Sunshine, beach, a nice tan and the cutest outfits. Who else agrees that summer was too short?! My favorite season is officially over… THE season where everything is just a bit better and brighter. Let’s make the autumn bright as well! Here are 3 tips to keep up the happy summer vibes in autumn.
Have you ever found yourself in the position where you felt really down because someone said something mean? Have you ever been in a situation where your positivity was crushed into the ground by lack of motivation? Well, let me tell you one thing. I certainly have been in those situations. And I’m sure you have been as well. Sometimes It’s hard to stay positive whilst surrounded by negativity. So, I present you: 4 tips to deal with negative thoughts (and people).
It’s always exciting to move to a new city: there is so much still to explore! Till now I haven’t had that much time to explore yet because I’m working a lot and I’m still in my ‘moving process’. But from what I’ve seen till now: Amsterdam is a pretty cool place to live! Keep reading to hear about more my first month:)
I’ve been super happy all week already, do you want to know why? It’s MARCH! that means that it’s almost Spring! And let’s be honest, here in sunny Barcelona it’s definitely already feeling like it – Today I was even able to go outside with just a thin faux-leather jacket, can you believe it?!
Anyways, with the temperatures rising and the warm sunshine coming back, I was in the mood for a Spring outfit with warm colors. Bordeaux Red is still a super popular color for 2016, but I traded the knits for a pastel pink floral print. I love that the wide shirt is comfy casual but still feminine, and it fits perfectly with my beige 3/4 trousers! My full outfit is from the Spanish brand Cortefiel, a shop where you will find me regularly here in Barcelona, because they are awesome :)
Earlier that day I was really happy to be invited by the brand CND to get a manicure and a masterclass about nailcare. It was a blogger event to introduce their newest Spring/Summer colors for 2016, and it was so much fun! The ladies taking care of me were the sweetest and I had the hardest time picking a color since they were all so beautiful: in the end I went for a shimmery oldpink with a hot pink nailart detail on my ringfinger, what do you guys think?!
This was the first time I tried Shellac so I am really excited to see if it actually works – you know, that nailpolish that stays on for 2 full weeks and is very hard to remove. They even gave me a special product with instructions so I will be able to take it off in 2 weeks, along with lots of other care products and 2 colors from their collection, I’m the happiest girl in the world :)
Another thing that I wanted to share with you guys: as you might have read in my previous blog, I am currently dealing with a little burnout so my March is all about experimenting with getting better. So here is an update for you guys now: I noticed that sometimes I started reacting quite cynic & pessimistic to friends and people I work with, which makes me dissapointed in myself because thats NOT who I am at all. BUT now comes the good news! Since music has a huge influence on me, I decided to make a Spotify playlist called ‘Happy Therapy‘: filled with upbeat, badass, fun and happy music, to which I listen everytime I go to meet someone in order to brighten up my mood. Guess what? It works like a charm!
Since I started listening music before my meetings I’ve had so much fun and laughed more than I might have done in the past few weeks combined. So there you go! Maybe you would like to hear I am doing better and maybe it will work for you too!
Remember everyone: the seasons are changing, everything is getting warmer and brighning up. Let’s do the same! Show kindness, make someone’s day, appreciate what you have and don’t be too hard for yourself. Ups and downs are a part of life, just make sure that you always keep looking up :)
Lots of Love and see you soon <3
P.s. Thank you Luis Lau, for making these fun pictures with me! You’re the best
Hey there guys!
Christmas time is coming around again. The time of family, presents, happiness, love and sharing. I am one of the lucky girls who has a great family, amazing friends, and a lovely boyfriend, honestly I have nothing to complain about and I definitely realize that! However, I also do realize that there are many people and animals that are not as fortunate as I am… and as a true believer of Karma I want to share a bit of my own love and fortune with others in order to spread a little sparkle around the world. There are so many ways you can make a change, big or small! In this blogpost I am sharing some of my own ideas to make the world a bit brighter, take a look at it and maybe you will like some of them :)
1. Send your Christmas Cards with www.dierengroet.nl
(For the Dutchies) It’s about time to send those Christmas cards to your loved ones to wish them happy holidays! Personalize your very own Christmas card on www.dierengroet.nl and send them from your comfy couch: If you order them before 4PM the cards will be delivered the day after and the prizes start from €1,39. The money you spend on the cards is a 100% Gift to the Dierenbescherming (Animal Rights organization) so you will also help some cuties get through the cold winter nights! Win-win am I right?
2. Fashion for Charity
Okay guys… this is literally BRILLIANT! On the website www.fashionproject.com you can either donate your old clothes, OR shop vintage designs from other donators. The Fashion Project works together with several charities where the shop money will go to… everyone happy! Forbes Magazine did an interesting interview with the founders and their concept, worth a read as well!
3. Adopt a Cat (on Distance) from Rome
Everyone knows that person who loves animals but isn’t able to take care of one at the moment… myself included! Why don’t you adopt a cat on distance in their name as a Christmas present? Some years ago I was in Rome and visited Torre Argentina: the Roman Cat Sanctuary, they take great care of the cats and you can go there for hours to cuddle with as many cats as you like… such an amazing experience! Also a good reason to make a city trip to Rome to visit your cat… ;)
4. Give someone the World
Last year this was in fact my Saint Jordi present to my boyfriend (a Spanish tradition where the lady has to buy a book for her man, and gets a rose in return). Since he has more than enough books I decided to take a creative turn and buy him… an acre of the rainforest! That’s where all the paper comes from anyway right? The money is used to protect an actual specific spot in the rainforest and you receive an official “certificate of appreciation”, isn’t that lovely?!
5. Keep it Local
Great, you are helping the world around you, but you still see enough poverty around you… helping your locals is great to bring a smile on someone’s face! When I was on vacation in Greece I constantly carried around a little bag with dog treats to feed the hungry street dogs. If you are more the humanitarian type, get spontaneous one day and invite a homeless person for a lunch in the McDonalds (Note: not the scary type though, choose smart haha). Here in Barcelona there are many homeless people so I might actually try that one day… should definitely be interesting! It’s just something small, and I’m not sure if it actually helps at all, but I like to believe that it makes someone’s day and they will pass on the good karma as well.
So get out there you guys, spread your good karma and make someone smile for the holidays!
Lots and lots and LOTS of Love