2016 - Year Balance

12:23 PM

Hello my dears how are you doing? 

The year is coming to an end an it's time to make a balance of the positive and negative things that happened in 2016.
It's also time to set my goals for the new year approaching. 

2016 was a god year for me, way better than 2015. I think I accomplished most of my goals for this year so I'm very happy for that.


Positive Points 

New Home

Yes, finally we have a bigger place for us, finally we have a place to call home without crazy neighbours screaming all night. Now we have enough space to receive our friends and family.
We still have lot to buy and decorate but we are getting there, one step at the time.


New Countries



This year I traveled a lot, Amsterdam, London, Lisbon, Barcelona, Brussels and Edinburgh were my choices for 2016 and I'm really glad I chose them. 
I have great memories from my trips and I had such a great time in all of them you can't even imagine. Traveling is becoming a real passion for me. 
Time to start planning my travels for 2017.



New Job

This year I was promoted and I started a new job in the same company. I really worked ward for that and it's great when your efforts are worth it. I'm really happy with my job now, I feel like I learn something new everyday. 

Charity 

This year I started doing something that I wanted for a long time, I started being the 'godmother' of a little girl from Angola. I pay a monthly fee and like that I'm insuring that she has food, education and heath care. The reason I do that is because I'm so grateful for everything I achieve that I think I should give something back to the community. I always had the financial and emotional support from my parents and family but unfortunately a lot of people don't.  


Sports 

I started BBG in May and I don't want to stop. It's so difficult to find time to do sports specially during the week but it's something I need to do. I also started walking from the train station to my office every morning instead of taking the bus. It's not always easy especially when it's -8 outside but I feel better after. 

Quality over Quantity

This year I decided that I had to be more careful with my choices. Buy less things but with more quality, I don't do impulsive buys anymore. I only buy something when I know I will use it a lot of times and I don't mind to pay more for it.


Negative Points 

Time

Time is the thing that I miss the most. I just don't have time for anything, I arrive home at 7 p.m, I prepare dinner, I eat, I call my parents, sometimes I watch one episode of one of my favourite tv shows and than I go to bed. Most of the times I fall asleep on the couch.
I'm always so tired at the end of the day.
 I need more time for my family and friends.
I also need more time to write here, It's something that I really like but most of the times I'm just to tired to do it. 

Distance 

It's really hard to be away from the people you love, most of my friends and family are in Portugal or spread around the world. Most of the times I feel like I'm failing as a friend and as a daughter because sometimes I'm not there when they need me. 
I need to spend more time with them and I need to be more available as well.
This year my cat died and I felt how hard it is to be far from home.

Disorganisation 

I need to be more organised. I need to learn how to manage my time.  I need to find time to clean my house, do my laundering, study, do my sports , blogging and spend time with my boyfriend. 
Believe me, that's my everyday struggle. 




I hope you had an amazing year as well and I wish you all a happy new year full of peace, love and welfare. 

X.O.
R.S.


Fashion

Zara Sales - My Favourite Pieces

5:00 PM

Hello my dears, how are you doing?
Today is my last day of holiday, however not everything is bad because Zara sales just started. 
Not in Luxembourg though, only in Portugal but fortunately I have my parent's address in Portugal and I can order everything I want. 
The prices in Portugal are always lower than Luxembourg even without sales. I'm in love with this gray coat for a long time and the price in Luxembourg is 129 € and in Portugal is 99,99€. Now with the sale the price dropped for 69.99 € so probably I will buy it. 
Besides that I also have my eyes in other pieces but I think I will wait until the prices dropped again because the difference is not so big now. 
I will leave my suggestions below and don't forget that we should invest in classic pieces during sales. We should not go crazy only because the prices are lower ( I know it's hard).



X.O.
R.S.

Travel

5# Tavel Memories - Christmas in Brussels

9:43 PM

Hello my dears, how are you?

I hope you had an amazing Christmas. 
I spent my Christmas in Brussels for the second time, and I had and great time with my family. Brussels is like a second home for me and it's one of my favourite cities. 
I went there on Friday and I returned to Luxembourg today but I wish I could stay there. 
It's always great to see my family again and spend more time with them because they mean the word to me. 
The city was beautiful than ever, I loved the Christmas decoration and the smell of fresh gaufres on the streets. 
I will be back soon!

What about you, how was your Christmas?


For more pictures follow me on Instagram - Here!!

X.O.
R.S.


Fashion

Sale alert - The Shoes

3:44 PM


Hello my Dears, how are you?
The Sale season just started and it's time to invest in some quality pieces. 
Quality shoes are always a good investment and if you can get them for half of the price it's even better right? 
Don't forget that it's always better to choose timeless pieces, things that you can use for more than one season. 
I made a selection of my favourite shoes for you, all of them have between 30% and 50% of discount. 
Run before it's to late!!!


1 - Gianvito Rossi 413 €
2- The Row 504€
3- Sam Edelman 71€
4- Nike 91€
5- Gianvito Rossi 378€
6- Isabel Marant 201€
7- Alexandre Birman 390 €
8- Aquazzura 345€
9- See by Chloe 295€

X.O.
R.S.

Travel

4# Travel Memories - Portugal

9:29 PM

Hello my dears, how are you?
Today I'll show a little bit more of my holidays in Portugal. 
I miss my country so much and it's always good to go back. We have sun, beach, nature, great food, great wine and great people. 
This time I wan't only in my home town, I spent some days in Lisbon, Sintra, Aveiro and I went to see the Douro region. I was really a tourist in my own country. 
I had a great time with my family and friends and the weather was amazing, I went in October and the average temperature was 22 degrees. 
It's not only about the sun the great food and the beach, Portugal is way more than that, we have a lot of amazing places to visit, amazing buildings, castles, palaces and museums. 



X.O.
R.S.

decor

Living Room Inspirations

4:34 PM

Hello my dears, how are you?
 I know that I already told you but I really need to decorate my living room, I need a new sofa, a new table, new decoration, I need everything new. 
I still don't know what to buy so I'm always looking for inspiration. 
I always loved neutral colours and that's what I'm planning to do, white and gray tones but I also want a pop of colour. 
This is one of my new year resolutions.
Do you have some suggestions for me? 












X.O.
R.S.

Beauty

Irresistible Me - Sapphire 8 in 1 Curler

12:33 PM

Hello my dears, how are you? 
Finally it's Saturday, my favourite day of the week and I'm so happy that I don't have to study this weekend. 
Today I will show you my early Christmas present from Irresistible Me.
Irresistible Me sells a lot of hair products like hair extensions, wigs and hair tools, but this complete curler was the product that drew my attention. 


The Sapphire 8 in 1 curler has 8 different ceramic barrels that you can change very easily.
I was looking for a product like this for a long time.  I have one curler with standard size but sometimes it's very difficult to create the look I want with only one curler. 
However I also din't want to buy different curlers of different sizes because I would end up spending a lot of money for the amount of times I would use it. 


Thats why I choose this hair wand curler, I have all the sizes I need in only one product, it's cheeper and I save a lot of space because I have a special heat-proof traveling pack where I can store all the different barrels.


You also have an heat-resistant glove included that it's perfect for me as I'm always burning myself when I do this kind of things.  


   Do you know the brand? 

Have a nice weekend!!!

X.O.
R.S.

Fashion

Gucci Belt

9:28 PM

Hello my dears how are you?
I'm so tired, I had an exhausting week, I had to study for an exam that I had today and honestly I think I will fail anyway. 
However not everything is bad, tomorrow is Friday and I'm always on vacation. 
Today I'm talking about belts, not any belt of course, the Gucci belt. 
If some years ago I the idea of having a belt with a logo was horrible for me, now I'm starting to like a lot. 
Probably because it's trendy and everyone is using it. 


I know that this was already a trend but now is back again, it started with Hermes and now it's time for Gucci. 
All fashion lovers have one and it's perfect if you want to buy a luxurious item but you don't want to spend a lot of money. 
I still don't know if I would have the courage to use it, but I love to see other girls rocking them! 

All images from weheartit. 


So what do you say, yes or no?!

X.O.
R.S.



Velvet Trend

1:00 AM

Hello my dears, how are you doing?
Are you having a good week?

Who loves velvet??
I have to confess that I used to hate velvet, not because of the look but due to the texture, it's to soft for me. I have this weird thing that I can't touch soft things, I never use gloves because of that, my fingers are just to sensitive. 
I'm getting better now, and I even bought a velvet dress last year that I really love and I use it a lot during winter. The velvet is not very soft but it's still very warm and cozy. 
The trend started last year but I think this year is even bigger, you see velvet everywhere, specially in dresses, jackets and shoes. 
Gucci launched their stunning velvet bags as well, so the velvet fever is expanding. 

I left you some of my favourite item below. 

Tell me what you think.



1. Chloé
2. Saint Laurent
3. Valentino
4. Gucci
5. Puma



X.O.
R.S.

Christmas Gifts Under 50 euros

4:21 PM

Hello my dears, how are you? 
Christmas is coming and it's time to buy some gifts, right? 
Did you start your Christmas shopping already? 
I bought some some things but I still have to find the gifts for my parents. 
If you need some inspiration check my suggestions below, I did a selection of cool gifts for girls all of them under 50 euros. 
I wouldn't mind to received any of them. 
What do you think? 



1. Benefit- 49€
2. Louis Vuitton New York Guide - 30€
3. Gingko Clock - 50€
4. Nasty Gal Mug - 17.24€
5. Marble notebook - 21€
6. Cocktail Set - 24€
7. Lightbox - 30€
8. Marc Jacobs lipstick set - 40€
9. Rituals body cream - 19.90€
10. Diptyque candle - 25€
11. Sephora make up box - 39.90€
12. Rituals Beauty Set - 29.90€


R.S.
X.O.

Fashion

Gucci CC Marmont

9:37 PM

Hello my dears how are you?
Thanks god it's friday tomorrow I had again such a bad week, I just want to stay home and rest this weekend. 
Gucci is making me crazy later, I just love every single thing they have. 
First the shoes, that I'm still hoping to buy and then the bags. 
Have you seen the new Gucci GG Marmont? The collections is stunning, I love the velvet ones but to be honest I would be happy with any of them. 
They are meant to replace my lovely Gucci Soho Bag and I think they are in the right way.
It's so amazing to see how Gucci reborn, it's one of my favourite brands at the moment. 
What do you think? 




X.O.
R.S.

Cold Vibes

1:00 PM

Hello my dears, how are you?
It's so cold here in Luxembourg, you have no idea, finally winter is coming.
You know I love winter but I always complain about the cold. I wish I could stay home in my sofa watching movings and drinking coffee but unfortunately I can't. 
Instead I wake up everyday at 6 a.m. and when I leave home is still dark outside, it's not easy to be an adult sometimes ahahaha. 
Besides all of that I still prefer Winter. I love the cozy outfits, the warm coffees and the big scarfs. I love to stay at home when it's cold outside. I love to see the rain and the snow. I love the big jackets and the chunky sweaters. I love the silence on the streets. I love the hot chocolates. 
I love winter, and you? 



All images are from Tumblr.

X.O.
R.S.

Travel

3# Travel Memories - Edinburgh

9:09 AM

Hello my dears, how are you doing?
As you know I was in Edinburgh last weekend and I totally loved the city.
First of all you have to know that I am a big Harry Potter fan and I love all dark movies.
Edinburgh is really a dark city, you can really fell the mystery and the soul of the city in every corner.  It's also very cold and rainy but we were lucky with the weather and we had 2 sunny days, but still really cold.
I think it's official one of my favourite cities, the buildings are beautiful and people are lovely.
We walk in the city, we climb a 'mountain', we lost ourselves in the Scottish shops and pubs, it was really a god adventure. 
I will be back very soon for sure to explore the other beautiful places of Scotland.



If you want to follow my journey follow me on Instagram:



X.O.
R.S.

What about Black Friday?

9:02 AM

Hello my dears, how are you?

So yesterday was the so expected black friday but for me it was more a black week.
I had and amazing weekend in Edinburgh with my colleagues from work, and it was really great. 
I loved Edinburgh, I think It's one of the most beautiful cities I ever saw, you can see history in every corner and the city has definitely a special soul. 
It was a great weekend but I was really tired when we arrived. 
I had one of the worst weeks at work as well, I could not wait for the weekend again. 
Yesterday I was sure that I would buy all my Christmas presents but that didn't happened as well. 
The problem is, I don't know what to give and the promotions were not so good. 
I end up buying two perfumes for my uncles on Sephora with 30% of discount and that was it for presents. 
I also bought a treat for my, these "boots" from Zara that I saw in Barcelona and I really regret of not buying. 
My black friday wasn't very exciting but this weekend I will try to buy the rest of the presents (after cleaning my house and study for another exam).

Wish me luck and inspiration!!!!

What do you think about my new shoes? 



What about you? How was your shopping? 

X.O.
R.S. 

3# Best Fashion Youtubers of 2016

1:30 PM

Hello my dears, how are you doing? 
So today I will continue my best of 2016 tag and I will tell all about my favourite fashion youtubers of the year. 
I spend hours on youtube watching their videos and I think they do a incredible job. 
I can't even imagine the time that they spend editing and shooting the videos and I really admire them for that, plus besides that all of them have also a blog that you can follow. 
Being a blogger for living is not so easy as everyone thinks, these girls are always working. 
I really love my job that is not related to fashion at all, my blog is just a hobby, a landscape, a place where I can share my thoughts with you, but I have a lot of respect for professional bloggers and youtubers.
If you like fashion you will certainly love to see all these stunning girls and their amazing closets. 



Lydia is my favourite youtuber, I love her so much. She is gorgeous, she is funny and she has an amazing taste. I love watching her unboxing videos, her handbags collection, shoes collection, best and worse luxury purchases and I also love her vlogs. I think she is really genuine and unique and when you start watching her videos is really impossible to stop. 




Tamara is also amazing, I wish I could have half of her closet. She has an amazing and unique style.
She does a lot of travel vlogs that I love but I have to confess that my favourite videos are also when she shows her handbag collection or the whats in my bag tag!  



If you love handbags and you don't know Chase Amie you live in a totally different world. She has the most amazing bag collection I ever saw. When I like a bag I always go and and check what she has to say about it before I even consider to buy it. She was a big influence when I bought my Gucci Soho Disco bag and I am not disappointed. 



I love Garotas Estúpidas, especially the #camievictake tag. Camila and Vic are best friends, one living in Brazil and the other one in London but they travel a lot together and they always have the most funny vlogs. If you want to see their amazing outfits and funny adventures just follow them on youtube. 


Tell me, which one is your favourite? 

X.O.
R.S.

make up

2# Best beauty products of 2016

1:30 PM

Hello my dears, how are you doing?
The year is almost over and I can't believe how fast it was. 
As I told you I will be doing the review of my favourite products of the year and today I will tell you all about my most used beauty products. 
Most of the products of this list are part of my daily routine. 
I like to buy quality products because when you put something everyday on your skin you have to be very careful and make sure that you are not damaging it. 
Also I do my makeup in the morning and I like when the products stay all day long and this is really hard to achieve when you buy low quality items. 
With no further comments, check out my 2016 beauty recommendations for you.







1 - MAC Fast Play - 19€-  I use this lipstick almost everyday, the color is perfect, very similar with my natural color, so for me it's a nude. It stays all day and it always look pretty. The only bad point is that  my lips are a bit dry so I have to hidrate them a lot before I apply the lipstick. 

2 - Mary Lou Manizer- 16€ - This is the best highlighter ever, the color is perfect, it stays all day and it's not so expensive. If you never tried it you don't know what you are missing.

3 - Bobbi Brown - Eyeliner - 24,50€- This is my favourite product, I could not leave without eyeliner, I use it everyday. I tried a lot of eyeliners before and by far this is the best one. It's very easy to apply, it's really black and the duration is also perfect. 

4 - Naked 2 - Eyeshadows - 51,95€- The Naked 2 was not love at first sight for me, I heard a lot about this pallet so my expectations were also high. The colours are beautiful but I was expecting more pigmentation. However from all the eyeshadows I own these are by far the best ones.

5 - Nars Concealer - 29,95€- This concealer it's perfect if you are not looking for high coverage but only for something that gives you a fresher look . I really love it and it's really easy and fast to apply.

6 - Garnier Micellar Water - 8€- I use this water every single day, it's always one of the first things that I do when I arrive home.  I still remember the old times were I didn't even care if I was sleeping with makeup or not and most of the times I was just to lazy to take it off. Nowadays thats not possible anymore, I cannot sleep with makeup.
 This water is very easy to apply and leaves your skin clean and fresh.

7 - Burberry Bronzer - 41,50€- This bronzer is really good, first of all I love the colour and second it will stay all day long in your face. It's really pigmented so you just have to be careful with the amount of product that you apply otherwise you will look like a clown. The other great thing is the package, it's so beautiful that is a shame to open. 

8 - Biotherm Lait Corporel - 31,95€- My mom got this cream last year for Christmas from my aunt and I tried it before her. I was so in love in with the smell and the texture that I had to buy one for myself. I love it so much, it's really easy and fast to apply and it's also very light so you can apply it and then dress right after that it will be ok. 

9. Naked Skin Urban Decay - 37€- I'm so in love with this foundation, it feels like is your second skin. It's medium coverage, the color is beautiful and it's also very light, you don't feel it on your skin. I was using the one from NARS before and it was horrible, the coverage was perfect but it was so thick that you could feel it and at the end of the day all my shirts were full of foundation, with this one I don't have this problem. 



Do you use any of these products?
Tell me what do you think.

X.O.
R.S.

1# Best Apps of 2016

12:30 PM

Hello dears how are you?
Today I will start a tag ( created by me) with my favourite things of 2016. 
The goal is to show you things that I used and liked during the year, like apps, series, books, makeup, clothes, countries, and whatever I decide. 
There are really no rules, I just want to share things that hopefully will be also useful for you. 
I decided to start with my favourite apps of 2016, the ones that I used the most!

1. Sweat ( or Sweat with Kayla)


If you don't know BBG or Kayla Itsines you can stop now what you are doing are go google it! Kayla is amazing she created the BBG (Bikini body guide) for women that don't have time to go to the gym and want to be fit, the program consist in 3 days of resistance training and 3 days of liss (cardio) and you can do everything at home in less than half an hour. 
When one of my co-workers told me about this BBG program I never imagined how big this was. BBG is not only an app or a book it's a huge community of inspirational women that support each other everyday. When you are a mom or you have a full time job sometimes is very difficult to find time to exercise. This happened to me, when I start my job, one year ago, I stopped with the gym and and started spending my days seated in front of the computer, the only exercise I did was going to the printer ahahahah. 
In 5 months I felt the difference on my body I gain a lot of weight and I was not strong anymore. I didn't had time to go to the gym.
 I leave home everyday at 7 a.m. and I arrive at 7:30 p.m. When I arrive at home I only have time to do something to eat watch a little bit of tv and I go to bed because usually I'm exhausted. 
Then I found BBG, my colleague gave me a copy of the book and later I downloaded the app. I don't have time to go to the gym but I always have 30 minutes to do my exercises at home. 
I feel stronger than ever, even when I spent all my days at the gym, and I'm getting back my old shape. 
The first week was horrible I never felt so much pain in my life after an exercise, but then your body will get use to it. The price is 54,40€ for 3 months and believe me, it's totally worth it. 
You also have a meal plan if you want and a planner for your exercises. 
If I did not convinced you just go on instagram and look for #bbg! 

2. TIDAL


I think Tidal is the app that I use most during my day. I got Tidal when Beyonce realised her new album ( well done Jay Z) and since then I never stopped using it! I spend 3 hours of my day between trains and buses and I could never spend one hour on the train without music. In fact the first thing I do when I wake up is to open Tidal and start listening music. You can do your own playlist, you can listen to the latest hits and you have also playlists from Tidal.  I pay 9.90 € monthly for the subscription and I'm very happy with it.


3. Booking + Trip Adviser 





I traveled quite a lot this year so I had to book a lot of places to stay as well. I booked my hotels to  Amsterdam and Barcelona through Booking I was very pleased with the results. It's always good to see first the ratings and the comments of the hotels, especially if they are expensive. I also used trip adviser a lot this year, in Portugal and Barcelona I always checked the best restaurants near me on Trip adviser first and they were always good. I think it's great that we have this kind of information now especially when you don't know the city and you need some guidance to avoid bad experiences. 

4. Instagram


I still think that Instagram is the faster and easier way to share moments with people. I love sharing my favourite photos with my friends and check their latest photos as well. It's also the best way to follow bloggers that I love and people that I admire without having all the publicity and crapy talk that we see a lot on facebook. But I guess I don't need to talk a lot about Instagram because all off you know how it works, right? 


5. Netflix 



This is not a surprise to anyone right? Who does not like Netflix? I spend all my Sundays watching it and it's just the best company ever.  I love that we can watch the old and the new series and Netflix originals are becoming better and better as well. I pay around 10€ per month and again it's totally worth it.


What about you, which one is your favourite app at the moment? 

X.O.
R.S.



Travel

2# Travel Memories - London

12:00 PM

Hello dears, how are you doing? 
Today I'm doing a through back to my trip to London, I had such a great time. 
It was my first time in London and I really enjoyed it, it's a beautiful city but too busy for me. 
When you live in a city like Luxembourg you are never use to this kind of things, the city is so calm and you don't see a lot of tourists around. 
London on the other hand it's completely the opposite, the streets are always crowded, the tube is always full and you have things happening everywhere. 
It's the perfect city to spend a weekend with friends and you have plenty of time to visit the most famous spots of the city. 
It's also a expensive place so if you are planning to visit London soon you better start saving some money! 
Hope you like the photos!



X.O.
R.S.

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