Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Personal Tuesday

I know, I know. I missed my Personal Tuesday for the last two weeks. I haven't had much to write about apart from my unhappiness in Germany, being stuck in limbo and not knowing what is coming next. I had lots of good news last week and I am so glad everything seems a bit more promising now. I feel a lot happier already. I got to the point where I actually stopped believing in myself. Every job application came back with the feedback that I am too young or I was rejected because I am not a native speaker.

This week will be a rather exciting week for me though. Today I am flying to Qatar for a second interview and on Friday to Milan. I am more optimistic now and I have every reason to be. It's about time that I get my life in order again, I have gained 20lbs since December (Yes, not kidding!) and I need to start working out again. My diet is horrible and my weight isn't the only issue because of it. My skin got worse and I actually got some eczema on my arms.

Staying with my family is not easy. They are lovely and they support me, but they are so incredible narrow minded and ignorant in many things. I have different views on many things, I don't expect others to have the same but my family does. When I disagree and try to get my point of view across I am arrogant and feel superior. I don't want to argue with them, it is my family after all but no, I just can't stay in Germany, especially not in Cologne. When I had two potential jobs here, I thought, yes, maybe it's a good idea to be close to friends and family, however, I am really glad now I am trying to find work outside Germany, preferably outside Europe. Being too close to my family is just not good for me, after all there is a reason why I moved to London many many years ago.

My family can not understand the nature of my job, after all I am not formally qualified yet my wages are much higher than people who work in the public sector in Germany, lawyers and even most doctors. Those professions are just an example. I have to explain on a daily basis, why I am earning that kind of money, that my job is a career job and that I don't need an apprenticeship or Ausbildung as well call it in Germany.

I am planning to work and live in Doha, should I get the job there. Chances are 50/50, but I keep my hope down. I don't want to be disappointed again.  My grandmother had never heard of Doha or Qatar until I told her about it YET she insists that every woman has to be covered up there including her face. I tell her otherwise, but no I am wrong and she is right. You know, my grandmother knows everything about Qatar. EVERYTHING! I guess my friend Moni who lived in Doha for two years must have lived in a different Doha then or she lied to me. What can I say.

Then we argued last week about butter and margarine. What should you eat? What makes you fat? What is better for your heart? I eat butter. Butter is good for me, yet my grandmother believes that butter makes me fat and eating margarine is good for me. So I send her a link to a website in German from a health organisation that writes about why exactly society was made to believe that butter is bad for us and we were told to consume margarine. My grandmother replies I am presumptuous and that the best thing is to not eat butter AND margarine. Oh well, you can't really win, can you? Maybe it's best just to give up on it and only discuss those kind of matters with like minded people. I could go on with things my grandmother insists are right, because that's how she learnt it but I would bore you.

I am heading to the airport at 6am, so I am staying up tonight so that I can sleep on the plane. I am flying with Qatar Airways from Frankfurt to Doha. So, I will probably tweet and Instagram while I am there. Wish me luck!

Monday, 9 February 2015

Getting better skin in 2015

I didn't make a list with New Year's resolutions. I used to make them every year and so far I didn't stick to many of the things I wrote down on the list. However, I really want 2015 to be the year of getting healthier on the inside and outside.

My skin is terrible at the moment and while I never battled with acne during puberty, my skin regularly breaks out. I have tried many products in the past and I think it's time to let a professional help me with my spots.

There are many skin clinics in the UK and when you search for one on the internet, you get easily overwhelmed with all results on the internet. I really want to best for my skin and only one of the leading clinics in the country would be my choice. Sk:n is exactly that. Their staff is highly medically trained ahead of many other clinics providing skin care in the UK.

Sk:n was founded in 1990 in Harrogate in a private clinic. Their initial specialism was in port wine stain removal and the company invested in the highest grade lasers on the market. Today, after a quarter of a century, no one offers more specialised skin treatments than Sk:n. The company offers a wide range of services from acne treatments, tattoo removals and even facial resurfacing.

It doesn't matter if you live in Aberdeen or in Portsmouth, the company as a broad network of clinics with opening hours up to 9pm and are home to more leading consultant dermatologists, doctors, plastic surgeons, nurses or therapists than any other dermatology service provider.

For me it is always very important, how long a company has been in business, especially when it involves my health and flawless skin is a sign of good health. Sk:n clinics have been in business for such a long time and its high customer loyalty and satisfaction scores speak for themselves.

I have horrible acne spots, sometimes less and sometimes more, but especially around the chin area I can do what I want and it doesn't make a change. The Sk:inclinic's website does not only provide information about the different treatments, but also about the conditions themselves. I learned that spots associated with acne can affect 80 per cent of people aged between 11 and 30. That is more than I thought and shows even more how important it is to spread the word. I would classify my acne spots as mild to moderate at times, but if you are unsure a specialist can diagnose the type and severity of your acne.

So what is the best treatment for acne spots? Of course, this would depend on the type of acne you have and it's great that the clinic offers a free sk:n acne consultation. An expert practitioner will be able to diagnose the condition where the colour of your skin, the texture, lesions and secretions are checked. Only then a treatment will be recommended. I think this gives great reassurance. Recommended for acne treatments are medical grade peels, the peels help by exfoliating the top layers of skin and preventing pores from becoming clogged. The peels vary in strength and include Salicylic, Jessner, Pyruvic and Glycolic options. If you suffer from acne spots like me, have a look on the treatments offered here.

You can find more information about the company and the services offered at www.sknclinics.co.uk.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Sophie Ellis-Bextor for Phase Eight

Ever since 'Murder on the Dance Floor' was in the German charts in 2001 I have been a Sophie Ellis Bextor fan. In 2012 and without my knowledge I was actually inside her house in West London, meeting her children and talking about Power Rangers with them. I also always admired the collection of Phase Eight, but as I always tried to lose weight I couldn't justify the price tag. When I heard that Sophie-Ellis Bextor is the new face of Phase Eight, I got very excited and couldn't wait to tell you all about it. Luckily I can spread the word now as the collection was officially launched today.

Sophie will front the Phase Eight campaign for spring summer 2015. The successful singer and songwriter has worked with the brand to create a beautiful and stylish campaign that 'epitomises the feminitiy and elegance of the premium womenswear brand'.

The collection consists of 22 pieces, twelve dresses in pretty lace, floral prints and a colour palette from blush pinks to vibrant reds, purples and greens. Styles range from the fifties inspired, Ninette fit-and-flare dress (above) with eye-catching paint stroke floras to the fitted Elodine dress (below) with its modern rose placement pink that will work just as great in the office as it does for a fancy night out.

Each look is completed with beautiful jewellery, heels and clutchbags. Sophie comments: ‘This collection provides perfect outfit solutions for summer weddings and garden parties where you always want to feel special and unique. I love how the collection exudes feminine and stylish dressing’.

Judith Bremmer, Director of Phase Eight, says ‘Sophie is the ultimate Phase Eight woman – she is successful, confident, loves fashion and interprets it to work for her own personal style. She relates well to our customers who aspire to wear dresses that are elegant, flattering and versatile and our full collection offers beautiful and contemporary designs with unique prints and feminine shapes that meet their full wardrobe requirements’.

Phase Eight celebrates a hugely succesful time with the launch of the new collection. The brand has grown worldwide, the number of stores and concessions has risen to over 400 across the globe. Lee Harlow, Managing Director says ‘Having Sophie as a brand ambassador demonstrates how far the Phase Eight success story has come. We have become a prominent and favourite go-to brand, not only on the great British High Street but worldwide. We are so proud of our unique collections that offer women the opportunity to look and feel amazing and it’s great to have Sophie working with us to showcase the very best of what we do and offer’.

My personal favourite dress of the collection is the Chantay Rose Dress as seen above. I always had a bias for dresses with kimono sleeves and floral prints, so combining both is a win win.

Let me know what you think about the collection. You can see the entire collection here.