FASHION | The Best TK Maxx Find

Fulfilling my dreams of luxury since 2017.

I think we don't recognise enough how awesome TK Maxx is. For those who aren't in the UK and are not sure what I'm talking about, TK Maxx is a store that sells products bought from various brands - I'm guessing unsold products and past collections. You can find a variety of things, from beauty and makeup to clothes, food and home items. All the items are reduced, and sometimes the difference between the TK Maxx price and the original price is quite striking - you can get some pretty great bargains there.
And this is exactly what this post is about... A major TK Maxx bargain. This jumper.

This cream jumper is a creation from Maison Margiela. It is super soft, with beige and brown patches on the collar, sleeves and at the hem. It is a great classic to have, and I can see myself wearing it with jeans (as I am doing here) but also tucked in a skirt. 

Now, how much is this jumper worth?
... £270. Whether the price can be justified or not is another story - I don't see why an item of clothing should be that expensive, but it is. However, I would never be able to afford it at its regular price (nor would I want to buy it for that price either.) 
But in TK Maxx, it was sold at the crazy price of £39. Talk about a great deal! The jumper has no fault and is in pristine shape. It also happened to be my size, so I could not pass it!

Jumper - Maison Margiela
Jeans - Marks & Spencer
Boots - Naf-Naf

Little did I think when I went into TK Maxx that day that I'd find such a bargain, but I'm glad I did! Shopping in TK Maxx can be very tedious, but going through the hundreds of clothes hanging on the racks could lead you to find a new amazing piece for your wardrobe.
If you're in the UK, make sure you do check your local TK Maxx - you might thank me later!

Do you know where to find luxury items for less?


LIFESTYLE | On Resilience & What I Learned in 2017

'Have courage and be kind.' ... More like have courage and kick ass.

When it comes to taking life into your own hands and making what you want of it, I have only one cue: do it yourself.
When life throws things at you and you feel like it won't ever get better, it's important to remember that you shouldn't wait for it to change. Easily said then done? Well, great things always come with a little challenge, and your happiness is definitely something fighting for. 

I have been thinking about resilience recently, what it means and why it is actually a skill we should all master. The last couple weeks of 2017 have been quite tough on my side, although you won't hear me talk about it. I spent half of those days with a heavy heart, in fact it was so heavy that I had some of these moments where I thought, 'this will never go away.' 
And then, I remembered that I am stronger than that. I remembered that I am healthy, I am surrounded by people who love me, and even more important - I love myself and know that I can only do better.

2018 is starting off as a challenging year too. My teacher training is bound to become even harder than it has been the past few months, the troubles that have been bothering me these past weeks haven't been resolved and probably won't be any time soon, and I miss my boyfriend terribly. (Long-distance relationships suck.) But in the middle of all that, I know that I will be okay. Because I want to. Because I know that I can do it - even though I'm not exactly sure how yet.

Only you can carry yourself through. You can rely on other people, but feel like crap whenever you're alone; you can wait for things to change, but feel awful for months on end; you can say 'I will do it later, I will try later,' but never get the opportunity you're dreaming of. 
Or, you can make a move. Be strong and feel strong. Work hard to get where you want to be. Don't find excuses to be passive. How many people complain about how unhappy they are, about how unfulfilling their lives are, how their jobs are shit, their relationships are shit... And they slowly sink into more complaints, more frustration, more sadness. This is not how you want to live your life. So if you're feeling like things aren't right, move your butt and work on it. It will take time, it might feel like ages before things start lighting up, but this is where resilience comes into play. 

Be resilient. Tell yourself that you will get through it. Tell yourself that you're worth more, and keep working on it so that when you look back, you see how far you've come - see the good things that have happened thanks to your perseverance. Soon, you'll forget about where you started and only see where you are - and this will give you motivation to go even further. 
I truly believe that only you can make the changes that you want. And to start with, you have to be brave and believe that you can. Then take action. And remember that you can be awesome as you'd like, if you only try.

Dear 2018, this year I will be even more resilient than ever. Because no one else can do it for me.

What do you do when you face a challenge? What's your word for 2018?


LIFESTYLE | My Favourite Festive Spots in Paris

Noël, Noël...

To be honest with you, I don't think that Paris at Christmas is particularly enthralling. There isn't a particularly good Christmas Market, some areas are really lacking in lights and decorations, and there aren't definitely enough Christmas trees. However, every year I try to find the best Christmas spots to fuel my insatiable need of all this Christmassy and bright... And you bet I found them!

The Galeries Lafayette are the best place to start. Each year they come with a different theme for their displays, and place a massive Christmas tree under their famous dome. This year, you could find a big tree made out of balloons, with lots of individual balloons floating around in a musical number. Watching the balloons dance around almost made me feel like I were in Disneyland.

Outside, the windows of the shop are also an attraction in themselves. They are full of moving toys and puppets, and people flock from all over town to see them in action. If you want to beat the crowds of the end of December, make sure to visit at the beginning of the month.
If you want to check out one of their previous displays, check out their Christmas display of 2015!

Not too far from the Galeries Lafayette, you will find the Rue de la Paix (Peace Street). There, you will find the fanciest shops around, from Cartier to Bulgari. Follow the path of lights and Christmas trees that leads to the Place Vendôme. During the day, go and admire the beautiful windows of Chanel, Dior, Van Cleef & Arpels, and in the evening the Christmas trees shine as bright as ever.

Our final stop for this post is the beautiful Galerie Vivienne. Nestled in the 2nd arrondissement, this passage is, to me, the most beautiful in Paris. And at Christmas, it gets covered in shiny lights - and becomes more instagrammable than ever!

In the Galerie, you will find plenty of designer shops, a few cafés, a beautiful florist and a library that sells old books and postcards. It couldn't get more Parisian than that!

I know it's not Christmas anymore, but to me the Christmas spirit lives up until the New Year. Hopefully these pictures will make you as happy as it has made me to see these places and share them with you!

What was your favourite festive spot this year?