Ahoy

Ahoy, still rooting for the Euromillions to pull through but apart from that all is well.. ‘ish.

Seen as the end of the year is in sight, maybe it’s time to recapitulate all the highlights of 2016!

  1. became a godmother again
  2. bought an apartment
  3. ……

Okay, maybe not the best idea (a small thank you to myself for this kind reminder), but all in all I cannot complain.

I started a new job in May, which has thus far been a MAJOR eye opener. All I can say is the world of loss adjusting, is a marriage between Narnia and Batman Returns.

Every day you have no idea what world you’ll be walking into, when you step inside ‘the wardrobe’, and if all ends well, you can return home with a small feeling of glee, that you have been of aid in solving whatever mystery you were sent to solve, and maybe a nice new coat (mothballs included). Other times, you wish you had your own Walter, who can quickly send you the Batmobile, and hook you up with a new suit so the punches aren’t as, shall we say “spicy’.

It is very much a man’s world out there, but I think I’m ballsy enough to not only take it, but to dish it out too if necessary. All in a mature, well-educated womanly way of course.. .

The apartment is bobbing along nicely. The only thorn in my eye is still my bathroom and finding a decent dining room table and chairs.
Who knew finding adequate, to your taste, to your height, table and bloody chairs could be so annoyingly difficult!

I’ve been to this one shop six times already, and every time the same poor sales lady finds me sitting at another one of their showroom tables, test driving these stupid things. Every single time she nods politely, asks me if I need any assistance, and calmly walks away. Yet last time, I swear I saw a slight pinch in her eyes. It wouldn’t surprise if she thinks I’m nicking stuff now.

So here’s a draft of my New Years resolutions:

  1. move into the apartment
  2. Summer Body 2017 (9th attempt)
  3. visit London for work, move up a notch
  4. to not fall into the temptation of adopting an animal
  5. enjoy a relaxing holiday (even if it is at the Belgian concrete ridden seaside)

In the wise words of Bruce Forsyth,

Nice to see you, to see you nice!

 

 

 

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“Today I will live in the moment, unless that moment is unpleasant, in which case I will eat a cookie.” – The Cookie Monster

I have a tendency to either turn to comfort food or online shopping when I feel emotional.

“Uugh, I don’t want to deal with this.. mmm a leo wafel with a hot chocolate.” “God I’m so tired, oooeh new collection on ASOS, let’s spend money I don’t have!” Sigh.. . Anyone else have these tendencies? I don’t think you can ever stop your reactions to your emotions, but maybe you can control your reactions a bit better and more thoughtfully.

So here’s my new plan of attack.

My new goal (next one to add to my endless list of goals, seen as, not one has been checked off yet), is to start reacting differently to emotional distress.

PLAN OF ACTION:

When feeling emotional and craving food; buy a melon or a pineapple! Yes, pineapple does make your tongue go numb and horrible, but it is a fat burner, so two birds one stone people! Extra added bonus, it takes forever to prepare a melon or pineapple so maybe in future I just won’t even bother!

When feeling “meh” and finding oneself going to your fave online shopping website: buy things you actually need! No you don’t need another face cream, or mask, or bracelet or waist trainer (secretly I do). Buy a new pant suit, a blouse, anything work related is a winner! “Did you buy stuff online again??? – Yes, but it’s for work!” .. Thank me later!

I must confess I just had two packs of prepared melon from the GB around the corner, after purchasing a waist trainer online.. Bear with me folks, baby steps!

R.

 

Pucker up

 

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper

Unlike other lip plumpers I have tried, this one doesn’t make you go in full on panic mode because it’s “slight stinging” sensation is more of a “omg i think my lips are on fire” feeling.

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer is easy to apply, looks natural on your lips and has a cooling effect. I haven’t been using it for very long but after 15 days of use it should leave your lips looking plump and healthy. I adore the texture and the cooling sensation. It also blends well on top or under other lipsticks if you want to add a pop of colour. It retails at 34.60€, not cheap, but in my opinion worth it.

Pucker up!

 

R. x

The Classics

 

Nike Classic Ultra

If there is one thing I am sure of, it is that one can never have too many shoes! With Spring feelings in mind I fell head over heels in the love with these Classic Ultra Nike’s. Perfectly combined with sweats, jeans or even chino’s. These babies will carry you a long way.

They cost 119€ and are available in many stores, I bought mine online at Asos. They fit true to size so remember to order them in your regular size.

Life is short my dears, buy the shoes!

R. X

 

H Y D R A T E

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Talk about a marriage made in heaven! Lemon and cucumber water, not only tasty but major health benefits!

Here’s a few to get you motivated:

  • clear skin
  • aids in digestion
  • promotes healing
  • alkalizes the body
  • anti inflammatory

When looking for a water bottle to fit your needs always check if the bottle is BPA free! It stands for bisphenol A and is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s. Some research has shown that BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with BPA. Exposure is a concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.

 

Enjoy your refreshing water!

R. x

Almost there

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Upon opening my bedroom window this morning, hearing the birds sing again, seeing buds on the trees and being greeted by clear blue skies, it is clear to me that spring is slowly starting to creep into my surroundings. We haven’t really had much of a winter here, a few visits from Jack Frost but no snowmen. Patience is a virtue, yet I am eagerly awaiting that moment when I step out the front door with just a t-shirt and shorts on and feel the heat of the sun on my skin.

With still a little while to go (slight wishful thinking here), these beautiful white flowers from the market are just a reminder of how flowers and a ray of sunshine can lift even the grimmest of times. Well those, and having the soundtrack cd of Amélie Poulin on repeat might have something to do with it.

Enjoy your Monday, after all it is a blessing not a curse!

R x

 

Shoot Aim Score

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New job, work chaos and no writing vibes what so ever have led to me not blogging for a good month.  After 8 hours a day at work, behind a pc, being submerged into the world of bedding, duvets and retail, I barely had the will to live let alone get back behind the pc to blog in the evening.

Not only have I resumed blogging but I have also resumed my fitness regime. I must admit that after 7 weeks of absence I had to work up the courage to return, but was pleasantly surprised when I managed to keep it up for 30 min on the crosstrainer.. yeey burned 200 cal.. which is like half a snickers or something.. (“mmm snickers” – Alicia Silverstone aka Cher, for those who know what movie I’m referring to, you are my kindred spirit). Still, every calorie counts and you have to start somewhere right!

Now we all know January means a) new year new me, b) SALEEEESSS c) extra money or gift vouchers to spend on SALEEEESSS! I am the type of person who prefers to go shopping alone. I cannot for the life of me slowly stroll through a store, enjoying the hustle and bustle of the sales, taking my time to casually check out the racks piece by piece.

No, I am strategic, I plan ahead, memorize in my head what I’m looking for, in which shops I can find them and where the shops are located. I can be in and out of a shopping centre or town in exactly 30-45 min tops, with hopefully, everything I was looking for. If I don’t do this I will always end up buying something from the new collection.

Sales are not for everyday items, you need to plan your expensive purchases for this time of year. Don’t go the first week of the sales because not all items will be displayed yet + if you are anything like me, you’d end up in jail for physical assault on whoever snatched an item away from under your nose, or got in the way of your strategically planned route.

I finally found the leather jacket I have been looking for, for a good year or so, on sale. I purchased it in Maje, a French brand store. With my xmas vouchers I got my perfume and lipgloss from Dior , my new Céline sunnies, and as always, new goodies from Nip + Fab!

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All in all not a bad haul!

R. x

 

Happy what?

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My sister invited me to a Christmas decoration/food frenzy evening. It dawned on me that once again it is upon us, the time of over exaggerated joy, gift buying, food babies, and unnecessary socializing. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas time, the hot chocolate in front of a crackling fire-place, watching movies you’ve seen a gazillion times before, reminiscing about Christmases passed.. . It’s just that I loathe New Year. I literally, absolutely, hate it with a passion.

The run up to Christmas is the most fun I have during this period of time. You get all excited, your inner child wakes up and you just embrace the whole thing. The smell of mandarins and snow in the air, the first walk you make in the park and you hear the snow crunch under your feet, putting up the Christmas tree whilst drinking a port and lemon and bingeing on pork pies, the fairy lights everywhere, delicious food all day ‘er day, a full-blown English breakfast on Christmas day, what’s not to like?

Here’s what’s not to like about X-mas:

  • people who start decorating the first of November
  • snow and ice equal traffic jams
  • good food all day ‘er day equals a sh*t load of gym sessions come January
  • gift buying equals practicing your “omg I love it face” even when you feel like crying upon opening your gifts
  • family get together’s, now if you’re in a relationship it’s the “meet the fam” situation that makes me nervous, when your single it’s the “and how are you? still alone?” crap you get asked.
  • fairy lights: now I do love these, when they are just normal standard fairy lights, not the ones that nearly give you an epileptic attack the moment you glance at them, what the hell is peaceful about that?

Then New Year comes along, where to start.. . First and foremost I am the kind of person who hates anything time related. This is the one event of the year where it seems that you are obliged to get dressed to the nines, go out and have an amazing time. Why bother though? Town will be packed, people will be drunk and irritable, your group will end up getting separated, the countdown will come and go as soon as you could possibly hope for, and then what’s left is to conquer the masses to retrieve your coat and an epic battle to get a cab home. The morning after you’re left to ponder what exactly you should aim for as a New Year’s resolution, only to remember you’ve never actually achieved any you’ve ever set for yourself.

Give me a delicious meal, good company, some board games or movies marathons and I will go into the New Year with a genuine smile on my face. As for resolutions, 2016 will be the year that I won’t make any. Maybe smile more, my “resting bitch face” is on point! Urban Dictionary moment: Resting Bitch Face “A phenomenon in which the resting face lacks animation and appears to look bitchy at all times, thus leading people to believe a person must be upset, a snob or a bitch. Comments people with resting bitchface are eternally plagued by: What’s wrong? Are you okay? Are you mad?/Sad/Depressed?”

Yes I do feel like the Grinch writing this post, but the older I get, the more I feel that every year we get further and further away of the actual meaning of Christmas. Isn’t it supposed to be about family getting together, peace on earth and singing “We are the world”? Maybe I’m wishful thinking, but now, when there’s so much sadness and anger in the world, isn’t this what mankind should aim for?

Ho ho R. x

 

Fix me up

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It’s beauty blog time! I was looking for some new products to test and stumbled upon NIP+FAB on Instagram. The name by itself is a perfect reason to try out these beauties, who doesn’t want to look fab?!

I asked NIP+FAB Australia which line I should test. They advised me to try out the Glycolic fix ranges and the Dragon’s Blood ranges. I quote “They’re super hydrating and help to awaken and plump the skin”. How could I resist. They are available via ASOS or via their website www.nipandfab.com. This is a UK based skin care brand.

Upon checking the website I decided to purchase the “Break Out kit”. It is made up out of the following products:

  • Deep Cleansing Fix – 300ml
  • Glycolic Fix Pads – 60 pads
  • Dragons Blood Fix Mask – 50ml
  • Glycolic Fix Serum – 30ml

I am madly in love with the Deep Cleanse Fix, when you open the lid, you are welcomed with a smell of eucalyptus. It looks like a thick cream and my first reaction was one of despair thinking it was a face cream instead of a facewash. You only need a tiny bit of this product to cleanse your whole face, if you take too much use it on your neck and chest. It literally does melt into your skin, and removes all your make up. You are left with clean skin that feels as if it can breathe but you haven’t dehydrated it.

The Glycolic Fix Serum not only smells lovely but I really like the texture. It’s a gel which melts into your skin but leaves a small layer. I use this during the night so I can let this layer slowly sink into my skin. It reduces the size of your pores (I used to be able to park a car in mine, figuratively speaking of course) and minimizes the appearance of fine lines.

The Dragon’s Blood Fix Mask is slightly similar to the Glycolic serum. The texture is also a hydrating gel, it plumps and brightens your skin. It leaves a protective layer to help protect your skin from environmental aggressors. (naughty wind, rain, hail, snow and of course sun).

Next up are the Glycolic Fix Pads. They remove whatever residue of make-up is left and exfoliate. Perfect as a make-up base or before applying your serum.

The Glycolic range exfoliates and cleanses the skin without drying it out. I have tried various products and some of them are too harsh, leaving me with dry skin that feels as if I’ve had a facelift (but in a bad way).

I have been using these beauties for a good 2 weeks now and I have noticed a big difference in the size of my pores, and the hydration of my skin. For these 4 products I paid 51.50€ including transport costs. The Deep Cleanse Fix goes a long way, including the face mask. The pads and serum will need to be ordered a bit sooner. All in all not a bad purchase. Happy skin and happy credit card, what more can a girl want?

R. x