CLASSIC BLACK & RED

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ASOS dress - Mango bag - Whistles earrings - Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses - ASOS heels 

Hey you! Now that I am home from Barcelona I've been sorting out all my pictures and finally I can share my first Barcelona outfit on the blog! This is what I wore on our first day there, which was actually Easter Friday. We went to a vegetarian restaurant called L'Hortet, which we stumbled upon quite unexpectedly on the way to the car. Their menu was like 50% vegan so it was ideal for my family. I genuinely had some of the best food ever there, I absolutely loved it! 

As the weather was relatively warm, I chose to wear my new midi skater dress (currently on sale!), which I think is quite a classic piece that I'll be able to dress up and down no matter the weather. The longer sleeves kept me warm, while my legs were happy when I secretly wore a pair of cotton shorts underneath for extra warmth (I could literally never leave the house without wearing some extra piece of clothing under a flowy skirt/dress). 

My new silver heels also had their first outing, which was definitely a long time coming... I first saw them in like January, but somehow only waited until March to finally buy them. They are currently low in stock, but I noticed that they keep being restocked all the time. I absolutely love the idea of low block heels - they add something special to any look and are comfortable enough to walk in all day! I'm currently also lusting over this pink pair, as well as this embellished style

Tomorrow I'm finally flying back to the UK, and it's back to work on Tuesday already. I genuinely have no idea how to get up at 7:30AM anymore, so that will be interesting... The good news is that the weather will be really nice, which makes the morning walks quite pleasant. I don't know my schedule yet, but I'm crossing my fingers for at least one day off during the weekend! ♥

MY FAVOURITE ASOS SALE PICKS UNDER £25



It's no secret that I'm a massive fan of ASOS, and check their New In sections daily. For me the website is a winner, because they stock an extensive selection of brands that I would normally shop at anyway, and I can get student discounts on things I wouldn't otherwise be able to (eg. River Island and Mango don't normally do student discounts in their standalone stores). I also love their free returns policy, which makes shopping very fuss free for me! Since I browse ASOS so often, I decided to create this rather long post on my favourite sale picks that are all under £25. I already own the floral dress above and also the floral peplum skirt, but the rest of the things are definitely on my wishlist! I've narrowed everything down into categories with page and product links, and also made sure to choose products that still have plenty of sizes left (believe me, things kept going "out of stock" while I was creating this post - it's crazy). So if you want to see my favourite bargains, click below!

THE NAVY TRENCH COAT

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This spring it's all about lightweight coats for me... My new navy Zara trench coat ticks all the right boxes and the fabric doesn't even crease! I get really put off by garments that crease easily, it's just way too much maintenance really. The above look is what I wore on my first day in Luxembourg when I had to run some errands, so it ended up being this really casual outfit. I think a trench coat with a belted waist line really adds some extra oomph to an otherwise very simple look. I'm usually very apprehensive when it comes to scarves and generally just being warm when the temperatures are cold, so it took a lot of guts to finally switch from my thick winter scarf to this printed silky scarf from The Kooples (which was a great sale find!)

Today is our last day in Barcelona and also my mum's birthday! We will do some more shopping and also go to the Park Güell by Gaudi. Food wise, I must say we have been to some great vegan places here! Since my whole family eat kind of *special*, we really appreciated getting some awesome vegan dishes. Also the shopping has been good - everything I bought in Zara was like 10EUR cheaper than back in Luxembourg. I also got some things in Oysho (fell in love with this brand after seeing it on ASOS!) and of course some comfy bits from Brandy Melville. More on that later! ♥

SPRING IS IN THE AIR!

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H&M Mac (similar here &here) - Mango slip ons - Dolce & Gabbana shades - Mango bag - Biba topWhistles earrings 

There's something about spring that makes me very happy. I wake up with the sun shining in my room almost daily, my walks home become longer as I'm in no rush to get indoors, and the clothes are more lightweight. During winter I was hiding in my all black looks and layers of scarves, but now I find myself wearing more colour and different styles. 

I've been really busy with work, but I'm finally on vacation back home in Luxembourg, so blogging is a little easier now! Actually, life at large is a lot easier, haha. I have already met some friends, gone out for drinks, and got myself into a food coma at Independent Cafe (thanks to Anna's Luxembourg city café guide). Me and my family are also going to Barcelona next week, so I'm really looking forward to shooting some lifestyle and outfit posts there too. The weather will be just under 20 degrees Celsius, and I've got a lot of summery looks in mind. 

Oh, and in case you are short on TV series to watch, as always I have a couple of suggestions! These are the ones I'm watching lately - The Last Man on Earth, Scandal, Lost, Silicon Valley (soon coming back!). Also if you're looking for something funny, I swear that Parks and Recreation will be the best thing you've ever watched! TTYL ♥

SPA DAY AT RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN, GUILDFORD HOTEL

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to explore the spa at the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Guildford Hotel. I instantly thought of bringing Kaori along as we both just love discovering amazing local places in our city! We both picked the package that offered a 60 minute treatment and afternoon tea - our chosen treatment was of course a full body massage. I was really excited and had definitely built up anticipation over the previous week!

To begin the day, we spent some time in the spa pool...not literally in the pool though, because we were way too busy taking pictures (#bloggerlife). I'm sure the people monitoring the security cameras had a great laugh! The room was filled with refreshments, and you could also reach the sauna rooms from this area. Soon after that, the staff came to collect us for our massage treatments. In case you're wondering, I wore a Pistol Panties swimsuit that I snapped in the sales :)

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We were both brought to our treatment rooms, which had a dark, yet relaxing interior. As you can see below, the entire sink area was covered with a variety of oils and creams that would cater to different kinds of massage treatments. The masseuse asked me plenty of questions prior to the treatment, as well as carefully looking through the questionnaires that we had completed upon arrival. I let her know of my scoliosis and also told her that my shoulders and upper back were my "problem areas" that day. 

The massage was incredibly relaxing and because it was 60 minutes long, and to my delight, it felt like it went on forever, haha. I left the room literally feeling like a new person and my back felt amazing. If only I could have massage treatments every day, right?! 

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The entire hotel and spa had really nice interior, so, while getting ready, I couldn't resist shooting a bathroom photo too...

Radisson Blu Edwardian Guildford Hotel Spa Review

After the extremely relaxing spa break we headed to the Steak & Lobster restaurant for afternoon tea. I have been increasingly opting for vegan alternatives lately and Kaori doesn't use any dairy in her diet, so we made sure to let them know in advance. As we were told that they would cater to our needs, I was really excited to see what they will offer us. 

When we got there, we were immediately greeted by our waiter, who offered us tea (I chose strawberry and mango, yum) while we waited for our food. When the food arrived, unfortunately, the waiter seemed somewhat confused about our requirements and what they meant, which left me and Kaori confused on what we can actually eat from our tea tower. The chef did eventually apologise for their mistake, and our waiter was also incredibly apologetic about the whole situation. While for us our dietary requirements were (mostly) out of choice, there are people who could have severe health issues if they ate the wrong thing without knowing, so I do hope they will learn from this. The food was really nice, however I felt that they could have given us more options. 

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Guildford Hotel Afternoon Tea

The spa day sadly came to an end after we finished our afternoon tea. I felt very relaxed and despite the mishaps at the restaurant, the food was good and I left with a full stomach (which means a very happy me!) If you are from the Guildford area, I definitely recommend a spa day at the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Guildford Hotel! Personally a spa day is a bit tight for my budget, however I am really interested in their current offer of £45 for a package of Shellac manicure and a Fake Bake spray tan, not bad right?! 

Thank you Ellie and Edelman UK for organising this experience for us! ♥

FEBRUARY BIRCHBOX REVIEW

February Birchbox 2015

Hey guys! Today I wanted to talk about my favorite monthly mailbox surprise, which is Birchbox! Probably around a year ago, they sent me a box to review on my blog and I loved the products and the whole concept so much that I ended up subscribing to it for myself. I've been receiving these boxes ever since, however I did cancel the service during summer, while I was not in the UK. The deliveries are international, but I find it easier just to pause it, rather than change the address etc.

The box costs £10/month, with a £2.95 shipping charge in the UK, which isn't that much considering it is only a monthly payment (they do offer better deals if you sign up for 6 or 12 months, though). Before I started eating vegan food, that's how much I would spend in 2 days at Pret A Manger on my lunch breaks, haha. Each month you get 5-6 samples, one of them being a fully sized product (so you get a lot more than you pay for). This month for Valentines day they actually surprised us with 2 fully sized products - The London Butterflies Body Soufflé costs £37, whereas the Wild About Beauty Golden Skin Glow is £21. Not bad for a £10 box, right? For each box you receive, you gain 12 points and once you have received your box, you have a chance to complete product feedback surveys, which will give you even more points (for example this month I got 35 extra points just from this). I love this points system, because once you accumulate 100 points (£10 worth), you get to spend them on their webshop, which I have already done several times. If you subscribe to Birchbox via this link, you will automatically get additional 50 points, by the way!

February Birchbox review

What I got this month: The Chia Co. Oats + Chia in Mixed Berry flavour, theBalm cosmetics Stainiac in the shade Beauty Queen, Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo, London Butterflies Body Butter Soufflé (in British Tundra Berries & Meadowsweet), Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, and finally Wild About Beauty Golden Skin Glow

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A fun surprise is that next month we can choose our own Benefit product from a choice of 3 mascaras (BADgal Lash Mascara, They're Real! mascara and Roller Lash Mascara). I opted for the Roller Lash Mascara as that is their newest product and I'm eager to try it!

The Chia Co Birchbox

Oddly enough, one of my fave products in this months box was not a beauty item, but rather The Chia Co mixed berry sample! I had this for breakfast the next day (simply pour it in a bowl, add hot water) and it was absolutely delicious. It's always a delight to find something that will speed up the cooking process (especially in the morning before work) and is vegan too!!!

Birchbox review

Overall, I absolutely loved this months box. The sample sizes were really good and the products were matched to my taste (you have to complete a beauty profile when you sign up). I'm still testing all the products, but so far I absolutely love them! I was also really happy to be surprised by getting two fully sized products this month because of Valentine's day!

♥♥♥

SUPERGA STORE IN GUILDFORD

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Last week Surgery PR Group invited me to pop along to the brand new Superga store in my town, Guildford. Upon receiving the e-mail, I started to wonder when did I actually first hear about Superga? I have definitely known of the Italian brand for a long time, even before Superga x The Blonde Salad, but never actually owned a pair myself. They also recently launched a collab with Suki Waterhouse, check it out here. The store is located in the middle of Market street (the street between Office and Kiehls if you're heading in from the High street) - with all the colors in the store design, it is hard to miss! 

I was kindly gifted a voucher to pick up some styles for myself, and I was fully intent on taking home one white classic pair and another "fun" pair. Once I actually got to the store, my eyes were drawn to their summery styles and I ended up taking the Lilla and Dusty Rose pairs home with me. I absolutely can't wait to wear them once it gets a little bit warmer (I definitely don't want to risk spoiling them in the mud and rain right now, haha)! Other than these, I also really liked the silver metallic ones, which you can see in the pictures below. The staff were very kind and helped me with the sizing (apparently, if I'm size 39 then I should go for a UK5.5 rather than a UK6). As you can see, I couldn't resist snapping a photo of the baby Superga shoes (above), because I'm a sucker for everything baby-sized.

Big thanks to Surgery PR for inviting me over and I am absolutely in love with my two pastel pairs! ♥ 

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