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

12 December, 2015
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It’s that time of the year again for the best parties, tastiest (Christmas) recipes, the most beautiful gifts and last but not least for the most outstanding dresses. Thinking you have the whole month to figure it out how are you going to spend the last moments of the year. But the list is not made yet, the list that tells you what to wear, where to go and what you need to do to end your year in an unforgettable way.

Here are some tips that can help you with the most agitated and awaited time of the year:

 

Sport yourself and your wallet slim

With the New Year’s party around the corner this is the best month to start being motivated for that fit body. With 20 more days left you still have enough time to start your weight loss/healthy lifestyle journey, so you can entry the New Year with a big smile on your face knowing you are already going for that beach body. Besides that, think how good you are going to look/feel in that party dress you have in mind. It’s more about the attitude! This is the perfect time to spend your money on healthy choices.

 

Get the best of your outfit for this year parties

We hear it every season, but this time it’s actually true. Black is back and with the little black dress you can’t never go wrong if you don’t forget about the details. They are what makes the difference!

For the Christmas dinner lay the focus on the top part, choose for a high neck closed dress with a model on it or you can add your own details with some accessories. The blinker the better, said Mrs Prada when it came to the AW15 jewellery at Miu Miu. This is the season to throw it all on and shine, teaming door knocker earrings with heavy crystal neck candy.

For the old and new you can be more outrageous with your little black dress: sequins, feathers, décolletage – bring it on! The ultimate sidekick for your LBD is the leather (biker) jacket. While the icicle are still hanging on the trees, the jacket will make sure to give your LBD a warm and frayed edge look.

If you are more sophisticated, go for the velvet look. This season velvet is a big trend and I have to say I love it – the velvet. I love the way it looks, the way it flows on the body and the way it feels. For this season colour variations are going from black and white to red, orange, green and all pastel colours.

 

When in doubt, wear lingerie, very sexy lingerie

Green is one of the most striking trends for this winter in terms of lingerie. A colour that naturally matches with the month December. If you didn’t had the chance to put your hands on it, the lace bralette is that kind of present that would fit perfectly under your Christmas tree.

If you are not a green lover for lingerie, you can find in the Hunkemöller stores and on their website, the new Sylvie (Meis) limited edition collection in colours such as deep blue and vintage pink.

 

Test the trend: festive nude

You can’t avoid it: nude is in! Find you perfect shade with this trick: check the inside of your wrist. Is the colour of your veins bluish (like blue)? Than you have a cold (pink) undertone. Is it a green colour? Than your skin has a warm (yellow) undertone. Do you see both colours? Than you look good with every shade of nude.

 

Feel the Holiday (Christmas) spirit

Last year, in the second day of Christmas I went to see Lord of the Rings in Concert (first part: The Fellowship of the Ring) at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp. It is really something unique as experience because you can watch the integral movie on a big screen and it’s brought to life by an orchestra and chorus of no less than 250 musicians. This year, on December 26 you can witness the second part of the movie: The Two Towers which has a more complex score then the first part because of the story it tells.

 

I hope this tips will help you to end your year happy, partying and with the right kind of drink in your hand. Let the countdown begin!

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26 March, 2015

Do you like aviator sunglasses? I do think they are a must have in your closet or I should say in your bag. I’m seeing them everywhere and every way these days, from classic, preppy, punk, casual, comfy, sleek, sexy, in winter, spring, summer or fall.

They can make you feel instantly pulled together and can be worn with your beach wear, casual or formal wear.

I’ve been wanting them for a while but I never tried them myself because I thought they were made for a specific type of face shape. Now, I’m thinking to get them in different colours.

For the winter-spring look I’ve chosen to wear them with a black leather jacket but if you want them for a spring/summer look, go very simple and casual with simple white tee and sandals, and boyfriend jeans.

By the way, weekend is coming! What are you guys doing this weekend? Tomorrow morning I will be heading to Ghent to do make-up for Bellapierre at the Goed Gevoel Ladies Fair. I will be gone the whole weekend and… who knows, maybe I will see you there.

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10 March, 2015

This was my first event attending as a blogger and I can say it was more than I expected. Lovely people, lovely place and a day to remember!

About a week ago, at Blush Academy & Agency, an event brought bloggers, pers and BV’s all together. The event was called Styling- en Beautydag and it mixed Fashion with Beauty into one single beautiful day.

“Of course I’m in!” I reply promptly when receiving an invitation via e-mail, I wanted to come and I would have come without a special invitation! :) It’s something that interested me and it is part from the world I created for myself.

I woke up late that morning, not knowing what outfit to choose and what makeup to wear. I wanted to look at my best… after all, this was the first time introducing myself as a blogger. Trying different outfits, I finally went for a gold, sequin trousers (I wasn’t very sure about them, thinking it will be too much) and a black lace bodysuit. As for the makeup, I went for neutral colours which included gold, of course, I had to match!

 

Let me tell you first about Blush Academy & Agency: is a Fashion end Make-up school founded by Palmira Proietti and Caroline Rigo. They have courses in everything related with fashion and beauty and they are also an unique agency for freelance make-up artists, fashion stylists and hair stylists. At Blush Academy you learn from the fashion and beauty experts the tricks of the trade! So you become a pro and there is the opportunity to work for Blush Agency.

About the two pretty ladies: Palmira Proietti worked for ten years in Marketing & Sales in the fashion and beauty sector, including for Levi’s Europ, Jbc, Maasmechelen Village and Le Visage. She is currently a freelance stylist and makeup artist.

Caroline Rigo started working as a kindergarten teacher but after one year she joined the make-up world and since then she is a freelance makeup artist. She is now the owner of the beauty salon Le Visage in Hasselt and she opened the first Inglot shop in België. She is also active as a distributor for makeup brands such as Bella Pierre and Per-fekt. Palmira and Caroline decided, after a lot of pleasant cooperation together, to share their passion and therefore this is how Blush Academy & Agency was born.

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Work in progress: making the mood board

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The Styling- en Beautydag began with a workshop about fashion, taught by Palmira, who gave us all kinds of styling tips about wardrobe planning, the effects of colours on people, the body type we have and what is on trend for the next season. I was very happy to find out that I have an X type of figure, the perfect figure, as they say. Average size accessories fits me the best: no mega oversized watches, handbags and so on because I am also not that tall.

Based on many fashion magazines each of us made a mood board, from which we could see what style we have. It was interesting to know that my style was… well, I am like a chameleon (Palmira said), I like to wear every style, depending on the mood.

 

After a delicious spaghetti bolognese lunch, we received from Caroline a second workshop about beauty. She taught us everything you need to know about a good skin care routine and how to do a beautiful day make-up, using products from Inglot, Bellapierre (Mineral makeup), Per-fekt, Intense Derma. And of course what is make-up without a good set of brushes? We used the Real Tecniques brushes. You can find all this products at Le Visage or at the Inglot shop in Hasselt.

I’m gonna tell you a secret: the beauty workshop was something extra for me as I already took a make-up course, learning from the best, from Caroline Rigo herself.

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Palmira Proietti 

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Caroline Rigo & Katrijn Bouwel

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Blush assistants: Laura Bulzariello & Myrthe Jansaroline

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Think it was fun? No – it was lots of fun with a nice goodie bag.
A breath of fresh air for me as a blogger.
Basically, it was like a kind of legitimacy to me. Someone to tell me that – yes, your world is real and what you’re doing here is the future we’re heading.
And so a new level of confidence was born.
I’m glad they invited me and I’m glad I got to meet all those girls shining in their own way.

Do you want to become a Blush Guru, here is how you can join them:

 

www.blushacademy.be
INSTAGRAM@Blushacademy.be
FACEBOOKwww.facebook.com/blushacademy
TWITTER@BlushAcademy_be
NIEUWSBRIEF – via Blush.be
GOOGLE PLUSgoogle.com/+BlushacademyBeagency

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