quarta-feira, 25 de outubro de 2017

Lately on Instagram | October

This week is one of those that knock you off: a lot of uni work, few hours of sleep and a lot of responsability. I didn't have time to shoot a new outfit post for this wednesday, but here you have some of my October instagram feed. You can follow me on @sarapcn.

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sábado, 21 de outubro de 2017

Reasons why you should plan your week

This week I didn’t post. There was a lot going on in my head, I was frightened by all the troubles happening in my country, I was anxious because I’d start my appointments with patients at the uni clinic and everything went crazy – I haven’t planned my week.

I usually choose weekends to catch up and note down what I have to do on the next week: there’s always work as a makeup artist and my facebook page to run, posts to edit and a lot of school study. It took me some time to understand how planning worked out so let’s make this simple for you:
- Write down your obligations: start with those things you cannot forget or miss out, this will make you get a real idea of how much your week is scheduled; for me it’s mainly school exams/work deadlines and work with makeup clients.
- Note your extra activities: you’re going to pilates this week? Writing it on your agenda will make that happen (this is a personal tip, I tend to miss gym when I don’t plan for it). Dinner with friends, birthdays, a romantic date – all listed.
- House chores: these are boring but part of your week too, why would you clean everything on Saturday when you can break it down and do small chores during the week? Thank me later! Don’t forget to plan meals too.
- Resting time: nowadays we live so fully and so fast that we forget to take some me time; if it helps, put it on your diary, there’s always time for a good cup of tea and candles.

Love you all 

quarta-feira, 11 de outubro de 2017

5 Autumn Basics | The checked blazer and other stories

My relationship with this trend started as a love/hate one. Honestly, there’s something in me that repulses a piece when it gets too trendy – everyone will use it, the originality will be lost and it goes from trend to a random boring piece. That happened with straw bags, mules and so many other pieces that spammed my instagram daily. But when I entered H&M and bumped into this blazer, it all went away. The shy red details lining the pattern were pure perfection. I saw myself wearing that jacked in 10 years, in 20… In that day, I surrendered to the checked blazer. And end up using it on Lisbon Fashion Week.

Once this is my favorite season and we are rebranding our closets, I chose 5 ultimate Autumn Basics.
1. The checked blazer – You can find this piece in any fashion department these days and my reasons to buy it, here.
2. A golden necklace – Debora Rosa and Aimee Song made me do it! It’s unbelievable how such a simple piece can complete your outfits and give it a twist. It goes almost with everything and the best tip is to wear it layered. My favourite are from CINCO store.
3. The basic white T – Who the heck doesn’t have a white t-shirt? Good, now you just have to pair it with the right pieces. During the transitional season it’s all about mom/straight jeans and a nice blazer. This is a good piece to invest in, but if you prefer cheaper options, Zara makes them just as great.
4. Leather skirt – This piece is one of those problematic things in fashion, along with the leopard print. But fear not, this season there’s nothing more elegant than a leather skirt – it’s all about dressing it up: choose a sweater for some comfort or a shirt for a more office vibe.

5. Sock boots – Looks weird at first but then you get used to it. If someone told me that I would be craving some Balenciaga sock boots some years ago I would doubt that very much. The truth is that I really do. For a less expensive option yet still luxurious, go for a walk on Lefties or Zara.

Love you all 

quarta-feira, 4 de outubro de 2017

How to live your dream life - 5 tips to start doing it now

The past year and half, I’ve been extremely lucky to be able to travel a lot, be part of important projects, have a full makeup artist agenda monthly and watch my work grow. But how did I get here? Believe me when I say I’m no overnight success. Unless you’re blessed to be born with Kardashian as a last name, you gotta work hard to get some. These are 5 things I learnt:

1. Always trust yourself and your dreams.
When I arrived Lisbon on 2012, I was nothing but a country girl full of dreams. I knew I wanted to be part of the fashion industry but that seemed impossible to achieve when you’re new in the city and have a full college schedule and hundreds of Med School bibliography to study. Although the impossible, I didn’t lose my focus. I’d be lying if I said I was full motivated and trusting all the time. But you know, bad times come and go. In the end, only perseverance matters.

2. Monetize your passion and talent.
I strongly believe we all have a talent, but sometimes is difficult to discover it. My main passion was always fashion design but I was aware it required a lot of time and money. I didn’t plan to become so fond of makeup as I am. I started watching youtube videos and using makeup on my acne skin problems, for some confidence. After doing my friends&family makeup I understood that I liked it even better than doing it on myself. This was fun, very natural for me and an option that I could monetize.

3. Search, learn and apply.
If there is something that we all need to keep doing for the rest of our lives, that is learning. I search a lot about blogging, advertising, planning, knowing what to do and how to do it. It’s a constant process and helps you guiding your plans and future projects. Find your niche and know everything about it. Find your passion and get to know how you can make it part of your life.

4. Don’t underestimate planning.
In my third year of college, I had absolutely no free time. That was when I understood that I needed an agenda. Nowadays, everyone expects perfection and professionalism: you gotta do what you gotta do – perfect and on time. Having a planner is precious help for not forgetting events, work and deadlines. It’s extremely important while thinking about future projects. I prefer the 2 pages monthly log and week pages for more detail. Lists are also great for daily tasks.

5. Surround yourself with good-hearted, supportive people.
Let’s make this one very clear: people who love you won’t bring you down. True friends will support you even if your dream is to become USA President (if it is yours go for it, they need a new one)! Show people around you how important your dreams are and that you are willing to work till they come to reality. Toxic people and relationships won’t get you anywhere.

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