31 January 2015

Blogger Lunch @ Turtle Bay

Last week Alice messaged me asking whether I wanted to have lunch with a few other bloggers at Turtle Bay, and obviously I was up for that.  Turtle Bay is a lovely restaurant/bar in Southampton with a Caribbean vibe and Caribbean inspired meals, I personally went for a chicken wrap which was delicious! I usually only go to Turtle Bay for cocktails, but today I spotted that they also offer a variety of smoothies, so I went for the Banana & Peanut Butter one. 

The last blogger meet up I went to was back in October so it was lovely to catch up & meet some new people. It's always lovely to meet people who you can talk about beauty and fashion with and it gave me a nice break from Uni work. We even got given a cute little goodie bag filled with Body Shop samples, some sweets and tea. 

Check out everyones blogs: Alice, Faye, Catherine, Brogan, Jessica, Amy, Samantha, Tanya, Jessica, Natasha 

I had such a lovely afternoon and am really looking forward to the next meet up! :) x

18 January 2015

My little energy box

As someone who absolutely adores surprises, a monthly subscription box is kind of an essential. Back in Austria I used to receive one every month and it always made me feel a little bit like Christmas. So when my roomie Estelle introduced me to My little box, I knew that it was made for me - cute illustrations, gorgeous pictures in a little magazine and a few adorable surprises. So after finding out more about the box and envying Estelle's goodies, I signed up. The box costs about £11 plus p&p which for what you get is a reasonable price. After you sign up, you can fill out a little questionnaire so that the content of the box suits your hair colour, skin type and interests.

Yesterday I received my first box which is called My little energy box which is (as the name suggests) fitness and health themed. It comes with a cute sports bag, a useful calendar with adorable illustrations,  a red nail polish by Nails Inc., a very lightweight day cream and a refreshing water for the face, that you can just spritz onto your face to freshen it up. This lightly scented water was my favourite out of the whole box, I have often heard people talk about a similar one by La Roche Posay, but never in my life would I spend £7 for a bottle of water.

I am very happy with this box, in fact it is my favourite out of all the ones I have ever received, the products seem so carefully chosen and I love the idea of themed boxes.

Have a good day xx

17 January 2015

Mon séjour à Paris

Bonjour! If you follow me on Instagram, you might already know that I have been to Paris recently. I have been to Paris before and due to the recent exceptional situation I honestly was not too excited to go back, but also didn't want to waste the money I spent on the trip. Luckily I have a friend who currently lives in Paris to reassure me that everything had calmed down and people aren't afraid to leave their houses anymore. 

Having arrived in Paris, you could definitely feel that something bad had happened a few days prior to our arrival; police officers and members of the army supervised all big public places and it felt like police sirens were the soundtrack of the city. However, while I was there nothing drastic happened. 

One of the things that shocked me the most about Paris were the horrendously high prices; on the first day I ate a baguette which cost me 10€ and wasn't even that exceptional, so the amount of money I spent on food (and involuntarily in the pharmacy) in these 4 days didn't allow me to go shopping at all (I only bought a mug, yay!)

Even though I did not buy anything which is really untypical for a shopaholic like me, I really enjoyed my stay, we went up to the Sacre Coeur in Montmatre and had a gorgeous view over the entire city, got a picture painted of ourselves and discovered cute little boutiques in le Marais. Plus I got to make use of my poor French skills! 

À bientôt! xx

9 January 2015

A day in the mountains

While I was in Austria there was literally nothing I kept asking for than going snowboarding for a day, but with the initial 16°C that welcomed me, this obviously was not going to be possible. So naturally, when it cooled down to -5°C a few days later I was over the moon about the fact that I can go into the mountains (or hills rather) for a day. I haven't been Snowboarding in years and I missed the painful feeling of going up a lift, the gorgeous view when you made it to the top of the mountain and the ridiculous amounts of snow in your jacket after taking a shortcut through the deep snow so bad! And although the place we went was not half as exciting as a proper skiing place with countless pistes and secret ways, I really enjoyed being there for a day :)

I know I often say that I really dislike Austria, but I must admit that I absolutely love the mountains and snow and I'm very happy that I grew up in a country where I had the possibility to see them every year and I hope that one day, after Uni I'll be able to go back to a proper skiing area for a week like I always used to :) Oh by the way, please excuse my ridiculous jacket, I bought that in like 2008 haha!

8 January 2015

In 2015 I would like to ...

Hi everyone!

Initially I was not going to do a '2015 goals' or 'what I want to achieve in 2015' post, because they sort of drown in the crowd, but after reading a couple of them myself & finding other peoples goals and plans very interesting and inspiring I sat down and took note of the things I would like to achieve. I have never really stuck to any New Years resolutions before, but maybe by telling you guys about them I will feel a bit more motivated to stick to them as I obviously want to report success and not failure in the end of the year :)

... get fitter
Yes, I am well aware that this one is part of almost everyones New Years resolutions list and it has been part of mine since 2011. From the age of 10 to 14 I attended a sports school and took horse riding lessons which meant that I did an average of 10 hours of sports every week and was a relatively fit person, but after changing school at 14, I slowly stopped doing sports until I didn't exercise anymore at all and this is definitely something I want to change. Just 5 minutes ago I was jumping and dancing around my Uni room, because I miss moving, especially dancing so so much.

... eat more consciously
Again, one that you probably have read about before. Since being at Uni I obviously have to cook for myself and although I pretty much never have any ready meals, I want to start eating more consciously which means no meals that purely consist of carbs at night (ironic because I just had Dominos) and grill food instead of frying it (I just got myself a grill pan, so that's already helpful!) I know that it won't always be possible to eat healthy at Uni as I don't have the time to cook great meals, but I want to stick to this resolution as much as I can.

... get an internship in PR
As I study Fashion with Public Relations, it is probably quite helpful to get some practical experience along the way, which is why I really want to find an internship for the summer. I am not sure whether I am going to find one in Southampton as I suppose that most agencies are based in London, but even if I have to go back to Vienna to work for a while, I happily would if it was to gain experience.

... be happier
I know this is easier said than done and sounds like an odd resolution, but I often catch myself thinking way to negative about everything and I want to change this attitude in 2015. I think I can consider myself quite lucky to be able to study in the country I have always wanted to live in, so I suppose life is not that bad after all :)

... improve my content
This goes for my blog especially, but also for my YouTube channel. Not in a million years I will consider myself a blogger or YouTuber, but I want to give my best to bring out the best content I possibly can, and although I know that because of Uni I probably will not be able to upload 3 times a week, the things that I will upload should be worth reading/watching. I absolutely love blogging and filming so I really want to do it on a more regular basis than I did in the first semester.

... learn to draw
I am aware that as I lack the necessary talent to be an artist, but all I want is be able to draw cute little things (Dachshunds to be specific). This resolution came to my mind when I thought about a new header for my blog but couldn't realise it because I didn't have the (very basic) artistic skills to do it. I have recently ordered a little book that teaches you how to draw cute looking little doodles which pretty much is all I want to achieve anyway.

I am going to write a physical version of this post (because printing is to mainstream) to keep these resolutions in my mind all the time. If you have any plans or wishes for 2015 you would like to share, please do so in the comments below! :) xx

4 January 2015

Dachshund, pancakes & some make up

Heeeey! Over the past week or so, the Internet has been filled up with What I got for Christmas posts & alhtough everyone is probably fed up with them already, I did want to share my presents with you too! My main present was the Paris trip I am going on in a week, but I still got a few little bits as well as gift cards & money. 

To get in the mood for Paris, I got a box of cute little Eiffel Tower sugars & a blueberry and white chocolate pancake mix which I can't wait to make! I'm not too sure what to use the sugars for as I never really add extra sugar anywhere, but they look pretty cute just standing in my room :) 

As I haven't really bought any make up in a very long time, I kind of wanted to spend money on some again, so I went and bought myself an Essie nail polish in the colour a list & a Bobbi Brown lipstick in the colour red carpet and I love how both names fit to each other, it's so satisfying! The lipstick is a matte one, that does dry out my lips, but I prefer this feeling to the feeling of smudging my lipstick and getting it on my teeth, also it makes it stay on way longer! The only downside for me is the shape, I prefer pointed lipsticks as I personally find them much easier to apply. 

Since I have been at Uni my diet has mostly consisted of pasta, chicken and Dominoes, so I was very happy about the illustrated cooking book I got! It's filled with many simple ideas for dishes and shows you all the basics; e.g. how to cut onions etc. I am also obsessed with the fact that it's illustrated, so I don't have to read big chunks of texts, which usually always put me off. 

Last but not least, my roomie Estelle surprised my with a cute little Dachshund eraser. I have been obsessed with Dachshunds ever since Fleur De Force got her puppy Piglet a while back and know I seriously cannot stop thinking about these cute little dogs and I can't wait until I get my own place and a job one day so I can afford to have my own. Anyway, I definitely won't be using this as an eraser, it's going to be my little Dachshund to look at until I can have one that's actually alive. 

If you have written a Christmas presents post, let me know in the comments as I love reading them & they're a great way to distract from my 1500 word essay that I could have written whilst doing this blog post! xxx