Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Lifestyle Books To Read This Autumn.

One of my many resolutions for 2018 was to read a book every single month. This might not seem to be a lot for most people, but I am actually quite lazy when it comes to reading. Don't get me wrong, when I finally read a book I totally love it but starting is a whole different thing for me. I always feel I have something more important to do than to sit down and take an hour out of my day. 
Setting this challenge for myself has been very interesting. I have to admit, I haven't read a heavy and lengthy book every single month but I managed to finish some kind of book, be it poetry or fiction, every thirty days so far. YAY! 

I soon realized that the type of book I love to read the most is lifestyle based. So today I want to share with you my favorite lifestyle related reads.

How not to die - Dr. Michael Greger
This is a bit of a cheat. I have actually read this book last year and read it again this year. It's one of those books which makes you think about yourself and your lifestyle, even months after you have finished it. Honestly, if you are into nutrition and you want a very unbiased and neutral outlook on societies current diet you should absolutely read this one. And don't worry, this is not one of those typical books that try to guilt you into eating a plant-based diet. It is full of facts and studies which are presented in a very non-judgemental way and you can simply make up your mind yourself. 

The universe has your back - Gabrielle Bernstein
This is a great one if you want to start looking into the power of positive thinking and what the universe has to do with it. I liked it much better than 'the secret'. But I have to say that I take a lot of these things with a grain of salt. You should definitely be open-minded while reading it. But make up your own mind and see for yourself what you want to implement in your life and what seems to be too far-fetched to you. 

The anxiety solution - Chloe Brotheridge
Anxiety is something I don't talk too much about on here but I have actually struggled with it for years now. I have recently stopped my medication for it and this book has helped me a lot. If you struggle with anxiety yourself, or if you know someone who does, this is a must-read. 

Lean in: women, work and the will to lead - Sheryl Sandberg
This is the perfect book for anyone who is about to finish their education and will transition into the working world. Honestly,  this has been so motivating and insightful to me. 

You are a badass - Jen Sincero
I am finishing this post off with a book that is for everyone. The other books might have been quite specific but this one is all in all motivating, funny and just leaves you feeling so positive and badass. It made me laugh and think at the same time. If you only want to read one of these I highly recommend you to read 'you are a badass'. 

Do you have any lifestyle related book recommendations for me?
x Lisa

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Style Hacks | How To Always Look Put Together.

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I am sure we all have those days where we just feel 'meh' about our outfit and we just can't find anything in our wardrobe that elevates our mood. But why is that? We had the same wardrobe the week before, right? And yet we felt completely different about it. I can't really tell you what happens overnight that leaves us hating every single piece in our closet. But I am here to tell you what you can do to if a simple pair of jeans and tee just don't cut it anymore. So here are my five tips on how to look (and feel) more put together, every single day of the week.

The classic blazer.
A blazer is such a transformative pieces. It goes with absoluely anything, be it casual ripped jeans or a smart dress. A classic black fitted blazer instantly makes me feel more powerful and confident. And don't forget... you look how you feel!

The (red) lipstick.
Whenever I feel uninspired and bored of my looks I go straight to my lipstick collection and see which one makes me feel inspired again. I know people tend to give the advice that a red lipstick will totally transform how you feel. This can be true, but don't underestimate the power of lipstick in general. Sometimes a pretty nude or a light pink can have the exact same effect for me. So just try out what works for you. 

Jewel it up.
I genuinely can't go a day without jewelry. I have a few standard pieces that I always need to have on me. But when I feel I need that little bit of extra sparkle in my life, I like to layer even more dainty necklaces together or stack my rings even more. This always does the trick for me. 

All about the scent.
It's not always about the visuals. Perfumes play a huge role in my day to day outfits and the only time I don't wear any I am probably heading to the gym. There is a perfume for every mood in my collection and I love to choose it according to what I feel or what I want to feel. My perfume of choice for the ultimate confidence boost is YSL Black Opium. 

Sunnies are your best friend.
You can wear the most basic outfit but a pair of oversized statement sunnies can make you look so fierce. I am currently trying to get my hands on the Celine Tilda sunglasses. To me, they are the ultimate 'don't talk to me, I got things to do and places to be' shades. IN LOVE!

What do you do to look more put together?

x Lisa


Sunday, September 9, 2018

The Perfume Edit.

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Today I wanted to share with you something that I don't often talk about: my favorite perfumes. Thinking about it now I find it surprising how I have never shared them with you. I am someone who can't leave the house without a spritz or two. Which one I choose each day depends completely on my mood and the occasion. So I thought it would be fun to talk you through my most used and loved perfumes. 

Chanel No.5
This is the perfume that is most special to me. Not (just) because it's Chanel, but because I bought it at Heathrow the first time I visited London. I actually took my mum there for her birthday and it was such a magical week for us. So whenever I use it, it reminds me of London and more importantly my mum. I only wear it for special occasions like birthdays, weddings or Christmas or whenever I need that extra boost of confidence.

YSL Black Opium
If I ever need a very intense perfume for a night out or any other special occasion this is my choice. It smells very strong but in the best way possible. I know so many people who either hate or love Black Opium but I adore it completely. So give it a try and tell me what you think. Love it or hate it?

Armani Si Intense
This is a scent I love to wear on a daily basis. Yes, it is still quite 'out there' but I always like my perfumes to be a bit more on the bolder side. Especially because I feel like they last way longer. There is nothing worse than a perfume that disappears after an hour or so. I really like the original Si scent but the intense version suits me the best. 

Chloe Love
I guess this is my most used and loved one when it comes to everyday scents. It's pretty powdery and maybe not for everyone but I am obsessed. To me, it's the most elegant, sophisticated and yet unique scent. I get loads of compliments whenever I wear it and I got so many friends and family members hooked on this scent as well. This will most certainly never leave my collection.

By Terry Terrific Oud
I am in two minds about this perfume. Sometimes I find it way too strong and just too 'oud' but other times I am so drawn to this scent. I have to be honest, I don't wear it all that much but there is something special about this By Terry scent. I would love to hear your opinions if you have ever tried it. 

x Lisa