My white Birthday, lunching by the beach & chanel

Hi everyone!!

I thought I’d share this week’s vlog video, but I also thought I’d write a short post and share some pictures with you.

So, at the beginning of the year, I went to this area called Halepa (Chania, Crete) and had a lovely lunch by the beach. The restaurant is literally on the beach. II went with my friend and we ordered some lovely food. Meat pie,, we had soup and a yummy mushroom and pork risotto.

I bought a lovely white winter coat from Marc’s and Spencer and I really love it. It is being sold at M&S at the moment. I think a white coat is a staple and everyone should have one.

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Not bad eh?

My Birthday

My birthday was on the 8th of January and it snowed!! Yup. It hasn’t snowed in my town since 2004. That’s 13 years!! I was so happy. It was lovely. A white birthday.

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Saturday the 14th

I am a teacher and some of my students were taking a language proficiency test, so I had to spend my Saturday at the hotel trying to offer moral support. It was quite relaxing actually. I had a lovely coffee and read Instyle. I also got to wear my Chanel No.197 (green/ silver). I thought it lasted well even though my application was not that great(I missed a spot).

 

My Vlog

In my vlog you get to see all of this. I am trying to grow my channel, so any TLC would be appreciated (maybe subscribe or share? ❤ ❤ ).

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Talk soon.

xox

Tangle Teezer Review (Lulu Guinness Design)

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Hi everyone!

Today’s post is going to be a product review of the Tangle Teezer which is a brush that detangles your hair. You can also use it to style your hair.  I was sent this product and was so excited to try the brush because I had heard so many things about it on YouTube and blogs. So, I got to choose what I wanted to try and I chose the LuLu Guiness Design and my Tagle Teezer is the Compact one.

Why did I choose the Lulu Guinness one?

Cause it had little lipsticks on it!! Yes. So as you can see in the pictures, there are pink and lilac and purple little lippies. What’s not to love ladies?

Why did I choose the compact?

Because it was small and would fit in my bag. The measurements are actually

Height: approx 4.5 cm.

Width:approx. 6 cm.

Length: approx.8 cm.

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What does it claim to do?

According to the Tangle Teezer  website,

It is a handbag friendly brush

It detangles the hair leaving it smooth and shiny.

What do you think Jo (aka me)?

I like this brush. It detangles my hair and does not hurt. It does not get stuck in my hair when I wake up looking like a lioness!! The finish is nice soft straight hair- not frizzy. Is it really handbag-friendly? Well, that depends on the size of your bag. If it is a medium/ bigger bag, then yes. If it is a clutch, then no. Does it leave your hair shiny? I don’t think it’s the brush that makes the hair shiny. I think that when your hair is nice and straight it will shine anyway, so yes and no. It is also very durable. Sure, it is not the cheapest brush you can get your hands on (in Greece Sephora sells it for 18 euro), but how often do you buy brushes anyway? Plus this brush is made of good materials. Nothing flimsy about it!

Do you recommend it?

Yes. Especially if your hair gets tangled a lot. There are also other types of brushes you may want to check out. They come in pretty designs and anyway ladies,

we all want to have good hair days!!

Thanks for stopping by!! Don’t forget to follow my blog and let me know in the comments below how you feel about the Tangle Teezer? Have you bought one?

xox

J.

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Losing Myself: Struggles of an Overwhelmed Blogger

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When I first started blogging, it was (kinda) part of a course I was doing (I am a teacher) Blogging was a way for me to reflect on my teaching ideas and so on. I started off as an educational blogger. I loved it. I loved sharing my teaching ideas, whining about teaching and communicating with other teachers.

As time went by, I wanted to include more topics and talk about my interests, so I started writing about books, my trips, then came makeup (and a whole girlie side of ELT aka English language teaching). My edublog started to become a bit too lifestyle-ish.

That’s when I decided I would start a second blog. This one. A fun blog where I would talk about my hobbies, my thoughts, boast about the things I have. My blog was an ode to my materialism coz I love shopping and talking about it.

I was a happy bunny. All good. I have actually been double-blogging for about a year and a half. Of course, now I blog more here than on my edublog. Let’s move on though, shall we? Now, as if a second blog was not enough, I decided I also wanted to start a YouTube channel and I did.I enjoy making videos. I like the interaction.

And?

Well, I cannot keep up. I have ended up going from writing my thoughts and sharing stuff, to talking mostly about products and that’s not who I am. I mean do not get me wrong folks.

I ❤ shopping

but in order to keep up, I have followed the norm and started just posting about what everyone else publishes. Talking about what everyone else talks about. But blogging, which was my creative outlet, is not my creative outlet anymore. I have been sucked into the:

Get Views

Do SEO

Become Self hosted

Take instagrammable pictures

Promote

Publish

Become a brand

Get a camera/ Be more professional

So, now I have added more stuff on my To Do lists. Now, I gotta learn how to take videos/ photos, edit, import/ export stuff and yada, yada, yada.

And I stopped having fun. I feel a bit overwhelmed and not seeing the results I wanna see. Sure, my numbers have risen. I even got proper blogger mail, but I cannot keep up because I have a job and a life plus I am old. 40.

I have actually started to think that in order to be successful at blogging Youtubing, apart from being 20+, you also need to be unemployed cause, in my mind, there is no way you can be on top of your game if you work full time. Maybe I am inefficient and watch too much TV or something and cannot be as productive as others, or maybe I am comparing myself to other bloggers/ YouTubers (I feel ‘funny’ calling my self a YouTuber, but anyhoo) and

this the comparison, the do this, do that, is not making me happy.

Dunno what I am going to do, but something has to go, or I need to stop taking blogging/ YouTubing so seriously and just take it easy. But these options are not gonna cut it. I mean, I may not be a famous blogger, but I do have readers (especially my edublog) and I don’t want to ‘destroy’ what I built! So, what can I do??

We live in a time were in order to succeed, you got to do more. And then more. And that more doesn’t necessarily have to be good. It may just exist, but it’s out there and it’s more. A time where we are always setting goals, trying to hit a target. Aiming at something, but does that bring joy?

I mean, I get burnout and lack of inspo when you are a workaholic, but burnout as a freakin blogger? C’mon…. Really?? Is this what I want? Hell no!!

So, this is where I am. Trying hard to juggle a million balls. Stressing myself out for no real reason. Chasing the unchasable (is that a word).

Thanks for reading. I am usually more fun… but I do ramble.

2016 Random Favourites: gadgets, clothes, jewelry & planners

Hi everyone!!

Time for 2016 Random Favourites. In this post I am going to talk about clothes, bags, planners, gadgets and other random stuff I used a lot during 2016.

Gadgets

I read books and I have a Tiny (yeap, that’s the brand) book light. It produces enough light and is pink. I have had it for ages and haven’t changed the battery yet!!

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JBL Speaker

If you want to listen to music from your phone, you should get a wireless speaker. I got one and have been blasting my videos all year!!! I am really happy with mine! You charge it on your pc.

My Kate Spade Agenda

I use this planner for my social media and blogging. I also love my floral To Do fridge magnet notepad. You can check it out in my video.

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BOOKS

Books

The Rosie Project

If you like books about love, check this one out. This is chick lit but with a twist. The story teller is a guy. He is trying to find a girlfriend and he makes a questionaire which he gives his candidates. I rest my case!!!

 

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The Decision Book

BOOK

If you are interested in productivity, time management, goals etc., you should check this book out. I read it in one night!!!

Zara Cardigan

This is my all seasons , all looks cardigan. I have two colours. It retails for 20 euros. I have washed mine a zillion times and nothing happened to them!! I am really happy with these cardigans, so you should definitely check it out!!

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H&M hoodies

OK, so  you may not be a jogger, but these hoodies are great to wear when you are at home, relaxing. They are super affordable from 20-25 euros.

Clutch

My Coccinelle  clutch bag. ❤ ❤ . It was a present. I loved it!!

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Acrylic makeup organizer

I got a few acrylic makeup organisers for my vanity and it has made such a difference. I love them!!

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YouTubers

Kristina Braly//Elle Florence//Ms Goldgirl

You can check out my detailed video. If you do, don’t forget to subscribe. It would mean the world to me 🙂 ❤ ❤ Plus!!! I got a camera!!! Woohooo. Now I need to learn how to use it. Oh! I got the Nikon 3300

 

Moments and pictures of 2016

Some of my favourite pictures and moments I shared with you on my blog throughout 2016.

 

Thanks for stopping by!! What were your favourites for 2016? Any books, gadgets, planners, you think I should check out? Let me know in the comments below. Go watch my video now xxxxxxxx

Jo

Plan with me: My Birthday Spread

Hi everyone!!!

This post is my plan with me video and my birthday spread. I used scrapbook paper and gold bows :). I hope you like. Do subscribe to my YouTube channel (it would mean the world to me :)).

 

Thanks for stopping by!! If you like planner posts, check out my channel and the planner category of my blog.

xox

Joanna

 

 

Happy 2017

Hi everyone!!

I thought I’d pop in to say Happy New Year and wish you all the best for 2017.

May 2017 be full of

Creativity & inspiration.

Good health & safety.

Great moments with your loved ones.

Gratitude for what you have & drive for what you want to achieve.

Opportunities in every field.

Different flavours & tastes

and finally  and probably most importantly……

Good hair days!!

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Thanks for stopping by!!! Happy New Year!!!

xox

Joanna