Chilled weekend vibes

It’s the weekend again and I feel like this week has gone by fast, but I ain’t complaining! I had quite the rough week and thought to myself that I should do something fun and relaxing this weekend to just wind down a bit and take my mind off things. Great idea! But then I got an even better idea – to share some of these fun things to do with you guys!

So if you’re looking to do something this weekend, but still want it to be quite chill, here are a few ideas!

Go to the park and have a picnic –

This is something I still want to do as well, but nobody ever wants to do it with me (poor me) haha but I think going to the park or even some other beautiful, calm location and packing some yummy snacks and food can make a great date with your loved one.

Play some board games –

Definitely one of my fave, chilled things to do! You laugh so much and just have a great time.

Be a couch potato –

Nothing better than watching your favourite series on Netflix all weekend long.

Tick something off your bucket list –

Go through your bucket list and be spontaneous and go and tick of some of them!

Go on a bike ride or go hiking –

Now I know I said that these are things to do if you just wanna chill, but going on a bike ride or hiking in nature can really make you feel calm and content, plus you get a little exercise in!

Get organising and decluttering –

You don’t have to do heavy organising, but maybe you can clear out some small things around your room or house that has been bothering you for a while – it’ll make you feel somehow productive and get you ahead of things for next week!

Read a book or two –

Take that book that you bought months ago and go and sit outside in nature and read a few pages or even finish it! Reading is such a good way to wind down and it’s sooo good for your brain!

Go dancing, bowling or whatever fun activities there is to do in your area –

And it does not necessarily have to cost a ton of money!

Practice makes perfect –

Use the weekend to practice something new that you recently discovered you really enjoy, such as photography, painting, crafting, writing or whatever.

Host your own mini masterchef challenge with your family or friends –

Invite over a few friends or family and see who can make the yummiest pizza or bake the best cookies. Make it creative and have fun!

 

There is so much fun, but chill things to do over the weekend and many of them are low budget or even for free! And you can be so creative with it. Whatever you’re in the mood for, whether it’s staying on the couch all weekend and not moving or doing something different each day, it’s guaranteed to make you feel a little bit less stressed out and maybe even give you strength for the new week. But hey, the weekend has only just started, so let’s not talk about the next week…

Thanks for reading! What are some fun and chill things you like to do over the weekends? Tell me in the comments below!

Blissful Boho

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Monday Motivation

The weekend has passed and it’s time to get back to reality, even though most of us would rather be a couch potato or going on fun adventures, but it’s time to get back to being an adult or start hustling again. I have chosen a whole bunch of quotes for those who needs a little kick to get back into the swing of things and to avoid that Monday blues feeling.

Hope you like ’em!

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So there you have a whole bunch of quotes to get you motivated again for the new week and hopefully some of them you can carry with you everyday. I have actually learned to welcome Mondays with open arms (most of the time), as I see it as a new opportunity for a fresh new start and you should too! Changing your mindset about Mondays can make you feel so much better, and these quotes might just help for that.

Thanks for reading – tell me in the comments below what was your favourite quote out of the bunch and what do you do to get you motivated again?

Blissful Boho

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(PS – Pinterest is a great site to go and search some more motivational quotes)

 

Travel Wishlist – Going to Ireland

Hello all and welcome back to my travel series called “Travel Wishlist”. So I have first created this series back on Just Naya‘s blog and you can go and check out the travel posts I have done of Greece, Iceland and the USA back on her blog. I have decided to bring the travel series on to my blog, as travelling is close to my heart and I do want to write travel related posts on here as well after all.

So what exactly is the purpose of this travel series? Every second week or so I will be writing a post on a location, country, place that I really, really want to visit someday so it’s basically like a travel bucket list that I wish to complete someday. In these posts I will tell you more about the country/location that I have chosen, why I love it and would like to visit it someday and also include some breathtaking photographs of the places – which keep in mind, none of them will be my photographs, obviously, as I have never been to any of these places (unfortunately) so I mostly find the pictures on Google and always try my best to find and link the original photographer of each image.

This week, we get to visit the vast and incredible landscapes of Ireland. Oh man, how I wish I can visit this country. It is just sooo beautiful! There is just something about this place that draws me in and just makes me feel so at home when I look at pictures of it. Could be because I have some Irish blood, so Ireland is definitely gonna be my second home one day, haha.

If you are planning a trip to Ireland (take me with you…), make sure to include these must visit spots in your itinerary –

The Guinness Capital, a.k.a Dublin

A city overflowing with astonishing architecture, culture, Guinness-stocked pubs, great food, great locals and a gorgeous view of the Irish Sea! What more could you ask for? When in Dublin, don’t forget to make a stop at the St Patrick’s Cathedral and the iconic Guinness Storehouse.Dublin by night

Galway City

I’d really love to walk the buzzing, hipster streets of Galway and make my way down to one of the local pubs and have some Irish pub food. Galway boasts with local markets and festivals – some things you can do after learning more about the medieval history of Galway.high-street-galway-ireland

The Cliffs of Moher

Wowie. What a jaw-dropping image? Cliffs that reach heights of 120 meters that are covered in lush greenery and kissing the waters of the mighty Atlantic Ocean – just amazing! You can spot the Aran Islands when standing at the top of these dramatic cliffs. The Cliffs of Moher will definitely be on my itinerary when visiting Ireland. cliffs-of-moher

Literally looks like it’s the edge of the world.

The Aran Islands

If your looking to explore more of the rawness and authenticity of Ireland, then the Aran Islands is the way to go. The three islands – Inishmore, Inisheer and the largest island, Inishmaan offer beautiful canyons and creeks, brushed in beautiful flowers and other greenery. The locals stay true to their traditions and speak Irish the majority of the time. Not only can you take home picture perfect postcards of the nature, but you can have some memorable candid moments in the cozy pubs that the towns of the Aran Islands have to offer. aran-islands-trip-bg-4

Titanic Belfast

Known as one of the best must see tourist spots in all of Europe, Titanic Belfast tells the story of the Titanic and all of its history. Located on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard, where the iconic Titanic was designed and built. This center will tell you everything there is to known about the Titanic.resized_titanic_belfast

Of course, these are only a few astonishing places in Ireland that are must sees! BUT there are sooo much more breathtaking locations to visit in Ireland and things to do, the list goes on. Ireland has such a diverse landscape – luscious greenery, stone buildings, historic castles, beautiful views of the Atlantic and they have so much history that is just so interesting and rich! Oh and don’t forget the fact that the famous TV series, Game of Thrones, has used a majority of Ireland’s beauty as shooting locations, such as: Tollymore Forest; Dark Hedges; Downhill Beach; Castle Ward and Cushendun Caves – just to name a few.

Want to know some interesting facts about Ireland – go click on the link!

If you’re planning to visit the gorgeous country, make sure you spend a couple days there and plan out your itinerary properly, so that you can take it all in and make the most of it, cause this place and all it has to offer, truly seems magical.

I just can’t get enough of this stunning place – really hope to travel there some day!

Have you ever been to the Emerald Isle? Tell me about your experience in the comments!

Thanks for reading –

Blissful Boho

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(none of these photographs are my own, I found them on Google Images – if you know the original photographers, please feel free to mention them in the comments.)

Getting back on track…

Hello my fellow blogging community, long time no see ‘ey?

Wow. I have literally not posted anything on my blog for a whole year. What a shame. Was not planned though, in fact I was planning to have a very active 2018 on my blog, I even set myself some blog goals for 2018 – do some of you remember it? No? Ok good… Cause that was a complete and utter fail, but hey, life happened and let me just say that 2018 was an interesting year, to say the least. I guess I will write all about my experiences of 2018 in another blog post, so keep ya eyes peeled for that one, cause it’s gonna be juicy…

Firstly, I do feel really bad for neglecting my blog this past year. It was just such an intense and chaotic year and I was not expecting it at all. I’m just glad 2018 is over and now I can get back into the swing of things of blogging and actually maybe try to accomplish those goals I set myself last year… I have missed blogging quite a lot and I can’t wait to start sharing my ideas and thoughts again with you guys – if you still remember me haha. So expect to see more of Blissful Boho again and hopefully it will be an active and accomplishing year for my blog. I have a goooood feeling about this year.

Thanks to all of you who have stuck around with me, even though I have been absent for a year, but we’re moving on now and continuing with mah blog.

(PS – I am actually writing another post after this one, so go have a look, yay!)

Blissful Boho

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2017 Fashion Trends: hit or miss?

Okay, so I know we’re not entirely at the very end of this year, but can you guys believe it’s already the 2nd of November?!?! Where has the time gone? Can we please rewind a bit ’cause I was not ready…

So the year of 2017 has been bursting with loads of new fashion trends from some really good ones to some trends that should’ve just stayed in the fashion sketch book. Today I’m gonna go through some of these trends and see if I myself would give it a go or rather let it pass.

Everything STRIPES

I am definitely in for this one! I’ve always loved a nice striped t-shirt of some sort and some cool stripey pants. You can pair them and mix and match with so many other clothing items or accessories.

There’s just something about high-waisted striped pants that make you look so sophisticated, but still fun and quirky. And it doesn’t have to be just the plain ‘ol black and white stripes, I love when some pop of colour is added too!

The MULE shoe

Sooo this one is a hit and a miss for me, it really depends on the style of the mule shoe. I don’t love the ones that look like these:

I’m sorry, I’ve just never been a big fan of pointy toe shoes. I do like the mule shoes that have more of a modern twist on them, like these ones:

I guess the reason why this style of shoe is such a big hit is cause it’s easy to slip on and still look stylish.

CORSETS

We have been seeing people wear corset boots, corset sweaters, shirts, belts and jeans and I kinda like that sort of corset trend, but some people have been literally wearing actual corsets, like the ones from the Victorian times yes. I also don’t really admire the new trending corset belt.

 

I don’t know, it kinda reminds me of a Halloween costume… like an Elizabeth Swann from Pirates of the Caribbean. For me, corsets looked good in the Victorian times and when you’re wearing it as a modern Victorian corset ball gown, but lets just rather leave it there.

HIGH-CUT THONG SWIMSUITS

I actually like this trend, it’s really flattering for your body. I think especially if you’re not such a curvy gal then this swimsuit will give you the illusion of a curvy body.

Like I said, this trend is a hit cause it makes your body look even more beautiful than it already is, but if I were to wear this type of style myself, it would take a while before I would feel comfortable cause your booty is quite exposed…

Clear Plastic Shoes

These shoes have been everywhere and while the idea of it might sound cool, for me personally, the look ain’t that cool. Maybe I’m just weird, but it just doesn’t make sense to me. Some people can really pull it off, but I don’t think I would be able to haha. I don’t mind a little bit of clear plastic on the shoe, but the whole shoe?

It does give a very modernized look though.

EMBROIDERED jeans, shirts, dresses – you name it!

This trend is soooo up my street. Ugh I just love it! It can be boho chic or even rock n roll style, it depends on what print is embroidered and how it is styled and the colours used.

You’ve got some boho chic embroidered beauties:

And then you can go rock n roll style too:

You guys can probably see that I’m in love with embroidered stuff cause there’s way more photos haha – I can’t choose I love them all okayy! 🙂

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So I know there’s a lot more trends from 2017 that I have not touched in this post, but I don’t want to make it too long and I feel that these trends are very dominant in the fashion industry at the moment and I think most of them will be in style for quite some time – even if it goes out of style, I’d still wear it. (the ones I like)

Fashion designers and brands come up with some crazy outfits, but I feel like it’s mostly outfits that models only wear on the runways, where as the trends in this post are things that you see a lot out on the streets or so.

A little disclaimer – my opinions on these trends are entirely my own and it’s just my personal taste. If you love corsets then that’s totally fine, you go slay that corset girl! We all have different taste in style and trends and that’s what makes us unique 🙂

Hope you guys liked it!

What’s your favourite trend at the moment? Tell me in the comments!

– Blissful Boho

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(All images are from Pinterest)

 

Beauty Bucket List: Tarte Cosmetics

So, since I live in a country where we don’t really get to try the amazing Tarte Cosmetics, (and several other amazing beauty brands) I’m just gonna have to write a post about a few of their products that I hope I can one day get my hands on. Yeah sure, I can purchase them online and import them, but I ain’t no Bill Gates. I’ve entered several of Tarte’s Instagram giveaways but I’m just never the lucky winner 😦

I lovvvvvveeee makeup and I think I have the potential of becoming one of those people that have millions of makeup products, but only uses like 10 of them. Whoops.

The reason why I have chosen the American-born beauty brand, Tarte Cosmetics, is because their packaging is so gorgeous and I have watched millions of reviews on their stuff and everyone seems to be loving it. Tarte’s products come off as top notch quality with awesome formulations that don’t contain any parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate and gluten.

Tarte was created in 1999 by Maureen Kelly in her NYC apartment, starting off with their first ever product, the showstopping cheek stain – how cool!? If you guys want to know more about Tarte’s history, just click on the link.

What I really admire about this beauty brand is that they’re natural, vegan-friendly and hypoallergenic. But what really ticks the box off for me, is that their stuff is 100% cruelty free – scoring major points there!

So here are a few of their products that are on my Tarte Cosmetics beauty bucket list –

rainforest of the sea water foundation

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Look at all those different shades! 21 to be exact! Tarte really thought about every single skin tone out there while creating this beauty. The Rainforest Of The Sea is a water based foundation I assume as it is called a water foundation… Which I guess makes it very lightweight on the skin, but still gives full coverage while hydrating the skin and protecting it from any harmful sun rays cause it’s got non-chemical SPF 15 in it!

shape tape contour concealer

Of course I had to put this on my wishlist as well. Everybody can’t stop talking about how good this concealer is. It’s full coverage and also very blendable – as if I would know. :/ but that’s what their website claims and I’m sure that’s why everyone loves it!

tarteist ™ PRO glow highlight contour palette

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Highlight and contour shades in one palette? Yes please! I just love the names Tarte gives every shade and product – so unique! In this palette you get two sculpting shades and four stunner highlights (see what I did there? ha. ha.) Using this palette will give you a gorgeous chiseled look and it’s got Amazonian clay in it!

limited-edition spellbound glow rainbow highlighter

 

Who does not want a rainbow highlighter?! It makes me think of a unicorn and unicorns are awesome. I just want to know how they made this multi-coloured pastel highlighter? And who came up with this awesome idea? Just look at that pretty iridescent magical pop on her cheekbones. You can spot it from a mile away!

limited-edition blush bazaar palette

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It’s got 8 blushes, yes that’s right 8, and 2 highlighters as well! I’ve seen people hold this palette next to their head and it’s huge which means you get so much product out and it has so many shades to choose from. It’s a mix of beautiful warm tones and cool tones and I’m in love with the Moroccan inspired packaging design. If you don’t have one of these yet, you better start moving cause it’s limited edition!

tartelette™ toasted eyeshadow palette

I think this is their newest edition to their eyeshadow palette family, I am not entirely sure, but it’s perfect timing cause these colours would make the prettiest fall eye makeup looks (it’s not even fall here where I live haha), but they’re all warm toned shades. I’ve heard so many times that Tarte’s eyeshadow formulas are out of this world, super creamy and soft, super pigmented, longlasting and very much blendable. I wish I could try them myself.

tarteist™ PRO Amazonian clay palette

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I’ve had my eye on this palette since it was launched and even if it is the year 2050 I’d still want it. It has such gorgeous shades, there are more cool tones than warm tones, but just think about all the looks you could create with this. 20 different shades infused with natural Amazonian clay. Sounds fancy. I like fancy.

limited-edition Rainforest of the Sea™ eyeshadow palette vol. II

Yup another eyeshadow palette cause Tarte has so many and I want them all! This cute little palette would be perfect for creating sultry smokey eye looks. I love these kind of shades!

lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara

This famous mascara has been around for over a decade and it’s another one of Tarte’s bestsellers and I can read why (not see why, cause I’ve never tried it before! grrr…) Tarte describes the mascara on their website as — “A cult classic for over a decade, this best-selling vegan mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes & conditions, acting like a push-up bra for your lashes” — I love that! It must be living up to those words cause everyone’s a fan.

arch architect brow pencil gel

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I enjoy makeup products that have a 2-in-1 feature like this brow product. It has an angled pencil to shape and fill your eyebrows with precision to create a soft natural look. After that you finish it off with the clear gel end to make sure your eyebrow hairs stay in place and not embarrass you on your date. Awesome.

tarteist™ quick dry matte lip paint

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They have so many different gorgeous shades and all the reviews I’ve checked about this product everyone says it has a really nice velvet feel and it doesn’t leave your lips feeling or looking like a desert, like some matte liquid lipsticks tend to do. I love LOVE these colours!

quench lip rescue

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This product looks so pretty and just looking at it I can already tell that this would hydrate your lips intensely leaving a subtle colour – definitely my cup of tea. I really like all the shades and I just admire how Tarte created a different and unique package design for each colour. They really put so much love and effort into all their products.

Those are all for makeup products, but Tarte has a big variety of skincare products as well which I also want to add to my beauty bucket list:

Their skincare range looks so amazing and I’ve heard that it is amazing! I mean it’s Tarte, so of course it’ll be amazing. Everything is made with natural ingredients and also with so much love. Ugh I really wish their products were available in my country.

This is already so many of their products that I’d love to try, but if I’m gonna be honest, this is not even half of the stuff I’d love to have. If I could, I would want to own every single product they have. Is that crazy?

Well that’s it guys. All the info I got from their products and all images are from their website – tartecosmetics.com. You can purchase their products directly from their site or purchase it from Sephora, Ulta Beauty, Macy’s and some other shops probably too. They do a lot of limited editions and cool collections too.

Thanks for taking the time to read till the end!

I’d love to know what your favourite Tarte product is? – tell me in the comments!

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– Blissful Boho

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Liebster Blogger Award

Hey Guys! I have been nominated for the Liebster Blogger Award! It is so cool knowing that someone thought of me and thought that I deserve to be nominated, so thank you so much to Sarah, from Vintage Tea Rose for nominating me! I really appreciate it 🙂

“The Liebster Award is given to bloggers by bloggers to help new blogs grow and connect with others in the blogging world.”

I encourage everyone to go check out Sarah’s blog – she writes about things related to beauty, lifestyle, style, interiors and much more! She has a great writing style unique to herself and I just love the overall layout and theme of her blog!

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So what are the rules?

  • Put the award logo in your blog.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a 150 – 300 word post on your favourite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  • Answer your questions and provide 10 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5 – 11 people that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 200 followers.
  • Ask your nominees questions.
  • List the rules

 

My current favourite blog:

This is quite a difficult one to answer, because there’s so many blogs I love to read, but since I’m a total sucker for all things beauty, I would say my current favourite beauty blogger is Emily Clare Beauty. From reviews on beauty products to a week in her life, autumn to-do lists and even fashion tips, Emily sure knows how to drag you in with all her posts. She has such a different writing style and it is so fun to read. If you love blogs with aesthetically pleasing flat-lay photographs or just pretty photographs in general, you should go check her photography skills out ’cause she’s slaying!

Another thing I really like from her blog, is that I noticed that most of her posts isn’t that long, which I personally love (even though I struggle with this haha) because it’s short, sweet and simple! In general she seems like a nice girl and her blog is really intriguing, you guys have to go over to her blog and see it for yourself 🙂

The answers to the questions Sarah asked me:

When you are old, what do you think children will ask you to tell stories about from your life? 

I imagine by the time I am a old lady sitting on my front porch with some tea and a blanket, the world would be much different from now in terms of violence and the environment. So I guess I would tell them stories about how safe the world used to be and tell them about all my adventures in nature and seeing wildlife. I truly do hope that things don’t get that much out of hand that we would no longer have the authenticity of nature and all its beautiful creatures. (I know I sound like a treehugger, but being in nature has always been a big part of me and it would break my heart if mankind manages to destroy everything about it)

What animal would be cutest if scaled down to the size of a cat?

An elephant! Have you guys seen a baby elephant? Well imagine it being even more small – so adorable!

When did something start out badly for you but in the end, it was great?

Learning to drive and getting my driver’s license haha. I cannot express to you how much learning to drive stressed me out! I actually hated it and tried to avoid it with every chance I got, because I had some bad embarrassing experiences. My parents decided to get me into a driving school and let me tell ya, best decision ever! I learnt to drive in less than 3 weeks and got my license with the first try. Thinking back now, I can’t believe how much it made me stress and now I can drive with confidence.

What “old person” things do you do?

The only one I can think of really is going early to bed some nights.

What makes you roll your eyes every time you hear it?

When people tell me I’m really quiet and start asking if something’s wrong with me. No, nothing is wrong with me, I am just a quiet person (NOT shy – there’s a difference) in general ’cause I’m a really calm, laid-back person and I ain’t gonna go around asking noisy people why they are so loud? It’s rude. And it’s the same concept with asking quiet people why are they so quiet. I am one of those people that are quiet at first, but once I get to know you I’ll get more comfortable around you and then I’ll start being more talkative and all that. It just really irritates me when people assume something’s wrong with me, because I’m quiet. I am sure there’s many people out there that can relate to this as well.

What was cool when you were young but isn’t cool now? (but you wish still was)

Writing cute notes or love letters to your boyfriend or SO. There’s other things as well, but this is what first came to my mind.

If you could know your future, would you want to?

Yes and no. Yes, because I would want to know whether or not the career choices I am making now is gonna be successful and no, because life is one big adventure and whatever ups and downs life throws at you, you gotta grow through it. I guess I would mainly go with no 🙂

How/why did you pick your blog’s name?

I have answered this question before in a previous post, so I’m just gonna copy that answer 🙂 “I really like this question. I have chosen Blissful Boho as my blog’s name, because first of all I love anything bohemian and my personal style is actually quite boho chic. When I started my blog, I decided to write mostly about things that I find pure bliss in, hence the “blissful” part. I also wanted something that went together really nicely and that would describe me as a person.”

10 Random Facts About Me:

  1. I am 20 years old, even though I still look like a 15-year-old. I guess that’s a good thing.
  2. I actually have some royal blood in me from my father’s side. From our Irish ancestors.
  3. My mother language is Afrikaans.
  4. Once we went on a camping adventure where I got to touch a darted wild lion – it was a veterinarian team examining the lion to see if he was still healthy and happy.
  5. I also got to touch and feed a big ‘ol elephant.
  6. I went through the true puberty stage – brace face and pimples haha.
  7. My parents first wanted to name me Samantha, but then they decided to go the traditional way and create a unique name out of both my grandmother’s names.
  8. I love to read which is so ironic, because I am one of those people that can read for 5 hours straight or go without reading for 5 months straight. There’s no in between.
  9. I went abseiling at night with just the moonlight to guide us. It was fun but also so scary, because my foot slipped on the rocks and I went hanging in the air, struggling to get back on my feet. No one up on the edge knew what was going on down there with me, they were all just talking to each other and here I am, hanging in the air – it’s actually quite funny!
  10. I haven’t broken a single bone in my body and hopefully it stays that way.

Blogs I nominate:

  1. Tamsin from Tamsins View
  2. My comfort zone
  3. Buttercup from Typically Untypical Teen
  4. Emma from Hello Foxy
  5. Bekah from Questionable Tortoise Couture
  6. Misabella from Misabella’s Blog
  7. Pauline from Giraffe View

The questions I ask my nominees:

  1. What are the 3 best things about yourself?
  2. What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been to?
  3. What is your biggest accomplishment that you’re most proud of?
  4. If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?
  5. Favourite childhood memory?
  6. Do you feel like a leader or a follower and why?
  7. What are your biggest pet peeve(s)?
  8. Would you rather spend 3 days exploring New York City or Disney World?
  9. Are you more of a cat person or dog person?
  10. Favourite Halloween or autumnal movie?

 

Congratulations to all the girls and thank you once again Sarah for nominating me! Hope you all enjoy the post x

– Bissful Boho

 

Real Neat Blog Award

It really is a great feeling waking up to a notification saying that you have been nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award!

Wow, thank you so much to Ingrid from IngridMadisonAve – I am so happy and thankful that you have nominated me! Everyone should definitely check out Ingrid’s blog, as she writes some great articles from dating and relationship tips to all things beauty and travel! And with her writing style along with her aesthetically pleasing blog layout, you can’t help but hit that follow button!

Here’s a link to her blog: https://ingridmadisonave.com/

What are the rules for The Real Neat Blogger Award?

  1. Put the award logo on your blog
  2. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs
  3. Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you
  4. Nominate any number of bloggers you really like, linking to their blogs
  5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blogs, etc.)
  6. Ask your nominees 7 questions

So you better grab a hot cuppa or snack, because Ingrid has asked me some fun and interesting questions:

What, or who inspired you to blog?

I have always loved reading Victoria’s blog, InTheFrow – she has such a professional and sophisticated way of blogging and I have just always thought that I would love to have a blog that is as successful as her’s (but we’ll see haha). Generally, I like to write about things that make me happy and to share it with others.

What’s the story behind the name of your blog?

I really like this question. I have chosen Blissful Boho as my blog’s name, because first of all I love anything bohemian and my personal style is actually quite boho chic. When I started my blog, I decided to write mostly about things that I find pure bliss in, hence the “blissful” part. I also wanted something that went together really nicely and that would describe me as a person.

What’s your favourite season and why?

Most definitely summer! We had a really cold winter this year and where I live it gets really cold and windy and misty and gray and yeah nope, no thanks, not for me! I am a sunshine person. I like winter and fall fashion and snuggling up in a comfy blanket with hot chocolate and watching movies, but honestly I’d rather lay out in the sun with a book or just be out in nature.

If you did not have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

I would travel and go on roadtrips. I really love traveling and I wouldn’t mind doing it all day!

What’s your favourite piece of clothing?

A nice pair of classic denim shorts. The sort that makes your booty look amazing and show off your tanned legs.

Do you play any sports?

I finished school last year so I don’t really participate in sports that much anymore, plus here where I live there’s not much sports to actually take part in, BUT I do still workout at home. I used to play netball and do athletics in school.

What skill would you like to master?

I wouldn’t mind mastering the skill of learning a new language easily. I am currently learning German, and I don’t find it too difficult (because I had German in school for a few years), but before I tried German, I attempted to learn French. Yeah…it didn’t go too well. I just think it would be so awesome to be able to understand, write, read and speak multiple different languages!

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

This is a difficult question for me personally, because like I mentioned before I love traveling and going on adventures. I think one of the most amazing adventures that I would like to do one day is to go on a African expedition with a few close friends. There must be campfires and nature activities involved!

What’s your favourite drink?

I don’t really drink many sugary drinks or so, mostly water, but I do enjoy a nice ice cold Lipton lemon or raspberry ice tea on a hot summers day.

What takes up too much of your time?

Laundry. I don’t like the hanging up and folding part of laundry and because I don’t like it, it takes longer for me to do haha.

What are the small things that make your day better?

There are so many, but my top 3 things that make my day better are:

  1. When my boyfriend gives me a simple compliment or just a short phone call or even just saying “I love you”.
  2. My pup coming up to me with a wagging tail and smile – that gives me so much joy!
  3. A kind gesture from a loved one or even a stranger.

So that is all the questions! Thank you Ingrid, they were some really good questions and I really enjoyed answering them.

Now for the bloggers that I nominate:

The questions I ask my nominees are:

  1. How would you describe your blogging style?
  2. How do you motivate yourself to keep on blogging and posting good content?
  3. What would you say are the pros and cons of being a blogger?
  4. What is your top 5 hobbies?
  5. If you could choose to be any animal, what animal would you choose and why?
  6. What is your life motto or quote that you live by?
  7. What is it that you genuinely find pure bliss in?
  8. If you could travel back in time, what would you tell your younger self?
  9. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
  10. What is your most dominant personality trait?

 

There you have it! I know I asked a bit more than 7 questions, but I had a lot in mind that I thought would be interesting to ask. Congratulations to all the nominees and I hope you enjoy writing this post just as much as I did!

May you all have a wonderful week!

Till next time 🙂

– Blissful Boho

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A girl’s best friend

Usually the saying goes, “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”, well in my case I like to scratch out the diamond part and replace it with a four pawed furry friend. And if you ask me, they are wayyy better than shiny diamonds. I mean a diamond can’t give you heartwarming snuggles and smiles. IMG_0210

If you are also a animal lover, you would relate to many of these things that I’m about to tell you. Okay so, we own four Jack Russells and yes I know, that seems like a lot of dogs, but for us it really isn’t such a big deal as some people make it. We love our dogs and no matter what pet you’ve got, whether it be a dog, cat, hamster, chinchilla, bunny or hedgehog (and the list goes on), they are family.

For me, it is always such a heartwarming feeling when our dogs see us after being away from home for a while. The way they greet us with wagging tails and literal smiles (and sometimes cry’s of happiness) just makes you so happy and grateful to have such cuties in your life. Who in their right mind cannot love this?

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Each one of our dogs have their own unique personalities and attitudes and that’s what makes them so special. My dog, her name is Molly, and I love and adore her with every piece of me. She is the most loveable, adorable, cuddly pup ever and she truly is a bundle of joy. BUT… she does have a big attitude as well – which makes her even more unique.

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Molly: “Hmmm I wonder what’s that thingey she’s pointing at me.”

In the mornings when I wake up I have to greet her and give her loads of kisses and hugs otherwise she will literally ignore me or be unhappy with me for the rest of the day. I’m not even joking, she really does this. And don’t even dare giving more love to any of the other dogs, ’cause Molly always has to be the center of attention. I just love her!

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So then there’s our other three adorable pups – Milo, Tiny and Coco. We like to refer to Milo as a Victoria Secret Dog Model, because even though she eats a lot and is healthy, she still manages to stay skinny and she’s ridiculously photogenic. She’s also not much of a bright spark, and she is the most clingiest dog you’ll ever meet.

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Milo’s zen moment

She has this thing she do’s where she wants attention at the most weirdest times. When we’re cooking or having serious conversations, Milo then decides it’s the perfect time for you to pick her up, even though you already have your hands full. And she would keep doing this for quite some time. Oh and we also think she might be a alien ’cause she has big, round alien eyes. We still love her to bits!

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Tiny: “I’m a mini dog so that makes me extra cute!”

You might be wondering why would anyone name their dog “Tiny”, (not very creative I know), but if you saw her you would understand why she inherited this name. It’s because she’s tiny. Have you ever seen a miniature Jack Russell? It is a very adorable sight! Tiny kinda has anxiety, and maybe it’s because she’s so small, but when she gets all stressed up, she kinda looks a bit constipated. And because she is such a stress ball, she actually does get constipated sometimes. We have tried to fix this several times, but Tiny loves to be stressed all the time apparently. Sometimes we wonder if she’s just faking it so she could get all the attention.

We like to call Coco “ou vrou” which is Afrikaans for “old lady” because she is the eldest of all four doggos. And she’s a lot older than the other three, she’s Milo’s mother actually. That is where Milo gets her “not so bright” intelligence from, from her mama. Coco has been with us for many years now and along the way we have had to pay many visits to the veterinarian, but despite being 12 years old, Coco is still full of life and love! She likes to talk to us by making these weird, but cute noises and we make the noises back at her and then she’d do it again.

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My name’s Coco, and I like sky raisins.

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We love all of our dogs so much and their basically like our children, well Molly is my fur baby (P.S. Molly has her own Instagram account – go check it out @mollythegreatrussell).

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Some people may think why would you write a post entirely about your dogs, because their just dogs, but dogs are family, any pet is family. I just wanted to share with you guys about how much I love our dogs and just tell you why they are so special.

Hope you guys smiled while reading this – till next time! 🙂

– Blissful Boho

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(featured/cover image found on Pinterest – originally created by Loboloup. Rest of photographs are my own.)

 

 

 

My Skincare Routine

Hey everyone!

I am so excited to write about my skincare routine, because having a good routine has always been very important to me. I have had some major skin problems a few years ago, so I have had my fair share of different skin products, but luckily for me my skin has calmed down a bit and it’s lookin’ good. I do still get breakouts and blemishes, but it has improved so much!

My skin type usually ranges from normal to combination, so a try to use products made specifically for this skin type – and it is always good to know what skin type you have to get the right products and routine for you, because we’re all different 🙂

So, I have rounded up a skincare routine that I find works good for my skin at the moment, hopefully it doesn’t change too soon.

M O R N I N G  R E G I M E ♥

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In the mornings I like to keep it simple and basic, as my skin is not that dirty, because I did have a good scrub before going to bed the night before. I have been using Sorbet’s Hydro Skin 3-in-1 Foam Cleanser for quite a while now, because it is really good! It’s very light on the skin, but still cleanses thoroughly. It contains Hyaluronic Acid, Omega 3 & 6 and vitamins A & E – all the good stuff! My skin feels a lot more hydrated since I’ve started using it.

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Next up I balance my skin’s pH levels with the Yardley Oatmeal Purifying Toner. This toner is specifically formulated for oily to combo skin and is quite strong so I only like to use it in the mornings, plus it gives you a refreshing feel!

 

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Okay, so the next product I’m gonna talk about has changed my life! That is my friends, the Cetaphil Moisturising Cream of course. Let me tell you, this moisturiser is amazing for very, very, veryyyyy dry skin. It’s winter time here where I live and always at the start of the chilly months my skin gets really dry, but this time it was so much more dry and I tried so many things and remedies just to help it, but nothing would work. My forehead would be so flaky (gross I know) and I couldn’t wear any foundation ’cause I would look horrible, until one day I decided to try the Cetaphil Moisturising Cream and I honestly do not regret making that choice.

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It didn’t take long before the magic tricks of this moisturiser started kicking in and now I have soft and moisturised skin and I can put on foundation without my forehead looking like a dried up desert pan. After I have applied the three basic essentials to anyone’s skincare routine, I use The Body Shop’s Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Eye Cream-Gel underneath my eyes to help for any dark circles and puffiness.

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E V E N I N G  R E G I M E ♥

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By the end of day your skin is dirty and full of make-up or you might have touched your skin a lot throughout the day (which is not good) so that is why it’s always a good idea to have a little bit more steps added to your routine in the evenings than in the mornings to really get rid of all the yucky stuff on your face.

I have just recently started using the L’ORÉAL Pure Clay Detox Wash and I am totally loving it. I use the one with the charcoal, because charcoal draws out impurities and clarifies the skin so it really gives it a nice thorough cleanse – which you need after a long day. It smells so good and I can definitely see a improvement in my pores, they don’t look like the craters on the moon anymore 😀

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After that I go in with the L’ORÉAL Skin Perfection Serum and using their pure clay detox wash along with the serum actually makes for a good combo. The serum is light so it doesn’t clog your pores and in fact, it shrinks your pores even more. I like to apply it at night time, because when I go to sleep my skin will really reap the benefits of this product and that’s also why I only use it in the evenings.

 

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Of course I then apply my trusty Cetaphil Moisturising Cream after, as well as The Body Shop Eye Cream-Gel. If I do have any spots or blemishes I would treat them with the Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment and the next morning the blemishes would be a lot smaller and a lot less red and sometimes, if I’m lucky, they would be gone entirely.

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So you probably wondered what’s that blue thingey in the first picture of my evening regime. Well, that is the face brush I use when I wash my face with the Sorbet Hydro Skin Foam Cleanser and the L’ORÉAL Pure Clay Detox Wash.

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It is by Sorbet and is called the Pore Your Heart Out Facial Cleanser. It comes with 3 different detachable little brushes – a silicone one with short, soft bristles that works great for sensitive skin, a brush with like normal (I don’t know how else to describe it sorry) soft bristles that’s very compact and you can use it daily and then of course an exfoliating brush with longer and fluffier bristles. It comes with an USB charger so you don’t have to spend extra money on batteries.

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Do you remember when facial cleansers were all the rage, especially the Clarisonic one? Well, if you’re like me and you like to bargain here and there, this Sorbet Pore Your Heart Out Facial Cleanser is a great alternative for the Clarisonic facial cleansers. It is much more affordable AND it still does an amazing job! And it’s blue!

 

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E X T R A  P R O D U C T S ♥

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Once a week a will use a scrub/exfoliator, because exfoliating at least once a week is essential and necessary to make sure all the dead skin is gone, because otherwise your pores might get clogged and we all know clogged pores leads to breakouts! I have been using the Garnier PureActive Intensive Charcoal Scrub for a good amount of time now to confess that it’s a great product! And because I use it once a week only, I hold out with it for a long time.

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It has charcoal and salicylic acid in it and every time I use it my skin feels super soft and looks great the next day. This scrub smells so good, but don’t get it in your eyes though…well you shouldn’t get any product in your eyes for that matter.

Now, I am a big fan of face masks and it’s probably one of the hardest decisions to make when it comes to choosing a face mask. I love to do DIY face masks, and I have this one miracle worker mask recipe that I might share with you guys one day. Usually I would lean towards something that has a clay base, because I have combo skin it really helps for the oiliness and draws out impurities, so I have been loving the Freeman Mint & Lemon Clay Mask. It makes my skin feel so refreshed and super clean, but make sure to moisturise properly, because sometimes clay masks can be drying.

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That is it for my current skincare routine! All of the products I use for my routine are products and brands that I genuinely love using and that really makes my skin happy!

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments what you think 🙂

Hope you liked it – till next time!

Blissful Boho

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