Sunday, December 9, 2018

The Ultimate Gift Guide For Her.

{This post contains PR Samples by Paige, Kurt Geiger, Rosefield, Kunert & Hudson, Lounge Underwear, S'well, iDeal of Sweden, Fleurs de Paris, Jo & Judy}

Yes, it is this time of the year again. I am looking forward to writing this post every year, as my annual gift guide always sets me in the most Christmasy mood. I am sitting here, writing this post in my new apartment, that we moved into last weekend. Even though we don't have any Christmas decorations (yet), snuggling up under my cozy blanket with a hot chocolate in one hand while scrolling the internet for gift ideas just makes me so excited about the festive season and everything around it. 

I got this as a present for my birthday and I honestly believe this is the most perfect luxurious beauty gift you can get for your loved one... a really special treat! It dries and styles your hair at the same time.. perfect for the busy woman.

This is something that has been on my wishlist for ages, but I would personally never treat myself to a silk pillowcase or silk hair ties myself. But they are a great Christmas gift idea.. a treat for your skin and hair for sure. 

Another beauty product that I am dying to try myself.. and I am sure every beauty obsessed woman in your life would be delighted to find this under the tree this year.

A budget-friendly beauty gift that I would've loved to be gifted this year. And the best thing: If you can't decide which palette to go for, I highly recommend their Plaisir Voyager Box, and even looks pretty under the tree!

Okay, can we take a moment to appreciate this beauty? And the best thing is, the Paige Karissa Blazer comes in different styles and patterns. Maybe your loved one would be obsessed with a leopard print Blazer, maybe the checked one, or if you want to go for the safe option you should treat her to the all black Karissa Blazer.

This wouldn't be my gift guide if I wouldn't mention Kurt Geiger, a brand I have fallen head over heels for this year. I love their bags, shoes and honestly everything. A beautiful treat for a special person in your life.

What would be a gift guide without some beautiful jewelry and most importantly a high-quality watch? I have recently worn my Rosefield watch to death, so I am sure whoever you decide to surprise with some Rosefield pieces, they will be obsessed as well. They also do beautiful gift sets right now with amazing discounts. YAY!

We all know the struggle of low quality and cheap tights that literally fall apart the minute we put them on. But somehow we rarely treat ourselves to a really good quality pair. This is exactly why I think this is such a great gift idea. Kunert & Hudson for sure make my favorite pairs. If you want to go classic black or maybe go for a pattern, they have it all.

Loungewear is such a classic gift idea for a reason, the best part: you can use it right away and feel all nice and cozy around the tree.. I personally love Lounge Underwear Loungewear as it's not only cosy but also looks beautiful. Win-win!

One of my fave products when it comes to gift ideas is a S'well bottle. The perfect present for someone who is always on the go, whether it's traveling, working or just going to lectures all day long. I personally love my S'well and wouldn't trade it for any other bottle ever. 

I know I have been going on and on about iDeal of Sweden cases for years at this point. But when I love something I just need to recommend it to guys over and over again. And the fact is, I haven't come across a better phone case brand since I discovered theirs. Also, be sure to use the code 'juliax20' for a 20% discount.

Have you heard about the Fleurs de Paris Flowerboxes yet? If not, you are in for a treat. They are beautiful boxes filled with real roses that last for one to three years... yes! Years not weeks. I promise you, they are such a special and beautiful gift that absolutely everyone would love.

Last but not least I just have to talk about Jo & Judy. I have talked about their stationary products in the past, but now that I have moved I have been looking more into their homeware pieces and what can I say.. I love them even more! I recently got this beautiful blanket (the one I am currently being cuddled up under and writing this post) and trust me.. a beautiful and luxurious gift idea. 

Hope you got inspired!
x Lisa


Sunday, December 2, 2018

Don't Forget To Treat Yourself This Holiday Season | Giveaway.

*This post was written in collaboration with

It's finally December, yay! The most magical month of the year. If you are anything like me, you are currently in full-on gift shopping mode. My list of gift ideas for my family and friends is growing and growing and to be honest, I love it. I just love thinking about what would put a smile on the face of my loved ones. If you still need some gift ideas, stay tuned for next Sundays post.. 

I also understand that all of the gift shopping can be quite expensive and the last person we think about in December is consequently ourselves. But I think we should all treat ourselves as well. This doesn't have to be a brand new designer bag (I mean go for it if you want!) but it can be as small as a new candle to make you feel all cozy and festive. 

So today I want to share with you my top picks for exactly that..  treating yourself.

Let's start with the smaller gift idea for yourself. Why not pick up a new candle? It can be as low or as high-end as you want. I personally am all about bath&bodyworks candles and when I feel like really giving myself a treat I like to go for Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay. 

Whenever I talk about this with friends everyone agrees that we never really buy perfume for ourselves. It's a great gift to receive but splurging on a new scent always seems kind of unnecessary. But sometimes those unnecessary treats are the really special ones. My all-time fave and a real treat is Chanel No.5.

Of course, you can go out and buy yourself a new drugstore lipstick every now and then. But we can all agree that the feeling of a Tom Ford, YSL or Chanel lipstick is just different. I mean, to be honest, everyone around us probably won't see the difference, but it just feels different. My go-to for a real treat is a Tom Ford lipstick (shades All Mine, Pink Dusk and Blush Nude are the most beautiful nudes if you ask me).

If you really want to splurge but it has to be something more useful.. why not investing in a new hair straightener. I recently got the ghd gold max and I am OBSESSED! I never had a ghd straightener before and if I am honest, I always thought they must be a bit overrated. But they leave my hair so silky smooth and shiny like no other does.

So now that we all want to go out and shop something new for ourselves I thought I'd throw in a giveaway for you guys. So even when treating yourself is really not in your budget this month.. why not entering in my giveaway?

What can you win? 
You can win the Notino Winter Box! It contains loads of beauty surprises, like the FOREO Luna Play and my all time favorite oil, the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse. 

How to enter? 
There are two ways to enter the giveaway 
(each gives you one entry so you can get two entries in total)

Blog entry
Simply comment on this post and tell me what your favorite Christmas song is
& please include your email address or Instagram / Twitter handle so I can contact you

Instagram entry 
Follow me and Notino on Instagram and then comment on this Post (here)
telling me about your favorite Christmas gift you have received so far

The giveaway will end next Sunday and I will contact the winner the next day. 

x Lisa


Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Healthier But Ultra Chocolaty Brownie Recipe.

A couple of months ago I set myself an 'eight weeks no refined sugar' challenge. It just so happened to be my sister's birthday right in the middle of those eight weeks. Consequently, I was looking for a recipe to use for a sugar-free cake/cookie or anything baked so I won't be the only one eating some fruits while others stuff their face with baked goodies. I read through a couple and I quickly realized that a lot of them are quite complicated or have pretty bad reviews. But I did learn a few things.. substituting a lot of the sugar with dates seems to be the main idea. Also, there are quite a few recipes requiring no flour and coconut oil instead of butter. Well, that sounds at least healthy-ish, doesn't it?

On my sister's birthday, I started my little experiment and just combined all the tips I have read online to a recipe which I, admittedly, was pretty sceptical about. But you know what? It turned out absolutely delicious. Yes, the calories for these brownies are still quite high but they are sugar, dairy and flourless... a good start to healthier baking if you ask me. 
Even my family enjoyed them so much that they reached for more even though there were other, and most importantly sweeter, alternatives available. 

Before I go into the recipe you should consider that even though they are delish, if you do not like dark chocolate and you prefer the taste of really sweet milk chocolate you should maybe add some sugar. Of course, this is optional though.

You will need:

  • 250g pitted dates
  • 4 Tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 80 ml of coconut oil 
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 200g of unsweetened baking chocolate or sugarfree chocolate 
  • (I used a German brand called Xucker)
First, you should preheat the oven to around 180°C. While it is preheating pulse the chocolate, cocoa powder and the baking powder in a (strong) blender or food processor. Afterwards, you pulse the dates together with the eggs and coconut oil until everything is pretty much blended. Mix these two parts and place the batter into a brownie baking dish which should be around 20x20cm. 
The brownies should bake around 20 minutes but it depends on your oven. Try not to overbake them though. And enjoy!

x Lisa