Comfy fall outfit: November

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Big sweaters

Scented candles

Tea

Fuzzy socks

Pumpkin soup

All of these things perfectly describe autumn for me. I have such a deep love for this season, especially for November. The leaves are falling off of the trees, and Christmas time is coming up. (My favourite time of the year to be honest!)

Fall in North America also means two things: Thanksgiving and Black Friday. This past Friday, I experienced my first real Black Friday. Some lines were crazily long (one of my friends waited 50 minutes in line at Sports Check), but I guess it was okay in comparison to other shopping malls.

Today, I want to share three of the things that I have purchased with you: an oversized sweater, a necklace and rings. Everything you need for a cute, but comfy fall outfit!

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You can purchase those things here:

Sweather: Zara (Size S)

Necklace: H&M (Similar one)

Rings: H&M (Size XS/S)

Earrings: ? (Similar ones: 1 2 3)

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Where did you buy your favourite fall sweater? I’d love to hear about it!

Love, Christine

 

5 self-care tips

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Hello, everyone!

As health – physically as well as mentally – is a topic that is very close to my heart, I want to make it part of this project, and dedicate some of my writing to it. Since I live in Canada, I realise how important it is to keep your body fit and energised.

So today, I want to show you little tips on how to develop a healthier lifestyle, even if you don’t have much time:

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Wake up with a workout

It sounds hard at first, but since I am working out in the mornings, I feel much more energised and active throughout the rest of the day. Even, if it is just 15 minutes of pilates, or a short walk around the block – it helps me focus on my goals for the day! It improves my concentration, if I have to study later on in the day.

Recently, I started to do yoga before class, which – for me – is the best way to get out of bed in the morning. When it’s dark outside, I turn on my fairy lights, put on music and start my routine. It makes me feel relaxed and happy.

If you want, you can listen to my yoga playlist here. Sometimes I also practice yoga with youtube videos. This one is my favourite channel.

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Drink water and green tea

Another important thing is to stay hydrated! I tend to get headaches if I don’t drink enough water, so I always set a reminder on my phone to not forget about it! I drink 8 glasses of water every day, sometimes even more.

In autumn and winter, I also love to drink a lot of tea to keep me warm! Green tea helps me not to snack on too much chocolate, and it also boosts the metabolism. It tastes really good with a slice of lemon.

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Have healthy snacks at hand

I love this tip! I always try to snack raw nuts or fruit when I study or just randomly feel like snacking. Since I don’t eat as much chocolate as I used to, my skin has gotten so much better. I try to go for nuts (also a great source of protein!), cranberries and crispbread with nut butter or margarine.

Try to always take some nuts or fruit with you wherever you go (school, work, etc.), in case you get hungry. This is also a great tip for saving money, since you won’t spend it on random snacks.

Take a walk & listen to music

If you feel stressed, tired or sad or simply need a break, listening to music while taking a walk in nature will help a lot! This will definitely boost your mood, as well as your motivation! Aaaand it will keep you fit, if you do it occasionally.

Use an app to remind you

I use the app Fabulous. You can choose which activities you want to be reminded of every day – like eating more fruits, drinking water, taking a walk, or more. It really helps to establish a healthy routine in your life, and you can download it for free in the app store.

I hope this motivates and inspires you to take care of yourself and your body. What do you do to de-stress and stay healthy?

Much love, Christine

Also, shoutout to Dylan, who wanted me to mention him so badly haha

L.A. Bucket list

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Dreams come true, and Picasso was right: Everything you can imagine is real.

2:12 p.m. Next flight: WS1513 from LAX to YYC. As I am writing this, I am waiting in Los Angeles to catch my first flight back to Halifax. I still don’t realise that I am actually sitting here, nor that I have spent the past days in this city.

For those of you who know me better, will probably also know that I have dreamed of this place since I was little. I’ve always wanted to go here… lay on the beach in Venice and walk around the funky, palm-tree-filled streets of L.A. And now I am here. One of my biggest bucket list wishes came true.

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If someone would have told me two years ago that I would be in this exact moment right now, I probably wouldn’t have believed them – studying in Canada and casually visiting my friend Anna in L.A. because she goes to university here, would have sounded like a  dream. But dreams come true, and Picasso was right: Everything you can imagine is real.

These past days, I got the chance to cross three things off of my bucket list which I want to share with you. Maybe you’ll get a little inspired..

✓ Take a walk by the canals in Venice

Take a walk there in the evening! It’s so romantic, and probably no one except you and the residents will be there.

✓ Visit Griffith Park & the observatory

It’s true what everyone says.. this place is magical. I could have stayed up there all night just watching the lights and the skyline. The best time to go is during the week, the observatory is super crowded on the weekends.

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✓ Stick your feet into the Pacific Ocean

It doesn’t matter if you do it in Santa Monica, Venice or Malibu. Walking barefoot in the sand and along the shore instantly makes me feel happy and relaxed.

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After the past days, I don’t want to leave. I feel drawn to L.A. and its atmosphere.. Maybe it’s the sunny summer-weather, or the positivity and open-mindedness of the people. One thing is for sure, this will not be my last time here.

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Christine