Saturday, August 20, 2016

Under the Apple Tree

When I saw this Brandy Melville top, it was love at first sight. Like most Brandy stuff, it is extremely lightweight, which to me seemed like a great solution in dealing with the spasmic summer heatwaves we get between the occasional autumn weather here in Latvia. In order to be more minimalistic with my wardrobe purchases, I've reduced my clothes shopping by a significant amount. It may also have something to do with being unemployed during the summer between graduating and starting my job, but the situation certainly helped the cravings. Having said that, Brandy Melville is a store I struggle to leave without making a purchase, because everything is just so darn comfy, right?! 

In other news, I've secured a job in central London and thus will be moving there end of this month! Well, that's actually in 5 days. I'll be staying at my friends place until I find a suitable place to rent a room, so I've been busy searching the web lately. My main goal is to avoid the tube at all costs as it will mostly be a desk job, so I'm trying to find something that is walking distance to work (about 20-25 minutes). When I worked at House of Fraser, I equally loved and hated the morning/evening daily walk to and fro, and I'm longing for that feeling again. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Summer Wishlist

Man, I don't even remember the last time I posted a wishlist. The thing is that I simply haven't been shopping as much lately, and out of sight = out of mind, and all. However, that doesn't mean I haven't been building up a mental wishlist in my head. With the summer sales bombarding you everywhere you turn, it is easy to get discouraged at even entering a store. Hence my love for online shopping, where I can filter and click "next page" without going nearly as insane as I would in a physical store. I definitely often spend more time filtering my search preferences, than actually looking at the items on the page. I love the sense of control and organization online shopping enables us. Now a little bit on my wishlist...

I'm kind of obsessed with summer dresses lately, so I organized my wishlist as two outfits featuring these crochet/lace detailed dresses. The black dress is something I would definitely wear day to night, and I love its high collar and structured sleeves. It also kind of reminds me of the current trend of wearing a slip dress over a t-shirt. The white crochet dress, however, is one of those staple summer items in any wardrobe. I genuinely think anyone looks like an instant summer goddess in a white crochet dress, am I right?! Although both dresses are quite simple, with the right accessories they can definitely evolve into killer outfits. Speaking of the accessories, the grey shoulder bag from outfit 2 is one I've been opening and closing in my online tabs for weeks. You'd think that at 25EUR it's very affordable, but I'm currently in that weird just-graduated-but-havent-started-work-yet phase (I have got a job secured though, wohooo), so I can't justify it just yet. And those red/gold sunglasses? GIIIRL. I can't wait for my first payday already. 

Which outfit do you prefer? 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Pochette de Janette

Pochette de Janette Luxembourg fashion & beauty & lifestyle blogger
If there's one thing I can't resist, it's a good beauty box...i mean, pouch. Luxembourg women's magazine Janette recently surprised me with one of their summer packages, and after 3-4 weeks of trial I'm ready to deliver the verdict. 

Pochette de Janette for me is always full of new discoveries. Last time, for example, I fell in love with the shampoo bar and the face mist (which I still use!). This time the parcel contained: Sachajuan hair conditioner, Oceopin maritime pine seed exfoliant (la poudre de graines de pin maritime), Monoprix bio almond oil for face, body and hair, Le Sourcil waterproof eyebrow pencil and Jeanne Lanvin perfume

Overall, the exfoliating powder (pictured last) is my favorite item. The way it works is that you put your existing shower gel in your hand and then tip in some of this powder to exfoliate. I'm not usually a sucker for "innovative" products that require various steps, but I thought this is a great idea, because there is so much greatness in such a tiny bottle. May I add, it was full to the top, which was a pleasant surprise (something that potato crisp companies could learn from...)

The other product I really loved was the Sachajuan hair conditioner. It's a swedish beauty brand, and if you look at their instagram, you will probably want to buy everything. Them swedes and their awesome aesthetics, right?! I've recently actually made a complete flip-over in my haircare routine, and this conditioner came at the right time. The majority of my adult and teenage life I've been shampooing my hair first, and then putting hair conditioner into the tips after. About a month ago I swapped the order of these steps, so now I start off by putting hair conditioner into the entirety of my hair, and let it sit while I do other stuff like exfoliate etc. After about 2-5 minutes I wash it out and shampoo my hair. My hair already feels stronger and less greasy! 

If you live in Luxembourg, France, Belgium or Germany, you too can get your own Pochette de Janette, just click away and find what works best for you. Later! 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Throwback to Spring

Zara shirt (similar here & here) - Topshop jeans, Topshop hat, Topshop Boots

Although cherry blossom season is over, it is safe to say it's my favorite time of the year for shooting photos. Everything just looks like something out of a fairy tale (with the help of a few good filters, of course). Me and Carmen shot this look on the day of David and Linda's workshop, which was all about how to brand your blog. I definitely want to attend more talks and workshops, as you can really gain great value from industry insiders. 

As it was quite a relaxing occasion at Ready?! (awesome cafe just 10 min walk from Luxembourg town centre), I chose a really casual look, which I attempted to spice up with some of my fave accessories. This Topshop hat and pair of boots were both purchased on Depop, which I think is a great way to shop in a more environmentally responsible manner. I genuinely feel like a good summer hat can make any outfit complete, so it's definitely a must have accessory. Now that it's finally warm outside, I am hoping to find a large straw hat for the beach and sunny days (I blame you, Kendall). 

Onto some personal news, I've finally graduated woohooo!!! I can't explain how crazy/busy these past few weeks/months have been, but finally this chapter is wrapped up and I'm eager to see what's next... Talk to you later!