Thursday, 13 November 2014

Organisation [favourite apps]

I was never a "you need a smartphone to survive" kinda gal, but lately I have been using mine for a lot more than just instagramming during my lectures and checking bloglovin' every five minutes. I have actually found a set of very useful apps that have come in we go:

1. Dropbox
Yes, I know that's a very old one and I have been using my Dropbox for several years now, but I have never used it on my phone. Now I can store pictures of slides and whole PowerPoint presentations without having to turn my computer on every time. It has also been great for exchanging notes with my fellow students!

2. PackPoint
This app is so good on so many levels! First off, it's great for people who like to go on short weekend trips to a different city or have people visiting them frequently! Basically what it does is, that you can choose your gender and then insert all needed details: where you are going for how many nights on what day and what activities you'll be doing. The app then "calculates" what you will need to pack...from spare chapstick to your birth control pill!
It's great cause it does the checklist for you and you won't have to worry about forgetting your toothbrush at home and walking around with terrible breath for the first day!

3. ASOS/Zara/Urban Outfitters
No one will believe me when I say that I don't actually do shopping on these! But they are great fashion inspiration whenever I don't know what I should wear the next day. I just scroll through each feed and try to find something in my closet that comes close to it! Morning stress = gone!

4. Skype
I have always used Skype on my computer but have started to use it lot more on my phone to quickly call my mum and dad! I haven't got facetime (android girl here) so Skype has been an excellent way to just quickly say hi to their actual faces!

This won't apply to everyone but I'm sure your university has got a similar app. With my Uni ID it is possible for me to take any kind of sports class on the different campuses. This app shows you what classes are on that day at what time! So if you find yourself with a 3h gap between classes, why not do some pilates or get moving with muscle pump!

All of these apps are free to download and they have been great!
If you have got any recommendations for a good calendar app, let me know! I highly recommend trying PackPoint, cause it's the best invention since cheap plane tickets!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Autumn Desires [what I love and want]

As a girl who has planned all of her life accoring to the ''back to school calendar'', it does not come as a surprise, that each autumn I feel like I have to make some sort of 'New Year's Resolutions' and get the urge to clean everything out and try out new things. So far, I have been very organised with all of my university papers and books and can't wait for the rest of our IKEA furniture to arrive. But there are still a few things I would like to get to pamper myself a bit (given I probably won't be buying any of it due to a serious case of student-bugdet). But hey, I like looking at pretty and nice things!

Trench Coat: This lovely style of coat seems like an autumn staple for me and I have managed to make mine look somewhat acceptable. I bought it a while ago and it is slightly too big but I will make it work. Until then, I can dream of this beauty found on Pinterest.

Peach Vineyard Body Butter by The Bodyshop: This is one of my all time favourites and it is perfect for autumn. I really need more moisture during the cold winter months and always use the Shea Butter version also by The Body Shop, but for autumn this has just the right amount of moisture, without being too sticky on warmer days. And don't even get me started on the scent!!

New Look Cookie Red Lace Up Boots: I found myself browsing through the boot section on ASOS the other day, convinced I was going to order a pair of Chelsea Boots when I stumbled across this beautiful pair of lace up boots. I think it's brilliant that they're not your standard black or tan shoe but that they've got this red-purple-brown colour with the metall accents. This is maybe something I will invest in as they are 'only' £30 and basically irresistible.
Terry's Chocolate Orange: My blog post would not be complete without this delicious orange-oil-chocolate concoction. I am a chocolate kind of girl and this is definitely one of my all time favourites. Even more so during autumn time as it is the perfect blend between sweet and fruity and it goes perfectly well with a hot cup of PG Tips

What do you like in autumn?
Ilia x

Monday, 22 September 2014

Treat Yourself [a small shopping trip]

Here I am again! Today was my day off university and work, so I decided to go into Zurich to do a little bit of pampering shopping. I did not get a lot, as I am on a budget, but I am a great believer in not neglecting yourself.
Here are four things I got today:

A beautiful scent by Yves Rocher. It is a mixture of different kinds of vanilla, mixed with orange blossom to become a gorgeous fragrance
I wanted to try these little pots by Maybelline for ages and have finally got myself the shade And On Bronze. It is a gorgeous creamy texture and the colour payoff is excellent. I haven't tried its apparent long-lasting-power yet but I sure will tomorrow.
This is definitely a 'blogger-made-me-buy-this' product. I have seen it on so many blogs, YouTube channels and other outlets, that I couldn't resist when I found it in Zurich's American Apparel. It smells gorgeous and just like a rose and the texture also felt great on my lips. Very moisturising and soothing - just perfect for those cold and dry winter months to come!
This last one, the one all the other products are put on, is a simple and light scarf from H&M, perfect for the autumn days where a thick winter scarf would definitely be too much. I loved the weird bird and flower print and the combination of the navy and pink tones.

What have you treated yourself to lately?

Ilia x

Thursday, 18 September 2014

First Impressions [University of Zurich]

So, long time no blog! Everything is a bit crazy at the moment and this is actually the first time that I was able to sit down (given it was still in the University) and wirte. A lot and nothing has happened in the past week, but nonetheless I have been extremely busy.
First things first: I have finally started with my university course. I am studying Publication and Communication Sciences with a Minor in Management and Economics. I have had a lot of lectures this week, had to look for buildings and lecture halls and what not!
The University here is huge, and when I say huge I mean REALLY huge. The first thing that is ridiculously confusing and stressful as a newbie is that the University is split into different buildings, which are spread in 3 different parts of town. Crazy, I know! So that means that in the 15 minutes between every lecture, I am hectically running around trying not to get lost in the building, let alone in the city! The University of Zurich has a total of 27'000 students (without counting the ones at the ETH Zurich) and my faculty consists of over 10'000, so you can imagine how many people I see and meet a day. It is actually a lot more difficult to socialise than I thought it was going to be. Given it is only the 4th day today and I might have a few too many expectations, but I think it is difficult to klick with people. We sit in a lecture, in which no one talks anyway and then we have to run to the next one where there are new people again, so you don't really spend that much time with the same ones. But I guess that is all part of it and as I said before, it has only been 4 days.
I think I am spoiled with my friends I have back in my home town and I think I expect just a little bit too much at the moment.
However, lectures are great! So interesting and I am really glad I chose this course. I think the minor will also give me more of an insight into publication and communication from a business point of view, which I think is very important as the two topics go hand in hand.
I am also currently working and the girls I have met at work are gorgeous. They are such lovely girls and I am really happy to have met them. The one even lives in the same area as I do, which is pretty cool. So luckily enough I get to know more and more people who live here and who share same interests.
One thing that is a bit difficult is that actually half the people who go to Univeristy here don't actually live in Zurich but at least 45min to 1.5h away. This makes it, again, more difficult to find people to hang out with who live in a similar or close area.

I'm very sorry for this text-heavy post but I had to get rid off some of my thoughts. Let me know how your uni experience (or highschool, college etc) was and whether I am just expecting waaaaaaay too much from the first week.
To balance out the text, here are a few pictures of my gorgeous University.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Gatsby's Living Room? [colour scheme]

As you might have guessed, I have spent a ridiculous amount of time figuring out the colour scheme for each room. I think accent colours are so important and can transform a room completely. Whether you use green or red or blue, it can even change your whole mood.
So here is a little list of what colours I have gone for in which room, starting with the living room:

The living room is such an important space for me. Not only do I procrastinate in there by watching one TV show after the other, but it is also a cosy place to hang out with my loved ones. I wanted to create a space that is light and cosy. The light was already sorted out by there being one large window and a very large glass door that leads onto the big balcony. 
My dad has given me a very cool, matt golden floor lamp which is one reason why one of the accent colours is gold. The sofa (which hasn't arrived yet) will be a cream colour and behind the sofa we will hang a gold framed mirror. I think this room will probably be the most IKEA inspired room, but's great value for money and they've got so many different designs that it is impossible NOT to find something. The coffee table, which is a very important center piece for me, will be also IKEA and it will be a great way to display some of my fun books. I think it is so cosy when people can sit on your sofa, have a coffee and grab a book that will also be a conversation starter.
Apart from gold and cream, I have also gone for a turquoise/green-ish colour. I think it is such a lively colour but wouldn't make you feel nervous like a bright red or orange could. And I think it's a great contrast to the cream and gold. This turquoise-y-green-y colour will probably be found in pillows, little blankets, plants, candles etc. and will be changed up every once in a while, making the living room an ever changing space.

mirror that will go horizontally above the sofa

coffee table on which fun books can be displayed perfectly

Once the sofa, the coffee table etc etc. have actually arrived, I will post 'real life' pictures of what the living room will look like. And for those of you who are wondering: no the colour scheme was not inspired by the Great Gatsby, although I would not mind having his living room!

Ilia x

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Okay, hello! I am still (if barely) alive...moving really kills and I have definitely underestimated the process of choosing and buying new furniture. 
On an update: I have got my kitchen and bathroom (almost) sorted, my TV and WiFi will work as of next Monday but we still haven't got any chairs or a sofa for the living room! We were able to put an older one into the guestroom/office, on which we have to sit to eat. But at least that room is coming together and I am happy that my boyfriend and I are agreeing on the decor and style we are going for (definitely not an obvious thing). I hope to get a post up about the kitchen and/or bathroom on Friday and will leave you with a tiny sneak peek of the guest-sofa-bed! 
Ilia x

Not quite finished yet but hey, it's a start. 

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Coffee Talk [appreciation time]

I have lived in the same city my whole life and have had the same bunch of friends for the longest time. I can count them on one hand and I know they're the best people I could have ever wished for! And moving to a different city is all fun and games until you realise that you won't see that bunch of crazy people as often as you'd like...
I have met my one childhood friend today and it was splendid. I have known her since forever (we lived in the same house growing up) and knowing that we won't be able to have spontaneous 'come-over-and-watch-kick-it-like-beckham-for-the-100th-time' nights anymore made me really sad. Don't get me wrong, I'm looking forward to making new friends and exploring a new city but it is still sad to think that me and my girls will be far apart. And I know skype and facetime are excellent but they can't imitate hugs, can they?
So all I wanted to say with this post is to cherish your loved ones and make the best out of it:

1. Send letters - finally you have got a reason why to send and receive long, handwritten letters! You keep in touch and who doesn't love to open the letter box and to find something else but bills

2. You can show them around - it's great to explore a new place and when your bff comes to visit, you can show him/her all the cosiest cafés and coolest bars!

3. Have dinner parties and pamper yourselves - now that we are so-called grown ups, it is time to throw themed dinner parties. Cook together and spend the whole weekend doing girly stuff and enjoying every minute even more

4. Meet new people - being distant from your usual friend group forces you to step out of your comfort zone! Make new friends, enjoy the initial awkwardness and don't make the mistake of being glued to your phone texting your friends at home while you hang out with new people!

I hope these 4 tips have helped... They have definitely helped me to get over my premature homesickness!

Ilia x