What I Look Forward To This Winter ❄

This is it, folks ! December is here and we already had our first snowflakes falling down the sky, which in my book means that winter has officially started. I know that a lot of people are complaining about how cold it is right now, but to be honest, I am absolutely loving it ! There really is nothing as magical as this time of year. I decided to share with you some of the things I plan to do during the season (mostly during December let’s be honest) and would love for you to tell me what you look forward to the most  – And yes, that is a picture of me as a child being really excited about this time of year, nothing has changed ❄

• Blasting Christmas music all day long without anyone judging me

• Drinking all the hot chocolates & adding whipped cream, marshmallows and sprinkles to make it even more extra

• Finish my 1 Second Everyday for the year ! – and start again on January 1st, DUH

• Doing Secret Santa with my Uni friends fo the first time !

• Taking my sister to Paris to see the Christmas decorations

• Go ice skating

• Decorate my house

• Reflect on the year I’ve had

• Watch every Gilmore Girls winter episode

• Get baking !

• Go Christmas shopping

• Spend some quality family time

• Cosy nights watching Christmas movies / reading a Christmas book by the fire

• Eat all the good food – winter food is THE BEST

• Spend New Year’s Eve at my best friend’s house !!!

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6 Childhood Shows to Binge-Watch !

My obsession for tv shows isn’t new whatsoever, they were already my favourite thing when I was a child. I find that tv shows from the laste 90s – early 2000s are the ones I go back to the most, probably because they bring back so many good memories (and also because they were great let’s be honest haha). I thought I’d share with you some of my favourites (I didn’t include any Disney Channel one but just know that I was obsessed with them, I just couldn’t choose haha) ! Let me know which shows you grew up watching & still enjoy to this day !

  1. Gilmore Girls

I mean, it’s my favourite show so of course I think it’s binge-worthy haha. I’ve talked about this show so much on this blog, I don’t even know what to say anymore. Such a good comfy show, to put on when you just want to relax for the day, under your blanket, with a hot chocolate. Absolutely love it ! (Plus the entire show is on Netflix so you have no excuse 😉 )

2. Charmed

Charmed is still one of my favourite shows to this day. I’ve had a marathon every year since I was a child. I was absolutely obsessed with it. It was all I watched, played, drew… I even convinced myself I was a witch, just like the Halliwell girls haha. Nothing like watching badass women fighting demons to inspire you to be a badass yourself. I grew up with them, and honestly feel like they were the biggest influences on my child-self. It’s one of those shows that have so many seasons but you still don’t get tired of them because it’s THAT good ! I’m still bitter about the ridiculous way they killed off Prue though.

3. Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Another badass girl I wanted to become when I was a kid. To be honest, I didn’t actually follow the show, I only watched a few episodes because it aired too late for me, and so there were many things I didn’t quite understand but I still enjoyed watching it. Now that I’ve finally watched it in a proper marathon, I can say that I’ve enjoyed it even more ! The only problem is that it makes me want to fight everyone the way Buffy does but the only problem is that I don’t have her skills haha.

4. F.R.I.E.N.D.S

A classic. This show is always on TV and to be honest, I don’t get tired of it. My sister & I love to have lunch whilst watching it on TV. Never fails to make me laugh – even though I have to admit I like the earlier seasons more than the latest ones.

5. Smallville

Probably the show that made me become obsessed with superheroes. It was just so fun to see Clark become Superman throughout the years rather than just him already be used to his powers. I loved it when he gained a new power & had to find out how to make it work – and just seeing the difficulties of becoming a superhero in general. Also the music of the opening is great 😉

6. One Tree Hill

Another comfy show, but way more serious than Gilmore Girls, let’s be honest haha. My brother and I used to watch this all the time, and I still do when I want something to make me feel good. I think it’s also one of these shows that lasts a long time but you still love because it doesn’t feel forced, if you know what I mean? Also a show with an amazing opening song, you can’t help but sing it loud when you hear it.

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Beauty Haul October 2017

One of my really good friends & I basically share a birthday (we were born one day apart and basically celebrated a lot of birthdays together throughout the years) & when we realized that we hadn’t seen each other since January – life kept getting the way – and the birthday presents we bought each other were still waiting on our desks about 2 months after our birthdays, we decided it was time. We had the nicest time together and exchanged gifts during lunch. Needless to say, I didn’t expect her to spoil me the way she did, but that just shows you how giving she’s always been. I had so many goodies in the bag, I decided to share them with you because I am just really excited about all those things ! I believe most things were in beauty boxes she received so I’ll try to link everything for you 🙂

NYX Professional Make-Up – Lush Lashes Mascara – Stacked

NYX Professional Makeup Cosmic Metals Shadow Palette

My Little Beauty – Rouge Rouje Lipstick

NYX Professional Make-Up – Butter Gloss (Shade Raspberry Pavlova)

3ina – The Lipstick (Shade 102)

Spectrum Domed Powder Brush

Merci Handy New Wave – Hand Cleansing Gel

My Little Beauty – Happy Hand

My Little Beauty – Avocat Miracle (Hair Mask)

My Little Beauty – Coco Sunrise (Body & Hair Oil)

Garancia – Eau Micellaire Enchantée – Rose d’Antan

Gellé Frères – Magnolia Bohème Soap

DR. JART+ – Ceramidin™ Cream

Dermalogica –  PreCleanse Balm with Cleansing Mitt 90ml

 

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I’ll Give You The Sun

I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

When asked about what I want for my birthday, my answer usually changes depending on what I’m into – I believe that’s called growing up – but one thing that always comes back in my answer is books. I have been obsessed with them ever since I learnt how to read and I don’t think that’s going to change. So when my best friend asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I sent her a link to my to-read list on GoodReads just because the list keeps getting longer and longer and that way, I knew she’d have enough to choose from.

She told me she actually researched every single books to see which ones she thought I’d enjoy the most. According to her, this was the book she was most excited for me to read and luckily, it was the first one to arrive at her house. She was so excited to give it to me that it ended up in my hands a month early.

I wasn’t sure what the book was really about, but I was excited to read a romance between members of the LGBT community, which is something lacking in the book industry. That was probably the main reason why I added this book to my to-read list in the first place – even though I have to admit I have a twin-obsession (that sounds weird, I just mean that I’m really intrigued by them haha) so obviously this book had all its chances with me.

I’m the kind of person who likes to think that we don’t have all the puzzle pieces and nothing is as black and white as it seems to be, which is why the way the story was told was perfect to me (the story alternates between the part told by Noah aged 13 and Jude age 16). It would have been easy to hate Jude when she was 13 or dislike what Noah has become when he’s 16, but the structure of the book makes it way more complicated – same goes for other characters but I won’t spoil anything.

I loved the way Jandy Nelson could make me feel all kind of ways (yes, I did cry at the library but no one saw me so that’s fine haha). It was like her style of writing was changing from very poetic to funny, relatable quotes in a second and it was just amazing to experience.

I don’t think there’s a story I liked more than the other – they were both so compelling ! But one thing I really enjoyed was seeing how connected the two stories were and it was kind of painful in a way, to know more than the characters but still be aware that you couldn’t do anything to help them deal with their issues. It’s like if everyone communicated, everything would have been way easier, but then again, some people fail to communicate and that’s just how life works. And I feel like this book did a good job of showing how messy life can be.

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The Pressure to be Perfect & Fear of Failure

I feel like my entire life, people have had this idea of me being this perfect person simply because I’m a good student. I’ve never quite understood how getting good grades meant that I had to be good at everything. Am I not allowed to have my own struggles in life?

I could always feel this pressure put on me, turning into a little voice in the back of my head – not such a good thing for someone who already has high anxiety. It was like by failing, I wouldn’t only disappoint myself but also the huge amount of people who had faith in me. To them, I wasn’t allowed to doubt myself, because I had always been « so good at everything ».

The perfect example for this, is my journey towards getting my driver’s licence. That was a really big deal for me, and I was really anxious about driving – especially because I’ve always thought I’d die in a car accident for some reason – but everyone told me I was being stupid and obviously I was going to nail my driving test because I was so good at everything. Knowing that by good at everything, they really mean good at school – because what else am I good at, to be honest? – I realised how stupid it all was. How does being a good student mean I’m going to be a good driver?

And guess what? I failed my driving test. And it felt like the end of the world to me, not only because I had failed but mostly because I felt like I was letting everyone down -they were all so sure I was going to do so well ! They even seemed more affected by this than I was. The people I was the most anxious to see after my failure were my driving instructor, who I avoided until I had to come to book new driving lessons shortly before my second driving test – that it to say 5 months after my first one.

I tried to joke about it all and for some reason, they thought it meant that I was devastated. They tried to blame it on the examiner – they can be so unfair, you know? – even after I’ve told them I was the only one to blame for my failure.

I think it’s funny how everyone around me thinks it was good for me to fail because I’m not used to it and it made me realise it’s not the end of the world. Truth is, without all this pressure put on me since I was a little girl, I wouldn’t have gotten so worked up about all this. I knew that there were way more important things in the world and I was blessed to be able to have access to this luxury that is driving (let alone being able to try multiple times even in case of failure !).

Since I am working on my anxiety, I have decided to work on my fear of failure & disappointement. I know I work my butt-off to make sure I get what I want (which is the main reason why I’m not used to fail) but I’m also aware of what I’m capable of, which includes my limits and it’s not fair to me to add some pressure because of what other people expect from me. I try to put things in perspective and remind myself that everything will work out for me in the end. I’ll be okay.

Turns out, ignoring the pressure people put on me & focusing on myself and what I want seem to be working because I had my second driving test this week & passed ! Just another reminder that some things may take time but they will happen eventually if you put your mind to it !

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Summer Books Haul 2017

Summer Books Haul 2017

Unlike last year, when most of the new books I’ve owned throughout the Summer were books I randomly found in my house or books my best friend wanted to get rid of, every book of this list has been chosen by me (I mean three of them were still gifted to me by my best friends for my birthday but still, she chose them from my to-read list I gave to her) which means I was extremely excited by each and every one of them. I feel like it has quite a diversity in genres, between dystopias, adventures, happiness, sadness… These books have made me feel all kind of ways.  I’m still currently reading I’ll Give You The Sun – which I am absolutely obsessed with – and have yet to read All The Bright Places and Everything, Everything, but other than that, I have loved every other book and would 100% recommend them if you’re into Young Adult books !

Let me know if you’ve read any of them & if you have any recommendations for me !

Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale

Victoria Aveyard – Red Queen (Red Queen #1)

Jennifer Niven – All The Bright Places

Nicola Yoon – Everything, Everything

E. Lockhart – We Were Liars

Rainbow Rowell – Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell – Fangirl

Maggie Stiefvater – The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)

Jandy Nelson – I’ll Give You The Sun

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The most random haul !

The Most Random Haul

As some of you may know, last week was my 20th birthday. I had planned to post a « What I Got For My Birthday » blogpost, but since I only got money (which I am still extremely grateful for), it became a bit complicated to post it haha. I did treat myself to some things during my birthday week though, which I thought I’d share with you ! I will of course link every item I can find, in case you’d be interested in purchasing them as well !

The Most Random Haul

The Body Shop – Vineyard Peach Softening Body Butter (200ml)

The Body Shop – Moringa Body Butter (50ml)

The Body Shop – Fuji Green Tea Body Butter (50ml)

The Body Shop – Coconut Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub (50ml)

The Body Shop – Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter (90ml)

The Most Random Hauld

Kiko Milano – Power Pro Nail Lacquer (Shade 80 Cold Gold)

Kiko Milano – Power Pro Nail Lacquer (Shade 28 Tea Rose)

Yves Rocher – Grand Rouge Elixir liquid lipstick (Shade 102)

Yves Rocher – Grand Rouge Elixir liquid lipstick (Shade 112)

The Most Random Haul

Ed Sheeran – Divide

All Time Low – Last Young Renegade

Taylor Swift – Speak Now

The Most Random Haul

Stabilo Boss Pastel Highlighters

The Most Random Haul

Liberto Ankle Boots

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The ultimate cookie recipe !

The Ultimate Cookie Recipe

It’s been a while since I last posted about food here. I don’t bake as much as I used to, and that’s definitely something I want to change. Yesterday, I really felt like making cookies (I hadn’t made them in so long !) and so, even though my mum just bought us a lot of snacks, including cookies, I decided to make my own – to make them just the way I like them. I thought I’d share my recipe with you so you could try them out ! I didn’t end up with a lot of them, but that’s because I made some HUGE ones, so keep in mind that the balls of dough need to be tiny, even if you think the cookies will end up too small – they won’t, trust me haha.

You will need :

95g of butter

90g of brown suger

2 medium eggs

150g  of flour

5g of baking powder

1 pinch of salt

25g of white chocolate chips

25g of milk chocolate / dark choc chips

The Ultimate Cookie Recipe

Recipe :

Mix the brown sugar with the butter (leave it at room temperature before you begin the recipe, so it’s not as hard). Add the eggs and mix it all together.

Add the flour, the baking powder, the salt and mix it all together. Once it’s more of a compact dough, add the chocolate chips and mix again.

Leave in the refrigirator for an hour.

Preheat the oven to 180°C

Get the dough out of the refrigerator and prepare as many baking tray as you think you’ll need, covered with baking paper.

With your hands, form little balls of dough and put them on the baking tray, leaving a bit of space between each of them, as they will take more space when they are baking.

Put your baking trays in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes.

Let them cool off so they can harden a bit.

Enjoy !

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What’s In My Bag? | Work Edition

what's in my bag work edition

As some of you may know, this week was my first week working at my summer job, where I’ll be all staying all month. It’s been very stressful since I’ve never had a summer job before, but everything has been going well so far ! I thought I’d show you some things I take with me to get me through the day.

1 – Water bottle

Working all day, it can be easy to forget hydrating myself. I always take this water bottle with me and fill it every morning (it can contain up to 750ml of water) so I can keep it on my desk and drink regularly during the day.

2 – Elastic folder

An elastic folder is a must have for my work. Given that I am taught how to do different things, they give me examples of each of these things so I don’t forget how it must be done for the next time I have to do it.

3 – Hand sanitizer

I work with a lot of people, which means I have to shake a lot of hands, work on a computer that a lot of other people have used… Let’s just say, a hand sanitizer really is a must, to make sure I get rid of as much bacteria as I can.

4 – Wallet

My wallet is where I keep my badge, my professional card, my ID and basically everything I need to prove that I really am an employee haha. Also, I keep some money in case I have to buy myself some lunch (I usually take it from home but you never know). There’s also a mall right next to my building so if I ever feel the need to do a little shopping after work, there’s always that option 😉

5 – Book

My mum & I work in the same place, so obviously we drive together as well. My work hours make me finish earlier than her, so I usually wait for her in her office and a book is the best way to keep me occupied during that time.

6 – Glasses

I don’t have to wear my glasses all day, but spending my day in front of a computer screen can be really tiring for my eyes, so my glasses really are a must – at least if I want to avoid spending my evening with a migraine 😉

7 – Notebook

Just like my plastic folder, I use my notebook to keep track of everything I need to do for each task – I don’t want to make any mistake in my work. Plus, I can’t work if I don’t remember my codes now, can I ?

8 – Planner

Let’s be honest, I always have my planner on me. My memory isn’t always the best so it’s best for me to write it all down and make sure I’m organised, which really helps with my anxiety !

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50 Questions I’ve Never Answered !

About a month ago, a youtuber I really like, named Gabriella Lindley posted a tag video in which she answered 50 questions about herself. Since I love these kind of videos (is it bad that I like to know random things about people I don’t even know?), I thought I’d do it as well so you can get to know me a little better ! If you decide to do this tag as well, please let me know so I can go read/watch yours ! 🙂

1. What’s your favorite candle scent?

I’m actually not allowed to have any candle so I wouldn’t know haha

2. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?

Probably Selena Gomez because she seems so chilled and we could have evenings just spent cooking, singing and dancing around, watching movies… I’m not much  of a party girl so that’d be good for me haha Also, could she teach me how to be as pretty as her? 😉

3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother?

Tyler Posey because he seems like so much fun and we’d probably spend our time together laughing !

4. How old do you think you’ll be when you get married?

I’ve always wanted to do so around my thirties? Although I obviously I don’t HAVE to get married and if my future boyfriend doesn’t want to, I’ll totally respect his decision.

5. Do you know a hoarder?

Definitely my grandfather, whose studio (I mean it’s not a real studio but that’s what we’ve always called it) was so filled of stuff you couldn’t even move around the room? My brother and father had to get rid of most of it behind his back and let me tell you, we’ve found some strange things ! Also, I guess I’m kind of a hoarder myself, but just because I’m a really sentimental person and throwing some things feels like throwing away part of my soul haha.

6. Can you do the splits?

I used to when I was a little girl but I’m so bad at it now, I have the body of grandmother, I swear to you ! I’m trying to get a bit more flexible though, it’s part of my workout routine !

7. How old were you when you learned how to ride a bike?

I actually have no idea ! I must have been around 5? I need to ask my mum about that.

8. How many oceans have you swam in?

In the Atlantic ocean only, when I went to western France, Portugal, Spain… I haven’t gone to crazy places yet !

9. How many countries have you been to?

I’ve been to France (obviously), England, Germany, Portugal and Spain (I mean, it was only for a day.. does that count? haha) I mostly go to foreign countries to see my family and I’m lucky to have some in all these countries !!

10. Is anyone in your family in the army?

Not anymore but that’s actually where my parents met ! My mum was actually working for the military (but only as a secretary I think, although she did get a medal, which I only found out about last year haha) and my dad was doing his military service.

11. What would you name your daughter if you had one?

I really want to name one Grace and/or Charlotte ! I’ve always loved these names so much !

12. What would you name your son if you had one?

I’ve thought of the name Landon, since I really like this name and he would be named after the main character in A Walk to Remember, which is my favourite movie 😉

13. What’s the worst grade you got on a test?

I got a 1/10 on a math paper and the worst thing is that I got that point only because I handed in the paper? In my defense, I was really bad in math and the teacher wasn’t even a math teacher so that didn’t help !

14. What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?

Charmed for sure ! It’s still one of my favourites to this day ! I watched it every evening and I’ve seen it entirely about ten times since they put it back on TV every year and I watched it everytime.

15. What did you dress up as on Halloween when you were eight?

I was always a witch ! I think my obsession for Charmed had something to do with it haha. I actually still have my costume but it’s obviously way too small for me now. I even had a hat with a green wig attached to it haha

16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series?

I’ve read all the Harry Potter and Hunger Games books and they are some of my favourite books series ! I’ve never read any of the Twilight books though (but I watched all the movies when I was younger)

17. Would you rather have an American accent or a British accent?

British for sure ! I found it so pretty and melodic !

18. Did your mother go to college?

Nope, she had a vocational diploma and went straight to work !

19. Are your grandparents still married?

They are still married on my dad’s side and they were also on my mum’s side before my grandfather passed away

20. Have you ever taken karate lessons?

No, but I’ve always wanted to take some kind of combat lessons so maybe karate would be good for me?

21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is?

Obviously. Who doesn’t?

22. What’s the first amusement park you’ve been to?

I have no idea? Probably the Asterix park?

23. What language, besides your native language, would you like to be fluent in?

English for sure, although some people say I already am. Maybe Portuguese just because I am half Portuguese and can’t speak it at all?

24. Do you spell the color as grey or gray?

It depends but I think I spell it « grey » more often.

25. Is your father bald?

Nope, he still has a lot of hair which is turning grey right now haha

26. Do you know triplets?

Nope, I know a lot of twins but that’s it !

27. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?

Probably The Notebook because I like to see love stories throughout time.

28. Have you ever had Indian food?

Yes, I absolutely love it !

29. What’s the name of your favorite restaurant?

I don’t think I have one… Maybe HDDiner ?

30. Have you ever been to Olive Garden?

Nope, I don’t think we have that here. Is it good ?

31. Do you belong to any warehouse stores (Costco, BJ’s, etc.)?

Nope

32. What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender?

Clement 🙂

33. If you have a nickname, what is it?

Everyone used to call me Cece but they’ve grown out of it now, except from some cousins and my brother sometimes haha.

34. Who’s your favorite person in the world?

My mum ♥

35. Would you rather live in a rural area or in the suburbs?

It depends ! Probably more the suburbs but I do enjoy going to a rural area to relax when I’m holiday.

36. Can you whistle?

A bit but I hate this sound so much I don’t do it anymore haha

37. Do you sleep with a nightlight?

No, it needs to be pitched black for me to sleep !

38. Do you eat breakfast every morning?

Not every morning, which is really bad but I’ve been getting better at it lately !

39. Do you take any pills or medication daily?

I only take the pill !

40. What medical conditions do you have?

I have multiple health problems but they’re not serious enough to be medical conditions haha Does anxiety count though?

41. How many times have you been to the hospital?

I had a surgery when I was 10 regarding my teeth, but that’s it I think !

42. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo?

Duh ! I bloody love that movie. I mean it’s Disney !

43. Where do you buy your jeans?

I’ve had my jeans for so many years I can’t even remember haha Probably H&M or something like that?

44. What’s the last compliment you got?

My five-year-old cousin told me I was pretty haha

45. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning?

I usually remember them when I wake up but I usually forget them when I get up. Then I have flashbacks throughout the day that make me remember them haha But then again, I have times when I remember them vividly and others when I remember absolutely nothing, which is frustrating.

46. What flavor tea do you enjoy?

The tea I bought in England which had hibiscus in all of them is my favourite. Otherwise, I really like the peach flavor and recently discovered the vanilla flavor and absolutely loved it !

47. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own?

4. One pair of trainers, one of boots and two of flip flops ! I’m not much of a shoe person, one per season is enough for me haha

48. What religion will you raise your children to practice?

I don’t think I’ll raise them to practice any religion even though I am a believer myself. I think they should be able to make their own decision. They might not even believe in God. As long as they’re not extremist, I’m good with everything 😉

49. How old were you when you found out that Santa wasn’t real?

I think I was nine? My mum says that I found out the truth through one of my friends. How rude of her 😉

50. Why do you have a blog?

I created my blog because I like to talk about things I like and most of my friends don’t like the same things as me so I had all these things I wanted to talk about and no one to tell them to ! I think it’s also a great way for me to see my evolution thoughout time, whether it’s my personnality or just my taste in everything !

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