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Saturday, 18 February 2017

From Winter Into Spring Outfit

Once Christmas is over, the winter can be so dragging and it takes ages for it to be spring and colourful again. I find this one of the most difficult times of the year to dress for. All the stores have released their spring/summer collections when even wearing two jumpers cannot beat this cold sometimes. I don't know about you but I have had enough of my winter coat and scarf now, I say it is time for something more towards spring.

I have put together an outfit that I think is perfect for this ''in-between seasons'' time. 
A white ruffled sleeved top from boohoo, along with a black leather slip dress from boohoo as well. Even though I don't always have the best experience with clothes from boohoo.com, it still has not stopped me from ordering again. Especially since they have a great collection and my basket is always filled up straight away! I think it is just accepting the fact that you get what you pay for. Yes, the quality is not perfect but what can you say from a top that might have cost you only £8. This is the case for most high-street fashion stores and boohoo offers such a variety of clothing that we just need to get over ourselves. 
I personally love the slip dress over tops trend but even more when the dress has faux leather material! I ordered the dress a size larger than I normally have because I did not want it to be very short, this is the perfect length for me. The sides, just under the straps needed to be taken in a little bit to make it fit better as it was a bigger size. The lace detailing at the top is my favourite part, I think it makes the look instantly very feminine as it gives that lingerie effect to it.

I am still looking for a bright pink top to wear underneath the dress and make it more colourful but until then I cannot go wrong with a white one. I know the ruffle sleeves are everywhere at the moment but I had to go along with this trend, it's so cute and easy to wear!

The bag I combined with this outfit today is from KoKo Couture, it is a large clutch bag and it comes with a silver strap as well to carry it around more easily. It is the perfect size  for when you don't want to overpack! I love this tan colour, I think it goes well with so many outfits and will never go out of style. However, it comes in a variety of colours and the grey one looks gorgeous too!

The shoes and necklace are both from New Look and tights are Primark as always.
Good luck getting through these last bitter winter months, I have to admit that I am still loving the hot chocolates and fuzzy socks but going to work when it is snowing, not so fun anymore. So get ready for more spring outfits soon!

Love, Marlinde x

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Affordable Skincare Routine For Combination Skin

So I might have discovered super affordable skincare products that actually work and I never even thought something like that existed?! Or not for my skin anyway. 

If you have really oily or dry skin then I don't know if these products will work for you but for those who have combination skin like myself and who struggle with a bit of acne, this post might actually be worth reading! (all the other ones as well of course)

I have tried soooo many different skincare products from different brands in all price ranges to try and reduce my spots and rednesses. A lot of them worked in a way that, it took care of my skin and kept it hydrated but it never REALLY did anything, if that makes sense. 

I love Bodyshop products and I love that they have so many different choices in each product they bring out, especially the body mists. However, even though I heard positive reviews about their skincare I never really decided to try it. For some reason I thought that for skincare to work, it has to be expensive. This is far from the truth but a product that is only £8.50 which removes every spot just sounds too good to be true. 

I went into the Bodyshop weeks ago to pick up the Vitamin E cream when one of their employees stopped me and said: "that product is not going to work for you". She looked at my skin and said that she worked in skincare for 20 years now and recommended the tea tree products.

Every night and morning I first use the tea tree 3-in-1 wash product, which can be used as a scrub or mask as well but I just like to use it to wash my face. I put this onto my skin and take it off using a muslin cloth. (these can be purchased at different places, I personally love the Liz Earle ones) After those steps I like to use the Garnier micellar water to ensure that there is no make up left on my face. Then I use a few drops of the Bodyshop's tea tree anti-imperfection daily solution, this product will last you for such a long time as you will only need the tiniest amount to cover your face and neck. Finally I use the seaweed cream from the Bodyshop as well to moisturise my skin. This is a really good range to use in combination with the tea tree products. 

Taking care of your skin is so important and please don't be put off by some ridiculous prices of well-known brands, it doesn't have to be expensive for it to work. Just do a lot of research on products before you buy them and have someone take a look at your skin to tell you what type you have. This makes buying the right products a lot easier!

Love, Marlinde x

Monday, 23 January 2017

Velvet Winter Outfit

Although -3 degrees is probably asking for multiple layered jumpers and scarves, it is not stopping me from sharing my favourite winter outfit so far this year. (which is also kind of warm and weather appropriate...)

First of all let's start with this gorgeous velvet dress from Zara, one of my favourite stores. I bought this dress for £20 and I actually got more wear out of it than I thought I would! I love this kind of vintage pink colour, especially in combination with the velvet material. I know velvet is extremely on trend right now and maybe even almost over, but I must say that there is so much difference in the velvet clothing I have seen, I did not like the dresses in Primark even though they looked similar to this one. I just prefer the look of this velvet. Zara definitely always gets it right when it comes to trends, it was one of the first high-street stores I saw it in. 

Moving onto the bag, I just got this on the day I took these pictures actually which was last weekend. My family and I drove all the way up to the Lake District where I stumbled upon a cute little shop in Bowness on Windermere called The Hen House. The very first thing I saw when walking into the shop was this beautiful grey bag! I was planning on buying a grey Ted Baker bag which I have had my eye on for awhile. However, I bought this one instead in the sale for £18,50 and I am so pleased with it! I normally don't have many accessories or bags to show with an outfit post as it is expensive to keep buying different ones. (and let's face it I also only have a part-time job no way can I afford that though I wish I could) I think this bag absolutely makes this outfit complete and do visit The Hen House when you are in Lake District because it is the cutest place!

My embroidered boots are from New Look and they are soooo pretty! I am in love with all the flowers and there is even the same colour pink as my dress in the embroidery. The block heel is not high at all which makes them more comfortable to walk in. I do have to say that I was scared they would not fit me at first because they are described as 'wide fit' on New Look's website however they fit perfectly!

My choker is from Topshop and is a must have, so many people have asked me where I got it from as it looks so unique. The design is very well made and it is maybe a little bit more expensive than other chokers but definitely worth it! 

Love, Marlinde x

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

Sooo first of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I can't believe how quick this year has gone, 2016 has flown by and I was definitely not prepared for a whole new year already. I do say that every year so I guess it must be me. 

This post kind of replaces the standard blogger's ''new year resolutions'' post because I am not really a fan of new year's resolutions and I'll explain why; to me, resolutions are goals that people want to achieve and I just don't see the point of waiting 'till a whole new year starts to try and achieve those goals. If you decide in say, October, that you want to go to the gym, quit smoking, eat healthier and spend more time with family, THEN START IN OCTOBER. Thank you.

Therefore, I don't have a list of resolutions to share with you but I just wanted to write about 2016 and what I am looking forward to in 2017.

This past year has been good but stressful for me, I worked really hard on everything I did and especially on myself and I think that worked out really well. There were just a lot of things that I wanted to change in my life and about the way I thought and I think I am going into 2017 as the best version of myself. The past year I have been so focused on my school for the first time ever really, I never cared so much as I did in 2016. Honestly, moving countries has had such a positive impact when I look at my grades but I will write all about that in another post that I have in mind. 
I looked at all of my options for what to do after high school and I decided that I want to study fashion management at university in the UK. The amount of people that expected me to go running back to the Netherlands is insane and maybe I even thought the same when I first moved here, but now I see how many more opportunities there are for me here in terms of studying. 
That is also what I am looking forward to in 2017, going to university! Although it sounds so scary it is really exciting at the same time. It is not 100% sure yet but fingers crossed!
Leaving high school and living at home behind after all these years will be a crazy experience but I am so ready for it! All the universities I have applied to have until May to decide whether they want to offer me a place or not so you will hopefully hear everything from me by then! (if no one wants to offer me a place then you'll be stuck with a blogpost every single day for the next year)

Something else that I am looking forward to in 2017 is SUMMER! I have already made so many amazing plans for this summer and I cannot wait to write all about it! Travelling is something I have always been so passionate about and especially now I am getting a bit older (I am turning 18 this month omg omg) and will be able to travel more on my own is so exciting! The only thing that is sometimes a bit demotivating is that everything costs so much money. I am trying to save up for a good camera but then I have my holidays to pay for as well aaaargggh. Since I am still in school I can only do 12 hours of work outside of that so you will have to enjoy my phone camera for now.

And everything else that will happen this year is still a surprise for me too! There will be so many new movies coming out (Pitch perfect 3 yaaay if only I could sing), already new music from Ed Sheeran which promises that this year will be a good year, and the only other thing that i am already excited about for 2017 is Christmas! I know so many people don't want to hear that right now but if you disagree then I don't think we can be friends.
Also, so many new beauty launches coming up this year! i do want to focus my blog more on the fashion side and write more outfit posts but it's so hard to do this time of year cause it is freezing outside, and not even a little bit of snow! 

What are you looking forward to in 2017? I'd love to hear your plans!

Love, Marlinde x

P.s yes I am wearing underwear in this photo

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

How To Stress Less

Whether it is about a job, school, money, or just personal and social life, everyone has their stressful moments. I personally have been stressed a lot lately about all of the above because let's face it; combining a job, school and a social life (and a blog) together is hard, very hard. I am more motivated than I have ever been before to succeed which really helps to simply get things done. But it does not mean that I am not constantly stressed out. 

A little stress never hurts as most people work harder under pressure but most of the time  a lot of stress just causes a lack of sleep and a bunch of spots on our chins. 

The last couple of weeks I felt as if all my stress was piling up and sooner or later I was going to explode. Until then, I did not do anything about feeling stressed, I thought it was the only way to feel at that point since I just did not have time to relax because of all the work I needed to do. 

If you are thinking this right now, let me tell you that you need to stop doing this. You have to take some time to yourself to get you back on track. Now, a lot of people think that when they take a bath it means that they have ''relaxed'' and ''solved the problem''. No. Honestly, one bath or even one trip to a tropical island is not going to relief stress. It may do for awhile, but in the long run it will only get worse after that because there is still the same if not even more work to get done. The next couple of steps are what I did to help me stress less, I hope they work for you too.

Start organising

The best thing to do first is to start getting organised. Go out and buy planners, folders, highlighters and everything else you will need and start organising all the work you need to do and all the deadlines you need to meet. This may seem like an obvious step but it is often the one that we simply don't take time for. Once you have written down everything that needs to be done, highlight only the urgent ones. Be critical for this step because although we all like to think 'getting a manicure' is an urgent one, it really is not at this point. Try to forget about all the other tasks on the list and only keep the urgent ones in your head. Hopefully this will help relief a little bit of stress or at least help to get rid of that headache.

Get to work

Onto the next step, watching a movie with friends or family may seem necessary to relief stress, but you know as soon as that movie finishes, you have to get back to all of your responsibilities again. A better option is to just get started on your tasks. By this I don't mean finish everything highlighted on your list within one day because that is impossible. A lot of people, (and I was one of them) think that by writing a to-do list, they will automatically finish the list in one day and won't be stressed anymore. However, when they don't finish their tasks in that period of time, they will blame themselves and will only get more stressed out. It is better to write a relevant and possible to-do list quickly and then just get to work. 

Focus on each task at a time

Thinking about all the other tasks you need to do is not going to make the first one any easier or less work. It is better to focus on each task at a time and try to not think about the work you have left. I know this is the most difficult part but that is exactly where the stress comes from. We mostly spend more time stressing out rather than actually getting to work.

Think about your goals

Finally, think about why you are actually so stressed out. Also, think about if it is worth it. Are you constantly stressing out about your job that you hate than is it worth keeping or is it time to look for something else? For me, I was stressed out about my university application and everything I needed to achieve to apply but I knew it was going to be worth it because that was what I wanted. If you are working hard for something you want to achieve it will always be worth it but don't stress out over unnecessary things.

Love, Marlinde x
(Photo credit to Marlena Pearl Photography.)


Sunday, 11 December 2016

DIY | Marble Laptop Case

Since marble is the new black this year, I decided to share this DIY marble laptop case with you! It is suuuper easy and quick to make and the result is gorgeous! 

What you will need:

- laptop
- clear hard cover case (amazon or eBay)
- self adhesive marble sticker (amazon) I used this one
- scissors
- pencil
- really really sharp knife (careful with that tho)
- card or ruler

The first thing to do is to place your laptop on the marble sticker and draw a line around it. Then cut out the shape of your laptop, take off the back of the sticker and place it carefully on top of your laptop. Now this is probably the hardest part and also the only part that is slightly time-consuming because this sticker is not going to do what you want. In fact, it is going to create all these air bubbles underneath, more and more as you try to push them away. So here is my advice; take a deep breath, and a card, and go over the sticker pushing the air to the sides until the sticker is completely flat. I used a small card but you can use anything such as a ruler, book or any other object that can help you push the air away.

Once you have overcome this step, (it is not actually this dramatic) it is time to cut out the apple logo for those of you using a macbook. You will need the sharpest little knife for this because otherwise it is very difficult to get through the sticker and you might damage your laptop. 

After this there is only one step left which is to place the clear case over your laptop and, voilà! One very tumblr laptop in less than an hour! I spend most of this hour taking pictures so it really does not take up much time. I think it is so worth trying this DIY out, I am so happy with how mine turned out I wish I had done it sooner. The marble sticker ordered from amazon I have used multiple times on different objects as well, there is so much material that you can literally 'marble' anything! You can try this DIY out on your phone, notebook or even dressing table. 

Love, Marlinde x

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