WEDDING PREP UPDATE & HOW I’M REALLY FEELING

Morning! I hope you all enjoyed reading my most recent post about self-confidence 🙂 It is such an important topic to me so if you missed it click here to take a look!

People have been asking me how my wedding planning is going and how I have been feeling etc etc. So I thought that I would provide a blog post with how I’m really feeling, what we have done and what we have yet to do.

jairo y talia sanxenxo.jpgAs most of you may know, I’m getting married on the 28th of this month, July, in Spain to my amazing husband-to-be Jairo. I am actually so extremely excited for this day I cannot even deal! My wedding is on a Friday which is not ideal as people work and many cannot come for that reason. When we were looking to reserve a place for our reception there were literally no Saturdays left anywhere! Who is crazy enough to get married apart from Jairo and I?? Just kidding! People had reserved places a year or more before their wedding! The places that did have Saturdays either did not fit the amount of people that we had invited or they were wayyyyyyyy too expensive! Either way I’m happy with Friday, I mean who wouldn’t like a 10% discount for having their wedding on a Friday… I sure as hell love it!

Invitations were a nightmare! Jairo and I went to Australia for 3 months earlier this year and we wanted to hand out the invitations to my family and friends while in Australia. To do this, Jairo’s mum had to send invitations to us through the mail. Long story short, the invitations were lost so she had to send more. The second bundle she sent arrived so we only had 1-2 weeks to hand out all the invitations in Australia before we came back to Spain. When we arrived in Spain we needed to calculate how many invitations we needed to replace the ones that were lost in the post and we had to order them as soon as we got here. When we received the new ones, the ones that my mother-in-law sent us arrived back at her house 2 weeks later! So we have so many invitations left over! Who wants to come to the wedding? 😛 Ugh, the struggle. It was extremely annoying because we had to spend a lot more money than we intended to for a stuff up that the post made! Good news, all invitations have been handed out!

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Apart from the invitation dilemma, everything else has been running smoothly which is nice. This past week we went to pick up our wedding rings. They are so beautiful I cannot wait to show you guys a photo of them when I get married and have it on my finger because if I show you in the box it is not that exciting, right?

We were in two minds about having a candy bar at our reception. However, as we spoke to people about it for suggestions we have decided that we are going to have one because I know that after dinner and once people start having a few drinks usually people like to nibble, plus candy bars, if you put in the effort, can look so nice! So we ordered the candy this week also and taste tested all of them!! So bad I know but I mean we needed to know if we liked them or not and who could say no?

Here in Spain it is tradition that the bride and groom, madrina and padrino, which is. usually the mother of the groom and the father of the bride, or WHOEVER you decide to have, it is tradition that the four give out small presents to the guests. Honestly, these presents do not have to be expensive and they are only small, because let’s face it, these presents tend to never see the light of day once the guests take them home. If they don’t end up in the bin, they end up in the back of a drawer that is never opened. I won’t say what I will be giving as my presents or anyone else’s because I know that some people that read this will be attending the wedding. The only present that I can write about are my dad’s cigars because this is the norm here. I went to pick up 130 cigars and I have to stick the little stickers that come with them that have our names and the wedding date on each cigar! 130 CIGARS just in case you missed it… After the wedding I’ll definitely show you pictures of the present that I give to give you an idea if you are stuck on what to give at your wedding if this is what you do wherever you are getting married.

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La Colegiata Villafrance del Bierzo – The church where we will be getting married (picture found on Google)

It is great because the reception has so many things included! Cocktail before dinner for two hours in the garden, three course meal in the marquee, cutting of the cake, DJ, three open bars (a gin & tonic bar, mojito bar, and a normal bar), decor and also two hours into the dancing and drinks we get a small meal. This is awesome for the price and also so that we don’t have to go around looking and planning for more things! We have also chosen the church, the violin and flute duet that will be playing at the church, the flowers, the photographer and videographer, and the car. The only things we have left to do is the tasting of the menu, my last dress fittings, and pay pay PAY for everything!

As for how I’m feeling. I’m feeling a little nervous because I obviously want everything to turn out perfect on our special day and also I’m a little worried that I will forget things. In saying this, I have great people surrounding me so I’m sure that they all have my back to help us have the most special day of our lives 🙂 Most of all I am extremely excited! I honestly cannot wait to get married 😀

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Who else is in the middle of planning their big day?

Talia xo

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ARE YOU SELF CONFIDENT?

Hi all! It has been quite a while since I have posted in this area! I have been
E X T R E M E L Y busy organising my wedding (only 22 days… I’m not counting… HA) and I have not had time to even sit down and take a breath. Today I decided to take some time out of my day and talk about something that has been on my mind lately. It is something that I have caught myself doing quite a bit lately and since it is Summer here in Spain it is beach and pool season and I know many girls are doing exactly the same thing as me. So let’s have a chat!

Many people always tell me that I am extremely confident within myself and also ask me how they can become that confident within their bodies. The truth is that I have worked so very hard mentally (and physically) to get to where I am today and to feel the way I do about my body. Although most days I do wake up and feel extremely confident and show my body some love by picking out areas that I really like about myself, for example:

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“Wow! My eyes are beautiful and big”

 

“Damn my bootay is popping today!”

 

“I am a very kind person. I love to help people in any way I can. What a beautiful trait”

 

 

 

 

I do wake up some days absolutely hating certain areas of my body and I’ll literally sit there pulling and tugging at my tummy thinking “if only I had a flat stomach everyday with a few abs showing through” or “Urgh freaking cellulite you can piss right off!”. Let’s just be real, we ALL have insecurities in terms of our bodies. It is inevitable. No matter how hard you work to fix one part of your body that you feel needs adjusting, when you are happy with that area you will find another area that you are not so happy with and it is just a vicious cycle. Even the most beautiful celebrities have insecurities about themselves, so remember it is not just you!

We are extremely hard on ourselves. We are all different. We are all unique. That part of your body that you are hating on is usually the part of your body that people admire when they look at you. I can almost hear you say “but in school people always tease me about this and about that”. FORGET ABOUT SCHOOL! When you are done with school whatever those bullies have said to you means absolutely nothing! It should mean nothing to you right now! Usually people pick on certain areas of your body because they are insecure about themselves and the body part they choose to bully you about is generally the area that they wish they had. I remember when I was in school I was always told that I had a “fat ass”, in those exact words. Obviously I became a little self-conscious about my buttocks but I now see the girls that used to say that crap to me, at the gym working on getting a BIGGER BUTT! Like seriously, are you going to take in what those people say and lose sleep over it?? I sure as hell wouldn’t because it DOESN’T. MEAN. ANYTHING.

One insecurity about my body is that I feel like my hips are too wide. I honestly look at my body and think “my hips are so big that it makes my body look disproportionate” and other people have told me “I really wish I had your body shape” or “wow your curves are amazing, I wish I had curves like yours!”

WE. ALL. DO. THIS.

We all wish we had something that someone else has! Doing this is not abnormal, it is actually completely normal! JLo does this. Kim K does this. Jennifer Lawrence does this. Everyone does this! In saying that this is normal it does not mean that it is fair to ourselves or our bodies. By doing this, we speak negatively to ourselves. Our minds work like muscle memory. If you are not used to training legs, well it is tough at the beginning and you don’t feel strong at all. However, if you keep training you become stronger and stronger. If one day you are injured or become ill and you have to stop training for a few weeks or months, when you come back to training, although you feel a lot weaker, it will never be as difficult to build up that strength again as it was the first time. Your mind works exactly the same! Repetition strengthens any aspect in life. Just like studying for an exam. You repeat everything to remember answers in your exam and no matter how much you think you have forgotten throughout the years, you will never completely forget anything you have repeated to yourself over and over again.

So why don’t we start being kind to ourselves and more positive and start loving our bodies for what they are. I would like for all of you reading to try and do something for me and most importantly for yourselves. Wake up every morning and look at yourself in the mirror, and this time instead of focusing on the areas that you don’t really fancy, focus on parts of your body that you love as you try and reach your goals of forming abs, or cutting your hair because your don’t particularly like the style. Doing this has made me change the way I feel and the way I treat my body. You should do the same!

In the comments tell me one of your insecurities and two things that you love about yourself 🙂

Have you read my transformation story?

Talia ❤

 

 

 

BIOMASK ALGAE & MINERALS PEEL OFF MASK | FIRST IMPRESSION

HiiiiiiiiiiiI!

Guess what?

I have a new video on my channel! It is a first impression on the Biomask Algae and Minerals Peel Off Mask 🙂

If you would like to know my opinion on the mask and how it applies click the link to see the video.

Algae & Minerals Peel Off Mask | First Impression

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Than Q (btw, LOVE Shani and Michael!!)

Talia xo

PRODUCT REVIEW | RIMMEL ‘BROW THIS WAY’ EYEBROW GEL

My eyebrows are extremely untameable! I can never get them to sit the way I want them to, I always have one hair pointing south and another one pointing north. It’s extremely frustrating especially when I get them to sit well in the morning (after a struggle) but then throughout the day I look in the mirror or take a photo and DUN DUN there is my facial compass out to play!

I was sent by Coty PR the Brow This Way Brow Gel by Rimmel. When I received it I was super excited to use it because I haven’t ever really used a brow gel before. Only when I started out with makeup I used a really cheap one from the Australis brand and I remember it seemed like it had just snowed on my eyebrows… Yes, this is why I never used a brow gel for years until I received this one in the mail!

To start off with, I like the fact that the brow gel range has a variety of shades to choose from. Therefore, whatever colour your hair, there is a gel to match. The shades are:

001 Blonde

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002 Medium Brown

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003 Dark Brown

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004 Clear

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I received the clear gel as I am always a little hesitant when it comes to my eyebrows. Even with pencils, pomades, or any other product that is used for the eyebrows I get scared to use them. I always worry that if I get a product that is the same colour or similar to my hair that my eyebrows will look like thick dark slugs on my face. I worry about this because my eyebrows are already pretty much black and I have had a couple of incidents where my eyebrows looked a little ridiculous and I was quite embarrassed. So I am really glad that I got the clear shade as that way it just helps put the hairs into place and doesn’t add extra colour or anything else to my eyebrows.

I am actually really impressed with this product. It definitely does a great job at taming your eyebrows and keeping them in place for the day. This product doesn’t leave your eyebrows feeling hard as if you have put wax on them (like some other eyebrow products) and also doesn’t leave your brows with white snow flakes.

Another pro about this product is that it’s a great price! It’s only $9.71 (Aussie dollar) at Priceline stores. I love this product and I would definitely recommend you purchase it at your nearest Priceline or Ulta store, or whatever other store stocks Rimmel 😛

What is your favourite brow product? Let me know in the comments as I would really love to add some to my makeup collection 🙂

Talia xo

 

FIGHTING WITH OLD LADIES FOR PARKING SPOTS!

Hi all,

I have just posted a new STORYTIME video and it is a rant about older ladies. I have experienced this twice now and it really gets under my skin so I thought I would get it off my chest by telling you about it. Has this happened to you? Let me know in the comments! Click here for the video —>>> SHE FLIPPED ME THE BIRD?! OLD PEOPLE SHOULD NOT HAVE THEIR DRIVER’S LICENSE | STORYTIME

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Thanks for watching! As always, if you enjoyed this video don’t forget to give it a thumbs up and also subscribe to my channel to be notified of when I post new videos 😀 I have a “Weekend In Spain” blog coming up on Friday so stay tuned for that! I worked really hard on it so I really hope you take the time to watch it and that you enjoy it ❤

 

Talia xo

TRAVEL MAKEUP ESSENTIALS

And… I have already failed my April challenge! The flight was so long and tiring that when I got to Spain I zonked out immediately. I am jet lagged at the moment and it’s 2am of day 3 in Spain. Honestly, to beat jet lag the only thing you can really do is soldier on and try and stay awake until night but I just was not functioning and fell asleep at 6pm, woke up at 12:15pm and now I am awake. Hopefully I can fall asleep really soon to be ready for tomorrow because we are on the search for snow! I’m going to try and do weekly vlogs on my channel so stay tuned! The next words you will read are what I was supposed to have posted day 3 of my April challenge. I had written it last month so it was ready to go 🙂 Enjoy xx

April 3rd, 2017

Today is the day! We are leaving for Spain tonight so I’m preparing myself for the 26 hour flight! I mean, we are not actually on the plane for a whole 26 hours, but we are actually travelling for that amount of time. So 16 and a half hours to get to Doha in Qatar (obviously flying with Qatar airline) and another 8 or so hours to get to Madrid, Barajas. When my next post goes up I will be in beautiful Spain! Apparently it has been snowing so maybe with a bit of luck we get to see some snow!

I don’t know about you but I really enjoy watching and reading what makeup products people pack for their trip. I just find that it kind of gives me ideas on what to pack when I travel. I’m the type of person that ALWAYS over packs to the max so it is actually really good for me to get ideas on just the essentials to include in my travel makeup bag. In saying this, I have been getting better which is great!

Since I believe that I have improved in this aspect of packing for a trip I decided to let you guys in on what makeup essentials I will be taking with me to Spain! Honestly, it is not a big deal if I forget anything at home because let’s just be real, Spain has makeup stores just like in Australia so if I do forget anything or if I am running low on any of the products, I can always buy whatever it may be over there. However, there are some products from Australia that Spain may not have. For example, although Spain does stock Maybelline, I have not seen the Brow Satin Brow Pencil on display and this product is a MUST for me (if you have seen my Current Favourites video you would have seen this guy featured 😉 ). Therefore, this product is one that I have bought a couple of to take with me because I’m worried that I won’t find anything that I will like as much.

Let’s get into it!!

FACE:

1. Let’s just start with the product that I have mentioned already, the Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow Pencil. I find that this brow pencil could be a dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Whiz. I actually bought what was left of this product at the 40% Off Priceline Sale because I love it that much that I cannot leave the country without it!

2. The Maybelline Fit Me Foundation. I don’t actually remember seeing this in Spain but I’m sure they do have it and I just missed it while I was there. This foundation is my all time favourite everyday foundation.

3. L’Oreal Infallible Foundation. I actually discovered my love for this foundation in Spain! I had run out of my foundation while I was over there so I decided to give the L’Oreal one a go and now it is my favourite foundation if I want to wear a little more makeup than usual, like for a night out for example. I like to take it from here so that I just have it in my colour and I don’t inconvenience myself in the first couple of days while I am jetlagged to go and buy it, but at least when I end up running out if it I can get it from there which is a plus!

4. My Australis Fresh and Flawless powder in deep natural is definitely a must! Obviously Spain doesn’t stock the brand Australis and their powder is my favourite to set my under eye area! Definitely not forgetting that one.

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5. The next essential is the Rimmel setting powder in the shade translucent. Now this one is not a MUST but I like to have it with me so that I at least have one for the first week or so that I am in Spain. I have found a dupe in Spain that is the Catrice powder. I have actually posted a review of this product and brand on my blog. Here is the link to is if you are interested in reading about the brand —>> It is cheaper than the Rimmel powder and just as good!

6. BECCA Highlight in Moonstone! I love this highlight! I don’t even know if they stock BECCA in Spain! Maybe in the big cities like Madrid and Barcelona, but where I live they do not have stores like MECCA and SEPHORA which sucks big time! So I definitely have to take this one with me!

7. MAC blush in Breezy which I love! This blush is perfect for the Spring and Summer as it is Spring right now in Spain it is a thumbs up from me. Another thing with MAC is that they do not stock it near me! If I want to get something from MAC I have to travel 2-3 hours!

EYES:

1. MAC eyeshadow in Saddle comes with me everywhere I go. I don’t think I would be able to live without this eyeshadow! It’s a shadow that always gets me out of travel and I use it for me everyday makeup routine (Click here —>> “Everyday Makeup Routine” to check out my video).

2. The eyeliner that I never let myself run out of as I always stock up on it every time I see that in a few days I will not be able to keep sharpening. It is the Maybelline Master Liner in Kohl!

3. Last but not least my new favourite L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara! I don’t really have to say much about this mascara other than it is A M A Z I N G!

Aaaaaaannndd I cannot go without my Morphe brushes! Clean and ready to board the flight with me.
There you have it guys! My travel makeup essentials 🙂

I hope you guys have a great day and I’ll see you in Spain!

Talia xo

ONE DAY TO GO & PACKING FOR SPAIN

One day to go! My goodness, with the weather that we have been having lately I’m not sure whether we will be jumping on a plane to fly to Spain or hopping on a boat! It has been raining so much and there has been so much flooding. Unfortunately along with this kind of weather comes tragic accidents. I would like to take a second to send out my love and condolences to those who have lost loved ones in this dangerous weather. Also, to those who have been injured, I wish you a speedy recovery.

Since I have hardly any time left I have decided to finally start packing. Yes, I have become one of those people who put packing off until the very last minute. I never used to be like this but I feel like when you become more of a frequent traveller you start to realise that you don’t need to start packing one or two months in advance! I know, I know. From one extreme to another, right?

I am actually struggling to figure out what to take this time round. We will be in Spain for four to five months before we come back to Australia but at the same time I did leave some clothes and shoes behind. The problem is that since my memory is amazing (not) I do not remember what it was that I left over there. Maybe if I did know packing would be a lot easier so I would know what I should take and what I could get away with leaving here. Anyway, I guess I’ll just do the best that I can.

It is Spring over there and we will be there for the Summer so I’ll take some nice flowy summery dresses, playsuits (rompers), sandals, and tops. As for bottoms a couple of pairs of jeans and some shorts are perfect. Also, I’ll take a couple of jumpers/hoodies, a pair of boots and just some warmer pieces because although it is Spring, we have been told that it has been snowing and that it is pretty chilly! I hope it lasts some time so that we can experience some fun in the snow when we get there, but not too long after we get there because I am really craving the warm weather and laying down near the river in my swimmers reading a book! That’s not too much to ask is it?

Also, a couple of very important pieces that I MUST take with me are my wedding shoes!! I cannot forget those hahaha They will be featured in a video I have coming up this week 🙂

Tomorrow’s post will be focusing on my makeup essentials that I will be taking with me to Spain! So stay tuned, and follow so that you are updated as soon as I post it!

I had in mind of filming a packing video for you but I have run out of time and am unable to. I’M SORRY!

Just a bit of an update about how I’m feeling now that it is so closer to the day. I am feeling nervous! I left Spain unwell and on a bit of a negative note last time, so the feelings that I experienced then have been kind of engraved in my brain. However, I’m trying to keep an open mind and enjoy the time that I am there. I have made a couple of friends (finally) so I am actually very excited to see them, and my family of course 🙂 I’m definitely not looking forward to the plane! 26 hours is not fun in a plane. Ok, the first few hours are ok but then you start feeling a little like Sharon from Kath & Kim in the episode when she is stuck in the sauna and is screaming “LET ME OUT!” For those of you unsure what Kath & Kim is, it is an Australian TV comedy series. It’s stupid but funny because of how stupid it is! Haha

Make sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel to keep updated with my uploads also! There are new videos up! I just uploaded my first STORYTIME VIDEO! It’s pretty funny! If you are interested in watching click here –>> VICTORIA BECKHAM HAIR CUT GONE WRONG!

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Keep your eyes peeled for tomorrow’s post 😀

Talia xo