SPRING in CHICAGO

Hello Loves and happy Tuesday!

Sorry for being absent for such a long time! I have a lot of things to care of these days and almost zero free time! Thank you for you patience and still hanging around. I’ll try to post as I used to, once a week (usually Monday or Tuesday). 

Today I’d like to share with you photos of my latest trip! Me and my boyfriend went to Chicago for a family reunion. Hope you’ll like the pictures I took of the city!

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Do you have any plans for your summer holidays? Let me know in the comments!

xx, Olita


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3k Followers Q&A + follow back

Hello Loves and happy Tuesday!

This week as promised I’m gonna answer all your questions and follow 5 of you who asked the most creative ones!

Let’s get to it, shall we?

I’m interested to know how your life has changed as your blog has gained momentum? A follow up question would be, is your reason/inspiration for blogging the same now as when you first started? – beauty0bellini

To be honest I feel like it didn’t change at all. Definitely the reason to keep blogging for me is the same. Just because it gives me joy! I’m so grateful so many of you are willing to share it with me and keep reading my posts. I’ve never thought about I could have 3000 people subscribed to my page! It’s insane! ❤

So as this milestone is goals for many fellow bloggers, I’d like to know: What are your tips in regard to expanding your blog following and engagement? Also, how do you get inspired to come up with new blog ideas? – FebruaryCircus

People ask me about the tips to grow a bigger audience all the time. Tbh I never had a plan. Just write about what you truly love. Pictures should be a good quality, that definitely catch an eye. And the last tip would be stay present and connected with the community. About inspiration I’d always write about what I’m into atm.

When did you start your blog and what is your blog’s purpose? How does your blog add value to the world and make it a better place? – Chrissy

I started my blog April 14th as a get away place just for myself. Somewhere I could write about anything I’m passionate about. Well, about making a world better place… I’m not sure it does haha! I just hope I could bring people together and share our interests and hopefully also somehow inspire them.

What motivates you to continue blogging and helps you through writers block? Congratulations!! That is an amazing achievement! – learningbeaut by Ruth Garcia

Thank you Ruth! Definitely what helps me with my writers block is knowing how many people awaits my posts, which is so nice! Also when I can’t write I just think about what I’m excited/passionate about at the moment and then the block disappears, because I find a purpose to make another post. I usually like to plan ahead what I’m gonna write about, so the block is not a very big struggle of mine.

 

All authors of questions above are followed by me! Thank you for your Qs! ❤

xx, Olita


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🇪🇸 Christmas in Madrid – photo diary

Hello Loves and happy Monday!

I haven’t really been present for a last few weeks but after spending Christmas and New Year’s at my boyfriend’s family home in Spain I’m back! Rested and ready to go back to blogging!

This week I decided to share with you a few chosen photographs from our trip I hope you’ll enjoy!

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P.S. Let me know if you like this kind of blog posts featuring only photos! I have a few more ideas for more posts like this – my inspirations, fashion, beauty, makeup etc.

xx, Olita


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I’ve Been Nominated for the Best Blog of 2017!

Hello loves and happy Wednesday!

I know it’s quite unusual for me to write a post today but I just got nominated for the nepaliaustralian’s blog award for the best blog for 2017! I’m beyond grateful and excited!

If you wish me to win in this category please vote here.

All you need to do is comment on the linked blog post: Best Blog for 2017, add number 5 and leave your email or link to your blog!

Thank you so much in advance for the votes and for everyone who nominated me in this category! Love you! xx

❤️ Olita

BECCA Après Ski Glow Collection: Eye Lights Palette – review

Hello Loves and happy Monday!

Recently I had to go to Sephora to pick a few things up (face masks etc). Since for 2 whole months I was so busy finding a perfect gift for everyone for my and my boyfriend’s families I decided to treat myself and get the classic Champagne Pop BECCA Highlighter I was dreaming of for quite a while now. Also I had 20% off any purchase, so… it’s clearly a bargain, right?

I had it in my hand when a girl who works in Sephora asked if I saw the new BECCA Après Ski Glow Collection: Eye Lights Palette at the entrance. Well, I did but actually didn’t look inside. She opened the packaging and said it’s an eyeshadow palette and I can easily use any of the shadows as a highlighter.

The choice between Champagne Pop and that palette for me was very easy. I get 7 different colours of eyeshadows/highlighters for a tiny bit more than one Champagne Pop (which I can always get later, 😉 ).

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I didn’t own any of BECCA’s products before and I think I made a great choice, because after reading reviews I’ve found out that people who weren’t new to the brand said the eyeshadows are too sheer for their liking and they work better as a eyeshadow toppers or highlighters. I’m sure this palette will be perfect for anyone who’s new to BECCA as a brand and doesn’t own a lot of highlighters, as myself, or is just looking for a gorgeous metallic/satin and a little sheer eyeshadows. 

Here are the swatches of every shade from the pallete. Please not I’m definitley on a pale side if it comes to a skintone. The photo was made in natural light.

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From top to bottom: Pealr, Moonstone, Opal, Topaz, Toasted Marshmallow, Hot Cocoa, Rose Quartz

 

What are your favorite highlighter? Let me know!

xx, Olita


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2k Followers Q&A

Hello Loves and happy Monday!

As promised, today I’m answering all your questions from my last post (read). I’m so grateful for all 2000 of you (now 2100!)! So happy to have you here in Olita’s family! ❤

Let’s get to your questions, shall we?

How did you get that many? Any good tips? Could really use some!!! 

That is the most common question I get asked almost every day! Tbh I always go with my gutt when it comes to blogging. First thing would be definitely to not start a blog if all you can think of are those likes and followers, do it only because you enjoy it! Very important is to be engaged with community. Also a huge part of blogging is consistency of posting and bringing new content for your followers. Quality of pictures you upload is very important as well. Good luck!

What do you think is the best social media strategy for getting more visitors to a blog? And what was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?

That’s a similar question to the one above and I think I can give the same answer here. Just keep being engaged in community and post consistently! The most challenging moment in my blogging journey would be definitely to try be consistent with posting and scheduling posts when I’m away.

My question is in regards to your vision, where do you see your blog ten years from now if all goes according to plan?

First of all I don’t have any plan. I’m blogging because I love it and it’s just something I do only for myself (nobody from my friends or family knows about it) and my followers. So I have no expectations at all actually!

I am losing my inspiration on filming video recently. Where do you get your blog post inspiration?

I usually write about what I find interesting at the moment. Sometimes it happens when I buy something for myself and feel the need to share it with my followers. The other time I’d feel like sharing my tips I think they could be helpful or just anything really that I’m passionate about.

What motivates to write posts and to continue blogging?

What keeps me motivated is that I truly enjoy to do blogging and it’s simply a getaway from work/home. It makes me feel relaxed and keeps my mind off some things I might be stressing about too much. Also it gives me a feeling of accomplishment which is really nice.

Thank you so much for all your questions! It’s always a pleasure to asnwer them! ❤

You can read more of my q&a’s here and here.

xx, Olita


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🍋 Lemonade Diet (Master Cleanse) & How I Lost 8 Pounds in a Week! 

Hello my loves and happy Monday!

I’m sure some of you have heard about this famous Master Cleanse aka Lemonade Diet. To explain it fast and easy it’s a 7-10 day cleanse during which you drink only lemonade made with water, lemmons (duh!), maple syrup (grade B) and pinch of cayenne pepper.

It is very popular type of a detox among many celebrities like Beyoncé herself! You can read all about the cleanse HERE.  Through the whole process I found this site very helpful. It’s full of information and tips on how to make it more pleasant. If you’re curios about the actual strict “rules” of the cleanse check it out!

Let’s get started!

edit: I’m writing this post on my 9th day of the cleanse. I’m going to do it for 1 day more to finish with full 10 days. I’ll update you with the last days progress when I’ll be done! 

Taste of lemonade itself was good, which surprised me. Somehow I’m still not bored of it even though it was my only meal for the whole 9 days (and will be for one more). I have to say that 3-4 first days were the worst and then I felt most hungry. From the other hand I was loosing weight fast (my body got leaner and looking how it’s supposed to, if it makes sense haha) and didn’t feel bad or sick so that kept me going. Later it got easier and easier. For starting your cleanse I wouldn’t recommend to plan anything major. The most convenient time to start in my opinion, is weekend or your time off work/school. You never know how drastically your body can react for this kind of detox (if you haven’t done it before). Also very important part is to get good quality maple syrup. It has to be grade B, because it’s not as much filtered as usual syrup for our pancakes, therefore it has more nutrients and vitamins to give you energy and bring you needed daily dose of calories. Since some time manufacturers changed the terminology for syrup’s “grade” and now every one is a Grade A. Image below will help you find the right one:

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They say that master cleanse’s main job and purpose is to detox your body and get rid of not needed junk. Weight loss is just a side effect. Well guys, I have to tell you that I did it mainly because of its side effect. Haha! Well… maybe not in 100% because I ate very bad before this diet and felt the need to go back on track with healthy eating. On a day 6 I got so obsessed with healthy food and excited about eating again I bought vegan cook book and many kitchen accessories, I watched like a million youtube videos tutorials and recipes… and guys, I’m ready to eat! And yes, I was vegetarian and now as I’m gonna ease out of this diet I want to switch for a veganism. Not too strict, as I’m just starting though. I did it a year ago for a few months and I didn’t feel good, but I think I was lacking of imagination for the recipes and I got lazy very fast.

I’m sure most of you after reading all of this information is quite curious about my weight loss during those 9 days. I weighted myself each morning right after waking up. I started with the weight of 54,7 kg (120 lbs) on day one.

Day 1 – 54,7 kg (120 lbs)

Day 2 – 53,1 kg (117 lbs)

Day 3 – 52,4 kg (115.5 lbs)

Day 4 – 51,8 kg (114 lbs)

Day 5 – 51,6 kg (113.7 lbs)

Day 6 – 51,5 kg (113.5 lbs)

Day 7 – 51,2 kg (112.9 lbs)

Day 8 – 50,9 kg (112 lbs)

Day 9 – 51,1 kg (112.5 lbs) (I’m starting my period in a few days so I assume it’s just water, even though my belly is flat and I look way better than on day 7)

Day 10 – coming soon

To sum up, I’m so excited about cooking and eating healthy again and what’s most important for me I lost weight and I can see it and finally I’m happy with my body! I feel so light and that I will look good in all my clothes! I’m also very happy I’m gonna finish soon! haha! I’m so glad I did it and definitely gonna do it again next year!

If you have any questions please ask away! ❤

And you? Did you try any kind of diet/detox? Did it help? Are you gonna try this one? Let me know!

xx, Olita


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