26 September, 2016

The End Of Summer Blues

For the last couple of days, I've been really feeling the end of Summer creep in: mornings are colder, it gets darker earlier... I always get this feeling of dread at the end of Summer, and I can be really down because of it. So this year, I'm taking the necessary precautions!
One of the things that makes me happy is having something new to learn: this month, I started taking a Spanish course with my family. It's been so much fun and I'm really enjoying learning this new language.Another thing is being active. Getting your energy levels up by exercising is something that really helps when you feel down. Our family has recently started taking dancing lessons together, the basics of latin and ballroom dancing. It's been incredibly fun and rewarding. And it's an hour of fun exercise as well!And, of course, we also have a wedding to plan! And, seeing as I am a total planning geek, this makes me incredibly giddy. Right now, I'm onto dresses, which of course is easily one of the most exciting things!What are some of the things you do to get yourself out of a funky mood?

19 September, 2016

My Declutter / Minimalism Mission

As I moved into my first real home and out of my Mom's comforting arms, I made it my mission to take as little stuff as possible into our apartment. Less is more, and all that. We're now a year in and I've somehow gathered more stuff that I don't need again. Time to declutter: Minimalism 2.0.
I'm going to give myself until the end of November to declutter four spaces in my life (let's be honest, ain't nobody got time to do this in a month's time): my closet, my beauty products, our kitchen and my laptop/phone. You're probably asking yourself: why though? Well, firstly, we won't be living here forever, and when we move again, I want it to go smoothly and not hauling stuff that I don't need/want with me. Secondly, when we start thinking about adding a little human into the mix, I know he or she will be taking a lot of space, and I want to be comfortable with what we have before doing so. Also, I just love decluttering and that kind of stuff.What I'll be doing is taking out every item in each category and then deciding on what to keep, throw, or donate. Sounds basic, but when in doubt, I'll just be asking myself if I used it the past year or not. And if I haven't, than maybe I don't need it, right? The stuff that is occasional like skiing clothes or specific baking items I'll be putting in boxes, so they don't bother me on the daily. I hope that our lives will be a little less cluttered and a little more breathable.I think I'll be calling this my Minimalism 2.0 series, so you can follow the posts that way. I'm excited to see which problems I'll stumble upon and what the end result will be. Do you have any tips? What are your thoughts on minimalism?

12 September, 2016

READING REVERIES: Late Summer Reading List

To be honest, I've not been reading as much as I'd like at the moment. I always find myself being "too busy", but that's just an excuse, isn't it? So, to kind of motivate myself, I put four new books on my Kindle to get me back on track.
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
When I heard Sanne from Books and Quills talk about this, I knew it was something I'd enjoy. Vinegar Girl is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, a series where authors do their take on one of Shakespeare's classic tales. This one is based on The Taming Of The Shrew, aka Ten Things I Hate About You, aka my absolute favorite Shakespeare. Now, I know these rewrites of famous authors' stories isn't new, however, I am excited to give this one a go. Also, can we all take a moment to appreciate the prettiness that cover?!
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
My cousin Mayte really rated this book, and after reading the synopsis, I was sold. It's one of those stories where the father of a family who never sees each other dies, and everyone is forced to get together, thus unfolding a whole lot of old grudges and family secrets. It's supposed to be funny, yet touching. And I really enjoy these kinds of stories.
Dead Simple by Peter James
Almost my entire family has read this book, and loved it. I quite enjoy thrillers every now and then, and this plot sounds so interesting. It's about a group of friends on one man's stag night. His friends put him in a coffin under the ground with only a flashlight, a dirty magazine, a walkie-talkie and a breathing tube. All fun and games, until his friends all die in a car crash on their way home. So now this guy is in a coffin, with no one to help him. And then the plot thickens... Sounds good, right?
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
An older one, but one that has been on my 'to read' list for a while. A story of three women, living in different times and cities; all with different stories, but their lives entwine in a supposedly beautiful way. I'm very curious for this. I have never watched the movie version, so I'm going in with no knowledge at all.
What have you been reading this Summer? Any recommendations?

05 September, 2016

[Wedding] My Bridesmaid Proposals

When we got engaged, I immediately knew who I wanted to be my bridesmaids : my bestie Nina, my sister Melanie and my soon-to-be sister-in-law Laure Anne. I also knew I wanted to 'propose' to them in an original way, with something they could have as a little keepsake.
After some browsing on Etsy, I found this cute shop called Just Be Boho. She makes personalized makeup bags with little cartoon girls on them, which I thought would be the perfect little token.The bags came about a week later and they are the perfect size to put in your handbag. The cartoons and names are ironed on and it honestly looks so cute. I'd 100% recommend these as a bridesmaid proposal gift or just any gift really. It's so fun to have a personalized pouch to put in your handbag.   I also wrote them a little personalized card with the proposal on it.I'm so excited for all the planning and the fun times I'll have with my girls picking out things and going on my hen. 

29 August, 2016

THE REVIEW : Estée Lauder EE Creme

I'm always on the lookout for a light-weight foundation, preferably with some glow to boost my dry skin. And ladies and gentlemen, I think I've found a winner: the Estée Lauder EE Creme (€ 43,50), or Enlighten Even Effect Skintone Corrector. It comes in Light and Medium and is packaged in a 30 ml plastic squeeze tube. So, what are my thoughts?
First off, Estée Lauder is a high-end brand. Almost 50 euros for 30ml of product is a whole lot of money. That being said, you only need the tiniest amount to cover your whole face, so this bottle will last you a long time. Speaking of the bottle, the plastic tube is not only light-weight and handy for traveling, but it also looks so darn pretty and sophisticated.Let's talk about the actual product. The major downside is the available shades. With only light and medium, I'm guessing a lot of people won't be able to get the exact match for them, which is disappointing. However, since the coverage is sheen, I'm guessing it might be okay. The product feels rich and light, and it gives you that whole healthy, VS model-esque glow-from-within look, which I personally love. Staying power is also great for such a sheen product. 
Before this, I also used the Sheer Tint Release by EL. And, though I loved it as well, I find that the tint you get is often too orange for paler skins like mine. I much prefer this one for sure.The verdict? I am in love with this product. Although it ain't cheap, it has fast become one of the items I grab for the most on a daily basis; it's easy to apply and gives you a fresh face without looking too made up. I can totally see myself wearing this into Fall and even Winter. A great all-round product that does what it says on the tin. Have you tried this EE Creme? What are your thoughts?

22 August, 2016

I'M BACK !! [& some exciting news]

I'M BACK !! (Excuse the crappy picture quality). And I'm ENGAGED !! It's been quite a rocky two months, but after some readjustments, both on my blog and in my personal life, I'm excited to get back into Frankly Anouk. I've missed it a lot.
I guess my first post will just be a little "Hi there, I'm back" one. From next Monday onwards, I'm back to stay. New posts will mostly focus on either beauty (well d-uh), lifestyle or food; and possibly some wedding-related posts if you'd be interested in reading those?I hope you  all like the new layout, I worked hard on it and I'm sure I'll bump into some things I don't like along the way. And If you have any suggestions, please leave them below!