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November is done and dusted, and tomorrow will be the day I get the boxes with Christmas decoration from the basement and start randomly putting them on available surface spots.
Not kidding here, I am a lost cause when it comes to decorating, no matter how much Inspiration Boards I have on Pinterest.
But I am making an effort, for the kids mostly, as I want them to embrace the spirit of the season.
While we get all festive here, why not take the time and browse through my most recent blogposts, just in case you missed some? And if you did, consider subscribing to my Newsletter here, which I will actually send out once more than me and my mother are subscribed.
I know that having an actual mailing list is uber important for blogs, but given that we share a house I don´t think my mother needs my updates electronically.
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October was the month that autumn well and truly arrived in Germany. Up until October 19th it was warm enough to leave the house without a jacket, even in the evenings, something that I only realized when on that day, October 19th, I actually felt a chill walking back to the car with Mr. Loca at 10 pm. Now Germany is not a cold country, but that was unusual.
As it was to be expected, the period of sunny, but chilly weather that makes you take contemplative walks and kick up the colorful leaves didn´t last long either. By the time I write this it is grey and miserable outside, rain drizzling down on what is no longer colorful, but mostly rotten foliage.
Perfect to stay in and have a good old blog read, am I right? Here is what I wrote about last month.
Podcasts – a few months ago, I barely ever listened to them, but fast forward to now and you will find me listening to them whenever I have a minute to spare.
Nothing lifestyle related though: I have fallen for the entrepreneur version!
The ones with the Blogging and You Tube advice, the ones that make you want to sit down and work on your channels immediately, full of ideas and motivation.
Of course not all episodes offer something valuable for my current situation, but for each of them that I listen to and the immediately forget about, there is one that offers me something that has a huge impact.
“Create before you consume” is one of the nuggets that truly changed a lot for me.
This was supposed to be a blogpost about running. I had it all planned out: How to get motivated, how to build your stamina, which gadgets or apps to use…
See, it all started earlier this year. I had been working out pretty consistently over the last months and was really seeing the results. I was actually happy with my body, getting toned and fit. All I wanted was to be a tad bit leaner, just a tiny bit, while continuing to eat all the food obviously. And to achieve that, I wanted to get back into running.
Before the kids I went for a run two to three times a week, but in and after the pregnancies it never really happened again.
So, with determination, I made a plan. And the plan worked fine! Once a week became a thing, with me getting faster and less resembling a beetroot after finishing. Read more
Another Monthly Recap post so soon? Well, the last one (read here) was two weeks late and I don´t like not sticking to my self-inflicted schedule
Yes, I know I could just have adapted the schedule, but that is not how I do things.
Anyway, September saw me back to work and, I am not going to lie, struggling. The problem with being on holiday is that you are away.
Which is totally the point, I get it, but leaves so much stuff waiting for you once you return, it can be overwhelming.
On top of that being away always gives me time to think, and thinking very often leads to ideas. Ideas are great, but must be followed by actions if you don´t want utter frustration, and that means – more work.
So if you add work-work to blog-work and then stir in some extra-idea-work, 24 hours are actually pretty short.
But enough complaints, let´s get into my blog post topics of the month of September!
A little over a year ago, Allure Magazine decided to ditch the term anti-aging.
In their September 2017 issue (featuring the gorgeous Helen Mirren on the cover) they stated:
“This issue is the long-awaited, utterly necessary celebration of growing into your own skin — wrinkles and all. No one is suggesting giving up retinol. But changing the way we think about aging starts with changing the way we talk about aging.
With that in mind, and starting with this issue, we are making a resolution to stop using the term “anti-aging.” Whether we know it or not, we’re subtly reinforcing the message that aging is a condition we need to battle — think antianxiety meds, antivirus software, or antifungal spray.”
Aging is a privilege, I think we all can agree on that, but does not using the term anti-aging actually change anything?
Times are busy, and I feel like they get busier every day. Catching up with my favorite blogs daily is something I haven´t been able to do in a long while, and as I figured you are probably in the same boat, I decided to introduce the Monthly Recap series.
It is meant to be an overview of all the blog posts I have written, all the videos I have uploaded and a few extra informations thrown in for good measure. To make it easier to find what you are interested in I split it in three categories: Skincare, Makeup and Lifestyle.
Looking back at August for me means looking back at my annual holiday in France, two weeks filled with sun, sea and (probably too many) croissants. I decided against vlogging (it would just have been me eating all the time), but put up a France 2018 Highlight on my Instagram Profile should you be in the mood for some snaps.
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A few days ago, when I was driving to dance class and put on a podcast (The Beauty Brains, sadly discontinued) to keep me entertained, I learned that in case of radioactive fallout you should NOT condition your hair.
I admit that I don´t often think about what to do in case of a nuclear attack (actually kind of funny given that I love dystopean movies), but if I do, my beauty regimen does not have priority.
So why on earth would a government make this statement part of their official advice when even a Beauty Blogger hadn´t thought about it?