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Stop worrying and live your best life! After all, what worries can bring to you, besides those dark thoughts? If something is meant to happen, it will happen anyways: either you’re worrying about it or not. Have you ever wondered what life without worries would look like? Let me explain it to you: much more optimistic! Therefore, I’ve decided to follow the Hakuna Matata recipe and believe me or not, it works!

“It means no worries

For the rest of your days

It’s our problem-free philosophy

Hakuna Matata!“

Even if the little song itself is part of a children’s movie, I believe everyone should at least take into consideration the deeper aspects of this “philosophy”.

Worries are overwhelming your mind everyday and it’s totally fine. Everyone has their fears and thoughts. However, in order to live a much more positive and happier life, you should minimise these worries as much as possible. When I say that, I mostly refer to overthinking everything. It’s a great trait to be responsible and to think everything through, but sometimes in life you must take some risks. I’ve written this article to remind you that life isn’t about “IF’. Moreover, it is proven that if you’re a positive person, your entire life is much more happier and optimistic.

Continue reading to find 5 easy steps that you can take to stop worrying.

1. Positivity

Firstly, in order to stop worrying you should focus on positivity. Start your day by reading or saying optimistic messages to yourself. For example, when you wake up in the morning, just say to yourself : “I am positive! This day will go just as planned”, “I am positive today I will do an excellent job at work” (…) Once these little messages become part of your routine, your days will start with a dose of positivity. Therefore, you will experience a boost in energy, confidence and productivity.

Try seeing the good in every action throughout the day. For example, if you make a mistake, try to learn something from it. Being able to embrace the fact that nobody is perfect will also maximise your level of positivity.

2. Some situations are out of your control

Not everything is under your control. You should always remember that you are not responsible for other people’s actions or for other things that are not in your power to control. It’s completely normal to try to be the best version of yourself and to aspire to take the best decisions. However, if there is a bump in the road, don’t point your finger at yourself. Think through the situation and sometimes just embrace the fact that some actions are out of your control.

Downs are not the end of the world, even if it might feel like it. You will have to be optimistic and choose your happiness and well-being over anything. The Universe will always have its way to show you that the best things are yet to come; if something didn’t happen as you expected, maybe there’s a reason for that.

3. Mindfulness

Find a quiet place and sit down for a bit. Take a breath of fresh air and focus on yourself. You must realise that living in the present is crucial. As I mentioned in my other articles: You aren’t able to change the past, but your present impacts the future. Stop looking behind and focus on THIS moment. Find out that every second of your time is precious. Why worry when you can go and tell someone “I love you”, when you can do something that truly defines yourself at this moment in your life?

Focus on your breath while you sit down in this quiet place, just like you should focus on the present in your daily routine.

4. Say it out loud

Sometimes it’s best for yourself to say your worries out loud. Go to that person you can talk to and tell them her / him about your worries. It can be quite difficult at first, to open up to someone, but it can also do wonders. It’s like the worries in your head will stop for a bit when the conversation is over. Moreover, if your friend wants to, she / he might also give you some great pieces of advice on how to deal with your problem.

However, if you’re not a talkative person, you can always write everything down. I found one great exercise where you write down all of your worries. After you’ve finished, tear down the piece of paper and throw it in the bin. This exercise will make you feel free again and it will clear your mind.

5. Relaxation

Also, relaxation techniques can work very well in reducing your worries. If you’re feeling down and you just can’t stop overthinking everything, you can try meditation, yoga or you can schedule an appointment for a massage. Find what relaxation technique works best for you and clear your mind of all the dark thoughts.

Moreover, having some time for yourself is always therapeutic and welcomed.

All things considered, decide to stop worrying, try the Hakuna Matata “philosophy” and tell me about your experience.

How do you take your mind off your worries? 🙂

Lots of love,

Andrada xx

Everyone dreams of the best places to travel once the pandemic is over! Just imagine being free as a bird again, not worrying about all the restrictions we have in place right now all over Europe. Traveling is so important in order to maintain a positive state of mind. The fact that you change your environment not only does well for your well-being, but it also gives you the opportunity to explore different cultures and live differently.

Therefore, I’ve put together a list with the best places to visit once the pandemic is over. After lots of research, I’ve included places I’ve visited and recommend from the bottom of my heart, as well as places that are currently there on my bucket list waiting for me to tick them off. Let’s GO ✈️

1. Bali, Indonesia

I have to assign the first place on my list to Bali without any doubt. Bali is an Indonesian island full of mesmerising landscapes, beautiful beaches and breath taking sunsets. Besides its wonderful nature, Bali has a vast culture of religious sites that is worth exploring.

The island itself is actually well known for its mountains, wonderful beaches, coral reefs and so much more. The beauty of the island will amaze you and its many mysteries will make you thrive for more.

When to visit? The best time to visit Bali is from May to June as you’ll enjoy sunny and warm weather. Visiting Bali is so much more than just a random trip during Spring, it’s a spiritual journey. One that deserves to be taken in fully and celebrated. Personally, I cannot wait to visit at some point this year and be able to explore every corner of this beautiful island.

2. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Actually, I have just came back from Punta Cana and I had no doubt it deserved to be on this list of best places to visit. Punta Cana is a region the Dominican Republic known for its wonderful 32 kilometres stretch of beaches and clear waters. Punta Cana and its resorts will provide you the best modern beachfront living type of holiday.

During your stay, you can take boat trips in the Atlantic Ocean to explore the marine life, swim with the dolphins, visit adventure parks or swim in the beautiful ocean and get a great tan (please wear SPF 50, the sun rays are strong there).

The best period of time to visit Punta Cana is from March to May. In Summer you’ll get a more rainy weather there and it won’t be as enjoyable.

3. Mallorca, Spain

The next destination on my list of the best places to travel once the pandemic is over is Mallorca. Thanks to its sheltered coves, grand beach resorts and Roman remains, Mallorca is one of the best places to visit. It is actually the crown jewel of Spain’s many Balearic islands in the Mediterranean sea. The Spanish architecture and its beautiful coastline should make your stay dreamy.

You can chose to stay in Palma De Mallorca, the island’s capital, and let yourself amazed by the city’s vibrant nightlife and history. Or you can choose to stay on the coast like I did and get to explore more of the island’s vibe. Some places that I visited and absolutely loved: Port de Sóller, Cap de Formentor, Valldemossa. That day driving through the island will always stay in my heart.

It’s said that the best months to visit this gorgeous place are March and May, when tourists haven’t arrived on the island yet, however I visited during summer and it wasn’t too busy.

4. Transylvania, Romania

Even if Transylvania is not a tropical island or destination, its variety of landscapes and the culture will enchant you. Situated in Romania, Transylvania is best known for its medieval towns and gothic fortresses. During your visit in Romania you can discover Dracula’s legend and find out that the man behind Bram Stokers’ story is actually Vlad the Impaler – a famous Voivode of Wallachia.

Let Transylvania and its wonders transform your holiday from an ordinary one to a journey filled with magic and history everywhere you go.

5. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora is an island located in French Polynesia surrounded by sand fringed islets and a magical turquoise lagoon. You can discover amazing landscapes and coral reefs at every step. One magical thing to do that can complete your trip to Bora Bora can be scuba diving. After spending so much time in your house, you deserve something that can rise your level of adrenaline. Moreover, once you try this extreme but totally safe sport, you will unleash a new world under the water. After all, Bora Bora is one of the best places in the world for scuba diving.

The best months to travel to this island are November and April, due to the fine temperatures.

6. Rome, Italy

When it comes to Rome I must admit that I believe everyone should visit it at least once in a lifetime. I have such a great connection to Rome due to its atmosphere and history. The architecture looks gorgeous in every single corner of the city and history literally flies in the air. Not only there are lots of activities you can try while visiting Rome, but this city will totally take your breath away. At least it did for me! For sure, Rome is one of the best places to travel once the pandemic is over.

Moreover, if you decide to visit Rome you should also take a day or two off for visiting the incredible Vatican. Have a lesson of history and religion and enjoy some of the greatest art pieces in the world.

7. Dubai, UAE

Dubai will unleash you an ultramodern journey. Known for its luxurious vibe, great architecture and a vibrant nightlife scenery, Dubai has everything you can wish for in a holiday.

However, I know it’s not always about the looks, so this city can also provide you with some incredible history that will show you the real face of Dubai. If local culture is something you’re interested in, I totally recommend visiting Al Fahidi – the historical neighbourhood. I’ve learnt so much about the city’s early days and how much crafts have contributed to its economical growth.

Whilst in Dubai, besides the beach, experience wise, you can enjoy a dessert safari in 4×4 cars (that was so much fun), scuba diving, sky diving over the Dubai Palm, yacht tours, the Fountain shows, the Burj Khalifa and getting lost in the Dubai Souks.

Visit this wonderful city from November to March for the best experience.

8. New York, USA

“Concrete jungle where dreams are made of”- is the perfect description for the wonderful New York. As Alicia Keys says, the streets will totally make you feel brand new and the lights that bring the city to life will inspire you. I believe there is no place in this world that can replicate the feeling that New York has to offer.

Even if the city itself is a work of art and every corner will unleash something new, the great museums, theatres and works of history really make New York what it is today.

Experience the American dream and enjoy a wonderful trip to the city of fantasies.

9. Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, the 9th best place to visit on my list is located in Peru. This 15th century citadel (also named “Lost city of the Incas”) will impress you with its centuries old secrets hidden in its walls. Only the thought of how impressive the architectural design of the citadel is can bring shivers down your spine. Sounds like one of the best places to travel once the pandemic is over, right?

One of the best times you can visit Machu Picchu is from April to May.

10. Barcelona, Spain

The cosmopolitan capital of Spain, Barcelona, is actually best known for its impressive architecture and art. During your visit to Barcelona you can visit the wonderful Sagrada Familia church, the Picasso museum and many more landmarks.

Enjoy the greatness of every serene park, golden shoreline and modern art museums. Have some delicious tapas in the Gothic Quarter, hire a quad and explore the beach coast. That’s how I spent my days in Barcelona and I’ve made the best memories!

Try something new as your first trip after the pandemic is over.

In the end, I must admit that there are plenty of places to visit, but I believe these are the best ones to travel to once the pandemic is over. Which one is the best fit for you and what city you would suggest me to add on my next list?

What are the best high street fashion buys for Spring 2021 and how to easily improve your own style?

I remember the time when I used to see how key the S/S season was in every fashion magazine I bought. The shoes, dresses and accessories I used to thrive for and how nice was to develop my very own style whilst inspired by them. I grew up watching fashion influencers become icons.

I believe style plays such an important role in contouring a personality and in expressing yourself. Therefore, I have prepared this article for every fashionista at heart. I made lots of research and put together some of the most wanted high end fashion street buys S/S 2021. Continue reading to discover the best items to buy this Spring.

THE silk dress

You can never go wrong with THE silk dress. The first wave of the silk dresses trend was actually back in the 90s and it could be found on every red carpet. Celebrities like Rihanna wore it and completely brought life to it.

Nowadays, we wear silk dresses pretty differently and fashion icons adapted it for the times we live in. For example, if you are going for a classy and elegant look you can wear a red velvet silk dress with some refined pearls as accessories. You will look powerful and trendy at the same time.

However, if you are going for a quite casual look, wearing a green-toned silk dress with a cozy cardigan is the right look for you. The cardigan will keep you warm and casual and the dress will complete the look with a touch of elegance and femininity.

A pop of yellow

Another one of the best high street fashion buys S/S 2021 I recommend trying is wearing a yellow piece.

Firstly, yellow is the colour of happiness and you can’t argue with me that this colour doesn’t go perfectly with the S/S fashion.

A colour as bright and radiant will complete your look and will totally define your whole outfit.

For example, wearing a yellow suit accompanied by a same colour bag will make your outfit pop and glow. You are totally taking a risk with this fit. It can either go wonderfully or horribly, there’s now way in between. But isn’t this how fashion works?

Although, if you are looking for something safer you can never go wrong with yellow and brown tones. Even if yellow and brown seem to remind people of Autumn, wearing the right pieces and choosing the right textures will do you good. You can pick a yellow skirt so you make a statement and a brown toned blazer to cool things down.

Purity

2020-2021 is the time when women all over the world chose to be natural. The Instagram brows became as natural as possible, the dark and toned contouring also cooled and people now tend to choose just a touch of contour to define their features. Also, wearing blush is much more trendier than it used to be.

All of these changes made femininity and purity quite a trend in 2021. Women chose to embrace their more natural selves and to exploit their angelic features.

Therefore, white and sandy colours are now more fashionable than ever. Choosing to wear a ruffle white dress will make you look feminine and classy at the same time. Also, because of how pure the colour is, the whole outfit should make you look heavenly.

You will never do wrong with this type of fit because it makes you stand out throughout its simplicity.

Pastel looks

Pastel looks are completely one of the best high street fashion buys S/S 2021.

Pastels have been in the game for quite a long time. But one things is for sure, third time we use this expression, let’s change a pastel look, especially in 2021.

A baby blue pastel suit provides you many different ways of styling it.

You can either go for an elegant look and style the suit with a dazzling pair of sandals. Or, you can style it with some beautifully and more coloured pair of sneakers. It’s up to you!

Pretty in pink

The Chanel 2021 spring fashion show thought us how to perfectly put in place an amazing and up to date pink outfit.

Go for pink trousers and style them with a top in the same colour. You can always add accessories and details in different tones of the colour that you’ve chosen to complete your look.

Also, associating a colour as gentle as pink with some chains totally makes a statement. Try it yourself and enjoy how powerful you’ll feel.

All things considered, those were my 5 best high street fashion buys S/S 2021. What a controversial season I must say. What is your opinion on it and what would you add to my list?

XOXO,

Miss Andrada