25 Jan 2015

WANDE WEEKLY: ACCEPTING YOU


As I've said in my recent weekly post, I learnt so much in 2014. I intend to continue having a positive mind set and being open to new and unexpected experiences. In order for this to happen, it’s really important we collectively support each other.

It’s time we embraced our differences. Forget assimilation: being different makes the difference. We spend so much time aspiring to other things and people when we should really be celebrating what we already have. If we all spent more time reflecting and developing our own identities, the world would be a better place for it.


I know it’s easier said than done (isn’t everything?!) but I think we should all try and acknowledge our worth and individuality. That’s not to say you can’t appreciate other people, it’s more about learning how to appreciate other people and yourself equally.

Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in what we don’t have, (been there, done that, own the whole T-shirt collection) but we need to remind ourselves of what we've already achieved.

If you feel like you haven’t, then it’s time to do something about it. That’s not meant to sound harsh, but it’s true. If you don’t do it now, then when will you?

Just a thought.

24 Jan 2015

HEALTH: 1 PROVEN WAY TO DETOX WITH CHOCOLATE


It's Day 24, and although it took you longer than others, you've finally come out of the Christmas cave and realize it’s no longer socially acceptable to lie around (whilst occasionally rolling over for food and water). When you stand up (after being horizontal for more days than you’d like to admit), you realize the weight you've put on, and generally, the amount of nonsense you've eaten.

It’s time for the Detox.

I’m talking no-mercy-hard-core-advanced-level detoxing. It’s time to step away from the sugar and reach for the not-so-attractive-but-you-know-it’s-good-for-you fruit bar.

The sugary white power is just as addictive as it’s illegal counterpart. The worst thing is, most of the time we’re not even aware of how much sugar we’re consuming. It starts with a little nibble of chocolate, then the next thing you know, you’re curled up under the table, surrounded by packets of family sized chocolate bars….(don’t judge me).

Anyway, here are some tricks to keep your cravings at bay.

Go for a natural fix: you know, it’s actually not that bad. If you’re a chocolate fiend like me, I’d recommend raw cacao for an indulgent antioxidant way to get your fix.

It's a great source of fibre, protein and not to mention magnesium.

Replace, don’t chase: we’ve all done it, when we’re feeling down or need a sweet treat, sugar comes riding in as our knight in shining armor. Well, it’s time we replaced the shining armor with a natural, more productive solution. Replace the craving with a new task. Every time you crave sugar, you could do a three-minute impromptu dance, or even go for a walk; just do something to help the craving pass.

You may suffer from fatigue and headaches for the fist few days, but once you get to the other side you’ll notice a difference in your skin and generally, your moods.

Let the detox begin.

21 Jan 2015

HEALTH: 3 WAYS TO STAY HYDRATED

Another winter related health post coming at you. This time, it’s all about hydration.

We’ve heard it all before: hydration is good for you (plumps up your skin, gets rid of toxins…)

But what happens when you don’t?

Regardless of weather, dehydration is serious. It can cause exhaustion, muscle fatigue, cramps and loss of co-ordination. In winter, we’ve got to be extra vigilant about our health and immune systems. That means keeping your fluids up, if you want to keep your cold and flu count down.

Keeping hydrated doesn’t have to be boring either, I've mentioned drinking herbal teas but you can also get hydration from water based foods such as cucumbers and tomatoes which have a high water content – not the mention the added nutritional benefits.

Now getting water into your body is one thing, keeping it there is another. The best way to do this is with electrolytes; if you want to ensure deep level hydration for your cells and tissues, you need electrolytes like potassium and sodium. Look to bananas, potatoes and avocado as natural sources of electrolytes.


Once you've found the best way of keeping hydrated, you’ll definitely see a difference. It’s such a simple way to create a difference in your health and to help combat winter dehydration.

17 Jan 2015

BEAUTY: THE GUIDE TO ALL TYPES OF LIP PRODUCTS



New year, better you – which also means experimenting and coming out of your comfort zone.

When it comes to make-up, there’s always one thing that upgrades a look: lipstick. I love that it’s minimal effort, yet it can instantly transform an outfit and brighten up your face.

Now, before I get into the details of which lipstick I like to use and why, I've got to admit I've come on a long journey before arriving here.

With so many options and various ways of applying lipstick, it’s hard to know which one(s) are right for you. I wish I had a guide when I was experimenting which outlined exactly what to expect. I didn't, but you do.



Below, I’ve complied a list of all types of lip products you can find on the market.

The Lipstick
This is one is the most obvious. It's the reigning champion. It comes in various finishes. With a lipstick we have satin, matte, nourishing or even sheer. Sometimes, a classic lipstick is always best.
Suggestions: Nars, Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury, Illamasqua


The Lip liner
 This is best friends with lipstick, but a good friend alone nonetheless. If you want a defined, long lasting finish, then apply all over lips as opposed to lining them. Always works a charm.
Suggestions:  Guerlain, Nars, Chanel, Urban Decay




The Lacquer
The Lacquer is a new formulation that hit the market last year. Floats like a liquid, stings like a stain. Well… it doesn’t sting at all. In fact, it’s the easiest way to have a precise application plus they’re readily available in bold shades. If you don't have time to create the type of look you want. They are high in intensity and give a gorgeous glossy finish. 
Suggestions: Rimmel, Tom Ford, Estee Lauder


Lip Gloss
These have been around for ages, so not much of an introduction is needed, but if you’re looking for hi shine, glossy lips with easy application, then look no further.
Suggestions: YSL, Bobbi Brown, Nars


Lip Crayon
Matte and bold. Easy to apply and long lasting
Suggestions: Lord and Berry, Bourjois , Nars


Lip Stain 
Sheer and subtle. Perfect for the daytime and if you want something understated. This is perfect for the working girl. This is what I'm wearing most of the time at my day job.
Suggestions: Revlon, Stila,



Lip Butter
If you’re a fan of lip balms, then this might be for you. In addition to the usual moisture and easy application, it will give you a little tint of colour.
Suggestions: The Body Shop, Clinique, Zoeva

What's Your Favourite Lip Finish?

13 Jan 2015

BEAUTY: WINTER LIP WOES

Right, so there’s something we need to address: winter lips. Let’s be honest, when it comes to keeping lips hydrated in winter, the struggle is real. That’s why extra hydration for those of us who live in colder climates is so important. There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning and finding a colony of dry skin cells settling on your lips (eugh!) Dry lips are so 2014. It’s time we found a resolution.


Admittedly, it’s hard to know which products are worth using. I’ve had my fair share of trails and tribulations when it comes to finding the right lip care products, so I can truly say I’m aware of what’s really worth investing in. But before you invest in a new product, there are a few things you can do to stop cracks in their tracks.

Firstly, watch what you eat. I know, I know – you’re constantly being reminded to. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, watching what you eat has so many benefits, including keeping dry lips away. Yes - products help - to an extent, but if you really want to see a difference it’s all about the food you eat. Be kind to yourself and your body will reward you.

Exfoliate: If you want to find salvation from dry, chapped lips, then this is a must. Often, we forget to take care of our lips (well, I do) and neglect that it needs as much care and attention as the rest of our bodies.



Exfoliating doesn't need to be drama. A simple mix of household ingredients and you’ll be on your way to softer, smoother lips. I’d recommend putting brown sugar (because the granules are big enough for you to feel it working, yet small enough to be gentle on your lips) into a bowl with olive oil. It should have the consistency of a paste, apply and ta da! Dry lips be gone!

And finally, since I'm giving you the full service, here’s a list of products I’d like to recommend.

If you haven't got time to make lotions and potions. This this scrub is fab to keep the crusties away. It's small and portable so you can have fresh lips anywhere.

Any lipstick or lip gloss that I wear that must have this product underneath otherwise it's a disaster waiting to happen. This product keeps my lips hydrated for hours on end.
To keep with the theme of winter, I love to stay on trend by wearing a berry lip. My favourite one is wearing this one from Ellis Faas. The formular also helps to keep your lips smooth, with the added colour.

10 Jan 2015

NO NEW YEAR'S 2015 RESOLUTIONS?!




Nope. I don't have any this year. Why?? Well, I didn't have any resolutions for 2014. Instead, the only thing I changed was my perspective. I chose to be true to myself and let my happiness come from within. I had the best year ever, so I'm going to keep those values and everything else will fall into place.

Wait. 

Actually, I'm lying. There’s one thing I’d like to do, this isn't really a resolution but I've got to shift some weight. This is the laziest I've been with weight because it’s actually Thailand, Christmas and New Year weight combined. So that’s my mission in the next few months. 

Aside from that, what posts do you want to see more of? 

P.S. Here are the resolutions I made in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.

8 Jan 2015

WANDE WEEKLY: REFLECTIONS OF 2014

Whilst some are happy to see the back of 2014, I have to admit I'm sad to see it end. Personally, 2014 was the best year of my life. It was the year I started taking blogging seriously (hence all the outfits I posted) but also a year filled with many changes. This post was difficult to write so grab a cuppa for this one.


In 2014, I made a conscious decision to be happy no matter what. To this day, this is undoubtedly the best decision I have ever made. It hasn’t been easy though: I went through the worst breakup in the history of relationships (a little dramatic…but it's true…) so I decided to change my attitude towards life.

Although I'm genuinely a happy and bubbly person, I used to blame everything and everyone whenever I encountered conflict. Then 2014 showed up and I decided I would be happy regardless of my situation.

I also stopped blaming myself when things weren't perfect. Things and people can’t make you happy; it has to come from within. So I decided to stop being dramatic about negative outcomes. If a relationship didn't work out, I would say things like "I hate men" or "I never want to be married or have kids". But I’ve realised now that whatever will be, will be. You’ve got to keep living your life. When I think back to the energy I wasted whilst accommodating people who didn’t acknowledge my worth, I really wish I put that energy elsewhere.

I’m going to be real with you: it’s hard being happy. It’s hard being happy whilst you are jobless, friendless, savings-less and furniture-less ( I moved rooms again in my house). It can easily create turmoil and make you feel rubbish, but I decided to live as if everything was great, and focus on the haves – never the have nots.

When I'd see my account in minus, I'd cover up the sign and envision my savings account growing. You have to keep going.

There were times I would go into my furniture-less room and image everything was there. I would put my make-shift bed and make-up table in the places where I wanted the desired pieces to be. After a month or two of visualisation, these desires became reality.

I stopped asking ‘why’ because the better question was, ‘why not?’. I accepted it was what I deserved. I stopped thinking I needed someone to fill the space of no longer being in a relationship, but rather took the time to develop myself, what I wanted in life, and the steps I’ll take to get there.

They say it takes 28 days to create a habit and by March I experienced a complete 360. Who knew my life would evolve so much just by changing my thoughts – and that was just the beginning.

Here is a month by month run down of 2014:

January/February
Reconditioning my life and my perspective to rediscover who I am. By instilling positivity into my mind, there was no longer space for negativity.

March 
Met the love of my life: someone who understands that I'm a dramatic-bubbly-crazy-spontaneous-make-up-loving-clothes-collecting adrenaline junkie.

April
There were decadent hotels and diners at many of my favourite restaurants. I discovered new things to love, made plans for my life, spent time reassessing my career and got to know and have fun with an interesting character. Neither of us was looking for a relationship, so we enjoyed each other's company without the pressure of defining it.

May 
Spain and sunshine: both of which I relished. Although I'm born in the autumn, I've always said I'm a sun baby because it makes me happy and there’s so much more to do when the sun is out. I also found myself in a relationship. I'd usually wait an absurd amount of time before making a commitment, but this time I decided to see where it would go (instead of doing some crazy five year plan with someone who doesn't even know my surname).

June / July 
Thailand: this was in the pipeline for a few months; I’ve always wanted to visit the country since my palette has become accustomed to mouth watering Thai food. Thailand was an eye opener to a calm and accepting culture. I met a man who said Thai women don't get jealous. His partner allows his ex girlfriends to stay round when they visit Thailand. I was so wowed by that; you have to admire that level of security within yourself.

August 
Back on the job market, and soon after, working my dream job. I create Digital and Internet adverts for a world-renowned tech brand, only a stone throw away from home.

September 
Out with the old and in with the new - clothes that is! My forever-expanding wardrobe was ridiculous! I challenged myself to wear everything in my wardrobe or else give it away, and in turn, reduced my wardrobe by 35%. If that's not proof that God exists, then I don't know what is. I finally let go of the baby grow, because I was never going to fit in it. I travelled to my bf's university city, which is a beaut. I still need to tell you about that.

October 
My birthday month: mainly spent being spoilt rotten by my boyfriend! For someone who likes to keep it quiet, this by far was the best EVER.

November / December 
Pretty much preparing for hibernation; it was extremely quiet for me. I went into hiding to reflect, and show gratitude to the universe. My loved ones became even closer, so I took the opportunity to continue to build those relationships.





31 Dec 2014

2014 IN OUTFITS

Wow, so it's a officially the last day of the year. ...Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015...the best is yet to come. Thank you for all your support in 2014!








SPONSORED VIDEO: NIVEA SUN

I know it’s way too early to talk about sunscreen, but did you know that it should be worn all year round because you just don’t know what harmful rays are eating away at your skin. If there is anyone that has banged on about using sunscreen is me. Using sunscreen has been the best thing that has happened to me because my hyperpigmentation on my face hasn’t got any darker since. 

To raise awareness of the importance of sun protection, NIVEA Sun has teamed up with American artist, Thomas Leveritt, to launch a new film that uses an ultraviolet (UV) camera to demonstrate the effectiveness of sunscreen. It’s actually quite incredible to watch. See the video below. Something that Leveritt says that really caught my attention was “being able actually to see the sun damage changed that message from an intellectual one to an emotional one”.

It just goes to show you that seeing is really believing. Hopefully I hope this helps in banging on about using sunscreen. If you are of colour too, although our skin loves the sun, it’s still good to put a little sunscreen on.


More images on the sunscreen can be found here. You can find out more about this campaign by heading over to the Nivea’s Facebook, to see more insightful fact about sunscreen. 
In the words of Leveritt himself… hopefully, people will watch the film and think, yeah, sunscreen’s not such a bad idea”

*Sponsored by Nivea

Will you wear more sunscreen now? 

30 Dec 2014

FASHION: NEW YEARS EVE OUTFIT IDEAS

Hey, it's literally New Years Eve tomorrow. If you are like me and don't feel like venturing out into the cold to pick out a sparkly number then head over to ASOS, and you can get your dress delivered before you have to set out to welcome in the New Year.






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