Lifestyle

The year is ending: My lists.

October 20, 2017


I can't believe the year is almost ending. Even though this is my favourite time of the year I can't help but feel that time is flying by and I still haven't made half of the things I wanted to do this year.

This year has been the year of realizing a lot of stuff like who my friends actually are, what Io i want to do for the rest of my life (still not sure yet on that one), where I want to be... but still I have so many things to do and think about yet like how do I make my dreams possible. 

I am one of those girls that are obsessed with making lists about anything, so to make sure I have clear what do I want to accomplish by the end of this year (so little time) here's my little list for you to see:

1. Eat healthy/take care of myself. So this one is one I always have on my list and even though I have times where I'm doing it I never see to get it stay on me. I always end up messing it up. So by the end of the year, I want to be healthy (lose some weight) and take care of my skin and body. Pinterest is helping me with that because I have pinned a lot of different nice recipes and smoothies that I gonna 100% make soon. You can follow me and/or my little folders here.

2. Move to London. Ok, this one is difficult to make true, I know. I've been trying really hard to find a host family and move as an Aupair first with a friend (she's already there now...) but I don't have any luck with that and even though I'm going to keep trying and wish for the best (wish me luck babes). Anyway, even if I don't find a host family, at least I would like to find a job here and start saving money to then next summer move for sure.

3. Write more + Study more. You may not know this but I'm studying in an online University at the moment (it's my second year) but recently I have been feeling down and with no will to do ANYTHING, I was feeling really good and with a big amount of energy to do everything I want and have to do but they fade away and I don't know why. So writing this (I actually should be studying...) I'm trying to get my energy up again and write more and study more.


4. Read more. This may sound weird but I always loved a good book. Now, I feel like I've been leaving them because of my phone and laptop and I want to get back to them and the cosiness they give me. I will always love a good book with some music and a candle plus I have so many books to read! I recently bought the Richard Castle ones and I only read one of 4, I still have one or two John Green books to read as well and I also have a list of books I want to buy/read. So by the end of this year, I want to read the ones I already have so next year I will be able to buy new ones and read even more. 



So this has been some of the "serious things" but I also have some things I want to do this time of the year so I thought "why not share them as well?"


  • Learn some pumpkin related recipes.
  • Learn some festive recipes.
  • Write on my recipes notebook.
  • Go to Barcelona and take some nice autumnal pictures.
  • Learn some festive make-up (mostly eyeshadow) tutorials.
  • Save money but also start to buy Christmas gifts.
  • Watch more of my "movies to see" list.
  • DIY more.
  • Hang out with friends more.
  • Make/buy my "secret Santa" gift early.



Here are some of my lists, as you have seen I have so many lists is starting to get scary haha. What're some of the things you like to do this autumn/end of the year?

Travel

My Trip to Paris

October 03, 2017

Oh, Paris... such a lovely city with a lot of things to do, places to visit and streets to embrace.


Last August I went to Paris (and I never got to make a post out of it sos) with a friend. We went for three days and I came back home with mixed feelings. 

I was so excited to be in Paris that we rushed everything so we could see everything in only 2/3 days. It was almost possible. Yes we enjoyed our stay and yes we visited a lot of places ( WALKING- YES IT'S POSSIBLE) but we didn't see everything and I feel like we needed a couple of days more to see everything (like the things that are far from the centre) and enjoy the view more but don't worry I know for a fact that we'll be back. 

In this post, I'll show you some pics that I could save ( with the weather a lot of them look bad or my face...) And explain where did I take them and how did I visit Paris in 3 days in a VERY low-cost way. This is more of a photography post so I don't talk much, I hope you don't mind.

DAY 1:


We arrived in Paris at  11am (more or less) and we walked from the bus station (Porte Maillot) to the Airbnb we arranged (lucky enough, we were REALLY close to the Eiffel Tower). Once we arrived at the apartment, we went to a coffee shop right outside. First error of the trip. We just wanted a nice cup of coffee because we were tired and cold, and damn it was expensive (compared to other ones we had, and how much they cost in Barcelona). 

Once we started our walking adventure, we first went to see the Eiffel Tower from close (of course)

This is the bridge that separated our Airbnb to the tower

My friend from a very nice point of view

As you can see in the last pic, it started raining, like the three days that we were there...

That same day we made a route of everything that was kinda close and saw a lot of different things. AND EVERYTHING WALKING. Amazing. 

Musée de l'armée

Musée du Louvre

Pont Neuf
Pont Neuf

Notre Dame
To see all of this, we basically followed the river and kept walking. Thanks to Google Maps we were able to see everything before it was too dark (remember the bad weather). Such a lifesaver.  We also visited/saw The Tuileries and Carrousel Gardens (Very beautiful as well), L'arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, The Fontaine Saint Michel, Le Grand Palais and The Victor Hugo font (quite disappointing tbh). 

After all that walking we decided it was time to start walking home (the longest walk!) we stopped at some supermarkets and souvenir shops to buy things to eat and for our families. Once we arrived at our apartment we were so tired we just talked and had dinner.

DAY 2:
The Cimetiere

The second day we went to Montmartre and everything that was in that zone of the city. First, though, we went to Champs-Élysées and saw the pretty AF Arc Du Triomphe. We took longer to see everything because it was raining a lot and we had to stop but at the end of the day we actually saw everything we wanted: Le Moulin Rouge, Le mur des je t'aime, The Cimetiere of Montmartre and The Sacre Coeur (and a very cute garden featuring a stray cat) with some shops and caffés on our way back to the apartment. After we had dinner and chilled a bit, we decided to go to the Eiffel Tower at night, to see it's beautifulness with lights and everything and we fell in love with it. SO BEAUTIFUL. 


Arc Du Triomphe

Le Moulin Rouge

Le Mur Des Je T'aime

Le Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur Garden

Eiffel Tower at night

PD: excuse my awful hair :(

DAY 3:


Our third and last day were pretty chilled but stressful at the same time. When we woke up we decided to go to the Trocadero and then for a cup of coffee before we had to leave to the bus station. But once again, obviously, it started pouring! We were in the middle of the Trocadero when the rain started so we had to stay ina little crepe shop with a lot of people until it stopped a little bit that we went to a crepe shop and eat there and stay for a little bit. We then decided to go home, get changed and chill until it was time to leave. We stayed all afternoon in the airport. 

Trocadéro

Toque&Tablier

Views for the Trocadéro


And this is the end of my trip to Paris with my best friend, Carlota. Sorry for the small amount of text and my bad explaining. We went in the start of August so... It's been quite a while but I couldn't not post about my Paris trip! Hope you enjoyed the pics. 


Africa xx

Beauty

New Beauty Obsessions

June 16, 2017



Someone get my credit card because every time I try to save money I end up buying something! It can be online or in a shop, anytime and anywhere... ugh!

Even though I always complain about spending money I should be saving... I love buying new things and I thought "Why not talking about it on my blog?"

So here's a quick post where I talk about some things I bought recently and I liked.






1. Garnier's Micellar Water All-In-One: I bought this product two weeks ago with a friend because we started talking about how much we needed to take care of our faces and I realised I ran out of products to remove my makeup and I personally read a lot of good things about this micellar water so I decided to give it a go. To know more about what it does and how to use it read this.
 It removes all the makeup very nicely and it leaves my face soft so I'm gonna keep using it and probably keep buying it.

2. Garnier's Fruit Energy Gel Scrub: Ok, so I also bought this one the same day that I bought the Micellar Water and I thought it wouldn't work if I'm being honest. It smells really good (I think that's why I gave it a go) and It really helped my skin! I usually get a lot of acne and spots but recently my face has been looking fresher and softer so I'll call it a win! If you want to know more about this product read this



3.Kiko's Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara: I bought this mascara because it was really cheap (Kiko is currently doing a super sale on mascaras - at least in Spain-) and I was running out of mascara so when  a blogger I read a lot talked about it in a post, decided to give it a go. Even though I haven't used it much I like the formula but I still don't know If I like t the brush, I'm not used to it but we'll see. If you want to know more or buy it go here.

4. NYX Lip Lingerie in colour Embellishment: I actually bought this in Poland but daaamn I love it! It looks good with any makeup look, it doesn't matter if it's daytime or nighttime, I'm soo obsessed with I just had to show you! I love NYX makeup and mostly, I LOVE the Lip Lingerie range, all the colours are nice, they feel nice on the lips and it's kind of long wear (it fades depending on what you eat but still- very nice!-) so if you want to give it a go, or to any other shade here you have them 'cause I'm for sure going to buy more of them soon.

If you've tried any of these products don't doubt to talk to me about them! Tell me what you think!


Lifestyle

What I wore in Poland

May 23, 2017

As you may or may not know (I talked about it in my last post) at the start of the month I went to Poland. (I may write another post about it - this time about Poznan- not sure yet.). So I feel like talking about the outfits I wore.

 Poland is colder than Barcelona so even tho I went kind of prepared, my friend had to let me her jacket(which I feel in love with) and I really liked my outfits, even tho I spent 4-5 days there, I only have pictures of 2 because we kind of chilled out as well haha.

FIRST OUTFIT

This first outfit was the one I went in and the pictures were Taken in Warsaw. To be honest with you, my clothes are from local shops from Barcelona or old so I'll try to find similar ones in case you like something.

        


          
Jacket: This jacket it's oooooh so comfy and soft! It's actually from a Supermarket (that also sells clothes) IT's called Carrefour, I don't know if you know it, but it's actually really well made and It's perfect for this kind of weather (not too cold for a huge jacket, but not hot enough for a cardigan). I found similar ones HERE and HERE

Jumper: This black jumper/sweater (however you call it), it's actually my favourite. I wear it all the time because it's comfy, it looks good with EVERYTHING (I mean obviously, it's plain black) and I love dark clothes so.... it's a win-win situation tbh.I love it's neck too btw, it's not a long neck but it's not a regular one either. It's from H&M, and here's a similar one, even I'm gonna admit and say that this one is actually prettier than mine's lol. 

Jeans: My mum jeans are from Bershka but you can find them anywhere.  I have a problem with these jeans. I lovee them but I got a way too big size and now they look huge on me... So I might go and buy me another pair (in my size this time) but I still love how they look on people and how they can go with a looot of stuff. 

Shoes: Ok, so my shoes are actually from a local shop, but as you can see they look like Adidas's Stan Smith ones or you can find similar ones everywhere now like here or here


SECOND OUTFIT

For my second outfit, you can see my friend's jacket and boots and the pictures were taken in Poznan.


Jacket: This is my friend's bomber jacket, I think it's from Stradivarius but (as everything so far) you can find it in any shop at the moment 'cause it's so in! Here and Here are some examples of where to find them. It seems so light but It actually covers me more than mine and I looked pretty cool on it (if I do say so myself). 

Shirt: I'm so obsessed with this shirt! everything black, with laces and that look like band tees... GIMME! If a shirt has one (only one!) of these factors, it's like 90% possible that I'm gonna like it. And when I saw this shirt in Stradivarius.... I just fell in love. Here you have it!

                                                                   

Jeans: My all-time go-to clothing, black high waisted jeans. I buy them from Bershka because they're the ones that I find comfy and with accurate size. I'm willing to try new ones tho! 

Shoes: These boots are my friend's too because I thought the would look cooler with the outfit and I just took with me my white sneakers (BAG SPACE) so she let me borrow her boots (friendship goals - I know!). She told me they're fromStradivariuss too so I think they might be this ones, and if they're note, they're really similar haha!



Travel

I Went To Poland: Warsaw

May 17, 2017

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Poland. To me, that was always a place we never talked about enough. No one talks about how pretty the buildings are or how nice their local food is. At least I never saw it.

Anyway, I went to Poland because my friend's there (Erasmus) and I thought"Why not?" I've been to places I've never been before (If I'm being honest, I never thought about visiting them) and I've seen a friend that I haven't seen in ages and I missed her.

In this post, I'm going to show you some pretty cute pictures I took (and my friend took of me) in Poland, and I'll tell you reasons why you should go to Poland.

I've only seen Warsaw and Poznan and I feel in love with them.

WARSAW

I arrived in Warsaw on a Monday, so we explored the city before going to Poznan (where my friend is living at the moment). We saw the Chopin garden,

- I might do a different post talking about my outfits and another one about Poznan because I don't feel like doing a very long solo post tbh. - 

Once we arrived at the centre of the city, we didn't do much. We sat in front of the Palace of Culture and Science and ate our sandwiches while we caught up in our lives and enjoyed the nice weather (the only day in my trip with a sunny and clear sky tbh...) and the views. When we finished our food (and realised it was getting a bit late...) we started walking towards the Lazieski Park to check the Chopin statue but we ended up staying for hours! It's such a pretty place... We didn't want to leave! But we had to, and even though we spent hours in the park, there's still part of the park we haven't seen (guess I have to go back sometime haha!)  Oh... I almost forgot! We also saw the Warsaw Old Town which I found really pleasing and I just wanted to see every inch of it (there was a medieval fair too!) but we had to leave soon so we could get to the train to Poznan.

Excuse me for the amount of pictures.... 

Warsaw Palace of Culture and Science

Warsaw Palace of Culture and Science

Lazieski Park

Lazieski Park

Lazieski Park

Lazieski Park

Warsaw Old Town

Warsaw Old Town

Warsaw Old Town

PD: If you want to see more pictures you can follow my Instagram (self-promo - sorry not sorry - ): africaouass

Lifestyle

The Girl On The Train (Movie VS Book) [Spoiler free]

November 04, 2016

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So the other day it was the cinema party(where I live) which means the cinema was really cheap. Because of that, I went twice in two days(which it's incredible) and today I wanna write about "The Girl On The Train" film.

I read the book a while ago and I really liked it, I still do. So I went to the cinema and I saw the movie, I have to say, I was really disappointed. Even though the movie was really well made and the actors were amazing, It just wasn't what I the expected.

Starting with the actors, even though they are really good actors and they did It really good, they just weren't like the characters. Emily Blunt as Rachel? The character is described as "a drunk, fat and quite ugly" girl and Emily isn't fat and ugly and they could have used another actress and the film would still be fire! I hate the fact that even though the character is supposed to be fat and ugly, Hollywood can't stand having an actress that looked like that, It's so frustrating!... And what about Edgar Ramírez as Dr Kamal Abdic? Edgar is a really handsome Latin actor (don't get me wrong) and the Dr Kamal Abdic (even for the name you can suppose it) it's supposed to be Asiatic and even in the movie, they say it's North American which is crazy and that leads me to the next thing...

The location. Why did they change the city of London for New York? I get that it hasn't to be exactly like the book but still! why change the city when the actress is British? The name of the town is quite similar but when I heard "Manhattan" I just couldn't believe it. It doesn't make sense to me why would they do that? Maybe I should be more informed, but I still think it was wrong


They did a good job explaining the story  (they are some essential scenes missing, in my opinion) and showing how the book is made but I think that anyone that has seen the movie and hasn't read the book, do it. Read the book and enjoy it. I know it's going to be hard not to picture Emily as Rachel but try and you'll love it.

My favourite scene is the end tho, I loved it in the book and I loved it in the movie also, it's shocking and on point.

IF you haven't seen/read it. Do it, and tell me what you think!



have a nice day!


Africa.



Lifestyle

3 STREET STYLES FOR SPRING TIME

May 25, 2016

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Hello sunshines!

As you may have noticed it's getting hot (IN HERE SO TAKE OFF ALL YOUR CLOTHES) so today i'm gonna be showing you some outfits i've been wearing a lot recently.



I love this outfit (i might say this about all of them lol) because if it's extremly hot i can wear it without tights and i would still like it.

This skirt looks good in all kind of bodies, it might be because it's high waisted i don't know, but i've seen it in a lot of people with different bodies and i liked it in all of them. It looks cool with simple sneakers like the ones that i'm wearing or with black boots (even brown ones!) It's from Stradivarius but you can find the same one in ANY shop right now.

The shirt i'm wearing is from Pull&Bear and says "my mind thinks running. My mouth says pizza!!" and it kinda descrives me to be honest. I love white tees with messages or cool graphics. It actually was a present and i don't know if you can still find it but there's a lot of cute white tees on shops right now (and i love them all!) and any color would look good with this skirt to be honest.

I'm wearing tights because that day was quite windy and it was almost raining so i didn't want to be cold. They're from Primark, if i don't remember wrong, and they're comfy enough to spend all day in them and not wanting to die.

The faux leather jacket it's from Primark aswell and i think you can still buy it, depending of the shop you go. It's comfy, and even though it was really cheap the quality seems good enough to be with me for a long time(and i wear it A LOT). I'm also wearing a choker that i bought online (Aliexpress), really cheap but the quality is good.

Last but not least, the bag i'm using (and it's the one i always use) it's actually from Primark aswell and like the jacket it was really cheap and the quality it's good. It has been with me(and my sister, 'cause we use the same clothes and bags) for a really long time now and it's not broken so that has to mean something hahaha.



Okay so i wore this second outfit for lunch with my sister. 
I love the colours in the trousers, they look really cool in summer and it gives my wordrobe a really boho style that i adore 'cause almost everything is black (i'm trying to change that, step by step) and i bought them in Pull&Bear when i came back from london so i don't think they're still there but i saw amazing ones in H&M so if you like this kind of trousers you should check H&M.
I'm wearing a simple white croptop from Zara and i think this summer (for me) it's going to be all about croptops, shirts with cute messages and off-the-shoulder blouses because it's all i've been loving besides jumpsuits.
For the shoes I'm wearing black sandals from Primark with heels (kind of) they're really comfortable and they're from like two years ago so they're not selling them but i think this outfit would look really cute with any kind of sandal depending in your height(i'm small that's why mine have heels) any brown or black sandal/shoe would look cute.
The jacket is exactly the same one as the other outfit 'cause i use it for everything to be honest. 
The bag is from Primark aswell and it's big so it's really good for summer even for night time to put a jumper or something if it gets colder or just suncream and a towel for the pool or just simple things for an everyday use. The choker i'm wearing here it's from Aliexpress and it looks cool with everything to be honest.


For the last outifit, i wore it after the gym to have breakfast with a friend and then we went for a walk at the beach because it was really sunny.

I'm gonna start saying that the jacket is exactly the same for the three outfits so as you already read, it's from Primark haha
I'm wearing the same Croptop as the last one but this is stipped (black and white), it's from zara and i love how they look with this kind of jeans.
My jeans are mum/boyfriend/ jeans from H&M and they're highwaisted but instead of having a zip, they habe buttons and i don't know if i like that or not but, anyway, i like how they look with croptops and white simple shoes or with black cut out boots.
Here i'm wearing a different choker even though you can't notice, this one has a little hansa that i adore.



Lifestyle

November Moments

December 01, 2015

Hello you! Hope you're having a nice time! I can't believe it's actually the first of December! Time flies and now it's almost christmas and i'm loving it!


As you may know in London Christmas ALWAYS comes early and I feel it's been a while since i write a post so i''m just gonna chat about all the cool things that I did this month.

I'm gonna start talking about the day I MET 2/4 OF THE VAMPS MEMBERS *ok, let's calm down* but yeah, first I went to their Fanfest *were i met some lovely girls too* and then in the same week we went to the BBC Radio 1 to try and meet them. The fact is that a lot of girls were acting stupid and osrry but they were being idiots and i hated that, but Connor and Tristan were so lovely i just can't believe that actually happened: 



Another thing is that i went to the Caspar&Joe's Hit The Road premiere and even though that wasn't that good at all because it was full of people and we were standing on a rock trying to see them, it was fun! It was fun because I met there with two super funny girls and we had a lovely lunch in Nando's and i don't know it was cool to finally spend time with someone.


So, i think it's the last thing, it happened this sunday, London is amazing at night and Winter Wonderland it's just another world. I went there with my new friend and it was raining lots and it was really windy but we still had a good time and that same day, in the afternoon, we saw Caspar and Joe on the HMV signing. I went there in the morning and saw a lot of girls making a superlong queue and i didn't know what was happening until i realised they were there and we weren't able to have a sign or even a picture or anything but we saw them leaving the shop and it was really funny. To see all of this, you can go to my new Vlog on my Youtube channel:


And i think this is all.... It seems so small but this is what keeps me happy about being here... London it's a lovely place and i'm sad that i'm leaving it (hopefully temporarly) in 2 weeks...  I need to be home, i miss it a lot and I need to leave this place as soon as possible... the only thing is this little moments, this city, that's what I don't want to lose. 



But yeah, I hope you have a nice time, and that your christmas is lovely, i'll try and post before that but just in case.


love, Africa

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