2018/03/31

MARCH FAVOURITES


And so, another month has flown by. Can you believe tomorrow's 1st April already? I feel like it was NYE yesterday, yet here I am writing about my favourites for March already.

We're approaching slowly but surely Spring/Summer time, which I personally am super excited about. Even though I prefer autumn/winter in terms of fashion, I can't wait for sunshine and warmer temperatures.

But until the sun feels like gracing us with its presence, let's talk about some things that I loved in March!


Starting off with beauty products, my first favourite was the NYX HD Studio Photogenic Finishing Powder in SFP01, which is the transparent shade. I'm usually no big fan of loose powders as they tend to break me out and I don't like the messy application, but I've reached for this one (surprisingly) so often this month that  I really can't leave it out. Besides the usual functions of setting my foundation and concealer, and making my skin feel soft instead of cakey, it doesn't leave any white films on my skin, it doesn't break me out (huge bonus points for that one!) and it doesn't flash back in photos. What more could I ask for?


Next off, an old favourite of mine: Essence Stay with me Longlasting Lipgloss in 02 My Favorite Milkshake. It has quite a thick consistency, making it very opaque for a lipgloss. The shade is very wearable and suits so many different makeup looks and skin shades, making it a pretty good allrounder. Even though it has a pretty thick consistency, I find it very comfortable to wear.


Moving on to the last beauty product. I think it's no secret that MAC pigments are incredible in terms of quality. Yet, I've always kind of struggled to get myself to buy the huge pods that they sell since I knew that I could never use it up (not in a lifetime), and still, I would have to pay the high price for a product that I won't use. So when I saw these miniature pigment pods, I was sold. First of all, they have so many different shades (this one is the MAC Pigment in Naked). Secondly, they are so much cheaper. And lastly, you still get more product that you can use. So if you've ever seen me wearing eyeshadow this month, chances are I wore this pigment all over my lid and some Hoola Bronzer in the crease.


Not too long ago, my mum's best friend got me the huge 100ml bottle of Givenchy Live Irresistible perfume. I tend not to buy perfumes myself since they are so expensive, so I also ask to get perfumes for Christmas or my birthday from my family. I was so surprised when I received this little baby, especially since I've never heard of it before. I have loved it so much ever since, as you can probably tell by the amount I've used up already. So if you're searching for a new perfume, definitely give this one a sniff.


Talking about lifestyle favourites, I discovered my love for candles not too long ago (very bad blogger, I know). I got this Scentsational Natural Soy Candle in No.11 Midnight Woods from TK MAXX for only a few pounds and have used it completely up within two months. Definitely worth to mention!


I even got a little fashion favourite this month (very special, I know). Basically, I realised that I'm carrying bags that are way too big on an everyday basis, which, don't get me wrong, is nice but super unpractical, especially when I'm running around London taking pictures for the London Strolling series. When I saw this little bag at Esprit, I was sold immediately. It fits everything I need on an everyday basis (wallet, keys, phone, lipgloss), has a practical pocket in the front to put your phone or train ticket in and is held by a large strap that makes it so much more comfortable than a chain strap ever would.


Last but not least, I've read the Alexander McQueen - Blood Beneath The Skin by Andrew Wilson. Alexander McQueen is, by far, my favourite designer of all times. I feel like he was not only a fashion genius but also a very complex and interesting character with a very particular worldview that he translated through this clothes. Even though I've seen so many documentaries and read so much about him already, I feel like this biography helped me understand and get to know him even more. I'd definitely recommend you to check this one out, even if you're not that interested in fashion, there's so much to psychological depth in this book which will maybe make you think about modern society in a different way.
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2018/03/30

REGRET



Nostalgia is a bitch. It's like the blur-effect in Facetune - it makes everything seem nicer than it actually is/was. You look back at things, thinking about how easy life was, how much better it was than the present. You start to regret choices and to reconsider actions.

But the past is rarely better than the present. It's just further away. The human brain is really funny in that sense - it usually makes the good memories stand out so much more than the bad ones, which leads us on to nostalgia. We complain and regret, and at the end of the day, nothing changes. You can't go back in time, no matter how much you wish you could. Everything you can do is treasure good memories, let go of harsh and bad feelings and make the best out of the present and everything that is yet to come. Because remember, at some point, today will be the past that you're regretting and whining over now. And you will look back with regret and sore because you haven't enjoyed the moment to its fullest. It's such a "yolo-thing" to say, but stop crying over what's gone, and stop fearing what is yet to come - start living in the moment. Start enjoying the little things. Look around you, there are so many good things going on and happening that you'll miss because you're not paying attention.


Before I left Luxembourg, I was 100 percent sure that I wouldn't miss a single second of living here. I was persuaded that London would change my life to something better, that I would become a happier person simply because I wasn't living in the same country I've spent the majority of my life in. Well, my life has changed drastically since moving abroad indeed. And don't get me wrong, I love it and I wouldn't want to have it any other way. Yet, every time I come back to visit my family and friends, there's this little, nasty feeling of regret in me that tells me that my life here was better than I considered it to be while I was here. And it probably was. I just didn't see it. I wasn't paying attention to what was happening around me at the time because I was too focused to built and imagine my future.

The last time I've been in Luxembourg, I played the local guide for my boyfriend. It was his first time in my home country and, even though I consider that there's not much to see here, I still wanted to try and show him Luxembourg from its best side. And even though I've been living here for over 15 years, it made me see this little spot on the land cart from a whole other side - it's beautiful, rich in culture and attractions. Okay, we don't have a Big Ben or Buckingham Palace here; we don't celebrate the new year with incredible fireworks and we don't have 6 Mio. people living here. But you know what? We don't need any of these things to be a nice country.


I'm happy to live in a city where there are so many opportunities and attractions. And one of the main reasons I've started the London Strolling series was because I realised that I didn't pay enough attention to all the small, good things in Luxembourg, and I didn't want to look back at my uni time and think the same way about London as well.

Long story short - here's what you should do! Go outside, no matter where you live, and appreciate everything you have. Because being grateful for what you have is the first step to being happy. And what could one want more than being happy?

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2018/03/19

LONDON STROLLING IV





We're now 4 weeks into the London Strolling series (Week IWeek IIWeek III) *little applause* 
Since I'm currently not in London, this week's post features some pictures I've taken in Sutton some time ago.

Sutton is located in the Southern part of Greater London. Compared to central London, it's a lot quieter so if you're searching for a more relaxed escape from the metropolitan life, you should definitely check it out. Besides the cute restaurants and some classic corner pubs, there are a huge Boots, a TK Maxx, Topshop and plenty of pretty streets to walk by (and take pictures of).

By now, you've probably realised that this series consists of pictures of buildings, the sky and plants - this week is no exception to that. Sorry, not sorry - next week is going to be something a bit different, so stay tuned for that!






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2018/03/18

A - Z


Still in Luxembourg, still having the face of a watermelon-gone-bad. If you're not following me on Twitter, you've probably got no idea what I'm talking about. Oh well, I'm back in Luxembourg for almost 2 weeks, which in itself, is a really cool thing. The reason for me being here though is that I've had a really bad, allergic reaction to one of the antibiotics I was prescribed to heal my tonsillitis, but apparently doctor cabinets in London put more importance to the bureaucracy of their office than on helping people who need it. Not blaming anybody, but just let's think about the fact that it was easier and quicker for me to fly home than waiting for an appointment there.

Anyway, I've recently discovered that fellow blogger Emma Rollason did an A-Z post about herself. The idea behind this post is to give every letter of the alphabet a personal meaning or anecdote. So I decided: since I'm unable to post about anything beauty or fashion-related right now, why not be more personal? Also, if you don't know Emma's blog yet, you should really check her out - her blog is the perfect mix of makeup and personal posts. I love her content and I'm pretty sure that you will, too.

A is for ambition - I consider myself to be a very thorough and ambitious person. An example would be that 10-year-old me said she would study Fashion Journalism in London one day. Well, that day is now.

B is for badminton - I've played badminton for about 3 years in Luxembourg and really enjoyed it. I still regret not having pursued it back then.

C is for creativity. I consider myself to be quite a creative person, hence why I study Fashion Journalism. I love being surrounded by people who constantly inspire others and have interest in all different art areas.

D is for dancing - I've done classical ballet, jazz, contemporary and hip hop for about 15 years.

E is for empathy, one of the character traits I like most about myself and love to see in other people as well.

F is for fashion, one of my biggest passions. I love to see how people incorporate different pieces and/or trends to make them fit their personal style and to consider the whole train process behind a collection.

G is for Gossip Girl, my all-time favourite TV series. I'm sorry for being that basic but the fashion of the different characters was simply perfection, and so was the storyline.


H is for horror movies, the only movie genre I refuse to watch. I've tried to watch American Horror Story not too long ago and had the worst nightmares afterwards.

I is for Italy - I love the Italian culture and especially their food. My mum works with Italian clothes in her showroom which made me fall in love with their sense of fashion at a very young age.

J is for Jack Sparrow, my all-time favourite movie character. I've been obsessed with The Pirates of the Carribean ever since the first movie was released.

K is for kindness, one of the best attributes a person can have in my opinion.

L is for Luxembourg, the country I feel very lucky to have grown up in.

M is for the Maldives - I've always wanted to visit this little paradise on earth and am still persuaded that I'll see it at some point through my own eyes.

N is for Nicka, my 8-year-old Malteser lady that I miss like crazy every day since I've moved away.

O is for Odessa, the city I was born. The people, culture and ocean are incredible and definitely worth paying a visit.

P is for painting - I took painting classes when I was about 8 years old but realised after a few years that I should probably stick to what I know best and let more talented people express themselves through their drawings and paintings.


Q is for Quiberon - I've visited this little heaven in the Normandie, France, last summer and completely fell in love. Even though the weather is a bit stormy and the temperatures are not as high as you would expect them to be during summer, the landscapes and the food make it all up for me. I'm still planning on posting some throwback pictures of my stay there so stay tuned for that.

R is for Russian, my mother tongue.

S is for sunset - One of my favourite things to do (especially during the warmer months) is to just sit in the middle of nowhere, listen to good music and watch the sunset. Very cheesy, I know.

T is for travelling - As most other people too, I love to travel. There's nothing better than discovering new cultures or just enjoying some sunshine and the sound of the ocean's waves.

U is for university - I've started my first year at university in September and couldn't be any happier. My course is so interesting and I've met so many incredible people.

V is for Valeria, my name - Growing up, I've always found my name really strange and wished my parents would've picked a more "normal" name. In the meantime, I am at peace with it and even start to like the fact that it's not such a current name.

W is for writing. I feel like it's really one of the mediums I can work best with to express myself.


X is for XOXO, the most recent Netflix film I've watched. I have a little bit of an obsession with Netflix but am mainly watching series on there, but I'm currently getting more and more into films again.

Y is for YouTube - If I'm not binge-watching Netflix, chances are I'm on YouTube watching makeup tutorials, travel vlogs or hauls.

Z is for Zendaya - I'm usually not a huge fangirl, but I really love everything I've seen so far from Zendaya. She's not only incredibly beautiful and talented but also a great role model for so many.


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2018/03/17

BLACK BLAZER AND EMBELLISHED SNEAKERS


Before London was hit by a belated winter storm, there was actually a week of hope. Hope for spring, I mean. Running around in only a blazer, jeans and trainers? Count me in! Actually, that was exactly my look when I met Margaret from Cady Quotidienne a few weeks ago when she visited London once again. We met up for a hot coffee, a little chat and some cute pictures. She has posted about her outfit already here so make sure to check her post out as well.

We actually wanted to do some sort of day-to-night collaboration showing you how to style different pieces for the day as well as for the night. I decided to stick to a classic: the blazer.

I went for a long-lined, black example by Bourdelles des Gar├žons that I bought recently and have worn quite a few times since. The blazer has the perfect fit to go either with a pair of jeans (as I did for this look) or a little dress for the evening. I'll do a more styled-up version of the blazer some time, but for now, I decided to show you how to dress this little classic down to make it look day-appropriate, yet stylish.

I paired it with a simple black turtleneck that you've seen way too often by now but I feel like it gives every outfit a special something because of its nice flower cutouts in the decollete area. 

You've probably seen the jeans in my Freaky Shoes and Fury Coat outfit post already. Even though I'm usually not a light-washed jeans kinda girl, I have really fallen deep and hard for this pair of skinny jeans by Esprit. In general, I love Esprit's size range in jeans and the choice of styles. They are a bit more high priced than most of my simple jeans, but I feel like they are more than worth it. I've bought quite a few pairs by now and can only underline how nicely they wear in, how easy they are in terms of washing and keep, and how perfectly they sit and emphasise your body.

Enough about the jeans: let's move on to the shoes. I've got those bad boys from Spaziomoda I loved the idea of a simple, white sneaker with a bunch of embellishments on them. I feel like it makes them stand out more without being too overwhelming or over-the-top. To match the sneakers, I decided to go with my crossbody bag by Esprit and a light beige belt by Moschino Jeans

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2018/03/12

LONDON STROLLING III





New week, new post! This time around, I wanted to share some photos that I took during a little day trip through London some time ago. I've started this little series three weeks ago, and I hope you all like it so far - if you haven't seen the previous posts, make sure you check them out here and here!





Farm Girl - The first place on our list is for all the coffee and brunch lovers out there! Farm Girl is a really cute coffee place in Nottinghill that a friend of mine has shown me some time ago. The nearest tube station is Nottinghill Gate. From there on, it's only a short 5-minute walk. Cute location, great coffee and really nice food - what more could one ask for?





Nottinghill - And if you're already there, make sure to walk around Nottinghill for a bit. It's seriously one of the most beautiful areas in London with all its pretty, colourful houses and small, independent shops.


















Victoria and Albert Museum - Actually, this was the first time that I went in myself, and I totally understand now why people are always talking about it. No matter if you're into fashion, sculptures, paintings or architecture: there's plenty to look at here!
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