Spring Pink

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I’ve you’ve been an avid reader of this blog for a while you must’ve noticed I usually take it pretty simple regarding make-up and am not the first in line to experiment with bold colors. However, this past weekend I suddenly felt inspired by the blossoming little greens and flowers everywhere and thought why not use blush as eye shadow (I know, revolutionary thought!) – also: have you read my spring fashion edit already?

I kept my base natural and pretty easy (updated foundation routine coming your way soon!) and got funky on the lids. First of, I applied Nectar from my Lorac Pro 2 palette all over the lids, then went in with my Sephora blush in 17 Orange Pop generously in the crease and blended everything out with my favourite blush Peony by Bobbi Brown. A few coats of my brown Maybelline Colossal mascara and there we have it.

On the lips I tried a Sephora Kiss Me Balm in Soda Pop, a very hydrating and pigmented little lip balm – this one is wandering into my handbag right away.

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It’s definitely out there, but I kind of like the finished look much to my surprise. What do you think? Any shades you’ve recently been discovering?

About Finding Yourself

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Over the past months I’ve inserted one or the other personal post, and today shall be no different. Get your snorkels on cause we’re going deep!

As a little bit of a background history, you might have read that I was a student at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute for 2.5 years before I decided to put my studies on hold for a semester and pursue another internship – flash forward to now – I’m currently working at a marketing agency in the heart of Munich, Germany. I’ve you want to read more about my decision-making process on why the straight road is not always the best option, click here.

Now that we got the background frame out of the way we can actually get in what I wanted to write about today – learning to accept and appreciate yourself. Especially when you are in the creative industry, constantly publishing and comparing your own work it is really tough to keep cool and not let all inevitable criticism get to you. I have made the experience that I started to doubt my own work, aesthetic and style to a degree to which I really limited my own creativity and graphic personality. Especially in an educative environment, where identity’s are shaped and you learn about the kind of professional you’re soon to become, it can be really hard to pursue what you really enjoy doing instead of trying to fit a frame that’s just not made for your form.

I recently read a quote that I wanted to share

You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, but there will always be someone who hates peaches.

… and it’s so true. You’re just not designed to please everybody. So try to accept yourself, know your worth and pursue what you find beautiful, funny, pleasing or right and you’ll start to become known for exactly that. It takes seconds to break down self esteem, but years to build it up again.

I am really glad to be able to currently work in a professional environment in which encouragement and kindness are the two pillars all work is build upon. For the first time in months, maybe even years, it demonstrated me clearly that there is a place for everybody in the working world. Just because your teacher, your friend or a colleague doesn’t like your work, doesn’t mean that somewhere there isn’t a client that would pay you big bills for you to deliver exactly that. Kind words and understanding are hard to find in the professional world but rest assured that somewhere there is a place waiting for you that is going to bring out the best creative version of yourself.

I don’t know if this helped anyone of you, but sometimes it’s good to take a step back and look at key moments from over the past months and evaluate the lessons you can really draw.

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Transitioning into Spring

Well hello there, it’s been a while! Over the course of the next couple of blog posts I’ll fill you in on what I’ve been up to, the changes that happened on the way (hint: it’s got to do with the hair post I wrote – have a peek at my Instagram if you’re curious), and what goodies I have been LOVING since my last update. Excuse me, if my writing is a little rusty – I’ll be back on track soon!

To get back into things I wanted to share a few outfit ideas that I think are perfect for the transitioning time into spring and summer. They’re super budget friendly, all items are from ASOS and H&M, and reference a few trends I have recently spotted, namely the 70ies and the continuing comfy cool attitude, definitely not complaining about getting away with wearing flat shoes every day!

School Cool  Sweater / Jeans / Sneakers / Watch / Backpack

Lunchtime CasualGilet / Jeans / Slippers / Socks / Earring / Bag

Spring DateJacket / Blouse / Skirt / Bag / Shoes / Bracelet / Bracelet

What are your current favorite styles and would you pull any of these three looks off? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Lots of love, Maja

The Christmas Tag

So there seems to be a little bit of a red Christmas thread running through the last couple of posts. As I have declared myself to be the biggest Christmas fan currently on the face of the earth I thought it would be fun to come up with a little Tag. I’m tagging everyone that wants to participate! Please let me know if you have, I’d love to read your answers!

1. What are your top 3 Christmas movies?
For me that would have to be Home Alone, Love Actually and Harry & Sally. The last one probably isn’t classified as a Christmas movie, but to me it just has that sentiment that I look for in a movie this time of the year.

2. The Christmas song you know all the lyrics to?
Oh this is a tie. I love Driving Home for Christmas by Chris Rea, but I also love Michael Bublés entire Christmas CD.

3. Do you have any special or favorite traditions?
Usually on the 24th my best friend and I volunteer at a christmas party for a local orphanage. Doing this really puts the rest of the day, the amount of presents etc. in perspective and fills me with such great gratitude.

4. What day is it officially allowed to start actively anticipate christmas?
Even though the supermarkets start offering Christmas cookies already in the middle of November, to me the first day of December is really when the whole season kicks off. It is Christmas music only from then on only.

5. A day in advance or months ahead – when do you start thinking about getting christmas shopping?
Definitely in advance. I’ve had my mothers present since March haha! But like I mentioned in my gift guide, there’s always a few people I forget and have to buy last minute.

5. Favorite food that you associate with christmas?
Home-baked Christmas cookies for sure! I haven’t been doing it so far this year but as soon as I get home I will catch up on that right away. Any recipes you’d like to share?

6. What is the best gift someone has ever gotten you?
Three years ago my sister and dad brought back a lovely bangle that they had bought together in New York from Ani + Ani. I have worn it everyday since and even though the little charm fell off I still like the look of it on my wrist.

7. In full anticipation you grab the wrapped present that looks most like the sweater you wished for, only to find a pair of really ugly socks how do you react?
Of course it depends on who is giving it. I’m usually quite good at concealing my emotions, but my mother has gotten quite a good sensor for when she suspects I’m not liking what I am seeing. For presents from relatives I would appreciate the gift and later on find a better purpose for it, for presents from my family I would try to find a good solution so that all parties are happy.

8. What makes this time of the year ‘the most wonderful’?
I think its mostly the sentiment, the friendliness and the gratitude that I encounter more during this season than any other time. People seem more happy and content, everyone wishing each other happy holidays and a good start into the new year.

 

I’d love to read your answers, so please let me know when you participate in this tag!

The Thing with Going Blonde

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I think I’m slightly bipolar when it comes to making hair decisions. On the one hand I love the idea of being a natural blonde with healthy long hair and treating it with care. But then on the other side, I’ve always had the urge to go blonder and blonder. Apart from a couple of highlights that I have my hairdresser put in every couple of weeks I am not really one to go full on color all over the head. I’ve tried going brunette before and let’s just say the hot orange mess on my head was far from pretty.

But recently the thought of going extra light has really stuck with me. I don’t want to go all white blonde, but something with still a bit of color like the three ladies up here, the one to the very left being my favorite shade.

I’m a little afraid of the maintenance though, do you have experience with dying your hair lighter? And what do you think I should do? Do it already, or nahh?