Probably the best part of Christmas is gift wrapping (okay, okay, perhaps after spending time with family, the food, the actual gifts…). I honestly could imagine to have a gift wrapping station at some point in my life. I think it’s sooooo much fun to match some nice quality wrapping paper with funny bows, ribbons, ornaments and name tags. And yes, I have to admit that I even spend an entire Sunday evening watching YouTube movies about gift wrapping (see here and here).
I know, I probably should find a hobby or something. But I really think that one of the greatest things about Christmas, is to give somebody you care for a present that you have put time and effort in (hence the Christmas shopping in November). I don’t think that Christmas presents have to be expensive or big, but just something that you know the other person would really appreciate. And who wouldn’t appreciate something that comes in such a pretty wrap?
I honestly hate doing my Christmas shopping in December, I always get so irritated when the shops are loaded with people and when you have to queue up to pay. So I try to buy everything around November or online (even better!). But somehow I still ended up buying some stuff this month and while doing that I also ended up buying something for myself (oopsie daisy).
When I saw that Nars released a palette with their most popular blushes I couldn’t resist (especially because Sephora had a 20% offer). The palette includes:
Devotee Highlighting Blush (New Shade, Alabaster Glow)
Mistinguette Blush (New Shade, Bright Pink)
Orgasm Blush (Peachy Pink with Golden Shimmer)
Laguna Bronzer (Brown Powder with Golden Shimmer)
Deep Throat Blush (Sheer Peach)
Goulue Blush (New Shade, Fleshy Pink)
And while I already had the Orgasm blush (great for going out) and the Laguna bronzer (great to contour with), I really wanted to try the Deep Throat Blush and this one already costs around 200 dkk (26 euro) for a single blush and the entire palette costed “only” 350 kr (46 euro). So I would have been a fool to not buy it (don’t you also love how girls justify their buys) and on top of it, it’s a lot easier to transport when travelling (all these excuses..). But look at it, you have to agree with me, I could not not-buy this, right?!
The last couple of months this blog has been bleeding slowly to death, my camera has been laying around the apartment without seeing any day-light and my mind has been on a non-blog state. But I miss blogging. I miss writing down what I experience, I miss seeing writing opportunities in all the fun stuff around me, I miss having a legit reason to make pictures of my food (without looking too Asian), I miss being more active in the blogger community (I still read all you blogs though), I miss getting feedback on my blogs from all of you and in general I miss trying to get this blog to the next level.
There were multiple reasons why I lost interest in blogging. As said before, I detested the previous theme, but with help from Glenn from Some Quality Meat the theme is a lot more “me” now. There is still a lot I want to change, but at least there’s a start and I don’t hate it so much anymore that it makes me not wanna write. Another thing that has been daunting me is my written language on the blog. While I do think (or at least hope) that I’m fluent in English, it will always be my second language. I think I would be better in writing my personal opinions and experiences in my mother tongue Dutch. But having lived abroad for the better part of the last 4 years, having made a lot of friends from all over the globe, I feel that I would either loose a lot of readers OR I wouldn’t be able to communicate things that are especially interesting for those who are living in Copenhagen. I’m still not completely sure what to do with the language, but for now I will just continue writing in English.
Besides that, everything is all cool. These round balls are called “æbleskiver” and it’s a mixture between the Dutch “poffertjes” and “oliebollen”. I wasn’t really fond of it previous years, but they definitely grow on me.
Are you ready for Christmas?
I’m a sucker for holiday traditions, so even though it is a mindfuck to see that there’s already a lot of Christmas decoration in Copenhagen (oh-no-you-didnt just do that before Sinterklaas) I welcome every other tradition that comes with it!
So when I heard about “J-dag” I was half intrigued and half mortified. On J-dag the Danes celebrate the launch of the Christmas beer . So 1. there is something like Christmas beer, more than a “WTF!” I can’t even say.. 2. there is a special day to honour it.. (oh, those Danes..) 3. to make it even funnier, there is also a P-dag – where the easter (påske) beer is being released and honoured.
Ofcourse it’s nothing more than a marketing tool for the mighty Carlsberg to sell more of their Christmas beer (which is a darker ale that is supposed to be a better combo with all Christmas food), but it’s still a pretty fun occasion! Trucks filled with Santa’s helpers and beer drive through the city and at exactly 20:59 they will enter all the bars while Jingle Bells is being played to give away some free beer and Christmas goodies. CUTE!
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