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Hi! I'm a 21-year-old blogger living in Ljubljana. Student of Art History and English. Stylist and video maker, currently running anablush.com


2017/05/24

Giving Yourself a Break / SPA at Home

In recent months I've become aware of the fact that in today's society taking a break from your everyday routine is really looked down upon. Being constantly on-the-go, working early mornings/late nights, spending your free time doing something "useful" is what it is celebrated in the Western Society nowadays. But let's face it. Everyone needs to take a break from time to time: from their school, job, family, problematic situations, or their lifestyle in general. Occasionally switching off from everything is exactly what keeps us on "our A-game" 24/7, so taking a break for yourself, your mind and body, should be our priority.
Because I feel really passionate about taking care and treating yourself on a weekly basis, I came up with a few tips, which will help you achieve, what I like to call it, "the perfect Spa at Home."

Airplane mode 

I know I've been an avid advocate of this in my recent posts, but let me bring it up once more for you. The first thing you need to do is to switch everything off. In this case, airplane mode is my saviour. No buzzing, no light, no notifications. Completely switch it off and put it away. Just for this one short hour. You can do that, I believe in you!

Creating the perfect environment 

Moving onto creating the perfect environment, which will surround you during your one relaxing hour. Put on a relaxing YouTube playlist, light up candles, prepare your favourite food and drinks, put on a movie - whatever works for you.

Change into comfy clothes

This is kinda an obvious one, but you know you gotta do it. Changing into comfy clothes, taking off makeup and putting your hair up in a bun or messy ponytail is what every girl dreams about. 

Choose your HG products / Pamper routine 

Once everything is set perfectly the way you want it, then it's time for the main event of your hour-off. Choose your favourite skincare, haircare and bodycare products for a little pamper routine. I always like to create my own little Spa at Home, with my favourite Afrodita products from their spa range. If you're not a pamper routine kinda gal, then miss this step and maybe watch a movie or do some exercise at home (like yoga for example), which will help you clear up your mind, strengthen your body and instantly set you in a better mood.
As I've mentioned above, when it comes to creating the perfect spa at home, I fully trust the spa range of products from Afrodita Cosmetics - especially their strawberry and argan range.


100% Spa Body Scrub

I start my body care pamper routine with a scrub, which gently but very effectively removes the dead skin cells. It regenerates and nourishes the skin and leaves it soft and smooth to the touch. Another added bonus to this scrub (or the entire range of products to be exact) is the delicious sweet fragrance of strawberries.

100% Spa Body Mousse 

I continue the routine with two more nourishing products. First up being a body mousse, which deeply moisturises the skin and prevents it from drying out. The skin feels extremely nourished and soft to the touch + it contains a non-greasy formula, which quickly and easily absorbs into the skin and consequently protects it form premature ageing. 


100% Spa Massage Oil Strawberry Kiss

The last step in my spa at home routine is to apply a massage oil - to relax and pamper with this gorgeous strawberry fragrance. It is suitable for all skin types - it's enriched with a macadamia oil, which provides intensive body care. In the end you are left with a silky soft skin.


And if I'm not in the mood for a sweet sensation provided by the strawberry range of products, then I opt for a similar pamper routine, but this time with the argan and vanilla-scented range.


100% Spa Sugar Scrub 

As before, I start off the pamper routine with a body scrub - this time with a sugar (vanilla-scented) one, which again effectively peels off the layer of dead skin cells and provides smooth and soft skin to the touch. 


100% Spa Body Butter 

Continuing with the nourishing products: body butter provides relaxing care for a moisturised and nourished skin. It is suitable for all skin types, especially very dry skin, and again results in smooth and soft skin.


100% Spa Massage Oil Organic Argan 

Of course the last one, but certainly not the least important, is the Organic Argan Spa Massage oil. It deeply moisturises and renews skin. Just like the strawberry option, it's undoubtedly an important step in a pamper, Spa at Home, routine. 


Continue with it 

And now for the last part of this Spa at Home pamper routine: if you don't have anything particular planned for that day/evening then continue with your pamper routine. Try to do it at least once every week/two weeks to recharge and take your mind off things. And it's even better if you share this experience with your friend/partner and enjoy their company. 

Hopefully you enjoyed my little tips, which will relax you for a bit and make you devote your fullest attention to your body and mind for at least once a week. Take an hour off and just enjoy!

-a

photos: Epopteia Photography 

This was shot in a beautiful hotel in the centre of Ljubljana, Antiq Palace Hotel, so thank you for letting us carry out this amazing project! 



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2017/05/21

Trend Alert: Pink and Red

Spotted: my favourite colour combo for the spring and summertime. 


Pink and red traditionally don't really go together - it definitely feels like the whole black and blue combining fiasco all over again. But this has apparently been one of the upcoming trends and that's why I decided to give it a try. Sort off.


I've said this so many times before, but just to do it one more time: be careful, when it comes to trends. Not everything that is IN at the moment will suit you, your style and aesthetics. Be open-minded and selective at the same time. That's the best advice I could give you. Therefore, as always, I was really picky and careful with this season's "hottest trends", so I chose a more minimalistic approach to tackle this specific trend: mixing red and pink together.


I never thought I would like combining these two colours, but hey, people change their minds all the time, don't they. It's actually a really easy trend to style, in my opinion, because you get to choose from so many options: you can colour-block with a shirt and skirt/trousers, you can have both colours already combined in one dress, with shoes, accessories - bags especially - and so on.


I opted for a safer option out of all the mentioned above and mixed a fun pleated skirt from Mango with a simple handmade choker.


Because I don't own that many pink items in my wardrobe, I chose a flared beige/muted dusty pink skirt (it definitely looks more pink in person than it does on the photographs, I promise) from Mango, which has to be by far my "most spring item" in my closet.


I paired the skirt with a simple white tee and red MKS tassel choker, to bring some colour back into otherwise quite basic outfit. I finished everything off with a pair of metallic slip on sandals from Mango.


When it comes to minimalistic outfits, you need to pay special attention to the textures (pleat, metallic, tassels, etc.), which bring the interesting factor out of what at first appears to be a simple (basic) outfit.
-a 

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2017/05/10

My Life on Instagram / April

Yeah we get it, we are in May already. I feel like I and the rest of the bloggers write this kind of post every single month. It always starts with a remark that "I can't believe it's already the next month and how the time is flying by way too fast." But not to focus on that and change things up a bit, I decided to look back on the month of April and instead of posting my favourite item of the month, I would post about a few important things and events that happened during the month of April. 
So here they are, 7 events that marked the month of April (even though there are 9 photos in the collage below). 

LJFW + MBFWLJ / SHOWROOMS 

April was the month of fashion weeks. Technically LJFW happened at the end of March, but the so-called fashion season continued into the beginning of April with MBFWLJ. It was a great one - I captured everything right here on Blush, so if you'd like to read more about it click hereAs part of the fashion week season, the designers spreaded their own showrooms around Ljubljana, where they presented their collections to clients and other fashion enthusiasts. I visited Janja Videc in ZOOFA shop, Aleksandra Brlan with her collection presented in Bazilika Cafe, and last but certainly not least, Petja Zorec and her fashion show in MSUM (Museum of Contemporary Art). 

Interview 

I also had an interview with Micna.si, where I talked about my style, blog and different style inspirations. God I was nervous before going into the interview, because I'm not used to these kind of situations. But I pushed it through, plucked up the courage and once I was there, I didn't feel nervous at all. I was really impressed with the whole process of interviewing and of course the end result. Now I can't wait to do this all over again, someday. 

Collaboration with Antiq Palace Hotel 

Shooting in Antiq Palace Hotel: as part of a special collaboration with Afrodita Cosmetics (coming soon), me and Zan from Epopteia Photography had the chance to shoot in a lovely hotel, right in the center of Ljubljana. Their atrium, which is embedded in greenery, was the perfect spot for this collaboration. So stay tuned! 

Holidays

During the Easter Weekend me, Klemen and Anton decided to make an impromptu portrait photoshoot. The main idea was to make classic black and white portraits, which we could use wherever we wished, but most importantly, proudly look it back in the old age. I think we did an amazing job, because the photos turned out amazing. April was definitely friends&family oriented month and I realised how blessed I am to have them by my side 24/7. Finishing on that thought and of course ending the month of April - the last Saturday in April we went on a surprise trip to Haludovo as part of Klemen's Birthday celebration. I was both amazed and shocked at the sight and condition this hotel is in. The Haludovo Palace Hotel (built in 1972) is an abandoned resort hotel on the Croatian island Krk, north of Malinska. Definitely recommend you to stop there sometime in the future and explore this wonderful place yourself. 

That's it, a whole month of events in just a single post. 


-a 
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