Five Things Friday: July 13th

Happy Friday the 13th Friends!

Don’t fear – We have a cheerful post ahead 😊 A week filled with sunshine, sea and smiles in Croazia!

REUNITED

Reunited with my GRANDE crew! 🀩 The last time Cheryl, Sofie an I were all together was in Amsterdam for VidCon. Each time we reunite it is like we have never spent any time apart. I am always so thankful the Universe brought me these Euro-YouTube Life-Genuine-GRANDE-friendships. 🧑

 

Au Naturale

Even a year ago when I spent the summer backpacking Europe I felt very self-conscious about not wearing any makeup.

Makeup been a ritual every morning for me since I began experimenting with it as a teenager (Yup, experimenting is the right word – you bet I wore thick, black eyeliner on the bottom lid). Because I wore makeup more often than not – through school, corporate life, travel life – I don’t think I fully knew what I looked like without it, nor was I entirely comfortable without it.

When I moved back to Rome at the end of January (this year) I began to practice not wearing makeup every day. This sparked from being so relieved to have my Visa in hand and feeling grateful for the Universe working it all out in my favour that I took a big, long, reflective look in the mirror… and noticed that I looked absolutely exhausted.

It was a long trek back to Rome after living out of a suitcase for 8 Months – being fog-locked, having flights cancelled, snow storms – I saw it all – I suppose you could say it was the storm before the calm.

In that reflective moment in the mirror I decided it was time to give my skin a break, my face a break, myself a serious break. I needed to see my glow come back (I was in my favourite city after all! β˜€οΈ) From then on and in present times I only wear makeup when I have a special occasion or genuinely feel like being creative with my appearance. It has allowed for a new respect for myself to blossom. Every day I am more comfortable with me because on a visual level I see me more. Makeup might sound silly to some of you, but for me letting go of it more regularly has allowed for a lot more clarity, not only in my skin, but for me too.

 

Spritzin’ with Penelope!

This week was full of laughter and Penelope was definitely responsible for some good bursts of it! πŸ˜œπŸ¦„ I think we all need to be a kid now and again. I’m happy I was able to let go of responsibilities and worries on this trip (for the most part) and live in the moment… I felt like a kid again and it was special because I realize it’s been far too long. I’m sorry for not posting on YouTube this week – I will be back again soon ❀️

 

Hula Hula in HVAR

This. Is. Us. πŸ€£πŸ˜„ More and more laughter here in Hvar πŸ“Έ We had a grande night out – dancing by the sea, sharing a giant mojito and enjoying one of the best sunsets I have ever seen 🌞These moments will live in my memories forever. Thanks for making this trip so grande Amores!

 

Thank-you MedSailors!

Thank you so much to MedSailors for the amazing week at sea 😊 A week exploring Croatia with our Captain Jo and the MedSailors crew was the perfect combination of adventure, relaxation, touring and fun! β˜€οΈ I can’t wait to share my Travel Diaries with you. Croatia has so much natural beauty, I know you’re going to love it! For anyone wanting to explore the beautiful parts of this world by the sea MedSailors offers tours in Croatia, Greece, Italy, Turkey and the Caribbean! 🀩 I can’t wait to see more of this world by boat! ⛡️

*Special thanks again to MedSailors for sponsoring this holiday & post.

xx Zo

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