Tuesday, 14 November 2017

4 SKINCARE BRANDS I WANT TO TRY



I'm a bit of a skincare junkie - I love trying out new products and find what works for me and what doesn't. Lately, however, I've not really been paying attention to my skin but with the quickly approaching winter this is something that needs to change now.

Something that always makes me follow my skincare routine is getting new products and trying new brands. Something that my bank account is not happy with... but let's not talk about this. 

There are a few brands that have recently caught my eye, and that I am dying to try. Some of their products do actually sound miraculous so I guess I'll have to try them out to see whether it's true or not. That's a legit reason, right? 

Anyway, these are some brands I really want to get my hands on! 

Glossier

Who hasn't heard of this brand at least a few times in the past few months? Glossier is slowly taking over the world and I'm more than happy to let it take over my skin. They recently started shipping to the UK (freaking finally) so I'm so incredibly excited to place my first order. I'm still deciding what I want to get (as the entire website is apparently not an option).

Their lip products look so dreamy and I've heard wonderful reviews so might have to get a few for myself, and don't even get me started on their Cloud Paint. The Milky Jelly Cleanser sounds like the perfect product for everything. You know, that one product you rely on daily to do pretty much everything - from washing your face first thing in the morning to  dissolving away your make up after a long day


Origins

I've been meaning to try this brand for a few years but I never get around to do it. I specially want to get their face masks, which sound so nourishing. They also have so many different kinds, regardless of what I need it for I'm sure they have one for that exact situation.

Their Overnight Mask to Quench Skin's Thirst sounds absolutely ideal for the upcoming cold months. My skin usually get super dry and there's no amount of face moisturiser that makes if feel nourished and nice again. I usually rely on L'Oreal's Glow Clay Mask to moisturise it but I feel like this one would just do wonders!



Nip+Fab

Who remembers when everyone on YouTube was obsessed with the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads? The good old days. 

To be honest, I don't really know much about the brand or their products - other than that I really really really want to try their Glycolic Fix Liquid Glow. It's meant to be really good to deal with pores and dull-looking skin. It's a chemical exfoliator rather than a physical one which hopefully would be less irritating and harsh on my skin. 

They also have some contour palettes that look pretty damn good. Christmas present anyone?

Mario Badescu 

I only discovered Mario Badescu very recently through Olivia Jade on YouTube but it sounds like such a good inexpensive brand. I've not seen it around much here in the UK, but I know they sell some of their products at Urban Outfitters.

The one that really stands out to me is the famous drying lotion, which sounds like a life-saviour. The amount of times that I've gotten a massive spot the day before a big event or a holiday are countless, a drying lotion like this would have honestly saved me (and my Instagram). 

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

WHY I LOVE NOVEMBER AND WHY YOU SHOULD TOO

November is such an underrated month. When you ask someone what their favourite month is, they usually say December or a summer month but no one ever really says November. It is, sadly, kind of overshadowed by the wonderful December.



Well, guess what? November is an incredible month. Here's why:

- It brings all the best holidays together: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It has the post-Halloween sugar rush,  the delicious Thanksgiving food and the Christmas excitement and anticipation. 

- It's acceptable to start listening to Christmas music, and even decorating the house. 

- It finally gets colder so you can break out all your new coats and scarves, but it's not freezing cold yet.

- Sales, sales, sales. Black Friday hits the stores with some massive sales, and sales make anything better. 

- Frosted mornings are back! As much as I dislike the cold weather, I love waking up to white grass and crisp fresh air. 

-And... no more dark mornings. I like waking up early and with the time change happening towards the end of October that means that it is now bright and beautiful at 6AM. Let's ignore the fact that the sun sets at like lunch time pretty much...

- It's fireworks season!! If you live in the UK, you'll know about Guy Fawkes Night - aka firework heaven. There are basically fireworks everywhere for pretty much an entire week in November, and it's so magical.

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Monday, 6 November 2017

WHAT I'VE BEEN WATCHING RECENTLY



I can barely go a day without watching at least one episode of some TV show. It's usually on in the background whilst I do chores, brainstorm, get ready, etc. I mean, who has time to fully devote 40 min of their days to watch rich people pretend they're someone they're not.

Nevertheless, everyone loves watching a good TV show. The problem is, sometimes you just don't know what to go for; specially when most of your favourite TV shows decide to go on a break at the same damn time. You would think Hollywood would coordinate so that this doesn't happen. But, what do I now? Maybe this bring more views.

Anywayyy, let's stop rambling. Here are some of the shows I've been watching (and loving) recently.  

Stranger Things

I am very late to the hype... like veeeeery late but better late than never. I only started watching it about a week ago but I am hooked! It's not the kind of TV show I would usually go for as I hate anything that's remotely scary because I'm still 5 and I can't take it. I also usually go for shows were the main characters are adult as children irritate me (despite me being one). 

I definitley think it is hyped up a lot,  but it's still a really good show to watch if you're into sci-fi/thrillers. It reminds me a bit of Teen Wolf (but with better special effects and less hot guys). 

This Is Us

Another very hyped up show but it deserves every single bit of it. It's so funny, sad, happy, emotional and just all-round perfect. You're bound to identify with at least one of the characters and, trust me, you are going to cry. BIG TIME.

I don't want to talk about it much as it's one of those shows that's so easy to spoil and no one likes spoilers. This is a spoiler-free zone. 

Gossip Girl

If you don't know what Gossip Girl is... who are you, where do you live and how are you functioning? I've lost count of how many times I've rewatched this show, but it's just so freaking good. I don't think I'll ever stop wanting to be Blair Waldorf, she's my inspiration in life. 

If you've never watched this show, stop whatever you're doing and get on Netflix. If you've watched it, watch it again. 

These are all the TV shows I've been watching recently - which is not that many but more than enough to entertain me whilst I get on with life.


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Saturday, 4 November 2017

WHY VEGANISM ISN'T FOR ME



I don't know if you remember, but a while ago I published a post called "I'M GOING VEGAN!. On said post I mentioned that I would try and be vegan for a week and then write about the experience - like a little experiment.

I tried. And I failed.

For a few weeks I tried to be vegan, every Monday morning I would wake up and tell myself that was the week. So many people are vegan, every single day, if they could do it so could I. But I was wrong. If you're vegan or ever been vegan: props to you.

My sole motivation to turn vegan was curiosity, which is definitley not enough to make such a drastic change. As I explained in that post, I consume quite a lot of animal products every day.  Whilst finding alternatives and giving up some products is 100% viable, I think you have to have a strong reason in order to go through with it. Something more than just curiosity. 


I don't think I could ever go vegan, or even vegetarian. It is so much harder than it sounds. I respect everyone's dietary choice (you do you), but I personally don't think there is anything wrong with eating animal products and that's what made making the change so hard for me. Let me explain myself, before anyone decides to burn down my house.

I don't agree with how animals are treated and how they're literally grown in the worst conditions and never really get to "live freely".  But for whatever reason, it doesn't impact me enough to make me stop eating meat. Maybe it's because I've never really liked animals (no, not even that cute puppy your friend just got) or maybe this whole 'world' feels so distant that it doesn't feel real. Maybe if I were to see everything in real life rather than through a screen, I would change my mind. 

Now you can proceed to burn down my house. 

Jokes aside, though. I want to honestly show my respect and admiration for all those people all around the world who have the willpower and determination to drastically change their diets to fight for what they believe in. You rock.
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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

GRADUATING AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL



I'm back from my unplanned and unannounced break, and guess what... 

I GRADUATED!

On October 18th I officially finished university and said bye forever (bit dramatic) to Imperial. It was a day filled with happiness, pride and a lot of posing for that Insta. My family flew all the way from Spain to see me walk across the stage at the Royal Albert Hall - yes, that's where I graduated; and is also a key factor that made me choose Imperial as my uni. We had lunch with my best friends and their families at our favourite restaurant in South Kensington, Rocca, and I spent too much time feeling like Hermione Granger. There is just something about those gowns that make me feel like I'm in Harry Potter. 

It was overall a truly fantastic day, I would relive it over and over again. It was also so nice to walk around uni after all those months, and to see everyone after spending four years together. It was also a moment of realisation: "I've made it". After so many mental breakdowns, sleepless nights and early mornings, I had graduated. 


I could go on and get all soppy, but let's talk about what matters: what I wore. 

I don't think I've ever experienced something as stressful as graduation dress shopping. After quite literally checking every single dress on ASOS, I decided to rep Spain and go to good old Zara which never disappoints. I went for quite a simple pastel pink dress with ruffles, and black platform heels with flower embroidery from ASOS. For jewellery, I just wore a gold bangle from Kate Spade and a rose gold dainty necklace from The Happiness Boutique. 

Graduation in general was just such an incredible day, even the ceremony (which I thought would be super boring) was quite fun and that hour and half went by so quickly. I'm so sad my university years are over... but at least I won't be spending this Christmas revising!



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Sunday, 15 October 2017

HOW I WENT FROM LOVING TO HATING BLOGGING

I started my blog when I was a high school student living in Spain - a teenager obsessed with YouTube videos and with a lot of free time. I've been writing ever since I can remember; what used to be three sentences stories about princesses turned into two pages of magical adventures and eventually into long Google Docs about anything you could imagine.  I've never had  many hobbies, but writing has always been one.  So having my own blog seemed like the perfect match. 

And it was. 



This little blog has not only given me a creative outlet but has also made me  discover my passion for photography and allowed me to meet some incredible people who are now my best friends. Blogging brought me joy; I would love spending my entire weekends taking photos and drafting posts.  I would happily stay up until 3AM writing and commenting on my favourite blogs. I would always get super excited when people left lovely comments, when a brand approached me to collab, when someone liked my blog enough to give me a follow or when I came up with what I thought was a brilliant idea for a post. 

My blog was, in a way, a source of happiness for me. But recently it's become more of a chore. 

I am a completely different person to the teenager that started this blog - I live in a different country, have graduated university and am starting my career, I have bigger responsibilities and less free time. Publishing three to four posts a week is not a realistic goal for me anymore, but I still try. Because that's the kind of person that I am: I don't like to admit defeat. 

This has led me to publish content I'm not happy with, to use stock images instead of my own ones and to just not be happy with my blog in general anymore. Hitting that publish button does no longer make me smile. I've realised that, at some point, I started treating my blog a bit like a job. But the truth is: if I don't post for two weeks it is okay. 

This sounds like a farewell; but it is not. I love this url too much and too much of my life is amongst these pixels - it would take a lot for me to just abandon this site. But all of this has been on my mind for a while and I just wanted to get it out there.

Essentially, I want to learn to love blogging again, I know deep down I still do.
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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

BEST MARSHAMALLOW BROWNIES


I love brownies, but then again who doesn't?

Sometimes a simple brownie won't cut it though. At first I thought about baking Slutty Brownies, you can never go wrong with chocolate, Oreos and some cookie dough. But I felt like trying something new.

There are two things I associate with autumn and cosy evenings: pumpkin pie and S'mores. Whilst I could have added some pumpkin puree to my brownie batter or even some actual pumpkin, I thought S'mores brownie was a safer bet.

I didn't end up baking a proper S'mores brownie purely because 1) we don't have Graham Crackers in the UK 2) I didn't want to fuck it up by using similar biscuits that are not the same 3) it was too much work. So... I decided to bake some yummy brownies and top them with toasted marshmallow. It was fab.



These are honestly super easy and quick to make. They were also very popular with my flatmates, their literal words were "this is the best thing you've ever cooked". So they were either really amazing or I am a very bad cook. I'll go with the former. 



Ingredients


1 cup sugar
4 tbsp unsalted butter
100 g dark chocolate 
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup flour
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla essence


Instructions


Melt the butter and dark chocolate together in a double boil, making sure you're constantly stirring. Once it's melted let it sit for a few minutes to cool down a bit. 

Add in the egg, egg yolk, vanilla essence and sugar. Slowly add the flour and cocoa powder and mix until it's all well combined. 

Bake at 180˚C for 20 min. 

Pour the marshmallows on top and grill for about 3-5 min or until the marshmallows are toasted. 

Let it cool before cutting into it as otherwise the melted marshmallows will go everywhere (speaking from experience. 

And enjoy!!
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Sunday, 8 October 2017

MY OCTOBER TO DO LIST



You're probably expecting me to say something along the lines 'omg I can't believe it's October already!!".

Well, plot twist: I can't believe it's only October. It honestly feels like it's December, I'm already feeling so festive; I keep forgetting it's not even winter yet. Maybe the miserable weather has something to do with it, or maybe I'm just way too excited for Christmas... 

Last September I did a post on my goals for the month and I felt like sharing it online made me more motivated, and I felt like it put some pressure on me (in a good way) so I thought I would do it again. To be honest, my main goal for this month is probably to carve a great pumpkin, but let's focus on more important matters.

Don't fall onstage

My uni graduation is this month and, whilst I am very excited because the photos are going to be faaab, I am also incredibly scared; I'll be wearing heels and I don't do heels. My balance and coordination are second to none so falling onstage wouldn't super unexpected. Let's all pray for this clumsy girl and hope I remember how to walk.

I'll keep you updated.

Stop being SO busy

I feel like I've been so busy recently - having friends is E-XHAUS-TING. And as much as enjoy having stuff to do and being a busy bee, I also need some chill time which I am determined to get soon.

I also need to spend more time on my blog, my posting has been really inconsistent and I blame this on my many social commitments.

Wow, I do make myself sound very popular. 

Read More


I think I mentions in my September To Do List that I wanted to read more and, guess what! I actually have!! GO ME.

I've started re-reading the Harry Potter saga and I am loving it. This is actually the first time I'm reading it in English so it's kind of like reading brand new books. I'm currently on the second book; my aim is to read them all before the end of the year but we'll see how that goes.

If you guys have any recommendations hit me up, I'm always looking for new books to read! 

Budget


Let's just say that budgetting is not my strength, but it's all about learning and growing... right?  I'm getting the famous and popular Monzo card soon, hopefully that'll make me realise how much money I spend on stupid things sometimes.

To be honest, I just need a good slap on the face every time I go on ASOS  basically. 


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Saturday, 30 September 2017

RECIPES I WANT TO TRY THIS AUTUMN

It's officially autumn! *runs to Starbucks and gets a Pumpkin Spice Latte*

I have to say I actually did have a PSL the other day and was deeply disappointed - I want to believe that it was the barista's fault and that maybe she was new, because it honestly felt like I was drinking syrup with a drop of coffee. Anyway, I'm not here to talk about my traumatic Pumpkin Spice Latte experiences. So let's move on. 

Whilst I don't bake that often, I do love baking on the weekends. Specially in autumn and winter when the weather outside is not very inviting. Recently, I've been seeing loads of mouth watering cookies, cakes and all sorts of baked goodies on  Bloglovin and Pinterest, so it's obviously inspired me to bake even more.

I thought it would be nice to put together all the recipes I am dying to try in a blog post so that you guys can also give them a try or get some inspo, enjoy!

Mulled Apple Cider Chai French Crullers 




How incredibly indulging do these look? I have to admit I am not the biggest fine of apple cider but even I am willing to give this a try because I am positive they taste like pure autumn with a hint of Christmas (aka heaven).

They also seem quite easy to make and take less than an hour so definitely worth a try, plus I absolutely love chai but I have never used it to bake sooo... I am honestly so excited to give these a try.

Chewy Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies



What's autumn without pumpkin flavoured everything - even chewing gum. I love pumpkin and I absolutely adore pumpkin cake, so I obviously have to make these cookies. It's like fate. To be honest, there is no way these don't taste heavenly. Pumpkin with chocolate chips is like the best combination ever. 

I can already imagine myself with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and a few of these cookies, curled up in a soft blanket watching Harry Potter (the best movies to watch in autumn, don't ask me why but they feel very autumnal to me). Absolute goals. 

Baked Apples



As a kid, I used to hate baked apples. I thought they looked gross and obviously I was not going to eat something that didn't look beautiful... or something that people kept saying was dessert but looked too healthy to me. Thankfully, I eventually grew out of these phase. 

Now, I like baked apples more and more every time I try them. I also love how quick they are to make and how relatively healthy they are. But I've never actually made them myself. I usually only have them when I'm at home and my parents make them. They are perfect for an indulgent snack on a crisp October evening, or a light dessert when you're craving something sweet. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread




I keep seeing people on social media (specially Americans) going on and on about how much they love pumpkin bread, but I've never actually tried it. If there's a time to lose my pumpkin bread virginity, it has to be autumn. It does look and sound pretty incredible so I am very excited to try it. 

It also seems like it would make my entire flat smell delicious so why spend £15 on an overpriced scented candle when you can bake this bread and as a plus you even get to eat it; it's a win-win situation.  

Overnight Cinnamon Apple French Toast Casserole


Okay, when I saw this post on my feed I honestly gasped. French Toast is my favourite breakfast ever, I add cinnamon to literally everything and the word 'casserole' screams cosiness and brown leaves so I have to try this recipe. 

I honestly have never seen a more appetising French Toast, looking at this photo genuinely makes me happy (and also hungry). I also love that it's an overnight recipe, I love waking up excited because I get to try some yummy food for breakfast - it kind of feels a bit like Christmas morning. I am 100% trying this next weekend, you'll definitley hear all about it on my Twitter and Instagram


What are you dying to try this autumn?

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

PERSONALISE YOUR PHONE CASE WITH GOCOSTUMIZED

If you've been following me for a while, you should probably know by now that I have a bit of an obsession with phone cases. I think it's because when I get a new phone case for my phone it kind of feels like I'm getting a new phone, so it's exciting.



When gocustomized.co.uk got in touch with me to collab I was obviously like YES YES YES. They offer personalised phone cases (not only iPhones, because some companies seem to believe that everyone owns an iPhone) and also tablets. I immediately went to their website and started brainstorming ideas. They allow you to either choose one of the designs they have or to create your own - needless to say I decided to create my own. 

My initial idea was to create a transparent case with a hexagonal design, kind of like a hive, but I was defeated by Photoshop. Buuuut, I am still very happy with my final design. As the basic white girl that I am, I got a marble phone case (that matches my laptop skin, how cute) with my initials to make it more personal and special. Ideally I would have loved my initials to be glittery or metallic, but that wasn't possible.


Their cases are only £13.99 and you can choose if you want it clear, black or white. Their shipping is super fast and the quality of the case is really good for the price too. It's glossy (and they don't offer a matte option) but I personally don't mind my cases having a glossy finish. The image quality is not perfect but that's most likely because of the image I used, so make sure you use a high quality image! 

Overall, I am really happy with my case and I've been using it every day ever since I got it. I love how it turned out; and I love that it has my initials on it as it makes it unique and special unlike any other phone case you can get on the high street!
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Sunday, 24 September 2017

5 WAYS TO HANDLE EARLY MORNINGS


This is aimed to those of you who cannot be described as an early bird, and I don't blame you. Waking up as the sun rises (or even before!) is hard and far from pleasant. However, most of us don't really get a say about what time we have to get up. We just have to deal with it and hope we don't die trying.

I am not someone who struggles immensely in the morning, but I wouldn't say it's a walk in the park either. I've found that there are some things that make getting out of bed so much easier and enjoyable, well maybe enjoyable is taking it a bit too far.

Leave your phone alone 


It's hard, I know. But try to not check social media or your phone in general right after waking up. I don't know if it's just me but snuggling in bed and catching up on everything important that's happened in the world whilst I was asleep, makes getting up quite harder. Get up as soon as your alarm goes off, prepare your breakfast and then you can check all your social media accounts.

Food

As in most situations in life, food makes anything better. Whenever I know I have my favourite cereal for breakfast, or something that I love, I wake up so happy and leaving my warm and comfy bed is not a struggle at all.

If you're the kind of person who likes to have 'proper' food for breakfast, like pancakes or eggs, leave everything ready the night before so that there are as little steps as possible between you and your favourite food in the AM.


Coffee

This goes without saying, but coffee is very much needed to unglue my eyelids. Whilst I usually try to add as little milk and sugar/honey as possible, when a morning is being particularly difficult I make myself an indulgent drink with a little extra milk, some vanilla essence and an extra teaspoon of sugar. The caffeine makes my brain wake up and the creaminess and sweetness make my soul happy. 

Take it slow

I like to wake up 5 or 10 min earlier to  have some spare time to get ready/eat breakfast/do whatever I have to do as there is nothing I hate more than rushing when I'm still half asleep. This means I can sit down and drink my coffee whilst reading the news, watching some YT videos or catching up on social media. I can allow myself to wake up slowly and I avoid any stress before the sun is out.

Do something you enjoy


Wether it's watching your favourite YouTuber, listening to your favourite artist or podcast. Try and do something you enjoy. I personally like to have some Late Night videos on whilst I get ready, it makes me laugh and sets the tone for the day. 

I've honestly grown to love mornings, as I've created a routine that I genuinely love and makes waking up at 7AM bearable. Ish.





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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

THE PERFECT ACCESSORY FOR AUTUMN


I'm all about dainty jewellery, it's the perfect way to spice up any outfit - whether it's casual or fancy. It adds a really cute touch and adds this je ne sais pas touch. You know, the "casually looking fab" vibe.

Years ago I did a collab with The Happiness Boutique and recently, when sorting out my jewellery, I found the necklace they gifted me. Out of curiosity, I went on their website and checked out what they had in stock: everything they had was right up my alley, so I decided to get in touch with them again.

Even though they have so many beautiful necklaces, earrings, bracelet, etc; I knew what I wanted straight away. I had been on the hunt for a  dainty rose gold short necklace with tiny pendants, I have seen it on a few of my favourite influencers and I think it looks so lovely and dreamy, so I was incredibly pleased when I saw they had something so similar to what I was looking for.

With gold or rose gold jewellery I am always worried it's going to look cheap, but this one doesn't in the slightest.  It's made out of stainless steel and it's rose gold plated, this means that you can swim and shower with it and it's not going to go rusty which is a massive plus for me as I hate having to take my jewellery off every day. My life is exhausting enough to remember to take off all my necklaces, earrings, bracelet and rings before I get into the shower, I don't have time for this. 

I received the necklace a few weeks ago and I kid you not I've been wearing it every single day - it's so easy to style and it goes with literally any outfit, even sweatpants. I personally love how it looks when styled with a loose white shirt, some denim jeans and trainers.

I'm actually looking to buy some more jewellery from them because I'm getting so much wear out of this necklace. I've been really into rings recently and they have so many cool ones; you should definitley expect another post featuring The Happiness Boutique!

Overall, I am super happy with what I got and if you're looking for good quality jewellery you should definitley check them out! They might not be as cheap as Primark but, in my opinion, it's worth spending a few extra pounds to get a good quality piece!

ALSO! I have a discount code for you guys, if you use rawrbows on any order over 19€ you'll get 10% off, how good is that! The offer will be valid until the 19th of October so hurry up and take advantage of it!

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Friday, 15 September 2017

MY BLOGGING ROUTINE



Blogging is a bit like showering: you either do it early in the morning or late at night - unless you're lucky enough to be a full-time blogger that is.

But blogging takes more than just an hour or two in the morning or evening; you need to think of post ideas, write the posts, take photos, edit the photos, proofread the post, schedule the post, share it on social media, etc. There's always work to be done and if I don't organise myself I can get very stressed very easily. So this is how I do it. 

WEEKDAYS - 9PM-11PM


After going for the odd run, showering and eating it's time to transform into a blogger.  On weekday evenings I usually spend about an hour or two reading and commenting on blogs and brainstorming. Sometimes I'll also write a post or two but that depends on how draining the day has been. 

Brainstorming can sometimes be hard, inspiration comes and goes. Sites like Pinterest, Tumblr and YouTube really help me come up with some ideas for blog posts; when it all fails I love to read my favourite blogs as they always have some impeccable content that inspires me!

I never really take photos during the week as I always use natural light and, obviously, it's already dark at 9PM. However, after all the brainstorming I usually have a clear idea of what kind of photos I want for each post so that when I do it on the weekends is much much quicker.

This is also the time when I reply to e-mails (which always takes longer than expected) and draft any sponsored posts that need to go up the following week so that I can send them off for approval.



WEEKENDS - ALL DAY


Obviously, I don't spend every waking hour of my weekends working on my blog but it's when everything gets finalised and the posts are ready to be published. The first thing I do is figure out what posts are going to go up the following week. Then, I either take the photos I need for these or if the lighting is not too good I'll start writing them. I usually watch a movie or YouTube videos whilst writing posts as, for some reason, it makes me more productive... I have a weird brain. I try to upload about 3 posts per week and it takes me about 30min to an hour to write a post depending on how long it is or what kind of posts. For example, I find reviews and hauls much easier to write than more 'personal' posts.

Taking photos is probably my favourite part of blogging, I love styling the objects and coming up with new props to use. I try to do that at around noon as if I try to do it earlier on a sunny day (so not very often) the sun rays hit my table (where I take most of my photos) and it looks too bright and orange on camera. I'll always take about 20 photos for each post, most of them look exactly the same or very similar but I prefer to take loads than taking just two and then not liking them when I import them to my laptop. 

Then it's time to edit them, I use Photoshop CC to do that and all I do is increase the whiteness and contrast, play around with the curves and sometimes decrease a bit the saturation. I also make them smaller (otherwise my blog would take ages to load) and then add them to the posts.

Finally, I proofread everything and make sure it makes sense and schedule everything to go up automatically!


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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

HOW TO MAKE YOUR ROOM PINTEREST WORTHY


Home decor is something I have always loved, I think it's important to make your house/bedroom feel like home, make it represent you and inspire you. Having moved houses several times, I have learnt a lot about how I like to decorate my space and what makes me feel relaxed and at ease; and also what stresses me out. If you want to make me cranky put me in an cluttered messy room and I'll assure you I'll go crazy. Put me in a well-decorated minimalistic space and I'll be in heaven.


When I moved houses about a month ago, I decided I wanted to make my room look a bit more put together and "adult" - and nothing screams adult as replacing your posters with framed artwork. When someone has gone to trouble of framing their posters and prints, that’s when you know they ave got their sh*t together. Amirite?


And that's when I discovered Desenio.

Desenio* is an online store that sells the most beautiful and original prints; they have so many different styles and they are all Pinterest goals. If you've ever wanted to make your room look straight out of Pinterest, Desenio is the place to go. I instantly fell in love with their prints and I knew I needed them in my life. So I reached out to them fangirling and telling them how much I loved them; they agreed to work together... and this post was born. 





After extensive research I managed to choose three prints that I absolutely loved - which was very hard because I could easily get 100 of their prints and still want more. The three prints and two gold frames came to just under £100 which is such a good price for such good quality beautiful prints that are this big! The frames are also super pretty and look so fancy and not cheap at all. The reason why I got three prints but only two frames is because I wanted an extra print to change up my room a bit from time to time.

I initially wanted to hang the frames on top of my bed but, since I am renting and therefore can't drill nails into the wall, I was scared the stick-on hooks would be too weak and didn't want the frames to crack my head open in my sleep. Nevertheless, I love how things turned out and I love how they look on top of my desk, they make my workspace so much cuter and inspiring! The only thing that could make it look even better is if my room had white walls but can't really do anything about that... *cries*



 Overall I am incredibly happy with the prints and the frames, they definitley make my room so much more put together and add a really cute touch. And GUESS WHAT!!! I honestly could go on and on for ages talking about my love for Desenio, but or everyone’s sake I won’t. But GUESS WHAT! I have a discount code for you guys, if you use the code rawrbows between the 12th and 14th of September you'll get 25% off your entire order (excluding frames and handpicked prints) which is SO GOOD!





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Friday, 8 September 2017

3 INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW

There are over 700 million account on Instagram. They are all different and have a story behind them, but there are three that you HAVE to follow. I haven't obviously personally checked every single account on the social platform (I have better things to do), but these three that I'm going to share with you are pretty on point, and genuinely make my day slightly better when they post.


Instagram is a place to find inspiration for me, scrolling down my homepage I can see countless of artsy shots and beautiful images; whether it's a beach in Mexico or a lavender field in France or beautifully presented food. These three following accounts are all very different but they all share some impeccable content, and they deserve your follow.

1. OH POP!


To me, this account is summer in photos. Vanessa, the cool girl who runs the account, keeps doing an incredible job at keeping up with a very well curated theme. Everything just flows together so well, I honestly didn't know such coherence was possible. From green, to blue, to yellow, to purple, to pink; the transition is as smooth as it could possibly be. It's just such a beautiful account, no amount of words are enough to describe how much I love it. 




However, the best thing about this account is not their feed (WHAT), it's what they sell: popsicles. But not any kind of popsicles; they sell the most aesthetically pleasant and coolest popsicles. They are all made of natural ingredients that create and explosion of flavours and textures, most of them are also dairy-free so it can't really get any better. Oh wait, it can: the flavours they offer are IN-CRE-DI-BLE; how does lychee, cooling cucumber and mint sound like? Sounds like heaven to me. Creamy coconut and raspberries drizzled with matcha white chocolate and shredded coconut? Say no more. 

If you're lucky enough to be based in Sydney, you should head over to their Instagram (@oh_pop_) and place an order right now. You won't be disappointed. 



2. FORN SANT FRANCESC

My sister showed me this account a few months ago and I am literally OBSESSED now.  You know it's bad when you fangirl over a bakery's Instagram account...

I specially love their videos, they're so short and look kind of "rough" but that's what makes them cool in my opinion. I think what makes me love this account so much is that this bakery is quite close to my hometown in Mallorca so I could realistically eat everything they show on their account.... someday I'll go all out and buy one of everything. 


If you like sweet treats and desserts, and if you enjoy watching food videos, you have to give them a follow. They're so great! 



3. GIGI VIVES


I've been following Gigi for a couple of years now but I never realised how insane her feed was until recently. Everything is so perfectly curated, and the colours flow so well together. I also find it very peaceful to look at, everything's so white and blue - it reminds me of a paradisiac white sand beach. 

She lives in Barcelona but travels quite a lot so it's cool to see new places and cities through her eyes, or to see places I have myself visited through someone else's perspective. I also think she is stunning, which obviously helps - funnily enough she reminds me of Gigi Hadid.  







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