Thursday, 22 December 2016

HOW TO GET SHIT DONE DURING THE HOLIDAYS



With Christmas and NYE (and my birthday...) around the corner, it is easier than usual to be a slacker and ignore all the work piling up on your desk. Most people, whether you are a student or have a full-time job, are likely to have something else to do during the festive period apart from eating highly caloric foods and spending times with your loved ones.

I myself have finals right after my Christmas break, and to make it even worse it's the only final I have in the WHOLE year... so guess who has no room for mistakes. Yes, me. Therefore, I need to get my life together and prioritise studying over some social events. It's not fun but there are some ways to make this slightly easier.


START YOUR DAY EARLY

Most people make planes later in the day, no one goes for brunch at 8AM or has a coffee date at 9AM. So by waking up earlier you'll give yourself more time to get things done and finish earlier so that you can go out with your friends or family. What I always try to do is to make plans always after 6PM because I know that by that time my brain has given up so I won't be revising. 

AVOID DISTRACTIONS

It's all about being productive, the less time you waster the more time you'll have to do fun things. So instead of watching three episodes of the Kardashians turn off your TV and revise, reply to e-mails or do whatever you have to do. Be productive. 

HAVE A SOCIAL LIFE

Whilst you shouldn't be out and about 24/7 if you have work to do, you shouldn't be working or studying 24/7 either. Being burn out is frustrating and not nice so avoid it by having some down time and do take a few days off!


MAKE WORK/REVISION FUN

Try to make whatever you're doing entertaining and interesting to you, this way it will be less dreadful. Whether it is by listening to some music, by indulging on some hot chocolate whilst working or by finding a genuine interest in your work. It will make thinks SO MUCH easier.


REALISE THAT YOU'RE NOT THE ONLY ONE

I find that it always helps to talk to my friends who are also revising. As bad as it sounds, knowing that there are other people who can't take two weeks off and are also at home revising like there's no tomorrow makes me feel somewhat better. 

PLAN AHEAD

I can't do spontaneous plans, not during the holidays. I have a lot of work to do and I need to organise myself so that I know that this day I have to finish at this time because I'm meeting X for dinner. By knowing what I'll be doing that day I can make sure I wake up early enough or take a shorter lunch break to get everything done.



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Friday, 16 December 2016

TIPS TO PACK LIGHT FOR LONG HOLIDAYS



I am a massive over packer, I like to have everything I might need when I'm not at home- anything from face masks to all my different trainers. I guess it's because I like to have options instead of having only two jumpers and one pair of jeans. I also tend to overpack A LOT when it comes to skincare, I need all my scrubs, creams, toners, miscellar waters, etc. 

Let's be honest, I'll only end up using like 1% of what I pack anyway.

I am going back to Spain for the holidays soon. When booking the flight I refused to check in a bag purely because I didn't fancy paying the outrageous prices; this means I am left with a carry on and a handbag to pack all my books I'll need to revise and clothes for three weeks including Christmas and NYE. Fun times.

So, here are some tips that helped me when packing light or at least trying to. 

PRIORITIES

Before thinking of what you might need in case of an alien invasion, think of what you absolutely 100% will need - i.e. a few jeans and jumpers, PJs, etc. When it comes to clothes, don't pack more outfits than days you'll be away for because no, you're not going to accidentally spill wine on your blouse so you don't need that extra outfit. 

PLAN OUTFITS

Because I am very lazy when it comes to packing and I really dread it, I could never be bothered to plan outfits when packing. What I did was choose all my favourite clothes and chuck them in my suitcase which resulted in me packing shirt I could then not wear because they didn't go with any of my bottoms. I've also restrained myself from packing multiple outfits for one event (such as NYE), one dress will do and if I like it now I'll like it in three weeks. 

MINIMALISTIC SKINCARE


I don't have acne prone skin and, unless I eat a lot of greasy foods, my skin kind of behaves so I don't need a lot of products to treat acne or spots. However, for some reason I stress out if I travel without every single skincare product I won. Or at least, I used to. Now, I've limited myself to the essentials: miscellar water to remove make up, moisturiser and daily scrub. Realistically, this is all I need to make sure my skin is happy so there is no need to pack 100 products.

LESS SHOES

Shoes are big and they take up A LOT of space, sadly. So do no pack five pairs of shoes if you're going away for a week or two, you don't nee do many. I know it, and you know it. I usually pack a pair of trainers (usually my black ones as they go with everything) and also a pair of boots. If I know I'll be dressing up on some occasions I might bring a pair of heels. I'll wear the chunkier shoes, usually the boots, to save some space. 


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Monday, 12 December 2016

CHRISTMAS AND NYE OUTFITS INSPO


It's almost Christmas!! Well, by almost I mean a couple of weeks away but same thing. I absolutely love Christmas - not only do I get to eat delicious food but there are many occasions where I get to dress up and wear fancy clothes. I love planning my Christmas and NYE outfits and make them festive but classy. Think velvet, gold detailing and dark reds. 

I've personally already (kind of) decided what I'm going to wear but if you're still looking for THE outfit, take a look at the fabulous women's dresses (specially the women's cocktail dresses, which is my favourite) from Fashionmia* and get some inspiration! 

Fashionmia offers a wide variety of cheap dresses for women - anything from elegant cocktail dresses to sexy cocktail dresses. So whatever your style is, you're bound to find something perfect for you! They all are such cute dresses, it was a struggle picking my favourites to share with you guys. If you're anything like me and don't fancy spending a fortune on clothes that you're probably not going to wear too often (I don't attend fancy galas every week...), Fashionmia is the place to go for cheap cocktail dresses! 


How pretty are these though! I specially love the velvety red bodycon; it would look amazing with nude heels and gold jewellery - SO CHRISTMASSY. I also adore the black one with gold detailing, it looks so elegant and classy. Something a women who has her life together would wear, so let's all pretend we are that women and that we've got our shit together, yeah?  

I could keep going on and on about how much I love these dresses  but I'm gonna stop annoying you now, and let you enjoy these dresses in peace. Let me know what you're planning on wearing for Christmas/NYE! 
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Sunday, 4 December 2016

MY CHRISTMAS WISHLIST 2017



I’ve probably said that many times before - I ABSOLUTELY love Christmas. I am not joking when I say I scream “Christmas tree” every time I see one on the street, I feel kind of sorry for my friends… soz. 

To be honest, what I love the most about the holidays is buying presents for other people. But, not going to lie, I also love getting some (who doesn’t). I have realised that as I grow older and older I find it harder to give an answer when my mom asks me what I want this year. I got over toys many years ago and, even though some clothes or fancy make up never hurt nobody, I don’t necessarily need them. 

This is why this year I decided to get a bit more creative or imaginative and, instead of sharing a wishlist talking about MAC, Urban Decay and other high end brands that I very much love, I decided to share with you my truest wishes - those that no one can buy and put under my tree for me to open on December, 25th. 


  • A first class degree in Chemistry from my university 
  • More than 24 hours in a day
  • Needing less than 8 hours a day to be rested
  • A well-written report (10,000 words preferentially) on my final year project (which I’m not too sure I am legally allowed to talk about, so let’s keep the mystery going).
  • A city that combines my favourite things from Spain and my beloved city, London
  • A perfect posh British accent
  • Perfect French grammar and pronunciation
  • Being 14 for a day again
  • Being 35 for a day
  • Predicting my January exam’s questions
  • Having more than a Christmas Day
  • Never growing old
  • Being able to make everyone happy
  • Always being confident
  • A beautiful white Christmas

What do you want this Christmas?

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

BECOMING A MORNING PERSON



I am much more productive in the morning, so waking up a couple of hours before class to get some work done makes a huge difference in my productivity.  Not only that but I hate hate hate being rushed to make it to my 9AM lecture on time.  A few months ago, a couple of weeks after starting uni, I decided to start waking up earlier to make the most of the day. 

I personally think everyone can be a morning person if you train your body and truly want to start making the most of our mornings. Of course, some people prefer to wake up at 11AM and work late at night so it just depends on what you prefer! 

If you are trying to be a morning person or trying to get out of bed before noon - maybe it’s one of you're New Year’s resolutions (HOW is it almost 2017?? SERIOUSLY!) - here you have some tips that helped me.

WAKE UP AT THE SAME TIME EVERY DAY

I used to always wake up at different times, depending on when my first lecture or appointment was. Now, I wake up between 6:30AM and 7:30AM every day even if I don’t have to go to uni until 11AM. After a few weeks, your body will get used to it and getting up will be much easier. Try to wake up early-ish on weekends too, as painful as it might be, it will be worth it!

GO TO BED AT THE SAME TIME EVERY DAY

Going along the same lines, if you’re waking up at the same time every day you should also go to bed at the same time if you want to get 7-8 hours of sleep (which you should). I used to go to bed at 10PM every day but I realised that getting more than 8 hours of sleep made me even more tired. Now, I go to bed between 10:45PM and 11:30PM. Going to bed at a similar time every day makes it much easier to fall asleep since your body is “expecting it”.

HAVE A MORNING ROUTINE THAT EXCITES YOU

Whether it is reading magazines whilst having your coffee, doing yoga, cooking a nice lunch or having a proper cooked breakfast. Find something that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning. For me it is to be able to have my coffee in peace and to make a smoothie without having to down it. I also love how quiet everything is in the morning! 

TURN THE HEATING ON

I genuinely wouldn’t be able to get out of bed at 7AM during winter if I didn’t have the heating on. Mine is set so that it turns on before I wake up, this way I never wake up to a freezing cold room which makes me want to stay under my duvet forever. 

SLEEP WITH THE BLINDS OPEN

I never never never close my blinds. There is nothing I hate more than waking up to a dark room. When your room is bright and you can see the sun rising, getting up is not so hard. Moreover, your body releases a hormone that biologically makes you sleepy when it’s dark so that doesn’t help! 


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Monday, 28 November 2016

NEW IN: CUSTOM PHONE CASES + GIVEAWAY!



If there's one thing I love is phone cases, and anyone who knows me in real life will agree with that. I am constantly looking for new cases and my phone never looks the same. A few months ago I wrote a blog post about a phone case and a laptop skin I got from CaseApp, today I wanted to show you two more cases I recently got from CaseApp too.

In case you don't know, CaseApp is an online store that lets you create your own custom iPhone case/laptop skin. They also have some great designs if you're not feeling too creative. I got two phone cases this time - one of them designed by myself and the other one I chose it from their designs.



The first one (and my favourite too!) is this pink and gold case. I absolutely love the colours and the pattern. Not only that but I ordered the 'tough' version so it really protects my phone. One thing I hate about most of my cases is that, even though they look cute, they're not really protective which is kind of the point of a case after all. This one completely covers my phone's edges and most of the buttons as well. It's like double case - it has a black rubbery case that's under the hard outer case. 



The second case I got is one that I designed. I have been obsessed with burgundy later so, obviously, I had to have a case that colour. To make it unique I added my name in a ver fancy font and I added these two white lines because I thought it looked more fancy. I like how simple it is and I think it's nice to have a more 'professional' or 'adult' case... You know, fake it until you make it! 

I am so in love with both of these cases and I totally recommend CaseApp if you're looking to get some new ones for your phone! And because it's Christmas and it's the season to give I am giving you not only a 20% off any of your orders (using the code: RAWR20) but I'm also hosting a giveaway - you can win a free product of your choice from their website (up to £22). You can enter below! And good luck :)



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Friday, 25 November 2016

MY CHOKER COLLECTION




Do I love necklaces? Not really. Whilst, I do own a few that I wear on rather special occasions I have never been known for wearing a lot of jewellery other than the same pearl earrings every day. However, if there is one thing I have been obsessed with lately is chokers. 

When this trend first came out I was like ‘Oh no, not in a million years’. I liked how they looked on other people (i.e. Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid) but I never thought  they would look good on me. I decided to buy my first choker because I saw a similar one on Kourtney Kardashian and I fell in love, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Here’s my collection.

ASOS long choker: So this is the one I first bought, inspired by one of Kourtney’s looks. I really love it and I love that you can wear it in different ways - wrapped around three times, tied in a big lace or bow-tie style, etc.

ASOS classic choker: After my first one I decided I needed a classic one, so I got a plain velvet black choker. I think it was about £5 on ASOS, which is a pretty good price since I’ve worn it so many times this summer!

Zaful lace choker: I love lace - from bralettes, to tops to chokers. I think its give a very sexy touch to any outfit and this choker is no exception! It looks so nice when I’m wearing quite a plain outfit as it adds some texture. 

Zaful charm choker: Technically, this is my sister’s but I’m keeping it until I see her as I got it for her recently (I’m such a good sister, I know). It’s not really my style but I feel like it would look good with anything from Brandy Melville - you know, a very laid back outfit with a cap and this choker.

ASOS coloured choker: This is the only choker I own that's no black - and also the one I wear the least. Coincidence? I also think this one is better for summer as it's thinner and more colourful and we all know that me, winter and colour is just not a thing. 


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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

GETTING INTO THE FESTIVE SPIRIT



Even though I think Christmas doesn't officially start until after Thanksgiving, it's mid November so I guess it's about time to do a Christmassy post. 

Christmas is my favourite time of the year by far. It's not only when I get to go home and see my family, but it's also my birthday and there's yummy food around every day. Also, there is just something magical about this celebration, it makes me feel happy. I love getting into this "festive spirit" and I do take everything related to Christmas very seriously - from wrapping the presents to decorating the house. 

There are a few things or "traditions" I like to do every year to get into the mood and feel like it's Christmas in November.

Christmas music

Being honest, I start listening to Christmas music in October #noshame. I love Michale Bublé and Glee. I am currently listening to a list on Spotify crated by a friend of mine and it's honestly amazing - it has all the classics and some other cool songs I didn't know. My Spotify is: so you can follow me to see what I'm listening to!

Fairy lights

Some people have fairy light on the whole year around but I like to save them for Christmas, or winter in general. It makes the room look so cosy!

Eggnog latte

Call me basic but Starbucks' eggnog latte is what makes Christmas Christmas. It tastes exactly like the holidays would taste like.... if they had a flavour. Frothy lattes with nutmeg in red cups is how I start most of my morning from November until mid December.

Ice Rinks

The first sign that Christmas are coming is when I see that the Natural History Museum's ice rink is being built, once again. I walk past it almost every morning on my way to uni, so the day that it's finished and the massive tree is up: CHRISTMAS TIME!! Even though that's probably around Halloween, so a TAD early but makes me feel Christmassy nonetheless and I love ice skating!

Buying Presents

I am the kind of person who loves buying presents for other people and I am the complete opposite to a last-minute Christmas shopper. It's mid-November and I have most of my presents sorted already - this is how excited I get about Christmas. The one thing that really gets me into a festive mood though is wrapping presents. Cute wrapping paper, ribbon, name tags... this is all I need to be happy.






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Saturday, 19 November 2016

APPS AND WEBSITES ALL STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

This is my fourth Christmas in a row that I will spend revising for finals. It's not only annoying because all I want to do during the holidays is drink hot chocolate and chill with my sister, but it's also extremely inconvenient as I have a lot of 'social events' for Christmas' Eve, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, my birthday, etc. Therefore, I have kind of mastered the art of revising when there's no time to revise.

There are some apps and websites that are literally what have gotten me through university - I would 100% mention them in my dissertation's acknowledgements but I don't think my supervisor would appreciate it... Anyway, if you have exams coming up or are interested in finding new online tools to help you revise, this is your post!



Rainy Mood

Unlike some people, I can't listen to music when I'm revising. It is too distracting. However, the silence can be a bit too much and can honestly drive me insane. What I like to do is to listen to Rainy Mood, which is just the sound of rain and thunders which I find very relaxing and it helps me concentrate.

Mendeley Desktop

This is super handy if you study science or read a lot of papers. I started using these to organise the hundreds of papers I had to read to write a literature review last year. It is the best way to keep all the papers in one place and to annotate them. 

Focus Keeper

This is an app which is basically a timer but better. What it does is it prevent you from burning out by making you focus for short periods of time and taking a "long" break every four sessions. To be honest the only reason why I use this is because it makes it more fun, I don't know if this "only focus for 25min at a time" works or not, but the app adds some excitement to my otherwise boring revision life. 

Evernote

The reason why I use Evernote is because I like to write things to down to either test myself or to visualise things a bit more clearly. I like evernote because I can have all my notes in one place and can organise them in chapters or subjects. I also love that I can sync it with my phone so I can read them when I'm not at home - if you see me on my phone at a club I'm 100% reading my notes on Plastic Electronics. 



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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

HOW TO GET OVER A WRITER'S BLOCK



It doesn’t matter how creative you are, you’ve probably been stuck at some point thinking “What on earth do I write about?!” 

Been there, done that. 

Over the years I have realised that there are certain things that really help me get some inspiration and, since I am pretty sure I am not the only person who is in this situation more often that I wished, I thought I would share with you my best ways to get creative! 

Movies

If I am not rushed in time, this is probably what helps me the most. It can’t be any movie though, it’s usually bad-ass action movies where the main character is a movie. One of my faves is Never (literally love that movie), I guess seeing bad-ass women kick some ass inspires me.

Fake online shopping

What does this mean you may ask, well, it means going on your favourite online store and ‘pretend’ you’re shopping. The reason why I like that is because I imagine outfits in my head and usually inspires me to write some fashion posts about latest trends or outfit ideas.

Showering

Everyone knows that the best ideas are thought of in the shower. It’s like dark magic, no one knows why but it’s true. I’m pretty sure I have had most of my best ideas while showering so you know, if you’re ever stuck, go wash your hair!

Bloglovin

This is quite intuitive - reading through many posts from other bloggers is a very easy way to pick up some ideas and get inspired. 

Forgetting about it

Sometimes the best way to come up with new ideas it to forget about and do other things. So go out with your friends, go for a run or just go cook something! Anything to take your mind off things, you never know when you'll get inspired! 



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Sunday, 13 November 2016

PISTACHIO & WHITE CHOCOLATE CAKE




One of my favourite foods ever is pistachio. I love nuts in general, but pistachio has a special place in my heart. A while ago (as in, many weeks ago when I was still wearing shorts and going to the beach), my friend and I felt like baking. After browsing Pinterest, we decided to bake a Pistachio and White Chocolate cake. Yes, it tasted as good as it sounds. 

I’m not going to dwell on because I know all you want to do is read how to make this bit of heaven. So here it is!

Ingredients

  • 220g unsalted butter
  • 220g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 100ml milk
  • 50g chopped pistachios
  • 50g white chocolate
  • 1tsp vanilla extract


For the icing:

  • 150g white chocolate
  • 150g softened unsalted butter
  • 150g icons sugar
  • 2 drops vanilla extract
  • Pistachios for decoration


How to


Start by preheating the oven to 200˚C and line two cake tine (of similar or preferably same size).

Cream the butter and sugar together and add the eggs, making sure everything is well mixed. Add the flour, baking powder and milk and wick until it has a creamy texture. Add the pistachios and the white chocolate bits and mix. 

Then divide the mixture between the two tins and bake at 180˚C for half an hour. Once it’s done, leave it at room temperature to cool down.

For the icing:

Cream the butter and icing sugar and then add the white chocolate (melted). Mix very well until it looks even and has a creamy texture.

Once the cakes are cool, spread the icing on one cake and then place the second one on top. Spread what you have left of the icing on top and garnish with some pistachios.


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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

STICKERS TO PERSONALISE EVERYTHING



I remember being like 10 and the only thing I really wanted for Christmas was a machine that turned anything into stickers. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Literally, I was so obsessed with it. Unfortunately, my parents (or Santa) didn't think it was cool because I never got it...

I am 20 now, so i guess I am a bit too old to get toys for Christmas. However, I’ve found the website equivalent to my childhood dream: Sticker App*. It’s a website that allows you to turn any photo or image into a sticker (or design your own if you're feeling creative) - you can choose the style as well: metallic, matte, shiny, transparent, etc. It is so cool, and it’s perfect to personalise literally anything you want. 

I got three different stickers and I definitley got way too excited when I got them in the mail - I don’t even get that excited when my ASOS parcels arrive, and that's saying A LOT.


First of all, I got a transparent sticker of my name and some arty green watercolour. I designed it using Photoshop and I am so happy with how it turned out! They are rather small, which I think is perfect as it makes it look so cute. I’ve been sticking these everywhere: my laptop, my diary, my bed, my phone cases, etc. 

I wanted to get one that reminded me of summer, because I love summer and I always have amazing memories from all of my summer holidays. Watermelon also happens to be my all time favourite fruit (and it’s also very pretty) so I got some watermelon stickers too. Seeing these whenever I walk around my room or when i open my diary literally makes me so happy, and takes me back to long and hot days spent by the beach.


Finally, I also got some festive stickers because I absolutely love Christmas (duh?). I am planning to use these to decorate presents and to seal envelopes for Christmas cards, it’s going to look SO COOL! 

By the way, if you happen to be as obsessed with stickers as me, here's a 20% discount code for Sticker App: 20RAWRBOWS ;)
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Sunday, 6 November 2016

BEST TV SHOWS TO BINGE WATCH ON LAZY SUNDAYS



Sundays are by far my favourite day of the week. Yes, it's the day before Monday but I am being honest, I don't dislike Mondays that much. I wake up relatively early every day anyway, and I do uni work almost every day as well - so  Monday are not that bad. 

Sundays are the only day when I don’t set an alarm (even though I still naturally wake up kind of early, around 9AM). But because I try to get most of my work done on Friday and Saturday, I don’t usually have a lot of work to do on Sundays meaning that I get to stay in bed chilling for a while before having to adult. 

These mornings are usually spent doing some blog work - writing, editing photos, scheduling blogs, sharing posts, replying to e-mails, etc. However, I enjoy doing these things so they don’t feel like work. Plus, I usually watch some TV show whilst ‘working’ on my blog. I definitley follow more TV shows than I should but I thought I would share with you some of my favourites, that I love to watch during “lazy” Sundays. 


BEN AND LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER?



If you follow me on Twitter you’ll probably know that I absolutely love The Bachelor. And before anyone says anything: I know it’s a crappy TV show but I enjoy watching it so who cares. It is the kind of show you don’t really need to pay attention to follow, so it’s good to watch whilst doing other things. I love how sweet and cute Ben is, and Lauren is just hilarious (and no hate but sometimes she is/pretends to be a BIT dumb…she’s still cool though).


KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS


Oh, the Kardashians! I have no shame and I 100% love them. I do think they are ridiculously clever - they have built an empire and make millions just by breathing - and, honestly, watching them live their lives motivates me to get shit done. 


SEX & THE CITY


Sex & The City is the kind of TV show I binge watch one day and then don’t watch it again for months. I like that the episodes are 20min, instead of the usual 40min, and also I feel like Carrie and her friends are the literal representation of me and my friends, which I find hilarious. 

FRIENDS


I might be one of the few people who doesn’t love Friends and who hasn’t seen many episodes but, recently, I’ve been watching some whilst working as it’s quite funny and it doesn’t require a lot of attention to follow the plot. 
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Thursday, 3 November 2016

AUTUMN & HALLOWEEN IN NOTTING HILL | OUT AND ABOUT

Notting Hill is undoubtedly one of London's most famous neighbourhoods - the colourful houses, the vintage cutlery at Portobello Market, the street food and the quirky little shops. Anyone who ever steps in London is probably going to visit Notting Hill, and there's no wonder why.

I recently went for brunch to Farmacy with my friend Amita and after indulging on some healthy and delicious Mexican Bowl and Florentine Eggs, we decided to walk around Notting Hill. There's no better place to get some dreamy autumnal photos, specially if Halloween is just around the corner! 

Massive spiders on Mini Coopers, brown leaves falling onto Range Rovers and living rooms with massive chandeliers and grand pianos with views to gardens covered in spider's net, skeletons and pumpkins - that's what you'll find there around this time of the year, just take a look at some of these beautiful photos I snapped last weekend! 












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Monday, 31 October 2016

RANDOM THOUGHTS EVERYONE HAS WHEN COMMUTING

Commuting is something that most people dread, specially in winter, but there’s no way around it. You’re not gonna magically tele transport to work or school. Some people have to drive (a very few lucky ones are driven), some take the bus, the train, the tube and some even take a plane. 

I am quite average and just take the tube. And let me tell you, a lot of things go through my mind during my walk to the station and the 20min journey to uni, most of which are just random and pointless but I thought I would share them with you because this is the Internet and TMI is no longer a thing. 




It all starts at home, right before leaving when I have to choose my coat.

‘It better not start raining on my way to the station’
‘Is it gonna be cold, do I need a scarf?’
‘But then I’ll have to carry it all day’
‘Nah, it’s still October it can’t be that cold’

(And these thoughts are exactly what led me to my current state - with no voice and barely being able to breath)

Then it continues as I walk to the station…

‘Crap, it is cold’
‘I swear it wasn’t that cold yesterday’
‘It’s okay, if I walk fast I’ll warm up’
‘Get out of my way people, I am late and you’re making me even later’
‘No, lovely lady, now it’s not a good time to randomly stop in the middle of the street’
‘omg I hate running up the stairs, I am so unfit. I need to gym.’
‘I’ll text my friend and see if she wants to gym with me’
‘Where did I put my Oyster? I need to stop chucking it in my bag and hoping for the best’

When I get to the station and on my train, that’s when the real random thoughts make a big appearance.

‘Let’s see how many fit bankers we can spot in this District Line’
‘Ooooh, you don’t look like a banker but you’re not too bad’
‘You look Italian… say something so I can see if I’m right’
‘OH YES, my Italian radar never fails’
‘Why is there no free seat? It’s 8AM I can’t deal with life’
‘Do I have time to grab some coffee before class?
‘I probably do, I rather have coffee than being early’
‘What should I have for dinner tonight?’
‘I’m feeling something healthy… ooh I could have some soup’
‘And some hot chocolate after, yes perfect autumn evening’
‘Even though I should probably stay in the library until late, I have so much work to do’
‘What’s the next station? Shit, am I in the right train?’
‘omg omg please tell me this is the right branch’
‘Oh phew, it’s all good’
‘Why is there so many people in this train. PERSONAL SPACE PEOPLE, PERSONAL SPACE’
‘Omg yess, a free seat’
‘Oh ffs, I only have one station left’
‘HOT GUY ALERT!’
‘People, no need to press the button. It won’t make the doors open any faster’
‘Okay now everyone get out of my way, I am laaaate’

Me as soon as I walk into class: ‘FFS forgot to get coffee, this is gonna be a fun lecture!’

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Friday, 28 October 2016

MY NOTEBOOK OBSESSION




Would I really be a blogger if I weren’t obsessed with cute notebooks, and stationery in general? Then answer to this question is a big NO. I think the reason why most blogger own a lot of pretty notebooks is 

  1. because we like to write (duh)  
  2. because most blogger have a very busy life so notebooks and planners is a great way to be organised 
  3. because they look good in photos so it’s actually an investment (or that’s what we tell ourselves)

I enjoy reading posts about stationery and I am pretty sure I am not the only one so I decided to share my small collection of pretty notebooks I have collected over the past few months. I personally think they are all super cute so here they go!


DAILY JOURNAL

This one was featured in one of my recent posts where I talked about some of my latest purchases. I got it from Urban Outfitters for about £15, they have other designs if marble isn’t your thing. 

I was on the look out for a planner and even though I prefer weekly ones, I just couldn’t resist to this one. I like that it has a section for notes inside so I can dot sown random thoughts or things to rememeber. It also has a “today’s obejective” section, which can be used to write down inspirational quotes and stuff, but I am cool and use it to write down what day of the week it is (you know: Monday, Tuesday, etc).

BLOG NOTEBOOK

This pretty notebook, the A stands for Ariadna, is from Tiger. I got it a few months ago and I think it was £5 or less, so pretty cheap! I used to use this to write down random to do lists and just about anything. But now I have decided to use it to brainstorm post ideas and any blog related stuff. I love that the paper isn’t whit, it’s more like beige. I feel like it looks fancier and makes me feel like a pro. 

DIARY

I initially bought this notebook with no purpose whatsoever. I liked it because I think it looks similar to one from Kate Spade (whoch is like three times the price). I got it from Paperchase for about £7. Eventually I decided to use it as a diary. Now, I have to admit I suck at it. My life is too hectic that I often either forget or am too tired to sit down and write. But I try and the though it what counts right?

BEDSIDE NOTEBOOK

This is probably the cutest notebook I have ever seen. It’s from Kate Spade and I got it for my birthday, I think it costs about £18. I absolutely LOVE it, it’s made of an holographic material which looks super cool under the sun or any light and it has engraved the sentence “Pretty Little Thing”. I always keep it on my bedside table, together with a pen, and I write down random thought I have when I’m in bed. Anything from posts ideas to random dreams I have that I want to remember. 


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Monday, 24 October 2016

AUTUMN & WINTER HAUL

If you love autumn fashion, please raise your hand.

It’s that time of the year again, when I get super excited because it starts to get colder again and I go a bit overboard with online shopping. But who can say no to cute and cosy jumpers and soft scarves. I have also been a tiny bit obsessed with chokers recently so I ‘needed’ to get some more…

Anyway, I’m going to stop rambling now and show you what I got. All of this stuff is from zaful.com - they have the cutest clothes and everything is quite affordable too! 




Chokers

I got two chokers because I can never have enough. They are both black (obviously). One of them is a black lace choker which I think is absolutely adorable and will look great with anything, and the other one is just plain black with a little charm which looks a bit more casual and edgy. 

Grey Scarf 

Scarves remind me on of duvets, they make me feel cosy and warm. Which is probably why I love them so much and why I can barely ever leave the house without one. I got this lovely grey scarf from Zaful - it is the softest and comfiest thing ever! 

Black Lace Bralette

I went from always wearing a bra to literally not being able to wear one because I just find them to uncomfortable now. Blame bralettes. So why not get another one. This black lace bralette is so cute, and love straps going from the centre of the chest to the shoulders, it will look adorable with a low cut t-shirt in summer! 

Jumpers

I got a bit obsessed with what I called zig zag tops, which are these tops that lace up in the middle that have been super trendy this summer. So, of course, I had to get the jumper version. I got one in a creamy/beige colour - that looks great styled with some black skinny jeans and Chelsea boots - and a green one which also looks great with black jeans because, let’s face it, I only ever wear black jeans.

Leopard Print Shirt

This is something I never thought I would get as I used to hate hate hate leopard print but now I kind of love it…So I got my first ever item of clothing which has any sort of animal print on it, be proud. I think it looks so cute and I can’t wait to wear it to brunch sometime soon!


If you want to see how I style some of these items you can follow my Instagram, I'll be posting some outfit photos there! 
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