Going green

Make-up makes more beautiful on the outside, but so does food. A good and healthy diet can do miracles for our skin and health. On social media there’s a big ‘superfoods’ trend. I decided to surrender myself to this trend, so I made myself a green smoothie. It was delicious and I’m definitely going to repeat it! I want to share my smoothie recipe with you guys.

IMG_2252Ingredients:

  •  1 Mango
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 banana
  • 125 ml coconutmilk
  • 1 avocadoPut it all in a blender, and you’re done!

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Travel inspiration

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I love to travel. Who doesn’t? My next trip is to Edinburgh, with two of my friends and the international student union of my University! I’ve never been there before and I’m very excited. In Edinburgh I will participate as a UN delegate at the University of Edinburgh, where I represent the Economic and Social Council of Vietnam. Next to that, there will be enough free time to discover Edinburgh. We have a couple of very nice things planned there: sight-seeing, shopping, a 5 star dinner at the famous Balmoral Hotel and more! I’ll not reveal too much, because I’m going to write a blog about my adventures there. If you have tips or suggestions, let me know! Here’s some travel inspiration: 

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An awesome UK suitcase from SuitSuit

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How cool are these notebooks from Marc Jacobs?

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Travel essentials

Packing stress? This Lous Vuitton app helps you packing your suitcase!

I’m really looking forward to it and you can expect a photo diary from me this week! I’ll keep you posted :)!

Copycats

It’s better to fail in orginality, than to succeed in imitation. Stealing someone’s creativity is a wrongful act in the Netherlands. I’m writing my bachelor thesis about Copyright Law and that was my inspiration for this blog. We’ve all been copied by someone. Think about that friend who stole your fashion style or that person who stole your ideas or creativity for a project. It’s really annoying isn’t it? But you can see it as something flattering, because you’re someone’s inspiration. Still, it’s a good thing that copyright law excists to put a stop on copycats. Did you know that Lancôme has copyright on the scent of their perfume?

Even celebs cope with copycats. Although it’s not crime to wear the same clothes, I can understand that you can be really pissed if someone else is wearing your uber expensive unique Lanvin dress on the red carpet. I’ve collected some serious copycat material:

ImageRita Ora and Rihanna wearing the same floral jumpsuit. Only Rita’s wearing it sporty and Riri more classy.

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The beautiful latinas Jennifer Lopez and Eva Longoria both wearing a black leather dress and black pumps. They both look beautiful, but if I have to choose, I think it looks better on Eva than on J.LO!

ImageJada Pinkett Smith and Kim Kardashian wearing the same saucy white dress.

ImageLauren Conrad and Fast and the Furious actress Jordana Brewster are wearing the same floral embelished romper. So did LC, it are both different rompers, but frome the same line. It looks good on both of them!

ImageAngelina Jolie and Christina Aguleira with the same black dress.

So, who do you think looks better in these outfits? And have you ever been copied?

New York Fashion Week

Although it’s freezing, snowing and ice cold in the Big Apple, nothing stands fashionistas from all over the world in the way to attend this year’s New York Fashion Week. Designers get the opportunity to present their Fall 2014 collection, so people from all over the world can get inspired by them! Not only the designers are inspiring, but also the people who visit NYFW look amazing. Here are some NYFW looks:

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ImageOne of the designers who presents her Fall 2014 collection is Rebecca Minkoff. She moved to New York at 18 to pursue her dream and become a fashion designer. She has become synomyous with her cool and casual chic items. What makes her shows special and unique at the NYFW is that she always has a music element in them, she integrated music into her show and this year was no different! Aluna George sang live during her fashion show. The music shows ‘attitude’, it’s all about songs you can walk down a runway to or down the street at night, on your way to a party.

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 Aluna George at the Rebecca Minkoff show NYFW 2014

Next to Rebecca Minkoff, other designers will also exert theirselves to the outmost to present their Fall 2014 collection. You can think of: Manolo Blanik, Victoria Beckham, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and All Saints. Who is your favorite designer?

I want to end this post with a special story, what has nothing to do with NYFW, but with something I experienced this afternoon. Today I saw a sweet cat wandering in front of my door. He was so sweet and really liked to be cuddled. There was nothing wrong until I saw his paws were shaking and he also had no collar. I found the whole situation alarming, so I decided to put a post on Facebook group, where people from around the city usually offer free goods. There’s a big number of people member of this group, so I thought it would reach a lot of people and luckily it worked!! The owners of the cat recognized their cat ‘Tonie’, who was lost for 7 days and they were on their way to pick him up. In the meanwhile I fed him some tuna and he kept nuzzling up against me, so cute! The owners were very happy to have their cat back and really had missed him!!

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Beauty treasures

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We all have some beauty products that are indispensable. I think every woman recognizes this: you keep buying and buying stuff and nothing is suitable enough for you. We’ve all experienced some beauty struggles: a chunky mascara, a foundation that makes you too pale, a day cream that makes your skin greasy. You keep trying until you discover that one product that’s perfect for you. And when it’s used up, you keep buying the same product. I will show you my five greatest beauty ‘treasures’, the essentials of my beauty collection.

Dr. Jackson’s coconut melt
It’s not only my secret beauty weapon, but also Miranda Kerr’s. I love Dr. Jackson’s Coconut Melt. It’s 100% organic and pure. I don’t only use it as a lip conditioner, but also as a hair conditioner when my hair feels dry or frizzy  – especially after a rainy day -, or for my cuticles. A natural, but also very multifunctional product!

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As you can see, it’s not fluid. If you put some in your handpalm, the substance melts as a result of your body temperature. That’s why it’s called coconut melt.

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Rosebud Salve ‘Minted rose’
My favorite saviour in times of need. My lips are very dry and chapped in the winter and Rosebud salve really saves my lips! I also use it on my elbows when they’re dry. The scent of this lip balm is also fantastic!

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The Naked2 palette from Urban Decay
The most beautiful eyeshadow palette ever. I was very sad when I heard that Sephora was closing all the Dutch Sephora branches. I bought the Naked2 palette the week before Sephora closed and it was the best buy ever. I even made one of my friends so enthusiastic, that she asked me to buy a Naked2 palette for her before I went to Paris!

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You can create so many variant looks with this palette: from everyday make up, to a spectacular party look. So, if you have the Naked2 pallete, or if you’re considering to buy it, here is a link to a very inspiring tutorial on creating a ‘Chic Smokey Eye’ from the Portuguese beauty blogger Camila Coelho

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters in the colours ‘Pink Truffle’ and ‘Raspberry Pie’
I’ll never stop buying Revlon Colourburst lipsticks. The colours are so beautiful and the lipsticks have a great scent. It’s a lipstick and lip butter in one, so it also hydrates your lips. A real win-win situation! Raspberry Pie is a beautiful medium-dark raspberry pink with a (natural) glossy shine. It’s a very outstanding colour, therefore I keep my eyes natural when I’m using this lipstick. Pink truffle on the other hand is a warm, soft pink colour and also has a natural glossy finish, I wear this one very often!

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Swatches from left to right: ‘Pink truffle’ and ‘Rapsberry Pie’

As you can see, I’ve already found the perfect lip products and the best eyeshadow palette, but there are also a lot of undiscovered treasures. I’m still searching for the perfect concealer, eyeliner and foundation, so suggestions are always welcome. Hope you enjoyed my beauty favorites!:)
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Pretty in pastel

Pastel colours, I’ve always loved them. That’s why I’m very glad that it’s a trend this spring! Pastel colours appeared a lot at the runways: Céline, Christian Dior, Chanel, Fendi, Vera Wang. The most beautiful looks were shown at the catwalks. Next to pastel, you also will see a lot of flowers back in the spring collections, I love it!

Here are some inspiring runway looks from the spring collections of Fendi and Christian Dior.

ImageI’m really planning to wear more pastel this spring. I only have 1 (!) pastel item in my closet (see the picture down here, taken a few years ago). It ‘s a light blue ‘pastelish’ top from Zara.

ImageAlthough I still love this top, I really want to rock more pastel! I love the combination of soft pastel colours with black accessoires. That’s why I’ve hunted down some awesome spring items.

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River Island top: cream daisy lace shell. €33,-
River Island shorts: coral floral hight waisted shorts, €37,-
Saint Laurent heels
Zara tote bag, €119,-
LionetteNY earrings
Le specs sunglasses ‘Rapture’, €48,-

You can also follow me on instagram: @fblbyparis! 🙂

Inspiring: ‘Paradox of time’

It’s been a while, but I’m back! I wanted to share something with you, that has nothing to do with fashion or beauty. I found a very inspiring text and I really wanted to share it! 

Today we have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees, but less common sense; more knowledge, but less judgment. We have more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness. We spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get to angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too little and lie too often. We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life; we’ve added years to life, not life to years. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour. We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space. We’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less; plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait; we have higher incomes, but lower morals. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies, but have less communication. We are long on quantity, but short on quality. These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; More leisure and less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition; two incomes, but more divorce; fancier houses, but broken homes. Life is a chain of moments of enjoyment, it’s not only about survival. Use your crystal goblets. Do not save your best perfume, and use it every time you feel like it. Remove phrases like “one of these days” and “someday” from your vocabulary and use ‘today’ instead. Let’s tell our families and friends how much we love them. Do not delay anything that adds laughter and joy to your life. Every day, every hour, and every minute is special. And you don’t know if it will be your last.

 
I really got inspired by this text. I think that you have to do things that make you happy, with a lot of passion and dedication surrounded by the people that make you happy. If you want something go for it! One of the things that would make me really happy, is to go on a trip to New York this year! I really have a thing for the Big Apple and i really want to experience it!:) And what is/are yours? 

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