Worth the splurge!

Ok let me say that I am a girl who likes her luxury. Wether it is travel, that bag with the beautiful design or that one pair of shoes that is comfortable and exactly in your style is what I consider to be worth the splurge. Of course these are a splurge – that is worth it. Guilt free and something that is worth the money it costs – which usually end up on the high end of the scale.

The high cost might give you a pause and a lot of hesitation however these items are usually not ones that provide instant gratification but rather give back on your investment over long periods of time.

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Bags

Starting a new work? You need to buy the proper professional wardrobe with quality in mind – that can cost you a full paycheck if not more. Your image is the first thing that anyone sees and you need to look like you’re confident in your abilities so that your boss can give you responsibilities that you look like you can handle it. So those shoes, suits and blouse that fit but costs a bit more? Buy it, buy them with confidence- they are your best friend.

Can I say traveling? Now when I say travel I don’t mean you splurging on a 5 star hotel, buying tickets and packages at their full price but rather for the experience- are you in Thailand? But the elephant ride is a bit costly? Check online and think about if you will regret it. Will you be back anytime soon? No? Then do it despite the cost because come on a ride on an elephant… amazing memory right here.

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Wardrobe

Ok, now onto shopping for real. That bag and those shoes? If it is the style you want with the quality you are looking for. Buy it, buy it now because finding those are rare, and you will look back and regret it. The bag is multi purpose, one you will use for a long time and has a great value? Worth the splurge. You get all your investment back two fold. You can bring it everywhere- again quality vs quantity here. Same with shoes too. There is an item that you use everyday- you need to be comfortable, look good –  in your professional and personal life.

did I answer the question here? Or did I just babble on… please tell me to stop if you don’t think it’s good in comments and if you did like it say so…. I’m super friendly… introvert.

Cheers,

Artdramaeco

 

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Pursuit of perfection in love – Appreciation.

I’m writing a short list of people I want to thank. Not because I wanted to thank someone but because I just felt like I want to end with a small high note end for the lovely week – even though I caught a cold, still had to cycle to work in the rain and that time of the month came at 4 a.m in one week, just because. By the way feel free to note if I’m over sharing, I can never really tell?

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Road trip – wild hair with my lovely phone that I lost 😅😅

The first being my fellow blogger I started following recently and nominated me for a blogger recognition reward list! I know this is silly but I just wanted to thank her, as it the first time for me. So thank you Orianasnotes. I know it is a little late but just wanted to say thank. xoxo

Another person I would like to appreciate, just because I’m in the mood is to my lovely sister, Mia. She is always the one to push me, the one to bug me, annoy me and inspire me. So love you! Of course I want to continue with including my cousins Enerel and Tsenguun, because I feel like I should?

To continue with the theme, I would like to thank my followers and my fellow blogger who follow me, just because this blog feels like a way to get some parts of me out there. I’m a very introverted person in real life so this would be my hobby, passion, thoughts all in one go, so to know that people do read, like and comment on them makes me feel just a little bubbly inside.

Now to the last, but not least:

This is the month for declaring appreciation and love for those ones that we love and have been with us – our parent(s)?

Not to say they’re perfect but they did raise us, when they were home for it. They’re views are not exactly like mine but their lifestyle is now ever present in my life – when I’m looking for relationships ( or lack thereof) cooking food, making the bed, leaving the house – small things that we learned through observation. I love them and this is my small note of appreciation, because I do realise that I’m part of the small percentage of the population that is privileged – and I’m here because of their hard work. Even though their small habits bug me to death half the time.

 

 

 

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Fashion Hacks – Introduction

Hi everyone!

 

We all know what we like to wear, where we like to shop, how to hunt for the best bargains and even digging up some clothes from way back that is in season. Here is 5 Fashion Hacks that will give you that satisfaction you get when you get an amazing deal!

  1. Keep everything, even that one that keeps bugging you every time you look at it.

    Now I know. The minimalists are probably planning to murder me right here but hear me out! Look at what is in fashion – the 90’s. Chokers, denim skirts, the blocky colours etc. Now that just shows that fashion cycle around. Keep your clothes. Pack it up once it is out of season and keep it for when it comes around again! Now you have actual vintage and no need to fork out the big buck!

  2. Keep your clothes in tip top condition, after all we all like to look crisp and suave.

    Depending on the fabric and how often you wear them, you need to wash them often. Now the trouble begins when you wash it either too often or incorrectly. Follow the instructions on the clothes. A good tip is to wash them in cold water, with as little detergent as possible. I know dry cleaning is attractive to use to clean everything, but don’t do it too often! The harsh chemicals will ruin your clothes much quicker.

    Fold/Hang your clothes. Woollen sweaters, Cashmere fabrics, leather and other fabrics that are sensitive- they should be folded don’t hang! – They will drag the fabric and ruin the shape/form etc. Hang the coats, shirts, dress skirts, trousers etc. A good hanger will help keep the form/shape of the clothes.

    Keep a rotation going. Don’t wear one thing too much. Wear them in rotation to give your clothes a rest in between. The easiest tip yet!

  3. Quality over quantity as the saying goes

    I know I know. The obvious but with all the money you are saving, buying the better quality will be so much easier right? The quality does not necessarily mean breaking the bank but rather shop wisely. Shop around, check the fabric quality – don’t be fooled by the name, check where it was made etc. Not only will the better quality last longer but will be much friendlier to your skin.You will notice how it is softer, last longer etc.

  4. Move over summer winter is here! Where am I going to put everything?

    This is the part you have to be careful. Storing for long period of time can be dangerous for your clothes if not done properly. Research properly before you do anything. Make sure everything is airtight if in a box – fungus can grow anywhere! Infestation alert! Try using unused luggages, clear plastic bags etc.

    Pack loosely if you don’t want to crease. Hanging items can be stored in clear hanging plastics. Tips time! I recommend washing all garments before storing to remove dirt and protect against moth infestations. (Fungus/Moth depends on the humidity in your area.)

    Wherever you store them, make sure the area is clean, dry, and well ventilated. That means no  attics and basements. Protect against insects and odours – use packets of lavender and/or rosemary.

  5. Crease free life for the go! I hate ironing, but it a necessity. Why? Here are some tips sot make it a touch easier.

    Ironing clothes is so hard! It is terrifying. What if you burn it? What happens when you create creases, what happens if it becomes itchy? Well here are some quick tips. Use an ironing board. That is not an option. It will make a huge difference. They’re wrapped in special material that’s flame retardant and breathable, i.e. steam is able to escape from underneath the item you’re ironing. Nifty right?

    If you don’t have the more modern versions of an iron where you have the option of spraying water/mist while ironing keep a spray bottle filled with clean water near you. Preventing the burning is that much easier.

    If you are however in a pinch – put your clothes on a hanger, while showering the steam will help remove the creases.

How to survive a long haul flight.

Can we all say that we love travelling? Seeing new places, faces, sights, food and so on.
However one of the things that we will all have to endure is the long haul flight. For those that get air sick? Good luck!

For this short post I will be blogging about how to survive the long haul flight to you chosen destination.

  1. Stay Healthy

    A human being is not made to sit still for long periods in one go. So walk up and down the aisle. Stretch. Do arm, joint, neck etc exercises in your seat.

    Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated before, during and after is important too! Less caffeine the better. Bring a water bottle – you know when you have to go through security you have to throw away anything liquid on you? Well bring tea bags, some instant coffee etc. You can refill along the way. Nifty right?

    The plane is cold. Bring some fluffy socks and a jumper. Chances are long haul flights will go through a night cycle so you will feel somewhat chilly. Wearing comfortable clothes is vital here.

    Try to bring something that will  help you sleep. Wether it’s a neck pillow, a sleeping pill, or a thick book you will need some help sleeping upright.

  2. Distraction for the long hours

    There will always be loud noises on the plane, whether it be from noisy children, loud people in general or the general noise of large mass of people within a confined space screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-17-41-54for a long time. Get yourself some noise cancelling earphones. These are life savers. Life Savers.

    On that note bring your USB too. Most long haul flights will have a plug connector. You should be able to charge your phone, tablet etc. while on your journey.

  3.  Take note!

    Have a pen at hand! It might seem a bit ridiculous to mention it but when you are crossing borders (hello? Long flight?) there will always be entry/exit information that you need to fill in. A pen is always useful.

  4. Carry on luggage.

    Now I know that putting in that extra kilo of shopping into your carry on is looking very attractive, but leave it in the luggage case. In you carry on you shouldn’t have anything too heavy. Something extra on your carry on can mean less legroom for you – and after fifteen hours you will wish you didn’t bring it on.

    Some books, phone, tablet, earphones, toiletries etc. Some stuff that will help you pass the time.

  5. Be Safe.

    Now, I know when you are tired and grumpy from being squeezed into a tiny place with lots of people can be annoying but that is just it. You are in a public place. Keep your money, purse, identification, bag etc. safe. If your have a backpack, a gym bag etc as you carry on. Put it in the overhead – that’s fine.

    Make sure you have a small bag as well though – for your identifications, tickets, money, cards etc.

 

Cheers and have a fun flight! Maybe if you have some tips of your own write it down?

ArtDramaEco

 

 

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A Bag Lover’s Guide – Types Pt1

  1. Luggage Case

    Considering that everyone likes to travel – wether it’s a trip, moving, camp, stay-cation or vacation we can all agree that what we need is a luggage bag. Preferably with four wheels that go all directions, a handle that does not get stuck and lightweight so we can use it for maximum effectiveness.

    I really don’t think we need to deliberate on exactly what it is and how it is one piece that everyone has.

  2.  Clutch

    For those of us that have phones, purses, and a spare lipstick for a refresher this is a crucial one for a night out! Going for an art gallery, museum, movies and even just hanging out with your mates, this is a piece that most of us have, and for some of us need in our lives.

    It can dress up an outfit or make a statement – some of those arts (studs anyone?) and graphics – to finish an outfit. Maybe even start a conversation even.

  3.  Bag-pack

    Now the less we say about this the better right? Let’s just say we all remember having to carry a bag-pack to and fro from school, wether it was filled with books, food, or anything else is not in question here. Just that we all had it.

    screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-21-02-52Now the question isn’t for the bag-pack from our childhood but rather the one we use for hiking, back packing, globe trotting. The one that will contain our lively hood once we start our tour of the world, one city at a time – back packing across the globe.

  4.  Gym bag

    Your gym bag is a daily struggle. There are countless blogs and post dedicated to packing your gym bag. There are gym owners, fitness fanatics and personal trainers that have logged hours into the gym and have hit a snag here and there.

    It need to be light, have space for extras, your gym outfit, towels, extra chargers, water bottles. Need I go on?

  5. Minaudiere

    screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-13-39-01 That is to say – the perfect companion for a  night out. Cute, perfect and will hold your  lipgloss, ID, and even some cash for the ride home! You can dance with it and is not too big that you need to hand it over in the cloak room!
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Girl’s Top Ten Travel Tips

Travelling is something that I know we all want to do. After all we are on this earth for a short while so why not go out and see what is out there? Now here are 10 tips that will help you on that dream trip – after all a little goes a long way – and for trips that is definitely true.

  1. Stash Extra Cash!

    Cash is king. Cover your ass in an emergency – stash some in a few different places, at least a couple hundred dollars/euros. Your wallet gets stolen or your card gets eaten by the ATM, you’ll be glad you did.

    Some stash spots ideas: socks, a toiletry bag, hidden pockets, anywhere else you can think of!

  2. Meet Local People

    Make it a point to avoid other travellers  and fellow tourists from time to time and start conversations with local people. English is widely acknowledged but make sure to carry a handy simple phrases book in the local language. You’ll get a friendlier response and a more honest one once they see you put some effort into their culture and language.

    Learn from those who live in the country you’re visiting. People enrich your travels more than sights do.

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  3. Back Everything Up

    Keep both digital and physical copies of your passport, visas, driver’s license, birth certificate, health insurance card, serial numbers, and important phone numbers ready to go in case of an emergency. As with cash if it gets stolen, lost etc. you have a back up ready.

    Use dropbox, keep it in your e-mail, have your passport in your pouch – have an extra as a back up ready!

  4. Try Couch-surfing

     

    The couch surfing is not a new phenomena. We millennials’ take up a large portion of the population – and travelling is on top of the thing we want to do and do do – you will be sure to find someone you know wherever you’re going. If not there are websites available that will help you couch surf. Couchsurfing.org is a large online community – can be found on Facebook, Twitter etc. of travellers who share their spare rooms or couches with strangers for free.

    If you truly want to experience a country and it’s people, staying with a local is the way to go. Meeting the locals and a free place to stay, what more can you ask for? (Don’t answer that.)

  5. Get Lost On Purpose

    If you want to see the parts of a town – where the people live, work and shop you need to get there first. The best way to do this is on your two foot — write the name of your hotel so you can catch a taxi back if needed, then just pick a direction and start walking.

    Don’t worry too much about stumbling into dangerous neighbourhoods either, as locals will generally warn you before you get that far.

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  6. Eat Local Food

    Think you already know what Chinese food tastes like? Chances are they are completely different to your local Chinese place. Taste a bit of everything when you travel, the street food, the restaurants with large queues, and even the recommendation from your friend. Especially if you don’t know what it is.

    Don’t be scared of the food. If the locals can eat it safely so could you.

  7. Keep Good Notes

    Start a journal when you start travelling. My memory for details sucks. Information like the names of people I met, conversations I had, feelings about a new experience, or what a particular town smelled like. Write it down.

    If you ever want to write about your travels, these details are handy. Sketch a building, stamp from the local tourist shop, the receipt from the local gallery – keep it and start a scrapbook. After all you do want to look back at it don’t you?

  8. Pack Less Stuff

    You don’t need more than 1/2 the stuff you think you do to travel. We’ve all over packed. It’s a right of passage. My first time was with a luggage, bag-pack, and my own large handbag. Now I only have a small carry on (bag-pack again – easy to transport and no need to wait for the luggage to come out) with a pouch for my important stuff to keep at hand.

    As a full-time young vagabond, everything I need has to fit in my bag-pack. If you’re not sure about packing something, you don’t need it.

  9. Stay In Touch

    Remember to call your family & friends. Maybe surprise them and go old-school by sending a postcard (it’s in the mail, Mom!). Travelling isn’t lonely, you constantly meet other people, but many of those are fleeting. So maintaining a strong connection with the people who know you best is important.

    Another point in favour is that it is for safety reasons – tell them where you will be going, with who and around when you will call them back. Keep you social media updated so that you will be safe all the time!

  10. Treat Your Body Well

    Travel can throw your body out of whack. Time difference anyone? When you’re moving from place to place it’s difficult to maintain a workout routine, we don’t sleep enough, or we eat that delicious, sumptuous cakes too much. I’m guilty of snacking on too much sugar and not exercising. What’s a girl to do when there’s so much to do and so little time?

    Remember to be nice to your body. Get enough sleep, stay hydrated, eat healthy, use sunscreen, and exercise often. That way you will actually be able to go out and see everything.

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Be Bold -After all you only get to live once

“I want to look back at my life and say wow what a journey – I don’t want to regret the choices that I didn’t take.”

Does that mean I’m a risk taker?

Actually, I’m not.

But.
I don’t need a car, a house, a relationship to be the forefront of my life. Whenever I feel like I’m getting to used to a place, too focused on a single thing I try to take a step back. Maybe that’s very selfish but I don’t want to be pulled to all sides by those I love, or be hyper focused and lose everything else.IMG_0942.jpg I want to experience what I’ve dreamed of when I was a child, without feeling like I’m stealing myself from them. I don’t want the riches or big mansion. I want a home cooked meal, cuddles on the couch, enjoy my work , what I do, while have the time to see everything there is to see in this world.

I want to taste croissants in Paris, eat sushi in Japan, drink martini from the highest building in the world, see the sunset from the top of the pyramids and swim in a lagoon. I want to go skinny dipping in the dark, ride a motorcycle over wide open roads, ride a camel across the Gobi desert, collect seashells by Thai beaches, hike across the Incan trail in Peru. Most of all I don’t want to just want them, to leave them on my bucket list – to do just before I die. So like everything that need to be done, I have a deadline. Make the time. Take a break and forget everything once in a while.

Don’t make a big deal out of it. It’s a trip not a life changing event where you will become a completely different person if you just do that one thing. Take a Friday or Monday off, a long weekend. Save a penny or dollar or yen here and there for that indulgence – it won’t be much but it every little counts right?

Time management – Fly out in the evening after work and fly in the evening before. Make most of it. Plan ahead and book the day off, the hotel, hostel or appointments even. Take the time to be just yourself and  be selfish – taking the time for yourself will improve every other aspect in your life.

Leather, Metal, Chains and Animals?

Perhaps one of the biggest and best thing about fashion is the ability to recreate oneself. I love fashion in that I can express myself in whole. What I wear will reflect who I am, where I am going, and even what I do for work, but don’t take it too seriously. Explore what is out there, cut up your magazines and create a collage of what you want and try it for starters. Travel and see who wears what here and there – after all Asians, Americans, Africans, Canadians etc. all wear different clothes and have unique style. So why not enjoy ourselves with it? Have fun and don’t take it seriously, after all what’s in today may not be there tomorrow.


Being playful is what you should be all about. After all we are on this earth only once, so why not go out with a bang? Wear that geometrical dress, that goes so well with your tribal bangles and cute animal necklace. It will be smashing ladies! How about that pinstripe suits, gentlemen? After all being cut and tailored is something I would love to see the lads in, and won’t deprive the ladies of the power-suit either!

 

Play with textures – the chain bag, with that silk wine dress? Devine and delicious. That baby blue bag with those gorgeous pumps, you are kicking it! Go on, dig into your wardrobe and play with your clothes, after all we are all playing dress up in our lives, are we not?

Venture into the unknown with me?

“If you wish to move the mountains tomorrow you must start by lifting the stones today”

Early mornings, running to the office, meeting, school, university, harried lunch meetings, reports for the next day that just has to be done, late night meetings that means you have to come in on the weekends and then you finally collapse into your bed after the shortest dinner and shower. The weekend is another word for sleeping and trying to get rid of your bone deep exhaustion.

Do you want to find relief from your daily schedule? To take a nap and actually have a dream where you enjoy yourself instead of the rough stumble and the panic that you have forgotten something important for the next day?

Don’t you want to see what is on top of that mountain, don’t you want to breathe in and actually feel the fresh air go into your lungs without the panic setting in too? Why not go out over the weekend. Travel.

Travel does not mean you spend your stash of savings in one go. Travel means do something you haven’t. That baked three types of chocolate chip cookies that you just watched on the TV, Youtube or read on the Recipe book? Why not try to bake it? It tastes better than anything store bought, and don’t they say that baking relieves stress?

Have you went to a church, a synagogue, temple yet? Don’t have the time or patience for the preaching and the holier attitude? Why not go just for the quiet, the art, the silence you just can’t find elsewhere in this modern world? Even the music is something non intrusive.

Do some completely new. Look at that pattern and go Wow, that is beautiful, even when it is the ugliest thing you have seen, because there is beauty in that. Go hiking, swimming, go to that corner of the city, country, world that you just haven’t went to yet. Go bungee jumping, try skateboarding, knitting or even learn to cycle. Talk to that stranger with that gorgeous bag and ask where she bought it. Start a conversation even though it feels like you are jumping off a cliff.

After all, what is the point of life? You only live once, if you get caught up in the daily schedule of your lifestyle won’t you regret it at the end? I would. It could be short as they say or long as you will allow. Why not do something? Don’t blow everything but just try something new every day, week or month. There is no timetable to follow. Try.

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