Christmas GIVEAWAY| CaseApp

Personalised gifts have so much more meaning than something that anyone else can have a copy of. But even better than offering something personalised is offering something that the other person can use, something practical.

So for this Christmas month, I’ve organised a giveaway along with CaseApp to give you a personalised iPhone case or a personalised laptop skin!

All you need to do is find this picture on my Instagram feed:

My Instagram feed –

  • Tag 2 people that would also like a personalised iPhone case or laptop skin on the comments of the same picture.
  • And you can get extra entries if you share the image on your Instagram stories.

The giveaway runs until the 20th of December at midnight and the contest is not associated with Instagram.

The winner will be revealed on the 21st of December on Instagram and will receive a code to get any product free from CaseApp website! This is an international contest.

In the meantime, if you want to order something from the website you can use my 20% off discount code “

Good luck everyone!

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Minimal jewellery|jewellerybox

I like my gifts to have a meaning and a long lifetime. Something that people can use and think of you every time they do. And I think jewellery is one of those things that will stay forever with a meaning.

Gifting season is coming and I think there’s no better time to share a few suggestions for the ones that find it hard to give the perfect gift to their loved ones.

My favourite style of jewellery is the most minimal one, something subtle but beautiful. I’ve recently found out about jewellerybox collections and I haven’t only ordered a few amazing pieces as you can see on the photos, but I’ve also decided they will be on my gifts list for this year and I’m sure a lot of friends and family members will be grateful for that.

jewellerybox is an online jewellery retailer based in South London, even though they sell in over 100 countries worldwide. They have over 10,000 unique pieces of sterling silver & 9ct gold jewellery with gorgeous designs.

Visit their website to discover their beautiful collections – jewellerybox


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10 Things I stopped buying since becoming a Minimalist

One year after becoming a minimalist and I can already see the changes around me, especially in my wallet! So here are 10 things I stopped buying:



After studying journalism and doing a few internships at Fashion at lifestyle magazines, I learned all about the production of these. I was fascinated by the design, copy, photography, etc. So, as you can imagine, I bought a lot of magazines and my collection was very extensive. I even had a wall in my room covered with Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Elle best designed and unique covers. After joining the minimalism journey, I quickly notice how much of a waste of paper this was and how much space it would take in my home. And let’s not even talk about all the dust it collects! I’ve started reading the online versions and I might borrow magazines from friends sometimes, but once read, I immediately pass it over to the next person.

Clothes for special occasions

It’s not the first time I mention this on the blog. Buying a specific dress for a specific event is a waste of your money unless it’s a dress that you can adapt and use it more often. We tend to spend a lot of money on outfits for special days and go to Primark for the clothes we use on a daily basis. Shouldn’t we invest our money and taste in something we wear every day and needs to be of a higher quality than a dress that is worn maybe once or twice, and then spends the rest of its life in our wardrobe?


One word, Netflix. And yes, I do complain about the fact that they don’t have all the shows and series I want to watch and if this happens, there are so many other online platforms where you can watch it. Just like magazines, you watch a film once, maybe twice if it’s really good and then, why keep the DVD at home? To collect more dust? Or so you can spend more money on IKEA furniture to have the space to keep these?


The same as above, just a different word – Spotify.

Loads of pairs of shoes

I only need one pair of shoes for each type – a pair of high heels, a pair of sneakers, a pair of boots… and you get the point. I used to have a huge collection of sandals, for example, one of each colour so I could match with different dresses. I ended up just buying a neutral colour and now it matches everything. I’ve also made sure, the quality of these was very good so they last longer and I’m comfortable at all times.

House decoration items

Plants, candles and photos decorate my home and create a very cosy feeling. All of these items have a purpose – the plants filter the air inside the flat and make us closer to nature, the candles replace the artificial light from lamps and give the flat a lovely smell at any time of the day, and the photos remind us of all the good times and good people we have around us, even when we had the most stressful day. That’s why I don’t feel the need to buy decoration pieces that don’t serve a purpose. Because for me “just looks good” is not a purpose.

Cleaning supplies

I’ll be soon writing a post on the blog about my natural home-made cleaning products. You’ll be saving on plastic, money and you’ll have a chemical free home. It will also save a lot of space in your house because you’ll already have the ingredients at home. You just need to mix them.

Storage containers

I have only 3 at home. One for our bathroom products (my boyfriend’s and mine), one for our camera, mobiles and computer cables and one for Olivia’s toys. Every time I feel the need to buy more I reconsider and realise that what I have is too many things and it’s time to get rid of the extras.

Loads of makeup

All I use is mascara, an eyeliner and sometimes eyeshadows. The more natural the better. And by taking care of your skin on a daily basis you won’t need more than that.

Anything on sales

I noticed that only the bad quality products or clothes go on sale and that we end up buying stuff that we actually don’t need. Smart shopping will save you more money than sales and promotions.


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