♡ roadtrip through italy ♡

Hi everyone!

How have you guys been? I’ve been very busy! I’m a senior, which means I got a lot of stuff to do but I haven’t forgotten about my blog! In march, my year went to Italy for 10 days! We saw a lot of beautiful places and we had loads of fun. It was an experience I will never forget, and I want to share that with you guys through the pictures I took. The names to the majority of the sights will be underneath the pics. Enjoy ♡

During our busride we drove past Switzerland thus got to see some mountains.

When we arrived in Italy, our first hotel was located at Fidenza.

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Our trip really started the next day, in Pisa!

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Battistero di Dan Giovanni Pisa
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Battistero di San Giovanni Pisa
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Camposanto Monumentale
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The Leaning Tower of Pisa

That same day we went to beautiful Lucca!

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Chiesa di San Pierto Somaldi

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During the evening we went for a walk at our next stop, Siena. We didn’t stay there for too long sadly enough.

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Duomo di Siena

The next day we took our bus and left for Pompeii!

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After our visit to Pompeii, we went to Sorrento, which is close to Naples. We stayed there for 3 nights and it was very beautiful.

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During our stay at Sorrento we took a boat to Capri! A wonderful island with many cliffs and a great view onto the ocean. We got to devour that after having to walk tons of steps which were very tiring. After those steps we took a cable lift that brought us to the highest point of the island where we enjoyed a breathtaking view.

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The next morning we had to get up really early because we had to leave for Amalfi! Our visit there was short because we couldn’t park our bus there for too long but we did had an amazing time as the weather gods were on our side that day.

First we payed Positano a quick visit, since the view there was astonishing.

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Amalfi:

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That same day we also visited the inside of a volcano (Solfatara), which was a total waste of time if you ask me and my classmates.

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When we got back to our hotel I also captured this pretty view from my room, my friends and I could even see the sea from our window:

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 Our next stop was the mesmerizing ROME! We stayed here for two nights, the third morning we went to Vatican City.

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Fontaine de la place Santa Maria in Trastevere
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Trastevere
Campitelli
Forum Romanum

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Day 2 in Rome:

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Altare della Patria
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View from the Altare
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Trevi Fountain, obviously
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Chiesa del Gesù
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View from the inside
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Local market, location: Parione
Fontana di Quatro Fiumi
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San Luigi dei Francesi
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Castel Sant’Angelo
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View from Castel Sant’Angelo

This same day we went on to visit the beautiful garden of the Villa d’Este in Tivoli. It contains loads of fountains, something my teacher repeated for at least 6 times that day 😀

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(you see that rainbow omg, it was so gorgeous irl)

Vatican City

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Basilica Papale di San Pietro aka St. Peter’s Basilica
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Sistine Chapel

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Last but surely not least, Florence.

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Il Duomo di Firenze

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Basilica Di Santa Croce

I hope you guys have enjoyed this rather different blogpost, but if you did, be sure to leave a like to let me know! I you have any further questions, leave them in the comments and I’ll answer as quickly as possible.

All pictures were taken by me, if you want to use these pics please give credits or let me know how you would like to use them 🙂

Much love, Estera XOXO

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♡ review: baby lips sport collection ♡

Hi gals & guys!

Today I’ve got another Baby Lips review for you guys as you’ve most likely have read from the title of this post. This collections consists of 3 shades, ‘Red-dy For Sun’ which is a reddish pink, ‘Poolside Pink’ which is obviously pink and ‘Seas The Blue’ is transparent.

The good thing about this collection is that all of the shades have SPF 20, which will keep your lips protected from the sun which is always a plus during summer.

I myself have only bought Red-dy For Sun and Poolside Pink, here are some swatches and the Baby Lips’ themselves.

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As you can see, the pigmentation is not the highest, you can build the color a bit but don’t expect it to be super obvious. They’re rather simple as they have no shimmer to them or any glitter. They are very glossy though and they aren’t sticky.

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As you can see, this line doesn’t have clear caps but these are a solid orange! These are the first Baby Lips’ that have that here in Belgium. Personally I prefer the clear caps but these are pretty cute too.

I paid €3,99 for each, prices will most likely differ at each store but I bought them from Kruidvat, for those living in The Netherlands or Belgium.

I look forward to using them and I hope I did a good job at giving you a closer look into the lip balms. This collection is great for those hot summer days at the beach or while doing some kind of sports and your lips are exposed to the sun.

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this blogpost! If you have got any questions or suggestions, please leave them in the comments!

Hope you are enjoying your summer holiday so far!

Much love, Estera XOXO
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♡ let’s talk: shoes shoes shoes ♡

Hi guys!

2 MAJOR SHOE ALERTS! So let’s get talking shoes.

Converse Nude Collection

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Converse came out with an Exclusive Holiday Collection which features 5 new shades. It’s a nude-based collection, but one is obviously white and 2 others pink, but I can’t complain because they are all gorgeous.

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They’re all full-on leather, perfect for autumn and winter. Especially in the UK, The Netherlands and Belgium leather shoes are a must because it always seems to be raining down here.

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Sadly enough they are only available in the UK at Office as their are an exclusive collection for the store, but you can also order them on their site.

Puma Suede Creepers X Fenty by Rihanna

Rihanna has once again outdone herself.

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This time around she is back with 3 new colors, AND they are all VELVET. Something we haven’t quite seen a lot in the sneakergame, which shows us once again why we need Riri in fashion. We have seen velvet make a comeback into our wardrobes but has yet to take a step into our shoecloset.

Rihanna Puma Creeper Black Velvet

As you can see by looking at the pictures the new collection includes Creepers in 3 new colors: maroon, black and grey/green. All fully in those colors besides the logo which is in a gold or silver. Rihanna Puma Creeper Green VelvetI can imagine these shoes being amazing for fall and spring, also for winter but only if you live in a country where it doesn’t snow or rain at all, otherwise your new creepers might get ruined a bit too quickly. 

I’m psyched for these two new shoe collections and will try to get my hands on at least one of these. 

I hope you enjoyed the blogpost, let me know by leaving a like. Also feel free to comment what you want me to talk about next! 

Have a nice day!

Much love, Estera XOXO

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♡ fall/winter fashion inspiration ♡

Hi gals and guys,

Fall and winter season is here. This means the clothing we wore during summer go straight to the back of our closet and the warm and cosy clothing come back to life! I put together two mood/inspiration-pics to inspire some of you for the next seasons.

These are items I would totally wear and buy if I had the money, but the next time I will go to my local mall, I’ll be looking out for clothing that have a similar look. Underneath I put the links to the online shops with the prices.

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1.Black Sheer Shirt with polka dots (Zara), 2. Red Green Skirt  (Gucci), 3. Black Ankle Boots (Pier One), 4. White Shirt with Black Bow (Rue de Femme), 5. Black/Gold Anette Pleated Skirt (Guess), 6. Navy Backpack (Tommy Hilfiger), 7. Sheer Black Dress with Embroideries (Guess), 8. Shiny Black Loafers (Francesco Milano), 9. Black Button-embellished Skirt (Pierre Balmain)

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1. Pink Skirt with Print (Bik Bok), 2. Reebok Club C 85 NT , 3. Pastel Blue Hat (Kiomi), 4. Green Pastel Sweater (New Look), 5.Pastel Yellow Bodycon Dress (New Look), 6. Pastel Pink Trench Coat (Burberry), 7. Lilac Turtleneck (Ralph Lauren), 8. Pastel Pink Turtleneck Sweater (H&M), 9. Light Blue High Rise Jean Legging (Hollister), 10. Pink Handbag with Gold Chain (New Look)

Hopefully I was able to inspire some of you and if you like this kind of posts let me know and I might make another one for this season.

Thank you very much for reading, hope you have a nice day!

Much love, Estera XOXO

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And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.:

♡ review: baby lips holiday spice collection ♡

Hello!

This week I’m back with another review. We’re going to see what the new Baby Lips collection, Holiday Spice, has to offer. This collection has got 4 new shades but unfortunately enough I could only get my hands on 3 of them. Today I’ll be reviewing 24 Vanilla Cupcake, 25 Café Mocha and 23 Chai Tea Latte. The one missing is Pumpkin Spice, number 22. Here are the 3 shades swatched on my arm.

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Swatches on paper:

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Now let’s take a closer look at each and every one of them!

We’ll start with Vanilla Cupcake. Here’s what it looks like:

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As you can see there’s a little cupcake image on the packaging which is adorable since the name of this lip balm is Vanilla Cupcake. The smell of this one is btw incredible. If I could, I would just eat it! But now on the lip balm itself.

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The colour is very cute and I totally recommend it to girls that have a lighter skin colour because it will suit you for sure. I personally will  only use it at home because it washes out my lipcolour and I haven’t got big lips anyways, making this not really ideal for me.

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It also has like a pearly shine to it which gives you a really nice finish on the lips. Here’s a close-up van Vanilla Cupcake:

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Next up we have Café Mocha:

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Café Mocha is a beautiful nude with golden sparkles. You can’t really see them in the pictures but irl they’re quite visible.

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This lip balm leaves a very nice shine on the lips and is more on the glossy side. The pigmentation is pretty good, it’s cute and as I have already said a nude.

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And last but not least, Chai Tea Latte:

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What I really like about these Baby Lips is that they are really creamy and really stay on the lips for quite a good amount of time! Also they leave a stain, especially Chai Tea Latte.

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Chai Tea Latte is my favorite of the three because it suits me the best. I also just love the color and the pigmentation is as good as a lipsticks’.  I promise.

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Overall, all three lip balms are gorgeous and super good. They are all great for fall. Maybelline did a great job with this fall collection of Baby Lips! I look forward to using them and I hope I did a good job at giving you a closer look into the lip balms. These Baby Lips retail for about €3,99 which is an okay price I think. Especially if you’re a Baby Lips collector, like myself (then you don’t even look at the price anymore).

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this blogpost! If you have got any questions or suggestions, please leave them in the comments!

Much love, Estera XOXO

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♡ bookreview: Girl Online & Girl Online On Tour ♡

Piep!

That’s how my friend wanted us to start this blog post lol. Today we’re going to talk about the two books mentioned in the title. And I’m saying ‘we’ because today I have with me: ‘the most awesome girl in the world’ (as she calls herself, naah I’m just kidding, she is) Lucia.

What are they all about?

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Girl Online is what Penny’s blog is called. Penny is a 15-year-old girl living in Brighton, UK. Anxiety is something she struggles with and it’s a subject that gets discussed on her blog. She obviously still lives with her parents and has got a brother, Tom. Her best friend Elliot lives next door and they are basically family since he’s always around. When Penny’s mom, who works at a wedding shop, gets an offer to work on a wedding in New York, Penny didn’t feel like going along at first. But after Elliot managed to convince her to go to New York things took a turn for the better.

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New characters get welcomed into the story and one of them, Noah, plays a huge part. Whilst in New York Penny keeps her readers up to date on everything that happens, but we can’t tell you if that was a good or a bad decision.

The second book, Girl Online On Tour, is also great. This time around we see Penny struggle. She struggles with her blog and she struggles with being happy because she tries to keep everybody else happy. (I’m now telling you what happens very broadly because I really don’t want to spoil anything at all.)girl online on tour.png

Like in the first book, Noah plays a huge part in this book. Also, does this book contain yet another huge adventure that Penny get’s to go through.

Both books have got some twists and turns which will keep your feelings busy while reading! Maybe you’ll need some tissues, maybe not? Who knows? Well, you sure won’t know until you read the books of course 😀

What did we think about the books?

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Lucia: They say when the beginning is boring you know it’s going to be a good story! (hahaha actually I’m the only one that says that… but anyway it’s really true) At the beginning of the book I was stuck and couldn’t find much motivation to read on, but Estera forced me to read on. I’m glad she did because this book was lit!

Estera: Haha I agree with the fact that you have to get through a couple of chapters before the book turns into a page turner but it was worth flicking through those first pages as well. It made me understand the rest of the story better.

Lucia: Everything escalated so fast in New York that the book just claimed my second pillow waiting for me to wake up and read it. I was literally way too excited while reading the last 100 pages of the first book. My eyes even started twitching since it was past midnight and I was like ‘pff who needs sleep?’ 

Estera: The story gets amazingly good in New York indeed, you want to know what happens next with Penny, Elliot & Noah. Also, it’s winter when they are in NYC which gives the story such a nice and cozy vibe! I read it on the beach during summer but in my head, it was winter hahaha.

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Lucia: To fill the emptiness I read book 2 in one day. (don’t judge me) The biggest mistake I could have made since the third book will be coming out in November…NOVEMBER! So now I basically have no life.

Estera: It took me a bit longer than 1 day to read the second book but I did finish it quickly. Again it is difficult starting but once the story really begins you flick through the pages like you flick through clothing at a clothing store during sales.

You go through a rollercoaster of emotions while reading both books, and I can’t say I didn’t enjoy that. I also liked the fact that Penny is a very relatable character so you directly get attached to her. Great books overall in both of our opinions!

 

Details:

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Price Hardcover: Girl Online: $10,58 (on Amazon) and €16,46 (on Bol)
Girl Online On Tour: $10,58 (on Amazon) and €16,99 (on Bol)
Girl Online Going Solo (yet to be released, but available for pre-order): $17,99 (on Amazon) and €15,99 (on Bol)

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Pages: Girl Online: 352 pages
Girl Online On Tour: 352 pages
(Lol just found out they have the same amount of pages.)

Well, that was our review and opinion on Girl Online & Girl Online On Tour. Hope you guys liked it as much as we enjoyed writing it! Have you guys already read these books? Or another book that freaked you out? Let us know and leave the titles in the comments! We need to fill up the coming 3 months 🙂

Much love, Lucia & Estera

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♡ quick & easy diy bookmarks ♡

Hello there!

Today I’d like to show you how you can make your own cute bookmark. It’s quick and easy, hence the title 🙂 I love reading a good romantic young adult book, but I only get to reading one during the summer vacation sadly enough. I’m going to post a review of Zoe Sugg’s 2 books sometime next week, which will be written by me and my gal Lucia. We both loved the books but will give a full review in that post as I have already said.

But for now, the bookmarks:

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • an envelope (you can make 2 bookmarks with one)
  • a pair of scissors
  • a couple of rolls of washi tape
  • some stickers

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So, the first thing you want to do is just cut off the 2 bottom corners of the envelope. I cut them all straight but you don’t have to, you can do anything your heart desires.

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Now you’re left with these triangles, in my case, which we will now decorate! Yay!

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The fun part has arrived, using the washi tape. Just mix and match your favorite tapes and make a nice design!

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But we’re not finished yet! As you can see there’s some washi tape hanging on the sides, just cut the remains off or just stick them on the backside of the bookmark (It doesn’t look as good as cutting it of but who cares, you’re the one using the bookmark.).

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Aaaand there you have it folks! Wasn’t that easy? And don’t they look super cute? As if you spent way to much time making them? Ikr.

Here’s how they look on a book. Amazing huh? If you look closely you can read a nice quote from The Fault In Our Stars. Yes, I did look for that page until I found it, don’t judge me.

If you liked this DIY, make sure to hit the like button! Have a burning question or suggestion, leave it in the comment section! If you try out this diy, make an awesome instapic and tag me! @esteranicoi 😉 

Thanks for reading, type to you later! ♡

Much love, Estera

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