Thursday, 18 June 2015

Top 5 Life: Ways To Deal With A Long Drive

Hello lovelies! Being a 21 year old student who moved quite a few times I have had my fair share of long drives. Whether it's because you want to go home and visit you family or you're going on a fun road trip with a friend - trust me I know what it feels like to sit in a car for up to nine hours. So I thought why not share my top five tips on how to deal with a long drive. Here goes:

Be Well Rested:
The one thing that's essential even before you get in the car is being well rested. There is nothing worse - and dangerous - than being tired on a long drive. Time will appear to go by so slowly and it will be very had to concentrate. I did this once and had to stop at a lay-by to take a nap. Definitely not a great feeling!

Prepare Snacks: 
The first thing you want to do, when you're getting ready for a long drive, is making sure you have enough snacks to last you the whole way through. You want to make sure, if you're planning on taking fruits or veggies (or anything else for that matter), you prepare them in a way you can easily get to. Take a bag or a food box and put them on the front passenger seat, so you don't have to look for them while driving. If you don't want to prepare anything make sure you eat before hand. You don't want to drive on an empty stomach. You never know if you are going to get stuck in traffic or anything like that.

Make sure you have easy to open drinks. The last thing you want to do when you're on the motorway going 80 or even 90 miles an hour, is faffing around with water bottles or coffee cups. I always use one of theses sports bottles you can get at the gym. Also, avoid sugary drinks like red bull or coke. They might wake you up for a short time but once the effect wears off you are going to be even more tired. 

Good Music:
For me, probably the most important thing for a long drive. I cannot drive for hours and hours straight without my favourite songs. If you have a newer car and a Spotify account (or any other streaming service for that matter) you can prepare a long playlist with all the songs you love. If you still have to use CDs - like I do - you can put all you favourite songs on an empty CD and create your own compilation. I also really like to mix it up during a long drive so I usually have one with all my current faves, one with great sing along songs and one with old classics like NSync or Backstreet Boys. Good music makes a long drive so much more comfortable! Again - if you have to use CDs make sure they are easy to get to, if you use your Spotify make sure the playlist is long enough so you don't feel the need to take your phone and look for new songs whilst driving. 

Take Breaks:
This is the one I struggle with the most. Now even though it's probably very good and beneficial to take a break every once in a while and walk around or get some fresh air, I'm one of these people who just want to get to their destination as fast as possible - especially when I'm driving alone. 

There are obviously many more ways to make a long drive more comfortable but I still hope this post helped at least some of you. I'm now going to pack of my drive back home to visit my parents. If you have any more tips, please share them below. I would love to know! xo, Marie 

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Monthly Playlist: May 2015

Happy Sunday loves! It's favourites time again but not plain old beauty favourites - no - it's time to share my monthly playlist with you lovely lot! I know I'm probably the 100th blogger to say how weird it is that we are already half way through 2015, but seriously where has the time gone? Crazy. Anyways I feel like this month has been about revisiting some old favourites. Not just when it comes to music though. I've been loving my NARS Sheer Glow again! As some of you might know I've also been on holiday in May so most of the songs are quite summery and happy, I hope you enjoy!

Ghost - Ella Hernderson
This song reminds me of my last holiday in Spain with one of my best friends which is one of the reasons why I still love it so much! We discovered it on a spanish video and I immediately went on iTunes and bought it. If you haven't heard it yet, make sure to give it a listen. Unfortunately I don't really like the other songs on her album but this one is great!

You know when you are obsessed with an album and love it so so much you have to stop listing to it because you've overdone it? That's what I had to do with Ed Sheerans' album. I haven't listened to it for months and I'm now getting back into it and it's so good! I'm glad I put it back onto one of my playlist!

James Bay - Let It Go
Another James Bay song. I'm telling you I'm jut obsessed with his album, all his songs are amazing but this one is definitely my favourite. It's so quiet and stripped down and the lyrics are beautiful - right up my street!

DJ Snake and Aluna George - You Know You Like It
If I had to choose my absolute favourite from the month of May this would probably be it. I've listened to this song - I don't know - maybe 200 times..? I feel like the beat is on point and I love the way she sings. Great song!

There you go guys, these are all the songs I've been loving in May! If you know any songs you think I could like, please let me know! xo, Marie 

Monday, 1 June 2015

Spring Getaway: Cala Millor

Hi lovelies! I hope you all had a great weekend. If you follow me on my Twitter or Instagram you probably already know that I went on a short holiday with my mum, just to relax and recharge my batteries for the next weeks (semester finals are coming up - yaay). I got last night and wanted to go straight back to creating content for you and while there are a few holiday posts waiting for you I thought I would start off with my Spain photo diary. I didn't take a tone of pictures but I wanted to share the stunning scenery with you. If you ever feel like going on a short getaway Cala Millor is the best place to go. You have the option of piece and quiet but also the option to go out or go shopping. I absolutely loved it there!

xo, Marie

Sunday, 10 May 2015

You Are More Beautiful Than You Think

Hello my loves! I hope you all are doing well! A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a video from the Dove YouTube Channel and instantly wanted to share it with you guys. In the video they asked multiple women to sit with a forensic artist and describe their face. The artist took his time and drew the women based on what they described. Then they asked strangers, who just met these women for the first time, to describe what they saw. And what they saw was completely different from what the women described. After the sketch was finished they hung them up right next to each other and asked the women to come back in. And what happened next was just so beautiful. 

They asked the women back inside, showed them the sketches and asked what do you see? Even then most of them said a more beautiful version of me. Even then they didn't realise that this is who they are, this is their beauty. 

The one thing they all agreed with is that they need to work on themselves. Not on their looks but on the way they see themselves. To be honest if I would've been asked to describe my face I probably would've stuck with my big nose, my big oval face, my thin, frizzy hair and my dry skin - which are the things I don't like about my face. I would've totally forgotten about the things I feel are okay, like my eyes or my lips, or the way my eyebrows are shaped. 

Seeing all these women looking at their sketches and realising that they are way more beautiful than they think made me think that maybe we are just not made to see ourselves in the right light. The thing is, just because you are not blond or brunette or have a sculpted face and big blue eyes or a clear skin doesn't mean you are not beautiful. Beauty is relative which means that what might not look great to you, can look beyond beautiful to another person. We as women spend so much time analysing the things we feel are wrong that we actually oversee all the the things that are right. We definitely are our own worst critic. But life is so short, we shouldn't waist time worrying what others think about us, about the way we look because most of the time they won't think the same.

I feel like this is not just about low self-esteem, this also is about perspective. We deal with our personalities every day, we look at our bodies every day - sometimes more often than we should. We fight out own battles every day which is why, over time, we lose perspective. What the women described weren't necessarily their facial features, what they described were the battles they are fighting. One woman talked about her tired and sad looking face which as you can see from the video wasn't at all what her facial features implied, it was what she felt like. She felt tired and sad, yet when you look at it from a perspective, her face still looked beautiful. Which is why we all should take the time and try to see us from a different angle. We should try to see ourselves like strangers do, because when they look at us they don't see our battles. Our battles don't define us.

So next time we stand in front of the mirror we should say you know what maybe I look tired today but my eyes are still big and beautiful, maybe I look sad today but that's okay. I might be sad now but I won't be forever. Always remember, this too shall pass. xo, Marie 

Monday, 4 May 2015

15 MORE Random Facts

Hello there beauties! I hope you all had a great weekend! I actually had something amazing planned for todays post. I was going to talk about the way we see ourselves versus the way others see ourselves and I had it all planned, drafted and ready to go up I got distracted and pressed delete instead of publish, yaaay me! Anyways when I was scrolling through my older posts, in desperate need of a new blog post idea I came across my first 15 Random Facts About Me tag and saw that this was almost a year ago. So I thought, because I've gained some new readers why not share 15 additional random facts about me. It's always nice to get to know the person behind the blog, isn't it? 

1. I am an only child.

2. I have a phobia of snakes.
I can't even watch them on TV. I don't even know why, they just make me feel really uncomfortable! 

3. I never had braces.

4. I'm great at distracting myself.
Yep, guilty! When it comes to studying or anything else I always find something to distracted myself, sometimes it's YouTube, sometimes my TV. But sometimes I just like to stare at my wall!

5. I play with my hair, a lot! 
Some people take it completely wrong and think I'm flirting with them. But I'm not it's just a bad habit I picked up years ago. My best friend, at the time, did it all the time so one day I started doing it as well.

 6. My current favourite movies are Despicable Me 1 & 2.
I can't get enough! Seriously, if you ever have a bad day turn on the first one and you can feel your mood getting better and better. The little girl Agnes is the funniest and cutest girl ever! I still can't get over the scene at the funfair - so adorable! 

7. Speaking of Despicable Me, I have a mild (yeah more like extreme) obsession with Minions.
I do, if you haven't guessed already from my Twitter background or my countless photos on Instagram. I just love these little creatures! Have you seen the trailer of the Minion movie coming out this summer? I'm definitely going to see it the day it comes out!

8. When I'm watching a TV series that's already finished I always google what happens next.
This goes back to the fact that I'm really impatient, I think. I just can't wait to find out what happens to the characters. If someone goes missing, for example, I go on google and find out what happened in no time. It's a bad habit I know but I just can't help myself. 

9. I think too much. 
This goes for everything really. If something embarrassing or bad happened I still find myself thinking about it - late at night - a year or two later.

10. I believe that everything happens for a reason.
Probably the most common and annoying saying ever but I really think it's true. Even if we may not understand it at the time but if you hang in there, I feel like all pieces will eventually fall into place. You just have to have some faith. 

11. I love the rain, especially in the summer. 

12. I love kindness. 
Something that should be common sense, but if you actually think about it there is not much kindness around these days, especially from strangers. I mean is it too hard to smile when you're walking but staring at me anyways? Is it too hard to hold the door open? Is it too hard to help when you see someone struggling with heavy bags? I don't think so! But if you actually meet someone who smiles at you or holds the door open it can make your day! 

13. I LOVE to sleep! 
When I was younger I never wanted to go to sleep at night but as soon as parents stopped telling me when to sleep I went to bed at ten (latest eleven!) and had a (sometimes) four hour nap after school. 

14. I would love to be a child again. 
Not only because I had a great childhood but also because, looking back, being a child was so easy. No worries, everything is taken care of and the biggest decision you have to make is what you want to eat for dinner. 

15. To this day, I only broke one bone in my life! 
I broke my right foot when I was sixteen. Wanna know how it happened? Well, wait for it... I was drunk and fell over a freshly cut bush of roses. Yes you've read right, a bush of roses. Even better, I didn't even feel it and continued walking home for another ten minutes. The next morning I woke up with a red/blue/purple foot and thought I might wanna get that checked out. I told the doctor what happened and he laughed at me and said, careful there might be some bushes out there. Moral of that story, keep away from the bushes or try to come up with a really fascinating story when your doctor asks. 

There you go, these are some more random facts about me. Now you know how I broke my foot and what I do when I'm supposed to be studying, great! Do you have any random facts you'd like to share? I'd love to know! Have a great week! xo, Marie 

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Monthly Playlist: April 2015

Hello lovelies! So you know how, at the end of the month, all bloggers post their monthly favourites? Well it's that time again but instead of just sharing my beauty favourites (which will be up next week) I kind of want to change it up a bit and introduce a new series to my blog, my monthly playlist. I've said it multiple times before but just in case you stumbled on my blog just now, I am a total music addict. Music is one of my biggest passions and essential to my day-to-day life. I literally can't get up or go to sleep without listening to music and I absolutely love discovering new songs. So I thought why not share my faves with you. So from now on at the end of (hopefully) every month I will upload a playlist with all my current faves for you to check out. I might even talk about my top three individually here and there but overall this is going to be a post all about music. 

Just before you click play keep in mind that I love very different music genre and artists. I kind of have my chill side which is more singer/songwriter based and I have my turn up side which is packed with loads of hip hop and r'n'b, so don't get confused when I mix James Bay (LOVE that guy) with Drake or Wiz Khalifa.

Hold Back The River - James Bay
When I first saw this guy on a TV commercial here in Germany and first heard his song, I thought that's an alright song. But I seemed to hear this song over and over again and thought, I might wanna look him up after all and since then I'm obsessed with his music. His songwriting and his sound are right up my street and I've been listening to his album nonstop, LOVE that guy! 

Marilyn Monroe - Nicki Minaj
Another song I had never heard of before but when she performed it at her show in Frankfurt (read my concert review HERE) I was very impressed. I always liked her music but I didn't know that she could sing. Definitely a song worth checking out, if you haven't already. 

See You Again - Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth
Oh boy - what a movie, what a song! Fast & Furious never fail when it comes to their soundtrack. I don't want to spoil anything, if you haven't seen it yet, but the way they used this song in the movie was perfect. Even though it's rap, it's a great song to relax and unlike many other rap songs, the lyrics are beautiful! 

There you go guys, these are all the songs I've been loving this month! I hope you liked this post and if you have a song you think I could like, please let me know! I'm always on the hunt for new ones! Have a safe weekend! xo, Marie 

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Top 5 Life | Job Interviews

Hello beauties! Last week I told you all about my top tips when it comes to writing applications and I promised you that there would be a part two, all about job interviews (click HERE for part one). Before I get into the tips, just know that the main thing you want to take away from this post is: be yourself! Job interviews can be quite intimidating but try to be yourself. There is no point in playing a role because sooner or later people will know. And besides knowing you got the job because you were yourself is a way better feeling thank knowing they liked the role you played. Anyways, here goes:

Bonus: Pre-Interview
Now when I started writing this post I knew I had lot's of tips to share with you but I didn't really know how to organise them, let alone sum them up into five points. So I thought why not give you guys a little bonus right at the beginning. Before you go into a job interview there are a few things you might want to consider. First, prepare yourself for the question 'why do you want to work at out company'. This is where all that research you did comes in-handy, show them you know much about the company and try to link it with some of your own interests, the more you know the better. Second, make sure you bring multiple copies of your resume. You might not need it but in case the person you are interviewing with asks for it, you can hand it over - better be safe than sorry. And don't be late! That goes without saying, I guess, but I always ask myself when I should leave in order to be on time. Always give yourself an extra 20 minutes for potential traffic. 

First Impression
People always say that the first impression is the one that stays and I think this is so true. So walk, talk, look interested, be confined (not cocky), be friendly, smile and maintain eye contact. Also think about the dress code. Dressing smart is a good choice but try to keep in mind what industry you are interviewing for. When you want to work in a bank, a shirt and trousers or a smart skirt is a safe bet but when you, let's say, interview at a record label a shirt/skirt combo might not be the right choice. Same goes for your makeup, try to see a job interview as a first date with someone you've never met before, you want to look your best without looking like you are trying too hard. And to all my bright lipstick lovers out there, you might want to leave your red lipstick in your purse and safe it for later.

One Minute Pitch
Prepare yourself for the question 'tell me about yourself' by planning out your focus and pointing out relevant skills that you have, early in the interview. The worst thing you want to do is say something like 'well I'm open, friendly, hard working and enthusiastic. I've done this and that before and yeah, well that's about it'. Try to convince them that you are the person you say you were in your application letter, but be real. Try to talk for about a minute, that's long enough for you to explain who you are but not too long that the interviews things you are bragging. 

Avoid Negative Statements
When you successfully get past this question, you know what's coming next. 'What would you say are your greater weaknesses'. This questions is not supposed to make you look bad you trap you in any way, the interviewer just wants to know if there is anything he or she should keep in mind. Now avoid answering it by saying: I work too hard. That's not really a weakness, is it? This way the interviewer will know that you are trying to avoid this answer and will probably get more suspicious. So instead you might want to try to answer the question without really answering it. You want to say something like 'I'm sure that I'm not perfect but according to the job description, I feel like my skills and experiences are a close match. I don't see any reason why I couldn't get up to speed quickly'. That way you definitely answered the should I worry part without saying anything negative.

Your Skills
When talking about your skills focus on the ones that will benefit them immediately. Employers want to hear that you can get up to speed in no time and contribute to their company immediately. Also try to support your claim of being the best candidate by providing examples of situations that show how you can use these skills. Perseverance, for instance. Always a good skill to talk about. When I talk about my ability to get things done I always like to talk about the way I landed an one-month internship at a five-star hotel in London who usually doesn't accept interns under six months. I did all the things I talked about in my last post. Called them, asked if I could speak to the manager, explain them my situation and asked for an interview. I then traveled to London spoke to the manager and made sure to follow up with a call. A month later I got an email accepting my request. For some reason, whenever I tell this story, I get an 'oh really you seem to be very determined'. Which is always a plus. 

Last but not least, the salary question. Now don't be shy when it comes to this question, it's perfectly okay to ask how much you will earn but wait until the end or at least until you are half way through the interview. Otherwise you can give the impression that you are only doing it for the money, which should not be the first thing that comes to your mind when applying and/or interviewing for a job.

There we go these are all my tips regarding job interviews. I hope this post was helpful, if you know more tips and want to share a funny interview story, comment below. I'd love to hear it. xo, Marie 
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