Christmas in Italy

I didn’t take a lot of pictures while in Italy.  I didn’t realize that until recently when I was organizing my hard drive.  I guess I was more focused on getting video footage for my Youtube Channel.  But I like to think I was also trying to be in the moment and really experience the places I saw.  Who’s to say…

Anyway, the few pictures I did take ended up on my instagram but I did manage to take a few while briefly visiting Lugano, Switzerland.

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This place is absolutely gorgeous.  I could literally just sit down somewhere and stare at everything for hours.  I didn’t, of course, because there wasn’t much time but I did attempt to soak in as much as beauty as possible before heading back to Milan.

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After seeing Varese, Milan, Gallarate and Lugano (among a few other nearby places) we headed back to London on New Year’s Eve and managed to get this really nice shot…

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It was a lovely Christmas spent with very lovely people who were all just…lovely.  No really, I felt very welcomed and comfortable even if I didn’t understand the language.  I guess that’s what Rosetta Stone’s for.  (Did I mention I get free Rosetta Stone while enrolled in University over here?  Yeah…think I’ll take advantage of that.)

If you’d like to see how my first trip to Italy was please check out the new video on my channel.

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Have a good week!

Benefit Cosmetics Make Up Haul

For the New Year I decided to treat myself to a few new products from Benefit Cosmetics.

Make Up Haul

I was a little leery at first but after the very nice Boot’s employee gave me a mini-makeover using the products I knew I’d finally found ‘The One.’

Benefit Pore-fessional Primer

The Pore-fessional Primer is oil-free and light weight.  It basically felt like air on my skin.  I rarely wear foundation and never use a primer.  Previously, all I needed was Origins tinted moisturizer and I was happy.  But now that I live in London and no longer have that Los Angeles sunshine to naturally brighten my skin I now find it necessary to wear foundation, which means the primer comes in handy.

Benefit hello flawless foundation

The Benefit Hello Flawless foundation is supposed to be good for your skin.  It feels nice going on, doesn’t clump or get all crusty looking and does the job of making my skin look brighter.  Paired with the Hello Flawless powder, I feel camera ready and pretty rockstar.

Benefit Hello Flawless Powder

I don’t know why it took me so long to finally get into Benefit (probably the price tag – eep$$$!  But totally worth it.) but I’m glad I came around.

Maybelline Falsies Mascara

I’m also using the Maybelline Falsie’s Volum’ Express mascara and I must say I’m in love.  The product really makes my eyelashes look longer, fuller – to the point where someone recently asked me if I was wearing falsies.  I was flattered because obviously I don’t have the patience to put on falsies for real so it’s nice to know that the mascara is doing the trick.

Bonus!  I went to a Christmas dinner where there was a secret santa gift exchange.  My gift was a figurine of a solar waving Queen but by some happy turn of events I ended up with an amazingly perfect gift set from The Body Shop that contained body wash, body butter and this coconut hand cream.

The Body Shop Hand Cream

This London weather has me on the hunt for a new skincare routine and especially for lotions that actually work.  I truly lucked out with this Body Shop gift set because it got me through my ten day Holiday in Italy.  Thanks extra Secret Santa!

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No New Resolutions!

It’s 2015 in London!

Spent my Christmas in Italy and got back to London just in time to say goodbye to 2014.  My New Year started with an empty refrigerator, no electricity and lentils at midnight.  But Happy friggin’ New Year!

After the longest commute from Gatwick airport I arrived home to find that the electricity had run out so I had to light candles to see my way around.  It was kind of cool, if not slightly creepy.  The part of me that still enjoys scary movies thought about the possibility of a stranger lurking in the dark waiting to pounce and for a thrilling moment I was a little bit afraid.  Then the electricity came back on and my scary movie moment was over.  I took a couple of minutes to empty the fridge because all the food had gone bad.  Then at 11:59pm I counted down to midnight and ate lentils.  Fingers crossed for a super prosperous year!

For the first time since the age of 16 I didn’t make any New Year’s Resolutions.  So when March comes around I won’t have any resolutions to break – Yay!  I also didn’t end the year in a bar or totally drunk, which means tomorrow I won’t be hungover.  Also, I didn’t watch the NYC ball drop on TV.  I did, however, watch the London Eye fireworks on TV, which was a nice change of pace.

I thought I’d feel a little bummed about not going out for New Year’s but it turns out my quiet, sober night indoors was just what I needed to start my year off right.  How you start the year is how you’ll end it, right?  (Maybe that’s not entirely true since last year I was definitely hungover on New Year’s Day.)

Anyway, I don’t know if any of these changes will make a difference in my 2015 but I’m looking forward to seeing what the New Year brings.  Somehow I have a good feeling about it.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

Thanks

 

 

I hate to admit it but the Holidays usually bum me out.

 

TurkeyNot because I’m alone but because my memory of Holidays past still haunt me.  I didn’t have the type of Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations depicted in some of my favorite TV shows growing up – and to this day I still hate when TV shows do Holiday specials (with the exception of Halloween, of course).

 

As an adult- with no children to focus on (yet) I’m just left to deal with the harsh reality that Thanksgiving and Christmas are just regular days.  I don’t feel any different today than I did yesterday.  And tomorrow I’ll have to remind myself that today was, in fact, Thanksgiving Day.  I guess I get annoyed and a teensy bit jealous when I go online and see everyone else doing their Holiday thang.  I don’t know how they’re able to get caught up in the excitement of it all- even though it’s all fake and temporary and sometimes a little bit forced and overkill- try as I might- I can’t seem to ‘get it up’.

 

 

Oh one day I’ll put on the show- when I have kids.  I’ll cook a big feast, we’ll say Grace and watch a little bit of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  And at Christmas we’ll all exchange gifts and feel so “grateful” because that’s what you do.  You make the day special create traditions that your young, innocent children can pass on to their children.  One day the Holidays won’t bum me out.

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t mean to sound ungrateful or sarcastic or unhappy.  But if I do- oh well.  It’s not really my job to be ‘happy’ and ‘thankful’ just because we’ve all decided today is the day that we put forth the extra effort to be better versions of ourselves.  At least I’m not as bad as I used to be.  I used to slip into an all out depression when the Holidays came around (much to the dismay of my boyfriend) but now I buck up and I push through it.  Sometimes I even smile.

 

Today I’m going to a friend’s for dinner…and then I’ll work overnight because I work in retail and this is where I am in life.  But I am thankful.  I’m thankful that I have a mom and a boyfriend/best friend who love me unconditionally.  I’m thankful to still have some friends who make space for me at their dinner table.  And of course I’m thankful to be alive and healthy.

 

But I’m thankful for that everyday.  Not just today.

But yeah…Happy Thanksgiving 🙂