Monday, 27 March 2017

Current Life Update: Spring Break, Travels & New Content!

It's Spring Break at the moment, though you wouldn't be able to tell because the weather is deceiving. Though we've had some sun rays  poking through the cloudy haze that is the Netherlands, I still require a coat or at least a few layers when heading outdoors as Spring is a bit chilly and only (officially) started five days ago. Then again, I'm from Africa, so anything below 20 degrees Celsius is cold for me.

Cherry blossom trees in Rotterdam, Netherlands

But that's small talk. 

I've gotten my first semester of university out of the way and I couldn't be more pleased with how well my first year is going. I've discovered new places, maintained my grades despite all the cups of coffee it took to stay awake during certain classes and I've met wonderful people. My mom always says the friends you make in university can turn into lifelong friends, and I really hope that's true because some of the people I've met are really great. 

 
Tilburg City Center

Tilburg is nicer than I thought it'd be and I love living here more than I thought I would; I like the little bakeries in the city center, the bookstores at the Emma Passage with the cherry hardwood floors and counter-tops made out of old novels and despite knowing I should probably cut back on caffeine, I still like to grab a cup of coffee (or four) at Bagels & Beans with friends. I actually enjoy biking - lol, just kidding, there's nothing enjoyable about bathing in a puddle of your own sweat as you're on your way to university -  however,  now that the sun is finally making an appearance, it does make late afternoon bike rides so much more pleasant. There's also this park close to my apartment that'll be perfect for picnics with my boyfriend and there are so many cute thrift stores that my wallet and I don't always agree on yet we both love to go anyway.
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Naturally I have my off days and I really miss living in Rotterdam; I miss my life there, my friend group, the familiarity of knowing where I am because even though I suck at directions, I always know my way around Rotterdam but it is what it is and I know it is only a train away. 

Those of you who read my blog regularly are always curious about where I'm traveling to next. This year I am traveling to four countries.  

In April I'll be going to Ireland and Belgium. Ireland is actually a school "study" trip but that's going to be a separate blog post. What I will share is that I'm gone from the 8th to the 15th, [aka I'll schedule posts in advance]. Though I've visited Belgium before, I've never been to Brussels. My boyfriend has though, and he suggested it, so I was pretty keen to go. We're still in the planning stage as we were initially going to go this month, but plans fell through so we're re-planning for the 22nd of April for our one year anniversary (eek!!!

My boyfriend and I


At the end of the year my family and I are going on a trip to Namibia, I'm excited as we have other family members there but Namibia is hot as heck and I have no clue how I'll survive that heat because I have to get used to Cape Town's summer every time I go back.

Speaking of which...

Muizenberg Beach, South Africa

As per usual, I'll be heading home to South Africa in June and staying there for a month or so. It'll be winter again. I can't wait to go home, I miss my family so much. I miss my little sister's laugh and teasing her until she tattles  on me. (It doesn't matter that I'm nearly 20, I still get in trouble with my mom.)  There's my aunt Cindy to look forward to because even though she's almost twice my age, she's really like a big sister. There's my uncle Marque and my little cousins Mila and Matthew who have recently started walking!


My grandparents!


This wouldn't be a little family reminiscing session if I didn't mention the roots of my family tree - my grandparents! They're are honestly my best friends, no joke. My gran and I always gossip about our other family members - sorry not sorry - and my grandpa and I always go into town together to buy newspapers and groceries or just look at the flowers blooming in the main street. It's a tradition to go into town together, we've been doing it ever since I was four and I always sat in the middle of him and my grandma's bakkieif she decided to accompany us as usually she just writes up the shopping list.

[*I'm not sure what the English word for 'bakkie' is, but if you're South African you're the real MVP. If you're not just know that it's like a lil pickup truck I guess, and essentially they just have three seats in the front of the car so I always got the middle one - I still do]

I'm also super duper excited about seeing my other best friends too as being here has taught me that distance doesn't mean shit; if people are invested in you, they will make an effort to be in your life, regardless of where you are. 

Before that turns into a rant...

I mentioned I'd be going to Ireland, but I didn't mention that it's going to take about two weeks of my Spring Break and I am currently off school for three. Oh my wordy wordy you guys, I am honestly not sure what I'm going to be doing with that extra week of free time as most of my friends have midterms or are traveling.  I'll most likely be studying and packing for Ireland. I also need to find a dress asap as my boyfriend has a Titanic themed gala at his university (help!!!

I did, however change my room up a little bit and I was thinking of uploading a room tour + organization post but we'll have to see as it's not entirely how I want it yet! I do know that I want to release new content though; as you may have seen I've started uploading playlists and more collaborations with other bloggers but lately I've been gravitating towards fashion posts, favourite places to hang out, day in my life etc.



Aside from all of that, I am happy and I am healthy and that's all I can really be thankful for. These past few months have been all over the place, so I would like to say 'thank you' to those who've stuck with me, as I know I am stubborn as heck and I am not easy to deal with at times.  2017 is a great year for me so far and,  dear reader, I really hope it is treating you the same.



Love, Miah


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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Coastal Living | Guest Post ✰

Guest Post by Abby Strangward


Body coated in sand, sea glittering before me, seagulls edging their way towards the remnants of a fish and chips dinner – I could stay here forever.
Australia. You’re a dreamy mess and I love it.

Life down under? It’s pretty average, for me. I live in a small coastal town right at the bottom of the country, near Melbourne. I wake up every morning and rush to school, and spend my afternoons at home working, in town with my friends, or by the beach. On Tuesdays I go surfing with a group of friends (my favourite part of the week). Weekends are spent in a sleepy haze down on an island, catching up with friends and sleeping on the roof.


Australia feels like a roughly sewn-together patchwork of everything; I’m surrounded by people, food and culture of every nationality and ethnicity. Living here teaches you so much respect.  I do believe Australia has a culture all its own; everybody is so different, but we’re all Australian - we’re all ready to head down to the beach and grab some fish and chips. We love sport, the beach and the land, and half of us don’t give a shit about Australia Day but no-body cares. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, and for the most part, people are accepting of each other.
The ‘land down under’ is perceived so differently around the world. There are so many stereotypes associated with us aussies – and not half of them are true.
Every animal is trying to kill you. We don’t walk outside and encounter a snake on the road. Poisonous spiders aren’t in every corner and frankly, I’ve never seen a crocodile in my life. We do have native dogs. The birds are nice too - except for the magpies. Australian magpie season is open season on the back of your head. They swoop, they dive, they attack, and if you look down, no-one can help you.
Fashion. We have a reputation for board shorts, budgie smugglers, hats with dangling corks and thongs. But Melbourne and Sydney in particular are establishing themselves as fashion capitals, and the streetwear there could rival London and Paris.
Vegemite. I hate vegemite. That yellow-labelled salty brown spread is awful. Why are we known for this? Why?
Surfing. It’s not something we’re taught the moment we exit the womb. Personally, I happen to love it, but it’s not a talent we all innately possess.
No culture. We have art galleries! We’re trying our best!
Tim Tams. Actually … this one’s a little true. But have you ever had a Tim Tam? They’re amazing. I’m proud to be associated with this tasty chocolate treat.
We ride to work on kangaroos and have pet koalas.
Have you ever tried to get near a kangaroo or koala?
Wait.
I actually have a fantastic story about this; I was driving home with my mum just after 11pm, and a baby koala wandered out onto the road. We stopped and approached it and it sniffed our hands and let us pat it.
So that happened.
But that’s rare, I’m telling you. Kangaroos are downright mean. We do use cars and bikes, not the native wildlife.
Australia has shaped me as a person. Nothing I’m doing now would be possible without the influence of my home. My blog, Seafoam, is so heavily influenced by the ocean and my way of life. I’m incredibly grateful for how I’ve grown up. I’m in love with my home and I’m desperate to travel the world, but not until I’ve surfed up on the sunshine coast, sat in cafes in Byron Bay, lived and worked in Sydney, and gone to festivals in Perth. I dream of Paris, New York, London and Los Angeles – but home is always here. 
Always.  

Abby is a 15 year old Australian girl living by the coast. She takes photos, makes videos, writes about everything and speaks a bit of shitty french. You can generally find her by the ocean, in bed, or on the wrong bus somewhere.  

Monday, 20 March 2017

Spring Night Glam Collab with BriixBeauty!




Hi, everyone! Today I've done a fun little collaboration with the gorgeous Brianna. We decided that, since it's Spring, we'd do a Day to Night Makeup Look! Brianna chose day and I'm going to show you how I achieved a simple but bold Spring look for the night time! A bonus is that this look is super easy to do, which is perfect if you're a beginner like I am!







           Makeup Products In Order of Application 



Eyes
Brows - Wet n Wild Brow Kit
Eyeshadow Palette - Zoeva Cocoa Blend 
All over Lid Shade - 'Substitute for Love'
Crease Shade - 'Beans are White'
Center of Lid - 'Warm Notes'
Lash Primer - Manna Kadar Lash Extending Primer
Mascara - Urban Decay Perversion Mascara



Face
Foundation - Kiko Mat Mousse Foundation in '11'
Concealer - LA Girl Pro Concealer in 'Fawn' 
Bronzer - Urban Decay Naked On The Run Bronzer
Highlighter - Milani Powder Blush in 'Warm Petals'









Lips
Lip Primer  - essence Volume On Plumping Gloss
Lip Liner -  essence Long Lasting Lipliner in 'Soft Berries'
Lipsticks - Manna Kadar Liplocked Lip Primer in 'JOIE' 
Lipgloss - Kiko Milano Lipgloss in '011'


 
Top Earrings - American Swiss
Bottom Earrings -Lovisa
 


That was it for my Spring night look! I hope you enjoyed this post and don't forget to have a look at Brianna's gorgeous Day look! 

Brianna's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/briixbeauty/
Brianna's Blog: http://briixbeauty.weebly.com/



Love, Miah

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Travels & Tales | Personal



Italy,     2008   
Sweltering summer
Cathedrals and canals
Feet burnt by flaming pavements
Pizza parlors and giggling girls getting gelato
Live music in lonely lanes

                Singapore, 2009     
Springtime
Clean streets,
Sentosa Island
Fire dancers
The Merlion’s mouth open in a silent roar
Humid nights -- kick off the blankets
Turn the pillow to get the cold side   

Hong Kong, 2009   
Summer in the city
A stranger teaches me how to hold chopsticks at a local café
Night markets
This was the year of houndstooth print and sparkly accessories
I buy a cover for my iPod which I bought to block out the street noise at night
I eat delicacies that are not my norm and visit disneyland for the first time
I am nervous to take a photo with Mickey Mouse
Because I know it’s a man underneath
    (I’m scared of things that aren’t what they appear to be)

                Namibia, 2009   
                Scorching summer and red dirt underneath my fingernails
                Tropic of Capricorn
I eat half cut apples shaped like the moons I try to take pictures of
            Long road-trip from point A to point B
            We don’t really know where we’re going
(But we’re getting there)

                                        
Dubai, 2010   
Wild Wadi;
The skin on my nose and shoulders have started to peel
I haven’t experienced a heatwave in a long time
The force of the waves knock me out in a split second
Just my luck and an hour later I get stuck in a water tube
I focus on the glow-in-the-dark bracelet around my wrist to keep me calm
(I’m upset because no one said the tube gets narrower the further you go)

                            Croatia, 2010
                            Summer.
Tranquil mornings by the sea
We stay in Dubrovnik;
Jam stained t-shirts
Picturesque beaches
Marble floors,
Mostly tourists with too many umbrellas
Thailand, 2011   
Phi Phi Don Island; gorgeous, leafy, green
Hair: Curly, wild, unruly -- locals want to touch it
Street Markets; crowded, delicious delicacies, open air restaurants, too many smells
Beaches; not allowed to swim, so we take photos of the sunset instead
Phuket Hotel; I mispronounce the name
High School: about to start two weeks after I get back
(I’m nervous)


France,  2011   
Our  names are scribbled on separate locks
We combine them and tie it to the bridge.
(At least the locks are still together)

                                   
Germany, 2012       
Christmas Markets with colourful lights are my guideline
We explore the BMW head office and wander through the streets
I study the people, the rough language, the paintings in a castle we visit
I try to record it in my journal, but there’s too much to say

The Netherlands, 2012
Anne Frank House
Madame Tussaud's
Pancake boats
Bicycle rides
Unexpected conversations with strangers
Hint of Spring is in the air
At the airport I make a wish that I could visit again.
(The next year I move here)

Switzerland, 2014
The most beautiful cottage in the mountains
Mornings spent looking out at the river
Afternoons are a mixture of shopping and exploring;
Chocolate melts on my tongue at the Lindt Factory,
I read books on the train and pay for the cable cars to take me higher
So I can take pictures of the world down below
Ice caves are much too cold for me and I experience snow for the first time
My sighs are silver mist and though I am wearing gloves my hands feel like marble
Evenings are spent clutching copious cups of coffee
Tired eyes trying to get through just “one more” chapter
The mountain winds sing me to sleep
   
                    Austria, 2014   
Salzburg, a dreamer’s dream come true
With flowers whose petals decorate the walls
And roots that wrap around fences
And moonlight sparkles on lakes that surround old castles
This place reminds me of the fairy-tales
My mother read to me when I was a child



Costa Rica, 2015                           
Hotels, rainforests, nature reserves -
It’s all new and exciting
Bruises stain my skin and I poke them to see if they’ll hurt as much as I think
The soft wind in the rainforest whispers as we get ready to look for sea turtles
I talk to a girl from Mexico who is an oceanographer
She tells me about the currents and how the moon affects their motion
She says she wants to visit me in Europe someday
The boys from New Jersey keep us company on night hikes
(We trade usernames on social media but most of us forget to stay in touch)
I turn 18 in a rainforest --
On my birthday they sing to me
(I don’t know what to do)
David brings in a chocolate cake
It is almost as sweet as the summer scent
Of honeysuckle leaves and pineapple trees
During lessons we learn about nature:
Protect it and it protects you
They also teach us about sustainability:
There’s not as much as we think

Belgium, 2015
The hum of the bus ride lulls me to sleep
When I woke up, we listen to the same song twice
We got lost in Antwerp and took our time finding our way back
We stumbled into allies and take photos, capturing memories we might forget next week   
Back at the hostel, too many drinks are consumed
Intoxicated sighs fill the room as intoxicated voices spill sober thoughts
(The walls in the dorm have ears and they know too much)



Love, Miah
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