Sunday, 29 November 2015

THINGS THAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO #6



Let's start this post by being honest: I don't have anything exciting planned for the next few months. So, why write this post? Well, in spite of not having any 'big' plans for the near future - like a concert, vacations with friends or family, a cool event - I thought that, in spirit of Thanksgiving, I would write about the smaller things that might not be as 'cool' but that still get me excited. I know it's not Thanksgiving when you're reading this but it is right now as I'm typing these words. Here are the things I'm looking forward to.

1. HOME. I haven't seen my sister or my parents in almost 3 months and, most importantly, I haven't slept in my bed in almost 3 months. So, I'm excited to go back for Christmas and spend some time with the fam lock myself in my bedroom and revise for January exams. 

2. HOT CHOCOLATE. I've been craving hot chocolate every single day for two weeks now. And I'm not talking about the Cadbury hot chocolate you make with powder and water. No, I'm talking about real thick (like, really really really thick - so thick you almost have to chew before swallowing) and rich hot chocolate. The one my momma makes for Christmas and that makes me break out like a hormonal teenager. 

3. PRESENTS. Christmas is all about joy, love and happiness. But let's be honest here, we all love getting presents. 

4. VOTING. In December I'll be voting for the first time ever, which is quite exciting - at least I'll be able to say I've contributed to choosing a corrupt political leader for my country YAY. Jokes aside, I am actually quite excited regardless of having absolutely no idea who to vote for - can I vote for myself... Ariadna for president 

5.  MY BIRTHDAY. I'm actually not excited for my birthday at all, I haven't been since I turned 16, who wants to grow up anyway? Being -or pretending to be- an adult is too much effort. However, I thought I would mention it in case any of you are feeling generous and want to send me a present, I accept anythings from Givenchy bags to Jimmy Choo heels. 

6. CHRISTMAS. Obviously, I'm super duper excited for Christmas. I love walking around London and seeing all the pretty lights and festive decorations. It makes me so happy! Also, nougat and Suchard -you know what I'm talking about if you're Spanish- COME TO ME. 


What are you looking forward to?
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Friday, 27 November 2015

SELENA GOMEZ || STYLE CRUSH

Recently Selena Gomez has slayed every single event she's attended to - can we please talk about her outfit (and make up!!) at the AMAs and don't even get me started on her incredible performance. Her style has been so on point lately that I HAD to do a style crush post about her. 

To be honest, I was not a fan of her music but after that last album, she's my queen. I've started to notice her more and pay attention at what she's wearing and I've realised I want to break into her house and steal all of her clothes (just kidding guys, don't worry, I'm not going to be breaking into anyone's house anytime soon). This has led me to spend way too much time on Tumblr admiring her impeccable taste and wishing I was her. Here are some of my favourite outfits. 
















Who's your style crush?
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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

WHAT I'M GRATEFUL FOR


With Thanksgiving only a few days away I thought it would be a good idea to just sit down for a while and think of everything I am grateful for this year. It's really easy to forget how lucky we are and to complain about school work, slow wifi, sh*t weather, etc. We, human beings, seem to have a tendency to always want more and more, we're never 100% pleased with what we have. So, for just one moment, let's remember ourselves of all the good things we have in our lives or as Kim K would say, how #blessed we are. Here's what I'm thankful for.

1. Having a decent apartment to live in
2. Being able to go to my dream university
3. My family
4. Harry Styles
5. Brunch
6. Not having major health issues
7. Having the opportunity to visit other countries
8. Having friends from all over the world
9. Liam Hemsworth
10. American TV shows
11. FaceTime 
12. My warm and cosy duvet
13. Living in my favourite city
14. Scented Candles
15. Coffee
16. Saturday nights with friends
17. Sunday mornings in bed
18. Sunsets
19. Calling a vacation island home
20. Endless summer nights
21. Crispy autumn mornings
22. Christmas music
23. Christmas movies
24. Just Christmas in general
25. Homemade food
26. Sweatpants
27. Feeling loved
28. Netflix and Chill
29. Theo James
30. Smiling everyday

What are you grateful for this year?
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Monday, 23 November 2015

MOCKINGJAY PART 2 || MY THOUGHTS



I was going to start this post with the last few sentence from the book but then I realised that some people might have not read the book and I don't want to spoil them so, soz, no artsy intro for you today. 

I recently saw the last Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay Part 2. And let me tell you something, it's hands down one of the best movies I've ever seen. First of all, the movie was pretty well adapted from the book, as far as I can remember - I read the book a while ago. It was the darkest movie of the series and probably the best one. It transmits a really clear message about tyranny and rebellion; it doesn't embellish war like most YA Hollywood movies do. 

The acting was stellar, Jennifer Lawrence outdid herself. A lot of the last book revolves around what's going through Katniss' head, Lawrence manages to externalise all these feelings subtly but effectively making you really feel her struggle and anger. The rest of the cast were also brilliant, with Liam Hemsworth looking specially attractive and Josh Hutcherson making me cry like a baby. I think the ending was captured really well, transmitting both happiness and sadness - showing that some wounds are never healed. 

I was on the edge of my seat during the entire movie (I even had to hold my friend's hand at one point), jumping every three minutes and crying and laughing at the same time. It was literally a rollercoaster of emotions and I'm not sure I'm 100% recovered yet, if I'm honest. Also, [SPOILER] Haymitch and Effie's kiss was probably my favourite part of the movie, not gonna lie. Effie will always be my favourite. 

I'm going to finish this post the way I wanted to start it so if you don't want to read the last paragraph of the book, close this tab (or scroll down and leave a comment :) )

On the night I feel that thing again, the hunger that overtook me on the beach, I know this would have happened anyway. That what I need to survive is not Gale's fire kindled with rage and hatred. I have plenty of fire myself. What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again. And only Peeta can give me that. So after, when he whispers "You love me, Real or not real?" I tell him "Real."

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Saturday, 21 November 2015

MY TRAVEL BUCKET LIST


If time and money allowed it, I would love to visit every single city, town and region in the world. I want to go the Sahara desert, Japan, Australia, Norway, Brazil, etc. I want to meet people from all over the world and get to experience new cultures, whether that is by trying new foods or by celebrating new holidays. I think it's fascinating how people have completely different mindsets depending on where they live or where they grew up. It's also incredible getting to see something you've learnt about in school, read about in your favourite book or seen in a movie. 

Despite wanting to visit every single town in the world, there are a few places that I'm particularly interested in and really want to go at some point in my life. I've been lucky enough to be able to visit some of these places and cross them off the list, which just makes me want to travel even more. 

1. New York
2. Norway
3.Russia
4. Paris
5. Mexico
6. The Maldives
7. Bali
8. Greece
9. Canada
10. Chicago
11. Tokyo
12. China
13. Morocco
14. South Africa
15. Bruges 
16. Dubai
17.Brazil
18. Montenegro
19. Egypt
20. Finland
21. London
22. Namib Desert
23. Istanbul
24. Venice
25. Los Angeles
26. Hawaii
27.Cappadocia 


If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

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Monday, 16 November 2015

HOW TO WRITE A KILLER PERSONAL STATEMENT



It's that time of the year again, the time when all final year high school students start freaking out about university. If you live in the UK or are planning on going to uni in the UK you'll probably be sick of the words 'UCAS' and 'personal statement' but, let me tell you, it only gets worst. Soz. In my experience, writing my personal statement was the easiest part of the whole application process.

I started the whole application process in January, right after my Christmas holidays - a bit too late, I know. I remember logging into the UCAS website, entering all my grades and then reading I had to submit a 'personal statement'. By that time I had no idea what that was or how important it was meant to be (I am Spanish, the application process is much simpler there). I literally wrote mine in an afternoon, I probably spent a total of 4-5 hours on it. That's it folks, no stressing over it for months, no writing hundreds of drafts, nope, just one afternoon. I got offers from all the universities I applied to and I managed to get into the university of my dreams so I guess I did something right. How did I do it, you may ask. Well, here are a few tips!

1. DON'T STRESS. This the most important thing - and the hardest too. If you are calm and relaxed, it will be easier to put all your ideas together. 

2. DON'T OVERDO IT. You don't want your personal statement to sound fake or tacky. Try to make it sound as natural as possible. Pick a few qualities you want to focus on and write about them instead of writing a thousand different things you can do/have done and not going into detail at all. 

3. SOUND PASSIONATE. If you have to lie, do it. Don't lie about your grades or say you've done something you haven't done. However, do exaggerate the truth a bit and let them know how incredibly passionate you are about your subject, even if you're not. I do chemistry at uni and, even though I've always liked it, I've never really been passionate about it but if you read my personal statement you would think chemistry is all I care about. I would say this is a must  for top universities. 

4. 'LIE ABOUT THE FUTURE'. Okay, this is something I have mixed feelings about. I know a few people who've done that and it worked for them but if you don't feel comfortable about lying, don't do it! Basically, if you want to do science at uni, it may help mentioning you want to do a PhD after your degree. Unis want people who do research as it helps them get a good reputation.

5. BE HONEST. After telling you to lie, I'm telling you to be honest. Makes sense, right? Well, why do you want to study that subject, what motivates you, how/when did you know that's what you wanted to do? These are all things that might explain your attraction to that course and it's good to put them on you personal statement as it shows the reason behind your 'passion'. 

I know people are starting to apply to uni now so if you want to read more posts about applications/interviews, etc let me know in the comments!

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Saturday, 14 November 2015

CHRISTMAS WISHLIST #1

Is it too early for a Christmas wishlist? Probably. Do I care? Not really. A few days ago I literally spent the whole afternoon in Harrods drooling over handbags I can't afford and getting my make up done at Urban Decay, which I thought looked good until I met Sam Claflin, took a selfie with him and realised I looked horrendous -  that was probably face though, not my make up... Anyway, the point is, I saw A LOT of things I really really really wanted - one of them being Sam, obviously. So what do I do when I want a lot of things, I do a wishlist obvs, cos that's what all the bloggers do, right?




Christmas Wishlist #1



I just want to quickly give a shoutout to the most gorgeous bag on earth (aka Givenchy's Antigona in black), I love it so much I got a picture with it and the lady who worked there was judging me so hard... oh well! Also, these nude stilettos are all I need in life, I preferably want the ones from Burberry but these are a bit cheaper (still way out of my budget, maybe someday). 

I've been wanting the Chanel Chance perfume for over a year but after spraying on 'Ambre Vanille' from Laura Mercier I don't know which one I'd prefer. I love anything that smells like vanilla and this one has such a strong scent so I feel like it would be perfect for me. 

Also, can we talk about this YSL clutch? Isn't it the most stunning yet simple clutch you've ever seen? If you say no, I'm sorry, but we can't be friends. 

What's on your wishlist this year?
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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

MUST-HAVE SHOES




Truth is, a girl can never have too many shoes. Shoes can literally make any outfit a hundred times better but, they are also more expensive than they should be considering walking barefoot around the city is not really safe. Thus, a girl has to learn how to have a nice shoe collection whilst keeping her bank account away from red numbers. How you do that, you may ask. Simple: invest in good staple shoes that are both cute and comfy, at the end of the day you're going to be walking in them and you don't want your feet to be hurting. 

I used to be the kind of person who would go to Primark and buy cheap good-looking shoes that wouldn't even last a few months. I thought I was saving money by buying £15 shoes instead of a pair of £50 Nike trainers. Oh, how wrong I was! I'm not talking about going all out and spend hundreds of pounds in Burberry or Jimmy Choo shoes. But, in the long run, it's better to invest in shoes that you really like and you know you will wear, even if they are a bit pricier. Also, comfort is key. If a pair of shoes give you blisters you'll probably end up avoiding them and they will have been a waste of money. Anyway, let's get to the point. There are some shoes that are a staple in everyone's wardrobe, here are my must-have shoes for this winter. 

SNEAKERS || To be honest, the sneakers trend is probably my all time favourite trend. I mean, I get to wear comfy shoes whilst looking trendy and chic, what else could I ask for. Whether you're a Nike, or Adidas kind of girl, you'll sure find some that you like out there, they are everywhere!

SLIP-ONS || If you feel like trainers are a bit too casual for you then slip ons are the way to go. They are as comfy as sneakers but look less sporty and there are so many different styles out there! My favourite ones are the snake print ones from VANS

ANKLE BOOTIES || If ankle boots don't scream fall I don't know what does. They are look are more dressy than slip-ons and sneakers but still comfy and really easy to style. Plus, you can get away with wearing them to fancier events!

HEELED BLACK BOOTS || I am very fussy with heeled boots, they have to be perfect or else I'll never wear them. The ones I have are from the brand IS TO ME and I am in love with them. They are black leather cut-out ankle boots and look fancy enough to wear to parties and dinners but they can easily be styled down for an every day wear. They heel is not too high so they are not too uncomfortable and I can walk in them without risking my life. YAS

What are your winter must have shoes?
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Monday, 9 November 2015

MY FAVOURITE EYESHADOWS

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naked 2 basics urban decay
Up until a few months ago I would only ever wear eyeshadow for the occasional night out, I think I just couldn't be bothered to do anything other than eyeliner. Recently, though, I've been getting into the famous 'no-make up make up look' and I really enjoy using eyeshadow instead of black eyeliner as it looks so much more natural. I've been mainly using Urban Decay's Naked 2 Basics palette and Sleek's Oh So Special eyeshadow palette. 

As it's clearly obvious from the picture I've been using Primal quite a lot, that's because that's what I use to fill in my eyebrows everyday. I've also been using Cover on my crease a lot. I find that it's not too dark so it gives my eyes some definition without being too obvious. I like using Stark on the centre of my lid op open up my eyes a bit and look a bit more awake. To make me look even more awake I use either Skimp or the gold-looking colour from the Sleek palette in my inner corner. 

If I'm going for a fancier look, I like to use the glittery brown shade from the Sleek palette on my crease and Undone to line my lower lash line before applying mascara. I also use Skimp to highlight my brow bone. 

Overall, these two palettes offer a great variety of natural eyeshadows that are really easy to use on an every day basis so I would totally recommend them! 
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Saturday, 7 November 2015

MY DE-STRESSING TECHNIQUES


For most people, school comes with a little present: stress. Having exams, deadlines, early mornings, late nights, etc can build up and cause a lot of stress. I'm a really organised person and I usually start projects way in advance, meaning I barely ever find myself drinking too much caffeine and working on a project the night before it's due. However, as third year's started, so has the stress.  My schedule is insane, some would even say inhuman, starting at 9 or 10 in the morning and not getting home until 6 at night. Obviously, once I'm a home, it's time to do some more uni work: go over lectures, prepare for labs, write lab reports, study for exams and on top of that we're meant to find time to apply for internships or grad schemes.  SUCH.A.FUN.LIFE

I like having a bit of a stressful life as it gets me going and stops me from staying all day in bed watching movies, I am considerably more efficient when I'm under some stress. Nevertheless, I don't like being stressed all the time, I like having things somewhat in control which is not how I feel like when I'm going mad about an upcoming deadline. Thus, I've developed what I like to call 'de-stressing techniques'. They're basically little things I like to do when I feel like the stress is building up too fast. 

GO OUT || And I don't mean go clubbing, get drunk, be hangover and waste a whole day in bed with the curtains shut. I mean go out for a nice meal with your friends, or even for drinks (only a few though) if you want. It will be good to stop worrying about everything you have to do and will clear your mind a bit. 

EXERCISE || Whenever we have too many things to do it's easy to forget about working out regularly. If you feel like you can't concentrate anymore and like you need a break, try going for a quick run or even do some 'at home workout'.

HAVE A BATH/LONG SHOWER || Unlike 90% of the female population, I am usually quite quick in the shower. But when I'm having a stressful day I like to spend some extra time under the hot water and not think about anything at all.

ONLINE SHOPPING || We are all guilty of that, mainly now that online shopping is so easy. I mean, if you don't hand in your debit card, then whatever you're buying is pretty much free, right? It just feels really good to buy new stuff I don't need and, for some reason, it makes my crappy stressful day somewhat better. 

CLEANING MY ROOM || and sometimes even the whole house. Whenever I have deadlines coming up and feel stressed I clean my whole room as if my life depended on it. Having a perfectly clean and organised room makes me feel like I have my shit together. 


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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

YOUNG DESIGNER FASHION AWARDS

Last weekend I got the opportunity to attend the Young Designer Fashion Awards in London.  In case you don't know, it's an event that is celebrated in both London and New York where young designers from all around the world get the chance to showcase their newest designs and collections in order to gain exposure. This year it was hosted at the Pullman Hotel, right next to King's Cross station. 

The fashion show started at 5pm but, before that, I got the chance to talk to the designers and the models for a while. It was really interesting to learn about their inspirations and why they decided to go into the fashion business. Everybody there was really talented but there were a few that stood out to me.

The first one being Cindy Zhang, whose accessories have been previously worn by Lady Gaga. What caught my eye was the stunning leather jacket one of the models was wearing, the fringe detailing sold me.

Another one of my favourites was Jon Marc|Seven Curves, who not only put up an incredible show that gave me goosebumps but also created some killer designs for curvy women! Also, Lidia Yanitska's designs took my breath away, I have a soft spot for Ellie Saab and her designs were of the same style #dressgoals

Overall, I really enjoyed the show and had a great afternoon where I got to meet loads of new talented designers! If you want to know more about the FDC Young Designer Awards, check out their website, Twitter and Facebook.
















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