NYC Winter Outfit

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In today’s post, I want to show you my favourite winter outfit at the moment. It was perfect for the weather in New York this past week. Further down, you will find the different pieces I wore. If you click on the clothing items, the online shops in which you can buy them will pop up. Enjoy!

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Scarf

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Coat

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Sweather

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High waisted jeans

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Bag

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Gloves

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Boots (similar ones)

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Earrings

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Like or comment if you enjoyed this post! What is your favourite piece?

Love, Christine

Came with nothing, left with everything

Halifax has taught me a lot. The past four months here have shown me who I am as a person, what I want in life and what I want to be like. I finally found the missing puzzle piece that I needed to feel complete again – and it feels so good. I honestly haven’t felt that content with myself since summer 2016. I finally found myself again.

I will never forget this place, nor the people I have met in Halifax. I will always keep the memories in my heart. All the movie nights, the parties, the evenings downtown, the study sessions at library, the classes at gym.

It was a whole life lived in just four months. As sad as I am to leave everything here, I know that the end of this chapter has come and it’s time to move on. I am already excited for the next chapter and what’s about to happen the next few months.

Life is so crazy. And full of surprises.

Let’s see what happens next..

Love, Christine

 

Quotes: Positivity & Motivation

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Everyone has bad days once in a while. For me, positive quotes are really helpful on days like this, or when I am stuck in a rut. So today, I will share some of my favourite quotes with you. I hope these will keep you going and inspire you a bit. Enjoy!

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How to stop time: kiss.

How to travel in time: read.

How to escape time: music.

How to feel time: write.

How to release time: breathe.

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It’s a slow process, but quitting won’t speed it up.

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You’re always one decision away from a totally different life.

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If they say „it’s impossible“, remember that it’s impossible for them not for you.

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Wake up early. Drink coffee. Work hard. Be amitious. Keep your priorities straight, your mind right and your head up. Do well, live well and dress really well. Do what you love, love what you do. It is time to start living.

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I’m coming for everything they said I couldn’t have.

Words of Success

Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody.

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Which one is your favourite? Do you have any tips on how to stay positive? Comment down below, I’d love to read your opinions!

Love, Chris

 

 

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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4 things to do in Cape Breton

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Over the thanksgiving weekend, I was invited to my friend Brittany’s home in Cape Breton. We did many things and saw a lot of Canada’s nature on this trip, which is why I wanted to share four of my favourite things to do there:

1. Drive along the Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail is a drive along the north of the island. The views along this drive are unquestionably mesmorizing, the scenery is just incredible. It felt like a mixture of Ireland and France combined. On one side, you can see the cliffs and the ocean, on the other, there are endless woods painted in green, orange and bright red colours.

Moreover, the small villages you drive through are so lovely. My favourite place was Chéticamp, where you can eat at the restaurant Le Gabriel. Also, don’t miss out on the Gypsum Mines. They turned those mines into lakes, which look incredible as you can see on one of the pictures below.

100 per cent worth driving along.

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2. Do the Ceilidh Coastal Trail

Another beautiful trail you can drive along! Again, the scenery is just amazing. I feel so free when I see green hills and the ocean. It always reminds me of the trip I did to Ireland four years ago.

When you drive along this trail, you should definitely check out Christie’s Look-Off, I believe that’s where I took my pictures.

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3. Go to a square dance

I guess this one is pretty typical for people who live in Cape Breton. On our stay, we went to not only one but two square dances (my first ones ever), and it was so much fun! Just believe me and try it out, you won’t regret it.

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4. Eat pancakes at the Shining Waters Bakery

This bakery in Mabou (btw one of the cutest places I have ever been to) has the best breakfast pancakes EVER. I am very picky when it comes to food, but this little restaurant did not disappoint me. The portions are huge, and the price is really okay. Also try their porridge bread! It may not be on the menu, just ask for it – it tastes amazing!

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Whether you try the trails/restaurants that I have recommended or you experience the island on your own, one thing is for sure: Cape Breton is definitely worth visiting! The small villages, as well as the nature are incredibly beautiful & I will certainly come back one day.

Love, Christine