Thursday, 23 February 2017

How Being Myself Made Me A Better Blogger.

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“ Every story I create creates me. I write to create myself. Because being myself isn't easy"

'Be yourself' is advice given to us on a regular basis and applies to many different occasions from first dates, to job interviews and new starts. It's quite the odd thing to say really, because why wouldn't we be ourselves, right? But in a world like ours where people expect so much from us, it can be really difficult to be ourselves sometimes. Especially in a competitive world like ours - blogging.

Every blogger wants to find their voice and try to fit in, but sometimes showing who you really are can be harder than one may think. You do what is expected of you, be polite and don't really show a strong opinion in case it may offend someone. Personally, I can fully put my hand up for this. I was such a people pleaser at the beginning and often a tad fake too.

I am a very honest and direct person so that behaviour was very unlike me. But I felt like I had to behaviour in a certain manner, in order to be a 'good/right blogger'. Yet there isn't even such a thing as a correct blogger anyway. 

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 “ Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

Once I stopped being someone else everything had changed. My work became more authentic and people related to my posts, they felt the same as I did and I finally felt like I had achieved something. Those achievements came through being myself, a full on German who is at times a bit too direct and always speaks her mind. 

“Faithless to be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

Being yourself can be difficult. It takes time, a lot of risk and courage to show others who you really are through your written words, but that's exactly why people will love you and return. My personal success has come from personal posts, the ones where I write from my heart and opened up about my mistakes or worries.

It can be scary to open up, show a more vulnerable side but that's what makes us human. People will have something they can relate too and build a connection - remember to not overshare, though - and that connection will lead to loyal readers who respect and value you.  


Be you, be the quirky, funny, adorable, authentic and beautiful you. 

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Don't be afraid to be yourselfThere can only be one you. Don't be second rate version of someone else, if you can be your awesome self and people will love you for it. 


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 Photos by Luke. 
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Monday, 20 February 2017

2 Silk Dresses & 1 Night with Miss Bardo.

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Miss Bardo Dress - Outfit 1: Beige Wrap Front Silk Dress

I was instantly attracted to this beautiful, golden dress when I saw it online. Considering that I'm someone who always goes for black I just couldn't help myself but get it in this stunning gold tone.
Not to brag, but I'm pretty pleased with my choice 'cause it looked stunning on my pale skin. Genuinely, I would have never thought that it would look THAT good but wow, it's like a match made in heaven!

I decided to style the beauty with a golden choker and paired it with these stunning black heels. Truthfully, they might not be the comfiest but make up for it in looks massively - what more could you ask for, right? 

The Wrap Dress - shop it here. 

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 Miss Bardo Dress - Outfit 2: Black Button Silk Shirt Dress

Black, black, black - basically all that's in my wardrobe, but can you blame me? Nah, 'cause black goes with everything, is slimming and just smart.

Shirt dresses are so on trend right now and just look good on everyone. They are super flattering and can also be styled up or down depending on the occasion. I styled this shirt dress with a sparkly choker and added a belt to it - defines my waist and adds a bit of length. This dress can be worn with so many different shoe styles; I personally picked stilettos for this occasion but thigh high boots would look just as good.

What I also really like about the dress is the choice of buttoning up or down. We all know I love a plunging neckline so I obviously opted for a more daring look.

The Shirt Dress - shop it here. 

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2 dresses, 1 night, which one will you pick? 


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Thursday, 9 February 2017

Afternoon Tea with Brillante Events At The German Gymnasium.

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The German Gymnasium impressed with the fantastic food, friendly service and a mesmerising interior decorated by McQueens.


At the beginning of February, I had the pleasure to attend an exclusive event hosted by the fantastic ladies from Brillante Events. They invited me and another blogger, Kellie, to the stunning German Gymnasium restaurant for Afternoon Tea and Champagne. 


Taking a German to a German restaurant is like Christmas day for children. 

Since I've been living in the UK I crave German food like nothing else, from the Bratwurst to Apfelkuchen and Sauerkraut. There is nothing else I would rather stuff my face with than good, traditional German food at the moment. So this was obviously a restaurant made for me, which also meant I had super high expectations.



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The German Gymnasium: Beautiful building, stunning food and friendly staff - what could you want more? 

One foot in the building and I was immediately mesmerised by the stunning interior. Black marble everywhere and I couldn't help but wonder if I could move in. The staff at the front desk were wonderful and walked me to our table where I was greeted with Champagne. We spent the next hour or so chatting, laughing and taking as many pictures as possible until we were walked to our table downstairs.

The food, oh my god. I couldn't help but cry a little bit from the inside out of excitement. I had 'The German Style' afternoon tea selection which included little rolls and cake. Oh, the cake. I still dream about it now. It reminded me of being 8 again, sitting in my great grandma's garden and eating her homemade cake. 


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The Story behind The German Gymnasium 

The building was originally built as the first ever Gymnasium in England in 1865. It was used by the German gymnastics team to train for the upcoming Olympics. It has since then undergone a huge transformation and was turned into a captivating restaurant, yet still remains historical and true to its original looks. It's stylish, elegant and just sexy. It provides the perfect atmosphere for a few too many Instagram pics and cocktails.

In case you are still looking for the perfect restaurant for Valentine's Day, why not give this beauty a try?

Also, the bathrooms are just 'oh my god, this is so beautiful' and they play German music in it. My kinda place. 


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Thank you, Virginia, for the stunning images! 
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Monday, 6 February 2017

Confidence vs Vanity.

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 Confidence is the best Outfit. Rock it and Own it. 

I recently posted a picture on Instagram with a caption that had caused, let's say a bit of a debate. So, the picture was of me and the caption simply stated that I loved the pic of myself, because everything from hair to outfit was perfect. Nothing out of the ordinary, yet people decided to twist my innocent, little caption into something so absurd and ridiculous: 'I wouldn't call you perfect' or 'Who do you think you are to call yourself perfect, you ain't no Queen B'. Firstly, there is no such thing as THE perfect women, we are all perfect in our own way and we certainly shouldn’t be put down for showing some confidence or body positivity. Secondly, when on earth have I ever compared myself to Queen B? That’s just ridiculous.

Despite the negative comments, I also received many positive, inspirational and just amazing ones that supported my caption: Self-love is so important and one can only give love to others if they love themselves - there is nothing wrong with showing a bit of vanity here and there.

I by far am not perfect, but I've accepted myself. Yeah, I really hate my wonky knees but unfortunately, there is nothing I can do about them. But guess what? Accepting yourself and loving yourself for whom you are is so much easier than hating on your body all the time. I'm finally at a stage where I don't care about the negative comments people have to say about me. It just shows what kind of people they are and I sure as hell am better than that.


FYI, my Instagram feed is a place of positivity, so if you wanna be stupid you'll be blocked immediately. There is no mercy. Trust me.
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The fine line between Confidence and Vanity

‘The line between vanity and confidence is one of these contrasting ideas. One is something to avoid at all costs while the other is something to strive for but this line is often difficult to walk.

Self-confidence is all about being happy with yourself, your own goals, achievements and feeling comfortable in your own skin. You will be able to ignore negatives that people throw at you and it will not put you down. Yes, it can hurt from time to time, but I mean, after all, that’s what makes us human, right? Most importantly, it won’t get in the way and just helps us grow as a person even more. A healthy self-image is in fact so necessary that it can be hard for people to accept love from others if they don’t love themselves. Learning to love yourself despite your flaws will inspire others around you, self-appreciation and believing in yourself is the kind of confidence every person should work towards too. Vanity is just self-obsession and absorption, all they work towards to is their own needs and desires. They can’t help others because all that matters to them is themselves - so please, don't be that person.

My thought is people who are self-confident love themselves on the inside no matter what the outside is. People who are vain love themselves on the outside but have no love on the inside. Caring for others comes from the inside which is why people who are vain think only of themselves.

Yes, a bit of vanity here and there is good. But don’t let it get the better of you.

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

Date Night with Blue Vanilla.

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A date night outfit in collaboration with Blue Vanilla Clothing - It's date night, date night whoop, whoop! 

Yay for date night and it always equals a hot outfit, whether it's with your girls or the boyfriend. With Valentines coming up too I believe there couldn't be a better time to discuss everything love related - in case you also need some sexy lingerie inspo too, check this post out: The Valentine's Lingerie Edit.

So, where will I be you wonder? Well, my boyfriend surprised me with a trip to Rome, the capital of the country where Gucci came alive and where all my savings will magically disappear. I am super excited to relax for a week and to experience a new culture. Rome has also been on my 'European Capital' list for a while now so it's pretty awesome to finally tick that one off too.


I actually recently went to Paris for my birthday and now I'm off to Rome for Valentines? I must be one hell of an amazing girlfriend to be deserving all the trips (pads on the back, also super lame to be writing that, but who cares). Anyways, this will actually be our fourth country we are visiting together since the start of our relationship, which is really quite exciting.

But love hasn't always been that easy, I'm sure we've all been in an unhealthy relationship at least once in our lives. Some realise sooner and then there are people like me who take a bit longer, but at the end of the day all that matters is the lessons it has taught us. The lessons to remember that life is short and that we shouldn't waste our precious time on people who clearly don't deserve it and that having one amazing friend is better than any 'girl squad'.
It might be a cliche, but what doesn't kill us, makes us stronger. 


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I have always seen it as an embarrassment to admit that I had spent three years of my life in a very unhealthy relationship. But why? There really is nothing to be ashamed of and it's so easy to fall into the traps of a liar, manipulator and all-around charming guy who always knew what to say.  Unfortunately, my pink love goggles made me believe it's okay to be treated like that. But we all know it's not; we shouldn't be made to feel ugly, fat or not good enough.
It took me three years to realise and once I did, I immediately took my life back. I ended the relationship and never looked back. I turned into my old self again, a very open and happy person who loves to dress up nicely. I no longer had to worry about what my so-called 'boyfriend' would say about my look and had to justify myself for wearing clothes that show off my figure. I was myself again, I was happy again and I finally felt free again.

Don't be like me and hide what's really going on by making them the angel and yourself the bad person. Be honest to yourself and to others. No one deserves to be in a relationship with someone who doesn't treat you like the Queen you are. 


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The Silver Metallic Bardot Top from Blue Vanilla

As it's a special occasion I wanted to look extra special and decided to go all out and obviously purchase new outfits, like how can I not? I came across this amazing Bardot top in the cosiest fabric ever and in a super gorgeous metallic tone. I personally really love the metallic tone of the top which makes it so easy to dress up, but it can also be dressed down with a pair of sneakers too. As you all know I'm not a sneaker kinda girl anyway, so for me, it's only gonna be a heel combo. So I will obviously be rocking my heels on holiday too when strolling through the cute streets of Rome. FYI, eating my body weight in Gelato isn't going to be an option, it's a necessity. 

However, to make the outfit date night worthy I decided for a bolder makeup look by adding some darker eyeshadow and chose a lipstick in a gorgeous red tone. This is the kinda outfit I would wear any day when going for drinks or food, it's comfortable, really suits me and looks chic whilst not overdoing it. 

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