Month: August 2017

“The 7 habits of highly effective people” by Stephen Covey – animated book

Whoever you are and whatever you do, “The 7 habits of highly effective people” is a must-read for everyone. It’s long and it’s tedious, but it’s worth your time and effort. I read it many years ago, and if I analyse my successes they happened when I applied all / most of the habits listed by Stephen Covey. If you read the book and need a reminder of what those habits are or if you haven’t and want a small glimpse into the content, there is a great short video on YouTube that sums it up nicely. However good the short video is, please do read the book if you haven’t. There’s a reason why nearly 400 pages cannot fit into a 7-minute video, and that is because those pages are a fount of wisdom that a snapshot can never be,

Unimpressed: Dior Addict Lip Tattoo

We need to talk. About Dior. Because its recent launch is so underwhelming that it hurts to type these words. I wanted to love Dior Addict Lip Tattoo very much, I really did, I was so looking forward to enjoying it. Just how sexy is this description on their site? Dior Addict Lip Tattoo, the first long wear lip tint by Dior, is about to shake up your makeup routine. With its 10-hour hold*, comfortable formula and weightless “no transfer” finish, the colour fuses to the lips like a tattoo just seconds after application.  Yes, please! And when you first apply it, it looks awesome. This is 771 Natural Berry: I would kiss myself if I could, that’s how good it is right on the application. Vibrant, with a hint of gloss but yet matt enough to look like “my lips but so much better”. But things begin to change very quickly. The “the colour fuses to the lips like a tattoo just seconds after application” promise is fulfilled, but not in a good way …

Light and easy: beetroot salad with goat cheese

This salad is perfect for days when you want something easy, quick and healthy.  It’s light and full of flavour and boast a yummy texture but also filling enough to help you last until dinner. Ingredients: 250 gr of cooked baby beetroots 75 gr of soft goat cheese a bunch of fresh basil leaves a handful of pine kernels 1 tbs of olive oil 2 tbs of balsamic vinegar juice of half lemon Preparation: Cut the beetroots into wedges into a bowl; Crumble the goat cheese and add to the beetroots; Tear basil leaves and add to to the bowl; Add olive oil, balsamic vinegar and lemon juice; Give it a light mix; Sprinkle pine kernels on top; And enjoy!

If only the dodo had learnt to fly

“In the early 1680s, at just about the time that Edmond Halley and his friend Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke were settling down in a London coffee house and embarking on the casual wager that would result eventually in Isaac Newton’s Principia, Henry Cavendish’s weighing of the undertakings that have occupied us for the past four hundred or so pages, a rather less desirable milestone was being passed on the island of Mauritius, far out in the Indian Ocean some 1,300 kilometres off the east coast of Madagascar. There, some forgotten sailor or sailor’s pet was hurrying to death the last of the dodos, the famously flightless bird whose dim but trusting nature and lack of leggy zip made it a rather irresistible target for bored young tars on shore leave. Millions of years of peaceful isolation had not prepared it for the erratic and deeply unnerving behaviour of human beings. We don’t know precisely the circumstances, or even the year, attending the last moments of the last dodo, so we don’t know which arrived …

Life lessons I’ve learnt by 33

Before my 33rd birthday earlier this year, I wanted to write something smart like “33 life lessons I’ve learnt by 33”, but couldn’t get past 15 without going into a mental meltdown. It didn’t feel right to force myself to state the obvious just because I wanted to hit a certain number. I mean, at 33, I know better than to say things just for the sake of saying things because that’s what I did in my twenties. It never impressed anyone then, so why would it now? So I relaxed, poured a glass of wine and pondered – what did I learn that I would gladly teach my younger self? Not that my younger self would listen, but… 30 is not the new 20 Getting older and old is uninspiring, and I can perfectly understand why no 20-something wants to think about building a lifelong career, getting serious about a relationship or opening a savings account, when they’ve just broken free from parents and teachers. I was that 20-something myself and I wanted to …