Five Things I Learned and Loved: March

It has come to that time again, where I tell you the five things I learned and loved the previous month. March was a pretty busy one, what with fully settling into the new flat, Easter, lots of work, and improving on my social media performance, so here we go:

Easter

Easter in itself was pretty chilled for me, as none of my family live near me and I did not have the spare money to visit anyone (Florence holiday coming up and all). My flatmate went home for a short while, so I just relaxed and recuperated from a nasty flu that I’d been battling. I’m still not back to 100% now, but getting there day by day.

Either way, my easter egg from Hotel Chocolat was fantastic! I opted for a dark chocolate (70% cocoa) one, which I’ve not even finished eating yet (see Lent Challenge Section)! I loved the little pralines that came with it, so obviously I’ve eaten all of those:

 Five Things I Learned and Loved: Easter Egg

Completing the Lent Challenge

As some of you may know, I undertook a challenge for lent this year, to see if I could last without eating sugar for 40 days. Of course this came with some caveats, so I did still eat certain kinds of sugar, but most of the bad stuff was cut out.

All-in-all I’m quite proud of myself for managing to do so well, as I did go through the entire 40-day period without having any of the sugars I was not allowed to have! Now, after completing the challenge, I feel better, I’ve lost a bit of weight and best of all, I don’t have any ridiculous sugar cravings. I am actually able to eat small pieces of cake without wanting to eat the whole thing! There’s an easter egg in my room which I have yet to finish eating as I just don’t fancy it that much. I would recommend for anyone to undertake a challenge like this (even if it’s not for lent, but just a general 40 day period), it really resets your body and helps you feel much better!

Samsung NX500

I recently purchased a new camera (the Samsung NX500), and sold my old DSLR (a Nikon D3200). The reason for this is that I wanted a compact system camera as it would be much easier to carry around than a big bulky DSLR. Additionally, the megapixels on the Samsung are much higher, and the camera performs much better.

I’ve taken it out on a few occasions, but haven’t gotten very many good pictures (due to lack of opportunity as opposed to camera issues) but here is one shot I quite liked:

Five Things I Learned and Loved: Samsung Camera

New Reading Material

I recently purchased 4 different books from Amazon, if you remember as part of my post on organising your life I had a section on educating the mind. I therefore bought the following:

  • Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  • It by Alexa Chung
  • #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
  • How to be Parisian: Wherever You Are by Anne Berest

So far, I’m about 90% through How to Be Parisian: Wherever You Are, and I’m loving it. It is a small glimpse into the life of a Parisienne, and it does give some great tips in terms of how a Parisienne should (or does) behave, and the reasons behind it. If you ever wanted to uncover the mystery that is the Parisienne, I suggest giving this whitty little book a read, it is pretty good (and perfect for a long commute)!Five Things I Learned and Loved: Books

Shopping Spree

Last month was a really stressful one for me, work has been crazy and I found out some things in my personal life which left me feeling less than happy. As a result, I figured I needed a nice big shopping spree to take my mind off of the other areas in my life, and to inject some life into my wardrobe.

I added a pair of pointy, black kitten heels from Zara to my wardrobe, along with a cute high-waisted and knee length skirt with blue and black stripes, a black waterfall jacked with faux leather sleeves, a couple of pairs of cropped jeggings, a denim dress, some long necklaces, and few few long-sleeved and short-sleeved shirts. I’m now one happy lady! I have not yet worn all of my new clothes, however the bits I have worn have actually gotten some compliments (especially the little denim dress). Much like every other woman, I do love a little confidence boost every once in a while, so that definitely hit the spot!

As always, thank you for reading Coffee Guaranteed! x

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