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My 3 goals for this summer!

It’s officially summer and I wanted to write and share with you my goals for the 2021 summer season which promises to be fruitful and not at all restful!

  1. Enjoy 

One of my goals is clearly to enjoy this season. Going on vacation, squatting on the terraces (by the way, that’s where this article is being written from 😉 ), spending time with family and friends, having fun, and decompressing! 

After almost half a year spent in lockdown, this summer will be an opportunity to reconnect with all the things we’ve been deprived of over the past few months: restaurants, movies, gatherings,… What a pleasure!

  1. Learn & work

Yes! It’s not because we’re “on vacation” that work is going to stop as well. I rather intend to use this time to work more and smarter in order to save money, finance some projects and especially… LEARN (one of my biggest goals for 2021)! 

And what do I plan to learn? 

Based on the fact that we never run out of new things to discover and that we never master everything, in each field of my life where I would like to excel, I make sure to always learn, whether it is through personal research, training or even through practical experience: any opportunity is good to seize. Besides, I believe that from every circumstance in life, there is always a lesson to learn!

This summer in particular, I have planned to take part in several events that will allow me to learn more and I look forward to it! 

  1. Preparing for the beginning and end of the year 

I have set some big goals for this year 2021, and I’m not losing sight of them for i intend to achieve them! So, this summer will certainly be about having fun, while keeping in mind the beginning of the school year in September too. Indeed, the last quarter of the year will require a certain amount of preparation and planning so that on December 31st I can check off my list of goals set at the beginning of the year.

In a few words, if there’s one thing I’m sure of, it’s that these vacations will be more than eventful (even if I’ll make sure to start September refreshed!). 

Of course I intend to share with you my adventures here as well as on social networks, I invite you to have a look! 

– My Instagram account: @the.christianista

– My YouTube channel: The Christianista

I already wish you a wonderful summer and great vacations, hoping that the goals I shared above will give you some ideas to make it even better! 

Take care of yourself,

The Christianista



My 10 best songs of 2020

Here is my last playlist of the year. It includes 10 songs released in 2020 that have set the rhythm of my year! 

  1. Hillsong Young & Free – Indescribable
  2. Lord Lombo – Saison
  3. CrazyHope – Incapable
  4. Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, Elevation Worship – The Blessing
  5. Da T.R.U.T.H, Limoblaze – Go like
  6. Hillsong Young & Free – Lord Send Revival
  7. Mireille Basirwa & le collectif J’adore – Coule en moi
  8. Maverick City Music – Getting Ready
  9. Dévotion – Nzambe Monene
  10. Elevation Worship – No One Beside

Good listening to all !

With love,

The Christianista

The 1 year anniversary of the blog!

On September 30th 2020, we hit my blog’s first anniversary milestone. And who says anniversary, also says event. I thus wanted to trace in this article, the organization of that 1 year anniversary party.

I started by heading towards a photo studio to do a shoot. I absolutely wanted to take some pictures with a cake for the occasion, actually, it was the only thing that I was definitely going to make happen no matter what, I was sure of it for months. Here is the Instagram pages of the cake’s baker and the photo studio that I booked :

  • Cake: @madeby.kw
  • Photo Studio: @papalove.company

The birthday celebration also took place at the photo studio, right after the shooting. It was set around a table that had been set up purposely. I’d invited about 10 people. The party’s theme was pale pink, black and white, which are my 3 official colors.

The decoration was therefore made according to the theme. Ditto for the dress code: black for the guests, white for me. Regarding the references of the decoration, apart from the tablecloth that was bought in a fabric store located on Rue du Brabant (Brussels), everything else came mainly from the store “AVA” which I highly recommend to you.

Also, for everything related to special candles, confetti, etc. I highly recommend the “Balloons – Events” store located in Saint-Gilles (Brussels). This is where I bought my candles at a fairly modest price.

For my beauty makeover, here are the Instagram pages :

  • Hairstyle: @hildahairdesign
  • Makeup: @partysosomakeup
  • Nails: @kingdomofbeauty.brussels

And as I explained in an Instagram post, it was far from the event I had in mind when I thought about the 1 year anniversary of this blog, but for this season, it was the event that was needed.

Thanks to all my guests for their presence and thank you @gladysm.photos (Instagram) for all the photos!

Where to eat in Brussels? 5 location recommendations

I think it was finally time to start putting some restaurant recommendations on this blog! Here is the list I made following my summer :

1. Afrosian

The very best of my summer. I loved it SO MUCH ! I’ve been wanting to try it out for over a year now, but for some reason I hadn’t been there until this summer. 

The space is small, indeed, but well laid out, and with a good atmosphere. For my meal, I went for an Afro dish, and one thing that I particularly liked was this touch of Asian cuisine that I could find in my basic Afro food, and it was just perfect. Hence the name of the restaurant I guess …  And that’s not to mention their cocktails ! You really get what you pay and are thirsty for ! Really great!

The photos above were taken from their Instagram page.

Here is their website: http://afrosian.be/

2. Tigermilk

This one place that I’d spotted during the confinement was definitely on my list of restaurants to try out. It is also located in Paris. The site is beautiful and very cozy, and it’s important to note that I generally choose my restaurants according to their aesthetic … I had a “Superbowl” there and I have nothing to say, it was super good and filling. I will go back there!

You’ll find above the dishes we had taken.

Here’s their website: https://tigermilkrestaurants.com/

3. Frank

This one was not on my list initially, it was proposed to me and I loved it ! If I could literally start every single day there, I would definitely do it ! Because actually, it’s more of a place for having breakfast, brunch or just a coffee. 

It is located in Brussels, not far from the Central station. We ate on the terrace but I can assure you that the interior design is gorgeous ! Besides, I did recommend this place a lot and received only positive reviews so far.

The photo on the right just above is what we ordered.

Here is their website: https://www.frank.brussels/

4. Kicoucou

I’d seen this spot in so many Instagram stories that I decided to put it on my list of restaurants to try out. I went there and liked it a lot! This is an African restaurant that I 3000% recommend to you, and especially since the menu has a great variety, there is a lot of choice!

I had a burger at the Ntaba, I don’t know which one, but it was delicious. Not to mention the drinks with the multiple flavors they offer! 

I didn’t take any picture of what I ate, I’ve only made videos. But I will not hesitate to add a photo to this article as soon as I return there !

And I suggest you consult their website right here : https://kicoucou.be/

5. Grand Central

I didn’t know that place and didn’t have it on my list, I found myself there because I had a meeting planned at that location. And let me tell you that I liked it so much that I went back to that restaurant a second time within a month. Very large, friendly, and it’s not only a restaurant but also a bar. I really liked the summer atmosphere that radiated there.

The two times I’ve been to Grand Central, I’ve had a drink and ate fries. I haven’t gone through their entire menu yet, but I surely will!

However, note that they do not offer straws with their drinks.

The photo on the right above is what we ordered the first time.

Here is their website: https://www.legrandcentral.com/

for those who follow me on Instagram (@ the.christianista), you will find among my highlights a section called “f&d” where you can find the addresses of several restaurants I’ve been to. And most of the time, prices are very affordable for the places I present there.

Here it is, don’t hesitate to give me a feedback if you ever test these places !

With love,

The Christianista

4 beauty salons that I recommend for a makeover in Brussels!

After the lockdown, I did major updates at 4 different levels : hairstyle, hair removal, pedicure and manicure. You will find in this article all the references you need !

STEP 1 – HAIRSTYLE

For my hairstyle, I opted for cornrows, THE hairstyle that I had in mind throughout the quarantine. I got them done at “Hilda hair design“, located 5 minutes away from the Matonge neighborhood. It was the first time I went there; someone recommend it to me a few months ago and I was not disappointed !

One thing that I also really appreciated and that made the difference to me is the aesthetic side, it’s a really beautiful salon !

You can check on her work and actually contact her via her Instagram. Here’s the link: https://www.instagram.com/hildahairdesign/?hl=fr

STEP 2 – HAIR REMOVAL

For the hair removal step, I went to “Tahira – Art“, a beauty salon in Saint-Gilles (near from the Brussels Zuid station). This institute is pretty renowned, especially for their eyebrows reshaping. I’ve been going there for a few years now and I recommend it 100%.

Here’s the link for an appointment: https://www.tahira–art.com/

STEP 3 – PEDICURE

It was a first for me, I’d always been told that the day I’d start I wouldn’t be able stop so I wanted to be sure to get into at the right time lol. My pedicure was done at “Doan’s Nails“, located two minutes from the Lombardie tram stop. https://www.treatwell.be/fr/salon/doan-s-nails/

I found this salon “by chance”. I simply searched on google “Pedicure Brussels” and I was shown a list of salons according to the style of nails that I chose. 0 disappointment and it will remain my favorite pedicure salon for a while. I opted for the “spa + semi permanent polish” formula for a duration of one hour.

STEP 4 – MANICURE

The last but not the least! I’ve been longing for that step for the entire duration of the lockdown ! I’ve had my nails done at the “Kingdom of Beauty” salon. Also a first for me and it wasn’t disappointing one bit, reason why I recommend it! The salon is near from Central Station, at the “Park” tram stop. 

It is also a hairdressing salon so for any information, reservations or if you just want to take a look at their work, I invite you to check out their Instagram page:  https://www.instagram.com/kingdomofbeauty.brussels/?hl=fr

 

That’s it, more recommendations centered around those subjects will come for sure! Also, I didn’t mention the prices but feel free to contact me on my Instagram “@the.christianista” for any information!

How I organize my days during lockdown

Hi everyone !

Hoping that you’re doing good even in those circumstances ! So, in this article I’m gonna talk about how I plan my days during the lockdown. I don’t know if you’ve read the article “let’s get the best out of this season”, in which I explain that I decided to make my quarantine productive, to work and to accomplish certain things.

But making a decision is one thing, taking action is quite another. Hence this article in which I will explain in a practical way how I organize my days.

1. TO DO LISTS

I know that plenty of people work with to-do lists, and I’m definitely one of them!

How does it work?

Every night before bed (well, sometimes at the beginning of the next day I admit it), I make a list of the things that I have to do for the following day.

What do I put in it?

You should know that at the beginning of my quarantine, I drew up two different lists:

  • A list called “TO DO” that covers everything I need to do whether we’re in lockdown or not. Example: study, work on my blog, work for some projects I’m involved in etc…
  • A list entitled “TO ACCOMPLISH” that takes up any novelty that the time spent in quarantine allowed me to realize. Example: Redo my room (you’ll know the rest much later…)

To create my daily to-do lists, I use :

  1.  At least 3 items from my first “to do” list
  2. An item from the “to accomplish” list
  3. The “call of the day”: Every day I call and take some news from one or two people
  4. My meetings of the day 

Where do I write them ?

I write my to-do lists twice :

  • In a “to do” noteblock 
  • On a board placed on the wall of my room

Why ? Simply because that’s what I do in my everyday life. Because when I leave my house, I like to walk around with the paper version of my to-do list, and when I’m at home, I like to look up and see it in front of me.

2. MY DAY’S PROGRAM

  • 9am: My alarm goes off

Don’t judge me, I sleep very late so it’s impossible for me to wake up earlier ! To be honest, my alarm rings at 9am but I never get up at 9am though.

  • 10am: The Call of Discipline

(It’s also the time I actually get up.) I call it “the call of discipline” because this call determines the rest of my day: it is a silent video call, in which my interlocutor and I work together but each on our side.

It allows me to realize the things I MUST do, that don’t belong to the “to accomplish” list. These are things for which the sole will is not enough and where discipline is required ; doing this helps me a lot.

And on top of that, since the video call is made via Whatsapp, it prevents me from using my phone so it  demands twice the amount of discipline.

  • 2:30 p.m.: Rest of my day  

Before 2:30 p.m. I take the time to eat, prepare myself and all that good stuff. In general by 2:30 p.m. some part of my daily to-do list is already achieved, and the “hardest” to do has already been done, so:

I still have the rest of my to-do list to complete and it is then easier since in general, my will is strong enough to get those things done.

It is also past this time that I make the call or calls of the day. Another form of call and productivity that I like: CHITCHATS + something.

What is this all about?

We call each other on video, we talk and do something at the same time.

-Chitchat make-up

I really love this one, and I’ve done it more than once since the lockdown began ! We call each other on video, and while we talk and share, we do our makeup together. (Maximum twice a week)

-Chitchat cuisine

This one is pretty good too and it’s the same principle, we call each other on video and while we talk and share, we cook together.

  • 7:30 p.m.: My evening

In general, my meetings of the day take place in the evening, so I get them done and then I’m free for Netflix and other things. I usually sleep between 2am and 4am which I don’t particularly advise you to do …

Work vigil (Tuesday or Wednesday)

Once a week, I spend a night working – I don’t sleep so I can work on projects or things I put on my “to accomplish” list.

My weekend: No to-do lists 

-Saturday morning I try to work and then I spend the rest of the day the way I want.

-Sunday – Church day (online for this season).

3.OVERVIEW

The overall situation is excellent and that’s the reason why I say that my quarantine is going well : it’s actually going really well ! And I think it will be fine as long as my “to accomplish” list isn’t fully completed.

Calling people can boost in some cases and can relax in some others. I don’t do everything through video calling, but I don’t spend a single day all alone from dawn to dusk, which helps me to hold on. You know, days are very similar and I am convinced that without some calls I would not be able to do everything that I put on my to-do lists.  

The goal is to achieve everything I put on my to-do lists, but if I don’t complete everything, I try to finish it the next day; the goal is not to put pressure on yourself but to fall asleep having achieved something during the day. And so far, there’s only been one time when, in the morning, I decided not to do anything with my day… and there’s nothing wrong with that either.

As much as I can’t wait to go back to my fast life, I know that I’ll be happy with the way I used my time during this quarantine ! 

Here we are, I hope that this article gave you some ideas on how to organize yourself for your quarantine and if not, at least you know now what I do on a daily basis ! And if any of you needs some motivation, a call or anything else, don’t hesitate to slide in my Instagram DMs @the.christianista!

My trip to Malta

Those who have followed my Instagram stories will remember that last January, I flew to Malta for a vacation. But I think what you remember the most is that I promised that when I came back I would “drop it all in an article”, so here it is.

FLIGHTS & HOTEL

First of all, concerning the flights and the hotel, we reserved them all for a total sum of 122€ per person.

The hotel in which we were staying was the “ST Hotel” located in Gzira. I have not necessarily found the room spacious but the hotel in general was very good, with its two swimming pools: inside and outside. And on top of that, the price of the room was 154€ for two persons, 4 nights including breakfast, so there was really nothing to complain about.

VISITS

Valetta

Valetta, the capital of Malta. A very beautiful city you must absolutely visit. During our visit to Valetta, the main highlight of my visit was undoubtedly the visit of the Upper Baraka Gardens. The view there is just M-A-G-N-I-F-I-C-E-N-T!

Mdina “The Silent City”

It is the former capital of Malta. Quiet and beautiful, definitely worth a visit! Aah and please don’t miss the “Moat Garden“! (below on the right).

Gozo

Gozo is an island located near Malta (which requires a beautiful ferry ride to get there). We had so many expectations for this island but we did not find it as extraordinary as we thought. Nevertheless, for us, the highlight of this island was the citadel (which offers us in particular the view on the picture below).

Comino Island & Blue Lagoon

OMG, this is my favorite moment of the trip, my best memory! Just wow, a boat ride you absolutely must do! I myself had been told “do it if you have time” and believe me, I am far from regretting it. The calm, the vacuum, the view at Comino Island was just heavenly!

Places to eat

  • Truth Malta (former Barcelona Lounge)

So, at the beginning, this bar/restaurant located in Saint Julian was called the “Barcelona Lounge” and offered ( on the evening we wanted to go there) a special buffet with a matching atmosphere.  So we went there with this expectation, but when we arrived we realized that the bar had changed its name and its concept. So we ended up ordering as we would have done in any other restaurant. And as a result, the atmosphere was more of a bar than a restaurant, and that was the slightly negative side of this place, but on the other hand, the food was very very good so it balanced out and frankly I highly recommend it, (but only if you think you’re comfortable with that kind of atmosphere). Concerning the price, it was between 20 and 25€.

  • Hilton (also in Saint Julian)

So I’m already telling you, if you want to eat there, wear THE outfit, pull out the heels, get dressed up! 5 star hotel, 5 star service. We ate at the hotel restaurant; they offered an all-you-can-eat buffet (drinks not included) at 38€, a buffet that I recommend 100% by the way. It was a pleasant evening in an equally beautiful setting.

Shall we conclude?

I really enjoyed this trip! Malta is a beautiful country with a picture postcard-like environment. To those who love pictures like me, I promise you will enjoy it!

However, I believe that visiting Malta in winter is not the same as visiting it in summer.It’s true that I went there in winter, with temperatures fluctuating between 15 and 17 degrees, with not too many tourists around and therefore the towns and places were pleasant to visit.  On the other hand, I’m not sure that in summer it would have been the same, with much higher temperatures and tourism at its peak…

Hope this article has helped and/or inspired you!

 

With love,

The Christianista

The 25 songs of a life

Hello guys,

This is the last playlist of the year that was supposed to be my birthday playlist. It compiles 25 songs that marked my 24 years of existence. There it is:

  1. Travis Greene – Made a way
  2. William McDowell – Withholding Nothing
  3. Hillsong United – Oceans
  4. JJ Hairston – You deserve it
  5. Ada – I testify
  6. Tim Godfrey – Nara
  7. Hillsong United – Another in the fire
  8. Citipointe Live – Into the deep
  9. Deborah Lukalu – Zala na ngai
  10. Tye Tribbett – What can I do
  11. Hillsong United – So will I
  12. Anthony Evans – Something beautiful
  13. Preye Odede – Ebezina
  14. Soltune – Jesus my love
  15. Hillsong Worship – What a beautiful name
  16. Kelontae Gavin – There’s no one like you
  17. William McDowell – Nothing like your Presence
  18. Hillsong United – Highlands
  19. Mercy Chinwo – Excess love
  20. Hillsong Worship – With everything
  21. Tamela Mann – Potter
  22. Joyful Way Inc – God alone
  23. Hillsong Worship – New wine
  24. Soltune – I see Jesus
  25. William McDowell – Hymn of Praise

Have a good listening and see you in January for za new playlist! By the way from now on I’ll publish one playlist by month! 

Happy New Year,

Be blessed,

With love,

The Christianista

Playlist “Support locals”

Hi guys !

Here we go again with a new playlist, a special one : “Support Locals”. It’s a 100% belgian artists playlist (because I live in Belgium). And I really believe that those artists deserve to be discovered !

  1. Mike Shining – Où je vais
  2. Octavia – My God
  3. Virtuoz – Redoubler
  4. Laure Manda – Je dépends de toi
  5. Esther Masasu – Un refuge
  6. Hervé Kashale – AZT
  7. Noémie KB – Je me rappelle
  8. Amanda Malela – Hosanna
  9. Leslie Saboutey – Il savait déjà
  10. Les Invincibles – Soldat 
  11. Carolina Johanna – Sunshine
  12. YPWG – Localisé
  13. Theresa Kis – Elonga

Have a good listening and a good week,

With love,

The Christianista

The gel I use to slick my hair down

Hi everyone ! 

Today I’m coming to you with a new article, and it will be a product recommendation. I’m going to promote the gel that I use to slick my hair down ! 

You should know that properly laying my hair has always been a challenge for me, because since I have very kinky hair, very few hair gels actually work for me ! It was during the month of July that a friend of mine used this gel to tame my hair for a wedding. And by some miracle, it was the first time that I had my hair so well slicked and that fast !

I immediately bought it and talked about it to the people around me. I can even list some of them who already bought it after hearing from it and testing it out. That’s why I’m sharing it on my blog, because I think that many might be interested in it, given its quality but also its price and reachability.

I’m talking about the “Effex, Super Glue” gel that you can find at Kruidvat and at the price of 2.99€ ! Among all the gel numbers that exist to rank it by strength, I use the « 14 » (which I believe to be the highest).

Don’t hesitate to give me a feedback if you ever test it!

With love

The Christianista