Thursday, 28 April 2016

✰ PROM SHENANIGANS ✰ | Personal

I wasn't planning to go to my school prom,  to be completely honest. Our school is incredibly small and as a result, we have a prom every year with grades 9 - 12 so it isn't really that special for seniors. Some of my friends in my grade weren't going either, as we had decided we were going to have our own party to celebrate at one of our friends houses with food, drinks, music and each other's company. 




The deadlines for Prom Tickets had arrived and I was certain I wasn't going to go. My friends and I started planning more for the party we would be going to instead of Prom at school. Our school newsletter informed us that the deadlines for Prom tickets had been extended because not many people had bought tickets yet. I still didn't want to go though, because I knew I would have more fun with my friends house party than at an event with the rest of the school, so instead of planning for the school prom, I was getting things ready for the house party.

In any case.

My boyfriend (then close friend) asked me to Prom, so I ended up going with him and a group of friends. The first prom was at school, with a buffet dinner and dancing and a night that seemingly ended but also began at the same time. 





"Can you take a photo of us?"

My friends and I had arrived at the venue in suits, ties, fancy dresses, heels and makeup. We left in jeans and t-shirts and after getting drinks and snacks, headed off to the metro which would take us to The Hague where we'd be spending the rest of our night. We took the metro and then got onto a tram and then took the wrong bus and had to get off at the following bus stop to go back. We waited at that bus stop for ages as we thought that it was coming in 4 minutes.


Waiting for the bus

But the time just didn't change.

It had been four minutes for nearly half an hour and that's when one girl in our group pointed out that the bus time read 00:04, meaning the bus would only be arriving at four minutes past midnight and it was currently 23:30. We all laughed at our mistake as we carried on walking in the dark, streetlights and Google Maps guiding our way.



The After Prom

When we finally arrived at the venue, everyone put their stuff down, took their coats off and got comfortable. We started catching up, as only the group I had arrived with had gone to prom and the group that was at the house had been there since about 18:00, so we filled each other in on any details we had missed. It was a really good time, mostly because there was no small talk being made (that may or may not have been influenced by alcohol) but the vibe was really relaxed because most of us knew one another and the conversations didn't come to an end, no matter how many disruptions and interruptions we had. There we were,  a group of international students in a living room, talking about sunsets in America, beaches in South Africa, parties in Poland and food in Cambodia with a playlist featuring artists such as The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Halsey, Britney Spears, ASAP Rocky and more of which I can only recognize by singing along to because I'm familiar with the song and not the actual artist. 



I heard 'Come On Eileen' by Dexy's Midnight Runners start playing and I immediately looked across the room at another girl, and just by making eye contact, we both knew that we were going to dance together. We put our drinks down and rushed to the middle of the living room, linking arms and spinning around wildly until the room became a blur, each other's faces the only thing in focus. We were laughing as we spun, taking up the whole living room and singing without a single care in the world. In that fleeting moment, it was just the song and our laughter that mattered.




The rest of the night consisted of more drinks, food, inside jokes and deep conversations and I couldn't stop thinking to myself how lucky I was to be surrounded by people like these. People that think more than they say but you know that they understand you, whether it's through a lengthy conversation, a quick glance or a lazy smirk. We partied until the early a.m, until people started going home or falling asleep, some still dressed in their suits from prom. 

The next morning was a fun one. Everyone made their way back downstairs, laughing at last night's shenanigans while we ate a breakfast of eggs, toast, pancakes and drank either coffee or orange juice. We were already reminiscing about the night before because it was Sunday and we all knew that tomorrow it would be back to school with what felt like the weight of the world on our shoulders as the stress of exams, presentations and university applications started creeping up on us again. How we would all function the next day none of us knew. We were literally zombies disguised as a group of teenagers, dressed in pajamas and prom dresses, with messy hair and unbrushed teeth and faces covered in makeup we were too lazy to take off the night before. 

After breakfast, most people started getting ready to go home as it was nearly noon and for some of us, the weekend wasn't entirely over as there was still a lot to be done. I think that's what made it worth it though, the fact that although our lives are all so busy, we make time to meet up. Our plans don't always happen unfortunately, but when they do I treasure them because they're meaningful. Like I said before, everyone's always in a rush and when you do get a moment, whether that's a second or a day, to just sit back and appreciate the presence of people you care about, how absolutely  alive they can make you feel and how happy you are when you are surrounded by them, nothing else matters.


~Miah~


Disclaimer: None of these photos were taken by me but by a photographer or friends. I watermarked them for obvious reasons. My prom was two weekends ago but I decided to write this post in any case.




Monday, 25 April 2016

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette | Review ✧

I've been wanting to write this review for ages! After a few months of hearing other bloggers rave about the Zoeva eyeshadow palettes, I decided to get my hands on one to see what the hype was about. The palette that I purchased online from Douglas is the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette!

As always, I love discussing packaging. The eyeshadow palette comes in a little box that has the exact same print as the palette, so you slide the eyeshadow container out before you use it. Although I'm not too crazy about the gold and brown print of the actual container, I love how sturdy it is and that it fits perfectly in my makeup drawer. 



When you open it, the first thing you see is the super cute detailing inside that says 'selected with love'. I would personally have preferred a smaller mirror because I think that comes in handy when doing an eye look, especially for traveling purposes. The Cocoa Blend Palette features 10 eyeshadows (7 shimmer and three matte) in a variety of warm tones. The website describes it as 'luxuriously pigmented and easy to blend' and I kid you not, they are insanely pigmented! A little seriously goes a long way which is great because not only will you get your money's worth but the staying power is absolutely amazing too, plus the names are adorable! 



All of the eyeshadows are super buttery and blend out effortlessly. Aside from the gorgeous names, ('warm notes', 'delicate acidity' and 'subtle blend' are currently my favourites) one thing that I personally love about this palette is the versatilityYou can create so many different looks, from soft matte and subtle looks to shimmery dramatic and glamorous eye looks. This is the perfect palette for an easy everyday eye or if you want something a little bit more edgy for a night look.


Let me know what you think about this palette if you have it. If you don't, would you purchase it?


 ~ Miah ~ 

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Thursday, 21 April 2016

An Open Letter To All Insomniacs | Sleep Hacks ☽

Dear Insomniac,


Photo Credits: Pinterest


Welcome to the club! I know you probably had no intention of joining, yet somehow you happened to become a VIP member with a non-existent sleeping pattern. Whether you wake up around 3am or just can't sleep at all, here are a few things you should probably know to get a good night's sleep. 

Firstly, something that a lot of people don't realize is that eating habits greatly affect your sleeping pattern. Many people have small breakfasts and big dinners when really it should be the other way around, with a big breakfast and a light dinner. I know you probably don't have time in the morning, who does? A little hack for this would be to limit your coffee intake in the morning and having a space between your dinner and the time you go to bed. 

Secondly, just admit that you're the type of person who scrolls through their phone right before you go to bed. If you are, stop. Technology impacts the quality of your sleep in ways that you don't even know about. It suppresses melatonin, a hormone that helps you to get sleep so the longer you're on your phone, the more melatonin is suppressed and that results in a terrible night's sleep because your body isn't producing the hormone that helps you to get rest. 

Another obvious factor is stress. Not to scare you or anything, but insomnia is actually a symptom and a cause of anxiety, and in some cases, depression.  Lowering your stress levels will help you to sleep a lot sounder and leave you feeling a lot happier, so try to find time for yourself. Do things that you enjoy, whether that's listening to music or going for a walk.

Did you know that you can control your insomnia by just relaxing? Interestingly enough - cleaner bedrooms help people to sleep better So, fellow insomniac, if your room is messy you should probably consider tidying up a little before you attempt to relax. Even if you're not sleeping or feeling tired, just lying down tricks your brain into releasing hormones that will allow for you to get some rest.  I suggest winding down an hour before you usually go to bed if you can - this includes getting rid of any distractions, especially technology. 

Lastly, know that tons of people can't sleep at night for various reasons, so you are definitely not the only one. What works for others may not necessarily work for you, but just try it out and hopefully your sleeping pattern will exist sometime soon.

Stay groovy!
~ Miah ~ 

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Monday, 18 April 2016

8 Things I love about Italy | Travel ☼

As some of you may know, I really love traveling. When I can, I like to go on adventures. These are usually with my family, but sometimes my friends and I explore different cities for the day, with the exception of the times we visited Costa Rica and Belgium.  (If you want to read about Costa Rica, click here and if you want to read about Belgium, click here.) I've been lucky enough to visit Italy a couple of times, mainly Venice and Rome. I love Italy's atmosphere; I find it to be very happy and relaxed, especially in Summer, which is what inspired me to write this post. 


The streets in Portofino
I loved wandering through the streets of Portofino. There's so much to see, hear and smell. It was never boring and it was incredibly peaceful. Street musicians would play their guitars, artists would paint on the sidewalk and the smell of freshly cooked food was everywhere because there were loads of cafes and restaurants in the area. I loved walking down this street specifically because all the trees in this street had a bunch of mandarins growing from them and it was honestly so beautiful. 


The Colosseum in Rome
I am not really fond of tourist attractions. I know they're popular for a reason but I really dislike waiting in long lines and feeling claustrophobic because of the big crowds. The Colosseum is a different story - it's honestly such an experience and time passes quickly because there is a lot to distract yourself with. While you wait in line, you can take photos with guards who are dressed up like gladiators, watch street performers and purchase incredible artwork or buy a custom spray-painted canvas, courtesy of insanely talented street artists or buskers. The actual inside of the colosseum is so breathtaking. It is an amphitheater, previously used for re-enactments of famous battles, executions, animal hunts and contests between gladiators - all symbolic of Imperial Rome. As the name suggests, it's absolutely massive and just in case you didn't know, it used to seat up to 50,000 people.



Accommodation in Correzzola
By far the most impressive accommodation I had stayed in while visiting Italy. The house was massive and inside was quite spacious too, not only were there loads of rooms that ranged from bedrooms to a study, there was one room that just had a couch and an antique bookcase filled with journals which I thought was really cool. Outside in the yard, there was a patch of flowers growing which the owners of the house had planted, as well as a big fireplace perfect for a family BBQ.  The actual house is situated right next to a tennis court but aside from that, it was incredibly isolated from everything else. I liked that though, we had to drive for a while to find places to eat as well as grocery stores etc which allowed us to explore the area a bit more, resulting in some interesting discoveries.




Canals in Venice

Venice is one of my favourite places to explore in Italy. Of course, each one of the cities I've visited hold a special place in my heart, but Venice is magical. I took this photo in an alley while I was waiting for my mom and gran who were in a souvenir store and it just made me realize how many amazing little surprises Venice has.  Some alleys have buildings that are covered in graffiti, others have no graffiti but bright doors and then you come across gems like these, the canals in alleys that you can only cross by walking over a bridge. I love the bridges too, they're mostly wooden and gorgeous flowers grow around the fencing as you can see in the photo above.

Acquario di Genoa in Genova
If you're a fan of all things ocean related like I am, you'll love Acquario di Genova, which is located in Genova, Italy. It is the largest aquarium in Europe and there are so many wonderful things to learn about the ocean, from species you didn't even know existed to how to make the ocean a more sustainable ecosystem. My favourite part was learning about sharks, piranhas and also coral reefs - which, by the way, happen to be the life source of the ocean. Interestingly enough, the aquarium is sectioned off based on the seven continents, so you have the option to learn about aquatic plants and other life forms from all over the world. The aquarium also has tons of  souvenir stores, restaurants, clothing stores and offer dolphin shows.  



The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Tuscany
The photo that I took does the actual sight no justice. It's beautiful and looks like it is about to fall any second, which is actually quite scary if you think about it while you stand underneath it. Inside there are loads of stairs and once inside the bell tower and looking down, you notice how tiny everything really is, as the tower is situated 56m above the ground.



Accommodation in Genova
The accommodation in Genova was absolutely gorgeous. My family and I stayed in a cute two bedroom apartment close to the beach and the harbour. The apartment was absolutely gorgeous, with detailed ceilings and vintage furniture. The building was fairly high up with large windows that we opened in the evening because it was so hot.  Our hosts were lovely too - the first night that we arrived we were greeted with a homemade apple tart which was absolutely delicious. I loved this room the most; this photo was actually taken in the living room which had a brilliant view of the area that we were staying in. 

The harbour in Portofino
I loved the harbour in Portofino. Not only is it surrounded by loads of little cafes, souvenir stores and ice-cream stands, but it is also secluded and looks absolutely gorgeous in the late afternoon where the sunlight casts a warm glow over the village and makes the light on water reflect back, resulting in what appears to be the sea sparkling. 

I hope you liked my little travel post. I know it's not very conventional, but I hope you enjoyed reading! 

~ Miah ~
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Monday, 11 April 2016

Top 5 Travel Tips For An Amazing Adventure! | Collab Post with Sheri!

Welcome back to my blog, everyone! Today I am collaborating with the lovely Sheri! We will each be sharing our Top 5 Travel Tips to get you ready for your next adventure! 

Tip #1. Plan Way Ahead
You always think you have more time - truth is, you never really do. Depending on how far you are traveling, make sure to plan a couple of months ahead. Plane tickets are generally more affordable, you don't want to wait until peak season because you'll pay more for your flight ticket than any of your expenses. Make sure to include all important documents, allergies, medication etc. Planning ahead of time will leave less room for doubt and more time for you to enjoy the experience!

Tip #2. Get Comfortable
I don't just mean comfortable clothing on the plane (or car, if you're going on a road-trip) I mean get comfortable with yourself. As fun as it can be, traveling is draining but it's also an opportunity to grow. Try to stay calm in challenging situations, get comfortable with your surroundings; embrace the environment, cuisine, culture. It'll be so much more of an experience if you allow yourself to be part of it. 

Tip #3. Don't Just Pack For The Weather
You may be thinking, 'what?'. Hear me out. Obviously pack clothes, equipment etc for the expected weather, but make sure you have a few clothing choices for the unexpected. For example, you could be going somewhere where it's always sunny, but it'll suck if it suddenly starts pouring with rain and you have no warm clothes to change into. 

Tip #4. Wake Up Early
Different places are much more interesting to experience if you experience them at different times of the day! Make sure you get enough rest, but try to wake up an hour earlier than you usually would to explore where you are and get familiar with your surroundings. Not only will you get to experience something completely new, but you'll also interact with more locals, take wonderful photos and get to see things you came to see without having to push past a  large crowd or wait in a long line!


Tip #5. Listen To The Locals
Tourist Hotspots are hotspots for a reason. For one, the media only shows you those spots to entice you to visit them. Tons of people go there because that's where they think the main attractions are. Sure, that may be the case but definitely not always. If you really want to have a good time, take a day and explore where the locals go. It'll be cheaper, you'll see amazing things and most importantly, you'll get to see how the people really live as opposed to how the media portrays them.


That's it for my Top 5 Travel Tips! As mentioned before, this was a collaboration post with Sheri, so be sure to read her half. 


Until Thursday, 
Miah

Saturday, 2 April 2016

March Favourites!

Welcome back to my blog everyone! Today's post is going all about a couple of items that I enjoyed using throughout the month of March! I have been extremely busy during March, hence the lack of blog posts. I also haven't been trying out as many products as I've been preoccupied with schoolwork and editing some footage of a little video that will be uploaded soon. For now, here are my March Favourites!

As some of you may already know, I love Real Techniques brushes. My favourite would definitely have to be their Expert Face Brush as it blends in foundation flawlessly, but recently I've been loving these from their Original Collection. The top brush is a buffing brush, very handy for blending in foundation or powder in small circular motions. The bottom brush is one that I've recently started using more frequently and it is used for contouring. Simply swirl it in a little bit of bronzer and contour away!

These three lip balms were  a gift from my little sister. They are the Jelly Belly Collection Lip Balms and my favourite three are the ones above. From left to right I have them in 'Very Cherry', 'Bubble Gum' and 'Tutti Frutti'. All three are perfect for moisturizing your lips and great before you do your makeup. They're my go-to night products and leave my lips feeling supple, soft and most importantly, hydrated!

I mentioned this product in a collective review once. It is the Victoria's Secret Travel Body Wash in one of my favourite scents; 'Love Spell'. It's perfect for Spring time which is why I've been using it more often as it leaves a subtle yet lingering scent. Just like the body mist, it is a lavish mixture of white jasmine, cherry blossom and peach.


The last product was one that I was very hesitant about. It is the PS. Love To GLOW Moisturizer. The reason why I was hesitant about purchasing this product is because it was purchased from Primark - a place that specializes in clothing, not skincare. I am very skeptical when it comes to purchasing products from companies that don't specialize in them. Similar to how you wouldn't go to a Steakhouse for a vegan meal, if you get my drift. I was pleasantly surprised with this product though. It definitely gave my complexion a dewy finish and I apply it under foundation. It helps makeup look so light and fresh, perfect for that Spring Look!

That's it for my March favourites! I am now adulting, and actually have a blogging schedule. From now one, (this post excluded, obviously) I will post on Mondays and Thursdays. 
Let me know which items made your March Favourites list! 

Love, 
Miah

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