Life Lessons & Fashion Picks

Hellooo everyone!

It’s exactly one week know that I live in Hamburg, and I have to say that I have already learned a lot. Not only concerning my social media internship, but also things about other people and life in general.

I want to share those things with you because I believe they are really important. Furthermore, I want to show you my favourite pieces from the NA-KD sale they have at the moment, just keep on reading!

Life Lessons

Here is what I have realised so far:

  • Human connection. You connect with people when there are no emotional barriers between the two of you. Both of you don’t feel embarrassed and can talk about anything and just be themselves 100%.
  • Being vulnerable and open allows you to connect to people.
  • You can do anything if you work hard for it. One example: my friend Mel worked hard for 1 whole year at a radio station. She did speech training and worked hard for it. And last week she was ON AIR for THE FIRST TIME! Work hard and you will achieve anything. Always be the most hardworking person in the room.
  • Your gut will tell you if you are on your right path. What belongs in your life will come naturally and will feel effortless. That’s how I feel about living here in Hamburg. I was here last summer for two days and I felt so bound to this place instantly. It’s so crazy, I can’t even really explain why it feels that way to be here. When I was in Hamburg last summer, we walked past the agency I work in now and I don’t know why, but I stopped for a moment and said „It would be really cool if I worked there.“ So when I was in Canada I applied just for fun and now I am here! Life is really strange sometimes but also so fascinating. I truly believe we can never go wrong with what we are doing if we trust in our gut feeling.
  • Everybody, and I mean everybody, wants to feel important. It is one of the most basic instincts and needs of human beings. Use this information wisely.

I hope all of these lessons help you as much as they helped me!

Fashion Picks 

Now on to my five favourite things of the NA-KD sale…

Disclaimer: This product placement is unpaid.

Playsuit

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Price: 13,48 €

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Black Jumper

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Price: 15,28 €

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Green Jumper

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Price: 22,47€

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Pink top

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Price: 8,38 €

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Blue Blouse

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Price: 14,47 €

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Which one of those looks is your favourite? And what is your biggest and most valuable life lesson so far?

Much love,

Chris

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July Life Update & NYX Review

Hey lovely people!

So I wanted to start this weeks posting off with a short update about my life, and also about what’s to come for this blog in the next few weeks. Lastly, I will also tell you about my favourite beauty product this month, the NYX lip creams. But more on that later…

So, what’s new?

In the last life update, I told you that I will move to Hamburg to work in an advertising agency. That day has finally come!! I am beyond excited to start this new chapter in my life and cannot wait to tell you the details later this month. I am finally able to start my own life independently from my parents, which feels amazing.

New friends, new adventures, new goals.

I am so ready to meet new, inspiring people and experience new things in life. To quote Helen Keller „Life is either a great adventure or nothing at all.“ That’s exactly how I aspire to live this life.

The past years have been about self care for me. In 2018, I finally feel like I have found myself and the person that I want to be. I can say now that I am truly myself and do what I want and not what other people want me to. I know that right in this moment I am on the right path, and that feels great! I really needed this kind of happiness and fulfillment.

The future of this blog

This blog is a space to inspire, motivate and spread positivity into this world. ❤ I want to spread kindness and good vibes.

I also want to say THANK YOU to each and everyone of my readers! I am eternally grateful for every new person on this blog, as I see that this blog grows more and more each week. You are amazing and so so inspiring!

My plans for the next weeks is to focus on health (also because of some of my own health issues the past weeks). Some postings will also be featured in German or German AND English, as want to target my local audience as well.

Now, up to my favourite product this month…

This is a beauty review about the make-up brand NYX and their lip product "soft matte lip cream" in the shades Budapest and London. The author is a beauty and lifestyle blogger from Austria. Dieser Beitrag ist eine Rezension der Kosmetik Marke NYX und deren Lippenprodukt "Soft Matte Lip Cream" in den Farbtönen Budapest und London. Die Autorin ist eine Beauty und Lifestyle Bloggerin aus Österreich.

Get more information on the lip creams & NYX here!

Want to read my thoughts on the NYX brow mascara? Click here.

You can find my other beauty related postings here.

Disclaimer: This post contains unpaid product placement.

Okay, that’s it for this week. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! If you have any suggestions to what you want to read here on this blog, feel free to leave a comment or message me on IG (@christineziv).

As for me, I am now on a plane on my way to Hamburg.

Much love

Chris

 

 

Travel: Rome in a Day

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Ihr plant einen eintägigen Trip nach Rom? Dann seid ihr bei diesem Beitrag an der richtigen Stelle. Ich habe fünf Highlights für euch zusammengefasst, die ihr auf keinen Fall verpassen solltet! Ich war Anfang dieser Woche mit einer Freundin dort (mein drittes Mal schon) und bin nach wie vor fasziniert von dieser Stadt und dem italienischen Zauber, der in der Luft liegt.

Falls ihr ein paar Tage mehr in Rom seid, findet ihr am Ende ein paar extra Plätze, die ihr besuchen solltet. Die ganze Reise ist low budget – meine Freundin Anna und ich waren 3 Tage dort und haben beide unter 100€ ausgegeben (ohne Flug und Hotel). Es wäre sogar noch weniger, wäre ich nicht wieder mal shoppen gewesen haha

Frühstück auf den spanischen Treppen

Es gibt wahrscheinlich keine bessere Art und Weise als den Tag mit einem leckeren Frühstück auf den spanischen Treppen zu starten. Holt euch ein Croissant und einen italienischen Cappuccino und setzt euch oben auf die Stufen. Der Ausblick ist einfach hammer.

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Orangengarten

Von den spanischen Treppen aus könnt ihr die Via del Corso ansteuern, eine lange Einkaufsstraße in Rom. Irgendwann führt euch die Straße am Kapitol vorbei, wo in der Nähe der Orangengarten auf einem kleinen Hügel liegt. Zu Mittag ist es dort durch die vielen Bäume super schattig, also perfekt für eine Spazierpause. Der Ausblick dort ist ebenfalls Wahnsinn, lasst euch überraschen!

Gelato

Holt euch danach zur Belohnung ein Gelato von einem Eisgeschäft. Es ist wahr, was alle sagen: Das Eis schmeckt in Italien so viel besser! Vor einigen Jahren habe ich die Eiscreme bei Blue Ice in einer Seitengasse beim Piazza Navona probiert, super lecker! Auch das Eis beim Pantheon soll gut sein.

Abendessen in Trastevere

Im Viertel Trastevere kann man gut Abendessen und danach auch verschiedene Bars besuchen. Hier sind viele junge Leute zu finden! Die Seitengassen sind auch toll zum Durchspazieren.

Fontana Di Trevi bei Nacht

Mitten in der Nacht, wenn die meisten anderen TouristInnen schlafen, besucht noch den Trevibrunnen und wünscht euch dort etwas, indem ihr eine Münze ins Wasser werft. Spät in der Nacht sind weniger Menschen dort, und der Brunnen wirkt richtig magisch.

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Extra Vorschläge
  • Kapitol mit dem Tempel daneben
  • Piazza Navona
  • Forum Romanum & Collosseum (ermäßigter Eintritt kostet 7,50€)
  • Vatikan (kostenlos, aber lange Schlange wegen Security: am besten ganz früh dort sein und anstellen)

Die Tageskarten für die Ubahn bzw. Busse/Straßenbahnen zahlen sich nicht unbedingt aus, weil man das meiste zu Fuß erreichen ist. Einzelkarten für die Ubahn gibt es bei Automaten (Bargeld ist von Vorteil), und die Karten für den Bus bzw. Tram in Trafiken.

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What makes you feel most alive?

If somebody were to ask you, what it is that makes you feel most alive, the most yourself.. Would you know what to answer?

Us people tend to act like robots. We sleep, eat, go to school or work, eat and sleep again. Sometimes inbetween those things we find time to meet people, even though some of those people don’t make us happy. Like machines we live like that nearly every day.. but hold on, we don’t even live, we simply exist.

We don’t get of our comfort zones and we give in to the routine of daily life. 

And for some of us that is okay, some people love routine, they need structure. However, I also meet so many people who hate this 9-to-5-life, and want to really seize their time while they are alive but simply don’t do it because it is too difficult, too expensive… Simply not easy enough.

But it is easy! People just tend to overthink and make things difficult, they subconsciously seek complications.

In order to show you how simple it can be to feel alive, I asked random people on Tumblr when they felt most alive. Here is what they answered:

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As you can see, it can be so so simple! All of those things can be switched up and incorporated into daily life! Let’s all break our routines and do more of the things that really make us happy!

Also, everyone said so many different things which displays how different all of us are. It is amazing, like the world is a puzzle with all of us people as different puzzle pieces. Nobody is the same and that is so fascinating – so let’s embrace that as well!

Let’s live.

Christine

Sunday Coffee Talk #4 – Soulmates

Don't think about how you are going to meet your soulmate. Live your life. Go for your goals and dreams. Travel. Do what makes YOU happy. Be whole. Feel whole. Be complete by yourself.TrThe concept of soulmates is very popular amongst people. It makes sense: the belief that somebody – the one – is out there, and soon your paths might finally cross and that person will make you realise why it has never worked with anyone else before.

It’s a nice thought, knowing there will be someone who is perfect for you, who shares the same interests. It’s nice, because thinking about love like that gives you a secure feeling. The feeling that everything will be okay in the end no matter what.

Today, I want to discuss the concept of soulmates a little bit more. I’ve recently come upon this video, which made me think about love and soulmates and why do we fall in love with certain people.

What is a soulmate?

The term soulmate has many different definitions.

„someone, usually your romantic or sexual partner, who you have a special relationship with, and who you know and love very much“ – Cambridge Dictionary

„It’s like a best friend, but more. It’s the one person in the world that knows you better than anyone else.“ – Urban Dictionary

There are even some concepts that describe soulmates, like the Japanese tale of the red thread of fate. The legend says that two people who are destined to meet someday are connected by an invisible red thread.

„no matter how far apart they live or how much their life circumstances differ“ – Bright Side

But is that true? Is everyone destined to meet another person at some point in their life?

Do soulmates exist?

What do you think? Do soulmates exist? Is there only one soulmate for each person? Is it a love interest, or a friend?

In my opinion, soulmates do exist. However, I don’t believe that there is only one soulmate for each person. And I certainly don’t believe that a soulmate has to be a love interest or sexual partner.

I think there are quite a few people who you can feel that special connection with. Do you know what I mean? You see them for the first time and you instantly know, yes, this person belongs in my life. Somehow like a special bond even though you might not really know them yet. And when you get to know them, the two of you instantly click.

A person, that always inspires you to be your best self, and you gets you on a deeper level. A person, who you have a special kind of intimacy with. People on your exact same level of energy.

I believe each person who comes into your life is there for a purpose. They either inspire you or teach you a lesson. Sometimes they stick with you for a longer period of time. I think that your soulmate (or your soulmates) will bump into your life, when you will need them the most.

I know that I have found one soulmate in a best friend of mine. Her and I get along so well and know each other inside out, it’s actually crazy. We share the same energy and she inspires me every time I see her. And she did come into my life when she was supposed to, looking back I am 100 percent sure.

Stop looking

Looking for your soulmate has no use, maybe they are not supposed to be in your life yet. It’s comparable with every situation like this: If you go looking for your keys, you will never find them while actively searching for them. Or when you can’t remember a word, but you know that you know it – you will never remember it while actively thinking about it. Only if you are distracted and thinking about a different topic, you will suddenly remember it.

The key to meeting a soulmate is the same as the key to finding love: stop looking for one.

Don’t think about how you are going to meet your soulmate. Live your life. Go for your goals and dreams. Travel. Do what makes YOU happy. Be whole. Feel whole. Be complete by yourself. Trust the Universe that good will happen and that you will attract GOOD into your life. Let everything happen naturally. Let it flow. 

Just be and everything will fall into place. Even if you don’t believe in it yet. Life and the universe always have their ways. And everything will be okay in the end. 

Much love, as always

Christine

 

Sunday Coffee Talk #3 – Bucket List

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For this weeks Coffee Talk I’ve decided to do a bucket list for summer 2018. There are so many things I always plan for the summer, but most times I forget about them. But not this year!! 😉 My lovely friend Anna inspired me to do this with her bucket list.

So… what do I want to do this summer?
  • Watch the stars
  • Do a road trip
  • Go hiking
  • Get a tan
  • Spend time at the sea
  • Go night swimming
  • Have a sleepover
  • Do a game night with friends
  • Watch the sun rise
  • Watch a sunset
  • Have a barbecue

What are your plans this summer?

Love, Chris

Ps: The dress is from Zara

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Interior Ideas

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Just recently, I finished decorating my room. I decluttered and put everything in place. I also bought little plants at IKEA and decorated little bits and pieces in my room. Now I am finally happy with my interior, which is why I’ve decided to take some photos and post them here on my blog. Maybe it’s an inspiration to some of you  xx

Enjoy!

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Sunday Coffee Talk #2 – Someone New

Do you know the feeling of falling in love with someone new?

The tingling feeling in your stomach, the heaviness on your chest everytime you see them. You take every chance to cross their path.

You suddenly like the things they like, listen to the music they listen to, watch the movies they like to watch… And google their names countless times.

But it’s not only that you fall in love with them, it gives you a new love for yourself. You get dressed up, take care of yourself. You give your best to impress them. You want them to see the best version of you so you become your best version. 

The happiness and lightness you feel every time you see them. Nothing can compare to that. However, no other feeling gives you that much vulnerability either. You open yourself up for that person.

It’s somehow magical really.

Embrace it. Enjoy it as long as it lasts.

How to… Style for a Concert

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Concerts are always lots of fun. What’s even more fun, is to get dressed for them! Last Tuesday, I went to the Cigarettes After Sex concert  (it was amazing, check out their music, my favourites are Apocalypse and K). So, I went on Pinterest and got inspired!

Here are my favourite pieces and styles for great concert looks:

Overknees & (Band) T-Shirts

In my opinion, overknees combined with a longer grey t-shirt and a leather jacket look so cool. It’s simple but you can always spice it up with a red lip, lots of jewellery or your hair style (see below). Also, band tee’s are always a great option to go for.

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Instead of a leather jacket, you can also go for denim jackets. They make the look more neutral and less edgy.

Glitter Make-up

If you are good at make-up, try to spice it up with glitter highlights. You will for sure stand out.

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Red lips: always a good choice. I love really dark red lipsticks.

Lots of jewellery

If you know me, you will know that I always wear lots of jewellery – earrings, lots of rings, a necklace, … Concerts give me even more reason to be a little extra haha

Wavy hair

Wavy long hair looks so good and can be styled in so many different ways (see pictures above). I especially love wavy hair combined with hair accessories like in the first picture. It’s probably difficult to do yourself, however it will surely look amazing.

What style do you like the most? And what was your favourite concert?

xx Chris

 

DISCLAIMER: I found all of the pictures on Pinterest.

Sunday Coffee talk #1 – Who are you… really?

„Remember who you are. Without the number on the scale, your report card or your bank account. Without the amount of friends you have, or the expensive things you own. Know who you are; your raw true self.“ – Source

People always define themselves by numbers and names. If you were to ask me „Who are you?“, I would probably say „My name is Christine, I’m 20 years old, I live in Vienna and I study corporate communication“. But we are so much more. We can’t merely be defined by all those exterior things and labels. And honestly, none of this even really matters in the long run.

In years from now, people won’t remember you because of the weight the scale shows you, the things you own, the clothes you wear or the money you have. They will remember how you made them feel. How you carry yourself even though you are skinnier or weigh more than the „standard“ size, how modest you are even though you own a fancy car, how you express your true self with the clothes you wear and how you treat others even though you possess a lot of money. In the end, that’s what matters most.

Moreover, you can take all those things away. You can take away the money, the clothes and cars, but nobody can ever take away your personality, your true self. The person you are, when you are genuinely happy and nobody’s watching.

People often say that the key to a happy life is within yourself. I my opinion that is true. If you are able to make yourself happy, without the help of anything or anyone else – you have found real happiness. Then, nobody will ever be able to take it away from you. It is inside of you and you can carry it with you no matter where you go. You free yourself from all the strings that attach you from the outside – from all the things you thought would make you happy.

So get in touch with who you really, truly are. What makes you laugh out loud? What fascinates you so much that you just don’t want to stop talking about it? What awakes that fire inside your soul? That urging feeling to go and do and live? Find that. Find out who your soul is and what you want to do.

Write it down. Take pictures and stick them on walls. Post them on Instagram. So you will remember it forever. Even if you have those little moments of doubt. Everyone doubts themselves and their personality sometimes, but that just life – it comes and goes in seasons.

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I stumbled upon the quote above and realised that I am so much more than all the things people usually define themselves by. I am Christine and twenty and from Austria, but I am so much more than that. I am how I can make my friends feel, how I make them laugh. I am the way I can motivate myself – and my ambition. I am the way I am instantly happier when there is that summer feeling in the air. How people give me so much energy and working out calms me down. How I have such an urge to get into nature and go some place with hills and the sea. How I always want to dance and sing and entertain others.

What is your true self? How would you define yourself if somebody would ask you who you were? Spend time creating your identity and never stop doing so.

I wish you all a great sunday,

Christine