holidays in the winter wonderland

25 Jan

hello lovelies!

i haven’t blogged in a while… again… well instead of making up excuses, i’m just going to power through!

i was away for three weeks over the winter holidays, i went to switzerland to celebrate christmas and new years with my family and friends in the mountains, it was beautiful!
(the only reason i will give for not blogging while there, is the internet connection sucked- like really sucked.)
here are a few snapshots i took with my phone while going on walks or mini-breaks on the slopes, i hope you enjoy them as much as i did!

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i also want to show you my new year’s party outfit, a beautiful silver-gray bebe bandage dress, which i accessorized with my tiffany’s key charm necklace, black opaque tights, and steve madden peep toe booties (not in picture).

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i hope everyone’s year has started well, and that you are healthy and excited about what’s to come!

x

the next step

14 Dec

lovelies, as you know, i am not particularly fond of my job.

it’s not fulfilling nor challenging me, and it sure as hell isn’t interesting.
usually, at least the co-workers are a highlight… well, mine aren’t. save for maybe two people, i really don’t care much about any of them. doesn’t sound like much fun, right?

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i am very happy to tell you, that today is my last day at work.

i handed in my resignation three weeks ago. the feeling i got when i walked out of my boss’ office was of sheer joy and relief. i took that as a good sign.

suddenly my work ethic and outlook changed- i became more relaxed and focused, fending off the negative feelings, because i knew that there was a time limit. every day i chanted a little mantra of “only x more days to go”- believe me, it worked like magic! i was no longer bothered by my colleagues, or the petty things happening at the office. a calmness enveloped me, ever since i made my decision, and it’s a wonderful feeling.
i might walk out the building dancing the macarena, who knows. maybe i’ll hop out gangnam style.

it’s really not worth it, doing a job you despise. of course everyone needs the money. but there has to be some quality of life left. one shouldn’t have to dread going to work every morning of every day, it’s just such a heavy chunk of negativity to carry- it will eventually bring you down. and i don’t want that for myself. i could almost see my joie de vivre dissipate, month after month, and decided it can’t go on like that- i refuse to lose my energy and positivity because of a job. just no.

so now the job search begins again. i’m not picky, i have a wide range of interests and capabilities and i’m a quick learner- i like to think of myself as quite versatile. i don’t expect to find my absolute dream job, where i will be so happy i don’t want to go home, but i’ve learned my lesson: i need a job where i have at least the slightest interest in the subject, or where i can honestly say “i’m ok with doing this for the next x years”.
it’s not going to be easy, but i’m looking forward to the challenge.

has anyone of you been in a similar situation?
have you quit your job before, because you were unhappy with it?
i would love to hear your stories!

shoemanic

30 Nov

lovelies, i need to confess that i have a shoe addiction.
the thing that gives me great strength, is knowing that i am not alone with my condition.
but at least i’ve come to admitting it. that’s the first step, isn’t it?

i honestly don’t know how many pairs of shoes i own. but i do know that it’s still in the double digits… i think… no, it is. maybe i should get down to counting them some day. but then again i might really freak out and recoil in horror at the sheer number of shoes that will be laying around the floor.
ah i dream of the day, when i can have a whole room just for my shoes. or a room big enough to fit my shoes and my clothes. just looking at some of the shoe closets of some celebrities makes me want my own even more!
take a look:

rachel zoe’s shoe closet

khloe kardashian’s shoe closet (that’s not even all of it!)

christina aguilera’s closet (home to about 750 pairs!)

just wow, right?
i can fit in my closet just about the shoes needed for spring/summer and fall/winter respectively. it has a couple of top shelves that are really high up, so i stow away the unseasonal ones up there. however, it is still a bit of a pain, because i do have to really wedge every pair in there, and stack them on top of eachother…  here is a picture of my closet during spring/summer. you can actually see my timberlands and winter sneakers in the top part, below and behind them are boots and uggs.

not much space left…

of course it doesn’t help that i wear a size 41- my shoes are by default quite big! that is probably a reason why i do have so many shoes, because my size is a bit harder to find, when i do spot one that fits, i pounce!
i made a bet with myself, that for the whole month of october i wouldn’t shop for anything. ruthlessly nothing. and you know what? i did it! i went an entire month without buying so much as a t-shirt, nothing! i rewarded myself by buying a pair of shoes in the first november week. bam!

so pretty, couldn’t just leave them. no.

now that i’ve shared my main addiction (yes, there’s a couple of minor ones that involve bags and jeans…), i want to hear from you! what can’t you resist buying?

continued fall wootds

29 Nov

hi lovelies, i thought it’s time for the second part of the fall work outfits that i haven’t shown you yet!
here we go:

jacket: zara
scarf: mango
sweater: kookai
jeans: mango (and diy)
shoes: nike wedge sneakers

jacket: mango
sweater: h&m
shirt: h&m
pants: sisley
shoes: asos
bag: LV

jacket: ashy london
t-shirt: the t-shirt company
jeans: h&m
shoes: steve madden
necklace: streetmarket
bag: LV

jacket: h&m
cardigan: h&m
shirt: h&m
leggings: h&m
boots: steve madden
bag: mango

the special thing about this outfit is the leggings, in the first picture you can’t really see it, there a pleather side panel on both legs, very cool! here’s a better pic

fall wootds- moccasins

22 Nov

lovelies, i know it’s been a while that i haven’t posted any outfits, so i’m going to make up for it now, by breaking up about 15 outfits into smaller posts.
i still have some fall outfits i want to show you, some are from early fall, and some are more wintery- unfortunately the weather decided to fast forward through autumn, and we’ve had about 2 weeks of mild weather, then straight to real cold.

i noticed that one of my favorite fall items were my minnetonka moccasins, they are so comfortable and cool, i’ve tried wearing them with pretty much everything! since today is thanksgiving (happy thanksgiving everyone!), i thought it would be a cool first post, you know, with the indians wearing moccasins and all :)

jacket: h&m
dress: h&m
shoes: minnetonka

cardigan: ellison
t-shirt: new yorker
jeggings: james jeans
shoes: minnetonka

jacket: zara
scarf: mango
cardigan: h&m
t-shirt: mango
jeans: zara
shoes: mango (black moccasins, with studs- sorry the pic is so shitty!)
bag: bcbg

jacket: h&m
sweater: h&m
jeans: zara
shoes: minnetonka
bag: LV

you will notice that the moccasins aren’t the only recurring item in the fall outfits, my h&m (light) parka has been one of the most versatile things i’ve ever bought. i’ve worn the crap out of it- the model, cut, material and color make it perfect over pretty much anything- i was so sad when i stowed it away, but i can’t wait to get it out again in spring!

done dipped

19 Nov

hello lovelies!
i hope you guys are holding up well, and not succumbing to the autumn blues!
it can get hard staying positive, when the sky is mostly gray and temps are low- thankfully the christmas markets have started opening, and there’s nothing better than holding a warm mug of mulled wine or punch, and inhaling the allspice scent in the air to shoo away the blues! can’t wait for my first visit!

lovelies, this post is about my hair. you might remember my ombre and dip dye post, which included a poll – well, thanks to your encouragement, i finally had the guts to go through with it!
at first i leaned more towards the ombre, because it seemed somewhat fancier with the added color, but then, i actually went for a gradual dip dye. i figured i could start off with something a little less aggressive than bleaching and coloring, so just lightening the ends of my hair seemed like a good compromise.
i love how it turned out, and i actually regret a bit not having been a bolder in the execution… but i can always get it done again when i go for a trim.
here is the final outcome:

of course i can’t leave you without before and after pics ( my wavy hair had to be brushed out, that’s why it looks the way it does):

before

after

here’s another pic of the finished look:

another reason why i didn’t do the ombre look is because i had done red henna to my hair about a year ago. henna is different to a toner or dye, because it changes the actual color of your hair, as in it doesn’t only envelope the hair like a regular dye, but it penetrates into it, and can’t be washed out. eventually it does lose the more flashy pigments (color keeps coming out when washing up to a month after it’s been done), but you are left with a beautiful shine/shimmer. henna has to be grown out, once you do it, you have to consider that your haircolor is permanently changed. so the hairdresser tested the bleach first on a lock she cut off, to see how light and to which shade it would go. my chocolate brown hair has a reddish shimmer, so when it was bleached, i was left with coppery strands- love it!

halloween recap

6 Nov

lovelies, i know i promised you my costume pictures on thursday, but who was i kidding, right?
you knew i wouldn’t deliver on time, and i thank you for your understanding, but here we go, that’s me as a witch:

i had to take care of a few things on thursday, before i left for a weekend trip on friday, and didn’t have time to blog- sorry!

the cute hat is from claire’s accessories, the corset i got via amazon. it was a bit uncomfortable, but it looked cool and made my waist tiny- definitely worth it! the peplum skirt is from h&m. (sorry about the picture quality)

one of my favorite things about the costume was how my eye- makeup turned out! i used a liquid gel liner (from deborah milano) to get a cat eye, and then instead of making a mess with unsteady fingers, I used eyeshadow tattoo! unfortunately i can’t remember the brand, but I got it from claire’s as well. it was beyond easy to apply, and looked super cool! my mascara is from kiko.


i used my favorite MAC blusher in desert rose, and russian red lipstick, which i fixed for the evening using lipcote (love that stuff!)
for my nails i used a light silver base coat, topped with a black cracking top coat (both from h&m):

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