Things get busy way too often, and we end up forgetting to relax or let ourselves actually enjoy some lazy time. What's even worse is the guilt when the day is over and you feel like you've done nothing but watched a gazillion YouTube videos. By the way, there's nothing wrong at all with having days like that from time to time (if you have the sheer luxury of having those). If you're anything like me, when you know that "down time" is coming up, most likely you'd want to plan it and keep more or less productive. If your big plan of the day is to binge watch Christmas movies, you do you. If your day off is your only chance to catch up with work, go for it. There's that fine line between the two, that perfect forever sought-after balance. So here are 7 things you can do which, in my opinion, will help you achieve that sweet work & play ratio.
4 December 2016
29 November 2016
This post is so due it's unreal. Before we roll into December, let me take you all the way back to October. It was such a great month filled with warmth, quality family time, multiple cups of hot chocolate and my first Christmas movie of the season (yes, I start early!). Excuse the late arrival but it comes bearing gifts. I just wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU to every single one of you who supports me on my blogging journey and is just plain nice to me. Many thanks for following me on Twitter and making it possible to say I have 5000+ friends there now! Wow! What better way is there to celebrate it than running a lovely giveaway. Beauty and makeup goodies won in the poll I ran. I'm sure you've all been nice this year so one of your will enjoy a super lovely beauty. So let's jump into my October Favourites without any more delay.
25 November 2016
I experienced Black Friday night shopping spree first hand about 10 years ago. I was studying in the US at the time. It's safe to say that once was more than enough! I never went Black Friday shopping at night again. It's brutal. What I do enjoy so much more is sitting in the comfort of my home clicking away through different deals and having all the goodies come to me. No rush, no crowds, no stress. Also, I decided to dedicate a separate blog post to share my top 8 websites where I am going to be browsing a lot and getting a thing or two half-price. I took time to search for the best deals and pick my favourites items from each website, and I hope you will fall in love with them just as much as I did. Time to get some shopping done! NB: some of these are running discounts up until Monday but there are those that end on Friday night. It is quite overwhelming to be under that invisible ticking timer but we can do this together. Put your phone on silent, make a cup of coffee, get your wallet, cancel all arrangements for the next few hours and let's shop!
20 November 2016
Before I get into some kind of an intro or my initial thoughts about this perfume, let's just pause and stare. How absolutely STUNNING is this stiletto / perfume bottle?! It takes the most gorgeous item on my dressing table award by right! Now, let's go back to that intro and then we will jump straight into the review because I know you'd want to see and read more about this beauty. First and foremost, I have to admit that I never "buy" something (literally and metaphorically) when I see a commercial popping up on TV promoting it on the loop. My reaction is usually the opposite. It wasn't the case with this stunner. While hubby and I were in Dubai for our 2nd wedding anniversary, Carolina Herrera launched 'Good Girl', and gorgeous Karlie Kloss was looking at us from every screen at The Dubai Mall. Since I was hoping to get a perfume there anyway, my plan was to go for a "safe" choice and treat myself to my all time go-to favourite Miss Dior. Hubby, thankfully, thought differently, (because he noticed how mesmerized I was at the look of the Good Girl bottle!) and suggested to try it (he's a keeper). Needless to say, it was love at first sight. The rest is history.
14 November 2016
If you've had my name popping up from time to time on your social media feed, you've probably noticed something in the last couple of weeks. Utter silence and the lack of posts/updates on my end. I wouldn't say it was planned because, as you might know, I was away and had no wifi for over a week (I know, oh the horror!). A number of people told me on Twitter that it was the "blogger's worst nightmare". Couldn't second that quicker. At first, it almost put me into what-do-I-do-with-my-life-now mode. Because, let's face it, in one way of another, we are all dependent on wifi/social media/internet in general. Another aspect of being offline hit me even harder. "How do I keep up?" FOMO, or fear of missing out, is a very real thing. It can be quite destructive and harmful. Especially so, when you put yourself out there as a blogger, a YouTuber or a social media persona. The cure is out there though. Despite the fact that I did miss certain Twitter threads, latest Instagram updates, lost some followers who couldn't/wouldn't possibly stick around because I was "quiet", I came out of it feeling on top of the world because I won the battle. If you feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information, events, things to do and all kinds of news, turning off might sound like a scary option. That's when this guide comes in and FOMO leaves defeated.
27 October 2016
Solid 10+ years ago I decided to buy my very first "makeup brush". Back then I was surviving (literally) on my scholarship and a part-time job which, combined, "kept me busy" for 12 hours the least each day. My parents did their best to help but it wasn't easy, so very often I'd make a transfer to them and cut out dinners for that week. It was a tough time but it taught me a lot about the value of money, time and relationships. While trying to juggle all that, just like any girl, I was interested in all things beauty. Previously, I shared my experience of getting my first foundation in this post. Now, back to that "makeup brush" I mentioned (quotation marks are necessary haha). It wouldn't be a surprise that it was quite cheap (score, right?) but also it was the only option available. Needless to say, it was absolutely horrible and didn't do anything. Only about 4 years ago I got my first PROPER brush (it was MAC Buffer Brush 182) and I was on cloud nine. A lot has changed since then. I learnt a lot more about makeup and skincare. I tested many different products. I started a blog where I can share my thoughts with you guys. So when iconic Spectrum Collections got in touch with me and asked me to review their brushes, I was just as excited as I would've been 10+ years back. I am so humbled and thankful for this amazing opportunity to share my review with you all. If you're on a hunt for a perfect set of makeup brushes, you are in for some treat!
19 October 2016
My September kicked off with a flight in a double-deck plane heading to hot Dubai. It was a month when I tried many new things, stepped over that thin line between I-am-terrified-of-this and I-am-going-do-it, got a great tan and made the best memories. The best part? Getting to share all that with the person I love (aka the guy who's sitting across the room from me as I am typing these lines, also known as "the one who put a ring on it"). September has always meant a fresh start to me. Maybe it's the echo from my teaching days (I ran a foreign languages centre) as it was the start of the new academic year. Stationery had to be bought, new lesson plans drawn, business objectives set. Nevertheless, summertime has always made me very chill (nothing wrong with that) but, once the 9th month rolls in, I pop my thinking cap on, pull out my planner and get those goals set. Jokes aside, I function better in the fall and I seem to stick to my objectives much more effectively than, say, in January. Once again, it's that time when I take you down the memory lane and have a look back at my September Favourites. Join in for the ride - it will be worth it.