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A healthy breakfast can positively impact your entire day. If you start your mornings with the right nutrients, you’ll be absolutely amazed by how much energy you’ll enjoy through the day. A healthy breakfast will enlighten your mood, give you an energy boost and might help you become even more productive. Autumn is just around the corner and it’s time to get back to office (or not yet for some countries). So, start your Autumn with great energy from these five healthy breakfast ideas. You’ll honestly get hooked (they’re delish) 😋

1. Strawberry Oatmeal Bowl

You’ve came across this type of breakfast on Instagram, right? If you were wondering if you can do it yourself, trust me, you can. Actually, all you need for the perfect Oatmeal Bowl is: oats and your favourite toppings. For instance, you can choose yogurt or coconut milk (I love to use the latter), different fruits (fresh or dried), nuts (especially almonds) or peanut butter. It’s literally up to you! Just ensure you keep the balance right between the nuts and fruits – nuts have loads of calories and fruits have loads of sugar.

Oatmeal Bowls used to be my go to when I’d have to be in the office by 9am in London. I tend to go for them now too, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably watched my morning stories and know what I’m talking about.

2. Breakfast Tacos, anyone?

Have you ever tried tacos for breakfast? 😉 This is the type of dish that requires you to prepare it in the evening and store it in the fridge until the next morning. It takes a little bit of organisational skill on your side, but it’s a delicious healthy breakfast option. The filling is quite simple to make actually: steam some veggies, cook the meat in a separate pan and bring them together.

If you’re feeling like you need an extra kick, spend an extra 15 minutes and prepare a nice dip – avocado, cheese, salsa or cilantro go quite well with tacos. It’s an even healthier alternative than oats because you’ll get the right nutrients when you start your day and you won’t feel the need to snack in between meals.

3. Bruschetta

Bruschetta is easy and quite fast to make. First, you’ll have to toast a few slices of grain bread. Then, you can start playing with your favourite toppings. You can start with fresh cream cheese, then you can add raw veggies all over. I like to mix green salad, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, avocado and sweet paprika. My favourite one is Mozzarella & Cherry Tomatoes and basil on top. Yummy!

4. Avocado Toast & Eggs

Avo Toast & Eggs is so delicious! You can quickly prepare this in the morning by toasting a slice of grain bread and poaching two eggs. Then, you have to slice your avocado and start putting the dish together. I like to eat this in the morning because beside the proteins they have, eggs are a good source of nutrients such as vitamin D.

5. Blueberry Smoothie

Smoothies are a great source of vitamins and a great option for breakfast. They’ll energise you in seconds. And this recipe is incredibly easy. All you have to do is blend 250g of blueberries, a teaspoon of peanut butter, soy milk and honey all together. It’s super fast and you can even take it on your commute. Add a rice cake to it as well for a small source of carbs, so you won’t feel super hungry after an hour.

All things considered, it’s amazing to start your day with a healthy breakfast. It will set the tone for the day. Slide in my Instagram DM’s (@notagirlygal) and let me know which is your favourite healthy breakfast recipe and why? Can’t wait to hear all of your answers 🙂

Until next time,

Miss Andrada

XOXO

Here I am, sharing my story on “how to be your own boss ”. Everything really started in high school when I first realised I hated being bossed around. I loved playing by my very own rules. I’ve always been allowed to think for myself and to set my very own boundaries. With my head on my shoulders, I knew how to tell apart what is wrong and right from a young age. I believed I knew better what’s right for me, however I always loved to learn from other people’s experiences and to gain knowledge.

Being able to discuss and to understand everything that was happening around me was one of my number one priorities. You know what they say – “ Knowledge is power “.

Anyways, let’s continue with this story because I hope it will inspire some of you too.

Uni Andrada ?!

If you don’t build your own dreams someone will hire you to build theirs.

Tony Gaskins

Years passed and I went to uni. I absolutely loved being independent. Even if the first year was pretty hard considering I moved from my own country to the UK, I tried to stay optimistic. I realised I wanted to do something big with my life. Here comes the learning part. I’ve been studying so much in high school and I was very disciplined. I remember just before my Baccalaureate exam that everyone would go out and have fun, but there I was: at home with my books. I felt like an absolute joke whilst others were living their lives. But let me tell you know: that taught me discipline and respect for myself (and for my future).

In uni, I really took every opportunity that was given to me. Many doors opened and I met lots of amazing people. I like to believe that I learned so much from their experiences. Considering I was very sociable, I always loved to interact and to learn more.

I had a few jobs during uni and I literally worked just to gain real world experience in marketing. I wanted to achieve something great and to do my very best. After all, working hard & smart is so important in order to be your own boss.

After uni?

Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.

Tim Ferriss

Here comes the more challenging part. I knew that when uni was about to finish that my life will become a little bit harder. I had a job and I was literally so focused on it. I was friends with mostly all of my colleagues and I was giving everything to THE job. You know, I believe that when you engage in something, it’s so important to do your best. I am a hard working person and I never waited for things to come to me by themselves.

Even if my office was a bit far from my flat (about 1h commute), I enjoyed going to work and living my young adult life. It was so new and pleasing for me – getting of at Holborn on a busy Monday morning had its charm.

However, even if I absolutely loved what I did and I made great memories working in agencies and corporations, I realised I just wanted more.

A little bit more

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I wanted to make my own rules, set my own limits and to go bigger. After all, I’ve always been a dreamer. That’s when I realised the whole “ be your own boss “ concept. I wanted to work from anywhere. I wanted to travel the world and to make work much more enjoyable. It just seemed IMPOSSIBLE at that time. I was working pay check to pay check, how can I go out?

Therefore, I started focusing on my personal career. And trust me, it was the right thing to do.

Yes, it was exhausting at first. Yes, you also have lots of challenges on the way. Yes, you never really know if you are going to succeed or not. However, perseverance is the most important trait you’ll need.

Just do it

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

Mark Twain

Well, this is the most important point I wanted to discuss with you today. Even if everyone tells you it’s hard and that you won’t succeed, just do it. If you needed a little motivation, you are in the right place.

Trust me, if you surround yourself with people who believe in you and if YOU believe in yourself you are invincible. Quit your job at the right time (and when you have a bit of proof that your idea will work) and be your own boss. Put in action that idea of yours and just go for it.

Being able to decide for yourself and to create the lifestyle you’ve always wanted in your work place is amazing. You only have one life and you’ll need to work some good parts of it. Why not make it amazing?

I’ve heard lots of times that I’m a “workaholic”. No, I’m not. I’m just passionate. I love what I do and I trust myself that I can even go bigger than this.

Believing in your own forces and being confident are the things you’ll need to do!

I wrote this article in order to let you guys know that it’s possible if you really go for it. You know, life can really be scary at times. However, you at least need to try to sculpt life just the way you want it to. This is me now, working from all around the world, owning my own marketing agency!

How to be your own boss? How to create a life you love? The road is paved with loooots of challenges. However, you can find ALL my secrets and pieces of advice in my book below that is currently on sale:

I really hope you enjoyed reading my story and getting to know me better. I hope you found a oasis of peace and also inspiration whilst doing so.

Until next time,

Miss Andrada

XOXO

I absolutely love writing women empowerment blogs, therefore this blog is dedicated to all my ladies out there who are afraid to go out alone. You might overthink the situation itself a lot, but it’s not that complicated at all! From time to time, people need to spend some quality time with themselves only. Therefore, going on a date with yourself is a wonderful idea.

I must admit that I was also quite anxious when I first tried it. I felt like everybody was watching me, I wanted to spend time on my phone and I felt a bit uncomfortable just because I was worrying too much. In real life, nobody actually cares why are you dining alone. Everyone is just minding their businesses. Everything is in your head.

The benefits

Going out alone will help you clear your thoughts. After a hard week at work, you might need some quiet time. This type of “date” is actually an amazing form of relaxation. You get to focus on the people around you, to actually listen to the music at the restaurant and to enjoy the simple thought of existing.

While you are on your date, you can enjoy a pause from your real life. As funny and silly as it sounds, it’s the perfect time to romanticise your life. Being able to feel like the main character is really empowering. After you’ve finished for the day, your confidence will increase significantly.

Also, this exercise is the perfect way to finish a week. This type of relaxation will help you gain your energy back. You will do amazing on your next week.

How to prepare?

Well, dress up as good as you would if you were to go on a real date. Put on some makeup and chose a nice, elegant outfit. Treat yourself like the goddess you are. You can even try some pampering before getting ready.

Also, if you’re going to romanticise your life at this level, put some of your favourite music on while you’re getting ready. I absolutely love to take care of myself while listening to my favourite jams.

I think it’s so important to focus on ourselves when we feel like it. After all, if we don’t love ourselves, how could others? Our bodies are our temples, and we must take care of them!

How to spend your time?

This women empowerment “date” thing is truly amazing. But how do you spend your time? Well, here’s how I see it. You can walk to the place you’d like to dine in. Maybe you can choose a terrace in order to also enjoy the landscape. You find a table to sit down at and order your favourite drink. A glass of wine goes perfectly in my opinion. Try to avoid spending time on your phone and enjoy how alive everyone is. Pay attention to the things you never do such as how nice the waitress is, how good the food tastes or how much you might like the music. Enjoy the atmosphere and clear your mind for a bit.

After some time focusing on everything around you, start focusing on yourself. You can think about how your week went. Rearrange your thoughts and clear some stuff out. Spend your time doing something productive for your mind. You can even make an imaginary list of thigs you’ll have to do or work on.

Me, myself and I?

That’s right. As I said before, even if you might be a little anxious in the first place, trust me: no one actually cares why are you alone! No one actually stares at you and no one judges. It’s all happening because going out alone is not something you usually do. These negative feelings will pass as soon as you start relaxing a bit. You’ll see.

After all, if someone really is looking at you: trust me, it’s because they can appreciate your courage to go on a date with yourself.

In the end, it really takes some guts to dress up and go dine alone. But who cares? It’s important to spend quality time with yourself. Especially considering how agglomerated your work days are. Focus on your own problems and interests.

After a night out like this, you’ll realise how relaxing spending time alone is.

I hope you liked this women empowerment blog. Have you ever tried going out alone? How did you feel about it? Slide into my Instagram dm’s ( @notagirlygal ) and let me know.

Until next time,

Miss Andrada

Here are the best lifestyle tips I know about travelling! If want to reinvent the way you’re travelling, keep on reading. Take this as your personal ambition. If you know how to travel correctly, you’ll get the chance to relax, have fun and discover new incredible things.

It might seem quite hard at first. How could you have time for everything in only 5 days of “freedom”? Well, I’ve written this article in order to help you. Continue reading to uncover some of my best kept secrets of travelling.

1. An unexpected journey

If you really want an authentic holiday, stop looking for popular places that everyone seems to visit. If you already know how the city exactly looks like and you’ve seen many many pictures of people in the same place, where’s the mystery?

For instance, you can chose your next travelling place according to the activities you enjoy the most and avoiding the hype. If you like parties, don’t go to Ibiza, maybe you can try Zrce Beach in Croatia. There are alternatives for everything.

You shouldn’t believe everything the media says. Maybe you’ll like other places much more.

2. Get lost??

Well, you can try this little game while visiting. Have a walk whilst at the destination. However, don’t use direction apps. Just go with the flow and get lost. This way, you’ll be able to visit so many beautiful corners of the city. From cute neighbourhoods to huge parks and gorgeous cafes. Sometimes, being too organised won’t improve your holiday experience, but on the contrary.

3. Up in the morning

Well, if you want to have time for everything, you should try to wake up just a bit early in the morning. This way, you’re not wasting time and your day will be much more productive. You can have breakfast and then head out to visit. Spend your day doing interactive things and have some fun in the evening. Maybe once your day is over, you can head to a bar and enjoy the traditional music and party culture from that specific country.

4. Don’t be shy, try some food

One of my favourite lifestyle tips is to try every types of food you might encounter. If you’re visiting a new country or even city, don’t just order something you’ve already had before. Try traditional food without hesitation and discover that country’s culture. It’s so beautiful to respect the values and traditions of the place you’re visiting. Not only you will improve your experience, but you will also discover new tastes and aromas. Who knows?! Maybe they’ll become part of your menu from now on!

5. Respect is key

When you travel to a new country or city, you’ll have to respect the people’s faith, traditions and way of thinking. They might not be like you, but there shouldn’t be place for judgement. You are visiting their home, therefore you shouldn’t only respect them but their country too! Also, if you want to, it’d be nice if you learn a few words or sentences in their language before heading there.

6. A cultural trip

Take a few days from your holiday and use them only for embracing a new culture. Visit museums and understand the history of the place you’ve visited. It’s important to know about a country’s past in order to understand where its situated in the present. You’ll leave wiser, more educated and you’ll be able to fully understand the concept of that specific country.

7. Take photos but…

It’s important to make memories and to capture them by taking some photos. However, don’t spend your whole vacation with a smart phone in your hand, trying to find the perfect angle for your pictures. Sometimes, the best pictures of the things we see always remain in our minds. Enjoy the little moments you have there and from time to time, when you feel like it, take some pics. You can print them when you get home and create a wonderful photo album with all of your experiences.

All things considered, it’s not that hard to improve your way of travelling after all. All you need is to follow some of these lifestyle tips. Right?! If you really want to make your next holiday as authentic as you can, trust me: You can do it! Follow these steps and change your travelling game completely. Also, feel free to slide in my DM’s (@notagirlygal) if you have other good techniques that can improve our next holidays!

Until next time,

Miss Andrada

XOXO

Stop trying to please everyone and find out 5 mistakes you make while being a people-pleasing person.

If you want to please everyone, there are probably mistakes that you’re doing right now that negatively impact your life. Besides learning how to stop pleasing everyone, in today’s article you’ll find out the 5 mistakes you’re currently making when you’re trying to please those around you.

Mistake #1: You’re putting yourself on the second place

Many times in our lives as humans we let ourselves influenced by others emotions, actions and happenings. Sometimes by wanting to be kind we put ourselves on the second place, just to make someone feel better or just to help. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be by your loved ones side, but most of the times you must realise that YOU own the most important place in your heart. Therefore, for you to be the best version of yourself, you must find yourself and realise that if you want to be good to others you first must be good to you.

However, putting yourself on the second place is a mistake that everyone of us has made at least once. There comes the question: How do we fix this?

Understand that in order for you to lead a happy life, you have to allow yourself full priority. You should always come first because friendships or relationships should not be about sacrificing on a daily basis. There are situations of course when we all sacrifice something for our friends when we feel we need to, however it shouldn’t be common practice.

If you put yourself on the first place, you will be happier and ready to offer even more of yourself to your loved ones. You won’t feel you ever regret something that you did for them because it came from a place of being equal to them in that situation.

Mistake #2: You’re not dedicating enough time for your own growth

You are not selfish if you refuse someone just because you want to have time for yourself. I have learned from my experience that it is best for me if I stop trying to please everyone.

Firstly, if you always say “yes” people will take your time and you won’t be able to focus on your own growth. After all, we need time to focus on our goals, emotions and moreover, we have to relax from time to time. Working 24/7 is extremely overwhelming for everyone and it is even hard to find time to spend with our families. By accepting to help and please everyone around you, not only you consume yourself, but also you won’t have time or you you will be too tired to celebrate your own achievements.

Therefore, you might ask yourself : How can I stop trying to please everyone?

Your answer stands in the two Fs I created for you :

  • Focus on yourself

Firstly, you must take into consideration my first piece of advice: put yourself on the first place. Think about your goals and how to achieve them. Find the time that you need in order to put all of your thoughts together. Breathe in, breathe out and fill yourself with confidence. Moreover, you must realise that once you focus on your needs, you will be able to help others too.

  • Find yourself

The second step in my two Fs theory is to find yourself. Once you focused on what made you feel accomplished it is time to discover ways to make everything work. Once you unleashed what the best version of you looks like it is now time to create it. Find your inner peace and make time for YOU! Become aware of your own internal world, and make a change. At the end of the day, if you still find time for others, go for it! Being kind always made an impact on one’s life.

Mistake #3: You feel like you’re running a marathon

Another thing you should consider while you stop trying to please everyone is how energy consuming is this people-pleasing marathon.

In reality, you’re not pleasing everyone because it’s impossible. You might be feeling like running a marathon because all of your efforts might be in vain at the end. After all, you over-function in your relationships when you do too much for others, which eventually causes others to under-function. While your motives are fine, they might eventually undermine your relationships’ overall effectiveness.

If you want to stop feeling tired, try to understand that you will not please everyone. Ever. You should preserve your time and energy. Moreover, you should start functioning for yourself and realise that the only thoughts and feelings that you can change are your own.

Mistake #4: You feel unhappy and always questioning your ability to please others

When you are trying to stop pleasing everyone you will realise how much unhappiness these actions bought you.

When we do a favour to someone or when we just try to help them with something, we might start overthinking our ability to please others. “Have I done enough?”, “Maybe I should help them more” are examples of thoughts that come into our mind immediately after helping others out. These dark thoughts only harm us and make us start questioning ourselves. Feeling unhappy and not sure if your friends are pleased with you are overwhelming sentiments and emotions, but I will help you as much as I can with a piece of advice.

Here’s how to fix this: If you always question your ability to please others, it means that you’re always worried that they will be upset. This comes from your insecurities. When you’re unsure, your life becomes quite a mess. Build up your confidence and realise that you tried, realise that even the smallest of deeds matter. As soon as you start believing in yourself, this overwhelming and overthinking problem shall stop.

Mistake #5: You concentrate on all of the things they haven’t done for you

If you’re doing too much, it’s human nature to expect something back, maybe equal or less impressive. It’s quite a destructive mindset which can be controlled, but usually the more things you do, the more expectations you’ll have, maybe without realising this.

Here’s how to stop pleasing everyone and focus on yourself: always remember that when you did something good, you did because you really wanted to. You didn’t sacrifice yourself or your time to do so. It’s important that you realise that no one is asking you to sacrifice yourself for them. It’s just you who is thinking that way.

All things considered, what was the biggest mistake you made while trying to please everyone? And how would you fix it?

A negative mindset can impact your life in various ways. I’m sure you might know this, but sometimes it all starts with an “what if” and then you fall into deep & negative thoughts. You might start questioning yourself and everything you do. In the end this mindset is doing nothing but bringing unnecessary pain to you. If you’re looking to change your mindset RIGHT NOW and invest in your self development, keep on reading.

However, a positive mindset can improve your daily routine in so many ways. Being positive and receptive about life events has such an important role to play into building a calmer mind and a more joyful life.

If you ask yourself ‘How can I achieve this mindset change?’, there are a few exercises I have tried and that work very well for me. I would like to share my spiritual awakening with you and help anyone looking to change their mindset.

Meditation and yoga practice

First of all, have you ever tried meditating and practicing yoga? If not, you should try these exercises right now. Yoga mostly helps you focus on your breath and the exact movement of your body. After everything, it brings you back to the moment that matters the most, the present. There are lots of free practices on YouTube that I totally recommend when you’re starting out. Yoga and meditation help you look forward into your life and help you calm yourself when you feel shaken by a negative mindset.

Surrounding yourself with positive people 

Secondly, I believe that surrounding yourself with positive people can help with your mindset change. After all, knowing that someone loves and appreciates you is one of the best feelings in the entire world. Make sure that those people are also positive and that they have your back!

Take responsibility – Stop playing the victim

Also, stop playing the victim and take responsibility. You and only you can create a good life. Don’t forget these words and start raising. There is always a way out of the negative aspects of your life. Embrace this fact and CHOOSE more for yourself. Choose the life you want to have and make it happen. It all stands in your power. You can achieve that mindset change that you dream of, but you have to believe it and work for it.

Practice mindful awareness 

Moreover, in order to achieve a mindset change from negative to positive you can practice mindful awareness. Embrace the present moment. The past is gone and we never know what future can unfold us. You should enjoy every moment and stop over thinking your steps. With the help of mindfulness we can recognise what is actually going on in our mind and start to let it go.

Practice gratitude 

Practicing gratitude is also an important step in order to achieve a mindset change. Actually, you can think of all the kind moments you have experienced in your life so that you can get into that special state of mind. Try showing gratitude at least once a day because even a little sign of appreciation can change one’s day. Once you realise that, you shall feel so much more positive about yourself and your mindset shall switch from dark to light.

Keeping a gratitude journal 

Also, keeping a gratitude journal can improve your optimism. It is proven that if you write down all the things you are grateful for you will have so much more comfort on a hard day only by reading your little journal. After all, why not remember how many things bring joy and peace to you on a daily basis?

Start your day with a positive affirmation 

My last tip for you to achieve mindset change will be to start everyday by telling yourself a positive affirmation. For example, you can always wake up and say: “Today will be a great and productive day for me”, “Today is my time to shine and to prove myself how great I am”, “I am going to surf through this day with a positive mindset “.

This positive affirmation will give you a confidence boost and will help you set your goal for the day. Always remember that nothing is impossible and that you have a purpose in this world. Motivation is one of the main traits that help you go on and do better, therefore you shall never stop going for a mindset change.

All things considered, you CAN change your life by making a mindset change. Switch from negative to positive and let the world see the kind and happy you. Boost your confidence and don’t stop believing in your goals. By the end of the day, if you try at least one of these exercises, I promise you it will be the start of your journey to positivity.

Last but not least, how do you practice positive thinking?

Confidence. Such a small word… with such an important role to play in your life. Being confident, especially having confidence at work is key nowadays. Not only you will radiate positivity and happiness once you become the confident person you always wanted to be, but you shall feel much more ready to action your work day. You’ll realise that you have such a special place on this Planet and that no one can be you. That is your power once you start believing in yourself.

However, if you analyse your daily schedule you’ll see how much time you spend working and how that time affects your routine and your personality. Being able to spend time in a positive way at work will have an impact on how you’re feeling after the working hours. Considering this, we can agree that if your day starts promising the rest of the time you have left will also improve and flow with even more positivity.

Confidence at work may seem hard to achieve at first because you might see your colleagues who might be stronger and quite intimidating. On the other side, many employees might have problems at home or might not be able to control their nerves and emotions. That shows. Perhaps you’ll feel caught in a circle of complaining and feeling as low as them. However, once YOU start focusing on yourself and achieve confidence you are unstoppable. You will feel better and the people around you will also take your lead because happiness is such a spreading feeling.

Completely cut the negative self-talk

First of all, to boost your confidence at work  you must cut the negative self-talk out of your life. No one can feel inspired and productive if they are discouraged. Once you start saying to yourself “I can do it”, “I can be better” you will have a boost of confidence and you will start believing these words. It is so important for one to believe in themselves. A positive mindset will help you learn easier and also make you work faster and better.

Always focus on your strengths

Secondly, you shall always focus on your strengths. Everyone has them, everyone is good at something. Find that thing and develop it. Once you focus on your strengths and not on your weaknesses you shall realise how much better is to do something excellently rather than adequately. Your confidence will be boosting after this exercise and you might also realise how great it feels to be good at something, to be appreciated for it. It will comfort you when you are spending too much time over-thinking your weakest points.

Boost your knowledge

Moreover, a constant learning ability will boost your knowledge. How does that affect your life at work?

Well, it is proven that a person who is willing to learn and develop his / her knowledge will have better results and accomplishments. We, as humans are built to learn for the rest of our lives. Even if we are learning how to use a new generation mobile phone or how to boost our confidence, we are still learning something new everyday. It is important to use this human trait in our favour at work. Knowing how certain practices work can boost your confidence easily and make you feel important.

Be curious, ask questions

Also, you do not have to be afraid to ask questions and to be curious. Because after all, while doing this you show that you have a strong willing to learn, to be better and also that you are ambitious. Who knows?! Maybe these traits will help you get into that project that you loved and were afraid to ask about.

Stop trying to achieve perfection

Actually, did you know that no one in this whole world is perfect? Well, as unbelievable as it seems, this is the truth. You have to accept that everyone makes mistakes and that a small or even large mistake is not the end of the world or of your carrier. As long as we keep learning, even from our mistakes we are doing all right. We, as humans, have to move on and always try to be better, but not perfect! Once you stop trying to achieve perfection you can free yourself and take risks or even try taking on new responsibilities. You should improve so much more and feel confident!

Feedback is always a great idea

Taking into consideration our last tip, I can add that a feedback is always a good idea. Either it is a negative feedback or a positive one, now that we established that no one is perfect, you can learn what you are doing right and wrong from another perspective. Of course, your point of view and perception should always be important for yourself, but time to time it is good for you to hear what other people think about your work. You might have the same opinion and if not, you can always try something new.

Always celebrate your achievements 

My last tip for you is to always celebrate your achievements. If you reached a goal or got an amazing review after hours of work you should celebrate, YOU deserve it! Acknowledge your success and embrace it. Rewarding yourself will remember you how great you are! I believe there is no bigger confidence boost than a job well done.

All things considered, you can do it! Anyone can! You just have to believe in yourself, have some faith in your work. As long as you have a positive mindset no one and nothing can touch you or your work! This is why boosting your confidence at work  takes such an important part in your life.

5 Christmas Decoration Ideas You Don’t Want to Miss This Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like… Black Friday! And what better time to go ahead and invest in some very nice Christmas candles and decorations to get the holiday spirit started? Let’s discover some ideas that will turn your home into Santa’s workshop👇🏻

As an example, in today’s post, I’m going to show you how I’ve decorated my chimney for Christmas. You can of course use these ideas for your kitchen table, living room coffee table, your bedroom or your own chimney. Let’s GO!

Pick Up Your Crackle Wick Candles

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AHHH, what a difference do these make! It’s like they sing to me. They do make such a great duet with Frank Sinatra to be fair. I love curling up my sofa, listening to carols, drinking mulled wine and hearing the crackle wick candles in the background. Christmas Eve will be so complete: wood crackling, family cheer, love and laughter. What more can I ask for?

They might be more on the pricy side, but the great news is that this Black Friday, you can find them at a more discounted price on Notino. Also, they really go a long way because they smell quite strong, so perhaps after 30 minutes you’d want to blow it off and allow the scent to fill up your room.

Decorate your Chimney with Small Yankee Candles and Christmas lights

yankee candles christmas eve 5 Christmas Decoration Ideas You Don't Want to Miss

I adore small Christmas candles, especially the ones that Yankee Candle launch every season. This time I went for: Christmas Cookie, Warm & Cosy and Christmas Eve. Needless to say, they smell divine. The best part is that I can light one up at a time and enjoy a different scent for an hour or two. I can’t really commit to one scent per season, so this gives me more options.

5 Christmas Decoration Ideas You Don't Want to Miss

Besides displaying these cuties on your chimney or coffee table, ensure that you put on some Christmas lights in proximity as well. They’ll create that cosy ambiance. Also, here I placed them behind the candles for extra light warmth.

Christmas Decoration DYI Idea: Create Decorations for the Small Candles

5 Christmas Decoration Ideas You Don't Want to Miss

Furthermore, I love to find new ways of displaying these scented candles. You can even create small decorations out of plastic branches and add on some candies. I’ve found these in a cute Christmas shop, however they’re quite easy to make. It can be a fun DYI project for the whole family.

Remember your Wood Decorations

Wood decorations will make your room feel extremely Christmassy. They’ll give it an authentic vibe and cheer up the empty corners. Although, in my opinion no corner should be empty during Christmas haha! See that nutcracker behind me? There’s no Christmas without it.

Have you considered chocolate as decorations?

As weird as it might sound, you’ll have to trust me on this one. Go to your supermarket’s chocolate isle and turn on your designer vision. All the candy, confectionery and chocolate come into an extra special packaging for Christmas. Why not get some and put them under your Christmas tree? They make a nice decoration and a yummy treat!

These were my 5 Christmas Decoration Ideas You Don’t Want to Miss. Which one are you going to try?

If you’ve started your Christmas shopping, there some great Black Friday perfume deals on Notino that you don’t want to miss out on.

This post is kindly sponsored by Notino, all opinions are my own as always*

Have a wonderful Christmas,

Andrada

How to wear Winter perfume? It might be just a little different than how you would wear a Summer or Spring fragrance. A stronger scent requires you to wear a certain outfit. Plus, it definitely calls for a change in the way that you spray it. Stay until the end to find out how to enter my EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAY. Get the chance to win a Calvin Klein Everyone Eau de Toilette. Share it with someone you love or keep it for yourself this Christmas.

Winter perfumes tend to be stronger and have a better longevity than floral fragrances for instance. Also, you might want to consider your outfit choices when you’re wearing them. The scent of fabrics such as wool combine in a very interesting way with the various elements of your perfume.

Choosing fragrances in Winter

As the weather gets colder, your skin will not reach a high temperature. Therefore, considering fragrances which have musk, bergamot, oud or vanilla as top or middle notes might be your best bet. Furthermore, these notes are a few of my favourites as well; gorgeous choices that include them would be: Tom Ford, Kenzo, Givenchy, Chanel or Amouage.

Considering fragrances which have musk, bergamot, oud or vanilla as top or middle notes might be your best bet.

Also, a very interesting observation is that different fabrics have a smell of their own. Have you noticed how wool smells like? Now, pick a wool jumper and spray perfume on your wrist. Do you notice any difference in how the perfume wears?

Where to apply your winter perfume?

First of all, since the scent would be stronger, you’d have to limit yourself to just a few spots on your body when applying your winter perfume. With this in mind, I’ve noticed that my fragrance lasts longer when I spray it on my neck (where my pulse it), wrists and behind my neck. Under no circumstance you should spray perfume on your clothes. Chances are that your garments would get stained (usually a yellow stain) and look greasy. Also, that’s not a great look and you won’t want to throw clothes away.

Winter Perfume – Do’s and Don’ts

Do’s

1. Invest in quality fragrances.

2. Consider your attitude when wearing stronger scents.

3. Wear your perfume in perfect harmony with your look.

Dont’s

1. Don’t spray perfume on your clothes.

2. Don’t be afraid to experiment with new fragrances in winter.

3. Don’t let the perfume wear you.

About the Calvin Klein Everyone GIVEAWAY

As part of my ‘Jet Set Lifestyle’ Giveaway I’m giving away one Calvin Klein Everyone Eau de Toilette to one lucky winner. It might be YOU 👀

All you have to do is enter on my Instagram post here.

About the fragrance.

Citric, pure and clear , the Eau de Toilette Spray CK Everyone by Calvin Klein is a multifaceted ode to pure joie de vivre. The fragrance was explicitly designed as a unisex version and is therefore equally suitable for men and women. The top note of organic orange oil and spicy ginger paves the way for the fascinating heart note. Unique chords of blue tea are combined with fresh aquatic notes. Finally, the base of patchouli, ambergris and cedar wood sets new accents and perfectly rounds off the wonderfully fresh fragrance experience.

Lots of love,

Andrada

This Autumn, I’m really trying to make an effort with the way I accessorise my outfits. After all, they can take any outfit to the next level, right? Give me a beautiful Danish design watch and a simple turtle neck shirt and we have an elegant vibe going on. I’ve recently came across this sustainable Danish brand which crafts delicate time pieces that go really well with the colour palette of this season and layered outfits. Let’s have a look at their story & giving back program and how I’ve styled one of their beautiful watches. 

Nordgreen’s story – Danish Design Watch

To me, the story behind the brand is equally important and interesting. In my view, a brand is sustainable not only because it uses friendly materials, but also because it treats employees fairly. Also, when it comes to Nordgreen, the well-being of their employees is at their core as they make efforts to ensure everyone involved in the brand works in a fair environment. 

Sustainable materials

What I really like about Nordgreen is that they choose sustainable and environmentally friendly materials that last. For instance, the packaging is made out of FSC-certified cardboard and up-cycled felt. Also, all straps are produced with environmentally friendly methods to reduce chemical pollutions. 

Gold watch

My golden mesh is very high quality and goes perfectly with my nude outfit. It really stands out and I feel that I don’t even need to be wearing different accessories to make my outfit stand out. If you love the look of this, I have a 15% off discount code for you that you can use on the entire website: MISS.

Giving back programme 

Besides, their sustainable practices, Nordgreen are engaged in an impressive giving back programme. Furthermore, they support three great causes with each watch purchased by customers. You can choose one of the three causes: Health, Education and Rainforest Preservation and Nordgreen make sure the fund is used for tangible projects through their partnered NGOs. How interesting is that? Thus, you’re not only wearing a stylish time piece, but you are also supporting a cause. They have all my respect for that. 

Styling the Infinity time-piece – Danish Design Watch

I went for the Infinity time piece – sized 32 mm. Also, it’s the first watch I ever buy that doesn’t need adjustment – not that I bothered in the past to be fair. Moreover, I was pleasantly surprised to see that this Danish Design Watch fits me so well. It’s my favourite to wear at the moment and I’m sure it will stay that way. You can now enjoy 15% off the entire website by using my code: MISS.

Let’s have a look at my quick tips on styling it, shall we?

Styling the time piece is very easy actually. Think about wearing a mono-chrome outfit – it will make the whole look so elegant. For instance, I chose to wear a nude outfit – a simple turtle neck paired with a pair of bold shorts. In regards to the shoes, I chose a pair of nude over the knee boots to make the look more interesting. 

Growing up, I realised that it’s so important to adhere to a minimalist style because everything looks just so much better. I’m very glad to have found a brand like Nordgreen that understands that and design minimalist pieces for women just like myself.

I hope you’ve enjoyed their story and that you’re going to love my discount code: MISS to enjoy 15% off the entire website.

This post is kindly sponsored by Nordgreen – as always views and opinions are my own.

Lots of love,

Andrada