My Style, Reflections

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me


Location: London, United Kingdom

So here is another Fall/Winter outfit idea and since there’s only much that can be said about a simple outfit I decided to switch things up, make it personal and give you guys another insight of who I am.

Here we go:


bomber-jacket1. I was born and raised in Maputo-Mozambique, a relatively small and underdeveloped African country. Mozambique is beautiful and its coast is my favorite thing about it. Home is extremely hot though, boiling hot. I came to the UK to finish my studies and here is where I experienced real Winter. At first it was extremely hard, I thought I wouldn’t survive the coldest months and now that my body is well adapted, I wonder if I will survive Mozambique’s heat when I go back!

2. Mozambique was colonized by Portugal, therefore Portuguese is my first language and that’s why I have plenty of translated posts.  I really enjoy being able to fluently speak a language other than English lol. Being able to speak Portuguese allows me to slightly understand Spanish due to numerous similarities and dear, I love sharing the language with Brazilians. Let me tell you, Brazilians are one of the most hilarious people on earth!


3. Speaking of coming to the UK to finish my studies, I just graduated in Chemical Engineering this past July. As many can easily tell, the degree has nothing to do with me nor with my interests. Coming from an underdeveloped country, the environment somewhat forces individuals to choose a degree ‘for the money’ which is sad yet is safest way to a steady income and overall good living.
I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be able to work in the field and  just the thought of looking for a job soon cripples me. I am a creative at heart, obsessed with digital marketing so it’s hard to imagine myself deploying my energy into something far from it.


4.I lived in Malaysia for four years whilst doing the first half of my degree. I dropped out because of severe depression, rooted in the unhappiness with my course and some never-ending issues I had with the campus I lived in.sock boots fall outfit

5.I get a mild anxiety if I don’t put out content be it here on the blog, Youtube or Instagram. My brain is filled with ideas and I feel as if it’s my duty to put them out on my platforms in order to inspire others. I admit that I can’t live without internet but simply because my creative outlets require it. However, if tomorrow I had to go somewhere with no internet and stay there for months I wouldn’t mind – I would easily disconnect, granted that my readers/viewers and followers knew about

6. I was born with extreme ‘bow legs’ (medical term is ‘Genu Vadum’ and it looks like this ). When I was 2 years old my parents decided to put me through an orthopedic surgery and I am so glad they did. I love my legs now and I couldn’t imagine them in a different shape. As a reminder of the procedure I have one incision in the middle of each leg, you can see it on the last photo of this post.

7. I was bullied in school for having a big forehead and constantly body shamed  for being too skinny. Teens can be the devil, for real. However, there’s always a silver lining and now I’m beyond comfortable with my physical appearance. The bullying made me toughen-up and become super confident about all aspects of my mind, body and soul.
bw-fall-outfit8. I love house music and all its layers so much, that I only prioritize going to live performances of DJ’s. I’ve seen Tiesto, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia and Avicii. If I was given a free ticket to watch Beyonce’ or Adele, I’d sell it and buy one for Tomorrowland lol.

9. I am a very independent human being. Granted I have enough to distract myself with, I don’t really crave human company. This isn’t a surprise if you read Sweet Solitude. I enjoy wandering alone, and travelling alone only hurts when I need someone to take several pictures of me.



10. I’m an extroverted introvert – is that a thing? All I know is that in a group of people I’m very talkative, mega goofy and always cracking jokes. Yet, endless are the occasions in which I would rather be alone and completely avoid human contact. Can anyone relate? I’m sure yes, and if so – what are we?



Let me know what was the most surprising fact!

Catch me around: Instagram  Youtube

Yara Mel


Previous Post Next Post

You may also like


  • Reply Rossalie

    Nice to know you dear !

    Rossa – Chic Outfit Ideas to Wear Flat Mules

    January 17, 2018 at 6:38 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks Rossalie 😀 same here!

      January 19, 2018 at 9:47 pm
  • Reply Palesa

    I can relate to the ‘extroverted introvert’. I’m not a shy person because I enjoy the company of others but when I’m by myself it’s a lot better. We should have a term created for us who don’t fit in to the two categories

    Palesa |

    January 14, 2018 at 10:20 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      I do A LOT better by myself too. Hi5 😀

      January 15, 2018 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Layla Rosita

    Wow girl, you are so beautiful and your photography is stunning. I think it’s very cool to learn about you, you have an impressive degree woman. Even if you don’t want to use it to pursue a career, it is something to be proud of. I feel you so much on number 10, I can be very loud, enthusiastic and talkative. But I also need my own space and I can be a real loner. I hope you had a great first week of 2018!

    Love, Layla Rosita |

    January 5, 2018 at 4:17 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Aww thanks Leyla! I appreciate it 🙂 I know right? Pure ambiverts ! Hope you had a good one too <3

      January 5, 2018 at 6:49 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

    I totally feel you on number 10! I also get really anxious if I’m not putting content on. Blogging/Youtube/Instagram is such a release for me that without it I keep all of my thoughts shut in, and just feel so uncreative

    Steph –

    December 3, 2017 at 10:26 pm
  • Reply Lade

    I am also an extroverted-introvert so i guess its a thing!! I also have a big forehead and i’m super skinny so relate much!! haaha Over all it’s made me a more confident person. Love that you’re out here inspiring! Keep at it 🙂

    November 16, 2017 at 7:09 am
  • Reply Rochelle Fox

    Nice outfit. I love your style and you look amazing and gorgeous.

    Good Vibes, Team Fox
    Stalk me @

    November 8, 2017 at 6:35 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks a lot Rochelle 😀

      November 8, 2017 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Bee

    Firstly, you’re gorgeous ! I was surprised with the extroverted introvert part lol I like to be by myself most of the time, but sometimes I get bored so I don’t really know what’s wrong with me 😣. Teens are truly the worst, but I’m glad it made you stronger. Cheers to being whatever we want to be !!! Enjoyed reading this post 🙂

    November 5, 2017 at 10:55 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Aww glad you enjoyed. That makes me happy.
      I too get bored but I quickly solve it with Youtube videos or with more planning for my future. Thank you bee !! 😀

      November 6, 2017 at 10:53 am
  • Reply CM

    Nice outfit, you look gorgeous! Love your boots (:

    CM |

    November 3, 2017 at 9:52 pm
  • Reply CM

    Nice outfit, love your boots (:

    CM | XIII.

    November 3, 2017 at 9:44 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks dear!

      November 4, 2017 at 12:14 am
  • Reply Jenny

    I love your outfit and how comfy are those boots!! I have the same pair and in a satin khaki like fabric! I loved learning more about you and I’m the same when it comes to putting content out on my blog/social media! I’m always full of ideas but sometimes it can get overwhelming that I have to take a step back and then don’t produce anything at all! I’ll admit I could go without the internet and do enjoy time away to focus on other things but enjoy putting content out and letting my creativity shine! It’s great to meet other like-minded people too! xx

    Jenny | Krystel Couture X

    November 3, 2017 at 12:31 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Ahh that makes me so happy Jenny. Same here, sometimes I have to simply produce nothing! And that is usually a generator of new ideas, haha. Thanks dear 😀

      November 3, 2017 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Courtney

    These are some good facts! I loved it.

    November 3, 2017 at 12:28 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    I would love to be able to speak more than one language. I studied French and Italian at school but I struggle to remember much of it all now, which is such a shame. Love those boots! x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

    November 3, 2017 at 8:46 am
  • Reply Ankita Bardhan

    Ahh I am an extroverted introvert too! Such people are called ambivert. I can relate to what you said in a spiritual level. Glad you opened about your struggles, reading you felt like I am not the only one. But unlike you I am still not confident about my body so I am working on my insecurity. I love your outfit, looks great 🙂

    November 2, 2017 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply sophie

    My goodness, you are so so beautiful.I love your outfit.Those boots are too amazing.

    November 2, 2017 at 1:05 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      So sweet! Thanks Sophie 🙂

      November 2, 2017 at 11:06 pm
  • Reply Caitlin Mitchell

    Just found your blog. Love your style 😊

    November 2, 2017 at 2:19 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Glad you did! Thanks Caitlin 🙂

      November 2, 2017 at 11:07 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    So nice and brave of you to open-up about your past experiences dear. I’m an extrovert introvert too. I have a select few people where I feel really comfortable, and I’m talkative when I’m around them. And yes, I hate bullies! Btw., your booties are gorgeous!

    Jessica |

    November 1, 2017 at 2:14 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Awww nice to know Jess, same here! I have a tight-knit group of people 🙂 thanks dear!

      November 1, 2017 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply dora

    It’s so cool that you speak Portuguese. I went to the Azores this year and I thought it was such a beautiful language

    October 31, 2017 at 10:04 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      It is indeed! Hope you enjoyed Azores 🙂 Thanks Dora!

      November 1, 2017 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply Theafricanlily

    I totally get the forehead and body teasing thing. I get teased about my forehead alot,how protruded it is and all that but I learned to love it because I believe its part of what makes me beautiful. The creator didn’t make a mistake there. I also stopped feeling bad when people say I’m skinny because I truly love my body size and most people who tease skinny people wish to be slim too anyway 😒. Nice pictures BTW!

    October 31, 2017 at 8:49 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      I have to agree with every word of yours! Hi5 girl 😀 Thank you!

      October 31, 2017 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Vivian

    Such a classy look. I love your bomber and boots…great knowing more about you

    October 31, 2017 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply Vivian

    Such a classy look. I love your bomber and boots

    October 31, 2017 at 5:12 pm
  • Reply Amy

    Your life story is incredible. Thank you so much for sharing babe! Can’t wait to learn more about you.

    xx, Amy

    October 31, 2017 at 4:30 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Aww glad you liked it, Amy. Thanks 😀

      October 31, 2017 at 8:47 pm
  • Reply Julia

    That’s so cool that you were born in Mozambique! It sounds beautiful there but I’m not sure I could handle the heat, I am such a wimp when it comes to heat. I tend to be the same with the internet as well, I need it to express myself creatively but at the same time, I’d also be fine without it.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    October 31, 2017 at 11:42 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      You’re not alone, I know many that admit not dealing well with heat. I don’t blame you, it’s not as easy haha! Thanks a lot Julia! 😀

      October 31, 2017 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply cvetybaby

    Such an interesting post! You look amazing!

    October 31, 2017 at 8:45 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks darling! 🙂

      October 31, 2017 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Natalie

    Yara, it’s a pleasure to meet you! I loved reading this. By the way, I’ve never heard of cowboy legs. I’m so curious what you are relating to. I definitely know how you feel about pursuing a career for stability than passion. For me, I tried finding a career that satisfies both criterias. P.S. I love your edits.

    Natalie |

    October 31, 2017 at 4:44 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      I know hun, it’s all about compromising. The correct term is ‘bow leg’ and it’s something like this
      Thanks, glad you liked them Natalie! 🙂

      October 31, 2017 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Kristine

    An ambivert …..I am too ….so something you didn’t write was how old you are? If you don’t mind me asking …

    October 31, 2017 at 12:01 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Ahhh thanks for enlightening me on the term 😀 I’m 23 about to turn 24! Of course I don’t mind, aging is a blessing 🙂 Thanks Kristine!

      October 31, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    loved getting to know more about you! and yes, extroverted introvert is def a thing 🙂

    October 30, 2017 at 9:06 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      That’s great Angela, thanks! 🙂

      October 31, 2017 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply Miki

    Great outfit! I know quite a few extroverted introverts – totally a thing. 🙂


    October 30, 2017 at 7:06 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Ahh makes me feel better 😀

      October 30, 2017 at 7:19 pm
  • Reply juliettsstyleglam

    This is very touching and I know where you’re coming from. I’m glad you blog and I’m glad i’m one of those to benefit from your countless ideas

    October 29, 2017 at 7:49 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      That’s lovely Juliet! Thanks 🙂

      October 30, 2017 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Courtney

    COngrats on graduatin!

    October 29, 2017 at 7:26 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks Court !! 🙂

      October 30, 2017 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Olivia Poncelet

    Love your bomber, so stylish 😀 Have a good afternoon,
    Olivia <3

    October 29, 2017 at 1:17 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks Olivia, you too dear! x

      October 31, 2017 at 1:01 pm
  • Reply Kara Aragon

    First of all, you look amazing! Very interested facts. I too am a mix of an extrovert & an introvert, there’s actually a word for that, it’s called ambivert.

    Kara Aragon

    October 28, 2017 at 7:44 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Now I know the term! It’s perfect haha. Thanks Kara! x

      October 31, 2017 at 1:01 pm
  • Reply Sindy

    Hi Yara I am pleased to know a little about you. I am South African and Mozambique is a neighboring country.
    Are you planning on coming back home post studies or you have made the UK home? Would love to collaborate with you sometime

    October 28, 2017 at 5:42 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Hey Sindy! Ahhh I love South Africa, we’re indeed close by! I’m back home now, we should get in touch! x

      October 31, 2017 at 1:01 pm
  • Reply Laura Mitbrodt

    you look amazing, love the jacket

    October 28, 2017 at 4:58 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks a lot Laura!

      October 31, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Reply Chloe

    Gorgeous look! I cannot get enough of those nude sock boots! 🙂 I really love EDM too!

    xo, Chloe //

    October 27, 2017 at 10:37 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Yeii hi5 for EDM! Thanks dear 🙂

      October 31, 2017 at 12:59 pm
  • Reply Jessi Malay

    Thanks for sharing more about yourself to get to know you better! Cute outfit btw!

    XO, Jessi

    October 27, 2017 at 6:04 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thank you Jessi !! 😀

      October 31, 2017 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Rina

    I am loving that blue bomber and those gorgeous nude booties! You slay!

    Rina Samantha

    October 27, 2017 at 2:31 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Aww, thanks Rina ! x

      October 31, 2017 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Elena Isabelle

    oh man i always wanted to go to tomorrowland and i’m still sad that swedish house mafia is no more. i had no idea you were born in Mozambique.

    October 27, 2017 at 1:04 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      I was! And yeah, I went to their last tour I was also sad for their ending! Cheers for Tomorrowland 😀

      October 31, 2017 at 12:59 pm
  • Reply Gabrielle

    Although it’s not what your heart is super interested in, it’s incredible you’ve recently graduated in Chemical Engineering! Can relate to loving house music by the way. This was such a fun way of getting to know more about you!

    October 27, 2017 at 12:14 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks a lot Gab! Glad you liked it 🙂

      October 31, 2017 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Tabitha

    I also got bullied in high school, thank God we passed that phase, nice post! you look stunning dear!

    October 27, 2017 at 11:32 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      It’s the best to leave it all behind!! Thanks Tabitha!

      October 31, 2017 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Blessing

    Love, love, love your boots!

    October 27, 2017 at 6:51 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks dear 🙂

      October 31, 2017 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Gail

    It’s good to get to know you more girl!

    October 27, 2017 at 4:13 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks dearr 😀

      October 31, 2017 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Joua

    Amazing I’d so wear your outfit too. It’s smart, clean, sexy and strong yet simple!! Joua to the Rescue

    October 27, 2017 at 12:23 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks a lot Joua! x

      October 28, 2017 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Comfy Cozy Up

    You look fabulous…thanks for sharing a little about you. My first winter was interesting also. I kept thinking how can these people like in this weather. I moved from Jamaica to NY.

    October 26, 2017 at 10:10 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Awww nice to know! Exactly it’s not easy 🙂 Can’t wait to visit Jamaica! x

      October 31, 2017 at 1:04 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    You look amazing! Love your blog!

    October 26, 2017 at 1:46 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks Rachel, I love yours too!

      October 31, 2017 at 1:04 pm
  • Reply Jen

    Nice Look

    October 26, 2017 at 6:44 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks Jen ! x

      October 26, 2017 at 8:35 am
  • Reply Steph Dring

    This is probably the most raw and honest get to know me post I have ever read. So refreshing to read!

    Steph x

    October 25, 2017 at 6:06 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Glad you enjoyed Steph! 🙂

      October 26, 2017 at 8:35 am
  • Reply Demilade

    First of all, you look so pretty in these pictures. I love your boots too! It’s so great learning all these things about you, I know what you mean about picking a degree “for the money” as I’m from an African country too. It’s a shame that you were bullied, glad it made you stronger though. Great post Yara! xx
    Coco Bella Blog

    October 25, 2017 at 3:27 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      I know right? It’s life 🙂 Thanks a lot dear xx

      October 31, 2017 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply Kemi

    Love this outfit – especially the heels! Interesting facts, wish I could speak a language outfit of English too haha

    October 24, 2017 at 11:21 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      You can always learn, not so easy but worth it! Thanks Kemi 🙂

      October 31, 2017 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    I am absolutely obsessed with your blog! It looks fantastic! Really enjoyed learning about you and your degree is very impressive! I’m sure whatever you choose to do in life you will be very successful due to your life experiences! I love your style too 😊

    Jenny x

    October 24, 2017 at 10:56 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      That’s so sweet Jenny! Thanks a lot 😀

      October 26, 2017 at 8:36 am
  • Reply Margot

    I love your outfit and the color of your lisptick in theses photos.
    It’s so cool to learn more about you.
    I also love house music.
    It’s so cool you’re also fluent in portugese.

    October 24, 2017 at 5:20 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Aww glad we have that in common! Thanks Margot 🙂

      October 24, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Leave a Reply