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Those who know me, know I love Friends. LOVE. The thought of having a group of good friends living next door to each other and hanging out at the coffee house at 11:30 AM on a Wednesday is just the coziest.

Friends also taught me a lot, and till this day, I still love watching it or just having it playing in the background. So for today's post, I thought I should take you on a little Friends related topic;

Things I've learned from Friends and my local Central Perk

1. "We were on a break" is never a good excuse.
2. You can be perfectly happy and content, even when everything else in life is going wrong, as long as you have good family and friends to surround yourself with.
3. Monkeys are cute but probably not the best fit for a pet.
4. Run weird, or be weird in general, if that makes you happy. Don't get yourself too hung up on what people around you might be thinking.

5. Everyone has a lobster, but you may have to go through three divorces to find them. And that's OK.
6. If it doesn't matter, it's a moo point.
7. Everybody should be able to laugh at themselves.

And lastly:
8. It's okay to not have your whole life together, even in your 20s. You don't need to have it all figured out.

School has been going on like crazy and many of the subjects I have has been more challenging than I initially thought. Before I knew it, my first exam is already steadily running towards me. So you won't believe my excitement when I found Brugata Landhandleri because I've been so sick of reading at the university, but at the same time, I can't read at home. I guess I'll just make this my study spot for the rest of the year.

The place is a two-floor café bar with lots of natural light coming in from the windows. The interior is to die for, and the overall vibe is giving me major Central Perk feels, so of course, I was instantly drawn to it after the first visit.

I've been going back 4 times since dropping by for the first time with my sister, and honestly, I really love it.

Bonus for all those struggling students out there; this place has wifi and several power outlets by the tables!

Do you have any shows you've grown up with or hold dear to your heart? Please share them down below, I would love to check them out!

Pictures by Celine

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Supermodel Elsa Hosk recently collaborated with clothing brand BIKBOK and launched her very own collection, perfect for the Autumn weather. As I've been eyeing this collection ever since the teasers started rolling out the last couple of months, I quickly dropped by when it launched in the stores and grabbed my two favourite items.

  NOT SO PSYCHO  

BIKBOKxELSAHOSK Psycho Tee // Bracelet: FROST Preserved Beauty

The first item I got was this simple yet flashy red tee with "PSYCHO" written across the chest and white outlines. The shirt is such a statement piece even though the design itself is super simple. A minor detail I really appreciate, though, is the length of the sleeves. It's slightly longer than typical tees, and being a girl with not-so-slim upper arms, I'm loving this because it compliments my arms way better.

  MAKE IT RAIN  
 

The second item I got was an oversized mustard-yellow sweater with the words "HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS" printed on. The sweater caught my eye because of its beautiful autumn-vibe yellow tone and because I love it when it rains; I love the rainy mood, staying inside and cuddling up with a good book.

Both items was styled with my all-time favourite pair of black jeans from Never Denim at BIKBOK.

Happy Saturday, everyone!

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I came across a girlboss article the other day regarding burnout. Now if you are like me and haven't heard this term before, burnout is defined as a mental and/or physical collapse caused by overwork or stress.

I got intrigued by this, so I looked more into it and found this article from Psychology Today. There are different types of symptoms that can appear. These are:

- Physical and emotional exhaustion (i.e. insomnia, fatigue, impaired concentration, heart palpitations etc.)

- Cynicism and detachment (i.e. loss of enjoyment, pessimism, detachment, etc.)

- Feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment (i.e. increased irritability, lack of productivity, etc.)

The intensity of the symptoms is, of course, dependent on how close to burnout you are. In my case, I've been experiencing an increased amount of fatigue and irritability, and I've also gotten very forgetful, which is very out of character for me. One particular issue I've been having for the past couple of months has been digestive problems, more specifically, I've been experiencing heartburn.

I didn't connect heartburn and other physical symptoms and being burned out together, and I was really exasperated because I couldn't figure out why I was experiencing what I did, and what was causing it. This also applied for anxiety and very increased irritability (sorry to my sis, I've been a witch). Lastly, I've also been noticing my lack of engagement in social settings, mainly when I wanted to go to bed than go out, e-v-e-r-y-d-a-y.

I'm not really one to google my symptoms, but it was surprising to see the symptoms after googling burnout and be like "oh! I actually experience that". So I decided maybe I should talk about it on the blog in case you've been on the same boat as I, and share what I've been doing to help myself lately.

Here's a list of 7 things I find helpful when I feel the symptoms of burnout creeping up on me:

1. Make yourself a cup of tea
2. Stay in bed that extra minute if you need to
3. Try to eat something for every meal even if you don't feel like eating - you need the nutrients
4. Meditate - I've been using Headspace and so far it's been good, especially if you're struggling to sleep, I do it every night before bed and fall asleep easier (ps. sharing a coupon code at the end off this post for $23 off the 1-YEAR subsription)

5. Watch Friends - Nothing makes me feel better than watching Friends in my bed. I remember growing up hearing my mom and aunt make a bunch of references to the show, and felt so happy when I grew up and started watching it myself and understanding it all
6. Hang out with friends little by little - Sometimes all you need is to be in each others' presence. But take your time and remember to have quality time with yourself as well
7. Spread work out evenly - Do what you need to do little by little, don't make it bundle up and overwhelm yourself

That's it for me. I hope some of the tips helped, and as I mentioned above, I found a coupon code for the YEAR-subscription at Headspace which I personally used when I bought the one-year subscription. Just type in CALMAGAIN when you're signing up and enjoy 3 months off (worth $23). Disclaimer: I'm not sponsored, although I wish I was because Headspace is amazing.

Let me know if you have experienced a burnout before, and what you do to feel better.

Much love, Ellen

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