Lately

Hi!

Thinking of things lately – there is so much going on! In a good way🙂

I had an amazing trip in Prague – we rented a car and took a roadtrip to Kunta Hora, Budapest, Dubrovnik, Split, and Lake Bled. It was one of my favorite vacations ever. I’m lucky to have a travel partner that likes to just enjoy the moment and not worry about seeing everything. Sometimes we just like to enjoy the difference in altitude or the scent of the breeze in a new area.

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Our view during dinner in Split

A week after I got back from Prague, I was on a plane to Boulder, CO for a bridal shower and bachelorette party! Having just seen the beauty of Lake Bled in Slovenia, I really didn’t think there could be anything remotely similar to it in the states. I haven’t traveled to the West Coast very much in the past – just San Francisco and Arizona – so this trip really opened up my eyes to how wonderful that side of the world really is. I felt like I was thrown back into Slovenia – the mountains provided a beautiful backdrop as we drove from Boulder to Breckenridge. It was probably the one weekend in the summer that was rainy, so we didn’t get to enjoy the outdoors as much as we had hoped, but at least I know now that Colorado is someplace I want to return. Maybe we’ll go to Vail next Winter!

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Bridal Shower Decor

I collaborated with Preen.Me to demo the new GHD hair care products – I’ll give a detailed review soon!

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GHD

And lastly, I got an early birthday present from my mom🙂 I love that my mom will pick up on a random comment I’ve made in the past month and always figure out the perfect gift. I think I’m going to be too afraid to use this perfume because its so beautiful. Maybe I can reuse the bottle and fill it up?

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Hope you are having a wonderful Labor Day weekend!!🙂

xoxo,

Niza

 

 

Back in Prague!

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Long time no post, and I’m dying to share all the wonderful things that are going on!

After 7 long months, I am back in Prague, reunited with the hubby. I’m here for a little less than two weeks, and figured that I would start blogging again to share my trip with friends and family.🙂

I went to the airport on Friday evening straight from work – we were delayed by 1.5 hours, but thankfully made it to Munich in time for me to catch my next flight! I had tears before I even landed in Prague. I’ve tried not to think about the distance over the past few months, and I’m so thankful to have had friends and family there for me to keep my mind off it. It was such an amazing feeling to hug the hubby again!! I don’t know if I can go another day without him!

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Bad storms delaying the flight
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Beautiful sunset view

We spent the day at Riegrovy Sady, which is an area somewhat like Central Park, where you can relax, and enjoy views of the city and the castle. There were so many people – couples, friends, people watchers. And it was so cute to see all the dogs running around going crazy in the sun. I love that in Prague, people rarely put their dogs on leashes, and they’re always so well behaved.

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Look at that cute doggy
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View from the hill

After spending a few hours on the hill, catching up on life, future plans and goals, we walked around the park to play with my new lens. It was so much fun just being around each other again – I really missed it!

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Too much walking for me

We walked over to a cute little restaurant called Bruxx, and had two giant bowls of mussels – yum!! Food in Prague is so cheap, we take full advantage and try to eat like Kings.🙂

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Castle in the back

Post-dinner at 11pm, we walked over to a little corner spot, and met up with some friends who I just love! I think in any long distance relationship, its important to be able to know someone reliable who lives near your loved one – someone who you know will knock on their door in case your hubby has been asleep for 15 hours and you think they’re dead. Not speaking from experience or anything, really.

It was a beautiful first day back. Today we are just lounging around the house, cooking good food and watching TV!

Tomorrow we are going on a roadtrip through Budapest, Croatia, and Slovenia. I’ll try to post everyday to show you how its going!

Until next time,

Niza

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Purp + My Accident

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Hi Dolls!

So I have nothing to do today except sit in bed and rest, which means I am able to work on the blog!

I came to visit my parents this past Saturday, with plans to leave the next day. After continuously checking the forecast, I decided to leave around 6pm on Sunday, before the snow storm hit. As I was leaving my parent’s house, the snow had already accumulated about an inch, and I was really worried about driving in it! I wasn’t so worried about the highways, but rather the inner roads that I have to go through to get to the main streets. I decided not to risk it due to the plummeting temperatures!!

The next day (yeseterday) I knew the roads weren’t any better, but was worried about making it back to work. Although I can work from home, my manager strongly prefers that we come to the office, so I knew I had to hurry up and get back!! About 20 minutes into the drive back, I saw 3 different wrecks along the way…making me second guess my decision to go back. As soon I thought about turning around, I heard a huge BOOM on the drivers side of my car, and was pushed into cars in the right lane, until I landed on the shoulder. Thankfully, the other cars were able to stop and get out of the way – I truly felt like God protected me at that moment, and prevented any other car from hitting me. Because most of us were only going 45 mph, it wasn’t as bad as it truly could have been. But now, I’m dealing with a car that’s undrivable, calling the insurance companies, doctors appointments, and making sure I can get back to work ASAP so my manager isn’t upset.

Anyways, on Valentine’s Day, I spent the day with my parents, and made some cute home videos that I can’t wait to edit!

I also tried out some more of those beautiful Avon lipsticks I was given by Preen.Me! It was so cute – I asked my mom to record the video as I was applying my makeup, and she got so into it!! She posed me and took these photos below LOL. Maybe I should ask her to take all my blog pics?? I definitely underestimated her abilities.😉

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Lipsticks usually don’t look good on me – I don’t have the most plump lips, and most of the time just some lip balm is what I use before stepping out the door. The coverage is buildable – so you can use less for it to look more like a tinted lip balm, or apply it heavily to get a gorgeous color payoff. DSC03638

These lipsticks are so creamy, yet matte, so they not only stick well to your lips, but they provide moisture that can create an illusion of bigger lips. I love the velvety finish!! Its so much easier to wear these than to put on a matte liquid lipstick, so these are definitely coming with me on trips!!

AND the best part is that they’re only $5.99 from Avon!DSC03629

Let me know what you think!

xoxo, Niza

Sleeping Beauty

Hi Dolls!

I have been reminiscing about my trip to Prague recently. I had such a wonderful time, made so many amazing memories, and ate so much!! Although Belfast, Dublin, Prague, and Paris were amazing cities to visit, I think I had the best time during our road trip to the Bavarian Alps.

I was sitting on the couch working on a Thursday, and told the hubby the boredom was killing me – I really wanted to go on another trip! This was days before our 2 year anniversary❤ and the next thing I know, I was told that we would be taking a road trip! My favorite hobby!! Can that be considered a hobby??

We didn’t have any plans before booking our car (Mercedes C class sedan- thank goodness for the upgrade to the Audi A3…it was heavenly!!) but we knew we had to make a trip to the Porsche museum in Stuttgart, and the hubby wanted to take me to this random castle in the middle of nowhere, which apparently inspired the Disney movie Sleeping Beauty! I’m not going to lie – I’d never watched that movie before LOL.

So for the first part of our 5 day road trip, we jetted through the black forest – which was super scary and reminded me of the forest in Game of Thrones. I was so thrilled to finally be able to experience the AUTOBAHN while listening to Taylor…maybe the most memorable part of the trip!! A few missed turns, and a couple of McDonalds pit stops later we arrived at Neuschwanstein Castle. There are 3 castles right by each other, but the one we visited was the main one. It was so beautiful!!

This was right outside a McDonalds I believe in Austria, how crazy beautiful??

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I just realized that I’ve worn this stupid plaid shirt on almost every trip I’ve taken – its gone with me to Morocco, Austria, Spain, Italy, our trip to the Smokey Mountains, and now here. UGH! I don’t know why I keep packing it – its a cheap shirt from Target LOL!

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We got lost a few times (I was the navigator of course), but were able to drive past the beautiful Austrian and German country sides. There were so many cows and old huts. I couldn’t believe that people still lived such a simple life. It puts everything in perspective – and made me so much more grateful for the life I have.

On one of the wrong turns, I noticed these hot air balloons floating up in the sky. We quickly got out of the car before anyone came behind us, and I put my camera on top of the Audi and took this photo with the self timer! I thought it was so cute!!

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About the journey to the castle from the lot – we accidentally took the wrong bus from the parking lot, going to the smaller castle, and proceeded to spend the next hour on the bus. That wouldn’t have been fun with anyone else, but the hubby knows how to make the most of any situation!! He is the best traveling partner in the world!!

Once we got to the castle grounds, there was still a 30 minute high incline hike to the top to actually SEE it. We started to wait in line to get a horse carriage to the top. Except the line was SO long, and being as impatient as I am, we decided to hike it. I’m so glad we did!

Here’s an old wood carved map of the castle, and how to get to it.❤DSC02404

Exhausted from the hike, but super excited to spend our anniversary here!

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Doesn’t this look like something out of a movie?? Oh wait..LOL

I read on wiki that this castle is one of the most popular castles in all of Europe with over 1.4 million visitors each year! We ran into a lot of folks from other countries, and it almost seemed a little too packed for being out in the middle of nowhere!

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This was the entrance to the castle. The scenery was just incredible. I couldn’t imagine someone actually living here and getting to enjoy the beautiful mountaintops every single day! It was a warm winter in Europe so we didn’t experience much snow – but the tips of the mountains were still covered in that beautiful white powder.DSC02349

Blowing kisses from the Princess Castle❤

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This view was from the hike up to the castle. We were only a quarter of the way there, and I was trying to take in as much of this God-created beauty as possible! That lake was reflecting the alps so wonderfully.

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During the drive, we read that the best views of the castle are taken from a bridge across from it, called Mary’s Bridge. As our luck would have it, the bridge was closed for construction! Being the rebels that we are, we decided to hike that way anyways. You can’t tell from the photo below, but we side-stepped two barbed wire fences to see if we could catch a good view from there. DSC02389

And we were so glad we did! Here is Neuschwanstein Castle from a cliff with a VERY steep drop off. The cliff literally just ended about a foot away from where I was standing. The whole scene was so fairy-tale like, and made me realize I could definitely be a princess, part time. DSC02390

The road trip to the castle and seeing the beautiful scenery in the background formed a sort of bond with Germany for me. I definitely will be going back someday – can you imagine skiing here??

I’ll have some great dreams thinking about this trip, and will definitely be sleeping with a smile on my face!!

xoxo, Niza

Clean Reserve

Hi Dolls!

I hope you all had a fabulous Tuesday.🙂 It’s been a great day so far – the weather is freezing right now, but I feel healthy and happy! I wanted to share a special little package I received from the amazing gals over at Preen.Me. Now, if you know me, you know that I LOVE perfumes. It really sets the tone up for a perfectly clean and crisp morning, or a romantic date at your favorite Italian restaurant in the evening!

My go-to perfume for the past few years has been Chanel’s Mademoiselle. The citrus blended with vanilla notes are simply heavenly and I feel that they interact with my body really well! During the spring time I love misting Gucci Flora before I step out for the day – it makes me feel like I’m in a field full of flowers wearing a white dress and a floral headpiece.❤

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So of course I was THRILLED to receive two new perfumes from the new Clean Reserve collection. I’ve only tried one of them so far – Sueded Oud, and I’m simply in LOVE! A few years ago, I received a sample size of a Clean perfume, which was quickly taken by my mother, who wore it everyday until it ran out. I love the purity of the Clean scents – its really what the company stands for – clean and classic scents that aren’t overpowering, but rather make it seem like its your natural scent.

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According to the website: “Sueded Oud is a fresh and creamy approach to a traditional oud fragrance. It is a discovery of natural textures and an exploration of the fluid movement between the brighter and darker facets of fragrance.” Additional notes include incense, blue cypress, birchwood, red pimento, honeysuckle, night blooming jasmine, magnolia, fir balsam, sarcocaulon (a kind of succulent), soft suede, patchouli, black amber, praline, skin musk and olibanum tears.”

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What are OLIBANUM TEARS???

I’m not sure, but to me this smells like what Snow White must have smelled like dancing through fields of pink and blue flowers.

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This fragrance is available at Sephora for $90!

I’ve received a lot of compliments on this perfume since I’ve been wearing it (am I spraying too much of it?) I love misting perfumes into the nape of my neck and my hair – it seems to last the longest that way.

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I’m getting ready now to head to bed. I’m so excited that I’m already halfway through Week 2 of BBG! Everything right now is sore, but its the good kind of sore that gives you the motivation to whip up your salad for the next day LOL. I’m also trying to plan what to do for Valentine’s Day, alone again. Any ideas?

xoxo, Niza

Superbowl Sunday :(

Hi Dolls,

So I was super excited about Superbowl Sunday. I used to work at the Panthers stadium back in college, when the nose bleed seats would only fill up with the opposing teams fans! I would be the person you’d be ordering nachos from LOL. I can still smell the beer dripping off the counter, drenching the tips we would be lucky to get! Fast forward 8 years and now the stadium is always packed, and getting your hands on a ticket can be exhausting.

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I really thought we would win the big game. That’s all I have to say. We had a great season and finally made it to the Superbowl again!! I do think we will come back stronger next year! I still believe in CaMVP – it takes a lot of charisma to bring an entire state together, and place our little city on the map!!

And a big LOL at Taraji P. Henson saying this:

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That’s how I felt about the halftime show. I think Coldplay was kinda set up to fail – they’re more of a play-as-you-study type of group, right? I mean did anyone really think they would hype up the stadium?? I wish they would have had someone like Daft Punk or even a more hip hop artist perform, especially it being the golden 50th game. And where were Beyonce’s pants??

I have nothing else to say about this. I’m recovering from the loss today, and trying to make it through the day.

The only good part about the weekend was receiving this lovely box of the new Avon True Color Perfectly Matte Lipsticks! There were too many to choose from to wear for the big day – I’m wearing Electric Pink below!

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Started off so happy!!
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On a brighter note, I just finished Week 1 of BBG!! To be honest, I haven’t been eating as well as I usually do…too many sweets this past week, but I just got done preparing my usual salad for tomorrow.🙂 I feel like I have so much more energy when I munch on those kale and chard greens! The only reason I haven’t been keeping up with it is because I was way too *cough* lazy *cough* to get groceries. But nevertheless it’s a new week and there is always time to improve!! I’m so excited about week 2 of BBG. I pretty much followed the guide to a T, but cut my LISS short on Sunday because of the game. The hardest part is getting started, so I feel like I’ve finished half the battle.❤

#KeepPounding

xoxo, Niza

 

Women

Hi Dolls!

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Today is a little bit of a Tantrum Tuesday, although I don’t usually like subjecting myself to negative thoughts. Throughout the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work alongside some talented men and women, and through their trust and guidance, I have been able to grow as a contributor and as an individual as well. I’m really lucky that in my current situation, I’m exposed to a completely different world, which has given me a taste of what I want in a career, and what I could probably live without.

Given the corporation-dominated world (that I absolutely secretly love), I try to support local entrepreneurs like I hope to be someday, in order to put some money back into my local community, and help people like myself that are trying to make a living. Its an idea that’s been instilled in me through my parents – entrepreneurs themselves, that made $1 into a $2M business (albiet, one that tanked with the 2008 crash). And maybe the reason is selfish. I hope to be in their position when that next great idea finally hits me, and would want my local community and neighbors to believe in me as well. I try to go a step further and specifically help other women who maybe don’t want to spend the rest of their lives in a desk-job (there’s nothing wrong with a 9-5), and want to enjoy everything life has to offer. We already have to deal with proving ourselves over and over again, after working our butts off getting to the top of our class, beating out the competition for an entry level position, and facing more criticism than our male peers simply because we’re forced to balance giving our strong opinion with being gentle enough as to not be labeled that “B word”. What tops it off is when I see women judge other women just as harshly, if not more so, than men, and opt to delve back into these dated beliefs that men are more capable of convincing and climbing rank.

Why are women just as capable, if not more so, than men at holding the same position?

  1. We’re taught to balance life.
    • Yes, thanks mom, for being harder on me than the boys. I am acutely aware of the consequences of my words and actions, and how it may affect those around me, and I know if I complain I’m only going to be seen as someone who can’t handle her emotions. I’ve been held to a higher standard my entire life, with the best intentions, because our mothers have pushed us to be stronger so we can succeed in the workplace. Get straight A’s, manage a traveling debate team while babysitting the rebels, cooking for myself every night to save money, MAKING the money, AND managing relationships with family and friends? Yeah, that’s every woman’s story in college, and it only gets harder. We’ve already solidified our skills at balancing life at an early age, so don’t worry about how we’re going to balance a family and this work project.
  2. We know how to work as a team.
    • Even if we think our opinion is right, we’re more so open to feedback and discussion, have the ability to weigh the pros and cons, and don’t find it a conflict of pride if we decide our opinion really wasn’t the best one. Pair that with our ability to instill loyalty in our peers – a byproduct of having to convince others to believe in us – and you’ll notice our teams are more willing to give us their feedback, knowing it will make a difference. How many times at work has a new project gone down in flames because an executive wasn’t willing to just admit that maybe the idea sounded great in a utopian world, but the inevitable variables would never have made it work? Exactly.
  3. We get ish done.
    • If there’s a shortcut to be done, we’re going to do it. Why? Because we know that there’s a lot more to life than just a job (which most of us need). So if there’s an opportunity to make a process more efficient, we’re going to sit down and take the time to figure it out. We know how to use our resources to our advantage, and since women have had to prove ourselves our entire lives to the other half, we’ll use it as an opportunity to show off our skills and what we have to offer. We understand that the age-old mentality of staying late to show your bosses how much work you’re putting in doesn’t really cut it anymore – saving a manager from a few hours worth of work is what’s going to set you apart. So yes, we’re going to finish that project you gave us, ahead of schedule, so we can move on to bigger and better things. (I’m going to catch up on the Bachelor now.)

The best way we can lead is by example, so take the time to tell your girlfriends that they’re doing a great job, and inspire them to keep going. Lack of recognition is a big factor in why people leave their jobs. So let’s be that person that recognizes our friends when they may be overlooked, and give them back some of that confidence that others are so quick to try to take away from us!

Well, that’s the end of the rant, but I hope it has made you see that you’re an amazing person that has so much to offer to the world. We are half the world, afterall.

xoxo, Niza