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Hello everyone,

How have you been? Since it’s National Stress Week, I thought it’s the right time to talk about stress and how to deal with it at work from my own rather short experience. It might be tempting to take things to heart in an office environment, but you have to remember that everyone deals with stress in a different way. Don’t take anything personally and focus on making your life easier first.

Hello there Autumn lovers or soon to be Autumn lovers after you read this post 😉

I’m feeling incredibly inspired by the weather, rain and the lit candles all around my house, as this year, I really went the extra mile with making everything look Autumnal. If you’re the type of person who loves decorating her home or like to admire decors in other people’s places, this post is definitely for you. By the end of it, I want you to walk away inspired to decorate your home and feel more positive about Autumn (and life in general). Let’s go through this little DYI that I have prepared for you, shall we?

There are so many ways in which you can embrace the season, but today I’m going to show you how to create this very beautiful and amazingly scented table decoration! Ah, it makes me so happy every time I look at it or walk past it. It’s the perfect way to embrace Autumn: looking at its colours right in your living room while reading a good book while wrapped in a cozy blanket.

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What you’ll need:

  • A plate or tray
  • A large candle jar
  • Some small candles
  • Dry oranges, small peppers and cinnamon sticks
  • Dry leafs (picked up from outside)
  • A small pumpkin

 

  1. Take your plate and set the dry oranges, peppers and cinnamon sticks. 

I’ve found this cute pack at a local farm in Surrey, but I’m sure that you can dry your own oranges and place some cinnamon sticks that you can find in your kitchen. Don’t worry about making it look perfect at this point.

2. Pick up some nice coloured leafs and place them on the plate above the dried oranges

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I picked this beautiful one up when I was coming back from town on no special occasion. Next time you’re out and about, remember to pick some nice leafs on your way back home. You can always find fun ways to display them in your home and for this decoration leafs are just perfect.

3. Add a large candle jar 

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If you’re feeling extra (as you should this season), go for a Halloween themed scented candle. It will make your table decoration even more Autumnal! I was so happy to find this Yankee Candle Limited Edition Witches’ Brew on Notino. It has a woody fragrance and make your living room smell like you’re about to create a spooky spell. Not to mention, the name got me hooked!

4. Place a small pumpkin on the plate for a really Autumnal vibe

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I picked this pretty baby while pumpkin picking in Surrey, but any pumpkin will do. You can find some at your local market or even pick your own (I can guarantee it’s so much fun).

5. Lastly, add some small candles 

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I’m in love with the Yankee candles the baby edition! I’m getting bored quite easily by candle scents, so lighting them in small amounts is what I prefer to do. They smell amazing, just like a chill day of Autumn. My absolute favourite is the Yankee Candle Autumn Glow which smells rather sweet. If you prefer a stronger scent, then the Yankee Candle Autumn Night is perfect for you. For my cinnamon fans, the Yankee Candle Cinnamon Stick is great for the end of month, when we’re starting to think about Christmas! These last for longer than you might think, however you need to be careful as they tend to melt and drip. Just use a special plate when you decide to light one to avoid creating a mess. Find your favourite Yankee Candles.

And you’re done! I hope you’re excited to have this beautiful table decoration around your house. Feel positive and embrace this wonderful season.

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Ah, I almost forgot. I’m such a skincare addict and in Autumn/Winter I tend to switch to hydrating and moisturising products. My hero product this month is the Vichy Minéral 89. The serum is absorbed quickly into my skin, without leaving it sticky. It feels really moisturising! I’ve always felt that a hydrating serum is such a must for the cold season. Plus, how can you resist this beautiful packaging?

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Let me know in the comments below, are you excited to try out the DYI?

This post is sponsored by Notino. As always, words and opinions are my own.

Lots of love,

Andrada

Happy Summer! How are you feeling about having the sun out everyday? For me that’s just perfect. It feels like I’ve been spending way too much time outside in the garden enjoying drinks and going through my favourite fashion magazines. I also LOVE having friends over and enjoying drinks that I’ve specifically prepared for us. If you’re after some amazing cocktail recipes that are easy to make and delicious, keep on reading because I’m sharing two summer cocktails that you have to try this summer!

Self care, wellbeing, mindfulness. They are words that I haven’t really used until recently. As you grow up you start to realise how important it is to look after yourself and spend some extra time for your wellbeing. I’m sharing with you 10 ways to practice self care even though you’re completely new to the subject and have little time to assign to it.

Start short sessions of meditation

If you haven’t practiced any type of meditation before, a great place to start would be an app or an audible playlist. There are apps out there that help you meditate; it’s such as having your own personal coach guiding you through meditation everyday. I started my meditation series with Simple Habit last summer by listening to a shooting voice teaching me all about breathing techniques, the power of our imagination to bring happy thoughts and becoming more positive, just before drifting off to sleep. I’m always looking forward to that moment of my day, either that’s 5 or 10 minutes I can dedicate to it. Have a look on app store / google play and pick one app that works for you – usually they’re free, but you can upgrade to unlock other meditation exercises if you’d like to. The fun part is that you can meditate on your commute, as soon as you wake up in the morning, on your work break or while in bed at night. Whenever works for you.

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Take moments for yourself

This might sound straightforward, but not a lot of us do this consciously. You might have a lot on your plate right now, from juggling work to doing your daily house keeping stuff, socialising with people, taking time to sort your other projects. These things take a lot of energy out of you, without you realising it. It’s not like going to the gym for 20 min and then feeling exhausted right away. No. A busy schedule will make you tired in the long run. Say you’ll feel it at the end of the week or month. When you realise you’re involved in too many things at once, create a schedule and allow yourself to take a breather. Right in the middle of my day I like to disconnect by going to the gym / for a run, by doing yoga or by just watching an inspiring video. It’s very important that you consciously realise that the moment is for yourself, for your own wellbeing.

Be grateful

I’ve learnt this during my meditation practices; being grateful that we’re alive and that we’ve had so many accomplishments this far is an amazing deed that we can do for ourselves. Be grateful and put things into perspective, you have a whole life in front of you to create even more great accomplishments & wonderful memories. It works like magic for me and I truly recommend you try it. You’ll notice positive thoughts running through your head at random times of the day.

Allow yourself to experience emotions

Either good or bad, emotions need to be let out. We all have rough days when we can’t feel as positive. Allow yourself to just be! Don’t feel pressured to feel something else than you’re experiencing. For as long as you need. Then, try to get back on your positive vibes. It’s important to acknowledge the feeling and then move on.

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Enjoy ever mouthful

Having time to fully enjoy your meal is vital. Take at least one meal a day where you sit down and eat your food without doing something else (eg. working). While we eat dinner, me and Andrei like to either chat or watch an entertaining video to disconnect a little bit before we go back to working on our projects. I recommend you do the same and have that as your daily objective. You’ll feel so much better at the end of the day.

Don’t judge yourself too harshly

We all have our own plans and objectives. Some of us even run our businesses while working full time and that means juggling a lot and accomplishing a lot on both plans. The mistake some of us do is judging ourselves on the daily instead of focusing on the yearly. What that means is that if one of your posts as a blogger didn’t do well today or if your sales are down today, that’s not a big deal at all. Look at it from a year’s perspective, did you grow your views / following or did you make more sales than last year? That’s your KPI and should feel proud. That’s something that I started doing recently and it definitely opens up a new perspective.

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Avoid running into stressful situations

Ahh, I used to be the queen of running into stressful situations in every circumstance because I wasn’t organised enough. Of course there are situations like that even today, but they occur less because I’m tired of not organising myself and forgetting small pieces of the puzzle. Say you need to go on a short trip, you might want to plan you outfits in advance, do your research on all the places you want to see (including the distance between them) and pack some extra helpful items such as an umbrella, plasters. You’ll save time deciding what to wear in the morning and those nice things you wanted to see might be on your way and run into them randomly during the day while you’re out and about! Same goes for going to work and planning your meals. Just give an extra 5 minutes of planning and you’ll be running into less stressful situations.

Relaxing bath

It’s a cliché, but taking a relaxing bath really has the power to make you feel more at ease. The sweet scent of your bubble foam or oils, the lukewarm water and the lit candles contribute to lifting your mood and inducing you into a state of relaxation. Even 20 min of soaking will make a difference. These are moments you can take for yourself and choose health over any work you might have due. Everything else can wait and it’s ok.

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Practice your hobby

We all have one! It can be painting (mine is), playing an instrument, reading or cycling. In today’s world where we’re pressured to do everything we need to do, there is literally little time left for practicing our hobbies. Although that is the case, we still need to find time for hobbies. That half an hour of cooking can easily be reduced to 15 minutes if you’re looking at the right recipe. Cut time on mundane activities and allow yourself more time for some fun stuff! It’s all going back to being organised.

Declutter & disconnect

Besides decluttering your home, it’s important for your mind to declutter your email box (yeah that one running out of space now) and your iPhone that is running out of space. I only keep my phone on silent mode because who needs to hear all those alerts? It’s a good idea yo disconnect from your phone or social media life when you get home from work and a little bit before bed. Choose meditation instead if scrolling on feeds.

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Self care is highly important and the more we focus on our mind, the better we perform in other areas of our lives: relationships with others, daily activities, planning your time. I hope you enjoyed this post and that will make you start practicing self-care from now on, or add a different activity to your current routine. Which one of these tips would be the easiest for you to take right now?

What I’m wearing

Besiva – Animal Print Top

Primark – High Waisted Shorts

Lots of love,

NotAGirlyGal

Hello everyone,

As you might have seen on my social media channels, it was my birthday yesterday. I’ve just turned 24 and I feel incredibly powerful. Yes, I feel powerful because my life experiences have made me feel confident. This article is about sharing what I’ve learnt in my life so far, aiming to ‘inspire’ (quotation marks there because I don’t really like that word) you to look at certain things from a different light.

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Always trust your instinct

It might be scary and even too much sometimes, but if your instinct is telling you something, just trust it. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t come up with a rational plan for your actions because don’t get me wrong, we’re rational beings as we are emotional, but use your instinct as a guide. Mine was never wrong, or better yet, mine always led me to beautiful destinations and I’m sure yours will too.

Don’t let anyone bring you down

Some people will always think they know better about everything. They don’t. No one knows what’s best for you better than yourself. If someone tries to bring you down and not giving you actual advice or ‘feedback’ (careful with this feedback though because it’s not well intended all the time), there’s no point to listen to their opinion. You know phrases like ‘I’m not sure if you should do that’ or ‘I think your priorities are not set straight’, I personally understand where they come from, but it’s important how the person communicates it to you. These two affirmations show lack of knowledge because no one can ever tell you which are your priorities. Don’t let other people bring you down with the way they speak to you even though it’s non-intentional. Use positive words and explain how that can affect your relationship. If they do want to bring you down, just distance yourself from that poisonous relationship. Easy!

Believe in your own power to succeed

Cliche or not, this is one of the best pieces of advice I could give you. I touched on the importance of believing in your own power to succeed in this article. If you haven’t read it yet, have a look at it for a more in-depth chat. What I would love for you to do right now is to picture where you want to get and believe with your whole heart that you have to get there. Guess what? You will! There were situations in my life when I had to believe in myself and my power to succeed and without that inner strength I’m not sure that I would have gotten to where I am today. Had to have a lot of strength when I moved on my own at 19 to study marketing in the UK, when I quit my job just to find another one two weeks later and to quit that new one after two weeks because it wasn’t a match! Be bold and don’t look back, as hard as it may be.

See the good in people first

It took me a while to be good at this to be honest. I used to be judging others and be more inclined to dislike new people rather than give them a fair chance. I haven’t analysed why but the point is that now I welcome people in my life and start seeing the good in them from the beginning! I encourage you to do the same because you never know who can become your absolute best friend.

Give your best to make your friends feel amazing

When you have friends over or when you meet up out give your best to make them feel great in your company. Leave your negative vibes aside and be the persons who says ‘you look so pretty today’! When they do stay over, make sure they feel at home. Look at all little details that can make their stay amazing: ear pods, night masks, chargers, welcome gifts, carefully prepare food. Give them a stay to remember. It will make you so happy to offer something from your heart and your relationship will only become better and better.

Give 100% in everything you do

Do things with passion and put your 100% in everything you do: projects, relationships, university work. Only this way, you can be the best version of yourself.

Be DEDICATED to achieving your goals

Sometimes we don’t feel like putting in the work or we often prefer to hang out than put in the effort. Goal achievement is a lot of work, a lot of ups & downs and most importantly is a lot of dedication. Don’t think that people who succeeded did so over night. You need to be dedicated, passionate and absolutely sure you’ll do your best.

Motivate yourself when you’re feeling down

I have some moments when I’m not as motivated, when I’d rather watch YouTube than work out for example. In those moments, I am motivating myself to get out and do it. Having that end goal in mind is so essential when it comes to motivation. Sometimes, I do feel down and I put myself in a better mood by lighting a candle or reading a few pages of a good book. I totally recommend finding your own motivation routine: podcasts, books, videos to keep yourself on the right track.

Get surrounded by people who aspire towards something great

You know how important it is to have people who are doing great around you? Energy is transferable and good energy is really contagious. It’s equally important that your friends not only do great, but aspire to do better all the time.

Don’t give up when things get though

EASY to say, right? Just practice your own motivation techniques and believe in yourself to have the power to continue when things get though. It’s the hard part of the process of evolution, but it’s paying off.

It’s ok to have ‘bad’ days

Yes, you can motivate yourself and yes it may not work one day and that’s ok. Accept yourself. Accept your moods.

Learn life admin things early (moving houses, paying bills, credit cards, buying cars)

Let me tell you, either you like it or not life admin things make you a responsible person. Read online about opening a credit card to improve your credit score, learn how to better pack and move houses, research buying your own car to be less dependent on public transportation. The sooner you learn all these things, the better for you!

Allow yourself a bit of time to learn something new often

One of my favourite things to do is to learn something new about history, interior design or different cultures. I often browse the Netflix section for documentary / lifestyle shows that not only entertain me, but teach me something new as well! It helps me stay updated and grow my general knowledge which is something I highly value in everyone.

Learn how to love

Learn how to love and do it selflessly.

Love your family, life partner and friends with all your heart

Love them with all your heart and offer them your time because it’s the most precious gift, after actual gifts.

Invest more money in travelling and cool experiences rather than shoes

Experience, travelling and embracing new cultures = that’s what life is about for me. Shoes and other goods are important too, but they come second 😉

Have relaxing moments with yourself

Run a bath, watch something relaxing, paint. Allow yourself to relax!

Find happiness in something good that you do

I recently discovered my passion for interior design. I design rooms on my Ipad or read about the subject online and it makes me so happy. I also love cooking healthy food and enjoy every mouthful!

Always aspire to grow on all plans

Grow and look at your performance 🙂

Enjoy every single moment of your life

This one speaks for itself!

Show your appreciation to others sooner rather than later

Show appreciation as soon as you feel it! Don’t hide your feelings.

Don’t judge and don’t moan & groan

Stop judging and instead of complaining about situations, find positive things to talk about. You can’t change the past, can you? You can only focus on what’s to come.

For fellow bloggers out there, do your thing & people will love you

Express yourself and don’t be afraid to share your thoughts with the world. Stop obessing about the numbers and just to you thing 🙂

Be your own kind of beautiful 

Be yourself and enjoy every moment of your life!

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Did you notice how in my baby pictures I was always ‘flying’? So funny, I can’t have a traditional picture because I was actually happy while ‘flying around’ haha! I really hope you enjoyed this post. See you soon ❤️

Lots of love,

Andrada

Hello there,

Spring is here, I’ve just moved houses and between packing and checking my emails, I could only use the essentials and soon I realised I don’t really need all the products or apps that I have in my phone. Curious to have a little nosey in my current monthly favourites? Let’s discover my ‘swear by’ products this month.

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Chanel Les Beiges Bronzing Blush

There’s nothing more flattering than a glowing but subtle contour – this beautiful bronzer is my go to now. It looks so expensive on; it’s one of the ‘what are you wearing on your cheeks?’ kind of vibe and I’m hooked! The bristle is so soft, it feels like a gentle stroke. Expect lots of selfies of me wearing it (not guilty) this Spring. And ah, I almost forgot about its amazing smell! Try the Chanel Les Beiges Bronzing Blush yourself and tag me on Instagram @notagirlygal. I love your updates!

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Enty App

The newest stylish app that Instagram bloggers are going mad for. Having stylists to comment on your outfit on the-go (Hello! How cool is that?), the app it’s basically a troll free community where everyone can post pictures to receive constructive advice. I find this idea amazing, because the internet nowadays is really spammy. Imaging a dreamy community of happy friends who are there to guide your fashion choices or help out with shopping. I’ve been using the app throughout April at random times of the day, and by that I mean checking it constantly for updates (guilty!) – I love seeing real outfits and the real photos of women who are happy to be guided and interact with one another. As I support women empowerment and stand for women feeling confident with their own style, I have became a brand ambassador for Enty and I’m now a stylist on the app.

Get the Enty App now because you could get my opinion on outfits, styles, fashion trends and everything in between directly from me, but also meet a super friendly community.

Lancôme x Proenza Schouler

Just add colour! This palette is absolutely stunning – a combination between orange / red and blue shades coming in different textures from creamy to extra matt. I’ve been loving the Lancôme x Proenza Schouler Chroma palette since March and been wearing it almost every day. I added a make-up base on my lids (breaking the rules here) every time and the colour lasted all day – and how often does that happen? I have combination to oily skin, so for me, finding a great make-up palette is not such an easy job. Imagine all the Springy looks you can create with one single palette and having it last all day – It’s definitely a winner for me. I’m surprised not so many people know about it and it’s not available everywhere online, but you can find it on Notino.

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Estée Lauder Double Wear

The foundation of foundations. If you heard magic stories about this foundation and its coverage, I can tell you, they are true. Not only does it cover all spots & blemishes, but it also lasts all day long. I initially thought that a foundation with such high coverage must be cakey, right? No way! I might have a a bit of glow around my nose after a full day, but it’s normal for oily skin. I’ve been wearing it since November I think and realised I can’t wear something else now. It might be on the pricy side, but it’s worth it, it’s your face & your health! If you haven’t already, order your Estée Lauder Double Wear now & get ready to meet professional make-up at home 🙂

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Dolce &Gabbana The One

Hands down, the perfume of the month! Image a seductive scent of lily, jasmine, roses, amber & musk that will accompany you through out the day and night. It’s perfect for Spring & Summer because it gives me more positive energy. My can do attitude? Definitely inspired by the uplifting D&G The One (it’s 40% off on Notino now).

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There we go my lovelies, these are my April 2019 favourites! Have a happy Easter Weekend and hope you’ll treat yourself or your loved ones to some of the goodies I love at the moment, this Easter. Now, I’m curious – what’s one beauty product & app you can’t live without? Let me know in the comment section below! 🙂

Lots of love,

NotAGirlyGal

Confidence wasn’t something that I was born with; not at all. I think that during secondary school bullying definitely affected how I felt about myself. It wasn’t just bullying that made me feel unconfident though; it also had to do with the fact that I was different and not really fitting in from my point of view. Luckily for me (and you today), I realised something that made me 100% more confident than I was. Keep on reading to find out what it was!

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My life growing up was really fun I would say, but during a year or two in secondary school I was struggling a little bit with my mental health, especially the way I was seeing myself. I am sure that a majority of you have dealt with bullying or bad jokes in school. Looking back now, it’s not a big deal, but for a kid it’s a HUGE deal because at that age we don’t know who we are and what is our potential. We won’t even listen to our family’s kind words, all we seek is the bully’s approval. However, it stopped at some point and I was able to feel happy that finally I can enjoy my life which was really beautiful anyways! I started analysing myself even more and basically, I was feeling doubtful in myself because actually I was NOT fitting in. I was different. I had a different fashion style. I was an extrovert. I had opinions. I enjoyed different things. And that, affected me a lot. It was like, everything that I was doing had more consequences for me than for everybody else. Was I skipping school because I had a real reason? Andrada is in trouble now. Was I talking to someone during a class? Andrada got kicked out for 20 minutes.  Everyone else could go unnoticed, but not myself. WHY?

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Being always present and having a good relationship with lecturers meant that my actions were supervised really closely. Was that a bad thing? Absolutely not. They cared. I realised that being different is not a bad thing. Some people liked me, some didn’t. At least I was authentic and people who wanted me to succeed were supporting me, including the lecturers. Funny, but I only realised this in my last year of high school when actually lecturers were listening to my opinion and appreciating me for who I am & how hard I study. Take it like this, you need to get to know yourself, what you’re capable of and let others know it as well. If you don’t trust yourself, no one will. I finally learnt that gaining attention wasn’t a bad thing and realised I need to turn that in my favour. I gained a certain influence in class too. That massively helped me.

Your turn now!

Be authentic

It’s being written everywhere and you’re probably BORED out of your mind. Trust me, being authentic is really important in a world where people can be really fake and sometimes not because they want to, but because they’re afraid to be themselves. Be who you are because by knowing who you are, you nail down your strengths and start to grow your confidence. Starting point: write down 10 things you really like about yourself and celebrate your own self! It’s such a confidence booster!

Believe in your power to be successful

If you believe in your power to succeed and actually achieve all your plans, your mind will send great signals to the universe and you’ll be one step closer to the end goal. Not only that, but your confidence levels will go to the roof. You’ll start talking with such passion about your projects and start to believe in yourself more and more!

Enjoy the attention!

With such confidence levels, expect people to be curious. They will start asking you all sort of questions from good intentions ones to some uncomfortable ones just because they can. Learn how to respond to each type of question and enjoy people’s attention. Again, people will be curious, but you shouldn’t let their opinion influence the way you think about your projects or even about yourself. Don’t listen to nasty comments and be happy for people who support you. You’ll be so much more confident!

Influence others with your confidence…

Turn their attention in the direction you decide. Confident people inspire other people and influence them in different ways. Have you noticed how someone who just started a business has a vast knowledge in the subject? They can easily use that to influence others in many areas and gain their respect. Always speak about your projects or plans with great knowledge (don’t boast) and let your actions speak louder than your words. People will see you’re smart and really driven. They will respect and value your opinion. Obviously, your end goal is not to prove everyone your potential, but this will inevitably happen sooner or later.

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There you have it, how I gained 100% more confidence while growing up! I’m sure my tips will help you feel more confident and get you ready to celebrate your own beautiful self. I would love to know, what’s the one part in this article that you identify yourself with?

Until next time,

Andrada