It comes with a cool-toned contouring powder, a golden shimmery highlighter, and a coral blush with tiny gold particles - my favourite of the bunch. It gives the nicest glow to your face and goes perfectly with the copper and peach shades I've been wearing a lot recently.

The quality is top notch. For £9.99 I would expect poorer pigmentation and chalkier consistency, but all three products are highly pigmented, easy to blend and last just as long as the professional makeup in my collection. I also love how compact the palette is! It's tiny, perfect for traveling, with sturdy packaging and a clear, big mirror, which comes in very handy when you're on the road. I always do my makeup in front of a window when I'm staying in hotels and even at home sometimes, so I really appreciate a nice, big mirror.
I've been a bit MIA from the whole beauty blogging world recently, so I'm not sure if anyone has drawn any comparisons with the NARS Laguna Bronzer and Orgasm Blush, but I own them both, and I would say we have potential dupes on our hands! The shades are very similar, the only difference being that the Sleek ones are actually more pigmented believe it or not, so if I had to choose between the two, Sleek would definitely be my winner. 

SweetBearHair Vitamins Review

SweetBearHair Vitamins Review

I've always been a bit hesitant when it comes to taking supplements. There's just something about pills that really puts me off, but when I was offered to try these gummy bear hair vitamins, I couldn't resist! I mean, just look at them. Cute, cute, cute! Having said that, I do have to admit, my expectations weren't too high. There's so many products on the market these days that promise incredible results but don't actually deliver, it's hard to tell which actually work and which are just a well thought out marketing gimmick.
Sweet Bear Hair Vitamins Review

The Sweetbearhair Hair Vitamins essentially promise your hair to grow faster, stronger and shinier. I myself was blessed - or cursed, depends on how you look at it - with a proper mane, so I don't need much help with growing out my hair, but since the vitamins that improve your hair usually also benefit the nails, I was intrigued to give them ago. Unlike my hair, my nails are unfortunately not the greatest. They break, they split, they bend... you name it!

I've been taking these vitamins for the past three months. I got three bottles (and a cute detangling hair brush along with them), each containing 60 delicious gummy bears. You're supposed to take two a day, and that's exactly what I did. I kept them by my desk, so that I always remembered to take them after eating breakfast. Not that I'd forget, because who would forget eating candy, haha. They really do taste like it! Fortunately, the flavour is natural and they're also vegan friendly, for those of you wondering.
SweetBearHair Vitamins

I wish I knew how fast my hair grows in general to make more accurate comparisons, but after a couple of months of taking the vitamins, my hair grew out for 4 cm, and most importantly - for me - my nails got a lot stronger. They didn't bend anymore, got a lot harder and also unusually long. I wasn't changing up my diet or anything whilst taking them, so it's definitely the vitamins that did the magic. Now that I've run out of them, my nails have gone back to their old shitty self, so I'm seriously considering getting some more...
SweetBearHair Vitamins Ingredients

I won't go into details as far as ingredients go, because there's a whole lot of them and I'm not an expert, but they are approved by the European Food Safety Authority, so there's nothing dodgy about them, don't worry. If you're interested in reading up on vitamins for hair growth, you can actually check out their website, where all of them are listed and explained in a very simple, but detailed manner.

How to See London in a Day

How to See London in a Day Travel Guide

I don't know if you've noticed, but I don't share my YouTube videos here on my blog anymore. However, there's always an exception to the rule, and this piece of content is simply too good to be kept on one platform only, if I can say so myself. I'd been planning to film the 'How to See London in a Day' travel guide for over a year, but I kept pushing it back until a couple of weeks ago, when I decided to take a day off and walk around London to get all the shots needed. 16 km and 8 hours later, I managed to get all the footage, and then spent the following two days behind my laptop, editing away. This is definitely one of the videos I put the most effort in and despite thinking there's plenty of room for improvement, I'm actually quite proud of it. I think many of you will find it helpful for when you're visiting London for the weekend only or are here on a long layover. If you follow my step-by-step route in the video below, I can assure you, you won't miss any of the major sights the city has to offer. Just make sure your footwear's comfortable! 

Beauty Pro Hand Therapy Collagen Infused Glove Review

Beauty Pro Hand Therapy Collagen Infused Glove Review

I'm a huge fan of sheet masks. My dry, dehydrated face loves them. But little did I know, there's some for hands as well! Beauty Pro came out with Hand Therapy, a collagen infused anti-age treatment that also promises soft, supple and rehydrated skin in no more than twenty minutes. My hands always feel like sandpaper during the winter time unless I'm applying hand cream 24/7, so who better to test them out, right?

As far as application goes, it's really convenient. You get two sheet-mask-like gloves with removable tips, which make it super easy to go about your day. I hate having to sit around, doing nothing while waiting for my masks to do their thing, so this is the perfect solution for me. Then, after 20 minutes, you just remove them and massage the rest of the product into your hands.

To see the actual results, I decided not to apply any hand cream for a week prior and in the following few days after the treatment, and I have to say, it did a pretty solid job. Right after, my hands felt soft and hydrated, and the results ended up lasting for two days before my hands went back to being their old dry selves. I can't talk about any long-lasting results, as I've only tried it once, but I think it's the kind of product you would use for a bit of a pamper every now and again for extra nourishment. I'm all for it!

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