26/12/2018

LIFESTYLE | The Perfect Cosy Home Day


Let's hibernate for a day or two.

I think we should take the time for cosy home days all year around, but as winter comes and the weather outside is dreadful, we have even more reasons to stay home and cosy up. Every week, I make sure to spend one day focussing on self-care, relaxing time and doing all the home things that make me feel warm and happy. I've become a bit of a pro at this, so I thought about sharing all the little things you can do for a perfect winter home day...

GIVE YOURSELF GOALS
Even though you are having a relaxing home day, it can be easy to set yourself back and fall into a spiral of procrastination, endless scrolling of your phone, and mindlessly lose your time. Self-care has to be thought through, in my opinion, to really have a positive effect on you. As you start off your day, give yourself a short list of goals to accomplish. It can by anything from catching up on a TV show to finish reading a book, or baking something. Write it down at the start of the day, tick it off, and you will practice mindful self-care. Know what you are doing for yourself and how it helps you feel good. 

WEAR YOUR COMFIEST CLOTHES
For me, being at home always, always means wearing comfortable clothes. Most of the time, during home days, you'll find me in my cosiest pyjamas and fluffy socks. You can also decide to wear proper clothes of course, and in that case comfy oversized jumpers and leggings are your best ally! I find that wearing soft, comforting materials sets me in a cosy mood much more than if I wear thicker materials like denim or items like dresses and skirts. 


Primark has the most wonderful range of home clothes, slippers, socks and pyjamas, especially towards the end of the year.There's nothing like spending a day in your pyjamas to feel like you're really getting some good, well-deserved rest!

A HOT DRINK & A TREAT
Are you more team tea or team coffee? Or maybe you're a hot chocolate kind of person? Whenever I have a home day, I inevitably have a mug of hot coffee and almond milk in the afternoon, with a little snack - a French pastry, toast, or, around Christmas time, a chocolate or two.
Treating yourself to a little sugary snack is the perfect pick-me-up to make the day even more special. I like to do this while I'm watching a film or a video on YouTube, often after I've got some work stuff done (because yes, there's always the temptation to do some work even on an off-day...) 


Get out your cutest mug, buy your favourite ever snack, and turn it into a relaxing moment. Put some music in the background, and you could even feel like you're at your favourite coffee shop... Without the expensive coffee and the chatter around you. You can refocus and do something you enjoy while getting your energy levels up - especially if like me, you like having lighter lunches at home.

STIMULATE YOUR BRAIN
I don't think a day at home should mean snoozing all day and taking random naps. It should be a time for stimulating your mind in ways that are different from what you do during your usual work week. It's your time to practice your favourite hobbies. Reading, knitting, working out, drawing, the possibilities are infinite. Who said staying at home is boring!
Recently I got myself a Netflix subscription, because Making a Murderer part 2 is out, and I could not resist as I was fascinated by the first part of the documentary. And if you've watched it, you will know that this is a hell of a lot of brain stimulation! The detective in me has awakened again. I need a Sherlock hat ASAP.

PRACTICE GRATITUDE
When I spend some chill days at home, I always remember that not everybody has this chance. Some people work shifts, some people work weekends, and in the past I have had days when I felt guilty for taking a day just for myself. Guilty for not working for a few hours, guilty for not being outside enjoying the weather and other people's company... But ultimately we should try to make time for ourselves. There's no better time to reflect on your life and on what you have, than when you're on your own, in a peaceful and familiar environment. Realise how lucky you are to be able to watch Netflix a whole afternoon if you want to, to be able to eat these treats, and have these hobbies that make you happy and fulfilled. Those cosy home days are not lazy days, they can also be work on your inner self. And this can only make you feel good and content.

What are your must-do things on a cosy home day?
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17/12/2018

CHRISTMAS | The Best Festive Spots in London


Why go to Lapland for Christmas when you can go to London?

Every year, London looks a little more magical at Christmas time. They put up beautiful displays, sparkly lights and you can hear Christmas music in all the shops. I've been wandering around Central London a lot recently, and I collected photos of the most beautiful spots to share with you. So if you're around the capital this Christmas, here are the spots you should check out:

COVENT GARDEN, THE CLASSIC SPOT
I could not write a this blog post without mentioning Covent Garden - it's one of my favourite areas in London all year around, and around Christmas it gets even better. The famous bauble displays are up, there is a huge tree in front of the covered market, and the shops and coffee places are inviting. Make sure to check out the stores around the market; Whittard is one of my favourites (I always pop in to try their hot chocolates and tea on display), Sass & Belle (perfect for little trinkets and homeware) and the Petersham Nurseries (home inspo for days!).


Covent Garden always has beautiful displays to take photos with, like their benches covered in flowers in the spring and their huge pumpkin this autumn. Christmas is no exception, and you can take your sassiest pose in front of a huge silver deer or sit on the chairs in front of their Christmas trees display, put there just for the purpose of snapping festive shots.


THE DEPARTMENT STORES: LIBERTY, FORTUM, SELFRIDGES
Although they get super crowded very early on, department stores really are a beauty at Christmas. The shop windows are decorated with the cutest displays, you can find plethora of festive ornaments, food, and of course present ideas. I rarely buy anything in those stores, but I love going there just to see what everything looks like, listen to the Christmas music and enjoy the excitement of these festive times. I love doing the same in Paris, too - watch out for that, it'll be coming on my Instagram!  


HAY'S GALLERIA, LONDON BRIDGE
Hay's Galleria is a beautiful spot, hidden away behind London Bridge Station. You wouldn't really notice it, I found it with friends one day by accident and it was the best discovery ever! Hay's Galleria is a little spot near the Thames, covered in beautiful ironwork and with the most intriguing, vintage science-fictioneseque sculpture and fountain in the centre. This Christmas they went all gold with a massive tree covered in gold baubles, and at night they reflect the light beautifully. You have a few shops and cafés and restaurants in the Galleria, so if you want to try out the new Costa festive drinks, this is the best place for it!
It also has a lovely Christmas market full of food stalls and little presents to get ideas for your loved ones. 


WHAT NOT TO DO: WINTER WONDERLAND
I may receive some frowns about this, but I will make the statement again and again: to me, Winter Wonderland is really not worth the hype. Don't get me wrong, the rides and shows can be fun, but there's just too much going on there. I went once a few years ago, and felt so overwhelmed by the sheer amound of people and noise there. I am thinking that as it gets closer to Christmas, the crowds are even larger, so not ideal in my opinion. I would rather go to an actual Christmas market and forget the fun fair side. There are families, huge groups of people, and I found it all very unpleasant! 
To experience that type of Christmas entertainment in London, I would rather recommend going to Christmas markets like the one in Southbank, which still has a beautiful carousel overlooking the London Eye and holds a food market with a wide variety of stalls from all over the world. The one near London Bridge is great too. You still have a lot of crowds but it is a much more regulated flow of people, and the Christmas experience is even better in my eyes.

What is your favourite town to see at Christmas?
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08/12/2018

MAKEUP | My 2018 Autumn Makeup Look


This year my makeup matches my top and I think that's pretty convenient.

In the autumn I love creating new makeup looks. They often include warm shades and lots of shimmer, because Christmas is getting closer and closer and whenever November comes, I can't help starting to feel festive... Yes, I'm one of those people. Sorry.
This year, my makeup look matches the Miss Selfrige crop top I'm wearing: it has some red, some green, and no, it wasn't actually inspired by a Christmas tree. It just features some of my favourite products at the moment, which I'm going to review below, so keep reading!


I've been loving the Botanics skincare range by Boots recently. I am currently using their day cream and its texture is soft, just thick enough and moisturising without feeling heavy on the skin.
The foundation I am wearing on these photos is the FaceFinity All Day Flawless foundation by Max Factor. It was a firm favourite of mine a few years ago and I recently just got it again - the coverage is light to medium, and I love how natural it looks on the skin. The finish is neither matte nor glowy, it just evens out the skin beautifully.


On my eyes, I have one of my favourite autumn/winter eyeshadows: Sahara Dawn by H&M Beauty, a gorgeous deep burgundy shade. It is slightly shimmery and super pigmented, so I only applied a little touch in the outer corners and then blended it out. It's the only eyeshadow I have tried from H&M Beauty, but if the rest of their range is as good, then it's definitely worth trying out. I paired it with a gold glitter eyeshadow from the French brand Nocibé, and on my lower lash line I am wearing the wonderful Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in the shade Stash. I find that khaki green really compliments brown eyes and I've been wearing this pencil all autumn, it stays put for hours and the formula is gorgeous. A touch of NYX eyeliner for a more dramatic look, mascara, and I'm good to go.


On my lips I've got the beautiful NYX Liquid Suede, a semi-matte liquid lipstick which I wear all the time as soon as the leaves start to turn red. It needs to be reapplied after a few hours (the colour at the centre of the lips tends to fade a little) but for the price tag, it's a really good product. I love NYX as a brand and I've always enjoyed everything I've tried from them. 
In the autumn I love deep burgundy shades. I'm also yet to wear my purple MAC lipstick (Instigator) this year, and when I do I'll probably post a picture on my Instagram - so make sure you're following me there!


What are the makeup products you've been loving this autumn?
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