Thursday, December 13, 2018

MY LIFE | The Soap Opera Continues

Every year my office Christmas party is always an eventful experience. This was my third time attending, and for the third time a lot happen.

First some backstory -- there's this guy at work that I've had a crush since ever. Ever since I say him for the very fist time three years ago, always thought he was cute. But that we were never at the same office and because of that I never really used to see him. But somehow we started going to the gym together and we have been spending some time together. We are gym buddies and we have a lot of fun together at the gym. We have our own inside jokes and everything. 
And at the party, well, we basically spent the whole party together. We drank and danced and we had a lot of fun. 
At the end of the night I started to notice that he was trying to be alone with me. We went to get out coats and as we were approaching the very huge line to the coat checker he hold my hand. And I got super nervous and did everything I could to stop holding hands with him. I wasn't expecting that at all. The line was to big and I was cold and din't want to wait standing up by the door so we went back inside and we sat on a couch. It was a three person couch and there were just the two of us, yet he sat super close to me. So close that I had the urge to ask if rather sit on my lap --  but than it hit me. We was making a move! And so I tried to respond to what he was doing. He put his arm around me, and we cuddle a little bit on that couch, we hold hands -- he was so warm and his hand felt so nice --  he kissed me in the forehead, I was playing with his tie. It think it was the first time we ever even touched. I was super nervous and I was just trying to play it cool. Waiting for him to kiss me, because honestly that's were I thought this was leading up to. But no. After a while, we went back to the line for the coats. At first I was hugging him face-to-face, and it honestly was super awkward. My face was right up his neck and I kissed him on the neck and he kissed me on my forehead and on my face. But he never kissed me on the lips.
When we said goodbye, I thought it was the perfect opportunity for me to steal a kiss. I though that maybe I would be able to do that little trick, where you lightly turn your face and that he would get the hint. And honestly I thought he was going to do it, because he was looking me in the eyes and he was leaning forward but he ended up kissing me on the forehead. I wasn't expecting that at all and I didn't know what to do. I just saw him walk away without doing anything. 

Yesterday we went to the gym together like always. And it was like nothing ever happens. Friends -- or whatever we are -- as usual. I'll be honest, I never thought he would want anything with me. And I'm not sure he does anyway. I wasted my opportunity to show him that I want to be with him and now I don't know when I'll have a new one.

I'm usually not like this. I'm upset! I'm upset because I wasn't able to make the first move. Maybe it's because I'm falling for another guy from work. And we all know how good that went. Even tho they are two completely different persons. Or maybe it's because I saw my ex making out with some girl at the party and cheating on the girl he left me for. 

I want to move on but I feel like my feet are nailed to the ground. I want to be in a real relationship where I can really feel loved, safe and committed.  My last readership was a mess -- and yeah, I have my fuckboy and even tho we is really sweet and have a lot of fun together, when our thing started he was cheating on his girlfriend. He was cheating on his girlfriend with me. I like him but I don't see him as someone I can have a real relationship with.

Monday, December 10, 2018

This little dude is the newest addition to my Lego MiniFigures collection. In case you don't recognize it, it's Dobby - the former house elf who served the Malfoy Family. It's from the latest 
Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts Minifigure Set. They come in a blind bag and you never know which one you are going to get until you open the little package. It's really cool that the very first one I got was Dobby. I also got Dumbledore but this one is much cuter.  Look at that little sock. Adorable.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

REVIEW | Bio-Oil

Ever since I've started going to the gym more often I am much more concerned about giving my skin everything it needs to accompany the rest of my body while getting in shape.
I know I'm pron to get stretch-marks. I've had stretch-marks on my hips and butt since I was about 12. And because of that I decided to bring back an old friend that, honesty, I've missed a lot -- Bio-oil.  
This is not the first time you hear me talk about his product, and I bet it definitely wont be the last. I wrote a post telling how great it is in 2015 ...Way before everybody starting to talk about it, and before everyone went crazy about it. And my opinion remains the same! But let me remind me of what it is and what it does.

Bio-oil is well known for being a wonder product against stretch marks, scars and other skin marks that we all have and hate.  As I said, I deal with a lot of stretch-marks on my hips / butt. And I know what they are not going away -- it is impossible to get completely rid of stretch marks, BUT this product really helps in preventing new ones from forming and it helps reduce the appearance of the existing ones.

Bio-Oil it's what we call a dry-oil. This just means that it at first it feels like an oil, but after you rub it in it is quickly absorbed without leaving any trace of residue -- it leaves you skin looking silky and smooth. It's very smooth and lightweight, and it smells really nice.

Personally I've never had any problems but be aware that this is an oil and it may stain your clothes, so be careful when applying it and handling it.
I've had it in my gym bag and I always apply it after showering and after applying my Vaseline Spray Body Lotion, and this combination leaves my skin feeling nurtured, smooth and amazing.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Zomato Gold | Use my code CATYOL for 25% off !

A while ago I decided to subscribe Zomato Gold and I'm honestly very happy with this decision.
Zomato Gold is a service that gives you offers in some restaurantes, allowing you to eat out and save  some money.

There are two types of deals -- 1+1 meal or 2+2 drinks. This means they offer one dish if you get two, or two drinks if you get other two. Some restaurants offer the meal deal, others offer the drinks. But I don't think I've ever seen one that offers both (don't even know if that's possible).

The deal I feel it's more worth it is the one for meals. Two for the price of one it's a pretty good deal! This, of course, does not include meals to share, or buffet meals or all you can eat. Basically you need to oreder two separate dishes. And of course they always charge you the most expensive dish.
You can only use Gold on the same restaurant up to 8 times and all you have to do is to click on the Gold button on your app and let your waiter know you are using Gold when she comes to get your order.

This membership is not cheap, but it's always on sale! And if you use a referral code you get en extra 25% off and this way it defendente pays off. I think I paid 25€ for my one year subscription and I have already saved tree times that value. That's because I use Zomato Gold mostly to visit restaurants that otherwise I'd find too expensive.

Currently Zomato has a lot of Gold Partner Restaurants, serving all different types of food. One of my currently favorites is Prego D'Pescador in Parque das Nações -- serving very tasteful Portuguese food. Being already relatively cheap, using gold makes it a bargain! I've been there 4 times already and I've never been disappointed. Perfect for a casual lunch date. But if you want to try something fancier -- I'd suggest Akla at the 5 Star Intercontinental Hotel. Super expensive, but it's truly an exquisite experience -- just check out our fancy desserts!

Browse a little bit trough Zomato Website, check all the gold restaurantes, the prices, and do the math yourself. And if you think it would be worth it for you. And you can use my referral code to get 25% off the price. 

Friday, November 30, 2018

Honey Trap

On these really cold days my lips always need some extra love. And because of that this little tin goes with me everywhere. This lip balm is amazing! It just melts melts onto the lips and leaves them soft all day long! It has honey, oats that make your lips all smooth while the almond and olive oil moisturize them. The beeswax almost seals your lips from the cold, keeping them nice and smooth. And the tin container with the pink sticker is just too cute.

Monday, November 26, 2018

EAT | Taberna Belga, Braga

Francesinha -- or little french girl, in English.The very traditional Portuguese sandwich, meat packed, cheese covered and doused in a hot rich sauce. They say it's an adaption of the french croque-monsieur to the Portuguese taste, hence it's name. Although it has spread  all over the country, Porto -- and it's close surroundings -- is the traditional area of the Francesinha, however the best one I've ever had is little further north, in Braga.

Taberna Belga serves the best Francesinha I've ever tried in my life. You have to go there and try it for yourself. It's the best one ever. But be prepared to wait, because Taberna Belga always has a line at the door. ALWAYS, even though this restaurant is huge, and it has a LOT of tables it is always completely full. For lunch, or dinner. And unless you go super early or really late -- as we did -- you are going to wait. But trust me, it will be completely worth it.

This Francesinha is slightly different form the ones you eat in Porto -- and astonishingly different form the kind you can find here in Lisbon -- because the sauce is different. It's much richer, and ticker and intense. You can tell from the picture that even has a brighter red shade. It is very velvety and extremely of flavorful. I've been told that not everybody likes it because it has a stronger tomato base, and therefor it tastes more like tomato --  It reminded me of a lighter pizza sauce.The sauce was not spicy at all, contrarily to the Francsinha you eat in Porto who's sauce is always always hotter than hell. 

Usually I'm not able to eat one whole franchise on my own. It's just too much food -- but I ate the whole thing. And it was a very hot summer day! To help the Francesinha go down -- and to tone down the heat -- we order a really cold La Trappe Quadrupel, a Dutch dark strong beer. Oh yeah, Taberna Belga serves a variety of unusual beers. I'm usually not very fond of this type of beers but this one, because it has a nuttier flavor complements really well the richness of the Francesinha sauce.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

How to become Belle

Over the years, Disney hasn't always been known for creating strong female role models. In part, that’s been down to the era their movies have been made in; films such as Snow White or Sleeping Beauty, reflect the attitudes toward women at the time - which is to say that the girl stays at home, happy to perform chores while waiting for a Prince to come and sweep her off her feet.

But in Beauty and the Beast we have Belle. She is the girl that everyone wants to be. She is beautiful, graceful, strong and smart! There are undeniable aspects of strength to this character: Belle loved books while other girls in the village only focused on their appearances in order to land a man. She fought back hard against Gaston’s advances, and wasn’t afraid to tell the Beast that he was rude. And even though she may have suffered from Stockholm Syndrome, she is indisputably one of the strongest classic Disney characters. Who doesn't want to be like Belle?

-- Please be nice and supportive and click on at least one of the pictures! I'd do the same for you. Thank you! --