Sunday, July 15, 2018

Currently Craving | Linen.

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It's summer, and summer calls for linen. This is probably no surprise for most of you but to be completely honest.. I never ever was interested in anything linen. To me, it was something for old people. A boring fabric that is high maintenance. And yes, to be fair, it is a bit high maintenance. I definitely have to get out my steamer more often than I did before my linen love affair, but it is so worth it! 

It all started in April. I was on a city break in Salzburg with my boyfriends family and it was HOT. Of course, I was not prepared as I was expecting a nice mild spring weather. So I wasn't very pleased with my packing choices. Obviously, I have to pop into Zara whenever I am near one, this is how I stumbled across this gorgeous white linen dress. It is a bit too short for me to wear on its own but it works perfectly fine with tights. I wasn't sure about it but I really loved the look of it. Needless to say, I got loads of compliments the next day when I wore it and the best part.. it felt so amazing. If you haven't tried linen clothes on a hot summer day you are seriously missing out. I haven't come across a more cooling and comfortable fabric. 

So this is how my love for linen started. I since added a few midi and maxi linen dresses to my collection to wear them in summer without tights. Here are a few of my current faves and cravings I might need to get soon. 

low/medium priced

medium/high priced

Do you love linen as much as I do? Or are you still skeptical?

x Lisa

Sunday, July 8, 2018

All About That Summer Glow.

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What comes to your mind when you hear the words 'summer' and 'makeup'? For me it's all about a light base, glowy and dewy highlights and of course a hint of pink on the lips. So today I will show you my top picks to create exactly that look. 

The Base 
Speaking of a light summer base, I have been using these two foundations religiously over the past couple of weeks. The YSL 'Touche Eclat All-In-One Glow' foundation (quite the mouthful) has been my go-to on most days, especially when my skin is pretty clear and I can live with a light coverage. With this being said, you can definetly build it up to a more medium coverage. But on those days where I wanted to look a bit more polished, I chose the Estee Lauder 'Doube Wear Nude' foundation. It has a bit more coverage than the YSL one but not as much as the original Double Wear formula. At the same time, it is so much more comfortable and lighter than their original. I love! FYI: My shades are BR20 for YSL and 1N2ECRU for Estee Lauder.

The Glow
The most fun part for me about doing any kind of makeup look is the highlight. The Lancome 'Custom Highlight Drops' are a real multitasker. You can mix them in with your foundation for some extra dewiness or you can wear it on top of your base for a glowy highlight. It does look a bit intimidating in the bottle but once you blend it, it looks very natural. So if you like that super intense highlight this might be too natural for you. It's exactly how I like it though. I got it in the shade 'rose glow'. 

The Lips
I always love a nude pink, but when it comes to summer I love to go a bit more 'pink pink'. The Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipstick in 02 is the creamiest (semi-) matte lipstick you will find. I choose this one when I want a very opaque and darker pink. I have raved about the YSLRouge Tatouage Couture liquid lipsticks for ages and their shade 11 has found their way into my collection recently.. I don't want to miss it anymore. It's gorgeous! By the way, if you fancy some great Black Friday Make-up deals you should definitely click on the link. 

x Lisa


Sunday, July 1, 2018

How To Get Into A Fitness Routine & Stay Motivated.

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I always admired those girls who live to workout. Those kinds of girls who seem like it's second nature to them to get up early to get that 10K in before work and then hit the gym after. Well, that's not me. For me finding the motivation to workout is pretty hard. I may be lucky because I am quite good at being disciplined, but that doesn't mean that I actually enjoy an hour of sweating in the gym when I all I want to do is binging Netflix (I currently love Dynasty.. have you watched it?). So I have to be prepared in order for me to secure that those Netflix nights don't take over my life and I actually get my but moving... occasionally. 

If you are looking for only one thing to take away from this post, let it be this. Schedule your workout in as if it's an appointment. Do not wait for a timeslot to suddenly appear. This won't happen. Even if you have all the time in the world you will always find something 'more important' to do than working out. So I suggest you sit down on a Sunday and schedule your workouts for the week ahead. 

Treat yourself
I don't know if this is only a thing that women do, but I heard this a lot from others and it certainly helps me. Treat yourself! Treat yourself to some new workout clothes, some new trainers or some new earphones. I am always so much more motivated when I invested money in my new gym kit. It's too pretty and fun to just lay around. I recently got some new earphones from Sudio. These are completely wireless.. yes, no wire at all. The battery lasts up to 3,5 hours, which lasts me at least two workout sessions. The case itself has another 4 full charges ready for you. Honestly, I never experienced so much freedom when working out. Nobody got time for normal earphones anymore. My boyfriend always acts like he doesn't care about new workout goodies and they don't affect his motivation. But I can confirm that even he wanted to go out for runs way more often since getting his pair of Sudio NIVÅIf you fancy treating yourself as well, you can use the discount code "LISAAUTUMN" for 15% off.

Do it for the health
I can't lie... of course, I want my body to change and that's definitely a part of why I am working out. But if you set your physical appearance as your number one priority I can almost promise you that your motivation will go out of the window pretty quickly. Firstly, physical results really take some time to show. So when you won't have that Kim KW body after a month you will be very tempted to give up. Try to shift your focus to your health. Do you want to be strong and healthy even when you get older? Then you simply have to move your body and take care of your diet. Once you put your health first, physical changes will come automatically. So please do yourself a favor and do not.. I repeat do not.. solely track your weight. Of course, tracking your weight is somewhat helpful, especially when you have a substantial amount of fat to lose. But don't weigh yourself more often than every week or better every other week. Your daily weight gain or loss has nothing to do with fat gain or loss, most of the time it's just water. Especially when you've gained 2 pounds over night.. trust me that just can't be fat. Even more important than weighing yourself is your body composition. So maybe invest in a good body composition scale and also take measurements of your body. That's where you will see the real progress. 

Forget about that 'all or nothing' mentality
This is probably one of the biggest mistakes people do over and over again. The 'all or nothing' mentality with workouts and diets will make you give up sooner or later. We all have been there. You remember that time where you have been eating so healthy for weeks and worked out regularly, and then you had that one day where you ate your body weight in junk food and sugar. Well, this is not the end of the world. It's all about how you go from there? Do NOT beat yourself up and think to yourself that everything is over now and the effort you made over the last few weeks are pointless. One day does not define your journey. It's just one single day out of 7 days of the week, 30 of the month and 365 of the year. Just pick up your healthy lifestyle the next day and this one day 'off'  didn't change a thing. 

Find something that works for you
Going running or to the gym are probably the first things that people think about when it comes to workouts. Even though this might be the right thing to do for some people, it is not for everyone. I started out with Pilates workouts at home. But I quickly realized that I need to actually go out to workout and home workouts don't do it for me. I then started running and absolutely loved it. I went from a couch potato to someone who could run a 5K without completely dying. But it just got boring to me after some time. The beginning was exciting and a huge challenge. After I became better and it got easier I just lacked the motivation. More than a year ago I started going to the gym with my boyfriend. I did a mix of cardio and weights, probably what most people do. And again, I absolutely loved it. But looking back at it now, I probably loved the first six months. I loved getting stronger and feeling more independent in my day-to-day life, like carrying all the groceries at once and not asking my boyfriend for help. But I felt like it got too monotone. This is when my boyfriend asked if I'd want to join Crossfit with him. At first, it was a huge joke to me. I thought I am far away from being fit enough to do anything that 'crazy'. But everybody has to start somewhere, right? So I tried it once, really believing that it won't be for me. Surprisingly I loved every second. Yes, it was intimidating and it was so much harder than anything else I have ever done and it still is most of the times I go. But the feeling after the workout is incredible.. you feel like you can conquer the world. To be honest, there are still so many things I can't do, but there is always a modified way for me to do a certain exercise. Don't be scared. 

x Lisa