Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Rainbow Bridge

This morning I got up to say good morning to my dog Renzo like I always do, when I noticed something was wrong. He had trouble breathing, didn't want to eat or drink anything, and he could hardly walk. I somehow managed to feed him his epilepsy medication, and that's when I saw his gums were all pale. I know from experience that pale gums are often seen when people have anemia, so I got a bit worried and immediately called the vet.

He really seemed very sick, which was strange, because he was fine yesterday. We played and ran together last night before we went to sleep, and he seemed to be very happy and healthy, and he didn't appear to be in pain or anything.

So after the vet examined him and took a few X-rays, he came back to tell me that Renzo's spleen had ruptured, probably when we were sleeping, and his tummy had slowly filled itself with blood. They couldn't really do anything besides doing an operation that removes the blood from his belly, and giving him a blood transfusion, but it wouldn't solve the problem; it would only slow it down. I asked the vet if there was a chance Renzo would get better if I chose the operation, but they told me the operation would only give me a bit more time with him, but he'd be in a lot of pain, and he definitely wouldn't get better.

So it was up to me to decide for my dog's life, which was one of the hardest decisions I've ever made. Renzo really helped and supported me when my older brother died 8 and half years ago, so making him suffer would be a very ungrateful and cruel thing to do, which is why I decided to put him to sleep.

It's a few hours later now, but my hands are still shaking, and I still have tears in my eyes. I am so upset about losing such an important part of my life, and I can't really believe he's dead :( But even though my heart is broken, I know it was the right decision, and that he's in a better place now.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

I can't hear you over the volume of my hair

Hi everyone!

Do you know that feeling when your hair just feels super flat and boring, and it really ruins your mood? I've been feeling that way for a while now, as I really dislike my boring locks at the moment :( So I did what any smart girl would do in this situation, I picked up the phone and made an appointment for some fresh highlights at my favourite salon, and went shopping for some new hair products!

I've been straightening, curling, teasing, and blow drying my hair for years now, and I've had more perms than I can count, so you can probably imagine how thin and fine my hair is. I was terrified of having to cut my hair short after that much damage, but I somehow manage to keep it pretty healthy and smooth by using the right products for my hair type. I have a couple of favourites that I love and repurchase every time, but I'm also going to test out some new products that I've never tried before. I'd like to point out that I am not sponsored or anything for this haul, and that I have purchased every single item with my own money.

My teasing comb was ready to be replaced, so I picked up a super cheap teasing comb at a local drug store. A similar one can be found here.

I also picked up my favourite hair oil of all time: the Moroccanoil Treatment Light, because it makes my hair super soft and feel very smooth! Just one or two small pumps is enough for my long hair. It smells amazing and it doesn't weigh down my hair at all, which I love.

My hair salon has recently stopped selling my beloved Kérastase Masque Magistral, so I was in desperate need of a new hair mask. I love the Moroccanoil scent, so after reading a ton of positive reviews on this product, I decided to give this one a try. It's the Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask for weakened and damaged hair. I'm very excited to try it out!

One of my favourite haircare brands must definitely be Sexy Hair. I love the feeling of having very smooth, soft and shiny hair, because it makes it much easier to style! And this "Smooth Sexy Hair" shampoo and conditioner really help to achieve that look.

Another product by Sexy Hair, is the "Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus" spray mousse that gives my hair a ton of volume. I love to curl my hair, and this mousse helps hold curls very well too.

And last but not least, I got a big set of rollers in a lot of different sizes. I basically only use the large jumbo ones to create those beautiful runway curls Victoria's Secret models often wear, but I was thinking of trying out a cute hairstyle with some small rollers too this summer, so I just got this set instead :) I never spend too much money on rollers, as I don't notice any difference in how my curls turn out compared to pricier ones. But I'm not a hair dresser or anything like that, so if you know if there's a difference, please let me know in a comment! A similar set of rollers can be found here.

Do you have any hair secrets? And what are your favourite hair products?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Endure and survive

Hey there!

I hope you all had a lovely Easter, and ate a lot of chocolate! Because I sure did too!

I went to church in the morning, and spent the rest of my day with family and friends :) But of course I also managed to fit in some me-time by playing one of my favourite games: The Last Of Us!

Have you ever played it? And how did you spend your Easter? :)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

New Yankee Candle!

Hey everyone!

As some of you may know, I am in love with scented candles! I recently picked up a new scent that I've never had before, but completely fell in love with. It's "Soft Blanket" by Yankee Candle, which I think is a perfect candle for bedrooms or bathrooms because it's so subtle :) And of course I find the teddy bear label utterly adorable, haha.

Yankee Candle describes Soft Blanket as "a lullaby of clean citrus, luxurious vanilla, and warm amber", with top notes of bergamot, citrus, and blackberry, middle notes of cashmere vanilla, powdery rose, and tobacco flower, and a base note of amber, cocoa, and musk. But to be honest I think it smells like a combination of baby powder and clean laundry, with a very light hint of vanilla, which makes me feel extremely relaxed and cozy. I am a huge fan of powdery perfumes (e.g. Chloé, Chanel no 5 eau premiere, Narciso Rodriguez poudrée, or Kenzo Flower), so if you're into powdery scents as well, I highly recommend you to try out this candle!

I bought the medium pillar size, which has a burn time of 80 to 110 hours. I have purchased a few of the jar candles in the past, which is probably Yankee Candle's most famous packaging, but I actually quite like this pillar design! I think it looks quite nice :)

What kind of perfumes, or scented candles do you like?

Sunday, February 19, 2017

What's in my bag? | Louis Vuitton Pochette Métis

Hi guys!

Today I have a different type of blog post for you, something I haven't done before. It's a "what's in my bag"! I always love watching these on YouTube, as I am a very curious person, and find it super interesting to see what other women carry around with them on a daily basis. So I figured it might be fun to do one myself :)

Here's the bag I'm currently using for work and running errands. It's the Pochette Métis by Louis Vuitton, which is a quite small bag, but it fits everything I need when I leave the house, so for me it's perfect.

1. The first thing I always have with me in my bag, is my new iPhone 7 Plus. I actually wanted to get the rose gold one first, but I'm afraid I'd get sick of the colour too soon, so I just got the black one instead.

2. My Chanel blush in 'Rose Initiale' is definitely a necessity for me. The colour is very subtle, so I don't have to blend it out with my beauty blender or anything, which makes it super easy to reapply when I'm in the car, on a train, or whatever. It also has a nice big mirror, which is handy for a lipstick touch up too!

3. Of course I need my favourite perfume with me at all times! This is Coco Mademoiselle eau de parfum by Chanel, which smells amazing :)

4. I always have one or two lipsticks with me in my bag, so I can put one on whenever I'm in the mood for a little extra colour. Right now I have a classic matte red: MAC 'Ruby Woo', a bright pink: YSL Rouge Pur Couture: '19 Fuchsia Pink', and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in 'Prague'.

5. These are the H&M sunglasses I bought around two years ago. They were really affordable, and you all know I cannot resist a bargain when it comes to looking stylish! Even though they didn't cost much money, I think they look very nice, and so far they're holding up just as well as my Chloé ones.

6. My Apple earphones are another necessity for me, because I travel by train or plane a lot, so I enjoy listening to Spotify or watching YouTube videos on my phone.

7. And the last thing I have with me at all times, is my Michael Kors 'Carryall' wallet. I don't like having huge wallets, because they're always heavy and unnecessarily take up a ton of space in my bag. I think Michael Kors products are really high quality for the lower amount of money they cost compared to other designer brands, and I'm really impressed by the soft yet sturdy feel of their saffiano leather pieces, so I really recommend checking out Michael Kors pieces if you're in the market for a new handbag or wallet.

What items do you carry around with you 24/7?

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Blessings in disguise

Hey everyone!

I know I've been MIA for over a week now, but I hope you all understand. I'm currently sick in bed with the flu, and not feeling so well, but I'm sure I'll be all better soon.

For quite a long time now, I've been pretty unhappy at work. I do not want to get in too much detail about it, but because they were trying to cut down expenses, my hours kept getting cut, or I kept being called off work, which resulted in me being at home basically 24/7 instead of working. In prayer I asked God several times to help me with dealing with the insecurity of never knowing when I have to work, and not being sure whether I'll be able to pay my bills because of it. It's been so frustrating for me, that it really influenced my mood and daily life. I wasn't my happy self anymore, and slowly going back to old bad habits of overanalyzing everything I eat, and that's a path I no longer wish to take.

I guess my prayer was finally answered earlier this week, when my boss told me they're letting me go after my contract ends this April. After all of the cut hours, I would be lying if I said I didn't expect this to happen, but of course it's always disappointing and scary when you lose your job and income.

But I still have a job till at least April, so I prefer to look at this in a positive way, and see it as a blessing in disguise. I still have a little time to send out applications to find the job of my dreams :) And as I said, I've been pretty unhappy at work for a while now, so to be honest I am really excited and looking forward to finding something new that's a better fit for me.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Happy Postcrossing

Hi everyone!

Today I have something completely different for you: something I've never done before on my blog! But I'm really excited about it, so even though it's very different from anything I've ever done before, I hope you guys enjoy it anyway! :)

I have made a video of my postcard collection! I started collecting postcards when I joined Postcrossing about 3 years ago. I find writing postcards very relaxing, and it's so lovely to find pretty cards from all around the world in my mailbox :) Some of you probably think that collecting postcards is really lame and not very cool haha, but I really don't care because I love it. I'm not afraid of admitting I'm a dork in some ways, so I am very proud and excited to show my entire collection to everyone!

Vlogging is something I've never tried before, so it was definitely a little scary for me, but if there's one thing I've learned over the years, it's to never let fear get in the way of trying something new, so I did it anyway :) My filming and editing skills aren't that great yet, but I hope you all enjoy my video, and if you liked it, please give it a thumbs up on YouTube so I know if I should make more videos or not! Of course you can also leave a comment below here on my blog, because I'd love to know what you guys think!

Have you ever done Postcrossing before? Or do you collect anything fun? :)