Thursday, 31 August 2017

My current obsessions

Hello loves! 

This month I've been having quite a few products/items that I'm completely obsessed with, and as I've never done a post like this before, I thought it'd be a fun idea to share with you guys these little things that I just can't get enough of. If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen most of these items by now and I might as well apologize for posting so much about them #oops! Also trying out a new thing and playing around with shadows in these pictures, let me know what you think!

1. J'adore Eau de Toilette - Dior: As I've mentioned before, I absolutely love french perfumes, so it comes as no surprise that both the Eau de Parfum and the Eau de Toilette have landed a spot on my list. I love that both scents are really striking, feminine, and posh. They last a long time and always have me feeling like a true parisian.

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2. Evil Eye, Open Diamond and Twist Rings - Mejuri: Ever since I received these stunning rings from Mejuri, I haven't been able to take them off. They're everything I look for when it comes to jewelry: versatile, classic, and chic. Made with 14k gold and to wear everyday. Many heart-shaped emoji's from me! 

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3. Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream - Aesop: I confess I found this product through recommendations of other bloggers, and honestly I couldn't be happier about it. It's super creamy, nourishing, and truly so so hydrating! As I have oily skin, I thought it'd end up only leaving my skin even more oily, but it didn't, and actually gave it just a subtle glow and a very soft touch. 

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4. Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm - Aesop: Yes, another Aesop product because it's that good. I'm in love with Aesop I guess (not sponsored!!). My hands were so bad because I'm always doing something in the water and consequently, they get super extra dry and start to itch. I literally needed something to resurrect them (no pun intended!) and I was over the moon when I applied this balm to my hands. They now look decent and it's all thanks to this lifesaver. I apply it every night before I go to sleep and wake up with brand new soft hands! Words can't say how much I love it.

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5. Touche Eclat Highlighting Pen - YSL: For a while I wasn't too into this product but now that I decided to give it another go, I actually saw the magic in it. The highlight is very bright, not shimmery like most highlighters, has a matte finish which is great for all skin types, and super easy to apply. I love to use it above my eyebrows, on my cupid's bow and under my eyes after I've applied concealer. It's amazing quality and doesn't wear off during the day and can actually be used as concealer too. 

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6. Figuier Candle from Diptyque and Palo Santo from Le Labo: Both of these candles have been my holy grail. Their scents are so unique and whilst the Palo Santo is more moody and has a strong wood base, the Figuier is summery, light, and refreshing. They complete each other and make for whatever mood you're feeling. The Figuier is the candle I have by my little vanity space and the Palo Santo I have above my fireplace. There's nothing like the warmth you feel walking into your room at night with a few candles lit, am I right?!

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Lavender Fields

This beautiful Sunday there was a pick your own lavender event happening on the outskirts of London, and of course, it comes as no secret that I was thrilled to go. After a 40 minute drive, we arrived in the most beautiful field full of lavender, little stands and a lot of people. They were giving out scissors (biggest queue!) so as soon as we managed to get our hands on a pair we were off to explore and cut our very own lavender. It was all seriously stunning and a fit scenario to want to wake up every day to. Forever wishing I could spend sunset time walking through those aisles. But also completely happy to have had the loveliest time and the best smelling/looking lavender I could wish for! Below are a few pictures we quickly snapped: 

Sunday, 13 August 2017

What I learnt being away from social media

We're all tired of hearing about the good and bad side of social media, so don't worry, this post is not about it! It's actually about the difference it makes to be away from our screens a little bit. I've been super busy the last few weeks, and I definitely took some time off to be with friends and family, so consequently I had a lot less time to spend navigating through my favorite platforms. If there's one thing I am guilty of when it comes to social media, it's the endless scrolling! I'm always telling myself that it will only be a quick 5-minute look, and after what actually seems like 10 minutes, is an hour gone by. Just like that. 

So I decided to take advantage of my busy-ness (is that a word?!) and take a break from the internet and the blogging world all together. What a change it was, let me tell you! I wasn't crazed about needing to post, checking my emails, or replying to everyone. I didn't feel like I was always behind schedule. I didn't feel like a wave of insecurity crashed over me and that my posts weren't good enough. I didn't feel like I was lacking motivation or trapped in a writers block. Much on the contrary, it actually allowed me to recharge all my inspiration and creativity.

It was definitely very freeing in a way, not having to follow a routine. I had plenty of free time too, and in that free time is where things got special. I went out more. I spent more time on my social life. I catched up on (and started watching) tv shows I really love. I did yoga, I danced, I played like a child, I did sports, I did adult tasks, I ate too much pizza, I took better care of my skin, I said "yes" so much more, I laughed until my stomach hurt, I gave advice, I shared my heart, I lived. Intensely.

I'm not saying that you don't get to do all those things if you spend a lot of time online, but that you do them less frequently or that you're never truly able to appreciate the present moment without wanting to post about it. I absolutely love my hobbie/job and I am so grateful to be able to share all these little parts of me and my life with you guys and for all the lovely support always, so please don't take this as a complain (never would I!) but take it as an advice. I encourage you to take a break once in a while from the virtual world and completely, and solemnly, connect with and live the now.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Notting Hill

Whether you've watched the movie, know it because of The Beatles or simply heard of Notting Hill before but never actually visited, this post is for you! It also happens to be one of my favorite places in London so I thought it deserved a post too, plus it's might as well be a proper excuse to put these beautiful flowers on my blog, haha! 

Notting Hill is one of the most artsy, alternative, and beautiful neighbourhoods you'll find, and that also means it's always packed and full of tourists, especially in August which is when Carnival happens. The famous Portobello Market is one of the best in London and filled with treasures from jewellery to art to antiques. There's literally so much to see and you'll probably be able to find any thing there. Needless to say but, you'll have a hard time moving around so be prepared! The food & many cafes that surround the area aren't any less than amazing, you can go from cute pastries to fancy dishes in minutes. I also love that everything is from walking distance, and the cobblestone streets and victorian style houses steal my heart away. It's the perfect place for photographing too, but you have to find some quiet roads if you're after fashion pics. 

I definitely feel like I'm in my own romatic comedy whenever I'm wondering around, and I can't help but wish that some day I'll have my own little house there.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

A Daydreamer's Tale

I was sipping my tea (green tea with mint leaves - try it guys!!) and this post title just popped in my head, and for some reason, it stuck. Partially because it reminds me of a proper book title (Alice in Wonderland feels) and partially because well, I'm a complete daydreamer. I love that moment when you suddenly zone out and enter your own paralel universe, where 
 thoughts and ideas are entirely free. It's a moment I take to picture what I truly want of the future and what my goals are, but not just that, and here comes the secret to making magic: I think of all the possible ways I can achieve them. 

It's not as simple as it might sound but it's also not a black hole. Sometimes it can be really hard to actually pin point what are your short/long-term goals or where you see yourself in 5 years time, but sometimes it can be incredibly easy too. The best start point is to grab a pen and paper and make a list of all the things you'd like to do, it can be literally anything. If you're not too keen on lists, then I'd suggest trying to keep a diary and writing everyday so that you're able to slowly take notice of all the little things that make you happy and all the goals that start popping up.

Although for me it was a little different, I didn't need a list (but I did keep a diary) because I always had that one dream and I was always completely sure of it, which now may be relatively simple to say but back in the days it seemed like I had to cross an ocean on foot. I know you're curious now haha so I'll tell you what was my goal: to move back to London and study healthcare at University. It's crazy to think that only four months ago I never even thought the dream would leave my head, and now I'm sitting back home in London focusing on A levels to soon apply to my university choices. 

I'm not going to say that bringing a dream to life is easy, it takes a lot of dedication, hard-work, motivation, time, and especially, passion. They're all connected. But that doesn't mean in any way that it isn't possible, because it is, all dreams are. Help is important too, and let's be honest, who doesn't need a helping hand or a kick-ass pep talk once in a while?! Don't be afraid to engage or ask your family and friends if you need to (thank you mum and dad!). 

So once you have your goals mapped out, trace all the steps you'd have to go through to accomplish them. As an example, if you want to meet a certain writer, find out when he will be in your country/city, get informed on what the event will be, save money/get a job if you need to, map out how you'll get there, etc. If something goes wrong, think of an alternative. Always have backup(s) and never give up. Want your dreams bad enough and go after them. 

Featuring Diamond Open Ring and Twist Ring from Mejuri.