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!
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”.
Burrito’s and nacho’s at the festival! YAM!
Ticket for our show! It was hilarious.
We had an awesome time! Have a nice day everyone! With love, Irina
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.
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.
I hope you found the tips helpful and good luck everybody with school and work!
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.
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!
Friday 22nd of May 2015, Goodmorning! alright, almost good afternoon, I had a really nice sleep-in because I worked untill pretty late at my waitress job at Hotel New York in Rotterdam. But I’ve got to rush now because I am going back to the south where I come from to say goodbye to one of my good friends Rudy. We planned lunch together at the beach with another friend, Mareille, just to have a good chat before she leaves! It was awesome, I always love spending quality time with friends, its just the best thing! Then we went to her house, had some cuddles with the rabbit, said goodbye and it was time to go home for a date night with Mike! Because I have finished all my master courses it was time to celebrate it with some drinks & dinner, we celebrated a real typical Mike&Irina style, Vapiano (Pasta) & movienight at the theatre, We went to Project T with George Clooney, (my oh my) he gets handsomer every year. It was a fun Disney movie, kind of the childish version of Interstellar but fun!! 🙂
Saturday 23nd of May 2015, Actually I had a good workingvibe today and worked on my thesis for a few hours, did some cleaning in the house. We all know it has to be done, so better start right away with it and you feel so much better after! We have had quite some busy months behind us so tonight was another ‘date-night with the BF’. I decided to be a good housewife and cooked some nice dinner, bought a nice wine you know the drill. We all know we want to take care of our boyfriends sometimes, it’s a natural instict. But not too much ladies, they have to work for us too;). This is the dress I wore. We watched the Eurovision songfestival too! Which act was your favourite? I loved the song from Hungary, it had such an awesome message, deep thoughts..
Sunday 24nd of May 2015, Early alarm day, of too work at 07:45. I was actually happy to go because I am always so scared that I oversleep that I am almost awake the whole night. It was such a busy day, time flew by and that ment that it was time to go to the Kite Board Open in Noordwijk. I was so exited, the band Orange Grove was playing and they come from Sint Maarten (Carribbean). I used to live there while I was doing my internship there at a lawyers office. I loved the band, so I needed to see them while they were in the Netherlands! Ill insert my favourite song right here! It was great cathing up with my friend Imke too, shoutout to you kite girl!
Today is a good day! While I was writing my thesis, (or at least made an attempt to write) I got an email with the grade I needed to finish my last course. Yeaah I got it, I wanted to scream soo loud but I was in the library so I was squeaking like a little bird while exploding on the inside. This gives me so much new energy to finish my thesis and to focus on the future you can’t imagine. Lately with all the weddings and finishing school I feel almost happier then ever! Time to focus on the future, but what do I want? I have no clue at all, I’d love to work the whole summer in Ibiza, the South of France, or intern at a fashion magazine or an ambassy somewhere. But who knows, I will keep you posted on that. For now it is time to lock myself up a few weeks in the library and hopefully succeed. I know for sure that if I make it there will be a party that has no time limit;).
I just wanted to share the positive vibes for today! Get done whatever you want to be done, chase your dreams instead of dreaming about them. Get out of bed, and try, it is never too late!
I wanted to share a very very happy moment with you on my moment-of-happiness blog! Today is the after-wedding-party day and my oh my it was such a good day yesterday.
Let me start at the beginning, me and my friends know eachother for over more then 13 years, and yesterday Sophie was the 1st of us to be married. I cannot describe how beautiful and emotional a day it was. The first moment you see your friend shine in her wedding dress and see the smile on her face next to her husband brought tears to my eyes. On a day like that you can literally feel the love, like it is a touchable thing. It was an amazing day! Because of the wedding I also wanted to insert a little outfit of the day style idea for spring weddings!
The dresscode was pastel colours and me and my friends decided to wear a long dress. I wore a seablue Zara dress, Mark & Spencers shoes with a see through heel, Rimmel london pillow talk nailpolish, a River Island feather ring and an Asos headband with flowers.
I didn’t wore lipstick because there is a lot of kissing and eating involved at a wedding, instead of lipstick I chose to wear nivea nourishing lip butter in raspberry. At last I wanted to insert a picture of the gorgoeus bride and groom!
Hope you all have a nice weekend. With love, Irina
For everyone who needs a 15 minutes break during work, schoolwork or in general I have some websites on which you can wander around on and forget that you have soo much to do still.
Ofcourse we all know ASOS, but have you discovered there daily news feed on their website already? Click on this link to go to Asos daily news edit to discover all the ins and outs on fashion. You also get some ins and outs about what the celebs wear to events, the latest trends and the no-goes.
Did you always wanted that leather fringe jacket or a perfect chair and you couldn’t find it? Etsy is the place for everything and everyone. It is basically a huge marketplace, the good thing is the people or companies mostly ship worldwide. Another bonus is that most of the stuff is unique, that way you always buy something special. Just type in the search bar what you are looking for and there it is! Etsy is really everything you have ever wanted. Click here to go to the Etsy website!
For all the surfergirls out there you should take a look on the SurfGirl magazine website. It is really amazing. From information about the best festivals, travel stories, fitness to ofcourse a lot of surfstories and anything surf related! The websites hosts also a wide range of inspiring videos to watch. The magazine also has an online shop called SurfGirl Beach Boutique. Girls while on there keep an eye on your wallet!
Free people is a shop who sells bohemian clothing, but the clothes are so wavy and creamy that you instantly see yourself wearing those kaftans on a beach somewhere! I don’t really buy stuff from the website, but the website counts for me as a huge inspiration for my style.
At last I wanted to conclude with a short film from the Stradivarius website. They make such inspiring videos in order to show their collection. Make sure you check out the:
Enjoy your day everyone and make it a productive one.
I got inspired to write a post about our ecological footprint during my environmental policy class last semester. I thought that I was living kind of a ‘green’ lifestyle, leaving the consumption of too many clothing and shopping aside.. Disclaimer; I am not a treehugger grey woolen socks kind of type, but nature is important! I don’t often eat meat or fish, I try to keep it to two times a week. Not because I don’t like it because I basically eat everything except for oysters, but I just feel bad when eating too much. But don’t give me a steak tartare because it will be gone in a second, yam! Further we have a car that does not consume that much petrol and we don’t fly often. So to conclude I thought we were living a good ecological green lifestyle. Until I did the test at WWF called the footpint calculator. The question is, how big is your environmental footprint? Your living habit makes up your footprint. You have to answers questions about food, travel, home and stuff. How often do you travel by car, plain and bus? How many times a week do you eat meat or fish? What is the temparture in your home? Do you have a pet? And there are more…
When you are finished you will see how many ‘earths’ you are using with the lifestyle you currently have. I did mine and I was shocked to say the least. Currently I am using 2.27 earths, and we only have one. It must be that I am an absolute ice queen and the temparture in my house is pleasantly high, maybe if I ever move to the Carribbean my footprint will be lower. I just want to say, DO THE TEST! Its fun, only takes two minutes and you immediatly have some food for thought for the way you live your lifestyle! Love life, love nature.
Currently I am in my last year of university. Like all things the end might seem far away, but two weeks ago it hit me that my days at school are ending really soon. My whole life I have been going to school and now it starts to hit me that after this there will be no time, no school ever again. I first did my bachelor in Law in Rotterdam and by the time my bachelor ended I was 21 and had no clue what to do with my life. So I decided to study again and do a Pre-Master in European Union Studies and the Master afterwards. Why, would you think. Because school felt safe and studying is fun. At school you know what to do and you have your friends around you the whole time. You know when you have an exam and you know what will be expected from you. Now my lasts days at uni are here, (I am 23 now) I want to enjoy every last minute of it. And I know I will because I have to write my thesis so that means spending hours and hours in the library, drinking too much water and eat too much shitty food from the café.
In the meantime I also have to think about the future, that is the thing that scares the shit out of me and my friends. Real life is arriving, what are we going to do after school? Finding a job these days is really hard. Some of us are going to do an internship, some of us want to work. I want to work, I feel like I am ready now. But maybe only because of the fact that me and my boyfriend Mike are going away next year for our long planned world trip. So maybe this year I end up at a job I didn’t study for because in one year we will be gone.. But that is fine! After my world trip though I really want to work!
How to deal with stress?
Studying is fun, I really love it but there are also downsides to it for me. From the age of twelf I started to have hyperventilation ‘attacks’ or ‘moments’. I normally do breathe very fast and when I feel stressed I can end up having a ‘hyper’ moment in which I have pain in my heart and can’t breathe properly. It was in the period when I went to high school. I had anxiety to fail my tests. I know that now, but I didn’t know that at the time. I got into therapy to control my breathing and all was fine after. One tip from me to you is when you expierence stress, find a moment for yourself at one point of the day and just lay down and focus on your breathing. This really helps relieving stress. Because you focus so much on your breathing, your mind has no room to think of anything else and you will calm down. I don’t have hyperventilation that often anymore, maybe once a year now. I feel when it could come and then I try to take a moment and lay down amd the anxiety feeling will be gone before I can start to hyperventilate.
But that doesn’t mean I do not majorly stress out everytime I have an exam. For me it is like running a marathon, and I definitely need a good shower afterwards (TMI). What I now do to stay calm is I use homeopathic medicins that help me stay calm. They are called Valdispert. It has valerian in it. Valerian soothes nerves, calms feelings of agitation, improves the readiness to go to sleep and soothes feelings of anxiety and stress. It is not bad for you and it has no side affects. If you suffer from anxiety, nerves or major stress attacks before an exam I really recommend valerian. It helped for me! Good luck studying and try not to stress out.
Now it is time to study again because one thing deadlines do not do, is wait!
Hope to see you soon on my blog again, with love Irina
Yeayy, the time has finally come! My dream come true, Moment of Happiness is my new blog! The website will be launched within a month.. Currently I am busy with making photo’s & writing posts. You can find information over the blog under ‘about’ and see what the content of this blog is! You can find my contact details under the header ‘contact’.