Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Lucky Birthday + OOTD/ FOTD- Lucky in Blue!

Hey Guys!!

Hope you are all doing well!

In light of my lucky birthday, I wanted to dedicate this post to one of the best days of my life and also an OOTD/ FOTD I took for you!

As a person, I kind of make a big deal of birthdays, be it my own birthday and others' birthdays.I know many people who eagerly waited for their 16th or 18th birthday, I on the other hand waited for my lucky birthday! Apart from that, I love the date I was born on, 24/7 since I always joke around that my birthday is 24 hours, 7 days a week, lame I know ;)

My birthday was jam packed with activities. One of my most dearest friends, Reb from Island of Make Believe came all the way down from Gozo to spend the day with me, as an excuse to get me out of the house for my Surprise Party... more on that later!

We spent a great day, first an awesome birthday lunch at Jalie's and then we headed to Sliema for some shopping and Macaroons!! 

After the day was up, I was picked up by my boyfriend and taken to his house to change and get ready for a night out! Since coming back from London, I have been mentioning a particular dress I bought which is probably my most daring outfits in my wardrobe, so knowing my lovely boyfriend, he made me wear that dress! Check out my OOTD/ FOTD below!

Paradis Cut out Dress from TKMaxx London
New Look Chandelier earrings
New Look Leopard Pumps
Jane Norman Gold Envelope Clutch
Forever 21 Gold Bangle London

During my party, I actually wore another pair of shoes, reason being that after blindfolding me, my boyfriend decided to take off my shoes and put on my scariest pair of heels, Black platform heels from New Look! Check out my final outfit below!

With regards to my make up, I went for a subtle black & blue smokey eye.

Catrice Prime & Fine
Essence Soul Sista Limited Edition Bronzing Gel in 01 Shake your Booty
NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Green
Make Up Store Cover All in Blue
Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + in 25
e.l.f Cosmetics HD Powder
Make Up Store Blush in Fresh Rose
Mac Fix +

Mac Eyeshadow in Brule
Mac Eyeshadow in Gesso
NYX Jumbo Eyepencil in 601 Black Bean
Mac Hello Kitty Limited edition Palette Too Dolly- Stately Black
Catrice Limited Edition London Collection Palette- City Hall
NYX Eye/Eyebrow Pencil in Black
Catrice Glamour Doll Mascara
essence Eyebrow Stylist Set

Mac Milan Mode Lipstick

I hope you liked this outfit! Check out a few of my favourite photos from my party!

Blindfolded and wearing huge star glasses!
Seeing my fantastic cake for the first time!
The Make Up Cake!
Group Photo!
Receiving a personalized card from my boyfriend and my first "fake" present
My Favourite picture of the night!
Receiving a card in Spanish stating that I am going to Barcelona!!!
Thank you to everyone who made my day awesome! Thank you to all my friends who came for my party, Reb for keeping with with me nagging for a whole day :-p, my Mum for all the patience and setting up of the party together with my brother's girlfriend Lorraine, and last but not least my awesome boyfriend for making all of this happen!

Until next time!

Martina XOXO

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Diet Diaries- Update 10- Let's Do This!

Hey Guys!

Another two weeks, another Diet Diaries!

If you haven't seen my last update, check it out here:
or else see my whole journey here: 
you can also check out my instagram for daily-ish updates of my food choices: 

These two weeks were quite relaxed full of celebration! I am now officially 24 and back to the weight I was on my eighteenth birthday!

You can imagine that with my birthday, a lot of sinning came with it, I'm not saying I sinned fully but I did sin a bit more than usual, youch!

I am seriously terrified of the weighing scales tomorrow, however, after going up to Gozo for a weekend (Malta's sister island for all my lovely foreign readers) and seeing size 10 skinny jeans fitting like a glove, I felt a bit better!

It kinda gets frustrating, the last few kilos, seeing people stuff their faces with really good things, let me paint a picture for you, hearing people saying how good your birthday cake is and just smiling along because you just had a tinsy bit and have no idea how good it actually tastes. Ok you may say I am going a bit overboard, however, seeing how far I have come, I do not want to give up now, more than ever. This is probably the best accomplishment I have made in my life, something I have struggled with my entire teen/adult life, so NO I will not throw all this away!

I have tried to take some pictures, however, most of the meals are mainly eating out! Enjoy!

One of the best salads I have ever tasted!
Sunday Lunch!
Pasta day!
Birthday Lunch! 
Birthday Snack with Reb!
My Fantabulous Cake!
Chicken Curry Wrap!
Ribeye + Veg- Take Out
Rice Krispies <3
Yummy burger- Didn't eat all of the chips though!
Best Chicken I have ever tasted prepared by my good friend!
Yummy Pasta!
Impromptu Dinner Date with Marija Pocalocca and her Hubs
Last but not least I wanted to share a picture of the t-shirt my boyfriend wore last weekend... What a Motivator.... :/ :p
"No Good Story ever started with someone ordering a Salad"- Thanks Love :/
So did my birthday have a negative effect on my weight loss?

Sadly, the answer is yes... I have gained half a kilo :/ I had a feeling that I would fall of the band wagon slightly and I am even more scared because my boyfriend surprised me with an eight day trip to Barcelona, however, he is the best motivator out there (sans the t-shirt) that I have so I will probably stick to it more! 

Marika told me that August is the worst time for dieting especially here in Malta with all the feasts and celebrations going on. 

She also told me that I should be prepared that next session, which is in three weeks since I will be abroad, I will probably gain weight again.

This is the reality of diets, you do fall off the band wagon now and again, however, she told me that I should be proud of myself since in four months, this is the first time I gained which is quite and achievement.

These two weeks weren't all bad though, this time last year, I was looking back at photos at my choir's concert and hating the person I saw, this year that was different. Apart from that I have inspired three people to start doing this diet, which means a lot to me. I know how bad it feels, having nothing to wear and my weight keeping me back from certain things, so knowing that I am indirectly giving a push to other people to start take care of themselves and ultimately feel better about themselves makes me feel over the moon!

Martina XOXO

Monday, July 29, 2013

OOTD/ FOTD: Mellow Mint

Hey Guys!

I hope you are all doing well!

I apologise for the lack of posts lately but I have been very busy with a concert that I just needed some time to relax and re-group, apart from that I was celebrating my birthday last week which was surprisingly filled with a lot of events and great surprises!!

Today I will be sharing with you the last "going out" outfit, so to speak, as a 23 year old! My boyfriend and I had a relaxed date night so I took out my new Polka Dot shorts out for a ride! Like my other posts, I will mark what I got from London!

Jane Norman Mint Studded Collar Sleeveless Shirt
New Look Black Bandeau
Lily White Polka Dot Shorts (bought from TK Maxx) London
Peacocks Nude Heels
Accessorize Nude Clutch
Primark Mint Bangle London
Debenhams Gold Hoops

With regards to my make up, I opted for a subtle green smokey eye and subtle coral lips!

Catrice Prime & Fine
NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in  CJ 12 Green
Make Up Store Cover All in Blue
Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + in 25
e.l.f Cosmetics HD Powder
essence Soul Sista Limited Edition Bronzing Powder in 01 Shake your Booty
Mac Fix +

Mac Eyeshadow in Brule
Mac Eyeshadow in WoodWinked
Mac Eyeshadow in Gesso
Wjcon Long Lasting Colour Stick Eyeshadow in Emerald 11
NYX Eye/Eyebrow Pencil in 901 Black
Make Up Store Cake Eyeliner in Black 24
Catrice Glamour Doll Mascara
essence Eyebrow Stylist Set

Catrice Ultimate Shine in 080 Coralicious Pink

Hope you liked this look! 

Martina XOXO

Thursday, July 25, 2013

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

London Haul- Accessories

Hey Guys!

So this video has been sitting on YouTube waiting to be published for ages!!!

I decided to film an Accessories Haul to show you what accessories I bought from London.

Check out my Beauty and Make Up Hauls and Vlogs on my YouTube channel and Subscribe:

Also don't forget to Follow my blog and Like my Facebook page for my OOTDs featuring clothes I bought from London!

Products Featured:
Primark Mint Clasp Bangle
Primark Set of Bead Bracelets
Primark Waistbelt
Primark Quilted Bag
Primark Studded Weekender Bag
Forever 21 Gold Clasp Bangle
Forever 21 Gold Triangle Earrings
Forever 21 Gold and Silver Chain Necklace
Forever 21 Gold Statement Necklace
Forever 21 3- Tier Necklace
H & M Divided collection Wedge
Victoria's Secret Bikini

I apologize for the lack of posts lately, however I have been very very busy organizing a fund raising concert with my choir!

Until next time!

Martina XOXO

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Diet Diaries- Update 9- Let's Do This!

Hey Guys!

So as you know, my diet diaries is one day late, since I scheduled my appointment for tomorrow rather than today.

If you haven't seen my last update, check out my last post:

If you are new to this blog, check out my progress up till now: 
These 2 weeks, were maybe a little easier for me to stay motivated, this is because I have finally opened my eyes and have seen how much I lost, it's kinda weird that for the longest time I still saw myself as my old self, however, I am finally seeing a huge change!

Although I have missed a few snacks here and there *cough fruit cough*, and have sinned a bit *cough chocolate cough*, I still feel I was on track this time round.

Apart from that, I have been really busy lately with a concert round the corner (hence this very brief post), I tried to have fast and easy meals on the go!

I haven't taken much photos due to this reason, however, check out the few photos I took of my choices below. Remember to follow me on Instagram for my day to day choices:

Quick Salad
My favourite dish prepared by my lovely "mum in law"
Salad prepared by the hubs!
Quick salad!
Chicken with veg bake
Experimenting with Chicken and Parma Ham- Yums!
Sunday Meal
Parma Ham Omelet
Parma Ham Panina + Veg
Toast with Cherry Jam
Sweet and Sour Chicken
Tasty Eggplant with tomato sauce and mozzarella + chicken

So... have I lost any weight?

Oh hello there 60 kgs!! I haven't seen you for decades!! I haven't been this weight since I was around 18!!! :-O.

What's more surprising is the inches that are falling off!! Marika showed me how I was before by placing the inch tape and measuring out my starting measurements, my mouth literally dropped, another person could fit in with me... :-O.

Since I have not been eating fruit, I haven't lost more weight, however, although I am constantly busy, I have still stuck to healthy options, yay me! *pats self on back*

Last 3 kilos my dears, last 3 kilos!! After my concert is done I will hopefully be back on track!! However, today week I am entitled to being a bit naughty, I only get one lucky birthday in a lifetime ;-)

That's all from me!! My next update will be back on Tuesday!

Martina XOXO