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Progress means development towards an improved or a more advanced condition. It’s easy to feel stuck and not acknowledge all the great things you’ve accomplished so far. 

Even if you don’t notice your improvements on a daily basis, just know that you’re making progress in life. You are not where you were yesterday and definitely won’t be in the same place tomorrow. On times when you are feeling stuck and not sure if the path you are on is right, it’s best to sit back, take a deep breath and reflect. Reflect on the amazing things you’ve managed to achieve so far. 

Remember everyone moves at different paces. Where you are now might not be the same place a dear friend is at. Or vice versa. We are all different, from our interests, passions, values, and goals that we set in life. It’s time for you to start affirming your progress in life. I’ve put together my best proven to work 25 affirmations that keep me going and I’m sure they will too. Download them for FREE to get started 😉

But, when you sit back and reflect on the amazing things you’ve achieved, what should you focus on? Here are 5 signs you’re making progress in life:

You start to accept failure

You’re no longer scared to fail – actually, you’re eager to see what failure can teach you. This is one of the main indicators that development is happening. Embrace the chance of failure when you try something new. Welcome learning with open arms. 

You have a new sense of confidence | Progress

You’re no longer afraid to try new things and approaches. Apart from not seeing failure as your number one enemy, you now have the confidence to tackle new challenges. Even if you don’t have all the resources when approaching new things you are confident in your strengths and you are sure that somehow things will work out for the better. And you embrace change wholeheartedly.

The future makes more sense | Progress

Your future doesn’t seem so foggy now. You are in charge of your goals and dreams. And you are starting to work on them. You don’t have that feeling of an uncertain future. You made your action plan and you are slowly working towards achieving your dreams. Even if you are moving at a slower pace sometimes, that’s also an improvement. And it shows that you are consistent and certain about what you want in life. 

You are more positive and healthy

Another important indicator of making progress in life is your mood and your health. You are making healthier choices, and you are moving your body more. And you are not criticizing yourself. Actually you are viewing yourself on a positive note. Your mindset is on a positive note. You surround yourself with positive people and experiences, and you take pleasure in life. 

You are willing to sit back and reflect

If you’ve made it so far, it means you are truly making progress. You are on the right path of self-development. Even when you are feeling stuck you have the power to sit back and reassess the path you are on. And reflect on what actions you took and what led you to feeling stuck. This means you acknowledge your thoughts and feelings and situations and you seek to learn from them. Because every thought, feeling and situation is telling you something and you are willing to actually sit back and listen. 

Little steps, daily actions, the willingness to never stop and a focused mindset are what keeps you working towards your dreams. Celebrate even the smallest moments and achievements. This will make you more happy with the path you are on, and will give you that extra push to move forward. 

An important thing to always remember is that no matter where you are in your journey, you have to move forward. Stop looking at what other people are doing and just focus on what you want in life and your happiness. No one will give you these things, YOU have to search for them and work on them. No one can show you the right way to self-development, but you can take inspiration from other people and assess what aligns with your mission and values. 

If you can’t relate to all of the signs, it’s time for you to start affirming your progress in life. I’ve put together my best proven to work 25 affirmations that keep me going and I’m sure they will too. Download them for FREE to get started 😉

Winter 2020. It’s the season when lots of fashion fanatics show their new outfit matching skills and latest acquisitions on social media. It actually feels like everyone is ready to steal the spotlight on Instagram right now. How can you keep up with them? Continue reading to discover 5 winter trends you need to try this year.

1. Natural Tones

My absolute favourites. I’ve seen more and more bloggers dressed in natural tones from head to toe. If you want to recreate the look, for instance, you can try wearing a sandy-coloured turtle neck, with a beige leather skirt and a cozy neutral trench coat.

You will look like a fashion guru without even trying too hard. There’s a variety of tones waiting for you to try on: from camel browns, dark greens to pearly white. Every single one will probably make you look so stylish and needless to say, Instagramable.

2. Layering

We’re continuing our “5 winter trends” with layering. It takes confidence to try this trend, considering that you will need some fashion skills to succeed creating the perfect look. But, I’ve got you covered, girl!

My top tip: start with thinner materials and then work your way out. After all, layering looks amazing during winter and can also keep you warm.

Go ahead and shoot your shot! Maybe you will surprise yourself with your fashion skills.

3. Yellow Maxi Coats

Brighten up your day by wearing a Yellow Maxi Coat this winter. First of all, a colour as bright as yellow shall boost your confidence immediately.

Second of all, this is a piece you can easily work with. Therefore, you should try it and rock your way to the top.

4. Chain necklaces and hoop earrings

These jewelries combined make the perfect look for this winter.

This season, a chain necklace and a pair of hoop earrings will make your outfit pop. Who said more isn’t chic?

Boost your confidence and embrace your new style. Show everyone how important accessorising is and how well you can handle it.

5. Nude Slouch Boots

The fifth trend on our “5 winter trends” list is THE Nude Slouch Boots. Everyone needs to style a pair at least once this winter. They can make your fit look so stylish and complex. For instance, you can wear them with a white & beige outfit.

If you want to make them stand out, you can wear them with a black dress and even style a winter jacket on top.

All things considered, the trends this winter are specially made to boost your confidence and to make you stand out from the crowd. Therefore, I am glad to announce that I have prepared a giveaway for you over on my Instagram @notagirlygal.

I’m giving you the chance to win a Zara Voucher worth £50 so that you can treat yourself to some gorgeous pieces. 

Yours sincerely,

Miss Andrada xoxo

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

The moment we’ve been all waiting for is almost around the corner. As all things, the festive season will pass before we know it and this year I made a promise to myself that I would really make the most out of it because it’s important to truly live every second and do something a little bit more festive this season. Here are my top holiday tips for you on how to make the most out of your time.

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.

How have you been? I hope you’ve embraced the season and that you’ve been creative with your DIYs around the house (inside link). Let’s talk a little bit about fashion today because as you know I’m really about empowerment and making you feel absolutely amazing with your own style. If you ask me about one outfit to empower yourself this Autumn, I can’t rave about this one enough.

Give me a pair of knee high boots and I can conquer the city. Give me a skirt to go with them and you have my favourite outfit this season. Sounds pretty simple, right? Let’s have a look at the accessories which will bring your outfit to life and empower yourself during the coldish but very beautiful days.

How do you feel about your wardrobe right now? I feel that when it comes to my style I’m always looking for ways to upgrade it or make it look fresh without buying completely new outfits (from a sustainability point of view, but also because I live in London and space is quite limited). Now that you know what the inspiration behind this article is, let’s jump into finding out my favourite simple ways to give your wardrobe a fresh look!

1. Wear hair accessories

Yes to hair accessories – probably the only trend that I’m really into at the moment. Pearl clips, marble clips or hair bands, I’m pretty much into anything that can add something to my outfit. Have a think about how you’re going to mix the accessories with your outfits, because they can totally change your overall appearance. Have fun with it!

2. Mix statement tops with high waisted jeans

Absolutely love to do this when I get the chance. Wear a ruffle or big sleeved top with some high waisted jeans and you’re going to take your outfit from boring to impressive. I like how it sits at the border of elegant and casual – making it suitable for many occasions, including cocktail parties, garden birthday parties or even on your holidays. This mix is such a simple way to upgrade your wardrobe and never run out of styles. Enjoy wearing this fun look.

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3. Start wearing low heels

I only started wearing heels about a month ago and now we’re rarely apart. They add that wow factor to my outfits and I absolutely love that. It’s strange because I’m like a kid who just discovered chocolate. No, I won’t have a go at eating my shoes, although I love them just as much as I love chocolate. Start wearing low heels and you’ll feel how confident you’re becoming. Confident in yourself and in your own style. Do I need to say that they go with almost anything?

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4. Wear statement earrings

Whoop whoop 🙌 statement earrings are such a wonder. I can wear them for limited time only because I’m allergic to nickel. But, I make sure I’ll enjoy them and get a nice snap while at it. Have you noticed how an outfit can change when you wear bold earrings? I definitely see a big change when I’m wearing bold accessories. It’s really the simplest way to upgrade your wardrobe.

One Summer Outfit You Need to Wear on Your Next Holiday

5. Start wearing your belts

The difference belts can make in an outfit. Such a massive one that I was raving about them in this article too. I’m sure you own a belt or two, but never get round wearing them. Choose an outfit that you like from your closet and put a belt around it. You’re going to notice that the outfit will look absolutely stunning.  I prefer a medium sized belt with a visible buckle because that will make the most impact on your outfit. Who thought that a belt can upgrade your wardrobe in one second? Quick win! Tag me on Instagram at @notagirlygal for me to check out your take on belts.

I’m so happy to share my tips with you! It’s your time to experience new styles this summer and  just have fun with it. There are no rules in fashion, besides the most basic ones, so reinvent yourself everyday. What’s your favourite store this season?

Until next time,

NotAGirlyGal

 

Are you planning your trip to London this Spring or Summer? You’re in the perfect place! I’ve been living in London for a while now, so I thought it’s about time to make a round-up of my favourite places to visit around the English capital 🇬🇧 If you’re also those perfect Instagram shots, keep on reading because this is just the ultimate guide on the best places in London in 2019!

Greenwich & Greenwich Market

Greenwich is not quite in London, but it’s really close by.  The place has an unique vibe of its own and guaranteed you can spend 3 or 4 hours there. Get to Greenwich by a Flipper (London’s water bus) and enjoy all the beautiful views of London on your way! You’ll have such an amazing time as there are lots of fun things to do, from exploring the museums, having a picnic in Greenwich Park and eating delicious food at the Greenwich Market. Definitely a half day well spent!

Kintan Japanese BBQ Restaurant

If you’re a meat lover, then stop by Kintan Japanese BBQ for lunch and cook your own food! The meat comes prepared in different Japanese sauces just ready for you to enjoy. The meat is so tender and you can choose from beef to pork, chicken, squid, lamb and many others! The main courses come with sticky rice which is so delicious even on its own. They also serve veggies and an amazing hot dessert called S’mores – you have to cook this too which is adding to the excitement. It’s such an unique experience and believe it or not, you won’t break the bank by having a meal here.

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The Queen’s Theatre

If you’re passionate about theatre, then book your tickets to watch a West End Show at the Queen’s Theatre. I had the opportunity to watch Les Miserables and I have to say it was a cultural life changing experience! The quality of the performance, the stage costumes and the stage decor was second to none. If you visit London, you can’t miss an outstanding performance at the theatre. Prepare for tears to roll!

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Madison Terrace Bar & Lounge

Enjoying fancy rooftops? Me too! Madison Terrace Bar & Lounge had to be in my guide of Best Places in London because the views you get from there are just stunning. Bonus, you can even wait for the golden hour and take some amazing photos on the terrace. Expect it to be a little bit busy during this time of year, but if you arrive there at around 3pm you should be able to get a table in 20 minutes. Enjoy a glass of Moët and forget about your tired legs!

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Tower Bridge Area & Sparkling Afternoon Tea

After your champagne on the terrace, what do you think about an English afternoon tea with direct views on the Tower Bridge? It doesn’t get more English than that! Book your afternoon tea experience at the Tower Hotel and expect loads of delicious cakes and sandwiches. Go for the sparkling afternoon tea and add a glass of Prosecco. It’s also your chance to try some Scones – the traditional British dessert that goes so well with the sparking wine. Then, you can have an evening walk in the Tower Bridge area on the river Thames.

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I hope you’re even more excited to visit London now! If you don’t have the time to do everything included in my Best Places in London guide, pick at least one place because trust me you will have an absolute blast.

If you’re new around here, I’m Andrada and started my website to make women feel more confident in who they are & their personal style. Subscribe to my blog if you haven’t done so already and let’s keep in touch over on Instagram! 🙂

Enjoy your trip,

NotAGirlyGal

Hello everyone,

Don’t you just love it when you can do a little staycation from time to time? The first time I actually stayed in London for a ‘so-called’ staycation was last weekend. I picked Shoreditch as my go to, because it reminds me of the Northern Quarter in Manchester – you can find it all, from fancy bars to niche coffee places. Keep on reading to find out more about how you could turn your own city into a holiday spot, or how to most enjoy London’s Shoreditch if you’ve never visited.

Where to stay

If you’re looking for a cute & fun accommodation, pick Point A Hotels where you can turn your room into a colourful dance floor which comes in handy if you want to capture some cool pictures! They offer an excellent customer service and a great A-list which you can use for discounts at partner brands (restaurants, beauty salons, bars). Some of them are Ballie Ballerson, Shoreditch Nails, Rascals – looks super fun, Lanzana Café and many others. All of these are walking distance from the hotel which is great for a change when it comes to London.

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For me, the best part was the breakfast which they call ‘the brekkie’. The area is really stylish and the breakfast was delicious: we had fruit, granola, different types of pastry. I love a great breakfast, so this was a winner for me – guilty for trying everything!

Why Visit Shoreditch NotAGirlyGal x Point A Hotels

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What to do

Shoreditch is such a fun place! We went to Ballie Ballerson where we danced and played around in their three available ball pits – such a great laugh! I have to say, the person who came up with this idea was a genius – a playground for grownups! We then had a bar crawl to different places around Shoreditch. There’s something fun for everyone, you just need to look up the places first or let yourself go with the vibe.IMG_4946.JPG

What to eat & drink

The pizza at Ballie is absolutely delicious. This was my second time visiting them, and for the first time I went for the bottomless Prosecco and pizza, so I tried all of them. My favourite ones are the BBQ chicken and the Mozzarella & Pesto. Try the David Bowie cocktail – it comes with your own glitter lipstick which is quite unique.

You have to visit Shoreditch and pay the Point A Hotel a visit! It’s your ticket to an unforgettable weekend for sure.

Until next time,

NotAGirlyGal

It’s almost Christmas Time! Are you running out of time for your Christmas shopping? Or are you looking for the latest bits and bobs to complete it? You’re in the right place! Have a look at these quick wins when it comes to gifts for 7 personality types!

For your special one

Mini perfume collection and a bottle of Prosecco.

Christmas Gift Ideas for 7 Personality Types for the Last-Minute Shopper NotAGirlyGal Mini Perfume Collection

I gifted this to my mum last year, just because she had a similar set when I was little, so it had a deep meaning for us. I think a set of luxury perfumes is a nice addition for the person who already has everything in terms of beauty. You can find this set in airports or online, but I would get it from the airport as it’s faster. Additionally, you can add a bottle of Prosecco or chocolate! 

For the fashion lover

Bags are always so loved by fashionistas – you would make them so happy with a bag for sure! You would have to do a bit of research around the type of bags she likes. If you don’t remember exactly, have a look on her social media and start by observing patterns in her bag choices. Does she like small bags or business bags where she can fit her whole life in?

Christmas Gift Ideas for 7 Personality Types for the Last-Minute Shopper NotAGirlyGal Guess BagWe all have that friend who travels with her laptop and all other essential things in her bag (I’m that friend) or the ones who prefer to travel light! It would be an added bonus to purchase from her favourite brand, just ensure she doesn’t have it already before you place your order. Find a small bag option here and a medium / large one here.

For the shoes addict

I have a friend obsessed with shoes. If you have one as well, then the shoes option is such an excellent idea! You’ll go down in gift history with this one. Similar to the bag idea, ensure you know the type of shoes and brand she prefers. I’ll give you a pair of high heeled shoes, but also a low heel option.

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For the gourmet 

Classy taste? For the gourmets in our life, going for food would be an absolute winner. A pleasure to the buds would be a hamper made all by yourself tailored to his / her favourite treats. In mine, I included a Hollandaise cheese platter, a special bottle of wine, caviar and olive spread. I digged out the internet for some options that you can find below.Christmas Gift Ideas for 7 Personality Types for the Last-Minute Shopper NotAGirlyGal Cheese

Similar – Waitrose Cheese Platter

Wine

For the coziness lover 

Does this person enjoy creating a cosy atmosphere every time you visit her? Does she enjoy lounging and indulging? Then, create her the perfect scenario! Go for a Christmas onesie, a pair of fluffy slippers, a beauty soap, a beauty mask and a box of special chocolate. Look for a special candle that she can have lit while she’s relaxing with her beauty mask on! I included links to what I can find online for my chosen items. 

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Christmas Onesie

Similar Slippers

Hand made beauty soap

Scented Candle 

Mozart Chocolates 

For the Travel Lover

Is your friend always going away and you barely see her? Then clearly, she loves her travels. For the travel lover go for something like a travel pillow or a passport holder set! You might think she already has these, but it’s always good for her to diversify. Don’t we all think we don’t have enough clothes or shoes? It goes the same way with these things too!

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Similar Travel Pillow 

Passport Case 

For the beauty addicts

Hello beauty lovers, I salute your beauty rituals. Beauty addicts always love to try new products and always welcome more products to their collection which makes it super easy for us when we’re looking for their perfect gift. Are you a last-minute shopper? Think about offering them a full ritual, from start to finish. Start with make-up removers that your friend will use to ‘take the day off’. Next, consider adding a Lush bath bomb and a face mask to make sure they’ll fully relax. For the wow factor, add in a bottle of Champagne that she can enjoy during her bath. I personally love to drink Champagne in the bath tub, so your friend might as well!

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Lush Bath Bomb

Lancôme Make-Up Remover & Toner

Ikea Face Towels

Korika Face Mask

Champagne

For the book warm

The best Christmas gift you can make a book lover is the book Feel the Fear… but do it anyway by Susan Jeffers. This book will change their lives and encourage their positive thinking, empowering them to become powerful. It clearly had an impact on how I see life and made me moan less and focus on enjoying life instead. We all have two options: to complain or to just go with it & deal with it. The subconscious mind will always listen to the conscious mind, so when you complain or think you’re not good enough, your subconscious mind will believe it. Read this book and discuss it with your friends because it’s truly inspiring. You can gift this book to anyone you’d like to encourage to grow.

Christmas Gift Ideas for 7 Personality Types for the Last-Minute Shopper Book

I designed this help list of Christmas Gift Ideas for 7 Personality Types especially for you as a thank you gift for reading and supporting my blog. I wish you the best holiday season and a lot of inspiration when you do your shopping for your loved ones! What would you like to receive from the above? 

Please note these links are not affiliate links. 

Happy Holidays,

NotAGirlyGal 🎄❤️