Monday, March 30, 2015

mini spring haul!

Hey everyone!

How's spring treating you so far? I couldn't answer that question because I don't live in a country with seasons. Ha! However, I've seen a lot of bloggers posting about spring essentials/ spring make-up routines, and whatnot, so I've decided to make a mini spring haul for y'all. I haven't really gone shopping in a long time, but I've bought a few things recently, and they look pretty springy (at least to me they do).


My aunt went to Argentina and she got me these lovely shoes. They are really cute and comfortable!




They also look really nice with a stingray on them:



 My aunt also got my these "movie tights". They are each supposed to represent a different film, but the only one I know is The Birds.




The tights came with some really cool filmstrips. This one says: "ella se entusiasmó y yo le seguí la corriente."



I also got this pouch from a store called Boniko. It's really cute and springy (it literally says "spring" on it).



I got this other cute pouch from a store called Modadeko. 



I got this really awesome thing you paste on your wall that says "why wait?". Maybe it'll help me stop procrastinating so much. But honestly though, I think it's a really important message to keep in mind. 



I got this thermos to make detox water (I'm so excited!) and these really cool vinyl-shaped coasters.



Now for the beauty stuff (lol). I got the Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadow in the shade "painted purple", which is a really pigmented deep purple.





I also wanted to give my boyfriend a shoutout. He takes the majority of the pictures for my outfit posts, because, obviously, I can't take my own pictures and model at the same time. He has a VSCO Grid with all of the pictures he takes, and you should totally check it out because his pictures are awesome. Here's a collage I made to show you guys some of his pictures, just click on it to check out his grid.




I also have a VSCO Grid (hehe), so make sure to check it out too ;) #selfpromotion


Thank you all for reading! Have a great Monday!

Maria

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spring break: casual outfit

Hey everyone!

It's finally spring break! Even though I have tons of homework to do, I'm pretty excited about not having to go to school.

This is the outfit I wore today to go out for lunch and ice cream. It's funny how I used to hate ice cream, but now I'm gradually starting to tolerate it. ONLY vanilla ice cream, though. I actually ordered vanilla ice cream and a shot of expresso to mix them together. I can never not get coffee.

This is a simple casual outfit, but, you know, sometimes I just feel like wearing shorts and a shirt. And, yes, I'm guilty of owning the "Ok, but first coffee" shirt from Brandy Melville. It's so accurate though.





photobomb.

I also wore these New Balance shoes, which I am obsessed with.




Maria


Monday, March 23, 2015

flowers and birds

Hey everyone!

Yesterday I went to something that wasn't a party, but let me just call it a very small party, because I have no idea what it's called and I gotta call it something. Anyway, this is what I wore:






Dress by Ted Baker
Bag by Kate Spade
Heels by Miu Miu



My boyfriend took these pictures after the thing. It was really late and I wasn't really feeling my face. 

 Thank you guys for my first 103 followers! I know it might not seem like much but I really appreciate it! 

Maria

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

spring inspiration

Hey guys!

It's been a while since my last inspiration post. I tend to feel more inspired for fall and winter than spring and summer. I don't know why but the fall/winter vibes fit my personality and mood better. Anyway, I found a National Geographic Tumblr page full of stunning vintage photographs, many of which had a spring vibe (at least to me they do), so that's basically why I decided to make this post.










Wednesday, March 11, 2015

tips for handling stress



Life can be pretty stressful when you're a high school student. Yes, you don't have to pay taxes or take care of babies, but you are required to handle seven or eight hours of school, a bunch of homework and any extracurricular activities you are involved in. It gets particularly stressful when you actually want to do well in school because it is not easy to get excellent grades in eight different classes. Another major source of stress is thinking about the future and getting into university and all of that. Adults always try to make it seem like high school is so easy, and it looks like they either forgot everything about high school or competition was just very different when they were teenagers.

I'm a very anxious person, and my anxiety only gets worse when I'm overloaded with school work because I stress out and it gets really hard for me to handle my stress. Different people have given me tips on how to control my stress, and, even though I don't always follow them, some of them have been very helpful.

I still don't have the key to being stress-free or anything like that. Honestly, I don't believe there is a way to be absolutely stress-free, but you can learn how to control your stress and make it into something useful, not harmful. Please note that I'm not a doctor... I'm just a 17-year-old, and this is what works for me.

1. Breathe and clear your mind

When something unpleasant/unplanned happens and you feel yourself start to stress out, you should close your eyes and breathe. This will help you calm down and think clearly, and, consequently, approach things with a clear mind and a more objective point of view. I understand you feel like it's the end of the world, but it really isn't! I know it's hard, but try to think as rationally as possible.

2. Do whatever has to be done

Don't let stress overcome you. If there is a way (and there probably is) of changing your current situation/fixing a problem, actually try to accomplish this! See things for what they are, not for what you believe they are, if that makes any sense. Be a realist, be a problem solver, and keep an open mind. Even if you are dealing with a problem that seems impossible to fix, look for alternatives and do not be a pessimist.

3. You are stronger than you think you are

My boyfriend says he believes stress is a vice. I agree with him in the sense that we usually take stress as something inevitable and that has power over us. Even though I said I believed it's impossible to be completely stress-free, I also believe that you can change and you can learn how to handle your stress better.

4. Ask for help

Talk about what's stressing you out with someone close to you and that you know can offer their help. Somebody that cares for you will try to help you.

However, you should never let someone convince you that your problems are insignificant and that it makes no sense for you to feel stressed out. Some people might think this helps relieve someone's stress, but it really doesn't. Today, for example, someone I know was trying to make me feel bad about the way I manage my time, because, obviously, since I don't do sports or play piano, there is no reason for me to not have enough time to get everything done and still get eight hours of sleep every night. Well, not only do I do all of my homework and study really hard, but I'm also learning Italian, doing everything that has to be done to get into the university of my dreams next year, and managing this blog. My point is, nobody should tell you how to feel or say your life is easy. Your life and your problems are nobody's business so they should not judge you.

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After a stressful day or week, you should always look for ways to let everything out, so you don't accumulate the stress.

1. Do something you love

Play an instrument, sing, dance, draw, write, or do anything else that makes you feel happy.

2. Take a relaxing bath/shower

This is my favorite thing to do! It makes you feel so fresh and relaxed.

3. Drink tea

For some reason, a hot cup of tea can always make me feel better about life.

4. Spend time with the people you love

Go out with them and do something you truly enjoy. Personally, hanging out with large groups of people or going to parties stresses me out, so I would much rather have some coffee or go to the movies.


I hope you guys find these tips helpful!

Do you have any tips for managing stress?


Maria


Sunday, March 8, 2015

10 things that make me happy

Or things that make me less cynical



The last two weeks have been tough. I'm a little stressed out about school, especially because I have parent teacher conferences next week. But I'm not going to rant about any of that here, because I'm going to focus on happy thoughts today.

Here are some things that make me happy:


1. Watching films

Probably my favorite thing to do. I go to the movies at least once a week, and most of the time it's not because there's something I particularly want to watch; I enjoy watching anything at all, because I feel like I learn something or get something out of every single film I watch.


2. Listening to music

I just love laying down on my bed, closing my eyes and listening to All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone over and over again. I also love making playlists on 8tracks or listening to other people's playlists. Too bad I can't sing or play any instruments. I used to kind of play guitar, but I haven't practiced in a long time.


3. A cup of coffee

This one might be due to the fact that I have a slight caffeine addiction. Coffee just makes me really happy, I can't even explain why. I especially enjoy a nice cappuccino when the weather is chilly.


4. Shopping

Oops! #sorrynotsorry


5. Taking pictures

Especially pictures of the sky.


6. Rainy/chilly days

I love rainy days, especially because it's very hot were I live and we don't have seasons. Rainy days are the only days I don't feel like I'm dying of heat or sweat even while showering (that was disgusting, I'm sorry), so that's why I like them so much.


7. Remembering New York

I just want to be there so badly. Can it be summer already?


8. Christmas season

I don't mean the day of christmas itself, because that's when all the excitement dies. I love the time before christmas because everything just feels so nice and cheerful and cozy. I was in Washington in early December and the cool weather just made all the christmas spirit feel even more perfect. I can't even explain this properly because of how happy it makes me!


9. Posting on this blog

Of course I love doing this. Why else would I do it? I love writing in general but I also love the other aspects of blogging, such as meeting new people, reading comments and just the whole community (I guess I could call it that).

10. That "I don't have to do anything today" feeling you get on the last day of school when vacations start

Wow. That was a long subtitle. I'm sure everybody understands this.



What are some things that make you happy?


Maria

Saturday, March 7, 2015

making chocolate covered cookie dough truffles!

Happy Saturday!


Yesterday, I found this cookie dough truffle recipe on The Sunday Chapter while browsing through bloglovin. I had a mini heart attack when I read "cookie dough truffles" because I'm addicted to them.  Every time I go to Godiva I order either three cookie dough truffles, or two cookie dough truffles and a birthday cake truffle. Unfortunately (or fortunately...) we don't have Godiva in my country, so I never get to have cookie dough truffles unless I travel. I'm so excited I'm finally going to be able to make them!

I invited my boyfriend to make the truffles with me. Here's the thing, last time I baked I invited some friends over and they happened to know how to bake cupcakes. This time, none of us had any idea what we were doing. You would think it is almost imposible to screw up making something as simple as this, but we managed to do it. The truffles still tasted great, they just didn't look that nice.

The ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2-3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (for dipping)

We didn't use semi-sweet chocolate chips though, we just used regular ones. 

Here we mixed in the butter, brown sugar and vanilla. It looks pretty nasty at this point, but don't worry.



When you add the cup of flour it starts looking nicer (and it tastes so good).



Then we added the cup of chocolate chips. Honestly, I think one cup of chocolate chips was way too much. Next time I would rather add half a cup or less. And yes, I could not get myself to stop eating the mix!



The mix turned out pretty dry, so we added a little bit of milk before we started making the little balls.





By the way, my dress is from Anthropologie. I like wearing dresses when I cook because it makes me feel like I'm 20 years old and I'm at one of those parties where adults cook dinner with their friends. Does that make sense? I don't know. 












Heres is where we screwed up: we microwaved the chocolate for way to long, so instead of melting it became something like a dry brownie-looking substance. It tastes the same though, but that's why there are some nice looking truffles and some not-so-nice looking ones.



The finished product:



Have a nice weekend!

Maria