27 February, 2016

Have you ever been to Portugal?

 

I have heard my sisters many times speaking about Portugal: what a beautiful country it is, how warm and friendly the people are, the delicious food that they have (being known for the fish and sea food specialties) and its amazing location; Portugal is bordering Spain and the Atlantic Ocean.

 

One day they took me by surprise when they came to me screaming of excitement: “We are going to Portugal!” I was so happy when I heard that because this has been my first time traveling to an oceanside country. They choose for Porto, the second-largest city in Portugal and the town that gave the country (and Porto wine) its name.

 

First day we arrived at our five stars hotel where we had a very pleasant stay in a beautiful room. What made our stay even more likeable was the swimming pool on the last floor which offers you a panoramic view over the Porto city and the Douro river.

The hotel was near the beach so we didn’t want to waste more time. We threw our baggage’s in the room, we put our swimsuit on and there we were, at the beach, enjoying the sun and life. Later that day we went downtown for dinner. We wanted to try their fish and sea food specialties, therefor we have looked for the one of the best restaurant in town. We had to wait for like three hours to get a table but, let me tell you, it was worth it!

 

We started our second day with a breakfast buffet and then we spend a few hours baking our skin at the beach J. That day we also had in plan to visit the city. You can’t really imagine how a country looks and feels like until you have seen it with your own eyes. We walked for a few hours till we got tired and took a city trip by boat. After all, the Portuguese city of Porto is best known for two things: it’s river, the Douro, the most popular for river cruises, and its port.

 

On our last day we didn’t had that much time left but we had to try the pool on the last floor and the most traditional food that they have: Francesinha. Oh, did I mention how cheap is the food  in Portugal?!

 

This was a short holiday trip. Just taking a breath of a different air from those hard working days. We spend only three days there but it felt like a week because we were always busy to enjoy the beauty of this country and its city.

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9 January, 2016

Gratitude – this is the most powerful weapon you can use when you struggle in life. You can find gratitude in everything: a new day, the blue sky, a warm bed, a compliment you get, a loving partner, a child or a pet in your life, your unique personality, time spending with the loved ones, a moment of laugh, a walk, a book you read, a talent you have, your knowledge. Bear in mind: it is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy.

Is also important not to focus on what you don’t have. You can’t never realize gratitude if you spend too much energy focusing on what you don’t have instead of using that energy on things you like to do which will bring you satisfaction and gratitude.

 

Things like those described above are the type of things that I’m grateful for and writing them down, like this, it made me realize what a grateful year was the year 2015. Maybe for you will not seem much of achievements, but for me, they make sure not to forget that no matter how hard life gets, I still have the power to do great things, things that I like, things that I can be grateful for. So here they are, the best of 2015:

 

 1. I already had a great start when I won in January the contest for Inglot Belgium, the first and the only Inglot shop opened in Belgium. It was a pretty tight contest and my first time participating in a makeup contest. Thanks to you guys I won and I put my hand on a bag full of 250€ worth of makeup products. Here you can find out what I won: Inglot Be Selfie

You can see some looks created with their products on the section Portfolio of my blog.

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  2. In March I was invited to the Blush Styling-and Beauty day event organized by the Blush Academy&Agency, an event who brought bloggers and other VIP’s together. This was my first event attending as a blogger. It was a unique experience who combined the two things I’m in love with: Fashion & Beauty. It also gave me the opportunity to meet other bloggers.

More about this event (video included): Blush Styling- en Beautydag

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  3. And then came my first media appearance as a blogger in the Jet magazine. I was very proud of it even if it is a local magazine.

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  4. In June I was a winner for the contest organized by Hunkemoller, a worldwide known lingerie store. There were more than 3500 photos posted for the contest and my photo won, being the lucky winner of a pair of personalised boxing gloves and sport clothing worth of 275€. I also appeared in their monthly magazine which you can find in there store.

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  5. I ended the year quite surprised when after posting my last article of 2015, Cosmoplitan Netherlands shared my picture on their Instagram account.

This article you can find here: It’s That Time of The Year

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Starting 2016 with a grateful mind, you can only make the best of it. So remember:

If you want to find happiness, find gratitude