Roadtrip adventures in Italy

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I have had a week off, Mike and I had a friend’s wedding in Italy and we decided to make it into a roadtrip holiday. Last year we also did a roadtrip and it was amazing, so we were ready for another roadtrip adventure this time in Italy! We left the 9th of June and drove to Colle Val D’elsa in Tuscany which was a long ride of 16 hours and 15 minutes. We booked a cute Bed&Breakfast near the location of the wedding the next day. For the red wine lovers amongst us the wedding was in Chianti in Castellina, Chianti is famous for its delicious red wine. It was the first time for us in Tuscany, a dream come true because I always wanted to go there. The best way to describe Tuscany in three words are hills, orange houses and food. Whilst we were in Tuscany we visited Sienna and it was amazing, one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen. We had a nice dinner on the big ‘piazza’ or square as we say and ate huge icecreams and I felt like a real Italian for a minute. After two days it was time to go to our next destination: Rome.

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We had a little bit of bad luck because we had a flat tire so we arrived at Rome a few hours later than planned. As soon as we landed at our Bungalow in a nice Bungalowpark in Rome we took the bus and metro to get to the heart of the city to get some dinner. Funny fact, when we were walking in Rome I thought that I saw the Pantheon, I took some photo’s and was pretty exited. After 200 meters of walking away from what I thought was the Pantheon was the real one, looking 10 times better than the ‘other Pantheon’. Make sure you know your statues everyone! We had a nice dinner in one of the streets full of restaurants around the Pantheon, we ate pasta carbonara which comes originally from Rome so we had to eat it whilst we were in Rome. The next day we had a full day in Rome, we were destined to see everything and we only had one day left. The good thing in Rome is that everything is within a walking distance from eachother. If you have the possibility to rent a bike do so, but I can recommend walking around Rome too! We did saw almost everyhting, we walked straight on for nine hours and then we went home.

Some of the highlights we saw
1. Pantheon
2. Collosseum (and went inside)
3. Forum Romanum (amazing and huge)
4. Spanish steps
5. Piazza Navona (nice artists around!)
6. Vatican city (only the outside because it was closed)
7. San Angelo church (Angels & Demons film)

Vatican city

Collosseum

After a few busy days it was time to drive to the beach (Piombino) and do some relaxing. Ofcourse always when we want to relax we cannot. As soon as we arrived in our appartement we made plans to go to Elba, on of the islands of Italy the next day. There was a nice restaurant on the beach close to our appartment where we ate for two nights in a row. It was amazing and I will insert some photo’s down below. We had a nice day at Elba and enjoyed our last day of our holiday, we stayed at Sansone beach apparently one of the nicest beaches in Elba and had some good fun!

Elba

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I hope you enjoyed my travel diary and I would love to hear about your holiday plans for this summer! With love, Irina ♡

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Drugstore Haul, holiday edition

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Because I planned to go on holiday I went to the drugstore to pick up some beauty essentials. As we speak I am in Italy now! Me and my boyfriend are in Italy for a week, we are doing a little roadtrip. From our house in the Hague we leave to Florence, which is a 14 hour ride. We will stay there for two days and then head off to Rome. After two days in Rome we will drive to Piombino a small town near Pisa where we have booked an appartment for two days to relax at the beach and enjoy a little rest moment!

Here I will show you the things I bought at the drugstore as my summer beauty essentials to take with me on holiday! On holidays I do not want to wear much make up, I just fill in my brows, put some mascara on, a little bronzer and lipgloss and I am ready to lay in the sun or stroll around the city of Rome in this case.

On my shopping spree I bought the Rimmel London Brow This Way in medium brown. I love that there is a brown wax and a brown powder in the packaging and the brush inside is very handy to make your eyebrows look like Cara Delevigne’s. The Lipgloss I bought is from L’oreal Paris just as my new bronzer is too. The lipgloss is from the xtreme resist line in No. 505 Never Let Me Go. It’s all in the name because you can literally eat, drink, kiss and your lipgloss is still on! It does not feel sticky, and it is a sheer lipgloss but it gives a ‘your lips but better’ idea. Back to the bronzer, I always used the Bourjouis bronzer the one that smells like chocolat, but it was time to try something new from the drugstore banwagon and the L’oreal Glambronze La Terra looked very appealing to me! The Glambronze has a nice touch of shimmer but it is not too much. Now I only need to get tanned! 

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I got the Suncream and Aftersun from Rituals as a gift from my mother. I already used the aftersun because I burned myself while canoeing in Amsterdam. Yes that happens when you forgot to put on the suncream than you have to put on loaaads of aftersun. But the redness was gone in one day, love this aftersun! It smells amazing too!

IMG_20150609_154136[1]I also bought a new nailpolish, again a Rimmel one, but I just love Rimmel London’s nailpolishes. Sidenote, they do chip within a few days, but the colors are just so wonderful! I bought a light pink one in No. 262 Ring a Ring O’roses. After applying it your hands look so tanned already which is another bonus point! The shampoo and conditioner I bring with me are from the new line of John Frieda called BEACHBlonde. It is especially made for blond, tangly and vulnerable hair. The shampoo and conditioner both have a very minty scent which makes you feel extra refreshed. As my bodywash I brought my all time favorite and that is the Palmolive Aromatherapy relaxing douchegel. If you ever can, smell it! It is my all all all time favorite.  IMG_20150609_153954[1]I would love to hear what your summer beauty essentials are and where you are going on holiday! With love, Irina


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Luxembourg trip

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As I told you in my previous blogpost I went to Luxembourg last week for a study trip.
I went from Wednesday the 3rd of June until Friday the 5th. We left very early on Wednesday morning from Leiden Centraal to go to Luxembourg by train. It was a 6 hour train journey to get there. Normally when you go on holiday to France or anywhere else in Europe, Luxembourg is the country where you stop to refuel your car (because of cheap petrol) but I never went to Luxembourg to actually stay on holiday. When we arrived I didn’t know what to expect, but wat a surprise, Luxembourg is beautiful! Luxembourg is a very small but beautiful country, I compare it with Monaco it looks pretty much the same only without the sea! Luxembourg city is build around a valley, walls are surrounding the city and the houses are in the valley. Since luxembourg city has expanded there are also houses around the walls and there is an area up the hill where some of the European Institutions are build together with for example the Chamber of Commerce of Luxembourg.

Luxembourg

Luxembourg has a great variety of bars and restaurants, going out is fun! Luxembourg also has an awesome shopping area, it is not really big but they do have all the shops you need. They have a Sephora so that is enough ladies, we are happy already.

European Investment Bank

When in Luxembourg we visited two European Institutions, the European Investment Bank and the European Court of Auditors. The European Investment Bank does what the name tells you already, it invests in projects (not member states) in Europe to keep the economy going. The European Court of Auditors audits of the money of the European budget is well spend. The European Court of Auditors is kind of the administrative body of Europe. We also visited the Ducth Ambassy in Luxembourg, we were able to meet the Ambassador at his residence which was amazing. WHAT A HOUSE, we felt like princesses and princes and drunk champagne while having a stroll around the garden.

Ambassade

We also visited the casemates in Luxembourg, these are the tunnels build in the walls to protect the city. I insert a picture here so you have a slight idea! If you want to visit Europe, definitely check out Luxembourg too!

Casemates

Hope you enjoyed the blog! Have a great day, with love Irina

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DESIGN.

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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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Weekend VLOG,

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I want to take you on a ride trough my weekend!

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!! 🙂Rudy Goodbye

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..

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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!

 Hoped you enjoyed the ride through my weekend!

Wish you all the best, with love Irina

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Today is a good day

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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!

Goooood luck all. With love, Irina

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Spring Wedding

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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.

Asos flower headband

Zara dress

accessoiresI 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!

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Hope you all have a nice weekend. With love, Irina

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SurfGirl BeachBoutique Haul

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In my last blogpost I already mentioned the SurfGirl website, on that website they also have a BeachBoutique. I ordered two things of the website and I wanted to share them with you in this blogpost!

The first Item I bought is the SurfGirl journal. As a blogger you know I love to write, but for every other person this journal can be very interesting too. The cover looks amazing, you also get a customized pen together with the journal. In the journal are some nice quotes, pages to take notes, space for contacts and adresses, baking tips and guidelines to get in perfect surf shape. The journal is perfect to bring with you when you are travelling. I highly recommend this journal for everyone who has dreams and loves to write them down, and to write in general. The size of the journal is also perfect to bring with you in your backpack or suitcase. Lets go writing on the road girls!

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The BeachBoutique does also sell clothing. I saw a particular sweather and I was sold. The colour range of the clothes does not vary that much but once the sweather arrived the colours look fine! Also the quality of the sweather is amazing, the inside is fleece, perfect to keep you warm after a nice sunset surf session. The text on the sweaher says: Eat, sleep, surf, repeat! Well don’t we all want that?!

eat sleep surf repeat

I hope you all have an amazing week!
With love, Irina ♡

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Websites to wander around on

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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.

With love, Irina

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KOH cosmetics, Your hand as your business card

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I don’t know what has happened but lately my hands look like I work with chemicals and water all day everyday. I did not care that much about great looking hands until a few weeks ago when they started to look disheveled. It just doesn’t look really nice. With at least (6)!! weddings this summer coming up and that involves a lot of handshaking I thought it was about time to do something about my hands & nails. I have never ever done my nails at a salon before and I knew that I did not want to have fake nails or gel nails. I want pure nature, and for the state my nails are in now I thought that gel nails was’t a good idea either. Gel nails stop your nails from getting fresh air and makes them really dry. But hey, if you do it once in a while it is OK and we all love a glow over our nails, the one that gel nails give. But I decided I wanted a normal french manicure and a nourishing treatment for my hands. So that was that, I knew one place in the Bijenkorf from Koh who has a nailbar. The BIjenkorf is a warehouse like Space NK and Liberty in the UK. The reason why I chose Koh to do my nails is because they use all natural ingredients and they do inexpensive french manicure. I sat for about 45 minutes and they filed, did my cuticles and used different oils and handcremes and a little hand massage including a whole french manicure for only 27,50 euro’s!! KOH got inspired by the incredible wealth of the Japanese way of life and rituals. Their philosophy is based on the body and soul, which are closely connected. I can connect with their philosophy.

My nails are ready now for the 1th wedding of all weddings this summer. I am ready to shake hands! I am so happy with the result and the way my hands look now! If you ask for it they will give you advice on your type of hands too! It was a very useful experience.

Koh nails cosmeticsEnjoy your day, with love Irina

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