9 Dreamy Boots To Add To Your Wardrobe

Happy sunday everyone!

As I am typing this I am snuggled up on the sofa with one of my best friends, eating Ben&Jerrys and watching some TV. We wanted to start watching a new show together but did not quite know which one to watch - so we decided to re-visit Revenge, which we both had started years ago, but never finished! Do you know this TV show? It is soooo good, very fast paced, a lot of unexpected turns and the main character is the ultimate girl boss! 100% recommend you go and check it out!

Anyway, I am also simultaneously browsing my fav online retailers (as I always do) because I am currently in the market for some new ankle boots. I found these gorgeous tan ones by ASOS Design, that you can see in the picture below and ordered them immediately!
However, there are so many good boots out there right now, that I really wanted to share my top selection.

Here it is, I hope you like!

Middle row: ASOS Design, Gestuz, ASOS Design 

Which one is your favorite?? As I said, I ordered the tan ankle booties, but I am also obsessed with the white boots by Raid and how cool are the Lamoda ones with the zipper detail in the back?

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome start to the week!


xx Janine

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Weekly Sales

If you haven't read any of my Weekly Sales post yet, here I am sharing my current favorites that are on sale and mostly super bargains!
This week I have to say is probably the best one I have ever done - SO MANY GOOD DEALS!
Let's get right into it, I am way too excited to share these pieces!

Ok, you have to get this, before it's too late!! Not on-season at all, but I had to share this super sale find right at the beginning, because it is just.that.good: This super cute polka dotted cut-out dress is only €16!!


Boohoo has an up to 70% sale going on right now - I bet I don't need to tell you, I went a bit crazy, right? Here are some things that went into my cart immediately:

I loved the unique color of this cardigan and it was reduced 50%!

This parka looks so cool with that faux fur lining! It's also reduced 50% making it only €60!

Missguided is having a 20% off sale on shoes with the code SHOELOVE - yaaay!
I loved these black shiny leather boots, isn't the lace detail amazing? So unique! And the code only makes them only €35 - winnerrr!

They also have an insane selection of sexy, strappy high heels included in this sale! Some favorites: these nude basics, these metallic silver babys and this barely there snake print pair.

This weekly sales hunting went really great for me, because here is the next insane bargain:
These Topshop velvet pants are reduced to €20!! What?! Sizes are going really really quick, but there are still a few left!

This coat also looks super expensive and is 50% and this faux fur coat is only €40, which is an amazing deal for a Topshop coat!

I've been wanting a pair of light wash straight leg jeans this whole season to wear with my ankle boots and I found this one in the H&M sale for only €25!

And to top it all off, I am leaving you with another banger: this Zara leopard print body is only €9.99 *orders one for the best friend, the boyfriends sister, all of the colleagues and that lovely lady that works at the bakery down the road*




Happy shopping!

xx Janine


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Pinspiration: Gallery Wall Inspo For Your Home

When I first moved into my new apartment about half a year ago, I posted this blogpost saying how excited I was to start decorating this place AND to finally create a gallery wall - a project I have put off for a couple of moves haha.
Guess what.
I still have not created a gallery wall.

And tonight is one of those nights where I am actually kicking myself for that. I don't know what it is, if I do not start with a certain project as soon as I decide to do it, I just keep putting it off. Anyone else this way haha?

Anyway, what I DID do is create a board on my Pinterest account with a few inspirations that hopefully will get my creative spirits going and give me the final push to start with my very own gallery wall.

Here is the inspiration that I am leaning towards, as you can see, still quite different vibes.
What do you think?









Which one is your favorite design?
I personally quite like the ones that have a certain color running through them like a theme, but I have to say, I do find black and white prints only very appealing as well! And how about that gallery wall with just iconic famous personalities, how cool as that?! I also reeeaally love the idea a gallery wall made out of pictures not hanging on the wall, but leaning against it on bookshelves - adds more of a unique touch!

Thank you so very much for stopping by!


xx Janine

My Want To Read List

I adore reading books, particularly traditional, hard-cover books and with the weather being so gloomy and rainy here in Germany right now my favorite thing to do to wind down after a long day is to snuggle up on my sofa and read.

If you are a bookworm just like me, you are looking for inspiration on what to put on your reading list next everywhere! I love to pull recommendations from bloggers that like to read and have a category of saved blogposts on Bloglovin' for those (I particularly love SouthernCurlsandPearls, BrightonTheDay & Somwhere, Lately for the best book recommendations!) and I keep a list on my phone of books that friends tell me to check out.

And that is exactly how this blogpost came to life! I wanted to create my very own Want To Read List and share it here, to maybe inspire some fellow book lovers out there.

Hope you enjoy!



Books in order:

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie
The Signs by Carolyn Faulkner
The Search by Charlotte Link
The Idea Of You by Robinne Lee
When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
Brief Answers To The Big Questions by Stephen Hawking
Becoming by Michelle Obama 


Have you read any of these? What is on your reading list currently? Don't forget to leave me your recommendations in the comments below! :)


Thanks for reading!

xx Janine

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Currently On My Shoppinglist

Hello everyone!

Wow, it feels like I haven't posted on here for ages - studying for my last exams at Uni is starting to really take a toll on me!

Anways, the other day I decided to distract myself from my library misery by doing some online shopping (as you do) and started to browse the New In sections of my favorite online retailers.

I wanted to quickly share my finds here! I know this edit seems a little bit random - because it is haha. So, after Christmas, I am basically done with Winter and am currently already dreaming about milder Spring days and the outfits I would style - all while basically freezing to death whenever I step outside and heaving to wear pretty much my whole wardrobe to stay kind of warm.

Well, this lead to my On My Shoppinglist selection to be a wild mixture of chunky knits, booties and flowy dresses and skirts. I hope you enjoy!

Top row: NA-KD, Topshop, ASOS
Middle row: Topshop, ASOS, Mango

A few words on some of my absolute favorite items:

Topshop Utility Dress: I saw Suzie from Hello October feature this on her Twitter the other day and immediately fell in love! Ordered it right there and then and can not wait to find a way to style it even for Winter!

Topshop Zebra Print Sweater: This sweater was another recommendation from one of my fav content creaters Samantha Maria. I have a feeling this one will be flying off the shelves - so cool and unique!

ASOS Design Midi Skirt: I am completely obsessed with the color and the summery feel of this midi skirt! Think pairing it with a simple white tee and some tan sandals - LOVE!

NA-KD Gold Earrings: I have the perrrrfect occasion to wear these coming up at the end of the months, so in my shopping cart they went!

Which of these items is your favorite?


xx Janine

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Top 5 Winter Scents You Have To Check Out!


All the way back in August I did a post on my Top 5 Summer Fragrances (wow that feels like aaaages ago haha!) and you guys really liked my recommendations!

I am a true perfume fanatic and I do enjoy matching my scents to the current season - which is why I wanted to do a second round of my Top 5 Fragrances: Winter Edition. I go for very sweet and fresh in the summer yet my winter favorites include slightly more heavier and sophisticated scents to really fit the cozier and gloomier days of this season.

So here goes my list, I hope you love it!

I believe the original version of this perfume was released last winter, however they did come out with an updated and - as the name suggests - more intense version, the Tiffany & Co. Intense.
It contains a composition of Iris notes like the original release yet it updates the scent with amber and vanilla - warmer, sexier and perfect for winter, yes please!

 

Mugler - Alien  -  €95.00/ 60ml 
This scent is definitely an oldie but an oh, so goldie! I have been wearing this for years and years no matter what season and especially for going out yet I feel like during winter time, this scent gives such a great edge to a day to day outfit!
If I had to describe this perfume in one word it would be sexy. Strong notes of Amber and Cashmeran mix with a slightly floral scent - so unique. It is unbelievable long lasting, especially on clothes and the bottle is re-fillable as well! 



Yves Saint Laurant - Black Opium - €54.99/ 50ml
Another classic! This perfume caused a craze when it was released about two years ago and for good reason so! I was not able for the life of me to figure out how to describe this fragrance, but when I researched the notes, it all made sense: coffee beans (yes, you read that right!), Jasmin and Orange Blossom - what a combination! This perfume is unlike anything I've smelled before and definitely one of my winter go-to's especially if I want to feel particularly powerful that day.



Georgio Armani - Sì Passione - €72.99
Georgio Armani Sì is a staple fragrance for countless women out there and they re-launched this cult favorite in a stronger, more intense version. It expands the signature Sì note of Black Currant by deep rose elements and a composition of dark, floral notes. I looove rose scents in the winter time, as they smell floral, but not girly. I actually do not own this one, but tried it at the store already and fell in love!


Jo Malone - Black Cedarwood & Juniper - €53.99/ 30ml
I feel like no winter fragrance list would be complete without a Jo Malone perfume, am I right? The perfect packaging, the luxurious shopping experience and those dreamy scents all fit this cozy season so well! Everytime I am at a store I have to go wild and try out a few of the scents and I think Black Cedarwood & Juniper is my fav for the winter. It smeels homey, cozy and smooth and I just love the combination of those notes!


Which one is your perfume of choice for this winter season?
Leave it in the comments below, I love to find new scent recommendations!



xx Janine


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10 Ways To Wear A Bandana Scarf

Happy New Year you guys!!

Oh my god, I can not believe we have entered 2019 - I can not express how excited I am for the upcoming year! I really feel that your attitude or mindset makes or breaks your year (or day, or week, or life for that matter) and I personally feel super inspired, happy and grateful to be starting this year - and I hope you feel the same!

One thing that always inspires me is looking through Websites and magazines that predict the fashion and beauty trends at the beginning of a new year for the upcoming months - I find that so interesting!
I stumbled upon countless of posts and articles voting for bandana scarves to be the biggest accessorie trend of 2019.

And I am obsessed!

There used to be a time in my life where I wore a red or black bandana tied around my wrist! Hahah, I was so gangsta when I was like... 14.
However, I was searching Pinterest to find some better (and more on trend) ways to style a bandana scarf.

So, here is my 10 Ways To Wear A Bandana Scarf, I hope you enjoy!











 


Which of these styles will you be rocking in 2019?


xx Janine

How To Make New Years Resolutions And Actually Stick To Them!


I am going to say this just one time, just to get it of my chest:
Where has this year gone??!

Now back to the usual programm: It is that time of the year again, those kind of chill yet kind of awkward days between the holiday bubble and the New Years craze, where you are ready to start the next year but there is still a considerable amount of days of December left and you do not really know how to feel about that - Am I the only one feeling this way?
I always get super inspired to start the new year with a bang in terms of being sure of myself, my surroundings, my plans, goals and aspirations for the months ahead, which lead me to sitting down and writing a list of these New Years Resolutions - which then lead me to writing this blogpost, because I wanted to share a list of tips about how to write such list.

And how to actually stick to it.

1. Think small

Now, I am always such an advocate for dreaming big, reaching higher, going after whatever it is you really want to chase - and please do not ever forget about these things! However, let them be what they are - goals or even dreams - they actually have no reason to be on your resolutions list! 
Instead think smaller! How are you going to reach this goal? What are the next steps? 
So, let's say you want to become more fit than any of these Instagram gym gurus out there by the end of the year - that is great! Start of that journey by putting Creating a Workout Plan and Going to the gym four days a week on your New Years resolutions list - and then go from there!

2. Be reasonable

It's amazing that you want to go on some life-changing trips next year, finally purchasing that designer bag that you have always been wanting all while updating your wardrobe every season to stay on trend - but is that really compatible with your current student status (let me tell you: it's not!).
This applies to many life circumstances and not just to financial factors. 
The ultimate goals we have do not have to have anything to do with where we are right now, but the steps we need to take to achieve these goals certainly do.
So, maybe you want to take the plunge, quitting your job and finally found that startup you are dreaming about day and night - is that really reasonable to do so while having to pay off a students loan and paying rent? Probably not, but it is perfectly reasonable to write Starting a side project that could potentially turn into a business and Writing a business plan on the list!

3. Be precise
This is actually the most crucial one in my opinion. 
Resolutions won't work unless they can actually be measured. Why? Because that does not leave room for interpretation!
What does Learning to cook even mean? How can you say, oh yes, I learned how to cook by the end of the year? Cut your new years resolutions into tiny little bite sized tasks (no pun intended), until you can not get any more precise:
So you want to save money in 2019? Great! How much would you like to save? What for? Considering your incomings and expenses, how much are you even able to save? When are you going to save and how much? What milestones do you want to meet? 
I want to set aside €50 at the last day of every month and put it in a dedicated savings account, to save up €600 by the end of the year.
Amazing! Do that, you sneaky little millionaire-in-the-making!

4. Do not actually start on the first of January
Yes, I know haha. But I actually recently read a very interesting article about how studies found out that people that wanted to quit smoking were considerably more successful if they did not set a specific date to quit smoking, but quit right there and then, in that second of choosing to do so. 
Imagine raising the probability of achieving a goal only by starting NOW!
So, don't be that person that says they will quit smoking after they finish just this one pack of cigarettes like my grandpa has for years and years (he's still smoking btw). If you want to eat healthier in 2019, don't wait until January, get some groceries and start tonight! This goes for "late" resolutions as well: if you think of something you want to achieve next year by mid-January, please don't wait until you are writing your 2020 resolutions list!

5. Track your progress
Now, we created our new years resolutions list, we were reasonable and precise and went step by step and we might have even started some of these resolutions right there and then (I personally ordered a cookbook yay!) - that was fun!
On to the not-so-fun part: sticking to our resolutions! By following the previous tips you are setting yourself goals that are actually easier to achieve, but you have to see them through.
To me the easiest way to do so is tracking my progress. I did the "saving-some-money-monthly" thing this year and I put a remark in my calendar every month on how much money I've saved so far. My friend did the same thing for a weight loss journey she was one.
It becomes a type of challenge and when you see how far you have come at this point in time, you are more unlikely to quit.
I also have friends that like to reward themselves when hitting a certain milestones of their resolutions during the year. But maybe don't go out and buy something expensive if you really saved up €300 by the end of June, that would kind of defeat the purpose... on the other hand, life is short so what-evs! ;)
I really want to know: what are your tips to stick to certain goals and achieving them? And more importantly: what are your New Years Resolutions for this exciting time called 2019?
Share them with me :)
xx Janine 

Weekly Sales: Christmas Eve Deals!

Happy Christmas Eve everyone!

The holidays are the ultimate time to chill out and lounge on the couch all day, which is what I have been doing to an embarrassing extent yesterday and today haha!

So to actually feel like doing something at least slightly productive (lol) I started browsing some of my favorite online retailers to see if there are any cool Christmas deals going on. I have to admit, there wasn't that many amazing deals, those will start in about two days, buuut I did manage to find some really cute pieces and I can not believe the prices of some of these!

I hope you enjoy my selection!

I am still trying to figure out how on earth this dress is only €12 haha! I think it is a gorgeous staple item that can be worn so many different ways and it comes in different colors too!

I like this blouse for the unexpected back detail, I feel like this is perfect for any upcoming NYE partys!

Topshop has an amazing up to 60% off sale going on right now, so naturally I had to take a little browse! Here are three favorites I came across:




Another simple blouse that can be worn to many different occasions, yet the low cut neckline as well as the tie string sleeves give it a little something extra! 





Nylon Wishbone Necklace - €11.49 - €8.99
I am in love with this little wishbone necklace, super delicate and understated!


So, which of these items was your fav?
I honestly adore that Topshop Mini Dress, kinda wish I would've seen that one sooner to wear it to a Christmas party!

I hope you have the best time for Christmas!


xx Janine



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5 Easy And Super Cute Gift Wrapping Ideas!


As I am writing this, Christmas Eve is merely five days away - crazy how time has flown!

Unless you are a super last minute gift shopper (like me...), you probably already managed to get all your gifts for your loved ones.
The best part about gifts? Giving them! And the best part about giving gifts? Watching someone opening them up! What makes that extra special? Gorgeous wrapping paper!

There are sooo many stunning and creative gift wrapping ideas out there and I've always loved the thought of spending some extra time on a loved ones gift to make it uber pretty. Buuut since I'm ALWAYS on a time crunch (cue last minute gift shopping...), I like to think about one element of decoration that I then adapt to every gift I am giving.

Here I've rounded up ten easy but suuuper pretty ideas how you can make giving gifts that little bit more extra special this year!


 
I will add these sparkly letters to my Christmas gifts this year, by using the persons initial. I've bought some sparkly golden cardboard paper and cut out the letters from a template I printed out. Planning on tying them around the gifts with pretty ribbon just like in this photo!


I like how here simple brown paper was used to wrap the gifts, I think it even has a chic and definitely pinterest-y look about them! I like the minimalistic decor items - easy yet very thoughtful!


Isn't this little wreath decor idea the cutest thing you've ever seen?? I love it, again it is simple, yet looks super pretty! I'd do this for gifts where I really want to impress haha!

This is such a cool idea for when you really don't have much time, because you can do a bunch in one go and it is such a pretty wrapping idea. You just take a paint brush (I'd probably take an old makeup brush hahah) and some white paint and release your inner artist. Because the look is a little bit messy on purpose, you really can't do wrong!

I love this last decoration idea, because you can really go and personalize your gifts! I feel like expecially for kids this one is amazing and I also love the idea of writing quotes or Christmas greetings on the gifts. You just need dark wrapping paper and a white gel pen for this effect.


I hope you get some inspiration to take your gift wrapping to the next level this year haha!
Which of these ideas is your favorite?


xx Janine

Why The New Fashion Rules Is A Must-Read For Every Fashion Enthusiast


When my favorite and most admired fashion blogger Victoria Magrath from InTheFrow announced a while ago that she would be coming out with a book, it was a no brainer for me that I wanted to order a copy of it for my own and support this boss babe - at that time I didn't even exactly know what the book would be about haha!

I just knew it would be a beautiful piece of blogging history. Let me get this off my chest real quick here - I adore Victoria, not only for her amazing style, her awesome career, her kindness when interacting with her readers and followers, but above all for her work ethic and the fact that she pours her heart into the content she creates. And I knew that if this book would be anything like her blogposts, that I could spend HOURS reading - I would absolutely love her debut as an author.

I flew through The New Fashion Rules, avidly flipping page after page and I loved every freaking second of it. I asked my mum for this book as my birthday gift this year, so that makes it even more special to me!

So, let's go on with the book review, before this gets even more cringey haha!
Here are my reasons why The New Fashion Rules is a must-read for everyone with a passion for fashion.


You can read her personality in between the lines

I am still amazed and low key still trying to figure out how Victoria managed to bring across her personality and very own style so well with this book. The book has the tone and language of her blogposts: beautifully written, well-spoken, informative and entertaining. I loved the sprinkles of personal annecdotes and consistent parallels to her life all throughout the chapters. But everything, from the layout of the pages, through the colors and photos that were chosen, up to that beautiful cover - I think every little element is undeniably Victoria, and that in itself is a pretty huge accomplishment.


"The world is a very big place and you have the chance to take advantage of every corner of it. So why miss out on the opportunity?"


It is fresh take on the fashion world

The New Fashion Rules manages to connect elements from a variety of topics, such as fashion history, digitization, blogging, brands, shopping tips - you name it. This exactly makes the book so different, interesting and captivating - it's current, it's meaningful, it's thought-provoking all at the same time.
The fashion world has been changing a lot in the past decade, we all know that, but because so much of that has happened online, most about this topic is written, well online. I love that there is a printed book that manages to capture this very transformation of a whole industry.


There is something for everyone

Victoria says it in the intro herself: this book is for everyone, from students, to bloggers, to people working in the fashion industry, to people just enjoying browsing through high street shops - I promise you, there is something for everyone, because this book has such diverse topics!
I don't have anything to do with fashion from a studies or career point of few, but it is my passion in my past time, and I freaking enjoyed reading this book so much. I love learning something new, and The New Fashion Rules is packed with information you would normally not come across.

It is truly inspiring

I would have never believed that it would be that kind of book that gives you chills while reading certain passages - but it is!
Now, granted I'm the type of person that finds inspiration in everything I come across, however, reading about the beginnings of founders of famous brands, the story behind something that hade a huge impact on the industry and the vision of creators and innovators alike really made me want to stay up all night and flip page after page.
Paired with a lot of different tips on how to rock your very own path in the fashion industry, may it be blogging or just getting the most out of your hard earned money while shopping, this book is a true inspiration!


It is just oh so beautiful!

And last but not least, the aestethic of this book is TO DIE FOR!
I tried to explain it to one of my girlfriends and I basically said that the book looks like you took all of Victorias outfit pictures, mixed them up, melted them together and poured it into a hardcover book haha!
Everything from the cover, to the colors, to the beautiful illustrations and the photos is girly, classy, positive and very pretty to look at. I currently have The New Fashion Rules on my coffee table next to my sofa and there has been no one that has come over since that didn't pick it up and flipped through the pages admiring the stunning photography!

"... And then we have such models being cast aside and replaced by 'new-gen influencers' who can be dressed, airbrushed and created to be exactly what a brand envisions for their imagery. Food for thought."




So, this is it, that is my review on Victoria Magrath's first book The New Fashion Rules!
As you can see, I would 100% recommend this one!

You can get it on Amazon here (nope, this is not an affiliate link!), that's what I did, but I know that Victoria has listed more stores and onlineshops that carry the book in this blogpost right here.

Now, what is your opinion? Have you read the book? Do you plan to?
Leave it in the comments below!


xx Janine