Category: Lifestyle

Quick bites (for at work)

Hello everyone,

I just started working at an office which I am really exited about. The only thing that concerned me when started working was eating healthy. I can be that very lazy person who will spend her (lunch)breaks in the canteen/cafetaria. I am a 100%  motivated to avoid that! Today I will share with you my quick bites which don’t even require a knife or a vork. These quick bites will keep you full and be able to live a healty lifestyle at work.

1. A good breakfast is key, if you start the day with something filling like oats and grains it will help you to feel awake, energized and full. Ready to start the day! I usually start the day with a bowl of oats with some low fat yoghurt. Another tip is to take time for your breakfast if you have trouble with eating in the morning because it is better to have breakfast than not to.

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2. Fruits & Veggies. Take a tupperware box with you or something you can keep your fruit and vegetables in. Take fruit and vegetables with you that you love to eat, then you are more likely to actually eat them during the day. I brought some cherry tomatoes and some grapes.

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3. Lets go nuts. Nuts are full of vitamins and will give you energy. You only need a handful to keep yourself healthy and fit. My choice of nuts are walnuts and cashews nuts.

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4. Go back in the day and make yourself happy with some raisins. As a kid I used to get raisins as a snack from my grandmother because it is a healthy snack. So why not use raisins as a snack when you are older? Raisins are full of vitamins, fibers and minerals.

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5. When it is 4 o’clock I need a pick me up. Fruit, nuts and vegetables will not do at this point. That is where I need my bouillon, or cup of soup. The saltness wakes me up!

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Have a nice day everybody. With love Irina ♡
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Five Fall Fashion Favorites

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Since fall is approaching quickly I thought I would share with you my five fall fashion favorites. I just got a proper 9 to 6 job so I have to wear neat clothes everyday and look perfectly chique. I am lucky that this fall/winter trend of 2015 is very chique and neat too. Long coats, turtlenecks, not too much crazy colours and a lot of suits and long skirts are the trend of this fall 2015. The fashion of this fall is very earthy toned. Grey, white, black, dark green and brown are the colours to stock in your wardrobe.

1.Loafers
I love loafers, they are so easy to wear. Just slip in your feet and your done. You can buy them with or without a heel. You can wear your loafers under a skirt, dress or jeans, they will go with everything. Loafers are so comfortable you are good to go and ready to run to the office. I love these snake printed loafers on ASOS.

2. Suits
Suits are the fall trend of 2015. It does not matter which colour, high- or low waisted. A suit can look very sexy on women too, just find the right pair for you and a colour which suits your skintone. It is just perfect to change up your skirts and dresses with some nice pants for a while to wear to the office. This suit is perfect!

3. High waisted skirts
You can never go wrong with high waisted skirts, those extra winter pounds won’t show if you hide your belly in your skirt. Also a high waisted skirt looks very classy with some high heels and a blazer. Especially suede and button-up high waisted skirts are a must-have this fall. Take a look at this suede and button-up suede skirt.

4. All black all day everyday
If you would ask me to open my closet most you will see is black. I love black, and I also mostly wear black, all black.. I am not a dark person and I am not a Gothic but as a blond girl dark colours do look good with your hair. You can never go wrong with an all black outfit. All black looks serious and classy.

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I
 love this all black outfit from Blake Lively.

5. Turtlenecks
Turtlenecks, you maybe think that is something your grandma used to wear. But turtlenecks are in. Turtlenecks makes it look like you stand up straight and they keep you warm on cold days. Choose turtleneck sweaters or shirts in standard colours so you can easily pair them with all kinds of jackets or blazers.

Enjoy fall fashion people. Have a nice day, with love Irina ♡
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Scheveningen Pier

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Just like the famous Santa Monica Pier in the United States, we have a less famous one in the Netherlands located in Scheveningen (the Hague). The Pier in Scheveningen opened in 1961 and was closed in 2013. After renovation this year the Pier is reopend in July 2015. There are many new cool things to do and look at on the Pier so I thought I would share some pictures with you. It is an absolute must do or see when you are in the neighbourhood, it feels like you walk into a foodfestival. Where there is food, life is good.

Here are some pictures of the bars & foodtrucks at the Scheveningen Pier.

On the 28th of August we ate burgers at Pickles, Burgers & Wines. It was soo goood. I actually want one right now! The seasoning over the fries is just to die for.

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The entrance of the Scheveningen Pier

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One of the bars at the Pier

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Lovely gelato’s at the Pier.

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Good looking spaces to chill out with a view over the sea.

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A Flammkuchen foodtruck, so many choices!

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At the end of the Pier there are two restaurants, the Pier North and the Pier South. Both spaces have something unique.

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When the weather is good you can also eat on top of the Pier.

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Come out and take a look lovely people!

Have  nice day, with love Irina


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Hotspot: Mama Kelly

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Sunday the 02nd of August was my 24th Birthday! I had a blast, and celebrated it with friends on Solar Festival in the Netherlands. The next day I went out with my parents to grab dinner in one of the new hotspots in the Hague, Mama Kelly. The Restaurant opened in April 2015. Mama Kelly is located just outside the heart of the city on an industrial area near a canal. Plus side, because it is outside the heart of the city you have lots of parking space, for free! Mama Kelly is a bigger restaurant, or as they call themselves an Urban Bistro. The menu is quite simple, you can choose lobster or chicken, ofcourse there are also vegetarian options such as risotto and other options as fish and steak.

Mama Kelly

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Overall the main focus of the bistro lies on lobster or chicken. You can have your lobster or chicken in three different but all very tasty flavours, it is served with fries and salad. I had the lobster and it was amazing, I love to eat lobster when there is  a  special occasion. Mama Kelly is a great restaurant and the food is amazing. Because it was very sunny we ate outside on the terrace which is huge by the way!

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The service is great, it is so important for a new restaurant to have great staff it really can make or break your restaurant. Because it was my birthday I received a FREE yes, free bottle of prosecco with balloons on it from Mama Kelly. That was not all, on the bill they wrote a nice thank you note, and wished me all the best in the next year. That really made the whole Mama Kelly experience perfect.

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Overall, just go, eat, drink and have fun at Mama Kelly.

Wish you all a lovely day, Irina

 ♡
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Let the adventurer out

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Yesterday I went kitesurfing with Mike and our good friend Frank. It was really windy, I had not been on the water for three months because of school and work. The timing was just not right everytime there was wind. Yesterday was the right time, finally I have holidays (vacation) right now so there was no excuse not to go. Why do I need an excuse to do something I really love? That is the question, I did not know. Sometimes life can swallow you up and you forget to do the things that make you excited and you stick to the ‘normal’ life. You think that if you do not too crazy then everything will fall in its place. Yesterday I remembered that the adventurer part in me has died over the past months because life swallowed me up in stress and busy days. The advise is GO! Go out there, let everything out, seek the thrill. It may scare you at first but afterwards you feel so relieved and happy! Let the adventurer out!

– Think a little less, live a little more –

Seek your adventure, it can be anything, anything that makes you feel alive. I can recommend watching the film ‘Paper Towns’. In the film it is all about feeling alive, and live a little more. That is also the whole reason why I started kiteboarding, I wanted to do something I thought I never could. Now I can, but that does not mean that I don’t get a thingly feeling everytime I hit the water. Life truly begins at the end of your comfort zone.

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Go seek your adventure girls! It will make you so much stronger!

With love, Irina ♡

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Wednesday’s Finest

Hello everyone!

I know it has been a week since I last posted! But I have a good excuse, I was in France for a beautiful wedding of my cousin. The wedding feast lasted for three days! If you want to see some pictures head over to my Instagram account to take a sneak peak into my adventures in France. You also may notice that the website is going through some changes. This week there will be taken some new photo’s for the website and the lay-out will change. Keep your eyes pealed!

Today I will discuss my favorites of the last month and new discoveries with you in my Wednesday’s Finest!

1. My favorite perfume of the last month is Escada’s Turqouise Summer. Let me tell you, Escada knows how to rock summer scents!

2. My favorite nailpolish of this month will come as no surprise and it is the Rimmel London Ring a Ring O’Roses. This light pink makes every outfit perfect!

3. My favorite Youtuber and new discovery is Alix. Her youtube channel is icovetthee, this girl is so gorgeous she looks like Scarlett Johansson. I would love to meet her one day.

4.This month Mike surprised me and bought our first Lonely planet! It is the lonely planet about Hawaii. When reading this book I cannot wait to go, let the counting begin.

Lonely Planet Hawaii

5.With the lonely planet surprise came another gift from mike, he bought us a ‘treasure chest‘ in which we can collect our items we find on our trip. We already filled it with a necklace from Ibiza and a stone from Elba.

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6. My favorite outfit of this month comes from H&M.

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7. There have been quite a few events last month and those were all weddings. I loved them all so much, a wedding is such a beautiful thing to be a part of. Here is a picture of me and my cousins at her wedding last week in France.

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8. Now summer is officially here I do not like to wear foundation, that is why the BodyShop BB cream is my favorite make-up item this month.

Bodyshop BB cream

9. My favorite Style Icon of this month is Whitney Port. Ever since the Hills started I loved her. I rewatched the City a hundred times, and still today she is an inspiration to me!

10. My favorite summer holiday is Ibiza, maybe, maybe we go again this summer. Fingers crossed!

I hope you enjoyed the blog. Do not forget to subscribe to be up to date!

Have a great day, with love Irina


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My week in pictures.

Hello everyone!

What a week, it was blooming hot in the Netherlands! I had an awesome week the past week and have been on the beach almost every day, or writing on my thesis! I will bring you along the past week with the pictures that I have shot for you! Most of the pictures are taken with my new phone the Sony Experia Z3 compact. Shoutout to Sony, this phone is awesome, it can go under water and has a 21 mega pixel camera.  With this phone I can make good photo’s for my blog!

On wednesday evening I hung out with friends, we ordered pizza and had a picknick at the beach. We saw the sunset, and after we chilled out at a beachclub. Just a perfect night!

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On Friday Mike and I went to a festival with lots of theathers on the festival called; De Parade in the Hague. We had a lot of fun and saw a nice show in one of the theathres called ”Love is a donut”.

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Burrito’s and nacho’s at the festival! YAM!

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Ticket for our show! It was hilarious.

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We had an awesome time! Have a nice day everyone! With love, Irina


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Zen life on the beach

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Summer has officially started and this week there is a heatwave in the Netherlands! I love the sun, but unfortunately I miss out on the sun this week, because I will be in the library all day to work on my Master thesis. But no sad times, this blogpost will be on how to stay zen in the stressful times at school, work or anything else. All you need is an outdoor space you can relax and clear your mind. For me, my outdoor space is the beach, it does not matter which beach, every beach is perfect! Yesterday I literally lost my motivation and felt so stressed about school that I decided to put my running clothes on and just run, run, run. I ran for about 5 kilometers along the side of the beach and every time I wanted to stop I told myself to push a little bit harder and keep running. Running, or just sporting in general can lay your focus from stress related stuff to fun things, being active really helps you to relief stress and gain self-consciousness about your body, mind and inner self. After I did my 5K run I walked over to the sea and dipped my feet in the water, cold water helps you to calm down, literally. I do not mean a cold shower but dipping your feet or hands in cold water for a few minutes will help you to relax.

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My number 1 tip is just go outside, put your workload aside for an hour and then go back to work and you will start with a lot of new motivation. Sometimes things have to be done, no matter how irritating they are for you. Have a breather and go! You can do it, never think you cannot. Another tip is to listen to powerful music, put on some power songs that make you happy and it will energize you to do stuff! Sleeping well is also of a big importance to improve your concentration.

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I hope you found the tips helpful and good luck everybody with school and work!

With love, Irina♡

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Fit Food

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Disclaimer: I do not write this post to say that people need to be skinny or should be losing weight. It is just that I adjust my food in order not to gain weight when I don’t have time to work out. Everyone is beautiful and it is just about the feeling you should have in your skin. Never judge others on their weight.

Since last year I kind of have been stuck with my ass on a chair to study, study and do some more studying. All my life I have been pretty sporty except from the period when I was 15 until 16 when I was a rebel teenager and found boys more interesting than working out. But for the rest of the time I was horseriding, for 15 years more than twice a week at least. After horseriding I discovered surfing from the age of 17, and I started kitesurfing when I was 20. Now, the last 3 months escpecially have been very sportless, and I don’t like that. Working out makes you happy, fit, feeling better in your skin and more energetic and I must admit I miss that feeling. Because I do not have time to work out in the coming weeks either because of my thesis writing process (which goes very slow) I thought I should plan my meals so that I don’t ‘over’ eat when I am not excercising. So Mike and I went onto the bodyenfitshop website and ordered some healthy stuff.

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To start off we bought some healthy bread spreads, you know we as Dutch people love our bread and cheese, but it is not the most healthy option everyday. We also bought some superfood meusli, you don’t need much you will feel very full after I promise! And some superfood rice crackers they always come in handy when you need a snack.
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We bought some vitamin pills for men and for women cause you know, we are getting older too, and we need those vitamins! Then I also got, and that is where I am the most exited about, the smart protein powder to make shakes! This powder can replace one of your meals during the day. It has all the important stuff your body needs but not the calories. This powder is what I use to stay the same weight as I am right now. The shakes make you feel full, so you can survive the afternoon without cravings for snacks.

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The good thing about the Body & Fit shop is that over a certain amount of money I think 30 euro you get some free gifts. This time we got pancake mix and a pink shaker bottle which I am obsessed with. For if you don’t know pink is my favorite colour.

Have a wonderful day everybody, and be sportive!

With love Irina♡

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DESIGN.

Hello everyone!

First of all I wanted to thank you for the support, my blog has had so many views recently I couldn’t be happier. Today we will talk about design and home stuff. Last Saturday I was at the Design festival in the Hague called ‘Designkwartier’ or in English Design quarter. It was a beautiful day and there were lots of foodtrucks and pop-up bars outside. I can say it was quite a feast. I am not a homewear or design professional or whatsoever, and usually I do not go to this kind of things but two friends of my went and I joined and I absolutely loved it! On the other hand I do have a soft spot for watching TV programmes about redecorating houses or gardens. Yes I know, super lame but I could bingewatch them if they were on TV the whole evening.

The design festival was really interesting and we had the opportunity to go into buildings and houses and look at so many designers and ways of how people would decorate their home. I love the fact that everything is handmade, and that there is love and passion in the product you buy. Another nice thing is that your piece is unique or at least quite rare. I will insert some pictures of the festival here.

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Designkwartier

Last year in January me and my boyfriend moved in together and we had to decorate our home together which was so much fun. We both really love things made of wood and we like white furniture. Our interior is based on Nordic design, sleek, a lot of wood, whites and a little bit of darker grey and black colours as a detail. For example our kitchen and bathroom are black and white. (For some pictures of our house just take a scroll through some older instagram photo’s of me @irinavannamen). Also take a look on my Pinterest where I pinned a lot on my homestuff page!

When we were on holiday in Copenhagen me and Mike scrolled through some interior and design shops, you can’t avoid them they are everywhere and you literally want everything inside of them. One of our favorite ones was Boffi. Take a look on their website, and it will have you dreaming about your future home!

For now, I will go to bed. This week I am going to Luxembourg on a school trip and I am visiting the European Investment Bank and the Dutch Ambassy there! A blogpost about the trip will be up next week.

 P.S: On the festival I saw these ‘corkers’, I thought this is amazing to give as a small gift to somebody just for fun! IMG_20150530_155948[1]

With love, Irina ♡

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