10.6.16

My Go-To Summer Fragrances 2016 ☀



As summertime rolls around, I have become completely and utterly obsessed with fragrances in an unhealthy way. It all started with the Jo Malone consultation I did 2 months ago with one of my besties (I need to shut up about this Jo Malone consultation already because I have mentioned it wayyy too many times - but it was so goodddd! :P) which caused me to pick up two new Jo Malone fragrances and it also completely reignited my fragrance obsession, which started out strong when I began Uni and faded gradually along with the effort I put into the clothes I wear to uni (yoga pants did you say?) as I progressed from year one to my final year :/

I used to be the type of person who would wear one signature scent all year round and would not switch to a new perfume until the old one is completely used up - well, not anymore! Throughout the past few years I have found myself matching different scents with the different seasons of the year and I would also wear different scents according to the weather or how I feel - which is why I now have 5 fragrances that I LOVE and would recommend for Summer this year! :)



1) Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey
A super sweet and fruity scent that smells like peaches and fruits :) Perfect for the Summer and for those of you who LOVE sweet and girly scents ♡ I find this to be one of the girliest scents out of the entire Jo Malone range but is still really fresh and non-offensive. I love wearing this on its own during Spring and now that it is Summer I love pairing this with Jo Malone Nasturtium and Clover for an even fresher and greener scent ♡

2) Tom Ford Shimmering Body Oil
This is not exactly a fragrance but is so strongly perfumed that I love wearing it as a fragrance in the Summer. This scent is something I would describe as coconut and tropical fruits put into a fragrance in a really sophisticated 'Tom Ford' way (if that even makes sense haha!). The shimmers in the oil also give a really natural-looking sun-kissed and glowing look to the skin and is really light-weight and comfortable to wear <3 I purchased this shimmering oil last Summer to wear on my Barcelona trip which turned out to be one of my favourite trips ever :) Now whenever I wear this scent, it takes me straight back to the sunny Barcelona days - walking on pretty streets, eating fresh seafood and sipping on Sangria <3 Needless to say this is my go-to vacation scent that screams Summer more than anything else to me! ♡

This is a scent from Jo Malone's the Herb Garden collection which was released in Spring this year and is my FAVOURITE scent to wear at the moment. The best way I can describe it is a fresh grassy scent that is also sweet and flowery at the same time that smells like a garden or a field filled with fresh grass and blooming flowers ♡ I usually don't go for fresh citrusy scents at all because I love strong sweet scents but for some reason I am just incredibly obsessed with this fragrance and cannot stop wearing it ever since I got my hands on it. I love that this scent is not strikingly fresh and is still sweet to a certain extent and I also LOVE pairing this with Nectarine Blossom and Honey for an even sweeter (but still fresh and grassy) scent :) This is the fragrance I am planning on taking with me for my NYC trip next week and I would probably be also wearing this throughout my Berlin and Copenhagen trip after I am back in Europe from the States ♡



4) Chanel Chance Eau Tendre
I got this perfume when I was last in Paris at the Duty-Free Eurostar terminal so I got it for slightly cheaper than the normal retail price :) This is definitely a girly scent that has floral, fruity and citrusy notes in it. I bought this back in Autumn a few years back and for some reason really did not like reaching for this during that time of the year because I found the scent a little too fresh to use for the cold winter months. I however love reaching for this during summertime because it is fresh but still sweet and romantic and I would describe this as the fragrance I would wear if I am wearing a girly dress and white sandals for a stroll in the City on a sunny day (picture that hehe) ♡

5) Aquolina Pink Sugar
This is definitely the sweetest scent out of the five and is a sickly sweet caramel scent that smells just like sweets and cotton candy without a hint of freshness in it. You would probably HATE this scent if you are not into strong sickly sweet scents at all or LOVE if you like extremely sweet and girly scents like me haha! I especially love wearing this when it is raining outside and the weather is slightly chilly on Summer nights because the sweet caramel scent warms me up and I find that wearing fresher scents in the rain and wind can sometimes make me feel extra chilly and uncomfortable (is it only me or does anyone out there feel the same haha). For the same reason, I think this scent would be perfect for all year round as well, but I do love wearing this during the Summer <3

And here you go! These are my go-to Summer fragrances! ☀ Let me know if you have tried any of these fragrances before and what your top fragrances for Summer and all-year-round are <3 I am planning on getting a few more fragrances when I am in NYC because the prices seem to be cheaper there (as if I need more perfumes... but oh well what's a girl to do when she is put in a massive Sephora :P) and so would really appreciate any fragrance suggestion! <3 Meanwhile, I will be back with some travel-related posts soon which I cannot wait for (YAYYYY! ♡) and have a fabulousss weekend everyone!



29.5.16

New baby of the bag collection - The Saint Laurent Blogger Bag ♡


Exams are FINALLY over for me - and so is my Law degree! ♡ Finishing these final exams is literally the BEST feeling ever and I can't be happier to get back into blogging and enjoying the Summer in general <3 I was doing some impulse retail therapy online at the library when I was studying for my exams (not what I was supposed to be doing but oh well :P) when I came across this little bag from Saint Laurent :) I have seen this and tried it on at Harrods before but never gave it any second thoughts mainly because I was trying to save all my shopping for after exams so I could focus on my studies. However, when I saw it again online , it immediately came to mind that it would be a perfect casual little travel bag that I can bring when I go travelling :) I have been looking for a mini bag to replace my Chanel mini flap when I go travelling mainly because I don't feel comfortable taking my mini Chanel with me when I travel (in case it gets lost or scratched since it is a lambskin bag) and have been looking for something more inexpensive and casual so I won't have to look after it 24/7.  
I love that this mini Saint Laurent bag has a thin leather strap which gives off a more casual vibe but would still work great for evening outs :) I am also really happy with the price point of this mini bag and would be comfortable taking this anywhere with me when I go travelling ♡ I LOVE the dusty rose colour of this bag and I personally would not mind if there is any colour transfer, but so far I have only worn it with dark colour clothing and there is no visible colour transfer at all :)

Here is how the bag looked when it arrived! I ordered this bag from Farfetch as they do 10% off for first time customers and so the price turned out even better than I expected <3 This mini bag arrived in its signature black Saint Laurent box and came inside its black dust bag wrapped with tissue paper all around the bag and the tassel :) The delivery was fast (it took around 2-3 days) and I have nothing to complain about the whole Farfetch experience! ♡ After the package arrived, I opened it to check that everything was fine with the bag and then put everything back in its original packaging and tugged it inside the deepest part of my closet and promised myself that I won't open the package until I have finished all my exams. It was an amazing feeling taking this little bag out again the day after my exams ended and I couldn't wait to start using it hehe! ♡



And here is the mini Saint Laurent "Blogger Bag"! I love the name of it haha and the colour is perfect for Summer and all year round <3 The tassel acts as the zipper and is non-detachable from the bag. The leather strap is also unadjustable and the strap is definitely a lot longer than the strap on my Chanel mini flap but it still doesn't look absurdly long on me (I am only 5'2!). It would look way too long for me to wear single shoulder but it looks just fine when I crossbody it especially when I wear it over a coat ♡ The bag is made completely of calfskin leather with silver hardware and I can still smell the wonderful leather scent whenever I use this bag :) There is a little pocket on the back of the bag which you can use for putting cards, cash etc. and there are 4 other card slots inside the bag so you don't have to bring another cardholder around if you don't want to ♡


I thought it would also be useful for me to do a little review on what I can actually fit inside this bag. The Saint Laurent Blogger Bag is definitely smaller than my square Chanel mini flap but I can still fit a considerable amount in it. Here is everything I can fit inside the bag! I can still fit some more lip products/ earphones etc. inside and the soft leather of the bag makes everything fit really easily.

What I can fit in the Saint Laurent Blogger Bag:
- Keys
- Rollerball perfume
- Lip products x2
- Passport
- iPhone 6s
- Card holder/ mini wallet


And here is how everything looks fitted inside the bag! There is definitely still some room left :) My iPhone 6s and Passport JUST about fit comfortably inside the bag but anything longer than that would probably not fit inside. I can definitely fit more in my square Chanel mini flap than this baby Saint Laurent bag but the size of this bag is still perfect and is really handy for travelling :D If you are curious about what fits inside the square mini Chanel bag, I did a post on it agesss ago and you can get an idea of how much more I can fit inside the mini Chanel there <3


I hope you find this post useful if you are contemplating getting this bag and I would definitely encourage you to get this cute little bag ASAP if you want this specific colour since the new colours for Winter 2016 are already out! If you have any questions feel free to ask them! <3 I will be back really soon with more posts and in the meantime - I hope you are enjoying your Summer as much as I am! ♡


14.5.16

Life Update - Law Exams 3.0, Summer Travel Plans, Graduation?! ♡



Hellooo guys! ♡ I know it has been a while since my last post and I have been wanting to do a life update for the longest time! Life lately has been absolutely INSANE because of my final year law exams. I am counting down the days until all of this will finally be over, but right now, I have two exams down, and two more to go. My life has literally been exactly the same for the past two months - wake up at 7am, go to the library, study until 10pm, go home and sleep, repeat the next day. As depressing as it sounds, I know in my heart that if I work hard enough, all my efforts will eventually pay off and I will graduate University this Summer with a law degree and the grades that I want ♡

I honestly have no idea how this is already my last year at Uni and that these are the last exams I will ever take as an undergraduate law student! As the years went by, I have learnt to study a little harder and smarter every year and right when I thought I have finally gotten a better hang of things - it is time for me to leave. It is so true when people say that your first year at university will go by relatively quickly, your second year will go by really fast and that your third year will go by even faster. I still remember exactly how I felt when I first moved to London to start University, and here I am, sitting on my bed as a third-year student, with only two more exams to go until all of this will be over.

However bittersweet this feels, I am just SO happy that in exactly one and a half week's time, I will never have to do another undergraduate law exam EVER again and that alone is a huge motivation for me to stay focused and study hard for now! If you have been reading my blog for a while, you might also notice that my travel diaries have been seriously lacking this year and that is because I have made the decision not to travel anywhere during term-time this year so I could focus on my schoolwork, which is definitely a change from my first and second year at Uni! Wanderlust has been killing me but I do have some exciting travel plans lined up for the Summer <3

As a matter of fact, in less than 5 weeks' time, I will be flying off with some of my besties to New York City for our graduation trip and will be staying there for one week - which is a massive dream come true! ♡ I have only been to New York once before when I was 16 years old and fell deeply in love with the City and have been DYING to go back ever since. The fact that I am going to NYC with my best girlfriends this Summer right after I finish my last undergraduate law exams ever is honestly everything I have ever dreamt of <3 I will definitely be doing NYC travel diaries and will take you guys along with us! ♡ On the same day I fly back to London from NYC, my best friend from Hong Kong is flying to London and will be staying with me for a week which I am again SO excited about since I haven't seen her since Christmas! :D We might also go to Paris for a day or two and I am sure we will have the best time ever <3

As if this isn't enough, on the same day my best friend from Hong Kong leaves to go back home, I am flying from London to Berlin and Copenhagen with my little brother to celebrate the end of his A Levels and Sixth Form life and the end of University for me! ♡ My little brother is a hugeeee Coldplay fan and really wanted to see the Coldplay concert in London this Summer but sadly he would still be having his A levels exams during that time. I know how much he wanted to go to the concert so I crazily suggested that we fly to Berlin for the Coldplay concert there after his exams and he gladly took up the offer! :P We thought it would be fun to make it a sibling trip so after staying in Berlin for a few days, we will be heading to Copenhagen for a few more days before flying back to London <3 The two of us have never actually travelled by ourselves before without our parents and I thought this would a brand new experience for us to make some memories of our own before my little brother head to Edinburgh for University in September this year :)

After we are back to London from Berlin and Copenhagen, my parents are flying from Hong Kong to London for my graduation - and that will be it! My life as an undergraduate law student will officially come to an end <3 I do have plans to stay in London for at least another year to do a postgraduate degree, but the fact that I am GRADUATING Uni itself is so surreal - I HONESTLY. CANNOT. BELIEVE it will be over so soon, especially since it feels just like yesterday I started Uni :( Right after graduation, I will be flying back to Hong Kong for a few weeks before flying back to London again, but by then - I will no longer be a Uni student, and will be, well - a GRADUATE - and that thought alone is prettyyyyy weird.

So - that's my not-so-short life update! ♡ If any of you are having exams or are graduating soon just like me, pleaseeee let me know your thoughts and your future plans! <3 For those who are having horrible, stressful exams right now - HANG IN THERE! YOU WILL GET THROUGH IT AND IT WILL ALL BE WORTH IT IN THE END! ♡♡♡ And congratulations in advance to the class of 2016!!!! <3 I will be back as soon as my horrifying exams are over and I seriously cannot wait for the day to come hehe! ♡



24.4.16

Girls' Day at Sushisamba London ♡ OOTDs ♡

Salt and Pepper Squid

Last week, one of my favourite girlies and bestie Sofie turned 21! This automatically called for an annual celebration with our other besties Melissa and Sharon (In fact - I did a post on Sofie's birthday celebration at the Sanderson Hotel last year here! ♡). This year, Melissa thoughtfully booked us a table at Sushisamba London for lunch and it turned out to be the perfect little celebration! ♡

The weather wasn't the nicest on that day, and it was raining pretty heavily the whole morning (the no-you-can't-just-pop-a-hoodie-over-your-head kind of rain). We got out of our Uber praying that we would all fit into a single umbrella (mind you Melissa and Sharon were wearing heels - I wasn't!) and took the express lift straight up to 38/F of the Heron Tower to Sushisamba :)

The birthday girl arrived right after us, and the waiter immediately started explaining all the items on the menu. It took us a while to figure out what we wanted to order, but once we decided what we wanted, the food came relatively quickly.

The first thing we had was the Salt and Pepper Squid (pictured above), which was probably one of the best dishes out of everything we had. The photo pretty much speaks for itself but it was truly delicious, and all the girls agreed! :)

Black Cod

The next thing that arrived was the Black Cod. I wasn't expecting it to arrive in sticks, but it tasted amazing! Pretty similar to Nobu standard in my opinion and I LOVED the peruvian corn served on the side ♡

Poussin teriyaki

We then had the Poussin teriyaki, which I thought was yummy but not jaw-droppingly good. If you are a big fan of chicken though you would definitely enjoy this dish!

Mushroom Tobanyaki

As a more filling main dish, we ordered the Mushroom Tobanyaki, which was Japanese mushrooms served with poached egg and garlic chips. As a vegetable dish, I found it to be not bad at all - plus it kept us pretty full :)

Tiger Maki Roll (left), Samba London Roll (right)

We decided to try out two of the samba rolls as well since they sounded really nice on the menu, and ultimately decided on the Samba London Roll as well as the Tiger Maki Roll. They were probably the most colourful sushi I have ever seen in my life and both were delicious ♡ I preferred the Tiger Maki Roll over the Samba London Roll since I am not a ginormous sashimi fan but I enjoyed both of them regardless :)

Sea Bass Tempura

Our last savoury dish was the Sea Bass Tempura which was another beautifully colourful dish! I have to say, however, that this is my least favourite dish out of all of them. I am not sure if this is because I am not a huge sea bass fan or if the dish was just a little bit too plain for my taste. Nonetheless, it was still a nice and light dish to end with since we were all pretty full at that point from all the previous dishes we had  :)

AND NOW ON TO THE DESSERTS! ♡

We definitely weren't hungry when we finished our savoury dishes, but we were not about to leave without having something sweet so getting desserts was a no-brainer hehe ♡

Passion Fruit Cake

The first dessert we got was the Passion Fruit Cake, which was just downright delicious. The cake was fluffy and the green tea and white chocolate ganache was to dieee for! ♡

Chocolate Banana Cake

And then the best dessert of the day came - Sushisamba's signature Chocolate Banana Cake with Happy Birthday written across the plate and a candle on top <3 We definitely have our waiter to thank for remembering that it was Sofie's birthday when we very briefly mentioned it in the beginning  ♡ We sang Happy Birthday to Sofie quickly (Well, at least I did. Sofie wasn't very fond of my singing and kind of blew out the candle halfway through when I was at the peak of the Happy Birthday chorus - but I'll let that go since it was her birthday muahaha). 

We dived into the cake straight away before the ice-cream melted and I had the best dessert I have had in a while <3 The cake was warm and gooey and paired with the ice-cream it was like heaven on earth *insert angel emoji* ♡ We were really full and satisfied by the end of the desserts and left the restaurant in a really good mood (despite the horrible weather!) ♡

Happy Birthday Sofie! ♡♡♡

All in all, we really enjoyed the meal and it was such a good location for celebrating special occasions :) I also feel that it is the perfect place to go in groups since you can taste and share so much of the food and really try everything out! I wasn't expecting much from the food since I thought Sushisamba was mainly for the city views but I would definitely go back just for the food <3 

♡ Le Squad: (from left to right) Me, Melissa, Sofie, and Sharon ♡

Outfit details:

On me ♡
Blazer: Zara (old) // Black T-shirt: Uniqlo // Pencil Skirt: Forever 21 // Boots: Dune // Bag: Chanel mini flap

On Melissa ♡
Coat: Zara (old) // Dress: Snidel (Japanese brand) // Shoes: Pull and Bear (similar) // Clutch: Chanel Boy Pouch

On Sofie ♡
Hair: Hershesons Braid Bar in Topshop // Dress: Boohoo (similar) // Bag: Dior Promenade Clutch

On Sharon ♡
Top: The Editor's Market (Singapore local) // Jeans: Topshop (similar) // Jacket: Zara (similar) // Heels: Aquazzura // Clutch: from a local shop in Copenhagen


14.4.16

Five Minutes Spring Makeup Routine! ♡


For the past few weeks, I have absolutely fallen in love with some new everyday Spring makeup staples. While some things never change (aka. my Maybelline Falsies Mascara and Nars Radiant Creamy Concealers), I have found some makeup products that work amazingly well for this time of the year and are super fast and perfect to use for my I-need-to-get-out-the-door-RIGHT-NOW makeup routine. ♡



Face:
Step 1 - Sunscreen: 
I have recently switched from my Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream SPF 50 which I have been using for years to the La Roche-Posay Uvidea XL Melt-in SPF 50 sunscreen. I much prefer this La Roche-Posay sunscreen in the Sping/ Summer because it is a lot less greasy/ oily than the Shiseido one I was used to, and this La Roche-Posay Uvidea XL sunscreen feels a lot lighter and doesn't make putting on sunscreen feel like a chore. I love that this sunscreen doesn't cause my makeup on top to "pile"/ rolls into balls (if you know what I mean :O) and it sits on top of my moisturiser really well. I have tried other La Roche-Posay sunscreens before and have never had much luck with them, but this one works unexpectedly well! The only downside for this product is that it is only available in Asia (I think) - but it is definitely worth searching for online! :)

Step 2 - Concealers: 
For my undereye (designer) bags - the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer  has always been my go-to. 
For the rest of my face - I don't use a foundation and like to spot-conceal instead. I usually mix two different shades of the NARS radiant creamy concealers together (Custard and Chantilly) but lately I have been lazy and have been reaching for my Maybelline Fit Me Concealer instead. It works really well and is definitely faster than mixing the two NARS shades together in the morning! ♡



Step 3 - Powder:
For setting my concealers, I use the Givenchy Prisme Libre in Mousseline Pastel, which is basically a colour correcting powder :) I very briefly mentioned this when I first ordered it and I have never stopped using it ever since. This is perfect for Spring/ Summer because it is so lightweight and silky, and is my favourite setting powder that I have ever used so far :)

Step 4 - Contour and Highlight (optional):
I don't do this every single day but I love contouring and highlighting my face just a little bit if I am in the mood to or if I have an extra minute :) The Rosie for Autograph Starstuck Contour and Highlight sticks work so well for my super rushed morning routine because they are so quick to use (thanks to their handy packaging) and are a dream to blend. Sometimes, I only reach for the highlight stick if my skin is looking a little dull and other times I go full on, adding the contour. Either way - they look super natural on the skin. ♡  



Eyes:
Step 5 - Brows:
After finishing my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz as well as two of my Japanese eyebrow pencils I got from Hong Kong, I was desperately trying to order another Brow Wiz online when I found my oldie but goodie Benefit Brow Zings, which I fell in love with again :) I love how defined my brows look when I use this product and the mini brushes inside the palette are super handy when I don't have time to reach for a separate brow brush. ♡

Step 6 - Eyeliner:
For the past few years, I have been using liquid liners for my upper waterline because I love how black liquid liners look; but recently - liquid liners have just not been my best friends. They smudge on my eyes like CRAZY (I never used to have this problem a year ago but now they literally make me look like a human raccoon after just a few hours of having the liquid liner on) and so I decided to go back to another oldie but goodie - the Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black, and am soooo glad I did! My eyeliner doesn't smudge anymore and manages to stay in place for the whole day, which is just what I need :)

Step 7 - Mascara:
The Maybelline Waterproof Falsies Mascara is the number one mascara that I have been using and trusting for the past 4 years. It is pretty much the only mascara that holds my curls while still being really lightweight and giving me those super voluminous lashes. Plus it is cheap! I cannot ask for more :)



Lips:
Step 8 - Tinted lip balm/ liquid lipstick!
I usually like going for red/ rosy lip shades in the darker months of the year but ever since Spring has arrived, I have been reaching for these two lippies more than anything! My go-to is definitely the Clinique Chubby Stick in Mighty Mimosa. It is moisturising enough for this time of the year, and I love the natural looking peachy/ pinky shade for everyday <3 As for days when I want a stronger lip, I absolutely love the Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 479 Magique - a bright pink/ coral that sets really beautifully and doesn't fade easily at all. ♡

And that completes my 5 minutes everyday Spring makeup routine! I hope you are all having a great week and enjoying the weather outside! ♡


4.4.16

Sick Day Food Guide ♡


Happy Monday lovelies! Well in my case - a not so happy Monday. I am currently stuck at home with some sort of a stomach bug. I was feeling feverish two days ago with a sore throat and a headache, and swiftly got an upset stomach as well which just sucks. Having an upset stomach basically means 99% of the food I usually eat is off-limits, and I am only allowed to eat bland food that will hopefully make the bug go away faster! 

Even though I am not exactly happy with my food choices at the moment, I thought I would do a food guide on what I eat when I am sick and what I ate today to hopefully help other people who might be going through the same thing as me, and to get some sick food recommendation from you guys as well :)

My sick day/ upset stomach food list:
♡ Oatmeal cooked with water with half a teaspoon of Manuka honey
♡ Plain toasts
♡ Congee/ white rice with boiled spinach and mushrooms
♡ Plain crackers
♡ Warm/ hot water
♡ Herbal tea - no caffeine
♡ Ginger tea

Breakfast/ Lunch:
Having oatmeal in the morning really worked to keep me full and did not upset my stomach further. If you don't mind eating plain oatmeal, that would definitely be the best option. I however really did not like how tasteless my oatmeal was and decided to add just a tiny bit of Manuka honey to my oatmeal. I have read that normal honey might not be the best thing for you while you are having a stomach bug, but Manuka honey works great as it has natural anti-bacterial properties which can fight infective bacteria. I was however still cautious with the amount of Manuka honey I used so I just used the tiniest amount and it definitely helped make my oatmeal a little tastier. 


Afternoon snack:
I got hungry in the middle of the afternoon and while I usually go for cereal with milk as my afternoon snack, anything that is cold and has dairy in it is completely off-limits right now. Instead, I opted for plain toasts with a cup of herbal tea. I know plain toasts sound - well,  really plain - but I ate them as soon as they popped out of my toaster and they were actually not that bad since they were super hot and crunchy :) Since those are really plain, I had a cup of herbal tea as well and went for the Pukka Night Time tea. I know this tea is meant for night time, but the fact that it is made of organic oat flower, lavender, limeflower and valerian tea just means it is perfect for those upset stomach days.

Dinner:
For dinner, I went with congee made from white rice as well as boiled spinach and mushrooms. I love the watery texture of the congee because it is so easy to digest and white rice is generally good for absorbing fluids. I am also staying away from anything that is raw and hard to digest and went with boiled spinach and mushrooms and ate them together with my congee. That helped me get some nutrients into my body (since I have only been having carbs for the entire day and have not been having any veggies) and they also made my congee a little more tasty ♡

Drinks:
My drinks throughout the day have been mainly hot/ warm water as well as a cup of herbal tea in the afternoon. After dinner, I decided to make some fresh ginger tea as well (since ginger is generally really good for the digestive system) by heating chunks of ginger over water until it comes to a boil. On other days, I would add some sort of sweetener to my ginger tea but for today, I just decided to make it without any added sugar. While the ginger tea doesn't taste as good as it does with sugar, it definitely helped ease my stomach bug and is a great at home remedy for sick days ♡


And that was basically what I ate/ my food guide for a sick day. I hope this helps, especially if you are dealing with a much-unwanted upset stomach! Please let me know if you have any other food suggestions that can help cure stomach aches, nausea, fever etc. ♡ And remember to stay healthy! :)

31.3.16

March State of the Union ♡


In: 

1) Sunny days that last until 7pm 
After all the dark winter days where the sun was literally non-existent for 99% of the time in London, seeing the sun still up and shining at 6:30pm seriously makes me feel some kind of way. It definitely makes studying a lot more bearable and totally lifts my mood up!

2) Fresh fruits from the fresh fruit stall 
I have only ever bought fruits and vegetables in London at supermarkets like Sainsburys and Tesco, even though there is a fresh fruit stall RIGHT outside the tube station near my uni (I kind of just whiz past it every time without taking a second glance). One day I was being super lazy and decided that I did not want to walk the extra 20 steps to Sainsburys from the station for my grocery shopping so I took a browse at the fresh fruits and veggies at the stall. They looked amazing and the prices were unbeatable (£1 for a box of huge strawberries SAY WHATTT :O). I ended up going home with apples, avocados and strawberries from the stall and raved about my £1 strawberries to my boyfriend all night (He didn't sound THAT impressed - BUT I WAS!). I kind of have this crazy logic that even if I buy a box of strawberries from the fruit stall every other day, it would still only cost me £15 per month LOL, which is less than my SourcedBox subscription - something to think about! ♡

3) Fragrances
After my Jo Malone hand massage, I have been in a complete fragrance-obsessed mode and am putting perfume on every single day (doesn't matter if I am just going to the grocery store - it doesn't even matter if I am just throwing out the trash, I got to have my perfume on haha). This totally reminds me of my sixth form days when I would put on Viva La Juicy religiously every single day :D For now, my everyday scent is Nectarine, Blossom & Honey from Jo Malone but I am still lusting after the Nasturtium & Clover scent even though it has already been 2 weeks since the hand massage. Plus I totally placed a sneaky order online for Pink Sugar by Aquolina! I honestly don't know what I am going to do with all these perfumes but I will figure that out haha ♡

4) Online Shopping
Speaking of placing orders online, I honestly don't see the point in buying beauty products and clothing in-store anymore because things are just so much cheaper online! I was in Boots the other day and was looking at an Estée Lauder face wash; even though I wanted to get the product then and there, I knew if I buy the same thing on FeelUnique I will get 15% off plus free shipping, so I just walked away and bought it on FeelUnique afterwards. As a student you get so many discounts online (like 10% off from Boots Online, 10% off House of Fraser etc.), and free shipping is super common nowadays and almost all the online stores I shop from offer them. That being said - BYE REAL LIFE STORES HELLO LE INTERNET ♡

5) Gym classes and eating healthy
Lately, I have finally gotten back on track with my exercising routine and have been going to the gym twice a week for classes (Yayyyy!). I basically do Pilates on Monday, and then a circuit training class on Tuesday. It feels great to go to the gym regularly again after months of slacking and I finally feel that I am getting some of my strength back! (Not that I had a lot of strength before LOL but I have definitely been extra weak HAHA). I am also back to eating healthy after snacking on too much junk food in between Valentine's Day and Easter, which is great since summer is just around the corner :)

Some of the healthy food I make at home ♡ Go to my Instagram for more healthy food updates!

Out:

1) Lazy days at home
As much as I would like to stay in bed at home all day, this just cannot happen anymore because I am only about one month away from my final exams (eeekkkkk...). Exams honestly suck (law exams suck even more). Since this is my last year at uni, the pressure is on. If getting good grades and graduating with a 2:1 Law degree means I have to stay at the library from 9am to 9pm every single day - let that be it.

2) Munching on junk food
Having Valentine's Day, my relatives visiting London, and the Easter holidays all falling between a month and a half can only mean one thing - Moi eating non-stop. I usually do not eat a lot of junk food at all but when my relatives visited me in London, they bought me a huge stack of crisp and candies and chocolates etc. for me to snack on when I am hungry. While that is super sweet of them, it has not been great for me health-wise. Now that I am kind of back on track with the fitness game, I am trying not to reach for the junk food as much. Out with the junk, in with the good! ♡

3) Bougie restaurants
Speaking of eating, my boyfriend and I have been having less urges to go to bougie restaurants these days. While we used to want to try every single new restaurant and go to fancy places for meals weekly, we just don't feel the need for that anymore; either because we realised food in bougie restaurants aren't that much better than normal food (I mean Nobu sushi isn't even that great) or that we have been going to fancy restaurants too often that they don't feel special anymore (we used to go to Hakkasan whenever we wanted Chinese food and would eat there twice a month - excessive is an understatement). We have however found so much joy in eating comfort food that is by no means fancy but totally fills our souls (hehe). I have been obsessed with a little café in High Street Kensington called The Muffin Man Tea Shop which serves the best scones EVER (£6.5 for scones and tea! ♡) and I definitely do not mind having a £5 burger from GBK on the weekends :D So bougie restaurants are out of the picture for now! We will definitely still visit a fancy place on a special occasion, but we just don't want it to be a day-to-day thing for us anymore :)  



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