I will start this post by confessing that my very first spa visit happened only 4 years ago. Also, it included one of the treatments I will talk about below, which was, by the way, out of this world. While I would also love to tell you I am a frequent goer (who would not want to be one?!), a spa visit is more of a treat than a part of my "everyday routine". At the same time, I am an ambassador and supporter of all things pampering and treating yourself whenever you can. We all need it. We all deserve it. And since spa treatments have expanded beyond a head/back/neck massage, I thought it would be a great idea to single out 6 unique spa treatments that are worth trying (at least once in your life). Warning: you might want to book one of these ASAP if it's available in your area. I can't blame you. I am about to do the same. Grab a cuppa and let's have some chill out time.
10 April 2017
I've always been a home-loving person. Even when I was a teenager (and my friends would be out every night), I would find staying at home a lot more fun. Maybe it was due to the fact that I never was a "wild child" or maybe I simply really loved the cosiness of the home where I grew up. It was tiny but it was everything I needed. I know this might sound too mushy but love lived there (still does), and it's enough. Since leaving my parents' house, I've moved 5 times. Some places were great, some were far from ideal. I think, no matter where you live, you have most likely thought about a better place/location/room/lighting/space and whatnot. We all sometimes fall out of love with our homes. The good news is it's possible (and doable!) to make your home a place you feel the most comfortable in,where you enjoy spending time and just love to pieces.
5 April 2017
It's not a secret that in my books the spring rolled in on the 1st of March. Once March starts, it's springtime (and no, it doesn't matter that there is snow or rain outside). Not only do we switch up our wardrobe essentials and have long tearful goodbyes with our blanket scarves, spring means it's about time to jazz up our makeup bag contents. Even though there are items in my stash that I am loving all year round, I do make a few important changes as soon as we are finished with winter. Let me show you what stays and what goes, and share my personal goof-proof picks for sunny spring makeup. Here's the hoping the sunshine is here to stay.
24 March 2017
I am usually a pretty positive person. I always manage to find a way to see the sunshine through dark and heavy clouds (after the initial shock of being given "lemons" wears off). At the same time, I've always been a bit of a worrier. I mean, it's kind of a given since life can sometimes get unpredictable and it might not reflect what we want. But, thankfully, it perfectly reflects what God wants, and that's enough.
So when lovely people from Kurt Geiger* got in touch with me about their spankin' gorgeous new spring bag collection, I was doing the happy dance but also - I had no idea what the theme of this post was going to be. It's not my cup of tea to share fashion photos and write 1000+ words dedicated to an outfit. I am wordy as you know but not that wordy. I wanted this article to be aesthetically pleasing AND helpful for those of you who need a little pick-me-up and got a bowl full of "lemons". I'm sure you got water and sugar at home, so let's make some lemonade and gush over this beauty of this bag together because #itssopretty.
16 March 2017
Yes, we are half way in March but I couldn't skip and not share my February Favourites. I will probably sound like a broken record but, honestly, where did February go? I mean, it's already mid-March! Time is flying way too fast for my liking. Nevertheless, month no.2 of 2017 was really great when it came to making memories, going on adventures and having fun while doing all that. Let me take you down the memory lane.
8 March 2017
21 February 2017
There is a beautiful quote which goes, "So much of who we are is where we have been". Being a person who has lived in 3 different countries (and traveled to a few more), I can vouch for that on many different levels. When we travel, we expand our knowledge and change our perception of the world and other cultures. We get out of the shell and see how diverse the world actually is. We get to see beautiful places, meet lovely people with fascinating backgrounds and experience things we never came across at home. That's why, when it comes to the unique destination like Dubai, there's no doubt, even the pickiest of travelers would find something they'd love about it. Personally, I loved it SO MUCH that my Dubai Diaries post had to come in 2 parts. Because a) there's just that much to show and tell and b) it's one special city and it deserves more than one blog post. Hope you are comfortable with the photo overload situation. No matter how much you try to narrow it down to a few, it's not easy. But I am more than sure it will not be too sore to look at ;) On top of that, I am sharing useful tips at the end of each category that should come in handy if you're planning to visit Dubai one day.
13 February 2017
It's that time of the year again. Probably, one of the most controversial days when you either read "10 reasons I love" or "10 reasons I hate Valentine's Day for" blog posts, tweets and Facebook updates. No matter what side of the barricade or camp you belong to, remember to be kind. February 15th will roll in very quickly but the hurt feelings and the echo of the bitter words, said the day before, could linger on for weeks, if not months. Whether you love it or hate it, whether you are in a happy relationship or you're happily single, I decided to put together 7 (exciting) ways you can show love to someone you think the world of. It doesn't matter if it's going to be on Tuesday or two weekends after. Be considerate, show compassion, spread love and read on to learn about a few more ways of how to do it.
5 February 2017
January. I had a bit of a roller coaster relationship with January. As much as it's supposed to be that I-am-easing-into-everything-after-the-holidays type of a month, it was quite the opposite. Full on rush (I need to learn to make my to-do lists shorter!), full on gloom (sunshine, please, come back to the UK!) and full on almost 95% offline mode (can't complain about that as it can be refreshing). BUT, we can now officially start the countdown to spring (YAY!). Nevertheless, January was aahhhhmazing when it comes to favourites so there will be many exciting and different things in this post. Get into the time machine with me ;)
25 January 2017
Traveling to foreign countries is an incredible experience. Even when it includes zero shopping. It's pretty awesome on its own. But if you live in a country where there's no Sephora, it's an absolute must to pay a visit there when you're abroad. It's funny how now, long before I even spot Sephora in the shopping mall (my indoor navigation skills are just as terrible as my outdoor ones), my hubby is pointing it to me saying "Go. I will wait here. Take your time" (he's a keeper). This exact scenario happened when we went to the US last month. I didn't get much this time but I did pick up a few things I knew I would love and a few new products that would be fun to "test". I also got a special little something to include into this post as a giveaway because I'd love for one of you to have it and enjoy it as much as I have. Without further ado, let's dive into all things Sephora beauty.
19 January 2017
January can be quite a sluggish month. Yes, we've just turned over a new leaf aka 2017 which means it's high time to get cracking and start ticking off those to-do's and goals off your list. Well, guess what? It's perfectly fine if that hasn't happened to you yet or that you've already broken half of your resolutions. Ease that pressure on yourself. It's a massive challenge on its own to dive head first into the routine after the holiday season. To be honest, it has been tough for me to do the most elementary things on certain days (hello, motivation?). I tried to crack the code as to what is wrong with January but Google would be able to tell you more about the "winter blues". There's one thing I know that works 100% without an error when it comes to surviving the "post-festive winter" - a perfect escape. Planning for it can be a daunting experience so I decided to share these 5 easy-breezy tips to help you organise that much needed getaway.
6 January 2017
There are basically two types of people in the world. Those who dunk their biscuits into the tea and those who eat them the right way (just kidding!). Same applies to resolutions. There are those who swear off setting any kind of plans/goals/aspirations while the rest of the world is on a mission to change their lives once the new year rolls in. I definitely belong to the goal-setting portion of people but comes 2017 I realized I have been doing so many things wrong when it came to actually STICKING to those plans. This year I am going to work on changing the way I view my goals and start taking baby steps towards those summits I want to achieve. It's true that 2k16 was a tough one. Nevertheless, it's great to look back and find the good in it, get those valuable lessons on board and step into the new year stronger and happier than ever. So here are my reflections of 2016 and goals for 2017.