Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Trip to Paris 1/7

This is going to be my first post about the one week trip to Paris I went on with my friend Maria. I was going to hold them back a bit more but since I'm going away to a con this weekend (wohoo!) I thought I'd give you something to read during my absence.
Some of the days we did more than others so naturally - some posts will  be a bit long.
It was a really great adventure though and I hope I will be able to do our days there justice.

By the end of every post I will list tips and important things to know when going there. Although you could just skip to that part I'd suggest you read the whole post. C'mon, don't be a lazy bum ^o^
Now to the post!

The first day of our trip began early in the morning.

Instead of flying CPH (Copenhagen, Denmark)→HAM (Hamburg, Germany)→CDG (Paris, France), my dad drove us to Germany to let us save both money and time. (Thank you dad!).

Since none of us had been to HAM before we decided that online check-in would be a good idea so that, once we arrived in the airport, all we'd have to do was to drop off our luggage. 

Airports can be such stressful places and for people like me who aren't too fond of them, even the slightest change of tone or unfriendly comment from the people working there can change the experience for the worse. But unlike that irritating(!!!!) woman in Heathrow who kept accusing my mom of having a knife and a grenade and thereby almost making us miss our plane, the people in HAM seemed way more relaxed.
The lady in the information stand was helpful, the guy at the baggage drop-off was joking around and asking about our trip, and the lady at the security check actually apologized to me for speaking German instead of English to me when she found out I was a foreigner (even though she really didn't have to).
Awkward selfie before taking off

All in all I was very satisfied with HAM although they don't have as many stores as CPH. I wouldn't mind flying from there again. 
The flight was only 1½ hour and soon we found ourselves in Charles de Gaulle airport. It took a while before our baggage came but it was okay, there were a bunch of pretty french boys to look at eheheh (⌒ω⌒;)

The airport (which is HUGE by the way. Like an entire city!) was 23 km from our hotel. To get there we jumped on a Roissy Bus and got off at the Opera. From here we weren't sure where to go so I approached a girl with an orange cap with "information" written on it. We showed her the address to our hotel and she told us how to get there and which buses we'd have to take (to be honest it was a little confusing with all the names but her English was good). However, we knew that the hotel was less than 1 km away so we stood there planning our route until another boy came up to us and helped us. He told us how to get there by metro but when he figured we preferred to walk, he told us it was far away but showed us the route anyways. It really wasn't far, maybe we're just used to walking further? We did end up getting a little lost and decided to take a taxi, just this once. 

Our hotel was located in a side street to the left
The entrance to our hotel Hotel Villa Boheme
I know these pictures are bad but I couldn't back away more! It was so small
 The door was to the left of the mirror and the other opening in the right side of the picture is the bathroom. This picture was taken from the other corner of the room
And the bathroom! I really liked the make-up mirror. Again, sorry for the bad pictures. The bathroom was small and I couldn't back away more
Despite our room being MUCH smaller than we thought, the hotel was like in the pictures. Everything was clean and the receptionists always said bonjour (good day) and bonsoir (good evening) when we went out. 

It was now afternoon and we headed out to see the city and later on find a place to eat. Not even 5 minutes after we went out the skies parted and it started pouring dogs and cats. We did bring an umbrella but not even that could protect us (or Maria's feet only covered by her sandals). We sought cover with some French people and at some point a girl came over and asked us directions in French! (Before we left I read somewhere that if you blend in well enough with your clothing and appearance, people might ask you directions and you should take that as a compliment).

When the rain finally stopped we decided to be lazy that day and go to a McDonald's. We're students. Don't judge. This MCD was a biiiiiit different from all the other ones I have ever seen. Instead of telling our order to a person we had to do it on a machine. It was hard to figure out how to handle the machine and in the end it refused to take our cards (--") (It wouldn't take cash). Eventually the people working there figured we were tourists and we paid by the counter. 
Enemy #1

In the evening we went people-watching at Starbucks.
Parisians are fabulous. Don't forget that. And there were sooo many model-like people ohmygosh. 
This was taken through the window right beside me. Great location and look at all the scooters! You'd see people in suits ride those all the time
This was a picture I took on our way back to the hotel. I don't think we ever learned what it was but the building itself was just so pretty

Tips and things to know:

  • Flying early in the morning or late at night might make your tickets cheaper (Of course this depends on which time of the year you're traveling and what your destination is)
  • Flying on a Sunday, right as a new work week is about to start, might also lessen the cost of your flight ticket (Again this depends on time of the year and destination)
  • Online check-in in the airport is easy and will spare you time and trouble. You can have your boarding pass sent to your mail, in a text, or print it at home or in the airport. 
  • The Roissy bus is a great way to get to the Opéra (near centre of Paris) and costs 10.50€ (Which is MUCH cheaper than a taxi). When you get off at the bus stop there will be guides to help you find your way. 
  • Taxis in Paris are expensive and from 20.30 (or something like that) to 6.30 you'll have to pay double price.
  • If you happen to take a taxi you should have the address written down. Not all taxi drivers were easy to understand. The first one we met didn't speak English at all!
  • Many of the Parisians were well dressed. Pack your finest summer clothing to blend in.
  • Parisians people are fabulous. Get it into your head. They look great even when running! (Sorry, I know I'm generalizing much but I meant it in the best way!)
  • A french girl who visited my class earlier this year told me that French people in general will be more positive towards you if you approach them in French or try to say a few words. The picture below probably isn't completely correct but it is a great help to learn some useful basic expressions.

  • Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Returned from Paris

    ❤  Bonjouuuuur my lovely readers and a very merry welcome to my new ones!  

    I completely forgot to tell you that I went away for my trip to Paris, but well, I did.
    And now I have returned!

    I had an absolutely amazing trip with my friend Maria and we took sooooo man pictures! 
    Just on my phone I have about 3 GB of pictures and it will take a little time to sort them all out and find the best ones + editing them. Furthermore Maria and I agreed to share our pictures through dropbox so I will also have to wait for her pictures since she has some videos and pictures in the dark that my phone wouldn't take.

    So I ask you to please be patient and wait for the pictures with me and I promise there will be a bunch of posts regarding the trip!
    I'll be sharing my pictures and stories along with some neat tips that we learned along our journey.
    Just hang on! ^o^

    I didn't get so much sleep last night since we had to leave super early for the airport so this will be it for today's post. I promise I will be back soon!

    Until then, take care and have a great summer!
    Au revoir! 

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Guest blogger - Beauty Scenario Tag

    A very good friend of mine (I don't know if she wants to stay anonymous so I'll just call her a very good friend) earlier suggested to be my guest blogger once in a while and so, after I begged her countless times, she finally agreed to do it.

    Please take good care of her and leave her a comment to let her know if you liked the post ^0^
    Hopefully she will blog for us again soon!

    Without further ado, let's start her post ~

    I am one of Lucy's friends and I am here to save the day and help her out a little bit by writing a blog post or two for her. Today's post will be a Beauty Scenario Tag! So, enjoy, my little unicorns!

    ① You have to get rid of all of your foundations and you can only keep one   high end and one drugstore, which do you choose?

    This question was so easy when thinking of a favorite high end foundation:
    Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation!
    It is genius! The foundation has very high coverage and covers every imperfection! It is great for a night out or special occasion where you need to look flawless!

    Regarding the drugstore foundation it was a little harder to think of just one to keep but in the end I decided on the L'Oréal True Match! It is great because the foundation comes in many different colors and there are colors for both warm and cold undertones. So everybody wins! The coverage is medium to high and the finish looks airbrushed if applied with the right brush or sponge!

     You go for an interview and the lady interviewing you has lipstick on her teeth. Do you approach the subject or ignore it completely?

    I really wish I could say that I would tell the lady about her unfortunate make-up situation but I am just too shy when it comes to that kind of situations! It is due to that natural fear of not wanting to offend or embarrass an "authority" or someone who could potentially be my boss so I will have to say that in this case.. I am taking the low road and ignoring it.

     You're not feeling yourself and need a pick-me-up. Which lipstick do you put on to make yourself feel beautiful?

    EASY! RUBY WOO! That lipstick is my jam on a bad day! I will whip this baby out, put it on, and instantly feel sassier! This is more of a high end product so for a more budget friendly option I'd go for Maybelline's Color Sensational in "Tantalizing Taupe". It is a gorgeous dark nude color that I will wear for a quick pick-me-up if I need it! 
    This is the "Ruby Woo" from MAC. The color is classic Marilyn with a hint of extra VAVAVOOM!

     You go back in time for a day to your teenage years, how would you do your hair and makeup differently?

    I am still a teenager (at least for another couple of months until I turn twenty) but I already have a few makeup fails that I deeply regret! First one is powder! I overdid this so much and went for a darker powder than my actual skin color, which resulted in the very unfortunate in-need-of-blending situation! The other one I can think of, that makes me cringe from just the thought of it, is eyebrows.. They are so important to the face and especially on those days that I wear glasses. I overdrew and plucked them too much but I am finally in a place where I can say… "My eyebrows look damn good now!" 

     You ask your hairstylist for a shoulder length Pixie Lott hair cut, but they mishear and give you a pixie cut. Do you: 
    a) Smile, say thank you, leave, and call your mum hysterically.
    b) Cry in the chair making things get awkward
    c) Complain to the manager and demand a refund.

    I am not ashamed to say that I would probably cry my eyes out…. Hair is not an important thing to me but that would make me super upset! My face shape is not meant for pixie cuts so I would probably be in tears and demand a free wig until my own hair grows out! ("Heheh, I have plenty you could borrow! ;)" - Lucy)

     Your friend surprises you with a 4 day city break and you have 1 hour to pack. Which 'do it all' palette do you pack in your makeup bag?

    Benefit's "Her Name Was Glowla" Makeup palette/ kit! It is brilliant and comes with almost everything you need for a natural glowy makeup! It comes with 5 eye shadow shades, a blush (with a small brush), a lip gloss, mascara, and two liquid highlighters: s rosy shimmery one and a golden sunkissed highlighter! This was my go-to palette in high school after PE (sports class) for a quick touch up to look presentable! 

     Your house has been robbed (don't worry everyone is safe) but your beauty stash has been raided! What's the product you really hope is safe?

    My blush from Chanel! It was limited edition and was super expensive so that is the first thing I would look for! After that I would check for my gel liner to make sure my daily cat eye would be not in danger.
     Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in awful condition. Do you
    a) Just pretend you haven't noticed
    b) Ask them to repurchase it
    c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs

    I would be really upset as I save up for the make up that I buy and I make sure that it is only people I trust to borrow *insert Sméagol voice here* myyyyy preciouuusssss (Yes, my makeup is my precious…don't judge). So if it came back wrecked I would be heartbroken! I would probably confront them, tell them that they can never borrow my stuff again and that I am disappointed, and then leave it at that.

    I hope you enjoyed this little tag and let me know in the comments what you would do in these situations C 
    Have a great day and remember to like Lucy's Facebook page HERE

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

    3 tips for traveling!

    Sunday I had a photoshoot with my first ever cosplay costume (not that the 2nd one is even finished) and after jumping I had a bad landing - right on my heel, sending a sharp pain up through my entire leg before ultimately causing my body to break down. 

    Long story short: I haven't been able to walk around for days and the intense summer heat is killing me.

    I then came up with a hypothesis on how to keep myself from overheating and figured it would be a very useful tip for people who were going on trips like the one I'll be going on in only a week from now. One thought led to another and I ended up with 3 tips I have learned on my latest small travels. Of course I haven't even begun deciding what to bring with me to Paris but if Maria or I come up with more tips I will add it to my mini list. Hopefully you will find this helpful!

    3 tips for traveling

    1. Keep a handsized spraybottle at hand at all times
    Since the reason we sweat is to cool our bodies down when the sweat evaporates, my hypothesis was that if you spray water on your arms/hands/legs/feet/face/neck, you can trick your body into thinking you're sweating and that way cool yourself instantly. I've been testing it out on myself and my family (rapidly spraying them whenever they got close to me (muahahahha)) and it does work! Just remember to check if your makeup is waterproof before splashing water on it.
    Since it's handsized you can (and should) bring it with you everywhere and refill it with cold water whenever you get the chance. Of course it isn't shower-on-spray so be sure to shower when you get back from the daily adventures ^o^ 
    You can buy the kind of spraybottle I use HERE

    2. Roll, don't fold!
    I trick I first heard of when I went to Oregon and have been using ever since. Instead of spending time folding your clothes and trying to make it fit into your luggage without it curling up, roll it! By rolling your clothes it takes up less space and you can be sure that it will be perfectly straight when you want to wear it. I suggest bringing a pack of kitchen elastics and putting one around each piece of clothing. Bring extras in case you buy more clothes or if the ones you are using break. 

    3. Bring bath shoes
    When I went to Copenhagen with my class we stayed a hotel where each floor had to share toilets and baths. I hate thinking about how many people could have been out there before me and I never felt like my feet were clean. So if you're like me and you find "public" bathroom floors rather disgusting, bring a pair of plastic shoes (especially the ones with holes and a  small heel are great). This kind of shoes is also ideal if you go to a beach with a not-so-sandy beach. You can bathe and swim with them on and since they're made of plastic they will dry quick as soon as you get into the sun. 

    [Bonus] Some years ago in Italy I used the 3rd trick and one of my shoes accidentally fell off while I was swimming in the ocean with my friend. "Oh no! I lost my shoe!" I exclaimed to my friend perhaps a bit too loud because soon a cute boy nearby who was also swimming with some friends yelled out "The girl lost her shoe! Quick! Let's find it!". They soon found it and the cute boy came over and handed it to me (✿◠‿◠)

    Let me know what you think about my list in the comment section and please do share if you have more useful tips.

    Have a great summer!

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

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