December 11, 2017

Things To Do To Boost Your Confidence

Boosting your confidence, Getting back your confidence after its been hit

There are some people that rock their confidence and you can tell from the very moment, you meet them, and there are those of us who feel sightly or a lot less confident. This changes over time and I've seen confident people partially lose their confidence and other less confident people boost their confidence over time. This is a normal change in life which occurs due to the impact of our surroundings. Having a good confidence level is important because this helps us improve our lives and build our future. It may help you land that amazing position you've been longing for, or getting that dream job. It would also impact personal relationships with your partner. Here are some things I found have been helping me over the last few months to regain my confidence.

Surround yourself with positivity

The people you surround yourself with have a huge impact on your wellbeing. If there is negativity around you, this will put a dent in your confidence and you will begin to doubt yourself. So in order to be the most confident and best person you could you, you need to clean up your friend circle and those you hang out with. If there is anyone who doesn't fill you with positive vibes and support you to become a better person, then I'm sorry but they have to go.

Groom yourself

Beauty related activities have a positive effect on our physical appearance and mental health. Getting a new haircut, getting your nails done or painting them yourself, shaving or getting a laser treatment. All these activities make women feel good. We step out of the salon feeling and looking like a million bucks. 

Dress up nicely

Looking good and feeling good are tied in my opinion. There is something so self satisfying and confidence boosting in putting on an amazing outfit, toping it off with some stunning heels and stepping out the door. Personally, whenever I've got my shit together and I'm slaying a look, I feel like I can take on the world. Honestly, throw anything my way and I'll be sure to smash it. So put an effort into styling your daily outfits and you'll definitely get a kick in your step.

Body language

Body language is a huge part of confidence. Therefore as you work on feeling and being more confident, you'll also need to work on emitting confidence in the way you present yourself to others. Work on your posture, stand straight and keep your head up high. When talking to people, maintain eye contact and smile. One of my favourite quotes says (and it's not just because I like pineapples): 
"Be a Pineapple. Stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet on the inside"

Go out your comfort zone

Doing things that you are not fully comfortable with helps expand your comfort zone, and having positive results from such things makes you feel good about yourself. By achieving things you thought you couldn't do before, you grow as a person and your confidence grows as well. You don't have to jump straight into the big stuff, start with small things like eating something you've never wanted to, trying a different top than you'd usually buy, etc.

Remember what you've achieved

As you're boosting your confidence, you may still have moments when you doubt yourself. In such cases, it's important to make a list or look back on what you have already achieved. If I'm having a hard time, I could for example look back at how difficult and impossible it felt when I was juggling 2 Masters and a job. I was able to power through that, and I'm proud of that achievement.

Uniqueness is beautiful

Accept that we are all unique in our own way, and that is the beauty of life. There are no two identical people, and therefore do not compare yourself to others. Some people are good at certain things and others are better at other things. No matter what, always remember: You are Unique, You are Beautiful, flaws and all. Remind yourself this daily if you have doubts until you believe it.

What are your suggestions for boosting confidence levels?
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November 7, 2017

Travel: A weekend In La Rioja And A Winery Tour

San Vicente de la Sonsierra
Travel vlog at San Vicente de la Sonsierra
Travel vlog Spain
Herederos de Marques de Riscal
Wine making - Sorting machine
Herederos del Marques de Riscal, El Ciego
Travelling around Spain - Zaragoza

La Rioja is a province in northern Spain which is well known internationally for the quality of its wine. There are so many wineries in this region and a glass of wine at a bar is honestly cheaper than water. Have you ever bought a glass of wine for € 0.90? Well, we got to do that. Even though I can't drink at the moment, I tried a sip just to know what it's like, and it was really good. We'd rented an apartment and visited for a weekend of girly fun. The drive was long, about 5 hours, but I had great company. 

We spent Saturday exploring the towns around like San Vicente de la Sonsierra, La Guardia and the Herederos Del Marques de Riscal winery in El Ciego, which was an amazing experience. We had a tour of the winery and the tour guide explained how exactly the wine is made and stored. This was my first time experiencing such a tour which also included wine tasting at the end. The Herederos del Marques de La Riscal winery makes around 5 million bottles per year which is shipped around the world. It is popular in countries such as USA, UK, Mexico & Switzerland.

During the harvest season, the grapes are collected and are put through the sorting machine where they are separated from the stems and then go through visual sorting where the grapes are sorted based on applied criterias on size, form etc in order for only the right grapes to be chosen. Once this is done, the grapes are crushed and the liquid extracted which then goes into the first phase of fermentation that usually last 7-10 days. In this phase, the sugar and yeast converts the grape juice to alcohol. The next step is the second phase of fermentation which lasts up to 2 months is the malolactic fermentation. This is when malic acid is transformed into lactic acid which makes the wine smoother. The wine is then transfered to wooden barrels where it continues its fermentation process for 1,5 - 3 years, depending on the type of wine. After which the wine is transferred to bottles. 

We also had a night out in Logrono where we visited the famous pinchos street. Pinchos are like finger food usually made up of a slice of french bread with different selections of food on top. For example, you could have potato omlette, camambert cheese, avocado & salmon, mushrooms etc on a slice of bread. On this street, each bar had a different selection and I was happy to find quite a few vegetarian options.

On the last day, we stopped by Calahorra to see the cathedral and spent some time in the park before heading off to Zaragoza where we had lunch. I'd visited Zaragoza earlier in 2016 and it is such a beautiful place and the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar is astounding from the outside and on the inside. 



Please send me suggestions on amazing locations in Catalunya.
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October 23, 2017

Travel: 1200m high at Montserrat, Barcelona

Visiting Montserrat Barcelona
Day Trip to Montserrat Barcelona
How to get to Montserrat Barcelona
What to do at Montserrat Barcelona
Montserrat Mountains Barcelona
Hiking the route at Montserrat Barcelona to Sant Jeroni the highest point
View from the Montserrat mountain

Montserrat is a multi peaked mountain about 60km from Barcelona and is accessible by car and by public transport. I've visited Monserrat quite a few times while living in Barcelona. Mostly with friends and family when they come over to visit. But each trip ended at the Monastery to see the Black Madonna or La Moreneta as she is known by the locals. This time, I wanted it to be different, and I wanted to get to the highest peak of the mountain. So when my flatmate asked if I'd like to go, I offered we hike all the way up.

We got there pretty early, grabbed a sandwich for a picnic up in the mountains and began our hike. The time specified to get to Sant Jeroni (the highest peak which is 1236m) was 1hr 20 minutes, but considering stops for pictures and a few minutes rest, it obviously took a bit longer. It took us a total of 1hr 40 minutes to get to the very top. There were lots of stairs, so honestly it wasn't easy and we were extremely exhausted but we made it to the top. The view is so amazing and you can see all the tiny houses and streets from all the way up. After a bit of a rest & lunch with a gorgeous view, we decided to head on down as we also wanted to see Sant Benet, La Trinitat & Sant Miquel. In the end we were so tired we decided to head on home after Sant Benet. The total distance we did was 16km, which doesn't seem like too much but put in the steps which were very popular along the route, and the difficulty increases. This was actually more difficult than the 19km we did at Parc Nacional del Aiguestores.

On the way down, we saw 2 guys mountain climbing almost at the very top of the mountain. From where we stood, they were so high up, omg. Totally crazy! Honestly, I could not believe it when Kat said look up there. I filmed them so go check them out in the video.

We had an amazing time and the view was honestly breathtaking. It was so worth it, even though it wasn't so easy. Definitely recommended for anyone visiting Barcelona. If you're planning to hike to the top, I'd recommend getting there very early in the morning. We had dedicated the entire day for this, so we left the house at 10am and got back home around 6:30pm.

How to get to Montserrat

Getting there by Car
Getting to Monserrat by car is pretty easy and only takes about 1 hour. There are 2 parking lots available at monserrat. One is located close to the Cremallera de Monistrol Vila Rack Railway Station. This parking lot has lots of parking spaces and is free, but requires you pay for the rack railway journey to get up the rest of the way to the monastery. This parking follows the same working hours as the rack railway. You can check the Official Cremallera de Montserrat website for the rack railway timetable & prices.
The other, which is located close to the monastery costs € 6.50 for the day and has limited parking spaces. This parking lot gets filled up pretty quickly, so make sure to get there early. The walking distance from here till the monastery isn't far. You can check the Official Montserrat Website for details.

Getting there by public transport
To get to Monserrat by public transport, you can either take a coach like Autocares Julia which leaves from the Sants Station, or you can go by train. You can check the official Autocares Julia website for details on prices and timetable. If you decide to go by train, you'll have to take the R5 line (Barcelona-Manresa) from Plaza Espanya and get off at Aeri de Montserrat to catch the cable car or at Monistrol de Montserrat to get the rack railway. Getting to Montserrat by train takes about 2 hours, and the cost varies depending on what exactly you decide to use.

Have you visited Montserrat? What do you think of the mountains based on the pictures & video?
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October 16, 2017

Travel: Exploring, Hiking & Rafting in Lleida

Parc Nacional de Aiguestortes
Rialp, Spain
Sort, Spain
National Park of Aiguestortes
Calf in the mountains
Aiguestortes Mountains
Hiking in Lleida
Hiking in Aiguestortes
Admiring the view in the mountains
Rafting Llavorsi
Rafting Lleida

I recently had the pleasure to spend a few days in the North of Spain and visit Rialp, Sort, Espot and Llavorsi, all of which are located in Lleida, Catalonia. These are all in the north of Lleida and are about a 3.5 hours drive from Barcelona, but if you've got music and good company it goes by in a breeze. We set off Saturday morning and had a hotel booked in Rialp. On the way, we stopped by Sort for a bit of exploring and some lunch, then we headed off to the hotel.

Our entire Sunday was spent at the National Park of Aiguestortes where we went hiking to take in the amazing views and beautiful mountains. The trail we took wasn't too difficult, and after getting to a large section of the river with a stunning view, we had a bit of a rest and some lunch prior to heading back. The mountains weren't the only things we admired, while hiking we also came across some cute calves and horses. Up into the mountains and then back, we hiked a total of about 19km.

On the last day, we had planned Rafting in Llavorsi. Considering I wasn't feeling too well, I wasn't sure I wanted to still go ahead with it because I knew there was a possibility of getting wet, and since it was quite a cold day I didn't want my flu to get even worse. Finally, I braved it up and got dressed in the wetsuit and jacket, put on my helmet and off we went. Honestly, best decision ever! We had such a great time and it was so much fun. I will definitely be doing it again, except maybe this time I'd be smart enough to bring my helmet strap for the action camera so I can record it all.



Any suggestions on where in Spain or Europe I should visit next?
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October 9, 2017

Travel: Mini vacation to Ibiza

Boat ride Ibiza to Formentera
Mini vacation to Ibiza
Relax in Ibiza
Ibiza beach
Ibiza
Sunset in Ibiza
Pink Sunset in Ibiza

Ibiza is one place I've wanted to go for a while, and this year I was finally able to do it. We stayed at a friend's house which is beautiful, and we had the pleasure of having a private pool. How cool is that? We went for just 4 days and had a bit of relax time as well as some fun & partying.

We stopped by a few beaches like Sa Caleta which is on the southern coast of Ibiza, Cala Conta which has beautiful turquoise waters and three different beach areas, and Cala Carbo which is only a 10 minute drive from San Jose. Cala Carbo is a combination of sand and pebbles and is a beautiful snorkelling spot. This is my favourite one from those we visited.

As for clubs, we visited Ushuaia, Pacha and Hï. It was a lot of fun but partying in Ibiza is pretty expensive. Lucky we were able to get some free entrances. We also rented a boat which took us to Formentera with a few stops on the way for snorkelling and cliff jumping. I was so scared cliff jumping because I knew the jelly fishes were in the water, but it was so much fun. One of my friends actually jumped from a cliff that is about 20m high which I honestly thought was crazy but at the same time it inspired me and made me want to do it as well {I didn't in the end, for fear my food would not accept such a challenge}.

We were so relaxed I honestly didn't do as much filming or take as much photos as I was planning. But hopefully you enjoy this post anyway. Make sure you watch the video and subscribe to my youtube channel for more travel & lifestyle videos.



If you're considering going to Ibiza, I'd recommend going during the warmer months of June - August as the weather wasn't very kind at nights in September. But there's always something to see in Ibiza no matter the weather.

How did you spend your summer vacation?
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October 2, 2017

Travel: Day trip to Girona City, Spain

What to visit and where to go in Girona City, Spain
Visiting Girona City, location for Game of Thrones Season 6
What to do in Girona
Girona Game of Thrones Location
Top tourist spots in Girona
Day trip to Girona from Barcelona
Jewish Quarters Girona
Onyar River Girona is a must visit
Travel Diary about Girona
Top places to visit in Girona, Spain

My friends and I recently visited Girona, a beautiful city in Spain. The coast of Girona is a place I frequently visit in the summer because the beaches are amazing. Most of my snorkelling days are spent in this region. But Girona city center is also a must see because of it's beautiful architecture and historical spots. The city got a lot more popular for tourist activities after the 6th season of Game of Thrones was filmed there. 

We had a lovely day walking around, having lunch and taking about a million pictures while spending the day together. 

Getting there

By Car - Getting to Girona City by car is pretty easy and only takes about 1hr. Once you are out of the city, take the AP7 and follow this highway until you are in Girona.
By bus - You can take the Sagales bus from Barcelona to Girona which would cost approximately 30 Euros for a roundtrip.
By train - The high speed AVE train will take you from Barcelona (Barcelona Sants) to Girona city in about 40-45 minutes and would cost you about 20-25 Euros.

What to do

While visiting the Girona city, you have to stop by the Girona Cathedral which is where the scene of the Queen Margaery's Atonement was filmed. 
The Onyar River is a must see. The colourful houses which line the river added even more beauty to the architecture of the city in the 20th century. The Jewish Quarters is another important location as it is one of the best preserved in the world. The narrow streets are a pleasure to explore.

You also have to take a walk along the Girona Wall/ Passeig de la Muralla which was build by the Romans but later extended and restored. If you're in the kissing mood, you can visit the El Cul de La Lleona (Lioness' Bottom) which is located in Placa Sant Feliu and give the bum a kiss. It is said that those who kiss the bum of the lion will return to Girona. 
Some other must visit spots include the Church of Sant Feliu, , Rambla de la Llibertat, Eiffel Bridge/ Pont de les Peixateries Velles & Placa Independencia.



So If you're visiting Barcelona, why not take a day trip and check out the amazing architecture, streets and views in Girona City.


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September 9, 2017

I didn't quit blogging (Update on where I've been)


It's been a while I sat down to write a post and a lot has happened in this time. Firstly, it was because I wasn't quite feeling like blogging anymore and it began to feel more like a chore. Having to stay in during the warm summer evenings or weekends just wasn't something I was looking forward to. I wanted to go out and live, socialize and experience new things. And even though I wanted to keep posting and sharing my experiences with you, it just kind of took the back sit.

During this time, I also had some changes in my personal life which I am still adjusting to but I'm finally feeling better and a lot more like myself. This weekend, I spent some time at home and finally felt like writing again so I thought I'd give you a short update and let you know I'm not gone for good. I'm still unsure how often I'll be able to post as my creativity has been affected by all that's happened. But I'm looking forward to getting into the flow of things again.

In a week, I'm off to Ibiza with my friends and I'll be sharing my trip on instagram stories, so be sure to follow me at @styleofcolours to stay up to date with what we're up to. I'm also looking forward to filming the trip and taking lots of pictures. If you have any suggestions on must visit places, clubs or restaurants we should go to, please let me know. 

I hope you all had a great summer. I'm glad to be back.

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May 9, 2017

Photographer in Barcelona (Anita Nebo Photography)

Anita Nebo Photography Blogger Photoshoot

Blogging involves photography and even though I fell in love with photography before blogging, blogging has helped me improve a lot with my photography. I still remember the quality of the photos in my posts from my first year of blogging, and honestly, they make me cringe. With time, I started getting better at it. I read a lot about photography, about using manual mode, understanding Aperture & ISO, editing with Photoshop & Lightroom, and shooting in RAW. I enjoy learning new things about photography & putting them in action.

Anita Nebo Photography Product Shoot

At the end of last year, I finally decided to create an instagram account for my photography and Anita Nebo Photography was born. I've done some TFP (Time for Print) work and been trying to build my photography as a business. I've created a facebook page and I'm working on creating an online portfolio.

I'm loving this new journey I've started on. I'm really enjoying meeting new people and helping them realize their imagination in the form of photography. It would be my pleasure to shoot with some of my readers and blogging friends, so if you're visiting Barcelona and would like to book a photo session, check out my social media & contact me at anebophoto@gmail.com. 

Anita Nebo Photography Portrait

Bloggers/Influencers living or visiting Barcelona, Catalunya

Any bloggers living in Catalunya or those visiting Barcelona who would like to create some amazing new content for their blogs. If your coming to Barcelona on holiday but also want some quality shots for outfit posts, be sure to let me know & we can arrange a session.

Models & MUAs in Barcelona, Catalunya

Models & Makeup artists who either live in Barcelona or those visiting for a short while, in need of fresh content for their portfolios, I'd love to be involved in your project.

Brands in Barcelona & International brands

For brands/companies located in Barcelona, I offer on location shoots. So if you are in need of photography for a new product or collection, or if you're a restaurant in need of new photos for the menu, you can contact me to discuss details. For international brands, I will need the product to be shipped to me and can do a studio or lifestyle shoot. Each project is different and adjusted to fit the needs & requirements of each client. 

Anyone looking for some new quality images

Whether you're looking for new photos for yourself or have an event like a proposal, birthday or bachelorette party which you'd love documented, be sure to contact me so we can discuss the details.

Anita Nebo Photography Model Shoot

I hope you take the time to check out my work, and if you're looking for a photographer in Barcelona, be sure to email me at anebophoto@gmail.com so we can discuss your project.

I would love for you to stop by my Instagram & Facebook and let me know what you think.
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April 26, 2017

5 Things I am Thankful for this Month {April}

Things I am Thankful for this month

This year I'm trying to focus more on the positive, because lots of times we get consumed with complaining and negativity, and forget to pay attention to the positive things that happen in our lives. Big or small, it doesn't really matter, they all count, and I want to encourage everyone to pay a bit more attention to them. It will definitely make you happier.

1. The weather

Spring & Summer are my favourite seasons because the weather is warmer, flowers start to bloom and the days get longer meaning I can do some photography after work. And if you didn't know, I've got an Instagram & Facebook page as a photographer, and I would love you to support me there as well.

2. My partner 

This month marks 8 years I've known him and we've been together. We aren't perfect and we have our ups and downs, but we love each other and he supports me. In these years, we've changed. We've both grown into adults, moved to a different country and have much more responsibilities than before. I'm looking forward to the 90 more years we spend together {soz for the cheesiness}

3. My Dog Candy for being so understanding

We recently got a kitten and candy has been such a good and understanding pup in regards to this. She grew up with a cat so it wasn't totally new to her but he's still a kitten and always wants to play with her, and she's already 6 years old so doesn't find it as interesting. I'm sure Leo pisses her off sometimes, but she loves him anyway.

4. New adventures

I'm learning how to skate with a longboard. It isn't easy and I'm scared of hills and uneven ground, but I'm getting better and more confident. So far, I have fallen once. I can't wait for next month to get my own board and practice some more.

5. Family & Great friends

Between an allergy reaction to feeling bad about my photography, I had some down moments this month when I doubted myself. All through this, my family and friends supported me and made me feel a lot better. I appreciate having such amazing people who care about me.

Tell me a couple of things that you're thankful  for this month, big & small?
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April 18, 2017

Natural Hair Growth Journey: Start

Natural Hair Growth Journey

It has been over 2 years since I started my transition to natural hair. If you're interested in my journey so far, you can check out my posts on why I decided to go natural, the struggles I faced, how it felt to be newly natural and some tips on transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. I love my natural hair and my goal is to grow it as long as I possibly can. I would like you to join me on that journey as I document it all on the blog.

I'm starting off with a length check and a list of products that I am currently using. As time passes, I will change some of the products and I hope to be able to keep you updated every 3 or 6 months, to see how much my hair has grown and what I have been doing to achieve the results.

Natural Hair Growth Journey: Length Check, Products and more

Current haircare schedule

I moisturize my hair daily using water and leave-in conditioner if my hair isn't in a protective style such as braids. Once or Twice a week I cowash my hair to get rid of the dirt and add moisture to my hair. If you don't know what cowashing is, you can find all the details in my post on cowashing. I also try to deep condition every weekend with a moisturizing hair mask or a protein mask. Once a month, I prepoo and then shampoo my hair. This usually depends on how much product I have been using lately and how dirty my hair feels.

Current products being used

I was hoarding a bit on the product end as I'm always looking for new products to try in order to find my favourites. So I do have quite a few variations of certain products (I think I may have too many oils). Recently, I've been trying to stay away from buying lots of hair products which serve the same purpose in the hopes to use up the ones I have.

Some of the products I am currently using include:

Treatments  - DIY Protein mask, Novex Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Hair Mask 
Oils - Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Jamaican Mango & Lime Black Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Dabur Amla Hair Oil.

Now moving on to the length check. I think it's more difficult to do length checks on curly hair due to shrinkage, but I've done my best to show the current length. I'll be using the same stripped t-shirt so it's easier to track the difference between the pictures.

Hair Growth Journey Start Length Check

What are some of your tips for hair growth? I'd love to include them in my journey.
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