Friday, 23 September 2016

Lifestyle: Gifts For Him With Debenhams

gifts for him debenhams

2016 has flown by and whilst most people look forward to the end of the year, to me the busiest period has just started. I'm invited to a few weddings in October, my entire family celebrates their birthdays in November, and let's not forget the ultimate gifting highlight of the year in December - Christmas. There's a lot coming in terms of exchanging gifts and making presents, which I'm looking forward to as there's nothing more enjoyable then to surprise someone with a thoughtful present.

Finding gifts for others can be fun. I love to get totally engaged in the research and I can spend days on selecting a gift. It's a long, delicate process. In the end I want the recipient to be happy with my choice and I personally never give anything away, that I wouldn't be happy to be gifted with myself. Some people, are just super easy to sort out. Take my mum for example. I know exactly that anything related to scented candles or pictures of her family are always a big win, so with her it's always straight forward. But come to the male part of my family, I'm literally clueless. My dad is very picky with presents and since he refused one Christmas to accept a set of Bosch power tools, asking the person to return the set, no one in my family enjoys gifting him anymore. Maybe it's genetically tied to the Y chromosome in males that they are so challenging to sort out?!?
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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Lifestyle: Magnum Members Club

Magnum Members Club London

During the Olympics in 2012, Magnum had a pop-up store for the very first time in London. Located in Stratford Westfield Shopping center, Londoners could design their own Magnum and indulge into freshly dipped, customised ice cream - it was heaven! It was an unusual and truly unique experience. Fast forward 2016 and the Magnum store has become an integral part of London summertime. 

Over the years, the brand always had a fun and exciting promotion going along to celebrate the return of the pop-up store in Central. Last year, Magnum had a promotion alongside their pleasure store in Covent Carden - a beautiful designed ice cream necklace by Holly Fulton which allowed the wearer to "unlock" the store and pretty much have a freshly dipped ice cream every day (the full story is covered in my Life Lately in London post). Having been one of the few lucky ones to get their hands on a Holly Fulton for Magnum necklace, which I won during an Instagram competition, my hopes for an equally amazing promotion to accompany this year's pleasure store in South Molton Street were high. 
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Monday, 5 September 2016

Fashion: Tenerife Beach Outfit

beach outfit

Ahhhhh how come that it is already September? It feels like there was no summer in Britain at all! Luckily I caught some much needed sunshine during my summer holiday in Tenerife, where I pretty much lived in one outfit: my comfy jeans shorts from Primark and some swimwear. Though I packed my suitcase with cute floral dresses, the combination of bikini/swimsuit and shorts was the most appropriate in 37 degree heat.

Believe it or not, but my wardrobe features very little swimwear. After what has seemed to be a decade or so, tackling to update my swimwear wardrobe was of high priority on my fashion list and I accomplished this very difficult task (do you know how hard it is to find decent swimwear with the current weird fashion styles at the moment?!?) thanks to a collaboration with Octer (My Octer Holiday Story) and Sammydress.
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Thursday, 1 September 2016

Lifestyle: My Holidays In Tenerife. Part 2

metal beach sculpture los cristianos tenerife salvador

Following up on my Tenerife Holiday Part 1, My second day trip during my Tenerife holiday, was a 5h boat trip to the Los Gigantos rocks at the very southwest end of the island and later, to swim out to the Atlantic Ocean to hopefully spot dolphins. I booked the trip with a company called "Royal Dolphin" through my hotel and it turned out to be a bit of a tourist trap. There was no time given when the boat would leave from Puerto Colon (which was literally a 10minute walk away from my hotel, but I didn't know at the time), so at first I was trapped on a 45minute bus trip to collect other tourists. By the time the bus arrived in Puerto Colon, three buses had already arrived and there were literally 100 people cramped on that catamaran boat, all sundeck seats taken.
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Monday, 29 August 2016

Lifestyle: My Holidays In Tenerife. Part 1

Tenerife Holidays Palm Trees

How can I start this post? Uhm, maybe with an apology for not letting you know that I will be pretty much absent for most of the month? Or have you even noticed that I was gone for nearly three weeks? To be honest, it wasn't my intention to be gone for so long. I've only had one week planned for my summer holiday in Tenerife, but I left without any guest posts, or posts to publish during and after the holidays, so I just enjoyed the time off the usual online pressure and just did....nothing. I holiday-ed pretty hard (more in a bit), returned to work, worked on a project which I was very happy with when I presented it to my team and now that things are slowly returning back to normal (aka boring work routine), I have a moment to give StyleLingua some much needed attention and love. 

So yes, during the first week of August I went away. I boarded a plane to the sunny Canary Islands and left miserable, toxic London behind. It felt so good to get away, I can tell you. My actual holiday wasn't even a week long, but those few precious days felt amazing. Time for me, time to catch up on my life. 

I booked flights early in the morning and late at night so that I would get the full day to spent in Tenerife. The flight was smooth and I felt happy when the white top of the Teide came into view. There were no clouds in the sky and from the plane window, I could see the island, the dry desert-like vegetation, the palm trees, the dust and more importantly the blue, crystal clear waves of the Atlantic Ocean. I was excited as a little child to get out of the plane. When the moment finally came, it hit me really hard: the heat. It's a moment, that I have experienced a very long time ago (make it 16 years) and every inch of my body lusted or it. Apart from time with loved ones and air, what I need and crave most in life is love and the heat of the sun - and I was going to enjoy it for full six days. EVERY. DAY.
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Friday, 26 August 2016

Fashion: The Green Dress Inspired By Atonement

The Green Dress Inspired by Atonement

Literature has always inspired me in so many different ways, that I thought I should use today's post to show you, how literature influenced my style. I must have been 16 or so when I read Ian McEwans novel "Atonement" for the very first time, which has become one of my favourite books. The heartbreaking, yet realistic novel about love, forgiveness and a tragic incident that changes the life of all protagonists had some major impact on how I perceive life and shaped some of my core values that I have today as an adult. 

It is an inspiring book so I can only recommend you to read it if you have the chance to. I don't want to give too much away of its plot, but one particular scene stood out to me, mainly when main character Cecilia prepares for a special family reunion dinner and decides on her wardrobe for the occasion:  

"Her latest and best piece, bought to celebrate the end of finals, before she knew about her miserable third, was the figure-hugging dark green bias-cut backless evening gown with a halter neck. Too dressy to have its first outing at home." (Atonement, Ian McEwan). 
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Thursday, 4 August 2016

Fashion: Casual Red Checked Shirt OOTD

Fashion post shot at Leeds Castle

I tend to romanticise Britain a lot which doesn't really come at any surprise, if you have ever had the chance to visit any of the medieval castles which are scattered around the island. One place that holds a particular strong magic to me, is Leeds Castle in Kent. Only a 1h train journey south of London, the enchanting water castle is nestled in a generous parkland surrounded by lush greenery, wild rosebushes and tranquil ponds. 

Totally taken by its charm during my first visit in 2011, I was eager to return to Leeds Castle for a day out. This little weekend trip happened with my friend and fashion blogger Mille whilst she came over from Denmark for a few days. Together we explored the endless grounds, hidden archways, got lost in a maze and watched a spectacular bird of pray show. The castle itself holds history dating back to the 6th century as it is of Anglo-Saxon origin and has been used during the Tudor reign as a country house and is today in private hands. Keep your eyes open for a full review post which I'll be working on once I'm back from my summer holiday, as for now I'd like to show you my outfit that I wore on the day.
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