Thursday, 28 February 2013

Paris is always a good idea


So after much debating and uncertainty my boyfriend and I decided to spend our 3 year anniversary in Paris.  We had originally booked a trip to Madrid but with strikes there and the flights costing a lot more we decided against it and instead we've booked three nights in my favorite capital.  I'm so excited I can't quite believe it's happening! My boyfriend has never been to Paris and I've only been twice and both those times I only spent a full day in Paris.  At the moment I'm in bed plowing through this guide book making an itinerary.  Excited beyond belief! We're flying Air France so that means we get 23kg check in luggage which means.... I CAN GO SHOPPING.  I've heard lots about a shop in St Germain Des Près where you can buy vintage clothes by the kilo so I'm dying to check that out.

I'm purging my wardrobe now to start planning outfits, we fly out on Wednesday and I genuinely can't contain my excitement.

Do you guys have any Paris tips to give me? I'd love to know what your favorite things to do in Paris are.

x
Nina

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

"I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!"


"There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense." - Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Recently I've been struggling to keep my spirits up.  University is a drag, all I want is to graduate and get onto the masters scheme that I'm applying for.  The weather is grim blah blah blah the usual February stuff that gets me down.  So what better way to cheer myself up than with freshly washed bedding and a beautiful leather bound version of one of my all time favorite books? I was given a Kindle for Christmas which is very useful and I've fallen in love with it, but nothing compares to having a beautiful version of your favorite novel in your hands and sitting pretty on your bedside table.  I've also signed up to test Netflix so I think this warrants reading this book again and then watching the 1995 adaptation for the rest of my week (hello Colin Firth in a wet shirt....). Seems justified, after all I have a week off starting Monday so a little bit of early rest and relaxation seems called for.

More soon
x


Monday, 25 February 2013

50 things

These have been done to death I know, but I thought I'd share these with you anyway.  Between work, university and going to the gym I haven't got much else to share with you.  Enjoy!

01. I wear size 35 shoes (a UK 2.5)
02. I watch a lot of very bad television, the double bill of Jeremy Kyle is what saves my grey Thursday afternoons.
03. I have dual nationality - Canadian and German...
04. but I've only been back to Canada once since we left when I was a year old (for shame).
05. I make a mean schnitzel.
06. I'm terrified of fish and genuinely fear slugs and cockroaches.
07. The first time I properly met my boyfriend I was wearing pajamas, had wet hair and was buying a bottle of wine and ice cream. 3 years later we're still together.  Guess it can't have been that bad.
08. I love corgis.
09. I've lived in the UK on my own since 2004.
10. My favorite book is probably North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell or Persuasion by Jane Austen.



11. My first musical love was Britney Spears, she still kind of is.
12. I've never been to America.
13. I cry every single time I watch Pixar's UP.
14. I am always on time or early, I despise being late.
15. Gone With The Wind is probably my favorite film of all time.
16. I love airports.
17. I can't ride a bike.
18. I'm a real homebody.
19. One day I'd love to move back to Germany and live in Munich.
20. I'm a sucker for period dramas.



22. The age I turn next month.
23. My first ever gig was The Blackout in Leeds when I was 16. I was going through a mild emo phase...
24. Cleaning is therapeutic for me, I go through phases where the whole flat is cleaned from head to foot.
25. Italian food gives me life.
26. My drink of choice is gin and tonic.
27. Saying this, I'm not a big drinker anyway my job has pretty much put me off alcohol.
28. I have a shoe addiction, I probably own about 20 pairs.
29. Autumn is my favorite season.
30. I was an only child until I was 8 years old.



31. But now I'm a proud big sister.
32. English is technically my third language after German and Dutch.
33. I love shopping at flea markets.
34. I lived in the south of France for nine months.
35. I colour coordinate the books on my bookshelf.
36. I don't know how to drive.
37. I haven't had a dream in German for about 7 years now, all my dreams are in English.
38. I grew up in the Middle East and I miss it every day.
39. I only own three skirts.
40. I'm obsessed with Orangina.



41. My favorite album is Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons.
42. I'm a night-owl.
43. I went skiing once on a school trip and it was a pretty traumatic experience. Never again.
44. My dream holiday would be a trip to Budapest.
45. I don't take sugar or milk with my tea.
46. I learnt English when I was 5.
47. My favorite animals are penguins.
48. I watch far too much crime drama for it to be healthy (Criminal Minds anyone?)
49. I'd much rather go for a meal with friends than a night out.
50. My favorite flowers are either pink roses or daffodils. 

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Let's get old together, Let's be unhappy forever


 T-shirt: Primark mens.  Shirt: TopShop.  Cardigan: Vintage.  Jeans: TopShop.  Boots: Vintage.

I told you guys this blouse would become a wardrobe staple for me.  It's pretty much my go to blouse.  For now it's being layered with almost every single top I own, this particular one is from the boys section in Primark.  I tend to prefer the things for the boys than for the girls especially their basic t-shirts, such good value and they tend to wash pretty well.  The cardigan is from Cardiff Fashion Quarter (see post HERE) and I adore it to pieces.  It's so ugly it's amazing right?  My style is pretty much simple comfort meets eccentric old lady when it comes down to the crunch.  I have a thing for ugly clothes as well.

I'm busy reading to keep on top of my course reading and so far Lady Audley's Secret is keeping me entertained.  Hopefully the other half and me are booking a city break soon so I have something to look forward to in my reading week (only two weeks now!).

Keeping in theme with my personal trainer developments: my stomach muscles hurt every time I laugh (hard not to when watching a super awkward Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents episode). Turns out my personal trainer thinks there's muscles under all my belly fat and he's getting me to work my 'core'.  I'm not convinced I have one yet.

More soon
x
Nina






Monday, 18 February 2013

I am on a lonely road and I am traveling

Blouse: TopShop.  Cardigan: French fleamarket.  Shorts: Pull & Bear.

With the weekly drudgery of university firmly steaming ahead I've become very boring when it comes to outfits.  I'd much rather have ten minutes extra in bed than standing in front of my wardrobe trying to get creative.  This TopShop blouse has been pretty much glued to me.  It's thin enough to wear under my breton long sleeves so it's mostly likely going to make several appearances again.  My Pull & Bear shorts from my Montpellier days are looking a little worse for wear and I might have to retire them for spring, they are impossibly short and indecent without tights.  I don't want to be one of 'those' girls who seem to forget that shorts are meant to cover your bum cheeks.

This past week I have been in constant pain after my personal training session last Monday.  It took me so much longer to walk anywhere because my muscles wouldn't move.  It appears I'm a glutton for punishment because I have another session today.  I'm paying for these sessions and I'm determined to be two dress sizes smaller than I am now by May.  Dieting is not fun.  Sadface.  I've given up biscuits and crisps for lent and I'm trying to drink green tea every day. However my personal trainer is a sweetheart and he's trying to make 'fitness fun' but that could be much harder for him than anticipated.

The past week has been quite tough (I had a meltdown in work on Saturday, I think I need a new job...) so I'm throwing myself into the gym and trying to keep my spirits up.  The recent sunshine in Wales has been lifting my spirits.  I can't wait for spring!

More soon
x
Nina

Saturday, 9 February 2013

How to Be a Heartbreaker

Coat: TopShop. Boots: BooHoo. Tights: Primark.  Scarf: H&M.  Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Winter always ends with me in a style rut.  I bought my BooHoo boots when I came back in January and the coat was a more recent impulse TopShop buy.  I've been wearing both on an almost daily basis.  Not very fashion forward but there you go, I'm a creature of habit. It's been getting milder recently so I've been able to wear this coat without the fur stole that is normally attached to it.  I'm hoping for spring soon even if I prefer layers and tights, the cold has been grating on me.

I met my personal trainer on Friday, he's an absolute sweetheart and hopefully he can help me reach my goal weight.  I have my first session with him on Monday so wish me luck! I'm dreading it but the first visits to the gym are always the hardest.  Right?

More soon
x
Nina


Thursday, 7 February 2013

Darling you're with me, always around me


I grew up by the sea and the beach so when I'm in Cardiff I miss it so much.  Cardiff is by the sea but not by a beach, so on yesterday afternoon the other half and me popped over to Barry (home of Gavin and Stacey) to catch the sunset by the beach.  It was so wonderful to have a breather and be by the sea especially because the past week and a half has been so stressful.  Hopefully we can come back in summer and actually swim in the sea.  My 3 day weekend starts today, tomorrow I'm giving blood and meeting my personal trainer.  A good start to the weekend I should think.

More soon
x
Nina


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