Honest Kiss helps you get in shape

In the last few years, I have become more interested in my health and having a healthier lifestyle with good food and a fair amount of exercise. I, therefore, thought I would share some of what I have learned with you. Not so long ago, I also made a new discovery on the internet that goes in this direction. Honest Kiss is a fashion and beauty webshop that also gives its customers a chance at a healthier life. That’s the perfect combination of all the good stuff – beauty, fashion, and good health? 

I have never really been someone who has been very interested in sports… Or even thought much about living a healthy lifestyle until a couple of years ago. I often felt a little low on energy during the day and I wanted to do something about it.

That’s how I started reading more and learning more about the importance of a balanced and healthy diet and how much exercise can actually make a difference if you are in the same situation. 

My home workout gear

A change does not have to be extreme

I have to admit that for me it was a big challenge at first, and I did not really know where to start to make a change. It can be so easy to be affected by what you hear around you. Many of the methods people are talking about are very extreme, suggesting that you should stop eating to lose weight or that you must be at the gym 24/7 to build muscle.

I want to really make it clear that these myths and crazy suggestions can be dangerous to follow! It is undoubtedly possible to live healthier and better with small changes. I am a living example of that. I definitely exercise more than I did in the past and eat better than before. But I certainly do not spend all my time in the gym or count every calorie I eat.

In my opinion, it’s all about balance and your attitude. This is where Honest Kiss comes into play and can help you.

My (small) lifestyle changes

What I did, in the beginning, was to first and foremost try to bring in more exercise into my everyday life. I jumped off the bus a few stops earlier and walked the rest of the way to work. Or started taking the bike all the way to work on the days the weather permitted me to do so.

I also started thinking about drinking a lot of water, it really is the best way to cleanse the body from toxins and all that we don’t want in our system. My tip is to start the day with a large glass of water to get your body ready for the day. Sometimes I add a slice of lemon to it if I have it at home. So tasty. 

In addition to this, I also changed my eating habits a little. I still eat everything I want to eat and have not put any obstacles there. However, I eat slightly smaller portions and more often. I also eat a lot more homemade food! Ordering takeaway is truly one of my biggest downfalls. Of course, I still order takeaway food sometimes but certainly not as often. I am absolutely convinced that it has helped me much more than I actually have realized to cut down on this. 

I now love to eat healthy

How can you get help from Honest Kiss?

Honest Kiss is a webshop that first and foremost offers its customers great fashion and beauty products from the very best brands. They have a great concept with a membership that allows you to enjoy great benefits.

Their concept is based on a membership that is renewed every month and where you as a customer receive a gift card for the amount you pay for the membership.

You can then use this gift card on exclusive products from lots of well-known brands. The best thing about this is that the prices are so incredibly low. That means you’ll get lots for your money. Much more than what you could get in other webshops.

One of the other things you can use your Honest Kiss gift card on is what I like best – a personal trainer!

Personal trainer at Honest Kiss

In the past, when I thought of a personal trainer, I always associated it with something I could not afford. I also did not see the value of spending my money on having a person screaming over me while I was doing my sit-ups.

Of course, I have now changed my attitude completely regarding this. Today, it is much more accessible and more affordable to hire a personal trainer. At Honest Kiss, you can get a personal trainer at an incredible price – one of the benefits of being a member of their club!

When you book a consultation with Honest Kiss’s personal trainer, you will first have to fill out a form informing the personal trainer about the goals you have for your training. After that, the personal trainer will create a tailored schedule for you. And not only that… You also get a diet plan to follow. 

Working out with a personal trainer

Lots of benefits to having a personal trainer

I promise you will see results in just a couple of weeks! I myself have used a personal trainer for a while now. For me, it was really worth every penny. I got new workout tips and help with my technique. I myself am out running a lot but I also try to catch up with a little strength training. Sometimes I want to mix it up a bit.

With the help of the personal trainer I had, who was not through Honest Kiss, I have improved my running technique and also got inspiration for new dishes.

I really loved getting tips on new dishes. Sometimes it is so very difficult to find something good and healthy to eat, and especially when you are alone. Therefore, a little extra inspiration is needed. I almost think it was this part that I liked the most with the experience.

I have actually been thinking for a long time about hiring a personal trainer again and now with my gift card from Honest Kiss, it is really the perfect time to do it again. 

Personal stylist

I have also discovered another exciting concept that Honest Kiss offers its members! I just have to share it with you too!

Once you have seen the results of starting to live healthier and from exercise, it can be a little fun to focus a bit on your personal style as well. Because even here it is very easy to just end up in the old-fashioned way and use only one color scale or type of garment.

With Honest Kiss, you can actually also book a consultation with a personal stylist! Imagine being able to know which type of garment best suits your body type! And what colors you should dress in to highlight your best features!

Inspiration for special occasions

Getting good tips for your everyday wear is of course great. But I think I will use this service for a special occasion! For example when I’m invited to a wedding or a nicer party. I think it can be very difficult to find nice clothes for these types of events. 

It feels like I sometimes try too hard and the result is still not what I hope for. I am absolutely sure that Honest Kiss will be of great help with their personal stylist for my next big event. Now I’m just waiting for that to happen…

Another thing that I think this service can be good for is makeup tips and hair tips! Just like with clothes, make-up and hair are a big part of the styling. To make a good impression, it is important that everything matches.

So I really think it’s so good that Honest Kiss offers both a personal trainer and a stylist, it’s like everything you could possibly need to both look and feel healthier!

Imagine having your own personal stylist - You can get that at Honest Kiss

A small summary of Honest Kiss

It’s not necessary to make a huge change in order to get started on your healthier lifestyle that will make you feel better. It’s not about completely changing the way you live and just eating salad all day. Nor about spending endless hours at the gym. 

Simply start by figuring out what your goals are for a healthier life and make changes accordingly.

If you lack a little inspiration or do not know where to start, a membership at Honest Kiss can help you either with a personal trainer or a personal stylist. Or maybe you’ll even feel inspired just by looking through their website. 

Exercise tips and diet plans from them will help you get in shape and you can really focus on the areas you want. It is a flexible service where you have a consultation with a personal trainer who then creates different plans for you. The best part is that they also have follow-up so that you cannot skip doing it!

For me, it feels like a great concept and I will test it myself soon. It’s really nothing to think about in my opinion. I can only see a lot of benefits with the services that Honest Kiss offers. But not only that… Everything they offer you as a member in fashion and beauty makes everything even better.

Do not miss checking out Honest Kiss to find out more about how you can get on with becoming your healthiest self!

– A

The latest period drama of Ms Daphne Bridgerton

Period Drama Netflix Series Bridgerton

I had been searching for a new series to watch on my trusted companion, Netflix. Having watched other period dramas such as The Crown, Downton Abbey, etc, one of the suggestions was a series called Bridgerton. Based in the 1800s, the series follows the Bridgerton family as they seek to find love and happiness. In London’s high society during this era, mothers would prepare their children for arranging matches for marriage. With this purpose in mind, a summer of match-making, courting, and prestigious balls occur, with one purpose in mind…to find a worthy suitor! It all sounds relatively delightful, doesn’t it? Until one of London’s most eligible (and handsome, may I add) bachelors appears on the scene.

Netflix Series Bridgerton Mother Daughter Marriage

Untold amounts of characters will appear

An array of characters will appear with each episode. Evidently, with actors such as Julie Andrews, Hugh Sachs, & Adjoa Andoh appearing in the series, expectations were high. Without a doubt, they do not disappoint. What I love the most is how each new character brings a new twist to the story. In general, there is no insignificant character. Each one offers a new perspective on the story at hand. In addition, they play their character with an accent that would have been acquired in high society in London. Hence, if you do like the quintessential British accent, then you will love listening to each and every episode.

Personally, my favorite character was Queen Charlotte and her unorthodox representation of the Queen. Could the Queen really have been a true gossip during the 1800s? Secondly, the main character herself, Daphne Bridgerton. Maintaining her respect within society is of paramount importance to her. Watch as you see her make the choice between what she should do to keep her honour intact, or what she really wants to do, for reasons of love, lust, and all other emotions which can sometimes guide us in the wrong direction. To watch a real-life perspective on how to find love, I recommend watching Love is Blind.

Netflix Series Bridgerton Love Lust

Bridgerton – Episode 6

Firstly, I do not wish to reveal too much about this series if you haven’t already seen it. Albeit, I recommend that you hold out until at least episode 6. What’s more, do not watch it in front of your parents! In truth, whilst I watched the first few episodes of Bridgerton, I doubted that this series was for me. With so much focus on Daphne chasing the fairytale of a woman & man meeting at a ball and living happily ever after, I mistakenly thought this could have been more like a Disney production but I was already committed to the series so pursued.

Episode 6 revealed to me that this was no Disney fairytale. This was the pinnacle episode for me. Whereas the first episodes tell the story of the Bridgerton family, their history, their place in society, etc. Throughout, the series presents Daphne as a respected daughter held in high regard. On the other, that of an independent woman who has her own desires that she wishes to explore. Consequently, episode 6 pivots the story which then leads us to the penultimate final episodes filled with emotion, passion, & maybe a happy ending..but I cannot tell you that. Watch for yourself and I am sure that you will not regret it!

– M

New Year’s Eve party in your own home

New Year’s Eve Party Home Friends

Most New Year’s Eve parties have been cancelled this year due to the restrictions of the global pandemic. On a brighter note, it appears that most restrictions will be lifted or eased during the festive period. Thank the stars that me and the girls are able to reunite and spend New Year’s Eve altogether. Needless to say, we’ll be spending Christmas with our families but then we are planning our own little reunion to welcome in the new year. So we have had to change our usual plans of hitting the city and think over ideas of how to host a New Year’s Eve party at home.

New Year’s Eve Party Home Mexican Theme

B’s New Year’s Eve brainstorm

We are bringing Mexico home. Turn up The Champs tequila song…you know the one I mean, and let’s take out the shot glasses because there’s about to be an epic fiesta! B is thinking of fake mustaches, sombreros, and tacos. Sounds good to me! Themed parties are always so much fun and make for some hysterical photos to treasure. If a Mexican night is not for you, consider 80’s retro, burlesque, or a fancy dress party this New Year’s Eve.

E’s way to end the year

Being the most easily pleased of us all, E has suggested having a simple night in. Years gone by, we have spent hours taking our time to get ready for a crazy night on the town. As you know, we are unable to do so this year. Hence why E has come up with the idea to make the most of this and have a pyjama party with a takeaway pizza, our best-loved wine, and classic board games. Much like our cherished old-school game nights.

New Year’s Eve Party Home Cocktail Masterclass

How I visualize welcoming in the new year

Being the influencer that I am (I wish!), I want us to create a house party perfect for some Instagram worthy snaps. In that event, I’m thinking of a flower wall backdrop, sparklers, and my favourite suggestion of all…champagne bar. This won’t cost as much as you expect. Simply, use an old chest of drawers, throw over a fancy throw, place your champagne bucket, chutes, and several bottles of champagne on top, & voila! The fun doesn’t stop there, I’m envisioning a cocktail masterclass taking place in the kitchen. Failing that, we could have a sangria masterclass for an easier option! Then we will play the top hits of 2020, and dance around with a drink in hand! What more could I ask for?

Most importantly, we need to evaluate the crazy year that we’ve just had. Oh boy, it was a lot, wasn’t it? Something that I learned from another friend of mine was to take the time on New Year’s Eve to reflect on the previous year. Think about what you have accomplished, remember all of the moments that have shaped you in so many ways, and give thought to what goals you want to achieve in the next year ahead. One of the ideas I suggested to the girls is for us to have a New Year’s Eve resolution jar. We all place little notes of our resolutions inside of the jar. Then, in one year’s time, we can see if we stuck to them. To be continued!

– M

Christmas markets to explore in Europe

Christmas Markets Explore Europe

To really get me into the spirit of Christmas, I always take a cheap flight to visit the Christmas markets. Except the year 2020 has taken away a lot of our freedom. For keen travelers like me and the girls, our wanderlust has faded. For the moment we can’t continue with our mantra of ‘catch flights, not feelings’ as there aren’t a whole lot of places we can go to. Only, I just love the feeling of walking around, wrapped up warm with gloves & scarf, and a mulled wine in hand. The temperatures have dropped, Christmas music is playing, and you are about to go on the merry go round! What bliss!

This year has been filled with more staycations than any other year. I wrote this article as I am as passionate about Christmas as I am about travel. A combination of the two is quite simply heaven for me. So hopefully one of these markets is close to you & you are able to visit. If so, I’m jealous! Or rather we can together relive the memories of the Christmas markets we visited before. At worst, you will have some inspiration for Christmas markets to visit next year. When hopefully circumstances will be a little easier for all of us.

Christmas Markets Explore Europe Best Food

Tastiest Christmas markets for food

For me, the Christmas market in Zagreb, Croatia has to take the top spot. The good news is, this market is taking place this year. The bad news?.. Unfortunately due to Covid 19, there will not be any food or drink stalls open. But I recommend keeping this market in mind for future years. For three straight years, this market has been voted the best Christmas market in Europe, so I had to give it a mention. Just some of the Christmas delicacies you can usually feast on include Croatian traditional chard pie (soparnik), gourmet hotdogs, donuts stuffed with apple & vanilla cream, and cabbage rolls (sarma). Yummy!

The annual Christmas market in Bath, UK has taken on a real 21st-century approach to find a solution to the restrictions introduced because of the pandemic. Although the market cannot take place, they have created the virtual Bath Christmas market. Here you will be able to order your much-loved Christmas gifts directly from the local shops which usually have a stall on the market. So there is no need to miss out! From caramelized nuts, delicious burgers amongst many other sweet treats, the Bath Christmas market focuses on local produce & promoting small businesses. If you are browsing online from home and are craving Christmas delights then you just have to try my healthy Christmas cake recipe, it’s delicious!

Christmas Markets Explore Europe Mulled Wine

Best for that Christmassy feeling

The mecca of all stopovers has to be Budapest, Hungary which holds several Christmas markets across the capital. With the two largest markets being within a 10-minute walk of one another, Budapest provides a great opportunity to explore the city over a weekend break. The main street is lined with thousands of glistening Christmas lights, the huge Christmas tree that stands tall over all those admiring it, and in any direction that you look, there is a festive sight to see. Other features include an ice rink in its centre, animations, concerts, and activities. However, the most iconic sight for me would be the wooden lodges that line the streets. For me, this is the emblem of Christmas markets.

Next, I present my hand-picked choice. Usually, this would not reach the top 10 Christmas markets, but there is a certain charm about this exceptional city…especially at Christmas time. Let me suggest Seville. This market is unique to the others as it is a market dedicated to the artistry & workmanship typical of Seville. A sight not to be missed here is the Feria de Belen (in English, the fair of manger), which is home to the most impressive nativity scene in Spain. Walking around the market whilst listening to the choir singing, you will be able to pick up handcrafted goods, jewelry, & quaint nativity figurines, for your loved ones. Such gifts, that no one will be gifting a present quite like yours!

2020 will not last forever & Christmas markets will return!

There we have it, my four recommendations if you’re searching for a spectacular Christmas market. Woefully, many of the markets are not taking place this year. More cheerfully, 2020 is temporary and will not last forever. Some of the markets have already published their dates for 2021. So let’s book some cheap flights to one of the destinations above, and give ourselves something to look forward to! You deserve it!

– B

Want to be a successful entrepreneur? Michael Ginnerskov Jensen tells us how

Female entrepreneurs take over the world

We asked series entrepreneur Michael Ginnerskov Jensen about some of his best tips for becoming a successful entrepreneur, and we thought we’d share them with you. Michael Ginnerskov Jensen has started companies in many different industries and has gained experience from, among other things, the entertainment world, product trade, appliances, and the IT industry where he has worked with both hardware and software. 

Work smart, not hard

Many people imagine an entrepreneur as an individual who works 18 hours a day. We tend to paint a picture of a person driven by success… So much so that their whole life is work. Of course, hard work is one of the keys to success. In reality, that’s just not always the case. Just because you’re working all the time, it doesn’t mean that you’ll be successful. This is something Michael Ginnerskov Jensen definitely can agree with

Make sure to not get exhausted, says Michael Ginnerskov Jensen

“Working too much can lead to fatigue and exhaustion, which leads to mistakes. And another thing is that nobody can do everything themselves. Most of us are good at a few things. There are simply things we have to realize that we are not as good at as others.” says Michael Ginnerskov Jensen. You need to learn to work smarter, not harder. This can be a mindset that for many is unnatural and takes a long time to get into. We have previously shared some tips on how to handle everyday stress, so if you feel like you want to read about that, you can do that by pressing here

Maybe one of us is the next big entrepreneur

Hire people for the tasks you are not good at yourself

“It’s pretty simple, as I mentioned before, we are not all equal, you are better at some things than others, and vice versa. So find someone who can do what you cannot, so you have the opportunity to focus on the areas where you are strongest,” adds Michael Ginnerskov JensenAs an entrepreneur, you also need to be a leader, and being a leader is among other things about understanding the importance of outsourcing work. While the thought of adding employees, payroll expenses, or getting a partner may seem daunting, it is far better than overworking yourself, and then end up failing because you do not have the experience and time.

Get more done, and consume less

Using freelancers is not always the ideal situation for an established business when you are in an early stage of business life. However, it can be one of the solutions where you get large and useful amounts of work done. In addition, for an extremely advantageous price, so you do not have to ruin the company. 

Don’t be afraid to fail, for that is what you are going to do

Working smart, finding the right people, and doing more with less are all keys that will help you open up to success. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees, and you have to be realistic – not all companies become successful. “Sometimes the competition is too fierce, or the competitors were tougher than expected. As soon as you have ruined your momentum, you must prepare to fail, but more important is not to be afraid of failing,” says Michael Ginnerskov Jensen

Michael Ginnerskov Jensen has had a lot of success

Wake up with a purpose and be ruthless

“The biggest contribution of success for an entrepreneur is the fact that they just did it. They got up every day, working hard until they succeeded. They worked their way through problems and hard times.”Michael Ginnerskov Jensen

Let’s see if we will be entrepreneurs like Michael Ginnerskov Jensen anytime soon

We all have so many different interests so we could definitely come up with a good business idea, but it’s not something we have thought about for real before hearing these tips from Michael Ginnerskov Jensen. Well, for now, we are all happy with what we’re doing, but who knows what will happen in the future. We are excited to see where we are in 10 years from now. Maybe we have started a company together? That would be something! 

– A, E, M and B

Christmas Cake Healthy Recipe

Christmas Cake Recipe Baking Healthy Fruit

The classic Christmas cake contains many sinful & glutinous ingredients. Black treacle, brown sugar, brandy, rum, etc. In fact, I think the only remotely healthy component is the dried fruit. A classic Christmas tradition loved by all. Although not everyone will approve of me tweaking a traditional recipe, I want to enjoy the Christmas cake in a more healthy way. Here I present my own version, complete with fewer calories but with all the flavor we love.

Christmas Cake Recipe Baking Healthy Happiness

Prepare your ingredients

To begin, I recommend heading to your local fruit & vegetable shop to purchase the most natural ingredients free from any preservatives. You won’t be able to pick up all the ingredients from here, so leave time in your day to visit your local grocery store.

To make things a little easier, I have prepared a list of the ingredients that you will need for the Christmas Cake.

  • Any dried fruit of your choice. Here, the more the merrier. Choose a selection of apricots, dates, currants, cranberries, sultanas, etc. If you have some leftover then you can use them in one of my smoothie bowls which only require 3 ingredients and you’ll have it put together in minutes. If you, like me, like to energize your body with healthy proteins and superfoods, then start your day with this breakfast of champions.
  • 2 Bananas
  • 1 Orange
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Vanilla extract or paste
  • Almond flour
  • Coconut oil
  • Eggs
  • Mixed spice (optional)

Christmas Cake Recipe Baking Healthy Dried Fruits

Let’s begin baking your Christmas Cake

Start by roughly chopping all of your chosen dried fruit into bite-sized chunks. A little tip of mine is to use a pair of scissors – this method is way quicker! Next, place the fruit into an eco-friendly bowl and soak them with hot water for 10-15 minutes. If you have any lying around the house then soak with orange liquor, to add extra flavor.

Whilst your fruit is soaking, preheat your oven to 160℃/320℉. Prepare a 20cm round tin with baking paper, ensuring to fully cover the base and sides of the tin.

Whereas some recipes will tell you to combine your mixture, I recommend using a food processor. This way you attain a much smoother silky batter. Into the processor will go 3 eggs, 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, almond flour (120g), zest & juice of the orange, vanilla extract (1 tsp), bananas, walnuts (75g), almonds (75g), nutmeg (¼ tsp), cinnamon (1 tsp), & finally 2 tablespoons of the mixed spice.

Ensure that your dry fruit is well-drained and add this to the mixture.

Spoon the mixture into the cake tin, ensuring that there are no gaps. Finally, place the tin into your preheated oven. The Christmas cake should bake for around 70-90 minutes. To test if your cake is ready, check it with a skewer. If it comes out dry, leave the cake to bake for a while longer.

Once fully cooked, allow the cake to cool at room temperature for approximately 30 minutes. It’s important to remember that the longer you leave your Christmas cake, the richer the taste will be. For this reason, I recommend baking your cake early and waiting to serve it until Christmas day.

– E

Chocolate muffins – my favorite recipe

Delicious chocolate muffins

I personally love baking, and I’ve been doing that a lot lately. My latest obsession is muffins. So simple, and so tasty. I thought I’d share the recipe with you guys, as it’s something I think a lot of you can appreciate. Maybe you too are on a baking spree? Or maybe you want to try something new. Well, here comes my recipe for delicious chocolate muffins

The ingredients you need to make chocolate muffins

To make the chocolate muffins you need a few ingredients. Most of the ingredients are things I already have in my pantry, so that’s another reason why it’s one of my favorite recipes. I can kinda make it whenever I want. Even though I try to eat healthily on a daily basis I treat myself to some baked goods from time to time. Especially lately, with everything going on. 

Well, here we go…

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Chocolate chips

How to do it…

The first thing you should do, even before you prep all the ingredients, is to turn on the oven. It should be 200 degrees C. Prep the muffin cups so that they are ready for the batter. After that, you’re ready to start making muffins! Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, ¾ cup chocolate chips, and the cocoa powder in a large bowl. Mix it all together and then in another bowl, you should add the egg, yogurt, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. Whisked that till smooth, and then you should pour the liquid mix into the chocolate mixture and stir until the batter is blended perfectly. After that, you just need to fill the muffin cups and put the last chocolate chips on top. 

The final stretch

When the oven is ready you just need to pop in the muffins for about 20 minutes. Do the toothpick check (try to stick one in the center of one of the muffins) and when it comes out clean they are ready. The toothpick check is something my mom thought me when I was a child… But it never fails. I recommend that you let the muffins rest for about 15 minutes when you’ve taken them out of the oven. And of course, remember to enjoy them with another person… Either someone in your family, a close friend, or maybe your partner? I will share them with my roomie, and I know she’ll be super happy. 

My favorite chocolate muffins

Make a yummy topping

The last tip I have, that I sometimes do to just make it EXTRA tasty… Is to make a chocolate sauce to top the muffins with. You just need ½ cup of milk, ⅓ cup of butter, ⅜ cup of cream (35% fat), and ¾ cup of chopped, plain dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)… Heat the milk and cream in a pan and bring to a boil. When you have removed it from the heat you should add the chocolate and then stir until the chocolate is melted. The butter should be beaten until soft and then you should gradually add the chocolate mixture into it. Let it cool a bit and then add it on top of the muffins and get ready to enjoy!

– E

Why I still have an Honest Kiss Membership

Six months later and my Honest Kiss membership is still active. I have read a lot of negative things about them online, like Honest Kiss being a scam. But I have also read a lot of good things and both me and my friends agree that their membership is pretty awesome!

Why I haven’t left the Honest Kiss membership yet

Like I mentioned in my detailed article about the Honest Kiss membership, there are many reasons why I love being a member. So today, I’m going more into detail about what I’ve purchased and discovered the past few months.

Every month, my gift card makes me as happy as the month before.

This is the biggest reason why I’m staying with the Honest Kiss membership. I mean, who doesn’t want to be happy when being a member of something. And why would anyone want to stay a member if it didn’t make them happy, right?

I feel happy because I know that I can shop from the exclusive section once again. My favorite section is absolutely their bag section. Because I have an Honest Kiss membership, I bought this amazing Calvin Klein bag that I’m so happy about!

Honest Kiss membership Calvin Klein bag

The bag normally costs 210 € but for members, it’s 160 €. So I bought it with my gift card, and voilá – the price landed at 111 €! Yaay! Saving almost 100 € is more than enough to be grateful for ?

There are always updates to the exclusive Honest Kiss & Me section.

Yes, baby! There are always new things coming in. You already know that the bag section is one of my favorites. Other favorites are the makeup and skincare sections, the accessories section and the shoe section.

When I talk about the accessories section for members, I mean the watches! They have such beautiful watches for women! They do have watches for men too but since I’m a gal, it’ the pretty watches for women I’m interested in ?

After browsing through their watch section, going through both Armani, Michael Kors and Calvin Klein watches, I decided on two of them. I know, I know, I’m maybe going a bit crazy here but that’s the fun of getting a new gift card every month!

And these are so classy!

The Calvin Klein watch on the left normally costs 254 € but after using the gift card code, I paid 105 €! That’s a big discount I think! This is one of my favorite accessories that I hold in my possessions right now. It’s just so classy and simple, goes with just about any outfit. I wear the watch with my sporty clothes, my dresses and my casual work outfits.

It doesn’t make sense to me to buy something that I can only use once or twice. I want something that I can wear on several occasions.

The second watch, the one to the right, is so pretty! The dusty pink color is so pretty! I love this color because it’s not too much out there but it’s enough to stand out. It doesn’t go with as many outfits, but honestly, close enough.

The Armani watch I bought thanks to the Honest Kis membership is an item I hold dear to my heart. It’s just so feminine and nice to look at. And of course, the quality is great. I do love my designer things but mainly, I buy things that I simply like.

I can keep shopping for skincare products without having to spend half of my salary on it.

Taking care of my skin is important to me. I also love my makeup! But let’s face it, these things don’t come cheap. I always say how lucky men are that they don’t have to think about buying makeup. Sure they do buy skincare but not nearly as much as we girls do! And it’s no wonder, we use moisturizers for our face, eye creams, night creams – well we have it all, right?

So I want my skincare products to be of high quality and I also want them to last. But to do that I have to spend more money on it of course. Makes sense, right? I don’t want to put just anything onto my skin and I’m sure that neither do you ?The same goes for makeup, I want quality products from well-known brands.

These products are so luxurious. Do you know Honest Kiss even sells a skincare product that costs 826 €?? How crazy is that? And that’s actually with the membership discount! If you don’t have an Honest Kiss membership, you can’t buy it! It’s called Orchidée Impériale Black.

Apparently, it holds a unique technology and there is more than 15 years of research behind developing it. That is super impressive! I haven’t bought it because it is a lot to pay for face cream but I am curious! If it’s like going for treatment then it might actually be worth the money. either way, you can check it out yourself on Honest Kiss’ website.

Honest Kiss customer service is so quick to respond – both on social media and through email

The worst thing I know is when I reach out to customer service for any brand and the response time is sooooo long! No can do! It doesn’t mean that I need a reply right away but at least within a day. And if it’s the same day then that’s even better.

Now, Honest Kiss’ customer service responds sometimes within minutes. Now that’s what I call caring about your customers! I have reached out to them several times, a few times on Instagram actually since I do like my Insta. Sometimes it takes a little longer there but never more than a few hours. But the email support is super fast.

They also have a Facebook page so there is the option to ask questions there.

I don’t feel as guilty about shopping anymore.

Okay, let’s be honest about this. We, women, like using shopping as therapy and we do it waaay too often! Now, I’m guilty of that too and I’m not ashamed to say it. No shame in shopping till you’re dropping (lol).

But it does make me feel so much better when I can shop and save so much money on the things I buy. It can of course go the other way and there is the temptation to buy more things because it’s cheaper.

I’ve done that too, trust me. And I think that’s totally okay. Either way, I can either buy more things that I can use or I buy less and use that money on something else. I don’t know about you but sometimes I can feel guilty when I shop too much.

It’s not a nice feeling and I’m mostly a happy person. But when I do go overboard, it doesn’t always feel that good. So if someone helps me save money and ease my shopping conscience, I stick with you, ha!

Last but not least, I still have the Honest Kiss membership because they speak to a large audience and encourage women.

It’s nice when people care about others, I think. The Honest Kiss concept is more than just selling quality brand products at a lower price. Their whole idea is also about encouraging women to be themselves and being unique. I really like that they have different styles and they are pro-women being themselves.

I have a mixed style and I always want to own my style. It makes it easier when someone else is also encouraging you to do that.

Honest Kiss membership encourages women

That’s why I have bought several different kinds of products with different styles. Their adidas sweatshirts are real classics. I have the one in black and you actually don’t have to be a member to buy that one for a better price!

Then I have something completely different that I bought which is a Tommy Hilfiger maxi skirt. It’s a white skirt with colorful patterns. It might not be useful for winter but where it’s summer, it’s perfect!

A cute top to go with that and I feel girly and pretty – and really happy! So yes, thank you Honest Kiss for honoring the uniqueness in us women!

Final words on why I’m sticking to Honest Kiss membership

In the end, to me, it’s all about feeling good. If you’ve been following the blog and read the posts, you know we’re all about positivity here. It’s important to me and my girls that we do things that make us feel good. We’re not big fans of negativity or wasting time on things that don’t feel good. We always say that life is too short.

It doesn’t mean that we never have our bad days, everyone does! But we sure don’t want to waste our time on negative shopping experiences. There are too many good brands out there that actually care about their customers. So why choose the ones that are too expensive and don’t deliver on quality? Or those who don’t really care about the people?

That just doesn’t make sense to me or to my girls.

I hope you enjoyed this post about Honest Kiss!

– B

Curry with cauliflower and fish – great for your health

Curry.

I love to try new recipes and when I find one that I absolutely love I of course want to share it with you. I tried a new curry recipe the other day that is super easy to make but is packed with flavours! You just have to try it! 

I love the combination of cauliflower and fish and if it’s in a curry it’s even better. This recipe is so  easy to make and you’ll have a tasty dish ready in just 30 minutes. Whoever said cooking curry is a difficult task was very wrong. 

Good for your health

The spice is actually filled with a lot of good things for you! And in this dish it’s combined with other spices such as turmeric which is also known for its health benefits. 

Therefore consuming a lot of curry dishes can have a very good impact on your overall health and wellbeing. So it’s not at all a bad idea to go for a curry on a weekday evening. 

Of course you can get great benefits from ordering your curry from a restaurant but it is always much better to cook your own as you can decide completely what you add to it. Also, curry bought at restaurants tends to be a bit more greasy than when you make them at home. 

If you want to try another recipe with salmon instead of this curry, have a look here

Curry is great for your healt and makes a perfect midweek meal that is ready in under 30 minutes. Many different spices but they are easily found in the supermarket. And when you have them at home you can experiment and try new dishes.

Tasty curry for a weekday meal

Yes, you need a few different spices that you might not have in your cupboard unless you are used to making curry. But don’t be alarmed, they are easily found in every supermarket and once you have them it’ll be so much easier to experiment and try new dishes. 

This recipe serves 4 people, if you want to make more you can easily double it without any problem. 

Ingredients for the curry:

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 cinnamon quill

2 crushed cardamom pods

1 tbsp madras curry paste

1 dried red chilli

2 tbsp ghee

1 curry leaf sprig, leaves picked

1 tsp ground turmeric

½ cauliflower in small florets

400 ml coconut milk

Zest and juice from 1 lemon

600g monkfish or other firm white fish cut into pieces

Steamed basmati rice 

Poppadoms

How you cook it: 

Heat the ghee in a thick bottomed pan on medium heat. Add the mustard seeds, cinnamon, chilli, cardamom, curry leaves and cook for about 2 minutes until fragrant. Stir continuously. 

Add the curry paste and turmeric and cook for another minute. 

Now it’s time for the cauliflower to go in. Make sure you coat all of thm florets in the spice mix. After that you add the coconut milk and lemons zest and stir until combined.

Bring it to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the fish by gently putting the pieces in the sauce so they are completely covered. Cover the pan with a lid and let cook for about 5 minutes or until the fish is completely cooked through. 

Squeeze in the lemon juice and your meal is ready to be served with steamed basmati rice and poppadoms. 

I’d really recommend you to try this recipe. I think you’re going to love it! Healty and tasty at the same time! 

– M

We traveled to Marbella and it was amazing!

Marbella is so much more than just Puerto Banus and more beautiful than we ever had imagined! This trip was filled with adventure, girls’ nights out, shopping and cozy strolls in the historical center. 

Marbella surprised us right away.

Before we arrived to Marbella, we had expectations and most of them were parties and luxury. While yes, you find those things in Marbella too, there is so much more to the city. Immediately after the taxi driver had dropped us off at the hotel, we were surprised. We had decided to stay in the historical part of the city and we still talk about what a good decision that was.

I had prepared my finest dresses, cute summer outfits and casual wear. It turns out that I had packed well ? We visited last summer and I would say it is the perfect season. Marbella is probably beautiful all-year-round but it is more of a tourist place so in the summer is when the action happens.

The historical town in Marbella

Historical town in marbella

The streets in Marbella are pretty narrow and you won’t find any huge spaces which is exactly what makes it so cozy! The historical part is just stepping away from the beach and you have everything you need with shopping and food. That’s one thing that surprised me a lot, the food in Marbella is amazing. We ate everything from Paella to sandwiches and seafood and it was all incredible.

You’ll find some restaurants that are a fancier and a few that are more traditional in there style. I found it to be a perfect mix of places and didn’t have a single bad food experience. Of course, that was our experience. The girls had great food too and were more than happy.

The beach in the center

The beach in the center is only a few minutes away from the historical town. The short walk there is nice because there are sculptures along the way that are pretty impressive. Along the beach, there are bars and restaurants, some are even on the beach. If you have ever traveled to Malaga then you know their famous chiringuitos. We found some really nice ones and you can’t travel to Marbella without visiting a chhiringuito.

A chiringuito is a restaurant that specializes in fish and seafood. It is where you will get some of the best fish since it is fresh and they prepare it right there. You have to try the typical sardines too called espetos which is sardines on a stick and grilled above a grill fire.

In the summer, there a lot of events happening in Marbella, such as the Starlite Festival. We bought tickets and went to see different artists and one of them was John Legend! There are a lot of Spanish and Latin singers too, like Don Omar, Luis Fonzi and so many more. The festival lasts for more than a month and we are so planning on going back one day!

Finally, we did visit Puerto Banus of course and yes, it was pretty awesome. The parties are crazy and last until sunrise with champagne, music and an intense atmosphere. But I didn’t really want to talk about the typical here so I chose to mention the other things instead.

-A