HOW TO SURVIVE RAINY DAYS

I hate rain, I bet you feel the same! If you live in Luxembourg like me, you noticed that the sun is on vacation and it won’t come back any time soon. This is why I wrote a survival guide for rainy days in form of a list and here we go:

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BLOGS I LOVE TO READ

This blog post is about the blogs I love to read. I follow some of them since years and I think you might like them since every single of the following blogs produces high quality and creative content. Following blogs might be confusing for some of you, because you haven’t subscribed their newsletter. And if you don’t like having an inbox full of newsletters, but you still want to know if your favourite bloggers produced new content, then you need bloglovin’! You simply have to type the address of the blog you like in the search section, click on the follow button and you’ll have on one and only page, the feed of all your favourite blogs. Hey, you could start by adding my blog, La Rivière Rose. And here is the list of my favourite blogs that you need to check out:

DIY BLOGS

The pastel look is so inviting and they come up with creative original ideas. Everything without exception is cute on this blog, I really like the printables for easy decoration ideas.

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I follow this blog since many years and what I like the most are the layout of the pictures of the DIY projects, they look like art. Check out the craft math section for non kitsch DIY ideas. Ok maybe a bit kitsch, but in a good way.

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Mr Kate has built an empire around her blog with her husband. The content is made by a whole creative team and it has the easy breezy California touch. Watch their YouTube videos “OMG we bought a house” for house renovation inspo.

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The blog creator Jenni made a very complete business of this blog, with project DIY but also a shop, she wrote a book with DIY’s and she even offers classes.

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My crush 💓 A Beautiful Mess

On this blog you’ll find pretty DIY projects but also great food ideas. I like the boho vibe of the blog which is also reflected on the projects. It’s a very famous blog, you probably know it already!

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FASHION & BEAUTY BLOGS

This blogger’s beautiful name is also Sarah, but it isn’t the reason why I like it,obviously! Sassy Red Lipstick is a body positive blog that inspires me a lot when I shoot pictures. I like every single outfit she’s wearing.

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Now this blogger’s name is Sara aswell and on the screenshot she’s standing in Esch Alzette, my city, I must love her! Sara is a very talented friend of mine who made her dream come true. She quit everything to come to Luxembourg and live her self-employed dream. I respect her so much for that and she is a delightful young woman.

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I don’t follow Serena since a long time but I am so happy that I discovered her blog. I think I found her on Instagram because I was looking for curvy outfits and BAM! I find this beautiful lady. I commented her Insta story once and she chatted with me. See how cool she is!

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Perfect outfit every day, how does she do it. I think I couldn’t wear half of her outfits because I would look like a “Jevoultemaisjepouvtepas” this is Luxembourgish for, let’s say, idiot. She wears anything with elegance and grace.

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My crush 💓 Nova Lana Love

And there she is, my Farina, I hope I can call her like that without sounding like a complete stalker. I love everything about her, I don’t use Snapchat anymore, I am more the Insta story person, I just keep it to follow her. She’s a real  Kölscher Mädche, authentic, even if she’s the most famous influencer of Germany. I like how she seems so normal. She’s funny, she’s pretty, she’s cool. And now I stop because I will scare her if she reads this.

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FOOD BLOGS

Dramatic food pictures on this blog, they are perfect, Tieghan is a real food stylist! What I really like about this blog are the drink recipes.

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This italian blog combines tradition with a cool modern touch. Riccardo and Stefano’s kitchen inspires me a lot.

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The entertaining section on Honestly Yum is something I have never seen this way before. For a person like me who likes to have parties, it is #partyfoodgoals. It’s late and I start writing in hashtags, I better finish this blog post quickly!

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When I want to cook something completely different from my comfort zone I take my inspiration on this blog. They have many great ideas for people who are bored to cook always the same kind of dishes.

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My crush 💓 Love And Lemons

Oh Love & Lemons, you are so perfect! Every picture taken by the best possible angle. The crisp, white theme is minimalistic and simply beautiful. The recipes are simple and good. You can simply filter the recipes, I think that it’s this features that makes this blog my favourite food blog. And not to forget the simple print it feature. Love this blog so much!

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And my crush 💓 who doesn’t fit in any of the categories above is The Fabulous Life of Ricci

I probably like him BECAUSE he doesn’t fit in any of these categories and I bet he is used to it and doesn’t give a shit. He’s quirky, talks a lot, he’s funny, very lovable and i think a genuinely kind person with a big heart. At least this is how he appears on his Insta stories. I like the fact that he finds a song for any situation like I do. I like the fact that he has nostalgia moments where he talks about what he did as a teenager, the music he listened, the toys he had… His blog posts are touching and emotional and it proves that he is not the superficial guy you might think he is at first sight.

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After checking out all these blogs, don’t forget La Rivière Rose. A super cool, funny woman writes it and is happy about every single read. Oh, and she’s pretty and sweet aswell. And her name is Sarah!

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I WISH MY 16 YEAR OLD SELF KNEW THIS STUFF

In the year 2000 I was 16 years old and life sucked. Because I failed maths, I had to repeat a year with a bunch of students I only knew by sight and it was extremely hard for me to get to know new people and habits. I cried for three month until Christmas until I got used to the new situation. Who knew that I would meet my dearest friends in that class and that 17 years after this, my whole circle of friends, would be based on those new friendships. It turns out that I was wrong about a lot of stuff and that things happened differently as I imagined. I made a list of things I would tell my 16-year-old self if I could.

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HOW I GREW MY INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS

When I first installed Instagram on my phone the app was quite different form what it has become. I think it was 6 years ago and at that time everybody was changing the signature square picture by applying filters called Juno, Reyes, Valencia and Willow. I liked that feature because I thought it mae my photos look professional.

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Why Valentine’s Day actually sucks!

I looked up the history of Valentine’s Day and what I  found is that one legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

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Playlist qui donne la pêche!

Yes this post  is in french, because…why not!

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The Best Inflatable Toys

Welcome summer, we missed you so much! Now it’s time for bikinis, cocktails and pool parties. If you’re looking for a dope pool float, don’t surf away, just check out my list of the best inflatable toys. Forget the old-fashioned boring mattresses, it’s 2016! Now you can buy floats in all kinds of shapes and colours. Here are my favourites:

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7 Plus Size Dresses For Summer 2016

I have not always been plus sized, but you know what happened? Life! Life happened. And it’s ok, I’m not saying I love my body, but I never loved it. I always felt fat, even when I wheiged 62kg. Quite the contrary, I feel more self confident now, not because of the weight, certenately not, but because I’m older and many things in life become so much easier when you’re older. What never changed is my need to look good.

There is no shame buying plus sized clothes,  the only shame is when they look hideous. Thanks Asos, Mango, Missguided, Boohoo and recently River Island too, girls with curves are able to find stylish fashion at a reasonable price. Since summer is slowely but surely coming, dress season is also coming and here are my favourite dresses available on the net right now.

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Eurovision Song Contest Semi Final 1

It’s Eurovision Song Contest time! Yay! The gay Super Bowl is back! Make yourself comfortable on your couch with some friends and a couple of beers and watch the first semi final tonight at 9 p.m. Watch it on PHOENIX if you want so see it in German or on FRANCE4 for those who prefer it in French. You can also stream it online on the ESC web page.

Now you may ask me why do I watch it? On one hand I like traditions and I have always watched it since I was a kid, and there is also the fact that I love to make fun of people on tv. Nobody gets hurt, I can do my jokes and feel funny, it’s perfect. This is why I have always been a fan of the Eurovision Song Contest. In the past, I was even a member of the Luxembourgish  fan club of Eurovision, the OGAE Luxembourg. With a couple of friends I helped to organize several charity galas with original ESC singers and I even co hosted the show three times. Whether you love it or hate it, the Eurovision Song Contest is part of European music culture.

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My favourite snapchatters

I remember when I first downloaded the Snapchat app, I tried it for a few minutes and I deleted it right after. I’m too old for that shit was what I was thinking. It seemed so complicated and really not user friendly to me. But when a friend showed me how to use it I kind of understood the features. And now it looks like Snapchat is taking over social media, I catch myself checking it way more often than Facebook. I sit on the train doing silly faces with the built in filters and spam my friends. I love it! It’s kind of weird how comfortable I feel sending spoken messages sitting in the bathroom. But it’s fun! So I decided to share with you the snapchatters I enjoy the most besides my close friends.

snapshat favourites   girlwithnojob GirlWithNoJob.com

Claudia Oshry started Girl With a Job when she was a PR intern, but when her coworkers noticed that she was making fun of them on her blog, she got fired and started Girl With No Job. Her snaps are hilarious especially when her alter ego “Claudette” comes out.

snapshat favourites   beckermanblog /  BeckermanBlog.com

The Canadian Beckerman twins Cailli and Sam are fashion bloggers who travel a lot because they are the queens of collaboration. In their snaps you can see fashion shows, their dogs, crazy outfits and a lot of cheerfulness.

snapshat favourites  chelseahandler

Famous comedian Chelsea Handler takes over Snapchat and is now learning the Spanish language. Mucho funny!

snapshat favourites   holycamille /  HolyCamille.com

Camille is a French blogger based in Paris, charismatic, funny, answers every comment I ever wrote her and she is kind of different, but in a very positive way. She is honest and would never promote anything she doesn’t like to get a collaboration. In her snaps you see her being silly, sometimes angry, singing in her car and talking to her followers.

snapshat favourites   emiliehigle / MyLittleFashionDiary.net

I met Emilie Higle in a blogger class which she hosted in Luxembourg. She is an online influencer who has a lot of projects in Luxembourg, Paris and New York, mostly connected to fashion and she snaps in English with a cute French accent.

snapshat favourites   yayavanchique / YayaVanChique.com

Yannick is a good friend of mine, I can’t exactly remember when I met him, I think it must be around 12 years ago. He lives in Luxembourg and snaps a lot in his car, at home and in the club. Yaya, you party animal!

snapshat favourites   novalanalove / NovaLanaLove.com

I just discovered her Snapchat yesterday and I’m addicted to it. She is so pretty, it’s crazy how beautiful she is! She lives in Cologne and snaps about clothes, hair, cosmetics, all the girly things.

snapshat favourites   mrkate / MrKate.com

Kate has built a YouTube / blog / DIY empire over the years. She lives in Los Angeles and if you like her snaps and DIY projects, you will have to read her book A Hot Glue Gun Mess it’s full of cute but also sometimes weird and psycho stories, and so is her Snapchat.

snapshat favourites   marianna_hewitt / LifeWithMe.com

Marianna is a very sweet and chic woman in her snaps. She hangs out with famous people of L.A. whether working with them or spending quality time with them. Her Snapchat is like her blog, a clean layout, good quality pictures and very enjoyable to watch.

snapshat favourites   makeupbytessy / MakeUpByTessy

Tessy is  THE makeup artist of Luxembourg, I think she is probably the best one. When you look at her recent YouTube video you almost don’t notice that she is not from LA. She has got the looks, the kindness and charisma of a California girl. Follow her rise to Hollywood on Snapchat and if you can’t visit her event Señorita XO at the Melusina on March 12th you have to book an appointment for a special occasion.

Who are you following on Snapchat? Send me your snaps to tell me @lariviererose

Thanks for reading & buenos nachos!