Sunday, 27 September 2015

WHY SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE ARE UNSECCESSFUL



A few nights ago I dreamt I wrote an article for a magazine about why some famous guy didn’t feel successful at all and wasn’t happy with his life, whilst someone else who probably wouldn’t be considered ‘successful’ in today’s society, felt like he got what he wanted and was perfectly happy. When I woke up I didn’t really remember what I wrote in that article but I thought it would be a good thing to write a post about so here I am. 

It’s not uncommon to find someone that we think has been or is being successful  and find out that they don’t consider themselves successful at all. An easy example of that is school. Some students won’t be happy with themselves until they get an A+, however, some other students might be bursting happiness when they get a B. It all depends on what we are expecting from ourselves and what our ultimate goals are. If someone’s dream is to be Roll Royce’s engineer then they better work their asses off and get that A+. But if someone just wants to have a relaxing life and only make enough money to live decently then they don’t need to get such good grades to achieve what they want. Success is relative and this is something we usually forget. 

Another important factor is that we often want what we don’t have, how many brunettes wish they were blonde and vice versa? It happens all the time in life, we see something we don’t or can’t have and we want it. This can be good in some situations since it can makes us work harder to achieve our dreams, but it can also make us feel like we are useless or like we are not good enough. It's important to remember that no one is perfect and we can't be perfect at every single thing we do. However, we can work hard to improve and to become the best version of ourselves. 

I think what I'm trying to say with this post is that not everything is what it seems and that you should not compare yourself to anyone else other than your old self.
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Friday, 25 September 2015

HOW TO DEAL WITH A BUSY LIFESTYLE | MY ROUTINE




As you are reading this I am currently in Greece soaking in the sun and eating loads of yummy food, so at this exact moment I'm not really that busy. However, I am indeed super busy during the school year. Many days I'll have lectures and labs from 9am until 6pm, I'll then go home and I'll have to catch up on *even more* uni work, write lab reports, figure out how to program with Matlab (if you hate Matlab as much as I do let me know in the comments), apply for internships, write/take pictures for this blog and find time to eat, socialise and hopefully get some sleep. So, in case you're nosy like me and like seeing what other people do, or you're just bored and looking for an entertaining read, that's your post! Here's what I do on a normal weekday. 






WAKE UP. I like waking up early as it gives me time to do everything I want without rushing trough the door to get to uni on time. I wake up 2 hours before my first lecture, which is usually at around 9AM. First thing I do when I get out of bed is work out for 20-25min, I usually do a video or two from Blogilates. This really helps me wake up and not act like a zombie. I then have my breakfast, usually a bowl of cereal, whilst either reading City AM or catching up with my favourite bloggers and youtubers. Once I've finished my cereal, I get ready to go to class (i.e. I put some clothes on and try to make myself look pretty).






LECTURES + LABS. I then walk to uni and spend way too much time there either in lectures -that's where I usually check all my social media if you were wondering - or in labs playing around with carcinogen chemicals that could potentially kill me. 







HOMEWORK. When I get home I grab some snack from the kitchen and eat it whilst I do uni work which usually consists of going through that day's lectures and writing lab reports. I'll sometimes call my parents or my sister so that they know I'm still alive and talk to them whilst working. 






BE HUMAN. After a few hours I get fed up with chemistry and decide to behave like a human being: I take a shower so that I don't stink and my hair doesn't look greasy and then I cook myself some dinner (or if I don't feel like cooking I just go to Nando's or Byron, gotta love living without your parents).






BLOG + YOUTUBE. After dinner I' go to my room and write some blog posts (I usually take all the pictures on the weekends in the morning, when there's natural light), reply to comments and watch some more YouTube videos (I know I have a problem). Right before going to bed I choose my outfit for the following day and prepare my school bag so that I don't have to worry about those things in the morning. 


I got the inspiration for this post from this post from Hannie Arden's post, so go check it out!
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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

LUSH HAUL + REVIEW







Over the past few weeks my skin had been really bad, probably even worse than when I was a teenager.  I've been lucky enough to always have decent skin but recently I was getting breakouts every day and it was really stressing me out. Last week I went to Oxford Street and since there was a *massive* Lush store there I decided to go in and get some goodies.

Because I had heard a lot of people talk about the Oatifix Face Mask I decided to get it and give it a try. I've used it three times now and I'm pretty sure I'll get it again when I finish the pot. It smells really nice, like cake batter (don't eat it though, doesn't taste as nice, I speak from experience). It has oats, banana, vanilla, almonds and natural oils that leave my skin feeling super moisturised but not oily at all. It not only hydrates my skin immensely, but it also exfoliates it and reduces redness. The only downside is that it's not easy to remove since the oats kind of stick to your face making it really hard to get rid of them without having to use a towel (that is then left with oatmeal on it...). Nonetheless, I think overall it is a really good mask if you have dry skin.

I was then sowed a few moisturisers, one of them being Magical Moringa which is THE BEST THING EVER. Holy shit guys, this moisturiser is the bomb! I'm not going to go all technical and explain what each ingredient does (you can google that) but trust me,  if there was an award for best moisturiser, this would win for sure. I didn't buy it because I am a student and I can't really justify spending £28 for 75g of magical paste. I did ask for a sample though and I'm obsessed. I might go back and ask for another sample... samples ftw! Every time I use it, I can't stop touching my face, it's so soft it feels like silk. I can't even explain how great it is, you have to try it yourself so go get a sample people.

The last thing I got is a the Bubblegum Lip Scrub. I mainly got this because my lips always get really gross in the winter time. Also, it makes applying lip liner 10 times easier. It smells like, well, like bubblegum (duh) and it actually tastes really nice too... in case you were wondering.

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Monday, 21 September 2015

MEGHAN MARKLE || STYLE CRUSH

Hello! It's been a while since I posted one of these so I though it was about time to do another 'style crush' post. I was going to do this about Suits' character Rachel Zane. However, I then realised that 90% of her outfits are very similar so I decided to do it about the second best thing: Meghan Markle, the actress who plays Rachel. 

To my surprise, her style is really similar to Rachel's. In Suits we usually only see Rachel when she's in the office wearing smart, work appropriate clothes or when she's at home wearing sweatpants. But, if she was to go to an even outside work or for drinks with friends I feel like she would dress really similarly to Meghan: classy and elegant but sexy. Someday, maybe, I get to have a wardrobe like hers. 













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Saturday, 19 September 2015

WHAT TO EXPECT: FIRST DAY OF UNIVERSITY



This post might be sort of late for those of you who don't study in England (where I believe most universities haven't started yet) but you know what they say, better late than never.

I remember the night before my first day of university, I was a mess. I had no idea what to expect; what are the professors going to be like? am I going to make any friends? am I going to like the lectures? (I have the answer to that last one: NO) and most importantly, what are people going to wear? 

Going from high school to university is such a big change and it can make many of us feel overwhelmed. If your first day of uni is approaching I'm going to try and make you a bit less nervous by sharing my experience with you. Here goes the story of my fabulous first day of university.

Before my first day I had met some people from my halls but none of them were in my course so I literally had no idea what kind of people to expect. I was hoping for the worst. I go to a really geeky university, where many people don't give a crap about how they look (or so it seems) so now I know I shouldn't have spent so much time choosing my outfit. Nonetheless, do spend as much time as you want deciding on what to wear,  it's always good to make a good first impression. 

On my first day I didn't have any lectures, we met at my department's common room and were given our schedule together with shitloads of stuff and a manual  that was meant to explain the aims, grading system and other apparently important things about my course. I'm going to be honest and say that I haven't read that manual yet  and I'm going into my third year. Awkward. Here goes tip number one: read all the crap they give you, some of it might actually be helpful.

They had us in that common room doing virtually nothing for way too long but it was a good time to get to know some people and that's actually where I met who today is one of my best friends. So, tip number two: as eager as you may be to tweet about that horrendous jumper your classmate is wearing, put down your phone and talk to people. You're going to be spending many hours with them so you might as well get to know someone, lectures are boring if you don't have anyone to gossip with.

After a while, they remembered we where there and took us to a lecture theatre to give us a  safety talk about how to behave in labs (my degree is chemistry). They told us like a hundred times that it's ABSOLUTELY FORBIDDEN to use our phones in labs since it's really dangerous. I'm sorry but I can't go 5 hours without checking Instagram, I can deal with a bit of acid on my screen. I've had many boring lectures but this talk was on a another level, so tip number three: if you're doing a science degree involving labs hours, bring some entertainment with you on your first day. 

As far as I can remember ( I feel really old saying this) that's all I did on my first day, so it was really short and not too exciting but that's the ugly truth. How was your first day/how are you expecting it to be?

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Thursday, 17 September 2015

BEST OF NYFW SS16


There is an event that anyone who is remotely interested in fashion will know about: the New York Fashion Week. Some people aspire to walk the runaway, some others want to be able to show off their designs and others just wish to attend one of the shows. I wasn’t lucky enough to attend any (maybe someday) but there is this beautiful thing called the Internet that allows you not to only watch some of the shows live but to have HD pictures of every single outfit on every runaway.  The same way others binge watch The Big Bang Theory, I binge watch fashion shows (and PLL, Suits, KUWTK, etc but that's not the point here) so after spending waaay too much time watching waaay too many shows and drooling over waaay too many outfits, I chose my 7 favourite shows of this NYFW.

Vera Wang was my absolute favourite, the designs were all so elegant but modern and daring at the same time. They reminded me something the Kardashians would wear to a dinner with the Queen. Black was the protagonist which I'm pretty happy with since it's my favourite colour, I would honestly buy every single outfit from the show I could. 

Another show that stood out to me was Oscar De La Renta, whose designs stole my heart. Think of Blair Waldorf, Scarlet Johanson, Jessica Pearson; what do they all have in common? They're classy as hell. Well, now add all their class together and times it by 100 and you will get Oscar De La Renta's designs.

Anyway, I'm going to stop talking (or writing) now, here are my favourite fashion shows from this autumn's NYFW.






















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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

FANGIRL BY RAINBOW ROWELL || REVIEW

I used to be a bookworm, I was always reading some book -more like devouring one. However, in the past year I’ve just felt like I had too much on my plate to pick up a book and get lost in it.  I recently went to Waterstones and literally spent there at least 45min trying to decide which book to get. As the grown up woman I am, I ended up in the YA section and picked up a book I had read so many good reviews about: Fangirl by Simon Rowell. I am aware this book has been out for a while now that many of you have probably read it already but hey, better late than never! 


I barely have anything  bad to say about this book. I loved it from the first page to the last one, it’s honestly one of the best books I’ve read. I’m not going to spoil anyone but I’ll try to briefly explain what the book is about so that the review makes more sense. The book is based around the lives of two twin sisters from Omaha in their freshmen year in the University of Lincoln. One of them, Cath, writes a fan fiction about Simon Snow and Baz that gets thousands of hits. She’s the typical geeky fangirl we’ve all been at some point in our lives, no shame. Back when they were younger, they used to write the fan fiction together but eventually Wren -the other twin- grew out of the fandom and dived into the full uni experience (i.e. drinking until you pass out and partying probably a bit too much). The book follows the girls around and allows you to watch them change and grow as their freshman year goes by.

Anyone who’s in uni or have been in the past will probably relate to some of their experiences (including boyfriends, one of which was a mixture of Lucas Till and Zac Efron in my mind, that made the book even more enjoyable) and things they go through, same goes for anyone who’s or has ever been in a fandom. It’s the first book I’ve found that not only talks about fanfictions but shows how important they can be to someone, how they can be more than a simple story published on the Internet. I found really interesting how the sisters behaved so differently and how this affected their relationship.

The only thing I didn’t quite like were the extracts from Cath’s fanfiction that are in the book when Cath reads them to a certain someone. But that didn’t bother me too much, I just skipped these bits and since they don’t really affect the story it doesn’t matter if you skip them. I personally wasn’t interested in reading a fanfic about something I didn’t know and from the few bits I read, it didn’t seem to interesting to me. 

The whole book is so beautifully written you’ll get immersed into it without even realising and you’ll find yourself getting angry at Wren, wanting to hug Levi for being so damn cute or feeling sorry for their dad. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who’s into romantic/funny YA books. 

Btw, if any of you have read Eleanor & Park please let me know if you liked it because I really want to read it! 


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Monday, 14 September 2015

OUT AND ABOUT: SA CALOBRA, MALLORCA

Hello! First of all, apologies for the lack of content these last few day. I just moved into my new flat in London and didn’t have wifi until today. How have I survived 4 whole days without wifi? I have no idea, but I barely made it. Anyway, since I didn’t have access to the wonderful world called the Internet and almost run out of data, I spent some time cleaning my laptop and freeing some much needed space on my disk. This led me to find a lost folder of pictures from a hike I went on with my dad and my sister a few weeks ago, back in Mallorca. I was meant to write about it a while back but completely forgot. 

I love London, it’s easily one of my favourite places in the world, but I have to admit that looking at these pictures, where the sun is shining and remembering the heat from the sun, whilst typing these words with my cold fingers, under a cloudy and grey sky, makes me miss Mallorca and summer quite a lot. 


That day we went to the Torrent de Pareis, which is pretty much and empty river. People seem to like going there on hikes so when my dad asked if I wanted to go, I went for it. It turned out to be a pretty fun hike - it was more like climbing, hiking and trying not to crack your head open at the same time. Nevertheless, it was fun and I’m happy both me and my camera made it out alive. The scenery was really beautiful and I would actually go back again! It was right next to the sea -obviously, it’s a river- and a really beautiful (and crowded) beach so that was a bonus! 














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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS


Hello! I travel fairly often, whether it's to go home, to uni or on a holiday. Some people might enjoy flying and going to the airport, I'm not one of those people. I personally think it's a hassle, it takes too much time and I usually get bored. This, unfortunately, is not a post about how to have fun in an airport -but if you ask, running around on a trolley is a good way until security stops you. This is a post about some essentials that, if you keep with you at all times, will make flying a bit less of a pain. 


Money |  On an average 5 hours flight, you're likely to spend at least 8-9 hours away from home/hotel/any kind of accommodation. Therefore, eating something at the airport before leaving or buying some snack to eat in the plane is not a bad idea. 

Sunglasses | Sunnies are useful if a) you want to feel like a celebrity b)you have an early flight and there's no concealer capable of hiding your dark circles.

Passport | This one is kind of obvious, unless you really don't want to be in that plane. I recently got this super cute passport holder from Cath Kidston and I can't stop looking at it.






Drink | It's common knowledge that water is good for you and that airplanes dry your skin out, so having water or some kind of tea with you can help your skin more than you think. 

Phone | With no Wi-Fi on board, my phone is always my main entertainment. I usually either play games or listen to music and try to sleep. 

Lip Balm | As I said, airplanes really dry out your skin, including your lips. There's nothing I hate more than having chapped lips so I always keep a lip balm with me when I'm travelling.

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Monday, 7 September 2015

THE BEST NAIL POLISH SHADE





Some months ago I was watching one of Meghan Rienk's YouTube videos when I noticed how much I loved her nail polish. It was a very light pink, almost white nude colour. A few days later I found out that a really similar shade came with the most recent Marie Claire's issue so, obviously, I went out and got it because who can say no to a magazine and a lovely nail polish. Forward several months and this shade is now my all time favourite and I'm 100% sure I will repurchase it when it dries out or I finish the bottle. 

The nail polish I got with the magazine was the Nails Inc. for Marie Claire in the shade Fizz. This shade is not available anymore but Chelsea Embankment  is really similar and from the same brand. The formula is amazing, it doesn't chip easily and it's really pigmented - two coats is more than enough. 

A few weeks later I got a very similar nail polish -slightly cheaper- for my sister since she told me she really liked the colour. I got the shade Milkshake from Topshop. This shade is currently sold out but Nice'n'Neutral is quite similar. In the second picture it looks a bit orangey but it's not, it has more of a peachy tone than the one from Nails Inc. but the shades are almost identical and it's hard to tell the difference once they're on the nail. As most of the nail polishes from Topshop, the quality is pretty good and the pigmentation is great.


The main point of this post is: these shades are the bomb and I will never get tired of them. 


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