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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

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Lovely lace

How much I would sacrifice just to take good blog pictures is insane, it was freeeezing outside but here you go, some pictures in this lovely lace dress! (which is not warm at all but still pretty)

I bought this mini dress from Zara as I found the lace sleeves just so gorgeous. It is on the 'can I wear it can I not wear it' line but I'd say it is definitely acceptable with some black tights underneath which are a must anyway this season.
The dress has a high neck with some ruffled lace at the top and I just think this is a little black dress with so much detail. I would wear this for everyday-style with the knee-high boots I am wearing here or to go out with some high heels and that is what I love about this dress, it is perfect for every occasion!

Onto these beautiful boots from Kurt Geiger, they are so comfortable to wear even though they have heels which is such an advantage, I could wear these everyday but I do not want to ruin them with all this rain that has been going on in the UK. 
Kurt Geiger can be a bit on the more expensive side sometimes but it is just a matter of searching for the right deals at the right time because these boots only cost me £50 on offer. For a pair of high winter boots with such a good quality I'd say that is a pretty good deal. I was lucky to find my size which is the only problem with waiting for sales but it is definitely worth the risk and the wait.

I love the combination of the short dress with high boots and I will be wearing this a lot together! Especially with a dark red lipstick it is the perfect autumn/winter outfit!

Love, Marlinde x

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Insanely cheap make up brushes

A make up brush set for less than 5 pound?!
I purchased these rose golden beauties on eBay about a month ago and they just arrived. It takes awhile for shipping but I really liked the ''unexpected expected'' package just because I almost forgot that I ordered something so long ago. Of course brushes insanely cheap like these are not comparable to brands like Sigma, MAC or Zoeva but for this price it was worth the risk of quality. Honestly I just wanted to see how a brush that is less than 50p is when it comes to material and quality, I was very curious if they would actually work even it was just a little bit. I tested them whilst doing my everyday make up routine for the past week to see if it would turn out a lot different than normally. So, some brushes are absolutely useless but there are a few that are actually not that bad and that I will keep using. I really like the blush brush as it uses all the product and it does not stay on the brush itself. I also think the blending eyeshadow brushes are pretty good! (again, I am not comparing to the MAC 217 but for this price, pretty good.) Along with the powder brush for setting my under-eye concealer, these are my favourites out of this set. Even if they are not all very good, only for 4 or 5 of the brushes it is already worth this money. 
They are a bit on the smaller size so I would recommend these for travelling, or just for in your handbag if you keep a small make up bag in there.

I still cannot believe that this 8 piece brush set only costs £3.79, you can find them here.
Personally I think they are already cute enough to buy just for room decoration!

Love, Marlinde x


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

NYX Lingerie liquid lipstick | push up

After seeing all the pictures on Pinterest of these beautiful liquid lipsticks, I finally got one! I decided to go for the colour 'push up' as I thought that would suit me the best. Now, I already fell in love with NYX' soft matte lip creams, especially because they do not dry out my lips or feel uncomfortable whilst still being matte. The lingerie lipsticks however, are a lot longer lasting than the soft matte lip creams, dry even more matte and are VERY pigmented but they dry my lips out and are not comfortable to wear at all. It is okay when I put a thick layer of lip balm underneath but still, I wished they had find out a way to make them less drying but still this matte. 
This liquid lipstick is a bit hard to touch up as it will look a bit of a mess and it is easier to take it off first, and then add a new layer. However, since it is so long lasting that kind of balances it for me. 
To be honest, the result when using this lingerie liquid lipstick is gorgeous but you have to be willing to sacrifice getting some dry lips. I really wished that the formula was different but I want to be completely honest on this blog! My hands still keep reaching for this liquid lipstick A LOT because I love it when I put it on, I just kind of regret it after awhile because my lips already start to feel a bit more dry during this time of the year when it gets cold outside, I should not actually make that worse. (but I can't help it, it's just so pretty!)
I know there is a bit of a mixed feeling going on here but I hope I am not the only one who experienced this with the NYX lingerie lipsticks. Also, I would love to know what your favourite liquid lipstick is!

Love, Marlinde x
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