L’été bohémienne

Finally summer is here!!! How hard we work all year for this break.

So far my time off have been spent beach hopping around beautiful New Zealand. Starting in the coromandel at Whangamata and finishing in the Bay of Plenty at Mount Maunganui.

How amazing it is to just relax, forget what day it is and live unplanned.

Whangamata was spent in an RV with my parents which just makes the bohemian summer all the more real.

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RV with car and kayaks in tow

Wines were poured and adventures were had. Not to mention that nostalgic feeling you get on a family holiday.

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Whangamata beach, New Zealand

Whangamata was shopping heaven with harem pants EVERYWHERE. I was like a kid in a candy shop.

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The next stop, Mount Maunganui, is a favourite. Though a bit more city like and less back road beach, I am privileged to stay with my other mum right by a beach access and town. I also get to be the owner of a pretty gorgeous rottweiler for a few days!!

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Mount Maunganui.

There’s nothing better after Christmas than daily motivation to walk and Mount Maunganui is full of beautiful places to walk to.

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Cuddles with Coco

I live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Filled with friendly people and breath taking scenery.

Back to work on Monday but summer is still here for 2 months. Weekend explorations coming my way.

Bye for now

Karima

Xx

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Change Up

How hard it is to get back into the swing of things after a bit of a break. Unfortunately a break also means a break in routine. I am struggling to find motivation for the gym. I see inspirational pics…run in there ready to do a huge workout and then all of a sudden that surge fizzles out. It could be the fact that people are taking selfies in the mirrors while sitting on a bench that I need to use….or the 10 minute intervals between sets on the equipment. It could also be the sardine can layout when doing floor work. My tolerance for all of the above is so low.

I decided I needed to change it up…What better way to relax than throwing some yoga into the mix. I was sad to see the exorbitant prices for yoga classes in Auckland and so it was a thrill to find out that there is a weekly lunch time class (for the whopping price of $8) …AT MY WORKPLACE. How had I not heard about this before?! Wednesday is the perfect day for a stretch, deep breathing and relaxation. How my demeanor has changed just by adding in an hour of yoga a week. I definitely recommend it to every gym bunny out there (yes boys too). It’s not a strenuous workout but it works out parts that don’t get used. It has strengthened my back and core and stretched out all the overworked parts of me!

Definitely can’t wait for yoga tomorrow!!!

Yoga pants from Lululemon

Yoga pants from Lululemon

Make Me Up

I am having one of those days where unfortunately my skin just won’t play ball (I am generally pretty lucky and have been a bit slack looking after it). Thankfully, after 8 and a bit years of wearing make up I have finally found products that make my skin look and feel great. This post is for those of you with sensitive skin (If my face doesn’t like something it flares up instantly to let me know). Because of the sensitive and high maintenance nature of my skin I try to use all natural products and thanks to a growing market for chemical free products we are not short of choice!

1. Instablur All-In-One from The Body Shop:

Miracle Cream

This stuff is AMAZING, unfortunately it is a bit expensive but I just apply it to areas where the pores need some extra hiding. It also has a tendency to fall off my finger and disappear down the drain but I’ve learnt to just apply it in small amounts and have my finger close to my face when squeezing it out of the tube.

2. Moisture Foundation from The Body Shop:

This is my absolute favorite foundation and provided it isn’t discontinued I will be using this when I’m 80! It is gentle on my skin and a small amount provides terrific coverage! One 30ml container can last me over 6 months (I remember the shop assistant telling me this and me totally writing it off as a sales tact). This product is godsend for people with dry, sensitive skin. It isn’t heavy and my skin can still breathe with it on, it feels like I’m not wearing make up at all.

3. All-In-One Face Base from The Body Shop:

You guessed it…I’m a massive Body Shop fan!!! This powder is the trick to not having to reapply my makeup throughout the day, no more panic when I look in my handbag and my makeup bag isn’t there. This powder is durable and ensures that I’m flawless for the day (I don’t have very oily skin which also helps). It goes on evenly and blends easily. I apply with a powder brush rather than the provided sponge because I prefer lighter coverage.

4. Highlighter from The Body Shop:

This is probably the one Body Shop product that I’m not enamored with. It highlights but I find that I need to use quite a bit to get that real highlighted effect. I apply with a brush and apply two layers in between my foundation and powder, if I’m trying to get a bit more effect from it I’ll dab a little under my eyes after my makeup is done.

5 & 6. Baked-To-Last Bronzer and Blush from The Body Shop:

Baked-To-Last Bronzer

These two are on the expensive side for a bronzer and a blush but again they last forever.The bronzer blends so well and doubles as a highlighter so it gives an extra glow. Both products are good graduating products (the more you apply the darker/brighter they are) this is especially good for me because I’m not a huge blush user, it gives my cheeks a perfect little flush. Another two products I will be using when I’m 80!

7. Eye Shadow Primer and Pigment Eye Shadow from Madison Street Beauty:

Champagne – My absolute fave shade

Unfortunately this company is no longer in existence, I did manage to stock up before they shut up shop. Their products were all natural and vegan so nice for me and nice for all little critters in the world. My favorite shade, champagne, is a glittery gold,bronze that is always met with compliments. When applied on top of the primer it really stands out. The primer ensures durability and again means I don’t have to reapply. Although Madison Street Beauty is no more there are many similar companies on Etsy. I’ll definitely be trying them when I run out of my stockpile.

8. Scandal Eyes Retroglam Mascara by Rimmel:

My fave mascara, no eyeliner needed and gives a perfect twiggy eye every time. This one really makes eyes stand out!

9. Lip and Cheek Stain from Model Co:

I use the Rosy Red shade and the Blushing Pink shade. Lip stains are a must have for me, I rarely have a nude lip and these are great on their own or under a lipstick to boost the shade. They don’t wear off and can last for hours, I love the Model Co ones because they are great matched with lipstick and have stick-ability. The brush applicator makes for no mess and precision application.

These are the treasures I need to have in my make up bag to make me look and feel flawless all day long and they are perfect in any season!!! I only need to apply a small amount for day wear and top it up for a night out!

Until next time

xx

2014 Was My Year To Grow!

2014 brought with it a new job, new city and of course a new wardrobe. I was thrown a lot of curve balls and learned so so much. It was my year to go out on my own and find my feet in a new city and a new role!!! I have to say 2014 had a lot of hidden lessons and positives. My love life took a hit but it was just the push I needed to find my 23 year old determination and independence. I got on a fit buzz and pushed myself far beyond my comfort zone.

Here are some snaps from my year just gone.

1. I graduated!!! I officially have a law degree and a degree in political science…5 years of hard work officially came to fruition!!!

The graduate

The graduate

2. I moved!!! I made a move to a new city away from my family and friends. I got an amazing new job and have gained some invaluable experience!!! I am living an awesome urban life living in the city centre!!!

New Home!!!

New Home!!!

View from my lounge

Morning walk to work

3. I jumped on the fitness bandwagon. I made some huge lifestyle changes that resulted in a big confidence boost.


Post workout

Post workout

Fit style

Fit style

My melbourne cup day...turned my wine into water

My melbourne cup day…turned my wine into water

4. I fell in love…and back out again. 2014 was the year of heartbreak for me…that heartbreak that makes you realise you didn’t really love anyone until you met him. The same heartbreak pushed me out into the world beyond my comfort zone and was the biggest lesson and motivation.IMG_20140327_110644 IMG_20140918_0248255. I reached some personal shopping goals…My wardrobe hit a whole new high…and my bank account reached a whole new low. This has led to 2015 being the year of better financial management and savings goals! Below are some 2014 faves!!

Cue

A bit more Cue

A little mor Asos

A little Asos

Some Oasis from Asos

Some Oasis from Asos (Yes I actually owned shoes in the exact colour to match)

Some Tony Bianco

And Beau Coops X Karen Walker

Now onto a 2015 full of potential. I will strive to succeed, be kind, stay humble and never forget how lucky I am to have a life full of endless opportunity. Each day I will wake up and remind myself of this.

Until next time

xx

2015 is all about ME

Each year I seem to make resolutions to do more of what makes ME happy. This year I’m determined to stick to it. My number one resolution is to blog blog blog. If I can outfit post on Instagram then I can surely find the time to blog!!!

Watch this space…Dream La Vie Boheme is back in action!!!!

Polka Dot Princess

I am so in love with polka dots at the moment. If it has polka dots I am bound to buy it. Whilst in Palmerston North visiting family I stumbled across a cute little number in an op shop (it cost a huge $6. I really broke the bank on that one haha).

At a recent 21st I decided to wear this dress teemed with some cute stockings and a bowler hat:

Dress: Op Shop. Stockings: Glassons Hat: Cotton On

Surprisingly this is one of my dresses that gets the most compliments. It goes to show that expensive is not always the best!!

Hope everyone is enjoying a fun 2013 so far.

Until next time

xx

Summer Stripes

The sun is shining and summer is well on its way. This has inspired me to but NAUTICAL STRIPES!!! I have blue and white, black and white…even apricot and white. I think this summer is going to be all about white. I also found some gorgeous white mollini flatforms for a huge $37NZD (Down for $200 I might add) from Shoe Connection. I love the flowing fashions and coulours coming in this season.

Sorry about the selfie but you get the idea haha I’m curently home alone and so photographer-less :/. Unfortunately just as I write about the nice weather the clouds roll in (classic Waikato…4 seasons in a day). Still I’m determined to rock this outfit and so I’ll be braving the cold!! Beauty knows no pain right?

Time to head out

Until next time

x