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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25 Favourite Chick-Flicks Movies !

As you may know -and even though I may not like the terminology- chick flicks are my favourite kind of movies ! They’re basically the most relaxing/feel-good thing for me and because my sister is always asking me for a new movie to watch, I decided to write a whole list of movies I could show her, just because of how much I love them ! After hours and hours of watching movie trailers, I finally ended up with a good-enough list, which I thought I’d share with you in case you’re looking for something to watch ! I’m going to leave you with the movie trailers, so you can decide yourself whether or not the movies could be interesting to you (after all, everyone has different tastes !) Please let me know if you have any more suggestion !

1 – A Walk to Remember

My ultimate favourite movie, which I watch every time I get sick ! A sweet love-story, kind of cliché (bad boy turns good when he falls in love with good girl) but get your tissues ready because it just gets me every time haha

2 – The Notebook

A classic – I mean everyone has heard of this movie, haven’t they? I love movies that show a love story through the years and this one has Rachel McAdams in it, who is one of my all-time favourite actresses.

3 – What A Girl Wants

Amanda Bynes has some of the best chick-flicks ever ! If you love family stories, in which they find their long lost relatives, you might enjoy this movie. Plus, I really like movies in which they show contrast between two world (royalty vs normal life) and how you must stay true to yourself !

4 – She’s The Man

My favourite Amanda Bynes movie. Absolutely hilarious.

5 – She’s All That

Definitely cliché with a guy betting he’ll make a girl fall in love with him and then they both fall in love with eachother but still, I really enjoyed this one. Plus, young Freddie Prinze Jr. Do I need to say more?

6 – How to Lose A Guy In 10 Days

Same kind of story because of the bet but this one is hilarious. I love Kate Hudson so much. Plus, she’s absolutely stunning !

7 – Mean Girls

A classic. Who doesn’t like a story with a good vilain ? Plus, it has Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried in it and they are some of my favourite actresses.

8 – The Parent Trap

Fetus Lindsay Lohan is the cutest !  I love movies in which people switch their lives. Plus, who never dreamt of having a long lost twin?

9 – Freaky Friday

Yet another Lindsay Lohan movie and with another switch -even though this one is completely different and I would hate to be in this situation tbh.

10 – Clueless

One of my favourite movies. Cher is basically my spirit animal and I would love to have the same wardrobe thank you very much ! Also, the moment I fell in love with Paul Rudd.

11 – Just My Luck

Definitely a more original love story. If only I had Lindsay Lohan’s luck. Really funny & I love the band’s music  !

12 – Love Actually

I absolutely love movies in which you have different stories and in which everything is linked in some ways ! Same kind as Valentine’s Day, Happy New Year & Mother’s Day, only better. Plus, it’s Christmas 😉

13 – John Tucker Must Die

I feel like I know all the cast from other shows/movies and it’s fun to see them together. Everyone wishes they could have their revenge on a f*ckboy and I love seeing the girls sticking together !

14 – Stuck In Love

Absolutely love the cast. Family movie & love stories are my favourite. You might cry, I know I did ! 😉

15 – The Devil Wears Prada

Also contains numerous actors I love. I don’t think I need to tell you much about this movie, I feel like everyone knows it !

16 – Easy A

The first time I ever saw Emma Stone. Stop slut-shaming girls. Rise above the rumours.

17 – Legally Blonde

I love Reese Whitherspoon so much. Show everyone they’re wrong about you & you can do everything you put your mind to. Oh and you can be pretty AND smart, thank you very much.

18 – About Time

Another Rachel McAdams movie. What would happen if you could go back in time, but only in your life? Great life lessons and lots of tears (I’m emotional okay?)

19 – Letters to Juliet

True love never dies. Absolutely love the concept of the women answering the letters to give advice. Made me want to go to Italy. Amanda Seyfried is amazing.

20 – Beauty & the Briefcase

Had to include at least one Hilary Duff movie. Love isn’t always what you expect it to be.

21 – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

I know, I’m sorry. It would be weird for me not to include this movie ! Tale of love in different shapes (love, family & friends). I love those girls so much.

22 – Bridget Jones

The first movie will always be my favourite but they’re all great anyway ! One of the most relatable character, I absolutely love her.

23 – Mamma Mia

Nothing better than a good old musical to make you feel good ! Plus, you probably already know all the lyrics of the songs, so you’ll get to sing LOUD !

24 – Definitely, Maybe

Abigail Breslin is honestly the cutest little girl. The ending isn’t what you expect it to be. Timing is everything. I loved the storyline with April and her search for the Jane Eyre book !

25 – A Cinderella Story (the first three movies)

Basically the same story every time but I still love them just as much. The second is my favourite ♥

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Life Update | Where Have I Been?

You may have noticed that I haven’t really been posting on the blog lately and I owed you an explanation since I don’t want you to think this has anything to do with me losing interest in blogging. Trust me, I haven’t. I have expressed before that this blog has always been kind of like my happy place and that I just wanted it to be a place for positivity-only. The problem is that obviously, life isn’t always all rainbows and flowers and I don’t want my  problems to have a negative impact on the blog.

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll know that my parents are currently separating and this is obviously going to huge change in my life. I have actually expected this separation for years now but for it to actually be happening is something else. I also don’t have a good relationship with my father and this separation raises huge questions for my future life and his involvement in it since I’m over eighteen and don’t have any obligations towards him. I’ve also been supporting my mum 100% during this hard times, even if that means shifting the parent/child relationship from time to time – after all she’s done for me, I feel like the least I could do is help in any way that I can.

We’ll also be selling our house because it’s getting way to expensive for us and I have to admit that having strangers come into my personal space and not knowing where I’m going to go next isn’t the most comfortable thing I’ve experienced. It’s actually quite scary to me that I have no way of helping in any way.

The whole environment I live in has been quite complicated lately so I’ve tried as much as I could to focus on positive things in my life & avoiding the whole thing either by staying away from home or drowning in my books and tv shows. My mental health has of course been affected by all this and I try as much as I can to stay as sane as I can by reminding myself of how lucky I am for many things I have in my life anyway. I have started writing a lot again (outside of the blog obviously) because it has always been the best therapy for me.

As for the blog, I do have some blogposts idea and will of course post them as soon as I feel like writing them. It will remain a positive place filled with things that I love and I know that the struggles I face on my everyday life will somehow turn into one of those positive things with time. I believe that nothing can be completely negative, and you just have to look for the positive outcomes, which I am trying to do on a daily basis !

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10 Books for the Summer

Books for the Summer

To me, the best thing about summer is the time I get to spend reading. Whether it’s on the beach, in my garden or just in my room, the good weather always makes me want to get away from my laptop and enjoy my day. Maybe it’s because being on holiday that truly allows me to escape because I have less things to worry about (although let’s be honest I’m never 100% relaxed haha). I thought I’d share with you a little selection of books that are perfect for your Summer.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

1 – Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

I mean if you’ve been following me on social media for a while, you know that I’ve had an obsession for The Sisterhood last year. Such an obsession that I’ve been putting off watching the movies this year by fear of going back to this state haha (I feel sorry for my family tbh) Although The Sisterhood movie is a childhood favourite of mine I never read the books so last year, I decided to buy the first one and I really enjoyed it. It’s a really quick read and combines really sweet stories of friendship, love and family. I really liked the fact that we followed the four girls’ summer and their different adventures. Also, I was really surprised to see how different Lena’s love story was compared to the movie ! I haven’t bought the second book yet, nevertheless the rest of the series but don’t worry, you’ll know about it if you follow me on my social media 😉

The Most Beautiful Thing

2 – Fiona Robyn – The Most Beautiful Thing

Alright, this book is for older readers but I absolutely loved it. My cousin bought it for Christmas a few years ago, along with a few others but this one the first one that I read. The book tells us about Joe Salt and two summers he spends in Amsterdam, at his aunt’s house. He’s only fourteen when he first goes there, and there are a few confusing things but don’t your worry, everything will make sense once you get to the second part, when Joe returns years later 😉 I really liked the growing relationship between Joe and his aunt Nel, it was probably my favourite thing about the book to be honest. Plus, the way the author portrayed mental illnesses like depression in the book felt very honest and I really enjoyed her style.

Eleanor & Park

3 – Rainbow Rowell –  Eleanor & Park

I haven’t finished this book yet, I’m only halfway through but I’ve been really enjoying it. There is something about Summer that makes me want to read love stories and Eleanor & Park’s relationship is just so pure and innocent, I love it. I’m really fond of the two characters, especially Eleanor who is just going through so much regarding her family. To be honest, except for the tapes the characters listen to and exchange, I don’t really feel like the story took place in the 80s ! I can’t wait to see where the book is going to take me !

Journey to the River Sea

4- Eva Ibbotson – Journey to the River Sea

I read the book about two years ago and if I’m not mistaken, finished it in a couple of days. Ibbotson tells the story of Maia, an orphan sent to her distant relatives in the Amazon. Maia will be extremely disappointed in them (trust me, you’ll hate them) and the young girl will instead befriend the local Indians and especially a boy planning to find his Indian mother’s people after his European father died. This story of dreams and adventure is so well written, I can’t see how you could dislike it.

We Were Liars

5 – E. Lockhart – We Were Liars

I have recently written an entire post about this book recently, which you can read here but I still had to include it in this list. I mean after all, the entire plot is about a Summer that the protagonist forgot about and tries to remember. You’ll totally get the Summer vibe you’re looking for, along with some mystery (do I have to remind you that the plot twist blew my mind?) and family relationships (with a bit of romance but it’s not the most important part).

A Year of Marvellous Ways

6 – Sarah Winman – A Year Of Marvellous Ways

I bought this book last year, mostly because it was the only book in English in the bookshop haha. I was amazed by the way the author wrote, how magical it was. I love knowing about all the character’s backstory and then have them all meet but that does mean that the story has a slow start. Let me tell you that if you keep reading, you won’t be disappointed by this beautiful story.

Girl Online

7 – Zoe Sugg – Girl Online

This book series is the only youtuber books I have bought, mostly because I knew that Zoe had wanted to be an author for a while and because it was fiction. This book is actually the reason why I wanted to really start this blog. I could relate so much about the main character and really appreciated the way she portrayed her anxiety because it made me feel less alone in this. I haven’t read the last book yet, but I need to do so as soon as I can !

Maybe Someday

8 -Colleen Hoover – Maybe Someday

I posted about this book almost two years ago (how crazy is that???) so if you want to read a much bigger review about it, you can find the post here. Basically, I really enjoyed this love story  and had a lot of emotions when I read it (don’t worry, I only cried once, the rest was mostly laughter !). Plus, the songs mentionned in the book were recorded by Griffin Peterson and they’re quite amazing as well so listen to them as well ! 😉

The Girl On the Train

9 – Paula Hawkins – The Girl On The Train

This is probably the most different book from the list but not everyone loves stories about relationships and people in general. If you’re more into thrillers, than this book might be perfect for you ! I also have a post on this one that you can read here. My favourite part about the book was probably that you could read from three different point of views and so see the characters not only the way they’re portrayed by the protagonist but as they really were, which I thought was interesting. Also, I definitely wasn’t expecting the ending ! If you don’t know if you should stick to the movie than I suggest you read the book because it’s much better than the movie (at least in my opinion !)

The Raven King

10 – Maggie Stiefvater – The Raven Cycle

If you’re looking for adventures than I suggest you read the Raven Cycle series. This is probably one of my favourites book series ever ! All the characters grew on me and now that I’ve finished the book, I miss them a lot haha. The story was so different than the usual young-adult fiction, it was refreshing. There are so many things happening though (all the characters having their own particularities) I wouldn’t know how to explain the books to anyone tbh ! It’s apparently going to be adapted in a TV Show which I’m looking forward to, except if they screw it up because I’m going to be extremely mad if they do haha

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May Favourites 2017

I’m kind of confused about May because although I feel like it went by really fast, I also feel like it’s been such a long time since the beginning of the month ! Although failing my driving test was kind of a bummer since I have to wait about 3 months to retake it, May has been good to be, between the end of my exams, the good weather and just enjoying my life more than I have in a while (blame it on uni). I have quite a few favourites for you this month, so get ready !

BEAUTY

Absolute New York – Velvet Lippie

I used to have a love/hate relationship with this liquid lipstick bc although I loved the colour, it used to dry my lips quite quickly and didn’t last very long. Now that I’ve found out that putting a lot of chapstick to hydrate my lips and putting a nude lipliner all over my lips before I applied the liquid lipstick fixed these issues, I’ve basically been wearing it every day !

So Susan – Light Diffuser (illuminator & bronzer duo)

Contour was never part of my makeup routine but as I was experimenting, I decided that trying wouldn’t hurt. I used this duo, which is basically the only contouring makeup item I own and I actually really liked the result ! It contains both a highlighter and a contour shade, which was good because both go well together. Plus, they are chocolate scented, so what’s not to like? 😉

Nicka K New York – Airbrush Blending Sponge

Although I already owned blending sponges, mine were flat, so I thought I’d try this one and boy was I not disappointed. My foundation was so well  blended with this one that you couldn’t tell I was wearing any ! Given how worried I am that my foundation might be too visible, this sponge totally works for me !

TV SHOWS

TV Shows

The Handmaid’s Tale

If you follow me on social media, you’ll know about my current obsession for The Handmaid’s Tale. I first heard about the show because Alexis Bledel was part of the cast, and then realised that the book was on my shelf of books to read. Although I finished the book, the show is still airing every wednesday and so many things were added to it that I’m still anxious every episode. The most interesting thing about this book/show is that, although it is dystopian, everything that happens in it has happened in history or is till happening today, which is the scariest thing to me. I don’t see anyone talking about this show but honestly, please watch it.

Unreal

I used to hear so much about this show but only decided recently to start watching it. It was absolutely brilliant. The sick thing about this is that although you know how wrong the manipulation is just wrong, you’ll love it. I feel as awful as the producers are in the show. The funny thing is, I watched The Bachelorette this week (don’t judge me) and I kept imagining the production of the show and Quinn yelling after everyone. You’ll never watch reality TV the same way, trust me !

Sense8 Season 2

We’ve waited so long for this second season, you’d think I would’ve taken my time to watch it. Well no. I’ve watched the season in a matter of two days. This show is just so addictive ! Honestly one of my all-time favourites. There’s just not one thing I dislike about it. Now I can’t wait for the next season !

MUSIC

Music

Noah Cyrus – Stay Together

I absolutely love Noah Cyrus’ music. The only other song I’ve really listened to is Make Me Cry but if every song of hers is as addictive as these two, then count me in ! You can totally hear a certain ressemblance with her big sister’s voice but their music is totally different ! I just can’t wait to hear more from her !

Shawn Hook ft Vanessa Hudgens – Reminding Me

It’s been years since Vanessa last released music so when this song came out, I got very excited. The song totally fits her voice, very relaxing. Hopefully, she’ll make a real comeback in the music industry soon enough because I love hearing her sweet voice ! 😉

Miley Cyrus – Malibu

Speaking of comebacks & the Cyrus family, queen Miley has made her comeback ! She’s been one of my favourite artists for over 10 years now (wow, that’s crazy) and I was so glad to hear that she was releasing new music ! The country vibes totally fit her voice and the song is just perfect for the Summer ! I can totally see myself listening to it on the beach.

Selena Gomez – Bad Liar

When two of your favourite artists release music, you know it’s a good month. I ave to admit that I didn’t really like the song the first time I listened to it but now, I’m totally addicted to it ! It’s just so different than what we usually hear on the radio, I love it.

PEOPLE

Acacia & Jairus

I’ve talked about how much I loved Acacia’s videos when she was pregnant, but let me tell you that now that her little Brinley is born, she is giving me major baby fever ! Acacia & Jairus are currently daily vlogging, which I have really been enjoying ! Congrats on the little princess !

Kate Hudson

My sister and I are  having a Glee marathon, and we’re currently onto the fourth season, which is the one Kate Hudson is in. It totally reminded me of the crush I’ve always had on her and since I’m currently watching A LOT of « chick flicks », a few of her movies magically appeared on my list (I mean How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days is one of my favourites). I suspect my sister to have a crush on her too tbh haha

Freddie Prinze Jr

Obviously, watching a lot of chick flicks meant watching movies of the 90s (the best if you ask me) and Freddie Prinze Jr was in a few of them. I never watched any of his movies but have been obsessed ever since I watched She’s All That. Also, I found out that he is married to Sarah Michelle Gellar and my mind is blown haha

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How not to turn into a couch potato on Summer break

Alright, it may seem a little early for some of you to talk about summer break, but truth is, it’s already that time of the year for me. My Summer break is incredibly long since I’m in uni, given that my classes only start again at the end of September. Five months of Summer break but let’s be honest, I’m going to spend most of my time at home since I usually go on holiday for about two weeks and my job will only take place in August. It would be easy to just turn into a couch potato but then I’d feel as if I was wasting my time of freedom haha. So I thought I’d share with you how I’ve been trying to be productive – at least a few hours per day because let’s be honest, I do spend a lot of times watching my shows anyway.

1 – Make A To-Do List

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I find that for me, making a to-do list is the best way to make sure I get things done throughout the day. I have a journal that I use exclusively to « plan » my days. Of course, I don’t write absolutely everything on them, with the hours and everything because I don’t want to feel as if I wasn’t free to do anything I want but my objective is to get everything done by the end of the day. It’s also the best way to feel like you were productive, just by seeing everything on your list being ticked-off. Make sure you don’t overload your to-do list. Be realistic, know yourself and what you’re capable of because otherwise, you might feel discouraged if you don’t get everything done. I usually plan my week every monday, and just spread everything over the week so I get a little bit done every day.

2 – Deep Clean Your Space

If you’re a bit of a freak like me, your space (whether it’s just your room or your entire house) might be filled with stuff you don’t even use but you’re too scared to get rid of (« but what if I eventually change my mind about it? »). Well now is time for you to gather all your strenght and get it over with. Truth is, if you’ve never used some of the stuff (whether it’s clothes or something else), you might never do so keeping it will do nothing but take up space you could have better use for. Deep cleaning your space could not only be beneficial in the space you’ve gained, but you can also sell some of your stuff or donate it, which could be beneficial both for you and another person ! You’ll feel much better afterwards, I promise.

3 – Take Care Of Your Body / Work Out

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Spring/Summer is the best moment for me to start taking care of my body. Although at winter time, the coziness -meaning unhealthy food and hiding under oversized clothes- is the most important thing to me, knowing that my skin is going to be showing when the heat comes back is usually a good enough motivation to start taking care of my body again. I just feel like it’s important to feel good about yourself. I don’t mean that in the way that I have to lose weight and just have a « beach body » but I want to have a healthy body and feel good in my skin. Taking care of yourself is extremely important and I can’t wait to see some change in me.

4 – Help Around The House

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This one is mostly for the people who, just like me, still live at their parents’ house. My mum works all week, comes back home and cooks for us, spends her weekends doing laundry… Given how much time I have on my hands, I thought important to help her around the house as much as she would let me so she could have time to herself. Since we’re in the process of selling our house, we need the house to look as good as possible so I like to help either by cleaning, sorting some of our stuff, helping with the different chores… This way, not only am I being productive, I’m also showing my mum that I appreciate everything she does for us and allow her to relax as much as possible.

5 – Go Outside For A Few Hours

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The sun is out and so should you. Although locking yourself in the house, blinds shut so you don’t have any reflection on your laptop/TV screen, would be the easy way to spend your day, you might regret doing so at the end of the day, when you see that you haven’t moved all day, or in a few months, when the sun will be reported missing. I’m not saying you should spend your day outside, going out with your friends every day or anything like that. You could just lay in your garden (or in a park if you don’t have a garden) with some music, book, tan, do whatever you feel like doing as long as you spend a few hours outside. It’ll be good for you, trust me. Also try to see your friends at least once a week so you get a certain social life 😉

6 – Try Something New

Summer time is the best time to start doing something you’ve always wanted to do. You have all this time on your hands, so you’ll have as long as you want to practice whatever it is that you want to do. Learn how to read music, how to play an instrument, how to draw, a new language… There are so many possibilities, you can be sure to find something that suits you. As for me, I’ve decided to improve my drawing skills since I’ve always wanted to be able to draw. I even have an instagram page if you’re interested to see my progress ! (the point of the instagram page is only to easily see the progress I make throughout time, I have no intention of becoming an artist haha)

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We Were Liars

I went to WHSmith a few weeks ago to buy some books, especially since I knew I would be going to England soon and honestly, I can’t go on a holiday without at least three books. We Were Liars was on my list of books to read for quite a while now so when I saw it at the store, I instantly grabbed it. Out of all the books I bought that day, I decided to start with this one, just because of how intrigued I was by it. Keep in mind that I didn’t know anything about the story and the back of the book kept a certain mystery that intrigued me even more.

We Were Liars is about a family who spends their summer on their private island. The ‘Liars’ mentionned on the title are the three older cousins in the family (Johnny, Mirren, Cadence) and their friend Gat. One summer, an accident happens that leaves Cadence in the hospital. Cadence, who is the narrator of the story, has no memory of the summer of the accident and when  she finally goes back to the private island, she decides to find out what happened to her.

I really liked the plot of the book, first of all because I love family stories. Having a family house on an island where we usually see each other every summer (I mean we don’t own the island the way they do in the book but still haha), I could relate to Cadence being excited to go there, be cut out of the world and enjoy the time spent with her cousins. I truly felt like the Liars were my family. I also find it funny how they call their little cousins  « the Littles » because that’s what I call my cousins’ children. I really appreciated that the book included a family tree and a map of the island, so we can more easily understand and picture the story – I tend to get easily lost if the story has too many characters haha.

Just like Cadence, we really want to know what happened that Summer. There are so many moments in the book when just like the main character, you sense that something isn’t right, in the way her family is behaving around her, especially because everything seems to have changed since Cadence last came to the island. You can honestly feel like they’re all hiding something and you just want to know what it is. I had so many theories going on in my head everytime Cadence had a new memory or her family said something odd, but let me tell you that I didn’t expect it to end this way.

The ending was so surreal to me that I had to read it twice just to make sure I didn’t misread it. WHAT A PLOT TWIST ! (don’t worry I won’t spoil) It’s one of those books which have you confused the entire time but when you finally have the answers, everything just makes so much sense !

I absolutely loved this book and want to read more of E. Lockhart’s work because if it’s anything like this one, I know I’m going to love it. I actually read the book in one day, just because of how addictive it was. Definitely recommend it, even though I wasn’t a complete fan of the writing style of the author – the story is completely worth it.

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April Favourites 2017

I can’t believe it’s already the end of April. This month went by so fast ! I thought I’d share with you some of the things I’ve loved the most throughout the most. Unfortunately, I haven’t been wearing makeup much (I don’t usually wear makeup when I have exams and let’s just say I’ve had exams all months haha) so there won’t be a beauty part in the blogpost but don’t worry, I have a few other things to talk about 😉

MUSICMusic

Cheat Codes ft Demi Lovato – No Promises

This song has been stuck in my head for weeks now. Such a fun song to listen to when you’re in a good mood and just want to dance around your room ! I feel like it’s gonna be one of the songs I’m going to listen to the most this summer !

Selena Gomez – Only You

The whole 13RW soundtrack is absolutely amazing but this one is probably y favourite – it just suits the show so much ! Selena’s voice is so relaxing I swear I could fall asleep just by listening to it.

The Moana Soundtrack

Alright, I’ll talk about the movie later in the post but I felt like the soundtrack deserved its recognition. I am absolutely obsessed with it ! All the songs have been stuck in my head and I’m not complaining ! But then again, I love all Disney soundtrack so it doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone haha

TV SHOWS

Tv shows favourites

Thirteen Reasons Why

Everyone has heard about Thirteen Reasons Why but I couldn’t not mention it. I read the book years ago and it’s been one of my favourites ever since. I had been waiting for the adaptation for so long but was nervous when it came out because I didn’t want to be disappointed. It’s been weeks since I finished it and I’m still broken by it. I can’t even begin to tell you how important this show is to me ! Definitely became one of my favourites.

Revenge

I first began to watch Revenge years ago but it took me a while to finish it just because I suck at keeping up at shows and take 6 months breaks at the middle of a season haha. I loved how original this show was compared to most shows. I’ve always been interested in books/movies/shows around the subject of revenge so it was perfect to me haha.

Broadchurch

The last season of Broadchurch finished airing and I still can’t believe it’s over for good. To be honest, I like crime shows but tend to get quite bored with them. I didn’t get bored with this one, that’s for sure. I  love how different the three crimes were (one per season) so it didn’t feel repetitive. Also I liked the way they showed the impact of the crimes on the town, that even years later you could still feel the loss. The way the show is shot is also so amazing I can’t get over it !

MOVIES

Movies favourites

Rogue One

My brother bought the Rogue One DVD a few weeks ago and since I hadn’t seen it (my brother and my dad went to see it on Christmas Day, whilst I was working) I was really excited to finally get to. I knew nothing about the movie except for when it took place, so it was a total surprise to me. I don’t want to spoil it to anyone but boy I wasn’t expecting to cry this much near the end haha

Moana

I watched Moana last night. I’ve been wanting to for months now but every time I was looking for a movie to watch, I just forgot about this one. I watched it with my entire family and we all loved it. It was absolutely beautiful in every way, and very different from other Disney movies. I just wish we could’ve seen more of the pig.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I know, I’m late to this one as well, what a shame. My cousins came for Easter and since we’re all such fans of the Harry Potter universe, we decided to watch it together. I loved absolutely everything about it. I just thought it was funny how Newt was a Hufflepuff raising magical creatures because every one knows that’s what I would’ve done too. I guess it’s a Hufflepuff thing 😉 I can’t wait for the next movie !

BOOKS

Books favourites

E. Lockhart – We Were Liars

This book was one my list of books to read for quite a while now, so when I went to WHSmith and saw it, I immediatly grabbed it. I didn’t know anything about the book. I actually have so much to say about it, I’m thinking about dedicating a whole post just about it so the only thing I’ll tell you about it is  : WHAT A PLOT TWIST !

HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTH

My favourite part of the month was definitely going to England to see my family and celebrate my little cousin’s birthday. I miss them so much and England has always felt like home to me ♥

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