Sunday, September 30, 2018

New Launch | Givenchy L'Interdit Perfume.

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It is no secret that I am a sucker for pretty packaging When I saw the relaunch of Givenchy's 'L'Interdit' I was head over heels for this beautiful looking perfume. So I just had to look into it further.. even though I really wasn't in need of another perfume in my collection.

Did you guys know that the original L'Interdit scent was created in the 50's for Audrey Hepburn and that she wore it a whole year before it was launched? Well, if the packaging alone wasn't enough for me to give it a try, then this fact was the final push. 

It finally joined my collection a couple of weeks ago and as you can imagine, the packaging didn't disappoint. While I was admiring it on my perfume display, I was very excited to see what the actual scent was like. I read before that it was a floral scent.. and most floral perfumes are too fresh for my liking. I like very deep, opulent and powdery smells. 

The scent completely surprised me. Yes, it has a floral tone, which later I read consists of orange blossom, tuberose, and jasmin. But there was something different about it. It also has this deep and intense side to it which is made out of vetiver and patchouli. Honestly a scent like no other I have tried before.

So if you are like me and you normally stay away from florals because you are scared they are too light, sweet or fresh.. give this one a try. I can already see myself wearing this all throughout the colder months. 

Have you tried it yet?

x Lisa

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


Sunday, September 2, 2018

How To Work From Home Like A (Girl)Boss.

I am not quite sure if I qualify as a 'work from home' woman but I am a student who also happens to be a Blogger and Instagrammer. So I spend about one to two days a week at University and the rest of the time I work from home. Regardless if I fit this category or not, I think I have done this long enough to give you my personal tips and tricks on how to work from home like a (girl)boss. 

This is probably one of the most important points I want to make today. Scheduling and planning your days in advance are so vital. Of course, you need to be organized when working in an office or any other job as well. But the difference is that other people, like your boss, are most likely keeping you accountable. But if you work from home, most of the time you are your own boss. So schedule everything in your day beforehand. I love to sit down on Sundays and plan my week ahead. Not only the work things I have to do but also my private life tasks.. like cleaning or getting groceries. And don't just write a to-do list for each day. Try to also schedule when exactly you are planning to do something. This is a little example:


  • 8-9am E-Mails
  • 9-12am Uni assignments
  • 12am-1pm Lunch
  • 1pm-4pm Working on blog posts
  • 5pm get groceries 
  • 7pm gym 

Get dressed
I know it's tempting to live in your dressing gown all day as no one, besides the delivery guy, will see you anyway but trust me.. getting properly dressed for the day makes such a difference to your mindset. Of course, I don't put on heels or do a full face of makeup on days where I am completely working from home. But putting on a cute and comfortable dress or sometimes even gym clothes and putting on a bit of makeup makes me feel so much better and I bet it will do the same to you. 

If you work from home you will probably find yourself checking the fridge every other hour just to see if something new magically appeared. This is my go-to procrastination technique and it way too often leads to me having cereal for lunch.. and dinner. So be prepared. Get yourself some healthy snacks and try not to have too many naughty things in the house. One of my go-to snacks are my energy balls. You find the recipe for them here.

Be prepared to explain
'But, do you really work?' is a question you will get all the time when you work from home. People probably imagine you laying in your bed all day binging Netflix and I can see where they are coming from. When you work from somewhere which is physically away from your home this becomes the 'work zone' and home is the 'relaxing zone'. The truth is you can get the exact same amount of work done from wherever you decide to work. It's all about scheduling and planning smart. So don't get insulted when you hear these questions and just try to see it from their perspective. 

Set Boundaries
One thing I am really passionate about is setting boundaries. And I think it's not necessarily only people who work from home that struggle with this. But it definitely doesn't help when your work-life happens in the same place as your personal-life. You don't want to know how many times I got an E-Mail notification at 9pm while watching a movie with my boyfriend and 'quickly' responding to it. And there is absolutely no reason why it couldn't wait until the next morning. So setting boundaries and specific 'work' and 'play' times is vital. For your own mental health and also for the relationship with people around you.

x Lisa