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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Life Update - School, University and Blogging

Dear you, just to warn you in advance, this is going to be a hell of a long post. Although no apologies, sorry. Oh I guess that was one, oops.

I am writing this now late on a Sunday night in March because my mind is overfull and I just had to write about so many things that are going on and that I am planning (for this website as well woohoo). 

First of all, I know I haven't been blogging that much and that is because I have been so busy with school and finding the right university for me that I have just kind of put this blog to one side. I really tried to do everything together but it has been a month now since I last posted and that is waaaaay too long I know. SORRY. 
School is really my priority at the moment and working in retail aside that just does not give me much time left to spend blogging. 

Luckily, spending so much time researching universities, visiting open days, applicant days and trying really hard to get into the University that I wanted to go to has paid off because I have been offered a place at London College of Fashion! AAH! This has been my number one choice and I spend this past year working on my personal statement and ensuring that I met all the criteria. I still can't believe it and I am so grateful already. I do have to get certain grades to fully confirm my place which is why I am focusing so much on school at the moment. If I get the right grades in my subjects, I will start the course MSc Strategic Fashion Management in September. *fingers crossed*
This is an integrated master course which means even more years of study woohoo, just when you think you're finished with school, ha. 

I honestly hope that this is going to work out because I really want to go to LCF and study that degree, I think I have mentioned it once on my blog somewhere before but what I look for in my dream job is fashion, business and travelling. I think this is the perfect course for me and I think it will help me continue my path to my dream career!

So back to this blog again, now you (hopefully) understand why you haven't heard from me in awhile and are probably not going to much for the next couple of months. I am trying to finish all my coursework by May and my last exam is at the start of June. 
After that, I will have all the time in the world to spend blogging! I am so excited for that time already!

I have recently been thinking about the content of my blog and at first I thought I needed to make it more professional, with more ''how to'' and fashion posts but then I also don't want to lose that personal touch. So I decided my blog can be both professional with personal posts as well, I don't have many of those anyway yet because that was not what I was going for but I sometimes I have so much to say and I can't write it all in an outfit or beauty post. I think I am going to add another section to my website called ''Diary'' where I can just write about my thoughts and opinions and more chatty posts in general. This way, people who are not interested in my personal life can just choose a category to read such as fashion or beauty and don't have to scroll through these long paragraphs. Although I must say, I personally love reading long posts sometimes because I feel like you get to know a person a bit better. I do try to express myself and the way I am through my short posts where it is mainly pictures, but this is much easier and I don't have to cut out everything I typed because the post is too long, which is what I normally do with outfit ones. 
Can I just say, how hard is it to write something nowadays without using emoji's?! I even put the laughing faces next to some sentences in my head but it just does not give the same effect. (laughing emoji right there)

So that is it for school and this blog so far, good things are coming, promise! 
I hope you like the idea of a different ''diary'' section, it will certainly help me organise my posts better and I personally think it will all be better structured and I can really separate my content more. 

Now, can we all take a moment of appreciation for Ed Sheeran's new album please? Supermarket flowers made me cry the very first time I heard it, woah.
I don't know when my next post will be but if all goes as planned there are so many great things waiting! 

Hope you had a lovely weekend and let tomorrow's Monday be a great start of the week for a change.

Love as always,

Marlinde x

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.)

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