Sunday, August 4, 2019

What I Learned From Breaking My Leg.

Around two months back, at the end of May, I broke my ankle. I was actually on holiday in Switzerland with my boyfriend and his family and while hiking a mountain it happened. I slipped and immediately knew I broke my bones. It had to be operated right away and due to the fact that I was on top of a mountain surrounded by snow, I had to be picked up by a helicopter. Yes, it does sound quite dramatic but to me, it was all such a blur that it doesn't even feel that dramatic. 

However, the two months following my accident were actually the hardest part. Not being able to walk for six weeks straight and still having to use crutches to this day for walking outside the house really takes a toll on you and your mental health. It is funny how you can take the smallest things for granted, like being able to pop out and go to the grocery store alone, cleaning the house or simply going down a few stairs to go and get the post. I am a lot better now and make progress every day. Today I was reflecting on the past eight weeks and how much that time actually taught me, besides wearing supportive hiking shoes. So I thought I would share with you what I learned from breaking my leg. 

1. It's okay to slow down.
One of the main things I struggled with, especially in the beginning, was that I wasn't able to live as fast-paced as I normally do. Every little thing took so much longer and I simply needed to slow down in every aspect of my life. On top of that, I was in the process of applying for jobs. Even though I was obviously able to send my applications and work on my laptop, but going to interviews was a bit more tricky. But I did it. With crutches and my cast, I went to a few interviews after about 4 weeks post-accident and I never had the impression that it hindered the interview in any way. (And I actually just got an amazing job offer! YAY). 

2. Sometimes, you got to accept some mess.
My boyfriend knows how much I need to have tidiness around me. I just hate things to be out of place and I simply can't go to bed before the house is tidy and neat. Obviously, I was not able to tidy... at all. And while my boyfriend still had his shifts at the hospital and on top of that had to drive me around to doctors appointments, interviews, and physiotherapy, while managing the household... our flat got pretty messy at times. Obviously, I can't expect him to tidy up as much as I would, especially while having so much on his plate already, but I have to admit that it was kind of stressful for me at times to just sit and watch the chaos while not being able to do anything about it. But thankfully I am now back to tidying like a mad woman again, haha.. 

3. Try and find the bright side.
I am thankfully a quite optimistic person, so I didn't necessarily need to learn how to see the bright side. But my accident definitely reminded me of how important it is to see the positive in things. Maybe I just needed this time to slow down. However, one of the first things I said after coming out of surgery and seeing my boyfriend and his family was that I was actually glad it happened to me and not them. And while they wear laughing, I was actually not joking. While the surgery was going on I thought about how much more inconvenient it would have been for anyone of my boyfriends family, who needed to take a 12-hour flight a week later, to have had this accident. So I guess I was lucky in being unlucky. You could say I took one for the team.

4. Accepting help is fine.
Another hard one for me. I am normally a very self-sufficient person who loves to do everything on her own. I do not like to ask for help unless there is absolutely no other way. And now I needed help with everything. And I mean E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. I couldn't get into the shower without help, I couldn't carry a cup of tea from the kitchen to the living room without help... So accepting help was a big lesson for me. And I really think we all should ask for help from time to time. And please don't break a leg just to learn this lesson!

5. Don't take the small things for granted.
I never appreciated being able to walk and being so independent. And seeing how much I struggled with this short term inability to do anything I want, it really taught me to appreciate the small things. We all should just be grateful for what we have, even if we are just healthy and happy. There is nothing more important than that. 

& most importantly: always wear the right kind of shoes kids!

x Lisa

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Brand Focus | Givenchy Beauty.

*This Post contains PR Samples |

I recently realized that I never really talked about Givenchy beauty on here. I might not have the biggest collection of their products, but the few I do own, I absolutely own. So today I thought I would go through my Givenchy beauty bits with you and let you know why you might need them in your beauty bag!

1. Givenchy L'Interdit Perfume 
One of my fave summer perfumes is L'Interdit by Givenchy. It has subtle floralness to it without smelling like a whole field of wild flowers. I am normally someone who stays awaz from very floral scents but this one just hits the spot for me and is perfect for spring/summer time. I am not the best at describing scents so I would say just give it a spritz whenever you'll be around a beauty counter. You won't regret it! 

2. Givenchy Mister Brow Filler 
Whenever I am running late and I have to quickly fix my brows, the Givenchy Mister Brow Filler is my life saviour. It's a thicker gel which holds my brows in place, gives the more volume and also gives it more depth as it's quite pigmented. But I would say handle with caution. Because it is so pigmented you are better off with applying a bit at a time and not go all in at once. 

3. Ginvenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow
Similar to the Mister Brow Filler, the Ombre Couture cream eyeshadow is my 'lazy day eye look' saviour. It's a very buildable brown cream eyeshadow that is very easy to work with. Most of the time I wear it quite sheer all over the lid or instead of liner on my upper lash line. But I can definetly build it up when I need a more dramatic look. I can also imagine it working well as a base when you have a non-lazy day. 

Have you tried anything from Givenchy yet?

x Lisa


Sunday, July 21, 2019

The Spring/Summer Dress Edit.

*PR Samples included

It's finally the time of the year where we can get out all of our fave summery dresses. I am someone who wear dresses all year round (yes, also in winters). But I still get excited about lightweight linen fabrics and floral patterns. And who doesn't love a beautiful midi or maxi dress when it's hot and sunny outside? Well, I certainly do.

Today I want to share with you my current fave picks and new in pieces in my wardrobe. Enjoy!

Are you excited for summer dress season?

x Lisa

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Five Things To Purge From Your Closet Right Now.

I have recently talked about 'Minimalism & My Closet'. This is a topic I am absolutely passionate about. However, as much as I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe, I am not sure that it would actually work for me. But we all have certain categories of items in our closet, that we could and should get rid of right now.

It doesn't fit (anymore). 
I guess we all have at least one item in our closet that just doesn't fit. And yet, we hold onto it. Why? Well, we either hope to fit into it one day, or we used to love it and it just doesn't fit anymore. Either way, it is time to get rid of it!

The price tag is still on. 
I am guilty of this. But sometimes I am even glad that I leave the tags on until I actually wear the item. This way, when I go through my closet and I see a dress with a tag that I bought last year, I know I haven't worn it and I probably never will. So again, get rid of it!

It's completely uncomfortable. 
This one is a hard one. I used to have quite a few items in my closet that looked beautiful, fit like a glove but I just don't reach for them. Why? Because they feel awful when I wear them. Be it shoes that rub or a sweater that itches, life is too short for uncomfortable clothes. Toss them! (and by that I mean to sell or donate, please don't actually toss it.)

For a red carpet event. 
I often preach that when you see a dress you love, buy it just in case you need it. And while most of the time you will end up needing a cute dress for a wedding or a work event, you probably won't need an outfit that can only be worn to the Oscars. Unless you are Angelina Jolie or Scarlett Johansson and if you are, hey girl.. hold onto your sparkly floor length gown. Otherwise, it's time to go. 

For the memories. 
This is probably the hardest category. The memory items. Okay, please don't just get rid of your wedding dress or your childs first little outfit. But definitely go through those 'memory items' and think about if you really, really want to hold onto them. And if you do, store them away safely. There is no need for them to take up space in your wardrobe. 

Happy declutter!

x Lisa


Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Products That Changed My Skin.

*{This post was written in collaboration with}

Around a month back, my skin started acting up. I broke my ankle and spend some time in the hospital. I guess it was a mixture of all the medication, stress and scaling down my skincare routine that let my skin looking dull, dry and very textured. When I was back home and starting to feel a bit better I wanted to work on getting my skin back to normal. 

I did some research and decided to treat myself to some new products. I have been testing these over the past few weeks and today I will share with you the products that have literally changed my skin.

This has been one of the best products I have tried in a long time. I wanted to try a good chemical peel for a while and let me tell you. I won't go back. My skin looks plumper, fresher and I even think my pores got smaller. Obsessed!

I heard so many amazing things about this mask. And as my skin really lacked in the glow department, I thought some enzymes would be the right thing for me. This is for sure my new go-to mask. My skin feels so much softer and more alive. I use this about once a week.

Even though I was on the hunt for some new products, I wanted to play it safe and stick with a moisturizer I know and love. For me, there is nothing better than the Clinique Moisture Surge. A very light moisturizer, which leaves my skin feeling hydrated without any tacky feeling. YAY!

Just before my little accident I actually used up all my serums. I knew I wanted something with Hyaluronic Acid. But I also wanted to incorporate some Vitamin C into my routine for that extra glow. So right now I am using the La Roche Posay Hyalu B5 serum at night and their Pure Vitamin C10 serum in the day. The perfect combination for me.

Whenever my skin looks dull and dry I know I have to start using oils again. I know it can be a bit intimidating, especially in the summer. But I would just say if you start using oils maybe start by only using them at night. The Caudalie Vinosource oil is a beautiful light oil and doesn't feel 'too much' even in the hot summer nights we had recently. I am in love.

If you want to change up your beauty products or simply stock up on your faves, Notino is having a Summer Black Friday week starting tomorrow, the 8th of July until the 14th!

Happy shopping everyone!
x Lisa


Sunday, June 30, 2019

My Style Staples | Belt it.

*This post was written in Collaboration with Micolet

I am sure we all know those days when everything we put on looks boring. We already wore the same outfit approximately one million times and we feel like we desperately need a closet refresh. But before you go on a massive splurge on countless new dresses, maybe try some new accessories first. And if you want to save even more money, you should definitely check out Micolet, a second-hand clothing and accessory heaven. 

Yes, a simple belt around your waist can absolutely transform your outfit. I don't just mean put a belt on with your jeans, I mean belt your dresses, coats, everything.  It not only transforms your outfit, but it also gives your oversized coat or flowy dress a much more tailored and sinched in look. It's like a new piece altogether. I currently love my Zara belts but I for sure need to invest in the skinny black Gucci belt... obsessed!

Belts can be so fun, also you can choose a super skinny black sophisticated belt, but you can also go all out and set a statement with a chunky red belt. It's all up to you and your mood. 

Low - Medium Priced

Medium - High Priced

Do you wear belts on a regular basis? 
x Lisa


Sunday, June 23, 2019

Why & How I Am Trying To Live More In The Moment.

Being present has been a huge focus of mine over the past few months. I recently realized that I am constantly either living in the past or the future. I would either relive everything and wondering what I could have done better or I am worrying and stressing about all the possibilities of the future. Well, what is actually suffering while doing all this is the present and most importantly, the present me. 

Have you ever heard of the phrase 'worrying means you suffer twice'? This really hit home for me. Everyone who knows me knows that I am someone who worries all the time. And because of that I always have a plan for all the eventualities of life. And while being prepared is a good thing, you simply cannot live your whole life anticipating the world to end next week. Okay, this might be a bit of an exaggeration but you get the picture. 

So how am I actually trying to be more present?

Take action whenever you can, or let go. 
Just because you should focus on the present, doesn't mean you should always completely ignore your worries. If you are worried about your finances, maybe book a consultation with an advisor. If you are worried about the strange noise that is coming from your cars motor, get it checked out. But if you are worrying about things you can't change or you can't prevent, then you need to let go and simply accept that there are things out of control. And most of the time, they won't happen and if they do, they probably won't kill you. 

How are we supposed to enjoy and fully take in the present if our surroundings are constantly cluttered? It is important to not only declutter your possessions, like your closet or the kitchen cupboard you can barely close anymore, but also your digital and emotional life. Go through your following list on social media and declutter the list from anything and anyone that is not serving you positivity. And if you are still holding onto any kind of relationship in your life that is bringing you nothing but negativity, guilt or hurt, let go.  

Sometimes you just gotta fake it til you make it. And if that means smiling even when you don't feel like it, then so be it. The worst that can happen is, that nothing happens and you keep on worrying. But what if it helps? It won't hurt to give it a try. 

Keep on dreaming. 
Okay, just because I am saying we should live more in the moment, I don't want you to stop dreaming. I actually think that dreaming big helps us to be happier, to have ambition and to feel a sense of purpose in life. It's all about balance. Don't worry too much, don't dream too much. Try and find the balance and you will be alright.

Schedule screen time. 
It is no secret that technology and the increasing consumption of digital media lead us to being less and less present. So think about yourself and your habits when it comes to screen time. It is probably time to rethink and reschedule. Maybe you try out the rule of not being on your phone or laptop past 8pm or maybe you won't pick up social media before noon? Whatever suits you and your lifestyle, scheduling screen-free time is always a good idea. 

I say it again, yoga. 
You are probably sick of hearing me talk about yoga, but I just have to say it again. Yoga has helped me massively this year in my surge of being more present. There is something about the flow of movements that makes me completely stop thinking about the past or the future. I just exist. If you haven't tried it yet, please do! However, I think that exercise, in general, is a great tool that helps you to be more present and focused. 

What do you do to be more present?

x Lisa

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The Tom Ford Lipstick Collection.

*This post was written in collaboration with

If you have been reading my blog for some time, you probably have heard me raving about Tom Ford lipsticks before. Today I thought I would share with you my current collection. I know their price tag is pretty high, even for high-end brands, but I do feel they are worth it if you love lipsticks as much as I do. Not only is their packaging incredibly beautiful and luxurious, but their formula is also creamy, pigmented and long lasting. I also adore their color range and for a pinkish nude loving person like me, there are tons and tons of shades available. 

Left to right: 13 Blush Nude, 57 Spiced Honey, 66 Paper Doll, 07 Pink Dusk, 58 All Mine, 60 Bad Lieutenant, 04 Indian Rose

The first shade I ever got was Indian Rose, a deeper pink toned nude. I still love this shade to death but I am currently more into lighter nudes. 
Pink Dusk is my all-time fave and I know I will have to buy a new one whenever I run out. On my skin tone, it's the perfect pinkish nude. Not too light, not too dark and not too pink. 
All Mine is the 'nudest' nude I own and it goes with every makeup look. 
Paper Doll is a beautiful light pink which is a bit more 'Barbie' than the rest of my lipsticks and I love it in the spring/summer time. 
Blush Nude is very similar to Pink Dusk. 
Spiced Honey and Bad Lieutenant are my latest additions and I haven't had the chance to wear them out yet. Spiced Honey seems to be a mid-toned nude and Bad Lieutenant is more pink and deeper. 

Have you tried and Tom Ford lipsticks yet and do you have a fave shade?

x Lisa


Sunday, June 9, 2019

My Style Staples | The Black Bag.

Let's get back to the basics. In my new series 'My Style Staples' I want to discuss the absolute basics of my style. And today I want to start with my must-have accessory: the black handbag. I have to admit that I always automatically get drawn to black everything, not only bags but also shoes, blazer, dresses.. literally anything black is my thing. I just feel like black goes with everything and it's just so much easier to take care of. SO today I want to share with you my absolute fave black bags and my current wishlist. 

If you have been reading my blog for a while you probably know that I am a huge fan of Kurt Geiger bags and shoes. So it's no surprise that my two most worn bags are KG.

The Kurt Geiger Kensington
The perfect structured bag for any occasion that requires me to look a bit more put together. I love this one with a blazer and a cute dress.

The Kurt Geiger Emma
The Emma is the perfect bag for every day. It's less structured but just as beautiful. It has loads of room for anything I could need on a daily basis. The best investment ever.

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x Lisa

Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Morning Routine That Sets You Up For Success.

Okay, the title of this post might be a bit of a stretch. I don't believe there is the perfect morning routine or the perfect formula for success. However, I do believe that there are certain things and habits anyone can implement into their lives to set up their day for success. You don't have to do all of them and I am sure there are many more things that I didn't even think of.. so maybe share them in the comments. I would love to have a conversation about this. 

If you snooze, you lose. 
Getting up early is not easy, at least it is not for me. One thing that has massively helped me to get up earlier is to actually disable the snooze function of my alarm. We all know the inner dialogue that goes something along the lines of '...oh another 5 minutes won't make a difference. I'll just put my hair in a ponytail today, no need for styling. You know what, I anyway wanted to have a makeup-free day. Oh, today is the day I skip breakfast and start intermitted fasting.' And it goes on and on until it's so late that you have to rush out of bed. Yes, you make it into work in time, but you are also absolutely stressed out and exhausted before the day even started. Since not having the option to hit snooze I only have one choice: actually getting up when my alarm goes off. Easy, but so effective!

First off, water. 
I am someone who always tries to drink more water but I have to actively remind myself all the time. All jokes aside, if I don't try hard enough I will live on a glass of water a day. So getting in a big glass of water right when I get up, without fail, always helps. And you know what? Now I am actually thirsty every single morning. It's crazy how you can train your body and mind to adapt to your habits. 

Set the tone. 
What you do in the morning sets the tone for the whole day. I started practicing yoga every single day after getting up and having my water. For me, its the best way to stay focused throughout the day and feel calm and relaxed at the same time. And don't worry, your yoga session doesn't have to be 40 minutes long to be effective. Unless it's the weekend or I have a morning off, 5 to 15 minutes are enough for me. 

Get an overview. 
Even though I like to plan my days ahead of time, preferably on a Sunday, I like to check my calendar and to-do lists and get an overview of the day. If you are prepared, you are going to be more organized and less anxious. 

Last but not least, smile. Sometimes smiling, even when you don't feel like it, or especially if you don't feel like it, will make the biggest change to your day and your mood. Fake it til you make it!

x Lisa

Sunday, May 26, 2019

My Beauty Must-Haves | Spring Edit.

After having some beautiful sunny Easter days a few weeks back, the weather seemed to be quite undecided whether or not it is spring yet. In the last couple of days however the sun has made a comeback and I thought I would take the opportunity to share with you my current beauty must-haves. Whenever spring comes around I love to switch to very light products, which almost give me the 'no makeup'-makeup look. So here are my fave products to achieve exactly that. 

*This Post contains PR Samples

This is a product I have always been intrigued by but I was always so unsure about getting it. The price is quite high for something I wasn't quite sure about what it exactly does. But now that I have finally bit the bullet I can't live without it. It's basically a bronzing serum with skincare benefits. The coverage is almost nonexisting, so if you need a lot of coverage this might be more of a base for you. I love to wear it on its own on days where I like to look like I am not wearing anything but I want my skin to look more alive and not as dull and pale as it normally does. It comes in three shades and I went for the lightest one. If you are pale this is quite good, but if you have a bit color to your skin, go for the medium or even the dark one. They sheer out quite a lot so you don't have to be scared that it won't match your skin tone. 

A product I have been loving years now is the By Terry Ombre Blackstar eyeshadow sticks. They are so easy to use and just look gorgeous and natural. I love the blond opal shade for spring. It gives my eyelids a bit of a glow and dimensions without looking like I put a lot of effort into it. 

My go-to bronzer for almost 3 years in a row has been the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess bronzer. There is not a lot that I can say about it other than that the formula blends beautifully and on me, it really looks like bronzed skin, not too red and not too ashy. 

It's no secret that I love my Tom Ford lipsticks so of course, I had to feature one in this post. 'Paper Doll' is a beautiful light pink which is perfect for a spring look. 

The YSL highlighter in 'Pearl' looks quite intense in the pan but is actually very subtle once you apply it. I just love this highlighter on a natural makeup day. 

What are your go-to products for the spring time?

x Lisa

Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Work Shoes That Are Actually Comfortable.

*PR Samples included
As much as I love smart clothing like blazers and chic dresses, one thing I always struggle with is finding work appropriate shoes that are actually comfortable. A few weeks back I went on a mission to find the most comfortable and chic shoes and as always Next did not disappoint. So today I thought I would show you the latest additions to my shoe closet.

The Heels
One of the most classic styles when it comes to office shoes are probably heels. I normally shy away from pointy heels, as they tend to be the most painful ones. But the forever comfort line by Next really converted me and I can finally wear a pair of heels for longer than just an hour at a time. Yay!

The Loafers
The loafer has become such a major trend shoe over the last few years and I don't see it going anywhere any time soon. So, of course, I had to include a pair. 

The Sandals
When it gets hotter I love to wear a pair of sandals to work. But of course, they still have to look chic. So here are some of my faves.

What are your go-to shoes for the office?

x Lisa