Thursday, 30 November 2017

THE BEST PERSONALISED STOCKING FILLER | GIFT GUIDE



If there is one thing I am good at is Christmas presents - whether we're talking about one big massive present or just a small gift. I love brainstorming ideas, finding the perfect gift for someone and seeing their face lit up when they open it. 

Giving is definitley better than receiving. 

My favourite kind of gifts are stock fillers; small little details that come together and create the perfect surprise. There are so many options - from chocolate to socks and even stickers. Some of you may know the brand CaseApp, which offer personalisable phone cases. Turns out, they also have a service for custom stickers: StickerApp

Stickers can be used to decorate pretty much anything.  I love adding loads of random stickers to my laptop, and my notebook. They make a plain boring object look mine. They are also super fun, I literally go around my house sticking stickers everywhere (sorry flatmates). 


I recently placed an order on StickerApp and got some just in time for Christmas. I got two different designs: the happiness molecule and, of course, a unicorn. The cool thing about StickerApp is that they offer so many different finishes, the coolest one being the holographic finish which I had to use for the unicorn. I mean, duh. 

The happiness molecule, also known as Serotonin (can you see all my chemistry knowledge coming through?), is a transparent sticker which are my favourite kind because it means you can stick it anywhere and it will never look weird. It also makes it look fancier. This is probably the best sticker I've ever had, it reminds me of university (I studied chemistry) and makes me feel happy (get it?). 

I am dead serious when I say I have been sticking these everywhere, it's getting a bit out of hand now... but they are just so cool!

If you're looking for a fun, unique stock filler you should definitely consider this. You can even get the person's name printed or maybe their favourite quote so they feel inspired every time they see one of the stickers. The sky is the limit, so get creative! 


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Monday, 27 November 2017

WEST LONDON VS. EAST LONDON: BRUNCH EDITION


London is, in many ways, divided in two: east & west. East is known for the cool nightclubs, arty streets and cheap(er) rent. West is known for being more cultured, posher and significantly more expensive too. 

Before we go into this post, I'm just gonna state that I'm a West kind of gal. I enjoy a day out in Shoreditch or Spitafield's Market but it would take more than cheaper rent to make me call it my home. Not that there is anything wrong with East, but it's simply not my vibe. Even though I have to admit it's growing on me lately. 

As any average Londoner, I do love a good brunch - whether it is in East or West London. There's no better way to spend a lazy Sunday morning than catching up with your friends over indulgent food and hot lattes. 

Both East and West London have some pretty incredible cafes and restaurants that will make you want to go back weekend after weekend.  After living in London for over 4 years I have had enough weekends to visit plenty of places and find my favourite brunch spots. Let me share my wisdom with you. 

WEST LONDON


GRANGER & CO

If you are a fan of scrambled eggs, you must go to Granger & Co. I have no clue how they do it, but I have never had eggs that are so creamy, tasty and just all around perfect. They ricotta pancakes are not too shabby either. Their aesthetics are also very much on point, marble and gold with a hint of green. Your Instagram is going to be lit. 

They have a branch in Notting Hill and another one in King's Cross. Even though they don't take reservations the queue is 100% worth it - just make sure you don't go on Sunday at noon unless you are ready to queue up for a good half an hour or more. 


NAC

This narrow cafe in Mayfair is a little gem. The place is absolutely gorgeous, it's somewhere I could picture Serena van der Woodsen meetign Chuck Bass for coffee. And their food is equally stunning. Their dulce de leche pancakes never disappoint, and neither does their french toast or acai bowl. 

Their coconut iced latte is my third favourite coffee ever (fyi, my top coffee is Starbucks' Eggnog Latter followed by The Breakfast Club's caramel latte). They use coconut milk to make it, which also acts as a sweetener. It tastes delish. 

THE GOOD LIFE EATERY

Whilst this one is more on the healthier side, they still have some killer cake and juices. Let me tell you, if you're looking for the best red velvet cake, Chelsea is the place. And the portion is very generous too. 

Their acai bowl is probably the best one I've tried, and it's surprisingly filling too so you're not left hungry afterwards! 

EAST LONDON


HOI POLLOI

This beautiful restaurant hidden inside the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch is the perfect place to spend a few hours in the morning enjoying some incredible food and listening to live music. The decor is very zen,  it makes you feel calm and comfortable. It's the kind of place I could hang around for hours just chilling.

Their mac and cheese is incredible, easily one of the best mac and cheeses I've ever head. I'm dying to try their french toast, it sounds (and looks) amazing. And I'm always down for a good french toast. 



CEREAL KILLER CAFE

Who doesn't like cereal? Specially the sugary, nutrient-lacking kind. They have any cereal you could every dream of, from rare Lucky Charms editions to plain boring Weetos. They also have a variety of topping to choose form (Happy Hippos being my absolute favourite), and so many different milks. And I am not talking about this healthy trend of nut milk, oat milk or any other healthy type of milk. I'm talking chocolate, vanilla, caramel and even strawberry. 

You're likely to leave with a sugar overload, but I guess it is better to overdose in sugar than cocaine? 


THE BREAKFAST CLUB

Whilst The Breakfast Club is not strictly an East London cafe, since they have branches all around London, writing this post has made me realise I don't know that many good brunch spots in East. I guess I'll have to start frequenting the area more. 

But if you love pancakes and eggs benedict as much as me, you'll want to pay this place a visit. They usually come with long queues, but you'll be glad you waited when you taste their delicious food. And, as I said before, their caramel latte is to die for. 


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Friday, 24 November 2017

PRETTY LITTLE THING IS WHERE IT'S AT THIS BLACK FRIDAY


Everyone who knows me knows that I love online shopping.  I despise going shopping in stores,  it's
so stressful, there are so many clothes and so many people everywhere... and the queues, don't even get me started on the queues. Everything is so much easier and simpler online: just add everything you like to your basket, review it before ordering and get it delivered straight to your door. 

The lovely people at Pretty Little Thing recently got in touch with me and offered me a few pieces from their collection to celebrate Black Friday and, obviously, I couldn't resist. Everything I ordered arrived to my flat within 24 hours, and it was just like Christmas. Opening those big pink packages felt like unwrapping loads of presents by a big lit up tree: pure joy and happiness.

FYI, Pretty Little Thing are having the best Black Friday sales (up to 50% on everything) so head over to their page now before everything sells out.

Enough rambling though, let me show you what I got!



Let's start with my favourite jumper ever. I love oversized jumpers (fab for hiding food babies) and I also love a good turtle neck. It is pretty unusual for me to wear colour, I usually stick to greys and different shades of brown but I've recently been loving red, orange and yellow. They add a splash of colour to my otherwise very monochrome outfits. This one is so soft and comfy, I would honestly sleep in it.  The other jumper that I got is also quite bright - it's orange,  a colour I never thought I would willingly wear. But here I am, loving it. Also, side note, can we all please take a moment to appreciate my super awkward posing. I never do try-on hauls but I had  to show you how cool these two jumpers look on. *round of applause for Ariadna*

Next, I got a wonderful pair of jeans. I've been wanting to get some basic denim jeans for a while but they were always too baggy, too tight, too long, etc. These ones fit just right, I love how they don't have too much going on but are still more than just your average plain denim jeans - the frayed bottoms and the unsymmetrical knee rip give it a subtle twist. I love to wear them with the red jumper tucked in and a black coat - perfect comfy weekend outfit. 



Since winter is upon us (sad times) I decided to prepare for the freezing weather and get a few jackets. My favourite one is the black fluffy one; it makes you look like you tried so hard with your outfit when you really didn't. It's also super soft and warm so that's a plus! 

Finally, I got some accessories because, you know, I like to spice up my outfits sometimes. This layered necklaces makes any outfit look extra fancy and the silky scarf makes you look like you've just got back from Paris and have LadurĂ©e macaroons in your bag. 

Oh, how could I almost  forget...  i got a unicorn onesie! I've been wanting a onesie for quite literally over 6 years now so you can imagine how incredibly happy I was when I finally got one. I didn't just get a plain old boring onesie, it is a unicorn. You guys, A UNICORN. #goals






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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

THE ONE MAKE UP PRODUCT I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT


Unlike many bloggers I'm not really a massive beauty junkie - I don't have a massive lipstick collection and Sephora isn't my heaven. BUT I do like to make myself look pretty in the morning because no, I did most definitely not wake up like this.

I do keep my make up routine very simple (sleep>make up) but even then there are some days when I just don't have it in me. When all I c

an spare is a tiny little bit of energy and about 30sec, there is one holy grail product that saves my sleepy face and makes me look like a normal human being. 


I started using it about a year ago and there's barely been a day I have not used it. Yes, it's just brows. Just two lines on your forehead. But they can make or break your face. I honestly cannot recommend this product enough; it is the easiest thing to use. Trust me, you have to be awfully bad at make up to mess it up.

I usually struggle to find the right shade as my eyebrows are very dark but not quite black, so I need a "almost black brown", if it's black it makes my eyebrows look soooooooo fake. I usually the shade 05, I can get away with using 06 too but 05 is like a perfect match. I am not sure how light their lighter shades are but if you have dark eyebrows, you need to get this because I am telling you, you'll find your perfect match.


It also comes with a little brush on one end so you can make sure all your tiny hairs are in place, so that's a plus.

There is only so much one can say about an eyebrow pencil, so I'm not going to go on and on about how much I love this product because I don't want to bore you. But, trust me, if you like to have your eyebrows on fleek,  this is your product.


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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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