It’s your lucky day. You get to visit TWO cities today! We just left Boston with The Pretty in Life, and now we’re headed to Amsterdam with Wendy from beeldSTEIL. Wendy is a photographer, stylist and blogger. Trust me when I say that the beautiful things she posts on her blog will blow you away.Right now, let’s hear about how Wendy celebrates the holidays in Amsterdam. Please show her some love by commenting and visiting her blog!
Where do you live?
I live in a small town in The Netherlands , about 30 minutes from Amsterdam.
What is your blog about?
I’m a photographer, interior stylist and blogger. In april 2010 I started my blog beeldSTEIL, in 2012 I started my second blog The Scandinavian Side of Life on tumblr. beeldSTEIL can be translated as picture style, in other words: photography and styling. That’s what my blog is mainly about. Blogging represents much of what I like: photography, styling, interior, design and visual art. On beeldSTEIL I collect and share my inspiration, photos, founds and projects. It’s a great place to learn, discover and experiment.
What do you love about your city?
Eighteen months ago I moved from the city to a small town near the forest. I love the nature, but I also like to go to the city. I often visit my old residence Utrecht or the capital city Amsterdam. The atmosphere during Christmas is amazing. The Christmas store decorations and the lights along the canals are wonderful.
What is your favorite holiday tradition?
It has become a tradition: every year – three weeks before Christmas – I take my kids out to find the perfect Christmas tree. They look forward to it for weeks and of course they always want the biggest! It’s fun to decorate the tree and the house together.
What is your must have holiday food in your town and where is it from?
On the first day of Christmas we eat a variety of small bites, like salmon rolls and gambas. On the second Christmas day the children always choose cheese fondue with breadsticks and ice cream for dessert. When it’s really cold outside we open a bottle of icy herbal liqueur. Such as Jagermeister or Gammel Dansk from Denmark.
On New Year’s Eve we bake fresh oliebollen, also known as Dutch Doughnuts or Dutchies. A typical Dutch baking served with a lot of powered sugar. When we had no children we always started the new year dancing at a party in the city. Now we celebrate it at home with the family. With a Dutchie and champagne we look back at the past year. At midnight, while we watch the fireworks, we celebrate the new year and share our wishes and goals.
What is your goal for the New Year?
My goals for the new year? Continue blogging! I want to expand my blog and photography activities. It feels good to inspire my readers and being inspired by other creatives. In 2012 I started my project Visual Story 2012. Every day I took a picture and posted it on my blog, facebook, twitter and pinterest. Can’t wait to see all the photos together in a printed book. Now I’m thinking about a new instagram project for 2013.