Friday, April 11, 2014

Going Home

April 11, 2014

Hollywood



 Hey everyone


I am so happy to let you all know I am leaving for Los Angeles in less then two weeks.


 If you are a regular reader of this blog, you might know I have lived in Hollywood, California for half of my adult life. This is the reason why I'm calling LA "home" because to me it is. I thought why not share a little bit of history on how I made the move to the city of angels so many years ago. So I want to share just a tip of the iceberg of my story. Which is very personal and something I have never shared on this blog as of yet.

I moved to Los Angeles quite a few years ago to pursue my dream to work in the United States as a singer. Ever since I was a kid I was determined to move to -in my eyes- this magical place where all dreams could come true.  Once settled in LA, I started making a very decent living working as a dancer. I had studied dance at the Lucia Marthas Dance Academy in Amsterdam since I was a child. A "six days a week" course of classes that has left me with the most wonderful memories, besides all the hard work it took. When I was seventeen I quit the academy when I chose to start singing and I joined my first band and started touring.  Singing was something I started at a very young age too, signing my first record deal when I was seventeen years old. After my first signing I released a few cd's in Europe in countries like England and Germany. A few even made it into the dance charts, so moving to the United States was a very logical step for me. Still I have always been lucky enough to be able to get job opportunities in the dancing field. So studying at the dance academy all those years hadn't been a waist of time thankfully lol. For the years in Los Angeles to come I made tons of lifetime friends, went out to the most prestigious clubs and restaurants, partied with celebs in Hollywood, soaked up the California sun, worked super hard and took care of my son Lyon at the same time. It was a very busy, exciting and surreal life.




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 About the singing part, to be honest with you, I've always had a love-hate relationship when it comes to being a vocalist. There are times where I sing a lot, perform and write songs and there are times, even months where I can't even open my mouth and let any notes come out.  When I moved to Los Angeles, I ended up doing quite a few singing projects, like getting booked doing back up vocals in recording studios or write tunes for other artists, performing with bands and even getting signed to a record label. Working as a dancer started taking all of my time, so pursuing my singing dream got kind of pushed to the side. At the time I was okay with that because I was doing great with what I was doing. Besides, singing is something that is always with me, so I am never really too worried when I go trough a phase where I don't feel or can be creative in it, but it totally changed the purpose of why I was in Los Angeles. I had my small son Lyon to take care of too as I mentioned before and he was and still is the most important priority in my life. As much as I loved LA and making a good living and having tons of amazing friends, life could be tough sometimes too. Missing my family and working non stop without ever being able to take a break, took it's toll after eight years. I started getting health problems, like stomach aches and catching flu's like every two weeks and being extremely tired up to a point I needed to be hospitalized for pancreatitus which is a infection of the pancreas and pretty serious. I decided I needed to recover and recharge my battery and needed my loving family for support. So I made one of the toughest decisions I had to make in my life. Uproot my son from his happy life in LA and move back to Amsterdam after not seeing it for years.




When I got back in Amsterdam, I experienced a huge culture shock. I was so used to the sunny and warm temperatures and American lifestyle, I forgot how different it was. For example I didn't even own a winter coat and the people in Amsterdam seemed strange and distant! It took me a full year to get used to it here again and I remember crying myself to sleep missing my best friends and my home, while I was loving all the new things in Amsterdam at the same time. The beautiful new little stores, restaurants and patisserie's and of course morning coffees with my mom, dad, sister and brother were just priceless. I felt like a tourist in my own town which was fun and very strange at the same time. After a year of recovery I found myself a beautiful apartment in the heart of Amsterdam in the area: The Pijp. It is actually the neighbourhood I grew up in and after returning from LA , I was pleasantly surprised this neighbourhood had turned in to one of the trendiest and "happening" areas of Amsterdam. Ever since I found and created myself a new home here, I've been a happy camper living in Amsterdam again. I don't miss LA all that much anymore and even prefer Europe at this point, especially now Paris being my new favorite place in the world, where I'm planning to live for a short time later this year!

 I am a fanatic traveler and I've always been. Point is I can never éver stay in one place for too long, so I am super excited to return to the city of my heart. Of course I will post everything I will be doing on this blog during my visit. Being able to share this journey with you makes it all the more special of course.

 I can't be more happy right now, I am going home!

Let me share a few images with you.



A pool right at your appartment building?, Yes in LA it's the norm and of course me and Lyon loooooved it. Waking up and jumping right in and swimming a few laps before enjoying breakfast on the sundeck was my favorite time of the day. 


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Left: The Kodak theater on Hollywood Boulevard. I still can't believe I managed to find an apartment right next to this on Orange drive. Not being able to leave my place due to a red carpet event was a weekly thing. Yet it was so fun to see all the buzzing reporters, cameras and celebrities so upclose. After a year I got used to it.  It was kinda like: Oh George Clooney is outside? Uuuugh can they get his car out of the way because I need to get to work lol. Talking about being spoiled right?

Right: Me and my bestie: thé fantastic Anna living it up clubbing in Hollywood. This picture is our last photo we took together so we nééd to produce some new ones this trip lol. I can't wait to see her.




I always loved the art in Venice Beach, hanging out here with my favorite Chai latté was more then a regular thing.


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Laguna is by far my favorite beach in California, It is quite a drive from LA, but the atmosphere is so peaceful and relaxing, making it so worth the effort and time it takes! I remember the steak diners we would enjoy at T.G.I. Friday's at the end of a beach day. Not the healthiest food for me today, as I hardly ever eat red meat but back then I wasn't as health conscious as I am now, so I certainly loved it at the time and secretly still do.




I would go for a morning run on hiking trail Runyon Canyon in the Hollywood hills almost every day. I can't even count the number of times I've sat on this bench overlooking this gorgeous view. It's the most amazing place to rethink every day problems or worries and I can tell you, lots of decisions have been made on this bench and even a few tears have been shed. Although  hundred times more smiles too I can asure you. If I was stressed, I couldn't stay stressed for too long by sitting here. Who can with this view?  On a clear day when there is no smog you can see all way to the beach. It really was and still is my special place.

 


The prettiest decor at one my favorite restaurants and hot spots in LA is: The Ivy. One bite of their crab cakes and you are in seafood heaven. They are the absolute bést! One time my brother and cousin visited me in LA and I took them there to try them. They absolutely loved it. I can't wait to go back there.




I have missed this place soooo much, Get the best organic coffees and tea at Urth Caffé


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Can you believe I bought my first ever Chanel bag right here at this Robertson Boulevard location and lost it a few years later while moving to another apartment? Having received this precious baby as a gift made it even ten times worse. I don't think I ever really got completely over the loss lol. Oh the memories!


Venice beach


One of my favorite walks is strolling along the shore starting from Pacific Palisades all the way to Santa Monica. Bare feet in the sand with the late afternoon sun on my face and a good convo with my mom and sister when they came to visit me from Amsterdam are such fond memories.


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You can't beat Mel's Diner open 24 hours a day on Sunset Boulevard and having one of the most delicious chocolate milkshakes in town. After enjoying a night out, "the tuna melt" was one of my favorites to get. This place always has such a soft spot in my heart because it was one of the first places I ever went to eat when I first arrived in LA and just comes with such good memories. Me and my best friend Dennis would eat here all the time. The fact that my Dennis died of cancer just two years ago makes this place even more special to me. His favorite was drinking iced tea and having the cobb salad.


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Seeing this street sign meant I was home. Like I mentioned before I lived right of of Hollywood boulevard. Pretty cool huh?


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Isn't life all about making beautiful memories? Make sure you treasure yours by enjoying every minute you live to the fullest, so you can look back and smile without any regrets! I sure do, looking back at this amazing part of my life which is spending all this time in LA.  The city that forced me to grow up and made me the person who I am today. 

Bisous xx Tamara Chloé


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Most photo's were taken from pinterest.com

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Little Black Tee

April 6, 2014


DSC_9102 Mango blazer, little black tee, Myca Couture


Hey everyone


Sometimes all we are in the mood for is a simple black tee, a light blazer and a pair of "leather look" skinnies. Last week me and my dad jumped on our bikes and went for a 40 mile bike ride which included visiting the small fishing town Volendam. First of all I love the real Volendam herring fish, onions and pickles, which is a real Dutch treat, so any chance I get to indulge in delicious seafood I'm game. Second the water views and pretty old Dutch style architecture are just beautiful and serene, Usually this place gets packed with tourists. We arrived late, just before sunset, so we were lucky to enjoy this place in pure peace and snap a few outfit photo's. As you can see I'm not wearing anything sporty although I do consider these bike rides one of my cardio workouts. I mean my legs seriously hurt when I got back home. Still I chose to wear something casual yet dressy enough to sit at a cute restaurant terrace for lunch or coffee afterwards. Once again I'm wearing one of Myca Couture royalty bracelet cuffs. I own quite a few pieces from this luxury and all handmade brand and I'm simply in love with this latest green piece
You can check all Myca's designs right here if you would like to check them out for yourself:  Myca Couture



DSC_8966 Little black tee, Myca Couture, Mango Blazer

DSC_9190 Burgundy bike in Volendam

DSC_8874 Myca Couture Green Royalty Cuff

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I was wearing: Black tee: Blazer: Mango, Black leather look skinnies: Zara, Royalty Cuff Bracelet: Myca Couture here, Necklace: Lucardi, Lipstick: MAC Saigon Summer, Nails: Essie (color): Blanc


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Much love Tamara Chloé


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Friday, March 28, 2014

White Mesh with Myca Couture Jewellery

March 28, 2014


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Hey everyone

Siiiiigh, it feels so good to finally being able to wear an all white outfit. I've just been so much in the mood for it lately and with a new Spring season at our doorstep, how can I possibly choose not too? I love to make sure there is a bit of texture going on in an all white look, so that's why I chose this mesh sweater for a dash of "trendy allure". Make sure you check out the Myca Couture jewellery which I am absolutely obsessed with.

Classy and elegant you don't need much more then just a few pieces and as of lately I am feeling more and more attracted to minimalism when it comes to jewellery pieces.  It could be a phase and I might be stacking a few bracelets again in the future but right now, this will be the look am going for.What do you think? Lots of jewellery vs minimal jewellery? Isn't it fun how our own style continuously evolves and changes?



DSC_8348 Mesh white shirt, Myca Couture

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DSC_8656 Metallic Zara sandal heels

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I was wearing: Royalty Cuff Bracelet: Myca Couture:  here Top: Lady store Amsterdam (Local Boutique) Skinny jeans and Heels: Zara, Lipstick: Mac, Cream Sheen Fan Fare, Nailpolish: Essie, color: Blanc

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Thanks for reading lovelies!

Much love and enjoy a beautiful weekend!

Tamara Chloé

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Let's Talk Paris


March 26, 2014


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Hey everyone 

Paris is such a breathtaking city, how can anyone not be in awe while being here? On a sunny Sunday afternoon I strolled around and just basically shot pictures of everything that caught my eye. Always being in front of the camera on this blog it sure is fun to share some images with you when I'm actually behind it for a change. Can you imagine why I want to move to this city later this year? Paris breathes decadence, classic elegance, and an enormous amount of beauty that just takes your breath away.

And the food? Well when in Paris you should defnitely try the: roasted duck breast with berries. at Restaurant: Kong.  The best cream pastries I have ever tasted at: Odette. The flavours: pistache, chocolate and café are amongst my favorites. Stop by for great tasting chocolates at Michel Cluizel on Rue Saint-Honoré and if you are looking for an amazing sandwich, check out Cosi for some crispy and light foccacias in Saint-Germain-Des-Pres. I tried the Ricotta and walnuts and it was absolutely delicious!

Hope you enjoy my Paris impressions here!

 

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DSC_6520 Eiffel tower Paris

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DSC_6612 Champs Elysees Paris

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DSC_5785 Pond Du Alexandre Paris

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I was wearing: Moto Jacket: Toxic, Necklace: Zara, Shirt: Avanti, Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Allure




10 fun facts about Parisians:


1: Despite the rumours about the French not wanting to speak English, Parisians especially the young people know how to speak English véry well!

2: The French usually eat their diner very late which is great because you'll be able to eat a full diner in most  fancy restaurants way past midnight.

3: Parisians have a name of being rude and not very warm to strangers, well I've noticed Parisians are very polite and even extremely kind once the ice is broken. Breaking the ice is easy just by greeting them in French. A simple "Bonjour Madame" will do the trick. French sales people detest visitors who won't greet them when entering and leaving their store. To them politeness is a must! Despite the fact they love to complain about the over enthusiastic tourists, Parisians actually dó like foreigners visiting their city which they are noticeably very proud of.  Just make sure you acknowledge them and they are as nice as can be!

4: Parisians looove to complain and they love to complain wíth you!  About the weather, politics, bad traffic you name it. Just join in on the complaining and you've made your self a new friend in no time.

5: Parisians talk loud while dining. It's almost yelling when they get into heated discusssions about politics, Justin Bieber, books or movies. Name a subject and they love to disagree with each other, At first I thought a group of friends were arguing, but then finding out this is their way of conversing with eachother over a good bottle of wine and having a perfectly fun night. It's actually fun to watch them like this.

6: I love how Parisians take their time while enjoying their food. Two hour lunches over a good conversation is thé thing to do when meeting friends in Paris.

7: Parisians love to smoke and you better not tell them not too.They will find ways to smoke anywhere, anytime even despite freezing temperatures. Snow? Who cares, they will sit outside and smoke at a cafe terrace even if it's the last thing they do.

8: Besides being the fashion capital of the world, the regular Parisian loves to dress "casual-chic" and nothing too over the top. Wearing bright colors in winter will make everyone stare at you like you are an alien from outer space.

9: Parisians walk very fast in their overcrowded streets!  An easy paced stroll is difficult just by trying to avoid not banging into a rushed Parisian trying to get to their destination, It seriously is a way of going left, right, left to make sure to stay safe on the pedestrian area and not ending up being pushed aside hard!  Luckily I am a pretty fast walker myself, but being a tourist you want to pause and enjoy the views, but can sometimes be nearly impossible without getting in the way of nearly anyone lol.  The best time to go for a slow stroll is on a rainy Sunday when most stores are actually closed. The stores on Avenue Des Champs Élysée's are open on Sundays and yes again véry crowded, then again the crowd is mostly tourists, so they do tend to walk a lot slower.

10: Parisians love to "stare" and when you stare back at them by sheer irritation, they will keep on staring at you without turning away in embarrassment. The only thing you can do is deal with it and make yourself look like u love the attention even though you are not.

11: Last but not least, most Parisians speak English véeeeery well, Yes I know, I already mentioned that, but I love them for it! 

Oui oui, j'adore Paris!



Thanks for reading everyone and make sure you enjoy a great day.

With love Tamara Chloé

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