17 Dec 2015

Bra-blems? Then this is for you!

Okay ladies, this post is for you (and I'm sure every single one of you can relate to this!). 
There is no better feeling than go home after a long day and finally be able to take off your bra.  And let me tell you, the other day, I was having one of those days when you bra just don't suit you well and it feels so tight and it hurts and arghh! So that's why I'm here today to share with  you guys my bra-blems and I'm giving you solutions for them :) 

Ok so let's get started, shall we? :) 

One big problem that girls/women have is that they actually don't know their real bra-size. I admit, I did buy wrong size bras just because I did not know how to measure my size or I was too afraid to ask. But ladies, really, don't be afraid to ask help when you are going to buy bras, you will see the difference when you are actually wearing the right size! It looks and feels so different. And if you are too shy to go and ask help, you can measure it by your self! :) 

   Another thing that annoys me more than anything is slipping straps. Especially when you are wearing a top and you can feel your strap slipping away from your shoulder and everyone can see it, its so annoying! But there is a simple solution for this one as well; you can actually tighten them up .  I admit, sometimes I'm too lazy to do this but it actually helps :D But don't put them too tight, then they will push your bra up and then again it won't feel very comfortable!

   And  i realized not so long ago that if you are suffering from bra gaps ( the gap between your bra and breast ) it can actually help you to get rid off it if you tighten up your straps! At least it helped me and I was like "why didn't I figured this out earlier?!?!" :DD  Also one thing I noticed is that if you are wearing a push-ups that will help you a little bit with the bra gap. 

Here is a little guide for you created by ThirdLove with some problems and solutions for all kind of bra-blems! :) If you are looking for a new bra, check out their bra collections page!

Let me know in the comment box if you are suffering any of these problems as well and how have you managed to cope with them! :) 

XoXo, Stella 

15 Dec 2015

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas

Good morning people! :) 

How are you all doing? My life has been pretty crazy for the past month or so. Last month I had my holiday and I went to Finland to see my friends and family. I stayed there only for one week, which was too short time period to see everyone and I felt like I was all the time in a rush, so it defo was not a relaxing holiday ( I didn't even have time for proper shopping spree!) but I don't complain. I got to see my love ones so that was all that mattered. And I lost one day because I was supposed to  fly with Lufthansa and they cancelled my first flight due to their stupid strike so I had to reroute my trip. 

After I came back I have been stuck with work and studying. Thank god my exams are now over and I have time to relax a bit from studying until next semester which starts in January :p 

And oh my god, Christmas is already next week!! I am not ready at all haha. I mean, the thing is, in Cyprus, no matter how much Christmas music you listen, no matter how much decorations you see, it just doesn't feel like Christmas, to be honest. I've been spending my Christmas here since 2009 and I do miss Christmas in Finland. There is different feeling, and I don't know. I really hope next year I am able to spend my Christmas in there. But at least I can bake some gingerbread cookies, maybe then it will feel more Christmas :p 

Anyways, I'm off to work soon so I need to finish my breakfast and then get ready! 

xoxo, Stella 


1 Nov 2015

November 1st

I can't believe it's already November. It feels like summer was yesterday and now it's suddenly almost Christmas time and the end of 2015. This month is gonna be so good since I will be going home to Finland to visit my friends and family! So excited! 

The weather in Cyprus has changed suddenly from hot to warm. I know, I know, +24 is not that bad but if you are used for +32 every day, it really feels quite cold !And I have been sick for the past few days and hopefully I will be soon fully recovered! I'm having sick leave until tomorrow and then 2 days off so that means I am gonna be full of energy (hopefully) for the rest of the week! 

I know it's been too long since I've posted so I decided to treat you with an outfit post (also because for once I actually had some good photos that I can share with you guys and enough time to blog!! ) so I hope you enjoy!


Also, there was one teeny-tiny creature who was spying on us! Meet little baby Blackie :)  


Sweatshirt: H&M
Jeans: Stradivarius
Shoes: Stradivarius

Hope your having a good, relaxing Sunday! I'm gonna go to make some tea now and relax (as I've been doing all day long)

XoXo Stella

27 Sep 2015

Yummy fall time recipe : Apple pie with oats

Hello friends! 

Ok so just because it's not even fall yet here in Cyprus that doesn't mean that I cannot be in "fall mood". I decided to make my very own apple pie today, but just so it wouldn't be just a basic apple pie I added some oats as well! This was really easy to make (except for me the part where you have to peel the apples, because I usually don't peel them) and it tastes amazing! 

Hope you enjoy this recipe and if you try let me know if this recipe was success or no ! :) 

Ingredients

100 g of  soft butter
1 egg
1½ dl of oats 
½ dl of sugar 
1½ dl of flour 
1 tsp of baking powder
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2-3 apples

For the oat topping: 

50 g of butter
½ dl of sugar
1 tsp of  vanllinsugar 
1½ dl of oats 

Note: For the oats I just used normal Quakers! :) So basically you can use any oats you want.

1. Preheat the oven 200 degrees Celsius 
2. Mix the butter, egg, oats, sugar, flour and baking powder together. 
3. Press the dough into a round pie dish using a little bit of flour ( if the dough feels sticky, flour will help to make it less stickier and easier to use)


4. Peel your apples and cut them into pieces. Add them on top of the dough (try to put them as flat as you can). 


5. And now the oat topping. Melt the butter in a pan. Take it off the heat and add sugar ad oats.
6. Sprinkle the mixture evenly on top of the pie


7.Put the pie into an oven and bake it approximately for 25 minutes. 


Enjoy the pie with custard sauce or vanilla ice cream (unfortunately I didn't have neither)  

XoXo Stella

19 Sep 2015

A year later

Hi guys! :) 

Ok so today it has been exactly one year since I left my job, packed my bags, left Finland and moved to Cyprus. And I have to say, I was afraid at first. I was afraid that nothing goes as I had planned and I have to move back. But now, things are great. I mean they are really great. I am studying to be an accountant, I am working in a great place and I have really nice apartment and boyfriend who I can always count on. 


This year has thought me a lot. A lot about myself, a lot about Cyprus and the way things roll in here. And I'm not quite sure if I like the way things are done here but at least I can say I'm happy. Of course I miss home, I miss my family and my friends but I would not wanna go back to Finland. Nah. But I'm not sure either if I'm going to spend the rest of my life here in Cyprus either. We will see. I'm still young, but at first I would like to finish my studies here and then see where the world takes me. 


Before I moved they said it will be hard. Hard to find job, hard to be on your on so far away from everything I am used to. But hey. I have proved everyone who have ever doubt me wrong. It took me less than 2 months to get my first job in here. It took me 4 months to find a good apartment. And it didn't take so long when I decided I wanted to change a job to get another one (which was one of the greatest decision I have made so far because I really enjoy my new job). Everything is possible if you just really want to. And yes I admit things wouldn't be this good if I hadn't have all the help from great people I have in my life but still, I have fought to be in a position that I am right now. And I really love my life. 


So my advise; believe in yourself. Believe that you can make it and you will. Dream. Because believing in your dreams will get you far if you are just ready to fight for them! 

xo, Stella 

4 Sep 2015

How to "lighten up" your bedroom

Heyyy friends!

Ok so I know that in most countries summer is almost (or already) over but here in Cyprus it's still really hot outside and there's no sing of autumn! And because I've been trying to survive my really hot summer nights I was all on board when Parachute asked me to share some of my tips on how to make your hot nights easier! I hope you enjoy! :)

The first thing I do before I go to bed is to open my air condition. And because I have three little cats living with me, so opening up my windows is not a question (did that once, woke up and my cats were sitting outside my window, luckily they didn't fell down!). I usually just open it for 30 minutes before I sleep just so that my room feels cooler.

Sheets from here: Parachute


It's also very important to have light sheets because it will make you feel more cooler than with winter sheets. Also I got rid of my duvet so I am just sleeping with cover sheet. ( You can also put your sheets in the freezer for a little while before you go to bed but just don't forget them :p) Parachute has some really nice sheets for summer time (and for the autumn time as well for you guys who live in colder countries). 

Candles from here : Parachute

I also tend to have my shutters closed so that the sun wont get in and make my room even hotter. Lightning up a fresh candle makes your air feel fresh too and it's always nicer to go to sleep with fresh air! Also I do have a glass of water or bottle next to me just in case I feel thirsty (also water makes you feel cooler ! ) 

Picture from here : Parachute

So here are few tips that I find very useful, what about you? Do you have some secret tips on how you survived hot summer nights? :) 

Xo, Stella 

7 Aug 2015

What would I wear if I had all the money in the world (Fall edition)

Hey hey hey! 

Ok so I know it's still August and at least here in Cyprus this week has been one of the hottest weeks this year (yesss on Monday and Tuesday temperatures were higher than 40 degrees Celsius!) butt I couldn't help my self to start looking for a little fall fashion inspirations and what I would be wearing this fall. And the thing is we really don't have fall here in Cyprus, so I'll be wearing my shorts until late October and maybe in December I can finally get my hoodies and sweatshirts and boots out of my closet ! But as I said, this heat has really made me miss fall time :( 

Anws here are few sets I created using Polyvore, what I would wear for: 

COFFEE / SHOPPING:  



casual


SCHOOL: 

back to school


NIGHT OUT:

Date night

DINNER WITH MY BOYFRIEND :

Fall

Which one is your favorite? :) 

Love, Stella 

5 Jul 2015

11 things you didn't know about me

I thought it would be nice to take part of the "11 things you didn't know about me" tag since I personally love to read these kind of posts! I got challenged by this beautiful blogger Nisha from Magpie Hut.

So here are her questions and my answers to them :)

1. If you could have any superpower what would it be and why? 

Ok this is a hard question for me! I've been thinking about this many times but i dont know! I may have to say the ability to fly, just because then I could just fly to see my family and friends in Finland whenever I feel like it! But on the other hand I would also like to be able to read others mind, that would be so coo too! 


2. If you were the ruler of the world what laws would you introduce? 

First of all I would put force a law protecting animal rights and everyone violating my new law would be punished the exact same way they have been treated animals. 
Second I would allow everyone to get married no matter if they are straight, gay, bi or whatever they want to be and with this law equal rights to everyone in all matters! 
Third law would be free monday morning coffee for everyone because we all know how Monday mornings are ! 


3. What was your last dream about?  

Haha normally I do remember my dreams but I have no idea what dream I saw last night! 


4. Where would your dream holiday be? 

USA or Bali or Maldives! 


5. If you had 10 euros to buy a gift for your best friend what would it be and why? 

Damn it 10 euros is not enough to buy her a plain ticket to Cyprus! Oh well I would probably make a book for her with our pictures and memories on it ! <3 


6. If you could teleport to anywhere right now where would you go? 

I would go to Finland to see my friends and family, especially my little brother since he is going to army tomorrow ! 


7. What food/drink can't you live without? 

I have to say coffee just because If I don't get my morning coffee my day will be ruined! 


8. In a life movie about you, who would play your character and why? 

Ok this is a hard question! I think I have to say Leighton Meester, just because I think she is great actress and I think she would do a great job actin me! 


9. Who in your life makes you feel amazing? 

I don't know if I should say my boyfriend since its kind of obvious that he makes me feel amazing, but I would also say my oldest friend who I've known since we were born! She always makes me feel good about my self especially when I'm insecure about my self! 


10. What advice would you give to your 5 year old you? 
Enjoy being child because it's the only time of your life when you don't have to worry about anything! Go outside and play with your friends, enjoy nature and have fun. 


11. What's the bravest thing you've ever done? 

The bravest thing I've done is when I moved to Cyprus. I left everything, my family, my friends, my job, everything behind me in Finland and moved alone to Cyprus. But Im glad I did it. Im proud of my self for doing it. 


Love, Stella xx

4 Jul 2015

Cool for the Summer

Hey hey hey! 

Haha I didn't remember that it was this hard to come up with good post title! I just love mornings where you are not in a hurry and you can do what ever you like! Its so hot outside but I still love to drink my morning coffee despite the fact that it makes me feel even hotter but who cares right!

These pictures are from two weekends back when me and my boyfriend we went to Limassol Marina for a Sunday lunch. I just love that place. It's so beautiful day and night time too! You eyes can really relax there just looking at the ocean ! I wish I had a yacht there but hey maybe one day, you never know haha :p  


I mean just look at this view!! So beautiful!! 


My outfit was really casual. All winter I had been dreaming of white sneakers because they really go with every outfit. I had been looking these sneakers from Stradivarius and when my bff came here and got the blue ones I thought what the heck I will buy the white ones then, and to be honest haven't regret it at all!  Those shoes are so comfy and they look really nice!


I don't know about you guys but the past few years I've been struggled to get a good pair of jean shorts. I mean at least here in Cyprus they tend to sell shorts that basically doesn't cover your butt and I just dont feel comfortable wearing shorts like that plus for me they dont even look good! This year I was lucky (and on time!!) and I found these jeans shorts and they are perfect! They are not too low nor do they show your butt! And I have to be honest I was kind of scared to buy lighter color jeans since I feel like its making me look bigger but I was so wrong and these are defo my favorite shorts at the moment!  


Top: H&M
Jeans Shorts: Stradivarius 
Shoes: Stradivarius
Bag: H&M
Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Love, Stella xx 

3 Jul 2015

IM BACK!

Hello friends!

Long time no see hu? Well I'm so sorry for dissapearing like that but it just I had so much going on with my life with my friend coming to Cyprus, work and school, but now my first exams are over (which btw went much better than I thought, I passed them all!!) and since my school does not continue for like in 10 days I decided to come back and start blogging again! I do have so much material and pictures waiting to get published and I am really excited to be able to write again!! :) 

I had off today from work so I went to my bf's pool! It has been so hot today even tho it's quite windy outside but the wind is really warm and not helping with the heat!! But I'm so happy that it's summer, because it's my favorite time of the year! I've already swum in the ocean once and it was really cold :D But my family is coming here in few weeks and I'm so excited about it and it also means I get to go to swimming pools and beach more often, yay! :)







How's your summer been so far? :)

Love, Stella xoxo

1 Apr 2015

April 1st

Happy April 1st everybody! This is probably the first year when I haven't tried to do any april fools! And no one has done them for me, so, so good so far ! Here in Cyprus April 1st is a public holiday (don't even ask me why :D) so I had a day off from work today! The weather was so lovely today, sun was shining and it was warm outside so we decided to go for a little beach walk with my boyfriend. But as soon as we arrived to the beach it started to look a little cloudy and because it was windy too we didn't last that long and came back to home! 

Ooooohhhh, my best friend will come to Cyprus this month!!! 17 days left !!! <3 But before that it will be quite busy for me with studying and working (hence it's Easter next week here in Cyprus I will be working more hours I think! )








Love, Stella 

26 Mar 2015

My make-up essentials


Hey friends! So today I wanted to share with you guys my make-up essentials. All of these products have found their way to my make-up bag and most of these I have bought over and over again when they have emptied!



Face : 


Lumene CC foundation; The reason I love it so much is because it's feels so light in your skin but at the same time it gives you the right coverage plus you wont be left with spots and color differences because it will blend with your own skin color! Plus it has SPF 20 :) This is actually my 3rd bottle! :) 

Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation; This is also a light foundation and has SPF 15 in it, which is great! It gives you fresh look and will brighten your face !

Lumene concealer; This is actually the first concealer I have tried and I fell in love with it so much.  I have really dark circles under my eyes and I was positively surprised how well this works! It gives me good coverage and I am actually having my 3rd tube at the moment! The negative thing is that they don't sell this here in Cyprus so I have to wait that my friends and family comes here so they can bring it to me with them!

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder; This is defo the best powder I have tried (with low money). I've been using this powder for years now and I wouldn't change it ! It's only 6euros and will last for a while so yeah, I highly recommend this one!



Nivea soft moisturizing cream;  Again this is one of the products I have been using for years and I wouldn't change this cream because it really softens my skin and moisturizes it!

LIPS: 


Yves Saint Laurent Lip gloss in a shade 4 Fuchsia Vermeil ; Best lip gloss I've used. It's so smooth and lasts long time! also gives you a nice shine and it smells delicious! 

Tanya Burr lip gloss, Afrodite ; I usually don't like red lip glosses but this one is an exception! It doesn't give you the bright red effect, it's lighter and this one too, it lasts long and is not sticky! 

Maybelline Baby Lips ; I bet you've all heard about these goodies here! I have all the shades available in Cyprus and Finland plus I got the ones with black tube from Feelunique and once again I got all the shades available! I just love these lip palms they are so moisturizing and the ones with color they actually looks really nice on your lips! Love them!

Bourjois lipstick; I'm not a lipstick girl but I love Bourjois' lipsticks! They last on your lips and they give you a nice moisture at the same time! Highly recommend! 

EYES: 


Maybelline Volume Express mascara; I've been very happy with this mascara and I have been using this for maaany years! It makes my lashes look longer and thicker and it stays all day without making your under eyes look dark! And I have the non waterproof version but I got to say even when it rains this will stay on! So yeah I really recommend this one! And it's lump free :) 

H&M eyebrow liner; This is surprisingly good if you think that it costs less than 2 euros! I have been using this one for years and I am so happy with the way it makes my eyebrows look like! 

So there you go guys, my favorite beauty products that I keep purchasing over and over again! What are your beauty essentials ? :) 

Love, Stella 

13 Mar 2015

How to clean old sneakers & make them look like new again

Okay so it's spring time again and this means putting those winter boots back to your closet and it's time for sneakers! I don't know about you guys, but after a while for using sneakers no matter how careful you try to be they still get dirty :/ 

I recently wanted to restore my old Adidas Superstars (they are work in process at the moment!) because they were so dirty and got yellow, so I searched good ways to make them like new again. I will be posting about them later on IF and WHEN i will get them clean again!! But in the meanwhile, I cleaned my other Adidas sneakers. They are few years old and I haven't been wearing them much lately because they looked so dirty, but now, they look like new again! And while I was cleaning them I thought it would be nice to share my cleaning tip with you guys, I'm sure there's lots of you out there who would appreciate this quick, simple and  inexpensive tip so here we go! :) 

All you need is Miraclean stain remover ( I'm using Vileda ), water and pair of sneakers that you would like to clean! Wet the stain remover and start rubbing your shoes! You will immediately see the difference and it doesn't take longer than few minutes and volá, you have clean sneakers! Easy, 
right? :) 

Vileda's Miraclean Stain remover 

BEFORE: 

(I had already cleaned the right shoe, left shoe is still dirty! See the difference!!)


AFTER:



Looks much better right? :) 

Kisses, Stella 

9 Mar 2015

Saturday night @ the beach

Last Saturday night I went for a little car drive with my friends and before heading back to home we decided to go and sit on the beach. It was the warmest evening so far, so it was really nice to just sit and relax and breath the sea air! I just love the scent of the ocean!! 

Sooo because once again had Emily with me I asked her to take some outfit pictures, I know the pictures are not that great since it was night-time but I still liked them, hope you do too :) 







Jeans: Bershka
Sweater: Bershka
Fur vest: Tally Weijl
Shoes: H&M

Ohh btw, I started Atkins diet today (im doing only the first phase which is induction) so I will be posting my results after two weeks when it's over! But if you like I can do a meal posts and process post during the week, just let me know in the comment box !! :)  

Kisses, Stella