Mexico in Pink

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Happy sunday everyone! It’s been about a month since we got back from Mexico so I thought it was about time to share some travel memories. First up: all the beautiful pink inspiration we encountered along the way. As you may or may not recognize, there’s a lot of “Barragan Pink” in here, but I’ll focus on our memorable visits to architect Luis Barragan’s work later.

For now, indulge in the Pink of Mexico: Mostly bright, always cheerful.

United Beach Huts of Bournemouth

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United Beach Huts of Bournemouth

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i guys! I’ve been a bit awol lately, but for a good reason. I did the creative direction and styling for the Welcome Days of Antwerp based PR agency OONA. I’ve already shared a peek on instagram & facebook but will post more on the blog later. For now I’m taking you back to Bournemouth, where I made a short stop when I went on a factory visit with Farrow & Ball earlier this fall. After breakfast I went exploring in the picturesque beach town and bumped into a rainbow of beach huts. It was truly enchanting in the misty september weather and I hope my pictures do the moment justice. Hope you’re having a lovely week!

United Beach Huts of Bournemouth

Vietnam Photo Diary // Hoi An

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Vietnam Photo Diary // Hoi An

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‘ve been holding off on posting my pictures of Vietnam simply because there are just tooooo many. So I’ve decided to spread the content over multiple posts so you guys don’t drown in picture overload and at the same time I’ve published the details and addresses on the Epic Guide. I’m kicking things off with my picture diary of Hoi An. Contrary to popular opinion, this was actually our least favorite stop in Vietnam. We had high expectations because we heard only wonderful things, but I think we were there at an unfortunate time as it was crazy crowded with tourists, up to the point that it became annoying. Nonetheless, there was a lot of visual yummyness going on. See for yourself!

Vietnam Photo Diary // Hoi An

10 Travel Essentials for Vietnam

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reetings from Hoi An, Vietnam! How has your summer kicked off? We’ve been enjoying everything Vietnam has to offer, if you’d like to follow along, both my boyfriend and I have been pretty active on Instagram.  I thought it would be nice to share some of the things I have packed for our trip with you! There are some new additions and some things I always take on our trips, so let’s get started.
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Claude Monet’s Garden and House in Giverny (+ 5 tips for your visit!)

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Claude Monet's Garden and House in Giverny (+ 5 tips for your visit!) - noglitternoglory.com

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 ast weekend Dieter and I jumped into the car for a mini roadtrip to France, and we had a good reason. When I was about 12 years old I developed an obsession with the work of Claude Monet, and had a big poster of the Nymphéas next to my bed. Just in case you needed proof of that, I found a terribly glossy analogue picture of my room from circa 2001, including my cat Flurk (who passed away only last year) and he was definitely not supposed to be on my bed (sorry mom). Behold my kitschy room that I decorated myself, with the pièce de résistance being the purple wall colour to resemble Monica’s apartment in Friends. Phew.

Claude Monet's Garden and House in Giverny (+ 5 tips for your visit!) - noglitternoglory.comClaude Monet's Garden and House in Giverny (+ 5 tips for your visit!) - noglitternoglory.com

 

Since then, I have always wanted to visit Monet’s home and gardens but somehow it never happened even though Giverny is about a 4 hour drive from Antwerp, so you can imagine that I was pretty happy to finally be there after 15 years. And I must say that even though it was pretty crowded (and I do not like crowds), it was so beautiful and lived up to all my expectations. I was very much looking forward to the wisteria above the Japanese bridge being in full bloom in the water garden. The flower garden was equally beautiful, bursting with colours from different kinds of flowers, but in my opinion the tulips in front of the house were the most beautiful part here.

Cuba in Pink

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Cuba in pink // Colourful travel pictures via noglitternoglory.com

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hen I was still blogging on Ella & Louise, some of my favorite posts were focussed around color moodboards (like here and here). I recently dove back into my archives and realized that since I’ve been focussed more on creating content myself, I don’t really do this anymore, but I still like the idea. Our Cuba pictures seemed like a great place to reboot this type of visual inspiration posts again. So here you have it: Cuba in pink.

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Varadero Beach

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i guys, starting september with a throwback to my summer trip to Cuba. These pictures were taken the first day we arrived in Varadero. It was late in the afternoon and we just couldn’t wait to go dip our toes in that crystal clear water. I have to say I thought I’d be bouncing off the walls by day three in a place like Varadero, but our stay in the Royalton Hicacos there was pure bliss. The rest was more than needed.

While I was preparing for the trip I noticed my wardrobe was in no way holiday proof, especially not for a three week trip to a hot, humid country. The downside of living in Belgium I guess? Luckily, you don’t need much when you’re living the good life in a country like Cuba. Denim shorts, a couple of tops and dresses and a beach cover up like this Kaftan. I actually snatched this kaftan from my mother’s wardrobe (well, she gave it to me to take on the trip) and I wish I could just walk around in flowy stuff like this all year. How long do we have to wait until it’s summer again?

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Our 3 week Cuba trip: Photo Diary

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Cuba picture diary // Havana - via noglitternoglory.com

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s I’m writing this, I’m still in full denial, watching Dirty Dancing Havana Nights but grabbing George for cuddles every time I have the chance and yelling CUBA! We just got back from little over 3 weeks on the island, and the place was as magical and weird and beautiful as I’d imagined.

So I thought I’d go trough the 2000+ pictures we took on our journey to make a small selection to share and ended up with almost 60. But the thing with Cuba is, that even when things are “ugly”, they are actually still beautiful. Have a look!

Cuba picture diary // Havana - via noglitternoglory.com

Cuba picture diary // Havana - via noglitternoglory.com

Postcards from Santorini

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I thought it would be rather fitting for me to publish some images from our holiday in Santorini on the day my actual postcards arrived in Belgium (Hi, mom!). Santorini was wonderful and beautiful and there was something about the island that made me feel so thankful for… well, everything.


COS top // Hoss Intropia (via Lily and the Lady) skirt // Sam Edelman sandals // & Other Stories Bag // Ray Ban sunnies

//La fille d’O bikini//

        

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Images by Dieter and me. Find us on instagram: @patriciagoijens & @vandervelpen