Where It All Began

Did you know that I took my first steps into the world of blogging back in 2009? It all started with a travel blog I set up to document my first big trip abroad, the trip to Australia that changed my life in more ways you can imagine. Spending a month on the other side of the world, away from everyone who made me feel like my life is not worth living anymore, has not only made me feel genuinely happy for the first time in over a year, but also gave me the travel bug, and made me fall in love with sharing my thoughts, adventures and creativity online.

Over the years, this little corner of mine has been through many changes. It got a new name, a couple of new looks, gained quite a few readers, then lost a whole bunch, and went from being a travel blog to a fashion blog (yeah, I can't believe it either), a beauty blog and most recently a 'let's just publish my YouTube content on here' blog. It's been with me through all the ups and downs, sometimes offering me a place to pour out my emotions and sometimes being nothing but a burden. 

About six months ago, when every other blogger out there seemed to have been on a mission to let everyone know about their blogging plans and goals for the upcoming year, it became clear to me that 2016 would be a make it or break it year for me and my blog. When I moved to London back in 2014, everything changed. Not necessarily for the better. One of the main reasons I wanted to be here was to focus on creating better content and be closer to exciting opportunities, but life had other plans, and the next two years got taken over by moving, job hunting and general life stress. I never found the time or the energy to blog anymore, I was losing my motivation slowly but surely, and the thought of closing this thing down seemed the only logical next step. Up until recently. 

What changed? I decided to take a break from the craziness that is London, went home to Slovenia for a bit, and reevaluated my life. I came back totally refreshed, with a brand new outlook on life and a mission to make my dream work. Not next year, not in five years time, but now. I quit looking for nine to five jobs and decided to go freelance. As in become my own boss. Yes, I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing, and yes, this may turn out to be a complete disaster, but one thing's for sure. Life is too short to be treated like a slave and work your ass off to help make someone else's dream come true at the expense of your own. I know I'll have to work harder than I've ever had. I'm not being delusional. I grew up watching my parents building their own businesses and saw how difficult it is. But I also know that doing what you're passionate about and living your life to the fullest is what life is all about. 

So, here's to the fresh start! Just like my career, my blog will be undergoing some changes as well. I'm taking it back to its basics, to where it all began. Don't worry, beauty posts are here to stay, but don't be surprised to see a whole bunch of new travel content, recipe posts, inspiring interviews and even personal spur-of-the-moment ramblings like this. I hope you're ready for the new era, because I most definitely am. Talk to you soon!

My Foundation & Brow Routine

My Foundation & Brow Routine

I can be a bit of a one trick pony when it comes to my foundation and my eyebrows. Nine times out of ten, I'll reach for the same products and use the same techniques, but hey, you know what they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Since I'm planning to film quite a few makeup tutorials in the upcoming months and don't want to start every video with the exact same five-minute-long process, I thought I would film this foundation and brow routine now, and skip the same-old-same-old parts in my future videos. Does it sound like a good deal?

Q&A: My University Experience, London, Travel & Freelancing

Q&A: Travel Plans, Freelancing, My Favourite London Spots & My University Experience
Q&A time! Today I'm answering your questions about my future travel plans, my new freelance career, my favourite places in London and my university experience. 

First Impressions Get Ready with Me: Makeup Revolution & Freedom Makeup

First Impressions Get Ready with Me: Makeup Revolution & Freedom Makeup (Rose Gold Lipstick in Girl's Best Friend, Ultra Flawless Powder Brush, Pro Artist Pad, Pro Studio Strobe Cream)

Remember that Makeup Revolution party I went to a couple of months ago? I was lucky enough to receive quite a few products to play with, and what better way to test them out than on camera, right? Today I'll give you my initial thoughts on Makeup Revolution's Rose Gold Lipstick in 'Girl's Best Friend', Makeup Revolution's Ultra Flawless Powder Brush, Freedom Makeup's Pro Artist Pad and Freedom Makeup's Pro Studio Strobe Cream. Have you tried any of these yourself?

April Adventures

I sure was on the move last month! First, I had an actual move to deal with. After a year, my lease came to an end and I decided to pack up my stuff and rent a room on the other side of London. I'm extremely happy with my choice and super excited for the life ahead. You wouldn't believe what a positive effect a bright, spacious room and lovely flatmates can have on your life. My anxiety flew out of the window the moment I stepped through the door. Yay! Right after I finished unpacking my boxes, I was already onto another adventure. I went home to Slovenia for a couple of days before joining my family on our annual spring break in Val Thorens, France. I had to give it a miss a couple of times in the last few years due to my move to London, so it felt good to be back. It was my twentieth time spending my vacation there, and to commemmorate the occassion, I decided to daily vlog! I didn't want to be spamming you guys by sharing all nine videos separately here on my blog, so I wrapped them all up in a little playlist you can find under my previous two weekly vlogs. Where have you spent your spring break?

Not Your Usual Spring Break: Skiing in the French Alps

Spring Break Skiing in the French Alps Val Thorens

Every April, when most people decide to spend their spring break by the sea or fly away to explore a new city, my family drives up to the French Alps for a week of fun in the snow. I know what you're thinking... Snow? In the middle of spring? Why would you do this to yourself when you could go to the beach instead?! Well, I may be a beach bum by heart, but I'm always looking forward to this trip and after spending twenty of my spring breaks hitting the slopes in the place I now call my third home, I can't imagine it any other way. Even after all these years, I'm still getting strange looks every time I tell someone I'll be skiing for the Early May holiday, so today, I'll let you guys know my top three reasons for why I think it's amazing and why you should give it a go too at least once in your life!

1) It's warm. Ish.
I'm not too crazy about freezing temperatures, so spending the whole day outside when the thermometer shows way below zero is not exactly my idea of fun. That's why skiing during the warmer months is way more enjoyable for me. Nothing beats the fact that you can chill in front of a chalet after a day of cruising down the slopes and soak up the sun in nothing but a top. Pure bliss, I'm telling you! And don't worry, warmer temperatures don't mean there isn't any snow left. There's still plenty up there! In fact, waking up to a thick layer of fresh snow is something completely normal even during this time of the year.
Spring Break Skiing in the French Alps Val Thorens

2) It's cheaper. 
Skiing in the French Alps during the winter time can be pretty darn expensive, but in low season, you can find offers for all sorts of budgets. Not only do the prices of ski passes drop, but the accommodation is considerably cheaper as well, so you can find a room even on an affordable budget or treat yourself to a stay at one of those fancy luxury ski chalets with an open fire and an outdoor hot tub for a fairly reasonable amount of money. 

3) There's less crowds. 
Since most people don't think about skiing when choosing their spring break destination, it also means that there's a lot less crowds. No waiting in ski lift queues, no bumpiing into each other on the slopes and no snail-like service! What more could you wish for?!
Spring Break Skiing in the French Alps Val Thorens Snow Heart

So, have I convinced you to join me next year? :)

Feeling Pressured to Wear Makeup

Feeling Pressured to Wear Makeup
I've never been a daily makeup wearer. Despite being 'the makeup girl', I've never had a problem with going to school or work without makeup on, let alone felt the need to slather it on for a quick trip to the grocery store. Realistically speaking, I wear makeup two to four times a week, depending on what I have going on, how I feel, and how many new products I have to play with. If I'm filming or going out to an event, I'll put it on without a doubt, but if I'm just lounging around the house or taking a walk in the nearby park... it's not going to happen. Does that mean I don't actually like makeup? No. It just means that I'm too lazy to put it on, really. You see, makeup to me is not a necessity. I don't see it as a chore. In fact, I hope it will never become a chore for me, because I'm afraid that would lead to the end of our love affair. I see it as a creative outlet, as an exciting hobby and something I wear whenever I feel like it. I never saw that as a problem, but after setting my foot in the beauty industry, I was greeted with disapproval and the pressure of wearing a full face of makeup at all times in order to look professional and convey my love for makeup. I personally think it's ridiculous how the society nowadays treats us women for wearing too much or too little makeup, and I would love to hear where you stand on this topic. Please watch the video below for a further explanation and join in on the discussion!  
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