Jacket & Jeans Zara (Similar jacket here, here & here), Shoes - Michael Kors (Similar here & here), Bag - Philip Lim by Target (Similar here and here)
If there is one thing you should CHECK consistently before you travel, it's the WEATHER! I have been pretty reckless in the past and I have traveled foolishly to many a places without doing a weather-check and in most cases, I ended up packing the wrong stuff and suffering later. It is vital to check the weather of the places on the dates you are going to be there and to pack accordingly.
I landed in Brussels, Belgium on this extremely cold-rainy day, the minute I stepped out of the plane I could feel the cold winds gushing into my face. And I had carried the worst clothes seriously, a few dresses and a torn denim. Thankfully i had packed one light jacket which was an ultimate savior. Apart from the cold weather, my stay in Brussels was extremely delightful. I had rented a really good apartment, right in front of the Mannekin Pis, thanks to Airbnb. The minute I entered the grand palace area and this lane my apartment was located in, I was greeted by this warm yummlicious aroma of the waffles. And yes you guessed it right, before even dropping my luggage or getting into the apartment I quenched my gastronomical thirst by grabbing a super-delicious chocolate waffle. It was so chocolaty and yummy and well, i am drooling now...
I explored the little streets in and around Mannekin Pis on foot, I think walking is really the best way to explore any place unless the weather doesn't permit you to do so. In this case, the weather was not really pleased with my arrival I guess because not only was it windy and cold, it rained as well and no I did not carry an umbrella (#worsttravelingmistakes) and had to run from shop to shop but hell it was fun. I did some shopping at Rue Neuve which is the most popular shopping street in Brussels and I ate plenty of waffles as I scavenged through the streets and did I mention the chocolate liqueur to you, oh my heavens it was something! I also dined at this really great Ethiopian restaurant suggested by my host, called Kokob. It was pretty good, you must visit it if you want a different dining experience and a nice ambiance, the people here are very nice! I also remember going to this pub in front of the Mannekin Pis, which looked kinda spooky as they had really dim lighting and creepy dolls hanging from the ceiling but hey, they had free WI-FI! ;)
My next stop in this beautiful country was utterly breath-taking, the cutest little town I have ever seen - Brugge. If you visit Belgium and don't visit Brugge, it's a shame, no really! This happy cute little town has lovely cobbled streets, medieval buildings, extremely gorgeous doors (oh, did I tell you I have this BIG thing going on for doors, pretty doors? I can't stop obsessing over them, if you follow me on Instagram, you'd know it) cute shops and lots more that fill your eyes and heart with pure joy. Take a walk around this town and explore your own little spots, there are pretty flowers, gardens, canals and of course gorgeous doors everywhere. Brugge is also referred to as the Venice of the north owing to the canals that pass through the town. Oh and the Loppem Castle which is right in the middle of this big garden and surrounded by a small lake is a sight that looks just like a beautiful medieval painting, no kidding! Stand in front of the castle and take a picture and play the guess where game with your friends, I bet one of them will see it's a painting in the background cos' it's so beautiful.
For shopping, just walk around and go to the small shops that you see, they've pretty lace stuff, cutesy souvenirs, amazing beer and melt-in-the-mouth-with-a-pop kinda great chocolate. I still have some boxes saved at home for those extreme stress moments where only great chocolate can save the day.
If you've been to Belgium and would like to share your story with me, please do by commenting below. I am a great listener. ;)