Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Last Call for the Chunky Knitwear | WHAT I WORE WEDNESDAY

Ok, realistically, maybe not exactly the last call, but at least where I live we're not gonna be able to wear these for much longer since it's going to get warmer soon (fingers crossed). So I'm trying to make the most of this pompom chunky knit sweater that I absolutely love. I got it this autumn from the Zara knitwear collection and I've been wearing it so much this season. I'm kinda sad to be putting it in storage soon (until next autumn), but I'll make up for that by bringing out all the florals and flowy fabrics. 

Do you have any items that you're looking forward to wearing this spring?

For this outfit I went with a neutral camel and grey vibe. I'm always into simple combinations like this. And I can always count on these beige Chelsea boots for when I need to spring around after my toddler.

In other news, I've been working a lot this past week on decluttering and clearing up our apartment (yes, like everyone else on social media, I've caught the Marie Kondo bug). I'm filming the process over on my youtube channel and I'm so excited to get some spring cleaning done. I already posted how I decluttered my makeup collection and how I reorganized my pantry. It's so refreshing to have less stuff and I think it's going to be easier to keep it tidy in the future. 

Have you watched the Marie Kondo Netflix show? Are you decluttering this spring? 
You can check out my spring cleaning series HERE.

Sweater: Zara | Leggings: Zara | Boots: ASOS

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019


Hey, everyone! 

Happy Wednesday! We've been having some real dreary weather lately, hence the grey outfit - to go with the spirit of February so far - haha! We did wake up to some sun today, but it is super cold still. It's okay though, I'll just sip on a hot coffee indoors until then. 

I know tomorrow is Valentine's Day, but my husband and I don't really celebrate it too much. We don't go anywhere fancy or buy each other gifts. Not that there's anything wrong with that if you do. We just don't really want added pressure around this day, so instead we get each other small things throughout the year. It is a sweet day though and I think anything that bring positivity and happiness into people's lives is worth doing. If it brings you joy, go for it! 

Back to the outfit though. It's completely not Valentine's Day appropriate, but I do like a grey combo. I love this textured blazer and I thought it would go well with a simple tank top underneath, together with some light wash high-waist jeans. And I'm obsessed at the moment with these taupe/cream Chelsea ankle boots that I got from ASOS. Perfect for that mom life I'm living at the moment - ha! :)

Blazer: H&M | Top: H&M | Jeans: New Yorker | Boots: ASOS | Necklace: ASOS

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Plaid Blanket Scarf & Stripes | WHAT I WORE

Top: H&M (similar) | Scarf: SheIn (got it a long time ago; similar here & here) | Jeans: Stradivarius | Boots: ASOS

Happy Wednesday!

Today I'm mixing up some patterns, because sometimes it's nice to see what other combos you can achieve with all the items that are already in your wardrobe. I've had this striped top for quite a while and it's one of my absolute favourites. I wear it sooo often. I find it to be quite flattering and it's got stripes - I I need to say more? Everyone loves a good stripey tee. 

I've also had this scarf for years and I don't think I'll ever part with it. It's become such a classic, hasn't it? Every other blogger seems to have it...and I'm no exception - haha! It gives such a lovely and cozy vibe to any outfit. And it's not called a blanket scarf for nothing; it really is super soft and keeps you so warm during these cold winter days. 

My go-to outfits these days are the basic jeans and a casual top, since I'm always running around after a toddler. These boots are amazing for that though. So comfy that I can easily chase my wild toddler around the grocery store - haha! :)

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

10 Things I Learned in My First Year as a Mom | WHAT I WISH I KNEW BEFORE HAVING A BABY

Hi to all moms or future-moms out there! 

When I was pregnant I used to read a lot about being a mom, how to take care of a baby; I would watch youtube videos trying to picture my life with a baby. And yet - as prepared as I thought I was - I learned the most of it AFTER becoming a mom. Because no book can prepare you for the whirlwind that is motherhood. It is the most amazing journey you will ever go through, whilst also being the most exhausting. I wouldn't trade it for the world though and I'm so grateful for it. However, not gonna lie - I did have two cups of coffee today to keep me awake, because we're full on teething in this house. Haha! :)

I thought today I would share with you a few things that I learned in my first year as a mom and just some bits that I wish I knew before having a baby. Here it goes!

P.S. I also did a video on this, so you can watch that HERE if you prefer to skip the reading and just listen to me chat about this topic.

1. Everything is a phase. 
I had moments when I would worry Victor's not eating enough, then it would pass and I would feel like I'm over-feeding him. I remember in the beginning I worried I wasn't putting him down for enough naps. Regardless of what you're struggling with at the moment with your baby, it will likely go away on its own in time. It is kinda freeing in a way.

2. What works for some children might not work for others. 
What your coworker swears worked for their baby with colic problems might not work for your own bundle of joy. Just because one baby likes to eat all finger foods independently, it doesn't mean all babies will do so from the beginning of the weaning process. It's all a learning curve as to what your baby prefers and now I try to take every advice with a grain of salt. 

3. Your life will change dramatically.
I believe what changed the most for me was the way I chose to spend my time and my priorities. I weirdly sometimes feel like I'm more productive now that I have a baby, even though it's harder to get things done. BUT having such limited free time at my disposal really made me realize the things that mattered the most to me and how I need to prioritize them in order to get them done. For example, I'm really into my Youtube channel and blog at the moment. So I make sure to put that on my to-do list every day and work on it during Victor's nap time or when he goes to bed at night. 

4. You are a great mother regardless of whether you breastfeed, bottle feed, co-sleep, have the baby sleep in their own crib etc. 
I'm not denying how amazing it is to breastfeed. I gave my baby expressed breast milk for the first 11 months of his life. If you can do it, that's awesome. If you can't for some reason, that's perfectly fine too and you shouldn't beat yourself up for it. I think as long as you love your baby, you're doing an awesome job. Moms really don't need any added pressure than the one they already have in trying to raise a small human.

5. Getting out of the house and meeting like-minded moms will save your sanity.
Now that it's winter we're spending more time indoors and I'm definitely feeling it. It's so much easier with a baby/toddler when you can go spend more time outside. They consume their energy in a different way, they're entertained by various things outside and you get to meet other moms for a chat. It is so nice and relieving to have someone to relate to when it comes to sleep deprivation, your child not eating well etc. It really makes you feel less lonely in this motherhood journey. And if you can't find moms that are on the same page as you around you, there's always the online community that can be really helpful.

6. Some people have very strong opinions on various topics when it comes to babies.
Whether it's breastfeeding, formula, co-sleeping or feeding your baby cheese puffs - people can be really pushy when it comes to all these things (and more). It's ok to have an opinion and to do what you think is best for your own baby, but I don't get why some moms (or people in general) feel like they really need to push their opinion onto you and your baby. Every mom's trying to do their best, so I guess to each their own :) 

7. Don't compare your child to others.
This is actually a tough one and I'm so guilty of doing this, especially when he was a smaller baby. I used to worry he cried so much more than other babies. Now, looking back at it, he used to cry just the normal amount for his age. For example, there was one incident at the grocery store that stood out to me. Sometimes I would go to the grocery store and Victor would get bored and start screaming, so I would hurry to get what I needed and run out of there. I would see all these moms around me with calm babies and thought I must be doing something wrong. Then there was a phase when Victor had just discovered he could sit up in the shopping cart and was fascinated by it, so our shopping trips would be lovely and easy. He would just calmly sit up there and look around the store as I got the groceries. One day we went past a mom with her daughter who was really unhappy and crying loudly. As we went by, the mom said to me "oh, I wish my child would be as calm as yours". It kinda clicked in that instant...that's exactly how I felt before and this really put things in perspective. I told that mom that we were just having a really good day and that it's not always like this. So just because you see moms with chilled babies around, it doesn't mean they're always like that.

8. You don't have to feel guilty about taking me-time.
Self-care is important and moms need that time to themselves too. What I do is I prioritize what's important to me. I will do pamper evenings every now and then or take the time to have a long bath after my baby's bedtime. One other thing I like to do is my makeup. It makes me feel refreshed and like I've got my sh*t together, so I try to do that most days. I either do it before the baby wakes up or when he's having a morning snack in the high-chair and I sit right there with him doing my makeup. It's the small things that count.

9. If you hear a baby crying in a public place, don't roll your eyes or give an awkward stare.  
That mom is probably already feeling stressed about it, so no need for added guilt. Unfortunately, I have had this happen to me, but I feel much more relaxed about it now. We could all do with a bit more kindness in the world, right?! :) 

10. You're gonna learn most things as you go along. 
Before I had my baby, I would read a lot of books and sites on any baby related topics trying to get prepared. I feel like it's good to be prepared...theoretically. BUT you will actually learn most things as you go through them. Plus, no baby has a textbook solution to their problems, so you really only find out what your baby prefers as you go through every stage.

Alright, that's about it. If you're a mom, let me know in the comments what you learned from your experience with motherhood.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Pink Coat & Little Black Dress | WHAT I WORE

Happy Wednesday!

We've had a couple of days of sunshine lately and it's been glorious. I'm so over winter at this point and can't wait for lovely spring days. How about you? I'm definitely looking forward to spring with this outfit, as it's not the best for cold weather. 

I do like the combo of a simple bodycon dress with a coat on top though. I've been really into this black textured scarf that I got from Asos. It's a nice change to all the colorful/patterned ones that I own and I think it goes nicely here.

This past week we've been watching "You" on Netflix and thoroughly enjoying it. If you have not seen it, it's about this bookstore manager that becomes obsessed with a girl and starts stalking her. It's quite creepy, but sooo good. I'd definitely recommend it. We watched the season finale last night and - oh, boy, it was a good one! Netflix has really upped their game lately, I think. What have you been watching on Netflix lately? We're looking for something new to watch, so leave me any recs below.

Coat: Reserved | Dress: Zara | Scarf: ASOS (Pieces) | Boots: Deichmann

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Monochrome Vibes & January Blues | WHAT I WORE

Top: H&M | Jeans: Stradivarius | Boots: ASOS | Necklace: H&M | Scarf: ASOS | Blazer: Reserved

Hello, everyone! I know specialists always say this time of year is the most depressing for most people, probably because of the pressure to make these unattainable new year resolutions and this being the time in January when most people realize they're not going to be able to achieve them. Couple this with the dreary winter weather and lack of sunshine - I totally get why they say it's so depressing. So I'll try to keep this post on a positive note to hopefully cheer you up if you're having one of those days. 

As a mom, having to spend so much time indoors with a wild toddler that wants to run free, I can honestly say I'm looking forward to warm weather as well. Can't wait to not have to put ten thousand layers on him (which he hates), but to just grab our bag and head out into the sun. We've been playing in the snow quite a bit lately, but we obviously can't stay out for hours upon hours since it's sooo cold. Winter does have it's beauty, but after the holidays I'm usually so over it and I'm already looking forward to spring. 

On a happier tone, my one year old boy, Victor, has been doing so many cute things lately and that brightens up my day everyday. He's constantly waving "bye" to me but waits for me to follow him, he claps at the most random things he does, he comes to give me a snuggle just because, he presents me a toy and waits for me to do something entertaining with it, he shouts "mama" from his crib when he wants me to get him and he does things on purpose to make me laugh. Even though this stage does have it's tough moments too, it is a wonderful time and I'm trying to cherish it as much as I can.

How are you guys doing? Hope your week's been good so far!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

New Year, Same Old Me | WHAT I WORE

Welcome back to my blog! 

It has been a minute since I've been on here...or more like a year. Haha! :) I thought I would bring the blog back to life starting with a new outfit. I bought this Zara jumper last year and it's still one of the softest that I own in my wardrobe. It's got quite a unique print and I decided to pair it here with some light wash denim and a pair of burgundy ankle boots. 

Last year was a crazy one for us... with lots of ups and downs, as it usually is for anyone. We've been learning how to raise a small human and deal with everything that comes with toddlerhood. Sometimes it ain't easy, but then other times it is downright amazing. I bet any other parents out there can relate. 

This year I have not made any resolutions like "get fit" or "start reading more" (although I should ideally start doing both of those things more). I decided to just focus on the goals that I have already made and started following in the past year, like work on my youtube channel more seriously and stick to a schedule for it - which I have done up until now and plan to stick to. 

I want to try to maintain the balance that I've kinda managed to keep up so far with a toddler (although it took me probably like a year to properly figure it out). I do feel like I've got it down for the most part - managing to film & edit almost daily, take blog photos, spending lots of quality time with my little one, cleaning & tidying up after the aforementioned toddler storm went by, and also having some relax time to wind down. Having a routine with Victor helps a lot and I do think it helps him feel more secure and confident as well, knowing exactly what is about to happen throughout the day for the most part. So those are my #MOMGOALS :) 

What about you? What are the goals you're working towards this year?

Sweater: Zara | Jeans: New Yorker | Boots: Stradivarius | Sunglasses: ASOS (Monki)

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