New Year. New Hair. New Bras. New Shoes. New Start. (January Shopping Haul post)


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Hi Gorgeous ladies! 

My life has been so cray-cray recently, that it's only now that I'm getting a chance to actually put a post together. I'm sharing a general life and style update for you. This might actually turn into a photographic shopping haul post. - Of sorts!

I'm still living in Madrid, although I had intended to move back to London for the new year if a few things didn't change - which they did. I'm still not sure what I'm doing with my life as a whole, but I'm taking each day as it comes with a smile. At least I can't complain about too much, which is wonderful. As the saying goes, 'maybe I'm not where I want to be, but at least I'm not where I used to be.'

Baby steps, Rebeca. Baby steps!


I've started 2017 by giving myself a little bit of a makeover by beginning the process of going blond, gradually. Going blonde is something I had always wanted to do since I was a very little girl. I used to hate having what I thought of as a plain and boring dark brown hair colour (back then). As I got older, I grew to love my natural hair colour, which wasn't a plain and boring dark brown at all, but a rich chocolate brown that took on a burgundy tone in the sun. 

This is actually my second attempt at going blond, and unlike the first time I tried to go blond, (which was a complete disaster), I'm absolutely delighted with how this turned out! Now I can't wait to go lighter as my hair grows longer. 

It's amazing how one seemingly simple change can really boost our confidence and change our outlook on the world as a whole! I must admit, I was absolutely petrified that it was going to go horribly wrong, but I am truly chuffed with the results I got. The only thing I find a bit annoying, is that it looks darker or lighter depending on the lighting, but as I get lighter, it should look blonder at all times. I was hoping to lighter, but my hairdresser said it was a bad idea because my hair is quite thin and it would have caused way too much damage. Gradually I will go lighter though, and I'm really excited about it.



I got some Christmas money from family this year, and I decided to treat myself to some much needed bits and bobs, after not treating myself to much in over a year because of my lack of stable work. - And before anyone starts judging me for buying too many things, I didn't buy anything that I didn't really need, or that I had been wanting for a really long time. 

I invested in some new bras. I always have a hard time finding bras that are a good fit, and also happen to be pretty and affordable. I can't say I am spoiled for choice out here, but I got really lucky the other weekend. Sometimes trying to buy a bra can be really frustrating because I wear an E/F cup, and a lot of the brands that make the really pretty bras don't make bras beyond a C/D cup, so it was wonderful to have found three bras that fit right, look pretty, and make me feel great, in one day. 

I was in a bit of a desperate need for new bras to be honest, since the ones I had were starting to fall apart. The underwire in them kept poking out and stabbing me in the breasts. I spent a large chunk of my day having to push the underwire down which was annoying. So to say I am absolutely chuffed with these new bras, is basically an underestimation of how happy I am with them! 

Bras are important. Yes, this might be debatable, but I'm one of those women who feels a lot more comfortable wearing a bra, than not wearing a bra. I feel comfortable when I am supported and my girls are strapped in. The health benefits of wearing a bra is always a huge topic of debate for some women, but for me, there is no question. I can't imagine life without bras! 


Another thing I struggle with, are shoes. Finding a pair of sexy size 41 shoes, with a EEE wide fit, by simply walking into your average shoe shop in Madrid, just doesn't happen. So I have to stick to basic designs, preferably in leather, - because basic matches almost everything I might want to wear, and leather should stretch with wear over time. 

Yes, there is the option to buy online, but returns are such a hassle, I'd rather just make my life easy by trying my luck in physical shops, and keeping my footwear pretty simple. Once again, just like I did with my bras, I got lucky with my much needed footwear recently. 

I literally had no shoes until I bought these. I had a really old pair of Adidas trainers that I've had since I was about 14 years old, (I'm now 34) which I really should get replaced in the near future, my high-heel mustard Mary-Jane shoes from Clarks - which you guys are probably bored of seeing here (and which I need to take to the shoe maker because they are stained), and then lots of summer sandals which I cannot wear in winter because my feet would probably fall of from frost bite or something! 

Footwear is one of those things that are worth investing in. A bad pair of cheap poor quality shoes can really destroy your feet and your back. I have a history of plantar fasciitis, which more than one specialist has told me is the result of wearing the wrong kinds of shoes, - usually cheap and very flat, because I was so afraid of buying expensive shoes and/or with a heel, in case I could never wear them. I had dreamt of a pair of Chie Mihara shoes for years, and now I finally own a pair! And believe it or not, they were actually super cheap, at less than half the price on what I was seeing online for them. They ooze amazing quality which undeniable!

I also bought some very basic black heels by wonder, and then these also basic chunky heel shoes from VAS in green and pink. The jeans are from Primark, the olive green jumper is from H&M, as is the super thick chunky beige jumper, and the olive green bag is from Hakei. Then there was my little Primark haul. - As you can tell, if you are new to my blog,  I mix high-end and low-end all the time! 





One thing I am trying to do more often since 2017 got here, is indulge in some alone time where I can just relax. Especially in the evenings. 

I have been in such a chronic state of stress, anxiety and worry, for so long, that I need some me time on a regular basis to disconnect. I was thinking the other day about how long it has been since I have been home to London for a little break, or just anywhere outside of Madrid for at least a couple of days. I've just been stuck here worrying about not having a job and being broke. Luckily I have a job now, but I'm still getting back on my feet for now.

So until I can afford to get away, and finally take a much needed holiday, I am pampering myself as often as possible; such as indulging in a manicure, a pedicure, or a long hot bath with my favourite exfoliator. 

My favourite exfoliator is this Rituals one, in Organic Rice and Cherry Blossom. I'm not a fan of most Organics products, but this one just smells so divine. It also leaves my skin feeling really smooth, soft, and extra clean. I hadn't bought myself this stuff in well over two years, and using it again for the first time was a bit like magic for me.


And finally, I hope we all have a marvelous year during 2017. I have a very good feeling about this year. I feel as if big positive changes are coming this way. I hope I'm right!

Until next time,

Take care, stay blessed, and stay true to yourself!!!

xox
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