Blog Resolutions for 2016

blog resolutions 2016

Those of you who've been following my blog for a few years know that I used to blog almost every day. For this year I've set myself a schedule of 5 posts a week. Some weeks I succeeded but I also had times where I only posted 3 articles a week. This is not due to the fact that I had less time this year, but rather due to my rebranding which I already shortly mentioned.


Beauty Empties December

beauty empties december winter edition Lush Beauticology

Here we go with the last empties post of 2015 and obviously it's a pretty Christmasy edition this month. And when I say Christmas and beauty it's pretty clear there will be some Lush products in this post. As you might remember from this post I've been provided with half of their winter collection, but I haven't been taking a bath in months so I just tried the shower jelly so far. As for the other products I'll review today, some are last year's winter editions or I got them last year around Christmas (like the Benefit mascara from my Advent calendar 2014). Whether old or new, let's see which were actually worth the purchase:


15 Favourite Outfits of 2015

outfit recap 2015

Yesterday we looked back on the most clicked posts of the year and today I want to do a little recap of my personal favourite outfits of the last 12 months. It has become pretty clear that my go-to colour for both summer and winter outfits is blue. Be it a baby blue trench, a royal blue dress, a pastel blue off-the-shoulder-top, or a dark blue off-season coat - almost every piece of clothing I bought this year was either blue, black or white.


15 Most Popular Posts of 2015

Most Popular Blog Posts 2015

Christmas is over which means that it's officially time to look back on 2015 and prepare for 2016. We will surely all admit that time has passed too quickly once again, but do you still remember every single experience of 2015? I surely don't so I like to look back on all the good stuff that happened to me over the last 12 months. When it comes to my blog a review is not only of nostalgic value, but also fairly interesting as it helps me to create even more content that you will like.


Outfit: The Art of Layering

Outfit Layering black dress white long vest jacket

How are the holidays going guys? While I'm writing this I'm full of Bûche de Noël and Christmas cookies. It's good that these pictures were taken before heading to the Christmas lunch...
As for the outfit I had to get a little creative but I'm all the more satisfied with the result. I'm spending the holidays at my boyfriend's place so I don't have many clothes with me. In fact I had planned to just wear this dress with the jacket, but in the end found the look a bit boring. How good that I still had my vest from this casual look with me. I decided to combine it all together and round it off with a belt I stole from my man.


Christmas Outfit Idea & Giveaway!

black Christmas outfit lbd sequin jacket

How do you feel about combining gold and silver? Some people say it's a no-no, but I love experimenting with different materials, especially when rose gold is involved. The last pieces of jewellery I chose for my collaboration with the Luxembourg-based designer Rina Oliveira, are a three heart necklace (combining gold, silver and rose gold) and a two start bracelet (combining silver and vermeil). 


Christmas Essentials

Christmas beauty jewellery essentials

Christmas is just around the corner and I managed to buy some very last presents yesterday. Now it's time to concentrate on the calm and thoughtful aspects of this holiday. I can't wait to spend some time with family members I haven't seen in a while and share some happiness with them. On a more personal note I surely also like Christmas because it allows me to dress up for once and get them sequins out of my closet. Not that I would be dying to wear sequins but sometimes we all need a little sparkle in our lives, don't we? Here is a list of things that help me make Christmas an even prettier holiday:


Outfit: Long Vest and Camel Sweater

outfit felt hat white long vest

Are you ready for more local jewellery goodness? As you know from my previous outfit post, I'm currently collaborating with Rina Oliveira, a Japanese jewellery designer living in Luxembourg. For my second look I decided to layer a minimal long necklace with black gemstones and a short infinity necklace that is supposed to be worn sideways. To round off the look I added leaf loop earrings with bead balls. Even though most of Rina Oliveira's pieces are gold filled, they are so delicate that they go perfectly with minimalistic and festive outfits alike. And the best thing: You can now buy your Rina Oliveira jewels with 10% off! Simply use the codCAC-XMAS10 to shop in her online store. (Valid until December 31st!)


The Brand to Buy Your New Year's Eve Outfit

reformation sustainable conscious new year's eve elegant party dress

New Year's Eve is one of those days when I always felt like dressing up and partying into the new year. As a child we mostly celebrated at my aunt's house, and she and I spent the whole afternoon getting ready for the night. This year I will be spending NYE at home with my family, so no need to dress up. However if you have planned a big celebration, a pretty outfit is a must. Instead of browsing your usual online stores to find a dress, I'd recommend you rather check out the brand Reformation this year!


Review: The Blogger Artist Agenda 2016

The Blogger Artist blog planner agenda 2016

I highly believe that the key to success is being organized and so far I didn't have a hobby that required as much organization as this blog. Being quite oldschool when it comes to paper vs. technology, I've had a blog planner booklet every year since I started blogging. So far I contented myself with planners that I customized to my blogging needs (like this one last year). However nowadays you can find so many great planners especially for bloggers, so I decided to give one of them a try. The one that seems to match my scheduling method best is this pretty notebook called The Blogger Artist.


Manic(ure) Monday: 3 Ways of Christmas Nails

festive shiny sparkly glitter Christmas manicure nails

No matter how minimal your style may be, Christmas is always a good time to dig up that awesome shiny sequin dress. The same goes for manicures: Even if you're too serious for glitter nail polish, you can release your inner diva and go crazy with bling during the Holiday season. Don't worry if you're out of practice, as I complied three manicures that are sparkly and classy at the same time. What will be your style this holiday season: Festive Dark, Christmas Classic, or Holiday Shiny?


Outfit: Local Jewellery (+Surprise for You!)

outfit blue coat dark black layering

Just as I learned to value simplistic and minimal outfits, I also learned that good quality jewellery is always a good investment. For a long time it seemed to me that creative and unique jewellery brands are hard to find, but over the last months I've noticed that Luxembourg has some pretty talented designers in that area. As you may remember I already wrote a post about local jewellery designers, and a few days ago I met up with one of them. Rina Oliveira is Japanese and after living in Portugal for some time, she moved to Luxembourg five years ago.


3 Easy Ways to Step up your Christmas Gift Wrapping Game

pretty gift wrapping ideas Christmas

For me one of the best parts about Christmas is buying pretty wrapping supplies and wrapping up all the gifts I bought for friends and family. I wish I was more creative when it comes to this task though, as I mostly end up with a wrapping paper off-the-shelf and some sticky tags. Therefor I appreciate a well wrapped gift even more and I'm one of the slow openers, trying not to damage the paper and packaging all too much. I feel this sometimes annoys my friends, and they end up being more curious about finally seeing what's inside the present than I am, haha! So if you're a wrapping lover like me and want to produce the prettiest gifts under the Christmas tree this year, you should check out these amazing tutorials that I compiled for you. Happy wrapping!


Shop the Pantone Colours of 2016

pantone colour of the year 2016 Rose Quartz Serenity

Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute has been choosing the colours that determined our wardrobe and interior every year. While this year was marked by the brick red "Marsala", we will wear and live in much more soothing colours from January on. For the first time Pantone has chosen two colours of the year, and they couldn't compliment each other more. "Serenity" and "Rose Quartz" are the names you will be hearing a lot next year (actually they'd make pretty good celeb baby names, too). Serenity is indeed a cool baby blue, while Rose Quartz is a versatile rose shade. As the name of the first colour suggests, they are supposed to calm you down in a harmonic union.


3 Fashion-Related Questions You Could Never Ask Anyone

The magical world of fashion is so vast that it's impossible to know every single detail about it. Be it the birthday of a designer, next year's trends, or the pronunciation of a fabric – there's always something new we can learn. Various fashion magazines try their best to answer all of these questions, but I'm sure there are still a few things you've always been wondering but could never ask anyone. Either because you were ashamed or because you didn't know whom to ask. Recently I had a few questions coming to my mind as well and instead of just researching them for myself, I thought I'd share my results or come up with my very own answer. I am far from being a pro when it comes to the world of fashion, but I think it's a business where everyone is free to see the things the way they like. So here are my, highly subjective, answers to three fashion-related questions I've been asking myself lately:

1. What is the difference between a button-up and a button-down skirt?

a-line button-up skirt
(sources 1, 2, 3)


3 Ways to Wear a Turtleneck Sweater this Winter

how to combine grey knit turtleneck sweater

When fall was kicking off I knew: No matter what I'll be buying, I'll need a grey knit turtleneck this year! I found this really soft one at my crazy Mango shopping spree and I couldn't be happier about this purchase. As you'll see I had many occasions to wear this turtleneck sweater already. No wonder regarding its versatility! Here are my 3 favourite ways to combine a turtleneck sweater this winter:


Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas gift guide for him and her

Have you already started shopping Christmas gifts for your beloved ones? I've got most presents for my boyfriend, and concrete ideas what to get my parents, but that's about it. I think the best way to find gifts people love, is to spend some time with them before Christmas, and talk about their interests. Which is a nice thing to do this time of the year anyway! Also why not get a local/handmade gift, which will surely surprise the presentee more than a mass-produced gift.


Outfit: Chunky Knit and A-Line Skirt

chunky knit cardigan yellow a-line button-down skirt

I took Black Friday quite literal and went to buy some black basics at H&M. Among them this velvet top, that totally reminds me of New Year's Eve as a child. Funnily enough my dressing up game on NYE was way stronger back then. We often celebrated at my aunt's house where I spent all afternoon getting ready for the night and my outfit mostly featured a velvet dress or skirt. I think I may fall back on this tradition this year, and simply wear my new top with black pants. Not really glamorous, I know, but then again our plans for this year aren't either. What will you be up to on the last day of 2015?

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