Miss May's Etsy Mother's Day Gift Guide

 

Welcome to Miss May's Mother's Day edition. I have selected all my favourite things from Etsy makers.

Let's start with the prettiest floral cards out there on Etsy. I stumble upon The Paper Bird Cage online store. Pastel wreathes, for me, this is the perfect Mother's Day card I'm going to get for my mom! Can't wait to send her one.

 Greeting cards and photo by The Paper Bird Cage.

Greeting cards and photo by The Paper Bird Cage.

I'm currently head over heels in love with the embroidery wall hoop from Thimble & Bobbin. Lauren, the maker, stitches really fun (and inspiring) quotes of her hoops on Etsy. "You got this mama" is too cute to resist!

 By Thimble and Bobbin

By Thimble and Bobbin

Now, I've been obsessing with handmade looms on Etsy. These modern woven wall hangings are made of various fibre of different colours and textures. When I saw Clare of Jade and Frankie's beautiful handmade tapestry, I had to get one for my mother. 

 Beautiful Jade and Frankie loom. Photo by May Leong.

Beautiful Jade and Frankie loom. Photo by May Leong.

 

For something more a little bit more on the dreamy side, I found this gorgeous set of prints by Little Cat Draw. These luna phases, printed on beautiful archival paper, would be perfect for anyone's room. Literally.

 Luna prints and photo by Little Cat Draw. 

Luna prints and photo by Little Cat Draw. 

And for those looking for beautiful handmade ceramic pieces, I've found the loveliest pieces from SIND Ceramics. I'm loving the blush pink ones with gold rims. The ceramic wares are perfect for any occasions, from on the go-go breakfast to dinner party. Love it!

 Beautiful homeware and image by SIND Ceramics

Beautiful homeware and image by SIND Ceramics

You can find more pretty gifts through the Etsy Editors' Pick's page. Have loads of fun shopping on Etsy for Mother's Day, all!

xm

 

My Packing Tips With American Tourister

 
 My favourite travel luggages, American Tourister

My favourite travel luggages, American Tourister

I travel quite a bit, at least a 10 times a year. Whether it's interstate, between cities in Australia for meetings, shoots and design markets or flying into a new country.

Here's a couple of tips for packing:

1. Travel light 

2. Be organised (e.g. packing pouches) 

3. Place larger clothing at the bottom of suitcase (e.g. jacket and throw)

 

Travel light 

I generally pack a number of outfits based on per week not on a number of days you're away (I usually do my laundry every week)

Be organised 

I used to have random tote bags and plastic bags to separate smaller clothing items from cables and toiletries. 

I used to roll my clothes up and pack them into the suitcase. Until one of my photographer friends introduced me to packing pouches. That's when I discovered this 5-in-1 Travel Pouch by American Tourister.

These travel pouches are the best things I ever had! Life saver in every way.

It comes in a set of 5 travel pouches to organised all your essentials. My favourite has got to be the Garment and Undergarment Bag and Shoe Bag where I can separate my clothings and footwear. My husband, Leon, loves the Cable Pouch as we could get all our tech gadget's chargers and cables all into one bag.

How to pack

In this flatlay, I'm using the new Curio collection by American Tourister. Yellow and bright. I love this colour as it is almost impossible for me not to miss my suitcase at the luggage pickup area.

Hope that helps :)

Have a fab week all.

xo

m

 My flatlay on how to pack smart with American Tourister.

My flatlay on how to pack smart with American Tourister.

 

Cutest Christmas Labels

 
 Cute printable Avery labels, by Hello Miss May

Cute printable Avery labels, by Hello Miss May

It's that time of the year again. I'm loving Christmas and everytime I get the chance to design some cute printable tags, I always get super excited to see it on my Hello Miss May packaging. 

This year, I've collaborated with Avery Australia to create cute, yet simple printable tags. I had so much fun creating the printable tags with my marker pen. It's all about love, joy and loads of hearts. It's available as a printable PDF file, free for all.

Hope you guys like the printable tags I've created. Link here. Head over to Avery to purchase the printable tags. It's so easy to use, and it comes in an A4 sheet of 10.

Happy making and creating folks!

x

m

 

Foodie's Delight

 
 Breakfast spread at Hotel The Exchange's Cafe STOCK, located on the iconic Damrak Street. Image by May Leong.

Breakfast spread at Hotel The Exchange's Cafe STOCK, located on the iconic Damrak Street. Image by May Leong.

This is our third food journal in Amsterdam, a collaboration with Hotel The Exhange. In the previous blogs, we've talked about the yummiest quick and easy meals to get in Amsterdam, and don't forget the Dutch local food.

This time around, my #instagramhusband Leon (of @leonventures) will be taking you to restaurant and cafes we love.

BREAKFAST

It’s a great idea to start off the day at Hotel The Exchange’s Café STOCK. Grab a nice cup of tea or coffee and enjoy some sun in the outdoor seating area. 

I love Café STOCK, as it’s located on the world renown street in Amsterdam - Damrak street, which is bustling all day long.

This time around, we would recommend the Café STOCK pancakes. The pancakes come in ham and cheese. For the sweettooth,  there's the maple syrup one. We love the yoghurt with extra toppings you can get - berries, banana and honey.

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 Our Cafe STOCK breakkie. Images by May Leong.

Our Cafe STOCK breakkie. Images by May Leong.

 

DESSERT

Bakkerij van der Linde is well known in Amsterdam for their delicious, creamy Slagroomijs (ice cream in Dutch). The creamiest ice cream I've ever had in my life. There's always a long queue at Bakkerij van der Linde, snaking past the next store. 

It is worth the wait. You will see some locals getting two ice cream cones for themselves. It is very rich in flavour. Milky and not too sweet.

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 Yummy soft and creamy ice cream in Amsterdam. Image by May Leong.

Yummy soft and creamy ice cream in Amsterdam. Image by May Leong.

LUNCH

De Bakkerswinkel is only 5 minutes walk from Hotel The Exchange. We were craving for quiche and salad, and this is the perfect spot. Popular with the locals, with cute canteen style interior with mismatched Persian rugs, De Bakkerswinkel is a quirky cafe with pretty pastel pink walls.

We tried the meatloaf on toast, quiche and salad, which makes a lovely lunch spread.

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 Cute interior of De Bakkerswinkel. Image by May Leong.

Cute interior of De Bakkerswinkel. Image by May Leong.

DINNER

Our third stop was where Amsterdam meets Asia. 8 minutes walk around town from Hotel The Exchange, we found a stylish trendy bar and restaurant called Adam & Siam. There are two entrances into the typical Dutch townhouses and we are loving it!

For mains, we started off with Gieuwhaan Koong Sai Thoua, green curry shrimp with Thai eggplant and coconut milk. Pad Nam Prik Pouw and Stir Fried Chicken and beef with roasted chilli paste and coconut milk were divine. We were caught by surprise, the Adam & Siam dishes were actually spicy and delicious. Rich in aroma and flavours, I have to say it was an amazing dine in experience.

For those who love to try a little bit of everything, I'd recommend the Siam Threesome - Chicken Cake, Chicken Satay and Shrimp Spring Roll. The dipping sauce that came with the dish was sweet and refreshing.

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That's all for now. Thank you for popping by. See you all in 2018!

xm

 

King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens

 
 Beautiful breakfast view a King George, A Luxury Collection. Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz

Beautiful breakfast view a King George, A Luxury Collection. Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz

King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel has one of the best breakfast view in town. We arrived here at night, so, we didn't get to see much. But, in the morning, the breakfast view here was definitely a winner. It’s up on the 7th-floor with a terrace view of the Acropolis. 

Built in the 1930s, King George Hotel comes from an era of old world charm. It’s in such a good spot too, just 2-minutes walk from metro, 1 km from the Parthenon and 2 km from the Acropolis of Athens. 

What I particularly love is that King George Hotel rooms feature antiques, timber floors and marble bathtubs. Although our room was just outside the bustling street of Athens, we had a wonderful nights sleep. 

 Photo Credit : King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel (first images) and May Leong (second image).

Photo Credit : King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel (first images) and May Leong (second image).

Thank you for having us, King George Hotel in Athens. I have to say this is one of the most memorable breakfast I ever had in Europe.   

 An era of old world charm at King George, A Luxury Collection. Photo Credit : May Leong

An era of old world charm at King George, A Luxury Collection. Photo Credit : May Leong

 

King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens 
3 Vasileos Georgiou Street, Syntagma Square, Athens 105 64, Greece
 

Hotel The Exchange Food Guide : Comfy with Typical Dutch

 
 Beautiful, yet unusual rooms at Hotel The Exchange.

Beautiful, yet unusual rooms at Hotel The Exchange.

As you’ll have known, I’ve spent a week in Amsterdam at Hotel The Exchange. Leon (of @hungrysydneysiders) and I managed to find out typical Dutch treats and snacks to share with, in this blog.

Here, I’ve teamed up again with Hotel The Exchange to create this season’s food guide. I’ll be talking about the amazing Dutch eats that are minutes away from Hotel The Exchange. There is such a wide variety to choose from.

Breakfast

It’s a great idea to start off the day at Hotel The Exchange’s Café STOCK. Grab a nice cup of tea or coffee and enjoy some sun in the outdoor seating area. 

I love Café STOCK, as it’s located on the world renown street in Amsterdam - Damrak street, which is bustling all day long.

For something delicious and Dutch, we ordered Café STOCK’s pancakes with ham and cheese. The combination, is just perfect. I had to try the sweet version with a squeeze of fresh lemon and syrup. It tasted just as yum as the savoury ones!

 Dutch pancakes for breakfast at Cafeé STOCK, Hotel The Exchange. 

Dutch pancakes for breakfast at Cafeé STOCK, Hotel The Exchange. 

For those who are planning to visit Amsterdam, it's good to know that Hotel The Exchange is currently offering guests who book their breakfast in advance, their STOCK menu for €13.50 (the usual price is €15.00. ).

This includes coffee or tea, freshly squeezed orange juice, a boiled egg, a croissant and a sandwich.

NOTE:
The STOCK menu does not include the pancakes, so for those who are interested in the other breakfast options please head to this link http://bit.ly/2zfsGyd :)
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 Left or right? When in Amsterdam, you have got to try the raw Herring.

Left or right? When in Amsterdam, you have got to try the raw Herring.

Quick Lunch

Now, care to join me on a typical Dutch foodie adventure? 

First stop, we’re going to try some Dutch raw fish (and it has nothing to do with sushi!).

Stubbe Haring is only 7 minutes walk away from Hotel The Exchange. It’s hard to miss the fish stall as you will see many locals surrounding the food vendor, on the Singel Canal.

This is a typical Dutch street food. I found out it’s an old Dutch tradition dating back 600 years! My favourite has got to be the raw herring served in a bun, complete with onions and pickles. It’s called a broodje haring.

 Leon of @hungrysydneysiders took the challenge of eating like a Dutchman.

Leon of @hungrysydneysiders took the challenge of eating like a Dutchman.

For the brave and adventurous, I would highly recommend eating like a Dutchman where you’ll eat the raw herring ‘straight up’ by holding it by its tail and slowly eat it.

Stubbe Haring's raw fish was strangely delicious! Soft in texture and it smells fresh and salty. This place is a local (and also a tourist) hotspot, so make sure you don’t arrive too late in the evening, as the fish stalls selling raw Herrings normally close early.

Stubbe Haring, Spui 7

 

Dessert

For those who have never heard of Stroopwafels before, it is to-die-for! It is basically a yummy Dutch waffle made from two thin layers of baked dough. The middle is spread with creamy and buttery caramel syrup. Stroopwafel, when translated into English simply means “Molasses Waffles”.

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These Dutch cookies are best when fresh and I’m taking you to the yummiest in town - Van Wonderen Stroopwafels.

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It is a mouthful to pronounce, isn’t it? Van Wonderen Stroopwafels is just 11 minutes away from Hotel The Exchange. This Dutch dessert place is heaven! The large cookies are made fresh to order with all sorts of colourful toppings - mini marshmallows and M&Ms are my favourites. What I loved about these fresh Stroopwafels is that, it is not too sweet. I can have two of them, anytime!

 

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A Snack From The Wall

If you need a quick snack then your in luck, Just one street away from Hotel The Exchange, is FEBO. What’s a FEBO, you might ask? It truly food on the run, the best way to grab a bight when your in a rush. 

Basically its a hot food vending machine that is refilled every couple of minutes offering fresh and  delicious hot treats. All you need to do is make a choice from the window slots, the range includes Dutch classics -delicious kroket, frikandellen, hamburgers and kaassoufflés. 

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Then, all you need to do is to put the right amount into corresponding window slot and voila, the door opens with your mouth-watering snack ready to eat. My personal favourite has got to be the satay flavoured kroket.

FEBO, Damrak 6

 

THAT'S IT FOR NOW :)

Thank you for reading this post for a foodie adventure in Amsterdam. More to come on what to eat when staying at Hotel The Exchange!

Have a wonderful autumn season all! And for those living in the Southern Hemisphere, happy Spring! 

xom