From India, With Love

And I’m finally back! How’s everybody’s summer going? I don’t know about yall, but that trip to India was exactly what I needed. I feel so refreshed and I’m ready to get back to business. I made so many friends and memories there. Exotic is not a strong enough word to describe it.

I ended up going to 4 places in India. First, of course, it’s capital, Delhi.

It was an amazing city and all I did was shopped till I dropped. There’s no dearth of malls and the exploding variety in Delhi. I was totally floored.

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The night life in Delhi was a sight to behold. The energetic vibe was all you needed to get high off the atmosphere. It was enough to keep me going all night! All in all, Delhi was just astounding.

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Next stop, Lucknow. Now, unlike Delhi, this was not a metropolis. It was more of a cultural city. It’s rich heritage and history was palpable in every street, building and monument.

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Museums, parks and architectural sites filled me with so much wonder and I gained a lot of unforgettable information about this ancient city’s past. I was pleasantly surprised at the kindness, generosity and friendly nature of the people in this city and I was less than willing to leave.

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After that I flew to Mumbai, the city where all the magic happens. They say Mumbai is the city of opportunities. Where everyone gets a second chance. It is an industrial hub. Luckily for me, it rained a lot in the few days that I visited, so it kept me from being too homesick. It was a very busy city with so many people with so many stories. In one word? Incredible.

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And last but definitely not the least, the highlight of my trip, Goa. This was, without a doubt, my favourite place in India. With its unending and refreshing greenery, rolling hills and breathtaking lakes and beaches, it was certainly a sight to behold.

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From cruises to improptu flash dances and the fun and frolic that the peoples’ vibes emit, this place was unforgettable.

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Not to be outdone culturally, Goa also offered a variety of forts, museums and churches brimming with interesting historical backgrounds.

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And let’s not forget the stretches of beach and all the fun that comes with it!

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And believe me, you have not truly lived until you have ridden an actual elephant. My mind was literally blown.

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I even went kayaking, hiking and paddle-boating! Not to mention, the churches and museums. Only Goa could make field-trip-like spots like that interesting.

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And of course, some days, all I did was lie out by the poolside with a drink.

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From little streets and allies, to malls and spas, India truly had me blown away. I hated leaving.

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I can’t wait to go back…

Stay adventurous,

Deliya x 🙂

 P.S. Unless stated otherwise, all pictures have been personally shot by me. Please refrain from using these pictures without due permission.

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How To Get Fit This Summer

“I wanna look fit this summer.”

We’ve heard it all before – from our friends, family and even ourselves, but somehow we never seem to get around to it. It’s hard to motivate yourself to get off the couch, switch off your laptop and start working out. Keeping fit and looking and feeling healthy and strong are not easy and it’s a long road. But you’ve got to get started. For your sake. Teenagers nowadays are unhealthier than ever with obesity rates sky-rocketing.

Studies say that you need to get at least an hour of exercise in your daily schedule. That may seem like a lot, but you don’t have to do mundane exercises. You could do sports or activities you enjoy (like dance!) for an hour to keep fit.

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1. Create a Work-out Playlist

Exercising can be stressful and even more so when you have nothing to distract yourself with. Fast-paced music (urban, dubstep, pop, etc) are great for work-outs because they distract you from what you’re doing. So don’t forget to create a playlist that makes you want to move!

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2. Do what you love

You don’t have to go to the gym if you don’t feel like it. Do an activity you enjoy. Whether that’s football, dancing, swimming, basketball or track, do what you love so that exercise won’t feel like a burden. Rather, you’ll have fun with it!

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3. Bring your friends along

Everything seems that much more fun when you have friends to keep you company. Get some like-minded friends to work out with. Not only will your competitive spirit make you want to do as good (if not better) as them but you’ll also have a great time while you’re at it!

P.S. Investing in cute (non-expensive!) work-out clothes are also a great motivation!

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4. Burn baby burn

Get 60 minutes of cardio most days of the week – something that increases your heart rate and breathing. Don’t be afraid to break a sweat (or a nail)! Eating healthy and clean (no junk food, no soda!) as well as exercising are the killer combo that will have you looking fabulous in no time. Drinking loads of water is also a must not only to digest all your food and fend off acne but also to avoid dehydration during an intense work-out.

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5. Strength Training

Building your bones is also super important. You don’t want to be fighting of osteoporosis when you’re older. For this, you’re going to have to pump some iron. At least two times a week, you need to lift weight that pushes you to your limits on the last couple of reps.

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6. Crunch Time!

It’s not unheard of to want a flat stomach. In fact, most of us watch Kaley Cuoco in jealousy wishing we looked as fit as her (is that just me? I dunno). Bicycle crunches, leg lifts, planks, crunches and side twists are great ways to work out your abdominal area. Aim for 10 to 20 reps for 4 to 5 sets.

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Most of all, you should just have fun with whatever you’re doing. Also, remember that loving yourself and your body and accepting it is very crucial. You aren’t exercising because you hate your body. You’re doing it to feel better.

Remember not to starve yourself in order to lose weight because the objective is not a thigh gap but to be fit. That is in no way the same thing as being skinny, and to be honest, girls with thigh gaps and skeleton-and-skin look sort of scary and ugly, if you ask me. Remember to stay healthy and ask for help and suggestions from your doctor and parents before you start!

Stay amazing!

Deliya x 🙂

My Summer Bucket List

It’s summer time, and that can only mean one thing : summer break is round the corner! So much time, so little to do. You know this summer is going to be amazing – you don’t know how or when or why, but it’s gonna be great! Here’s a couple things I’m going to be doing this heat-down before my summer kicks its proverbial bucket and if you’re looking for a little inspiration, I hope this helps!

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1. Go to a concert

2. Read a book every week

3. Go to the beach

4. Go to a carnival

5. Have Movie Nights

6. Learn that sport you’ve always wanted to

7. Volunteer at the animal shelter

8. Have a bonfire night

9. Have gaming marathons

10. Hit the mall

11. Have water fights

12. Have a picnic with friends

13. Buy a Bubble Gun

14. Go camping

15. Learn how to bake cookies

16. Go hiking with my family

17. Have a fireworks show

18. Write a story

19. Finish reading all my wait-list manga

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That’s all for now!

Stay amazing!

Deliya x 🙂 

You Are Strong Enough

There are so many times in your life when all you feel like doing is giving up. It’s been too hard for too long and you just don’t think you can take it anymore. It would be so easy to just give up.

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But that’s not who you are.

You’re meant for so many bigger and better things. Don’t you dare go give up on yourself. You’re all you have and you are the best and most unique thing you can offer to the world. Don’t let your struggles overwhelm you so easily. Give it a fight. So what if the whole world gives up? They’re not you. They’ll never be you.

You’ve got to do it for you. Whoever you are, wherever you are, you’re worth it. You can do this, I believe in you. You were given this gift of life that you get to open everyday and you’re so lucky, you don’t even know it. Keep working hard towards your goals, and destiny will be on your side.

Let your struggles be part of your story. Some day, other people will hear of how you worked your way through seemingly impossible odds and you’ll be an inspiration to them. Just imagine all that it could be!

Stay Strong!

Deliya x 🙂

From Croatia, With Love

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

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Most recently, I visited Croatia with my family to catch a break from all the stress life’s been throwing at us lately. Moreover I made an effort not to go to an over-advertised tourist city this time. From London to Paris to Rome to Milan. You name it, I’ve been there. But hardly ever have I been to a country where the aura was quite so relaxed as Croatia’s was. I instantly fell in love.

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I firmly believe that wherever one goes, one must go with all their heart. Wanderlust drew me to as many of its cities as I could visit in a week and a half. First stop, Zagreb. Untainted artistic beauty.

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From it’s beaches to its nightlife, this city had me totally blown away. All I know was that I had never seen a place that unbelievably fascinating. It was miraculous, the way this city bewitched me.

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The thing that caught me most was the Museum of Broken Relationships, which was an establishment unlike any other in the world. It housed relics and information about failed relationships of common Croatians, who had donated these to the museum.

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Coming to Croatia in the summer was like inspiration. Night time is when Croatia came alive. Under starry covers is when all the magic happened. Next stop: Plitvice. Here is where we went on an exotic 8 km hike and got pelted with hailstones. Truly an unforgettable experience.

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Last stop: Split. From the Croatian National Theatre to amazing football stadiums and arenas, the streets of this city were full to bursting with lively energy.

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P.S. All these pictures have been taken by me so please do not lift them without giving credits and due permission. Thanks!

Until next time!

Deliya x 🙂

Beauty Products Haul

So I haven’t done one of these in absolutely ages, and so I thought it was long overdue that I update you guys about the beauty products that I have been obsessing over these past few months! Remember that if any of these interest you, you can click on the title of the product (above it’s picture) to go and check it out or buy it!

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1. Tigi Bed Head Maxxed-Out Massive Hold Hairspray

This hairspray is literally magic. It dries really quickly and gives my hair this shiny quality. It’s not heavy like some other hairsprays and it really holds the fort with some of the more complicated hair-dos and it sort of protects from some minimal heat damage. I love it!

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2. NARS Pierre Hardy Blush Rotonde

NARS Pierre Hardy Blush Rotonde

This blush is just amazing. It has a silky feel to it and gives a sort of natural finish to your makeup. It’s blendable and it’s one of the few blushes that my skin doesn’t react to.

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 3. Bourjois Effect 3D Lip Gloss

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Borjois Effect 3D Lip Gloss

I don’t know about you but collecting lip gloss is like, a passion to me. This one caught my eye in particular because of it’s lovely natural colour and voluminous look. It keeps your lips moist and shiny. Also the brush makes it easy to apply so it doesn’t spread all about when you’re putting it on.

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4. Rimmel London 5 Pan Eyeshadow

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I just loved this eye shadow by Rimmel London because all the colours were natural nude sorts. Nothing too over-the-top, just 5 basic colours for the regular every-day look. Amazing!

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5. Ciate Chocolate Nourishing and Gentle Nail Polish Remover

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Ciate Chocolate Nourishing & Gentle Nail Polish Remover

 The first and foremost best thing about this nail polish remover is that it leaves behind a lovely chocolate smell once it dries. I. was. sold. It’s really soft on the nails and nourishes them. But who cares, right, it freaking smells like chocolate!

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6. Yes To Carrots Intense Softening Hand Cream

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Yes To Carrots Intense Softening Hand Cream

Since I live in a pretty cold place and my hands are dry anyway, this hand cream is like a godsend. It’s moisturising and really nourising and I totally recommend it if you have dry hands because it’s awfully good.

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That’s all for now! I hope you guys try out some of these amazing products, they’re absolutely worth every penny!

Stay beautiful,

Deliya! x 🙂