Spring Wedding

Hello everyone,

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.

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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

Hello everyone,

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?!

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

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Websites to wander around on

Hello everyone,

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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Water soothes the soul

Hello everyone!

I wanted to write an article about FOMO (fear of missing out) but yesterday I went kiting and decided that I wanted to write about that today. The past month have been very busy with school and social life, which is awesome ofcourse but sometimes you forget to take time for yourself. So yesterday we decided to pack up our kite gear and drive to the south of the Netherlands to a place called Ouddorp to go kiting with our friends. For the people who don’t know I used to live around that area in the Netherlands but I moved to the Hague (Den Haag) for my study in Leiden.

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It always feels so good to be back on the beach at Ouddorp, it literally feels like coming home. And that was exactly what we needed, a time out! And that was the reason I wanted to write this blogpost. Don’t forget to take time for yourself people. If you feel stressed and everything is tense don’t hestitate to take a time out. Only if it is for a day, do what you love! This can be everything, for me it is kiting but I also love a good day of bingewatching a serie on Netflix. It was a month, yes a whole month ago that I last went kiting and it was amazing to go again yesterday. There was that moment that I went out onto the sea and sunk so deep in my thoughts that all of a sudden I had to remember myself to turn around whilst I was already far out on the sea. For me water soothes my soul, and to go kiting with such amazing people and my boyfriend around me is just THE best. What does work for you? What is your happy place and time? Im curious and by commenting on this post we can all share ideas and thoughts on how to, and how we relax. I am looking forward to read them! For now I inserted some pictures of yesterdays session.

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mike whacko 2crashes do happen, this was a good close-up of on of Mike’s crashes.

Jump 1I hope you have a good day everyone, with love Irina

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Face Oil

Hello everyone,

It happens, we all become older. And despite the fact that I am only 23 I already started to take more care of my skin (face) then when I was 16. Because you know its all about keeping those wrinkes and dry skin away for the next ten years to come. L’Oreal recently launched a new face oil called Extraordinary Facial oil. They say that youre just three drops away from a perfect complexion/skin. And so it happened, I burned my face the first day in the sun (lack of SPF) and thought I need some oil or serum to help me to recover my rudolf the reindeer nose. I walked into the Etos and found the oil for a try-out price, I thought why not? And so it happened, now after a few days of using I thought I owned you a review. I understand that face oils can be a bit scary if you already have an oily skintype, but oil on oil works perfectly. Most of the times your skin gets oily because it lacks nourishment. This face oil will nourish your skin for sure! I have very dry skin and it works wonders for me. I do not use it everyday because that is too much for my liking but every other day works wonders for me. Just give it a try, and this shizz will help your skin to be nourished and it will help you after you have burned yourself in the sun!

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Hope to see you soon on this blog again! With love, Irina

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Spring lovin’ TAG

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Today I thought it was a good day to do a Spring Tag. This basically means that you answer a bunch of questions who are made by someone else. Feel free to do the Tag yourself if you want to! Read all about my Spring essentials below.

1. Spring lipstick you’re loving?
Lately there have been so many new lipstick launches that I became a little bit overwhelmed by all of them. Maybe I will try them out later. For now I stick to one of my all time favourites and that is Chanel Rouge Coco shine in Boy No 54, it is a sheer pink lip colour and the lipstick is very nourishing! For a bright colour I chose Rimmel Londons Heart Breaker in No 16.

2. Spring nail polish you’re loving?
This spring the trend is to wear pastel colours who almost seem to be white. There is a huge rave on the NailsInc New Whites, but those are not available in the drugstores in the Netherlands so I have found some dupes. The Loreal Color Riche in Nouvelle Vague No. 851 is a very nice white purple colour and Rimmel Londons Pillow Talk No. 853 is the perfect minty green white

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3. Style you’re loving this Spring?
Everything white, or better white and lace. And I am loving crop tops at the moment with high waisted shorts or jeans. Oh, and distressed jeans and fringes. Anything hippy actually, I have always loved this style, so this spring and summer it is time to let the inner hippy out!

4. Favourite Spring Drink?
SANGRIA, for sure for ever and always. Oh and don’t forget to eat the fruit, the alcohol is in there!

5. Favourite holiday place to go to in Spring?
France, I can’t remember not going to France, (Bourgogne) in April. Its just the feeling, the mountains, the grass fields, the red wine and the bagguettes I think.

6. Favourite Spring song?
I am a singer-songwriter softy. If a guitar is involved I love it. But anything rap from Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa and urban from Rihanna will put me in a gangster-rides-with-window-open sunny mood.

7. Favourite Spring accessory?
Rings, but I keep losing them so I choose Necklaces. I love this long necklace of WE I bought last year.

Necklace spring accessoires

8. Favourite Spring fragrance/perfume?
Body Shop White Musk in Sun Glow. I love the Musk line of the Body Shop the smell is amazing! I also love Alien from Thierry Mugler and Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium and Belle D’Opium.

9. Spring book you’re loving?
Anything Chick Flick related. I just finished the Summer at the Lake from Erica James. Amazing Book. I love everything Jill Mansell too. When it comes to spring and summer I don’t like to read serious books, I need a book with a romantic swung to it. Like all the books of Nicolas Sparks and they read easily while lying on the beach.

10. What are you most excited to do this Spring?
This spring I will finish my last course at school ever. I am very exited for that, but it is also bittersweet, after this course I will never ever have class again. I am sure going to miss it! I am excited for some more spare time with friends and bonfires and BBQ’s at the beach!

Have a nice day! With love, Irina

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Summer Hair, covering my first beauty product ever!

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Since I dyed my hair blond again last week (for photo’s check instagram @irinavannamen) I thought it was about time to post something hair related. Normally your hair gets dryer during the summertime. Now my hair is blond again I really need to take care of it, because the dying damages your hair. My hair has to suffer a lot especially when I am in the water the whole summer kitesurfing with a lot of sun and salt water. I have medium to long hair and things can get very knotty! I use the tangle teezer (brush) to get all the knots out and it leaves all the hairs in my head. It really is my holy grail brush.

Lately I have discoverd the perfect shampoo, conditioner and mask from Dove. Dove has launched a whole new haircare line at the beginning of this year. At first I was a little bit scared to try it, because I associate Dove with cream and I am an I-want-my-hair-crispy-clean kind of girl. I was scared that the Dove products would leave my hair not feeling that clean. Because of work, swimming and surfing I wash my hair every day so therefore I use conditioner everyday too. I tried the Dove products and I was blown away. Not only was my hair super soft it had a lot of volume too.The smell of the whole range is awesome, I especially love the Dove Oxygen range and the Dove Hair Therapy damage solutions in Split Ends Rescue. This stuff is amazeballs.. If you have dry hair try this one together with the mask and I promise you your hail feels better in one week already. The good thing of it all is that the Dove products are not expensive.

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Now lets talk about things after washing. My first ever beauty product which I still use everyday is the Gliss Kur Oil Nutritive which nourishes and detangles my hair. I cannot live without it, I have used it since I was around 13 untill now and my mom does too! It has saved many hairs from being ripped out of my head, so Gliss Kur I owe you! For some extra nourishing I use the L’oreal Ever Riche Absolute Oil and the Dove Therapy leave in conditioner. Both of them do not make your hair feeling creasy.

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I know everyone has a different hairtype and washing routine but I hope you find the information helplfull and definitely try out the Dove hair range, there is surely something in it for you!

Enjoy your weekend, with love Irina

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Outfit of the day

hello everyone,

Just a small outfit of the day post in which I wanted to show you my casual black outfit. This outfit is a relaxed one, but you can still look smart enough to go to work in this outfit. Ofcourse, the sun shines and I go for an all black outfit. Not really that smart, next time I promise I will insert an all white outfit. I spiced things up with some golden details with my staple rings and an earcuff. My shoes have some golden details on the buckle too. My dress is from Costes, the dress flows and has longer sleeves. Longer sleeves are perfect for the first sunny evenings in spring. My leather biker jacket is from Zara and my heeled booties with a peeptoe are from H&M. Enjoy Spring lovely people!

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IMG_20150414_145212[1]With love, Irina

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My home away from home

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First of all my apologies for the wait. I have been in France preparing my cousins wedding so there was some time in between blog posts. The place we went to in France is Sommant, it is a place in the middle of nowhere in the Bourgogne. You can compare it with travelling back in time, the houses, the streets, everything is old fashioned and looks like a ghost town, but a pretty one. My family and I have come to this place for more then 15 times already. We always camp on the grass fields of Chateau de Valogne. I will insert pictures of the castle below. The cool thing is that there is nothing in the neigbourhood at all. As kids we always played hide and seek around the castle, made a swing in the trees, build a dam in the small rivers around the campside and we made long walks and horse rides in the mountains. In the evening we ate marshmallows around the campfire and that was pretty much our holiday. Perfect times! Chateau de Valogne is my home away from home.

This place is so special for our family that my cousin decided to keep her wedding party at the castle. In July family and friends will all go to France, stay in the castle and on the camping and celebrate the wedding. Last weekend we went to prepare the last things like ordering the wedding cake, find a hotel for the wedding night, we had the rehearsal dinner and we found the perfect chappel to keep the wedding ceremony in. I must say that it was a really good training for me to speak French! In such small towns in the mountains hardly anyone speaks English. It was an amazing weekend and I wanted to share some pictures with you! Sorry for the late post but really there is no internet at all. Which was very relaxing on the other hand, time to reflect and relax is always a good thing. Enjoy the sunny weather outside today!

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With love, Irina

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