Looking Back On An Amazing Summer | Loves Lately

I think I can honestly say that this was my most productive summer EVER. I knew this was going to be a busier summer than normal but not as much as it eventually was. I didn’t mind because I got a lot of great opportunities, went on holiday, saved a lot of money, worked on my blog and more. In this post I will be discussing some of my ‘loves’ this summer!

Right after I finished my last exams at school, I started working two to four days a week. The other days I wanted to spend as much time with my friends before everyone would go on holiday. Of course I also had some days where I just relaxed, watched series and read blogs. I think I watched all three season of Orphan Black in two weeks. I just couldn’t stop watching because you find out something new every episode and you want to find out everything, so you continue watching. Besides that, Made in Chelsea LA has started and I love it. Los Angeles is almost on top of my travel bucket list and since I already like to watch Made in Chelsea (hello British accent), this is the perfect combination.

Yes, of course I had to include my trip to New York and Washington D.C. at the end of July. I had been looking forward to this trip for so long and it was amazing. I am not going to discuss the trip again because I already did this in a two part diary of New York (read part one and two here) and Washington (click here). But I do have a favorite hotspot in both cities.

In New York we went to The High Line and after that we decided to walk around the neighborhood for a bit. This is when we ended up at Doughnut Plant and they have the most delicious donuts there *insert heart eyes emoji here*. And in Washington I loved this place called Bean & Bite. This was across from our hotel and they had to most delicious ham and cheese croissants!

While being on holiday I check new posts of the blogs I follow every once in a while. So when we got back to our hotel after a long day of exploring, I would get in to my bed and check Bloglovin’. After reading almost everything, I went on the hunt for some new blogs to follow and that’s when I found two that I just had to share with you. The first one is Miss Joesten (a blog by Fleur) because she takes lovely photos and I love her writing style. The second one is A Pair & A Spare (which is a DIY blog) and it gives me so much inspiration. So if you are in need of some inspiration, check it out!

Until now, most of my summer would consist of laying bed, watching movies and doing nothing. But this summer I wanted to be productive and earn money. That’s when I decided to start working at Home at Home, where I also did my internship earlier this year. It’s an interior design webshop and if you want to know what I got to do for them, you should definitely keep reading…

When I had a day off from work, I didn’t just want to sit around and do nothing. So when the weather was good, I made plans with my friends. On one of these days I went to Hortus Botanicus in Leiden with Lotte (my personal photographer haha). I hadn’t been here in years and I just felt like taking some photos. If you want to see more photos and the outfit I was wearing that day, check this post!

On the weekends I had to work at my ‘normal’ job, which is at a restaurant. But that meant I have to morning and beginning of the afternoon free to do something with my family. If you read more of my personal kind of posts, you might know that I think it’s really important to spend time with my family. So when we got the chance, we went to Leiden to enjoy a sunny afternoon at Van De Leur Leiden. I always get the organic iced tea here but unfortunately wasps also like this drink…

As you might have read in my latest Sunday post, I went to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam with my mom and grandma. I’ve always wanted to go there and now was the time. We saw art works from Rembrandt, Van Gogh and more. If you want to see more, definitely click here because I took lots of photos of our visit.

When I started working at Home at Home, I knew that at some point they would go to a fair. In January I went to Maison et Objet in Paris with them when I was an intern and I really liked that experience. So two weeks ago I spent four days at a fair with them and at the photo below you can see what the stand looked like. Awesome right?

To finish my summer holiday on a great note, my mom and I got some lunch at Brasserie Meelfabriek Zijlstroom. This restaurant is located in this old factory and the interior is really cool. I think this is one of my favorite places to go near Leiden, a true hotspot. It was such nice weather so we sat outside in the garden (they have fairy lights!) and enjoyed our delicious food.

Well, these were a couple of highlights (also known as ‘loves’) of my summer holiday. As you can tell, I did a lot. And I liked it! I had lots of fun, got to save some money, gained experience and so much more. I know I didn’t complete all of the goals I set for this summer but that’s okay. I also got to do lots of other things that I never thought I would. Anyways, what did you do on your summer holiday?





  1. September 2, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    Looks like you had cozy days!!

  2. September 3, 2015 / 9:20 am

    Love the photos 🙂

  3. September 3, 2015 / 9:04 pm

    Leuk en wat een mooie foto’s heb je gemaakt!

  4. September 4, 2015 / 5:41 pm

    mooie foto’s en filter!

  5. September 5, 2015 / 3:59 pm

    Wow, je hebt echt een enorm mooie blog! Super mooi in elkaar gezet en een gave layout! Ook je post zijn echt leuk! Ga je zeker volgen. xx

  6. sashionblog
    September 5, 2015 / 6:06 pm

    Ahh wat leuk om te lezen! Lekker drukke zomer heb je gehad, maar wel vol met leuke dingen!! 😀 Wat tof dat je weer bij je oude stage adres aan de slag kon ook! Lijkt me een leuke plek om te werken 🙂

    ♥♥♥ Saskia

    • September 5, 2015 / 6:42 pm

      Ah super leuk je reactie! Jaa het was echt heel leuk om te werken en ik mag zelfs 1 dag in de week blijven werken 🙂 X

  7. September 5, 2015 / 8:45 pm

    leuk artikel om te lezen en ik heb ook z’n drukke zomer gehad liefs

  8. September 6, 2015 / 12:28 pm

    Damn it looks like you really did many things this summer! I also loved mine but for some other reasons, mine was completely impredictable! I wouldn’t have imagined that would be this way hhahaahh

    I just started following you cutie!



  9. September 6, 2015 / 5:44 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing summer! I love these shots too. You take beautiful pictures 🙂

    Enclothed Cognition

  10. wendyvansoest
    September 7, 2015 / 12:48 pm

    Klinkt als een heerlijke zomer. Wel hard gewerkt zo te zien, maar dat is alleen maar fijn. Succes weer met school 🙂


  11. September 7, 2015 / 6:47 pm

    Ooeehh like it! <3

  12. September 7, 2015 / 8:32 pm

    Sounds like a great summer with some beautiful pictures! I also binge watched Orphan Black this summer.. such an addiction haha! X

  13. aroundsan
    September 8, 2015 / 2:22 pm

    Ziet er uit als een geweldige zomer! Mooie foto’s heb je gemaakt. 😀

  14. September 8, 2015 / 10:24 pm

    Wat een prachtige foto’s allemaal! Ik wil nog helemaal niet dat de zomer voorbij is 🙁

  15. September 10, 2015 / 12:44 pm

    Prachtige foto’s en zo leuk dat je ook andere bloggers uitlicht 🙂

  16. junetwonl
    September 18, 2015 / 1:17 pm

    Ziet er heel goed uit en wat een prachtige foto’s!

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