My Weekend in Outfits

I have had myself a fun, activity – packed weekend and thought I’d tell you all about it going by the outfits I put together. I don’t consider myself a fashion guru but every girl likes to dress up right?

So here is my weekend in outfits….

Friday night: Friend’s Birthday Celebrations
Venue: Dolphin Restaurant (Northmead, Lusaka) for Dinner and Karaoke
Outfit: Glam – casual

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Blue jeans, cream lace top, nude pumps and a gray envelope clutch.

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My dinner date

Saturday Night: A Friend’s Wedding Reception
Venue: ZAF Chamba Valley
Outfit: Semi – formal
Ps: I did attend the Marriage Blessing, but was occupied with taking photos of the Bride and Groom

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Lady in Red: red dress, belt, cluth and black heels

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My date

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Earings!

Sunday Morning: Church
Outfit: Afrochic

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Short Hair. Bright, bold yellow hoop earrings

Sunday Afternoon: Out ‘N About
Outfit: Casual

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Peach t-shirt and dotted tube skirt with matching flats

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His and Hers Casuals

What a fun weekend, let’s do it again.

Stay Blessed and fabulous.

Love,

Me 🙂

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Destination Germany: Berlin the Dog City

My family really got into the idea of me blogging and when I told them I am doing a travel blog about my trip to Germany, I earned myself sone free consultants.  Mum, and dad took it upon themselves to advise me on what to blog about and even arranged trips on some interesting goings-on around the city (The previous post on the BMZ Economic Fayre was dads invitation and idea).

This post on Berlin being the dog city was mums idea after seeing a feature on BBC about a blogger who posted about the cat city (can’t remember which city it was)

Wherever you go in Berlin, you can be guaranteed to bump into a good looking (or handsome as I like to call them; meaning well- groomed) dog and it’s owner.  Seriously though, people here love dogs!

So I took up mums challenge and set out with my camera (my phone- gotta love technology) and went a-snapping.

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There you have it folks, Berlin truly is the dog lovers city.

Off to board my plane now.

Ich liebe Berlin (I love Berlin)

Chooz!

Health Journey: Holiday Update

I have been visiting my folks in Berlin, Germany for the last 3 weeks or thereabouts and when you are travelling it’s so easy to forget your healthy eating habits. The allure of new and different foods that you just want to try, all the chocolates and other such bad foods that just seem to be EVERYWHERE you turn, coupled with the fact that you are away from your ‘fitfam’ and trainer…holidays are not easy people

Whilst I managed not to go completely off the wagon, I haven’t exactly been good. I spent the first couple of days sticking to my eating plan…then giving in here and there to a nibble of this and that which I would end up feeling so guilty about and imagining myself gaining back all the weight I’ve worked so hard to lose, looking in the mirror and seeing the old me.

Needless to say, I have avoided jumping on the scale my entire time here and said to myself “what happens in Berlin, stays in Berlin,  after all i am on holiday” (I can almost hear you guys going ‘oh-oh’)

Yesterday, I finally got the courage to weigh myself. Ultimately, when I started this journey, I knew I would have set backs and as my trip comes to an end, I am also aware that I am going back to my normal life…so it was a matter of asking myself which life i was going back to. .the new healthy me..or the other me who just existed and had no life in  her…so i weighed myself and…………….I have managed to gain 0.2kgs, meaning I have managed to maintain my weight whilst on holiday.

So hang on, haven’t I been bad?

Looking back I realise that my ‘cheats’ were not actually as bad my mind imagined them to be. If I had to calculate how much I actually ate in a day in terms of calories, it wouldn’t actually be as scary as I imagined. Also, whilst I didn’t exactly workout as I do at home (my trainer’s going to torture me when I get back), the fact that I had to be my mother’s legs, meant that I was walking to the shops everyday (which according to the handy S Health app is about 9kms daily)

Lessons learned:
1. Our minds are our worst enemy. It was a daily internal struggle not to beat myself up about failing, which had I not managed to control would have sent me on a downwardnl spiral. Our minds can exaggerate (in my case), or minimise, (which may be the  case for others) what we are actually putting in (be it food or other areas) so it is important to write things down.

2. Repeat an action for long enough and it becomes a habit. Eat healthy, smaller portions and it will become something you will do without thinking about it. I think this may be what saved me this trip.

Plan for the week

1. Bootcamp  (check out LIVEFIT on facebook) is back on my agenda with my 1st session being this friday. I’m excited (and scared!) I even got myself some new training shoes and other cute training gear, including different coloured neon socks 🙂

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Cute right?

2. Do up my meal plan and go grocery shopping as soon as I get back.

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More of this clean eating

I’m back #teamcurvyandfit

🙂

Destination Germany: The Turkish Connection

Berlin, as well as other regions in Germany,  has quite a large population of Turkish immigrants who live, work and run various businesses.  From my research (Wikipedia), this relationship goes as far back as before the 1950’s when Germany experienced a shortage of workers and Turkish workers were brought in for what wss meant to be a temporary period.

Today,  Germany and Turkey continue to have a strong economic,  social and cultural tie…..but this isn’t a history lesson..

I have always wanted to go to Turkey and proir to my mums accident we had planned to make a trip on my next trip to Berlin but as our big shopping trip has been postponed,  mum suggested I go down to the Turkish Market.

The Turkish Market (much like the Pakati Market on Sunday’s at Arcades for my Zambian readers) allows Turkish traders to display their goods to the public. Here’s a snippet of what was on display:

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Entrance

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Sweet Corn, yum!

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My sister and her sweet corn

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Love these brooms

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Bed slippers anyone?

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Someone is happy to see all those greens

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Freshly made Turkish Bread

I would recommend the market as a must see and do, just be prepared for the foot traffic and noise as traders shout out their products and very fair prices (I needed a pain killer afterwards but it was worth it for all the goodies I got).

Don’t forget to try the sweetcorn!

Chooz! 🙂

Destination Germany: Berlin in Pictures

Unlike Lusaka where you can pretty much get to where you are going in 20 minutes or less (on a weekend of course because Lusaka peak hour traffic is enough to drive someone insane and probably has already done so to many)…in Berlin it feels like I spend a lot of my time in the car on the way to some place or other; seriously its like 2/3rds of the time i am in the car….whether that’s because that’s just how it is or it’s the driver of the car,  I wouldn’t know.

So anyway,  I thought I’d share some of the random sites I have seen whilst on my way to these places (mostly shopping malls I must admit 🙂 )

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Random street in an area which when translated means 'Green Forest'

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Church

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Apotheke or Chemist

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Need to find out what this monument is

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Interesting Car statue thing

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Big buildings

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City sites

That’s Berlin in pictures.

Chooz! (Bye!)