gifting season is upon us and I'm sure most of you have already started buying for loved ones or have some ideas in mind. I usually start Christmas shopping in late November/early December because I really do like it and it makes me feel so cosy and festive. gift guides are actually some of my favourite posts to read just to get some inspiration and see what other people found that I might like or that I feel would be lovely for someone I know. please note that gift guides are more inspirations than an actual guide and I taylor guides to my budget and needs. I personally don't go for huge presents and like keeping it personal and functional as well as including something that is just nice to receive and also give. 
to me, buying for gents is just harder especially when you have a boyfriend who just buys himself nice things on a regular which makes it so hard to buy for. in todays post I wanted to show you some items my boyfriend would love to receive and that I would love to give to any man in my life.

one thing my boyfriend is really into is gaming so a new game for his PlayStation is always a good thing to go for. he recently got the new star wars battlefront II which he is not too keen on and he said destiny 2 is a game he would recommend. I have no idea about games and tech so I go with his recommendations here. one present that obviously is huge and is not something regular and would make a main and probably only present would be a bigger piece of tech such as a phone or a good portable speaker. my boyfriend currently uses the Huawei nova.
it obviously is best to gift something that caters towards a man's interests. my boyfriend is really into star wars and music so a coffee table style book such as the yearbook of rap or a star wars book would make such a cool gift. you would think that most men might not be too excited by a good mug to have coffee or tea out of but I gifted the Anthropologie letter mug to so many and everyone loves it. its such lovely quality and makes such a nice gift. fashion wise a nice watch such as this one from hugo boss makes a lovely gift and its something that can be used and appreciated for years. as its winter nice hats are also something I like giving. carhartt makes the best hats in my opinion and my boyfriend has quite a collection now. 
there also is the option to gift men beauty items and a good perfume makes such a nice gift. you might want to go for something new or repurchase a favourite scent. Dolce & Gabbana the one is the best male perfume in my opinion and since it's my boyfriends signature scent I got him a special edition a few Christmases back and he loves it. my boyfriend is also an avid beard wearer and grower and he loves beard care products such as a good oil because apparently, they need to be taken care of.

here we have a little gift guide for gents and I know it can be hard to buy for them but I hope I managed to give you some inspiration. what do you think?

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happy Sunday everyone and I hope it's a cosy one for you. we are yet another week closer to December which gets me so excited and it has yet another week that flew just by and I feel like it was Monday just yesterday. it surely was one of the busiest weeks I had in a while but I feel so accomplished after a full week and it just gives me the right to truly relax on the weekend and just enjoy myself without a mile long to do list to get through. the next couple of weeks will probably be no different as the run up to Christmas always feel so packed. I still have to get presents and no decorations are up just yet. as much as my boyfriend lets me do whatever I want when it comes to the flat he asked me to not get all the decor out as soon as Halloween is over.

 what I did
my week started off with starting my new job and it was lovely but also hard work and I was shattered after but also very happy to be working at the place I'm working now. From work, i went straight to classes and uni work and I was surprised by how much I got done and by how productive I was. my family and I also did some shopping and enjoyed ourselves at a midnight shop at the local designer outlet. my weekend started with drinks out and a good catch up with friends and a weekend full of relaxation and blogging work. I also finally have my 50 mm lens back. I smashed it a while back and was so sad as it's my perfect lens and I found a brand new one sold secondhand for only 50€ and it's now mine. we also had painters round to fix our living room walls and now we can finally do some more renovations to the flat.

what I didn't do
because I just had such a packed week full, I only got one workout in and it's better than no workout but I still feel I could have done more. next week is another week though.

what I ate
this might sound so lame but I love my soups and when I went out with my friend on Friday I had the most delicious pumpkin soup and I'm still thinking about it.

what I want to do next week
next week is gonna be just as busy because I have class and work and want to prepare all my posts and possibly my Sunday video in the beginning of the week so I don't have to worry about it anymore. my friend and I will also have brunch but not at any ol' brunch place, we will have it at mine so I can do my pancakes and we can catch up. I might pop into IKEA to get some items for the hallway and I would love to paint the hallway at some point too.

one word to describe the past week
buuuuusy

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if you have been watching my vlogtober or reading this blog for a bit you will know that I completely changed my eating habits and workout routine to lose weight I put on over a while. it has not only made me feel loads more confident and happy with myself, it has been one of the best decisions I have made all year and is one of the things that has made this year so special for me. now that December is close and shops start carrying all the Christmas chocolate and snacks and I have been getting a few invitations to Christmas parties which always mean loads of good food and also a bit of booze, I had to think about how to keep up my healthy lifestyle whilst enjoying Christmas too.

1. Keep the Routine up
despite there being the chance of more treat food, there's no real reason to not keep your eating habits and workout routine up. I workout 3 times a week and eat a low carb diet 6 out 7 days because I like having my treat day and actually and especially workout wise it doesn't really matter what month it is so just go ahead. to me, it's actually easier to keep my routine up and going as it makes me feel best and it turned into my comfort zone.

2. Don't beat yourself up
as much as I love my healthy lifestyle, there's no pressure on me and I don't owe anyone an explanation as to what I'm eating. I feel like as soon as you feel good about your routine but also love all the chocolate (me) the pressure hits you and you want to be your best and I easily feel so bad when I decide to have a piece of chocolate that has been offered to me and that probably happens loads more around Christmas. it can be your coworker bringing in baked goods or your best friend wanting to share some lindor with you. so don't bet yourself up and enjoy it and be easy with yourself.


3. Treating yourself to new workout clothes
is there anything more motivating than a new set of workout clothes? a while back zaful contacted me and asked if I wanted to pick something from their website and I went straight for the workout wear. I never ordered from zaful and only heard from it because of those very popular "I spend x amount of money on that website" videos. after a little delivery delay which they were so good and accommodating about, a new pair of workout leggings and a new top arrived and I'm so surprised by how good they are. they are so affordable and so lovely to wear. they also wash very well and getting that workout in is so much easier when you have a cute outfit to wear.

4. Celebrate your treat days
I'm a big fan of treat days because let's face it, sometimes you want to eat that chocolate santa or indulge in some good ol' Christmas food and you should. I do celebrate my treat days as it is but when its Christmas you can do that even more. there will be Christmas parties, Christmas dinners and all that good stuff and you can and should celebrate them and after a few days of eating healthy and well, you can really look forward to your treat food.




i'm so excited for everything festive that is about to happen and certainly to treat myself but also having a healthy christmas that won't make me feel awful after. are you with me? do you have any tips too? lets share them.

Outfit: Jumper: H&M // Leggings: Zaful*

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now that I'm done with my autumn content it seems only right to get into the festive blog posts and content. so if you are not ready, I'm sorry but this has to happen and I did have so much fun sorting out my decor this morning to be able to do the first festive blog post of this year. how exciting. to me, there's no better way than starting Christmas on the blog than doing a post on lush Christmas. I love their festive stock despite being very sad that stardust is not back this year. it was my favourite and I hope it comes back at some point.

so there are two classics I picked up to have the most festive bath with and the first one is the magic wand. it's a must. it has the typical very sweet cotton candy snow fairy scent and despite it not being my favourite it just reminds me of Christmas and I actually love gifting it. it's just so pretty and makes for quite a few baths as you hold the wand under the running water. another festive classic is golden wonder and I remember it being the first Christmas lush products I bought back in 2013. it turns the water into the most dreamy light blue which makes me feel like being in the Maldives. it has a very lovely and deep orange scent and something about it is so luxurious. one of the new ones I had to have is the snowman bubble bar. it looks so cute and with soy milk and shea butter in it, it smells heavenly. very milky and soft. those scents are probably my favourite from lush. one product I really wanted was the plum snow bubble bar. it's new and it's huuuuuge. it seems to be quite popular because there was only one left to buy. it smells like plum rain. very deep but also fruity and spicy. I can't wait to use it.

so here we are. the first lush haul of the season. there might be a second one if you don't mind. have you tried any of the Christmas stock?

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usually, I'm not happy about time passing too quickly but right now I just can't wait for December to roll around. Christmas has to be my favourite and always was. I can't wait to do all my festive content and in fact, it will start very soon. too early for some but just perfect for me, especially since I feel like everyone is so early this year and I have major fomo at the moment. I can't start decorating just yet as I feel like my boyfriend is not with me on the super early decorating and sometimes I just have to hold back my excitement. what about you? are you super excited about Christmas or are you not in the mood just yet?

what I did
well, for some reason the past week has been a very weird one. despite having a very productive start to the week and I got my blog into gear and did some studying I started feeling very poorly on Wednesday and I honestly don't feel too good still. I feel like I caught some sort of virus as I feel so weak but I don't really have a runny nose or a sore throat. on Thursday I wanted to go to the Sephora opening but it was so busy and I couldn't deal with it and when I came home I felt even worse and slept on the sofa after sitting on my bathroom floor because I felt so nauseous and sick. So I took it easy the rest of the week in hope to feel better asap. 

what I didn't do
because I felt so poorly I didn't get my 3rd workout in but since I did two in the beginning of the week so that's fine. I also feel like I could have got some much done when it comes to studying and blog stuff but that has to wait for next week.

what I ate
this weird virus or sickness I came down with really affected my tummy as it gets upset so easily. so loads of tea and chicken soup was on the menu but as my tummy is getting better again I'm looking forward to having a pizza today, it will be a low carb one but still.

what I want to do next week
I need to schedule all my posts on Monday because I start my new job on Tuesday and I want to make sure the blog and channel are rolling. one of my best friends and I are also planning to do a little girly shopping day and I hope I can start the hallway renovations too.

one word to describe the past week
poorly


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if you know me, you will know that I love my Essie nail polishes and my nails. whenever I feel a bit sad or I had a really bad day, I go and treat myself to one so over the years I have built up a really big collection and it's basically overflowing but I can't stop. especially since I have been getting my nails done for over 2 years now. I always get clear acrylics that I can paint myself and it's just so good. if you have acrylics you will know that nail polish doesn't chip on them, it drys so quickly and just looks so neat. so whenever we are getting closer to the most wonderful time of the year, I get even more excited about my manicures because its the time to get the glitters out and I feel like a nice manicure is a must for the upcoming season.

reds & glitters

obviously, you have to go for the dark reds during the festive season but before I talk about them there are a few other options too. a classic nude nail always works for me and can look so classy and works with every outfit you might want to wear. my favourite Essie nude has to be demure vix. it's the most perfect mauve and doesn't look weird on me as I'm very fair. if you want to go slightly darker but not for a red, angora cardi is the perfect in-between shade. I would describe it as very dark terracotta mauve and it looks just lovely, not only for the holidays. if you want to go for more of a statement that isn't a red one of my all-time favourites basically is a metallic and almost foil looking silver. sadly, the label peeled off and I have no idea what its called but its amazing. another fave is one of everyone's favourite Essie polishes for the colder months but there just is no Christmas or winter without starry starry night. now onto the reds, probably the stars of the show. a cold classic has to be sole mate. its the best dark slightly berry red and I just have to put it on as soon as the temperatures drop just a little bit. another fave has to be bold beauty which I have been featuring quite a bit over here but its just perfect. just the right deep red for every festive occasion. to make everything more exciting I like to go for accent nails with glitters or golds. my favourite glitters have to be a cut above. it basically rose gold bits of glitter and as a little touch of something on one nail or just on the tips, it makes for a perfect festive manicure. same with tassel shaker which is little strings of gold and rose gold and it's equally as pretty. more opaque shimmers are getting groovy which I just love as it goes one so well and just is the perfect gold. a more bronzey option is leggy legend. it's just beautiful.

so here we are. my favourite nail polishes for a seasonal shake-up. are you looking forward to festive manicures? which colours are your favourites?

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