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I've just returned from lunch with Hayley, it ended up being salads and an avocado overdose at Moka Bros. Even though I'm really excited about going to Vietnam, I'm awfully sad to say bye to Hayley. However, I will hopefully see her in April and definitely this summer! Last night we went for drinks at Migas with Marie and Javier, and ended up clonked down on Hayley's bed watching Dazed and Confused. Those hang out moments are ones I'm going to miss.

See you guys in Vietnam!

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Hello hello!

I am currently (finally) taking out my summer clothes again, as we're going to Vietnam tonight! I'm in desperate need of a tan, mango anything, and the tastiest food in the world. It's been so frustratingly cold in Beijing lately, it's as if you can't go anywhere or do anything. In extreme contrast to that statement, I'm going to meet up with Hayley for some lunch soon. I think we're going to go grab thai food (yum) and that'll be the last time I see her until this summer. That's an annoyance when it comes to living abroad, your friends tend to move around. But, it makes seeing them a lot more fun and exciting!

In preparation for Vietnam, I was looking back at photos from last years trip to the Philippines!

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I just realized - whilst going through these photos - how much coffee I drink, which is an obscene amount...

Anyways, this weekend started early some could say because Lovisa came on Thursday! It was so great to see her again, and we spent the day just hanging out, before heading of to dinner and drinks in Sanlitun with Clare. Lovisa ended up sleeping at mine, and we had a lie-in on Friday morning. On Friday, I said goodbye to Lovisa before she headed off to Malaysia, and grabbed a quick coffee with Clare in Crepanini before she had to go to catch a flight to Australia. Friday night was spent with a fun group of people and champagne, whilst Saturday was kept for sleep.

Yesterday Marie and I went to Sanlitun to watch "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", but of course they don't show it anymore. So, instead we opted for coffee and shared apple crumble cake at Greyhound, and then we went to mine and watched Tangled and ordered in some stir fry noodles, which some would call a pretty great end to a weekend.

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I've been rummaging through ASOS these past couple of days, just drooling over some pieces that I want oh so badly. However, since we're going to Vietnam this week, I feel like the shopping of warm clothes will have to wait until we get back (sigh). I've also had my eyes on some chokers, since I've managed to loose and/or break all of the ones I have (it's a gift of mine).

Speaking of things breaking, I'm in desperate need of new jeans. All of mine have seen better days (cue memory of me walking around school with a - accidental - slit hole over my bum. Not one of my finer moments), and honestly I'm bored of them. On a more positive note, the harness I found looks insane! I saw a similar one on Vogue's video with Josephine de la Baume, and absolutely fell in love. This is definitely a cheaper knock - off type, but still works fine.

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I've been seeing a lot of photos and videos of people going on ski trips recently, and it just gave me the itch to go as well. I've been skiing since I was about four years old, and it's always been a fun thing for our family to do - usually with friends or extended family. I did however stop for a couple of years, because we opted to take other trips instead, which resulted in me rolling down the hill (instead of sliding) a couple of years back when we went to Kranjska Gora, in Slovenia. One could say it wasn't the smoothest transition back into skiing.

During the past couple of years its mostly been my dad and I going with a group of family friends, since my brother moved out and my mom has no fear like the one for putting boards on her feet and being pushed down an icy mountain. However, this year we're all going to Bad Gastein, Austria for my dads 50th birthday! Him and I went last year and it was truly great. There was a ton of different options, and even though the slopes close to the town were sometimes very packed, we just went to Sportgastein which was about 10 minutes away with bus.

I can't wait to go back!

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And with that incredibly cliché title, I say goodbye to this school week (thank God)

After two math tests, one economics test, and a biology test I think I've had just about enough stress for a while. So, on tonight's schedule is as follows:

1. Wallow in gingerbread cookies

2. Finish season 2 of re-watching Gilmore Girls

3. Be extremely comfortable and relaxed (no makeup allowed, no bras allowed, no annoying people invited)

I have to say that I'd forgotten how truly great Gilmore Girls was. There are very few shows that can get me that invested after already watching it. I'm currently powering through the 7 seasons as I promised my friend Clare (oy with the poodles already) we'd watch the new revival season that just came out (!!!!!) next weekend.

(Quick info session: I love Lorelei, Rory annoys me a lot, Lane is my queen, Emily is what I aspire to be, I'd like to marry Jess)

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This weekend was Christmas-feeling filled in the Juric household.

Friday night was spent at Bottega, where Graeson and I had some negronis and a bite to eat. Following was Downtown, where we proceeded to almost pass out (because we're tired and weak and weekends were made for sleep). On Saturday I went to Greyhound with Marie for some lunch. Their paninis are amazing, but being served chips that looked alarmingly similar to Lay's chips was not too great. Then came Saturday evening, which I spent in the kitchen helping my mom (as much as I could) bake some sweets and treats for a bunch of people that we had over on Sunday for a first Advent Fika. OBS! Fika is a Swedish thing, I encourage you to google it if you're confused of the meaning, since there's no direct translation to english.

My mom is so much more talented than I am when it comes to baking and cooking, considering the one thing I helped her with on Saturday came out way too flat, and with an intense flour taste, which we promptly threw out and I promised myself to practice more (or just give it up completely). The good news, however, are that it's almost December! Which means Christmas is near...


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So, I know that Halloween feels like a lifetime ago and that we're nearing christmas, and that I am a sad excuse of a blogger but I have some photos from that night that I am quite keen on posting so here we go.

These photos were taken at Juice By Melissa which is, as described by their website, a "Beijing based Company, providing organic and cold pressed juice and vegan western food". They had a Halloween event which my friend Graeson organized, and I had a great time! I also almost swooned when I had their drink named "Voorhees blood" (cleverly named drinks that contain alcohol and raspberries really get me going). And yeah. It was that delicious.


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When I came home today, I expected my Friday to look something like this:

Me, sitting in bed with a cup of ColaCao (google it) (also thank you Ona, it's as good as you said it was), re-watching Gilmore Girls and burning some nice scented candles, thanking our Lord and Savior that I'm not out in the cold tonight.

However, my weekends rarely end up the way I expected them to, and since Graeson has now texted with an offer of some shisha and a nice evening out, I feel like I might as well get off my butt and do something whilst I can. So, soon I will put on a thick sweater and venture out into the freezing its-almost-December-in-Beijing night.

Stay warm!!


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Once more i-D has come out with some great stuff! A video popped up on my YouTube homepage yesterday, showcasing a video made by i-D in partnership with Chanel. I watched the video, which was sort of trailer-ish, and it showcased upcoming videos made by Harley Weir. The videos are centralized around five different female artists, who are all young and from different parts of the world. The trailer looks very promising, and has beautiful cinematography so I can't wait to see each individual part! The concept is based on/inspired by Chanel's new embodiment of the classic No. 5 perfume, No. 5 L'eau. L'eau is targeted towards a younger crowd, with a much softer and fresher smell to it than the original.

A couple of weeks back I actually stopped by a sort of pop-up installment that Chanel organized in Sanlitun Village, here in Beijing. It was a walkthrough experience, where you watched videos on the creation of the perfume and got to experience the perfume in many different ways (one being a waterfall made out of the perfume). I really enjoyed the process of stopping by each section in the small dome they had created, and it definitely was a good way of marketing. I might pick up the L'eau one of these days, since I'm running low on perfumes, even though I am someone who really sticks to the ones I use.


Pictured below: The perfume waterfall installation (left) and the Chanel goodie bags that were given once you finished stopping at each section (right)

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