Sunday, 27 August 2017

Starting University


A new chapter in my life, University.

So first of all, I GOT ACCEPTED! woohoo! I didn't sleep all night before the results came out because I was so incredibly nervous but I received good grades and now my place at London College of Fashion is confirmed!

My course starts at the end of September and mid-September I am officially moving to London. I will be living in the Uni halls of residence which I am so pleased about, maybe in the second year I can rent something myself but to be with like-minded people and having a whole community within the halls is perfect for the first year. 
The course I will be studying is MSc Strategic Fashion Management (another 5 years oh yes here we go again) and I am so glad that I will be able to study something I am so passionate about. Hopefully I can get a transfer for my current job to one of the stores in London but if not I will find a new part-time job because with Oxford street right around the corner, there is nothing stopping me but my bank balance.

Whilst I am super excited to move to such a beautiful big city, I am also scared and nervous about moving out. I have always only lived in small towns where I knew everything and everyone so this is going to be another massive change for me. At the moment I am having mixed feelings about this change. A few months ago my stepdad passed away and thinking about moving out it just feels as if I will be leaving my mom and sister behind. I know they will be fine without me but we have always been so strong together so not seeing them everyday will be the most difficult part. Even the part where I will be all by myself in a city I don't know, with people I don't know, does not bother me as much. I think this is mainly because I know that moving to England has already made this step easier for me. 

I think it is so good to always push yourself into doing new things and I know my examples have both been moving somewhere new but even if it is something less extreme such as reading different books, learning a new language, joining a new gym, (look at me promoting the gym when I have not been once in my life) changing jobs, meeting new people, discovering a new hobby, ANYTHING that will get you out of your comfort zone even if it is just a tiny step!

I know this will be so worth it in the end. It's just going to be so different (cooking myself) but an amazing opportunity at the same time. I will try my hardest to combine studying and blogging, I know other people do it so it must be possible. I will now have the perfect locations for all my ''lookbook'' posts! 

Most of all I am so so happy with my place at this University and I can't wait to start, there will hopefully be some ''diy'' room decorations coming up once I have moved out. Only how am I meant to ''pinterest'' decorate my room when I'm not allowed any fairy lights I mean?!

I would love to know your thoughts or tips on going Uni and what it is you are doing right now! Whether you are finished, just starting like me, working, apprenticeship, anything, let me know!!

Love,
Marlinde x

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Black Skirt In Summer




Can you even tell it's still summer from those pale legs?! A whole holiday of tanning and this is the final result everyone, welcome to my life. Back to Bondi Sands starts tomorrow.

The black (faux) leather skirt is always seen as an autumn/winter staple piece, and I can totally see why. However, it can also be used to make a summer outfit and create a more stylish look. Instead of wearing this casual baggy T-shirt with some denim jeans I thought I'd switch it up and wear my black skirt from Zara. I love this combination because it is just a little less casual but still not overdone. The fringy bag adds so much to the outfit and makes it a lot more interesting. I am also wearing my favourite boot heels that are so much more comfortable than you would expect!

I know that black leather skirt will often be at the back of your wardrobe until autumn comes around but if you pair it with the right items you can definitely start wearing it now!






♡ T-shirt - Pull and Bear
♡ Skirt - Zara (similar here)
♡ Shoes - Invito (similar here, and here)
♡ Bag - Peacocks
♡ Sunnies - Primark
♡ Pearl choker - Primark

Love,
Marlinde x


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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

What's In My Make-Up Travel Bag



After seeing so many what's in my bag posts and videos, I thought I would do one myself since I always find them so interesting. However, I looked in my handbag and it is just full of old receipts of my Tesco meal deals really. So instead I will show you what's in my make-up travel bag! Far more interesting hopefully, unless you were more interested in the meal deals. (in that case, normally the chicken/bacon wraps or pesto pasta salad with the green innocent smoothie, snack varies every time)

I got this gorgeous TED BAKER make up bag in the summer sale just before I went on holiday and I love it so much! It is the perfect size although no matter what size make up bag I take with me, it will always be filled to the top.


I have gone through so many of these bottles, it is such a good value for money foundation and for my summer holidays I used the shade Golden Ivory.

This one I bought because there was a special deal going on for L'oreal at the time but I use it every day now! It sets my foundation well and unlike the Rimmel London powder, which is one of my all-time favourites, this just gives a little bit extra coverage.

I have had this blush stick for a long time now and there is still so much product left, if you want a blush that is value for money then go for one of these because it will last you forever! The rest of the year I always go for powder blushes since I just prefer the texture, but for the summer I love this one. It is in the shade 02 Robust Rhubarb.


One of my favourite concealers along with the Collection one, it is so moisturising and all my dark circles are gone when I use this. It is a bit more expensive than I would usually pay for a concealer but it does last a very long time and the results are so worth it.

The lipstick that has to be in my make up trade bag is MAC in the shade 'honeylove', a light nude colour that is so easy to wear with any make up look. It is so hard not to fill up the whole bag with lipsticks but I think this one is a good choice if you can only take one.


I have to take this with me everywhere and I have not found a better eyebrow product yet so if you have used this and came across an even better product please let me know! I am currently using the shade 'taupe' which is a bit too light for me so I will go for a darker shade next time.

It is always a tough choice to decide which eyeshadow palette to take with you. I love my Too Faced peanut butter and jelly palette but I use that one a lot so i forced myself to give this Maybelline one a try and I actually really enjoyed using it! There are so many different looks to create with this palette.


I never go for the full sized mascaras when it comes to benefit since I love all their mascaras and I like to switch it up and use different ones. I just finished my 'roller lash' mascara so I am currently using 'they're real' and I can't decide which one is my favourite, they both do amazing jobs and the size is perfect for travelling.

Although the benefit 'Hello Flawless' is meant to be a powder to cover up blemishes, I use it as a bronzer in the shade 'hazelnut' which would normally be way too dark for me but it is perfect as a bronzer!

I would love to know what's in your make up travel bag!

Love, Marlinde xo


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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Paris For The First Time


Ooh la la, someone fell in love with Paris.
You know those crazy stories about people marrying buildings instead of other people, it doesn't sound that crazy anymore and I would say ''I do'' to Paris anytime. 

My best friend and I just got back from our Paris city trip and it was both our first time of being there! I had been to Disneyland many times but I think I would have been too young then to appreciate the city itself. 

I know Parisians are not the biggest fan of the Eiffel tower but I honestly can't see why, it was such a magical movie moment. I even pretended that my bus was leaving when standing on the Eiffel tower and that there would be a ticket to Monte Carlo showing up any time. (this didn't happen unfortunately, how weird.)



We found an airbnb not far from the city centre, it was about 10 minutes with the underground and our host was so lovely and welcoming. We stayed there for 3 nights since we arrived late on the first day and we did want three full days to spend in the city. It was definitely one of our best decisions to go with an airbnb because we saved so much money which we could spend on dinner every night! (and the €17 macarons that I had to have ofcourse, oh the Paris cliché)



My own very Audrey moment on the Champs-Élysées, the only thing missing was a croissant in my hands but standing there it felt like I was starring in Breakfast at Tiffany's. (oh please you would have done the same!)
Also, is it just me or do all Paris street signs point in different directions?! It felt like we were send a different way each time on purpose!




The view from the Arc de Triomphe was even better than the view from the Eiffel tower! Yes, many many steps each time but both was so worth it! Also, we knew there was an elevator but after all that food we thought the steps would be better... yeah wrong choice. 
Looking out on the Champs-Élysées and seeing Paris from above was so beautiful! It was very cloudy on the days that we were there but even still the view was so worth it.











Finally went to see my girl Mona at the Louvre, SO MUCH SMALLER THAN I EXPECTED. Everyone was gathered around her, I understand that it is one of the world's most famous work of arts but honestly I think all the other paintings in that museum deserve just as much attention. I genuinely felt bad for the other paintings in the same room as her, they must have felt like the ugly friend since everyone is only interested in the Mona Lisa.

Paris has been an absolute amazing experience, I can't wait to go back because honestly i did not want to leave, there were so many more things I wanted to do and so much more I wanted to see, but that will all be saved for the next time. So glad I got to do this with my best friend, onto our next adventure! (probably Paris again)

Love, Marlinde xo
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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Casual Summer City Style



This summer has more been like a warm two weeks in June and the start of autumn in August already but I am glad I at least got to wear this outfit once in July! It is very simple and effortless but perfect for a summer day walking around in your favourite city. 

The sunglasses that I have paired with this outfit are from Quay, they do the best sunglasses in all shapes and colours, mine were in the sale when I bought them so they were only £15 now when normally their sunglasses are around £40. I am so happy with this pair, they go with everything and I have worn them almost every day!


                                   

These amazing shorts are from Nasty Gal and I have received so many compliments on them! The ties on the sides can be loose or tight depending on what you prefer, (and what underwear you're wearing) so you can make them fit your body perfectly! They are high waisted and so easy to wear! I love wearing these over my swimsuits as well with the ties a bit loose. 


It is all very budget-friendly as well, the shoes were the most expensive and they were only £20! I actually bought these shoes for the autumn time but I could not wait to wear them so I thought why not bring the burgundy colours out already.


Top - ZARA
Shorts - Nasty Gal
Sunglasses - Quay Australia (similar)
Shoes - Schuh

Love, Marlinde x
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