We write a lot of them - That's the truth - and in starting our own company (Redefine Your Space) with my friend Nathalie, we send even more emails to kick ass women we want to become a part of our community.
Through this, we have discovered two things. First, Mailchimp, the best and most efficient way to create a beautiful layout of an email. For us, this was a simple process of dragging and dropping the different elements we wanted in our email where we wanted them. The problem was, even though we had these amazing e-mails, there wasn't an easy way to send them through gmail. We did a little research and we were quickly able to come across Cloud HQ.
This changed it all for us.
Now, because of Cloud HQ, we are able to take our beautifully templated emails and in a few easy steps, import them into an email and send them to all of the people we want to see them!
it goes a little something like this;
1 - Download Cloud HQ for chrome here . I swear it only takes a few easy seconds to get it set up on your computer!
2 - You will notice at the bottom toolbar of your email there is an icon where it says import template.
3 - Click the Mailchimp tab at the top
4 - Log into your Mailchimp
5 - Your Templates will appear here!
6 - Click the one you want to use and it will automatically insert itself into the email.
The best part, you can even write a message on the email prior to the template to give it a personal touch to the individual you are sending it to.
Although this is what we primarily use it for, there is a long list of other things that it helps anyone starting out do. For instance you can get email alerts, track different emails, use it at a meeting scheduler and so much more.
I think anyone that has been to Morocco can agree that there is something so unique and mystic about the country and you can't precisely put your thumb on, but, it leaves you constantly wanting more of this remarkable place.
I’m not sure if it was because I have never been to a place quite like this before but everything from the décor to the food to the people left me floored. My adventure went a little like this - I spent 3 days in Marrakech, 4 day driving to/in the Sahara and then a final night in Marrakech.I got to see and do a lot in that week and I highly recommend to put your walking shoes on to do it all. Below are the places and things I would recommend to anyone traveling to Marrakech and/or Erg Chebbi.
There are a plethora of absolutely stunning Riads to stay in within the Medina that will cost you less than €100 a night. We stayed in 2 different ones; The insta-famous Riad Yasmine and the Riad &Spa Demeure Bois Précieux. Both were warm, welcoming and once inside, you forget about all of the hustle and bustle going on right outside in the Medina.
La Maison Arabe
Terrasse de Espices
YSL Museum & Marjoelle Garden **The trick here is to buy tickets before to skip the line
The Souks in the Medina
Cover and be respectful.
Get a SIM or data so you can navigate the Medina.
Get juice from a street vendor.
Get lost in the souks.
Stumble upon a random rooftop for lunch.
Bring warm clothes, at night you will need a jacket.
Reserve restaurants for dinner - Walking in can be difficult.
Take directions from anyone for anything.
Get in a cab without already agreeing on the fare and have a it written down.
Take pictures of children that look like their posing in the street for you. Bigger kids will come along and make you pay.
Take pictures of the snakes in the Place Jemâa el-Fna - unless you’re willing to pay
Settling on one desert adventure to go on is difficult. There are hundreds on the web that range from €50 to €500 a night and it all really depends on your taste. For us, we were willing to pay that extra amount so we knew there weren’t going to be any hiccups.
We settled on Erg Chebbi - Desert Camp Morocco and did the 4-day/3-night excursion. Our agenda went a little like this:
Day 1 - Drive for 4-5 hours to Kasbah Azul and stay there for the night.
Day 2 - Drive 4 more hours and arrive at Erg Chebbi to begin the desert activities
Day 3 - Have a full day in the desert
Day 4 - Wake up early and drive back to Marrakech (7-hour drive)
For us, even though long, the drive was worth it. With no wifi and minimal service, you can truly cut off from the outside world and enjoy the moment. For me that meant putting pen to paper and figuring out some next steps without any distraction. If the long drive isn’t for you there are a few camps like Scarabeo Camp about 1-hour outside of Marrakech. Although not rolling dunes, it does allow you to do activities such as camel riding etc.
Overall, Morocco is a place that I recommend anyone and everyone to visit in their lifetime. I can’t wait till I have the opportunity to go back and explore more of the country. If you want to see my full journey - check out my save Instagram story “Morrocco” on my page here (Click when on phone).
December is here and it's time for my new favorite finds -
TRVL - A website that aggregates all of your favorite booking platforms so you truly get the best deal. Whether you are looking for a 5* hotel or a hostel, this is the new place to book your trip. You can even see what my favorite hotels are world wide or ask me for more hotel recommendations on the places I have been.
Mo Ganji - A tattoo artist based in Berlin. Anyone that knows me knows that I have been trying to land on a new tattoo design. Something that represents the number 3 but not just a roman numeral. This guys gives me some major inspiration of what you can do with an image.
In moving to Amsterdam, I tend to get a lot of the same questions from people visiting the city - Where do I stay? What do I see? Where do I eat?
To simplify the process, here are the best Airbnb's to stay in!
As always, if you have any specific questions feel free to message me on the app at the bottom of your screen. All of the places below are in extremely safe area's and are the entire apartment for rent.
$72 per night - 1 Bedroom + couch in Center - bit.ly/2m3O6td
$80 per night - 1 Bedroom + couch in De Pijp - bit.ly/2yHkTKM
$88 per night - 1 Bedroom in De Pijp - bit.ly/2Al8hVY
$85 per night - 1 Bedroom in AMS West - http://bit.ly/2ygkhHI
$96 per night - 1 Bedroom in Center - bit.ly/2yGWIvU
$100-$200 per night
$104 per night - 2 Bedrooms // 4 beds in Center - bit.ly/2Akjdmt
$138 per night - 2 Bedrooms // 4 beds in West - bit.ly/2hmp4nv
$143 per night - 1 Bedroom in De Pijp - bit.ly/2AuqnFZ
$179 per night - 2 Bedrooms in Center - bit.ly/2Al3Me7
$192 per night - 1 Bedroom + couch in Center - bit.ly/2zt1Vqc
$200-$300 per night
$221 per night - 2 Bedrooms in De Pijp - bit.ly/2Almlid
$233 per night - 3 Bedrooms in De Pijp - bit.ly/2yhDMj6
$262 per night - 3 Bedrooms in Center - bit.ly/2hd0PV9
$274 per night - 3 Bedrooms in the Jordaan - bit.ly/2zEafnS
$287 per night - 3 Bedrooms in Center - bit.ly/2j9nxln
$300+ per night
$352 per night - 3 Bedrooms on a boat in East - bit.ly/2zspQWH
$417 per night - 4 Bedrooms in Center - bit.ly/2m4sHAh
$418 per night - 4 Bedrooms in Center - bit.ly/2AszzdL
$477 per night - 5 Bedrooms by Vondelpark - bit.ly/2hn4Mua
$591 per night - 3 Bedrooms in Center - bit.ly/2AsZYYP
$717 per night - 3 Bedrooms in Center - bit.ly/2hlVoHm
$1,071 per night - 3 Bedrooms in Center - bit.ly/2AsTHfK
It’s November! Time flies. A new month means new obsessions. Here are the three of mine -
A brand created for denim lovers. Born and manufactured in LA, these guys do vintage jeans that actually fit. Not only do they fit, but they also create retro designs that will make you the envy of your girl gang. The best part? They are all reasonably priced so you can actually buy a few pairs and switch up your look.
The new brand that isn’t a brand at all. Brandless brings you all of your food, household appliances, beauty products and personal care items for $3. Yup, your shampoo, mustard, linens and toothpaste, all $3. All of their items can be bought on their website and shipped directly to your door. How do they do it? Brand Tax. This cost can go up to 370% for certain brands. Brandless breaks this down and keeps everything in their natural form.
L’Occitane Body Scrub
I can’t get enough of this stuff. Sold at any Sephora, the body scrub exfoliates, makes your skin SUPER soft and it smells incredible. I probably use this a little too much but what the heck, for this lifetime my skin will be soft AF.
If you have ever watched my Instagram story I don’t think it’s a surprise I drink coffee…a lot… and it goes without saying that since I don’t have a office all of the Cafe’s and Coffee Roasters in Amsterdam have turned into my makeshift desks. In almost hitting 2 months in this glorious city, I have compiled some of my favorites below -
For the semester my brother is studying in London and my parents went to visit and invited me along. Although I have been to London a few times, this was the first that I explored the Covert Garden/Soho/Mayfair Area. Previously, I had always been in Shoreditch, Angel and even further east by the Greenwich peninsula for one of the festivals I was a part of, so, this was a completely new experience. Being on an extremely tight budget in Amsterdam, going somewhere with your parents is always a plus, here are some of my favorite places that we went -
For this trip we stayed at the Ham Yard Hotel. This is part of the Firmdale Hotel group and for anyone that has been to The Crosby in downtown NYC, this is basically the same thing. Beautiful rooms, marble bathrooms and a great restaurant that becomes packed at night with people enjoying drinks with their friends.
My favorite part of any trip. Here are the list of my favorites in London -
Borough Market - A market filled with a plethora of treats. Oysters, Duck Confit, Truffles and Beer. Go with an empty stomach and be prepared to leave in a food-coma.
Killer Cereal Cafe - A cereal cafe hidden away in the Camden Market. Although the market isn’t my favorite, I did enjoy the ambiance of the cereal cafe and the ability to have some of my favorite childhood cereals.
Engawa - A Petite and quite posh Japanese restaurant that surprises you with every dish.
The Ninth - French influenced Mediterranean food. Seriously, what’s not to like?
Dishoom - Anyone who has lived in London for a bit will tell you to go here. A extremely stylish restaurant serving Indian food and it always has line. Reservations are recommended.
Ozone Coffee Roasters - Awesome coffee, even better breakfast. If you find yourself in Shoreditch in the morning, this is the place to go.
Pizza East (Shoreditch) - Solid pizza. Prosciutto Cotto, Wild Mushroom, Tomato and Thyme.
This is a question I find myself asking on a daily basis. When you put yourself into a new culture, the norms of your own are completely shattered. Although I am in Europe and a majority of my actions do translate, there are some things that just don’t. I have to constantly force myself not to raise an eyebrow but instead watch to see if it’s regularly done.
Eating with a fork - “Are you a barbarian Sam?” One of my dutch friends actually asked me this when switching my fork to my right hand after cutting my food. Funny enough, in the US we all grown up learning the opposite. If I didn’t switch my fork, my dad would probably throw something at me across the dinner table.
Personal Space - If Americans are on one side of the spectrum of "stay out of my bubble" and the Chinese are on the other of "I’m standing on top of you." The Europeans sit in this middle ground of I’m not close enough for you to really say anything but close enough that you can feel I’m here. Waiting in line or getting money out of the ATM, this can cause a bit of angst and is something to get used to.
Kissing on the lips - As an American, when we meet someone for the first time, we handshake. When we know them, we hug. If we want to show some extra affection, it’s a kiss on the cheek. Europeans switch this up. Meeting someone for the first time, it’s a kiss on the cheek - 1,2 or 3, dependent on the country. If you know them really well, it’s a hug or a kiss on the lips. Because I am visibly someone who doesn’t love being touched, this casual affection is definitely throwing me for a loop.
Sitting down at a restaurant - This is one of those I understand both sides of the coin. In America, unless you are at a fast food restaurant or café, you always wait for the host to seat you. Even if the restaurant is completely empty and there is a table 3 meters from where you are standing, you wait. In Europe that’s not the case. Unless you are going to a 5** restaurant, you basically seat yourself. Once I was in London getting breakfast with a friend and we actually got into a fight because he wanted to sit at the open table and I wouldn’t do it. To be fair, there was a "Please wait to be seated" sign, but for him, if there was an open table, that sign was irrelevant. So what happened? we ended up leaving and going to a different restaurant :)
No Takeaway? - This is absolutely normal in a coffee roaster or cafe in Europe. Coffee is seen as something that you sit and enjoy . Although there are definitely places that you can get a takeaway, Coffee is not a grab-an-go thing here. This one I like.
Your have plans for the next 3 weekends? What? — What has absolutely astonished me is the amount of planning that is done in the Netherlands. People here have their weekends planned for a month out. They know the parties they are going to, where they are traveling and who’s house lunch is at in three weeks. This self proclaimed New Yorker plans the day of.
Being the first time I have ever created a video or done any type of video editing, I would say it isn't half bad. Well see if "practice makes perfect" works in my case... But, to the important stuff, below are the Restaurants + Café's I went to on this trip in Paris.
It’s October! Wow….that was quick… The start of the month means new things to discover and here are three of mine:
69 Campers - Traveling through France in a camper? Why not. If you’re like me and don’t know too many people with campers just lying around in the south of France, this company is here to help. Rent it for the day or a few weeks, seeing France through this car doesn’t seem like the worst way to do it. Not convinced? Check out their Instagram