Sunshine in my mind.

June 21, 2018

summer has officially arrived, you guys!! how amazing is it?! i remember i told myself during winter i wanted to live in summer forever and here it is. the weather almost reached 30 degrees over here, so warm i know. i could not even wear long jeans anymore lately! haha! this week has been very good to me tho, we are only one day away from weekend already, i had a new haircut and started my workout routine yesterday. i am so ready for summer break and about to tick off the to do list pretty soon.

how was your week? it felt like this week goes by pretty quick, right? i wish you all a wonderful weekend!

until then.

Almost summer break.

June 15, 2018

today is officially the last day of school but it doesn't mean that the semester is over yet. i still need to work for the next two weeks but i am so happy that the theory part is finished for now. i can slowly set my vacation mode till the summer break is officially approaching, which also means i will update you with my daily post on instagram and weekly posts here on blog. it's just really exciting if you know that you can put your sunglasses and hat on when the holiday's not even started yet, so yay me!

my man and i will visit his parents tomorrow, who just came back from their vacation in italy. we are going to have a barbecue together and play some card games as usual so i can't wait to meet them already! i hope the weather is gonna be better at least for tomorrow because it's been so variant lately, some days were even cold. but either way, it sure will be fun!

how was your week? do you have any plan this weekend? i wish you all a lovely one!

until then.

1st Watercolor Painting.

June 10, 2018

summer is almost approaching, which means there are only three weeks of school left until summer break. i wanted to fill you in on life lately, and why i haven't been posting on instagram and blog for days now. i have to give a speech about a medicine theme next week and write an exam about twenty diseases and radio therapy. so it's gonna be intense since i need to keep up with school and work the next weeks. many students make the failure of not making an effort to study just because there are only 3 exams left. but sometimes they make almost 30% of the final grade, which is pretty huge.

i needed a lexicon yesterday so we went to a bookstore in town. along the way to the 3rd floor (where the lexicons are) i saw a watercolor set which caught my eyes immediately and i needed to buy it. today i tried it out before i start studying and i am quite happy about the result because i actually get familiar with drawing but making a watercolor painting out of it? it was pretty challenging.

what do you think about it? i am so ready for this school year to end and looking forward to it! for the next weeks or so i am going to be focusing on finishing up the semester. i will definitely post a whole lot more once summer break hits because i have bunch of ideas that i am gonna accomplish. i wish everyone a lovely weekend and see you guys very soon!

until then.

Outdoor picnic essentials.

June 3, 2018

finally, we made it to our second picnic ever! i know, in the picnic post last year i mentioned that we would have more of picnic all summer long and it was kinda crazy that we had not! haha! it was actually our very first and only picnic in 2017. not because it was terrible, no. on the contrary, it was such lovely day for us! i had to admit, that the activities got us so busy last year, and due to moving we still tried to manage of arranging the new house. so the days we do get off we tried to at least go for a stroll at park without any preparation like picnic or something, which was actually no big deal.

last week, we decide to have another picnic, already in spring! i mean, picnic is the best way to welcome the hottest season of the year! it really feels like summer already over here and the weather was actually being cooperated to us. yay! i was really looking forward to it and we were very happy that it was a success! we were so full after the picnic, although we did not have much to eat. haha! but we played badminton, too, which means, a lil dessert never hurt anyone, surely!

i put together a list of few practical picnic essentials for you to consider when planning an outdoor picnic, because who doesn't love checklist? especially for some occasions, checklist can be really helpful!

for toting and seating..
picnic basket / picnic rugs

for serving..
napkins /plates / utensils
mason jar / cutting board / flowers

for cleanup..
tissue / trash bags

something to eat/drink..
lemonade / berries / baguette

other essentials..
sun hat / card games

of course, it depends on where you want to have a picnic. we usually go to our local park on the weekend afternoon and sit under the trees so it's not too hot for us. we also haven't had any mosquito bites one bit so bringing insect repellent and sunscreen was not too necessary. but these are the items i will always pack for our picnic, so we might add or replace similar items to the list if we want to go to other place every now and then, like adding sunglasses, burgers (recipe coming soon on the blog!), or even beret instead of sun hat.

are there some of the items from the list you always pack for your picnic? and where do you like to go to? i wish you all a lovely weekend and have fun for your next picnic!

until then.

Items of the Month - May

May 31, 2018

the end of the month has arrived! which means one thing: the items of the month! since it's my favorite month of the year, there are some of my favorite piece of clothes and one beauty product to share on the blog that i have been addicted to lately!

1. white t-shirt 
i am so into white nowadays and even this simple t-shirt makes me happy with something french on it! i mean, look how pretty it is! i am in love with it since i saw it everywhere and i was so head over heels to find it on the New-Yorker store. 

2. tweed skirt
i don't know where i have been in my life because i just found the perfect skirt ever! this is officially one of my essentials in my wardrobe! it's so versatile, you can wear with anything and get so many looks with only one skirt! what i love about it is you can both dress up and dress down with this baby. and the blue color adds the perfect elegant touch to any outfits!

3. frank body - sweet cheeks kit
i have mentioned this kit last christmas because of its glow and i just love this product since! how it gives me such a radiant, natural look, makes me addicted to it. it's so hydrating and man, how soft it is on my face! with the humidity it helps me to glow even more on warmer days, so i can't let my best friend not to be on the list!

4. white eyelet t-shirts
i can't believe i bought my second t-shirt in a month, only in eyelet! haha! this is my favorite t-shirt for picnic because it gives such a fresh look and brings that picnic vibe in summer! i love how cute it is, even pairing with marine shorts and a pair of red sandals. both t-shirt and shorts are available in H&M and costed me under 50€!

are you familiar with one of the products? which one is your favorite? i wish you all a wonderful day!

until then.

Just glow up!

May 21, 2018

once the flowers start to bloom out there, i feel like it is a brand new life for each of us, don't you think? i mean, the sun, the spirit, and people in general are different, in positive way of course. so probably that is also why everyone in spring is basically way much glowing from inside out, and for us women it is even one benefit more for wearing less make-up and the humidity helps making our faces extra shiny. spring is sure full of wonderful things, and the list goes on and on and on.

but actually glowing up is not only about the make-up skills you have, i mean it sure can help a bit every now and then. but trust me, you can get the best beauty products but if you are not having sleep for three days, you'll be tired so much you would never glow up from within. hence, bad mood. so, yeah. it's not pretty. here are few super simple ways to help you to glow up everyday without any fancy products:

1. drink more water
i know, this one you have been hearing for like thousand times, and it seems like not working at all. but have you really tried out drinking more water? i need to put this into the list, because our body's cells need to regenerate and water helps during the process and keeps skin cells hydrated. so water plumps the skin cells up making them look less wrinkled. it flushes impurities and toxins out of the system keeping your face fresh and clean and thus aid in reducing the breakouts and acne. and oh, our body is composed of roughly 60% water, so we basically just need the water!

2. skin care
unless you are having a good gene, you might skip this one. skin care is the thing i never knew the benefit of till two years ago. thanks to the marketing hype on social media, skin care becomes so popular and it felt like everyone needs to make a routine out of it. i was like, what skin care?! haha. but it has been a total game changer for sure! i remember few years ago when i applied my foundation for the first time, it was so uncomfortable. my face has always been so dry on some point and the foundation was just being so streaky and cakey on it. after many many cleansers, moisturizers, oils, i finally found the ones that work great on me. you know, at the end of the day, we just need to pay close attention to our skin in the same way we do to our body, and each of us has different skin type! so, find out what works best for you, because even a complicated skincare routine is also no better than a simple one. 

3. highlighter
so we get to the point where make-up product is on board. yes lady, for a major glow = highlighter! i used to wear foundation, blush, and lipstick only and one day i stumbled upon many beauty videos where they apply highlighter. it was actually confusing at one moment because i barely knew the function of this miracle substance. i tried it out and holy moly! this is the answer! haha! the key for a maximal glow is using the powder and liquid ones and it just gives you the stunning, natural, dewy looks.

4. cream blush
i use cream blush a lot on warmer days. not only it stays longer on my face, but it helps me glowing up because of the consistence. it looks so natural, which is also why it is amazing on a tanned skin, especially applying it with finger. what i love most about cream blush is, that it blends so well on face and gives me the natural-looking finish!

5. lip gloss/lip balm
i mean, do not get me wrong, i love matte lipstick! it does not budge, stays longer, and you have got the look by only one swipe. but really, i can't stand the feeling of drying out lips because of it! since i got the maybelline's advent calendar from my man last winter, i tried out some amazing products from them. one of them i use everyday since is the baby lips edition. it comes in such stunning colors and i am so glad i found the perfect one for my skin tone!

6. sport
for those of you who needs to work so hard you have no time for this, i can feel you. this step is such a problem for adults and that is why the quotes: sport is for tomorrow! haha! but seriously, i personally feel way much better after jogging for half an hour to an hour. it improves blood circulation, and lower hypertension and stress levels. if you google the benefits, you might find like million reasons why you should do sport right now, and yes, you should really do. it also brings positive energy, discipline, and helps in building self-esteem and mutual respect, which is why it helps on glowing up inside out.

7. facial spray
i LOVE facial spray! i thank you, the inventor of this beauty product, because i cannot live without this amazing stuff! it brings my make-up skills to a whole new level, for using it on my soap brow, on my face, mixing it with my foundation, and etc.! despite of the numerous benefits, it is also a big help for a little refreshment to a face full of make-up! i mean, the weather is sometimes so warm, it is just unbearable. i have so much love for this, and it is definitely one of my essentials to carry on warmer days!

8. smile
i mean, the easiest way to glow up is to smile! you can wake up from a good sleep, wearing many make-up and not smiling and looking like you just had a rough day. or you can wear barely make-up and smiling and still looking like the prettiest lady in the room! smiling actually makes you, the person smiling, happier regardless of the situation. normally we are hardwired to smile only during pleasant situations. so fun fact: the brain in turn releases endorphins which lowers stress and improves your overall mood, hence making the situation pleasant. it is kind of impressive how our body works, doesn't it? so fake the smile, angel, because you will be happy either way!

until then.

Do it, anyway.

May 12, 2018

it's still May and i am happy.

i have a good life that's why, thank god i have one. i moved to Europe to do what i have been wanting and now i speak german, have a wonderful man that supports me, and go to a medicine school with such lovely people around. when i read the previous sentences over again, it sounds really like a dream come true for me. and it is. i dreamt of having life like this. nothing fancy. everybody asked me where i get the courage from, to leave hometown in such a young year. and you know what, it's inside of us, every each of us, the whole time.

i just want you guys to know that whatever it is that you've wanted your whole life, you should really go for it. and you might not doing it yet because you are afraid. be afraid, it's normal. and do it anyway. you cannot let the fear inside you make you stuck at where you are right now. because, who are we without a lil scare? everybody got scared. and me, i just enjoy it. i need to see myself, how far i'll go, because it's a part of growing, and i told myself if i am not doing it, i will never gonna do it. when i have to give a lecture at school two years ago, it was for sure the challenge of my life. i am the only person in my class who is not german, and i should give a speech about one medicine theme and i was like, this is it. but now when i think about it, i gave already about 10 speeches the last two years at school, in german, which is not my native language, and got A's. the thing is, i love doing speeches, and whatever language it is, i am just gonna do it anyway. it's not about me trying to brag or anything over here. it is just one of stories that i want to share that you, too, can do whatever it is that you love, right now, even you think you do not have the slightest chance at all. while everything you do that you love, with love, you are in the right way.

so, the bucket list that you made back then, you should grab it and do the whole thing. because nothing gonna do it for you. live the life you want. only you can fulfill it. everybody else is too busy, you know. you, have the chance to do it, today.

until then.

Birthday Post 2018.

May 4, 2018

yesterday, i turned one year older.

when i was a kid i remember being so excited for birthdays. i decorated my room by myself and took my time to celebrate alone at midnight when the house was at its silence. this was one of my rituals for a reflection on everything in my life. it's important to me because only myself i can count on, and at the end of the day, i need to make myself happy first to make everyone around me happy.

another year older means one bit wiser, and it's true. i am not saying i am as wise as my grandparents were, but i get to choose the things i let in my life, and the things i want to be around, be it work, friendship and relationship, and it is an amazing thing. today as an adult with so many activities, i am so glad to be able to do this. and at this very moment, i am beyond happy to be in a good place. to share this happiness with my wonderful man beside me is a magic. 

my birthday was amazing. i celebrated it with my man at midnight and got some balloons (yay!!) and presents. last year i took a day off for a celebration but this year i got to do a big exam spend a couple of hours at school. i brought cupcakes and a chocolate-blueberry cake for my friends and i was thrilled that they liked it. my man was home all day wrapping birthday presents and baking the birthday cake for me since i was around all the time and he couldn't really do it the past weeks. 

i want to talk a little bit about the presents. we went to a stationery shop in town weeks before my birthday and i told him that i've always wanted to get pretty stationery for birthday because i am a fan since forever. days after that i totally forgot about the stationery things and instead told him that i wanted a white summer dress for my birthday. i opened the presents and the books were in it! he is so cute for remembering it. and the merci chocolate, isn't it PERFECT? i never thought he would actually do DIY-present for me since it's always been MY thing between us. you can tell that he is talented!

we had a lovely dinner in the evening at an asia restaurant nerby our place and the food, i tell ya, it was fantastic! we had crispy chinese duck breasts and coconut coctails and this has been officially our favorite menu! we were really full after that because it was indeed delicious! haha!

in between the activities i made time for a reflection, a little gratitude for myself. i have evolved to the point where i can be damn proud of. i speak fluently german and i have been living here almost five years now. i have my heart and my conscience as the only tools to overcome life's inevitable obstacles. next year hopefully i am preparing the last examination and will be ready to work at hospital anywhere after graduation. 

i am really glad to to be growing older.

and i hope for many happy returns of the day.

until then.

Items of the Month - April

April 28, 2018

i feel like i need to take a break for now, probably 'til christmas, because April goes by so fast! the fact that my birthday is coming up is kinda freaking me out. it's not because i am getting older, but we almost reach the half of the year and i am not even ready to have another birthday, already! i used to be mentally prepared for every birthday of mine, but the last four years have been even busier and busier i could not believe that tomorrow is May 1st! i still have to manage between work and study for this week, even the big exam happens on my birthday.

but that's another story, and there will be a special post a.k.a. birthday post pretty soon because this time it's *drumroll* items of the month! when i saw the things i bought this month i realized that they are visually so stunning. let's just get started because it's a combination of fashion and beauty product this month!

1. Bershka - off the shoulder top
i gotta feeling i am gonna wear this beauty pretty often 'till the autumn hits because it's so versatile, it matches perfectly with either mom jeans or midi skirt. the material is super comfy and i don't mind if it's a bit shorter than tops i have in my wardrobe. i mean, you can never go wrong with white tops, am i right?

2. Bershka - polka dot midi skirt
have i mention that i am all about midi skirt this year?! i feel very parisian chic whenever in this. it is so adorable i could not resist buying it on the spot! the fact that i do not have so many skirts even makes me happier that i invest in such a beautiful one! i cannot wait to wear this!

3. Beauty Glam - Peel-off Illuminating Mask
i have been looking for a good mask for weeks, i mean, there are many good ones everywhere, but i want to try out the cheaper one with the glowing effect since the warmer weather has arrived. the packaging of this is so cute, and without being dramatic, i might trust this one on my face! it looks interesting and i am about to use this tonight! so another review is coming up later!

4. hair accessories
you know one of those quotes: when you are in a clothing store and in doubt, just buy hair accessories! just kidding, it applies to me only. i have a long straight hair since forever and ponytail is one of my favorite when i am in a hurry. so these cuties are always with me lately and i am thankful for it!

what do you think about these products? which one is your favorite already? i wish you all a wonderful Monday!

until then.

Striped blouse.

April 26, 2018

what i love about blouse is, that you can wear it either in cold months or warmer months. i mean, it's so versatile you can just roll up the sleeves and get the casual look and be stylish at the same time. it looks even amazing whether pairing it with skirt or jeans. i feel like everybody has to have white, black, and STRIPED blouse!

i saw this one at H&M store and to be honest i did not buy it directly because of the material but i swear it caught my eyes everytime i go to the store and i grabbed it in my hands at least three times already without buying it but it's too pretty! haha!  i had to buy this and i am so happy i did! matching it with white jeans looks even much better. i feel like i am on vacation while wearing this outfit! 

what do you think about the look? do you also have striped blouse? i wish you all a fabulous weekend!

until then.

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