You Can Always Go Home Again...Amsterdam

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind, from parts of SE Asia to Japan to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam has my heart unlike no other. It was one of the first (of two) places I ever visited outside the United States. The other was Paris. I called the trip the "Kittykat Olympics". It only made perfect sense as the trip included the iconic shopping mecca that is Paris, as well as the ahem, 'recreational" activities of Amsterdam. Seriously, if shopping or smoking EVER became an Olympic event...I'm READY. No need for training. SEND ME IN COACH!!!! (especially if it's the shopping)

Amsterdam is a city no matter when you go you can always find something new or interesting. This trip was a last minute, "let's go see some friends for a couple of days" and that's exactly what I did. I strolled the canals with Lexie, we shopped, drank a lot and ate a little:

And the highlight of this little excursion was the pleasant surprise of the "My Name Is Prince" exhibit. More details and pics on my next post.

Remember...there's no place like home,

Love,

Dorthy aka Kit n Lexie

 

Museum of Bags and Purses Amsterdam aka Where it all began

I officially launch LOLA January 1, 2016. Now, here we are almost two years later and growing and evolving. What started out as a small tour in Amsterdam has morphed into a website, IG pages for both LOLA and the face of the company Lexie, and so much more. 

2018 will be chalked full of adventure as I am working on my first fitness/wellness retreat that will include yoga, Muay Thai, meditation, hiking and more in the lovely location of Koh Samui, Thailand.  

Also, I'm planning the adventure of a lifetime and would love to get a group together for some or most of the trip: Africa 2018

Gonna hike Kilimanjaro, go on a Safari, then on to the lands of my ancestors Mali, Benin, and Togo for a couple of weeks. This trip will be 4-6 weeks. If any interest or you want to know more you can always reach out to me via email: ladiesonthelam@gmail.com

So excited for the things to come but here is a reminder of where I started:  

We started at the Tassenmuseum Hendrikje and now we are here. Located in Amsterdam, NL, is a museum devoted to historic handbags, purses and suitcases. The museum's collection includes 4,000 items dating back to the 16th century. One of only three museums across the globe specializing in the field, and its collection is the world's largest.

2017 keeps on whizzing by and we all know I am not one to let moss settle on my feet. Stay tuned or better yet contact me and JOIN me on my next adventure.  I mean we are Ladies on the Lam.

Luxe Shopping in the Heartland...It DOES Exist

I am a snob. I'll admit it. I think my city (NYC) is the greatest, but sometimes you have to go back to where it all began. Back to a time before fashion sense and an aesthetic eye, to a place where I wore a TON of colorful (at times too much so) floral dresses. Yup, I went back to Oklahoma.

I was staying in OKC this past week visiting my brother and his family. When in town I usually spend all my time with them, only taking a break to visit my cousins, aunts and uncles, but never taking a break to shop because ...well why...I live in New York. Today while heading to Trader Joe's for Almond Milk my life CHANGED...I saw a store that whispered "high end elegance". At first I was afraid it was closed, alas it was not...WIN! The store "The Consortium" located in the ultra chic Nichols Hills Plaza in OKC was everything I needed and more. From the fashion and accessories to the beautiful books. I just wanted to stay forever, and the owners Donna and Meghan Spears are so charming that you can't help but want to sip tea and champagne with the ladies while trying on gorgeous clothes.

The store itself is styled immaculately, and is like the closet of my dreams (if slides don't change just click on the picture)

 

The owners Meghan and Donna Spears are absolute dolls. You check them out on Instagram. Their link is HERE . Not only did I buy a beautiful slate grey/black Louiza Babouryan (who by the way has a website and IG of beautiful things) flowing skirt, but Meghan helped me style it with my natural hair t-shirt. (which I'm selling by the way...y'all the natural hair shrinkage struggle is real)

AND SUPER BONUS the skirt was 45% off !!!!! Did I tell you how much I love this place:

The Look: Simple grey "Grow-er NOT Show-er" natural hair tee, long flowing slate #louizababouryan skirt, vintage necklaces from my beloved Aunt Mae, rings: the Red one from a store that no longer exists in Amsterdam, the other a lovely black, silver and gold bauble found in Barcelona, with gold shoes and vintage Gucci clutch. A fun outfit that can be worn on a date or out with friends. LOVE!

The Look: Simple grey "Grow-er NOT Show-er" natural hair tee, long flowing slate #louizababouryan skirt, vintage necklaces from my beloved Aunt Mae, rings: the Red one from a store that no longer exists in Amsterdam, the other a lovely black, silver and gold bauble found in Barcelona, with gold shoes and vintage Gucci clutch. A fun outfit that can be worn on a date or out with friends. LOVE!

I never thought I would find the perfect "world traveler" in my own little world of Oklahoma City...but I did. If you are in the area and looking for the perfect "something"...The Consortium has it.