Periods are a tricky business. On top of their monthly visits making you feel uncomfortable, moody, hungry, tired or simply in pain, they are also really damn expensive and wasteful. Whether you use tampons or pads (or a combination of both), the amount of waste that is produced every month, resulting not only from the product itself but also its packaging, isn't only potentially icky to dispose off but extremely bad for the environment. Apparently, the average woman uses up to 11 000 tampons during her lifetime, which all take centuries to degrade! With a box of tampons or pads costing between £2 and £5, the use of disposable feminine hygiene products amounts to a lot of money spent on periods during a lifetime, money that would definitely be more enjoyable to spend on a cup of coffee or a magazine.
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
sunset over Rovinj, September 2015
With just about three weeks left until my final Uni deadlines, I've been trying to focus all my energy on working on my dissertation and essay, hence the quietness over here. Ironically, I have a handful of posts that I want to write up and publish and a few outfits I'd like to shoot, but I simply don't want to work on that now, as I feel like the outcome won't be as good as it could be when I get back to proper blogging after I've submitted all my assignments. Since I don't want the blog to be completely dead, though, I've accumulated three blog posts that I enjoyed reading recently and I thought that I'd share them with you so that you can discover other blogs and topics whilst I'm working away on my Uni work! If you want more regular updates from me, you can find me on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (noraameliie)!
Consumerism & Why I Avoid Primark - Fellow Luxembourg/UK based fashion blogger Kristiana reflects on her consumption behaviours and how she has recently changed them, becoming a more mindful shopper. I could really relate to her writing, as I've also been trying to change my spending habits and save up money for things that are more important to me than clothes at this time in my life.
How to costumize your snapcode - Kaori shares awesome tips (which I haven't applied to my own blog yet, oops..) on how to create your own snapcode which you can then add to your blog's sidebar so that readers only have to scan over it to add you to their Snapchat!
Food photography tips from Anne Faber - Lately, Luxembourg has started to become more and more interesting for bloggers with an increasing amount of cool blogger workshops popping up everywhere. Unfortunately, my being away at Uni most of the time keeps me from participating in most of these workshops, but I can always count on a fellow Blogger_LU member to post about their experiences at one of these events. Not too long ago, Carmen went to a food photography workshop and decided to share her newly gained knowledge with her readers.
Tags: Blog Post Roundup
Monday, 4 April 2016
I used to think of myself as more of a seaside/beach kinda gal, but I have to admit that I've been drawn to the mountains more and more lately. Since my family had rented a car for three days, we went on another road trip, and it's safe to say that it included some of the most beautiful views I have ever seen. Our final destination was the Torrente de Pareis, a torrent leading through a canyon on the north-west coast of Mallorca. To get there, we had to drive all the way up the mountains, treating us with drop dead gorgeous views, only to then drive all the way down again the other side of the the mountain (I can't find out the name of the mountain/s for the life of me). We had fantastic weather on that day, so I even ended up sunbathing in my bikini for an hour in the Torrente. Very successful day, I'd say! I'm going to let the pictures do the rest of the talking now...
Sunday, 27 March 2016
shorts: h&m top: zara sunglasses: asos shoes: park lane via asos leather jacket: topshop
Packing for Easter can be tricky when the holiday falls into the month of march and the weather fluctuates constantly. Hoping for some sunshine and warmer temperatures here on Mallorca, I also packed a few pairs of shorts and a short skirt or two, and whilst I mainly wore jeans the first few days here, I finally got to wear my more summery pieces for the first time this year when the temperatures started going up a few days ago. I've already worn these safari-style shorts (as I like to call them) in a previous outfit post, but I find them so versatile and easy to wear that I thought I'd show you another way of wearing them, combining them with some very basic pieces like a striped top, black sandals and a leather jacket. Even though I really enjoy more eye catching outfits too, I often like to keep it simple and comfortable, so this outfit was perfect to wear on another road trip I went on two days ago with my family. I found this beautiful platform still on site of the hotel from where you have a great view over the natural reservoir next to where we're staying and I thought it was the perfect backdrop for my outfit, don't you think?!
Thursday, 24 March 2016
I love taking pictures for my blog, Instagram account or even Facebook. However, in a time where Instagram feeds and blog posts seem almost staged or too planned out, I find myself taking pictures with the motivation of getting the "perfect shot" for Instagram or the blog way too often, instead of just capturing a moment in time. Don't get me wrong - I love taking beautiful pictures, editing them and uploading them to my different social media platforms with a witty caption, but I also really like taking pictures just for the sake of taking pictures. I've noticed that I take hundreds of pictures when I'm on holidays but only a small selection of allll those pictures actually ends up on my blog.
Especially since I got myself a new phone back in February, with four times the storage space and an even better camera with cool features, I've been snapping everything and everyone on it. Admittedly, this has made me lazier when it comes to carrying my camera(s) with me, but it has also led me to take more spontaneous, in-the-moment pictures. My phone is now over flowing with pictures and I decided that I'd like to share them. Whether that'd be for you guys, following and/or reading my blog or even just for myself to look back at in the future. Starting with this post, I'll be using my blog as a platform to share my (at times random) photography, so if that's something you like, watch this space. I'll start off with pictures I took yesterday when I went on a small road trip with my family, as we rented a car and drove around the east coast of Mallorca and I got particularly snap happy.
Sunday, 20 March 2016
Hello, it's me. After a a more or less unintentional break in all things blogging, I'm back. I spent most of the past two weeks in the library, trying to push through my last term and all the work that comes with it. Between trying to understand strange theories and coming up with ideas for my dissertation, I often felt uninspired and quite frankly, lazy, when it came to blogging. If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (noraameliie), you know that I am alive and well, but blogging simply hasn't been a priority lately. Right now, I'm on a 10 day holiday in Mallorca with my family, which doesn't mean I won't have to do any work, but I'll at least have the chance to unwind a little bit before going into full on work mode for the last couple of weeks of University. I've packed alllllll my spring clothes for Mallorca, so fingers crossed that the weather will play along and I can take some nice outfit pictures. Do you have any requests of posts that you'd like to see from me? I'm feeling very low on inspiration at the moment but I don't want the blog to become too one sided, so do let me know!
Wednesday, 2 March 2016
The first thing I did when I wanted to learn more about veganism, was watch YouTube videos as if my life depended on it. I went through hours and hours worth of videos of people talking about why they eat a plantbased diet, how they transitioned to it, I watched one documentary after the other and most importantly, I watched tons of What I Eat In A Day videos. Seeing what someone eats on a regular day on a vegan diet not only inspired me to try out the diet (and ultimately the lifestyle) myself, but also provided me with lots of ideas of what I can eat when I felt like all I could come up with was veggie pasta or Chinese stir-fries. It's been over two years since I started my YouTube journey and today, I'd say that at least 90% of the YouTube channels I follow are veganism related and a lot of them feature multiple What I Eat In A Day videos. For the longest time, I've felt inspired to make a video like that myself, so after filming some footage yesterday, I finally decided to give it a go and after almost an hour of cutting, inserting and playing around, I finished editing my very first What I Eat In A Day video! It's quite short, my editing skills are still in the baby phase and I filmed the whole of it with my phone (I don't have my tripod here to use my camera to do it) but this is it! I'd love to get some feedback on what you think about it, and of course do tell me if you'd like to see more of these kinds of videos from me?! Likes, comments and subscribes would obviously make me one very happy gal too!