blog address change

27 Nov

Dear readers,
I’m changing my blogging address to a new one: http://brusselslifebeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

I’ve been thinking about it for a while & I really think you’ll like the change as well.
Please visit my new blog as regularly as you did! Looking forward to hearing from you!
Love,
B

Pierogi & all that jazz

23 Nov

As I told you before, I’m in Poland. I’m actually writing this sitting in the room which used to be mine, and looking at the pink walls which now seem so funny looking but I guess some years back I loved the color. I must have, right??? ;)
But hey, it’s rather cozy in here now, so I won’t be complaining. Plus, when I was in Warsaw, I passed by the Bath and Body Works and bought myself their lovely Sweet Cinnamon and Pumpkin candle. It looks like we’ll be good friends with this one!

B&BW candle

Ater almost two days of dress shopping, I think I can honestly say that I have found the one. Well, I found two, actually ( what an over-achiever, I know) and I loved them both so much, that I couldn’t make the final decision just yet. Instead, I took the names of the two dresses and will be checking them out in Brussels. Thankfully, I won’t be alone as my good friends promised to help me out with the final choice.

I don’t know how many of you are married already, but when you’re shopping for the wedding dress is unlike anything else you’ve done in this world. After all, you bought numerous pairs of jeans, shoes and tops throughout your life. But wedding dress shopping…no, that’s a whole different story!

You cannot really know what to expect until you’re actually in the store itself, too. Yes, you can check what they have online, and yes, you can ask around and do upper body exercises to look good in a dress. But in the end, when you’re the hands of an experienced lady, all you can say is “my God, I do look stunning”. Because you do, in each and every one of them…

I had the opportunity to come to Poland to shop for my dress, and have my mom by my side. i was hesitant at first, because normally, she’s rather critical of me, but this time she was great! If you’re considering going alone, my word of advice is “don’t” as it’ll be that much easier for you to do it with your mom or friend by your side!

I hope your November is going well, and I apologize if this post is completely boring to you. Since i’m getting married in October next year, those kinds of posts might be happening…

Just fyi, in here, it gets dark around 3pm. The whole city slowly goes to sleep and I have to say that there’s something soothing about it.
I might actually join them, as I’m planning to be in bed by 8;)

Polska!!!

20 Nov

Just a quick post before I go to Poland!
Cannot wait and Im hoping this trip will be super special.
Some of you already know that Im getting married next year…well, needless to say, the trip will be a bit wedding-related too.
Other than that, Im not saying anything else! ;)
Have a good Tuesday!
Xxx

Inspirational quote of the day

19 Nov


http://www.quotearts.com/147.html

The Liebster Tag a.k.a. show me some love!

17 Nov

I have been recently tagged by the lovely blondeblair to do this Liebster Tag.

For those who don’t know what it is, here comes the background info:

Liebster Award is given by fellow bloggers who thinks you’re doing a good job and should continue writing your blog. It is usually given to up-and-coming bloggers with smaller amounts of followers so that others can hear about them. It’s a way of getting new followers, publicity and initiating bloggers’ friendships too.

Rules:
11 Random Facts About Yourself
Answer 11 Questions From Tagger
Create 11 New Questions For the people you Tag
Tag 11 blogs with under 200 followers, no tag backs

                             11 Random Facts:
1. I have been with my boyfriend for 8 years
2. I’m getting married in October 2013!
3. I love mangoes.
4. Im terrified of spiders.
5. My middle name is Emilia.
6. I’m obsessed with changing my nail color every other day.
7. I would love to go to Alaska.
8. I love dogs, I grew up with them and can’t wait till I have my own soon.
9. If I didn’t live in Brussels, Belgium it would most certainly be NYC.
10. My favourite cuisine is Italian
11. I speak English with an American accent

                            Blondeblair’s questions:
1. Where is the farthest you’ve been from home? the Bahamas, I really loved it there and hope to come back one day.

2. What is the last song you listened to? Justin Timberlake’s ‘Bank Robber’

3. Usual Starbucks drink? PSL aka Pumpkin Spice Latte, when they have it. Other than that, either Caramel Frappuccino or Ice Coffee.

4. Last bit of makeup you put on this morning? Blush- I love my blush!

5. Do you like egg nog? Love it!

6. Favorite Christmas album to listen to? don’t have any…

7. Spiders or sharks? Sharks

8. Favorite autumn skincare item? chapstick. I’m obsessed with Burt’s Bees pomegranate chapstick!

9. First place you traveled to on your own? England with my best friend! Wojtek, if you’re reading this, these were the times, huh?!

10. Favorite Youtuber?

I have so many…michele1218, blushingforeigner, sunnysideup11100, essiebutton, gemsmaquillage, oneilowa, vivianadoesmakeup And the list goes on…

11. Most recently discovered blogger?

Reszta to Pikus http://resztatopikus.blogspot.be/

Such a lovely girl! check her out if you speak Polish.

                                   My questions:

  1. do you put on make up every day?
  2. what color are your nails right now?
  3. do you read books, if so what did you read recently?
  4. dogs or cats?
  5. are you a foodie? what is your favorite food?
  6. what inspires you?
  7. do you have brothers or sisters?
  8. what country are you in right now?
  9. what quote do you live by?
  10. favorite make up brand?
  11. what’s the first thing you do in the morning?

I’m tagging the foollowing blogs

Yourituriel http://hungerforbeauty.blogspot.be/

Reszta to Pikus http://resztatopikus.blogspot.be/

Lucia Lolita http://www.lucia-lolita.com/

Afrodite http://www.thefashionfolio.com/

Helens Beauty World http://helensbeautyworld.blogspot.nl/

Baby Jane http://babyjanehudson.blogspot.co.uk/

Sigrun’s Feeling for Fashion http://sigrunsfeelingforfashion.blogspot.be/

Evelien http://beautyponder.blogspot.be/

Everyday Beauty http://www.theeverydaybeauty.blogspot.be

Expats Blog interview with moi !!!!

15 Nov

http://www.expatsblog.com/articles/1327/polish-expat-living-in-brussels-interview-barbara

 

Polish Expat Living In Brussels – Interview With Barbara

Published:   15 Nov at 1 PM
 
Meet Barbara- Polish born & raised, living in Brussels, Belgium with her Spanish fiancé. Every day is a battle between at least 3 languages for them: French, English and Dutch. In this crazy multi-cultural world, their friends are no surprise- everyone happen to come from a different country. Isn’t it all too complicated? Not at all! Barbara loves her Bruxelloise life and wouldn’t change it for anything else! Her blog is called Brussels Life Beauty and is about all those things and more! Check it out for regular posts and discover Brussels with Barbara!Brussels Life Beauty

Here’s the interview with Barbara…

Where are you originally from?
I am Polish, born and raised in a small town in the north-east of Poland.
Polish people often call my region “the lungs of Poland” as it’s very green with lots of beautiful forests and more than 2,000 gorgeous lakes. Even though I do realize how beautiful it is, I always knew I was a big city girl.

In which country and city are you living now?
I am living in Brussels, Belgium

How long have you lived here and how long are you planning to stay?
I arrived here in May 2005, so it’s been a while. So far, no plans to leave Belgium, but then again, you never know what life has in store for you and I’m open to whatever it may be.

Brussels Life BeautyWhy did you move and what do you do?
I moved here to be with my boyfriend then and fiancé now, for the duration of his internship.
I had just graduated from the university back home and couldn’t imagine being in a long-distance relationship.
After a few months in Brussels, I decided that I would like to continue to study. I chose a Master in American Studies and one year after that I did an MBA. Both degrees have been taught in English.
Right now, I work for a big American company.

Did you bring family with you?
Nope, just the two of us.

How did you find the transition to living in a foreign country?
It wasn’t even that hard because I didn’t think we’d stay here for more than a year. It was just something we did back then and, as exciting as it might have been, we thought it was just temporary.
I never really thought of Belgium as my home, esp. since my fiancé is Spanish. I guess we saw ourselves somewhere in the sandy beaches of Spain, rather than in rainy Brussels in the long run. However, around 2 years after our move here, it finally hit me that we’re here to stay.
I have to say though that for us as an international couple, Belgium is a safe ground to live in, as even if we complain about things, the other person doesn’t feel personally attacked as it’s not their home country. It seems safer like that, with two hot tempered people!

Brussels Life BeautyWas it easy making friends and meeting people; do you mainly socialise with other expats?
Belgians aren’t the easiest to get to know. I always feel like they are friendly but never quite your friends, if that makes any sense.
My closest friends are not Belgians and they happen to be a rather interesting mix of people coming from many different countries. We speak English between each other, as it’s just easier that way.

What are the best things to do in the area; anything to recommend to future expats?
Just think of Belgium as if it were France with a German and Dutch twist to it. Rather exciting mix which is especially visible in its culture, languages, but also food and architecture.
Belgium’s central location is simply unbeatable. In a little more than an hour you can find yourself in Spain, Poland, or Denmark, to name just a few countries.
Also, the roads here are quite good and you don’t have to pay tolls.
For foodies, Belgium is known for its unbelievably tasty chocolate, and for a good reason. Even the regular pastry tastes heavenly in here, as the quality of the chocolate is so good.

What do you enjoy most about living here?

  1. The international crowd that lives here! People always talk about NYC or London as the best places to meet people from all over the world, but I lived there, and paradoxically, I really think Brussels being much smaller, is even better and culturally richer.
  2. Then there’s of course the healthcare system which is superb. All medical specialists speak fluent English and are extremely helpful.
  3. I love the convenient location of Belgium, and how in a little more than one hour by train you’re in Paris or London.Brussels Life BeautyHow does the cost of living compare to home?
    Brussels is definitely not your most expensive city. Yes, you do have areas which are super expensive but it definitely is much cheaper than London or Paris. Being a capital city, it has plenty to offer for quite reasonable prices.

    What negatives, if any, are there to living in here?

  4. Shopping- all stores are closed on Sundays, and with some rare exceptions, you really need to plan ahead not to be left with no food. Also, the same goes for shopping for clothes… Everything is closed on Sundays, and consequently, the crowds on Saturday are not a pretty sight.
  5. Public transport…not a day goes by without me nagging at how disorganised the whole public transport system is.
  6. On a different note, people tend to come to Brussels just for a while. Their contracts end and they need to go back to wherever they’re from. This is especially sad, as lots of them come from very far away places and daily contact can be rather tricky.
  7. And finally…taxes! I can’t help but wonder what better use I would have for the other half of my salary if it wasn’t eaten up by taxes…oh well, something’s gotta give, I guess.

If you could pick one piece of advice to anyone moving here, what would it be?
Get a good umbrella and never loose it. It rains a lot. Then again, it’s only rain!
Also, never cancel your plans because of the bad weather. If you’ll wait for the weather to change, you’ll end up doing nothing…

Brussels Life BeautyWhat has been the hardest aspect to your expat experience so far?
I guess for me, it’s still the language barrier. Even though a big majority of Belgians speak English, some don’t and my French is still not fluent. Also, I feel like at home I was going to the theatre, movies etc. much more, but here I’m kind of forced to pick options available in English and miss out on lots of great things because I don’t speak the language.
Also, you need to know that Belgium is a country where they have 3 national languages! It can get confusing at times.

What are your top 5 expat tips for anyone following in your footsteps?

  1. Be open-minded to other cultures and learning new things.
  2. Try learning the new language asap, preferably before you even arrive here, and appreciate the opportunity of living in a multi-cultural city- it does get interesting.
  3. Choose your neighbourhood properly, avoid outskirts if you don’t have a car for example.
  4. Get used to bureaucracy as it’s just easier this way.
  5. Finally, don’t forget to get your mutuelle ( health insurance) as getting sick is easy in here, so make sure you’re getting reimbursed!

Tell us a bit about your own expat blog.
Brussels Life Beauty is a work in progress, actually. At first, I thought of it as some sort of a diary and I shared it only with a few of my closest friends. But their support and enthusiasm made me want to write it even more and share it with broader audience. I try to post daily about all the things that interest me, or if I simply want to vent There’s plenty of Brussels-related stuff in here, but also posts about beauty and life in general.

How can you be contacted for further advice to future expats coming to your area?
I am always checking my email, so either that at brusselslifebeauty{at}gmail{dot}com or on Twitter @shinethroughme Let’s be in touch!

Barbara blogs at http://www.brusselslifebeauty.blog.com/ which we recommend a quick visit if you haven’t been already. Brussels Life Beauty has an ExpatsBlog.com listing here so add a review if you like! If you appreciated this interview with Barbara, please also drop her a quick comment below.

Do you love your job & why not? ;)

14 Nov

Work

Work is energy
that is channeled
into an activity.

Life is work.

All work
is beneficial to you
and to others.

You are always working.
It isn’t defined
by your gender
job role income.

Your value isn’t
because of your work.
It is because you are you.

Sometimes you will like
the work you do
sometimes you won’t.
Sometimes it is altruistic
sometimes it is just
getting the job done.

If you participate
in your work
without griping
and if you stay connected
to your joyful existence
you can be Truly Happy.

Your resistance to work
is your resistance
to being alive.

There is no retirement
there is only death.

When you define work
as a way of experiencing
total aliveness
your ‘work life’ becomes
True Happiness.

May you be truly happy!

Excerpt From: Tai Sheridan, Ph.D. “Secrets of True Happiness.” Tai Sheridan, Ph.D. iBooks.

This beautiful text has inspired me to write a post about work.

How often do we find ourselves complaining about it, telling a friend how we wish we’d be doing something else…

I am positive that there’s plenty of us out there who complain about their jobs pretty much on a daily basis.

And truthfully, there always seems to be something wrong with what we do for a living. It’s either too dull, too repetitive or doesn’t fulfil our creative side.

Often, too, we find ourselves as complete outsiders at the work place, as we don’t like the people we work with or we just don’t have much in common.

Other times, we really hate what we do but we like our colleagues and consider them to be our friends….

The again, perhaps you are one of the few people out there who actually enjoy what they do for a living and wouldn’t change it for the world?!

There is plenty of individual situations, but any way you look at things, work is essential to our survival. Sad as it might be for some, it’s a fact and there’s just no point in disputing it.

The job you do now can be something you were trained to do, or you were just forced to learn it on the spot. Your education may or may not have something to do with what you do nowadays…

Whatever your situation, there are days when you just don’t feel like going to work and calling in sick seems like the only fair option ;)

Trust me, It happens to all of us, even the best of us, I daresay!

My question for you is : What do you do then? Do you push yourself and still go? Or do you think that your body is smarter than you are and if it’s telling you not to work, you won’t do it ;)

Let me know and in the meantime, Happy Wednesday, everyone!

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