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August 21, 2018

Women's Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Fashion Trend Forecast

In this post I'll be sharing four Women's fashion trends for fall 2019 and winter 2020 by New York-based trend forecasting agency Fashion Snoops

Want more fashion trend information? Follow my Insta stories @thekeytochic, my Facebook page, and my Pinterest trend boards, where you'll have access to emerging trends, personal style, outfit ideas, and shopping reports.

Before we dive in, here are some quick links to more of my trend posts:

August 31, 2018 update - See four men's spring summer 2019 trends on Fashion Trend Guide.

August 25, 2018 update - See four denim trends for 2019 on Fashion Trend Guide.

August 20, 2018 update - See five footwear trends for spring summer 2019

August 15, 2018 update - See seven trends for fall 2018 on Fashion Trend Guide.

March 5, 2018 update - See key Women's fashion trends for 2018 in my MAGIC trade show report.

February 21, 2018 update - See five Women's footwear trends for 2018 and five Women's denim trends for 2018 in my MAGIC trade show reports. 

February 2, 2018 update - See 4 Women's trends for fall 2018/winter 2019 in this post on Fashion Trend Guide.

The four themes that Fashion Snoops has presented for the fall 2019/winter 2020 season are Rebuild, New World, Oracle, and Trigger. In this post on The Key To Chic, I'm sharing the inspiration, color palettes, materials, prints, and must-have items for each theme. 

1. Rebuild
Here's the background on Rebuild according to Fashion Snoops:

In a turbulent world, we are inspired by the true grit of the post Depression era, a time that merged rural farming with mass industrialization. Influenced by the American Regionalism style, the focus is on heightened emotions and reconstructed notions of design - how to make the best out of what you have. John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath is a key influence. Today, we reinforce this focus on a bygone era as we seek to learn from those who persisted despite difficult circumstances, capturing raw emotion and humanity along the way. 

rebuild fashion trend forecast fall 2019 winter 2020

With Rebuild, there's a focus on community, emotions, and the need to find common ground with others. There's a new sense of modern modesty. The color palette for Rebuild expresses authentic realism and endurance. Colors are industrial and bucolic. There are wind worn brights, browns, golds, and iron ore. 

rebuild trend forecast colors

Materials are rugged, cozy, heavyweight, and include picked seams, crafted tweeds, raw denim, starched cotton, patchwork, and railroad stripes. The Women's version of Rebuild is called Pioneertown. Design details are quilted techniques, mixed media, knots, and soft ruffles. Must-have items are the full midi dress, tailored jumpsuit, maxi dress, trucker jacket, puff-sleeve blouse, wide leg pants, and oversized sweater. Important accessories are the western boot, bucket bag, oval sunglasses, corset belt, bandana, and ankle socks. See Chloé for more must-haves.

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2. New World 
Recent scientific discoveries ignite a new curiosity in design and inspire unconventional solutions for humanity to interact and sustain the natural world. Technological innovations continue to drive progressive ideas with renewables and sustainability practices, and a focus on merging these concepts with human nature is essential. We venture beyond the boundaries of the planet with awe-inspiring space discoveries that remind us that we may not be as alone in the universe as we once thought. The science fiction undertones of the New World are informed by recent reboots of Utopic fiction, and an emerging emphasis on futuristic forms is inspired by architects like the late Zaha Hadid, whose use of swooping curvilinear lines became iconic.

new world fashion trend forecast fall 2019 winter 2020

Human connection is essential for innovation. Colors for New World are tech metallics balanced by lush greens and blues. Humanoid, a pink-based skin tone, is a notable color. 

new world trend forecast colors

Materials feel organic. They include PVC, puckered fabrics, and nylon. The Women's trend story is called Horizon, and is punctuated with curved lines, futuristic surfaces, and utility elements. Design details are bold cutouts, fringe, high necklines, mixed media, and exposed zippers. Must-have items are the asymmetric dress, boxy tee, puffer jacket, cargo pants, cropped track pants, and pullover anorak. Accessories for this theme include the wide leg PVC boot, crossbody bags, ombré rectangle sunglasses, wide belt, puffer scarf, crew socks, and statement earrings. See Stella McCartney for more ideas and inspiration. 

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3. Oracle
We take a step into a seductive new world where mystery and a sense of foreboding luxury create an alluring underworld. Darkness and a whisper of the unknown inspire a rich complexity that elevates the beauty of high-end fashion and design. We become more attuned to the effects of the phases of the moon, rising tides, and astrological shifts. Music and style icons like Michele Lamy and Karin Dreije demonstrate how mystical, feminine power can evoke compelling forms and textures that tap into our primal beings and take us further into the depths of consciousness.
oracle fashion trend forecast fall 2019 winter 2020

Oracle is rich and indulgent with an underworld element. The color palette for Oracle is dark and hypnotic, with seductive purple, earthy tones, greens, taupes, and blues. 

oracle trend forecast colors

Materials are satin, decayed leather, dark floral prints, weighted velvet, candle waxed fur, and wool bouclé. Texture and luster are important. The Women's trend story is called Enchanted. Design details are puff sleeves, high necklines, embellishments, animal appliqués, subtle pieced construction, ruffles, mixed media, and bows. Must-have items are the velvet midi dress, satin slip dress, asymmetric dress, velvet blazer, maxi dress, cape, and puff-sleeve blouse. Accessories include the pointed toe ankle boot, frame purse, veil, embellished barrettes, corset belt, and leather gloves. See Zimmermann and Ulla Johnson for more inspiration and examples.

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4. Trigger
The duality of push and pull creates a catalyst for contemporary design. Normcore dressing is reexamined and reconstructed to compose a unique visual dialogue that blends cerebral construction with a confident streetwise edge. Color becomes assertive and is used with great effect. Artists like John Baldessari and photographer David Brandon Geeting emphasize this undercurrent of graphic impact and inspire the use of saturated hues and unexpected juxtapositions; it's color blocking taken to the next level. It all results in a smart level of minimalism ignited by bold design details and redefining shapes. 

trigger fashion trend forecast fall 2019 winter 2020

There's a streetwise edge to Trigger; see Virgil Abloh's work for inspiration. Colors for the Trigger theme are industrial, and include pink, orange, black, and concrete grey. 

trigger trend forecast colors

Materials are a mix of fancy, artsy, and industrial. Modular texture is key. The materials take a construction-like approach with bold geometry, Terrazzo fragments, and matte leather. The Women's trend story is called Switch, where architectural lines, '80s details, and energetic colors are key. Volume is very important, as are strong shoulders and utility details. Key items are the sweater dress, fur coat, ladylike pleated skirt, puffer jacket, high waist pencil skirt, and blazer. Accessories are the slingback pump, accordion bag, cat eye frames, gemstone barrettes, fingerless gloves, belt pouches, and sheer socks. See Maison Margiela and Dolce & Gabbana for more examples.

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August 17, 2018

Five Footwear Trends for Spring Summer 2019

During a visit to FNPlatform this month, I had the opportunity to visit a few footwear booths to preview the latest collections for fall 2018 and spring/summer 2019. Highlights from the trade show include discussions about sustainability, displays and backdrops to encourage Instagram addicts, colorful, stylish sandals by Brazilian brand Ipanema, and the hottest color of the moment - Gen Z yellow (a rich shade of mustard). If you love shoes, you're in the right place. I'll be sharing five key footwear trends for fall 2018 and spring summer 2019 in this trend report.

1. The Golden Rule
Move over, Millennial pink. There's a new hue in town, and she's called Gen Z yellow. Also known as goldenrod or mustard, this color is hard to ignore; it's everywhere. I spotted it on sandals, flats, and heels at almost every booth. It pairs well with neutrals like taupe, grey, and black, but it also plays well with teal, green, and orange.

Clockwise from top left: Zaxy, Rider, Zaxy, and Stephanie Classic.

gen z yellow footwear trend 2019

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2. Fit to be Tied
Adorable bows and chic knotted details continue to be strong into the spring 2019 season. Whether it's on casual flip flops or more polished heels, these embellishments add a hint of playfulness to women's footwear.

Clockwise from top left: Zaxy, Stephanie Classic, Carrano, and Carrano.

knots and bows footwear trend 2019

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3. Rainbow Brights
Right in line with the resurgence of the '90s, these vibrant rainbow colors inject a happy vibe into sandals and sneakers. 

Clockwise from top left: Stephanie Classic, Stephanie Classic, Coolway, and Ipanema

rainbow brights footwear trend 2019

4. Sneakers with Thick Soles
The chunky "dad" sneaker is having a moment, thanks in part to luxury brands like Balenciaga, Chloé, Louis Vuitton, and Stella McCartney. They're not just for athleisure looks. I've spotted them worn in dressed-up ways, with everything from leopard print midi skirts to striped wide-leg trousers. 

Clockwise from top: Carrano, Coolway, and Schutz. Shop the Schutz sneaker right here under $200.

chunky dad sneakers fashion trend 2018 2019

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5. See Through Style
Lucite and clear strap details, also reminiscent of the '90s, were another trend I saw repeated in many booths. Several brands showed them in heels, pumps, sandals, and even ankle boots. 

Clockwise from top left: Carrano, Schutz, Coolway, and Vicenza.

clear lucite shoe trend 2019

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For more trend forecasts and fashion inspiration, see these reports on my blogs:

Four denim trends for 2019 on Fashion Trend Guide

Seven back-to-school fashion trends for fall 2018

Men's spring summer 2018 fashion trend forecast

Women's spring summer 2018 fashion trend forecast

Women's fall 2018/winter 2019 fashion trend forecast (macro trends)

Women's fall 2018/winter 2019 trend forecast (four key themes)

Women's spring summer 2019 fashion trend forecast

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July 28, 2018

Wild Fable at Target Review

Target's been on a roll lately with the introduction of several exclusive new brands, and this season there are big changes in store in the clothing departments - namely, the introduction of Wild Fable for Juniors and Original Use for young men. Being a frequent Target guest, I happily stumbled upon the early launch of Wild Fable this weekend. In my store, it appeared to replace the Xhilaration line, as I didn't see any Xhilaration products left in the department (it was all on the sale racks). Although the advertised launch date of Wild Fable is August 3, I'll be sharing my thoughts on fit, value, and quality in this early shopping review so that you know what to expect when shopping online or in stores, especially as the back-to-school season begins.

My first impression of the collection was an abundance of '90s inspiration, trendy basics, plaid prints, stripes, crop tops, sportsleisure, and distressed denim. Think Cher Horowitz, Saved by the Bell, or Spice Girls and you get the idea. Fabrics are mainly lightweight polyester and rayon, while sizing is similar to Xhilaration and Mossimo Supply Co. (It runs small, so when in doubt, go up a size.) If I had to compare Wild Fable to another brand, it reminded me of H and M's Divided line or even Urban Outfitters. Good news for your wallet - everything is under $40. The collection includes plus sizes up to 26, but my store did not carry them. 

wild fable target launch

So. Much. Plaid.

wild fable target clothing launch

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Below, a look at my store's selection. The yellow plaid matched set (cropped top, $18 and skort, $20) screams Clueless

wild fable target clothing review

The visuals remind me of shopping at Topshop in terms of graphics, mannequin styling, and cross merchandising.

wild fable target clothing

wild fable target review

Denim Sizing Notes

These $20 high rise skinny jeans run big. I'm usually a size 0 or 2 in denim at Target and the 2 was slightly big, with some stretch. These $22 high rise mom jeans (above on the right) run small in the waist, so I got a size 4. Both styles are selling out quickly in the two stores I visited.

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In terms of value, the low-priced line is aimed at budget-conscious teens and twenty-somethings, and heavily features synthetic fabrics. To make the sheer polyester and lightweight rayon pieces last longer, I'd wash them on the gentle cycle and tumble dry low or lay flat to dry. At first glance, quality appears similar to Mossimo Supply Co. or Xhilaration, and a step below Who What Wear.

wild fable target clothing review

Distressed trucker jackets, micro tops, and black-and-white prints are de rigueur in the Wild Fable collection. There are endless opportunities for layering, especially when sweater weather arrives. if you're a fan of short skirts and dresses, then rejoice, this line is for you. Not a midi length in sight!

wild fable target clothing review

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If you're like me and you lived through the '90s, then you may be less enthusiastic about revisiting some of these trends. I may make an exception for some of the destructed mom jeans, cropped tees, and sportswear. 

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June 4, 2018

Who What Wear Collection at Target Summer Looks

Browsing the Who What Wear collection at Target is one of the things I look forward to on each Target run. I know that I can count on the brand for chic takes on seasonal trends, quality fabrics, and even pieces that are outside of my comfort zone. The Who What Wear collections seem to get better each season. Every trend is represented for summer 2018 right here: ruffles, off-the-shoulder, saturated florals, tropical prints, neutral hues, embellished mules, stripes, paper bag waists, bold brights, you name it. There's something for everyone.

If you follow me on Instagram (@thekeytochic), you may see my favorite finds popping up in my stories. There are so many must-haves in this collection that I thought they deserved their own blog feature so I'm sharing some of the new summer 2018 items that have caught my eye, along with styling ideas. 

who what wear collection tropical stripe wrap dress

The mini wrap dress ($32.99) has flirty ruffle details, a waist tie, and is made of casual, lightweight rayon. There's also a black and white polka dot print. It's ideal for wearing with mules or slide sandals such as these

who what wear collection summer 2018

These wide leg crop trousers were featured in Aimee Song's "Aimee on a Budget" video, and they look much more expensive than their $32.99 price tag. They run true to size and are well tailored. They also come in olive green and would look amazing with this eyelet blouse and these polka dot heels from the collection. 

who what wear collection summer 2018

I've recently become obsessed with paper bag waists, so this belted paper bag skirt ($27.99) came home with me in black. It's perfect for tucking your favorite top into, and the crisp cotton fabric is flattering. The only downside is a lack of pockets. 

who what wear collection summer 2018

There are an array of dresses in the summer collection, and what I like about many of them is that they're made of cotton, making them look more expensive, but more importantly, they are breathable and comfortable in hot weather. 

who what wear collection summer 2018

The tiered maxi dress ($39.99) is made of cotton and also comes in bright blue. I'd wear it with a colorful woven belt and espadrille wedges. The flutter sleeve midi wrap dress on the right ($32.99) is a top pick. The cut is flattering on many body types, and it's easy to dress up or down depending on your footwear and accessories. It also comes in green and is made of a satin-y polyester. I bought it in floral and I plan to style it with black strappy sandals, white sneakers, or even studded ankle boots. 

who what wear collection crochet fringe bag

The Thread crossbody bag ($27.99) is a nice neutral that goes with almost everything. The summery fabrication makes it a cute pick for casual weekends.

who what wear collection summer 2018

The striped asymmetrical midi skirt ($29.99) is trend-forward and office appropriate, and has a matching tie-front top ($27.99). Wear it with these bow accent heels ($37.99) from the collection for maximum impact. 

who what wear collection summer 2018

The belted Bardot mini dress pictured above and below ($32.99) runs slightly big. I'm wearing a small and it was loose around the shoulders. I adore the waist tie and fun ruffle hemline. It is made of crisp cotton with spandex and also comes in two floral prints. It's a nice option for a casual summer wedding or dinner date.

who what wear collection blue ruffle dress

Shopping tip: some of these pieces may be on sale at your local Target. Selection and discounts vary by store. In search of sale scores, I always reserve some time to scour the sale racks and check the Target app for Cartwheel discounts. 

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May 28, 2018

Uniworld Remarkable Rhine River Cruise Review

Earlier this month, I traveled from Basel to Amsterdam on a Uniworld river cruise called Remarkable Rhine. It was my third time traveling with Uniworld, so I knew the views would be incredible, the excursions would be well planned, and the food would be in abundance. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may recall my Uniworld Delightful Danube review or my Venice and Po River cruise review

Rather than review the day-by-day itinerary, I'll share some highlights and lessons learned, starting with how to pack and the weather. In my experience, the weather can vary widely in Europe during early May, so I brought a rain jacket, a puffer, and lots of light layers that were wrinkle resistant. On the trip, I experienced warm and sunny days in Germany, a cold and rainy day in Basel, chilly weather sailing through the Upper Middle Rhine Valley while on the deck of the River Empress, as well as cold temperatures (by my California standards) Amsterdam. The ironing board on the ship left much to be desired, so I was happy to leave my cotton and linen tops at home. 

Basel Switzerland metal butterflies

The journey began in Basel and worked its way north, ending in Amsterdam, where I extended my trip for two days without Uniworld. I stayed at the Doubletree by Hilton Centraal Station, which had an incredible breakfast buffet with dim sum, granola, fresh fruit, yogurt, lots of bread, scrambled eggs, salsa, nut butters, and almost anything else you could imagine. I'd stay there again because it was quiet, comfortable, and had a convenient location. The room was small but modern and minimal in design, with the only downside being a small armoire instead of a real closet. Now on to the other parts of the trip.

The charming architecture, lush parks, and adorable food shops (sausage, cheese, and sweets) in Strasbourg, France captured my heart. I hope to visit again someday. I bought a few tiny chocolate treats from the shop below, as well as some beauty products from the French pharmacies. Fashion note - I also shopped at my favorite French stores: Galeries Lafayette, Promod, and Monoprix. Strasbourg is a busy but bike-friendly city, which also makes it more endearing to me.

Strasbourg France chocolate shop

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The Romanesque cathedral in Speyer, Germany was gorgeous, and after a brief walking tour, I had a chance to bike around the town, browse the busy local flea market, and enjoy the warm weather. Speyer is a walkable town with friendly locals and stunning architecture.

Speyer Germany cathedral

Speyer Germany tour

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My favorite part about waking up on a Uniworld cruise is the breakfast buffet, and most of all, the Swiss Bircher muesli. I don't know exactly what they put in there, but breakfast is my favorite meal, and the muesli is addictive. It's rich, slightly sweet, and very satisfying. Breakfast began at 7:30 each day, and since I woke up at 5 or 6 due to jet lag, I hit the gym for a pre-breakfast workout almost every morning.

Uniworld muesli breakfast buffet

Morning strolls on the deck were another way to enjoy the views and get some fresh air before touring each city.

Uniworld River Empress deck

castles along the Rhine River

The best part about being on the Remarkable Rhine cruise was seeing the many castles along the Rhine. I've seen this part of Germany before, but I didn't miss the chance to brave cold temperatures on the deck for another shot of this romantic, surreal scenery. It's so picturesque and charming. Everywhere you look there are vineyards, crumbling castles, and adorable villages worthy of a fairy tale. Uniworld tip - enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee on the deck for this stretch of the trip. 

castles along the Rhine River views

Many thanks to the kitchen staff on the River Empress for graciously fulfilling my healthy eating requests, including this tasty fruit plate that I had before dinner. Meal note - dinners usually began at 7 or 7:30, so there are long gaps between meals (6-8 hours), which I'm not used to. I prefer to eat small, healthy meals every 4-5 hours, so by the time dinner came around, I was ravenous. The figs were quite delicious.

Uniworld Fruit Plate

A memorable hike to the Castle Stahlek in Bacharach, Germany offered breathtaking views in addition to being great exercise. Our hiking guide was actually an expat from Indiana who married a Scottish woman and bought a country house in which to raise his family. A walk through the small town of Bacharach was fun, and I capped off the enjoyable day by buying some Birkenstocks (when in Germany, right?) as well an a tiny pistachio ice cream cone for €1 . 

Bacharach Germany

How pretty are these gardens in Bacharach? Any vacation that combines exercise with great views and a guided tour is my favorite way to travel. The main downside to a river cruise is having to back on board the ship at a set time in order to depart for the next destination. The upside is that you have at least two tours to choose from each day, and you're never bored. If you like having tours and excursions planned in advance, river cruising is the way to go. 

Bacharach Germany houses

I enjoyed an early morning walk around Cologne, Germany with its historic architecture, empty restaurants, and warm weather. Since I am a fashion blogger, it would be irresponsible of me not to mention how good the shopping is in Cologne. They have a pedestrian shopping district (Hohe Strasse and Schildergasse) with cute eateries, department stores, and many of my high street favorites such as Mango, Zara, Bershka, Primark, and the like. This is a fashion city and it's where I spent most of my euros. Food note - large, tasty sandwiches and fruit cups are easy to procure in Cologne. They are also inexpensive and a healthy way to eat when you're on the go. 


Our guide brought us to a visit to the Jewish cemetery in Frankfurt, where Mayer Rothschild is buried. It was a quiet Sunday morning in Frankfurt, so unfortunately, everything was closed except for a cafe or two. On the upside, there was no traffic in the city. The weather was mild, and I'm so glad it didn't rain. Uniworld travel tip - they offer special Jewish heritage tours, which I highly recommend. They are different from Uniworld's "do as the locals do" tours and offer special insight into Jewish history and culture which is a memorable way to learn things and experience a new place. This cemetery was a travel highlight on this trip and offered peaceful moments of reflection.

Frankfurt Jewish cemetary

The head chef on the River Empress prepared salmon and steamed vegetables specifically for me every night in my effort to avoid fried, buttery food. I owe him a huge thank you for his hard work. On Uniworld, they spend a lot of effort to make their travelers happy, especially with the food. Breakfast and lunch are over-the-top buffets, but dinner is a five course, 2-3 hour sit-down affair each night. Expect lots of fried food and butter. Sticking to my healthy eating habits, I had a salad for lunch each day. I even managed to drop a few pounds on this trip, so my skinny jeans are not feeling so tight. 

Uniworld River Empress salmon dinner

Towards the end of the trip, the pastry chef bakes an itinerary cake, and they also have a chocolate fountain at the lunch buffet. I've found that it's harder to resist temptation at the end of the trip. I definitely sampled the fountain by dipping some strawberries into the chocolate for a somewhat healthy treat. 

Uniworld Remarkable Rhine itinerarycake

Below, a visit to the Houseboat Museum in Amsterdam. I highly recommend getting the I Amsterdam city card if you plan to visit the city for more than two days. It gives you access to many museums and public transportation, which makes it easy to get around and do more. The weather in Amsterdam was in the low 50's, making my puffer jacket an obvious answer to what to wear. Travel tip  - beware the thousands of cyclists as you make your way around the city. They have the right of way so look both ways before you cross a street, bike lane, tram tracks, or canal. They will slow down if they see you, but it's better to cross when it's clear. 

Street style notes - I like watching people and tracking trends when I visit a new city. In Amsterdam, the outfit of choice for young women often included high-waisted skinny or straight jeans, moto jackets, and heritage sneaker brands such as Puma, Fila, or Vans. Almost nobody wears a bicycle helmet. I noticed that the women wear their hair natural, and Gucci seemed to be the designer of choice for handbags and on-trend belt bags. What surprised me was the ease with which they ride their bikes (even with babies perched on handlebars or in baskets), while texting on their phones, listening to music, and pedaling with intention on their way to work or school in the chilly weather. 

Amsterdam Houseboat Museum

Food notes - as popular as French fries with mayonnaise are in Amsterdam, it's still easy to eat healthy. There are an abundance of healthy grocery stores, juice shops, and trendy eateries with organic or vegan options. I found the Albert Heijn markets to be convenient, with good produce selections, fresh salads, and an intriguing assortment of healthy, non-sugary cereals and granola bars. Next time, I'm leaving room in my suitcase for boxed grocery items that can't be found in the United States. 

The most memorable place to see in Amsterdam for me was the Anne Frank House. Tip: buy tickets online ahead of time and tuck your cameras away because they're strict about not taking photos or videos inside. It's a very well-designed museum with state-of-the-art audio commentary in each room. The stairs are quite steep inside, and once you're in the various rooms, it's a moving, surreal experience to be in the same room where Anne Frank shared her hopes and thoughts. 

Anne Frank house Amsterdam

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Travel Notes

I flew KLM to and from Amsterdam on this trip, and I have to mention how impressed I am with their customer service, the politeness of the airline attendants, and how frequently they passed out beverages and hot towels. On my flight home, the attendant addressed me by my last name, offered me more water than I could drink, and went out of his way to make it a comfortable, pleasant journey. I'd fly KLM again in a heartbeat.

If you haven't done a river cruise, but you're interested, know that there's no sea sickness like on a big ocean cruise. You almost can't tell that the ship is moving, and there are far fewer passengers than on a large cruise ship. The River Empress holds about 130 passengers, 41 staff, and has 65 cabins. If you're like me and you're younger than the target market for river cruises, Uniworld recently launched U by Uniworld, with cool excursions and itineraries aimed at travelers ages 21 to 45. 

Style Notes

I packed my most comfortable pieces for this trip, as well as things that were easy to layer and required little ironing. I'm wearing Old Navy Rockstar skinny jeans, Tucker for Target black floral blouse (sold out), Adidas Gazelle sneakers, Gucci belt, Monoprix white eyelet blouse (similar top for $45), Kate Spade Cobble Hill bag (current season version) and Birkenstock Arizona sandals.

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