A - Z

Still in Luxembourg, still having the face of a watermelon-gone-bad. If you're not following me on Twitter, you've probably got no idea what I'm talking about. Oh well, I'm back in Luxembourg for almost 2 weeks, which in itself, is a really cool thing. The reason for me being here though is that I've had a really bad, allergic reaction to one of the antibiotics I was prescribed to heal my tonsillitis, but apparently doctor cabinets in London put more importance to the bureaucracy of their office than on helping people who need it. Not blaming anybody, but just let's think about the fact that it was easier and quicker for me to fly home than waiting for an appointment there.

Anyway, I've recently discovered that fellow blogger Emma Rollason did an A-Z post about herself. The idea behind this post is to give every letter of the alphabet a personal meaning or anecdote. So I decided: since I'm unable to post about anything beauty or fashion-related right now, why not be more personal? Also, if you don't know Emma's blog yet, you should really check her out - her blog is the perfect mix of makeup and personal posts. I love her content and I'm pretty sure that you will, too.

A is for ambition - I consider myself to be a very thorough and ambitious person. An example would be that 10-year-old me said she would study Fashion Journalism in London one day. Well, that day is now.

B is for badminton - I've played badminton for about 3 years in Luxembourg and really enjoyed it. I still regret not having pursued it back then.

C is for creativity. I consider myself to be quite a creative person, hence why I study Fashion Journalism. I love being surrounded by people who constantly inspire others and have interest in all different art areas.

D is for dancing - I've done classical ballet, jazz, contemporary and hip hop for about 15 years.

E is for empathy, one of the character traits I like most about myself and love to see in other people as well.

F is for fashion, one of my biggest passions. I love to see how people incorporate different pieces and/or trends to make them fit their personal style and to consider the whole train process behind a collection.

G is for Gossip Girl, my all-time favourite TV series. I'm sorry for being that basic but the fashion of the different characters was simply perfection, and so was the storyline.

H is for horror movies, the only movie genre I refuse to watch. I've tried to watch American Horror Story not too long ago and had the worst nightmares afterwards.

I is for Italy - I love the Italian culture and especially their food. My mum works with Italian clothes in her showroom which made me fall in love with their sense of fashion at a very young age.

J is for Jack Sparrow, my all-time favourite movie character. I've been obsessed with The Pirates of the Carribean ever since the first movie was released.

K is for kindness, one of the best attributes a person can have in my opinion.

L is for Luxembourg, the country I feel very lucky to have grown up in.

M is for the Maldives - I've always wanted to visit this little paradise on earth and am still persuaded that I'll see it at some point through my own eyes.

N is for Nicka, my 8-year-old Malteser lady that I miss like crazy every day since I've moved away.

O is for Odessa, the city I was born. The people, culture and ocean are incredible and definitely worth paying a visit.

P is for painting - I took painting classes when I was about 8 years old but realised after a few years that I should probably stick to what I know best and let more talented people express themselves through their drawings and paintings.

Q is for Quiberon - I've visited this little heaven in the Normandie, France, last summer and completely fell in love. Even though the weather is a bit stormy and the temperatures are not as high as you would expect them to be during summer, the landscapes and the food make it all up for me. I'm still planning on posting some throwback pictures of my stay there so stay tuned for that.

R is for Russian, my mother tongue.

S is for sunset - One of my favourite things to do (especially during the warmer months) is to just sit in the middle of nowhere, listen to good music and watch the sunset. Very cheesy, I know.

T is for travelling - As most other people too, I love to travel. There's nothing better than discovering new cultures or just enjoying some sunshine and the sound of the ocean's waves.

U is for university - I've started my first year at university in September and couldn't be any happier. My course is so interesting and I've met so many incredible people.

V is for Valeria, my name - Growing up, I've always found my name really strange and wished my parents would've picked a more "normal" name. In the meantime, I am at peace with it and even start to like the fact that it's not such a current name.

W is for writing. I feel like it's really one of the mediums I can work best with to express myself.

X is for XOXO, the most recent Netflix film I've watched. I have a little bit of an obsession with Netflix but am mainly watching series on there, but I'm currently getting more and more into films again.

Y is for YouTube - If I'm not binge-watching Netflix, chances are I'm on YouTube watching makeup tutorials, travel vlogs or hauls.

Z is for Zendaya - I'm usually not a huge fangirl, but I really love everything I've seen so far from Zendaya. She's not only incredibly beautiful and talented but also a great role model for so many.




Before London was hit by a belated winter storm, there was actually a week of hope. Hope for spring, I mean. Running around in only a blazer, jeans and trainers? Count me in! Actually, that was exactly my look when I met Margaret from Cady Quotidienne a few weeks ago when she visited London once again. We met up for a hot coffee, a little chat and some cute pictures. She has posted about her outfit already here so make sure to check her post out as well.

We actually wanted to do some sort of day-to-night collaboration showing you how to style different pieces for the day as well as for the night. I decided to stick to a classic: the blazer.

I went for a long-lined, black example by Bourdelles des Gar├žons that I bought recently and have worn quite a few times since. The blazer has the perfect fit to go either with a pair of jeans (as I did for this look) or a little dress for the evening. I'll do a more styled-up version of the blazer some time, but for now, I decided to show you how to dress this little classic down to make it look day-appropriate, yet stylish.

I paired it with a simple black turtleneck that you've seen way too often by now but I feel like it gives every outfit a special something because of its nice flower cutouts in the decollete area. 

You've probably seen the jeans in my Freaky Shoes and Fury Coat outfit post already. Even though I'm usually not a light-washed jeans kinda girl, I have really fallen deep and hard for this pair of skinny jeans by Esprit. In general, I love Esprit's size range in jeans and the choice of styles. They are a bit more high priced than most of my simple jeans, but I feel like they are more than worth it. I've bought quite a few pairs by now and can only underline how nicely they wear in, how easy they are in terms of washing and keep, and how perfectly they sit and emphasise your body.

Enough about the jeans: let's move on to the shoes. I've got those bad boys from Spaziomoda I loved the idea of a simple, white sneaker with a bunch of embellishments on them. I feel like it makes them stand out more without being too overwhelming or over-the-top. To match the sneakers, I decided to go with my crossbody bag by Esprit and a light beige belt by Moschino Jeans




New week, new post! This time around, I wanted to share some photos that I took during a little day trip through London some time ago. I've started this little series three weeks ago, and I hope you all like it so far - if you haven't seen the previous posts, make sure you check them out here and here!

Farm Girl - The first place on our list is for all the coffee and brunch lovers out there! Farm Girl is a really cute coffee place in Nottinghill that a friend of mine has shown me some time ago. The nearest tube station is Nottinghill Gate. From there on, it's only a short 5-minute walk. Cute location, great coffee and really nice food - what more could one ask for?

Nottinghill - And if you're already there, make sure to walk around Nottinghill for a bit. It's seriously one of the most beautiful areas in London with all its pretty, colourful houses and small, independent shops.

Victoria and Albert Museum - Actually, this was the first time that I went in myself, and I totally understand now why people are always talking about it. No matter if you're into fashion, sculptures, paintings or architecture: there's plenty to look at here!



Toxic relationships - we all know them. We all have been through one or another. And, I'm not gonna lie, most of us probably will go through more such relationship in the future.

Having a toxic relationship with somebody doesn't necessarily implement you being in an official (love) relationship with them. Sometimes it's a longtime friend of yours. Sometimes it's you dating somebody. Sometimes it's just an unnecessary person that you wrongly trusted and were stupid enough to fall for. What I'm trying to say is that you will probably go through more than one such experience - shit happens. The only thing that you do can change about it is how you react to it.

Most of the time you will try to make it work anyway. You will try to be understanding, patient and caring. You will invest yourself in the best way possible.

Most of the time it's not going to work. I'm nobody to say that it never will. And I'm nobody to say what you should or shouldn't do, but I'm a firm believer of destiny and time. If you really like somebody, you should be happy. It should be easy and happen naturally. You shouldn't be slotting around day and night, waiting for excuses that anyway don't change a thing, and adapting your plans to other people. Because seriously, do you think that they would do the same for you?
If you've had to think about this for a fraction of a second, the answer is probably no. So why should you do it?

I don't know who put this romantic idea of "love has to hurt, otherwise, it's not the real thing" into the world, (no offence) but I'm pretty sure that they were just masochistic psychopaths or just stupid idiots that couldn't think clearly. So if you really believe them, I'm no one to tell you that you're doing wrong and that you should walk away (do you, boo), but you probably are and you probably should reconsider whether this is really what you want and deserve.

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